Decipher

Third of three – same procedure:

  • 29 D in F in a L Y
  • 27 B in the N T
  • 365 D in a Y
  • 13 L in a B D
  • 9 L of a C
  • 60 M in an H
  • 23 P of C in the H B
  • 64 S on a C B
  • 9 P in S A
  • 6 B to an O in C
  • 1000 Y in a M
  • 15 M on a D M C

River tales

Two separate but connected posts:

How a Champagne-Laden Steamship Ended Up in a Kansas Cornfield

“You don’t have to go into the ocean to find a shipwreck,” says Kansas City explorer David Hawley. “They’re buried in your own back yard.”

Hawley and his intrepid team have quite the incredible passion: discovering and excavating steamboats from the 19th century that may have sunk in the Missouri, but now lie beneath fields of farmers’ midwestern corn. “Ours is a tale of treasures lost,” says Hawley. “A journey to locate sunken steamboats mystery cargo that vanished long ago.”

steamboat loading

Of debate framing and virtue signalling

saintly manA friend has this two-part view – and I would have quoted but lost his email – that responding to someone else’s framing of a debate is enabling or giving credence to said framing, just the way the first person wanted it.

Now I might be wrong here but perhaps an example is someone saying Person X is racist. If Person X gainsays that by getting angry and saying he’s not, then trying to prove he’s not, he runs a second risk, on top of agreeing to the framing:

A habit that is very close to the responding to framing is the habit many have of virtue signalling their purity and goodness by branding others as lepers and unclean.

On the surface, that seems clearcut and to be avoided. There is, however, an immediate difficulty:

Who defines when it is necessary self-defence and when virtue-signalling?

My definition of the difference is:

Quiet reminder

David Thompson reminds us:

Christina Hoff Sommers on feminism, facts and philosophy:

The [feminist philosophy] movement also ignores the finding — consistently documented by a large empirical literature — that, on average, men have stronger interests in investigative and theoretical pursuits and women stronger preferences for social and artistic pursuits… These are just group tendencies of course, and we should be careful not to over-generalise, but they are pronounced and persistent… Yet when the New York Times invited five feminist philosophers to discuss the gender gap [in philosophy] in 2013, not one even entertained the possibility that women might tend to find other subjects more interesting. Instead, the group talked exclusively about things like male privilege, harassment, and stereotypes…

Michael Poliakoff and Drew Lakin on unknown history: