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Tuesday links

  • LOL! Sometimes you don’t need a gun to deal with a thug, even if you’re a girl.
  • OTOH, it might be nice to possess some of this imaginary gun gear that politicians and journalists seem to think we have. (Nice one, Bear.)
  • Well, for once a police department did the right thing, and did it quickly, too, when a hired thug shot a small dog merely for barking.
  • Bankruptcy filings are down — which turns out not necessarily to be good news.
  • “Does it pay to be a writer?” Writers tend to be whiny b*tches and this NYT article is bursting with entitlement and intellectual snobbery; but it holds a core of truth. The Internet has made life vastly harder for professional writers.
  • This is from last month, but I just saw it and wanted to follow up on an earlier post: The guy who wanted a legal age change to make him more attractive to young women was denied. Somewhere in Europe, a spark of sanity remains.
  • Not so much in Portland, Oregon, though. One of the four professors who pranked all those grievance-study journals with ludicrously false articles is in trouble at his university for “conducting unauthorized experiments” upon those foolish editors and peer reviewers.
  • And Brad over at Wendy’s place writes about his discovery of the latest fiendish plan of the patriarchy. 🙂
  • Do you really want Alexa listening in on your bathroom functions? Kohler thinks you might. But of course, this “smart” kitty litter box would be a bargain if you can pick it up for $500 or so. (H/T MtK)
  • Quiz: Can you tell the difference between Orwell and real-life corporate jargon?
  • Ten interesting micronations. (Including Sealand, of course — the most successful of all.)

Dog responds to Harry Potter spells:


  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X January 8, 2019 2:56 pm

    Every good cop should want every bad cop to lose their job (at the minimum) with bad behavior, those that don’t really aren’t good cops either.

  2. Chas
    Chas January 8, 2019 5:51 pm

    Fired my butt, he should have been arrested. Shoot a police dog and see what happens. This guy should be hunted down and ………

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 8, 2019 6:48 pm

    Thug makes classic error in victim selection.

    I hope Bear doesn’t tell De Leon that there are lots of firearms still around, manufactured before GCA-68, which were never required to have serial numbers.
    Don’t ask me how I know.

    Even when women marry men who are less educated than they are, they continue to marry “up” in income.
    It would be interesting to know how many of those high-earning, “less educated” men bypassed college and went to work doing something useful. (As my younger daughter and son-in-law did.) Contrast that with “Get a college degree, earn a bigger income,” valid when I was growing up. The times they are a-changin’.

    Kohler needs different terminology. Somehow “immerse yourself” isn’t something I want to connect with toilets. I’m satisfied if when I flush, it all goes away.

    8/17 on Orwell.

  4. Ruth
    Ruth January 9, 2019 8:55 am

    I had to go look at the litterbox.

    I used to have a cat who had kidney problems. As you noted with Ava, there comes a time where they pee, ALOT. In addition this cat was extremely picky about her litter box being perfectly clean, or she’d find somewhere else to go. Scooping twice a day wasn’t enough, it had to be scooped after every use. Add in the constant peeing and well, yah, since hiring someone to stand there just to scoop the litter box wasn’t an option I started trying powered litter boxes. Started with the cheaper ones, that have a scooping rake (like that fancy new one you linked to does). They ran $100-ish at the time, though there was some variation between brands. Inevitably they failed in less than a year. Drove me nuts. When they worked they were great, but they just didn’t last. In addition, the compartment that the waste was scooped into was always really small, and required specialty liners that had to be bought.

    I looked at the fancy one that hooks up to your water and toilet lines, but the reviews on it are interesting. Apparently when it works, it works REALLY WELL. But apparently when it goes wrong, it goes REALLY wrong. Discussions of the odor of cooked cat poo are off putting!

    Then I found the Litter Robot. I LOVE my Litter Robot. No scooping rake to get stuck. No tiny little waste compartment that had to be emptied daily due to her constant peeing. In addition, when my out of warranty Litter Robot suddenly failed the company not only helped me troubleshoot the problem, they sent me a new plug to replace the one that had failed. FOR FREE. The waste compartment is nice and large, and can be lined with a regular trash bag.

    The LavvieBot says its smaller than the Litter Robot. But the Litter Robot is already really minimal and compact, to the point where they note that bigger cats sometimes have trouble fitting in it (they recently came out with a larger module specifically to counter that problem). And not only is it smaller than the Litter Robot, but it has a compartment to hold fresh litter, which tells me that the compartment for the cat is even smaller! Plus it has that scooping rake thing again. My experience with the scooping rake style makes me really really leary of that.

    I’ll stick with my Litter Robot thanks.

  5. Noah Body
    Noah Body January 10, 2019 12:15 pm

    About the bankruptcy (“BK”) story: maybe the reason BK filings are down is people have become smarter, with all the info online, and have come to realize BK is not that great of a deal.

    The claim that BK protects assets is bogus. State exemption laws apply both to a judgment and in BK. So if you would lose an asset to a judgment creditor, you would also lose it in a Chapter 7 BK.

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