Nancy Lebovitz

Nancy Lebovitz

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    While I'm horrified at the description of football fans making hissing noises to express antisemitism (simulating gas in death camps), and none too pleased at Alice Waters' gross antisemitism getting a pass, the thing that chilled me most was the...
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    I really need some more specificity. While I seem to have been exposed to much less antisemitism than the other American Jews I know, the stories I hear are more like having pennies thrown at them as children rather than...
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    "No ovens but plenty of "none allowed" here." When and where are you talking about? David Baddiel talks about English antisemitism, which strikes me as considerably worse than the background level of American antisemitism. Fair warning-- his angle is about...
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    I'm not sure which of my several statements you're agreeing with. America has a much better record on antisemitism than Europe....
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    Part of what's wrong with the world is that there's no place for refugees in general to go. This makes the existence of Israel seem rather crucial. I actually have less connection to the Holocaust than a lot of other...
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    I refer to the Holocaust as killing 11 million people. I think some Jews find this irritating, but I haven't run into a hard pushback....
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    How much does sheep's lung contribute to the haggis experience?...
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    Two more from British English: "Poll" for what I'd call an election. "Jab" for what I'd call a vaccination. I think there was a piece by GK Chesterton mocking the self-proclaimed efficient Americans for using longer words than the English....
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    How about "All bellow and no battleax"? Hypothetically, a tusk is still a weapon, though I grant I've never heard of orcs attacking with them. From the Britpicker's link: ""Plush" in America appears to mean luxurious, comfortable or similar. In...
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    Doing language changes by era would be a major challenge, but worthwhile for people who want to get their historical fiction right. I realize that torch means flashlight, but I just don't visualize it that way. Marmalade has been a...
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    People in the UK mostly don't use "gotten". I was shocked when I heard that. How do you live? I think "got" is used instead. "Gaol" rather than jail. A biscuit is something like a cookie, but the boundaries aren't...
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    I've been wondering whether people could get a little slack for handling heat though genetic engineering for big ears (preferably foldable in case of cold) and/or a liftable fin on the back. My hypothesis is that the super-duper rich might...
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    What was involved in being taught to write idiomatic American English? Bolsonaro reminds me of a hiccough cure I just read about-- try to make yourself hiccough immediately after you hiccoughed. The description made it sound effective, but I haven't...
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    What happens if a train has 257 axles? Does it register as having one axle?...
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    See Gladstone's _Three Parts Dead_ for magic entangled with law. I loved the first book, but never got further with the series. Do people recommend the rest of the series?...
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    One more about world turning honest, though the change is more offstage than in most: "Leg. Forst." by Clifford Simak. It's the one about the galactic stamp collector. I'm wondering whether a lot of Simak should be filed under dream...
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    Might mocking Cthulhu count as undercutting belief in him?...
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    https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zt9pn-fe18f6?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share Ada Palmer talks about the Inquisitions, and part of it is about the complex relationship between the Catholic church and the various governments....
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    The problem from my point of view is that I have Catholic friends who seem to be benign people generally. I really don't want to stomp on their feelings, and some of them are worried about anti-Catholic prejudice. Do you...
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    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/church-residential-school-compensation-1.6082935?fbclid=IwAR1eHCORHbUP2ZKYjBniZPbQ4Bn0mz8jGBxGJV9ZDwp9FkqkBdo_tfvJyqs "Residential school survivor Rick Daniels and his wife, Judy Greyeyes, live in a small apartment just a few kilometres from Saskatoon's towering $28.5-million Holy Family Cathedral." "Roman Catholic churches in Saskatoon and across Canada had also signed an agreement...
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    https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3dnyk/more-churches-torched-in-canada-as-outrage-against-catholics-grows https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/04/canada-burned-churches-indigenous-catholicism...
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    Is there any hypothetical tech early humans could have used to keep heat off their heads?...
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    Just to mention a cat who is an unreliable mouser.... the local feline has been known to put a mouse in the bathtub, chase for a while and then lose interest and wander off. An unobstructed mouse doesn't have trouble...
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    "This, incidentally, is one reason why I'm somewhat dubious that future generations will want to hold onto our social media data, wherein we bragged about all the cool stuff we traveled to. They're going to be dealing with the consequences...
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    Unsurprisingly, temperatures well short of black flag are a serious problem-- for example if it's too hot to safely do manual labor....
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    The BBC that I get from NPR is emphasizing Canada. NPR itself is emphasizing the Pacific Northwest and at least up to a few hours ago, scarcely mentioning Canada....
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    For what it's worth-- I'm not sure whether NPR gets the same version of the BBC that paws4thot does-- the heat wave in Canada has been the first news story on every headline break, though they haven't been mentioning the...
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    Some decent news-- glass formed into more complex shapes, and at a lower energy cost, too. https://hackaday.com/2021/06/10/injection-molded-glass-breakthrough-shatters-ceiling-of-work-methods/...
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    Thanks for answering, but it's clear that I didn't convey what I meant. My assumption is that a lot of people-- not the very poor people-- could afford another child or two if this was something they really wanted. It...
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    Is it really unimaginable that people could figure out how to make family live sufficiently enjoyable that people would be willing to have more children? As for the dog poo question, speaking as a pedestrian, just not having the dog...
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