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12:37 AM
That should make it clear to everyone but a child or a MAGA idiot which side of Trump's zweiback is buttered.
 
1:11 AM
Yeah, I think Putin was mostly disappointed when Trump didn't favour Russia as much as it was hoped.
But Trump was very weak, which was good.
 
@Cerberus He favored Russia quite a bit. He wanted to pull out of NATO, for one thing. And he had "secret" meetings with Putin where only the Russian translators were allowed. All other US personnel were excluded. So who knows what they talked about? We sure don't. So we can only think the worst.
 
OK he favoured it to some degree.
But I believe he also authorised various anti-Russian measures.
Those meetings without American translators, that's extreme.
I hadn't heard of that.
 
It was big news here.
 
@Robusto In 2015, I was asked by my boss, a woman, to remove "Best regards" in Ukrainian from my email signature. There were "Best regards" in Russian, English and Ukrainian. She said it was "provocatory"
 
1:29 AM
@CowperKettle Wow.
 
GoogleMail allows one to set up an automatic closing signature, so I put "Best regards" in three languages there.
She was hosting a refugee from the Donbass region, and was friends with some "opolchentsy" volunteers who went to fight in the east of Ukraine. She told me how they were really good persons.
And on her social network page she reposted the stuff about how Ukraine was an artificial state, stitched up from pieces donated by other countries.
And once reposted a link to an article in Sputnik & Pogrom, a Russian nationalistic website.
The Sputnik & Pogrom was too nationalistic even to Kremlin's taste, and it was blocked.
 
@CowperKettle Sputnik & Pogrom? Seriously?
 
@Robusto Yes, the site was created by a talented fat guy, sadly a nationalist
Last year, he mysteriously killed himself by jumping from his window.
Very strange death.
He was first anti-Putin, but after the Crimea affair he started supporting the whole thing ardently.
 
@CowperKettle That's one way the Yakuza in Japan kill their victims. They take them up on top of a building and tell them to jump or else their families will be killed. So ... it's ruled a suicide.
Juzo Itami (伊丹 十三, Itami Jūzō), born Yoshihiro Ikeuchi (池内 義弘, Ikeuchi Yoshihiro, May 15, 1933 – December 20, 1997), was a Japanese actor, screenwriter and film director. He directed eleven films, all of which he wrote himself. == Early life == Itami was born Yoshihiro Ikeuchi in Kyoto. The name Itami was passed on from his father, Mansaku Itami—who was a renowned satirist and film director before World War II. At the end of the war, when he was in Kyoto, Itami was chosen as a prodigy and educated at Tokubetsu Kagaku Gakkyū (特別科学学級; "the special scientific education class") as a future scientist...
This guy was a famous film director in Japan who made a movie critical of the Yakuza.
You can read what happened to him.
 
> Founder of Russian nationalist blog that supported the *** of Ukraine but later predicted civil war and criticised Putin falls to his death from Moscow window after ‘screams and shouting’ were heard from his flat dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10348293/…
 
1:39 AM
Yeah. A "suicide" ...
 
Funnily, Igor Girkin of the 2014 war fame constantly criticizes Putin and has repeated multiple times in his videos that "the Special Operation is an utter failure", it has even turned into a meme en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Girkin
In Girkin's view, Putin is much too lenient and conservative in his actions
I always wonder why Girkin is still alive. With his constant criticizing.
 
Does the name "Strelkov" have any special meaning?
 
It's derived from strelyat (to shoot from a rifle)
strelok is "shooter"
 
There was a revolutionary in Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago named Strelnikov. Related?
 
He is a fan of the Russian Empire, this Girkin.
@Robusto Oh, I don't know. I've read the book twice but my memory is too poor
I only recall bits and pieces.
 
1:44 AM
Well, it's a long, complicated story.
 
I had trouble with it because the characters kept being referred to by different names.
 
Girkin (Strelkov) is a "reconstructor", here he is in the Russian Empire uniform of the WWI
Basically he yearns for a restoration of the Empire
 
A return of Tsarist Russia?
 
Yes
> "The Special Operation against HAMAS is a complete failure" (Girkman)
this kind of memes on his "complete failure" topic
They paste this "complete failure" everywhere.
He believes that Russia should mobilize its conscripts and announce an all-out war
> On 28 May 2016 he formed the Russian National Movement, a political group in favour of "uniting the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, and other Russian lands into a single all-Russian state and transforming the entire territory of the former USSR into an unconditional zone of Russian influence."
> On May 22, 1992, six days after the release of his anti-yakuza satire Minbō no Onna, Itami was attacked, beaten, and slashed on the face by five members of the Goto-gumi, a Shizuoka-based yakuza clan, who were angry at Itami's film's portrayal of yakuza members.
Oh, he was a brave guy. I hate mafias.
Minbo (ミンボーの女, Minbō no Onna) is a 1992 Japanese film by filmmaker Juzo Itami. It is also known by the titles Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion, The Gangster's Moll and The Anti-Extortion Woman. The film was widely popular in Japan and a critical success internationally. It satirizes the yakuza, who retaliated for their portrayal in the film by assaulting the director. == Plot summary == The owner of a high-class Japanese hotel, the Europa, hopes to win a prestigious and lucrative contract for the hotel as the site of a summit meeting between important international officials. U...
 
1:59 AM
@CowperKettle Yeah, that's the one the Yakuza didn't like.
 
I'll check it out
 
That was in the 90s. The Yakuza are a bit more chill now.
Or at least they're a bit more restrained.
 
I wouldn't bet the ranch on that.
 
2:21 AM
"more restrained" != "well restrained"
 
2:44 AM
Word of the day: screw picket ( steel stake, used for barbed-wire defences, the lower half of which is corkscrew shaped, to enable it to be screwed into the ground)
 
3:10 AM
@CowperKettle Are you able to get Navalny Live? What do you think of it, if so?
On youtube only in Russian, I think.
 
3:22 AM
@Xanne I like it, but I don't watch it. They just repeat the things I already know
I'm not the TV kind of person
I like reading
 
And you are right.
 
3:39 AM
Word of the day: neuraxis
> Here, we review the brain systems, encapsulated by the notion of central autonomic network, that provide the interface between cognitive, emotional and autonomic state. These systems span the neuraxis, overlap with the more general governance of behaviour, and represent district levels of proximity to survival-related imperatives.
What drugs do they take to write like this.
It's like some lit-crit writer was hit on the head with a neuroscience dictionary.
 
4:08 AM
Oxygala (ὀξύγαλα, lit. 'sour milk'), known today as xynogala (ξινόγαλα and ξυνόγαλα), was a dairy product consumed in the cuisines of ancient Greece and Rome. Oxygala was a form of yogurt and was usually eaten with honey. == See also == Greek yogurt List of dairy products == References == == Bibliography == Dalby, A. Siren Feasts: A History of Food and Gastronomy in Greece. London: Routledge, 1996. ISBN 0-415-15657-2
Word of the day: oxygala, cognate with oxygen and galaxy
 
 
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5:46 AM
A purified form of an omega-3 acid seems to help smokers lessen the damage from smoking pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35953437
Curious
 
6:03 AM
@CowperKettle not that curious; AFAIK omega 3 oils have proven health benefits that often result from their immunomodulatory actions or how they modify the prostaglandin biochemistries in the body. This proven health benefit, however, is often apparent at very high doses and long-term use, so they're not still a very reliable part of therapy.
For example, AFAIK the beneficial effects on the lipid profile start to appear at doses of two grams a day, and it's near impossible to achieve that without supplements
(Which is again at least partly immunomodulatory. Adipose cells produce inflammatory markers that are linked to some long-term complications of obesity)
 
At first I was tracking omega 3 research, but subsequent research showed that it was not very effective in terms of brain function, and I stopped tracking it.
But maybe they are mildly good, and it's worthwhile to take them after all, just in case.
THis is mildly interesting, because NAC is suspected to have some effect in some patients with schizophrenia. Probably by acting as an antioxidant (increasing glutathione concentrations), but really who knows.
 
6:34 AM
@CowperKettle you know, I think, generally speaking, that all of this is sidestepping the main issue. You see, back in, say, 1950s, chemists were really excited about the new techniques and technologies in synthesizing and analyzing a huge batch of compounds for beneficial pharmacologic effects. However, by the 90s, it became apparent that our new methods of looking for new drugs aren't as effective as we thought, and what's more, by then, our techniques for the assay of herbal compounds had
. . . improved quite a bit as well. What happened is we again gradually stopped searching for new drugs inside our chemical libraries etc., and started looking for new drugs in the nature again.
Of course, most "naturally derived" drugs still have significant alterations in their structure to become more effective drugs, with fewer side effects. What I'm saying is, this divide between "natural" remedies and supplementation, and rigorous drug discovery, needs to be bridged, and most things are just a distraction in the way of doing that.
There is a compound out there that we can modify to do what essential fatty acids do, except it would be thousands of times more potent, with much more drug-likeness and clinical applicability, thus being much more clinically useful. Instead, people are fixating on nutritional supplements, and while it certainly helps to know how we can modify our diets, there really isn't much maneuverability there, certainly not as much research likes there to be.
 
7:19 AM
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7:39 AM
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@M.A.R. Yes, people love "natural" remedies
 
8:05 AM
Just a heuristic, people love going by heuristics ))
Me and my dad collected Rhodiola rosea in the 1980s, and recently there's a trainload of studies on it.
On how its components might act on the tissue/molecular/lab mice level.
 
 
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9:52 AM
@CowperKettle admirable, but sometimes misguided.
If only schools taught that.
 
In Omsk, a woman accidentally filmed the moment when part of her building collapsed.
She and other dwellers tried to make the authorities do something for years.
She was filming the corner of the buildings, and said "is it for this that my son is now at the Special Operation, under bullets?", and just as she said this, the building's corner collapsed.
Independent journalists found her, and discovered that both her son and her son-in-law are in Ukraine, at the Special Operation
The distance from Omsk to Ukraine is 2300 km
Like Cairo to Vienna
 
10:44 AM
Yay
 
 
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12:50 PM
@CowperKettle Is Special Operation what they are calling the Ukraine invasion?
 
1:12 PM
@CowperKettle Both those people are very good thinkers on the subject of LLMs. Emily Bender comes across at first as a little too anti-LLM but then she turns out to be holding back and claims about LLMs are pretty hyperbolic.
I know the video is not about the latest 'sentience' craze, but the video does give better actual knowledge about their limitations.
I mean the whole sentience thing is ridiculous.
And I feel like most people who know what's going on under the hood would see this immediately too.
People who are not experts... I can see how they might be credulous... it's hard to separate tech capabilities from science fiction... they both sound the same to non experts.
 
@Mitch The whole YouTube channels seems nice
 
 
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3:36 PM
Looks like Russia is fielding its very own Einsatzgruppen.
Einsatzgruppen (German: [ˈaɪnzatsˌɡʁʊpm̩], lit. 'deployment groups'; also 'task forces') were Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary death squads of Nazi Germany that were responsible for mass murder, primarily by shooting, during World War II (1939–1945) in German-occupied Europe. The Einsatzgruppen had an integral role in the implementation of the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish question" (Die Endlösung der Judenfrage) in territories conquered by Nazi Germany, and were involved in the murder of much of the intelligentsia and cultural elite of Poland, including members of the Catholic priesthood...
 
3:50 PM
By the way, I recommend not looking at the pictures if you can help it.
 
 
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6:07 PM
@Robusto Good to know Wagner suffered other serious casualties besides the attack on their regional headquarters.
> “Do you want to spend an unforgettable summer with new friends and get profit? Travel company ‘Wagner Group’ offers tours in Europe, Africa and the Middle East,” proclaims one ad on Vkontakte, Russia’s version of Facebook.
 
6:23 PM
@Cerberus Yes.
Further proof that Japan is not only weirder than we imagine but weirder than we can imagine.
 
Yeah, i read about that.
Most odd.
 
 
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7:46 PM
@Robusto remove the "can't hold their drink" stereotype? . . . Because they can't . . . Because genetics
 
@M.A.R. That may be true. My wife gets wasted on a few drinks. Fortunately, she only rarely exceeds her limit.
My kids, though, who are only half Japanese, have enough European resistance to get a good buzz on from time to time.
 
@Robusto is. There are several genes involved, we're still finding more. It has to do with BNP levels, which is much higher (lower? I think higher but I may be wrong) in Caucasians than East Asians.
"Brain Natriuretic Peptide"
 
@M.A.R. BNP = B-type natriuretic peptide?
Oh
 
Yeah that
It's actually often secreted by the heart instead, to reduce the load on the heart
 
Biology is strange.
 
7:57 PM
So it's a biomarker for congestive heart failure. But I'm referring to it's levels in the dura matter
There are other peptides too which play a role. Peptides in general send really interesting signals to different places and we've only recently moved towards understanding them as opposed to more ubiquitous, smaller neurotransmitters
 
I'm glad you are monitoring the situation, as I am unable or unwilling.
Same goes for my son, with his histology and cytology.
 
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