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5:26 AM
@Robusto I teach all my cats the meaning of the word "birds", so that when I see birds on the window sill outside, I can repeat "birds, birds, birds" several times, and cats come running to see.
 
 
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7:27 AM
difficult to have sufficient time to sleep
last night I missed a bus at 11:28 then I have to wait for the bus at 12:28.
the outside is so cold
though it's April, there is no much feeling of spring then.
too cold to think
how nice if the time of waiting for a bus is used for sleep
 
@Bohemianrelativist In Yekaterinburg, we have an app for smartphones that tells you the locations of all the buses in the city at each moment, and tells you how much is left to wait until your bus comes. It's very handy.
The majority of buses, trams, etc. are equipped with GPS and GLONASS sensors and constantly upload their location to an open-access site.
So I sometimes wait in the building or in the neighboring store during the winter, and wait until the smartphone tells that the bus will arrive soon.
Sadly, some buses do not share their location, or have their equipment out of order.
But it feels like the majority are equipped.
It looks like this
This is where the 077 route buses are currently
 
8:05 AM
@Robusto It's Irish, so the English alphabet is pretty meaningless :D Siobahn is another one that will catch you out. Niamh rhymes with Steve in my limited experience. Sláinte!
 
9:04 AM
An Alien statue installed recently in the town of Kurgan in the Urals
 
9:49 AM
 
10:40 AM
In Russian, fart also means "good luck", as in Polish. But it's kind of a slang word.
In Russian it is probably derived from German fahren (to travel)
Via some hunter slang in the 19th century.
 
Fahrt is German for journey (I think)
seems related perhaps, or maybe a false friend
 
Mhm
Maybe not
 
Oh, sorry, you already said German
I missed that
 
@Robusto like a chirping sound? My extensive expertise on cat videos seems to agree that's a 'happy chirp'
 
 
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1:01 PM
@CowperKettle Nice.
@M.A.R. Not quite the same thing. My cats' happy "chirp" is more of a vocalized purr, like a little grunt of pleasure. The "ack" is really just that. Mouth open wide, very short vocalization without a purr.
@MattE.Эллен Well, but why use the English alphabet at all? Transliteration would be in order here, wouldn't it?
 
@Robusto why do the French use it?
or the Germans for that matter.
I mean it was early and alphabet isn't the right word, so what I really mean is the name's Irish, so English pronunciation rules don't apply
 
@MattE.Эллен Yeah, but does Gaelic have its own alphabet?
I mean, we transliterate максим горький as "Maxim Gorky," not Mauve Garbage, right?
 
@Robusto maybe a long time ago? I don't know
 
Maybe the used the futhark?
> The traditional Irish alphabet is basically an adaptation of the Latin alphabet and was used commonly in Ireland until the middle of the last century.
Hmm, ineteresting.
 
Can't escape the Latin letters
Those Romans really did a number on alphabets
 
1:13 PM
Latin letters are the black hole of orthograpies.
> There is also no real need for 'w' either but the sound exists, you may be surprised to read, in the combination of consonants 'bh' or 'mh'. For example 'an-mhaith' which is pronounced 'an-wah' means 'very good'.
So Niamh has more of a "w" sound in it, then.
 
I guess so
 
> The other characters variously pronounce it "Neev*, Neef, Naif, and a few other ways.
So the /v/ and /f/ sounds are probably roundings of the /w/ sound.
Interesting.
It's still a dumb transliteration. There is a perfectly good /w/, no need to go cobble together an mh digraph to suggest something entirely different.
 
It is probably at least a little to frustrate the British, let's be honest
 
Haha, good point.
 
1:40 PM
 
2:16 PM
a psychologist isn't really a friend when you visit her in a psych center
she won't tell you her personal experience so that you don't know what kind of experience you can discuss with her.
 
correct a psychologist isn't a friend they are a professional. if you visit a psychologist as a patient you can tell them anything
 
@MattE.Эллен if they don't have related knowledge or experience, they can't not give feedback; then they just listen to you - that's quite useless.
then it's better to talk with a friend who can relate to you.
 
I don't think that's accurate. teaching people to cope with trauma doesn't require you to have gone through trauma
certainly not the same trauma
 
@MattE.Эллен but then they cannot necessarily relate.
 
2:31 PM
relating is not the job of a psychologist
that's what friends and support groups are for
that's not to say a psychologist can't relate
but primarily they are there to help you learn how to change your behaviour to better cope with mental health problems
 
@MattE.Эллен I feel the psychologist can just be there listening to you and call that listening is counseling.
they cannot really discuss with you about the solution about your problem.
 
some people find talking helps. it can be part of the process
 
undergraduate counselors are that way. PhD psychologist is also that way.
but it's very easy to find a person in a university to talk to if there is no pandemic, but not many people can discuss strategies with you.
I used to think this kind of person can analyze humans' mind so that they can discuss with you about how to cope with certain people, but I haven't met one of such kind.
 
@Bohemianrelativist do you have a specific example? because they can talk about how to better control anxiety, for example. I am not clear what you mean by problem
 
@MattE.Эллен no, they don't know how to control anxiety. They just say to you:"relax."
or don't think that much
and psychiatrists have some medicine to control anxiety
 
2:41 PM
@Bohemianrelativist I mean, they do. that's one of the many conditions clinical psychologist can help with. if you've not found them helpful, I'm sorry. Not all techniques work for everyone
 
actually I found the way to relieve anxiety is to socialize with peers.
but the problem is you need to find chance to make friends with peers.
 
:D that's opposite to me
I find hiding away helps me control anxiety
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because only peers understand my issues
irrelevant people don't understand your issues and can only ask you to relax but can't discuss about your issues.
of course only peers who are your friends can help you; peers who are your ravels may not help you.
 
@Robusto No. Sometimes 'mh' is /w/ sometimes it is /v/ (and those two are phonemically different in Irish). 'Niamh' is /ni:v/ but 'mhaith' is /wa/. I'm not joking when I say that Irish orthography is more rule driven than English. English orthography is all about exceptions and outright 'you just have to remember this one'. There are a lot of context rules in Irish spelling, and also a lot of silent letters that are either not spoken or tell you the manner of articulation of one that is.
 
2:53 PM
@MattE.Эллен some people have some special personalities, like autocratic, narcissistic, etc. I used to think psychologists can help you cope these kinds of people, but I haven't met one.
 
@Bohemianrelativist they can help people with mental health issues, such as excessive narcissism, to control their impulses, if that's what the person wants.
 
@MattE.Эллен usually narcissists wouldn't go to see a psychologist because they are narcissists - those who go to counsel with a psychologist are those who suffer from a narcissist.
the same is true for an autocrat.
 
not really. people go to psychologists to get help with their behaviour, not help with the behviours of others
sorry, I have a meeting right now!
 
3:09 PM
@MattE.Эллен no, but what if you suffer very much from an autocrat or narcissist?
you want to find a way to cope with them, so you visit a psychologist.
 
@Mitch Thanks. That's good information.
 
Any idea why Russia would go through the trouble of blowing up arms in Czechia?
 
@CowperKettle Yeah, I saw that. Whew.
 
Or is it just a typical honour/rage thing?
 
3:26 PM
@MattE.Эллен also, if a psychologist doesn't understand your issue because she cannot relate to you, she wouldn't show interest in listening to you.
I found I am not interested in listening to people talking an issue I don't have experience and cannot relate to; it's like psychologists are the same.
 
> At the time the Ugaritic script was in use (ca. 1300–1190 BCE),[10] Ugarit, although not a great cultural or imperial centre, was located at the geographic centre of the literate world, among Egypt, Anatolia, Cyprus, Crete, and Mesopotamia.
Would you write this?
 
@Cerberus It wanted to prevent arms from getting to Ukraine, as I understand
@Bohemianrelativist People often become burnt-out from having too much work. A psychologist or psychiatrist can become burned out, cynical and uninterested.
 
@CowperKettle Oh, I see.
But was it really a significant amount / type?
 
@Cerberus The goal was to blow up the arms while they were transported, but they bungled the job.
 
OK.
 
3:41 PM
@Cerberus Oh, I've no idea, I've been proofreading a neurological translation ))
 
I just wonder whether a single explosion/shipment would make any difference with respect to the Ukrainian war effort.
Good luck.
 
I too.
Maybe it's the brain drain? Moronic people seem to percolate to the top tiers in Russia due to the brain drain of smart people to the West.
For instance:
> Well, back in December 2006, in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta, retired KGB General Boris Ratnikov claimed he was involved with a top-secret occult project and had -- yep, you guessed it -- read Albright's mind.
> "In Madame Albright's mind, we found a pathological hatred of Slavs," Ratnikov said. "She resented the fact that Russia had the world's largest mineral reserves. She believed that Russia should not control its reserves but that they should be shared by all of humanity under the supervision, of course, of the United States."
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Q: Did Madeleine Albright say that "Siberia held too many resources for Russia alone"?

user18829I saw this quote here. Is there any evidence, which confirms or refutes that she actually said and meant (it wasn't a translation error, she didn't later dismiss the statement) it?

It's the common topic among Putin followers here. "The West is the Golden Billion, they want to grab our resources".
The golden billion (Russian: золотой миллиард, tr. zolotoy milliard) is a term, in the Russian-speaking world, referring to the relatively wealthy people in industrially developed nations, or the West. == Explanation == According to Sergey Kara-Murza, the golden billion consumes the lion's share of all resources on the planet. If at least half of the global population begins to consume resources to the same extent, these resources wouldn't be sufficient. This is partly based on the ideas of Thomas Malthus, in that emphasis is placed on the scarcity of natural resources. However, whereas Malthus...
Further, the session of the Federation Council (which has the power to ratify President's decision to invade Ukraine) has been moved to Thursday, the day after Putin makes his speech (Wednesday, tomorrow).
Some people are afraid that Putin will announce the anschluss of the Donbass region tomorrow.
Thus, the session on the next day is handy to rubber-stamp Putin's decision as soon as possible.
Others say it's just his brinkmanship.
We shall see in 24 hours' time.
 
4:02 PM
Hmm.
I can imagine an Anschluß.
But a full invasion into the rest of Ukraine? I don't know.
 
4:18 PM
@CowperKettle I think people were going about their lives and calling people like Chaplin alarmists until they were like "oh huh, a war broke out"
Something happens and things get out of control and lots of lives are lost
So I dunno, it just seems difficult to assume a stance for me. On the one hand, dictators are known for their 'brinkmanship', they do this for 50 years and nothing happens for 45 of those 50 years, so it's a reasonable stance
OTOH, if it's disasters we have to be able to predict and prevent, it just makes people dormant and apathetic to call fearmongering 'business as usual'
 
 
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8:43 PM
@Robusto It seems the Allies also made good use of the drug.
By the way, this bit seemed a bit...odd:
> Koivunen stepped on a land mine and his leg was blown away. Unable to move, Koivunen laid in a ditch for a week at -20 C, waiting for help to arrive.
I think not even @CowperKettle could pull that off.
I also doubt whether your leg wound would freeze before you bled to death.
But, yea, it's interesting and frightful how much drugs can accomplish in war.
Germany was the prime candidate for scientific experimentation with drugs in war.
So it makes sense for them to have done it.
But one wonders how many armies in history have used drugs. Probably a great many.
 
@Cerberus Also news to me. Damn, drugs have a lot to answer for.
> Nicolas Rasmussen, “Medical Science and the Military: The Allies’ Use of Amphetamine During World War II,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42, no. 2 (2011): 205–233. Concludes that the “grounds on which amphetamine was actually adopted by both British and American militaries had less to do with the science of fatigue than with the drug’s mood-altering effects, as judged by military men. It increased confidence and aggression, and elevated ‘morale.'”
 
> It increased confidence and aggression, and elevated ‘morale.'
Sounds like a tautology!
To military officers.
By the way, I wonder about their use of amphetamine versus meth.
I believe the former is much less harmful.
 
8:58 PM
@Cerberus didn't this old Chinese army before Genghis use drugs?
@Cerberus I think so, but I haven't studied it, so my guess is as good as yours
 
9:42 PM
@Cerberus Meth is amphetamine. Amphetamine is a class; methamphetamine is a subclass, a type of amphetamine.
@Cerberus That does seem a bit far-fetched. Not impossible, I suppose, but not very likely either.
 
@M.A.R. I don't know but I'll believe it.
@Robusto Oh, OK, but the 'other' amphetamines, then?
@Robusto How is it possible to survive in -20 for a week, when you are unable to move?
 
Beats me.
I am pretty sure I couldn't do that.
And if you gave me the choice of lying in a ditch for a week with my leg blown off, I think I would choose death anyway, never mind the weather.
@Cerberus Meth is considered the "worst" of the amphetamines, but I suppose that would depend on your point of view. Meth heads think it's the best. I tried it once in my teens and it does give you a euphoric high, but it follows that with unbelievable lows that last a long time.
 
@Robusto It could have been worse
It could have been raining
 
Yeah, rain would really spoil that party, wouldn't it?
 
right
I mean you're sitting there in a ditch, minding your own business. it's a bit chilly. You're missing a leg, or rather you know exactly where all the pieces are and it'll be hard to collect all of them in one place. But those pounds you were trying so hard to shed, that's not a problem any more.
 
9:54 PM
@Robusto How long?
@Mitch Nor is the ticking of your bunk mate's clock at camp.
 
@Cerberus OMG that's the worst
piece and quiet
out in nature
 
@Cerberus About 8-12 hours for the high from one dose, 24 for the low. And I mean it is low. Which is why meth addicts keep chasing that high, and why I decided this was not for me.
 
I'd get a bit peckish though.
that would put a damper on things
as to meth or amphetamines, at some point you're on your death bed, thinking of your last words "I have only one life to... no that sounds off... I only have one life to..." and maybe you think what the hell... heroin.
I mean you got an IV already.
 
@Robusto OK at least it's not many days.
 
No concerns about needles at that point.
 
10:00 PM
@Mitch You have plenty of meat lying around you.
 
just pour the whole vial in
 
@Cerberus Well, I think that if you stay high for days, your lows would be correspondingly long.
 
@Cerberus clears throat
 
@Robusto Right.
That's not good.
 
and it's not like it's going to go bad in that temperature
Also, if the explosion wasn't too great, they're all within arms reach
 
10:03 PM
Exactly.
So what are you complaining for?
 
I would say 'no further than you could throw a leg'
but
I'm just not going to say that
I mean he probably had a coat and a hat.
Without gloves I wouldn't stand a chance
I need gloves at like 10C
A week? OK that's impossible.
I can't go a full meal for longer than.... well... than sleep
So forget it
No stepping on mines in -20 weather for me.
Ah that's a good movie...
The entire plot revolves around this one guy who fell on a mine. He's on it before the movie starts and also til after.
Lotsa laughs
 
10:36 PM
I am signing to a job application, in the assignment I didn't understand one peculiar question which states, "What are your compensation expectations for this role?"
did it ask for a salary expectation or assurance?
 
11:01 PM
@Mitch Imagine if you had.
@EnthusiastiC Yes, that sounds like "how much do you expect to be paid for the job?".
 
11:58 PM
@CowperKettle only the Catholics and the Evangelical
Other religions don't.
 

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