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How Democrats Killed Their Populist SoulLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:37:46 +0000

An old story: the rebels coopted by the establishment and becoming a lapdog. Matt Stoller writes in the Atlantic: It was January 1975, and the Watergate Babies had arrived in Washington looking for blood. The Watergate Babies—as the recently elected Democratic congressmen were known—were young, idealistic liberals who had been swept into office on a […](image)

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AT&T’s big question: Will Congress stay bought?LeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:28:53 +0000

Cecilia Kang and Eric Lipton report in the NY Times: From the political right and the left, AT&T’s $85 billion bid for Time Warner has provoked pushback. But AT&T, in addition to its billions of dollars of capital, has another arsenal at its disposal: one of the most formidable lobbying operations in Washington. The company’s […](image)

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Evolution accommodates a certain amount of slopLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:33:59 +0000

Veronique Greenwood writes in Quanta: It’s a curious fact of biology: In yeast, only one in five genes is essential. If any of the approximately 1,200 critical genes are destroyed (out of 6,000), the result is death. Remove one of the others, and the yeast soldiers on. The same is not always true, however, if […](image)

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We Live in a Gentlemen’s C- UniverseLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:52:13 +0000

Kevin Drum has an interesting conjecture.Filed under: Science(image)

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Donald Trump Knows Nothing About His Own BusinessesLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:48:48 +0000

Kevin Drum makes a good point: With only 14 days left before Election Day, it hardly feels worth it to highlight Donald Trump’s latest public declaration of ignorance, but I have another point to make about today’s Trump Follies. Here is Donald on Obamacare: Well, I don’t use much Obamacare, I must be honest with […](image)

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Christopher Marlowe identified as co-author to Shakespeare’s Henry VILeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:22:14 +0000

Whether Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him has long been debated, with various other contenders supported by various factions. (Mark Twain opined that the Iliad was not written by Homer, but by another man of the same name.) Now we have big data weighing in. Travis Andrews reports in the Washington Post: For many, many […](image)

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Pentagon ethics: Reneging on their payment of enlistment bonuses.LeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:07:43 +0000

What would you think of someone who offer to pay you for a job—to plow a field, say. You accept the money, plow the field, and then the person who paid you demands the money back, now that the field’s been plowed? I would say he’s a cheat and a scoundrel and has no sense […](image)

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The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their OwnLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:46:45 +0000

A grim new world awaits us. Matthew Rosenberg and John Markoff report in the NY Times: The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning for targets. No humans were remotely piloting the drone, which was nothing […](image)

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Perfect shave with Kent Infinity, Eufros, and the Above the Tie S1 slantLeisureGuySTOD 2016-10-25

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:39:30 +0000

Again a wonderful lather from the Eufros, thanks in part to the G.B. Kent Infinity synthetic brush shown. It has a somewhat unprepossessing appearance, but it lathers like a champ and feels good on the face—plus it’s not expensive: around $24. The Above the Tie S1 head is an excellent slant for me, and here […](image)

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Law enforcement links from Radley BalkoLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:03:40 +0000

Full list here in the Washington Post. The first few: Surely this new state surveillance technology won’t be abused. And speaking of terrifying new government technology … Federal surveillance activity in the D.C. area is up 500 percent since 2011. And nearly all the cases have been sealed. Judge strikes down Nashville’s absurd Airbnb regulations. If we […](image)

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Wintertime comfort foodLeisureGuy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:21:58 +0000

I’m making sausage and cabbage and it already smells great. And the long, slow cooking (2.5 hours, possibly more) should melt the cabbage. Very clear odor of butter wafting through the kitchen. UPDATE: Yep, extremely tasty comfort food. I cooked mine 2 hr 50 min, and the 50 min uncovered. I had to buy two […](image)

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Look at what you can do with tightly rolled newspaper (if you’re good)LeisureGuyrolled-newspaper-animal-sculptures-paper-trails-chie-hitotsuyama-9

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:53:56 +0000

Chie Hitotsuyama does a lot of them. More info here at Bored Panda by James Gould-Bern, including this video: Filed under: Art, Video(image)

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An Ex-Cop’s RemorseLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:44:21 +0000

Stephanie Clifford writes in the New Yorker: A couple of times a year, Peter Forcelli, a former New York Police Department detective who now works as a federal investigator in Florida, returns to the city to testify in court cases. The night before his appearances, he often heads to El Rio Grande, a midtown Tex-Mex […](image)

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Clever measuring spoons on KickstarterLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:23:54 +0000

This project. Here’s the video. Filed under: Daily life, Technology(image)

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Is Donald Trump a Fake Republican? Or the Ultimate Republican?LeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:35:21 +0000

Kevin Drum asks a good question and gives a good answer. Read the entire post, from which this is taken: . . . My recollection is that it was conservatives who argued that Trump wasn’t a real conservative. Lowry, for example, called Trump a “philosophically unmoored political opportunist” and a “menace to American conservatism.” Liberals, […](image)

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Hollywood and police: One hand washes the otherLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:57:49 +0000

Very interesting long read by Alyssa Rosenberg in the Washington Post: David Simon was in trouble. Just weeks before he was supposed to begin filming the second season of “The Wire,” Simon still couldn’t get the permits he needed to shoot on the streets of the very city that was his setting. It was time […](image)

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The DEA slowed enforcement while the opioid epidemic grew out of controlLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:09:05 +0000

The DEA is not a very good agency. It totally ignores science, and now it seems it cannot do the job it was assigned. Perhaps it’s time to close the agency. Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham report in the Washington Post: UNNATURAL CAUSES SICK AND DYING IN SMALL-TOWN AMERICA: Since the turn of this century, […](image)

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GOP demanded retraction of a DHS report on right-wing domestic terrorism—which we now are seeing more frequentlyLeisureGuy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:35:11 +0000

Under George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security wrote reports evaluating terrorism threats from various sources, including domestic left-wing terrorism and (in a separate report) domestic right-wing terrorism. The report was not finalized and released until Barack Obama took office, and the Republicans in Congress went berserk, though only about the report on the […](image)

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Of the low-cost slants, the RazoRock German 37 is best for meLeisureGuySOTD 2016-10-24

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:10:33 +0000

Several inexpensive slants are now on the market. In alphabetic order, they are the Fine Superlite slant ($30), the Maggard slant ($20 for the head), the Phoenix Artisan Bakelite slant ($20), and the RazoRock German 37 ($20 for complete razor (currently sold out), $12 for the head alone (currently still available)). The best of these […](image)

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