Linking frees slaves: Newsy notes from around the nets.

I am buried in links, so I will now dig myself out. This is stuff I saw on the interwebs that I thought was worthy of note.

Let’s start with some good news, a 99% price reduction in the cost of desalinated water. The earth is 70% water. There is no shortage. What we are always short of is human ingenuity and the conditions necessary for the mind to prosper. Give me a lever and a firm place to stand…

On-line education continues to disintermediate the “professional” mis-educationists, with salutary disruptive consequences. Here is an on-line database to find on-line courses, and here is a discussion of how, precisely, the bee-hotches will be disintermediated.

The gun-grabbers may have thought their their own extremities were gun-free zones, but that didn’t stop them from shooting themselves in both feet many times. Meanwhile, the quest for the prefect 3D-printed AR-15 proceeds apace. What’s the legality of all this? The Outlaw Gunsmith will tell you all about how to get around the law. And once you understand that any law made by man can be evaded, subverted or corrupted by man, you just might be ready to accept the awesome and seemingly terrifying fact of human sovereignty: You cannot control other people’s behavior no matter how desperately you want to, so, if you wish to behave sanely yourself, you should stop trying to push other people around. Just can’t handle the facts? That’s why I want to print me up an AR-15 or two.

Practical advice from a Texas state trooper: “If you think our police are no threat to your freedom, you’re living in a fantasy world.”

What do you call a big-name professional atheist who is willing to say the rudest things about a pussy like Jesus but who cowers before the minions of Mohamed? An academic, of course, but I meant specifically. Who is the most gutless man of The-Truth-Writ-Large ever? My vote goes to Richard Dawkins:

In a recent Al-Jazeerah interview, Richard Dawkins was asked his views on God. He argued that the god of “the Old Testament” is “hideous” and “a monster”, and reiterated his claim from The God Delusion that the God of the Torah is the most unpleasant character “in fiction”. Asked if he thought the same of the God of the Koran, Dawkins ducked the question, saying: “Well, um, the God of the Koran I don’t know so much about.”

How can it be that the world’s most fearless atheist, celebrated for his strident opinions on the Christian and Jewish Gods, could profess to know so little about the God of the Koran? Has he not had the time? Or is Professor Dawkins simply demonstrating that most crucial trait of his species: survival instinct.

Go ahead and laugh, but you try standing up for truth and justice when your balls are retracting right out from underneath you.

I am sick of being buried like this, so I plan to take a different approach going forward. Instead of sitting on resource-hogging links until I get around to writing about them, I will either write about the linked article when I read it or ditch it forever. Presumably at least one of us will be better off.

Meanwhile: Smile: The world is every day more yours.

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  • Outlaw Gunsmith

    Just one note. The process i describe in the post you linked to is not “getting around the law,” it fully complies with the law in every respect. I just wanted to clear that up a bit. Nothing illegal about this process, it is completely within federal regulations, as defined by the BATF.

    Your mileage may vary on a state by state basis, though.

    • Sorry. I did not mean to imply any violation of the law.

      Meanwhile, I salute you for sharing your expertise.