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rocketshippajamas

  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It's a matter of choice I think. Though cycle helmets are technically the law around here - and I will not allow my spawnlings to ride without one due to their poor risk assessment skills - most people make their...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Confirmation/survivor bias. If you caused an accident would you post it anywhere? And how many bikes are carrying cameras?...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Re: Cycling and visibility. I've always followed the hypothesis that bad drivers are at least attuned to the colors of police and other authorities. With that in mind I've always worn the same colors (but not uniforms, of course) as...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Alarming scenario. Let me rephrase that - effing terrifying scenario. A couple thoughts on possible ways forward for those of us who lack direct influence or power (i.e. all of us). Bannon: 1. 45's ego is such that he cannot...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    It's a mess, to be sure. I know more than a few people who throw up their hands and say 'They were conquered, deal with it!'. When the truth is that they were not conquered (mostly), they made treaties or...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    By which I mean they think that Islam is the current and only global menace. I am inclined to agree with the relative hazard presented by religion in general. But the particular acquaintances I am referring to have settled on...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Migration rates are different than total foreign born population, obviously. As for the rest you are correct - there are several other countries (NZ, US, Switzerland etc) that have a higher proportion of foreign born than Canada. I stand corrected....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    5. That was a guy from Alberta.... Well, I grew up in a small town in Alberta and have no recollection of freezing any gravel roads for hockey. Road hockey is its own thing - one wears shoes (or winter...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    As for sailing our cargo around, we would have to see some significant improvements in our ability to predict weather before it would be an economical replacement for carbon power. Most current cargo runs on very specific, tight schedules with...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    A big way in seats, not so much in popular vote: 40% Liberals, 32% Conservatives. In the previous election the Conservatives had 40%, so they didn't slide that much. In my part of Ontario, the people who I know switched...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Harper used it a fair bit, and various other politicos have blown those dogwhistles at various points. But it is not irrelevant that Harper lost that election in a big way. The only effect his idiotic war on the niqab...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I interpreted the question as referring to 'people from Mexico'. I can't speak for Europe or Aus/NZ, but in Canada people of Hispanic origin (including Guatemalans, Salvadoreans etc.) are a small enough minority that they don't really rate any of...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    My parents, crunchy granola flower children that they were, were utterly adamant that I would not own toy guns. And so the yardstick my mother used for sewing became a rifle for much of my childhood, as well as basically...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The Left is not a monolith, anymore than conservatives are all Klan....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I have been astonished in conversations with coworkers and friends who cannot see the parallels between the current rise of fascists and authoritarian nationalists with previous such infestations. We have a few other parallels as well. The late 1920s included...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    I think services like Netflix and its imitators are early examples of the post-advertising internet. Pay a monthly fee, get unlimited access to a particular type of content. Maybe a pay a higher fee and get unlimited access to a...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    Not being of the UK, I can't speak for how the pig sticking issue is playing here. But from out here in the colonies, it plays as hilarious. We are in the midst of an election of our own with...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    What I really want to know is how the no award results relate to the VTOL capabilities of next gen fighter planes....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I had thought the first rule of missile sub club was not to be seen or heard. Once a missile sub's location is known, it is basically doomed. So a hostile power could possibly seed an area with a large...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I too am drawn by the strange attractor in question, but I was enjoying the prior talk as well. I like the idea of avian kamikazes, and have little doubt that we will see a lot of bird/animal based reconnaisance...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I find it a bit depressing that a discussion of postcapitalism and what the coming years of ongoing automation and net-ification will bring has devolved into a major digression into airframes, fighter jets and the like. I think Stanislaw Lem...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    There is a fascinatingly postcapitalist phenomenon currently ongoing in the 'personal finance' world. Sites such as 'Early Retirement Extreme' and 'Mr. Money Mustache' are charting a path for workers to separate themselves from consumer culture, maximize savings and exit the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I don't know what is going to happen in your election, but for a ray of hope you could look at last night's election in Alberta (Canada). The Tories have had a stranglehold on power for 44 years without pause....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I hate the idea, but it is possible that there is no great filter because intelligence is not actually an evolutionarily advantageous trait. It requires relatively long lifespans and low populations compared to microorganisms. And it takes a lot of...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I think we agree about the same things, however I would argue that the so-called profitability of black and grey markets also require, at least somewhere, a system of legal stability and fairly rigorous enforcement. The Cartels would not be...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I take issue with point 3, but only partially. I think stable, positively functioning and growing capitalism requires a functioning democracy and an objectively neutral system of courts and regulations. A corporation is a legal entity first and foremost, and...
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