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



Last Build Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:50:12 +0000

 



Men and Women View the Seriousness of Sexual Assault About the SameLeisureGuy

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:50:06 +0000

Two intriguing posts by Kevin Drum. Read this one first, then this one.


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Donald Trump’s Radical HonestyLeisureGuy

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:52:31 +0000

In the NY Times Frank Bruni has an insightful column: A year into Donald Trump’s presidency, we’ve thoroughly established what a liar he is. We’ve talked less about how much truth he unwittingly tells. I don’t mean the specific text of his discrete claims, which brim with inaccuracies and bubble with full-blown hallucinations. The man […]


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The Breakdown in Trust That Could Shut Down the GovernmentLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:17:48 +0000

In the NY Times Steve Israel writes a column very much worth reading: In recent years, threats of government shutdowns have come with the regularity and, until now, predictability of one of those TV channels running marathons of old sitcoms. And here we are again: the ticking clock, the last-minute demands, the congealing of positions, […]


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Russians under every rockLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:50:20 +0000

Jennifer Rubin writes in the Washington Post: Amid the shutdown scramble, McClatchy broke a Russia scandal blockbuster: FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said. It is illegal […]


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Discovering the essence of information: Claude ShannonLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:51:09 +0000

Rob Goodman, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in New York whose writing has appeared in Slate, the Atlantic, and Nautilus, and whose latest book is A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age (2017), co-authored with Jimmy Soni, has an extract of the book in Aeon: Just what is information? For such an intuitive idea, its precise nature […]


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Rereading Trump’s Inaugural Address, One Year LaterLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:20:36 +0000

Jonathan Chait writes in New York magazine: On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump took the oath of office and delivered an inaugural speech that is remembered mostly for being “dark,” as an instant media consensus proclaimed, or “some weird shit,” as George W. Bush remarked. The passage of a year’s time reveals that the speech was something else, […]


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“Harvey’s Concern Was Who Did Him In”: Inside Harvey Weinstein’s Frantic Final DaysLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:24:05 +0000

Like the previous post, this one concerns a deeply damaged and dysfunctional man. Adam Ciralsky writes in Vanity Fair: On Monday, October 2, 2017, Harvey Weinstein arrived at work earlier than usual. As was his custom, he barked orders and moved from room to room inside his spacious office suite at 375 Greenwich Street, the […]


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The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You ThoughtLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:25:50 +0000

Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone write in Businessweek: A year ago, before the investor lawsuits and the federal investigations, before the mass resignations, and before the connotation of the word “Uber” shifted from “world’s most valuable startup” to “world’s most dysfunctional,” Uber’s executives sat around a hotel conference room table in San Francisco, trying to […]


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Maggard 22mm synthetic, Dr. Jon’s Defiance, and the Rockwell R3 with new bladeLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:06 +0000

Yesterday I found I had to work (just a little) to get a smooth result, so I changed blades and ventured to use one of my precious Astra Keramik Platinum blades. The Maggard 22mm synthetic is really a superb shaving brush, and that it costs only $10 is the icing on the cake. As with […]


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The GOP is desperate to kill the CFPB: Mulvaney requests zero funding for the Consumer Financial Protection BureauLeisureGuy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:20:54 +0000

Why? Because the GOP does not want consumers to be protected against large businesses and their scams. It’s really that simple. Jim Puzzanghera reports in the LA Times: In his first quarterly funding request as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney is asking for nothing. “This letter is to inform you […]


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The NRA Is Part of the Trump–Russia Scandal NowLeisureGuy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:20:19 +0000

Jonathan Chait writes in New York magazine: Russian intervention in the 2016 campaign has a number of complex threads. But the latest development is simple and old-fashioned. McClatchy reports that the FBI is investigating whether a Kremlin-linked Russian banker funneled money through the National Rifle Association to help elect Donald Trump. American law prohibits foreign campaign donations. […]


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Republicans haven’t really prepared for a shutdownLeisureGuy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:43:08 +0000

Jennifer Rubin reports in the Washington Post: As Republicans bungle their way to a government shutdown, it is worth noting that they do not seem to have, to our knowledge, adequately prepared for it. When the clock hits 12:01 Saturday morning, the government must close, employees must cease using government devices (e.g. computers, cellphones) and […]


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‘Digital Alchemist’ Seeks Rules of EmergenceLeisureGuy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:01:34 +0000

I’m fascinated by emergence and if you’re also interested, I recommend the book The Emergence of Everything. writesNatalie Wolchover in Quanta: Sharon Glotzer has made a number of career-shifting discoveries, each one the kind “that completely changes the way you look at the world,” she said, “and causes you to say, ‘Wow, I need to […]


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Law-enforcement links from Radley BalkoLeisureGuy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:45:51 +0000

Some of the links Radley Balko posted in the Washington Post: This month marks the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s concert at Folsom Prison. Read this old (but just published) interview with his daughter Rosanne about the concert. I also recommend this excellent two-part podcast from Mariame Kaba about Johnny Cash’s advocacy for prison reform. He was a man ahead of […]


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Evolution unleashed (and needing an overhaul?)LeisureGuy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:37:50 +0000

Kevin Laland, professor of behavioural and evolutionary biology at University of St Andrews in Scotland, and project leader of the extended evolutionary synthesis research programme, writes in Aeon: When researchers at Emory University in Atlanta trained mice to fear the smell of almonds (by pairing it with electric shocks), they found, to their consternation, that both the […]


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Gallup: US reputation is being shredded and is already in tattersLeisureGuy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:14:09 +0000

The title is not a directly quotation, but look at the chart: Their full report is here. What changed between 2016 and 2017 that would so severely damage the reputation of the United States? The Gallup article explains. It’s worth reading, and includes more charts. Here’s the US approval rating if you consider only the […]


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Kent Infinity brush, Van Yulay After Dark, and the Rockwell R3LeisureGuy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:29:58 +0000

A reader asked whether the Edwin Jagger and the Rockwell 6S were similar. I replied that the Rockwell 3R baseplate was close to the EJ, and today I decided to refresh my recollection. The Kent Infinity is a nice little synthetic brush and does a good job, though not quite so soft and yielding as […]


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Human-Centered Design and the Missile False Alarm in HawaiiLeisureGuy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:24:22 +0000

Scott Robertson writes in Medium: I wasn’t in the room where it happened, but I experienced the consequence. On Saturday, January 13, 2018, somebody pushed a button in Hawaii that sent an “Emergency Alert” text message to cell phones statewide: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The […]


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Achilles and Edwin JaggerLeisureGuy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:50:10 +0000

Yesterday’s shave with the EJ clone made by Charcoal prompted me to shave with an actual Edwin Jagger razor today, just to compare. But first, the prep. MR GLO first, as usual, then a really excellent lather from Van Yulay’s Achilles, which makes an extremely slick lather (perhaps due in part to the glycerin soap […]


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