Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Here too....
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    No good samaritan law? An example of a typical Canadian law is provided here, from Ontario's Good Samaritan Act, 2001, section 2: Protection from liability 2. (1) Despite the rules of common law, a person described in subsection (2) who...
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    (Sorry, hit post too soon.) I'm assuming you've already tried Peter Watts. http://www.rifters.com Not so much an author as a book: Slavery by Another Name. http://www.slaverybyanothername.com Also a PBS documentary film, if you'd rather watch than read....
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    Anything by Caitlyn Sweet will, I suspect, be good. http://caitlinsweet.com I can personally vouch for The Door in the Mountain and The Pattern Scars. I'll be reading the rest as I find the time (probably over Winter Break)....
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    The administration has no motivation to do so and would probably be accused of overreach if they did so. The laws may be different where you are, but here the administration is ultimately responsible for everything that happens in...
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    Which doesn't mean Pigeon needs a mobile phone When I was travelling this summer I discovered that my 16-year-old phone didn't work in Western Canada (even though I had roaming)*. Finding public pay phones proved to be difficult/impossible in many...
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    To be fair, it's not "the school" as an educational entity using Facebook but "the school's Shakespeare society" and "the school's ultimate frisbee club" and etc individual teachers organising things and etc. I would be surprised if the school administration...
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    I suspect what's 'normal' in a school depends very much on where you are. We had a part-time nurse when I was in school (two half-days, I think) but although the school I teach at has a nurse's office I've...
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    Well, if Charlie endorsed a piece of tech that would strongly influence my buying decision — and my 17-year-old phone needs replacing....
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    I'm not convinced "Star Wars" was the deciding factor in [the USSR's] collapse I have a documentary on Chernobyl which has interviews with Gorbachev. In it he credits Chernobyl with being what pushed the economy into collapse (and thus...
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    The present is shaped by the past. And institutional memory (for better or worse) lasts a long time. The logic isn't that all Catholics are antisemitic because of the Inquisition, but that the Inquisition as an institution seems to have...
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    Violence (suffering) - whether emotional, psychological or physical - leaves a lasting mark on the subject of the violence. Even scarier, violence markers/effects are now known to be transmissible (cause genetic changes) and last to at least the third generation....
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    There's this little problem called "collateral damage." Historically, that doesn't seem to have been considered a problem by the US. Leaving aside the Indian Wars, within living memory we have things like loads of leftover munitions from the bombing campaign...
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    Up here in Quebec, this is a living and recurring issue. I remember back when Separatism became a big issue, and according to the PQ the 'right to leave' didn't apply below the level of a province. (There were some...
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    You might enjoy John Barnes' novel Mother of Storms…...
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    If Trump's looking at a large packet of official papers that Mueller sent him via his personal lawyers, then he might be tempted to start a war to wag the dog and give him a martial law-ish reason to...
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    Butler was publicly on the left of the political spectrum* before the plot, which does make one wonder how much homework they did when selecting him. "War is a racket" is well worth the read. Not much seems to have...
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    Well, if Trump tweets "Just watch me!" we'll know where it's heading… :-/...
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    Whenever someone uses the word "sheeple", I think of this xkcd cartoon: https://www.xkcd.com/1013/...
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    Implicit knowledge and corporate memory are hugely important things Which is my cue to (once again) recommend Jane Jacobs’ book Dark Age Ahead, as well as John Ralston Saul’s The Unconscious Civilization. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_Ahead https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/421422.The_Unconscious_Civilization...
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    Those would be insignificant. http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html...
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    what you give is an argument for spending money on the poor, not on the rich Will Rogers had that pegged back in the 30s: “The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle...
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    Yeah, but that's California residents — and Trup's base seems pretty happy with anything that pisses off a Californian....
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    Hopefully the historical societies don't decide they should also regulate health/medicine, public transit, civil rights, education, etc. because after all these also existed in various forms in the past. http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/gallery/architecture/galarchb.php#...
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    See also the parable of the blind men and the elephant. I've always liked Pete Seeger's version of that story. The usual beginning, until you get to the last wise man: "Your majesty, you'll know I'm right. This elephant is...
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    I'd also point out that it's perfectly possible, in a post-collapse kind of situation, to create local economies where people who trust each other to run up tabs and accounts against each other. Not just post-collapse. Happened in Ireland...
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    what do these populations know about each other? A few years ago, when I was teaching in China, what the university prof I was seeing stuff with knew about Africans she'd learned from the students whom China had sponsored...
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    This would seem to fit here: http://www.state.nj.us/education/holocaust/resources/FirstTheyCame2.pdf...
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    Understanding the concept of externalities and basic environmental economics is completely standard in first-year university intro to econ courses. When did it become standard? It wasn't covered when I took my undergrad courses in the 1980s, and I recall having...
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    Being unemployed is the kiss-of-death when looking for work in many fields. According to Suzanne Lucas (who blogs as Evil H.R. Lady) many managers assume that if you currently have a job you are competent, while if you don't have...
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