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 We are enjoying better-than-Chamber-of-Commerce weather in the Valley of the Sun. Chamber of Commerce weather is the sort of day that photographers seek for picture postcards. In Arizona, that means blue skies and sun over the golf resorts, the sort of day being sold to tourists from cold, grey, snowy climes. But, if you know […]

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My job is laboratory safety. I work with a wild range of various labs that have a cornucopia of crazy chemicals and a plethora of pathogens. I take part in over 100 laboratory inspections per year, along with responding to questions and acting as an in-house consultant for my institution. There is a surprising amount of you can use from the laboratory safety world in normal life where you make crispy garlic bread rather than CRISPR/Cas9 lentivirus vectors.

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Nothing good happens after midnight. This quote has been attributed to various sports team coaches, probably because they all have said this on many occasions to their players. College and professional athletes, especially young men, think themselves bullet-proof, and chase the next thrill, pushing boundaries. These same athletes got to their elevated status through enormous […]

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You have been bombarded with messages about sales, specials, and entertainment opportunities for this weekend. Please add the following items at the top of your list for the weekend, slipping the big sale a little ways down the page.

If you have not seen the HBO movie Taking Chance (included in Amazon Prime, available elsewhere), watch it. Have a box of tissues or a couple hankies handy. If you had other entertainment plans, watch this trailer, and reassess your priorities for the weekend:

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From left to right: Sheila Brey, instructor; Gena Grant, event coordinator; Shannan Chada, instructor; and Sheila Hoekstra, lead instructor

Trust me: if you love to shoot pistols, trap, skeet, archery, 3-D archery, and sporting clays, you must check out Hillsdale College! I’ve been here for just under a week, and I have grown in so many ways. It’s so satisfying to visit a college that is so deeply committed to the Constitution and is preparing our young people for the future; to be with people who share my values and where I’m supported in practicing Judaism; and where I have excellent instructors who have improved my shooting skills dramatically.

As I wrote in an earlier post, we scheduled attending this workshop, not realizing that Yom Kippur fell right in the middle of the week. I asked the Hillsdale representative if there was anyone who would be holding Yom Kippur services—at a Christian college, right!—and they found a group that was holding abbreviated Erev Yom Kippur Services and morning services. Even though both services were short, I was so moved to be praying with other Jews and they were so welcoming, too. I did fast from sunset until lunch the next day. I do not think in any way that this was a “replacement” worship—there are no substitutes—yet I was so contented having Hillsdale College support my faith.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day – Safety

 

A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for – John Augustus Shedd

Today society puts emphasis on safety, in my opinion undue emphasis. We all have a finite span on Earth, regardless of how safe we are. Ultimately we will be judged by what we accomplish in that span. Risk is part of life. We can use our talents, taking risks or we can bury them in the garden, where they will be safe. All total safely can assure is sterility.

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The Dodo bird was prevalent on an isolated island that was a safe space from many predators. When European explorers discovered this rather good natured, plump, and flightless bird it was in no way prepared for what was to come. The poor, hapless bird didn’t know enough to protect itself (nor was it very capable […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Congratulations Mr. Tillerson: Safety First

 

Dear Mr. Tillerson,

As an ExxonMobil employee of 33 years (now retired) I am proud to see you selected and approved as the Secretary of State of the United States.

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Here is an excerpt from today’s “Daily Shot” e-mail by Fred Cole. This is a solid and timely safety message and deserves wide dissemination: Oh no! Halloween! We’re told every year that Halloween is a time for danger, especially for children. We need to be terrified[ricochet.us2.list-manage1.com] of sex offenders on the prowl! Parents need to […]

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quote-know-the-enemy-and-know-yourself-in-a-hundred-battles-you-will-never-be-defeated-sun-tzu-310915Over at The Corner, Jim Talent has a terrific post on the Democrats’ willful blindness regarding the ongoing threat of Islamic terrorism:

It’s hard to overcome any problem in your life if you refuse to recognize essential elements of the problem; in fact, one of the first objects of psychotherapists is to get their patients to face the real issues that are disabling them. It’s even harder to win a war if you won’t permit yourself to recognize whom you’re fighting — and not only because, as a practical matter, you have to know your enemy to properly assess his plans and tactics

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shutterstock_216525253This piece from Reason is a good primer on the lack of a market for “smart-guns,” and covers both the technical challenges in making them and — more interestingly — the lack of demand for them. Is this because gun owners are callous, child-hating fanatics? No: it’s just that firearms don’t kill that many kids.

Inspired by the piece, I took a gander through some of the CDC data for fatal injuries to children between the ages of 0 and 14 years in the United States between 2004 and 2010 (the most recent period listed). Here are some relevant data for the an average year during that period:

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I just stumbled onto a deal for a table saw and I’m wondering if I’ll be satisfied with it. I currently have a Grizzly 10″, 3HP cabinet saw. I’ve used it for 15 years and am quite satisfied with its performance. Safety is another matter. Despite being a slow learner, I have figured out that […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Pay Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To

 

shutterstock_216207001There’s been a tremendous increase in firearms ownership in America in the past few years. From concern over the availability of firearms under this political climate to the threat of active shooters, Americans are arming themselves more and more as of late.

Arming yourself with a gun, however, is an optional checkpoint on the road to personal security. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: A firearm is not a talisman against evil, it requires a skilled and determined operator to be effective. If you’ve decided that a gun should be a part of your personal security inside and outside the home, get the training you need to safely own and/or carry your gun, and then get some more. After all, no one ever survived a gunfight thinking “Wow, did I ever overtrain for that!”

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet.  More

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shutterstock_207060784“Si vis pacem, para bellum.”Vegetius

As the world recoils in horror from the atrocities carried out on the streets of Paris Friday night, we’re beginning to realize that this is a calamity we’ve seen before: The attacks on the theater, nightclub, soccer stadium, and shopping mall are almost exact copies of earlier attacks in Mumbai and Nairobi, and we’ve seen smaller versions of these kind of attacks on American soil at Fort Hood and in Garland, TX; Ottawa, Canada; and during the Boston Marathon. There is no such thing as “rules of engagement” for radical Islamic militants: In this global war on terror, we are all behind enemy lines. We have met the enemy, and they are among us.

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I read a story in the LA Times (I don’t know how I got there) arguing the case of the electric car, and saying it would be a bad idea to spend lots of money on high speed mass transit (correct) because the autonomous vehicle will be everywhere before they could be completed (wrong). It’s […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Trick or Treat, at the Mall

 
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This seems like a new trend, or am I just woefully behind? A friend of mine signed off a text this afternoon by telling me he was heading to the mall with his kids to Trick or Treat.

The mall? The shopping mall?

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National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Project Child Safe (http://projectchildsafe.org/) National Rifle Association (NRA), Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program (https://eddieeagle.nra.org/) More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. It Don’t Mean a Thing When the Kids Want to Swing

 

Then there was the time when a bunch of us kids tied a rope around the back tire of a bicycle, and tried to pull it to the top of the tall metal slide on the school playground. School was out for the summer, which left the playground open to neighborhood kids (and those, like me, who spent their days at neighborhood daycare in a private home). The slide was a steep, narrow, imposing structure to us, and wouldn’t it be mad fun, we thought, if we could ride a bike down the thing, do a wheelie at the bottom and, who knows, maybe even survive!

I volunteered to make the maiden trip because I was bright like that, leaving only the single problem of hauling that bike up to the peak. We’d tug the thing about halfway up, and then it would flop sideways off the slide and just swing from the rope, like it had been executed. Then, one of our number had the idea of pushing the bike up the slide on one end while the rest of us continued tugging on the rope to pull it up from the other end. He slipped (a metal slide is very slick), and fell down the slide but not before instinctively grabbing onto the bike and pulling it down on top of him. It was a spectacular crash, and we all congratulated him and said we wished we could watch the masterpiece again in slow motion. I think he was proud of his accomplishment. We were happy for him. You’d think that would’ve been enough of a day’s work for us, but we had not yet exhausted our imaginations.

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Since getting rid of my internet connection at home two weeks ago, I’ve been far more productive. My house is cleaner, and I’ve been exercising regularly. In the past six days I’ve walked/jogged over 20 miles after work. It feels really good to be doing so much more. But last night was different. I was […]

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