Do gender quotas increase competence levels?

Yes   3 votes - 60 %
No   2 votes - 40 %
5 Total Votes
Untold stories by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Apr 05, 2017 at 11:21:47 AM EST
I feel old.  That "Untold story" about Stewart was told a lot during the Reagan presidency, usually in opposition to conservative excuses for Reagan's lack of WWII combat experience, which generally ran that as an actor, he was more valuable doing the propaganda films he spent the war making.
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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. by iGrrrl (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Apr 07, 2017 at 07:37:49 AM EST
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was pretty well known for being pretty brave. There's a scene described in Steinbeck's Once There Was a War where a small group of Navy personnel took an island with important German communication equipment by sending in Fairbanks, who went alone, to convince them they were going to be completely overwhelmed and should surrender. They did, about 50 of them, iirc. There were far fewer Americans, and they kept trying to walk past the windows in a way the German's wouldn't figure out how few they were. They eventually did, and they were pretty angry at being duped by an actor.

(Fairbanks isn't named in the book, but both Steinbeck and Fairbanks were friends of my grandfather in WWII. Steinbeck never uses names in Once There Was a War, so he called Fairbanks "the actor". My grandfather is referred to as a sloppy lieutenant from Philadelphia, iirc. In the book, Steinbeck tells the story  of my grandfather comparing the different bores of naval guns to instruments in a symphony. He lamented that he'd never really had good bass to compose with.)

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WIPO For a bit by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Apr 08, 2017 at 03:34:34 AM EST

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Bad Superman by priestess (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Apr 08, 2017 at 06:45:02 AM EST
I'm currently loving the new story being read over at the Methods Of Rationality podcast. "The Metropolitan Man" has a Lex Luther deeply worried about what will happen if Superman loses his ethics.

Text it's taken from here, but haven't read it, only had it read to me on the podcast.
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