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The Jesuit Rec Room interviews Anne Lamott

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I started watching this and became enraptured by it. I found it quite interesting and thought-provoking. I have always like Anne Lamott and generally will give Operating Instructions to friends who are expecting. In the talk she gives a mention of how everyone else seems to us to have gotten life’s operating manual in first grade on the day we were out with chicken pox. (I skipped second grade, so I always thought that the secrets were conveyed in that grade.)

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26 August 2015 at 5:01 pm

Posted in Religion, Video

Comparing countries: Number of homicides by firearms per million people

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Australia is particularly interesting. They had little gun control until there were several mass shootings, whereupon they (quite sensibly) enforced rigorous gun control, though people can still own and use rifles, shotguns, and handguns—but they are controlled. More info in this post, including descriptions of the events that triggered the change, the key event being the Port Arthur massacre:

Gun laws in Australia became a political issue in the 1980s. Low levels of violent crime through much of the 20th century kept levels of public concern about firearms low. In the last two decades of the century, following several high profile multiple murders and a media campaign, the Australian government coordinated more restrictive firearms legislation with all state governments.

A common misconception is that firearms are illegal in Australia and that no individual may possess them. Although it is true that Australia has restrictive firearms laws, rifles and shotguns (both of which include semi-automatics), as well as handguns, are all legal within a narrow set of criteria. . .

The Port Arthur massacre in 1996 transformed gun control legislation in Australia. 35 people were killed and 23 wounded when a man with a history of violent and erratic behaviour beginning in early childhood[19] opened fire on shop owners and tourists with two semi-automatic rifles. Six weeks after the Dunblane massacre in Scotland,[14] this mass killing at the notorious former convict prison at Port Arthur horrified the Australian public and had powerful political consequences.

The Port Arthur perpetrator said he bought his firearms from a gun dealer without holding the required firearms licence.[20]

Prime Minister John Howard immediately took the gun law proposals developed from the report of the 1988 National Committee on Violence[21] and forced the states to adopt them under a National Firearms Agreement. This was necessary because the Australian Constitution does not give the Commonwealth power to enact gun laws. The proposals included a ban on all semi-automatic rifles and all semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns, and a tightly restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls.

More at the link. And, as you can see below, the measures worked.

gun homicides per capita

Written by Leisureguy

26 August 2015 at 12:54 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government, Guns

The Meißner sample, continued, with a Mühle synthetic and the iKon #101

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SOTD 26 August 2015

The sample of Meißner Tremonia’s Pots of Milk shaving soap looks to be good for at least 6 more shaves, but we’ll see. I used the Mühle synthetic shown, which is quite nice but feels more natural than synthetic—a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. It is certainly not so soft and smooth as an angel-hair synthetic (e.g., Plisson, Fine, Chiseled Face, Stirling), and I enjoy those a lot.

Very fine lather once more, and three easy passes with the iKon Shavecraft #101 left my face BBS. This razor is noticeably more comfortable than the iKon Shavecraft Short-Comb and at least as efficient.

I used up the last of the Esbjerg, and if I didn’t have so many aftershaves on hand, I would definitely buy a bottle of this: very nice feel and fragrance.

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26 August 2015 at 10:13 am

Posted in Shaving

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