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  • China has high speed rail in its eastern most populated section, with a single line running to the entire western half of the country, and similarly sparse lines to the north. The dense population centers in the US are not all in one area, they are spread across the continent interspersed with large swaths of rural land. That being said the US is working on high speed rail, and we’ve had passenger trains that cross the entire country for nearly two centuries - see Amtrak, as well as bus services like Greyhound.

    As much as I hate to break up a circle jerk, the US is about as good at this as any other western country, and it’s doing it across an entire sparsely populated continent, not small, highly dense European countries.


  • You can equate the two, but they’re not functionally the same in reality. There is statistical evidence that banning abortion does not work and in fact has the opposite effect, so swapping the words makes no sense. A better comparison would be Prohibition in the US in the 1920s - banning alcohol didn’t stop the production or use of it, it just made it exceedingly dangerous, lots of people got sick, went blind, and died from homemade liquor that contained too much methanol.

    If you truly care about the life of the child at conception and after its birth, you’d choose the option where there is never an unwanted or accidental pregnancy. Most unwanted pregnancies result in children suffering abuse, entering the foster system, and eventually aging out without ever having a permanent or stable family. Many of these kids live a life where they’ve NEVER been loved.

    There are nearly 400,000 children in the foster system in the US right now and the number grows every day. There’s no one to adopt these babies. Forcing women to have children does not work. No child should ever be unwanted, every child deserves loving parents. This is the world that abortion bans create.

    Nobody is pro-abortion. Nobody likes or wants women to have abortions, especially the women getting the procedure…it is NOT pleasant. Pro-choice supporters would be thrilled if there’s never another abortion again, as long there were no unwanted pregnancies.

    The best, statistically proven method to prevent abortions is education and easy access to contraception. Full stop.








  • enki@lemm.eetoLinux Memes@programming.devEvery single time
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    8 months ago

    Because 95% of those people work with Linux, but not in it. OS X is BSD-based but close enough to make developing or supporting Linux machines simple. My entire infrastructure, thousands of servers, are all Linux, but most of the time I’m working on my Windows PC, and only occasionally do I break out my Macbook or Linux laptop. Love Linux, can’t stand Apple, and I’m meh about MS except for gaming, but Linux as a desktop/workstation OS is still years behind OS X and Windows in ease of use. That said, I do not nor would I ever run either of those in any production capacity, just Linux.



  • enki@lemm.eetomemes@lemmy.worldChance encounter
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    8 months ago
    1. “Over one billion” - the current number is around 1.1 billion, so if my napkin math is correct that’s 1,100,000 x 0.66 = 726,000. Close enough for the girls I go with.

    2. If you’ve ever learned a foreign language, especially in primary school, one of the first things you learn are nursery rhymes. I remember my French professor singing Frère Jacques to the class on day one of college.

    3. Pretty much every country in Central and South America and a few islands in the Caribbean speak Spanish. They don’t speak the same Spanish dialect as Spain, nor do they generally speak the same dialect as countries that border them. Languages evolve, and language alone doesn’t typically inform things like nursery rhymes, culture does.

    So congratulations, you’re ignorant in three different languages.