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Posted Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo of the Day: Staring Contesthttps://t.co/3wR9iRbtzG #photography #pod — National Geographic (@NatGeo) January 14, 2017 “A crowd viewing Rembrandt’s famous "The Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild" painting at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum creates the illusion of art staring back at its audience. The museum focuses on Dutch art, featuring works dating from the Middle Ages onward. Your Shot photographer Julius Y. writes that ‘they are looking at each other between past and future.’" Follow the link to see a larger image of Julius Y’s photograph at National Geographic. Continue reading
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Posted Saturday morning, January 14, 2017. Could a cure for cancer be hiding in the elephant’s genetic code? The massive mammals have a much lower incidence of cancer than one would expect, given their size and long life span. It’s a phenomenon popularized by Oxford University epidemiologist Richard Peto, called Peto’s paradox, that larger animals have lower incidences of cancer, despite having exponentially more cells with the potential to mutate. Now, researchers believe they know why, and it could reap dividends for humans. To read Janine Anderson’s article, follow the link to Elephants Rarely Get Cancer, Now We Know Why... Continue reading
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Posted Saturday morning, January 14, 2017. For Cara Giaimo’s article and a video tour of the village, follow the link to “Quebec's Hottest New Real Estate Listing” at Atlas Obscura. Continue reading
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Posted Friday evening, January 13, 2017. This is a heartwarming little story from The Glass Universe, Dava Sobel’s new chronicle of the lives and careers of some of the women who worked as computers and astronomers at the Harvard Observatory between the 1870s and the 1950s when Cecelia Helena Payne became Harvard’s first female professor of astronomy. It’s a story of family love and and a distant friend’s generosity, and like I said, it’s heartwarming. Except… Well, you’ll probably see figure out the except. In the fall of 1906, the director of the Observatory, Edward Charles Pickering... ...received an appeal...from... Continue reading
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Posted Thursday, January 12, 2017. We love stories about lovable scoundrels and rogues, but they're not supposed to be in it only for themselves Many Americans---close to all of us, I’d wager in a cynical and reckless mood---think we shouldn’t be bound by any rules. Rules are for other people. Not exactly the premise of our Revolution but the effect on our national psyche has been to instill a sense that we’re entitled to do what we want to do when we want to do it. “Don’t tread on me!” has a follow up. “Don’t tell me where I can... Continue reading
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Posted Wednesday morning, January 11, 2017. Instead of taking it out on the likes of Meryl Streep, Meghan McCain might want to ask her father why Trump won. What’s a dumbfounded, frustrated, and self-important blogger to do in the face of something like this? Why, write a letter the supposed recipient will never read and which would have no effect if she did, of course. Dear Ms McCain, Or...maybe if your father hadn't flip-flopped back and forth for months and had instead come out straight-forwardly and forcefully against Trump from the start and stuck with it… But I suspect he... Continue reading
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Posted Tuesday evening, January 10, 2017. …or maybe sometimes life is actually better than The West Wing. In ’04, I asked a young Senator to keynote the Dem Convention. Tonight, @POTUS gives his farewell address. Proud of his incredible journey. pic.twitter.com/FL1XR3aURF — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 10, 2017 Continue reading
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Posted Monday night, January 9, 2017. Paramount Theater building in Times Square, where Frank Sinatra sang in 1942, caused a riot and became somebody. https://t.co/0l3I4XECLD pic.twitter.com/S0v3HMv3sH — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) January 2, 2017 Continue reading
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El Jefe, Me, back in June: I like a lot of Bernie’s politics. Of course I do. It’s the kind of liberal politics I learned at the knee of that great old-style Democrat Pop Mannion. That’s why Bernie’s never stuck me as particularly new-style. As far as I’ve ever been able to tell, he’s a throwback. Much of his “socialist” rhetoric was old-hat when he came of age politically in the 1960s. As far as what he’s actually stood for, he’s not much to the left of Walter Mondale, Ted Kennedy, George McGovern, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, or, for that matter, Lyndon Johnson. I’m not criticizing. That he’s in their company is high praise and I’m glad he’s there helping to renew the spirit of their old-style politics.
Also, C the C, this whole post is about me considering how she wasn't a good candidate in the sense of being the best at politicking and selling herself on the campaign trail.
Chris the cop, don't know how much of a typical leftist sheep I am, but I suspect you of trying to get my goat. You're pulling a bait and switch. We're not evaluating political skills. You wouldn't hate Hillary if all that you thought was wrong with her was she can't give a rousing stump speech. Nixon was a terrific politician, McGovern was awful. But Nixon was a monster, and McGoven was a good man. And as far as awful politicians go. Dukakis and the first Bush were pretty bad. Neither one though was the bastard that Trump is.
Chris the Cop, seems I need to keep reminding you, your lifetime includes Richard Nixon getting elected President twice! And your equating HRC and Trump requires the kind of moral leveling that makes me glad that when my time comes you won't be helping separate the sheep from the goats.
Kaleberg, as it happens I'm reading a novel about Billy the Kid, titled, straight-forwardly enough, The Kid, and I've just reached the part where the Johnson County Cattle War is beginning. The Army has already taken the "wrong" side. Nothing like that happens in The Magnificent Seven. Bogue operates entirely on his own, never having to deal with any competitors or bribe any politicians or face any resistance other than the Seven. The government simply doesn't exist so he doesn't get special treatment or any help. So his part of the story isn't realistic in the way you describe. But he's also not realistic in being pretty much a cartoon. That was fine with me. Sarsgaard is fun to watch. I was just pointing out that in that respect the original is actually more realistic.
From the Facebook Timeline, Friday night, December 24, 2016. Posted Sunday morning, January 8, 2016. Well, plan was we'd be down at Mother Blonde's cottage for Christmas eve, having dinner with her and Mrs M's brother and sister and their families. But Mrs M has the flu. She's buried under the covers in bed. So we're stuck here for tonight. Maybe tomorrow too. But no fear! Tonight I whipped up dinner for the Mannion guys and me. A whole turkey breast from the supermarket deli and sides from various cans, boxes, bags, and jars---mashed potatoes, stuffing, mixed vegetables, and cranberries.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Sunday, December 11, 2016. Sounds like the old General should have had a blog: As a free-thinker and old-style atheist, he had a need to discourse from time to time on lofty matters. ---from The Village of Stephanchikovo by Feodor Dostoevsky. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Lance Mannion
From the Twitter Machine, Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Oliver Mannion (after reading the New York Times Review of Rogue One): It’s like something you’d write. Me: Pedantic and overlong? (Judicious pause.) Oliver: Well…yeah. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Lance Mannion
From the Twitter machine, Tuesday night, December 13, 2016. Once upon a time I used to read Dickens by the light of the Christmas tree. Now I scroll Twitter. I deserve to be haunted. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, January 7, 2017. Our feature presentation for Mannion Family Movie Night. Let’s ride! ___________________________________________________________________________ Denzel Washington (center), magnificent as the kind of western movie hero he should have had a chance to play a long time ago, in Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the 1960 western classic The Magnificent Seven. October 2, 2016. Saw the new version of The Magnificent Seven last weekend. Not as magnificent as the original, but how could it be? The original has had fifty-six years to burrow itself deep into the culture and our popular imagination. It’s practically not a movie anymore. It’s... Continue reading
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Posted Friday morning, January 6, 2017. Updated Wednesday morning, January 11: Welcome to everyone coming over from Crooks and Liars! Quick note: Comments are always welcome but keep in mind they're moderated. Please read the comment policy. I think I need to add a couple new criteria though, one being: Incredibly stupid comments especially when they're attempts to hijack the thread or are way off topic will not be published. Routine stupidity is tolerated otherwise I wouldn't let myself post anything. The second is already implicit in the policy, but it needs to be clearer. Cursing, swearing, profanity, insults, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday evening, January 5, 2017. I've decided I'm sick. Know how I could tell? I was thinking about heading over to B&N for some coffee but talked myself out of it because it seemed like too much of hassle. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Thursday morning, January 5, 2017. Finding North America’s lost medieval city https://t.co/htF8PF7upO by @annaleen — Ars Technica (@arstechnica) December 13, 2016 A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds stood where East St. Louis sprawls today in Southern Illinois. This majestic urban architecture towered over the swampy Mississippi River floodplains, blotting out the region's tiny villages. Beginning in the late 900s, word about the city spread throughout the southeast. Thousands of people visited for feasts and rituals, lured by the promise of a new kind of civilization. Many decided to stay. At the city's apex in 1050, the... Continue reading
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Posted Wednesday morning, January 4, 2017. I love model trains and it’s been far too long since there’s been any model train blogging here at Mannionville Station. So, here we go, a giant model train setup at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. This huge model train set cost $3.5 million dollars and opened to the public in 2002 https://t.co/vJDMSDtaRW pic.twitter.com/KRHW0OTb5b — Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) January 4, 2017 Stretched across a 3,500 square foot “S” shaped table “The Great Train Story” takes visitors from Chicago across the plain states and over the Rockies all the way to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Bill, good points. I'll have to rewatch The Maltese Falcon keeping them in mind. And I've got the book on reserve at the library, so I'll let you know what Sorel has to say about it. Unless you read it first. Then you can let us know.
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Posted January 3, 2017. Oliver Mannion gave his old dad Garry Trudeau’s Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump for Christmas. I’ve said before, the great American novel has been written by a comic strip artist who can barely draw. Trudeau spotted Trump for what he was right from the beginning of that awful man’s awful career. It’s all there. The spoiled child’s solipsism, the self-infatuation, the pathological disregard for other people’s needs or feelings, the lust for money and power and aggrandizement, the sexual predation that isn’t about sex but about trophy hunting and humiliating people he sees as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday morning, January 2, 2017. Woody Allen reviews a tale of a scandalous starlet: "Some lives are so much more fun to read about than others" https://t.co/GZZfwN0CUg pic.twitter.com/Oh0hztFG7E — The New York Times (@nytimes) December 22, 2016 Woody Allen: Life is so unfair. I tore up the old linoleum in a grungy apartment I rented years ago and found under it only schmutz, hardened chewing gum and a torn ticket stub to “Moose Murders.” Ed Sorel tears up the old linoleum in his apartment and finds yellowing newspapers with headlines screaming about a scandal that gave him material for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Lance Mannion