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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Old chap I can't have that. The British Empire in its several phases was a pretty normal brutal cynical affair.

    It began in Ireland where rowdy locals couldn't rule themselves and raided Britain....
  2. Re: Southeast Asians and Eastern Mediterraneans discovered in lake in Himalayas, 800 CE and 1800 CE respectively

    Sad when politics interferes with what could be interesting and useful science.

    Currently indigenous groups in Australia are seeking greater political recognition (they have been shafted as a...
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    Re: Trump wants to buy Greenland

    There's been some state debt slavery in the Pacific. The Chinese in our backyard are sloshing a bit of money around and they don't massage their consciences like Australia and NZ do by occasionally...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Have to agree. Most religions (I think Buddhism is the major partial exception) abet war-making, usually by insisting the low classes obey the elite.

    I think even Islam saw mostly political wars...
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    Re: Trump wants to buy Greenland

    Greenland gets nothing out of being mentioned in a smokescreen composed of bulldust kicked up by Trump's stampede of propaganda merchants. Most likely its a red herring, Trump is an oaf and unfit for...
  6. Re: Southeast Asians and Eastern Mediterraneans discovered in lake in Himalayas, 800 CE and 1800 CE respectively

    Typical of you to be so unhelpfully vague ;).



    So if I understand the implication you're saying they were lured into a Thuggee temple (persistent in the region for over a millennium) and had...
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    Re: The "I just saw" thread

    Haven't seen KB. I haven't paid to see one of his films since PF (i was given tickets to DjU).

    I slice it differently. I think Dusk til Dawn was a bad film with good moments. I think RD was a good...
  8. Re: Southeast Asians and Eastern Mediterraneans discovered in lake in Himalayas, 800 CE and 1800 CE respectively

    So "East Mediterranean" ancestry could indicate Arab Muslims (not sure if the Caliphate penetrated as far as that region c. 800), or the descendants of Hellenes, or East Roman slaves from Anatolia...
  9. Re: The Putin - Trump Controversy: Here to Stay - Links between Trump and Russia are being officially investigated by the FBI

    Can't find any link to a "criminal referral" outside a few Right Wing hotbox websites and even they use language like "reportedly". Is their an actual IG website that publishes these things?
  10. Re: Cardinal George Pell - Justice vs Free Speech?

    This is the the heart of the question.

    Juries are a way of making members of the community feel responsible for the decisions of the legal system.

    In simple societies the community might make a...
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    Re: Trump wants to buy Greenland

    Douched all that sand out? You asked a question and got an answer.

    If you want to feel superior here you go: I was helpfully informed by that post. I had thought Greenland was the domain of the...
  12. Re: Cardinal George Pell - Justice vs Free Speech?

    Look I shoot my mouth off ignorantly all the time, so feel free. Do your "usual suspects" have names or are you just offgassing?

    In terms of this case, in this jurisdiction under these laws and...
  13. Re: Cardinal George Pell - Justice vs Free Speech?

    Look if you understand the Australian Justice system feel free to comment. Its not perfect but in this case its been followed to the letter.

    The prosecution applied for the suppression order so...
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    Re: The "I just saw" thread

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Lazy pastiche from a very talented, very incomplete film maker.

    Exactly what you'd expect from Tarrantino, some gratuitous violence (inexplicable really, it...
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    Re: Is Spain basically Vietnam?

    Good points, especially about the swamps. I think the marshy ground and estuaries around Cadiz maybe played a small part in stalling the furthest French thrusts in 1808, thats literally the only one...
  16. Re: Defeating the Swarm – Observations from Kambula.

    I don't think Zulus are insects. They employed double envelopment, not swarm tactics. This required discipline and training, not instinct.

    Swarming requires eusocial self sacrifice, while...
  17. Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking, assets seized

    Strange that you'd blast another poster for poor comprehension and then post this:



    You must have sufficient good faith to participate in this conversation meaningfully. Spewing partisan...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Well as I say in the past it was read as sacred prostitution, i was certainly taught that in the 1980's and 1990's. Sumskilz has addressed the question very helpfully in his post and it seems the...
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    Re: Trump wants to buy Greenland

    Bulldust drifts from the Whitehouse like there's no tomorrow.



    IIRC they had nightmare burial practices, wasn't there one body impaled on a bone and the end of it poking out of the mouth with...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    The verse I quoted appears to describe sacred prostitution, I assume a person who is an official of a religion performing a rite is a priest or priestess. Certainly that is the scholarly reading of...
  21. Re: No, Unternehmen Zitadelle was not a German mistake, and no, it definitely wasn't Hitler's fault.

    Interesting question. I say the war was lost in 1943, but I also say it was lost in 1939.

    Hitler did not declare war on France because IIRC the accepted thinking was a war between Germany and...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    I think there are two terms used for prostitute in the Bible, one meaning common prostitute and one meaning temple prostitute. When the OT rails against 'harlots" is usually against sacred...
  23. Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking, assets seized

    Not a pathologist but from my limited knowledge the hyoid bone can be broken by strangulation as well as trauma.

    This case doesn't need silly misunderstandings of normal elements to push it into...
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    Re: The "I just saw" thread

    I re-watched Day of the Jackal, what a bloody masterpiece. A deadpan procedural in the vein of Rafifi, and AFAIK the first English language film of this sort, it walks us through what an assassin...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    The many truths in the Bible have been manipulated to support many wars.

    Sadly in many places in the OT there are passages celebrating war, eg Judges, Joshua etc. It recalls a time of fierce...
  26. Re: Are we closer than ever to a second global recession?

    Indeed I think the puny regulatory measures Obama managed to put in have been stripped away again, so the US is poised to flop.

    I think every US president since Reagan has been rolling back the...
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    Re: How do you rebuild a country?

    I think the US and UK both had massive speculative bubbles to kick off the railway explosion, that is definitely true, so I should correct what I said. High taxes contributed to the regulation of...
  28. Re: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Epstein suicided?

    Agreed. Get 'em all and lock 'em up. If its Trump, if it's Clinton, gaol them all.

    Part of these networks is they provide services that can be chip traded into political obligation. Trump and...
  29. Re: Populist Coalition Government in Italy broken

    MudPit bingo if you can get him to type "he would be a Great Replacement for Trudeau".
  30. Poll: Re: On US Isolationism, Expectations for the Post-US World Order

    The US maintains its military and economic dominance unchallenged at this point. It has a vast technological and infrastructure advantage that's beyond the reach of other powers or combination of...
  31. Re: Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking, assets seized

    This definitely stinks. The Swamp sleeps easier, Trump, the Clintons and the rest.
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    Re: How do you rebuild a country?

    Building a country takes high taxes. Currently low taxes are flavour of the moth with the chattering idiots. Ideologues typically believe in ideas rather than reality: the reality is high taxes build...
  33. Re: Why were 20 people shot dead and 24 injured in El Paso today, and what’s causing the recent trend since the 90s of mass shootings and massacres.

    My old man was a lawyer and often commented on US legal discussions taking on French style first principle philosophical dimensions. "If X then Y" and applying those airy fairy ideas to real life...
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    Re: Is Spain basically Vietnam?

    Did he make a painting of the incident three days later, when the salad dressing was lost in the river?...still celebrated in Mexico...



    That's a very good point. The french retained the...
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    Re: The ethics of reporting a racist friend..?

    In Australia the terms of employment are made clear. When I have worked in the public sector its been spelt out I was not to make political comments under my own name. We are a bit over the top with...
  36. Re: No, Unternehmen Zitadelle was not a German mistake, and no, it definitely wasn't Hitler's fault.

    In 1941 Stalin was four years into a five year plan to reform the army. The purges in 1937 cleaned house but also eradicated a lot of talent.

    The cost was paralysing political interference for...
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    Re: Is Spain basically Vietnam?

    Its an amusing line but I'm not sure there's a real comparison to be made. I'm pretty ignorant of Vietnam but I suspect its been much more of a backwater than Hispania for is entire history.
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  38. Re: Why were 20 people shot dead and 24 injured in El Paso today, and what’s causing the recent trend since the 90s of mass shootings and massacres.

    I think Trump shows a lack of enthusiasm for being president. He did the right thing in this instance, even if its because Pence or an adviser told him too.

    Sometimes when he's said and done the...
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    Re: Trump, I hear you're a racist..............

    I think there's been an uptick in racist terrorism under Trump.

    My initial reaction would be Trump is a symptom of the same discontents that in a more extreme form lead to racist massacres, but...
  40. Re: Why were 20 people shot dead and 24 injured in El Paso today, and what’s causing the recent trend since the 90s of mass shootings and massacres.

    Indeed. You've brought up and framed a very good discussion here and despite attempts to derail its worth continuing with.

    Gun regulation and mass shootings are related but the vast majority of...
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