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May 14, 2021

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Richard Cranium
True, which drove American companies to flag their ships outside the U.S. A prime example of the law of unintended consequences.

That does not follow from the restrictions of the act (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_Vessel_Services_Act_of_1886).

Farnsworth M Muldoon

FFS. We are no where near peak stupidity, it seems..

NTSOG

It's my understanding - and I haven't worked with hearing impaired people, only visually impaired - that the hearing impaired community includes a group of [obviously] militant people who want to limit interventions/alternative forms of communication and stick only to signing and thus define themselves in terms their own exclusive 'Deaf culture'. Good luck to them if that's what they want and it works for them, but to denigrate a long dead man trying to help over 149 years ago is pathetic. Maybe his methods were not perfect, but he had to start somewhere. Again he is being selectively judged by modern standards of the unforgiving woke.

Daniel Ream

We are no where near peak stupidity, it seems

Non-Canadians won't see it, but the rhetoric in that article exactly mirrors the histrionics used by Indian activists in Canada to guilt-trip the rest of us over the residential schools. I'm guessing it worked so well for the Indian extortionists that the tactic is now being adopted by other marginalized groups.

Fred the Fourth

On the subject of ships and flags and regulations (and pirates...) permit me to recommend John McPhee's book Looking For A Ship.

Sam Duncan

“"Ladies and Gentlemen": a formal greeting going back decades which assumes that those of either sex [and a few strange ones in between] hearing the greeting are in fact polite and civilised people. It's no wonder that the wokels are offended.”

On the day the USSR fell, Boris Yeltsin addressed the Russian State Duma, beginning his speech, “Gospoda...”, “Gentlemen...” (rather than, of course, “Tovarishi“, “Comrades”). It may be the only example in history of a standing ovation for a single word.

TimT

Maybe his methods were not perfect, but he had to start somewhere.

I think the truth is probably more complicated than the link tries to portray it. Bell's approach was to ban a perfectly good method of communication with its own long provenance - sign language - and try to teach all deaf folks a skill which some were simply not capable of - lip reading and talking. The article simply acknowledges this part of his legacy. This is portrayed as CBC 'cancelling' Bell but it's not really the case.

NTSOG

And from the 'Religion of Peace' - a 'parade' in London. I wonder if these are the constituents of that famous Englishman Sadiq Khan?

https://twitter.com/gunnerpunner/status/1393920559243829248

John Lewis

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/05/16/football-has-tied-knots-row-pro-palestine-protests/

FAO NTSOG.

The FA Cup Final, which took place on Saturday, is one of the country’s major sporting events. One of the two players from the winning team shown in the photo is a Frenchman born in Marseilles, the other is English and comes from Loughborough.

pst314

On the day the USSR fell, Boris Yeltsin addressed the Russian State Duma, beginning his speech, “Gospoda...”, “Gentlemen...” (rather than, of course, “Tovarishi“, “Comrades”). It may be the only example in history of a standing ovation for a single word.

Thank you for that, Sam.

LW
Oxford University has suggested imperial measurements should be "decolonised" over links to the British Empire.

It’s called ‘metric’.

Metric? Invented by the famous imperialist French? Surely you jest!

Clearly, we must all go back to our ancestral measures, which ought to be entertaining as so many countries -- and so many people -- are so mixed now. How is a mutt like me supposed to decide which ancestors' measures to use? Maybe we could all go back to whatever measures were used by our mitochondrial ancestor in her homeland. Or just pick our favorite ancestor and go with that.

At least it will provide full employment (and enjoyment) for scholars who must figure out what measures were used where when, and for computer programmers who must provide programs to convert between measures.

ComputerLabRat

and for computer programmers who must provide programs to convert between measures.

And therein lies the folly of these assholes who want to "decolonize" everything and learn and build with "different ways of knowing" - all of them use computers, smartphones and other technology that is built by and running on electricity generated by industry and institutions based on the same mathematics principles and measurement standards they want to destroy.

WTP

And therein lies the folly of these assholes who want to "decolonize" everything and learn and build with "different ways of knowing" - all of them use computers, smartphones and other technology that is built by and running on electricity generated by industry and institutions based on the same mathematics principles and measurement standards they want to destroy.

These assholes at Oxford...Oxford. That's kinda like y'all's version of Harvard or Yale isn't it? Ah, now I understand.

pst314

These assholes at Oxford...Oxford. That's kinda like y'all's version of Harvard or Yale isn't it? Ah, now I understand.

Come to think of it, I should probably have written Oxbridge instead of Oxford. Gotta be inclusive. :-)

WTP

And they say there's no good news...a bill that says you cannot castrate little boys nor carve out the sex organs of little girls has passed the senate in Texas. Controversial as it is...being that it's opposed to "gender affirming"...

https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/05/17/texas-senate-tries-again-ban-gender-affirming-care-transgender-youths/5130573001/

Ian

"Looking Good".

A Failure on both counts.

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