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Tuesday miscellany

  • Thirty-nine percent of the polled U.S. public appear to be terribly misinformed.
  • Don’t know whether this is true. But would anybody really be surprised if it were?
  • The radiation may not be the only health hazard.
  • Heh. So much for trust, but verify. Maybe they shoulda seen the signs.
  • Want a free gun? Pretty cool one, too.
  • All the systemic corruption of the U.S. financial system … all the horrendous harm bankers and regulators and the fed conspired to do to us ordinary working folks and our country. And who does the fedgov decide to go after??? OMG. Insider trading. Next to smoking pot, that’s got to be the non-crime of the century.
  • Story of a short sale.
  • Coyotes on the streets of Chicago. Real ones.
  • One thing that always amazes me is the total degree of not-getting-it-ness in the world. I’m not just talking about politics or liberty or whatever — but about the way we humans can filter anything through our own very strange filters until good ideas come out distorted beyond recognition. And beyond belief. Take this statement: “I’ve always heard you can’t change the world until you change yourself and who you are.” Wisdom, right? Common sense. A great place to begin an examined life. Now take a gawk at who said that and how wildly she twisted it.
  • Ah well. Some people really do get it. Here’s one: Stewart Rhodes. (Tip o’ Hat to Sam.)


  1. Winston
    Winston November 23, 2010 1:45 pm

    “I’ve always heard you can’t change the world until you change yourself and who you are”

    That’s some serious ego right there. I benefit from the objectification of women just as much as the next guy but good lord…unless your name happens to be Marilyn Monroe being a playmate does nothing to change the world.

  2. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal November 23, 2010 1:47 pm

    That 39%- Not just “misinformed”, but clearly idiots. There’s just no way to get around that fact.

  3. Scott
    Scott November 23, 2010 4:01 pm

    My very first job out of high school involved cutting foam, both with the bladed cutters and a hot-wire one(I used a fishing knife..easiest thing to cut foam with)-I’m going to guess Adam Savage is joking..As I recall, they came ten to a cardboard tube,about the diameter of a broom handle(little less). Wouldn’t that set the metal detector off? Then again, who knows? Maybe the on-duty TSAian just wanted to check out a famous person..

  4. Gary
    Gary November 23, 2010 7:09 pm

    There are coyote dens in urban parks here in the Portland, Oregon area and its suburbs. Don’t think they are GPS collared though.

    Also in Forest Park, which is one of the largest urban parks in the country, there are also bear, deer and couger.

  5. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 24, 2010 7:36 am

    Re: Want a free gun? Pretty cool one, too.

    I joined “FirearmsTalk” at one point, but found little of value there so quit visiting. Unfortunately, I continued to receive frequent commercial spam emails from them.

    At that point, I could find no way to decline those emails or delete my account!

    Finally, after nearly a year, I was able to contact someone (don’t remember now) and threatened legal action if they did not cease spamming me. I demanded that my “account” be deleted as well. It took a number of emails and almost 6 months to get this accomplished.

    Personally, I’d much rather buy a gun than have anything to do with this outfit.

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