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Mined from the notebooks, Saturday, November 26, 2016. Posted Friday evening, December 9. Map via Wikipedia showing how Pennsylvania voted county by county for President…in 2008! York County is one of the pinkish counties down along the southern border, second from the right of that cluster of blue, the one that looks to me like the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner. As you can see, York voted Republican that year. Just as it did this year. And 2012…and 2004…and 2000…and 1996…and… “It was easy to be a kid then. You knew where you stood. Franklin Roosevelt was always the... Continue reading
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The Riverfront. Newburgh, NY. About 9 this morning. December 9, 2016. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
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From the Facebook TL. Monday, November 28, 2016. Posted December 8. So. Time to bring down the Christmas decorations. I'm feeling sufficiently recovered that I can do the job by myself. First time I've been up to the store room, which is more of a closet, actually, since before the operation in July. All this time, though, for four months, Mrs M has been putting things "away" up there. Mrs M is what is clinically known as a "chronic over-stuffer." I open the door... You know the running gag from the old radio show Fibber McGee and Molly? Tain’t funny,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
Adapted from the Twitter feed, November 30, 2016. Posted Thursday, December 8. The defining trait of conservatives used to be greed. They'd prefer to call it "thrift" but it was greed. They wanted to keep all the $. "Not with my tax money, you don't!" As if they did all the work and paid all the taxes. But these days it's cruelty. They're not happy unless they've done something to make someone suffer. They seem to think it's their divine mission. They're still greedy. But cruelty comes first and they're willing to waste money to punish the weak, poor, and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
Adapted from the Twitter feed, Friday, November 18, 2016. Posted Thursday, December 8. 1 Pick some large patch of Trumpland. Rust Belt. Farm Belt. Doesn't matter as long as it's predominately white and working class. 2 Now count the votes. 3 Lots for Trump of course. But look. HRC got plenty of votes in those places too. 4 Thousands a thousands of people who "should" be "Trump voters" didn't vote for the loudmouthed racist demagogue. 5 What did Trump do wrong? Why didn't he get their votes? Might have won him the popular vote. 6 Or to put it a... Continue reading
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Posted Wednesday evening, December 7, 2016. Habitat degradation, illegal killings and climate change are leading to declines in migratory bird populations: https://t.co/ZPJcvTNgFG pic.twitter.com/8A9FkUP5E9 — Forbes Science (@SciForbes) November 8, 2016 To jump straight to GrrlScientist's post, follow the link to "Can We Save Europe's Migratory Birds?" at Forbes Science. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday evening, December 6, 2016. “Lord, help me get one more”: Andrew Garfield as Army medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to earn the Medal of Honor, prepares to help to safety one of the seventy-five wounded soldiers he rescued during the battle of Okinawa in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. I could have done without the Ascension into Heaven at the end, but overall Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best-made and most moving religious movie I can recall ever seeing. It’s also a pretty good war movie. A little corny and hackneyed but on the whole exciting,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
Posted Sunday evening, December 4, 2016. "In early August, LHC scientists had their answer, and the news was not good. The diphoton bump had vanished back into the noise. It was a random fluctuation after all. That meant more than 500 papers now contained detailed dissections of a signal that did not exist." Love and loss in the time of colliders – read @AstroKatie's latest Cosmos column: https://t.co/E4JWqNxu99 — Cosmos Magazine (@CosmosMagazine) November 7, 2016 To jump straight to Katie Mack's article, follow the link to "Love and loss in the time of the colliders" at Cosmos Magazine. Mack opens... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
Posted Saturday night, December 3, 2016. Major Renaissance painting restored 50 years after it was covered in flood waters. https://t.co/VzihXJnfRd — Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) November 8, 2016 To jump straight to Jason Daley’s story at Smithsonian Magazine, follow the link to Giorgio Vasari’s “Last Supper” was heavily damaged during Florence’s 1966 flood. Conservationists finally figured out how to save it. I like knowing about this: In the last 50 years, Florence has installed many flood control measures, but there’s no guarantee that a catastrophic flood won’t happen again. That’s why, Wilmering says, the Museum of the Opera of Santa Croce... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Friday night. December 2, 2016. X-Men: Apocalyse was tonight's feature for Mannion Family Movie Night. I’ve already re-posted my review, No New Gods Need Apply. I wouldn’t have chosen it for our feature presentation, but the Mannion Guys liked it better than I did and I went along because I’m weak and easily manipulated. It has its moments. Best reason to watch it is Evan Peters as the super-fast mutant hero Quicksilver and the best scene is when Quicksilver rescues all the students from the midst of the explosion that’s destroying Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters. I guess this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Thursday morning. December 1, 2016. The Last Judgment by Fra Angelico. Destroying Medicare and Social Security has become a religious crusade for the Republicans. With Paul Ryan it’s a mania. Yep. Destroy. Not “reform”. Not “save”. Not even privatize, except in the sense that private hands will be in the till, looting the trust funds as they empty. They’re doing it for everybody’s own “good.” It’s “good” for the taxpayers and businesses. Saves them money. Nothing more pleasing to the eye of the Lord than one of his children with a tight grip on his wallet. But it’s “good” for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Wednesday evening. November 30, 2016. A feminist Thoreau...my article on Anne LaBastille woods woman of the Adirondacks for @lithub https://t.co/M0TFDlwbM9 — Rafia Zakaria (@rafiazakaria) November 30, 2016 To jump straight to Rafia Zakaria’s article, follow the link to A Feminist Thoreau at Literary Hub. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016. Fidel Castro in 2005. Photo courtesy of Vandrad at the German language Wikipedia I don’t have anything insightful to say about Fidel. I’ve never been able to sort out my thoughts and feelings. (Like it matters what I think or feel.) I’ve sometimes thought of him as a great villain, more often felt grudging admiration, the kind one feels towards a valiant and intelligent but dangerous enemy. Our policy towards Cuba has been stupid from the beginning and history will wonder what the hell we were thinking, punishing the Cuban people for sixty years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Originally posted June 9, 2012. Re-posted Monday, November 28, 2016. The tall, skinny guy in the center, that’s Fidel Castro, with several of his lieutenants, in the Sierra Maestra at about the time he’d have been interviewed by the main character of William Kennedy’s latest novel, Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes. Fidel Castro is a character. Ernest Hemingway is a character. Bing Crosby makes a cameo appearance. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King aren’t exactly characters but their offstage presence is felt so keenly, painfully, and poignantly by other characters that they might as well be characters. Thinly disguised versions... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, November 27, 2016. This is the cemetery behind the old meeting house of the Clifton Park Center Baptist Association Church. According to the historical marker in front it was built in 1833 but it must have been on the site of a previous meeting house. The cemetery opened for business in 1801, and presumably the first customers didn’t have far to travel to their final resting place. We were visiting the Old Mannion Family Homestead for Thanksgiving and early Friday morning, in what has become a routine when we’re up there, I set out on a drive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Posted Friday evening, November 25, 2016. Lower Manhattan: Stone Street when it drizzles. https://t.co/0l3I4XECLD #newyorkcity @DowntownNYC @NYCgo @EverythingNYC @agreatbigcity #nyc pic.twitter.com/2XsReAE4ql — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) November 25, 2016 Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday morning, November 24, 2016. Happy Thanksgiving! Eddie Redmanye as fantastic beast wrangler and wizard Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a series of movies intended to be to the Harry Potter series what Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is to his Lord of the Rings: prequels that deepen and expand our understanding of the originals, provide enlightening if not necessary background, but stand on their own and tell exciting and involving adventure tales of their own. But, although played with his now trademark charming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday morning, November 23, 2016. Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna (left) and his crony John “Bathhouse” Johnson, a pair of practitioners of honest graft in Chicago in the 1890s. Probably wouldn’t really feel any better, but I can’t help thinking it would be better if Trump was surrounded by old-fashioned political scoundrels, crooks, and thieves than by the creeps and weasels he’s taking into the White House with him. Pence, Sessions, Flynn, Bannon, Kobabch, Guilian, the list goes on and will go on---these are deeply troubled and twisted human beings who are working out their personal issues and pathologies through... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Posted Monday evening, November 21, 2016. Slime, Shorebirds, and a Scientific Mystery | Hakai Magazine https://t.co/YLuyB8TJPd — Hakai Magazine (@hakaimagazine) November 22, 2016 To jump straight to Daniel Wood’s article at Hakai Magazine, follow the link to Slime, Shorebirds, and a Scientific Mystery. Hat tip to Mike the Mad Biologist. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday, November 21, 2016. This is Part Two of the three-part series I began posting last week. Part One is here. Part Three is in the works. Please keep in mind that all three parts are lifted from my notebooks and were written back in August. The reason I’m posting them now is I’m trying to sort out my thoughts about the election and I figure it’s a good idea to know what I was thinking before I try to decide what I ought to be thinking now. Also, I thought it might be heartening now that the worst... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Posted Friday evening, December 9, 2016. New posts below but before scrolling down please read... Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy what goes on around here. If you do, and you would like to help keep this blog going strong---and you can swiing it---please consider making a donation. It would be a big help and much appreciated. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday afternoon, November 19, 2016. Among other things, he wears the cape well, although sometimes it seems to be the case that the cape is wearing him. Benedict Cumberbatch in the role he seems to have been born to play, Doctor Stephen Strange, Sorcerer Supreme, in the latest Marvel Studio’s Avengers franchise, Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange opens with a dazzling fight scene that raises a question. Why do they need Doctor Strange? They being a brother and sisterhood of sorcerers who protect the earth from the depredations of evil invaders from other dimensions. At the moment though, their fight... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Lance Mannion
Monday. November 14, 2016.. 8:30 AM. 43 degrees. Decided to take a walk around Downing Park after dropping Oliver off at school. Seemed like a perfect morning for it. Sunny. Sky clear and blue. But not a bright blue. Pale as faded jeans. Should have been a warning. That’s a November sky. Should also have checked the temperature before I got out of the car. Chilled to the bone before I’d walked twenty yards. Only other human being in the park a man I immediately described to myself as old although he probably wasn’t much over 60. Which means not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday night, November 12, 2016. Never mind that they’re princesses. Since the beginning of their cartoon Renaissance, almost all of Disney’s heroines have been nerd girls. They are intellectuals and they don’t want to meet Prince Charming and get married, although some of them eventually do. What they want is to know. Ariel is an anthropologist of sorts. She wants to be where the people are so she can ask them her questions and get some answers. Pocahontas is a naturalist. She knows that every rock, and tree, and creature has a life, has a spirit, has a name... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks. August 12, 2016. Posted Saturday morning, November 12. Here’s another one that’d been stuck in a notebook like yesterday's, but for a little less time, only since mid-August. When I thought it up back in August, I thought I was being merely clever with the title. Seems like a cruel joke now, doesn't it? But that's one of the reasons I'm posting it now, to show how wrong I was and yet how, unfortunately, I may also have been right. I kept putting off posting it for several reasons. One was I kept thinking I needed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Lance Mannion