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  The Peopling of the Americas
Posted by: Minimalist - 5 hours ago - Forum: History - Replies (5)

A long article from Smithsonian.  Pretty much demolishes Clovis-First once and for all.


Quote:The Fertile Shore

It’s one of the greatest mysteries of our time. But archaeologists and even geneticists are closer than ever to understanding when humans made the first bold journey to the Americas

Unless the Valsequillo proponents are right, that is!


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  Sole Candy
Posted by: Phaedrus - Yesterday, 12:03 PM - Forum: Eats and Treats - Replies (12)

You can only eat one candy for the rest of your life.

Choose wisely.

PS: pictures are admissible.

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Information Change search restriction time to 10 seconds
Posted by: Aractus - Yesterday, 02:01 AM - Forum: Forum Comments and Suggestions - Replies (17)

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This is really annoying. The forum is set to one search per 30 seconds per user. This is to prevent server overload, however that value is way too high and leads to the common experience of having to wait 20 seconds or so before you can do your search. Please change the time in the MyBB settings to 10 seconds. This will still prevent excessive search requests while improving the experience for all forum members.

As you can see above, to take that screenshot I did two searches as quickly as I could in one tab. So with 10 second limit you would barely ever experience the wait page under normal conditions. I'd even suggest we could go as low as 5 seconds, but I'd be happy with any value up to 10 seconds. 8 seconds might be a good value. @Mathilda you can check the server logs before and after the change to ensure that this doesn't lead to an unacceptable increase in server load. However I might point out you can actually disable search for users that are not logged in if server load is a concern. The setting is called Search Flood Time, you find it under config>settings>search system.


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  Army veteran becomes transgender model
Posted by: Phaedrus - Yesterday, 12:41 AM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - Replies (4)

Backstory: I first posted this on FB where a couple of conservatives laughed at it, due to the fact that the title of the article referred to the veteran as stunning. I will not be responding to their comments of extreme poor taste, but I will state here that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Pink News

Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is now a stunning transgender model

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Quote:An infantry soldier who served in the army for 30 years has begun an incredible new life as a transgender woman and model.

Andrea ‘Andi’ Halliley, 52, felt female ever since she was little but joined the military in 1985 in a bid to prove she was masculine. At the time, LGB people were banned from serving in the armed forces and coming out simply wasn’t an option.

Andi eventually rose to the rank of colour sergeant and toured in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq while fighting her “own secret war” with her identity.

“The military is very macho, especially in the infantry. I think I was trying to prove I was macho as well, but it was very difficult living a secret life in such an overtly male environment,” she said in an interview with the Metro.

“It was difficult living with your own secret war inside your head.”

For years Andi felt unable to open up to anyone, not even her wife and three children. She tried to suppress her feelings by wearing combats in the day, but would sneak to her room at night to change into women’s clothes.

When she finally came out to her now ex-wife in 2015 after retiring from the army, she told her she was a ‘cross dresser‘, as she’d never heard of the term ‘transgender’ before.

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Quote:“It is amazing to think how much my life has changed since leaving the army and embracing being transgender,” she said.

“Five years ago, I was wearing combats every day, pretending to be this big macho man all day before secretly hiding in my room wearing girly clothes in fear.

“Now, I’m strutting down runways in feminine clothes and posing for cameras as a proud transgender woman. I’m just so happy I finally decided to come out and show people the real me, and I’ll never hide that side of me ever again.”

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  Secular Spirituality in Public Schools
Posted by: Chimp3 - Yesterday, 12:01 AM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - Replies (13)

Meeting of the Addled Minds discuss the need for "Secular Spirituality" in public schools:


This is fucking bullshit. If it was secular, why embellish it with the word "spirituality"? Why not call attentiveness and consciousness what they are : brain states? Why label awe, wonder, mystery, purpose other than human emotions and needs? This is a foot in the door for religious bullshit and sets a precedent for further incursions of religion into the public sector. Spirituality is milquetoast religion.

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  Mr Shithole visits Burma
Posted by: abaris - 01-21-2020, 02:30 PM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - Replies (3)

Facebook produced yet another Hickup. During his visit to Burma, China's president Xi Jinping was called president "Shithole" in english translations.

Quote:Facebook is striking an apologetic tone after Burmese text posted on the website showed Chinese President Xi Jinping's name as "Mr. Shithole" in an English translation. The social network is blaming the error on a tech foul-up.


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  You make people unhappy/
Posted by: Schrodinger's Outlaw - 01-21-2020, 01:01 PM - Forum: Announcements, Milestones, & Holidays - Replies (5)

there you go you did it and you need an explanation.

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  Russia's Trolling Operation
Posted by: Phaedrus - 01-21-2020, 08:46 AM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - Replies (2)

Business Insider

Quote:Recently revealed details about how an infamous Russian "troll farm" operated and its role in Russia's disinformation campaign shed new light on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential race.

One former troll, who was interviewed by the independent Russian news outlet Dozhd and went by "Maxim," or Max, spoke of his experience working for the Internet Research Agency, a well-researched Russian company in St. Petersburg whose function is to spread pro-Russian propaganda and sow political discord in nations perceived as hostile to Russia.

"Our task was to set Americans against their own government," Maxim said, "to provoke unrest and discontent."

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  Biblical Archaeology - Exodus Is Not Historical
Posted by: Cheerful Charlie - 01-21-2020, 07:37 AM - Forum: Atheism & Theism - Replies (18)

I had in the past, created a quote list from a number of well regarded archaeologists who stated plainly that the archaeological evidence for the exodus demonstrated that the exodus was myth, not history.  Somehow, I seem to have lost my quote list.

I have recently gotten some new books so I am digging through these for more quotes, and I will be eventually recreating my list, with new quotes from imminent experts.  This will be an ongoing project over the next few months.

James Weinstein

Today, after more than a century of archaeological research in Egypt and
Palestine, nothing has been found that can be directly linked to either
the biblical account of the sojourn in Egypt or a large-scale migration by
the Children of Israel out of that country.


The material culture of the early Iron Age settle­ments in the central
highlands and closely adjoining areas (the regions where early Israelite
society appears to have developed most intensely) reveals few signs of
contact with Egypt— certainly nothing that would lead one to suppose that
the inhabitants of these places had any Egyptian heritage. Egyptian artifacts
are Conspicuous by their rarity or absence at these sites, and at those places
where they have been found they are lim­ited to a few small objects (mostly
scarabs and other small items) that could have been acquired almost anywhere and by almost any means.


The reactions of some religious conservatives to the recent archaeo­logical
discoveries have not been unexpected. A few simply ignore the
archaeological data and continue the hunt for ever more signs of Semitic
peoples in Egypt during the New Kingdom. Such an approach, however,
can never demonstrate the historicity of the Exodus. One cannot use
the discovery of a new literary parallel between the Old Testament and
an Egyptian text, or yet another "scientific" or "natural" explanation for
one of the biblical plagues or the "Miracle of the Sea," or the identifica­tion
of more Semitic names and Levantine material culture items in XVIIIth
and XIXth Dynasty Egyptian contexts, to postulate an exodus.


Exodus and Archaeological Reality
James Weinstein

The Exodus: The Egyptian Evidence
Editors Ernest 5. Frerichs Leonard H. Lesko
Eisenbrauns 1997 ISBN 1-57506-025-6.

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  Ink cartridges for printers are a goddam SCAM!!!!!
Posted by: Dancefortwo - 01-20-2020, 08:31 PM - Forum: Off-topic - Replies (11)

I HATE printers. Hate them!  When we first bought our printer 3 years ago we paid around $80 bucks for it and we bought it because the cartridges were $6.00 a piece.  Now they're $40 dollars a pop!  

These damned companies sell the printers at a loss just so they can make money off the ink!  I might as well go buy a new printer everytime I need ink because the printer comes with the three ink colors in it already.  It'd be cheaper!   

I've googled how to re-fill the ink cartridges but they have a computer chip in them telling the printer it's used up and from what I understand you can't reuse them.  


Does anyone else have this frustration going on?  Anyone have a solution?  I suppose it's illegal to blow up the printer facilities of HP and Epson, isn't it?    Hmm

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