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What your browser says about you that your GPA doesn’t

May 25, 2016
BK Marcus Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus  
Posted in Commentary

"If you want to hire creative, independent, and innovative people, should you look at candidates' school transcripts, or would it be better to know which web browsers they prefer? In an interview with the New York Times, Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, said, 'One of the things we've seen from all our data crunching is that GPAs are worthless' as a criterion for hiring, 'and test scores are worthless -- no correlation at all.' Google's top HR exec may in fact be understating the problem with grade point averages." (05/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/what-your-browser-says-about-you-that-your-gpa-doesnt/  

Immigration and self-determination

May 25, 2016
Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Chris Freiman and Javier Hidalgo  
Posted in Commentary

"Some philosophers argue that states have rights to exclude immigrants because states have rights to collective self-determination. The idea here is that citizens have the right to control their collective affairs and shape the character of their society. Some people cash this out in cultural terms: we have rights to control cultural change and preserve our national culture. Immigration causes cultural disruption and so citizens have the right to restrict immigration. It's true that the freedom to immigrate can cause cultural change. But so can the exercise of other freedoms. ... if self-determination justifies restricting immigration to prevent cultural change, why can't it justify restricting freedom of speech?" (05/25/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/05/immigration-and-self-determination/  

Japan: Abe to take G7 leaders to shrine

May 25, 2016
Reuters Reuters    
Posted in News

"Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe was set to escort Group of Seven (G7) leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site on Thursday ahead of a summit that will cover topics from risks to the global economy to China's maritime assertiveness. Abe was to take U.S. President Barack Obama and other G7 partners to the expansive grounds of Ise Grand Shrine in central Japan, dedicated to sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, mythical ancestress of the emperor. Abe has said he hopes the shrine visit will provide an insight to the heart of Japanese culture. Critics say he's catering to a conservative base that wants to put religion back in politics and revive traditional values." (05/25/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/g7-summit-idINKCN0YH01H  

You have a right to be paranoid

May 25, 2016
A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  
Posted in Commentary

"There are a lot of common ploys criminals will use to get within close range of an intended victim. Asking for directions, to borrow a cell phone, a couple of bucks to buy a bus ticket to get back home, for help in an emergency situation, and so on. These ploys all serve to drop the intended victims guard so they can be approached more easily. During a discussion about this story I mentioned to a friend that my standard response to these types of situations is to take a defensive stance, slide my hands into my pocket (usually onto a conceal weapon), and pretend that I don't speak English (in my experience this tends to reduce the amount of time an individual will invest in trying to interact with me). My friend told me that that sounds paranoid, which brings me to the point of this post. Our society places a stigma on perceived paranoia." (05/25/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/05/25/you-have-a-right-to-be-paranoid/  

WA: Trump, Clinton win presidential primaries

May 25, 2016
Hawaii Telegraph    
Posted in News

"Donald Trump’s sweeping victory in Washington state's Republican presidential primary has brought him closer to the presidential nomination as he is now said to be merely 10 delegates short. Trump’s victory in the Washington state primary on May 24 got him at least 40 of Washington's delegates taking his total delegate count up to 1,229. ... Meanwhile, the Democratic race too proceeded as expected with Hillary Clinton easily defeating Bernie Sanders by winning 54 percent to 46 percent in early returns." (05/25/16)

http://www.hawaiitelegraph.com/index.php/sid/244374529  

Maduro uses Washington’s playbook

May 25, 2016
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  
Posted in Commentary

"The New York Times has an op-ed this morning, entitled 'Venezuela's Military in the Spotlight' by Ernesto Londono, which mocks Venezuelan President Vicente Maduro for preparing for a looming invasion by the U.S. military. Londono asserts the U.S. government has no interest in invading Venezuela and that Maduro is just trying to divert attention away from his domestic problems. I wonder where Maduro picked up that strategy. Let me think. You don't think it might have come from the playbook of the Washington national-security establishment, do you?" (05/25/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/25/maduro-uses-washingtons-playbook/  

Climate change hypocrisy is real

May 25, 2016
Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  
Posted in Commentary

"Yeah, right. Climate change caused by human activity is the most urgent threat facing our entire species right now, but, of course, that doesn't stop Leo from spending lavishly on private yacht and jet travel for himself all the time to classy destinations all over the world. This guy is determined to drastically reduce your carbon footprint on the planet -- he wants you to sacrifice -- but he has no such intention when it comes to his own burning up of vast quantities of fossil fuels. His conduct provides solid proof that climate change hypocrisy is real." (05/25/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/05/climate-change-hypocrisy-is-real.html  

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