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by Alexius
Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: NK - nuclear questions
Replies: 79
Views: 20640

Re: NK - nuclear questions

genocide. huh? Tibet, between 200 and 500 thousand Tibetans died during the great leap forward. It was equatable to the Holodomr in spirit but not scale. Killing a lot of your own people isn't necessarily genocide. Given the number of Han Chinese who AFAIK also died because of the Great Leap Forwar...
by Alexius
Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367465

Re: Gun Control

You also need to take into account households in which there are multiple tenants but only a single gunowner. One wouldn't want for the "black helicopters" to swoop in and seize their firearms because another person in their home has psychological issues. There is the concern of their acc...
by Alexius
Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Yes, that's Romansh. Possibly the different versions are different dialects- there are several, as can be seen from the numerous ways of spelling the name of the language!
by Alexius
Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

The other one looks like Malagasy to me. Dia nifampiresaka izy ireo hoe: “Andao isika hanao biriky ka handoro izany ao anaty lafaoro.” Koa biriky no nataony solom-bato, ary godorao no nataony solon-drihitra. Ary hoy izy ireo: “Andao isika hanorina tanàna sy hanangana tilikambo izay mahatakatra ny l...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Carolina bill to eliminate secularism
Replies: 83
Views: 8177

Re: North Carolina bill to eliminate secularism

Why does this remind me of that state legislature that declared pi to be 3.2?
by Alexius
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

goofy wrote:
Alexius wrote:The Germanic one is neither Faroese nor Gutnish, though it is Scandinavian.


Well that narrows it down. Norn.

Yes, it's Norn.
by Alexius
Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: NK - nuclear questions
Replies: 79
Views: 20640

Re: NK - nuclear questions

Are these weapons small and light enough to be used on a missile? (A weapon dropped from a plane can be several tons, a missile launched weapon needs to come in at less than ~1000lbs.) I imagine they're not, given how long it took for the US to miniaturise its bombs that much. Not to mention that t...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cyprus Bailout: Wealth Tax, Bank Runs on the Horizon
Replies: 111
Views: 12052

Re: Cyprus Bailout: Wealth Tax, Bank Runs on the Horizon

- The bank's deposit at the reserve bank ("high-powered money") allows it to lend 9 times that money (10% of the money is "in reserve"). So theoretically a bank could raise $100M of capital, deposit it at the reserve bank and immediately turn around and lend out $900M, couldn't ...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

The Germanic one is neither Faroese nor Gutnish, though it is Scandinavian.

The other language has nothing to do with Portuguese or Japanese, and is not Polynesian, though it is Austronesian.
by Alexius
Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cyprus Bailout: Wealth Tax, Bank Runs on the Horizon
Replies: 111
Views: 12052

Re: Cyprus Bailout: Wealth Tax, Bank Runs on the Horizon

- The bank's deposit at the reserve bank ("high-powered money") allows it to lend 9 times that money (10% of the money is "in reserve"). So theoretically a bank could raise $100M of capital, deposit it at the reserve bank and immediately turn around and lend out $900M, couldn't ...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Oh, then it must be another Germanic language. I'm guessing Frisian. Hey, did you edit that quote? I could have sworn when I first looked at it the first chimeri was capitalized and there was another bit at the end. Sorry- yes, it was edited. Pre-editing, it was the same text plus an extra bit at t...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Adding another challenge: Fa vor i ir i chimeri; helleut ir i nam thite. Gilla cosdum thite cumma. Veya thine mota vara gort o yurn sinna gort i chimeri. Gav vus da on da dalight brow vora. Firgive vus sinna vora sin vee firgive sindara mutha vus. Lyv vus ye i temtation, min delivra vus fro olt ilt...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Adding another challenge: Fa vor i ir i chimeri; helleut ir i nam thite. Gilla cosdum thite cumma. Veya thine mota vara gort o yurn sinna gort i chimeri. Gav vus da on da dalight brow vora. Firgive vus sinna vora sin vee firgive sindara mutha vus. Lyv vus ye i temtation, min delivra vus fro olt ilt....
by Alexius
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cyprus Bailout: Wealth Tax, Bank Runs on the Horizon
Replies: 111
Views: 12052

Re: Cyprus Bailout: Wealth Tax, Bank Runs on the Horizon

If you make a counterfeit $20 bill and pass it, that's theft. If your bank lends $200 million it does not have, how is that different from you counterfeiting? The difference is they have a license to do it.... They don't have such a license. Where did you get this idea? Banks with negative capital ...
by Alexius
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Could the first one be Chechen? Why do you say that? Cyrillic plus ejectives means it's probably from that sort of area? For the mystery scrit- the script looks like Devanagari, but is neither Devanagari nor Gurmukhi. The background suggests it has something to do with Buddhism- Pali? Pali is not a...
by Alexius
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Тхьэм къыгъэкӀуагъэу, зы лӀы горэ дунаем къытехьагъ. Ащ ыцӀагъэр Иуан ары. Щыф пстэуми а нэфынэмкӀэ шӀошъхъуныгъэ яӀэ хъунм пае, Иуан нэфынэм шыхьат фэхъунэу шыхьатэу къэкӀуагъ. tiricantam bercunetacam tocoitoscue sarniciocue sua combalcez nelitom necue to uertaunei litom necue taunei litom necue m...
by Alexius
Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4760
Views: 925723

Re: Today I Made:

Chinese tomato-and-egg stir fry is another good, simple option. I am surprised I didn't find this on my own. Eggs just sort of scream "we need tomatoes" at me*, which I typically solve with a blop of ketchup. Next market trip will include tomatoes! * This might be why I'm not a huge egg f...
by Alexius
Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 41894

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Obviously society is better off if drug companies make more money. Nope! Turns out DRUG COMPANIES are better off if drug companies make more money. Society, not necessarily. I learned recently that Jonas Salk declined to patent his polio vaccine and instead chose to make it publicly available. I ha...
by Alexius
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 41894

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

What I've heard said (which makes some sense) is the following: there may be some rationality in allowing companies to set different prices in different markets for the same book. Consider what would happen if you didn't- they might charge everyone what they charge in the US, in which case people in...
by Alexius
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367465

Re: Gun Control

You'll note that in addition to having 1/4th the homicides the UK still has half the US rate in overall deaths by injury, voluntary or not. This is NOT about methodology. Obviously, your country is doing something seriously wrong . I would ascribe a lot of that to the fact that Americans tend to dr...
by Alexius
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane
Replies: 74
Views: 7850

Re: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane

Oddly enough, while I think she was wrong, the law doesn't seem to prohibit what she did. In my opinion, you should keep right (or left in the UK) except to pass slower-moving traffic. Deliberately blocking speeding drivers from passing you is not only silly and dangerous, it also could well be mora...
by Alexius
Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Seems super Dutch to me. Oh, is it a Frisian language?

What's the policy on conlangs?

Conlangs are OK as long as they're reasonably well-known ones. And I agree with you, that looks like Frisian.
by Alexius
Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

You're all pretty close- it is Law French (which is a form of Anglo-Norman), from near the very end of its use, when it was only used for case reports and had become something close to Franglais. This particular example is from 1688. And TMT, please do say, I doubt that many people on here can tell ...
by Alexius
Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Here, as far as I can tell, are the currently outstanding passages: Ojtakinbil ilkoloetik syu’ va’k’in mu si’ch a’k’el tamu’k’ lekil i’ch-vaile, ja’ skoj k’u sjalil oy vinik ta sbaspejel balumile xa’beoj sjam i sigue xa’be hasta abile lekil i slekil tas kuxlejale, bujechuk spas skuxij sin xi’el i s...
by Alexius
Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words common to different languages with different meanings
Replies: 69
Views: 33139

Re: Words common to different languages with different meani

It is expected to have false friends among related languages. I was amazed at the amount I found at False Friends of the Slavist . I knew some of these, but even for those I knew I found they had even more different meanings than I thought. Those are great! I speak some Russian, and on a recent tri...
by Alexius
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Here's one. This is a romanization: al'la'ufedhey qaanoonu asaaseege himaayaïlibigen siyaaseepaateetha' hingeynegoïtha' hamajehifaïneïnama e'qaanoonuge misaalakee alifaanroavej'jenama salaamaïvaane sidie'neï ethake'bureege imaaraathe'ge misaaleve. Hmm- it looks like Somali to me, especially with th...
by Alexius
Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Sir Novelty Fashion: your last post confused me. If it's Cyrillic, then why would there be omicrons, omegas, etas or epsilons? Assuming the language is typically written in Cyrillic, if all your clues are correct it's a language which is neither Turkic nor Slavic yet uses the Cyrillic alphabet and ...
by Alexius
Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

This thread is most excellent! L'chen qui sème s'n allit s'mai ; Et tàndis qu' i s'maitt une partie d' la s'menche quitt le long du ch'mìnn et l's oesiaux du ciel vìndrint et i la màndgirent. Une aûtre quitt dans d's endréts roquieurs, où alle n'avait pas fort de terre; et ou l'vist ossivite, parçe...
by Alexius
Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 54239

Re: Best proofs of evolution

The Lenski experiment is one of my favourites- they have been demonstrating evolution in colonies of E. coli bacteria in the lab. One colony managed to evolve the ability to metabolise citrate- not being able to metabolise citrate was a defining characteristic of E. coli , so the citrate-metabolisin...
by Alexius
Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 42889

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

I don't know about court-martials, but in normal courts, its pretty much up to the judge. In normal courts here in the UK, there are official guidelines- sentences are served concurrently if "the offences arise out of the same incident" or "there is a series of offences of the same o...
by Alexius
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 42889

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

Do sentences from American courts-martial typically run consecutively rather than concurrently?
by Alexius
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Not Occitan either- you're all thinking too far South. Sir Novelty Fashion: your last post confused me. If it's Cyrillic, then why would there be omicrons, omegas, etas or epsilons? Assuming the language is typically written in Cyrillic, if all your clues are correct it's a language which is neither...
by Alexius
Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

gmalivuk wrote:Definitely something French-like without being French. Provençal?

Yes, and no.
by Alexius
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

OK: it doesn't look Slavic, so Bulgarian, Macedonian and Church Slavonic are out. The transliteration looks strange- it must not be a transcription of how it sounds. While Albanian was occasionally written in Cyrillic (and some of it looks like Albanian), I don't think this is Albanian. What else wa...
by Alexius
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Sorry, I've been away for a bit. The first one looks like Greek, possibly transliterated into English via something else (or just in an extremely non-standard way!). It's certainly full of Greek words and phrases. If it's not Greek, I'm guessing some language closely related to Greek but written in ...
by Alexius
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

goofy wrote:Here is my entry.


Georgian? Or maybe Armenian?
by Alexius
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Correct on both Nahuatl and Lithuanian. More coming soon... Attn: goofy [quote="goofy"] This Griko newsletter is the longest piece of Griko I can find, and is written in the Roman alphabet. Note that there seem to be two competing orthographies, and each article says which one it's wri...
by Alexius
Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

Number 2 is indeed Cornish. Spoilers for 3: It is a form of Greek- specifically Griko, the Greek dialect spoken in Southern Italy. Some of the c's are kappas, but others may be in Italian loan words. I'm not sure, but Griko is different enough from Demotic Greek (the language currently s...
by Alexius
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: facts about RF and health
Replies: 75
Views: 21558

Re: facts about RF and health

Certain chemical reactions are carried out using microwave radiation rather than conventional heating. You need to put in a lot less energy to get a reaction to work by microwaving it than you do with a normal heating mantle. There's quite a lot of debate over whether this effect is due to the micro...
by Alexius
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131976

Re: Obscure Language Game

I'm also going to guess that the second one is a less-obvious Celtic language. It resembles Welsh a little bit, but I don't think it's Welsh. Isn't there a Celtic language historically spoken in Brittany in France? Maybe it's that one. It is Celtic, but neither Welsh nor Breton. The last one, if yo...

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