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Friday links

  • Cops have a new machine that lets them grab money off your prepaid cards right at roadside. But it’s not about the money. Really it isn’t. Of course not! It’s about … um … erm, identity theft! Yeah, that’s what it’s really about. The cops aren’t just getting more bold and efficient about stealing from you. They’re protecting you! (H/T Fred in comments)
  • Oopsie. Looks as if that gun “documentary” wasn’t the only one Couric and pals artfully edited to make their opponents look like dumbasses.
  • Great news for people who love both the Web and privacy: WWW creator, Tim Berners-Lee, has joined an effort to reinvent the online world. (H/T JG)
  • What is it that Yellowstone tourists don’t understand about “boiling water will reduce you to bones — real quick”? Not the first young guy who’s died this way.
  • Unions have joined the effort to end mass incarceration and its hope-killing (and employment-killing) after-effects.
  • Speaking of after-effects and just in case anyone needs to be reminded of what a dangerous person and what a whiny, lying, arrogant biotch Hillary has always been
  • Oh no. I knew that fellow gunblogger Northwest Freethinker (aka GayCynic) was very ill. But didn’t know he was gone. He saw to it that he departed in style, though.
  • Speaking of style: Former sportswriter chronicles his own Alzheimers journey.
  • Coming our way courtesy of central bankers: the next Lehman Brothers moment.
  • Why cops shoot dogs. Do we even need to ask? (via Wendy and Brad’s place)
  • And in bittersweet dog news: the last 911 search dog dies — but after a good, long life. (Tip o’ hat to LA)


  1. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair June 10, 2016 5:09 am

    Why do cops shoot dogs? Because way too many of them survive doing it.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty June 10, 2016 5:15 am

    Yellowstone tourists… boiling water, “petting” wild animals, etc.

    Darwinism in action. Or, as I have said so often… one less damned fool underfoot. Probably sounds too harsh to younger folks, but when you’ve witnessed as much damn foolery and sheer stupidity as I have, you might come to that opinion yourself.

  3. Joel
    Joel June 10, 2016 6:39 am

    I read that article about OK cops and their new bank-account-emptying card scanners. Stopped reading when their explanation for how this was perfectly good and right was “something something identity theft.” It seems that to a traffic cop, if you have stealable amounts of money in your pocket you must be a dope dealer. If you keep it in a bank account you’re clearly an identity thief. I’m so inferior: My inability to follow this logic would prevent me from ever getting through police academy.

  4. Fred
    Fred June 10, 2016 9:14 am

    A “new” internet?

    “Edward Snowden showed we’ve inadvertently built the world’s largest surveillance network with the web,” said Mr. Kahle

    These guys may have had the best of intentions when they connected a few devices to each other, BUT, some people (if you want to call them that) in and out of gov were/are drooling over the intel gathered about us and have been paying huge sums to ensure everybody is connected. There is only one reason to gather intel against a target, you seek to alter its state or condition of being. Their description is apt. The web is a bunch of connected networks. If both the connection and the networks you are using are somebody else’s then you are their subject.

    This is no small matter, trillions of dollars are at stake. The knowledge of everyone’s individual base behavior and group affiliation and that groups base behavior is what is being dissected and cataloged. Gaining the knowledge of how you or your group are likely to respond to certain “stimuli” is always the goal. This knowledge enables the access to find, take, destroy, or kill. The businesses want the money, that’s easy. What do the governments want? We all know. Neither will help to stop the other. Yes – It’s still about money and power.

    Respectfully, Ms. Wolfe, I’m not so sure how great this news is. I do applaud the effort though. Maybe, they will hit on something big but these folks know not, the evil that seeks them.

  5. LarryA
    LarryA June 10, 2016 9:18 am

    Interviewed a lady this week after I watched her explain how whitetail mommies leave their babies lying in the grass so mommy could go off and feed herself, and so we should ever touch or bother the fawns because then the mommy deer won’t be able to find their babies.

    But the audience was 8-10 year-old Cub Scouts, so that was appropriate.

    Unfortunately too many of today’s kids are too careful not getting dirty to enjoy that kind of education.

  6. Jim B.
    Jim B. June 10, 2016 10:44 am

    Regarding Couric, she’s just practicing what used to be known as “Yellow Journalism”. The act of writing an article in such a way to invoke feelings and opinion in the way the writer or journalist want you to have. That practice probably never died out at all, it’s just that Couric got sloppy and people called her out on it. Hopefully with these two pieces she did show diliberate intentions and therefore will help destroy her credibility, though I doubt it as she’s way too popular with the liberals.

    As for Hillary: She’s crazier than Hitler. Nuf said.

  7. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal June 10, 2016 4:33 pm

    Why cops shoot dogs: #CopsAreScum

  8. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal June 10, 2016 4:40 pm

    Also, from the cops vs. dogs article… “All things being equal, juries will simply tend to believe the word of a uniformed officer on the witness stand over that of some random nobody.

    That’s because they do their very best to keep smart people off juries.

    Me, I assume a cop is lying when he takes a breath before he speaks. So far, no cop has ever done anything to disprove my theory.

  9. ILTim
    ILTim June 16, 2016 6:55 am

    “It seems that to a traffic cop, if you have stealable amounts of money in your pocket you must be a dope dealer.” -Joel

    In high school, late nineties, I was dragged into the deans office and searched while caught escaping prison grounds midday. One thing they “found” was $130 cash in my wallet. Seems that I infuriated them with my response for “why do you have all this money?”.

    I said something like, “Gosh, its just some walking around cash. I know your job sucks, and that it pays for shit. But I have a good job. I’m paid well, more than you. This is a normal amount of money, too bad you’re poor and don’t understand.”

    They ranted about how I must be a drug dealer for…. hours? I was detained all day while they tried to work up more charges than they actually had. Fuck authority.

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