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Midweek links

  • This is cool. Amazon is building a fabulous new HQ in downtown Seattle. They’re going to reserve half of one of the new buildings for a homeless shelter for women and families. Rent free, utilities paid.
  • Per jc2k in comments: a superior court judge orders a San Diego DA to return seized assets to a medical marijuana dealer. The DA, Bonnie Dumanis, has been snatching millions from harmless people for a long time. In another sign of change, the phrase “policing for profit” has made it into the MSM.
  • Alas, in a sign of how things are still not changing in the war on drugs, there’s yet another New! More Deadly! illegal drug. You’ll die! from a single dose. Even touching it! is dangerous. (And the drug warriors still don’t grasp that these crazy drugs exist only because of their stupid WoD.)
  • And in that WoD, police find even more ways to profit.
  • Six rules for arguing with jerks online. They forgot the most important one: DON’T.
  • Yeah, yeah. This is mean-spirited. But I’ve always wanted to write an open letter to people who talk too much. Actually, I’ve wanted to stop one of those folks in the middle of one of their endless, droning sentences and ask, “If you’re not interested in what anybody else has to say, what makes you think everyone else is so very interested in hearing YOU?” (Not talking about raconteurs here, but about people who haven’t stopped moving their lips since 1972 while having nothing interesting to say.)
  • Those incredibly awkward moments.
  • Ever wanted to move to the Italian countryside? Here’s one small town that wants you enough to pay you to do it.


  1. Bear
    Bear May 10, 2017 12:04 pm

    Apropos of absolutely nothing here, if I must suffer this headache, so should everyone else. Misery loves company.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 10, 2017 1:12 pm

    The Italian town offer would sound great if I didn’t know the cash comes from robbing SOMEONE – and would likely involve robbing those who took the offer, at least eventually. Oh, and they’d not likely be very happy with me walking down the street visibly armed. Looks gorgeous there, but no deal. 🙂

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 10, 2017 3:01 pm

    They’re going to reserve half of one of the new buildings for a homeless shelter for women and families.
    What, they can’t send them to Italy?

    Seattle’s homeless population is a symptom, not a problem. Building yet another shelter won’t solve the problems that cause people to be homeless. Particularly the city council’s anti-building policies.

  4. Comrade X
    Comrade X May 10, 2017 3:27 pm

    If the Mayor of Bormida throws in some wine, I’m there!

  5. M
    M May 11, 2017 4:51 am

    Broke my rule on reading comments (Amazon Link). Some valid points, lots of left/right hate and lack of logical reasoning.

    One worthy question: If Amazon gets a tax break for this – who makes up the difference?

    True giving doesn’t require return.

  6. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ May 11, 2017 4:59 pm


    I remember watching a story (LinkTV?) not long ago, about the homeless problem there, and the extraordinarily small apartments and student housing ‘closets’ being constructed.

    The problem is not just that city’s anti-building policies. It is also the:
    – desire of too many yuppies who want to live in the downtown;
    – high property taxes (although NJ still leads the nation in that measure.

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