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Weekend links #1

  • A short-term “fasting diet” may regenerate a diabetic pancreas. Again, it’s mostly mice so far. But interesting.
  • “Drugs, disposal of.” Dealing with the recent untimely loss of his wife, Kim du Toit goes on a quest to discover how to rid himself of a pharmacopia of her prescription medicines.
  • Borepatch warns: Buyer beware! when it comes to “connected” cars. Like all other supposedly smart devices, they’re just bright enough to violate your privacy.
  • As with the newly discovered, privacy-raping Cloudbleed bug, venders don’t care about your security or a company’s security until after the fact. Here’s an “everything you need to know” primer — though in fact it’s still way to early to make that claim.
  • A blasphemy prosecution? In Denmark??? What century are we in, anyhow?
  • Greenspan admits Ron Paul was right on gold. Little late, guy. Appears to be yet another case of some DC maven (there have been soooooooo many) confessing he knew the right thing but did nothing about it while he had the authority. Somehow they usually expect to be congratulated for this behavior.
  • And speaking of religion, some anti-Trump pagans might not know what they’re letting themselves in for. Have they forgotten their own three-fold law?
  • Your dog turns 13. If you’re Jewish, you know what to do. Hold a Bark mitzvah.


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold February 25, 2017 2:25 pm

    “Drugs, disposal of.”
    This is actually a significant problem that government could solve with little effort. Our small-town PD does the every-6-months turn-in, and folks bring in laundry baskets and garbage can bags full of pills. (PD won’t take injectables.) You’d think there would be enough money in the drug-war kitty to have a drop-off place, or that government could get out of the way so pharmacists or hospitals could dispose of them. But no.

    My last car was infected with SiriusXM Radio. Two years later, and they’re still occasionally calling to remind me I “forgot” to activate it. Those folks are serious. [groan]

    We really need to come up with a word to replace “law” when we’re discussing inescapable reactions to affronting nature. Label something a “law,” and folks get the idea they can repeal, amend or ignore it, like all the laws politicians pass.

  2. Desertrat
    Desertrat February 25, 2017 4:51 pm

    Leftover drugs? Doesn’t the garbage go to the (used-to-be-called) county dump? Probably not too difficult to dig a one-shovel-full hole in the back yard and forget about it. Or charcoal grill them in your backyard grill.

    Picking fly poop out of pepper is not a remunerative career choice.

    Hey, Kim’s site was a regular visitation for me. Hated to see it shut down. But it sounds like he has a way to go to get it all back together. Understandable, of course…

    The anti-Trump silliness and idiocy is proof that we have an egregious plethora of Derp running loose without leashes or keepers.

  3. Pat
    Pat February 26, 2017 10:09 am

    I don’t know how well that diet will work on the human pancreas — it’s up to the scientists to find out. I do know that fasting on fluids works well, and puts less stress on the liver and pancreas, and even helps “lubricate” the intestines, which many people ignore.

    I recently read about an 18-hr. fast being recommended once a week for better liver function. Beginning at 6 p.m., one could fast overnight until 12 noon the next day, drinking only water during that time — then eating what they wanted until 6 p.m., after which they could fast another 12 hours until next morning before starting on their routine eating schedule again. I tried this one 6 p.m. Saturday through Sunday > Monday a.m. and I felt so much better than eating three meals during the waking hours. (In fact, the less I eat, the less I want, which is an interesting phenomenon, too.)

    We “fast” every night for 8 hours, plus or minus, now. But it’s smaller portions and no snacking that really makes the difference, and takes the stress off the body, as well as the weight.

  4. Wyowanderer
    Wyowanderer March 1, 2017 5:40 am

    Another suggestion for the post “Drugs, disposal of.”
    My city has a hazardous materials program, as do many across the country. They accept everything from the public, in any amount (businesses are another matter) free of charge.
    It’s been a great place to take old paint, chemicals, etc. And to pick up Coleman fuel, propane canisters, and other prep goodies…

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