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

Last Build Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:50:54 +0000


Antarctic mystery microbe could tell us where viruses came fromLeisureGuy

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:50:46 +0000

A fascinating report by Michael Marshall in New Scientist: A peculiar Antarctic microbe may offer a clue to one of the biggest mysteries in evolution: the origin of viruses. The microorganism is host to a fragment of DNA that can build a capsule around itself. It may help solve the mystery of how viruses first […](image)

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Catie’s Bubble Le Piment de la Vie and Fine Classic, with the Stealth slantLeisureGuy

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:51:25 +0000

The Stealth remains one of my best slants and best razors. It does require keeping the handle closer to the face than is common for a DE razor, and it does a superb job. The lather was very good from Catie’s Bubbles Le Piment de la Vie, and my Fine Classic easily worked up a […](image)

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Why Autocrats Fear LGBT RightsLeisureGuy

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:53:33 +0000

Masha Gessen writes in the NY Review of Books: July 26, 2017, was a personal anniversary for me: one year earlier I had written a piecein which I argued for setting aside the idea of a Trump-Russia conspiracy (yes, this idea was with us a year ago) for the much more important task of imagining what […](image)

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IRS whistle blower who questioned paper industry tax break fights to keep his jobLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:22:26 +0000

Steven Mufson reports in the Washington Post: An Internal Revenue Service lawyer is waging a battle to stay in his job a year after the agency punished him for speaking to news organizations about a scheme that enabled paper companies to collect about $2 billion in tax refunds and helped the industry weather the Great […](image)

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Trump and Republicans break impressive new ground in the erosion of our normsLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:15:02 +0000

Sarah Posner writes in the Washington Post: The Post reports this morning that more than two dozen Republican Party committees have spent nearly half a million dollars holding campaign fundraisers at hotels and golf courses owned by President Trump since he took office in January. Together with $793,000 that Republican committees paid to Trump companies in rent and legal fees, Trump-owned […](image)

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The Joe Arpaio I KnewLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:03:27 +0000

Ryan Gabrielson reports in ProPublica: For most of Joe Arpaio’s two-plus decades as Maricopa County sheriff, he directed operations from the top floor of a downtown Phoenix tower, worlds away from the jails overseen by rank and-file deputies. The executive offices wrapped around an expansive conference room, where I spent weeks in early 2008 with […](image)

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Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize HateLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:10:03 +0000

Corporations today have profits as their highest priority, and in general they are willing to do anything that will increase profit. Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Madeleine Varner, and Lauren Kirchner report in ProPublica: Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and […](image)

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How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True NatureLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:05:33 +0000

John Hermann has a good column in the NY Times: White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began. The ‘‘Unite the Right’’ Facebook page, which had been used to organize the rally in Charlottesville, was removed the day before the event was scheduled, forcing planners to disperse to other platforms to organize. […](image)

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Being the First Name on the Ballot Has a Huge EffectLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:54:38 +0000

Kevin Drum has a very intriguing post. From that post: In Texas, names are placed on the ballot in different orders depending on the county. The order is selected randomly, which allows an examination of whether being first on the ballot matters very much. Darren Grant of Sam Houston State University did exactly that, and […](image)

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Permanent eye damage from watching eclipse for 20 secondsLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:33:50 +0000

Amy Wang writes in the Washington Post: It was a clear day when Louis Tomososki’s science teacher mentioned that a partial solar eclipse would be visible from their hometown of Portland, Ore., that afternoon. So after classes let out, Tomososki, then 16, found Roger Duvall, his friend since the fourth grade and a fellow science […](image)

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From a seventh century BC poet/mercenary about a total eclipseLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:01:41 +0000

TYD is a Classics teacher, and she sent me this: In English: Nothing is too odd or wonderful, nothing is beyond belief since Father Zeus made night from noon, hid away the sun and laid a shrinking fear on men From that time all things are possible and so no man should marvel if the […](image)

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Today’s “Daily 202” (political analysis column) is particularly worth readingLeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:01:34 +0000

You can find it here. From the column: The 2016 election represented, as much as anything else, a repudiation of America’s elites and everything they believe in. By running on the hollow promises of populism, nativism and isolationism, an angry outsider challenged many of the bipartisan shibboleths that have long united most of the highly educated […](image)

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Vetiver soap and aftershave, with the Wee Scot and the iKon 102LeisureGuy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:46:05 +0000

Today I hit the exact water amount for optimal lather and really enjoyed the lather’s consistency as well as its fragrance: Jabonman’s Vetiver de Haiti is wonderful (for vetiver fans). Three passes of the 102 left my face perfectly smooth with no problems (nicks) at all. A good splash of Fine’s Clean Vetiver and I’m […](image)

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whisky.LeisureGuy

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:31:13 +0000

Merrit Kennedy reports at NPR: It’s a common refrain among whiskey enthusiasts: Add a few drops of water to a glass to open up the flavors and aroma of the drink. For example, hard-liquor expert Alice Lascelles said in a demonstration for The Sunday Times that “if you’re tasting with a master blender, they will always add […](image)

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Slant surprise this coming weekLeisureGuy

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:11:46 +0000

Sunday is for me a non-shave day, necessary set-up to get a two-day stubble to shave on Monday with a slant so I can enjoy the ease of cutting through noticeable beard growth. This coming week I am to receive a prototype of a new slant to test, which is exciting. It will probably be […](image)

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Can marijuana finally turn this remote Mojave outpost into a boom town?LeisureGuy

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:12:39 +0000

Louis Sagahan reports in the LA Times: Gerald Freeman struggled for three decades to transform this desolate Mojave Desert outpost into a 21st century mecca for nature lovers and prospectors, spending more than $1 million on restoration, shade trees, organic farming projects and gleaming solar panels. He wasn’t the first. Nipton had cycled through seven […](image)

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Grim news: Linguistic data analysis of 3 billion Reddit comments shows the alt-right is getting strongerLeisureGuy

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:36:25 +0000

Tim Squirrell writes at Quartz: You probably have a good idea of who the so-called “alt-right” are: a group of white supremacists and nationalists, bound up by a fiery loathing of “political correctness,” “cultural Marxism,” and those pesky “social-justice warriors.” You might have also seen the articles that tell us to stop using that term and call […](image)

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Is the Economics Profession Toxic for Women?LeisureGuy

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:12:20 +0000

Extremely interesting post by Kevin Drum. Read the whole thing. And while you’re at it, read this one, too.Filed under: Business, Education, Mental Health, Science(image)

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GOP fears damage done by TrumpLeisureGuy

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:58:35 +0000

Excellent analysis by Niall Stanage in The Hill. Worth reading. Thoughtful, not lengthy. And in the meantime, Democrats will not be standing still. There’s already a stampede to run for office, which probably identifies the next wave of Democratic politicians—that is, those who want most to hold office and are willing to work toward it. […](image)

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The Eclipse ConspiracyLeisureGuy

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:14:42 +0000

James Hamblin writes in the Atlantic: The scientists are all talking like it’s a sure thing. On August 21, the “moon” will pass between the Earth and the sun, obscuring the light of the latter. The government agency NASA says this will result in “one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights.” The astronomers there claim to have calculated […](image)

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