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Wednesday links

  • Great anti-drone ad from the New York Civil Liberties Union.
  • And speaking of the (many) reasons not to give trust or power to police … if the eye-witness account is true (something that might be confirmed by a necropsy on the dead dog), this cop should never walk among civilized beings again. This really deserves a blog post of its own, but I couldn’t stand to write it. Beware: this makes the standard cop-puppycide case look loving by comparison. (H/T Wendy McElroy)
  • Let’s change the subject and do some badly needed lightening up. Here’s a quiz for you: Which politicians made which statements?
  • This is also a case of dog abuse. People abuse, too. But I’m sorry, I almost laugh when I picture it: man beats girlfriend with her own dog. People are very strange. Fortunately nobody was badly hurt.
  • And while we’re looking at black humor (and a great barb against anti-gun fools) …
  • Yay! Porno-cancer scanners get banned in Europe.
  • That new TV series, Revolution? So far not so good.
  • Here’s some clever expansion on the “week-in-a-bucket” preparedness idea that BusyPoorDad brought to the comments the other day. This is month-in-a-bucket from bare bones to high end. (Thank you, Chief Instructor!)


  1. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal September 19, 2012 8:11 am

    The “month in a bucket”… if you are going to assume that you’ll be gathering greens, roots, etc to supplement anyway, and assume unlimited access to fresh water, then parched corn will give you much longer than one month per bucketful.

  2. Woody
    Woody September 19, 2012 9:07 am

    If you thought the cop torturing an injured dog story was bad, you should read the comments following the article. Hard to believe some people actually support this type of behavior.

  3. Claire
    Claire September 19, 2012 9:14 am

    Woody, I couldn’t bring myself to read any more. I’m guessing people were excusing the cop saying he was just trying to “put the dog out of its misery.” (Added) Or saying the owners of the dog were entirely to blame.

    I keep thinking about the fact that this happened in Flagstaff, AZ, where I know for dead-solid certain there are 24-hour emergency vet clinics. I keep thinking about the way the cop drove away neighbors who knew whose dog it was. I keep thinking about how much more misery that evil man caused that poor animal. I keep wondering what kind of person would even think about stomping on a dog’s head …

  4. Claire
    Claire September 19, 2012 9:15 am

    Kent … parched corn for a month? Eeeew, I’d be wanting to die just from the monotony!

  5. kevin m
    kevin m September 19, 2012 9:19 am

    Watched the Revolution pilot. 15 years no electricity and their clothes look FABULOUS! Really cool that the attacking villains wait their turns to strike allowing the defender a chance to dispatch them one at a time. If those 4 Crips who left me with a bruised kidney and spleen [Oklahoma county jail 1992], had attacked in that manner I might have had a fighting chance. [No pun intended]

  6. Matt, another
    Matt, another September 19, 2012 10:05 am

    Revolution is aired on NBC, that alone should tip people that it wouldn’t be worth investing much time or thought into it.

    I concur on the best way to lower suicide rates using guns. Maybe a nice you Tube vidoe on proper ways to tie good knots, etc would be helpful too.

  7. Claire
    Claire September 19, 2012 12:20 pm

    Mike. OMG. The cop mistakes a dog’s tail for a deer and shoots the woman who’s with the dog?

    And that blatant, deliberate disregard for basic rules of gun handling isn’t negligence? Wow. Clearly that magistrate has never heard that “always be sure of your target” is one of the first things taught to anybody who picks up a gun. Or maybe s/he has, but … yeah, cops can do no wrong.

  8. Water Lily
    Water Lily September 19, 2012 2:25 pm

    I could not read the dog story. How very sad.

    Regarding storing/eating genetically modified corn. (Most corn is genetically modified these days. Organic is not.) Seems like it’s causing all sorts of health nasties. We don’t touch the stuff, haven’t in years.

    I actually turned on the TV. To watch “Revolution.” Disappointing. I’m giving it one more shot, and if it doesn’t get better next show, that’s it for me.

  9. naturegirl
    naturegirl September 19, 2012 3:16 pm

    Yeah, I couldn’t read the dog story either. And the man beats woman with dog story is just full of “loser” throughout it.

    They need to start shooting animal abusers. Just eliminate them, period.

  10. Woody
    Woody September 19, 2012 4:00 pm

    “They need to start shooting animal abusers. Just eliminate them, period.”


    Care to expand on that?

  11. Stryder
    Stryder September 19, 2012 4:57 pm

    I don’t agree with shooting animal abusers, I think we should use them to test cosmetics…..

  12. Matt, another
    Matt, another September 19, 2012 6:53 pm

    Maybe we should require the cops to field dress and then cook and eat their kills.

  13. Claire
    Claire September 19, 2012 8:39 pm

    Matt, another. Be careful of that. Some of those [unspeakables] might get perverse kicks out of skinning and eating dogs.

    I sorta like that cosmetics-testing idea …

  14. just waiting
    just waiting September 20, 2012 4:07 am

    kevin m, yours is the 2nd comment I’ve seen about the clothing in Revolution.
    Just because we’re in The Next World, people shouldn’t be fashionable?

    Clothing is something that seems to have been largely overlooked in all of the prep guides I have seen. Everyone talks about water, food, security, but no one considers clothing.

    I approach clothing like all other preps, when I have some extra money I buy some. Whenever I make the trek to Costco, I try to buy a package of socks, underwear, t shirts, pants when I can. Not just the size I wear now, but the next 2 sizes smaller also (I plan on eating well no matter what, but just in case I lose some weight in the after). I run everything through the wash, then drop them in foodsaver bags, suck the air out, and stow them in a prep box. Found my boots and shoes on sale, so bought an extra set of them for storage too.

    LOL, I guess you’ll know me in the next world, I’ll be one in new clothes who looks like he came off a tv stage.

  15. Sam
    Sam September 20, 2012 5:46 am

    I liked Revolution. It was the first one. It was good enough to get me to watch a few more and see where it goes. The poison alcohol was brilliant and I liked the muskets being used.

  16. naturegirl
    naturegirl September 20, 2012 11:30 am

    “They” meaning anyone close enough to shoot the abusers. An animal lover, the owner, whomever. The cosmetics testing is a good idea also, except it may make mistakenly make them prettier, sometimes.

    I don’t know if anyone saw the latest update on Patrick, a dog rescued from the bottom of a garbage chute. It’s hard to see the before, but the reward is the now pix:

  17. naturegirl
    naturegirl September 20, 2012 11:31 am

    Sorry, to many “makes” in that ^ post.

  18. Woody
    Woody September 20, 2012 11:40 am

    Hmm, I wonder, would lipstick on a Pig make it pretty? Probably not. Shooting is probably better, if a bit messier. If there were a hell it would certainly have a special place reserved for cops and animal abusers.

  19. Claire
    Claire September 20, 2012 12:01 pm

    Thank you for the link, naturegirl! I’ve known about Patrick’s story for some time, but everybody keeps referring me to his Facebook page, which is pretty much unuseable for me. So until now I had seen the horrendous “corpse” picture (hard to believe that dog was still alive), but none of the in-progress photos. Wow. That’s very heartening. And I hope his ex-owner gets the book thrown at her — and hard.

  20. LarryA
    LarryA September 20, 2012 10:54 pm

    It’s hard for me to watch EOTW stories where “we don’t have the technology to make firearms so we’ll use compound bows.”

    Full-auto firearms were invented in the 1890s, revolvers in the 1850s. The materials to make compound bows and the arrows they shoot weren’t available until the 1950s.

  21. naturegirl
    naturegirl September 20, 2012 10:59 pm

    I was surprised that’s the same dog, the difference in the before and after is amazing…..truly a miracle, that’s all I can say…..

    I have a whole bunch of friends in Atlanta that are very devoted to pitbull rescues….that’s how I first found out about Patrick’s story….there are very few bad animals but it seems there are a ton of bad owners, hence why I feel the way I do about the abusers’ punishment…..Whatever the breed of animal it is, there isn’t a reason or excuse in the world to justify treatment like this….and success stories like Patrick’s are bookended by stories of the ones that are lost, unfortunately….

    Bless all who step in to help and make a difference….

  22. Hanza
    Hanza September 22, 2012 12:17 am

    I watched the first (and it will be my last) episode of Revolution. Two thumbs down on that one.

    However on Thursday the 27th, ABC will air a new series called Last Resort. That one I think I will like.

    I may be prejudiced because I’m retired Navy, and the show is about a U.S. submarine and her crew.

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