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Chinese Influence on The Western Examination System
Quoting Sun Yat-sen: "At present, the civil service examinations in the (western) nations are copied largely from England. But when we trace the history further, we find that the civil service of England was copied from China. We have very good reason to believe that the Chinese examination system was the earliest and the most elaborate system in the world."
No, Teachers Are Not Underpaid
"Contrary to myth, teachers are generally not foregoing higher salaries by staying in the classroom. Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation show that teachers who change to non-teaching jobs take an average salary cut of about 3 percent. Studies using administrative records in Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and Montana showed similar results; the Georgia study found 'strong evidence that very few of those who leave teaching take jobs that pay more than their salary as teachers.'"
When Terrorists and Criminals Govern Better Than Governments
"The Taliban has moved to fill the gap by providing free mediation of tribal, criminal, and personal disputes. Afghans report a great degree of satisfaction with Taliban verdicts, unlike those of the official justice system, where petitioners often have to pay considerable bribes."

Amilcar Cabral on lying and telling the truth

Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories. - Amilcar Cabral

Been meaning to read Unity and Struggle - a collection of his writings. It's sitting in the to-read stack now.

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California, Coffee and Cancer: One of These Doesn’t Belong
"If Americans slap a label on every substance that has the potential to cause cancer, eventually those labels will stop having any meaning. If nearly inconsequential dangers get the same warning as significant dangers, people might start ignoring preventive efforts entirely."
Second-largest earthquake in modern South Korean history tied to geothermal plant
I've talked before re: nuclear how pretty much any form of power generation poses risks. Geothermal is no exception.
Relative's DNA from genealogy websites cracked East Area Rapist case, DA's office says
"The effort was part of a painstaking process that began by using DNA from one of the crime scenes from years ago and comparing it to genetic profiles available online through various websites that cater to individuals wanting to know more about their family backgrounds by accepting DNA samples from them, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi."

On reform and danger


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