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Tuesday links

  • Equifax already faces at least 23 class-action lawsuits for its shameless handling of “cuckstomer” data. Even though I know lawyers are the chief beneficiaries of these things, in this case: more power to ’em.
  • Edward Snowden and Andrew “bunnie” Huang have designed a hardware device to monitor your iPhone against surveillance.
  • Could Father Mykal Judge become the first gay saint? (Well no. Odds are there have been gay saints who never got outed. But Mykal Judge was a good man and I hope he makes the grade. At the rate the last couple of popes have been churning out saints, several dogs I know should probably make the grade. And hey, St. Guinefort the Greyhound gets a mention in the linked article, though not by name.)
  • LOL. Brad R. lists 100+ reasons Hillary lost the election.
  • In this time when technology seems to betray us at every turn, Lawrence J. McQuillan at the Independent Institute reminds us that tech still enables us to build communities that transcend the state.
  • Rod Dreher — author of The Benedict Option and IMHO a bit of a xenophobe where religions other than his own are concerned — reads and likes Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True. (Amazon link to The Benedict Option. Amazon link to Why Buddhism is True.)
  • Taking aim at Wikileaks. Funny how gov always hates the leaks more than it hates the dubious-to-downright-criminal actions of gov that get leaked.
  • Ridiculous solutions to problems — that actually worked.


  1. Coyote Hubbard
    Coyote Hubbard September 12, 2017 4:15 pm

    Ive got the site loaded and waiting till it has my state in the list to file the allowed claim amount. Not going to see any money im sure, but it is a nice little F-you to a company that has your important data – and looses it – and I had no say in that fact that they had my data.
    They need a “Fight Club” level of riddance.

  2. Claire
    Claire September 12, 2017 5:21 pm

    Oh, good one, jed. Good one. Imagine Equifax not only ending up with all those class-action suits (which will no doubt be merged), but ending up with thousands of default small-claims judgments of between $2,500 and $25,000 because they can’t send a rep to fight every itty-bitty case.

    Really, if the info they treated so cavalierly gets out, there’s NO liability insurance anywhere that could cover the harm.

    Coyote Hubbard, I hear you. We should have a choice about whether these creeps have our data. But as long as we have no choice in the matter, then if they can’t guard it better than Fort Knox, then crush them to dust.

  3. ellendra
    ellendra September 12, 2017 9:17 pm

    On the Ridiculous Solutions list, be aware that if you try #10 too often, the post office will notice. I know of one occasion where someone was arrested for it, after he sent out his wedding invitations that way.

    I’m not going to say don’t ever try it. Just don’t be stupid about it.

  4. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson September 13, 2017 4:15 am

    Think of it this way, the corruption of tens of millions of government ID numbers could render the concept of national ID’s moot. Could this be the undoing of the human cattle tags?

  5. Claire
    Claire September 13, 2017 6:16 am

    I wish, Ron. Unfortunately, if SSNs are undone, a forced switch to biometrics or other more intrusive identifiers will follow.

  6. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 13, 2017 9:21 am



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