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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    To go for the Erikative, ächz, if you read up on the Qataris forces, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatar_Armed_Forces only 30% of the army are Qatari citizens. And the army is about 12.000 persons, the "389,487" you mentioned are all people in...
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    And to the mods, as this is intended as a flamebait and this is not my soapbox, if it's too objectionable feel free to delete. I guess I have not turned VoxDay (at least I hope so, though I have...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Oh, and since a real nerd can't leave the pretext for a nice flamebait unused, BTW... I think it's somewhat interesting that we shudder with the idea of sex-selective abortion and think it "medieval", while we think the abortion of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Err, make that: Actually, a taboo on infanticide is one (somewhat problematic) theory about the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, but there is some discussion about whether infanticide in the Roman Empire was sex-selective or not....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Err, Greg, the highest male-to-female ratio in India might be in Jammu & Kashmir, which is predominently Muslim, but second is Haryana, which is predominently Hindu. And the other two countries with high ratios are China and Vietnam, both not...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Actually, the sex ration below 14 looks quite naturally. Wiki (yes, again) says 1.06 male per 1 female born is the norm for humans: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sex_ratio After that, human males usually have a higher mortality (there are quiet a few evolutionary...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    There is also the possibility that HSS is a relatively newcomer by evolutionary standards, so our parasites are either somewhat adapted to other sapients, making us close to dead-end hosts, or still close to their predatory/destructivor ancestors. As for other...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Err, I was not that sure if I was up to date on these issues, and for once I decided to keep my damn mouth shut. Or whatever metaphor suits. As for the beginning of the BfV, there is this...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Err, major fail. While the history of slavery in Islam is detestable, there is little reason to think Medieval European history that much better. Hint, just remember where the word "slave" is coming from. And ask yourself why they didn't...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Well, to do a quick translation of a German saying, "the opposite of good is good intentions". And I agree with your analysis of the events. Problem is, with this definition of "terrorism" I see nothing against some moderately IRA-philic...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    It might depend somewhat on the definitions of "incitement" and "riot" etc. As for the Terrorism acts, the definition used is the one from 2000, e.g. Section 1. – (1) In this Act "terrorism" means the use or threat of...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Then you should better not call it Asperger, just as you should not call people showing various contrary behaviours "schizophrenic". The term has a certain usage in medical slang, and ideosyncratic usage of words is interesting, but not that good...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    May I introduce you to "Bulk Food" by Peter Watts and Laurie Channer? http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts/WattsChanner_Bulk_Food.pdf...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Well, there are multiple explanations for heightened aggression. For starters, violence is a strategy to get what you want, and if you are cognitively challenged, other strategies might not works. Second of, much of the brain is occupied with clubbing...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    I guess it might be an evolutionary advantage. Primate neocortex size is driven by group size and energy demands, which indicates we didn't evolve our grey matter to deduce any "scientific laws", but to thrive in a group. Being resistant...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Err, AFAIR in general anesthetics are not analgesics, and they even don't stop some reflexes that well, which is why you add some muscle relaxant, e.g. glorified curare. As for the amnesia, some of the GABAergic injection anesthetics have this...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    As for the age of the "work for buzz", there was a story in Baxter's "Evolution" about some late hunter-gatherers being shoed in by early farmers for beer, another thing is it implicated Baxter bought into the Anatolia hypothesis of...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Oh yes, the German army and its traditions. Though usually they are expected to show their appreciation for Rommel somewhat more decently. Might have something to do with the BW being a conscription army at the time, and there being...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The text the article is referring to is from 2005. Really impressing to forecast 9/11 and the 2003 Iraq invasion in 2005, I have to say....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    At the risk of going down that one particular rabbit hole even further... As I already mentioned, Spain is not just European Continental Spain and some islands, but also the exclaves on the African coast, namely Ceuta and Melilla. Where...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Never met a Circumcellion in the real, never met a Baathist[1], so I can't talk that much about the differences. Thing is, sociopolitical wingnuttery with religious overtones was very common in those days. And I'm not just talking about a...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Or they could go the way of the Circumcellions....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Well, both of these questions might depend somewhat on the circumstances; Spain has some exclaves in Northern Africa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plazas_de_soberanía which have a complicated history, there is the issue of immigration and human rights, and the usual suspects might ask questions...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    There's a great big difference between "The iron laws of economics say that X is the only system that can ever work" versus "People have tried a lot of stuff and X tends to happen". Well, yes, the second sentence...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I have never seen it in use in Germany either, can't talk that much about Austria and Switzerland. My personal take is it's a try at gratuitous German, contracting "Büro", which translates as something like bureau or office, and the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Err, an attack on Spain would be a special case since Spain is a member state of NATO, and thus an attack would constitute a casus foederis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Treaty#Article_5 I'm sufficiently cynical to see ways around that one, but I still...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I was going to ask you what "overpopulation" was, and what a sensible number for the UK or Germany[1] would be, and if you insisted on using the term to do your part, but then you started to mention "cultural...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    But aggression against outsiders and domination of certain group members is common to nearly all human groups and thus only natural, so who are you to condemn said people stoning adulterous women to death? Err, in case somebody wonders about...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Maybe the publishing houses know something about GRRM's master plan we don't... ;) I have seen quite some argumentations for "Game of Thrones" being set in a Deep-Future/Post-Apocalyptic/Posthuman setting. The White Walkers might use some kind of nanotechnology for their...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I didn't say so. I just said that your justification doesn't work. Look up reductio ad absurdum. Of course, there might be other justifications that ake more sense, like keeping your resources for yourself. I wouldn't mind, a dog wants...
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