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  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Canada is a prototype of the EU, but joining it is unlikely. The cultural, historical and linguistic differences between Victoria, Winnipeg, Iqaluit, Quebec City and Halifax are vast. Canada is a confederation of somewhat independent provinces with somewhat common goals....
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    The few years of my life where I was adjacent to or partially within 'flaky hippies' taught me that for the most part they were anti-establishment and/or 'dropouts' of various forms. My time in that mental space was in and...
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    I used to hear the word Sheeple in flaky hippy circles. The last 15 or so years I've mostly heard it used by antivaxers when talking about we sheeple who meekly believe the scientists rather than the mommy bloggers. Whatever...
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    "With the exception that whenever a Canadian team wins the Stanley Cup, they get to pick the king and queen that year. (Since the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup was 1992, we can expect that this...
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    Clearwater County. It was 35 years ago so had to double check, but I remember it being not far from Winfield, so that was the one. Note: Said adventure was after a couple of years of fairly involved winter survival...
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    Such a fleet would likely be orders of magnitude cheaper to run than a war fleet. It may need a few lightly armed cruisers or something to protect it from local bad persons, but perhaps that could be handled by...
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    I never met him, but two of my very best experiences as a teen were in pursuit of the 'Duke of Edinburgh Awards'. These had 3 levels and required an increasing amount of community service, adventure and activity. When I...
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    It's been a long time since I read any kind of technothriller, but I'm pretty sure most military subs can't hang out at the bottom of the Marianas trench. I have no idea what the success rate is at catching...
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    I am of the opinion that the 'swarm of small craft' will be (or already has been) replaced with a much larger swarm of much smaller drone/torpedoes in serious military planning. It would be possible to sink a carrier group...
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    That's nice, but a bit of a diversion. Aircraft carriers can be used in disaster relief, but that is not their core purpose. If that was the only goal of an aircraft carrier it would be scrapped as overly expensive,...
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    I have been of the opinion that navies in general, and aircraft carriers in particular, are becoming something of a skeumorph as far as actual wars are concerned. At present they are very effective in unbalanced combat. The US can...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Well, I can't speak for Ontario at all but my kids are in BC schools now. Both of them are the types of kids who join the teams though, so maybe they are exactly like the irredeemable fascistic thugs GT...
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    No idea what's happening in US schools as I am a Canadian. Here in BC the kids are required to have 30 minutes of 'activity' each day up to a certain grade (7?), and required to take Physical Education. That...
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    Not sure why but the bottom half of my comment was absent. ... My kids play team sports. They are not the irredeemable fascistic thugs that GT asserts them to be, nor are their teammates. It is not public school...
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    We've had this conversation before. I'm sorry that your experience with team sports in school over 60 years ago was bad. My experience over 40 years ago wasn't much better. However, decades have passed. I can say with 100% certainty...
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    Niala #135: Thanks for putting numbers to my roughly held recollections. It is an ongoing issue - in my work I routinely have cause to interact with police, and their treatment of indigenous persons is (anecdotally) hard to justify. Their...
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    Here in Canada the indigenous peoples have had an awful history with the police, and continue to make up a vastly disproportionate percentage of the prison population. Yes, they are very under-represented in current police forces. The indigenous people that...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I gave my father a bumper sticker that said 'Jesus is Coming! Look Busy!' Not well received in Bible Belt Alberta....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Metro Vancouver has similar pockets of towers, Surrey being a major example of parallel growth with more sprawl (and room to do so). A big part of that is the 21 municipalities that collectively all have their own agendas and...
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    Geography has a large impact on the viability of 'sprawl' and its impact on a particular city. One of the reasons the City of Vancouver proper is so very dense is because it is mostly on a peninsula - ocean...
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    Haven't owned a VHS since the last millenium. I was never a collector of tapes, and when our last one died I never replaced it. A few years ago I found a couple boxes of CDs on the floor in...
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    My community has had a 10 year fight about a development on some private property near my house. People, myself included, had been enjoying walking their dogs and otherwise appreciating the majestic views on that property for years. The the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    It's another category (though definitely qualifies as Fantasy), but my all time favorite opening line is by Sendak: "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him 'WILD THING!' and...
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    I generally take the notion of corporate legality in cyberpunk to be basically technological Mafia families. They can and do use legal systems to their own ends all the time. They also do not hesitate to use extralegal actions when...
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    Neuromancer was the book that brought me back to SF as an adult. It was required reading in an Hon. Political Science course when I was an apprentice grown-up, and we were expected to unpack the notions as political thought....
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    GT@959: "What does one do with Da'esh? Treat them like the WaffenSS & kill them all? Attempt to convert them to atheism? If something in between, then what?" The defeat and occupation of Japan at the end of WWII might...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Executions seem to be about revenge more than any notion of justice. If 1 single innocent person is executed by mistake (or on purpose) then it just cannot be a part of a system that makes any claim to the...
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    Reminds me of my cousin who was finishing his PHd in Mathematics about 30 years ago when his house burned down. He was in utter disarray until they found his hard drive undamaged, which contained the bulk of his work....
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    Pigeon #561: "With less extremely horrible things you get correspondingly more people who are into it. This is why I don't agree with the idea that a system of coercion is necessary in order to find people who will do...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "That said, there are some problems with using Age of Sail as a proxy for extended space travel. One is some critical bits of the life support system were outsourced to the surrounding ocean and Earth, and another is that,...
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