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Tuesday links

  • Well, at least you might have some recourse if Microsoft sneak-upgrades your computer to its Windows 10 malware.
  • This one’s for you who live within the New Madrid fault zone — or anybody who’s a follower of megaquakes and their lore.
  • Britain is a part of Europe and will remain so, says Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, prominent figure of the “Leave” campaign, and possible successor to David Cameron.
  • One of the few relatively dispassionate looks at key issues behind the Brexit. It wasn’t all just “hate!” and “racism!” on one side and “we know what’s good for you” on the other.
  • Sheesh. And here’s one more good reason to avoid political entanglements with the EU.
  • The most gorgeous art deco buildings in Los Angeles. (H/T TSO)
  • Emotions you never knew you had.
  • OUCH! Ranking the pain of stinging insects. Rather colorfully, too.


  1. Pat
    Pat June 28, 2016 9:35 am

    Yeah, there is some beauty in those art deco buildings – I’m surprised. I ordinarily don’t care for art deco, it reminds me of something Peter Keating would try to do to Howard Ruark’s buildings. But I can see some of these buildings have some class to them.

  2. Pat
    Pat June 28, 2016 9:41 am

    Typo – spelled Roark’s name wrong.

  3. LarryA
    LarryA June 29, 2016 7:23 am

    As far as Boris Johnson goes, he and the Brexit leave side are pretty much screwed.

    I have no dog in the Brexit fight, and I’m not interested in studying it enough to say yea or nay, but that article gave me a sudden case of Deja vu.

    1995: The Texas concealed carry law had finally passed, but was not yet implemented. I read an article about how the NRA and the Republicans in the Legislature were well and truly screwed. Concealed carry would hit January 1, 1996, and by Summer Texas streets would be running red with blood, fender-benders would be turning into firefights, it would be the Wild West all over again.

    So that November the Democrats would get the Legislature back, in 1997 they would rescind concealed carry, and pass some real gun control.

    The Johnson-is-so-screwed theory is only valid if Brexit is as bad as the Remainers think it will be.

    Until history happens, all is prognostication.

  4. LarryA
    LarryA June 29, 2016 7:43 am

    I think I’m going to be sick.

    At least it’s tuberculosis, which has been preventable, easy to detect, not very contagious, and treatable. (The federal program still sucks for not finding out these people are infected before sending them, and new, less treatable strains are developing.)

    Back in the day (1880s-1940s) my hometown was known nationwide as a place where TB patients could come in hopes of a cure.

    There was even a special project for “Negros.”

    TB treatment was actually seen as providing Kerrville an economic boom.

    But, yeah, “We’re from the government and we’re going to help, or else.”

  5. Shel
    Shel June 29, 2016 8:13 am

    This and the “These are the Times…” postings have forced me to reassess our future, with all the attendant anguish of spirit, as Patrick Henry so brilliantly put it.

    I had hoped that Brexit was a good omen, but MJR’s link has pretty well disabused me of that. The British also have the additional problem of the Mayor of Londonistan (Drudge’s word), who will do everything in his power to sabotage this including saying London should secede from the UK. I went through there in ’67 and it was a wonderful place; I would hate to see it now. Plus, the EU bureaucrats have carefully made it so that the Brits will suffer as much as possible if they do leave.

    Similarly, our long term prospects seem grim as well. While a short term surge of true conservative and libertarian thought might emerge, I don’t see how it can stand up to the long term trend. We may simply be following the blueprint laid out by John Bagot Glubb in his “The Fate of Empires…” (also first discovered in an MJR link) for our society’s demise.

    In his first Presidential campaign, Obama promised to “fundamentally change America.” He appears to be very much on schedule, especially with immigration and his and the media’s promotion of tribalism. While I fully realize that tribalism is the antithesis of liberalism or especially anarchy, it does have undeniable benefit for the members. He’s excluded our country as a potential tribe, for he has exempted 18.7 million immigrants from the oath of allegiance as a requirement for citizenship.

    Among the many media promoted tribes in the US are the NAACP, NOW, CAIR, La Raza, and Black Lives Matter. I exclude gun rights organizations from a tribal designation, as they want everyone to have the same rights. When Mexicans with Mexican flags and children holding “Make America Mexican Again” signs protest Trump, it’s an invasion, pure and simple. With Obama successfully pushing Moslem immigration, we have large numbers of people (even the non violent ones) who care nothing for our customs and would prefer Sharia law. The Syrian “children” are largely 16 and 17 year-old boys. Imagine what trouble boys of that age with no families or loyalty except to Islam and our Federal Government can cause, not just when they become of military age, but over their entire lifetimes. Both of these groups have high birth rates, and other Americans, specifically white, don’t have a high enough birthrate even to sustain a society. For the first time, white births are less than 50%, and in several decades there will be no majority group. This will make it virtually impossible for the US to function as a coherent country.

    Add to that the number of previously eradicated diseases that are now entering the country. Recently a FedGov shipment of TB infected individuals to Idaho has been revealed. These diseases will only spread, too.

    I think at times of Liddy’s excellent observation that when you pour dirty water into clean water, you get dirty water. Thomas Sowell has noted that future historians may wonder why large numbers of people who had none of the values of society and in fact wanted to kill people were allowed to enter.

    Although Enoch Powell in his famous (or infamous per the media) 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech was referring to Blacks in the UK, the principle seems to apply to what faces us now. Perhaps, viewed in nuclear terms, we may already have achieved a critical mass. And I can’t conclude that it’s a totally inappropriate analogy to think of this as a cancer. We undeniably have the cells (pun intended) here; now we will need to try to survive the metastases.

  6. Laird
    Laird June 29, 2016 8:52 am

    Shel, chill. The EU commissariat is indeed making hissing noises at the UK and threatening egregious exit terms, but this too shall pass. The EU needs the UK far more than vice versa: exports from EU nations to Britain are far larger than the reverse. Imposing large tariffs or other impediments to trade with Britain will only hurt the EU. Once the passions of the moment have subsided (remember, exit can take as long as two years after the Article 50 notice has been filed, which hasn’t yet occurred and probably won’t for some months) sanity will prevail and the parties will reach a reasonable accommodation, probably along the lines of the old Common Market. In the long run, I think Brexit will be good for Britain and, probably, for the rest of Europe as well.

    BTW, as to the EU’s new kettle/toaster rules, the bureaucrats in the EU would be well served by taking a course in elementary physics. A low-wattage kettle takes longer to boil, meaning that more heat is lost to the ambient air than with a higher-wattage kettle. It thus takes more energy to boil water in a low-wattage kettle, which is quite the opposite of their (stated) objective. The same is true of toasters. So either the bureaucrats are abysmally ignorant (a distinct possibility), or their true objective is something other than conserving energy (also a possibility).

  7. Fred
    Fred June 29, 2016 9:06 am

    Shel, love your comment and agree. I would gently point out that 16 and 17 year old’s are military age. Adolescence is a false construct of the 20th century. 16 and 17 year old boys are easily (mis)led because they desire inclusion in a tribal mission more deeply than is consciously understood by any human. Being Christian, I call it the Natural Law of G-d.
    It is there for good reason, protect and feed the tribe. The desire starts around 9 or 10 yrs for most boys and unless properly fed, one ends up with useless young men til they snap out of it (or not) many years later.

  8. LBS
    LBS June 29, 2016 5:25 pm

    The poor man’s lament about his toaster reminds me of those low-water toilets. The Law of Unintended Consequences kicks in, giving us toilets that have to be flushed two or three times and toasters that take four tries to make brown toast. The people who are making the laws know nothing about the issues. Really, if they want to lessen their carbon footprints, they should willingly give up electricity and automobiles. That would do it! But I don’t see any of them offering to do that, do you?

  9. Shel
    Shel June 29, 2016 5:45 pm

    Laird, anything that makes me feel better is appreciated. I still have long term concerns for Europe and the UK, regardless of the end result of Brexit. For a number of years now, Mohammed has been the most common name for newborns in the UK (granted, a high percentage of Moslems use that name). I believe the most common name for all ages in Oslo is the same. The Berlin police have said that immigrants control the Berlin underground which is very difficult to penetrate because of its strong family ties. The Mayor of Palermo has said that it feels more like Istanbul or Beirut than Europe. Brigitte Bardot noted and stated the obvious, for which she was prosecuted. There are Paris neighborhoods the police just don’t go in (unless that changed after the attack). Moslems have prayed en masse on Paris streets to block traffic and gotten away with it. I can’t find any flaws in Pat Buchanan’s Death of the West argument; hopefully there are some. The infestation of Europe may be more advanced than here, but the trend appears to be the same. When one lone killer can send a nation of hundreds of millions in an uproar (and Benghazi didn’t) things look quite tenuous. The harsh reality may end up to be that “East is East, and West is West…,” and Kipling didn’t make sweeping conclusions lightly.

    Fred, I guess I didn’t give 16 and 17 year olds enough credit for their destructive ability. I did forget to mention that these are people who essentially have known nothing but war. We were different, though; we never would have caused any trouble at that age 🙂

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