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  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Could we get Mel "The Inquisition" Brooks to do the musical? Not that there is that much difference between some musicals and torture......
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    Hmkay, short sitrep. Borrowing a transport to move part of my room into storage on what is most likely already the hottest day of the year in my part of Germany wasn't the brightest idea to start with; I already...
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    Well, anything to lighten things up is appreciated, though I'm on my way to work. Everything is more or less fine, I postponed the sclerotizing the 'rhoids to September, though the risk of an allergic reaction when doing it seems...
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    OK, he could say Catholic ethical teachings trump secular law, and I could at least accept that stance, though if they say abortion is murder I'd likely ask some questions about teratogens, work conditions, global warming etc. In the case...
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    when at the time we had the example of a Catholic Prime Minister who explicitly said that Papal law overrides Australian law Well, in his personal life, he is free to do so; if anybody kidnapped Henry Kissinger and inflicted...
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    Even before that, we can wonder how chariots and infantry interacted in Late Bronze Age warfare; sadly, descriptions of the Battle of Kadesh center on the chariots. And the Ilias was composed much later. Minor note, the Old Vedic term...
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    Minor point for applying for German citizenship, for non-EU citizens there is also the question what happens with the non-German citizenship; quite often you'd have to give it up. It's quite complicated, and there was (and is) a heated discussion...
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    I have, very cautiously, started going foa a beer, once a week, or even less frequently ... but always, outside at an open table, away from others. No idea if I mentioned it before, but since last week I visit...
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    Ivermectin binds to quite a few ion channels, so maybe one of those is involved. There are some other antiviral channel blockers, rimantadine works against Herpes, in this case, the ion channel is viral....
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    Thanks for pointing that one out, we listened to "Swan Lake" in musical education in school, sadly I only have a vague recollection of the plot. Reading the Wiki article, interesting, it's quite open for interpretation. Of course, "Rothbart" is...
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    Well, I guess Orthodox Marxists would speak of "false consciousness when the subordinate class internalizes the ideology of the ruling class. You might also use the term "Stockholm syndrome", though the term is problematic. Personally, well, I'd use the term...
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    Let me guess, her BMI was above 40, and her income was below 50% of the median income? As for "not looking after herself", if she voted for the Trumpenfuhrer, I rest my case....
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    Concerning the Fermi Paradox, that would be "Periodic extinction by natural events", though veering into "It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself". Please note most intelligent species on earth live in somewhat smallish groups like packs, which...
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    Going back to the fun with Libertarianism and Anarchism in the last thread... This is David "Debt" Graeber on Anarchism. (Hey, I see Anarchy Archives is still up. Made me giggle when the German translation of an article from "Scientific...
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    Hm, my mental picture of the isotopes used in RTGs and their Stirling-engine cousins is this red-hot pellet of plutonium oxide. Strontium-90 seems to pack a similar amount of energy, so I wonder what the heat signature of the drone...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Concerning the in-fighting... With Friends Like These, Who the Fuck Needs Cointelpro? Not my favourite album by them, at the moment I listen to some of Propagandhi's later stuff, but, well, I just hummed I was a Pre-Teen McCarthyist yesterday....
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    Hmkay, I looked at Derek Lowe's "In the Pipeline" and browsed to other articles in science, some might be interesting: New information about co-evolution of our cell surface molecules and infectious diseases. I already knew about alpha-gal, but it seems...
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    Thanks for the idea with the cheese, I might share some with him next time in front of the refrigerator. As for neutering him, not my decision, err, can we leave the politics of my rooming for later? For the...
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    And now for something different... I'm growing kind attached to the male cat, and he, well, he's a cat, so it's difficult to say, but he's using his claws to get my attention. I have thought about pets myself, problem...
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    Err, sorry for letting that many threads hanging, but I'm somewhat stressed at the moment, having to go to work and having an appointment today, so... a) "left libertarianism" can mean a bunch of things, for once, it could mean...
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    In other news, gene variant of ion channel inherited from Neanderthals (I gave up on species designations in Homo long ago...) leads to heightened pain sensitivity: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723115900.htm Wondering about relation to abnormal processing of pain and other stimuli in modern...
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    Hm, why go for brains, some protozoans like ciliates have no brain but show quite complex behaviours. Next up, there is Aplysia, though it's a lophotrochozoan and quite removed from us deuterostomes. With ecdycozoans, well, we have a fate map...
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    Congerning species identity, err, confusion (excuse the pun concerning gender dysphoria...), the male cat just emitted some quite chicken-like sounds. Might explain why he wakes up my landlady in the morning......
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    Actually, philosophers (and quite a few mathematicians) wonder why mathematics is so good at describing the world; one hypothesis was areas that can't be thus described are left out....
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    You know, if you read post #1990, you'll see I mentioned intuitionism in a rather long post. Coincidence, I'm sure... Sorry for overlooking it, guess I should go through the thread again. AFAIK the different philosophies mostly deal with what's...
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    OK, going up from that one... The human brain wasn't constructed, it evolved. Same with neurons. Out thinking isn't one block, there are different submodules; problem is, my verbal consciousness can only access and describe a few of those submodules,...
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    Then there's stuff that a brain isn't evolved to do (like higher math) Actually, there is at least one school of philosophy of mathematics called Intuitionism that assumes "higher math" doesn't show us some "objective reality", but concerns mental constructs...
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    maybe try some medication Err, make that "try some meditation". Always a good idea, though going through my thoughts, trying to remember, looking for alternative explanations and employing different perspectives makes me even more tachycardic. For the shrink, my employer...
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    Speaking about orders of magnitude... Beta blockers are also used in performance anxiety, link goes to an article about their somewhat inappropiate use by a journalist, televised medicine and prescription and privacy issues. (Seh also talks about how it might...
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    On a totally unrelated note... Anybody has some data on the toxicity of copper, cobalt and manganese compounds when used as pigments in ceramics? A friend has a pottery, and we talked about my very early teen (about 10 years...
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