According to the FBI, I am a Militia Violent Extremist

The evidence is quite damning. And yes, the country is in the best of hands: Project Veritas released a newly leaked document today provided by an FBI whistleblower, which shows how the Bureau classifies American citizens it deems to be potential “Militia Violent Extremists” [MVEs]. In the document, the FBI cites symbols, images, phrases, events, and individuals that agents should look out for...

Japan 2022: Takaoka

For some reason the luggage belt at Toyama airport has a very large plate of fake sushi

Daibutsu of Takaoka

Castle Park

Woke Joke Part 5: Lost the motion to dismiss

Unfortunately, the court granted the university’s motion to dismiss (ruling here). My wife was a little freaked out by how calm I was when I found out (this came in right before my trip to Japan, hence the late posting). I’ve found Stoic philosophy to be of great comfort while dealing with the university and my colleagues during the past few years. One aspect of Stoic philosophy is...

Japan 2022: Otaru

I decided to spend my last day before my flight to Toyama by visiting the port city of Otaru, which is about an hour outside Sapporo. First stop: breakfast at the Sankaku fish market. My breakfast resto Breakfast View of Otaru from Mt. Tengu Dried squid is amazingly tasty Japanese soft-serve ice cream is far better than in the U.S. I decided to try another Michelin-rated ramen place in Otaru. The...

Japan 2022: Sapporo

I had planned several days of hiking the alpine peaks of Daisetsuzan National Park, but that was out of the picture due to my knee. I decided to spend the time in Sapporo while waiting for my flight to Toyama. I’ve taken a lot of trains in Japan, but nothing like the six-hour local from Wakkanai to Sapporo: a single car, powered by diesel from the smell, that slowed several times while the...

Japan 2022: Rishiri-Fuji

I decided on Rishiri-Fuji because it’s one of the remotest mountains in Japan and is on the 100 most famous mountains list (hyaku-meizan). It’s an extinct volcano almost 6,000 feet high. Still snow on the mountain in June Taking a break in the emergency hut At the hut I ran into a Japanese guy that I had chatted with at the trailhead. He asked to hike with me, which was a little...

Japan 2022: Rishiri Island

Since I arrived late morning, I put off Rishiri-Fuji for the next day and instead drove a circuit around the island.

Rishiri harbor

I stopped for lunch at Miraku for some Michelin-rated ramen.

There was a street fair around the corner …

… with a performing monkey

Japan 2022: Wakkanai

Magnetic sign on my Tokyo hotel door

I was supposed to fly to Rishiri Island, but the second leg was cancelled due to high winds. So I took the six-hour bus from Sapporo to Wakkanai and grabbed the ferry the next day.

Wakkanai is so far north that the street signs are in Japanese and Russian

Rishiri-Rebun ferry

Wakkanai harbor

Japanese-style berth

Woke Joke Part 4: Final motions filed in response to Motion to Dismiss

NCSU’s reply to our reply, and our sur-reply. That should be it, now we’re waiting for the judge to decide whether the lawsuit can move forward to the discovery stage.

Woke Joke Part 3: Our response to NCSU’s Motion to Dismiss

Woke Joke Part 2: NCSU responds to lawsuit

Woke Joke Part 1: When the woke mob comes for you, stand up and fight back!

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Professor and quant guy. Libertarian turned populist Republican. Trying to learn Japanese and play Spanish Baroque music on the ukulele.

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