Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Have no issue with reading Shakespeare in the original esp. for seeing how English (esp. pronunciation) has evolved over the centuries. You might enjoy How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England: A Guide for Knaves, Fools, Harlots, Cuckolds, Drunkards, Liars,...
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    I would have thought that the realisation that every single claim made by brexit supporters - including the ones I swallowed - have shown to be lies - would almost guaranteed a "remain" vote Why? Looking at the US, half...
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    And Cordelia is obviously much more than the "Great Man's Wife" as seen in Barryar and at the end The Warrior's Apprentice when Aral Vorkosigan suggests to his political opponents that if they're going to condemn Miles for creating the...
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    Logan's Run (idiot hedonist if under 30 vs. die at 30) 21 in the novel, IIRC. Which was the age of majority at the time, so there were no adults (as legally defined) in the society....
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    Decent film....
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    It does rather make the recent comments section on the main page useless, though. I usually check there to see if anything new has been posted....
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    Take the Vorkosigan stories as an example. There was a fairly clear arc up until Memory, but it reverts badly in Diplomatic Immunity and Cryoburn, and Gentleman Jole is widely regarded as just poor The two novels I've most...
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    It's in the article: "1.6 m² that converts 15 per cent of the sunlight straight into hydrogen gas. That’s a world record in the category of devices that don't require precious metals or other expensive materials". There's also a picture...
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    Saw this in one of my newsfeed and thought I'd pass it along: https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2019/belgian-scientists-crack-the-code-for-affordable-eco-friendly-hydrogen-gas Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven have created a solar panel that produces hydrogen gas from moisture in the air. After ten years of development, the panel...
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    the Kafkaesque situation where an 'AI' program convicts people, without being challengeable because it does not give reasons That's one of the points O'Neil makes in Weapons of Math Destruction about the US penal system*. Apparently parole decisions are...
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    I do hope they define their terms, because the naive reading is that I couldn't be fired for buggering a bull on the library steps. Apparently, you can be fired for making someone uncomfortable by following the syllabus in a...
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    The legal text is apparently "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal...
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    I don't know of any jurisdiction where voluntary drunkenness can be sole grounds for claiming lack of consent. US colleges maybe? Are you thinking of Title IX? As I mentioned upthread, Laura Kipnis' book Unwanted Advances is worth reading. Googling...
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    You might find the book Unwanted Advances by Laura Kipnis interesting. A decent review here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/books/review-laura-kipnis-unwanted-advances.html...
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    +1 Get another guest poster while you look after yourself. I vote for Greg on trains!...
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    A one-man invasion of Mexico by Trump in person You mean like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q__bSi5rBlw...
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    Pointing out to her that she has earned very little, and that through opportunities bought for her by her father, would likely not be well received. Apparently Twitter is dumping on her, although I suspect that will just buttress her...
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    Hey, one of my nieces is an architect. She's harmless — spends her time designing buildings for contests that will never get built (but hopefully some of the ideas will get used). A few years ago I went to a...
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    corruption isn't thought of as corruption. Rather, it's just how things are done. Standard operating procedure. Normal. It's the water all the fish swim in. A point Jane Jacobs made in, I think, Systems of Survival - an excellent...
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    The prospect of having to armor up against winter weather for a 2AM outhouse visit is a showstopper. That's why you use a chamber pot and empty it in the morning. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamber_pot...
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    Anyone want to write the story where the first vampires/zombies are the 0.001% All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault by James Alan Gardner....
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    Might be worth thinking of a guest post (if Charlie was agreeable)? You could do an author's retrospective of HED, review this as a later example of the genre, etc…...
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    Off-topic*, but I'm wondering if anyone has read this book, and if so what they think? https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586541/the-uninhabitable-earth-by-david-wallace-wells/9780525576709/ Frank especially, as it looks like it may be similar to Hot Earth Dreams. *Or not, as both Death and Deadlines seem implicit...
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    How were members of Hitler Youth treated after WWII? Did it work? Are there any lessons to be learned from that? As to age not being a barrier to terrorist charges, look at the case of Omar Khadr. Is that...
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    Currently Canada doesn't have a law like that, but our next government (almost certainly Scheer's neocons) is likely to bring in something like it. Strikes me that before getting politically active in retirement I should look at renouncing my British...
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    the attitudes of both guvmint & people to the "first nations" is markedly different in CAN compared to USA Canadian attitudes can be downright nasty even today, and we did have a program of forced assimilation (coupled with really nasty...
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    Excellent book. I'd also recommend 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang, as well as his earlier book Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. Decent book review here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/aug/29/ha-joon-chang-23-things...
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    2012, with regular internet chats since. Haven't talked about the one child policy since before 2017, though — my friends all have kids now and the conversations have been more about how expensive raising kids is. (And come to think...
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    Still asks me to sign in to my Google account…...
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    Arthur C. Clarke wrote a short story (who's name escapes me) about the crew of a second strike base getting a message from their (now dead) political leaders, ordering them not to launch, as the deterrent had failed and there...
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