Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Assuming the Wikipedia article is accurate… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_forfeiture_in_the_United_States Civil forfeiture in the United States, also called civil asset forfeiture or civil judicial forfeiture, is a process in which law enforcement officers take assets from persons suspected of involvement with crime or...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Or write you a ticket… After a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown five years ago this month in Ferguson, Mo., protests there rocked the nation, leading to a public outcry over race and policing. People...
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    You're not required to pay if an ambulance is called for you. At you have to do is refuse to go. They'll give you the "we can't leave you here, we have a duty of care" but you're under no...
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    I was assuming it meant allowing American medical corporations to buy NHS hospitals and clinics at knock-down prices, then charge what they wanted to either the government or patients (or more likely both) for medical services....
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    It will be interesting to see if there is given that it was all outdoors and no opportunities to later congregate in bars and restaurants. Well, better outside than inside, but that park was pretty packed (usually considered crowded with...
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    So I started walking on days without rain and when I didn't mow the yard or such. I've taken to going out on the days when the weather isn't so good. On a nice sunny day like today the walking...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    This is the beginnings of the pandemic, and reaching for normalcy or minimal disruption of one's regular life is not on the odds the sensible way to behave. Which didn't stop 10,000 (estimated) idiots* from crowding Trinity-Bellwoods Park yesterday. It...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Ontario has seen a spike after Mothers Day (a day when our premier broke distancing rules to gather his family together). "Our analysis thus far suggests that people may have acquired the virus during recent events where people traditionally spend...
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    Why shouldn't they? If that's what the market wants, that's what the market gets. If the market doesn't want what you're selling, obviously the market is wrong and needs fixing. A few years ago the US argued that forcing foods...
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    Canada also does not allow the hormone treatments or routine antibiotics. Which is, according to the US, an unfair restraint of trade. Something that the UK should get used to, now that they no longer have the EU to hide...
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    IIRC, the "ultra-heat treated" (UHT) milk sold in the UK is what the US refers to as pasteurized I don't think so. In Canada, at least, pasteurized milk is standard, and it requires refrigeration. We used to be able...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    How would sleep apnea increase the risk of motor vehicle collisions? At a guess, because it interferes with sleep so you are tireder than you think you are. Most Americans are apparently sleep-deprived anyway, so sleep apnea probably makes it...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Guess the school board is relying on their teachers' creativity and dedication to figure this out. Not just the school board. Also the provincial government (although they are also blaming teachers for not figuring out the solution they wanted but...
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    Secondary, not post-secondary, in my case. Post-secondary would be easier because the students are legally adults, rather than minors. On Ontario there is an accrediting body: the Ontario College of Teachers. It's actually the largest self-regulating body in Canada. Although...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    is there any coordination between teachers in various provinces in terms of figuring out what works and what doesn't for distance/on-line education? Ditto for international. Everybody's in the same boat. Somebody somewhere is probably looking into this. No coordination...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    On a different note, the Rijksmuseum has posted a hyper-resolution copy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch online: http://hyper-resolution.org/view.html?pointer=0.361,0.011&i=Rijksmuseum/SK-C-5/SK-C-5_VIS_20-um_2019-12-21...
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    Here in Canada I've been a member of the somewhat social democratic NDP for decades, but often tend to actually vote for the candidate most likely to defeat the local Tory. I've been an NDP supporter since before I could...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Then there's the difference in what the well-heeled private schools are able to do regards IT Support for teachers and students Very much this. Lecce (Minister of Education in Ontario) has been making headlines because "lazy" teachers aren't providing synchronous...
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    Did anybody but me find the Trump "answer" to a question about Mothers Day worrying? https://www.businessinsider.com/an-ai-bot-unlearned-english-grammar-to-better-understand-trump-2020-5 TLDR: to understand Trump the AI had to ignore grammar. And when he stops gesturing he's truly angry (as opposed to acting angry)....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    the reappearance of stromatolites At least we have a soundtrack for that (listen to track 10): https://www.iantamblyn.com/epic-rock (Actually, I recommend the entire album.)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    So, any bets on whether any charges result from this? This cynical non-American bets "no charges", or "no charges that stick"....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    hole syou Hopes you… Time for a cup of tea to wake up :-/...
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    Greg may be able to put a better recollection on this; I am certain that supporters of one of the London clubs were claimed to have trashed a railway carriage to the point where it was cheaper to write it...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Yes, the lower-level of infection/fatality amongst us pinkoes is interesting. FUCK "political hot poatao" find out what is happening - almost certainly inherent genetic difference of some sort or another .... Consider social factors too. Jobs, households, incomes, even customs...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    almost everyone avoids other members of the public when out walking unless there simply is no room to avoid each other for example Relatively small data sample, but in my part of Richmond Hill Ontario that's not true. I've...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Vancouverites are relaxing social distancing ahead of the official relaxation, because hey, summer weather is here! https://globalnews.ca/news/6926887/coronavirus-metro-vancouver-social-distance-scofflaws/...
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    One internet point for anyone who knows where 'fed up' comes from as a term without searching: someone will. Falconry, IIRC. Your falcon only hunts when it's hungry, so if you give it too much food it decides not to...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    You aren't a sentient mushroom....
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    I once had a doctor tell me that when your life sucks it's not unreasonable that you become a bit depressed. Reminds me of a line from one of the Spellsinger books: "There's nothing wrong with being depressed, as long...
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    The confederacy is trying to take over the United States Federal government and undo all amendments to the Constitution. (At least, I can't think of any they're actually going to support.) Oh, I think they're OK with this one: A...
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