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But it's not what you'd think.

Nearly half of U.S. employers test job applicants and workers for drugs. A common assumption is that the rise of drug testing must have had negative consequences for black employment. However, the rise of employer drug testing may have benefited African-Americans by enabling non-using blacks to prove their status to employers. I use variation in the timing and nature of drug testing regulation to identify the impacts of testing on black hiring. Black employment in the testing sector is suppressed in the absence of testing, a finding which is consistent with ex ante discrimination on the basis of drug use perceptions. Adoption of pro-testing legislation increases black employment in the testing sector by 7-30% and relative wages by 1.4-13.0%, with the largest shifts among low skilled black men. Results further suggest that employers substitute white women for blacks in the absence of testing.


Not safe for work, unless your boss is hard of hearing and likes ice cream.

Literate Chaotic / The Problem with Punishment, the thread
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:43:59 am »
ok, I haven't even gotten into it yet, just reading the overview, and I am immediately struck by the fact that I was confused.  Then, I was reactionist.  What do you MEAN the state is immoral to punish.  It's a society of laws!  He who breaks the law goes back to the house of pain....

Something tickled the back of my head, that the punished are still members of society, and the state as an obligation to the citizen, which MAY have a slight opposition.

But I have a lot of resistance.  Which means I will be challenged by this book.  Which means I want to read more.

« on: April 30, 2014, 12:33:12 am »
Your new anthem has arrived.



Apple Talk / Adventures in Slack, chapter thirtyleven
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:37:56 pm »
I managed to be in the office for eight hours, and didn't actually do anything.

Except meet my wife for lunch and drink margaritas.

I got paid for that.

Apple Talk / Get off my planet, part 936
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:26:50 pm »
(With apologies to Roger for stealing one of his taglines)

This was alluded to in the dGrasse Tyson thread, but WHAT THE FUCKING SHITKNUCKLES CHRIST is this?

I don't even care that it's some actor who pretended to be a space captain.  That would be like thinking Jan-Michael Vincent has some sort of special insight when it comes to helicopters.

No, the point is that it's a show about heliocentrism.  Which we should have done away with IN THE FIFTHEENTH FUCKING CENTURY.

The kicker?  I'll leave it to the article:

Sungenis [the movie’s principal] also happens to be a Holocaust  denier who believes in the “New World Order” and who writes articles about how Jewish people have aligned themselves with Satan. In fact, he’s such a notorious anti-semite that even his own local bishop, Kevin Rhoades of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, has gone on record distancing himself from the guy and his “Catholic” organization. Seriously, do you know how much of an ass you have to be to get a bishop to notice you?

To sum up:


Aneristic Illusions / The best election money can buy.
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:19:41 pm »
Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions

Basically, there's no longer a cap on how much an individual can contribute to a campaign or PAC.

Maybe we should just skip the entire "voting" part, and just weigh the amount of money a candidate has collected by election day.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Neil deGrasse Tyson, super-cool dude.
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:50:04 pm »
"As an educator, I try to get people to be fundamentally curious and to question ideas that they might have or that are shared by others," he told HuffPost Science. "In that state of mind, they have earned a kind of inoculation against the fuzzy thinking of these weird ideas floating around out there. So rather than correct the weird ideas, I would rather them to know how to think in the first place. Then they can correct the weird idea themselves. I don't just tell them no. That's pontifical."

Apple Talk / Backfire!
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:27:20 pm »
Anti-Gay crusader tries to prove a point by demanding he be allowed to march during Pride carrying a "Straight is Great" banner.

March organizers say, "You go, girl!"

GLAAD's President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis says, "As a fellow Irish New Yorker, I'm hoping Bill will march with me at NYC Pride. I look forward to the day when I can march openly with Bill in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, and not be turned away because of who I am."

Aneristic Illusions / Data Mining
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:42:41 pm »
So, a freind on FB wants to know why data mining is so bad, and is asking for documented instances where data mining has harmed an innocent person. 

It's an interesting request -- on one hand, extrapolating that corporations and governments will exploit every piece of available information isn't that hard to do, but on the other hand, she's looking for evidence rather than hype, which should be encouraged.

I found one example of employers using FaceBook to make hiring decisions, but I know there's jucier stuff out there.

Anyone know of something juicy offhand? 

Apple Talk / Boy, the New York Times sure is liberal.
« on: March 03, 2014, 04:56:33 pm »

So, I'm lucky enough to attempt a wireless house.  I've got Sonos, a Roku with Netflix and Hulu, and at least half a dozen computers and tricorders that feed off of WiFi.

So, the question I have is: Of those who are using Netflix, et al, how much lag, pausing, and dropping are you getting when watching shows and movies?  I want to hope that the standard experience is seamless, but from what I've gone through, a show will snag and hang at least seven times in an hour.

What should I be expecting, here?

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