- For some reason, the NRA sat on its review of the notorious Armatrix iP1 “smart” gun and just recently released it. They probably didn’t mean it to be hilarious, but it is.
- Ten ways to lessen your chances of being killed in a terrorist attack.
- #BlackLivesMatter may get all the press, but Tommitrise Collins, college student and new mother, is a lot more impressive.
- Wendy McElroy found this one first, but it should be spread far and wide: thanks to asset forfeiture, U.S. cops now steal more property than all the nation’s burglars combined.
- What The Hunger Games movies say about feminism and war. I read this week that Jennifer Lawrence was initially frustrated with her character Katniss’ reluctance to fight and to lead, but eventually came to understand that it’s one of the character’s great strengths.
- Newly discovered spider named after a Lord of the Rings character. No, not Shelob.
- Well, I’m sure that’s one good reason to fire the head of the DEA. But somehow it hardly seems the biggest reason (to fire the head of the DEA, send all its agents off to work at McDonalds, burn the agency to the ground, and salt the land on which it stood).
- And speaking of the progress on pot, good on you Canadians.
- Hillary: She Who Must Not Be Mocked. (Here’s Nicki’s take on the mysterious phone call. And the video some Hillaryite objected to.)
- Finally dogs painting poetically and dogs wet and dry.
Archive for the ‘War on Some Drugs’ Category
- It’s just talk so far. And European talk, at that. So take it FWIW. But if banks impose negative interest on customers, controls on withdrawals won’t be far behind.
- NSA-proof wallpaper? Faraday cages for all! (H/T Laird in comments)
- We must have common-sense sword control NOW!
- Fedjudge says DEA raids on legal dispensaries in California are against the law.
- The more news and studies that emerge about Obamacare, the more horrible that horrible program looks. (When companies can manage to get around federal regulations, this is the way humane and profitable health care gets done.)
- Peter Schiff writes an eloquent obituary. Not just for his father, but for freedom.
- If you’ve ever wondered how
silencerssuppressors work, here you go.
- And finally, Paul Rosenberg offers some tremendous good cheer (and reason for hope) after a Saturday night at Starbucks.
- 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.
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.