jeffthelinguist asks:

So, as an archaeologist, can you answer the age old question of how much time needs to pass before grave robbing becomes archaeology? What’s the appropriate time period for looting the dead to become acceptable?

I’m assuming you’ve seen the screenshot of an archaeologist commenting, in answer to this question, that this is actually a super awkward and uncomfortable question?  I’m fortunate enough to work in an area where it doesn’t really come up much – we’re all pretty sure that two thousand years is comfortably in the safe zone.  Even then, though… it would be a mistake to think that archaeology can be a pure science, that our study of the past can remain detached from the present. It’s all grave robbing, in a way. The only difference is in how pure your motives are… which is a matter of perspective.

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VikingBoyBilly asks:

Thoughts on the first presidential debate?

Billy, didn’t your mother ever tell you not to get your political commentary from obscure Pokémon blogs?

I do find US federal politics tremendously amusing, actually.  For all its faults, this country knows how to put on a show; I wish New Zealand could sustain this level of spectacle and drama for months at a time.  I did a running commentary for my friends on Facebook, which I shall reproduce below:

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