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  1. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    Well, for the record:

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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    In my view, there are three factors. First, those who claim they can predict the next pandemic have found a cash cow, but they've never made good on their claims. Suppose SARS-CoV-2's emergence near...
  3. Poll: Re: Israel elections April 2019, September 2019, March 2020, March 2021.

    The ICC probe won't have any effect on the upcoming elections. The court has no legitimacy in the eyes of Israelis across the political spectrum. Politicians on the far left know the ICC has no...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    Rasmussen's argument is that it is "extremely unlikely that gain-of-function research on hard-to-obtain coronaviruses (such as bat SARS-like coronaviruses) could occur under the radar" because of...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    Regarding this:

    Her argument here is ridiculous. Labs in China aren't under "intense scrutiny and governmental oversight" by the US government.

    From the publication of the experiments she's...
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    Re: Anyone here studies Judaism/Hinduism?

    The word you mention is usually written with the definite article, so הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם, which can be transliterated as hašāmayim. In Genesis 1:1, it's usually translated as "the heavens". A literal...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Haredi Jews for sure, but with those giant funerals they probably all already have had it anyway (half joking). Tonight they'll be drinking until they can't tell the difference between Haman and...
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    Re: Anyone here studies Judaism/Hinduism?

    Yeah, that's correct. Although there are movements that promote a particular view. For example, some of the Orthodox movements believe humans have an eternal aspect which is a spark of the divine...
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    Re: Anyone here studies Judaism/Hinduism?

    No, not in Judaism, because no such coherent conception exists. This explains the history pretty well:

    Except that it wasn't really in the mainstream Rabbinic literature, for the most part it was...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    Regarding Dominic Dwyer's opinion piece:

    Phrases like "we spoke to" and "we heard that" aren't going to satisfy anyone calling for an independent investigation.

    Likewise:

    In other words,...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Another update on the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine:

    Interesting strategy, if people won't bother to come in to a vaccination center, wait for them where they're likely to buy their next drink:
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  12. Re: The latest anti-liberal rant thread (get your daily dose here)

    Ethiopian Jews support the ruling coalition, as do most Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews. It's actually Ashkenazi Jews (those with the most European ancestry) who tend not to. The majority of Israelis don't...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Pfizer for me. I assume Ludicus probably had the same based on where he's at. Pfizer and Moderna are similar vaccines, and should have similar side effects, but there's always going to be some...
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    Snow in northern Israel today, yet miraculously no power outages.

    Still there is a problem, these kids obviously have no snowman building skills:
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Yeah, there was a time I really wasn't very optimistic about it.

    In Israel. I have a type of visa granted to those who are eligible for immigration that gives me all the entitlements of a...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    While it's nothing unexpected, here's some good news:

    And...

    I just received my second dose on Thursday and have been experiencing some mild side effects. Specifically, it feels as if someone...
  17. Re: American "woke left" ideals seen as threat to national security in France

    The word isn't a pejorative, if that's what you're thinking. It's a popular self-ascription for people who adhere to critical race theory ideology. Ironically, use of the word by white people should...
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    Re: The Potential Lab Origin of COVID-19

    Well, they did fairly extensive sampling of potential natural sources:

    And found nothing.
  19. Re: The latest anti-liberal rant thread (get your daily dose here)

    Some excerpts from an article about California's new mandatory ethnic studies curriculum:
  20. Poll: Re: Israel elections April 2019, September 2019, March 2020, March 2021.

    This strategy has already been a success in my opinion. If Ra'am makes it past the threshold, then they may support Netanyahu, but in the more likely case that they don't make it, the Joint List has...
  21. Poll: Re: Israel elections April 2019, September 2019, March 2020, March 2021.

    Two of the new parties formed in December have just dropped out, specifically that's the so-called Israelis and the ironically named Tnufa, which means "momentum".
  22. Re: The latest anti-liberal rant thread (get your daily dose here)

    Sig worthy
  23. Re: The latest anti-liberal rant thread (get your daily dose here)

    I've never tried it with someone who didn't catch that it was a joke, as far as I know. On the internet, they could just think I'm a moron and be too polite to say so.
  24. Re: The latest anti-liberal rant thread (get your daily dose here)

    I don't know if there is really a scientific consensus because there aren't really many relevant scientific facts. What can be said for certain, is that some people feel a persistent desire to be...
  25. Re: The latest anti-liberal rant thread (get your daily dose here)

    Nah, Latino means Latin American as in culturally connected to the Latin American countries, and Mestizo in most people's minds (though not necessarily so).
  26. Re: The latest anti-liberal rant thread (get your daily dose here)

    Nonsense:



    And:

    The people who push this nonsense are sentencing otherwise healthy children to the destruction of their reproductive capability, a lifetime of pharmaceutical dependence, and...
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    Poll: Re: [Ostrakon] Pontifex Maximus

    I thought both the infraction and the Tribunal's decision were reasonable in that case, the post was just outside of the issue I was addressing. In my view, harshly worded generalizations are within...
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    Poll: Re: [Ostrakon] Pontifex Maximus

    Yes, obviously he was referring to the culture of an ethnic group rather than their ancestry, or genetics, or phenotype. Clearly it was a reaction to the negative interactions he had with some...
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    Poll: Re: [Ostrakon] Pontifex Maximus

    Not at all, "race" and "culture" are simply not synonyms, despite attempts by various racialist ideologies to conflate the two.

    You seem to be reacting emotively with very little sense of what my...
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    Poll: Re: [Ostrakon] Pontifex Maximus

    The comment was ignorant, but being culture based, it wasn't racialist. From what I've seen, negative generalizations based on culture tend not to be considered violations of the ToS unless they are...
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    Poll: Re: [Ostrakon] Pontifex Maximus

    Just seemed like Ponti describing himself as mixed. Maybe simultaneously taking a jab at people that think Kamala Harris being half black makes her special. He's always criticizing progressives for...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    I never said anything remotely of the sort. That's some serious projection right there. In fact, I vehemently support your right to express whatever sort of bigotry or cultural chauvinism you like....
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    You have not given the impression that you consider traditional Spanish culture to be superior to South Korean culture, rather your posts continue to indicate that you consider yourself morally...
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    That you are critical of some elements of Spanish culture is irrelevant to the question:
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    Eurocentric, some relevant definitions:

    Oxford: "implicitly regarding European culture as preeminent"

    Merriam-Webster: "reflecting a tendency to interpret the world in terms of European or...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    An NPR opinion piece on Biden's approach to dealing with Iran:
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    Sticky: Re: Tweeting politics.

    Well, I didn't know you have both invasive raccoons and raccoon dogs in Europe. There are a lot of raccoons in Seattle. People feed them so some get pretty bold. A few of them got into my kitchen...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    I actually think it's both. The former (Legio_Italica's point) is a short term flexible strategy, but long term they hope to achieve the latter (Love Mountain's point). They might even hope to use...
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    Re: President Biden's 100 first days in office

    Iran wants a deal more than we do. That's why they're acting the way they are right now. Naturally, their playbook is inspired by North Korea and a desire to avoid ending up like Saddam or Gadhafi....
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    Sticky: Re: Tweeting politics.

    So the most divergent of the Canis genus. Speaking of canids...

    Behold, the raccoon dog:

    https://i.postimg.cc/MpcxDjY7/Raccoon-Dog.jpg
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