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Tuesday miscellany

In better earthquake news: a pair of dogs survive the tsunami. Not only survive, but show some smarts in doing so. Pretty good article on datamining. What it can and can’t do. The author mentions Ghostery, which I already have on Firefox. He calls it tracker-monitoring software, but it’s really much more than that. Depending on your settings, it also turns off most tracking. It slowed my browser down noticeably, but it’s worth it. Man with Fourth Amendment written on his chest sues the TSA. You go, Aaron Tobey. Is the NRA finally developing some spine? That’s an NY Times…

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Latest on the Japanese nuclear catastrophe

Even the Japanese government now says the radiation leaks have become dangerous to humans living nearby. The disaster is now considered a six — worse than Three Mile Island, less than Chernobyl — on the seven-level International Nuclear, Radiological Event Scale. Worth noting: Even a seven doesn’t imply the “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!” scenario (scroll down for map and info on exposure levels). But just in case (and H/T L.D.), here and here are sites for monitoring the jet stream.

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Random ramblings through earthquake-riven lands

Sorry for the silence. When too much is going on, I need to retreat and cogitate. I love the Internet, but I don’t like that aspect of it that expects everybody with a few brain cells and a keyboard to be an instant expert, and I don’t like that aspect of it that treats the most profound human experiences as just another fleeting newsbit or opportunity to promote an agenda. How does one respond to a catastrophe like the Japanese earthquake and tsunami? Everything you read or see appears to be the work of the six blind men inspecting an…

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Weekend miscellany (and one small grammatical gripe)

Eighty-five-year-old sniper still has it. Geez, this seems like the last thing anybody should be thinking about right now. Dumb criminal of the day. He does have a point, though. The lady might be armed. (Tip o’ hat to Rational Review News.) Once again, Massachusetts proudly leads the way. Eejits. (Tip o’ hat to S.) Slowly, the states begin to defy the Fed’s funny money. Yeah, this is just a token gesture. But still … (Tip o’ hat to MH.) This is a token gesture, too. But ya gotta love it. ObamaCare waivers. For everybody. Granted this conference took place…

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Explosion at Japanese nuclear reactor

Those poor folks. It just gets worse. here’s an update from the BBC that goes into detail about what might be happening at Fukushima Daiichi and how nuclear reactors work — and fail. Right now, the seriousness of the explosion is anybody’s guess. And here’s an account of the Japanese history with natural disasters. The only good thing about this: If anybody is prepared for catastrophe, it’s the Japanese. I know that some readers of this blog have friends over there. My best to them all — and please post in the comments if you have any word from the…

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Lighter side, self-protection, and better things

Well. That was depressing. So let’s look at the other side of life, okay? First (and apropos of what I was just ranting about), there’s new help for self-defense against surveillance. And (via LewRockwell.com), an advanced — if moderately pricey — option for snail-mail privacy. (And a review of the service.) “She Don’t Like Firefly.” LOL. Are Joel and I at risk of blog incest? Dunno. But he does find some damn funny things. Daniel Radcliffe. The more you learn, the more he seems like a cool, bright (check out him singing Tom Lehrer), together, young man — not to…

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Staring at the blue pill: Peer Spectre and wrongful prosecutions

One of the things I hate, hate, hate about being aware is that every time you think you’ve heard it all, that you’re as cynical as you can get, that no level of governmental depravity could possibly surprise you … you learn something new. Something worse. Sometimes it’s just a little thing you can laugh off. Like Newt Gingrich expecting Christian broadcasters to believe that he cheated on his wives out of patriotism. Or, for that matter hearing commentators claim with straight face that Newt Gingrich is the R-party’s great intellectual light. I mean, you hear these things and it…

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Good books for rainy days

The weather changed abruptly this week. Well, it changes abruptly darned near every week. But it went overnight from almost-spring to the most leaden, drizzly, blustery sort of winter. And when the early spring went, so did my energy. With no oomph, but also no impending deadlines, I roused myself for long dog walks, but before and after them I slung myself into a comfy chair with a big blaze going in the pellet stove and read and read and read. I meant to blog, but my brain was empty and the news seemed worse than the weather. I couldn’t…

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Monday miscellany

Good news (thanks to P.T.): the first 11 markets where Atlas Shrugged will be released. And a tiny hint of hopeful news (courtesy of Jim. B). Remember Nathan Fillion’s recent comment about wanting to revive Firefly? Well … The secret of long life isn’t what we’ve been told. But it may — no surprise — involve a depressing amount of exercise (NYTimes free subscription link). Whatever it involves, it doesn’t hinge on any “medical establishment” — as this depressing graph makes clear. For more impressive charts, check out Dave’s Friday blog. Silver. Shazam. The FDA pulls 500 prescription cold and…

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How I’m spending my weekend

Faux tiling my sun porch. When I bought the place, the sun porch floor was covered with loose and broken 1950s-vintage linoleum squares. I wanted to lay porcelain tile, in which case I’d have covered the old stuff with filler and backer board. (Always the best thing to do with tiles of that vintage, because they may contain asbestos and are best left undisturbed.) But right now a fancy tile job is just not in the card$$$. So I pried up the old tiles, taking reasonable precautions. I dissolved the remaining mastic, then started painting. What you see in the…

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