Archive for July 22nd, 2011
And not just the Federal government: indeed, state and local governments are even easier and cheaper to buy: both states and cities are so eager for corporations to move in that they are pretty much willing to do anything. The first step is usually a bribe, offered in the form of freedom from taxes for a set period or indefinitely. The next seems to be to have the corporations write the laws that the government will then enforce for them. This happens at the state and local level, as discussed in the article at the link, and also at the Federal level where corporate lobbyists keep legislators in line. Legislators who are uncooperative generally see well-funded opponents come election time.
It’s more or less in the open. I think people no longer care.
From The Week:
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland is still covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests, the Irish Government charged in a blistering new report. The Irish church promised in 1996 to report all abuse cases to state authorities, but the government found that clergy in the diocese of Coyne did nothing about complaints voiced against 19 priests between 1996 and 2009. Worse, the report found that the Vatican explicitly directed Irish bisops not to abide by the 1996 policy. And after a seminarian complained that the bisop of Cloyne, John Magee, inapprpriately hugged and kissed him, church officials justified such behavior as simply “Italianate.” The Irish government is now planning to make it a criminal offense to withold knowledge of child abuse from authorities.
The Vatican continues its corrupt and evil policies. But I think most people did not expect any reform within the Roman Catholic church. It’s an organization that actively opposes reform in so many areas.
UPDATE: And, in other news, the Vatican takes steps to keep women and married men from being priests in the Catholic church (which is no problem in the Episcopal church or other Protestant churches, of course.)
Here’s a more detailed report of the problems noted above.
I wish I could have tasted a Gros Michel, the predecessor to the Cavendish common in supermarkets today (but not, apparently, for much longer). I’ve read that the Gros Michel was much tastier than the Cavendish, with more flavor. But it was wiped out by a fungus, and now the Cavendish is similarly marked for disaster. Current situation described in this article.
Today I tried for Creamy Lather using an Omega 643167 artificial badger, a very nice brush for around $25, and Geo. F. Trumper Coconut Oil shaving soap. As I worked up the lather I noticed that the initial formation included a lot of large bubbles. That’s the lather that gets pushed over the side, save what I can recapture and continue working. In a relatively short time—though longer than I generally used to load the brush—the lather starts to change character and become thicker. I believe that’s the CL I sought.
At any rate, a very good lather and a good shave with a Gillette NEW holding a previously used Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge. Three passes, a splash of Trumper’s West Indian Extract of Limes (a phrase I always think should be “Extract of West Indian Limes”, for surely that is what is intended), and I’m ready for Friday.