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Liberal states expand voting access, creating 'stark' partisan divide in voting rights

Daily Kos - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 14:39

Even as Republican-led states erect barriers to the ballot box across the country, more than half of U.S. states have locked in laws since the 2020 election that make voting more accessible, according to The Washington Post.

Many of these laws are the result of steps lawmakers took last year to make voting safer and easier amid the pandemic, efforts that ultimately yielded record voter participation. The laws typically streamlined registering to vote while also expanding access to early voting and voting by mail. But other laws enabled people with past felony convictions to vote and offered more options to voters with disabilities.

Virginia also enacted a law requiring locales to get preapproval or feedback to any changes they plan to make to local voting ordinances, an attempt to counteract the Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Right Act in 2013. 

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Progressive Buffalo mayoral candidate shocks in major election upset: ‘I hate to say I told you so’

Daily Kos - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 14:24

On Tuesday night, India Walton, the socialist candidate for mayor of Buffalo, New York, won the Democratic primary election against four-term incumbent Byron Brown. The nurse and organizer’s victory over Brown has not yet been acknowledged by the Brown campaign (as of Wednesday morning and the writing of this story). The Washington Post reports, however, that there are not enough outstanding absentee ballots left to change the current results. Walton’s primary victory, in a predominantly blue city, means she is almost assured to win this November. On Tuesday night, Walton held a press conference and declared victory. She will become the first self-identified socialist to become mayor of a major American city in 60 years. She is also set to become Buffalo’s first female mayor.

During her victory speech, Walton told the crowd: "This victory is ours. It is the first of many. If you are in an elected office right now, you are being put on notice. We are coming." There’s a centrist quagmire going on in the New York City mayoral race. Traditional media outlets argue that the perception of skyrocketing crime rates—something the traditional media does a lot of alarming on—meant that calling for police reform is not a viable campaign platform. This is in part contradicted by Walton’s victory. Walton’s win has been described as something of a “shock.” But as the victorious Walton opened her speech on Tuesday night at a bar in Buffalo, she smiled and said, “I hate to say I told you so.”

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LGBTQ Arizonans call on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to champion Equality Act by ending filibuster

Daily Kos - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 14:23

Arizona LGBTQ community members have distributed an open letter calling on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to support ending the Jim Crow filibuster in the name of LGBTQ rights. LGBTQ outlet Them reports that as of June 21, the letter has over 140 signatures urging her to act and be a decisive figure in helping pass the Equality Act in law.

“By casting the decisive vote to end the filibuster, you would open the flood gates of possibility to pass popular reforms supported by the majority of Americans. Among these transformative reforms, the Equality Act, which you cosponsored,” the letter states.

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Fox Tries For Tea Party 2.0, This Time With School Board Meetings

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 14:22

It's Deja vu all over again as Fox News celebrates turning local school board meetings into a madhouse.

It's just like those crazy tea party revolts against healthcare reform in 2010.

No public elementary and high schools in America are teaching critical race theory, the new conservative bogeyman, since it's actually a law school topic, but Fox News and other conservative outlets are claiming schools are teaching children to hate white people. The purpose of this nonsense is simply to incite their viewers.

It's led to unruly and at times violent protests at local school board meetings around the country.

Which are then "covered" by Fox News as "proof" that there's a huge problem with education.

On today's Outnumbered, Fox News highlighted a riotous Loudoun County school board meeting that went off the rails because of their newest hyped-up conspiracy that their kids are being indoctrinated with communist ideas. Also inflaming these people is the idea that the schools are allowing students to be identified by the gender they prefer.

You can see from the video clips above from the meeting, the protesters causing havoc are evangelical QAnon followers that are storming these meetings.

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Morgan Stanley's New York Office Bans Unvaccinated Staff and Clients

Slashdot - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 14:05
Morgan Stanley plans to ban workers from its New York headquarters if they have not received a Covid-19 vaccine. The rule will apply to non-vaccinated guests and clients as well. From a report: According to a source close to the company, Morgan Stanley said in a memo to its employees in the New York metropolitan area that all staff working in buildings with a "large employee presence" are required to confirm their vaccination status by July 1. The source added that "vaccine attestation is on an honorary basis for employees, contingent workforce, clients and visitors." The company plans to expand the vaccination mandate to employees and guests in other Morgan Stanley locations in New York City and nearby Westchester starting July 12. "Operating within a fully vaccinated environment allows us to lift restrictions like the use of face coverings and the need to maintain physical distancing, returning to more normal office conditions," the source added.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Surprise! Florida Sucks At COVID-19 Recovery

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:57

In a new study released by TOP Agency that shows how the entire country is rebounding after the COVIDlock downs, Florida has refused to take into account the safety of its people.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the researchers looked at 48 states across 23 categories in their calculations that include consumer confidence job, market strength, and COVID safety and Florida ranks near the bottom in all categories.

These are due to all the extreme and unsafe measures Gov. Ron DeSantis took to piggyback off a Traitor Trump's Covid failures.

"Florida scored 53.02 with a 30 in consumer confidence, 27 in job market strength, and 41 in COVID-19 safety."

DeSantis has become Fox News' and evangelicals' favorite because his whole governing philosophy is to 'own the libs' in any way possible. His newest fascist position is to "survey" members of the Florida public college community on their political beliefs in order to "encourage diversity"?

This is not a governing philosophy, especially during a pandemic, but the QAnon nutjobs love it.

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Zoom updated with custom video filters, support for gender pronouns, and more

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:54

Zoom updated its iOS and Mac apps with version 5.7.0. With this release, the cloud meeting app now brings support for gender pronouns, scheduling privilege, alternative host between linked master/sub-accounts, and more.


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Apple releases revised firmware update for AirTag

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:50

Apple has released a revised version of the latest firmware update for AirTag, which is designed to improve the accessory's anti-stalking features.
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Stacktrace Podcast 141: “Going to space is more reliable than Bluetooth”

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:44

John’s new daily writing challenge, Rambo’s continued deep dives into Bluetooth and local networking, and initial impressions of Apple Music Spatial Audio. Also, what might the future of technologies like Objective-C and Combine look like, given this year’s WWDC announcements?

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Apple rolling out new firmware version for AirTag item trackers

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:41

Apple is rolling out an updated version of the 1.0.276 firmware it rolled out to AirTags three weeks ago. This update likely makes further improvements to the anti-stalking features Apple announced earlier this month.

Apple announced AirTag firmware version 1.0.276 on June 3 with new anti-stalking features. The original version of the firmware featured build number 1A276d, and today’s new release features build number 1A287b.


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New Biden initiatives will crack down on law-dodging gun dealers, help ex-felons, boost police funds

Daily Kos - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:36

President Joe Biden is today announcing a series of new steps to combat a rise in violent crime in the last year. Progressives will probably like two of them; the third, not so much.

As previewed by The Washington Post, the most aggressive of the moves will be a new order to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives directing them to revoke gun dealers' licenses the first time law enforcement catches them intentionally violating gun sale laws. That includes skipping required background checks, a refusal to provide law enforcement with requested information about a gun that was used in a crime, or the biggie: selling a gun, intentionally, to anyone who is barred by law from having one.

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How to enable YouTube Picture in Picture on your iPhone

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:30

The YouTube app for iOS now officially supports Picture in Picture mode for US users. If you're in another region, then you can use the good old Safari method outlined in this tutorial.
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Kickstarter CEO: Let's Try a 4-Day Work Week

Slashdot - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:28
Kickstarter announced Tuesday that it plans to experiment with a four-day work week in an effort to offer workers more flexibility and additional time to spend on creative pursuits. From a report: Lots of tech companies are planning to offer flexibility around where employees work post-pandemic. Now some companies are also rethinking when people work. Kickstarter plans next year to test a four-day work week with some or all of its employees, though details of that remain to be figured out, including whether all workers will have the same schedule. Dating app Bumble, meanwhile, says it's giving all employees this week off to allow a much-needed break. Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan told Axios that he had toyed with the notion of a four-day week in the past, but was motivated by the pandemic to actually give it a try. "What we've been all living through the last 18 months, you feel this compression on your professional life, your personal life," Hasan said. The idea of a four-day work week wasn't spurred by the company's ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, Hasan said. He added that the company's newly formed union has been supportive of the idea.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Notability optimized for M1 Macs with up to 50% faster performance

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:24

Ginger Labs, the developer of note-taking app Notability, announced today that the app now runs natively on M1 Macs. Using Apple’s Catalyst technology, the application runs 50% faster on these new Macs.


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Beta regrets? Here’s how to downgrade from iOS 15 to iOS 14

9to5Mac - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:18

Been testing out the new iPhone and iPad betas? If, for whatever reason, you’re ready to head back to the stable releases, read along for all the details on how to downgrade from iOS 15 beta to iOS 14.


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Launch HN: Alpas (YC W21) – Software to find suppliers for industrial parts

Hacker News - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 13:02

Hi HN, we are Nils, Isabel, and Chris - the founders of Alpas ( We make it fast and easy for medium to large size manufacturers to find suppliers for industrial parts.

Why does this matter? Buyers at manufacturing companies face high pressure to cut costs. Supplier sourcing is still very manual and takes up to 45% of a buyer's time. Due to the lack of research time, buyers rarely close deals at optimal conditions. Recently, Covid-19 and material shortages have further accelerated the need for more transparent supply chains.

Isabel came across this problem during her work as an investment analyst. She realized that optimizing procurement – the buying of goods and services – is one of the most important ways for industrial firms to save costs: more than 50% of revenue is spent on COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) [1] and sourcing is reported to be the biggest value-driver in procurement [2]. As an investment analyst she was used to a much higher level of data transparency that is available from tools such as Bloomberg or CapitalIQ. Inspired by this, we set out to build a similar experience for buyers at manufacturers.

After talking to lots of buyers, we found out just how manual current sourcing processes still are: managing existing suppliers in spreadsheets, web research to find new suppliers, calling and visiting suppliers on the ground. Most buyers simply don’t have the time to do a thorough supplier discovery, let alone gather all key information about them to make informed decisions.

Solving this problem requires gathering and analyzing supplier and supply chain data from many sources. Building such a tool represents a massive data challenge: gathering, structuring, and indexing 10B+ parameters of 10M+ suppliers worldwide from 500+ data sources. Our two biggest technical challenges are a) providing a standardized mapping of the supplier’s product portfolios and b) continuously tapping into new data sources which need to be incorporated into our existing pipelines. We use NLP models to extract specific keywords in order to create a list of potential supplier candidates. We match the suppliers to various sources using NER, which allows us to filter down candidates based on specific parameters. The result is a final supplier list with detailed information on company facts, products, financials, and much more.

Based on this data, we run sourcing projects with our customers, which means finding suppliers for a specific product and region. Since our launch in January, we have been able to win several Fortune 500 companies, including BASF and ABB, as customers. Using our software, our customers have been able to reduce time and procurement spend significantly. On a recent sourcing project, we helped ABB find new suppliers for a custom lens made out of a special material and even suggested additional suppliers for a different material with similar properties. For this project, we saved ABB 40% in procurement spend and 3 weeks of manual work.

Our sales process begins with a demo exploring our tool with a subset of the customer's existing suppliers. Customers usually continue with a paid pilot - one sourcing project in a certain region. In order to access their data going forward and book more sourcing projects, customers enter into a yearly SaaS contract. Based on our current pricing, we estimate our addressable market to be at $15.8 B.

You can visit our HN-trial signup page ( to create a 48-hours trial account for our software with a demo sourcing project. Please note that we usually do a guided onboarding process with our customers and thus have not optimized our software to be self-serve.

We will gladly answer your questions and are excited to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback!

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