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    [–] Engine Company No. 4, Washington DC, January 1943 past_is_prologue 2 points ago in Firefighting

    Riding tailboard would be badass for like 5 minutes. Then I suspect it would really suck. Rolling out with bald tires in the DC winter— the back end of those trucks would be sliding like crazy. It would be like a carnival ride from hell.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -1 points ago in canada

    The staffers at conservatives’ MPP offices wouldn’t return their calls before.

    Sounds like they've been doing a bad job at relationship building for years then.

    I didn't copy and paste it. I rewrote it because I wrote the original, and it's true. I have experience in lobbying government (successfully, by the by). Lobbying Horwath is a waste of time because she will never form a government. It does make sense to beat the bushes around the OLP MPPs since they will probably be forming the government in 4-8 years.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -2 points ago in canada

    Those are all situations where Ford is being an asshole. I don't think anyone disputes that. I'm not sure what this proves, though? Did any of these links you've provided occur when he was in the gallery at the legislature? If these students yelled at Ford on the street they would be free to do so. I'm confused what comparison you're trying to make.

    In any case, these particular students will be gone by the time the next election happens, but presumably their student organizations will not. Not that it matters now, though, since staffers in MPP offices won't return their calls anymore.

    They absolutely did have negotiating power. The government isn't a faceless machine. It is made up of people. You can build relationships with those people. You can win people over to be a champion for your cause. You can convince staffers and even MPPs to your cause. They are people who have a seat at the table, and who can advocate for you from within. This is what the vast majority of lobbying is. It is relationship building and winning coverts to your side. It isn't all high level stuff like you see in movies, especially at the provincial level. Not that it matters now, though. But hey, at least they got a shout out from Andrea Horwath. That'll be cool to post on Instagram about.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue 2 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    Perhaps concentrate fully on the boring things? You can't write scathing click bait articles on student unions if they don't do stupid/shady/illegal/non-student life related things.

    If the only time you're in the news is when you're doing stupid things it seems to me the solution is to stop doing stupid things.

    [–] Chris Selley: SNC-Lavalin mess shows Trudeau needs reality-based advisers past_is_prologue 7 points ago in canada

    You're making those things out to be effortless accomplishments. As if anyone could do it and it doesn't take any work at all. You're either extremely partisan, or so divorced from reality that you're not really worth listening to. Probably a little of both.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue 12 points ago in canada

    Who gives a shit if they can drink south of the border? What does that have to do with anything? These are not children. Full stop. They are adults and they are responsible for their actions.

    If you can point to a time when Doug Ford interrupted a sitting session of Parliament from the gallery by screaming obscenities and racial epithets I'd be curious to see it. Any possible position of negotiation that these student groups had previously has now vanished. They had their little temper tantrum. They got kudos from the ONDP (who have zero power to change anything, by the by) and now they have squandered any chance of a policy reversal. I hope they're happy with their moral victory, because they sure aren't going to get any actual victories out of this situation now.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue 3 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    Sure, civil disobedience is fine, I just don't see how this is a free speech issue. I was replying to OP criticizing Ford in/re: "not respecting free speech." As the tired old line goes, "freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences."

    (now I will sit by patiently while someone replies, "we don't have free speech in Canada! Etc etc" as per reddit tradition)

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -4 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    I don't think that's the case. Saying, "we have a Conservative media problem!" is as intellectually vacant as saying, "we have a liberal media problem!" It is a lead nowhere argument that people use when they don't have any evidence, but want to make it seem like their cause is righteous.

    There is no shortage of crappy click bait media in Canada (Including a frustratingly high amount from our national broadcaster) but there is also a lot of good journalism happening too. To lump it all together as one thing is lazy.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue 13 points ago in canada

    They are kids.

    They certainly are not kids, and I suspect they would reject and perhaps even be upset to be referred to in this way. These are adults who are making adult decisions. This is the fucking big leagues, not some student council meeting where you can bully people into submission.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -8 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    Then they have a branding problem that needs to be corrected. That will require some real leadership, and message discipline from its members. We will see how they move forward.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -4 points ago in canada

    The only way to get them to back off is to make noise until they decide that doing something stupid and destructive will be unpopular.

    It's the golden rule— whoever has the gold makes the rules. Currently the OPCs have the gold, and student union reps have to play by the OPCs rules. The idea that they will be able to protest these cuts into unpopularity is not going to happen without a very clear plan on how student unions are invaluable to student life. I know in my personal experience my student union 15 years ago organized a series of protests against the Iraq War. A laudable goal, certainly, but meant fuck all for students at my small maritime liberal arts college. The only people I see defending student unions are former members of student unions. Everyone else is saying things like, "sweet, I get to keep my $80 bucks" etc etc. Student unions need to make themselves invaluable to student life, and unless they have a time machine that's probably not going to happen.

    No negotiation/lobbying effort is dead until you kill it. The protestors yesterday killed their negotiation. Previously gov't staffers may have taken their calls, and may have helped organize meetings with OPC MPPs. Now? forget it. Sure they will (possibly) be able to meet with ONDP MPPs, but that's worthless as tits on a bull from a budget policy standpoint.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue 7 points ago in canada

    Not everything is a negotiation. They have no negotiating power. You seem to think a mouse can negotiate with a cat. It can’t but it can funnel its frustration with the situation into annoying and frustrating the cat.

    You have never worked with government before, I see. The government isn't a faceless machine. It is made up of people. You can build relationships with them. And they absolutely can be negotiated with. Or rather, they could have been negotiated with before this silly display. Now the OPC has evidence to point to that these people are a bunch of goons who are more interested in name calling than in legitimate discussion.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -4 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    I've done a fair amount of lobbying for a couple non-profits I'm involved with. It's actually not that difficult. Far and away the biggest expense is physically getting to Toronto. Scheduling a meeting with an MPP is actually a fairly straightforward process, but requires building a relationship with their staffers. Though I suspect it will be much more difficult after that silly display yesterday.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -5 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    I would offer that if those organizations did more lobbying and less progressive advocating for shit unrelated to being a student they wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue -6 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    Being in favour of free speech doesn't mean being in favour of adults having a temper tantrum during a sitting parliament.

    If they want to yell and carry on they're free to do it, just not in a sitting legislature session. If they had stood up and sang, "o Canada" loudly they would have been asked to leave as well.

    [–] Student protesters at Queen's Park 'should have their mouths washed out with soap,' Doug Ford says past_is_prologue 28 points ago in canada

    Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your own way. If they take a diplomatic approach it may not change anything, but it leaves the door open for change in the future. Calling someone a "cracker" in Parliament (among other things) will only solidify the OPC's opinion that they did the right thing.

    Then again, that assumes these people are trying to move toward meaningful negotiations and not just having a temper tantrum.

    [–] This video I shot ended up being used to save the first responding engines from the Mayor's proposed budget cuts. He was going to replace them with a SUV to cut costs... past_is_prologue 2 points ago in Firefighting

    I see, so it's more like putting a rescue truck in service— that's not as bad. I thought you guys were going to be rolling up on fires and attacking them with lines directly off of fire hydrants or something.

    Cost of emergency services is something many municipalities are dealing with right now across North America. I understand wanting to shrink the budget down a bit. I understand where the mayor is coming from, but this is not a quick fix issue. It will require a shift in paradigm that will occur over 20+ years. Buying a couple red GMC Yukons and calling it a day is not the silver bullet here.

    [–] Self-Driving Cars Might Kill Auto Insurance as We Know It - Without humans to cause accidents, 90% of risk is removed. Insurers are scrambling to prepare. past_is_prologue 24 points ago in technology

    In Ontario, Canada we have no fault insurance. That doesn't mean accidents can't have blame/fault assigned, rather it means you only deal with your own insurance company.

    I suspect OP is in a no fault jurisdiction.

    [–] What ‘kind’ gesture actually annoys you? past_is_prologue 42 points ago in AskReddit

    The key is the point— when someone tries to wave you through, point back at them as if to say, "you!" It is highly effective.

    [–] I think that at EC, this was The IIConics best main roster performance by far past_is_prologue 8 points ago in SquaredCircle

    I think they work well as a tag. The dancing around the ring, the entrance— they even had matching gear last night. I'm into it.

    [–] Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts resigns past_is_prologue 16 points ago in CanadaPolitics

    He'll "go after" JWB? How do you mean? Assuming Butts tried to influence her there is nothing to "go after" since she did nothing wrong.

    [–] Finding Parents' MAGA Hats Will One Day Be Equivalent of Discovering Their 'Ku Klux Klan Hood or Robe,' Says Professor past_is_prologue 14 points ago in politics

    So calling brown people bad is a cardinal sin, but drone striking them or invading their countries and killing hundreds of thousands of them is A-OK? I see. That is a very strange worldview.

    I don't see how any of the other stuff you listed is relevant to the conversation at hand. What does other high level government clusterfuckery have to do with comparing MAGA hats to klan robs?

    [–] Finding Parents' MAGA Hats Will One Day Be Equivalent of Discovering Their 'Ku Klux Klan Hood or Robe,' Says Professor past_is_prologue 2 points ago in politics

    Sooo....

    "it was okay when our guy was doing it!"

    That's sure what it seems like people are saying. Or rather, they are saying that while Democrats put kids in cages, the real crime was separating families.

    I think both practices (and both administrations) deserve condemnation for their actions. Letting the Obama administration off the hook seems nakedly partisan.