RowanM comments

Posted in: Lawsuit says Google discriminates against Black workers See in context


Hiring/not hiring based on skin color is racist. How about sticking to simply hiring on merit?

But there are a lot of things evaluated at the interview or even reading a resume that aren't "merit". At an interview for a position, you're evaluated on how you dress, your attitude, and your personality. These are the kinds of things that people are biased against people who look or act differently than what you expect, and that's the systemic part of racism.

Unless you're advocating that people hire without ever seeing a potential employee or talking to them, then people have biases in who they like better, and diversity hires are not only a partial solution to those biases by resolving who gets hired, but also makes people learn more about those other groups and in the future will make them less biased.

Biases aren't all overt and conscious, but that doesn't make their effects disappear. Even AI have been shown to take on biases when they learn from a corpus. It's not a problem that just goes away by "hiring on merit" unless you're going to literally get a table with certificates and scores- no photos, no essays, no names (yes, writing styles and word choice and names can all effect how you perceive a candidate and can be colored by biases). Do you really think that's the best way to make all hiring decisions?

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Posted in: China denies asking Russia not to invade until post-Olympics See in context

China on Thursday denounced a report that it asked Russia to delay invading Ukraine until after the Beijing Winter Olympics as “fake news” and a “very despicable" attempt to divert attention and shift blame over the conflict.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also repeated China’s accusations that Washington provoked the war by not ruling out NATO membership for Ukraine. 

The extreme irony of saying it's "very despicable" to try to shift blame and also saying that it's the US's fault that Russia invaded Ukraine.

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Posted in: Boston hospital patient without COVID shot denied heart transplant See in context

@bronco Transplants are based on medicine, where organs are distributed on an axis comparing how urgently a person needs an organ and how likely they are to survive to use it.

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Posted in: McConnell: Black people vote at similar rates to 'Americans' See in context

As much as I hold no love for McConnell or the Republican stance on voting rights, this is an unnecessarily sensational, misleading headline. There's a huge difference between contrasting "black" voters vs "Americans" (which is NOT what happened) and contrasting "African American voters" vs. "Americans".

I'd agree that if he said "black" vs American it would imply that black voters aren't American, but that implication is strongly undercut when he actually said "African American" and therefore explicitly called them American.

This was a dumb thing to say and could have been worded better, but I don't think this is half as bad as people seem to be implying.

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Posted in: Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men protest against Christmas on streets of Tokyo See in context

It's really unfortunate that it's wrapped up in such a ridiculous framing, but I actually agree with a lot of their stated goals. I'm also anti love capitalism (and most kinds of unregulated and/or materialistic capitalism). I really wish it wasn't a whiny group of sad, entitled people being the face.

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Posted in: Glass object thrown from high-rise building hits car on expressway See in context

I agree with @ligger2 that there's no almost way this goes for attempted murder. Unless the way they interpret the law is completely different, it'll be really hard to prove that whoever threw the glass piece was actively wanting for someone to die from it. I mean, the chances of hitting a car are low in general, let alone hitting a person to kill them.

Not defending this at all, because it's really terrible either way, but I'd be really surprised if they could prove this person was deliberately trying to end a life instead of just being a stupid person wanting to do a stupid thing.

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Posted in: Pop group Arashi members Sakurai, Aiba marry their partners See in context

You may have had a point @shogun 10:09am but the article reads their “partners” are “not entertainers”.

- **@shogun36 10:09am**: “Which name will they take as a couple? Aiba or Sakurai?” -

I'm sure plenty of people would be happy to label Sakurai and Aiba as "not entertaining".

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Posted in: Alanis Morissette blasts documentary 'Jagged' as 'salacious' See in context


How many videos of hers have you watched? Because she has far more positive and optimistic videos than angry ones. Or are you conflating one or two songs with her entire 25 year career?

Also how much control do you think a 20ish year old "debuting*" musician has over the music videos or music direction that she can afford to pick and choose?

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Posted in: China table tennis boss says Olympic COVID rules 'extremely difficult' See in context

So which one is it? Too lax or too difficult?

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Posted in: One year after Washington change, Native American sports imagery evolving See in context

If overly sensitive liberals grew a thicker skin, we wouldn't have to worry about any of this.

I kind of think this is hilarious, because in my eyes, the ones with the thin skin are the people whining about being asked to change a name of a sports team that caricatures an entire race...

If overly-sensitive conservatives grew a thicker skin, we wouldn't have to worry about any of this because it would be over.

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Posted in: One year after Washington change, Native American sports imagery evolving See in context

If Native Americans are against any of this, why do I only hear from white liberals?

There are two issues at play here. One is a problem in media coverage. Media often defaults to white voices on issues, whether intentional or not.

But the second issue-- how many Native Americans have you talked to about this issue? How many do you talk to on a regular basis at all? I think the circle of people you talk to and the types of media you choose to consume also play a huge role in why you only hear certain sides of stories.

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Posted in: Bach corrects Chinese slip-up in Olympic talks; calls Tokyo best-ever prepared host city See in context

 Its main impact is to push bars and restaurants to close early and stop selling alcohol, a move aimed at cutting down circulation on crowed trains.

If you want to cut down circulation on crowded trains, give businesses incentives to let people work from home more so they don't have to get on the trains at all. Most people who go out to drink are ALREADY OUT from a day at work, so there's not much reduction in trains when they have to ride one home anyway-- they're just earlier.

But instead we're going to just make people miserable but not do anything to actually make things better.

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Posted in: Pfizer to seek OK for 3rd vaccine dose; shots still protect See in context


This... makes no sense to me. They're still much less likely than unvaccinated people to get sick. People get flu shots every year, too. It's not like if they don't get a booster they're going to have any more problems than someone who never got any vaccine at all. It's only an improvement, so I don't understand why this information would make someone glad not to have gotten one before.

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Posted in: Japanese Olympic Committee names first transgender member See in context

@bass4funk if you read the article you'd see that he retired before he transitioned and hasn't been competitive for a decade. He's part of the Olympic Committee, not the Olympic team.

@burning bush Fumino Sugiyama IS his identity. He transitioned a decade ago.

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Posted in: Britney Spears tells court she wants her life back See in context


That is literally not the case for her. She is not allowed to many any legal decisions on her own, including hiring a lawyer, receiving medical treatment, or spending her money. All of that is decided by the conservators such as her father.

she said she has a contraceptive device that she wants removed, but is not allowed to go to the doctor

her father, Jamie Spears, [is a conservator who has legal control of] personal affairs ranging from her medical care to who visits her secluded villa outside Los Angeles. Jamie Spears also is a joint conservator of the singer's finances.

Life is actually something that is just happening to her and she has very little legal control. That's the whole point of this case.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't be required to talk to press at Tokyo Olympics See in context

It's impressive to try to figure out how many commenters didn't read the article, or how many just didn't understand it.

"The IOC has never obliged athletes to hold a press conference,"

[The IOC] will not require Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka [...] or any other athlete, to speak to the media

(emphasis mine)

 Osaka's agency announced that the 23-year-old [...] would represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

I understand how many people misinterpreted the headline as implying special treatment for her, but that's not substantiated by the rest of the article.

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Posted in: Osaka earns Olympic tennis spot as rankings for Tokyo Games released See in context

She won't drop out since it's not going to be played on clay.

Never mind the fact that she also dropped out of her next planned tournament, which was on... wait for it... grass

Interviews aren't mandatory at the Olympics either.

If she plays at the Olympics, I feel like this is a much more likely reason than the fact that it's not on clay.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of Berlin tournament See in context

I don't understand how so many people are still dissatisfied with her decision. Last week it was "she should have handled this better" and this time she did and people are still mad. Compassion is free and still so hard to come by.

It seems like it wasn't really about that at all . I guess there are so many entitled people who expect athletes to be robots and shut up and play no matter what instead of being real live humans.

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Posted in: Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns See in context

@blacklabel She did not "demand special treatment". There are rules and clear penalties for breaking them. Don't do the interview? Pay a fine!

Naomi decided that she was ok with that rule and that the fines were acceptable to avoid the interviews.

It was the GRAND SLAMS that were trying to change the rules when she didn't care about the fine (which is why fines are horrible-- they're only a punishment for the poor) and it was them saying "well actually we may disqualify and suspend you, too" that made her quit the tournament.

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Posted in: Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns See in context

If she does have mental health issues, then she should take a break [...] People have sympathy with others suffering from depression, but have little time for people who do nothing about it,

...She skipped an interview, paid the fine, and then quit the entire tournament when people didn't like it. This article is literally the response to her "taking a break" and "doing something about it".

You still don't seem satisfied, though, so forgive me if your comment seems a little disingenuous.

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Posted in: Sympathy for Osaka in Japan over French Open withdrawal See in context

It's really sad how unsympathetic people are. She says "I need a break from this" and tries to start a conversation and so many commenters are responding "If I have to suffer, so should you". This is a perfect opportunity to go the other way and say "It would be great if everyone took all of these things seriously and we could ALL end up in a better place" but so many people are stuck in crab mentality.

I feel sorry for the world that so many people have so little compassion to want better things for other people.

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Posted in: Twitch adds 'transgender' tag as Big Tech vies to be inclusive See in context

I don't get why some transgender people are so keen to tell everyone

I'm not even going to touch the rest of your comment because it's just intentionally aggressive, but the goal is so that like-minded people can find each other, just like most of the tags on Twitch. It allows people who want to see that kind of content find each other more easily, and find a better community for yourself.

Also I don't even know how the second commenter still has an account with an insult in the username, but there's a limit on how many tags you an add on Twitch, and if you're telling us it's for personal gain rather than because they're accurate, then calling you out is none of those things.

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Posted in: People weary over latest extension of COVID emergency in Japan See in context

I'm not weary of the state of emergency. I'm weary of "we've tried asking nicely and now we're all out of ideas". Make some real decisions that will actually have claws and you might see some real effects. I'm weary of ineffective measures and expecting "gaman" to make it magically go away.

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Posted in: Federer sets eyes on Olympics as long as knee holds up See in context

Anyone earning over $250K/yr related to sports should be barred from competing in the Olympics

... Why?

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Posted in: Officials dealing with COVID-19 working nearly 400 hours overtime a month See in context

I feel like this headline is misleading with then average is 124 and 391 is just one person.

I'm also highly suspicious of that because it's an average of about 19 hours per day with no days off. How much of that time was falling asleep at the desk because there's no other time they were doing it.

Either way it's a systemic failure, where both the pandemic response and the labor standards and horrendous.

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Posted in: Hayao Miyazaki asked, while picking up trash on street, for opinions on 'Demon Slayer' See in context

This is an awful ambush interview and extremely rude when he is clearly not consenting. I'm disappointed in this reporter for asking and continuing to ask when very clearly rebuffed, and I'm disappointed in Japan Today for publishing it.

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Posted in: 30-year-old Texas man dies from virus after attending 'COVID-19 party' See in context

I don't feel a ton a sympathy for this guy, but I care a lot that he spent days spreading the disease thinking it was a hoax and not caring about anyone else that he could get sick, and I feel awful for the essential workers that had to interact with him.

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Posted in: As coronavirus cases in Tokyo surge, gov't gives expert advisory panel a makeover See in context

This headline is way too generous to the government. I feel like a more accurate headline would be something closer to "As coronavirus cases surge, government backpedals and chooses to ignore all previous emergency benchmarks."

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Posted in: Two-time Olympic champion Hanyu wins Four Continents See in context

Jin Boyang had plenty of mistakes in his free skate, including popping two planned quadruple jumps into doubles. Falling on a fully-rotated quad (like Hanyu did) is still worth at least twice as many points as a mediocre double that properly lands, because the level of difficulty is so much higher. Hanyu had a rough free skate, to be sure, and I agree that I'm iffy on whether his free skate program really was the best, but you also have to remember that Hanyu was already 15 points ahead after the short program where he set the world record.

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Posted in: Pete Rose asks for reinstatement, citing Astros and steroids See in context

I don't particularly care about baseball or Pete Rose, but he's got a very fair point.

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