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Michael Quinn Sullivan’s Recorded Conversation with Speaker Bonnen Exposes the Texas GOP for What It’s Always Been

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The Texas GOP is even worse than I thought. The subheading of this report: “The secret recording confirms the cynicism, vindictiveness, and ugliness at the heart of the Republican politics.”

Justin Miller reports in Texas Observer:

In June, Empower Texans leader Michael Quinn Sullivan revealed that he had secretly recorded a meeting with House Speaker Dennis Bonnen during which, the right-wing hardliner alleged, the speaker presented  him with a quid pro quo proposition: the Speaker would provide press passes to MQS’s staff in exchange for MQS directing the political spending of his PAC, Empower Texans, toward certain Republican targets. Since first mention of the tape, its specific contents have been an obsession of all who closely follow Texas politics.

After several weeks of speculation and a slow drip of leaks, MQS finally released the full recording—and it basically confirms everything that he had been saying all along: That Bonnen had indeed wanted MQS to dial down his heavy-handed enforcement of conservative discipline in GOP primaries and instead help Bonnen protect his Republican House majority against the advancing hordes of liberal Democrats. It also confirms that Bonnen proposed a potentially legally dubious political transaction, fueled by the hubris that he could convince Sullivan, the founder of a well-financed PAC that excels at funding right-wing challengers to GOP incumbents, to serve as his hired hand. The final confirmation is of the dog-bites-man variety: The Speaker is conniving, arrogant, and power-hungry, i.e., a politician, though one with little respect for his fellow members in the Legislature.

The recording depicts a more than hour-long meeting between MQS, Bonnen, and House Republican Caucus Chair Dustin Burrows in the Speaker’s office in June, shortly after the 2019 legislative session ended. The tape, an incredibly rare glimpse behind the curtain of power, illustrates—to almost farcical degrees—the cynicism, vindictiveness, and ugliness that sits at the heart of the Texas GOP’s political project. The group’s conversation also articulates the enemy that animates the politics of Texas’s political majority: an obsessive hatred of liberals and local governments—which to them are one and the same.

After several minutes of awkward small talk, Bonnen and MQS get down to business.

“So what’s going on?” Sullivan asked.

“I’m trying to win in 2020,” Bonnen responded matter-of-factly.

The Speaker then offered to give MQS’s staff press passes to the House floor with the “understanding” that Sullivan would focus Empower Texans’ considerable political firepower on a list of 10 moderate Republicans who crossed Bonnen by opposing a bill to ban taxpayer-funded lobbying.

As Bonnen put it, “Let’s not spend millions of dollars fighting in primaries, when we need to spend millions of dollars trying to win in November.”

He went on. “If you need some primaries to fight in, I will leave and Dustin [Burrows] will tell you some that we would love it if you fought in them—not that you need our permission.” (Later in the recording, Burrows provides a list of 10 Republican House members who voted against a bill that would ban taxpayer-funded lobbying, a top priority for state conservatives that narrowly died in the House.)

“If we can make this work, I’ll put your guys on the floor next session,” Bonnen said. “I think it’s a value to have your guys out there, to be truthful.”

This confirms the quid pro quo allegation at the heart of the scandal. Bonnen wanted Sullivan to ensure that Empower Texans would direct its millions of dollars in political spending in a mutually beneficial way; in exchange, Bonnen would give employees of his right-wing conglomerate (PAC, lobbying firm, “media” outlet) long-coveted press access to the House floor. (Never mind that press passes are not the Speaker’s to give; they are given out by House administration.)

But the tape was also instructive in showing the depths of vitriol that Republicans have for local governments.

In an effort to peacock his conservative credentials to Sullivan, Bonnen boasted that “[a]ny mayor, county judge that was dumb ass enough to come meet with me, I told them with great clarity: My goal is for this to be the worst session in the history of the Legislature for cities and counties.”

“I hope the next session’s even worse,” Burrows chimed in. “And I’m all for that,” Bonnen said.

Later on, Bonnen and Burrows gleefully recalled how simultaneously pushing for the taxpayer lobbying ban and property tax caps would wreak havoc on the GOP’s public enemy number one: Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

As Burrows recalled, State Affairs Committee Chair Dade Phelan asked him, “Hey, how much fun do you think it will be to have Mayor Adler run back and forth between trying to cover these two things.” Burrows had led the property tax cap push as Ways and Means Committee chair; Bonnen recalled that he had told Phelan, “I want you two texting each other … say, we’re calling Adler now, you call Adler now.”

(Adler and other city officials spent the legislative session worrying about how property tax caps could force Austin to cut down on basic services.)

In May, Bonnen prohibited legislators from actively campaigning against any of their fellow legislators, Democrat or Republican—a thinly veiled warning to Democrats, who are seeking to aggressively move against vulnerable Republicans in an attempt to take control of the state House. “If you campaign against another one of your colleagues, two things will happen to you,” Bonnen said at the time. “I will weigh in against you, and if I’m fortunate enough to continue as speaker, you will find yourself not well positioned in the next session.”

As the tape shows, this call for unity was calculating and deeply cynical. When Sullivan pressed Bonnen on it, claiming that it would allow complacent Republican legislators to sit back and allow potentially vulnerable Democrats to hold their seats, Bonnen insisted that Republican legislators would be free to engage against sitting Democrats “so long as they don’t go over the top.”

“When I said don’t campaign against each other … Trey Martinez Fischer [a top House Democrat from San Antonio] is totally turned in a knot ‘cause he isn’t sure what the hell to do ‘cause I blew his plans up …  and so that’s what I was cutting off.”

Bonnen—who has garnered a reputation in his 20-plus years in the Legislature for being brash and vile—also lashed out at freshmen Democrats who defeated Republican incumbents in 2018. “We’ve got people who beat our Republicans, that are not·even trying to act like moderate Democrats, OK? Which is good for us because we ought to be able to take their 19 heads off.” He called Denton County state Representative Michelle Beckley “vile” and said that Houston state Representative Jon Rosenthal “makes [his] skin crawl. He’s a piece of shit.” Bonnen recalled a joke his chief of staff made that Rosenthal’s “wife is going to be really pissed when she learns he’s gay,” as Sullivan burst into laughter.

Toward the end of the meeting, . . .

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Written by Leisureguy

26 October 2019 at 6:57 pm

Posted in GOP, Government, Politics

Carnival mushroom and spinach

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I do enjoy cooking these whole-food impromptu dishes. I was feeling peckish around 1:00pm, so I got out the Field No. 10 skillet, and prepared a meal. I had a carnival squash on hand—basically, an acorn squash with a fashion sense—so I wanted to include that. And I have blocks of frozen chopped spinach in the freezer (10 oz each), and that would be the leafy green.

Here’s my prep:

• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 cloves Russian red garlic, minced and allowed to rest
• 3 bunches scallions, chopped including leaves
• 10-12 oz crimini mushrooms, chopped coarsely
• 6 oz dark red kidney bean tempeh, diced
• 1/2 carnival squash, cut up into small pieces (with skin—I didn’t peel it: impossible)
• 12 San Marzono-style grape tomatoes, sliced (or 3 Roma tomatoes)
• 2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
• 1″ fresh turmeric, minced
• 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
• 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
• 10 oz frozen chopped spinach
• 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
• 1/2 cup cooked kamut
• 1 lemon, peel removed, blended

With all the chopping done, I heated my No. 10 Field Company cast-iron skillet. Once it was hot, I added the olive oil and scallions and sautéed those for a few minutes.

Then I added the mushrooms, tempeh, squash, tomato paste, turmeric, and peppers (red and black) and sautéed for several minutes. It’s always a good idea to sauté tomato paste until it darkens because it brings out the depth of flavor (aka umami).

Then I added the spinch and vegetable broth and cooked for about 10-15 minutes. The test is the squash: it needs to be reasonably tender but far from soft.

I turned off the heat (but the skillet holds a lot of heat and kept things hot for a while) and stirred in the kamut and the blended lemon.

Extremely tasty and healthy as all get-out.

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26 October 2019 at 4:15 pm

Yes, bacon really is killing us

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Bee Wilson wrote an interesting column in the Guardian last year. I blogged it at the time (March 2018), but that was more than a year before I acted on it and switched to my current whole-food plant-based diet. I reread it just now with a new sense of satisfaction.

It’s a good read. Check it out.

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26 October 2019 at 3:52 pm

Nice tour of Oxford University Press

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From the Wordsmith newsletter:

From: Martin Eiger
Subject: Trip to the OED

Way back when, when I’d newly begun,
I was doing it only for fun.
It’s still fun, no doubt,
But now I’ve figured out
What wonderful things can be won.

Sometimes I’m torn between two items on a restaurant menu. I can only have one. Both are tempting, but one will, of necessity, be a missed opportunity.

I had that same feeling, but with greater intensity, when I won a limerick competition in’s 25th Anniversary Contests, and the prize included a tour of either of two of the world’s leading publishers of English-language dictionaries. One was a university-affiliated concern located overseas. The other was a domestic, commercial publisher. I would have loved to have visited both, but I could only do one.

And so, onward to England, and Oxford University Press (OUP). Kate Shepherd, from the Publicity department, met my wife Elisa and me in the lobby. We reviewed the schedule, enjoyed some tea, and wasted no time moving on to words, words, words.

Well, first, a little history. Bev McCulloch, an archivist, gave us a guided tour of the Oxford University Press museum. We learned what OUP publishes and what kinds of books are outside its scope. We learned where the publisher has been located and where it has offices today, and we heard stories about some of its principals over the years. We saw several different printing technologies, and learned why it’s important to mind our p’s and q’s. We learned about the OED and the people who have been submitting words for its consideration over the years.

Next was the video. Sometimes at my workplace, two people will think they have booked the same conference room at the same time, and OUP is no different. So while they set up the video in a second conference room, we got an impromptu visit to the files where they store some of the slips of paper on which people have submitted words over the years. One slip sticking up a little higher than others in its box had the word lauhala, which, if I’d had to guess, I might have surmised that it’s Hawaiian. My wife, born and raised in Hawaii, had no such uncertainty. Nor, biology major and avid weaver that she is, did she have any doubt about what the word means (leaf of the pandanus plant, the dried strips of which are used to weave baskets).

Back to the second conference room for the video … or for the second group of people just starting a meeting. We ended up not seeing the video, but having links (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) emailed to us to watch at home, which is just as good because it gave us more time to meet with people.

Peter Gilliver is an editor, and he has written a book about the history of the OED. He talked about the processes by which words are evaluated and accepted for inclusion. One of the more impressive things he showed us was a page on which he recognized that a comment was in the handwriting of J.R.R. Tolkien. Apparently, he recognizes the handwriting of a good number of notable people who have worked on the OED.

And one of the more unsettling things he showed us was the entry for nucular. Yeah, I get it, they’re trying to reflect the language as it’s used, past and present. They want to be objective, not judgmental. Many people pronounce the word that way and, apparently, some spell it that way as well. All true, but it still hurts just to think about it. On the other hand, when I queried about one pronunciation of a particular verb transposing the final two consonant phonemes, I learned that the history of homophony between “ask” and “ax” goes back many centuries.

Next, we met with Jonathan Dent, a senior editor. He was, at the time, focusing on the word woodhenge, researching references and usages far and wide. He showed us how they use computers to track words and all associated metadata, and to research instances and uses of words and unitary phrases across a large corpus. During the course of our conversation, my wife asked whether “nukupu’u” was in their system, either as an entry or for consideration in future releases. It is now. (The nukupu’u is an endemic Hawaiian bird, last seen about twenty years ago and believed extinct.) I asked about KenKen, a mathematical puzzle with which I have some experience. It hasn’t been around long enough for final approval in the official OED, but it was already in the pipeline.

Next came lunch, with Peter and Kate. It was a standard company cafeteria, similar to what I have seen in other large workplaces. There were a lot of food options. One dish seemed more to my tastes than the others, and it proved to be quite good. No angst-inducing foregone opportunities here.

Overall, we learned a lot at Oxford University Press, the visit was highly satisfying and it was a delight to have had the opportunity. But still, there’s also a dictionary publisher in Springfield, Massachusetts, and I would like to visit them as well. Perhaps there’s another contest, somewhere, and the prize includes a trip to Merriam-Webster? You name it, any topic, any topic at all. I’ll write the limerick.

Written by Leisureguy

26 October 2019 at 3:28 pm

Posted in Books, Business, Daily life

Kevin Drum offers a brief Ukraine timeline

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Drum posts at Mother Jones:

Here’s a timeline of the Ukrainegate affair. It is not exhaustive—not even close. There’s a reason for this, but first let’s refresh everyone’s memories:

Late 2018: Rudy Giuliani talks on the phone with Victor Shokin, the former prosecutor general of Ukraine, who was fired in 2016 because he was so deeply corrupt. Giuliani tells Shokin he’s looking for two things: an investigation into the DNC server hack, which is part of a lunatic right-wing conspiracy theory; and dirt on Hunter Biden and Burisma.

January 2019: Giuliani meets in New York with Yuriy Lutsenko, the current prosecutor general of Ukraine.

February: Giuliani meets with Shokin in Warsaw

April 21: Volodymyr Zelensky is elected the new president of Ukraine.

May 1: The New York Times reports that Giuliani has discussed the Bidens with Ukrainian prosecutors several times. Giuliani acknowledges that he has kept President Trump abreast of these conversations.

May 9: Giuliani sets up a trip to Kiev to discuss the Bidens. After his plans become public, Giuliani cancels the trip and reschedules it for Spain. In an interview a few months later, Giuliani at first denies that he asked anyone to investigate Joe Biden, but then turns around and says, “Of course I did!”

May 20: Marie Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine, is recalled because she is seen as a roadblock in the way of getting Ukraine to reopen the Biden investigation.

Mid July: Trump holds up a military aid package to Ukraine that has already been approved by Congress. He instructs his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to lie to Congress about the reason for the holdup.

Mid July: A flurry of text messages are exchanged between three men: William Taylor, the new ambassador to Ukraine; Gordon Sondland, a Trump donor who was named ambassador to the EU; and Kurt Volker, a special envoy to Ukraine. Taylor concludes the conversation by saying, “I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” In testimony before Congress, he confirms that this was the clear subject of the conversation. In addition to the military aid, the three had also discussed holding up a visit by Zelensky to the White House.

July 25: Trump talks on the phone with the President Zelensky of Ukraine. After Zelensky says that Ukraine is ready to receive the military aid package, Trump responds, “I would like you to do us a favor, though.” There are two parts to the favor: investigating the DNC server hack and investigating the Bidens.

July 29: Attorney General William Barr meets with UK intelligence officials about the origins of the Russia collusion investigation. The goal is to cast doubt on the entire Ukrainegate affair by showing that it was an outgrowth of the Russia investigation, which Barr thinks was itself the result of a criminal conspiracy against Trump.

Early August: The Ukrainians, who have mostly been confused up until now, finally figure out that Trump is withholding the military aid package until they re-open the investigation of the Bidens.

Late September: Barr visits the Italian spy chief to discuss the Russia investigation.

October 17: Mick Mulvaney admits at a press conference that the Ukraine aid was held up because Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the DNC server hack.

October 23: Ambassador Taylor testifies that President Trump told Gordon Sondland that military aid would be at a “stalemate” unless Zelensky played ball. Trump insisted that Zelensky “go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 interference.”

My point here is not to recap every detail of how Ukrainegate has played out. My point is to show that this was no spur-of-the-moment outburst from President Trump. He’s clearly been obsessed by it for nearly a year, and he’s involved a wide cast of characters: Giulani, Taylor, Sondland, Volker, Mulvaney, Barr, Yovanovitch, Shulkin, Lutsenko, and a number of others.

This is what makes Ukrainegate such a big deal. It would be bad enough if . . .

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26 October 2019 at 1:10 pm

A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come

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Abrahm Lustgarten reports in ProPublica:

PG&E’s rolling blackouts probably don’t eliminate fire risk, and they actually could make responding to fires harder. What they largely do is shift responsibility away from the company.

At the beginning of October, my kids’ preschool informed me that it might be closed the next day because of rolling blackouts — a radical new effort by our local power utility in Northern California to avoid sparking wildfires. The water company, faced with the shutdown of its pumps, asked us to fill our bathtubs before the cutoff. On the advice of experts, my car was backed into the driveway for a quick escape, its hatch packed with 7 gallons of water and a go-bag including leather gloves, breathing masks, spare clothes, headlamps and emergency food.

The National Weather Service was predicting 55-mile-an-hour winds, with 10% humidity. It was like living inside a ticking time bomb. And so, in a desperate attempt to avoid detonation, the utility decided to haul almost 800,000 households backward through time into premodernity, for days at a stretch. Around Silicon Valley, residential areas adjacent to some of the most technologically advanced corporations in the world — the offices of private space-exploration companies, internet search engines, electric vehicle manufacturers — would forgo basic electricity.

The blackouts solved nothing, of course. De-energizing the electrical grid is a bludgeon: imprecise, with enormous potential for collateral damage as people deal with a darkened world. It doesn’t even eliminate fire risk. What it largely does is shift responsibility away from Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility company, whose faulty transmission lines had been found to have caused some of the most destructive wildfires on record.

In fact, cutting power can exacerbate some fire risks. In a blackout, more people rely on home generators, many of which have been installed without permits and might be no less faulty than the utility’s own equipment. Detours and gridlock force more cars into vulnerable places. (Sparks off roadways are another top cause of wildfire.) The blackout makes it harder for the public to respond to fire emergencies even as it does little to prevent all the other factors that cause them — from careless barbecues to tossed-out cigarette butts to plain old arson. One of the state’s most serious fires so far this year was ignited by burning garbage.

But a mandatory blackout does have one radically positive effect. By suddenly withdrawing electrical power — the invisible lifeblood of our unsustainable economic order — PG&E has made the apocalyptic future of the climate crisis immediate and visceral for some of the nation’s most comfortable people. It is easy to ignore climate change in the bosom of the developed world. But you can’t fail to notice when the lights go out.

Only once the blackouts began to take effect did local agencies and governments seem to begin to grasp their rippling effects and implications. As the city of Oakland prepared to lose power, its Police Department — already strained by understaffing and rampant corruption — called back its off-duty officers and put its investigative units into uniform in the hopes of managing a city in the dark. Transportation officials prepared to close four tunnels that make up one of the Bay Area’s major highway arteries, effectively walling off thousands of people from their jobs in downtown Oakland and San Francisco.

As the lights went out across the region, the economies of whole towns and small cities ground to a halt. Grocery stores and gas stations closed, air conditioning was shut off and cell towers faltered — even as the cellphones themselves, now many households’ only means of communication, slowly began to lose battery power. People whose lives depended on home medical equipment faced life-threatening emergencies, and cars — without operating gas pumps — risked running out of fuel. My own town sat on the edge of an arbitrary boundary. The lights stayed on, but the mood was ominous.

And it ought to be. In the American West, our climate will only get hotter and drier, our wildfires worse. Every year more places are going to burn, and we will, repeatedly, be horrified by the losses. But we should not be shocked by them. The blackouts have laid bare the uncomfortable fact that the infrastructure we’ve built and maintained over the course of many decades isn’t matched to the threats we face in our rapidly unfolding climate emergency.

The safest way to proceed under such circumstances — on an annual basis, every time the thermometer kicks up and the winds begin to blow — is probably not simply to forgo the use of one of civilization’s most elementary and essential innovations. Significantly lowering emissions, reducing waste, managing our landscape and fortifying our communities would all do much more to save lives. But it’s hard to imagine that even deep-blue California will make sufficient progress on the climate-adapting steps we’ve long been implored to take.

At least mandatory blackouts force a glimpse into this new reality. . .

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Written by Leisureguy

26 October 2019 at 11:30 am

A note on synthetics — and the OneBlade razor

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I’ve observed previously that I’ve come to prefer—most of the time—synthetic brushes (like today’s RazoRock Bruce, with a nice 24mm synthetic knot) to natural-bristle brushes (like yesterday’s Sabini, with a 22mm silvertip badger knot). It occurred to me that the preference battle, synthetic v. natural, has already been settled so far as the handle of the brush is concerned. Yesterday’s Sabini had an ebony (wood) handle (with a small crack that has not worsened); today’s Bruce has a synthetic handle, like almost every brush on the market. I have only two other brushes with natural handles: a Strop Shoppe brush with a snakewood handle and a Plisson with a horn handle. I have had some Vie=Long brushes with olive wood handles, but those have been sold off.

Synthetic handles offer many advantages over natural handles: immune to rot, strongly resistant to cracking, no upkeep required (unlike handles made of wood), easy to produce in quantity, and so on.

I’m thinking that, as handles went, so will go the knots. In time, knots of natural material will seem antique and troublesome (and expensive) compared to the modern, reliable (and inexpensive—the Bruce brush costs $10) synthetic brushes.

The lather was a Van Yulay lather, and thus both excellent and interesting. This soap has a vegan formula. (The formulations for Van Yulay soaps vary from soap to soap):

Stearic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Palm Stearic, Sandalwood Hydrosol,Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor-Coconut-Olive-Meadow Foam-Argan-Oils, Cocoa-Kokum-Shea-Butters, Glycerin, Extracts, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Liquid Silk, Sandalwood Powder, Bentonite Clay, EO’s and Fragrance.

With stubble well-lathered, I picked up the new OneBlade razor I just received, thanks to a Sharpologist tip on an inexpensive introductory offer. The razor does have OneDrawback, though: the price of blades, which the manufacturer suggests ideally should be changed after each shave (very easily done: blade pops in and pops out effortlessly, much easier than changing a DE blade, even in a TTO razor). If you don’t subscribe, the blades are $1 each (97¢ in fact, but there’s not much you can do with 3¢). That’s not exactly $30 per month, because if you’re using the razor daily, you’d get the subscription for $22 per month, which reduces the cost to 75¢ each (73¢ in fact, but you can do even less with 2¢).

On the other hand, you don’t have to do any blade exploration: there is exactly one blade that works in this razor: the Feather FHS-10. (Perhaps that’s what the name is telling us.) It’s quite a good blade (for me, at any rate), and it does simplify things.

They do note that you can get 2-3 shaves per blade, so if you do get 3 shaves per blade and you shave daily and you get the subscription (with 30 blades delivered every 2 months (2 shaves per blade), 3 months (3 shaves per blade), or 8 months (?? — I assume this means you shave “occasionally”), which are the three delivery option, the cost per shave drops from 75¢ to 25¢: $7.50 per month for blades.

I think it would be reasonable to consider 2 shaves per blade as an average, and thus the cost per shave is 37.5¢ per shave or $11.25 per month for blades. Considering that even my more expensive DE blades run around 25¢ each and I get a week’s worth of shaves from each, I’m spending about $1 per month (and could easily spend less, since some brands are significantly less—the Personna Lab Blue that I like a lot are $25 for 200 blades: 12.5¢ per blade, or 50¢ per month.

Enough with the economics. What about the shave?

It’s terrific. The handle (my description will move toward my face) has a bit of an odd feel because of the sort of I-beam construction: ridges on top and bottom, so you hold it mostly by the ridges, but the flat side is not slippery and the grip is secure.

The head’s pivoting action takes care of the angle without your having to think about it—the same “automatic transmission” feel you get from a cartridge razor (vs. the “manual shift” required by the non-pivoting head of a DE razor). So you get less control, but (as with automobiles) for day-in, day-out use it’s plenty good enough and a lot more convenient. And I would say that the OneBlade’s pivoting action is substantially superior to that of a cartridge razor: OneBlade’s head is deeper and thus puts more on the face which provides more leverage (and control).

And the Feather FHS-10 is, as I noted, quite good for me. The combination of the pivoting and comfortable head along with the sharpness of a new blade (it had better be sharp: it costs a dollar) made for an excellent shave and shave experience.

One drawback: it’s a one-sided razor, so that when that side fills with lather, you have to rinse. With a DE razor, when one side fills with lather, you just flip to the other side. I almost always have to rinse the razor only once per pass, since the two sides together can hold a full pass’s worth of lather. This drawback, however, would be invisible to anyone who moves to the OneBlade from a cartridge razor, since a cartridge razor has even less lather capacity than the OneBlade.

The model I purchased is the Core, still available for $20 (with 10 blades). It is an all-plastic razor whose regular price is $50 (steep for an all-plastic razor, I would say, but I imagine OneBlade customers are not sensitive to price (cf. the blades)).

The Hybrid is $200 and has a stainless-steel head and plastic handle. The Genesis is all stainless steel and is $400—and was, I believe, the original model.

I finished the shave—and this witch-hazel series—with a good splash of Van Yulay’s excellent aftershave in Sandalwood.

A great start to the weekend. And let me be clear: cost-considerations aside (and ignoring lather capacity), the OneBlade gives a terrific shave. It’s very easy to use and you really don’t have to focus to get an extremely comfortable and totally trouble-free shave with a BBS result. It will be particularly beloved by those who are slow to awaken and must shave while groggy.

Written by Leisureguy

26 October 2019 at 9:47 am

Posted in Shaving

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