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Thursday links

  • The campaign against “disinformation and fake news” will not end well for freedom of speech.
  • “Smart” home devices you probably didn’t know about. (H/T LA)
  • Did this news make it onto your radar? Dems bring articles of impeachment against Trump. Ho hum.
  • Latest target in the #metoo trend: Senator-comic Al Franken. This time there’s verification.
  • But the MSM is still ignoring the fact that a Dem running for Congress is dirtier and scarier than Roy Moore.
  • Sad news via Wendy McElroy: Justin Raimondo, long the freedom movement’s most noted foreign-policy maven, has a dire form of cancer. He’s getting experimental treatment, though.
  • A few years ago, the Washington state courts ruled that government schools deserve the kind of funding that could only be provided by entire armies of leprechauns riding on the backs of unicorns. Subsequent legislatures have had a hard time justifying this to sucker-punched taxpayers. Once again, the WA supreme court declares that the legislature isn’t doing it right. I link this article because I don’t know whether to be amused or appalled that the writers at the fishwrap actually believe that the $8 billion in question will be provided by the legislature itself. Don’t we wish?
  • Have some dogs that have finally caught their tails.


  1. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook November 16, 2017 8:33 pm

    According to Washington state’s own Dept of Ed, they average $9,433 spent per student per year. This is “failing to amply fund a basic education for them”? Who would not be able to teach a student on that kind of money, except for the mentally incompetent or government workers (but I repeat myself)? Furthermore, who do those judges think they are, taking over budgetary decisions from the legislature? They should go back, not just to first year law school, but to grade school social studies class, and relearn about the branches of government, and what their respective roles are. A third major issue, is how do those judges actually think they are going to collect fines? If legislators do not find another couple of gajillion dollars in the budget to pump into the schools, and simply ignore the court, what they going to do? This should be funny to watch it play out.

  2. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson November 17, 2017 3:49 am

    The article on Ms DiResta is disturbing because it doesn’t touch the subject of how to discern manipulative disinformation from viral truth. Ms DiResta doesn’t appear to have the ability to imagine that the very act of limiting or controlling what is written is a guarantee that the press will be overrun by disinformation. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    I read an article this morning about an Atlantic story that mis-quoted (actually fraudulently edited) a tweet by Julian Assange to make it appear he was a Russian stooge. That fraud, exposed by Assange, has been repeated as god’s truth throughout the mainstream even though Assange’s response has been available. There is virtually no way to use the mainstream to contest their disinformation because they are a closed and controlled system. On the internet, however, there is a democracy of voices and you get to apply your own bullsh-t meter to figuring who is telling the truth and who is lying.

    You’re right. This can’t end well.

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 17, 2017 9:19 am

    McCleary is about one and one thing only; a state income tax for Washington state.

    The public employee’s unions will not rest until they get it.

  4. parabarbarian
    parabarbarian November 17, 2017 9:26 am

    The pearl clutchers are at it again. What is it this time? Trump says unkind things on Twitter and more than once had two scoops of ice cream for dessert so, of course, he deserves to be impeached.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 17, 2017 10:28 am

    it doesn’t touch the subject of how to discern manipulative disinformation from viral truth

    “Disinformation is information I disagree with. Truth is truth. I know it when I see it.” [sarc]
    Pecksniffs like this truly believe that everybody, but them, is too stupid to live without their guidance.

    My radar did blip. From what I read, they’re charging Trump with doing what they cheered Obama for doing.

  6. Pat
    Pat November 18, 2017 5:31 am

    With all those smart gadgets, why do we need a brain?
    (Oh, right… that’s what AI is for.)

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