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  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Heteromeles/Robert Prior/JBS/Foxessa: Thanks for the references, they've been added to the pile. Some of the works I was aware of, but it can be hard to tell which history books are worth reading....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Jensnail @271: Many early pregnancies don't go to term for reasons other than abortion. How do you prove you had a miscarriage instead? Some recent cases in El Salvador of women being jailed for miscarriage. There's no way to differentiate...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Warning: Rambling thoughts first, followed by a presentation on the state of abortion access here in Norway. To state the obvious, abortion is a tough topic to discuss, and dividing into "pro-life" vs "pro-choice" doesn't help at all. Personally I'd...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Heteromeles @145: I'll just put in my pitch for reading US history from the 1850s to 1900. I strongly suspect that various right win operatives are recycling their political science classes to reuse the tactics of that era. Serious question:...
  • Commented on Omicron
    There's also the issue that the fatality rate is linked to the infectiousness, as in will the healtcare system have the resources to treat you. I suspect that the fatality rate for untreated omicron is worse than treated delta....
  • Commented on Omicron
    Norway has gotten some attention (and not in the good way) related to omicron. There was a christmas party last weekend with 120 attendees where 2 had just come back from South Africa, and were likely infected. Last I've hard...
  • Commented on Outage report
    JBS @ 79: The issue is that the algorithms that determine which ads are relevant can be quite "interesting". My FB profile is heavily curated and I haven't posted anything personal there for about 10 years, so their profile is...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Disqus has been running a lucrative side-business of using your comments to refine an advertising profile of you, which is then sold. When the EU implemented GDPR they added 'consent' checkboxes for all EU countries, but it's still an intrinsic...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Whitroth @215: I don't think it's common practice anymore, but I remember getting textbooks in elementary school that had been sheared so many times they were sometimes hitting the text. Mind, that was mainly "reading" books in language class that...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Whitroth @99: Have you actually looked at these stupid textbooks? With what is about 2" white border around every single page? The oversizes margins in textbooks are there for a reason: When the pages start to fray after some years...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Regarding alien-focused fiction, I have fond memories of Timothy Zahn's Conqueror's trilogy. Teenage me found the depiction of aliens there pleasingly different, but I doubt it holds up to a modern re-reading....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    JBS @ 743: I think the word I meant to use is unintentional. I completely agree that this was negligent, but I don't think anyone intended it to go off....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Bellingcat has a rather good writeup about what just blew up in Beirut. TL;DR: they find that the evidence clearly supports an accidental discharge of ammonium nitrate....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    JBS @ 278: There's be a line of succession if they both come down with a fatal dose of it in quick order. The best outcome for the country might be if Mitch (Putin's bitch) McConnell & Chuck Grassley both...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    SFReader @221: I'm only an amateur in these things, but my impression from reading Raven Rock was that the line of succession rules mainly deal with death and not incapacitation, which was why section 4 for of the 25h amendment...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Robert Prior @148: Big thanks for the Delilah Dirk recomendation, it looks very good....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Charlie @216: If Trump and Pence both come down with ventilator-level cases, things can easily become interesting, especially if it happens in close succession. The 25th amendment isn't as clear as it could be in these cases, and mainly deals...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    JBS @ 1197: I've been lurking here for so long that I have a good feeling of who the regulars here (like yourself) are, but keep forgetting that I haven't introduced myself to the same level. I also prefer to...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Didn't see the new thread, so cross-posting and adapting a summary from the previous thread. The start of the week looked promising with about 170-ish detected cases on monday, including the first hospital admissions. It rapidly deteriorated, with the first...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Things are moving rapidly now. During the day, Norway has taken several severe steps, first at local levels and lastly at national. For the next 14 days (with extensions expected), the following will be closed: * All education facilities, including...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    @JBS #1089: My apologies; my earlier post made it clear that here is Norrway, but I forgot to include it in my follow-up. Extra bonus points for having the first confirmed infection on an offshore rig....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    So, things took a turn for the worse here yesterday. 160ish new cases, with several people being hospitalized for COVID (as opposed to with). We also have the first cases where the infection vector has not been possible to trace,...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    @Greg #871: We've been having some uninformed discussion about why Italy seems so bad off. In the daily Ministry of Health briefing, it was mentioned that they believe Italy had early hidden community spread. So far, most of the cases...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Regarding the rate degree of low-/asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, I think Norway might offer some clues. As of writing, Norway has 169 176 detected cases, but we got our first hospital admission yesterday, apparently more due to existing underlying conditions...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Can I just emphasise that. In NZ you can vote. Permanent residents included. It's a remarkable extension of the franchise that AFAIK isn't done anywhere else in the world. I'm a big fan of a universal franchise, or at...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    (Norway at least had deep-water fjords for ships and U-boats and airfields within bombing and paratroop range of Scotland: it also secured access to the Baltic). There were other, industrial factors in play as well. In short, there were...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Damian @1154: Then I wonder whether the next series of gunmen will start out with lanyards and official looking ID to increase their own survivability. Just putting your driver’s licence on a plastic sleeve on an official looking lanyard would...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Charlie, did you ever get to Moominworld? As fate would have it, my family vacation put me there at approximately the time you were talking of going, but I wasn't able to spot you....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Another good candidate for defending coastal waters is the Norwegian Skjold-class, which has a pretty nice sprint ability for ambushing....
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