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Wednesday links

  • The FBI. — yes, the freakin’ FBI. — has cameras on Seattle streets and a judge has just forbidden releasing information about them. Why should the FBI be doing street-level surveillance in U.S. cities (if they’re in Seattle, they’re everywhere else)? We can’t know and I haven’t found a single article that tells more than this one does. (H/T @EasyMac308 on Gab)
  • Why aren’t Americans moving away from impoverished, jobless areas? Government, of course.
  • Oh, there are SO many problems with technocracy — as the technocrats themselves are now learning the hard way (after they made millions of us learn the hard way).
  • Bill St. Clair has a new site (there’s also an app) called Kakuro-Dojo. If you enjoy sudoku, you’re gonna love its more challenging “big brother,” kakuro. Addictive. Highly addictive. Brain work!
  • Didn’t know that the U.S. Marine Corps was into publishing fiction? Well, here’s its online book projecting science-fictional futures. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
  • And if you needed further evidence that the defeated left is desperately violent, Project Veritas provides it again. (H/T Cat) Project Veritas also repeatedly provides evidence that stupid criminals and criminal wannabes will talk stupidly to damn near anybody.
  • No matter how down-in-the-Dumpster they may be, professional leftists still get paid amazingly well, though. Heck, for that kind of money, I’d happily protest any damn thing they asked me to protest. I’m not proud. (UPDATE: Site is probably fake. Still, if somebody wants to offer me that kind of money, I’ll protest anything. I can be bought, just not cheaply.)
  • After all this, we clearly need a cute kitten who’ll do anything to reach its puppy friend.


  1. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran January 18, 2017 8:31 am

    I wonder who’s providing the funding for the protesters at Demand Protest? It’s always interesting following the money for stuff like this as it usually leads to the same players.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X January 18, 2017 8:36 am

    “People used to chase economic opportunity across the country. Then the government got in the way.”

    Well it use to be that you could get shot for leaving the plantation now you are paid to stay! As long as you vote the right way they will always take car of you, don’t ya know!

  3. Claire
    Claire January 18, 2017 8:41 am

    Thank you, Keith. Post has been updated. I do note that The Verge doesn’t offer a smoking gun re the DemandProtest site. But points well-taken.

    Paid protesters aren’t likely to be paid that well.

  4. Keith
    Keith January 18, 2017 8:57 am

    Claire, it’s hard to keep up on what’s true these days. Fake news, fake protestors, fake meat…. I can’t keep up, both libs and cons don’t give a crap as long as they can make “points” or get clicks to their sites. Like you said, I’d protest anything for that kind of money. (It’s more than I make now, that’s for sure.)

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 18, 2017 9:40 am

    The amusing part of the “Why aren’t people moving?” story is it details why people aren’t moving to San Francisco, NYC, and other places most of us here wouldn’t be caught dead in. Lots of people are moving to Texas.

    And Seattle? Yeah, I totally see why we need to keep an eye on that place. 😉

    Politicians craft an “Affordable Care Act” that raises the cost of health insurance and the deductibles in the policies?
    I don’t think that was “technocracy,” but rather the opposite. Politicians relied on their ideology, and refused to listen to insurance professionals who actually know how their product works.

  6. ellendra
    ellendra January 18, 2017 9:44 am

    Last I checked, the standard wage for a protester was $10 an hour.

    And paid protesters are pretty good at blowing their own “grassroots” cover. A few years ago there was protesting in my area for a local issue, no logical reason for anyone to drive over from another city, much less another state, to join it. Yet Craigslist was flooded with ads from people “in town for the protest” looking to hook up.

  7. Claire
    Claire January 18, 2017 10:43 am

    “both libs and cons don’t give a crap as long as they can make “points” or get clicks to their sites”

    Sadly true. But in this case I should have been more skeptical. The pay rate was seriously too high (and the pay too steady) to be for real. I could see professional protest organizers getting that kind of money and benefits, but not just street protesters. I have no doubt paid protesters exist and are plentiful, but I suspect Ellendra’s hit their pay rate more accurately.

    I used to think I was good at detecting fake news — back in the day when it was mostly satire. Not so much any more.

  8. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair January 18, 2017 5:46 pm

    Thanks, Claire, for the kudos on my puzzle game. Your link is good for online play. Links to get the app, for phone or tablet, in iOS or Android, are at

  9. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson January 19, 2017 3:31 am

    rochester_veteran, I watched the interview yesterday and I have to say it was entertaining. It made me wonder: how much of the whole anti-Trump meme is a hoax? Maybe all this worry over monkey-wrenching during the inauguration is more head fakes than anything.

    This particular hoaxer seemed intent on seeing how far he could push his silliness….and apparently it can get pushed a LONG way before it gets questioned. People will believe anything, it seems.

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