Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Is it true that heat pumps stop working when it gets very cold out? Yes – but it would have to get very, very cold for a heat pump to stop working entirely. Different models of heat pumps have different...
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    insulating Eco-friendly homes to the point where they would contain the body heat of occupants & waste heat from the lights (before CFL & LED lighting were common) and require minimal additional heat in the winter Back in the...
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    Downside: we have had one occasion of having to chip ice off the outside fan when the rain went sideways from an unexpected direction. In my admittedly limited Vancouver experience, sideways rain from all directions is expected winter weather… I...
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    And you skiped the prairie. No, the 'Peg is in the Prairies....
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    I've been in Toronto in February and tried swimming in a lake north of Toronto one August. Moscow it's not but still way too cold for me. Wuss. Don't let a little ice keep you out of the water :-)...
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    Native Americans fared much better than in real-world history with tribes such as the Iroquois and the Cherokee managing to keep much of their land and have autonomy One of the grievances the colonists had against Britain was that...
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    America can either be an economically vibrant great power or it can be white. It can't be both. Of course, "neither" is also an option…...
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    Just like a 5 year old thinks McDonalds, your home kitchen, and that 5 star restaurant are all the same Which given Trump's well-known eating habits is probably how he thinks of them…...
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    The other one is ground heat transfer. I wonder what the lifespan is for dense urban areas for this, especially cooling. According to Rail Magazine, the average temperature in the Underground tunnels in the year 1900 was 14 degrees...
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    A few more from web-facing email address. Nothing more in gmail but that has pretty good filtering and I use it less frequently nowadays. A definite increase in phone calls from subcontinental waterfowl cleaners, usually several a day....
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    And there's Icelandic, where the 'surname' indicates father/mother — so parents and children have different surnames....
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    Especially if you're trying to pull the wool over their eyes?...
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    I think I would have had trouble with sweat potatoes too. Sounds yucky! :-) Teachers all over, yup. Same with engineers at large engineering firm — some technically excellent, some technically shit but adept at office politics and getting credit....
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    In three decades of teaching I've had twice as many female principals as male. The best two principals I had were male. At my last school (which I retired from) the admin team and guidance department are now entirely female....
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    It's a FASCIST word I assumed it was a left-looney word, because I first heard "sheeple" from people on the left-looney-fringe, raving against government and corporate conspiracies… This was back in the 80s. So I'm not convinced it was...
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    My best guess is that if the UK were to suddenly become a republic all that stuff would become government possessions. How long before it was privatized, or at the very least leased to a PPE for nominal rent with...
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    That's sounds right. Paperback with a red cover… And clearly my memory is going…...
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    I had a toy Thunderbird when I was a boy. It was before we had a television (and I'm not certain if either CBC or CTV every carried it in Saskatchewan anyways) so I've never actually seen one of the...
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    NOTHING wrong with our Union Roughly half of Scotland seems to disagree with that sentiment, to the extent of wanting to leave it. Not certain how many of the 'remain' Scots would agree with "nothing wrong" as opposed to...
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    a friend and I were dropped off in West Central Alberta in the middle of nowhere (near Medicine Lake if you must look at a map) with supplies and intent to travel over 100 km through the woods to meet...
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    The difficult bit is PAYING for it - especially given the example of the angry child, IQ45's temper-tantrum over the WHO as a bad example. Odd how a country so committed to 'forward defense' that it has military units all...
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    What would a disaster relief fleet look like? John Barnes had de facto emergency relief fleets in Mother of Storms, but IIRC they were repurposed military units rather than purpose-designed — and they were fairly peripheral to the plot so...
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    The statement '"no taxation without representation" was a smoke-screen for "nobody's gonna take my slaves away"' oversimplifies a more complex reality, as such statements almost inevitably do. Simplification indeed, considering that (apparently) some of the colonists were protesting a tax...
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    The current Queen of Canada is currently moderately popular, outside of the province of Québec. Her son is absolutely not popular, inside or outside the province of Québec. Harry would have won the vote in english Canada, I think, if...
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    The US founding fathers were all white male landowners, 80% of them were slave owners too, and the Declaration of Independence was signed two years after a famous English legal case ruled that it was unlawful to possess slaves on...
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    China is looking for "Lebensraum" - yes? No. Looking for security, yes. Both economic security (sources of raw materials, economic allies) and military (buffer zones)....
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    Not that he would necessarily have been troubled by killing the Germans ..would it surprise you to learn that he didn't like the Germans very much?This after WW2 and the discovery of the Extermination Camps? My grandfather fought in...
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    Last year Ontario's Conservative government amended the Education Act, removing the requirement for actual supervisory experience when school boards hired Directors of Education — which the government "hailed as a way to promote equity and diversity in the top position...
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    In High School, there was a "coach" and several assistants. Again the coach & some of his assistants were Physical EDUCATION teachers. The assistant Basketball Coach was the full time Boys Guidance Counselor who also taught math. I had...
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    the number of people that had a gap as long as yours was small That number will go up. Apparently 'up to 16 weeks' is the new second-dose guideline for Canada, so all the provinces seem to be treating...
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