Sanders Keeps Pressure on Clinton With Oregon Win

The tight race in Kentucky, although not a win for Sanders, shows he is still gaining momentum.

.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic primary in Oregon and with 99 percent of the vote counted in Kentucky, Clinton is the projected winner, with 46.7 percent to 46.3 percent for Sanders, according to CNN. The tight race, although not a win for Sanders, shows he is still gaining momentum.

Sanders has already been declared the victor in Oregon, winning 53.0 percent of the vote to 47.0 percent for Clinton, with 60 percent of the ballots counted. A total of 111 delegates were at stake in both statesTuesday night.

At a rally for Sanders on Tuesday night in California, which holds a primary on June 7—with 546 delegates up for grabs—actor Danny Glover told cheering supporters that the Vermont Senator has the “audacity” to challenge the status quo, “and that audacity didn’t begin today.” Glove added that Sanders supporters are “on the compass for justice” and that campaigners work for him with “love, compassion and commitment.”

Sanders said at the rally that he expects to win half of the delegates in Kentucky, despite a likely narrow loss, but criticized the primary process, noting that independents cannot vote and that the winner of the popular vote may not win the Democratic nomination. He also restated that he will continue his campaign so that Californians will have the right to vote for the presidential nominee of their choice.

Both Oregon and Kentucky are closed primaries in which only registered Democrats can vote. In California, people must register to vote by May 23, and must register as either a Democrat or independent.

As of Monday, Clinton was leading Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination, with 1,741 pledged delegates to his 1,458. Clinton also has the support of 524 superdelegates, party elites who are not bound by the popular vote, to 40 for Sanders.


I is for Ira #AtoZchallenge

Gulara Vincent, PhD

IDear Ira,

I was seven when we met for the first time. My grandpa found you and brought you to live with our family. It was a miracle. After all, the only information we had about your existence was the name of the nearest village where my dead uncle served his conscription.

You were 14 and beautiful. You looked like your dad. Charcoal black hair and dark eyelashes were the proof that you came from our family. Against your dark complexion, your ocean blue eyes captured my heart and imagination.

I remember how my family flocked around you when you just arrived. After all, they had finally reclaimed a living part of my dead uncle. 

With time, you became a ‘normal’ family member. My grandma started taking you to weddings so that people could see your beauty and the right suitor came along to marry you.

Then something changed.


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MassDOT continues meetings on MBTA’s Green Line Extension

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) this week is continuing to hold public meetings on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority‘s Green Line Extension project.

Due to significant cost overruns, MassDOT in February began a re-evaluation process, which is expected to be completed and submitted to the MBTA’s fiscal and management control board next month.

MassDOT plans to revise the now $3 billion project with reduced capital and overall costs, as well as a new procurement method, department officials said in a blog post. Project elements under reconsideration include reduced station designs, redesign of a vehicle maintenance facility, reconsidering community path options, construction work hour limitation, power signals, and retaining and sound walls.

The original project consisted of two distinct branches: a mainline that would operate within existing right-of-way of the MBTA Lowell Line beginning at a relocated Lechmere Station in Cambridge and traveling north to Medford; and another branch operating within existing right-of-way of the MBTA Fitchburg Line to Union Station in Somerville.

Plans called for seven new stations and a vehicle storage and maintenance facility. Trains would operate every five to six minutes in peak periods once the extension is completed.

Canceling the entire project still remains on the table “until an affordable, feasible alternative has been identified,” MassDOT officials said. However, any decision to cancel must take into account potential legal ramifications and money already spent on the project.

Logan Richardson – Shift: live @Bimhuis

Jazz You Too

I wouldn’t believe it if somebody told some months ago that I would have the possibility to listen to such great live shows. In fact that is happenning now and more I can listen to them as much as I want for the period of one year. Considering the names involved I think I’m in heaven!

preconcert | concert st 1 @ 1:06:00 &  concert set 2 @ 2:07:50

Logan Richardson alto saxophone, Nir Felder guitar, John Escreet piano, Max Mucha doublebass, Tommy Crane drums

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An ‘A’ for Effort: Congresswoman Gives High Marks to Long-Delayed Second Avenue Subway Project

New Yorkers who’ve waited decades for a subway line on Second Avenue may not agree, but the long-running and nearly completed project is getting high marks from a Congresswoman who was vital in securing federal funds to build the line.

But Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on Monday gave the MTA an A- grade for effort on a job the agency says is 94% completed.

“If they don’t meet the deadline, I’m going to give them an F,” Maloney said. “But I’m giving them an A-minus thinking they’re going to live up to their deadline!”

The MTA is racing to meet the end-of-year-goal, recently pouring another $66 million into the more than $4 billion project so contractors pick up the pace.

“This is too long, we’ve waited so long,” Maloney said.

However, residents and shopkeepers who long ago grew weary of having Second Avenue double as a construction zone may have to wait a little longer.

The MTA’s Independent Engineering Consultant last month said the project is at risk of not opening on time if contractors do not accelerate work on elevators and escalators at the 72nd Street station.

All the systems at the three new stations – as well at the existing Lexington Avenue-63rd Street stop – need to be in working order before Q trains can begin running to and from the Upper East Side.

And, in testing and making a “seamless transition” to the next phase to extend the line north to 125th Street, Maloney handed out C’s.

“They had planned that they would have 10 months of testing,” Maloney said. “They’re going to have roughly four to three months testing.”

That is making many along the route antsy, after they’ve already endured years of work.

“I get people at least a couple of times a week who say, ‘I’ve been here for 10-plus years and I didn’t even know you guys were still here,'” said Maurice Newkirk, a manager at Klausner Supply.

“People don’t really want to associate themselves with Second Avenue that much,” said Sammy Musovic, owner at Vero. “They know there’s too much going on, too much debris, construction.”

“They’re ambitious, in a word, at this point,” said one neighbor.

Now there are a little more than seven months to find out if the high marks stand.

Maloney says she’s optimistic that she won’t have to go back and change the final grade on a report that, for now, is written in pencil.

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Is Your Supply Chain OS Ready?

We’ve talked about supply chain control towers over the years but it’s time to migrate from something that’s simply observing and controlling to the notion of a full environment that provides a set of underlying facilities. In other words, an operating system.

We are accustomed to operating systems that run our computers, servers, and mobile devices. These have a set of features that by themselves deliver a number of functions necessary to run the devices. These typically include storage, communication, presentation, and other important features. But very few computers are useful without the applications we install on them to perform specialized tasks. The same is true for the SCOS (Supply Chain Operating System).

Most companies involved in the supply chain have multiple systems installed at the enterprise or in use via SaaS. When the right combination of systems is in use, each connects to the other and passes informtation. The field of software integration has been an active one as companies install systems that need to connect with each other. Automated connections are critical to timely updates of transactions particularly as the pace of business quickens.

The Worst Thing That Could Happen to Facebook Is Already Happening

Users are sharing less–way less. Maybe they’ve figured out Facebook doesn’t care what they have to say.

Have you by any chance noticed yourself feeling less friendly toward Facebook lately? Perhaps you still open the app a few times a day to check your notifications and scroll through a few posts, comment on a viral video, “like” a story from The New York Times. But when it comes to the personal stuff–your vacation photos, your job announcements, your gripes about the wait at the DMV–you’re just not sharing it like you used to.

If so, you’re not alone. Far from it. In the past few months, Facebook has quietly shifted into crisis mode. According to The Information, “original broadcast sharing”–i.e., posts consisting of users’ own words and images–fell 21 percent from 2014 to 2015, contributing to a 5.5 percent decrease in total sharing. In response, the company created a task force in London whose mission is to devise a strategy to stem the ebb and get people sharing again. Among the measures taken so far: a change in the News Feed algorithm that privileges original status updates over professional content like news links and viral videos, and Wednesday’s mishap-marred rollout of a new live-video-streaming feature.

It’s a stunning reversal of fortune for Facebook, whose strategic emphasis for the past few years has been on getting media companies and celebrities to put more of their premium content on Facebook. The better (read: more professional) the quality of what’s in your News Feed, the more advertisers would pay to be next to it, went the thinking.

That strategy now looks like a backfire. The more Facebook feels like a big stage, the less inviting it becomes to the sorts of people who aren’t comfortable performing in public–which is to say, most of us. You’ve probably noticed how the “friends” who show up in your News Feed most often aren’t the ones whose lives you’re most interested in but simply the ones who have a lot to say. According to confidential data obtained by The Information, more than 60 percent of users share no personal content in a given week, while the remaining 39 percent share an average of five posts.

I used to be one of these annoying Facebook exhibitionists. Then, six months ago, my account got hacked and I spent several painful days recovering it. Since then, my relationship with Facebook has changed in a way that I think may shed some light on the troubling trend facing the company.

At first, my pullback from posting was reactive. I was angry that it had been so easy for my hacker to eradicate the hundreds’ of hours worth of supposedly valuable content I had entrusted to Facebook. I was reluctant to get burned again.

But there was something else, too. In the first hours after the hack, when it seemed possible my account was gone for good, I was flooded with an unexpected sense of relief and lightness. “Oh well,” I thought, “maybe I just won’t use Facebook anymore.” The thought felt good, and the feeling stayed with me even as I got my account back and tentatively resumed posting.

Changing my password had logged me out on all my devices. As an experiment, I logged back in on my phone but left my laptops logged out. Over the next couple weeks, I was shocked by the number of times my fingers, with no conscious input from my brain, attempted to navigate me to during some lull in my attention span. It was a stark demonstration of how scrolling through my News Feed had ceased to be an activity and become a reflex, a default, a background state. It was something I did not because it provided pleasure or information but simply because the behavior had been so reinforced that it was permanently grooved into my neural architecture. After enough times finding myself staring at the log-in screen and asking, “What am I doing here?” the impulse began, blessedly, to fade.

It helped immensely that, while my posts and photos got restored after the hack, the underlying data governing my News Feed preferences apparently did not. All the thousands or millions of clicks I had made that Facebook used as inputs to figure out which posts to show me–it was as if they had never happened. When I opened my News Feed, all I saw was posts from a handful of Pages I had liked at some point and updates from friends I’d added since the hack. In other words, my News Feed is noisy, irrelevant garbage–the same thing it always was, but much more noticeably now. I could spend a few hours re-optimizing it for my interests, or I could take those hours plus the 40 or so minutes per day I had been frittering away scrolling my feed and thinking of clever things to say and do something more productive.

Easy call.

Time. That’s what all this boils down to. Ultimately, Facebook doesn’t care what kind of content gets shared or who’s sharing it, as long as it’s able to capture an ever-larger share of its users’ attention minutes. The problem is, with each experiment aimed at promoting different types of content–New York Times articles one month, Ice Bucket Challenge videos the month after that, livestreamed videos now–it becomes ever clearer to the content makers how little Facebook cares about what any of them do. Just as ordinary users once got the unpleasant sense that Facebook was becoming a venue for professionally produced corporate content, and businesses felt their hard-won Page followings had been stolen from them, now journalists and news organizations are finding their reach curbed as Facebook tries to restore a sense of intimacy and personalization. If filling your feed up with the Hypnotoad from Futurama turned out to be the best way to monopolize your eyeballs and associated personal data, that’s what Facebook would become tomorrow.

Fortunately for Facebook, it’s so ubiquitous and so addictive, none of this has really put a dent in the business yet. Facebook’s user base continues to grow, including among Millennials, who spend nearly an hour a day Facebooking, according to ComScore.

An hour doing what, exactly, though? Sooner or later, each Facebook user has occasion to ask this question, as I did. The massive decline in personal sharing is a sign that large numbers of people have started to figure out that the value they get out of Facebook is a lot less than the value they put in. For a service that’s increasingly just an arbitrage on the human attention span, that’s a dangerous epiphany. Ask yourself: If your time is so valuable to Facebook, shouldn’t it be at least as valuable to you?

By Jeff Bercovici

San Francisco bureau chief, Inc.

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