A heartwarming, unusual bond

I was surprised to read of a lion, a tiger and a bear – predators from three different continents who’d normally never encounter each other in the wild – living together at a Georgia animal rescue center.  Yahoo News reports: An American black bear, an African lion, and a Bengal tiger are the best of friends at the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary (NAAS) in Locust Grove, Georgia. In fact, they’re known collectively as the BLT (an acronym for bear, lion and tiger) around the rescue center. They are so inseparable that the trio shares living quarters, which is usually dangerous

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The 2016 presidential campaign: echoes of 1828?

I’ve been watching the unfolding of this year’s presidential campaign with great interest, not because I find any of the candidates particularly convincing, but because so many oxen are being gored, boats rocked and apple-carts upset.  I wrote about one aspect of that – the nature of the political “establishment” and opposition to it – a few days ago. I’m seeing a number of parallels between events this year and those of 1828, when Andrew Jackson was elected President of the United States.  That year saw his ‘insurgent candidacy’ arrayed against intense opposition from the political establishment.  Former President Thomas

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Pocket-knives for those with very deep pockets

I appreciate art, within reason, and I appreciate a good pocket-knife as much as any man . . . but I’m stunned by the prices for William Henry pocket-knives.  How about this Monarch ‘Les Annees Folles’ model, ‘hand-engraved in 24K gold’, for a cool $15,000?  (Click the image for a larger view.) Or, if that’s too rich for your blood, there’s the Monarch ‘Painted Butte’, featuring mokume gane metalwork and fossilized mammoth tooth, for a mere $1,575. There are many more at the link.  They’re lovely, and some are even affordable to lower-income folks like myself . . . but

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