That’s not a valid excuse

I note, with no surprise whatsoever, that the brother of the gang-banger who was shot dead in New Orleans by criminal rivals this week (along with two innocent bystanders) is making excuses for him. “He’s being characterized as a gang member, a killer. I feel like it’s a slap in the face … like he got what he deserved.” The brother of the man who was targeted in a shooting on Claiborne Avenue that left three people dead and seven others injured is speaking out against the way his brother has been characterized by police and the media. . . .

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Doofus Of The Day #1,021

It’s hard to imagine such ignorance in this day and age, but I suppose this is the exception that proves the rule.  A tip o’ the hat to Snoggeramus for sending the link. It had been four years and their parents constantly complained about the lack of grandchildren. Convinced something was seriously wrong, the unnamed Chinese couple sought the advice of obstetrician Liu Hongmei when a team of doctors visited their village in Bijjie city in the south-western Guizhou province. The wife said she found the experience painful, but “silently told herself that she had to endure it, in order to be

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Youngsters today . . .

I’ve already run into something like this, more than once.  Makes me feel old.  (Click the image for a larger view at the comic’s Web site.) Let’s not talk about rotary dial phones, party lines, washing machines with mangles, the complete absence of air-conditioning at home, and so on.  Kids today just gape in horror when you describe those things. Peter

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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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“Too heavy” leads to “Too slow” leads to . . . dead?

Strategy Page outlines the dilemma facing the designers of modern infantry protective gear. The U.S. Army finally (in 2017) agreed to do a study of the impact of the weight American infantry carry into combat and the impact of that weight on performance. The troops have been complaining about this weight issue for some time. The average weight carried is 54 kg (119 pounds) and while about a third of that can be dropped in an emergency, most of it (weapons and protective gear) cannot. The IOTV (Improved Outer Tactical Vest) and helmet account for a third of the weight. Worse the

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Yeah, families can be unreasonable like that . . .

Courtesy of prolific correspondent Snoggeramus, we learn of a funeral with a sequel. A Ugandan civil servant instructed his wife to bury him with a cash amount of Sh 6 million [Uganda shillings – equivalent to about US $1,600 at present exchange rates]. The money was meant to appease God for the deceased’s earthly sins. . . . Even though the exact sin was not stated, he asked his brother and sister to ensure that his wife does as he instructed. Uganda’s Daily Monitor news portal reports that he died after a protracted illness and was buried in his ancestral home in the

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