Shortages or not, be thankful for your toilet paper!

If you’re running low on TP, be thankful you still have some, and don’t have to use an old sailor’s method.  The always interesting Old Salt Blog reports: Sailors in the Age of Sail used tow-rags. What is a tow-rag? As can be seen in the video below, close to the ship’s head — the toilets in the bow or “head” of the ship — there was a long rope ending in a short rag that hung over the side into the water. After using the head, the sailor could then clean his backside with the wet rag then drop the

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Forthcoming books: I’d appreciate your input, please

As regular readers will know, I suffered a heart attack (my second) late last year.  I’m recovering fairly well from it, but with one ongoing problem.  The extra medication I’ve been prescribed in the short term (added to the other pills I take for other, long-term problems) is messing with my creative mind.  I’m finding it very hard to produce fiction of a quality acceptable to me (let alone my readers).  I hope that’ll solve itself after mid-year, when I stop taking the problem medication, but until then it’s a pain in the proverbial. I need the income I derive from

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Tragic news from SayUncle

Well-known gun-blogger SayUncle’s wife died suddenly and without any warning a few days ago. On March 20th, my beloved wife and mother of my children, unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. She had never presented any symptoms prior to then. On March 21st, her doctor informed me that her brain was no longer functioning and there was no chance of recovery. On March 22nd, in accordance with her wishes outlined in her living will, I authorized the medical staff to remove life support. She passed away peacefully at 8:48am central time while I held her hand. She will be missed. March 23rd

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Saturday snippet: Doses of economic reality

Instead of putting up my usual Saturday snippet of an excerpt from a book, today, in the light of the coronavirus situation, I’d like to post snippets from three articles that summarize where we are today, and show a trend that’s certain to continue for at least a few months, if not considerably longer. The reason I’m doing so is that, almost unbelievably, there are still those who maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is “all in the mind”, that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, and that this whole affair is overblown fear-mongering by those seeking to manufacture a non-existent “crisis”

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For all the coronavirus doubting Thomases out there .

those who still maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is overblown, that it’s no worse than the flu, that the authorities are overreacting and using the pandemic as an excuse to take away our civil liberties . . . sorry, but you’re wrong. This is the reality of the coronavirus in full swing, in Bergamo in Italy.  Watch for yourselves. Coming soon to a hospital near you – perhaps with you and your family in starring roles – if we don’t shut down social contact and halt the spread of this disease. As John Mauldin points out: Here in the US there’s

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Sometimes the blows come at the worst possible time

A friend’s wife, Valerie Richardson, has just been through a harrowing experience – and at the worst possible time, with the coronavirus pandemic already disrupting lives, work and income. A couple of weeks ago, Valerie was feeling ill and went to bed with what she and her husband thought was the flu. A few days later he took her to the emergency room to find out she had pneumonia. She was transferred first to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas, and then to the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She has since undergone thoracic surgery to help her breathe better.

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COVID-19: Update for March 13, 2020

Welcome to Friday the 13th, dear readers!  Here are a few useful links and tips concerning the coronavirus pandemic that I’ve gleaned over the past day or so. First, as most readers know, I was involved with law enforcement as a prison chaplain for a number of years.  I wrote a book about it a while back. In that capacity, I developed contacts with members of the FBI, US Marshals Service, and other agencies that I’ve maintained to this day.  I’m hearing interesting things from them about the supply of illegal drugs in our major metropolitan areas.  Basically, that supply is being

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Ouch!

This happened a few months ago, but I’ve only just seen the report.  I found myself wincing as I watched, and crossing my legs, too! I’m glad he’s recovered from his injury. I had to laugh at the young man’s comment that he’d never been closer to his father than when he stitched up the injury! Peter

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COVID-19: The facts as of March 12, 2020

There are lots of things happening around the coronavirus epidemic – sorry, it’s a pandemic now – but most of them revolve around issues we’ve already addressed in earlier articles here, and others have addressed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Still, it’s good to have accurate, insightful information on which to base our own decisions and actions, and that’s what I try to present here. Let’s start with the situation in health care.  It’s looking pretty dire.  Italy has so many cases of the disease that doctors have advised medics to “stop treating the elderly and focus on those with better survival chances“.  That’s

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