Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on I can't even
    The original Iron Lady gave huge pay rises to the police before using them to beat up strikers. Interestingly, Ford gave police and firefighters here big raises before clamping down on teachers, nurses and public servants. (Not that any of...
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    One of the many reasons for the shortage of labour in Canada is that we stopped bringing in new workers, but kept on dying and/or retiring while continuing not to procreate at replacement levels. Another reason is that employers...
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    let's piss off the, from memory, the only native people to ever force the British to a treaty Well, the British signed plenty of treaties in North America. One of the objections the colonists had to the crown was...
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    As mentioned before, the Australian Electoral Commission can be hired to run any election in a free and fair manner. ISTR the Nigerians offered a while ago as well, too....
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    Peter F. Hamilton wrote a trilogy ("Mindstar Rising", etc) which was set in a post-climate change UK (orange groves in London public parks) which had just emerged from a quasi-civil war 10 years earlier needed to oust a communist-fascist-clueless dictatorship...
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    I was going to add that I have a garden, but I don't really because I have a brown thumb. I have a yard that could be a garden, if a social/climate refugee felt so inclined....
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    I'm going to remind all of you UK types that I have a spare room, and my email is my nym (at) theusualsearch_engine's email. If you must flee we can probably accommodate you. Likewise....
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    They can't seem to ditch some of Trump's nasty policies... I'm reminded of the scene in Shakespeare in Love where Will is beginning rehearsals and asks the non-actor who he is, and on hearing "I'm the money" answers "You can...
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    Something I realised in the 2019 bushfires was just how quickly it can all go wrong and you're suddenly fighting to stay alive. Learned that one in a grassfire as a teenager. Of course, the big lesson from my Cold...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    And who has form for attacking economic infrastructure (and civilian targets)? Without being in a declared war? Russia, America, Israel, and France off the top of my head. Doubtless others as well....
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    Or killed afterwards, which would lead to its own trail. Well, if some Polish sailors turn up dead of polonium poisoning we would have a trail. How false it turned out to be would be another matter…...
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    This is also why they have the exclusion zones around the leaks. The pipes may be non-flammable, but once the gas gets into the air, it is extremely flammable. And as Robert noted, we're talking about a city-year's worth of...
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    are the likeliest environmental impacts of such a leak? I saw a report giving the worst case (assuming pipeline full of gas but no more gas being pumped in) as 200,000 tonnes of methane, or about the yearly emissions...
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    I have cats and would have goats -- but you need good fencing for goats. Would that also apply to long distance power lines? I'm minded of when Newfoundland built hydroelectric power plants in Labrador and ended up pressured into...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I have cats and would have goats -- but you need good fencing for goats. You need better fencing for cats! Better climbers than goats, and able to fit through smaller holes. (Not as adept at making holes, though.)...
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    Pig poop is full of antibiotics. Depends on where you are. The Dutch have significantly cut antibiotic use, and discovered that you can still farm profitably without them. AFAIK you can't use antibiotics 'preventatively' or as 'growth accelerators', only when...
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    USA - that would be a very bold move with very high risk of blowback against NATO. Not impossible, but highly improbable. Well, some right-wing types from there are trumpeting that now Europe will have to buy good ol'...
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    It does still seem to me like violence is a feature of abundance rather than scarcity, though there's probably a cognitive bias in the way I conceptualise it. 'Leave the next government in the hole so that they have no...
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    It does still seem to me like violence is a feature of abundance rather than scarcity, though there's probably a cognitive bias in the way I conceptualise it. It might be instructive to look at violence rates in the arctic....
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    the goddamn buses have to stop when someone is waiting patiently at the bus stop I stops when I'm requested, although it spoils the ride, so I can shout "Get out of it we're full right up inside!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yHrpPRYgYM...
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    To take this back to the original topic; although Charles is now king he's yet to be crowned. For some reason my brain is trying to write a campaign for Marcus Rowland's Diana: Warrior Princess RPG where Charles Stross, world-famous...
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    Don't give it any credence whatsoever unless you see it showing up on reputable news media sites. As noted by BoingBoing when they posted a connection graph for the rumour, don't trust Twitter account LoliWifeGroomer for breaking news… :-) https://boingboing.net/2022/09/25/how-fake-news-of-a-coup-in-china-spread.html...
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    people would be more inclined to regard failures of the internet and other forms of long-distance electronickery as expected events, and not assume that those things can be relied upon Telecoms in Atlantic Canada right now are dicey, with the...
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    I hope it doesn't turn out to be as one-sided and biased AGAINST U.S. history as some of the other's I've read. Seems pretty fair to me, at least so far. If I had to sum it up I'd say...
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    can we agree that anyone who supported the US war in Vietnam, and the invasion of Iraq, at least, are also tankies... Works for me. But then, I got called a tankie for pointing out that America has a poor...
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    There's also the point that the "excessive reparations" demanded of Germany in 1918 were, in equivalent terms, IDENTICAL to those imposed on France in 1871 ... oops. Which were identical to those imposed on Prussia by Napoleon…...
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    some biz specialists think that VietNam is a potential replacement for China Already happening. Some Chinese companies are opening factories in Vietnam for the cheaper labour....
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    I think (not sure) but because importing goods was just too expensive (b/c steep foreign exchange rates) they had to source most goods/services domestically. This meant a broad-based economy for basic survival. According to Chang, importing goods that would compete...
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    Korean democracy is more like two generations old now (late 1980s), A decade later according to Wikipedia: The transition of Korea from autocracy to modern democracy was marked in 1997 by the election of Kim Dae-jung, who was sworn...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Norway. The whole population benefits from oil/gas resources. Dams. The policies started long before oil/gas were known. https://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/energy/renewable-energy/the-history-of-norwegian-hydropower-in-5-minutes/id2346106/ Norway has long had policies that promote natural resources being used to benefit the population, not just extraction companies. And unlike (say)...
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