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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?

Comment: Re:This is news? (Score 1) 217

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.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by ahodgson (#47468587) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

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.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 509

by ahodgson (#47461375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

All consumer debt is a scam.

The only debt you should ever take on should be for a first home, and you should pay it off as fast as possible.

You will always be further ahead financially if you never pay interest charges.

There is also a small argument for a car loan if you need one to get a job and can't come up with the cash.

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