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The angels got together…

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Well, here's a guy who'll never get laid again. 28 year old software engineer James Damore, incautiously wrote a memo complaining that Google, the place where he worked, had too many women in it.

Yes, at 31% women, google is teaming with stressed out bitches and there is such a thing as too much diversity. Maybe it's because they're surrounded by 69% male assholes who like to interrupt them, demean their intelligence and steal their credit? Just a guess.

Mr. Damore also said there's not enough of a conservative voice at google. I know, we're all playing our tiny violins.

BTW, this guy was a graduate student in molecular and computational biology before he went to google. Normally, the more narcissistic and sociopathic elements among my former colleagues went to Wall Street to cash in big. Sounds like Damore just couldn't cut it or didn't even get an offer.

But all's well that ends well. Google fired him.

That'll learn them to tighten up their candidate screening.

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Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress, Trump's favorite fanatical end-timer, is perfectly ok with Trump turning North Korea into a glass parking lot.

“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un."

The biblical passage Romans 13 gives the government authority to deal with evildoers, Jeffress said. “That gives the government to the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un,” he said.

Well, I guess if god says it's ok…

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12 Responses

  1. Among other things, two of my female students (Indian) ended up in Google after graduating. They both got there partly because of the project ideas I gave them and made them work. One of them even got a journal paper to her name. They were also good on their own.

  2. This guy was 28. It just goes to show we have a misogyny problem with even with younger guys. But those of us who supported Hillary in 2008 already knew that.

    • I have a slightly different theory on this. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science in June 1973. Slightly tough times in the field, so I did not have a job the day of graduation. I had applied at an insurance company, taken part 1 of their test, and was told there was no need to take part 2 as I had the top score on part 1. I didn’t get notified that I had the job until 2 days before the start, I was somewhat perplexed at this, but accepted the position. When I started in their “training” class it was 6 females, and me. It didn’t dawn on me until several years later working at another employer where I was working on personnel systems what the cause was. My theory (and that’s all it is, a theory) is that Insurance being a regulated business, and the positions in coding were considered management, they company could boost it’s total FLSA points by putting more women into these positions.

      I am recently retired but spent 40+ years in what is now called IT. This bozo at google is just one insecure puppy. The women in IT can more then hold their own on any sane project. The sane qualifier is a must now, because of Agile. I notice the big dip starts around the time that Agile begins to become the latest “rage”. I would like to think that shows that women coders are just smarter then their male counterparts when it comes to putting up with that crazy methodology.

  3. I heard a few minutes ago on a news radio station in the Chicago area that Mr. Damore attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy. It’s located in Aurora, which is west of Chicago. The academy is a high school for the very smart students who are interested in math & science. Fermi Lab is in the area as well.

    The Ill. Math & Science Academy is well regarded and not easy to get into as a student. The students live on campus during the week and go home on weekends. Perhaps some of his entitled attitudes were formed there.

    • I’m not sure that’s fair to other bright and talented math and science students. There seems to be a general misperception of gifted sciencey types as being arrogant and entitled. I have not found that to be the case.
      What I HAVE found is that certain cultures propagate this incredibly hostile attitude towards females in STEM professions.
      I suspect that Mr. Damore is a product of his upbringing.

      • Google, Apple … attract the best because of their strict merit based hiring and some of it gets into these people’s heads, like they are the chosen ones. It is the survival of the fittest in the ultimate and most of them are arrogant and maybe entitled because of that. If you are not up to par, you try to assume the posture to intimidate and repel. Humility is not something we could expect from these guys. In fact, humility is not expected in high intensity corporate cultures, period.

        • Merit? I kinda doubt merit has anything to do with it. Damore had pedigree. I’ve noticed that that tends to carry a lot of weight. He went to Princeton, MIT and Harvard.
          In computational biology, he studied systems biology. He probably worked on some search algorithms. I’m not saying there’s no merit to this. There clearly is. But I worked with new PhDs still wet behind the ears and they aren’t nearly as ready to do real research as they think they are.
          Damore didn’t even finish his PhD. He probably let his pedigree go to his head.
          As did the recruiter.

          • As far as I know, Google has a pretty hard vetting system in their hiring. I don’t know the credentials of this particular guy. May be he is a good faker with a great pedigree. You know there are dregs at those great schools too — 1 percenters and there are the rest 99 percenters who mooch off of 1 percenters. The people I know who are at Google and Apple, went through some rigorous stuff to get their jobs. PhD does not always mean they are smart or good at research. If they do complete their PhD, one thing it shows is that they are persistent, 🙂

    • One other thing I found as a mom to one of those exceptionally gifted girls who excel in math is that teachers tend to overlook them. Yep, you can have the top scores in your class and still not be recommended for honors level classes in math where boys outnumber girls 2:1. I think some of this has to do with girls being given a hidden test on how well they comply with the rules. If you’re the independent type, you get nailed for that. Or at least that was what I witnessed.
      Boys with lower scores on state exams and international math competition problem sets were favored. Girls who scored higher but did the problems with their own methods or didn’t do every problem for homework got held back.
      Another thing I KNOW about is that during the summer some of these kids are at local prep schools taking the fall class in advance. By the time the get to class in school, they are essentially taking the class over and scoring better than they might otherwise. I saw them come out of their summer classes while I waited to pick up my daughter from her advanced algebra class (to skip to the next class in high school). Her classmates were overwhelmingly Asian and male.
      Her pale skin and blonde hair stuck out like a beacon in that crowd.

  4. Well, here’s a guy who’ll never get laid again.

    Again?

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