May 25th, 2021

A Covid Risk Calculator

Johns Hopkins has a covid mortality risk calculator that is both interactive and online:  Remember, I like statistics and correlations, and covid has provided a bit of an enigma since the data came out from the Diamond Princess outbreak last year.  This calculator takes in age, health and location and coughs up your probability…

“Serving North Lincoln County”

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” -Lewis Carroll

This week in ’88: Murder for Hire Charges Dismissed

Murder for Hire Charges Dismissed James R. Houchin stopped by right after we’d finished last week’s edition. He had with him a copy of Judge R. D. McPhillips’ order releasing him. Houchin had, along with DeBoar, been busted for ‘conspiracy to commit the offense of Deliberate Homicide’. As McPhillips noted, “the person to be killed…

Rhubarb Bars

Rhubarb Bars 3 cups rhubarb, cut up1 1/2 cups sugar1/4 cup water2 tbsp cornstarch1 tsp vanilla Dissolve cornstarch in cold water. Add sugar and rhubarb, cook until thick. Add vanilla. Set aside. Crust and topping 1 1/2 cups oatmeal1 1/2 cups flour1 cup (or less) brown sugar1 cup margarine1/2 cup nuts (optional) Mix all together…

Artisan Soaps
Handmade in Trego, order online

The mind is not a vessel to be built, but a fire to be kindled. -Plutarch

Lowering Academic Expectations

A few weeks back, a request came in for thoughts on grade inflation – basically lowered academic expectations.  Grade inflation is easiest observed in the Spring – high school graduation time.  The more students that share valedictorian status, the greater the statistical improbability.  It is possible to have the Lake Wobegon situation, where everyone is…

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How to tell spiders and ticks apart

This past week, some folks in our community Facebook page wanted to know if something was a tick or a spider. The comments section got a bit heated, and the offending post seems to have been censored. There were differing opinions, as there often are on such things, and opinions held with no shortage of…

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