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McConnell: 20-week abortion ban will get Senate voteLeisureGuy

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:58:12 +0000

Jordain Carney reports in The Hill: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday that the Senate will vote on a 20-week abortion ban, though he didn’t specify when the legislation will come up. “It’s supported by virtually all of my members, and we expect to have a vote on it at some point,” McConnell told reporters […](image)

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Analysis of 141 hours of cable news reveals how mass killers are really portrayedLeisureGuy

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:31:16 +0000

Youyou Zhou has an interesting piece (with charts) in Quartz: Less than 12 hours after the news of the Las Vegas shooting broke, the sheriff in charge of investigating it described the gunman as a “lone wolf.” In short order, that terminology was denounced as a proxy for white privilege. Shaun King writing for The […](image)

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Ten Questions that the Senate Judiciary Committee Should Ask Jeff SessionsLeisureGuy

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:27:49 +0000

Matthew Miller writes at Lawfare: On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time since his confirmation hearing in January. To say his tenure since taking office has been rocky would be an understatement. In the past nine months, Sessions has been accused of lying under oath […](image)

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The tax-cut scamming runs deepLeisureGuy

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:33:28 +0000

Greg Sargent has a good column in the Washington Post. That column begins: The Trump administration is set to roll out a new analysis on Monday that supposedly demonstrates that President Trump’s proposed tax plan would ultimately boost middle-class incomes by thousands of dollars. This is based on the notion that corporations will pass their tax savings under Trump’s […](image)

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Manchin calls on Trump to withdraw Marino’s nomination as drug czar in wake of Post/‘60 Minutes’ probeLeisureGuy

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:25:55 +0000

This is why good investigative journalism is important, and those exposed as dishonest and corrupt will always cry “fake news” because they do not want their misdeeds exposed. Ed O’Keefe, Scott Higham, and Lenny Bernstein report in the Washington Post: Congressional Democrats on Monday reacted sharply to reports that President Trump’s nominee to serve as […](image)

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A perfect Monday shave: WSP Monarch, Asses’ Milk shaving soap, Stealth, and Bulgarian RoseLeisureGuy

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:17:14 +0000

It’s difficult to characterize the difference in the lather from this soap. The fragrance is mild and the lather is quite … what? “soft,” comes to mind: a good thick consistency and excellent glide, and altogether satisfactory. Not quite the same as other good lathers, but the difference is subtle. At any rate, the Monarch […](image)

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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.LeisureGuy

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:28:55 +0000

David Sanger, David Kirkpatrick, and Nicole Perlroth report in the NY Times: When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that […](image)

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Aiding Transgender Case, Sessions Defies His Image on Civil RightsLeisureGuy

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:40:03 +0000

Wow! Matt Arpuzzo reports in the NY Times: The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In taking the step, […](image)

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Nicer cities, liveable places: Amsterdam as an exampleLeisureGuy

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:57:49 +0000

You’ll really have to click through to read this well-illustrated commentary on Amsterdam by Robert Weetman. The text begins: Some years ago, already working in ‘active transport’, and seeking to deepen my understanding around urban design, I took the opportunity to take a family holiday for a week in the Netherlands. Among many many reactions […](image)

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The drug industry’s control of Congress led to the opioid epidemicLeisureGuy

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:03:24 +0000

Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein report in the Washington Post: In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets. By then, the opioid war had […](image)

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An interview with Philip PullmanLeisureGuy

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:35:39 +0000

Those who have read and enjoyed Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy will find Peter Jukes’s interview with him in Aeon of interest: The most impressive thing about meeting Philip Pullman is how unimposing he is. Renowned as a master of mythologies, casting a cultural shadow that stretches from Hollywood films to intellectual debates about […](image)

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Mühle silvertip, D.R. Harris Rose shaving cream, Dorco PL602, and Savory Rose aftershaveLeisureGuy

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:35:41 +0000

After the créme debacle, I decided to go with a real shaving cream, D.R. Harris Rose is extremely nice. The Mühle butterscotch brush worked up a very good lather immediately, and the trusty Dorco PL602 quite efficiently removed all traces of stubble in three passes, with no problems. This really is an excellent razor. A […](image)

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Fergus Henderson’s rolled pig’s spleenLeisureGuy

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:17:39 +0000

I had the other pig’s spleen tonight, using this recipe. Very tasty. And very good with mustard. I again will say that, although spleen is extremely high in iron, as is liver, spleen has a very mild taste, unlike liver. I think I will sauté it in the future, but after tasting this, I will […](image)

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Good purchasesLeisureGuy

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:38:49 +0000

When you purchase something, particularly something expensive but the rule seems to apply to minor purchases as well (e.g., a packet of screws), sometimes the purchase seems totally fitting and wonderful and sometimes a gnawing disappointment. (I’m thinking of a package of 1/2″ sheet-metal screws that totally did not serve: that was a disappointment.) I […](image)

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Dinner tonight: Blue cheese cabbage stir fryLeisureGuy

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:35:51 +0000

Blue Cheese Cabbage Stir-Fry Makes 4 servings Source – edited by me Ingredients 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) butter 1 lb mushrooms, cut into quarters or chunks 1/2 large onion or 3 shallots, chopped (tonight I used a whole onion) 1 head green cabbage (about 1.5-2 lbs) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 teaspoons […](image)

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John Coltrane Draws a Mysterious Diagram Illustrating the Mathematical & Mystical Qualities of MusicLeisureGuy

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:28:28 +0000

For the musicians among my readers—if any. I thought this Open Culture post by Josh Jones was quite interesting, though I am far from being a musician. It begins: In a post earlier this year, we wrote about a drawing John Coltrane gave his friend and mentor Yusef Lateef, who reproduced it in his book Repository of […](image)

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The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secretsLeisureGuy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:08:12 +0000

Torture does not work as a way to extract information. Ian Leslie reports in the Guardian: In 2013, a British man was arrested for planning to kidnap and brutally murder a soldier. The suspect, who had a criminal history, had posted messages on social media in support of violent jihad. In a search of his […](image)

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The hidden horror inside Jane Austen’s novels of loveLeisureGuy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:55:54 +0000

An interesting view of Austen’s novels. I have to admit that Mr. Woodhouse does fit the type of neurotic who uses being sickly as a manipulative tool. Mikaella Clements writes at LitHub: There’s an urban legend that stalks English Departments about Charlotte Brönte denouncing Jane Austen. “Jane Austen paints a very fine garden,” she is […](image)

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Pentagon accidentally included reporter in Puerto Rico spin talksLeisureGuy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:38:37 +0000

When governments hide routine government business (not state secrets) from the public, it’s always a bad sign. Example: Classifying reports of screw-ups as “Top Secret.” Christopher Flavelle reports in Bloomberg: Late last month, Pentagon communications officials inadvertently included Bloomberg climate reporter Christopher Flavelle on an internal distribution list, in which Defense Department and Federal Emergency Management Agency […](image)

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