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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » 18 September 2020, 04:26

Magic J wrote:
PopTart wrote:Brighton isn't as bad, but then, the Brighton scene was super toxic last time i was there :cry:

I've only been to Brighton once, when I was like, seven. The only thing I can really remember is that I won a cuddly shark toy at some arcade game, and somebody stole it. Oh, also, I remember a drunk guy being physically thrown out the door of a Woolworths by a security guard. I'm sure it's lovely, but that's my abiding impression of Brighton. :lol:

Why toxic?

:lol: Yeah, that would put you off i would imagine. Who steals a cuddly toy from a child?! :cry:

The gay scene was dominated by overly bitchy cliques. You expect a certain degree of that in any gay scene or in any social grouping, I guess. But amongst Brightons scene, there was a real nasty side to it. I always noticed that there could be alot of hostility between different LGBTQ subgroups. Guys took some extra perverse pleasure at being snide to people, lots of judgements based on superficial grounds, such as appearance, sometimes it was overt but it was often just below the surface.

The level of mockery, spitefulness and plain hate, was quite intense and each time I came away feeling quite grateful that I hadn't grown up in that area, I'd have had such a bad opinion of the gay community if I had.

I should say, that there were good people there, but the proportion was so heavily loaded towards the hateful side that it was distinct and shocking, especially given Brightons reputation as the gay hub of the South.
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Re: Article of the Moment

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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Derek » 29 November 2020, 20:12

Every terf article is exactly the same. Like

For example, if people with male body parts can identify as lesbians – which they can, and often do – then this shrinks the space for actual lesbians (women attracted to women) to express their concerns and interests.


What does that mean? Who the hell cares? It's equal parts complaints about cancel culture and inscrutable vagueness.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 29 November 2020, 20:34

Lesbians are being told that they're transphobic for not wanting to have sex with a penis.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby erti » 29 November 2020, 21:10

I wouldn’t mind dating a trans woman but if other lesbians sex maybe a problem and is one of the qualities they both want. It like asking straight men to have sex with another man.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 8 December 2020, 05:00

The Bias Fallacy
The MCATs are in the crosshairs because of their disparate impact, even though they predict performance on the medical licensing exam. Medical school grades are also a racist practice. This spring, Columbia University medical students demanded that their professors stop grading them. Protest organizers warned that any medical student who refrained from signing the anti-grading petition would be publicized as someone content to “sit in their own privilege” at the “expense of their black and brown peers.”



The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington declared this past summer that rationality, the two-parent family, punctuality, self-control, and being polite were “white” traits. The museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, thus strengthened the underclass stigma against “acting white,” defined as trying hard in school and obeying one’s teacher. How the Smithsonian’s leaders thought that they were helping black children by teaching them to scorn “hard work” and “delayed gratification” goes unexplained.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 8 December 2020, 18:56

Derek wrote:What does that mean? Who the hell cares? It's equal parts complaints about cancel culture and inscrutable vagueness.

I’m guessing they’re making the same complaints as progressives were making against people like Rachel Dolezal. The concern is ultimately trivial but I for one welcome all this infighting and petty bickering.

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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby erti » 8 December 2020, 19:42

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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 9 December 2020, 01:12


How legit is what, exactly?
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby erti » 9 December 2020, 02:17

Brenden wrote:

How legit is what, exactly?


If the vaccine is legit?
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 9 December 2020, 02:49

erti wrote:
Brenden wrote:

How legit is what, exactly?

If the vaccine is legit?

Have you been living under a rock?

The BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine phase-II trial results were published last month showing it to be over 90% effective and its been all over the news since then. It caused the stock market to skyrocket.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby erti » 9 December 2020, 02:53

Brenden wrote:
erti wrote:
Brenden wrote:

How legit is what, exactly?

If the vaccine is legit?

Have you been living under a rock?

The BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine phase-II trial results were published last month showing it to be over 90% effective and its been all over the news since then. It caused the stock market to skyrocket.


I've not been keeping up with news and it's only recently since I looked at the news and stuff.
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Re: Article of the Moment

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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Magic J » 13 February 2021, 14:21

Archaeology news! Excavations at Waun Mawn stone circle in southern Wales have revealed stone holes which closely match the basal shape of the standing stones at Stonehenge in Salisbury. Also, the diameter of the Waun Mawn stone circle is a match with the diameter of Stonehenge's original enclosure ditch.

Here's the Antiquity paper: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals ... E3136FBC33

The stones comprising Stonehenge were definitely quarried in Wales, and the standard theory is that they were transported either overland (quite an achievable feat, people generally overestimate how difficult this is, there's no need for aliens :P), or by raft (the less popular theory). Now, we might have evidence that they were first erected at Waun Mawn, stayed there for a bit, before being transported to Salisbury.

They used Optically Stimulated Luminescence to date the soil within the stone holes to just prior to the construction of Stonehenge. I have a fair grip on the radiocarbon dating method, but OSL is basically magic to me. Basically, it allows you to date soil to its last time of exposure to sunlight. :P

But if this is true, why? Why move a centre of power, physically move its components, 100 miles to Salisbury Plains? This adds so much material for good quality conjecture! Exciting!
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby René » 15 April 2021, 19:31

Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-Based Recommendations: JACC State-of-the-Art Review
Abstract
The recommendation to limit dietary saturated fatty acid (SFA) intake has persisted despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Most recent meta-analyses of randomized trials and observational studies found no beneficial effects of reducing SFA intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and total mortality, and instead found protective effects against stroke. Although SFAs increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, in most individuals, this is not due to increasing levels of small, dense LDL particles, but rather larger LDL particles, which are much less strongly related to CVD risk. It is also apparent that the health effects of foods cannot be predicted by their content in any nutrient group without considering the overall macronutrient distribution. Whole-fat dairy, unprocessed meat, and dark chocolate are SFA-rich foods with a complex matrix that are not associated with increased risk of CVD. The totality of available evidence does not support further limiting the intake of such foods.

Highlights
  • The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend the restriction of SFA intake to <10% of calories to reduce CVD.
  • Different SFAs have different biologic effects, which are further modified by the food matrix and the carbohydrate content of the diet.
  • Several foods relatively rich in SFAs, such as whole-fat dairy, dark chocolate, and unprocessed meat, are not associated with increased CVD or diabetes risk.
  • There is no robust evidence that current population-wide arbitrary upper limits on saturated fat consumption in the United States will prevent CVD or reduce mortality.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 23 May 2021, 21:58

Reading this for an essay I'm writing: Desire and Love in Descartes' Late Philosophy

https://www.jstor.org/stable/27743899?r ... b_contents
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