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David Megginson
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Big fan of most of the "open"s. Prefer freedom over security.
Big fan of most of the "open"s. Prefer freedom over security.

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The devastating humanitarian legacy of Chavismo:

«… over the past year around three-quarters of Venezuelans have lost weight, averaging 8.7kg per person, because of a scarcity of food. No war, foreign or civil, is to blame for this catastrophe. Venezuela did this to itself. And its woes are deepening, as the regime of President Nicolás Maduro lurches towards dictatorship. Fifty years ago, Venezuela was an example to the rest of Latin America, a relatively stable democracy and not much poorer than Britain.»

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Why I don't go to TED talks. https://xkcd.com/1827/
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Oops! Backed the wrong horse: «... under President Barack Obama, the [justice] department concluded it would be difficult to bring charges, says CNN. The Trump administration has taken a dimmer view ...»

2017 is an uncommon year when Orthodox and Roman #Easter fall on the same date (the next one will be 2025), so Happy reunified Easter tomorrow to all my Christian friends, East and West.

This:

"@miller304 When did being anti-war start being misconstrued as being anti-troops?

"I fully support firemen but I also hope nothing catches on fire."

I am incredibly proud of my friends and relatives who serve or have served. They've done a lot of hard, important work, both abroad and here at home.

I'm less fond of the a**hole middle-aged politicians and pundits who think calling them "heros" makes up for bad pay, crappy equipment, and stingy veterans services, and who send them away from family for months or years in a cynical ploy to distract from a scandal and/or gain 5 points in the polls.

https://twitter.com/miller304/status/850343348493799425

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Warning: Even if you pay to use your own URL for content hosted on Wordpress.com, they now let Google steal your content and hide it under their own #amp URL in search results now unless you know to explicitly opt out. I was very disappointed to see my blog posts from 11–12 years ago suddenly rehosted under a Google URL in seach results. 😒

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The new panel plastics are here. #flying
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A couple of decades back, Ontario realised no one was building many dedicated rental buildings any more. Developers said they were discouraged by rent control. The province exempted buildings built after 1991 from rent control. Developers still haven't built much dedicated rental property, but they're exploiting the loophole to the max for rented condos, etc. So now the premier is saying f*** you, you're getting rent control after all.

Trying to use deregulation to stimulate growth isn't as straight-forward as its cheerleaders claim.

The week ahead: POTUS sends awkward tweet; Elon Musk makes awkward boast; press fails to coin satisfactory "-gate" term for #Eurovision.

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This happens surprisingly often. Sydney, Nova Scotia is a one-time coal-mining town on the North Atlantic coast in Cape Breton, a region so self-contained that some of the descendants of the original Scottish settlers still speak Gaelic. It's also three years older than Sydney Australia, in case anyone's counting.
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