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"NEEGATIVE FIVE STARS. What a terrible recipe! I was out of flour but
didn't want to go to the store so I substituted a cup of plaster and a cup of gravel, spray margarine for the cultured butter, and stevia drops for the sugar, and then fried the batter in bacon grease instead of baking it. And I didn't give it the 24 hour rest recommended in the recipe because I'm impatient. The results are INEDIBLE and clearly you CANNOT COOK and should DELETE YOUR BLOG."

Context is tired of stupid recipe reviews.
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Posted by Dan MacGuill

Theories that terrorist attacks are more likely on the 22nd use faulty data and completely miss the point about "anniversary" attacks.

My tweets

May. 25th, 2017 07:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

May. 25th, 2017 03:35 pm
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  • blogTO notes the recent municipal vote clearing the way for the construction of the Downtown Relief Line.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly wonders, in the context of growing inequality and poverty, how workers in the United States can be free.

  • Centauri Dreams examines exoplanet TRAPPIST-1h.

  • Joe. My. God. notes the upset of Taiwanese homophobes with the idea of marriage equality and reports on the possibility of a million people dying on account of Trump cuts to HIV/AIDS programs internationally.

  • Language Log considers the use of the emoji in the Sinosphere.

  • The LRB Blog looks at terrorism and the ways it interacts malignly with the news cycle.

  • The NYRB Daily examines the anonymous "Berlin Painter" of ancient Athens.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer argues that the particular structure of health care locks it into certain plausible paths for reform.

  • Torontoist argues that indigenous writers' concerns about inclusion need to be addressed.

  • Towleroad looks at how some parents of gay children were pushed out of Shanghai's "marriage market".

  • Window on Eurasia looks at the relative strengths of Ukraine's two churches and looks at Russia's trade with North Korea.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell examines the post-war economic structures of the United Kingdom in the context of struggles between multilateralists and unilateralists.

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Posted by Karoli Kuns

4th Circuit Stomps On Muslim Ban: 'Drips With Religious Intolerance, Animus And Discrimination'

Trump's Muslim ban has suffered a few setbacks, but possibly none so severe as the one delivered today by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a lower court ruling to block key parts of the ban from being enacted.

In their ruling, the Court was clear: This ban is based on animus and hatred toward Muslims, despite being wrapped in the cellophane of national security concerns.

The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan...remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination. Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding principles—that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or disfavor one religion over another. Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation.

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Indivisible Guide is holding a Facebook Live event tonight at 8:30 pm (eastern), covering the CBO score and other TrumpCare issues, Russia, and "how you can hold your members of Congress accountable this recess." The message also has info. about the June 3 March for Truth in over 100 cities--the cutline is "for transparency, for democracy, for truth."

ETA: This just in--en banc 4th Circuit voted 10-3 to affirm the nationwide preliminary injunction against the Muslim ban. The decision describes the ban as using "vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."
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You don't have to know much about Montana's GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte to realize he's a direct political descendent of Donald Trump: an entitled millionaire who's accountable to no one and considers himself above the law.

Look no further than the altercation last night in which Gianforte wrapped his hands around the neck of a reporter who dared ask him a question he'd been dodging for months: Does he support the House healthcare repeal bill, especially after the Congressional Budget Office determined it would deprive 23 million Americans of health insurance while pricing many more with pre-existing conditions out of the market altogether?

That question was the straw that broke the camel's back. Reporters don't have the right to ask and, no, voters don't have the right to know because: He's Greg Gianforte, millionaire!

As Gianforte grabbed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by the neck and threw him down to the ground, he screamed, "I'm sick and tired of you guys! [...] Get the hell out of here! The last guy did the same thing!” 

As in, ask a question?

"You with the Guardian?" Gianforte demanded to know after physically and verbally assaulting Jacobs.

A telling inquiry. 

The Guardian was the focus of Gianforte's ire precisely because the outlet had uncovered the fact that Gianforte held shares in two Russian companies—Gazprom and Rosneft—that the U.S. had sanctioned in the wake of Russia's incursion of Crimea.

The piece, written by Jacobs, was very responsibly reported, including ample space for a response from Gianforte's campaign and the observations of a state department employee who said the shares from an index fund were both noteworthy but also nothing to "freak out about."

Still, he's Greg Gianforte, millionaire! Damn the voters. What right do the little people have to know?

After Gianforte body slammed Jacobs Wednesday night, his campaign put out a statement that was wildly inconsistent with audio of the candidate completely losing it and unloading on Jacobs. 

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Posted by David Mikkelson

Reports that the SS Cotopaxi has been discovered by the Cuban Coast Guard decades after it vanished in the Bermuda Triangle are fake news.

Confirmation Bias

May. 25th, 2017 02:23 pm
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Here's a cartoon about confirmation bias.  While it technically fits the definition, it's not about belief, but rather about greed -- or possibly survival.  In any case it's an example of how many things which are currently claimed as science are not actually science.  But when you call them that, people mistrust science, instead of mistrusting greed.
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Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Roger Ailes dies, and a celestial grip loosens...

Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - Roger Ailes dies, and a celestial grip loosens...

• Join Daily Kos Elections tonight for a live-blog of the Montana special election results. Tonight at 10 PM ET (8 PM local time), polls will close in Montana, where voters will fill a vacancy for the state's lone congressional district created when GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke left to become Donald Trump's interior secretary. The candidates are wealthy Republican businessman Greg Gianforte, who was just charged on Wednesday night with assaulting a reporter, and Democratic folk singer Rob Quist, who managed not to commit any crimes the day before Election Day. Our crack Daily Kos Elections team will be live-blogging the results, so come join us then!


Don’t try this at school, kids Rhode Island police have charged a 15-year-old high school girl they say gave homemade tattoos to two friends on school grounds.

The more things change:

On Aug. 2, 1974, a week before President Richard Nixon resigned, syndicated columnist Jack Anderson took a skeptical look at the president’s generosity. He found that the Richard Nixon Foundation had made “only one charitable grant in its four-year existence: $7,500 to buy a painting of Richard Nixon.”


Say what, Gov. Brown? The California governor now says that on climate change the Trump regime “not as disastrous as we thought a few months ago”:

“President Trump is a realist – and there’s nothing more real than the atmosphere and the chemistry that determines our weather and our long-term climate,” Brown told reporters at a climate change conference hosted by the Netherlands in San Francisco on Wednesday. “I don’t know that he’s going to come aboard immediately – but I do know that with our efforts in California, joining with other states and other provinces in the world, that we will be successful in pushing this agenda.

Worldwide, there are nearly 10 million jobs in renewable energy: Those include 3.09 million in solar, and 1.2 million in wind. That’s double the numbers of five years ago. More than half the total jobs are in hydropower, geothermal, liquid biofuels, biomass, and biogas.

Millions paid so far to Madoff fund administrator, zero to victims: 

A firm hired by the U.S. to distribute $4 billion to victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has racked up $38.8 million in billings over four years. The investors are still waiting for their first checks, though.

Ohio legislators ponder bill to give to aged coal plants permanent subsidy: A bill has been introduced to give two six-decade-old coal-fired power plants perpetual subsidies. The plants, owned by Ohio Valley Electric Corp., a utility consortium, can generate 2.4 gigawatts of electricity. Customers of American Electric Power, which owns the largest share of the plants, already pay a monthly $2 surcharge to support the OVEC plants.

Mike Pence’s approval rating plunges as his involvement in Trump’s scandals come to light: The new poll from Fox News shows that Pence’s popularity has fallen from 50 percent in April to 42 percent now. His disapproval number has risen from 33 percent to 43 percent.

Yale Psychiatrist says fellow doctors have an obligation to discuss Donald Trump’s mental health  because “our survival as a species may be at stake”: Her name is Dr. Bandy Lee and  she specializes in public health and violence prevention. She recently led a conference of mental health professionals discussing how they should respond to the situation. 

EPI: No evidence that automation leads to joblessness of inequality:

The media are full of stories about robots and automation destroying the jobs of the past and leaving us jobless in the future; call it the coming Robot Apocalypse. We are also told that automation and technology are responsible for the poor wage growth and inequality bedeviling the American working class in recent decades, and that looming automation will only accelerate and ratchet up these problems. [...]

What is remarkable about this media narrative is that there is a strong desire to believe it despite so little evidence to support these claims. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin bodyslams the news roundup. Trumpcare’s so bad, it brings Republicans to (fake) tears. Who’s planning (and forgiving) Kushner’s Shabbat jaunts? Was Comey duped by the Russians? GunFAIL’s legacy: inconsistency in how accidents are treated.

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The bullshit is flying today from House Republicans after the very bad CBO score for Zombie Trumpcare—the bill they passed three weeks ago without having seen the numbers. Here's Speaker Paul Ryan:


Yes, I’m sure all thepeople who are less healthy (including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions) [who] would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all” will have great peace of mind knowing their state could “customize solutions.” 

Now let’s get back to reality:


But I’m sure those 23 million people will have great peace of mind knowing that Republicans are looking out for their “freedom.”

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May. 25th, 2017 08:06 pm
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I did not go to dancing, because headache and nausea do not go with dancing, boo.

I did not go to Asda, because employee has been once already today and the five alive isn't there and they've closed the space on the shelf where it ought to be. Arse.

I did go to Sainsburys, where I found wuite a nice spring coat, on the sale rail, on a day with 25% off. And they had my food and I got a bunch of fizzy water and that will have to do for drinks. So that was pretty okay.

Bee Orchids

May. 25th, 2017 07:54 pm
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Recently a neighbour pointed out a small plant growing in the middle of my front lawn and said did I know what it was? Closer investigation by the two of us had me none the wiser but he said he thought it might be a Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera). Apparently they wild seed easily and they like the local chalky soil.

I very carefully avoided it when cutting the grass, it would be a mistake to call it a 'lawn', and looked at it occasionally noting that it was getting bigger and then that it appeared to have flower buds.

I was away last weekend and when I got back the flower buds had started to open. Today I took some pictures, the best of which is on the right. It's called a Bee Orchid because the flowers look as if a Bee is feeding on the nectar, this attracts actual bees to pollinate the plant!

Safe Haven

May. 25th, 2017 11:55 am
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Over the past few months I worked my way through the five seasons of the TV show Haven. In its core structure, it’s basically Yet Another Procedural: each week there’s a mystery, the heroes investigate, the mystery is solved by the end of the episode. But the premise of this one is speculative — an FBI agent discovers weird things going on in a small Maine town — and spec-fic shows usually pair their procedural-ness with at least some degree of metaplot, which I find myself really craving these days. So I figured I would give it a shot.

And for the most part, the structure is indeed conventional. Weird Thing Happens. Audrey Parker (the FBI agent) and Nathan Wuornos (the local cop) investigate. The problem is inevitably being caused by the Troubles, a set of supernatural afflictions that plague many residents of Haven. Our heroes find the Troubled person responsible —

— and then they help that person.

I mean, every so often they do have to arrest somebody or it even ends in death. But overwhelmingly, the focus is on solving the Troubles, not punishing them. In many cases, the person responsible doesn’t realize they’re the source of that week’s weird thing; when they do know, they’re often terrified and unable to stop their Trouble from hurting people. These supernatural abilities trigger because of emotional stimuli, so week after week, you watch Audrey untangle the threads of someone’s psychology until she figures out that they need to accept the fact that a loved one is gone or reconcile with an estranged friend or admit the secret that’s eating away at them, and when they do, their Trouble lets go.

It is amazingly refreshing, after all the procedural shows I’ve seen that involve people with guns using those guns to solve their problems. (There’s a key moment late in the series when the entire Haven PD gets sent out to manage a big outburst of Troubles, and they literally get a speech from the police chief about how the people causing problems aren’t the enemy and need to be helped, not beaten down.) In fact, it’s so refreshing that I was willing to forgive the show’s other flaws. The scripts are often no better than okay, and for the first four seasons the characters are remarkably incurious about the metaplot: they accept that the Troubles show up every twenty-seven years, Audrey is somehow connected to them, etc, but it takes them forever to get around to asking why, much less making a serious effort to find the answers. (In the fifth season the show dives headfirst into the metaplot, and the results are less than satisfying.) Furthermore, if you’re looking for characters of color, you basically won’t find them here. Haven does a pretty poor job in general with secondary characters, often getting rid of them after one season; I can only think of two people who get added to the cast after the first episode that stick around instead of getting booted out of the plot.

But the character dynamics are pretty engaging, some of the episodes have a pretty clever premise . . . and it’s a show about helping people. About resolving problems through addressing their underlying causes. About how, if somebody has a Trouble but they’ve figured out ways to manage it without hurting anybody, you clap them on the back and move on to someone who’s having more difficulty. There’s a good-hearted quality to the show’s basic concept that kept me interested even when I could have been watching something with better dialogue but less compassion.

More compassion, please. We need it.

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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At a ceremony on Thursday, a piece of the North Tower of the World Trade Center was installed next to the new NATO headquarters. It was a vivid reminder that the only time the organization has been called on to come through on the Article 5 commitment to defend members was following 9/11. At the height of the conflict in Afghanistan, troops from every NATO partner were involved.

Casualties included 453 troops from the UK, 158 from Canada, 88 from France, 57 from Germany ... and down the line for every member nation. Even NATO candidate nation Montenegro lost a soldier coming to aid the United States when the United States called on NATO. Over 1,000 non-American soldiers from NATO countries died in Afghanistan. So far.

Also on Thursday, Donald Trump came to speak at the dedication of that new memorial. And gave a speech in which he neglected to actually endorse Article 5 while lecturing other world leaders that they should pay up. How did that go?

President Trump, speaking at a ceremony Thursday to dedicate a memorial to NATO’s resolve in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, publicly chastised his fellow alliance leaders for not being “fair” to U.S. taxpayers.

Trump not only repeatedly kicked the NATO allies at a ceremony recalling that the only time the alliance has been called on to carry out its commitment of joint defense was in support of the United States, he also took time out for a snide remark about the cost of the new NATO headquarters and to literally throw his weight around.

"And I never asked what the new NATO headquarters cost, but it is beautiful."

Meanwhile, Angela Merkel breakfasted with someone who got a much more enthusiastic welcome in Germany …

Game 7 day

May. 25th, 2017 02:40 pm
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It's a grey and muggy day. My plan for the day was to put away the winter clothing and take out the summer clothing. It's still the plan but might not get done today. I'm feeling lazy.

Yesterday was dentist appointment day. I hate these. It went very well. No problems at all. I got a clean bill. See you in 6 months. Which is good.

Game 6 between the Senators and the Pens was so close. The Sens found the way to block Crosby, Sit on him, octopus him, pour a full bottle of water on him. Yeah. All of it kinda illegal and dangerous. The referees didn't see any of it or very little of it but the cameras all around saw it all. Not really a fan of these tactics.  Game 7 in Pittsburgh tonight will break either way a bad luck streak. Sens haven't won a game 7 ever. Pens haven't won a game 7 at home in years. They are 0-9 at home. So either way, one of my teams ends up in the Final against Nashville.

Still working on the castle. I took a pic of the xstitch I'm currently working on.

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See Crosby being abused by the Senators...


Oh, Yes, I Definitely Have a Cold

May. 25th, 2017 02:37 pm
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It hit me like a hammer late Tuesday afternoon, putting me down for the count for about 12 hours, and leaving me achy and sniffly and bleary-eyed all day yesterday and again today.

And the weather is once again grey and clammy.


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