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Archive for May 7th, 2014

Best collection of cat photos I’ve seen

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Written by Leisureguy

7 May 2014 at 9:06 pm

Posted in Cats, Daily life

GOP-Appointed Judge Tries To Save Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) By Stopping Anti-Corruption Probe

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Written by Leisureguy

7 May 2014 at 1:01 pm

Posted in GOP, Government, Law, Politics

Death Row Inmate Seeks Stay of Execution, Citing Oklahoma Fiasco

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7 May 2014 at 12:59 pm

Posted in Government, Law, Torture

Gun violence again

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Giving carte blanche access to firearms, as in the US, does have it costs, some of which are described in this NY Times article. The question is whether the benefits outweigh those costs—costs that include not only deaths but intimidation (accidental or deliberate, and clearly both kinds occur). I’m beginning to think that they do not. That is not to say that we will not persist in our folly, paying the costs repeatedly. For one thing, changing the Constitution would be impossible. Congress will certainly take no action—“no action” is its middle name. So we shall continue as before. But that’s independent of whether the costs outweigh the benefit. As a nation, we have shown no great fear of deficits, so another deficit is not likely to matter all that much.

Written by Leisureguy

7 May 2014 at 12:57 pm

Posted in Guns

An amazing scandal from an earlier age: Teapot Dome

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What an amazing story. Read just the opening pages (using the “Look Inside” feature) of Laton McCartney’s The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country. Apparently Big Oil has always worked to corrupt the government.

Written by Leisureguy

7 May 2014 at 9:12 am

Posted in Business, Government

Electric bikes, folding bikes

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I just shipped off my Brompton bicycle to The Younger Daughter, and today I discover ElectricBike.com. Electric bikes seem to be in a state of rapid development.

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7 May 2014 at 7:51 am

A Barbasol shave

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SOTD 7 May 2014

 

After reading qualified praise of Barbasol canned foam (praise on the order of “If I don’t have shaving soap or shaving cream, I’ll use Barbasol” or “If I had to use canned foam, I’d use Barbasol”), I decided to try it. The brush is in the photo because a brush seems much more pleasant and efficient than using my hand.

The shaving lather extruded from the can was very thick and slick. I squirted some in the bowl, wet the brush and shook it out well so that it was but damp, then brushed up a dab and brushed it over my beard. The consistency is excellent, and I got good coverage—and in fact the brush held plenty for all three passes, so I realized I had squirted out too much. An amount the size of an English walnut—or a black walnut, if you prefer—is ample.

The lather formulation seems to include some mild topical anesthetic—at least my skin felt that way. While Barbasol will work, I think a regular lather works better. The Edwin Jagger head held a Personna blade, and the UFO handle (aluminum bronze) feels very comfortable.

Three passes from the loaded brush, a good splash of Stetson Classic, and a good shave overall.

 

Written by Leisureguy

7 May 2014 at 7:10 am

Posted in Shaving

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