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Category: Poly-Ticks

Those blood-sucking vermin in state and national capitals and city halls everywhere

Thursday links

  • Americans’ deep, deep concern over Russia’s corruption of U.S. elections: 1% and falling.
  • On one street (of government-owned homes) in Detroit.
  • How come creepy ‘crats (or in this case their lawyers) always use that line about how [whatever thing they did] “doesn’t reflect who they are as a person”? What the heck else could it possibly reflect? Who their third cousin is? Who they are as a cockroach? Whot? 8 Comments
  • A Monday ramble

    A reviewer implies “Please don’t read this terrific book” Yesterday I stumbled upon an enthusiastic review of a new apocalyptic fantasy novel. The book sounded different and interesting. I nearly stumbled back out again when the first words out of the reviewer’s keyboard were a snotty complaint about how too much SF and fantasy has historically been written by and for white men. The reviewer didn’t literally tell males and Caucasians not to read the new book, but might as well have. The tale sounded terrific, though (once she finally started talking about, you know, the actual plot and characters…

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    Which is more dangerous to liberty?

    This question arose after discussion with a long-time reader. I think he and I will end up agreeing to disagree. What do you think? I hope you’ll also elaborate on your reasons in the comment section. UPDATE: I have simplified the language of the first two questions. One person said the original wording* was biased and editorializing. I suspect another might say the same, but in the opposite direction. So I stripped the wording down to bare essentials. If anyone wants to change their original answer because they believe my original wording nudged them in one direction or another, I’ll…

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    Thursday links

  • David Hogg’s family home got SWATted. This shouldn’t happen to anybody, ever. But plenty of gun-rights activists are noting that Hogg’s reaction is not at all normal for an alleged SWATting victim.
  • The financial scandal nobody’s talking about. (Accounting firms getting cozy and fabulously rich with their clients.)
  • Poor, poor Paul Manafort. He’s really just not very good at this whole understanding encryption business. (A lesson here for all users of WhatsApp and other pre-packaged “secure” communications offerings.) 9 Comments