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Weekend links

John Lott gives that stats for what ought to be obvious: The U.S. does not have a murder problem. Certain counties have a murder problem. (And no doubt also certain neighborhoods within those counties, and certain individuals within those neighborhoods.) Ooh. That hurts: “I threw away $4.8 million in bitcoin. (H/T MtK) Fairly decent article about the knife-rights movement. Mixed blessing. Pitbull saved from death row is now a drug warrior. (Tip o’ hat to PT) Attempted murder survivor tells women to fight back via her Fight Like Girls program. Nobody can give a pat definition of happiness. At least…

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Thursday links

  • Amidst the cruelty of the Manchester bombing, heroic kindness from an unexpected source.
  • Um, yeah. So somehow making tasty burritos in Portland puts women in Mexico out of work? Scott Greenfield has more, including a direct look into the minds of the cultural appropriation pecksniffs.
  • But having looked at the nuttier side of life in the PNW, here’s the saner part: v*ters in Washington hated both Trump and Clinton more than the v*ters of any other state.… 3 Comments
  • Monday links

  • The cannabis entrepreneurs preparing to fight Jeff Sessions’ renewed war on an herb. They think it might be a war of regulation and bureaucracy this time.
  • Kim du Toit muses on bedside guns.
  • Why did we hear so little about Turkish goons — employees of the dictator Erdogan — beating up peaceful American protestors? In America? I’m sure Erdogan’s thugs are just shaking in their jackboots that the U.S. State Department had a very strong and forceful hissy-fit after the fact.

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  • End-of-week links

  • The Infamous Weinerman pleads guilty. It’s off to a short prison term, then the sex-offender registry. Anybody taking bets on how long it’ll be before he’s doing it all again?
  • Good news, hobbyists. A court has shot down the FAA’s drone-registration requirement. OTOH, China is now requiring drone registration. So don’t move there. Oh yeah. And don’t fly one over my house, either.
  • More sheriff’s deputies who have neither courtesy nor good sense. … 10 Comments
  • Thursday links

  • Following Bob Owens’ suicide, there’ve been a lot of articles on the general theme of how men’s depression is different than women’s (generally true) and how men may be more reluctant to get help. What only one person has mentioned so far (and that over on the private Claire’s Cabal forums) is that if you’re a gun owner who asks for help you will be screwed six ways from Sunday. Smart gun owners do not dare let so-called mental-health professionals know they’re suffering. At the very least, they’ll lose their gun rights. And it’s not at all uncommon for cops to show up and kill them. Some “help” that is!
  • Yet another cop walks free on the “I’m a puling coward” defense. Betty Shelby argued that pre-emptive murder was part of her training. Besides, the dispensable “civilian” didn’t give her the instant obedience expected of the peasant class. … 6 Comments
  • Return of the Monk

    Got a text from The Wandering Monk yesterday afternoon. He swears he’ll be here bright and early this morning. And that he’ll be “80%” okay to work despite having chopped his leg with a machete on Saturday. We shall see. If he’s able to pull this off, I expect I’ll be called upon to do more minioning than usual. But the cold rain has finally abated and we have clear days ahead. I’m ready to get back to the Great Foundation and Screen Porch project. If 80% turns out to be overly optimistic, I may just call a halt to…

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    Want to know how far the feds will go to trap people?

    This far. And farther, of course. The Intercept tells the story of how the FBI concocted a fake production company with a fake documentary crew to get the Bundys and their supporters to self-incriminate. Journalists and filmmakers rightly object when police and spies impersonate them. They ignore the fact that plenty of actual journalists over the decades have acted as government agents. Long, weird, twisted story. Worth a read, though, and worth heeding for any activist. 0

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    Tuesday links

  • Closer to confirmation: mysteriously murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was indeed in contact with Wikileaks, and the emails “hacked by Russians” may have instead been leaked by him.
  • Leonardo da Vinci invented an odd musical instrument (on paper). A modern instrument maker has built it. (Use the “cc” option on the video to get English subtitles.)
  • The governmental stupid gets thicker and thicker in California. Now dumb law threatens small, independent booksellers — as if they weren’t already threatened enough. (H/T M)

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  • Thank yous

    To the person unknown who surprised me by raising my bitcoin total last week … To the long-time supporter, friend, and bounteous information source who just rendered my rainy walk to the post office surprisingly pleasant … To the generous mystery man who has lately sprung several such surprises upon me … And finally to the dear friend (a victim of both perilous health and our present economic “recovery”) who no longer has the means to send financial support, but who volunteered to do a truly wizardly deed for a suffering friend of mine. The two have never met and…

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