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Weekend links

I was going to post this yesterday before home Internet disappeared. But have I mentioned it was a crazy week? So, belatedly, the library’s wifi system and I present today’s links:

  • “Why I left Islam and now help others who are doing the same.”
  • Learning to become resiliant (even if the trendiest publications are so over resiliance).
  • Charles Koch agrees with Bernie Sanders
  • Modern-day Milgram shows … well, no very big surprise.
  • But speaking of following orders, what the hell kind of government would do this — or even think of ordering thugs to do such a thing??? (Another look at it with more detail. Both stolen from Wendy McElroy.)
  • And speaking of unsurprising things, why are we always supposed to be so shocked when, generation after generation, war after war, the fedgov perpetrates atrocities upon its own soldiers, then not only denies doing so, but even denies care to the poor saps?
  • And if you prefer more peaceful thoughts, you can download high-res versions of 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints, courtesy of he-knows-who-he-is in comments.
  • Finally, I’m not linking because I expect you to care about Nevada or South Carolina caucusaries or primuses. I’m linking it just because the name of Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, always makes me laugh. I mean, is that name straight out of Atlas Shrugged, or what?


  1. Joel
    Joel February 20, 2016 12:46 pm

    Yeah, but when Robby Mook says he can get you a good position on the executive floor of Sanders’ new Ministry of Food Security, you’d better jump on it. Don’t forget to make his ‘retirement fund’ jar tinkle merrily on your way in the door.

  2. Fred
    Fred February 20, 2016 3:22 pm

    What kind of government you ask. That which means to rule.

    Why can’t vets walk into any medical facility in the country and get treatment? Shouldn’t the VA simply administrate payment? Why create a separate system for such a small segment of society when, by .gov’s own claims, we have the very best medical system in world? To answer these questions I refer back to my first answer.

    Search the word mook. Pretty funny.

  3. LarryA
    LarryA February 20, 2016 10:29 pm


    So if something happens to kids, like at school, the absolute worst thing to do would be to ship in a gaggle of “counselors” to tell them how traumatized they should be.

  4. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair February 21, 2016 4:34 am “Debt collection at the end of a gun.” Well, of course. EVERYTHING the state does is done at gunpoint. You just don’t SEE the gun unless you resist. But it’s there in the room all the same. The penalty for ANY infraction is death, if some enforcer gets it in his mind to bother you about it, and you don’t go along.

  5. Shel
    Shel February 21, 2016 1:56 pm

    Sadly, the mistreatment of veterans isn’t anything new. The Bonus Army (where Patton refused to talk to a soldier who had saved his life), the men in the trenches for the nuclear test, and the Agent Orange victims in Vietnam. Now we have a president who said combat wounded veterans should pay for their own medical care because, after all, they volunteered for it.

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