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Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 5, Interesting) 789

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?

Comment: Re:Do they? (Score 1) 329

by ahodgson (#47751689) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

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.

Comment: Re:K-12 Education (Score 1) 514

by ahodgson (#47576629) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

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?

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