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I think he smoked some pot to cope with not getting in the debates.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37450269

Quilted lives matter.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/foot-doctor-dupont-patients-flat-feet-implants-hyprocure-knockoffs-surgery-1.3769054

A rather interesting case in Canadian healthcare. This guy was banned for life from being a dentist, due in part, to someone dying in his chair while getting dental work done. So he went and became a podiatrist and now is in deep shit for creating his own unapproved foot implant hardware and installing it in patients without their knowledge or consent.
post #4999 of 5306
Didn't know where to put this, so let's try here,

Story is that Palantir has been sued by Feds for discrimination,

Here is USA Today story,

Palantir charged with discriminating against Asians

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/09/26/palantir-department-of-labor-discrimination-asians-lawsuit/91131284/

Here is the Breitbart coverage,

PAYBACK: Obama Admin Sues Peter Thiel’s Palantir for Bogus ‘Racial Discrimination’

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2016/09/26/palantir-obama-admin-sues-peter-thiels-racial-discrimination/

Hard to believe they are both about the same incident.

What do you think?
post #5000 of 5306

First, the federal government won't ditch contracts with Palantir - the NSA/FBI/etc need the product.

 

Second, referral programs are discriminatory now?  I think all companies will be in trouble if that is the case.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37454533

Made me chuckle. They forgot to mention Hey Man.
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

First, the federal government won't ditch contracts with Palantir - the NSA/FBI/etc need the product.

Second, referral programs are discriminatory now?  I think all companies will be in trouble if that is the case.

Well, the first article said "The lawsuit, which also charges Palantir with having an employee referral system that discriminated against Asians, . . ."
That strikes me as a poor and uninformative paraphrase of the complaint (or maybe the complaint is that poorly worded and unclear - haven't seen it). I would guess -- which is all I'm really doing here -- that the allegation is not that having a referral system per se is discriminatory, but that something (no clue what) about how Palantir's referral system worked made it discriminatory. But from that lame article I can't really tell one way or the other.

To rnoldh's question, my uninformed take is that both articles seem pretty stupid, and it's entirely possible that both of them get more wrong than right.
Breitbart's hysterics make pretty clear they don't have anyone on staff who actually knows the law, or else know they are misstating (at least by implication) the law and don't care. The claim may in fact be totally stupid and baseless, but "hey, we already hired a bunch of Asians" isn't really a defense to a claim you discriminate against Asians. Ask the University of California system.

Looks like the DoL is relying on some sort of statistical disparate impact analysis. Potential problems with such an approach aside, I'd think it would be particularly shaky with what sounds like a relatively small sample size. That said, employing such an approach (for good or ill) is almost certainly a broad DoL internal standard and not something ginned up just for Palantir, as Breitbart tries to claim.
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Well, the first article said "The lawsuit, which also charges Palantir with having an employee referral system that discriminated against Asians, . . ."
That strikes me as a poor and uninformative paraphrase of the complaint (or maybe the complaint is that poorly worded and unclear - haven't seen it). I would guess -- which is all I'm really doing here -- that the allegation is not that having a referral system per se is discriminatory, but that something (no clue what) about how Palantir's referral system worked made it discriminatory. But from that lame article I can't really tell one way or the other.

To rnoldh's question, my uninformed take is that both articles seem pretty stupid, and it's entirely possible that both of them get more wrong than right.
Breitbart's hysterics make pretty clear they don't have anyone on staff who actually knows the law, or else know they are misstating (at least by implication) the law and don't care. The claim may in fact be totally stupid and baseless, but "hey, we already hired a bunch of Asians" isn't really a defense to a claim you discriminate against Asians. Ask the University of California system.

Looks like the DoL is relying on some sort of statistical disparate impact analysis. Potential problems with such an approach aside, I'd think it would be particularly shaky with what sounds like a relatively small sample size. That said, employing such an approach (for good or ill) is almost certainly a broad DoL internal standard and not something ginned up just for Palantir, as Breitbart tries to claim.

 

I guess my point about the referral program is that statistically speaking, I'm willing to bet that kids refer people that are similar to them in many ways (one of which is race).  If you're a mostly white company, I'm going to guess most of your employees refer other white people.


Like I said though, Palantir's products are far too valuable to the federal government to let them be barred from contracts.

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September 28, 2016


For fucks sake. At least make an effort, Gary. I'm beginning to think he's a libertarian only so he doesn't have to learn anything about government at all
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Here's the video— Gary Johnson says he's having an "Aleppo moment" when he can't name a world leader he respects: https://t.co/7oRLTW5Jep

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1)

September 28, 2016


For fucks sake. At least make an effort, Gary. I'm beginning to think he's a libertarian only so he doesn't have to learn anything about government at all

 

If he were actually libertarian, I'd be more excited to vote for him.

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Weld; Merkel???!
or did i misunderstand that
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

If he were actually libertarian, I'd be more excited to vote for him.
I love that the Op Ed he published yesterday had the headline "Take a Deep Breath". smile.gif
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Originally Posted by rnoldh View Post

Didn't know where to put this, so let's try here,

Story is that Palantir has been sued by Feds for discrimination,

Here is USA Today story,

Palantir charged with discriminating against Asians

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/09/26/palantir-department-of-labor-discrimination-asians-lawsuit/91131284/

Here is the Breitbart coverage,

PAYBACK: Obama Admin Sues Peter Thiel’s Palantir for Bogus ‘Racial Discrimination’

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2016/09/26/palantir-obama-admin-sues-peter-thiels-racial-discrimination/

Hard to believe they are both about the same incident.

What do you think?

 

 

But...but...but...it's Breitbart   laugh3-smiley.gif?1292867631 

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When Trump is President, Breitbart will be the new NYT.

And Bannon will be the new Valerie Jarrett.
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