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A striking report of bad refugee behavior

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The activity alleged in this report is disturbing, so say the least. I don’t know whether it’s true, but a friend’s sister lives in Hungary and says that the report at the link is consistent with what she sees.

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18 September 2015 at 9:14 pm

Never buying mayo again: It’s too easy to make

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Mainly it has become harder and harder to find a mayonnaise that’s not made with soybean oil, which I avoid like the plague (because the Omega-6 to Omega-3 balance is very bad). I’ve tried before making mayo, but now I’ve made two batches with no problem.

One major key: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. Specifically, set out the eggs a few hours to warm up fully, and the avocado oil, which I refrigerate, also spends a few hours on the counter.

Here’s the recipe for making mayo with an immersion blender, using the plastic cup that comes with it. This is an adaptation of this recipe, which has good photos (at the link). You can use the URL http://tinyurl.com/easymayo.

  • 2 egg yolks (room temperature remember: that is vital)
  • juice of half a lemon (recipe called for 1 tsp, but I like more)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard (optional; you can instead use 1 tsp Dijon instead if you want)
  • 1 cup avocado oil and olive oil—and the oil also must be at room temperature. (I did half and half for one batch, but my latest batch is 3/4 c olive oil, 1/4 c avocado oil; on next I’m going to try 1 c olive oil, no avocado oil.)

Combine the yolks, lemon juice, salt, white pepper, and mustard in the blender cup (or use a canning jar that’s a snug fit for the immersion blender). Blend for 30 seconds or so to break up the yolks. You may need to tilt the cup so the blender blade reaches the yolks.

With the immersion blender running, add the oil a little at a time for the first half cup, blending after each addition. Make sure each addition of oil is completely blended before adding the next, which will require you to move the blender up and down a little, but mostly keep it on the bottom. The mixture should start to thicken and lighten. (Once you’ve made this a few times and have a feel for it, you can try going more quickly, or even try pouring all the oil on top of the eggs and then blending all at once — going slowly at first is just an extra level of insurance.)

Once the first half cup of oil has been added, add the rest more quickly. Add as much of the oil as needed to reach the consistency you prefer; the more oil you add, the thicker the mayo will become. I found I like using the full 1 cup of oil, but you may not. If the mayo becomes too thick and you want it thinner, blend water, 1 teaspoon at a time, into the mayo until you reach your desired thickness.

Transfer any mayo not being used immediately to a storage container (or leave it in the canning jar and seal it with a lid). Homemade mayo will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator.

It’s quite simple and very easy. No need to buy that soybean-oil glop.

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18 September 2015 at 8:28 pm

Posted in Food, Low carb, Recipes

The best science-fiction military novel of all time: Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War

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It truly is an impressive novel—a great military novel, pure and simple, which also happens to be science-fiction. Brian Merchant discusses it in an article in Motherboard that includes an interview with Haldeman:

For my money, the best novel to read about the future of war today, in 2015, was published in 1974. Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War is an all-time science fiction classic, but it hasn’t quite enjoyed the same degree of mass cultural saturation as other war-themed SF staples like Ender’s Game or Starship Troopers—maybe because it hasn’t been made into a film or TV show, maybe because its politics are too thorny and complex.

Either way, it’s too bad. As William Gibson notes in the blurb on the front of mypaperback copy, “To say that The Forever War is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise.” It’s one of the best books about war, period, and it’s telling that the other accolades listed come from literary lights like Jonathan Lethem and Junot Diaz, who calls it “perhaps the most important war novel written since Vietnam.”

Haldeman was a veteran of that conflict—“I was drafted against my will, and went off to fight somebody else’s war,” as he put it—and the book projects the contours of his duty and subsequent return to civilian life into a future marked by what is almost literally forever war. Its power lies in the expert co-mingling of hyperbolic allegory with gritty speculation. It’s about a war that literally damn near never ends, one that spans the furthest reaches of space and time; the fighting can happen anywhere and is potentially everywhere. The protagonist, an almost-anagrammed stand-in for Haldeman named Mandella, is hurled across far reaches of the galaxy to fight a poorly understood, apparently undefeatable foe.

Since the powers commanding Earth’s army send him to the front lines of interstellar war at warp speeds, it’s not long before he becomes disconnected from the slice of reality he grew up in—once he goes back to Earth, the place has evolved without him; new customs, new social order, new governance, new technologies, new decline. It is mostly unrecognizable, and Mandella is totally unable to fit in. The book does what good science fiction does best: offers the audience a brand new mode through which to process universal truth; in this case, the uniquely extreme alienating power of war.

It’s about as pitch-perfect metaphor for what it’s like to go to war a civilian can ever hope to absorb—not only is the organized violence of the battlefield interminable, but the dislocation brought about to those subjected to it is total and unrelenting, too.

About now, we’re in need of more such metaphors. The Vietnam War may have ended decades ago, but our military adventuring hasn’t. . .

Continue reading.

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18 September 2015 at 4:03 pm

The WWII-Era Plane Giving the F-35 a Run for Its Money

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John Ismay, Adrian Boneberger, and Damien Spleeters report at Motherboard:

On December 5, 2001, an American B-52 flying tens of thousands of feet above the ground mistakenly dropped a 2,000-pound satellite-guided bomb on an Army Special Forces team in Afghanistan. The aircrew had been fed the wrong coordinates, but had the plane been flying as low and slow as older generations of attack planes did, the crew might’ve realized their error simply by looking down at the ground.

It was not long after the Twin Towers fell, and American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by an American bomb dropped by an American plane. That this mistake happened illustrates just how poorly the air campaign in the United States’ longest war was executed, and how efforts ultimately failed to make things better by going after high-tech solutions that aren’t what they’re cracked up to be compared to the old tried and true technology.

That bomber was on a 30-plus hour round trip flight from the remote island of Diego Garcia, 900 miles south of India. The plane those Green Berets really needed, the low-and-slow flying A-10 Warthog, wasn’t available yet in Afghanistan. Famously rugged and even more famously lethal, the Warthog was the first American jet to actually land at the decrepit Bagram Airfield. Soon after the runway was repaired, many dozens of F-15, F-16, and F/A-18 fighter jets—wholly different creatures—came streaming in.

According to former Defense Department official Pierre Sprey, the US Air Force could have left those other jets out, had they sent three full squadrons of A-10s—72 planes total—to Afghanistan instead. But Sprey says the Air Force “never had more than 12 Warthogs in-country at any given time during the entire war.”

“The A-10 is the best ‘close attack’ plane ever made, period,” Sprey tells me. “But the Air Force hates that mission. They’ll do anything they can to kill that plane.” He says retiring the iconic A-10, a twin-engine attack jet with 30-mm cannons that hit with 14 times the kinetic energy of the 20-mm guns mounted on America’s current fleet of supersonic fighters, became an article of faith among high ranking Air Force officers, generations of whom had been raised to believe in the redemptive power of technological innovation.

That mentality drove production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the world’s first $1 trillion weapons system. Development of the F-35 was going on in the background throughout the Afghan War despite mountains of evidence that the stealthy jet would never be able to attack ground targets like the A-10 could. Far away from the fighting, the generals in Washington, DC supported the F-35 because they believed “more technology is always better.”

This same thinking drove the push for armed drones over Afghanistan too. But no matter their technological wizardry, remote-piloted hunter-killer aircraft like the Predator and Reaper were arguably even worse at helping ground troops than even the highest-tech manned jets.

So if the A-10 was never going to be around in enough numbers, what could be done? Only one group had enough distance from the Air Force and enough independent money to consider a viable alternative: buying a cheap, lightweight attack plane on their own. That was the Navy SEALs. A group of them met with the Secretary of the Navy in 2006 to tell him about the problems they faced with getting good enough air support.

Like other American combat troops in Afghanistan, the SEALs sometimes found that high-tech gear couldn’t reliably get the job done, or that cheaper, lower-tech solutions worked better. This is how the US military almost adopted the A-29 Super Tucano, a $4 million turboprop airplane reminiscent of WWII-era designs that troops wanted, commanders said was “urgently needed,” but Congress refused to buy.

Rise of the Super Tucano

The Super Tucano was a throwback to a bygone era of aerial combat—a time when pilots looked through the blur of a propeller and pointed their nose at the enemy before pulling the trigger. A time before auto-pilot, guided missiles, and infrared gun “pods.” The A-29 was fast enough to get to a fight quickly and light enough to stay there in a low, slow orbit overhead the battle.

Philosophically, the Super Tucano occupies a sort of middle ground between the United States’ two main gunships. As a plane, the A-29 could reach altitudes over the Hindu Kush higher than the AH-64 Apache helicopter, and remain overhead for hours before refueling like the legendary AC-130 Spectre gunships.

But the Spectre only flew at night. By day, Super Tucano’s tight turning radius and low stall speed meant pilots could maintain constant visual contact with ground forces and instantly shift from surveillance and reconnaissance to attack. And after dark, an A-29 could use night vision and thermal sensors as sophisticated as those on any fighter jet.

“It’s a great plane,” says recently retired Air Force Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, an F-16 pilot who has flown A-29s. “Pilots love it. It handles beautifully, sips gas, and can go anywhere. If you want to get into the fight and mix it up with the guys on the ground, the Super T is a great platform.”

Another former fighter pilot tells me that the Super Tucano provided the “low-end” air-to-ground attack capability the United States simply never had in Afghanistan—a capability the Pentagon’s F-35 could never hope to replicate.

Soon after 9/11, the pilot said, Army Special Forces famously rode horses into the Hindu Kush, but carried laptop computers and sophisticated targeting and communications gear with them as well. “Super Tucano is almost a mirror image of that in the air,” he said. “The low-tech combined with the high-tech.”

Now, five years after Congress killed the A-29 program, with the US Air Forceconsidering a lower-tech replacement for the Warthog, the sad story of the Super Tucano feels more relevant than ever. . .

Continue reading. It’s a lengthy article but it shows how out-of-kilter our military establishment has become. My comment on the article:

Great article, but I weep at the stupidity of our military decision-makers. Hierarchical organizations, particularly those with authoritarian tendencies, are quite vulnerable to stupidity/incompetence/ignorance/corruption among those who highly placed in the organization (and thus powerful). The result can be catastrophically wrong-headed decisions, which the article describes quite well: ignoring evidence in favor of organizational dynamics.

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18 September 2015 at 3:01 pm

Posted in Military, Technology

Revolutionizing medical diagnostic testing

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Very interesting article.

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18 September 2015 at 2:38 pm

An extremely interesting response from a conservative evangelical to the talk Bernie Sanders gave at Liberty University

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It is not what you would expect—and it is very moving. The response is a 17-minute audio, and you may well want to listen to the whole thing. Following are some excerpts from the transcript of the talk posted on Daily Kos by vinkelhake. (You can also read the full transcript.)

He was convicting the Christian leaders and the religious leaders in that university, and calling us out for being complicit in the abandonment of those who suffer, the least of these, and siding with the powerful and rich, the masters of this world.  And he was convicting us and calling us out, and we scorned him, and we stared him down; and, with sour faces, we thought, “Who is this wacko, and why do all these people seem to follow him, seem to like him – this wild-haired Jew, crying out from the wilderness of the political left, in his hoarse voice?” . . .

When I heard Bernie speaking in that way, when I saw that guy on stage at Liberty University, I saw John the Baptist…crying out to the religious leaders, the Pharisees of his day, calling them corrupt and complicit with those who have all the power and all the money and all the wealth, and abandoning the people that God loves, that God cares about. . .

As I heard Bernie Sanders crying out to the religious leaders at Liberty University, in his hoarse voice, with his wild hair – this Jew – and he proclaimed justice over us, he called us to account, for being complicit with those who are wealthy and those who are powerful, and for abandoning the poor, the least of these, who Jesus said he had come to bring good news to. And in that moment something occurred to me. As I saw Bernie Sanders up there, as I watched him, I realized Bernie Sanders for president is good news for the poor. Bernie Sanders for president is Good News for the poor. Bernie Sanders is gospel for the poor. And Jesus said “I have come to bring gospel” – good news – “to the poor.”And lightning hit my heart at that moment. And I realized that we are evangelical Christians. We believe the Bible. We believe in Jesus. We absolutely shun those who would attempt to find nuance and twisted and tortured interpretations of scripture that they would use to master all other broader interpretations, to find some kind of big message that they want to flout. We absolutely scorn such things, and yet somehow we commit to the mental gymnastics necessary that allows us to abandon the least of these, to abandon the poor, to abandon the immigrants, to abandon those who are in prison.

I listened to Bernie Sanders as he said he wanted to welcome the immigrants and give them dignity, as he said he wanted to care for the sick children and mothers and fathers who do not have health care, as he said he wanted to decrease the amount of human beings who are corralled like cattle in the prisons, as he said he wanted to do justice for those who have nothing and live homeless. And I remembered the words of Jesus who warned his disciples that there will be judgement, and on that day he will look to his friends, and he will say “Blessed are you for you cared for me, for I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you cared for me, I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was in prison and you came to visit me, I was homeless and you gave me shelter.” And his disciples said, “When did we do any of those things for you?” And he said, “If you have done it for the least of these, you have done it for me.”

Those words echoed in my heart as I listened to that crazy, hoarse-voiced, wild-haired Jew standing in front of the religous leaders of the Evangelical Movement, calling us to account, as a Jew once did before, telling us that he intends to care for the least of these, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, to care for the sick, to set the prisoners free. . .

I wouldn’t be much of a Christian if I didn’t stand on the side of gospel for the poor, because, the last time I checked, that’s where my master Jesus stood, and I’ll stand with Him. And,  for now, that means I stand with Bernie Sanders. . .

Listen to the full response. It’s impressive.

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18 September 2015 at 1:04 pm

Bernie Sanders declares war on the prison-industrial complex with major new Bill

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Good for Bernie. He delivered on a promise and has proposed a bill that has excellent provisions, as reported in Daily Kos by Eric Nelson:

Bernie Sanders just made good on an early campaign promise and introduced a bill in the Senate to outlaw what he called the “morally repugnant” practice of incarcerating Americans in private prisons and called for the reduction in the nation’s prison population.

The Bill introduced Thursday is titled (check out the provision in the Bill – excellent to drop the hammer on “justice” for profit):

The Justice Is Not for Sale ActSec. 3. Bar the federal government from contracting with private entities to provide and/or operate prisons and detention facilities within 2 years.

Sec. 4. Bar state and local governments from contracting with private entities to provide and/or operate prisons and detention centers within 2 years.

Sec. 5. Reinstate the federal parole system.

Sec. 6 and 7. Increase oversight to prevent companies from overcharging inmates and their families for services like banking and telephone calls.

Sec. 8. End the requirement that ICE detain 34,000 immigrants.

Sec. 9. Require ICE to improve the monitoring of detention facilities.

Sec. 10.  End immigrant family detention.

This Bill is part of a package put together with members of the congressional Black caucus and Progressive caucus’

..sponsored by Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Bobby L. Rush of Illinois, aimed at making important criminal justice reforms including increased oversight on the predatory banking and telephone services for inmates.

With questions about the concerns from members of #BLM that not enough was being done about racial injustice(s) Bernie Sanders has responded with concrete measures. One is the banning of private profiteering prisons; something Bernie Sanders has long opposed

  Sanders said “it makes no sense” that “America has more jails and prisons than college and universities.” Calling the growth of prisons in the United States “unacceptable,” Sanders said “it makes more sense to be investing in our children, making sure they stay in school, making sure they get the mentoring they need, rather than simply locking them up.”   “It is a national tragedy that a disproportionate number of those who are in jail are black and Hispanic,” Sanders added. . .

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Here’s Bernie speaking on “Justice is not for sale.” Worth watching.

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18 September 2015 at 12:51 pm

Bernie Sanders increasingly serious challenge to Hillary Clinton

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Very interesting comment on Daily Kos:

For those of us who are supporting Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic Primaries, it’s been somewhat of a mystery to us as to why he hasn’t been getting more media coverage. A bit over four months ago, when Bernie decided to enter the race, few political analysts seriously thought that he would pose much of a challenge to the prohibitive front runner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Move her platform to the left? Possibly. Wrest the nomination from her?  No way in hell.

For months now, Bernie has been drawing huge crowds in states he has scheduled rallies.  The crowds have not only been enthusiastic, but the numbers are far greater than any other presidential candidate on either side.  His poll numbers have improved dramatically in both Iowa and New Hampshire, where he now leads Hillary.  And yet, the national media has been extremely reluctant to acknowledge his meteoric rise and increasing credibility as the possible Democratic nominee.

Until this week.

Anyone who has been paying close attention to political developments over the past few months has come to the realization that limiting the number of Democratic debates was a disastrous decision by the Democratic National Committee and its inflexible chairwoman. Not only that, but the debate schedule has a “huge problem.” (also known as “yuuge” in Brooklynese)  The one presidential campaign that should be banging the doors of the DNC and demanding more debates is the Clinton Campaign so that the focus shifts to Hillary’s policies rather than being stuck on manufactured scandals—before it is too late.  Even Markos has come to the reluctant conclusion just this afternoon, albeit a few months late, that we should be having more, not fewer debates.  Why cede publicity ground to the OranguTrump and his ilk?  Even if the Republican presidential candidates are making a fool of themselves, all the electorate – not to mention most readers of Daily Kos – has been largely hearing so far is one side of the story.

7. I wish we had Democratic debates. They would likely be more fun to talk about than this shit. Markos Moulitsas

After Bernie’s marvelous address to students at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he tried to find common ground with the religious right on issues like poverty, income inequality, and healthcare, something seems to have changed.  Earlier this week on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” guest host Ari Melber had one of the more honest political dialogues I’ve seen in this cycle with Vox Media’s Editor-in-Chief, Ezra Klein. To be sure, Bernie faces lots of hurdles, but Klein was very impressed with what’s been achieved in a relatively short period of time.

Klein is neither a partisan hack, nor does he have a political axe to grind.  By any measure, he is one of the brightest young journalists, political analysts, and writers around – dispassionate, thoughtful, and rational.  I have been reading him for years ever since he was an associate editor for the The American Prospect.

Here’s part of the exchange between Melber and Klein.  The video was embedded as part of a Tweet from Melber and I have transcribed the relevant portion of the conversation.  I encourage you to watch the entire video.

Click here to watch the MSNBC video. (I could not embed it.) . .

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Ari Melber: The outsiders are surging when you look at the HuffPost polling trend. Trump has over 33 points leading the field.  When you look at the same trend for Democrats, Sanders is near 50% in New Hampshire.  He does trail Clinton nationally and that may sound like a similar dynamic in both the parties.  And you may have had people comparing Trump and Sanders.  But there is a lot of evidence that Sanders’s surge is far more significant than Trump’s because he began the race unknown to most voters, because he doesn’t have billions of dollars of his own money to spend, and because Sanders is surging against a single, establishment quasi-incumbent favorite in his party, not just pulling ahead in a divided, fractured field of fifteen.  And that’s why some political experts are starting to point out that Trump’s loud, unusual campaign has actually distracted from the bigger story.  Our own Chuck Todd said this on Sunday, “Still, as I’ve been saying for a while, if it weren’t for Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders would be the biggest political story of the year.”

Melber refers to and quotes an excerpt from an article that Klein recently wrote.  Then, he introduces the panel, including Klein.

Ari Melber: Ezra, what do you mean by that and what is special about what Bernie Sanders is doing?

Ezra Klein: So, Sanders is mounting an insurgent candidacy and he is now ahead in some polls in Iowa and way ahead in New Hampshire.  And he’s doing it without… he’s really in a way the anti-Trump.  He comes in with virtually no name recognition in the national Democratic Party.  He comes in with no money.  He doesn’t get the wall-to-wall media coverage that Trump gets, not even a shadow of that.  He doesn’t make the kinds of provocations that Trump does, he’s not doing the same kinds of stunts, he’s not getting the attention for the terrible things he says about certain groups of people and he’s not even going into negative campaigning.  He promised early on that he not do negative campaigning and so far, he really hasn’t.  And yet, week by week, month by month, he is gaining in very serious ways on Hillary Clinton. That’s a tremendous kind of victory and it’s worth noting too that he’s doing it without an issue that is splitting the Democratic Party.  This isn’t like when Howard Dean and later, Barack Obama used the Iraq War where there was a tremendous fissure in the Democratic Party to vault ahead of more establishment candidates.  Sanders is doing it on a kind of pure approach to politics.  It’s a small money donor kind of democracy.  That’s a tremendous political accomplishment and I don’t think we are quite able to recognize the magnitude of it yet because we are so distracted by Trump.

The Klein article that Melber referred to was this one – Why Bernie Sanders’s rise is more impressive than Donald Trump’s.  At that link you’ll see two videos – Why Bernie Sanders is Winning the Internet and an extensive interview that Klein did with Bernie in July 2015.

An excerpt: . . .

Continue reading.

It is indeed quite odd that the Democrats decided to downplay debates—informative debates—so much.

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18 September 2015 at 12:27 pm

Posted in Democrats, Election

Efficiency up, turnover down: Sweden experiments with six-hour working day

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Very interesting article by David Crouch in the Guardian:

A Swedish retirement home may seem an unlikely setting for an experiment about the future of work, but a small group of elderly-care nurses in Sweden have made radical changes to their daily lives in an effort to improve quality and efficiency.

In February the nurses switched from an eight-hour to a six-hour working day for the same wage – the first controlled trial of shorter hours since a rightward political shift in Sweden a decade ago snuffed out earlier efforts to explore alternatives to the traditional working week.

“I used to be exhausted all the time, I would come home from work and pass out on the sofa,” says Lise-Lotte Pettersson, 41, an assistant nurse at Svartedalens care home in Gothenburg. “But not now. I am much more alert: I have much more energy for my work, and also for family life.”

The Svartedalens experiment is inspiring others around Sweden: at Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska University hospital, orthopaedic surgery has moved to a six-hour day, as have doctors and nurses in two hospital departments in Umeå to the north. And the trend is not confined to the public sector: small businesses claim that a shorter day can increase productivity while reducing staff turnover.

At Svartedalens, the trial is viewed as a success, even if, with an extra 14 members of staff hired to cope with the shorter hours and new shift patterns, it is costing the council money. Ann-Charlotte Dahlbom Larsson, head of elderly care at the home, says staff wellbeing is better and the standard of care is even higher.

“Since the 1990s we have had more work and fewer people – we can’t do it any more,” she says. “There is a lot of illness and depression among staff in the care sector because of exhaustion – the lack of balance between work and life is not good for anyone.”Pettersson, one of 82 nurses at Svartedalens, agrees. Caring for elderly people, some of whom have dementia, demands constant vigilance and creativity, and with a six-hour day she can sustain a higher standard of care. “You cannot allow elderly people to become stressed, otherwise it turns into a bad day for everyone,” she says.

After a century in which working hours were gradually reduced, holidays increased and retirement reached earlier, there has been an increase in hours worked for the first time in history, says Roland Paulsen, a researcher in business administration at the University of Lund. People are working harder and longer, he says – but this is not necessarily for the best.

“For a long time politicians have been competing to say we must create more jobs with longer hours – work has become an end in itself,” he says. “But productivity has doubled since the 1970s, so technically we even have the potential for a four-hour working day. It is a question of how these productivity gains are distributed. It did not used to be utopian to cut working hours – we have done this before.”

At Toyota service centres in Gothenburg, working hours have been shorter for more than a decade. Employees moved to a six-hour day 13 years ago and have never looked back. Customers were unhappy with long waiting times, while staff were stressed and making mistakes, according to Martin Banck, the managing director, whose idea it was to cut the time worked by his mechanics. From a 7am to 4pm working day the service centre switched to two six-hour shifts with full pay, one starting at 6am and the other at noon, with fewer and shorter breaks. There are 36 mechanics on the scheme.

“Staff feel better, there is low turnover and it is easier to recruit new people,” Banck says. “They have a shorter travel time to work, there is more efficient use of the machines and lower capital costs – everyone is happy.” Profits have risen by 25%, he adds.

Martin Geborg, 27, a mechanic, started at Toyota eight years ago and has stayed there because of the six-hour day. “My friends are envious,” he says. He enjoys the fact that there is no traffic on the roads when he is heading to and from work. Sandra Andersson, 25, has been with the company since 2008. “It is wonderful to finish at 12,” she says. “Before I started a family I could go to the beach after work – now I can spend the afternoon with my baby.” . . .

Continue reading.

This was once an American dream, but corporations quickly snuffed it out.

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18 September 2015 at 11:58 am

Joe Rinaudo at the American Fotoplayer

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The American Fotoplayer is an amazing instrument, as described in the Wikipedia article at the link and in this video by Joe Rinaudo, who explains how it works. Here it is in action:

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18 September 2015 at 11:50 am

Posted in Music, Technology

Shave 14 with the Meißner Tremonia sample, using a Gillette Tech

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SOTD 18 Sept 2015

Another great shave. The Rod Neep brush shown, a one-off, made a very nice lather with the (very) slowly dwindling sample of Meißner Tremonia Pots o’ Milk shaving soap. The Gillette Tech with a Feather blade provided an excellent shave, and a splash of Peary & Henson witch-hazel-based aftershave from ProspectorCo.com finished the job in fine style.

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18 September 2015 at 11:19 am

Posted in Shaving

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