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John McCain Makes His Choice: To Eat the Cake, But He Wants to Have It, TooLeisureGuy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:10:00 +0000

In the Atlantic James Fallows has an excellent column on McCain’s smokescreen to hide his actions behind a tapestry of words: The effort to repeal Barack Obama’s health-care bill is not over, and neither presumably is the public career of John McCain. But each crossed an important threshold yesterday, and Senator McCain gave us a […](image)

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Life in the US? or life in Hell? Outcome of case where a family was raided by a SWAT team over loose leaf teaLeisureGuy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:49:10 +0000

Read all of Radley Balko’s column, which begins: Here at The Watch, we’ve been closely following the case of Robert and Addie Harte, a Kansas couple who, along with their 7-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, were raided by a SWAT team in April 2012, after police mistook Addie Harte’s loose leaf tea for marijuana. Read the linked posts for […](image)

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First Support for a Physics Theory of LifeLeisureGuy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:10:09 +0000

Natalie Wolchover writes in Quanta: The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His equations suggested that under certain conditions, groups of atoms will naturally restructure themselves so as to burn more and more energy, facilitating the incessant dispersal of energy and the […](image)

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Comparing two iKon open-comb razorsLeisureGuy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:14:57 +0000

Yesterday I used the older iKon open-comb razor on the left, which uses two studs to align the razor. Today I used the iKon open-comb razor on the right, which uses bars to align the blade and comes with two baseplates: the open-comb on the razor and the bar-guard beside it. But first, the prep. […](image)

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A clear-eyed view of the Republicans in CongressLeisureGuy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:58 +0000

Jennifer Rubin concludes a column today with this pointed remark: In sum, the consolation for a meltdown in legislative order, rationality and responsible government is that we now know just how incapable the GOP is of governing. Years of antagonism toward government have made them cavalier about the harm they can do to ordinary citizens […](image)

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DOJ: No Sessions recusal paper trailLeisureGuy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:46:45 +0000

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have a press release: The Department of Justice has no unreleased documents or notes on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, according to information made public by a FOIA lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). According to […](image)

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Interesting greens today: Kale with onion, mushrooms, eggplant, and chardonnayLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:24:01 +0000

I’m just going to describe what I did because it came out so well. I cubed the eggplant (without peeling it) and tossed cubes with olive oil, Penzey’s Tuscan Sunset herbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I spread them on a parchment-paper-covered baking sheet and roasted them at 400ºF for 12 minutes. (The eggplant cubes […](image)

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Trump Watch, Volume 10: Sessions prepares for crackdown on pot (if he isn’t fired first), White House publishes personal information of people who expressed concern about privacy, Trump and dictatorsLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:32:01 +0000

Radley Balko has quite a list. I give here just the first few entries. Note: Until now, Trump Watch had only included statements, policies, proposed policies and other changes specifically proposed by President Trump and his political appointees. I didn’t include any existing policies that began in the Obama or prior administrations. It seemed unfair to […](image)

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Fascinating: Prescription video games to treat specific disorders (ADHD, Depression, …)LeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:05:02 +0000

Very interesting article (and video).Filed under: Mental Health, Science, Technology(image)

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Spicy shave with a great little razorLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:15:12 +0000

A great shave is a fine start to a new day. Since Russian Tea from the late, lamented Strop Shoppe has a fragrance redolent of spice, I chose an aftershave in the same ballpark. But first, the lather. My G.B. Kent BK4 did its usual handsome job, and the lather was a pleasure in itself, […](image)

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From ‘fake media’ to Clinton, Trump brings political attacks to the Scout JamboreeLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:49:39 +0000

Just when you think Trump could not sink lower. John Wagner and Jenna Johnson report on Trump’s appearance at the National Scout Jamboree: Ahead of President Trump’s appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering’s official blog: Fully hydrate. Be “courteous” and “kind.” And […](image)

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You know how you can fall in love with one bowl, while others leave you cold?LeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:08:05 +0000

We love these two bowls, and so I’m buying more of each: Filed under: Daily life(image)

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Kevin Drum comments: Blame Hospitals for the Big Spike in Out-of-Network ER ChargesLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:06:16 +0000

Drum describes the big scam hospitals are running these days to screw patients. For-profit hospitals and medical care are a big mistake just waiting to happen.Filed under: Business, Daily life, Healthcare, Medical(image)

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Obama’s top 50 accomplishments as presidentLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:55:18 +0000

Quite a list, compiled with a brief comment on each, by Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau in the Washington Monthly. It begins: In March 2012, we compiled a list of what were, at the time, President Barack Obama’s greatest achievements, to accompany our cover story, “The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama.” Today, at the end of his second term, […](image)

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A Timeline: Russia and President TrumpLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:45:08 +0000

Steven Harper has an interesting timeline at This timeline was originally published on Feb. 15, 2017 and was last updated on July 17, 2017 at 10:08 p.m. ET. We update the timeline each week. 1979: Roger Stone is introduced to Donald Trump by notorious attorney Roy Cohn. [Added March 27, 2017] 1980: Roger Stone founds a lobbying practice with Paul Manafort; […](image)

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How to do stress betterLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:37:50 +0000

Tara Parker-Pope has a long page of good ideas in the NY Times. Her article begins: Stress is unavoidable in modern life, but it doesn’t have to get you down. Work, money and family all create daily stress, while bigger issues like politics and terrorism contribute to our underlying stress levels. But approach it the […](image)

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Tessa Watt recommends the best books on MindfulnessLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:31:53 +0000

Tessa Watt is a mindfulness teacher and consultant and author of a number of books on mindfulness. Five Books interviews her on the best books on mindfulness: Could you tell me, briefly, what you understand by ‘mindfulness’? Mindfulness, most simply put, is present moment awareness. That sounds very simple, but as we start to look […](image)

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How Fake Cops Got $1.2 Million in Real WeaponsLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:19:41 +0000

Eli Hager reports for the Marshall Project: When you think of a federal sting operation involving weaponry and military gear, the Government Accountability Office doesn’t immediately jump to mind. The office is tasked with auditing other federal agencies to root out fraud and abuse, usually by asking questions and poring over paperwork. This year, the […](image)

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A buttery lather from Tcheon Fung SingLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:54:32 +0000

I used the Vie-Long horsehair brush shown, which today I noticed has the same pleasant coarse feel that as the Plisson European Grey. The lather it made from the Tcheon Fung Sing was unusually pleasant. It had the tobacco verde fragrance that is so pleasant, but its thick consistency and slickness gave it a feel […](image)

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Good argument that Mrs. Bennet is the most subversive of Jane Austen’s charactersLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:42:11 +0000

Very interesting essay by Rachel Dunphy in Of all the delightful idiots filling the pages of our well-worn copies of Pride and Prejudice(hint: this is everyone except maybe Charlotte), one of the best is also one of the most overlooked—even by Jane Austen, who never grants her a first name. Mrs. Bennet, mother to the […](image)

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