Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    It would be hard to go after all of the individual "members", but Gavin McInnes & the other "leadership" individuals could be sued. I suspect it will be hard to prove (to a legal level) that the leadership is...
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    Which appears to just be catnip for some of them: Some Proud Boys supporters appeared to be undeterred by Fred Perry's message. "That moment when you make Fred Perry stop making a design they've had for decades. Maybe we'll change...
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    Amusingly, apparently Fox won a libel case by successfully arguing that "reasonable viewers" can't be expected to take Tucker Carson seriously. The case was brought by the former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said Carlson defamed her on his show,...
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    Very important that the Dems get a majority here. I thought that that was one vote per state, though? "During a contingent election, each House state delegation casts one en bloc vote to determine the president, rather than a vote...
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    A comment on analytical methods… http://www.wastedtalent.ca/node/135...
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    Joy. Airbnb hosts kept illegally renting during the pandemic, probably-not-coincidentally in areas that are Covid hotspots. Nearly 12 per cent of Toronto’s 23,524 Airbnb listings continued to operate between April and June, even though short-term rental activity was restricted in...
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    What technology might a time traveler from our future bring back to us? The cure for social media?...
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    Before about 1700 everyone thought that society and technology were more or less unchanging, and that the whole thing was a zero-sum game. The idea of inventing something to improve productivity, and thereby change society for the better, was completely...
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    the modern U.S. Postal Service motto about "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ... " Nothing in there about neocons and fascists, is there?...
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    As I said earlier, Kevin Anderson's Ill Wind from 1995. I've read other works were oil-eating bugs were a plot element, but I can't remember enough details to find them. One had them as a biowar attack on OPEC that...
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    Sorry for the mismatched HTML tags. Ill Wind is the title, Anderson and Beason the authors. Published in 1995....
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    I am not surprised that I have not met that as a dystopian apocalypse in fiction. Bacteria causing plastics to decay faster. Ill Wind by Kevin Anderson and Doug Beason. Oil spill in San Francisco, bacteria is used to clean...
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    Email me offlist How would one do that? I can't find an email address for you. Tried clicking on your name and only got a list of comments…...
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    I love "city slickers". Not one of us knows anything 'bout country living, or roughing it. The gospel according to macho-man populists, sure. Just the kind of folks who'd kill themsleves taking a chainsaw to a hydro line… https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/04/18/did-randy-hillier-not-see-the-wire-for-the-trees.html TLDR:...
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    You mean inertial guidance? I think even the Romans tried that one, for surveying. Not that I'm aware of, unless one has been discovered in the last couple of decades. They had a hodometer, essentially an odometer that measured distance...
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    "Patriot Commission" is a good name for it, actually. As any Loyalist account will tell you, the Patriots weren't shy about oppressing anyone who disagreed with them… :-/ Working my way through Myth of the Lost Cause by Bonekemper. Can't...
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    Well, I learned something new today. Toxins produced by Australia's stinging trees bear a strong resemblance to those of spiders and scorpions, scientists have found. Those stung by the leaves of such trees first feel an intense burning. It changes...
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    Which then work together with the humans against the intelligent cockroaches… History isn’t written by the victors. It’s written by the people with the time machines. https://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/category/products/timewatch/ It's amusing, and competently written. I backed it in Kickstarter and am happy...
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    If you do, it will be messier than the last one. "The South" is no longer geographically concentrated in, well, the South, and is now distributed across the country....
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    Question for Australians… I see in the news about the Melbourne anti-lockdown protests that a number of protestors are wearing MAGA hats. For example: https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-lockdown-protest-melbourne-australia-fd96c8a4-35bc-4142-9e60-1a8e26999c45.html Is this common, or an artifact of the pictures I've seen?...
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    The Good Roads Movement in the United States began in the late 1870s and predates travel by automobile by quite a bit. It actually starts with bicycles needing paved roads. A good reference for that is Roads Were Not...
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    are you saying that Comey was a Russian agent? Useful idiot? Bribed? Blackmailed?...
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    Menwhile we have: 321, 327, 331, 335, 342 At a minimum 99% content-free & taking up space. Have we had more Seagull posts deleted? Again? Beginning to think that if one refers to a post by number one should also...
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    Neither 151 nor 154 are from me. I have only seen one news report of arson, which didn't appear to be politically motivated. OTOH, pyromaniacs exist. It would not surprise me to learn that some had been responsible for a...
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    Only fire I've fought personally was sorta-arson. At Scout camp one idiot was dropping matches, letting the grass burn a bit, then stamping it out. Apparently this was fun. Then he let one patch get too big, and suddenly we...
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    is there any current fire known to have been started deliberately ... or even suspected of being started deliberately? No idea. I thought you were talking generically about forest fires. My bet would be on carelessness. Possibly carelessness verging on...
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    In the U.S. it's legal to make a personal backup copy of a DVD But unless they've changed the law, it's illegal to crack the DRM copy protection to do what you are legally allowed to do… It's seriously screwed...
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    Can you identify a fire that was deliberately set? Even if it's one where the authorities can't identify who set it? At times, yeah. Presence of accelerants, for example. It's tricky, and usually you can't get more than 'human-caused' unless...
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    Cite, please? Looks like the usual suspects… The false claims have been spread on social networks by supporters of President Donald Trump, who has spent months pretending that antifascists in the Pacific Northwest dedicated to confronting white supremacists are members...
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    I suspect that we'll eventually find that Trump didn't want to be President Given he's been making runs at the idea of being president for at least three decades, I suspect ego has more to do with it, and he...
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