For ~10 years, we lived the #Texas country life on 10 acres, surrounded on all sides by ranch lands. It was a brisk walk to the end of the driveway to get the mail.

We had (pet) goats, ducks, chickens that were pretty much "free range". Deer and armadillo were daily sightings.
We even had a terrible backyard garden. Here it is in the off-season. If you look carefully, you can see the problem we had.
This is Bob the Texas Bobcat, and he or she had a taste for chickens, ducks, and fawns. Bob was not afraid of us, but also not aggressive.

Bob was a master of stealth (well, not here).
Bob visited us sporadically, usually around dusk. He'd make a short appearance, then disappear, but we could still hear him yowling in the woods... which is both cool and a little disquieting.
We eventually figured out that Bob was part Tarzan, and was moving through the trees. We started finding bits of our chickens stuck to the side of our oak trees, claw marks, and every once in a while, we'd glance up and see glowing eyes (cure for constipation!).
So in conclusion, I now live in a neighborhood in the city limits. We don't have any farmyard animals, and I haven't had to unstick bloody clumps of wing from an oak tree in years. No regrets: I'm glad I got to see this magnificent wild predator up close.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh
 

Keep Current with c0nc0rdance

c0nc0rdance Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

PDF

Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @c0nc0rdance

Sep 18, 2018
#Texas political affiliation, according to 2014 Pew Survey.

Top level: Texas is a preponderance Democrat state run almost entirely by Republicans. In some areas, the only challenger to Republican candidate is a Libertarian.

Let's drill down one level...
A mystery starts to unravel. Texans who are strongly Republican. Latinos are mixed/lean Democrat, and blacks are Democrat.

This makes voting rights and gerrymandering issues extremely important to how a Republican minority dominates elections in a state with equal D & R.
Correction: Texans who are *white are strongly Republican.
Read 4 tweets
Sep 16, 2018
Richard Feynman, "The Uncertainty of Science"
"Scientists, therefore, are used to dealing with doubt and uncertainty. All scientific knowledge is uncertain. This experience with doubt and uncertainty is important." /1
"I believe that it is of very great value, and one that extends beyond the sciences. I believe that to solve any problem that has never been solved before, you have to leave the door to the unknown ajar." /2
"You have to permit the possibility that you do not have it exactly right. Otherwise, if you have made up your mind already, you might not solve it." /3
Read 7 tweets
Sep 16, 2018
Strap in for some crazy #Texas #history:
"The time they lynched Santa Claus for robbing a bank."

Let me set a scene:
1927: Texas Banker's Assn. responds to rash of bank robberies (3-4/day) by offering $5K reward for shooting a bank robber in the act.
Group of 4 criminals plan December 1927 heist of Cisco, TX bank:
1. Robert Hill
2. Harry Helms
3. Marshall Ratliff
4. Louis Davis
Ratliff was veteran bank robber, Helms and Hill he knew from Huntsville prison.
Davis was a cousin of Helms brought in because safe cracker got flu.
Ratliff borrows a Santa Claus suit from boarding house, dropped off blocks away, followed by children as decoy for entry of the 4 men through alley entrance of bank.
Read 11 tweets
Sep 16, 2018
Unintentional drowning rate tells an interesting story to me.
It's *almost* completely preventable, in principle...
but are there narratives we can construct from the data?
By age:
- Under 1 yr old are high risk for drowning in bathtubs.
- 1--4 yr olds more likely to drown in swimming pools or lakes/ponds
- Older ppl drowning deaths show a broad distribution of locations.
Breaking out just 1-4 yr old deaths, boys more than twice as likely as girls to die from drowning, and the rates are largely unchanged for drowning 1999-2010.

Over that same period, MVA deaths decreased, likely reflecting public health regulation and education.
Read 5 tweets
Sep 4, 2018
I understand a lot of people don't like George W. Bush for very legitimate reasons (he was deeply flawed & not up to the job most days) ... but you have to admit that he really seemed to have cared about people, individually.
He would have made a fine youth minister, or small business ower, because I believe in his heart, he cared about people he met.

My wife met him during his years as TX Gov. when she was donating blood, and he spent some time joking with her, thanking her, being kind.
If I'm being critical: he was the Peter Principle, applied to the US Presidency. He was barely an adequate Gov, and he failed his way upwards.

But, again, I think he had heart and compassion, at least for the people he met in person.
Read 4 tweets
Aug 31, 2018
In 1784, a Royal Commission headed by Benjamin Franklin & Antoine Lavoisier designed a series of experiments to debunk France's greatest medical rogue, Anton Mesmer, and his bizarre healing of illnesses based on his bogus theory of animal magnetism.
Let that sink in:
Lavoisier was the father of chemistry.
Franklin did experiments in physics, was an avid inventor.
They took on the fraud that gave us the word "mesmerize".
And the process they developed was the blueprint for every CLINICAL TRIAL of modern times.
Also on the commission that invented the concept of blinded clinical trials, was a Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, whose invention was to become important in French politics.
Read 6 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Don't want to be a Premium member but still want to support us?

Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal

Or Donate anonymously using crypto!

Ethereum

0xfe58350B80634f60Fa6Dc149a72b4DFbc17D341E copy

Bitcoin

3ATGMxNzCUFzxpMCHL5sWSt4DVtS8UqXpi copy

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!

:(