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Weekend links

  • California’s gun-running anti-gunner Leland Yee pleads guilty.
  • This is the first article I’ve read from Bloomberg’s new anti-gun “journalistic” venture, The Trace. As I’ve heard, it seems to meld legitimate-looking reporting with Bloombergian hysteria. Oh yeah, “street toughs” are just looking to get their hands on M1s so they can commit “common crime.”
  • A former federal judge denounces the majority of the sentences she ever passed. (Why do these uber-establishment types always wait until afterward to take a stand?)
  • Can the bacteria in your gut affect your mood?
  • Well, then, how about the nerve in your gut?
  • Business Insider calls these the “funniest” emails associated with Hillary Clinton. Nothing funny about the reminder that those who seek to rule us are as stupid and inept as they are scary.
  • Finally, have some gorgeous weather photos courtesy of jed in comments.


  1. Bear
    Bear July 5, 2015 7:01 am

    HRC ‘funny’ emails: As I get older, I seem to be getting ever more cynical (I didn’t even realize that was possible). Lately, most of the focus on the emails has been “Oh; look what a silly, technoilliterate klutz she is is. Ha ha!” But not once can I recall seeing a mention in the press that she has admitted to thousands of FRA felonies…

    …which is one of the few felonies that specifically bar the offender from elective federal office. Like the Presidency.

    Someone who doesn’t understand the Dem/Rep daisychain relationship might wonder why the Republicans haven’t jumped on that fact.

    I don’t give a damn about the emails. Not even incriminating content. Because none of it matters. If anyone had wanted to find them, there was a place with a high probability of a complete email archive… outside of HRC’s direct control. Rep. Gowdy’s office knew it. Heck, Bill O’Reilly knew it. Eventually, Judicial Watch was specifically informed, although it was probably too late by then. (I wouldn’t be too surprised if some of the best ones are posted in India call center cubicles, though.)

    It’s nothing but a spin game to make it look like they are doing something without any risk to DC insiders.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 5, 2015 9:32 am

    In a weird way… I ALMOST wish the bug eyed liar, pseudo “woman” would be elected. I suspect it would push the whole mess over the edge of the cliff quite nicely.

    As for the gut bacteria, and the nervous system, the implications have been quite common knowledge for a long time. The human person is a complex combination of the physical, mental/emotional, and the spiritual/energy components of all life. They can’t truly be separated, and all attempts to do so result in dysfunction. That the human body has formed symbiotic relationships with bacteria, fungi and probably other unknown things has also been known for centuries. It is now a matter of recognition, establishing solid scientific study and applying it where appropriate. Voluntary applications only, of course.

    Food is the logical source for both basic nutrition and the friendly organisms. Kefir and fermented foods of all kinds supply the actual bacteria/yeasts/and other microbiotics, as well as helping the body maintain a friendly, healthy environment for them to grow and produce the things they contribute to human health. The microbes reproduce abundantly in the health gut, but so many things can destroy them there, or upset the balance, so intake of fresh organisms is always good.

    Some folks may well prefer an electronic device to stimulate certain nerves, hopefully producing beneficial results, but there are many different kinds of meditation, and what I call “energy” techniques, to do that without machines. Some of those methods have been used for many thousands of years, and maybe much longer. Some are quite new, but most of them incorporate at least some of the ancient wisdom.

  3. jed
    jed July 5, 2015 11:50 am

    Brain hacking? Coincidentally, I’m reading Accelerando, by Charles Stross. Free e-book, ya know.

  4. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau July 5, 2015 2:11 pm

    [A patchwork of ’50s- and ’70s-era laws (originally meant to shield U.S. small-arms makers from foreign competition) prohibits reimport of U.S.-made military firearms…]

    Ah, even from Bloomberg, this has the smell of truth. We are our own worst enemies. Surrendering a principle for a little cash, it’s madness.

    BTW I have seen squirrel eating roadkill (other squirrels, I think) more than once. Usually they are so engrossed that they turn into roadkill themselves.

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