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Friday links

  • Another excellent piece from “Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement”. Once again, there’s something here even for people who think they already know all about it. A good article to share.
  • The latest juvenile cant about socialism is that it leads to better sex. Jim Bovard — who ventured behind the Iron Curtain more than once — questions that manufactured reality.
  • Still curious about those “let’s stop Trump” texts between the pair of illicit FBI lovers high up in the collusion investigation? Well, too bad. Because the DoJ wiped them clean, claiming they were of no significance. (If you or I pulled stunts like these, we’d be in jail sooooo fast …)
  • I doubt Maria Butina deserved this. No doubt another coerced guilty plea by someone who knew what the feds would do to her if she didn’t cooperate.
  • It appears somebody or somebodies gamed the comments to the FCC on net neutrality.
  • Gosh, how could any reasonable parent possibly object to their kiddies being fingerprint scanned in order to qualify to eat lunch? (Government child prisons have got to go!)
  • “Science” now (srsly!) conducts research into reincarnation as a cause of gender dysphoria. At a major university, yet. (H/T MtK)
  • Vitaminwater offers a $100,000 grand prize to one smart person who gives up his or her smartphone for a full year.
  • When I first heard that the University of Montana Western was requiring on-campus debate to be civil, I couldn’t see the problem. Civil is better than what we have now. But of course there’s a catch. “Civil” in campus terms means the thought police are watching — and you’d better not even make a grimace or a blink that some protected class might consider offensive. (H/T MtK)
  • You’ve probably already heard about yesterday’s money spill on a New Jersey highway. Crashes and traffic jams all over the place.
  • I don’t usually link “inspirational” or “heartwarming” stories about overly adorable tots, pregnancies, or marriage proposals. But when a proposal features a pack of pups, how can I resist?
  • The healing sound of silence.


  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X December 14, 2018 10:57 am

    Silence, what’s that?

  2. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 14, 2018 2:06 pm

    Went behind the Iron Curtain with a college men’s chorus once, and that was enough. Romania, one of the more “enlightened” countries at the time. Things were broken; every morning we asked each other if the light, sink, and toilet in their First Class hotel room all worked. Out of 30 hotel rooms, one or two would luck out. We stayed with a suburban family in a largeish city; they had an outhouse out back, but no toilet paper.
    Worst of all, there was no joy. In three weeks, I don’t think I heard anyone laugh, and when they smiled they looked around to see who might be watching.

    Oh, well, I guess it wasn’t “socialism done right.”

    After I bought my last vehicle the Sirius people hounded me for two years, free this and extended that, to get me to rent their service. They even resorted to having real people call me to correct what must be an error. They don’t seem to understand how anyone can drive a Jeep and not have noise coming out of the speakers.

  3. Claire
    Claire December 14, 2018 3:41 pm

    “After I bought my last vehicle the Sirius people hounded me for two years”

    My Sirius problem is somewhat the opposite.

    When I bought a used car 18 months ago, it came with three months of free Sirius radio. I set it to one channel (Broadway) and listened a while, then kept waiting for them to shut it off. They never have. I turn it on once every few months to see if it’s still there. It always is.

    I don’t know whether to feel guilty for having a service I’m not paying for, even though I don’t use it, or to suspect them of using their satellite radio to track my movements.

    In any case, satellite radio is useless where I live. Hills. Trees. Just when I’d start singing along with Madame Rose or one of those godawful Andrew Lloyd Webber cats, the wretched thing would cut off.

  4. chad
    chad December 15, 2018 10:17 am

    Reincarnation? Then it could be made specific. Were I so inclined, I could identify not only as female but as Amelia Earhart!
    Wait…didn’t they used to put people in asylums for that?

  5. ellendra
    ellendra December 15, 2018 11:41 am

    That no-smartphone contest looks appealing, but I’m a little curious how they plan to enforce the “no touching” rule, particularly when it comes to other people’s smartphones.

  6. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal December 15, 2018 3:41 pm

    Eek! You used the harsh and unfeelingly accurate term “gender dysphoria”! How unwoke! LOL!
    My daughter wants to identify as a cat. I know that no DNA/genetic test or physical examination would back up her claim, but it would be so unfeeling of me to not accept that she is a cat. I fed her from a cat bowl the other day and she thought it was a joke… but if she’s a cat, why shouldn’t she eat every meal from that bowl?
    I’m tired of being told I have to pretend mental illness is normal and should control my words.
    Every living human, mentally ill or not, has equal and identical rights to every other human. That’s not being questioned. But some people are mentally damaged and pretending to not notice so that you don’t offend them doesn’t actually help them any.
    I’ve gotten some heat for saying this politically incorrect thing before. Yet it’s still true and that won’t change.

  7. Claire
    Claire December 15, 2018 4:25 pm

    “but if she’s a cat, why shouldn’t she eat every meal from that bowl?”

    A LOLing good point.

    I identified as a wild stallion when I was your daughter’s age, but I doubt I wanted to live outdoors in all weather and have to forage for dry grass under snow.

    But you raise an issue that could go endlessly in multiple directions. How many women-who-identify-as-men want to be lumberjacks or toil on a fishing boat in deadly storms? How many want to be the sole support of a working-class family? How many look forward to transitioning to male — then being sneered at for their supposed male privilege? How many of them want to die younger of all the many dirty, dangerous things men so often die of?

    How many men-who-want-to-be-women really truly crave to spend days every month bleeding and doubled over with cramps? Or to suffer morning sickness? Or to be treated as second-class citizens as women have been through most of history? How many want to be harassed and hated by incels or lusted after by lecherous old men?

    Seems to be a case of “the grass is always greener.”

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