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Month: September 2018

Friday links

  • Happy Paratus! Commander Zero, who invented this holiday for preparedness, has celebration suggestions.
  • That mysterious observatory closure? They claim it’s because a janitor had kiddie porn on a computer. Hm.
  • Sheesh. No wonder Kavanaugh’s accuser can’t remember any details. Given the party-and-pickup culture of the pricey school she went to, it’s a wonder she can remember anything from her teens. 15 Comments
  • Midweek links

  • The prosecution of Cody Wilson for having sex with an underage prostitute absolutely reeks of being a setup by enforcers pissed off that they couldn’t get him any other way. (H/T MP)
  • In July, it became the first cannabis company to go public on the Nasdaq. Tilray is making a lot of people rich. But it’s partying like it’s 1999, says The Motley Fool.
  • The fedgov gives itself permission to spy on journalists — another delightful use of the FISA system. 23 Comments
  • Not Indian summer …

    … because we’re a month or more away from our first frost. But after a rainy September we’re in the midst of mild, sunny days. Sunny days have meant only one thing to me all summer: Accomplish work on the house. We (and I) did enough of that to turn Ye Olde Wreck officially into the Mo Saoirse Hermitage, but there’s still a bit of this, bit of that. I’ve begun each dry morning with a to-do list. Yesterday I was good and did everything I planned. Today … well, I got started, though I ended up doing a different…


    Two for MamaLiberty (one for the future)

    1. An invitation to attend the scattering of Susan’s ashes Daniel Wiener, brother-in-law of Susan Callaway (the late MamaLiberty), posted this in comments: Sandi Wiener (Susan’s sister) and I will be in Newcastle [Wyoming] at the end of September (the 25th through the 27th), and during that time we’ll be spreading Susan’s ashes (probably on Wednesday, Sept. 26th). Susan was not much for ceremonies, and we won’t be having any big memorial service or anything. But if any of her friends would like to join us when we spread her ashes, let us know. (Email sandi-at-oldcrone-dot-com.) 2. Help Susan’s friend…

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    Rosie pix

    Okay, so those pictures of foster dog Rosie the other day weren’t exactly true-to-life images. Here are a couple photos of the real pup, taken by the rescue group’s foster-care coordinator, Christine, who is a talented photographer: Rosie close up: Rosie and friend: Those oughta cheer you up. 🙂 I have no clue what breed mix she is. Got any ideas? Clearly she’s predominantly a hound of some sort — a scent hound judging by the way she keeps her nose to the ground when we leash-walk. (No off-leash walks for this girl; no telling where or how far she’d…


    Happy birthday, Great Recession!

    If you date the Great Recession from the collapse of Lehman Brothers (which is arbitrary but a satisfyingly dramatic point to hang the story on), it is 10 years old today. Of course we all know the recession “officially” ended ages ago, brilliantly conceived and executed government bailouts saved the global economy, and the whole world has put all that unpleasantness behind it for yet another era of Eternal Prosperity. But then, we also all know … otherwise. So here are 10 myths and misconceptions people still believe about the causes of the catastrophe. And here, from Daniel Lacalle via…


    Friday links

  • The Weather Channel creates an amazingly effective storm surge visualization.
  • “Who are the uninsured?” Some of this is blindingly obvious (Duh, of course they’re under 65. Because Medicare.) Go deeper and it’s another sign of just how UNprivileged working-class males are these days. (H/T DB)
  • Charles Hugh Smith says the next financial crisis is coming right on schedule.
  • This is from Bob Woodward’s new book, so take it with however much salt seems appropriate. But it does ring true: Trump wanted to print enough money to erase the national debt. (Tip o’ hat to MJR) 14 Comments
  • The view through Rosie-colored glasses*

    I haven’t had time to take any pix of the actual Rosie-dog yet, so these’ll have to give you the idea. Rosie: World’s biggest love sponge and cuddle bunny: Source Rosie: As seen by the cat and heard by the neighbors: Source It’s been an interesting couple of days. Ava, to my surprise, is tolerating Rosie without incident. I believe this is because Rosie projects slavish submission every time Ava’s within 10 feet. “Fluffball of Doom” is an image of herself that Ava appreciates. I’m not appreciating the acrid stench Rosie squirts from her anal glands every time Fluffball of…