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What is it with the angry ones?

I’ve been viewing with dread the power of a handful of Silicon Valleyites to kick anybody they want to kick out of their domain registries, search results, hosting services, and social media platforms. The people being booted may be slime, but most of them are guilty only of having ugly ideas. Expressing ugly ideas is an unavoidable — and protected — aspect of freedom. This sets a terrible precedent “Not censorship because it’s not done by government!” says traditional libertarian dogma. But traditional libertarians never envisioned a handful of the corporately self-righteous having arbitrary power to shut up anyone they…

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The evening cool

Last night after an hour of work on the north wall and a hour of Downton Abbey, I realized I should blog something. I began news surfing to add to the trove of linkable pages always waiting in the wings of the browser. I’d barely started into the sort of article that’s normally a grabber (another scurrilous accusation against Assange and Wikileaks) when I realized I wasn’t the teeny tiniest bit interested. Not that I’m finally cured of news junkiedom, mind you. Merely that tonight I didn’t care. It’s summer. It’s waltzing by and I’m either working or thinking about…

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Wall: a home-improvement saga

In the spring of 2013, I bought a house for $10,000. Foreclosed. Leaking. Full of rot. You can imagine it caused many adventures. You’ve already heard some of them. But today I have the story of a single wall. A simple wall, that’s it. Not even a particularly large or long wall. Not a fancy wall. Not a complicated wall. Not even a particularly attractive wall. Not a special wall in any way. Just a wall that it took four years of hard work to find amid all the bizarrities of the home I dubbed Ye Olde Wreck. Here is…

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Fragmentation, war, all of the above?

This morning I started a thread in the public portion of Claire’s Cabal about civil war; will we or won’t we? The thread starter is a New Yorker article, silly with the standard urban-left assumptions that somehow everything began with Obama and might end with Trump. But within it are a number of astute (or at least thought-provoking) quotes from smarter people. And naturally Cabalistas have added their own usual thought-provoking observations. Go read. Comment over there if you can. There will probably never be “civil war” in the U.S. — just as there was no civil war way back…

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And now we pause for a brief commercial announcement

Three commercial announcements, actually (though the third isn’t strictly commercial because there’s no money involved). 1. David Hardy’s new book: a must-read Once in a long, long while you’ll hear about a book and realize instantly, based on subject and author alone, that such a book really, really needed writing. (If you’re a writer, you might even think to yourself, “Damn, why didn’t I get that idea first?”) In this case, attorney and noted gun-rights activist David Hardy got the sad-but-brilliant concept. He wrote I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You, which is now available for pre-order…

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Summer project phase II done (though not really)

I felt such a wave of relief when The Wandering Monk wrapped up Phase II of this summer’s Great Foundation and Screen Porch Project on Thursday. We’re done, we’re done! Cross that project off the list! Then the wave crashed as I remembered it’s now my turn: caulk, prime, paint, shingle, install screens, trim, then … oh, it just goes on. The Monk will be back for other (though smaller) projects in a few weeks and all through the fall. Meanwhile, my break will be filled with work. Phase II was enormously more fun than Phase I (all that hard,…

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Friday Freedom Question: “Embracing a post-digital ethos”

“Embrace a post-digital ethos.” I borrowed that phrase from a poster at Claire’s Cabal. The phrase came up in the midst of a wistful discussion about the need to create just enough of an online profile to reassure potential employers while also scrubbing (or avoiding in the first place) a profile that surrenders too much privacy. Participants lamented the increasing need to create a sanitized public facade. One said that while leaving the ‘Net was out of the question, backing away from ‘Net life was imperative. We’ve talked about this before. Many of us are in love with — married…

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