Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

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    “there is work that shows that, unless they use regenerative braking, an electric vehicle produces half the particulates of a hydrocarbon...” Almost all electric vehicles larger than a mobility scooter or assisted bike use regenerative braking, because range is a...
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    “Family” members are strongly discouraged from visiting the Irish National Museum of Archeology’s “Treasury” exhibit. God knows where you’d wind up. https://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/The-Treasury...
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    USGS maps are pretty good. A collection for the US in the same level of detail as your UK collection would take up a bit of space....
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    “blaming Jeffrey Epstein's suicide on Hillary Clinton” I’m pretty sure it had bipartisan support....
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    I don’t understand the British political system in detail. The Conservative party recently decided they didn’t like having Theresa May as their leader, so they replaced her with someone worse. Was that only possible because she resigned? What would it...
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    Re: LG melody. Next time it plays try singing along with “Your laundry is done now, Oh yes laundry is done now. Your laundry is done now, Isn’t that wonderful news!” You can never unhear it....
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    What would it take for Labour to pick a new leader?...
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    That’s current US health care policy....
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    1% vs. 0.4% is just noise. Has MRLP ever actually had a seat in Parliament? You’d think this would be their time - lately the other parties look no more sensible than they do....
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    I’m surprised I haven’t heard of anyone weaponizing this constitutional bug yet. Suppose I were President-for-life of the Democratic Republic of Orsinia. And suppose I had identified an Australian MP who could help me get something I wanted (better trade...
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    Please don’t give him any ideas!...
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    I’d always pictured them looking sort of like Celtic knot work but with some disturbed areas of broken symmetry....
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    It would be cool if the vote of no confidence was the very first motion after BJ takes office. Maybe they could set a record for shortest PM term, measured in minutes....
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    The way it collapses is another “shutdown” where Congress can’t agree on a funding bill that the President will sign, or that enough of them will support to override a veto. Keep it up long enough and bureaucrats start to...
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    925 - 928 & 932. My use of the word “optimistic” was meant as irony. Sorry for not being clearer....
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    I’m too optimistic to believe humanity is facing extinction. Even a 99.9999% die off leaves 6000 survivors, more than the worst bottlenecks in HSS prehistory. And even if we hit Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum levels there’ll be enough reasonable-climate territory in...
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    Enforcement is way down here in the US too, to the point that the Mueller investigation more than paid for itself with the evaded taxes the stumbled over while looking for other things. Cutting tax rates on the rich is...
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    In that case I’d say the cause of the mistake is seeing race while ignoring class. The consequence of the mistake is that whites at the bottom conclude the left doesn’t give a crap about them, and go vote for...
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    Would the Reginald Denny incident during LA’s Rodney King riots be the kind of thing you’re talking about? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Reginald_Denny The question “Should we call it ‘racism?’” is a mess, with a mixture of people using technical terminology to a general...
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    My understanding of the term “intersectionality” is that it was invented for exactly this type of situation - that a person or group can simultaneously be “thre oppressed” on the race axis and “the oppressor” on the class axis....
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    “Bill Gates says Steve Jobs was a master at ‘casting spells’ to keep Apple from dying” That would explain the famous “reality distortion field.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_distortion_field...
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    OP If when Case Nightmare Green peaks the Deep Ones bug out to another plane, will they leave behind iridescent glass bowls engraved “So long, and thanks for all the fish” for a few of their favorite humans?...
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    https://tachyonpublications.com/product/shambling-towards-hiroshima/...
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    Bloody autocorrect. Bono should be Bojo....
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    “Life under the New Management is refreshingly worse than anything you'll experience under BoJo the Clown in our shiny new post-currency-collapse hard brexit future!” I wish you hadn’t said that. Bono: “Hold my beer.”...
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    “<>someone is hauling in the dosh hand-over-fist here” http://www.dccapitalpartners.com/overview/boardOfAdvisors.html https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/board.asp?privcapId=587630454 Recent addition General John Kelly, former White House chief of staff....
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    The defense gets to run its own DNA test at a lab that doesn’t make its living keeping prosecutors happy....
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    Whoops, wrong thread. (But this one does load faster.)...
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    https://www.facebook.com/12706231/posts/10104981477660758/ Company led by former generals and intelligence agency heads gets no-bid contract to house migrant children for $775 per night. The blatant criminality is practiced with a presumption of impunity that so far seems supported by events. I despair...
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    “not NSA super-hackers but a single bored 14 year old kid” If you read the articles closely the only things actually known are: (1) The attacks came through a certain server in Iran. (2) A text-chat was had with an...
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