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Postby Krashlia » Tue May 07, 2019 6:44 am

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The Wakefield Study went unexamined and unreviewed for 12 years before screwing us over with this antivaccine nonsense.
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Wed May 08, 2019 2:48 am

Krashlia wrote:TIL

The Wakefield Study went unexamined and unreviewed for 12 years before screwing us over with this antivaccine nonsense.

Outright fraud is disturbingly common in scientific research. But even worse is the frequency of studies which are so poorly done they don't prove anything, but get published anyways because they cost a lot of money and the results are interesting if true, a phenomenon which seems to be particularly common in medical research.
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Postby 52xMax » Fri May 10, 2019 11:47 am

I seriously thought this was a joke at first, so I had to google it, but it's true: world famous Sydney Opera house in Australia (big white building, looks like a bunch of orange peels next to each other) banned performances of George Bizet's Carmen. At first I thought they might have an objection to one of the main characters being a bullfighter, but the actual reason is actually more ridiculous and cynical, as (from 2014 to 2016) they got a sponsorship deal with Australian government's health promotion agency, and since the first act takes place in a tobacco factory, the director of the opera company decided to retire from their program one of the world's most renowned and famous works of the genre. The funny thing is at the time, even current prime minister Tony Abbot thought of the move as "political correctness gone crazy".

Fortunately for Australians and fans of the opera lucky to visit, performances resumed once the controversial partnership ended. Incidentally, the overture for Carmen is one of my favorites, and though sadly I couldn't find any recordings at the Sydney opera house, I think this Spanish production featuring a tremendous castanets performance is even better.



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Postby cmsellers » Sun May 19, 2019 11:50 pm

There is a suburb of Sydney known as Manly, named by the first governor or New South Wales because he thought the Aborigines who lived there were very manly.
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Postby Krashlia » Mon May 20, 2019 12:51 am

cmsellers wrote:There is a suburb of Sydney known as Manly, named by the first governor or New South Wales because he thought the Aborigines who lived there were very manly.


Governor: See 'at, huh? Manly! Comple'y u'ike you Posh English Pooftahs. I'm fixin' t' name this patch ri' 'ere "Manly"!
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Postby Pedgerow » Mon May 27, 2019 12:41 am

I'm watching the European election results, and it turns out that in the South East England region, there were two opposing candidates with the same name. As these elections use proportional representation, not only were they running against each other, but Alexandra Phillips of the Brexit Party has actually been elected alongside Alexandra Phillips of the Green Party.

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Re: TIL

Postby jbobsully11 » Mon May 27, 2019 3:40 am

TIL New Zealand only has one deadly animal species (the katipō), and it’s not very outgoing.

I think Australia (the country, or at least the TCSer) needs to ship some others over.
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Re: TIL

Postby Australia » Mon May 27, 2019 10:42 pm

I try but they keep killing my crew before we even get halfway there.
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Re: TIL

Postby JamishT » Tue May 28, 2019 12:29 am

Australia wrote:I try but they keep killing my crew before we even get halfway there.


They who? The emus?
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Tue May 28, 2019 1:08 am

The spiders and dropbears, obviously. The emus are his crew.
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:25 pm

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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:20 pm

TIL that in September of 2017, the US State Department banned American citizens traveling to North Korea without special permission, which will only be granted to journalists and people on humanitarian missions.

I never had any particular desire to travel to North Korea before, but, as a libertarian and contrarian, the ban suddenly makes me want to travel there really badly.
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Re: TIL

Postby Aquila89 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:28 pm

When Trump calls for an amendment banning flag burning, does it make you want to burn the flag?
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Re: TIL

Postby IamNotCreepy » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:20 pm

Aquila89 wrote:When Trump calls for an amendment banning flag burning, does it make you want to burn the flag?


I think proposing an amendment to ban flag burning is the exact type of thing that would justify burning the flag.
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Re: TIL

Postby Absentia » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:01 pm

Trump makes me want to burn at least a few flags, just for sanitation reasons.

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