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Tuesday links

  • Well, yeah. That does explain a lot. Glenn Harlan Reynolds says blame our caveperson ancestors for today’s politics.
  • Some good news for a change: a federal appeals court rules that cops can’t just pull you over because your vehicle is licensed in a state that’s legalized pot. (One would think that would be self-evidently true; pity that it has to be dictated by judges to Our Heroes in Blue.)
  • Sleep “resets the brain” and helps us develop memory, among other things. This has been much speculated upon, but research (if anybody believes research these days) bears it out. (H/T JB)
  • The Survival Mom asks, “What’s in your emotional backpack?”
  • Granted, going homeless in a sailboat isn’t quite the same as sleeping in an alley in your 1988 Yugo. But this young woman seems to have her head together when it comes to what’s important in her life.
  • Been sitting on this one for a week, not sure whether it had enough general application to be of interest to the non-writers hereabouts. But I’m thinking it applies in all too many situations, these days: Brad Torgersen on how to survive in the sadly politically correct world of SF and fantasy if you’re a conservative, libertarian, or classical liberal.
  • One claim of “warmists” is that climate change will disproportionately affect poor people. Cliff Mass, probably the most noted meteorologist here in the Pacific NorthWET, accepts the theories of global warming — but always with a scientist’s and skeptic’s eye. He says that claim about the poor being the worst hit just ain’t so — that there is not a shred of evidence to back the assertions. At least not in this part of the world.
  • More scientific news that won’t much surprise dog lovers: Fido actually understands what you’re saying and doesn’t merely pick up cues from your tone of voice. This applies not only to “sit” and “stay” and suchlike, but to praise and criticism.


  1. Silver
    Silver August 30, 2016 4:43 am

    Let me clarify the headline about cops pulling over cars with out-of-state plates.

    Court tells cops to use a different lie when pulling over cars with out of state plates.

    The tenth circuit can make any decision it wants, but the Nazgul have already ruled that pretext stops are lawful.

    For the unfamiliar, this means that if the cops wanted to stop you for drugs, but lacked probable cause, they could manufacture a reason, like you turned without signaling, and use that to justify the stop. Given that it’s nearly impossible to drive any distance without committing a violation of some law, honest cops only needed a little patience. Dishonest ones, less so, since most of the violations require no objective evidence anyway, and any cop can make up an excuse at will.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty August 30, 2016 5:09 am

    Never doubted that my dogs knew what I was saying. The smarter ones learned to understand the word “cookie” quickly, most of them soon understood it when I spelled it out loud. Laddie takes it a step farther by using a “hand signal.” I don’t speak much corgi yet, but he knows I know what he means when he puts his nose under my hand and lifts it… I’m well trained and go get his cookie right away because it is seriously difficult to type with a dog’s nose under my hand. πŸ™‚ Amazingly, he’s not greedy, only asks for one each morning.

    Sometimes he gets restless and I ask if he wants to go outside. If he does, he rushes to the door. If not, he’ll sit down and grin at me. Then I check his food and water, give him a good scratching with a little hug, and he usually goes to his bed then for a nap.

    He definitely understands me better than I do his communications, but we’re making progress. πŸ™‚

  3. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews August 30, 2016 7:00 am

    Glad to see you like Cliff Mass as well, he’s pretty much the only one I trust to take a logical approach to climate change (yes, it is changing, always has been, always will be).

    The Hugo ‘awards’/Puppies flap of the last few years have really revealed how political things are in the writing world. Jeff Duntemann has some pretty good coverage of it recently — and he’s a pretty good SF writer, buy his books πŸ™‚

  4. trying2b-amused
    trying2b-amused August 30, 2016 7:22 am

    “how to survive . . .” is pretty good, but even if it weren’t, it still would have been worth reading just for the phrase “effing the ineffable”.

    Something there is evidence for – a lot of evidence – is that poor people are disproportionately affected by the nonsense perpetrated in the name of “climate change”. Do a search on “energy poverty” to see just a small portion.

  5. Desertrat
    Desertrat August 30, 2016 8:55 am

    Our caveman instincts allow misuse/abuse by today’s politicians, seems like. “Learn thyself” helps one to avoid those efforts.

    Sleep Is Good. I regularly check my eyelids for leaks at Naps-R-Us.

    I note that for decades, many others have fairly happily on their boats and at relatively low cost. There are hints of it in John D. McDonald’s “Travis McGee” series; nowadays in Randy Wayne White’s novels. (I recall a time when I thought that $100/sq-ft for a house in Pacific Heights was too high.)

    Politics in SF? Ask Larry Correia or Michael Z. Williamson. πŸ™‚

    Anybody who didn’t know that dogs respond to tone of voice has never owned a dog.

  6. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal August 30, 2016 10:03 am

    Caveperson instincts explain a lot of human behavior. I really like the book The Human zoo for helping to understand why humans do some of the silly things we do. That, and The Naked Ape

    Maybe my cats understand what I say, and simply don’t care. Until I yell “Treats!” at 8:30 every evening. They sure pick up on some things quickly.

  7. Shel
    Shel August 31, 2016 11:26 am

    Never fear; our elections will be in good shape now.

    Obviously, the way to protect our election tabulations is to go back to paper, but then the results would be difficult to manipulate by anyone.

    I don’t view this as a problem, but as a solution. They’re doing something about their problems.

    Social justice.

  8. Claire
    Claire August 31, 2016 12:06 pm

    Shel — I laughed this morning when I ran across that same article about Homeland Security possibly taking over the election system. Oh lord. Election “security” with the efficiency of the TSA.

    It’s amazing what these people will do to achieve mission creep.

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