> So we decided to build a moderation system. I originally had my parents moderating since they were retired, and after a few days I asked my dad how it was going. He said, “Oh, it’s really interesting. Mom saw a picture of a guy and a girl and another girl and they were doing ...” So I told Jim, “Dude, my parents can’t do this any more. They’re looking at porn all day.” We decided to open up the community of moderators to the public. You had to apply and write an essay to get in.
Why? Is it that hard to click through on a link? I stumbled across the article on r-bloggers, found it interesting, and submitted the link. Why should I worry about putting in the work to make sure people wind up on one site instead of another?
Getting a visa to work in academia seems to be way easier than for private sector jobs. (I have ben working in academia in Europe and many people I know finished their PhD's and do postdocs in the states. One friend has changed to working in a company, but says it took nearly a year to get the paperwork sorted).
More than 95% of people in the world are not American, and good American universities have access to the top talent. If the US is doing a competent job of hiring the best people then the majority of these researchers will not be American-born.
Anecdotally, ~50% of the faculty in my department at a large American public university are foreigners. I've been told, but not verified, that if you count dual-citizens, that number gets closer to 65%.
There's a beautiful chapter ("The Sad Irons") in Robert Caro's first volume of his Lyndon Johnson biography which describes life in rural Texas in the 1930s before they got electricity. Because all the electric appliances existed already, their world was transformed literally overnight when the switch was flipped and the juice started flowing.