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Reflections on Neil

Since L. Neil Smith died on August 27, many people he influenced have paid their tributes. Kent McManigal’s is one of the most heartfelt. Sarah Hoyt said a touching goodbye to her friend. Neil’s daughter Rylla wrote his obituary. Wendy McElroy and her husband Brad Rodriguez were among the first to speak. Me, I’m slow. Eric Oppen and others who gave me the news when it first came out on the Monday after Neil’s death must have wondered whether I cared. I just needed to reflect before saying my thanks. —– I met Neil in 1982 or 1983. I’d read…

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Holy sh*t; the mainstream is moving in our Outlaw direction

… Well, part of it, anyhow. Bari Weiss — a liberal, urban, lesbian writer late of the New York Times* is saying not to respond to wokeism by groveling, hiding your real thoughts, apologizing, trying to change yourself to fit the latest weird ethic, or parroting the party line. No, she says not only to SPEAK UP with your real opinions, but live your life well according to your own standards — which in her listicle of recommendations may not entirely be the standards of a Freedom Outlaw, but certainly rhyme with them. Bari Weiss is wonderful, anyhow. But this…

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Hypoxia from facemasks

Silver writing.  Hypoxia is a diminished supply of oxygen to the body.  I’ve been trained about hypoxia – recognizing it, the dangers, contributing factors.

Hypoxia is extremely dangerous because it makes most people feel happy and overconfident.  They act as if they are drunk.  They deny that there is any problem, even as they lose the ability to perform simple tasks.

This video shows a pilot undergoing hypoxia training.  He’s in a chamber where the pressure can be lowered to simulate various altitudes.  The training simulates an explosive decompression, and while it doesn’t specify the simulated altitude, it’s above 26,000 feet.

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Wednesday links

Been a while since we had a simple links post … Tomorrow is “Take Yourself to Work Day” in Michigan. 🙂 Eric Peters says reopen and reject. The great Paul Rosenberg: Nothing changes as long as we obey. Still waiting for that $125 Equifax was going to send you for sloppily letting your personal information be grabbed by identity thieves? You aren’t getting it, but banks are getting their share. Wearing a mask, are you? Not to worry; this company thinks it can help Big (and Little) Brother recognize and track you via your eyes and eyebrows alone. And this…

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Why I don’t wear a mask

Silver here.  Claire encourages me to post on her blog from time to time.

I don’t wear masks when I’m out and about, unless I absolutely have to.  More on why below.   When I’m in the grocery store or gas station, I often get glares from people who do wear masks.  Sooner or later some sanctimonious busybody will challenge me face to face.  I don’t want to lose my temper so I’ve been rehearsing a little speech. Here it is:

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Anger and madness

I dreamed last night that I was in Portland with a dozen or so blog friends when The Big One hit. We had gone to the city searching for Covid-19 supplies, which was tough enough. But now we were trapped by Mother Nature — in a world where people had been ordered to fear and avoid each other. In a world where natural instincts to help had been crushed. For some reason, I had a large collection of books with me, which two of my friends quickly “borrowed” without permission. I knew they immagined my collection would be loaded with…

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A Tale of Two Towns

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Publicly, the worst. Privately, sometimes the best. It was the time of Covid-19 and of goodness and nastiness. —– In a small dry-country town, a health club owner whose business was ordered closed for being “non-essential” during the pandemic panic checked with the sheriff: Could she conduct exercise classes outdoors, with small groups, everyone staying six feet apart? Yes. Midway through her first class, deputies of that very same sheriff arrive. A busybody has spotted the “deadly” and “illegal” activity and they’ve been dispatched to shut her down.…

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Deaths attributed to pneumonia down sharply

Silver here.  First Amendment badass Marc Randazza posted a tweet with a curious graph.    He wrote: 1) I dont know if this is fake 2) If it is not fake, what does this tell us? It’s not a fake.  I went to the CDC’s website and downloaded the same data, plotted it myself.   (Edited to add: I revised the chart to try to make it more legible.) The traces for deaths attributed to pneumonia for the seven flu seasons (the CDC defines flu season as starting in week 40 each year) are straight from the CDC data.  I added…

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