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The current pandemic has an added urgency to the existing trend of moving to streaming – consuming live content via streaming. Already many offerings are moving from classic TV (on the air or cable) to streaming services over the internet. There is an assumption that internet has unlimited capability. I am not talking about if your home or business has a high enough speed (technically bandwidth) connection for decent viewing. I am talking about the data pipe that all the various users (really data streams) follow to reach your viewer: be it phone, tablet or large TV screen. As someone who has been working on and with Internet and web services far longer then most of you know they existed, let me clarify and suggest some alternatives. I am going to try to cover some very technical topics, without overwhelming details.
First let us clarify that the internet has largely two parts, the very high speed data pipes that route data, most of which are fiber, and the local connect, often called the last mile. The last mile systems are largely designed to handle an ‘average’ load and has some ability to handle ‘burst’ traffic. What that means for you, is that most commercial use is during business hours and recreation (read Netflix) is in the evening. Now the internet infrastructure works with data packets and that allows for caching or what you might have seen as ‘now buffering’. Back up a bit and understand that older cable TV is NOT internet, it uses a similar but separate data transmission technique. This all works fairly well OR did until …
Most consumer streaming is not real-time dependent, which means the hardware near you can buffer (cache) ahead of what you are watching enough that you never see a delay or even know it is happening. The web has similar techniques you never even know. That is not so true of live transmissions, as many of you are finding out. The technology of live streams is well known and the dozen or so options vary mainly in how their user interface interacts with you. They all get tripped up by overloaded internet. Also, I’ve not mentioned the jump between the internet cable (called pipe) and the Wifi link that many of you use on your devices where ever you are — another section to get overloaded.
A quick jump to EVERYONE using the internet to replace face-to-face communications (what we call IRL, In real live, acknowledging the difference). That added to the trend over streaming I just mentioned. That is for school and business, not traveling and just plain staying sane. Do not let us now forget that we live in a largely rural area for many of you — where there is either limited, expensive or even no high speed connections.
What does this all mean ? At the very least plan on being disrupted when online, many of you already know web sites can be overloaded, add that you might not be able to get to them at all. Try to pick less busy times for live sessions. Expect business meetings and school classes to be disrupted. If you are of the more technical bent, look into smart devices like the Tivo or Plex that actually hold the whole TV show locally until you are ready to watch. Go back to watching DVDs. And gee you could actually read a book or talk.
It is very clear that the current ruling clique in Washington, DC has very little agenda to really help any part of the country expect for their direct supporters, mostly the very rich and a few special interest groups like the NRA or Anti-Tax movement.
What can been done about it ?
Here are a number of Democrats groups working to flip congress in the 2018 fall elections
More stories and details about what is needed
Why is this happening:
If you have any question about this being a recent strategy you need to read Republican strategy papers dating back into the 1980’s, specifically the Powell Memo:
If you are here you found there is no easy way to print just the notes, without any slides, full or thumbnail.
Here is a solution for those with linux available, or perl on windows, possibly cygwin.
This script reads the odp file and outputs simple text:
It also needs: XML::LibXML::PrettyPrint and Data::Dumper
when debugging is turned on.
Since it actually unwinds the ODP format, there is a chance it might now work with version changes,
so please advise me.
Graffiti has a place
I was a bit dismayed when I saw the Montague Police has proposed to not only make unwanted graffiti more of a crime (isn’t it already?) but to require building owners to remove it and outlaw spray paint. Unwanted defacement is one thing, but to restrict what a building owner can allow is going way too far, especially since Turners Falls for one, had made a major comeback by promoting public art via the River Culture project. Consider, if you will, the Mission District of San Francisco, one I know fairly well due to family living there. We spent the last three weeks wandering the side streets and alleys amidst the hundreds of stunning murals. This public display of art is what happens when you support “graffiti” artists to be more than spray and hide. When allowed on private property with owner’s permission, it reduces unsightly and unwanted graffiti, and even reduces police work. One group has taken it so far as to arrange for licensing of the artist’s work, to provide a source of income for budding artists. Look up “Balmy Alley” or “The Precita Eyes Muralists” (at precitaeyes.org). SO I urge you in Montague to vote against this ban, and support River Culture and your Local Cultural Council for public art projects.
RICH ROTH Greenfield
How about creating jobs? By STEPHANIE KELTON
Look, up in the sky! It’s a “fiscal cliff.” It’s a slope. It’s an obstacle course.
The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what we call it. It only matters what it is: a lamebrained package of economic depressants bearing down on a lame-duck Congress.
This hastily concocted mix of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases for all was supposed to force Congress to get serious about dealing with our nation’s debt and deficit. The question everyone’s asking is this: On whose backs should we balance the federal budget? One side wants higher taxes; the other wants spending cuts. And while that debate rages, the right question is being ignored: Why are we worried about balancing the federal budget at all?
You read that right. We may strive to balance our work and leisure time and to eat a balanced diet. Our Constitution enshrines the principle of balance among our three branches of government. And when it comes to our personal finances, we know that the family checkbook must balance.
So when we hear that the federal government hasn’t balanced its books in more than a decade, it seems sensible to demand a return to that kind of balance in Washington as well. But that would actually be a huge mistake.
History tells the tale. The federal government has achieved fiscal balance (even surpluses) in just seven periods since 1776, bringing in enough revenue to cover all of its spending during 1817-21, 1823-36, 1852-57, 1867-73, 1880-93, 1920-30 and 1998-2001. We have also experienced six depressions. They began in 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893 and 1929.
Do you see the correlation? The one exception to this pattern occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the dot-com and housing bubbles fueled a consumption binge that delayed the harmful effects of the Clinton surpluses until the Great Recession of 2007-09.
Why does something that sounds like good economics — balancing the budget and paying down debt — end up harming the economy? The answers may surprise you.
Spending is the lifeblood of our economy. Without it, there would be no sales, and without sales, no profits and no reason for any private firm to produce anything for the marketplace. We tend to forget that one person’s spending becomes another person’s income. At its most basic level, macroeconomics teaches that spending creates income, income creates sales and sales create jobs.
And creating jobs is what we need to do. Until the fiscal cliff distracted us, we all understood that. Today, we have roughly 3.4 people competing for every available job in America. The unemployment rate is like a macroeconomic thermometer — when it registers a high rate, it’s an indication that the deficit is too small.
So in our current circumstance — a growing but fragile economy — policymakers are wrong to focus on the fact that there is a deficit. It’s just a symptom. Instituting tax increases and spending cuts will pull the rug out from under consumers, thereby disrupting the income-sales-jobs relationship. Slashing trillions from the deficit will only depress spending for years to come, worsening unemployment and setting back economic growth.
The effort to balance the books that’s at the heart of the fiscal cliff is simply misguided. Instead of butting heads over whose taxes to raise and which programs to cut, lawmakers should be haggling over how to use the tool of a federal deficit to boost incomes, employment and growth. That’s the balancing act we need.
Stephanie Kelton is an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the founder and editor of New Economic Perspectives. She wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.
In addition, to my usual 50-60 hr/week running my company I have started a new effort
I’ve worked with enough local groups in the last few years, I found that we are each working in our local areas for much the same goals, and it’s past time (long past) for each local area to reinvent themselves by themselves, and not rely on major companies or big government to do all heavy lifting — neither has ever been good at innovating.
SO I found that the groups I worked with needed my technical skills, to carry their message, and as I work more on those projects, it became clear this is not a local issue for us, other areas
have the same needs. What Thrives Publishing is an effort to balance local and global, local events, efforts and groups, global resources, reference information and connections to larger efforts.