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    Re: When fishers don't listen to scientists

    Which suffers no influence from the lobby of a multimillion dollar "industry"?
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    When fishers don't listen to scientists

    Happens every time:

    https://nautil.us/where-have-all-the-snow-crabs-gone-248247/?_sp=b6f326d1-5fe7-4b2b-a7e2-8f63f497ef35.1669683207578

    Cause:




    Effect:
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    And about to go to prison?
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    So Xi's choices seem to be:

    1) Lockdown forever

    2) Quietly start buying mRNA vaccines and "boosting" the most vulnerable, boiling the frog slowly to avoid loss of face.

    I think option 2...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Same here. I am really glad Neymar is injured.

    OTOH, the constant sharp elbows, kicks to the foot, and hands to face by which defenders keep stopping the star players are a scandal, especially...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    The Chinese vaccines have efficacies as low as 20% for older people. 50% for the population overall.

    Worse, their population is naive - most people have not being exposed to covid. And the...
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    Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    POB is not just about sailing square riggers. It is also about naval strategy and tactics under sail.
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    Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    So says Pless. Do you agree?

    Is the only reason some of us enjoy his long, descriptive passages because they involve sailing traditional wooden boats? Do people who are not into sailing find him...
  9. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Great summary!

    The problem with Marxists is that they think greed is confined to the capitalists.
  10. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    The Japanese had over a million men in China and Manchuria when the bombs were dropped, including their most experienced units. Giving up China and Manchuria would be giving up the reason for which...
  11. Re: Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules For Novel Writing

    So Patrick O'Brian had it all wrong?
  12. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    I did, and no one can explain why the second bomb was dropped only 3 days after the first. Not enough time for the Japanese government to even understand what happened, let alone surrender. The...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Meanwhile, FIFA shows that it does care about prejudice and people's feelings:


    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/25/sport/world-cup-crusader-costumes-offensive-intl-scli/index.html



    Problem...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    No, but I am aware of how seriously it is taken in former British colonies, including India, which is a big deal. Still, cricket is not followed much in countries that don't play it much.
    ...
  15. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Take her on a tour of Cuba and Venezuela.
  16. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    From the conclusion of one of Vadim's links:



    I have no doubt there are Nazis in Ukraine. There are Nazis in Brazil and America and Sweden. In Sweden they even have Russia apologists. ...
  17. Thread: top this

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    Re: top this

    About the vast conspiracy that rigs Brazilian elections since 2002?
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    Re: top this

    Had lunch with a friend recently. PhD, works on climate change, but went mental over Bolsonaro. Said the equivalent things to what you all are talking about, but what most shocked me was her...
  19. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    From Korshak:
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Of course they are. But the World Cup is not an ordinary tournament. It is the closest to "enjoying" a war that peaceful nations get. The teams are national. Brazil plays Serbia, not the...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    That bicycle kick was the prettiest goal I saw so far in the Cup.
  22. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Japan didn't surrender because of the atomic bombs. They surrendered once the USSR attacked Manchuria and threatened to sweep the largest Japanese army into the sea, but only on the condition that...
  23. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Look what Putin did!

    But whaddabout Dubya?

    But whaddabout Beria?

    But whaddabout Hitler?

    But whaddabout Stalin?
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Of course, we all know why so many Americans don't like football - real football.

    It is because they are no good at it. America likes sports it dominates, even if it is because no one else plays....
  25. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    So what?

    That's not my fault.

    It's your fault.
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Stunning!
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    It's not that it's dumb. It's that no one else cares.
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    Re: Ukraine

    The Russians are shelling Kherson from across the river. I suppose they will soon run out of drones and missiles, but they can keep shelling all winter. Kherson will take much of the punishment...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Argentina wasn't bought. The Saudis played admirably. Their defensive line must have trained for months - kept the Argentinians always offside - they didn't expect that and couldn't adjust. And...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    The World Cup is the most political event in sports. It has always been political, in a way that I think insular Americans can't comprehend.
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Or the whole team could have shown up with the armbands, every game, and dared FIFA to expel all the star players from their tournament.
  32. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    And civilians in unheated homes...
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    Re: Chartering a Sailboat in Greece

    Hi Joe.

    One suggestion.

    The Aegean is full of incredible islands with amazing things to see and do. Your first temptation might be to plan to visit a bunch of the best ones. Don't do it. The...
  34. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    And now winter has set in. How fast everything freezes in those regions! Reminds me of reading about 1941 and 1942, and how within a couple of November days the Wehrmacht would go from stuck in the...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Not outlawed. Threatened with a yellow card. Apparently enough to scare some people into submission. Meanwhile the Iranians are threatened with imprisonment and torture, and still they made their...
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    Re: all things World Cup 2022 thread

    Go Iran!!
  37. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    The more I think about it, the more this Russian withdrawal makes no sense.

    - They are giving up their only bridgehead across the Dnieper, which is harder to cross east to west - Ukraine has the...
  38. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    There is a booby trap in there somewhere... why would Russia give up defendable urban terrain without making the Ukrainians destroy it as they fight for it?
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    Re: Russian Trolls/Sock Puppets

    I am talking about real people, in real situations. Say, a town meeting.
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    The Russians have always interfered in other countries' elections, including the US. The difference is now they can be up front about it. Instead of burning the side they support like in former...
  41. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Or the dirty bomb...
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    Re: Russian Trolls/Sock Puppets

    Whenever possible, yes.

    Unfortunately there seem to be plenty of a$$es with whom one is forced to deal extensively. For example, running a local nonprofit in a small community requires being on...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Yes.

    You guys need to start a chapter in Russia. Maybe it will be possible, after the war.
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    Re: Russian Trolls/Sock Puppets

    Just one question...

    How do you people who use ignore for virtual a$$holes deal with a$$holes in real life?
  45. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Sure, the Russian government thought they were setting out on a colonial war. But it evolved into a proxy war with NATO. For the first time we see a war where both sides are deploying the latest in...
  46. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    The invasion of Iraq was not a modern war. More like a colonial war. The Ukraine war is the first modern war, peer on peer.
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    Re: King Tut and post-colonialism

    As for Egypt, if they see themselves as descendants of the ancient Egyptians, the British archeologists should be the least of their colonialist worries. For one thing, they were colonized by Arabs...
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    Re: King Tut and post-colonialism

    It is true that a water boy was the person who discovered the first stone of Tut's tomb.

    It is also true that an able seaman on the crow's nest of one of Columbus' ships was the first European to...
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    I would wear a motorcycle helmet to catch a Phantom by hand from a boat. That and thick gloves.
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    Re: Russian Trolls/Sock Puppets

    The funny thing is that as soon as you mention them they show up to deny it.
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