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  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "So, nope. Not some sort of Randian superman; I can't figure out how to fix it. Still not obliged to regard "might not starve until 2030" as "winning". "It goes without saying that I won't break through such a wall...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Geezer #192. I've seen some examples of this at the municipal level, but not much higher. In Vancouver the issue of 'fare evasion' on the trains was a hot topic for awhile. I remember watching an interview with an otherwise...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    My kids have been responding quite differently to the enforced lockdown. 1. Teen has been doing quite well. He is a highly motivated member of the (apparently) much hated by GT and EC group of 'Sportsball players' with a chance...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Were I an USian citizen I would vote for Biden because sometimes grownups have to pick the less-worst option. I would have campaigned hard for (probably) Warren, but in a democracy you don't always (ever) get what you want. The...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    20 years ago I worked in the Northern reaches of Alberta and BC as a treeplanter (for about a decade). Even in the most remote areas it was difficult to find a spot where you could not at least see...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    EC #334. Chine Mieville does a fantastic attempt at alien language with "Embassytown". "The Hosts' Language does not allow for lying or even speculation, the Language reflects both their state of mind and reality as they perceive it; they create...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    GT: You might consider that 'team games' culture and practice have changed since the mid-50s. I played some team sports in the late 70s/early 80s and left them for similar reasons to your own. That being said my sprogs both...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    There is an excellent SF novel that takes place around 2030 that includes the climate crisis and a Socialist president of the US named Cortez (the setting into which is thrown alien contact IIRC). I *think* it was called 'White...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "I just don't get the whole veggie-burger thing. I'm perfectly happy to have a meal with nothing but vegetables (maybe 2 - 3 times a week). But why would I want my veggies to taste like meat? I want my...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Interesting nuance in your description, because the Korean War never actually ended. So the US could technically be in a 'state of war' with enemies yet. However, I don't think Congress ever declared war in Korea, it was defined as...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Close enough to Vancouver. Outreach is important but only so useful when they aren't actual homes to put people in afterwards. We are apparently approaching acceptance of the notion of 'safe supply' which would help immensely with a lot of...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Re: Homelessness and infection rates. This is something I can speak to directly, as it's been my career focus for much of the last two decades, and at the moment I currently work in a homeless shelter in Western Canada....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    We are likely seeing something of a permanent transition in educational models right now. School for my 2 yard apes has been cut off entirely, only this week starting up. The school system has taken some time to adapt, but...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I think Trump would be more or less immune to a pee tape. He would just deny and deflect, claim it's not him etc. etc. None of his true believers would change their view one bit. What Russia has on...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    In the current circumstance, it is probably practical and desirable for most people to downshift their meat consumption to something more like 'meat on Sundays.' Egg production, and dairy, are desirable for a lot of reasons. We could probably do...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I actually agree with most of what you say. However, let's talk a bit more about my 'personal' LLC. I took out a big loan to buy and upgrade a commercial building. A small part of that building includes a...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    The original (18th century) purpose of limited liability was useful. Several people (investors) get together to do a thing, and risk only what they put in. Thus the incentive to do the thing (return on investment) is coupled with the...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    #644 Tar sand oil is barely profitable when the price is up above ~$50/bbl, and over $70/bbl for tarsand mining. This is not going to happen anytime soon. In an intelligent, rational world it won't happen at all. That oil...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I agree with everything you say, with some qualifications. 1. Alberta itself is not monolithic. Even in my home town, which is literally ground zero of the oil industry (Leduc) there is a strong progressive instinct, though certainly it will...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Point of clarification. Any boat at sea needs a minimum of two people to be operated safely for any length of time - someone must be awake to look for hazards not matter how automated your boat might be. In...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Many people can and do cross major oceans in 30' sailing vessels. Many years ago I did that with 3 other fellows. After 3 weeks the boat was getting small, at least for one of us. I'd be more comfortable...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    And the rubber meets the road. Just responded to an opiate overdose. On arrival had to make the choice between using a face shield and doing CPR. He was not symptomatic (other than not breathing) so did the CPR. I...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Re: Dentists At least two teenage contemporaries of my son are now in self isolation because one or both parents returned from that conference. Also my kids' routine dental appointments for tomorrow have been cancelled. In a more personal impact,...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I'm currently a director for two of our local minor sports organizations (hockey and baseball). Fascinating the different discussions happening in the two. 1. Hockey - immediate shutdown of all events, practices etc. etc. 2. Baseball - strong resistance from...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I work in front line human services that don't go away even in health crises - in many ways the homeless shelter I work at has been dealing with another health crisis for some years now (opioid deaths). Staffing is...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    - Just recently read that the UK Minister of Health Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with COVID 19 and is self quarantined. - I work in a place where staffing is not optional (i.e. if we are not properly staffed...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Indeed, temperature differentials in Edmonton Alberta range from -45 C to +40 C....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Throwing back to earlier in the thread, but this week I bought the first 3 and read the first 2.5 of the Commonweal books. I'm very much enjoying the concepts and exploration of the implications of magic in a human...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Some of the easiest things to grow in my experience include various forms of garlic - plant it, ignore it for about a year, then harvest. You have to like garlic of course - I use about a bulb every...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I can see a lot of fun in a Laundry style reimagining of Joseph Conrad, particularly the more overtly/unconsciously Orientalist novels. The Mandate turning out to be an Elder version of Lord Jim would be delightful though hard to pull...
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