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Archive for June 25th, 2007

Nature’s Tears EyeMist

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It just arrived, and it’s not bad. The Web site is NSFW, unfortunately: a video promo starts playing immediately, and no way to turn it off, and it repeats and repeats and repeats. Bad site. However, this page has the info and is safe for work. Shipping was free when I ordered. And misting the eyes is MUCH better than putting in drops.

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25 June 2007 at 4:58 pm

Posted in Daily life, Health

An intense interest in shaving is perfectly natural

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At least, I think so. But I read this post:

Anyhow in regards to the original subject: I really can’t explain why I’m into shaving as I am. It really does strike me as a bizarre hobby.

Imagine if someone was really into vacuuming and they started collecting vacuums and dustbusters, mops, brooms, etc. And they started getting different air fresheners or trying floor polishes. To me, it’s similar.

“Ooh, tomorrow is Tuesday, I’m gonna use my Dirt Devil and Lemon Scented Glade.”

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25 June 2007 at 4:04 pm

Posted in Shaving

Hilzoy on a roll

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He has some excellent comments on the third in the Cheney series. Read them.

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25 June 2007 at 3:41 pm

Undercover journalism confirms our suspicion

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Lobbyists will do anything for money. Read this.

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25 June 2007 at 3:26 pm

Posted in Business, Government

Clues to internal struggles at WaPo

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Given the Washington Post‘s editorial board and its continuing support for Bush and his Administration, it’s surprising that the 4-part Cheney series was published—but note this, from War & Piece:

A veteran newspaper editor friend has some sharp observations about the Post Cheney piece:

A careful reading of the story of Cheney’s coup against a feeble executive reveals that paragraphs 7 through 10 were written and inserted in haste by a powerful editorial hand. The banging of colliding metaphors in an otherwise carefully written piece is evidence of last-minute interpolations by a bad editor whom no one has the power to rewrite.

(“Waxing or waning, [moon metaphor], Cheney hold his purchase [grasping image, a monkey?] on an unrivaled portfolio [business metaphor]….” A monkey with a gibbous face clutching a briefcase stuffed with investments?)

(Worse is this garble: “Cheney, they said. inhabits an operational world [?] in which means are matched with ends [is there any other way?] and some of the most important choices are made.” [Where’s the rest of the sentence? What does this pseudo-sentence even mean?])

That in turn suggests that this piece has been ready to run for some time. Insertions like the one about the veep’s office not being part of the executive branch and seriatim “softenings” show that jamming it into the paper at the end of June, when only cats and the homeless are around the read the paper, was made at the last minute.

Why? My guess is that this series ready to go during the debate over the supplemental funding of the Iraq war and that Downie or someone at the top held it back until Gellman and others started carrying snub-nose .38s to work under their seersuckers.

A key element of the coup is also ignored: the role of the press as revealed in the Libby scandal … : Note in particular paragraph seven the phrase that Cheney’s subversive roles “went undetected.” The correct verb is “unreported.”

This series is a landscape of an internal war. Parts of it are still smoking and some reputations are visibly dying—anonymously, for the moment. The journalistic graves registration people will go in later and tag the corpses.

Update: More hints that the Post series has been in the can for a few months now: its co-author Jo Becker has already moved to the NYT and published a long investigated enterprise piece now on the NYT‘s front page.

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25 June 2007 at 3:19 pm

Skin benefits of traditional shaving

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A post on Badger & Blade:

About 2-3 weeks ago I went to a wedding in Richmond, VA that my entire family was invited to. So I greet my mom at the airport (they were flying in from Michigan) and she gives me a hug and squishes my cheeks the way moms tend to do when they see their sons for the first time in a while- then says to me, “Wow- What have you done to your face?!?” and I replied “What are you talking about?” (Somewhat alarmed)

She replies, “Your face…its the smoothest and softest its been since you were 5. What have you done? Can you tell your father to do the same?!?”

It’s interesting because- while I’m aware of the fact that wetshaving has vastly improved the health of my skin… its one of those things were the improvements have been slow and steady over time, and less perceptible on a day to day basis. My mom though, having not seen me in a few months- could detect the difference much more quickly- because she only had the last time she saw me to compare to (if that makes sense).

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25 June 2007 at 10:44 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

More on Cheney

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The blogosphere is bubbling with the revelations in the first two WaPo articles—with two more still to come. The Anonymous Liberal has a good post, which begins:

If you haven’t yet read the first two installments (1, 2) of the Washington Post’s four part series on Dick Cheney’s role in the Bush administration, go read them now. They’re incredible. Barton Gellman and Jo Becker do an excellent job telling the behind-the-scenes story of how the Bush administration’s various terrorism-related policies came into being. The articles confirm much of what has been suspected about Cheney’s role and fill in many of the gaps. It’s riveting stuff, and deeply disturbing.

There’s enough stuff in the first two installments alone to fill 100 blog posts, easily. But since I don’t have that kind of time, I want to focus on a few meta-observations.

(1) Conspicuously absent from nearly every important scene described in these articles is the President himself. Time and again we see the Vice President making decisions, attending meetings, and handling situations that really should be handled by the President personally. We also see the Vice President continually limiting or otherwise manipulating the information and advice that reaches the President’s ear. We see him secretly intercepting memos intended for other cabinet officials, keeping key officials out of the loop on important decisions, and using other officials to disguise the provenance of advice originating from his office. The portrait that emerges is of a man with utter disdain for process and an almost messianic certainty in his beliefs, a man who has used his immense knowledge of the workings of the executive bureaucracy and his close relationship with a pliant, inexperienced president to effectively control national policy on all issues related to the “war on terror” for the last six years. Cheney really is the man behind the curtain.

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25 June 2007 at 9:46 am

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