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A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

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Oregon Doctors Warned That a Killer and Rapist Would Likely Attack Again. Then the State Released Him. Then He Murdered Again.LeisureGuy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:59:18 +0000

Oregon needs some attention. Jayme Fraser reports in ProPublica: In September 2015, Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board faced a decision with potentially momentous consequences for public safety. Sitting before them in a small hearing room at the state hospital was Charles Longjaw, a 50-year-old killer and rapist judged to be guilty except for insanity. A […]

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Mick Mulvaney’s confession highlights the corrosive influence of money in politicsLeisureGuy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:18:40 +0000

Mick Mulvaney, despicable man, explicitly stated that he ran his office when he was a Representative as a “pay-to-play” racket: he simply would not meet with any lobbyist who did not contribute money. He was, in effect, selling access (much as Tom DeLay did). James Hohmann reports in the Washington Post: THE BIG IDEA: Mick Mulvaney […]

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North Korea nuclear test site largely unusableLeisureGuy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:45:10 +0000

The real reason Kim Jong-un has discontinued nuclear testing (for now). John Bowden reports in The Hill: A North Korean nuclear test site recently shuttered by Pyongyang is unusable and will cause a catastrophe if another test occurs, according to a new report. Chinese scientists studying the damage at the Punggye-ri facility estimate that another test at the […]

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Chiseled Face Sherlock with Vie-Long brush, Edwin Jagger, and Phoenix Artisan CavendishLeisureGuy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:24:50 +0000

The Green Ray brush with its horsehair-colored (synthetic) knot made me think of my actual horsehair knot, this Vie-Long. When using a horsehair brush, I do wet the knot well and then let the brush stand while I shower. The lather from Chiseled Face’s Sherlock was excellent, and the Edwin Jagger did a fine job. […]

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Does anyone have the right to sex?LeisureGuy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:07:40 +0000

From BBC News: A van driver accused of killing 10 people in Toronto posted to Facebook minutes before the attack to praise killer Elliot Rodger and refer to the misogynistic “incel” Reddit group. . . .  Mr Minassian’s Facebook post, which the social network has confirmed as real, praised Elliott Rodger, a 22 year old […]

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Why It Seems Like Everyone Is Always Angry With YouLeisureGuy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:07:14 +0000

Your family experience can bias your reading of emotions in others. Heather Murphy reports in the NY Times: Why do you look so angry? This article hasn’t even begun and already you disapprove. Why can’t I ever win with you? I see it in your face. If this sounds unfamiliar, good for you. You don’t […]

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The Curious Case of the Twice-Fired FBI AnalystLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:34:27 +0000

Topher Sanders reports in ProPublica: On Feb. 22, 2018, when Said Barodi received the letter from the deputy director of the FBI, he expected bad news. A year earlier, Barodi had been fired as an analyst for the bureau, a job he’d treasured for nearly a decade. Barodi, a Muslim born in Morocco, had been […]

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Basic Income Is Already Transforming Life and Work In a Postindustrial Canadian CityLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:37:33 +0000

Jordan Pearson reports at Motherboard: Something is happening in the postindustrial pocket of Hamilton, Ontario, a 45-minute drive from Toronto’s gleaming skyscrapers. In its squat downtown, where payday loan services with names like Money Mart and Cash 4 U compete across the street from each other and a beware of dog sign hangs from a […]

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Shutdown of Texas Schools Probe Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil RightsLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:57:37 +0000

Annie Waldman reports in ProPublica: Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, […]

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Paul Ryan’s magic asterisks come home to roostLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:54:39 +0000

Paul Ryan has long been notorious for offering fake budgets based on ideological aspirations that simply are totally unrealistic and rely heavily on figures with asterisked footnotes that say essentially “Source to be determined.” The heavy weight given to fictional numbers that have such asterisks leads to their being termed “magic asterisks” by analysts such […]

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Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfiresLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:47:16 +0000

Jerry Z Muller, a professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D C., has in Aeon an extract from his most recent book, The Tyranny of Metrics (2018). It begins: More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it ‘metric […]

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Green Ray brush, Eufros Rosa Bourbon shaving soap, the 102, and Dark RoseLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:31:18 +0000

JabonMan in Spain makes very nice shaving soaps, and this one, Rosa Bourbon, has a fine rose fragrance. The lather it makes is quite good, this morning achieved with the Green Ray brush from Phoenix Artisan. Three easy passes with the iKon 102 left a perfectly smooth result with not even the threat of a […]

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The White House can’t hide Trump’s worry about Michael CohenLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:04:31 +0000

Callum Borchers has a good analysis in the Washington Post of the Trump/Cohen thing. It’s logically tight, and so far it corresponds exactly with the real-life version. President Trump has not been tweeting like a man with nothing to fear. Over the weekend, he tried to project confidence that his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen — under […]

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How American Racism Influenced HitlerLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:11:54 +0000

Alex Ross writes in the New Yorker: “History teaches, but has no pupils,” the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci wrote. That line comes to mind when I browse in the history section of a bookstore. An adage in publishing is that you can never go wrong with books about Lincoln, Hitler, and dogs; an alternative version […]

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The Renegade SheriffsLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:08:48 +0000

Ashley Power has an ominous article in the New Yorker: On a Friday afternoon in March, 2013, a sheriff’s sergeant named Jody Hoagland noticed a red Nissan pickup truck drifting off a road. Hoagland was two hours into his shift patrolling Liberty County, Florida, eight hundred square miles of the state’s Panhandle. He had just […]

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Japan’s Rent-a-Family IndustryLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:36:05 +0000

Subhead is: People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect. It’s by Elif Batumen, and it goes something like this: Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. His […]

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Bourdain on Trump associates: ‘They’re all going to turn on each other’LeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:18:23 +0000

Mallory Shelbourne reports in The Hill: CNN’s Anthony Bourdain said in a recent interview he thinks the members of President Trump’s inner circle will “turn on each other.” In an interview with the Daily Beast, Bourdain compared the ongoing controversies and investigations surrounding Trump with the trial of New York mobster John Gotti. “In the end, I think […]

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How merchants use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviewsLeisureGuy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:31:26 +0000

Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg report in the Washington Post: On Amazon, customer comments can help a product surge in popularity. The online retail giant says that more than 99 percent of its reviews are legitimate because they are written by real shoppers who aren’t paid for them. But a Washington Post examination found that for […]

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GOP: “We Don’t Need No Education”LeisureGuy

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:18:41 +0000

Paul Krugman writes in the NY Times: Matt Bevin, the conservative Republican governor of Kentucky, lost it a few days ago. Thousands of his state’s teachers had walked off their jobs, forcing many schools to close for a day, to protest his opposition to increased education funding. And Bevin lashed out with a bizarre accusation: “I […]

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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a MatchLeisureGuy

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:14:10 +0000

Amanda Taub and Max Fisher report in the NY Times: MEDAMAHANUWARA, Sri Lanka — Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an extended family were glued to Facebook. And they were furious. A family […]

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