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February 08, 2006

Did he really say that?

I read some reports that AG Abu Gonzales said, during his unsworn testimony in the Senate Judiciary committee, "President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale."

I went to the C-Span archives and yes indeed, that's what he said. Maybe he was confused by all those crazy questions, and we all know how much the executive branch likes to be questioned, but I doubt it. He was there to provide non-answers to any hostile questions and he succeeded pretty well from the parts of the hearings to which I listened.

I think AGAG let something slip. It's a theory among some that the Illuminati has been running this country since Washington was assassinated and replaced with Adam Weishaupt. This just confirms it. Who else could have possessed electronic surveillance equipment in 1789 other than the Illuminati?.

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February 06, 2006

A Warning to Shaving Enthusiasts

You might have seen the commercial during Super Bowl XL for the Gillette Fusion Power and been intrigued. Five blades, battery power like the M3 Power and an additional single blade positioned at the top of the blade array perpendicularly to provide access to the tight places that the big-headed razors have been missing since the two-bladed razors arrived upon the scene a couple decades ago. I have one thing to say. Back away from the new razor technology.

As I've said before I was skeptical of the power of the M3 Power until I finally tried one. It was the ultimate shaving experience in closeness, efficiency and blade re-use.

Well, last week I stumbled upon the new Fusion Power at my neighborhood Osco and always looking for more of a good thing, I decided it to give it a whirl. Sadly, I have shaved earlier that day and wanting to put the Fusion through its paces, I decided to wait three days. The M3 Power has never had trouble with a 3-day growth, so stupidly, despite my previous poor experience with the four-bladed Quattro, I threw caution to the wind, assuming the power and the superiority of Gillette products would carry the day.

I was dead wrong. I started shaving with the Fusion and felt something I hadn't felt in months. The Fusion was pulling at my skin and not shaving closely at all. I was finding I had to go back over each patch a couple of times to even get something near a close shave and it still wasn't as close as the shave from the M3 Power. After I finished one cheek and tested out the new single-blade on my sideburn I threw it down and went back to my trusty M3 Power which I had already used a couple of times. The difference was immediately noticeable.

What was the problem, I asked. It didn't have the small wires over the blade array like the Quattro did which held the blades too far from the face to provide a decent shave. I held the two shaving heads side-by-side and it became apparent. The blades on the Fusion were smaller and closer together so they don't catch each hair on the first (or second) pass. Plus, they're too close together to ever really get close to the face. It makes sense, though. I quit using an electric razor in high school because I wasn't getting a close shave and the standard electric razor and the Fusion share two characteristics, (1) too many small blades (2) too close together.

The name "Fusion" suggests a combination of the electric and manual razor. It appears Gillette has gotten too close to the electric razor with this one. I'll stick with the M3 Power. It's notable that the Fusion handle and blade aren't interchangeable with the M3 Power, like the standard Mach 3 blades are with the M3 Power handle. I think Gillette was looking for a way to increase blade revenue since it's pretty well known that the cheaper Mach 3 blades work just as well as the M3 Power blades on the M3 Power handle.

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