Empiricism seeks the best candidate for your buck

When our country gears up for election season, it is fraught with cultural currency — a time where there is a focused discussion on our American identity and what that actually means in a turning socio-economic time. We can banter or have small talk about the latest headlines and join
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Ignorance is bliss

My future’s as foggy as San Francisco and I like it that way. But as I rush across campus to my classes every day, I am reminded by the ever-present “Yoshua” that we are mere days away from Judgement Day on Oct. 21. He doesn’t scream or yell — usually
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Sex on Tuesday

SEX ON TUESDAY: Love in the time of Facebook

Dating has always been exhausting and nerve-wracking. The thwarting feat has been recorded in literature for centuries and agonizing heartaches have been melodized in cathartic tunes and many sorrowful nocturnes. Unrequited love, the turmoils of lust and the basic foils of romance are eternally resonant. The difference is that in
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What factors are really behind the statehood bid?

On Sept. 23, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, submitted a formal request for the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian State. This measure is not supported by Israel or the United States because they see such a move outside the context of direct negotiations as counterproductive. In
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Statehood is a right for Palestinians in occupied lands

Last month, the Palestinian Authority submitted a proposal to the United Nations calling for recognition of a Palestinian state. Though the proposed state consists of only 22 percent of the land historically contested by Israelis and Palestinians, Israel and the United States vehemently objected to the statehood bid, with President
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Shaky enforcement

CITY AFFAIRS: The city has dwelled too long on the issue of coercing owners into retrofitting their buildings. It is time to act.

The city’s dilemma of coaxing landlords into retrofitting their earthquake-vulnerable buildings has dragged on too long. According to a 2008 US Geological Survey study, there is a 63 percent chance that in about the next 30 years an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will shake the Bay Area. According
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A hateful indicator

CAMPUS ISSUES: The huge spike in the number of hate crimes around campus should inspire further examination of climate.

The number of hate crimes around the UC Berkeley campus in 2010 was more than triple that of 2009 — 22 compared to six. While UCPD attributes this increase to improved reporting methods, even six is too many, and officials should seek to look further below the surface for a
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A tale of two protests

They were the best of times, they were the worst of times at UC Berkeley. Like any other typical days, these two began with students sleepily strolling through Sproul, dodging endless obstacles of suit-clad solicitors, sanctimonious eccentrics and agitated activists. However, these two days were by no means typical. Rather,
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To stand in giants’ shadows

Imagine being guided by an old yet firm hand into a living room and then sat before a growling fire and a bowl of ice cream. The hand pats you on the back after sitting you down and leaves momentarily to retrieve something: a circular wooden board, with semi-spherical divots
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