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  1. Re: Andrew Sabisky Race and Eugenics Controversy

    Okay, Holmes writes:

    So Holmes is saying that he, a computational biologist involved in genetic research, doesn't know any geneticists who believe that the “average genetic differences among...
  2. Re: Andrew Sabisky Race and Eugenics Controversy

    Well, this article appears to be deliberately dishonest.

    For example, nearly every sentence in the following quote is false:

    Now, I'll quote said paper:

    Counter to this series of references,...
  3. Re: Andrew Sabisky Race and Eugenics Controversy

    It's not surprising that political interest in this topic would rise on the right parallel to increasing usage of arguments from the left which seem to assume that all disparate outcomes between...
  4. Re: Andrew Sabisky Race and Eugenics Controversy

    I guess that involves inferring intent.

    The existence of a gap of about one standard deviation between blacks and whites within the United States over the past few generations isn't a matter of...
  5. Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    In that study, the incubation period was defined as "the duration from the contact of the transmission source to the onset of symptoms". The obvious issue is the possibility that those with the...
  6. Re: Dominic Cummings and the Civil Service: How much Creedence should we give Social Sciences?

    Steven Rose, the author of that first letter, is somewhat infamous among scientists who study the biological basis of human behavior.

    An example of his work:
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    Sticky: Re: Tweeting politics.

    That's understandable:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/Alcohol_consumption_per_capita_world_map.PNG?1581364089906
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    Re: Israel in NATO?

    The reason US aid to Israel is a handout to the US arms industry is because (as of 2019) at least 75% of the military financing aid must be in the form of a credit for the procurement of equipment...
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    Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    The US isn't giving Israel $3 billion in cash, it's a handout to the US arms industry. In the long run, I think Israel would be stronger without the aid. One of the benefits the US does get from the...
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    Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Without the $3 billion, Israel still spends roughly 3.8% of its GDP on its own. I guess I don't get your point though. If the US is already spending 3.4%, why is it unreasonable to expect Denmark to...
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    Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    The guideline is 2% of GDP. Denmark's budget is currently 1.35% of their GDP. Israel's is currently 4.3% of their GDP. Saudi Arabia's is currency 8.8% of their GDP. So in the unlikely circumstance...
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    Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Israel's defense budget is already $21.6 billion a year. Saudi Arabia's is $82.9 billion, third highest in the world. I can't see the point of either joining NATO, and I doubt NATO member states want...
  13. Re: How old and authentic is folk music around the world?

    I think the first solid textual evidence of the existence of the bagpipe is Dion Chrysostomos writing at about the turn of the Second Century. Although it's probably older than that.

    This is...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    The war between the two countries started in 1948 when Syria invaded. Israel has offered the Golan in exchange for peace several times, most recently in 2010. Although I doubt they'll offer it again.
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    Civilian airliners trying to land at Ben Gurion airport are already endangered by someone intermittently jamming their GPS navigation systems. The Israelis blame Russia. Russia denies it, but the...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    Interesting, although I see this claim is from an official Russian source once again. So Iran has the ability to detect F-35s now? That would be another claim I find far-fetched.

    Tracking down the...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    So you agree that the source of the claim is unreliable propaganda.

    Regardless of whether the Israelis were using the alleged tactic or not, we know what Russia did do, they provided Syria with...
  18. Re: How old and authentic is folk music around the world?

    You seem to be conflating instrumentation and arrangement with composition. Despite a sort of traditional aesthetic, folk music isn't a snapshot of music of a particular period, it constantly...
  19. Re: Thousands peacefully protest for Constitutional gun rights in Virginia, legacy media screeches, WV offers to annex pro-2A counties

    Regardless, the context of my comment was a response to a post regarding the plausibility of citizens standing up to the military, in which case the citizens would be unlikely to be on their own. In...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    RT News (the original source) has likewise claimed that Syrian air defenses shot down 71 out of 103 US cruise missiles and that Israeli F-16s were using a Russian Il-20 to shield themselves when...
  21. Re: Thousands peacefully protest for Constitutional gun rights in Virginia, legacy media screeches, WV offers to annex pro-2A counties

    I imagine it would be much easier to get American soldiers to round up unarmed citizens who hadn't really done anything wrong than it would be to get them to fire on armed citizens who hadn't really...
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    Sticky: Re: Historical arguments.

    Yeah, the construction is really interesting. I have access to the journal publication:


    Images of individuals pieces:


    https://i.postimg.cc/htbj5wnx/Details-of-individual-wooden-parts.jpg...
  23. Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Some possible treatments: Remdesivir and chloroquine effectively inhibit the recently emerged novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in vitro

    Working in a lab doesn't necessarily mean it will work in...
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    Sticky: Re: Historical arguments.

    The press coverage is a bit misleading. Being the earliest extant structure doesn’t necessarily make it the earliest carpentry or even the earliest structure of its kind. The issue may be mostly one...
  25. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    The plan is Kushner's plan. He's obviously sincere about it.

    Abu Dis is a town in the Jerusalem governate. East Jerusalem is an Israeli creation, its area includes some old Arab villages that are...
  26. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    I don't know why Israel should be held to higher scrutiny, but I don't disagree otherwise. That said, a high degree of animosity predated the Israeli occupation.

    For example, the following...
  27. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Well this much is certainly accurate.

    While no army has an entirely clean record with regard to war crimes, your allegation would only make sense if you are conflating collateral damage with the...
  28. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Assuming you believe your unsupported claims, your point then seems to be that you consider slaughtering innocent civilians a reasonable course of action if people of the same ethnicity or...
  29. Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    I agree. The model in the study I posted earlier takes into account the span of time between confirmation of infection and death, and puts 2019-nCoV's fatality rate at 6.5%. Again with the caveat...
  30. Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Also, that's 304 ÷ 14,412 so the real mortality has to be higher than that (possibly significantly so), because people don't die the moment they are confirmed.
  31. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Alright, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. The Soviet Union didn't even exist yet and Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire at the time.
  32. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Whataboutism + nonsense

    It was an honest answer.

    Anyway, this is what happened to the Jewish "autonomous" oblast:
  33. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Alright, I wasn't talking about Gaza. Gaza is an active war zone, ruled by an authoritarian Islamist regime, and under blockade. Most of the things you mentioned exist to some degree in the West...
  34. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    I haven't read every bit of the full text, but from cursory look through, it appears Trump's plan addresses all those issues.
  35. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Of course, the video is all them complaining about how terrible it is, it's just telling when you actually hear what they themselves say is so terrible. For example, the barista he and his Arabic...
  36. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Most of the video actually is him asking Palestinians about how much they suffer under the occupation and what specifically they suffer from.
  37. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    I think they believe they will win in the long run, one way or another.

    Palestinians have little to lose as far as their national aspirations, but plenty to lose as far as their quality of life as...
  38. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    I could have easily used Poland as an example, I'm sure they couldn't be convinced to give any land back to the Germany either. There was no moral argument in my post, since it is essentially...
  39. Re: Meet the "Trump peace plan" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict

    It’s understandable why Palestinians would feel like the green line as a border and allowing Israel to exist is already a compromise, but their feelings are completely detached from the reality of...
  40. Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    This is not good news (PDF):

    It's a preprint, so not yet peer-reviewed, but if the data they have is correct, the model is correct. Considering the long infectious latency period, this is going to...
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