Assholes and the Umbrella of Safety

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Retired NBA star Charles Barkley said something recently, something probably reported with the intention of shocking readers, but actually fairly tame, all things considered. Here: When asked about a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his teammates, the NBA Hall of Famer went on a rant about how “unintelligent” black people believe they have to hold successful African-Americans back.“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if … [Read more...]

Book of Good Living: The Risk Rule

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My approach to risk is tuned toward the more sensitive end of the spectrum. (We're not counting the bull riding, which was a 20-something macho-guy one-off.)As I said in my last post, I've gotten to the age of 62 without a stitch, a broken bone, or a major accident of any sort. I've done it by following a rough rule for dealing with risks.So here's my Risk Rule. (Note that this applies mainly to physical dangers, and not to existential hazards such as being turned down when asking … [Read more...]

Book of Good Living: The 5 Second Rule

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No, this has nothing to do with dropping food on the floor. This is about the OTHER 5 seconds, the one that gives you a cushion of safety in everyday life.The simplest statement of the rule might be: “Look 5 seconds ahead ... in every direction.”Every person who drives is familiar with the concept of looking ahead. Some of us do it badly, and end up in rear-end collisions, or even pileups. Some of us do it well and see cops on the side of the highway a half mile or so in advance, so we ca … [Read more...]

Dark Adventures and Dumbfuckery

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Just reading a status by a Facebook friend where he talks with pride about his adventures waking up in strange beds and houses, being threatened by men with guns, handcuffed by cops, all sorts of exciting bad-boy mayhem.And I kinda have to wonder ... why go there? Why choose THAT path?I mean, we live in a world where fantastic adventures are possible, adventures of growth and learning and accomplishment, and even real danger if you want it. You can stand on the floor of Yosemite Valley … [Read more...]

Short Stack #23

If we had evolved from deer, I wonder if we’d all get out of school and jobs for several weeks in the fall, so the guys could scratch their horns against trees, and get in fights.----------------------I’m imagining that we first-worlders will have to switch over to strict vegetarian diets as population continues to increase, and third-worlders will switch over to grass.Fortunately, they will be provided with a genetically engineered digestive enzyme that will allow them to eat the gra … [Read more...]

Carrie Underwood Click-Bait. Meh.

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We had chickens when I was a kid -- White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Bantams -- and I loved feeding them. I'd go out with a bowl of cracked corn and call "Chick, chick, chick, chick-EE!" And they'd come running, looking up at me with their stupid prehistoric faces, brainlessly eager for something tasty. Never realizing that they were OUR food, that this was all a scam to get their eggs and meaty selves on our table in the near future.I hate to think of people like … [Read more...]


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