Thank you, Occupy Wall Street

I lived through the Vietnam Era.Just a few of the consequences of that war:It killed 58,220 U.S. soldiers. More than 150,000 were wounded, at least 21,000 were permanently disabled, and 830,000 suffered symptoms of PTSD. In addition, about 50,000 American servicemen deserted, and an estimated 125,000 U.S. citizens of military draft age fled to Canada.Besides that, about 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides were sprayed over Southeast Asia, resulting in more than 4 … [Read more...]

My bad.

Okay, that's the last time I do that.I thought I'd try posting all eight parts of Grizzly's Gamble at once, but it turns out that wasn't a good idea.The site stats appear to show that a significant number of people are reading part 8 first, which is totally my fault. It IS stacked at the top of the screen, above the other parts.The bad part, from both the readers' and writer's viewpoint, is that it dilutes the impact of the piece. It's like giving away the ending of the movie before … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 8 of 8

Start HEREParts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight  This is the Truth:In my hunting days, I was headwaiter at a seafood restaurant in a little resort town in the California’s Eastern Sierra mountains. Hunting season had opened several days before, but I’d had to work every day. This was my last evening shift before I had a couple of days off, and I was ready to go.I had my new Ruger .30-06 rifle with a 7-power scope. I had my pack and my sleeping bag a … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 7 of 8

 Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — EightStomping KittensIn America there is a safety-conscious social force backed up by the power of law – and constantly reinforced by frequent and large lawsuits – that decrees that every tiniest hint of danger must be stamped out of every activity. People must be taken care of.Even in the midst of our riskiest pastimes, we do everything possible – which is always considerable – to eliminate the risk. The requirement for wearin … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 6 of 8

 Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — EightTechnological ManGuns. Fire. Helicopters. Radios. Infrared sights. Light-amplifying night scopes. Binoculars. Poisons. Traps. Electrified fences. Bulldozers. Chainsaws. Fishing nets. Maps.We humans live in a society where we can draw on the accomplishments and assets not only of our own families, not only of our own acquaintances, but the intellectual fruits of literal geniuses for the last ten thousand years.Call it t … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 5 of 8

 Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — EightMan PlusHow often do human beings come in quantities of one? Certainly a lot of us can feel lonely at times, but we do that even when surrounded by scores of our fellows. Actually being completely alone in today’s world is really not that easy to accomplish. It is almost always the result of conscious choice – and great effort and expense – on the part of the camper, hiker, or cyclist, and usually doesn’t last more than a … [Read more...]