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Business practices: Plumbing discovery

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The Eldest had a faucet (not that old) fall apart, and she talked over her options with a trustworthy plumber and learned:

Plumbing companies make two entire lines of plumbing supplies: (1) Total Crap™, which they sell through Home Depot, Loew’s, and other chain stores that sell directly to the consumer, and (2) Solid Products, sold only through plumbing supply houses to professional plumbers. The latter are slightly more expensive, but they also don’t fall apart after a few years’ use.

The point seems to be to accommodate stores that want to compete solely on price. Consumer experience seems not to be factored in to the equation.

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25 February 2011 at 3:10 pm

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Weight notes

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My weight is up 5 lbs, but it’s heading back down. I started eating whole servings of starch (1/2 c uncooked rice in the one-pot meal—two servings because two meals—instead of the 1/3 c I had been using: it’s just that the rice tastes so good that I started using full portions, a mistake), I got some feta to use here and there, and I was so hungry at night I started doing protein snacking (a boiled egg here, a string cheese there).

But now I don’t panic. I’ve been here before and I know what to do. The first thing to do is cut out the feta and the protein snacks. My one-pot meals are back to using 1/3 c in place of 1/2 c in the starch area, and I also and quitting the sardines/mackerel GOPMs. They taste great, but those are oil-rich fish (and thus their great nutritional value and omega-3 content). I picked up some Dover sole and some boneless, skinless chicken breast.

These slight adjustments, coupled with on-going exercise and eliminating all non-meal eating save for the two pieces of fruit (one for mid-morning snack, one for mid-afternoon snack), will quickly get me back on track.

The idea is not to panic, but simply return to good practice and keep the timely record.

UPDATE: FWIW, the Spanish mackerel is excellent. It doesn’t have a strong taste, but it is definitely rich.

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25 February 2011 at 2:59 pm

Posted in Fitness, Food

Busy morning

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I had to ready the apartment for the cleaning ladies. The lead cleaning lady grew up in Mexico, and she told me earlier that my signing up at MPC to take Spanish inspired her to enroll in a course in learning English as a foreign language. When she arrived, she asked me to listen to her pronunciation, and she very carefully pronounced “thirty.” The aspirated “th” clearly is difficult. Then I asked her to listen to the strange noises I make when I try to roll the r’s in, say, “pizarra” (blackboard). It must have made a great sight, her struggling with “thirty” and me with “pizarra.” But we both managed it.

She said that she learns something new in every class. She’s as excited about her class (taught all in English!, she told me) as I am about mine. She also said that her daughter (who’s in the 7th grade, I believe) told her that from now on she (the daughter) will speak only English to her. 🙂

Then to the PO, to Healthy Way, to Whole Foods, to Safeway, and home. On goes the oven, in goes my GOPM using Spanish mackerel (I hope that eating this will improve my ability to roll my r’s).

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25 February 2011 at 2:52 pm

Posted in Daily life

Military goes into business for itself

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Apparently the US military is becoming fed up with civilian control, which I guess is not delivering dollars fast enough to the military and its suppliers, so they have decided to reverse the direction of control and start to systematically control members of Congress.

Michael Hastings reports in Rolling Stone:

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as “information operations” at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. “I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.”

The list of targeted visitors was long, according to interviews with members of the IO team and internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone. Those singled out in the campaign included senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin; Rep. Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee; Adm. Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Czech ambassador to Afghanistan; the German interior minister, and a host of influential think-tank analysts.The incident offers an indication of just how desperate the U.S. command in Afghanistan is to spin American civilian leaders into supporting an increasingly unpopular war. According to the Defense Department’s own definition, psy-ops – the use of propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors – are supposed to be used exclusively on “hostile foreign groups.” Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a “propaganda rider” that also prohibits such manipulation. “Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO community knows you’re not supposed to target Americans,” says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s what you learn on day one.”

When Holmes and his four-man team arrived in Afghanistan in November 2009, their mission was to assess the effects of U.S. propaganda on the Taliban and the local Afghan population. But the following month, Holmes began receiving orders from Caldwell’s staff to direct his expertise on a new target: visiting Americans. At first, the orders were administered verbally. According to Holmes, who attended at least a dozen meetings with Caldwell to discuss the operation, the general wanted the IO unit to do the kind of seemingly innocuous work usually delegated to the two dozen members of his public affairs staff: compiling detailed profiles of the VIPs, including their voting records, their likes and dislikes, and their “hot-button issues.” In one email to Holmes, Caldwell’s staff also wanted to know how to shape the general’s presentations to the visiting dignitaries, and how best to “refine our messaging.”

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UPDATE: Links have been updated.

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25 February 2011 at 10:32 am

Obama’s authoritarian tendencies

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Some have expressed dismay at my disgruntlement with bad actions by the Obama Administration. I don’t like bad actions by my government, and I particularly do not like bad actions by a president who promised the opposite while campaigning and for whom I voted.

Take, for example, his determination to close down any non-official sources of information about what our government is doing—especially, it appears, when those sources reveal government misbehavior. And he promised the exact opposite, but he revealed early on that his promises were worthless. Take a look at this:

Last April, the DOJ served a subpoena on New York Times reporter James Risen, demanding to know his source for a story he published in his 2006 book regarding a “reckless” and horribly botched CIA effort to infiltrate Iran’s nuclear program.   That subpoena had originally been served but was then abandoned by the Bush DOJ, but its revitalization by the Obama administration was but one of many steps taken to dramatically expand the war on whistleblowers being waged by the current President, who ran on a platform of “protecting whistleblowers”:

Adicionar imagemThose pretty words have given way to the most aggressive crusade to expose, punish and silence “courageous and patriotic” whistleblowers by any President in decades.  As the Federation of American Scientists’ Steven Aftergood put it, “They’re going after this at every opportunity and with unmatched vigor.”  And last May, The New York Times described how “the Obama administration is proving more aggressive than the Bush administration in seeking to punish unauthorized leaks.”  This war has entailed multiple indictments and prosecutions of Bush-era leaks which exposed various degrees of corruption, ineptitude and illegality.  And, of course, the Obama administration’s preoccupation with destroying WikiLeaks — which has led it to boast of efforts to prosecute the group for publishing classified information (which other media outlets do every day), target WikiLeaks supporters with invasive harassment, and even subpoena the Twitter accounts of several WikiLeaks associates, including a sitting member of the Icelandic Parliament — has been well-documented.

But it’s the DOJ’s increasing willingness to target journalists as part of this crusade that has now escalated its seriousness.  Last month, the DOJ claimed it had found and arrested Risen’s source:  Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent who left the agency in 2002 (he now works in the health insurance industry).  As part of Sterling’s criminal proceedings, it was revealed yesterday that federal investigators had secretly obtained Risen’s bank records, information about his phone and travel activities, and even credit reports to unearth his source:

Federal investigators trying to find out who leaked information about a CIA attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program obtained a New York Times reporter’s three private credit reports, examined his personal bank records and obtained information about his phone calls and travel, according to a new court filing.

The scope and intrusiveness of the government’s efforts to uncover reporter James Risen’s sources surfaced Thursday in the criminal case of James Sterling, a former CIA officer facing federal criminal charges for allegedly disclosing classified information. . . . The revelation alarmed First Amendment advocates, particularly in light of Justice Department rules requiring the attorney general to sign off on subpoenas directed to members of the media and on requests for their phone records.

First Amendment advocates said the Justice Department’s use of business records to find out about Risen’s sources was troubling. Those records, they argue, could potentially expose a wide array of Risen’s sources and confidential contacts — information that might fall beyond the initial investigation that led to Sterling’s indictment . . .

“To me, in many ways, it’s worse than a direct subpoena,” said Jane Kirtley, a University of Minnesota law professor and former director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “Third-party subpoenas are really, really invidious. . . . Even if it is targeted, even if they’re trying to just look at the relevant stuff, they’re inevitably going to get material that exposes other things.”

Kirtley also said journalists often aren’t notified when

Continue reading. Am I wrong to feel that this is a very bad thing?

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25 February 2011 at 10:23 am

Art Tatum truly knew how to tickle the ivories

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25 February 2011 at 9:37 am

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A new Bay Rum

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A good shave using a previously used Astra Keramik blade in the red-tipped Super Speed. I got a fine lather from the Prairie Creations tallow & lanolin based soap, thanks in part to the Rooney Style 2. Three passes, a splash of the new (to me) Bay Rum, and I’m good to go. This bay rum is made locally, up in Bonny Doon. I like it so far: great fragrance. I got it here.

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25 February 2011 at 9:23 am

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“Eight or nine wise words about letter writing”

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Charles Dodgson, perhaps in his Lewis Carroll persona, wrote an essay with the above title, and that essay is included in the Modern Library Giant edition of the works of Lewis Carroll, where I read and heeded it. I even kept (for quite a while) the correspondence log he describes, and to this day I continue to follow the habits I developed under his tutelage: such as: Before starting the letter, I address and stamp the envelope, which always bears a return address. Or: At a minimum, the heading will (always) include my complete return address and the date.

Terrific little essay.

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24 February 2011 at 6:31 pm

Posted in Writing

Corporations begin to take off the gloves

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It’s becoming increasingly evident that de facto governance of the United States is rapidly passing into the hands of corporations. The recent Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court both indicates and facilitates the process, and as lagniappe we have the wonderful footnote that Citizens United had explicitly purchased Justice Clarence Thomas from the get-go (a bird in the hand is worth two, etc.).

Still, as corporations become more accustomed to their grip on the levers of power, we can expect to see more frequent overt signs of their control and willingness to exercise it. For example, I just received this in an email:

PayPal just froze the account of the Bradley Manning Support Network, a group raising funds for the legal defense of alleged Wikileaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning. The group can no longer accept donations through PayPal, or access the money in its account.

The Bradley Manning Support Network didn’t do anything illegal. PayPal even admits there’s no legal reason to shut down the group’s account; it’s an “internal policy decision.”

We need to stand with other Bradley Manning supporters. Can you sign your name to our letter to PayPal demanding the company restore service to the Bradley Manning Support Network?

Tell PayPal to drop its unreasonable demands of the Bradley Manning Support Network and restore access to the group’s PayPal account. Click here to sign our letter.

PayPal’s decision to purposefully block funds to help Bradley Manning is no accident. Two months ago, PayPal also arbitrarily blocked donations to Wikileaks.

Just days after PayPal blocked service to Wikileaks, PayPal executives apparently began a campaign to find excuses to block funds for the Bradley Manning Support Network. The group says its leaders:

“…fielded lengthy calls from executives at PayPal regarding website content, the intended use of the funds being solicited in support of Bradley Manning, and accountings of the recent purchases (primarily envelopes, paper, and postage stamps) made with PayPal funds.”

Even this wasn’t good enough for PayPal, which decided that the only way to allow the Bradley Manning Support Network to use PayPal would be to give the company direct access to its checking account – an extraordinary and unreasonable demand.

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24 February 2011 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Business, Government, Law

Obama and Holder: Men of principle, I’m sure, but exactly what principle?

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Read this post by Ed Brayton and see whether you can reasonably believe that Obama and Holder are what was once described as men of principle, which was taken as a sign of character and integrity.

UPDATE: Also some excellent (and, to my mind, indisputable) points made here.

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24 February 2011 at 3:04 pm

Hoping for the best

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I used my new class-day lunch approach today: breakfast as usual, apple as snack just before class at 11:15, then back home to heat up oven and pop in the ready GOPM… and then, of course, wait 45 minutes.

I think it will work well—the other approach had me actually gaining some weight (well, that plus I bought some feta and fell to including that in snacks)—but it does mean I am a mite peckish as 3:00 comes on and me still not having eaten.

My range has a very nice digital timer that I now use almost exclusively. It displays minutes remaining, of course, and one nice feature is that when it hits 1 minute, it emits a short beep and the display switches to a seconds countdown.

So when I rounded the corner into the kitchen and saw the “23” on the timer, I waited a beat, quite consciously, but it remained at “23”. Darn.

We’re close now, though: I can smell it.

This is another sardine version. And once again three sardines, cleaned and filleted, came in just at nine ounces: 9.2. Just right for two meals.

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24 February 2011 at 2:50 pm

Posted in Daily life

Extremely smooth & pleasant shave

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Class days pretty much wipe out discretionary activities in the morning—plus today when I finally got parked and looked for my briefcase in the car, I suddenly put together my memory and realized I had placed the briefcase atop the car briefly while I did something, and that therefore I must have driven off with the briefcase still there. Luckily, I recalled, I had zipped out rather quickly, so the briefcase probably fell off in the driveway itself or just in front of it.The MacBook is in the briefcase, but it’s a Briggs & Riley and specifically made for traveling with notebook computers, so I knew that the computer was fine.

Got home, and there it was. Someone had put it up on the sidewalk. But that ate up more time…

Terrific shave today, thanks to a reader stimulating me to get more use from the slant bar. As a daily shaver, it’s wonderful. Some say that using it daily eventually becomes hard on their skin, but (after one shave in a row), so far, so good. Great lather from Tabac, as always, and then an enjoyable splash of Tabac to finish.

And now I’m back and a sardine & rice GOPM is in the oven.

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24 February 2011 at 2:27 pm

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

Homemade versions of common processed foods

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I started with the homemade pepper sauce, which I continue to make and use. I also use Sriracha and Tabasco and some few others, including a local brand, but day in and day out I mostly use my own mix.

Then I made my homemade Worcestershire sauce: totally wonderful, and I’ll not be buying that any more, but making it myself.

Now I see these homemade energy/granola bars and wonder how many readers make their own in preference to store-bought? (I currently do not eat any energy bars, homemade or store bought.)

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23 February 2011 at 4:36 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Great Pilates session

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Man, that went fast. My instructor was making “wrap-up” remarks, and I thought we still had at least half an hour to go. Time flies when you’re focused.

Now I’m off to Whole Foods: I just called the meat department and they not only have Monterey Bay sardines, they also have 3 Spanish mackerel from the East Coast. Mackerel is a fish I dearly want to try with this new method; I imagine it will work like the sardines, making an incredibly rich rice, with all those lovely veggies on top. And I do like the way red chard works.

UPDATE: Back, with .95 lbs Monterey Bay sardines (it took three) and a .95-lb Spanish mackerel, all with heads and tails, and the sardines I have to gut as well. So they’ll be much closer to half a pound once the guts, heads, tails, and spines are gone. Also more red chard and some bok choy. Yum

I figured out why I’ve gained back a couple of pounds. Obviously, it’s too early to move feta back into the diet, so that will go. The real problem, though, is Tues and Thurs: class is from 11:30 to 2:00 (nominally: by omitting some breaks we get out at 1:30), so I’ve been trying to eat lunch before class, but then in the evening I’m too hungry. So here’s the new plan for those days:

regular breakfast, then assemble a GOPM and put it into the fridge

snack just before class: an apple

after class, come home immediately and put the GOPM in the oven

I figure this means that I’ll eat lunch around 2:45, which is late, but I’ll have a clementine as soon as I get home—the one I would otherwise have as afternoon snack. If I’m eating lunch that late, no other snack needed. The GOPM will serve for both lunch and dinner.

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23 February 2011 at 3:22 pm

How I’m feeling

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I got an interesting note from a regular reader:

I’ve followed your weight-loss and fitness progress with both pride and envy. Interestingly, unless I’ve missed it, you haven’t commented much on how you actually feel after all this. That’s a helluva weight to lose…you must be feeling fantastic. How has it changed your daily life? I think that would be an interesting angle to talk about (if you’re comfortable with it of course).

I was thinking about this just the other day, and wrote in a letter that I seem (based on my observations rather than my feelings) to have quite a bit more energy, given the things I’m now doing: blogging, writing a book, writing 1-2 letters by hand every morning, taking Spanish, cooking quite a bit, doing 30 minutes on the Nordic Track 5 days a week (and, yes, I did my 30 minutes this morning), doing an hour of Pilates three times a week, and so on.

I tend to rely on observations of activity and behavior rather than internal feelings, but internal feelings can be quite misleading: observing what one actually does is a good check.

I certainly could not have done that before this effort: 5 minutes on the Nordic was a trial, I couldn’t have done the Pilates at all, I think, and I certainly wasn’t doing the other stuff listed except for the blogging.

But the odd thing was that we so readily adapt to the current situation that we don’t see anything out of the ordinary. I did not feel that I lacked energy before. That wasn’t the problem (as I saw it): the problem was simply that I was obese and out of shape. But so far as daily activity was concerned, I saw no problems. I had insensibly adjusted my range of activities to my comfort level, so everything felt fine and “normal.” I may have gotten out of breath walking up the hill at college, and had to stop a couple of times, but that was just how things were. So, in fact, I didn’t go to the college. Without thinking about it, it just faded out of my picture of things I could do.

And now: I feel good, everything is fine and “normal”, and it’s hard to feel the difference—probably because over the 9 months it’s taken to get here, I’ve had time to adjust and accept. Plus, of course, I still have 10 lbs to go, so I’m still working on it.

I’ve observed that students, who are learning a lot and rapidly increasing their range of knowledge, go around feeling ignorant and unready because the teaching process keeps them at the mine face, as it were, working hard to gain knowledge that they still lack. Surrounded by so much they still don’t know, they lack a sense of their progress, and I think that’s my situation.

A story on that last: when I went to graduate school, I went into mathematics. I was taking a course in abstract algebra taught by John Kemeny, a very very smart man indeed, using van der Waerden‘s Modern Algebra as the text. I had never been exposed to modern math, so this was both exciting and difficult—and this was before I had learned how to work or how to study (which is a form of work). But I plugged away, constantly feeling that I knew nothing, until I tried to explain something I had just learned to a friend (who was not studying math)—a homeomorphism of a group, as I recalled, and how that generalizes to other structures, and as I started to provide just the background, not the new thing I understood, I saw her eyes glaze over. I realized then that perhaps I had actually learned some stuff while feeling constantly ignorant and struggling.

Perhaps many repetitions of the sequence of tackling something, feeling ignorant about it but continuing to work on it, and then looking around after some weeks and realize that I really do now know quite a bit about it. Indeed, that’s how I’m approaching Spanish now: I feel extremely ignorant and awkward, but I now have faith that if I continue to work and learn, in a few months I’ll surprise myself by how much I know.

Getting fit is a lot like that: Because you’re challenging yourself, you feel constantly on the verge of failure and your feelings don’t really reflect your accomplishments. That’s where behavioral observations and objective measures help.

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23 February 2011 at 12:24 pm

Posted in Daily life, Fitness

Hello! OpenOffice at last

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I’ve always been intrigued by OpenOffice, but I’ve also always already MS Office—and of course Open Office does not include anything like OneNote.

But now I’m on a Mac, and I’m wanting a good word processor, spreadsheet, and the like. And I’m not inclined to go with MS Office on the Mac—don’t know why, but I have negative impressions.

But I just now thought: OpenOffice.org, a free, open-source, platform independent solution. I’m downloading it now. 🙂

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23 February 2011 at 11:47 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

Slant-bar smoothness

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After exchanging some emails with a reader, I decided to use the slant bar for regular shaves, not only for cutting stubble from two or more days. So this morning a regular shave. I wanted to try my Floris Elite, from several years ago, in comparison with the Floris No 89 that I bought recently. So far as I can tell, the two soaps work the same. And that Gerson brush is the berries. The Wife doesn’t quite remember the price—only that it ended in a “5”. She thinks it might have been €45 or possibly €85. I would guess that it’s €45: it’s a wonderful brush, with a very nice knot indeed, but it’s not silvertip and the handle, though I like it a lot, is not hand-turned. It is, however, highly polished and quite distinctive.

I can’t find Gerson shaving equipment on the Web, but if you’re in France, you might want to keep your eye open for their stuff.

It created a fine lather, I got three smooth, trouble-free passes from the Hoffritz Slant Bar (mine has been rhodium plated) holding a Swedish Gillette blade of several shaves. A splash of Pashana and I am ready to dig into various projects.

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23 February 2011 at 11:05 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

Israel and US foreign policy

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Based on the US veto of a completely reasonable UN resolution condemning the illegal settlements that Israel continues to support, it seems evident that US foreign policy is dictated by Israel. The vote was against the best interests of the US (though I’m sure it saved Obama a lot of trouble with the GOP, and so far as I can tell, he will do just about anything to try to placate them), and it served to isolate the US further from its allies and the international community. It also seems to underscore that the US will support Israel in anything it does, however illegal and morally indefensible the action may be.

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23 February 2011 at 7:53 am

Diplomatic immunity: An assassin’s best friend?

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This story in the NY Times raises some intriguing questions, which the article totally fails to address. But we must remember what we’ve learned about Bill Keller’s editorship of the Times: the paper now routinely seeks government approval for its stories and prints only what the government wants—at least until other papers break the stories, whereupon it turns out the NY Times had the facts all long but had either not published them at all, or had published only a cover story as requested by the government.

In other words, the NY Times has decided to follow the Pravda path, defining “the news that’s fit to print” as “the news report the government wants you to believe.” And Keller is quite open about this. I think the poor guy is so removed from journalism that he thinks the paper is being a “good citizen” by allowing the government to control its reportage.

But in the story about the shooter in Pakistan, the thing won’t hold together.

First, diplomatic immunity is to protect our diplomats and their staff from arbitrary actions of the host government, taken under coverage of law. It was never intended to be a “00” license to kill citizens of the host government with impunity. Indeed, if that was its purpose, governments would stop giving diplomatic immunity. To claim that diplomatic immunity allows our governmental assassins to walk the streets, gunning down citizens in a foreign country with no fear of repercussions, is (to my mind) insane. I don’t think we in this country would take kindly to someone gunning down a couple of Americans in the street and then claiming diplomatic immunity, especially if he represented a government that routinely killed innocent civilians in the country through drone-fired missiles.

Second, President Obama seems to want cover under an international treaty. But the US government has ignored treaties whenever it wants—not just with Native Americans, but more recently the Geneva Convention and the Convention Against Torture, and to this day President Obama refuses to heed the requirements of the Convention Against Torture, which requires him to follow the advice he so freely handed to Indonesia: that it is the responsibility of the government in power to investigate credible allegations of criminal behavior that violates the laws of the land. For Indonesia, President Obama (and Secretary Clinton) thought it very important to investigate past crimes and bring to justice those responsible. For the US, the same President believes that we should not obey the requirements of the law, but rather allow the guilty to go free and uninvestigated.

So I do not believe Obama has a leg to stand on when he appeals to treaties. His own actions completely belie his words, and I think increase the revulsion people are starting to feel about the actions of the US government.

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23 February 2011 at 7:43 am

Roasting a whole fish

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A cleaned whole fish, of course: for one thing you need the cavity for the fragrant things to be roasted with the fish. And it’s dead easy: 450ÂşF oven, 15 minutes, and Bob’s your uncle. I particularly enjoyed roast bluefish, which we don’t get out here. I still recall one delicious (and enormous) bluefish that we roasted one of the times I lived in Annapolis, MD. After a fine meal, we removed the rest of the meat from the bones and made a splendid fish salad. A salad from a cooked fresh fish puts salads from canned fish in the shade and is bested only by a salad from raw fish: ceviche (link goes to a blog devoted to ceviche recipes).

The NY Times has a short video, “How to Roast a Whole Fish,” that shows how totally simple and easy it is. [UPDATE: Video here, thanks to a kind commenter.] Basics:

Brush fish with oil, inside and out
Salt and pepper generously, inside and out
Fill cavity with flavorings—for example, one of these

  • lemon, garlic, rosemary
  • chipotle, jalapeño, lime, cumin
  • scallions, ginger, soy sauce, dark sesame oil

And best of all, fishmongers sell the whole fish much more cheaply than the fillets, even though the whole fish is more flavorful when cooked.

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23 February 2011 at 7:21 am

Posted in Food, Recipes

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