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SeekTruthFromFacts
实事求是。A lifelong student of culture, language, politics & theology in the Anglosphere & Sinosphere. Anon because Beijing expels/gaols critics.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 3
Replying to @sam_a_liu @JDVance1
Have you read Owen Jones' 'Chavs'? I've only skimmed some parts, and his perspective is very different from Mr Vance, but at least he addressed these issues.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 3
Replying to @RJCoto @razibkhan
Mr Khan has a book list on his blog IIRC.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 3
Thank you for your contribution on . Your analysis that the discrimination is caused by legal norms, as well as individual prejudices, suggests that a good solution to the TMU scandal could benefit many other people too.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 3
Replying to @girlinbeijing
Mmm, I'm going to have to eat a sweet potato now....
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 2
Replying to @ChrisHowles
the book of Genesis, the Qiang minority of Tibet are the Ten Tribes - the narratives vary hugely, but the nationalistic impulse is the same. The postcolonial context provides the slogans, but the underlying heresy is the same as that in Galatians & Romans. 2/2
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 2
Replying to @ChrisHowles
I'd interpret it differently. Almost every time the gospel is taking root, some people are disappointed that their nation isn't in n the Bible and try to prove otherwise. St Joseph went to Glastonbury, the Book of Mormon, British Israelitism, Chinese characters describe 1/2
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 2
Replying to @alistaircoleman
I initially read the headline as "Mo-ist" (disciples of Mozi). I then read it a couple more times, still baffled why a post about Chinese political philosophy was so popular. On the fourth reading, I finally realized I'd missed the joke, and felt a bit of a drip.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 2
WeChat is used to order taxis, pay restaurant bills, and a whole lot more besides. It's not just a chat app. You might as well buy a feature phone if you're in mainland China without it.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Aug 2
Why is the BBC taking the flak when this discussion was prompted by an ITV programme? That seems a bit unfair...?
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 13
Thank you for tonight's excellent interview with . I've joined demos against Mr Trump, who runs or lies when he faces criticism, & Mr Xi, who tortures his opponents. By asking tough questions, you let Manchester's leaders prove they work for, not in fear of, the people.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
Replying to @garius
It wasn't luck. He managed to time it just a little too late to make the next morning's papers. I hope he hasn't had any other time-critical tasks to complete lately.....
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
It's a poor man's air raid shelter. Zig-zags so the pilot couldn't machine-gun everybody in one run (a real possibility at piston engine speeds).
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
This thread contains strong language, but is worth reading until the end if you care about the UK. It could very easily have been me on that station:
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
Replying to @scepticsoldier
Yes, it's your right not to listen. And I for one sometimes need to turn off Twitter because the cacophony of voices is driving me nuts! 🙉 But I think it's good to be open-minded. In a diverse society like ours, we need to understand each other.
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
No. Greece spends a vast amount on its armed forces , almost all directed at Turkey, supposedly their NATO Ally. It's the one member country that overspends (and conscripts all adult males). It was always ridiculous, but the financial crisis' effects on healthcare make it obscene
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
Downing Street letters always put the recipient at the end; it's long-standing protocol, dating back to at least the early 20th century AFAIK. Here's the earliest example I could find in a hurry, from Mr Powell to Mrs Posonby: (Crown copyright)
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
A lawyer's opinion:
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
Replying to @scepticsoldier
I studied political ethics for a theology degree, so I've got pretty firm views too! But you only allow Christians to speak as individuals. Acting as a community is a core part of Christianity, so you're saying that Christians can only practice our faith on your terms. Why?
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
Enjoy :-)
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SeekTruthFromFacts Jul 9
Replying to @scepticsoldier
Under the UK's Equalities Act, religion is a protected characteristic, just like ethnicity and gender. Why? Because these things are close to the core of human identities. Attacking believers' rights to speak and vote is treating them as subhuman, isn't it?
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