Planning. It’s something we do every day. On a personal level, we plan our meals, our work, our housekeeping, our leisure time. Sometimes our plans are interrupted by welcome surprises, sometimes they are thwarted by unforeseen circumstances. Then we make new plans.As human activity has grown more complex with the growth of technology and social organization, so has the need for planning. The development of the computer, fortunately, has made it much easier to crunch the data and plan ahead.Right now, a dangerous pandemic is racing around the world. The richest country of all, one with great technological development, is now confronting the novel coronavirus COVID-19. As this is written, on March 23, the United States has the appalling distinction of being the country with the largest number of new cases of COVID-19 in the world — 1,524 and growing. (worldometers.info/coronavirus)China, where the virus first broke out, appears to have contained the epidemic, with only 39 new cases.Of course, there are many more people in China than in the U.S. A look at the number of cases per million people — which include active cases as well as those who either died or got well — shows another sharp difference. The figure for China is 56 cases per million people. For the U.S. it is 106 per million — nearly twice the rate.The U.S. government and local authorities had plenty of time to plan for this epidemic. It shouldn’t have taken anyone by surprise. But the figures show that nowhere near enough was done, and people are getting sick and dying as a result.And who suffers the most is also clear. While the virus knows no class boundaries, the vast majority of those who die lack adequate health care, have jobs that put them in contact with many other people daily, and/or are already in poor health from previous conditions. In other words, the majority are workers.At the same time, the U.S. is going through an economic collapse that even government officials are beginning to call a depression. The measures taken in an attempt to limit the epidemic have undoubtedly sped up the economic implosion, but the economy was starting to buckle even earlier.The spread of the virus, its deadly impact and the economic collapse all point to one thing: lack of planning.What kind of planning is needed?This is a capitalist country, a rich and imperialist one whose ruling class exploits workers not just here but around the world. Those rulers know how to plan — because the existing system requires a lot of planning to keep it running!But for what purpose? In order to maximize profits. When profits are threatened — as they are in every cyclical capitalist downturn — the first thought by the ruling class is how to protect their investments. Everything else is secondary.It’s not just that capitalists are bad people. (Well, most of them are really awful.) It’s that their relationship to their wealth compels them to be cynical and greedy, and to make decisions that are in the interests of their private capital and not in the interests of society.As the economic and health crises both deepen, more workers are going to be thinking about what kind of society they need. The growing popularity of socialism over capitalism, especially among young people, has found expression in the Sanders campaign.But it will take far more than that to make even a dent in this system, which is completely dependent on the exploitation of labor for private gain.The means of production were built by the workers. The capitalists never laid one brick, plowed one field or sewed one garment. They have expropriated the wealth built by the working class.That wealth must be liberated so that all economic activity can be planned to meet the needs of the people. That liberating system is called socialism. Let’s get used to claiming that word proudly!The elections will come and go. The increased suffering of the great masses of working people hit by the virus of capitalist crisis will only increase. The time to focus on building the movement for revolutionary change is now.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe The Bureau of Economic Analysis announced Friday that “advance” estimates reported the GDP increased annually by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, building upon the 2.2% increase in the fourth quarter of 2018.The Bureau’s first quarter estimates are based on data that is incomplete, or subject to further revision. A second estimate for the first quarter, based on more complete data will be released on May 30.“While early projections suggested that first quarter GDP would weaken from the third quarter (3.4%) and fourth quarter (2.2%) of 2018, today’s data show that GDP growth was 3.2% in the first quarter,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com. “This is a very strong pace of growth, and suggests that most of the economic loss from the government shutdown was also made up for in the first quarter.”As it pertains to real estate, Hale said fixed investment continued to slip, registering the lowest year over year growth rate since 2011 as builders struggle to build housing at the most in-demand, lower price points. And while growth from net exports, government spending, and private investment boosted GDP this quarter, the contribution from consumer expenditures, while positive, was half that of the fourth quarter.”We think housing could be a bright spot for the economy in 2019, and it’s one that most economists are sleeping on,” said Brett F. Ewing, Chief Market Strategist for First Franklin Financial Services. “With the Fed out of the picture and growth moderating, mortgage rates should stay around four percent for the remainder of 2019 and there is obvious appetite from prospective buyers at these levels. Specifically, we think new home sales could surprise to the upside and get to near double-digit growth this year.”Ewing added that “REITs are also attractive in this low interest rate environment—their balance sheets have never been stronger and despite a recency bias that continues to cause investors to call for a real estate crisis around every slowdown in the economy, we think real estate fundamentals are strong enough to weather a storm.”According to the report, increases in the GDP during the first quarter reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, exports, state and local government spending, and nonresidential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP. These contributions were offset by a decrease in residential investment.The current-dollar GDP jumped to $197.6 billion, an increase of 3.8%, in the first quarter to a level of $21.06, continuing increases from the fourth quarter of 2018 when the current-dollar GDP increased 4.1%, or $206.9 billion.Also seeing increases were the price index for gross domestic purchases, which grew by 0.8% in the first quarter, and the current dollar personal income increased $147.2 billion in the first quarter. Current-dollar personal income increased by $229 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018.The reports add that disposable personal income increased by 3% ($116 billion) after a 5.8% increase in the fourth quarter of 2018. Real disposable income increased 2.4% following an increase of 4.3% last quarter.Personal savings grew from $1.07 trillion to $1.11 trillion in the first quarter of 2019. Print This Post Share Save April 26, 2019 1,260 Views GDP Gets a Boost, But How Is Housing Faring? in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Mike Albanese GDP GDP Growth 2019-04-26 Mike Albanese Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Title, Mortgage Companies Partner to Benefit Customers Next: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Matter of Definition The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / GDP Gets a Boost, But How Is Housing Faring? Tagged with: GDP GDP Growth The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago
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The French Tennis Federation says the 32 women’s seeds at Roland Garros will be “based on the WTA ranking” .“Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week’s world ranking,” the organisers added.Williams has won the French Open, which takes place from 27 May to 10 June, three times.The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s last appearance on clay was in the final at Roland Garros in 2016 when she lost to Garbine Muguruza.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former world number one Serena Williams will not be seeded for this year’s French Open.The 36-year-old made her comeback in March, six months after giving birth, and her ranking has fallen to 453.She had early defeats at Indian Wells and Miami as she has struggled for form and pulled out of clay-court events in Madrid and Rome.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Even as many in the geek-o-sphere drool in anticipation for the onset of Google Glass, some technologists are starting to question the very real privacy issues entangled with the use of these wearable computers and cameras.Predictably, the first concerns raised about Google Glass were about the user’s privacy: If I am transmitting all of this data to Google, it is going to know even more about me than ever! Or so the reasoning goes. I have to admit that this has been bugging me, but since I carry around an Android phone already, I’m pretty sure Google pretty much knows whatever it wants to know about me.But then there’s the other half of the privacy problem, which not many in the community have yet voiced: What about the privacy of the people these devices are looking at? Anyone Can Be a TargetBeyond the voyeur problem, I keep coming back to how this technology can be abused – particularly this very scary scenario:Imagine someone builds an app that lets you upload a photo of someone to your Google account and then uses facial-recognition software to process the face of every person you see. Sure, there are benign uses for such a tool, such as helping people remember the names of the people they meet.But what if I was a member of an (alleged!) criminal organization who would love nothing better than to… talk… to the witness that’s going to testify in the trial that might prove my organization has done some pretty bad things. We’re innocent, of course, but it would be nice to… explain things… to this witness, who is currently ensconced in the U.S. Marshall’s Witness Protection program.To find that witness today, I’d have to be incredibly lucky, hack the Marshall’s computer system or bribe (or threaten?) a corrupt law enforcement official. But in a Google Glass world, I could hire private detectives to be on the lookout for my target. Better yet, I could post an ad on Craigslist offering a reward to find “my long-lost cousin/uncle/aunt.” Now I have an entire community of people using facial-recognition software helping me find this person. Heck, you might not have to actively employ Google Glass users. Just periodically run a Google Image search of your target’s photo for “Images Like This.”Now imagine you’re the witness in this scenario.There are lots of times people don’t want to be found – spouses seeking to escape an abusive partner, victims trying to elude stalkers – any one of these types of people could run afoul of these cameras. The technology to do this kind of illicit activity is not quite ready for commercial shelves yet, but the day is soon coming.But the implications are already disturbing: besides embarrassing videos taken in public, you can add tracking by jealous spouses, overprotective parents or insurance companies to the list. If you’re really paranoid, think about government surveillance of legitimate but unpopular activities.Is this all too much? Maybe. But think about this, because as a father, I sure do: With Google Glass, what’s to stop anyone from recording images and audio of children? As a parent, the thought of anyone tracking minors for any reason without parents’ permission (unlike the kids in the image from the official Google video above) is abhorrent and potentially dangerous.The technology itself makes this kind of subtle, continuous recording more likely. Unlike cellphone cameras, Google Glass is always on, always recording, capturing even the quick stuff you can’t anticipate. The upshot? Far fewer safe refuges where you’re not going to be recorded. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Anonymous Cameras EverywhereBeing monitored by video cameras is nothing new, of course; it’s a risk we run every day. If I happen to absent-mindedly pick my nose in the seemingly empty frozen food aisle at Mega-Mart, it’s a pretty sure bet that my gross-out was captured on a video somewhere.The advent of Google Glass supercharges the equation, because now the number of cameras increases – perhaps exponentially – and they’ll show up in ever more unexpected places owned by a much wider variety of people and organizations.For now, there’s an implied trust that someone from the store won’t take that nose-picking video and put it on YouTube as part of a “Disgusting Things Journalists Do” montage. Sure, there’s nothing really stopping some bored Mega-Mart employee from scraping that video for whatever purpose. But, should they happen to post said video and I happen to see it, I will likely recognize my surroundings in the video and find someone to sue.Now imagine the same situation, recorded not by the store’s cameras, but by someone wearing a Google Glass or similar device who happened to be standing unnoticed at the end of the aisle. Our voyeur records the incident, posts it on the Web anonymously, and –boom! – my reasonable expectation of privacy is violated. And I will likely never be able to find the culprit to take the video down.The lesson here – beyond “don’t pick your nose” – is that if these devices do indeed take off, there is nothing to stop someone from monitoring and tagging me in photos, microblogs or videos – whether or not I know what’s going on.There can be some positives out of this kind of citizen “Eye in the Sky.” If someone commits a crime, for instance, they might have been surreptitiously recorded in the act, with less obvious danger to the recorder than holding up a smartphone. Indeed, in his novel Earth, futurist David Brin outlines a near-future where citizens keep down random street-crime just by the existence of video recording equipment they wear.But there’s a flip side to this, when a collection of Brin’s characters, a group of street punks, is befriended by an elderly man who seems to want to teach them about the Way Things Were. It all goes well, until after the senior man’s death, the gang discovers to their mortification that the man has been logging every conversation for use in a social-observation article about the state of youth in that society.A little out there? Maybe so, but how long before Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube are filled with text and video content of embarrassing moments captured by Google Glass? Tags:#Google Glass#privacy Related Posts Ready For Your Close Up?Plenty of others are worried about how Google Glass will destroy the expectation of privacy in our normal, not-made-for-TV daily lives. Mark Hurst at Creative Good writes (emphasis his):“Google Glass is like one [Street View] camera car for each of the thousands, possibly millions, of people who will wear the device – every single day, everywhere they go – on sidewalks, into restaurants, up elevators, around your office, into your home. From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it. “And that, my friends, is the experience that Google Glass creates. That is the experience we should be thinking about. The most important Google Glass experience is not the user experience – it’s the experience of everyone else. The experience of being a citizen, in public, is about to change.”Whether we are just running errands, hanging out with friends or are on the lam from some really bad people, Google Glass has the capability to push our lives into reality of the television kind. But many of us aren’t ready for our close up, and never will be.Images courtesy of Google. Author’s Note: An earlier version of this story mis-identified the author of the Creative Good article as David Hurst, when it is actually Mark Hurst. The identification has been corrected.
Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Some of the biggest contenders at Sunday’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles have major Canadian connections, including Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale.The miniseries Big Little Lies, which is up for 13 awards and won another three at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month, was directed by Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Valleé. Valleé, who was behind the Oscar-nominated film Dallas Buyers Club (2013), is nominated for an Emmy as director, editor and executive producer.The series stars Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Nicole Kidman as mothers and friends in an affluent California town. Witherspoon and Kidman were also co-producers.Director Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild, Dallas Buyer’s Club) is nominated for Emmys as director, co-executive producer and an editor for Big Little Lies. (Mark Blinch/Reuters) “Reese and I fought like crazy with our producing partners to get this thing made,” Kidman told CBC News. “It was like pushing a rock up a mountain but when we got it there, we were like, ‘We did it.’ And I said to Reese at the end, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if this was a big success? Can you imagine sharing that?’ And we get to share it, and that’s fantastic.” Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nicole Kidman, left, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon star in the Emmy-nominated, Canadian-directed miniseries Big Little Lies. (HBO/Bell Media)