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Drywalling today. Ugh. Far from my favorite job, especially when I’m working alone. I’d have given anything to have help lifting that top piece into place and holding it flat while I screwed it down. But I know this is a job I can do on my own. I’ve done it before with bigger pieces than this on higher walls than this. I will not allow some silly bit of gypsum and paper to defeat me, even if it does seem to outweigh me today and even if I am feeling old, weak, and wimpy. First I dragged that bookshelf…


Reality-checkers needed

Kit Perez and I are writing a book. I didn’t think I’d ever write one again, but she’s an inspiration as well as a scary-efficient writing partner. We started just last month and are probably close to the halfway mark already. Topic: Resistance to tyranny. Specifically, practical forms of resistance freedomistas can do NOW, personal skills needed, warning signs to watch for, etc. Timeline: We hope to have it out in Kindle and publish-on-demand early next year What we need: A couple of intelligent readers who can review in-progress drafts and answer questions like: “Is this information useful?” “Are we…


Friday links

  • Kit Perez continues her series on the death of critical thinking in the freedom movement: Part III and Part IV.
  • Patent trolls have lost some of their malign power recently. Will the Supreme Court restore it? (This looks like one of those no-win situations from a freedomista perspective.)
  • Staggering variety of clandestine trackers found in Google Android apps. Expect similar violations in the iPhone versions of these and other apps.… 7 Comments
  • Okay, now that you’ve survived Thanksgiving …

    You’ve made it alllll the way to Black Friday. Which, despite much over-hype, is actually the best day of the year to buy a television. And is generally the best day of the year to buy one of Amazon’s electronic devices. In fact, Amazon is full of Black Friday Week deals you can buy via my links. And no doubt there’ll be more on Cyber Monday. If you’re interested in a nifty gift from a nationally respected company owned by freedomistas (NFI to me, but that’s fine), Hi Mountain Seasonings has supplies for creating your own homemade jerky, including a…


    Happy Dead-Turkey Day

    I was going to pop onto the computer bright and early to wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Then I woke up headachy and out of sorts. Bad day yesterday. Headache’s better now, but I’m still in wait-and-see mode about the quality of the day. Still. I hope you all will have, are having, or did have a great day spent in great company — whether your own or the company of family and friends.


    New on Patreon

    Finally I’ve put up the second, and longer, RebelFire story fragment — just for you active patrons. At the same time, I opened the first fragment, the one I posted last month, for public viewing. (See the post labeled, naturally enough, “First RebelFire story fragment.”) So there’s something for all on my Patreon page. Read, comment, critique, and I hope enjoy. I had extraordinary help, particularly on the second fragment, and have today “uncloaked” my helper — who really deserves a co-author credit but declines to accept one. Not one of my Patreon subscribers? You can become one for as…


    The Order of the White Rose has moved

    … to the darkweb. TOWR, inspired by the famous group that resisted the Nazis, specializes in training individuals for resistance to tyranny. If you go to their old site, you’ll be directed to their new .onion address. It’s easy to reach. But only if you have the TOR browser. Which you can learn about and download here if you don’t already have it. When visiting that site, it’s probably wise to use a VPN.* TOWR also announced that in the future if you send them an email and hope to get an answer, you’ll need to use encryption. TOWR’s public…

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    Monday links

    Chasing a shoplifter, warrior cops destroyed a man’s house. Now they’d rather defame his character than pay for what they did. (H/T PT) Has anybody else noticed that that surgeon who claims, probably bogusly, that his team just completed the first successful head transplant looks exactly like a mad scientist straight out of Hollywood? Why people will happily line up to be microchipped (like dogs, says the headline; but I don’t think dogs would be so happy to volunteer). Laws mandating driverless vehicles (and they are surely coming soon) will be highway robbery. A Pentagon contractor leaves 1.8 billion “scraped”…