2,156 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 12 April 2022”

  1. But anyway its absolutely proven.

    Righto.

    One Italian looking at similarities in place names on a map. Versus centuries on centuries of Antiquities Scholars allegedly being totally wrong cos one Italian looking at similarities in place names on a map.

    Gonna tell me the Rosetta Stone was carved by proto-Celtic Frenchmen next?


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  2. Joe Root just resigned as the Poms’ crikkit captain.

    Next up would be Stokes, who does quite enough as an all-rounder and has carried the team for four years or more, and who will now be expected to shoulder the captaincy as well.

    Wankers.


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  3. “Well its possible. It just didn’t happen that way.”

    That’s your quote, Bird.

    Any more stupidity you’d like to shop before you slip facefirst back into incoherent retardation and start screaming epithets at me?


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  4. err, Cats, pardon the self indulgence (again).

    The Disco Radio Show has resulted in me hoovering in a very big way, those tunes (and many others) essayed on the evening of that musical genre.

    The only consolation (such as it is, not) is the many, many modern artists shamelessly pillaging that mighty musical time which I can unrepentantly dip into.

    An excuse? Perhaps not.

    Disco, for all its faults (of which there were allegedly many) was initially and always a black movement. Given they’ve gifted us some of the most mighty music of all time, it was not even a temporary aberration.

    Miss Lady … 🙂


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  5. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha you dick. Its only the public service shit-for-brains. Its not supposed to be functional. I have a cousin, same name as me, who is a genius with this stuff. So I’m not saying all people in the public service are dysfunctional. But the final product usually is.

    What does the magical thinking of one Italian, filtered through the maelstrom of madness that is one Graeme Bird, have to do with the public service?

    You took the question Any more stupidity you’d like to shop before you slip facefirst back into incoherent retardation and start screaming epithets at me? literally, didn’t you?


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  6. Whoops.
    Just lobbed in after a l-o-o-o-ng lunch.

    All the major food groups, slow cooked lamb shanks, BBQ pork ribs and chilli beef sausages and a *small libation of Carlton Draught.

    Yes, there were veges, you could have a tomato or a roast spud.

    I see birdstrike here. I’m off.

    * open to interpretation.


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  7. Because Baltic Sea Homer is such a slam dunk one would have to be contemptuous of anyone who didn’t accept it right away.

    Uh huh.

    If one has to appeal to Believe me, or yooz r stupid and deserve to be beated wiv stikkz! then one’s ambit is not to be believed.

    Both you and your source are trying much too hard.


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  8. I remember thinking something was amiss as soon as I read it as a kid. Who are these long-haired Aecheans? Where are the Greeks?

    Aecheans are Greeks, you spacktard.

    Sometimes I think you are a Cretan.* Other times you confirm it…

    * I apologise for the pun Cats. And especially to those who draw a connection or descendancy from the island and its people. But this needed to be said…


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  9. Graeme – if you’re going to post here, could you please make the subject matter even slightly interesting, Squire.

    This is a big ask, which you have not been up to for many moons.

    Three sentences max, one line each. No lengthy wordwalls.

    Until then, you will just keep racking up the “F” grades.

    You, of course, think you’re better than that.

    Feel free to try and prove it.


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  10. Wow. Channel Stokes’ evening news is dumping on Albo’s latest gaffe about Medicare.

    Either Albo’s staff are incompetent or Albo’s an idiot.


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  11. I just proved it to you you idiot. The problem is all your own

    You’ve done nothinf of the sort. You and your Italian have deliberately chosen to ignore Homer’s flowery language, artistic licence and tendency towards gratuitous dramatisation, and tried to jam it onto an entirely different people, geographic region and culture.

    Take the Nordaryan supremacy memes elsewhere, Graeme. And stop raping Antiquity while you’re at it.


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  12. Maybe faulty can sell it for $10k. Must an echo chamber over there.

    Maybe Faulty and Sancho can harvest your IP address while you’re over there?


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  13. Either Albo’s staff are incompetent or Albo’s an idiot.

    Both.

    Those clowns believed Newspoll and not their own internal polling, which was telling them what was really going on in key swing states.


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  14. I like that the folk tales and cultural traditions unique to Finland and the various Scandanavian folks now have to be ignored or suppressed in order to entertain the fantasy that Homer’s Iliad wasn’t Greek, but Finnish.

    These two things are Chalk and Cheese, and viva la difference. Because they speak to the same aspects of the human condition. Just in ways unique to the lives of the people telling them.

    Let the Greeks be Greeks, Graeme. And the Finns be Finns.


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  15. Either Albo’s staff are incompetent or Albo’s an idiot.

    Albo’s an idiot, but this is looking like a replay of the 2020 Presidential Election.
    One of the Candidates is a Clown, the other is a Compleat Idiot.
    The Idiot wins.


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  16. My advice to Turkish people is to learn the name Oleg Peshkov. And when you meet a Russian say that name and the word “Sorry” in the same sentence. Because your balance of power has changed drastically.

    Right. Who snuck the Winged Hussars into Graeme’s ‘Breathing In and Out’ Spotify playlist? He was fine while he was listening to the Viking Lullaby and Drums of Gaugamela


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  17. Wow o wow. Been years since I drove the Bruce hwy south as I am usually 25,000ft above it. The road from Gumlu sth of Home Hill to Proserpine ripped up or almost unrepairable and mostly 60 to 80km/h. Looks like no works being done. I have now experienced a new level of disbelief. This is a national highway FFS. I’ve been on better roads in the 3rd world. A 4hr trip was close to 6.

    Saw a couple of billboard posters of Dawson’s LNP candidate minus LNP logo, 1 at Ayr and next just north Mackay. Interesting as his corflutes are openly displaying logo. Palmer saturating Bowen area, PHON very visible at Ayr & south of Proserpine. Didn’t see any Katter candidates. Heading out Peak Downs hwy tomorrow. Be interesting to see the trend out that way.

    I am totally speechless on the state of that highway though and don’t understand why the minor parties haven’t made an issue of it…


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  18. Because licketty spit, in the twinkling of a young girls eye, you’ll see a flash overhead, your grid will go down, your navy will be destroyed where it sits, Chechyans will be crawling all over Constantinople. Syrians will be crossing the border for some payback. And that city, and the Bosphorus Strait, will soon be in Christian hands again.

    Graeme is clearly not watching the same war as the rest of us…

    (Hint: They’re fighting on the other side of the Black Sea at the moment, Graeme. And most of the Black Sea Fleet’s amphibious strengths have been either sunk or damaged enough to render any ‘visits’ to Turkish or other nations’ Black Sea shorefronts from the Sebastopol end a bit of a non-starter…)


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  19. Any genetic investigation prior to 2014 is not to be taken seriously.

    Because that’s when your fellow magical thinkers started their inventing?


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  20. I am totally speechless on the state of that highway though and don’t understand why the minor parties haven’t made an issue of it…

    Australia, first world costs for third world infrastructure. The political class stole the rest of the money.


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  21. You just have to understand that you cannot judge things by way of personal ignorance. Thats never worked for anyone in the real world.

    It doesn’t seem to have slowed you down much, Graeme…


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  22. My last post seems to have disappeared.
    Again …
    Media reports are that the terrorist Soleimani has risen from the dead. The zombie General has captured an American baby and is torturing that baby to gain strategic and military advantage.

    Out of pure spite zombie-Soleimani is trying to help the Russians overthrow the most sovereign nation that has ever existed in the history of Eurasia. The ultra-independent mega-democratic and furiously laconic Ukraine. Ukrainians have been their own people since before the Ural mountains were formed.

    Soleimani has taken sides with the aggressor for absolutely no reason at all. If he is not stopped with a no-fly zone and Anglo-Saxon boots on the ground, every baby in the world will have to suffer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzlta4WHe9o


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  23. Media reports are that the terrorist Soleimani has risen from the dead. The zombie General has captured an American baby and is torturing that baby to gain strategic and military advantage.

    Trusted Bloggers again.


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  24. miltonfsays:

    April 15, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Hope he’s right The twilight of globalism

    Cheers that was good read.
    Still I think no stopping trade but there is a chance to put a limit on international intatutions as advisory only if they need to exist at all.


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  25. Cheers that was good read.
    Still I think no stopping trade but there is a chance to put a limit on international institutions as advisory only if they need to exist at all.

    Wot Bespoke said, Milton.


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  26. Rex Angersays:
    April 15, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Rex, the high point of human civilisation is obviously occurring somewhere that doesn’t show up on my internet searching.
    Where do you source these masterpieces of intellectual and cultural attainment?


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  27. His ‘n Hers, even!

    The Lanz Bulldog was proof that anyone who talks about the good old days in farming wasn’t really there – the height of luxury was a folded super bag on a cast iron seat….


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  28. Rex, the high point of human civilisation is obviously occurring somewhere that doesn’t show up on my internet searching.
    Where do you source these masterpieces of intellectual and cultural attainment?

    I’ve been watching MrWeebl since he had his own website waaaaay back in 2003.

    My High School U18 soccer team named itself the Badgers based on this internet gem…


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  29. I can’t help liking Trump

    Graeme, this may just be the most sensible sentence (excerpt) you’ve ever posted about anything, on any online forum, ever.

    About bloody time.


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  30. Ht: take frozen pizza out of box before sticking in the microwave.

    Vuggitall, I knew there was something I’d forgotten to do…


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  31. When troglodytes euthanise your parents you can’t make a simple phone call and confirm these details.

    Not sure how this relates to Other Graeme…


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  32. Does Other Graeme believe Hekktor Pryamsson smacked axes* with Akki Llies at the gates of Trøj or Toija or whatever you and this unnamed Italian who is your latest source of fixation call it?

    * Stop that.


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  33. I bet somewhere there’s a list.

    Probably about blog seniority. Or the names of people who know where certain things are buried.

    Possibly both.


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  34. Knuckle Draggersays:

    April 15, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    I bet somewhere there’s a list.

    Well of course there are lists somewhere.
    Lists are everywhere.
    Everywhere else that is.
    Just not here.


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  35. and learn how to wash trucks or something.

    Crikey. That low?

    By the way – how would one go about confirming you are the real Hey-Zeus?

    I mean, you could be anyone.


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  36. Well think about it. If he found this out, and became a crusader to do with the truth of it, then he’s lose his job and have to take EPO and learn how to wash trucks or something.

    Struth’s not gonna like that…


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  37. Oh really?

    I’m not looking at that Pedro.

    Because I know it’s Dom Sheed finishing the Great Steal of 2018. Of course, it was started by a blatantly-ignored free to Collingwood at the other end of the ground just beforehand that Helen Keller would have picked up.

    It’s not Wayne Harmes in the Fit-Up of 1979, but it’s close.


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  38. Does Graeme believe Hekktor Pryamsson smacked axes with Akki Llies

    Graeme, we leave the invention and subsequent relation of preposterous heroic fantasies to a certain truckin’ troubadour.

    You do not need to attempt to fill that vacuum, for goodness sake.


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  39. What the hell are you talking about?
    They screwed up his stomach salts and acids?
    WTF?

    This is Graeme, remember?

    If it’s not filled to the brim with magical bullshit, backed up by an invincible Gnostic arrogance and a tendency to automatically assume anyone who might or does know what they are talking about are lesser beings, it’s not Graeme…


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  40. If it’s not filled to the brim with magical bullshit, backed up by an invincible Gnostic arrogance and a tendency to automatically assume anyone who might or does know what they are talking about are lesser beings, it’s not Graeme…

    Case in point:

    Yes both my parents were killed by Kosher-Rockefeller medicine. Yours too in all likelihood. But you probably don’t have the knowledge to see it that way.



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  41. Yes both my parents were killed by Kosher-Rockefeller medicine.

    How old were they?

    The worst killer right now is the proton pump inhibitors.

    Sure dickhead. I took them once for a month and never got stomach ulcers again.


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  42. Is he really a Trucking Troubadour. Or some fucking lapdog labrador? His commitment to free speech only seems powerful on blogs he himself doesn’t control.

    Struth’s really not gonna like that.

    Accurate as it may seem from time to time…


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  43. Let me guess: Graeme says drink dilute bleach or sodium bicarbonate, but PPIs are killers?

    Okay Graeme. Tell us why we want CO3-2 and OCl- ions in our gut?

    GO!!!


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  44. will be brought down very low and certainly not longer than 15 years

    Chur, chur.

    Since we as humans, like the pigs for example, do our digestion through hydrochloric acid

    …and enzymes…and bile salts…and (basic) saliva.

    Do PPIs completely neutralise all gastric acid? No?


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  45. Since we as humans, like the pigs for example, do our digestion through hydrochloric acid. And if you fuck with that a bell tolls.

    So how do you answer gastro-oesophageal reflux, clever clog? Or does that scenario not count because you never got that far in your counter-medicine? And therefore it doesn’t exist?

    And if you have acid-resistant bacteria eating at your stomach lining (causing the aforementioned ulcers), what do you do to take out the bug while giving your system a chance to recover itself in a slightly less damaging environment?


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  46. I still want to know where he sources the deuterium water he’s currently spruiking.

    Ditto the technical specifications of the atomic pile he’s using to make it.


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  47. If at once you mess with that, a bell tolls right away. For whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee

    That’s a mental tic, Graeme.

    Not a medical fact.


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  48. Yes both my parents were killed

    Graeme – enough. You’ve been beating yourself up for too long about your parents’ demise.

    That way madness lies. You can control your destiny or allow it to control you.

    Snap out of it, son. Time to rejoin your fellow denizens on this planet, or condemn yourself to ever more angry irrelevance.

    I used to think you may just have been better than that.


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  49. Because like pigs, our digestive system relies on HCl. Hydrocholoric acid. If at once you mess with that, a bell tolls right away. For whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee. Since you don’t have a backup system to replace the system of digestion you are undermining.

    Have you stopped trying to “deacidify” your body you bloody idiot?


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  50. Dover – probably time to put up some form of parental guidance disclaimer for medical advice to follow:

    “Nano wrigglers in mirror are closer than they appear.”


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  51. The reason why PPIs are correlated with metabolic diseases is because fat people get reflux because their disgusting lard puts pressure on their guts.

    The reason why PPIs are correlated with osteoporosis, is that all medication likely positively correlates with all geriatric care and hence bone density loss.

    I bet I can correlate oxygen use in hospitals past infant care with death or at least “prove” that abiraterone “kills” men with prostate cancer, despite extending lives for years sometimes with no disease progression.


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  52. Dover – probably time to put up some form of parental guidance disclaimer for medical advice to follow:

    “Nano wrigglers in mirror are closer than they appear.”

    What are you complaining about, Bear?

    I told them you were friendly!

    Do you want to know why you haven’t a lorikeet so much as shit in your general direction lately?

    Yeah, that’s right. Them…


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  53. Reflux is to do with INSUFFICIENT stomach acid. Thats not even controversial.

    Lolwut?

    You can take a spoonful of coconut oil to temporarily protect yourself. You can take sodium bicarbonate as a stop-gap measure, but that also compromises the problem of digestion

    All either of these methods do is temporarily absorb the excess by reacting it. About the only thing you are correct about, is that they are measures of relief. Not resolution.

    . You can use apple cider vinegar diluted with sparkling spring water, using a straw to avoid damaging your teeth and gums, in order to digest the protein that your damaged stomach acid is unable to digest

    I get the impression you’ve never used any of your magical home remedies, have you Graeme?

    In the world of real health apart from Rockefeller Kosher health there is seldom a glib answer.

    Really? You just gave me a whole wordwall, demonstrating no understanding of how your body works at all.


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  54. We have a digestive system based on HCl.

    No dumbarse, that is ONE component.

    We need HCL. If we fuck with that system we die.

    You can take sodium bicarbonate as a stop-gap measure

    You are so stupid and ignorant it is evil.


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  55. We have a digestive system based on HCl. If you undermine that system obviously you are going to die

    This is the same sort of mad absolutism we see with Chad Thunderbrain and his underpinning religious belief that all disease is mental weakness. And that if germs were real, the immune system would suffer runaway positive reactions and anaphylaxis people to death.


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  56. When diagnosing you as the pillock you are, I sometimes see the soldiers training as to having to obey authority. Authority is pretty much always wrong.

    Uh huh.

    In other words, you don’t like being talked back to.

    Especially when the other side knows enough to call you out on your bullshit.

    No case of acid reflux has ever been resolved by making the stomach produce MORE acid. That’s half the contributing factor to the problem, Graeme.

    The health advice of smaller, regular meals and minimising alcohol, fat, sugar consumption (all known acid production agonists) as well as exercise and weight loss (to minimise visceral pressure on the stomach, pushing acid up to the oesophageal sphincter) resolves most of the problem long-term. With PPIs and antacids used as acute relief.

    Given that much human digestion kicks off with saliva in the mouth before the food hits the stomach, your ‘solutions’ don’t really achieve much of anything at all. Beyond exacerbating the woes of any lurker unfortunate enough to take you in good faith…


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  57. The only reason it can take as many as 15years to die this way is that the pills don’t destroy ALL your HCL all at once.

    You mean to say that you think you only have a finite quantity of HCl over your lifetime, Graeme?

    And that your stomach is just a rubbery bag that can only everget emptied?

    You DO know how the parietal cells (acid), goblet cells (protective mucus layer) and the proton pump mechanism work to continuously secrete acid into your system and replace what is used up, correct?


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  58. Bugger “fighting Tories” and fluffing key economic stats, if Albo is to have any chance at all, he needs to graduate up to zinger level 1 million, perhaps he should try something like “we will burn the old grass and the new will grow”.


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  59. OK.

    Graeme – do not allow yourself to be distracted from a possible path back to sanity – strewn as it may be with various blockages, both real and imagined.

    Repeat after me – “I exist on this planet and I am sane”

    Etc.


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  60. Graeme – ignore Rex or you’ve failed a very obvious test.

    We are not here searching for mighty warriors, that we can waste our precious energy (and bodily fluids) on.

    Again: “I exist on this planet and I am sane”


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  61. No Rex just face it. You are an idiot fella. You can never get anything right. If you understood and accepted what a stupid shit you were, then there would be some chance for repair and improvement.

    You only say this because I disagree with and speak against your magical thinking.


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  62. can’t you appeal to Dover

    No. What would be the point? He’d never post another Radio Show again, for starters, which would be entirely understandable.

    The more sensible solution would be for you to rejoin the normal Cat commenting community.

    It’s a simple challenge and yet again you’ll (no doubt) prove yourself unable to achieve it.

    You’re hopeless, Graeme. Even worse than St Ruth, a denunciation that should seriously chide you.


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  63. Particularly if you are mentally lazy and incurious like Rex.

    You’ve been throwing tantrums about me ever since we first crossed paths, Graeme.

    And you haven’t gotten any wiser in your pronouncements, nor any more able to support them.

    And reducing yourself to appealing to blog owners and moderators to silence the folks you don’t like because they keep making you look bad, isn’t exactly the mark of a better man.


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  64. The reason why PPIs are correlated with osteoporosis, is that all medication likely positively correlates with all geriatric care and hence bone density loss.

    PPIs interfere with mineral absorption.


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  65. When too much grandiosity is barely enough.

    That’s when you go full Roman, baby! 😀

    (Skip the slave riding with you in the chariot, whispering “Remember, you are but a man,” for maximum grandiosity points)

    Actually, I think the scene above would have gone better with Verdi’s Triumphal March from Aida


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  66. How is that for stupidity. The dupe thinks that evolution, or natures God, got it all wrong but trust the doctors and the pharmaceutical marketing departments.

    I thought you were off to bed for the whole weekend, Graeme?


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  67. Zipstersays:
    April 15, 2022 at 11:11 pm
    The reason why PPIs are correlated with osteoporosis, is that all medication likely positively correlates with all geriatric care and hence bone density loss.

    PPIs interfere with mineral absorption.

    So does not getting sunlight. FFS. Don’t give this dribbling idiot any credence.


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  68. http://physicsfromtheedge.blogspot.com/2022/01/learning-from-experiments.html

    Sunday, 23 January 2022

    Learning from Experiments
    It’s a tricky thing taking a cosmological theory (QI) and applying it to the lab, applied cosmology, because although I am sure of QI from a theoretical and astrophysical point of view because it predicts galaxies and wide binaries in a simple and specific way, its behaviour in the lab is more subject to detail.

    That was the reason I received my funds, to see if it could be done. The data from the project has partly changed my mind about solid state details, but I have not changed the fundamental QI theory.

    I had originally thought that the best way to get thrust from QI was to use light or microwaves. Light is clean. The photons will see Unruh waves which will be damped by metal structures asymmetrically and the structures will move toward the damped regions. It turned out that QI thrusters based on light alone did not perform well (Tajmar, 2021) and yet QI thrusters that are based on electrons did (the capacitor approach of Becker and Bhatt, 2019). I have thought a lot about this over Christmas, and going back to the QI equations there is an explanation for this in that light, is well, light (it has very little mass), and it does not stick around in cavities for long so the mass-energy you can focus is low, whereas electrons have much lower speed and more mass, but still high accelerations and so the mass-energy you can focus is much higher. Thus thrusters based on electrons are 1000 times more effective and QI predicts them perfectly (see McCulloch 2021). Look at Eq. 2 in this paper. The problem was caused by me earlier assuming that v=c, not so for electrons! When you use the correct speed, you get this plot:

    The graph shows a comparison between QI predictions (x axis) and the various experimental thrusts (y axis) from Shawyer, Tajmar, Madrid and Moddel. QI still predicts the emdrive (top right), which may now not be due to the Unruh waves from the microwaves but from the Unruh waves seen by electrons accelerated by the microwaves in the metal walls, if you make a resonance. This makes no difference to QI mathematically, but it is a different physical interpretation. It accounts for the effectively zero thrusts seen by Tajmar’s team for the laser cavities (bottom left) and the tiny but confirmed force seen in Moddel’s photoinjector. It implies that the positive Spanish result was an artefact (middle-left) (unless the electrons in glass were the accelerand) and QI predicts the capacitor results perfectly (top right): results now seen in two labs.

    It would have been nice if I could have said this years ago, of course, but QI has been since 2005 a learning experience and I am doing the best I can. For example, my first attempt at galaxy rotation in 2006 did not work because I assumed the only accelerations were rotational. I later learned there are other accelerations, and with more detail – better prediction. Over all this time I have not needed to change the QI theory or the maths, but I have changed the detailed understanding of what is going on. I am not adding arbitrary factors either because the behaviour of stars or electrons are known quantities.

    QI has not been falsified. In systems where it is the only factor present, such as galaxies or wide binaries, it performs perfectly. In lab applications, my lack of awareness of physical or engineering details has been a problem, but I am willing to be wrong and therefore to learn.

    References

    Bhatt, A.S and F.M. Becker, 2019. Electrostatic accelerated electrons within symmetric capacitors during field emission condition events exert bidirectional propellant-less thrust. https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.04368

    Neunzig, O., M. Weikert and M. Tajmar, 2021. Thrust measurements of microwave-, superconducting and laser type emdrives. Link 72nd IAC, Dubai.

    McCulloch, M.E., 2021. Thrust from Symmetric Capacitors using Quantised Inertia. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353481953_Thrust_from_Symmetric_Capacitors_using_Quantised_Inertia


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  69. The worst killer right now is the proton pump inhibitors. They should be banned outright and screw libertarian piety I would ban the outright and put people under house arrest who advocated them if I had to to get the job done. If you start taking them at 20 you aren’t going to survive to the age of 35. They are an outrage.

    Shit! I’d better get off Nexium quick smart. I started when I was 34. Been taking them ever since. I’m now 72; better get off them before they kill me!


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  70. Do you want to know why you haven’t a lorikeet so much as shit in your general direction lately?

    I must declare for the record though, that a Nano-wriggler belching multi-coloured feathers at you when you ask how was they day, is quite off-putting.

    Especially when a disembodied beak bounces off your nose in the process.

    Nano-Wrigglers have no manners…


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  71. Catallaxy is known for having died in the wool stupid people around.

    If we were all died in the wool, there’d be no-one here for you to post rambling stream-of-consciousness bullshit and random outbursts of anti-semitic rage at…

    #EditTwice,PostOnce


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  72. My goodness is there no stupid shit you don’t believe in?

    It beats trying to make sense of your magical belief that Iliad is really the story of Finnish berserker Akki Lles and the Wooden Narwhal of Trøj…


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  73. Toija. Thats where Troy is.

    I’m sure Lizzie will be interested, Bird. She uses exactly the same methods.

    Don’t be ridiculous, Dr. BG. I am interested in generic folkloric origins but I am not by any means a cultural ‘diffusionist’ postulating a dominant culture of origin, which is what Birdie was doing. The ‘Scandinavian diffusion’ hypothesis (i.e. the postulate that everything in Europe originated in Sweden) was popular in Scandinavian cultural identity in the C17th. Such views followed the now completely discredited work of a polymath at Uppsala University. In contemporary anthropology, raw diffusionist theories have gone the way of the similarly mistaken C19th ‘matriarchist’ or ‘mother right’ theorists (for example, Bachofen). I see raw diffusionism of ideas from one cultural source as unsophisticated nineteenth century thinking. A far more sophisticated approach is taken by folklorists Linda Malcor and C. Scott Littleton in their work on the northshift in astronomy caused by polar precession, which produced variants of an ancient Steppes myth concerning the ‘bear’ constellation in the night sky.

    Father gods, particularly the warlike Odin, featured in pan-European mythology. The historian Graham Anderson won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on the similarities between Arthurian legends in early Anatolia and those in Britain and Europe. These legends all show traces of a common Indo-European spread of language and thought, but they have accreted many elements from each other as IE cultures have mixed (e.g. the IE Arthurian goddess Nimue/Vivienne is thought to be dereived from the Roman IE huntress goddess Diana).

    These sorts of origin issues are nevertheless fairly tangential to my main concerns: my concern is to trace how the All Father god (in various iterations and names) of tribal Europe became displaced by the Levantine Hebraic god of Christian Rome in the British context during the fifth century after the departure of the Roman legions in a time of lost Romanitas and resurgent heathenism. I do this by examination of the written texts on which the legends of Arthur are based, backed up with place name and other linguistic alignments of a named All-Father god Eiddyn (the Brythonic alfthdur/eiddyn over whom battles were fought as late as 575AD in Britain’s Brythonic north). Under later Norse and Danish influence this god of those northern peoples who had long been in cultural interaction was still recalled but soon subject to Christian persecution. In this way a god long extant in Britain morphed into Arthur, turned into a culture hero no longer a god.

    The concept of Arthur and the remnant legends of an older cosmology that surround it would not have survived the Christianisation of Britain without the singular date-contested early post-Roman work of a Christian British writer called Gildas. I write to show exactly how Gildas was misinterpeted by later ages and used to develop the warrior myth of Arthur. In piecemea,l I analyse Gildas’ long treatise and sermon (De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae) to show via his own writings (which I re-date) that his concern was with heresy and a heathen father god whom he actually nominates as ‘the devil Father’ and that the ‘famed Battle of Badon’ was a religious struggle just as was the 575AD Battle of Arthuret (a highly traceable contraction of All Father Eiddyn- arfthdureiddyn). Ergo, Arthur was the old All Father. Plenty of evidence of various types can be mustered for that proposition, which provides a comprehensive explanation for a previously unexplained phenomenon and set of disparate legends transferred from Britain to France in the monastic era, including those of the Holy Grail.

    My 2018 piece on this in Quadrant offers an exploratory outline of my main ideas, which have been well received by some people knowledgeable in this area. The ideas I present are the antithesis of what historian Dunville has called the ‘Arthur lived in my postcode’ sort of unreliable claims which are similar to Birdie’s belief that the Homeric legends had to originate in Nordic lands. A common substrate may exist in such legends, but there are, as Rex Anger noted, distinct differences too.


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  74. I know that there are probably many on this blog who are not fans of Jeffrey Tucker. But he has just posted an article on Brownstone Institute which offers a useful reflection on the loss of the essential features of freedom that, pre COVID, we took for granted. I certainly agree with him – that what has transpired was beyond what I thought possible. And I think that he is right – that we must start seriously thinking about how, and in deed if it is possible, to regain that freedom from the ever present danger of government repression.

    https://brownstone.org/articles/is-liberalism-a-lost-cause/


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