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

Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:18:53 +0000


Barbecue: America’s most political foodLeisureGuy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:18:46 +0000

Lauren Collins writes in the New Yorker: In February of 2015, Kathleen Purvis, the food editor of the Charlotte Observer, drove to Birmingham, Alabama, to attend Food Media South, an annual symposium. The keynote session, “Hey, You, Pitch Me Something,” was meant to be a friendly wind-down to a weekend of talks. Participants were invited […](image)

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The persistence of Trump Derangement SyndromeLeisureGuy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:12:58 +0000

Adam Gopnik writes in the New Yorker: Suddenly, Trump Derangement Syndrome is a thing, or is trying to become one. We’re told by many wise and well-meaning people that it is a huge and even fatal mistake for liberals (and for constitutional conservatives) to respond negatively to every Trump initiative, every Trump policy, and every […](image)

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Larkin on Poetry’s Pleasure PrincipleLeisureGuy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:21:52 +0000

Phillip Larkin writes with stunning clarity: It is sometimes useful to remind ourselves of the simpler aspects of things normally regarded as complicated. Take, for instance, the writing of a poem. It consists of three stages: the first is when a man becomes obsessed with an emotional concept to such a degree that he is […](image)

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Here’s why cats love hopping into boxesLeisureGuy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:48:37 +0000

Nicholas Dodman, professor emeritus of behavioral pharmacology and animal behavior at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, writes in Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on the floor. These felines appear powerless to resist the call of the […](image)

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Interesting facts about Genghis KhanLeisureGuy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:35:40 +0000

Fascinating nuggets of information in this thread.Filed under: Daily life(image)

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Is It Time to Break Up Google?LeisureGuy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:28:55 +0000

Jonathan Taplin has an interesting column in the NY Times: In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place. They’re […](image)

Media Files: Vegan dinner recipes with option to get ingredients deliveredLeisureGuy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:26:23 +0000

The Purple Carrot site has a lot of interesting vegan recipes, and if you want, you can sign up for weekly delivery of appropriate ingredients for three meals—or you can just work from the recipes and do your own shopping. Mark Bittman joined them to help with recipe development, but has now left, though he […](image)

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It was James Comey who decided the election.LeisureGuy

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:46:23 +0000

Two articles worth reading: “Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election.” by Matt Apuzzo, Michael Schmidt, Adam Goldman, and Eric Lichtblau in the NY Times. “Let’s Talk About Bubbles and James Comey,” by Kevin Drum in Mother Jones.Filed under: Election, Law Enforcement(image)

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No Congress members along Mexico border support funding Trump’s wallLeisureGuy

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:34:03 +0000

Nikita Vladimirov reports in The Hill: No member of Congress who represents districts on the U.S.-Mexico border support funding President Trump’s signature border wall, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. According to a survey conducted by the publication, no lawmaker representing the region expressed support for Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction […](image)

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In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through NSA Data Like It Was GoogleLeisureGuy

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:25:40 +0000

Secret courts making secret decisions regarding secret laws is in my mind strongly associated with totalitarian regimes, which do not want the public to know what the government is up to. But that’s what we have in the FISA court. Alex Emmons reports in The Intercept: In her first appearance representing the American public before […](image)

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Van Yulay Puros la Habana and the StealthLeisureGuy

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:15:50 +0000

Van Yulay (and others) seem in their ingredients to be much more an artisan soap than the Zi’ Peppino I used in yesterday’s shave. I continued the tobacco theme, switching from green to cured, with Van Yulay’s Puros la Habana, which has these ingredients: Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Castor, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, […](image)

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Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president: Goals and outcomesLeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:14:18 +0000

Via Kevin Drum, whose post comments on this: That’s what Trump said then. Here’s what Trump says now: Poor Donald Trump. He thought everyone would understand that he didn’t mean a single one of his many promises, and the media are so mean to remind people of what he promised. Poor little boy. UPDATE: This […](image)

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Bank robber turned Georgetown law professor is just getting started on his goalsLeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:24:15 +0000

Susan Svrluga profiles an interesting law professor in the Washington Post: During a break in a basketball game to raise money for charity, Shon Hopwood told some of his Georgetown law students it felt different than the last time he was on a court: When he played basketball in federal prison, he had to carry […](image)

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Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme CourtLeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:59:32 +0000

Michael Wines reports in the NY Times: The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds. But […](image)

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A look at Vanguard and why it works so wellLeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:52:01 +0000

Landon Thomas, Jr., has a good profile of Vanguard: The Vanguard trading floor is the epicenter of one of the great financial revolutions of modern times, yet it is a surprisingly relaxed place. A few men and women gaze at Bloomberg terminals. There is a muted television or two and a view of verdant suburban […](image)

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The German 37 slant delivers a great shaveLeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:01:36 +0000

LA Shaving Soap Company makes excellent shaving soaps, and their Vanilla/Eucalyptus/Mint is a favorite. The menthol load is light, which I prefer, and the lather is really excellent, this morning worked up with the Plisson brush shown. The RazoRock German 37 slant from Italian Barber is a bargain: $20 for the razor or $12 for […](image)

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A Review of Reviews of “The Handmaid’s Tale”: An interesting pattern emergesLeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:59:39 +0000

Kevin Drum’s post is well worth reading. It begins: Below are excerpts from a baker’s dozen reviews of Hulu’s new adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Can you figure out what they all have in common? . . . Continue reading.Filed under: Books, Daily life, Movies & TV(image)

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Ex-House speakers get public-funded perks for 5 years. That seems excessive.LeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:11:28 +0000

Anna Douglas writes for McClatchy: Former U.S. House speakers are entitled to taxpayer-funded offices, franked mail privileges, staffers and furniture. Now two House of Representatives members want the practice stopped. Former speakers are allowed to run post-speaker offices for up to five years. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., spent $1.8 million. John Boehner, R-Ohio, who […](image)

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Bose headphones have been spying on customers, lawsuit claimsLeisureGuy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:05:55 +0000

Haley Tsukayama reports in the Washington Post: Bose knows what you’re listening to. At least that’s the claim of a proposed class-action lawsuit filed late Tuesday in Illinois that accuses the high-end audio equipment maker of spying on its users and selling information about their listening habits without permission. The main plaintiff in the case is […](image)

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The web’s funniest storiesLeisureGuy

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:38:07 +0000

Tim Carmody has a collection of links at, and I laughed out loud at the first two I read. So take a look.Filed under: Congress(image)

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