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Being distracted on your phone can bite you in the ass

or at least the leg:
Man steps on a snake while busy on smartphone
May 28, 2015 by David Strege

A man walking to work while concentrating on his smartphone showed why one shouldn’t walk while concentrating on their smartphone because you never know what you might run into—like a snake, for instance.

Tim Malone, a DJ at OK Skateland in Chickasha, Oklahoma, learned this lesson the hard way, as surveillance video from inside OK Skateland showed:

While on his way to work, Malone was studiously attending to his smartphone, not paying any attention to where he was walking, when he stepped on a four-foot bull snake, which went into attack mode and bit him in the leg.

I wonder if he'll pay more attention where he steps? Nah, more like the snake will pay more attention to people with phones.

Credit where it is due...

A gun control organization is finally doing something that can help reduce accidental deaths.

http://besmartforkids.org/ - has a quiz that, if you sign up to support them, they will donate a gun lock to be distributed at a future safety event. At this time their total is at 15,958. Other resources are available on the site.

Now one could be cynical about it since you have to sign up as a supporter for them to donate a lock. (Project ChildSafe http://www.projectchildsafe.org/ developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) has distriubted 36 million locks and accepts donations without you having to sign up as a supporter.)
But it is at least a first step by a "gun safety" organization that can have a direct safety effect.

The other resources should likely be take with a grain of salt. The quiz has a question about kids in homes with unsecured firearms. It clearly gives the answer as 1.7 million, per Everytown data. Yet the notanaccident page claims the number is over 2 million.

To help decide which candidate to back

I offer a small bit of wisdom.

Over the years I have met many politicians. Sometimes I was window dressing at a dog and pony show, sometimes I was security, sometimes we just happened to cross paths.
It did not matter if it was Tom, Dick, Harry or Tina, Donna or Mary. it did not matter if there was a "D" an "R" or an "I" after their name. Every one of them, above all else, were politicians. It was their job to hold an office and they were willing to be flexible on any issue in order to keep their job.

I only met one exception who I judged to be a person of integrity and earned my respect. It was not because I agreed with him on every issue but because having met him and looked him in the eye I believe he honestly supported everything he said and stood for.
His name was Wellstone and he is no longer with us.

As for our choices today, none are perfect. Listen critically and choose wisely.
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