News and views you can use

There have been so many weird and wonderful news reports and blog articles over the past couple of days that I can’t keep up with them all.  I figured I’d post links to some of them here, and let you explore those that interest you.  In no particular order: Clint Smith, of Thunder Ranch (under whom I’ve trained multiple times), talks about ammunition and gunfights.  Money quote:  “I’ve never heard anyone complain about having too much ammunition in a fight.” I had to laugh at the Conservative Treehouse’s glee over President Trump’s most recent burst of activity.  They seem to be enjoying themselves

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Truth in (modern) relationships?

This cartoon from Stephan Pastis made me both laugh and think over the weekend.  Click it to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It’s amusing, yes . . . but it’s also sadly true of what a lot of people look for in a relationship these days.  People seem to have lost sight of the fact that a romantic or courtship relationship (the latter not necessarily romantic) is for two people to come together to make one family;  two parts of a whole;  two faces of a single coin.  It’s not just about feelings, or

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Quote of the day

From an article at the Kakistocracy blog: So a functioning brain is one that forms accurate models about what it will actually see next. Such as a bushman on the Serengetiwhose brain predicts he will soon see the inside of a lion’s intestinal tract upon realizing one is in full sprint for his neck. This model is one likely to incentivize enthusiastic flight, and thus result in a bushman who lives to model another day. In contrast, inaccurate models about lion behavior tend to have a suppressive effect on bushman longevity. Having been in the company of Bushmen for extended periods, and having

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That’s one way to do it

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of farm animals being used to further a romance.  No, it’s not what you think. Chris Gospel of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, got down on one knee in a field to ask for Eilidh Fraser’s hand in marriage. But the 30-year-old did not need to pop the question, as he enlisted the help of Curlytop the cow by writing “will you marry me?” on the animal’s body. Mr Gospel said: “She was a star. The writing was on the side and as were were walking up she was facing us. “Eilidh could see something written on

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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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Your feel-good story of the week

A pizzeria in Michigan shows real dedication. When Julie and Rich Morgan lived in Battle Creek 25 years ago, Rich would always bring home Steve’s Pizza for dinner each payday, even though money was tight. The couple has since relocated to Indianapolis, but those pizzas – the taste and the memories – have stuck with them. In fact, the Morgans had planned to visit Battle Creek and Steve’s Pizza for a weekend getaway. But after a trip to the emergency room, their plans changed; Rich is now home with hospice care as his battle with cancer comes to a close, Julie said in

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