Quora - a Target-Rich Environment

Here's a short, pithy exchange from Quora.  The original answer is mine.Original question: “How many ‘good guys with guns’ have saved the day against criminals in the US?”The lowest estimate for defensive gun usage in the U.S. is approximately 108,000 per year - that’s (carry the one…) 295 times a day. The vast majority of these defensive gun uses involve no shots fired. As a result, no mention in the news. A few do make it, like these:Man holds suspected burglar at gunpoint in east TulsaCitizen...
Tags: Cook, Guns, Cdc, Wikipedia, US, America, United States, Quora, Gun Control, Debate, Justice Department, Michael, Nra, Kevin, Congressional Research Service, Centers for Disease Control

Over at Kirkus: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus – Ana read the debut novel by Arkady Martine, A Memory Called Empire. She loved it! Go over there for the full review. The post Over at Kirkus: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Kirkus, 8 Rated Books, Arkady Martine

Barack Obama’s summer 2019 reading list

Former US president Barack Obama posted his summer reading list on Facebook a few days ago. As usual, it’s broad. Here it is, copied and pasted. ——- It’s August, so I wanted to let you know about a few books I’ve been reading this summer, in case you’re looking for some suggestions. To start, you can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else – they’re transcendent, all of them. You’ll be gla...
Tags: Facebook, Books, US, America, Barack Obama, Reading, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Wolf Hall, Jim Crow, Ted Chiang, Sula, Thomas Cromwell, Nicholas Carr, Hope Jahren, Colson Whitehead

Neoregelia and Aechmea Bromeliads

I spotted this gorgeous, burgundy and olive-leaved bromeliad, Neoregelia ‘Fireball’* is my best guess since there was no tag, while walking out of a corner shop last week (having just purchased a plant, of course). I loved that there were already pups underneath and a long arm extending out with a forth, larger baby attached. …
Tags: Gardening, Houseplants, Grow, Pests & Disease, Bromeliads, Epiphytic Plants, Scale insect, Aechmea Bromeliads

This Bay Area Home Has the Vibes of a Handicraft Emporium

When Meghna Venkatesh shared 2-3 pictures of her living room, I wanted to see the rest of her 2,200 sq.ft home in the Bay Area. Every inch of the living space is decked tastefully with wooden artifacts and chests, brass lamps, Tanjore paintings, and handwoven dhurries that reminded me of some treasured finds at Cauvery [...]
Tags: Books, San Francisco, Bay Area, Tanjore, Bay Area Home, Home Tour, Bungalow, House tours, Meghna Venkatesh, Bay Area Every

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