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Monday links

Still working on that blogosaurus. So close to done. But I’m helping to put up siding today and I’m not sure how long or steadily I’ll be required as a construction minion. So here are some links for ya. Oregon legalizes pot and nobody cares. Good one from Kevin Wilmeth. “Outsourcing Empathy: What Could Go Wrong?” (Was saving this to link from my blogosaurus, but what the heck.) Courtroom DNA evidence: it goes the way of so much other prosecutorial “science.” (H/T S.) “Why we should just nationalize Facebook.” Um … no, “we” shouldn’t. Even if “we” had the authority…

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Monday links

Before I get to the linkage — good luck to all you on the east coast, especially from the Carolinas to New Jersey. Keep to high ground and away from the surf and flooded roads, please. We need to keep you guys around! The Freeholder was caught in some of the early storm action and has some thoughts on bugging out when you’re … already out. Four of the best comments on the Oregon campus shooting. Google has apparently realized that “don’t be evil” long ago quit applying to them anyhow. The human quest to find our place in the…

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Tuesday links

Were it not for its nosebleed-high price the Blackphone 2 would be starting to tempt me in the direction of a smartphone. Here’s another person who disappeared and still managed to have a regular life. Details, media people. Details, please. (Though in this case the woman clearly doesn’t want them known.) Gun store moves three blocks. Causes hysteria. Sigh. Nice idea. S’pose it’ll have any result? And sometimes the “good guy” isn’t. OTOH, since he’s nowhere to be found, how can anybody be sure that the alleged (inept) “good guy” with the gun ever actually intended to be helpful? Maybe…

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Yikes, the open tabs are taking over the world!

So … a gigantic Sunday morning linkathon … The technology is ancient. Mark Twain knew all about it. But making gunpowder with urine is taking the gun blogs by storm. Smoky black powder it’ll be. But one more way that all the self-righteous bans in the world won’t end firearms. We all know not to talk to cops, but in a moment of surprise and stress, the temptation to “cooperate” is enormous. The astute Ken White explains the WHY of things in a way that might help us zip our lips. The Motley Fool test drives an Elio. Another way…

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Midweek links

If you’re a geeky kid who likes inventing electronic gadgets your name better not be Ahmed Mohamed. Poor kid. That’ll teach him to want to be a maker instead of a destroyer. (UPDATE: Looks as if Ahmed might come out of this in good shape, though.) I love it! And A.G. was so right when he asked in comments, “How did this ever make it into the New Yorker?” (Speaking of coming-of-age novels, as we were) “The Politically Correct Lord of the Flies.” Ulp. I always thought snakes in toilets was a myth. Damn! The world is ending. Again. This…

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Monday links

In the era of Common Core, classical education begins to rebound. Why on earth is there even a debate about whether cops who kill people should be identified? Especially when this is the LEO culture we live with? If you or I killed somebody, or were even suspected of it, our names would be blatted all over the media. Woman says she was strip-searched, drugged, and locked up in a metal ward (and billed for it) because cops don’t believe she owned her BMW. Man in jail for minor offenses ends up in a coma because jailers wouldn’t let paramedics…

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Today

Yeah. This. But without the “we” and without the sense of shock. Manipulate and control. It’s what governments do. Anybody who’s surprised just hasn’t been watching.

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Monday links

“No Cupcake, there is no right not to be offended.” Nicki does it again. They ripped up their kitchen floor and found a secret code + $50,000. Is that cool or what? Commentariat member Stryder informs me this story is a hoax. Wait. Why would they bust a TSA agent for doing this? Isn’t molesting us their job? Annalee Newitz does a follow-up to her expose on the lack of women at Ashley Madison and concludes that, yes, it was outright fraud by the company. Despite hints of sentencing reform and lightening up of the drug war, prison vendors see…

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Tuesday links

Well, here’s some provocative privacy protection. Drone Munitions. Shotshells specially aimed (pardon the pun) at ridding your backyard of those pesky camera-bearing neighborhood quadcopters. (H/T MtK) Ten more things you didn’t know were racist. How safe and how effective are those expired meds in your prep supplies? (Via SayUncle) “Brady’s Empty Suits.” Excellent piece from Dave Hardy about how the Brady Center has been able to bring so many frivolous lawsuits and how the Lucky Gunner smackdown may have finally broken them. What a cynical bunch they are! We already know that utility workers and others with access to our…

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Weekend links, too

This cop is a shapeshifter! And he and his cohorts are liars and manipulators. This article is nominally about millions being about to lose their Obamacare subsidies. But the most intriguing part is how many people aren’t filing their tax returns. The war on walking? Personally, I think all these busybodies who are so worried about every little thing being “cultural appropriation” should quit speaking English. After all, our language has been appropriating words from other cultures at a furious pace for thousands of years. Our culture would be considerably improved if the “appropriation” yakkers stuck to speaking pure Anglo-Saxon.…

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