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We The People

It’s important to remember we are in charge and, as V would say, our government should be afraid of us. Snowden has clarified that things are backward.

If you read the post linked above without also clicking through and reading the link it contains, you are missing out. I only have the vaguest memory that there was ever a scandal regarding something called INSLAW, so I looked it up and found it fascinating. Especially given that it involved case management software that was so early, and made me think of software with which I’ve been involved, but used for nefarious purposes, and used/adapted heavily for making connections every which way between people, not just documents or legal cases.

It seems like we’re on a precipice, windmilling our arms, trying to maintain balance, but we’re failing… and perhaps we’ve been closer to the edge for longer than we could preceive.

Exit Six Pub and Brewery For The Win

Frankly, I had no idea that Frappucino was a trademark. I just thought it was a type of coffee-based drink. Be that as it may, even if Starbucks served drinkable coffee, I would have laughed my tail off and appreciated this brilliant response to an absurd cease and desist letter. I’m sure everyone was totally confused that a beer on tap could be a coffee-based drink designed to emulate or detract from that vended by Starbucks to people whose taste or options lead them not to go somewhere better.

Gone Mad In Ohio

HSLDA weighs in. They do fantastic work, notwithstanding the excess religious overtones of the organization. That’s a heavy source of homeschoolers and they did a lot of heavy lifting to ensure it is legal everywhere and easy in many states, so hats off, even though religion would not be among my reasons for homeschooling. If I could afford to do it.

Hounded

I can remember being deeply offended by this sort of thing as far back as childhood, and I am no longer young by most standards. If you are there and things are how they are, it is entirely wrong for people to come along later and complain, just because they had the audacity to build or occupy new construction in your area. The story I remember from my youth is of new neighbors shutting down a small airport that long preceded them. Bad enough that new arrivals can change the character of an area in more subtle ways, like making it less purple and more blue in nature.

I Take These

Statin madness asks some of the same questions I’ve had, like don’t medical people keep up with current research. Same with salt and hypertension. What happened with this doctors elderly, paralyzed father is ridiculous, and the result of people being on autopilot. We’re people, not algorithms. Sadly, I take a statin and am over fifty. Because of high cholesterol? No. I’ve never been higher than borderline, and was great at the time, apart from somewhat high triglycerides, which are apparently now considered more problematic than was once the case. It is simply standard procedure for having had stents that presumably eliminated a future heart attack. While I have seen no overt ill effects, I don’t like the sound of if being known as a decreaser of life expectancy.

The Hills Are Alive

With the sound of fictionalization. It’s fascinating to read the real story of the Von Trapp family. I think I already knew they made basically nothing from the movie, and I certainly knew it was fictionalized, if not to what degree. The thing is, they did gain enough additional fame to boost their inn, and along with it tourism to the Stowe area in Vermont, which is well worth visiting. When my father lived up near the Quebec border, I’d visit and we’d go down through Stowe, one of the best parts of which was a stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill in the same general area. The Von Trapps picked a nice spot.

Update:
In some kind of fucked up throwback to 1996, when there were still people who didn’t understand the Internet and thought you needed permission to link them, Cold Hollow Cider Mill has requested I remove the link to them in this post, which I have done, under threat of some kind of blacklisting. While I still remember them fondly as a cool place to visit, which I haven’t done in over nine years, I will never dream of linking or attempting to promote them favorably again, because this is ridiculous behavior. If you don’t want to be linked, get the fuck of the web.

Misheard Lyrics

Seeing this post that is otherwise a good one on politics amused me by being a wakeup call on a misheard lyric.

I have always hear the line in question in Who’ll Stop The Rain as:
“Bobby plans a new deal, wrapped in golden chains.”

I took it to be a reference to Bobby Kennedy, though it seemed odd in that a song that was ostensibly anti-war would presumably have supported rather than denigrated that particular Kennedy at the time. Still, some kind of political statement about freedom and government spending, I presumed.

Turns out, I learned from Ed Driscoll’s title, the line is actually:
“Five year plans and new deals wrapped in golden chains.”

Which is even more strongly a statement along the lines I had figured, just not directed at a politician by name. Learn something new every day!