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4 hours ago, DireWolfSpirit said:

So a 25 mile radius of metro NY your looking at 20 million people. The thing being 24 miles off target is still a very lethal threat, especially if they could deliver about 4 at once.

Buh Bye east coast and pretty much Armageddon is unleashed between the two beligerants and ....oh hell it's the final conflict for all of mankind pretty quickly.

For a missile to be hypersonic it needs an enormous amount of fuel, limiting the warhead size substantially. Size also increases air resistance exponentially making any such missile useless except as a lure for other powers to foolishly spend money.

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8 hours ago, Prue said:

Considering how many indigenous leaders have been murdered who fought to protect the rain forest, I find it extremely likely that the cattle and soy industry that pays Bolsonaro also succeeded to get his support to kill off as many inhabitants of the rain forest as possible, by any means.

 

8 hours ago, rotting sea cow said:

Yes. While these murders haven't been done by state agents, the government has done nothing to stop them and actually the opposite. Brazilian government policies have incentivize the violence. On the other hand, successive Brazilian governments are at fault for this situation, not only Bolsonaro.

 

 

Well, first of all, the genocide accusation already been removed from the report since I last posted, in part because is something very difficult to prove- while Bolsonaro clearly doesn't cry a single tear over the indigenous population, to actively be plotting their genocide seems a stretch, and even if were true, near impossible to prove. There's already crimes enough against him not to indict him for something that will be controversial, unlikely to win and bring even some of his opposition against it.

Second, while it's true that all Brazilian governments have failed in protect the native populations, it's also true there hasn't been one as bad as Bolsonaro's in the last decades at least. Besides the financing by big some of the biggest farmers (which he wouldn't be the first), he also has the mentality of the military dictatorship that thought progress meant bulldozing the forest to bring "civilization". While the previous governments were not particularly great for the indigenous populations, they usually at least cared enough to avoid doing stuff that could bring them national and international criticism and sanctions.

 

Edited by Winterfell is Burning

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On 10/18/2021 at 2:49 PM, Zorral said:

Graeber's latest and last book argues this wasn't always the case.  He had three more works to follow this argument, but as he died in 09/20, we won't see them.

"Human History Gets a Rewrite
A brilliant new account upends bedrock assumptions about 30,000 years of change."

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/11/graeber-wengrow-dawn-of-everything-history-humanity/620177/

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

https://bookshop.org/books/the-dawn-of-everything-a-new-history-of-humanity/9780374157357

:dunno:

I finally got to read the article you linked and I have to say it was a letdown. Graeber's argument is stuff I was reading in my cultural anthropology textbooks way back in the 1970s. Even back then cultural anthropologists were well aware of the fact that there is no template or pattern to how any group of people, whether they were a small band of hunter/gatherers or an urbanized group of tens of thousands, to cultural development. They are about as many ways for people to live and interact together as there are people and there is normal or baseline against which any culture can be measured. For any group of any size the rules can be exceedingly complex such as you can't marry cross cousins but parallel cousins are perfectly fine  for someone to marry.

It is nice to see a wider audience for such a niche field as cultural anthropology but there is nothing groundbreaking. This is like an 11 year old boy figuring out a theorem about how to add a string of numbers  such as 1+2+3+...+1000, only to realize that the same theorem had been known long before. And yes, that was me.

 

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Researchers have pinpointed the region where our first domesticated equines emerged.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/science/horse-domestication-russia.html? 

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.... As the researchers gradually mapped the horse genomes across time and space, the picture became sharper. A little over a year ago, they were able to pinpoint the precise location: the Volga-Don region in what is now Russia. ...

.... The study also knocked down ideas about horses’ role in earlier human history. For instance, one pre-existing theory suggested a pastoralist people called the Yamnaya were able to migrate on horseback in massive numbers into Europe around 5,000 years ago. But the new genetic map found no evidence; the researchers point out oxen, not horses, could have been the driving factor of their expansion.

The new paper also reveals domestic horses spread across Eurasia along with the Bronze Age Sintashta culture, which possessed spoke-wheeled chariots, around 3,800 years ago. ....

 

Those of us who follow equine matters are likely to know the last already, but it builds assurance to have it genomically as well as archaeologically confirmed.

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On 10/19/2021 at 8:46 PM, Ran said:

I feel like useful context is that Carvajal is appearing to be making a play to get Spain to deny extradition to the U.S. for drug trafficking, after Spain rejected his asylum application.

On 10/19/2021 at 10:10 PM, Winterfell is Burning said:

 

I also doubt Spain would deny extradition, at most delay it.

 

 

They already decided to extradite him

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On 10/20/2021 at 7:01 PM, DireWolfSpirit said:

So a 25 mile radius of metro NY your looking at 20 million people. The thing being 24 miles off target is still a very lethal threat, especially if they could deliver about 4 at once.

Buh Bye east coast and pretty much Armageddon is unleashed between the two beligerants and ....oh hell it's the final conflict for all of mankind pretty quickly.

Didn't you get the memo? Armageddon was fought in WWI, and "we" won. Literally. The Turks and the allies fought the final battle before Turkish surrender on the plain of Megiddo. Armageddon literally meaning "of Megiddo". Kicked the Ottomans out of the Holy Land permanently, paving the way for the proper return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland (also as prophesied in the Bible) and the eventual establishment of the Jewish state. T.E. Lawrence being one of the great heroes of Armageddon.

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3 hours ago, The Anti-Targ said:

Didn't you get the memo? Armageddon was fought in WWI, and "we" won. Literally. The Turks and the allies fought the final battle before Turkish surrender on the plain of Megiddo. Armageddon literally meaning "of Megiddo". Kicked the Ottomans out of the Holy Land permanently, paving the way for the proper return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland (also as prophesied in the Bible) and the eventual establishment of the Jewish state. T.E. Lawrence being one of the great heroes of Armageddon.

NO PRISONERS!

 

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