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Am I delusional? Columbia Uni*, Barnard, NYU, UCLA/Berk. Econ/Undeclared

2020.10.17 03:08 meteormoose1 Am I delusional? Columbia Uni*, Barnard, NYU, UCLA/Berk. Econ/Undeclared

Hi everyone! I'm feeling insanely stressed over these college apps because I really don't know my chances. I could use a lot of help! Also, sorry this seems really long- I just put everything in lists lol. A reverse ChanceMe is appreciated as well!
Demographics: Cis Woman; Asian American; middle class on military benefits; Mid-Atlantic; selective college-prep public charter school; moved around the world since born (8+ countries); older brother is enrolled at Columbia University (3rd year now).
Intended Major(s): Economics, Finance, Arts Management, Undeclared
ACT/SAT/SAT II: SAT 1210 (could not take another test due to COVID, thank god for test-optional/understanding)
UW/W GPA and Rank: UW GPA- 3.7 I think; W GPA- 3.95; Max GPA- 5 I think; no class rankings
Coursework:
APs: ** ill include course grade rather than test scored because they're much better
Honors
College Credit Courses @ GWU
Awards: NHS and AP Scholar (they're considered good ??)
Extracurriculars: (pls let me know what is insignificant or should be expanded upon)
Essays/LORs/Other:
Schools: (confused as to what is considered "reach" anymore since I won't be submitting my SAT scores)
(unsure list):
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2020.10.08 20:21 situateddoubt Looking into MPP Programs for Fall 2021, would love some advice!

Hello! I've recently finished undergraduate with a Communications Degree (2.8) GPA and have decided I would like to pursue a career in public policy with a focus on international economic development or Foreign Policy/National security. I've been looking into graduate programs and have been considering University of California: Berkley's MPP program, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and my Alma mater University of Connecticut school of Public Policy.
However, I have some questions regarding cost of attendance for each of these programs and would appreciate if anyone could shed some insight on financial aid/fellowships/assistantships for the programs.
I have yet to take the GRE, but understand that i will need to do well to offset my low GPA. I currently have a few months of experience with a governmental relations firm (COVID cut it short) and another internship with a non-profit this past summer. If I did well on the GRE would I have a competitive chance for these schools?
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2020.10.05 11:19 FrancescoAmic1 Joe Bevilacqua - Zodiac's name decrypted (ENDNOTES)

Joe Bevilacqua - Zodiac's name decrypted (ENDNOTES)
Cover
Dictionary
[1] Chapter “L’acqua”.
[2] The Oxford paperback dictionary, 1988, p. 12, see also chapter “Take the money and run”.
[3] See chapter “Take the money and run”.
[4] FBI laboratory, report on specimens Qc45, Qc46, Qc47, April 28, 1970, FBI File No 9-49911.
[5] FBI San Francisco, airtel, January 22, 1970, 9-49911, see the excerpt on p. 12. Source: zodiackiller.com.
[6] Zodiac, Halloween card to Paul Avery, October 27, 1970 (zodiackillerfact.com). See my solution on here on ostellovolante.com.
[7] Frederic W. Goudy, The Alphabet, 1922, p. 11.
[8] zodiackiller.com/MyNameIs.html.
[9] Sunday S.F. Examiner and Chronicle, California Living, week of November 12, 1967, p. 54. Several advertisements of Zodiac watches were published in U.S. newspapers in 1967. Source: newspapers.com.
[10] James Whitley, The archaeology of ancient Greece, Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 140-141.
[11] Hair, poster, A.C.T.’s Geary Theatre, San Francisco, 1969/1970, see also the advertisements in this post, other than notes 60, 64, 77.
[12] “5th Dimension gets Grammy”, San Francisco Examiner, May 8, 1970, p. 34. Source: newspapers.com.
[13] Mary Campbell, AP, “It’s a ripe age for the 5th Dimension”, San Francisco Examiner, June 6, 1969, p. 26.
[14] San Francisco Examiner, October 11, 1969, p.10.
[15] California Department of Justice, Zodiac Homicides, special report, 1971. Source: zodiackillerfact.com.
[16] San Francisco Examiner, March 24, 1970, p. 24. Source: newspapers.com.
[17] See advertisements in this post and their related notes: 60, 64, 77.
[18] MClatchy Newspapers Service AP and UPI, “Zodiac’s postcard”, The Sacramento Bee, March 27, 1971, p. D2.
[19] “Hunt for nurse at dead end”, San Francisco Examiner, September 26, 1970, p. 4.
[20] Alexander Cunningham, Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum, Volume I, plate XXVIII.
[21] The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, Volume XI, The Century Co., p. 224.
[22] Ibidem, pp. 222-224.
[23] William Haynes, Chemical trade names and commercial synonyms, 2nd Edition, D. Van Nostrand Co, p. 377.
[24] Ibidem.
[25] Andrew Ure et al., Dictionary of Chemistry, Vol. II, Robert Desilver, 1821, “Lac”.
[26] See the part dedicated to symbols “My Ya” and the beginning of chapter “L’acqua”.
[27] See chapter “Let the sunshine in”.
[28] U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010, surnames occurring at least 100 times. File downloadable also from this link.
[29] Bevilacqua, en.wikipedia.org/wik/Bevilacqua_(surname)).
[30] Collins Italian College Dictionary, 1991, P. 6.
[31] Harper’s Latin dictionary founded on the translation of Freund’s Latin-German lexicon, American Book Company, p. 1505.
[32] Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, Liber XI, paragraph 137, la.wikisource.org/wiki/Naturalis_Historia/Liber_XI.
[33] Chapter “Set up like this”.
[34] Ibidem.
[35] Chapter “Let the sunshine in”.
[36] Chapter “L’acqua”.
[37] Francesco Amicone, Solution to Zodiac’s Halloween riddle, 2020.
[38] Robert Graysmith, Zodiac, Berkley Publishing Group, 1986, edition 2007, p. 146.
[39] zodiacciphers.com/zodiac-news/the-recollection-of-the-july-5th-1969-payphone-call
[40] zodiacciphers.com/zodiac-news/the-payphone-call-at-main-street.
[41] “Manhunt for crazed killer”, The Napa Register, October 4, 1969, p. 3a. Source: newspapers.com.
[42] The Napa Register, October 1, 1969, front page. Source: newspapers.com.
[43] Sunday S.F. Examiner and Chronicle, California Living, week of November 12, 1967, p. 54. Several advertisements of Zodiac watches were published in U.S. newspapers in 1967. Source: newspapers.com.
[44] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Examiner, August 4, 1969.
[45] Zodiac, postcard to the San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 1969.
[46] Zodiac, letter to Melvin Belli, December 20, 1969.
[47] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 1970.
[48] Ibidem. The same term compared also in the letter sent by Zodiac to the S.F. Chronicle on March 13, 1971.
[49] Zodiac, letter to the S.F. Chronicle, July 26, 1970.
[50] Zodiac, card to the S.F. Chronicle, October 5, 1970. The same term was also used in Zodiac’s letter postmarked “March 13, 1971”.
[51] Zodiac, Halloween card to Paul Avery, October 27, 1970.
[52] tapatalk.com/groups/zodiackillerffound-it-by-fire-by-gun-by-knife-by-rope-t7089.html.
[53] Zodiac, letter to the Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1971.
[54] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, January 29, 1974.
[55] newspapers.com/search/#query=EKIM&dr_year=1970-1970.
[56] en.wikipedia.org/Bekim_Fehmiu.
[57] “Three films open this week”, San Francisco Examiner, March 23, 1970, p. 40. Source: newspapers.com.
[58] San Francisco Examiner, March 24, 1970, p.24. Source: newspapers.com.
[59] San Francisco Examiner, April 21, 1970, p.28. Source: newspapers.com.
[60] newspapers.com/search/#query=BEKIM&dr_year=1970-1970.
[61] Vernon Scott, “10 Million risked on an unknown”, San Francisco Examiner, January 3, 1970, p. 10. Source: newspapers.com.
[62] San Francisco Examiner, January 3, 1970, p. 10. Source: newspapers.com.
[63] See chapter “Take the money and run”.
[64] La Nazione, July 5-28, 1974, p.9.
[65] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, January 29, 1974.
[66] Gruppo Investigativo Delitti Seriali, transcription of the conversation on the American suspect “Ulysses”, June 30, 2003, p.10 and following. Source: debunkingjoediac.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/colloquionesivanni.pdf.
[67] U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010, surnames occurring at least 100 times, see chapter “L’acqua”. File downloadable also from this link.
[68] Francesco Amicone, Solution to the Mt Diablo cipher, 2020.
[69] The Oxford paperback dictionary, 1988, p. 12.
[70] Woody Allen, “Take the money and run”, Palomar Pictures International, 1969. Source: youtu.be.com/watch?v=2AV1eyf1Pgw, minute 4.10.
[71] Ibidem. See also the transcription here: script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/t/take-the-money-and-run-script.html.
[72] S.F. Sunday Examiner and Chronicle, Datebook 5-11 October. Source: newspapers.com.
[73] San Francisco Examiner, October 11, 1969, p. 10, see chapter “Let the sunshine in”. Source: newspapers.com.
[74] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 1969, p. 1.
[75] San Francisco Examiner, October 18, 1969, pp. 8 and 10. Source: newspapers.com.
[76] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, July 26, 1970.
[77] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, January 29, 1974.
[78] Ibidem. See chapter “L’acqua”.
[79] San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle, September 21, 1969, p. 5. For Candice Bergen, see also note 60. For the Fifth Dimension, see also chapter “Let the sunshine in”. Source: newspapers.com.
[80] The Napa Register, October 1, 1969, front page. Source: newspapers.com.
[81] John Chapman, “Woody Allen farce, ‘Don’t drink the water,’ stirs up laughter”, Daily News, November 18, 1966, p. 76. Source: newspapers.com.
[82] Stanley Eichelbaum, “Screen renders ‘Water’ non-potable”, San Francisco Examiner, November 20, 1969, p. 28. Source: newspapers.com.
[83] nameberry.com.
[84] Guglielmo Comelati and John Davenport, Dictionary of the Italian and English Languages, Longman and Co. et al, 1854.
[85] Zodiac, letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 1970, p. 2.
[86] Collins Italian College Dictionary, 1991, P. 167.
[87] Francesco Amicone, Solution to the Mt Diablo cipher, 2020.
[88] “Salinas teacher breaks code on Vallejo murders”, San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle, p.24. Source: newspapers.com.
[89] Robert Graysmith, Zodiac, Berkley Publishing Group, 1986, edition 2007, p. 53.
Edited on October 16, 2020
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2020.10.02 10:16 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: NoNewNormal top posts from 2020-06-06 to 2020-10-02 02:32 PDT

Period: 117.44 days
Submissions Comments
Total 998 44812
Rate (per day) 8.50 380.96
Unique Redditors 431 4178
Combined Score 136816 450400

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 7576 points, 57 submissions: IntactBroadSword
    1. Yawn (353 points, 94 comments)
    2. Property rights (349 points, 46 comments)
    3. Really gets the noggin joggin (265 points, 8 comments)
    4. Well. Isn't it obvious? (246 points, 45 comments)
    5. sCiENcE (246 points, 8 comments)
    6. The religion of covid (236 points, 52 comments)
    7. Doomer logic (227 points, 18 comments)
    8. The numbers are in (196 points, 52 comments)
    9. Plandemic (192 points, 26 comments)
    10. I'm making this prediction (185 points, 30 comments)
  2. 4955 points, 31 submissions: SchuminWeb
    1. "Putting on a mask to walk ten feet through a restaurant and then taking it off when I get to my table is one of the dumbest things I’ve done in my entire life and I’ve done a lot of dumb things" (510 points, 98 comments)
    2. It's funny because it's true... (465 points, 56 comments)
    3. Florida lifts all COVID-19 restrictions (444 points, 97 comments)
    4. And yet, here we are... (305 points, 86 comments)
    5. Just a reminder about some of the people that we deal with... (244 points, 206 comments)
    6. Florida's Governor Lifts All COVID-19 Restrictions On Businesses Statewide (242 points, 44 comments)
    7. Idaho's House of Representatives votes to end Coronavirus Emergency effective immediately (230 points, 28 comments)
    8. A friend of mine shared this recently on Facebook regarding Independence Day and the way people have been acting lately, and I can't argue with it (227 points, 43 comments)
    9. This sign on a still-closed mall store makes me sad, because it's a reminder that we were initially sold the lockdown with the expectation that it would only be for two weeks. Instead, it has lasted 3+ months. (161 points, 49 comments)
    10. The Grille at Flower Hill, a Gaithersburg, Maryland restaurant, is publicly announcing that its staff will not wear masks. This business definitely needs some positive support instead of the massive backlash that the sheep have been giving. (129 points, 30 comments)
  3. 4731 points, 30 submissions: SpiderImAlright
    1. Tennessee governor ending all statewide restrictions on businesses, gatherings (419 points, 108 comments)
    2. EXCLUSIVE: Trump COVID adviser won’t cave to criticism: ‘It’s destructive to lock down the healthy’ (365 points, 76 comments)
    3. "Most of u have been mainpulated into believing we're fighting a giant war against the virus, w masks, lockdowns, vaccines, etc as the preferred "public health" tools. The real war is happening in the space btwn your ears. You're getting conned. None of this is remotely necessary." (335 points, 90 comments)
    4. It’s now looking like the lockdowns may have been a huge mistake (297 points, 74 comments)
    5. Yes, I'm against masks and their symbology but more importantly I'm against permanently damaging society and our way of life over a new cold virus. (288 points, 246 comments)
    6. Never forget who did this to us (277 points, 103 comments)
    7. "The old normal: Schools were open. Faces were uncovered. Interstate travel and religious ceremonies were unrestricted. Colleges weren't prisons. ADULTS WERE TREATED - AND TREATED EACH OTHER - AS HUMAN BEINGS WITH AUTONOMY, NOT DISEASE VECTORS. I prefer the old normal." (206 points, 10 comments)
    8. "The new normal, is not normal. It's no kind of normal at all." - Van Morrison from his new song "Born To Be Free" (185 points, 15 comments)
    9. "The verbiage in the decision declaring PA's lockdown orders unconstitutional makes me proud to be an American. This is our country. This is what we stand for. Read it. Pass it on. It's beautiful." (168 points, 21 comments)
    10. Recall California Governor Gavin Newsom (2020) (152 points, 18 comments)
  4. 3357 points, 29 submissions: tarkay
    1. Protesters String Up Curlers, Hair Dryers Outside Nancy Pelosi’s Home (302 points, 65 comments)
    2. Florida governor hosts expert panel that condemns lockdowns (234 points, 49 comments)
    3. Britons would 'go to prison before being injected' as distrust of Covid vaccine grows (226 points, 41 comments)
    4. Michigan Petition Reaches Enough Signatures To Possibly End Whitmer's Pandemic Overreach (175 points, 18 comments)
    5. Americans Sense Something Is Wrong: Gun Sales Up 72% (159 points, 75 comments)
    6. COVID-19 fatality rate “worst miscalculation in the history of humanity” says PhD candidate in epidemiology (153 points, 12 comments)
    7. Coronavirus Study Confirms, with Exception of New York and New Jersey, Overall Mortality Not Much Different Than a Bad Flu Season (128 points, 20 comments)
    8. Here We Go… Researchers Find Coronavirus Stays in the Ear – What’s Next, Mandatory Ear Muffs (122 points, 76 comments)
    9. Nevada Gov. Sisolak Caught on Video Having Dinner at Las Vegas Restaurant with Live Music – Claims He Did Nothing Wrong (118 points, 23 comments)
    10. JAIL FAUCI: Massive International Study Shows Countries with Early HCQ Use Had 79% Lower Mortality Rate — THIS IS HUGE! We Are Talking Over 100,000 American Lives (117 points, 24 comments)
  5. 2288 points, 18 submissions: Cloud9Shopper
    1. Adam Carrolla says COVID restrictions are creating a nation of cowards (311 points, 51 comments)
    2. Tired of being told that we are the selfish ones when the doomers demand that society change to accommodate THEIR fears (284 points, 159 comments)
    3. Why can we not accept that we need to move on with our lives? (179 points, 73 comments)
    4. Tired of hearing “every other country contained this and is back to normal; America can’t get this under control!” (145 points, 109 comments)
    5. A virus that everyone needs to “take seriously” and be afraid of, yet we need to be bribed with sports apparel to get a test. (132 points, 37 comments)
    6. Got refused service for the first time tonight (124 points, 38 comments)
    7. Does anyone else think masks send harmful messages instead of positive ones? (122 points, 101 comments)
    8. I’m so tired of “stay safe” and “stay healthy” (120 points, 37 comments)
    9. The same people who don’t want this to end so they can have their dream lazy and anti-social lifestyle forever are the same people who say we are selfish for wanting a reopens economy. (120 points, 27 comments)
    10. Nothing feels fun anymore (104 points, 45 comments)
  6. 1493 points, 14 submissions: elizabeth0000
    1. California Attorney Says Gov. Newsom is Deliberately Using Bad Data to Keep State in Lockdown (176 points, 25 comments)
    2. Rand Paul calls for Cuomo to be impeached over coronavirus response (153 points, 21 comments)
    3. Family who lost 11-year-old son to suicide believes social isolation was a factor (143 points, 42 comments)
    4. Pelosi used shuttered San Francisco hair salon for blow-out, owner calls it 'slap in the face (134 points, 21 comments)
    5. John Ioannidis Warned COVID-19 Could Be a “Once-In-A-Century” Data Fiasco. He Was Right Jon Miltimore (118 points, 12 comments)
    6. You Must Not ‘Do Your Own Research’ When It Comes To Science (117 points, 110 comments)
    7. ‘It was a setup’: Nancy Pelosi refuses to apologize for illicit salon visit (114 points, 51 comments)
    8. Wisconsin Supreme Court says Dane County cannot stop private schools from holding in-person classes during pandemic (100 points, 9 comments)
    9. "This is a Warning For What's Coming!" - Veteran and California Business Owner Fed Up with Covid Lockdown Orders Puts County Board of Supervisors on Notice (VIDEO) (82 points, 16 comments)
    10. Wall Street Firms Are Considering A Mass Exodus From New York (75 points, 6 comments)
  7. 1305 points, 7 submissions: cholley_doo
    1. Remember this ? (242 points, 35 comments)
    2. a meme for you to share (219 points, 6 comments)
    3. Just got this from a friend (209 points, 7 comments)
    4. Typical maskers (186 points, 10 comments)
    5. thank you (175 points, 88 comments)
    6. School Teachers, Get your Asses Back to work (161 points, 52 comments)
    7. When did the story start to unravel for you? (113 points, 207 comments)
  8. 1275 points, 8 submissions: WiseDragonfruit
    1. They waste ALL their advertising spots on this shit and then complain when they're out of money. The constant brainwashing is so tiring! (265 points, 92 comments)
    2. This is who we're up against (264 points, 100 comments)
    3. Brooklyn bar sues Cuomo over curfew for indoor dining: 'Coronavirus does not behave as a vampire' (189 points, 21 comments)
    4. Official MTA ad not only tells people to wear a mask, but also says to stop talking and social interaction altogether. (169 points, 57 comments)
    5. Over 48,000 college students have now tested positive for Covid. Two have been hospitalized. Two! (135 points, 20 comments)
    6. I have noticed that people are more open to talking to me because I'm not wearing a mask (97 points, 23 comments)
    7. Getting this shit in my phone notifications now. FUCK OUTTA HERE! (85 points, 63 comments)
    8. "Cuomo rips NYPD, NYU over massive student party in Washington Square Park" - I guess making friends is not allowed anymore? Meanwhile NY State has been having 0 to 5 covid deaths for the past two months. What is the logic? (71 points, 15 comments)
  9. 1232 points, 6 submissions: KillYourInnerLoser
    1. Police in Melbourne will now enter your home WITHOUT A WARRANT. (470 points, 359 comments)
    2. Madness in Melbourne - Datasheet/Press Release (with sources) of Melbourne's Lockdown Hell (234 points, 145 comments)
    3. I went on a podcast to talk about Melbourne's police state. (194 points, 51 comments)
    4. We Need a Principled Anti-Lockdown Movement (118 points, 16 comments)
    5. Sweden's All Cause Death Rate was no higher this year than any other year. (111 points, 47 comments)
    6. Woman arrested for refusing to wear a mask in Melbourne, Australia. (105 points, 95 comments)
  10. 1212 points, 9 submissions: agroupofone
    1. More good news: City of Scottsdale, AZ rescinds mask order (224 points, 37 comments)
    2. We aren't being warned about Covid, we are being sold. (222 points, 38 comments)
    3. It's been 2 weeks since Labor Day, where are all the new Covid cases? (190 points, 94 comments)
    4. Imagine being a 5 year old today (132 points, 67 comments)
    5. I really hate the muffled mask voices (110 points, 25 comments)
    6. We are returning to the witch hunt mentality of the 1600s (102 points, 48 comments)
    7. Here in AZ, Covid has basically evaporated. (83 points, 26 comments)
    8. The MSM knows the official narrative is BS which is why dissenting opinions are censored (78 points, 16 comments)
    9. Maskless field report in Arizona (71 points, 28 comments)
  11. 1199 points, 6 submissions: ashowofhands
    1. One of our students is sick (264 points, 64 comments)
    2. Teachers can't teach in school because iTs A pAnDeMiC, but it's perfectly safe for them to take a road trip across the country (255 points, 105 comments)
    3. Ever notice how lockdown cheerleaders have all their terminology/catch phrases literally backwards? (217 points, 77 comments)
    4. My local grocery store removed the directional arrows and "wait here" lilypads from the floor (209 points, 34 comments)
    5. Because somehow this is better than just letting them go to damn school (177 points, 34 comments)
    6. I'm at my breaking point. Years of tireless work on mental health are being reversed faster than I can keep up. (77 points, 15 comments)
  12. 1193 points, 5 submissions: Oreu
    1. Australian woman is arrested in her own home for posting a lockdown protest event on facebook. (554 points, 428 comments)
    2. Cheers to my facebook friend. An old school liberal, used to be a professor at UC Berkley. Tons of his friends have abandoned him, but he's also won over people like me. He posts quality articles and anecdotes everyday, and thoroughly argues against any doomers that dare comment. (266 points, 27 comments)
    3. New Normal in Australia (205 points, 103 comments)
    4. A relevant quote from CS Lewis... (100 points, 7 comments)
    5. We are ridiculed for questioning the totalitarian nature of covid mandates... Proposals like the "Morality Pill", meant to covertly drug people into being more "cooperative", are exactly why we push back. (68 points, 20 comments)
  13. 1125 points, 9 submissions: Alarming_Tension_843
    1. It’s no longer how far can they go, it’s now how far the public gonna agree to follow. So do you know a flow, where we can all get along? (275 points, 46 comments)
    2. Welcome to the twilight zone (197 points, 22 comments)
    3. Hydroxychloroquine is banned in Ohio (125 points, 72 comments)
    4. Coming to a tyrannical government near you (119 points, 57 comments)
    5. Hundreds of protesters gather against new flu vaccine mandate in Massachusetts (100 points, 30 comments)
    6. Yale epidemiologist: Dr. Fauci running 'misinformation campaign' against hydroxychloroquine (91 points, 2 comments)
    7. Poll: Third of Americans say they won't take a coronavirus vaccine (81 points, 30 comments)
    8. Levin's Warning: A State That Can Mandate Masks Has Unlimited Power (69 points, 2 comments)
    9. "Worrying signs" of falling trust in coronavirus vaccines, as 79 percent would not get shot right away (68 points, 22 comments)
  14. 1097 points, 3 submissions: pantagathus01
    1. Let freedom ring (624 points, 164 comments)
    2. If you wonder why you are heavily demonized at times for expressing concern about lockdowns, this is why (312 points, 95 comments)
    3. Fuck CNN and everything they represent (161 points, 62 comments)
  15. 1086 points, 8 submissions: MrsClawbster
    1. What will it be this week? (207 points, 24 comments)
    2. I kind of want a shirt like this (182 points, 14 comments)
    3. British tourist makes tube of Pringles last four hours to avoid wearing coronavirus face mask during flight to Tenerife (181 points, 51 comments)
    4. Ohio woman arrested and tased for not wearing a mask at a high school football game (125 points, 129 comments)
    5. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse decision to require masks at all stores, but 'request' customers wear them (115 points, 28 comments)
    6. Couple forced to wear ankle monitors to self-isolate after Kentucky woman tests positive for COVID-19 (112 points, 53 comments)
    7. Nashville Officials Concealed Low COVID-19 Numbers Coming From Bars And Restaurants: Leaked Emails (94 points, 10 comments)
    8. Tucker Carlson: World Health Organization Is Linking Coronavirus To Climate Change (70 points, 17 comments)
  16. 1060 points, 8 submissions: saydizzle
    1. Make memes, not masks. (310 points, 17 comments)
    2. This is what I’m taking about. 102 days without a case. A family of 4 tests positive and it’s lockdown time. There is no scenario where this nonsense will ever stop if we keep accepting it. (218 points, 106 comments)
    3. Formerly pro-mask chain store not enforcing masks. (107 points, 26 comments)
    4. Drove by the stadium last night and kids were playing football and people were in the stands. (96 points, 10 comments)
    5. They’re planning on keeping mask mandates past Christmas. It’s a no from me, dog. (93 points, 17 comments)
    6. Headed to the store. (80 points, 32 comments)
    7. Lockdown proponents when I agree that we should listen to the CDC (79 points, 0 comments)
    8. I don’t think they understand what a Karen is supposed to mean. (77 points, 16 comments)
  17. 1056 points, 6 submissions: JiveWookiee5
    1. Happy 8-week anniversary of this super-viral 8-week prediction tweet!!! (300 points, 56 comments)
    2. Hospitalizations continue to free fall to the lowest levels since March (with far more testing, mind you). End all this bullshit now. It is over. (276 points, 41 comments)
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2020.09.27 16:24 SecretSauce384 Finance PhD in China! Which city? university?

hi,
I'm considering to pursue a Finance or Economics PhD in China and was hoping to hear some thoughts on this!
I got a B.A. in International Management and also did an exchange to Xi'an, China to study Mandarin Chinese during my undergrad. After graduating I thought about getting a Master's degree in China. However, I somehow managed to get a scholarship and ended up getting a M.S. in Finance degree from a mediocre school in the US, but still AACSB accredited, so not too bad.
I would love to continue studying in the field of finance and combine it with my passion for China. I thought about going for a PhD in China, and maybe even taught in Chinese.
As I have lived in Northern China for about 1.5 years I know how bad the air quality can be during the winter times. Especially in Xi'an was the air pollution even worse than in Beijing at times. Something I rather wanna avoid. Then there is only cities like Shenzhen and Shanghai left as top financial cities, and these cities are also great places to find a job afterwards, I guess.
Shenzhen:
I feel very attracted by this city, but not so sure about the schools. I did some research about Shenzhen University (Top 100 in China), HongKong Chinese University Shenzhen Campus and Peking University HSBC Business School (Almost impossible to get admission without a Master's from there).
Shanghai:
I'm not so sure about the city, but there are good schools. I looked at Fudan and Jiatong University. You can't do anything wrong with either of them. Both are within the top 4 in China. Shanghai Jiatong even offers 6-12 months of training in overseas universities like MIT, UC Berkley etc. Something I would absolutely consider doing.
What do guys think about all of this? Would be happy to hear any thoughts / suggestions etc.
Thanks a lot!
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2020.09.19 14:44 Lost-Tree Which college should I apply to?

I am an international student applying to colleges in 2022(the year of 2026). I haven't taken my ACT yet but I score pretty well (35-36) in sample tests all over the internet. My ECs include a website to help students take up coding, making a game( in progress), setting up and organizing a fund raiser with PwD, learning Japanese+ 2 other languages etc. I am really interested in CS and streams related to it.I have over 18 colleges in my common app right now and I plan to apply for UCLA, Berkley and MIT. The application cost is a lot and I want to cut down on some. I also need financial aid :(
Which colleges should I apply to?? These are the colleges I have in mind:
What should I add/ delete? Please help!!
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2020.09.02 16:14 lilredbirb help a rising junior improve her chances/suggest colleges!

hi! as the title says, would appreciate any advice/any college reccomendations! also not sure what major i should apply in yet, feel free to leave your thoughts!
Demographics: Gender, race/ethnicity, state, type of school, and hooks (URM, first generation, legacy, athlete, etc.): Asian female, upper middle class?
Intended Major(s): Molecular biology or business? open to suggestions!
ACT: not taken yet, but generally scored around 34-35 on practice tests
SAT II: planning on taking Bio and Math 2 subject test this winter
UW/W GPA and Rank: 4.0 UW, school doesn't do weighted/rank
Coursework: AP Biology (5), taking AP US History, AP Studio Art, AP Chemistry, AP Mandarin next yr, taken/taking 9 honors
Awards: Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key, placed at states in debate, Honor Roll, placed in a few events at Science Olympiad competitions
Extracurriculars: Captain of Science Olympiad (doing a lot of restructuring/reorganizing the team), Debate (compete on national circuit, also mentor other young female debaters, qualified to NDCA), legislation manager for a youth environmental activism organization (sent emails, read through bills, met with representatives, spoken at small events), VP of mental health organization, Intern at art non profit (publicity, managing social media, made an app for them), President of National Art Honor Society, President/founder of Bullet Journal Club, Coached middle school science bowl (they were very successful) and starting/will be coaching middle school science olympiad this yr
Reaches: Brown, Yale, MIT, UPenn, UC Berkley, Uchicago? Barnard?
Matches: CMU, BU, Umich, NYU, northeastern?
Safeties: UMass Amherst
thank you and have a great day :))
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2020.08.23 06:15 w4rdr0b3 Whats in a Vaccine?

a few links to read

GAVI, an organization that provides vaccines to underserved populations, says that at least 60% of the world’s population will need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity and begin stamping out COVID-19. “You can’t go back to your normal trade, travel or movement of people” unless everyone gets vaccinated, GAVI CEO Seth Berkley recently told the BBC. “It’s really important to have that mindset: we’re not safe, unless everybody is safe.”
https://fortune.com/2020/08/22/china-covid-vaccine-sinopharm-price-cost/

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GAVI & WELLCOME are GATES

BBC - 13th Aug - Coronavirus: How will the world vaccinate seven billion?
Seth Berkley, Gavi's CEO, says one of the biggest hurdles he's facing is so-called "vaccine nationalism".
"I think we need all countries to be thinking about this in a globally minded way, partially because it's the right thing to do but also because it's a self-interest issue," he says.
"If you have large reservoirs of virus circulating in surrounding countries, you can't go back to your normal trade, travel or movement of people. It's really important to have that mindset: we're not safe, unless everybody is safe."
Dr Charlie Weller, head of vaccines at the UK's Wellcome Trust, says countries are going to have to ask some frank questions.
"Who needs this vaccine? Which are the highest risk groups? And who are the highest priority? Because what we're pretty clear about is any initial vaccine is likely to outstrip supply, so choices will need to be made."
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53741966

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Chinese mining company used COVID-19 vaccine on employees in Papa New Guinea: Report
A document on company letterhead entitled "Vaccination Statement" said 48 Chinese employees "have been vaccinated with SARS-COV-2 vaccine" on August 10.
Published: 21st August 2020 12:11 PM
CANBERRA: A Chinese mining company in Papua New Guinea claims to have immunised employees against COVID-19 in an apparent vaccination trial, a newspaper reported on Friday.
The South Pacific island nation's Health Minister Papua Jelta Wong said his department was investigating the claim by Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd., The Australian reported.
National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning banned COVID-19 vaccine testing or trials in Papua New Guinea on Thursday and later noted the National Department of Health had not approved any trials.
"Any vaccines imported into PNG must be approved by NDoH and must go through vigorous vaccine trials, protocols and procedures" and must be pre-qualified by the World Health Organization, Manning said in a statement on Friday.
Wong did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

A document on company letterhead entitled "Vaccination Statement" said 48 Chinese employees "have been vaccinated with SARS-COV-2 vaccine" on August 10.
The statement was sent to the Papua New Guinea Health Department and advised that the vaccine could cause false-positive test results in those who received it, the newspaper said.
Manning has written to Chinese Ambassador Xue Bing seeking "immediate clarification of the Chinese government's position regarding the vaccination statement."
Ramu is operated by Metallurgical Corp.of China, a subsidiary of state-owned China Metallurgical Group Corp.
Phone calls to Ramu's office in the Papua New Guinea city of Madang and to the parent company's Beijing headquarters in Beijing weren't answered.
Australia, which is Papua New Guinea's nearest neighbor after Indonesia and its largest provider of foreign aid, had learned China may have begun trialing a coronavirus vaccine in the region using employees of state-owned enterprises, the newspaper reported.
Australian government officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.
Papua New Guinea is a poor country of 9 million people who are mostly subsistence farmers.
It has recorded only 361 COVID-19 cases and four deaths.
But infections have surged in the past month, particularly in the capital Port Moresby where a curfew is being enforced as a pandemic measure.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2020/aug/21/chinese-mining-company-used-covid-19-vaccine-on-employees-in-papa-new-guinea-report-2186473.html
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It was unclear which Chinese producer supplied the vaccine.

State-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd., also known as SinoPharm, announced in July it gave experimental shots of a vaccine to its employees before the government approved testing in people.
In Indonesia, another Chinese company, Sinovac Biotech Ltd., began testing a vaccine this month on 1,620 volunteers in partnership with state-owned Bio Farma.
https://thediplomat.com/2020/08/papua-new-guinea-demands-china-explain-covid-19-vaccine-trial-on-miners/
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Vials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, a recombinant adenovirus vaccine named Ad5-nCoV, co-developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics Inc and a team led by Chinese military infectious disease expert, are pictured in Wuhan, Hubei province, China March 24, 2020.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-vaccine-chinese-mine-workers-papua-new-guinea/
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The mining company
As a super conglomerate, China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC Group) is the longest-running construction force in China’s iron and steel industry, serving as the pioneer and main force in this field.
http://www.mcc.com.cn/mccen/about_mcc/about_mcc60/index.html

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whats in the vaccine?

nanomaterial?

Vaccination, one of the most effective strategies to prevent infectious diseases, is the administration of antigenic materials to stimulate an individual’s immune system to develop adaptive immunity to a specific pathogen. Though it is so advantageous for diseases control and prevention, vaccines still have some limitations. Nanotechnology is an approach to prepare a novel biomedicine vaccine with the vaccine consumption and side effects significantly decreased. Regulation is the most important criterion for the development of nanovaccines. All marketing products have to meet the requirement of regulation. The fast-track designation potentially aids in the development and expedites the review of nanovaccines that show promises in an unmet medical need. Here, some successful nanovaccine products are introduced—Inflexal® V, Epaxal®, GardasilTM, and CervarixTM have been widely used for the clinical applications, which are delivered either in the form of virosomes or virus-like particles. Vaccines based on nanotechnology may overcome their original disadvantages and lead to the development of painless, safer, and more effective products.

https://www.intechopen.com/books/micro-and-nanotechnologies-for-biotechnology/nanotechnologies-applied-in-biomedical-vaccines

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Nanoparticle/nanocarrier: The live-attenuated and inactivated viral vaccines can be regarded as nanoparticles themselves. Rather than serving as the vaccine itself, a nanoparticle (viral or non-viral) can be employed as nanocarrier to encapsulate or present the antigen payload or nucleic acid encoding the antigen. Nanocarriers provide stability and targeting of these payloads to antigen presenting cells (APCs); nanocarriers can confer innate adjuvant behaviour (see Fig. 3). Nanocarriers synchronize delivery of both, antigen and adjuvant, to target immune cells.• Viral vector: repurposed mammalian viruses engineered to deliver a gene encoding the antigen (examples include adeno-viral vectors derived from chimpanzee and human).• Proteinaceous nanoparticles: nanoscale biomaterial assem-blies with atomic precision and complexity (examples include protein nanocages and non-infectious viruses such as plant viruses or bacteriophages) engineered to present a subunit vaccine or deliver a nucleic acid encoding the antigen.• Synthetic nanoparticles: nanoscale assemblies of synthetic materials (examples include polymer, liposomal, or lipid nano-particles) engineered to present a subunit vaccine or deliver a nucleic acid encoding the antigen

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41565-020-0737-y.pdf

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In the next 10 or so years, your blood will probably be streaming with tiny nanorobots there to help keep you from getting sick or even transmit your thoughts to a wireless cloud. They will travel inside of you, on a molecular level, protecting the biological system and ensuring that you have a good and long life. The future is closer than you may think.

https://interestingengineering.com/nanobots-will-flowing-body-2030

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This work presents a new approach with details on the integrated platform and hardware architecture for nanorobots application in epidemic control, which should enable real time in vivo prognosis of biohazard infection.
The recent developments in the field of nanoelectronics, with transducers progressively shrinking down to smaller sizes through nanotechnology and carbon nanotubes, are expected to result in innovative biomedical instrumentation possibilities, with new therapies and efficient diagnosis methodologies.
The use of integrated systems, smart biosensors, and programmable nanodevices are advancing nanoelectronics, enabling the progressive research and development of molecular machines. It should provide high precision pervasive biomedical monitoring with real time data transmission.
The use of nanobioelectronics as embedded systems is the natural pathway towards manufacturing methodology to achieve nanorobot applications out of laboratories sooner as possible.
To demonstrate the practical application of medical nanorobotics, a 3D simulation based on clinical data addresses how to integrate communication with nanorobots using RFID, mobile phones, and satellites, applied to long distance ubiquitous surveillance and health monitoring for troops in conflict zones. Therefore, the current model can also be used to prevent and save a population against the case of some targeted epidemic disease.
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The proposed model uses electromagnetic radio waves to command and detect the current status of nanorobots inside the body. Therefore, the cell phone is applied for medical nanorobotics platform [7,64,65]. This occurs as the cell phone emits a magnetic signature to the passive CMOS sensors embedded in the nanorobot, which enables sending and receiving data through electromagnetic fields [66]. From the last set of events recorded in pattern arrays, information can be reflected back by wave resonance [64].
The nanorobot model includes embedded IC (integrated circuit) nanoelectronics [67], and the architecture involves the use of satellites and mobile phones for data transmission and coupling energy [68,69]. The nanorobot is programmed for sensing and to detect concentration of alpha-NAGA in the bloodstream [7,16,70]. The nanorobot architecture uses an RFID (radio frequency identification device) CMOS transponder system for in vivo positioning [70], adopting well established communication protocols, which allow track information about the nanorobot position [5,7].
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3675524/

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A team has proposed using nanobots to create the ‘internet of thoughts’, where instant knowledge could be downloaded just by thinking it.
An international team of scientists led by members of UC Berkeley and the US Institute for Molecular Manufacturing predicts that exponential progress in nanotechnology, nanomedicine, artificial intelligence (AI) and computation will lead this century to the development of a human ‘brain-cloud interface’ (B-CI).

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/brain-cloud-interface-nanobots-global-superbrain

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Facebook has assembled a team of 60 engineers working on artificial intelligence and neural prosthetics to create a system that can read your brainwaves and translate them, 100 words per minute.
https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/facebook-talk-with-your-brain

so - did the Chinese just put a nano rfid into some miners in the form of a Vaccine
what will be in the vaccines they are developing?
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2020.08.17 18:02 autotldr Bill Gates-backed vaccine CEO calls on Russia to release data

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 62%. (I'm a bot)
If Russian President Vladimir Putin has found an effective COVID-19 vaccine, then the data showing its safety and effectiveness should be released, the head of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance says.
In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with Newsweek International, Dr. Seth Berkley said that he had yet to see any efficacy data showing that President Putin had a safe vaccine.
President Putin had announced last week that a locally developed vaccine for the COVID-19 virus that has killed over 770,000 people worldwide, had been given regulatory approval.
Dr. Berkley's comments come after the World Health Organization also called on Russia not to cut corners and follow international guidelines for vaccine production.
Governments across the world view a vaccine as the most effective means to overcome the virus, with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson describing the search for a vaccine as "The most urgent shared endeavor of our lifetimes", signing four separate agreements with companies.
In the U.S., President Trump has advocated an "America first" approach to the vaccine.
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2020.08.17 05:00 vivising Any input would be appreciated but Please Be Honest!

Demographics: Indian female, NJ public school, international, first-gen student living and studying in the US
Intended Major: Biololgy/Pre-Pharmacy
GPA: 96.3/100 (100 scale --> 4.0 unweighted GPA, I don't know the weighted)
Test Scores: 1530 SAT (one time, 800 M, 730 R&W), Math Level 2: 800 (planning to take bio in Oct)
Coursework: (including Senior year) IB Diploma Student (6 IBs) --> I don't have all my scores yet since 5/6 exams i'll be taking this year but IB Spanish (6) , AP Calc (5) , AP Comp Sci (3)
Extracurriculars:
Awards:
Letters of Rec: 3 total, 1 from my english/public speaking teacher (had her for three diff courses), 1 from my research teacher, 1 from my guidance counselor
Additional: Was supposed to do a research internship with a Professor at Rutgers, but was unable to due to corona, but I'm planning to put this in the additional information section
My Likely College List from Wild Card Reaches to Safeties (in my opinion):
  1. Princeton
  2. Stanford
  3. Upenn
  4. Umich
  5. UNC Chapell Hill
  6. UCLA
  7. UC Berkley
  8. UC Irvine
  9. Northeastern University
  10. University of Pittsburgh
  11. University of Maryland
  12. Ohio State University
  13. Purdue University
  14. Rutgers University (pharmacy school or New Brunswick campus)
Sorry this was so long, but any feedback would be appreciated, thanks!
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2020.08.10 05:54 CoinEx_Institution Filecoin Development Status and Mining Progress

Author: Gamals Ahmed, CoinEx Business Ambassador
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A decentralized storage network that transforms cloud storage into an account market. Miners obtain the integrity of the original protocol by providing data storage and / or retrieval. On the contrary, customers pay miners to store or distribute data and retrieve it.
Filecoin announced, that there will be more delays before its main network is officially launched.
Filecoin developers postponed the release date of their main network to late July to late August 2020.
As mentioned in a recent announcement, the Filecoin team said that the initiative completed the first round of the internal protocol security audit. Platform developers claim that the results of the review showed that they need to make several changes to the protocol’s code base before performing the second stage of the software testing process.
Created by Protocol Labs, Filecoin was developed using File System (IPFS), which is a peer-to-peer data storage network. Filecoin will allow users to trade storage space in an open and decentralized market.
Filecoin developers implemented one of the largest cryptocurrency sales in 2017. They have privately obtained over $ 200 million from professional or accredited investors, including many institutional investors.
The main network was slated to launch last month, but in February 2020, the Philly Queen development team delayed the release of the main network between July 15 and July 17, 2020.
They claimed that the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in China was the main cause of the delay. The developers now say that they need more time to solve the problems found during a recent codecase audit.
The Filecoin team noted the following:
“We have drafted a number of protocol changes to ensure that building our major network launch is safe and economically sound.” The project developers will add them to two different implementations of Filecoin (Lotus and go-filecoin) in the coming weeks.
Filecoin developers conducted a survey to allow platform community members to cast their votes on three different launch dates for Testnet Phase 2 and mainnet.
The team reported that the community gave their votes. Based on the vote results, the Filecoin team announced a “conservative” estimate that the second phase of the network test should begin by May 11, 2020. The main Filecoin network may be launched sometime between July 20 and August 21, 2020.
The updates to the project can be found on the Filecoin Road Map.
Filecoin developers stated:
“This option will make us get the most important protocol changes first, and then implement the rest as protocol updates during testnet.” Filecoin is back down from the final test stage.
Another filecoin decentralized storage network provider launched its catalytic test network, the final stage of the storage network test that supports the blockchain.
In a blog post on her website, Filecoin said she will postpone the last test round until August. The company also announced a calibration period from July 20 to August 3 to allow miners to test their mining settings and get an idea of how competition conditions affected their rewards.
Filecoin had announced earlier last month that the catalytic testnet test would precede its flagship launch. The delay in the final test also means that the company has returned the main launch window between August 31 and September 21.
Despite the lack of clear incentives for miners and multiple delays, Filecoin has succeeded in attracting huge interest, especially in China. Investors remained highly speculating on the network’s mining hardware and its premium price.
Mining in Filecoin
In most blockchain protocols, “miners” are network participants who do the work necessary to promote and maintain the blockchain. To provide these services, miners are compensated in the original cryptocurrency.
Mining in Filecoin works completely differently — instead of contributing to computational power, miners contribute storage capacity to use for dealing with customers looking to store data.
Filecoin will contain several types of miners:
Storage miners responsible for storing files and data on the network. Miners retrieval, responsible for providing quick tubes for file recovery. Miners repair to be carried out.
Storage miners are the heart of the network. They earn Filecoin by storing data for clients, and computerizing cipher directories to check storage over time. The probability of earning the reward reward and transaction fees is proportional to the amount of storage that the Miner contributes to the Filecoin network, not the hash power.
Retriever miners are the veins of the network. They earn Filecoin by winning bids and mining fees for a specific file, which is determined by the market value of the said file size. Miners bandwidth and recovery / initial transaction response time will determine its ability to close recovery deals on the network.
The maximum bandwidth of the recovery miners will determine the total amount of deals that it can enter into.
In the current implementation, the focus is mostly on storage miners, who sell storage capacity for FIL.

Hardware recommendations

The current system specifications recommended for running the miner are:
Compared to the hardware requirements for running a validity checker, these standards are much higher — although they definitely deserve it. Since these will not increase in the presumed future, the money spent on Filecoin mining hardware will provide users with many years of reliable service, and they pay themselves many times. Think of investing as a small business for cloud storage. To launch a model on the current data hosting model, it will cost millions of dollars in infrastructure and logistics to get started. With Filecoin, you can do the same for a few thousand dollars.
Proceed to mining
Deals are the primary function of the Filecoin network, and it represents an agreement between a client and miners for a “storage” contract.
Once the customer decides to have a miner to store based on the available capacity, duration and price required, he secures sufficient funds in a linked portfolio to cover the total cost of the deal. The deal is then published once the mine accepts the storage agreement. By default, all Filecoin miners are set to automatically accept any deal that meets their criteria, although this can be disabled for miners who prefer to organize their deals manually.
After the deal is published, the customer prepares the data for storage and then transfers it to the miner. Upon receiving all the data, the miner fills in the data in a sector, closes it, and begins to provide proofs to the chain. Once the first confirmation is obtained, the customer can make sure the data is stored correctly, and the deal has officially started.
Throughout the deal, the miner provides continuous proofs to the chain. Clients gradually pay with money they previously closed. If there is missing or late evidence, the miner is punished. More information about this can be found in the Runtime, Cut and Penalties section of this page.
At Filecoin, miners earn two different types of rewards for their efforts: storage fees and reward prevention.
Storage fees are the fees that customers pay regularly after reaching a deal, in exchange for storing data. This fee is automatically deposited into the withdrawal portfolio associated with miners while they continue to perform their duties over time, and is locked for a short period upon receipt.
Block rewards are large sums given to miners calculated on a new block. Unlike storage fees, these rewards do not come from a linked customer; Instead, the new FIL “prints” the network as an inflationary and incentive measure for miners to develop the chain. All active miners on the network have a chance to get a block bonus, their chance to be directly proportional to the amount of storage space that is currently being contributed to the network.
Duration of operation, cutting and penalties
“Slashing” is a feature found in most blockchain protocols, and is used to punish miners who fail to provide reliable uptime or act maliciously against the network.
In Filecoin, miners are susceptible to two different types of cut: storage error cut, unanimously reduce error.
Storage Error Reduction is a term used to include a wider range of penalties, including error fees, sector penalties, and termination fees. Miners must pay these penalties if they fail to provide reliability of the sector or decide to leave the network voluntarily.
An error fee is a penalty that a miner incurs for each non-working day. Sector punishment: A penalty incurred by a miner of a disrupted sector for which no error was reported before the WindowPoSt inspection.
The sector will pay an error fee after the penalty of the sector once the error is discovered.
Termination Fee: A penalty that a miner incurs when a sector is voluntary or involuntarily terminated and removed from the network.
Cutting consensus error is the penalty that a miner incurs for committing consensus errors. This punishment applies to miners who have acted maliciously against the network consensus function.
Filecoin miners
Eight of the top 10 Felticoin miners are Chinese investors or companies, according to the blockchain explorer, while more companies are selling cloud mining contracts and distributed file sharing system hardware. CoinDesk’s Wolfe Chao wrote: “China’s craze for Filecoin may have been largely related to the long-standing popularity of crypto mining in the country overall, which is home to about 65% of the computing power on Bitcoin at discretion.”
With Filecoin approaching the launch of the mainnet blocknet — after several delays since the $ 200 million increase in 2017 — Chinese investors are once again speculating strongly about network mining devices and their premium prices.
Since Protocol Labs, the company behind Filecoin, released its “Test Incentives” program on June 9 that was scheduled to start in a week’s time, more than a dozen Chinese companies have started selling cloud mining contracts and hardware — despite important details such as economics Mining incentives on the main network are still endless.
Sales volumes to date for each of these companies can range from half a million to tens of millions of dollars, according to self-reported data on these platforms that CoinDesk has watched and interviews with several mining hardware manufacturers.
Filecoin’s goal is to build a distributed storage network with token rewards to spur storage hosting as a way to drive wider adoption. Protocol Labs launched a test network in December 2019. But the tokens mined in the testing environment so far are not representative of the true silicon coin that can be traded when the main network is turned on. Moreover, the mining incentive economics on testnet do not represent how final block rewards will be available on the main network.
However, data from Blockecoin’s blocknetin testnet explorers show that eight out of 10 miners with the most effective mining force on testnet are currently Chinese miners.
These eight miners have about 15 petabytes (PB) of effective storage mining power, accounting for more than 85% of the total test of 17.9 petable. For the context, 1 petabyte of hard disk storage = 1000 terabytes (terabytes) = 1 million gigabytes (GB).
Filecoin craze in China may be closely related to the long-standing popularity of crypt mining in the country overall, which is home to about 65% of the computing power on Bitcoin by estimation. In addition, there has been a lot of hype in China about foreign exchange mining since 2018, as companies promote all types of devices when the network is still in development.
“Encryption mining has always been popular in China,” said Andy Tien, co-founder of 1475, one of several mining hardware manufacturers in Philquin supported by prominent Chinese video indicators such as Fenbushi and Hashkey Capital.
“Even though the Velikoyen mining process is more technologically sophisticated, the idea of mining using hard drives instead of specialized machines like Bitcoin ASIC may be a lot easier for retailers to understand,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to Feixiaohao, a Chinese service comparable to CoinMarketCap, nearly 50 Chinese crypto exchanges are often somewhat unknown with some of the more well-known exchanges including Gate.io and Biki — have listed trading pairs for Filecoin currency contracts for USDT.
In bitcoin mining, at the current difficulty level, one segment per second (TH / s) fragmentation rate is expected to generate around 0.000008 BTC within 24 hours. The higher the number of TH / s, the greater the number of bitcoins it should be able to produce proportionately. But in Filecoin, the efficient mining force of miners depends on the amount of data stamped on the hard drive, not the total size of the hard drive.
To close data in the hard drive, the Filecoin miner still needs processing power, i.e. CPU or GPU as well as RAM. More powerful processors with improved software can confine data to the hard drive more quickly, so miners can combine more efficient mining energy faster on a given day.
As of this stage, there appears to be no transparent way at the network level for retail investors to see how much of the purchased hard disk drive was purchased which actually represents an effective mining force.
The U.S.-based Labs Protocol was behind Filecoin’s initial coin offer for 2017, which raised an astonishing $ 200 million.
This was in addition to a $ 50 million increase in private investment supported by notable venture capital projects including Sequoia, Anderson Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. CoinDk’s parent company, CoinDk, has also invested in Protocol Labs.
After rounds of delay, Protocol Protocols said in September 2019 that a testnet launch would be available around December 2019 and the main network would be rolled out in the first quarter of 2020.
The test started as promised, but the main network has been delayed again and is now expected to launch in August 2020. What is Filecoin mining process?
Filecoin mainly consists of three parts: the storage market (the chain), the blockecin Filecoin, and the search market (under the chain). Storage and research market in series and series respectively for security and efficiency. For users, the storage frequency is relatively low, and the security requirements are relatively high, so the storage process is placed on the chain. The retrieval frequency is much higher than the storage frequency when there is a certain amount of data. Given the performance problem in processing data on the chain, the retrieval process under the chain is performed. In order to solve the security issue of payment in the retrieval process, Filecoin adopts the micro-payment strategy. In simple terms, the process is to split the document into several copies, and every time the user gets a portion of the data, the corresponding fee is paid. Types of mines corresponding to Filecoin’s two major markets are miners and warehousers, among whom miners are primarily responsible for storing data and block packages, while miners are primarily responsible for data query. After the stable operation of the major Filecoin network in the future, the mining operator will be introduced, who is the main responsible for data maintenance.
In the initial release of Filecoin, the request matching mechanism was not implemented in the storage market and retrieval market, but the takeover mechanism was adopted. The three main parts of Filecoin correspond to three processes, namely the stored procedure, retrieval process, packaging and reward process. The following figure shows the simplified process and the income of the miners:
The Filecoin mining process is much more complicated, and the important factor in determining the previous mining profit is efficient storage. Effective storage is a key feature that distinguishes Filecoin from other decentralized storage projects. In Filecoin’s EC consensus, effective storage is similar to interest in PoS, which determines the likelihood that a miner will get the right to fill, that is, the proportion of miners effectively stored in the entire network is proportional to final mining revenue.
It is also possible to obtain higher effective storage under the same hardware conditions by improving the mining algorithm. However, the current increase in the number of benefits that can be achieved by improving the algorithm is still unknown.
It seeks to promote mining using Filecoin Discover
Filecoin announced Filecoin Discover — a step to encourage miners to join the Filecoin network. According to the company, Filecoin Discover is “an ever-growing catalog of numerous petabytes of public data covering literature, science, art, and history.” Miners interested in sharing can choose which data sets they want to store, and receive that data on a drive at a cost. In exchange for storing this verified data, miners will earn additional Filecoin above the regular block rewards for storing data. Includes the current catalog of open source data sets; ENCODE, 1000 Genomes, Project Gutenberg, Berkley Self-driving data, more projects, and datasets are added every day.
Ian Darrow, Head of Operations at Filecoin, commented on the announcement:
“Over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day. This data includes 294 billion emails, 500 million tweets and 64 billion messages on social media. But it is also climatology reports, disease tracking maps, connected vehicle coordinates and much more. It is extremely important that we maintain data that will serve as the backbone for future research and discovery”.
Miners who choose to participate in Filecoin Discover may receive hard drives pre-loaded with verified data, as well as setup and maintenance instructions, depending on the company. The Filecoin team will also host the Slack (fil-Discover-support) channel where miners can learn more.
Filecoin got its fair share of obstacles along the way. Last month Filecoin announced a further delay before its main network was officially launched — after years of raising funds.
In late July QEBR (OTC: QEBR) announced that it had ceded ownership of two subsidiaries in order to focus all of the company’s resources on building blockchain-based mining operations.
The QEBR technology team previously announced that it has proven its system as a Filecoin node valid with CPU, GPU, bandwidth and storage compatibility that meets all IPFS guidelines. The QEBR test system is connected to the main Filecoin blockchain and the already mined filecoin coin has already been tested.
“The disclosure of Sheen Boom and Jihye will allow our team to focus only on the upcoming global launch of Filecoin. QEBR branch, Shenzhen DZD Digital Technology Ltd. (“ DZD “), has a strong background in blockchain development, extraction Data, data acquisition, data processing, data technology research. We strongly believe Filecoin has the potential to be a leading blockchain-based cryptocurrency and will make every effort to make QEBR an important player when Mainecoin mainnet will be launched soon”.
IPFS and Filecoin
Filecoin and IPFS are complementary protocols for storing and sharing data in a decentralized network. While users are not required to use Filecoin and IPFS together, the two combined are working to resolve major failures in the current web infrastructure.
IPFS
It is an open source protocol that allows users to store and transmit verifiable data with each other. IPFS users insist on data on the network by installing it on their own device, to a third-party cloud service (known as Pinning Services), or through community-oriented systems where a group of individual IPFS users share resources to ensure the content stays live.
The lack of an integrated catalytic mechanism is the challenge Filecoin hopes to solve by allowing users to catalyze long-term distributed storage at competitive prices through the storage contract market, while maintaining the efficiency and flexibility that the IPFS network provides.
Using IPFS
In IPFS, the data is hosted by the required data installation nodes. For data to persist while the user node is offline, users must either rely on their other peers to install their data voluntarily or use a central install service to store data.
Peer-to-peer reliance caching data may be a good thing as one or multiple organizations share common files on an internal network, or where strong social contracts can be used to ensure continued hosting and preservation of content in the long run. Most users in an IPFS network use an installation service.
Using Filecoin
The last option is to install your data in a decentralized storage market, such as Filecoin. In Filecoin’s structure, customers make regular small payments to store data when a certain availability, while miners earn those payments by constantly checking the integrity of this data, storing it, and ensuring its quick recovery. This allows users to motivate Filecoin miners to ensure that their content will be live when it is needed, a distinct advantage of relying only on other network users as required using IPFS alone.
Filecoin, powered by IPFS
It is important to know that Filecoin is built on top of IPFS. Filecoin aims to be a very integrated and seamless storage market that takes advantage of the basic functions provided by IPFS, they are connected to each other, but can be implemented completely independently of each other. Users do not need to interact with Filecoin in order to use IPFS.
Some advantages of sharing Filecoin with IPFS:
Of all the decentralized storage projects, Filecoin is undoubtedly the most interested, and IPFS has been running stably for two years, fully demonstrating the strength of its core protocol.
Filecoin’s ability to obtain market share from traditional central storage depends on end-user experience and storage price. Currently, most Filecoin nodes are posted in the IDC room. Actual deployment and operation costs are not reduced compared to traditional central cloud storage, and the storage process is more complicated.
PoRep and PoSt, which has a large number of proofs of unknown operation, are required to cause the actual storage cost to be so, in the early days of the release of Filecoin. The actual cost of storing data may be higher than the cost of central cloud storage, but the initial storage node may reduce the storage price in order to obtain block rewards, which may result in the actual storage price lower than traditional central cloud storage.
In the long term, Filecoin still needs to take full advantage of its P2P storage, convert storage devices from specialization to civil use, and improve its algorithms to reduce storage costs without affecting user experience. The storage problem is an important problem to be solved in the blockchain field, so a large number of storage projects were presented at the 19th Web3 Summit. IPFS is an important part of Web3 visibility. Its development will affect the development of Web3 to some extent. Likewise, Web3 development somewhat determines the future of IPFS. Filecoin is an IPFS-based storage class project initiated by IPFS. There is no doubt that he is highly expected.
Resources :
  1. https://www.coindesk.com/filecoin-pushes-back-final-testing-phase-announces-calibration-period-for-miners
  2. https://docs.filecoin.io/mine/#types-of-miners https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/inside-the-craze-for-filecoin-crypto-mining-in-china-2020-07-12؟amp
  3. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/qebr-streamlines-holdings-to-concentrate-on-filecoin-development-and-mining-301098731.html
  4. https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2020/05/161200-filecoin-seeks-to-boost-mining-with-filecoin-discove
  5. https://zephyrnet.com/filecoin-seeks-to-boost-mining-with-filecoin-discove
  6. https://docs.filecoin.io/introduction/ipfs-and-filecoin/#filecoin-powered-by-ipfs
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2020.07.29 19:42 goyalyug000 Chance Me: CS Major

Reposting because I didn't get input last time.
Demographics: Indian. Male. From ProspeFrisco Texas. Middle/Upper class area. I would say my high school is very competitive.
Intended Major(s): Computer Science
ACT/SAT/SAT II: SAT: Have not taken a real test. I have taken three practice test all resulted 1440+. Prepping for 1500+, but consider my score to be a flat 1400 for now.
UW GPA and Rank: UW: 3.981 Rank: 12/979
Coursework:
Freshmen Year:
- Honors French 1 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- HonoGT Geometry (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors Computer Science 1
- Honors Biology (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Human (Highest Level that year available to me ) (4)
- Honors English 1 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Outdoor Education (Required)
- Digital Art and Animation (Required)
Sophomore Year:
- Honors English 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors French 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Computer Science A (Highest Level that year available to me ) (5)
- AP Computer Science Principles (Highest Level that year available to me ) (4)
- AP World History (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Biology (Highest Level that year available to me ) (3) <-- Not sending this score
- Honors Chemistry (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors Algebra 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Academic Level Architecture (Highest Level that year available to me )
Junior Year:
- AP English 3 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Independent Studies in Video Games (AP Level but not AP) (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors UIL Math Prep
- Ap Physics 1 (Highest Level that year available to me ) (5)
- Academic Level US History
- AP Chemistry (Highest Level that year available to me ) (4)
- AP Environmental (Highest Level that year available to me ) (5)
- Honors Pre-Cal (Highest Level that year available to me )
Senior Year (will take upcoming year):
- Honors Computer Science 3 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors Computer Science 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP English 4 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Gov/Econ (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Physics C (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Calc BC (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Stats (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Still Deciding but not AP for sure.
Awards:
- Adobe Certified Associate - Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC2015
- Aloha Math Competition Certificate.
- UIL Math Competition Certificate.
- Multiple Student of the month award
Extracurriculars:
Essays/LORs:
Essays, I have not started.
Letter of Rec: I have three incoming from my teachers. English/CounseloComputer Science/ Math (waiting for response)
Schools:
- MIT,
- Brown University
- Caltech
- Carnegie Mellon
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Georgia Institute
- Hamilton
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Princeton University
- Purdue University
- Rice University
- Stanford
- UMich
- UT Austin
- UT Dallas
- Texas A&M
- UC Berkley
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2020.07.29 08:04 goyalyug000 What are my chances?

Demographics: Indian. Male. From ProspeFrisco Texas. Middle/Upper class area. I would say my high school is very competitive.
Intended Major(s): Computer Science
ACT/SAT/SAT II: SAT: Have not taken a real test. I have taken three practice test all resulted 1440+. Prepping for 1500+, but consider my score to be a flat 1400 for now.
UW GPA and Rank: UW: 3.981 Rank: 12/979
Coursework:
Freshmen Year:
- Honors French 1 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- HonoGT Geometry (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors Computer Science 1
- Honors Biology (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Human (Highest Level that year available to me ) (4)
- Honors English 1 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Outdoor Education (Required)
- Digital Art and Animation (Required)
Sophomore Year:
- Honors English 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors French 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Computer Science A (Highest Level that year available to me ) (5)
- AP Computer Science Principles (Highest Level that year available to me ) (4)
- AP World History (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Biology (Highest Level that year available to me ) (3) <-- Not sending this score
- Honors Chemistry (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors Algebra 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Academic Level Architecture (Highest Level that year available to me )
Junior Year:
- AP English 3 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Independent Studies in Video Games (AP Level but not AP) (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors UIL Math Prep
- Ap Physics 1 (Highest Level that year available to me ) (5)
- Academic Level US History
- AP Chemistry (Highest Level that year available to me ) (4)
- AP Environmental (Highest Level that year available to me ) (5)
- Honors Pre-Cal (Highest Level that year available to me )
Senior Year (will take upcoming year):
- Honors Computer Science 3 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Honors Computer Science 2 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP English 4 (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Gov/Econ (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Physics C (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Calc BC (Highest Level that year available to me )
- AP Stats (Highest Level that year available to me )
- Still Deciding but not AP for sure.

Awards:
- Adobe Certified Associate - Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC2015
- Aloha Math Competition Certificate.
- UIL Math Competition Certificate.
- Multiple Student of the month award
Extracurriculars:
Essays/LORs:
Essays, I have not started.
Letter of Rec: I have three incoming from my teachers. English/CounseloComputer Science/ Math (waiting for response)
Schools:
- MIT,
- Brown University
- Caltech
- Carnegie Mellon
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Georgia Institute
- Hamilton
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Princeton University
- Purdue University
- Rice University
- Stanford
- UMich
- UT Austin
- UT Dallas
- Texas A&M
- UC Berkley
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2020.07.29 06:25 kyunlee A detailed analysis of the Asian quota and the discrimination Asian Americans face in Universities.

This might seem like a long rant but its a detailed report on the discrimination Asians face from universities.
 **The Asian Quota** 
Harvard admission lawsuit: The Asian Quota
The lawsuit revealed just how much discrimination Asian face in the admission process. Because they use a holistic admission process in which students are judged on a wide range of subjective factors. One way they discriminate against Asian students is by using personal ratings. Harvard’s filing states that admissions officers review candidates’ humor, sensitivity, grit, leadership, integrity, helpfulness, courage, kindness, and many other qualities when determining the personal rating. Asian Americans were far more likely to receive low personality scores from admission officers than any other ethnicity. This is how they were able to limit the number of Asian students attending and increase the number of Hispanic and African Americans at the school. Asian Americans topped in terms of grades, scores and extracurricular achievements. Yet for some reason tend to have bad personality and character according to the admission officers. However, this juxtaposes to the ratings Asian Americans received from Alumni interviewers’ as well overwhelmingly positive feedback provided to Harvard by applicants’ teachers and counselors for those same students. Additionally, the lawsuit forced Harvard to reveal their internal report on admission from different models but was kept secret until the lawsuit forced them to show it. It’s not easy to see why they kept it hush-hush over the years. In the current model they use to admit students the student demographic makeup would be 43% white, 19% Asian, 10% African American, 9% Hispanic, etc. And if they were to admit students just on academics alone the demographic would be 38% white, 43% Asian, 2% Hispanic, 1% African American. 19% to 43% the number of Asians would more than double if the admission process was color blind and based on merit. This isn’t just Harvard doing this. Most prestigious schools have the same admission process so they are all discriminating against Asian students. No wonder Asian American civil rights groups are filing a lawsuit against UCLA, University of Texas, University of North Carolina, Harvard, Yale, etc. A Princeton University study showed that Asians would have to score 140 points higher than whites, 320 points higher than Hispanics and 450 points higher than African Americans on the SAT. They have the same chance of entering a selective US college. Also, the United States Justice Department stated that Harvard did not demonstrate that they did not discriminate during the admissions process based on race. Not to mention, Duke University economist Peter Arcidiacono found that an otherwise identical applicant bearing an Asian-American male identity has a 25 percent chance of admission would have a 32 percent chance of admission if he were white, a 77 percent chance of admission if he was Hispanic, and a 95 percent chance of admission if he were black. Harvard is a private school but receives federal funding. That makes it subject to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws racial discrimination.
 
Prop 209: The rise of Asian admission into UC made so they made a different admission process to limit that.
In 1996 Californians cut the use of race-based quota in government and education via Prop 209. After this, there was a sharp rise in Asian students attending the University of California (UC). And a decline in Latino and African American students; not what they wanted. Berkeley’s Chancellor Robert Berdahl came to Berkeley Law School and said to increase minority enrolment (not Asians). When a professor asked how they were supposed to do that consistent with prop 209. Berdahl responded, “I don’t care how they do it but they must”. After prop 209 UC administrators change their admissions from mostly merit to something more subjective such as personality scores. This means that scores are not Quantitative (SAT, GPA, count, measured, expressed using numbers). Now they are Qualitative (information records qualities that are descriptive, conceptual, subjective or difficult to measure.). This would let the admission officer give any score they want to any student. An admission officer can easily put a bad score for Asians on personality ratings to curb their chances and there’s nothing you can do to rebuttal/refute it. UC official’s first attempt to create more diversity was giving admission preference to low-income students hoping it would increase diversity. They stopped this because of the results they didn’t like; this overwhelmingly increases the number of Vietnamese admits .Not the kind of diversity they had in mind ,according to former UC associate president Patrick Hayashi.
 
“In 2002, a Wall Street Journal article provided eye-opening details about how comprehensive review worked in practice. UCLA had accepted a Hispanic girl with SATs of 940 while rejecting a Korean student with the 1500s. The Korean student hardly lived in the lap of luxury: He tutored children to pay the rent for his divorced mother, who had developed breast cancer. But he went to a highly competitive school with a high Asian population in Irvine, while the Hispanic girl came from a school filled with failing students in overwhelmingly Hispanic South Gate. Students from South Gate got into UCLA and Berkeley at twice the overall acceptance rate. Going to a school with a high-achieving student body decreased one’s admissions chances sevenfold.”
 
HOW? Through using personality ratings and location discrimination They discriminate against Asian students in two ways. Firstly, “Students’ scores would be weighted accordingly to the high school the student went to.” According to ucop.edu (UC admission website). This means if you went to a predominantly Asian high school then your scores won’t be rated as high from a student from a predominantly Latino high school for the same scores. Secondly, they use personality scores. YES! The same ratings Harvard used to discriminate against Asian students. More than likely Asians receive a low personality score and high score for Latino students; to limit the number of Asians admission and increase the number of Latino/African American admission. Additionally, they started a diversity outreach program that is only targeted towards Hispanic and African American students. Which would give them preference in admission as they stated themselves in their admission website. Over the years UC spent $500 million to help Latino and African American students while $0 was spent to help Asian students. At the end of the day. The UC admissions officials went out on a mission to increase Latino and African American students and it worked. But at the cost of many qualified Asian students losing their opportunity because they happen to be of the wrong race.
 
Asians are not a minority! The fact that Asians are not considered a minority in UC and universities across America is key. Because that means they won’t benefit from any diversities/minority program and won’t get preference admission or scholarships for minorities. And for schools to increase their diversities score which is key for many universities these days; they would have to decrease the number of Asian and white students while increasing Latino and African American students. You can check by searching the demographics of universities and you can see that Asians have their own category and not included in under-represented minority sections.
 
Fake statistics: One of the major proponents for the use of affirmative action today is because of the lack of minorities in colleges. But why are Asian Americans not considered a minority? The statistics they use to justify affirmative action are deliberately misleading. It only includes Latino and African American students (not Asians). Which Asians are a smaller minority than Hispanics and African Americans but are still somehow not considered in the statistics for a minority? Anyone who knows a little bit about math or statistics knows this isn’t how it’s done. You can’t say these statistics represent someone and not include them. Because if Asians were considered in the statistics for minorities then they can’t possibly justify affirmative action in universities. After prop209 passed critics claimed it hurt minorities the most. But not if you include Asians then minority enrollment would have greatly increased after prop209. There are many statistics that intentionally leave out Asian Americans out to push their agenda (any statistics that include minorities).
 
Why should you care? In 2009 Asians were 53% of the student body in UCI; only 36% today. UC LA Asians were 38% in 2009; only 28% today. UC San Diego 49% in 2009; only 36% today. The reduction for Asian enrollment is consistent throughout all UC schools. Coincidentally this downward trend falls in line with the university push to increase diversity. Remember to increase diversity fewer Asian and white students need to be accepted and more Hispanic and African Americans.
 
A blast back Into the past! One of the major proponents of Prop209 was Asian American civil rights groups accusing UC of putting a quota on Asian students. Of course, UC officials overwhelmingly denied this was happening. Yet once Prop209 passed and went into effect there was a sharp rise in the number of Asian Americans getting admitted across all of the UCs. Since the use of race couldn’t be used to limit the number of Asian students attending. Sadly, this had just forced them to get creative with their admission process to limit the number of Asian students. They had discriminated against Asians students in the past and they are doing the same now.
 
The History of Holistic Administration Proponents of the Asian quota says it’s because students are not judge on just test scores and grade but a wide range of factors such as using Holistic admission. However did you know the first introduction of Holistic admission was in 1922 because the increasing amount of Jewish students attending Harvard at the time. To counter that the university began to introduce Holistic admission to weed out the “undesirables” according to Harvard at the time. Which required personal essays, letters of reference and evidence of extracurricular and other stuff they had no control over. Now, Harvard admits that it was wrong what it did back then to the Jewish students. Yet they are doing to same exact thing to Asian students today but now it’s not called discrimination but diversity. Bill Ackman (Harvard alumni) and a Wall Street investor who is Jewish decent wrote his thesis "Scaling the Ivy Wall: the Jewish and Asian American Experience in Harvard Admissions." In which he writes about how Asians took the roles of Jews and Jewish stereotypes (good with money, smart, cheap, overbearing parents) as Jewish people are now more seen as "white".
 
Why is diversity a one-way-street? Double standard towards racism in America! Imagine if there was a quota to limit the number of African Americans in sports NBA, NFL because they are over-represented. People would scream racism but when there is a quota to limit Asian students in universities people scream “DIVERSITY”! Why is that only African Americans can pursue their dream without hindrance but Asians Americans in America can't? The American dream should be true for all Americans regardless of their race. The definition is “opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers' '. Thus, Affirmative action/diversity goes against the American dreams and values making it un-American and wrong to have in American society.
 
Misconception: The Asian quota is not limited to elite universities. The fact that the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas uses affirmative action to limit the number of Asian students is pretty telling in the widespread acceptance of universities in America used of diversity to limit the number of Asian students. Despite Asians students only accounting for 10% of the undergraduates, they are still getting discriminated against in the admission process because of their race. The only correlation between all the universities that discriminate against Asian students are those who practice affirmative action/diversity of which most universities in America carry out today. Universities can do this because of Holistic Admission which students are judged on a wide range of factors which they have no control over. Additionally, Affirmative action is also used in medical schools and law schools. There is statistical evidence that shows Asian students have to score much higher on the MCAT/LSAT than Latinos and African Americans for the same chance of admission into med/law school. For students applying with the MCAT scores of 24-26 and GPA: 3.2-3.39 black applicants were more than 9 times more likely to be admitted to medical school than Asians (56.4% vs. 5.9%). This is the result of the progressive policy that supposed to help minorities as they say to justify it. But in reality it is used to legalize racial quotas on Asian Americans and limit their opportunity for the unfortunate reason of being born Asian. I wasn’t surprised when I heard the story of Vijay JoJo an Asian American who faked being black to get into the same medical school from which he got rejected from when applying as Asian. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwMzZtU5H7I ) (MCAT test was recently re-scaled from the tradition point range of 20-35 to a new scale that ranges from 475 to 525 points.)
 
The Ruling: NYT “Harvard Does Not Discriminate Against Asian-Americans in Admissions, Judge Rules” The title is misleading. Because the ruling is that Harvard does not “illegally” discriminate; not that it doesn’t discriminate. The judge acknowledges that discrimination did occur but was within the boundaries of the legal requirements established by the Fisher ll case. Simply put, the ruling was that discrimination did occur but was legal. Yet, many news sites are spreading the fake news that didn't discriminate against Asians when they did. Which begs the questions, why discrimination on the basis of race is still legal in today’ world where people should be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin. The court ruling made discrimination legal. Welcome to the progressive world where only certain groups can be discriminated against.
 
Affirmative Action: Causing more income Inequality among Asian Americans. Affirmative action was implemented in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy's executive order. Ever since the program was implemented; income inequality started rising most rapidly among Asian Americans. Because of affirmative action/diversity colleges have been making it harder for Asian students to get in. This hurts poor Asian students the most. Because of the higher standards, they have to achieve to enter college .Therefore fewer poor Asian Americans have been going to college because of affirmative action. For the simple reason, of being of the wrong “race” according to diversity reasoning. The policy that is supposed to help minorities has been doing the opposite for Asian Americans causing great harm to the Asian American community. More Asian Americans are living in poverty and it’s been getting harder for them to escape poverty because of affirmative action/diversity.
(Income inequality, a measure of the economic gap between the rich and poor)
 
Diversity racism is leaking outside of universities into high schools. The mayor of New York Bill de Blasio is using diversity as a pretext to justify discrimination against Asian Americans. In New York, there are these selective high schools (Stuyvesant) that admit students based on test scores. Hence, are a high percentage of Asian students in these selective high schools; many of whom are poor to qualify for free school lunch. Now the city/mayor is implementing programs to limit the number of Asian students because of their over-representation and increase the number of Latino and African American students. How did it all start? The one who proposed this is Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, a Hispanic nationalist. Who’s regularly goes to meeting with mostly black and Hispanic parents over their concern about New York's failing educational system. And to appease them his plan is to kick qualified Asian students out and increase the number of black and Hispanic students. Diversity is being used as a tool from larger minorities with the power to suppress and discriminate against smaller minorities in America. Affirmative action/diversity had just legalized and legitimize racial discrimination against Asian Americans.
 
Washington is going to bring back Affirmative Action Asian American civil rights groups are fighting intensely to block it. Because they know that everywhere that affirmative action was implemented its discriminated against Asian Americans. If it passed it would allow universities to discriminate against Asian students based on race essentially putting a quota on Asian students to limit their admission. When Affirmative action was banned in the state in 1992 University of Washington's Asian student enrollment increased significantly. This proves that Affirmative action has put racial quotas on Asian students in Washington and other states that use it.
 
Affirmative Action causes more negative racial stereotypes towards Asian Americans. When a lawyer defending Asian Americans went to Harvard law school to talk about the trail he said, “"No one — not Judge Burroughs, not Harvard — has ever explained how it is that African Americans and Hispanics just have much better objective personal qualities than white and Asian applicants,” In response a group of Hispanic and African American students replied, “I guess there's just something more personally appealing about African American and Hispanic applicants,” at least a dozen students in the crowd voiced their opinions and shouted back, “There is!” Because of the trail, more people feel more comfortable using racist stereotypes against Asians Americans assuming Asians have a horrible personality because of their race which were unjustly brought on by the quota. Additionally, at a meeting to talk about the admission process for New York selective high schools. An African American woman went on harangue (rant) about how Asian Americans come from a culture of cheaters; and that culture of cheating has been brought over with the Chinese immigrants that come to New-York .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY5h0WlyAUQ&feature=youtu.be&t=5699 at 1:35:02 . Not a single person interrupted her nor did the senators that were present at the meeting. However when a 12-years-old Asian American girl spoke in favor of retaining the test saying “If I work hard, shouldn’t I have a higher advantage than those who . . . are just being lazy”. Senator Velmanette Mont­gomery said to the Asian parents “It is your responsibility and . . . obligation that . . . those children do not internalize those racist attitudes.” But the girl didn’t bring up any race or ethnicity during her speech. The double standards are so jarring because when the African American woman went on a racist rant against Asian Americans the same senator stayed silent. Affirmative Action in Maryland Magnets Schools (Middle schools)Where students are put into Schools with additional programs of accelerated learning. The decline started from 2013 where Asian students were 45.5% of the admission to just 24% today. At this same time people were pushing to increase diversity at these schools (AKA kick out qualified Asian students because of their race). Numerous Asian students that scored in the 99th percentile range on the standardized admission test were denied entry into the school. This had led many concerned Asian parents to file a federal action suit against the school district. This evoked an investigation from the Office for Civil Rights to investigate if the school system is engaging in purposeful racial discrimination. The reduction of Asian students started when the administrators started their diversity initiative which greatly reduced the number of Asian students attending from 2013 compared to 2018.
 
New-York selective high schools The new proposed “Discovery” plan to replace an entry test scores is supposed to help the disadvantaged kids into the selective high schools in New-York according to Carranza. However it arbitrarily defines disadvantage not by family poverty but by neighborhoods. This new plan would exclude 18 out of the 23 Asian-majority middle schools. As a result, many Asian American civic groups are challenging the new rules in federal court as evidence of discriminatory intent. By manipulating the admissions criteria so that many poor Asian kids no longer qualify; as well as, his statement last year saying “I don’t buy into the narrative that any one ethnic group owns admissions to these schools” Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza remarks towards Asian Americans. Unfortunately has fallen on deaf ears because the majority of NY legislature is Democratic. A study by the Independent Budget Office in NY found that Asian enrollment would decrease from 61% to 31% if it was confined to grades and standardized test scores. But the more concerning part is that the chancellor Carranza would have sole power to determine the factors that’ll be measured for admission. As he has proven in his disparaging remarks against Asian Americans and his plans to discriminate against poor Asian students from entry. How can Asian Americans trust him to be fair and impartial in the new admission process? This isn’t diversity, this isn’t equity, this isn’t fairness, this is racism plain and simple. Limiting the opportunities of people because they belong to a particular ethnic group was called racism in the past. But doing the same is now called diversity. Using diversity to justify discrimination against Asian Americans is just rationalizing racism. Racism has never left America, it has just changed its identity. Diversity should not be used as a proxy for Asian American racism. As it currently stands Asians are being racially curved from Middle schools, High Schools and Universities. Which goes against the American dream, The Civil Rights Act, and the fourteen amendment. On top of that, few or no resources are allocated towards Asian Americans despite those that live in deep poverty. This causes Asian Americans to have the highest income inequality out of any ethnic group today. An estimated 26.6% of Asian Americans live in poverty in New York City (the highest out of any ethnic group). Yet the same Asian American community only received 1.4% of the city’s social service funds despite their high poverty rate by ‘Kimmy Yam’ (NBCNEWS). Additionally, San Francisco mayor whom is African American is only giving out loans to black own businesses affected during the pandemic this proves that resources are not allocated towards the people in need but only those who has the right skin color. And also mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C. the Capital of the United States of America said that "Dirty Asian" businesses should be weed out and replaced by African own ones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY57ZHkw1Dw . And as well as Paul Riddick is a member of the Norfolk City Council said "'Chinese [restaurants] don't need any money'". https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/norfolk/chinese-restaurants-dont-need-any-money-norfolk-city-councilman-gets-heated-over-small-business-aid/291-92915050-dffb-4cbb-82c9-b01060c5a33f . This proves that Asian Americans don't get equal access to aid because they are Asian ,and that racist comment like "Dirty Asians" by people in power gets ignored because the perpetrator is African American.
 
UC to stop using SAT & ACT The new policy was proposed by President Janet Napolitano who regularly talks about the importance of diversity on campus. And by 2023/2024 the system will become test blind and scores can be optional for scholarships. One of the main reasons for this decision is to increase the diversity of minority students as they say because they don’t do well on these tests. California SAT-takers in 2019 from the makers of the test, the College Board, show that while 12% of Hispanics and 9% of African Americans scored a 1200 or higher on the SAT, 45% of whites and 55% of Asian-Americans did the same. As a result, numerous African American and Hispanics groups been calling the test “racist” towards minorities, but when they are talking about minorities they are excluding Asian Americans. However, in reality dropping the test was a way to limit the number of Asian admits because they have been doing so well on it, therefore, the higher acceptance rate into UC. The removal of the SAT/ACT is to decrease the number of Asian admits, and increase Hispanic and African American's admission into the universities. In the coming years the number of Asian students would significantly drop because of the removal of the standardized tests. The American dream of hard work would give you success is all but impossible now for Asian Americans now because of being of the wrong race according to diversity logic. This seems to fall in line with UC Berkley plans in the fall of 2018, Chancellor Christ announced that UC Berkeley would begin the process of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. Definitely would become a reality now but at the cost off many Asian Americans dreams and opportunities.
 
The Removal of Prop209 In 1996 Prop209 passed making it illegal for universities to discriminate based on race. As a result, the number of Asian admitted into universities shot up across many schools in California. In 2020 Democrats sneakily introduce ACA-5 (during the pandemic so it will face less opposition) which would overturn prop209 and reintroduced Asian quotas into the schools. This policy was endorsed by University of California school officials because they must want to back to their old admissions ways of a quota on Asian students. Any laws that would have discriminated against African Americans or Hispanics in school admission would have been called racist and voted out in an instant by Democrats. Yet, those same Democrats who supposedly stand up for minority rights want to put racial quotas on Asian students. At first the narrative was Affirmative Action but now its Diversity. Because Affirmative action was supposed to help minorities discriminated in the past, but Asians are a minority and faced discrimination, so the argument shifted towards Diversity. However, the funny part is that it only applies towards Asian Americans. There is no push to diversify the NBA, NFL, Movies, Media etc. for more Asian representation. Because it was never really about diversity it was about legalizing discrimination against Asian Americans. This is the reason why Democrats and Universities are pushing diversity so hard to be legitimized.
 
Summary I understand that universities need affirmative action to increase the representation of Hispanic and African American students. But in places where the Asian students is less than 10% of the student body such as in University of North Carolina/Texas. There is no justifiable reason to discriminate against them to increase diversity. And there are no establish rules for diversity which can lead to plain discrimination. This opens the floodgate for those in power to define what is “diversity” which leads to the abuse of it. As seen before those in power(school administrator) having racist Asian sentiment now get to define what diversity which could mean denying 90% of Asian students to higher education because they get to make up the rules of diversity. The process should be transparent and the schools should be honest about the process. Not denying it ever happens and when undeniable evidence is brought upon them then flip-flop towards justifying it is dishonest. And if diversity is the goal then it should be universal not applied towards a few groups of people. Asian Americans are severely underrepresented in politics, media, sports, judges etc. Because of this Asian Americans have no voice in American society. Which wouldn’t have been so bad if the Civil Rights Act was upheld but the loophole around that is affirmative action/diversity allows for discrimination based on race. Now institutions and politicians can now implement laws based on race which causes discrimination of the other minorities left out of it. And shouldn’t the poor Asian Americans deserve a fair chance of upward mobility. Why should they have to suffer from discrimination to remedy past discrimination other minorities faced when they themselves have been the victim as well? Yes, this policy helps many Hispanic and African Americans out of poverty. But this same policy also kept many Asian Americans in poverty by making it harder for them to escape poverty through education because of the higher standards they must meet because of the quotas. Asian Americans are the victim of identity politics (where politicians push for politics/policy is based to favor their perspective race). As a democracy this means that Asians would lose out because of being the smallest minority thus, it lets bigger minorities like African Americans and Hispanics passes laws to favor their particular ethnic group at the cost of others like Asian Americans. Such as African American and Hispanic pushing to end Prop209 to put racial quotas on Asian students so that more Hispanic & African Americans can get accepted instead.
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2020.07.17 14:52 rusticgorilla Long-term effects of COVID-19 may create a generation of the disabled

Welcome, dear readers, to my semi-regular coronavirus roundup.
The title refers to Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist, who told CNN: “We're starting to see long-term disability from this illness...In many ways we're gonna be producing a generation of disabled individuals." (video)
Housekeeping:

Long-term health effects

More research and anecdotal evidence indicate that those who survive the coronavirus often suffer long-term and recurring effects. This illustrates the foolishness of celebrating a lower death rate as indicative of a less severe outbreak.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study of Italian 143 patients (average age 56) discharged from the hospital after “recovery” from COVID-19. Two months later, only 13% were symptom-free. 87.4% reported persistence of at least 1 symptom, particularly fatigue and dyspnea (labored breathing). Worsened quality of life was observed among 44.1% of patients.
  • Further reading: “Report Suggests Some ‘Mildly Symptomatic’ Covid-19 Patients Endure Serious Long-Term Effects,” Forbes, summarizes European studies
There is increasing evidence that COVID-19 causes permanent lung-scarring:
In a study from China, published in March, 66 of 70 patients still had some level of lung damage after being discharged from hospital.
Radiologists in the UK say, based on the early results of follow-up scans, they are concerned about the long term-effects of a serious infection. "In the six-week scans we're seeing, so far I would say between 20% and 30% of patients who have been in hospital appear to show some early signs of lung scarring," says Dr Hare, who helped draw up NHS radiology protocols to diagnose Covid-19.
According to Berkley’s John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases and vaccinology, other organs are negatively impacted, too:
Another area is the heart. There is evidence now that the virus can directly attack heart muscle cells, and there’s also evidence that the cytokine storm that the virus triggers in the body not only damages the lungs, but can damage the heart… it could be that we will have a population of people who survive COVID-19 only to go on and have chronic cardiac problems.
The third organ system that we’re now pretty clear about is the central nervous system. There is evidence of direct involvement of the virus with neurons, and also the cytokine storm and inflammatory mediators can cause damage to the central nervous system. This is manifesting itself not only in neurologic clinical findings, but also psychological findings...
Finally, it has become clear that infection with SARS-CoV-2 triggers abnormal clotting of the blood in some people. This has led to pulmonary emboli, which are blood clots that travel to and damage the lungs, and strokes, which are blood clots in the vascular system of the brain. Both pulmonary emboli and strokes may have long-term consequences for these two organs.
  • Further reading: “Severe brain damage possible even with mild coronavirus symptoms,” DW
The Atlantic interviewed nine people who have COVID-19 and were never admitted to an ICU, meaning they qualify as having a “mild” case of the disease. However, they are just a handful of thousands suffering long-term health challenges as a result.
...their lives have nonetheless been flattened by relentless and rolling waves of symptoms that make it hard to concentrate, exercise, or perform simple physical tasks. Most are young. Most were previously fit and healthy. “It is mild relative to dying in a hospital, but this virus has ruined my life,” LeClerc said. “Even reading a book is challenging and exhausting. What small joys other people are experiencing in lockdown—yoga, bread baking—are beyond the realms of possibility for me.”
...As many people reported “brain fogs” and concentration challenges as coughs or fevers. Some have experienced hallucinations, delirium, short-term memory loss, or strange vibrating sensations when they touch surfaces. Others are likely having problems with their sympathetic nervous system, which controls unconscious processes like heartbeats and breathing: They’ll be out of breath even when their oxygen level is normal, or experience what feel like heart attacks even though EKG readings and chest X-rays are clear. These symptoms wax, wane, and warp over time.
Further reading: “How Covid-19 can damage the brain,” BBC; “New-Onset Diabetes in Covid-19,” PubMed; “Lifelong Lung Damage: The Serious COVID-19 Complication That Can Hit People in Their 20s,” Heathline

Equipment and supplies

The National Stockpile is still short on personal protective equipment (PPE)... An internal report revealed that:
  • FEMA and the national stockpile have fewer than 900,000 gloves in reserve after shipping 82.7 million of them — or just 30 percent of the amount requested by state, local and tribal governments — since the COVID-19 crisis began
  • there are 329,000 pairs of goggles on hand, and the administration has only been able to provide 29 percent of the 4.9 million requested by state and local governments so far, according to the tables.
  • Similarly, 8.5 million gowns are warehoused — the HHS Department did not break down how many are surgical and how many are nonsurgical — while only 5.2 million of the 17.9 million surgical gowns requested (29 percent) have been shipped out.
  • The administration has also struggled in its efforts to procure body bags. State and local governments have requested 175,797 of them, according to the HHS data, but only 69,067 have been provided.
In particular, nursing homes and long-term care facilities say there is a major personal protective equipment shortage.
"Currently, nearly 20 percent of nursing homes report to CDC [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] that they either do not have or have less than a one-week supply of PPE, and more than half of assisted living communities have less than a two-week supply of N-95 masks and gowns… N-95 masks are still not available and were not included in the FEMA shipments to nursing homes."
  • Further reading: America is running short on masks, gowns, and gloves. Again. Health-care workers are scrambling for supplies and reusing equipment as the coronavirus pandemic surges
  • Further reading: Nearly four months after invoking the Defense Production Act, the Trump administration has made only sparing use of its authorities, leaving front-line workers in dire need of supplies like masks, gowns, and gloves amid the recent surge in cases.
  • Further reading: Private sector officials testified to the House Oversight Cmte that the Trump administration’s failure to bring procurement efforts under a federal umbrella was “one of the biggest missed opportunities.” The companies informed Committee staff that they have serious concerns that “raw material for PPE is now in a really bad position worldwide.” As one company official stated: “Supply is still coming in, but not enough to meet demand.”
Some White House staffers argued against a DOJ effort to stop price-gouging and scamming during the pandemic… These “free-marketeers” felt the massive influx of people wheeling and dealing for PPE was a sign that the free market was working efficiently to move materials where they needed to go. However, some watchdog groups say that the DOJ’s task force didn’t go far enough.
Two federal agencies gave nearly $20 million in contracts to a newly formed California company without realizing the owner was sued by the same government. Jason Cardiff, of VPL Medical LLC, was sanctioned by the Federal Trade Commission for running a fraudulent scheme.
  • Further reading: The federal government is essentially providing seed money to PPE startups, including some run by people accused of fraud. Mask brokers describe a simple blueprint for buying masks from China to get rich.
Trump Is Donating Ventilators to Countries That Don’t Need or Can’t Use Them… White House officials have pushed the U.S. Agency for International Development to purchase thousands of the expensive devices from U.S. companies and donate them abroad...The administration’s decisions on ventilator distribution appear to have little correlation to the number of coronavirus deaths or infections in a country.

Testing in the U.S.

Numerous states are reporting shortages in testing supplies are significantly slowing down their testing capacity. For instance, Louisiana, Oregon, Arkansas, Nebraska, and California have experienced have seen a shortage in testing kits, chemical reagents, and other necessary supplies.
  • On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Trump to use the Defense Production Act “immediately to address the need for the testing equipment” and “equipment to make judgments about positive or negative.”
Some areas are experiencing testing delays of over a week, so long that the results are proving useless to the effort to control the disease. The surge in infection, especially in the southern states, has overwhelmed labs and caused a shortage of supplies across the nation. Private labs Quest and LabCorp say the backlog is growing unsustainably large.
  • The federal government never fixed fundamental infrastructure problems, experts say: “Instead of building that out, our federal response was to do the very least possible. So each time the system is stretched now, it breaks down all over again,” said Ashish K. Jha, who directs the Harvard Global Health Institute. “It’s frustrating because . . . it’s not like, ‘Oh my god, we just figured out we need to do testing.’ We’ve literally been talking about this for months.”
The ripple effect of the increased cases in the south has impacted other states, causing backlogs across the nation. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee: “This is a challenge because these southern states are creating a huge demand on these commercial labs…But we need help from the federal government. I’ve said this now for four or five months… We need to have a very rapid turnaround time so that our contact tracing can be successful and we need national leadership to help in that regard”
The number of daily coronavirus tests being conducted in the U.S. is only 39% of the target rate needed to mitigate the spread of the virus. Just 12 states—Maine, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia, Montana, Kansas, and Washington, D.C.—are testing at the optimal rate, NYT reported.
Trump has continued to rant about testing “creating” cases of COVID-19. “Test everybody, pull-up parking lots, everything else, what we’ve done is we’ve created a tremendous number of cases.” Trump told Fox News commentator Sean Hannity in a phone interview (video).
  • Fact check: The US is testing slightly more than similar places (113 tests/1000 people, vs 99/1000 people in the UK, 92/1000 people in Italy, 73/1000 people in Germany.) But it's finding a proportionately greater share of cases (U.S.: 9,250 cases/million, vs. 4,400 cases/million in UK, 3,900 cases/million in Italy and 2,500 cases/million in Germany.)

Reopening schools

Some further reading on reopening schools:
  • 'Science should not stand in the way' of schools reopening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says.
  • The CDC will not release a set of documents this week aimed at giving schools advice on how to reopen. Instead, the full set will be published before the end of the month, a CDC spokesperson says.
  • This summer camp in Missouri took extraordinary covid-19 precautions. It still failed. More than 80 campers, counselors, and staff tested positive.
  • At least 30 and possibly as many as 85 kids and counselors at two Georgia YMCA camps tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing closure.
  • Nearly a Thousand COVID-19 Cases Reported in California Day Cares
  • Millions of Seniors Live In Households with School-Age Children
  • Two researchers presented their ideas (informed by “pandemic math”) of how to most safely reopen schools: (1) stagger start dates, (2) have small groups of students alternate school days and work from home days to reduce class sizes, (3) everyone must wear masks and eat lunch in classrooms. The authors state that communities with high infection rates should postpone reopening schools.

Masks and anti-masks

Some further reading on face masks:
  • States that now have a statewide mask requirement in public indoor spaces include: Alabama (Repub. governor), Arkansas (R), California (Dem. governor), Colorado (D), Connecticut (D), Delaware (D), D.C. (D), Illinois (D), Kansas (D), Kentucky (D), Louisiana (D), Maine (D), Maryland (R), Massachusetts (R), Michigan (D), Nevada (D), New Jersey (D), New Mexico (D), New York (D), North Carolina (D), Oregon (D), Pennsylvania (D), Rhode Island (D), Texas (R), Virginia (D), Washington (D), and West Virginia (R). Montana is not yet on that list but issued a face-mask order on Wednesday.
  • Conspicuously absent from this list: Georgia, Florida, and Arizona, three of the biggest hot spots in the country. In fact, yesterday Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp banned cities from issuing face mask orders and sued Atlanta to invalidate the mayor’s mandate.
  • 15 major grocery and retail chains are now requiring face masks in their stores, including Walmart, Kroger, Costco, CVS, and Target.
  • Putting the onus on employees to enforce face mask requirements is adding stress to jobs previously lauded as “essential.” WaPo: “People see it as this big political message when it’s really just about public health,” said Shilo Barrett, 26, a shift supervisor at a Starbucks in Los Angeles, where about 10 percent of shoppers come in without masks despite local and state mandates. “It’s already unfair that we have to work right now because we have bills to pay, and now you’re going to put us in a compromising situation because you don’t want to wear a mask for 5 minutes? That’s not cool.”
  • A nationwide mask mandate would bring the coronavirus under control within 2 months, according to CDC Director Robert Redfield (video). However, presented with this fact during yesterday’s White House press briefing, McEnany said Trump will not issue such an order. “We leave it to localities to make the decisions with regard to face coverings,” she said.
  • Measuring geotagged Twitter posts that reference hashtags like “nomask” and “burnyourmask” revealed that Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Idaho, and Maine contain the most anti-mask sentiment. Keep in mind that prolific users and/or bots can drive these trends, though.
  • The international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA believes it's "absurd" that the Federal Aviation Administration has not mandated that travelers wear masks on all flights during the pandemic.
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2020.07.06 19:24 viraaj_darbar7 HELP: Average International Student looking at top 20's for engineering

Male International British-Indian Student
Dynamic team player with passion for aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and soccer. Inspiring team leader who thinks outside the box. Has Empathetic communication and interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels. High intellectual curiosity, and researches into passions, always looking for improvement and development.
Current A level student. AS level COVID cancellation. IGCSE scores: 6 A stars, 2A's 1 B
Advanced Education:
SAT-1520
Giving subject SAT's in Physics and Math hoping for high scores
Gave 3 AP's: Calculus BC, Physics : Mechanics, Macroeconomics...hoping for 4's and 5's in all.
MIT aerospace engineering online course with distinction, and UC San Diego Biomed Course
Essays should go good, as I am a decent writer, and I have planned my essay already. 2 LOR's from teachers, and 1 from Internship company owner, and possible 1 from engineer at Boeing. Im confused as to which LOR's would look best on the application (we are only allowed 2) as i know both the inernship company and boeing engineer's will be awesome as they are fond of me and impressed with my dedication. My school counsellor says that the Teacher LOR's are more heavy, but im not sure. pls help.
EC's:
Elected as “Stone House Captain” at William Ford Church Of England School.
· Selected as School Vice-Head boy and student council leader. Gave inspirational speeches to students, and spearheaded new sports equipment facilities.
· Co-founded “Bite-in” a stall business for school fundraiser program, raising 40,000 rupees.
· Established first ever Ted-x event venue in Ahmedabad International School.
· Currently, tutoring kids age 8-13 multiple times a week via web conference who could no longer attend their school due to COVID-19.
· Despite the pandemic ultimately halting it’s execution, I was able to develop a covid-19 awareness and blood donation drive in secluded villages.
· Captained the Ahmedabad International School soccer Team for 3 years, winning 2 championships and placing in Top-3 6 times in various regional matches.
· Selected as wingeStriker 4 times at the state level, in 2015 and from 2016-2019.
· Selected to play in the state-team nationally.
· Signed by Ahmedabad Racquet Academy FC from 2016-2019. Won 3 tournaments with them.
· Founded Soccer Club with two other students for under privileged kids, buying them sports gear from fundraised money, and teaching them the basics. Put on hold due to COVID-19.
· Martial Arts Wing-Chun green belt.
-Created school Yearbook
(Might add a research papeinternship to this...i am currently looking for something in either field. DO guide me if you have any opportunities...I will be willing to do any and all work neccessary. Also what's the deal with research papers...how deep do they have to be to be impressive to the University?)
Work experience:
· Interned at Micro Lab instruments Ahmedabad, a lab instrument company, working on production and development of the bio-tech machines installed in hospitals.
· Worked as cashier for Pharmacy when on Holiday, gaining crucial people communication experience.
· Helped boost Trucking and Distribution side-business for Birla Cement ltd with grandfather, acting as operation and IT manager.
o My duties included ensuring IT systems are running correctly, trucks and personnel are scheduled appropriately, and deliveries are done on time.
o Grew from 105 tonnes per truck at $48 in Aug 2019 to 215 tonnes per truck at $99.13 by Dec 2019 due to greater efficiency and communications.
Awards and honours:
· Awarded prestigious Trustee award for “most influential person to life” by William Ford Church of England school. Only given to 1 person in school per year.
· Awarded 7 Man of the Match Awards for State team and Regional team game wins.
· 2 times Golden Boot winner which is awarded to top-scorer in whole tournament.
Colleges (I really want to get into stanford):
Stanford
Georgia tech
University of michigan-ann arbor
Purdue
texas a and m
UT austin
UC boulder
UPENN
CMU
UCLA
MIT maybe but probably not
UC berkley
boston university
Northwestern
ED probably with one of the top ones, like Stanford or CMU or UCLA or UC Berkley or UPENN. Is there anything specific that I can do to increase my chances of getting into Stanford. Any special tips or tricks anyone might know of for these top few colleges, like what they are looking for specifically in the essays and supplementals. Any other universities which you think i might stand a chance for and which are good?? Any of these universities which are bad? Any other EC ideas or tips?
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2020.07.05 08:04 flysahej Chance me for Comp sci/AI/Data analytics

Demographics:- Canadian citizen(Indian ethnicity) with all Honor classes.
GPA:- 3.7 GPA(out of 4).(Graduating with a High school specialist major in Medical and Health Sciences.)
Extracurriculars:- I am a Provisional asteroid discoverer through the International Astronomical Search Campaign, played national softball and Zone for jr NBA in India. I am part of Air Cadets, work at Staples as a Technology consultant, President of my school's MUN club(won many awards for the same) , part of my school's Musical Theater team, National Jury for short movie for Chinh India. Leader at Link Crew.
Score:- I haven't given any official SAT's yet, but through Khan Academy I know that I can easily get a 1300+.
School:- All ivies, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Berkley, Wharton, Carnegie Mellon.
Thank you for your feedback!
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2020.07.02 19:51 viraaj_darbar7 Aerospace engineering chances for top 10 and a couple ivy's

Male International British-Indian Student
Dynamic team player with passion for aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and soccer. Inspiring team leader who thinks outside the box. Has Empathetic communication and interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels. High intellectual curiosity, and researches into passions, always looking for improvement and development.
Current A level student. AS level COVID cancellation. IGCSE scores: 6 A stars, 2A's 1 B
Advanced Education:
SAT-1520
Giving subject SAT's in Physics and Math hoping for high scores
Gave 3 AP's: Calculus BC, Physics : Mechanics, Macroeconomics...hoping for 4's and 5's in all.
MIT aerospace engineering online course with distinction, and UC San Diego Biomed Course
Essays should go good, as I am a decent writer, and I have planned my essay already. 2 LOR's from teachers, and 1 from Internship company owner, and possible 1 from engineer at Boeing. Im confused as to which LOR's would look best on the application (we are only allowed 2) as i know both the inernship company and boeing engineer's will be awesome as they are fond of me and impressed with my dedication. My school counsellor says that the Teacher LOR's are more heavy, but im not sure. pls help.
EC's:
Elected as “Stone House Captain” at William Ford Church Of England School.
· Selected as School Vice-Head boy and student council leader. Gave inspirational speeches to students, and spearheaded new sports equipment facilities.
· Co-founded “Bite-in” a stall business for school fundraiser program, raising 40,000 rupees.
· Established first ever Ted-x event venue in Ahmedabad International School.
· Currently, tutoring kids age 8-13 multiple times a week via web conference who could no longer attend their school due to COVID-19.
· Despite the pandemic ultimately halting it’s execution, I was able to develop a covid-19 awareness and blood donation drive in secluded villages.
· Captained the Ahmedabad International School soccer Team for 3 years, winning 2 championships and placing in Top-3 6 times in various regional matches.
· Selected as wingeStriker 4 times at the state level, in 2015 and from 2016-2019.
· Selected to play in the state-team nationally.
· Signed by Ahmedabad Racquet Academy FC from 2016-2019. Won 3 tournaments with them.
· Founded Soccer Club with two other students for under privileged kids, buying them sports gear from fundraised money, and teaching them the basics. Put on hold due to COVID-19.
· Martial Arts Wing-Chun green belt.
-Created school Yearbook
(Might add a research papeinternship to this...i am currently looking for something in either field. DO guide me if you have any opportunities...I will be willing to do any and all work neccessary. Also what's the deal with research papers...how deep do they have to be to be impressive to the University?)
Work experience:
· Interned at Micro Lab instruments Ahmedabad, a lab instrument company, working on production and development of the bio-tech machines installed in hospitals.
· Worked as cashier for Pharmacy when on Holiday, gaining crucial people communication experience.
· Helped boost Trucking and Distribution side-business for Birla Cement ltd with grandfather, acting as operation and IT manager.
o My duties included ensuring IT systems are running correctly, trucks and personnel are scheduled appropriately, and deliveries are done on time.
o Grew from 105 tonnes per truck at $48 in Aug 2019 to 215 tonnes per truck at $99.13 by Dec 2019 due to greater efficiency and communications.
Awards and honours:
· Awarded prestigious Trustee award for “most influential person to life” by William Ford Church of England school. Only given to 1 person in school per year.
· Awarded 7 Man of the Match Awards for State team and Regional team game wins.
· 2 times Golden Boot winner which is awarded to top-scorer in whole tournament.
Colleges (I really want to get into stanford):
Stanford
Georgia tech
University of michigan-ann arbor
Purdue
texas a and m
UT austin
UC boulder
UPENN
CMU
UCLA
MIT maybe but probably not
UC berkley
boston university
Northwestern
ED probably with one of the top ones, like Stanford or CMU or UCLA or UC Berkley or UPENN. Is there anything specific that I can do to increase my chances of getting into Stanford. Any special tips or tricks anyone might know of for these top few colleges, like what they are looking for specifically in the essays and supplementals. Any other universities which you think i might stand a chance for and which are good?? Any of these universities which are bad? Any other EC ideas or tips?
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2020.06.13 01:30 muff_marauder "UC Berkeley History Professor's Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy"

The following is an open letter published 6/11/2020 by an anonymous University of California, Berkley professor. It was sent by email to his peers and published on twitter here and copy-and-pasted with meta-emphasis here.
For easy readability, I will copy-and-paste the full letter from the second source verbatim in this very post. Some emphasis placed by the second source will be lost.
The professor describes the institutional suppression of 1st Amendment rights at his university and others, the importance of black responsibility as it relates to success failure, and many other interesting points. What do you all think?
UC Berkeley History Professor's Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy
Dear profs X, Y, Z
I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. I am worried that writing this email publicly might lead to me losing my job, and likely all future jobs in my field.
In your recent departmental emails you mentioned our pledge to diversity, but I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them.
In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.
Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or 'Uncle Toms'. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.
The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.
A counternarrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates' undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.
Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries.
And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department's apparent desire to shoulder the 'white man's burden' and to promote a narrative of white guilt.
If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it's fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews. None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. "Those are racist dogwhistles". "The model minority myth is white supremacist". "Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime", ad nauseam.
These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.
Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM's problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.
I personally don't dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.
The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is.
No discussion is permitted for nonblack victims of black violence, who proportionally outnumber black victims of nonblack violence. This is especially bitter in the Bay Area, where Asian victimization by black assailants has reached epidemic proportions, to the point that the SF police chief has advised Asians to stop hanging good-luck charms on their doors, as this attracts the attention of (overwhelmingly black) home invaders. Home invaders like George Floyd. For this actual, lived, physically experienced reality of violence in the USA, there are no marches, no tearful emails from departmental heads, no support from McDonald's and Wal-Mart. For the History department, our silence is not a mere abrogation of our duty to shed light on the truth: it is a rejection of it.
The claim that black intraracial violence is the product of redlining, slavery, and other injustices is a largely historical claim. It is for historians, therefore, to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jewry hasn't led to equivalent rates of dysfunction and low SES performance among Japanese and Jewish Americans respectively. Arab Americans have been viciously demonized since 9/11, as have Chinese Americans more recently. However, both groups outperform white Americans on nearly all SES indices - as do Nigerian Americans, who incidentally have black skin. It is for historians to point out and discuss these anomalies. However, no real discussion is possible in the current climate at our department. The explanation is provided to us, disagreement with it is racist, and the job of historians is to further explore additional ways in which the explanation is additionally correct. This is a mockery of the historical profession.
Most troublingly, our department appears to have been entirely captured by the interests of the Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic Party more broadly. To explain what I mean, consider what happens if you choose to donate to Black Lives Matter, an organization UCB History has explicitly promoted in its recent mailers. All donations to the official BLM website are immediately redirected to ActBlue Charities, an organization primarily concerned with bankrolling election campaigns for Democrat candidates. Donating to BLM today is to indirectly donate to Joe Biden's 2020 campaign. This is grotesque given the fact that the American cities with the worst rates of black-on-black violence and police-on-black violence are overwhelmingly Democrat-run. Minneapolis itself has been entirely in the hands of Democrats for over five decades; the 'systemic racism' there was built by successive Democrat administrations.
The patronizing and condescending attitudes of Democrat leaders towards the black community, exemplified by nearly every Biden statement on the black race, all but guarantee a perpetual state of misery, resentment, poverty, and the attendant grievance politics which are simultaneously annihilating American political discourse and black lives. And yet, donating to BLM is bankrolling the election campaigns of men like Mayor Frey, who saw their cities devolve into violence. This is a grotesque capture of a good-faith movement for necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. Even worse, there are virtually no avenues for dissent in academic circles. I refuse to serve the Party, and so should you.
The total alliance of major corporations involved in human exploitation with BLM should be a warning flag to us, and yet this damning evidence goes unnoticed, purposefully ignored, or perversely celebrated. We are the useful idiots of the wealthiest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other actual, real, modern-day slavers. Starbucks, an organisation using literal black slaves in its coffee plantation suppliers, is in favor of BLM. Sony, an organisation using cobalt mined by yet more literal black slaves, many of whom are children, is in favor of BLM. And so, apparently, are we. The absence of counter-narrative enables this obscenity. Fiat lux, indeed.
There also exists a large constituency of what can only be called 'race hustlers': hucksters of all colors who benefit from stoking the fires of racial conflict to secure administrative jobs, charity management positions, academic jobs and advancement, or personal political entrepreneurship.
Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. Their activities are corrosive, demolishing any hope at harmonious racial coexistence in our nation and colonizing our political and institutional life. Many of their voices are unironically segregationist.
MLK would likely be called an Uncle Tom if he spoke on our campus today. We are training leaders who intend, explicitly, to destroy one of the only truly successful ethnically diverse societies in modern history. As the PRC, an ethnonationalist and aggressively racially chauvinist national polity with null immigration and no concept of jus solis increasingly presents itself as the global political alternative to the US, I ask you: Is this wise? Are we really doing the right thing?
As a final point, our university and department has made multiple statements celebrating and eulogizing George Floyd. Floyd was a multiple felon who once held a pregnant black woman at gunpoint. He broke into her home with a gang of men and pointed a gun at her pregnant stomach. He terrorized the women in his community. He sired and abandoned multiple children, playing no part in their support or upbringing, failing one of the most basic tests of decency for a human being. He was a drug-addict and sometime drug-dealer, a swindler who preyed upon his honest and hard-working neighbors.
And yet, the regents of UC and the historians of the UCB History department are celebrating this violent criminal, elevating his name to virtual sainthood. A man who hurt women. A man who hurt black women. With the full collaboration of the UCB history department, corporate America, most mainstream media outlets, and some of the wealthiest and most privileged opinion-shaping elites of the USA, he has become a culture hero, buried in a golden casket, his (recognized) family showered with gifts and praise. Americans are being socially pressured into kneeling for this violent, abusive misogynist. A generation of black men are being coerced into identifying with George Floyd, the absolute worst specimen of our race and species.
I'm ashamed of my department. I would say that I'm ashamed of both of you, but perhaps you agree with me, and are simply afraid, as I am, of the backlash of speaking the truth. It's hard to know what kneeling means, when you have to kneel to keep your job.
It shouldn't affect the strength of my argument above, but for the record, I write as a person of color. My family have been personally victimized by men like Floyd. We are aware of the condescending depredations of the Democrat party against our race. The humiliating assumption that we are too stupid to do STEM, that we need special help and lower requirements to get ahead in life, is richly familiar to us. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn't be easier to deal with open fascists, who at least would be straightforward in calling me a subhuman, and who are unlikely to share my race.
The ever-present soft bigotry of low expectations and the permanent claim that the solutions to the plight of my people rest exclusively on the goodwill of whites rather than on our own hard work is psychologically devastating. No other group in America is systematically demoralized in this way by its alleged allies. A whole generation of black children are being taught that only by begging and weeping and screaming will they get handouts from guilt-ridden whites.
No message will more surely devastate their futures, especially if whites run out of guilt, or indeed if America runs out of whites. If this had been done to Japanese Americans, or Jewish Americans, or Chinese Americans, then Chinatown and Japantown would surely be no different to the roughest parts of Baltimore and East St. Louis today. The History department of UCB is now an integral institutional promulgator of a destructive and denigrating fallacy about the black race.
I hope you appreciate the frustration behind this message. I do not support BLM. I do not support the Democrat grievance agenda and the Party's uncontested capture of our department. I do not support the Party co-opting my race, as Biden recently did in his disturbing interview, claiming that voting Democrat and being black are isomorphic. I condemn the manner of George Floyd's death and join you in calling for greater police accountability and police reform. However, I will not pretend that George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end.
I also want to protect the practice of history. Cleo is no grovelling handmaiden to politicians and corporations. Like us, she is free.
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2020.06.07 22:57 abiech ###Wall Street Breakfast: The Week Ahead

Jun. 07, 2020 8:43 AM ET take what you will and tell me what you think, I think they named most of the stocks out there. What are your favorites?

Welcome to Wall Street Brunch, our preview of stock market events for investors to watch during the upcoming week. You can also catch this article a day early by subscribing to the Stocks to Watch account for Saturday morning delivery. Podcast listener? Subscribe now to receive Wall Street Breakfast by 8:00 a.m. every trading day on Seeking Alpha, iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify

Fed Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will be in the spotlight next week when the Federal Open Market Committee meets on June 9-10. Powell is expected to face questions on the central bank's role in the economic recovery and what tools are still available to use. "We think right now they’re just trying to get this Main Street lending program to work. The question is are they going to do more things around what they do in terms of forward guidance and next steps of macro easing," previews Bank of America economist Ethan Harris. On the economic front, reports on consumer prices, producer prices and consumer sentiment will be watched closely. The weekly jobless claims numbers due out on June 11 will be crucial for sentiment after May’s employment report showed a surprising record gain of 2.5M jobs. On the corporate side of things, Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) reports earnings with shares sitting near their all-time high and a board battle at GameStop (NYSE:GME) goes to a vote.
Earnings spotlight: REV Group (NYSE:REVG) and Stitch Fix (NASDAQ:SFIX) on June 8; Signet Jewelers (NYSE:SIG), AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), Chewy (NYSE:CHWY), Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) and GameStop on June 9; Guess (NYSE:GES) and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (NASDAQ:RRGB) on June 10; Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), Dave & Buster's Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) and Lululemon on June 11. Go deeper: See Seeking Alpha's complete list of earnings reporters
IPO watch: Online car seller Vroom (VRM) is offering about 18.8M shares in an expected range of $17 to $19. The timing for the IPO is intriguing with the pandemic leading to more online shopping for cars, but sales and margins under pressure. How well the Vroom IPO is received by investors could be of interest to Carvana (NYSE:CVNA), Cars.com (NYSE:CARS), TrueCar (NASDAQ:TRUE), AutoNation (NYSE:AN) and even Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) as the concept of online car shopping heads more mainstream. Vroom is expected to have a market capitalization of around $1.92B if it prices at the higher end of the indicated range. Across the Pacific, Chinese gaming company NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) is looking to raise $1.2B in a Hong Kong listing to fund strategies for international expansion. Shares are expected to start trading on June 11. Also in the IPO world, the quiet period expires for ADC Therapeutics (NYSE:ADCT) on June 9 and IPO share lockups end on XP (NASDAQ:XP), Bill Holdings (NYSE:BILL), OneConnect Financial (NYSE:OCFT) and Sprout Social (NASDAQ:SPT) later in the week. There are also secondary offering lockup expirations on Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) and BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) to keep an eye on. Go deeper: Catch up on all the latest IPO news.
M&A tidbits: Gaming officials in New Jersey meet to discuss the Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR)-Eldorado Resorts (NASDAQ:ERI) merger. The tender offer on the Menarini Group pickup of Stemline Therapeutics (NASDAQ:STML) is also due to expire. Keep an eye on Western Union (NYSE:WU) and MoneyGram International (NASDAQ:MGI) for reports on if the companies are in talks and expect a little more drama around the Tiffany (NYSE:TIF)-LVMH (OTCPK:LVMHF) merger.
Projected dividend changes (quarterly): W.R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) to $0.12 from $0.11, Casey's General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) to $0.34 from $0.32, National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) to $0.445 from $0.435, Realty Income (NYSE:O) to $0.2330 (monthly), Urstadt Biddle (NYSE:UBA) to $0.14 from $0.28.
Spotlight on Snap: Snap (NYSE:SNAP) has its partner summit event scheduled for June 11. The virtual event will feature a keynote address by Snap co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, as well as talks from other team members from across the company. New product features and partnerships will be announced around Snap's augmented reality offerings and a stripped-down version of its platform that partners can embed in their own apps is expected to be unveiled. Developers are expected to be able to use a toolkit provided by Snap to build a Snapchat-like mini-app right in their own websites. The Snap event takes place with the company under a brighter spotlight for how it curates its promoted content on the Discover page. Heading into the summit, shares of Snap are up more than 50% over the last 90 days.
Airlines: How high can the airline sector fly? After a series of reports on improved bookings trends, airline stocks are showing positive momentum. American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) paced the sector with a 77% gain last week, while Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) +75%, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) +36%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +36%, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) +34% and SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW) +33% also reeled off big gains. Traffic reports for May are due out next week, which could include more market-moving metric updates.
Healthcare watch: At ENDO Online, OPKO Health (NASDAQ:OPK) is due to present data on Somatrogon on June 8 and Neurocrine Biosciences (NASDAQ:NBIX) will present on Crinecerfont. Virtual presentations scheduled for the European Hematology Association conference starting on June 11 include bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) on LentiGlobin data, Merus (NASDAQ:MRUS) on MCLA-117, Altex Industries (OTCQB:ALTX) on Nomacopan, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) on CTX001, AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) on AZD1222 and Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AGIO) on AG-348.
Analyst meetings and business updates: Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has an investor update scheduled for June 8. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) CEO Bob Swan will talk ESG in a discussion with JUST Capital on June 8 and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has a business update call scheduled for June 9 covering networks and digital services. Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) has a conference call scheduled with R.W. Baird on June 9. Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) cloud exec Mike Micucci is participating in the Citi Virtual Software Bus Tour on June 10. Finally, Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) has an Investor Day scheduled for June 10 and Centene (NYSE:CNC) has a Virtual Investor Day presentation scheduled for June 12.
Conferences rundown: Cowen hosts a conference covering the "New Retail Ecosystem" with virtual presentations from Vince Holdings (NYSE:VNCE), Lands' End (NASDAQ:LE) and Macy's (NYSE:M). Also next week, William Blair has a growth stock conference with online talks by execs from a long list of companies, including Pluralsight (NASDAQ:PS), Appian (NASDAQ:APPN), TransUnion (NYSE:TRU), Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET), CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR), QAD (NASDAQ:QADA), Talend (NASDAQ:TLND), Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), SmileDirectClub (NASDAQ:SDC), DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU), Chewy (CHWY), Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) and Varonis Systems (NASDAQ:VRNS). The hodge-podge list of companies due to participate at the Stifel 2020 Virtual Cross Sector Insight Conference include Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), Donaldson (NYSE:DCI), HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS), S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI), Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK), Archer-Daniels-Midland (NYSE:ADM), MasTec (NYSE:MTZ), Lindsay (NYSE:LNN), Dycom Industries (NYSE:DY) and Cronos (NASDAQ:OTC:CRON). Meanwhile, the Deutsche Bank 11th Annual Virtual Global Industrials & Materials Summit 2020 will also run next week with presentations ranging from airline companies, paper producers, construction concerns to home builders. Appearances are expected from MYR Goup (NASDAQ:MYRG), WillScot (NASDAQ:WSC), Berry Global (NYSE:BERY), Builders FirstSource (NASDAQ:BLDR), Cabot Corp. (NYSE:CBT), Canadian Pacific (NYSE:CP), Clearwater (NYSE:CLW), Crown Holdings (NYSE:CCK), AMETEK (NYSE:AME), ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT), Ahland Global (NYSE:ASH), AXTA, Delta Air Lines (DAL), Dow Inc. (NYSE:DOW), Fluor (NYSE:FLR), Garrett Motion (NYSE:GTX), Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO), Saia (NASDAQ:SAIA), Silgan Holdings (NASDAQ:SLGN), Sonoco Products (NYSE:SON), Summit Materials (NYSE:SUM), Target Hospitality (NASDAQ:TH), Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC), Westlake Chemical (NYSE:WLK), XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO), Meritor (NYSE:MTOR), nVent Electric (NYSE:NVT), Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU), PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), PQ Group (NYSE:PQG), REVG, Alcoa (NYSE:AA), Rexnord Corp. (NYSE:RXN), Canadian National (NYSE:CNI), CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX), Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP), Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) and O-I Glass (NYSE:OI).
Eating out: The week ahead will see the eat-at-home vs. restaurants trade be hashed around again. Nielsen data could show a deceleration in the stockpiling benefits for Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB), J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM), B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS), Blue Apron (NYSE:APRN), Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) and General Mills (NYSE:GIS) - while restaurant stocks like Cracker Barrel (NASDAQ:CBRL), Denny's (NASDAQ:DENN), Dine Brands Global (NYSE:DIN), Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) will look to scrap back from their YTD losses with more people eating out.
Notable annual meetings: GameStop may generate the most drama of the annual meetings next week with the company's board up for re-election. Two proxy firms are backing candidates from stakeholders Hestia Capital and Permit Capital for board inclusion, while Michael Burry's Scion Asset management is voting in favor of the board's slate. The annual shareholder meeting arrives with shares of GameStop down 32% YTD. Other annual meetings to watch this week include MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI), SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS), Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK), Target (NYSE:TGT), Wingstop (NASDAQ:WING), TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT), Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR).
Betting on betting: The brand-new Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF (NYSEARCA:BETZ) heads into its first full week of trading just ahead of the re-emergence of major sports in the months ahead. The Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF is designed to offer retail and institutional investors exposure to sports betting and iGaming industries. Holdings include DraftKings (NASDAQ:DKNG), Flutter Entertainment (OTCPK:PDYPY), Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN), William Hill (OTCPK:WIMHF), Scientific Games (NASDAQ:SGMS), GAN (NASDAQ:GAN), Churchill Downs (NASDAQ:CHDN) and PointsBet (OTCQX:PBTHF).
Barron's mentions: Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) makes the cover this week with the company in the middle of the political firestorm. For investors, the bigger issue than the culture debate is that the stock is valued at a sales multiple lower than social media peers. Food suppliers Sysco (NYSE:SYY), US Food Holdings (NYSE:USFD) and Performance Food Group (NYSE:PFGC) are recommended with sales volume slowly recovering. The publication notes that large investors like KKR and Trian Fund Management are taking an interest in the sector. There is also a reminder that COVID-19 drug trials are progressing. Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) is testing its antibody in a Phase 1 trial. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN) is also set to begin testing this month, while a collaboration between Vir Biotechnology (NASDAQ:VIR) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) will begin trials later this summer. If the trial results are positive and the pandemic remains intense, emergency authorization of some of the drugs could follow.
Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, BioPharmCatalyst, EDGAR
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2020.05.26 03:27 PennsylvanianfromNY [ELECTION] RLGE/Exiles Royal Lao Government in Exile Elects new Prime Minister

Following Prime Minister Sisavatdy's announcement of his intentions to step down as Prime Minister and his associated call for new elections, two candidates have emerged above all others as the most likely to succeed Sisavatdy. Each candidate generally represents a major power bloc within the National Council, and all represent different visions for how the RLGE should move forward.
As the Supreme National Council convenes for the final vote it appears that the future of the RGLE will be decided here. Whether the RGLE will shift towards a more aggressive approach or maintain its current path is up to the National Council

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