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  1. Brad Sallows

    Rick (Master Crayon Eater) on choosing your political horse

    Population of Canada is over 38.5M; government policy is aiming for closing on 0.5 immigrants per year. Upward pressure on housing prices. Inflation is running high, so central banks are raising rates. Downward pressure on housing prices (roughly 10% drop year-over-year since last Jan). Most...
  2. Brad Sallows

    Reconstitution

    Sure, context matters, even in technical work. "As an X, I want to do Y in order to Z." I suppose we're missing context. If there's a perception that people today want to know more "why", what are they asking "why" about?
  3. Brad Sallows

    Reconstitution

    Those aren't exactly good environments of "why" environments. Those are good examples of "because the contract/book says so" environments. Besides, this is an easy problem to solve. "Do X". "Why?" "Because I ordered you to."
  4. Brad Sallows

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Some areas could stand to have the deer population thinned.
  5. Brad Sallows

    Why Success Doesn’t Lead to Satisfaction

    Just a different level of deferred satisfaction, which always requires some amount of sacrifice in the present.
  6. Brad Sallows

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    So the correct answer is closer to "Americans, if smug snotty Canadians haven't pissed them off too much."
  7. Brad Sallows

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Now, be truthful. The correct answer is "American good will".
  8. Brad Sallows

    ‘White nationalism’ a threat the Canadian Armed Forces aren’t equipped for: watchdog

    So what's the minimum fraction for non-appropriation? 1/1024?
  9. Brad Sallows

    Transition to Municipal Police Force

    Egad. Talk about moving the goalposts. Now it is necessary to investigate the cultures of the municipal politics of the communities of the lower mainland...
  10. Brad Sallows

    Transition to Municipal Police Force

    Recreating the BC provincial police has been a topic out here forever, in limited circles.
  11. Brad Sallows

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Throwaway hypothesis: too many people have discarded religion, but people are wired to need higher causes, which they approach with religious fervor, which makes them impossibly intolerant.
  12. Brad Sallows

    Why Success Doesn’t Lead to Satisfaction

    What is best in life? To crush your apparently intractable technical problems, see them elegantly solved before you, and to hear the admiration of the users.
  13. Brad Sallows

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Some of the "registered and well-credentialed editors" are the problem. The growing bias has been the subject of increasing discussion for the past few years. Simple asshattery isn't the issue. Just as you can't prove a negative, you can't show what isn't included.
  14. Brad Sallows

    Transition to Municipal Police Force

    Better to have phrased the sentiment as a premised question rather than statement; not everyone catches inferences: "If RCMP policing very large municipalities is the exception and not the rule, there must be reasons. What are they?"
  15. Brad Sallows

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Wikipedia is fine for anything not politically or sociologically controversial.
  16. Brad Sallows

    Transition to Municipal Police Force

    The irony here is all the people in the GVRD who are gung-ho to spend big bucks on rail transit and who blanch at the cost of local police.
  17. Brad Sallows

    RCN Carrier models

    Rule of thumb for ship modellers is that anything that would be 1mm or larger (actual size on model) should be reproduced. If you're providing things that scale to under a half-mm, you're doing well. Next up, a photo-etching workshop.
  18. Brad Sallows

    A Deeply Fractured US

    The problems started when the people at the top stopped paying sufficient attention to the middle and bottom. Pretty straightforward lesson of history: when people are under pressure, they'll turn to extremists. Stupid of the elites to foul things up so badly. If the idiots are driving the...
  19. Brad Sallows

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Everyone in high places understands that a population without firearms is less trouble to strongarm than a population with firearms. We've essentially given up on putting much effort into controlling low-level crime, so we must turn to keeping the honest part of the population honest before...
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