Men are dipping their WHAT into WHAT???

Now and again one comes across something so egregiously stupid that one can’t quite grasp it for a moment.  One sits, reading the words or watching the video, and thinking, “This absolutely cannot – can’t possibly – be true!”  Sadly, all too often it is.  (Follow the links below at your own risk!) A groundbreaking 2013 study of how mice can taste with their testicles has resurfaced online. And now social media bozos are testing the theory, first published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by dipping their genitals in soy sauce for the latest bizarre TikTok trend. The study was apparently rediscovered

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Gun violence, race and culture

A fascinating article at Medium examines the map of suicides and homicides in America involving guns, and comes to some conclusions that are sure to be controversial – but the author seems to make a good case.  Here’s a very brief excerpt from a long and detailed article, that you really should read in full (the maps are essential to understanding the author’s case).  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. We hear a lot of banter from the “anti-gun” media that these problems are gun problems, and they’ve concocted this “gun deaths” number in order to lump these into the same problem

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The death of a friend

I’ve lost a lot of friends, comrades-in-arms, and acquaintances.  It was never easy to cope with, and sometimes it felt like the yawning, empty ache death leaves behind was about to overwhelm me.  (Not unlike a heart attack, in some ways:  I’ve now experienced the latter twice, so I think I have some basis for comparison.) Over the weekend, a friend of mine lost a loved one, and turned to me for a shoulder to lean on.  Again, that’s something I’ve done a lot, as a pastor (now retired) and as a friend.  Living in a conflict zone, as I

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Heh

Received from friend, fellow author and blogger Cedar Sanderson via e-mail: BTW, the beaver really was regarded as fish under Canon Law for a very long time, because it swam like one and had a broad tail. Also, it might be the only food available during Lent. Pragmatism triumphs again! (Oh, yes – and I endorse the sentiment in the last entry. If you can take down a hippo, as far as I’m concerned, you can eat the damned thing whenever and wherever you like!) Peter

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The Tetris Challenge – military edition

The so-called “Tetris Challenge” appears to be sweeping through the Twitterverse.  In it, military, first-responder and other units and organizations display their equipment, laid out in a tight pattern as if to fill up every space (as in the video game Tetris), and photographed from above.  A quick Internet search on “Tetris challenge” produces dozens of links, and “Military Tetris challenge” focuses in on that aspect of it.  A lot of people appear to be having a lot of fun. I’ve been browsing through military-related Tetris Challenge pictures.  Here are a few examples (click each image for a larger view).  First,

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Doofus Of The Day #1,056

Today’s award goes to the member of Congressional representative Brian Mast’s staff who posted this tribute on Twitter to the US Navy.  (I presume it wasn’t composed by Mr. Mast himself – he’s a combat veteran, and, given that background, hopefully knows enough about the navies of world powers not to make this mistake.  Even so, it went out under his name, so he owns it.) Sadly, the tribute was misplaced.  That picture shows the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy, not a US Navy ship.  The original tweet has since been corrected, and now shows a US Navy carrier task force.  Still, it was

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Propaganda versus fact

As an exercise in judging the torrent of political propaganda that’s spewed at us from all sides in these tenuously United States, here are two articles covering the same subject;  President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from the area of Syria near the Turkish border, to avoid getting involved in a shooting war with the Turks over the Kurds.  (We’ve spoken of his decision before, here and here.  Basically, I think it was correct.)  They offer very different perspectives. The New York Times thinks the President got it disastrously wrong, and has endangered US prestige, policies and security as a result. President

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