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  1. Recaps!
    Mad Men Finale,
    Next Food Network Star
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

    Fashion!
    Resortwear 2013:
    http://anibundel.wordpress.com/tag/resortwear2013/

      • It’s so bad Emily! My traffic dropped like a stone with the end of all the shows I recap. I really need to hawk my fashion posts as a hold over until Project Runway starts in July.:-/ *fretfret*

        • The whole traffic thing is so – weird. When our numbers drop, I suppose it’s a good time to actually be grateful we’re blogging for free!

          • But my traffic=my self worth!

            Grumbles goes off to listen to more Kate Nash and Lily Allen.

            • Yeah. My traffic has been down since I stopped putting up so many whisky posts. Sadly, those are the most expensive and time-consuming pieces to put together.

              • snailspace

                 /  June 11, 2012

                I really do appreciate you doing them, though – having enjoyed some Talisker and Cragganmore, I headed to your blog for inspiration and am currently having a great time with some Ardbeg 10, thanks to your rec. So, mad props for the hard whisky work you’ve put in!

                • Glad to hear that you’ve found them useful. I’ve got plenty on tap, just have to find enough days when I feel like my palate is clear enough.

        • watson42

           /  June 11, 2012

          I’ve been wondering if there’s an interest amongst your readership – not to mention you – for some posts on men’s fashion. Though I’m female, I’ve been noticing men’s fashions more lately, especially on television (heck, Sherlock with Holmes in Spencer Hart and Moriarty in Westwood, how can I not notice?). Plus, I am jealous men can actually run in fashionable shoes. Where are my professional shoes that I could wear on site visits and in the lab as well as in the board room, I ask you? *grumble grumble*

    • SWNC

       /  June 11, 2012

      Your resortwear posts are the closest I’m likely to get to a resort in any foreseeable summer. They’re really fun to look through. I especially dig the Marc Jacobs collection. (I’m a sucker for color.)

    • Your fashion posts are probably the closest I’ll get to a true runway fashion show for a long time. They’re priceless. I really really really want the Herve Leger by Max Azaria resortwear collection for my own.

  2. Captain Button

     /  June 11, 2012

    My GoD! It’s full of stars!

  3. David L

     /  June 11, 2012

    Follow-ups to a discussion I was a part of in an OTAN late last week:

    The New York Times talks about the new trend of celebrities talking about their sexuality for the first time in lower-key ways. The writer describes it as “post-gay”, but I feel like we, as a society, aren’t yet post-gay enough for it not to be noteworthy when a celebrity describes himself/herself as gay. Maybe it is no big deal for certain segments of the population in New York and Los Angeles, but it isn’t the case for those of us who don’t live in the most liberal outposts of the urban archipelago and a world where everybody knows about it but nobody really talks about it.

    Speaking of “everybody knows about it”, Sully went there with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. (The rumors about her have been rampant in the LGBT community for years, but I don’t feel like they’ve really crossed over into the broader public in the way that the ones about folks like Anderson Cooper have.) I remember some raised eyebrows and oblique references among the LGBT blogosphere when she was the interviewer who was chosen to talk to Obama about his changed position on same-sex marriage, but I don’t remember Andrew being among them, and the fact that he’s snarking about it because she chose to disclose the fact that she has a serious illness is pretty horrible.

    (Figures, I have something prepared by noon ET and then there’s no thread there.)

    • According to the news sources, her prognosis is not good. Sullivan is a perfect example of how being a member of a minority doesn’t give you any actual empathy for other people (Sully is completely tunnel visioned when it comes to the importance of LGBT rights versus the rights of, you know, anyone else whose engaged in a similar struggle.)

    • taylor16

       /  June 11, 2012

      Jesus. Sullivan never lets an opportunity to make a shitty comment or insinuation about a woman slip by, does he?

      • koolaide

         /  June 11, 2012

        Pretty much.

      • Don’t forget her below-average IQ.

        • CitizenE

           /  June 11, 2012

          Yet he has been sympathetic to extreme right wing closeted white men when caught with their pants down. The guy has blind spots you could drive a truck through, but in fairness he will hear about it, even if he has no tendency to listen.

      • taylor16

         /  June 11, 2012

        Ugh. insert “let an” in front of “insinuation.” Now you all realize how stupid I am without an “edit” button…

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 11, 2012

      I’m confused. In what way was his comment snarky? (I had to look up who Robin Roberts is, so I truly am clueless.)

      • This statement:

        It’s great she is prepared to share so much of her private life. It helps others in similar circumstances, dispels stigma and advances education.

        obliquely refers to the rumors that she’s a lesbian, but is closeted about it.

      • David L

         /  June 11, 2012

        When he talks about her willingness to discuss her personal life, he’s sarcastically taking her to task about how she doesn’t talk about her (supposed) sexual orientation, not actually praising her for discussing her medical condition.

  4. Justin

     /  June 11, 2012

    For those that missed it: A List of post-apocalyptic works (mostly books) for your enjoyment. Feel free to add, comment, or correct anything: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ak0TrTPLTkOMdHpFZWRwUUlFN0YtR2d4QW1tYUltSGc#gid=0

    • Today I happened to get a coincidentally perfectly timed IM from an ex telling me, “You should go read the Newsflesh trilogy. It’s about how society horribly finds itself in a “new normal” after the zombie apocalypse. Really disturbing.” So I though I’d pass that along.😉

  5. Did you know that it’s a class 5 felony to simply own a lockpicking set in the state of Virginia? No details as to how or why I know/care about this information (whatever story you make up in your head will be cooler than the real story) but suffice it to say that that idea has been strangled in the crib. If I’m going to for-reals prison it’ll be for something wicked like tunneling into a bank to steal diamonds or hijacking a plane to Tahiti, not for this namby-pamby horseshit.

    • Well, that’s just sensible.

      • Virginia is one of only 3 (or so, some of the laws are slightly murkier) states that makes simple possession a felony rather than having to prove intent. Granting that judges can be lenient, the cops here have the right to arrest you and charge you with a felony for simply possessing the tools. That’s mostly not true in the US.

        • 462273

           /  June 11, 2012

          When’s NOVA gonna’ secede?

        • Oregon must not be one of them. I went to a nerd conference a couple of months ago where one of the events was a bunch of tables with various locks and picks. People were just hanging out picking locks.

        • (Just so we’re clear, I was saying it’s sensible that you want to go out in a blaze of glory, not for a stinkin’ lockpicking set. I like blazes of glory).

          • I’m with David Brent:

            People see me, and they see the suit, and they go: “you’re not fooling anyone”, they know I’m rock and roll through and through. But you know that old thing, live fast, die young? Not my way. Live fast, sure, live too bloody fast sometimes, but die young? Die old. That’s the way- not orthodox, I don’t live by “the rules” you know.

  6. NYTimes has an article on a new book, written by one of Prof Foner’s students: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/books/sick-from-freedom-by-jim-downs-about-freed-slaves.html?smid=pl-share

    The thesis is that freed slaves suffered and died from illnesses, significantly smallpox epidemics, in very large numbers and the establishment did nothing about it. Sounds interesting. Don’t know when the last smallpox epidemic among whites in the US was. Also wonder about the accuracy of the 1870 census.

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 11, 2012

      Don’t know when the last smallpox epidemic among whites in the US was.

      1947, apparently: http://articles.cnn.com/2002-12-13/health/smallpox.ny_1_smallpox-outbreak-smallpox-attack-inoculation-campaign

    • Sorn

       /  June 11, 2012

      The list of books I have to read for my M.A. Thesis grows by one. Dammit. It sounds fascinating.

      • dmf

         /  June 11, 2012

        hey s, what is the topic of your thesis?

        • turendil@yahoo.com

           /  June 11, 2012

          Oh gosh, D, I’m still working on that, but in essence I want to explore the connection between reconstruction and the emergence of a new federal indian policy during the 1880s. It’s way too broad as of yet, but I am hopin that the more I read and write and think about what I would like to explore I can find a way throught the morass of secondary sources.

        • Sorn

           /  June 11, 2012

          Oh gosh, D, I’m still working on that, but in essence I want to explore the connection between reconstruction and the emergence of a new federal indian policy during the 1880s. It’s way too broad as of yet, but I am hopin that the more I read and write and think about what I would like to explore I can find a way throught the morass of secondary sources.

  7. dmf

     /  June 11, 2012

  8. I’ve started reading “Reconstruction.”

    • Managed to scare up a copy at the library over the weekend. But I have no time to read and if by some miracle I do, I have to finish Game of Thrones first. I’ve been working on that for two months already.

  9. koolaide

     /  June 11, 2012

    Families. Full of drama. Drama that makes me realize that the dysfunction of my own immediate family isn’t that bad. Drama that would make a very good Lifetime Movie Special.

    So that family wedding w/ the crazy conservatives? Yeah, seems I didn’t need to worry about political talk. They were too busy w/ their own drama centering around a family business (3rd gen) that some siblings seem to want to keep away from other siblings who work there and pursuading (or manipulating?) the elderly parents to their side. You’d think w/ the “owner” of the business having retired from it 10yrs ago, they’d have settled partnership/ownership rights and changes long ago.

    And my best friend found out this am that her elderly mom is continuing to be scammed by a “friend” when my friend and her sibling thought they’d gotten that stopped a while ago. Only it’s worse now. And my friend and her sibs (who live in different states from each other and from their mom) don’t know that they could even prove their mom incompetent to save her any money to live on for whatever life she’s got left. Anyone know a very good lawyer in FL that takes particular joy and pride in taking it to very skeezy dudes that’s scammed an old lady while not charging the adult children of said old lady a lot in fees?

    • chingona

       /  June 11, 2012

      They may want to check with their local DA’s office and their local human services department to see if they have either a civil division (in the case of the DA) that handles elder abuse or an adult protective services division (in the case of human services). Even if the matter doesn’t rise to the degree that either agency could actually intervene, they probably can suggest resources. One possible option is getting a restraining order against the individual. The bar for those can be relatively low, even if they can’t prove a higher level of wrong-doing.

      • koolaide

         /  June 11, 2012

        Thanks. I’ll suggest the local DA’s office. I doubt they can get a restraining order w/o the elderly mom’s consent, though. And she’s still in “X is misunderstood and…” lala land. And they aren’t sure they can really get mom declared incompetent, even temporarily, b/c while she can’t really take care of her finances (and not get scammed) she’s able to care for herself otherwise.

        • chingona

           /  June 11, 2012

          It’s a really tough situation and far too common. Good luck to your friend.

        • MightBeLying

           /  June 11, 2012

          Is conservatorship an option? I thought it was designed for situations where someone is competent in some areas but not others. Everything I know about this I learned from Britney Spears, though, so an actual legal source would be much more helpful.

  10. I have been feeling excessive and dangerous amounts of near-constant rage for about a week now. I am so damned tired of being condescended to, of being invalidated, and of fighting with morons. Ugh what a week.

    • koolaide

       /  June 11, 2012

      comfort button clicked. And a Calming Manatee for you.

    • Oh my dear woman. What’s up? Can you bear to give us more details?

      • Well, I work in video game journalism, which means there’s usually a high ratio of jerks, idiots, and the privileged ignorant around. It’s just that this week they’re all in force doing things like saying, “Of course this article was written by a chick,” as if that invalidates my reasoning or my right to write it.

        • Captain Button

           /  June 11, 2012

          Should I be picturing you as Jade from PVP?

          • Pretty much. Right down to the red-haired ponytail. Although no-one hit on me while I was there. And the one with her meeting the 12-year-old from Kotaku makes me roll my eyes a bit.

        • Just as I feared…. I’m so sorry honey. Being a woman is being a human and being a human gives one the right to do and have opinions about anything one wants to – but of course you know that, and having to fight for that most obvious of facts is exhausting and miserable. I’m really, really sorry. I hope that good will eventually emerge from the terribleness.

        • SWNC

           /  June 11, 2012

          Right–packing up my things now to go deliver a good kicking.

          (I wish I could. But I’m kicking those jerks really, really hard in my mind. Is it wrong to hope that they all get genital warts? ‘Cause if so, I don’t wanna be right.)

        • cofax

           /  June 11, 2012

          Oh, lord. My sympathies. I’m a friend of Anita Sarkeesian (of Feminist Frequency), and watching what she’s been subjected to has my skin crawling. Also full of undirected rage.

          When the Calming Manatees don’t work, I turn to audiobooks of Lord Peter Wimsey.

          • I am angry on her behalf. When people wonder why I don’t appear on video or on camera? All I have to do is say, “So, about the shit that Tropes vs Women in Video Games inspired…”

            • cofax

               /  June 11, 2012

              What kills me is that Anita is like a case-study for the least-threatening-looking feminist ever. She is pretty and petite, wears makeup and fashionable clothes, and it DOESN’T MATTER AT ALL. They still go after her with all the same viciousness they use on less-conventionally-acceptable women.

              I feel so bad for her. But also proud, since she’s not backing down.

    • Captain Button

       /  June 11, 2012

      8-({ So there is a very high horse’s ass/horse ratio in your area lately?

    • Starbucks tomorrow? Our office gets new furniture this week so once i get through today my workload is absurdly light until Friday.

      • That would be delightful. I even have an afternoon gap on Tuesdays where I can sneak out for an hour.

        Also a query of if you’re around on the 23rd, because if you are we could really use someone to drop in and feed the cat and lavish him with attention that day while we are away. 😉

        • Ooh! I is around on the 23rd, and would happily spend time with a mighty pirate kitty!

          Hooray!

          • Yay! We can dish about it tomorrow, generally between 2:00 and 4:00 is best.

            • 2pm is perfect. The interview will be out the door and I don’t officially have to be here to glare at the Dev pit as the pack until 3pm.

    • SWNC

       /  June 11, 2012

      Who needs kicking? Let us know, and the Horde will dispatch a troop on your behalf.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 11, 2012

      Is this about your E3 journalism? I will admit I was pressed for time and never touched the comments, but the booth babe article was dead on …

      Did the troll hordes descend? Would wading into there on my day off Wednesday help anything? Or is the disrespect at the colleague level rather than the commentariat level?

  11. watson42

     /  June 11, 2012

    Hey Horde! My sister successfully delivered a baby girl! The child is in the NICU for now, but is doing well. My sister is also recovering. It’s a huge relief that both are okay – that outcome was the least likely of the possible outcomes, so they have beaten the odds!! I feel like I need to bake chocolate cake or break my self-imposed ban on buying booze while unemployed. Huzzah!

    • koolaide

       /  June 11, 2012

      YAY! Congratulations! w00t! And other such happiness.

    • Captain Button

       /  June 11, 2012

      I momentarily misread that as NCIS and was thinking it was rather young to career-track her.

      • watson42

         /  June 11, 2012

        Dude, I come from an Asian family…according to my parents, it’s never too early to career-track a child. 🙂

        • Captain Button

           /  June 11, 2012

          Were they playing Mozart to her in the womb?

          • watson42

             /  June 11, 2012

            I think it was more Beatles than Mozart….also a lot of episodes of The West Wing while my sister was on bed rest. I wonder what impact that is going to have…..

            • She’ll never use one word when she could use ten.

              • watson42

                 /  June 11, 2012

                As you can tell from my posts, that’s already a family problem.

    • Huzzah!

    • taylor16

       /  June 11, 2012

      Yay! Congrats on the new niece!!

    • Good to hear! If you do go that route, I can probably rec a few good whiskies that shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.

      • watson42

         /  June 11, 2012

        Actually, Mr. Enabler of All Things Booze Who Continues to Be A Bad (Good?) Influence, I’ve been thinking cocktails lately. Your posts on arrack have had me thinking, plus it’s almost summer. So something summery and celebratory is in order.

        • I just picked up some Campari and have a feeling that I’ll be drinking it a lot this summer. Really hits the sweet/bitter balance nicely.

    • SWNC

       /  June 11, 2012

      What wonderful news! Congratulations! A cake and champagne to celebrate a new niece and a healthy sister are entirely in order!

    • Congrats! That’s wonderful!

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 11, 2012

      Wonderful news!

    • chingona

       /  June 11, 2012

      So happy and relieved for all of you. And congratulations!

    • JHarper2

       /  June 11, 2012

      So happy and relieved to hear this news. I can only imagine your own joy and relief.

      • watson42

         /  June 11, 2012

        Funny story: I got the news in the middle of the night. I replied, went back to bed…and then all the worry I’ve been pushing away came to haunt me in some really disturbing dreams/nightmares. My subconcious clearly wanted to get that all out. I laughed when I woke up, thinking, “Gee, I think I had a few issues to deal with.”

    • Makovnik

       /  June 11, 2012

      Hooray for good news!

    • MightBeLying

       /  June 11, 2012

      YAY BABY! YAY MAMA! GO TEAM!

    • Sorn

       /  June 11, 2012

      Congratulations.

    • Ian

       /  June 11, 2012

      Congratulations! So glad they’re both doing well.

    • Congrats!

    • watson42

       /  June 11, 2012

      Thanks for all the good wishes, everybody!!

    • socioprof

       /  June 11, 2012

      Yay for healthy mommy and healthy baby! Yay for cake!

    • Yayyyyyy!!! How did I miss this before I ran out? I have no idea, but it’s never too late to say: Yayyyyy!!!

      Oh what an enormous relief your whole family must be feeling now.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  June 11, 2012

      Congratulations and best wishes to all involved.

    • wearyvoter

       /  June 11, 2012

      Congrats and hopes for a speedy and healthy recovery and escape from NICU.

  12. I’m reading Mrs. Dalloway for the first time in my life and OH MY GOD.

    I can’t get over the feeling that Virigina Woolf is using the very tools that I have in my own tool box — you know, letters, words, sentences, syntax, imagery — and building something that I can only barely recognize. All I can do is watch it go up as I read it (and read nearly every sentence twice) and marvel.

    Holy shit.

    • I haven’t read Mrs. Dalloway, but To the Lighthouse is incredible – check it out when you’ve got the time.

  13. Dawn O'Leary

     /  June 11, 2012

    Gabby Douglas has a very good shot at being the first African American all around champion in Olympic Women’s Gymnastics. She finished a very close second to Jordyn Wieber at the US National Championships on Sunday. Douglas had a big mistake on the beam. If she had nailed that routine, she probably would have won. Both Wieber and Douglas will be very competitive for the all around gold. They’re both great gymnasts to watch. Wieber is very powerful and precise. The height on her tumbling is awesome. Douglas is less powerful, but she is extremely graceful and flexible and very pretty to watch.

    John Orozco (an African American guy who trains with US Olympic Training Center won the men’s national title. He and Danell Leyva were very close going into the fourth rotation of the finals, but Orozco won with a very good floor exercise.

    6 weeks to London!

  14. So Purrbot is discovered it’s an exhausting business, going out your front door.

    This "Going out your front door business" is exhausting.

    A photo posted by Ani Bundel (@anibundel) on

    • has, not is. Stupid fingers.

    • Captain Button

       /  June 11, 2012

      Well, if you follow the road all the way to Rome, of course it is.

      • But she was barely outside for 20minutes! There was no time to get there and back again.

        • JHarper2

           /  June 11, 2012

          Did she come back with a golden ring? If so there might be another explanation for Purrbot’s fatigue. Also her niece had better start toughening up for a long quest to the fiery mountain.

          • Thank you. I knew there was someway to get that done, but couldn’t come up with it myself.

  15. dmf

     /  June 11, 2012

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/306453-8
    Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of “A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison,” in conversation with CeaseFire Violence Interrupter Eduardo Bocanegra.

    • CitizenE

       /  June 11, 2012

      Saw Dwayne in SF a little over a year ago. Very, very brilliant guy, and very serious about writing. Thanks for posting.

      • dmf

         /  June 11, 2012

        sure, hope all is well in the wild west

    • I saw Dwayne Betts and TNC together at a talk in the DC sponsored by PEN Faulkner and the Folger. I came for TNC but D Betts was awesome in his own right. He comments on TNC’s place sometimes.

  16. carlosthedwarf

     /  June 11, 2012

    I remember that some outpost of the Horde had a discussion of freelance editing at some point in the past couple months, but I cannot remember which one. Can anyone point me in that direction?

    • mythopoeia

       /  June 11, 2012

      We had a brief discussion about the appropriate amount to pay for proofreading of a final text, as I recall. Are you thinking of that one?

      • carlosthedwarf

         /  June 11, 2012

        Yes. [I’m trying to build a side business in freelance editing to make some extra money. I’m doing my first few jobs at very low cost to build up some positive references. HINT to Hordians who are writers.]

        • mythopoeia

           /  June 11, 2012

          I remember offering up in that conversation that I’d known academic presses to pay $18/hour for proofreading. I wish I had more tips!

        • Ah, this explains the sudden surge of hits from Emily’s blog!

          I recommend joining the Editorial Freelancers Association; I’ve gotten a ton of work from their job list, and from people finding me in their directory. And don’t be afraid to charge market rates!

    • emailing you

  17. I’m off to run mom-related errands for the next three hours or so…!

    I’ll check in from my phone to make sure no one gets stuck in moderation. But in the meantime:

    • “No Fighting, Some Biting: An amateur’s guide to the newly discovered world of S&M”

    • Man, that’s what my parents would tell my twin brother and I whenever we were left alone for more than 5 minutes. Or whenever biting and or fighting broke out. I heard that phrasea lot.

      • I had a litany for a couple of years: “No fighting, no biting, no hitting, no scratching, no kicking, no punching, no pinching, no spitting, no licking, no head butting, no tackling, no noogies, no flicking. Be good.”

        • Bill of Rights syndrome. Too many loopholes, and when you get that specific you encourage them.

        • chingona

           /  June 11, 2012

          I’d have to add “No picking your siste up by the head or neck.” “But mom, I’m just getting her out of my room!” Under the arms! Pick her up under the arms! Her head is not a handle!

  18. MightBeLying

     /  June 11, 2012

    I am SO CLOSE to moving! I had my last in-person meeting about my dissertation today, and it went well! I am so on-track it is crazy. I am a wicked procrastinator and tend to work in short, intense bursts … my pseudo-adviser for the year (my actual adviser left my institution) made me give her a weekly calendar all the way back in September and for the most part, we followed it!

    I have packed everything except my clothes and office supplies from my desk, so I’m in good shape for the actual move (packing up the truck Thursday morning). I have 2 going-away parties this week and am going to eat cheesesteaks with my dad and grandmother on Wednesday.

    I’m not sure when I managed to get so on top of things but I’m pretty sure this means that I’m going to have something catastrophic happen in the next 2-3 days that leads me to say ‘well at least I was all ready to go!’

  19. Makovnik

     /  June 11, 2012

    A pair of foxes has decided to raise their kits around my workplace, which delights me to no end, especially since I’ve only ever seen them twice before, at a distance in rural areas and running away. I can see one of them now napping outside my window. Fox behavior is fascinating. Human behavior is a little annoying: people want to get pictures of them with their camera phones and so try to get really close. But close enough for a good picture on your crappy phone camera is too close for a wild animal. So what was a quietly resting fox becomes an alarmed fox, which stands up, walks a few paces away, and looks at the intruder. And the intruder? Steps closer. Gah. Leave the animal alone!

  20. David L

     /  June 11, 2012

    I’m amazed at how much my attitude impacts my posture. I’m coming out of a bit of a post-knee-injury funk and got a major self-esteem boost over Memorial Day, and I’m suddenly aware of how low the doorframes in this building are (I figure they’re about 6 1/2 feet up, and I round up to 6’4″ if I really stretch.) I’m not sure what’s so different now. I’ve usually been a bit of a slouch at even the best of times, but I’m reminded of the statement that sometimes you can’t tell that you’re in a depressive episode until it’s over and I’m kind of wondering how long it’s been, if it really is an indicator that I’ve been in this building for two years and never felt like I had to worry about being too tall for the doors before now.

    On a quasi-related note, I pretty much wore my new pair of Vibram FiveFingers shoes at every waking moment over the weekend to make sure I broke them in before I went to Chicago this weekend (it’s kind of a whirlwind, so no time for a Horde meet-up, but I’ll wave in everyone’s general direction from the El.) Now that I’m back to conventional shoes, I’m trying to dig in and push off with my toes on every step, and instead pushing my foot around inside the shoe and threatening to give myself a blister.

  21. CitizenE

     /  June 11, 2012

    Been listening to an audio on tape by NY Times columnist Gail Collins about Texas. David, other lurking Texas horders, any of you read her book? And what do you think if you did?

  22. Ian

     /  June 11, 2012

    Last week I saw Siberia from (2000 feet above) Alaska. The Tin City Long Range Radar Station is the weirdest, starkest, windiest, most penal-colony-esque place I have ever been. Used to be staffed by 250 Air Force personnel. Now, just four contractors. I would not do that job for any amount of money.

  23. baiskeli

     /  June 11, 2012

    Cops behaving badly?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/nyregion/justice-thomas-d-raffaele-says-police-officer-struck-him.html?_r=1&smid=tw-share&pagewanted=all
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/jun/06/nypd-enforce-law-unto-themselves

    Thomas D. Raffaele, a 69-year-old justice of the New York State Supreme Court, encountered a chaotic scene while walking down a Queens street with a friend: Two uniformed police officers stood over a shirtless man lying facedown on the pavement. The man’s hands were cuffed behind his back and he was screaming. A crowd jeered at the officers.
    The judge, concerned the crowd was becoming unruly, called 911 and reported that the officers needed help.

    But within minutes, he said, one of the two officers became enraged — and the judge became his target. The officer screamed and cursed at the onlookers, some of whom were complaining about what they said was his violent treatment of the suspect, and then he focused on Justice Raffaele, who was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The judge said the officer rushed forward and, using the upper edge of his hand, delivered a sharp blow to the judge’s throat that was like what he learned when he was trained in hand-to-hand combat in the Army

    The judge said he was in “a lot of pain” and went with Mr. Rashid to the emergency room at Elmhurst Hospital Center, where a doctor examined his throat by snaking a tube with a camera on the end through his nose and down his throat to determine whether his trachea had been damaged. The doctor, he said, found no damage; Justice Raffaele was released and told to see his personal doctor for follow-up care.

    When they first came upon the crowd, the judge said, he was immediately concerned for the officers and called 911. After he made the call, he said, he saw that one of the officers — the one who he said later attacked him — was repeatedly dropping his knee into the handcuffed man’s back.

    His actions, the judge said, were inflaming the crowd, some of whom had been drinking. But among others who loudly expressed their concern, he said, was a woman who identified herself as a registered nurse; she was calling to the officer, warning that he could seriously hurt the unidentified man, who an official later said was not charged.

    It’s probably a bad idea to karate chop a State Supreme Court judge in the throat. If even a State Supreme Court judge can be treated this way, woe the common man/woman (especially if young and or minority, especially in the context of “Stop and Frisk”).

  24. Dear baiskeli: Your wish = my command.

  25. Did I mention R installed a microwave vent about the stove in our house? so we have a microwave above our stove like all the houses do on TV?

    I have just put in the opening bid on how to rearrange the kitchen now that there is no longer a large swath of counterspace filled with a giant honking microwave so big you could make a small turkey in it.

  26. An unmarked and unmourned passing happened today. Pour a bit of your Pakistani rock salt out for the end of an era.

    • Um, ok? Can you mark the passing just a wee bit so that I can know why I’m pouring my salt on the curb?

      • You’re going to be sad when I tell you.

        Look at the “Voices” link at the Atlantic. There is something missing.

        • OH! Yes, that.

          No, I think I’ll put my rock salt away and save it for someone more worthy of its ice-melting properties. Ahem.

        • I’m a little sorry to see Molly didn’t get the nod, but Garance Franke Ruta is no slouch. I look forward to having her front and center.

          • mythopoeia

             /  June 11, 2012

            Did you know she was incredibly active in ACT UP when it first started? I had no idea until NY Mag did a profile of the first wave of ACT UP members a couple of months back.

          • If only she could be replacing a certain someone else. Whatever you may say about those departed, they (if not their comments) were more worth reading than a certain British Expat and professional centrist.

  27. Want2Know

     /  June 11, 2012

    Interesting article in today’s New York Times about using Google searches to identify how much of a factor racism was 2008 and how much it might be in 2012. If nothing else, the information yielded by these searches might offer the ability to gauge how widespread feelings that people would not admit to a pollster might be. http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/09/how-racist-are-we-ask-google/

  28. wearyvoter

     /  June 11, 2012

    I wonder how many former Chicago Tribune employees own a Sam Zell voodoo doll kit: http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/06/11/what-happens-to-tribune-after-bankruptcy/