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Mar. 17, 2019 Blumbers

Admission Accomplished  

On March 12, 2019 in Boston, CNN reported Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts said that from 2011 through 2019 wealthy parents wanting to get their kids admitted to top universities allegedly paid William Rick Singer of Edge College & Career Network LLC (‘The Key’) to create false academic and athletic credentials and bribe college college staff. Parents allegedly paid between $200,000 and $6.5 million for this service. Boston FBI special agent in charge Joseph Bonavolonta called the operation Varsity Blues. The accused parents are CEO’s, investors, lawyers, and celebrities. The accused staff are athletic coaches and college exam administrators from Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, Wake Forest University and Yale University.   The charges include conspiracy, racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice, cheating on tests such as the SAT and ACT and even faking photographs. Lelling said “There will not be a separate admissions system for the wealthy. And there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.” As these wealthy parents will learn, it is better to go to a state university than a state prison. 

This is yet another example of income inequality getting so out of control that it is difficult for poor people to improve their lives through education. Many can barely afford college and are mired in student loan debt. A free college education for all would help everyone. That way an electrical engineer can compete against someone with a masters degree in tennis. Sometimes it is not the Ivy League surgeon who saves your life, it is the community college EMT.

Quite often I will run into Silicon Valley companies that want only candidates from top universities. Often the companies are disappointed with graduates who cannot perform. They are young, attractive, wealthy people. Most of these companies fail because they have no idea what life is like for billions of other people. When it comes to hiring from universities, hire the brain and not the brand.

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Mar. 27, 2011 Paul Baran

March 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, Paul Baran died from lung cancer at the age of 84. He was a member of the SVEC Hall of Fame, winner of the Marconi Prize and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Born in Grodno, Poland, Baran graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1949 and later his master’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.

Baran worked for the Rand Corporation in the 1950s developing a command-and-control network that would survive a nuclear attack. He came up with a decentralized system would be held together by scores of small computers. Messages would be broken in small packets and would still get through switching from one surviving node to the next until it was reassembled at the destination. This packet switching was used by the Arpanet and eventually the Internet. The idea of an artificial intelligence network that could withstand anything lives on.

Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.