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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trans athletes
« on: July 17, 2021, 01:20:04 PM »
It's a Joe Rogan podcast ... I don't think I could make giving you evidence that you don't like, any more palatable. You can just listen to the podcast and do other stuff at the same time.
I just watched the first 6 minutes of it (that's a quarter of the total length, for those following along at home). The medical profession wasn't mentioned once, and the first paper they talked about was published in a journal called "Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography". I'm going to cut this short and assume it doesn't get any more relevant in the remaining 18 minutes.

Do better.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trans athletes
« on: July 17, 2021, 01:05:27 PM »
So if we are at the point where you won't even look at my sources
I am more than happy to look at sources, but "watch this half-hour video" is not a reasonable reply if you can't even summarise in your own words what about it supports your point.

you just want to scream that they are wrong whilst providing ... as usual ... zero sources of your own, it looks like the debate is over. If my points aren't worth spending your time on ... don't reply to them.  ::)
A source was provided long ago.

That's because gender identity isn't a thing. Imagining that you are a woman does not make you one.
What are your thoughts on the brain research I posted a few pages back on the thread? A brain that is structurally and functionally female in a male body doesn't sound like something that "isn't a thing" or is simply someone's imagination.

Until we have moved past your dismissing any source you don't like as pseudoscience, there's no point providing more, is there?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trans athletes
« on: July 17, 2021, 12:44:40 PM »
You noticed my post and had a reply sent in under 2 minutes. I'm going to go right ahead and make the assumption you din't watch the video and have no fucking clue what the video is even about, and yet here you are challenging my example.  ::)
Correct. You have proven repeatedly that your points are not worth spending 24 minutes on, so if you can't take the time to write a summary of the point you're trying to get across, I'm certainly not wasting my time on it.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trans athletes
« on: July 17, 2021, 12:14:41 PM »
One such example.
You didn't say you had one example. If you look hard enough, you'll find an example of just about anything. You said it applied to the entire medical profession.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trans athletes
« on: July 17, 2021, 11:46:18 AM »
I disagree. Medicine has become utterly corrupt. It is about funding and grants. You can bend statistics to say whatever you like. We've been sold a lie that science is infallible, and that it is the source of truth. In reality it is the exact same as "god said so". You just have the elites people paying scientists instead of priests to come to the conclusions of truth that they require. You arrive at the answer that transgender isn't a thing .... your funding stops. Now the only papers being generated are the ones saying it is a thing.
What are you basing this on?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trans athletes
« on: July 17, 2021, 11:26:09 AM »
Oh, is it like that? Can you link me to the evidence for chopping off feet making people with toothaches' lives better?
The point is that it won't make their lives better.
I'm aware that that's your point, but you seem to have missed mine, which is that your uninformed opinions are not more reliable than medical studies.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trans athletes
« on: July 17, 2021, 11:01:17 AM »
This is like chopping off a man's foot because he has toothache. It'll certainly take his mind off his teeth for a while, but its not a cure.
Oh, is it like that? Can you link me to the evidence for chopping off feet making people with toothaches' lives better?

I was interested in getting a better overview of how these projects fit together, so I created a map.

The red line is the proposed Galway ring road, the blue line in the middle of the city is the main bus priority corridor forming the centre of the Cross-City Link, and the green lines extending outwards are other bus priority works, including the Dublin Road corridor.

Disclaimer: Since I drew these lines manually, they are not very precise in places, especially the ring road.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Civil unrest in South Africa
« on: July 17, 2021, 12:18:04 AM »
There has been rioting and looting in South Africa this past week, after a culmination of the COVID pandemic worsening an already struggling economy, and the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma amidst allegations of corruption while in office. Wikipedia has some basic background reading on the subject.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation on this issue.

“It is clear now that the events of the past week were nothing less than a deliberate, co-ordinated and well-planned attack on our democracy. The constitutional order of our country is under threat,” said Ramaphosa.

He also commented on the country's unpreparedness to deal with the incidents.

“We must acknowledge that we were poorly prepared for an orchestrated campaign of public violence, destruction and sabotage of this nature.

“While we commend the brave actions of our security forces on the ground, we must admit that we did not have the capabilities and plans in place to respond swiftly and decisively.”

On a more positive note, the rainbow nation showed what it is truly capable of in the wake of this destruction.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Facebook group Rebuild South Africa, which was started by volunteers wishing to assist those physically, psychologically or otherwise harmed by the violence, said it already has more than 22,000 members.

They further said that the Rebuild SA initiative is not associated with any government entity.

The hashtag #CleanUpSA has also gained traction on Twitter as ordinary South Africans share contacts and skills to restore some sort of order in what has been the country’s worst few days of civil unrest since the dawn of democracy in SA.

Hopefully things settle down soon, although the broader problem of South Africa's high unemployment rate is going to be a long-term one.

I think if, post-COVID, cities return to masses working in offices as opposed to from home, that a lot of cities could and should consider this.
Different modes of public transport are suited to different cities. A large upfront investment in dedicated infrastructure is not suitable for a city with a low population density such as Galway, where many low-capacity routes are desirable. Buses are advantageous in such situations because they can use existing roads and can be altered and extended quickly and cheaply.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: July 16, 2021, 05:29:20 PM »
Anyway, back on topic, France is upping the ante.

Macron is done politely pleading with the French to get vaccinated.

He is now playing hardball and came with the shock announcement that life for the unvaccinated will become miserable.

"From the beginning of August, the health pass will apply to cafés, restaurants and shopping centres, as well as in hospitals, retirement homes and medical and social establishments, and also on planes, trains and buses for long journeys. Again, only those who have been vaccinated and tested negative will be allowed access to these places," Macron said earlier this week.

The prospect of not being able to do anything fun during the summer and beyond made people jump into action.

In the first 24 hours after the speech, more than a million people booked vaccination appointments – 20,000 per minute. A record since the start of the campaign.

Vive la France!

According to Inrix, Galway is, after Dublin, the second-most congested city in Ireland. This is, in many ways, unsurprising. Belfast, Cork, Limerick and Derry all have larger populations, but Cork and Limerick both have (half) ring roads that enable through traffic to bypass the city centre, while Belfast has an inner city bypass. Galway, on the other hand, funnels all traffic transiting the city over the 4-lane Quincentenary Bridge. What's more, the city is laid out such that the residential areas are mostly in the west, and the employment centres are mostly in the east, so that most working people drive across this bridge twice per day.

As always with transportation problems, this has given rise to lively debate over the best solution. There is a ring road proposed for Galway as an extension of the M6 motorway from Dublin that currently dumps traffic onto city roads, but due to geographical and environmental constraints, it needs to be built much closer to the city than ring roads typically run, which has raised concerns that it will only make traffic problems worse. There is a good explanation of the history and status of the project in The Journal. Although that article says a decision on the project was due from An Bord Pleanála in April, that has now been delayed twice to August, so we still don't know if this is getting built.

But only a fool would think that a ring road by itself would solve the city's congestion problems. A good public transport network is vital to reducing car dependency in any modern city, and given the low population density in and around Galway, buses are the favoured option. Galway City Council has now announced that they intend to submit plans for a new Cross City Link bus project by the end of the year. Crucially, this proposal includes restrictions on private traffic during peak hours, which will help deal with the problem of buses being delayed by the same congestion problems as cars.

There is a brochure with some preliminary details on the project on Arup's website, although we will have to wait and see what the Council submits to An Bord Pleanála. If they get it right, this could go hand-in-hand with the ring road to significantly reduce the number of cars on Galway's streets.

Bus Éireann is trialling three new hydrogen-fuelled double-decker buses on some Dublin bus routes.

The plan is to closely monitor how they operate to learn as much as possible about where and how they can be best used and examine how operational and carbon savings can be best made.

I haven't heard much about hydrogen fuel in a while, so this is interesting. I'm curious to see where it leads.

Flat Earth Community / Re: Religion for flat earthers
« on: July 13, 2021, 08:30:13 PM »
We've polled this many many times over the years and flat earthers are overwhelmingly Deists above any other denomination on our forum.
Have we? I don't recall one such poll.

Most FEers I've spoken to on the subject are atheists or agnostics, as am I. But that admittedly isn't many, because I don't consider it very important.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: July 13, 2021, 08:19:54 PM »
Starting tomorrow, Malta will be the first country in the EU to close its borders to anyone not fully vaccinated (source in Dutch). I wonder how many more will follow.
They have already gone back on that. They're now just going to quarantine anyone who isn't fully vaccinated instead.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Irish reunification
« on: July 13, 2021, 06:37:15 PM »
The Northern Irish aren't Irish. They are British. They were asked if they wanted to be Irish and they voted to remain British anyway.
You know perfectly well that that is an oversimplification based on a half-century-old referendum that most of the Irish in Northern Ireland boycotted because it pre-dated the Good Friday Agreement. Why do you object to asking them again in light of the events of the past five decades?

Always remember, you chose to leave the EU, we didn't push you out.
And again, we voted to leave the EU.
Yes, that's what I said. So why are you so threatened by us?

Why do you hate democracy so much?
Are you really asking me that in a thread I created to advocate for a referendum?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: July 13, 2021, 06:32:55 PM »
Another possible reason is that the vaccine caused more deaths than the Coronavirus. Such data is certainly worth reporting and alerting us about.
Just about anything is "possible". It's not worth spreading disinformation about our best chance at beating the pandemic just because the numbers you want aren't available.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Irish reunification
« on: July 13, 2021, 06:08:05 PM »
What is your obsession with breaking up the United Kingdom? You want Northern Ireland to leave.
I want Northern Ireland to leave because, as someone with Irish heritage myself, I care about the welfare and economic development of Ireland. The British occupation in the north is not presently working in that interest.

You want Scotland to leave.
I have said no such thing.

I presume you'd like Wales to leave.
I cannot be held accountable to your presumptions.

Why are you so threatened by us?
I could equally well ask you the same thing. Always remember, you chose to leave the EU, we didn't push you out.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: July 13, 2021, 05:56:50 PM »
What is there to understand about the numbers?
Even assuming this obviously biased source is accurately reporting the numbers (which I haven't verified one way or another), you are comparing a number for the year to date with a number for last week. It is invalid to assume that an increase in a reported figure from one week to the next constitutes the number of deaths in that week. There are any number of possible reasons why the reporting of deaths could have been delayed from previous weeks.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: July 13, 2021, 05:45:47 PM »
What does this mean?

"there were more Covid vaccine deaths in the United States last week than Covid deaths in the United States last week."
It means that the person who wrote that sentence has understood the numbers about as well as Tom has.

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