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    General fitness

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had ordered a 20-pound mace. In the past, I have commented that I thought the classic mace exercises--the 360s and 10-2s--were beneficial but that most of the other mace exercises seemed sort of makeshift and not very challenging. This was based on my...
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    Famous People Who Died

    A step-cousin of mine served under "Mad Mike" in the Congo. As to Soldier of Fortune magazine, a number of the contributors there became contributors to the magazines I edited and friends of mine. SOF was surely one of the greatest "Walter Mitty" magazines of all time. I should think only a tiny...
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    General fitness

    I had never heard of Pendlay rows until now. As far as I can see, it's a strict-form bent-over row in which the plates go to the floor with each rep. I note that Pendlay plates are recommended, although I'm not sure how these differ from ordinary rubber bumper plates...or why even rubber bumper...
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    Famous People Who Died

    "Passed?" Can't we just say they died? I once had an encounter of sorts with him at the South Coast Bloomingdales. He and his wife were immediately ahead of me on an escalator. As is my constant policy of with celebrities going about their private business, I left them alone. I was wearing my...
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    General fitness

    Just sprung for a 20-pound mace. I'll let you know how that goes.
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    Chronicling Sixth Great Extinction

    Well, I do see them on rare occasions when I am out with my dogs. They are going to connect the lagoon near my house with an open channel instead of an underground conduit. The sea lions may come into the lagoon via the channel and turn up on my doorstep! Public opinion on sea lions varies. Some...
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    Chronicling Sixth Great Extinction

    An article in the L.A. Times the other day stated that in the 1960s there were about 30,000 California sea lions along the coast of our state. Today, mostly because of legal protection, their numbers have burgeoned to about a quarter-million. Again, I ask, "What Great Extinction?" Oh my! I see...
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    Famous People Who Died

    Ed "Kooky" Byrnes
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    Chronicling Sixth Great Extinction

    Just saw in the magazine of Ducks Unlimited (a fine old conservation organization I support) that the population of light-colored geese (greater and lesser snow geese, Ross' geese) has increased enormously in recent decades--to the point where they are destroying habitat, including critical...
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    Famous People Who Died

    Odd lady, that Sue Lyon. I remember learning from a co-worker how she had married "an ugly black convict" (my informant's words). The marriage proved a short-lived one. My pal who seemed so indignant about her interracial liaison was himself African-American, curiously enough. The convict was...
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    General fitness

    Slamball: Just got a new fitness "toy" in the form of a 40-pound slamball--my wife's Xmas present to me. I had flirted with the idea of getting a 45-pounder, but I'm glad I got the lighter weight. In fact a 35-pounder might have been more sensible in hindsight. Anyway, I had my first workout...
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    Insane Religious Stories In The News

    But is "Jewishness" really a "race"? Yeah, some Jews "look Jewish," but many others do not. Of course, many people who identify as Jewish do not practice the religion. I have long thought that Jewishness might best be defined as "an ethno-cultural identity with a religious foundation." For the...
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    The Gun News Thread

    Depends a lot on the firearm. Generally best avoided--a great many negligent discharges occur when a supposedly "empty" firearm is being "dry snapped" and goes "BANG" instead of "click." As to abuse of the firearm, it should always be avoided with rimfire calibers since the firing pin will hit...
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    The Gun News Thread

    ^Hmmm...The author's account of the loud "CRACK as the firing pin found an empty chamber" makes me wonder about the veracity of his story. I have done a moderate amount of dry snapping with Walther pistols of that type and have never heard anything more than a modest "click."
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    The Gun News Thread

    ^Ah those Serbs! Tough hombres to be sure! I can recall when American policy was very anti-Serbian during the disorders accompanying the dismemberment of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, my old uncle (God rest his soul!) said of the Serbs, "Fine Christian people, fighting the Muslims (God damn them!)."...
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