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Orange armbands to mourn victims of mass shootings?

I have been thinking about showing support for gun control by wearing an armband every day to mourn all the people killed by firearms, especially in mass shootings, in the US.

A plain orange armband, or one with a message on it, like "Stop the killings." Or, "Stop the insanity."

Initially I thought of black armbands as a traditional color for mourning, but since orange is the choice for gun control support, then orange armbands would convey the message.

An armband can be worn daily, while an orange shirt is not likely daily wear.

The point is to keep the symbol visible so that people do not forget, and to show politicians how much support for gun control there is. It would not take the place of action, but would be supplemental to working for change. A reminder to people to vote out the politicians who refuse to take action.

(NOTE: This was edited to choose orange instead of my original thought of black for mourning.)

This song from 1967 has been on my mind lately.

It is as relevant today as it was then.

Get Together, by The Youngbloods.

The need for active shooter drills is insane.

Since it is a reality today that they are needed, I am not in any way suggesting that we should not have them.

But, WTF is wrong with American society that such drills ARE necessary?

Boomers like myself can remember fire drills and air raid drills. Some regional locations might have had tornado drills. But, except for tornado drills in high risk regions, we never expected that there would be a fire or bomb. They were "just in case" drills.

Now kids not only practice active shooter drills, but can realistically expect it to happen.

Terrorist threats today in Buffalo

Buffalo NPR news is reporting that several "credible" threats have been made to Buffalo businesses today. The threats specifically named which businesses and gave a time range of between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The stores included two Tops locations and one Wal-Mart location as well as other businesses.

The threats say that Blacks will be the targets at those locations.

In a separate incident, yesterday, a man was arrested for making threats to a Buffalo pizza parlor and to a beer brewery. In his threats, he said that he would shoot the places up like Tops.

WTF is wrong with people?

Anti abortionists' contraception agenda

Today on NPR's All Things Considered, Adrian Florido interviewed Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. The program's title was, "After Roe v Wade, What's Next?"

Tobias said their next issue is contraception devices that cause abortion. Asked if they will push to make contraception illegal, Tobias said that their goal is to educate people on the issue.

In other words, contraception is their next target. Does anyone doubt that "educate people on it" means push propaganda that calls for criminalizing contraception?

I have seen threads here warning about this. Today we have it in their own words. The anti abortionists (aka right to life) have contraception next on their agenda.

Happy Easter.

Heard a sermon today that said this is a holiday of hope and love. So, even in the middle of national and world events that seem to be so discouraging, keep hope and love alive and don't forget that it still exists.

Stone age brain surgery

Interview with Ira Rutkow, a medical historian, on the history of surgery. He discussed evidence of stone age brain surgery and the history of surgery from ancient times through the Middle Ages into modern times.

The interview was on NPR's Fresh Air program.


Looking for advice and recipes for shepherd's pie.

Which is better to use, ground beef or stewing beef?

Which vegetables to include? Seasonings?

Indigenous forest management and fire control in California prior to European arrival

The indigenous tribes of California practiced forest management that not only aided them in creating pathways and habitats for preferred animals, but also prevented the kinds of large scale forest fires that occur with today's hands off natural approach.


Human life in Canada's Yukon Territory 24,000 years ago

The article describes the discovery of signs that human beings were hunting large game in Yukon 24,000 years ago. The evidence is still being interpreted and confirmed.

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