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Midweek links

  • A civil rights lawsuit is in the works against warrantless searches of laptops and cellphones. According to the article there were as many such searches last month as there were in all of 2015.
  • You might think it would be a waste of money for the National Park Service to spend $150,000 on Bigfoot research. But rest assured the money isn’t entirely wasted. It’s also covering research on sea monsters and mysterious lights.
  • This demonstrates exactly how dumb “smart” appliances are. A brand-new dishwasher with a security bug that was the hottest new thing … 20 years ago.
  • Is Australia on its way to becoming a cashless society? Not as violently as Modi’s India. But it’s on a familiar trajectory. (H/T JC)
  • Gorsuch opposes Kelo. Good man. Better than the man who nominated him. Trump luuuuuuuvs Kelo.
  • Well, that’ll teach you about doing a good deed for a neighbor — when a cop is watching.
  • So. Which is more “objectionable” and “crude,” Apple? U.S. drone strikes or an app that tracks reports about them?
  • Per jc2k in comments: Shazam. That’s three bad guys who’ll never get a chance to do it again. And an accomplice who’s in deeper yogurt than she ever imagined being.
  • Five bad ways and five good ways to end a relationship. (Shooting is not recommended unless the “relationship” begins as it did in the previous link.)
  • The creator of the now-omnipresent Labradoodle now regrets creating a Frankenstein monster. Not the dog, necessarily. But the cynical, pretentious, and false industry around “designer dogs.” (H/T S)
  • The New Guinea Highland Dog has been re-discovered and caught on camera. Beautiful, they are, too.
  • And in your awwwwwww moment for today: children’s hospital “hires” a full-time comfort dog and names her after the deceased patient who inspired the idea.


  1. MJR
    MJR March 28, 2017 3:23 pm

    About the guy who was ticketed for clearing snow… This is as silly as a case out west where I cop ticketed a guy for not clearing snow off his car.

    I’m glad he won the case. I know it will not happen but It would be nice to see the guy take the town to small clams court and sue to get the $75 back.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X March 28, 2017 3:23 pm

    It beginning to appear that all Gorsuch might need is an edgy wit to be able to come close to filling some pretty big shoes IMHO.

  3. Bear
    Bear March 28, 2017 4:39 pm

    MJR, NH has a specific law about snow on moving vehicles. It was prompted by crashes (and I think at least one fatality; I seem to vaguely recall a woman killed when snow caved in her windshield) caused by huge hunks of snow blowing off of vehicles. Laws may not be the answer, but there are idiots who refuse to exercise sense.

  4. Wolfhound
    Wolfhound March 29, 2017 4:38 pm

    Bigfoot sceptics should look up “Anthropoidipes Ameriborealis” as well as “Homo Sapiens Cognatus”. Something is most definitely going on in lands controlled by the federal government, and nearby forested land. I highly recommend everyone examine the website ,as well as the links to the videos. People have been going missing, and continue to go missing, under circumstances which are bizarre and inexplicable. The 6 book series ” Missing 411″ documents well over1000 casesin the USA, as well as the US Department of the Interior’s reluctance and sometimes refusal to provide Freedom of Information documents regarding these cases.

  5. Desertrat
    Desertrat March 30, 2017 6:35 pm

    What’s the minimum number of a species of a large mammal to maintain a viable population? Gotta consider in-breeding and other problems, right? Seems to me that if there are a large enough number of Bigfeets for an ongoing population, their existence could in no way be hidden. Too many hunters and hikers wandering through the boonies.

    I wonder if the NPS will try to figure out the Marfa lights. No luck, so far, since back in the 1880s. No doubt about their existence. Aside from citizen watchers, the USAAF wrecked planes and jeeps during WW II, via guys from the airbase at Marfa going out chasing. They are interesting to watch, for sure.

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