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Just another little check-in and a few links

Doing great this week (knock wood). My mouth has healed up nicely and with no pain at all. I’m still gobbling gift supplements to excellent effect. And other than necessities and blogging, I find I’m not missing the Internet much.

The other day I had a bit of extra time on the library’s wifi and decided to make a quick cruise through some of my regular (until 10 days ago) daily news feeds. I found I wasn’t even interested — though after going a week without hearing the names Jussie Smollett or Anybody Kardashian, I was unsurprised to find them still in the news.

I was equally unsurprised to find that Smollett is no longer a tragic victim of eeeeeeeevil, MAGA-shouting, anti-gay, anti-black white racists lurking on deserted, frost-biting streets in the middle of the night for the sole purpose of pummeling the (now former) third lead of a TV show few Trumpists have ever heard of, let alone viewed. (Said brutal right-wing thugs being careful, of course, to do as little physical damage as possible while inflicting maximum media-luring symbolism.)


Even without news cruising, a few (very few) interesting links still find me.

Here’s my absolute favorite of the week: Estonian workers rescue a … well, let’s just say they thought it was a dog, and in their care and that of a vet it seemed like a dog for a while. But nope. Great story even if it doesn’t have an authentic dog in it. Great pix!

Also, in honor of Claire’s Shoes Day — an occasion unremembered by all but two people in the world, who were there on a 1990s gun-rights BBS when it made its brief (but memorable to those two) appearance — here’s a history of the electronic bulletin board system that preceded the Internet. Lovely walk down memory lane. (Thanks, C2.)

I’ve been saving these 10 Sufi stories ever since BT sent me Sufi-surfing a few weeks ago. I originally intended to write some musings on them. But since no musings, have emerged, here are the stories in the raw. Interesting food for thought there.

This is another one I’ve been saving for a while. Did you ever get your DNA done, then regret it as you realized the potential privacy violations? Here’s how to remove your data from the big ancestry sites.

Finally, via a meme sent this morning by the incomparable Len Savage: 10 great Second Amendment memes. (Seems the library wifi won’t allow me to post the jpeg Len sent, but that page has a similar one.)

Cheers and have a great weekend.


  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X February 23, 2019 4:42 pm

    I’s really liked the moron meme!

  2. Bob G.
    Bob G. February 25, 2019 7:27 am

    Glad you’re feeling better, Claire! The Rachel Maddow quote was priceless, as was the Sweden meme.

    Re: the news: you haven’t missed much! Anything you wish to comment on, however, from 2A rights to mulching lawn mowers, will be of interest to me. I’ve enjoyed your writing for years. A testament to your work is that Backwoods Home has one of your classic articles in their examples: (

    Thank you!

  3. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry February 26, 2019 5:23 am

    Appeals to Sweden are something I always find funny. Sweden has very low firearms crime, yes…mostly because of a weird quirk of Swedish law which defines hand grenades and anti-tank rockets not as “weapons” but as “explosives,” no different from dynamite for blasting stumps. Illegal use or carrying of a “weapon,” such as a firearm, carries a -much- stiffer sentence than unlicensed use of “explosives.” Unless a person is actually harmed, Swedish law considers unlawful use of “explosives” (like when the Outlaws used a Karl Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle to destroy a Hells Angels clubhouse in Malmö) to be a misdemeanor. During the Swedish biker wars of the 90s and early 2000s the country was flooded with ordnance gobbled up in the Balkans and Caucasian republics, and Malmö in particular has been infamous for grenade and rocket attacks ever since. Since a grenade isn’t a “weapon” under Swedish law, robbery using a grenade isn’t even “armed robbery,” just a garden-variety mugging.

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