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The Iran Deal: The best deal we can realistically get

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Of course, the GOP has little interest in realism, so they are struggling to kill the deal (and, just as in the case of Obamacare, with absolutely nothing to replace it). James Fallows has an excellent column in the the Atlantic:

The latest set of indicators:

1. Logic. Graham Allison, who originally made his academic reputation withEssence of Decision, his study of the negotiations that averted a U.S.-Soviet nuclear catastrophe in 1962, has another installment in his series of Atlantic essays on the details and implications of the nuclear agreement with Iran. This one is called “9 Reasons to Support the Iran Deal,” and it begins by reestablishing a crucial point about the deal’s critics.

None of them, from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “historic mistake” Netanyahu to U.S. Senator Lindsey “it’s a declaration of war on Israel” Graham, has yet risen to the challenge of offering a better real-world alternative. Better is something that would make Iran less likely to develop a nuclear weapon. Real-world is something that the Russians, Chinese, and other nations on “our” side would agree to demand from the Iranians, and that the Iranians would accept too. As the saying goes, this is the worst possible deal, except for all the alternatives.

2. A vote for. Representative Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and “a moderate’s moderate,” tells theAtlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that he thinks the deal is in the best interests of both the United States and Israel, so he will support it. “At the end of the day, I could not find an alternative that would turn out in a better way than the deal,” he told Goldberg, making the essential real-world point. “The risks associated with rejection of the deal are quite a bit higher than the risks associated with going forward.”

[More votes for. Significantly, on Tuesday Democratic Senators Tim Kaine of Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Barbara Boxer of California sign on. On the WaPo’s site Greg Sargent explains why these are bellwether declarations.]

3. A potential vote against. I take this headline from Politico as a good sign for the deal’s prospects in Congress: . . .

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4 August 2015 at 7:56 pm

Interesting Forbes article on Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

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Interesting read. The author notes at one point “Smythe (née Hodges),” which suggest that Hodges is female. He is, in fact, male, and “née” should be “né” (cf. “fiancée” and “fiancé).

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4 August 2015 at 6:52 pm

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US law enforcement in action

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Radley Balko offers these links:

  • In New Orleans, a lawsuit alleges another traffic stop that police needlessly escalated, ending with an unarmed man shot in the head.
  • Headline of the day: Suspended Cops Say Video of Them Eating Marijuana Edibles During a Raid Violated Their Privacy
  • Nashville’s police department has imposed strict parameters for high-speed chases. The number of bystanders killed in such chases has dropped dramatically.
  • A former Madison County (Ala.) deputy faces federal civil rights chargesfor allegedly beating a man, then intimidating witnesses, including an allegation that he put an unloaded gun to a witness’s head and pulled the trigger. Note that it took a federal indictment to hold him accountable.
  • Also in Alabama, an officer has been cleared for shooting an unarmed man in a raid to serve an arrest warrant for misdemeanor offenses.

And also check out this story: Federal appeals court: Drug dog that’s barely more accurate than a coin flip is good enough

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4 August 2015 at 3:17 pm

Posted in Law Enforcement

Why The U.S. Isn’t Prosecuting White Collar Criminals

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Mainly because white-collar criminals now control much of the government, but also contributing significantly was Eric Holder’s obvious desire to return to a lucrative Wall Street job and Obama’s apparent hopes (cf. his support of TPP and his support of keeping most of the provisions of TPP secret).

Alan Pyke reports in ThinkProgess:

A British banker is headed to prison for over a dozen years for cheating the markets, but American prosecutions of financial and other professionalized crimes are at their lowest levels in 20 years, according to data compiled by Syracuse University’s Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

The decline in American vigor against crooks who keep their hands clean comes as Britain prepares to send a financier to prison for his role in a megabank conspiracy to rig interest rates in their favor. Tom Hayes, 35, was sentenced Monday to 14 years behind bars by a British jury.

Prosecutors called the former UBS and Citigroup trader the “ringmaster” of the small group of bankers who carefully tweaked a key rate called LIBOR over a period of years. LIBOR rigging affected hundreds of trillions of dollars’ worth of financial products across a wide range of industries, potentially harming an almost endless list of individual borrowers and taxpayer-funded governments.

Upon his release, the conviction will ensure Hayes cannot attain the kind of high-powered finance job that might afford him the chance to re-offend. The stiff sentence should also dissuade others in his industry from being cavalier about the law.

Such deterrence is a key tenet of any law enforcement effort. In the United States, a wave of potentially criminal financial activity before, during, and after the 2008 Wall Street crisis has failed to produce any kind of proportional prosecutorial response. The U.S. government is on track to prosecute 36.8 percent fewer white collar crimes this fiscal year than it did in 1995 according to the TRAC data.

William Black, a white collar criminologist and finance professor who helped expose the vast fraud underlying the Savings & Loan (S&L) crisis of the 1980s and then authored a book titled “The Best Way To Rob A Bank Is To Own One,” said the prosecutorial neglect going on today makes future abuses more likely.

“This means that deterrence has been eliminated and the fraud epidemics that drive our future financial crises will be led by the same elite bankers who will already have fraud schemes down pat,” Black said in an email. “Both results are in sharp contrast to the S&L debacle, with more than 1,000 felony convictions in cases…that were hyper-prioritized against the most elite and destructive defendants.”

The government’s response to the fraudulent deals that triggered the S&L crisis was far more robust from the jump, as the New York Times has detailed. There were multiple task forces set up within the first two years after the crisis broke that specifically investigated criminal behavior related to the S&L meltdown. By contrast, federal officials took over a year after the housing market collapsed to even propose a task force – and the idea was shot down by Justice Department decisionmakers. It would eventually reverse course and create the task force 3 years after the crisis, but that team was notoriously underfunded and overhyped. . .

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For example, later in the article:

The administration has even acted to lighten the burden of the few stringent deals it’s won. Just one Wall Street executive went to prison after the crisis, and he wasn’t from one of the mortgage securities firms or loan originators or credit ratings agencies that are primarily responsible for crashing the economy and destroying the lives of millions of homeowners. People much closer to the crisis’ epicenter like former Lehman Brothers head Dick Fuld walked away with their fortunes intact.

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4 August 2015 at 1:41 pm

The secret of Trump’s (somewhat limited) appeal

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Kevin Drum has a very interesting theory that is based on the low-information voter’s view of the Presidency.

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4 August 2015 at 12:29 pm

Some interesting entities in action in John Conway’s game of Life

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I suggest you turn off the sound for this video, since it adds nothing.

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4 August 2015 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Math, Video

Recasting public libraries for modern needs

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A very interesting article in the Atlantic by Deborah Fallows:

Beyond the traditional marketing of public-service announcements, newspaper inserts, or direct mail, libraries have gotten creative. Library staff in Winters, California, and Columbus, Ohio, took to the streets, shops, and parks looking for moms with new babies to entice them with welcome boxes of books and library cards to the family-friendly library. In Ferguson, Missouri, after the unrest that led to closing schools, the libraries stayed open long hours to offer the children a safe and interesting place to be, as well as their own personal library cards.

Dunkelberg and Deschutes came up with a creative strategy of their own to introduce themselves to the people: They would rename their staff “community librarians” and encourage them to carry the message of the resource- and activity-rich library to civic organizations.

At first, Dunkelberg said, the somewhat puzzled reaction from the groups they went to visit was, “Why are you here?” But a few years later, after listening, learning, and sharing stories, people see the librarians coming and ask them, “How can we work with you?” By now, library staff is represented in more than 60 community groups from the Chamber of Commerce to the City Club, the Homeless Leadership Coalition, and Bend 2030, a planning group, and so many more.

So, what is going on at the Deschutes libraries? You can start with a list that now seems familiar to me from offerings at the busiest, most energized libraries elsewhere: art exhibits, book clubs, author readings, computer classes. Also: service programs on topics like car-seat safety, self-defense, everything about fire; and offerings for teens in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) programs. The downtown branch of the system also has taken the first step into the “Maker Movement,” the term for the current trend across the country describing people making everything from humble hobbyist stuff to tech-sophisticated products enabled by equipment like 3D printers. Every month the Bend library’s downtown branch has Maker Monday meetings. The July meetingfeatured a local maker movement leader introducing digital multimeters (DMM), a common piece of test equipment used in the electronics industry, and the August meeting is about how to make drinking glasses from wine bottles.

Sometimes, libraries are fixing old problems, rather than creating new offerings. They often answer vexing problems with surprisingly simple, yet effective answers. For example, in Columbus, Ohio, school kids were misbehaving on school buses. The library, which worked closely with the schools, offered to put boxes of books at the front of each bus for kids to grab during the ride home. Voila! The kids were hooked and down went the trouble incidents. The Deschutes libraries came up with a number of such answers to their own particular problems.

For the older folks in assisted living, who are often uncomfortable in the presence of lots of squirmy toddlers or fidgety teenagers, the library offers an exclusive hour before the normal opening times, to enjoy the library in peace.

Some older school-age kids who can’t yet drive, and may be too far away to bike or walk, can’t get to the library on their own. Instead, the library comes to them. Kids can request books, which are then delivered to their schools.

For the littlest readers, librarians used to hand out little toys as freebies in their summer-reading programs until they frequently, and sadly, found them discarded on the floor. Then they thought, “We’re a library! Let’s give them a book.” The switch was gratifying, reports Dunkelberg, who sometimes “works the desk” in the children’s section, just to keep in touch. He said that the kids love the books, and that the books are especially meaningful to the kids who don’t have books at home.

For the preschoolers, the main library in Bend recently designed a big play space.“Instead of preaching” about the importance of good play, Dunkelberg said, “we would show how it’s done.” The result is a bright, airy, sprawling space, with areas for different age-groups.

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4 August 2015 at 12:21 pm

How authoritarian governments act: Britain offers a good example

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Authoritarian governments really do not like a free press. And Britain shows how an authoritarian government responds to the threat a free press represents to it. Duncan Campbell reports in The Intercept:

I stepped from the warmth of our source’s London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool, the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy North London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived.

Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad was running, hard, toward the porch of the house we had left. Suited men surrounded us. A burly middle-aged cop held up his police ID. We had broken “Section 2″ of Britain’s secrecy law, he claimed. These were “Special Branch,” then the elite security division of the British police.

For a split second, I thought this was a hustle. I knew that a parliamentary commission had released a report five years earlier that concluded that the secrecy law, first enacted a century ago, should be changed. I pulled out my journalist identification card, ready to ask them to respect the press.

But they already knew that my companion that evening, Time Out reporter Crispin Aubrey, and I were journalists. And they had been outside, watching our entire meeting with former British Army signals intelligence (Sigint) operator John Berry, who at the time was a social worker.

Aubrey and I were arrested on suspicion of possessing unauthorized information. They said we’d be taken to the local police station. But after being forced into cars, we were driven in the wrong direction, toward the center of London. I became uneasy.

It was soon apparent that the elite squad had no idea where the local police station was. They stopped and asked a taxi to lead them there. We were then locked up overnight, denied bail and sent to London’s Brixton prison.

Aubrey had recorded our interview. During three hours of tapes that the cops took from Aubrey, Berry had revealed spying on Western allies. When the tape was transcribed, every page was stamped “SECRET” in red, top and bottom.  Then, with a red felt-tip pen, “Top” was methodically written in front of each “SECRET.”

Our discussion was considered so dangerous that we — two reporters and a social worker — were placed on the top floor of the prison maximum security wing, which guards told us had formerly held terrorists, serial murderers, gang leaders and child rapists. Meanwhile, police stripped my home of every file, every piece of paper I had, and 400 books.

Our case became known as “ABC,” after our surnames: Aubrey, Berry and Campbell. We hoped it would end quickly. We knew that the senior minister responsible, Home Secretary Merlyn Rees, had announced three months before that the “mere receipt of unauthorized information should no longer be an offense.” The day after we were arrested, I was told he was furious to be woken with news that the security agencies had delivered a fait accompli. Historian Richard Aldrich found an official letter from the head of MI5, Britain’s Security Service, saying they considered me at the time theperson of the greatest interest to see incarcerated.

In my 40 years of reporting on mass surveillance, I have been raided three times; jailed once; had television programs I made or assisted making banned from airing under government pressure five times; seen tapes seized; faced being shoved out of a helicopter; had my phone tapped for at least a decade; and — with this arrest — been lined up to face up to 30 years imprisonment for alleged violations of secrecy laws. And why do I keep going? Because from the beginning, my investigations revealed a once-unimaginable scope of governmental surveillance, collusion, and concealment by the British and U.S. governments — practices that were always as much about domestic spying during times of peace as they were about keeping citizens safe from supposed foreign enemies, thus giving the British government the potential power to become, as our source that night had put it, a virtual “police state.”

A decade later, in a parliamentary debate, Foreign Secretary David Owen revealed that he was initially against our being prosecuted, but was convinced to go along after being promised that we journalists could be jailed in secret. “Everybody came in and persuaded me that it would be terrible not to prosecute. … I eventually relented. But one of my reasons for doing so was that I was given an absolute promise that the case would be heard in camera [a secret hearing].”

In the face of this security onslaught, the politicians collapsed and agreed we should all be charged with espionage — although there was no suggestion that we wanted to do anything other than write articles. I was alleged to be “a thoroughly subversive man who was quite prepared to publish information which was secret,” my lawyer later wrote in his memoir.

My lawyer saw it differently. “Campbell is a journalist … a ferret not a skunk,” he told the magistrates’ court in Tottenham, North London. But when he inquired about the possibility of a misdemeanor plea and a £50 fine (about $75), he was cut down: “That course might be acceptable for Berry and Aubrey. But the security services want Campbell in prison for a very long time.”

They meant it. In March 1977, one month after our nighttime arrest, we were all charged with breaking Britain’s Official Secrets Act, for the “unlawful receipt of information.” Then we were charged with espionage. Each espionage charge carried a maximum of 14 years. I was also charged with espionage for collecting open source information on U.K. government plans. In total, I faced 30 years.

The interview, and then our arrests, were a first encounter with the power of Government Communications Headquarters, better known by its acronym, GCHQ, Britain’s electronic surveillance agency. . .

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Notice the chilling idea that it’s okay for the government to lock people up if that is done secretly, so that the people simply disappear.

Read the article to see where the US and the UK are headed. It’s an interesting but frightening story.

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4 August 2015 at 12:04 pm

Posted in Government, Law, Media, NSA

Fascinating interactive graphic on the search for a theory of everything (quantum gravity, et al.)

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Take a look at the graphic. The story at the link explains it, and you start the graphic at the top.

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4 August 2015 at 11:54 am

Posted in Science

Great Books today: Adam Smith (of Wealth of Nations fame) and the Seattle company that raised the wages of its employees

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Smith wrote that there would be a backlash to paying workers well. Jon Schwartz reports in The Intercept:

Dan Price, the CEO of a small Seattle credit card processing company called Gravity Payments, announced several months ago that over the next three years he’ll gradually raise the minimum salary there to $70,000.

How did his counterparts at other businesses react? Let’s get a prediction from Adam Smith, who wrote this 239 years ago in the most famous book about economics ever published, The Wealth of Nations:

Masters are always and everywhere in a sort of tacit, but constant and uniform, combination, not to raise the wages of labour above their actual rate. To violate this combination is everywhere a most unpopular action, and a sort of reproach to a master among his neighbours and equals.

Was Adam Smith right? As a recent New York Times story demonstrates, he called it precisely: . . .

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What’s odd to me is the reaction of some of the workers: although they were happy with their own salaries, they didn’t like it that others got the same salary. They somehow could not be happy if they were not making more than their fellows. It’s as though they liked ice cream but stopped liking it if their portion were not larger than that of others.

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4 August 2015 at 11:47 am

Posted in Books, Business

In the US State Department, politics is more important than human rights

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David Dayen reports in The Intercept:

A devastating new Reuters story chronicles how political concerns watered down the State Department’s annual report on human trafficking around the world. The story quotes anonymous diplomats as saying that human rights experts shouldn’t be “purists” when it comes to the forced labor policies in foreign countries that amount to modern-day slavery.

The report from Reuters, based on over a dozen sources, alleges that senior personnel at the State Department, up to and including John Kerry’s chief of staff Jonathan Finer, boosted the grades for 14 countries, over the recommendations of experts at the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, known in Washington as J/TIP. Theupgrades included China, India, Mexico, Cuba and Malaysia.

Staying out of the report’s lowest Tier 3 level helps countries avoid U.S. sanctions. In addition, Malaysia’s ascendance to Tier 2 allowed them to remain in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, after a federal statute barred Tier 3 countries from receiving “fast-track” approval for any trade agreements with the United States.

While politics are always part of the trafficking report, this year’s negotiations featured “a degree of intervention not previously known,” according to Reuters. Critics are frustrated by the damaged integrity of the report.

But the diplomats doing the politicizing were apparently frustrated, too.

“Some diplomats say that J/TIP staffers should avoid acting like ‘purists’ and keep sight of broader U.S. interests,” writes Reuters, “including maintaining open channels with authoritarian governments to push for reform and forging trade deals that could lift people out of poverty.” The article did not name names, noting that “U.S. diplomats are reluctant to openly strike back at critics.”

Calling those concerned about the forced labor of human beings “purists” fits with a long and troubling history of U.S. governments ignoring human rights concerns in partner countries, particularly to advance trade deals. A study by Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office earlier this year found labor-related human rights abuses in 17 of the 20 countries with whom the U.S. has trade agreements. . .

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In practice, the US has little concern for human or civil rights, and we see that domestically as well as in various policies (e.g., drone attacks).

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4 August 2015 at 11:33 am

An example of why it’s a bad idea to privatize government functions: The Financial Collapse Of The Private Immigrant Detention Industry

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Once you privatize detention facilities—prisons or immigrant detention facilities—the profit drive kicks in, since private corporations nowadays see only one goal: increase profits, quarter by quarter and year by year. Thus corporations that operate prisons lobby to get more people imprisoned for longer sentences (mandatory minimums; three-strikes laws) while simultaneously cutting prison programs, prison food expenses, guards, and so on. Corporations will do anything to grow profits, as we’ve seen.

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee reports at ThinkProgress:

Privately run correctional facilities are losing money as immigrant apprehensions have slowed down and the federal government has begun releasing some immigrants from detention facilities.

At least nine out of 21 Texas counties that “created agencies to issue about $1.3 billion in municipal bonds to build privately run correctional facilities largely for migrants have defaulted on their debt,” Bloomberg Business News recently reported. An additional dozen or so facilities in Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona have also defaulted on their bonds.

Among detention centers built using bonds near the southern U.S. border, La Salle County Regional Detention Facility, which holds 566 beds, is nearly empty. Another one on the Rio Grande River will close next month because it doesn’t have enough inmates. And in February, a riot forced the closure of a 3,000-bed “big money maker” facility in Willacy County, Texas, which put the already-poor town on hook for $2.7 million.

One way that local governments make money from private jails is by taking in immigrants for the federal immigration agency U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service or the U.S. Marshals Service, which typically pays more for inmates than state and local governments.

An April 2015 Immigration Justice report found that the federal government pays private prison companies about $160 per day per detainee, for a total of $2 billion a year. Local governments receive a portion of those funds.

For small communities, immigrant detention seemed like it could pay for itself. But Joel Rodriguez Jr., judge of La Salle County, Texas, lamented to Bloomberg News, “My fear’s always been that this would happen. When this facility was sold to the county, they sold it as a money-making facility that was going to be a great economic boon.”

“A private prison company promises this very attractive deal and then towns take on financial risks they don’t fully understand,” Carl Takei explained to Fusion, when another town defaulted on its bond when its detention center went up in literal flames after a riot broke out. “[They] only figure out what they’ve signed when something goes very wrong and the town is left holding the bag.”

Construction on private prison-operated facilities has grown nationwide, especially in Texas. At 39 percent, Texas has the highest concentration of privately run detention beds in the country, according to the immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership.

The two largest private prison companies, Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group, operate 72 percent of the private immigrant detention industry. Both companies reported surging profits in their quarterly earnings. That’s in part because many contracts include occupancy requirements mandating that state or local governments must keep facilities anywhere between 80 and 100 percent full. On top of that, Congress has a so-called bed mandate, requiring that the Department of Homeland Security make available at least34,000 beds every night for immigrant detention. That figure has been adjusted to around 31,000 for the 2015 fiscal year.

However, many of those facilities are now struggling because the number of undocumented immigrant apprehensions has dropped. . .

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4 August 2015 at 11:25 am

Shaving-related: This Medical Researcher Will Study the History of Facial Hair

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I like that the Enlightenment (a movement of which I am a fan) triggered the clean-shaven look. Emiko Jozuka reports at Motherboard:

What causes the boom and bust of beards? Is it just that men get bored of certain styles, or do innovations in healthcare and technology also influence the whiskers men sport on their faces?

Alun Withey, a medical historian and associate research fellow at the University of Exeter, will tackle those questions during a three-year research project that examines man’s evolving relationship with facial hair. The project is supported by global medical non-profit the Wellcome Trust.

Starting from September 2015, Withey will focus his investigations between 1700 and 1918, and will investigate British beard evolution within a medical and technological framework. He will look at a wide range of sources including pictorial depictions of beards in drawings and photographs, medical records, and mentions of facial hair in adverts, diaries and letters.

“Beards,” Withey told me over the phone, “are always closely linked with how men feel about themselves.” In Tudor times, the beard, said Withey, was a visible and outward symbol of men’s masculinity and virility. To pull at a man’s beard back then was a heinous insult against his manhood. But fast forward to the 17th century, and beards had almost completely lost their appeal in Britain.

“The 18th century was the time of the Enlightenment (the Western European intellectual movement between the 1620s and 1980s that challenged authoritarian rule), so it was all about neatness and elegance—about opening up to and understanding the word. If you shave off a beard, you are opening up the face,” said Withey. “The new ideal of how a man should look was clean shaven.”

Withey explained that in the 1700s, facial hair was also closely tied to old ideas of the body, which emphasised the body’s association with the four humors (blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile). So beards themselves, said Withey, were treated as things to be eliminated or clipped—much like nails.

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4 August 2015 at 11:21 am

Posted in Shaving

It’s Not Just You. Blockbuster Movies Really Have Gotten Incomprehensible Lately.

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Kevin Drum has an interesting post explaining why movies like those of the Transformer franchise don’t make any sense.

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4 August 2015 at 11:12 am

Posted in Business, Movies & TV

Signs of the trends: Another Kickstarter for a new stainless DE razor

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Above you see the Blackbird, the name in recognition of the design inspiration: the iconic SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. There’s a Kickstarter campaign for the razor with a goal of $15,000, of which as of now $12,535 has been achieved with 26 days to go.

My only connection with this venture is that I have backed it. I was interested (of course) in the razor and in particular in its head design. By the look of it—check out the envelope defined by cap and guard—it will be both comfortable and efficient, and stainless razors are becoming popular as men see more photos of broken Zamak razors. The handle will, I imagine, be grippier than the Standard handle and the heft greater. (The Standard, also available in black, is an all-aluminum razor that provides very comfortable and very efficient shaves, and the shave envelope defined by cap and guard looks similar to that of the Blackbird.)

At any rate, it looks as though they will make their goal, and I will be interested to shave with the razor. I pass along the information just to keep you abreast of the resurgence of the DE razor.

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4 August 2015 at 10:25 am

Posted in Shaving

Edwin Jagger, Dr. Jon, and Barrister & Mann

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SOTD 4 Aug 2015

A really fine shave today: total BBS result and a pleasure all the way.

Today I used Chiseled Face’s Pre-shave Gel as directed—rubbing it into my dry (but post-shower) beard and then working the lather into the beard. I’ll continue that for this week, skip it for next week, then another week: the usual test protocol.

My Omega S-10005 worked up a great lather from Dr. Jon’s Hex shaving soap: cedar, cinnamon, orange, and black pepper. It’s an interesting fragrance, and the lather is top-notch.

Three passes using a new Personna Lab Blue blade in the Edwin Jagger razor shown. I liked the fluted black-rubber handle, which provides a comfortable and secure grip. Once again I am impressed by the quality of the razor: a quite comfortable and quite efficient shave. No nicks, no problems, and the razor removed the stubble efficiently and easily. No wonder the Edwin Jagger is so popular (and no wonder so many knockoffs of the design are made: if you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em).

A splash of Barrister & Mann’s Fougère Classique, because I was just reading the Sharpologist 3-part article on fragrances (first part here). It’s a very nice fragrance indeed.

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4 August 2015 at 10:10 am

Posted in Shaving

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