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    Re: January 6th Committee

    Bobbys is repeating what's is apparently the current standard right-wing defense, that the investigation is somehow biased (no evidence of that,but who needs evidence?), and therefore they can...
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    Re: Biden goes lower and lower

    I do too. The history is that I started asking Bobbys those two questions quite respectfully a very long time ago. He refused to answer. Joe picked it up, and he's more tenacious than I am; more...
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    Re: Biden goes lower and lower

    There is indeed. A former president of the US is denying that he lost the election despite all evidence, and appears to be complicit in an attempt to overturn the results by force. This is...
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    Re: Nupur Sharma

    I know it isn't just the BBC;some out of respect, some out of fear of fanatics. I still would like to know what she said that got folks so upset, but it's more idle curiosity than anything.
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    Re: Judicial Coup?

    This has happened before. There was a case, Lochner vs New York, in 1897, (link) after which the court ruled against most forms of economic regulation, no matter how well-justified, on the basis of...
  6. Re: Crash course in Spanish, or a translator app?

    :D True story: many years ago, my wife (well, she wasn't my wife then, but anyway . . .) was in Santander, NW Spain, sharing a taxi with a guy from Venezuela, the driver being a local Gallego. ...
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    Re: Nupur Sharma

    True enough. And there are all too many Muslims who are religious fanatics from another age who believe they have an obligation to murder people who make fun of their prophet. Plenty of blame to go...
  8. Re: Supreme Court limits Biden's power to cut emissions

    Of course, whether the decision is right or wrong, the rational response would simply be to amend the law, explicitly giving the EPA the authority to regulate CO2 emissions to reduce climate change. ...
  9. Re: Crash course in Spanish, or a translator app?

    True - but have you ever talked to somebody from Argentina? :d
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    Certainly. I said nothing about 'correct'. I was talking about what's most common, and yes, there's lots of variation.

    Personally, I'm perfectly fine with people making whatever arrangements...
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    Re: New Lyrics, Old Songs

    Oh, that's GOOD! :dY>
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    Re: Biden's Betrayal?

    Obama would be much, much better, but he had his shot. Amy Klobuchar or Pete Buttigieig would have been better presidents, for all that the right would have gone insane about a female or gay...
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    Re: Biden's Betrayal?

    You do seem to be indulging in a lot of straw men. 'Best possible'? Who said that? Better than some of the alternatives, and any with an 'R' next to their name, doubtless. But, yes, sometimes ha...
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    Re: Biden's Betrayal?

    'Betrayal' seems too strong, although I do think it's a mistake. It might just be worthwhile IF McConnell lives up to his side of the bargain.
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    FWIW, the 'average' human pattern (varies a lot, obviously) seems to be something like formal official male-female pairs, with responsibility for children, but with quite a bit of unofficial activity...
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    Here too. AFAIK we NEVER call the Secret Service the "SS".


    For reference: Treason charges require helping foreign enemies in wartime. 'Seditious Conspiracy' is the statute I think applies...
  17. Re: Crash course in Spanish, or a translator app?

    Both dialects of Latin, and the grammar is similar. But Spanish is a lot easier for a native English-speaker to pronounce correctly, and phonetic spelling helps a lot. It certainly makes you...
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    Re: Ukraine

    And how'd that work out for Austria-Hungary, Japan and Germany?

    Blaming everybody but Mr Putin and his desire to reassemble the Soviet Empire is simply absurd.
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    Re: The left's circular firing squad.

    He'll get over it.
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    Re: The left's circular firing squad.

    Let's say 'caused problems' rather than 'paralyzed' and I think it would be more accurate (if vaguer).

    And then we demonstrate exactly how it's done. :rolleyes:
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    Re: POLITICAL Memes

    A modest proposal re #1425: restrict ALL private ownership and use of guns to those with two X chromosomes. Heavy penalties for anyone with a Y chromosome caught with a gun.

    Yeah, yeah, I know...
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    Re: The left's circular firing squad.

    OK let's say 90% +/- 10%. We tend to focus more on the disagreements, obviously; a chorus of 'yep, yep, yep . . ' is pretty boring.
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    Re: Robert Reich: Liz Chaney for President

    Possibly open for someone just as dreadful, but not so nuts and much more component. Ron DeSantis? (shudder)
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    If I were a conservative, I would be praying to whatever gods I believed in that Mr Trump would go to jail, or better yet, just quietly drop dead of a heart attack or something else quick.
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    And here we come to the questions again. Bobbys, are you also a traitor to your country? Answer them.
    1. Did Mr Biden legitimately in the 2020 presidential election? If not, why not?
    2. What do you...
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    Re: Robert Reich: Liz Chaney for President

    If that's the case, then she had to choose between loyalty to a party led by someone who attempted a coup to overthrow the government, and loyalty to her country.

    And here we come to the questions...
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    Re: The left's circular firing squad.

    And here, ladies and gentlemen, we have a perfect example. Tom and Mr. Baxter and George. and Peerie Maa and I agree about 95%, and probably 99% on all the really important things, yet posting an...
  28. Re: Crash course in Spanish, or a translator app?

    Yeah, Basque is related to Martian, I think. Up there they speak North Castilian Spanish, with the 'th' sounds for Z and C, and actually using vosotros other than in church, sort of the equivalent...
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    Re: Liberal miserly.

    One of my standard posts in the Bilge over the years seems to have been some form of defending Christianity, a version of 'Yeah, but that's only one subset of Christians, and a fairly small one." ...
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    Re: Liberal miserly.

    That C&P may have more falsehoods per line than anything ever posted in the Bilge. Bobbys, with all respect, that guy knows less about liberals than he does about the mating habits of penguins. ...
  31. Re: Crash course in Spanish, or a translator app?

    Where in Spain? In some places folks have an accent VERY different from what one normally hears in the US (Mexican, Puerto Rican, and the more northerly parts of Latin America); sort of like if...
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    Well, I obviously disagree. Aversion is common in almost all cases, but not universal. But does that really demonstrate either a genetic basis or the opposite?
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    Source.
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    I don't think so Again, learning and genetics. Learning can reinforce or diminish the hard-wiring, or even overcome it. But really, none of us have enough evidence to demonstrate much of anything...
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    All too well. But Hitler was 34 at the time of the Putsch, and 44 when he became Chancellor in '33. No guarantees, of course.

    I like 'Brown Shorts' :dY>
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    I dunno, it seems to me to go way, way beyond rational calculations of how to stay in power, particularly lately.

    Let us thank whatever gods there may be for his incompetence at plotting a coup.
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    The more I hear, the more I'm convinced that Mr Trump actually is mentally ill, almost in the 'talking to fireplugs' category. His Narcissistic Personality Disorder (link, again) makes him entirely...
  38. Re: It's official - the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade

    This made sense in the late 18th century, when South Carolina and Massachusetts were probably more different than Argentina and New Zealand today. (It's not about speed of communication, that's just...
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    More accurately, I think genetic + cultural is accurate. I think it fits the evidence better that culture alone.

    An analogy on a larger scale might be language. Languages vary a great deal,...
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    I would say a very few cultures. Many more have strong sanctions against it, or are OK with it as something done by a small minority.

    It doesn't have to be genetic, but I think it probably is to...
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    States in 1789 were individual things, quite different cultures and ways of life. It could take weeks for a letter to get from New York to Philadelphia, and moving people and goods around was dodgy...
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    Let's say 'has a genetic component'. Again, I don't think anyone is arguing that it's entirely genetic, like eye color (I was going to say hair color, but hair dye is big business); much of it is...
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    A 'disgust reaction' is just a stronger aversion, an unbroken continuum from indifference to slight dislike to totally repulsed. People fall at different places on the continuum.
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    Re: George Is Wrong

    Guys? Really? It's a hypothesis, a plausible one, but damnably difficult to confirm or falsify. I understand you think it's wrong, and that some think it might be socially-politically awkward were...
  45. Re: When your neighbor is a paranoid prepper....

    Defending against his own worries, albeit unsuccessfully. These guys really don't seem to understand that in the event of real trouble (his imaginary 'foreign invasion' or something similar) their...
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    Re: Breaking free of evolution's bonds.

    Histrionic, much? 'Our planet's destruction'?? Really? You vastly overestimate human power. We can do damage surely, cause a bunch of species to go extinct, mess things up a lot, but even if we...
  47. Re: It's official - the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade

    So do I. I would prefer Bobbys would answer them honestly. My suspicion is that if he were to do that, he'd get more criticism than he's willing to put up with.
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    Re: Breaking free of evolution's bonds.

    Well sure - but there is also an enormous amount of variation in the behaviors those genetic urges turn into, both among individuals and between cultures, far more among humans than most other...
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    Re: Breaking free of evolution's bonds.

    All reasonably complicated organisms (most mammals anyway, bugs I doubt) have both hard-wired and learned aspects to behavior. The ratio of learned to genetically-determined is a lot higher in humans...
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    :d Oh, that's a good one! Too obvious, though.
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