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Archive for August 28th, 2012

“Introducing the Real Romney”

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David Brooks has a good column today:

The purpose of the Republican convention is to introduce America to the real Mitt Romney. Fortunately, I have spent hours researching this subject. I can provide you with the definitive biography and a unique look into the Byronic soul of the Republican nominee:

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.

Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words (“I like to fire people”) at age 14 months, made his first gaffe at 15 months and purchased his first nursery school at 24 months. The school, highly leveraged, went under, but Romney made 24 million Jujubes on the deal.

Mitt grew up in a modest family. His father had an auto body shop called the American Motors Corporation, and his mother owned a small piece of land, Brazil. He had several boyhood friends, many of whom owned Nascar franchises, and excelled at school, where his fourth-grade project, “Inspiring Actuaries I Have Known,” was widely admired.

The Romneys had a special family tradition. . .

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

28 August 2012 at 9:15 am

Posted in Election, Humor

Interesting and useful post on miracle noodles

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Kafeneio has an extremely interesting (and useful) post on Miracle Noodles this morning: no carbs, no calories, no gluten noodles. He includes history, cooking tips, and a recipe.

Written by Leisureguy

28 August 2012 at 8:39 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health

Constitutionality of filibuster challenged

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James Fallows has an interesting post this morning on his blog about a lawsuit Common Cause is mounting in the face of the onslaught of filibusters by the GOP that have essentially shut down the Senate.

Here’s why the lawsuit is important:

Read his entire post for a list of seven reasons why this does indeed seem unconstitutional.

Written by Leisureguy

28 August 2012 at 8:37 am

Posted in Congress, Government, Law

Complete article on spontaneous human combustion

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Josh in comments points out this complete article (PDF) on spontaneous human combustion and its probable cause.

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28 August 2012 at 8:30 am

Posted in Daily life, Science

Hantavirus endemic to Yosemite

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Be careful. Jef Akst in The Scientist has this note:

Hantavirus, a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by exposure to urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents, has now claimed the lives of two visitors to a popular location within Yosemite National Park in California, The Huffington Postreported, and a total of four are suspected to have contracted the infection.

Only 587 cases of hantavirus infection have been documented in the United States since the virus’s discovery in 1993. There is no treatment for the infection, and about one-third of cases prove fatal.

Park officials say that exposure likely came from Curry Village, an area of rustic cabins where visitors can stay, and are warning people to be alert for any symptoms of hantavirus, including fever, aches, dizziness and chills, which can develop as long as 5 weeks after exposure. The park is also making an effort to contact all visitors who stayed in one of Curry Village’s 91 Signature Tent Cabins, which are more insulated than the other accommodations and where all four cases of suspected hantavirus patients stayed.

“They’re doing everything they can to eliminate areas where mice can get into the cabins,” Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman told the San Francisco Chronicle. “This was never because the cabins were dirty, it was never because we didn’t take care of them. This is just because approximately 20 percent of all deer mice are infected with hantavirus. And they’re here in Yosemite Valley.”

Written by Leisureguy

28 August 2012 at 8:24 am

Posted in Daily life, Medical

Coconut shave once more

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Coconut oil, whether used in a shaving soap or shaving cream, seems to make a terrific lather, and Trumper makes the most of it. It’s the shaving cream today, and the brush—same format as yesterday, but from a horse of a different color—did a fine job of lather making. Three smooth passes with the Apollo Mikron holding a Swedish Gillette blade following by a splash of Coral Skin Food, and I’m ready to resume packing.

When the move happens—in less than two weeks—the SOTD and perhaps all posts will be on hiatus for a while, but I shall return.

Written by Leisureguy

28 August 2012 at 8:23 am

Posted in Shaving

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