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Everything posted by Chinahand

  1. Resurrection to pass on a really good, if long, article on the biology of sex and why eggs and sperm is a constant while x chromosomes y chromosomes etc are inconstant associations - and how non of this has much of a relationship with attempting to classify every living thing as belong exclusively to one sex or another. Life ain't like that. It's far more complex: https://aeon.co/essays/the-existence-of-biological-sex-is-no-constraint-on-human-diversity
  2. I’ve certainly posted this before but Kipling and Billy Bragg compliment each other perfectly.
  3. So, 19 years ago the missus and I were driving to Leeds and the 2 o’clock news said a plane had crashed into one of the World trade centre towers. We then listened to the Archers (there were problems with the pigs) and when it had finished there was another news flash about a 2nd plane. We switched to 5live and I had to stop driving when the first tower fell. We ended up in a pub in a working class area of Leeds glued to Sky News as the second one came down. And you?
  4. Mother calls cops. My autistic son needs help. They turn up ... things happen ... the son flees. They shoot him. The USA is screwed up. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54041549
  5. Things are going to get very very serious. Trump genuinely seems to be trying to get the Republican base to attempt to wreck the democratic vote. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54011022 There is a world of difference between a system which is robust against isolated and societally disapproved attempts at manipulation and one where one side actively encourages its supporters to undermine the election. Just incredible. The man is a danger to democracy and seems to want it to be undermined. And his base is so red meat they'll lap it up and blame the Democrats even as they are encouraged to commit voter fraud ... "well Pelosi said postal voting wouldn't be fraudulent ... and look at me, I can prove her wrong." Stupidity for the win.
  6. ... and the comedy genius of MF is Mr Sausages.
  7. One person I would add to Woolley's list of important contributors on MF is La Dolce Vita. LDV has been instrumental in giving me some understanding of LGBT+ issues. He is a polite, considered poster who regularly provides insights in his postings. His regular foil was Evil Goblin, a poster I also deeply respect for all our disagreements. We are a diverse community, and have, within the jokes, insults, and late night drunkenness discussed thoughtfully many of the issues current in the world; often from very diverse points of view. That is what makes MF special ... and if it continues I will continue to contribute because doing so will be insightful for me.
  8. Sadly I’m posting less and less. Stresses of work and distance mean many threads are left unread and I don’t have time to contribute. I’m still at work now! Woolley lurk in peace, wishing you and Mrs Woolley well in your long MF retirement!
  9. Just incredible. What the heck was being kept there?
  10. An era ends but the music remains.
  11. It's visible basically looking North from midnight onwards - you can find details here for Castletown. We went out to view it at 2 in the morning last Friday night, Saturday morning. The clouds were coming in and my youngest couldn't get his camera to work ... ah the delights of teenagers, but my eldest took this which catches the night well. Sadly the comet was already in a slight haze of cloud and within 10 minutes it thickened and wasn't seen again, but we enjoyed Jupiter and Saturn, a fly by of the ISS and various satellites, and one really odd and unexplainable flare of what I can only assume were two geostationary satellites, but which is still a mystery - aliens! As we headed home the moon rose, a thinnest of thin sickles so low on the horizon it was rusted orange rather than the usual silver. A night I hope to remember for the rest of my life.
  12. Fantastic lecture by Professor Peter Holland FRS on the diversity (and evolution) of animals. https://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/event/diversity-animals-darwin-dna
  13. Read this today from Henry Van Dyke. "Be satisfied with your possessions, but not content with yourself until you have made the best of them."
  14. Here’s the butterfly diagram showing how the sunspots move over the 11 year cycles.
  15. Love it - loads of science there! If you look carefully the sunspots start off towards the poles and then come closer and closer to the equator, and as they do so they become sparser and sparser until there are basically none, and then right at the end they start appearing again, but once more far away from the equator. A solar cycle has come and gone and is restarting.
  16. Thread resurrection! Measurements point to nuclear incident. Russians say it isn’t them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53214259
  17. I don't know the exact figures but the number originally displaced has been vastly increased via demographics since then. But they are kept stateless and within Camps and generally treated abysmally - Jordan declared war on them etc. Those that stayed and became Israeli citizens have fared far better. Right of a return is an inherited characteristic both sides have created. The number of counterfactuals is vast - if they'd stayed put, if they'd assimulated into the Arab populations of the nations they fled into, if limited return was accepted, goodness knows how things might have turned out different. Those who are trapped within the Hamas controlled Gaza strip have probably come off worst When Sharon withdrew, dismantling the settlements, and offering the governance of Gaza as a stepping stone for future relations the border was open and thousands of Palestinians earned incomes in Israel. Hamas brought all that to an end with its violence. Israel ended migrant labour as terrorism exploded and what had been hoped would be a path to Peace became a realisation that the Palestinian side weren't interested in compromise.
  18. Now, here's a surprise:
  19. Yeah, but endorsing the idea that police violence is due to Israeli training does fit nicely into blaming a certain demographic ... and come on US police violence doesn't suddenly appear with the founding of the state of Israel, it is an excuse looking for a bias to connect Israel with anything bad in the world.
  20. Fascinating Reuter's article showing satellite photos of the disputed area on the India China border.
  21. Sadly the original link doesn't work for me ... it might be being blocked due to work so I'll try later on my personal computer. This seemed an appropriate thread to post this image which popped up in my Twitter feed recently: My daoist side comes out when looking at things like this - what is the natural order of things? If you have to structurally distort things to enforce an ideal of equality - say gender quotas for engineering or dietician jobs this can be against justice. The image assumes the tree has been returned to its correct position ... but governments and entrenched interests are just as good at forcing them to fit their particular ideology. I'm not entirely against affirmative action, but am very aware caution is needed. It ain't as simple as it looks. Thoughts?
  22. Just watched the Amazon + documentary on Dark Side of the Moon. Great stuff. Clare Torry ... still wow, just wow.
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