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Asian Americans are a discriminated minority disagreed by Harvard University, Undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University

Within its holistic admissions process, and as part of its effort to build a diverse class, Harvard College has demonstrated a strong record of recruiting and admitting Asian American students. For instance, the percentage of admitted Asian American students admitted to Harvard College has increased from 17.6 percent to 21 percent over the past decade.
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Asian Americans are a discriminated minority agreed by Andrew Lam, Assistant professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and writer

There’s ample evidence that Asian-Americans are at a disadvantage in college admissions. This issue has divided Asians and others who debate the relative benefits of diversity versus meritocracy in our society. But if Asians are being held back, it’s not so much because of affirmative action but because of preference for whites.

Asian Americans are a discriminated minority disagreed by Palantir, Big data analysis software company

We disagree with the allegations made by the Department of Labor [i.e. that Asian applicants were eliminated in the résumé screen and telephone interview phases despite being as qualified as white applicants]. We settled this matter, without any admission of liability, in order to focus on our work
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Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years disagreed by Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

Worrying about the rise of evil killer robots is like worrying about overpopulation and pollution on Mars before we've even set foot on it - an unnecessary distraction.
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Asian Americans are a discriminated minority agreed by Ron Unz, Physicist, software developer, entrepreneur, writer

Just as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of “Jewish quotas,” top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of “Asian quotas.” But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary. Each year, American universities provide their racial enrollment data to the National Center for Education Statistics, ... See More
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Kevin Yoder, Republican US Representative

In an era where the United States depends on a voluntary fighting force to protect our freedoms, anyone who wants to serve our country should be able to. But I believe taxpayer dollars should not be spent on gender reassignment therapies or surgeries
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Noam Chomsky, Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist

It comes from the right wing originally. Milton Friedman proposed it for example. From his point of view it was part of an effort to undermine welfare state measures. But it doesn’t have to have a reactionary component. It can be interpreted as something progressive. That people have rights. In fact if you read the universal declaration of human rights, 1948, take a look at article 45. It says peo... See More
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Crops and foods improved through biotechnology (GMOs) agreed by Martin Chalfie, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry

I’m not so sure we’re any more special than other scientists who have looked at the evidence involved, but we have considerably more visibility because of the prize. I think that this behooves us, that when we feel that science is not being listened to, that we speak out.
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Carbon Tax disagreed by Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

A carbon tax in the United States would not be an effective way of confronting climate change. The world needs an “energy miracle” in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions while expanding energy production around the world. The way that happens is to spend on clean-energy research.
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Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years agreed by Jack Ma, Alibaba founder

Social conflicts in the next three decades will have an impact on all sorts of industries and walks of life. If trade stops, war starts.
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Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years disagreed by T. J. Rodgers, Founder of Cypress Semiconductor

I don't believe in technological singularities
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Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years disagreed by Ben Goertzel,

Bostrom and Yudkowsky’s arguments for existential risk have some logical foundation, but are often presented in an exaggerated way
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Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years disagreed by Douglas Hofstadter, Professor of cognitive science. Pulitzer prize winner

Life and intelligence are far more complex than the current singularitarians seem to believe, so I doubt it will happen in the next couple of centuries
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If not for immigration, the US wouldn't be a leader in artificial intelligence agreed by Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain

How many researchers on this list are US immigrants? If not for immigration, the US wouldn't be a leader in AI
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Asian Americans are a discriminated minority agreed by Dan Golden, Journalist, senior editor for ProPublica

Asian-Americans are indeed treated unfairly in admissions, but affirmative action is a convenient scapegoat for those who seek to pit minority groups against each other. A more logical target would be "the preferences of privilege,"
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Transgender individuals in the army disagreed by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Republican U.S. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district since 2011

By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications. [...] This is also an issue of fairness. Currently we refuse entrance into our armed forces fo... See More
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Canadian Forces,

We welcome Canadians of all sexual orientations and gender identities [in the Canadian Forces]
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

All Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Ash Carter, Former US Secretary of Defense, former Harvard University professor

We must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Regulations regarding transgender service members [i.e. banning open transgender individuals from the US army] are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions
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Transgender individuals in the army disagreed by American Family Assc, US NGO promoting fundamentalist Christian values

AFA applauds President Trump for his courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness. American families deserve a military that is focused solely on readiness and national defense
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Kristin Beck, Transgender retired United States Navy SEAL, writer

The money [for transgenders in the army] is negligible, you're talking about .000001% of the military budget.
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Tim Cook, CEO at Apple

We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Joni Ernst, American politician

What is most important is making sure service members can meet the physical training standards, and the willingness to defend our freedoms and way of life. While taxpayers shouldn’t cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity
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Transgender individuals in the army disagreed by James Mattis, United States Secretary of Defense

On my first day as Secretary of Defense, I wrote, ‘Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future.’ It is imperative we align our actions to our larger mission and that we disaggregate priorities that increase the lethality of our forces from functions that are wasteful and unnecessary
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Transgender individuals in the army disagreed by Steve King, US representative for Iowa

We don’t need to be experimenting with the military. Plus there’s no reason to take on that kind of financial burden
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Alex Burton,

No, we don't support that ban. I want our military to be completely open. It is right that the military should be equally open to anybody, irrespective of their race, their colour, their gender their sexuality. That is only right.
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Transgender individuals in the army disagreed by Rick Perry,

The idea that the American people need to be paying for these types of operations to change your sex is not very wise from a standpoint of economics. I think the president makes some good decisions about making sure that we have a force that is capable
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Adam Smith, Democrat, member of the United States House of Representatives

Trump's announcement "an unwarranted and disgraceful attack on men and women who have been bravely serving their country."
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

Everyone should be able to serve their country -- no matter who they are
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Job Guarantee agreed by Rania Antonopoulou, Economist and politician

The JG policy is a bold and effective alternative. It is a proven policy that mobilizes the most valuable resource of any economy: labor. By providing a framework within which productive activity replaces forced idleness, Greek workers would earn a minimum wage while creating the very goods and services that benefit their communities, across Greece.
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Job Guarantee agreed by Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics and Musician

The first major intervention should be the announcement by the Federal government of a Job Guarantee, which would unconditionally provide a minimum wage job to anybody who could not find work elsewhere.
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive, activist, and author

We should be grateful for everyone, including those in the transgender community, willing to serve our country
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Advanced artificial intelligence will pose a serious risk to society within the next 50 years disagreed by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic. I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible
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Transgender individuals in the army disagreed by Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail
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Transgender individuals in the army agreed by Sundar Pichai,

I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook

An entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. There is something wrong with our system when I can make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Investor. Studied at Harvard University.

I completely agree that Universal Basic Income is a good idea. But I think that’s just the beginning of the discussion.

Universal Basic Income disagreed by People of the Swiss Confederation, Federal republic in Europe, with a mix of representative and direct democracy.

1.896.963 (76,9 %) electors rejected UBI, which was rejected in all the cantons as well

Universal Basic Income disagreed by Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Are the good, effective anti-poverty programs currently in place fully funded? I’m quite certain they’re not, and thus the question for progressives is what gets us the bigger inequality-and-poverty-reducing-bang-for-the-buck: a dollar to UBI, or a dollar to things like quality pre-school, the EITC and CTC (wage subsidies for low-income, working families), expanding Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), a... See More
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Job Guarantee disagreed by Dean Baker, Macroeconomist and codirector of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

A jobs guarantee may be a good aspirational goal, but we have a lot of messy work that we have to deal with first. If the push for a jobs guarantee distracts from this work, then it will be a major step backwards
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Job Guarantee disagreed by The Economist, Weekly magazine-format newspaper

Rather than having the government find jobs for everyone, how about we have the government not fire people from useful government jobs they know how to do well in the middle of a recession?
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Job Guarantee disagreed by Josh Barro, Senior editor for Business Insider

While I favor policies to tighten the labor market, I'm not sure how a job guarantee would work. What if you can't do anything useful? What if you're terrible at your guaranteed job? There are things the government could be doing to foster job creation in recessions — deficit spending, nominal GDP targeting, a higher default level of inflation, countercyclical infrastructure investment — that stri... See More
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Job Guarantee disagreed by Mises Institute, Foundation teaching and researching the scholarship of Austrian economics, freedom, and peace

This is made clear by taking the argument to its logical conclusion and considering a government proposal that paid one set of workers to dig ditches and the other set to fill them back in. While there would be a virtually unlimited number of jobs that could be created under such a program, there is clearly no value creation of any kind. Thus, a government-mandated job omits the very thing that ma... See More
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Job Guarantee disagreed by Annie Lowrey, Economic policy journalist at The Atlantic

The CAP proposal [jobs guarantee] leaves a number of questions unanswered. For example, the report suggests turning the current pool of unemployed, displaced, and discouraged workers into teachers’ aides, EMTs, and elder-care assistants. But those are jobs that require a considerable amount of training and skill, and are generally long-term careers rather than temporary gigs.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Bill Gates, Philanthropist. Founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

Even the US isn't rich enough to allow people not to work. Some day we will be but until then things like the Earned Income Tax Credit will help increase the demand for labor.
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Universal Basic Income agreed by Charles Murray, Libertarian conservative political scientist, author, and columnist

Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture
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Universal Basic Income agreed by David Rolf, Vice President of SEIU and President of SEIU Local 775 in Seattle

I happen to think universal basic income and a high minimum wage work well in combination to produce tighter labor markets, more consumer spending power, and if McDonald's want to lure you out of your rock band or off your couch to go and cook french fries, they ought to have to pay a premium for that.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by Elizabeth S. Anderson, Philosopher. University of Michigan.

Van Parijs would guarantee everyone the maximum unconditional basic income that could be sustained in a society (...) regardless of wether they were able or performing socially useful work. Lazy, able-bodied surfers would be just as entitled to that income as dependent caretakers or the disabled. (...) Van Parij's proposal effectively indulges the tastes of the lazy and irresponsible at the expen... See More
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Job Guarantee disagreed by Matthew Yglesias, Blogger and journalist

But why insist on delivering that generosity in the specific form of "here's a make-work job for you to do in exchange for a check"? Why not just hand over the check? That way you don't need to cut as many checks to people supervising the work, obtaining the equipment to do the work, etc.
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Universal Basic Income disagreed by MIchael Hudson, Economist. Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The problem’s not only income, but what people have to spend it on. Paine didn’t talk about universal income, he talked about everybody should have the right to a place to live, a means of their own self-support. That’s independent from income. Once you economize and financialize it, you put in a distortion. You don’t want to give people income to buy what really should be public goods and servic... See More