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Comment Re:Nothing to do with Hollywood (Score 1) 486

No the point/loss recovery doesn't balance out. You mean the point that there is no penalty for killing someone? Gee. Maybe you need to dust off your copy, or go buy one. It's cheap these days on steam, it'll take you less then 2hrs to get to that level. On top of that, this is the type of stuff she considered "sexualized". You're cheering on a person who is no different then Jack Thompson.

Comment Re:Illegal labor (Score 1) 43

Here's what happened up here in Canada. In the late 1980's you could pick fruit/veggies/tobacco/etc and earn enough money to put you through a year of university, if you got on a good farm you could earn enough to put you through 2-3 years. This was still the norm in the early 90's, by say '94ish there was a great push of factory farms. And suddenly there were people saying "oh we can't afford to pay these people those wages." And suddenly they loosened the wage rate, and more followed suit. It went from hourly to bushel, and then you started hearing the "but people won't work for what we're paying!" So they relaxed the hiring regs, and allowed the importing of 3rd world labor to do those jobs. And the wages still fell.

If you want to fix the problem, the laws have to be changed. Most governments have no interest in changing the laws on this, and now it's the norm. Now people are seeing this with the abuse of H1B's in the US, and here in Canada with TFW's. The difference between the two is a TFW can be used in any job. The current area we're seeing a flood of people in is with business cleaning run by fly-by-night shops that hire people who are illegally in Canada. But businesses from the CIBC(big bank up here) replacing workers with TFW's, to skilled trades in the oil patch have been hit.

Comment Re:Storage? (Score 2) 474

For coal, this doesn't really matter - it still loses. To pick up where renewables leave off, you want natural gas (or even petroleum) turbines that can quickly be brought on and off line. Coal and nuclear are not really suited to this.

The power industry makes the distinction between "base load" and "peak load" generation sources. Coal and nuclear are best for base load, running 100% capacity as much as possible. Combined-cycle turbines are best for peak load since they can be economically throttled.

The issue is both peak and base load demands are increasing. Turbines make great peak load sources but are poor for base load. TVA -- my former employer -- took coal plants offline due to Obama-era regulations making them impossible or unprofitable to operate (or both). They made up for the lost generating capacity by running their turbines as if they were base load generators. The result? Huge increases in turbine maintenance costs, more frequent maintenance outages, and more unplanned outages.

If the goal is to kill coal you have to replace it with something. Nuclear is a non-starter for most people because of their hysterical, irrational fear of it. Natural gas is cheap but, as stated above, it's not the best candidate for peak load generation. Nothing in the solar or wind column can come close to substituting for any current base load generation technology.

Comment Re:Total regulatory impact 2-3 percent (Score 2) 474

Coal has been made disproportionately more expensive over the last several years by government fiat, not market forces. Burdensome regulation and carbon taxes have made it so. Until recently I worked for TVA (mostly nuclear plants but some coal, hydro, and combined-cycle turbines). Several coal plants were shut down well ahead of schedule simply because Obama-era regulations made them unprofitable to run. Remember, candidate-Obama promised to destroy coal. He certainly worked hard enough at it.

If coal is allowed to float without government interference it will be quite a bit cheaper than renewables and much more abundant. Windmills only spin when the wind is blowing. Solar only works when the sun is out and your panels aren't covered in snow. Coal runs 24x7, rain or shine, windy or calm, hot or cold.

Comment Re:Total regulatory impact 2-3 percent (Score 1) 474

Adapt. Fossil fuels are over. They're too expensive.

Says the guy whose lights and computer are very likely lit by electricity generated from fossil fuels. Who, if he has a car, is likely powered by fossil fuels or has a battery charged by fossil fuels. Or, if he uses mass transit, it's either fueled by fossil fuels or powered by electricity derived from fossil fuels. Whose synthetic plastic materials around him are made from fossil fuels. Who, if he's ever flown anywhere, was in a plane powered by fossil fuels. Who, if he stopped to consider it, would be utterly unable to function today in any useful capacity without power, products, or motive force made possible in whole or in part by fossil fuels.

But hey doesn't it sound all trendy and shit to say "fossil fuels are over"?

Comment Coal won't cut it? (Score 2, Informative) 474

From the DoE:

Major energy sources and percent shares of U.S. electricity generation at utility-scale facilities in 2016:

Natural gas = 33.8%
Coal = 30.4%
Nuclear = 19.7%
Renewables (total) = 14.9%
Hydropower = 6.5%
Wind = 5.6%
Biomass = 1.5%
Solar = 0.9%
Geothermal = 0.4%
Petroleum = 0.6%
Other gases = 0.3%
Other nonrenewable sources = 0.3%
Pumped storage hydroelectricity = -0.2%

So, wind + solar = 6.5%
Coal + natural gas + nuclear = 83.9%

Winner = not renewables

If coal's been on the decline it's only because the Obama administration demonized it and because we had a happy accident of finding an abundance of natural gas. Wind and solar would be nowhere without massive government subsidies.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting on those fusion reactors.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 358

If you making 50K a year and paying $1466 for a studio then your basically putting half of your take home pay towards rent. That is not affordable.

People have been saying that for awhile. Though if you want to see what unaffordable looks like, try Toronto. Housing prices have gone up 70% in the last year(650k to 1,105,000) , and when that bubble pops it's going to be really interesting.

Comment Re:Before anybody tries UBI I'd like to solve trap (Score 2) 518

Well it takes between 4 and 9 years to get into low income housing in most of Canada. It's around 4-5 years here in Ontario, programs like section 8 don't exist in Canada in the same general terms either. There are "generational welfare" families in Canada without a doubt, but then there's also the people who don't want anything to do with it. You'll see a lot of seasonal people who work in eastern canada(fisheries/crab/lobster/etc), who work the other half year in Alberta's oil patch or in the potash mines in SK or MB. ~10-20 years ago before the war on coal was kicked into high gear, those people would work seasonally in the eastern canada coal mines. Lot of people would spend half a year or more on welfare because of that, it actually got worse and crime exploded in eastern canada when those mines shut down. Then it was compounded when the paper mills shut down because of environmental groups throwing a hissyfit. Huge drug abuse explosion from all of this as well. People like to think that solutions for this stuff is simple, but when you throw 10k people out of work things get desperate quick.

Comment Re:After care may be needed (Score 1) 518

In Ontario, if you're living on your own and you're not in the GTA(Toronto). And all that you can live very well on $17k/year. Keep in mind that in Ontario, disability pays $9600-14k/year and you're expected to be able to survive on $9600 which is 1/3 the poverty rate. Now you can apply for welfare, there's some programs which give $200/mo to help for rent and so on. For someone who's on disability though? This would be a serious windfall, the smart people who already scrape day-by-day will likely bank all of the money.

Comment Re:Nothing to do with Hollywood (Score 1) 486

Yes, that bit. In her talk she addresses the claim directly by pointing out that although you lose 100 points when you murder the innocent strippers, you get 100 points back as soon as you hide their corpses in the convenient chests placed right behind them.

You mean the: Killing civilians is an automatic -250 pt loss, it's -350 if you don't hide the body. Seriously, you're just digging yourself into a hole. In other words, she was wrong, you were wrong and she's lying out her ass. That's not even touching on the non-studies that she presents as factual. The DiGRA ones are among the worst, and anyone who's had a paper publish can tell that. Especially since the content of them are written with a conclusion first, and even when evidence is presented in the opposite direction and contradicts the main thesis it's ignored out of hand.

Comment Re: who knew (Score 1) 232

Sounds like you're showing your ignorance and making assumptions. Good job. Especially since I just flew back from Alberta, such a hard life. Don't worry, you can come to Ontario take my place and I'll just move back out west. Watch out for the economic crash that's just around the corner and just a useful tip: If you're want to buy a house? Don't. Housing prices here have jumped 70% in less then a year.

Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pla (Score 0) 518

Too bad, Ontario's Liberal Party under Wynne has decided that "blue collar" work is bad. That the service industry is fine. High electricity prices are great, and they're fine without having any industry at all. The liberals over the last 15 years have fucked up this province more then any party before it, and fucked it up so badly that if the NDP and Progressive Conservatives ran pet rocks as leaders of their parties, they would win, and the Liberal Party would be a non-party at the end of the election.

At this point, I'm not sure what the hell their game plan is besides fucking everything up so badly that the entire province crashes.

Comment Re: who knew (Score 1) 232

Good thing you're showing your ignorance. I wouldn't want to let things like "the ability to move" or "having to work elsewhere." Why don't you come try a northern alberta winter on for size? You can even have a place right in the foothills of the mountains, enjoy the sudden 4ft snowfalls in a 18hrs period to boot. Just a useful tip: You have between 4 days and 2 weeks before the first blast of winter hits in middle to late September or sometimes early October when the first white show up on the peaks. Also, I hope you enjoy isolation because it's 6hrs in any direction to a major city. Hospital services? Well, just hope they can fly a copter in to get you. And try to avoid the spring melts, because well they like to wash out the highways and strand you for a couple of weeks. You should take some food with you too, normally 60 days is enough. Oh, and when the winds knock out the power? You'd best make sure you stocked up on firewood. Otherwise you're going to be either living at the mall or the city/firehall for the next couple of weeks. Because otherwise you're going to freeze to death.

Comment Re: who knew (Score 1) 232

No. But if you want, you can always stack the -43C with the -68C windchill that I went through this winter and my nephews and nieces. And that type of weather was the same type of weather I went through as a kid, under 10. I even fondly remember the -35C days when we'd go outside and play in it. Even those days when we were still required to go outside for things like recess in that cold weather.

Oops. How are you enjoying that ignorance?

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