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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”…

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Friday links

  • In news-of-the-creepy: the recently dead can now unlock smartphones with their fingers or eyes.
  • Speaking of creepy, Sean Parker accuses Mark Z and FB of exploiting vulnerabilities in human psychology. (No sh*t, Sherlock. That’s what FB exists to do.)
  • Electric cars: major polluters. (Yet another truth obvious to anyone who ever looked honestly at the question without being dazzled by the claims of clean urban air.)… 6 Comments
  • Midweek links

  • The The disappearing American grad studentengineering grad student, that is.
  • Massachusetts has a puzzling legal problem with its cannabis legalization: islands. Whose waters are governed by feds. Hm. Washington state seems to have solved that. There are plenty of pot shoppes in the San Juans.
  • In case you haven’t heard already, two civilians stopped the Texas church murderer — a fact most of the media is trying to downplay.… 6 Comments
  • Monday links

  • Elderly small-town doctor who accepts mostly cash patients loses her medical license because she doesn’t have a computer to report to her state’s mandatory drug-monitoring program.
  • Where oh where have we heard stories like this before? And why do politicians never see the predictable end to the tale? California plans to slap monumental taxes on legal cannabis in hopes of filling up the state’s shaky treasury.
  • The paradise papers are shaking up some otherwise comfortable people.… 36 Comments
  • Friday links

  • Donna Brazile confirms what we all knew: that Debbie and the DNC allowed Clinton to control the party apparatus and budgets long before she even won the primaries.
  • For those concerned that Amazon wants to take over the world, here’s more ammo: their legal department just registered three domain names for cryptocurrencies.
  • Last week employees at two online NYC-based news ops cheered at winning the right to union representation. This week they all lost their jobs and the publications died.… 14 Comments
  • One of those weeks/random thoughts/much etcetera

    It’s been one of those weeks. You know the kind. Nothing really terrible is happening, but the petty annoyances and small setbacks threaten to overwhelm all productivity. It started with Amazon’s sudden imposition of stupid security on vendor accounts, then went from there in a bruising week of itty-bitty pokes by Jokester Fate. I found a solution for the Amazon stupidity (thank you, parabarbarian), but getting it implemented involved hours of additional stupid. And so the days went, with my writer’s to-do list getting longer and my patience shortening by the hour. Yesterday I woke up to a tank-rental bill…

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