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Comment: Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (Score 3, Insightful) 323

by Imbrondir (#48398005) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Price of any stock will go up when the demand is higher than the supply. And if supplier business is truly not currently economically viable, less fields will be used for cocoa, supply will go down, and price will go up again. No need to talk about what one ethically "should" pay for it.

Comment: Re:German illegal? (Score 1) 323

by Imbrondir (#48169913) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Given the ownership of the land in question was and is arguable, I think you overstate your case. The Mexicans fired on US troops who where occupying land that Mexico understood the US had annexed when they admitted the Republic of Texas into the union. They knew full well that a war could be the result of this action, but they did it anyway. They then lost the SECOND attempt to retain this land by force, this time to the USA...

The Mexicans shot first. But its not as if the annexation of Texas supported by illegal american immigrants isnt an act of war either. Apparently said immigrants were not happy about Mexico abolishing slavery. Mexico didnt have the military might to win the war, but you cant blame them for being upset about it.

BUT, the real clincher is the sale of additional lands to the USA. Had Mexico felt it had a claim to the lands taken previously, why on earth did they sell *more* land to the USA? I think that clearly establishes that Mexico had dropped all claims to the lands to the north of the purchased land and wanted to establish a well defined border with the USA which stands to this day.

They knew they had lost, with no opportunity in sight to win their land back.

Comment: Re:German illegal? (Score 2) 323

by Imbrondir (#48144225) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Did we take territory from Mexico during a war? Of course, during the war we actually took ALL of Mexico, seems to me we gave a lot of it back and I'd bet that the people who live there now wish we had kept it all. Also don't forget that this war was to protect the disputed areas called Texas which had already declared it's independence and then joined the Union in 1845. Territory that had gone though multiple country's hands, including France, Spain before Mexico ended up with it. But this war was initiated by Mexico's attacks, and when the USA totally defeated Mexico, we gave most of it back to them.

Not to take away from your speech, but I believe you are severely downplaying the Mexican conquest. Mexico lost almost half their territory, while USA increased almost 50% in size. I wouldnt be so quick to mark Mexico as the first agressor in the war either. Pre independence, Texas was first pretty much conquered by US settlers, in a somewhat similar fashion to how the Muslim arabs conquered Lebanon from the Christian arabs.

Not that this changes how the USA is good or bad today

Comment: Re:Slashdot is cheering for,,,, (Score 1) 183

by Imbrondir (#45351427) Attached to: Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix

That situation can also just mean regression to the mean. Nokia had a higher market share then both number 2 and 3 put together before the "burning platform" was sunk in a sea of gasoline. Over time performance in nature generally trends towards the average, which for exceptional players is of course towards the worse.

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