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    Climate change Heatwave in Canada exceeds 49°C (hotter than the highest records in Europe)

    The actual problem and urgency is not that records are being broken. It is rather that records have been broken in an increasingly lower time gap between them. In other words, extreme events (too cold, too high, too dry, too humid etc.) have always happened, but it's a big problem if they once...
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    Health Anti-vaxxer movement strongest in France

    So, is your point that Covid-19 is no big deal and, therefore, has no need to be eradicated by mass vaccination because previous epidemics and pandemics killed more people (usually, by the way, because most people didn't know how or had no practical means to prevent it as fast and effectively as...
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    Health Anti-vaxxer movement strongest in France

    What? "Ebola now"? Something tells me you misinterpreted a simple comment and didn't get a very basic comparison with a previous event to explain why your mortality rate calculus has zero relevance to determine how dangerous Covid-19 is to people who are really exposed to the virus. As for...
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    Health Anti-vaxxer movement strongest in France

    That proportion of mortality rate makes no sense. That's like considering ebola extremely harmless because the number of people who have EVER died from ebola (not just in 1 year and a few months, as Covid-19) is ridiculously tiny in comparison to the whole world's population. Covid-19 is highly...
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    Climate change Heatwave in Canada exceeds 49°C (hotter than the highest records in Europe)

    Wow! I heard today or yesterday some place recorded very close to 50ºC. That's astounding. I live in a 90% tropical country, Brazil, but even here temperatures reaching 40ºC are only ever experienced in very bad heat waves, and the maximum temperature ever recorded anywhere in the country was...
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    Just a small correction: for 99.5% of Brazilians (those who aren't still indigenous in an ethnic sense, i.e. with their own distinctive cultural identity and so on), those documents will only indicate your skin color/physical phenotype. The concept of race in Brazil became so blurred and...
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    I'm not talking about that kind of "obsession" (which is more aesthetic than racial, i.e. East Asians don't believe they can classify people as different races simply based on how much melanin they have, they don't see their darker-skinned fellows as "another race" or a "hybrid with blacks")...
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    I'm not bashing America at all. Quit this silly nationalism. You can "bash Brazil" all you want as long as it's about racism as it really is in Brazil's historical journey. Why would I care? I want my country to get past its mistakes, not defend it where its worst social aspects just because...
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    The obsession of American people (whether racist or self-purportedly anti-racist ones) with skin color is just unhealthy, and their overwhelming soft power influence over the rest of the world is unfortunately exporting these nonsensical and increasingly polarized white vs. black and light vs...
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    Excuse me, but R1b and circa 30% steppe? So basically modern North Italian or modern Spaniard-like, right? And those were some of the early Italic samples, not all of them. In my opinion early Italics who arrived as far south as Latium were Bell Beaker-descending people (therefore already...
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    The entire Y chromosome is tiny, less than 2% of a male's genome, and most of it has nothing to do with physical features at all. I doubt it has even some minor but non-negligible influence on one's looks. There are lots of men who are the spitting image of their mothers.
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    Well, I ALWAYS thought Daniel Craig looked like some Roman busts (probably I even thought so because I had the busts of Augustus in mind subconsciously). lol
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    Photo-real portraits of Roman emperors

    Amazing work! Very realistic features and hair and eye colors. Really life-like. I just wondered if some of them were really as darker-skinned as he depicted them, some also have a brownish skin tone that I don't think is very realistic, I mean, it's a sort of pale grey-ish brown that you just...
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    Health New Coronavirus in China

    Genetics must play a role. Of course not necessarily more than social conditions and lifestyle, but it makes a difference. In Brazil it's been noticed that Amerindians have a much higher likelihood to die. Of course you could say that's because 100% or mixed but still overwhelmingly Amerindian...
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    Health New Coronavirus in China

    New York is really an outlier... but that doesn't make Sweden a good example, either. It has the 7th largest death rate by Covid-19 in the world (and that's including tiny city-states like San Marino and Andorra), for God's sake! And, unlike New York and other similar places, like São Paulo...
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    Politics How GDP per capita can influence the stability of a democracy

    Venezuela's GDP is estimated to have fallen almost 70% since its crisis began roughly in 2012-2013 IIRC. I think no country without a total war has experienced that at least since the 19th century. Truly terrible story. Some say those numbers are exaggerated, but whatever the real numbers are...
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    Animation of the great city of Ur

    In these kinds of videos I was tone it down a bit in my imagination, because the authors in my opinion tend to make it a lot more fancy and sensational than it probably was for the sake of fantasy and enthusiasm. I really doubt, for instance, that the large majority of a city like Rome or...
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    Animation of the great city of Ur

    Wow I'm really surprised by this animated reconstruction of Ur. I would've never imagined it was that big and sophisticated. I would also like to know what the timeframe in the history of that city is that they are basing themselves on to make this reconstruction. I never thought the early times...
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    Health New Coronavirus in China

    The problem is that many other studies had also reached the very same conclusion, including one in Brazil. Hospitals in France and Sweden that had pioneered its use to treat Covid-19 patients refrained from doing so or kept using it only in serious cases, for which of course anything goes, there...
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    Health New Coronavirus in China

    What we already feared when Brazil became the 2nd in the ranking of Covid-19 cases about two weeks ago ended up happening today: Brazil surpassed Italy and now ranks 3rd in the number of people who died of Covid-19 (and, truth be told, the real number is certainly a few thousands higher, because...
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