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    Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    The study is about starting to be eaten while still alive. Though I suppose some fungi can do that too.
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    Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    Coyotes like children.
  3. Re: A report from China, from someone who actually lives there

    Are you saying HR lives in Jersey? :d
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    Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    The big surprise to me is the high odds of being mauled by a brown bear in Europe. I didn't think there were enough of them left, even in the east.
  5. A report from China, from someone who actually lives there

    I have been told that people who are actually there should be believed:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/01/opinion/china-covid-holiday-new-year.html



    Looking at the math, China should be...
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    Re: Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    Insects would be far worse...
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    Your chances of being eaten, and by what

    Turns out I live in the safest continent except for Oz! :D

    https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3001946
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Can you find any actual human beings in China? Or just xibots foaming at the mouth and covid-proof erectus?

    Fortunately the CCP will not be replacing anyone, in the US or Taiwan. An autocracy...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    You are almost funny, HR, except when you become a genocide denier.

    People are being put into reeducation camps for no reason other than their ethnic culture.

    Hundreds of thousands of people...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Exactly.

    What some of us did say is that the official Chinese covid death figures are obviously lies, and that unless the Chinese are a different species of human, their sudden "herd immunity"...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Of course he is. But he thinks we are not.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    that never jams. :D
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    We know a bot when we see one.
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    Re: A nice bit of seamanship

    Doesn't look too hair raising for two experienced seamen in a good boat:
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  15. Thread: More genocide

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    Re: More genocide

    Bolsonaro has applied for a US tourist visa as his diplomatic visa expires.

    I kind of wish he would stay in Florida forever. But it is poor form to give shelter to someone under investigation for...
  16. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Boris Johnson's credibility can be deduced from the fact that no one bothered to post his claim about Putin threatening him with a missile until Vadim brought it up.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Exactly.

    These people flood threads with which they disagree with long-winded, repetitive, and aggressive posts. Even though they change no one's mind, they still try to derail the discussion...
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    Thank dog OSHA-like creatures have not spread their tentacles to wooden boats, or even schooners couldn't get crew.

    I am thinking of what OSHA (or its Brazilian twin) would require to change a jib...
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    Re: A nice bit of seamanship

    Russia must be scraping the bottom of the barrel if two fishermen, aged 44 and 51, have to flee their draft.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    That is a very high bar. It would require as proof something of the caliber of The Origin of the Species.

    I'd maybe put Zheng Ha's voyages on a par with Marco Polo's.
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    Re: A nice bit of seamanship

    I wonder if they read Shackleton?
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    Yes, but the lack of overhanging canvas, in a heavy beamy ship like that... dhows are light.
  23. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Vadim, you are a war crime.
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    Re: Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

    I like the tires... remind me of Jupiter.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    European ships had a spritsail and a lateen mizzen, which evolved into jibs and gaff mizzens. They helped steer the ship. Even Dalia was much less nimble without her jib.

    One wonders how nimble...
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    I know one thing about China. Some people who live there are real jerks. They attack anyone who posts anything they don't like about China, and then whine like babies when they are called xibots.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    While Europeans were free to experiment and explore.




    I am pretty sure they would have preferred their ships discovering America, and their gunboats going up European rivers, rather than as...
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    I was responding to this:
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Whaddabout?
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    To me that looks like a Portuguese caravel hull type and mast layout (roughly). That also fits the period better.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligula%27s_Giant_Ship

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syracusia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis_(ship)

    And why not the Nemo ships? The largest Chinese ships...
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    Europeans had ships as big as that 1500 years earlier.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    Zheng He's fleet, as large as it might have been and as far as it might have gone, seems to have been little more than a top-down stunt. Build some huge ships and go very far just to show how great...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Um, no. I started the thread to point out that rusbots and xibots are everywhere - not just here in the Bilge. And that they all act very similarly, out of the same recipe book. And that they all...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    But "rusbot" doesn't offend you?

    Will you also defend Vadim?
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    HR, you are funny. You just ran and deleted the post you put on the four masts - six masts thread. A rare post of yours on a thread about boats.

    You know - the one where you jumped in to defend...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    On the contrary. You can't help but "interact" whenever anyone mentions China. Just like Vadim can't help but post in any thread that mentions Russia.

    Other than that neither of you "interact"...
  38. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    The people of Ukraine are pretty upset.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    China too, but mainly on the Ukraine thread.

    Funny how a couple of you recognize and despise the rusbot activity on that thread, but pretend to not see the identical MO of the xibot.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    It's early 2023. Where are the results?
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    No need to swat anything down! It is actually amusing to bring up the topic of rusbots and xibots and have one of each immediately self-present for scrutiny.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    So if it was possible to have 600-foot sailing ships, how come no one else ever used them?
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Has this?

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/9CA1/production/_116779004_32370254-4455-47bd-ba70-833206d8ab67.jpg.webp
  44. Thread: Bear with me

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    Bear with me

    https://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/ESP_076769_1380.jpg
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Images from space also say otherwise to what xibots claim about the Uighur concentration camps.

    But that doesn't stop the xibots from denying it.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    I guess the shoe fits. 6 posts and counting.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    I am simulating the bots' MO and "line of reasoning".

    HR and Vadim didn't get it either.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    This is too easy... and they don't see the irony.
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    Re: Four masts good? Six masts better!

    Not to mention poor performance on anything but a broad reach.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    Also, there is no genocide of indigenous people in Brazil. I am recovering from injuries sustained at a confrontation between Yanomami and gold miners, where I was working to keep the two sides...
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