Dangerous decorations

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I borrowed a baby at church yesterday.* Sitting not far from me was a young mom from Bolivia with 8-month-old twin boys. She had one baby in her arms and the other beside her in a double-wide stroller, poised to begin complaining, so I offered to take the first. I knew from a stint I had done previously walking the halls with him (or his brother—no hope of telling) that he would be heavy, and I was so right. [More….]

Plane crashes, probability, and fear

Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094)Let’s start with the most recent downed commercial flights first: on July 24th, an Air Algerie flight out of Burkina Faso bound for Algiers crashed during a rainstorm, killing 116 passengers and crew. On July 22nd, the crash of a TransAsia flight in Taiwan killed 48 people. On July 17th a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.[More….]