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  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Out of curiosity: in your view, what exactly are the "American ideals" you're referring to? Can you name them? Also not meaning to be insulting. But the claim that "American ideals" are exceptional implies that they are different, even radically...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    I'm not a member of SF-fandom, other than liking OGH's books and reading this blog, so please indulge me: what does the frequently popping-up acronym SMOF stand for? I have no idea....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    about the fines TFG has to pay now (I haven't been following the news): Can you tell me whether these verdicts are final? Or how many times can his lawyers still appeal, file motions or lawsuits of their own? In...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Also, the first law of the current USA seems to be that Trump can't be jailed for anything, ever....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Tying two subthreads of the ongoing discussion together: item 1: There was a subthread about the (physical) requirements of the mars colonists: they need to be healthy, fit, preferably young (because they'll need to wait for some years before beginning...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    But what about Chem Trails? My own theory about chem trail conspiracy theorists is that the government is spraying substances to make people stupider—and that they're at least partly successful. /s...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    …unilingual me… There's a question that I've been meaning to ask for a while, and I don't mean to be judgmental or offensive about it, I'm just curious. You're Canadian (or at least living in Canada for a long...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    There is of course a simple and obvious solution to all translation woes, whether regarding the Bible or any other piece of literature: don't translate at all, but require all who aspire to read the work to learn its original...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    The translations from the original Biblical Hebrew often are made according to the translators' theological understanding and/or the desired way they might affect the readers. That's not really limited to translations from Biblical Hebrew or to translations of religious...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    One word. Wait, no, actually six words: Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Very droll! However, what about academics from those parts of Germany that never belonged to the Holy Roman Empire (East Prussia)? And what about the...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    I think it comes down to a regional identity rather than a country specific identity. Yes, France isn't England and Germany isn't France, but they share a region and (broadly) similar attitudes, ethics and morals. Would anyone say they...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    My understanding is that according to some Islamic Scholars, arabic was the language chosen by God as the only language on Earth via which his message could be conveyed. Additionally, there is an obligation upon all devout Muslims to...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    I just did my annual diversity and inclusion training at work and saying something like that of a colleague would be considered a dismissal offence. … and rightly so. That's why I don't understand why you insist to commit...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Okay, I think I now understand where you're coming from. You seem to conflate "Arab" and "Muslim" as if the two had the same meaning or were interchangeable. That's a category error. "Arab" is either a geographical, ethnical, or linguistic...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Has anyone told the Revolutionary Guard and Mullahs? What exactly are you referring to? Has anyone told them that they could make fun of the ruling elite of the US by calling them Hispanic? Or do you actually mean:...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Iranians view themselves as non-Arab Ahem. They don't view themselves as non-Arab, they are non-Arab. Persia is located in a different part of the world than Arabia, has a different history, a different culture, a different language; you name...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    I don't, but I don't need to, because I'm not the one making a wildly counter-intuitive claim. Hamas operates from densely populated areas, e.g. they shoot rockets towards Israel from densely populated areas, and they run their tunnels under densely...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Like most of the Israeli claims about Hamas, the 'human shields' one is mostly black propaganda, used to justify Israeli atrocities. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/gaza-questions I'm wondering why nobody has called you out for this so far. Maybe it means that nobody...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    I was curious about how old the 'Jews must return to their promised land/Israel' theme was because my impression was that this was first proposed in the 1930s or so. If you're interested, Wikipedia is a good starting point:...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    like whitroth I'm not entirely clear what the third one's for In my mind, the third dishwasher is for the edge case: you have used all your dishes from the 'clean' dishwasher and have put them into the 'dirty'...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    To those of you thinking of having to move out of a split-level house: aren't stair lifts a thing in the US? Here in Germany they have helped elderly people to stay in their multi-level homes for decades. The one...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    FWIW, the modern National Guard only exists because the 2nd Amendment (ALL of the 2nd Amendment, not just the parts the NRA abuses) won't allow Congress to abolish the militias. The obvious solution for this is: they can abolish...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Miracles still happen! Yesterday it was in the news that apparently even some Republicans find that George Santos (or whatever his actual name is) isn't fit to be in the House of Representatives. Of course that doesn't mean that any...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    Re: units of measurement I for one actually don't really care which units USians use for measuring what. I don't live in the US, so I have no need to know. But I would really appreciate if they would translate...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    Sorry, forgot a few items: the rich get all sorts of traps and autonomous weapons, order their subordinates to set them up, and then what? Who dies when a trap works or an autonomous gun shoots someone? Who dies? The...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    Here's something which should have gone to the "fistful of tropes" post: I've just reread The Atrocity Archive, and I'm thinking about the relation of sacrifice and magic. In the laundryverse sacrifice is one conventional way for creating mana (which...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    @ Charlie and others who reacted to magical violence-ending: I agree, the general idea needs more refinement in some areas (and therefore the "no exceptions"-clause was a little premature): surgery: in our current reality a patient needs to sign a...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    What could be done now, by some benevolent overlord, to stop the attacks on innocents? I believe the first step is to acknowledge that there is no benevolent overlord. (And all people/organisations/countries/nations who believe that they are a benevolent...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    @Greg (and Moz): Perhaps British cities should look into the concept of edible cities. Here's more: The Edible City Network And before you all jump on the point that this could never work in the UK due to its latitude,...
  • Commented on A fistful of tropes
    Two questions to the resident USians: Other than this current New York trial, aren't the others expected to be trial by jury? How large is the MAGAt population in the US? And now a follow-up question: Isn't it likely that...
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