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Good day and other ruminations

I’m still basking in the glow of last week’s great gift, which enabled me to pay off last summer’s construction loan, budget money to insulate the attic and restore my propane service, do a little paying forward, and still put plenty aside. Yesterday another of my angels flew in and I immediately put his contribution to good use, also. In fact, three of Living Freedom’s biggest angels have been involved in all this. (And Patreon made its monthly payout, also put to good use, thank you.) Is there a word for a band of angels? Flock? Pride? Flight? Gratitude? A…


Monday links

  • Scott Greenfield has more on F*c*b**k’s plan to have its robots send cops to “help” FB users they judge to be suicidal. I hope FB and its robots get sued — and sued hard — by all those who survive such “help.”
  • A biomedical researcher makes the case that animal lovers should support experimentation on animals. (If only the critters could give consent!) (H/T ML)
  • You may be glad to know that New York City has solved its rat diversity problem.… 14 Comments
  • Weekend links

  • A 17-year-old flexes his rights during a traffic stop. Two years later his parents get a $2.4 million settlement. Not clear whether the killer cop will have to pay a dime of it, though.
  • When I first saw this, I thought, “If you so disapprove of ‘white DNA,’ why don’t you do the world a favor by expunging from your body all the DNA you share with us evil ones?” My second thought was, “You have your right to free speech, but why should the poor Texas taxpayers have to finance it?”
  • Leave it to the Mormons to come up with this. If you’re in Salt Lake City, you can now buy a goat or a chicken for someone in a third-world country. Or school shoes or an eye exam for a kid in need. From a vending machine.… 17 Comments
  • Now, about that wonderful thing

    I mentioned on Wednesday that a pretty wonderful thing had … well, fallen upon me. That’s the only way to express it. I couldn’t write about it then. I barely can now. So first a little background. —– This month’s shocking collapse of Amazon Associates revenues (just when they should have started into their pre-holiday runup) had me thinking about this blog’s future. You guys stepped in with a YUGE response to my fundraiser last year after BHM cut me off. When Amazon nerfed its commission structure earlier this year, a lone angel quietly began making up for the loss.…


    Thursday links

  • Of course it was a complete accident that Google “disappeared” Protonmail from its search results for months. How could anyone think otherwise?
  • It’s happened as we knew it must: a state has ordered medical cannabis users to turn in their guns. (Via Myself in comments)
  • Six things you learn after shooting a cop in self defense. (Yeah, you already knew; it’s the mainstreamness and millennialness of this source that’s interesting.)… 54 Comments
  • I said I’d be drywalling. But.

    I said this morning I’d be drywalling all day. I was, sort of. I finished a second wall of the bedroom, but ambition to cover the longest wall got derailed by my ambition to do it right. That wall was the exterior wall of the original 14 x 24 cabin. Presumably the blocked-off doorway was the back door. But shortly after Jim Beam and Jack Daniels built the “big chicken coop” (as the builder’s great grandson, who works at the lumberyard calls it), they added the bedroom wing, covered all that over, and I never knew what to expect until…


    Hitler reacts to grad student thought crimes

    Something pretty wonderful happened this morning. But Her Royal Highness demands to be walked, and after that I have a day of some rather tricky drywalling. I’ll try to post about the Very Good Thing later. Meantime, have another hilarious Hitler: This one is based on a recent attempt at free speech academic thought crime in Canada.


    Should I disappear …

    It’s probably not the feds (though you never know). I’m about to back up the computer then update the operating system. You’d figure I’ve done enough OS updates not to mess it up. But … well, you never do know, do you? I’ll be updating from a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS, which I’ve never done. Shouldn’t be too big a deal if Mint installs (or keeps) relevant libraries. If you Linux geeks have any dire warnings to offer … sorry, it’s too late. 🙂