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  1. It pains me to hear you say that Jules. But frankly, it is somewhat in their interest for you to think that way. They would rather that you dismissed and ignored them, rather than held them to account for their responsibilities. With no one looking, it is easier to get away with stuff. Please re-engage and see politicians for what they can be, not necessarily what they are. I know it's heresy, but actually, sometimes, politicians can solve problems.
  2. Simply for the purpose of comparison, Canada is represented by five parties in our House of Commons: 1. Liberals. 2. Conservatives. 3. NDP (left of liberals, a place where Bernie Sanders would feel at home). 4. BQ (all elected from Quebec - a regional party). 5. Greens. So your options for a third party in this instance can be ideological (NDP, Green) or regional (BQ). What if, for example, all the West Coast representatives got together and said "we are only interested in what is good for the West Coast" regardless of ideology?
  3. Maybe someone can explain this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/18/us/coronavirus-public-health.html Why Public Health Faces a Crisis Across the U.S. An examination of hundreds of health departments around the country shows that the nation may be less prepared for the next pandemic than it was for the current one. ... Many, particularly in conservative circles, have increasingly embraced individual rights over collective responsibilities, a trend that Dr. Rosner said is undercutting the notion of a social contract in which people work together to achieve a greater
  4. There is a difference between a urinary tract infection and a sexually transmitted disease.
  5. And once he knew they were lies, I think he regretted those lies for the rest of his life.....
  6. All of those scientists started with an education then had a secure job, food, shelter, clothing and health care.
  7. As professional engineer, I find the re-licensing process just theatre. It is an effort to make it like like the regulatory body is doing something. And they collect a pile of loot to do this. For engineering, I have never seen any objective, peer-reviewed solid evidence that professional development improves the overall performance of engineers and the profession of engineering. Sometimes it may be interesting or maybe entertaining (it is usually just drudgery to tick the box) but I have never seen proof it is effective.
  8. Gouv, you are behind by a couple of days (trust you are doing something worthwhile). Your fellow countrymen and women continue to die at a rate of about 2,000 per day. And no one seems to mind.
  9. An excellent closing sentence to a well written article. Thanks, Hobie1616.
  10. Interesting article in NYT that describes Germany's response to COVID. The author (an American) seems taken-aback at the calm, uniform and compliant method by which COVID protective measures are introduced and implemented. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/12/opinion/covid-germany-masks-vaccines.html The overall effect is of an environment set at a lower temperature, far closer to normalcy, where the public space is not forever on the verge of flaring into a divisive battleground of signaling, judgments and resistance. What is going on in the USA is not occurring to the same ex
  11. Mr Joker, I have no idea what you were thinking when you posted this. Your thinking is narrow and limited. When I was in graduate school, studying nuclear engineering, while in the Navy, one of the textbooks was this one: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/product/9781461358664-item.html?s_campaign=goo-Shopping_Smart_Books&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5JSLBhCxARIsAHgO2ScV4p_rky-x2zEFRGjUmlVcM4vOa3v432gK9vQQMaNCr0_QYRzepDMaAtWxEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds For people who read and understand such things, textbooks like this can and do reveal much. Much that the US Navy would
  12. While you guys have devolved this conversation, I am more curious about exactly what tech was for sale. Lots of 'secret' stuff about the US Navy nuclear program is widely distributed if you know where to look. A lot of the US Navy runs on old technology (tried and true being the watch word). I know and work with a number of former US Navy nukes. They are VERY tight lipped. However, I would speculate this guy was probably selling stuff not worth buying and the actual security consequences are small. But that does not excuse this guy from a full and proper investigati
  13. I think the people here are honest enough to thoroughly report everything they encounter: good, bad or indifferent. Ajax has told his story, some people have helped him out and we have all learned. BJ is the guy who has described in excruciating detail every minor problem he ever encountered with his boat. That takes courage. I respect him for doing that and for carefully explaining how he solved the problem(s). We all learn from these things. That's partly why I hang around here.
  14. She, like so many politicians, has no honour or integrity. Why are those values so lacking in so many politicians?
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