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  1. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Marxism-Leninism is a thing.

    Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zhedong Thought is a thing.

    They are schools within the broad church of Marxism.
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    This was what I meant by “wolf warrior” stuff:

    It definitely happened; it was done by lower level Consular staff and it definitely sank the plans for a super Embassy on the site of the Royal Mint:...
  3. Re: The kitchen appliance that will not die.

    I inherited my parents’ Moulinex coffee grinder, bought c. 1965, in 1986. In 2009 one of the arms of the rotating coffee bean smasher broke, but it continued working just as well up to 2014 when the...
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    Re: Indonesia: no hanky-panky

    I’m just wondering if this Muslim rule of behaviour, made into a law, will apply to Bali, which is iirc Hindu?
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    “Wolf Warrior” nonsense, again.

    This puzzles me, because the regular Chinese diplomats whom I have known have been first class people. Very sound on the “line” but able to maintain their national...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    I think that The Economist’s David Rennie is in Beijing and has been there since 2018. I stand to be corrected but I recall columns by him on the pandemic written very obviously by a résident lao...
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    Re: Indonesia: no hanky-panky

    Oddly, Djakarta is known for its red light district.
  8. Re: Preliminary NTSB report on Dallas B17 P63 crash.

    My natural curiosity will drive me to look at some report, even though I have dealt with shambolic instant answers in my own field. The one I choose is Juan Browne because his track record seems good...
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    Re: Ukraine

    One problem with hoping that the Russian people rise up and overthrow Putin is that Russians are not given to rising up and overthrowing their ruler.

    They have managed it just once, despite severe...
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    Re: extending the sailing season

    My experience of sailing every weekend through an English winter was educational in one respect; I learned how much of our summer sailing depends on the sea breeze, which we do not have at all in the...
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    That’s why I subscribe to Blancolirio.
  12. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Post hoc, ergo propter hoc?

    But the two are not the same.

    Without Marx, Lenin might well have lived and died as an unknown, but Marx did not cause Lenin.

    Without Nietzsche, the Holocaust...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Re HRD’s post 54, above:

    I remember chatting, at a Queen’s Birthday party held by the British Embassy in Beijing around 2,000, to the China correspondent of the London “Daily Telegraph”.

    I...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Stefan Korshak:

    https://medium.com/@Stefan.Korshak/nov-30-day-280-bakhmut-battles-sneaky-saab-margaritas-nuremburg-deam-2e41a4d3410e
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    Re: Update on life as I know it

    Thanks for that, Chad.
  16. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    When she was a ten year old moppet we used to tell each other that she would surely break hearts one day. So far the cracking sound is heard only from would-be beaux who complain that she “ghosts”...
  17. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    The issue, if it was an issue (she can do anything except Morris dancing and falling in love with an idiot, so far as her uncle is concerned, and she seems uninterested in either possibility,...
  18. Re: So I deleted twitter but ......

    One of his best. And I’ve yet to see a bad one.
  19. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    Seven Samurai.

    On Golden Pond.

    The Seventh Seal.

    The Cruel Sea.

    Das Boot.
  20. Re: Lydia Spivak is 98 years old!

    Crikey!

    Thanks for posting that.
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    Re: Ukraine

    Parliament punch-up: Huge fight erupts among MPs in Ukraine legislature - YouTube

    10 years ago.

    Ukraine parliament scrap: 2 MPs brutally fist fight over bill - YouTube

    7 years ago.
  22. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    For your reference, I’m here:

    https://i.postimg.cc/x1Nv5MK1/36134-EB1-9689-4681-B3-FE-0-A15-C2-F92-D11.jpg
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    Margaret’s new socmed profile picture:

    https://i.postimg.cc/SKQPjgBv/359-AF2-F0-F6-EE-4-F8-E-AB9-D-85-F8-FBD7-CE8-F.jpg

    Men’s cotton shirt and ladies’ nylon slip from the ukay-ukay (second hand...
  24. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    The latter. She knows that I am was myself taught by Sir Simon as I drop his name whenever I can!
  25. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    We are having a lengthy chat about the giants who dominate modern thinking - she’s read Bertrand Russell’s “History of Western Philosophy - with particular reference to Adam Smith, Daniel Ricardo,...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    VPNs are extremely widespread in China - see my post above on tunnelling out of the Great Firewall.

    In fact they are so very common that I assume they are tolerated as long as people don’t do it...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Thanks HRD.

    I can understand and follow your comments, which « feel right » to me, although I haven’t been to China since the Covid-19 thing started.

    Same goes for Dave Hadfield’s comments.
    ...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Brilliant. And very « Beijing » with that style of repartee.
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Most people in China are unaware of other vaccines.
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    Re: Schroedinger's cat

    I have just learned from a BBC radio programme that Schoedinger was a paedophile who groomed young girls and wrote about it in his diary.

    No longer cool.
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    Re: Ukraine

    This is outstanding.

    Thank you for posting it.

    We can see that the social media are the single most important cause of the global outbreak of stupidity.
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    Re: Diesel Heat Clones

    Thanks Dave! I had no idea that Navigator made diesel stoves!

    I have been looking to instal a diesel stove - and knowing their solid fuel stoves this is the obvious choice!
  33. Re: Movies that have held up and those that don't

    I have seen almost all the films listed above and I agree with almost everything written so far on this topic.

    May I add:

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance
    Gone with the Wind
    Snow White and...
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    I agree with George. and with Tom.

    The most likely consequences of the sort of rather gleeful reporting that almost all western news outlets are going in for at the moment is that the Chinese...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Stefan Korshak quotes Goethe:

    https://medium.com/@Stefan.Korshak/nov-26-day-276-power-to-the-people-migs-and-swamps-nato-knock-off-63815e60b267
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    Re: The current excitement in China

    Oh, I think an adjustment to the policy is likely to be along shortly.
  37. Re: Patrick O'Brian is unreadable dreck

    Either of the Andrews will do here.

    Brexit is built on a past that never happened. Alcuin would have understood it.
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    The current excitement in China

    I’d welcome HR Davies’ opinion here.

    I am not of the opinion that the street demonstrations are significant.

    Chinese people like French people like a chance to have a demo, they always have. I...
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    Re: Klaatu Barada Nicto

    Thanks. It is.
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    Re: Vox populi, vox Deii.

    Ted Turner was a whole different thing. Apart from the sailing, and Jane Fonda, I’m currently reading Maria Ressa’s book “Standing up to dictators” - she was an early hire by CNN and ran their...
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    Re: Vox populi, vox Deii.

    Nec audiendi
    We should not give hearing
    qui solent dicere
    to those who keep on saying
    ”Vox populi, vox Dei”
    ”the voice of the people (is) the voice of God”
    quum tumultousitas vulgivagues...
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    Vox populi, vox Deii.

    says Mr Musk.

    Who is not familiar with the advice of Alcuin:

    Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

    Alcuin said that to...
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    Re: The Photo Most Unlike Us

    https://i.postimg.cc/CKBrFPsh/5-FF71-D4-F-1-A62-467-A-A90-B-29-AB0-F21-A893.jpg


    https://i.postimg.cc/rwYY2XWZ/D00991-E0-5834-45-FD-BE09-25-DB1968-D471.jpg
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    Re: The Photo Most Unlike Us

    I have seen that sort of thing before.

    Usually black, and with a lower profile.

    Known in pre-1997 Hong Kong as a snake boat; used for transporting people and goods between HK and the rest of...
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    Re: Ukraine

    Today is Holodomor Remembrance Day in Ukraine.

    1933 painting:

    https://i.postimg.cc/d1tNPHXV/8-BA5-FE61-A392-464-C-A752-DE157935-A1-F4.jpg



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor
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    Re: Ukraine

    I have been given to understand that the second explanation is the one that applied.

    Also, only two bombs existed and time would be needed to produce enough highly enriched material to make more....
  47. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Excellent point, Henning.
  48. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    Thanks to everyone.

    I like Ian’s, Henning’s, Dutchpp’s, Tom’s and RFBK’s advice best. My niece has a professor who is active in pro bono medical work and encourages her students to get involved,...
  49. Re: Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    I’ve just sent her this, saying, which is perfectly true, that my younger son, her cousin and quasi-brother, sent it to me.

    https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

    The thing that inoculated me...
  50. Advice sought on a quasi-parental political issue

    My two sons are 27 and 20 and are somewhat to the right of me, on the usual political tests. This is because in recent years I have been moving Left. My sons are pro-EU, strongly Green, liberals. I’m...
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