Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Wikipedia is being confusing. Before the Harris government, Metro Toronto was the umbrella government of Toronto and its surrounding suburbs (North York, Scarborough, etc.). Some matters were handled locally, others at the Metro level. Against local wishes Harris decided to...
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    There is a major difference between an anoxic atmosphere and a toxic one. So? My point, possibly poorly expressed, was that any "humaneness" of execution chambers wasn't a factor with the Nazi's. They were more efficient than firing squads, and...
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    I'm sure the various authoritarian regimes had similar arguments about why gas chambers were more humane than firing squads IIRC (and I may not), the 'advantage' of gas chambers was they were faster and cheaper (for high throughput), and...
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    If you watch Star Trek carefully you'll notice that no one poos or wees. There are no toilets on any of the space craft. Go in the corner. Set phaser to 'disintegrate'…...
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    I grew up in Saskatchewan. It's a very different province now — my formative years were under the NDP, which ran the province in the black for a generation. Saskatchewan didn't have a debt, let alone a deficit, until the...
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    I remember 5¢ deposits — when a chocolate bar was 5¢. Recyclables didn't stick around long because they were directly convertible to candy :-) Boy Scouts would also hold bottle drives — going from house-to-house to collect bottles to take...
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    Based on the number of people still pouring paint down storm sewer gratings after forty years of earnest and continuous public education efforts It's not for lack of education that people do that. They are aware of the problems and...
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    In the US go back 50 years and it was a big deal in urban areas if you could get an apartment with a private bath. That sounds odd. 1970s? Not the case in Canada by then. (Leaving aside student...
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    The fire imaging I've seen literally showed the fires ending at the border Better fire-fighting on one side? Or possibly the border is easier to turn into a firebreak (already cleared, for one thing)?...
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    Every dwelling I've been in in Canada has had a toilet with a tank behind (and attached to) the bowl — like this: https://www.homedepot.ca/product/american-standard-cadet-4-8l-round-front-complete-toilet-in-white/1001065216 Tank is a separate piece that bolts on. (Municipal garbage collection requires the tank to be...
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    The scale of a bushfire is so far outside most people's experience that almost no-one has good intuition about how they work. If you want to play with a simulation, I recommend Smokejumpers: http://microgamedesigngroup.com/SJ.html Old-school boardgame, based on the...
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    But I have my doubts you could turn an obligate carnivore like a cat into an omnivore, excluding some serious horizontal gene transfers or a lot of symbionts. Depends on what nutrients the carnivore needs, and what plant sources...
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    My point was why have a yard at all? Acoustic insulation, for one thing. Even loud neighbours are less loud inside a house than inside an apartment/condo. (Based on Canadian buildings.) Firebreak as well. Last year we had a hoarder's...
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    I just don't understand why you'd build a 5000+sf home that takes up 80% of the dirt. When I was a kid the yard was where we played, and we spent a lot of time outside. That was the norm....
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    I've got an old house (by local standards) — way too big for me, but small by new-build standards. My nieces are looking at condos not because they don't want houses, but because they can't afford even a small house...
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    Saw this and thought it might be of interest to people here: https://www.marincounty.org/depts/cd/divisions/planning/csmart-sea-level-rise/game-of-floods Further proving that climate change education can be fun, the County of Marin is coming up with a boxed version of its award-winning Game of Floods, which...
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    I recall reading that modern ideas of physical, visual and auditory privacy are relatively recent I've heard that too. Can't recall where. Given how much I enjoy solitude, I'm not keen on moving into an apartment building — not without...
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    It's equally likely that their people will live far away in some other suburb, and rather than decreasing commuter miles, the scattered employment centers double them, clogging roads and increasing GHG emissions. Welcome to the GTA. Add in public transit...
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    And for some reason this topic brought to mind this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LL-Psnz9gk (Oysterband: "Here Comes the Flood")...
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    The New York Times is right wing? Yep. Decent in-depth reporting, but centre-right editorial stance. I've not heard of any American left-wing newspapers — given how the American political spectrum runs from right-wing to batshit-crazy-extreme-tight-wing, I'd be mildly surprised if...
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    Kids doing bike stunts and breaking teeth was old enough to be a joke when I was a boy. (Kid ride down the street past his mother, shouting "Look ma, no feet!" Comes back shouting "Look ma, no hands!" Runs...
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    British Imperial or American Imperial? Seriously, I've heard a fair number of Americans refer to their measurement system as being Imperial units, whether from ignorance or an assertion that America is an imperial power these days....
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    The extradition treaty between the U.S. and U.K. does not allow the extradited party to be charged with anything other than the charges upon which that party was extradited. If I were in Assange's shoes I wouldn't trust the US...
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    Individuals responsible were complaining about excessive bureaucracy when sentenced. If you haven't read it already, I recommend Deborah Blum's book The Poison Squad about the battle to create food safety regulations in the face of industrial and political assertions...
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    Apparently not all drivers licenses are considered valid for getting on planes in the US. Something about needing a star in one corner? Saw the headline a couple of days ago… Ah, here's a reference: https://www.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/the-atlas/drivers-license-meet-tsa-standards/ So, by "Real ID"...
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    There is a big thing about "making a contribution to society" which is defined as being identically equal to paying tax, specifically income tax, VAT and other indirect taxes being ignored; this is used to demonise both benefit claimants and...
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    At which point people get the message and do the flash-mob thing without their phones, or with them turned off and in faraday purses....
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    You're going to suggest that, just pulling an example out of my hat, the British Empire had no legitimacy? One of my old colleagues, from India, didn't recognize it except as a conquering power. Powerful, but not legitimate....
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    Although young people do seem wedded to their phones, they also use desktop computers to access social media (which has been used to coordinate flash mobs etc.) I'm not convinced that the government could/would shut down cell phones let alone...
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