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    I betcha Grapher can't do procedurally generated Chernoff faces. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernoff_face A more recent appliation: https://www.r-bloggers.com/2017/06/chernoff-faces-in-ggplot2/ ....
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    For U.S. Customs and Border Protection citrus fruits are easy to classify. There is only one class: "throw it away". Citrus fruits can't be brought in the U.S., whatever the type or the quantity. You have an orange in a...
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    JBS @ 672: "...but I really would like to know if I'm correct that gaol is pronounced jail?" According to one of my favorite sources, Wiktionary, you're correct. They have a recording: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gaol...
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    I have never eaten a better marmelade than the one that was imported from South Africa to Canada in the 1980s. It was slightly sour and had thick pieces of fruit in it. It came in cans while every other...
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    I had pet rats (also known as fancy rats) for many years. I would give them an hour of exercice outside their cage, using my bathroom. When the hour was over I would pick them up, place them on my...
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    whitroth @ 286: "...tells me about the neighbor four doors down, who gardens... wearing a handgun. No, I'm not making this up, this is fact." Heinlein used to do yardwork wearing a handgun in an external holster. I saw the...
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    Yes, that 25 million dollar scam is an outrage. It's the work of crooks. But what made me realize that we're also talking about inhumane monsters was that they took out the 8 bodies of missionaries (Catholic brothers of O.M.I.)...
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    Again, they are small churches in small towns, mostly in Western Canada. The one in Nova Scotia out on the East coast makes it odd. I wonder if those poor communities are ever going to rebuild....
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    "...and there's no sense or feeling that tells you you are becoming dehydrated." Doesn't anybody ever feel any kind of thirst?...
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    "I say get a couple of garden/black snakes. Toss one under the house, the other in the attic. You'll most likely never see them. The mice will be gone fairly quickly. And the snakes will move on once the food...
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    The whole country might be burning to a crisp as the heat dome moves eastward, but what really counts these days is the whisky war between Canada and Scotland: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/whisky-maker-vancouver-island-battle-scottish-association-1.6077607...
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    Robert Prior @ 1340 The body count in B.C. has gone up, and not just in Lytton: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-alberta-heat-wave-heat-dome-temperature-records-1.6084203 Those poor people are used to mild weather all year long because of the Pacific Ocean. They're not used to putting a...
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    JBS @ 1251: "But, y'all live in a place that it regularly snows every winter. Your local government, School Administrators & school bus drivers all have experience with snow. Your government has dedicated equipment for snow removal & you said...
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    The total number for Canada of all the unmarked Indigenous graves for children is much higher, as you probably have guessed. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission gave a conservative estimate of 4,100 souls....
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    JBS @ 1173: "Does the law around there allow chains in lieu of snow tires?" In my province chains are forbidden on nearly all vehicles, because they destroy the road surface. The only exceptions are emergency vehicles, farm tractors and...
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    Winter tires were invented in 1934 in Finland and in 1995 I had winter tires on my car. You're late to the party! Anyway, although winter tires are mandatory in my province you still find a lot of idiots who...
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    JBS @ 1142 :"...So I dug out my little Ford Focus & plowed my way out to RDU to dig out a HMMWV. A HMMWV has full-time 4WD, but I drove it like I drove my 2WD (FWD) Focus so...
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    Just take a look at Japan. Its population has been in decline since 2008, yet its economy is now growing and it is still in the G7 and in third place behind the US and China....
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    Pigeon @ 1011 "These days of course people just take a picture of the cunt-shaped fissure and post it on twitter. Anastomosed tree trunks or scars of lost boughs can be good, too." This reminds me of the "Book of...
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    Paul @ 998: "My original point stands; nobody has explained why capitalism can't work with a declining population." To me it seems obvious that capitalism can work as long as there is scientific progress and technological change. It just does...
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    In the Ottawa area and a bit beyond there are at least 3 diaries that sell their milk in 1 liter glass bottles: https://ottawaorganics.com/product-category/dairy/milk/ Also, the Farm Boy grocery chain sells its own "house brand" of organic milk in the...
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    paws4thot @ 929: "...no-one actually touches any of it except hand-sorting mixed recyclables at a collection centre." There are now about 4 companies making AI-based robots doing that sorting at collection centers. As the prices go down all of this...
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    Rocketpjs @ 811: "One has to look pretty hard to find any mention whatsoever of chattel slavery here in Canada, yet it was a reality in the 18th century - though never to the extent it happened south of the...
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    I leave that trouble to my sole heir (a school) when my game will be really over....
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    Greg Tingey @ 769 "What's it costing YOU?" Sorry, I never count....
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    Moz @504: "To me "the Americas" is two continents, and the USA occupies part(s) of one of them." I learned very early in school that there were 3 Americas within America: North America, Central America and South America. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_America...
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    paws4thot @ 450: "Disagree. Bill Shatner is American, and so is Salma Hayek, so was Simon Bolivar..." Take a look at Shatner's and Bolivar's Wikipedia articles and you'll find out otherwise....
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    Paul @ 396 : "That and the assumption that encasing 90kg of meat in metal makes said meat immune to accelerations in excess of 100 gravities. " In 203 racing driver Kenny Brack survived 214 gravities when his racing car...
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    JBS @ 372: "First edition cover:" That's the edition I first read. It was at the Fraser-Hickson library. Years later an idiot crook stole it, probably hoping to make a lot of money from a first edition. Imbecile! First editions...
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    David L @ 352: "Interestingly I don't have all that much memory about the mobile body armor. Except that to me it seemed he would be wearing something the side of a Humvee at a minimum." It's supposed to be...
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