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Comment Counterpoint (Score 1) 791

More than half of STEM assistant professors in the US are foreign born (up from about one in ten, 40 years ago). Compare this to the general population of STEM workers, where only about 20 percent are foreign born. If we assume that professors are admitted to university faculties on the basis of sheer ability, this indicates that foreigners are actually *underrepresented* in the general H1B population.

Comment Obligatory (Score 5, Funny) 630

Ya I've never got all the Randroids out there.

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. -- Kung Fu Monkey

Comment Re:Curious... (Score 1) 542

Your stupidity is showing. Singapore may be largely populated by ethnic Chinese, but it certainly isn't China.

I'd engage in a bit of reading comprehension before accusing others of stupidity. He was replying to aztektum's assertion that

It seems the countries they compare to Ireland such as China have a completely different lifestylet.

And one of the "countries they compare to Ireland" happens to be Singapore:

...a statement signed by senior execs at Microsoft, HP, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Intel points out that although Ireland's tax rate may be low in European terms, it is not when compared with locations such as Singapore, India and China.

Comment Re:ireland = end of right wing economics (Score 1) 542

We'll see. During the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s, there was an inordinate amount of glee in the West over the plight of the original Tiger economies. Since then, they've bounced back even stronger than before, with GDP in South Korea and Singapore at roughly twice the level before the Asian crisis. And they've been almost unaffected by the current crisis.

All will hinge on how the Irish government handles the recovery. In the case of the Asian Tigers, referring to their economies as "right wing" is rather misleading; low corporate taxes notwithstanding, their governments actually play a pretty heavy role in managing the economy, and Keynesian programs (direct government spending) played a big part of their recovery.

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