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Tuesday links

  • I don’t really care who hacked the DNC and John Podesta. Whoever handed that info over to Wikileaks did the world a big favor. But I agree (once again) with Glenn Greenwald: these sketchy bits of third-hand gossip being reported as “news from the CIA” claiming the Russians did it do not qualify as news by any standard.
  • Justin Raimondo calls this businesss an attempted CIA coup. One of many, but don’t they usually stick to third-world countries?
  • No more John Stossel show. 🙁
  • Oh, now isn’t that a pity? The new anti-gun movie the Brady bunch was involved with is turning out to be a flop on the order of Gigli. Gosh darn. I feel so bad for them.
  • Heh. Good on you, Uber. A disgruntled ex-employee says that when govgoons come knocking, Uber shuts operations and encrypts all data. Though you might ask why the data isn’t already encrypted, it’s something.
  • For both archeology buffs and those who study the fall of civilizations: Annalee Newitz joins a team investigating an end stage of the lost city of Cahokia. Long but worth it.
  • Oh lord. You may have seen this five-hankie weeper of a story. It’s been making the seasonal rounds. This is worse than the clip someone once sent me about a blind puppy dying of parvo.
  • To help you recover from that, here are 19 stuck cats (who I’m sure were all quickly unstuck by their humans).


Today at Amazon it’s “10 Makers Making” — deals on crafts, hobbies, and photography.

I skipped the last couple of deal days because … seriously, “Nine LEDs Romancing”? No way. But today’s pretty good, even if as usual all the deals don’t really fit in the category. Check it out: up to 75% off on winter coats, a Neato Botvac for you well-heeled and tech-savvy pet owners, a programmable pressure cooker, a go-anywhere, print-from-your-phone Polaroid Zip Mobile photo printer, and deals on jewelry under $100.


  1. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran December 13, 2016 1:31 pm

    From: Stop the CIA Coup, The Deep State versus Donald Trump

    “3) Julian Assange denies that the Russians are the source of the emails, and although he refuses to identify the person or persons responsible, someone he has worked closely with and his known to have his confidence, Craig Murray, is now telling us that it wasn’t a hack, it was an insider who leaked the documents. That this is being steadfastly ignored in the American media is hardly surprising: after all, it was WikiLeaks that exposed the “mainstream” media’s active collaboration with the Clinton campaign, and the media was clearly in Clinton’s camp.”

    I read the same in the Craig Murray article on this the other day:

    The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

    Both Murray and Assange say this was a leak and not a hack. Judge Napolitano reported on this back in August:

    Napolitano: Why would the NSA hack the DNC?

  2. Pat
    Pat December 13, 2016 1:38 pm

    I thought the area of Cahokia was touched on in one of Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear’s earlier “People” books (People of the… River/Earth/ Thunder/Wolf/Sea/Lakes, etc”) — but now I see they’re writing about Cahokia by name, I had stopped reading them several years ago (mostly because I was online a lot more), so have some catching up to do.

  3. Claire
    Claire December 13, 2016 1:44 pm

    Yes, the Gears have written about Cahokia before. I didn’t know they were writing more; like you, I used to read all their “People of” books but haven’t done so in quite a few years. Good writers, though. And good people. (They were neighbors of mine outside the town that became Hardyville.)

  4. Claire
    Claire December 13, 2016 1:44 pm

    Good links, r_v. Thanks.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 13, 2016 2:42 pm

    Oh, please. I have it on the Highest Authority that everybody in the 90% of Americans who want gun control went to see Miss Sloan. The only people who passed it up are the small and shrinking minority of white male gun owners.

  6. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty December 13, 2016 2:50 pm

    The whole “Santa” thing drives me up a wall, but I had to ignore the Santa bit in this story and shed tears because I’ve held babies and young children as they died… It is a seriously difficult thing to live with, and I hope this man will be able to allow himself to experience this rare privilege without too much trauma (which it seems he might), and perhaps even find a much better way to relate to the sick children he visits.

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