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Affirmative Action is as it currently stands, is what permits most colleges to consider race and ethnicity when admitting students. It’s designated purpose is not to weed out one race or the other, but to give underrepresented minorities a well deserved entrance to their college campus to receive education.

Race cannot be the ultimate deciding factor, but it can be considered as part of a holistic review. For low income or minority college bound hopefuls, Affirmative Action has been a saving grace in their goals to better themselves, their families, and their communities by attaining success and higher education.

For our country’s near entire history the percentage of minority (or “non-white”) races in well known college student bodies has been drastically below fifty percent. Affirmative Action has been just about the best we as a country can do for these ambitious young adults who aim high despite the hints of institutionalized racism.

Through Affirmative Action, since it was established in 1961, the number of Hispanic college students rose from 4 percent to 15 percent in between the years 1976 and 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The number of college students who were black increased from 10 percent to 15. Still low numbers, but progress is being made.

And whenever progress is being made, of course there are cries of reverse racism. The cry that is threatening Affirmative Action is Abigail Fisher. A white college applicant to the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. She applied under a program where every senior in the top 10 percent of her graduating class were to be automatically admitted. Fisher herself however, was not in the top 10 percent. As perfectly sound result of this, her application was considered with every other applicant.

Through a holistic review process her application was taken into consideration under every same circumstance as every other applicant. Her academic achievements, extracurriculars and her race were taken into account. Fisher was not accepted. She claims this is unfair as some of her minority peers with lower scores were granted admission.

Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The minority peers she spoke of were one African-American and four Latino applicants. Their academic and personal achievement scores were lower than Fisher’s. But then again, so were 42 denied white applicants whose scores were identical to or lower than hers. As well as 168 black and Latino denied applicants with academic scores as good as, or better than Fisher’s. This is according to the university, said Elise Boddie, a professor at Rutgers. The University of Texas at Austin argued that Ms. Fisher’s application would not have had a different verdict if she were of any other race.

“I hope the justices will rule that UT is not allowed to treat undergraduate applicants differently because of their race or ethnicity,” Fisher told reporters. Yet one is reminded, when the idea of “reverse racism” is brought up, that we still live in a culture that is whether admitted to or not, institutionalized racially. “Every day, a black-name resume is 50 percent less likely to get responded to than a white-name resume,” Jalen Ross a student council president at the University of Virginia said to CNN’s State of The Union. “That’s everyday racism.” According to the 2003 study this is the truth. Resumes with white-sounding names received 50 percent more callbacks than the ones with black-sounding names. While Abigail Fisher is not a UT student, she still has a fifty percent better chance at getting a job than all five black and latino peers that beat her out for the admission.

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Fisher doesn’t truly know to what grand extent she is speaking of. Her one turned down application due to whiteness isn’t done out of discrimination. UT turning her down just barely tips the scales in the unbalanced distribution of opportunities the U.S. gives to its citizens, particularly its citizens of color. Yes, people shouldn’t hire or accept hard working individuals based on race. But colleges do have to admit more non-white students to college than they are white students, This is to make a more representative environment that then travels on to create the same environment in important STEM jobs.

 

To support this fact of racial inequality in the workplace, a number of tech giants such as IBM, Intel, and DuPont, stepped forward to declare that colleges and universities should be allowed to consider race when admitting students as a way to increase diversity. Affirmative Action in college admissions is an “essential step in any serious effort to address minority underrepresentation in the STEM fields,” says a friend-of-the-court brief filed in November by the three companies and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

If the Supreme Court in anyway sides with Abigail Fisher or disrupts the Affirmative Action college admissions currently works within the results will, “deal a serious blow to their businesses and their efforts to remedy this critical problem,” the brief by the tech companies said.

Only 24% Intel’s employees were women and merely 12% were underrepresented minorities. However, they plan to change this so their staff is more truly representative of the U.S. as a whole. Silicon Valley is ludicrously of the white and male persuasion. Changing the environment of the colleges which these Silicon Valley employees hail from, will remarkably change the lucrative tech hub in California as well. The products created in Silicon Valley is what connect the entire U.S. and if the entire U.S. is more fairly represented in Silicon Valley we are looking at true and legitimate progress in the right direction.

 

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Amazon is Selling a Bracelet that Will Stop You From Eating Fast Food

Amazon is now selling the Pavlok bracelet that promises to help you sort your life out, whether your issue is spending too much time on the internet, biting your nails or oversleeping.

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Amazon is Selling a Bracelet that Will Stop You From Eating Fast Food

If you’re struggling to lose weight or save some money, this nifty little gadget could be the answer to your prayers.

Amazon is now selling the Pavlok bracelet that promises to help you sort your life out, whether your issue is spending too much time on the internet, biting your nails or oversleeping.

Basically, every time you step out of line, the strap will give you a 350-volt electric shock, just to give you a gentle reminder.

And to give you a bit more of an incentive to be good, your mates can even download an app which means they can give you a buzz if they catch you eating an extra slice of cake or going on a spending spree.

According to the manufacturer: “Pavlok allows you to speak your reptile brain’s language by adding an unpleasant element (a safe and harmless ‘zap’ of electricity on your wrist) to what you have been taught to love (your nasty lingering habit), quickly conditioning your mind to associate an ‘unpleasant’ feeling with your bad habit… and stopping it all together.”

Amazon is Selling a Bracelet that Will Stop You From Eating Fast Food

So far, reviews of the device have been fairly mixed, with some claiming it’s helped them change their bad habits, while others have criticised its quality.

One customer wrote: “Wrist band is a little awkward but it does allow for the contacts to be positioned closely to your skin for the best results. I’ve only used the button on the device to administer the shock.

“I can’t comment on how the hand motion function works. The app is ok and does give some information and videos on how to beat whatever habit you’re trying to break. At 100 percent on a decent charge it is more than enough of a zap to get your attention.

“I’m glad I bought it, so far I believe it is working. It’s not going to cure a lifelong issue in a few days so you have to stick to their plan and really work on it.”

The end is nigh.

 

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10 Things You Missed at Apple’s WWDC 2019 Keynote

Apple made a number of announcements during its WWDC 2019 keynote today — so many, in fact, that you probably missed a few.

We’ve combed over all the details Apple released today and found a bunch you may have missed the first time around, including small things like a new batch of Apple Watch bands and large things like the arrival of mouse support on the iPad.

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Apple made a number of announcements during its WWDC 2019 keynote today — so many, in fact, that you probably missed a few.

We’ve combed over all the details Apple released today and found a bunch you may have missed the first time around, including small things like a new batch of Apple Watch bands and large things like the arrival of mouse support on the iPad.

iOS 13 Mouse Support

Apple gave us a look at the future of iPad and it’s one that will no doubt please professionals. The company introduced iPadOS and the unique experiences it will bring to the company’s tablets.

What the company didn’t reveal during its keynote is one key feature users have been requesting for years: mouse support.

The new support was spotted by developers in the first beta of iOS 13. The feature, at least at this time, is presented as an accessibility option; it isn’t turned on by default.

According to developers, it also works on the iPhone.

More Apple Watch bands

10 Things You Missed at Apple's WWDC 2019 KeynoteApple made some big announcements during its keynote, and so you may have missed out on some of the smaller revelations, such as the new batch of Apple Watch bands.

There are a total of seven new bands, including a newly launched Pride Edition Sport Loop.

New Memoji customization

When iOS 13 arrives, it’ll bring a number of new Memoji customization features, including the ability to add AirPods, braces, new hats, a greater variety of sunglasses, and various piercings to one’s avatar.

The update will also bring the ability to customize the avatar’s teeth with things like gold and gaps.

iPad Sidecar

Apple will make it easier to use your iPad as an external Mac display with the addition of Sidecar in macOS Catalina.

With this new feature, users will have a native option for using the iPad as a small ‘monitor,’ something currently made possible by third-party apps.

CarPlay overhaul

Apple introduced an overhaul to CarPlay, improving the design both aesthetically and in terms of how much information is displayed on a screen.

Apple calls this the ‘biggest’ CarPlay update ever, bringing a new Calendar app and improved Siri support for third-party apps in addition to the new Dashboard.

AirPods audio sharing

Apple is making it easier for AirPods users to share audio with friends who also own the company’s wireless earbuds.

Among the new AirPods feature will be the ability to share whatever audio is currently playing simply by bringing a second pair of AirPods close to the user’s iPhone or iPad.

Which Macs will get Catalina

Apple’s macOS Catalina update is exciting, but it comes with an important question: will your Mac support the new version of macOS?

To make things simple, Apple has published a new page detailing which devices will support the system, and they go back years.

Models as old as the MacBook 2015, MacBook Air 2012, iPad Pro 2017, iMac 2012, MacBook Pro 2012, Mac Pro 2013, and Mac mini 2012 will all receive macOS Catalina.

Improved accessibility

In addition to the new mouse support in iOS 13, Apple says its upcoming macOS Catalina update will bring Voice Control, enabling users to control their devices entirely with voice commands.

As well, users will be able to zoom a second display and view high-resolution text below the cursor to aid in instances of visual impairment.

Unlock and authenticate with Apple Watch

As part of its macOS Catalina preview, Apple revealed that Apple Watch owners will be able to unlock and authenticate on their Mac by double-clicking the wearable’s side button.

This feature will be useful for opening a locked note, for example, as well as approving installations, viewing passwords, and more.

Screen Time on Mac

That’s right, Apple is bringing its Screen Time feature to the Mac.

The addition will arrive in macOS Catalina, enabling users to schedule downtime, view their usage, set limits, and more.

The feature will support Family Sharing for managing children, as well.

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“Internet Trolling”

Drive and purpose, give birth to new technologies social media platforms, serve as an outlet of interpersonal connections.

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"Internet Trolling"

 

 Drive and purpose, give birth to new technologies social media platforms, serve as an outlet of interpersonal connections.

 

Strangers become friends, friends become family. loved ones are reunited, connections

are made. pictures are posted liked and shared. the spirit of jealousy and envy is susceptible

to many, innocent people are victimized by internet trolling.

 In internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the internet by starting

arguments, or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory extraneous off topic message in an online

community( such as newsgroup, forum, chatroom, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers in to

an emotional response. or otherwise disrupting natural, on the topic discussion

 early incidents of trolling were considered to be the same as flaming, but this has changed

with modern usage by the news media to refer to the creation of any content that targets another person,

the practice of trolling has been documented by a number of academics as early as the 1990’s  this behavior,

is destructive the truth is confounded. facts are distorted and misconstrued. this cycle is heartless, malicious,

that intentionally harm others.images are marred, the integrity of their character is questionable, from the onslaught

of false accusations. this provokes the individual into  a emotional response, attacked and victimized by internet trolling

 I  felt the need to validate myself. likes, dislikes, attitudes and beliefs. I was shocked, and angered

 by their sudden betrayal. my heart is sadden by the sudden loss of friendship, I am appalled, at

the unreasonable immature behavior. exhibited by a person that i befriended, trusted. a person that I viewed

to be on my  level of maturity this incident hurt me deeply. I showed them genuine love and goodwill

I have learned to be more careful about the company i keep, i pay more attention

 

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