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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I read the article about bad pilot training. My guess is the fastest and cheapest (for Boeing) is for them to say, you want to buy our aircraft, your pilots have to pass our flight school. They'd scream that Airbus...
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    Well, in those days, Toronto was "Muddy York"; the idea was to get rail up to the Escarpment because the Welland Canal didn't exist yet, either. Um, no. The first Welland canal predates railways (finished 1829, same year as Stephenson's...
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    OK, enough about how big the USA is. :) Canada is as about as wide, plus the bit on the east that sticks out about halfway across the Atlantic. I live in Toronto. That's actually east of the (southern) US...
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    The privately owned ones are generating a nasty price tag. My estimate (VERY rough) is they are asking for a 20% return on the money....
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    Toronto is too warm in the winter. A factor of coping with approximately freezing temperatures (see opening comment) that has not been pointed out so far is slush. Standing in a water/ice mixture is WAY colder that standing on nice...
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    With respect to Ontario nuclear costs. A nuclear plant is the interest rate cast in concrete. Darlington was built while Gerald Bouey (Governor of the Bank of Canada) was trying to get inflation down to zero. They were paying 15%...
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    Loudest aircraft I ever heard was an SR-71. It wasn't close....
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    Ah, I missed the fundamental point. We need to get to net negative CO2. This is the only industrial scale geologic time scale solution that is actually working now that I am aware of. Hydrolysis is quite cool. If you...
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    Um, I think I said they currently burn gas in O2 and capture the resulting CO2. Yes, that hurts the efficiency because you have to start by capturing that CO2. If you assume we burn coal for electricity we are...
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    I think this qualifies as likely good news. Direct air capture at scale It's actually less gung ho than other reports on the project which indicated they expected using more CO2 to get the oil than would be created by...
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    As for longevity, not really. One of the great fears of the people in this world is the "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations" phenomenon, that the second generation heirs of those who accumulate mass quantities of wealth tend to...
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    I give up - can *anyone* explain to me why Liz agreed to BoJo's shutdown of Parliament? Rock solid precedent. See my post about Canada in the next thread....
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    As a small quibble (that the Canadian scandal wasn't over proroguing parliament), ISTR that the constitutional crisis in Ottawa you have in mind was the 1926 King-Byng affair I don't think OGH is referring to that. I think He was...
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    Where is this and how do they keep the hedge funds off their back?...
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    I never claimed you said that. Also, the atmospheric CO2 costs of the boat and rigging are only the leakage from the manufacturing, not the carbon that winds up in the boat and rigging. So really, really tiny. Holiday sailboats...
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    I'm saying that the carbon cost per hour of running a racing yacht with a carbon fibre mast, nylon or polypropylene sails, and nylon rope rigging is not 0, as she appears to believe. Oh FFS, you are being...
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    The further note on that is that Corbyn's waffling looks prescient and the People's Vote types should be careful what they wish for....
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    Yikes. I just checked polling and remain/leave has gone from 48/38 to 44/42 between February and May. God knows what it is now. In any event a new referendum is not a slam dunk either way. YouGov...
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    I ASSUME it's a deliberate freud on the part of the manufacturers' to increase money intake via franchised repair outlets Now there's a Freudian slip worthy of the name....
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    .But what gets on my wick is that a variable frequency oscillator with three outputs 120° out of phase is so bleeding basic a thing that it doesn't need any kind of CPU at all, not an ARM, not a...
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    Oops, I was slightly careless in how I wrote that. The distinction is between Parliament and Privy Council, if we are being formal about it....
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    If Boris refuses to resign after losing a confidence vote do we get to see John Bercow arresting him? Or does the Queen send bailiffs to Number 10? Or both? I am thinking that running the government (civil service, Navy,...
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    Does anybody here know any good numbers on just how split the Labour party is on Brexit? Either membership polling or MP counts....
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    Trump certainly has committed impeachable offences. Even more than Nixon. However, the politics are different. An impeachment in the House that fails in the Senate is not helpful. See Clinton, William. OTOH Pelosi publicly stomping on the Squad is bad...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    A friend of mine survived doing a PHD in chemistry with profs who thought it was wasted on women by listening to that song a lot. She got to thank Peggy for writing it when she played a Toronto folk...
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    Am I still under a yellow card?...
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    Ok, my communication problem is worse than I thought. Of course women work, and are required to work, and should have the option of working at what they want. It's just that on TOP of working they do more housework....
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    All of which is irrelevant unless you change the majority of the target group's mind. I have very little interest and less expectation that I will change the target groups mind. I have every desire and plan to remove their...
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    My most humble apologies. I believe this is a communication error. I did not intend to mean that they SHOULD be home doing housework but rather, given current social relations they are more likely to be ACTUALLY doing that than...
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    What I really don't understand about modern political correctness is an ability of liberal lobby to tangle everything into one bundle. Is it on purpose, for easy management of PR, or it is a strange mutation of common sense. It...
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