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  1. brew
    brew December 15, 2017 8:37 am

    From the ‘tracking without GPS’ link….

    “Right now, the best path forward seems to be pushing Google, Apple, and possibly our elected representatives, to prevent this kind of tracking or make it unlawful to do so.”

    Ha… Ha Ha! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!! Oh that’s funny….

  2. jed
    jed December 15, 2017 8:38 am

    Fingerprinting a phone and tracking it doesn’t surprise me at all. Just the other day I read a blog post, which was so poorly written that I won’t link to it, and indeed, I’m not sure quite what it really said. But, the gist was a municipality where the council voted on installing a city-wide system using Bluetooth and MAC address to study pedestrian traffic patterns. Or something like that. But the part about using the phone’s MAC address and WiFi has been around for a while. For anyone not aware, no you don’t need to connect to the store’s WiFi in order for tracking to function. As long as you have your WiFi on, there’s a certain amount of recognition possible.

    I grinned at that self-absorbed stuck-up driver getting some payback. I’m not exactly happy about the cops being involved, but then I think that she’d be all to eager too call them herself.

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty December 15, 2017 8:52 am

    “Unjust land seizures”… Is any kind of land seizure JUST? This “compensation” thing is a distraction. There is no such thing as adequate compensation when someone does not want to sell.

    Thank goodness there are many different guns, enough to suit everyone, but I find the Glock overpriced, over hyped and impossible to shoot. I’ve never picked up one with a trigger I can reach! 🙂

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 15, 2017 9:59 am

    So the good news is that your dry Christmas tree only burns for about 60 seconds. 😉 I wish they had included an artificial one.

    I carry a Glock, mainly because I can’t rust it. Before that, with blued and stainless steel, I was forever scrubbing the grip screws, etc. It’s me. I used to wear out wrist watches in two or three years, because the backs got eaten away.

    College is simple economics. There are only so many high-paying jobs. The more people have degrees, the more that will have to settle for jobs that don’t really require degrees, the more jobs that will require degrees. Back in the 60s, when I graduated, a lot of professions that now require a BA didn’t even have degrees. (Fire Science, for example.)

    The police troll for guys like this helpless one. Meanwhile the really dangerous sexual predators have figured out the odds that any 15-year-old blogging the internet is actually a 45-year-old LEO trolling, and they’re shopping elsewhere.

    When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging. Life is way too short to live it angry like that.

  5. Jim B.
    Jim B. December 15, 2017 10:15 am

    One thing about the College thing is that many men are twigging onto the fact that college is not that great for them. The main reason why has to do the the radical feminists movement and PC in general. They probably grew up in school being told over and over and over again that males are bad. Remember most teachers nowadays are women(mainly liberals), who probably believe(wrongly) that girls need more attention and guidance than boys. Thus boys are not doing as well as they had been in the past.

    After being told they are so bad, the question become, what they ask themselves: Why should I subject myself to at least 4 more years of humiliation and ridicule and such after paying such a huge amount of money and debt?

    There are now many colleges and universities trying to find and enroll more boys than they are recently having. Most of the student bodies are over half girls.

    Just out of curiosity, have anyone heard of the MGTOW movement?

  6. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran December 15, 2017 11:29 am

    Now that’s scary. But instructive. The difference between a fire starting in a dry Christmas tree and a watered one.

    We haven’t gotten a natural Christmas tree in many years as they caused my wife’s and kid’s allergies to act up, so we avoid the fire hazard situation with a natural tree.

    My neighbors get a natural tree and when Christmas is over, she takes the tree out back and stores it in the woods. Then, usually on the 4th of July, we’ll have a fire and pull out the Christmas tree, that’s well dried, and light it up! It puts on quite the fire show and is usually burnt out within a minute, totally incinerated!

  7. Comarde X
    Comarde X December 15, 2017 2:28 pm

    I like Glock because every time I pull the trigger it goes bang, not true on every pistol I have fired a bunch of rounds through.

    On one of the other subjects; can’t tell you how many college grads I have seen who couldn’t find a job (but it was a lot) but on the other hand I also can’t tell you how many employers I have seen who couldn’t find a welder either (but it was a lot too); could it be related?

  8. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 15, 2017 3:18 pm

    They are related, Comrade. When I worked at a facility for emotionally disturbed kids, almost everyone there had at least a masters degree, extra classwork for state certification, and paid for annual continuing education classes.

    The guy who came to fix our photocopier made half-again as much as any of them. The company he worked for had paid for his six-month trade school, and would continue to pay for or provide any classes to keep him current.

  9. Shel
    Shel December 15, 2017 6:28 pm

    Glubb, in his “The Fate of Empires…” notes on p.10 (his numbering) that during the Age of Intellect – which precedes the Age of Decadence – colleges and universities proliferate. He stated, “It is remarkable with what regularity this phase follows on that of wealth, in empire after empire, divided by many centuries.”

    He adds in that essay written in 1976, “In our own lifetime, we have witnessed the same phenomenon in the U.S.A. and Britain. When these nations were at the height of their glory, Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge seemed to meet their needs. Now almost every city has its university.”

  10. Ruth
    Ruth December 16, 2017 6:02 am

    re: live trees burning–and if you’re going to get a live tree don’t buy it at a big box store like Home Depot, or Lowes, or any other such place that has their trees shipped in from any place other than a truly local farm. No matter what the advertisements say those trees arrive at those stores a week before Thanksgiving, and at that point they’ve already been cut for at least a week, often two, and have had no water during that time. And they’re stored at the store with no water. They shed mass amounts of needles just in the process of being pulled off the delivery trucks. You really do not want one of those trees. Even without the fire hazard problem those trees will continue to drop needles at a horrid rate. They’re a fire waiting to happen. (I work for one of the above mentioned stores, I help unload, and then sell, those trees, and I come home from work every day with at least a half a tree’s worth of pine needles down my bra and inside my clothes)

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