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Archive for July 12th, 2019

A reasonable way to account for Epstein and his money

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Read this thread. It begins:

So, apologies in advance, but I want to do a quick little THREAD to explain my theory of what the Epstein story really is. I promise this isn’t some crazy Pizzagate conspiracy about space lizards, just a neat little explanation that IMO perfectly fits the known facts (0/13):

(1/13) Let’s take as our starting points two givens.
(A.) You are a committed, unrepentant pedophile
(B.) Because of your old job in private banking, you are very connected to lots of very, very wealthy people
We’ll also assume a goal:
(Z.) You want to become very rich

(2/13) The obvious route is, well, obvious: you could just be . . .

Do read the whole thread. Makes sense, no? And it does explain some things.

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12 July 2019 at 6:17 pm

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki

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Hayao Myazaki’s animated films are amazing and wonderful. This four-part documentary shows their creation. Scroll down on this page.

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12 July 2019 at 5:17 pm

Posted in Movies & TV

Wonderful exegesis of Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”

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Worth watching—and listening to:

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12 July 2019 at 5:08 pm

Posted in Jazz, Music

Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking

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12 July 2019 at 4:46 pm

What happened to all the Bob Ross paintings?

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I have watched a fair number of Bob Ross videos on YouTube—they’re relaxing, and it’s pleasant to see a landscape emerge on the canvas—so I found this NY Times video and article quite a bit of fun. Note: no paywall—non-subscribers can watch. It’s probably kitsch, but it’s ever so much better than Thomas Kinkade, in part I think because a Bob Ross painting is the painting of it, not the final result, which is why they work so well on video. And Ross seems ever so much nicer a person than Kinkade.

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12 July 2019 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Art, Video

Because they just don’t care: Border Patrol Agents Are Passing Around A Commemorative Coin Mocking Care for Migrant Kids

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Dara Lind reports in ProPublica:

An unofficial commemorative coin has been circulating among Border Patrol agents at the U.S./Mexico border, mocking the task of caring for migrant children and other duties that have fallen to agents as families cross into the U.S.

On the front, the coin declares “KEEP THE CARAVANS COMING” under an image of a massive parade of people carrying a Honduran flag — a caricature of the “caravan” from last fall, which started in Honduras and attracted thousands of people as it moved north. (While the caravan included many women and children, the only visible figures on the coin appear to be adult men.)

The coin’s reverse side features the Border Patrol logo and three illustrations: a Border Patrol agent bottle-feeding an infant; an agent fingerprinting a teen boy wearing a backwards baseball cap; and a U.S. Border Patrol van. The text along the edge reads “FEEDING ** PROCESSING ** HOSPITAL ** TRANSPORT.”

The coin appears to poke fun at the fact that many border agents are no longer out patrolling and instead are now caring for and processing migrants — including families and children.

Government officials told ProPublica the coin was not approved or paid for by the government, unlike official “challenge coins” that go through an agency approval process. One Customs and Border Protection official, who was not authorized to give his name, characterized the coin as “something that somebody’s doing on their free time” — comparing it to woodworking. “A lot of the agents have little hobbies on the side, they build little wooden figures that they have at their homes,” the official said.

It’s not clear who created the coin or how widely it’s been circulated among border agents. But Border Patrol agents in California and Texas — on opposite ends of the U.S./Mexico border — had seen the coin circulated at their workplaces. One of the agents received a coin in April when a colleague brought several to pass around at the office; the other was shown an online order form for the coins by a colleague at work.

Both said the coins were promoted via the secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol officials that, as ProPublica recently detailed, included racist and violent posts.

The coin is part of a tradition of unofficial “challenge coins” — which generally outnumber official ones — which are common in the military and law enforcement as a way for members to celebrate achievements and build camaraderie.

But outside observers found this particular coin anything but harmless.

Theresa Cardinal Brown, who worked at CBP under the Bush and Obama administrations, said that the coin was evidence (like the 10-15 Facebook group) of “reflexive dehumanization” by Border Patrol agents, and that the “tolerance for shenanigans” by supervisors and leadership had gone too far. “You have to say, ‘This is affecting the integrity and authority of us all.’”

The coin appears to have been designed, ordered and distributed months into the surge of Central American families at the border. Coins were being distributed to agents by late April, before the current wave of public attention and outrage over conditions for migrants in Border Patrol custody.

Customs and Border Protection officials said they did not know about the coin until contacted by ProPublica. [Obviously CBP is out of control—they simply don’t know what their own people are doing, and that equals lack of control. –  LG] . . .

Continue reading. There’s more.

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12 July 2019 at 2:44 pm

Trying the Treet Platinum Super Stainless with some old friends

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After reading this Sharpologist article on blade sharpness, I had to try Treet Platinum Super Stainless blades. My old standbys were Astra Superior Platinum and more recently Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge (yellow package), Personna Lab Blue, and Voskhod. I ordered some, and they arrived yesterday

I got together a few old friends to give it a go. That Mühle Cosmo brush is quite a guy: big, soft knot that feels like a warm cloud on your face. If you like a scrubby brush, run in the other direction. It has very nice HH (handle heft), and this morning it did a delightful job with D.R. Harris Rose shaving cream: thick, warm, fragrant lather that encouraged not doing a rush job, giving the lather the time to work its magic.

I picked the Maggard V3E (they call it the “V3A,” the “A” meaning “aggressive,” but it is fact a very comfortable—but very efficient—razor, so I go with V3E as a better name. The “aggressive” name makes it sound threatening and harsh) and loaded it with a Treet Platinum Super Stainless blade, fresh out of the double wrappers. I use a UFO handle with this head. YMMV.

By God, the Treet Platinum Super Stainless blade really is a very nice blade! I didn’t really doubt it, but there’s a big difference between abstract knowledge (something you’ve learned by reading, even in detail) and actual experience: experience is much richer, and so real.

The same thing is happening with the change in my diet: it all sounded very good, but the actual experience is still surprising. I’m a type 2 diabetic, and I changed my diet less than two months ago. The chart at the right shows what I saw this morning in my Contour NEXT One app. (The values are in mmol/L; in the US, mg/dL figures are more common.) The highest value in the “normal” range is 5.5 mmol/L, with 5.6 being “pre-diabetic.” The most recent two days my readings were 5.4 and 5.5, both in the “normal” range. I hope I see where this is going.

Three passes left a completely smooth (and nick-free) face, with no razor burn. Full disclosure: I picked the shave cream because in my experience a shaving cream provides a bit more cushion than a shaving soap, and I wasn’t sure about the blades. I need not have worried.

A good splash of D.R. Harris Pink After Shave, a favorite, and I’m standing, delighted, on the threshold of the weekend. Have a good day, gentlemen. I know I will.

Update one day later: This morning the 7-day average had dropped to 5.7. Others were unchanged. I also updated my detailed post on my diet.

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12 July 2019 at 9:18 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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