Damian

Damian

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    Oh, that makes much more sense. Although I'm still imagining it as (slightly kitsch) 70s Canadian TV sketch comedy....
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    Space 1889 Was that a Wayne and Schuster sketch? I'm imagining it as a variant on The Quiest Stranger......
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    Wire brush and Dettol....
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    OT but notable: Tower of London welcomes first raven chicks in 30 years....
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    He's wondering why they installed a pirated version rather than upgrading to a more modern system? I'm sure they'd like to, anyway. But I imagine that the project to implement a new system is a 6 months to 2 years,...
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    Do you suppose he went to DC on the 6th?...
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    people around this blog who have melodies from the musical Oklahoma rattling around in their head I remember singing 'Oh, what a beautiful mornin'' in class at primary school: the same one that gasdive and Corran also went to at...
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    I'm not sure we established anything resembling a self-sustaining colony anywhere that humans hadn't been before. Oddly, Iceland is also exemplary in this regard. There's a (at least partly) written history of its settlement as a bunch of small independent...
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    I didn't jump on this thread earlier, specifically because it Charlie expressed a wish to focus on the Martian colony and to be fair it is a derailing topic. But no surprises that there's a lively debate on this in...
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    So the next bit is when they can do the same thing with a cow....
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    It sure isn't a Vespa! I would have thought the obvious remark, that if you own a bunch of planes you probably are not "the little guy", is not necessarily to make, but I was a bit confused by the...
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    Here's a summary doc for healthcare in Iceland (handy for case study purposes): https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/130136/E72496.pdf...
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    And then we get to the teaching hospital and the university. At first they're going to be teaching/training, just preserving/propagating specialized skill sets: actual research on anything that isn't Mars-survival-oriented is going to have to wait until there's enough surplus...
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    I don't think the privilege concept is really the problem with what you're saying here, and on the contrary when informed people* use it they are trying to address a specific problem. That is that most people focus on what...
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    I suspect that most medical things can be handled by slow tele medicine. Not well but handled. Very slow. When Earth and Mars are at their closest, the speed of light round trip is a bit over 6 minutes, and...
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    The numbers and the way they changed over time is very comparable with Aus, with the timing here leading a bit. I'm a bang-in-the-middle genXer, I was among the first cohort to start tertiary study with the looks-like-a-loan-everyone-calls-it-a-loan-is-actually-a-graduate-tax system. I...
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    Tuition and loans for 99.99% of all colleges in the US are all adjusted for every single student based on family income, assets, and the lunar sign when the application was signed. That sure sounds like a subsidy to me,...
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    My teachers were Susan Groundwater-Smith and Barry Higgins. Not that they taught me anything. I hung out in the library instead. Mine were Stratton and Tynan. I also mostly hung out in the library... I think we discovered this connection...
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    700 miles across Alaska in winter would... be an achievement for the survivors, at least Looking at the map, you'd either need to swim* or cross a glacier**. Wikipedia entry for Juneau says that even the proposed road route JBS...
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    The thing I really remember from Woollahra was sitting on the floor all the time and that we didn't get desks at all. Sure the carpet was clean, but I'd get leg cramps and it was hugely different to my...
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    Sadly it's very true. Both the buying power of wages and the price of college have changed. Working one's way through college is as dead as learning Latin grammar, slide rule operation, and inkwells. I think even in Tim and...
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    In case I gave the wrong impression: I don't think they *shouldn't* be separated from the main population, I think you're absolutely right. Just that it doesn't avoid helping them build on their shitty world view....
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    The other purpose of this little exercise is that separating the insurgents from the main population is one of the fundamentals of counterinsurgency work, and it needs to be done here. Unfortunately this doesn't entirely avoid the "mixing it up...
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    I read Moz's remarks as simply meaning: the next time a country (say Belgium) decides to exercise universal jurisdiction over a US official (say Obama), there may be a precedent that says the person could be handed over, should the...
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    I'm 50, when I was in school in th 70s and 80s 109 was "an American billion", while "a billion" was 1012. This was so aligned with cultural stereotypes (Americans will always make things sound bigger than they really are)...
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    In German, a King may duz his subjects. I meant to come back to this, as I had half-remembered something pertinent and needed some tuits (the round ones) to look it up. Kings might have expected ihrzen, which is sort...
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    I thought "dooodz", where the z might also be a separate syllable, was a thing. Maybe that's just over here......
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    Most people are just doing the best they can and trying to treat each other decently, which is all that's required really. You'd think this would be reasonably straightforward, but some people find it confusing nevertheless....
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    Unsurprisingly the OED omits the additional invective layer that you have helpfully supplied. For those playing at home, EC is talking about the distinction between usages 2b and 2c here: https://www.oed.com/view/Entry/200700 I think that 95%+ of arguments about the singular...
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    Well languages that inflect verbs can often do without pronouns for the subject of the sentence. At least, most of the European ones that only have masculine and feminine work that way, although it is most likely unavoidable to specific...
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