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Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s I worked for a couple of Silicon Valley companies. On my lunch hours I often wandered around Usenet, back when it had miniscule traffic volume. (This was before graphical web browsers even existed. The Internet was public, but just barely. (Outside of a few AOL users who began arriving in 1991, most of the early 1990s Internet users spoke UNIX and wore pocket protectors. And nearly all of us were either in government scientific agencies or worked for big corporations.) On Usenet, I often read and occasionally posted to a Usenet newsgroup called “talk.politics.guns.” One of the most frequent posters there was a gent named Clayton Cramer. He was an eloquent man with asbestos long johns, who bravely withstood repeated flaming insults hurled at him (and hurled at logic itself), by legions of anti-gun statist buffoons. Some of his great Usenet posts are still being cited. He also notoriously made many posts that cited crime statistics and studies on child molestation by homosexuals (such as those published in scholarly journals like Arch Sex Behav) that didn’t earn him many friends on the left. Recently, I was pleased to see that Clayton Cramer is alive and well and living in Idaho. – JWR

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Chris R. mentioned a video about a quite innovative new pistol ammunition, developed by a company in Georgia, USA: R.I.P.

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File Under: Time Wounds All Heels: Washington ‘Prepper’ pleads not guilty in gun case. (JWR’s Comment: You may recall that this was the man who was bragging about his plans to go pillaging, WTSHTF.)

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OSOM wrote to note yet another reason to avoid social media: Invasion of Privacy? App Matches Strangers’ Photos to Their Online Profiles

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Reader D.R.B. suggested this fascinating 35-minute documentary video: Agafia’s Taiga Life. “In 1936, a family of Russian Old Believers journeyed deep into Siberia’s vast taiga to escape persecution and protect their way of life. The Lykovs eventually settled in the Sayan Mountains, 160 miles from any other sign of civilization.”

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