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Weekend links

  • “Consumers” aren’t the only ones upset with Equifax. Looks as if banks might sue them, too. Anecdotally, I have also heard that some banks are no longer sharing information with Equifax until they learn the company’s security practices are actually security practices.
  • Cops. breaking into cars and trashing them … in the name of preventing vehicle break-ins.
  • Why flu shots so often fail. (I’m not anti-vaccine; I’m pro-research, pro-good judgment, and pro-honesty. The pabulum-for-the-public claim that “flu shots are 97 percent effective” has always ticked me off. This article is a refreshing look at the reality.)
  • Walmart takes “smart home” tech to its creepiest (and stupidest) degree to date.
  • And from cops’ continuing war on the deaf …. (Funny, isn’t it, how all those excuses about “tunnel vision” in a moment of emergency — see the article — are never made in favor of the innocent victim; only the cop-perps.)
  • Quiz: Which 10 states have the highest average elevations? I got 9 out of 10, but only because the quiz gives you plenty of time to keep guessing.
  • Looking for a new venture? San Antonio’s famous (?) toilet-seat art museum is now up for sale. Its 96-year-old owner is ready to retire. (H/T ML)
  • In the News You Already Know department, neuroscience shows that our dogs really do love us. They’re not just conning us to get food. (Yes, you do know it, but this piece is by Jonah Goldberg, another one of those guys who writes like an angel even on those other occasions, the ones where I don’t agree with him.)
  • Meet Frida, the the very good girl who has saved 50+ victims of Mexico’s two terrible quakes.

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  1. Pat
    Pat September 23, 2017 3:45 pm

    “Skowronski thinks the field must more aggressively pursue a universal influenza vaccine that would work against many strains and last for years.”

    That would be like immunizing against some of the communicable diseases – and THAT would drastically cut down on Big Pharma’s income year after year – which is probably why it’s never been pursued before by any pharmaceutical company.

  2. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA September 23, 2017 4:12 pm

    “Would that officer be obligated to press charges against the individual or would they simply stop at leaving a notice that the car door or window was left open?”

    A naive reporter, LOL, of course they’d STEAL the drugs! Why do you think they try to put two cops, not one, in a squad car…even administration doesn’t trust them to do the right thing with no one there.

  3. david
    david September 23, 2017 5:52 pm

    Wow. Do a hit and run, and they execute your son. I bet he won’t do that again….

    Ah,Walmart, the store of the NWO! You’ll fill my fridge when You decide it’s too empty, and while I’m gone. That’s ‘won- derful’. Will you also provide me with toothpaste and toilet tissue when I need it? Will you stick the bathroom with tampons just when the daughter needs them? How will you know these things?
    What’s to follow – personal toys for mom and dad showing up in the bedroom? Hey! Remember all those cute leaked videos of Splash Mountain where the girls would raise their shirts and show their tiddys just before the splash-down? Yeah, will you be doing that with my ‘home videos’ (note- new meaning for that term) too?

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold September 23, 2017 6:41 pm

    Once Wally is doing the shopping and delivery it won’t be long before the pecksniffs want to mandate a “proper” food selection.

    Anyone too busy to shop for food needs a priority rearrangement. My wife and I consider grocery trips a relaxing outing.

  5. deLaune
    deLaune September 23, 2017 7:49 pm

    When I was a young lad, we had milk deliveries from the local dairy, and weekly egg deliveries from a chicken farmer. We lived out in the country, and they left the goods in an insulated, outdoor “milkbox.”
    One summer, my dad was a guest lecturer at a College in a big city, Buffalo, NY. Back in those days, few families had two cars. When Dad was at work, Mom could not run out to the grocery store.
    All the houses had coolers built into an outside wall. If Mom needed anything, she would phone the local grocery. Shortly, a delivery boy would show up. He had a key to open the outside cooler door. He put the items in the cooler; since it was summer, he also added a small chunk of dry ice.
    There was an inner door in the kitchen; it could only be opened from inside the house. You didn’t need to give your house key to a stranger, or allow him to go through your refrigerator.
    A few years later, the feds raised the minimum wage. The grocery stores could no longer afford to hire teenagers to do jobs like this, and the whole system disappeared.

  6. Clenna
    Clenna September 24, 2017 4:36 am

    This video by Marlee Matlin on Deaf/police interactions & culture was put out a few years ago. In my experience the Deaf community needs this video more than the police, but a more in-depth video for LEOs would be helpful.

  7. lairdminor
    lairdminor September 24, 2017 8:54 am

    Good article on flu vaccines. I never get the shots, which surprises some people because I’m far from anti-immunization. I just was never convinced of their efficacy. Seems I was right.

  8. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 24, 2017 11:18 am

    If I get a flu shot the ole lady cuts me off because she said she got the flu once after I got the shot, now I take me chances with the flu.

  9. david
    david September 24, 2017 2:16 pm

    Is a good deal Comrade X. You pay for one shot, and you’re both protected! Even Obamacare can’t manage that level of protection.

  10. david
    david September 24, 2017 2:22 pm

    I got a shot once in the 70’s, after I had that first ‘killer flu’ what went around. (London flu, maybe?) So I got the shot, and I got the next ‘killer flu’ in a week (A Victoria, maybe?) So I stopped getting shots and stopped getting THAT sick. I still get the flu, but at this point I’m seldom very sick with them, and it doesn’t hold up to doses of oregano oil and colloidal silver and heavy Vitamin C. I’m back on my feet at work after no more than 3 days of anything. We don’t need no stinkin’ flu! But then, the immune system is like a muscle – you have to challenge it and work it to make it strong.

  11. Joel
    Joel September 24, 2017 6:17 pm

    Joel to Wal-Mart: thank you but no thank you.

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