Robin Williams found dead in his Marin county home

Robin Williams, the Oscar-winning actor and comedian whose performances careened from dazzling pop-culture riffs to intense dramatic roles, died Monday at the age of 63, in an apparent suicide that marked the grim end of his recent battles with severe depression.

Hot curries, part 4.

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Vegetable curries are OK…sort of.  But they need something extra to give them zing.  Over here there are two ingredients that absolutely do give that zing.

One is tamarind…the real tamarind, sour, acid.  Tamarind is what gives Worcester sauce its special flavour.  But commercial Worcester sauce is a weak thing compared to the real tamarind chutney, made fresh daily by almost every street food vendor here.  So the first step is to make a tamarind chutney.


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At least the Cold War made some sense - a clash of ideology about how to run a society, democracy versus tyranny, command economies versus mixed economies and so forth.


What are the conflicts today?

Back Yard, by Carl Sandburg


Photograph courtesy of Marcio Watanabe

Back Yard
Carl Sandburg, 1878 - 1967



Shine on, O moon of summer.

Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak, All silver under your rain to-night.

How the Gaza war is brutalising all sides.

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15 killed by shelling of of an UNWRA school.

In an interview with Al Jazeera Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, the UN's humanitarian organisation in Gaza, said his organisation had been in contact with Israeli forces as fighting closed in on the shelter.

Saying Goodbye to Very Young Children

Nadine Gordimer, RIP

"When I began to write as a very young person

in a rigidly racist and inhibited colonial society, I felt, as many others did,

Liveblogging the bombing of Gaza.

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I know we all want to live in alternate worlds but this is JPost's official liveblog of the Gaza bombardment.  Some illuminating comments, and some curious parallels which seem to have bypassed OpEds in the JPost.

July 4, 1776. Vaguely realizing westward

The Gift Outright

Men's Rights Open Thread

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“Women don’t marry men in unemployment lines,” he said. The audience nodded in agreement.

No Nietzsche for You!

The Philosophy Nazis in charge at University College London have banned the incipient "Nietzsche Club" from holding meetings on campus.


"It is like starting a society to study Hitler," they explain. "[T]hey feared discussions about right-wing philosophers could encourage fascism."


University College London is arguably the third most prestigious educational institution in England, after Oxford & Cambridge.


This year's polar Open Thread.

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This year's Arctic ice melt is shaping up to be very interesting.  


Privatisation, the panacea.

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Introducing our soon-to-be new Prime Minister, supposedly winning a cakewalk, if his election campaigners are to be believed.  Starnge to imagine that this could come about so soon after the 2002 annus horribilis.


Courageous Endeavors: Live at Eau Claire Jazz Fest 4 April 2014

City Jazz Fests are many pigs in a capacious poke. Eau Claire is one of the longest running jazz festivals in the nation, 47 years now.  Newport's been running a festival for 60 years but they stalled for a few years - anyway, this year's Eau Claire's jazz fest had eight venues and the odds of hearing good groups are rather better here. I'd never heard of Courageous Endeavors


Pizza Plus was packed, a long narrow venue. The stage backed up to the windows, people milling about.  I'd already heard three groups, somewhat better than average.  Troppo Big Band, twenty-two local musicians of all ages were packing out, with a forest of music stands and a mountain of kit in tow, having just slayed the audience with their rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.  But I was betting on the Courageous Endeavors, the next band up.  I just liked the name. 



It was 50 years ago today

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that one of the first signs of a cultural revolution manifested itself on national TV. Not that any of the participants realized it at the time (John Lennon was famously quoted as saying that the Beatles would be popular for "two years, tops"). By itself, it wasn't a defining cultural moment for anyone except the young. But the young were just beginning to make their voice heard.


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