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    Language as a Clue to Prehistory

    The Wikipedia article on Suppletion gives many examples, but every single example comes from an Indo-European language. And many textbooks devote little attention to the topic. Even defining suppletion isn't easy. Igor Mel'cuk gives the English word 'close' (instead of 'unopen') to be an...
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    Books that dramatically changed the way you think

    Great book. I recall learning from his thorough account of the English Civil War. One memorable quote suggests that Churchill had his own approach to historical fact:
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    Secession Fun

    Severing complex financial ties is non-trivial. Ask the UK. I'd love to see these morons no longer able to vote for President or Congress, but will they pay their share of the national debt? If not, what's to be done? Roadblocks on all the roads in and out of Racistopia confiscating goods and...
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    Trickle Down Economics is Misunderstood and Straw-Manned

    Wealth inequality is caused by the same two things that bring wealth: (a) Inheritance (b) High earnings Note that parents' wealth or inherited wealth can provide the education or other opportunities that lead to high earnings. Despite the rags-to-riches* stories of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon...
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    Rep. Gosar Faces Censure for AOC Murder Video, Refuses to Apologize. Sister Calls Him a "Sociopath."

    These Republiotards have turned into self-caricatures. If SNL made a skit ridiculing her they'd not need a writer: Just use her actual words. Was it "necessary" to give offense? I guess so; she just thought it was unnecessary for others to complain. And her "apology" sounds like the "If I...
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    Rep. Gosar Faces Censure for AOC Murder Video, Refuses to Apologize. Sister Calls Him a "Sociopath."

    If he had committed a crime, it should become a police matter. One would like to imagine a higher bar for Member of Congress than just "is not currently serving a term in penitentiary." This is only the second mention (at this MB) of the Caning of Charles Sumner since January (when I...
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    Trickle Down Economics is Misunderstood and Straw-Manned

    My main goal was to encourage Mr. Generation to improve his English usage. "... is not wealth" and "... is not easily liquidated in its entirety" have different meanings in my dialect. Perhaps I'm too much the nitpicker but gibberish — even when a possibly intended meaning can be guessed —...
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    Trickle Down Economics is Misunderstood and Straw-Manned

    I'd make it an alternate tax, to be applied ONLY if it exceeded, and in lieu of, personal income tax. And fair value of non-stock wealth would be included. The idea still has severe drawbacks but at least it's progressive (some other possible taxes I mentioned were regressive). The QOP...
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    President Biden's Infrastructure Plans

    I failed to acknowledge that there are stupid treasonous GOP Senators. e.g. Ted Cruz, as well as GOP Reps. But it seems that John Kennedy, Senator from Louisiana, is challenging Cruz for the title of Most Asinine Senator, Maybe he's trying for honorary membership in the MTG-Gaetz-Boebert club...
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    President Biden's Infrastructure Plans

    The GOP Senate and the QOP House are, nominally, elected by the very same people. Yet now there is a palpable mismatch between even these bodies! Further example, IMO, that "Republican" partisan politics have exceeded all degrees of inanity. This mismatch is partly due to an effect I call...
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    Trickle Down Economics is Misunderstood and Straw-Manned

    This thread leads to many important but difficult questions. For examples: (1) How hard would it be to institute a "fair" nation-wide real estate tax? This would be a clean way for the government to raise revenue and set priorities but the details would be fraught with peril. If the thread...
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    New report on climate change released today

    Electricity generated by wind power is now cheaper than electricity from coal or even natural gas. Solar power is also cheaper, with a price dropping quickly. Solutions for the storage problem are being developed. Reasons why wind power is not rising more rapidly in the U.S. are (1) many of...
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    Language as a Clue to Prehistory

    Yes, Germanic's sources include both a "core" language (Satem like Balto-Slavic, or para-Satem like Albanian) and a Western Centum language (Italic or Celtic), but there must have been a THIRD source as well. I think the third source was a sea-faring Baltic people, either the Pitted Ware...
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    Democrats 2024

    Bill Maher turns down the job of Messaging Czar for the Democratic Party. But I do think they should start listening to him.
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    Democrats 2024

    Sorry; none of those three has a chance of winning the general election. The octogenarian would get more votes than any of them. If the Dems do come up with a champion who has a chance, the QOP may run its best candidate, Nikki Haley. Optimism is good, but realistically QOP hegemony will...
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    Trickle Down Economics is Misunderstood and Straw-Manned

    I was going to post something similar to Canard DuJour but he beat me to it, so I just clicked Like instead. OP is just standard boiler-plate for why "trickle-down" MIGHT work. Those arguments are all obvious. As Mr. DuJour points out, it's actual EVIDENCE that is relevant. I just read...
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    Language as a Clue to Prehistory

    It sounds like the Transeurasian Hypothesis lpetrich writes about is based on the Swadesh-like list, and NOT on grammatical characters. Ringe et al did consider grammatical and phonological characters as well as lexical when they reconstructed the tree structure of the Indo-European family...
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    Overseas wives - exploitation?

    I think many ethnic stereotypes have merit, but it's hard to reduce personalities to a single adjective. If "docile" means willing to compromise or acquiesce on unimportant matters, then yes, some Asian women tend to be "docile." But "unimportant" is an operative word here. In rural Thailand...
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    Einstein's block universe?

    You’re very clever, young man, very clever. But it’s why's all the way down.
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    Another Russia Gate Source Arrested For Lying

    :confused: That the Democrats hired the agency that hired Steele to prepare that dossier was never disputed. :confused: Has there been any evidence suggesting Steele or the agency were corrupt? To the contrary, when strong evidence against Trump turned up, they didn't deliver to newspapers...
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