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    Originally posted by KC View Post
    Originally posted by Marcel Petrin View Post
    Instead of starting a new thread every time, could you just have your own thread where you post a link, a short quote, and absolutely no individual comments or thoughts like some sort of RSS feed?
    A “KC - misc” thread!



    Just starting a misc stuff thread on the odd things I usually just send around to friends etc via e-mail or things that come up in conversations - or once in awhile post to c2e and/or start new threads on.








    Beaten-Down Prairie Looks Like a Gold Mine to This Calgary Real Estate Investor
    “a Calgary asset manager with about C$1.1 billion... is making a contrarian bet on the Canadian prairie.”
    https://www.bloombergquint.com/busin...perty-investor




    Three U of A researchers named national artificial intelligence chairs
    “Chairs will help lead Canadian AI research as part of $125-million national strategy.”
    https://www.folio.ca/three-u-of-a-re...igence-chairs/


    RBC Floats Oil-Sands Royalty Holiday to Ease Canadian Crude Pain
    “the average 5 percent royalty... could take 190,000 barrels of oil and 40,500 barrels of condensate a day off the market...greater than the current supply glut...would drain as much as 7.4 million barrels from storage over three-and-a-half months”
    https://www.bloombergquint.com/busin...ian-crude-pain


    The oil guy was wrong! Yes, they ARE too sometimes called Grasshoppers!
    Bill Nye Energy part 3
    https://www.mycompassacademy.com/app...ch.jsp?v=61930


    Raw facade hardware gets spotlit in this flagship in New York’s Meatpacking District
    By MATTHEW MARANI • October 25, 2018
    https://archpaper.com/2018/10/restor...lery-0-slide-0
    Last edited by KC; 04-12-2018, 09:11 PM.

  • #2
    A communist started it then it was used to criticize the Nazis...

    How ‘politically correct’ went from compliment to insult
    By Caitlin Gibson
    January 13, 2016

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...=.01c30211d6c0

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    • #3
      'Sun in a box' would store renewable energy for the grid: Design for system that provides solar- or wind-generated power on demand should be cheaper than other leading options -- ScienceDaily

      “MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power a small city not just when the sun is up or the wind is high, but around the clock.”

      The new design stores heat generated by excess electricity from solar or wind power in large tanks of white-hot molten silicon, and then converts the light from the glowing metal back into electricity when it's needed. The researchers estimate that such a system would be vastly more affordable than lithium-ion batteries, which have been proposed as a viable, though expensive, method to store renewable energy. They also estimate that the system would cost about half as much as pumped hydroelectric storage -- the cheapest form of grid-scale energy storage to date.

      "Even if we wanted to run the grid on renewables right now we couldn't, because you'd need fossil-fueled turbines to make up for the fact that the renewable supply cannot be dispatched on demand," says Asegun Henry, the Robert N. Noyce Career Development Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. "We're developing a new technology that, if successful, would solve this most important and critical problem in energy and climate change, namely, the storage problem."

      https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1205171913.htm

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      • #4
        Just posting a quote sent to me:

        The federal fantasy of 23,700 new Alberta jobs
        “The margin of error on the job number survey, in this case, is plus or minus 20,000 jobs.”
        That means “the range around that single point — 23,700 jobs — could be job gain as high as 43,700, or as low as 3,700.”
        https://calgaryherald.com/news/polit...w-alberta-jobs


        Also interesting:

        Drug users aren't choosing dangerous fentanyl - they don't know what's in their drugs | CBC Radio

        https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/dec-...rugs-1.4935107
        Last edited by KC; 11-12-2018, 06:42 AM.

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        • #5
          “Canadians values” next for public schools?


          Edmonton Catholic teachers required to sign contracts agreeing to Catholic 'lifestyles'

          JANET FRENCH
          Updated: December 10, 2018
          https://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...lic-lifestyles

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          • #6
            How Imports INCREASE GDP - Econlib
            Sep 2018

            “Even when domestic supplies of those inputs are available, the preferred foreign supplies result in higher employment and greater economic output in the United States by ...”

            https://www.econlib.org/how-imports-increase-gdp/

            Also sourced from comments:


            2018 External Sector Report: Tackling Global Imbalances amid Rising Trade Tensions
            July 2018


            HIGHLIGHTS
            The IMF’s 2018 ESR shows that global current account balances stand at about 3ΒΌ percent of global GDP. Of this, 40-50 percent are now deemed excessive, i.e. some countries are saving too much, and others are borrowing too much. And while global imbalances remain broadly unchanged in recent years, they have become increasingly concentrated in advanced economies.

            From a global perspective, excess surpluses have been especially large and persistent in a small group of countries, most prominently in Germany and China, and to a lesser extent, in Korea, Netherlands, Sweden and Singapore. Excess deficits remain mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom, some euro area debtor countries, and a few vulnerable emerging market and developing economies (e.g. Argentina, Turkey).

            This finding matters because...
            https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/...-sector-report
            Last edited by KC; 11-12-2018, 06:10 AM.

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            • #7
              The clock has run out on ‘midget’ hockey, say Little People advocates in Alberta | The Star

              https://www.thestar.com/calgary/2018...n-alberta.html


              Probably time to correct for usage of giants etc too.
              NY Giants

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              • #8
                "The clock has run out on ‘midget’ hockey..." Just happening now? Wow!

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                • #9
                  Harsher sentences proposed for certain crimes against indigenous women. Fascinating and maybe very practical way to approach one of the many inequality issues out there:



                  The Current for December 11, 2018 | CBC Radio
                  Listen to the full episode1:14:28
                  Today on The Current:

                  Senator Lillian Dyck is proposing harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes against Indigenous women, such as sexual assault, manslaughter or murder. But some advocates argue that Bill S-215 could have unintended consequences that actually harm those it seeks to protect.

                  https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/...2018-1.4939816
                  Last edited by KC; 11-12-2018, 09:14 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Horrible idea.

                    I thought we had figured out that harsher sentencing rarely works. No one who commits murder considers that 15 years is worth it but 25 isn't and acts accordingly.
                    There can only be one.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KC View Post
                      Harsher sentences proposed for certain crimes against indigenous women. Fascinating and maybe very practical way to approach one of the many inequality issues out there:

                      The Current for December 11, 2018 | CBC Radio
                      Listen to the full episode1:14:28
                      Today on The Current:

                      Senator Lillian Dyck is proposing harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes against Indigenous women, such as sexual assault, manslaughter or murder. But some advocates argue that Bill S-215 could have unintended consequences that actually harm those it seeks to protect.

                      https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/...2018-1.4939816
                      Originally posted by Highlander II View Post
                      Horrible idea.

                      I thought we had figured out that harsher sentencing rarely works. No one who commits murder considers that 15 years is worth it but 25 isn't and acts accordingly.
                      you may be right that 25 years vs 15 may not be a deterrent but on the relatively safe assumption that most people don't change a lot, 25 years vs 15 means another 10 years where that individual is not a danger to other innocent potential victims. it's like my own andy bruce theory of capital punishment. how many innocent people get to die as a result of someone else's principals before we consider other options?

                      i'm also not sure that it really is a 25 years vs 15 issue as it is substantial time vs virtually none. ashton brian lafleche probably gave no thought to the length of the sentences he would have received for a series of convictions when he committed the acts for which he was convicted. so clearly you are correct in saying that longer sentences may not have been a deterrent. except that with longer sentences, there are two small girls that would have been alive today rather than having been stabbed to death.

                      https://edmontonjournal.com/news/cri...f-two-children

                      "Lafleche is also charged with breach of probation for contacting Petawaysin. Court records show he was recently released from jail after pleading guilty to breaching conditions of a recognizance."

                      "Lafleche has a previous criminal record that includes charges of violence against Petawaysin.
                      "On multiple occasions, he had been ordered by a court to stay away from her.
                      "Lafleche was due in court in Morinville on Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing on counts of robbery and breaching probation. He is accused of stealing $380 from Petawaysin on Dec. 26, 2017 and threatening violence.
                      "On Nov. 30, 2018, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaching a recognizance. The records do not explain why he was already out, though it is possible he had accrued time while detained before sentencing.
                      "On Oct. 31 he was handed a $100 fine and 12 months probation in Stony Plain provincial court after entering guilty pleas to assault and failing to comply with conditions. Charges of theft under $5,000 and two other counts of failing to comply with conditions were withdrawn.
                      "In that case, he was accused of assaulting Petawaysin on Sept. 17, 2018 near Stony Plain. He had previously been ordered to have no contact with her, which led to the failing to comply charge.
                      "On July 20, 2017, he was in court in Morinville, where he pleaded guilty to threatening another woman on the Alexander First Nation in October 2016. He was given 18 months probation and a $100 fine, the records show."

                      "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                      • #12
                        Another slow motion train wreck like the lead up to the last couple crises - which I prepared for but unfortunately this time around I’ll likely be tied to my seat on the train.

                        IMF warns of looming financial crisis, says world is woefully unprepared to handle it | CBC News

                        “It's worth noting, however, that precious few economists and analysts called the 2008 mortgage security crisis in advance, and even then no-one anticipated the failure of two giant Wall Street investment banks and all the downstream, worldwide consequences that followed.

                        The central problem remains the same one identified this morning by the IMF's Lipton — it's awfully hard to get people interested in rainy day preparations when the weather remains so warm and pleasant.”


                        https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/...ight-1.4939070

                        Why is this not surpring in this day and age:


                        Lance Armstrong says his investment in Uber 'saved our family'
                        Lauren Feiner, 6 Dec 2018

                        Lance Armstrong was an early investor in Uber. He invested $100,000 through venture capitalist Chris Sacca around 2009
                        when the company was valued at only $3.7 million.

                        Today, Uber could be worth as much as $120 billion, according to banks readying the company for its IPO next year.

                        Armstrong did not disclose how much his investment is now worth, but in an interview with CNBC said the investment has "saved" his family after being forced to pay millions in settlements over his doping as an elite cyclist.

                        ...”


                        https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/lanc...aboolainternal
                        Last edited by KC; 12-12-2018, 12:14 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Baby, Just GO Outside - YouTube
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJB9GP5gyAw

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                          • #14
                            The fuse has been lit on Canada’s debt bomb
                            Gary Mason, NATIONAL AFFAIRS COLUMNIST, OCTOBER 2, 2018
                            “...people yawn when you mention debt levels. It’s a problem for another day. “
                            https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opin...das-debt-bomb/

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                            • #15
                              New York Times London crime Twitter appeal backfires - BBC News

                              “The unspoken laws of using the London Underground featured heavily among the responses.

                              "Someone made eye contact with me on the tube once. The culprit is still at large, despite a massive police operation," wrote ralasdair.

                              “Actor Stephen McGann went one step further, and said his antagonist had even smiled after meeting his gaze - a London Underground faux-pas of the highest magnitude.”
                              ...
                              “Hurried commuter ChazpLDN chipped in: "A charlatan didn't have his Oyster card ready this morning before getting to the front of the underground queue. Audible tutting ensued."

                              https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-46557035

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