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Tuesday links

  • Were it not for its nosebleed-high price the Blackphone 2 would be starting to tempt me in the direction of a smartphone.
  • Here’s another person who disappeared and still managed to have a regular life. Details, media people. Details, please. (Though in this case the woman clearly doesn’t want them known.)
  • Gun store moves three blocks. Causes hysteria. Sigh.
  • Nice idea. S’pose it’ll have any result?
  • And sometimes the “good guy” isn’t. OTOH, since he’s nowhere to be found, how can anybody be sure that the alleged (inept) “good guy” with the gun ever actually intended to be helpful? Maybe he did. Maybe the whole situation is other than it appears.
  • Okay, now that’s a headline: “Meet the Nepalese-American death metal guitarist who just found water on Mars.”
  • Will smoking kill you? It may depend on your genes.
  • What it is is victimhood culture. (I’m tempted to say, “But don’t worry. Victimhood culture can’t last ’cause it’ll quickly destroy the larger culture that hosts it.” How’s that for encouraging?)


  1. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair September 29, 2015 6:20 am

    That Black phone is no more expensive than an iPhone, you just have to finance it yourself instead of via monthly payments to Apple or Version or Sprint or T-Mobile.

  2. Claire
    Claire September 29, 2015 6:28 am

    But it’s more expensive than the TracFone I paid 50 bux for 10 years ago and feed every three months with a $20 card.

    Granted, my TracFone is dumb as a post, but generally I consider that a virtue, since it’s also too dumb to constantly betray me to both Big and Little Brother.

  3. Joel
    Joel September 29, 2015 7:09 am

    In regard to the German lady: She stayed successfully disappeared for 30-odd years, then called the cops to report a burglary? Love to know what that was all about…

  4. Joel
    Joel September 29, 2015 7:11 am

    Claire, you can get 10 years’ life out of a Tracfone? You must treat it very carefully. I go through one every few years.

  5. jed
    jed September 29, 2015 11:03 am

    Death-metal guitar player and scientist? Shades of Buckaroo Banzai there. Does he do brain surgery on the side?

  6. 12bitphoto
    12bitphoto September 29, 2015 11:31 am

    Except in the good guy with a gun story the initial report of what happened may turn out to be wrong….not that it matters to a liberal anti-gun rag like Rawstory:

    From this article it sounds like the victim was not shot in the head, but beaten by his attacks on the head, and the “good guy” shot at the attackers fleeing in the victim’s stolen truck. No mention of gathering shell casings in this article….couldn’t be that our MSM got it wrong could it, and the shooter had a revolver? In any case it appears there is some doubt about what really happened.

  7. Laird
    Laird September 29, 2015 11:41 am

    I enjoyed the article about Intelexit. Sounds like a noble enterprise. I wish them success.

    As to this whole rise of a “victimhood culture”, I suppose it was inevitable. After all, certain minority groups (notably blacks) have been using it for years, with notable success. I suppose the only surprise is that it hasn’t been more widely adopted before this. However, my suggestion as to how to respond to it is to use their own tactics against them: people who play the victim over any supposed slight, real or (usually) wholly imagined, and who have no concern for the intentions of the alleged perpetrators, are bullies, plain and simple. They need to be called out as such. In an era when bullying is viewed as a heinous sin, that should at least give them pause.

  8. Claire
    Claire September 29, 2015 11:56 am

    Oh my, 12bit. Thank you for the update. That’s disgusting — and unsurprising.

    I did wonder if the situation were other than as described, but I was thinking something sinister, not this yet-another media botch followed by silence.

  9. LarryA
    LarryA September 29, 2015 3:10 pm

    Too bad the gun store owner didn’t include a range in his facility. He could sponsor a 4-H shooting sports program for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.


  10. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau September 29, 2015 7:17 pm

    On that IntelExit thing, I think it is a good idea, not the least because I did something like that myself once:
    (I sent them the link to this article, FWIW…)

    These engineers certainly do think about what they are doing, and many are not state-worshiping robots. I think it’s usually the case that having a conscience goes together with creativity.

    On that victimhood thing, I don’t get how people extract apologies for these “microaggressions”. Are the supposed bullies threatened with expulsion from college if they decline? If that is what happens in college, maybe college is not the place to be any more…

  11. LarryA
    LarryA September 29, 2015 10:09 pm

    On that victimhood thing, I don’t get how people extract apologies for these “microaggressions.”

    Both the teen years and college are where students rebel against parental beliefs and connect with peers. Thus it’s very much a “do your own thing” place, as long as your thing is the socially correct one. Add to that a powerful administration determined to treat students like children and you have intense pressure to toe the line.

  12. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau September 30, 2015 8:00 am

    [Thus it’s very much a “do your own thing” place, as long as your thing is the socially correct one.]

    That doesn’t make any sense. Either it is “do your own thing”, or it is conformist. It can’t be both at the same time.

    The problem is not the social pressure; social pressure has been present since humans were invented. The problem is the cowardice of the person attacked by the social pressure. They need to learn to tell the SJWs to blow it out their ass.

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