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Don’t blame ‘Washington.’ Blame the GOP.LeisureGuy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:55:46 +0000

Catherine Rampell writes in the Washington Post: Dysfunctional Washington refuses to work out its differences to solve problems that matter to Americans. So say pundits and policy activists, perhaps hoping that diffuse criticism, rather than finger-pointing, will yield a government willing to govern. But the problem isn’t “Washington.” It isn’t “Congress,” either. The problem is […]

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A Republican tries out a new lie about KansasLeisureGuy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:06:33 +0000

Kevin Drum writes in Mother Jones: Last week a reader emailed me about a new meme he had just come across: Heard a random Republican talking head on NPR recently, and when the interviewer questioned him on the “Kansas experiment,” his automatic response was a) Kansas “massively” increased spending when they cut taxes, so that’s […]

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Why Facebook is afraid of Robert MuellerLeisureGuy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:53:04 +0000

Anne Applebaum writes in the Washinton Post: Who is afraid of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III? President Trump is afraid. So are those who worked on his campaign. But they are not alone. Over the weekend, Rob Goldman made it clear that some of America’s biggest social media companies are scared of Mueller, too. […]

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Why do women earn less than men?LeisureGuy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:13:55 +0000

Kevin Drum has a very interesting post (with excellent charts) that explores the question. He begins: Sarah Kliff points today to a new study from Denmark on the gender wage gap. Danes are famously egalitarian, and labor force participation is nearly equal between men and women these days. However, Denmark still has a large gender wage […]

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Very good kimchi from CostcoLeisureGuy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:05:07 +0000

I just recently got this half-gallon (2 L) tub of kimchi, and I’ve been eating it for snacks: a low-calorie probiotic that’s quite tasty. The handle folds flat onto the lid, a nice touch. You can click the photo and read the ingredients. I did a Google on kimchi, and found this abstract of a […]

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Suppose the FBI had responded to the tip on Niklaus Cruz. What could they have done?LeisureGuy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:23:24 +0000

Kevin Drum has a good post this morning at Mother Jones: The FBI has taken a lot of criticism for failing to follow up on a warning about the teenager who killed 17 schoolchildren in Florida last Wednesday. Here’s the BBC’s report: On 5 January a person close to the teenager contacted the FBI tipline to […]

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The Grooming Co. brush, Meißner Tremonia Moroccan Rhassoul, the 102, and l’Occitane CadeLeisureGuy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:20:39 +0000

After the shave, as I rinsed the knot I squeezed the water out and the knot popped out into my hand. This can happen with less expensive brushes, and it’s no big deal: the knot can be replaced, and a silicone sealant is recommended as an adhesive: flexible and waterproof. I’ll pick up a tube […]

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Trump says he’s never doubted Russian meddling. Here are the multiple times he has.LeisureGuy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:32:55 +0000

:sigh: Wouldn’t it be great to have a president who does not repeatedly tell obvious lies like these?

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History of school shootings in the United StatesLeisureGuy

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:51:55 +0000

From K12Academics: 1700s The earliest known United States shooting to happen on school property was the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764, where four Lenape American Indian entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and killed nine or ten children (reports vary). Only two children survived. 1800s […]

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AI May Have Just Decoded a Mystical 600-Year-Old Manuscript That Baffled Humans for DecadesLeisureGuy

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:22:21 +0000

Sarah Cascone reports in ArtNet News: One of the world’s most infamous mysteries may have just been solved, thanks not to human genius, but to artificial intelligence. Named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912, the 240-page Voynich manuscript is written in an unknown script and an unknown language that no one has […]

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Jennifer Rubin asks “What has changed in the Russia investigation?”LeisureGuy

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:05:26 +0000

And she answers, in the Washington Post: Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein looked practically giddy at the podium on Friday when he announced a massive indictment of 13 Russians in connection with a plot out of a spy novel to manipulate the 2016 election results. And why shouldn’t he be pleased? The indictment reflects painstaking investigatory […]

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A former Russian troll speaks: ‘It was like being in Orwell’s world’LeisureGuy

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:54:05 +0000

Anton Troianovski writes in the Washington Post: The indictment by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of 13 Russians associated with a St. Petersburg online “troll factory” that allegedly interfered with the U.S. election has brought a sense of vindication to the handful of former employees who have already been speaking out about what they witnessed. One of […]

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Can Security Measures Really Stop School Shootings?LeisureGuyThe Conversation

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:19:30 +0000

Bryan Warnick, Benjamin A. Johnson, and Sam Rocha write in Scientific American: The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. When deadly school shootings like the one that took place on Valentine’s Day in Broward County, Florida occur, often they are followed by calls for more stringent security measures. […]

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How the ICE is working to strip citizenship from naturalized citizensLeisureGuy

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:13:14 +0000

Eoin Higggins reports in The Intercept: FOR 10 YEARS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative office has worked to keep its internal handbook out of American courts. The handbook could have been used in court to show how ICE’s push to lead on denaturalization cases stands in contrast to the language of federal law governing the […]

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Why the Feb 16 indictment is very bad news for Trump and Congressional RepublicansLeisureGuy

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:27:04 +0000

Mark Kleiman writes in The Reality-Based Community: There’s a tendency – obviously from Trump and his lickspittles, but also from usually sensible outlets such as VOX – to claim that today’s indictments are “good news for Trump” because, while they mention that some Americans, including some people on the Trump campaign, were unwitting purveyors of Russian fake […]

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How the Russians did itLeisureGuy

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:01:03 +0000

Donie O’Sullivan reports at CNN: The operation sounds like a normal tech-savvy ad agency. There’s a graphics team. There is a team devoted to making sure the company’s content shows up near the top of search results. There are IT people and a finance department controlling a budget in the millions. Employees track their social […]

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Is Donald Trump a traitor?LeisureGuy

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:32:46 +0000

James Risen asks the question in The Intercept, and Part 1 of his answer begins: I FIND IT hard to write about Donald Trump. It is not that he is a complicated subject. Quite the opposite. It is that everything about him is so painfully obvious. He is a low-rent racist, a shameless misogynist, and an […]

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Edwin Jagger synthetic brush, Antica Babieria Colla, and the Baby Smooth, with Coral Skin FoodLeisureGuy

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:28:28 +0000

I have grown to like that Edwin Jagger synthetic, and it certainly did a fine job with the Antica Barbieria Colla shaving soap this morning: luxurious lather, nice almond fragrance. The Baby Smooth is a marvelous razor, totally comfortable and non-threatening and yet highly efficient. It was no effort at all to achieve a totally […]

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There’s a Pretty Good Chance President Trump Is Being BlackmailedLeisureGuy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:55:07 +0000

Jonathan Chait writes in New York magazine: We have no idea if the wildest and most memorable allegation Christopher Steele picked up in his investigation of Donald Trump — that the future president is vulnerable to Russian blackmail related to his paying Russian prostitutes in 2013 — is true. There are two common grounds for […]

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“Best healthcare in the world”: 500-pound man’s doctor says he’ll die without surgery. His insurer shrugs it offLeisureGuy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:47:58 +0000

David Lazarus writes in the LA Times: Norwalk resident Shawn Alvarado started packing on the pounds as a teenager, gradually becoming one of millions of Americans whose sedentary lifestyle made him a statistic in the country’s obesity epidemic. By the age of 24, Alvarado weighed 300 pounds. By the age of 31, he weighed 400 […]

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