Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Factor in child-rearing, too. If you are responsible for a child (and at least in Canada women shoulder more of that obligation than men, in terms of time) then you need to carry along everything you think you may need...
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    And then ignore what's blaring from it because they're not listening (but they complain if you turn it off because now "things are too quiet")?...
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    At the first meeting we had at BNR (mid-80s), the director of the lab told my friend to bring him coffee. Being clueless* I didn't realize why he'd picked her (only female in the room) but one of the other...
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    It was like that in my elder sister's time. Mid-1970s, basically. Early 80s in small-town Saskatchewan, too. Friend of mine was told by her guidance counsellor that women could become nurses, but not engineers. Fortunately she didn't listen and applied...
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    supporting the benefits of hybrid vigour Which does much to explain why my grandnieces and grandnephews are so wonderful :-) One of the many things I love about my nieces is that they took Dr. King's dating advice and chose...
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    The question “Should we call it ‘racism?’” is a mess I go with the definition I learned in school, old-fashioned though it is. Which is also the definition in the "conservative" dictionaries I quoted upstream. It's all the definition that...
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    current corporate workplaces are designed to be comfortable for extroverts Ditto current North American schools. A few years ago our principal had a new PA system installed so admin and guidance could access the PA without having to leave their...
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    EC and GT don't have really good understandings of what social justice activists mean by racism etc. It really has relatively little to do with prejudice and a whole lot to do with power relations. I've consulted both the Oxford...
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    By your logic, the swastika cannot be a Nazi symbol because Hindus and Shintoists were using it long before. I've seen the reverse argument used much more frequently: that the swastika is only a Nazi symbol, and so anyone using...
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    On a political note, this quote from Stephen King seems sadly spot-on: First, you stoke hatred and fear of minorities. Then you round them up and put them in camps. Next, you send out raiding parties to get those who...
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    My problem that trip was that I had a hard deadline for returning to work, and on that trip the airport was a long trip from where I was staying. (Hotel was possible, but one night at a hotel was...
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    My computer chap at work swears by Proton Mail: https://protonmail.com...
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    Last time I travelled standby it was very stressful. I was visiting my folks when the friend who got me the ticket called and said to get to the airport that evening because the spaces were going to disappear on...
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    If anyone's interested, say so, and I *think* I have her paper online; if so, I'll post the link. Interested. The government has just destreamed Ontario public schools as an equity measure....
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    If you're looking for a replacement for Adobe products, I've been impressed with Affinity Photo (and Designer): https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/ $70 CDN for a program with 90%+ of the functionality of Photoshop. (That's purchase price, not subscription.) Runs faster than Photoshop* on...
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    I'd always assumed Space-A was the military version of standby tickets. You'd eventually get where you were going, but might have to wait at each stage for an empty seat....
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    I figure China is like the US — if you go, take a burner phone/computer and assume any devices you take will be rooted* by the security services. *Or whatever the right term is....
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    Is that Liaoning, Yingkou? Yup. My Chinese home city* :-) *It's a small place, only a million or so people, but I found it relaxing. It's the home city of one of my nieces, so when she gave me my...
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    That is certainly very different. In 2007 visible security was a lot less than I saw in Beijing — about the level of Yingkou....
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    I have just spoken to someone who has passed through Xianjiang province ( the far NW of "China" ) - "Total-control brutal police state" were her words ... And .."I'm not sure they can maintan that level of surveillance without...
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    starting state support benefits for the infant and/or mother at the point they regognise the fetus as a human being, likewise child support payments and so on An excellent litmus test of how sincere an anti-abortionist is about the...
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    It may be logical, but it's still STUPID! And their "beliefs" are stupid too. I don't disagree. A friend who's a lawyer can point to many legal decisions that are both logical and stupid. It doesn't matter who started...
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    It follows logically from their beliefs, though. If you were carrying a newborn baby in one of those sling bags, picked a fight with someone, and the baby died, then you'd be charged. As they believe a fetus is a...
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    I pay about $200/year (CDN) for my unlimited size/usage website, including domain name renewals etc. I could find cheaper hosting services, but the customer support has been great and they're a local company which I like to support....
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    Yes, we had done all of the Skytrain system by the time we left for the airport, but they opened a new line an hour later. For double insult, it ran past our hotel to the airport. If you...
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    And quite likely flooded, without power to keep them pumped. http://projects.thestar.com/climate-change-canada/toronto-flooding/...
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    Fundamentally going fast means you need good suspension or smooth surfaces And indeed, we owe a debt to cyclists for pushing for a modern road network… http://roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com...
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    If you only have to hide in the subway tunnels for a week every year Will that really be an improvement? Toronto's subway is noticeably warmer than the surface on really hot days, even when you aren't trying to...
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    I'd give myself decent odds of dying alone under a bridge due to lack of food or meds for myself. Remember the Cold War? That was how a lot of us were going to go (abetted by radiation poisoning), unless...
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    In other news, my brother is practicing "Hallelujah" on the piano After reading this thread, "You Want It Darker" is probably a good song for him to add to his repertoire…...
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