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    1. Number of social media users worldwide from 2010 to 2021 (in billions) This statistic shows the number of social media users worldwide from 2010 to 2016 with projections until 2021. In 2019, it is estimated that there will be around 2.77 billion social media users around the globe, up from 2.46 billion in 2017. Social media users Social network penetration worldwide is ever-increasing. In 2017, 71 percent of internet users were social network users and these figures are expected to grow. Social networking is one of the most popular online activities with high user engagement rates and expanding mobile possibilities. North America ranks first among regions where social media is highly popular, with an social media penetration rate of 66 percent. In 2016, more than 81 percent of the United States population had a social media profile. As of the second quarter of 2016, U.S. users spend more than 215 weekly minutes on social media via smartphone, 61 weekly minutes via PC, and 47 minutes per week on social networks via tablet devices. The increased worldwide usage of smartphones and mobile devices has opened up the possibilities of mobile social networks with increased features such as location-based services like Foursquare or Google Now. Most social networks are also available as mobile social apps, whereas some networks have been optimized for mobile internet browsing, enabling users to comfortably access visual blogging sites such as Tumblr or Pinterest via tablet. With over 1.86 billion monthly active users, social network Facebook is currently the market leader in terms of reach and scope. The site has been shaping the social media landscape since its launch and has been an important factor in discussions about users’ privacy and differentiating between the private and the public online self. Social networks not only enable users to communicate beyond local or social boundaries, but also offer possibilities to share user-generated content like photos and videos and features such as social games. Social advertising and social gaming are two major points of revenue for social networks. Show moreCreated with Highcharts 5.0.14Number of users in billions0.970.971.221.221.41.41.591.591.911.912.142.142.282.282.462.462.622.622.772.772.92.93.023.02201020112012201320142015201620172018*2019*2020*2021*00.511.522.533.52020*• 2.9Search: Number of users in billions20100.9720111.2220121.420131.5920141.9120152.1420162.2820172.462018*2.622019*2.772020*2.92021*3.02Records: 132550AllSearch: Number of users in billions20100.9720111.2220121.420131.5920141.9120152.1420162.2820172.462018*2.622019*2.772020*2.92021*3.02Showing entries 1 to 12 (12 entries in total)PreviousNextData visualized by© Statista 2018 About this statistic Show source

      Number of worldwide social network users

    1. The party’s agenda is solely to pass legislation to defend the rights outlined in the Fourteenth Amendment for unborn children.

      It was helpful for me to read this article from an official source that is not trying to argue anything. I didn't know that the 14th amendment was the main official reason for republican views on abortion. I'm sure there are many other unofficial reasons that play into these views, but this article did a good job stating the facts.

    1. The asteroid threat may be manna from heaven for the catastrophists, but it has to be taken into consideration: a serious and well-funded space programme must have the capacity to monitor large asteroids that could potentially destroy our planet. Small asteroids break up in the atmosphere at the rate of one every fortnight, but there are some that are over 100 metres in diameter that we should keep an eye on. Fortunately, we already have instruments that allow us (in most cases) to predict and study asteroids’ transit.

      This is a point I've never thought about. Space is all unknown and if something moving that fast and that large hits earth is could be a very large danger.

    1. Earlier this year, Gang filled out a short questionnaire: Do you maintain normal sleeping hours? (Yes.) How social are you? (Somewhat.) Sleep style? (Heavy.) Rather than pairing Gang with a roommate, the AU housing office sent him a short list of potential matches based on his replies. He went to Facebook and hit it off with James Quigley, 18, of New York. Both students plan to study international relations and love playing sports. They requested to live together and will meet for the first time on move-in day this month.

      new way of choosing roommates for college through a social media account

    1. Thus, for this whole age bracket, smartphone penetration will be 74.2%. That is up sharply from 2013, when just under half of this age cohort had smartphones. Still, it falls short of the figure for adult millennials, among whom upwards of nine in 10 have smartphones.

      Chart about the ages of people who own smart phones

    2. Earlier in the smartphone era, parents were often reluctant to furnish a teen with an expensive device whose imprudent usage easily could get the kid into trouble. Little surprise, then, that many teens lacked a smartphone even as it became standard equipment for nonelderly adults. As recently as 2013, just under half of 12- to 17-year-olds had smartphones, eMarketer estimates.

      Chart about number of cellphones in 2014-2018

    1. 73% of Teens Have Access to a Smartphone; 15% Have Only a Basic Phone Next → ← Previous

      This chart displays statistics about who has a smart phone at what age

    1. Common Sense Media notes that although 69 percent of schools have policies specifically forbidding cell phone use during class-time, 65 percent of students report using their phones during school.

      CommonSense's study proved that students do use their phone during class

    1. FacebookTwitterShareTeens: This is how social media affects your brainBy Susie East, for CNNUpdated 10:22 AM ET, Mon August 1, 2016 FacebookTwitterShare&lt;img alt="Reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive during adolescence, which may partly explain why teenagers are such avid social media users." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711124526-facebook-phone-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainReward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive during adolescence, which may partly explain why teenagers are such avid social media users.Hide Caption 4 of 7&lt;img alt="The teenagers were shown a bespoke version of Instagram during the experiment where the &amp;amp;quot;likes&amp;amp;quot; they saw weren&amp;amp;#39;t given by their peers, but instead assigned by the research team.&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;" class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160708192510-social-media-teenager-study-2-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainThe teenagers were shown a bespoke version of Instagram during the experiment where the "likes" they saw weren't given by their peers, but instead assigned by the research team.Hide Caption 5 of 7&lt;img alt="The teens were shown &amp;amp;quot;neutral&amp;amp;quot; photos showing things like food and friends, and &amp;amp;quot;risky&amp;amp;quot; photos depicting cigarettes and alcohol, pictured. The study found that teens were more likely to &amp;amp;quot;like&amp;amp;quot; popular photos, regardless of the type of image." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160708185700-social-media-teenager-study-1-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainThe teens were shown "neutral" photos showing things like food and friends, and "risky" photos depicting cigarettes and alcohol, pictured. The study found that teens were more likely to "like" popular photos, regardless of the type of image.Hide Caption 6 of 7&lt;img alt="While social media has the potential to influence teenagers in good ways, it&amp;amp;#39;s important for parents to be aware of who their teens are interacting with online, says Lauren Sherman, lead author of the study." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140716134456-getty-image-teens-cell-phones-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainWhile social media has the potential to influence teenagers in good ways, it's important for parents to be aware of who their teens are interacting with online, says Lauren Sherman, lead author of the study.Hide Caption 7 of 7<img alt="Researchers at &amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;http://www.bmap.ucla.edu/&amp;quot; target=&amp;quot;_blank&amp;quot;&amp;gt;UCLA&amp;#39;s Brain Mapping Center&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; found that when teenagers&amp;#39; photos get lots of &amp;quot;likes&amp;quot; on social media apps, such as Instagram, their brains respond in a similar way to seeing loved ones or winning money." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711124314-facebook-app-super-169.jpg"> Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainResearchers at UCLA's Brain Mapping Center found that when teenagers' photos get lots of "likes" on social media apps, such as Instagram, their brains respond in a similar way to seeing loved ones or winning money.Hide Caption 1 of 7<img alt="Thirty-two teenagers took part in the experiment, with brain scans showing how their nucleus accumbens -- the part of their brain linked to rewards -- became especially active." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711124124-teenagers-phone-super-169.jpg"> Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainThirty-two teenagers took part in the experiment, with brain scans showing how their nucleus accumbens -- the part of their brain linked to rewards -- became especially active.Hide Caption 2 of 7<img alt="Being appreciated on social media, through &amp;quot;likes,&amp;quot; was seen in brain scans to activate the reward centers of the brain, pictured." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711140349-teenagers-social-media-brain-scan-super-169.jpg"> Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainBeing appreciated on social media, through "likes," was seen in brain scans to activate the reward centers of the brain, pictured.Hide Caption 3 of 7<img alt="Reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive during adolescence, which may partly explain why teenagers are such avid social media users." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711124526-facebook-phone-super-169.jpg"> Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainReward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive during adolescence, which may partly explain why teenagers are such avid social media users.Hide Caption 4 of 7<img alt="The teenagers were shown a bespoke version of Instagram during the experiment where the &amp;quot;likes&amp;quot; they saw weren&amp;#39;t given by their peers, but instead assigned by the research team.&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;" class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160708192510-social-media-teenager-study-2-super-169.jpg"> Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainThe teenagers were shown a bespoke version of Instagram during the experiment where the "likes" they saw weren't given by their peers, but instead assigned by the research team.Hide Caption 5 of 7<img alt="The teens were shown &amp;quot;neutral&amp;quot; photos showing things like food and friends, and &amp;quot;risky&amp;quot; photos depicting cigarettes and alcohol, pictured. The study found that teens were more likely to &amp;quot;like&amp;quot; popular photos, regardless of the type of image." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160708185700-social-media-teenager-study-1-super-169.jpg"> Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainThe teens were shown "neutral" photos showing things like food and friends, and "risky" photos depicting cigarettes and alcohol, pictured. The study found that teens were more likely to "like" popular photos, regardless of the type of image.Hide Caption 6 of 7<img alt="While social media has the potential to influence teenagers in good ways, it&amp;#39;s important for parents to be aware of who their teens are interacting with online, says Lauren Sherman, lead author of the study." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140716134456-getty-image-teens-cell-phones-super-169.jpg"> Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainWhile social media has the potential to influence teenagers in good ways, it's important for parents to be aware of who their teens are interacting with online, says Lauren Sherman, lead author of the study.Hide Caption 7 of 7&lt;img alt="Researchers at &amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;quot;http://www.bmap.ucla.edu/&amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;gt;UCLA&amp;amp;#39;s Brain Mapping Center&amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;gt; found that when teenagers&amp;amp;#39; photos get lots of &amp;amp;quot;likes&amp;amp;quot; on social media apps, such as Instagram, their brains respond in a similar way to seeing loved ones or winning money." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711124314-facebook-app-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainResearchers at UCLA's Brain Mapping Center found that when teenagers' photos get lots of "likes" on social media apps, such as Instagram, their brains respond in a similar way to seeing loved ones or winning money.Hide Caption 1 of 7&lt;img alt="Thirty-two teenagers took part in the experiment, with brain scans showing how their nucleus accumbens -- the part of their brain linked to rewards -- became especially active." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711124124-teenagers-phone-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainThirty-two teenagers took part in the experiment, with brain scans showing how their nucleus accumbens -- the part of their brain linked to rewards -- became especially active.Hide Caption 2 of 7&lt;img alt="Being appreciated on social media, through &amp;amp;quot;likes,&amp;amp;quot; was seen in brain scans to activate the reward centers of the brain, pictured." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711140349-teenagers-social-media-brain-scan-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainBeing appreciated on social media, through "likes," was seen in brain scans to activate the reward centers of the brain, pictured.Hide Caption 3 of 7&lt;img alt="Reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive during adolescence, which may partly explain why teenagers are such avid social media users." class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160711124526-facebook-phone-super-169.jpg"&gt; Photos: How social media affects the teenage brainReward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive during adolescence, which may partly explain why teenagers are such avid social media users.Hide Caption 4 of 7/* global CNN */'use strict';jQuery(document).ready(function () {var galleryAdSlide = new CNN.AdSlide('el__gallery', false, CNN.contentModel.singletonFile);});Story highlightsA study found that teenagers are highly influenced by 'likes' on social mediaReceiving 'likes' activates the reward centers in the brain, similar to winning a prizeVital Signs is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world. (CNN)Whether you're on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, What's App or Twitter, the way you communicate with friends today is changing. Keeping in touch is no longer about face to face, but instead screen to screen, highlighted by the fact that more than 1 billion people are using Facebook every day.Social media has become second nature -- but what impact is this having on our brain?Reward circuitryIn a recent study, researchers at the UCLA brain mapping center used an fMRI scanner to image the brains of 32 teenagers as they used a bespoke social media app resembling Instagram. By watching the activity inside different regions of the brain as the teens used the app, the team found certain regions became activated by "likes", with the brain's reward center becoming especially active.Read More<img alt="Americans devote more than 10 hours a day to screen time, and growing" class="media__image" src="//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160425125609-smartphone-hands-large-169.jpg">Americans devote more than 10 hours a day to screen time, and growing"When teens learn that their own pictures have supposedly received a lot of likes, they show significantly greater activation in parts of the brain's reward circuitry," says lead author Lauren Sherman. "This is the same group of regions responding when we see pictures of a person we love or when we win money."The teenagers were shown more than 140 images where 'likes' were believed to from their peers, but were in fact assigned by the research team.Scans revealed that the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain's reward circuitry, was especially active when teens saw a large number of likes on their own photos, which could inspire them to use social media more often.Peer influenceAs part of the experiment, participants were also shown a range of "neutral" photos showing things like food and friends, and "risky" photos depicting cigarettes and alcohol. But the type of image had no impact on the number of "likes" given by the teens. they were instead more likely to 'like' the more popular photos, regardless of what they showed. This could lead to both a positive and negative influence from peers online.Sherman believes these results could have important implications among this age group."Reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive in adolescence," says Sherman, "It could be explaining, at least in part, why teens are such avid social media users."Read: What parents need to know when kids are on social mediaSocial learningAdolescence is a period that is very important for social learning, which could explain why teens are often more tuned in to what's going on in their respective cultures. With the rise of social media, Sherman thinks we may even be learning to read likes and shares instead of facial expressions."Before, if you were having a face to face interaction everything is qualitative. You use someone's gestures or facial expressions, that sort of thing, to see how effective your message is," she says.

      how social media has messed with human interaction

    1. Instead, their biggest fear is the terrifying rise of multi-drug resistant bacteria

      this is true and a fear of inhabiting another planet that bacteria will evolve or we will contract new viruses that we won't have vaccinations for #aplang18

    2. In fact, microbiologists in particular would disagree that climate change is the world’s #1 threat

      Where did he get this information? Reliable source? but interesting #aplang18

    1. The Post found that 34 percent of the unarmed people killed in 2016 were black males,

      A very shocking statistic

    2. U.S. police killed at least 258 black people in 2016, according to a project by The Guardian that tracks police killings in America.

      stats to defend argument

    1. The process of extracting these cells destroys the embryo. Don’t

      So does therapeutic cloning. In fact, there is almost no difference between stem cell treatment and therapeutic cloning other than how the embryo is synthesized. Thus there should be no extra qualms against this type of cloning.

    2. Some of those eggs will become fertilized

      Multiple embryos are created with IVF, meaning even if the couple uses one to give birth several more will never mature. Cloning requires only one egg and one set of dna.

    1. Dennis Smith Jr (NC State)- $73,500 Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall)- $37,657 BAM Adebayo (Kentucky) – $36,500 Markelle Fultz (Wash) – $10,000 Josh Jackson (Kansas) – $2,700

      Dennis Smith Jr (NC State)- $73,500 Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall)- $37,657 BAM Adebayo (Kentucky) – $36,500 Markelle Fultz (Wash) – $10,000 Josh Jackson (Kansas) – $2,700

    1. Documents also link current Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, Alabama guard Collin Sexton and Duke forward Wendell Carter as receiving benefits for themselves or for family members. Duke said Carter's eligibility has not been effected by the Yahoo! report. 

      Documents also link current Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, Alabama guard Collin Sexton and Duke forward Wendell Carter as receiving benefits for themselves or for family members. Duke said Carter's eligibility has not been effected by the Yahoo! report.

    2. San Diego State has suspended senior Malik Pope after he was alleged to have received a $1,400 payment. 

      San Diego State has suspended senior Malik Pope after he was alleged to have received a $1,400 payment.

    1. Lonzo Ball, should NCAA players be paid? “I do. All the money they generate for the programs & stuff, it’s kind of an unfair system...Everybody knows everybody’s getting paid & that’s how it is. Everybody’s getting paid anyway. You might as well make it legal. That’s how I feel."

    1. Age is a big component, but it can depend on things like the time of day

      Age can affect kids attention spans, especially elementary school students. But also the time of day also affects attention spans in students.

    2. A nationwide research project is underway to gather hard scientific data on which teaching techniques are most effective in Australian classrooms.

      In Queensland, Australia, researchers are finding the best way to learn by using scientific instruments. This is a vastly different method than, say, using standardized testing, and will be a hugely valuable study for this paper.

    1. “Don’t do it. You’ll be fodder for the department, and no one will take you seriously.”

      if you have kids as a female doctor this is what others think of your priorities

    1. While increasing the speed of production, the intensive confinement production system creates a number of problems. These include contributing to the increase in the pool of antibiotic-resistant bacteria    G because of the overuse of antibiotics    G; air quality problems; the contamination of rivers, streams, and coastal waters with concentrated animal waste; animal welfare problems, mainly as a result of the extremely close quarters in which the animals are housed; and significant shifts in the social structure and economy of many farming regions throughout the country.    F

      Everything that meat consumption can do to our planet

    1. Due to its very high per-capita health-care costs, the country could save $180 billion if the population ate according to recommended guidelines, and $250 billion if it eschewed animal food products altogether

      this is very interesting

    2. In a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Marco Springmann and his colleagues at the University of Oxford conservatively estimate that if people continue to follow current trends of meat consumption, rather than shifting to a more balanced or plant-based diet, it could cost the U.S. between $197 billion and $289 billion each year—and the global economy up to $1.6 trillion—by 2050.

      some evidence that shows economic benefits.

    1. Practice altruism Helping other people is one of the most effective ways to boost your self-esteem, research shows. That, in turn, uncorks a whole bottle of brain hormones and can lead to happiness, health, and well-being. His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks of altruism as enlightened selfishness, because it ultimately serves your own happiness.

      Helping other people does make us happier! Also this connects to my research. In my survey, those who answered that they offer emotional support to others more than they received it also ranked the highest on how good of a person they believed themselves to be. Those who tended to see themselves as good people also ranked the highest for happy they normally are, so it is all a chain, and this is another thing to add to that.

    2. Ask about other people’s experience

      It can help us to learn how to by happy from others. The happiest people are great examples to follow.

    3. Comparing yourself to others—whether the amount of free time you have, your success at work, who you’ve dated or married, or what you’re wearing—is a happiness toxin.

      A reason that other people would decrease our overall happiness, however this is on a different topic than human connection, which is what I want to mainly look at.

    4. If you don’t have food, shelter, and clothing, then making enough money to cover basic needs will definitely increase your happiness. But beyond that, studies show that extra money matters relatively little.

      There are more important things to happiness than material goods. We need something else. Is it other people?

    5. Happiness doesn’t just happen for most people, particularly in our fast-paced society where it’s easy to feel isolated, rushed, and deprived in comparison to the “beautiful people” in magazines and movies and on TV.

      We need to work for happiness and figure out what will help us achieve it. This article goes into depth about particular ways that we can do that.

    1. Some even insisted that there was no paradox at all: the reason we don't see evidence of extraterrestrials is because there aren't any.

      Some think, there is no paradox at all and the reason er don't see any evidence of extraterrestrials is because there aren't any at all.

    2. The first thing they note is that the Fermi Paradox is a remarkably strong argument.

      Fermi paradox is a strong argument because the Galaxy is ancient. You can question if the speed of the alien aircraft will be fast enough to move throughout space and colonize. You can argue how long it would take to colonize a star and move on to the next one. You can ponder any possibility but it doesn't matter because any reasonable assumption of how fast it takes to colonize would be profoundly shorter than the age of the Galaxy.

    3. here are no extraterrestrials anywhere among the vast tracts of the Galaxy

      There may be no extraterrestrials anywhere in the vast Galaxy. This could be a thoughtless conclusion by a small observation but there must be a way to account for the evident loneliness we experience here on Earth.

    4. where is everybody?

      Fermi looked around and asked the obvious question, "where is everybody?" There isn't a clear indication that aliens are in our presence and aliens have had more than enough time to grace us with their presence so do extraterrestrials really exist.

    5. Colonization of the Milky Way should be a quick exercise.

      A mealtime conversation lead to Fermi realizing that if there is extraterrestrial societies with an amount of rocket intelligence the possibility for rapid colonization of the entire Galaxy is possible. This realization lead to the thought that within ten million years, every star system could be colonized and compared to the age of the Galaxy that is nothing. Certainly, the Milky Way would have been the first stop on the way.

    6. Enrico Fermi

      Enrico Fermi is attributed to Fermi's paradox in thee 1950's which questions if there is alien life why haven't they made contact with us if they are so advanced.

    1. however, the average Division I men's basketball coach earns nearly twice as much in salary as the average Division I women's basketball coach. NCAA members have not suggested terminating the pay of college basketball coaches to resolve this concern.

      This is due to the fact that Division 1 men's basketball brings in more money than women's basketball.

    2. These college sports revenues are passed along to NCAA executives, athletic directors and coaches in the form of salaries. In 2011, NCAA members paid their association president, Mark Emmert, $1.7 million. Head football coaches at the 44 NCAA Bowl Championship Series schools received on average $2.1 million in salaries.

      They are paid because it is their job. Paying college athletes would mean that they would become employees of the NCAA.

    3. This "veil" not only ensures great wealth for athletic directors and coaches, but it also ensures sustained poverty for many of the athletes who provide their labor. A 2011 report entitled "The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport" confirms that 85 percent of college athletes on scholarship live below the poverty line.

      Choosing to play a sport in college for free isn't labor I don't think. And college athletes on scholarship have no expenses to pay for other than food and other small things. So while their income may be below the poverty line, they aren't struggling.

    1. that wait times for those with Medicaid or marketplace coverage were similar to wait times for other insured adults.

      really no difference.

    2. If you lose your job, you can purchase a plan in the marketplace outside of the open enrollment period.
    3. 12.7 million Americans received health coverage through the marketplace.

      but people commonly complain about having to go through the marketplace- its creating more of an opportunity though

    4. The U.S. is currently experiencing its highest rate of insured people ever in history, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention i
    5. fell to 10.5% from 16.6% since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act back in 2013.

      yay

    6. you are eligible for a tax subsidy, which can drastically reduce the cost of your Obamacare premium.
    7. you may face a tax penalty
    8. The ACA does require all Americans to have a qualified health plan
    9. The marketplace exists for people who do not receive health benefits through their employer, or a public program like Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program.
    1. In fact, immigrants commit fewer crimes than the native- born: Only 820,000 of the 11 million undocumented have any criminal record, and only 690,000 have committed serious crimes. The Obama administration relied heavily on local cooperation to apprehend the latter, but many of these communities are now in sanctuary cities. They will certainly not cooperate, which poses what one Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisor calls "perhaps [the] biggest challenge" for the agency.

      less crime so their sending their good people?

    2. Economic growth requires a large workforce and increasing productivity. But the American population is aging, so we need more young workers.

      basic economics not understood by some leaders.

    3. 3 million undocumented immigrants and to curtail future entries, branding immigrants as "gang members,"

      Full on Grouping together is not good for the people.

    1. Fact: It's actually pretty easy for vegetarians to meet their needs for protein, even if they choose not to eat eggs and dairy products. Thanks to plant-based proteins like tofu, beans, lentils and what's found in whole-grains breads and cereals, getting enough protein can be deliciously simple.

      This is one thing that everyone doesnt seem to understand. MOST PLANTS HAVE PROTEIN.

    1. With emphasis on early detection and preventive care, the reduced reliance on emergency room treatments, and a reduction in unnecessary services, the plan has the potential to significantly reduce the nation's healthcare costs.

      This could be the solution to the long wait time healthcare receivers must face in countries with Universal healthcare such as Canada. By taking these preventative measures, less people will need to see providers.

    1. There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction

      This is approximately two fifths (40%) of the documented organisms on this planet.

    1. Under the federal law, hunters are prohibited from shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for potential grizzly bear targets, trapping bears with wire snares and luring bears with food to get a point-blank kill.

      In another article, it is phrased as if Obama took over the wildlife and fish. He did, but the laws are to ensure that the predators (wolves and bears) were not hunted unfairly ie while taking care of their families or by copter.

    1. reduction in unnecessary services

      This could be a good counterargument to the claim that the wait time with universal healthcare is "absurd". With less people needed to be treated, there wont be as long of a wait time.

    1. (onlookers are more likely to intervene if there are few or no other witnesses)

      Onlookers feel more responsibility and are more inclined to help people when there is no one else to put that responsibility on.

    2. discourages an individual from intervening in an emergency situation.

      I think it can apply to more than just an emergency situation.

    1. Conservation literally means the act of preserving something

      Short, to the point definition

    2. So to sum up, conservation science is a discipline that studies both people and the natural world and produces strategies to maximise benefits for both.

      Again, it's a balance and a dynamic thing.

    3. Although conservation initially focussed mainly on the biological sciences, trying to understand more about species and the environment to protect wildlife, somewhere along the line we realised that, with nearly 7.5 billion people in the world completely changing natural landscapes, it's probably a good idea to look at human dynamics and our interactions with the natural world too.

      This is important because not only is this a key part of my research essay, but also b/c of it's recognition of the things tied into conservation.

    1. the past few months also have been marked by our failure as a nation to unite around the one cause that should bring us together, that is, the fate of Dreamers, or the young people who qualify for the DREAM Act

      Some of these "young people" go to Judge.

    1. psychological well-being was found to be lower in years when teens spent more time on screens and higher in years when they spent more time on non-screen activities -- with increases in screen time typically occurring before happiness levels declined.

      Research Jean Twenge found a relationship between lower psychological well-being and screen time.

    1. "So we're not more miserable. On the other hand, we're not more happy."

      Technology is a blessing in disguise

    2. What people want is, 'I want to go to the lake for the weekend. I want to build a boat in my backyard. I want to do something that takes a lot of time in one aggregate, instead of a bunch of hour-and-a-half periods which are ideal for watching reruns of 'Seinfeld' and surfing the web for 45 minutes.'"

      People want to be creative and not be able to access things in a blink of an eye

    3. "You can feel that your time is never entirely your own. It's very difficult to switch off."

      Can't daydream, always connected to the device in your hand or the tv in front of you, or the music you are listening to.

    4. "Technology makes it easier to get what we want, when we want it, while remaining entirely alone,"

      Easy to become isolated and demand for what you want then wait

    5. People often don't have time to participate in city or social organizations or even cook for their families

      Social engagement is lost because of technology

    1. The decline in outdoor recreational activities is symptomatic of a shifting cultural landscape; it can be seen as a sign of how the world is changing--and not for the worse, but for the better. Increasingly, jobs in the United States rely on technology rather than manual labor,

      Less outdoor play is actually better for jobs in the future because most company rely on people who have skills with technology than labor

    2. In certain neighborhoods, parents discourage their children from playing outdoors because of safety concerns, whether crime or increased traffic

      Parents are also a factor to the decrease amount of outdoor play

    3. Outdoor recreation will always be an important part of growing up, but exposure to current technology helps young people become knowledgeable about the latest developments in media and communications, and imparts skills they will more than likely need in their future careers.

      Balance between technology and outdoor recreation is best for young adults

    1. When you’re metabolising, or breaking down alcohol, the liver can’t produce as much glucose, which means you have low levels of blood sugar. Exercise requires high levels of sugar to give you energy. If your liver isn’t producing enough glucose, your performance will be adversely affected.
    2. drinking too much can lead to dehydration because the alcohol makes your kidney produce more urine. Exercising soon after drinking alcohol can make this dehydration worse because you sweat as your body temperature rises.
    1. Long-term alcohol use diminishes protein synthesis, resulting in a decrease in muscle growth.
    2. Muscle health is the key to successful athletic performance, and science shows that alcohol can rob you of your hard work in the weight room. Here’s why:
    3. Alcohol has been shown to slow muscle recovery because it is a powerful diuretic that can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. When dehydrated, an athlete is at agreater risk for cramps, muscle pulls, and muscle strains.    
    1. Marijuana has never reportedly caused an overdose death, but that doesn't mean it's harmless.

      From what I have seen it technically can't cause death, but it can cause things like hallucinations and more.

    2. some people use alcohol to self-medicate through tough periods in their lives.

      leading to alcoholism, some people also self medicate with marijuana

    3. Alcohol, tobacco, and prescription painkillers are likely deadlier than other drugs because they are legal, so comparing their aggregate effects to illegal drugs is difficult

      If marijuana was legal would there be more problems?

    4. A 2010 study published in The Lancet, led by drug expert David Nutt, evaluated the use of 20 drugs in the UK, putting alcohol at the top of its harms rankings and hallucinogens at the bottom. Here at Vox, I've pointed out that alcohol is one of the three deadliest drugs in America.

      So why don't we take more precaution on alcohol?

    5. Even if the federal classifications included alcohol and tobacco, both would likely fall in the same category as marijuana — schedule 1

      I find it interesting that tobacco and alcohol aren't part of this.

    6. The federal government's scheduling system evaluates drugs by medical value, first, and abuse potential

      Tells which drugs are worse for you

    1. there is one longing, almost as deep and ingrained as the desire for food or sleep, that is seldom gratified: the desire to be important.

      Referring back to his ultimate goal, which is getting what he wants, it's clear to see there is some insincerity to principle two. To "give honest and sincere appreciation"is to make someone feel important, which makes them easier to convince. (Principle 2)

    2. Do you know someone you would like to change in some way? When you find yourself getting caught up in other people’s annoying habits or behaviors, think of a few reasons they might be acting the way they are.  

      "Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes them strive to justify themselves." Once again, Carnegie is trying to change someone. He is being critical. He's just expressing it in a way that doesn't seem critical to avoid a wall. " . . . you would like to change in some way?" (Principle 1)

    3. when dealing with people, we’re dealing not with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, who are motivated by pride and ego.

      "Don't criticize, condemn, or complain" isn't about how the right way is being non confrontational. It's about having to frame your argument in a way that seems that way because of people's nature. (Overview)

    4. If we lose the argument, we lose; if we win the argument, we have made the other person feel inferior, hurt his pride, and made him resent us.

      The real kicker. Avoiding conflict maintains likability. Remember his goal though.

      Principle 1, Part 2: "The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it."

    1. Pediatrics•    Male physicians: 23,256 (41.9 percent)•    Female physicians: 32,200 (58.1 percent)

      only field where women outweigh men. but this is also the field where you get paid about half the amount of any other specialty.

    1. By giving dissidents the ability to share this kind of information quickly, social tools such as Facebook (which was much more widely used in Egypt than Twitter) made it easy to connect groups of protesters and plan events.

      Easy way to communicate and allow ourselves to get easy access to the media.

    1. who primarily profits on YouTube ad money. It’s estimated that Paul earns up to $1.3 million per month from YouTube advertising alone.

      HELLA CASH

    2. Google Preferred

      Once a YouTuber gets enough fame, they get pushed specifically by the website.

    3. canceled his upcoming YouTube Red movie The Thinning: New World Order, a sequel to his previous YouTube Red movie The Thinning

      YouTube is a gateway to other sources of revenue. YT > Movie

    1. Taxes discourage married women not only from working, but also from striving for promotions and from pursuing upwardly mobile careers.

      supposedly trumps lower tax plans will promote women to get jobs and promotions. They wont have to pay as much so they might want to work more if the issue is that women are choosing not to work.

    1. Trees, like other green plants, use photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into sugar, cellulose and other carbon-containing carbohydrates that they use for food and growth. T

      Oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle

    2. Carbon needs to be pulled out of the atmosphere and put into long-term storage elsewhere

      Trees pull out carbon into the air and hold it for long term storage

    1. During the eugenics movement of the 1920s and 1930s, both in the United States and Europe, society became less, not more, tolerant of human variation and misfortune. Based on racial theories that held Eastern Europeans to be genetically inferior to Anglo-Saxon stock, Congress passed (and Calvin Coolidge signed) a 1924 law to restrict immigration, and by 1940 more than 30 states had laws permitting forced sterilizatio
    2. What this means is that those seeking help for excessive drinking are told they have a disease (though the exact nature of the disease is unknown), that it's probably a genetic condition, and that the only treatment is abstinence.
    3. reported strong evidence of genetic influence on antisocial personality disorder, but it also noted that many genes are probably involved. Getting from those unknown genes to an actual act of vandalism or assault--or a life of barbaric violence--requires at this point a monstrous leap of faith.
    4. A whole branch of psychiatry known as "social psychiatry" was dedicated to helping the mentally ill by rooting out such pathogens as poverty and racism. There is no longer much evidence of these sensibilities at work today. NIMH now focuses its studies almost exclusively on brain research and on the genetic underpinnings of emotional illnesses.

      It is interesting that people are now almost entirely looking towards genetic makeup for the contributors to serious emotional disturbance instead of outside factors as was previously seen.

    5. On the personal level, a belief in the power of genes necessarily diminishes the potency of such personal qualities as will, capacity to choose, and sense of responsibility for those choices--if it's in your genes, you're not accountable.

      This is a very strong conviction as people could easily start to get label as they will blame their genetic make-up for issue and no the decisions they individually make.

    6. But her most powerful advocacy tool by far is the PET scan. She takes a collection of these colorful brain images up to Capitol Hill to put on a show, giving lawmakers a window on a "broken" brain in action. "When they see that it's not some imaginary, fuzzy problem, but a real physical condition, then they get it: 'Oh, it's in the brain.' "

      Strong evidence is very important when trying to persuade people. While emotion can be compelling as well, people like to be assured will necessary facts.

    1. As a result of these elevated levels of carbon, our forest ecosystems are changing.

      With humans using more fossil fuel (new carbon), trees are trying to adapt to climate change. This also affects how they store CO2 (and reducing storage).

    2. whether that is 10 or 500years.

      Trees can hold in CO2 between 10 to 500 years (depends on species).

    1. "The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being."

      words of the law

    2. optional ultrasounds constitute a threat to women's rights

      by PP

    1. When a woman is raped she has a constitutional right to an abortion. And the rapist has a constitutional right to life. But the unborn baby has no rights whatsoever

      by law, the embryo is never a fully formed baby

    1. above the horizon of the moon led to a greater appreciation for our planet and the need to protect it

      a little contrary to my argument that finding another habitable planet is necessary, but he agrees with how it can be done- NASA funding #aplang18

    1. Since the 1970s, the drug war hasled to unprecedented levels of incarceration and the marginalization of tens of millions of Americans –disproportionately poor people and people of color –while utterly failing to reduce problematic drug use and drug-related harms.

      Our country is making false accusations about drugs everyone just thinks they are so awful because our federal government tells us they are and because they are illegal. WE have put a facade on the face of drugs around the world since the 1970's. If this falsifying face did nit exist people would not believe any of this.

    1. I agree that there are far too many handicapped people in the world

      that's not the argument that pro-choicers are trying to make.

    2. liberals take responsibility for this unmitigated disaster

      does it not even matter that 3/4 of the presidents at this time (Nixon, Ford, Reagan) were republican and probably did nothing to mitigate the effects or issues of child abuse?

    3. The very idea that we would murder children to prevent child abuse, which usually takes the form of simple battery

      there is so much wrong with this single sentence I can't even really fully function right now. "simple battery" you'd rather a child be beaten possibly to death or insanity than terminate an embryo's life before it can even comprehend the color of its mother's uterus? I'm shocked

    4. always, someone else who would want to adopt the baby

      give data about the number of unadopted children and children suffering in foster homes/child slavery, etc

    5. dead

      were they alive in the first life? what determines human life? a heartbeat or consciousness?

    6. Doctors will not even perform abortions until six or seven weeks into the pregnancy – in order to protect the health of the mother.

      is it more important to protect the health of the mother or the health of the child?

    1. . The high costs are not associated (entirely) with the materials that leave Earth. Instead, they're associated with the technical challenges of building machines to rigorous specifications. To meet those technical challenges, we need lots of very smart engineers, and those engineers are developing all kinds of new technologies. Many of those new technologies can be turned to commercial uses, providing a direct economic benefit and making America one of the few nations in the world capable of revolutionary technological innovation.

      Point showing that the development of space exploration can help the real world.

    1. Mojave Desert groundwater through a pipeline

      Ground water is important. Without it you will have a dust bowl blowing through the desert. It will harms those down wind and those living above the groundwater if it is removed.

    2. sound conservation basis

      Lead bullets are known to poison scavengers. Lead is a dangerous metal that affects human's liver, kidneys, reproductive system, and nervous system. It is not something we want in our water. https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/toxic-metal-health-dangers-lead/

    1. ACA could reduce the deficit by $143 billion
    2. 2014, spending on health care rose more slowly. It grew 5.3 percent in 2014 and 5.8 percent in 2015. 
    3. Between 1990 and 2008, health spending rose 7.2 percent a year.
    4. Obamacare reduced the number of bankruptcy filings. In 2010, 1.5 million people filed. That dropped to 770,846 by 2016
    5. Many found out their plans had a low maximum. They were responsible for any costs above that. That's one reason why health care became the No. 1 cause of bankruptcy.

      obamacare fixes this

    6. Obamacare's three strategies mean more people can get treatment before they need expensive emergency room care.
    7. The ACA lowers costs in three ways.
    1. $2 billion The U.S. spends $9,024 per person on health care annually, which is more than any other natio

      Per person or is this the average? The US has way more people than Sweden for example, which changes what the data is saying significantly.

    1. Drug costs could rise
    2. 10 percent of income. Before, they could deduct any expenses that exceeded 7.5 percent of income.
    3. The ACA taxed those who didn't purchase insurance
    4. Increased coverage
    5. The ACA requires services that many people don't need, like maternity care. 
    6. Insurance companies canceled many of their plans because their policies didn't cover the ACA's 10 essential benefits
    7. It lowers the budget deficit
    8. more than 3 million previously uninsured young people were added. This increased profit for insurance companies. They receive more premiums from these healthy individuals. 
    9. Insurance companies can no longer deny anyone coverage for pre-existing conditions. They can't drop them or raise premiums if beneficiaries get sick.
    10. 1.2 percent for the year. That's much less than the price increase of 4 percent in 2004. 
    11.  preventive care free. This means people receive treatment before they need expensive emergency room services
    12. ACA is that it slows the rise of health care costs
    13. negative messages about Obamacare outnumbered positive messages 15 to on
    1. Organisations require a new training regime that can offer a modern generation of entrepreneurs and leaders the right set of tools to balance both economic and environmental sustainability.

      This calls for retraining of old ideas. This could be rather costly -financially speaking. Not to mention changing a mass of human's opinions is no easy feat. This will take time and money, but if we don't start now...

    1. boys are still perceived as a danger to girls because of their vulnerability -- a bias with negative impacts for both genders, researchers said.

      The issue surrounding the safety and inequalities girls face needs to be addressed not only from the female persepctive but from the males as well.

    2. calls it the hegemonic myth: the perception that men are the dominant sex, strong and independent, while women need to be protected.

      This is a quality that parents ultimately instill in their kids. By blocking their sons emotions and by treating the emotions of their daughters very delicately it results in associating boys with strong and girls with weak.

    3. Whether a child is in Baltimore, Beijing or New Delhi, the onset of adolescence triggers a common set of rigidly enforced gender expectations associated with increased lifelong risks of mental and physical health problems.

      I think this could be useful information to put in my essay.

    1. Conclusions about marijuana are often formed in the gut rather than the head and heart. The visceral feelings supersede the faithful discernment.

      Conclusions people make about marijauna are usually based off the gut rather than the "head and the heart"

    1. For the first time in ages, she got four consecutive hours of sleep. “That became a life changer for me,” she said. “This is great.” Adam Hearlson Adam Hearlson is a minister, scholar, and Christian Century contributing editor. He cohosts the podcast Technicolor Jesus. See All Articles Jan 3, 2018 issue

      Marijuana can help people with high levels of anxiety and insomnia. This is a major reason for the legalization of marijuana.

    2. child of the 1960s, she had once tried her brother’s marijuana cookies, and they left her feeling fuzzy and distracted.

      stigma related with the consumption of marijuana, even with someone who benefits from its medical use.

    1. Rising medical costs are the result of advances in medical technology that end up benefiting Americans and the rest of the world. It would not be wise to drastically change the private health care system to a single-payer, government-managed program with the hope of reducing these costs. Instead, Americans should be open to reforms to the system proposed by both parties as valuable ways to save money on the best health care possible.
    2. The specific proposals favored by Obama include helping small businesses afford health care coverage, requiring insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions, and providing a public health insurance option for those who are not covered by private insurance.
    3. Millions of Americans are forced to pay for their own health insurance because they are unemployed, self-employed, or employed by small businesses that can't afford to participate in health insurance programs.
    4. Fiscal responsibility should be a primary concern of all taxpayers
    5. A private health care system would remain shielded from the whims of government politics.

      private health care vs. 'public'

    1. Three years after recreational marijuana legalization, changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates for Washington and Colorado were not statistically different from those in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization. Future studies over a longer time remain warranted.

      More testing must be conducted to get a more accurate conclusion, but early studies have not shown an increase in vehicle motor incidents in legalized states.

    2. Pre–recreational marijuana legalization annual changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates for Washington and Colorado were similar to those for the control states

      This means that there was little if not any correlation between the legalization of marijuana and the annual changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates.

    1. 136 Black people have been killed by U.S. police in 2016.

      more stats

    2. Hitting bad police in their pocketbooks: if officers had to carry their own insurance, police violence would plummet

      an idea of how to lower police brutality.

    1. In 2015, New Yorkers were stopped and frisked by police 22,939 times; 83 percent of those stopped were black or Latino.

      more stats

    2. With the rise of social media and 24-hour news coverage, however, more cases have captured the public’s attention and more people have had the opportunity to discuss and debate the issue. I

      Media has increased the availability of seeing and becoming aware of these cases.

    3. The most famous early example of a private citizen recording such an incident occurred on March 3, 1991. From his balcony, Los Angeles resident George Holliday recorded the beating of African American taxi driver Rodney King by four white Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase. Holliday sent the video to television news station KTLA, sparking a public outcry against the use of unnecessary force by police officers. The four officers were prosecuted for their actions, but three were acquitted of all charges and the jury failed to reach a verdict on the fourth.

      another example of the brutality.

    4. Black individuals were 2.5 times more likely than white individuals to experience the threat of excessive force, and 1.7 times more likely than Latinos. Black people also experienced actual physical force more than twice as often as white people, and nearly twice as often as Latinos.

      statistics to support argument

    5. In November 2014, a black twelve-year-old named Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a white police officer, Timothy Loehmann, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the recreation center where Rice was playing with a pellet gun.

      case of police brutality

    6. Police brutality can also involve psychological intimidation, verbal abuse, false arrests, and sexual abuse.

      Examples of cases in which police brutality has been used

    7. Police brutality is the use of unnecessary, excessive force by police in their encounters with civilians

      A basic definition of police brutality.

    1. receive free tuition, room, meal plans, and some money for books and miscellaneous expenses. At the bigger, more successful universities, athletes also receive academic counseling, tutoring, life skill training, and even nutritional advice. Certainly, not all student athletes are on scholarship and not all are on full scholarships but the student athletes in the revenue sports are receiving compensation in the form of educational benefits and living expenses. To an economist, this is “pay.”

      The ones who are being looked at for sponsorships are the ones who are not staying for a long time and therefore campus paid privilages are not needed -arguement : the underlined

      True, The athletes are one-and done but they need "sponsership money" to help out family

    1. This cultural shift has political and personal implications. On the personal level, a belief in the power of genes necessarily diminishes the potency of such personal qualities as will, capacity to choose, and sense of responsibility for those choices--if it's in your genes, you're not accountable. It allows the alcoholic, for example, to treat himself as a helpless victim of his biology rather than as a willful agent with control of his own behavior. Genetic determinism can free victims and their families of guilt--or lock them in their suffering.

      This is very interesting as it becomes more about genes than our own choices we make which can be a little daunting to people.

    1. Given that we still see differences between them, this really has to be of prenatal origin
    2. In those pre-birth control, pro-marriage times, female co-twins were 25 percent less likely to have children than female-female twins, raised smaller families and were, in fact, less likely to marry at all. Further, Lummaa's data showed that the result held steady across social classes and even if the male twin died within three months of birth, leaving the girl to be brought up as an only child.

      This is very interesting as the counter-arguments are put to rest by the outcome even after a male twin dies relativley close to the time of birth

    3. She concluded that the socializing effect of a brother was as important, or more, than prenatal exposure to androgens in such cases.
    4. "The nature of the chorion [the protective membrane around each fetus] is so different in humans and rodents," he says. "They have a much leakier system than ours. You have to think that would make a difference."

      The article concludes that there is more to be said about nurture in this study

    5. Further experiments confirmed that the physical difference could be traced to a prenatal diffusion of testosterone

      This is a typical nature vs. nurture question wherein it is exposed that nurture plays a larger role in human development.

    6. The researchers discovered that for developing females, the sex of their pod-neighbor made a real difference.
    7. Female is considered the "default" state for human development; without that extra testosterone, the body simply continues toward a female design. If XY males don't get enough prenatal androgens, as happens with some genetic defects, those males develop looking like well-formed females.
    8. The timing and the amount of androgens such as testosterone before birth are essential to normal male development.

      This is very interesting as the testosterone levels are so high, so it makes sense as to why the female twin is so affected.

    9. For a long time, people just thought that all the learning could be done in same-sex twins. So until recently they've been grossly understudied. And now, all at once, there's awareness of this tantalizing potential."

      I am curious as to why this phenomenon is occurring in opposite-sex twins. I think it is exciting as more twins have been involved in the conversation and study.

    10. Their female co-twins had a lower level of eating disorders, tending toward the male range. By contrast, the same-sex female twins had the highest level of all the twin sets questioned. The Michigan State scientists suspect that the reason can be found in the prenatal environment: Sharing the space with a developing male can apparently alter female development in some small but interesting w

      Coming from a school with many pairs of tins to test this hypothesis, I can see the true nature of this study come to life.

    1. But some scientists contend that there isn't enough evidence to condemn smartphones. "I see the rise in depression, especially among girls, and I understand why people are making these connections with new technologies," says Candice Odgers, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University who has published research on teenagers and tech. "But so far we have very little data to suggest mobile technologies are causing anxiety or social impairments." She points to evidence that some young people, particularly marginalized groups like LGBT youth, can derive benefits from online support networks and communication with friends and family. Odgers adds that jumping to conclusions and vilifying smartphones may lead us away from factors that may turn out to be more significant—a worry raised by other experts.

      this argues against the previous claims

    2. "What we're seeing in our work is that young people are constantly distracted and also less sensitive to the emotions of others."

      this is a big problem and something that certainly worries me.

    3. To understand how device use may be affecting a young person's mental health, it's important to recognize the complex changes occurring in an adolescent's still-developing brain. For one thing, that brain is incredibly plastic and able to adapt—that is, physically change—in response to novel activities or environmental cues, says Jensen, who is also the author of The Teenage Brain.

      this is a very important piece of information to know in order to fully understand the connection of social media to the brain.

    1. My mood booster is definitely music. Depending how I feel on that specific day, the type of music I listen to can vary. Music is the one art that allows me to sing and dance, and music enhances my ability to be more creative.

      A quote that I may be able to use in order to show people who actually feel that music allows them to feel happier/more creative.

    1. Uses college atheletes Jersey or Name for prodcuts which the NCAA or the college gets 100% of profits. They could at least give the athlete 1% back for personal use-they are using there name and I think they are enititled to some of the money.

      The athlete probally did sign some legal document stateign that there name can be used for merch -but still

    1. Other critics are concerned that lobbying reform will negatively impact special-interest groups that lack large amounts of capital, while lobbyists representing financially powerful groups will be unaffected. Some reform legislation contains restrictions that make it difficult for nonprofit or public-service groups to employ lobbyists while maintaining their nonprofit status. Financially dominant groups, however, would be able to hire part-time lobbyists and thereby avoid the registration restrictions.

      current reform efforts are ineffective. As a country we need to get creative

    2. The high-profile case called the behavior of prominent legislators into question and led to increasing concern about corruption.

      no real reform passed until the issue was out of hand

    3. The majority of professional lobbyists were employed by the shipping, merchant, and agriculture industries. The public perception was that lobbyists were a tool of financially powerful organizations, which led to increased suspicion of corruptio

      this sentiment holds true today. If it is true, it needs reform

    4. Unsatisfied with the efficiency of this method, some groups began to employ individuals to visit Washington, DC, and communicate their wishes to Congress

      lobbying is a kind of amped up version of petition

    1. I've seen programs such as The Rhythmic Arts Project teach children with Downs Syndrome their left hand from their right hand in a matter of weeks, while bolstering their self-confidence as the child takes his or her turn leading the group of other students in "conducting" a drum circle.

      Another first person retelling of the positives of Music Therapy.

    2. The American Music Therapy Association states, "clinical music therapy is the only professional, research-based discipline that actively applies supportive science to the creative, emotional, and energizing experiences of music for health treatment and educational goals."

      Definition of Music Therapy provided by quoting the people who actually seem to study and research the topic.

    3. My daughter Kelly, now nearly 24, is on the autism spectrum. As with most autistic children, development was seemingly normal until around age two or so, when she suddenly stopped speaking. Just stares and silence, other than standard toddler crying fits. It was early intervention, and specifically, music therapy, that gave her back her speech.

      This is a good story to prove that there is more to music therapy than just merely making someones mood change a bit, but that it can actually cause a dramatic change in someones demeanor/disposition or the way they interact with others.

    4. I can't imagine a life without music

      Can people go through music withdrawal?

    5. It provides an emotional outlet

      Good because people tend to use music to escape, so does that feeling of wanting to escape take them away from their studying or draw them closer to it?

    1. Green originally committed to Oklahoma State University, but later decided to enter the NBA Draft upon graduation. He hired an agent, thereby making himself ineligible to participate in NCAA athletics.

      In cases like this. Once you hire an Agent to enter the draft, you automatically become ineligable for any other NCAA sports. If a player were no to get drafted in the current years draft, they are left with 2 options; train for next years draft or they could sign with a team in free agency and hopefully get picked up in the summer.

    1. even moderate drinking is positively associated with increased incidences of various types of cancer, including cancers of the breast, stomach, liver, esophagus, and pancreas.

      Drinking can affect your body a lot more than I thought it could.