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Archive for September 2nd, 2015

The San Francisco Story (1952) (and also Four Faces West (1948))

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Just watched The San Francisco Story, with Joel McCrea and Yvonne De Carlo, on Amazon Prime streaming. It has what once was called snappy dialogue, and in general was quite enjoyable—more so than usual, but then it was based on a novel.

Amazon Prime streaming has another Joel McCrea movie, one of my all-time favorites: Four Faces West. Recommended. Frances Dee, Joel McCrea’s wife, also stars in that movie.

I also like Stars in My Crown a lot, another Joel McCrea movie, but it’s not on Amazon Prime. Rental is $3.

Written by LeisureGuy

2 September 2015 at 8:56 pm

Posted in Movies & TV

The Washington Post seems too willing to ignore journalistic standards

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Paul Krugman in his blog:

lmost 15 years have passed since I warned about media “balance” that involved systematically abdicating the journalistic duty of informing readers about simple matters of fact. As I said way back when,

If a presidential candidate were to declare that the earth is flat, you would be sure to see a news analysis under the headline ”Shape of the Planet: Both Sides Have a Point.” After all, the earth isn’t perfectly spherical.

So have things improved? In some ways, they may have gotten even worse. These days, media balance often seems to involve retroactively rewriting history to avoid telling readers that one side of a policy debate got things completely wrong.

In particular, when you see reports on monetary disputes, you often see characterizations of what the Fed’s right-wing critics have been saying that go something like this, in the WaPo:

Among the criticisms: The Fed was keeping interest rates artificially low and fueling speculative bubbles. The helicopter-drop of money known as quantitative easing did little more than inflate stock markets and fund Washington’s deficit spending. The bailout of big banks left them bigger than ever.

Um, no. The people who gathered at the anti-Jackson-Hole eventweren’t warning about bubbles and too-big-to-fail. They warned, in apocalyptic terms, that runaway inflation was just around the corner. Here’s Ron Paul; here’s Peter Schiff.

Why would a reporter credit the Fed’s critics with warnings they didn’t give, and fail to mention what they actually said? The answer, pretty obviously, is that if you were to say “Ron Paul has been predicting runaway inflation ever since the Fed began its expansionary policies”, that would make it clear that he has been completely wrong. And conveying that truth — even as a matter of simple factual reporting — is apparently viewed as taking sides.

So what we get instead is a whitewashing of the intellectual history, in which Fed critics are portrayed as making arguments that haven’t been shown to be ridiculous. It’s a pretty sorry spectacle.

Written by LeisureGuy

2 September 2015 at 6:33 pm

Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipe

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So I made this recipe today, after getting this zucchini-noodle maker. (It’s apparently called a spiralizer.) It works moderately well, with some drawbacks: it doesn’t quite finish the zucchini and an uncut small-diameter core is left (but easily chopped for the salad). What surprised me: zucchini noodles have a fair amount of tensile strength, and the device makes very long noodles. They are hard to toss in a salad since they tend to stick together in a tangled ball.

I did like the salad, though, and I think I’ll make it again, only next time I’ll use scissors to cut through the mass of noodles, reducing them to shorter lengths and (I hope) reduce the intertwining. I think a more substantial machine, one like this, will probably do a better job, but then I would have a special-purpose machine taking up storage room. I think I’ll wait a while to see how often I do this.

It is a good salad, though.

UPDATE: Link to recipe fixed. Thanks, Joanne.

Written by LeisureGuy

2 September 2015 at 4:39 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes

BBS with the Wolfman

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SOTD 2 Sept 2015

Extremely good shave today, the seventh from the sample of Pots o’ Milk Meißner Tremonia shaving soap. I got yet another excellent lather from it using the Kent Infinity synthetic brush, a good synthetic.

The Wolfman Razor did its usual superb job: three passes to a BBS result, and then a splash of Ginger’s Garden Suave aftershave to finish the job. I do like that aftershave.


Written by LeisureGuy

2 September 2015 at 10:32 am

Posted in Shaving

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