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  1. Comment on Supreme Court unanimously dismisses B.C. appeal of Trans Mountain in ~news

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    It is. I rarely touch on the indigenous aspect because it is such a complicated mess of competing interests. There are something like 36 indigenous groups that support the pipeline and 52 that are...

    It's an important perspective, I think?

    It is. I rarely touch on the indigenous aspect because it is such a complicated mess of competing interests. There are something like 36 indigenous groups that support the pipeline and 52 that are fighting it (numbers may not be exactly accurate I am working from memory here).

    One thing those from other countries, even Americans, have troubles understanding is just how much land in Western Canada is reserve land. It's not that these companies are explicitly passing through reserves and water sources, it's just that you can't cross certain parts of the country without encountering one or the other.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Supreme Court unanimously dismisses B.C. appeal of Trans Mountain in ~news

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    For those that don't know their has been a major ongoing argument in Canada concerning the construction of new oil pipelines in the country. The majority of Canada's oil is located within the...

    For those that don't know their has been a major ongoing argument in Canada concerning the construction of new oil pipelines in the country.

    The majority of Canada's oil is located within the province of Alberta which is land locked. Oil is transported out on a number of old pipelines either south through America (96% of all exports) or west through the neighbouring British Columbia. Over the last decade Alberta's production has outstripped its pipeline capacity and rail has increasingly been used to get the oil out. This has resulted in railroads clogged with oil tankers and less capacity for transporting other goods.

    There were, at once, four proposed new pipelines to increase capacity including the notorious Keystone XL project. Each of those proposals has been held up by environmental groups, and environmental minded politicians pushing Alberta's export situation to disastrous levels.

    The province of Alberta has been suffering economically since the last oil downturn in 2015. While most of the world's oil producing regions began to recover in 2017, Alberta's inability to export it's crude reserves has caused an oil glut resulting in severely depressed oil prices and an active rig count 1/4 of what it was in 2014.

    The Trans Mountain Pipeline mentioned in this article was one of the four proposed pipelines that has been held up with environmental concerns. The project actually seeks to twin an existing pipeline that is already in the ground in B.C.. The provincial government of British Columbia has long argued that the Trans Mountain pipeline puts the province at risk for oil spills, and also increases tanker traffic along the province's coastline.

    The pipeline has undergone all necessary regulatory processes mandated by the Canadian Energy Regulator, as well as additional environmental assessments, and voluntary marine impact assessments since 2012.

    Now, to get to the actual article. Constitutionally provinces in Canada are not allowed to restrict or tariff the flow of goods from other provinces. There is defacto "free trade" across the country to prevent the interior provinces from being held hostage by the coastal provinces. The crux lf the Supreme Court ruling is that A) by preventing this pipeline British Columbia is infringing upon Alberta's constitutional rights and B) A ruling in support of British Columbia could become legal precedent for a province effectively controlling any export through its border.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Are there any remakes as good as the original movie? in ~movies

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    A lot of these aren't so much better as they are more in tune with our modern sensibilities. In many cases that just means darker and grittier. Nick Cage's Gone in 60 Seconds isn't really better...

    Scarface, Ocean's 11, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Thing, Cape Fear, 3:10 To Yuma, True Grit.

    A lot of these aren't so much better as they are more in tune with our modern sensibilities. In many cases that just means darker and grittier. Nick Cage's Gone in 60 Seconds isn't really better than the original in my eyes, it just doesn't have that 70's veneer. Likewise the original True Grit is an absolute classic, and while the remake is equally good, the change in ending from the upbeat oroginal to a more modern downcast dark ending really characterizes what I'm talking about here.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Office of Management and Budget—Withholding of Ukraine Security Assistance in ~misc

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    The thing is this is unprecedented in America. Up to this point the system has never really been stress tested like this. So you have one department trying to do their job, and once upon a time...

    The thing is this is unprecedented in America. Up to this point the system has never really been stress tested like this.

    So you have one department trying to do their job, and once upon a time this sort of announcement would be the death knell for a president. But now we have a group of politicians that have broken the system and a population of voters who are happy to go along with it so much so that ot might not even move the needle.

    It's not that the OMB useless, it's that Trumpists have perfected the "Doesn't look like anything to me" routine.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Office of Management and Budget—Withholding of Ukraine Security Assistance in ~misc

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    One party has abdicated its responsibility. Unfortunately that party has control of the Senate and the system is predisposed towards keeping them there.

    One party has abdicated its responsibility. Unfortunately that party has control of the Senate and the system is predisposed towards keeping them there.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes in ~news

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    God dammit. Missed that somehow. Hold on.

    God dammit. Missed that somehow. Hold on.

  7. Comment on How Berlin's Mietskaserne tenements became coveted urban housing in ~design

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    Absolutely gorgeous. I wish more North American cities had tenements like this. Funny how desirability changes so much. From working class apartments to, semi-abandoned hovels, to semi-luxurious...

    Absolutely gorgeous. I wish more North American cities had tenements like this.

    Therein lies an ironic reversal. One-hundred years ago, living on the top floor of a Berlin tenement might have been something to hide, a sign of being so poor that you had to accept hauling your groceries and winter coal up six flights of stairs. Nowadays, if you concealed from casual inquirers that you live on a tenement’s top floor, it would more likely be to avoid exposing yourself as a gentrifier.

    Funny how desirability changes so much. From working class apartments to, semi-abandoned hovels, to semi-luxurious upper-middle class apartments all in 140 years, and all within the same structure. It speaks to building for the long term. How many modern apartments can we say will last into the next century?

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  8. Comment on The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is out of preview and available for download in ~tech

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    I imagine this is the idea behind Mozilla's recent push to monetize new secondary services.

    Google could basically kill Mozilla at any time by not renewing this arrangement and taking away the huge majority of their revenue.

    I imagine this is the idea behind Mozilla's recent push to monetize new secondary services.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Putin has suggested a bunch of Constitutional amendments. Here’s what he wants to change. in ~news

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    I have heard a theory, to which I don't know enough about Russia to know whether or not it's true, that this is essentially the case in that as long as he remains the ultimate power broker he is...

    Right now he just seems like a gangster who just wants to stay on top until he dies

    I have heard a theory, to which I don't know enough about Russia to know whether or not it's true, that this is essentially the case in that as long as he remains the ultimate power broker he is safe, but the moment he loses that power the Russian oligarchical structure will have him killed. At the moment he controls their fates and their fortunes, and is responsible for whatever geopolitical actions affects their ability to access their resources stored in foreign banks.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Close Your Open Tabs - Sometimes, information overload has its limits. in ~tech

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    This is my tab process as well, especially if I'm working on something programming related. I will have forty tabs of documentation of classes and operators and a couple stack overflow subroutines...

    Like if I'm doing a task that requires a lot of research or tabs

    This is my tab process as well, especially if I'm working on something programming related. I will have forty tabs of documentation of classes and operators and a couple stack overflow subroutines to pull from.

    Otherwise what the hell are you keeping those tabs open for? Use your bookmarks people.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Resident Evil 3 Remake - Official Nemesis Trailer in ~games

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    It is my personal opinion that RE3 is the absolute best in the classic (pre-7) series. The series found its balance between action and horror, and the Nemesis tyrant AI improvements brought about...

    It is my personal opinion that RE3 is the absolute best in the classic (pre-7) series. The series found its balance between action and horror, and the Nemesis tyrant AI improvements brought about a feeling of paranoia that RE2 simply could not match. Even though the stalking was still scripted it felt more dynamic, like Nemesis would follow you anywhere. I felt like the puzzles were also at their peak and the setting of Raccoon City felt more fleshed out than the predecessor.

    Unfortunately I don't see how they can improve on the RE2 remake to the same level as occurred from the original RE2->RE3 so this version might feel a little samey.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Russia's government resigns as Putin offers spot on Security Council to Medvedev in ~news

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    Putin is only 67 and in moderately good shape, assuming his mind holds out he could conceivably do this another 20 years. A successor might not even be on his mind at this point.

    Putin is only 67 and in moderately good shape, assuming his mind holds out he could conceivably do this another 20 years. A successor might not even be on his mind at this point.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    I'm sorry but it just sounds like you are so emotionally dedicated to Yang at this point that you are unable to consider any other candidate despite the inevitability he would eventually fall off....

    I'm sorry but it just sounds like you are so emotionally dedicated to Yang at this point that you are unable to consider any other candidate despite the inevitability he would eventually fall off. The debate was no different than any of the previous except for, thankfully, having a reasonable number of candidates on the stage. The few replies Yang has gotten at the debates in the past didn't fundamentally change them so much so that this one was a "wasteland"

    15 votes
  14. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    This is an American political race. Shit like this is little leagues compared to what both of them are going to face in the general. Bernie especially is going to get absolutely lambasted once the...

    This is an American political race. Shit like this is little leagues compared to what both of them are going to face in the general. Bernie especially is going to get absolutely lambasted once the Republican propaganda machine stops tacitly supporting him and turns their guns around.

    And lets be frank, Sander's supporters have been absolutely rabid this cycle, tearing down every candidate that comes close to Bernie (except Biden strangely enough). Warren's don't even register. The Sanders4Prez types have been going hard since March. It's disingenuous to get up in arms when Warren's camp takes one piddly shot.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Houston Astros GM and manager suspended — then fired — for stealing signs in ~sports

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    There is just no way to determine exactly how much it helped them. Is it really that much easier to hit an MLB pitch if you know what's coming when MLB pitchers are so powerful that hitting...

    There is just no way to determine exactly how much it helped them. Is it really that much easier to hit an MLB pitch if you know what's coming when MLB pitchers are so powerful that hitting essentially occurs by instinct?

    As opposed to steroids where you are explicitly making a player better, faster, stronger through chrmical enhancement.

    Everyone involved should have recieved lifetime bans, and more first round picks should have been forfeit but to vacate the entire championship for what was an exceptionally good team that may have very well won without the cheating seems excessive.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The fact that they included the Dark Saber was really encouraging vis-a-vis tying into Mandalorian lore set up in the Clone Wars. I think the show has a lot of promise, although I hope they don't...

    The fact that they included the Dark Saber was really encouraging vis-a-vis tying into Mandalorian lore set up in the Clone Wars. I think the show has a lot of promise, although I hope they don't actually go along with the

    Spoilers"all the remaining Mandalorians were within that single enclave" angle. I think we've all had enough of the "last of their kind" trope.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Houston Astros GM and manager suspended — then fired — for stealing signs in ~sports

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    While I think the punishment was much too light for the offence stripping them of the Championship would be too far. Sign stealing has been a part of the game that every team practices, the Astros...

    While I think the punishment was much too light for the offence stripping them of the Championship would be too far. Sign stealing has been a part of the game that every team practices, the Astros simply took it to an unprecedented level of cheating by adding the camera. That doesn't mean that sign stealing wins games. The Astros still had to get on base. They still had to defend. Astros pitchers still had to strike out batters. You can catch every signs and still strike out. Still lose the game. You can know the upcoming pitch and still fail to get on base.

    They still had to win 101 games that season (or, alternatively, they lost 61). They still had to win 11 games in the playoffs. To be honest people saying this even approaches the doping scandal blow me away.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Not Poutine, FYI in ~food

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    Except, perhaps, that unicorn nightmare dish.

    They all look fantastic.

    Except, perhaps, that unicorn nightmare dish.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? And what can we do about it? in ~life

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    This idiom is wrong. There have been numerous successful, relatively "good" Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc who sought out the position. Not even the fabled Cincinnatus, literally a symbol of...

    anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

    This idiom is wrong. There have been numerous successful, relatively "good" Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc who sought out the position. Not even the fabled Cincinnatus, literally a symbol of Roman virtus, was without desire to rule at one point in his life. There is no known system in which we can decide upon a capable leader from amongst those who do not seek the position.

    Competence and confidence must go hand in hand at that level. We need confident leaders because when the chips are down and there is no longer time for debate someone needs to make the decision. An example that immediately comes to mind is that of James Madison, one of the foremost genius' amongst the Founding Fathers, and one of the primary authors of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and The Federalist Papers, amongst other political and philosophical works. He was possibly the greatest mind of his time. He was also the President who initiated and presided over the War of 1812, and who's doddering and diffidence resulted in the various catastrophes during the first half of that war, culminating in the sacking of Washington.

    The issue at hand, and the one most affecting women in leadership, is certain people's inability to distinguish confidence from ego or braggadocio. This is exactly what the linked article is talking about but with slightly different (incorrect?) terminology. Confidence is a benefit for a competent leader, and most successful women have it. Egotism, or what the article is referring to as "Confidence", while not limited to men, certainly seems to get a pass more than it does in women. Likewise certain types instinctually look down upon confident women.

    I believe the article makes a fundamentally correct point but where its going wrong is equating confidence with a lack of integrity and confidence. Even humility can go hand in hand with confidence in some self-aware people (see the Socratic paradox). Bad leaders are narcissistic, egotistical, and braggarts, but that doesn't mean they are necessarily confident, and that doesn't mean confidence alone is a bad trait.

    13 votes