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Month: November 2015

Friday links

There’s one deadly sin that we do less as we age, says the WaPost. Actually, I can think of several. But the article is still a nice reminder that getting old has its great benefits. MamaLiberty tests 9mm ammo. OTOH, while 9mm is emerging as the clear favorite in TZP’s current poll, Mike Vanderboegh offers a rather compelling, if strictly empirical, argument on why .45 ACP is “better.” (Great link to ballistics tests, too.) The Blackphone2: “not recommended at this time” for paranoid patriots. So typical. So very, very, very typical. That crooked cop who staged his own “murder” had…


Free 9mm ammo

Funny that TZP is in the middle of doing a poll on favorite EDC ammo, and we get an offer for free boxes of the most popular caliber. Want free ammo? Check it out over at TZP courtesy of Ammunition to Go and and Magtech.


Thursday links

Willie Nelson’s crusade against big pot. This is good. Really, really looooooong, but good. Project Veritas does it again, as officials at Vassar and Oberlin attempt to save poor, offended students from pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution. And along those same lines … (short video; H/T MJR) The dead “hero”: just another corrupt, threatening cop. Making Shakespeare politically correct. And dumb. Kevin D. Williamson declares Obamacare dead. Jose Fernandez-Partagas: one of those weirdly fascinating footnote people. I discovered him in an endnote to Isaac’s Storm. Strange life, strange (but awesome) end. Makes you want to know what made him…


Musings on fate, the future, and the struggle between central controllers and freedom lovers, part II

Part I is here

Take driverless cars, for instance. If we were in a less tech-perilous, tyranny-seeking time, I think most of us would be excited about them.

You and I may be skeptical about a specific new technology, but we tend not to be technophobes. We’re not ones who reject the new out of hand. We may not want to buy the first flying cars or be on the first ship to colonize Mars or the Moon, but we probably have friends who do want to and maybe even know a few who will. We jumped on computers years ahead of the average and were getting acquainted on BBSes before the Worldwide Web tempted slower adopters in.

So no, we don’t innately distrust tech.


New — TZP email alerts about to go live

Thanks to our old friend Carl-Bear Bussjaeger and The Amazing Jo Ann over at The Zelman Partisans, TZP is about to go live with an email alert/digest system. For now, emails will be weekly and will contain TZP updates and a few notable news items or op-eds from outside sources. But the system will also enable TZP to send urgent news or action alerts as need be. You can help beta test the system. A trial alert will go out about 24 hours from this posting and TZP invites your opinion. To sign up, just head over to TZP and…

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Tuesday links

Must get a few things done this morning, then will return to the “musings” I began the other day. Meantime, here’s some linkage … Never thought I’d see it, but here’s one pot-legalization initiative I hope falls on its corrupt, crony-capitalist face. What goes around comes around. Amazon is opening its first physical book store. The best cities for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Feel free to disagree. Is the USDA silencing scientists? Love (in a not-so-loving way) Conquest’s third law of politics. A happy (though also mysterious) dog tale via Shel in comments.


Monday links

Back to the “musings” shortly. In the meantime, I must beat back the tide of open tabs … “If bacon is so bad, I don’t want to live.” Leisl Schillinger is lying about that. She wants to live — and live boundlessly well. Wil Wheaton is right!. The growing trend to expect creative people to work for free, even for large, wealthy organizations, is insane and it’s destroying us. Okay, I know it’s a few days late, but these two really are the best Halloween costumes “We need more movies like Steve Jobs so long as they’re not like Steve…


Musings on fate, the future, and the struggle between central controllers and freedom lovers

I’m reading — rereading, actually — the excellent book Isaac’s Storm, about the Galveston hurricane of 1900.

One hundred and fifteen years later this remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. By a long margin. The San Francisco earthquake? The Chicago fire? The Great Peshtigo fire?* The Johnstown flood? The eruption of Mt. St. Helens? Hurricane Katrina? Forget them. All small potatoes when compared with what befell the people of Galveston.