The world is NOT a big, happy, adventurous playground

. . . and, with surprising frequency, people who assume it is, die for their mistake.  The latest victims were a cycling foursome in Tajikistan. [JAY Austin and Lauren Geoghegan] dropped everything in pursuit of a worldwide adventure in July 2017 — but it would eventually lead to them being horrifically killed for being “unbelievers”. The well-travelled couple, both 29, kept a detailed blog and Instagram posts which revealed an incredible trip reaffirming their faith in humanity and seeing them reach some of the world’s most untouched paradises. The in-depth online accounts show there were moments of tenderness, euphoric highs and

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Pets in an emergency situation

With Hurricane Florence now having arrived in North Carolina, I was reminded of how many pets had suffered in previous hurricanes of my experience, and how many will suffer now. What to do with pets in a storm is a perennial question, challenging owners, activists and officials every hurricane season. Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on Twitter, encouraged residents to consider their pets in their disaster preparations. “Make a plan and practice it with them,” the agency encouraged. Organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States have become

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Why politicians won’t do what the electorate wants

Stephan Pastis provides what seems to me like a pretty accurate explanation.  Click the image for a larger version at the comic strip’s Web site. It’s not just money and greed, of course:  it’s also partisan political dishonesty.  See my previous post for a good example.  Senator Feinstein had the allegation months ago, but didn’t mention it at all during the confirmation hearings.  Only when it looked like all their other efforts to block it had failed did she raise the accusation, and even then in a vague, underhanded way.  Honesty?  Integrity?  Fairness?  She wouldn’t recognize them if they jumped up and bit

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A doctor speaks bluntly about untimely death

Dr. Louis M. Profeta (his website is here) penned an angry, yet thought-provoking article earlier this month, titled “I’ll Look at Your Facebook Profile Before I Tell Your Mother You’re Dead“. It kind of keeps me human. You see, I’m about to change their lives — your mom and dad, that is. In about five minutes, they will never be the same, they will never be happy again. Right now, to be honest, you’re just a nameless dead body that feels like a wet bag of newspapers that we have been pounding on, sticking IV lines and tubes and needles in,

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