Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    None of the characters has said *anything* about 10M or more "ordinary people", not world walkers murdered by the US... I assumed that was political commentary, given what had recently happened in the Middle East…...
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    And how does one watch it, without a subscription to whichever set of thieves are broadcasting it? Oh & no TV .... Probably the same way you (Greg) watch any subscription-based TV series, then…...
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    I quite like the old wringer washing machines, basically a tub with an electrically powered stirrer in it, and a couple of powered rollers over the top that you can feed clothes through the rid them of water. Wringers were...
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    Does "Canadian punches nurse" really seem like a plausible headline to you? Yes. Almost a million Canadians voted for the Peoples Fascist Party of Canada… These were the people picketing hospitals and threatening cancer patients. In the story, it's...
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    On the BREXIT front… My supermarket chain (Loblaws) is no longer carrying anything from Britain. Not certain what miniscule percentage of British exports are foodstuffs but yeah, it's apparently a consequence....
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    Surely the nice Canadians could send them "home to jeeezus" if they stray? I'm sorry, but that wouldn't be polite…...
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    I suspect for more technical reasons of things like easier to pre-clear air travelers. In other words show proof before you board instead of making a scene at the border crossing. The land border is open for "essential" and "commercial"...
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    I found the story out of Nigeria about infertility amusing…...
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    U.S. to relax travel ban with India, China and Britain but border with Canada stays closed https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/u-s-set-to-require-vaccines-for-most-non-u-s-citizen-travelers-sources-say Canadians can still fly into America, but not drive. Which is, effectively, a barrier against poorer travellers. Given that most Canadian visitors to...
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    Energy is the key insight, without electricity it's a three kilometre walk to the nearest stream with smooth rocks. If you have the standpipe, you can wash in a tub at home. It's not fun, but it's doable. Washtubs...
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    So that he doesn't get grief when he gets one himself, because everyone his age can? What I'm wondering is why America has opened it's borders to travel non-essential from India, but apparently still considers Canada too plague-ridden to allow...
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    And that's when you need the management to back the people at the sharp end, not make them into scapegoats. In soooo many fields… I remember back when Harris ruled Ontario and announced that teachers would have the authority to...
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    Triage should never be happening as far back up the response chain as the hospital A&E department Except that people can just walk into Emerg off the street (at least here) so you need someone at the desk to...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Conservative Party popular vote in Canada is distorted by just how crazy high their support is in Alberta and Saskatchewan To be honest, this still surprises me. Not Alberta, but Saskatchewan. When I was growing up Saskatchewan had been...
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    Decades ago there was a 'Science Fact' article in Analog that described in general how to build an atomic bomb in secret. Apparently not too difficult as long as you have several generations of centrifuge operators and machinists willing to...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_the_magic_washing_machine Looks like it got cut short....
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    I've just started reading Taylor's The Psychology of Pandemics, which was published in 2019 but seems eerily prescient. I think some folks here might enjoy it. https://cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-3959-4...
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    Needless to say, after one week, almost no family gave up the washing machine. I presume you've seen this talk by Rosling? https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_the_magic_washing_machinee...
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    DHS has been infiltrated by, in order of hilarity: the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Church of Scientology, the Stasi (agents of an enemy state that hasn't existed for 30 years), and the Girl Scouts of America Sounds...
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    Not to mention that because they consistently vote in the exact same people, beholden to oil, they really aren't doing anything to prepare themselves for a day where oil is no longer boom/bust but simply bust. Well, that was...
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    I would expect far, far higher burnout rates from what I've been hearing in the USA. Also a far, far higher initial quit rate. Mississippi lost 2000 of their nurses in the first six months of 2021. If that rate...
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    Will the Albertans vote this murderous idiot out, next time round? Unlikely. His party might turf him, which will give the average Albertan the excuse to still vote UCP. The Liberals are hobbled by the legacy of Pierre Trudeau and...
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    My sister's on the frontline in Alberta. Kenny denied, dragged his feet, and did everything he could until the ICUs were full and the death rate was climbing, then suddenly it was an unpredicted outbreak. Unpredicted because he's been resolutely...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    analysis by Climate Action Tracker shows that world governments are failing to meet their Paris 2015 agreement requirements I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Also note that in Alberta climate change, like Covid, isn't happening. We have the...
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    On a totally different note (and forgive me if you saw the post I made earlier), I'm on the Sunshine Coast for another three days. (Not that it's very sunshiny today, with 50-100mm of rain forecast.) I have four bottle...
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    In Toronto when the first lockdown hit traffic accidents went waaaay down. Traffic fatalities didn't budge. After lockdowns lifted accidents went up. So did fatalities, as the idiot street-racers kept at it....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Those who have been vaccinated almost never need an ICU bed. Exactly. If the ICU beds weren't being taken up by people who willfully put themselves at risk of serious Covid, there would be enough for the normal heart attacks...
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    You could probably make it work if you limited hospital beds to people who've been vaccinated…...
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    the absurdly (writing as an American!) high levels of Chinese nationalism on display Um, writing as a Canadian, that looks rather like a case of pot and kettle in terms of nationalism…...
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    Because as the previous US President demonstrated, there is a lot of value in keeping the Americans happy/interested in your welfare. Is the concept of Danegeld (and the long-term consequences of paying it) no longer taught in Australia? And that...
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