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There are three great realms: the realm of corn, the realm of wheat, and the realm of rice. Of these the realm of corn is the greatest.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/in-defense-of-corn-the-worlds-most-important-food-crop/2015/07/12/78d86530-25a8-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html

An acre of corn yields 15 million calories per year. An acre of rice, 11 million calories per year, but the water requirements are very high. An acre of wheat, a mere 4 million calories per year. So why haven't Europeans adopted the superior staple crop of the New World?
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No. 34750
>Eat corn
>Get shot

>>34698
>>34640
Sugar will fuck you, man. It doesn't really matter so much on the type but here we've just had decades of diet foods containing truckloads of sugar.

You might enjoy this article:
>So began the war on fat, in which Atwater’s calorie calculations were an unwitting ally. Because counting calories was seen as an objective arbiter of the health qualities of a foodstuff, it seemed logical that the most calorie-laden part of any food item – fat – must be bad for you. By this measure, dishes low in calories, but rich in sugar and carbohydrates, seemed healthier. People were increasingly willing to blame fat for many of the health ills of modern life, helped along by the sugar lobby: in 2016, a researcher at the University of California uncovered documents from 1967 showing that sugar companies secretly funded studies at Harvard University designed to blame fat for the growing obesity epidemic. That the dietary “fat” found in olive oil, bacon and butter is branded with the same word as the unwanted flesh around our middles made it all the easier to demonise.

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>>34749
Unprocessed corn is shit. The best you can do with it is cornbread, which only tastes good if you load it up with sugar and honey (and what doesn't taste good with tons of sugar and honey in it?).

But in the place where people developed corn, and had to rely on it as their only staple crop, virtually all corn was consumed after being boiled in an alkaline solution. It transforms the flavor, texture, and nutrient value of the corn into something completely different. The taste is deeper and subtler, and you can form a proper dough out of it.

The traditional primary forms of consumption are the tamale and tortilla. The tamale is a dumpling of wet corn dough steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. It's usually filled with some sort of spiced and stewed meat, but it can also be filled with cheese, chilis, or even sugary desert fillings. You can make them without any filling though, and back in ye olde Aztec times this was more common. Tortillas are more common as a staple food today, with tamales being more of a main dish in their own right, but it's likely that tamales were actually the primary source of calories during the height of Mayan civilization, as the archaeological record shows scant evidence of the large griddles used to prepare tortillas.

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>>34749
>The thing is, what can you even use it for?

The american made clear that vyou can turn it inot flour like you can do with rice.
What I was actually wondering why you don't take that question for "european" wheat in exchange? It's basically only used processed as well.
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Let's have a thread about various monetary reforms!
You can save here various materials about monetary reforms, that happened over the world.
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No. 18237
>>18188
Ours were printed in EU, so it's no wonder. The coins look Euro-ish too. I think that our current bills are the best-looking of all we ever had, so I don't really mind.
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>>18237
I think previous ones was okay, but I think all people love 1993 ones with animals
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Only people who was already adult enough in 1998-2001 to have personal pocket money will remember those ones I used mine last one to buy Tempo, I still remeber what an idiot I was
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No. 34895
Wait a minute how did I miss this thread

I've always been interested in currency speculation but the markets right now make me think it would be either a really bad time to invest or a pretty good time if you like to gamble. Who would you invest in and diversify your currency holdings with? Me personally I think that yen could in theory be a good investment longterm, but well it's China and they prop themselves up with massive amounts of currency manipulation.

The British pound is lol. I wouldnt invest in that trash until after Brexit and even then I doubt I'd invest a cent into British currency instead of anyone else. Even Canadian dollars would be a far, far wider investment.

US dollars are a terrible investment longterm. I have every confidence in our currency collapsing into nothingness in the medium to longterm future with massive inflation. Thanks to current politics the US is going to become completely isolated with an okayish local industry no matter what happens but frankly I see buying US dollars which I unfortunately still have as being about as wise as "investing" in a new car or computer: it's only certain to depreciate in value. I should note that currency speculation is a short term thing though and not really dependent on the same factors as diversifying your currency holdings. Even still, I would not speculate on anything good about the US dollar but I guess it isn't anywhere near the pure toilet paper that is the British pound right now.

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Would it be moral to select embryos for IVF that have lower polygenic risk scores for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, etc.? What if those diseases had epidemiological and perhaps genetic correlations with traits that we are less comfortable with people selecting for? When does therapeutic use become enhancement? For instance, lower cognitive ability in early life is associated with increased risk of late life dementia, as well as increased risk of schizophrenia. Should people be allowed to select on the basis of such criteria?
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>>18982
I was typing too fast. Shamefur dispray.
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No. 18996
>>18982
>It doesn't really harm the embryo to get a probe into mommy and collect some skin cells. But it could be problematic that a probe is put into mommy.
Just to clarify, I think you are conflating in vivo and in vitro. With IVF there is no "probe into mommy", the embryos are conceived and raised in laboratory dishes for several days, and only after that transferred into an actual womb. Also at this point there are no "skin cells" to speak of, cells aren't that specialized at this point of development AFAIK.
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>>18996
Uhm, yes I know. I have no idea where you got me that wrong, but as said my sentence was fucked up so that's okay.
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No. 34894
What about ethics in Bioengineering in general? I also sadly realized that it's physically impossible to alter and breed a species of jumping spider that's domesticated and about the size of a dog or cat. If you don't know why it's because due to the nature of insects and arachnids both in terms of their construction and breathing that there's a hard limit on their size. Even a tarantula is quite delicate and a fall from one meter is instantly fatal to them, in fact a fall from one foot can be generally fatal. You can't bioengineer a spider to be that much larger than a modern tarantula.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megarachne
You can however get much, much bigger if you could figure out a way to bioengineer it to be aquatic and able to live mostly or entirely underwater with a different breathing apparatus or some way to basically act like a dolphin and surface to collect more air bubbles before diving to the bottom again.

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I was going to post this in the commiebloc thread but you know what? We should just have a thread devoted to discussing Russia and Russian things and asking Russian questions since like a third of the board often ends up feeling that way anyway.

So my hypothesis is that Russian cynicism and gallows humor is merely the defense mechanism of a truly deeply idealistic and romantic people. I mean, just look at this. Just look at it. This was commentary from the Slavic dev about making Pathologic 2. You would think with talking "freedoms" well maybe American but no, and I have come to find that somehow this statement in itself typifies a very Russian kind of psychology about everything.

It's kind of hard to explain I think if you haven't just spent the last decade talking to and being around Russians but I think there's something to it. Think about just the Russian experiment with Socialism and subsequent failure. In this statement I somehow see people like Lenin and even Stalin. Was what Stalin said about a people with empty belly's knowing nothing about freedom just a cynical ploy and excuse? Certainly. But I also think it was truthful what he said, and that there is something certain, something nebulous yet discreet, about a Russian mentality I haven't got English words for, a thing I think people may wrongly use the term "soul" when what really they mean by "soul" is just the clumsiness and pretense of jaded apathy and cynicism in direct response to their ideals meeting headlong against reality. This statement here is just something so trivial as about a videogame. What deeper a thing can a Russian thinker truly believe and feel that we cannot perceive?

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No. 34526
>>34520
>>34523
Whenever slavs start writing in cyrilic, we know that shit got real and we keep our heads down.
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>>34513
I have played neither
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>>34523
Maybe as additional small messages to make intrigue? X---DDDD
But anyway, hope this thread will go beyond disscutions about bear joke if someone have questions or need help or something like that.

>>34530
He not said "all", but "most people".
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No. 34559
>>34538
Well he said "both" so the presumption seeming to be that with so many playing both then just about everyone played at least one. The thing with that being, if you played one in a series or franchise it's highly likely that you're going to have played all of them, in which case I would say that yes he is correct in that people who played one probably did play both. I am specifying that meanwhile there's still quite a lot of people who haven't played any, which could also be partly because of whatever reasons and thus not getting into the game. Or not getting into the game period. I'm splitting hairs at this point.

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>>34254
That’s very American of you.
Did you have bagged lipton or some actual tea that has a bearable taste without adding sugar or lemon?
Do yourself a favour and go to your loval Adian store and pick up a packet of actual tea, not the bottom of the barrel powder they put in bags.
Fruit/herbal infusion is not tea.
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No. 34263
Oh dear god it is so much later than I thought
Well this is surely going to fry my sleep schedule shit
>>34257
Last one I had was the usual sleepy time herbal tea. And I like the fruity infusion type teas but sadly that is not what I have. Not that it matters anyway because it's way too late for caffeine. I sincerely doubt there is going to be any tea out there that would convince me it's even able to be near coffee let alone stand as equals for the better drink. Plus if I'm going to drink something that's laced in drugs I want it to actually taste strong.
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>>34225
Shut up gypsy.
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No. 38895
>>38253
So why is this on page ten.
t; idiota

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Well I guess no one else is doing it so who feels like a webm threda?
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No. 32148
>>32080
That's because most people don't sound like this. This actually lowers my blood pressure. Probably a majority of people would raise it if they started singing.
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No. 32151
>>32080
breddy gud
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I think I've found the mexican Sam Hyde (actually he reminds me more of Charles Carroll)
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>>11781
>irish nasheed.webm
That's Byzantine Chant Nightcore

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Do anglos really believe in Mackinder's World Island thesis? Do they really believe that Germans would become world super powa if Germans managed to have access to the "heartland" of Eurasia, AKA Russia? I always thought this thesis was silly but I could see why Brits would be thinking like this in late 19th and early 20th century, Germany seemed unstoppable in their growth except that it lacked resources, Brits controlled the seas but lacked direct access to Asian's heartland, it could only try to keep coastal regions from accessing it. One can see why Brits would be worried about anyone having access to the big piece of land that they couldn't, specially if this someone was the fastest industrializing country of that time and if this country stood in between Britain and the "heartland" geographically. Still thinking that Germany would become world super powa by controlling the "world island" seems to be a bit of a stretch, it seems to me brits were merely thinking on how to stop German growth and expansion.

And what about today, is USA really trying to keep germans from doing business with Russia based on the same idea? NATO seems to be more and more a project of polarizing Europe against Russia, but why would USA be so hellbent on that after the collapse of USSR? Sure USA is also resource rich and it all can be seen as an attempt to make of Europe a market reserve for USAian commodities, but they can't seriously expect that Russia will accept being eternally alienated from Europe, which is where it historically belongs.

I don't know, maybe I'm missing something about this thesis, but reading about recent happenings regarding Russia you always stumble on references to this thesis, apparently a good deal of Russian strategists also believe in it or at least believe that this is how USA and England try to keep them away from Europe. But the thesis to me seem to be silly and outdated.
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No. 33834
>>33775
Autarky and moving away from money based trade were Wiemar policies?
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No. 33908
>>33696
This is a popular explanation with people who have no knowledge of Bolivia, and general suspicion of American foreign policy - which is justified, but America is not the sole explanatory factor in every crisis around the globe.

You can't simplify it to just lithium. The deposits are not being actively exploited, and doing so would be incredibly difficult and costly. A more nuanced explanation:

I was halfway to writing a proper essay, but I'm just going to tl;dr it. Indigenous Andean highlanders loved Evo because he massively reduced the crushing poverty that they lived under, and made them feel like they were in charge of their country for the first time since the Incas fell. White people and mestizos from the lowland eastern half of the country are butthurt that uppity Indios were nationalizing natural resources and redistributing land, and not just eating their shit like they've been accustomed to for the last 500 years. There's also a weirdo Christian fascist element to part of the opposition, inspired by American evangelical protestantism and possible Ustasha runaways. They've made a big deal about how Bolivia is a Christian country, probably because Andeans were only ever partially Christianized, and Evo openly invoked Pachamama throughout his terms.

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No. 34050
>>14826
>t functioning democracy in other country is in American interests, because functioning democracies tend to be more peaceful, stable
functioning democracies sometimes very anti imperialist and anti american. and USA will still try to fuck them up because they are against their interest.

USA would gladly choose absoulute monarchy that sucks USA dick like Saudi Arabia over a functioning anti american democracy. what you say in here is very naive, that's the kindest word I can come up with.
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>>34050
Very much this. It is actually NOT in USA's interest because the US has become an imperial state and has been that way since the late 19th century. It has never changed or shifted gears from that, only expanded.

A stable, functional, peaceful democratic nation will want things like fair terms of trade, non-interference in their personal affairs, ability to pick and choose their allies and partners. I mean just look at the recent chimpout the US has had over trade even with Germany.

This is what the US does to peaceful, stable, democratic and secular nations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

Instead most governments whose creation was supported by the USA across the world are horrible, brutally repressive dictatorships and nutjob theocracies. These include
Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, various central Asian dictators and shitty theocratic states like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, formerly Iran after overthrowing their government and when the people of Iran overthrew the US puppet dictator the US switched to aiding a dictator to fight them even knowing that Saddam was using chemical weapons, the Mujahideen and Taliban, various shitty South American dictatorships including Pinochet's Chile and so on and so forth.

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I am living in a comminblock build in 1970s and feel ok. So whats wrong ith them &
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No. 34029
Here the problem isn't the commieblocks, building standards in the 70's were far better than even our beautiful and somewhat luxurious dowtown 18/19's century buildings France is famous for, no the problem is some of theirs inhabitants who litter and ruin everything. Most post WWII commieblocks are still decent by today's standards as long as you are not being surrounded by bydlos who ruin everything. I prefer having less living space and insulation in the town centre than being surrounded by absolute human trash even if the flat is objectively decent.
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No. 34051
>>33949
On the bright side, you have a nice view, and, what's even more important, you have no bydlo upper neighbor to ruin your life. In case of a neighbor conflict, the upper occupant really has the high ground, both literally and figuratively.
If the lowe neighbor starts shit you can just start jumping rope sessions and they can eat lime in their helpless anger. And if you decide to test you fancy new subwoofer - again, they can do nothing about it.
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>>34051
Don't you have very little interaction with your neighbors though? The layout of those buildings doesn't seem very communal where you only really see your neighbors in the stairwell.
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>>34053
Isn't that the same in every apartment building? And what about private houses, nowdays even in suburbs there is very little interaction with neighbors.

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Aww shit guys (you'll always be Bernds in my heart).
I haven't posted in a long time but I've just received a mail telling me I'll probably be part of a jury for a criminal trial court in 2020. It's like winning at the lottery except that it will involve either a murder or a rape or maybe a robbery but that would be boring. I know this may sound like a perversion but I'm really excited to do it just to see how justice works. I'm teasing you but I don't know if and what I'll have to judge yet. If it happens then I'll post a thread about the trial but without being too specific because that would be illegal.
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Yay!
It's pretty good fun, i did it last year for a sexual assault case, even though it was quite boring in comparison to others the whole process is interesting (especially 'cos everyone here wears fancy dress wigs and capes like they've stepped out of a Dickens novel).
I thought fronz didn't have a public jury system though?
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No. 34031
>>34030
We have a public jury for crimes which can send someone between 10yeatw to life in jail so basically murder, rape and armed robberies plus terrorism I think although there's often a special court for serious terrorism cases without a public jury. Judges don't wear silly wigs here but we have our own funny protocols with lawyers speaking like if they were Aristotle reincarnated.
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>>34031
Neat!
You're guaranteed an interesting case then and all the free coffee/croissants you can eat while debating the case with your fellow jurors

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Old thread deda
New threda not
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No. 33953
>>33951
>>33946
Lol your library looks almost identical to mine except for a few things like Ducktales, Farcry, Final Spam, Flatout 2, Arma II and so on, and if you dont count those and combine my wishlist with few games I only haven't got yet because I'm not rich or it got delisted from Steam like Alpha Protocol and it's basically my library.

https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197973112890/games/?tab=all I may or may not end up killing the post for this but whatever
I nabbed Alan Wake once it got relisted on Steam again. Not sure why they took that off before or why Alpha Protocol got taken down. On 4kanker /v/ when I was checking threads this year or last (those are the only things remotely tolerable about that hellhole is steam summer sale threads) Alpha Protocol was routinely showing up, but it must've been last year because I saw it before and had it wish listed iirc but it got taken down sometime before the summer sale of 2019.

Of course then there are the games I have taken down from my wishlist just out of principle like Age of Mythology and Dragon Age Origins. I refuse to pay for those games or have any of my money at all go towards Activision or EA. I am on a complete boycott of those companies and will only pirate them. The worst part is when I'd see a nice game and get it a few years ago and find out later it is fucking EA. So I haven't played Age of Mythology, Alpha Protocol, or Dragon Age Origins yet partly because I haven't remembered to pirate them and I only have like 1.5tb to work with. More if I finally went ahead and formatted a couple old drives I have hanging around since I'm pretty sure I already backed up anything valuable it's just I cant remember if I have a disassembled laptop somewhere that's fixable or not for them. Hell I should try that.

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>>33953
Wait...ohhh right because I actually wasnt even plugged in to the internet at that time when I was playing and finished Fallout Tactics. Which, wait a minute then why the hell is PoE so long
I could not have POSSIBLY spent more time in that pos game than it says but maybe I did. That is just one campaign and not even counting the DLC which might be part of why I rip on it so much so frequently because of the sheer amount of time I felt like I sunk in that game without getting a whole lot back. It's almost like playing the slot machines or something, where you just keep hoping to get better and it drags on and saps your time and then every once in awhile it does a cool little interesting thing for just long enough to keep your hopes up and keep you playing. God I can't even imagine how much of that is loading screens. I probably have like a solid 20 hours on PoE which is just loading screens. Can you imagine? I'm not even young anymore. I wasted probably three solid full time job shifts worth of my life minimum on doing absolutely nothing but sitting there looking at Pillars of Eternity loading screens. And it isn't even fucking turn based so you can't just walk away and like cook pasta or have a cigarette as you can on XCOM2 thinking about what you're going to do next or savoring a hard won victory speaking of which why the fuck did they change that in WOTC? I liked watching my dudes sit there shifting around their sits on the drop ship. Now I just get that stupid fucking XCOM badge icon and a blank screen while spending almost exactly the same amount of time on loading times, not to mention how they half assed it to try and improve performance so now all transparent surfaces look like pixelated obnoxious dog shit I swore was a bug. Firaxis really makes some great games and XCOM2 is quite possibly the only triple AAA I bought at full price on release period, but man did they fuck that up with WOTC. Probably the only game I'm going to ever actually do that again and grab it when it's not on sale is Wasteland 3, and possibly also Disco Elysium and VTMB2 if my machine has a chance in hell at running it

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No. 34259
>>32639
> Morality System in ME
> had the conversation option written differently than what Shephard said
God, i'm SO with you for this point. I was pissed of by that shit almost from the start of the game, you could only guess what sheperd actually says. O wait, sometimes he even said something entirely different than the thing you picked, alas for me.
And for the moral-stuff, after playing ~10 hours and reading that you MUST choose a side and/or you CANNOT even answer with the other side pissed me off. Heck, i got me a mod where both were at 100% so i could answer how i liked.
What is this shit? If i want to be nice with some npc and want to fuck with another i will do so. But the logic says "nono, you are good/bad, you can't be the other way!
> FNV
You mentioned your way of simply killing almost everything later in game. Funny, was the same expierience for me. At first, i tried to understand the motives for each faction or important person i found and thought about how to handle with em. Later on i just thought fuck, they're all spupid, it's the best otion to clear them from the surface and rule it myself.

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