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Tuesday links

  • Lessons from the singing spaceman (and a reminder of how only NASA could ever have made outer space so darned dull).
  • Beretta says bye-bye Maryland.
  • The Lulz Liberator. This one was made on a cheaper printer, fired multiple shots, and has a rifled barrel. Nope, you really can’t stop the signal.
  • “We’ve comforted ourselves in all of this with the belief that, while government might potentially have all of this power, it would rarely use it or that, when it did, its use would be well-intentioned and circumscribed. Plus we had rules and systems to stop any abuse: The Bill of Rights, the due process clause, oversight by the media and courts, the two-party system, and strong procedural requirements.” Ha ha ha ha ha.
  • “Even billionaires keep their mouths shut.” John Kass recalls how he learned about Chicago-style politics. (We’re all living in Chicago now.)
  • Gold markets rigged? This time, even respectable Barrons admits gold bugs have a point.
  • Yeah, what Kent said on Kokesh’s armed march. And on Kokesh’s kidnapping-by-cop”.
  • I do find it odd, though, that in all this flapdoodle about Kokesh’s proposed armed march on DC, not one person has mentioned that the same thing was tried not so long ago in even more radical form. Big hoo-hah over it then, too. But that was in the Fidonet days when hoo-hahs didn’t make so much noise in the wider world. Linda Thompson. Ms “Acting Adjutant General” indeed …
  • ADDED: Awesome. And a high school girl did it.


  1. Woody
    Woody May 21, 2013 4:55 am

    “In 1994 Thompson declared herself “Acting Adjutant General” of the “Unorganized Militia of the United States”

    Just another wackjob tyrant wannabe in freedomista clothing. I remember her. I wonder what she is up to today.

    Actually, I’ve been thinking of declaring myself King. Who else could be better suited for the job? Watch the news for my announcement.

  2. Scott
    Scott May 21, 2013 9:12 am

    I wonder how long that supercapacitor will power a phone? Capacitors charge quickly and have a long life. Solar charged capacitor watches have been out for a few years. I read an article a while back on capacitor powered city buses. They didn’t have much range, but could charge at each stop quickly, while letting passengers on and off. I suppose you could power cars in-town with them. The downside to shoving a lot of energy into a small space is you don’t want to short that capacitor out….bad juju.
    The printed gun is cool, and you know now that it’s out, there’s a lot of folks going to be working on improving it.

  3. Laird
    Laird May 21, 2013 10:34 am

    I think you’re being unfair to Tom Keane in your selection of the quote from his essay. The paragraph immediately following the quoted one states:

    “What the Benghazi-IRS-AP scandals suggest — and what victims of drone strikes and people such as Aaron Swartz might testify — is that these protections are inadequate. Rules can be bent or ignored, people are venal, and in the pursuit of what government officials think are good ends, any means become acceptable. Power, as the saying goes, corrupts, and absolute power — and surely, we’re getting close to that point, aren’t we? — corrupts absolutely.”

    Which obviously is the complete opposite of the quoted portion, and is entirely his point.

  4. Latigo Morgan
    Latigo Morgan May 21, 2013 10:45 am

    Linda Thompson is still around?

    I always figured she offed herself for being such a phoney.

  5. Claire
    Claire May 21, 2013 12:53 pm

    Laird — Didn’t mean to defame Keane and of course you’re right about his current position. But what 21st-century person over the age of 12 could ever even hope (let alone believe) that the paragraph I quoted was true?

    Sure, Keane’s saying he knows better now; and good for him. But the fact that so many people still blind themselves to the futility or corruption of those supposed “bulwark” institutions is (IMHO) the real issue — and deserves sad, bitter laughter.

  6. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal May 21, 2013 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the links!

    I also read recently about a thin (layered) carbon battery that could charge in seconds. The change is coming- it will be interesting to see which direction it comes from first.

  7. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau May 21, 2013 2:00 pm

    That article claimed that Beretta was the oldest gun manufacturer in the world. Actually it’s the oldest company of any kind in the world, around 500 years.

    I have written my own opinion piece about the Kokesh thing:

  8. jc2k
    jc2k May 22, 2013 12:58 am

    I got so worked up after watching the Kokesh video, I had to watch the only thing I thought could make me feel better:

  9. "lee n. field"
    "lee n. field" May 22, 2013 1:48 pm

    “Linda Thompson”. Thank you. I was trying to remember her name a while ago. Didn’t she also kind of self declare herself the attorney for the Branch Davidians during the seige?

  10. Hanza
    Hanza May 22, 2013 9:39 pm

    One idiot said that the maker was a wimp for firing the Liberator remotely instead of holding it in his hand.

    When working with prototypes remote activation is the smart way to go.

  11. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau May 23, 2013 10:14 am

    Looks like Kongo Gumi “succumbed to debt” in 2006. But yeah, I get the point. It no longer makes sense to spout “stuff that ya heard” without checking first on the Internet…

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