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2:47 AM
@Cerberus Yes, he is!
@jlliagre Oh, poor man.
3:08 AM
@jlliagre At long last.
> The Yale University historian Greg Grandin, author of the biography Kissinger’s Shadow, estimates that Kissinger’s actions from 1969 through 1976, a period of eight brief years when Kissinger made Richard Nixon’s and then Gerald Ford’s foreign policy as national security adviser and secretary of state, meant the end of between three and four million people.
That includes “crimes of commission,” he explained, as in Cambodia and Chile, and omission, like greenlighting Indonesia’s bloodshed in East Timor; Pakistan’s bloodshed in Bangladesh; and the inauguration of an American tradition of us
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4:40 AM
Biden will honor his legacy by continuing to support the bombing of civilian populations.
> It’s easy to cast Kissinger as a master geostrategist, an expert player in the game of nations. But do the math. Hundreds of thousands of dead in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and East Timor, perhaps a million in total. Tens of thousands dead in Argentina’s Dirty War. Thousands killed and tens of thousands tortured by the Chilean military dictatorship, and a democracy destroyed. His hands were drenched in blood.
Biden must be envious; he's only got 14,000 so far. Sad!
5:24 AM
@Robusto the genius of the ELU chat will not be recognized in our time.
@Mitch I only play Mahjong
@alphabet if it's easy to cast him as a master geostrategist, it's easy to be one. You only have to stop worrying and love the bomb.
I'm looking forward to when some of those progressives, who quite correctly say that the end of stopping Hamas doesn't justify bombing civilians, will insist that the end of stopping Trump justifies unconditionally supporting someone who abets the bombing of civilians.
6:19 AM
> Sources were included into analysis if they complied with the following criterion: the paper contains results of studies related to the use of NSPs as specific markers of brain tissue damage in DM for diagnosis of diabetic encephalopathy (DE).
I wonder if it's better to always use the plural "s" in NSP (neuron-specific markers), or just leave NSP as NSP and let the reader guess the grammatical number.
I recall when I used the plural "s" while translating one article, I got disappointed with that choice for some reason, but I don't recall why.
@CowperKettle I don't have an answer for you, but I think I like the NSPs version better. Otherwise you can't talk about an NSP if you're allowed to have several NSP. See?
If it's already a plural you can't make it singular.
Q: why is it a noun phrase and not an adjective phrase?

NikhilonlyIn the sentence "The boy is ten years old". Why is 'ten years old' a noun phrase and not an adjective phrase. Doesn't "ten years old" give me more information about the boy. How do i know if its a noun or adjective after the linking verb 'is'? I am not able to understand why in this sentence "The...

@alphabet Apropos the question I just oneboxed, you can whet your appetite with this.
I don't know why he thinks it's an NP not an AP. It's clearly an AP. But it's a weird one because it's actually an MP, and measure phrases are their own thing. Examples like his are in the paper.
6:40 AM
@tchrist Thank you! Spasibo! Спасибо!
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10:13 AM
During the run today, C'était incroyablement glissant
J'ai donné une noix à l'écureuil
Curious: a nut is noix
> Inherited from Old French nois, from Latin nux.

Note that both used to mean “nuts (in general)” and “walnuts (in particular)” – compare Spanish carne, meaning both “flesh (in general)” and “beef (in particular)”.
@CowperKettle and noisette is hazelnut.
In Russia we call it funduk, from Turkic findik
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12:11 PM
@CowperKettle By the way, unless the very same well known squirrel is there, that should be J'ai donné une noix à un écureuil.
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1:19 PM
@alphabet Hi. Just wanted to update they accepted the return after 45 days. I got refund today. On reddit I found another user with very same experience. His issue got solved when he tagged and complained that site support team on LinkedIn. I also tried same last week as a last attempt but in my case it didn't work.
Then two days ago I once again posted on LinkedIn that it's affecting me mentally and all the experience I'm going through. Just after that they approved refund. And this time they didn't give old excuses like refund/return not possible.
It feels like a dream. They had absolutely rejected to help then one post on LinkedIn changed everything.
I learned my lesson hard way. Not going to order from that site again. Unless they fix customer support. It's owned by US company Walmart but I've hard Walmart has good customer support. Hope they rectify this site also.
2:00 PM
2:24 PM
Me þincð þæt hit hæbbe geboht sume swiðe leaslice mærðe.
Me þinkes, bi his menskful maneres & his man-hede, þat he is kome of god kin.
Meethink'st thou art a generall offence, and euery man shold beate thee.
Those are in three different languages, respectively Old, Middle, and (Early) Modern English.

1. eOE (? c890) “King Ælfred” (?), translation of Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophiae (Otho MS.) xxiv. 54
2. a1375 (c1350) William of Palerne (1867) 431 (Middle English Dictionary)
3. a1616 W. Shakespeare, All's Well that ends Well (1623) ii. iii. 251
A past-tense example from OE: “Me ðuhte þæt we bundon sceafas on æcere & þæt min scef arise & stode upprihte.” Old English Hexateuch: Genesis (Claudius MS.) xxxvii. 7
hwæt ho?
As you can see with þæt people used to know how to spell English properly once upon a time now long passed into immemoriality.
2:43 PM
Anatomy of the day: enthesis (place of attachment of a ligament or muscle to bone) -- Ancient Greek word, "ἔνθεσις" or "énthesis," meaning “putting in," or "insertion." This refers to the role of the enthesis as the site of attachment of bones with tendons or ligaments.
> 0 result for "enthesis". Did you mean?
I added this word to Anki because I was told I have enthesitis on my left iliac bone.
Oh, I don't doubt that it's a fine word, rest assured!
OED does have the corresponding antonym.
> Summary A borrowing from Greek.
Etymon: Greek ἔκθεσις.
< Greek ἔκθεσις exposition, < ἐκτιθέναι to put forth.
I've added 340 Ukrainian words so far to the Anki app. Which means I've memorized about 200 words.
Some 30% of words get lost from the memory
I hate it when garbage collection runs earlier than I wish it would.
2:50 PM
When garbage collection arrived back in the mid-1980s, we kids ran with garbage bins to throw our garbage out. It was a big garbage truck, it arrived at about 19:00 and signaled.
There were no large garbage bins near the apartment blocks, as usually, but only some trucks arriving at particular time.
So you had to run and empty your small garbage bin into it.
Probably it was less hassle for the city management, because there were few apartment blocks
We lived in the second apartment block ever built in the town, where only taiga had been 3 years before it was erected.
In 1977, there was only the airport and a couple dozen tiny movable huts for builders.
The airport in 1977.
It says in big letters "AIRPORT"
A helicopter landing pad.
We arrived on a similar helicopter, but it was deep snow around.
November 1980, start of construction of the first 5-storey apartment block by a Ukrainian construction brigade.
@tchrist Agreed. I hate it when things don't proceed in my preferred ways.
And now, for a fresh view on the Monica situation, we have mander Don't reinstate Monica (noticed first on the Bicycles SE).
BTW, is there a Monica situation anymore? Discuss.
3:10 PM
Is there a Lucrecia situation anymore?
@M.A.R. Who, then, will recognize the chat's genius? And how will they do it?
@CowperKettle Borgia?
Lucrezia Borgia (Italian pronunciation: [luˈkrɛttsja ˈbɔrdʒa]; Valencian: Lucrècia Borja [luˈkrɛsia ˈbɔɾdʒa]; 18 April 1480 – 24 June 1519) was an Italian noblewoman of the House of Borgia who was the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei. She reigned as the governor of Spoleto, a position usually held by cardinals, in her own right. Her family arranged several marriages for her that advanced their own political position including Giovanni Sforza, Lord of Pesaro and Gradara, Count of Cotignola; Alfonso of Aragon, Duke of Bisceglie and Prince of Salerno; and Alfonso...
I did not know about her.
Then to whom were you referring?
I just thought you were misspelling her given name.
A noblewoman in ancient Rome, whose rape by Sextus Tarquinius (Tarquin) and subsequent suicide precipitated a rebellion that overthrew the Roman monarchy and led to the transition of Roman government from a kingdom to a republic.
An understandable misspelling, mind.
3:13 PM
Oops. She was Lucretia
> 'Tis double death to drown in ken of shore;
He ten times pines that pines beholding food;
To see the salve doth make the wound ache more;
Great grief grieves most at that would do it good;
Deep woes roll forward like a gentle flood,
Who being stopp'd, the bounding banks o'erflows;
Grief dallied with nor law nor limit knows.
I went for a walk today. I could feel the pollution during breathing after 20 minutes. Initially everything looked normal.
It was like inhaling something uncomfortable.
@Vikas I'm sorry to hear that! Probably from the lack of wind, car exhaust accumulated over land?
Still not ideal time to go out for walk or run.
@CowperKettle No it's just the "general" pollution due to farmers burning stubble.
It can go early if there are two or three good rains.
The only trouble we had today is very slippery roads and pavements and just everything.
Because of a sudden frost after a sudden thaw
I nearly fell once while jogging.
I can't imagine pollution in a colder country anyway. Like dust can't be in air when everywhere is snow?
Sure smoke can be there.
3:19 PM
@Vikas There can be dust and smoke, in some industrial small towns we have colored snow from factories' dense smoke fallout
Places like Fairbanks, Alaska have thermal inversions that keep car pollution close to the ground in winter. It's a big problem.
@CowperKettle Black ice?
@Vikas Just the usual ice, everywhere
> Ecology
Oh. I see YouTube travel vloggers from north India their motorcycles often slip on road due to black ice.
Written on a dirty snow mound in Chelyabinsk
3:21 PM
> Threats to human health continue unabated in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, which has some of the worst fine particulate matter air pollution in the nation, with pollution levels spiking to more than twice the limit for healthy air.
So ... She spelled her name Lucretia de borgia [sic]
She had a fine hand.
I am not qualified to choose the answer to this question. I can only ask the question. Thanks. — Shelby Moore III Oct 30 at 3:42
At last, an honest asker of questions on EL&U.
I wonder if AI agents will be able to ask questions on SE and understand the answers, and integrate the answers into their "knowledge base" by 2026.
That would be cool.
@CowperKettle I once wrote my name like that on desert. The photo is on Facebook. I no longer login Facebook. Alas!
@Vikas Has it been banned in India?
3:31 PM
@CowperKettle No. I 'banned' myself from it three years ago :D
It was an experiment if I could live without Facebook. I never logged in again.
It's still active. I will login someday just to backup my content and then probably deactivate it.
I actively started scrolling Twitter after leaving Facebook.
The last post I remember on Facebook was "STOP THE VOTE COUNT!" on Trump's account LOL.
@Robusto Go through an overseas trip where you can go through customs and declare your genius.
There's a 114-year-old lady in one Russian city. She recently celebrated her 114th birthday.
She was born when Tsar Nicholas II ruled. She can still read newspapers, magazines.
3:36 PM
@Mitch Oscar Wilde already did that.
@Robusto Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery - said Oscar Wilde borrowing from Mark Twain who borrowed it from Swift who lifted it from Seneca who caught it from Lucretius who got it from a Greek slave he was beating.
@Robusto that thumbnail really gives it all away
@Mitch I guess they didn't want to give it away.
3:47 PM
@CowperKettle Me too.
4:21 PM
Have you seen the new historical drama about menstruation? It's a real period piece.
Will this cure you of posting Dad jokes in chat? Well, let's put it another way: What's another term for Lenin's corpse? Remains to be seen.
@Robusto They have a great attitude
@Robusto LOL. That's a good one, will get you a jail term in the USSR
Really, it's that good?
Maybe under Brezhnev, not a jail term, just some troubles at work.
Under Stalin, a jail term.
Apr 18, 2011 at 14:08, by Robusto
@Vitaly — Wait, it's money that's the sincerest form of flattery. Not plagiarism!
4:30 PM
The prarie is the sincerest form of flattery.
Specifically, Kansas is the sincerest form of flattery. All the other prairie states have some topographical features. Kansas, however, is scientifically proven to be flatter than a pancake.
> I’m not from Kansas—and, like so many aspirational developers, neither is Rishel. Even if flattening is the sincerest form of flattery, Dobson, Campbell, and the other real Kansans I talked to would be sad to lose their hills, which help them take advantage of the good parts of being on the level.
Nov 11, 2015 at 16:09, by Robusto
I never accused you of anything except plagiarism.
5:03 PM
> The elm tree is our highest mountain peak;
A five-foot drop a valley, so to speak.
A Man's head is an eminence upon
A field of barley spread beneath the sun.
In Praise of Prairie by Roethke
5:17 PM
@Robusto This is sad
5:28 PM
@Robusto some of those things, like the line of spiky things, are not anti-homeless but anti pigeon (ie not a place for humans without the item).
@Mitch Two birds with one stone?
But yeah the person ordering those benches from the artist... are they literally thinking 'make this nice looking street bench, but also make it uncomfortable enough to worsen the lives of everybody but especially those whose lives are pretty bad already'
@Robusto I'm just saying it looks like they added images in the video of anti-pigeon devices that are not being used to prevent human use, could be misunderstanding or could be in bad faith (or I have misunderstood the spiky things). They don't need that extra footage to make their case.
Some of those implements are intentionally designed to prevent skateboarders from doing tricks on them.
Which is a lot of expense to prevent a sport.
@Mitch And yet lawyers make their living on the difference.
@Robusto They ought it increase their capacity for housing the homeless by 1 for eat seat they make hostile.
Because I can understand that don't want junkies using all the benches.
@Cerberus Agreed. But I wouldn't want to hang from a rope until capitalism grows a heart.
5:36 PM
People are not supposed to be lying around in the streets. Then again, people are not supposed to be homeless.
But this 'hostile architecture' is everywhere around the world, it is kind of the standard design for benches, I would say?
@Cerberus It's getting that way, to be sure.
9/11 changed NYC a lot, I think.
@Robusto I would say it is standard here.
@user85795 Yeah, but the killer jets weren't looking for a place to sit, exactly.
@Cerberus You can't avoid it these days.
I don't actually know how our dorms for the homeless are here.
Whether there are enough.
If so, then I don't think it is really necessary te accommodate for people to sleep in places where they're not supposed to.
5:43 PM
Recall during the height of the pandemic shop keepers were turning a blind eye to shop lifters stealing food to eat.
How do you know why someone steals food, though?
It's not clear whether all the homeless shelter space capacity would house all homeless. What is clear is that some homeless prefer not to stay in those.
Right, well, if there is enough capacity, then it is a choice not to sleep there.
If not, then that problem needs to be solved first.
I mean, let's not assume the homeless are angels.
5:45 PM
Fallen angels, perhaps
None of us is an angel, though.
Define angel please in this context
Someone who doesn't misbehave.
Ok, now misbehave
@Cerberus Certainly they're not. In San Francisco, they're viewed as a plague.
5:48 PM
@user85795 Do things which unfairly bother other people or organisations.
@Robusto Right.
Who gets to decide what is "fair"?
So it is not always easy to decide how one ought to feel about certain behaviour by homeless people.
@user85795 It is in the eye of the beholder.
The climate of New York is so mild, there must be some housing for homeless, but they probably prefer the downtown, because you can get some money there? Or I'm wrong?
Just like beauty @Cerberus
@user85795 But, if a homeless man who can sleep at a shelter chooses instead to sleep on a bench that is meant for people to sit on at the tram stop, then one might consider that unfairly bothering people.
5:51 PM
@Cerberus It's kind of hard to be understanding when you have to thread your way through piles of human feces as you leave your extremely expensive lodgings.
@CowperKettle It is cold in winter.
They probably have mental problems, but the psychiatric system is not yet developed enough to provide precise diagnostics and targeted therapy. It's all haphazard prescription of whatever drugs are at hand.
@Robusto Or, more likely, your inexpensive lodgings.
@CowperKettle There is that.
Alcoholic drug addicts etc
@Cerberus I don't think there are any inexpensive lodgings in San Francisco. My niece was paying > $3,000/month for a studio apartment (BrE: bedsit).
5:53 PM
Right, maybe far into the suburbs?
What I meant was that the expensive neighbourhoods might be better cleaned than the poor ones.
The issue is poverty.
Poverty and insanity.
Both may lead to homelessness.
More housing is the solution for much of the problem.
Poverty, insanity, and drug addiction all keep people on the streets.
Add a pandemic and here we are.
Why pandemic?
@Robusto If only they were all provided housing.
5:58 PM
This is what Reagan did for us. His government got rid of institutional care for people with mental conditions (other than those who commit violent crimes, of course) and put them on the streets. They are essentially unemployable, and have nowhere else to go.
Because it happened.
Well, it didn't happen here.
We are all connected.
I'm not
Go back to your foot-notes on Plato.
Kissinger making it through coV at that age is impressive.
6:18 PM
@Robusto That's right, Supposedly, the "local communities" were supposed to take over. But it wasn't just the mentally ill, also, the (severely) handicapped. But for me the point is this: The US is full of billionaires that could end homelessness etc, tomorrow but most of them just seem to be so GREEDY. I don't get it. Maybe they would have to give up, say, a sixth or seventh house they own? Whatever. Bunch of nasties, imo.
Guys like Buffet won't even give a cent to his children.
> I wouldn't want to hang from a rope until capitalism grows a heart.
Capitalists hang from a rope those that oppose them.
6:36 PM
> “In the United States, we use almost no palm oil,” PepsiCo, the world’s third-largest food company, says in its online Palm Oil Progress Report. “But it is used in Asia and other markets.” Know what that means? All PepsiCo brands (We’re looking at Kurkure Masala Munch and Uncle Chipps Spicy Treat) also contain palm oil.
Damm. That's not good. The Lay's chips we eat in India and the ones in USA are different!
> McDonald’s uses 100% palmolein oil in all their frying, from Chips to Nuggets, etc.—a fact they openly advertise at their stores. McDonald’s, however, isn’t the only big brand delivering copious amounts to the oil into the national diet.

Between them, Domino’s Pizza, Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts—all of which use palm oil—now have 2,784 stores in the country, according to a report by the Nation.
In USA I guess they use better oil.
Junk food.
Yeah but looks like Indian Domino’s and other major brands is more Junk. That's what I just came across.
I'm sure most people who eat them are not aware of it.
> According to Harvard nutrition experts, palm oil is clearly better than high–trans fat shortenings and probably a better choice than butter. But vegetable oils that are naturally liquid at room temperature, such as olive oil and canola oil, should still be your first choice.
6:52 PM
Fast food is junk food.
Time is $
I understand that olive and canola are probably considered best. But I wonder where do oils such as sunflower, soyabean, rice bran oil rank as compared to palm oil. These are some most used oils in India for cooking after the mustard oil.
Also why in the world I discuss cooking oil every year 🤣
You have an oil obsession 🤣
I got the answer. Palm oil is likely worse than all of them.
7:11 PM
Olive oil is at least 5 times more expensive than other oils here. Can't afford for daily cooking. Also it probably won't taste good/right in Indian cooking.
Olive oil is usually less good for heating, depending on which type/pressing, probably.
@Robusto Earlier this year I had to sleep on a hobo-barred bench in the inner part of an airport, despite the fact that using air travel is something that I'd expect the homeless to not be able to afford
@Laurel What do hobo bars look like?
Roofless pubs.
@user85795 Buffet was the guy who said his own secretary paid too much tax percentage-wise.
7:22 PM
@Laurel And despite the fact that airlines consistently cause their patrons long waits and missed flights.
They put "armrests" in the middle of the bench to make it unpleasant to sleep on
@Robusto That's why I was there overnight, yeah. We missed even the last flight back that night
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9:44 PM
@Cerberus NYC is obligated by law to provide shelter to every homeless person who requests it, regardless of the cost (the "right to shelter"). This has become a problem with the recent influx of migrants, though, and the city may want to repeal it.
The real problem, in many cases, is that people don't want to use the shelters that are available: they're often inconvenient to access, unsanity, and/or unsafe. And people dealing with mental illness or substance abuse may not know/want to go there.
Frankly, the "solution" adopted in San Francisco seems far worse: a court order that allowed tent encampments, basically slums but even more dangerous for the occupants and even more harmful for the city as a whole.
10:00 PM
@alphabet Can these shelters be more unsafe that the streets at night?
And less sanitary?
10:38 PM
@Cerberus Yes. It's pretty easy to find interviews with homeless people where they say this outright.
Ultimately, I think there are always going to be people who have access to shelters but prefer not to use them or aren't mentally sound enough to access them, no matter how high quality and readily available those shelters are.
10:59 PM
You can lead a horse to water ...
@alphabet he and his wife, who is also transgender — It must be terrifying for them in particular
11:22 PM
@alphabet That's a very long article. I didn't see anything that was more unsafe than the streets?
@alphabet Then I suppose those people should get into a madhouse, which governments are, alas, now financing less.
> The rules at the shelters were stressors. He was always worrying whether he was going to be attacked while staying there or even if he would be let in each night.
Of course, what matters is perceived safety, not actual safety.
Surely you'd worry more in the street?
At least a shelter has people watching out for you, and rules.
All that matters is that people perceive the shelters as less safe. Whether that's true or not is difficult to say. You'd be surprised at how bad conditions in some shelters are.
Why is that all that matters?
I think actual safety as compared to the street matters in the decision as to whether or not the government should accommodate people sleeping in the street.
I mean that it's what affects the decisions made by individual homeless people. Its relevance to government policy is, of course, a matter of debate.
11:28 PM
But this was about the morality of making benches impossible to sleep on.
And porches and other places where other people generally don't like it if you sleep there.
I wasn't intending to take a position on that; I was just responding to your comment about NYC.
People are scared of homeless people, even other homeless people are scared
Or rather to the other comments about it.
OK well that was the context in which I said it.
Ultimately, I think that that sort of architecture just shifts the problem around, moving homeless people to someplace with (say) benches that are easier to sleep on. This creates a problem: once some people install those sorts of deterrents, everybody else has to also.
11:37 PM
Well, it's kind of standard here?
So everybody has already been doing that for a long time?
And perhaps they just want to have certain places free from sleeping people, where they would be most bothersome?

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