I finished this book a couple of days ago.  Then I sat down and sent copies to family and a friend.  I especially enjoyed the last chapter in which Glouberman talks about quitting smoking and simultaneously beginning to habitually wear suits. This guy rocks!

Today is staff meeting and then I drive off to give a piano lesson to my student Rudy.

I wanted to use my cheese making kit and maybe make mozzarella to use in some excellent capri salad for the staff lunch.

Unfortunately, it calls for milk that has not been heated over 172 degrees. Most brand names are. It’s illegal to sell unpasteurized milk in Michigan. So I have to figure out what to do and will not be making mozzarella this morning.

I think I might be able to buy some real mozzarella locally. We’ll see.

Speaking of food, my niece, Kim, asked me for a recipe for Anadama Bread. Here is the Facebook link to the recipe. If it doesn’t work, let me know and I will make it available.


Column: GOP’s disrespect of Obama goes beyond debt fight –

Wow. In USATODAY. Whoduh thunk it?


Media Malpractice on Debt Ceiling

“Five ways media misreported deficit debate”


What Were They Thinking? by Elizabeth Drew | The New York Review of Books

“Why, in the midst of a stalled recovery, with the economy fragile and job creation slowing to a trickle, did the nation’s leaders decide that the thing to do—in order to raise the debt limit, normally a routine matter—was to spend less money, making job creation all the more difficult?”


Can you remember the summer of ’74? I sure can – Berklee College of Music –

Vaguely interesting description of spending a few weeks at this school in 1974.


Fiscal Conservatives Barred from Supercommittee | The Weekly Standard

People who voted against the recent debt ceiling extension eliminated from the Supercommittee by the Republicans?


RealClearPolitics – Green with Tea Party Envy

by Richard Cohen….

“The odd thing about the tea party is that it uses Washington to attack Washington. This is a version of Hannah Arendt’s observation that totalitarian movements use democratic institutions to destroy democracy.”


Putting an Antebellum Myth About Slave Families to Rest –

“Why does the ugly resuscitation of the myth of the happy slave family matter? Because it is part of a broad and deliberate amnesia, like the misleading assertion by Sarah Palin that the founders were antislavery and the skipping of the “three-fifths” clause during a Republican reading of the Constitution on the House floor. The oft-repeated historical fictions about black families only prove how politically useful and resilient they continue to be in a so-called post-racial society. Refusing to be honest about how racial inequality has burdened our shared history and continues to shape our society will not get us to that post-racial vision.”


The Tea Party’s War on America –

Surprising stats about people who identify with the Tea Party. Not what you might expect listening to the Republican leaders.


As We Seek Nature, We Wall It Out –

More on how nature is still with us. Excellent article by author  Diane Ackerman.


Elected as Cost-Cutters, Freshmen Push Spending for Home Districts –

As I commented on Facebook and Twitter when I passed this along: “Austerity for thee, but not for me.”


Complaint Seeks Punishment for Classification of Documents –

Classifying documents that have nothing that needs protecthing in them can lead to conviction of people for leaking them….. good grief.


Senators to Obama: Leave Oil Subsidies Alone! | Public Campaign Action Fund

This article has a list of senators who have received bucks from Oil companies.


The diverging diamond interchange: A new kind of intersection eliminates dangerous, time-wasting left turns completely. – By Tom Vanderbilt – Slate Magazine

“Michigan Left” as a precursor of new ideas. Found this link before I heard a report about it on the radio. Led me to the link below which has a very cool interface for reading online.

Magic motorways : Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive


Dams to Be Removed in Washington to Replenish Salmon –

Nature keeps on coming.


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  1. Joe Niocea stats are not facts, but opinion. This idea that it is better to not balance the budget or at least to put some stop in the spending process or that Americans who have an interest in protecting and preserving their country are terrorists is idiocy. I believe that the New York Times opinion page is way off in left field and I do mean left. No wonder the Times is suffering financial difficulty. They are loosing readers faster than anyone. Their share holders will be the ultimate losers. Anyone owning the stock should sell it now.

  2. Interesting. I agree that typifying people you disagree with as “terrorists” is unhelpful. I actually thought the article I was linking was a different one: I see the political spectrum much differently than you do. Obviously since by your own admission you supported Bush’s presidency which I feel has harmed the United States possibly irreparably. Also I have a tendency not to see things as quickly in terms of economics and business as you seem to. FWIW I don’t see the NYT’s problems as growing from any sort of a political stance or even that unique. I think that news reporting is changing and most if not all newspapers are having difficulty understanding and utilizing the new environment.

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