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  1. Chinahand

    Animal News

    Try the Centres for Disease Control: If you had a contact with an armadillo and are worried about getting Hansen’s disease, talk to your healthcare provider.
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    12 Rules For Life - Dr Jordan Peterson

    Yes, but I've listened to his lectures, interviews etc - believe it or not nowadays we have other media to understand people's opinions than the printed material they produce.
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    12 Rules For Life - Dr Jordan Peterson

    I've listened to his lectures and read critiques of his work, but no I haven't yet read his book; but that doesn't stop me being aware of what other people have said about it. This is what first made me interested in him - it was a barn-stormer of an interview!
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    12 Rules For Life - Dr Jordan Peterson

    There is a huge controversy over the balance between ideology verses evidence; and essentialism verses cherry-picking in Peterson's work. I've not yet read him - what makes him brilliant, Stu? I categorise him in the interesting category; a bit like Freud, Ayn Rand and Karl Marx. Most likely wrong, but wrong in an illuminating way. PZ Myers, another "interesting" thinker, hates him for going on about Lobsters and Serotonin - in this area I think PZ is correct. Peterson is distorting evidence for ideological gain. He's conservative and is using poor biology to justify social institutions. The problem for me is I think Peterson is right about something also discussed by Antonio Damasio: Some people become leaders and others followers, some command respect and others cower. This can have little to do with knowledge, or skills, and rather depend on how a given individual’s manner and certain of their physical traits promote a certain physical response in others. Peterson views that fact about people as being inherently biological and deep rooted in explaining society's current form, while PZ Myers, as an egalitarian socialist, sees our current society as being full of social blocks which mean some leaders are held back, not because they don't have those biological traits, but because arbitrary biases stop their skills being recognised due to their gender or skin colour etc. Society is on complex thing, and how helpful Peterson's rules for life are for a black inner city kid verses a trust fund frat boy is worth debating; and why the social advantages and disadvantages both face are so different.
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    Animal News

    Beware sheep?
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    saudi embassy missing journalist riddle

    The Saudis’ main wriggle room is the hit squad. I imagine some members of it must be feeling quite nervous at the moment. They could be sacrificed on the alter of hypocrisy. Went too far, were ordered to question and no more etc etc. Is showing loyalty to them worth the lies and aprobium from the international community or do they admit but blame. Twist it to blame the little people issued the standard issue knuckle dusters and cattle prods. They went too far.
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    saudi embassy missing journalist riddle

    The world is increasingly thuggish at the moment and let’s admit it the Saudis are thugs who will stamp upon uppity women and turbulent men as they see fit. All a part of the Medieval attitudes benighting the Middle East.
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    Flat Earth?

    Paul, are you going to explain your point about NASA or just mess around?
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    Flat Earth?

    No, I don't really know what you are going on about. Care to be helpful and explain?
  10. Chinahand

    Equality Law - The "Gay Cake" Issue

    The case says you cannot be forced into making political statements. The unanswered issue is whether “Congrats Adam & Steve on your wedding” is a sufficiently political statement for someone to refuse irrespective of who is ordering the cake. Let’s say it is one of the grooms’ heterosexual mother.
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    Equality Law - The "Gay Cake" Issue

    Er ... I agree this case is a total waste of time. The case that needs adjudicating is whether asking a bakery to ice a cake with, say, “congrats Adam & Steve on your wedding day” is so offensive to their sensibilities that it is reasonable for them to refuse service.
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    Equality Law - The "Gay Cake" Issue

    The gay rights campaigner who started this really messed up. The issue isn’t about political statements. It’s about the simple issue of a couple getting married and having a celebration and the cake shop refusing to bake a cake. We have no idea if this is allowed in law for all the £100s of thousands wasted over political sloganeering.
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    Hurricane Season

    Or this one?
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    Hurricane Season

    Does this link work?
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    Flat Earth?

    Thats bumpy! X Yeah, so's this:
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