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Tarrasch cleans Nimzowitsch’s clock

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Lovely mate.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 December 2015 at 8:42 pm

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Dinner and movies

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I made miso chicken yesterday (truly excellent) and a revised version of Ralphie’s mom’s braised red cabbage (revisions noted at the link). I also made a batch of mayonnaise; after trying various proportions of olive oil and avocado oil, I now use pure olive oil. I save the avocado oil for sautéing, since avocado oil has a very high smoke point—above 500ºF. The mayo came out perfect, unlike the last batch, which separated: the eggs were at room temperature, as required, but I added oil too fast at the beginning.

Today I made a terrific saag paneer, though instead of the saag (spinach) called for in the recipe at the link (a good recipe that I always use), I used one bunch each of red Bor kale, red chard, and dandelion greens. (Alas, no red dandelion greens available.) The Wife has found an excellent paneer at a store in Palo Alto, which she picks up on her commute.

The Younger Daughter reminded me of caldo verde, a wonderful Portuguese soup. I’m planning on making that as well. And I’m also making Picadillo, using the recipe at the link, though I use a lot more dried chorizo than he calls for—more like 8-10 oz.

Now, the movies. I hope you’ve now watched Sherlock, Jr., a silent Buster Keaton movie on Amazon Prime: it’s amazing. It starts slowly but becomes progressively more interesting.

I’ve recently found that the list of suggested movies for an Amazon Prime movie is a good way to find Prime movies. (Amazon has yet to find a good way to allow browsing of movies, but the list of suggested titles is close.) For example, take a look at His Girl Friday, a Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel movie directed by Howard Hawks and based on the play The Front Page, by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (former reporters), with the movie script by Ben Hecht (uncredited). The play’s male reporter Hildy Johnson is in the movie a female, Rosalind Russel. Great movie if you’ve not seen it. (Play was 1928; movie was 1940.)

At any rate, if you click the link and scroll down, you’ll see the list “Customers Who Watched This Item Also Watched,” and the first title shown is People Will Talk, with Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, and Hume Cronyn, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Made in 1951, it employs a somewhat antique and elevated diction, but it is an intriguing movie. Boxes

So, a good day, which began with thunderous downpours early in the morning. I even managed to give away on Freecycle two very nice wooden wine boxes that I pulled from the dumpster yesterday: somehow had tossed them, but they were just too nice to go to the landfill. I knew someone could put them to good use as six-compartment organizers.

A very nice weekend.

 

Written by LeisureGuy

13 December 2015 at 5:57 pm

US police practices: A video collection

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Some extremely disturbing videos, published in the NY Times. I’ve seen some previously, but having them in a collection and watching them one after another makes it clear that some reforms in US police training and culture are needed. This collection is part of the article blogged in the previous post.

UPDATE: Video Showing Fatal Shooting by California Deputies Incites Protests

UPDATE: An Inmate Dies, and No One Is Punished

And it goes on and on…

Written by LeisureGuy

13 December 2015 at 12:02 pm

Posted in Law Enforcement, Video

Indianapolis Police Kill Mentally Ill Man Who Had Knife, and U.S. Police Leaders Visit Scotland for Lessons on Avoiding Deadly Force

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Two stories in the NY Times. The first describes the shooting death of a mentally ill suicidal man who had a knife. The second story, by Al Bake, begins:

The United States and Britain are bound by a common language and a shared history, and their law enforcement agencies have been close partners for generations.

But a difference long curious to Americans stands out: Most British police officers are unarmed, a distinction particularly pronounced here in Scotland, where 98 percent of the country’s officers do not carry guns. For them, calming a situation through talk, rather than escalating it with weapons, is an essential policing tool, and one that brought a delegation of top American police officials to this town 30 miles northeast of Glasgow.

Forty minutes into a Scottish police commander’s lecture on the art of firearm-free policing, American law enforcement leaders took turns talking. One after another, their questions sounded like collective head-scratching.

“Do you have a large percentage of officers that get hurt with this policing model?” asked Theresa Shortell, an assistant chief of the New York Police Department and the commanding officer of its training academy, where several hundred officers graduate each year.

“How many officers in Scotland have been killed in the last year or two years?” Chief Shortell added.

Bernard Higgins, an assistant chief constable who is Scotland’s use-of-force expert, stood and answered. Yes, his officers routinely take punches, he said, but the last time one was killed on duty through criminal violence was 1994, in a stabbing.

There is poverty, crime and a “pathological hatred of officers wearing our uniform” in pockets of Scotland, he said, but constables live where they work and embrace their role as “guardians of the community,” not warriors from a policing subculture.

“The basic fundamental principle, even in the areas where there’s high levels of crime, high levels of social deprivation, is it’s community-based policing by unarmed officers,” Constable Higgins said. “We police from an absolute position of embracing democracy.”

From Eric Garner on Staten Island to Freddie Gray in Baltimore and Laquan McDonald in Chicago, fatal police confrontations have fueled public anger across the United States and have prompted police leaders to reconsider established tactics and entrenched thinking on when and how to use force.

On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it was opening a civil rights investigation into the practices of the Chicago Police Department after one of its officers was charged last month with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Mr. McDonald, 17.

The killing, in October 2014, was captured on video that the city released under a court order hours after the officer was charged. And just as protests had previously swept New York, Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, demonstrators have taken to the streets in Chicago to demand change.

It is the sort of outcry that officials know they will continue to face, and it is why, several weeks before charges were filed in Chicago, leaders from many of the country’s biggest departments had come to the stone castle that serves as Scotland’s Police Headquarters, to hear firsthand about other ways of handling confrontations.

James W. Johnson, police chief in Baltimore County, Md., asked how Scotland’s culture influenced people’s perception of the police. Chief Johnson said he saw few outward signs of the disorder surrounding him at home — roadway trash, graffiti, large numbers of homeless people.

As the American police leaders peppered Constable Higgins with questions, Chief Charles A. McClelland Jr. of the Houston department raised the legacy of racial wrongs that seeps through the criminal justice system in the United States.

“And many of these racial and ethnic diverse communities have a longstanding history, negative history, with the police,” Chief McClelland said. “Do you have that here in Scotland?”

While sectarian tensions between Catholics and Protestants still flare up, racial fault lines are few in the country, so the Houston chief’s question was on the minds of many of the American officials.

But at the lecture last month, and at others throughout the week, the answer from the Scottish police remained the same: How officers think matters more than how they wield force, even in a nation where knives, not guns, are criminals’ weapon of choice.

“If you speak about a protest, for instance, the protest of the blacks in the street, well that’s about justice, unfairness,” Kirk Kinnell, the superintendent of Police Scotland and head of its hostage crisis negotiation unit, said after a lecture. “I would say, ‘That message, we should embrace that,’ because actually, as police officers, we want fairness. That’s why we joined.”

None of the officials from the United States raised the specter of terrorism or the nationwide trend by departments to arm counterterrorism units in their agencies to respond more quickly to mass shootings. Rather, they were concerned with situations in which civilians are armed with a knife or a bat, and tempers need to be calmed. . .

Continue reading. There’s more and it’s interesting. Emphasis added in above quotation.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 December 2015 at 9:49 am

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