Post by Lewis Post by Jerry Friedman Post by occam Post by Anders D. Nygaard Post by occam
'Vaccine diplomacy' has been making the rounds since the covid-19
vaccination programme began. When I tried to think of other specialized
forms, the only other genre that came to mind was ping-pong diplomacy.
This term was bouncing around a lot in the 1970s.
The Britannica definition(*) fails to mention 'ping-pong'. I suspect
'vaccine' will not get a mention either, given the nature of Britannica.
I am interested in other forms of diplomacy that may emerge in the
future. The currency of such diplomacy would be a scarce resource.
Could, for example, the foreseen water crisis result in 'water
diplomacy'? How about carbon-offset diplomacy?
There was "gunboat diplomacy", once.
"Panda diplomacy" also appears to be a thing.
Yes! Better than giving each other black eyes.
No one could bear that.
Oh no, are they bears again?
I wish they'd make up their damn minds on what a panda is. Seems wrong
to classify it as a carnivore, IMO, since it can only eat bamboo.¹
They HAVE made their mind up, via molecular study, and you're not going
to like it: less than a decade after you were marked off for that
answer, it became accepted truth in some zoological circles and it's now
accepted in all of them [incidentally, Brontosaurus existed after all,
too, just to do MORE damage to the lessons we were taught four decades
ago] and has started becoming mainstream knowledge--this might be partly
because of the Wikipedia article accessible to the general public, which
has the academic citations in its footnotes.
Current understanding is that they're the first of the bear lineage to
diverge from the common line, 19 million years ago, but still bears.
That also makes the panda a living fossil as it hasn't developed all
that much SINCE.
It also means that the corollary to what you were told in 1980, namely
"They are instead close relatives to the LESSER panda after all", is NOT
true. The convergent evolution WAS of "panda's thumbs" after all, not to
a raccoon-like and a bear-like form.
Post by Lewis
Also, bears are clever and pandas are... well, morons. Cute morons
because of their coloring, but morons nonetheless.
(If you take the spots off a panda is looks a lot like a giant rat,
making it possibly a rodent of unusual size?)
¹ Having been marked down on a biology test in... 1980? for referring to
a panda as a bear, I still hold a bit of a grudge.
1/2 anthrocat, nearly 1/2 anthrofox, all magical
Transgoddess, quick to anger. [she/her. Misgender and die].
Call me Chrysi or call me Kat, I'll respond to either!