Eric de Rode

Eric de Rode

  • Commented on Dead plots
    Moa. It is now believed they are descended from South American Tinamous (not ratites but closely related) and did fly over....
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    Agreed. But mostly I just ride along in my own happy world, binging my bell at pedestrians as I come up behind them so they don't have that "suddenly a cyclist" experience, and occasionally slowing to walking pace when there's...
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    Hi Moz, please don't take it personally. I don't expect everyone to be like me, and I don't really hate racing cyclists (some of them are my friends, we just disagree) , I just find some of the things they...
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    So you hate that they ride fast on the paths but also hate that they refuse to use the paths and ride on the road? Absolutely! I hate mountainbikers riding on walking tracks, and I hate racing bikers riding on...
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    Well I upgraded my bicycle by adding an electric motor - for a few hundred dollars it's the best upgrade. Now I can turn it on if there's a headwind or a long uphill. I like riding to work, or...
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    From what I've read, heard, and spoken with, most Americans REALLY would like Medicare for all From my experience talking to Americans about healthcare, a significant number don't want their money going to the undeserving poor, even if this results...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Yes it seems we have words for colours when they become useful. The word Orange didn't enter the English language until the fruit arrived....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    non-transitive fertile offspring pairings Yes, like ring species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_species...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    There is a lot of information if you google "genetic diversity africa". Here is some info for a start: Africans are more genetically diverse than the inhabitants of the rest of the world combined, according to a sweeping study that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    But appearance and skin colour are not very good predictors of the actual genes you carry, and African-Americans are definitely not a uniform population. So drugs tailored to "whites" might work (though there is variation there too) but for "Blacks"...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Actually on the African side they are of different races. Biologically there are perhaps 4 races (groups with significantly different genes). East African (e.g. Obama's father) West African (most of the African ancestry for African-Americans) South African (eg San) and...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Apparently the use of the veil was adopted by Muslims from Byzantine Christian tradition, mainly by the upper classes, and became more widespread under the Ottomans. The Koran was in fact quite enlightened for its time with regard to women,...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    biosecurity If you are coming from the US (or other rabies infested countries) there is the 6 months quarantine period for your pet (though most of that can be served in the US). Quarantine doesn't come cheap, and separates you...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    re cats into NZ. Everything you import has GST applied, with a few exceptions. Like stuff you bring back from holidays (below a certain amount). Your personal possessions are exempt if immigrating, in which case it has to be genuine...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    GST is assessed on goods and services. Shipping something is a service. You pay GST on shipping of anything (cats, bicycles ...)....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "self defence" type organisations Like the mafia? You need an organisation that works for everybody, not just a certain community. And that is where the police can fail, if they are working more for one community (rich and white). But...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    It seems to me the reason people who have more to gain from a left wing government perversely vote for right wingers, comes down to simple psychology. People put more value on stuff they have (and not losing it) then...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Dried beans need to be soaked overnight and the water discarded as they contain toxins. Then cook in fresh water...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Or maybe wheelchairs are non existant as we've learnt to fix these medical issues...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Yes, when I was in the USA people told me their opposition to Obamacare was that they didn't want their tax dollars going to poor fat people....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Watching the Hobbit trilogy (well the first two, I gave up after that) I thought there were some nice bits amongst the drek. With some rigorous editing you'd be able to make a pretty decent 1 hour film from it....
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