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  1. 6 minutes ago, SasaS said:


    I thought the Tamils were settled in Sri Lanka by the British, something to do with tea growing. Might be mistaken, I know next to nothing about that part of the world.

    No, the Tamils were there prior to British arrival.


    There was migration from India to SL to work on the plantations, and the treatment of those people after independence was "less than ideal", but the main issue was much broader than that.



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  2. 52 minutes ago, SasaS said:

    So, are the Tamil Tigers good guys or bad guys? How culpable were the Brits in all that?

    Based on the two books I've read, I'd say the Brits weren't culpable in contributing to the civil war--particularly when compared to other former colonial possessions. 


    As for the LLTE I haven't done enough reading to say whether or not what they did was justified. When is insurrection ever justified? Were their methods justifiable? How severe was Sinhalese repression, political and religious, etc.


    I was headed there next month, actually. And I was going to visit Jaffna and the north to get a sense of how the region was recovering. 


    Maybe next spring, virus-willing.

  3. 4 hours ago, SasaS said:

    Is the book thread becoming so busy all of a sudden a good or a bad sign? Or is it one of the signs of the apocalypse?



    Viva La GF Book Thread!


    Ironically, now that I'm off work, I'm "reading" less, as I generally listen to books all day on the job.


    Just finishing "The History of Sri Lanka" by Patrick Peebles.


    Not the best book I've ever read, but it does cover the entire history of the island, up to '05 or so, so it's a decent framework for further reading.



  4. 6 hours ago, Captain Turdseye said:


    Could end up being one of the most famous quotes of all time. Crazy. 

    It definitely doesn't have the same tone of defiance as:


    "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..."

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  5. The current guinea pig looks to be China, as they've opened up both Hubei and Wuhan.


    I do wonder to what extent they're allowing people out of the region, and what sort of precautions they're taking.


    It seems improbable to me that just because they've reduced the number of cases substantially it won't take off again once movement restrictions are reduced and the economy is restarted.


    I hope they're taking good notes.

  6. 1 hour ago, TK421 said:

    Trump ordered 3M to stop exporting face masks to Canada.  He's out of his mind.  

    Apparently at least some proportion of the paper products used to make the masks/gowns etc., is produced here in Canada:



    The mill is currently working at full capacity to produce a recent double order from the US.


    Hopefully someone in the government will be able to recognize a bargaining chip when they see one.

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  7. Bloodline


    Great cast, but they've taken a 3 or 4 hour story and stretched it out to 13 hours.


    Ridiculous. (And only made more ridiculous by showing the ending at the start.)


    I quit after 5 hours. Figured it was almost over, checked to see how many more episodes and decided there was no way I was going to make it through another 8 hours of that, CV lockdown or no CV lockdown.


    Switched to "Kingdom" which I loved.


    Excellent in every respect, story, acting, sets, costumes, etc. Particularly enjoyed the two female leads.