Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    It really is getting annoying to be repeatedly called an American Which is a very Canadian thing to say…...
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    the online schooling experiment last spring was a complete failure - it is clear from most reporting that little education happened and parents suffered the most Looking at Ontario, not surprising given the way it was done. Any lead time...
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    I like brisk, bracig... but when I was in Chicago, and it got down to 9F (-13C) it had gone to fucking bitter. Chicago is damp. Prairies are dry. Makes a big difference. I'd rather have -25 in Saskatchewan than...
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    I can't imagine winters on the Canadian prairie. Brisk. Invigorating. As long as you have the proper clothing, of course....
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    The only thing I'll take are natural things that enhance my body immune system. Like hydroxylquine. Coincidentally, I'm currently reading (and very much enjoying) Dan Rankin's book Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You. TLDR: Most people have an idyllic...
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    Lacrosse was originally a military training exercise. Not certain I'd call it that. Certainly violent, with a playing field 2-3 km long and games lasting 2-3 days (while daylight lasted) between warriors of different tribes. Less violent than warfare, so...
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    Just saw this ad from Juice Media. Thought many of you would find it blackly amusing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpIkl2QnJeI Compare with this gem from Congressman Jim Banks' latest newsletter: Without a vaccine, the virus was always likely to spread through most of...
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    I've been to the Gobi. It's a dry heat, not as bad as Toronto as long as you stay hydrated… (Seriously, last weeks low-30s with 90% relative humidity did me in.)...
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    Violence can get the child excluded, but the school system has to provide some alternative venue and frequently does not have the resources to do so, so the violent child ends up back in class, perhaps in another teacher's classroom....
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    Re: '... the first teacher who gets sick should sue the parents of the non-complying students.' Not gonna happen. Hard to prove that the non-compliance of student A caused the infection of teacher B, especially when students C-Z were also...
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    In Ontario, schools can't legally exclude or send home troublesome kids? It is possible, but rarely done. Actual violence captured on video can do it. Being troublesome in-and-of-itself isn't sufficient. Most suspensions are short, and repeated infractions are common. If...
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    About the only thing you can do is to exclude them into separate classrooms Not necessarily. Look at the record on violence, which is often to integrating special needs students with inadequate support. And the current Ontario budget for Covid...
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    As opposed to children in their 60s refusing to wear the required mask… :-)...
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    He also berated his staff for wearing masks, so one might suppose that he wore a mask as little as he could get away with. “Jake, thank you for letting our office know Louie tested positive for the Coronavirus. When...
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    Maybe. I still remember how much paperwork it took to remove one student who was on video stamping on someone's head (with parents who weren't fighting the removal, and a VP who was willing to work lots of overtime). With...
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    Looks like Ontario has announced some more back-to-school guidelines, and they are not nearly as bad as I feared. For one thing, they mandate masks for all children above 10. Whether they are enforceable is another matter. I would like...
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    Interesting article in the New Yorker on American police unions: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/03/how-police-unions-fight-reform...
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    happily squabbling based on what they think their own voters want rather than what is good for the GOP So you're saying American democracy is actually functioning as it says on the label, rather than business as usual?...
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    Interesting: Trump is now proposing delaying the election, because fraud… "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA....
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    Being successfully sued by their own children may not change their minds. Why would it? Killing their own children doesn't seem to make a difference… When Ezekiel Stephan fell ill, his parents treated his fever with a tincture of garlic,...
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    Morbid thoughts but I wonder if this is true what will happen to the anti-vaxer crowd. I have relatives in this group. Rabid ones. Will there suddenly be a change of heart? That, sir, was a truly horrible pun. Wish...
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    So when you map the extreme left-right on one axis and moderate-extremist on the other, you'll find a U-shaped curve, with the extremes of left and right closer to each other than they are to the moderate middle. Alternately, it's...
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    In the case of the American Revolution, whether it resulted in tyranny or not would depend on whether you asked the 'white' victors or the first nations and slaves. Or the colonists who didn't support the rebellion and were forced...
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    Just like one can't find "blinds" and "curtains" anymore — everything is now a "window treatment". :-)...
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    experience says that the IT industry depends on convincing most people that they need the latest shiney When I started as a new engineer fresh out of university, my manager told me there were two kinds of fool in the...
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    Surely there's a dodgy scrap metal dealer that would recycle the metal if a load of fence sections just happened to appear* in their scrapyard… Alternately, couldn't the city dismantle the fence and bill the contractor? *If they were dropped...
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    Here's an answer to "it's going to be stolen", I think Greg is referring to an upcoming law against diesel vehicles in London. (Or a really heavy tax on them.) https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-47815117...
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    Range is a bit short for me as a car-about-town: it wouldn't let me get to the dentist and back without finding a place to recharge. Still, I'm not the target market. I don't car about a radio. AC is...
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    The problem is whether you want a car adapted for averages or extremes. This. For average use a Bolt would do me (assuming that a Canadian winter doesn't drain the battery keeping warm). 70 km/day commuting (measured for insurance) would...
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    Rocketpjs and I were explicitly talking about Canada, actually. I commented that the EV land rover you mentioned wouldn't have the range for much of Canada, he mentioned the folks he knew who went cross-country in a Bolt, I was...
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