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Swear Trek / Effin Birds guy talks about how an overzealous Instagram algorithm is keeping him from ruining democracy with asshole birds and pissed off Uhuras.

https://theline.substack.com/p/q-and-a- ... with-aaron


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Dangerman wrote: 24 Nov 2020, 14:04
thoreau wrote: 24 Nov 2020, 13:37 John McWhorter explores a controversial theory that the Phoenicians had trading posts in Denmark and thereby influenced Germanic languages.

https://slate.com/podcasts/lexicon-vall ... ns-english
I listen to hours and hours of podcasts in a work day, and Lexicon Valley has been in heavy rotation for the last couple months since I discovered it. I also enjoy John McWhorter on Glenn Loury's show as well.
If this hypothesis about Phoenician influence on Germanic is true then the linguistic forefathers of the Germanic peoples no doubt mixed with Semitic people. Which would be among the most hilarious discoveries in linguistics, right up there with "shit" and "science" sharing a common root word.

I hope it is true, so that we can tell the neo-Nazis that Germans are a Semitic people. (Trumpistan might never recover.)
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Back in the 70's an Italian musician decided to do a pop song with gibberish lyrics that would sound like American English to Italian ears. It's surprisingly good.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisencolinensinainciusol
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I love it.
I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate.
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thoreau wrote: 24 Nov 2020, 14:35
Dangerman wrote: 24 Nov 2020, 14:04
thoreau wrote: 24 Nov 2020, 13:37 John McWhorter explores a controversial theory that the Phoenicians had trading posts in Denmark and thereby influenced Germanic languages.

https://slate.com/podcasts/lexicon-vall ... ns-english
I listen to hours and hours of podcasts in a work day, and Lexicon Valley has been in heavy rotation for the last couple months since I discovered it. I also enjoy John McWhorter on Glenn Loury's show as well.
If this hypothesis about Phoenician influence on Germanic is true then the linguistic forefathers of the Germanic peoples no doubt mixed with Semitic people. Which would be among the most hilarious discoveries in linguistics, right up there with "shit" and "science" sharing a common root word.

I hope it is true, so that we can tell the neo-Nazis that Germans are a Semitic people. (Trumpistan might never recover.)
I mean it's well known of the Phoenicians trade posts along the Atlantic. And it's also known that british Tin was traded in the Mediterranean fueling the Bronze Age. They navigated down to the Congo region at the very least. And there were explorers that navigated the British Isles in those times as well. Plausible in my mind.
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Interesting short article on the history and economy of the Byzantine Empire: https://www.thecollector.com/byzantine- ... val-times/
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JD wrote: 28 Dec 2020, 16:34 Interesting short article on the history and economy of the Byzantine Empire: https://www.thecollector.com/byzantine- ... val-times/
Sounds convoluted.
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Freddie deBoer says reasonable things about guns and sex workers.

https://fredrikdeboer.com/2021/01/04/so ... mand-game/
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thoreau wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 14:59 Freddie deBoer says reasonable things about guns and sex workers.

https://fredrikdeboer.com/2021/01/04/so ... mand-game/
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Hugh Akston wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 15:16 Even if he learns to write well, he should probably employ a copy editor.
Someone needs to buy him a subscription to Grammarly. This little gem stuck out in particular:
If the NRA types saw their dreams come true and some president instituted draconian new gun restrictions...
Uh, I don't think that is the dream of the 'NRA types.'
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Aresen wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 15:37
Hugh Akston wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 15:16 Even if he learns to write well, he should probably employ a copy editor.
Someone needs to buy him a subscription to Grammarly. This little gem stuck out in particular:
If the NRA types saw their dreams come true and some president instituted draconian new gun restrictions...
Uh, I don't think that is the dream of the 'NRA types.'
Oh, I read that as deliberate, in the "nightmares/fever-dreams" sense. But your read that he meant the anti-NRA types is probably more likely the case.

And the fact that we all struggled with that passage meant that it could have been improved with editing.

But the blog is specifically not, like, professionally-published stuff, so whatever. Like, when someone has a personal blog that they say is specifically not seeking out a wide or professional audience, it seems unfair to criticize them for falling short of professional magazine standards.
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Jadagul wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 15:53
Aresen wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 15:37
Hugh Akston wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 15:16 Even if he learns to write well, he should probably employ a copy editor.
Someone needs to buy him a subscription to Grammarly. This little gem stuck out in particular:
If the NRA types saw their dreams come true and some president instituted draconian new gun restrictions...
Uh, I don't think that is the dream of the 'NRA types.'
Oh, I read that as deliberate, in the "nightmares/fever-dreams" sense. But your read that he meant the anti-NRA types is probably more likely the case.

And the fact that we all struggled with that passage meant that it could have been improved with editing.

But the blog is specifically not, like, professionally-published stuff, so whatever. Like, when someone has a personal blog that they say is specifically not seeking out a wide or professional audience, it seems unfair to criticize them for falling short of professional magazine standards.
Yeah, but it should at least demonstrate a basic ability to write clearly and re-read before you publish. Using two wrong words in the first sentence doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence.
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Beyond the other problems mentioned, seeing the post open with "I believe that series reductions on gun ownership are..." definitely puts an interesting cast on the title of the book he has out, The Cult of Smart.

It's nice that a left-wing guy nobody but some libertarians cares about has twigged to the whole prohibition-doesn't-work concept, I guess.
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Eric the .5b wrote: 04 Jan 2021, 18:58 It's nice that a left-wing guy nobody but some libertarians cares about has twigged to the whole prohibition-doesn't-work concept, I guess.
As FdB alludes to, a depressing number of people don't even seem to care if it "works" in a specific sense - prohibition lets them punish "bad people", and that is a goal in and of itself for them.
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Long enough peace, low enough crime, people who hate guns win the culture and you just wind up with edge cases not large prevalence.

People taking to the streets on some frequency, high enough crime, pro gun people win culturally and you get lots of new customers.

That's if you just leave it alone. If you make it a policy issue you force meh people to take a side and hardliners to double down.
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JasonL wrote: 05 Jan 2021, 11:35 Long enough peace, low enough crime, people who hate guns win the culture and you just wind up with edge cases not large prevalence.

People taking to the streets on some frequency, high enough crime, pro gun people win culturally and you get lots of new customers.

That's if you just leave it alone. If you make it a policy issue you force meh people to take a side and hardliners to double down.
I think you might be underestimating the extent to which gun culture is a thing for a large swath of the country. Crime and self-defense and bulwarks against tyranny are stories they tell themselves, and those stories might win over some people on the margins, but in reality they just like owning guns.
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Hugh Akston wrote: 05 Jan 2021, 12:20
JasonL wrote: 05 Jan 2021, 11:35 Long enough peace, low enough crime, people who hate guns win the culture and you just wind up with edge cases not large prevalence.

People taking to the streets on some frequency, high enough crime, pro gun people win culturally and you get lots of new customers.

That's if you just leave it alone. If you make it a policy issue you force meh people to take a side and hardliners to double down.
I think you might be underestimating the extent to which gun culture is a thing for a large swath of the country. Crime and self-defense and bulwarks against tyranny are stories they tell themselves, and those stories might win over some people on the margins, but in reality they just like owning guns.
Number of households is on a long term downward trend. Not super rapid but something like 55% of households in the 70s vs 40% of households recently. Notably the sales spikes during donkey administrations is more guns but same number of households. Will be interesting to see 2020 data on households fully compiled, anecdotally I think we will get a spike.
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If these trends continue then eventually armed robots will outnumber armed humans. And then sci-fi will happen before and happen again.
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JasonL wrote: 05 Jan 2021, 13:44
Hugh Akston wrote: 05 Jan 2021, 12:20
JasonL wrote: 05 Jan 2021, 11:35 Long enough peace, low enough crime, people who hate guns win the culture and you just wind up with edge cases not large prevalence.

People taking to the streets on some frequency, high enough crime, pro gun people win culturally and you get lots of new customers.

That's if you just leave it alone. If you make it a policy issue you force meh people to take a side and hardliners to double down.
I think you might be underestimating the extent to which gun culture is a thing for a large swath of the country. Crime and self-defense and bulwarks against tyranny are stories they tell themselves, and those stories might win over some people on the margins, but in reality they just like owning guns.
Number of households is on a long term downward trend. Not super rapid but something like 55% of households in the 70s vs 40% of households recently. Notably the sales spikes during donkey administrations is more guns but same number of households. Will be interesting to see 2020 data on households fully compiled, anecdotally I think we will get a spike.
Agreed.

My own anecdata is that in 2019 BC (before covid), you had the typical 'gun culture' dudes in the shops, buying and trading and upgrading. Maybe a slight increase over previous years as dudes may have hedged against a democrat winning the presidency.

2020 AL (anno languorem) is you had a lot of first-time buyers swept up in the panic of pandemic shortages and civil unrest. The two shops and range I go to most often, you could barely move, and the shelves were bare, as they say, on some weekends. Ammo prices are still ridiculous.
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Footage of a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, and the "Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar" response to it. The C-RAM fires 20mm explosive shells at the incoming projectiles, and the shells self-destruct if they don't hit anything, which is polite of them.

https://interestingengineering.com/auto ... ket-attack
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JD wrote: 08 Jan 2021, 14:23 Footage of a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, and the "Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar" response to it. The C-RAM fires 20mm explosive shells at the incoming projectiles, and the shells self-destruct if they don't hit anything, which is polite of them.

https://interestingengineering.com/auto ... ket-attack
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An interesting, if very short, video on Sweden's high taxes and why the Swedes don't mind paying them.

As usual, there is some implication that when you hear "Everybody loves _____!", what that really means is "All of the people who we think actually count love ______." For example, they mention that you can't collect Sweden's famous benefits without a national ID card, and that is very hard for immigrants to get.
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The guy who founded IKEA loved Swedish taxes so much, he renounced his citizenship and moved to Switzerland.


Abba loved them so much they wore crazy clothes so they could be write-offs.
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The WaPo asked 14 people to make some bold suggestions for new policies that Biden should pursue. He won't act on this, but I'm glad that they included a John McWhorter piece arguing for drug legalization.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics ... en-should/
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