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by Copernicus
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Anti-Vaccine Preachers
Replies: 25
Views: 4257

The problem with Roo's argument against flu vaccinations is that it misstates the case for getting vaccinated. The argument is not that the vaccine will necessarily prevent you from getting the flu. It is that the vaccine will reduce your chances of getting it and that, if you get the flu, your immu...
by Copernicus
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Nunes Memo
Replies: 20
Views: 3054

[quote=""praxis""]I am not a Trump supporter, I am a supporter of civil rights and honesty in government, however, I understand that the weakness of this entire bs argument puts you in a position to need to label me as such. [/quote] Just to underscore what Koy said, in case you missed it--I did not...
by Copernicus
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Nunes Memo
Replies: 20
Views: 3054

[quote=""praxis""] 1) That the FISA application was NOT based solely on the Steele dossier. Nobdy said it was based solely on the dossier. The fact that the dossier was used reveals that adding it must have meant that without using it there must have been a fear of not getting the warrant, and again...
by Copernicus
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Nunes Memo
Replies: 20
Views: 3054

The memo actually destroys its own argument (that the FISA warrant is based on the Steele dossier) and the GOP conspiracy theory (that the Trump-Russia investigation is essentially something that Hillary-supporting Democrats manufactured to destroy the Trump administration). How does it do this? The...
by Copernicus
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Local Broadband Service Does Well
Replies: 3
Views: 1249

We are stuck with Comcast, which has a monopoly stranglehold on our area. Hence, our average Comcast bill, which is riddled with expensive bundled packages, is among the highest in the nation. We are basically being milked in order to fund low-priced offerings in areas where there is competition. Co...
by Copernicus
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions
Topic: The Rise and Fall of Convoluted Syntax
Replies: 12
Views: 2457

[quote=""lpetrich""] To my knowledge, all languages have subordinate clauses and complex nominal modifiers such as relative clauses. I know of no exceptions. ... Yes, but how much do they get used? Especially in complicated multiclause sentences, like "When in the course of human events..."[/quote] ...
by Copernicus
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions
Topic: The Rise and Fall of Convoluted Syntax
Replies: 12
Views: 2457

To my knowledge, all languages have subordinate clauses and complex nominal modifiers such as relative clauses. I know of no exceptions. And generative linguistic modeling is somewhat hampered by the fact that it tends to focus on single-sentence discourse rather than multiple-sentence discourse. Th...
by Copernicus
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Why is Russia not yet a force for democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, uncensored media...
Replies: 24
Views: 2787

[quote=""espritch""] American businesses and politicians took advantage of Yeltsin's kindness and trust and began to rape and pillage the country, I believe that's when Putin stepped in and closed the door to protect his country and its people. As far as I can tell, it wasn't American businesses tha...
by Copernicus
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: The Republican tax bill
Replies: 15
Views: 1888

[quote=""Koyaanisqatsi""]Rejoice in the GOP’s last ditch money grab before the Trump administration goes up in Mueller’s flames for it means the Trump end-times are finally upon us! This will only solidify a democrat takeover in 2018. They are just trying to grab as much money as they can before eve...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Conservatives more fearful than liberals
Replies: 14
Views: 1741

It's hard to assess studies like this without studying the details, but it is fascinating that the study actually showed a change in the temporary behavior of conservative subjects. Of course, you should also see a reverse effect with liberals, given the two different imaginary scenarios. So the art...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Bali volcano: Lava pools up in crater, ‘will certainly spill over to the slopes’
Replies: 8
Views: 1302

We were only there a couple of days on one of our cruises, but we never made it up to the slopes of Mt. Agung. Fascinating place to visit. It is the last remaining remnant of Hinduism in the chain of islands that is modern Indonesia. Islam has overwhelmed the rest. People in Bali are extremely conce...
by Copernicus
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 12470

[quote=""Politesse""]That school harbored the foundations of dialectology also, even more directly. Fascinating stuff![/quote] I took several courses on Panini in graduate school and had a chance to interact with some of the world's best scholars on the subject. This book harbored the foundation of ...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 12470

[quote=""Aupmanyav""]I don't think Sanskrit has a short-cut for it. It will be "teacher of the language of the country Spain". I do not know enough Sanskrit to translate it. Something like: 'Spain deshasya bhāshāyām adhyāpakah'[/quote] The science of linguistics began in India and even predates Pani...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 12470

[quote=""DrZoidberg""] Sorry that I've missed this thread before. As a professional linguist, I find it hard where to know to start to correct some of the misinformation in above posts. English, like other Germanic languages, loves to form compound words, and they can be composed of very long chains...
by Copernicus
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 12470

Sorry that I've missed this thread before. As a professional linguist, I find it hard where to know to start to correct some of the misinformation in above posts. English, like other Germanic languages, loves to form compound words, and they can be composed of very long chains of words. However, mos...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Arts, Media & Literature
Topic: So what tunes do you have on at the mo?
Replies: 3676
Views: 288518

A Russian tribute to beards.

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by Copernicus
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32
Replies: 17
Views: 2106

Roy Moore may have been stalking underage girls, but most of them were probably at the legal age of 16. He had a reputation for dating teenage girls, and the local mall is rumored to have banned him. Those rumors are persistant but not confirmed by any official source. See Locals Were Troubled by Ro...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 12470

I think that it's really important to remember that the Greek Empire basically united the West and East. India exported its philosophy and religion in both directions. Europeans tend to see Greece and Rome as the center of their civilization, but Peter Frankopan has made an interesting argument in T...
by Copernicus
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious Right vs. American Christianity
Replies: 77
Views: 7209

Malthus got it exactly right, and that is why we are finally facing global catastrophe from climate change. We are literally dying in our own waste products. All he said was that any successful species will ultimately overpopulate its environmental niche, using up all its resources. Darwin was inspi...
by Copernicus
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 12470

Eastern vs Western Philosophy

Is there any real difference between Western and Eastern philosophy? If so, what is it? To kick off the intellectual discussion, I offer this:

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by Copernicus
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 328
Views: 17937

Donna Brazile's behavior is hypocritical here, given that she was very clearly quite willing to put her finger on the scale to help Hillary Clinton during the general election. Does anyone else remember Brazile's unethical attempt to help Clinton in the debates: CNN severs ties with Donna Brazile ? ...
by Copernicus
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Whither the Democratic Party?
Replies: 328
Views: 17937

I don't think we can ignore the fact that the Russians were very actively supporting the idea that Clinton had "rigged" the system against Sanders. There was likely a lot more anger and resentment from both the candidate and his supporters than there would have been without that factor. Had emails f...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: The Criminal Investigation of the Trump Administration
Replies: 25
Views: 3089

My understanding is that a president can preemptively pardon anyone he wants. His powers are unlimited in that respect, but he can only pardon federal crimes. Hence, Mueller has involved the state of New York in his prosecution of Manafort. There would be no point in trying someone for a crime they ...
by Copernicus
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: The Criminal Investigation of the Trump Administration
Replies: 25
Views: 3089

[quote=""MattShizzle""] His only real advantage is that the Republican Congress is not likely to impeach, let alone convict, him. Nixon faced a Democratic Congress, and Bill Clinton only faced a Republican-controlled House. They might with strong enough evidence. Most of them would be quite happy wi...
by Copernicus
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious Right vs. American Christianity
Replies: 77
Views: 7209

[quote=""Cheerful Charlie""] Courage, strength, and honor are scarcely reserved for men only, NR. However- I just quoted Heinlein in a different thread; here's another. All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxu...