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Government evils — but I repeat myself

Midweek links

Stories and photos from a remote, off-grid community in Scotland. There is yet another e-coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The FDA recommends tossing any romaine you might have. (I got this word from MJ yesterday evening … five minutes after finishing a big salad made with guess what? I seem to have survived the experience so far.) How a six-year-old survived being lost in the woods while walking 18 miles toward safety. He’s 39 now and revisits his trek with a writer from Outside. FBI data shows that armed citizens are 94% successful in stopping would-be mass shooters. (Via…

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Dispatches from Tijuana

An American friend has been in Tijuana and is scheduled to return home after this week. In the last few days we’ve exchanged messages about the Honduran migrants who’ve begun arriving there so dramatically to claim asylum in the U.S. What follows is his three-part report from the scene — or rather, just off the scene. Tijuana is a large city, over 1.5 million people, and what’s happening varies depending on where you are and whom you’re talking with. I’ve changed identifying details for privacy, but not changed anything relating to the caravan. And I bolded a few passages of…

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Monday links

  • Limited time only: Get your entire genome sequenced for $200. Today and tomorrow — and only for the first 1,000 to apply. This is not the same as a 23andMe screening. This is the whole enchilada. Billions and billions …
  • In that wonderful, sensible land of the UK, dogs have been accused of hate crimes — along with opened envelopes, disputed tennis calls, and a man supporting Brexit. (H/T MtK)
  • “Greater financial discipline” is needed, says deputy secretary of defense after the Pentagon fails its first-ever audit. From $600 toilet seats to $1,300 coffee cups and you’re just figuring that out? Let’s all shout a joint “I told you so!” as nothing improves. 5 Comments
  • Midweek links

  • Good lord. A brave security guard stops a mass shooting. Police show up after he’s subdued the perp — and and shoot the hero dead. The details are even more appalling than the bare facts. There’s a GoFundMe for the young victim, a churchgoer and father of an infant.
  • Was Amazon’s long search for a second HQ a total scam? (Is anybody the teeniest bit surprised that they ended up choosing to locate in the nation’s two capitals of money and political power after running the tax-paid bids into large numbers of zeros?)
  • Did you know Congress created something called the United States Preventive Services Taskforce (that tries very hard to pretend it’s not a government tool)? Well, it wants each and every one of us to be screened for alcohol abuse when we visit our doctors. I guess if our government already considers us all criminals, we might as well be considered drug addicts, too. OTOH, treating us as actual free and responsible adults would be nice for a change. 18 Comments
  • Weekend links

  • Kit Perez on forming a community survival group. This is a more rigorous process than most of us will go through, but its a good reminder of where our most important allies will be when TSHTF.
  • It seems certain crusaders in government don’t want Gab to have a right to free speech.
  • Sure, USPS. Scan every piece of mail for “security,” then grant recipients a right to have an early look at what’s awaiting them. Then put no damn security on your system at all, making identity thieves’ job easier. 5 Comments
  • Yeah, sometimes you need to v*te

    As Joel says, sometimes you need to v*te. Of course I know all the principled and practical arguments against v*ting. I’ve made many of those arguments myself. I admire Wendy McElroy, who famously wrote that she would not even have v*ted against Hitler. I don’t knock anybody who chooses to v*te — or who chooses not to. I’ve been on both sides and see both points of view. I was born to a v*te-worshipping mother, raised to politics, and gave it all up mostly out of futility after the one “victory” I took part in turned out to be the…

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    Tuesday links

    I had two blogs I wanted to post today, but it’s been zip and zoom and zap since early morning. Commitments, appointments, distractions, demands. Then every time I think I have a moment to sit down, something interrupts. Now I’ve got half an hour before an appointment. Let’s see if I can sneak some links into that time, and come back later (cross fingers) for post two. Jeffrey A. Tucker on the epic battle to control our thoughts. Naturally, the CIA has an official Chief of Disguise. A former holder of that office made a short video about her craft.…

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    Midweek links

  • Global warming will be responsible for …. a colossal mental health catastrophe. (Betcha thought they’d never be able to find a way to merge those two drummed-up modern crises.)
  • Google’s recent behavior shows a dark pattern for a company that once pledged not to be evil.
  • And here you thought a mere 1,000,000% inflation rate was bad. FEE sez Venezuela’s on track to hit 10,000,000% next year. 6 Comments