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Monday links

Back from a good — but busy and tiring — weekend. As Dave says, the Mother Earth News Fair was even bigger and better than last year. My friend and I were there only a few hours in a very full weekend.

Some links and a couple of funnies for you:

Here’s unassailable proof (or what’s known in the trade as a “true fact”). The lack of pirates causes global warming:

And here’s a real fact:


  1. Ken K
    Ken K June 4, 2012 12:24 pm

    Those Aussies are a pill. Even if someone adopted Blue he’s enjoyed being at his liberty for so long that even the most humane restrictions would seem intolerable. Wild things don’t like being captives.

  2. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal June 4, 2012 12:40 pm

    Is it distressing that Blue the dog has more money than I do, and that I wish Miss Alchemy were my neighbor? LOL

  3. Kevin Wilmeth
    Kevin Wilmeth June 4, 2012 4:12 pm

    “I am not one for selective targeting but mass destruction.”

    I suppose it might be legitimate, but that statement sure does stick out, doesn’t it? One wonders just when that might have been added, and by whom.

    Just earning my tinfoil, you know. Because after a while, it gets boring pointing out that they always are also suspected of drug-related crimes. Always. (We’re all druggies too, even if we haven’t been accused of it yet.)

  4. Matt, another
    Matt, another June 4, 2012 8:25 pm

    I understand the situation with Free Range dogs such as Blue and wish him well. If he was born wolf, he would be protected.

    I once knew a Free Range dog that saved me from a mauling. He was named Homer. He only loved two things, playing with kids and rounding up cattle. He would show up at my parents when my kids visited them and play with my kids until they went home. Then Homer would go find a new bunch of kids. He had a ranch that he was born on, but would only return there for round-up and when the ranchers grandkids were around. At round-up Homer would get dipped and shots while working cattle. When round-up was over Homer would go find more kids to play with. In winter when it was cold He’d spend nights in freindly peoples porches or woodsheds. We never new him to go inside.

    One Christmas there was snow in the White Mountains and my kids, wife and I were sledding down a local hill. It was in a secluded development sparsely settled in the winter. When getting ready to walk back up the hill a strange dog came barreling out of the woods. I assumed it had been dumped by summer people and was rabid or touched some other way. Put myself between the dog and family and figured I would have to go hand to hand with this dog (gun was in the car, bad idea). Just when the dog reached the point of being able to launch Homer took a dive off the cut bank and drove the dog away. I figured Homer saved me at the least from a destroyed arm, at the worst, who knows.

    So, in memory of Homer, I will say a prayer for Blue. There is a difference between strays and Free Range dogs.

  5. naturegirl
    naturegirl June 4, 2012 10:22 pm

    Not only is Hobby Bomber Celia’s middle name perfect, so is her last name.

    I’m just not convinced meth and bombs are a good mix…….

  6. bumperwack
    bumperwack June 5, 2012 4:14 am

    Yeah. Well, wait one…if they think.she’s getting a little.too much sympathy, we’ll hear about her Meth “manufacturing” operations …and if that don’t work, we’ll get to hear about her child-porn ring…or something

  7. Scott
    Scott June 5, 2012 9:29 am

    Two jobs ago, Stinky The Wonder Dog was the local free range/college campus dog. He also had the rep of being the world’s ugliest dog-and he did look like a early experiement of Dr. Frankenstein’s. I don’t think he had savings or a lawyer(and this was a couple decades or so before Facebook), but he did get all the free food he wanted, and had multiple places to stay.

  8. Claire
    Claire June 5, 2012 11:00 am

    Awesome story, Matt. Not to mention terrifying.

  9. jc2k
    jc2k June 5, 2012 12:43 pm

    Celia Savage sounds like the perfect woman.

  10. Claire
    Claire June 5, 2012 6:14 pm

    jc2k — “Celia Savage sounds like the perfect woman.”

    … except for that teensy little habit of blatting her illegal desires to any fed who might care to listen.

    Other than that … yeah, if I were a guy I can see how I’d think that girl is a hot one. 🙂

  11. Matt, another
    Matt, another June 6, 2012 8:13 am

    Thanks Claire. The only thoughts at the time was getting the family in the car and how much damage I was going to take. I got scared later.

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