- An anxious space geek makes good in Hollywood.
- It’s just common sense that you should be free to shoot illegal home invaders. No matter who employs them.
- Even when they are “legal” they are still sometimes scum who should not be welcomed in anything that calls itself a civilization.
- While it’s not as unique as this article implies, the Anevay Frontier Stove looks like cool beans for preppers, campers, and small-house dwellers.
- Doctor punches out pesky (and phony) ER patient. (I wonder if Japan has laws like ours that forbid doctors to turn anyone away from the ER.)
- Do not try this at home.
- Looks as if the Clinton machine may be setting up the ever-loyal Huma Abedin to take the fall for the email scandal. Since when is it an “intrusion” or a “comandeering” (even in the Washington Times) when an aide answers emails for the boss?
- Meanwhile, Forbes tries to discover where the missing Clinton millions might be.
- The lighter side to those new ICD-10 medical codes.
- Thank you, bear.
- Tribe to open a marijuana resort.
- Your fingerprints can tell a lot more than whether you were at the scene of the crime.
- The woman who dropped her newborn from a seventh-story window used to work for child protective services.
- Karma’s a you-know-what. Those “scientists” who urged the fedgov to prosecute those who disagree with them have pulled their letter from the web (with lame excuses) after bloggers gave their lead guy’s finances a closer look.
- “Parallel construction is a controversial investigative technique that takes information gained from sources like the NSA’s mass surveillance, covers up or lies about the sources, and then utilizes them in criminal investigations inside the United States.” Your gummint at work.
- Ted Cruz, attempting to be relevant, appoints that unconscionable weasel and professional has-been, Bob Barr, to do outreach toward libertarians. (H/T JB)
- That $750 pill that gained so much notoriety recently is (you will not be surprised to learn) more a product of the U.S. regulatory system than of some “greedy rogue” (however unsavory the rogue in question might actually be).
- Dunno. Cloning pooches still seems creepy to me. Amazing. But creepy. Also wish this NPR piece had gone into more detail about how cloned dogs can differ so much, even in basic characteristics like markings, from their source material.
Archive for the ‘War on Some Drugs’ Category
So … a gigantic Sunday morning linkathon …
- The technology is ancient. Mark Twain knew all about it. But making gunpowder with urine is taking the gun blogs by storm. Smoky black powder it’ll be. But one more way that all the self-righteous bans in the world won’t end firearms.
- We all know not to talk to cops, but in a moment of surprise and stress, the temptation to “cooperate” is enormous. The astute Ken White explains the WHY of things in a way that might help us zip our lips.
- The Motley Fool test drives an Elio.
- Another way Oregon did its pot legalization better than Washington: a reprieve for past offenders.
- And even in benighted Massachusetts a judge tells cops they can’t stop drivers for pot alone.
- Eeeeeew. Another government-aided environmental mess
- Ray Bradbury, Epictetus, and the real reason we should quit coddling every weak, fainting, “offended” soul.
- Hillary vs FOIA.
- White House considered disguising malware as updates. Heck, what else is new? In this era of forced cloud computing Microsoft does that routinely.
- Student studying counterterrorism gets questioned by school security for … um, reading a book about terrorism.
- Can you really “create a public disturbance” that only you and the cop involved can hear?
- Netflix knows the exact moment you get hooked on a streaming series. (But they can’t tell when I watch my Orange is the New Black DVDs with the Internet connection disabled!)
- Don’t say I never post anything nice about cops.
- Seeking a job isn’t supposed to be a crime. So why should it make you a criminal suspect?
- Willie Nelson’s new pot brand gets private equity funding. :-)
- Speaking of cannabis … slowly, slowly even politicians are beginning to see the real effects of drug bans.
- Selfies: deadlier than sharks.
- Why are Muslims allowed to do what Christians are not?
- Ha ha. And Mark Zuckerberg thought $100 million would change the government school system in just one city. Oh well, he’s young. He might still learn.
- Another big “surprise.” Kids are pitching their government-mandated fruit straight into the trash.
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
By Johann Hari
This is a remarkable book. If it were widely read and heeded, the drug war would end tomorrow. Maybe yesterday.
A reader of this blog is right now doing the dangerous, punishing, vital work of fighting wildfires in one of the many blazing western states. Hats off to him, big time.
He sent me this:
It’s an oregano farm, so he swears. :-) And far from the only one they’ve come across. In fact, these grows turn out to be a mainstay of this particular area’s economy. And not with government approval.
Curious, I asked whether fire crews were being ordered to destroy the illegal “oregano,” report it, or let it be. He responded:
I knew I wasn’t going to monkey with anyone’s private property, and would have dodged the mission if that had been written in as part of it. We are here to protect it, otherwise nature would be allowed to run her course. She will eventually anyways, just not this season.
This whole region is a tinderbox waiting to erupt, and the drought has made things considerably worse. To my uneducated eyes things look the same as always in the timberline, but at their core and roots, the trees are suffering mightily. Or so I’ve been told by those in the know.
Once boots were on the ground and the nature of the local economy became apparent, I too was curious about how things would be handled, so I asked our handler/trainer/liaison (who is a REAL wilderness firefighter with 20 years of experience). His response was along the lines of, “If we were [in an area whose economy wasn’t so dependent on the crop], yeah, I’d probably report them. Or if it was a meth lab or something. But this? Here? Nah.”
The backwoods property owners have mixed emotions about our presence and are shadowing our movements (sometimes openly armed). The “townspeople” (all four hundred of them) are happy. That said, there are at least three fed LEO agencies here with us, but none of them are in enough force to logistically do anything. I suspect they were sent by their higher ups primarily to be seen by each other. Organizational phallic displays and measuring.
Despite the feds and their wars on everything, a ray of goodness penetrates this dark, smoky, perilous summer.
- “No Cupcake, there is no right not to be offended.” Nicki does it again.
They ripped up their kitchen floor and found a secret code + $50,000. Is that cool or what?Commentariat member Stryder informs me this story is a hoax.
- Wait. Why would they bust a TSA agent for doing this? Isn’t molesting us their job?
- Annalee Newitz does a follow-up to her expose on the lack of women at Ashley Madison and concludes that, yes, it was outright fraud by the company.
- Despite hints of sentencing reform and lightening up of the drug war, prison vendors see continued signs of (groan) a captive market.
- The Obama administration’s fiat war on contracting is not only a foolish attempt to turn the clock back 40 years; it’s a dangerous business. (H/T MJR)
- Boy lost in the wilderness uses a survival trick he learned from his dad. Good on you, kid and family.
- Loooove them lobbyists. A cop lobby has gotten North Dakota to legalize weaponized drones. Will other states soon follow? (But of course, we’re not to worry; only “less than lethal” weapons are allowed and in the hands of those heroes in blue, if we’ve done nothing wrong, we have nothing to worry about, right?) (H/T MJR)
And just for laughs … Mama said there’d be days like this.
- I really like this tiny house story (via Shel in comments). These folks aren’t trying to be trendy or green or holier-than-thou. They just know what it’s like to have been economically clobbered and don’t want to be vulnerable again.
- Cops kill an unarmed white kid and the world says ho hum.
- In Montana: another Oath Keepers operation to protect miners against fedgov intrusion.
- ;-) Kickstarter campaign raises billions to wall off the Bay Area during Burning Man. (Via A.G. in comments)
- Islamists hack to death a fourth non-theist blogger in Bangladesh.
- Boy, I’ll bet the fedgov wishes it could do this.
- Indeed, let these crony billionaires and their crony puppets pay their own way. (H/T jb)
- A guy who doesn’t speak French wins the French Scrabble championship. (Given how snobby they’re reputed to be about their precious language, I’ll bet that really ticked off some Parisians.)
- Your awwwww story for the day. And this time it has nothing to do with dogs.
- Seems pot may not warp teenagers’ brains or bodies after all. Now, high school on the other hand …
- Two good ones via Irons in the Fire: 14-year-old girl blows away a popular, agenda-driven distortion of history. And OMG, those pot-munching California cops who raided that dispensary and indulged in its product are now claiming that the video of them chowing down shouldn’t be used in the investigation — because they had an “expectation of privacy” after thinking they’d disabled all the shop’s cameras. (Pigs in more senses than one.)
- There’s been a lot of media yakkety-yak lately about patterns of speech that are supposedly making women sound weak and losing them credibility in the big, hard, tough workplace. Alexandra Petri has an answer to those who want women to change how they talk: “13 Tips on How to Speak While Female.” Or not. :-)
- People share the first and last photos of their pets. Get your hankie ready.
- No surprise at all: economic freedom creates personal happiness.
- One documentarian’s fight against the absurd (and profitable) copyright on “Happy Birthday.” Looks as if she now has some powerful ammo.
- Love it. A rogue Dairy Queen has been going its own way since 1949 (though why it doesn’t just go independent and avoid the franchise fees is a question). (H/T Jim B. in comments)
- As jed noted when he sent this item: good news, but not fast enough. :-)
- Bovard on how disability law went nuts
- Lessons learned (although probably mostly not learned) from the stupid, lying, inept drug raid that burned Baby BouBou.
- #TenThingsNottoSaytoAWriter” (ever changing Twitter feed). My contributions: “You’re just in it for the money” and “You’re so lucky to be able to sit home all day.” (H/T JB)
- Eleven things to quit right now. (Might be more helpful if that list came with some how-tos …)
- Theodore Bikel has died. He was one of those amazingly talented people.
- The late Dr. Seuss has him beat, though. He’s managed to come up with a “new” book years after dying. (Amazon link)
- Judge bans Bong-a-Thon from the town of Stoner — yes, Stoner — Colorado. (H/T jed)
- Yet another reason to prefer older cars.
- Remember those bootable drives with the prep info? Mark, aka Greylocke, their creator, is adding files of surgery basics. And he’s still looking for somebody to take over the project.
- You might be surprised to learn that single-family housing is nothing more than a racist, classist plot. In Seattle, anyhow. (Sigh. Another formerly livable city is about to complete its spiral down the tubes.)
- Ten things you didn’t know about the Apollo 11 moon landing. Forty-six years ago this month.
- California’s gun-running anti-gunner Leland Yee pleads guilty.
- This is the first article I’ve read from Bloomberg’s new anti-gun “journalistic” venture, The Trace. As I’ve heard, it seems to meld legitimate-looking reporting with Bloombergian hysteria. Oh yeah, “street toughs” are just looking to get their hands on M1s so they can commit “common crime.”
- A former federal judge denounces the majority of the sentences she ever passed. (Why do these uber-establishment types always wait until afterward to take a stand?)
- Can the bacteria in your gut affect your mood?
- Well, then, how about the nerve in your gut?
- Business Insider calls these the “funniest” emails associated with Hillary Clinton. Nothing funny about the reminder that those who seek to rule us are as stupid and inept as they are scary.
- Finally, have some gorgeous weather photos courtesy of jed in comments.
Was thinking this morning — no idea why — about a friend who was once arrested on the absolutely magnificent (and no doubt Victorian) charge of “tending to lead an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.” A kind of catch-all charge, I gather, for underage kids who weren’t actually caught in any specific act, but who were nevertheless up to no good.
A 17-year-old high school senior, he was busted at a college party where drugs figured heavily. Apparently that high-flown charge was originally invented by reformists committed to the belief that minors were salvageable and as yet incapable of actually leading an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.
I can confirm that my friend was already thoroughly immersed in lewdness and dissolution (which eventually killed him) but not idleness. On the contrary, he was a diligent, focused worker who got a full-time job at 18, never left it, and continued to rise in the ranks despite being stoned out of his mind half the time he was on the clock. He bought a house when he’d barely turned 21 and owned lots of toys for his genuinely idle druggie friends to steal while he was at work.
As it happened, the “idle, lewd, and dissolute” charge had to be dropped because cops made the mistake of tossing him into a cell with adults when he was underage. So the Victorians never got a chance to save his tender young self from dissolute ways. Not that they’d have succeeded in any case. Never in my life did I know anybody so determined on slow self-destruction.
Speaking of being highly functional while on drugs, a new study casts doubts on the arbitrary blood-THC levels pot-legalizing states have chosen for punishing drivers.
Creepy story: “I am the Watcher.”
No doubt the culprit’s going to turn out to be some obnoxious but otherwise harmless neighbor with a grudge. And with a large collection of Stephen King and Dean Koontz books in his library.
Forget Obamacare. The real, long-term disaster the Supremes perpetrated this week in King v Burwell was to define their job as being to help incompetents in the other branches grow the government.
Separation of powers. Yeah. Thanks, you Hamiltonian federalists.
David Codrea has landed at The Truth About Guns. Kind of a surprise. But I hope he’s landed firmly on his feet and found a forum that will allow him to do what he does best — and do well at doing it.