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Friday links

  • Guess what the most popular work at the UN library is. A thesis on how to avoid being charged with war crimes. Not how to avoid committing war crimes. Just how to avoid punishment. (H/T jb)
  • Several major car makers are partnering up with Linux. While this is a lot better than the recent features about those partnering with Microsoft, I generally wish they’d all stay the heck out of any automobile I ever own, except for entirely optional, turn-offable devices. (H/T MJR)
  • Another inspiring story about the life-changing power of going debt free.
  • Who says a porno-graphic can’t be your legitimate signature? NSFW and sorry about that, but it’s another interesting tale of whether the state or the individual controls identity. (H/T jb)
  • Speaking of porn, you’ve probably seen the latest TSA child-molestation video. What fascinates and depresses me is the father’s “I love the security state, BUT …” attitude. Not to worry, of course. Procedures were followed. Not to mention guidelines. No mistakes were made.
  • Washingtonian magazine dubiously “credits” Jim Bovard for one of the DC outrages of the year.
  • Your awwwwww story for today doesn’t involve dogs or cats (or even a giant jumping spider, which I admit is more of an ewwwwww story) . It’s about a baby saved by an innovative surgeon and a $20 device.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 8, 2016 12:07 pm

    Good heavens, it’s almost impossible to even imagine how a baby could survive that massive a birth defect. One lung and half a heart to do both jobs? Almost unbelievable, considering the many problems – often fatal – that babies have with much less defect. I certainly wish that updates would be published so we could see the progress of this case. What a wonderful promise for the future, however. And maybe, someday when the 3D printers are ready, they could print and install the missing parts!!

  2. Kristophr
    Kristophr January 8, 2016 6:45 pm

    That was expected. Linux is free, and not a virus magnet. Auto makers like “free”.

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