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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    In my country its panning out as a disease of rich old people returning from cruises and overseas trips and refusing to self isolate...so far. I suspect the original UK plan of just isolating the old...
  2. Re: 2020 Pogroms in India and the Role of the Central Government

    Yep Trump may be offensive but he's minor league compared to the Muslim-bashing in India, the Jew-bashing in Tehran or the "White"-bashing in Zimbabwe.



    Bush got the US into two Vietnams on...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    The man's an arse.



    Ol' Sumskilz nailed it with identifying the relevant modelling. Phier on the other hand...
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    Re: COVID-19: A bloody battle or a long war?

    Big shame job, the yoof are more interested in posing than their granny's life.

    There's been a break in ranks between the Feds and state governments, the NSW govt let in a cruise ship full of...
  5. Re: How old and authentic is folk music around the world?

    Except very few ever wore it. It was a Highland garment worn approx 1600-1800 chiefly until the "Scots Revival" of Sir Walter Scott. Incidentally until the 19th century it was seen as the costume of...
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    Re: Theistic evolution makes no sense

    Well it doesn;t really talk about chickens and eggs so to do so would be daft.




    :thumbsup2

    The current Palaeontological consensus is chickens are descended from egg laying reptiles...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    We're socially isolating, a lot of things are shut but we've gone with the Singapore model of keeping schools open so the kids are not foisted onto grandparents or into the streets.

    Curve is...
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    Re: The Outsider (2020)

    Haven't seen it yet I may though because King's stuff can be corralled by good production into interesting films.

    Of course the title is derivative, both of Camus and more especially Lovecraft....
  9. Re: What would it take for you to change your stance on religion?

    Indeed, given the penetration of the ordinate into Feudal and Early Modern state apparatus often prelates and other church officials were royal/state agents in active persecutions.

    While the...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Anyone who thinks troublemaking is the exclusive domain of western states:

    https://thehill.com/policy/international/487308-china-pushing-conspiracy-theory-us-army-bringing-coronavirus-wuhan

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    Re: Do knowledgeable ex-atheists exist?

    Yes even self belief is an act of faith, and the dark hole of solipsist doubt is a repugnant place for me.

    I do have faith that I know things, even though I don't know how I know them. I agree...
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    He's been playing politics (the whole German vaccine saga looks like a chest beating exercise for the benefit of his base and not an actual strategic approach) and even when he's trying to be...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    So its been forty years since I studied this.

    Exodus gives an Egyptian flavoured story, with un-named Pharaohs (called pharaohs at a time the word was not used for the Kings of Egypt) so its got...
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    Re: Do knowledgeable ex-atheists exist?

    I think OP is thoroughly busted, belief in a deity (any deity) does not preclude knowledge. One horrible aspect of many organised religions is the insistence of One Truth and I think some atheists...
  15. Poll: Re: USA Democratic party 2020 candidates and primaries thread

    So Florida and New York will be massive lumps that poor old Bernie has to win to stay alive. Between the party bosses and the "smart money" I think the super delegates all go to Biden so he's pretty...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Be nice to put some faces to names. Our holidays will be driving distance for the next 6 months. Now when I win the jackpot...


    https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/spiders/spider-facts/...
  17. Re: Spring 1918: Could Ludendorff have won World War I?

    I think a complete defensive was a politcal impossibility given the electorate had been feed a diet of victory news. The superb win in the East gave a slim chance to demoralise the British before the...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Look I'm not a health worker but that looks like a lack of informed direction from the top.

    I can't help contrasting with what I'm seeing here, really clear well graded information releases...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    I'm still in a complete daze about Trump's series of epic gaffes in that disastrous speech. The tool managed to crash the market, and confuse people about trade, about insurance and about travel...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/mar/12/donald-trump/trump-wrongly-said-health-insurance-companies-will/

    The Idiot President fluffed his lines again. Clear communication is key, and this...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    So most likely yes. Australia's response is to slow down the spread, albeit with a less savage quarantine regime than China's, so the burn is slower and the extra capacity we've geared up can handle...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    So its worth comparing the strengths and weaknesses of what amount to competing systems. China's political system is closed and obedience based, and despite recent attempts at decentralisation it has...
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    This is a toxic mix of intolerance on a number of fronts, religious primarily, some racism, some nationalism. The narrow association of one religion (Hinduism) with the nation, and the demonisation...
  24. Poll: Re: USA Democratic party 2020 candidates and primaries thread

    You mean the billionaires?

    The electorate gets to choose between whichever pair of lackeys the Billionaires Club offers them. Clinton was a candidate not because the Democrats thought she was a...
  25. Poll: Re: USA Democratic party 2020 candidates and primaries thread

    Have to agree, zero ****s given by the electorate for a candidates cognitive ability let alone intellect, they elected Trump and Reagan FFS.

    What does help people choose? I mean the stock market...
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    Re: Max von Sydow dies at age 90

    Magnificent actor with a ton of charisma. He played roles from near silent Ingmar Bergman arthouse nonsense to Ming the merciless in Flash Gordon.

    Not sure if he was a very skilled (he showed the...
  27. Re: Spring 1918: Could Ludendorff have won World War I?

    Given Russia's collapse after a its army became demoralised it may be Ludendorff hoped demoralise the British as well.

    In the wake of Verdun and Nivelle's Offensive French forces had refused...
  28. Re: PragerU free speech lawsuit against Youtube dismissed

    One of the suppressed videos was called "facts don't care about your feelings":tongue:.

    I had a quick browse, saw a video about the 10 commandments and its ahistorical rubbish. Mr Prager presents...
  29. Re: What would it take for you to change your stance on religion?

    As an agnostic, pretty much the same. I'd be all "yeah funny how he did it when the moon was, you know, somewhere...ooh pixels, I see pixels guys"

    That said I do have a sense of the divine, I...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Yeah but what's Odin going to to do? Hang himself again? Gouge out the other eye? Emo goth drifter god of bicycle thieves, even his Trickster God role is stolen from Loki.

    I mean Thor is onto...
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    Re: How true is the Bible?

    Poor examples both. In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu lies dreaming. Yeah, Captain Snooze makes for a great deity, if you think about him enough he will send you some weird dreams "oh great and...
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    Re: Do knowledgeable ex-atheists exist?

    My stated position on these boards is agnostic, and my arrogance leads to me to completely deny the divinity of Jesus. I am not so arrogant as to claim complete omniscience (and I think its very...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Almost everything Trump says without a script is so vague or inarticulate it require exegesis or defence. Having a "stupid people's president" in office during a pandemic is not ideal.
  34. Poll: Re: USA Democratic party 2020 candidates and primaries thread

    Even Bernie repeats this lie. Despite misrepresenting something as basic as what he is he still seems to be the most honest candidate.



    He bent the knee. Looks to me like the US has an...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    We seem to be off and running in Australia, a couple of local transmissions now so its highly likely the spread will increase. One newspaper has been attempting to start panic buying of supplies (I...
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    Re: Do knowledgeable ex-atheists exist?

    Surely we don't have to find a former atheist who is now a Christian, just one who became a theist or deist of any sort?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_former_atheists_and_agnostics
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Clickbaiters gonna 'bait.

    Of course its the Grauniad so the actual number could be anything.
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    No point microanalysing Trumps mangled logorrhea, he's thrown the word hoax into the mix which muddies the waters when clear information is needed. He's babbling about politics at a time when...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    I've seen reports Trump dismantled foreign aid and NSC entities tasked with pandemic control across his term.

    It seems typical of th hysterical US press to blather about nonsense "Trump defunded...
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    Re: Hanau Shooting

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    ...yeah disgusting how non-Aryan poster people keep dying at the end of racist's guns isn't it? Be better if they were...something something...then there'd be less violence.
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