Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I remember, when one of the First Nations leaders talked about separating from a newly-independent Quebec, hearing a Quebecois politician state that that was impossible because Quebec was an indivisible unit. (Or words to that effect. Might have been the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Not disagreeing with you, just stating why I made the assumption that she was a diplomatic spouse....
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    This assumes a fact not in evidence about the nature of Jonathan Sacoolas's employment After reading that he (and his spouse) had diplomatic immunity I assumed he was a diplomat....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    If you're looking for a weapon for a "burn the world down" thriller plot, then nothing is more appropriate to late stage capitalism than a lethal viral pandemic spread by money. That was the plot of a SF story I...
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    As well, Beaudry's ultimate boss is on record as saying that being in a country with different laws and customs entitles you to consideration and understanding if you break them. At least, it does if you're an American driving on...
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    A few years ago I had a tire blow on the 401 (Canada's busiest highway). I pulled over as fast as I could and stopped on the shoulder. Pulled over as far as possible (metal railing as the highway was...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Next: Nutrition (esp. B12 deficiency), lack of sleep, chronic pain, some meds -- can affect memory. So, Marmite and honey sandwiches, then? :-) The product is notable as a vegan source of B vitamins, including supplemental B12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite...
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    Another teacher thought that physical force was justified to prevent me eating honey and Marmite combined in the same sandwich. Honey and Marmite sandwiches are amazing! Fresh bread cut extra-thick, butter, and honey on top, Marmite on bottom so you...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    (probably) prolonged random inspection IIRC the reason he was given* was that he was driving a different vehicle back to Canada than he'd entered the US in. The original rental broke down in the US and the company provided a...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Why did he even need to get out of the car? When I was in drivers' ed, in Saskatchewan in the 1970s, that's what we were taught to do. Open the door and step away from the car, hands visible,...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The unspoken dark side to that has been that what effectively functioning within society depends in part on society's expectations and norms regarding acceptable behavior The poor are crazy, the rich are eccentric? (Can't remember where I heard that one,...
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    I do agree that modern society - with rigid rule enforcement of social norms (felt so sorry for Damore) is pretty toxic for ASD people Years ago I read a sociology book* by Edward T Hall. In it he was...
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    Those little twitches & inclinations, that the perpetrator almost certainly does not know or realise they are "displaying" speak volumes IF/WHEN one starts to notice them.... A few years ago I was at a physic education conference and went to...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    One of the jurors reported seeing the agent outside her house, sitting in his vehicle watching the house. Seems odd behaviour for a law enforcement officer to be watching the house of a juror in a case the officer is...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    it feels like you're claiming some special privilege or making up excuses. And some people do that, with or without an official diagnosis. But then, people do that for other conditions as well. Look at the number of people who...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Also left out of the story: said ground was slush and ice, this being a parking lot in the middle of winter. Having been raised in Canada, it would take me more than ten seconds to process "you want me...
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    Border crossings are fraught at the best of times, and the US is busily working its way up the scale from scary to terrifying, even for many US citizens. Having not been to the US since 9/11, I can't comment...
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    Albeit, the last study I checked indicated that, overall, for the US, when considering state and federal prisons, incarceration is mostly driven (5/6th?) by violent crime. Or inability to pay fines. Look at Peter Watts for an example: convicted of...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I've never really seen the point of carrying your work desktop around with you in your pocket, I must admit. Would be very handy for me. First off, although I have an office at school I spend most of my...
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    Section numbers and cross-references should be fully automated, updating whenever paragraphs are inserted, deleted or rearranged. Word used to be able to do that. Back in the 90s I wrote what because a 400+ page book with ToC, index, and...
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    Regulation tends to happen only after problems kill a sufficient number of people *and* cause sufficient economic losses. Look at aerospace and medical. Look at food. It took a lot of effort to get food regulations in place. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/312067/the-poison-squad-by-deborah-blum/...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I hear that if you approach the border crossing from Ontario and claim to be from 'Tow-RAHN-tow', you are regarded with disbelief because anyone actually from there would have said 'Tah-RAH-nah'. TRAH-nah. Or TEE-OH....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    There are plenty of folks, esp. on the 'Net, who claim it, and use it as an excuse. http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2832...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    typical commenter here is… Mostly right in my case. I deal with teenagers for hours every day — 50-60 hour workweek* for ten months a year. But the rest? Middle-aged white male, STEM background, ASD spectrum is a decent...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Police_State_Pittsburgh_G20.jpg I look at that and I see the heavily armed police from 1990s cyberpunk miniatures*, that at the time seemed over-the-top and clearly the mark of a dystopian world. One more indication that we are living in a cyberpunk...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Log-Tables, surely, for greater accuracy? Napier's Bones? I made and used a set in elementary school…...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    The fact that it is the same word as a pubic wig is a bonus :-) Given the type of American the term usually refers to, there is an amusing parallel between their actions in covering for certain politicians and...
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    When I was there in the 80s (during the Cold War) one of the bus drivers took great pride in pointing out the doors to underground hangers in what looked like cliff faces. He said that they were designed so...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'd read he was spending big bucks on Facepalm in anti-impeachment ads, as his "strategy" to stop the impeachment, as though it were a political campaign.... As I understand American politics, it is a political campaign. He has to persuade...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Which led teenage me to wonder if the enemy's wife would have a libido twice as much as the enemy could satisfy, or twice as much as the protagonist could satisfy — and if the latter then whether the enemy...
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