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Action Alert: Help us save library funding!

Originally posted by gameraboy

The Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal library funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA),is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating.

There’s an easy way for you to help - call your Representative today and ask them to sign the letters now circulating. These letters support $186.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, which goes to every state in the country for them to decide how best to use it, and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program that buys books and other supplies for kids from the poorest communities across the country.

Members of the House have only until April 3 to let our champions know that they will sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters now circulating, so there’s no time to lose.

Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today to ask your Member of Congress to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their constituents ask them to, so it’s up to you to help save LSTA and IAL from elimination or significant cuts.

Five minutes of your time could help preserve over $210 million in library funding now at risk.

ok so! 

if you can’t call your members of congress to tell them to vote no on the aca repeal (especially if you haven’t been able to contact them at all yet, or not since the CBO report came out monday) 

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Week 3: Define/Research

-Idea number #3 was chosen. “The Ant-App.”
-Research was undertaken about how the app will work with Apples guidelines and a proper understanding of the Iphone 7s features was established

Critical Incident:

-App rational and concept defined:

An app that disrupts the user from being connected to their phone whilst using an app. This disruption allows them to conciously be aware of their smart phone usage and choose to keep using or “tune out” (Put the phone down.)

Goal: To increase an individuals awareness of the present moment. By doing so this makes them conscious of their habitual  app use and encourages them to put the phone down.

This is done by a serious of screens.
-1st being an alert/action screen “Look Up”
- 2nd A story about whats happening in the now. “Whilst scrolling through this app, the weather outside has dropped by 3degrees and the sun has begin to set. or “Your brain has expended …. energy for you to consume the info from this app.”
-3rd Data and stats of their recent usage (Infograph) If they choose to tap through

President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding

Originally posted by icicesttouslesjoursmercredi

Do we need to tell you we aren’t thrilled about the President’s budget? Didn’t think so.

This is just the first of many calls to action we’ll be posting, but for now here’s what you can do:

  1. Call your Members of Congress and ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding.
  2. Share your library’s IMLS story using the #SaveIMLS tag - tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community.
  3. Sign up to receive our Action Alerts - we will let you know when and how to take action, and send you talking points and background information.

If you need some background information about IMLS or the appropriations process, you can check out this IMLS database or our most recent blog post on the subject of LSTA and IAL..

Vietnam targets YouTube ads in campaign against dissent

HANOI, March 15 (Reuters) - Some of Vietnam’s biggest firms have suspended YouTube advertising as the communist country steps up a campaign against online dissent, which has also targeted global brands such as Unilever and Samsung.

Since last month, Vietnam began the new tactic of pressuring advertisers as well as companies such as YouTube’s owner, Google Inc, to try to get content the government finds offensive removed.

Many of the videos are posted by dissidents abroad, beyond the reach of a Vietnamese social media law that seeks to remove such content.

Vietnam’s biggest listed firm, Vinamilk, and flag carrier Vietnam Airlines took action after the government alerted them to the issue of ads appearing alongside “toxic” content. The state owns a majority in both firms.

Vinamilk said in a document filed to the information and communication ministry that it has suspended ads on YouTube until it could be sure that any advertising there “completely complies with the law.”

Last month, the ministry identified 17 YouTube videos with content it said distorted historical facts, incited national hatred or was pornographic and would be illegal in Vietnam. It did not make the videos public.

Global brands Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Samsung and Yamaha Motor were highlighted alongside local companies for having adverts linked to unsuitable videos. None of those companies’ offices in Vietnam responded immediately to a request for comment.

Because of the computer-directed processes that pair adverts with their targeted audiences on YouTube, companies are not always aware of or have direct control over which specific videos an advert has been placed alongside.

Last week, the information ministry threatened to fine companies whose adverts were posted alongside inappropriate YouTube videos and requested that Google remove them.

“We have clear policies for removal requests from governments around the world. We rely on governments to notify us of content that they believe is illegal through official processes, and where appropriate, will restrict it after a thorough review,” a YouTube statement said.

The government said Google has so far removed a total of 16 videos at its request.

The Ministry of Information was not immediately available to comment on its campaign against offensive material and the steps taken by social media companies or advertisers.


Vietnam has come under fire from Western countries and human rights groups for its Decree 72 on social media - which bans information that it deems anti-government, damaging to national security or destroying national unity.

Despite the restrictions, content that ostensibly breaches the code’s standards is still prolific.

A Reuters search of the YouTube platform within the country identified hundreds of Vietnamese-language videos that contained very strong criticism of the government, communist party and individual leaders that would not be permitted in Vietnam

Advertising appeared at the start of some of these videos, some which had clocked up hundreds of thousands of views.

While Vietnam makes up a very small part of the business operations of companies like Google and Facebook, it is one of Asia’s fastest growing economies and a hot investment target for global consumer brands.

Within Vietnam itself, YouTube and Facebook account for two-thirds of digital media market share in Vietnam, said Nguyen Khoa Hong Thanh, Operations Director at digital marketing agency Isobar Vietnam.

“Absence of any of these platforms will create a significant impact on media plan and the business results of companies,” he said, adding that companies could nonetheless take steps to stop ads running alongside videos that offend Vietnam without stopping them entirely.

Facebook made no immediate response to requests for comment on this story.

(Reporting by Hanoi bureau; Editing by Sam Holmes)

burningrails  asked:

@belldum muse -quietly raises his metallic arm to protect himself from the beast. "There are more demons than just Malladus?"

He could feel it. Inside this strange tower was a living being call him, just like the nectar of a flower´d call a bee. And as such, Bellum could hardly wait to leech all of his prey Life Force.

Entering with a phantom eye at his side, Bellum began to try to locate the living being hidding inside the place. His attention was caught after observing the strange machine before its eye though, almost forgetting his objective because of it. He´d never seen anyhing like that thing after all. And the only thing he could describe the train was like a boat made for the ground.

Bellum´s trance was interrupted after hearing his minion emiting his loud noise, informing the evil phantom a stranger was nearby. That action also seemed to alert Byrne from his presence, for just as the loud sound began to cease, the guardian began to guard himself and speak to the evil phantom.

“I don´t know who this Malladus is, but I can assure you that I´m one of a kind creature.”The evil squid told the other telephatically, opting to avoid launching an attack to see if Byrne´d drop his guard after his words.

AG Jeff Sessions in RVA

Resistance Action Alert:
From Liberal Women of Chesterfield County -
Attorney General Jeff Sessions in RVA
Wed, March 15, 9:30AM
AG Jeff Sessions is coming to RVA Wed, 3/15, at 10 am at Sun Trust Bldg, 919 E Main St to discuss crime with law enforcement officials. Bring a sign and a lot of energy and noise. Let’s show Jeff Sessions what RVA thinks of his racist agenda. Let’s demand he appoints an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s ties to the Trump administration.“

Eze Software Integrates OTAS Analytics to Help Traders with Best Execution


Eze Software Group, a global leading provider of investment technology, has partnered with OTAS Technologies to integrate OTAS’ real-time data analytics and market intelligence into its execution workflows. OTAS specializes in exceptional activity analysis, using artificial intelligence and big data techniques to translate unusual market movements into actionable real-time alerts and signals.

Complementing the existing in-trade analytics native to the Eze EMS (RealTick), the partnership positions Eze Investment Suite to deliver the latest in pre- and in-trade analysis to help buy-side traders achieve best execution. The integration embeds OTAS’ latest capabilities directly into the Eze EMS, allowing traders to monitor their entire order blotter and watchlist using OTAS’ apps and features such as the pre-trade TCA “Schedule” app, Intraday Screener and dark/off-book volume alerts. By combining OTAS analytics with the advanced trading capabilities and deep access to liquidity of Eze EMS, traders are empowered with insightful information and can react to market abnormalities instantly using a wide range of advanced execution tools.

The OTAS integration is part of continued investment into the award-winning EMS, which recently saw advancements such as enhanced crossing and deeper integration with Eze OMS.

“We’re excited to be bringing the latest innovations in the world of trade analytics from OTAS to our clients,” said Robert Keller, CFA, Executive Managing Director, Product Management and Development at Eze Software Group. “Today, traders are monitoring enormous amounts of information, and need a way to filter out the noise and home in on market and order conditions that require immediate attention or may materially impact trading decisions. As highlighted by the extent of the forthcoming MiFID II regulations in 2018, these capabilities, combined with the advanced order execution of Eze EMS, are critical tools in today’s quest for best execution.”

“At OTAS we are committed to giving investment professionals the competitive advantage needed to enhance their performance, allowing them to be active by exception. With our intelligence and real-time alerts, users can pursue the best transactions and returns while ensuring regulatory obligations such as MiFID II are met,” said Tom Doris, CEO of OTAS Technologies. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our advanced market analytics to Eze’s client base and look forward to further developing this strategic partnership.”

About Eze Software

Eze Software is a global leading provider of investment management software solutions designed to optimize operational and investment alpha throughout the entire investment process. Eze Software provides the platform for growth for the entire investment management community, maximizing efficiencies across order management, trade execution & analytics, portfolio analytics & modeling, compliance & regulatory reporting, commission management, and portfolio & investor accounting. For more than 20 years Boston-based Eze Software has been driving innovation in financial technology. Today, Eze Software partners with more than 2,000 buy- and sell-side institutions in 45 countries from their 15 offices worldwide. For more information, visit

About OTAS Technologies

OTAS Technologies provides next-generation market analytics and trader intelligence to the world’s leading banks and institutions. It uses artificial intelligence and big data analysis to alert clients to exceptions, in real-time and in plain English, allowing them to make faster and more informed trading decisions. Due to its open architecture and extensive partnership network, OTAS is seamlessly integrated into clients’ existing OMS, PMS or EMS, providing access to OTAS Apps and Alerts from within the trading workflow. For more information, visit

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U.S. Senate: Stop Hunters from Killing Innocent Bear and Wolf Families!
Ever since the initiation of the new Administration in the U.S., environmental and wildlife issues have been given less and less attention and concern. Attempts have been started since day 1 to dismantle protections guarding the safety and preservation of America's lands and animal species. The... Stop Hunters from Killing Innocent Bear and Wolf Families