Eric de Rode

Eric de Rode

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I'm inclined to think that billionaires are just a symptom of a more fundamental problem - that companies' purpose is to make money. Some companies produce a useful product or service, but that is just a side effect. As their...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Codex Sinaiticus is in Greek...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    The "New" testament was written in Greek, possibly some parts were a translation of Aramaic original. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_of_the_New_Testament Latin version was later (and only used in the West) [[ changing markup links to work now - mod ]]...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    I think that's what Jesus tried to do. But it got hi-jacked - first by Paul then by so many others. With Islam, the veiling etc was part of existing culture. The Koran gave women certain minimum rights (owning their...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Yes the Netherlands is different. They have recognized that the main cause of death and injury to ordinary cyclists (excluding mountain bikers and racers) is cars. Instead of doing something about that (serious cycling infrastructure, laws that put the onus...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    And thus mandating helmets also contributes to global warming, by discouraging cycling. It is particularly discouraging to the idea of hopping on a bike for a short trip (to the shops etc). When you need a helmet, and then also...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Populations expanded in Africa 40,000 years ago https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090728223022.htm...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I did mean large in Paleolithic terms, compared with ice-age Europe...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I would suggest the Neanderthals never died out. What you have is a tiny population of Neanderthals, and a very large population of modern humans in Africa, successive waves of new arrivals over the millennia and some enthusiastic interbreeding. So...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    You should post this under the "Oh 2022" thread - there's a big discussion on renewables and storage...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Euuropcar has no maximum age (at most branches in the UK), so go for it, hire a car!...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I've just finished Invisible Sun. Just one complaint, it's too short!...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Interestingly, I had the opposite problem when I visited Cornwall. Google kept sending me down these narrow lanes (barely wide enough for a car, and you may have to back up half a mile if you meet someone coming the...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Maori is pronounced with a glide between adjacent vowels, so "maori" is almost 3 syllables ma (a as in far) glide to o (as in pot) the ri (like ree but cut short). The pronunciation of r is fluid. It...
  • 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....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    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...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    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...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    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...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    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...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    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...
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