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    [–] Hungary's populist government abolishes gender studies courses BecausIts2016 9 points ago in news

    Your own source says that the wage gap exists

    Yes, if you sum up the total wages of men and women a disparity exists. I don't think anybody is disputing that. Where the contention lies is in the explanation. One of the opening sentences in his source is essentially a repudiation of the Gender Studies narrative.

    However, despite these gains the raw wage gap continues to be used in misleading ways to advance public policy agendas without fully explaining the reasons behind the gap.


    It also says that further research is needed.

    His cited source conducted a "detailed statistical analysis of the attributes that contribute to the wage gap and a synopsis of the economic research that has been conducted on the issue."

    From the limited amount of variables that they could reliably incorporate, they could account for between 65.1 and 76.4 percent of the 20.4 percent raw gender wage gap, adjusting the disparity down to between 4.8 and 7.1 percent.

    They discuss some of the other variables they would like to incorporate, and explain why they couldn't do so in this analysis.

    Research also suggests that differences not incorporated into the model due to data limitations may account for part of the remaining gap. Specifically, CONSAD’s model and much of the literature, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics Highlights of Women’s Earnings, focus on wages rather than total compensation. Research indicates that women may value non-wage benefits more than men do, and as a result prefer to take a greater portion of their compensation in the form of health insurance and other fringe benefits.

    In principle, more of the raw wage gap could be explained by including some additional variables within a single comprehensive analysis that considers all of the factors simultaneously; however, such an analysis is not feasible to conduct with available data bases. Factors, such as work experience and job tenure, require data that describe the behavior of individual workers over extended time periods. The longitudinal data bases that contain such information include too few workers, however, to support adequate analysis of factors like occupation and industry. Cross-sectional data bases that include enough workers to enable analysis of factors like occupation and industry do not collect data on individual workers over long enough periods to support adequate analysis of factors like work experience and job tenure.

    And they conclude with the following:

    Although additional research in this area is clearly needed, this study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.


    Debating the cause of the wage gap falls under the field of gender studies.

    Honest question. Can you link me to a single paper that came out of a gender studies department that doesn't attribute it sexism or "women's inequality"? That doesn't suggest corrective action? That conducted a "detailed statistical analysis"?

    Admittedly I don't follow that field, but I see them mentioned in press outlets, usually on a piece about the wage gap where they invariably posit sexism and women's inequality and suggest corrective measures. There doesn't appear to be much debate in that field of study.

    [–] US reaps more than $1.4 billion from steel and aluminum tariffs, report finds BecausIts2016 6 points ago in news

    Don't we need to protect the aluminum and steel industry from a national defense standpoint?

    Well, I'm Canadian (and conservative), so it's a question that doesn't entirely pertain to me. The national security standpoint is something that you guys need to decide. We've been slapped with these steel and aluminum tariffs as well, which is asinine in my opinion. There is no indication Canada would halt exports in an effort to harm your defense industry. Some might argue that foreign relations, alliances, are fluid, and that it's prudent to safeguard domestic production. I'd counter with the fact that we're longstanding historical allies, that geography and power dynamics suggests that any change in this arrangement won't be initiated by us.

    [–] US reaps more than $1.4 billion from steel and aluminum tariffs, report finds BecausIts2016 15 points ago * (lasted edited 11 hours ago) in news

    Yeah but it's not called a tax so therefore it's ok in the eyes of conservatives.

    It's okay in the eyes of protectionists, which isn't exactly a left/right issue. For example, Obama's tire tariffs and Bush's steel tariffs. Neither were particularly efficient either, both cost more than they saved. I spent some time on the conservative subreddit discussing tariff policy with the Republicans there last month, most people there are opposed to it and call it a tax on consumers. There is a silver lining though, they aren't opposed to temporary tariff policy if it results in renegotiation that produces a net reduction of tariffs overall.

    [–] Hungary's populist government abolishes gender studies courses BecausIts2016 100 points ago in news

    Well...gender studies is widely regarded as one of the most useless degrees. I also doubt it produces much, if any, value to society. The return on investment is extremely low. Should taxpayer money be subsidizing such pursuits? The reasoning provided here doesn't appear to be flawed in the slightest.

    Hungary’s populist government is stopping universities from offering courses in gender studies, saying there is no need for graduates in the labor market and they take taxpayer money away from other programs.

    [–] Indian-American researchers find way to use turmeric’s power to fight cancer BecausIts2016 7 points ago in news

    Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties.

    Edit; It's mentioned in the article actually.

    Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb because of its powerful anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant property.

    [–] White Nationalists Leaders Sneak Out of D.C. Rally After Getting Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters BecausIts2016 10 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in news

    Dealing strictly in the academic sense, there are distinctions between things like racial supremacy, ethnonationalism, identitarianism, and Nazism. However, all of them are rooted in racism (preference for your own race and an aversion to others). The distinctions between them are also primarily subtle (although some not-so-subtle ones also exist when contrasting against the most extreme [Nazism]) and there is a lot of overlap between them (eg: 1) an ethnonationalist is highly likely to adopt racial supremacist views, 2) ethnonationalism is one of the central tenets of Nazism). Therefore, ascertaining the differences in colloquial dialogue doesn't happen much. It's much like the differences between communism and socialism or authoritarianism and totalitarianism. There is a lot of overlap and the distinctions are primarily subtle. There are academic distinctions, but most casual observers use the terms interchangeably.

    [–] White Nationalists Leaders Sneak Out of D.C. Rally After Getting Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters BecausIts2016 234 points ago in news

    it's worth noting that the leaders of other white supremacist movements chose not to attend (for whatever reason) and urged their followers to do the same

    Probably because of what happened after Charlottesville. I think some people here are overestimating the effectiveness of counter demonstration (picketing, jeering at them, etc)--I doubt they care about any of that. I think what really scares them is the effort to identify them and then pass the information on to their employers or faculty, where they almost definitely face job loss and expulsion.

    That's my theory anyway. I would have tried to verify it, but the only website I know of was taken down by domain registrars a while ago. Other than that well-known website which is not accessible anymore, I don't know where exactly they congregate.

    [–] Judge calls for £5 levy on kitchen knives to reduce teen stabbings BecausIts2016 2 points ago in news

    Even if that were the case you could switch to something like a screwdriver which is practically functionally equivalent.

    [–] India nationals illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in record numbers, pay smugglers up to $25G BecausIts2016 1 points ago in news

    I've also read that there is a large qualifications mismatch in the United States. It's a bit of a mixed bag. Using immigration to plug those gaps is good for growth and productivity. Labor shortages on the other hand are the best market force for wage increases, and employers are more likely to provide job training to underqualified job seekers.

    [–] India nationals illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in record numbers, pay smugglers up to $25G BecausIts2016 2 points ago in news

    For crimes like stealing maybe, but I'm not aware of a single country so extreme that they remove extremities to discourage illegal migrant flows. The closest thing that comes to mind is the deal Spain and Morocco came to in 2015. Morocco was supposed to combat and discourage migrant flows. One of their preferred methods appeared to be breaking bones in peoples hands and feet so they couldn't climb the fence again.

    [–] Crows trained to pick up cigarette butts, garbage at French park BecausIts2016 8 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in news

    I was surprised to learn just how intelligent these birds are. You can actually train them to solve relatively complex puzzles.

    [–] Twitter suspends Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes accounts ahead of Unite the Right rally BecausIts2016 66 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in news

    How about this one? You don't even need to dig deep, the first tweet on the timeline is enough. The thing with Twitter is they selectively enforce their rules. If you're going to censor people you need a high degree of uniformity in rule enforcement, otherwise you're rightfully going to be perceived as biased (from multiple directions, eg: their decision not to ban Alex Jones has people opining about profit bias). For example, the reasoning in this article is:

    for violating company policy "prohibiting violent extremist groups."

    I don't doubt it, from what I know about the Proud Boys (admittedly cursory) they're established for the sole purpose of organizing events to bait and brawl with far-left types.

    Speaking of which, they engage with ANTIFA often. If the company has a policy of "prohibiting violent extremist groups" why are any of their official accounts (eg: chapters) still active? They're established with almost identical expressed reasons (to violently engage with far-right types). I've also read that internal government documents consider them a domestic terrorist group, or if that's incorrect, at the very least some states in the union consider them as violent extremists.

    Why does one get a pass and the other doesn't? Personally, I'd rather not have big tech censoring people, but if they are I want to see better uniformity. Something that appears more objective than a game of duck duck goose.

    Edit; fixed errors from posting late at night.

    [–] Multiple casualties in Canadian shooting BecausIts2016 -3 points ago in news

    It's the first thing that came to mind. Saudi Arabia threatens to 9/11 us...mass shooting happens. But it probably isn't. The details are atypical for a terrorist attack. It happened in a small town, and in a "residential area" which probably translates to a single residence. Terrorist attacks are typically in large cities and in public places.

    [–] Ruling: Mom of Mexican teen shot by US Border Patrolman can file civil lawsuit BecausIts2016 7 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in news

    Not in the long-term. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what the reasoning of the judges is (it's like 50+ pages), but second hand reporting mentions that they considered the fact the agent was "on U.S. soil subject to U.S. laws." But it's still a precedent to extend Bivens (and some constitutional rights) extraterritorially. If it sticks, the applicability might be broad, think for example the war on terrorism. The United States would be inundated with Bivens Actions in that case.

    [–] Ruling: Mom of Mexican teen shot by US Border Patrolman can file civil lawsuit BecausIts2016 4 points ago in news

    It has to do with the nature of her lawsuit. It's a Bivens Action. A Bivens Action is basically a catch-all redress for private individuals against federal employees for constitutional violations where no statute exists. No court of appeals has extended Bivens extraterritorially until now (and it has some far reaching implications, which is why it will almost certainly end up at the Supreme Court).

    The dissenting opinion wrote:

    I note also that the right to sue under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 is available only to “any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof.” ... This express limitation strongly suggests that Congress did not intend to create a damages remedy for aliens injured abroad as the result of federal officials’ unconstitutional conduct—assuming arguendo that the relevant constitutional provisions apply extraterritorially.

    ...

    In holding to the contrary, the majority creates a circuit split, oversteps separation-of-powers principles, and disregards Supreme Court law.

    [–] Ruling: Mom of Mexican teen shot by US Border Patrolman can file civil lawsuit BecausIts2016 10 points ago in news

    Seems clear cut that the US courts do have the ability to decide things for Americans even when they aren't in the US.

    This isn't what's being disputed here. The guy who shot and killed the kid is already facing federal prosecution in the U.S. for his actions. The question is whether or not the mother can legally sue in U.S. courts for damages.

    In the civil case, a lower court judge rejected Swartz’s claim of qualified immunity, and said Rodriguez could seek damages for violations of her son’s constitutional rights.

    Kleinfeld distinguished a 1990 Supreme Court precedent limiting the Fourth Amendment’s extraterritorial reach, saying Swartz “acted on American soil subject to American law”

    “The court made clear that the Constitution does not stop at the border,” said Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing Rodriguez.

    During his appeal, Swartz adopted an argument offered by the U.S. Department of Justice that Rodriguez lacked a so-called “Bivens” claim against him for violating the Fourth Amendment.

    Circuit Judge Milan Smith dissented, saying it was for Congress to extend Bivens, and that another federal appeals court reached the opposite result in a similar case.

    [–] Oregon woman sues after skunk sprays home, dog BecausIts2016 10 points ago in news

    Man, this reminds me of the skunk living somewhere by my house. When I go out to smoke late at night I usually see it: running across the street, trekking up to people's porches, on my neighbors lawn...

    I can smell its spray maybe like once a week or two, usually at night. It's a miracle it hasn't sprayed me yet. I guess I should have called animal control a while ago, but now I'm considering just waiting for the inevitable to happen and then sue (not really).

    [–] Man fined more than £800 because friends sent him "extreme porn" on WhatsApp. BecausIts2016 13 points ago in news

    He admitted two counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

    That's an interesting charge.

    [–] Berkeley police slammed for Antifa-related mugshot tweets after violent rally BecausIts2016 18 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago) in news

    This isn't doxxing though. When a person is charged the police will name a suspect unless there are reporting restrictions in place or exceptional or legitimate policing purposes. Likewise, mugshots of charged suspects are frequently released and reported on by the media (open basically any crime article).

    I don't know how I missed it, but charges haven't been filed yet. However, according to the Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press, in the United States, arrest records "are generally open to the public unless they concern an active or ongoing investigation." In other words, a matter of public record, not private information.

    Berkeley PD has this information public on their website, you can find their full name, physical description, and date of birth. A public records request is usually all that is required to obtain their booking photo or mugshot. According to ArsTechnica, there is only one state where these aren't a matter of public record (Louisiana).

    [–] Ruling: Mom of Mexican teen shot by US Border Patrolman can file civil lawsuit BecausIts2016 4 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in news

    I'm not that interested in the case to actually read the original source. Just basing my opinion on what was reported here, and in Reuters.

    “The court made clear that the Constitution does not stop at the border,” said Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing Rodriguez.

    The dissenting judge from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 decision accused the majority of ignoring legal precedent and said the Supreme Court may need to weigh in.

    He said the majority “tees up our court for a new ‘chastening’” by the Supreme Court, known for often reversing 9th Circuit decisions.

    A circuit split on a legal issue like this seems likely to end up at the Supreme Court, as the article and dissenting judge suggests.

    Edit; just noticed I had the incorrect Reuters link, scrolled down too far and it switched articles. Fixed.

    [–] WV House judiciary introduces articles of impeachment against all Supreme Court justices BecausIts2016 11 points ago in news

    A lot of what is mentioned in this article appears to be things they are legally allowed to do, just that they were doing it "unnecessarily," in "excess" or "exceeded legal limits."

    • Each justice is charged with “unnecessary and lavish” spending of state dollars to renovate their offices in the East Wing of the Capitol.

    • Loughry faces additional charges related to his use of state vehicles for personal travel, having state furniture and computers in his home, and for handing down an administrative order authorizing payments of senior status judges in excess of what is allowable in state law.

    • Additionally, Beth Walker is charged with unnecessarily allowing the state to pay $10,000 to a contractor to write an opinion in a case in 2017.

    • Workman also is charged with facilitating the employment of an unnecessary employee to do I.T. work for the court in 2014. That employee worked on Workman’s campaign prior to working for the court.

    There probably is some weight to the charges, as the article mentions:

    To date, the articles of impeachment are the only charges faced by Workman, Davis and Walker.

    Former Justice Menis Ketchum was not subject to any of the articles of impeachment. Ketchum’s resignation last month meant he couldn’t be subject to impeachment under the procedures established by the House Judiciary Committee.

    Ketchum has agreed to plead guilty to one criminal count of federal wire fraud, according to an agreement announced by U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart last week.

    [–] Ruling: Mom of Mexican teen shot by US Border Patrolman can file civil lawsuit BecausIts2016 59 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago) in news

    If you read the article, whether or not she can sue for damages is actually disputed. The 9th circuit ruled she can, but another federal appeals court came to the opposite conclusion in an identical case. They say this "virtually guarantees" this will end up at the Supreme Court for a definitive ruling.

    But Judge Milan Smith Jr., in his dissent, said there is no authority of federal courts to hear claims for actions outside the United States. And he pointed out that another federal appeals court, hearing a case with virtually identical facts, reached the opposite conclusion and found there is no remedy for victims and their families in federal courts in these cases.

    That split virtually guarantees that this case will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court. And even if the justices there say Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of the 16-year-old victim, has a right to sue, that does not guarantee a jury in Tucson will see things her way.

    [–] Man Falls Off Border Wall, Seriously Injured BecausIts2016 15 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago) in news

    Refugee/Asylum is intended for people that have a "well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, […] and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of [their country]." Additionally, there is something known as the "Internal Flight Alternative."

    I'm not sure how this has become bastardized to the point where people are successfully claiming asylum for domestic abuse and generalized gang violence! These countries are actively combating gang problems, and there are signs of improvement. Furthermore, the gang violence in Latin America appears to be highly concentrated, and therefore an Internal Flight Alternative seems to be highly reasonable.

    But one factor seemed to be constant; where murder was high it was also heavily concentrated. According to Robert Muggah of the Igarapé Institute, a Brazil-based think-tank, approximately 80% of homicides in large and medium-sized Latin American cities occur on just 2% of the streets.