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  1. That's one of those cultural differences. I never addressed my professors with anything but their first name. Refusal to accept that (or to respond in kind) would read either as incredibly hostile or at "best" that the person is a foreigner.
  2. No. This is wrong. Personal anecdotes have problems, just like any other kind of data, but they are not worthless. Qualitative methods have their own pitfalls and their own merits compared to quantitative ones, but they are definitely not worthless. Nor does the does a claim lose in credibility because it is expressed in an emotionally agitated way.
  3. It seems very unlikely that these kind of disparities are any different than the other types of jobs that women have been deemed "less good" at historically. (at one point jobs like teaching were considered as something women were naturally bad at, and factory work was for a brief period considered something mostly women did)
  4. My great-grandfather (who is the oldest relative I actually met) was named Pau, it and it's variations (like Pål) were fairly popular in the 80's.
  5. While that's definitely a part of it, there's actually some concerns (I read an article from the ACLU that, while supportive, also pointed out some issues) with privacy of potential suspects and/or bystanders.
  6. I remember looking at some historical stats on demographics and one of the things that stood out is that despite all the "Death of marriage" and "divorce epidemic" cries people aren't actually staying married that much shorter than they have historically: It's just that the cause of the end of marriage (and subsequent remarriage) tends to be divorce rather than death.
  7. Jesus Christ. Have you guys never heard a liberal speak before? That's the cornerstone of the ideology, right there. That individuals, not states, governments, ethnicities or classes, are what matters.
  8. A pretty big difference? It turns any unwanted operation into violence rather than a property dispute, for instance.
  9. But the most important question? Which Tingler is going to get the nomination this year?
  10. The problem is that food, economically speaking, is a bit of a sucker's game. (basic foodstuffs that is) Basically the reason is the fact that it's a neccessity, which means that the richer people get, the less they spend proportionally on food, while at the same time the costs for actually running a farm goes up way faster than the profits.
  11. The assumption here is that the working-class people got Trump elected, AFAIK, that's not really true. Most of his support was from the republican core (IE: middle-upper middle class white people, with a higher-than-median income) Clinton failed to really energize "her" electorate more than Trump got a huge surge in popularity.
  12. Ironically, that would be the authoritarian solution, rather than the liberal one. (where employers are free to set whatever rules they want while employees are always free to quit) Freedom of contract and all that. That said, the issue is sufficiently complex: Eg. emailing your company's pricing plan to your biggest competitors would certainly be grounds for firing, and for good reason. Divulging confidentially held information (by eg. a policeman, doctor, etc.) likewise. It gets even weirder when it comes to eg. Priests, employees of political parties, etc.
  13. To be fair, Farage was one of the few of the Brexit idiots who recognized this. It was the rest of the traitorous Tories who kept saying "We're going to have our cake and eat it too!"
  14. Yeah, it really felt like the books got worse and worse as they progressed.