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Massive Friday links dump

This oughta keep you busy for a while. Major hat tip to faithful contributor MJR, who went on a link-hunting tear this week.

  • Um … Yes, Wired, you can do something about Spotify’s weird new anti-privacy policy: don’t use Spotify. And y’know, Spotify’s “clarification” doesn’t help one little bit. It amounts to, “Oh, we’ll never, ever abuse all those bits of your life we’re requiring users to give up to us. Trust us …”
  • Now this is funny. How North Korea is handling shooting range budget cuts.
  • Over at TZP, Nicki and Y.B. write about a pair of killers and their enablers. Y.B.’s “A Traditional Young Man” and Nicki’s “A Shooting in Virginia.” (Please support TZP with your memberships and store purchases!)
  • Taxpayers sue the IRS for allowing hackers to grab their info.
  • Charming. How to age gracefully.
  • The agony of introvert writers in a world where writing has become a social occupation. (H/T JB)
  • And along those same lines: “If you don’t share this immediately the entire world will explode.”
  • Another confirmation that being neurotic leads to being creative.
  • The National Cancer Institute (a .gov operation), finally admits that cannabis can kill cancer cells.
  • It’s not surprising, but so pathetic. Data analysis proves what the hackers claimed and everyone should have suspected: There were almost no women using Ashley Madison.
  • I have an email out to Stewart Rhodes to learn more about this Oath Keepers controversy. Frankly, stopping this march by black gun owners in Ferguson doesn’t sound like something Oath Keepers would do.
  • Forgotten history: In 1863 there was an effort to organize sleeper cells against the tyrant Lincoln for his destruction of the Constitution and operation of a giant (for the times) surveillance network.
  • Cash itself is now a barbarous relic — says the Financial Times, speaking on behalf of governments everywhere.
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law.
  • How the eruption of Mt. Tambora darkened the world but colored the arts.
  • Hysterical. When people were asked to come up with a single word to describe each of three prominent political candidates, the result was singularly unflattering.
  • You may know or have guessed some of this already, but it’s fascinating in any case: How did early explorers, with their primitive means, find small islands amid very big oceans?
  • Awwwwww. Puppy does pushups.
  • Finally, here’s a free ebook download for you from Sparks31 on modern survivalism and communications for III-percenters. I haven’t read this yet, but looks interesting. Donations or other useful actions suggested in exchange.


  1. Joel
    Joel August 28, 2015 8:20 am

    Every time I read an article by a commercial writer bitching about how irritating success is, a brain vein bursts.

  2. RustyGunner
    RustyGunner August 28, 2015 8:42 am

    I’m not convinced that racism is the way to bet with this Oath Keepers fracas. OK did the same thing to us just before the Restore the Constitution rally at Gravelly Point in VA, withdrawing sanction and official participation based on some double-triple-fudge-ripple-top-secret intel that they refused to share with anyone else. I like and admire Stewart Rhodes but the more I see of Oath Keepers as an organization the less-impressed I become.

  3. LarryA
    LarryA August 28, 2015 10:14 am

    The unasked question in the Ashley article: Many men carrying on conversations, women who don’t exist or who never log in, who were the men talking with?

    the group planned to arm 50 black Ferguson protestors with AR-15s and march through downtown Ferguson.

    Black, white, or whatever, it’s the “arm protesters with AR-15s” part that makes this A Real Bad Plan Likely To Go Terribly Wrong.

    If the H.P. Newton gun club wants to bring their ARs and AKs and protest, I’ll cheer them on. Lend my guns (or guns I’m responsible for) to people going into an uncontrolled situation when I don’t know their training or motivation? Not hardly.

    The point of the “world will explode” article reminds me of lots of gun control supporters. The author’s worry is if they keep making predictions that don’t come true, they’ll frustrate supporters. There’s no hint that they might want to reconsider their predictions.

  4. Claire
    Claire August 28, 2015 10:48 am

    “If the H.P. Newton gun club wants to bring their ARs and AKs and protest, I’ll cheer them on. Lend my guns (or guns I’m responsible for) to people going into an uncontrolled situation when I don’t know their training or motivation? Not hardly.”

    Also my thought. I’ll definitely post when I hear what Stewart has to say about the situation.

  5. jed
    jed August 28, 2015 11:27 am

    I highly recommend Sparks’ website for prepping and radio work. Been reading it since day one. For just getting started, go back to post #1 and work forward, and read the comments too. He’s moved a bit away from the Radio-101 stuff, and more into publicizing his courses, but there’s a lot of good info there.

  6. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau September 1, 2015 6:48 pm

    [We have transformed into a country in which it’s difficult to imagine precisely what kind of official malfeasance would be met with more than a shrug of the shoulders.]

    I have to laugh at that OC Register piece. So… they are complaining that the peons are finally beginning to understand reality? They would prefer it if the peons would just go back to sleep?

    There is nothing new here. Laws have always been for the peons only. The “Constitutional Republic” has always been a fraud.

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