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Monday links

  • A Scottish brewery — opening in the U.S. today — not only allows employees to bring dogs to work. It gives them a week off when they get a new puppy or adopt a rescue dog. (H/T Joel)
  • The final (?) chapter has been written in the life and death of Kennewick Man.
  • Google and Bing sign a pact to be even more secretively manipulative than they already are with search results.
  • Kickstarter: Wearable luggage for the frequent traveler. (Tip o’ hat to MJR who ponders whether this clothing might also substitute for a bug-out bag)
  • Gunblogger Kim du Toit has returned! Brand new blog; same old eccentric, gentlemanly, South African-born, always interesting (though perhaps too conservative for some hereabouts) Kim.
  • Hm. Were the Feinsteinian hysterics right to fear potato-gun WMDs? Naw. These 3D-printed exploding projectiles for your spud gun look like tonsofun.


  1. Desertrat
    Desertrat February 20, 2017 10:26 am

    Re Kennewick Man: Sure, I’m all for reburial. But why not do some scientific study first? Seems like instant reburial = instant gratification syndrome, common nowadays. On a side note, why would the unending verbal history of AmerInds be more accurate than the Christian Bible?

    Good to see that Kim is back. I can relate to his current state, having gone through the same trial.

  2. Claire
    Claire February 20, 2017 10:52 am

    They did do research, Desertrat. As the article says, scientists won the first rounds of the struggle for control over his bones. Only after 20 years of legal wrangling — and after DNA testing revealed KM wasn’t the genetic anomaly first assumed, but was in fact related to Columbia River tribes — was he reburied.

    There was nothing instant about it (though the tribes wanted that and almost got it at some points).

  3. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry February 20, 2017 11:00 am

    Kennewick Man was discovered over 20yrs ago, and has been the subject of intense study for much of that time. Forensic reconstruction, DNA testing, all sorts of morphologic studies, the works. And the legao fight was a straight-up zoo: I’m aware of at least one incident in which the femurs were stolen right out of the collection by a UW anthropologist, back when the natives won their first big court fight.

  4. Pat
    Pat February 20, 2017 11:10 am

    Glad to know that Kennewick Man is where he should be, finally.

    “A Reason To Live” by Kim du Toit was quite poignant. I watched my mother go through the loss of a mate, though she lasted two years longer; she had to get cancer in order to join him.

    His website has been added to bookmarks, not just for guns alone. He has unique perspective on many things, not all of which I agree with, but he never fails to give you something to think about.

  5. Desertrat
    Desertrat February 20, 2017 2:35 pm

    Yes, I know that research was done. My point is that the researchers should not have had to fight a war over it.

  6. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal February 20, 2017 7:09 pm

    I pretty much wear my luggage all day every day. LOL.

    Kennewick Man’s case bothers me. Not that I want government scientists to have the bones, but realistically, no one living is “entitled” to them. And he certainly didn’t care what was being done with them. It’s just a case of superstition winning out over discovery.

  7. Laird
    Laird February 21, 2017 9:13 am

    I’m with Kent on this. I can’t get excited about a 9,000 year old skeleton, and I don’t think too highly of enabling the irrational superstitions of those who do (or pretend to, anyway).

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