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Posted Sunday morning, November 19, 2017. I’m glad Ken Muldrew brought this up in his comment on my November 4th post Lance Mannion has come unstuck in time again…and again…and again…. I did make a point of not talking about the Antikythera mehanism, mainly because it’s a fascinating subject and I was afraid it would take me far off topic if I started in on it, but also because I didn’t think I really understood how it might have worked. Here’s Ken’s take: There's a great irony here but I'm too slow to figure out if you meant to highlight... Continue reading
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Sunday. 10:13 a.m. 45 degrees. Feels like 37 degrees. Front moving in. Wind out of the West by Northwest. Gusts up to 24 mph. There's a kind of gray, cloudy, wet day when I feel like I'm raining myself: all the energy and morale pouring out of me. Today's one of those days. Continue reading
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Posted Sunday morning, November 19, 2017. One of the things about the blog I’m proud of is all the thoughtful readers who stop by, and one of the things I’m not proud of myself for is how I’ve been neglecting the comment section where so many of them take the time and trouble to leave their thoughts and thus improve the tone and intellectual caliber of the blog. Not to mention you al can write. So I’m going to try to make a weekly feature of posting comments like this one from Doug K who was responding to my October... Continue reading
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Mined from the notebooks Friday evening, November 17, 2017. Posted Sunday morning, November 19. Shows that I'm spending too much time online and it's affecting my offline reading habits. I'm reading an actual book and I just looked at the top of the page to check the time... Continue reading
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Posted Sunday morning, November 19, 2017. Got an email the other day from the Nation headed "Republicans in Congress think you're an idiot" and my first thought was "Who told them?” Continue reading
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Adapted from the Twitter feed, Friday, November 17, 2017. Posted Saturday morning, November 18. From August 1998: First Lady Hillary Clinton looks on as President Bill Clinton finally admits that he did in fact “have sexual relations with that woman” Monica Lewinsky. AP photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times. The political desk at the New York Times is at it again. WASHINGTON — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, who holds Hillary Clinton’s former seat, said on Thursday that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after his inappropriate relationship with an intern came to light nearly 20... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Adapted from the Twitter feed, Thursday evening, November 16, 2017. Posted Friday morning, November 17. A smugness of Republicans: That’s a giddy and awfully pleased with himself House Speaker Paul Ryan on the left gathering with other Republicans around our Mr President Trump to celebrate in advance the miracle of their delivering a massive tax cut for the rich. Hat tip to Mrs M for suggesting I post what she calls a horrifying picture that perfectly captures in their smirking glory. Photo by Al Drago courtesy of the New York Times. From the Hill: President Trump told House Republicans that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday morning, November 16, 2017. The Randian hero setting an example of hard work and good character: Paul Ryan and his wife Janna washing already clean pots for a photo op staged at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio when he was running for Vice-President in 2012. AP Photo by Mary Altaffer via Rolling Stone. Reminder: Paul Ryan is rich. He likes to lecture poor people on how they can get rich or at least how they can stop being poor. He tells them they have to work harder. He wrote a book about it. Paul Ryan fancies himself... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Adapted from the Twitter feed and posted Tuesday night, November 14, 2017. President John Kennedy (center left) chats with Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck while First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (center right) shares a smile with poet Robert Frost at a banquet for forty-nine Nobel Laureates at the White House. April 29, 1962. Photo by Robert LeRoy via John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This is one of Pop Mannion’s favorite JFK quotes, probably because it flatters two of his favorite presidents, showing off Kennedy’s wit while highlighting Jefferson’s brilliance. Kennedy said it at a White House dinner... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, November 12, 2017. A tribal chieftain defending a totem of his tribe: “Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court addresses a Pro-Life Mississippi and a Pastors for Life pastors luncheon in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Moore told the attendees that he cannot separate his faith from his job as chief justice and continues to oppose abortion and same-sex marriage.” Photo by Rogelio V. Solis—AP, courtesy of TIME. Republican Evangelicalism is not Christianity and Republican Evangelicals are not sharers in a worldwide faith along practiced by billions. They are members of a tribe and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday night, November 11, 2017. David Suchet as Hercule Poirot and Pauline Moran as Poirot’s perfect secretary, the machinelike Miss Lemon in a scene from the mystery series Poirot. “Your sister?” Another shock. Poirot had never conceived of Miss Lemon’s having a sister. Or, for that matter, a father, mother, or even grandparents. Miss Lemon, somehow, was so completely machine-made---a precision instrument, so to speak---that to think of her having affections, or anxieties, or family worries, seemed quite ludicrous. It was well known that the whole of Miss Lemon’s heart and mind was given, when she was not on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday morning, November 10, 2017. The Fall of the Alamo or Crockett’s Last Stand by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk. Circa 1903. Via Wikipedia. Firearms are an “important part” of that community, Sinise said, adding that families spend time together at the shooting range. The small Texas town of Sutherland Springs is “NRA country,” Stinchfield said. While the majority of Sutherland Springs residents don’t take advantage of the state’s liberal open-carry law, residents said, most people do carry concealed weapons, and most households own at least one weapon and usually several more.---from the Washington Post. November 8, 2017. That’s the problem.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017. Image courtesy of Sacramento Bee. Immediately the news from Sutherland Springs came out, gun nutty Right Wingers and the Republican politicians who depend on their votes and the NRA's cash bribes, along with the stooges and apologists and shills in the media who serve the politicians by keeping the rank and file bamboozled, began resorting to their usual illogical arguments the gun nuts rely on to defend their right to keep and bear whatever arms they feel they need to assure themselves they're men and heroes, assurance they apparently require two or three times... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Lance Mannion
November 8th of last year was a beautiful day here, weather-wise… Tuesday. 2:52. 63 degrees. Heading towards Lakeside Drive. Trees still at peak. Ruby-red leaves. Sunlight behind makes them appear glassy and jewel-like. Yellows buttery. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday night, November 5, 2017. A hundred and seventy-six years late to the party, but I’m in agreement with Margaret Fuller on this. Fuller was having none of it. She wrote Thoreau too letters of rejection, each devastating in its own way. “The Service,” she admitted, was rich in thought, but those thoughts were “so out of their natural order, that I cannot read it through without pain. I never once feel myself in the stream of thought, but seem to hear the grating of tools on the mosaic.” Of “Wachusett” she granted a “noble recognition of nature,” two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, October 5, 2017. Posted Sunday morning, November 5, 2017. “Brendan Foley, an underwater archaeologist, holds a 2,000-year-old bronze arm recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck.” Photo by Brett Seymour EUA/Argo courtesy of the New York Times. I know I come across as a solid citizen of the Reality-based Community. Mr Facts. Mr Logic. Mr Does His Homework. I follow the links, do the reading, listen to the experts and trust the scientists. I'm a hard-headed materialist. If it can't be seen, toughed, tasted, measured, and quantified, it doesn't exist. If I'd been the thirteenth apostle, the expression... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, November 5, 2017. In addition to the wide variety of cannabis-infused products and paraphernalia found at other marijuana retailers, the store sells merchandise such as T-shirts and ball caps. There’s also a display case stocked with THC-laced products for dogs that claim to help with problems such as excessive barking or itching. Jay Jones reports in the L.A. Times that prices at the ten thousand square foot NuWu Cannabis Marketplace in downtown Vegas are “ ‘competitive’ with other sellers of marijuana.” NuWu is owned and run by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. NuWu is Paiute for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday night, November 2, 2017. Future writer but present fighter pilot and spy Roald Dahl (the very tall young officer fourth from the right) during his days of spying on Americans for the British government. He’s pictured here with a group of all men, but in those days he was more frequently in the company of women. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. Roald Dahl’s memoirs of his childhood and days as a young fighter pilot in World War II, Boy and Going Solo, are so good that I really hope he wrote one about his adventures as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Posted Wednesday night, November 1. Most successful Presidents have had a close advisor like Jack had in Bobby. Our current President has nobody remotely like Bobby. “President John F. Kennedy, right, confers with his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, at the White House on Oct. 1, 1962, during the buildup of military tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union that became the Cuban missile crisis later that month.” Photo courtesy AP via WBUR. Like I would know, but I'd bet that significantly contributing to our Mr President Trump's panic right... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, October 28, 2017. Apropos of nothing...Well, apropos of a longer post on ambition and the meritocracy I'm working on: Most people are hobbits, and remember Tolkien meant for the hobbits to be the heroes because they were not as a rule heroic. Most people don't want lives full of adventure and achievement and the acquisition of treasure. They want to stay at home in the Shire. They want lives full of comfort and contentment, in the company of family and friends. The lives the educated elite want for themselves and their children depend on leaving the Shire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday night, October 27, 2017. There are many things that can go wrong in the first minutes of leaving Earth and most of them come with a decision-making window of less than five seconds. If you are an astronaut it means that you are someone who can assess and react quickly. If you are a great astronaut it means that while your mental and physical reactions operate at top speed, your emotional reactions are stately and glacial. The combination that works best is someone who only needs four seconds to get to: This is what we need to do,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday morning, October 26, 2017. We don’t need another hero: “Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona at the Capitol. On Tuesday, he announced that he would not seek re-election next year.” Photo by Al Drago/The New York Times, courtesy of the New York Times. Jeff Flake is not one hundred years old. He's a little more than half that, fifty-four. I feel a need to point that out because to judge by what he told the Arizona Republic---“There may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party..."---and his speech... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Thursday afternoon, October 19, 2017. Posted Sunday morning, October 22. Belted kingfisher. Copyrighted photo by Michael R. Duncan, courtesy of the National Zoo. As far as I can recall, I’ve only ever seen a couple of kingfishers up close in my life, and both of those were on Cape Cod. Just spent some time watching another one in my mind’s eye. This afternoon, UPS delivered a book to my office. That is to say, I was sitting out on the porch, pretending to write, when the truck pulled up. The book was Devotions, a collection of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, October 21, 2017. Gray Butte Trail, Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon. Cascade Mountains in the distance. Sunday, October 15, 2017. Copyright Erik Loomis. Longtime blogging comrade Erik Loomis, historian and Lawyers, Guns & Money stalwart, is out in his home state of Oregon. Not sure what he’s doing there. I think he’s teaching. But he’s also doing a lot of tromping around, getting reacquainted with the landscape, and sampling the local craft beers. He can’t send beer but he has sent this post card from a recent tromp along the Gray Butte Trail in the Crooked River... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday night, October 19, 2017. “It was then that Epstein began to give things away.” It started with a small maquette by Henry Moore handed off to his doctor, who had admired it during a home visit. From his bed, laid up with the flu, Epstein instructed Dr. Silverblatt on which closet he could find the bubblewrap in. A few days later, he twisted the signet ring off his pinkie and dropped it in the palm of his surprised doorman, Haaroon, in place of a tip; flexing his naked fist in the autumn sunlight, he smiled to himself. Soon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Lance Mannion