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Chanced across a Jordan Peterson interview (2018)...

Articulate, Coherent and Intelligent conversation. At 1 hr 42 mins it is longer than most browsers will persevere with, but I have no regrets for spe...
4010Aug 7Aug 915 hrs ago

Something off the usual beaten path - Japan and censorship

Hope I am not breaching any rules here. It's not porn, don't worry. If it is a problem I'll take it down. va*ina Art and the Paradox of Japanese...
98160Aug 7Aug 916 hrs ago

Lazy programming!

1 mins ago, 1 hrs ago, 1 days ago - it only needs three lines of code so why don't the lazy buggers do it, and why don't the casual managers in...
133270Aug 8Aug 918 hrs ago

On changing one's mind - Science and opinion and GMO

Mark Lynas on his conversion to supporting GMOs - Oxford Lecture on Farming Here was a case of a rethink, research, and new knowledge resulting in en...
4610Aug 9Aug 917 hrs ago

Nagasaki day +75

Nothing else need be said really The bells of First United Methodist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church tolled for one minute at 8:15 a.m....
4320Aug 8Aug 920 hrs ago

Here there is open discussion of the possibility of a defeated POTUS pressing the button...

Is that a possibility, refusing to release the reins, refusing to accept the verdict of 'fake fraudulent' postal votes, avoiding the lame duck...
340430Aug 4Aug 619 hrs ago

So China produces as much as 95% of the world's Rare metals supply

Inner Mongolia. There's something to think about, with a virtual monopoly on metals essential for the modern technology - computers, cellphones...
224280Aug 4Aug 416 hrs ago

Small joys pleasures and delights

I have a young soon to be year 10 student from Vietnam who has just reappeared after several months' absence. She is so smart, so clever, so polite a...
88150Aug 3Aug 324 hrs ago

Cathedral Thinking

I hadn't heard this term, this concept, until recently. Ideas to benefit future generations I guess you'd say Gaudi's Sagrada Família is literal...
4410Aug 3Aug 33 hrs ago

A song for tonight

No more no less - this night of the full moon more or less all the searches come up...
6740Aug 1Aug 122 hrs ago

The threat of an atomic war in the hands of perhaps stupid or perhaps suicidal leaders

Several leaders of the world demonstrate irrationality. These self-same leaders have so-called footballs travelling a few meters behind them carrying...
256360Jul 16Aug 1Aug 9

So a short story - a Fierce Fearsome Woman (3)

I returned from exile in New Zealand after the Vietnam war had ended - 1979/80 and marvelled at the winter sunshine. Twenty five or more years had fl...
7631Jul 30Jul 30Aug 9

Two pet 'hates' in modern English writing and speech

As an inveterate curmudgeon I can allow myself the luxury of disliking certain English usages and fulminating at length about them. Reticent [/b...
222281Jul 26Jul 30Aug 9

The Rational Stock Market - not! Eastman Kodak.

An FDC loan of $750m to Kodak saw the share price rise 318% with a peak around $50 from $8; it is now sitting at $33. The loan of course doesn't chan...
87130Jul 30Jul 30Aug 9

Whatever happened to stauffenberg?

How do blog threads suddenly disappear? There was a gloating toad thread about fascists and School teachers ... seems to have disappeared, perhaps...
181220Jul 29Jul 309 hrs ago

The 'Failed state of America' - as viewed from abroad

Listening today to Richard Adams, Bruce Shapiro and guest Fintan O'toole All for your edification and entertainment of course! Richard Adams 'La...
239370Jul 28Jul 292 hrs ago

So a short story - a Fierce Fearsome Woman (1)

Don't worry, it won't be long, or maudlin. To keep it short I'll do it in 2-3 segments My mother was born of the depression, second of four sister...
3900Jul 29Jul 2919 hrs ago

Anyone else win a million dollars today?

pres*****47 Dear User, This is a winning notification from the desk of Global Online Lottery. If you receive a copy of this message from any of ou...
8180Jul 28Jul 2916 hrs ago

A brief comparison of Protests and Civil rights in HK and USA

Let's review the protests in the last year in HK and the USA HK Protests The HK public protests were attended by HK police, with no military...
6350Jul 28Jul 2923 hrs ago

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) seems to now be the de facto economic policy of the world

doesn't it. You and I have surely been wondering how the debt-ceiling has suddenly evaporated, disappeared. This debt obsession dominated gove...
5920Jul 24Jul 258 hrs ago

So I used to phantasise about Lucy Liu, but ...

then tonight I was watching 'Why women kill' My god, what a way to die. Sigh, no Lucy Liu in my life... aiya...
7310Jul 25Jul 2516 hrs ago

There are some here who express contempt for High School teachers. Try Eddie Woo...

and see how you feel Actually, in high school my maths teacher was my inspiration...
9220Jul 24Jul 245 hrs ago

Some comic relief - turned up by the youtube algorithm (no idea why!)

George Carlin - 7 dirty words (best part) Now I scratch my head, wondering why Ge...
3700Jul 24Jul 24Aug 9

An Australian Viewpoint - Big Ideas - unaligned speakers on Boundaries

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The Conversation Online Series People and countries have been forced apart by the pandemic. External bor...
5300Jul 22Jul 22Aug 6

Phil Adams Late night live - recent topics all insightful listening

1. The passing of John Lewis civil rights activist, one of the student leaders in the Selma marches 2. Bruce Shapiro's America 3. Patrick Cockb...
7140Jul 22Jul 22Aug 9

An outstanding POTUS

Outstanding in every way. But none of it positive I assert. The two Bushes in succession exerted absurd foreign policies and the second was infamo...
264330Jul 19Jul 2119 hrs ago

So Trumpy baby imposes sanctions on and withdraws privileges from HK

thereby punishing HK to show how right HK was? USA was so generous to HK, the magnanimous mighty POTUS gave so much, although HK was a competitor.....
9950Jul 18Jul 1811 hrs ago

The Lincoln Project

I was intrigued this morning to hear on ABC Radio National discussion of 'The Lincoln Project'. So I did a little browsing, turning up:
190110Jul 6Jul 1719 hrs ago

Emoji day - according to Google

July 17th For a trivial pursuit I opened the Emoji translation of Moby d*ck - some people! What can you say? The google page says: In 20...
6550Jul 16Jul 1718 hrs ago

The Atomic bomb and Fargofan both turn 75

...soon, early next month. August 6th, 1945, Hiroshima day - the yanks named the bomb 'little boy'. Then Nagasaki, 9th, then Laogui/Fargofan/M...
159140Jul 16Jul 1713 hrs ago

the hysterical cliche language of a polarised world

leftard has a high frequency here, I see. The counter surely should be rechtard, or perhaps retchard but either word is wretched...
10840Jul 16Jul 163 hrs ago

Twitter - hacking and one born every minute

So, offered a 'Feeling Generous, if you give me $1000 I'll give you $2000', the ones born every minute duly donated their bitcoins... The hackers w...
9120Jul 16Jul 1610 hrs ago

America at war - I watched the White Light documentary - set in Chicago's Englewood aka Chi'raq

The war zones of America. The segr...
11180Jul 15Jul 155 hrs ago

Reading some words of Gore Vidal 2005- they seem relevant today

I hope it irritates some of the lunatic fringe here ... Guernica: What do you think of religion today in America? Gore Vidal: It’s the...
12871Jul 13Jul 15Aug 9

Enjoyed this tiktok - can you get it here?

10250Jul 12Jul 1224 hrs ago

Agadmator youtube taken down!

Haha that is an automation idiocy surely, an anomaly much like Trump being elected ... Oh, I see/hear from Agadmator himself that 97+% of his viewe...
13760Jul 9Jul 94 hrs ago

etwas Schmaltz

Some schmaltz - excessive sentimentality: 1960 aged 15, I started studying German at school, much to the irritation, nay chagrin, of my then French te...
7000Jul 8Jul 8Aug 9

New HK - China security laws. Similarities and Differences

.. and the view of Western countries Here from SCMP is an article you might like to read, not too politically biased either way.
4910Jul 8Jul 810 hrs ago

Australia's Prime Minister rattling sabres and beating the drums of war

What a tool! A clown. Saying We are in dangerous times and hark back to the 30's and 40's. A pack of fools, showing Australia's might? Come off it,...
7000Jul 1Jul 1Aug 9

An unusually impassioned and political TED talk

Linking Facebook Trump Brexit Assange et al .
7420Jun 30Jul 115 hrs ago

Another live and learn (2) Great moments in Science, NASA's space pen, tomato sauce and thixotropy

So tomato sauce is thixotropic, and lead pencils are dangerous in space. Topic for todays lesson with my Japanese neurosurgeon/Alzheimer's specialist...
5700Jun 27Jun 27Aug 9

More Online ESL encounters - live and learn

Four students, all Eastern Europe - Siberia Moscow Kiyev Kracow Just a wide range, diversity of language, vocabulary, topics. No IELTS thank goodn...
154240Jun 27Jun 27Aug 9

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