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Damian

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Alas, the only one I spent much time visiting was caught up in the inferno that hit Australia last month. The thing that makes all this a bit frightening is that these rainforests used never to burn. You might get...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I think yes to your main point, but no to the specifics about rainforests. There are rainforests in Tasmania (and Canada for that matter). Sunlight, though important, isn't any more a huge factor than for other forests. Many rainforest species...
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    My thought bubble here was more around encouraging and enabling cheaper and more knowledgeable DIY retrofitting of stuff that is actually useful, recognising that many things can’t be fixed if the underlying design is really limiting. The method would be...
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    Yes, we have a similar artificial scarcity here, somewhat bizarrely given the space outside cities. But it’s a longstanding theme, they were building tiny terrace houses in the Victorian era. These days we have rapidly infilling urban sprawl gaps, but...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm not claiming it balances out, but I don't think we're talking about things that are qualitatively different. It's the same here, of course, and I'm sure elsewhere too - retrofitting stuff is a lot more expensive than just building...
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    Paws, here you're describing a predictable increase in peak demand for charging infrastructure to replace direct fossil fuel use for transport, something I deliberately left out of my speculation above (but there are other things I left out that tilt...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    So lets play with some crazy false equivalences. It’s (apparently) around USD $10 billion to build a 1.2GW nuclear plant. There are around 25 million households, as in dwellings that people live in, in the UK. That’s around USD $400...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The version I keep being told is that there will be marauding bands of Alan Akerboltbrechtsen supporters “so gun up” or something. But a lot of people are trapped in a Hobbesian word view, which leads to a pretty unrealistic...
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    Strange as it might seem I agree a lot and I think we’re probably converging a bit. It’s one of the thoughts behind drifting away from health and toward law. Many of the struggles ahead will be legal ones, and...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Yeah... for some folks just not being them is the worst possible thing you can do. Everyone else is or may as well be Catholic scum, or whatever the good folks believe they are not....
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    I’m not sure there will be much of a war in the sense that the refugees have much of a chance. I guess the converse to my usual question for conservatives is “who are the useless eaters, whom we should...
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    The hot-tub equipment starts a small electrical fire, which unfortunately spreads to a pair of propane bottles for a gas barbecue (I am guess, not what USAians would call a barbecue, but what USAians would call a grill). These explode,...
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    Seriously, this is one of the obvious things that would happen as soon as they started talking about FTTN as a serious way to to the NBN. Ours is (thankfully) on old cable TV coax, but I’m left curious who...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The Commonwealth Fund, despite its name, is a US-based organisation and its ranking is regarded quite highly in the health service management field. When I was studying health systems as part of my masters a couple of years ago, Miror,...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The Murdoch empire has always been linked closely with mining interests. The series of buyouts, takeovers and consolidation of newspapers could be said to have started at Broken Hill, with Murdoch-owned company-friendly papers taking over or otherwise encompassing or blocking...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Yeah I’m aware of this asymmetry, which I think is very real and I feel like I encounter it every day (although that can’t possibly be true). But it’s a bit like saying “truth has a left-wing bias”, that a...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    In spite of all we complain about here, it really is still a great place to live. Your perception of “90%” is really closer to a balance. Something you might remember is the way that certain electoral systems intrinsically favour...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I think the underlying theme is that no-one*, anywhere is entirely consistent, or acts in a way that is consistent with the things they say they believe, or represents what they believe in a way that doesn’t include some internal...
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    There you go again, speaking for someone else, asserting that their position just coincidentally happens to align with yours. Quite belligerently, and reducing the opinion of any Gibraltar who happens to disagree with you to “zero”. You realise that in...
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    I thought that was the UK (Cue Sex Pistols)...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I always admired Lawn Chair Larry, his courage, vision and punctuality....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I'm referring to the pair of terms "cis" and "trans" - whose application to people I understood immediately by reference to chemistry, and thought it was brilliant For me it was by reference to all those Roman histories and their...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Oh - I mentioned but failed to expand on the bit about antibiotics. The thing about pus is really just a nick factor. A bit of pasteurised pus won’t hurt you after all, and our American cousins have (presumably) been...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    “hormone-laced milk products" It isn’t so much that the hormone supplements get into the milk. Hormone-fed dairy cattle develop more or less permanent mastitis, which is treated with antibiotics. There is inevitably a small proportion os pus in the raw...
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    The obvious (not very funny joke) suggestion is to wait 6 months when the pound is worth around 15 cents, but of course there’s an inflation genie in that too, so it would not mean that the price could be...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greg, you might find this challenging to believe, but I don’t think you’re a fascist. Most people here understand that the things someone says (which is what I’m jumping off from), the implications of those things (which I’m pointing out)...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I’ve seen at least one person riding with a full visor helmet made up to be a plush Grover the muppet head, where the black visor is an open mouth. So there is at least a small extent to which...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    So you think you can coup or Tour d’Etat 6 teams are provided with all the CIA assistance they can eat, with the goal to overturn the legitimate government in their assigned country out of 3 selected countries (to make...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It certainly does! Dave, point taken. The perspective I was adding is skimming over long tracts of a thread for meaning, in which exchanges between certain of the (really 2) more curmudgeonly commenters which occasionally provide just as many lines...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greg, we’ve been here before too and in this context, specifically, the troll is you....
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