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Tuesday links

Some new ones and a few more I collected over the last 10 days from my sickbed. I don’t recall the sources of some, so please forgive me for any failures of hat tipping.


  1. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ January 22, 2019 10:59 am

    My Chihuahua was smarter – and a lot braver – than a whole kennel of other dogs put together. He spied a snake on the porch once as I was headed out the door. He almost knocked me off my feet as he raced to grab its neck, and bite it in half. Stupid? Not at all. He was intelligent enough to know that love sometimes mean giving up your life for another, and he’d gladly sacrifice his own to protect ‘daddy’s’. There will never be another one like him. I also have 2 “big” dogs. They are not nearly as smart, and not as brave. Give me a small dog, anytime.

    I glanced at the article. It confirms my long-time observations that people who profess that they know stuff, often don’t.

    Apologies for the rant. I had to put my little boy to sleep yesterday. A piece of my heart died with him, and I’m not myself at the moment; and, I probably won’t be for awhile.

  2. Claire
    Claire January 22, 2019 12:13 pm

    I’m so sorry, ExpatNJ. I know how much that hurts.

    And no matter the truth about canine intelligence, nobody ever denied Chihuahuas were some of the bravest, boldest, most loyal little cusses on the planet.

  3. John
    John January 22, 2019 5:51 pm

    Are Chihuahuas brave,
    or just nuts?

  4. John Wilder
    John Wilder January 22, 2019 10:38 pm

    Oh, my, that’s a bad day at work. I imagine if he found a GI Joe he’d claim he found evidence of a new species . . .

  5. James
    James January 23, 2019 7:57 am

    That was a really interesting article, about sunscreen and vitamin D. I’m one of those who bought the official line, using sunscreen (intermittently, anyway) and taking 5000 units of D3 daily. I think I’ll stop both. Except that I might still use sunscreen when it’s a severe sunburn situation — that ain’t fun.

    One other bad thing I learned about sunscreen, a few years ago when riding a century (100-mile single-day bicycle tour) in Kentucky. I was feeling all virtuous because I had applied sunscreen liberally on my forehead. Bad idea. Once you start sweating freely, the sweat washes that stuff down into your eyes. And that really stings! Used up most of my water bottle, trying to get it rinsed out/off.

  6. Comrade X
    Comrade X January 23, 2019 8:34 am

    What is it with democrats and plantations?

    Once they had them in the south now they have them in the big cities. Does it have something to do with them needing slaves to take care of their needs?

  7. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ January 23, 2019 11:01 am

    John January 22, 2019 5:51 pm wrote:
    “Are Chihuahuas brave, or just nuts?”

    To hear my Spouse tell it, anyone who WANTS to live with me, MUST be a little of both … 😉
    [apology to our Host and guests if I overly-belabored the thread]

  8. John
    John January 23, 2019 11:09 pm


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