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Midweek links

  • This grieving widow did many things wrong before she ventured into the woods to scatter her husband’s ashes. Then she did many things right while being lost for five days.
  • Life after the cash in your country becomes worthless. This is Cracked’s irreverent take on Modi’s bizarre decision in India. Be sure to read to the end, which contains a fascinating update on the longer-term consequences.
  • Another big Alan Gura win in a DC carry-permit case yesterday.
  • You’ll be glad to hear that “jumpy” killer cop Mohamed Noor wasn’t responsible for slaying Justine Damond. It was … uh, yeah. It was maybe because she’d taken some sleeping meds. Or … Islamophobia. Yeah, that’s it! It’s because you bigots all hate Muslims. B*tch had it coming to her. Is there no low that government supremicists won’t stoop to? (Both links via David Codrea)
  • Amazon wants to scan your house with its delivery drones so it can push targeted ads at you.
  • You may have seen this week’s headline research: “99% of all NFL players get brain disease!” Be skeptical. Be very, very skeptical.
  • Are dogs “natural carnivores, like wolves”? Be skeptical of that, also. (Hint: Dogs evolved while eating human societies’ discards.)
  • Dog finds a box of abandoned kittens.


  1. rochesterveteran
    rochesterveteran July 26, 2017 9:55 am

    You may have seen this week’s headline research: “99% of all NFL players get brain disease!” Be skeptical. Be very, very skeptical.

    There’s people who just hate football, and that’s OK in and of itself, but when the football haters make moves to ban football, that goes way over the line! I’m from a football family. My dad and uncles played back in the leather helmet days of the early 1940s, my brother and I played, my nephew played and my two sons played. We’re big guys and well suited for the rigors of football and we’d suck at soccer anyways. 🙂 New York State Assemblyman Michael Benedetto of the Bronx has been trying to ban youth tackle football:

    New York Legislator Proposes Banning Youth Tackle Football

    Benedetto is a typical nanny stater intruding into football families’ lives by attempting these bans (he’s tried twice now)! I coached youth tackle football and we taught the boys and girls (yes, we did have a couple of girls who were rough and tumble as well!) proper tackling technique and to NOT lead with their heads (the major cause of concussions and neck injuries) and they learn while they’re young, so when they move on the high school and college football as my younger son did, proper tackling technique is natural for them.

  2. M Jarvis
    M Jarvis July 26, 2017 10:12 am

    In my Will I ask that my ashes be scattered on the summit of Mt. Hood (courtesy of Eugene Mountain Rescue, my old unit), but have wondered if my love of the beach is greater. This begs the question: can your Soul exist in more than one place at a time?

  3. Pat
    Pat July 26, 2017 10:25 am

    Research on the dog’s vs wolf’s digestive system also backs up the theory the Coppingers had regarding the origin of dog and human relationships. (see “Dogs”)
    Sorry, I’ve forgotten how to shorten the Amazon link. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Fixed that for you — and turned it into a blog Amazon link 🙂 )

    The rescued kittens are beautiful. Judging by their same markings, they would almost seem to be a specific breed.

  4. Claire
    Claire July 26, 2017 10:36 am

    Heck, why not, M Jarvis? Seems to me that by being cremated you’ll already exist in thousands of tiny places (albeit all gathered into one larger place). You want your afterlife at both mountain and shore? I say go for it.

  5. Claire
    Claire July 26, 2017 10:38 am

    RV — Good for you. Pretty soon, the nannies will have all the country’s little boys (and rough-and-tumble girls) sitting around knitting all day.

    Oh. But wait. Knitting requires sharp needles! Ban knitting! For the children!

  6. Pat
    Pat July 26, 2017 10:43 am

    “(EDITOR’S NOTE: Fixed that for you — and turned it into a blog Amazon link 🙂 )”

    Thanks – but how do *I* do it here?

  7. Claire
    Claire July 26, 2017 10:46 am

    It’s nice that you want to, Pat. I’ll email you the method since you want to know it, but really it’s not necessary for you to go to the trouble.

  8. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 26, 2017 12:09 pm

    How interesting. I can’t read the article about Amazon because the page DEMANDS that I shut down ad blocker first. Not happening. They can request, of course, but I don’t respond well to demands of any kind. From what little I read before they got nasty, I’m not sure what the big deal would be. Amazon can “offer” anything they wish… I don’t have to read or respond to any of their offers.

  9. Claire
    Claire July 26, 2017 12:14 pm

    Odd, ML. I go to that site several times a week — always with my ad blocker on — and I’ve never gotten that nag.

    I’ve certainly gotten it on other sites, but never at Business Insider.

  10. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal July 26, 2017 2:10 pm

    I always like reading about people who get lost in the wild and survive. I guess because I’m jealous (I’ve tried to get lost many times). I guess if you do enough right to survive, it’s a win. (Ants can be delicious. Some of them taste like vinegar.)

  11. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 26, 2017 3:39 pm

    Saw the grieving widow on TV, and they flashed one of the survival books she had read;

    BTW a lot of people get lost in the woods;

    I even used Claire’s link above but however the more I hear of Amazon the more I dislike them, scanning our houses is a bridge too far for me for sure (but being that the owner is a big gun control nut; he fell off that bridge a while ago for me already).

    I also do business in India and they do like the US dollar over there.

    I played & coached football, all my sons played football, I even know pro players retired and playing who are not brain damage nor will ever be IMHO however if you want to reduce injuries get rid of all of the safety equipment like in Rugby, see how the nannies like that!

    Works the same way as not wearing a seat belt or driving without stop signs & stop lights methinks, people get more careful when they have to relied on themselves and the nannies aren’t protecting them.

  12. Iwoots
    Iwoots July 26, 2017 10:15 pm

    “Good for you. Pretty soon, the nannies will have all the country’s little boys (and rough-and-tumble girls) sitting around knitting all day.”

    Sorry Claire. Someone beat you to it (way back in 1993):–2ZLVYQ

  13. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry July 26, 2017 11:54 pm

    I don’t know why anyone should be skeptical if the 99% brain-injury rate for pro footballers. The only thing in that which I’m remotely skeptical of is that missing percenage point. That’s like saying you’re skeptical that some utterly insane percentage of wrestlers suffer from vertebral injuries and eating disorders- things which the nature of the sport itself makes inevitable and the culture surrounding it (NFL Hit Of the Week!) relentlessly celebrates.

    Agreed on Rugby and injuries, and oddly enough the CNFL also has a mich lower rate of head injury, apparently something to do with the dimensions of the pitch allowing more time to orient tackles and get speeds matching.

  14. Claire
    Claire July 27, 2017 8:12 am

    “I don’t know why anyone should be skeptical if the 99% brain-injury rate for pro footballers.”

    The study was done with 200 brains donated by either the deceased athletes themselves or their family members. The researchers state clearly that this is not a representative sample and that finding a 99% brain injury rate in these brains does not mean a 99% brain injury overall.

    I don’t think anybody doubts that there’s a very high rate of brain injury in tackle football and that this is a major scandal and concern. But in this case the “99% of all NFL players” conclusion the media are drawing is simply scientifically unwarranted. It’s just a sensationalistic headline.

  15. Claire
    Claire July 27, 2017 8:16 am

    M — Damn. That’s pretty outrageous. What kind of mentality would even think about selling mapping data of the inside of customer’s homes?

  16. M
    M July 27, 2017 8:50 am

    I’m guessing someone who doesn’t own a Rhoomba? My question is how did we get to the point that the Dust Bunnies appear a bit smarter than the Voluntary “user givers”? I get it: cool, convenient, and cutting edge. I’m just none of those.

  17. brew
    brew July 27, 2017 9:01 am

    Okay, now you have me a bit scared… I have a buddy with a roomba sweeper thing and he loves it – it does a great job… but what about when these things get capable enough to talk to the mothership for ‘software updates’ and oh just for ‘data analysis purposes’ send back a map of the interior of your house?

  18. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 27, 2017 9:06 am

    My way to spell robot;


  19. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 27, 2017 9:17 am

    A roomba? I’ve read about those things, but wouldn’t bother having one… even a very dumb one. I have a vacuum, broom and dust pan. In order to use them, I have to move a lot of things out of the way! I don’t do it very often either. 🙂 Well, except when the dog sheds.

    But yes, a roomba would be quite different than a drone outside.

  20. laird
    laird July 27, 2017 12:53 pm

    I had no idea that Roombas connect to the internet, although I can see at least a colorable argument for it (software upgrades). Not that I buy that argument; just give me a USB port to I can attach it to my computer for a download when I choose to do so. But what possible reason can there be for it to take photographs? That makes no sense at all. If I had one of these (and frankly I have thought about it) I would definitely put tape over the lens. Does it have a microphone too? Is it recording as well as photographing us?

  21. Joel
    Joel July 27, 2017 2:16 pm

    Little Bear and I visited some friends in the city last winter. They had one of those Roomba things.

    Can there be anything more horrifying to a dog than a self-directed vacuum cleaner? It must be an instinct thing; he’d never seen a vacuum in his life but he knew to be terrified of this one – and he could have killed it just by lying on it.

    And on the India demonetization thing…If you were like me growing up, people were always telling you that the people in charge were in charge because they were so smart and well-educated and well-informed, and so on balance their decisions would be really smart and the best thing for everybody. And that lesson sank it and it took me a really long time to shake loose from it. That Cracked article should be taught to every middle school student everywhere – it’s got to be a great antidote to the old lie.

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