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Wednesday miscellany

  • Britain formally outlaws its ID card scheme and prepares to destroy the associated databases. Yay, Britain!
  • Getting your friends and family members to take the red pill. The video linked at the end of the article is visually deadly, but makes good listening while playing solitaire. Not too many surprises for awarefolk, and it weasels its way into a sales pitch at the end. But it gives clear info for newbies.
  • A friend mentioned this old Hardyville column the other day. I’d forgotten ever writing it. Good for a laugh, I suppose. And it really is mostly true. Happened to a group I worked with.
  • Speaking of Hardyville … well, indirectly … my former significant sweetie Charles Curley wrote to tell me that somebody has founded the American Redneck Society. Years ago, Charles and I invented the Institute for Redneck Studies and the Redneck Liberation Front. But on learning that Jeff Foxworthy had already cornered the redneck market, we didn’t pursue our ideas. But for anybody who has ever wondered how the unlikely Dora-the-Yalie ended up in Hardyville … she arrived to pursue her Ph.D. in Redneck Studies (a branch of cultural anthropology). Never got around to writing about that (or some other surprising facts about Dora). But that’s the truth.
  • Forget that global warming thing. It’s so 2000s. Retro is new again. Time for the 1970s and predictions of a new ice age.
  • Oh, now here’s a brilliant idea. Equip USPS vehicles with surveillance devices.


  1. Pat
    Pat December 22, 2010 6:21 am

    How about writing how Dora-the-Yalie ended up in Hardyville, link it to BHM and the Hardyville columns, and send it to the American Redneck Society? If they added it to their website, it might spread the “bad attitude” word, the Hardyville book, and BHM’s circulation.

    Or simply link BHM and Hardyville to them, without the Dora story. (Though I, for one, would love to hear how/why she got there.)

  2. Joel
    Joel December 22, 2010 10:38 am

    Gad, I wish BHM dated these things. I don’t remember ever reading that one.

    Thanks, Claire.

  3. Kevin Wilmeth
    Kevin Wilmeth December 22, 2010 11:11 am

    Thanks for the Hardyville treat this morning; along with one of those patented Alaska “Arista Records” sunrises going on across the bay, and the first cup of coffee, I really needed that. 🙂

  4. bumperwack
    bumperwack December 22, 2010 1:00 pm

    as an aside, anyone who hasent read Claires “bye-bye banking” needs to do so…

  5. Bulucanagria
    Bulucanagria December 22, 2010 3:24 pm

    Claire, the link in the story is broken and I just gotta know. What’s the “Decadent All-Fat All-Carb Some-Meat Potato Casserole” all about. It sounds like food porn. Delicious, delicious food porn.

  6. Ellendra
    Ellendra December 22, 2010 10:37 pm

    I remember that Hardyville story, it’s one of my favorites!

    I find it a little bizarre that Britain would be getting rid of it’s ID program while they still have the NHS. Quite frankly, knowing the british I talk to frequently, I would bet they’re paving the way for something worse.

  7. Winston
    Winston December 27, 2010 6:17 pm

    I just clicked on that link to the American Redneck Society,

    It actually seems pretty cool. I’ve never been able to completely stop being a redneck no matter what company I keep or how many books I read. (Picture a half gothed-up 15 year old scowling about parental oppression and reading Crowley…while chewing tobacco. That would have been me.)

    I’m always going to have that touch of classic classlessness that only a lower middle class Irish-decended southern man can have…might as well get a costco discount out of it!

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