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“Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means – decent folk – should be given more votes than drifters, whores, criminals, degenerates, atheists and indecent folk – people without means.”Joseph Heller

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Science Lecture: Vincent Racaniello Virology Lecture 2020

Vincent R. Racaniello (born 2-Jan-1953) is a Higgins Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a co-author of a textbook on virology, Principles of Virology. Excellent insight into Coronavirus and Covid-19. See 2020 Virology lecture @ YOUTUBE.

Socioeconomics: Senior FDA Leaders Stepping Down (31-Aug-2021)

In a major blow to vaccine efforts, senior FDA leaders stepping down @ ENDPTS.com report absent from mainstream media.

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the buying or selling of ecclesiastical privileges, for example pardons or benefices

ship of Theseus
In the metaphysics of identity, the Ship of Theseus is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The concept is one of the oldest in Western philosophy, having been discussed by Heraclitus and Plato by c. 500–400 BC, based on the 30-oar ship Theseus and the rescued sacrifices (youth of Athens) piloted back from King Minos' Crete to Athens, after having slain the minotaur.

Stochastic refers to the property of being well described by a random probability distribution - note: stochasticity and randomness are distinct in that the former refers to a modeling approach and the latter refers to phenomena itself, these two terms are often used as being synonyms - adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural - involving or containing a random variable or process - conjectural; given to or partaking of conjecture

swathe | swath
Swathe and swath aren't synonyms - somehow the words have separated, with some Americans using "swath" and others using "swathe" - but they have different definitions and anyone who uses SWATH when they should say SWATHE is a cunt

synaptopathy is a disease of the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nervous system relating to the dysfunction of synapses that can arise as a result of a mutation in a gene encoding a synaptic protein such as an ion channel, neurotransmitter receptor, or a protein involved in neurotransmitter release; or sometimes as a result of an autoantibody targeting a synaptic protein
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Smoking Ban (UK Health Act 2006) Begins 1st July 2007

Health Act (2006) passed at the start of the third Labour term of Tony Blair's government. Across England the smoking ban in (pubs, bars, offices, restaurants, clubs, private members buildings) took effect on 1 July 2007. Key dates 1962-2021 in UK Tobacco Regulation per ASH PDF document.

BHF.ORG report assessing the health benefits data from UK smoking ban, per SMOKING BAN TIMELINE.

Benign, well-meaning, sincere. Not the actions of a rapacious corporate-oligarchy, exploiting a population for maximum profit. And yet, the health outcome data is only expressible in terms of "denormalising" smoking, how many fewer people smoke, how much less smoke is found in pubs and bars. While it's true the smoking ban reduced cigarette smoke pollution in pubs and bars by an enormous amount, this reduction runs parallel to a reduction in patron footfall. Less people are going to socialise in pubs and bars. Closures are ubiquitous. Smoking ban is one of many factors in this shift away from public square to public-facing social media but these cultural and legislative forces are inter-connected and cross-dependent.

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Sidebar: Callin App

"Sidebar, part of the limits we get imposed on us - quite often without us knowing - fit with Chomsky's allow very lively debate but totally constrained within acceptable bounds that ensure there's never challenge to power.

Recent Callin there was a 65 year old Indian guy who'd grown up in England, lived in the US the last 30 years. He struggled to articulate his point and seemed unusually rooted in UK culture - for a guy who's spend 3 decades in America - and eventually you had to move to the next caller so you politely reminded him you didn't know anything about England and maybe that was a "useful topic for a different podcast."

BUT then the thought occurred: that's exactly what someone a British - or American - superiority complex would've said..! I mean, the idea our local boundaries are significant enough to mark a line between we ought to know and what we can dismiss, it's the vain heart of (insert identity label) supremacy... And it's Chomsky's boundaries in a very real-world narrative limiting sense.

Maybe that's why socialists are always so hyper about internationalism. It breaks the boundaries of lines drawn by ruling elites, within which we're living in the full force of their propaganda and their control of information. Outside those lines ideas cross-pollinate, who knows but maybe solutions to impotence manufactured at home can only come from drawing on experiences from outside it...

Social Media Waste
Every second on Twitter is a waste of time. Most are too engrossed to see, swept along arguing over the latest clickbait. I am worse, though. I know social media is corrosive. I am ALWAYS aware there is better things I could be doing. But I am too lazy or feckless to bother. O well.

Society: Dehumanizing Confirmation Bias
Everyone you meet, meet fresh not as a group or a demographic or a generation. Generalizing is to dehumanize, racist or prejudiced bigoted fucked up. Confirmation bias made manifest. Path of social least resistance. Dropsybrain. Fuck that!

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