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The Nov. 6 midterm elections have come and gone, with some outcomes still in doubt. And while, fundamentally, political and economic conditions have remained the same, some of the outcomes are welcomed. Women, people of color, LGBTQ2S people and immigrants made history.They were elected on a wide range of progressive issues, along with who they are.For example, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first Latinx women to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both are strong advocates of immigrant rights.Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first two Indigenous women to win seats in the House, representing Kansas and New Mexico, respectively. Haaland stated, “America isn’t broke, but we have been pillaged by billionaires and big corporations who get rich off our infrastructure and expect working people to foot the bill. No more.” (inequality.org, Nov. 7)Ilhan Omar, a Somali, and Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian, became the first Muslim women who won House seats. Omar won her seat in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali community in the U.S. Tlaib won her seat — vacated by Rep. John Conyers, who is Black — with over 87 percent of the vote in her Michigan district. A month before the elections, Tlaib was arrested for blocking a McDonald’s demanding $15 and a union. Both of these women ran on a platform of Medicare-for-all and debt-free college tuition.Ayanna Pressley, a former Boston City Council member, became the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House.Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, a Puerto Rican, became the youngest woman to be voted into the U.S. House; she represents the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx in New York City. She has called for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.In Colorado, Jared Polis was the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a state, while Christine Hallquist, a trans woman, got 40 percent of the votes for governor of Vermont.These elections alone — along with progressive referendums passed allowing former felons to vote in Florida; a stop to gerrymandering in Michigan; the legalization of marijuana in Michigan, Missouri and Utah, which should lead to overturning convictions for its sale and use — represent the first progressive electoral rebuke to white supremacist, misogynist Trumpism.These midterm elections, like so many prior ones, can serve as a political barometer on the mood of the masses, showing who the masses want out, as opposed to who the masses want voted in.What hasn’t changedDespite any progressive victories, the fundamental class features of U.S. bourgeois elections have not changed. One important feature is voter suppression based on inherent inequality steeped in white supremacy and other class bias against people who are indigent and working class. This is especially true for sectors of the working class who are of African descent, immigrant, Indigenous and young. And the state — which includes the police, laws, courts, prisons, etc. — is used as a repressive instrument to reinforce this inequality.Voter suppression remains acutely widespread in the deep South, where Black people won the right to vote a mere 53 years ago. It is also an issue in North Dakota, where an estimated 5,000 Indigenous people who live in rural areas have post office addresses. A federal judge at the end of October refused to overturn a new election ruling that requires a street address, thus barring thousands of Native people from voting.The right of the most oppressed to vote must be defended by the movement as an act of anti-white-supremacist, pro-working-class solidarity, first and foremost. That is why the candidacy of Stacey Abrams, the first Black woman candidate to run for governor in a former slave state, Georgia, should be supported, no matter her political affiliation. As of this writing, thousands of votes still remain uncounted in that state.While the now Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has more people of color and women, the Republican-controlled Senate is known as the millionaires’ club, a majority of cis white males unapologetically tied to corporate interests.Currently, there are 23 women senators, including four of color, out of a total of 100. There are two senators from each state, no matter the population, large or small, which is undemocratic and unrepresentative, even under bourgeois norms.The bottom line is that elections, even under a bourgeois democracy, cannot overturn class relations of any kind, even when progressive candidates and popular reforms are front and center. There still remains intact a small elite ruling class, which owns and controls the vast wealth of the world’s resources and is the oppressor of the global working class.Until a revolutionary process overturns those class relations, elections will continue to be just a barometer, not a game changer for workers and oppressed peoples.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) yells at an official from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – James Harrison expected his body to be sore while working his way back into football shape following a nine-month break.Turns out, the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker’s in better shape than he thought. He played 29 snaps in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ stunning 27-24 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday, far more than he anticipated when the Steelers signed him off the couch a week ago.The harder transition proved to be mental. He failed to register a single tackle and was a non-factor in the pass rush in part to being out of position at times.“I had a few MEs (mental errors) out there,” Harrison said.The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year isn’t alone. Despite revamping a defense in the offseason to focus on speed and youth, the Steelers are still struggling to create the splash plays that came with such ease during their three Super Bowl appearances between the 2005 and 2010 seasons.A fitful September mercifully in the rearview mirror, Pittsburgh (2-2) heads to Jacksonville (0-4) on Sunday searching for consistency and more than a little bit of snarl. The Steelers have produced seven sacks through four games – 18th in the league – and forced only three turnovers, one on a fumbled punt.Pittsburgh expected growing pains while working in a handful of new faces. Four uneven games into the season, those pains show no sign of going away.And it’s not just the kids making the miscues. Outside linebacker Jason Worilds, in a contract year that will likely determine the course of the rest of his career, has one sack. Arthur Moats – thrust into a starting role when Jarvis Jones was lost for at least eight weeks with a wrist injury – couldn’t find his way to Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon on Sunday. Neither could Harrison, who could only watch as Glennon stepped up in the pocket time after time during a fourth quarter rally.For Pittsburgh’s plan to reach the NFL elite again to work, opposing quarterbacks need to get uncomfortable.“I’d like more from that (linebacker) group and I think that group is definitely capable of giving us more,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “But also I think some game circumstances will help us in that regard.”Playing with a sizable lead would help. Pittsburgh showed flashes in the second half of a 37-19 win over Carolina on Sept. 21. The Steelers held Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in check and didn’t give him time to get set, the byproduct of knowing Carolina had to throw the ball to get back in the game.Jones changed the momentum for good with a third quarter strip sack that forced Newton to fumble. Pittsburgh recovered deep in Panthers’ territory and scored to build a double-digit lead it would never relinquish. The Steelers couldn’t quite get to their comfort zone against the Buccaneers, and Tampa Bay took advantage to rally for the franchise’s first-ever win in Pittsburgh.The 13 penalties the Steelers rolled up didn’t help. Neither did the offense’s inability to run out the clock after the defense made a fourth-down stand with less than 2 minutes to go. Still, the game was there to be won and the defense failed. Glennon had just enough time to hit Louis Murphy for a 41-yard gain that set up Vincent Jackson’s five-yard touchdown grab with 7 seconds left.Pittsburgh only got to Glennon once on a Cam Heyward sack early in the second quarter. While cornerback came up with his team’s first interception of the season by picking off Glennon in the third quarter, it comes with an asterisk. Tampa Bay rookie wide receiver Mike Evans pulled up during the middle of the play with a groin injury and there wasn’t a Buccaneer player within 20 yards of Allen when he came down with the ball.It was a momentary victory, one that was of little solace when Jackson stretched out his 6-foot-5 frame to win it.“We fell short in our responsibilities,” Allen said. “That’s why we didn’t come out with a win. It’s something we’ve got to fix.”___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL read more
Submitted by Thurston CountyOLYMPIA – Thurston County Commissioners are extending a welcome to Valley Freightliner, Inc. (VFI) which is moving onto vacant industrial property south of Tumwater. The Maytown area acreage is the former location of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers which has moved to Lewis County. The move meant the loss of some 20 fulltime jobs and dozens of part time positions as well as approximately $850,000 in sales tax revenue.Thurston County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says Valley Freightliner is a good fit for the site. “We are very pleased to have VFI as an employer in our community. In addition to the employment boost, they match well for an area that is already zoned for their type of activity.” The site includes 34 usable acres with paved parkingsurrounding buildings with tall ceilings. Most of the site is zoned rural resource industrial, which allows for automobile, truck and heavy equipment service, repair and sales.According to their website, VFI has been in business since 1986. They sell, finance, insure and service commercial trucks for medium and heavy duty applications. The dealer for Portland-based Freightliner Trucks, the largest manufacturer of medium and heavy duty trucks in North America, already has facilities in Pacific, near Sumner, and in Mount Vernon. VFI initially plans to hire about 20 persons for the Maytown location and up to 75 within five years, according to the Thurston Economic Development Council.Commissioner Wolfe says thanks go to all involved in putting the deal together. “Of course we thank VFI for their decision to operate in Thurston County, the Thurston Economic Development Council for their hard work and the folks at Thurston County Land Use and Environmental Review.”Currently, the Valley Freightliner Incorporated web site has five Olympia area management level jobs listed. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 read more
A web of infinite information: does that sound like a scary problem of “just too much”? Venerable blogger Om Malik and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams agreed in an interview today that it is. Williams, as a founder first of Blogger.com and now of Twitter, is probably more responsible for the explosion of social data online than any other single person. Luckily, not everyone feels the same way about this historical moment. As the quantity of data produced and available thanks not just to blogging and social networks, but sensors, surveys and machine observation hockey sticks exponentially skyward – a growing number of people and institutions are embracing this change as an opportunity that could forever change the way we learn, communicate and understand the world. Hopefully the bloggers and social network creators of the world will participate with enthusiasm.To be fair, Williams himself recognizes the explosion of data on Twitter an an opportunity to deliver new and greater forms of value than his company does today. And Malik’s own company organizes a conference on big data called Structure. The language of “too much” and “scary problem” exists within a context, though. That context includes the Wall St. Journal’s fear-mongering series on social network data and advertising (“What They Know About You”), the stuggles between privacy and innovation (even in the US Federal government, where innovation is increasingly defended in the face of privacy concerns), the decline of sophisticated online tools like Delicious and RSS readers and the rise in polished, closed, proprietary systems of communication like Facebook. (“Grunt if you Like something or someone.”)“Revealing the hidden laws and processes underlying societies constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century.” – Dr Helbing, of the Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyTwitter is our open social graph. It’s our machine-accessible mega-river of links and social information. It’s very worrisome to hear the man in charge of the product say he “totally agrees” with the statement that there’s “just too much” information on the internet.He might recognize that his engineers need to process that information to make pretty packages for the millions of would-be users still living in the 20th century and intimidated by a fat stream of variably relevant information – but his engineers alone will never be able to bring as much to that challenge as a world of hackers can, as long as they have access to the data. For the leader to orient himself in this day and age away from showing outside parties the data is cause for concern. (This is something we’ve expressed concern about for at least the last 18 months, see How Twitter’s Staff Uses Twitter (And Why It Could Cause Problems).)What’s the other side of the coin? Free, open, available data as an incredible opportunity for improving the human experience probably saw its best articulation to date with the broadcast of the BBC’s new hour-long special The Joy of Stats, which you can view in full below.See also: R.I.P. Delicious, You Were So Beautiful to MeThe BBC also profiled this week a Swiss project dubbed the Living Earth Simulator (LES), a massive data project aiming to simulate as much natural and social activity on earth as possible. Those simulations, to be carried out on a scale inspired by the Large Hadron Collider, would aim to discover all kinds of patterns hidden in the mass of human and ecological data, including social network data.“Many problems we have today – including social and economic instabilities, wars, disease spreading – are related to human behaviour, but there is apparently a serious lack of understanding regarding how society and the economy work,” says to the BBC a Dr Helbing, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, who chairs the FuturICT project which aims to create the simulator. “Revealing the hidden laws and processes underlying societies constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century.”Do “too much data” warblers want to sit that grand challenge out? Do they want to impede it by stoking a culture of fear, rather than of support for investigation?Skeptics, even data-loving skeptics, note that data enough is not alone. As ReadWriteWeb contributor and data scientist Pete Warden told the BBC about the Living Earth Simulator, “It’s not that we don’t know enough about a lot of the problems the world faces, from climate change to extreme poverty, it’s that we don’t take any action on the information we do have.”That may be true, but data driven knowledge will help illuminate problems, their finer points, possible solutions and opportunities to galvanize public support for taking action.Don’t take my word for it, check out the fabulous BBC special with Dr. Hans Rosling below. Statistics, Rosling says, is the sexiest field in the world right now. More than just glitz and glamour, the ability to analyze an explosion of data promises new opportunities to really make a difference in the world.Hopefully people who have helped build the instruments that enabled that explosion, through the inclusion of new voices from throughout society, will be excited about that and will participate whole heartedly.Title image by nasa1fan/MSFC A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Services#Op-Ed#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… read more
We’ve previously covered offline editing and proxy workflows, but in this article, we’ll cover methods to make your 6K RAW editing more amicable.Although the Pocket 6K is budget and new user-friendly, the files the camera produces can be anything but. 6K BRAW media is a resource-heavy media that requires substantial processing power to play back.As a side note, when I started to initially film my review video (you can watch here), I decided to record in the highest constant bitrate quality possible. The files were so immense that the card Blackmagic supplied me wouldn’t even play back the media. I had to drop down to 8:1 to review what I’d shot.With that, it’s not going to be practical for most people to try and edit native 6K RAW files. This is especially true if you decide to add any sort of color grading or OFX effect, which requires more GPU processing. When the world was going crazy for cryptocurrency and there was a shortage of peripherals — especially graphic cards (GPUs) — we saw a rise in the price for many computer components. And, perhaps for the first time, it was cheaper to buy a pre-built custom PC than purchase the parts separately.I wanted a system that could handle 4K files at ease, and now I have one. But at 6K BRAW 3:1, I’m only moving at 17fps. And, even on the lowest recorded settings (12:1), I’m reaching 23fps. Perhaps usable to some extent, but not favorable when trying to edit.So, of course, we need to create edit-friendly files. We’ve covered offline editing and proxy workflows in the past, but in this article, we’re going to quickly skim over a few methods to make your 6k RAW editing a little more amicable.In theory, there are three methods we can use to do this in Resolve. However, we’re only going to focus on two. The first technique involves decreasing the resolution playback, which can be done in the Playback Menu under Proxy Mode. You can switch the playback from Half Resolution or to a Quarter Resolution.However, I’m going to say that if you have a low performing computer and are struggling to play back 6K in general, I’d suggest skipping this altogether. As noted by Uli Plank on the Blackmagic Forums:Red footage, a.k.a. R3D, for example, can be quite efficiently decoded at lower resolutions, due to its wavelet codec. DNG sequences, H.264, or BRAW (while the latter is easy on the CPU) don’t profit much from lower resolution since they need full decoding to produce an image.Ultimately, Resolve is still the original 6K BRAW file, and I’d bet money on Resolve pausing and dropping frames every so often.Realistically, you’re going to need to create a proxy file so you’re editing with less intensive media. There are two ways you can do this.Optimized MediaOptimized media is Resolve’s in-house system for taking your source clip and generating a proxy stored in Resolve’s cache folder.To optimize a clip, select the clip(s) that need to be optimized, right-click over a media file, and select Generate Optimized Media. Resolve will then create optimized media. If your system is unable to playback 6K RAW files, this process will likely take some time.When the clips have been optimized, there’s no visual indication to let you know that one clip is optimized and another is not. So, I suggest placing optimized media in a separate bin to keep track of the optimized media.Once Resolve generates the optimized media, make sure to select Use Optimized Media If Available on the playback menu. Likewise, for grading or zoomed-in analysis, you can flick between the optimized media and the source media by deselecting this option. As Resolve retains the link to the original files, the switch is instantaneous and involves no waiting.This should hopefully make the 6K BRAW files easier on your system. However, if you find that the generated media is still acting sluggish, you likely haven’t adjusted the Optimized Media and Cache settings in Project Settings>Master Settings. In this panel, you can set the parameters for how you wish your media to be optimized.I’d love to give you a one-for-all setting to go to, but that’s going to depend entirely on what your system is comfortable with. But, as a starting point, I’d look at using the DNxHR 444 codec.However, the optimized media is generated within Resolve’s database system, meaning you wouldn’t be able to move the files to a different NLE. More importantly, if you change the camera BRAW data, the optimized media will be discarded and you have to generate optimized media again (which can be a lengthy process).Therefore, the other — and honestly most suggested method — would be to transcode your media into edit-friendly files traditionally.Transcode MediaThere are two ways you can do this. First, when in the media page or media pool, select the 6K BRAW clips you’d like to be transcoded, then choose File>Media Management. The following pop-up menu should appear.First, select Clips (from Entire Project, Timelines, and Clips), then Transcode.You can now select the Render Destination, and as before, you need to set the transcoding options to render the 6K RAW files out as edit-friendly files. Again, DNxHR would be a good starting point, depending on your machine. Although, most computers should be able to play a 1080p DNxHR file, and if it can’t, well, time for a new PC.Alternatively (but I would suggest the above option), you could also add all the 6K RAW clips that you need to transcode to a new timeline. Head to the delivery page to transcode. When on the delivery page, there are two specific checkboxes you need to tick. First, you need to make sure you select Render Individual Clips. Secondly, on the File tab, you need to choose Filename Uses Source Name. Then, once again, select an edit-friendly preset and render your media.With both methods, you’ll need to import the proxy files back into Resolve. Then, before color grading and/or delivery, relink/replace the proxy clips with the 6K raw files, and you’d have sidestepped a lot of stuttered playbacks and huffing.Looking for more tips on working with DaVinci Resolve? Check these out.Working with Different Frame Rates in the Same File in ResolveHarnessing the Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci ResolveWorking with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci ResolveNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Processing PowerLearn How to Fix a Variable ND Filter Vignette in DaVinci Resolve read more
Pakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi, left, and India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in MohaliPakistan is in the grip of an incredible cricket fever as the ‘mother of all clashes’ – the World Cup semifinal against India — is just one day away.The whole nation — from ulemas to politicians, from students to businessmen and government officials — is praying for the success of the side in the high-voltage clash at Mohali on Wednesday.While the mass prayers are being held, public screenings in cricket stadiums, cinema houses and even in prisons are being organised.The religious scholars and ulemas have got behind the team, with around 5000 students of the well known Jamia Binnoria seminary holding special collective prayers for the success of the Pakistan team in Karachi on Tuesday.”We have had Quran Khawani and collective prayers to wish the team well. The Ulemas and our students, like the rest of the country, also want the team to do well,” a spokesman for the seminary said.Religious seminaries have usually kept a distance from cricket and have never encouraged their students to take part in cricket activities but this time the spokesman said it’s different.”Our students which include foreigners are so keen about the match. We feel it is important to support the Pakistan team in their match against India,” he added.Even in the Central jail and the Malir jail in Karachi, special arrangements have been made by the prison authorities to allow prisoners to watch the match.advertisement”In Malir Jail, we have around 200 Indian prisoners and we are making arrangements to show them the match on a big screen,” IG prison, Ghulam Qadir said.There is no cable service available for the prisoners at the Central jail but for Wednesday’s match, changes have been made.”I have never seen the people keyed up so much for even an Indo-Pak match before. It is amazing the interest this game has generated,” former Test captain Zaheer Abbas told PTI.The Pakistan Cricket Board has also announced that it is holding a special screening of the semi-final at the Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday under floodlights on the directives of the government.”We have made this arrangement keeping in mind the immense interest of the people and it will be a great experience and opportunity for the people to support their team in a stadium,” a board official said.The PCB said entry into the stadium would be free and permission was also being given to organizers to arrange similar live screenings at other stadiums under the control of the Board in other cities. The Gaddafi stadium has a seating capacity of around 35,000 people.- With inputs from PTI read more