Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Or something really dangerous, like the US constitution, maybe? Well, there was the bruhaha when NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence and a bunch of the alt-right and/or Trump supporters decided it was left-wing revolutionary propaganda…...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Question to the academics/scientists here: Is this really part of your typical day at a top-tier academic institution? There was that observatory in New Mexico the FBI closed…...
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    According to family stories, one of my great-uncles made it across the Swedish border with the Russians chasing him. The rest of that branch of the family didn't survive — so 2/3 of my family died in concentration camps or...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Clearly this will remain a problem until Londoners get so fed up they load the entire city onto a raft, float it down the Thames, and anchor it out in the Channel. You're thinking too small. What the rest...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Those islands? Yes, they menace the former imperial invading powers. But from a Chinese perspective they're also clearly defensive emplacements for protecting the coastline of the empire. Naturally. After all, no peaceful power would need more than defensive bases...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Paul Krugman estimates that the 2017 tax cut is worse for the deficit than Elizabeth Warren's entire wish list. Back when the NDP won a surprise victory in Ontario, they started to implement their platform. (Living wage, improved welfare benefits,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Uphill in Vancouver: http://www.wastedtalent.ca/comic/nanas-left...
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    "don't go to Britain, it's worse than it is here, the fuckers put you in a concentration camp" I recall reading that Britain detained refugees from the Nazi's (as possible spies) and conditions were so bad that some who had...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    My main point was that their de facto tolerance of human trafficking is just too consistent to be plausibly merely a side effect of their authoritarianism. Sounds like illegal agricultural labour in the US, from what I've heard....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The recent Chinese immigrant voting pattern is not surprising given the way the Conservatives targeted them with Facebook ads during the election lying about the Liberals, claiming that the Liberals intended to legalize hard drugs. Not just that. (And don't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think you are a bit hard on the NDP, but that may be my bias. They have managed to produce competent governance in a few provinces when elected As I've said before, I grew up in Saskatchewan under the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Image here (as well as other places): https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/radio-active-boy-scout-passed-away.99404/...
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    Being able to calculate it doesn't mean you understand it. Isn't that one of the 'models'? That we can't understand it, but we can compute it. (This was described as the "shut up and calculate" interpretation at the seminar...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Sorry. Thought I'd include the link: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2012-06-01...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Quantum. Popular usage is almost 180° opposite to technical meaning....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In my riding if the PPC votes were given to the Conservatives they would have won. Thought I saw another couple that were like that, but can't remember which ones (was looking at the Star's interactive map). If you went...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Spreading a pandemic to just kill huge numbers of people is something that would appeal at the moment An alternate take on that: https://seat14c.com/future_ideas/37D...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    BQ is surely well to the right? A Nationalist party thoroughly disliked by the Aboriginal Inhabitants Also (AFAIK) supporters of social programs. Grayson could give you a better picture, I'm sure. We really need more than two axes....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    If this goes on, in fifty years time we'll be all coffee-coloured!". So, less skin cancer? Sounds good! :-/...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    apparenly Trudeau has held on - just, though the Blockheaded-Quebecqois have gained too Minority government. Willing to bet it doesn't last, as the CPC seems to be following the Republican playbook so I expect automatic opposition to anything the Liberals...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: The right is less scrupulous than the left. I think you've misidentified the problem. Rather: "Those wielding power are less scrupulous than those not wielding power." I'd argue against that. Canada's left have run cleaner campaigns in the last...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I don't even know that there is a lot of racism in that generation. Sample size half-a-dozen isn't large enough to draw conclusions. My grandfather didn't much seem to care about race or gender (from what I remember). Working class...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    A GNU sounds attractive And rather musical: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgPyqyh4X4...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Do not understand why the seniors want to leave the EU. (Xenophobia?) Possibly. Certainly fits a number of Brits in their 80s that I've met. I remember hearing one dear old lady get very upset that she had to line...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I remember, when one of the First Nations leaders talked about separating from a newly-independent Quebec, hearing a Quebecois politician state that that was impossible because Quebec was an indivisible unit. (Or words to that effect. Might have been the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Not disagreeing with you, just stating why I made the assumption that she was a diplomatic spouse....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    This assumes a fact not in evidence about the nature of Jonathan Sacoolas's employment After reading that he (and his spouse) had diplomatic immunity I assumed he was a diplomat....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    If you're looking for a weapon for a "burn the world down" thriller plot, then nothing is more appropriate to late stage capitalism than a lethal viral pandemic spread by money. That was the plot of a SF story I...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    As well, Beaudry's ultimate boss is on record as saying that being in a country with different laws and customs entitles you to consideration and understanding if you break them. At least, it does if you're an American driving on...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    A few years ago I had a tire blow on the 401 (Canada's busiest highway). I pulled over as fast as I could and stopped on the shoulder. Pulled over as far as possible (metal railing as the highway was...
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