Confessions of a researchaholic

June 24, 2022

American exceptionalism

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America considered itself such an exceptional country that it decided to take some steps backwards so that other countries can have a better chance to catch up.

May 19, 2022

The great replacement theory

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:08 pm
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So the Europeans came to the America, committed genocide against the natives and brought slaves from Africa, and centuries later, made up the conspiracy theory about being replaced by these very people they victimized.

September 8, 2021

Claiming ignorance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:29 am
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A founder/CEO who claimed to have no knowledge of whether the technology of his/her company is actually working is either lying or grossly incompetent.

July 20, 2021

CEO pay fairness

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I think if you define fairness by “fair market value”, then C.E.O.s are paid fairly. I think if you define fairness by how you think society should value people, then I think C.E.O.s are paid too much. – Dara Khosrowshahi, the C.E.O. of Uber, in an interview.

If every new hire is paid an above average market value (as likely in the senior executive job market), that will lead to an exponentially higher growth of compensation than otherwise (e.g., the minimum wage job market).

July 8, 2021

Home demolition

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:51 am
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Astonishing photos from AP of Israel leveling family home of an alleged Palestinian attacker.
Justice and human-rights issues aside, wouldn’t it be more economical to repossess the home and such?

July 7, 2021

Cannot afford to help 扶不起的阿斗

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:48 am
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A corrupt, incompetent national government lost to a popular local militia as the foreign supporter leaves; Afghanistan in 2021, China in 1949, etc.

January 18, 2021

Fairness

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:03 pm
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get the jab before vulnerable people in poorer states.

If we continue this line of reasoning, is it fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to receive more heath care, social welfare, etc., than vulnerable people in poorer states?
How should we define fairness across different groups of people?
Is such fairness achievable or desirable?

Money, discipline, and life

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:48 pm
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Without enough disciplines, money, talent, or other resources cannot solve our problems, if not create more.

November 3, 2020

Election night doodling

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:11 pm
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“The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.” – Will Rogers

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