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Friday links

  • They sent a SWAT team to kill an innocent man. Now all three of the irresponsible gamers face serious charges.
  • Apparently intent on a mass killing, a shooter walks into an Oklahoma City restaurant and opens fire. Armed citizen. One dead shooter.
  • As Authoritah goes after vaping, are they attacking the lesser evil to uphold the greater one? Veronique de Rugy asks.
  • You think Alexa devices aren’t creepy? One family is alerting the world after Alexa recorded their private conversations and sent the audio files to a random contact.
  • But Wired says, “Don’t worry!” — in terms that should damn well worry anybody who allows such spy devices in their home.
  • Long before it became trendy, the keto diet was used to help prevent epileptic seizures. Researchers are just now beginning to figure out how that works.
  • The news just gets worse and worse on that self-driving Uber car that killed the woman in Tempe, Arizona. (NOTE: Replaced original link with one that describes the events more clearly.)
  • Darwin Award. Perhaps not a winner, but certainly a candidate.
  • Long weekend read: “The City of Mensch.” How Christians can learn from Orthodox Jews as they slide toward minority (and possibly persecuted minority) status.
  • Wow. Young fox grabs rabbit. Bald eagle tries to steal rabbit. Amazing photos ensue.


  1. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal May 25, 2018 8:20 am

    The “gamers” who SWATted the guy are scumbags, obviously, but the cop is also responsible for doing what cops too often do: shooting someone before they know what’s going on. To let the cop off the hook just continues to send the message “shoot first, there will be no questions later (just a vacation)“.

    The dead evil loser in Oklahoma must have changed his mind or something during his attack. Otherwise, how was he back in the parking lot to be shot by the defender? That just doesn’t make sense. If there were no armed people inside the restaurant, this can’t really be counted as a case where armed good guys saved lives. Unless the details are wrong somehow.

    I try not to be too “paranoid” about technology, but there are some things I just wouldn’t allow in my house. Anything like Alexa being one of them.

  2. s
    s May 25, 2018 9:41 am

    There is a video of the eagle stealing the rabbit from the fox kit.

  3. fred
    fred May 25, 2018 9:49 am

    So the guy who actually committed the murder isnt charged… ,yeah,ok,that makes sense.

    Loved the comments on alexa….And my mellinial and gen x relatives see absolutely NOTHING wrong with alexa “because Im not doing anything wrong”

    Bezel Bub · about 18 hours ago…. Paying the richest man in the world to come into your home and spy on you is a level of stupid I can scarcely wrap my brain around.

    strategery · about 18 hours ago
    Amazon does work for the cia, so naturally they’re going to market a device to spy on people, it makes the cia’s job a little easier.

  4. SKSK
    SKSK May 25, 2018 1:10 pm

    Re: Alexa…A few weeks ago I was standing at the counter of a friend’s small store. She mentioned that the electric company had just installed a smart meter for them and that they were now having problems with their Alexa. It was not playing anything at the time of our conversation. I said my husband and I had opted out of the smart meter program. Our exchange continued on, developing our ideas on the pros and cons of smart meters. Suddenly, the Alexa device started playing an unsolicited rendition of “Every Step You Take” by Police. (Definitely not a natural choice for this particular store owner.) It seemed like a quirky coincidence at the time, but now I find it just plain spooky!
    the Alexa device started playing an unsolicited rendition of “Every Step You Take” by Police. (Definitely not a natural choice for this particular store owner.) It seemed like a quirky coincidence at the time, but now I find it just plain spooky!

  5. SKSK
    SKSK May 25, 2018 1:20 pm

    Sorry about the odd sending above. I’m still a novice on the computer and need to work on my ability to edit on this critter! (The story holds true, though.)

  6. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 25, 2018 1:55 pm

    it makes the cia’s job a little easier.

    Well, sort of.
    If they’re looking for needles, it’s a bad idea to keep adding more straw to the haystack.

  7. coloradohermit
    coloradohermit May 25, 2018 2:54 pm

    Thanks for that link to the article about the keto diet for epilepsy. My son in law has epilepsy that’s well managed on dilantin. My best friend’s daughter in law has epilepsy that isn’t managed on any meds they’ve tried on her. I sent the article link to both families and wouldn’t it be wonderful if it really did help!
    And CONGRATS on making the fundraiser goal. You readers rock!!!

  8. Antibubba
    Antibubba May 28, 2018 1:47 pm

    Re: self driving cars,

    In a contest between Artificial Intelligence and Natural Stupidity, I’ll bet on the latter EVERY SINGLE TIME.

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