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Below are 20 journal entries, after skipping by the 20 most recent ones recorded in Fabio Paolo Barbieri's LiveJournal:

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Saturday, May 26th, 2018
8:16 am
Friday, May 25th, 2018
8:16 am
To Chthonia...

... a very happy birthday and all good things.

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
8:05 pm
4:28 pm
How did Germany respond when Britain started decoding the Engima machine?
How did Germany respond when Britain started decoding the Engima machine?

Fabio Paolo Barbieri's answer: They didn’t know. I doubt they ever did; the decoding was kept secret till the seventies. It did sow distrust, because the Germans could tell that information was leaking somewhere. On the notorious occasion when a British submarine entered the chief Italian militar....

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 24 May 2018, 15:28
11:30 am
Are Paradise Lost and the Divine Comedy deemed true by the Catholic Church?
Are Paradise Lost and the Divine Comedy deemed true by the Catholic Church?

Fabio Paolo Barbieri's answer: Dante delivers an account of planet Earth which is factually wrong, and may well have never intended it to be factual rather than allegorical. So the word “true” in its most obvious sense certainly does not apply. If you take his story as allegorical rather than re...

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 24 May 2018, 10:30
10:48 am
Were ancient Finns aware of the existence of the Roman Empire?
Were ancient Finns aware of the existence of the Roman Empire?

Fabio Paolo Barbieri's answer: It can’t be said for certain, but it is much more likely than not. Stories about great empires travel a long way; if China knew about Rome, however vaguely (and vice versa), certainly there is no reason why the early Finns should not. Plus, the Romans knew about the....

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 24 May 2018, 09:48
10:33 am
Google: follow the law and keep victims of crime safe
Google: follow the law and keep victims of crime safe

I've signed the petition calling on Google to act now to keep victims safe. Will you add your name?

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 24 May 2018, 09:33
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
5:05 pm
How do believing Catholics feel about Dante's Divine Comedy?
How do believing Catholics feel about Dante's Divine Comedy?

Fabio Paolo Barbieri's answer: I cannot help but be disgusted and outraged by the answer that denied Dante any better claim than being some sort of social commentator. I imagine the answerer in question finds Beethoven a nice jingle writer for TV ads and Michelangelo a pleasant designer of poster...

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 23 May 2018, 16:05
4:10 pm
8:51 am
What if Ancient Japan produced a great conqueror similar to Alexander The Great?
What if Ancient Japan produced a great conqueror similar to Alexander The Great?

Fabio Paolo Barbieri's answer: They did. For military genius, boldness and fortune, more than one Japanese commander could be compared to the king of Macedon. But the story of Toyotomi Hideyoshi shows the problem. Where would a Japanese conqueror go once he had subdued the home islands? The only ...

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 23 May 2018, 07:51
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
12:23 pm
Will failure to find an alternative to the EU Customs Union sink Brexit?
Will failure to find an alternative to the EU Customs Union sink Brexit?

Answer: Channel 4 interviewed senior N Ireland Unionists last night and they heard the amazing words that even Unionists are coming to the conclusion that a border poll to re-unite Ireland is preferable to anything that the Tories have come up with in Downing street. If N Ireland goes, then Scotl...

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 22 May 2018, 11:23
9:25 am
Who split the Roman Empire, and why?
Who split the Roman Empire, and why?

Fabio Paolo Barbieri's answer: It was a process. You may start from the fact that in a few of Rome’s many civil wars, rebels established pretender Roman governments with all their attributes - consuls, a senate, etc - in places far from Rome, and that sometimes those governments lasted for years.....

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 22 May 2018, 08:25
7:38 am
Can you spare a minute to help Fabio Paolo Barbieri?
Can you spare a minute to help Fabio Paolo Barbieri?

Support Sainsbury's shop floor staff's working rights. We're NOT in the money

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 22 May 2018, 06:38
7:01 am
Who died more painfully, Hitler or Benito Mussolini?
Who died more painfully, Hitler or Benito Mussolini?

Fabio Paolo Barbieri's answer: Nobody knows exactly how Mussolini died, because the Communist partisans who executed him and his seventeeen companions repeatedly lied about the circumstances. But unless he he was beaten or tortured before being executed, then one certain fact is that both Hitler ...

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 22 May 2018, 06:01
Monday, May 21st, 2018
8:40 pm
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
7:38 am
Can you spare a minute to help Fabio Paolo Barbieri?
Can you spare a minute to help Fabio Paolo Barbieri?

Support Sainsbury's shop floor staff's working rights. We're NOT in the money

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 19 May 2018, 06:38
7:15 am
7:14 am
Friday, May 18th, 2018
7:12 am
UK to tell EU it is ready to stay in customs union beyond 2021 -...
UK to tell EU it is ready to stay in customs union beyond 2021 -...

Britain will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay in the European Union's customs union beyond 2021 as ministers remained deadlocked over a future deal with the bloc, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 18 May 2018, 06:12
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
11:43 am
Twitter Troll Sent to Germany as Trump’s Ambassador Instantly Offends Nation With Tweet
Twitter Troll Sent to Germany as Trump’s Ambassador Instantly Offends Nation With Tweet

Richard Grenell, Donald Trump's new ambassador to Germany, hit the ground running by immediately offending the German people with a tweet.

Posted by Fabio Paolo Barbieri on 16 May 2018, 10:43
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