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  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    #965 Pretty sure the next person up the chain is the monarch or their heir. Alternately I suspect we could go the other direction and get one of the Lieutenants Governor in a province to step in, as the presumptive...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    My understanding is that the DMZ in Korea is effectively a nature preserve as well, since it is a no-go zone for all humans at all times (and any humans that do go in there are likely to be shot)....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I am fairly sure that the moment Magats or anyone else become an actual threat is the moment before they are rolled up by the FBI and every other level of government. The likely comical level of opsec means that...
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    "They're illegal in the U.S. too, but somehow idiots manage to acquire them." I bought one on Amazon for about $12 to help my kid make a laser projection microscope (his idea). Fix the laser to shine through a bead...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    When I think of Trump the person I take come comfort in the knowledge that he is a mid-70s obese man with plenty of signs of dementia. Whatever damage he has and will do in his life, the clock is...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Quibble. Modi is not promoting Hindufascism 'in response to the Islamic extremists'. Modi has been a Hindu nationalist/fascist all along. When a dominant majority claims their fascistic leaders are just 'responding' to extremists in the minority, be very suspicious. See:...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I grew up in an ultimately agnostic household, in the sense that my parents tried a few times to start the habit of going to church, but ultimately none of us could be arsed. However, when we did go we...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    My understanding of most premodern agriculture is that is was decidedly NOT monocropping of a single product. A farmer/peasant/whatever would plant multiple crops to balance the risks of various weather or disease outcomes, as well as optimize the location of...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Any proposition for solutions must consider the potential outcomes. Generally I have a borderline anaphylactic response to attempts to regulate speech and journalism because the failure modes are obvious. An article that criticizes the current leader falls afoul of the...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    There are a tremendous variety of democratic systems currently functioning or malfunctioning in the world. There is an entire field of Political Science devoted to comparative studies. Every polity has an immense amount of local social, religious, cultural context that...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    "I don't think you understand how it works." I do understand how it works. More importantly, I understand 'that' it works, and quite well. I have never driven in the UK so cannot speak to your experience there. Here in...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    So it turns out that a bad experience someone might have had with a tech thing X years ago has probably been resolved.... More than once I've been using Google maps to navigate my way around Greater Vancouver and wondered...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I recently discovered some buttons on my steering wheel which are apparently for radio operation. I've owned the car for a decade and never noticed. I certainly never hit them by accident. Our other car, which is electric, has a...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Lawns are occasionally useful when raising kids, but in my limited experience the benefit is not outweighed by the cost. Access to outdoor green space is essential in child rearing - ideally somewhat unsupervised. My unscientific opinion is that a...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Weird, the key chunk of my comment in the last post somehow vanished. Maybe some html foulup? 'Until relatively recently in most of the world (~100 years) a grass, manicured lawn was a display of conspicuous opulence. Using viable land...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Lawn mowers, and lawns in general, are a distorted artifact of how the wealthy used to display opulence. Until relatively recently in most of the world (<100 years) owning land that could grow things and NOT growing food was a...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I am 49 and in Canada and have never seen nor heard of a washer with a separate spinning drum. Simply not a thing here, at least not in my experience. We recently bought a new front loading washer, when...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    EC #326 The A-B-C process is a core part of basic first aid training, very much for determining what steps to take next. In English it is called Airway-Breathing-Circulation It is the second step after arriving on the scene, the...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Alberta and Kenney have been doing their best to serve as a cautionary example of how not to run a province. They have had practice at this, having been in power (same party, slightly different names) for most of the...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Robert Prior 751 - just noticed your note and sent you an email. If you're still around get in touch....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    whitroth #1092 'Who would *not* ground an outlet?'. Apparently, electricians following the building code here in BC. My part time job is to maintain a brand new building with 40 units in it. I was replacing a couple of light...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Individual efforts to mitigate climate are nice and worth doing, except when they create the notion that a little bit of action by one person can be 'enough'. Recycling is a classic example - driving one's massive truck to the...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Damian #1138. "I can't help but suspect that those who extol the virtues of hard work the most are precisely those who have seldom been required to do any (and when they are, by golly you hear about it!)." That...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Re: Alberta. I grew up in the very heart of Alberta oil country in the 70s and 80s. It was an article of faith that (P.E) Trudeau had betrayed the Albertans by implementing the National Energy Program and killing what...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Credentialism has become a scourge on students and employers alike. My first job after grad school was entirely because I was credentialed. All the boss cared was that I had an MA. There was a half hearted attempt to ask...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Robert Prior #624. "That's playing out here too. The Alberta government has just cut the pay of nurses (which has been frozen for five years) by 3%, which has not had the expected effect of making them grateful they have...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Pakistan has the bomb and so have neutralized any attempts to limit them outside of constructive engagement. North Korea is making/seeking effective bombs for much the same reason, as presumably are the Iranians and others. The invasion of Iraq showed...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Davidl #262 EVs may be noise in the discussion, but presumably at some point the feds will stop bailing out waterfront homes no matter how rich their owners might be. Of course we will all flail and stomp our feet...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "I don't know. Would a German National Workers' Party without the rabid antisemitism have been as bad as the one we actually got?" A fascist party that wasn't infected with the insane conspiracy theories would, if they had gained power,...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Mass education is unfortunately one of those systems where scale conflicts with individual needs. If you fall within 1 or maybe 2 standard deviations from the mean on various learning scales you will probably manage a decent educational experience. Further...
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