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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Friday links & random thoughts

Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Claire | 17 Comments »

Nicki says, “Hey, Snowflake!” you don’t have a government-enforced “right” to a wider airplane seat for your super-sized butt.

Well, we’ll see about that. When I had the recent infamous medical procedure, they stuck me into a wheelchair wide enough that I could have invited several friends to share the ride. The tech who wheeled my groggy self down the hallway said they have only one “normal” sized chair now. And yes, the reason is what you probably think.


“My Dog, the Paradox.” An oldie but goodie from The Oatmeal.


“Scientists” (that is, social scientists again) survey youth gun carrying and jump to conclusions that have no basis outside of their own prejudices. (H/T LarryA)

If the idea that Wyoming is likely to be more rife with “youth gun violence” than New Jersey or New York makes you laugh, howl away.

This “science” reminds me of that survey I received long ago from the Bradys asking, with much implied alarm, if I’d heard gunfire in my neighborhood recently. Given that I lived directly between a small pistol range and a plinking quarry at the time, the Bradys would no doubt have thought I spent my life hiding under the bed in terror of all the “violence.”


Carl Sagan’s baloney-detection kit is very good and well worth a revisit.

But when I got this link from MJR it reminded me that, for all that eminent man’s good work in popularizing science, he (being human) didn’t always practice what he preached.

Sagan was anti-gun, and in the most irrational way. He didn’t examine the facts. He didn’t study the data. He didn’t ask questions. He just “knew” guns were shivery-icky-baddy-bad-bad. It’s been a while, but I believe I discovered those gooey opinions of his while reading his otherwise fascinating paean to rational thought, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

The very book that produced the fine baloney detector.


Okay, to finish up, here’s a video of the world’s kindest junkyard dog. Awwwwwww.

Thursday links

Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Claire | 9 Comments »

Chasing the Scream: The book to end the drug war

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by Claire | 12 Comments »

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
By Johann Hari
400 pages
Bloomsbury, 2015

This is a remarkable book. If it were widely read and heeded, the drug war would end tomorrow. Maybe yesterday.

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Midweek links

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Claire | 19 Comments »

(Big H/T to jb)

Monday links

Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Claire | 12 Comments »

You ever get those prickly feelings?

Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Claire | 40 Comments »

There’s a crew out today, dealing with brush and noxious weeds on my property across the street. Two of the people, a man and his daughter-in-law, have done work for me before and I like them very much, especially her. And I trust them.

But he’s in the process of handing their business off to her and she’s brought in third relative, a man in his 50s.

The new guy’s been here twice and every time he’s around, I’ve got this prickly feeling. First time, he was here only 20 minutes and by the time he left I had the beginnings of a tension headache.

There are objective reasons I don’t take to him. He’s a know-it-all and very patronizing. But this feeling goes beyond that. It’s like somebody’s pressed a ringing alarm clock against the back of my skull. It’s to the point where I’ll probably tell her I won’t be using their services if he’s a regular (which she’s already told me he will be) — and I’d hate that because she’s good and super reliable.

You ever have reactions like this about people (other than ones you meet in dark alleys, I mean)? And have those reactions ever told you anything important?

Weekend links

Sunday, September 20th, 2015 by Claire | 5 Comments »
  • Some climate scientists want those who disagree with them to be charged with treason. The latest bunch isn’t so hysterical in its desire to suppress opposition. They merely want the RICO statutes levied against those who don’t share their opinions. Somebody should tell them this isn’t how science “settles” questions.
  • Bovard has an article in Barrons on how the Nazgul discarded existing rights while proclaiming new ones.
  • Cane-weilding “pacifist” homeowner gets gun from intruder and kills him dead.
  • Fascinating. Why Holocaust denial exists and why Jews are guilty of it, too. (H/T E.A.) Yes, you and I know most of this, but so many won’t even look at the facts!
  • Ouch! Another use for a GoPro camera.
  • Sigh. Another sad result from Washington state’s pot legalization. (Unlike Colorado’s and several of the other new laws, WA’s was largely the work of former drug warriors, not cannabis fanciers.)
  • My dog Ava could spend days on end doing this.

New feature at TZP: help us polish it

Saturday, September 19th, 2015 by Claire | 3 Comments »

Over at TZP, we’re introducing a new feature: weekly polls. Please take the poll and leave a comment telling us how the polling process worked (or didn’t work) for you. Thanks!

Plan Sea

Saturday, September 19th, 2015 by Claire | 11 Comments »

The following is a guest post by my old friend Sandy. He hosted me graciously during part of my 2010 trip to Panama, where he still lives. He’s now looking for supporters to join him in a new venture, writing about a lesser-known form of prepping and escape from tyranny.


The World’s First Preppers and How to Join Them

by Sandy Sandfort

Some anthropologists say that Man’s creation and use of boats date back 45,000 years ago into the Stone Age. Then and ever since then, humans in boats have had to be preppers. Whether you are crossing the Pacific or just traveling to the next island, you have to prepare. When Polynesians sailed their outriggers hundreds of miles to settle New Zealand, they took rats and other food, water and primitive navigation tools with them; they were preppers. When Columbus set out for the New World, he was to be a prepper, as were Darwin on the Beagle and Magellan on the Trinidad. All sailors are preppers. Today, everyone who sails is a prepper whether they use that word or not.

Today, so-called recreational sailors, yachties, cruisers, boaters or whatever, are a vast community of preppers. And in today’s world, sailing offers one of the best ways to “get out of Dodge” when things turn ugly wherever you are. If you are a prepper today, you are most of the way to being a “sea prepper” if you want to be. If you think you cannot afford a boat, think again. It can be done very easily if you are willing to examine some of your preconceptions about how to organize your life.

How do I know this? For several years, I have been thinking and researching sea prepping. I know it can be done, because I know people who have done it and when I run the numbers, it all adds up.

I want to write out the entire program in a book, tentatively called, Plan Sea. Sound interesting? If you want to be involved in creating this guide to sea prepping, please visit my website ( and click on the “Buy the Book” link at the top of the screen, then scroll down to “Come Join the Plan Sea Book Project” for information about how you can help make this book happen.

Friday links

Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Claire | 29 Comments »
  • Pilot diverts an international flight to save a dog traveling in cargo. (Yeah, I’ll bet that made some passengers mad, but …)
  • The busybodies and their puppets in poly-ticks who hope to control all human behavior (including human ingenuity), really ought to have another think: prisoner nearly escapes using toothpaste and thread.
  • Director of the Nobel Institute at the time President Unicorn got his peace prize regrets the award.
  • Speaking of Obama, he’s just signed an executive order essentially allowing fedgov agencies to perform social “science” research on us all. Naturally, the evil father of “libertarian paternalism (spit!),” Cass Sunstein, has a hand in this.
  • Yes, expat haven Panama is really, truly lightening up its gun laws. Not enough, mind you, but it’s a start and it’s not just a rumor. (H/T jb)
  • Headline says it all: “Two of the nation’s top cops will be responsible for the next targeted killings.” Okay, not directly responsible; that will lie on the heads of the killers. But these guys will have aided and abetted. So far, however, there is no “war on police.”
  • How many cops does it take to deal with a jaywalking kid? Even if he is showing some attitude (which, so far, seems unproven anyhow).
  • 11 secrets to a successful ER visit. (Sent by ML, who knows.)
  • Some techies have invented a system for making “anonymous” online surveys actually anonymous.

Thursday links

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Claire | 13 Comments »
  • “Elite” SWAT cops petulently destroy their own office.
  • So what do you suppose this guy was ticketed for?
  • I’m not sure which is more remarkable: that three-year-olds are now getting type II diabetes or that this one recovered with sensible lifestyle changes.
  • Your government at work — threatening, bombing, shooting, and otherwise terrorizing its unwanted neighbors. (Via Shel in comments)
  • Here’s a new thought (and a longish article on it): what if all those creeps who are aggregating and selling our personal data are a national-security threat? (Everything else is, so why not them?)
  • Americans (particularly those of means) continue to surrender their citizenship in record numbers. Small numbers, still. But growing thanks to punitive banking and tax laws.
  • Yep, Bob, you’re right. The hysteria over Ahmed’s clock is exactly in the same dishonorable tradition as the nutzoid over-reaction to the notorious gun-shaped Pop-Tart.

Midweek links

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Claire | 15 Comments »

(H/T to the Usual Suspects ;-) )



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