Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Being in the lane I need to be to reach my destination I try to be in the lane that will move the fastest, if I know the route. Knowing that the bus parks in the right lane for...
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    Back in the 1980s my university lab partner was an electrician (retraining as an engineer). He'd previously worked at a potash mine. Every electrician there had their own personal tools. Which meant that using your tools to do side work...
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    My personal experience is that talking on the phone feels no more distracting than talking with passengers. I saw a study that contradicted that. Bookmarked at home and I'm travelling, so no immediate cite (bug me next month is you...
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    It's one of the many 'everyone knows' sayings that aren't true. I think it was New Scientist that did a test and found balsamic vinegar works best....
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    Thanks. Got to look for that book; now I'm hankering to reread it....
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    Sometimes it feels that these people are just against everything except getting all the stuff for themselves. Even when it is counter-productive and helping somebody else would be better for them. They'd happily poke out one eye if everyone else...
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    Anyway, if we need say sewer workers, or at the very least technicians for sewer robots, and no one is getting off their backsides to do it then I guess someone would have to figure out how to incentivise it....
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    In the absence of high intensity wars to fight, switching emphasis to disaster mitigation, peacekeeping, and providing aid to civil authorities is a no-brainer. For the military, maybe. Not so much for the vast industrial complex that supports them. rushing...
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    This comic seems appropriate: http://www.wastedtalent.ca/node/1762...
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    get protection essentially amounting to a job for life at the company Given that they will likely have trouble getting a job elsewhere… I may be unreasonably extrapolating from my time in the tech industry, but reporting problems anywhere but...
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    In Nortel's case, shareholders got something out of a lawsuit (although lawyers and accountants got billions more). Eventually all civil charges against management were dropped, so they got to keep the loot....
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    Having thus reduced the rewards of bad corporate behaviour, the risk/reward calculation will now have different outcomes. The problem with punishing the corporation as an entity is that the rewards are typically cashed out before the punishment, so those making...
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    Damn, hit submit instead of preview :-( It's not a new problem here, sadly. Bruce Cockburn described it in 1977 in "Free To Be": On the skid row of the spirit Hear the ranting of the Western Guard Why don't...
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    If it's not for everyone, it's not prosperity. The current grass-roots Canadian neocon seems to have redefined "prosperity" to mean "having more than those others". Or had it redefined for them....
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    Do not expect the right-wing policy to be economic prosperity Well, not for everyone. The website of the Reserve Bank of Australia is probably not a place most people would visit for a laugh but, in the debate about unemployment,...
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    Another way to put is that, anytime someone claims that citizens won't do some type of work - it should rephrased to either - citizens won't do that type of work for the wages offered because we can hire cheaper...
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    You've probably heard this, but if not I think you'll like it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGYMYrEbvak (Oysterband: My Country Too)...
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    Everybody over fifty says "things do not need to change". They're wrong. I'm over 50, and working for change. Less convinced it will happen than I was when I was younger. Also politically further left than I was when I...
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    I suspect you are unduly optimistic about Americans. The simplest story is that Trump is a symptom of pure racism. In Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Factor in child-rearing, too. If you are responsible for a child (and at least in Canada women shoulder more of that obligation than men, in terms of time) then you need to carry along everything you think you may need...
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    And then ignore what's blaring from it because they're not listening (but they complain if you turn it off because now "things are too quiet")?...
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    At the first meeting we had at BNR (mid-80s), the director of the lab told my friend to bring him coffee. Being clueless* I didn't realize why he'd picked her (only female in the room) but one of the other...
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    It was like that in my elder sister's time. Mid-1970s, basically. Early 80s in small-town Saskatchewan, too. Friend of mine was told by her guidance counsellor that women could become nurses, but not engineers. Fortunately she didn't listen and applied...
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    supporting the benefits of hybrid vigour Which does much to explain why my grandnieces and grandnephews are so wonderful :-) One of the many things I love about my nieces is that they took Dr. King's dating advice and chose...
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    The question “Should we call it ‘racism?’” is a mess I go with the definition I learned in school, old-fashioned though it is. Which is also the definition in the "conservative" dictionaries I quoted upstream. It's all the definition that...
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    current corporate workplaces are designed to be comfortable for extroverts Ditto current North American schools. A few years ago our principal had a new PA system installed so admin and guidance could access the PA without having to leave their...
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    EC and GT don't have really good understandings of what social justice activists mean by racism etc. It really has relatively little to do with prejudice and a whole lot to do with power relations. I've consulted both the Oxford...
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    By your logic, the swastika cannot be a Nazi symbol because Hindus and Shintoists were using it long before. I've seen the reverse argument used much more frequently: that the swastika is only a Nazi symbol, and so anyone using...
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    On a political note, this quote from Stephen King seems sadly spot-on: First, you stoke hatred and fear of minorities. Then you round them up and put them in camps. Next, you send out raiding parties to get those who...
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    My problem that trip was that I had a hard deadline for returning to work, and on that trip the airport was a long trip from where I was staying. (Hotel was possible, but one night at a hotel was...
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