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Tuesday links

  • Well, here’s some provocative privacy protection. Drone Munitions. Shotshells specially aimed (pardon the pun) at ridding your backyard of those pesky camera-bearing neighborhood quadcopters. (H/T MtK)
  • Ten more things you didn’t know were racist.
  • How safe and how effective are those expired meds in your prep supplies? (Via SayUncle)
  • “Brady’s Empty Suits.” Excellent piece from Dave Hardy about how the Brady Center has been able to bring so many frivolous lawsuits and how the Lucky Gunner smackdown may have finally broken them. What a cynical bunch they are!
  • We already know that utility workers and others with access to our homes have been recruited into the “see something, say something” ranks of “terrorist” and anti-drug witch hunters. Now, San Jose, California, is contemplating turning garbage trucks into police surveillance units. Strictly to help find stolen vehicles, of course. This will never be used for anything nefarious. How could you even think that, you unAmerican little worm, you? (H/T MJR)
  • Glenn Reynolds says, “See something, DO something!” As those Americans on that French train did. (Joel also posted a great piece on this theme a couple of days ago.)


  1. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau August 25, 2015 8:07 am

    Drone Munitions? Only in America…

    Just a few days ago I bought a box of 500 Hornady .224 bullets for use against zombies. Apparently they can also be used for more ordinary varmints. I couldn’t pass them up as the price was only $61. Something to load up on a rainy day…

    Garbage truck plate readers – when a car is not on the street, it is not required to have a visible plate. I’d think about covering them up, perhaps with a card that had “Fuck the government” printed on it. Just to let them know what I thought about their spying on everybody.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty August 25, 2015 8:14 am

    The article about “expire dates” on medicine is great, and the comments there are just as good.

    One thing to consider, however… why not do whatever you can NOW to eliminate as much chemical “medicine” as possible from your life? Most Americans are seriously over medicated, and far too dependent on antibiotics and other things instead of getting serious about building a strong immune system with good nutrition, etc. Most health problems (even lots of injuries) are ultimately related to stress and poor nutrition, which lead to a poor immune system.

    Having expired meds on hand for an emergency would be good. Not being dependent on such chemical medications would be a whole lot better.

  3. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal August 25, 2015 8:47 am

    A while back I was reading about medicines and their expiration dates. That article was describing a study which was done with medicines which were up to 40 years old. Most hadn’t lost too much of their effectiveness. Except for aspirin, which actually became useless fairly quickly.

    Plus, much longer ago a pharmacist had told me to keep old medicines. He said they don’t become dangerous, they just get weaker.

  4. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal August 25, 2015 8:50 am

    So liberty and freedom are racist code words. I guess we’d better re-institute chattel slavery really quick, then. We wouldn’t want to be racist by insisting that everyone should be free or live in liberty, would we?

  5. LarryA
    LarryA August 25, 2015 10:09 am

    and now refer to “rainbow sheep,” “happy sheep,” or “green sheep,”
    I think it should be “yellow” sheep, but that’s also unPC.

    On June 17, Matsch granted the motion, and ruled that Lucky Gunner and the other defendants were entitled to $203,000 in attorney fees!
    How is that significant? All the BC has to do is have each of their 5,000,000 members kick in a nickel, and the fee’s paid.
    Oh, wait…

    As those Americans on that French train did.
    It’s like a well-regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state.

  6. david
    david August 26, 2015 10:34 am

    So, for drones we need something like a PVC ‘potato cannon’ that will launch a small fish-net and entangle the thing, dropping it to the ground or allowing it to be pulled in on a string like a fisherman’s cast-net that is used for bait. Any mechanical engineers out here?

    I may have come up with a non-racist response to such claims. You’ve all heard it before, but for claims of ‘micro-aggression’ and such I think its very apropos, and NOT racist no matter how someone might try to spin it – “Kiss my Ass!’. Use freely, children….

    Testing with results released in 2012 show that most meds meet fedgov guidelines for potency YEARS after expiration dates, some as many as 50 years later. So Granny’s meds when she moves on…. , and there is also an article on Huffpopo with more details.

    I loved the Brady’s Empty Suits story, but wish Lucky Gunner had also gone after punitive damages as well, given that it was clearly a ‘capricious, arbitrary and malicious’ lawsuit. Normally, those are 3x the award for damages, so it would have made the total due to Lucky Gunner $800k if they’d gotten it all – and per the story, that’s more than 2 years entire budget for the Brady bunch. That would certainly have been ‘bye bye Bradys’.

    Garbage men were turned into snitches in many cities decades ago, so making the trucks do the actual spying while you have somebody ‘back at the office’ looking at the tapes was an eventual certainty. Not nice, and definitely creepy in a 1984 kind of way, but not a surprise. But then, who tosses an RPG, or Scorpion, or a nickel-bag of pot, into his trash can? Oh, wait! Maybe that’s where my copy of The Anarchist’s Cookbook went during my last divorce!

  7. Ellendra
    Ellendra August 27, 2015 8:59 am

    “So, for drones we need something like a PVC ‘potato cannon’ that will launch a small fish-net and entangle the thing, dropping it to the ground or allowing it to be pulled in on a string like a fisherman’s cast-net that is used for bait. Any mechanical engineers out here?”

    I’ve seen something like that. It was used by a falconer to catch the birds he wanted to train. I read about it so long ago, I’m not even sure what kind of falcon it was, but I remember he used a kite that had a caged sparrow tied to the string, and when the birds of prey responded to the sparrow’s distress calls, a gadget tied to the string near the cage would shoot a net over them, and he’d just reel in the kite to get it all.

    For some reason that trapping technique still disturbs me. If you can modify it for drones, more power to you!

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