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Uncle Stinky

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Bob Calvert was definitely smart enough to be depicting a character in his stuff, rather than making an endorsement of the behaviour. I mean, I doubt he was a fan of dying in car crashes but Deathtrap opens PXR5, which...
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    There's a little bit about Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham over on ask historians. It's not much but definitely enough to say, as with most things, it's a bit more complicated than that. Useful extract- "A key tenet amongst historians of science...
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    "You also rarely see a mammal (and don't get more than glimpses of birds) in ANY reasonably dense woodland" Unless you're a very unusual French bloke...
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    We surpassed the inequality of the gilded age during the pandemic....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    As a mild distraction from all the usual circular arguments about power, Eric Serra tells the secrets of the diva song in The Fifth Element. Short but quite cool....
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    Johnson wins the confidence motion 216-148. Those are pretty terrible numbers. If the byelections go as badly as they should, I don't think the 12 month procedural rule will save his worthless skin....
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    Since it came up earlier, and to demonstrate quite how odious they are, Laurie Penny brings to your attention a couple of leading TERFS edging pretty damn close to eliminationist talk. The comments get pretty vile too....
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    This piece does a fairly good job of arguing that the "rebellious Scots" bit was never actually an official part of the anthem. The thing which has been entertaining my sick mind over the last few weeks is what would...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    The Wikipedia list of selfie-related deaths and injuries is very long. Falling from height features heavily....
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    For more than anyone ever needs to know about managing human interactions with wild things, Animal, Vegetable, Criminal. It's the latest from Mary Roach, so it's pretty entertaining too....
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    Jesus Mythicism is a position only held by cranks, with some overlap into the more annoying sorts of atheist. If anyone really wants to get into the details, Tim O'Neill's many, many posts on the topic are pretty convincing rebuttals...
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    Unrelated to any of the foregoing but I ran across this really information-light news piece - The UK Wants to Build a Solar Power Plant in Space by 2035 That Transmits Electricity Back to Earth. Anyone know anything more concrete?...
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    Considering it's from early 2021, this Cat and Girl seems right on the money...
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    No idea. Was linked to it. Article info seems solid enough....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Elsewhere, in bastard Brexiter news, "Leaked emails reviewed by The Grayzone reveal possibly criminal plot by pro-Leave elites to sabotage Theresa May’s Brexit deal, infiltrate government, spy on campaign groups, and replace May with Boris Johnson. Intelligence cabal infiltrated UK...
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    #579 "A German family perished in USA around the same time, because they reasoned that all military installations would have a patrolled perimeter fence. At least that's the theory, based on the trail of their wrecked car, personal belongings and...
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    Since the subject is billionaires, a splendid hatchet job on Bill Gates...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Back to the original topic, in news that will probably surprise nobody Susan Collins Says No to Democrats’ Abortion-Rights Bill Because It Contains Too Many Abortion Rights....
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    Given all the insanity around idiots and the horse paste form of ivermectin, there's a nice irony in the fact that one of the two parts of the abortion pill is used to treat ulcers in horses, so you could...
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    Thanks for the reply. I'll bookmark the links....
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    Could I have some more background on these unavailable civil war documents? I'm assuming the concept of a classified document as we would understand it didn't exist in 1865 so what's the story?...
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    Plausible speculation from an ex-clerk of the supreme court about who leaked and why....
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    And if you're in the mood for a good rant on the subject, Marina Hyde lets rip....
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    The GOP picked abortion for a lot of horrible intertwined reasons. For a good account of the grim details read Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    There's a splendid answer about the decline of Dueling in Britain that I read on askhistorians very recently. Entertaining extract for anyone not that interested- "By the 1840s the Army was seen as the principal holdout of dueling, and as...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    There's a screenshot of one of the texts Pushaw was objecting to over on P Z Myers blog. She's lying about it, of course....
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    Let's upgrade Putinfrom the Elvis toilet death to the full Edward II. Given his homophobia, the red hot poker seems apposite....
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    Kamil Galeev's latest on threadreader has quite a lot that relates to national character, although he doesn't phrase it that way....
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    If you can piece together the not-bad-nuclear-winter opposing stuff I would be very grateful. I've seen the claim before on the annoying libertarian side of the internet, which naturally made me suspicious....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    This piece suggests nuclear winter isn't really a thing. Is it correct?...
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