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Month: October 2014

Ebola, government, and you

Furrydoc asked in comments the other day, “Where’s the CDC?” (in fighting Ebola in the U.S.) Rhetorical question, of course. She knows quite well where the CDC is: giving bland assurances to the media about being just right up there on top of Ebola while primarily occupying itself with profitable and political mission creep. These days it’s focused on “epidemics” such as obesity and “gun violence.”


Ron Fournier, at the National Journal says the scariest thing about Ebola isn’t the disease but our growing lack of trust in government and other institutions.


Monday musings + the sort of dilemma nobody could really mind having, even though I have it and I still find it awkward

Gads, it was 80 degrees yesterday. Eighty in October in the Great NorthWET. There are entire summers when we don’t see 80. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this warm this late in this corner of the world.

Not due to global warming. But oh man, what an amazing season it’s been!

Supposed to be “only” in the 70s for the rest of this week. Oh, poor us.


With construction catastrophes keeping the house in chaos, I’ve been trying to de-clutter to help deal with the fact that every time I organize stuff in one area, it immediately has to be moved back out because … oh, the roof falls in or somesuch.

So I’m whipping myself into a crusade to de-stuff.


Well, that’s one response to Ebola …

Even with Ebola having turned up in the U.S., I’m with those who resolutely say don’t panic. Okay, so some guy who knew he’d been exposed to Ebola decided to get on a plane to the U.S. and he probably won’t be the last. That’s bad, though unsurprising. (If you thought you might come down with a deadly disease, where would you rather be?) We’re supposed to feel better because Liberia plans to prosecute him??? Okaaaay. And hospital personnel who knew he’d been in Liberia sent him away to expose more people. Because of “poor communication” or “a computer glitch”…


Saturday links

15 ways to live deliberately. (ADDED: point 7 sucks!) Your nose knows when death is near. It’s Hong Kong, not the U.S. of A., but it’s a typical example of Authoritah makes bad situations worse. How to worry less. The real problem with millennials. It may be that they’re just recognizing reality. 🙂 The rudest space cloud in the known universe. 🙂


There’s a new gun blog in town

The Zelman Partisans. I’m one of five or six volunteer writers. Nicki Kenyon kicked things off last week with a slam against a Bloomberg “mom” who’s blindingly ignorant of history. Sheila Stokes-Begley made a pair of posts about her visit to Yad Vashem. And I joined them yesterday with “Defense Distributed and the Spirit of Resistance.” Enjoy! —– ADDED: Personal to E.A. — I’ve been trying to get hold of you to ask you to blog with us! Hope you’ll get in touch.


Earworms x 2

Joel isn’t the only one who sometimes wakes up with “interesting” songs looping through his head. This morning there’s this one: (Lyrics & backstory) But! The good news is I got rid of it! The bad news is I got rid of “Daddy Wouldn’t Buy me a Bow Wow” by filling my brain with “I Love a Cop.” You’re in luck, though. The only available YouTube performances of that one are too screechingly awful to link to, so the link is lyrics only. Song’s actually kinda cute. It’s just the idea of the thing … All in all, I’m beginning…