whatismyusername

whatismyusername wrote

There's reason to doubt that the library burned down in the Alexandrian fire of AD 48:

Plutarch's statement that the fire spreading from the dockyards destroyed the great book collection, generally understood as signifying the main library, nevertheless appears to be confused or exaggerated.55 It is rendered suspect by the complete absence of notices of the catastrophe in contemporary sources. Among these was Aulus Hirtius, who did not report any damage to the library in his account of the Alexandrian campaign. While this may perhaps be dismissed as a discreet oversight, the silence of that omnivorous bibliophile and gossip, Cicero, cannot be similarly ignored; on the contrary, it is compelling. Nor did an eyewitness, Strabo, mention restoration of the Museum in his detailed description of the Basileia. Indeed, the very fact that the Museum, which the main library serviced, flourished into the third century A.D. implies the library's continuous survival.56

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2165947

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whatismyusername wrote

Previous Gallup research shows that Americans' definition of socialism has changed over the years, with nearly one in four now associating the concept with social equality and 17% associating it with the more classical definition of having some degree of government control over the means of production.

So, they say they like "socialism," but they don't actually know what the word means. Still, it might make them more open to learning about real socialism.

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whatismyusername wrote

What's your frame of reference for "unique"? If it's simply masculinity and femininity, then sure, there are characteristics unique to each, good and bad. But if you're talking about people who identify with masculinity, then I don't think there are any traits, good or bad, unique to that set of people.

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whatismyusername wrote

"So long before these lawsuits I said that in the past I thought everything was a conspiracy and I would kind of get into that mass group think of the communities that were out saying that," he said. "And so now I see that it's more in the middle... so that's where I stand."

You know, the middle, between "Sandy Hook happened" and "it was a liberal hoax"

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