With hopes and fears, a divided America watches inauguration

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With hopes and fears, a divided America watches inauguration
MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

 

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — In living rooms, cafes and offices, people across America watched Donald Trump become the nation’s 45th president on Friday, with many eagerly anticipating the historic transition and others deeply fearing it.

Among them was a retired autoworker in Michigan who was awe-struck by the inauguration, another retiree from Kentucky who planned to counter protest in support of Trump and a Mexican immigrant in Phoenix worried about the future. Others avoided watching the ceremony altogether, underscoring America’s deep political divide.

Here’s what they had to say:

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‘WHAT A MOMENT’

Gary Krohn watched the proceedings at a Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter in Adrian, Michigan, an iced tea in front of him.

“This is history in the making right here,” the 69-year-old General Motors retiree said as he watched dignitaries walking through the Capitol building with President Barack Obama on a TV affixed to a wall.

“These pictures are priceless,” Krohn said.

Krohn said Trump wants to make “this country great again, not for himself, but for all Americans.”

When Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts shook Trump’s hand following the oath, Krohn slowly shook his head and said: “What a moment.”

About a dozen people joined Krohn at the Eagles hall to watch, most of them sitting at the bar. Krohn and a fellow Trump supporter clapped enthusiastically during the ceremony.

Krohn, who was named for film star Gary Cooper and worked for GM for 30 years, said he is counting on Trump to fulfill his pledge to bring more jobs to America.

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‘REFORM, YES, LET’S DO IT’

Luis Padilla immigrated to the United States from Honduras 20 years ago. But the economy, not immigration, was his main reason for supporting Trump. Padilla, who is 50, said he respects Trump’s business background.

“When he talks about (how) he’s going to bring jobs, as a worker I like that because people need jobs,” said Padilla, who graduated from college and lives and works as a school counselor in Broadway, Virginia.

On Friday, he roamed the National Mall with a broad smile on his face, wearing a red “Trump 2016” hat and a leather jacket with American-flag sleeves. He politely chatted with anti-Trump protesters and praised them for exercising their right to free speech.

Padilla said he also expects Trump to push for comprehensive immigration reform that benefits hard-working, law-abiding people.

“Reform, yes, let’s do it,” he said. “People who’ve been here for years, with no criminal background, they should be able to have something.”

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‘MY COMMUNITY IS SCARED’

Claudia Faudoa watched nervously as Trump was sworn in, fidgeting and occasionally commenting on her worries.

Faudoa, a 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico who has been living in the United States without legal status for 23 years, is an organizer with the immigration advocacy group Promise Arizona. She watched the inauguration at the group’s office in a Phoenix church.

She teared up as she spoke about her concerns over Trump’s immigration positions, including a promise to dismantle the Obama administration program that provides protection to young people who lack legal status. As the mother of three U.S.-born children, Faudoa said she also worries about a similar program that would have benefited parents like her who lack legal status but have citizen children. That program has been on hold while it is challenged in court.

“My community is scared. We don’t know what’s going to happen. So we’re going to defend and resist here,” she said.

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‘A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE IGNORED AND HURT’

In an Oakland, California, living room, 42-year-old Melissa Crisp-Cooper watched Trump speak about bringing power back to the people and assuring them they will never be ignored again.

“I think a lot of people will be ignored and hurt,” said Crisp-Cooper, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She describes herself as an idealistic Bernie Sanders fan and talked back at the television frequently during Trump’s 16-minute speech.

Crisp-Cooper does not feel like she’s a part of Trump’s America. She said she is “terrified” the country will slide back on progress it has made in rights for women, immigrants, gays and the disabled.

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‘I FEEL GOOD ABOUT AMERICA AGAIN’

Roy Nichols said Trump’s victory has given him a new optimism about the country’s future.

“I feel good about America again,” Nichols said outside Union Station in Washington, D.C. The 64-year-old retiree from Paducah, Kentucky, traveled to Washington to be a counter protester supporting Trump and planned to be at Saturday’s women’s march as well.

He said his son had completed multiple military deployments to the Middle East, and he particularly admired Trump’s hard-line stance against the Islamic State group.

“At least give him a chance,” Nichols said.

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‘LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING PROUD TO BE AMERICAN AGAIN’

Trump wasn’t Sue Moore’s first or even second choice as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

But during Trump’s inauguration, the 57-year-old GOP activist chanted “We will make America great again!” She was surrounded by about 100 other people inside Pete’s Greek Town Cafe in Denver who also enthusiastically chanted during Trump’s inaugural address.

“He killed it. He knocked it out of the park,” Moore said as others shouted and exchanged high-fives.

For Moore, a residential landlord, Trump’s presidency marks a collective coming-out party of sorts: “We are not ashamed for being exceptional anymore,” Moore said. “I’m looking forward to being proud to be American again. It’s OK to be successful and to be proud of it. I’m tired of America having to apologize around the world.”

Moore is a self-described “Ron Paul acolyte” who’s socially liberal but fiscally conservative. She hopes that Trump can ease the nation’s divisions by generating jobs and a stronger economy.

“Hopefully he’ll create jobs, and everyone will jump on board,” she said.

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‘IT’S REALLY HAPPENING’

Elisa Catrina Chavez skipped watching the inauguration and instead attended a concert and sing-along in Seattle. The concert was dubbed a “bed-in” after John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s protest of the Vietnam War.

The 28-year-old artist who was born and raised in Texas described feeling ill on election night. While attending the concert, Trump’s swearing-in lingered in her mind.

“I felt a little ill again thinking, it’s really happening,” she said.

Chavez is chiefly worried about the Affordable Care Act being repealed. For now, she’s pinning her hopes on state politics, where she wants Democrats to retake the state Senate.

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Associated Press journalists Jim Anderson in Denver; Janie Har in Oakland, California; Manuel Valdes in Seattle; Astrid Galvan in Phoenix; Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami; Barbara Rodriguez in Des Moines, Iowa; Mike Householder in Adrian, Michigan; Holly Ramer in Hooksett, New Hampshire; Alex Sanz in Johns Creek, Georgia; Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City; Jonthan Drew in Garner, North Carolina; Ivan Moreno in Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Alanna Durkin Richer, Ben Nuckols, Brian Witte and Alan Suderman in Washington, D.C.; contributed to this report.

 

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Trump Inauguration Northwest Protests

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Inauguration protests, rallies set for Seattle and Portland
GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland and Seattle prepared Friday for rallies and marches expected to draw thousands of people throughout the weekend to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

In Seattle, a student walkout at Seattle Central was planned for noon Friday, along with a rally through the city for immigrant and refugee rights later in the afternoon. And an evening rally is planned at Westlake Park downtown.

In Portland, there’s a noon student walkout at Portland State University, as well as a flag-burning event to be staged at Pioneer Courthouse Square in the afternoon.

Friday afternoon and evening a large protest was scheduled in downtown Portland that is expected to draw up to 10,000 people.

Some businesses in Portland’s downtown announced they would close early because of the anticipated crowds. Owners of some establishments boarded up windows to prevent damage.

Portland protests after Trump’s election last November turned violent when a small group of demonstrators smashed windows, spray-painted buildings and started small fires. The demonstration caused about $1 million in damages, police have said.

The organizer of what is expected to be the largest protest on Friday said he met with newly elected Mayor Ted Wheeler to discuss how to keep the rally peaceful.

The event’s goal is aimed at Trump and at putting pressure on local elected officials to make Portland “a sanctuary city, not just in the immigration sense of the word, but in every sense of the word,” said Gregory McKelvey, the leader of Portland’s Resistance.

“I probably wouldn’t have had a meeting with the mayor if I couldn’t put 10,000 people in the streets,” he said.

Portland police have said they will not allow demonstrators to go on highways or block public transportation.

 

 

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Transcript of Donald Trump’s Stupid Inauguration Speech

Full text of the inauguration speech as delivered by Donald J. Trump:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

 
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

 

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

 

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;

We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.

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[Washington Legislature] (URGENT ATTENTION) SB 5142 – educational interpreter standard amendment

There is a new bill in the House and Senate that could potentially impact our current educational interpreter standard.

 

Background:

 

The Washington legislature passed HB 1144 back in 2012, which mandates all interpreters working in the K-12 setting meet a minimum qualification. HB 1144 granted authority to the professional educational standards board to determine which test Washington would use to assess interpreters. After a lot of research and debate, the board narrowly voted to adopt the EIPA test (recognized by RID and used in most states) instead of the ESSE (a test administered by the SEE Center). SEE advocates have been really, really upset about that decision ever since, and they have tried numerous times to introduce legislation that changes the standard to include the ESSE. DPAC, WSAD, and WSRID have collaborated to block this legislation from moving forward in the past. The legislature has only been hesitant to adopt this ESSE loophole legislation because there is no validity or reliability data to support the ESSE.

 

 

SB 5142

 

On January 13, 2017, the Senate introduced 5142 (and companion HB 1303. See here http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5142&Year=2017

 

This bill would do 2 things

 

1) This bill gives interpreters who have not received a passing score on the EIPA one more year to be able to take the test again, and

 

2) This bill asks the office of the superintendent to provide a report about how much it would cost for the legislature to actually pay for the ESSE validity and reliability data.

 

Potential Concerns

 

1) One Year Extension

  • This could be a good thing as long as 1) the extension is for one year and one year only; 2) the legislature properly funds mentorship and training opportunities for interpreters that need to retake the test, AND 3) the legislature properly funds school districts to be able to better recruit competent interpreters to replace interpreters that are not able to pass the EIPA.

 

2) Report About Funding ESSE Research

  • This part of the bill is a bigger concern to me because it is addressing a made-up, fantasy problem designed by SEE advocates to tug at the heart strings and the pocket books of the legislature. The SEE advocates have convinced representatives that there are all these deaf students in our school system that only understand SEE and are deprived of interpreters under the current standard.
  • First, we do not need a test that assesses SEE because the EIPA already adequately assesses the competency of SEE interpreters. We do not want to create an ESSE loophole for incompetent interpreters.
  • Second, the legislature seems to be considering paying for research for a private, for-profit school, which has a harmful educational philosophy.
  • Third, a competent ASL interpreter can learn SEE in a very short amount of time, but the opposite is not true. If there was truly a lack of SEE interpreters, competent ASL interpreters could be quickly trained and reassigned to those placements when needed.
  • Finally, we could be stuck with bad research. If this bill passes and the legislature decides to fund this research, the results of the research could inappropriately validate the ESSE, and then we lose our argument that this is a bad test. The legislature seems eager to move ahead with adoption of the ESSE, but all they need to do that is that validity and reliability data. If that data is obtained, it will be much harder to prevent ESSE legislation from moving forward in the future.

 

What should you do?

 

1) Contact your representatives and invite them to attend the legislative reception on Feb, 1st! We will be there even if you can’t make it, and we would love to talk to your representatives about this bill.

http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder

 

2) Let your representative know who you are and that you oppose this bill unless it is amended to strike Section 2.

 

3) Come to the committee hearing to testify or oppose this bill unless amended. No date is set, but please keep an eye out on the Washington Legislature website for notice of the next hearing.

 

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What you need to know: Anti-Trump protests planned in Seattle

Multiple anti-Trump protests and events are scheduled for Seattle around the inauguration. This comes after series of protests in the city, such as this one, immediately after the election. (KIRO 7)

 

This article has been updated with additional anti-Trump protests planned for the Seattle area.

Protests immediately erupted in the Seattle after Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the electoral college. Those protests may have just been a preview for Seattle.

Related: Kshama Sawant warns of more Trump protests in the future

People in the Seattle area plan to continue their opposition with a series of anti-Trump protests and events as Trump takes over the Oval Office. Nearly 2.9 million more people voted for Trump’s rival Clinton in the popular vote. The Seattle region was one of the areas that came out strong for Clinton. And more than 6 million people voted for third-party candidates.

Anti-Trump protests in Seattle

There are three major events planned and targeted at President-elect Trump.

Jan. 18: Poster-making party for upcoming anti-Trump protests.

Jan. 19: Guerrilla Art School’s Night of Resistance. Artful Trump protests.

Jan. 20: On Inauguration Day, a Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration – Seattle!” protest is planned for downtown Seattle at Westlake Park from 5-8 p.m. It is organized by Sawant’s political party, the Socialist Alternative, as well as Socialist Students of Seattle. The Facebook event indicates that more than 11,000 people are interested in participating in the demonstration, with 3,900 people confirmed as attending, and another 9,300 people invited to the protest.

The event specifically cites opposition to building a wall on the Mexican border, stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline, ending rape culture, and supporting Black Lives Matter. The Facebook event page reads:

The Democratic Party has proven they are incapable of stopping Trump. It is time to build a new party for the 99% based on the united power of all exploited and oppressed people, on movements for social and economic justice, on the belief that we CAN do better than this corrupt and rotten system!

#ResistTrump !! #OccupyInauguration !!

Jan. 20: Beer Trumps Hate. Protesting Trump while having a beer. A fundraiser for the ACLU in resistance to the new president. 11:30-11:55 am at The Red Door in Fremont.

Jan. 20: Seattle student walk out at. Centered on Seattle Central College, inviting students to walk out of class at 12-noon in protest. About 250 people are expected to participate.

Jan. 20: Race for our Rights 5K. A running event in Magnuson Park from 6-8 p.m., set up to raise funds for Planned Parenthood in light of Trump’s election.

Jan. 20: Protest Milo Yiannopoulos at University of Washington. People are planning to protest an appearance of this controversial conservative at UW. Doors at 7.

Jan. 20: Bed-In for Peace. Inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 bed-in protest from 8 a.m.-9:30am. Organized by KEXP.

Jan. 21: Another 5K fundraiser for Planned Parenthood in protest of Trump’s inauguration at 9:30 a.m. The run will start at the boathouse and go around Green Lake.

Jan. 21: The day after the inauguration, the “Women’s March on Seattle” is planned between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in downtown Seattle. A route for the march has yet to be released, but the Facebook event page states it starts at Judkins Park at 11 a.m. and ends at the Seattle Center. The women’s march is organized be four private citizens. As of Tuesday morning, the event has 30,000 people signed on for the Seattle march, with 41,000 more people interested in attending.

The event announcement reads:

In solidarity with the march taking place in Washington, DC, we will march in Seattle. ALL women, femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and feminist people (including men and boys) are invited to march. We are showing our support for the community members who have been marginalized by the recent election.

The Seattle women’s march is meant to coincide with the larger, national march on Washington D.C. that same day.

Jan. 22: Pantsuit 5K run/walk in protest of Trump’s inauguration from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Also benefiting Planned Parenthood, and also around Green Lake.

MyNorthwest included events in this post that will likely take over public or common space. There are additional events, some that require tickets that can be found here.

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“Resist Trump” Gathering at Westlake Center Plaza, Jan. 20 (Friday), 4-7PM

There will be a huge gathering for “resist Trump”  rally before his
inauguration.

Westlake Center Plaza.
Friday January 20th.
4pm to 7pm.

Interpreters: Jeff Wildenstein and Michelle Sumner.

The event is actually all day long.   But the main event is to begin at
4pm.

One of the speakers is Kshama Sawant.  She personally invited the Deaf
community to be present in recognition that even Deaf folks may be
impacted by the incoming Trump administration.

Please use public transportation (bus and light rail) as the easiest way
to get there.   Traffic may be at a standstill.

 

 

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Allena, Founder of CSPC was lay off from her job.

There was a bad news regarding CSPC Founder…. I am upset about it….

Quoted from an email regarding Allena:

Moving to a new building is an amazing opportunity, and a big challenge. This is going to be a better space for us in every way, but the buildout is proving to be even more expensive than we’d thought. The permitting process is also taking longer for reasons outside of our control. It’s not 1999; we can’t keep money coming in by throwing regular parties in a construction zone. In order to make it through this, we’re reducing staff, and that means laying off Allena Gabosch.

Allena has been involved with the Center for Sex Positive Culture from the beginning. She managed the club for fifteen years as the Executive Director, going above and beyond the call of duty too many times to count. For the last couple of years she’s continued to be involved part-time as the Development Director. She’s also been Mom to many of us.

This is a hard and unpleasant choice. We planned for an expensive buildout and a few months dark, but both are proving to be even more than expected. We’re going to call on everyone to please pitch in throughout this process. We have to both reduce our ongoing operating costs and raise money to make up the additional buildout expenses in order to survive until we are able to reopen in our new home.

We are going to miss Allena so much. I can’t say how much of a loss this is to me personally, and I think that’s probably true for every single other person on the board. She has given many years of her life to this organization, creating and shaping it. I hope that going forward we as an organization, as a community, and as individuals are able to find ways to honor her as much as she deserves. I wish her well with all my heart.

Thank you, Allena.

Russell Harmon
President, Board of Directors

here her Facebook post with her reaction to it and leave her comments about it…

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Hello All…

Welcome to my new blog….

 

It will have diffrent news, stuff in general as well gor or BDSM…. 🙂

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Now That’s What I Call Script-Assisted-Classified Pattern Recognized Music

Merry Christmas; here is over 500 days (12,000 hours) of music on the Internet Archive.

Go choose something to listen to while reading the rest of this. I suggest either something chill or perhaps this truly unique and distinct ambient recording.

 

Let’s be clear. I didn’t upload this music, I certainly didn’t create it, and actually I personally didn’t classify it. Still, 500 Days of music is not to be ignored. I wanted to talk a little bit about how it all ended up being put together in the last 7 days.

One of the nice things about working for a company that stores web history is that I can use it to do archaeology against the company itself. Doing so, I find that the Internet Archive started soliciting “the people” to begin uploading items en masse around 2003. This is before YouTube, and before a lot of other services out there.

I spent some time tracking dates of uploads, and you can see various groups of people gathering interest in the Archive as a file destination in these early 00’s, but a relatively limited set all around.

Part of this is that it was a little bit of a non-intuitive effort to upload to the Archive; as people figured it all out, they started using it, but a lot of other people didn’t. Meanwhile, Youtube and other also-rans come into being and they picked up a lot of the “I just want to put stuff up” crowd.

By 2008, things start to take off for Internet Archive uploads. By 2010, things take off so much that 2008 looks like nothing. And now it’s dozens or hundreds of uploads of multi-media uploads a day through all the Archive’s open collections, not to count others who work with specific collections they’ve been given administration of.

In the case of the general uploads collection of audio, which I’m focusing on in this entry, the number of items is now at over two million.

This is not a sorted, curated, or really majorly analyzed collection, of course. It’s whatever the Internet thought should be somewhere. And what ideas they have!

Quality is variant. Finding things is variant, although the addition of new search facets and previews have made them better over the years.

I decided to do a little experiment: slight machine-assisted “find some stuff” sorting. Let it loose on 2 million items in the hopper, see what happens. The script was called Cratedigger.

Previously, I did an experiment against keywording on texts at the archive – the result was “bored intern” level, which was definitely better than nothing, and in some cases, that bored internet could slam through a 400 page book and determine a useful word cloud in less than a couple seconds. Many collections of items I uploaded have these word clouds now.

It’s a little different with music. I went about it this way with a single question:

  • Hey, uploader – could you be bothered to upload a reference image of some sort as well as your music files? Welcome to Cratediggers.

Cratediggers is not an end-level collection – it’s a holding bay to do additional work, but it does show the vast majority of people would upload a sound file and almost nothing else. (I’ve not analyzed quality of description metadata in the no-image items – that’ll happen next.) The resulting ratio of items-in-uploads to items-for-cratediggers is pretty striking – less than 150,000 items out of the two million passed this rough sort.

The Bored Audio Intern worked pretty OK. By simply sending a few parameters, The Cratediggers Collection ended up building on itself by the thousands without me personally investing time. I could then focus on more specific secondary scripts that do things and an even more lazy manner, ensuring laziness all the way down.

The next script allowed me to point to an item in the cratediggers collection and say “put everything by this uploader that is in Cratediggers into this other collection”, with “this other collection” being spoken word, sermons, or music. In general, a person who uploaded music that got into Cratediggers generally uploaded other music. (Same with sermons and spoken word.) It worked well enough that as I ran these helper scripts, they did amazingly well. I didn’t have to do much beyond that.

As of this writing, the music collection contains over 400 solid days of Music. They are absolutely genre-busting, ranging from industrial and noise all the way through beautiful Jazz and acapella. There are one-of-a-kind Rock and acoustic albums, and simple field recordings of Live Events.

And, ah yes, the naming of this collection… Some time ago I took the miscellaneous texts and writings and put them into a collection called Folkscanomy.

After trying to come up with the same sort of name for sound, I discovered a very funny thing: you can’t really attached any two words involving sound together and not already have some company that has the name of Manufacturers using it. Trust me.

And that’s how we ended up with Folksoundomy.

What a word!

The main reason for this is I wanted something unique to call this collection of uploads that didn’t imply they were anything other than contributed materials to the Archive. It’s a made-up word, a zesty little portmanteau that is nowhere else on the Internet (yet). And it leaves you open for whatever is in them.

So, about the 500 days of music:

Absolutely, one could point to YouTube and the mass of material being uploaded there as being superior to any collection sitting on the archive. But the problem is that they have their own robot army, which is a tad more evil than my robotic bored interns; you have content scanners that have both false positives and strange decorations, you have ads being put on the front of things randomly, and you have a whole family of other small stabs and Jabs towards an enjoyable experience getting in your way every single time. Internet Archive does not log you, require a login, or demand other handfuls of your soul. So, for cases where people are uploading their own works and simply want them to be shared, I think the choice is superior.

This is all, like I said, an experiment – I’m sure the sorting has put some things in the wrong place, or we’re missing out on some real jewels that didn’t think to make a “cover” or icon to the files. But as a first swipe, I moved 80,000 items around in 3 days, and that’s more than any single person can normally do.

There’s a lot more work to do, but that music collection is absolutely filled with some beautiful things, as is the whole general Folksoundomy collection. Again, none of this is me, or some talent I have – this is the work of tens of thousands of people, contributing to the Archive to make it what it is, and while I think the Wayback Machine has the lion’s share of the Archive’s world image (and deserves it), there’s years of content and creation waiting to be discovered for anyone, or any robot, that takes a look.

Source: http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/5117

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Back That Thing Up

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I’m going to mention two backup projects. Both have been under way for some time, but the world randomly decided the end of November 2016 was the big day, so here I am.

The first is that the Internet Archive is adding another complete mirror of the Wayback machine to one of our satellite offices in Canada. Due to the laws of Canada, to be able to do “stuff” in the country, you need to set up a separate company from your US concern. If you look up a lot of major chains and places, you’ll find they all have Canadian corporations. Well, so does the Internet Archive and that separate company is in the process of getting a full backup of the Wayback machine and other related data. It’s 15 petabytes of material, or more. It will cost millions of dollars to set up, and that money is already going out the door.

So, if you want, you can go to the donation page and throw some money in that direction and it will make the effort go better. That won’t take very long at all and you can feel perfectly good about yourself. You need read no further, unless you have an awful lot of disk space, at which point I suggest further reading.

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Whenever anything comes up about the Internet Archive’s storage solutions, there’s usually a fluttery cloud of second-guessing and “big sky” suggestions about how everything is being done wrong and why not just engage a HBF0_X2000-PL and fark a whoziz and then it’d be solved. That’s very nice, but there’s about two dozen factors in running an Internet Archive that explain why RAID-1 and Petabyte Towers combined with self-hosting and non-cloud storage has worked for the organization. There are definitely pros and cons to the whole thing, but the uptime has been very good for the costs, and the no-ads-no-subscription-no-login model has been working very well for years. I get it – you want to help. You want to drop the scales from our eyes and you want to let us know about the One Simple Trick that will save us all.

That said, when this sort of insight comes out, it’s usually back-of-napkin and done by someone who will be volunteering several dozen solutions online that day, and that’s a lot different than coming in for a long chat to discuss all the needs. I think someone volunteering a full coherent consult on solutions would be nice, but right now things are working pretty well.

There are backups of the Internet Archive in other countries already; we’re not that bone stupid. But this would be a full, consistently, constantly maintained full backup in Canada, and one that would be interfaced with other worldwide stores. It’s a preparation for an eventuality that hopefully won’t come to pass.

There’s a climate of concern and fear that is pervading the landscape this year, and the evolved rat-creatures that read these words in a thousand years will be able to piece together what that was. But regardless of your take on the level of concern, I hope everyone agrees that preparation for all eventualities is a smart strategy as long as it doesn’t dilute your primary functions. Donations and contributions of a monetary sort will make sure there’s no dilution.

So there’s that.

Now let’s talk about the backup of this backup a great set of people have been working on.

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About a year ago, I helped launch INTERNETARCHIVE.BAK. The goal was to create a fully independent distributed copy of the Internet Archive that was not reliant on a single piece of Internet Archive hardware and which would be stored on the drives of volunteers, with 3 geographically distributed copies of the data worldwide.

Here’s the current status page of the project. We’re backing up 82 terabytes of information as of this writing. It was 50 terabytes last week. My hope is that it will be 1,000 terabytes sooner rather than later. Remember, this is 3 copies, so to do each terabyte needs three terabytes.

For some people, a terabyte is this gigantically untenable number and certainly not an amount of disk space they just have lying around. Other folks have, at their disposal, dozens of terabytes. So there’s lots of hard drive space out there, just not evenly distributed.

The IA.BAK project is a complicated one, but the general situation is that it uses the program git-annex to maintain widely-ranged backups from volunteers, with “check-in” of data integrity on a monthly basis. It has a lot of technical meat to mess around with, and we’ve had some absolutely stunning work done by a team of volunteering developers and maintainers (and volunteers) as we make this plan work on the ground.

And now, some thoughts on the Darkest Timeline.

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I’m both an incredibly pessimistic and optimistic person. Some people might use the term “pragmatic” or something less charitable.

Regardless, I long ago gave up assumptions that everything was going to work out OK. It has not worked out OK in a lot of things, and there’s a lot of broken and lost things in the world. There’s the pessimism. The optimism is that I’ve not quite given up hope that something can’t be done about it.

I’ve now dedicated 10% of my life to the Internet Archive, and I’ve dedicated pretty much all of my life to the sorts of ideals that would make me work for the Archive. Among those ideals are free expression, gathering of history, saving of the past, and making it all available to as wide an audience, without limit, as possible. These aren’t just words to me.

Regardless of if one perceives the coming future as one rife with specific threats, I’ve discovered that life is consistently filled with threats, and only vigilance and dedication can break past the fog of possibilities. To that end, the Canadian Backup of the Internet Archive and the IA.BAK projects are clear bright lines of effort to protect against all futures dark and bright. The heritage, information and knowledge within the Internet Archive’s walls are worth protecting at all cost. That’s what drives me and why these two efforts are more than just experiments or configurations of hardware and location.

So, hard drives or cash, your choice. Or both!

Source: http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/5110

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