Missing in the wild?

Outside magazine has an interesting article on how many people go missing in wilderness areas.  It uses a major case study, plus several others, to examine the situation.  Here’s an excerpt. What I wanted to know was how many people are missing in our wild places, the roughly 640 million acres of federal lands—including national parks, national forests, and Bureau of Land Management prop­erty. Cases like 51-year-old Dale Stehling, who, in 2013, vanished from a short petroglyph-viewing trail near the gift shop at Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park. Morgan Heimer, a 22-year-old rafting guide, who was wearing a professional-grade personal

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It’s the last day of voting . . .

. . . for the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance‘s 2017 Book of the Year contest.  At the time of writing, my first Western novel, ‘Brings The Lightning‘, is in first place. It’s hotly pursued by John Ringo and Larry Correia’s collaboration ‘Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge‘. Voting closes at midnight tonight.  Since “it ain’t over until it’s over”, to repeat a time-honored phrase, may I ask any of my readers who haven’t yet voted, to please click over to the contest page and vote for the book of their choice?  Obviously, I’ll be very grateful if you vote for mine, but there

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Doofus Of The Day #953

Today’s award goes to a hapless diner in Connecticut. A Connecticut man said he was reaching for his wallet to pay his restaurant bill when he shot himself in the buttocks Friday night. Police said Michael Southmayd, 56, of Bridgeport … was … dining with his family … when he said he reached for his wallet and somehow pulled his firearm from the holster and shot himself. They bullet was lodged in the floor, and the casing stuck in the gun. There’s more at the link. Clearly, he was ass-king for it . . . Peter

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I could get behind this health care plan

I think Ann Coulter is on to something. Right now, there’s no free market because insurance is insanely regulated not only by Obamacare, but also by the most corrupt organizations in America: state insurance commissions. (I’m talking to you, New York!) Federal and state laws make it illegal to sell health insurance that doesn’t cover a laughable array of supposedly vital services based on bureaucrats’ medical opinions of which providers have the best lobbyists. As a result, it’s illegal to sell health insurance that covers any of the medical problems I’d like to insure against. Why can’t the GOP keep

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More Washington dirty tricks

Powerline has the word. On February 24, AP reporters Vivian Salama and Alicia Caldwell published an AP “exclusive”: “DHS report disputes threat from banned nations.” The story was based on an anonymous draft Department of Homeland Services document that was leaked to the Associated Press, presumably by someone at DHS. The document seemed to have been created for the express purpose of undermining President Trump’s travel order. Indeed, it likely was created for that purpose. . . . The two judges who issued orders blocking implementation of the president’s travel ban relied explicitly on the AP story and the leaked

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Doofus Of The Day #952

Today’s award goes to an inept burglar in Tucson, Arizona. According to a report, a locksmith was working at the school when he spotted a man trying to get into different rooms on the campus. The locksmith spooked him, causing the alleged burglar to flee. This is where the spiked fence comes in. He did not make the jump over the fence, and was caught hanging upside, underwear exposed and all. Passersby Jesse Sensibar and Kristin Woodall took a quick photo and posted the story to Facebook. Sensibar explained he was thinking about going back and helping, but Tucson PD

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The successor to lithium-ion batteries?

TechXplore reports: A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage. Goodenough’s latest breakthrough, completed with Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga, is a low-cost all-solid-state battery that is noncombustible and has a long cycle life (battery life) with a high volumetric energy density and fast rates of charge and discharge. The

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