Thanks for putting this in the article: No large number of Americans has managed in recent years to make the connection between Germany spending 4% of U.S. levels on its military and offering free college, between the U.S. spending as much as the rest of the world combined on war preparations and leading the wealthy world [...]
edge commented on the diary post Peter Van Buren: Seven Bad Endings to the New War in the Middle East by Tom Engelhardt.
If we’re the one indispensible nation. What does that make every other nation?
edge commented on the blog post Government Frustrates Court’s Plan for Release of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner Being Force-Fed
“The Court did not accord deference, but rather substituted its judgment for that of the executive multiple times”
That’s the Court’s job. It’s called Judicial Review. Deal with it.
edge commented on the blog post Silicon Valley Meritocracy Myth Takes Another Blow As Qualified Minorities Not Hired
Not to belittle the fact that Black/Hispanic people are under-represented in the Computer Science field, but these stats are deceptive.
On average, just 2% of technology workers at seven Silicon Valley companies that have released staffing numbers are black; 3% are Hispanic. But last year, 4.5% of all new recipients of bachelor’s degrees in computer science or computer engineering from prestigious research universities were African American, and 6.5% were Hispanic, according to data from the Computing Research Association. The USA TODAY analysis was based on the association’s annual Taulbee Survey, which includes 179 U.S. and Canadian universities that offer doctorates in computer science and computer engineering.
These stats aren’t directly comparable. They are comparing a wide demographic of Canadian and US universities to the employment demographics of a small geographic area (i.e. Silicon Valley). The racial demographics of the bay area are in no way representative of the demographics of the US/Canada. Yes, Silicon Valley companies recruit from all over the nation, but local, bay area grads are going to make up a huge percentage of Silicon Valley employees.
It would be more interesting if they used the demographics of CS grads in schools near Silicon Valley (e.g. Stanford, Berkeley, etc). I’m guessing that in the bay area schools you’ll find less Hispanic/Black CS students (and perhaps more Asian/Indian) than you’d find in the rest of the nation. Or, instead, we could look at CS employment numbers in all US/Canada (The 2010 census data probably has this info).
It may be that there is a problem with racism in Silicon Valley hiring, but these numbers here are not enough to show that.
edge commented on the diary post From James Risen, a Powerful New Book About the “War on Terror” by Norman Solomon.
I salute you, Mr. Risen.
edge commented on the blog post In Historic Development, Seven Americans Are Notified by US Government They Aren’t on No Fly List
That particular list?
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: Pakistan and India should resolve dispute over Kashmir with talks rather than violence
Wow. Super insightful. Thanks for telling us what every 3 year old has learned. (How do people forget that lesson once they become national leaders?).
edge commented on the blog post Inspector General Claims to Have Found No ‘Instances’ Where CIA Over-Classified Secrets
I really don’t think we have the correct incentives in place for IGs. It seems that they see there job as providing cover for their agency’s actions.
I’d rather see the pendulum swing the other way and have their raises determined the same way that district attorney’s get measured – i.e. number of successful prosecutions or the the number of policy changes.
edge commented on the blog post Ray Maxwell, Whistleblowers, Hillary Clinton and Benghazi
Do the whistle-blower protection laws allow for any civil/criminal suit against whistle-blower persecutors?
It seems like the only way to get people to take this seriously is to hit all individuals involved hard through the legal system. Each person who decided to kick you out of your office, take away your clearance and threaten your pension needs to be raked across the coals. We need to make it more painful for them than it is for you.
Unfortunately, we can’t tell if they are remaining friendly unless we spy on them. /s
They left without actually voting on a declaration of war as is required by the Constitution.
I don’t think they are shirking their job in this regard. I would think that no vote regarding war should be equivalent to a vote for no war.
edge commented on the blog post Strike Debt Announces Abolishment Of Student Debt On Occupy Anniversary
That’s an extremely kind thing to do. It’s unfortunate that this strategy can only help those who aren’t making payments. I understand that many people who, through no fault of their own, are not able to make the payments – and I’m very glad those people are getting help. But there are a lot of others who are eating Ramen and working 2 jobs to stay on top of their payments. Their debt won’t be sold for pennies on the dollar.
edge commented on the blog post House Votes To Give Weapons And Training To ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels
Anyone got a link to the roll-call?
I never understood our actions in Libya. Why did we reward Qaddafi’s decision of nuclear disarmament by destroying him?
edge commented on the blog post Fast Food Workers Striking In Fight For $15 An Hour And Labor Rights
They are definitely underpaid. Standing on your feet all shift long in an hot kitchen, while someone is constantly prodding you to go faster doesn’t sound like fun to me.
I wish them the best of luck. $15 seems a bit ambitious, though. Fast food managers don’t even make $15. Looks like the median fast food manager makes $9 ( http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fast_Food_Manager/Hourly_Rate ).
edge commented on the blog post Under Chris Christie Fees To Wall Street Have Tripled
I’m not saying that Christie didn’t do a poor job of management, but this Ibtimes article is cherry picking their base year. Take a look at where the dow was at in 2009:
The Market is 2.5 times higher now than it was at the bottom of 2009. If you figure that fees are generally a percentage of holdings, (and assuming that more money went in the system through employee investment, then went out), it’s not too surprising to see fees triple now.
edge commented on the blog post Navy Nurse Who Refused Order to Force-Feed Hunger Striking Guantanamo Prisoners May Face Discipline
I would imagine that the court martial may try to dodge the ethical question by focusing on the fact that the nurse expressed his objection in the presence of the prisoner, instead of privately to his superior. (The charge may be some sort of aiding the enemy accusation).
I figure that what’s spoken in the presence of the prisoners is tightly controlled in that mind-game called Guantanamo.
edge commented on the blog post Legal Observer Arrested in Ferguson Says He Saw Police Targeting Black Men for Arrest
I imagine there’s a great deal of support from people of St. Louis and elsewhere. Do you have a sense of the ratio of native Ferguson citizens (sp?) to outsiders (including reporters such as yourself) that are in the streets?
edge commented on the blog post Four Ways to Make Law Enforcement Less Adversarial
Techdirt highlighted UK’s 9 instructions that they’ve given every police officer since 1829:
We should give the same instructions to US officers (pay particular attention to #7,8 & 9):
1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion; but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.
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