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Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:06:52 +0000


The Most Embarrassing Thing Senate Has DoneLeisureGuyco2-levels

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:04:33 +0000

Zaid Jilani and Alex Emmons report in The Intercept: The White House reacted harshly to the Senate’s overwhelming vote on Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would enable the family members of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in U.S. Courts. Press Secretary Josh Earnest called it “the […](image)

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In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to DemagogueLeisureGuy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:32:45 +0000

Michiko Kakutani has a very interesting (and relevant) book review in the NY Times: How did Adolf Hitler — described by one eminent magazine editor in 1930 as a “half-insane rascal,” a “pathetic dunderhead,” a “nowhere fool,” a “big mouth” — rise to power in the land of Goethe and Beethoven? What persuaded millions of […](image)

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“Where did the money go?” Part 7: The Half-Billion-Dollar GlitchLeisureGuy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:23:18 +0000

David Dayen continues his interesting series of reports on a stock scam perpetrated by large corporations using penny stocks. The blurb for part 7: Knight Capital made headlines around the world when one of its computers went on a shopping spree that ended up costing the company $440 million. So surely its secrets would come […](image)

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Russia did provide missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17LeisureGuy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:07:01 +0000

Somini Sengupta and Andrew Kramer have an interesting report in the NY Times: A Dutch-led investigation has concluded that the powerful surface-to-air missile system that was used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine two years ago, killing all 298 on board, was trucked in from Russia at the request of Russian-backed separatists […](image)

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Meißner Tremonia Woody Almond and the Phoenix Artisan Bakelite slantLeisureGuySOTD 2016-09-28

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:39 +0000

The Satin Tip is a fine little brush, and the lather from Meißner Tremonia’s Woody Almond was wonderful. The shave was only so-so: for some reason I got off on the wrong foot and had a couple of nicks on lip and chin (each). Just couldn’t get comfortable with the razor this morning. A good […](image)

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Phoenix Artisan misunderstandingLeisureGuy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:22:26 +0000

As recently as today, a couple of comments on Wicked_Edge went into a familiar rant: that the proprietor of Phoenix Artisan posed as a veteran and thus we must downvote any favorable mention of his company or products: the Internet lends itself to that sort of cybermob, and of course anonymity is a factor as […](image)

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Stop-and-frisk: Trump made four claims about it in the debate, all four wrongLeisureGuy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:23:50 +0000

Kevin Drum has a short and well-written post (with a chart) that shows how very wrong/uninformed Donald Trump is. Ignorance can bestow confidence, betraying the fool.Filed under: Election, GOP, Law Enforcement(image)

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Win, Lose, or Draw: U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military RecordLeisureGuyemergingthreatp10_large

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:33:27 +0000

Nick Turse reports at Winning: it’s written into the DNA of the U.S.A.  After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous (if purloined) maxim: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”? Americans expect to be number one.  First Lady Michelle Obama recently called the United States the “greatest country on Earth.” (Take that, world public opinion, […](image)

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Baffling statement about the electionLeisureGuy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:25:45 +0000

Emma Roller has a column in the NY Times about last night’s debate. From the column, quoting Mr. Lipina: “Who do I hope will win? Donald Trump.” He said that while his own political philosophy aligns more with Mr. Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, he wants anyone but Mrs. Clinton to win because he finds […](image)

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Structure evolves from dramatic ideas, not from filling in a templateLeisureGuy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:18:45 +0000

A very interesting post by Bruce Adolphe at the Oxford University Press blog: The sonata concept served some of the greatest imaginations in the history of music, but seriously it is, as I like to say to students, “so not a form.” Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms were not in need of a standardized template, and […](image)

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The Iraq War evaluated from the British sideLeisureGuy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:59:52 +0000

In the NY Review of Books Goeffrey Wheatcroft has a very interesting review of three recent books on Britain’s part in the Iraq War failure, one of which is the Chilcot Report. The review is definitely worth reading. The review begins: How did it happen? By now it is effortless to say that the invasion […](image)

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Part 6 of “Where did the money go?”: Were paper losses the goal all along?LeisureGuy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:47:14 +0000

David Dayen continues his interesting series of big-corporation criminality in The Intercept. The blurb for the latest installment: If your goal is to launder money through a brokerage account, paper losses are worth serious money. Buying imaginary shares of a stock guaranteed to lose value is an awesome way to do that. You just need […](image)

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That vaunted Apple concern for the customer seems to be fadingLeisureGuy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:15:32 +0000

Just read this article on the iPhone 6 touchscreen disease. Charging $329 to replace a phone that fails due to bad design doesn’t seem all that customer-oriented to me.Filed under: Business, Technology(image)

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The RazoRock Old Type is a terrific razor—and costs $15LeisureGuySOTD 2016-09-27

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:04:05 +0000

This morning I again noted the excellence of the RazoRock Old Type ($15 from Italian Barber): a very comfortable and very efficient razor. I have not used the Gillette Old Type, but from what I’ve read, the RazoRock Old Type is much more comfortable. The RazoRock Old Type would be a very good razor for […](image)

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Texas’ Strategy to Slash Much-Needed Special Education ServicesLeisureGuy

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:44:39 +0000

Texas seems burdened by a terrible state government. Charles Ornstein in ProPublica takes a look at how Texas is moving against another group of citizens now that their efforts to shut down medical services for women’s health have suffered a setback. He writes: Federal law mandates that school districts provide special education services to students […](image)

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Why Wells Fargo’s Executives Will Keep Their Bonuses, Even After Fake Accounts ScandalLeisureGuy

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:55:53 +0000

David Dayen reports in The Intercept: Last week, Well Fargo CEO John Stumpf testified before the Senate Banking Committee after the bank paid fines for creating over 2 million fake customer accounts to boost their sales growth statistics. Stumpf, under fire from senators demanding that the bank claw back executive bonuses as punishment for the scandal, […](image)

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“Where did the money go?” Part 5: Turning up like a bad pennyLeisureGuy

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:57:49 +0000

David Dayen publishes part 5 of his Penny Stock Chronicles in The Intercept. The blurb: The penny stock Chris DiIorio invested in that crashed and burned was one of many stocks with similar trajectories traded by the same two giant companies. But if one was the buyer and the other the seller, how could this […](image)

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Mühle brush, Dead Sea shaving soap, and the X3, finish with Barrister & Mann Reserve SpiceLeisureGuySOTD 2016-09-26

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:48:13 +0000

This Mühle silvertip badger brush has a fine and hefty handle and a wonderful soft knot. I was careful to shake it out until it was just damp because the Dead Sea doesn’t need much water (the literal Dead Sea or the soap Dead Sea). I got a very good lather, and did work a […](image)

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One way to talk with Trump supportersLeisureGuy

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:34:16 +0000

Erica Edelson writes in Salon: The only way to talk someone out of voting for Trump is to stop trying to talk them out of voting for Trump. To all my fellow progressives who’ve been busily browbeating supporters of this dangerous demagogue, you’re invited to become an early adopter of a far more rewarding, non-adversarial […](image)

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The Rawhide Artist: Hackamores and moreLeisureGuy

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:49:55 +0000

A fascinating article by Andy Rieber in Craftsmanship. “A small quiet drinking town with a cattle problem.” So says the sign over the Hart Mountain Store, in Plush, Oregon, which serves as the grocery, gas station, restaurant, and tavern in this remote town of 107 people near the state’s southern border. On this particular fall […](image)

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