Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Well, the extreme Euroseptics were quite happy to drop 400 years of integration....
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    Oh, no? What about the Orkney and Shetland islands rejoining Denmark (or perhaps Norway)? :-) https://ahdinnaeken.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/independent-scotland-will-lose-orkney-and-shetland/...
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    It's a lot worse than that, actually, but is very much swept under the carpet....
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    Which is relevant to the status of women (as distinct from general brutality and the suppression of dissent) just how? Oh, I forgot, you don't do evidence - you just misrepresent and change context. Your support for the Wahhabist pogrom...
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    I never claimed that Iran is a bastion of liberty, but that the propaganda produced by its bitter enemies is largely a pack of lies. The UN happiness index is seriously misnamed and pretty dubious - but, even if it...
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    Yes. I bought a copy of the Koran to see what it really said (in translation, unfortunately). In terms of the patriarchical/liberal spectrum, it wasn't all that different from many of the Epistles, and a damn sight more liberal than...
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    Yes, precisely. I don't know whether that is primarily Tehran, but the pictures I have seen indicate that it is only a matter of degree, not kind. The UAE and even Saudi Arabia are much 'happier' (at 21 and 37),...
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    Please don't change the context. This was specifically about whether women are treated as second-class citizens. And, obviously, I didn't mean look at a single picture, or even single type of crowd - and, in most cases, reporters say what...
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    I have never understood the preoccupation with whether there was a historical character that originated Christianity, given that we have no idea how closely the character and (almost all) the events depicted in the Gospels matched reality....
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    It is also instructive to look at pictures of festivals, crowds, demonstrations, etc. in various countries. Iran comes out surprisingly well, especially for a theocracy, which is one reason to disbelieve the anti-Iran propaganda. Sub-Saharan Africa is not what is...
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    I am sure that some of our Brexitish media would claim that, if Scotland votes for independence, that volcano will start erupting again....
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    I suggest that you get her to look it up. The details were messy, already falling apart by the 1960s, and were as unfair to men as to women, as I said....
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    Plus the fact that half (?) the fertilised eggs fail to implant, a third (?) of those miscarry very early on, and some miscarry later, because of genetic and other defects. And that very small foetuses may be viable, but...
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    Not quite. That aspect increase your risk by more like 40%. But there is also the aspect that you are more likely to get whacked because motorists will drive closer to you (and some people believe more aggressively to you)....
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    I am pretty certain that there are Roman records of a rebel called Yeshua or similar; whether he was anything like what the Gospels claimed, or was campaigning for the independence of Israel, is less clear....
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    As I said, I am not going to derail by responding in detail, but you have seriously misunderstood. If you are interested, wait for #300 or a more appropriate thread; or ask a moderator for my Email address (now that...
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    Sure that it wasn't the other way round? In my experience (and apparently that of OGH), the looney evangelicals tend to be intimately familiar with Revelations and a few of the Epistles, the bigoted fundamentalists with Genesis and Leviticus, but...
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    I am old enough to remember that, too, but the abuse was both ways. A husband was liable for his wife's tax, but had no legal power to extract it from her! Some cases even got to court, and the...
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    Indeed. Just like modern physics :-)...
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    That's STILL about power, not about sex, which was my point! I am interested that Greg Tingey can remember the events of 1882 - my memories of that era are a little, er, hazy - but he may be older...
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    Er, WHY should the translators into Greek have used an Aramaic translation of the Decalogue (assuming that there was one) instead of the Hebrew? Unless I have got completely befuddled about the history of Judaism, there has never been a...
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    I am afraid that you have had a sense of humour failure :-) If only one of those interpretations makes sense, which do you think I meant? My first paragraph was entirely straight....
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    And the Decalogue was originally written in Aramaic? Tell me more :-) The same applies. Those differences are primarily due to the imposition of a (verse) structure on a text that didn't already have it, followed by disagreements over what...
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    No. Explaining what I meant would be a derail, so I shall imitate Minestrone Fruit-Nuttery and leave things to your imagination. But consider the difference between the principle of a theory and its detailed formula; and the saying that with...
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    Er, no. Forced marriage is rarer than is claimed, and is almost invariably to people who CAN get women - they just want more of them, higher prestige ones, sole possession, etc. And occasionally it's to dominant women. It's a...
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    You are kinky, as is the Multinomial One. That is a decadent French picture. A True Englishman favours a hatchet-faced woman in a severe dress with manacles and a whip. I am sure that you can think of examples....
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    Yes, I am afraid that it's all too easy to show that the really devout evangelicals exist :-( Incidentally, the Luminiferous Aether may be undetectable, but the fizzicists are all debating how many angels fit on the head of a...
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    While there are differences, they are mostly minor. They may LOOK considerable, but that's only to people who aren't fluent in the versions of English in which they are written. The main arguments arise over exactly what the original Aramaic...
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    I agree that is far more interesting than such rants; I, too, should like to know. It's very noticeable how rarely fundamentalist Christians quote the Gospels, and often quote texts that conflict with them, but the very definition of a...
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    And the copyright expired in 1661 (retrospectively) :-) I don't understand HW - is there another English version? :-)...
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