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    Yes, remember how they liberated Afghanistan in...

    Yes, remember how they liberated Afghanistan in the 1980s, Czechoslovakia in 1968 and Hungary in 1956?
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    Poll: It was mildly amusing at times. I liked the...

    It was mildly amusing at times. I liked the opening lines of the theme song: "The whole universe was in a hot dense state when expansion started...." A pithy summary of the big bang theory in 12...
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    If only Canada had a leader like Aleksander...

    If only Canada had a leader like Aleksander Lukashenko instead of that Trudeau fellow.
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    When I think of music, TV, cinema and social...

    When I think of music, TV, cinema and social change, for me it has to be the 1960s. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Tamla Motown, Burt Bacharach, the Who, the Bee Gees, the...
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    I've heard that organic wine has no artificial...

    I've heard that organic wine has no artificial additives, and the grapes are grown without artificial pesticides or fungicides. I haven't tried it myself, but it might be worth considering. Not that...
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    Not my special combination, I first heard of gin...

    Not my special combination, I first heard of gin and Dubonnet as the favourite drink of Queen Elizabeth II and her mother. According to her staff, the Queen has a gin and Dubonnet (one part gin, two...
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    Tap water for everyday hydration. I don't drink...

    Tap water for everyday hydration. I don't drink coffee or tea.

    Scrumpy cider with lemon on a sunny afternoon.

    Larios gin with Dubonnet for a nightcap.

    Champagne on special occasions.
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    The different proportions of DF27 in Spain and...

    The different proportions of DF27 in Spain and Mexico don't necessarily indicate higher genetic diversity of R1b in Mexico. For example, if all the non-DF27 R1b in Mexico belonged to just one other...
  9. There may not be much archaeological evidence of...

    There may not be much archaeological evidence of an Irish invasion of Scotland, but there is linguistic, historical and DNA evidence of, at the very least, significant Irish migration to Scotland in...
  10. My ancient ancestors were such a diverse bunch....

    My ancient ancestors were such a diverse bunch. How can I characterize my billions of genetic ancestors with just one ancient ethnicity label?

    Lower Rhine Bell Beaker might cover the majority of...
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    We don't know for certain that it started in...

    We don't know for certain that it started in Siberia, but until an older skeleton with basal R* turns up somewhere else, that's the best evidence so far. New discoveries of skeletons older than...
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    A vindicated opinion from 7 years ago? Ukraine...

    A vindicated opinion from 7 years ago?

    Ukraine was not on anybody's list. I'm surprised that the Top 10 has not been re-assessed in light of the invasion of Ukraine, even though that terrible war...
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    Poll: When I compare the music, movies, television,...

    When I compare the music, movies, television, literature, art, style, journalism, comedy, cars, technology, science, politics and social changes, it has to be the 60s for me.
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    When I was about ten a doctor looked at my feet...

    When I was about ten a doctor looked at my feet and said "I can see you've got Maori blood". I never found out whether it was my toes or something else about my feet that was the basis of his...
  15. The U4 haplogroup is common in Balto-Slavic...

    The U4 haplogroup is common in Balto-Slavic populations. Go to the U4 thread under mtDNA Haplogroups for a distribution map and discussion.
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    Personally I would interpret those results as statistical noise. Results at the individual chromosome level have a larger margin of error than the overall result.

    For example, in my own Eurogenes...
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    Gert Stulp, (University of Groningen), who...

    Gert Stulp, (University of Groningen), who suggested a back-and-forth loop between slightly shorter and slightly taller generations, says that nutrition can also be a big factor. When better...
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    Perhaps the explanation for the Dutch overtaking...

    Perhaps the explanation for the Dutch overtaking other countries in height over the last 70 years is that taller Dutch men have more children on average than other Dutch men. Dutch women of average...
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    So did Dutch women increase their preference for...

    So did Dutch women increase their preference for taller men after 1950 compared with Danish, Swedish, German and American women?

    Gert Stulp, a scientist at the University of Groningen in the...
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    In a 1969 BBC interview Delon was asked about...

    In a 1969 BBC interview Delon was asked about people who "suggest very very strongly that you have homosexual tastes?" Delon replied "So what's wrong if I had? Or I did? Would I be guilty of...
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    I wonder if the Dutch famine of 1944-45 had...

    I wonder if the Dutch famine of 1944-45 had something to do with it. Perhaps the children of the famine responded by switching to "emergency mode", using every scrap of protein as efficiently as they...
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    Perhaps if Mick hadn't had the careless habit of...

    Perhaps if Mick hadn't had the careless habit of wearing mis-matching socks, Marianne might have paid more attention to him.

    Actually, Delon and Faithfull were well acquainted with each other....
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    This research is contradicted by the findings...

    This research is contradicted by the findings reported in the 1967 movie "Bedazzled". Peter Cook says to Dudley Moore "I always think it very ironical that the male of the species reaches his sexual...
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    I recommend the Penguin Atlas of World Population...

    I recommend the Penguin Atlas of World Population History by McEvedy and Jones. For example, they estimated that the population of Anatolia increased from 40,000 in the Mesolithic to 200,000 in the...
  25. I agree that humans have some unique...

    I agree that humans have some unique characteristics, such as syntactic speech and complex technology, but we are not the only species of animal with unique characteristics.

    Our anatomy is not...
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