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I have said it before! I am partial to female semi-nudes

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And as I get older – I’m now 75 – I getting more and more partial to viewing female forms that offer a high degree of sensuousness, which is not necessarily sexiness! Here is the latest view of the back and side of this lovely lady:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/25 at 14:52

The cbc.ca headline blares “Alcohol most harmful drug”

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I like to think that I’m a reasoning type of bloke! But what F… is going on here.

One of the simple indulgences in my life is now “the most harmful drug“. Is it just a British thing because binge drinking seems to be a visible characteristic of many young Brits out on the town, at soccer games, on holiday anywhere and such? Or is it another example of researchitis, or pseudo science?

Here’s a quote from cbc.ca:

Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study.

British experts evaluated substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole.

Researchers analyzed how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body, in addition to other criteria like environmental damage caused by the drug, its role in breaking up families and its economic costs, such as health care, social services and prison.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/11/01/alcohol-illicit-drugs.html#ixzz144geyLEW

This brings to mind the gist of the ad from Standard & Chartered Bank in Asia: “Counting of things is important but not all things should/or can be counted”

I would say that applies to research into human behavior in another way: “Research into human behavior can be helpful, except when it finds simple human indulgences most harmful!

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Lewis Lapham is an authentic intellectual treasure

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His comments on religion are so evocative for me in my present agnostic state of mind:

I brought the same qualities into the apostate lecture halls where it was announced that God was dead. The time and cause of death were variously given in sophomore and senior surveys of western civilization—disemboweled by Machiavelli in sixteenth-century Florence, assassinated in eighteenth-century Paris by agents of the French Enlightenment, lost at sea in 1835 while on a voyage with Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands, garroted by Friedrich Nietzsche on a Swiss Alp in the autumn of 1882, disappeared into the nuclear cloud ascending from Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The assisting coroners attached to one or another of the history faculties submitted densely footnoted autopsy reports, but none of the lab work brought forth a thumbprint of the deceased.

The one thing I rue about living in China is that it seems problematic to get copies of Lapham’s Quarterly and other collections of serious writing.

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Life evolves in Dalian

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A few days ago I complained here about email harassment.  That is now being turned around. We are talking civilly about the ways each of us is living and working in Dalian. It is not yet a full blown reconciliation but we are working on it, each in our own way. We have set aside all divorce plans and are actively working on extending the lease for the Wanda Erqi apt we have been occupying since beginning of March 2010.

To those who have expressed support thx! For others, we wish you well!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/09/30 at 19:30

Doesn’t the face say it all, to those who hate him and support him?

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How can you not be intrigued by the look of max effort, a long record of world class achievement and overcoming testicular cancer at the beginning of his career?

To me this image is AWESOME and the guy is in more ways then one!

So the negative press campaign focused on Lance Armstrong being led by Juliet Macur in the NY Times Sports section gets my attention, big time!

I give her credit in her latest item for mentioning the pros and cons, but the negative beat can’t be ignored. I wonder what it is really about? Does she really want “the news and all that is fit to print” or is she just pursuing a chimera of her own making?

However, you see it the LANCE is AWESOME and Juliet is just a reporter seeking a negative scoop!

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But the more she writes in this vein the more she confirms to me that there is no smoking needle! To me she seems to be another version of all those “fair and balanced” reporters who don’t have much to say about all those ‘mericans who think Obama, their sitting President, is a Muslim and a secret one at that!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/21 at 13:33

NY Times calls it “The Stone”

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But for me it’s more like a light in all the darkness out there. It’s a regular posting place for a number of Philo profs. Today’s post by Simon Critchley discusses the true meaning of Love. No not the schmaltz stuff of TV or tabloid but the real mcCoy, the one that hurts more than titillates. Real love nor emotional pap

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/09 at 00:27

Why do Canadians persist in buying bottled water

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In the first place it costs as much or more than gas for the car and now CBC News reports thus:

High bacterial rates found in bottled water

In some Canadian water, results were more than 100 times U.S. limit

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 5:29 PM ET Comments85Recommend51

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Sitting here in China where I drink tap water which has been filtered for chemicals and other undesirable stuff, I chuckle thinking of those Canadians who continue to drink “foul water” from plastic bottles, which foul the Canadian landscape also, and empty their wallets unnecessarily.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/05/25 at 14:46

Have you ever wondered what the WTC site looks like today?

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The NY Times offers a set of panoramic shots of the construction site today and in 2008 here.

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/04/24 at 15:27

Olivia Judson offers practical advice about positive and negative body rhythms

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Olivia JudsonOlivia Judson on the influence of science and biology on modern life.

Yes she is a molecular biologist who writes well, but she is also very good with advice about dealing with our health and dis-ease care. Check her latest ideas out!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/12/23 at 17:48

What’s Obama’s score?

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Now that the Senate has passed (60 to 40 on strict party lines) the Senate’s much abused Health Care Bill the score keepers are beginning their analysis, which has much to do with the politics and nothing whatsoever with the good for ordinary US citizens, especially those not covered by health insurance, or facing cancellation of their plan.

So the debate continues to focus on what the GOP and Dems did wrong or right and what effect that will have on next years – 2010 – mid-term election results. Given the stridency of the discourse on the edges of both parties, it doesn’t seem that the public good will get any more attention than it did during the crazy “public protests” of July and August 2009.

Since two health care bills (the Senates and the House of Reps versions) now have to be reconciled the real fight is far from over.

Maybe that’s why there isn’t much headline space given to mete out Obama’s score. But IMHO it seems that he and his supporters, who seem to be dwindling down according to polls, have done pretty well in a really tough situation in almost all dimensions, political, economic, social, cultural and racial.

Of course the most upsetting fact is that Wall Street has declared victory for the Health Insurance Industry with stock price highs and the most cynical commentators, like Morning Joe, chortle with glee at the contrariness of the Dems best intentions vs. practical results. But I take heart because the market is not the best predictor of the long run and the final word is not in todays stock prices since what goes up will come down, sooner or later!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/12/21 at 12:10