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    "So if we want to do a riproaring story around, say, interstellar colonial imperialism, how do we go about doing it?" Short answer, we don't. Distances are too vast without some FTL handwavium. Perhaps, just perhaps, if someone is able...
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    I think the use of the terms 'American' and 'America' just evolved from common usage. Any deeper analysis is probably silly. On that note, why do we insist on calling a country 'Spain' when its citizens call it 'Espana'. Italy,...
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    Chiming in to note that Roberto Benigni somehow managed to square the circle of making a humorous movie about the Holocaust that was also brilliant. And one of the key scenes included him doing a mocking version of the goose...
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    I thought Roberto Benigni did a somehow excellent job with humour in a Holocaust Movie with 'Life is Beautiful'. That included his character doing a humorous goose step as he was being marched off to die by a camp guard....
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    Hard for most but the ground had been covered quite well by Stanislaw Lem a long time ago. I will have to dig out the book to remember its title, but he has more or less accurately predicted each stage...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "Kidneys, hearts, lungs and livers, I guess probably in that order if only for the optics and the public perception that liver disease is mostly self inflicted. " From a PR point of view I suppose, though that is mostly...
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    Cloning your own body parts is very attractive precisely because your body is unlikely to reject something that is not an alien tissue. This would be revolutionary and I sincerely hope it becomes a reality sooner than later. Kidneys, hearts,...
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    Who pays for health care is a bit of the conversatiom, but all health care decisions and spending are some form of triage. Triage is the last place for emotional arguments. Sadly in the US and much of the Anglosphere...
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    Re: Future employment and health insurance related to DNA testing. Definitely an issue in Ameristan, most civilized countries have national health of some kind. I don't see any practical uses for mass market DNA tests, only interest and curiosity. Medically...
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    I was interested in the NatGeo version of the DNA test that would give you some broader historical things like when your ancestors exited Africa and some other key paleo-data points. I don't see a lot of use in finding...
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    Robert 901: "I fear that little will change. And I'm not certain what I can personally do to encourage change, beyond writing to my MP. If you have any suggestions I'll gladly consider them…" What we have been seeing for...
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    I think the Kamloops discovery is the tipping point for some serious effort at reconciliation here in Canada. Put another way, if incontrovertible evidence of the heedless and intentional slaughter of hundreds of children is not a catalyst for change,...
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    My sister and brother in law once rode their bicycles from Vancouver to St. John's Newfoundland over the course of a summer (7204 Km). Their training involved, of course, riding to work. My brother in law happened to work for...
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    Robert Prior #751 Some parts of the Vancouver seawall do have separated cycling and pedestrian paths. Sometimes pedestrians actually pay attention to them as well, though enough do not that it is a constant issue. No matter, because one does...
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    I'm going to disagree about the utility of 'separate' bike paths and routes. Where they exist they are excellent at encouraging/protecting cyclists. Vancouver has done a lot on that front (to much bleating on the part of motorists) and has...
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    Re: Driving. My parents were schoolteachers, but also had a 'driver training' business. That meant the basement of our house was a classroom with road safety posters on the walls, when it wasn't the play room of myself and my...
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    "right through the lights" which she thought meant straight or "left at the next" which didn't mean left at the next intersection, but rather, left at the intersection she was thinking about. " We were visiting a niece in Patra...
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    I've had generally good experiences with the android version of navigation (Google Maps) and the directions they provide. The only real problem was trying to return to our hotel from a dinner out in Montreal when my lovely wife, well...
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    I have been taking some new EVs for test drives in recent weeks, as we consider scrapping the wreck. Having made a public and serious commitment to all future vehicles being EVs, I intend to follow through. Thus far only...
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    Canada briefly had strict limits on political donations. In the early 2000s we had a law limiting donations to $200. Some got around it by donating $200 to each of the candidates in all 308 ridings. Also, donations of <$200...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I once wrote an SF short in which an artificially generated 'religious experience' had been perfected and weaponized to motivate bad actors. If you thought you could get another chance to experience God, just what wouldn't you do? My main...
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    I would like to volunteer for any study comparing beer temperatures at various pubs. Ideally this would happen over an extended period in various locales, including but not limited to Edinburgh and London. I have been practicing all my life...
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    Halal meats are fairly available in places like Vancouver. We went to a halal butcher for many years simple because they were the best prices. I still stop there if I'm passing through the neighbourhood, in part because they have...
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    " So I'm dubious about your attempt to define your own purpose for HE and then complain that the Universities aren't doing it." Well, I didn't come up with that on my own. Nor am I complaining that the universities...
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    Discomfort with uncertainty can explain a lot about our current political mess(es) in our various countries. I had a conversation with an acquaintance recently about education. I had made a joke about my degrees having little to do with my...
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    DNA testing to determine ancestry is one of those fascinating but hopeless information gathering things. Canadian/North American history is anything but simple with that stuff. I have a Transylvanian-Hungarian last name, from my great-grandfather, whose patrilineal heritage was certainly Hungarian...
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    Paws @906 "A) Never seen (or want to see) Avatar.". Important to distinguish the somewhat OK SF movie 'Avatar' with the standard Hollywood plotline, white saviour and predictable outcome from the thoroughly excellent 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' animated series, which...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Competitive sailing: Extremely expensive for the owner of the boat. Utterly free for the crew except in some long distance races where crew pitch in. I raced 1-3 times/week for years in Vancouver as crew and spent almost nothing aside...
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    I have often wanted to try hanggliding, but the cost and hazard have always held me back. Also the time commitment. Between my former addiction to competitive sailing, my love of scuba, hockey twice a week and occasional attempts at...
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    I routinely do my own electrical work, which is legal as long as it is correct. However, any time I do something more than move a switch or fixture I will have an electrician friend look at it and ensure...
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