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I studied Physics and IT at EPFL in Switzerland. That was back in the early 1980s.

In Physics, we had 3 women out of 93 students, in the second year, it was down to 50 students and 1 woman.

In IT, the first year, we had 150 students out of which 15 were women.

One day, I entered the wrong lecture hall and was amazed to see that half of the students were girls. A quick look at the course program revealed that this was an architecture class.

So there was no barrier to entry, no social, economic or other obstacle that hindered women from entering that university. They ALL could have taken physics, math or IT, but they CHOSE not to.

As professional IT consultant and developer, over the last 30 years, I have observed other differences: in IT, as in other engineering fields, you always have projects that are urgent or demand extra efforts over considerable amounts of time - you have to work late or over weekends etc.

I have done so with numerous men, but although I occasionally met women working in IT jobs, NONE of them ever agreed to do extra hours to complete urgent projects. They all wanted their time off to engage in social activities.
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+Frédéric Célestin No, you're not wrong - that's her!

Famous actress, considered the "most beautiful woman in Hollywood" in the 1930s, which shows that beauty and brains go very well together.
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Here's the thing: In Switzerland, from 1848 until 1998, gun laws were in the hands of the Cantons (= States). 60% of the cantons had Vermont-style laws - you could carry ANY gun (handgun, shotgun, assault rifle...), open or concealed, WITHOUT A PERMIT. In the other cantons, you needed a permit for carrying, but it was easy to get.

Our violent crime rate was close to non-existent. We had a ridiculously low homicide rate.

During the 1990s, we experienced mass immigration from ex-Yugoslavia; close to 500'000 Croatians, Serbs and especially Albanians moved here (our population is now close to 8 million).

That caused a yearly increase in violent crime of about 1%, mostly the ex-Yugoslavs their war.So 

In 1999, a new federal law went into effect. The ONLY reason it was passed was to be Schengen and EU conform. This law made gun carry illegal.

Most people believed that this would have absolutely no effect, as "Switzerland was a safe country, no one needed a gun".

In 1999, we experienced a 15% increase in violent crime.

Since then, our violent crime rate has risen by 600% and homicides DOUBLED!

We are still safer than our neighbors France, Germany, Austria and Italy, but our numbers have caught up. Fortunately, we are still far away from the numbers in the UK, which enacted a total gun ban in 1996!

This evolution is EXACTLY what I predicted before the passage of the new law. I was heavily lobbying for a referendum against he the law, but very few people were receptive to the argument that abolishing our gun carry right would lead to more violent crime.

Now the damage is done: close to 500 people died needlessly (the 100% increased homicide rate) and we no longer feel safe.

Criminal gangs invade Switzerland from France and Italy, mostly, to commit violent crimes here, because they no longer fear the threat of armed citizens and they don't give a flying sh** about the police.

So be careful before you think "It's safe to give up our guns now".

When you do, crime will be back - with a vengeance!
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Dr. Walter Block provides some lucid insight on the notion on how Minimum Wage laws impact The Division of Labor. In his article titled, "The Minimum Wage Law ", he constructs a polemic discussing the effects of this law if the minimum wage law is increased...
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Is Government Worth its Weight in Salt?
A short, pithy read regarding the Governments handling of the snow storm crisis that occurred during the last several weeks. The article is titled, "Government Not Worth It Salt"
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Super, absolut fantastisch!!!

Endlich ein Mann im Parlament, der etwas von Oekonomie versteht!
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Both sides of the political spectrum love regulations, as they state the following:  "Regulations are good because they protect us from greedy capitalists", or they provide us this line, "We need to reduce regulations, but we need to keep regulations that m...
Both sides of the political spectrum love regulations, as they state the following:  "Regulations are good because they protect us from greedy capitalists", or they provide us this line, "We need to reduce regulations, but we...
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Laziness creates more Laziness.  Action creates more Action!

This kitty is hilarious! lol

#funnycatsgif   #caturdayeveryday   #action   #laziness  
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Is a perpetual motion machine ever possible? 

Perpetual motion describes motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy. This is impossible in practice because of friction and other sources of energy loss. Cases of apparent perpetual motion can exist in nature, but such motions either are not truly perpetual or cannot be used to do work without changing the nature of the motion.

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