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Doomed

One reason we’re all doomed is that educating people doesn’t prevent them from adopting crazy beliefs; it just makes them even better at justifying them. — Gurwinder (@G_S_Bhogal) June 9, 2019 (twitter) One reason we’re all doomed is that educating … Læs resten

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Just like that episode of Matador…

So, apparently you are more likely to be well beyond 100 years old if you live somewhere with short life spans and imprecise birth certificates. Who could have guessed that? The title refers to this classic episode of Matador.

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A great leap into the abyss

The worldwide trend is that people die at a higher age, even though third world countries still have a high child mortality rate. But if you look at this graph, covering the time since 1950, Mao’s Great Leap Forward can … Læs resten

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Tradition as solutions

Tradition is a set of solutions for which we have forgotten the problems. Throw away the solution and you get the problem back. — Donald Kingsbury

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Guns and USA

I don’t think stricter gun control will solve the issues of violence in USA, but despite everything they might remove some of the consequences of those issues. There are actually signs that it might become politically possible to enact stricter … Læs resten

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Le Guin

I met Ursula K. Le Guin in 2003 and she was very kind. Years before that I had read her Earthsea books and of course the classic The Left Hand of Darkness. I look forward to this documentary: (Youtube)

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If you are ever in this position

This could take a while from Wellthatsucks (reddit) … apparently the answer is to float in the water on your back. Octopi do not like being upside-down and should let go.

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The not-so-Cold War

From Gurwinder Bhogal’s excellent “The Hate Factory“: The Cold War was really a Warm War, in that there was a source of heat but it was usually far away from the main actors. The hot aspect of the war was … Læs resten

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When the Left taxes the poorest

There are poor people in Denmark, but the number is so low that for the context of this post, I’ll use “poorest” to mean those that have the least. We have a new government in Denmark and as expected they … Læs resten

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Metallica

A couple of weeks ago we went to see Metallica on their Hardwired tour in Copenhagen. It was a great performance, and in my view a lot better than when we saw them in 2012. The band felt like it … Læs resten

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