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Weekend links

  • Wendy McElroy on free-market law and cryptocurrencies.
  • What the case of “Permit Patty” says about mercy and justice in today’s world.
  • The news comes a bit late, but Steve Ditko, the Salingeresque co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, has died.
  • Still working at 85. It’s uncommon, but becoming less so.
  • To save America from Trump’s trade wars, buy nails, pork, and bourbon. Um, maybe.
  • The brain is a bizarre thing. When we don’t have real threats around, our minds go to work creating relative ones. (Yeah, it’s just one study, but it explains a lot dunnit?)
  • The Internet is not Jewish. (An observation from a Jew that’s more relevant to the rest of us than one might think.)
  • Today, in 1928, our grandparents got the origin of that phrase, “the greatest thing since …”.

A very big Prius. And why not, these days?


  1. Stryder
    Stryder July 7, 2018 9:18 am

    Justice is a dish best served cold, because if it were served warm it would be justwater.

  2. progunfred
    progunfred July 7, 2018 10:11 am

    Relative Threats.

    I dun’no Claire. I think the study is deeply flawed. You can’t ask people to pick the threatening person from a picture series and not expect to always have threats be found. That’s NOT how our brains work. They should have merely asked the people to look at pictures of other people and report what they think of the face. Because in this way you find; “They seem like a nice bunch.” is an acceptable answer. Saying; “find the threat” and expecting a negative answer is not a flawless scientific study. By merely saying, look at these people, you will then get all kinds of answers until the pic of the hardened career lifer criminal comes up.

    Having said all that, some proof of my point is in the 24/7 news cycle about (some) shootings (that involve white suburbanites). The fact is crimes with guns have been dropping nationally for more than a decade but America (I don’t watch TV) is told to look at how many more there are and now they think that it’s increasing not decreasing. But you knew this.

    The fact that the article points out the false positives in the neighborhood watch thing only disproves the point made in the face study. I do accept that looking for a problem increases the amount of false positives which is EXACTLY what happened in the face study. Not knowing how your brain ACTUALLY works and excluding a deeper understanding of false positives is no way to look at potential threats. The article keeps using the term Threat Perception about participants who were told in the study that a threat exists. That’s not perception. That’s a task order accepted and carried out. Ugh. (anybody thinking: Police?…yep!)

    I always throw away false positives in real life. You did perceive something and this can save your life.

    More interesting is the Power Of Suggestion in the face and color study.

    And yes, we are wired to always be on the lookout for threats. It’s a dangerous place. If it were not so…Everybody except lefty and righty gun control liars know that this is as natural as rain.

    And as an aside, subtracting about 5 or 6 urban areas from crime with guns statistics about America leaves the rest of the US as a virtual utopia of low crime mutual cooperation. Lower than gun free zone countries.

    Excellent Topic. Thanks.

  3. Claire
    Claire July 7, 2018 11:45 am

    Good points and good analysis, progunfred.

  4. progunfred
    progunfred July 7, 2018 1:48 pm

    Thanks. I do tend to get my panties in a wad over self defense.

  5. fred
    fred July 7, 2018 2:47 pm

    Topics a little too deep for me today.My brain is more into…”Cool,more thunder” today.

    I liked wendy’s take on private police vrs gov enforcers.

    The world needs more freds 🙂

  6. Mike
    Mike July 7, 2018 3:20 pm

    With regard to buying a box of nails, I don’t think that’s going to cut it…. Trump is taking the same path Calvin Coolidge did in the nineteen twenties. A path of tariffs that led to the great depression. Luckily, there are a lot of checks in the stock trading system so all the world will have to endure is a serious recession.

    BTW if you are going to buy a new vehicle, do it now. The 25% tariffs on vehicles Trump is thinking about, will add around $6,000 to the price of a $30,000 pick up truck.

  7. Jorge
    Jorge July 7, 2018 3:36 pm

    ” in line for bagels and whitefish salad at Russ & Daughters.” I’m not Jewish, but I am from NYC. That was one of my favorite places for Sunday morning breakfast. Man, bagels and whitefish salad. Haven’t had that in +20 years. I have also been to Langer’s Deli in LA. But I will dispute that it has a perfect pastrami sandwich. It was very good, but there was better in NYC.

    I’m not so sure his all his criticisms of the Internet are valid, but yes, when we let it over shadow our living, analog, experience we lose a lot.

  8. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal July 7, 2018 4:22 pm

    The government ban on sliced bread was lifted just a week before my mom was born. I must inform her of this critical information immediately!

  9. Deb in SD
    Deb in SD July 7, 2018 5:27 pm

    I don’t really need any nails, but am willing to do my best on the bourbon and pork😉.

  10. Claire
    Claire July 7, 2018 5:31 pm

    You are a true patriot, Deb. 😉

  11. jed
    jed July 7, 2018 5:43 pm

    Justice is a dish best served cold, because if it were served warm it would be justwater.

    I am SO stealing that! 🙂

    Hmmm. Couple notes from the linked news article about Permit Patty:

    … a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, confirmed to NBC News that no complaint was made regarding the incident

    Austin and Rodgers said they would not accept Ettel’s apology.

    Well, as Don Henley wrote:

    There’s three sides to every story. There’s yours and there’s mine and the cold, hard truth.

    But this is how people “get along” in the world today, I guess. As someone who lives in a noisy neighborhood, I’m sympathetic. I’m also less tolerant of such as I get older.

  12. jed
    jed July 7, 2018 7:32 pm

    > I do tend to get my panties in a wad over self defense.

    Apropos: Brilliant! (anti-Antifa jpg)

  13. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 8, 2018 8:22 am

    Never seen a trannytruck before.

  14. Deb
    Deb July 9, 2018 11:06 am

    Whenever I see a kid selling lemonade, or whatever, on the side of the road I stop and buy some. Kids need to be encouraged by all adults. But I never actually drink or eat any of it, because I have grandkids and know their sanitation standards first hand. A few years ago a kid was selling lemonade on his front lawn during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. The city shut him down because he didn’t buy a permit from them (several hundred dollars). So he changed it to free lemonade and made hundreds in donations instead. Adults supporting those little budding entrepreneurs always makes my heart smile.

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