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中国男子气概

在最近的播客中 我顺便提一下 中国共产党努力鼓励中国男人变得更有男子气概。

这是早先进入这个相当令人担忧的区域之后的。 报道我五年前的台湾之行 我发布了这个:

对于来自美国的游客来说,男性气质是显而易见的。 (尽管它当然是邪恶的 注意.) 在祖国,比在美国,有一种强硬、沙哑、好斗的中国男性,我们的移民制度有利于 呆呆的尾巴 中国男性的男性气质分布。

我在中国城市度过了一些成年后就知道了 在所有类型中,但是在我久违的时候已经忘记了。

我曾经有一位中国老板,他曾在相当于台湾的海军陆战队服役。 他是那种安静、安静、可怕的人之一,给人的印象是饿了可能会咬一口砖。 他关于基础训练的故事是 养毛 正如我所听到的 帕里斯岛校友。

1904-5 年的日俄战争被归咎于俄罗斯对日本性格的误解。 故事是这样的,沙皇的军官阶层只是通过阅读皮埃尔·洛蒂 1887 年的畅销书才了解日本 克莱桑瑟姆夫人 (普契尼歌剧的最终来源 “蝴蝶夫人”)。 洛蒂(Loti)的小说将日本人刻画得端庄,可笑,而且都不是太聪明。 俄罗斯人认为他们会轻松获胜。 如果这样 他们被送走了.

错误的刻板印象可能会带来不愉快的后果。

是的他们可以。 也许这是我们应该牢记的。

刻板印象仍然存在。 回忆一下画面 李小龙 作为电影中无效的吹牛者 黄飞鸿在好莱坞.

也许 ChiComs 应该输出更多像我的老老板一样的人。

奇怪的联系

在前往长岛东端搭乘渡轮的途中,我们停下来观看户外艺术装置 长屋保护区. 其中之一是小野洋子的国际象棋。

我记得我读过这个,但从未见过。 洋子做了一副棋子,棋子的颜色都是一样的——白色。 这应该是某种“声明”。 让我们忘记我们所有的不同吧! 没有更多的白棋子与黑棋子战斗! 给和平一个机会! Imagine!

好吧,它在东安普顿: 洋子的棋盘,碎片全白。

我不确定它现在是否有效。 可能不会让游客不太了解洋子的 作品 把它当作白人特权的断言?

任何。 站在那里,我不知道为什么会想到美国国会。

使用和滥用

我的朋友在 任期后抽动秽语 具有 一个很好的咆哮 关于“公理”这个词的误用——一个数学家,然而! 他的目标是旧金山州立大学的数学教授费德里科·阿迪拉(Federico Ardila)。

阅读 Ardila 教授的维基百科页面,他似乎是最沉闷的一种唤醒者:“致力于创建一个更大、更多样化的数学社区,由数学界代表性不足的群体成员组成……”嗯。 怎么做? 通过遵循“旨在在他的研究领域内培养多样性的某些原则,他称之为公理。”

PTT 对此大发雷霆:

古希腊数学家使用“公理”一词来表示不证自明的断言,这种断言非常明显,不需要证明。 现代数学以完全不同的方式使用该术语:它们满足的一组基本对象和属性,可以在其上建立逻辑理论。 因此,看到本应更了解的人故意滥用“公理”一词来谋取政治和地位,令人沮丧和彻底愤怒。

例如,Ardila 教授的第一个公理是:

公理 1。 数学潜力在不同群体之间平均分配,而不受地理、人口和经济界限的影响。

正如 PTT 所观察到的,这不是希腊风格中不言而喻的真理(例如欧几里得的“与同一事物相等的事物也彼此相等”)。 也不是“它们满足的一组基本对象和属性,逻辑理论可以建立在其上”(例如 选择公理)。 它是关于世界本质的断言,就像“太阳围绕静止的地球运行”一样,其真假可以通过实证研究来确定。

PTT本身就是一名数学家。 我可以看到他看到艺术的专业术语以这种方式滥用 - 并且被一个专业人士滥用是多么令人讨厌!

最近一位不同的数学朋友向我抱怨乔拜登告诉我们我们正处于拐点。 “老傻瓜有什么线索吗? 一个拐点 其实是?” 我朋友嗤之以鼻。

公平地说,拜登——不,真的——我认为这是一个不同的案例。 拜登不是数学家,也不会假装是。 他只是使用了一个从数学中泄露出来的表达式,在某种意义上与数学意义相去甚远。 是的,这既愚蠢又自负,乔试图让自己听起来比实际情况更聪明,但这并不是真正的滥用词语,就像阿迪拉教授的“公理”。

鼻癌

啊,癌症:肺癌、乳腺癌、前列腺癌、肠癌……都是可怕的病痛。 不过,您对鼻癌的了解并不多。 嗯,我知道了。

多年来,我的鼻子侧面有一个微小的肉质肿块。 没什么大碍,颜色也和我其余的肉一样,所以也不是特别难看。

Then a small part of it color. It still wasn’t giving me any pain or trouble, but now it had, in my mind, crossed some threshhold of unsightliness.

Being constitutionally averse to things medical and no more vain than the mid-20th-century Anglo male average, I dithered for a few months, but at last went to see Dr. Nguyen, our local dermatologist.

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Dr. Nguyen does 不能 dither. With a clever little vibrating micro-scalpel she cut the durn thing out right there on my first visit. Gone! However, she told me she’d send it off to a lab for biopsy to see if there was anything nasty about it.

A week later she called. Yes, there were signs of melanoma. I should make an appointment with 陈博士 at the MSK Cancer Center.

So I have nose cancer. According to Dr. Google, melanoma can be pretty mean. I find it hard to work up much anxiety when I don’t feel ill at all, but we’ll see what Dr. Chen finds.

Book fail

Nose issues of course turn one’s thoughts to Russia, the nasal nation.

I have been blessed with several Russian friends in my time, 最亲爱的 now sadly passed away. Both of those now-departed friends separately gifted me a book which they urged me to read, and it was the same book in both cases: Mikhail Bulgakov’s 大师与玛格丽塔. This, they both averred, was 练习 great 20th-century Russian novel.

Those two books have been on my shelf for some years now. They are two different translations: One by 米拉·金斯伯格 Grove Press, 1967, the other by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor from Vintage Books, 1996.

Both are paperback editions, with lavish blurbs from respectable outlets on the covers:

“The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative and poignant … a great work”—“芝加哥论坛报”

“a vast and boisterous entertainment …” - “纽约时报”

“Fine, funny, imaginative … stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative”—“新闻周刊”

“a masterpiece …”—图书馆杂志

Each time I was gifted the book I had a go at reading it in one or other translation, but never got beyond Chapter Two. This month, with my dear deceased Russian friends in mind, and the fate of books in general (next segment), I suffered an unusually acute spasm of guilt, and resolved to repay my friends’ kindness by reading 大师与玛格丽塔 全部通过。

I have almost finished, but it’s been tough sledding and I can’t say I’ve gotten much pleasure from the reading.

No, it wasn’t all the allusions and Russianisms that put me off. I actually like that kind of thing. When I needed to have something explained to me, the Burgin-O’Connor translation anyway provides 24 pages of helpful notes. (It is also the better of the two translations. I bailed out for good from Burgin’s when she used “disinterested” to mean “uninterested” in Chapter 12.)

It’s only that the action of the novel is too fantastical, the satire too heavy-handed, the allegory too convoluted, the personalities too unlike any actual human beings I have ever encountered.

Well, not every book is for everybody. At least when I am finished I shall not suffer a twinge of guilt each time my eye falls on that corner of the bookshelves.

The passing of books

数年前 纽约客 magazine ran a cover picture of a guy sitting in an armchair working a laptop, with behind him a whole wall full of books. Every one of the books had, on its spine, a little face drawn. The faces were sad, angry, or plaintive.

That came to mind this month when I heard that Book Revue, my village’s independent bookstore, was closing. In their last week, the week of September 6th, they marked down all of their huge inventory. I went in to pick up some bargains, but for some reason felt no urge to buy and left empty-handed.

The following Tuesday, when I passed by, they had already cleared out the whole place. The empty shelves were a melancholy sight.

When we settled here thirty years ago the village had Book Revue and two second-hand bookstores, with a couple of the big chain retailers in nearby shopping centers. Now the nearest place to buy a book, or just browse, is in the mega-mall fifteen miles away. At any rate, there was a Barnes & Noble there when I last went, a couple of years ago …

“Oh, people just buy their books online—lots of books!” That’s what you hear if you raise the topic. I call it whistling through the graveyard, and think of that 纽约客 cover. Books are dying a slow death, going the way that cuneiform on clay tablets went when papyrus came up.

It’s geezerish to grumble about it, and anyway futile. History stumbles on, and the old gives way to the new. For someone of my generation, though, for whom books have been a solace and a delight from childhood onward, it is sad, sad.

Allo-, not elo-

One more on usage. I was reading an ABC News account of court proceedings concerning the December 2019 death by stabbing of 18-year-old 泰莎·梅杰斯(Tessa Majors) in New York. One of the “teens” (yeah, right: I had to go to the 每日邮件 提供 照片) has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

What stopped my eye was this:

Lewis appeared in court in a dark suit and tie and raced through an allocution in which he said …

Never mind what he said; he raced through 什么? I had to look it up in 韦伯斯特.

地址 … the act of addressing or exhorting.

(A) Have I really lived a long life, read thousands of books, journals, magazines, and websites, and actually written half a dozen books myself, without ever encountering this word before? Or (B) are my mental faculties so decayed I am losing words I once knew?

I choose (A)—”A” for Allocution.

布洛克岛

Suffering from cabin fever, we took a long-weekend break at the end of September. One of Mrs Derbyshire’s friends had advertised the delights of 布洛克岛 to her. We had never been there; there’s a ferry from the far eastern tip of Long Island; so that’s where we went, stopping at a couple of places of interest on the 90-mile trip from our house to the ferry dock.

It was a fun and relaxing short vacation, and we are obliged to the Block Islanders who helped make it so. We cycled the length and breadth of the island, and hiked some nature trails.

Walking up the sandy spit at the far north of the island, just to see how far we could go, we spied in the distance ahead a big cluster of wildlife—all sea birds, it seemed, congregated over and around what looked like huge dark boulders. As we got closer the birds all took off, flying away in a mass, and we saw that the boulders were in fact seals—a whole bob of seals (yes, that’s the 集体名词: I looked it up), twenty or more of all sizes, including some babies.

As we approached, they all slithered off into the water. They didn’t go far, only a few yards from the open sand, just their heads above the water, following us with their strangely doggy faces as we walked by.

Chinese has two words for “seal”: hăibào (sea leopard) and hăigŏu (sea dog). From those faces, and their wary-but-non-hostile demeanor towards us, I think the latter word is much the more apt.

I’m not going to oversell Block Island, though. For a long weekend, it was perfect; but the place is small, and not over-supplied with interesting things to see or do. I think if we’d stayed a week, I would have been bored.

Oh, you want pictures? I got pictures.

New England piety fail

In a wee traffic circle at the center of Block Island’s Old Harbor stands a statue of Rebecca at the well.

Who was Rebecca, Mrs Derb wanted to know, and what was she doing at the well?

I couldn’t give her a good answer. My formal religious education is far behind me. I dimly recalled Rebecca performing some act of charity at a well, but I couldn’t remember why or to whom, or what the consequences were. I asked one of the locals, a middle-aged lady, if she could refresh my memory.

“Oh,” she explained, “That statue was put there by the Temperance movement a hundred-some years ago. They wanted to encourage people to drink water, not wine.”

But why Rebecca from the Bible?

“嗯,就是这样 was doing. People were drinking too much wine. She wanted them to drink water from the well. See?”

Huh? I didn’t remember from the Old Testament. I tried a different local, but he was just as clueless. What happened to New England piety?

The actual story of Rebecca at the well is 此处.

此处 我读到:

The statue of Rebecca at the Well was erected by the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement, but a close look at the modern day statue (a faithful replica of the original) and her grapes and amphora hint that the late-1800s statue supply company may have mixed up the biblical figure with a more wine-friendly Greek goddess, Hebe.

I’m not sure even computes. Hebe was cup-bearer to the gods, whose tipples of choice were nectar and ambrosia. Were they actually alcoholic drinks? If so, was she watering them down before serving them to Zeus & Co., to encourage them in temperance? I can’t find any confirmation of that, and it doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do—more like a sure way to find yourself at the business end of a thunderbolt.

The debunking rabbit hole

Anniversary of the Month was of course the one for 9/11. In my September 10th podcast I briefly chewed over some of the outstanding unknowns. In the course of doing so, I confessed, by no means for the first time, my temperamental aversion to conspiracy theories.

After a reference to Laurent Guyénot’s article 9/11是以色列人的工作吗Unz评论 of that date, I commented:

You can read Guyénot’s piece for yourself at the Unz评论, 随着 Ron Unz’s own contribution to the genre. For balance, you should then read the 对付-conspiracy literature, which is extensive: “大众机械师” 杂志做到了 a whole series of debunkings. Check ’em out and make up your own mind.

That stirred a conspiracy-minded listener to respond:

In fairness, shouldn’t you give at least 一些 attention to the supposedly crazy conspiracy theorists’ response to that so-called debunking? … There have been responses to 大众力学 so-called debunking. In particular, I would direct your attention to the work of David Ray Griffin, specifically his book titled (natch) 揭穿9/11揭穿.

In fairness, perhaps I should. But then, in further fairness, I should have to devote some time to reading the debunkers of David Ray Griffin—which is to say, with the debunkers of the debunkers of the 9/11 debunking. Without trying hard, I turned up this example: “On Debunking 9/11 Debunking: Examining Dr. David Ray Griffin’s Latest Criticism of the NIST World Trade Center Investigation” by Ryan Mackey.

No doubt Ryan Mackey has his debunkers, too; and they have theirs; and they, theirs; 所以 循环往复. How much time does my listener think I have?

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我是 先验 skeptical of all conspiracy theories. For one thing, I have noticed that conspiracy theorists 时刻 explain themselves in a way that is quite creepily confessional, to the point of being quasi-religious. The conspiracy theorist always begins by telling me that until recently he accepted the common account of the event; but then, after diligent enquiry, his eyes were opened, he became receptive to the truth, and was cleansed of sin at last.

For another, people rarely believe in just one conspiracy theory. If you think that 9/11 was a Mossad job, you probably also believe one or other of the following:

For yet another, one’s choice of conspiracy theories lines up with one’s general personal prejudices. I feel sure, for example, although I’ve never seen a relevant survey, that Irish Nationalists are much more likely than others to believe the 路西塔尼亚 thing, Republicans more likely than Democrats to believe the Pearl Harbor thing, Holocaust skeptics most likely to believe that Mossad pulled off 9/11, and so on.

I’ve had an extensive acquaintance with conspiracy theorists over many years. Some of them are my friends. Most are nice, normal people, except for that one bee in their bonnet.

Conspiracy theorism is just a cast of mind, a way of seeing the world. The attraction of it is gnostic: You are possessed of 隐藏的真相, with a deeper insight into reality than the poor dumb credulous masses.

My own outlook is that:

  • Well-nigh no big historical event was ever proven to be more than it seemed to be.
  • No agency of any government could find its rear end with both hands and the Hubble Space Telescope, let alone successfully execute a complex, layered conspiracy and then keep the secret for decades.
  • The hundreds of hours that would be necessary to acquaint myself with all the debunkings of debunkings of debunkings of debunkings … of debunkings of the official 9/11 narrative would be more fruitfully and enjoyably spent learning to play the banjo.

Conspiracy theorizing is a mild psychological aberration, like 强迫症 or agoraphobia, probably genetic in origin.

(Dave Thomas at 持怀疑态度的询问者 做了 a good roundup of 9/11 conspiracy theorizing on the tenth anniversary in 2011; but no doubt everything he says has since been debunked, and …)

数学角

That wonderful monthly magazine 新准则 entered its fortieth year of publication this month. Among the commemorative events has been the publication of a book, 临界脾气, containing 54 pieces from the magazine’s last fifteen years. (Mine, ahem, on page 269.)

To launch the book the publisher, Encounter, of course had a party. It was great fun: lively talk, many old friends, exceptionally good finger food.

I got chatting with some of the magazine’s younger staffers. One of them expressed a wish to be better acquainted with math. Could I recommend any books?

My own knowledge of books likely to fire up an interest in math is sixty years in the past and my memory is shot, so I wasn’t very helpful. I did mention Gamow’s One Two Three … Infinity, Cundy & Rollett’s 数学模型, and E.T. Bell’s 数学人, all of which had excited my own youthful interest; and on the way home I recalled Kasner & Newman’s 数学与想象力 (which coined the word “googol”).

However, the original publication dates of those books were, respectively, 1947, 1961, 1937, and 1940. Much mathematical water has flowed under the seven bridges of Königsberg in the decades since. Probably there are newer, perhaps better, books of this kind available. If any readers of this diary have suggestions, I shall pass them on to the interested parties.

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Here’s a cute one from Dr. Peter Winkler at the National Museum of Mathematics. This one was posted to subscribers of the weekly “Mind-Benders for the Quarantined” on September 12th.

What is the first odd number in the dictionary?

More specifically, suppose that every whole number from 1 to, say, 1010 is written out in formal English (e.g., “two hundred eleven,” “one thousand, one hundred forty-two”) and then listed in dictionary order, that is, alphabetical order with spaces and punctuation ignored. What’s the first odd number in the list?

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  1. Acilius 说: • 您的网站

    I’m sure the answer to the brainteaser can’t be as easy as it seems to me, but my guess is eighty nine.

  2. Acilius 说: • 您的网站

    No, no, not eighty nine- eight hundred and five.

    • 回复: @GeoffS
    , @Gross Terry
  3. 一个被诊断出患有黑色素瘤的种族主义者——很有趣,毕竟有一个神,唯一更有趣的是患有鼻癌的犹太人。

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    • 回复: @songbird
    , @Anon
  4. “Gifted”? Is that a word? What is wrong with “given”? It’s common among people who wouldn’t know the difference between disinterested and uninterested, but you are better than that Mr D. Best wishes from one grumpy old man to another.

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  5. dearieme 说:

    E.T. Bell’s Men of Mathematics: I have fond memories of that. If your friend’s interest extends to mathematical physics let me recommend the ancient but excellent The Strange Story of the Quantum by the magnificently monikered Banesh Hoffmann.

    There’s also a wonderful book for the intelligent schoolboy (as we used to be allowed to say) on Special Relativity – it must have been published in the late 50s or early 60s I suppose. The title and author escape me but I still remember the thrill of it.

    Both those books on math phys combine the theory with a good historical account of how the ideas developed. That sort of history is almost always omitted from university instruction but makes new stuff much easier for the beginner to follow, in my experience.

    P.S. I disagree about “inflection point”. The ignoramuses of the media and corporate life use it to mean either (i) turning point, or (ii) look at me, don’t I use fancy words? Or both.

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  6. dearieme 说:

    I’ve remembered one case that argues against your general anti-conspiracy mindset. Years ago the climate sceptics had decided that the climate fraudsters were indeed frauds, and had formed a conspiracy to keep themselves in gravy while keeping the sceptics out of the best journals.

    Then came the “climategate” hack, or leak, of emails that showed the sceptics had been right in general and also right in many particulars.

    No other example springs to mind, though, unless you include such cases as the conspiracy to avoid blame for the Waco debacle/mass murder. Presumably everybody admits that governments (and corporations) will frequently organise conspiracies to avoid blame?

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  7. animalogic 说:

    “根据谷歌博士的说法,黑色素瘤可能很卑鄙。 当我完全没有感觉不适时,我发现很难引起太多焦虑,但我们会看看陈医生会发现什么。”
    嘿约翰? 原谅不请自来的建议 - 但黑色素瘤是一个彻头彻尾的 - 彻底 该死的病。
    这有点像那些旧的 V. C 隧道——表面上,一个小入口,但一旦穿过它,整个城市就会出现,数英里长的隧道,医院病房,这个房间,那个房间。
    重点是——你鼻子上的小东西可能会在你身体的内部形成一团乱麻。
    照顾好自己,德布。

  8. MPO 说:

    I suspect that most “newer” expositions on popular mathematics are likely to do more harm than good.

    A couple of titles in the vein of your examples would be:

    Great Ideas of Modern Mathematics, Their Nature and Use by Jagjit Singh, Dover, 1959

    A Long Way from Euclid by Constance Reid, Thomas E. Crowll, 1963

    The latter author also published From Zero to Infinity which I do not have but suspect it too fits the bill.

  9. 祝福你与黑色素瘤决斗,祝你一路顺风; 我的祖父(农民)在 60 多岁的时候从他的右耳中取出了一只,并且没有复发; 他活到了 80 岁。

    为了很好地了解数学,我选择了 Ian Stewart 的(华威大学数学教授) 追求未知:17个改变世界的方程式 大约十年前在巴恩斯和诺布尔漫步时。 我认为这是对历史进程中关键数学思想的很好的调查,对于像我这样对数学着迷的非数学人来说,这很容易解释。

  10. MPO 说:
    @dearieme

    I believe the book on Special Relativity that you remember is possibly Relativity for The Million by Martin Gardner, Macmillan, 1963.

    Mr. Gardner was also the long running author of the Mathematical Games section in Scientific American back before that periodical went completely woke and subsequently into meaninglessness. It still saddens me to see what has become of that once great publication.

    I can also recommend Mr. Gardner’s The Ambidextrous Universe, Left, Right, and the Fall of Parity, Basic Books, 1964. The book is a fascinating read that is inherently mathematical but with numerous examples from a broad spectrum of the real World.

    • 谢谢: dearieme
    • 回复: @Anon
  11. Well, I was pleasantly surprised to read the first 9 comments that WERE not written in reply to your (anti-) conspiracy theory segment. Let me be near the first, but not nearly they last. Your points on this sound very much like what I’d read in the most recent Fred Reed column here.* I hate to write that comparison, as there’s a huge difference between your well-written and well thought-out articles vs. the arrogant, know-it-all-wanna-be writing of Fred Reed.

    开始了:

    First of all, I’m glad you qualified your “probably also believe” statement with “一种 or more of the following” or it’d have been way off the mark.

    (1) 谁在乎?! 如果你不是每周的读者 国民问讯 或英国人,或两者兼而有之,你为什么要关心? 我记得就在狄夫人发生这件事的时候,我记得我过了一会儿就生气了。 那是因为,我弟弟和我试图观看 周六夜现场, and after 2 minutes we were both yelling at the TV: “Enough of this crap! Put the show back on!”

    (2) 荒谬。

    (3) 同样荒谬。

    (4) That’s the 一种. There are so many political reasons someone or some entity would have wanted to get rid of JF Kennedy, that it’s almost hard NOT to believe it was the just the one guy acting alone. Additionally, it’s not like this was some complicated deal for which one would need to be an expert on aviation, structures, impact, computational fluid dynamics, and MORE, just be be able to make one’s own fair judgement. There’s no physical evidence that would disprove plenty of avenues of speculation about the assassination.

    (5) (Same as Fred Reed column, again). You are perhaps exaggerating what many have written. How about “… warnings of the Pearl Harbor were ignored and it was LET to happen by the Roosevelt administration” instead?

    (6) I hate to say it, but see (1). No, not “who cares?!” because this was a trivial piece of infotainment, like Lady Di’s death. It was far from it. However, it is so far back in time now that I’m not sure if too many of the 9/11 CTs would be interested.

    更多在另一条或两条评论中。

    BTW, thanks for the other interesting segments, as usual. I’ve never been to Block Island, but I’ve taken the car of the ferry from Long Island out to, where does it go, New London, New Haven (??) for one thing, to avoid the whole NYC area while heading from the deep South to Boston. Another reason is that I totally enjoy the ferry boat rides.

    If you ever get out to western Washington, you could take any number of ferries (with or without your car) from the Seattle area and points north over to one of the big islands in the Sound to just visit or get you over to the beautiful Olympic peninsula. I am miffed by those sitting in their cars for the 20 min to 40 minute ride – they obviously do it daily – vs. going out on the bow or stern and seeing the beauty (well, for 1/3 of the year when you can see) and doing that “I’m king of the world” bit – with selfies, of course!

    .

    * 事实上,我可能很想相信你、Fred Reed 和 Ron Unz 正在做一个小实验,看看这种类型的讨论是否总是导致最大评论。

    • 回复: @jamie b.
  12. There are two ways of starting out on the road to doubt of the mainstream stories and further down, detailed conspiracy theories that debunk the narratives.

    Either you start from the political angles showing why everyone and his brother would want to off this guy or do this deed, or you start from the event itself, trying to show evidence that it either couldn’t have happened as described in the mainstream narrative or must have happened differently per evidence and your noticing of certain details. If the 2 can be related in some way, well, that sure helps.

    Regarding 9/11, I have so little respect for, and faith in, the US Feral Government and its Deep State anymore that I could see very many political motivations. My problem is with picking one side or another based on the physical happening, which was no simple bullet through the top of the head, as with JFK. In “At Peak Stupidity club, YOU! DO! NOT! TALK! ABOUT! 9/11!, my point was this:

    I read and listen to ideas about what happened, but I can only be really sure of the specific parts of the speculation when it’s about a subject I know well. In this case, it’s the aviation portion. I hate to read some of the very reasonable theories by guys like James Corbett, etc., when they start off with material that is not factually correct regarding aviation. Or, I should just say, they are relying on multiple other sources who should know, but with varying views, pick their favorite, but don’t know really what they are talking about.

    Once I read or listen to a portion of a conspiracy theory explanation that I know is said with a lack of real understanding, I cease to believe any of the rest of it. Though I know a little about structures, I don’t feel qualified to make a definite call.

    I don’t think it’s at all unreasonable to believe that their are entities within or adjacent to the US Feral Government that would have been above killing thousands of Americans to help implement the Police State and/or start up more Middle East warmongering.

    • 回复: @AceDeuce
  13. GeoffS 说:
    @Acilius

    Eight hundred fifteen…but I am trying to decide whether there’s a trick answer. That cut off at 1010 seems arbitrary.

    • 回复: @Acilius
  14. Voltarde 说:

    “One of them expressed a wish to be better acquainted with math. Could I recommend any books? …

    …Probably there are newer, perhaps better, books of this kind available. If any readers of this diary have suggestions, …”

    不是数学书(对不起!),但我真的很喜欢其中的可视化和解释性材料 “3blue1brown”, which acknowledges its indebtedness to the efforts of the “art of problem solving” organization.

    https://www.3blue1brown.com/

    https://artofproblemsolving.com/

    • 回复: @Voltarde
  15. dearieme 说:
    @Empty Vessel

    “Gifted”? Is that a word?

    It’s certainly a word in Scots English. It makes a useful distinction: compare “he gave it to his son” which could be accompanied by “I want it back before midnight”, and “he gifted it to his son”.

  16. follyofwar 说:

    Mr. Derbyshire falls into the same small minded trap as Fred Reed in his rejection of so-called “conspiracy theories.” Lionel Nation loves to quote Gore Vidal in debunking those who debunk conspiracy theories. Per Lionel, Vidal said that he was a “Conspiracy Analyst,” not a conspiracy theorist. Just changing one word opens your mind up to the endless possibilities.

  17. Woodsie 说:

    The closing of The Book Revue is sad sad news. We’re literally out of reasons to go to Whitman’s home town now! I have many treasured books from the great indie store, but now only The Strand in the city remains. Sure, there are some junkue shops out east that will have a shelf or two of books, but The Book Revue was a mecca for old book collectors. Terrible news, but thanks for the heads up. We would have been devastated to pull up and find the place empty.

    The first blow was the shuttering of Cooke’s Inn, which had the best fried chicken, a unique gumbo, and the entertaining old fellah playing piano. That was over ten years ago. Then IMAC gave up the ghost, the best live music venue on the island. Now the Book Revue. To mis-quote Chrissie Hynde, I went back to Long Island and my city was gone.

    • 回复: @AceDeuce
  18. Acilius 说: • 您的网站
    @GeoffS

    Ah, yes, eight hundred fifteen. I’m surprised at how confusing I found it, it was like I was trying to rub my head while scratching my belly.

    • 回复: @GeoffS
  19. songbird 说:

    Pearl Harbor was badly bungled, IMO. Those ships should not have been there. The defense of Hawaii was better handled by the army. They should have been on the West Coast of the US, where surprise attack would have been near about impossible.

    But that’s probably true of nearly every first engagement that the US has ever fought. For example, Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico.

    • 回复: @SafeNow
  20. GeoffS 说:
    @Acilius

    Eight hundred eighty five, I just realized when you replied…Probably still not there.

    • 回复: @Acilius
    , @Anon
  21. jamie b. 说:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    如果你去华盛顿西部,你可以乘坐任意数量的渡轮……去桑德湾的一个大岛……

    哈! 本周末将与家人一起这样做。

  22. songbird 说:
    @Grahamsno(G64)

    “Racism” is just any positive segment of a scalar spectrum of ethnocentrism, for Euros. All values past zero.

    While “antiracism” is all values before zero, for Euros. I.e., negative ethnocentrism for Euros, or the active and infinite preference for the stranger, even to the point of complete abnegation of one’s own nation.

    对于欧元而言,选择零不是道德课程,而是自由主义的妄想。 唯一的道德课程是选择种族主义,否则您只是将零添加到负值,而不是努力消除负值。

    I will add the obvious: many non-Euro anti-racists are just super-ethnocentrics for their own people. Their “anti-racism” is really just a tactic to further their own interests, at the expense of Euros. “Anti-racism” is not a moral universal, that is why it is so popular and powerful, and othering of “racists” so frequent and severe.

    True morality is universal, not to be confused with universalism, which is really just “anti-racism.”

  23. SafeNow 说:
    @songbird

    “surprise attack”

    “sneak attack” until that wording was PC changed . Japanese diplomats were concurrently in D.C. professing peace, therefore, “sneak” became the adjective. All (except Israeli leaflets) attacks are surprise attacks; the term is not logical.

    But yes, bungled. Message to pearl: “This is a war warning.” Pearl’s reply: “Have executed a defense against sabotage.” People in Washington, upon receiving that non-sequitur reply, should have said WTF?! and acted accordingly. Unless something else was going on.

  24. Dutch Boy 说:

    I believe most Chinese in America came from southern China, where the people are shorter and more slender than the northerners. This may be the source for the idea that they are effeminate (lacking perceived masculinity, as Steve Sailer might put it). I am not confident that the stereotype is correct, for the short and slender Japanese made ferocious soldiers not long ago.

    • 回复: @Ed Case
  25. Svevlad 说:

    I have a strange view of conspiracy theories. I don’t really care about them, but I support them, exactly due to that whole debunk-rebunk endless loop.

    In their eternal mutual chasing to find the truth, they might dig up something actually useful. The only flaw is, I’d have to watch and listen to both sides, and conspiracy theories are annoying enough, but the debunkers make them seem bearable in comparison.

  26. SafeNow 说:

    1. What the heck is “signs of melanoma”? It’s transitioning but is not there yet? The doc was being gentle? Derb was being gentle?

    2. if you wish to research this further, do not use Dr. Google. Just add, to your search terms, the initials ncbi. that will get you into the actual journal articles. These are not difficult to read for an educated smart person, especially someone who had a bookstore in his village for years.

    3. A wonderful family album of photos, thank you. if you ever need an additional and unofficial member of the family let me know. I am anti-illegal immigration, pro-Chinese-Americans, and, an expert at taking out the trash. I confess worry however, that the family album appears at the same time as the medical situation. It is as if you were writing your memoirs. Cheer up.

  27. Truth 说:

    For a visitor from the States, masculinity is noticeable. There is a tough, husky, aggressive variety of Chinese male much more in evidence in the homelands than in the U.S.A. Our immigration system favors the dorkier tail of the Chinese-male masculinity distribution.

    I knew this, having spent some of my formative years in Chinese cities among all types, but had forgotten it in my long absence.

    Old Sport; allow me to remind you…

    • 回复: @Alfa158
    , @anon
  28. @dearieme

    Government conspiracies are easier to organize and easier to maintain than they ever were. The public, when they are not stupid, read or listen to five or ten sources for information and believe they are well informed. It seems ridiculous to consider that they are the same source.

    Climate “science”, Russian election collusion, Church of Covid, it’s all become so easy that it is on autopilot now. But even back in the day it wasn’t difficult. The Lusitania was a munitions ship. But you could only push a piece over the edge that was already on the edge. No longer the case.

    • 回复: @JMcG
  29. JMcG 说:
    @james wilson

    I’ve often wondered why the Royal Navy repeatedly depth-charged the wreck of the Lusitania so often after the Second World War.

  30. Alfa158 说:
    @Truth

    Wrong clip Chief, John was in these scenes:

    • 回复: @Truth
  31. 1. I’m surprised John D never heard of a plea allocution statement. According to the American Bar Association:

    After pleading guilty, a defendant is typically offered a formal opportunity to address the court to express remorse, and explain personal circumstances that might be considered in sentencing. This is known as an allocution statement.

    https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/publications/teaching-legal-docs/what-is-an-allocution-statement-/

    2. John D asks:

    Hebe was cup-bearer to the gods, whose tipples of choice were nectar and ambrosia. Were they actually alcoholic drinks? If so, was she watering them down before serving them to Zeus & Co.?

    The answer is yes, Hebe would have watered down the wine, which was the normal practice in ancient Greece and Rome. From the Wikipedia article on wine in ancient Greece:

    Wine was almost always diluted, usually with water (or snow when the wine was to be served cold). The Greeks believed that only barbarians drank unmixed or undiluted wine and that the Spartan king Cleomenes I was once driven insane after drinking wine this way.[2] They also believed that undiluted wine could even kill the drinker: the Gallic chieftain Brennus was recorded as having committed suicide by drinking wine full-strength.[14] Greeks asserted that the dilution of wine with water was a mark of civilized behavior, whose contrast was embodied in the myth of the battle of Lapiths with the Centaurs, inflamed to rape and mayhem because of wine drunk undiluted with water.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greece_and_wine

  32. 好吧,互联网上的“科学家”一次又一次地告诉我,我对科学一无所知。
    伤心! 说这话的人不知道他们在侮辱谁……但我不在乎,人类的愚蠢让我觉得很有趣。
    话虽如此,如果我要向想要了解将自己描绘成数学家的悲伤的人(除了少数例外)如何将自己描绘成(公平地说,我可能是世界上唯一的人)的人推荐一本数学书谁想到了那个来自布达佩斯的可怜的小数学家,他有这么多人崇拜,甚至到了衡量他们与这个可怜人的联系的愚蠢程度,却不知道他只是一个喜欢数字但不了解科学或数学的人嗯......只是一个小家伙,他会计算如果他有更多的球他会在扑克世界中变成什么样......),我会推荐西尔弗曼大约 200 页的关于微积分即兴演奏的书,最近由 Dover Press 出版。
    话虽如此,德比郡关于黎曼假设的书也非常好,如果你能弄清楚作者早期所说的(如果你读过牛顿或李布尼茨的原著,那是这本书最好的部分)卡片组的斜塔,以及对黎曼假设猜想提出的解决方案背后的有趣且不太难理解的数学原理(迄今为止——据记录它们都是错误的,正确的可能有点难以理解) – 如果你不是太糊涂,你应该没问题。

    • 回复: @very old statistician
  33. Truth 说:
    @Alfa158

    Hey the Derb was part of a multi-racial crime gang.

    It’s too bad he isn’t 20 years younger or he would have been a shoo-in to get caste as “Shaggy.”

  34. Anon[369]• 免责声明 说:

    我已经回到专门阅读印刷书籍。 我花了很多时间,浪费了很多年,只在 Kindle Paperwhite、iPad 和 iPhone 上购买和阅读电子书。 渐渐地,我意识到我的注意力和保持力几乎消失了。 我将其归因于我老化的大脑(在我 40 多岁时),但后来意识到这只是数字健忘症。

    记忆专家 Anthony Metivier 解释说:

  35. Reg Cæsar 说:

    How does Block Island compare to its freshwater competition? Mackinac in Huron, Madeline in Superior, Washington in Michigan, South Bass in Erie?

    Thorstein Veblen spent his summers on Washington Island learning Icelandic. Can’t do that everywhere.

  36. Stones 说:

    Derb fan here. But, where does the attempted sinking of the USS Liberty fit in?

    A coverup from day 1. No conspiracy there? Enough info in the open for an open and shut conviction of the criminal cons from Johnson on down. Yet, nothing. Shouldn’t things like this rightfully weigh on our thinking in matters that might also involve the government? – ZOG?

    I think the best mental posture for a conscientious citizen should be to be very wary of all official alibis.

    BTW – old enough to remember Pearl Harbor. Much of the sealed info was released in 1992 on the NYT back pages after a 50 year court ordered embargo. The only thing that FDR didn’t know about the attack was the exact time and maybe the pilot’s menu on board the Japanese carriers.

    And, oh yes. Had a nose job like Derb, but it was a lesser cancer. Also by an Asian expert, but after an equal opportunity doc had said it was “nothing”. Lesson: get a 2nd opinion and more.

  37. Welshman 说:

    Dear Mr Derbyshire, I am not sure that you have to worry unduly about the future of physical books – bookshops are closing because people are buying physical books – and most certainly not ebooks – online. (I resist citing, here, that infamous South American river.) Recent research – I am sadly unable to recall the reference – found that Kindle readers were predominantly in their 30’s and 40’s. The future of the paperback and hardback – although not, unfortunately, the future of leisurely browsing and of coming across unexpected delights – books seems assured.

  38. Renoman 说:

    Sorry for your troubles John, foot forward brother.

  39. Anon[369]• 免责声明 说:
    @MPO

    Martin Gardner also edited and annotated Silvanus P. Thompson’s classic 微积分容易.

    Marilyn vos Savant once wrote in her 游行 column that Martin Gardner was her favorite mathematician. Later Gardner wrote an introduction to her book The World’s Most Famous Math Problem on the history of Fermat’s Last Theorem.

  40. Anon7 说:

    我喜欢看洋子的国际象棋。 聪明的。

    另一方面,我过去常常在被十英尺长的铁链围栏包围的肮脏场地上和我几乎不认识的人一起打篮球。 我们会打五对五,先到十五分,以一胜一负。 没有伤害,没有犯规。

    到了决定谁是衬衫谁是皮的时候,有时外面很热,我们都玩皮。

    我们总是知道谁在谁的团队中。

  41. Anon7 说:
    @Anon

    感谢分享这个视频。 我对实体书也有同样的感觉,尤其是那些内容值得记住和思考并与你知道的其他事物联系起来的书。

    我发现,即使我不记得那页,我也大致记得我在书中读过什么东西,而且我经常记得它是在页面的右侧还是左侧、顶部还是底部。

    有可能某些类型的内容,比如故事,我可以在设备上阅读它,这有点像从容器中倒出内容,而不是将其视为结构的一部分。 如果这是有道理的。

    无论如何,再次感谢。

  42. Ray Caruso 说:

    如果您相信有关 9/11 的官方故事,那么您就相信阴谋论。 十九名阿拉伯穆斯林劫持飞机并将其飞入建筑物是一种阴谋论。 这就是为什么我开始倾向于不同的阴谋论:阿拉伯穆斯林这样做并没有什么好处。 他们有 100% 的机会被认定为肇事者,阿拉伯穆斯林将如何从中受益? 好吧,作为颓废和荒谬的污水池,美国在 9/11 之后增加了穆斯林移民,但这几乎是不可预见的。 另一方面,如果犹太人这样做并假装阿拉伯穆斯林已经这样做了,他们将有 100 次机会 不能 应该为此受到指责,因为将任何事情归咎于他们就像将他们再次推入奥斯威辛毒气室一样。 此外,犹太人有很多收获,首先是美国肯定会与他们的阿拉伯穆斯林敌人开战。

    所以我不确定谁做了 9/11,但犹太人比阿拉伯人更有意义。

  43. Mightypeon 说:

    亲爱的约翰,

    concerning conspiracy theories/false flags, according to the current “canon”:

    –Marco Polo Bridge incident was a false flag
    –Soviet Unions start of the winter war was based on a Soviet false flag
    –Hitlers invasion of Poland was based on a false flag
    –The Maine was most assuredly not sunk by Spain
    –Golf of Tonkin
    –Bost tea party is also, strictly speaking, a false flag attack.

    假旗在历史上确实发生过,每当使用它们的国家/派系被击败时,它们也会得到同样的认识。

    If one defines “false flag” broadly, as if to include flying under another nations flag (but with the blessing of that nation), well, both the Soviets and the Americans had people flying under Nationalist Chinas flag, the Yanks with the flying tigers and the Soviets over Wuhan.

    是的,大多数阴谋论都是垃圾,但只要涉及到战争宣战理由,发生阴谋的几率就会急剧上升。

    • 回复: @BlackFlag
  44. AceDeuce 说:
    @Woodsie

    I agree with your post. There are still a few decent bookstores in NYC besides the Strand. Argosy Books on E. 59th is an excellent one.

  45. AceDeuce 说:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    What’s the old joke:

    How do we know for sure that the U.S. Government wasn’t involved in the JFK assassination?

    He’s dead, isn’t he?

    • 回复: @Achmed E. Newman
  46. Anon[323]• 免责声明 说:
    @GeoffS

    八八百八十五

    • 同意: Happy Tapir, James N. Kennett
    • 回复: @GeoffS
  47. 德比郡先生,

    Ardila’s “axioms” should be called “Articles of Faith.”

    Because Ardila is a priest of a secular quasi-religion.
    It’s all a matter of faith. Most definitely not of a matter of facts, logic, falsifiability, experiments.

    • 同意: James N. Kennett
  48. Papinian 说:

    I haunted Quillette for a year and a half, never getting a whiff of 乌兹网 . What led me here was Post Tenure Tourette’s discussions of Sailer and Cole. I’m glad to know others read his blog too, because the comments are pretty dead.

    I hope that your melanoma did not spread before it was removed, Mr. Derbyshire. When you cannot continue, what you do will end forever. My dad had me read your essay on a hypothetical talk to have with a white child—I was shocked, and did not heed it at the time. If he had not, if he’d had nothing of the sort to show (direct, neither vulgar nor hateful, proudly cultured and still acculturating, impatient of folly), I may have followed the rest of my generation into their insanity.

  49. BlackFlag 说:
    @Mightypeon

    当然,德布不是指字面上的阴谋论,否则他不会相信像诺曼底登陆日或 9/11 官方版本这样的东西。 他使用了 Ron Unz 的定义,iirc 类似于:对与主流(政府和重要机构)解释相矛盾的事件的任何解释。

    但这也不是因为他经常谈论中国政府在各种事情上撒谎。 当然,在冷战期间,他不会毫无疑问地相信苏联真理报所支持的每一种解释。 他可能也怀疑美国的建国神话。

    所以他真正的意思是,他不相信对过去 100 年左右发生的与美国机构提出的主流叙述相矛盾的事件的任何解释。 尽管他可能会在犯罪和移民统计数据等方面做出一些例外,甚至可能对“伟大的替代”阴谋论。

    但公平地说,这不是教条式地拒绝相信其他解释,而是他对调查它们“过敏”,因为这样做需要太多的努力。

    总之,除了移民和遗传等他有专长的领域外,德布拒绝考虑对过去 100 年与美国主流叙事相矛盾的事件的解释,因为这样做会涉及太多工作。

  50. Anon[381]• 免责声明 说:
    @Grahamsno(G64)

    我喜欢德布,但那条评论让我哈哈大笑。

  51. Anonymous[285]• 免责声明 说:

    我有晚期转移性癌症。 我在 Dana Farber 的肿瘤学家是哈佛医学院的教员。 除了我已经完成的传统治疗——手术和化疗——之外,我还被告知要避免吃糖,这是一种癌症催化剂,并食用树坚果(核桃、杏仁等),它们是抗癌剂。 我的肿瘤学家说,他们不知道为什么/如何树坚果抗癌,只是他们知道。 注意:花生不是坚果,也不是抗癌剂(它们是癌症催化剂)。

    • 谢谢: Happy Tapir, Art Deco, JMcG
    • 回复: @anon
    , @JMcG
  52. 那是一本很棒的日记。 我倾向于喜欢寓言性很强的书和那些使用华丽风格的书,所以我可能喜欢大师和玛格丽塔酒。 例如,我喜欢 Kipling 的 Kim。 我想知道——不确定derb 是否会阅读这些评论——derb 的小说前十名是什么? 我的意思是,不是一个精确的排名,而是他一生中愉快地阅读和重读了哪些书? 我知道这份名单可能有偏差,但我在大多数诗歌方面都同意他的观点,比如朗费罗,惠特曼! 大声笑,不应该是 whitperson 或 whitxem 吗?

  53. 哦,对于流行的数学书籍,我会推荐威廉·邓纳姆 (William Dunham) 的《天才之旅》。 我认为即使对于严肃的数学专业也有好处。 直到我读了那本书,我才完全理解数学的结构。 它在微积分上有点弱,可能是因为它针对的是微积分前的观众,但我会推荐它,它是derb 列表之上的续集。

  54. Art Deco 说:

    So I have nose cancer. According to Dr. Google, melanoma can be pretty mean. I find it hard to work up much anxiety when I don’t feel ill at all, but we’ll see what Dr. Chen finds.

    Melanoma can be lethal, but less so than almost any other coarse type of cancer. Best of luck with it.

    Being constitutionally averse to things medical and no more vain than the mid-20th-century Anglo male average, I dithered for a few months, but at last went to see Dr. Nguyen, our local dermatologist.

    Mid-20th century Anglophone men weren’t walking around with monochromatic brown hair at age 76.

    It still wasn’t giving me any pain or trouble, but now it had, in my mind, crossed some threshhold of unsightliness.

    What’s amusing about the British sense of style would be the things they fancy are 不能 unsightly:

    • 回复: @Truth
  55. pyrrhus 说:

    “阴谋论”一词是中央情报局发明的一个短语,并被提供给其俘虏网络主播,以压制对肯尼迪遇刺和不明飞行物等问题的异议……使用该短语并不是情报的标志……有大量证据表明不明飞行物是不是地球出身,肯尼迪不是被一个拿着 13 美元步枪且没有动机的单身男子杀死的,但我相信德比郡先生更愿意对这些证据保持清白……

    • 同意: Truth
    • 回复: @Art Deco
  56. Ed Case 说:
    @Dutch Boy

    Up until mass immigration started in the 1980s, over 99% of Chinese in Australia descended from the area in a 20 mile radius of Canton.
    I remember them from 50+ years ago as shopkeepers, definitely phlegmatic but not timid.

  57. Yoko made a chess set with pieces all the same color—white. This was supposed to be some kind of “statement.” Let’s forget all our differences! No more white chess pieces fighting with black chess pieces!

    Should’a’bin “statemented” is my view on the pair of ’em. The LIOBs (Paulistas mostly) concur.
    It was a cheeky and knowing reveal though.
    All our pieces are White. And now all of yours are.

    Bribe-bribe is cheaper than war-war. Your entire “elite”, security apparatus including military chiefs, and even persons as insignificant as elected officials in any position are on 在水底采捕业协会(UHA)的领导下, 侧。

    All your rook are belong to us.

    And first monkey to utter “traitors” has all family die. Ha ha!
    I read the news today – oh boy.
    About a lucky man ..

  58. I am sure Derb will get rid of that melanoma annoyance. He is not one of those lucky people who go in their 70s; I guess he will have become mummified in a sort of autogenous vacuum in his 90s.

    As for Bulgakov- completely agreed. To give Russians their due, and dismissing long thick books, I’d recommend (although Derb has probably read something, perhaps all of them)

    • 回复: @YetAnotherAnon
  59. Truth 说:

    Hey Derb;

    What if your wife’s nephew rolled up on you alpha-style and started ridiculing your Ingrich and told you to go back to the UK?

    https://worldstar.com/video.php?v=wshhekukvh5dLa1SN2dK

  60. Dumbo 说:

    This thing about masculinity, I think it’s sort of a double-edged sword. Not sure about the Chinese, but Asians in general and in particular Koreans are very androgynous looking, due to the fact that they have less sexual dimorphism, and not only in looks, but also in terms of behaviour I think, but that doesn’t mean all that much. Both the Japs and the Korean were quite tough and ruthless in war (WWII and Korean War).

    Also, there are different types of “masculinity”, fighting and kicking ass maybe is one (warrior type), or sports, but also science (nerds) and even certain artistic pursuits are more masculine that they are feminine. Autism is almost 100% masculine.

    Stereotypes in this are a bit silly. The problem is not so much masculinity or lack of it, as it is extreme sedentary lives (online lives) and Globo-Homo propaganda 24/7.

  61. anon[157]• 免责声明 说:
    @Anonymous

    感谢您的慷慨评论,并向您致以最良好的祝愿。 死亡不是终点。

  62. Art Deco 说:
    @pyrrhus

    No ‘dissent’ was ever ‘suppressed’ on the subject of Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories. Over 1,000 books have been published on the subject and people who traffic in fanciful things have been given ample opportunity to make clowns of themselves. What they haven’t done is to engage in inductive reasoning which builds a case for the hypotheses in which they’re emotionally invested. And no, there isn’t ‘loads of evidence’ that UFOs are not of ‘Earthly origin’ except in your imagination.

    • 回复: @Johann Ricke
  63. @Art Deco

    No ‘dissent’ was ever ‘suppressed’ on the subject of Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories.

    It’s mind-boggling that this philandering, drug-addled white version of Obama somehow had this Arthurian myth wrapped around him. The only thing missing is the Lady of the Lake, although this was indirectly supplied in a less uplifting form via his ne’er-do-well kid brother.

  64. anon[283]• 免责声明 说:
    @Truth

    This is just choregraphed fake fights with stuntmen and extras
    There were more realistic fighting by the women in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    • 同意: Old Prude
    • 回复: @Truth
  65. Truth 说:
    @anon

    Tha Derb was in the movie, that’s the point.

  66. You can buy books online. You’ve just got to tip Bezos for the convenience.

    • 回复: @GenFranco
  67. In the course of doing so, I confessed, by no means for the first time, my temperamental aversion to conspiracy theories.

    Temperament aside, rejection of conspiracy theories is a good null hypothesis. The burden of proof is on the proponent of conspiracy.

    Well-nigh no big historical event was ever proven to be more than it seemed to be.

    Yep. The Girl In The Polka-Dot Dress who accompanied Sirhan Sirhan to the Ambassador Hotel was a mass hallucination, and was definitely not the wife of a CIA officer who worked on MK-ULTRA. No Lee Harvey Oswald lookalikes were ever seen in Dallas on 11-22-63, and certainly not the one who was witnessed boarding a CIA plane. The CIA did not have tapes of John McCain’s radio broadcasts from North Vietnam, and did not use these to encourage him to cover up CIA misdeeds. The sinking of the USS Liberty was a tragic case of mistaken identity. The USA entered WWI in 1917 because of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Russia’s October Revolution was not assisted by the Germans and Austrians, nor by Jacob Schiff. And the Iraq war was a search for Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

  68. GeoffS 说:
    @Anon

    抱歉,@Disclaimer,但我认为他规定了 1 到 1010 的范围。
    我还没有想出别的

    • 回复: @Patrick Sullivan
  69. My 一方面,心态促使我相信阴谋论修正了历史上最重要的事件。
    而我的心态同样促使我怀疑和剖析 所有 接受的历史。
    是的当然。 这让我几乎没有时间做其他事情。

  70. JMcG 说:
    @Anonymous

    祝你好运 - 我希望你和我们在一起很长时间。

  71. @GeoffS

    That seems to have been a formatting issue with the superscript not working. It should read 1010.

    So yeah, eightbillioneighthundredeightyfive, 8,000,000,885.

    • 回复: @GeoffS
  72. GeoffS 说:
    @Patrick Sullivan

    Wow, that number 1010 did seem arbitrary to me..nice.

  73. dearieme 说:

    20 世纪最重要的事件是在萨拉热窝的暗杀事件。 这是一个阴谋的结果。

    • 回复: @Art Deco
  74. Art Deco 说:
    @dearieme

    有什么马上就知道了。 手艺人用了 57 年的时间用原始材料构建了肯尼迪遇刺事件的替代模型。 还在等。

    • 同意: David In TN
    • 回复: @David In TN
  75. Macumazahn 说:

    数学人 很干——我建议 在数学圈 由霍华德·伊夫斯代替。
    亨特利的 神圣的比例 可能会服务,就像内格尔和纽曼一样 哥德尔的证明.
    也许道格拉斯·霍夫施塔特的 哥德尔,埃舍尔,巴赫:永恒的金色辫子 是不是太难了?
    更不用说马丁·加德纳 (Martin Gardner) 的许多著作中的任何一本了。

  76. Were they actually alcoholic drinks? If so, was she watering them down before serving them to Zeus & Co., to encourage them in temperance?

    Others may have mentioned this: as I recall wines of the ancient Mediterranean were typically diluted with water before being served. Homer is full of references to this custom.

    Whether this was done for reasons of temperance or sanitation appears to be a matter of some dispute, as here: https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/7634/why-did-greeks-and-romans-dilute-their-wine

  77. @Acilius

    a thousand and five… the extra 10 is so you can make it odd.

    You were correct in seeing there was a gimmick

  78. @Art Deco

    自1865年以来,发生了数次暗杀阴谋。1865年的林肯,1881年的沙皇亚历山大二世,1914年的弗朗茨费迪南德,1944年的希特勒,1962年的戴高乐。前三场,目标被杀,后两场他逃脱了。

    在上述每一项中,阴谋和参与者的名字都“立即”被揭露。

    奥斯瓦尔德在射杀肯尼迪后设法逃离了大楼。 没有人能把他抱起来带走。 他独自一人,没有任何帮助。 被捕(并杀死一名警察)后,奥斯瓦尔德有两天时间说一些可以挽救他生命的事情。

  79. @Bardon Kaldian

    Cancer Ward also features a melanoma patient, a young man facing the removal of a leg, who has a bittersweet encounter with a young girl facing a mastectomy.

    Prognoses are much better now, my uncle had one removed from his head and is still going.

    Some large scale conspiracies can be kept for decades – like the breaking of Enigma in WW2, only revealed 29 years after the war’s end. That involved tens of thousands of people.

    There may be some even more successful ones that are still hidden – we just don’t know.

    Seals. It’s the time of year they have their pups. Best and politest not to disturb them. The pups need to put on a lot of fat to survive their first winter, so the less energy they use avoiding us, the better.

    The cows can lose around 4kg per day when feeding their pup. Many lose up to 50% of their body weight giving birth and feeding their pups. They use about 30,000 kcal/day. To replace that energy they would need to eat 70 cream buns per day.

  80. Dumbo 说:

    I prefer bookshops to buying online, and paper books to anything electronic. Actually, I can’t read ebooks, unless they are very short.

    I don’t think books will disappear, they will just become an even smaller niche. But so what? They were always a niche. For centuries most people were illiterate.

    Most people are really dumb and are happy with only TikTok, fart videos, Jewlywood blockbusters and porn.

    But, sad about the small bookstores – Amazon is evil.

    However, there will always be a minority of people who like paper books and prefer to buy in small local bookstores. There is one nearby, it hasn’t gone out of business yet, even with Covid.

  81. ‘If you think that 9/11 was a Mossad job…’

    Whether or not one would fall into that category would depend on precisely what is meant by ‘a Mossad job.’

    Do I believe it was indeed al Qaeda that carried out the 9/11 attacks and that these attacks caused the collapse of the Twin Towers. Yes; to believe otherwise involves accepting several absurdities and improbabilities.

    Do I believe that — at a minimum — the Mossad was aware the attacks were going to occur, did not inform us, and watched benevolently as they took place? Also yes; to believe otherwise involves accepting several absurdities and improbabilities.

    By the way, I do 不能 think that Princess Di was murdered, that the moon landings were faked, etc.

  82. I’m averse to conspiracy theories myself; I’d say that the human mind can’t really cope with uncertainty, and absent a belief in God, some other unseen hand has to be controlling and explaining events. It’s actually faintly troubling that we could just be careening along at random, perfectly likely to plunge off the the road entirely.

    However, it doesn’t follow that the official story is therefore instead always the truth. Israel really did deliberately attack the 自由号, knowing it was an American ship.

    Remember how we were supposed to believe that the Corona Virus had a natural origin, and it had nothing to do with the lab in Wuhan? Even if history is not a series of hidden plots, sometimes people attempt to make us believe things were other than they in fact were.

  83. Sollipsist 说:

    I have noticed that conspiracy theorists always explain themselves in a way that is quite creepily confessional, to the point of being quasi-religious. The conspiracy theorist always begins by telling me that until recently he accepted the common account of the event; but then, after diligent enquiry, his eyes were opened, he became receptive to the truth, and was cleansed of sin at last.

    This is essentially how Ron Unz begins every single one of his ‘Pravda’ articles. Is this intended to be a subtle nibbling at the hand that feeds?

    • 回复: @Anon
  84. GenFranco 说:
    @Rabbitnexus

    看你想买什么书。 数以千计的人已经从亚马逊被删除(我敢肯定还会有更多),因为他们不符合反诽谤联盟或其他类似组织的标准。 有一段时间,Barnes & Noble dot com 是在某些书籍被亚马逊清除后获取它们的地方。 该选项似乎正在消失。

    近十年来,在 Bezos 的世界之外制作的电子书是购买作者被认为犯有 WrongThink 罪行的书籍的最简单选择。 现在似乎有一些独立的出版商愿意以精美的印刷版再版被清除的书籍。 他们只需要找到愿意处理付款的金融机构。

  85. 约翰

    Ol Book Review…the memories…

    Almost got into a fist fight with Bill O’Rielly after I accused him of being a WAR HAWK CHICKEN HAWK DRAFT DODGING COWARD during the Vietnam era…

    Archie Bunker gave me an Irish handshake…Who shook the hand…Who shakes the hand of the great Archie Bunker….

    The Actor from Planet of the Apes shook my hand..He called himself Chuck…

    Saw the filthy Hollywood fucking slut Jane Fonda talking about her teenage girl days walking round downtown Huntington….Henry Fonda had his home in Llyod Neck…

    Belly busting laughs during the talk by Bruce what’s his name from the hilarious movie ARMY OF DARKNESS…

    Belly Busting Laughs during Monty Python’s Terry Jones’s PowerPoint about his book Who murdered Chaucer…Terry got his affliction one year later…

    Bought your book on the Riemann Hypothesis there….

    Walked from Hecksher to Book Review with my brother who was dying from Lou Gherig’s disease….we saw Hillary from the street upstairs signing books….Hillary wore a scarf that night…

    Eva the beautiful Finnish Engineer who worked in the coffee section and was studying fashion design at FIT told me after Bill Clinton just signed books…..that as Bill passed the Book Review coffee shop window outside turned around and gave Eva a big goodbye wave….

    Had a 15 minute conversation with Comrade Pat Buchanan outside in front of Book Review before Pat jumped into his limo…

    True story….used to be a used math-science-engineering bookstore across the street owned by an eccentric fat man who went to engineering school with Israel PM Moshe Arons…Books stacked high in severely mutated DNA spirals…one of these monstrosities collapsed on my head one Saturday afternoon…I think what hit my on the top of my Irish head where the complete volumes of the MIT Radiation Lab series…

    Last book given to me free by Richard was the Scientific America Book on Lasers….which I read this past Sunday up in Utica Coffee Roasters which is walking distance from the Bosnian Muslim Mosque in Utica NY…The Mosque took over a very old Methodist Church with Christian graves in the back….Fuck all you Methodist Cucks…

  86. 约翰

    If it’s not malignant you have a high chance of survival….avoiding sunlight your whole life will put the pasty skin at risk for melanoma….

  87. @War for Blair Mountain

    Should read..to honor Tyson Fury’s victory:”fell upon my fooking Oyrish head…”

  88. Anon[381]• 免责声明 说:
    @Sollipsist

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing about Ron’s introductions.

  89. MEH 0910 说:

  90. MEH 0910 说:

  91. Bill Jones 说:

    In the course of doing so, I confessed, by no means for the first time, my temperamental aversion to conspiracy theories.

    And your temperamental attraction to the most outlandish conspiracy theory of all; that promulgated by the State.

  92. Art Deco 说:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    Almost got into a fist fight with Bill O’Rielly after I accused him of being a WAR HAWK CHICKEN HAWK DRAFT DODGING COWARD during the Vietnam era…

    He’d have had a student deferment for five semesters (1967-69). His lottery number in the 1969 drawing was low enough (71) that he’d have been called in for a physical. It’s a reasonable wager he was disqualified, categorically (IV-F) or contingently (I-Y). About 1/4 of the people examined for service were disqualified during those years. About 1/4 had student deferments for a time. It would be useful in future discussions if you were familiar with what is meant by the term ‘draft dodger’. While we’re at it, there were 162,000 inductions in 1969, at a time when coming-of-age male birth cohorts were around 1,9 million.

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