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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 two 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 two 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 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 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 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)

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 2 months 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 2 months 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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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

ahodgson Re:This is news? (217 comments)

I think it's safer to say that most human beings will eventually abuse any power given to them. Since governments are run by human beings, it's also safe to say that all governments abuse their power. That's why the US Constitution tried so hard to limit government scope and power. Unfortunately, since governments abuse their power, and sheeple want "someone" to take care of them and protect them, those protections have been whittled away, anyway, but it was a good effort.

about 2 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

ahodgson Re: Drug use versus crime (474 comments)

Banning prostitution and gambling is just as stupid as banning drugs.

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

Yeah I don't believe that's the case. The provinces have agreements, but I don't think there's any country-level reciprocity.

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

ahodgson Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

A tourist visiting Canada and staying in a hotel is generally not eligible for their nationalized health system. They expect payment/etc just like most other countries would. I don't know the details, but I wouldn't be surprised if they offer free healthcare to citizens of comparable countries that reciprocate for emergency conditions/etc, which would be fairly logical.

I doubt it. I think you're expected to carry travel insurance. I know as a Canadian I don't get covered out of the country by provincial health care.

And people here routinely get screwed by discount travel insurers that refuse to pay up when they get sick in the US. My extended medical insurance, provided by my employer, includes decent travel medical, though.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ahodgson Re:Simple (509 comments)

I said consumer debt.

Borrowing money to make more money can make sense, but that is not consumer debt. Consumer debt is borrowing money to buy stuff now that you can't actually afford.

about 2 months ago

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