Summary of “Why Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is So Unforgiving”

This is the story of Seth Frotman, the mangling of the program known as Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and what it says about America’s student loan industry.
Congress created Public Service Loan Forgiveness in 2007, in the waning days of the Bush administration.
Recent data from the Department of Education show that 99 percent of applications for loan forgiveness have been denied.
These servicers, Frotman found, with a big assist from the Education Department, were wreaking havoc with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Later that year, in October 2017, after a host of warnings and red flags, the floodgates opened, and the first generation of borrowers to complete 10 years of public service began applying for loan forgiveness.
It found that, over the past year, nearly 29,000 applications for Public Service Loan Forgiveness were submitted and processed.
Healey alleges FedLoan has overcharged student borrowers and “Prevented [them] from making qualifying monthly payments that count towards loan forgiveness, shifting the consequences of its loan servicing failures onto the student borrowers themselves.”
Not about the problems with Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

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Summary of “Kyle Snyder Is The Perfect Wrestler”

By March 2015, wrestler Kyle Snyder was used to winning.
Sadulaev tried to force Snyder out of bounds; Snyder snuck under him and picked up a point.
Barely a minute in, Sadulaev picked up Snyder by the knee and carried him out of bounds for a 3-1 lead. Snyder recognized that his relentless offensive strategy wasn’t working, and he shifted to a slower pace and succeeded in pulling Sadulaev to the mat for a two-point takedown, making it a 3-3 tie heading into the final three-minute period.
Sadulaev seemed to have taken total control of the match when, with two minutes left, he chased Snyder to the edge of the mat and took him down for a 5-3 lead. Snyder ended up on his knees twice after, narrowly averting disaster, but the score stayed at 5-3.
Then Snyder flipped Sadulaev onto his stomach to go up 6-5 and clinch the first men’s team title for the United States since 1995-the year Snyder was born.
The first is pretty straightforward, if by definition unattainable-though Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan speaks so effusively about how Snyder lives that he has to pull back and make it clear that Snyder is not God.
There are outliers, and Snyder says that when he engages with them, his attitude is, “If you disagree, let’s learn together.” With a smile on his face, Snyder recounts the time at a training camp when a Team USA teammate told him that he would “Never believe unless Jesus literally walked through the door, in his flesh, and shook his hand and said, ‘Hi, I’m Jesus.'”.
Despite his usual ferocity, Snyder told me, “At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t that excited about wrestling Adam because of how big he was.” This is unusual language for Snyder.

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Summary of “DisneyQuest is dead, and Disney’s VR experiments are gone with it”

While not technically responsible for DisneyQuest itself, Disney had created a VR studio that ended up designing the majority of these attractions, with outside contractors designing out the rest, and Imagineering ultimately installing them.
VR meant each ride had less of a footprint than other attractions, so by staying small, VR allowed the DisneyQuest model to imitate the functions of much larger rides.
Larger attractions at Walt Disney World or Disneyland can handle thousands of people an hour, but the smaller space of something like DisneyQuest just can’t deal with that sort of throughput without using things like VR. “Disney, in its park division, builds these giant things, but it takes a continent or half a continent to support each one,” says Joe Garlington, interactive creative director for DisneyQuest.
“The idea at DisneyQuest was to use absolutely cutting-edge technology and hide it as deeply as possible,” says Larry Gertz says, the executive show producer for DisneyQuest.
So DisneyQuest Chicago would look much like DisneyQuest Philadelphia – which was planned but never went anywhere beyond a hole in the ground – and it meant that there’d be no need to create and build brand new physical rides; much of that effort could simply be duplicated via software.
Chicago In 1999, Disney launched the second DisneyQuest in downtown Chicago, the first of what it hoped would be 30 “location-based entertainment destinations” outside Disney’s parks.
“We have concluded that the expected returns on the investment required to achieve DisneyQuest’s cutting-edge technology standard in a stand-alone environment will not meet the company’s financial requirements for this type of business,” Randall Baumberger, senior vice president of Disney Regional Entertainment, said at the time of DisneyQuest Chicago’s closure.
Disney continues to experiment, and Garlington specifically points to the new Star Wars attractions as effectively pursuing the spirit of what made DisneyQuest special all those years ago.

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Summary of “Why your brand-new smartphone will scratch just as easily as your old one”

Since glass can’t truly be both extremely drop resistant and scratch resistant, Corning and other glass makers are forced to choose which of those two qualities to prioritize.
According to Corning’s own tests, Gorilla Glass’ scratch resistance hasn’t improved since 2014.
While Corning says the glass got more scratch resistant during early generations before plateauing in recent ones, it switched up the tests used on its product information sheet, making it hard to compare metrics between Gorilla Glass 3, 4, 5, and 6.
In 2013, Corning used a “Knoop Visual Scratch Test,” but the next year, it made no mention of scratch resistance at all, so we’re unable to draw a line through the earlier glass generations.
If we were to go by the results of the Taber Test, we can say that the older Gorilla Glass 3 is more scratch resistant than 4.
Forester, the Gorilla Glass VP, said that one test alone can’t quantify scratch resistance performance.
New Gorilla Glass generations may be thinner, but if they remain prone to scratches, users are likely to buy screen protectors that add that thickness back in anyway.
Gorilla Glass SR+ and DX+, found in the new Samsung Galaxy Watch, are new variations of glass made for smartwatches and other wearables with a focus on scratch resistance.

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Summary of “How You See ‘Thunder Road’ Says a Lot About the Movie Business in 2018”

Cummings submitted Thunder Road, a tragicomic 12-and-a-half-minute short, to the Sundance Film Festival just past deadline.
“We were trying to make more of a movie than a film,” Cummings says.
Having missed the window for Sundance, in March the team took the movie to a safe space: the South by Southwest Film Festival.
“Then, there are the films that just get you so excited that it makes it worth it. Last year, Thunder Road came in. Jim was a known person, so we made sure to see it right away. I loved it. He’s so original, and what he’s doing is so hard. That line between comedy and drama, I’ve never seen a character like it. To be able to sustain what he’s done, that was the moment last year when I said, ‘We have a festival. We got it. This is just fantastic.'”.
After playing the public-friendly Deauville American Film Festival this summer, French distributor Paname encouraged the Thunder Road team to open the movie in 67 theaters in September.
“I’m like, ‘Jim, that’s not how it works.’ Then I sent it to the acquisitions guy at Netflix. I’m like, ‘I told Jim this is not how it works but this film is great. It won a prize. Is it on your radar. Do you want me to connect you? He was like, ‘Absolutely, I’m happy to connect to him.’ It didn’t work out, but what’s so funny about that story was Jim has been doing that every day. Who do I know who can review my movie? It makes me laugh because he’s doing it so much his own way. He’s just going out there and creating this different paradigm, but it’s working for him. It’s a beautiful thing.”
On the one hand, digital film projection and viral marketing make it feasible for virtually any movie to find its way into theaters and then capture an audience.
“Posting stuff on Reddit, engaging with other filmmakers who were struggling like we were for years and saying, ‘Hey, this is how it’s working for us.’ We’re so lucky to have as many champions as we do in film schools, because they were able to send the ladder back down,” Cummings says, “We were able to give people insight and help when nobody else does, and, really, using the websites like Reddit and Imgur to share content, it’s been very useful to get people to see our longform content.”

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Summary of “The American Economy Is Rigged”

Overall, wages are likely to be far more widely dispersed in a service economy than in one based on manufacturing, so the transition contributes to greater inequality.
The savings rate of even the rich in the U.S. is so low, compared with the rich in other countries, that the increase in inequality should be lower here, not greater.
A vicious spiral has formed: economic inequality translates into political inequality, which leads to rules that favor the wealthy, which in turn reinforces economic inequality.
Political scientists have documented the ways in which money influences politics in certain political systems, converting higher economic inequality into greater political inequality.
Political inequality, in its turn, gives rise to more economic inequality as the rich use their political power to shape the rules of the game in ways that favor them-for instance, by softening antitrust laws and weakening unions.
If an economy starts out with lower inequality, the political system generates rules that sustain it, leading to one equilibrium situation.
This redistribution of wealth is an important contributor to American inequality.
Inequality in the extremes observed in the U.S. and in the manner generated there actually damages the economy.

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Summary of “Gary Hart’s Presidential Bid and the Possible Setup That Ended It”

Why, Strother asked himself, should he rake up an issue that could never be resolved and might cause Hart more stress than surcease?
One of his stops was Colorado, where he had a meal with Gary Hart.
Hart knew that Strother had been friends with Billy Broadhurst, the man who had taken Hart on the fateful Monkey Business cruise.
According to Strother and others involved with the Hart campaign, Broadhurst was from that familiar political category, the campaign groupie and aspiring insider.
In retrospect, Hart asked, what did Strother make of the whole imbroglio?
“Ray said, ‘Why do you ask?’ ” Hart told me, when I called to talk with him about the episode.
According to Hart, that plan would have involved: contriving an invitation from Broadhurst for Hart to come on a boat ride, when Hart intended to be working on a speech.
Arranging for the Broadhurst boat Hart thought he would be boarding, with some unmemorable name, to be unavailable-so that the group would have to switch to another boat, Monkey Business.

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Summary of “”Fixed mindsets” might be why we don’t understand statistics”

Roughly 96 percent of the general population struggles with solving problems relating to statistics and probability.
Part of the problem is the counterintuitive way in which such problems are typically presented.
Meadow presented his evidence in the so-called “Natural frequency format”, rather than in terms of a percentage.
Recent studies have shown that performance rates on many statistical tasks increased from four percent to 24 percent when the problems were presented using the natural frequency format.
“With natural frequencies, you have one reference set that you can vividly imagine,” says Weber.
“You can rigorously define these natural frequencies mathematically.”
This is partly an issue with the standard curriculum, but he speculates another factor might be a prejudice among teachers that natural frequencies are somehow less mathematically rigorous.
“You can rigorously define these natural frequencies mathematically,” Weber insists.

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Summary of “Gandhi for the Post-Truth Age”

Nelson Mandela claimed that Gandhi’s tactics offered “The best hope for future race relations”; Martin Luther King, Jr., held Gandhi up as a model; decades before that, black activists such as Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., and Benjamin Mays were enthralled by the phenomenon of an Indian leading people of color in the campaign against British colonialism in India.
In “The Doctor and the Saint,” Arundhati Roy indicts Gandhi for his failure to unequivocally condemn the Hindu caste system, calling him a “Saint of the Status-Quo.” The Marxist critic Perry Anderson, in his scathing account of Indian nationalism, “The Indian Ideology”, charges that Gandhi’s “Intellectual development” was “Arrested by intense religious belief.”
The origins of Gandhi’s world view in Europe’s fin-de-siècle culture are also becoming clearer: Leela Gandhi persuasively links her great-grandfather’s outlook to an antimaterialist tradition that flourished in late-nineteenth-century Britain.
A day before he was murdered, Guha writes, Gandhi asserted that “The Congress should be disbanded,” since it had “Outlived its use.” Far-right Hindu supremacists had always scorned Gandhi for his rejection of conventional politics; they conspired to assassinate him just as he was trying to calm murderous passions partly incited by them.
Guha’s previous volume maintained, in the face of much accumulating evidence, that Gandhi, in his years in South Africa, was “Among apartheid’s first opponents.” It would have been more accurate to say that the young and callow Gandhi failed to recognize the necessity of a broader struggle against racial-ethnic supremacism; in 1906, he volunteered as a stretcher-bearer with British forces as they savagely crushed a Zulu uprising.
Satyagraha, literally translated as “Holding fast to truth,” obliged protesters to “Always keep an open mind and be ever ready to find that what we believed to be truth was, after all, untruth.” Gandhi recognized early on that societies with diverse populations inhabit a post-truth age.
People in the West, Gandhi argued, merely “Imagine they have a voice in their own government”; instead, they were “Being exploited by the ruling class or caste under the sacred name of democracy.” Moreover, a regime in which “The weakest go to the wall” and a “Few capitalist owners” thrive “Cannot be sustained except by violence, veiled if not open.” This is why, Gandhi predicted, even “The states that are today nominally democratic” are likely to “Become frankly totalitarian.”
Living in South Africa, Gandhi corresponded with Tolstoy, who called him his “Spiritual heir.” Guha described in his first volume how the Catholic writer G. K. Chesterton helped inspire Gandhi’s main contribution to political theory, “Hind Swaraj”.

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Summary of “Present Is Prologue: What to Watch for in the Upcoming NBA Season”

The 82-game NBA regular season may drag along at times, but it’s what you make of it.
I’m watching the 2018-19 NBA season with an eye on how the present will set the slate for the future.
Ler is expected to play in the Wolves’ season opener on Wednesday, but team owner Glen Taylor “Came to an agreement” with Butler that the front office will continue to seek a trade, The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reported Sunday.
A productive exhibition season can be predictive of a successful young career-whether it was Nikola Jokic in 2015, Joel Embiid in 2016, or Kyle Kuzma and Donovan Mitchell last year.
Losing Redick would hurt a roster that’s thirsty for floor spacers to surround its young centerpieces-none of whom are credible outside threats entering the season.
Part of me even wonders if Shamet, who can seamlessly operate within an offense on and off the ball, might help fill the void that Fultz left last season better than Fultz can this season.
Even higher-profile players like Hassan Whiteside and Cody Zeller are getting into the fun, attempting a combined six triples after only five last season.
The 2018-19 season is about far more than this season.

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