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Monday links

  • Even in our age of omni-surveillance and omni-suspicion this is weird and creepy. (H/T CB)
  • Is there room at the inn (in law schools, that is) for conservative and libertarian academics?
  • In the Internet age, even in that part of the Internet age when “self-identification” is the new holy grail, representing yourself to be something you are not can not only bite you, but go on biting and biting and biting you.
  • Four rituals — and blessedly I am talking about quick-n-easy rituals (some familiar and some less so) — that will quickly de-stress you.
  • Why people in Sweden are quite rationally overpaying their taxes (great link from jc2k in comments)
  • Deadbeat dog turns his life around and gets a full-time job.

NOTE: Thank you all, with special thanks to Friday guest-poster Shel, for creating a big Amazon weekend. I spent the weekend walking and working and noodling and muddling about where to go from here. Made some decisions about upcoming private/personal choices, but am still floating in the air about public/professional/personal ones (for a blogger the lines are fuzzy). I’ll try to blog later today or perhaps tomorrow about that.


  1. david
    david February 27, 2017 8:40 am

    All interesting, Claire. The first two scare me enough to want to move to the deep boondocks. Thanks.

  2. Desertrat
    Desertrat February 27, 2017 10:03 am

    Retina scan? Just another reason that I don’t use commercial flights. And if I want to leave the US, there are numerous easy paths to airports in Mexico.

    The law school problem? The Left can never accept that it might be in error, ever. IYI at work, as usual.

    Dolezal? Schadenfreude. Liars and charlatans are despicable creatures.

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold February 27, 2017 11:23 am

    Sweden: The government scrambles to fix what it can’t admit it broke.

    Dolezal says she’s been turned down for 100 jobs and her memoir was rejected by 30 publishers before finding a taker.
    Or as the rest of us call it, the real world of employment and publishing. It would be mildly interesting to know what jobs she was applying for.
    Only 30 rejections? She isn’t frickkin old enough for a “memoir.”

    I relax by opening Emily Grace and defeating the Zornos.

  4. firstdouglas
    firstdouglas February 27, 2017 12:17 pm

    Hoping/trusting you will discover solutions to the Amazon situation that satisfy you, maybe more than before. Just sending the wish.

  5. R.L. Wurdack
    R.L. Wurdack February 27, 2017 1:24 pm

    It appears that (to an engineer’s perspective at least) the legal profession is suffering a calamitous runaway condition. They appear to be flying faster and faster towards the barber pole (wings come off.) I hope they don’t take us with them.

  6. Joel
    Joel February 27, 2017 1:40 pm

    Why oh why would anyone want to publish Rachel Dolezal’s memoir? She has managed to piss off all the political editors on both sides of the false dichotomy, and the non-political ones have far better things to do.

    Normally I pity the mentally ill on general principles, but in her case I’m too overwhelmed with schadenfreude.

  7. jc2k
    jc2k February 27, 2017 2:01 pm

    oops, I wonder how I ended up posting under my real name… I guess we have to be more careful about double checking things before hitting that button.

  8. Shel
    Shel February 27, 2017 2:07 pm

    I did that once. !@#$ Decided asking that it be changed would only make things obvious.

  9. Claire
    Claire February 27, 2017 3:44 pm

    Didn’t realize that was you, jc2k! I’ll change the nym on the comment and change the post, too!

  10. Mark
    Mark February 27, 2017 3:49 pm

    It seems to me that Dolezal is a victim of the times. She is young enough to have grown up in a post-modern world, where your opinion of reality is what is real–and then she is being turned down by everyone for choosing to take it to its logical conclusion. Actually, I kind of think she has a point, too. Race is far more closely related to culture (Fred Reed has lots of commentary on that) than it is to biology, unlike gender. I have long thought that if we put all the people in the world in a line, no one could tell where black started and white stopped. But everyone has some idea at least of a cultural identity.

  11. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson February 27, 2017 7:41 pm

    The retina scan story is too creepy for me to keep my mouth shut, so I mentioned it to the conservative Republicans that I am vacationing with. Their response was,….”so?”


  12. jc2k
    jc2k February 27, 2017 8:56 pm

    Thanks Claire – I must’ve been on autopilot.

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