Indivisible Evansville Is Hosting A Healthcare Town Hall On September 21

first_imgDear supporters of Dr. Richard Moss,A progressive organization known as Indivisible Evansville is hosting a Healthcare Town hall. A proponent to the agenda of a single payer system Dr. Rob Stone will be on hand to  push that healthcare option to voters and legislators in the 8th district. Legislators and candidates  have been invited to provide opposing viewpoints. Dr. Richard Moss is more than willing to take up the mantle and promote repeal and replace as promised by the Republican party in the last election.While Congressman Larry Bucshon hides out from the media and the left in his new home in Washington D.C., Dr. Richard Moss will stand up and speak out for the voters of the 8th district. It is more important than ever that you SHOW UP ! and support the legislation you voted for by attending this Town hall, Thursday, September 21, 20176 pm to 7:30 pm at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, McCullough Branch on 5115 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IndianaIf you have any questions regarding the event you may contact D.K. Smith at 812-661-2298 or [email protected]  or Healthcare TownhallSEPTEMBER UPDATE FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Delivered A Show Filled With Classic Tunes At Penn’s Peak

first_imgProgressive jam experts Umphrey’s McGee continued their winter tour last night, delivering another classic performance at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA. The show featured Umphrey’s at the top of their game, with a number of interesting transitions, big moments of improvisation, epic covers, and two sets filled with some of the best songs from their extended catalog.To start set one, Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss emerged with acoustic guitars strapped on, to the delight of the entire audience. They kicked the show off with a quick take on the Reel To Real soundtrack’s lead single, “Gone For Good”, before they started up “Where Is My Mind” by the Pixies. “Great American” came next, with its beautiful jazz fusion vibes acting as the perfect launchpad for improvisation. The band took their chance, stretching the song out before landing on “The Pequod”, a rarity that only gets busted out a few times each year. The band eventually transitioned back into the end of “Great American”, bringing the surprise acoustic segment to a close.Umphrey’s then turned the energy up with perfection as they launched into the progressive rocker “Wappy Sprayberry”. “Wappy” is one of Umphrey’s biggest songs, as they constantly deliver impressive versions of the multi-sectional jam vehicle. This version was no different, moving in a few different directions before the band kicked into another progressive favorite, “Believe The Lie”. The set then ended with an impressive run from the dance-happy “Nothing Too Fancy” into the fan-favorite “Syncopated Strangers”, which eventually transformed into into the instrumental throwdown of “Dump City”.Set two started with another huge favorite in “2×2”. One of the band’s best and most complex songs, Umphrey’s split the song into two parts, with the final portion of “Syncopated Strangers” showing up in the middle of the song. After the impressive set two opening segment, Umphrey’s started up another old favorite in the anthemic “August”. “Robot World” followed, eventually moving into “Resolution” and then finally “Bad Poker”. To close out the set, the band started up the intro to their beloved “Divisions”, but that turned out to be a fake-out, as Umphrey’s ended up performing a huge version of “All In Time”.For the encore, the band dug deep into their catalog of covers, busting out “Miss Gradenko” by The Police for the first time since 2013, a gap of 341 shows. After running through the cover, the band leaped at the chance for some more improv, building towards an impressive peak that eventually turned into the final segment of “Nothing Too Fancy”, certainly a high energy way to end this fantastic night of music.See below for a full setlist from the evening. Also, you’ll find a clip of “Robot World”, courtesy of 215Music‘s YouTube channel. Umphrey’s McGee continues their tour this Thursday with a show at the College Street Music Hall, where they’ll be joined by Joshua Redman and opening act Spafford. Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Penn’s Peak | Jim Thorpe, PA | 1/22/2017Set One: Gone For Good^, Where Is My Mind^@, Great American^ -> The Pequod^ -> Great American^, Wappy Sprayberry -> Believe The Lie, Nothing Too Fancy -> Syncopated Strangers -> Dump CitySet Two: 2×2 -> Syncopated Strangers -> 2×2, August, Robot World -> Resolution -> Bad Poker, All In Time*Encore: Miss Gradenko# -> Nothing Too Fancy^ with Brendan and Jake on acoustic [email protected] by the Pixies# by The Police*With “Divisions” fake-out introlast_img read more

Cruft Laboratory goes to war

first_imgIn June 1917, barely two months after the United States entered World War I, officers at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard realized they had an urgent problem. With its fleet of battleships bound for war-torn Western Europe, the U.S. Navy needed to recruit more than 2,000 radio and telegraph operators to help ships communicate across enemy lines.Harvard’s Cruft High Tension Laboratory, which had been constructed two years earlier with a $50,000 gift from Harriet Cruft, was called into service. Harriet Cruft, who had inherited more than $1 million from her father, a prominent Boston merchant, donated the funds in honor of her four brothers, all Harvard graduates. To help the Navy meet the wartime demand for communications officers, Harvard President Abbott Lawrence Lowell offered free use of the new laboratory.In collaboration with Navy brass, Cruft Laboratory Director George Washington Pierce, Ph.D. 1900, quickly launched the Navy School for Radio Electricians. Thirty-two recruits enrolled in the intensive, four-month program, which included lectures and practical training using the Cruft Laboratory’s state-of-the-art radio equipment. By early 1918, more than 5,000 naval recruits had enrolled in the program, and 400 new radio operators were graduating and entering military service each week.Officers in the Navy School for Radio Electricians assemble on the Harvard grounds, circa 1917–1918. Photo courtesy of the Harvard University ArchivesThe massive number of Navy recruits quickly overran the laboratory, and they spread into residence halls, academic buildings, and temporary trailers around the present-day John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences campus on Oxford Street, Cambridge.In addition to its service as training ground for naval radio operators, the Cruft Laboratory was also the site of radiotelegraphy research. Pierce and other faculty and staff worked alongside Navy researchers to develop wireless controls for torpedoes and a submarine sound detection system to aid coastal defense.When the war ended, in November 1918, the Navy School for Radio Electricians was dissolved, but Pierce drew on the school’s success to launch a new, leading-edge program in electrical communication engineering.Cruft Lab gets re-enlistedLess than a quarter-century later, the United States was back at war and the Cruft Laboratory was again serving the military.By the early 1940s, the Cruft Laboratory had become a major acoustics research center, due to the pioneering work of faculty member Frederick Hunt, M.S. ’28, Ph.D. ’33. Hunt and Phillip Morse, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), launched an underwater sound laboratory at the Cruft building in the summer of 1941. After the U.S. entered the World War II, Navy officials partnered with Hunt and his team to develop a torpedo that used acoustic technology to navigate toward an underwater submarine. During the war, their research led to a number of advances in underwater acoustics and contributed to the development of sonar.Soldiers involved in a hands-on training course at Harvard’s Cruft High Tension Laboratory in the summer of 1943. Photo courtesy of the Harvard University ArchivesIn addition to offering research facilities, the Cruft Laboratory helped fulfill an urgent call to train soldiers. Shortly after World War II began, the U.S. Army contacted Harvard administrators for help training 100 officers in the use of electronic communications systems. That initial course quickly expanded, and the laboratory building was soon a training ground for officers from all branches of the military.With such high demand, the teaching staff was bolstered with engineering instructors from many other institutions. There was such an urgent need for military electronics training that courses were offered all day and night — the classrooms and lab space in the Cruft Laboratory were never empty. Over the course of the World War II, Harvard provided training for 6,254 military officers who served in Europe and the Pacific. While the military training academy was churning out new recruits, the laboratory became host to another famous wartime tenant — the Mark I computer. Howard Aiken, Ph.D. ’37, and Grace Hopper assembled the first electromechanical computer (formally called the “automatic sequence controlled calculator”) in the basement of the Cruft Laboratory in 1944. During World War II, the Mark I computer was used by the Navy to solve complex mathematical problems. The computer was also utilized by physicist John von Neumann during the Manhattan Project to calculate the potential effects of imploding the first atomic bomb. Grace Hopper, computing pioneer While at Harvard, she deftly programmed Mark I, proving its versatility, author Walter Isaacson recounts Relatedlast_img read more

The New Normal: Perspectives on What’s to Come and How We’ll Adapt

first_imgThe days and weeks navigating our “new normal” during the global pandemic have been a whirlwind. I am personally hitting my stride with new routines. I’m eating lunch and dinner with my family every day – I can’t remember the last time we did that. I get to have my dogs around 24×7.We face “life-work” balance where the two are now more intertwined than ever…and I know for some, the realities of the virus are hitting too close to home. This has been an exercise in balancing priorities, being flexible and creating boundaries – and the resilience and commitment I’ve seen across our teams to support our customers and each other makes me proud to work for Dell Technologies.But I’ve been thinking about what comes on the other side of this experience. How will we evolve? How will this experience influence business relationships and our personal lives? The optimist in me believes we will come out of this pandemic even stronger and more connected.I see four major acceleration points.We’ll have a larger remote workforce, expanding talent pools and reducing environmental impact.The debate on whether a large remote workforce can be productive is over – we’re learning that it’s not only possible, it’s successful. Until a couple months ago, many organizations had run the traps on a fully remote workforce as a tabletop exercise – now it’s been turned on like a light switch in a matter of days. For most companies, approximately 20% of their workforce was remote before COVID-19. [1]At Dell Technologies, we had already been leaning into flexible work. Before March 15, when we announced a global work-from-home policy, 65% of team members were leveraging our flexible work policies, and we had approximately 30% of team members working remotely on any given day. Our connected workplace infrastructure set us up well for the unexpected – over a weekend, our IT team had 120,000 people up and running to work remotely. Today more than 90% of our workforce is remote.The remote workforce is here to stay. 451 Research finds approximately 40% of organizations expect expanded work from home policies to remain in place long-term or permanently.[2]  Our own pulse survey among customers validates this view, with up to 40% stating they’ll shift to a more robust work-from-home environment. I’d go a step further and predict upwards of 50% of the professional workforce will work remotely post pandemic – those who predominantly work on a PC for day to day work. Of course, this will vary across organizations and industries, notably in jobs where being on-site and on the front lines is a requirement.We see this in three phases. First, do it “light” – quickly expand the work from home strategy – giving teams that can do so the ability to be productive and connected with secure, stable systems.  For many – we’re already through phase one.Next, make sure to do it right – team members having the right mix of technology and balance to have the best remote work experience for the long-term. This requires organizations to evolve their lifecycle management strategy and virtual desktop infrastructure capabilities.Third – drive further innovation to create the best work from home experience. Making sure team members have the apps and services they need for a contactless IT experience – just as powerful if not better than what they would have experienced on-site. Give people the ability to do their best work from anywhere in the world.And there are added benefits. the span of talent pools around the world just got a lot bigger – proximity to a specific location won’t be a priority. For example, we’ve had our engineering teams innovating from home – iterating with agile methodology, writing code, and quality testing capabilities in virtual environments – all ahead of important product and services releases this year.  We’re still running on schedule. That’s powerful. And, less people traveling in planes and cars could have a compelling impact on reducing the carbon footprint. Passenger vehicles account for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce the amount of traffic and transportation – make a significant change on the environmentGlobal supply chains will undergo rapid transformation – diverse, resilient and digitalSupply chains quickly learned the importance of diversity and flexibility over the last couple of months. Companies found their supply chains weren’t as global and local as they needed to be – lacking the ability to source materials from different localities or suppliers and quickly navigate local workforce health and safety protocols. As importantly, there was a wakeup call on how transparent and secure the end-to-end supply chain truly is.This is an exercise in supply chain resiliency – how quickly you are able to pivot defines how strong you’ll come out on the other side. That requires a data-driven digital supply chain and quite simply – relationships.For Dell, we’ve built incredibly strong global relationships throughout our supply chain over decades. And we’ve been undergoing our own digital makeover that put us in the position to be more agile during one of the greatest moments of uncertainty we’ve ever faced.We’ve got powerful data sets that give us real-time visibility, intelligence and automation across planning and delivery, procurement, manufacturing and warehousing. We can apply predictive analytics to model a variety of outcomes to make smart decisions with speed. And with the world shifting to an accelerated digital existence – an automated, intelligent, visible and secure supply chain will be paramount to business continuity.This resiliency is core to being able to meet customer needs now and in a post-COVID world.The 4th industrial revolution will arrive faster and gives us a path to economic recovery The shift to a remote workforce and the “just stay home” movement have underscored the importance of digital transformation for organizations – to innovate and rapidly put technology to work to create new ways of doing business.Companies and governments are investing in even more secure, scalable IT resources to support high-volumes of virtual, online business. This touches almost every industry – groceries, fitness classes, banking, shopping for both essentials and non-essentials, entertainment. It’s all moving online. That’s a lot of data to manage, analyze, store and protect – and secure.We’ve been talking about the fourth industrial revolution for a while – where data enables breakthroughs in AI and automation to deliver autonomous machines, connected cities – a digital world.  Now, we’re on an accelerated timeline. Organizations have had to pivot quickly – those able to adapt and evolve will survive and come out stronger. I see technology as a key path to economic recoveryMy conversations with customers have moved from “what do we do right now” to “how do we plan for the future” with investments in technology and innovation that ensure business continuity for the long-run. It’s unclear how long the recovery will take – there are a number of models and predictions. But as an optimist grounded in the realities of how our customers are thinking about what’s next – we can’t miss the opportunity to drive greater connectivity, automation and outcomes through data. This applies to small, medium and big enterprise business. Digital transformation creates a new path forward.Companies that have started optimizing for digital experiences are a step ahead as others grapple with creating the same – or even better, a seamless experience online as they offer in-person. AI and Machine Learning play a big role to glean meaningful business insights from vast amounts of data – customize experiences that make it easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to receive goods. AI bots and virtual chat will evolve further to partner with humans to deliver outstanding customer care, with more predictive analytics that can spot potential issues before they arise. Sure beats standing in a customer service line.Healthcare and education will transform to have the greatest impact on society if we get it rightEmbracing digital transformation means positive changes for healthcare and education, creating the ability to reach everyone to close skills gaps and prepare the workforce of the future. The challenge? There are still parts of our country and the world that are in need of network bandwidth and support at scale.First – healthcare. Right now, many physicians are offering well-checks virtually. At Dell, we’ve been using TeleDoc for some time, and recent stats for the month of April in the U.S. show a nearly 50% increase in usage year over year. Imagine what’s possible for preventative care when you can extend the reach of healthcare through technology. For instance, in India we worked with the government and non-profit organizations to launch the Digital LifeCare Solution. Designed to support health workers, doctors and health officials with mobile apps and services, this solution has the potential to reach more than 500 million people in rural India as part of a plan to reduce the number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases.Let’s look at education. Schools have had to shift to virtual online learning platforms in a matter of weeks at every level – elementary through higher-education. Educators are hosting virtual classrooms with upwards of 20 students at a time, facilitating homework and lessons in a variety of education applications. That’s a heck of a learning curve (pun intended). Just like moving to a remote workforce – there’s a triage period where we need to get it working well and then innovate to make it an incredible experience. Think about the reach we could have with greater accessibility for children in rural or underserved areas to close the homework gap with access to online classes and enrichment.And in higher-education – we can work to get distance learning right and give equal access to all. The number of students taking at least one online course grew from just over 30 percent in 2016 to almost 35 percent in 2018.[3]  We need to move faster to create hometown jobs and ultimately close the skills gap to ensure the workforce of the future is ready for the digital future – no matter where that workforce resides.The gaps in the digital divide need to close. Government stimulus can further accelerate the speed at which education and healthcare organizations can digitally transform to serve their communities in new ways. 5G and scalable technology infrastructure can drive these necessary changes, like what the City of San Jose is building to ensure 5G touches every community with a specific focus on digital inclusion. Dell Technologies is part of a telco-technology cross industry effort to support a national strategy for 5G, invest in rural connectivity and modernize telecommunications through open, interoperable network innovation. Our communities can’t afford for us to miss this opportunity.While some aspects of our lives have slowed down – less rushing from here to there – the speed of digital transformation is moving quickly. While I’m certain some elements of life will return to the way they were, somethings will never be the same. And that’s OK – perhaps necessary. Now is our opportunity to rethink and redefine the future of work, business, healthcare and education – and how we balance all those things to create a stronger, more resilient future. As the phrase implies, “the new normal” will eventually evolve into what’s expected.[1] Dell WW Worker Study, IDC FoW[2] 451 Research, Mar 2020[3] read more

Mike Hosking on the furore re cannabis referendum funding – ouch! :-)

first_imgMike Hosking deals with the claims by Justice Minister Andrew Little that the SayNopeToDope campaign is being funded by US groups.Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img