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Midweek links

  • Did anybody here think the MSM really meant all those editorials about how they were going to be more politically unbiased from now on? Here’s USA Today defining the entire alt-right movement as “espousing white nationalism.” And here’s Alan Dershowitz having to point out that Steve Bannon is no anti-Semite. I’m not fond of either the alt-right or Bannon. But get real, media. Get real. Your life depends on it.
  • And they ask — they seriously ask! — “Will America Now Have a Pravda?” No, you willfully blind jackasses: America has had a Pravda and an Izvestia for many years now.… 20 Comments
  • Tuesday links

    Pretty amazing way for a 16-year-old to live. (H/T JB) OTOH, some people may just have too much time on their hands. And hatchets and beer in them. (H/T ML) Speaking of too much time and hands … did you know there’s a (not joking) world of rock-paper-scissors competition? (Tip o’ hat to jed) Looking for some good hard science fiction? (H/T MJR) Get businesses freaked out enough about “discriminating against the disabled” and they’ll fall for anything. 12 lessons to learn and hang onto forever. (Especially for business, but plenty have applications in the rest of the world, too.)…

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    Monday links

    Meet Twitter’s new thought police. Incredible (but not surprising in this anti-free speech day) that a company that lives or dies on the quality of its public forum of ideas would do this. Your brain: it may work better in winter. Now my brain, on the other hand … Bernie-ites! You want socialism? Here’s socialism. “Media Matters Not.” The big “progressive watchdog” goes after the little old Zelman Partisans, distorting all the way. Bear Bussjaeger says thanks. Narcissism. And speaking of which: Hillary. (This is actually pretty funny.) The Robin Hood of science is pulling scientific papers from behind paywalls…

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    Wednesday links

    It should be no surprise to anyone hereabouts, but even as Microsoft pretends to have been converted to the privacy gospel, it steals your disk-encryption keys. If you have v*ted in the last 15 years, you are screwed. (H/T MJR) You may think this absurd, insecure database of v*ters is no big deal, but the implications are pretty catastrophic. And nobody knows who compiled or owns this giant mess? Fedgov, anyone? The war on Asian-American academic success. Repeat violators of HIPAA privacy provisions pay little consequence. Which is totally unsurprising because HIPAA was always more of a privacy-violation enabler than…

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    Monday links

    In the era of Common Core, classical education begins to rebound. Why on earth is there even a debate about whether cops who kill people should be identified? Especially when this is the LEO culture we live with? If you or I killed somebody, or were even suspected of it, our names would be blatted all over the media. Woman says she was strip-searched, drugged, and locked up in a metal ward (and billed for it) because cops don’t believe she owned her BMW. Man in jail for minor offenses ends up in a coma because jailers wouldn’t let paramedics…

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    Wednesday links

    Boys with sticks learn what sticks are for. Beautiful. Bovard on the latest “food insecurity” fraud. Hmph. Must be nice to be so powerful that airlines change their routes so you can get to your second home more quickly. Seven archeological mysteries that could be solved in this century. Another potential use for cannibis: preventing organ rejection after transplants. Much more research needed. The rise and fall of the Salem witch hysteria. This dog is a caretaker at a zoo.

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    Tuesday links

    Lenore Skenazy (once again) demands that kids — and their parents — be free to walk free. It’s fascinating just how many ways the $15/hour minimum wage is backfiring. J.D. Tuccille has yet another. (And it’s great to see his Disloyal Opposition blog back again!) Via Sipsey Street: It’s no surprise, but soooo gratifying that the number of guns being manufactured has doubled during the Obama regime. Yep, as I guessed yesterday, Chrysler is handling the hack-a-Jeep (or anything else we make) fix staggeringly poorly. Also yesterday I said that no writer had ever come up with a description of…

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    Friday links

    Another lemonade stand bites the dust. (Then is “allowed” to reopen, subject to inspection. They’re gonna kill a whole generation of entrepreneurs.) And that’s not all they’re doing to the independence of children. In the pre-apocalypse vacation cabins are the first to go. Kind of a dumb lefty article, but still interesting. How one doctor blew the whistle on horrendous medical fraud and malpractice. This doctor had nothing personally to gain; just integrity. Even after he put himself at risk, it appears the government followed up only minimally, doing little to investigate what must have been an entire empire of…

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    Monday links

    John Silveira’s famous Backwoods Home classified ad continues to live on 18 years later. It’s already become an indie movie and helped launch a director’s burgeoning career. (H/T DD) Kentucky Authoritahs grab 10 kids, apparently just because they’re unschooled and live off grid. Hearing today. Wish this family good fortune. So lessee. Reading to your kids is about the best way in the world to give them a head start. Better than fancy private schools. Which means that the proper response is … quit doing it and maybe even eliminate families. Huh? “Harrison Bergeron” indeed. I’ve just added a new…

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