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Paul Bakhmut
Helping create a freer, more advanced and prosperous Alberta.
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Paul Bakhmut 9h
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Paul Bakhmut 10h
One of the most annoying things about driving is inability to talk to people driving in front of or behind you. No car I know of has this really simple feature. What kind of stone age is this?
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Paul Bakhmut 11h
Navigating Alberta Highways: the general rule is that the quality decreases as the number increases (e.g. Highways 1, 2, 3 are the best, the first couple of hundreds are ok, anything in 500s or 600s – your mileage may vary).
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Paul Bakhmut 12h
President Turpin‘s response is expected. He knows that gets a lot more money from the government than from private donors. It pays to signal independency by defending controversy, as long as the controversial figure is a leftist.
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Paul Bakhmut 12h
Academic independence: the institution dependent on getting $1+ billion from the government every year defends a big government guy. Very brave!
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Paul Bakhmut 18h
I’ve recently discovered bamboo sheets and it was quite an experience. I now think bamboo sheets are the best. Do you agree? What sheets would you recommend?
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Paul Bakhmut 19h
Apr 24, 1970 – The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as its first President. (Can you find it on the map?)
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Paul Bakhmut 19h
Downtown Edmonton has no adequate highway access. The abandoned ViaRail is unreachable. The bus station was recently evicted from downtown to the VIA location. The airport is halfway to Red Deer. What is left? Unsurprisingly, Edmonton doesn’t have much of a downtown.
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
Want to learn about priorities? Just look at the map. In Berlin, right next to the Reichstag is the central railway station (the largest in the EU). What has Edmonton (or Calgary) built in a central location next to the city hall? Homeless shelter + public library.
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
The logic of greatness would work very differently. Instead of spending money to expand the miserable bus service to everyone, greatness-oriented cities would improve service in areas of highest demand, creating magnets to attract people to work and live nearby.
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
The logic of equality requires that every neighbourhood, no matter how small and remote, should have a bus or LRT. The ongoing LRT expansions in Edmonton and Calgary follow this logic perfectly.
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
Both Edmonton and Calgary are insanely rich, but what are their priorities? In both cities, one can see thousands of empty buses going around the suburbs in the name of equality. Meanwhile, the city centre sorely lacks transportation options.
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
Like most North American cities, Edmonton and Calgary are handicapped by insane zoning bylaws. The only cities in North America that are relatively dense have some natural barriers (e.g. San Francisco, Vancouver).
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
For a fast Edmonton-Calgary connection that does not involve cars to really work, both cities need to have some high-density areas where most things can be done. Otherwise, it just makes sense to drive your own car that you will need anyways.
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
The lack of fast, cheap and comfortable connection between and is very real. However, simply dumping more federal and provincial money into more infrastructure would not solve the problem.
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Paul Bakhmut 20h
I’m very much in favour of a high-speed connection, but I remain skeptical about the hyperloop or high-speed rail. The thing is, in both and , one must have a car to get around upon arrival. Might as well bring your own.
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Paul Bakhmut 22h
London Kleptocracy Tour: "The tour is a Beverley Hills-type guide around the houses of the colourful oligarchs of the Former Soviet Union who have bought up London’s super super prime properties"
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Paul Bakhmut Apr 22
Replying to @Mike_Jones_1
I don’t notice Saturn either 😂
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Paul Bakhmut Apr 22
Replying to @Captain_Shot72
I first saw it in an Uber a few days ago, and I’m still laughing.
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Paul Bakhmut Apr 22
Odd design: center-aligned dashboard (1 generation Toyota Yaris). I think it’s super ugly and impractical. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it. What do you think?
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