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Saturday links

  • Leave it to the Lone Star state once again. Texas Tech police say campus carry makes them safer. (Tip o’ hat to LarryA)
  • Michelle Malkin says, “Free Valentino Dixon.”
  • Just in case you need more than the NYT’s assurance that their new hire Sarah Jeong isn’t racist. Or sexist. Or heterophobic. Nooooo, not her. (For the record, I don’t think having creepy opinions is a firing offense; but her hiring does cement NYT firmly in place as a provincial rag of the blue archipelago.)
  • Why rip-roaring inflation is inevitable. Good piece — though anybody who calls recent inflation “tame” hasn’t been buying groceries or building supplies.
  • Really, New Yorker? Does everything have to be turned into a political diatribe? Even the downfall of Diet Coke?
  • A pot breathalyzer? Oh, gimme a break. The problems with this device and this article are too numerous to count.
  • Zendo Deb has links to James Burke’s Connections, possibly the most eye-opening series ever to appear on television. It showed how historic developments affected each other in unexpected ways.
  • How a rapacious email provider profits off prisoners and their families. Yup, it helps to have a literally captive audience.
  • “The Value of Q.” Great thinkpiece from Hardscrabble Farmer and The Burning Platform.
  • Amazon link: Make Orwell Fiction Again. And an alt design. There are hats, too (not an Amazon link). (H/T MJR)
  • Short dogs lie about their height.
  • This tiny article is old and has appeared here before. But we can always use the happy reminder: “Do something.” (H/T AA)


  1. James
    James August 4, 2018 12:44 pm

    I don’t know … I think that maybe working alongside Sarah Jeong could be fun. A guy could “mansplain” a few things to her, inquire whether it was her time of the month and whether that might explain her temperament … and maybe cause her head to explode. Which would be kind of cool.

  2. Claire
    Claire August 4, 2018 1:16 pm

    But James … that would be sexist! How could you even think of such a thing? But then, you’re a male and I presume (shudder) white. So no doubt such evil comes naturally to you. Poor, poor, innocent Sarah Jeong — victimized once again by the oppressor class.

    (What I think is really funny is how, based on her tweets at that link, she despises the NYT and its other writers as much as she hates whites, males, and straights of all persuasions. That could get quite interesting if the NYT has to put up with the little monster it’s so proud to have enabled.)

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 4, 2018 5:01 pm

    I have a feeling that the absolute most sadistic thing you could do to Jeong, working alongside her, is nothing.

  4. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 August 4, 2018 7:10 pm

    She should shun the use or consumption of anything invented or produced by white men. “Put your money where your mouth is,” thus avoiding hypocrisy.

  5. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson August 5, 2018 4:34 am

    I completely missed the “QAnon” thing. To educate myself this morning, I Googled it and found dozens of mainstream articles hyperventilating about it. When a news article starts explaining a phenomenon as “right wing conspiracy theory cult,” I look for another source. I still haven’t found any original source material, so I’m probably looking in all the wrong places. But from what I’ve gleaned from the highly opinionated pieces I’ve read, I’m already losing interest, for the same reasons that I have no interest in analyzing the sequence of numbers in the Powerball Lottery.

    I vaguely remember that the protagonist of the V For Vendetta movie had a single letter moniker…was it Q? That would explain a lot. I’ll have to look it up.

  6. Mark Call
    Mark Call August 5, 2018 9:08 am

    Interesting how the New Yorker can “analyze” the decline of Diet Coke without using the words “aspartame”, “formaldehyde”, “methanol”, “neurotoxin”, “health risk,” or even “poison”.

    Maybe the author already OD’d on it.

    Re: what probably should now be called the “Old Grey Lyin’ **tch” (“Lady”? You gotta be kiddin’…) deserves whatever shame is now heaped upon them.

    But I can’t help but think that to “jeong” someone should become a perjurous verb.

  7. Comrade X
    Comrade X August 6, 2018 2:54 pm

    I plan to do something today.

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