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Random weekend links

I’ve been collecting these links from my sick bed all week. Heaven knows how many of them are still relevant or ever were. But in the name of tab clearing and of rewarding your patience, here they are …

  • In all the coverage of Jayme Closs’s escape from her murdering incel captor, why isn’t this aspect of her rescue getting more press?
  • When I first heard about this, I thought it was some Gwyneth Paltrow-level health fantasy. But apparently it’s a real: The wealthy old are now able to buy they blood of the young. Only in select enclaves, of course. (H/T MtK)
  • It just gets worse for doctors. Burnout is making many want to kill themselves. The culprit: The way insurance companies and the government have turned them into electronic data-entry clerks.
  • Maybe the “Gillette hates its customers” ad has had its 15 minutes of fame. But I expect the repercussions will be long and deep for the company. Here’s the best piece I’ve read on it, from Matt Walsh.
  • Good luck, Canadians. The new national “drunk driving law” allows cops to stop anybody without cause — or to arrest somebody two hours later even if they were only drinking in their own living room. It seems only tyranny can ensure a solid conviction rate.
  • DNA is creating advances in twin studies for better understanding of everything from mental illness to how tastebuds work — and helping cops further refine fingerprinting, voice recognition, and facial recognition. (Tip o’ hat to MJ)
  • Pet opiate prescriptions are up, but who’s really taking the drugs? (My animals never get these medicines because it would require Furrydoc to put me on a state list of suspected drug abusers. The state is paranoid, tyrannical, and cruel.)
  • Unlike most tiny-house features, this one’s long on off-grid practicalities: “Living small in the high desert.” I think the guy’s a fool for allowing his writer friend to pinpoint his location so precisely, though. (H/T MJR)
  • A Montana UPS driver saves a dog from an icy pond.
  • No pouncing. 🙂


  1. Pat
    Pat January 19, 2019 1:30 pm

    It may be the younger doctors who contemplate suicide. Several middle-aged-to-older doctors around my area actually “shrugged” and left early or downsized their practice because they saw the direction medicine was headed. They have retired earlier than their age indicated or than they had planned for. But they never lived high on the hog anyway, or expected a quick buck, like some younger ones (mostly specialists) do these days.

    The theory is far from reality in medicine – true of most every aspect of medicine today, doctors as well as nurses.

  2. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson January 19, 2019 2:34 pm

    Matt Welch’s response to the Gillette commercial perfectly matches my own. I showed it to my wife earlier this week and told her I was sick of of the anti-male narrative, accusing men in general for the demented actions of a few. The ad was deeply insulting.

    Then someone found a Gillette ad from the early 90’s in which the men featured were athletic, strong, competitive, fatherly, tender, protective…. The difference was stark. What happened to the idea of manhood in the past twenty years? This is what the steady drip drip drip of third-wave feminism has wrought?

    My razor is a Gillette. I’ve had it for years and never gave it a second thought. When the rest of my current batch of blades runs out I’ll be thinking about other options. Maybe Harry’s.

  3. Iwoots
    Iwoots January 19, 2019 4:43 pm

    Regarding the article on burnout of doctors:

    As my wife is a registered nurse, and I hear more and more that health care is a “right”, my fear is that some future government will require medical professionals to “donate” (to the current cause du jour) a certain number of hours in order to renew their licenses. And then when the licenses are not renewed…….yeah, sometimes I’m a real pessimist.
    P.S. Thanks for the Canadian link. I am going to post to f$%%^ook to irritate a Canadian friend who thought Trump being elected would lead to a tyranny in this country taking away rights – and yes, I saw where it said 16 U.S. states have such laws.

  4. Jim B.
    Jim B. January 19, 2019 6:54 pm

    Gillette must be given the ole’ Smith & Wesson boycott treatment, only without the rescue. It must die.

  5. Mike
    Mike January 19, 2019 7:30 pm

    As a Canadian I’m no too worried about the new drunk driving legislation for 2 reasons. 1st, this type of legislation has been done before and has been quickly struck down as unlawful under section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 2nd, I have Waze on my cell phone, so I get warnings about where the police spot checks are. :^)

  6. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 19, 2019 8:11 pm

    why isn’t this aspect of her rescue getting more press?
    Rhetorical question, right?

    Nitpick: Smith & Wesson wasn’t “rescued.” The company was bought out (cheap) by people who knew U.S. gun-owners much better than either the former European investors or the gun control folks who set up the “agreement,” and rehabilitated.

    I just don’t understand how anyone can look at the U.S. healthcare mess, and the role government is playing in the disaster, and say, “Needs more regulation.” But a lot of people believe just that. Maybe they’re related to the would-be gas thief.

  7. Wildly Optimistic
    Wildly Optimistic January 20, 2019 3:45 am

    RE: Gillette – the suffering imposed on it must be deep, wide and long. But….

    As business shifts to Harry’s, Dollar Shave Club, Schick, Fred&Larry’s Excellent Emporium of Razors, et al, some attention will need to be devoted to relationships between what’s left of Gillette and its present competitors.

    Gillette has a sufficiently large segment of the market that, should there be true justice, it’s existing competitors will not be able to handle the increase in demand, and quite possibly turn to Gillette and its manufacturing capacity to meet that demand.

    It will be difficult to punish Gillette if they’re able to maintain a large percentage of their market by making product with Harry’s, Dollar’s or F&L’s logo instead of their own. in fact, someone at P&G just might have a “lean and mean” manufacturing program folder in their desk, eager for an opportunity to pare the expense of Gillette’s top staff.

  8. Jim B.
    Jim B. January 20, 2019 3:34 pm

    About the nitpick, maybe not, but it’s the closest I can describe. At least it’s out of their hands and into the hands of those who know gun owners at least a little better.

  9. Paul Joat
    Paul Joat January 21, 2019 12:38 pm

    I read the Jayme Closs criminal complaint, there is a lot of information there much of it ugly and disturbing. The attack was premeditated and very random. The Closs family apparently didn’t have any firearms, but the mother did have enough warning that one could have been useful. The woman Jayme found after she escaped is not the the armed family that called 911, but she knew enough to go to a house where people would be armed. If Jayme wouldn’t have gotten out on her own there is a good chance that the case would never have been solved.

  10. bud
    bud January 22, 2019 10:07 pm

    Colorado is one of the states where you can be convicted of DUI on the basis of ex post facto(?) “evidence”. I have a friend who came home (completely sober), had a couple of drinks, and, an hour+ later had a cop at the door on the basis of a civilian complaint about driving.

    Now knows better, but left him in and talked. Hauled down to the station, blew a .09. End result, 30 day suspension, $800 fine, and a $2k bill from an incompetant lawyer.

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