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

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:58:14 +0000


Honeysuckle again, with the Vie-Long ambiguous brush, the Dorco PL602, and Saint Charles Shave Savory RoseLeisureGuy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:58:06 +0000

I wanted more honeysuckle, and Phoenix Artisan’s Honeysuckle shaving soap is just the ticket: the very fragrance plus an uncommonly good lather. I used the Vie-Long brush shown. I think it’s horsehair, but it was sold as boar—a very fine-bristled boar, if so. But a great little brush and I like that handle shape. If […](image)

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“Whom do you believe, Comey or Trump?”LeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:36:33 +0000

Kevin Drum has an interesting post on this, with this chart: I have to admit that using “who” as in the chart title grates on my nerves. It is not rocket science: “who” is for the subject of a sentence, “whom” is used as an object of verb or preposition. Also read Drum’s post “Liberals […](image)

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Comments on the Philando Castile verdictLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:01:38 +0000

Jelani Cobb writes in the New Yorker: The cycle of lethal police violence, community outrage, and legal proceedings that yield no consequences came around again last Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota. A jury acquitted a police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, of all three charges—one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a […](image)

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When the man who abuses you is also a copLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:25:53 +0000

The practice of the Blue Code of Silence, in which cops ignore misconduct by other cops, has high social costs, but it seems to be a permanent fixture of police culture. Melissa Jeltsen and Dana Liebelson write in Huffington Post: All Sarah Loiselle wanted was a carefree summer. There was no particular reason she was […](image)

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Trump appointee is a Saudi government lobbyistLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:06:08 +0000

Filling the swamp. Carrie Levine writes at the Center for Public Integrity: One of President Donald Trump’s newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom’s behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Since January, the […](image)

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Israel’s Irrational RationalityLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:38:42 +0000

In the NY Review of Books David Shulman reviews several books about the troubled state of Israel: The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East by Guy Laron Yale University Press, 368 pp., $28.00The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine by Nathan Thrall Metropolitan, 323 pp., $28.00In Search of Modern […](image)

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Uber being the scum they are: “My Uber driver robbed me, so i took Uber to court and won”LeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:25:35 +0000

A very interesting and detailed account of an Uber driver robbing a passenger and Uber doing everything it could to ignore the problem and fight giving any compensation to the victim. Uber really does seem to be a scum company. I don’t know that simply getting Travis Kalanick kicked out as CEO will do any […](image)

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The beautiful architecture of librariesLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:07:50 +0000

Here are many. One example: Filed under: Art, Books, Daily life(image)

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California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take itLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:00:27 +0000

Something’s awry in California, and it seems to be dueling bureaucracies, with some incentivized to push generating electricity from fossil fuels, which is the opposite of what we want. Rather than sell surplus solar-generated electricity, shut down some of the fossil-fuel plants. Ivan Penn reports in the LA Times: On 14 days during March, Arizona […](image)

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The magical feeling of a extremely comfortable and highly efficient razor: How does it do that?LeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:10:36 +0000

Although the Yardley shaving soap is decades old, it performs very well, and this morning’s lather with the Plisson was excellent. The RazoRock Old Type totally removes the stubble without effort—almost absent-mindedly. A BBS result is child’s play for this razor, which feels on the face as though it’s doing nothing, just gliding over your […](image)

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Great little movie (it’s a written-and-directed by, of course): “Two Days in the Valley”LeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:02:13 +0000

And with a knockout cast. Available now on Amazon Prime streaming.Filed under: Movies & TV(image)

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Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to GirlsLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:27:43 +0000

Andrew Reiner writes in the NY Times: At a Father’s Day breakfast, my 5-year-old son and his classmates sang a song about fathers, crooning about “my dad who’s big and strong” and “fixes things with his hammer” and, above all else, “is really cool.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with most of these qualities in and […](image)

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“Republicans are mean.”LeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:13:38 +0000

I usually say that Republicans (in general—I’m sure there are exceptions, though why those empathetic exceptions would want to belong to the GOP is beyond me) are mean-spirited, which express (for me) the crabbed, hostile, angry, miserly aspect of the Republican part. Someone once was wondering at some policy promulgated by the GOP, surprised at […](image)

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It’s worse than we thought: A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’LeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:37:26 +0000

Nicole Perlroth has a frightening report in the NY Times: There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Mr. Ben-Oni, the global […](image)

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Moonlighting Genes Evolve for a Venomous JobLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:36:00 +0000

Christie Wilcox writes in Quanta: Venoms are among nature’s fiercest adaptations. The geographer’s cone snail, for example, only injects about a tenth of a milligram of venom when it stings, and yet, this is more than enough to kill a person in under an hour. These chemical cocktails contain some of the most potent compounds […](image)

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Criminal convictions per administration: Republicans 89, Democrats 1LeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:31:28 +0000

And that 1 was just collateral damage in Kenneth Starr’s crusade against all things Clinton. Kevin Drum has more. Average per administration figures: Republicans: 17.8 Democrats: 0.25 So per administration the GOP has racked up more than 71 times as many convictions as the Democrats.Filed under: Democrats, GOP, Government, Law, Law Enforcement(image)

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President Trump and White House staffers are illegally deleting messages, lawsuit saysLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:30:50 +0000

Jason Silverstein reports in NY Daily News: President Trump and his White House staffers are breaking federal law by using confidential messaging apps that keep their conversations from entering public records, a federal lawsuit charged Thursday. Two Washington watchdog groups accused Trump and his workers of illegally deleting emails, official records and even tweets sent […](image)

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How good is law enforcement in the US? Check out these examplesLeisureGuy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:31:02 +0000

Radley Balko’s links are always good. Here are some from today in the Washington Post: Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke calls routine reporting on politicians and public officials “electronic terrorism.” [We are so lucky that he plagiarized his academic work and so withdrew from consideration for a Homeland Security post. – LG] After 25 years, Texas […](image)

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Liberals Haven’t “Lost Their Way” On ImmigrationLeisureGuy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:40:57 +0000

Kevin Drum has an excellent post (with graph) on immigration. From the post: . . . there have been two big attempts in the past decade to pass a moderate, compromise immigration bill. The first time was in 2006, when both the House and Senate passed bills by large margins. But thanks to a backlash […](image)

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Late start, fine shave: Dr. Jon’s Savannah Sunrise, WSP Prince, and RazoRock MentorLeisureGuy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:38:04 +0000

Up a long time last night, pondering things, so slept in this morning. We’ve been having sunny days, fairly warm (70ºF, and I know people in the Southwest would not consider that warm, facing as they are 127ªF in Phoenix), and so Savannah Sunrise hit the spot. I particularly like the honeysuckle note (childhood memories), […](image)

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