Kansas Rep Pompeo wants to cancel Snowden's SXSW appearance

Edward Snowden is speaking at SXSW on Monday at an event that I'm also part of.Rep Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee (and on whose watch the abuses that Snowden has detailed occurred) has demanded that his appearance be cancelled. Pompeo says that Snowden lacks credibility in the area of "privacy, surveillance, and online monitoring." Pompeo demonstrably lacks credibility in the area of the First Amendment. Cory 23

Kansas Universities can fire faculty for tweets that are "contrary to best interest of the University"

The Kansas Board of Regents has adopted a new police that makes it a firing offense to use social media if you communicate sentiments that are "contrary to the best interests of the University." The policy applies to tenured faculty as well as non-tenured plebs. (via Hacker News) Cory 25

March community-building-and-tribal-unity/Madness

At the Wall Street Journal, Eric Simmons writes about the psychology of March Madness, which is really the psychology of relationships and the deep emotional bonds underlying communities and tribes. When you cheer on the Wichita State Shockers in the Final Four, what you're really doing is introducing other people (and other groups) into your definition of self.

The other other pope

Not happy with the election of Pope Francis (who looks either like Grumpy Cat or a Muppet, depending on the photo)? Then, perhaps, you can throw in your lot with Pope Michael I, who has ruled an offshoot, unofficial branch of the Catholic Church (which may, or may not, consist mostly of himself and his mother) from his living room in Delia, Kansas since 1990.

Backyard-sized western town for sale, $20K cheap


Boontdustie sez, "Topeka, Kansas craigslist - A man built entire 'Cowboy Town' in backyard and is now looking to sell it all for $20,000. Complete with bank, saloon and livery stable... Awesome pics included."

The Bank is currently being used as a garden tool shed. Makes a great place for the mower, some deck chairs, rakes, shovels, hoes, hoses, baskets etc. Bank has two windows on either side of the door. Door has a window with a roller shade. It is approximately 7' 6" wide x 6' 2" long x 7' tall ceiling. Has a flat roof behind realistic-looking front facade that is 11' tall.

The Livery Stable (some call this a barn) is a two-story building that is perfectly sized for use as a chicken house. The Livery stable has an upstairs hay loft with a tin roof, a loft door and two side windows. You can easily stack 6-8 bales of straw in the loft. Downstairs has a dutch-door entry with a separate set-in screen for ventilation. There is one window beside the door that also has a rabbit-screen for ventilation. There is a ladder attached to the wall to access the loft from the inside. We currently have our flock of 10 laying hens housed in this Livery stable. On the outside wall, there is a "chicken door" with a levered closure that slides up and down to keep the chickens secure from predators at night. This stable structure is approximately 14' high x 57" deep x 6' wide. The building is wired for one outlet and one light switch. We had our little hatchlings in this a couple years ago with a heat lamp hung from the ceiling. When they were old enough, we put a timer box and separate light in for convenience and still also have the flip-switch ceiling light.

The Saloon is between the two buildings. It is actually a facade covered porch area. There are two mirrors that act as windows and real swinging doors attached to the solid wall. This makes a great place for our display of old-timey farm implements. Our grand daughter loves to play up here when Grandpa has his hand-crank tool collection out in the summer time. There is an upstairs balcony facade that is strong enough to hold people. This saloon is approximately 13' 9" long x 11' tall x 4' deep. You can easily put a few chairs on the porch to be out of the hot sun in the summer time.

My husband is ready to build something different and we have no more room on our little corner lot. This entire structure was built to be moveable.

Cowboy Town - Garden Shed or Play House - $20000 (Hoyt)