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The magnitude of one’s ignorance: How ink is madeLeisureGuy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:36:45 +0000

I am constantly being made aware of how much I do not know. Take, for example, this brief video on how ink is made. I had no idea… Filed under: Business, Daily life, Technology, Video(image)

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Does Sessions Have to Recuse Himself on Russia Investigations?LeisureGuy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:21:42 +0000

This question will come up soon. Helen Klein Murillo writes at Lawfare: The Russian Connection gravitational vortex continues to pull at the new administration, fed almost daily by new allegations and reporting. Reuters reported over the weekend on three separate FBI probes into Russian interference in the election, including the counterintelligence investigation potentially implicating the […](image)

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A closer look at the killing fields of SwedenLeisureGuy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:42:26 +0000

Kevin Drum has some good charts on the crime rates in Sweden and the trends. This is worth reading, especially since President Trump is sticking with his story that Sweden is having serious problems.Filed under: Trump administration(image)

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President Trump’s Mainstream Media Accountability SurveyLeisureGuy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:08:08 +0000

Apparently the President of the United States is going to base decisions on responses to this 25-question survey, which includes questions such as: Do you believe that the mainstream media has reported unfairly on our movement? Do you trust the mainstream media to tell the truth about the Republican Party’s positions and actions? Do you […](image)

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A user report on the efficacy of citric acid to soften shaving waterLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:46:58 +0000

In the Guide, I suggest several options if you find yourself having to shave with hard water, one of which is to use citric acid. I just received an email from Craig B. reporting on his experience in trying it: We moved to Pleasanton CA which has very hard water – coming from San Ramon […](image)

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North Korea’s Recent Ballistic Missile Launch: Another Foreign Policy Test for Donald TrumpLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:19:10 +0000

Foreign policy requires, I think, more than Donald Trump can deliver. Just now I blogged about the Muslim Brotherhood issue. Here Rick Houghton has a good Lawfare post on the North Korean missile incident, which Trump discussed with the Japanese prime minister over dinner in the public dining room aat Mar-a-Lago: President Donald Trump assessed […](image)

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Tech still does not take discrimination seriously, allowing it to flourishLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:09:13 +0000

Klint Finley writes in Wired: The tech industry isn’t big on dress codes, employee handbooks, or rules. The Silicon Valley management philosophy is simple: Hire talented coders, give them tools to do their jobs, and get out of their way. The best coders should be rewarded, and those who just can’t hack it should be […](image)

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Talk of Terror Listing for Muslim Brotherhood Alarms Some Arab AlliesLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:56:03 +0000

I blogged earlier on how the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood is quite gnarly and pretty much the opposite of the clear-cut, easy-choice decisions Trump seems to prefer based on the remedies he offers. The easy choice that the Trump administration seems to be favoring is to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. […](image)

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Paul Krugman on Economic ArroganceLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:30:23 +0000

Paul Krugman writes in the NY Times: According to press reports, the Trump administration is basing its budget projections on the assumption that the U.S. economy will grow very rapidly over the next decade — in fact, almost twice as fast as independent institutions like the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve expect. There […](image)

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A look back at Trump’s first month as PresidentLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:17:41 +0000

The rug of history continuously unfurls, relentlessly moving on, the pattern revealed never to change, and we now have a history of Trump’s first month to look back at and into. The Boston Globe Annie Lindsey offers a quick survey of what we’ve seen and learned in the past month: Donald Trump rode into the […](image)

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Whipped Dog brush with Midnight Stag and the Eros slantLeisureGuySOtD 2017-02-20

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:47:58 +0000

The little Whipped Dog silvertip is a really excellent brush that cost me around $32 at the time. It’s a 22mm knot set at standard depth in an octagonal handle. It performs very well and feels good on my face. And the lather from Chiseled Face’s Midnight Stag is wonderful and its fragrance is interesting: […](image)

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Trump considers more delusional statistics. Reality will bite.LeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:08:05 +0000

Take a look. Like a bunch of coal miners trying to sail a ship.Filed under: Government, Trump administration(image)

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More decline and fall (where’s our Gibbon?): The Struggle Inside The Wall Street JournalLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:50:08 +0000

David Leonhardt in the NY Times: The most successful modern publisher of ideological journalism is Rupert Murdoch. He buys media properties, or starts new ones, and turns them into conservative megaphones. In England, he carefully nudged the venerable Times to the right, while his tabloids mocked Labour Party politicians as weaklings or Stalinists. In the […](image)

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Very tasty dinner: Braised eggplant and porkLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:32:34 +0000

I thought this was excellent. I used a globe eggplant, not a Japanese one, and I worked fine. My market had no Enoki mushrooms, so I simply skipped the mushrooms, but I did think of using finely chopped plain white domestic mushrooms as a substitute. It didn’t really need it. And I used Amontillado sherry […](image)

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How Elton Musk remembers things (and gets insights)LeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:27:23 +0000

Absolutely fascinating answer on by Denis Matei, “aspiring psychologist.” In particular, watch the video in the answer. It builds very slowly and doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere, even after the request for an example, but then at the end it just comes together very quickly. And it has impact. Answer begins (but do […](image)

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Must watch: Found Footage FestivalLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:45:53 +0000

Pogo, a very wise opossum, once said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Take a look at the stark truth of that dictum.Filed under: Movies & TV(image)

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How the electoral college gerrymanders the presidential voteLeisureGuy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:35:11 +0000

Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post: Here’s a fun little thought experiment demonstrating the fundamental arbitrariness of the electoral college: Had two state borders been drawn just a little bit differently, shifting a total of four counties from one state to another, Hillary Clinton would have won the election. Take a look at the imaginary […](image)

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Beyond fact-checking: After the catastrophic media failure of 2016, the press must master “crucial evidence”LeisureGuy

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:59:29 +0000

Paul Rosenberg writes in Salon: The media failed disastrously during the 2016 presidential election. The only questions, really, are how and why — and what can be done about it. This is especially urgent as President Donald Trump, with his repeated attacks against the press, only threatens to make matters worse. The problem can be […](image)

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Duck and cover: More than 200 Republicans in Congress are skipping February town halls with constituentsLeisureGuy

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:07:38 +0000

It’s pathetic, and it shows that the Republicans in Congress know that they are not representing the interests of their constituents and they plan to continue to act against their constituents’ interests. Alex Thompson reports at Vice News: Members of Congress are set to return to their districts this weekend for their first weeklong recess […](image)

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Josh Marshall: “A big shoe just dropped” – Felix SaterLeisureGuy

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:36:39 +0000

Josh Marshall writes at TPM Media: I don’t know how much attention it’s received. But the appearance of the name of Felix Sater in this new article in the Times is one of the biggest shoes I’ve seen drop on the Trump story in some time. The new story explains that a group of Trump […](image)

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