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I am a Telugu medium student. I am not able to understand English paragraphs. Can you suggest English books and online course
 
8:04 AM
@Færd How beautiful. Where are they from? Is the pin your location, if I may ask?
 
8:15 AM
@subbu Try English coursebooks and simple stories for your level.
@Xanne I don't know about the source. I picked them up from Twitter and Google Image searches.
So the pin is not my location. I live in Tehran, Iran.
Where do you live?
@subbu Take a look at this, for example: easystoriesinenglish.com.
 
@Færd California, near San Francisco
 
Were you born there?
 
@Færd Thanks sir
 
@subbu sure
 
@Færd No, in Oklahoma.
 
8:24 AM
@Xanne Ah cool. I don't know why I thought you were Asian. I must have mistaken you for another user.
Yeah I did
 
@Færd Maybe Gigili
 
8:44 AM
@subbu Read, then write. Rinse and repeat. For more detailed instructions, see @Færd
@RegDwigнt "You know, and you must know this, there is a thing called testing too much" "Who says that?"
It's just three bloody words. Why has no one said them before?
 
8:56 AM
@Færd when I was four or five I made it my first ever personal mission to be able to draw a map of the world with all the countries in it. I still remember most, can even draw a vague liking to their borders
@Robusto my goodness. Half of the actually funny memes that exist are actually this guy's oneliners
 
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9:46 AM
Years lived with disability (YLD) due to depression, in thousand years per 100 thousand population, by country. 2010
 
10:14 AM
@M.A.R. Quite cool
When I was four or five I .. I did nothing.
 
10:26 AM
And this has continued.
 
 
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Word of the day: morningness–eveningness questionnaire
 
 
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@M.A.R. He was indeed prolific.
 
2:06 PM
@CowperKettle Well I'm worse. When I was four or five, I was doing something, and now I've actually gone back and done nothing
 
 
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A crime report from Perm Region of Russia, 2014
A 68 yo retiree was drinking vodka and his 14 yo granddaughter was chatting with him.
They started quarreling, and he knifed her to death. The next morning, he built a catapult and threw her body from the catapult into the neighboring forest. He was an engineer.
When asked by the police why he did that, he said that the granddaugher had always dreamed to travel to the stars.
Reads like total fake news.
Ah, turns out it is fake news.
Someone has a really great imagination.
 
@CowperKettle What other kind of news do you get over there?
 
4:34 PM
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100 people went to the center of my city in support of the protesters in Khabarovsk, who have been protesting every day for 28 days now
The police have not appherended anybody.
Because there were too many people.
Sometimes the authorities use a different tactic. They only ask people for details and make photos, if there are too many people, and some days later they arrest a couple or fine a couple.
 
Good going.
 
Last spring a couple of local oligarchs bribed the local authorities and wanted to destroy the little park there and put a new huge church in its place.
This enraged the citizens, and for about a week the people were gathering from dusk to dawn, in order not to let the construction begin.
It grew out of control, and so President had to intervene and finally the park was saved.
 
President Putin?
 
Of course, after this a lot of people were fined and several people got short jail terms.
@Robusto Yes. Because in Russia, in cases of mass protests, the authorties get paralyzed. They seek answers from the Cremlin and dare not do anything on their own accord.
 
4:49 PM
Figures.
 
It's a usual thing for a half-authoritarian regime. It was so in the late Roman Empire.
 
Do you still have Комсомо́л or anything like it there?
 
Well, there is a tiny Komsomol movement but it's no longer enforced upon everybody. IT's on the outskirts of the political spectrum
The domineering party is Putin's United Russia (Yedinaya Rossiya)
 
Who snoops on the people to ferret out dissidents?
 
And there is the Young Guard of United Russia, but it's not compulsory.
@Robusto The FSB, the heir to KGB
 
4:51 PM
Are they as diligent as the KGB?
 
No. They only care for the money. They bust up rich companies to siphon money from them.
 
So you truly have a "thugocracy" there.
 
Yes.
 
That sucks.
 
There is no true ideology that would bind the state.
In the USSR, there was the idea that we are all buldiing a better future.
And you could appeal to this idea in order to promote this or that thought of yours.
 
Ah, the paywall. But I know, even in Russia people use to say that the Mafia runs the state.
 
Tyrants can be especially ominous when they are ludicrous. In 2011, Vladimir Putin, scuba diving in the Black Sea, emerged clutching two 6th-century Greek urns — remarkably without a trace of moss — which had lain undiscovered in six feet of water, even though Russian archaeologists had scoured the seabed while studying an ancient Greek city. Putin’s flaunted contempt for his audience, the Russian masses, is calculated to breed in them an enervating cynicism that will prevent restiveness and the necessity of assassinations, such as that of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow in 2006
 
Yes, the urn thing was a riotous fun.
Yes, his clique has control over the main parts of the economy.
I'm afraid that if Putin is toppled, it will for a long time be not very different. The people in Russia are very passive.
 
Well, centuries of serfdom and peonage are to blame for that.
 
Yes, the Constition amendment referendum was visibly fraudulent. This has decreased Putin's rating quite strongly.
 
4:59 PM
Yeah, but he makes the ratings he wants to show.
 
He has got to be careful, because people around him are keeping tabs on ratings. They may want to make a coup, like they did in 1801 in Russia and all through the 18th century.
Stalin used to kill off all possible pretenders to the throne
 
> Joseph Stalin was reported to have said, at a Bolshevik party meeting in 1923, that voting is “completely unimportant” — “what is extraordinarily important is … who will count the votes, and how.” Except for a brief democratic interlude in the 1990s, this maxim has governed the Soviet and later the Russian government’s approach to elections ever since.
 
The Bolshevik system was based on strong subordination and there was almost no democracy from the start.
The very theory stated that only "politically educated" people should have the rule.
The elections in the USSR were held in order to make people feel that they are part of the system.
And in order to pick the most "politically educated" and involve them into the ruling system.
 
Only those who had "the correct line."
 
Only those who could keep their tongues tied and follow the correct line and feel what could be said and what could not.
In Putin's Russia it much more relaxed, so it's a great progress compared to the USSR
 
5:04 PM
I feel for you, man.
 
History is very interesting.
I listened to an audiobook titled The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes, it's great and it explains a lot.
Richard Edgar Pipes (Polish: Ryszard Pipes; July 11, 1923 – May 17, 2018) was an American academic who specialized in Russian history, particularly with respect to the Soviet Union, who espoused a strong anti-communist point of view throughout his career. In 1976, he headed Team B, a team of analysts organized by the Central Intelligence Agency who analyzed the strategic capacities and goals of the Soviet military and political leadership. Pipes was the father of American historian Daniel Pipes. Pipes was born to a Jewish family in Cieszyn, Poland, which fled the country as refugees after it was...
 
5:52 PM
We have a joke in Russia that in reality the Periodic Table first appeared in a dream of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, but he knew nothing about chemistry, and did not understand what it was at all, so it had to reappear in Mendeleyev's dream.
 
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James Fuller Fixx (April 23, 1932 – July 20, 1984), AKA Jim Fixx, was an American who wrote the 1977 best-selling book The Complete Book of Running. He is credited with helping start America's fitness revolution by popularizing the sport of running and demonstrating the health benefits of regular jogging. He died of a heart attack while jogging at 52 years of age; his genetic predisposition for heart problems and other previous lifestyle factors may have caused his heart attack. == Background == James Fuller Fixx was born on April 23, 1932, in New York City. He graduated from Trinity School in...
Interesting person.
Running probably expended his lifespan by a good 10 years.
And a smart one too.
 
6:43 PM
@CowperKettle I think he was a smoker.
Yes, "other previous lifestyle factors."
 
7:09 PM
@CowperKettle That's this song:
 
 
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@tchrist The spelling isn't proper anyway, but it's a nice exercise!
 
TIL that neuter < ne-uter (L) ~ not either (E), all cognate.
 
9:31 PM
@Mitch Makes sense!
@RegDwigнt ...unavailable in your country.
 
10:07 PM
@Cerberus could you be less specific? I've only posted fifty videos since the last time we spoke. Thanks.
Alternatively, just move to Germany. Duh!
 
@RegDwigнt The one you told me I must watch.
 
10:22 PM
@Cerberus the Trump one? There's many re-uploads on private channels. You can watch one of those.
Try this one on for size.
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Q: What is the meaning of "N" in this sentence?

hgsThe meaning of "jackrabbit" in Oxford dictionary is: a large N American hare(=an animal like a large rabbit) with very long ears. My question is what is the meaning of "N" in this sentence?

 
@Cerberus I had just learned 'uter' which I had just never seen before. So I'd the needful.and etymonlined stuff.
 
@Robusto I started reading that but then it just ended. Checked twice to make sure that that was it. Reads like a preamble to an article that then never happens. The fuck?
 
A sad thought... Etymologies are as useful as cosmology - fascinating for a certain kind of person but of infinitesimal utility.
@RegDwigнt it's just an opinion article, usually too short to support whatever argent is implied.
Also George Will is a horse's patoot
 
10:37 PM
Hm. That's a rather poorly written opinion. Anyone in here could write a stronger one that's easier to follow.
Like, I'm not even sure what point it's trying to make. It compiles a whole bunch of points, none of them new, but compiles them in such a way that they actually contradict each other.
 
He's got the contract so...
 
I think he should've left it at the title. That was snappy and to the point. From there it's just all mud all the time.
 
Full disclosure - I haven't read it
That would involve clicking a link
 
Well you can read it in under a minute. But as I said there's no news for you in there.
 
Thugockracy is a good word
But
I want to say ...
thuh - GAH - cracy
 
10:41 PM
Nice raps, Cardi B.
 
Gives it a while different mouth feel
@RegDwigнt if I were her personal physical trainer my stage name would be Cardi Oh
 
I have no idea who she is or why she's famous for anything.
Just got suggested her by YouTube yesterday, and just going by the thumbnail alone I immediately blocked all related future suggestions.
 
I knew a woman whose last name was Kane and her parents gave her the first name Candace, so she totally went by Candy Kane
@RegDwigнt you're missing a lot then.
 
She can get there cheaper simply by doing porn.
There's like fifty Candy Kanes in porn.
Not to mention Sandy Beaches.
 
How will you know about her spat with Nicki Minaj?
 
10:45 PM
Who's that now?
I know of Taj Mahal.
 
@RegDwigнt that one is not particularly inviting.
 
Inorite.
 
Getting sand in places
@RegDwigнt pretty close
 
But hey I'll let you in on a secret. Them people are not the brightest.
So anyway.
Back in our day, famous people may have been shit or dumb or both, but at least they were famous.
Apparently they've dropped that requirement since.
Now you can be the famoustest guy in the world and nobody even knows your name.
Like that one time I mentioned Pewdiepie and literally everyone in this room went "who?"
 
Oh yeah.. that guy who did that thing.. what was his name? That was crazy
@RegDwigнt dude.
He dropped the 'pie'
 
10:49 PM
I know, it was just like in that movie where they did that thing with the thing.
@Mitch who? Taj Mahal?
 
How old -are- you?
 
I haven't checked in decades.
 
@RegDwigнt haha I know. Lord of the Rings, right?
 
That is racist. You need to replace Lord with Master I think.
 
@RegDwigнt omg. Pewdie
 
10:50 PM
Or was it the other way round.
 
Keep up man
 
@Mitch now that just sounds like barf.
 
@RegDwigнt in german is it Herr und Sklave?
 
No, in German it's master and slave.
Those are computer terms.
 
@RegDwigнt yeah. And?
 
10:51 PM
Good point.
 
Haha I made fun at someone else's expense. Anyway, he's apologized since.
 
Sklave is literally slave. They didn't have those. You are looking for Knecht. Which is actually the same word as knight.
 
But my point is, as misdirected as it might be, is that LotR is Der Herr des Ringes or however you decline those freaking words
 
Herr der Ringe.
You know it would have taken you less effort to google it than to type up the short novel of a comment that you just did.
 
So is 'Herr' a bit ... uppity in German?
 
10:55 PM
No, why.
It's literally "sir". You hear and say it a thousand times a day, every day.
 
@RegDwigнt not at all. I'd have to click things and stuff.
 
Also, Lord our God is a Herr.
 
Also I'm on a phone
And it's starting to chafe
 
You're a phone alright.
They have no google on phones?
The fuck you can use SE chat then.
Mister Mitch in German is Herr Mitch.
I am Herr Dwight.
 
@RegDwigнt but you never hear someone say 'Excuse me, Lord, you're standing in shit'
 
10:57 PM
I am also the lord of the rings, but that's a story for another time.
@Mitch today? I don't think so. Other than that? A dozen times for sure.
Mein Herr, Sie sind in die Scheiße getreten.
Note how you don't just say "lord", you literally say "my lord".
 
@RegDwigнt yeah I got that. But it sounds weird to think that Herr also can be translated as Lord
 
Jun 21 '18 at 19:00, by RegDwigнt
"Room" can also be translated back into German as "Platz". Which can the be translated back into English as "place". Which can then be translated into German as "Ort". Or "Stelle", or "Stätte". Or "Fleck", which can then be translated into English as "spot", then into German as "Pickel", then into English as either "pimple" or "pickax". You see where this is going? As others have said, relations between words in different languages simply aren't bijective. That's why people love using Google to translate song lyrics into Chinese and back into English again. It just doesn't work. It can't. — RegDwigнt ♦ 33 secs ago
Is this your first rodeo?
Sorry, I meant to ask: is this your first raum?
 
Uh yeah I get it already. The range of meanings can be different in different languages
 
The first line of the Star Trek intro is actually "Der Weltraum. Unendliche Weiten."
 
It's about that particular word Herr
 
11:02 PM
@Mitch why are you so obsessed with slavery, mein Herr.
 
Or maybe it's a problem with 'Lord'
 
All of Bach is all Herr all the time.
As an aside, that's also an obscene Russian word for dick, prick, schlong.
So if a Russian calls you Herr, do insist they pick a different address.
 
puts that in back pocket for later use
sits down forcibly
 
The fun bit is that it's actually not obscene at all. It's just the name for the letter "H".
But no Russian knows that anymore.
 
Oh Russians.
 
11:08 PM
Are you Prokofiev or Antikofiev?
 
So little kids snicker when they learn the alphabet?
 
I don't think I've asked before.
@Mitch nobody learns the names of the letters. And not just in Russia but anywhere.
 
You haven't asked me before
 
Well I'm asking now.
 
@RegDwigнt sure they do, they learn to spell the names of the letters
 
11:09 PM
Well that's not the same thing.
 
@RegDwigнt it's kind of a personal question
 
Calling an "A" an "A" is not the same as calling it "aleph".
 
I'm more of a stravinsky guy
 
Indeed it's quite dumb. Like, it's an A already. What's the point of calling it that.
 
You know how to spell aleph? Thank a teacher!
 
11:10 PM
You don't call a "9" a "9". You call it a "nine".
So what the fuck happened there. Why are numbers better than letters.
 
I don't call it at all. We're not in speaking terms
 
So you are Antikofiev, then.
 
Numbers do all the doing and letters just talk about it
@RegDwigнt all I know is the thing that all the ice skaters skate to, from Romeo and Juliet
 
So anyway. The Russian names for the letters were like, Az, Buki, Vedi, Glagol, Dobro, Esm, Zhitie, Zemlya, Izhe, Kako, and so on and so forth.
 
And that one time he was on Dance Fever
@RegDwigнt I don't see no Herr
 
11:14 PM
Well it was like fiftieth in that row. Or twentieth to last.
They got rid of like forty letters later on.
Only 33 left now.
 
Russian has to go and complicate everything doesn't it
 
Which part of simplifying things seems complicated to you.
 
@Mitch Perhaps you had heard of utrum?
Utrum...an =~ either...or.
(Utrum is really the neuter form of uter.)
 
Uter... us. =~ Uterus.
 
@Cerberus nope. I was like wow what is this weirdo word it's so shirt I should have seen it before but I hadnt
 
11:15 PM
There is also uterque "both".
 
There's also Albuquerque.
 
@Cerberus haha that's the start of a really poor latin pun
 
Which has to do with dawns.
A l'aube d'après-midi d'un faune.
 
And white oaks
 
The dawn of the afternoon?
A strange title for an aubade.
 
11:17 PM
Only de bussy will get that pun.
And you're not into de bussy.
Ask @Robusto
 
No, indeed.
I prefer to stay out.
 
11:29 PM
So some German just won 38 million and I went and checked and it wasn't even me.
That's racist.
 
Quite.
 

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