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At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of DeathLeisureGuy

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:56:33 +0000

John Shields planned the death he wanted. Catherine Porter reports in the NY Times: VICTORIA, British Columbia — Two days before he was scheduled to die, John Shields roused in his hospice bed with an unusual idea. He wanted to organize an Irish wake for himself. It would be old-fashioned with music and booze, except […](image)

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How dead is the Great Barrier Reef?LeisureGuy

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:58:11 +0000

Filed under: Environment, Global warming, Science(image)

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CBO Agrees: Trumpcare Wipes Out Protections for Pre-Existing ConditionsLeisureGuy

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:34:40 +0000

Kevin Drum explains: the GOP’s healthcare plan ACHA eliminates protections for pre-existing conditions if you don’t have a policy through some organization (a group policy). Individual policy holders will be screwed just as they were before Obamacare.Filed under: Congress, GOP, Government, Healthcare, Trump administration(image)

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Helping children learn critical thinking skills from a young ageLeisureGuy

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:07:03 +0000

You might assume that critical thinking skills would be a standard part of the educational curriculum throughout elementary and secondary school, but you would be wrong to think that, and a little reflection shows why. If young children are taught critical thinking skills, then they will apply those skills in their daily life. However, their […](image)

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Trump does his impression of The Ugly AmericanLeisureGuy

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:00:31 +0000

Trump pushes aside Prime Minister Dusko Markovic Of Montenegro in order to get to the head of the line. I have run into guys like Trump, and an extremely high percentage are jerks.Filed under: Trump administration(image)

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Mühle synthetic brush, QED Special 218, and the Maggard V2 open-combLeisureGuy

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:21:12 +0000

QED no longer has soaps from their previous soapmaker, who made this wonderful glycerin soap with a pine-tar fragrance. Although some sneer at glycerin soaps, they can be quite good, and the lather produced this morning with the Mühle synthetic shown was quite good in terms of consistency and glide, with perhaps a little less […](image)

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D.E.A. Misled Overseers on Deadly Honduras Operations, Watchdogs SayLeisureGuy

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:50:06 +0000

Disgusting story about the DEA, which seems to feature in a lot of disgusting stories. Charlie Savage reports in the NY Times: The Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and the Justice Department about a 2012 operation in which commando-style squads of American agents sent to Honduras to disrupt drug smuggling became involved in […](image)

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Another Trump scam: Despite promise, Trump’s business offers little information about foreign profitsLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:11:15 +0000

Drew Harwell and Tom Hamburger report in the Washington Post: Despite President Trump’s promise to donate all profits from foreign-government sources at his Washington hotel and other businesses, recently released internal documents reveal that Trump’s private company has made only a limited effort at identifying foreign funds. An undated document sent throughout the Trump Organization, […](image)

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Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer—and the FBI just watchedLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:04:56 +0000

Why no action by FBI or other intelligence services? They seemed to have known exactly what was going on but acted merely as by-standers, curious to see what would happen. Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman, and Matt Apuzzo report in the NY Times: American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political […](image)

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Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks to Slash EPA Science OfficeLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:48:28 +0000

Actions speak ever so much louder than words. Lisa Song reports in ProPublica: When the city of Toledo temporarily lost access to clean drinking water several years ago after a bloom of toxic algae, the Environmental Protection Agency sent scientists from its Office of Research and Development to study health effects and formulate solutions. The […](image)

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Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change?LeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:40:19 +0000

Sharon Begley writes at STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery: It was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice: “ … there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — […](image)

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Betsy DeVos won’t say whether she’d withhold federal funds from private schools that discriminateLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:31:50 +0000

And the only reason she would refuse to say is that she doesn’t believe discrimination is bad. Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say Wednesday whether she would block private schools that discriminate against LGBT students from receiving federal dollars, explaining that she believes states should have the […](image)

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Donald Trump Really Likes to Drop Military Secrets Into His ConversationsLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:18:13 +0000

Kevin Drum has a column well worth reading: another unnecessary military/intelligence secret revealed, thanks to Donald Trump.Filed under: Military, Trump administration(image)

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The Cult and the Cover-UpLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:02:55 +0000

Andrew Sullivan, a conservative, has an interesting column in New York magazine: How does this end? I left D.C. Wednesday for a trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for a talk. The previous night I’d watched slack-jawed as the latest Trump saga unfolded on cable news, switching back from Fox to MSNBC and CNN. As has happened […](image)

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Vermont’s D.I.Y. Approach on MarijuanaLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:02:25 +0000

The editorial board of the NY Times writes: Vermont is on the verge of becoming the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but, being Vermont, it is taking an earthier, grow-it-yourself approach — one that could become a model for others. Vermont is not asking voters to approve a ballot proposal and […](image)

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Why Chocolate May Be Good for the HeartLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:51:01 +0000

I file this under “good news.” Nicholas Bakalar reports in the NY Times: Eating chocolate has been tied to a reduced risk of heart disease. Now scientists have uncovered one possible reason. Using data from a large Danish health study, researchers have found an association between chocolate consumption and a lowered risk for atrial fibrillation, […](image)

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The Trump team’s five major scamsLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:14:47 +0000

Jennifer Rubin posts in the Washington Post: Between the health-care plan it supported, its tax-reform outline and its budget, the Trump administration has demonstrated an unusual degree of intellectual dishonesty. Most administrations take liberties with economic projections and re-interpretations of campaign promises, but it is rare to see a team of advisers so blatantly and […](image)

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Why a Paleolithic diet is not practicalLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:46:01 +0000

I do restrict my carbs severely (generally under 30g/day), so in terms of a diet high in fat and low in carbs, the Paleolithic diet is similar (in macronutrients) to any low-carb, high-fat diet. However, the Paleolithic diet has as its goal to eat like humans did when they were gatherers and hunters, before they […](image)

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Van Yulay Puros la Habana, Rooney Style 1, and Rockwell 6S R4LeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:57:08 +0000

An exceptionally nice shave today, beginning with the superb lather (consistency, slickness, and fragrance) the Rooney produced from Van Yulay’s Puros la Habana shaving soap, whose ingredients are: Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Castor, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Babassu-Manteca-Argan-Abyssinian-Coconut Oils, Kokum & Cocoa Butters, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Liquid Silk, […](image)

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Looting the U.S., the Next Step: Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to build new infrastructureLeisureGuy

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:11:00 +0000

This is going in a very bad and very dark direction, like some dystopian science-fiction novel. Michael Laris reports in the Washington Post: The Trump administration, determined to overhaul and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, is drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities, according to top […](image)

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