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Category: Official thuggery, bad prosecutions, and bad law

Tuesday links

Ten-year-old unlocks his mom’s iPhoneX by facial recognition — without even trying. Hahaha. From Reason: Detroit cops posing as drug dealers get into a brawl with Detroit cops posing as drug buyers. It’s here as we predicted: the first drug with ingestion tracking. Also from Reason, J.D. Tuccille asks whether it’s occurred to anyone that tighter gun laws with stricter enforcement are likely to leave libertarians as the best armed people around. (But wait; aren’t we already?) Locating lost cities of the ancient world by analyzing records of their commerce. South African TV refuses to air an “authentic” miracle. (NSFW)…

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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

  • Worried some disgruntled ex might post intimate images of you (known these days as revenge porn)? The simple solution is now available. Just pre-emptively send F*c*b**k whichever of your most sensuous photos you happen to be concerned about and … yeah, somebody thinks that actually makes sense.
  • Democrats hit their lowest approval rate in decades. Then sweep yesterday’s elections.
  • That 84-year-old doctor in New Hampshire continues to fight an uphill battle to get her medical license back. The state keeps pushing the notion that she “voluntarily” surrendered it. (Sort of like we “volunteer” to pay income taxes. After we’ve been subjected to a high-pressure audit.)… 14 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
  • Amid all that #MeTooing …

    … One voice deserves far more applause than the rest. I don’t even know her name: the 18-year-old in New York who was pulled away from her companions, handcuffed, thrust into the back of a police van, then had “consensual sex” with two plainclothes NYPD detectives. Or so they said. No reasonable human could agree with that cop claim. It’s a perp’s point of view, just like, “It was her fault; I wouldn’t have killed her if she hadn’t screamed.” Or like that creep in the news right now who killed the gun-store owner he was robbing “in self defense.”…

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    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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    Midweek links

  • Bovard: let us not forget the FBI’s own long criminal record.
  • Well, Jeff Flake (who went from libertarian-ish rep to RINOish senator) was right about one thing: “Resentment is not a governing philosophy”. More mainstreamers should be asking what causes so much resentment and why it’s become a driving force in both “right” and “left-wing” poly-ticks.
  • Five years from now, will we will we be wearing headbands to stimulate our brains and make us smarter? (H/T JB)… 9 Comments
  • Monday links

  • Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz wins a defamation lawsuit against Thomson Reuters. Also suing the vile hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • “She consented!” … despite being handcuffed and in the back seat of their squad car.
  • I am so totally losing track of this whole “Russians in U.S. elections” thing. Russian-backed green-energy group goes bust because they bet on a Hillary win. Or something.… 6 Comments