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Greater Idaho movement: 13 counties in eastern Oregon have voted to secede and join Idaho
  • The United States formed as a group of semi-sovereign political entities that wanted to make their own laws, but needed a common defense, foreign, and trade policy to prevent recolonization.

    The founding fathers knew that the country wouldn't agree on everything, so they set up a system where a lot of decisions would be made by more local officials.

    Other federations work on the same principle. It is a lot easier to get political consensus in a smaller group than a larger one, so a lot of decisions are pushed to more local entities.

  • My school and high school never had us read any non-fiction books (only fiction)? Do you agree this is a problem and if so why or why not?
  • I feel like "A Diary of Anne Frank" would be the only non-fiction non-textbook books read in high school.

    Textbooks are going to digest various sources for history class; it is usually rare that high school history requires reading primary sources.

    English is generally going to require reading fiction. There may be persuasive essays like "A Modest Proposal", but not a whole book because the analysis done in English doesn't lend itself to non-fiction.

    College is usually when more primary sources are assigned for reading.

  • Dupont is splitting into 3 organizations.
  • I wonder if this is the harbinger of a bunch of companies breaking up after decades of consolidation.

    It isn't consolidation, per se.

    A lot of these older industrial companies had R&D tied to their businesses that would come up with random new product lines that could go from consumer goods to heavy industrial purposes. At that time, these companies would create new divisions to sell the new products.

    Over time, the different product lines became more specialized and R&D for one division wasn't helping other divisions like it used to. At that point, you would have a holding company effectively manage several wildly different companies that just happened to share some base technology.

    At that point, it made more sense to break up these companies since the synergy for keeping these companies under one corporate board was lost and the management issues became too high.

  • In one of the US’s hottest deserts, utilities push gas rather than solar
  • And most water restricted states have had laws regarding the building of new golf courses for at least a generation, including more conservative states like Arizona. There is also a legally set system for water rights based on who first developed the land.

    And it isn't like other parts of the USA don't have ecological risks of their own.

  • In one of the US’s hottest deserts, utilities push gas rather than solar
  • I wouldn't put it as "America is so special" so much as "America is so big". I've seen a lot of Europeans get pissy about describing the EU in the same manner that the USA is described, and yet both the EU and USA are roughly on the same scale in terms of land size and population.

  • In our post-AI era, is job security strictly mythical? Or How to believe in careers as a concept worth doing?
  • In my field, I've seen how computers have changed work and I expect AI to just be a continuation of it. The people who generally get replaced are the skilled labor and the unskilled professionals. I expect that trend will continue as AI gets integrated into the field. Even then, there is still going to be a lot of work regarding verification.

  • A bit of a weird question: Can modern medicine be a threat to humanity long-term by greatly reducing effects of natural selection?
  • I feel like the largest threat may be C-sections over natural births. A lot of births in developed countries are C-sections, with a lot of it being because the babies are too large to fit comfortably through their mothers' hips.

    As baby size increases and has benefits post birth, there may come a day where some human populations need to rely on C-sections to propagate.

  • What is the weirdest flavoured thing you've had?
  • I've had a few of the Jones Soda holiday packs, where they would make the tastes of various winter holidays into sodas. Cranberry sauce soda was ok. Turkey soda, not so much. However, the worst was Christmas Garland, which tasted like Pine-sol.

  • If the American embargo of Cuba ended, what do you think would happen to the USA and Cuba?

    This isn't meant to be a discussion on the morality of the embargo, but the affects of the embargo ending for both countries. These affects can be political, economic, or social.

    55 Lindsay Ellis — The Ballad of John and Yoko

    The breakup of the Beatles and other things Yoko Ono was not responsible for (and also some things that she was.)

    Lindsay Ellis — The Ballad of John and Yoko
    What if the Gaza Strip declared independence?

    The Gaza Strip seems very poorly served by the Palestinian Authority, let alone Israel. But, the area has relatively stable borders and it would likely have a stable government in Hamas. So, what if Gaza just declared independence as the government with sole control over the Gaza Strip?

    Would Gaza get recognized by other countries? Could it parlay the recognition into forcing a permanent peace with Israel as becoming a recognized country puts Israeli treatment of it into more known sections of international law?

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