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Comment Re:My first review of Julia Cordray (Score 1) 443

You can also go the other way. I can see 4chan picking random people and spamming them not with evil but ridiculously over the top praise. Think "Dear Leader" style.

That's probably the best way to go about destroying it. Raise the SNR to astronomic heights, but not with things that will make the individual users contemplate suicide.

Comment Re:Must be discrimination (Score 2) 444

They did not seem to do this at all in this very short and unsourced article. They didn't even establish if Isaac, the kid in the story, is in fact gifted!

You can't just take the percentage of kids in the gifted program by race and say "not enough type X. Racism." Like you said, control for other factors. I'm willing to bet it's more about poverty than it is about race.

And as for your wage gap stat, the 77% number (or is it 73%? I forget) is real, just misapplied. If you add up every dollar earned by a woman in America and every dollar earned by a man in America, the total for females is 77% of the total for males. But this is because they're doing different jobs, and there are more men in the high-earning professions than women. You can then argue about whether that's appropriate or not (too many men are CEOs! But CEOs make too much anyway! Some women choose lower-paying but more fulfilling careers because their husbands work higher-paying jobs to support their family, etc) but people misrepresent the statistic to state women make 77% for the same job, and that's ridiculous. If you could get the same work out of a woman for 23% less than what you pay a man, nobody would hire men.

It is also generally true that for the same job a woman will make slightly less than a male coworker, but the common explanation for this is the attitude of the individual. Men in general are less averse to direct confrontation and therefore more likely to negotiate for a higher salary when starting and more likely to ask for a raise later on than women.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.