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Monday links

  • “No Cupcake, there is no right not to be offended.” Nicki does it again.
  • They ripped up their kitchen floor and found a secret code + $50,000. Is that cool or what? Commentariat member Stryder informs me this story is a hoax.
  • Wait. Why would they bust a TSA agent for doing this? Isn’t molesting us their job?
  • Annalee Newitz does a follow-up to her expose on the lack of women at Ashley Madison and concludes that, yes, it was outright fraud by the company.
  • Despite hints of sentencing reform and lightening up of the drug war, prison vendors see continued signs of (groan) a captive market.
  • The Obama administration’s fiat war on contracting is not only a foolish attempt to turn the clock back 40 years; it’s a dangerous business. (H/T MJR)
  • Boy lost in the wilderness uses a survival trick he learned from his dad. Good on you, kid and family.
  • Loooove them lobbyists. A cop lobby has gotten North Dakota to legalize weaponized drones. Will other states soon follow? (But of course, we’re not to worry; only “less than lethal” weapons are allowed and in the hands of those heroes in blue, if we’ve done nothing wrong, we have nothing to worry about, right?) (H/T MJR)

And just for laughs … Mama said there’d be days like this.



  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty August 31, 2015 5:37 am

    Oh yea, there are days like that… I only start to worry when they come in weeks. 🙂

  2. Stryder
    Stryder August 31, 2015 5:38 am

    The safe story is a hoax, already debunked by the guys who pulled it.

  3. Claire
    Claire August 31, 2015 5:57 am

    Oh drat. Sorry, Stryder. Will make a note on the post.

  4. Joel
    Joel August 31, 2015 6:24 am

    Haven’t paid any attention to the Ashley Madison story, so the one you posted was fascinating in a better-you-than-me kind of way. Whoever said “there’s a sucker born every minute” was clearly a pessimist: The evidence argues for a much higher birth rate than that.

  5. david
    david August 31, 2015 7:29 am

    Racism, micro-aggressions, trigger warnings? Here’s a trigger warning for those whose precious feelings get bruised all the time:
    TRIGGER WARNING – I WILL OFFEND YOU, everything does, so I don’t give a squat.

    I suspect the TSA dude got fired cuz he didn’t molest the girl in public, or make a public show of taking her behind the curtain. And for being stupid – taking her into a locked men’s room could have resulted in her killing him and leaving him there. Maybe should have.

    I have been involved in affairs that cost me less than Ashley Madison would have. What a gimmick! If a guy wants to have an affair it’s really not that hard t find a willing woman.

    Considering Obama’s offense against contractors is all administrative and no part legislative, I expect it to get tied up in court and maybe declared unconstitutional eventually. It is, after all, ‘extra-legal’ in the sense that contractors were never included in the enabling legislation to be protected. Not to mention that it will sink the economy again. But on the upside, it will likely put a quick end to H1b visas.

    Now I’m going to sound like a curmudgeon, but it seems to me that a boy who can survive on skills his dad taught him should have known how to NOT get lost in the first place. At least, not getting separated was the first thing I taught my kids…..

    And the drones again! It’s really getting to be a problem. If a town out in the middle of a million acres of corn needs drones for surveillance, how many are already spying in genuine big cities? Clearly, anti-drone detectors and measures are next in the market-place. Will they have to paint them black and white so we can identify them as cop-drones and not take them down? Cuz if you can’t ID them, then you’re entitled to protect your property and privacy, right?

  6. MJR
    MJR August 31, 2015 7:56 am

    Ashly Madison, meh. Been married 37 plus years and I know that my wife is telepathic thus I could never get away with it, so why bother?

    Too bad about the safe story, wouldn’t that be cool. As for the kid who stayed outside all night, that was a good story. Good on the dad for his teaching self reliance and good on the kid for not forgetting and not doing anything stupid aside from getting lost in the first place.

    While it is a no no to shoot them down if one wanted to check out what drones were doing there is the option of using skygrabber software as the insurgents in the middle east were doing against American drones. The only issue is that if the drone data is encrypted then all you will get is gibberish.,0301-25773.html

  7. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal August 31, 2015 9:06 am

    The safe story might be a hoax, but one of my friends was hauling the old wood stove out of the house he’d bought and found $40,000 stashed in it behind the fire bricks. I used to make him tell me about it every so often, just because it made me happy. Still does.

  8. Claire
    Claire August 31, 2015 10:08 am

    Holy cr*p, Kent. That’s marvelous.

    The last old house I bought, the people left literally tons of stuff behind that I ended up cleaning out and hauling away. I kept thinking that at least I should find a small bundle of cash or a modest bag of junk silver (they were interested in prepping). But nope. Lots of cigarette butts, beer cans, bottle tops, and endless pieces of broken furniture. Even a wall plaque extolling the Bill of Rights. But not a single bit of cool loot.

  9. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau August 31, 2015 3:31 pm

    On contractors, my wife has been one for decades, and hired others. It is a constant battle with government “protecting” everybody, even people who really really don’t want to be “protected”. Just another example in which people are just going to ignore the fucking government with the grey market, or move into the black market, until the revolution puts a stake in the heart of this government vampire.

    Can you tell? I hate the bastards.

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