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At the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado, fall colors and winter snow collide.
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And from the economics department today, an analysis of how academia resembles a drug gang. Specifically, it's a system where a handful of insiders make all the rewards, and there's a large and steady supply of outsider hopefuls, accepting extremely low wages and bad working conditions in exchange for an increasingly long shot at the big time.

+Steven Flaeck​ was just posting earlier today about how acting and professional sports have the same kind of dynamic: when we hear about the tremendous pay that top athletes and stars get, we forget that the tremendous majority of people in these jobs are making well below minimum wage.

A related fact which it doesn't highlight is that this also creates tremendous power differentials within each field, which gives senior people essentially unlimited license to misuse junior people. Quite a few fields suffer badly from this; one of the biggest reasons I left academia was the incredible toxicity of the environment. A good 50% of the senior faculty I knew could be described as active sadists - people who felt like one of the few perks of their job was the right and power to emotionally abuse people.

This particular article h/t +Sean Carroll​, who is thankfully one of the other 50%.
Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably h…
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Private refugee sponsorship can fill the defects in the current refugee program.
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I took my new Sony 24-70 2.8 GMaster lens out on our first date last night, and the glowing skyline of Rosslyn, reflecting on the Potomac, set quite the romantic mood.
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What the anti-immigration crowd needs to understand is that not only are immigrants less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans, but they also protect us from crime in several ways.
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The national Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Trump. I did not think I could become any more disappointed with American police, but they have found another way.

It is clear that they see Trump as deeply representative of their priorities and likely to stand behind them no matter what. Unfortunately, this makes clear what their priorities are. Police unions have decided that their first and foremost principle is to protect individual officers from any form of accountability, up to and including for rape and murder; they apparently have also decided to include white supremacy in their formal charter.

If you combine this with other police union statements in the past few days - like the Miami union's saying that they will not provide police protection to the Dolphins football team until and unless the team forces its members to stand during the anthem - it has become painfully clear that police unions across the country have converged on a belief that any opposition to them, any suggestion that their power should be less than unlimited, is "anti-cop."

I have always been suspicious of the notion of public sector unions, but police unions have gone so far beyond any prospective worst case of how such a union could behave that their very existence has become unconscionable. The armed forces of a state must always be subordinate to civilian oversight - and a police union which can demand exemption from this, and threaten violence or public disorder (as Miami's just did, and as many others have) if it is not granted, is an enemy of democracy itself. 
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Historians judge presidents by how exciting they are to research, not by how well they fulfill their oath of office.
Obama would have reason to worry about his legacy if it were judged by protecting and defending the Constitution. As it stands, though, he'll probably do just fine.
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If even the NSA's most closely guarded hacking tools cannot be secured, why would any reasonable person believe that keys to cryptographic backdoors could be adequately protected by far less sophisticated law enforcement agencies?
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What people rarely understand is that robotics doesn’t necessarily produce a net loss in human jobs. One of my colleagues helped develop the Kiva robots, which eventually became the basis of Amazon’s logistic centers. He explained that the original appeal of robots was that they would reduce the human labor workforce. That never happened. What did happen was that the robots massively improved the productivity of each human, allowing Amazon to scale operations. No human was ever fired — in fact, more humans were hired.

The same thing was true for my work with military robots.
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I'm a web developer & photographer in DC. I have a bachelor's degree in political science, with a minor in journalism, from George Washington University.

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