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Month: October 2013

Colbert on U.S.-world relations

Such a sign of our times that the only public figures telling the truth are comedians. It reminds me of my favorite quote from when I was young and read Deep Thinkers. This one’s from Soren Kierkegaard: “A fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.” BTW, here’s the latest in NSA paranoia: apparently we now…

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Oy, whotta day. Or how I got to look cool, calm, savvy, and prepared, all with minimal effort

Yesterday was … a day. It was a Monday that fell on a Tuesday and a Friday the 13th that fell on the 29th. Yeah, that kind. Or maybe it wasn’t really so bad but my hermitty, deadlining writer self just doesn’t deal well with the particular type of chaos that involves people in and out of the house all day, asking questions, wanting to chat, making alarming saw, hammer, and cuss noises, and hauling mounds of deconstruction rubble through my living room. All for one little ex-bathroom. But bathrooms are complicated, and therein lies where I got to look…

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Where to go for OFFSHORE email and VPNs?

I’ve been using the U.S.-based company Cotse.net for email and proxy services for many years, ever since I learned about it from S. Cotse gives good service at a good price. I’ve been a happy customer. There’s nothing at all wrong with Cotse. Except that it’s based in this increasingly thuggish surveillance state. Which has already driven more than one privacy-protecting company to shut its doors. I’m seeking a back-up service. I’ll keep Cotse, but I want to be using a Plan B if the feds drive them out of business, too. So I’ve been reading articles like this one.…

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Tuesday links

I’m still working on that blog post that requires Deep Thought. But with a deadline approaching, a construction project pounding away next door, a guy tearing a derelict bathroom out of my place, and Ava having gone insane from all the people around who won’t throw tennis balls*, Deep Thought is as impossible right now as endorsing Obamacare or v*ting for Michael Bloomberg. So for now here are some links. Here’s one of those news stories that’s no surprise at all to us political cynics realists but is still pretty stunning considering the MSM source: the Obama administration has known…

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Weekend links

Oops. TSA accidentally reveals that even they don’t believe terrorists are likely to attack planes these days. The solution? make pre-flight security-theater checks even longer and more intensive. Of course! Another example of how reallly, reallly, reallly good the fedgov’s “security” people are at … um security. Medical pricing. How it should work. How it does work at the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Not everybody, Harry. Speak for your own darn self. Tam knocks one out of the park. “How to build a happier brain.” (Seems our wiring is pre-set for emphasizing the negative.) Dems starting to want to push…

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Puppycide: The Documentary

Help tell the story. Then those dogs won’t have died in vain. Kickstarter project. They need to raise $100,000 by November 15 for this to happen. I’ll be contributing. You see what I mean about there always being a greater need? And this story really needs to be told — and needs the help of everyone who loves dogs and is outraged at the terror campaign badge-bearing thugs are conducting against them and their people. Because make no mistake, even if you don’t give a damn about dogs, this is part of the war being waged against the peaceable citizens…

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