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2020.09.17 19:09 sfsd5advice in the middle of the venn diagram
i was thinking about a couple recent posts in the context of this one: https://www.reddit.com/sugarlifestyleforum/comments/iu37w8/come_together_now/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 and i figured rather than do any meaningful work for the next 3 minutes i'd write this. this is from my experience of a decade in the bowl and the dozens of really good friends i've made of both genders. it applies equally to SDs and SBs. the point of the whole courtship / seeking / dating / m+g / etc process is to find someone who actually likes you. someone who likes you for who you actually are, what you actually offer in a relationship, and someone you feel the same way about. there is no point whatsoever in lying or being deceitful about who you really are. put your best foot forward, yes, but save everyone the time and hurt feelings of having to next or dump you because you aren't who you portrayed yourself as:
if your hair is thinning, receding, or you're bald, include a picture that shows your hairline. lots of women don't care about this. lots do. let her decide.
if the most you can afford is xyxy per month, don't agree to or imply you can afford an allowance of zyzyz. your ego will be bruised when you feel like a poor dumb schmuck that can't afford what your SB wants, and you're wasting her time.
if you've gained the covid 19, 29, 39, or 99, have recent pictures which show your entire body in a flattering but honest light. if your body is the same as it was 5 years ago, go ahead and use those 5 year old pictures.
if you're in school to be a dental hygienist, don't say med school. if you're a draftsperson, don't say engineer. if you're an accountant, don't say investment banker. nothing wrong with any of those things, but why set yourself up for conversations you can't keep up with?
ladies, we want to know what you actually look like, what you'll look like for a casual impromptu outing, in the morning after a crazy night, after a swim in the ocean at the resort you've always wanted to go to, etc. we don't actually care that much what you'd look like right before a photo shoot. most SDs have had live in girlfriends, wives, and mothers, and we really truly would rather see you than your makeup/prosthetic skills.
if you're married, don't say you're separated. if you're separated, don't say you're divorced. if you have a long term partner, don't say you're single. there are PLENTY of people in the bowl on both sides who are absolutely fine with whatever your situation is. why create a stressful situation where you have to lie about nearly everything in your life?
guys, if you're 5'6, don't say you're 5'10 and wear shoes that make you an inch or two taller and figure it's close enough.
be confident. be your best version of yourself. if you need to fudge a bit for discretion, go for it. nobody cares if you're 37 vs 39 or 23 vs 25 or went to yale instead of princeton. but be you. one of the great promises of the sugar bowl is the ability to be honest. if you're in it just for the money, or the sex, or the arm candy, or whatever, just say so. the whole point is to find someone who likes you and has what you're looking for. the sugar bowl is a big place with space for lots of different relationships.
2020.09.16 11:33 Kidd5Clipper Ship Owners Made Millions. Others Paid the Price
(A National Geographic article. Interesting read.) By SIMON WORRALL Published August 31, 2018 Clipper ships traveled at blistering speeds but conditions on board were brutal, and opium was their most profitable cargo. In their day, they were the fastest ships ever to have been built. They revolutionized global trade, ferrying tea from China and delivering provisions and equipment to the burgeoning settlement of Gold Rush-era San Francisco. Their owners would become some of the richest men in the United States. But as historian Steven Ujifusa shows in his new book, Barons of the Sea, clipper ships also had a dark side: They serviced the opium trade, which left millions of Chinese addicted, and employed brutal, and sometimes dangerous, methods to make their ships sail faster. When National Geographic caught up with Ujifusa in Washington, D.C., he explained how clipper ship owners reconciled their religious backgrounds with the opium trade, how steamships and the railroad eventually rendered clipper ships obsolete, and how a clipper ship with a female navigator held the record for the fastest voyage from New York to San Francisco right up to the 1980s. A historian said of the clipper ships: “Illicit and desperate practices followed close in their wake throughout their existence.” Explain what he meant, and what the Americans’ goal was in producing them. So-called Baltimore clippers, which were built in the Maryland Chesapeake Bay area in the 1810s and 1820s, were used as slave smugglers and privateers. By the 1840s, American merchants doing business in China took these designs and expanded them into China clippers, carrying tea from Canton to New York and, later, Hong Kong. These merchants also used variants of the Baltimore clippers as opium runners, smuggling opium into China, thanks to bribes given to Chinese officials who were there to stop the opium trade but, instead, facilitated it. What’s distinctive about a clipper ship as opposed to other types of vessels? The definition of an American clipper ship is a three-masted, full-rigged ship with square sails on each of her three masts that was built for speed rather than capacity. So the designers of the great clipper ships of the 1840s and 1850s sharpened the bow and stern, creating much hollower lines than before. They were built to carry high-value freight, like tea from China or, during the Gold Rush, dry goods and provisions to California that would fetch very high prices. These ships were also much more loftily rigged than typical merchant ships. This made them very expensive to operate because you needed crews of 50 or 60 men. Shipping barons like Warren Delano and Robert Forbes got rich from the opium trade in China, which left millions addicted or dead. Introduce us to these men and explain how they squared their Protestant morality with what was essentially drug running, and how it eventually led to the Opium War. Several of the men I feature come from a tight-knit group of Yankee families in the Boston and New Bedford area. They didn’t see anything wrong with the opium trade. Robert Bennett Forbes compared the opium trade to nothing worse than dealing in liquor or strong spirits, and Warren Delano wrote that the opium trade was a perfectly honorable, legitimate trade. But when they were living in the foreigners’ colony in Canton in the 1830s, they didn’t actually see its effects on the Chinese population all that much. In 1838, a new governor of Canton Province was tasked by the emperor with showing the foreign devils, as western traders were known, who was boss. This new commissioner demands that the Americans and British hand over 20,000 chests of opium to the Chinese government for destruction. The British and Americans say, “This is our opium; how can you do this?” So the commissioner promptly blockades the Foreigners Colony, in Canton, and the opium is thrown into the Pearl River. The British traders leave, saying, “We’ll be back with force because you just confiscated the Queen’s opium.” On their return, they shell Canton in revenge and Canton is burned. Under the terms of the Treaty of Nanking, the Chinese government is forced pay 21 million pounds sterling as reparations, not just for the seizure of the British opium but also for the costs for the British Royal Navy to sail over there. The treaty also forces open several other ports for Western trade, which allows opium to flow unchecked into the Celestial Kingdom, thus beginning the so-called “Century of Humiliation” for the Chinese. MID-1800S SHIPWRECK DISCOVERED THOUSANDS OF FEET DEEPJuly 3, 2018 – NOAA researchers came upon this shipwreck 150 miles off North Carolina’s coast, thousands of feet deep. They took a close look with the remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer and found items that paint a picture of the mid-1800s submerged ship and the persons on board. You call the clipper ship builder Donald McKay a “mechanic and craftsman as American hero.” Tell us about him and the “extreme clippers” he built in Boston. He was an immigrant success story. He was born in 1810 in Nova Scotia, the son of an itinerant shipwright and farmer, came to New York, then opened up his own yard in East Boston in the 1840s, becoming a kind of Jacksonian, common-man hero. He once said something to the effect of, “My words and language are rough but my feelings are honest and true.” He began building a series of very successful, very large ships for the California trade. There’s an old naval design rule that the longer the waterline length of a vessel, the faster it can go. So McKay built clippers that were significantly larger than the old China clippers. McKay’s clippers to California grew to almost 300 feet long and The Republic was almost 400 feet long. This represented a tremendous growth in terms of how big these ships got and how fast they went. Clipper ships like these helped build San Francisco into the city we know today. Starting in 1848-1849, there was a huge demand for miner’s supplies —furniture, chairs, tables, provisions, and lots of booze—to be shipped around Cape Horn from the East Coast, to the new city of San Francisco, which grew from a fishing village of 2,000 people to a major metropolis of over 100,000 by the mid-to-late 1850s. This was similar to how Jeff Bezos revolutionized the supply chain for goods from all over the world. The China clippers would bring tea from Canton or Hong Kong to New York, cutting down the typical sailing speed from 160 days to under 100 days. This was truly revolutionary. One of McKay’s clippers reportedly logged 22 knots, a speed that steamships would not reach until the 1890s. Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman is about a ship’s captain who makes a deal with Satan in exchange for speed. The clipper ships had their own version of the legend in “driver captains” like Robert Waterman. Tell us about him and his fatal voyage in Challenge. Robert Waterman had a long history of making record passages from China. While onshore, he was a dandy and a ladies man, but on ships he was an absolute tyrant. In 1851, he was given command of a clipper ship called The Challenge. She was 2,000 tons and had masts well over 200 feet high. His bosses, the Griswold brothers, offered him a $10,000 bonus if he made it to San Francisco in less than 90 days. But Waterman was given the dregs of the waterfront as a crew. Ultimately, there is a near-mutiny, several men are beaten to death or fall from the yard, and the ship sails into San Francisco Harbor after a voyage of 109 days, flying a distress flag. Waterman is tried for murder in San Francisco. This is one of the more violent episodes in the clipper ship era and exposes to the nation and to the world how men and safety were sacrificed for the quickest possible passage to get goods to market first. This was an era before any sort of regulation of conditions on board or of labor. The way crews were recruited was a bit like the Royal Navy with its press gangs. Actually, that’s where the term Shanghaied came from. Captains would often have a hard time getting enough men to crew up these clipper ships, which needed 50 to 60 men to sail efficiently. So, they would send out so-called “crimps” to the brothels and bars of lower Manhattan or Boston and, working in cahoots with the madams and saloonkeepers, drop drugs into the drinks of the patrons, who would then wake up with a splitting headache, a third of their wages gone and on the way to China or San Francisco. [laughs] I was amazed to read that the Flying Cloud’s record of 89 days and 21 hours from New York to San Francisco stood until 1989. Tell us about the various attempts on that record, and what it says about the clipper ships. The Flying Cloud was unique. Not only was she an exceptionally well-built clipper, and arguably McKay’s masterpiece before The Great Republic, but she also had a very good team. She had a very good captain, Captain Josiah Creesy. He had been in the China trade before. He also had a very valuable asset: his wife, Eleanor Creesy, who served as his navigator. She used a new set of charts that allowed the navigator to find the optimal winds and currents to make a quick passage by avoiding the doldrums. Without her, the Flying Cloud would not have made that voyage. And it was not until the late 1980s that the sailing yacht Thursday’s Child broke the record. Some people say that it doesn’t really count because she was a yacht, not a commercial vessel, and that the record under sail still stands. Eventually, clipper ships became what you call “beautiful anachronisms.” Talk about their legacy for the United States, and the sea barons who built them. The end of the clipper ships came about due to the railroads, first across the Panama Isthmus and later across the continental U.S., which made such long-haul voyages by sail less profitable. Also, the rise of long-distance steam ships and the trans-Atlantic cable, which allowed information, especially financial information, to be transmitted almost instantaneously. The Civil War also wreaked havoc on the clipper ship era, when Confederate raiders chased down and sank several clippers. As for the legacy of these ships, even though their era was extremely brief, they still persist in the American imagination. Naval historian Samuel Eliot Morisonsaid that these clipper ships came and went with the finality of the passenger pigeon, but these were our cathedrals of wood, our Parthenons, the most complex structures we had ever built. And they still elicit wonder today. They were built for brutal, laissez faire capitalism, but in terms of their angelic beauty they are peerless. Warren Delano II was one of the most famous of the men who derived their fortunes from owning clipper ships. He and several of his business partners would diversify their China trade fortunes into industries such as the railroads, coal and copper mining, the Trans-Atlantic cable, and real estate. When Warren Delano died in 1898 he bequeathed well over $1 million to each of his children, which would put him on the Forbes 400 list of wealthy men in America at the time. His most famous descendant was his grandson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who, as a successful politician, loved to quote his grandfather’s famous dictum: “In business, never let your right hand know what your left hand is doing.” Many of the great clipper ship fortunes funded famous preparatory schools, like Milton Academy, and universities such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, as well as many other well-known cultural institutions. It’s a contradiction that these men were engaged in the opium trade but, when they came home, used their fortunes to invest in early American industries and civic institutions that we still know, and venerate, to this day. This interview was edited for length and clarity.
2020.09.14 22:30 aceNspadessWhich clubs should I apply to if I want to become a doctor?
I'm wondering which clubs I should do to pursue a medicine path. I already joined the future doctors America club, the global health club, and science olympiad. I'm debating on whether or not to do NHS and the red cross club: National Honors Society: This club seems interesting but I'm not sure if it'll impress like high class colleges (Princeton, Harvard, Hopkins). It also just does community service all the time so idk if I should do this one or not to become a doctor. Should I join it or would it be a waste of time. Red Cross club: This one partners with the American red cross and just helps around with covid and hunger and disasters. should I do this one? Do any of you have any advice to what other clubs I should or should not do to become a doctotips on how to start preparing to become a doctor in high school? THANKSSSS
2020.09.11 00:30 boinabbc[HIRING] Senior Data Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, NJ 08540
Mathematica Policy Research is searching for a Senior Data Analyst in Princeton, NJ 08540 with the following skills: Modeling, SQL, Business Intelligence Position Description: Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big... apply or read more here: https://www.datayoshi.com/offe449694/senior-data-analyst-mathematica-policy-research
2020.09.11 00:30 boinabbc[HIRING] Senior Data Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, NJ 08540
Mathematica Policy Research is searching for a Senior Data Analyst in Princeton, NJ 08540 with the following skills: Modeling, SQL, Business Intelligence Position Description: Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big... apply or read more here: https://www.datayoshi.com/offe449694/senior-data-analyst-mathematica-policy-research
2020.09.05 13:39 madshebPrinceton Alums Start Movement to Uplift Black Bookstores. The group has partnered with Source of Knowledge, a Black-owned bookstore in Newark, NJ, to ensure that the burgeoning interest in anti-racist literature empowers the communities that most directly feel the impact of systemic racism.
2020.09.05 06:06 ExposingSDKarensRetired Solana Beach Man Found Dead In Shallow Mexican Grave Was a Brilliant Mind with UCSD Ties
Trying this again...I couldn't link the archived UCSD PDF on this phone I tried to post originally for the life of me, sadly...it was essentially an article about him organizing a safari trip in the summer of '69 while he was a student there. But here is something else I found that gives a little background on what a brilliant mind he was, and what a tragedy it is that he and his partner (retired Physical Therapist of Tierrasanta) were so brutally and senselessly murdered. :( Copied text from article (bc I'm apparently too old to post internet links now, sighhhh). Project Leader – Ian Hirschsohn Ian received a B.Sc (Mech. Eng.), MS (Purdue), MS (Princeton). He is a UCSD Alumnus; Prof. Irwin Jacobs (yes, him) was his CS thesis adviser. Dropped out of UCSD along with Peter Preuss and Alan Frankel to form ISSCO. He was principal author of DISSPLA, gold standard of mainframe graphics. (Eventually ported to 6,000+ mainframes/super minis. Google DISSPLA on a wide screen; check out no. of hits 45 yrs. after its release. Peter went on to become a UC regent and founded Preuss Charter School.) After facing 30+ mainframe OS’s, Ian was burned out and used his stock to found SUPERSET which marketed a high-res graphics workstation in 1980s. OS modeled on Cray multiprocessor supercomputers via custom processor hardware. Ian led the OS team, designed the i/set, and wrote the Fortran+C compiler, linker and other utilities. SUPERSET joined Sun SPARC, HP 9000, and other workstations in MS cemetery. But Ian converted the OS to the x86 and ARM-like RISC (Intel i860). Where it was used by Texaco for Seismic research, aviation weather maps, and other apps.
2020.09.01 17:57 finnagains'The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare' by Christian Brose
29 August 2020 The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare by Christian Brose is a book with an intended audience within the Pentagon and the arms industry, “Ringing the alarm” for US imperialism’s need to make a rapid and qualitative development of its military in order to achieve its ambition of global hegemony. Brose, a former staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, begins his book describing a conversation he had with the late Republican Senator John McCain on the form that an increasingly likely war between the United States and China would take: America’s forward bases in places like Japan and Guam would be inundated with waves of precise ballistic and cruise missiles. [United States] carriers and their escort ships might shoot down some of the missiles, but there would be so many that some could get through and knock the carriers out of the fight by cratering their flight decks, damaging their control towers, or destroying their aircraft before they even got airborne. It is also possible that a hit could be fatal, sending five thousand Americans and a $13 billion ship to the bottom of the ocean... McCain and I paused and considered the potential scale of this disaster. Thousands of Americans lost in action. American ships sunk. Bases reduced to smoking holes in the ground. Aircraft and satellites shot out of the sky. A war that could be lost in a matter of hours or days even as the United States planned to spend weeks and months moving into position to fight. Why would such a war break out? Brose writes: China is becoming America’s peer, and it could become more than that. It is integrated into the global economy and developing its own domestic sources of technological development, not just copycat industries but increasingly innovative and world-leading companies. China has already surpassed the United States in purchasing power parity, and it is projected to have the world’s largest gross domestic product by as early as 2030. The last time the United States faced a competitor, or even a group of competitors, with greater economic power than its own was in the nineteenth century, before our own rise to global predominance. And when it comes to China’s potential to generate even greater power, the United States has never faced a challenge of that scale in its entire history... The Chinese Communist Party aims to become the dominant power in Asia and in the world, and it believes that for China to win, America must lose. We have to lose the race for advanced technology. We have to lose jobs and influence in the global economy. We have to lose partners who share our interests and values. We have to lose the ability to stand in the way of the Chinese Communist Party’s desire to make more of the world safe for its model of high-tech authoritarianism. And as the balance of power continues to shift out of America’s favor, the Chinese Communist Party will likely become more expansive in its ambitions, more assertive in its pursuit of them, and more capable of getting its way, no matter how much that harms Americans. Increasingly concerned over China’s economic development and terrified by its rapid technological advances, which put a question mark on the Washington’s “overwhelming” military superiority, Brose and McCain wrote a letter in October 2017 to then-Secretary of Defense James “Mad-Dog” Mattis on the topic of the National Defense Strategy: “We no longer enjoy the wide margins of power we once had,” the letter argued, because America’s military advantage had “declined precipitously” as great-power competitors, primarily China, were modernizing their forces and eroding America’s military dominance. “We cannot do everything we want everywhere,” it stated. “We must choose. We must prioritize.” And though money was vital, we could not “‘buy our way out’ of our current predicament.” The new defense strategy, McCain wrote Mattis, was “perhaps the last opportunity to develop an effective approach” to China before it was too late. Brose’s staff met regularly with Mattis’ staff, and the emphasis on preparing and executing a massive overhaul of the US military, with focus on integrating the latest developments in information technology, was a cornerstone of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which built on the National Security Strategy announced by the Trump Administration in December 2017. The document clearly announced the revival of “Great-Power Conflict,” i.e., preparation for a Third World War, with particular focus on China. The Defense Strategy calls for building a more lethal force, with emphasis on modernizing key capabilities of nuclear forces, space and cyberspace, missile defense, and in particular, command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), as well as autonomous systems. Brose reveals in his book that, over the past several decades, the United States military machine, serviced through a network of defense contractors, lobbyists and Congressmen, has gobbled up trillions of dollars, accumulating an excess of fat rather than muscle. Vast sums were directed into money-pits like the F-35 and incremental hardware upgrades to outdated systems, whereas rival militaries like that of China were utilizing the developments in data-technology to create a “smarter” military, one which can close the “kill chain” at lightning speed. According to Brose, the kill chain is a military term linked to the “Information Revolution” starting in the 1980s; it means the process of analysis, planning, and execution. Prior to the Information Revolution, the kill chain was localized to single military platforms, for example “the process of understanding where an enemy aircraft was, deciding what to do about it, and then acting against it all occurred within one fighter jet or air defense system.” The Information Revolution, which had as its foundation the development of the integrated circuit, has led to further world-historic developments—primarily the development of the internet and artificial intelligence. What these technologies allow for is “networked warfare”; a network of nuclear missiles, for example, can all be directed under one system, some under autonomous control. Brose is now the head of strategy for Andruil Industries, which states that it is a tech company composed of “a team of experts from Oculus, Palantir, General Atomics, SpaceX, Tesla and Google exploiting breakthroughs in consumer and commercial technology” specifically for military purposes. While the US military has been slow to integrate the latest developments in data technology and AI, Silicon Valley-based tech firms have been pioneers in this field. Having achieved a high level of centralization, they are moving closer and closer towards the state. Brose in large part has written the book in order “bring home” the prodigal son; help return Silicon Valley to the US military from which it traces its origins. As historian Margaret O’Mara has observed, “Defense contracts during and after World War II turned Silicon Valley from a somnolent landscape of fruit orchards into a hub of electronics production and innovations ranging from mainframes to microprocessors to the internet.” Arguing for the military potential of consumer technology, Brose writes: Many American homes are now fitted with a network of low-cost sensors made by companies such as Nest (owned by Google) and Ring (owned by Amazon) that give one person with a mobile device real-time situational awareness of their most important places, whereas the average US military base is still defended by large numbers of people either standing watch or staring at rows of video surveillance monitors, stacked up like Hollywood Squares. Similarly, many Americans drive vehicles equipped with sensors that tell them everything that is going on around the vehicle at all times, whereas most American military vehicles do not have the same capabilities. He further notes the increasing monopolization of Silicon Valley: Over the past fifteen years, major technology companies have bought dozens of technology start-ups: Facebook, for example, has bought Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR, among others, while Google has bought far more, including Android, YouTube, Waze, Nest, and DeepMind. This process has been accompanied by the tech giants’ rapid integration with the US military and intelligence apparatus. Research published on July 7, 2020 by the technology accountability nonprofit Tech Inquiry revealed that the Department of Defense and federal law enforcement agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, have secured thousands of deals with Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Dell, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Facebook, among others. Microsoft is currently the leader in gobbling up government contracts and has also seemingly won the battle for the $10 billion JEDI contract with the Pentagon, which will overhaul the military’s internet infrastructure. However, this is currently in dispute, as its rival Amazon has obtained a federal court order halting the contract for review. Amazon recently announced the establishment of a space unit called Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, led by former US Air Force Major General Clint Crosier. The unit is responsible for the development of rocket launches, human spaceflight support, robotic systems, mission control operations, space stations, satellite networks and more. Bezos’ space company Blue Origin also has a NASA contract worth $579 million. The US military has also encouraged smaller startups to get in on the action. The US Air Force has selected 54 smaller companies to “develop, test and integrate new capabilities for the Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS).” The ABMS aims to develop an “internet of things” where systems in all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) can connect to disseminate information to personnel. The startup SpaceX, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, recently launched NASA astronauts into space, marking a new era of public-private partnerships. On May 20, SpaceX signed a three-year deal with the US military to test the company’s “Starlink” program, which aims to “build a constellation of small satellites in low-earth orbit that can deliver high-speed communications and data networks to every part of the planet at all times.” Over the past several years, private US companies have sent numerous satellites into space, with plans to launch tens of thousands more. Brose writes: From hundreds of miles away, commercial satellites can see objects on Earth in minute detail, and they may soon be able to identify individual faces. The number of these satellites grows by the hundreds every year. Silicon Valley is largely responsible for soon-to-be thousands of small satellites that will create an unblinking eye over the entire Earth, resulting in more real-time surveillance of the planet than ever before. Indeed, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a US intelligence agency that currently has a total of 14,500 personnel, recently estimated that it would need more than 8 million people just to analyze all of the imagery of the globe that will be generated in the next twenty years. Computer generated image of total satellites in space [Credit: James Yoder, http://stuffin.space/] The data gathered by the sharp mechanical eyes of satellites in space is being increasingly used to surveil the world for the primary purpose of repression and war; the capitalist class has wrapped the Earth in “The Kill Chain.” The threat of a Third World War The US military’s plans for “Great-Power Conflict,” primarily with China, have reached an extremely high level. The US ruling class is aware of its inadequacies and, while masses of American workers confront poverty, is spending trillions to prepare for the eruption of World War III. A simulation called “Plan A” by researchers at Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security, shows how the use of one so-called tactical or low-yield nuclear weapon could lead to a global nuclear war which would result in over 90 million deaths and injuries within three hours. At our current stage, the outbreak of war will quickly become a world catastrophe. The development of “battle networks” and long range missiles means that weapons capable of leveling entire cities and countries will be deployed in practically a flash. War will take place on all fronts, from the seas, the earth, and the heavens. With the use of nuclear weapons, over 7.5 billion human beings, themselves the product of billions of years of historical development, could be destroyed in a matter of days. The true implication of war is never uttered in Brose’s book. He, alongside the capitalist class which he represents, is driven by the imperative of securing US profit interests. They see war as a means to stop China’s economic expansion, exemplified by the “Belt and Road Initiative,” thus removing its main rival and conquering the world market. Meanwhile the Chinese capitalists cannot halt their aims for expansion because they too are driven by the need to accumulate profit. Thus they have resorted to building up their military arsenal to “defend” themselves from the US. However, in the era of nuclear weapons, there is no such thing as defense, simply Mutually Assured Destruction. The great revolutionary Leon Trotsky delivered a speech in 1926 to the First All-Union Congress of the Society of Friends of Radio, explaining why capitalism is incompatible with the needs of humanity: I remember a time when men wrote that the development of aircraft would put an end to war, because it would draw the whole population into military operations, would bring to ruin the economic and cultural life of entire countries, etc. In fact, however, the invention of a flying machine heavier than air opened a new and crueler chapter in the history of militarism. There is no doubt that now, too, we are approaching the beginning of a still more frightful and bloody chapter. Technique and science have their own logic—the logic of the cognition of nature and the mastering of it in the interests of man. But technique and science develop not in a vacuum but in human society, which consists of classes. The ruling class, the possessing class, controls technique and through it controls nature. Technique in itself cannot be called either militaristic or pacifistic. In a society in which the ruling class is militaristic, technique is in the service of militarism. Within little more than a decade, the most terrible bloodbath in history, World War II, began, destroying over 70 million lives. Humanity is now threatened with a war of incomparably greater magnitude. The National Security Strategy document states, “The Internet is an American invention, and it should reflect our values as it continues to transform the future for all nations and all generations.” The reality is that the internet and technology in general are a collective product of human labor, which transcends all nations, races, and ethnicities. While the capitalist class advances the politics of nationalism and division, of which war is the most extreme form, the working class must advance the politics of unity, breaking down all national divisions, uniting workers of every country in a common struggle to put an end to capitalism and create a world where science is developed not in service of war, but to ensure peace and prosperity for all.
2020.08.31 23:13 9869704 Richest Americans are Ivy League Grads...Correlation or Causation?
Bezos (Princeton), Gates (Harvard), Musk (Penn), Zuckerberg (Harvard) all worth $100B+ This is statistically significant considering only around .4% of undergraduates attend an Ivy League school. So the question is why?
Is it because these people outperformed in high school, and these schools were just an indicator of their potential rather than the cause of it?
However, there's something to be said about Zuckerberg and Gates both meeting their business partners at Harvard before dropping out
Is it due to socioeconomic status? After all, Zuckerberg went to Exeter, and Musk comes from a wealthy family.
Yet, both Bezos and Gates were middle class.
Did the names of their schools allow them to fundraise early and give them that initial boost needed?
But there are thousands of start-up founders from these schools who don't amass much, if any, success. Or maybe it's a combination of all of these factors and more. What are your guys's thoughts?
2020.08.30 18:27 EbenaceaeDiospyrosRANT: Ways of sharing college decisions that RUB PEOPLE THE WRONG WAY(my take on)
Long rant ahead: There is no TLDR at the bottom. At my school (this school is really really competitive), seniors give us death glares if we even mutter something college-related. These things would have to be discussed out of earshot or else they will spread gossip about you until the whole entire senior class collectively hates you. And then, when they get accepted, they act like it's no big e... like c'mon... we were walking on eggshells around you for the past foufive months... And also, when they get accepted instead ofpersonallyposting it on Instagram stories on the day that admissions come out, they ask their friends to post a pic of them with the caption like, "Queen is going to [insert school name and class year]. So proud of her!!" Like... I guess they want to humblebrag but don't want to do it on their own personal profile because they would seem pretentious? And like this doesn't apply to all congratulatory posts. Some friends actually voluntarily post, but like most has some push of shove, and of course, friends would want to be supportive. If my friend asked me to do it, I will definitely do it for them, just at a later date perhaps a week or two afterward. I did it for my sister lol... I said "Will miss my sis." with a sticker of [school name]. We all acknowledge that most of those posts are like fake-ish but I guess that is what social media is for. I am pretty relaxed about it because Instagram is a social media platform where one shares pics and stories about their life, college included. As an underclassman at the time (This fall, I am junior), I would just tap through stories and make mental notes like "wow" or "cool," but what if this was a senior tapping through? To see all of your classmates with their acceptance and they having none or not having the result from the school that they want. Let me remind anyone who has gotten this far into the rant that this is a very competitive school where lots of kids go to T20 or really good LACs. I appreciate the seniors that give two to three weeks before posting. This allows people to come to terms with their results whether it be acceptances, waitlists, or rejections. It's common courtesy. If a person spoiled Avengers: Endgame as soon as they left the theater on the premiere, that person should expect eye-rolls, stares, curses, and even punches. After a few weeks though, the movie can be openly discussed. Seniors have already waited for months for their decisions, might as well wait for two or three weeks for things to settle down. Then, post it on Instagram for followers. Speaking of Instagram... I live for the time when I go onto all of their Instagram profile and see seniors put something like Yale '24 or Harvard '24 or something like that. Then we send texts of congratulations. If a senior doesn't put one of those in their profile, all of the underclassmen know that it is safer to back off and not ask. This is one of the better ways to celebrate and share the news. Or another method is to show extreme emotions in class. Like they be opening their application in class and hollering the crap out of their lungs in a way that is more than necessary. I get that for many folks the college process is really tiring and getting into one's top choice is really a huge relief and excitement. I know that it has been a huge toll. But when I say they holler, I mean like someone in on one end of a football field trying to telephone to another person on the other side in the middle of a filled stadium at a game. It's so extra. Kids that do this are not being very considerate of their classmates' feelings. You can do that once you get back into your room/home. It also sends a massive wave of all of the students logging into their portal to check. This disrupts the flow of class by a huge ton. Some kids won't be accepted, and that sets a mood for the rest of the class. The teacher teams up you with them in class, and you are basically going to get either a quiet, grumpy, or unmotivated partner. I always catch other seniors' annoying looks at that one person that started it all. And you know how I said in the first paragraph about how the senior class and team up and hate on underclassmen.... well they can do that to their fellow seniors as well. I always sign up for mixed classes (classes with a variety of grade levels) ready to block my eardrums around college decision time. And then senior spring is basically school merch time. I honestly think this is one of the more acceptable ways of sharing your acceptance. You get into a school, and the school sent you a shirt/sweatshirt/hoodie or you went and bought one yourself. It's an article of clothing that doesn't interrupt a class or make a whole scene on Instagram. You walk past a senior wearing their merch, and it's a quick look without that person having to say something. WHAT gets annoying for some folks is when a student is decked out in full gear. Like, Princeton socks, Princeton sweats, Princeton Rain Jacket, Princeton Cap, Princeton Sweatshirt, and take that off when it gets toooo hot in a conditioned classroom down to 60 degrees... a Princeton shirt... They make a show of taking it off too... I personally don't mind, but it is not well-loved by folks. And I really want to say that I am not hating on any person's way of celebrating an acceptance. I know these seniors deserve the world and deserve the results that they get. I just want to point out inconsiderate ways of sharing and vice versa that I have noticed. In addition, I notice how a person's demeanor can change after college acceptance. They can be more open, suddenly be more connected to friends since they get a boost of confidence (which is all good), but some can get very big-headed. I can't share this aloud at school because I don't want to be hated on, but no one on reddit knows who I am, and hence this rant. As a person who rarely talks about my own stuff, I prefer to listen to others talk about theirs. Therefore, I just notice a bunch of things such as the method of sharing and other people's rxn's. Thank you for reading my rant. I know I sound like an angsty teenager, but I feel like many of y'all on this subthread have probably noticed this or felt the same way. Feel free to share your personal stories, opinions, or other in/considerate ways of sharing the news. EDIT: paragraphs didn't have enters on top of them
2020.08.29 20:29 AnikDey2002Chances for an International Student: Applying in ED to Harvard, In regular to Stanford, Princeton, Vanderbilt, USC etc
Demographics: South East Asian male (Bangladeshi) ACT/SAT/SAT II: will take in OctobeDecember (already registered, but all tests are getting canceled, so can't do anything of my own will) IELTS: Will give it soon, hope for 7.5+ UW GPA: unweighted = 5.00 (in grade 9-10). My grade 11-12 school did not provide GPA. but my rank was always in the top 1% of the total student body (2050 students). After grade 10, we need to give a National Board Exam where I got a national scholarship. Awards: Bronze Medalist at 'International Medicine Olympiad-2020'- an international competition on biology and medicine. (it's a very new competition), Sutter Health Distinction Award ( a public health communication competition arranged by Sutter Health and Stanford), GATSVI Seed Funding Award (got 2,700$ seed funding award after pitching a startup that I work with), Semifinalist at Conrad Challenge in health category, Champion National Biology Olympiad, 2 times national finalist at a science competition called 'Stockholm junior Water Prize'. Extracurriculars: 1) Biology Olympiad (National winner, camper) 2) Research intern at Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute (completed a capstone project and communication research project about designing affordable, safe PPE) 3) GATSVI Program (an entrepreneurial incubator backed by Stanford professors, pretty selective 7% acceptance rate, took classes on entrepreneurship, made a partnership startup, pitched to judges) 4) Research intern and a water purification project- Conducted research at a local lab, made a novel membrane, presented it in a conference, got 2nd award, now pending to get published in a high school peer-reviewed journal (not sure will it get published or not, but I have the full paper). I also opened a startup with my project, partnered with an international high-school company at GATSVI program for profit. The startup didn't fully start its activities, but we have our website and full product. 5) Volunteered at a medical hospital for 2 months, helped with data collection, management, patient collaboration 6) founder of a biomedical research organization to promote biomedical research 7) Recently, got involved in a healthcare startup, we designed a website. Our aim is effective data management during Covid-19. Essays- Can't say, probably strong ( i am no essay expert). My essays are mainly about my passion in biology, biomedical fields, public health and entrepreneurial journey. Recoms- Relatively strong. Intended Majors- Biomedical fields (Bioengineering, neuroscience any one of them), Minor- Cs Unis- ED- Harvard, RD- Stanford, Princeton, Vanderbilt, USC, Brown, Duke, Rice (not so many mid or low ranks, cause i need a lot of aid, which those unis do not provide) So plz give an opinion, also any suggestion regarding anything will be valuable.
Income Bracket: basically 0, 1K SGD if you push it. obviously applied for finaid
Type of School: Singaporean public school, outside of the GCSE/A-Levels system. We term them polytechnics, but they're strictly not degree-granting as with the US/UK polys. It's supposedly looked down upon as an inferior option over IBs/A-levels, but personally speaking, I couldn't give a shit and I already knew what I wanted to do -- psychology.
Hooks: first-gen, lgbtq+ (for schools that asked), probably some small "unknown school" boost
Rank (or percentile): none, except for the fact that I'm probably top 10%
# of Honors/AP/IB/Dual Enrollment/etc.: see above; these don't really exist in my curriculum, as I took a diploma in psychology.
Senior Year Course Load: specialized psychology courses and some research projects
Standardized Testing ACT: 35C (35E, 36M, 34R, C36S). only had to take it once in October 2019, paid for it myself. can't afford sat 2s, they're 200+ dollars for some reason. education is a human right btw Extracurriculars/Activities this might be long, and i'm definitely going to hedge some of the wording here. i'm super spiky in terms of research
research internship at a government r&d agency, looked at inspection of aircraft and how technology might affect inspection performance. psychophysics-related stuff, basically. research was in conjunction with the aviation authority in my country.
independent research, first author. ran experiments on decision making and emotion, paper is pending publishing. findings are interesting, in that it informs how we can frame choices
r&d partner, mental health institute in my country. developed a curriculum that teaches mindfulness to children. pilot plans are on going, last i heard.
research partner w/ a local NGO, did some work looking into program participation and what drove people to participate/drop out/etc.
some writing! not going to post the link here, but it's fairly active. a few views per week, not a lot of followers though. but i don't really care since i'm mostly writing for fun anyway
some VEX involvement in year 9, won the nationals and stuff
i think the rest i've included don't move the needle at all, so i'll stop here. Awards/Honors honestly, i'm not a prize grubber, so this looks a bit sad
research awards in psychology, but it's mostly national-level. SG doesn't have a social science branch for ISEF lmao
some scholarships for my performance, but they dont amount to much
school awards bcoz of my performance again
youngest nominee at a local conference centered around youth involvement and public policy
Letters of Recommendation counselor fucked my rec, since he's not technically a counselor -- he's a school lecturer. my school doesn't really focus that much on college admissions. other two teachers should be fine, one research and the other english. idk what exactly they wrote though, i just passed them my CVs Interviews i dont think these matter? since i did...well, just keep reading Essays some people hated them, some people liked them a lot. i choose not to put a value on my writing. they're not riddled with grammatical errors though, at least. Decisions (all RD unless otherwise stated) Acceptances:
yale-nus! full ride too
Bowdoin. they're cool, but i think my need for aid killed me. rejected in june
Amherst. was surprised, since i sent in such a shitty app to them. rejected in june
Rejections: let me see if i still remember
uchicago EA --> defer
...shit i don't remember
there's FOUR MORE???
Closing thoughts while i may have a-fucking-lot to say, the story's not quite over yet; i'm reapplying this round too, with some added ECs and all (focused on psych, of course). but here are some mid-story comments: i am tired of justifying my qualifications while i get that people probably don't know how stuff works in my educational system, it's still tiring to have to try and 'win' people over just because i didn't follow the traditional HS path in my country. if i'd known this was something i have to deal with, i wouldn'tve came into it this so willingly (not that it's really my fault, too). think this point killed me for most ivies, since they could barely give a shit about me when i emailed them to ask people really love to try and diagnose my issues i get it -- wow, 20 rejections. something's gone horribly wrong. and it probably did -- i had no idea what the fuck i was doing until it was too late, by which time i've already fucked my ECs and essays for 15 of the schools i've listed above. but whenever i relay my story to other people, it's always an interesting experience seeing them try and justify the rejections in some way. universities never really liked me, anyway perhaps it was the way i tried to reach out, or that i didn't know what the hell was going on, but most schools i've contacted are either a) dismissive of me, saying that "i wasn't qualified and could consider transfers (???)" or b) never replied. the only two schools that were at least somewhat nice to me were the waitlists, and yale-nus was the only one to know of my qualifications and education (since they're based in sg lol) my school sucks ok, fine -- technical institution, blah blah, whatever. but at least provide some help? i barely had any guidance for college, and the idea of university -- any university -- was a ludicrous prospect in my school. i had no test prep, didn't know summer programs existed, was probably too ignorant to understand the difficulty of applications, and had to walk my lecturer through the commonapp portal because he and another colleague didn't know how it worked. in fact, he's probably bouncing from my app this time round too, and i really have no idea what i can do. i'm just hoping he's just saying that because he thinks the deadlines are really early, but yeah. if i had to hazard a guess, i'm probably too poor singapore's shiny rich -- 1 in 6 of us are millionaires (stat's wrong, check comments). even without considering feeder schools, the applicants i'm stacked against probably either can afford it or already have significant financial backing in some capacity (rich relatives, scholarships, etc.). while i can consider scholarships, they're all really ultra bonded in nature and will sap the living blood out of my scholar ass before letting me rot in the workforce as a robot (i.e., i do not want to work for or in SG). Other Comments (if u skipped the top, just read this please) i'd strongly, strongly prefer if you don't try and diagnose or treat my app. what you've said i've probably seen and told myself a couple hundred times already, and i doubt you'll be able to add anything new unless i compromise my ambiguity heavily. so save the chances for someone else, i really don't need it. on the other hand, if you have any questions about my experiences, just ask! i'm happy to chat.
2020.08.28 06:59 xX-covidpresident-XxChance me for my top schools!!!
*** I'M NOT TRYING TO FLEX ANYTHING I’M JUST A HARD WORKER *** Demographics: Asian Male, Bay Area, Competitive Public, No Hooks Intended Major: Political Science, minor in Biology (planning to switch to CS) Stats ACT: Projected 36 (my current score is 32, but I’m taking it again in October) SAT II: Math 790, Chem 780, Chinese 800, U.S. History 720 UW GPA: 3.967, W GPA: 4.21 (if I get all A’s this year, which I’m on track to) Coursework: AP Physics 1 (4), APUSH (5), AP Psychology (4), AP CS P (3), AP Environmental Science (4), AP Chemistry (4), AP Calc AB (5), AP Chinese (5) Awards
Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award
AP Scholar with Honor
AIME Qualifier (top 5% in nation for advanced mathematics)
USACO Silver Contestant (Bronze Perfect Scorer)
Second place at Artificial Hacks (AI-based state-wide hackathon)
Certificate of Merit (Violin AND Trumpet) Level 9
National History Day Top 3 (won’t give away exact rank to avoid dox, but I wasn’t 1st or 2nd place)
Executive Director: Nonprofit Bay Area Tutoring Organization; 10+ students
Founder and CEO of COVID-19 and Flu Organization: solicited $5k in donations to provide PPE for local hospitals
Training Officer of League of Legends Club (lead tournaments, recruit + train new members)
Coursera: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Python for Dummies, R for All
Desired Student Tutor
Elected by my teachers from a class of 570+ students to teach incoming classes about certain subjects, including but not limited to chemistry, physics, and language arts
Self-Taught Counselor? Not sure if it’s a EC, but I helped my friends get over their breakups with their partners
APCS A Teacher: 8/10, taught me for one year, said I was one of her top-performing students, have talked to her during lunch on multiple occasions
Biology Teacher: I’ve gotten a B- in her class, and struggled to keep up with the pace of the curriculum. But I think these interactions really helped me develop a connection with her through multiple troubling situations and she’s seen me grow from struggling grades, 9/10?
Common App Essay: 11/10 (I worked really hard on this and asked 3 of my teachers + my 2 best friends Brandon and Yvette to help revise it, they all know it was really good)
My advocacy for making COVID-19 go away (I founded NOVID-20)
Wrote a persuasive speech arguing for COVID-19 to stop haunting humanity
Advocacy for allowing a League of Legends Club at our school
(trying to make story of advocacy for political science)
Advocated for our school to allow biology classes, met Biology teacher
COSMOS Computer Science 2019
Research Society’s Institute (RSI) Virtual - 2020 (NOT to be confused with research science institute, I didn’t get in)
10th author on all-high-schooler research paper, published in annual RSI journal
Tutored mathematics to mid-income students
Paid internship at local clothing shop (to learn more about child labor laws for my future work in policy)
Schools REA: Stanford (Reach) RD Reaches: MIT (Dad went to grad school here), Harvard, Princeton, Yale RD Targets: UC Berkeley EECS, UCLA CS, CMU SCS, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, Caltech, UPenn Safeties: Cornell (too long to explain why, just trust me), San Jose State University, Purdue, UIUC
"This week I’ve been reading up on menstruation and contraception in relation to women’s rights in Japan. Here is what I’ve found interesting. Firstly, let me preface with some statistics you can read on JT: “Condoms are preferred by nearly 80 percent of married women in Japan. Only 2.2 percent of women take the pill, while 16.7 percent prefer their male partner to ejaculate externally and 3.6 percent opt for the rhythm method.” (Jeffrey Hays) “Abortion has been an accepted form of birth control for centuries in Japan. At least one out of three Japanese women has had an abortion. The number of legal abortions has declined from about 460,000, about one abortion for every two live births, in 1990 to 330,000 in 2002.” “The Pill” wasn’t legalized until 1999 (and the main catalyst for this: Viagra was approved by the Japanese-equivalent FDA in 1998 after only a 6 month review process, while oral contraceptives had been “under review” for almost a decade and had generally been illegal for 4 decades before that.) Before the legalization of an oral contraceptive, there were only synthetic hormone medications prescribed by a doctor (although they were OTC before 1970). Because of the drug disasters of Thalidomide (when used as a highly-concentrated form of birth control) Japanese feminists became skeptical of oral contraceptives in general. Some simpler (I guess?) reasons are the perceived side effects and social stigma attached (the pill=promiscuity). Japanese feminists took a negative stance on it, but not only for those two reasons. These are the two big angles:
Since oral contraceptives would give political circles reason to try to dissolve “abortion for economic reasons” from the MHA, it would put a virtual ban on abortions. Basically, the approval of the pill is a foundation to banning abortion and was actually perceived as a symbol of political and medical control over women’s bodies rather than liberation and sexual autonomy (like it is perceived in the West). Right wing natalists would use the legalization of the pill as a reason to ban abortions.
The longer, more complicated reason that is more pervasive in Japanese mentality is, as Mariko Jitsukawa puts it, “…in their rejection of the oral contraceptive, Japanese women are refusing to have their sacred inside poisoned in the service of male desire.”
This may have you going, “huh?“ In the west, reproductive choice is considered specifically a women’s issue and its absence is taken to indicate women’s oppression. Therefore, Western women tend to see Japanese women as passive and submissive. However, Japanese women see Western women as submitting to patriarchal standards of contraception being the woman’s responsibility. In a non-Western sense, women command bodily autonomy “free from artificial intervention.” To Japanese women, the preference of condoms is an expression of trust between partners that reproductive control is to be located in the relationship and not just in the body of the female. There’s a kind of difficult to explain concept called “uchi” and “soto” in traditional Japanese thought. It’s (sort of) a Shinto ideal, literally meaning “home” and “outside.” Basically, the inside is pure and the outside is dirty. Daily life examples of this is taking off your shoes before entering the house, honne and tatemae, and casual vs keigo. Many Japanese women see the pill as a medicalization of fertility, i.e. trying to treat or “cure” something that isn’t a disease. They cite the “unnaturalness” of artificially controlling the natural rhythm of menses. One woman expressed the pill as a sign that “the body becomes a disposable and replaceable thing, losing it’s special unique rhythm,” and another woman answered with a question: “Pregnancy is not a disease, is it?” Also, Japanese culture isn’t rooted in the religious guilt and soma sema (“the body is a prison”) concepts that are so pervasive in the West. Mind-body dualism (the idea that the body is lesser) is a Christian ideal that has stayed with the West for centuries. When Western women see the liberation of reproductive rights, they typically see it in the control over their physical bodies. For Japanese women (and in general in Japan), there isn’t that same divide between the body and the mind. Specifically, many Japanese women say that they value the ability to control the relationship and not the female body only. So, for instance, one woman saying, “Abortion only affects the lower half of the body, but the pill affects the whole body,” kind of demonstrates this attitude in comparison with a typical Western attitude toward oral contraceptives. In a series of interviews conducted by Mariko Jitsukawa, one woman said: “I don’t want to control my body. Contraception is a man’s responsibility. Women have to have things inside our bodies. That is not good. Men can put things outside their bodies. That is much better.” This also agrees with the idea of uchi v. soto. For many women, male contraceptive methods give the chance to communicate the need for contraception with partners and practicing it assures that he shares the responsibility. So, concluding this post (which was meant to be relatively short?) I just wanted to bring up some new perspectives that you may have never thought of from that angle for (in addition to some insight on this aspect of Japanese culture). It’s only a bite from the whole, but I hope you at least found it as interesting as I did. :-) Some further reading:
2020.08.25 07:17 dudelemmethinkHow edge AI will affect the growth of AI in general
An edge AI company has cobbled together quite a few global experts who are focused on how edge AI will affect the proliferation of AI in consumer acceptance, in teaching AI development in Universities, and how it's creating opportunities for solutions providers. Join Kneron and their partners from Princeton, UCLA, DJI, Qualcomm Ventures, Reuters, CNBC and many more for a detailed discussion on edge AI as Kneron launches their 2nd gen edge AI chip. https://hopin.to/events/kneron-chip-launch-event Free for all who are interested in edge AI.
2020.08.16 22:12 jennaross2396"Career" barista with BA in Communications (Photojournalism), unsure of what to do next?
I graduated a little over a year ago with a BA in Communications (Photojournalism concentration). I worked in coffee shops throughout my 5 years as an undergrad, and during my senior year and first year post-college, I managed a coffee shop. Management completely consumed me and I didn't focus on making connections with professors or putting much effort into classes beyond getting at least a B. I did one internship with a local paper and didn't devote a lot of time to it. I recently moved to Princeton, NJ with my partner where he is pursuing his degree. Living on such a prestigious campus has made me consider pursuing grad school, or possibly redoing undergrad. I have always loved school when it's my only obligation. I'm interested in linguistics, international relations, classics or library sciences. I'm also looking at administrative jobs in museums/libraries/universities or copywriting/photography positions (I have freelanced in both). I'm very interested in possibly working in academia or doing freelance full time. I am also still interested in working in the coffee scene, but I don't want to get stuck in foodservice. I feel overwhelmed with options but at the same time very limited by my past experience (or lack thereof). Any advice on how to narrow things down and pick a specific path?
2020.08.13 02:30 roadgangShould I put my PSAT score on the application if I want to match with an Ivy League
Hi! I know that Questbridge doesn't require standardized test scores for the National College Match, as well as most of the partner colleges. However, I am thinking about putting my PSAT by tellingmy counselor to type my PSAT score when he writes my recommendation letter. With that being said, I received a PSAT score of 1380. If I want to match with either Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Yale, or University of Pennsylvania, do you think that a 1380 on the PSAT worth noting, or should I not included it? I'm just kinda scared that my PSAT score might be a bit too low when applying to the schools I mentioned above. Thank you!
2020.08.05 14:35 purplebulldog24Successful Results from Another Random Kid You Don't Know
Note: If my posts resembles another posts you saw, it is probably because I posted a more censored version a couple months ago because I was worried about being doxxed due to other info on my reddit account. I was not using a college throwaway for that one. People could still probably figure out who I am, but I am less worried about it with this account. I also know there are a lot of fake posts lately. I don't really want to provide proof with my name or anything, but you can PM with specific questions and I'll answer if I can. Demographics
Income Bracket: $150k+
Type of School: Public w/ Program
Hooks (Recruited Athlete, URM, First-Gen, Geographic, Legacy, etc.): URM, legacy for Spelman College
Intended Major(s): For most schools I applied with Econ, and Poli Sci and Stat ranked afterwards. At Yale I applied as an Ethics, Politics, and Economics major with Stats & Data Science ranked second. At UMD I applied for the School of Public Policy, which only has one major (you guessed it...Public Policy!). Academics
GPA (UW/W): 3.98UW/4.7W
Rank (or percentile): I was top 5% when I applied but I got B's in French senior year so I lost my rank at graduation. My school only states the top 5%.
# of Honors/AP/IB/Dual Enrollment/etc.: All honors except for P.E., Health, and 10th Grade Math. I was in a program, so I took some extra courses relating to research. 11 APs.
Senior Year Course Load: AP Lit, AP French, AP CSP (needed a tech credit), AP Macro (one semester), AP Micro (one semester), AP Stat, Research (one semester), Creative Writing (one semester), Yearbook
SAT I: 1510 (770RW, 750M)
SAT II: Math 2 (750), Bio (730), Lit (710) - These were definitely the weakest part of my application. I just couldn't hack them.
AP/IB: U.S. Gov (5), Bio (5), Calc AB (5), World (3), Lang (5). I can provide my senior year AP scores, but they were not sent to colleges.
Statewide leadership for a government club I was a part of for the majority of high school.
I worked on a campaign in the summer of 2019.
I was an executive on the yearbook my senior year after being an editor the previous year.
I was the co-chair of a committee non-profit dedicated to providing start-up funds for local clubs and organizations. This was a legit non-profit that partnered with an adult-run group.
I was the co-founder of an environmental club.
DECA, I was just a member
I did varsity basketball.
I did varsity volleyball
I was a staff-writer on a publication founded by my friend for a while.
I play guitar.
1st Place in a DECA state event in 2019.
1st Place in a DECA regional event in 2019.
Statewide award in the government club my first year for my performance in debates.
Math Student of the Month (probably belongs on a fridge not college apps lol)
At first my fifth spot was an award I won at a conference, but the award wasn't that prestigious so for RD I replaced it with a statewide honor (gov related) that I got in December.
Letters of Recommendation English Teacher (Grade 11) -- I don't want to rank my letters of rec, since I'm biased, but my teacher told me I was one of her best writers. I have since seen the letter, since I needed it to apply to scholarships once school shut down and we decided that that was easier, but it was very flattering and basically called me a collaborative student who isn't afraid of seeking help. Chemistry Teacher (Grade 10) -- My chem teacher was also a club sponsor. I was really good at chemistry, but I think her letter also spoke to the fact that I dedicated time working on our ideas for a greener school. The entire environmental activist community at my school was really tight. English Teacher (Grade 9) -- She offered to write an additional letter of rec without me asking. Also a club sponsor. She has seen me grow since freshman year, so I can imagine this letter was really positive. Williams and Princeton didn't see this letter because I gave her my school list before I decided to apply to those schools. Interviews Duke -- I mentioned that I was raised by a single mom (but from the salary you can probably tell we are solidly middle class to upper middle class) and the Duke interviewer seemed to extrapolate that I came from some sort of disadvantaged background and overcame obstacles. I tried to correct that, but I was honest the whole interview and couldn't help where her mind went. She really liked talking to me though. Yale -- Tbh the interviewer told me she wanted to get an interviewee into Yale (kinda weird but I wasn't going to fight it). All of the questions were super fun. What would you take to a desert island? What books would you like to read? We talked about the impact of raising the drinking age on frat culture, which felt random but it was a lot of fun. Princeton -- Just awful. We were both standing since the Starbucks was overcrowded and I just kept putting my foot in my mouth. I tried to sound way smarter than I am (name dropping authors) to keep up with my interviewer. Pro tip: don't do that! UMD (scholarship) -- I think the school really wanted me to come. It was basically me saying, "I want to research voting behaviors," and them listing all the different research institutes, or opportunities in D.C. Really chill. UMBC (scholarship) -- Same deal as UMD. I also did videos in place of interviews for UChicago and Brown. The UChicago video was qUiRkY and the Brown video displayed the diversity of my interests because of the open curriculum. Essays I don't want to be that person, but my writing is pretty solid. I have done creative writing for most of my life. I was approved to be a creative writing camp instructor last summer but I picked campaigning instead. I got nominated to be a creative writing teacher at my school this summer. Long way of saying, I read a lot and have a lot of experience spicing up narratives. My main essay was about me going to a family reunion and slowly realizing that it was not my family. Then I talked about my family's interest in African-American history. My supplements talked about everything from Wonder Woman to The Good Place to meeting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (an awesome memory) to talking to disgruntled voters. I tried to do one fun essay and one serious essay if schools had two or more supplements. Otherwise I only did what I describe as a "passion" essay. Decisions (indicate ED/EA/REA/SCEA/RD) Acceptances:
Spelman College EA
UMBC EA (with $15k/year Public Policy scholarship)
UMD EA (full ride)
UChicago EA (later received $10k/year merit scholarship)
Northeastern EA (with $28k/year merit scholarship)
Fordham EA (with $38k/year merit scholarship)
Vanderbilt RD (MOSAIC)
Wash U RD (Fly-In Attendee)
Yale RD *attending\*
Additional Information: I know that my results would likely be different if my background was different, but if my background was different, I wouldn't be me. I am happy to answer more questions. I am not an admissions expert, but I was very deliberate throughout the application process, so I think I did a few things right. I hope this is useful to some underclassmen.
2020.08.04 22:21 alexbrobrafeldRecap - 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way – Season 2 – Episode 10 “Forgiven, Not Forgotten”
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way – Season 2 – Episode 10 “Forgiven, Not Forgotten” Ariela (Age 28, from Princeton New Jersey) and Biniyam (Age 29, from Ethiopia)
A’s mom and B’s family all meet up for dinner – mom’s anxiety is high because she’s leaving to go back to America soon. They try a traditional meal called ‘gursha’ and feed one another – the customs are respected. They talk about how his past relationship didn’t work out, and how B stays out late working at a club (as a dancer), and everyone hopes these things won’t be issues going forward.
They are all at the club together to see what B’s dancing is all about. His current dance partner is his ex-girlfriend, but it doesn’t bother Ari. After his dance, B slips up and says he would tell small lies to his ex to avoid confrontation, which is a bad thing to admit in front of your current partner and their mother.
Deavan (Age 23, from Utah) and Jihoon (Age 29, from South Korea)
Picks up from last week – Jihoon has just stormed off during a dinner with Deavan and his parents. Everyone is worked up, there are just a lot of communication issues. Finally D+J talk in the parking lot, but it only escalates further, and Jihoon says something like he wasn’t taking the long distance thing seriously – now Deavan storms off all “fuck this, I’m out”. Jihoon catches up to her down the street, and she demands he transfer $3000 back to her to prove he even actually has that money. Jihoon goes back to his mom, they go to an ATM together, and then he delivers the cash to Deavan.
D is back in her hotel room the next morning and J comes over to continue the discussion. Jihoon begs for forgiveness. He agrees to open a joint bank, and she agrees to give him one more month to prove himself.
Tim (Age 34, from Texas) and Melyza (Age 29, from Colombia)
They are eating some home-made chorizo in her apartment. Tonight they will have dinner with her parents. They talk about how her mom hates Tim, but her dad, who doesn’t know about the cheating, loves Tim. Tim is like a broken record about how he fucked up and he’s sorry and he’s gonna be better. This relationship just seems like a waste of time, I don’t see them ever getting over this hump.
They are on the way to dinner. Tim actually speaks decent Spanish, and for the first time watching this couple, I’m surprised. One of the first thing mom points out is Tim’s weight gain – she really does hate him. Dad gets up for a drink, and while he’s not at the table, Tim apologizes yet again, but mom isn’t really buying it. The episode ends while they are still eating.
Jenny (Age 61, from Florida) and Sumit (Age 32, From India)
Jenny is in a better place after having spoken with Sumit’s lawyer in last week’s episode. Today they are meeting his brother AMIT for lunch. It’s a little awkward at first as they struggle to make small talk. Amit was supposed to soften up Sumit’s parents a bit, but it’s not going well. Amit says Sumit needs to talk to their parents for himself.
Kenneth (Age 57, from Florida) and Armando (Age 31, from Mexico)
Yazan (Age 24, from Amman, Jordan) and Brittany (Age 26, from Florida)
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