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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ahodgson Re:Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (195 comments)

Of course, Obama then gave a cabinet post to Geitner, who was in charge of the NY Fed before and during the collapse. ie. the guy who was supposed to be regulating wall street.

3 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

ahodgson Re:Oh good (903 comments)

More like the Hugo Chavez foundation. I suppose you think someone should just give these poor folk a car?

Maybe you should lend them your money at more generous terms?

4 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

ahodgson Re:Cake and eat it too (363 comments)

Yep. Even if you have all the right paperwork and do nothing wrong, the officials working the border will sometimes just decide to make your life hell. They can arbitrarily refuse you entry, interrogate you for hours, and basically do whatever they want. And it's totally random.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

ahodgson Re:Tariffs (363 comments)

Free trade benefits all countries involved, IF they play by roughly similar rules. Free trade with countries with no human rights, environmental rules, labour laws, or with manipulated currencies is economic suicide.

5 days ago
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Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

ahodgson Re:fuck american hegemony (108 comments)

Google and Netflix are still probably the losers in that exchange. The result will be somebody else coming in and serving that niche in Canada, a force which may eventually be able to expand outward into Google and Netflix territory -- a force they would want to nip in the bud with their superior market presence. It's not like the secret of streaming video technology is unknown to Canadian engineers, and its not like Netflix or YouTube are so critical to Canadian day to day life that to cut off Netflix access would cause an overnight revolution.

Possibly, say Rogers and Bell. Who are, coincidentally, trying to setup a streaming service. And who more or less control the CRTC. Hrmm....

5 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

ahodgson Re:Shouldn't be a problem (462 comments)

Yeah, it's just awful having those billions of dollars falling out of the ground. We can barely stand it.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ahodgson Re:Biased much??? (819 comments)

They can try and recline, but my knees are already there. But most of the time I'll just pay for exit row, if I have the choice.

about three weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

ahodgson Re:In other news.... (199 comments)

Seeming to oppose any favoured piece of legislation automatically makes you a troll to that party's supporters. And that is the state of political discourse today.

about a month ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

ahodgson Re:disingenious (199 comments)

"Life" can mean a lot of different things. Ask JFK.

about a month ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

ahodgson Re: Sigh... (789 comments)

Yeah I only added white because many in the US obviously wouldn't care, if they were black or hispanic ...

about a month ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

ahodgson Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Imagine this scenario ...

China, and a bunch of their allies in South America who have formed a political/economic union, get together and oust the democratically elected president and parliament of Mexico and get appointed a group who immediately pull Mexico out of NAFTA and force them to consider joining a Chinese-controlled defence bloc.

Further imagine that the northernmost Mexican states are primarily populated by ethnic white Americans, and that the new Mexican state is openly hostile to Americans and is threatening to exterminate them.

Oh, and imagine that your only warm-water naval port was located in a part of Mexico that used to be part of the US, and also that a large part of your foreign trade depends on pipelines that go through Mexico to reach your customers.

Then imagine that those northern states rebel and demand to join the United States.

What would you do?

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

ahodgson Re:Do they? (329 comments)

Mat leave is prioritized in western countries because our economy prioritizes constant growth over all other considerations, and because we aren't having enough children to satisfy that growth over the coming decades. So mat leave laws exist to try to encourage people to have more children.

And yes, I know constant growth in a finite world is stupid. But so is a debt-based money system.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

ahodgson Re:Problem is (419 comments)

Yeah, when even winning results in 4% or more of your total population dying, the appetite for war can diminish.

Not that normal people ever want war. Certainly not war in their own country or anywhere close to them personally.

about a month and a half ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

ahodgson Re:In a nutshelll (304 comments)

Well, maybe it would give them a reason not to go $100k into student debt learning a skill that will be useless.

about a month and a half ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

ahodgson Re:K-12 Education (514 comments)

I suspect that if done right, it may have a marginal affect. But since there's no chance of increased spending actually being spent in that mannger, I'll have to not hold my breath.

about 2 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

ahodgson Re:K-12 Education (514 comments)

OK, so even though education spending is at an all-time per-student high, you can't find a single jurisdiction that has solved any of the problems you advocate spending more money on education for?

Can you point to a jurisdiction that has spent money in the ways you're now advocating and has solved the economic problems you listed previously?

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

ahodgson Re:K-12 Education (514 comments)

Can you point to a jurisdiction that has solved any of those problems through increased education spending?

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

ahodgson Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Yeah if it looks like I won't have room over my seat I'll dump my bag 5+ rows forward; I can grab that on the way out, but not if it's behind.

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

ahodgson Re:Pft (962 comments)

Actually, with the prison population being as high as it is in the US, it's possibly the only country in the world where more men than women get raped nowadays.

about 2 months ago

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