31 July 2023

DOJ Still Trying to Fix Things for Hunter B.

If Elon M. hadn't purchased Twitter, the Thought Police Fact Checkers would be canceling the NY Post. Again. DOJ can't sink any lower after attempted jailing of Hunter Biden's ex-partner Devon Archer

What a coincidence!

On the eve of Devon Archer’s bombshell testimony to the House Oversight Committee, the Department of Justice tried to put him in jail.

If you don’t suspect that’s an attempt to intimidate Hunter Biden’s former best friend before he reveals damaging secrets about the president, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

Hat tip Instapundit and Small Dead Animals. Instapundit is convinced they CAN sink lower, and Small Dead Animals uses a quote from The Godfather.


Within Temptation is a Dutch (don't worry - they sing in English) Symphonic Metal band. It was started in 1996 by lead singer Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. I quite like their work. I really like today's song.

From the comments to the song, by Sharon den Adel:

'Wireless' is a song about a soldier who goes to war convinced that he is going for a good cause. He’s indoctrinated by government-controlled media and thinks he’s going to be welcomed back as a savior, only to find out he has been used. This has resulted in people seeing him as a brutal conqueror instead, and now he finds himself on the wrong side. His life and the lives of many are deceived and destroyed.

Here is a link to the lyrics, for completeness. I never have trouble understanding this band.

This song is "Wireless" by Within Temptation. It was released as single on May 18th. And is the title song to the album released the following day. Album or EP? 5 songs, and 5 instrumental versions of those songs, for a total of just under 42 minutes.

A Special Sinead O'Connor Musical Interlude

From That Eric Alper, we get the following: Sinead O'Connor's Isolated Vocals For "Nothing Compares 2 U"

“Nothing Compares 2 U,” one of Sinead O’Connor’s most iconic songs, is a hauntingly emotional ballad that has left an indelible mark on music history. Originally written by the legendary musician Prince, O’Connor’s rendition took the song to new heights of vulnerability and rawness.

Click thru for that isolated track. You can find O'Connor's original version at this link.

On 26 July 2023, O'Connor was found dead at her home in South London. She was 56 years old.

Self-defense Is the Most Basic Human Right

Everyone, particularly people living in high-crime areas, needs to know that they can defend themselves, and how to defend themselves. GOA Spreads the “2A is For All Message” from Detroit to Atlanta This Weekend

The gun-hating part of the Left always tries to paint the 2A crowd as racist. And while I am sure there are racists in any group of Americans, even the Democratic Party, Gun Owners of America is working to bring knowledge of the Second Amendment to Detroit and Atlanta this weekend.

For the 12th year in a row, GOA will be supporting the work of Michigan gun rights advocate and firearms instructor, Rick Ector, during his group’s annual women’s training event. Empowered 2A Michigan Coordinator, Katie Gardner, and Senior VP of GOA, Erich Pratt, will be in attendance.

Rick Ector, the founder of Legally Armed in Detroit, a gun safety advocacy group, will provide a free firearm shooting lesson at two southeast Michigan target ranges for 2000 women interested in learning more about firearms and personal protection. The total number of women trained over the 12-year program has exceeded 7,500. Check out our video highlighting our work at the event in 2022! [See the embedded video below.]

And I love this quote from Erich Pratt, Sr. VP of GOA.

We live in dangerous times. If there's anything that Uvalde, Texas sadly reinforced, is that you can't put off your duty to protect yourself to somebody else.

Rick Ector started the group Legally Armed in Detroit as a response to a tragedy 12 years ago. A young woman's body was found, and he wanted to do something to empower women to defend themselves.

And in Atlanta...

Further southeast, in the warmer temperatures of Atlanta, Georgia, the National African American Gun Association will be holding it’s very first conference for it’s members. The group serves as an advocacy and firearms training organization for black Americans, and GOA’s Director of Women’s Outreach, Antonia Okafor Cover, will be in attendance at the convention.

This is the GOA video First Time Self Defenders, which highlights the work that Rick Ector, the founder of Legally Armed in Detroit is doing. (The video is of highlights from the 2022 class.) Yes, the video is a bit of an advert for GOA, so what. It is important work that needs to be done. Is being done.

And since it came up, here's a picture of the most useless group of people in Texas, at the time of the shooting anyway. I hope some of them have been overcome with embarrassment and have left SWAT since they stood around with their thumbs up their butts while children died. They sure look spiffy though, don't they. They were about as useful as Barney Fife in a real emergency. Less useful; at least Barney always tried to do something, even if he screwed it up.

It Is Hard to Have a Technologically Advanced Civilization Without Technicians

I mean people are off following their bliss, being trained in puppetry and underwater basket weaving. STEM is hard, and Math is racist (or something) and I just want to have fun in college. But in the long run, you need engineers to build bridges and planes, and more. One problem with America's chip ambitions: No staff

Last week, TSMC postponed production at its Arizona chip fab until at least 2025 because it couldn't find enough skilled workers. This could be a precursor for things to come.

According to a report this month from US trade group the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and UK-based advisers Oxford Economics, it's not just TSMC.

The pair estimate America's semiconductor industry faces a shortfall of 67,000 technicians, engineers, and computer scientists by 2030.

But then it is going to be hard to maintain a modern civilization without plumbers and electricians, too.

I'm just shocked to think that we actually need people in STEM to maintain a technical civilization, and we don't need people with degrees in all the various "studies" programs.

Are we still facing a nursing shortage? I imagine a doctor shortage is likely as well. What else? Give the efforts to eliminate math, I believe that is mostly due to the fact that teachers don't understand it, bridges will probably fall down with more regularity.

Civilization Was Nice While It Lasted

Kristinn Taylor at The Gateway Pundit has a disturbing story of violence. "Animalistic Behavior": Cleveland Police Chief on Armed Group of Teens Seen on Video Savagely Attacking Man at Gas Station, Engaging in Shootout

What were you doing between the ages of 12 and 16? I'm guessing that you were not stealing cars, engaging in firefights, engaging in what I can only describe as a gang assault, or shooting people. Maybe I'm wrong.

Surveillance video taken at a Cleveland gas station shows an armed group of teens who arrived in three stolen cars attacking and savagely beating a man in the parking lot and then engaging in a shootout with an unseen target. The attack took place after midnight on Tuesday. A dozen juveniles aged 12 to 16, nine boys and three girls, were arrested within two hours of the attack. The victim, a 34-year-old man, was not shot and was eventually able to take refuge inside the gas station. The stolen cars, two Hyundai and one Kia, had been taken Monday night.

The statement by the Chief of Police didn't cause a media outcry for a reason you can probably think of, if you give it a minute. The prosecutor also had some things to say, but I really don't know if the Cleveland DA is a soft-on-crime, or not. I guess we may find out, since these juveniles were arrested.

And while this story is about one group of kids from Cleveland, other cities are seeing similar things. What makes this different is the video.

Stories like this often remind me of the poem "The Second Coming," by William Butler Yeats. The line of the poem I am reminded of is, "The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity." The entire text of the poem, it isn't long, can be found below (after the break).

I could also quote Hobbes from his book Leviathan, about what happens to society as a whole when law and order are not enforced by some governmental power, or Rudyard Kipling's "The Gods of the Copybook Headings." Both are appropriate, because both also discuss the disintegration of society. Hobbes is focused on Law and Order, Kipling has a broader view.

Civilization was nice while it lasted.

30 July 2023

This Guy Made So Many Bad Decisions

Even in California, self-defense works. And it may even be legal in some places. Carmichael man being called "hero" for firing back, defending family from shooter

He thought he tracked his girlfriend to a house. She wasn't there. She was never there. He tried to break in, and then shot into the house, which contain a husband and wife (the homeowners) and their son and daughter-in-law. The husband returned fire, hitting this idiot.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office said [the guy who tried to break in] is known by police to be violent in the past and the gun they recovered from him was illegal. He is expected to survive his gunshot wounds and will be booked in jail on multiple charges including for the shooting, attempted burglary, and other weapons charges following his release from the hospital.

This is Colion Noir's video Caught On Video: Armed Homeowner Shoots Intruder Looking For His Girlfriend In The Wrong Place

Quote of the Day - Chemists Like to Blow Sh*t Up Edition

This is out of the archives, more than 10 years ago, but even so... Things I Won't Work With: Dioxygen Difluoride | Science | AAAS

A. G. Streng was a chemist at Temple University in 1960s. Apparently OSHA hadn't been invented yet, because he did some stuff. Derek Lowe is a chemist who had some things to say about Streng's work.

If the paper weren't laid out in complete grammatical sentences and published in JACS, you'd swear it was the work of a violent lunatic. I ran out of vulgar expletives after the second page. A. G. Streng, folks, absolutely takes the corrosive exploding cake, and I have to tip my asbestos-lined titanium hat to him.

The article includes other gems, like...

Even Streng had to give up on some of the planned experiments, though (bonus dormitat Strengus?). Sulfur compounds defeated him, because the thermodynamics were just too titanic. Hydrogen sulfide, for example, reacts with four molecules of FOOF to give sulfur hexafluoride, 2 molecules of HF and four oxygens. . .and 433 kcal, which is the kind of every-man-for-himself exotherm that you want to avoid at all cost. The sulfur chemistry of FOOF remains unexplored, so if you feel like whipping up a batch of Satan's kimchi, go right ahead.

Hat tip for this bit of insanity goes to Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony and Daily News Stuff 27 July 2023: Worse Is Better Edition

Derek Lowe is a research chemist working in the pharmaceutical industry and not a solid-state physicist, but he's good at sniffing out suspect research papers and doesn't smell anything obviously rotten here.

Also his series of posts on Things I Won't Work With contains a number of timeless classics.

Cody Firearms Museum Introduction

Professor David Yamane is taking a tour of America in search of American Gun culture. One of his stops was the Buffalo Bill Center of The West, in Cody Wyoming. He gives a brief overview of the Cody Firearms museum, which I found interesting. It is only 9 minutes.

This is Professor David Yamane's video Cody Firearms Museum: An Ideal Museum for Gun Novices and the Gun Curious (Light Over Heat #58)

And you should be reading Professor Yamane's writing, and watching his videos!

29 July 2023

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 29 July

Wombat-socho is up first with In The Mailbox: 07.26.23

CDR Salamander: Berger Goes Salamander
Chicago Boyz: Retrotech: Making a Tunic, 1700 Years Ago

The Right Way - Top of the News

85 seconds of video that hilariously show what a liar Fauci was about Covid’s origins - American Thinker
UChicago Won’t Recognize Conservative Group - The Lid

The DaleyGator - Daily Top 5

It’s time to prosecute the prosecutors
The farther we drift from the constitutional rule in this country, the less shocking the shocking will become.

EBL - Hunter Biden Plea In Jeopardy 🤡🤦🏻‍♀️🤗

Instapundit: Biden Plea Deal in Jeopardy 🤗, What happened?, and PJ Media: Democrats Panic?
That Hunter Biden's 🤡 lawyers and DOJ got caught trying to commit a fraud

Again from Wombot-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.27.23 (Afternoon Edition)

Vox Popoli: Mailvox: Borrowed Time, also, This is Why They Take the Ticket
Gab News: The Truth About Drinking Raw Milk

Animal Magnetism - Animal’s Hump Day News

Shocker: Net zero is economically illiterate.
Democrats, FBI Are Struggling To Cover for Biden’s Lies

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 28 July 2023: Do Not Meddle In The Affairs Of Lizards Edition

Meanwhile Facebook has lost $21 billion to date on its virtual reality push because its "researchers" totally have their finger on the public pulse. (CNBC)
In the most recent quarter the company spent $4 billion on virtual reality.

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 07.27.23 (Evening Edition)

Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Free Market News
Babalu Blog: Belarusian Dictator Lukashenko wishes Cuba’s fake president good health and inexhaustible strength

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - As Hunter's Problem Deepen, Jack Smith Files More Trump Charges

At Twitchy, Rep. James Comer says banks submitted more than 170 suspicious activity reports on the Bidens, and this back and forth with Ted Cruz is great.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 7/27/2023

Seattle Loses Another Drug Store as Retailers Flee City Amid Rising Crime
Rite Aid is shuttering another downtown Seattle Bartell Drugs store, the fifth closure in the city for the chain this year.

Small Dead Animals - Wednesday On Turtle Island

Trudeau’s Canada: Justin gets a new plane. A comedian gets cancelled. The whitewash begins.
China Virus News: A skyrocket in strokes. China Patty sort of admits it was a lab incident.

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

Samuel Gregg reviews Alex Salter’s new book on distributism; Sam isn’t convinced that distributism has anything of value to add to the case for an open society and free markets.

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 07.28.23

American Conservative: Gosh, It Sure Keeps Happening!
American Greatness: The Left Hates Sound of Freedom Because They Hate Children

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 7/26/23

Daniel Greenfield: "Biden turned over $1 trillion worth of lithium to Islamic terrorists."
Every Electric Car You Buy Will Fund Al Qaeda

Gilbertarians - Friday Afternoon Links

“Minaj Is Coming To Call Of Duty, Barbs Stay Winning”
“It’s been a rough few years at Neopets, with the site running up against illicit pet trading on a secretive black market

Maggie's Farm - Friday morning links

DEI director fired for rejecting ‘toxic racist ideologies’ files wrongful termination lawsuit
Govt and scientists lied about the lab leak

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: They are rubbing our noses in their filth

• Legal Group Sues Biden Admin For Allegedly Concealing FBI Background Investigation Into Mayorkas DC
• Evidence That Chris Christie Should Be In Prison? Troy Smith

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 07/28/2023

President Donald Trump was hit with new criminal charges in addition to the ones he already faced related to his retaining classified documents at his Florida residence.

I leave you with Wednesday's gifs from Wirecutter, Wednesday Memes … from MaddMedic, Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #1242 from 90 Miles from Tyranny, and Wednesday Is Skipparoo Day ~ B From Woodsterman.

Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed

The moral of the story is, "Don't confront armed homeowners." North Carolina: Homeowner shoots and kills intruder

According to police, the homeowner heard a loud noise coming from the direction of the storage building, where he found someone trying to break in. He confronted the intruder, identified as Peche, and during the confrontation, shot him.

You might also consider not being a criminal.

The guy who got shot died at the scene. He was a "parole absconder."

The homeowner is not facing charges at this time, though as always the investigation continues. Self-defense is a human-right.

What is Justice When Insanity is Involved?

The Other McCain brings us a disturbing story from California. (Another disturbing story from California.) Crazy People Are Dangerous (Special California Hate Crimes Edition)

In April 2021, the president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce was assaulted on the streets by a man who yelled, “F–k you Chinatown! F–k you Chinaman!” A week later, 25-year-old James Lee Ramsey was charged with felony assault and a hate crime against Carl Chan, and the case was scheduled for trial in August 2021.

He got a plea deal, but know a bunch of "activists" want the charges dismissed, because you can't imprison a black man for a hate crime. Or something.

It is not mercy to let crazy people run around the streets attacking innocent strangers, and certainly it is not justice. It is folly to permit our sympathy for those afflicted with mental illness to override the need to protect public safety, which is the first duty of any government.


We really need to find a better way of dealing with mental illness than turning the free to attack people, or to become homeless and die ont the streets.

Terra Vista

Paul Speer is a guitarist I only recently became aware of, though he has been playing and producing music for a long time. I am fairly certain that I first became aware of him via Buckethead Radio on Pandora. I may have heard his work before that without taking note of it.

This is music I sometimes listen to when I trying to wind down in the evenings. Not Heavy Metal, not Industrial Dance, but it still has some energy and interest. Restful, but not sleepy. It should not be too jarring while we wait for the coffee to start working.

This is "Terra Vista" by Paul Speer from his 1984 album Collection 983: Spectral Voyages.

Ace of Spades, Trump, DeSantis and The Other McCain

From the Other McCain: If Trump Has Lost Ace of Spades …

Something I realized long ago, sort of Rule Number One for survival in the conservative blogosphere: Never piss off Ace of Spades.

Ace has very good instincts about who is or is not Down For The Agenda. If he ever starts taking shots at somebody, you can bet that sooner or later that person will prove himself to be an unprincipled quisling.

It is worth a bit of your time.

28 July 2023

Will There Be Justice for Hunter Biden? Probably Not

But this is a step in the right direction. Judge Wrecks Hunter’s Sweetheart Deal.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:

The judge torpedoed the DOJ's attempt to sweep all of Hunter Biden's indiscretions crimes under the rug. Good.

Need a bonus? Guess who appointed the judge?

Friday Links - 28 July

The Gateway Pundit has this bit of disturbing news to start things off. Biden Creates New ‘Permanent’ Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy, Laying Foundation for New Round of Medical Martial Law

Last week on Friday, July 21, the Biden administration quietly announced the creation of a new permanent office within the White House called the Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy, or OPPR.

Joe Biden has named a military man, retired Air Force Maj. General Paul Friedrichs, to head up the new office.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 26 July 2023: Nuts To You Edition

The EU is planning to pile $47 billion in one place and set it on fire. (Tom's Hardware)

This is the European Chips Act. Where Japan is making a very specific hedge against China fucking things up, building a leading-edge chip factory specifically for Japanese customers, Europe is engaging in its usual omnixenophobia and paranostalgia:

The Other McCain - Feds Are Mystified Why Syrian Named Mohamad Planned Terrorist Attack

Mohamad from Syria arrives here about 10 years ago, and only “worked odd jobs,” so how could he afford all this weaponry? Really, 1,800 rounds of ammunition? A gun with a modified trigger? Notice that the information about Barakat is coming from the state Attorney General, rather than from federal officials. The feds want to make this case disappear, so they can go back to their usual business of investigating Trump voters and giving sweetheart plea deals to Democrats.

Impro Guns - .22lr DIY Sheet Metal Pistol (Brazil)

A neat little version of the DIY sheet metal pistol / Krikit chambered for .22lr. Seized in Sao Paulo.

Chicago Contrarian - Coverage of Chicago Police Rape Allegation Another Indictment of Media. Rumor and innuendo is SOP of Chicago Media.

Salivating at the opportunity to bludgeon Chicago police, nearly every media outlet jumped on the story in both print coverage and social media blasts. Clearly, every detail of the allegations and investigation by COPA would be pored over by Chicago’s legion of self-described “investigative reporters.” Over the course of the next few days, however, the “investigative” aspect of the case proved somewhat lacking, culminating in a bizarre press conference in which the chief administrator of COPA, Andrea Kersten, revealed the agency she oversees was having trouble finding any victims.

Again from the Other McCain - The Science Is Settled!

Liberalism is the disease, craziness is just a symptom

There Is Always a Bigger Fish

Also, why are relationships the cause of so much violence? Man attacks love triangle rival, then is shot: Florida cops | Miami Herald

There is very little info given on the love triangle. Is it an ex-boyfriend and the new boy-friend? Ex-husband? We are not told.

One guy went to confront the other guy. He stopped to set up his phone on a tripod so he could have video of the whole thing. Oh, and he put his kids in the car so they wouldn't be witness.

Then, when the man came out of the apartment, the man outside attacked him with a pair of brass knuckles, hitting him repeatedly on the head, Capri said.

The man being attacked tried to run away, but the accused attacker followed and chased him around the complex, the sheriff said.

When he thought the attacker was going to upgrade from brass knuckles to a gun, he drew his own weapon and fired. Then he called 911.

Capri said he does not believe charges will be filed against the shooter, who was carrying his firearm legally and who police believe was acting in self-defense.

Police have not been able to view the video recorded by the man who died, but said other evidence collected at the complex supported the man who died was the instigator of the fight.

So what was this guy going to do with video of him beating up his rival? Post it to TikTok or Instagram? Things didn't turn out the way he expected.

Self-defense is a human-right. And Florida has not morphed into New Jersey.

NY Post Editor Behind Hunter Biden Laptop Story Testifies about Censorship

Emma-Jo Morris, the (former) New York Post editor who was behind the Hunter Biden Laptop story testifies before Congress on the depth of the censorship mechanisms put in place to protect the powerful in Washington.

She describes what was done to cover up for Hunter Biden, and "The Big Guy." The lengths the government went to in order to make sure that this information could be discounted. Here is a quote from near the end of her opening statement:

No one denies that the laptop is real, that the origin story is exactly what I told you it was in the first place. This elaborate censorship conspiracy wasn't because the information being reported on was false, it was because it was true, and it was a threat to the power centers in this country.

What this relationship between the US government officials and American corporations represent is an unprecedented push to undermine the First Amendment, the right to think, say, and read whatever we want.

The letter from "50 former intelligence operatives," the machinery of censorship at Twitter and F*c*book, and more is covered in the entire opening statement.

I'm sure that her whole testimony is somewhere, but I haven't had a chance to go and search for it.

This video, from Forbes is Emma-Jo Morris's opening statement before the House Weaponization Committee. It's about 5 minutes. Former New York Post Editor Laughs When Detailing Censorship Of Bombshell Hunter Biden Laptop Story

What's the Opposite of Diversity?


You will not think thoughts that question The Narrative™. President of Thomas Jefferson university resigns after ‘liking’ unapproved tweets.

Dr. Mark Tykocinski recently resigned as president of Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University after coming under fire for “liking tweets” critical of COVID vaccines and trans surgeries for kids. The unbridled audacity! He’s lucky he didn’t get the electric chair!

Criticize vaccines? Isn't that a federal offense?

Any college employee, no matter the position that person holds, should know that no one is allowed to question COVID-19 vaccines, child genital mutilation gender reassignment surgeries, or anything related to ‘diversity.’ I mean, ‘Hello!’

There is more. Click thru. (Hat tip to The DaleyGator.)

Another Craft-built Firearm from South America

Impro Guns has an update from Brazil. Glockzi-sten

Not bad compared to other Brazilian street buzzguns. I think the quality goes up with the number of burner phones and ammunition and less drugs pictured alongside.

Click thru for the image.

27 July 2023

Don't Bring an Axe to a Gunfight

Oh, and Texans are still armed. Homeowner fires on man armed with axe, thwarts attempted home robbery: Police

Temple police officers responded to a call of shots fired around 11:22 p.m. Tuesday and found an axe-wielding man tried to break into a home.

And in a sign that we all need to spend more time at the range, the homeowner shot at the would-be intruder and missed. Police did arrest the guy.

Enrique Olivares, 42, was arrested and charged in connection with the attempted home burglary. He's being held in the Bell County jail on a third-degree felony charge.

Self-defense is a human-right, and this didn't take place in New Jersey. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

I'm Old Enough to Remember When Google's Motto Was "Don't Be Evil"

Google is sad that tracking cookies don't work as well as they once did. So they've decided to go the Full Evil route to get that data back. Google’s nightmare “Web Integrity API” wants a DRM gatekeeper for the web

Google's newest proposed web standard is... DRM? Over the weekend the Internet got wind of this proposal for a "Web Environment Integrity API. " The explainer is authored by four Googlers, including at least one person on Chrome's "Privacy Sandbox" team, which is responding to the death of tracking cookies by building a user-tracking ad platform right into the browser.

Google describes this brainstorm in glowing terms, of how it will make everyone safer and happier. Of course the only people Google is worried about is the advertisers/customers who want to track your every move - both on the web and in real life. (And yes, those customers include governments.)

The rest of us are not so happy with what Google is up to, and the comments have been "mixed."

Issue #134 calls the idea "absolutely unethical and against the open web." Issue #113 say they "can't believe this is even proposed." Issue #127 adds: "Have you ever stopped to consider that you're the bad guys?" Another user posted a screed entirely in hexadecimal that, when translated, starts with "Death to Fascists" and wishes explosive diarrhea on everyone involved. So reception so far has been... mixed.

That whole, "Don't Be Evil!" thing really was a long time ago.

Hat tip to Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony, and Daily News Stuff 25 July 2023: Unsightly Activities Undertaken At Reasonable Prices Edition. It also serves as the tldr version of the Ars Technica article.

If you're going to be evil, be all the way evil: Google's new Web Integrity API plans to lock you out of your own browser and track your activity everywhere with in-depth fingerprinting and unblockable DRM. (Ars Technica)

Does This Even Qualify as a Slap on the Wrist for Amazon?

Someday companies will take the privacy of children, or their customers, seriously. Today is not that day.

$25 million is lost in the noise of Amazon. Amazon agrees to $25 million fine for Alexa children privacy violations

The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Amazon has agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle alleged children's privacy laws violations related to the company's Alexa voice assistant service.

Amazon has offered Alexa voice-activated products and services targeted at children under 13 years old since May 2018.

First they kept recordings of children. Then they kept transcripts of those recordings even after the parents requested deletion. Why? Because they are Amazon and the rules are for little people.

So the .gov hands down a $25 million dollar fine. I didn't look for the quarterly reports, but at the end of the last fiscal year in December, Amazon had cash-on-hand of about $54 billion. That is billion, with a "B." $25 million is nothing against that. That is about 0.05% of their cash on hand.

Oh, and the double-dog-swear to never do anything bad again, cross their heart and hope-to-spit. Or something.

This is low by even government standards.

In March 2022, the FTC slapped Fortnite maker Epic Games with a $245 million fine (down from a proposed $520 million penalty) for breaching children's privacy laws and employing deceptive tactics, known as dark patterns, to manipulate millions into making unintentional in-game purchases.

So how about we get some real penalties for corporations violating privacy laws. Like a couple of years in prison for the CEO. Not some low-level scapegoat, but punish the guy in charge. See how fast privacy becomes the #1 item on the to-do list of corporations.

I guess it pays to have friends in low places.

26 July 2023

Wednesday Link Roundup - 26 July

Better late than never...

Pirate's Cove is up first with Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. American Greatness notes Fox News’ liberal agenda
  2. 90Ninety Miles From Tyranny features Biden shutting down lithium mining

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.25.23 (Afternoon Edition)

Gab News: Overcoming The Walking Dead Society
Stoic Observations: The Dirtiest Laundry

The DaleyGator - Daily Top 5

A Canadian journalist obtained a 15 minute recording of a teacher at Ontario’s Northwood Public School berating her Muslim students for having skipped the beginning of the school’s annual Pride Month

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 24 July 2023: Three Times Is Amelia Watson Edition

What do you get when you deploy vast networks of traffic cameras and feed them all into AI systems to track, well, everything?
One arrest and the eradication of privacy and Fourth Amendment rights.

EBL - Hawkshaw Hawkins: When They Found The Atomic Power ☢️🤯

EBL: Oppenheimer: A Review 🤯☢️
Instapundit: Imperial Japanese Bomb Project

Battleswarm Blog - Scalps Taken

Item the second: Texas A&M rescinded a journalism professor’s tenure offer after public outcry, causing A&M’s president to resign.

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Devin Archer Artfully Dodges

Also at Da Caller, ‘No Reason Why This Would Be Withheld’: Jonathan Turley Lays Out Why Biden Bribery Doc Should Be Taken Seriously. At Fox, DOJ offers Hunter Biden investigator for testimony before the House.

Vlad Tepes - Potential electoral victor in Spain, Climate BS and another vaxx pusher collapses on the field: Links 1 for July 24th, 2023

1. Cancellations Start for John Clauser After Nobel Physics Laureate Speaks Out About “Corruption” of Climate Science

Political Hat - News of the Week (July 23rd, 2023)

‘If you like your health insurance, tough’: Biden continues the Obamacare lie
This month, President Joe Biden announced a long-anticipated proposal to curtail short-term, limited-duration health plans

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 7/24/2023

Biden Admin Launches Crackdown on Water Heaters
Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is launching a crackdown on the use of hot water heaters in American homes.

Don Surber - Highlights of the week

ITEM 12: Ace of Spades reported, “Barry Diller: Hollywood Faces an ‘Absolute Collapse’ If Actor and Writer Strikes Are Not Resolved Soon.”
So? I watch only the rerun stations anymore.

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Air Vent - Unlike Trump Crimes, This is Real
Watts Up With That? - Record Breaking Heatwave in Europe?

Small Dead Animals - Saturday On Turtle Island

Winston Churchill and Islam, part four (JW). UK bracing for surge of jihad terror (JW).
Trudeau’s Canada: Toronto principle commits suicide. A Marxist gets cancelled.

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

And Phil Klein reports on how the Biden administration plans to reduce Americans’ standard of living by imposing tighter regulations on water heaters.
Sam Staley praises Oppenheimer.

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Baltimore experiencing "a new type of violence"
Why is Mexico’s president Lopez-Obrador sticking his nose in US elections?

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 7/25/23

They run the show, regardless of which party is in the Executive Branch and especially if it's a Republican president. Most especially if it's an outsider/reformer.
It is this Leviathan that has brought us to the brink of disaster.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Hunter Biden put Joe on phone 2 dozen times, ex-partner Devon Archer to testify

• So Chicago this weekend...hope you weren't there - Beege
• The NYC subway is "an insane asylum on wheels" - Jazz Shaw

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 07/25/2023

Millions of cars daily analyzed by artificial intelligence for ‘suspicious’ behavior. It must be getting programmed to not see the surveillance, or it would immediately begin flagging all surveillance vehicles for redriving the same routes unnecessarily

I leave you with Damned Mondays gifdump II from Wirecutter, Sunday Funnies For 07-23-23 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Saturday Memes … from MaddMedic, Saturday Memes from The DaleyGator, and Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #1233

Putting the "Criminal" in Criminal Justice System

Cops don't need to follow the rules. Or the law. Do they? Nineteen D.C. Police Officers Are Under Criminal Investigation for Questionable Gun Seizures, According to Court Records.

Prosecutors are dropping dozens of criminal cases, and courts are reversing guilty judgments due to alleged police misconduct.

Maybe they do, and they just don't think that they do.

In a story familiar to Chicago residents, we have a specialized unit focused on violent crime. This being the Seventh District crime suppression team, from Washington D.C.

At least 19 sworn MPD officers are under criminal investigation, the USAO says in court records, after MPD forwarded a pair of reports to federal prosecutors to consider criminal charges. (MPD denied City Paper’s Freedom of Information Act request for the reports.) A 20th officer was also implicated in the investigation, but resigned before the probe began. The USAO’s search for criminal wrongdoing follows MPD’s internal investigation that now-former Chief Robert Contee announced in October 2022.

At the time, Contee said the investigation was limited to just seven cops—five officers and two sergeants—who had been suspended or put on desk duty. Supervisors initially noticed that officers’ body camera footage did not match what they wrote in their reports and that officers had confiscated illegal firearms but let the suspects walk free

It seems that the officers on this "special team" would turn off their body-worn cameras during "crucial moments" of many gun arrests. They also seem to have had the idea that police reports were supposed to be fictional, because what they were writing wasn't true.

There is more click thru.

Chicago PD has had a Special Operations Section; it was shut down in 2007 amid allegations of kidnapping and murder-for-hire. Then there was the Gang Unit, in which some of the members were accused of getting bogus search warrants in order to steal from drug dealers. (I don't know how the trials turned out.) "Get it done at all costs" is not the way to get good policing.

Still I expect that no one will learn that lesson. (Hat tip to The Gun Blog Black List: 19 DC Cops Investigated For Questionable Firearms Seizures - John Crump News .)

The Weekend in Chicago

While the city burns, Chicago's Mayor, Brandon Johnson, goes to a Beyonce concert. Comparisons to Nero are warranted.

First up we have Hot Air: So Chicago this weekend...hope you weren't there.

Is anyone paying attention to that place, besides the families who have to come identify a body?

Click thru for brawls in the street (in the Loop?), a fight at a baseball game, and pictures of said concert, where the mayor was "Fan-girling." And also some commentary.

Next we have Don’t Demonize Weekend, from HeyJackass!

The SAFE-T act is the unironically named law in the State of Illinois that does away with cash bail in most circumstances. While it has been the policy of the Criminal Justice System (so-called) in Cook County, it will soon be the law in Illinois. What could possibly go wrong?

Now that the whole ending cash bail issue has been settled, we have only two demonization-free months left before SAFE-T settles across the land.

The final count in Chicago, courtesy of HeyJackass! for the weekend (noon Friday through 6 AM Monday) was 6 people killed, and another 31 people shot and wounded. As bad as that sounds, it was really only an average summer weekend in the Windy City. HeyJackass! has more stats, and links to a couple of news articles.

And then we have Lollapalooza coming up on August 3rd thru the 6th in Grant Park by the waterfront. HeyJackass! refers to that weekend as Shootapalooza. (The hat tip for the first link goes to Doug Ross.)


Spotify has decided to raise the rent, or at least to increase what it costs to use their premium service. I haven't been all that happy with Spotify of late, though I don't hate them, and they seem to have been working to fix the things I find most disturbing. I'm not sure things are fixed, but they do seem somewhat better.

So I went looking for alternatives. The first place I looked was Tidal. One of my friends recommended it. It has higher quality music, if you pay for their ultra-premium service (or whatever they call it), and I have been told they pay artists better than Spotify does. I don't know if that is true or not, but it would be tough to pay artists LESS than Spotify does.

Anyway, I was testing out their "create a radio station based on an artist" feature, and this song was suggested by way of their Buckethead Radio playlist. The two guys behind Infected Mushroom are described in a couple of places as pioneers of Psytrance. I like it.

This song is "Jeenge" by Infected Mushroom from their 2003 album Converting Vegetarians.

As I type this, it is too early to say what will become of Tidal. Their "free option" is a 30 day trial. It contains ads, but there is no long-term ad-supported version as there is for Pandora. And the free trial is also so severly limited that it is difficult for me to decide if their music catalog and their algorithms are something I can live with or not. Still I found new (to me) music that I like in about the 1st hour of listening, so that's something.

25 July 2023

Tuesday Links - 25 July

EBL starts things rolling with Barbie is Hot Pink Woke Man Hating Mess 🤦🏻‍♀️😬

I can't say I am surprised with Greta Gerwig at the helm. She has a track record for this.

There is a lot of buzz about this movie. I suspect it will have a big opening. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, once word of mouth gets out there.

Small Dead Animals - O, Sweet Saint Of San Andreas

Hear my prayer.

The Other McCain - Crazy People Are Dangerous

The gunman’s motive is unknown, but of course, schizophrenia is sufficient in that regard. No one has suggested race as a motive, but do you think the national media would just ignore that angle if the gunman had been white and his victims were all black? I don’t think so.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 22 July 2023: Deadn't Edition

If you ask the new AI-powered search engines - Bing with ChatGPT and Google with it's home-grown Bard - for buying recommendations for computer hardware, they will point you to products that don't exist, and so does this article. (Tom's Hardware)

It mentions AMD's 7950 XTX, which is not something you can buy anywhere.

Pirate's Cove - Good News: Brandon Regime Plans New Water Heater Standards. I love it when politicians pretend they are engineers.

Tankless water heater maker Rinnai, however, said the proposed standards for its products were “technologically impossible” and would reduce consumer choice.
Technologically impossible. Sounds about right.

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Tiny Dancer Is Not OK! Example 1: Yamaha TW200. There is also, part 2, and maybe part 3 eventually. (AC was wound up!)

If you’re going to rumble your $30,000 chromed bagger through town with the radio blaring, it had better be something better than a fucking gay ass tune about a ballerina!

Don Surber - When Ray Charles culturally appropriated Eddy Arnold

The Washington Post — owned by Jeff Bezos — ventured into country music this weekend. It did not go well because if there is one thing DC journalists know less than guns, it is country music.

Moonbattery - Why They Don’t Want You to Watch Sound of Freedom

Mainly, it is because Sound of Freedom forcefully brings home the reality of the struggle between good and evil. The liberal establishment opposes this, because evil flourishes in the darkness. That’s why Bloomberg published an attack piece written by an actual child rape advocate.

Meep at Stump - Sunday Sundries: Sumo, Saints, and SHARKS!

What we are seeing here are for the entire period of 1999-2020, only 32 deaths are attributed to “Contact with marine animal” — that goes well beyond sharks. Could be starfish for all we know.

Again from The Other McCain - ‘Joys of Progress’ Update

So, Laughton showed these images to two different people, and actually sent them via text message to one of them, like, “Hey, want to see evidence of the federal felonies that I’m involved in?”

Pizza Delivery Driver Defends Himself from Armed Robbers

Philadelphia is probably a tough place to deliver pizza. Lawlessness is completely out of hand. I'm not sure it is all that different than any other city. Maybe it is different in degree, but lawlessness is breaking out all over the place. Pizza delivery driver shoots would-be carjacker in the butt, Pennsylvania police say.

The journalists - or whoever it was that wrote the headline - make it sound like the bad guy was alone, and was shot while he was running away. He wasn't alone.

Two armed men in masks confronted the 21-year-old driver as he was delivering food, according to NBC 10, citing police.

After forcing him into his car, the pair demanded money and asked if the driver had access to funds on his phone, according to the outlet.

He was able to draw his own weapon and shoot one of his attackers, who police found and took to the hospital. The other is hiding from police.

This is the Colion Noir video Armed Pizza Delivery Driver In Philly Shoots 2 Armed Masked Robbers.

Colion Noir has some interesting things to say about the mayor of Killadelphia, and how the mayor is somewhat out-of-touch with the reality of living in his once-great city.

There Is No Debate About Guns Because One Side Won't Debate

Colion Noir has apparently been trying to debate the Left about guns for a long time. No one will show up to actually debate him.

It happened again.

This is the Colion Noir video Why Did David Hogg Pull Out of Gun Debate When He Found Out It's Against Colion Noir? It is only a six minute video.

Civilization Was Nice While It Lasted

Thankfully, she is a stupid monster. A Florida mother tried to hire a hitman to kill her 3-year-old son, police say. She’s been arrested

The child's mother was arrested later Tuesday at her father's house, where she had been staying. The arrest report states that she confessed, but the full statement was redacted when released to news organizations.

The attitude that anything which is inconvenient should be eliminated from my life seems to have gone too far in America. (Hat tip to The View from Lady Lake.)

24 July 2023

Never Dawn

Lacuna Coil is an interesting band. Not many Italian Heavy Metal bands make an impact in the United States. They had two songs included in the movie Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. That's almost 20 years ago. Today we have new music from one of my favorite bands.

The instrumental version of today's song was used in the trailer for the video game Zombicide White Death. They apparently also played it live during a recent show in Los Angeles.

After much build-up, Lacuna Coil have finally offered up their new single, "Never Dawn," a propulsive metal anthem featuring an operatic chorus sung by the powerhouse Cristina Scabbia and complementing the guttural verses from Andrea Ferro. [Ref. Revolver]

This song is "Never Dawn" by Lacuna Coil. It was released as a single last Thursday.

Don't Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

And don't follow your ex-girlfriend with a knife and bad things on your mind. Man w/ Knife Attacks Ex at Traffic Light, Armed Friend Shoots Him in the Face - USA Carry

A man, who had been estranged from his children’s mother, attempted to meet up with her. The woman refused. As she drove with an acquaintance, the two realized the man was following them. They attempted to get away from him, but when they stopped for traffic, he exited his vehicle with a large knife and approached the two.

The acquaintance, who was legally armed, instructed the man to retreat. Instead of retreating, he swung the knife at them. The armed acquaintance then fired at the man striking him in the face.

The guy who got shot drove to a nearby business to get help. The couple reported the shooting to police.

It sounds like the woman and her acquaintance did everything correctly in this incident. She did not meet up with the man. She attempted to get away from him after seeing him follow her. The acquaintance warned the man to stop, and when he didn’t, they shot him in self-defense.

People need to learn to come to terms with the sentence, "It's over."

Gen Z versus the Reality of the Job Market

Thank a teacher, or a counselor, for their being completely out of touch with what they can expect to make. From Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog we get the following. College Kids: “I’ll Be Making A Six-Figure Salary When I Graduate!” Reality: “LOL!”

There’s a difference between “young and naive” and “young and stupidly naive.”

Today’s college jkids thinking they’re automatically going to make six-figure salaries thanks to their college degrees is the latter.

There is a clip from a Dave Ramsey show, that I don't particularly like. It adds very little to the conversation. So instead I went looking for an underlying article; I found one from August of last year. Gen Zers Think They’ll Get a Six-Figure Salary Right Out of College

It makes more sense that they are willing - or can be duped - into taking on $100,000 in debt, or more, if they think they're going to make this much. They aren't.

Even the folks with degrees in Computer Science think they will be starting with $95,000 will face a median income of $75,000. Some of the more liberal-arts degrees are even more off... Journalism/Communications majors thought they would be earning over $107,000 when they would in fact be looking at a median income that is a bit less than $45,000.

That is a tremendous disconnect with reality. Fostered, I have no doubt, by counselors, teachers, and colleges who need all of those students to keep their lifestyle afloat.

When you start talking about what they might be making 10 or 15 years after graduation, the disconnect from reality is even worse.

Man Shoots Ambulance Because It Wouldn't Get Out of His Way

Because he is more important than whatever was going on in the back of the ambulance. Civilization was nice while it lasted. Man fired shots at ambulance with patient inside in Logan Square: police

Logan Square is one of the 77 neighborhoods in Chicago.

A man was arrested after he fired at an ambulance with a 79-year-old patient inside because it would not get out of his way in Logan Square Wednesday night, police said.

The man, 39, got out of a white Acura in the 2600 block of North Hamlin Avenue about 9:30 p.m. and began shouting at the Chicago Fire Department ambulance to move, according to police.

The EMTs didn't know that their ambulance had been shot until later, though they did hear pounding on the vehicle, and then something that sounded like fireworks.

And imagine my surprise to discover that the guy in question is not a legal firearms owner, though that bit of information is in the last paragraph of the article.

The man, who does not have a valid firearm owner identification card or concealed carry license, was on parole for an aggravated battery with a firearm conviction, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

How self-centered do you need to be, to think that wherever you are going on a Wednesday night is more important than the potential life-saving activities going on in the back of an ambulance? When did society sink so low?

The guy with the gun was arrested a short time later, but this being Chicago and Cook County, I am sure that he will be released. Cash Bail is Unfair! Or something.

A Godfather Musical Interlude

From The View from Lady Lake: You never heard it this good...

Click thru for "The Godfather – Orchestral Suite" as performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra. It's worth a few minutes of your time.

23 July 2023

Hollywood Action Scenes - Before 2016 and After

There is a scene from the new movie The Flash, in which Barry Allen has to save a bunch of babies falling from a collapsing building. I've only seen versions of it on YouTube, which are not of the highest quality, but I immediately knew what they were trying (and failing) to reproduce. There are 2 scenes from the X-Men franchise that do everything Warner Bros. tried to do in The Flash, but the X-Men actually succeeded. (Links were getting taken down or reduced in quality, so you will have to search for yourself.)

First, the scene we will look at is from X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) in which Quicksilver saves everyone from an exploding mansion. The action is better. The music is better. The comedy is better. Even the dog is better.

Second, the scene from X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) in which Quicksilver, Wolverine, Dr. Xavier, and Magneto are escaping from the Pentagon by way of the kitchen. Again, it is a scene in which Quicksilver saves the day. This movie came before X-Men: Apocalypse, and while it is good, they learned from this movie and set out to make the other scene better. And that other scene IS better.

But with these 2 examples to copy, DC still couldn't get it right. Are we shocked that The Flash looks like it will lose $150 million or more at the box office?

Further, the saving of a bunch of babies in The Flash, seems like it is only there to be a set piece. They probably shot that sequence before they knew what the script was going to look like. To be fair, it sounds like the movie was in post production before they knew what the script would look like. And while the exploding mansion scene from X-Men is a similar set piece it isn't a completely random bit stuck into the movie. And the kitchen scene fits nicely into the escape-from-the-Pentagon section of that movie.

I haven't seen The Flash, and I probably won't. There have been a few clips online, but they were being taken down - or severely reduced in quality - with regularity. (One clip was listed as "Full 1080 HD," and by the time I saw it, it had been limited to 320p.) Given that DC is still trying to get back some of its production costs, I guess I can give DC and Warner Bros. the benefit of the doubt on that. Here is Critical Drinker's take on the movie, and everything wrong with DC/Warner Bros. films today.

OK, Disney/Marvel is also failing, Warner Bros. is not alone in that, but in 2014 and 2016 they were not failing. It's almost as if something in Hollywood changed between 2016 and 2019, making them incapable (almost) of producing a movie that people actually want to see. There are a few successes, but many more failures.

Consider the top 50 movies that came out in 1984 (also see the image below) - a year not selected at random. The list includes Sci-Fi blockbusters like The Terminator and 2010: The Year We Make Contact to more typical Hollywood dramas like The Natural and the biopic The Killing Fields. I've seen most a lot of those movies more than once. Two cult classics were produced that year, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and Repo Man.

Firestarter was based on Steven King novel, and The Killing Fields was based on a true story, and a few others, like Dune, were also adaptations, but the rest were written to be original movie scripts. What can you say that about today? (And in case anyone is keeping track, Gremlins IS a Christmas movie, just like Die Hard.)

Oh, and Dune (1984) is almost a textbook example of how NOT to do an adaptation. I know some people like that movie, but I am not among them.

DA's HATE Self-defense

Even in Louisiana that is true. Bossier Parish jury acquits man in road rage death

Officers said Walker followed Akes there after he allegedly rear-ended her vehicle on Airline Drive. Walker is accused of blocking Akes’ vehicle after he parked and got out with a club or a stick. That’s when shots were fired.

You would think that defending yourself from someone armed with a club would count as self-defense. Not to a DA.

The Jury heard closing arguments on Thursday morning and returned a verdict of not guilty by 6 PM that day.

So why was this brought to trial? The article doesn't say, but since the deceased was shot 7 times, I would say that the DA believed she was shot too many times. Or he believed he could convince a jury it was too many times.

Is the FBI Obstructing Congressional Oversight of the FBI?

It sure looks that way. FBI Tried to Stop FBI Whistleblower From Telling Oversight Committee About Bureau’s Misconduct During Hunter Biden Probe

The Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly tried to prevent an FBI whistleblower from testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability about the Justice Department’s handling of the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings.

Because they believe that they are above oversight. Lie to FISA courts? Of course. Spy on everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. on? Look up COINTELPRO.

Click thru for the details.

The Fix Is In for Democrats

The Media will not follow this story. It is clear that federal law enforcement is not interested in enforcing the law. At least not enforcing it against Democrats. FBI whistleblower: FBI headquarters tipped Hunter off, prevented interview

A new FBI whistleblower has confirmed that FBI headquarters and the Secret Service colluded to keep Hunter Biden from having to do an interview with the agents investigating his illegal activities.

Why? Because their job is protecting the Democratic party, not serving the people of this country.

Our MSM is trash. They are regime propagandists, and nothing more. They belong in North Korea, not a self-respecting Western country.

Hat tip to Doug Ross and Larwyn’s Linx.

22 July 2023

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 22 July

Wombat-socho is up first with In The Mailbox: 07.19.23 (Afternoon Edition)

Baldilocks: Communication
BattleSwarm: Crimean Bridge Hit Again

The Right Way - Top of the News

Nearly Three-Quarters of French Public Wants to Strip Migrant Rioters of Citizenship - Ben Bartee - PJ Media
Elvis Presley: That's Alright ️ - Evi. L Bloggerlady

The DaleyGator - Daily Top 5

As Michigan Charges Trump Electors With Felonies, Recall How Leftists Everywhere Urged 2016 Electors To Defect To Hillary

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 20 July 2023: Shut Her Down She's Sucking Mud Edition

OpenAI has not made GPT-4 dumber, says OpenAI. (Tom's Hardware)
However, GPT-4's ability to figure out whether the number 17077 is prime (it is) has fallen from 97.6% in March to 2.4% in June.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.21.23 (Live At Five Edition)

Don Surber: You Have No Choice But Trump
Gates Of Vienna: Taking Pride in Her Work, also, “We Have Been Lied To”

EBL - Democrat Ted Kennedy Escapes Judgment at Chappaquiddick

EBL: Remember Ted Kennedy Day and Fifty [Four] Years Ago...
Never forget. The fix is in for Democrats.

Animal Magnetism - Animal’s Hump Day News

China offering bounties for dissidents.
The Anti-Racism racket.
Democrats hate America.

Vlad Tepes - Sound of Freedom to Lies my media told me: Links 1 for July 19, 2023

5. CTV: ‘I’m done with Canada’: High cost of living leads some to leave the country
This is a wonderful article with which to dissect CTV’s propaganda. All its comparisons are lies of omission of the highest order.

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 07.21.23 (Afternoon Edition)

Shark Tank: Soto & Salazar Join Hands To Protect Military Spouses From Deportation
Shot In The Dark: Every Single Conversation, also, You Say You Wonder

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Whistles Blown, Will Anybody Heed Them?

A point from Da Caller, Joe Biden And Hunter ‘Both’ Told Ukrainian Oligarch To Keep Him On Burisma Board, FBI Source Says. At Breitbart, House Oversight Committee Releases Official Timeline of Biden Influence Peddling.

Small Dead Animals - Thursday On Turtle Island

Biden’s America: Dem denies gas stove ban. The smears for money. Some leftist logic. Biden’s trans official. A major crisis. The Biden crime family. Your morning cartoon.
Trudeau’s Canada: Trans activist attacks protesters.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 7/20/2023

Business Group Pours Cold Water on Taiwan Deal Over China Fears
One of Europe’s largest business lobbies has come out strongly against a potential EU-Taiwan bilateral trade deal for fear of upsetting Beijing.

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

Here’s the latest entry in Norbert Michel’s and Jai Kedia’s series that debunks the many fallacies infect American Compass’s portrait of the U.S. economy.

One more time from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.21.23 (Evening Edition)

American Greatness: Following Affirmative Action’s Demise, Slay the DEI Leviathan, also, LSU Graduate Student Relieved of Teaching Duties After Leaving Threatening, Profanity-Laced Voicemail For Republican State Senator

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

9th Circuit Shuts Down Bid To Block Lithium Mine
NYC Restaurants to Be Fined for Providing Forks

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 7/20/23

"If it passes, pro-family citizens objecting to the LGBTQ agenda will be criminalized."
Challenging the 'Equality Act'

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: IRS Whistleblowers Scheduled for Public Testimony Today in Biden Bribery Scandal

• How does the city bounce back from this? David Strom
• NYC's MTA: Welcome to the jungle Beege

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 07/20/2023

Jack Smith to charge Trump with Civil War era Civil Rights violation.
Biden DOJ continue ‘Stasi-like’ tactics, SEIZE Trump defense lawyers’ cellphones. Using the word Stasi again…

I leave you with Wednesday's gifs from Wirecutter, I can’t brain today, I have the dumb from Bluebird of Bitterness, Friday Memes … from MaddMedic, and Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #1229 from 90 Miles From Tyranny.