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Wednesday links

[Peeks around the corner of the Internet.] Psssst — is it safe to look at the news again yet? The only word I’ve had from the outside world is from NPR. That’s been good for about 30 seconds a day, as they’ve dropped their all-immigrant-all-the-time coverage for their utmost favorite topic, all-blood-dancing-all-the-time. But I’m optimistic; I’m going to go out and check the news, assuming not every media outlet can be so narrow-minded. —– Why should you be outgunned by violent people who hate you? This Atlantic article has been around for a few years. But at moments like this…

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Shift happens

About a week ago I walked under Ava’s overhead dog trolley and it brushed the top of my head. My head is not eight feet above the ground, where the wire is supposed to be. Thinking the wire had slipped loose or stretched, I took my little wrench over to the tree where it’s anchored, figuring to tighten things up. I ended up tippy-toeing carefully away. The only thing keeping that tree from tipping into my house is the branches of the (fortunately strong) old cedar tree it fell into. No surprise, really. The tree (an ash maybe? I’m not…

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Building a wall: the prelims

The rock wall/rock garden project begins on Monday. I already killed a whole bank of grass and weeds (an early and encouraging victory in my recently declared War on Lawns). My act of vicious, premeditated herbicide is supposed to make it easier for The Wandering Monk to carve through and shape the soil of the bank, but that’s still going to be pick-axe work. Ugh. The quarry brought out the rock yesterday morning and dumped it across the street. My instructions had been “rock of the maximum size one man can handle and some slightly smaller, everything between 60 and…

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Random thoughts on virtue and vice

I’ve been thinking about the characteristics that lead an individual (and by extension, a culture or a nation) toward freedom: sound judgment, an understanding of economics, a live-and-let-live attitude, skepticism toward Authoritah, determination, a hunger for independence, honor (especially in the sense of being a person of one’s word) — there are so many. A disinclination to indulge in witch-hunts, however insistant the cultural drumbeat, could be helpful. So could the ability to recognize one’s own shortcomings. Or having the skill to apply deeply held abstract principles smoothly to reality’s messy vicissitudes. So many. So complex, too. For instance, good…

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Tuesday links

Greg Ellifritz over at Active Response Training has some advice for dealing with attacks by multiple perps: Avoid them. In case you can’t, he offers ways to emerge triumphant — or at least not beaten to a pulp. In a sure blow for equal rights, it turns out the Capital One hacker is a woman. She also demonstrated she could be equal in folly to many male hackers, boasting about her exploits online. CapitalOne seems to be handling their massive breach more responsibly than many others. (Equifax, I’m talkin’ to you.) In his inimitable style, James Delingpole cheers the rise…

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Prep-ticalities

I get a little high-flown and abstract at times, but freedom practicalities still remain … Here, courtesy of friend JW, is a thoughtful (and not what you might expect) piece on permaculture from John Mosby at Mountain Guerrilla. And via Greg Ellifritz, here’s a variety of advice on what to do about those negligent relatives who “joke” that they don’t have to prep because they’ll just show up at your house when TSHTF. Finally, Vox takes on EDC. Of course, Vox being Vox, they’re more interested in their suspicion that “the EDC community” is sexist than they are in the…

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Freedom and contentment

The afternoon was hot, so Ava and I decided to go farther than usual, out into the deep woods. It’s cooler there and we still know of one good walking road in the higher hills that hasn’t recently been decreed off limits to the peasants. Locals in the know used to drive a branch of that road all the way up a steep (like 4WD steep) incline to a flat, clearcut spot. There, dense woods gave way to a distant — but sweeping and grand — view of the ocean. No more. Now you can walk, not drive, for about…

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Tuesday links

Oh yes, those New Zealanders are just rushing to turn in their eeeeeeeevil guns. Bear Bussjaeger comments. I had this exact same thought while reading Elizabeth Warren’s preposterously inane boast about how she’d stop the coming economic crash. Lady, you’re gonna cause the thing yourself with those policies. Meet the Liberator 3D-printed 12 ga. shotgun. (H/T RT) No surprise, but at least it’ll be entertaining: It’s flamboyant, ever-fascinating crazy man Boris Johnson to replace Theresa May as prime minister. Hahahaha. Bernie got caught not paying staffers the $15/hour minimum wage he advocates. So he did what everybody else does when…

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Can a bumper sticker be profound?

Yesterday afternoon, emerging from the library, I spotted one of those bumper stickers — some variant on “Be the change you want to see.” As a statement, I’ve always put that right up with “My child is an honor student at Pink Floyd Middle School” and “Scuba divers do it deeper.” Or rather, I’ve perceived it as well-meaning, suspiciously idealistic, and pat enough to fit on a sticker, but not a stirring call to action. As I started to dismiss it again yesterday, I had a flash of enlightenment. Okay, about 15-watt enlightenment, but still. As I watched the bright…

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Tending to my (experimental) knitting

With company gone, life back to normal, and too many rainy July days, I finally decided to haul out, assemble, and learn something about those knitting machines I scored early last month. The days I discovered, researched, and bought the machines, I was hot to try them out. By the time they’d sat for weeks, my attitude was merely dutiful. Sigh. I already told the blog I have these machines. Somebody’s going to ask what I did with them. I better do soooooomething even if I don’t feel like it. So Thursday morning the Toyota KS650 knitter wasn’t the only…

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