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Category: Cultural insanity

Monday links

  • She moved from a blue state to a sort of reddish one and had her eyes opened — both about her new home and the prejudices of the people she left behind.
  • Ha. Remember the monkey selfie case that PETA just settled? A lawyer who crusades against bad settlements submits a hilarious brief pointing out that PETA has no standing to settle on the monkey’s behalf.
  • That new “liberal” pope has been anything but liberal — or transparent or different than recent old popes — when it comes to priests who sexualize kiddies.… 4 Comments
  • Sunday links

  • To no one’s surprise, Bloomberg’s anti-freedom efforts are top-down, autocratic, and authoritarian. So writes a disgruntled volunteer. Such has always been the case with anti-gun organizations. Bloomberg just makes it personal.
  • You’ve probably seen the story of the Utah nurse arrested for doing her job (and upholding a Supreme Court decision that every cop knows). But she is so good and the thugs so bad that I’d be remiss not to post this. I hope every cop involved gets fired. I hope the nurse gets a bonus.
  • Oh Brad, you are so right. In the tech world “1984” has morphed into 1984.… 15 Comments
  • Midweek links

  • From the “damn, why didn’t I think of that?” department: If you want to get rid of monuments to slavery, here’s the best place to start.
  • The most interesting thing about this article on the IRS tracking Bitcoin transactions is the disclaimer at the end. The reporting publication, the IRS’s tracking contractor, and a company being sued by the IRS … are all subsidiaries of the same outfit. Sounds very Appalachian to me.
  • Oh look. Here’s a male candidate to match yesterday’s female survived-but-should-still-get-a-Darwin-Award nominee. Heck, maybe they can even date each other — even if all they can do is hold hands.… 4 Comments
  • Well, that was quick

    When Internet companies began banning “hate” and bouncing white supremacists from their services, we cried in alarm that what could be done to them could be done to us — to libertarians, to gun-rights activists, to defenders of the Bill of Rights, to anyone whose opinions some Silicon Valley hotshot decided to hate today. But I think we at least expected there’d be a fairly long slippery slope and that we weren’t even actually on the edge of that slope yet. But no. It has already begun. Brad R., who’s been as much on top of this issue as anyone…

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    Sunday-Monday links

    Good advice from Brad R.: how to keep your libertarian website alive in the face of arbitrary decisions by domain registrars, cloud services, Google, and other “providers” who may not like your views. Poll (take it FWIW) says a majority of Americans, and even a plurality of black Americans, don’t want those Confederate statues torn down. Others, OTOH, want to begin with Lincoln, then tear down every monument to anyone who ever owned a slave. Bye-bye Washington and Jefferson. Bye-bye signers of the nation’s founding documents. Welcome to un-personhood. (Going to be quite interesting when that state at the top…

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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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    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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