fact check on the El Paso rally

[POTUS] again repeated false claims about crime in El Paso before and after a border fence was built, adding some new twists to his talking points. But he also made misleading and false statements about the trade deficit and an agreement with South Korea on its contribution to the U.S. military presence there.

Newsflash:  liars lie.

from this article on FactCheck.org.


El Paso, border fences, and crime

The number of violent crimes reported in El Paso before and after construction of the fence can be calculated by combining data from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the El Paso Policy Department that is available through Uniform Crime Reports from the FBI.

Looking broadly at the past 30 years, the rate of violent crime reached its peak in 1993, when more than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded.

But between 1996 and 2006, the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement fell by more than 34 percent and less than 2,700 crimes were reported.

From 2006 to 2011 — two years before the fence was built to two years after — the number of violent crimes recorded in El Paso increased by 17 percent.

from this article in the El Paso Times.  Also see this one.


baby siamang?

Apparently siamangs exist and the El Paso zoo has inherited a baby one:



The siamang is distinctive for two reasons. The first is that two digits on each foot are partially joined by a membrane—hence the name “syndactylus“, from the Ancient Greek sun-, “united” + daktulos, “finger”. The second is the large gular sac (found in both males and females of the species), which is a throat pouch that can be inflated to the size of the siamang’s head, allowing it to make loud, resonating calls or songs.


These are mung bean sprouts grown in a widemouth pint mason jar.  Sprouts are a neat way to get fresh green veggies in the diet in challenging conditions. There are a ton of things one can sprout, but I like mung, lentil, green pea, etc.

The plastic cap is a screened lid that allows the moisture to drain when inverted.  You don’t need a screen but it makes life easier.  There are little bumps on the lid to hold it slightly away from the surface it sits on.  I let mine sit in the sink so it can drain with no mess.

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dogwalking: first outing

61tmsu2bdoal._sx90_The animal handler shirt allows volunteers to take the beasties out for walks, etc.  I picked up a 6′ slip lead (the red one on the right) like the staff and more experienced volunteers use.  Nicely made and easy to get on/off the dogs.  It’ll work with large and medium dogs.  It’s light enough for small dogs but still stiff and too bulky for the wee ones I think.

95% of the snaps I take on walks look like this:

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