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Day: October 6, 2016
Who started democracy in Australia? How did this benefit the Australians?
Blame Canada! (And thank you, Gareth Jones, for pinging this in my brain.) Been reading Geoffrey Blainey’s Shorter History of Australia this week. I have serious gaps in my knowledge of Australian history before… oh, before I was born. Australia in the 1850s had de facto universal male suffrage, which made it one of the […]
If Stephen Hawking were incredibly racist, would people still call him smart?
Geoffrey Sampson is a very good scholar in Natural Language Processing. One of my .sigs quotes him. He’s also a UKIP member who got kicked out of the Tories after saying he was an unashamed racialist. Protests at his university wanted him kicked out, saying no person of colour could comfortably sit his classes. And […]