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    Intent isn't magic. But as you say, your decision to be offended when I pointed out your racism isn't my problem. Except it isn't and wasn't racism, despite what you may think. As noted already, in North America if you...
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    I don't think it's unreasonable to find your statement offensive. If one wants to be offended, that's fine - wasn't my intent but whatever. But that isn't what you said - you accused me of being a racist (that the...
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    Yes. I have seen those. Just last week. And I forgot about them. They are not people gates but about 6 to 8' wide so you can go in with a cart. And you can easily duck out by picking...
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    I think with fuel at this price, if it lasts, we'll see a lot of shifting to mass transport, electric vehicles and 'active transportation'. Hopefully the governments can keep up. It takes years to purchase a transit bus, and even...
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    But civil airliner engines are essentially a duopoly between Rolls Royce and GE these days, reliant on exotic materials technology. Actually there is 3 - Pratt & Whitney also is still around making airplane engines, and according to this...
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    "Convenience"? Let's see, when I lived in Chicago, the last time: I bike to the commuter rail, and as it approaches downtown, it goes along the JFK freeway. And we cruise by everyone inbound on the freeway almost every single...
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    At the risk of going all SJW, the people who don't matter to you are overwhelmingly non-white, mostly poor, and often non-citizens. Which... that's kinda nasty. Again, people are making assumptions that aren't true. I don't own a car. I...
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    But what about moving people around? Well, here's where we get to public transport. And I know that public transport sucks, particularly in the US. But it doesn't need to suck, once you get over your car addiction. The problem...
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    Ukraine. Several articles on the Guardian website. Washington think tank concludes that the Russians are sorting out their logistics issue, that at this point is more the problem of cleaning up a large traffic jam. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/08/russia-solving-logistics-problems-and-could-attack-kyiv-within-days-experts Poland is trying to...
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    Let me replace the word "gated" with once you go in you can't leave without passing through a process of some sort. It is very common here in Ontario. Walmart, most of the grocery stores, all have it set up...
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    The just-in-time nature of the whole setup means everything is as fresh when you eat it as can be arranged, and most people eating of a meal plan put together professionally means much better public health. This already exists, multiple...
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    I can see more wording was bad, my intent was that there was no longer a reliance on Russia for moving crew to and from ISS....
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    Aside from maybe losing the ISS prematurely thanks to depending on an increasingly creaky Russian space program to ferry people, Given SpaceX has been getting people to ISS since 2020, and NASA just ordered more SpaceX crew flights, I don't...
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    Talk of Ukraine drones seems to have hit the media, apparently they are using some made in Ukraine drones very effectively in addition to the Turkish ones https://interestingengineering.com/ukraines-combat-drone-the-punisher...
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    Ontario's current Premier came to power on the slogan "end the war on the car", and that was aimed at things like streetcars and bicycle lanes. It currently looks like he can win a 2nd term in 3 months, and...
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    I argue that you can replace all cars with bicycles, because this use case has been demonstrated. You're now arguing that we can't get rid of cars because using bicycles is too dangerous because of cars. I scratch my head...
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    What I'm not particularly interested in is moral point scoring. I have grown very impatient with the inevitable mouthpiece who stands up an reminds everyone how very privileged we are, contributes nothing afterwards, and presumably goes home smug with a...
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    No idea how property/house prices are in your neck of the woods but quite a few cities in NA have seen house price increases of 15%-25% per year since COVID started. We can only dream about such small increases. Toronto...
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    Why exactly couldn't you do that? I'm curious because I've done pretty much exactly that minus the mushrooms, on many occasions. Particularly now that you can buy an ebike off the shelf with a 300kg payload capacity that fits...
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    Perhaps instead of 'OK, I'll only participate in trying to keep a viable civilization if I can have things exactly as I want them' let's work on 'How can we all stay alive and keep a viable civilization so we...
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    Ok, if we grant that (and I do), two things; first that doesn't preclude changing, and second, the world we currently live in isn't stable. We know that the world as it currently is cannot continue. We're giving up cars,...
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    I am starting to lean towards what the US called "forced bussing" We have that in Canada, and not just the inner city Toronto that Robert mentioned - you get out to one the rapidly expanding areas outside Toronto and...
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    Most of Europe is not that far gone, and we have not replaced more than a small amount of our pre-car infrastructure. On one hand I agree with you - you do have much of your pre-car infrastructure and the...
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    I'm not contesting to idea that cars can be useful, I'm contesting the idea that cars are necessary And the sad answer is yes, cars are necessary for surviving in the world we currently live in. We have spent 80...
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    I'm still not groking how feeding a gigantic car helps you feed yourself. If no one has cars, then there's going to be a public transport system grow up overnight. How? The only thing that would come close would be...
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    Why are you lot required to use cars or bicycles? Because our towns/cities have developed on that basis. I live within 15 minutes walk of four adequate supermarkets, two Woolworths, one Coles, and an ALDI. I have zero supermarkets, adequate...
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    perhaps they (and the outsiders encouraging them to "stand up to the bully") should weigh the consequences of resisting against those of being occupied on a case by case basis All of the former countries occupied by the Soviet Union...
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    I'm not talking about "blame". I am talking about (1) minimising duration and (2) minimising possibilities for escalation. So, just to clarify then, what you are saying is that any country when faced with being invaded by another country's military,...
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    No, they just fomented regime change and chained the place with debts. After all, the place was being communist and making a go of it, which isn't allowed. The discussion was about Exxon wanting Russia's oil as a reason that...
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    I'm sorry, but that's extremely naive. Let's ignore all the resources, when has someone insanely greedy ignored a chance to (dare I say it) Rule the World (or at least a good part of it)? Why is Russia so special?...
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