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Comment Re:horse has left the barn (Score 1) 362

The dam is being built for one reason, to sell expensive natural gas to the Chinese and Indonesians, who can buy it much cheaper from Russia, Australia and the USA, all who have actual production already happening. It is also flooding out some very good farmland that is finally getting productive due to the changing climate.
The BC government has also been balancing their budget by forcing the crown owned power company to give billions of dollars to the government and soon the government will give it away as it is so far in debt due to amongst other things, being forced to build a huge dam with no funding. That'll be the end of cheap electricity around here.
We have lots of natural gas infrastructure currently and the idea that our expensive gas is going to compete with others cheap gas is just stupid.
Solar thermal isn't the best idea in Canada. Though BC is ideal for regular solar and wind as we've already got an abundance of hydro power to take up the slack when cloudy or calm.
The biggest killers of birds are cats or/and buildings.
Blame Exxon for financing the anti-nuke crowds. Without them we'd quite possibly have new better tech for fission power. There are quite a few promising ideas for safe nukes but it is getting too late to perfect them and build them. The old tech is pretty shitty as it is both too expensive and not the safest. Expensive shit that no-one will insure makes it very hard to finance.
Haven't heard about the tidal power protests but it sounds stupid.

Comment Re:Trump didn't kill anyone. (Score 1) 183

How do you know? He has a habit of not paying people, which leads to bankruptcy and not being able to pay for necessities including medical care. As a small business, I hate it when I do work for someone and they don't pay, especially when it's often the most wealthy that don't pay.
He also has a history of working with various criminal organizations, including mafia types and before this election, his good friends, the Clintons.
As a non-American, I can't understand voting for either lizard

Comment Re:My state/county can barely afford asphalt (Score 1) 168

So you're saying that to avoid checks means getting a cell phone, paying for data, going somewhere where there's cell phone reception is more advanced then just handing someone a piece of paper.
I don't want to spend a $100+ on a phone then another $50+ a month just so I can transfer some money to someone.
I mostly use checks for my sons school, it's easy, just give it to him to take to school, happens perhaps 3 times a year.. Doesn't matter that we have no cell coverage at home, don't have to wait half an hour for the banks page to load over the dial-up connection, only to discover it's down again (looks up until you try to do a transaction)

Comment Re:Not legalization. (Score 1) 255

Think beer and wine. The average person is allowed to produce X amount for personal use. They are not allowed to sell it but no-one cares if you give a few bottles away or even do a friendly trade for labour, as in help me do this and there's a beer in it for you.
The industries also have a relatively low barrier to entry. There's tons of craft beer producers now and wineries likewise. Sure there's regulation but as long as it is low and applies to everyone equally, that's fine.

Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 3, Insightful) 342

That's so true. When slavery is legal, it would be immoral to help slaves escape. When the law insists on segregation, it would be immoral for a black person to sit at the front of the bus. When the law says Roma must report to the gas chambers, it would be immoral to not report or to help someone not report.
So many immoral people.

Comment Re:how long does the battery last? (Score 1) 314

My phone company (Telus) updated the switch down the road. Now when the power goes out we get 8 hours before the phone dies due to it having one battery. This in a place that is low on the list for electricity getting restored, often 3 days and no other options such as cell phone coverage.

Comment Re:Your cable TV provider? (Score 1) 314

No copper thieves where you are I guess. Here it seems to be monthly and the phone company (Telus) is as slow as shit. Last time it was over 8 hours before they started working on it, this for an area with no cell coverage or cable coverage so no emergency service. Yay for privatization and deregulation.

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