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Why Bernie Sanders is still the most progressive choice for president

first_img Report Report | Pick dissapointed123 It’s actually not real. The media inflates it because it apes social media, where the novel is succesful and the mundane is ignored.Most people on the left, regardless of colour and gender aren’t like the empty tin cans in the media/social media. Unfortunately they often come across this way because they feel they have to defend those who are seen as symbolising the left.It’s like religion: if you judge by social media/media you would think that most Christians are Creationists and most Muslim are radical fundamentalists. In reality these groups are a small minority, but they are the ones that generate publicity and they are the one that are remembered. View more comments Share on Twitter Reply Twitter FeliciorAugusto Shares2,3222322 Bronxite Reply baldisgood Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter candoll … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reply All Share 19 Dec 2018 22:29 Share on Twitter 1 2 WillisFitnurbut Share on Twitter Report Report I am a Bernie Bro, and I have no problem to support him again., But, We have to accept some realities. The facts are that,1–53-percent of white females voted for Trump, and continue to support him.2–It will be hard to convinces people in the fly-over-land to understand that social safety nets do not necessarily means being a communist country.3–A large portion of the electorate is simply racist, and do not accept his views on many issues. Remember the last election was decided by few thousand votes in crucialstates like MI-Penn-Wis…. (that 2-million more votes were mainly from CA).Also, yes we elected Obama, but, “it was the economy stupid”. IMHO, if theeconomy does not tank, then Bernie has no chance against Trump. Why cannot we have someone else with the same message?? My choices1—– Chris Murphy,, the Sen. from Conn.2—– Governor Inslee from Wash. State. And for sake of humanity, pls. Pleeeeze say NO to Hillary, Warren, Booker,,, Harris…. and the rest of the calculating opportunists. Facebook Twitter 20 Dec 2018 0:19 | Pick It would be wonderful to see a competition between Trumpism and free health and Education.But sadly the democrats are just slightly left of the GOP.Still very beholden to Wall St etc Reply 59 60 Share on Twitter Report Order by oldest unthreaded Facebook Share Show 25 smallharmlesslizard 50 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Twitter 3 4 KosmoKen Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook 4 He just seems to talk so much sense. When people call him a Socialist he explains why this isn’t really an insult. Most importantly he seems vaguely honest about things. Actually forget what I just said he’ll never win anything if he doesn’t lie more so maybe he’s not the best candidate. DanInTheDesert Report | Pick TheRedThreat Reply 19 Dec 2018 22:54 Quikwit | Pick Reply 2 Share on Twitter Show 2 more replies Twitter | Pick Due to the large number of comments, they are being shown 100 per page. Share 20 Dec 2018 2:03 Share on Twitter 12 13 Facebook 19 Dec 2018 22:33 Facebook Share Twitter | Pick 56 57 Close report comment form Share on Facebook | Pick TheRedThreat Share on Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:28 Share 1 2 Reply candoll Share | Pick 3 4 | Pick Report LibertineUSA 19 Dec 2018 22:23 Share via Email And yet you somehow fail to mention the genuinely exceptional Stacey Abrams. Beto O’Rourke poses growing threat to fellow Democrats with 2020 hopes Report 19 Dec 2018 23:14 19 Dec 2018 22:42 Not so much Bernie though, that’s exactly why he didn’t even get given a chance. First Mate Share on Facebook Report Share Share on Facebook Share My default candidate will be Bernie, if he runs. I will listen to the others. The criticisms the author lays out in this piece are legitimate. But people do change. I never have a closed mind when faced with making choices of this nature but I have trouble seeing another candidate fitting with my values better than Bernie Sanders… | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:25 Share on Facebook Twitter mbidding Share on Twitter mikedow 40 41 | Pick Share Report Very likely, actually; the Night of the Long Knives has just begun on the right. However, this is all irrelevant. Sheer numbers of new voters motivated by the Orange Mushroom have ended the GOP. Apathy was the reason the Trumpistanis got their Orange Ayatoilet in the WH. One-time anomaly. 4 5 | Pick | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter William Anthony Share Share on Twitter | Pick newest | Pick Twitter Show 10 more replies William Anthony Twitter 5 6 20 Dec 2018 0:57 Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Opinion Share Report Republicans Share Report 43 44 Report Report Twitter 6 7 Share on Twitter Twitter 0 1 Reply 1 2 25 26 Share 20 Dec 2018 0:00 4 5 Reply Share on Twitter HHeLiBe Reply Facebook 108 109 Report | Pick Richard Sheehan Report Share Facebook 10 11 Reply | Pick US politics Reply | Pick smallharmlesslizard LittleJoe1 Twitter Share on Pinterest Report Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter 1 Facebook 19 Dec 2018 22:34 Share on Facebook | Pick He wouldn’t. The Trump bullshit-express would have destroyed him. crawfordcolo 19 Dec 2018 22:34 Facebook hartebeest sanjeeva William Anthony 8 9 Twitter Report Share FuriousKale Facebook … 4 Reply Report Facebook nikgregor But surely the immediate priority has to be to stop Trump. I’m afraid dreams of a socialist utopia have to be put on hold if they interfere with toppling the damage being done to the planet by a misogynist, white supremacist, climate change denying, child immigrant incarcerating demagogue. Facebook 51 52 Ah, but put them both in a ring and Bernie will knock his block off. Reply candoll Facebook Facebook Twitter I mean, socialist is probably a bit much. But left new dealer updated to take into account issues like climate change? Absolutely it’s possible (if difficult, given the structural problems you mention)- look at AOC. Share on Facebook Matt M Share boban Facebook Bernie was always the logical and sane choice. We had already had enough of the insane right-wing wackos by 2016. 20 Dec 2018 9:33 Share on Twitter Share 1 2 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 19 Dec 2018 22:51 100 William Anthony William Anthony He’s a walking dumpster. He’s a whiny, entitled, lying, thuggish POS. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 19 Dec 2018 22:22 Share 0 1 1 Bernie did even better than he imagined he would. In what way was he not even given a chance? Nobody interfered with my vote for him. The DNC and the Clinton campaign did not run ads against him. Further, Sanders did overwhelmingly well in caucus states, winning 67% of all caucuses (12 out of 18 states). He only won 34% of primary states (11 out of 32 states). And what does that reveal? That Sanders does better in smaller settings where a handful of political diehards with an evening to kill decide results for hundreds of thousands if not millions of voters. In primary states, where elections are open to far more people than those who can show up on one night for hours and which more closely reflect actual general election voting, Sanders was less popular among a much broader cross section of voters. He lost the nomination by three million votes cast and received 359 fewer delegates, super delegates excluded. He didn’t have a majority of Democrats behind him, let alone the country. Share on Twitter Show 11 more replies Share | Pick Opinion Melty Clock Share on Facebook 19 Dec 2018 22:24 Show 4 more replies | Pick 20 Dec 2018 1:25 Share via Email Bernie is probably the candidate Trump would most prefer to oppose — almost a guarantee of a second term. Let’s hope Hillary has the sense not to run again. Reply | Pick 4 5 SeaNote 19 Dec 2018 23:13 Reply | Pick | Pick | Pick No explanation needed. Sanders’ campaign manager was Jeffery Weaver. 19 Dec 2018 22:33 Twitter Share on Facebook smallharmlesslizard Share on Facebook Reply 19 Dec 2018 22:35 Twitter Very interesting. That was my experience as well. A significant number (10-15%) of the Southern Republicans I know were open to Sanders.*** The well-do-to Republicans and “good ole’ boys” wrote Sanders off as a “Communist” or “Crazy Bernie”. But they were voting Republican regardless of who ran… Working class, non-good ole’ boy Republicans, however, were generally excited about what Sanders was proposing. They seemed to get it. …Indeed, I even witnessed a fight between Republicans at a BBQ when a well-to-do Republican tried to shame a Sanders-sympathizing welder by calling him a Communist (did not end well for the well-to-do Republican). ***Conversely, not one was open to Hillary. Share on Twitter 8 9 Share on Twitter Report 20 Dec 2018 1:51 Report LibertineUSA Indeed. The fact the article mentions a women of colour is ideal rather than an effective candidate who can beat Trump shows how identity politics is running through the left like a cancer. smallharmlesslizard 19 Dec 2018 22:58 Reply Share on Twitter “and to stop bombing brown people to Kingdom come.” Then stop bombing them, if you find you cannot help yourself quitting doing it, get on some program. You do know it is not government policy to just bomb brown people, don’t you? When Saddam was ‘Raping’ Kuwait, should have USA stopped them? Or just let them do Saudi next? When ISIS was taking the region should USA have said – its nothing to do with us? When Saddam was killing, torturing, genociding the Marsh, Shia, Arabs – and Kurds, kleptosizing the nation, destabilizing his Neighbors, developing WMDs (he was, he used them in the trench war with Iran which saw a MILLION killed!) He should have been left alone? When the Taliban were turning Afghanistan into a hell-hole and hosting terrorists USA should have said ‘Go For it’? 7.5 billion in the world, and a couple billion live in war lord lands – and if the powers did not keep them in check a quarter of the world would be at war – but you do not care, do you? Let the brown guys oppress each other, it is fine, right? Wed 19 Dec 2018 09.05 EST Twitter Twitter Reply 19 Dec 2018 23:17 Share on Twitter Facebook 20 Dec 2018 19:36 Facebook Share on Facebook 13 14 comments (1532)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 3 4 3 4 renegadewren As long as it is not a Clinton. 0 1 Share on Twitter SeaNote Share Share 19 Dec 2018 23:05 20 Dec 2018 2:02 19 Dec 2018 22:26 | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share this article just got me fired up about Bernie. Was thinking of backing Biden, but you are 100% right, Bernie is the guy. Beto would be an absolute disaster against Trump. He does not seem like the type of candidate who can galvanize men to the polls, and if you are looking for a candidate who appeals to women, why not just pick a woman? I think Biden would have a chance against Trump, but so too does Bernie and Bernie is definitely the more progressive choice–and the rest of the candidates are deeply flawed and wouldn’t stand a chance Share on Twitter 19 20 19 Dec 2018 22:29 Reply Share on Twitter Bernie Sanders Facebook | Pick Twitter 4 5 Report expatinscandinavia 22 23 nikgregor Twitter Share on WhatsApp 19 Dec 2018 23:13 I’ve actually begun to like Hillary after her defeat. She took it with humility and eventually a bit of humour, and she seems far more likeable now. Twitter Facebook I did,1—Sen. Murphy from Conn. (he works very closely with Bernie on many issues)2—Governor Inslee, Just got re-elected. Very progressive and decent. Twitter | Pick Joe Biden Reply Facebook Share In the battle of the septagenarians Cousin Bernie has 5 years on Donnie. He can chastise Donnie for his youth and inexperience. Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Facebook Report | Pick Reply eveofchange comment LittleJoe1 Share Twitter 2 3 Facebook | Pick Report 19 Dec 2018 22:47 Threads collapsed sanjeeva 19 Dec 2018 23:01 | Pick Facebook Report Share 19 Dec 2018 22:33 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter 8 9 Facebook | Pick Facebook Twitter 20 Dec 2018 2:27 Share Share on Facebook | Pick Share Share Share 20 Dec 2018 2:06 No explanation needed. Sanders’ campaign manager was Jeffery Weaver. Facebook Facebook Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:17 Share on Facebook William Anthony J S Twitter Facebook Bernie is the guy. Bernie would be an absolute disaster against Trump. is how I read it, and how right it is – run the commie Bernie, get Trump again. I say yes. To appeal to the women and minority voters he needs an appropriate running mate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez woupd be perfect. Reply 19 Dec 2018 23:16 Share on Facebook Show 22 more replies Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report | Pick Flickr1996 113 114 Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Share Share on Facebook Facebook William Anthony Report | Pick Share on Twitter londonstillrocks Share on Twitter hartebeest Share on Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:33 Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:24 Twitter 0 1 Share on Twitter Facebook Reply mbidding LittleJoe1 DarenB Report Report Report Share William Anthony 1 2 Trump has put on a lot of weight in the last two years; his face is permanently flushed and his neck is a thick as a bull’s. Bernie in contrast looks fitter than ever. But life has its own agenda: such is the stress of the political life that either man could fall victim to a heart attack at any time. Biden and the others should be ruled out for the reasons stated, including the Boy Wonder Beto, whose Kennedyesque appearance suggests a host of Kennedy-like defects of personality. If Bernie’s health presents an issue, the Deomocrats could do worse than Sheldon Whitehouse, whose calm and incisive questioning of Brett Kavanaugh was for me a highlight of the confirmation hearing. Amy Klobuchar is another Dem Senator whose unfazed demeanour at the hearing provided a healthy contrast to Kavabaugh’s hysterical and mendacious performance. Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 0 1 I’ve actually begun to like Hillary after her defeat. She took it with humility and eventually a bit of humour, and she seems far more likeable now. ElDanielfire Reply Report Share Reply Share on Facebook SayKnowToooSpelling Share 19 Dec 2018 23:08 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook LibertineUSA Share on Facebook 1 2 WillisFitnurbut hartebeest eveofchange Share Comments 1,532 Share on Facebook Reply Bernie would have won the last election. | Pick Report Report | Pick 20 Dec 2018 2:21 | Pick Just because Europe and UK are out to self harm themselves into irrelevance and destruction does not mean USA has to as well. Drain the Swamp, Stop the Rot, Trump in 2020, the man is a national Treasure. (MAGA) 14 15 Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter | Pick 19 Dec 2018 22:25 19 20 Bernie Sanders Share Share It is a bit damning that no real alternative has emerged on the left since 2016- though it shows how difficult it has been for such figures to rise to prominence within US politics. The current opening owes a lot to the fact that the heavyweights avoided the 2016 primaries to allow a Clinton coronation, with the unintended effect of creating space for Sanders’ message. But it also needs to be said that the main charge against Sanders= that he only appeals to ‘broscialists’ and doesn’t care about POC has been increasingly revealed to be a false narrative in recent polls, where he is doing better among POC than any other possible candidate. I just hope that the primaries this time are run on policy and not personality. Just look at the numbers AOC’s Green New Deal is polling, even among Republicans- a bold, substantive agenda for change can win this thing. I agree thanks bye Reply Share on Twitter eveofchange With less than two years until election day, no other Democratic candidate has the ability to defeat Donald Trump Reply Amen. Or perhaps something more secular. Bravo. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter This is why the USA needs to separate church and state. I’d bet most of those repuglican voters identify the GOP as the Christian party, and the Dems as Satanists. 4 5 Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:31 Joe Dert Facebook Email (optional) Share on Twitter 2 3 Report Report That about sums it up….Should be a slam dunk for democrats but…… 0 1 Share on Facebook 0 1 Like Rome needed a leftward drift, Read your Gibbon, this self loathing, this becoming P****** as a nation – it is the end of Rome. Make your nation great, be strong, be proud, be moral, be all the Left is not. Reply Gregory Pittman | Pick Show 9 more replies Share on Twitter bpollutin Reply Share | Pick Share on Twitter William Anthony Facebook | Pick Twitter What’s the basis for your assertion? 19 Dec 2018 23:06 Share on Twitter Reply Nathan Robinson Report baldisgood Facebook Twitter DanInTheDesert Reply Donald Trump Share on Facebook KosmoKen Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report Report 19 Dec 2018 23:24 Richard Sheehan Yep, only the odds and ends: 78% of Americans opposed attempts to repeal the ACA, 71% opposed the GOP tax bill, 80% support protecting dreamers, 70% oppose the child separation policy, 71% want to remain in the Paris Accord and accept the science of climate change, at least 60% support legal abortion, 90%, including 75% of gun owners, support rational gun control, 67% support Mueller’s probe, 67% opposed Kavanaugh’s appointment, and on and on. If you say so, bud. 10 11 The one potential candidate who does intrigue me is Sherrod Brown. Working class roots. Very progressive (though not Bernie Sanders style progressive. But then again who is?). Can connect with the blue collar Rust Belt voters needed to win national elections (he is progressive yet keeps comfortably winning senate races in Ohio). I have long thought that Brown was destined for something higher than the senate. We’ll see if he decides to run… Share Show 11 more replies Lynden71 Report Didn’t all the Ark A types die from a poorly sanitised phone? 10 11 3 4 7 8 Facebook Twitter Share expatinscandinavia There are only a few serious criticisms of Sanders, the main one being “he’s too old.’ But while age might be a more serious factor if the current president were far younger, Trump is a septuagenarian like Sanders. Sanders still shoots hoops, he criss-crosses the country giving speeches, and he has more energy than many of us who are less than half his age. If Trump tries to make an issue of Sanders’ superior age, experience, and wisdom, Sanders can just challenge him to settle it on the basketball court.There are a few other criticisms that can be made of Sanders, including his unfair criticism of leftist “open borders” advocates. He has cast bad votes (the 1994 Clinton crime bill comes to mind) and sometimes makes frustrating gaffes. I do not think Sanders is the ideal candidate, the one I would make in a laboratory. It would indeed be nice to have someone younger, ideally a woman of color (if only the constitution didn’t bar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!) But the question isn’t “Is Sanders flawless?” Rather, it’s “Is Sanders the best candidate we have available?” To that, the answer is clear. No other 2020 prospect comes close.• Nathan Robinson is the editor of Current Affairs Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Beto O’Rourke Loading comments… Trouble loading? Show 5 more replies Share on Twitter Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:29 Share on Twitter 1 2 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share 19 Dec 2018 22:59 63 64 2 3 Reply Report Share on Twitter smallharmlesslizard Reply Facebook Reply Share MalachiConstant Reply Facebook 17 18 Twitter Share Melty Clock Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report Share on LinkedIn One hopes that the left wards drift in us political thinking continues as a further swing to the right will feel lead to war as it’s logical conclusion Capitalism needs wholesale destruction to further its march themandibleclaw 19 Dec 2018 22:31 0 1 Twitter For whatever weight you may choose to give it the polling through the primaries showed Sanders beating Trump and Clinton as the only candidate who might lose to him. The centre-right Tim Kaine as VP?Clinton: medicare for all “will never come to pass”Schumer: “For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”Turning off the lights and turning on the sound cannons at the progressives during the DNC convention…Not allowing Nina Turner to speak at the DNC convention but letting Henry Kisisnger do so. I’m sorry but the Clinton team didn’t give a flying f**k about alienating progressives. “I just want some damn healthcare for me and my fellow citizens” USA HAS SOCIALISED MEDICINE! 1) over 65 get Medicare 2) poor get Medicade 3) work for any government from the Fed, down to a town park keeper, get health insurance 4) work for a corporation, get subsidised health care insurance 5) Military – get healthcare, after get VA and Tricare insurance exceedingly cheaply (and for family too) 6) make under $60,000 as a family, earned income (for 2 or more, or $35000 for 1) get Obamacare subsidized, all the way to almost zero payments at $20,000 – $30,000 And more ways TOO! No one may be denied health care because they cannot PAY FOR IT! If you cannot pay you still get seen! USA HAS SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE! Report Reply Mrdaydream Report Twitter Reply Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share Show 7 more replies | Pick Report Share Report Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Reply Melty Clock 19 Dec 2018 22:33 Boeing and Lockheed Martin have more say in that than you do. Facebook The joke used to be as follows:To understand American politics you need to this, the Republicans are a bit like our Conservative Party whilst the Democrats are… a bit like our Conservative Party. But the Republicans have moved so far right that it doesn’t work as well now. Share candoll smallharmlesslizard Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report I just want some damn healthcare for me and my fellow citizens and to stop bombing brown people to Kingdom come. Bernie does too, so I’m on board. Twitter 12 13 “As the voters move left,” The voters are not moving left as a group – only the odd and ends, showflakes, welfare consumers, ivory-towerists, soft science intellectuals, chair warmers – you know, all the ‘Ark ‘B” types. The people who actually get things done remain conservatives. I’m saying it’s more damning of the system than anything else, but nevertheless it would have been helpful to find someone younger. Plus, someone other than Sanders sidesteps the specious ‘cult of personality’ argument that gets trotted out by conservative Dems. That said, maybe Sanders’ no. 1 problem in 2016 was name recognition- something he does have in abundance now and something someone like, say, Sherrod Brown wouldn’t. FuriousKale Reply Do people want progressive? next Share on Facebook Lynden71 | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Reply 14 15 | Pick Twitter 25 Reply | Pick oldest Twitter Bronxite | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply 10 11 Trump wouldn’t show up for the fight….he has his bone spurs to consider. Reply Share on Twitter Facebook candoll Jeffery Weaver is the man 19 Dec 2018 22:54 Show 6 more replies Facebook I feel the same way. Happy to support someone else with Sander’s views, record and ability to be lead from below but I don’t know who that might be. And the last part is important. My criticism of Sanders is that he is better on issues of economic than on issues dealing with war and peace but this most recent attempt to stop supporting the Saudis might represent a shift away from that thinking. We need a candidate who will end the wars and fund the the VA and, unless someone else emerges, that’s Bernie. SeaNote By Bernie…. Share | Pick Reply William Anthony Twitter Reply 3 4 Report Share Share Do people want progressive? Facebook Reply Share | Pick Facebook Share Share Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter 9 10 Report Solluz Share on Facebook 2 3 Reply Reply Share Reply Share on Twitter Twitter KosmoKen Facebook Twitter Reply 19 Dec 2018 22:31 Report Twitter Report Twitter Share 20 Dec 2018 1:58 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Lynden71 Share Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Show 29 more replies Report For me Sanders is a good/better choice.But the role needs a special resilence, any president have to manage his project with what legislators make possible. They can find Congress and Senate that leave their projects less ambitious.He would find also thousand US Army bases distributed around the world, the great difficult of changing foreign policies.The biggest prison population in history, and specially minorities.Drug epidemy as never seen.Millions of young people ruined before their career has started.The amount on troubles in USA society is big, and it seems the most important is building a wall that is already built in its major part.(…) Reuse this content,View all comments > Report Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Report Speculation over the 2020 US presidential elections has already gotten contentious. The Democratic field looks as if it’s going to be crowded, and new prospects are floated by the press seemingly every week, from Oprah Winfrey to Beto O’Rourke. With just under two years to go until election day, it’s best not to become too consumed by presidential speculation. But for those on the left who want to defeat Donald Trump and advance egalitarian political values, it’s important to start to think about who can succeed. For those of us who believe in radically transformative political change, the choice is already clear – Bernie Sanders is the only viable option.Based on his record, Sanders should be the progressive favorite by default. In 2016, he ran an impressive insurgent campaign that came close to defeating the party elite’s handpicked candidate. Savvier Democrats have already recognized that Sander’s message is the one that best suits the mood of the electorate. 2 3 19 Dec 2018 23:16 3 4 Share on Facebook | Pick Share Report collapsed 19 Dec 2018 22:41 Facebook Facebook expatinscandinavia Joe Dert 19 Dec 2018 22:55 20 Dec 2018 0:32 It would indeed be nice to have someone younger, ideally a woman of color… Share on Twitter 50 51 Facebook Share on Facebook KosmoKen Topics Reply | Pick baldisgood Twitter Report Twitter Bernie for the Democrats would be just about the only thing I could see that would make a Trump second term an odds-on favourite. Bernie faced very little press scrutiny in the last campaign, partly because he was never favoured to win, but mostly because the right-wing press loved seeing him weaken Clinton and help the Republicans. If he were the actual Democratic candidate he has an entire career of far-left quote fodder that they will hang around his neck. I am afraid he is just way too far left to be electable in the US, and even Trump would have a solid chance against him (in fact having Trump as an opponent would also be the only thing that could possibly result in a Bernie presidency – any moderate Republican would massacre him). I am afraid it is a similar position to the UK – just when we need a moderate leftist to scoop up a huge majority we are saddled with the far left, making the race competitive. Sigh. Lol, but why not Hillary again? For old time’s sake? Twitter | Pick DanInTheDesert 19 Dec 2018 22:31 | Pick 20 Dec 2018 8:56 34 35 londonstillrocks eveofchange Share on Facebook Report Share on Messenger William Anthony Reply Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick 19 Dec 2018 22:22 Share on Twitter Has Bernie explained why Manafort protege Tad Devine was his campaign manager? Reply The democratic party has evolved. It is reaching a point, especially in California, where moving leftward is pre-requisite for state office. Your mango monstrosity wants his equally thuggish daughter to take over. Share 19 Dec 2018 22:33 Share on Facebook 19 Dec 2018 23:19 | Pick Share Report Share on Twitter 15 16 20 Dec 2018 2:25 Share on Twitter 1 2 Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Reply You liked the part where she blamed everyone else for her losing, and took no responsibility?Or when she recently made a joke about all black people looking alike, and is rewarded with “good one” from the sycophantic interviewer? Casual racism and deflection doesn’t really add to her appeal or electability. 0 1 “ideally a woman of color” Because that pool of viable candidates is so huge – haha, all this is is a call against White Men. There you have it, the Left, you do not love the minorities as much as hate the majority. Share Share geejay123 SilverTui Share on Facebook | Pick There’s only one way to find out. smallharmlesslizard Share on Facebook smallharmlesslizard 19 Dec 2018 22:57 Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter smallharmlesslizard 7 8 Share on Twitter SayKnowToooSpelling Report “Sanders would be our current president.” That is far from a certainty. In 2016 Clinton took it easy on Sanders in the Primaries in order to not alienate Progessives that she would badly need in the general election. Trump actively encouraged Bernie as a way of hurting Clinton who was thought to be the likely nominee. The point is that Sanders as yet has not faced a serious candidate in a general election. As shown in 2016 many of the attacks on Clinton like Benghazi despite being false or vastly overstated were effective in driving her numbers down. With Putin likely helping Trump and with their collective scandal mongering attack machines , their effect in driving Sander’s popularity down should not be underestimated. Share on Facebook Reply I’ve got an antidote for those feelings — her own words: Hillary Clinton: Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick 9 10 Facebook Most Democratic Party politicians are highly dependent on corporate money to fund their campaigns, so true progressives are rare. As the voters move left, the leading politicians continue to resist this, a reactionary stance they characterize as “pragmatic.” TheRedThreat Agreed with the working class roots, populist style and progressive policies. I would vote for him. But I’m concerned that: 1. his instincts are more conservative with Sanders, he was quick to endorse Clinton 2. he just doesn’t seem to generate much grassroots excitement. Still, I’m open to the idea . . 20 Dec 2018 2:18 Reply Reply DanInTheDesert Facebook Share on Facebook DarenB Facebook expanded Twitter WillisFitnurbut Twitter 10 11 3 Reply Share on Facebook Share Share Show 2 more replies 19 Dec 2018 22:55 Facebook Report Share on Twitter Read more Report Twitter Matt M | Pick Share on Facebook Nash437 Twitter 19 Dec 2018 23:08 Report WillisFitnurbut Report William Anthony 19 Dec 2018 23:17 smallharmlesslizard Facebook Report 5 6 Report Nash437 20 Dec 2018 2:29 Share 2 3 jackrousseau Reply Twitter 2 Report 20 Dec 2018 2:29 19 Dec 2018 22:32 Reply | Pick 13 14 | Pick Share on Facebook Reply smallharmlesslizard Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Mrdaydream Report Reply Share Reply Share 20 Dec 2018 0:20 Facebook No politician , no matter what they claim, can fight an election from within the pro corporate Democratic party as a “socialist” .The two things are mutually exclusive. Sanders must fight as a socialist independent, with a view to making it mass party , or else his “progressive” message will be co opted by the right wing Democrat hierarchy, sanitised and Clintonised. Report | Pick Twitter 20 Dec 2018 2:24 Share As opposed to what we now have? Of course. Report I also realized that Trump seems to be more stressed… Share Share Reply Facebook Bernie Sanders 2020? Senator mulls second White House run Twitter Report nikgregor sanjeeva TheRedThreat Last modified on Fri 21 Dec 2018 08.05 EST The only chance of unseating Trump is to have a republican beat him in the primaries and that is as unlikely to happen as Sanders is to run in 2020. Polls put Bernie beating Trump by about 10 points. Also Clinton candidacy did more to help Republicans than Bernie ever could, with her at the top of the Democrat ticket Republican took over all 3 branches of government, and also took control of several states. Also let’s not forget that Trump has several indicted and convicted people associated with him which will hamper his prospect of reelection, plus his many questionable decisions. It won’t be an unvarnished Trump against Bernie, Reply RedMan30 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report Twitter Report Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter Why not? It was a huge applause line for Reagan when he successfully deflected questions about his age by talking down to Walter Mondale- a 56 year old former Vice President. former Minnesota AG and US Senator for 12 years! Show 5 more replies baldisgood Gregory Pittman Share on Twitter 1 2 Facebook | Pick Share Reply LibertineUSA If Sanders does run, Kamala Harris will beat him in the primaries–she’s a woman and she wades in the middle ground between the progressive left and democratic center–same sort of thing that happened in 2016. If he does run, he will most likely run as an independent and not a democrat, further ripping the left and centrists farther and farther apart. Meanwhile, Trump plays the party games, takes the nomination and another four years thanks to a split vote between dems and independents. Share on Twitter candoll Reply smallharmlesslizard I have been reading all your replies on this thread. Can you please tell me your home state as I Googled, “LSD legal in which U.S. states?” and it seems to be legal zero? Report Share on Twitter Report | Pick Twitter ‘Bernie Sanders’ ideas have set the agenda for the Democratic party for the past two years.’Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Report Facebook Twitter Share Not Hillary – Chelsea Clinton! Keep it in the family! 38 39 Share Share on Facebook In 2016 Clinton took it easy on Sanders in the Primaries in order to not alienate Progessives that she would badly need in the general election. expatinscandinavia Report next Facebook Report Facebook 3 4 19 Dec 2018 22:57 More important question is what Putin and his army of voter-whisperers wants. … Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Reply Facebook Facebook recommendations Read more William Anthony Why Bernie Sanders is (still) the most progressive choice for president MalachiConstant Share smallharmlesslizard Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Share | Pick Share on Twitter 19 Dec 2018 22:35 11 12 Share Lynden71 Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook 19 Dec 2018 22:17 Share on Facebook | Pick Report smallharmlesslizard 19 Dec 2018 22:37 3 6 7 It’s not really damning at all; it’s par for the course. Putting your hat in the ring for President is a very risky thing to do and it takes a lot of careful planning as every ‘i; you’ve ever dotted will be scrutinized.It is rare for serious contenders to share their candidacy until after the midterms and the closer to final year the better.Unfortunately I think your fear will be realized it will once more be about personality rather than policy. Share Report Reply “It would indeed be nice to have someone younger, ideally a woman of color” I would love to see Sanders run, but unfortunately it’s the ugly division of people by gender and race that is so prominent on the left now that could be a stumbling block for him. He will get more abuse from the left than from the right. And the fact that he criticised open borders just means that he could be electable. Never in a billion years would the US elect an advocate of open borders as president. renegadewren Share on Twitter Share on Facebook His ideas have set the agenda for the Democratic party for the past two years, with elected officials trying to burnish their progressive credentials by doing photo ops with Sanders and adopting his policies, from free college to Medicare for All (a plan that even the majority of Republican voters now favor). Many polls suggest he is the most popular politician in the country, and would be the clear favorite in a match-up against Trump. Attempts to portray Sanders as the candidate of white “Bernie Bros” ignore the facts – Sanders has higher favorability ratings among people of color than any other Democratic politician. It’s obvious that he’s the party’s best shot. He has a formidable team of experienced organizers, national popularity and name recognition, and a clear, bold agenda that can win over working-class people of all genders and races.What about the other frontrunners? Some current polls put Joe Biden ahead of Sanders in a potential primary. But while Biden’s “Uncle Joe” persona has endeared him to Democrats across the country, no serious progressive can support him. For one thing, Biden has declared himself indifferent to the concerns of millennial voters, saying he has “no empathy” for young people who complain about student debt, precarious employment, and high rent. I don’t know about other millennials, but I prefer a candidate who can empathize with me.Biden has also spent a long career in Washington failing to take important stands at critical points. He has misrepresented his pandering to racists during the 1970s, and his handling of Anita Hill’s testimony during 1991’s was infamously shameful. (After decades in which Hill waited for an apology from Biden, he finally gave a partial one this year, while still declining to accept blame for what happened to Hill.) If that wasn’t enough, Biden’s creepy history of routinely violating women’s personal space should make his candidacy a non-starter in the post-#MeToo era.How about Beto O’Rourke, the “Kennedyesque” golden boy currently being floated as a potential nominee? O’Rourke turned in an impressive showing against Ted Cruz in Texas. But O’Rourke is a member of the centrist New Democrat coalition, and his commitment to progressive values is so lukewarm that he refuses to even use the word “progressive” to describe himself. His record as a legislator is thin, and he has been noncommittal and evasive when discussing core progressive policies like tuition-free college and single-payer healthcare. Since he hasn’t taken the lead on pushing a left agenda in Congress, there’s little reason to think he would be effective at doing so as president.In fact, every candidate other than Sanders has qualities that should be deeply troubling to those on the left. Elizabeth Warren, whose calls for a more democratic economy put her closer to Sanders than any other senator, has called herself a “capitalist to my bones” – a sharp contrast with the democratic socialism with which the majority of millennials sympathize. (Warren’s disastrous handling of the “Native American” controversy also does not suggest the kind of nimble political instincts crucial to taking on a master of sleaze and scandal like Donald Trump.)Kamala Harris has a record of overseeing and then defending serious prosecutorial misconduct as California’s attorney general, and racial justice advocates strongly criticized her for her failure to hold police accountable. Cory Booker, whose political rise was fueled by corporate money, has such warm feelings for Wall Street that he actually criticized Barack Obama for being too harsh on private equity firms.Kirsten Gillibrand spent the first part of her career as a lawyer for Big Tobacco, and according to the American Conservative was originally elected by “running to the right”, such as by staunchly opposing drivers’ licenses for undocumented people. Gillibrand has recently begun to sound far more progressive, but someone who served as the paid agent for “merchants of death” faces a high burden to prove they’ve changed.A candidate should be judged on their record. Based on how recently most of the 2020 prospects have embraced the progressive agenda, it’s reasonable to suspect some opportunism. Sanders, on the other hand, has a lifelong history as a thorn in the side of the establishment. Even as a teenager, Sanders was getting himself arrested in civil rights demonstrations.As mayor of Burlington, he pioneered an innovative community land trust approach to affordable housing. He has been an efficient legislator, even earning the title “amendment king” for his success in getting measures through Congress. And he has shown a willingness to take principled stands, including his early opposition to the Iraq war plus his votes against the Defense of Marriage Act and the Patriot Act. Twitter Share Share on Facebook Have a recommend. Reply hartebeest | Pick J S Facebook Twitter 14 15 Share on Facebook | Pick Share 19 Dec 2018 22:31 Lynden71 | Pick Share Democrats Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 18 19 Share on Facebook Report He was his strategist. Why would he need to explain it? It’s irrelevant.My neighbour murdered his wife, I do not share in his guilt, Likewise somebody who worked with Manafort doesn’t share his guilt. And another person removed in the chain even less so. Share Share 19 Dec 2018 22:31 crawfordcolo Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook dissapointed123 Share on Twitter William Anthony | Pick Facebook 3 4 19 Dec 2018 22:21 I worked for the Sanders campaign. At our “barnstorming” events, about 30% of those attending, identified as republicans. Had the primary process not been compromised by democratic party leadership, Bernie Sanders would be our current president. 20 Dec 2018 8:55 | Pick | Pick Support The Guardian | Pick Share on Twitter 42 43 Reason (optional) 20 Dec 2018 3:17 Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebooklast_img read more

House receives tens of thousands of documents in Trump investigation as it

first_imgUS politics live “Racists think he’s racist.” Senator Cory Booker, who is one of many in a crowded Democratic race for president, discusses President Trump on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2012 18, 2019 Evening summaryWell. That was a day. Republican Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit against Twitter and a handful of Twitter users, including one referred to repeatedly throughout the complaint as “Devin Nunes’ Mom.”Cory Booker takes a break from his tempestuous love triangle with sleep and coffee to call President Trump out on his language. The House Judiciary Committee has received “tens of thousands” of documents requested from the 81 individuals and organizations associated with President Trump.See you all tomorrow! Older Mon 18 Mar 2019 20.09 EDT Facebook Share via Email 19 Mar 201916:04Trump budget proposal includes cutting Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding Facebook Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)wait this one is from 2017 its fair game 18, 2019 Beto O’Rourke will make his first visit to New Hampshire tomorrow. The former Texas congressman will visit all ten counties in the Granite State over a three day period.His first event will be in Keene, New Hampshire a liberal college town near the Vermont border. 1 of 5 Reuse this content Twitter “I am encouraged by the responses we have received since sending these initial letters two weeks ago,” Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement. “It is my hope that we will receive cooperation from the remainder of the list, and will be working to find an appropriate accommodation with any individual who may be reluctant to cooperate with our investigation.” 19 Mar 201919:19 18 Mar 201909:48Trump claims media blames him for New Zealand shooting Devin Nunes sues Twitter, “@DevinNunesMom”California Representative Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit against Twitter on Monday, accusing the social media giant of “shadow-banning conservatives” and ignoring complaints of abusive behavior.Nunes, a Republican, is also taking action against three Twitter users: Elizabeth Mair, “@DevinNunesMom” and “DevinCow.” The lawsuit, which was first reported by Fox News, is seeking $250m in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.In the lawsuit, Nunes alleges that Twitter “shadow banned” his account “in order to restrict his free speech and to amplify the abusive and hateful content published and republished by Mair, Devin Nunes’ Mom, Devin Nunes’ cow, Fire Devin Nunes, Devin Nunes Grapes, and others.” The lawsuit cites a Vice New report that found that Twitter’s new approach to fighting combating “troll-like behaviors” resulted in some Republicans becoming less visible on the platform. “Access to Twitter is essential for meaningful participation in modern-day American Democracy,” the lawsuit states. “A candidate without Twitter is a losing candidate. The ability to use Twitter is a vital part of modern citizenship. A presence on Twitter is essential for an individual to run for office or engage in any level of political organizing in modern America.” The lawsuit alleges that in “shadow-banning” Nunes’ account, Twitter was “selectively amplifying the message of defamers such as Mair, Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ cow, and materially contributing to the libelousness of the hundreds of posts at issue in this action.” The purpose of all this was “to influence the outcome of the 2018 Congressional election and to intimidate Plaintiff and interfere with his important investigation of corruption by the Clinton campaign and alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election,” according to the lawsuit. Nunes won his reelection. Twitter declined to comment. The account, @DevinNunesMom, appears to be suspended at the moment. Liz Mair took to Twitter to decline to comment. Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2012 18, 2019 19 Mar 201917:03 Twitter Top congressional Democrats have requested that federal law enforcement agencies investigate Cindy Yang, the massage parlor owner who met with Trump at Mar A Lago. They say there are credible allegations of potential human trafficking and unlawful foreign lobbying.President Donald Trump went on an early morning tweetstorm, claiming that the media was blaming him for the mass shooting in New ZealandFormer Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke announced that he had raise $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign, more than any other candidate. 19 Mar 201917:33 19 Mar 201916:56 Share on Pinterest Unlike many news organisations, we chose an approach that means all our reporting is free and available for everyone. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. For as little as $1 you can support us – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Make a contribution – The Guardian Facebook 19 Mar 201916:47 Twitter Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2012 again 18, 2019 BrandValue$4B (@LizMair)Guys, I’m declining comment on this for now but DEVIN NUNES IS SUING ME. If you’d like to contribute to cover my legal expenses please donate here: 18, 2019 19 Mar 201916:56Summary Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)this is what im talking about 18, 2019 Show Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2010 18, 2019 Oldest Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2013 18, 2019 House receives ‘tens of thousands’ of documents in Trump investigation – as it happened,Committee looking into alleged wrongdoing by the president had requested documents from 81 individuals and organizationsSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective Speaking of Cory Booker, writer Anna Fitzpatrick seems to have unearthed a steamy on-and-off-again, Ross-and-Rachel, will-they/won’t-they sort of relationship between the New Jersey senator and, well, not Rosario Dawson. Donald Trump Twitter US politics live 19 Mar 201918:22 Twitter Facebook ABC News (@ABC)Asked how long he plans to be in his role, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells a crowd in Kansas, “I’m going to be there until he tweets me out of office.” 18, 2019 Topics Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2010 18, 2019 Newer Share on Twitter Twitter 19 Mar 201917:55center_img 19 Mar 2019 19:19 Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2015 18, 2019 Facebook Twitter Twitter Share via Email 19 Mar 201918:08 19 Mar 201917:44 Facebook Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2009, again off limits 18, 2019 On his third stop on his three-state domestic tour, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got candid before a crowd in Kansas. Show 19 Mar 201918:22Judiciary Committee receives “tens of thousands” of documents in Trump world investigation 19 Mar 201920:09 “PBS and our 350 member stations across the country have earned bipartisan Congressional support over the years due to the high value the American people place on the services we provide their communities. For a modest investment of about $1.35 per citizen per year, public television provides school readiness for children, support for teachers and caregivers, public safety communications and lifelong learning through high-quality content.“For the 16th year in a row, Americans named PBS and member stations #1 in public trust among nationally known institutions. The same survey revealed that Americans rank PBS and our member stations second only to the country’s military defense in terms of value for taxpayer dollars. PBS and its supporters across every region of the country will continue to remind legislators that federal funding is critical for public television to do this essential work.” Trump has tried to eliminate funding for public media before, but was unsuccessful. His previous attempts were met with outcry: Media Matters noted that eliminating CPB from the budget meant cutting funding to the only news organization that was reporting on climate change at the time, while the arts community pointed out that the National Endowment Fund made possible the careers such as that of Tarell Alvin McCraney, the writer behind the Oscar-winning film, “Moonlight”. Vivian Ho in Oakland (now) and Ben Jacobs in Washington and Erin Durkin in New York (earlier) “His language is causing pain and fear,” Booker told MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews. “The way he’s talking is making people afraid.” US politics Hey all, Vivian Ho on the west coast, taking over for Ben Jacobs. Hope you’re all having a happy Monday. Facebook Summary US politics Hardball (@hardball)Does @corybooker think President Trump is a racist? “Racists think he’s a racist and his language hurts people.”Tune in tonight at 7 PM ET for our full interview with Senator Booker. #Hardball 18, 2019 Facebook 19 Mar 201919:19Devin Nunes sues Twitter, “@DevinNunesMom” Share on Twitter Newest Facebook Facebook Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)please dont unfollow me on twitter, rosario dawson.March 18, 2019 Key events Share on Facebook Live feed At this point, the Committee has heard from a large number of the recipients, many of whom have either sent or agreed to send documents to the Committee. Those documents already number in the tens of thousands. The Committee continues to be in discussions with others, including some who have requested a subpoena from the Committee before they are comfortable supplying the information requested. Beto O’Rourke Twitter Updatedat 7.38pm EDT Shares364364 PBS president and CEO Paul Kerger responded to President Trump’s proposal to once again cut funding for both the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts: Democrats Updated 19 Mar 2019,Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on 14 March.Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Share on Messenger First published on Mon 18 Mar 2019 08.34 EDT Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz)2012. “nu friend.” the end. 18, 2019 Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Republicans Judiciary Committee receives “tens of thousands” of documents in Trump world investigationThe House Judiciary Committee provided a brief update in its document request to 81 individuals and organizations associated with President Trump:last_img read more

US singer Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disneys liveaction remake of

first_imgnews Share on Twitter Wed 3 Jul 2019 20.01 EDT Press Association Share on Pinterest Last modified on Wed 3 Jul 2019 20.27 EDT Share on Facebook Marshall will also produce with John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.The film will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Miranda.Production on The Little Mermaid is expected to begin in early 2020. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content chloe x halle (@chloexhalle)dream come true… 🧜🏽‍♀️🌊 3, 2019 The film is being directed by Rob Marshall, who said: “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice – all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”News of the casting was praised on Twitter, with many people remarking on the significance of a young black woman taking on the role. Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon)Brandy walked so Halle Bailey could swim. 3, 2019 Evette Dionne 🏁 (@freeblackgirl)Halle Bailey, a Black teens who wears locs, being cast as a Disney princess is what dreams are made of. Imagine what just seeing her onscreen will do for this generation of Black girls.July 3, 2019 Singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s live action reimagining of The Little Mermaid.The 19-year-old – who is in musical duo Chloe X Halle with her sister Chloe – was cast after an “extensive search”.She said on Twitter that it was a “dream come true”. Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming adaptation of The Little Mermaid.Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Walt Disney Company Share on Messenger Share via Email Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli)I look forward to taking my daughter to see Halle Bailey as Ariel in the live action version of Little Mermaid. She’ll be ecstatic seeing another girl of color as a Disney princess. I will have to tolerate the songs, but…worth it.July 3, 2019 Walt Disney Company US singer Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid Share on Facebook Director says 19-year-old has ‘spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance – plus a glorious singing voice’ Share on WhatsApp Shares288288 Topicslast_img read more

ATFAQ003 – Q1 AT funding outside of work and school Q2 What——-transcript follows ——BRIAN NORTON: Welcome to ATFAQ, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions. I’m your host Brian Norton, Manager of Clinical Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads. This is a show in which we address your questions about assistive technology, the hardware, software, tools and gadgets that help people with disabilities lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Have a question you’d like answered on our show? Send a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ or call our listener line at 317-721-7124. The world of assistive technology has questions, and we have answers.So today in the studio we have with us three folks. Mark Stewart who’s been on the show.MARK STEWART: Hey, Brian.BRIAN NORTON: And we’ve got Belva Smith.BELVA SMITH: Hey, Brian.BRIAN NORTON: And we also have Wade Wingler.WADE WINGLER: Good morning, everybody.BRIAN NORTON: So we are really excited to be back with you guys for ATFAQ Episode 003 of ATFAQ. It will be our third show. I’m really enjoying the questions and answers in the things we’ve done so far and looking forward to continuing this as we go on. Today we have seven or eight questions we’re going to get through. Without further ado, we’ll jump into those.***The first question we have today is, are there assistive technology funding sources for non-work or non-school purposes?I think to do right by the people who are listeners, it’s probably helpful for them to understand the day in and day out of who we work with. A lot of times, the folks we work with, they have funding sources. We are looking at very specific applications, be it at work in a job accommodation type of setting or an educational setting where they are working through transition with either their local voc rehab agency here in the states and/or with their K-12 environment, paying for the evaluation and for the equipment in those situations. But we do have lots of folks who come to us that don’t have a funding source. Those are the times and situations where we try to look at other alternative funding sources.MARK STEWART: When I look at the question, it’s the opposite of what we specialize in. We specialize in work and school related funding sources.BRIAN NORTON: Right.MARK STEWART: And all things A-Z as far as that’s concerned. But certainly we are involved in a lot of different things and we do our research as well. There’s also the question of scope of assistive technology. We work a lot in computer access and other things along those lines. There’s your Durable Medical Equipment. There’s a lot of medical device DME type things where Medicaid and Medicare certainly are big funding sources. But even for nonmedical items and even for computer access type items, certainly there are other resources people should know about.BRIAN NORTON: Right.BELVA SMITH: I think each state has, like we do, INDATA, the Indiana Assistive Technology Act, where you can contact them and see if you can apply for the low interest loans. Because I think most states to have those. I don’t think that has to be necessarily work or school related. Of course, a large number of the manufacturers offer easy payment plans. For example, if you need a screen reader, and you don’t have $1,000 to buy it, I know GW Micro was offering a payment plan. I know AiSquared, now that they’ve merged, I think you can still do a payment plan for their software. Certainly you would want to start by contacting the manufacture of whatever the device is that you’re looking for and find that they do offer a payment plan.BRIAN NORTON: I’ve run across other funding sources too. You mentioned all the animal clubs, as I’ll call them. All of these not-for-profit organizations who are looking for interest stories or ways to be able to support the community. A lot of times there’s funding opportunities through the Lions Club, those kinds of things, to be able to get assistive technology for folks. You mentioned assistive technology acts. There is one in every state and province. Definitely contact them. A lot of these have alternative financing programs that help people purchase equipment on their own. Also, disability specific organizations are there to. United Cerebral Palsy, they all have local chapters. Contacting them about different opportunities and different grants that they might have for folks to be able to purchase their own equipment is also out there as a potential funding source.BELVA SMITH: There’s all kinds of different fundraisers that you can do. I know when my kids were little, we did fundraising for our Little League team and for the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. If nothing else, you can do a little fundraiser for yourself.WADE WINGLER: Brian, I love that you said animal clubs. So you mean the lions of the elk and the owls and all those clubs that are named after animals that might do a fundraising thing.BRIAN NORTON: Absolutely.WADE WINGLER: I think the nature of the question is an interesting one. It says are there funding sources for non-work and non-school. I think that point to the fact that most assistive technology funding is based on what you’re going to use the technology for as opposed to what the technology is. So if it’s something you’re going to work for school or on the job or for medical purposes, you look to those systems to fund that kind of stuff. And then there are some sort of programs based on who you are. The Veterans Administration tends to be one of those for us. We find that the VA, and various independent bodies of the VA, the different sections and different groups within the VA that do that. Mostly the first question we asked when we talk about who’s going to pay for assistive technology is what are you going to do with it, because that makes a difference in terms of who’s going to pay for it.MARK STEWART: There’s activities, daily living. Hopefully Medicare or Medicaid or Medicaid waiver could kick in. But again, the animal clubs, as Brian calls them. There’s quality of life things come even beyond the medical activities of daily living. Sometimes there’s very strict guidelines as far as what qualifies and what doesn’t with regards to our definition from the government standpoint of what you need in the home to get by. As far as a little bit of better quality of life, you may very well have some needs, and that’s where you need to be a little more creative sometimes to find funding resources. That’s where the Elks Club or the Lions Club, folks like that might be able to help.BRIAN NORTON: I would encourage folks. We have at Easter Seals Crossroads, Indiana Assistive Technology Act, there are also ones in every state as I mentioned before. A lot of what they do is information and outreach. So if you’ve got questions about funding, giving them a call, they are probably going to be more aware of what type of funding sources are available to you in your area, in your state, and would be able to hook you up with those places based on what the need is. If you’re looking for a ramp for your house, they might have resources for you to tap into for those types of things as well. It might be a good starting point for folks.WADE WINGLER: I’ll do a quick plug here. If you’re looking for the AT act in your state and you don’t know where that is, we’ve set up a quick link on our website to help you find the one for whatever state you’re in. So if you go over to, it’ll take you to the list of all the different programs. I’ll pop a link in the show notes.So Brian, we don’t have the perfect answer there.BRIAN NORTON: We don’t. The funding sources are kind of all over the map depending on what type of equipment you’re looking for, what your particular situation is. We don’t have a perfect answer for that. I guess to be able to kind of point people into certain directions as far as where to go and what’s the next stone to overturn when you’re looking for a particular funding source for your need, I think the first place I would send some folks to would be to their tech act project, their local tech act project within their state. There are also great resources on the web. ATIA puts out a page on their website that talks specifically about funding sources. There are lots of web-based resources out there for folks to kind of look at the different types of funding sources for different situations that exist. We’ll include a couple of those links in our show notes so that people can follow up with those. Take a look at those to get a broader idea of the different types of funding for that that might be out there for folks.***BRIAN NORTON: Question two today is an interesting question. I want to preface the question with we are not certified computer technicians. We don’t have an A+ certification and those types of things. But because we work in the field of assistive technology and are dealing with computers and are dealing with folks with disabilities and how they access computers, we find ourselves in this predicament quite a bit with our folks.So the second question we have today is my computer has a virus. How did it happen and how can I avoid it in the future? We run into situations all the time. When you’re using a computer, you can go anywhere on the web and download this or that. Somehow something goes crazy with your computer and it happens it be that you’ve either gotten a malware or adware in your computer somehow, or you now have a virus. What do people do?BELVA SMITH: I think the first part of the question is how did my computer get this virus?BRIAN NORTON: Right.BELVA SMITH: I have witnessed and experienced on many occasions where people will agree without reading, especially folks that are using magnification, because they don’t take the time to read what the dialog box or the pop-up window is saying to them. Sometimes they’ll just go ahead and say yes or say no without having any idea what they’ve agreed to or disagreed with.BRIAN NORTON: I think that’s a common problem. I do that. I see the okay button, I click it, okay, okay, okay, all the way to the install and don’t really realize what I’m going to or what I’m not.BELVA SMITH: Right.WADE WINGLER: I think he does that with vacation requests that you guys put in.BRIAN NORTON: Exactly. Looks good to me.BELVA SMITH: I think it’s very important to make sure before you agree or disagree with any dialog box, you take the time to read what that saying or asking. Also when you go and download anything anymore, just about anything, there are going to be hidden things that are going to automatically come along with your download. So for example, you think you’re going to download a free antivirus program, and you get that all downloaded. The next thing you know, you got all the scourges of going on a computer because along the way of getting that download, you also agreed to having a toolbar to start here and a toolbar installed there. Things are checked just to sneak in. It used to be years ago, many years ago, that as long as you didn’t open an email attachment, you were pretty safe as far as keeping yourself clean from viruses, and if you had an up-to-date antivirus program. But that’s just not the case anymore. Of course, email attachments are still dangerous, but not the only way that you’re going to get infected.The second part of the question was how can I make sure that this doesn’t happen again? I’m just jumping ahead with this, Mark. I’m going to let you say which are taken as well. But I tell people the only way that you can be 100% sure that you won’t to get a virus is to not plug anything into it and to not have it on the Internet. That is the only way that you can be sure.MARK STEWART: It’s been my experience you don’t even have to download anything anymore. Just by going to a particular website that leaves cookies and leaves junk on your computer, just by going to a website. There’s no way to avoid it necessarily. The other thing I always throw out to my clients, make sure you’re going to places that you should be going to and not venturing out onto the web which can put you in quite a predicament in certain situations. I think we all know what I mean by that.BELVA SMITH: Pirating software too. People think I’ve got this free music site and I’ve got this free movie sites. Along with those free movies and thosee free music, you are getting all kinds of stuff that you may not even be aware of.WADE WINGLER: So is it true that if you have a Mac you don’t have to worry about this?BELVA SMITH: No.BRIAN NORTON: Not anymore. That story is changing a little bit. I will say I have a Mac and I use it exclusively. I don’t have nearly the amount of problems, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have certain malware or those kinds of things pop up occasionally. I don’t think that’s necessarily true anymore.WADE WINGLER: I still think it’s much less often because is not as much of a market share with OS 10. But I think we are not completely safe, those of us who are using Mac.MARK STEWART: A few tag-on’s there, just things that I see for somebody that might have a little bit of a learning disability, cognitive challenge, or just new to computers, things that tend to help. I know I’m overlapping some, especially with what Belva said. If you’re going to download Adobe reader, for example, it’s going to have that checkbox that wants to download something else with it. Kind of assume that. Even with the things that are otherwise legitimate or maybe even a trainer says to download, start to see how that works. It’s free and I do need it and that hopefully is going to be okay, but one of the reasons it’s free is because there’s bloatware attached with that, that might be sketchy. Get into that habit of seeing how that works and always look for what might be going along with it.If you’re going to download things like Firefox, like Chrome, some other type of major program — I know I’m saying this in a general kind of away — really work hard to find the actual manufacturer’s website, the original, true location for it. You might even want to Google comments about where the original location is. Folks who are little more computer savvy, you kind of can tell, but it can be tricky. Without going on, do your best. Do your darndest to find the true originating site and download it from there, because if you don’t, if you downloaded from one of these other sites, it’s probably going to have some malware attached to it. You guys have seen as well, right?BRIAN NORTON: Absolutely.MARK STEWART: For example, downloading Firefox from the wrong location, you can get some pretty malicious malware. We see that folks give us a call, “I’m having problems with Firefox or Chrome.” You can almost guess it’s because of where it came from.BELVA SMITH: I’ve always trusted CNET as a safe place to go and do downloads, but I’ve noticed within the last six or seven months that there is some malicious stuff there, especially like you were saying, Firefox. Just because I’m finding it and it’s on CNET doesn’t mean I’m getting what I think I’m getting. As Mark said, be careful, be cautious.BRIAN NORTON: I just want to circle the wagons a bit. Obviously we’ve talked about viruses. They are hard to stay away from, or at least malware, adware are going to be hard to stay away from on your computer. As we circle those wagons for folks a little bit, obviously we work with clients day in and day out. We also need to think about what kinds of tools we use with our clients to be able to help them. I know for my clients, I look at Microsoft Security Essentials, maybe Malwarebytes as malware protection for them. But I know a very important thing to keep in mind when you start looking at those tools is accessibility, specifically for screen readers and other things. A lot of those things have Java applets that will pop up from the bottom right hand corner of the screen and they are not active windows, so screen readers don’t necessarily recognize that and they are providing very important in the mission I was going on on your computer. So those things are often missed. Any suggestions for folks about either good free or paid versions of virus protection, adware protection for their computer that may be accessible for folks?BELVA SMITH: Ad-Aware does have an accessible mode, so to speak. So I do use Ad-Aware, Microsoft Internet security. I’ve had good luck with that as far as being accessible with screen readers. I do want to say at this point that it’s also very important that you keep that stuff updated. A lot of times I have clients that will say, “Well, AVG has been saying that it needs to update for the last six months, and I just keep telling it no.” Please don’t tell it no. If it’s telling you that it needs to update, allow it to update. Your antivirus, and unfortunately Windows. Ten years ago I would say no, no don’t do your Windows updates. But now you wouldn’t hear me say that. It’s very important that you keep your antivirus and your operating system both updated.MARK STEWART: A lot of the updates in Windows update are going to be security patches. I heard you use the term that might help folks, not just updating the program but the virus definitions. The bad guys, for a multitude of reasons, want to put things on your computer. You’ve got the good guys, as we’ll call them, working for the company of the program that you’ve chosen to put on your computer to protect it, trying to state up with what the bad guys are putting on it. They are doing that not just with a whole new program, but they feed in these virus definitions to counter on a day in/day out basis the up to date problematic viruses and malware.BRIAN NORTON: It’s going to be a challenge for folks to keep up with that stuff. But it’s vitally important. All of us use computers, or a lot of folks use computers these days and keep all of their information on it. I know I do at home. Just one download of the wrong file or those kinds of things are going to completely mess up everything you have organized and could really create some pretty big inconvenience on your end.MARK STEWART: What about backing up? Is that going too far to roll off into backing up on a disk?BELVA SMITH: You can backup viruses, just so you know. If you backup and you’ve got a virus, you just backed it up. Another thing that I was going to throw out there is a lot of inexperienced users will say yes to the pop-up that says this is Microsoft and we think your computer has a virus. If you click yes then we’ll scan your virus for you and get rid of that virus. That is a virus. Don’t allow any pop-up to scan your computer for anything. It’s come from Microsoft and several good anti-virus software programs. I’ve had several people that have gone viruses that way.BRIAN NORTON: Good point. To speak back to you about the backing up, obviously if you do a whole computer backup, you’re going to back up that virus. But oftentimes I find it really helpful to keep a secondary backup of maybe the pictures that I have, important financial documents that I might have scanned into the computers I have available to me on the computer. Just keeping those important documents, pictures, those things that are really important to me that I’m going to want backed up onto either a secondary hard drive. In fact, I hear a lot of times folks talking about the three different places: having it locally on your computer; also having something physical, a physical backup drive that you have information on; but also serving it to the cloud as well; just having things in multiple locations so that the matter what may go wrong, you have access to those things.Again, speaking to your point, Mark, the backing up, those things oftentimes have an automated backup where once a week or whatever you specify in the settings will back up those things for you. But if you don’t set those things, then it’s not backing itself up and you may be with a six-month rendition of the past of what you’re files were and not have anything up to date. So it’s really important to keep up with those things as best as you can.MARK STEWART: I try to encourage folks to be proactive about that and do a push. Don’t assume that those programs are taking care of things, because they can be a little glitchy sometimes.BELVA SMITH: You can scan your backup too. Just because I said that if you backup and you got a virus you just backed up the virus doesn’t mean that it’s not a good idea to do it. You can still scan the backup to make sure that it’s clean if you need to access or want to access the information that’s on your backup.MARK STEWART: What do you guys think the best first level is at this point? A few years ago, it was a hard drive backup, right, with some software on it that would hopefully run automatic backups or use Windows backup. But that’s a physical device with mechanical parts in it that can break down. Cloud based was kind of newer. People didn’t really know how secure it was, maybe it cost more. But I’m getting a lot of vibe out there that cloud based is the level one, most efficient, first way to go, but then also be redundant with either a flash drive or physical hard drive.BRIAN NORTON: The cloud base for me is my step number one. I prefer online tools like Dropbox or, other online cloud storage areas. But I think it’s a personal preference, what you want to do, because I think a physical hard drive, a secondary hard drive, external hard drive is just as effective. What I do like about the cloud base is I can get to it from anywhere. I can get to it for my laptop and other places as well.WADE WINGLER: I’ve got some questions about that then. I believe you need a multistep strategy. I think you need to have an on-site, in your house or office backup. For me, I run Mac stuff, so I run Time Machine on an external hard drive. I’ve just got a drive plugged in to the outside. And then I’ve got Dropbox set up. I’ve played with things like Backblaze and other services where you pay a monthly fee and it automatically backs up.A couple of things about that. One, I started with, I believe it was Backblaze, one of the paid backup services. It sucked down so much bandwidth on the initial backup that my cable Internet bill went up the first month. I ended up throttling that back and eventually abandoning that whole set up and relying on Dropbox. Brian, you mentioned Dropbox, and it made me raise my eyebrows a little bit. Dropbox synchronizes with a folder on your computer across the cloud to other computers, but if you do something that you erase the folder on Dropbox on your computer, does it not then also erase on the cloud and erase it across the board on the other ones? Isn’t that a situation where if you erase your backup Dropbox on your computer, you’re probably going to erase it everywhere and you’re kind of messed up at that point?BRIAN NORTON: I don’t know. You’re giving me that look, too.MARK STEWART: Yeah.WADE WINGLER: I think that’s a common misconception, that if you are backed up to Dropbox you think you are backed up, but you’re not. You’re just synchronized. If you wipe stuff on your main computer, you’re wiping it everywhere. Within moments it will catch up and erase it everywhere, right?BELVA SMITH: Yes, that is right. I personally am not as faithful with backup as it should be, although I tell everyone to do it.WADE WINGLER: True confessions from the trainer.BELVA SMITH: Exactly. But I do believe that you need it in multiple places, especially really important stuff. So I suggest either having it backed up a portable hard drive, from drive, CD, DVD, or something, along with having a backup. What’s that backup site?WADE WINGLER: Blackblaze, the one I just mentioned?MARK STEWART: Carbonite?BELVA SMITH: Carbonite.WADE WINGLER: They’re all competitors.BELVA SMITH: Carbonite. If you’ve got really valuable stuff — I don’t think most people would need to worry about using a surface like that for family photos because more than likely you can put those on a DVD and be safe with that. But if you’ve got important documents, you might want to consider a paid for service like carbonate. I personally have never used it, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from folks that have used it.WADE WINGLER: Very unscientificly-speaking, I think we’ve just done the cross-section of how people do with their backups. Well, what I say I do, what I actually do, and oh, is that really working, and uh-oh.MARK STEWART: Right after the time I need to go back up.BRIAN NORTON: Carbonite is around $60 per month.BELVA SMITH: I think it’s a little cheaper than that now.MARK STEWART: Belva, you mentioned location and then went on to something else. It’s a fantastic point, the logic of that. If you have a hard drive backup or a flash drive backup, and even if mechanically it doesn’t fail, well, God forbid, if there’s a fire, if somebody comes in and steals your computer and they are thorough, they’ll take that as well. To your point, that’s the logic of also having the cloud or something like that because it’s going to be in a different location.BRIAN NORTON: I just realized I’ve got lots of holes in my protection now that I simply just use Dropbox. I’m going to go out and figure out what I need to do to make that work for me. Very interesting.WADE WINGLER: So I’m googling here real quick, and it looks like the Carbonite — and we are not endorsing Carbonite particularly, but they are about $60 per year for that system. That’s the personal. They have personal and business and different levels. And then I looked at Backblaze, which is $50 per year. So that’s kind of the price levels you are looking at those kinds of things.BELVA SMITH: Which is really cheap if you’re talking about losing important documents or things that can not be replaced.BRIAN NORTON: You don’t care until it happens to you, then you wish you would’ve spent the 60 bucks, 60 bucks to make it right. Because it’s going to create a whole lot of hassle for folks.WADE WINGLER: Like any kind of insurance.BELVA SMITH: Right.***BRIAN NORTON: So our next question that came in is what is My Healthevet? I’m going to open that up to the group here.BELVA SMITH: My Healthevet, and I say that “E” with emphasis because that’s the way that it’s spelled. It is a web-based web portal, so to speak, place where veterans can go and keep track of all of their medical history.There are three different levels. It’s free, so it doesn’t matter which level you have; they are all free. I’m not sure exactly what the criteria is to get the different levels. One of the levels, you basically can just login and get updated health information in general, get your health information. Your medical professionals can also login and look at your medical information. You can order your medicine through the VA, through that website as well.Some of the medical professionals are only going to, if they have not already started, only communicate with you through what they call a messaging, which is primarily an email program. But you’re not emailing individual. You’re emailing a group. So for example, it’s one general email that would go in to, say, our vision team. I might get it, Jim might get it, one of the team members would get it and respond to it. So if you wanted to ask any kind of a question, you could message through that system. You also keep track of your upcoming appointments through the My Healthevet. If you need to change an appointment, you can do it through the messaging.BRIAN NORTON: Right. And I guess I should mention, as a part of this question, we see a lot of vets in what we do. We do work with voc rehab here in Indiana and surrounding states. We also work with the VA, the VR [vocational rehabilitation] system through VA. We also do a whole lot with the VA prosthetics department, the local VIST team, specifically on the vision side of things. So this is a particular question directed at the vets that we serve.It does look like they are three different versions. There is a basic, there is an advanced, and there is a premium. They all give you a different level of access to your medical records. It’s really something that we are seeing a lot outside of the Healthevet. This is kind of their version of what other places are doing as far as health networks being able to do more and more online, and as a patient or person that receive services from them being able to see your health information via the web instead of always having to do that in person or passing paperwork back and forth through the mail and stuff like that. I just wanted to preface the question for folks.BELVA SMITH: It is going to become the only way that you can communicate with some of the health professionals. They won’t accept a general email. They’ll only take the messages through the messaging. You can sign up yourself online by going to the website, or you can go to the VA and they will help you set it all up. What you have it set up, it has to be activated. So I think that takes about 24 hours or something like that for it to actually become active so that you can have full access to the privileges that you have with your level.BRIAN NORTON: It sounds like you’ve worked with a few folks with Healthevet?BELVA SMITH: Yes. I’ve set many people up with it. I’ve also trained many people how to navigate the web portal.BRIAN NORTON: I was wondering about the accessibility. Does it seem pretty accessible with the adaptive software that folks are using?BELVA SMITH: Oh, yeah. The messaging has some screen reading issues, but it works fine with screen magnification. And it works with a screen reader; there’s just some flukes.MARK STEWART: In our work, we travel the state, and I think Belva, you’ve been working the most with the vets, perhaps by far of late. Just that program and also just remote access capabilities from rural locations back to the VA hospitals, some awesome potential and stuff going on already, correct? As far as being able to communicate from home more efficiently with the doctor, with the health professional?BRIAN NORTON: I think that’s the whole purpose behind it, is they have lots of vets in a rural areas. It’s just oftentimes difficult for people to get to the doctor back and forth.BELVA SMITH: This isn’t to prevent them from going to the doctor. They still have to go to the doctor.BRIAN NORTON: Right, right, but you can pass information back and forth much easier and in a much more faster way.BELVA SMITH: All your information is in one place, one system. You may have literally 10 or 15 different professionals that you’re working with through the VA hospital, for example, but this is just having your information in one place.Yes, Brian, what you referred to earlier, my doctor is doing something similar. It’s called My Chart, which basically, once I signed up for it, all of my doctors can see all of my stuff in one place. And then also to allow them to be able to reorder their medication and see what medications they’ve had bad luck with or good luck with, whatever. As far as being a way for those folks that are rural to have a tool to be able to communicate and stay informed, yeah, that’s the whole purpose behind it.BRIAN NORTON: Great. That’s My Healthevet. We’ll put a link in our show notes to that site that talks a little bit more about that, a little bit more about the three different levels, the basic, the advanced, and the premium. It tells you a little bit more about what types of services you get based on those different packages and how that kind of helps folks.BELVA SMITH: There is a phone number there too if you want to call them and have them walk you through getting it set up or created.***BRIAN NORTON: Next question. What are the differences between Dragon Standard, Dragon Premium, and Dragon Professional?Obviously, Dragon is a voice input program, and there is a few different versions of the program. We use it a lot for folks who have difficulty with turning their thoughts into writing, dysgraphia, those types of things, also just difficulty getting access to a traditional keyboard, traditional mouse. It can do lots and lots of different things for folks. But there are some distinct differences between Standard, Premium and Professional. We find ourselves, as we work with folks, kind of vetting out what particular features do they need, what do they not need, and making sure that the funding sources are purchasing the right person for folks. I’ll open that up.BELVA SMITH: Didn’t there also used to be, or is there still, Dragon Home and Dragon Medical?MARK STEWART: The Standard actually isn’t current anymore. I think it’s Premium, Professional, and —BRIAN NORTON: There are three different versions. There is a Home, there is a Premium, and there’s a Professional version of Dragon. As I work with folks and try to explain the differences between the software — I won’t get into all of the nuances. I may let that kind of flow to others in the room. But as I explain in layman’s terms, it’s really for dictation. You use it to be able to dictate your words, have them turned into text on the page, and that works great for folks.A distinct difference from Home to Premium would be that in the Premium version, they have what I would refer to as text macros, where I can create custom commands to be able to put text on my screen. So I can say “my address”, and by saying my address it would put my address on the page, not just “my address” as in words, but my actual address which I won’t repeat on the radio today. But it would actually put that forcing, my city, state, zip, anything I really want in there. So I can create text macros in Dragon Premium.When I talk about Dragon Professional, I take the next step beyond that where, instead of just text macros for folks, it will also do computer macros, which will allow you to manipulate the cursor, open and close programs. It does a whole lot for you to be able to automate the computer system for you. So if there are inaccessible buttons inside of a certain program, I can get Dragon to follow my mouse cursor, do all sorts of different keystrokes and combinations of different things and tie it to a voice command so that when I say a two or three word command, it will go ahead and fire off a series of steps that I’ve included with it. I find those are really the three distinct differences between the programs. They all offer different various features, but that’s where I would start with folks.MARK STEWART: That’s my core as well, most of which you taught me. I would add on to that, that the switch from what used to be Home to premIum, level one to level two, is that all of them work with word processing programs like Microsoft Word. But the more basic version, the Home version, isn’t certified or locked-in to work with spreadsheets like Excel. That is a common feature that could be handy to folks.BRIAN NORTON: That’s great. There are a couple of other versions out there that aren’t widely used – or maybe they are, but not in our particular areas of interest and service. There is also a Dragon Legal Edition which comes with a language component that includes specific language modules for folks in the legal profession. That is out there as well.There used to be one called Dragon Medical, and now they’ve changed that. It’s not within that suite or the lineup of all the software. Mark, I know you’ve worked with it a couple of times. I’m not sure specifically what it’s called nowadays, but is different than it used to be.MARK STEWART: It’s a little tougher to find, but it still exists as such. Dragon Medical Practice Edition is the standalone one that you can purchase. They are up to Medical Practice Edition 2 now, but they are rolling out a lot of initiatives having to do with networking and all hospitals and stuff like that. But you can get a standalone. It’s targeted more for the small doc’s office, but for example, if we needed for an individual with a disability who is in those types of fields, that would be the one to get as well, Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2.BELVA SMITH: Brian, remind me again what’s the question exactly?BRIAN NORTON: The specific question is what are the differences between Dragon Standard – or Dragon Home as it’s called now – Dragon Premium, and Dragon Professional.BELVA SMITH: I’ll just throw a quick note here for folks that are using screen readers or screen magnifiers. In order to use Dragon – because one of the common questions that I often get from the folks that I work with is well, I heard there is this great program that will allow me to control my computer and dictate to my computer called Dragon. I want to get that.I just want to throw out there to those folks, in order for you to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking with a screen reader, there is a third program that you have to use, and you do have to use a specific version of screen reader as well as a specific version of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The third program is called J-Say. That program marries the two programs, the screen reader and the speech recognition, together and allows them to work on the same computer. I just wanted to throw that out there.WADE WINGLER: J-Say is specific to JAWS and Dragon, right?BELVA SMITH: That’s correct.BRIAN NORTON: From what I’ve read and what I understand, the three things that are included – because really, I think what folks are trying to decide between or should I purchase Dragon Home or should I purchase Dragon Premium. Dragon Professional is pretty expensive. It’s about $575. So for a lot of folks, the price point for that really takes that off the table a lot of times unless you have a funding source. The three things I think you’ll find in all of those programs, both of those programs, Dragon Home and Dragon Premium will turn your voice into text on your screen. Both of them do that very well.MARK STEWART: Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think across the board. So all three of the speech engines are the same.BRIAN NORTON: That’s my understanding. I think so. So you’re going to get that recognition accuracy from both of those programs. It should be pretty similar. The other thing that it’ll do in both programs is, I think will also be able to manipulate the mouse in both programs. You should be able to click. You should be able to move and drag that mouse with voice commands between both Home and Premium. And then the third thing, which I think you kind of alluded to as well, Mark, was both of those program, the Home and Premium version, will work with a word processor, whether that’s WordPerfect, Open Office, or Microsoft Word.WADE WINGLER: WordPerfect? Who is using WordPerfect?BRIAN NORTON: I don’t know.MARK STEWART: Used to be my go to. What are you talking about?BRIAN NORTON: The things that do not happen in Home that will happen with Premium is, like you’ve mentioned, Premium comes with a specific support for Excel and PowerPoint.A feature that I find a lot of my folks using, because I am working with folks with learning disabilities, the future of having things read back to you. I think that’s a really helpful correction tool for folks. So after you voice something on the computer, there is a way to have that spoken back to you. I think that only a Premium version. That’s only something that you’ll find in the Premium version. So you can say select a certain block of text and have it read back to you. That’s really helpful for correction and spelling and making sure that your document has been edited correctly.I think another option that I’ve read about that’s only available in Premium would be the ability to use two different inputs, microphone inputs, maybe a Bluetooth microphone and a USB microphone, with the same profile. So you can add or move around microphones as well. Those are some things that I’ve read that are different.And then jumping from Premium to Professional, just the automation piece that comes with Professional is really what stands out to me as the real difference maker. For some folks, it is worth the $575 that you pay for the automation, specifically depending on what the tasks they are doing on the computer. You can make that really hum for somebody who may have difficulty getting access to a particular program or being able to be fluent or proficient with the computer in certain respects.MARK STEWART: The macros, let me drill down on that. You mentioned the text macros, in the beginning, for Premium. Considering cost effectiveness, going from the Home version to the Premium version isn’t as big as a jump nearly as it is going from the Premium version to the Professional version?BELVA SMITH: Right.MARK STEWART: It depends on the individual. We mentioned some things about how the Home version will fit the bill. Prices change, but we are talking about jumping up $100 or so, may be a little less depending on sales and stuff like that, sometimes quite a bit less to go from Home to Premium.Those text macros that you mentioned are cool sometimes. I think a classic example would be for a long archaic email address, you can create a verbal command where you say “my email address” and it types out that long archaic string. Those types of things can be really handy. You can do it with business addresses, things like that, as well as the other improvements that you mentioned. So it’s not as big of a leap cost wise to go to Premium. I wanted to point that out.A bigger leap pricewise to go up to Professional, but the different types of macros as you described, those macros that sometimes it’s worth it because it helps the person with really substantial physical disabilities. But their job is very consistent with regard to what they had to access. Sometimes that can be worth the extra cost.BRIAN NORTON: Right.MARK STEWART: What I’m doing there is giving you my two cents in the way I think some of those things through.BRIAN NORTON: That’s great.BELVA SMITH: Mark, you may not know the answer to this, and that’s okay. But what will like I get with Dragon home for $80 that I can’t do with Windows speech recognition?BRIAN NORTON: Let me jump in on that. Windows speech recognition is also a very good voice to text application that’s located – it came out with Windows 7 and now it’s gotten better as they gone to Windows 8 and other places. It’s very good. In fact, I’ve got some clients who prefer that over Dragon. I think the differences I find with it a lot is Windows speech recognition works really well in Windows applications or Microsoft applications. So in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, it seems to do a very good job. What I think the real difference that folks may find – and the sweet spot that I find from most folks is Dragon Premium, that thing to be able to do –BELVA SMITH: Yet, but I’m just going with the Home.BRIAN NORTON: The Home? In my humble opinion, usability is a little bit better. I think recognition accuracy gets a little bit better. Their speech recognition engine behind the scenes is very good. It gives you high levels of accuracy. I feel like usability is much improved. It’s a little smoother for folks. But I have people on both sides of the fence. I have some folks that I work with that prefer that Windows speech recognition. Again, as I go about my job, I lean into what people prefer.BELVA SMITH: I’ve always had a good experience with Windows speech recognition. I understand the difference when you get into the more advanced versions of Dragon. You can’t even begin to compare those two at that point. But as far as the Home version, I was just curious if there really is a huge difference in what it can do versus what speech recognition can.BRIAN NORTON: Yes.BELVA SMITH: Okay.BRIAN NORTON: There are some definite benefits to it.MARK STEWART: Maybe I didn’t hear you say cost. Window speech is free, embedded. So when you consider the cost-effectiveness factor, you can do some good things with it. They had some type of speech way back in XP.WADE WINGLER: Than Vista. It got much better.BELVA SMITH: Seven is when it really good.***BRIAN NORTON: Our next question is our wildcard question of the day. I’m going to turn the mic over to Wade and I’m to let him ask that. We are going to scramble to find what we think is the answer.WADE WINGLER: This is not only my favorite part of the show, it might be my favorite part of the whole week, when I get to throw a question a you guys that you don’t get to prepare for.Seriously, in the last few weeks as we are recording this, I’ve been doing a lot of speaking at universities as part of disability awareness kind of stuff. I had somebody come up and ask me this question cold, and I didn’t have a good answer for them. So I’m going to throw this question to you guys and see if you have an answer for me. I had a gentleman walked up and said, “Hey, you’re the assistive technology guy. Tell me, what’s the best smartphone for an adult with ADHD?” I went “Uh, tell me more.” He goes, “Well, you know. Smartphone. ADHD.” That was all I had to work with.BRIAN NORTON: I think that’s not enough information necessarily to give a grade-A answer to. Obviously we would have to meet with the person in figure out exactly when they say ADHD, was does that really mean day to day for the person. If we are specifically talking about smartphones, maybe the first thing I would say is do they really need a smartphone? Can they use a flip phone with just buttons on it so it’s not so confusing and there isn’t so many things that are kind of flashing in front of you. That’s maybe the first thing I would say in regard to that.MARK STEWART: I’ve got a wildcard question answer. The one that they want. Right? Shotgun answer. Smartphones tend to be pretty amazing off the shelf these days. That factor of having one that they actually want to have around and are interested in might make the difference.BELVA SMITH: I think my first question back to the person would have been what is it that this individual wants to do? Because that’s going to be how we are going to determine which phone is going to be appropriate. For example, Brian, you said maybe a flip phone might work. Maybe a flip phone might work if all we need to do is make some phone calls or take some phone calls. But if we’re trying to use it as a tool to help us remember when to do things, as a directional tool, then we would probably need to be looking at a real smartphone or a different smartphone. So that would have been my first question. No matter what the situation was, if someone says to me what’s the best, I always say what it is that you want to do. Because what’s best for this might not be what’s best for that.BRIAN NORTON: I was going to throw one more thing in there with regard to the question. Maybe the question is a little bit off in the respect that it’s not necessarily be a smartphone for someone with ADHD. It may be the kind of apps. Because really a smartphone is a smartphone. You can go from an Android to an iPhone. Really what makes those phones particularly special with regard to ADHD or other disabilities is the apps that you might put on them. I think we’ve talked about before there is a couple of different organizations that have lots of tools to be able to go search for apps like and other places. It’s really maybe not necessarily the smartphone itself, but it’s what kind of apps can I put on my smartphone to be up to help me more.BELVA SMITH: I think to go back to what Mark said, it is about what the individual wants. So that would be the second thing, I would suggest you get different phones in your hand and see which one feels good in your hand, which one can you use with ease, and also which one is going to do what you want it to do.MARK STEWART: You can go to your store, send them to the store to try it out. The story I’m going to describe I’ve seen play out just a little bit differently, but almost otherwise textbook, time and time again, say it is ADHD or some other cognitive challenge where organizational strategies or things that might be lacking and we are trying to focus on, so we are considering a smartphone or modern technology or an iPod touch, what have you, to see if it would help. The way the conversation goes is that they have been trying to stay organized and maybe had tutors or proactive family members or what have you, but they use a hard copy calendar book, but they keep losing it. It should be pretty scary, and sometimes is, to think this through. Well, if they are losing their hardcopy, and extensive calendar book, then are we going to recommend for them to have an expensive high-tech device to keep things on? Is that even going to be worthwhile? For one reason or another, I’ve pushed through with that and gotten that device for them, followed up in a year, and they are still using all kinds of stuff, but they don’t lose that smartphone.WADE WINGLER: That’s interesting.BELVA SMITH: And they have Find My Phone if they turn it on and set it up. You’re right. There is something about that tool that they want to keep near and close to them.WADE WINGLER: Because it has Trivia Crack on it.BELVA SMITH: Exactly.WADE WINGLER: The funny thing is the way I ended up handling that question, it was one of those deals that I was getting ready to go on and give a talk so I couldn’t engage the person and ask the questions. I’m impressed with what you came up with because it was what I came up with. I hope it’s the right answer.What I said was, you need to engage the people that you know who have smartphones. Talk to your friends, talk to your family. I sent it to show you their smartphone so that you get exposure to the different things that are out there on the market, maybe not in the context of being in a sales pressure situation where you feel like the guy’s trying to sell you something, but where you can talk to people you know a little bit more comfortably and ask them what they like about the smartphones. And because this tournament talked about ADHD, it was interesting. It’s not like he said I’m totally blind and need a smartphone. He’s talking about the kind of tools that people are going to be using, regardless of whether or not they have something like ADHD, just reminders and scheduling and stuff. My answer was to just push back and say talk to everyone you know that has a smartphone and asked them to show you how to use it. Tell them what you’re having trouble with and asked them to solve some of your problems. Because I bet that sort of homegrown crowd sourced solution will give you lots of information. And then I said, if I don’t have any other information, then I would pick an iPhone. The reason I would pick an iPhone is because there’s just more apps. There are more options out there and you get a lot of people you can talk to.BELVA SMITH: I’ve used that exact answer but the iPhone, because the iPhone is more popular. Currently there are more apps available and more and more apps being created as we talked.BRIAN NORTON: I think obviously that’s a loaded question. Maybe that’s something we can kind of vet out a little bit in a future show. Maybe we can answer that question more fully with a little bit more time. I think we are running short on time today, so I would say maybe we will look at in the next couple of weeks tackling the question a little bit more thoroughly for folks about some of the different apps that are out there and other nuances that may come about with that.Because we are out of time today, I just want to say thank everyone here in the room. Here’s how to find our show. You can search assistive technology questions on iTunes. You can look for us on Stitcher. Or visit us at Also, please call and chime in. We love to hear your question. In fact, without your questions, we really don’t have a show. Be a part of our show. We love to hear from you. Our listener line is 317-721-7124. Or you can Tweet #ATFAQ and slight or just email your questions at SMITH: See you in two weeks.MARK STEWART: See you next time.WADE WINGLER: Later.***WADE WINGLER: And it seems every week we have at least one blooper. Here we go.***WADE WINGLER: Mark is raising his hand on a radio show. Yes, Mark?MARK STEWART: It’s the radio. I just want to make sure he’s going to cut this out.WADE WINGLER: Don’t worry about it. I’ll edit it.BRIAN NORTON: He made a little mark on his pad.***BRIAN NORTON: There are some definite benefits to it.[phone beeps]WADE WINGLER: Belva, did you just accidentally activate Siri?BELVA SMITH: Yep.***BRIAN NORTON: [mumbles]***WADE WINGLER: Belva, tame your phone. It’s buzzing the whole table.***WADE WINGLER: Information provided on assistive technology frequently asked questions does not constitute a product endorsement. Our comments are not intended as recommendations, nor is our show evaluative in nature. Assistive Technology FAQ is hosted by Brian Norton; gets editorial support from mark steward and Belva Smith; is produced by me, Wade Wingler; and receives support from Easter Seals Crossroads and the INDATA project. ATFAQ is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more of our shows at Show NotesBrian Norton, Mark Stewart, Belva Smith, and Wade Wingler Q1: Are there AT funding sources for non-work, non-school purposes? My computer has a virus. How did that happen and how can I avoid it in the future?backblaze.comQ3: What is my healthevet? What are the differences between Dragon Standard, Dragon Premium and Dragon Professional? Wildcard Question – Wade – What is the best smart phone for someone with ADHD? Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadATFAQ003-04–13-15 – Q1. AT funding outside of work and school. Q2. What do I do when my computer gets a virus? Q3. What is MyHealthEVet? Q4. What’s the difference between Dragon Versions? Q5. What is the best smart phone for someone with ADHD? Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ055 – Q1 How subscribe via RSS Q2 Phone plans for emergency communication Q3 Reading building directories with an app Q4 Dragon “move to body” email question Q5 What AT to use in a presentation for educators Q6 What tech do you take on vacationJune 12, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ099 – Q1- Kiosk Accessibility, Q2 – Navigating Public Restrooms, Q3 – Voice-activated alerting, Q4 – Orcam and computer text, Q5 – Showdown: Google Hub or Amazon Echo, Q7 – Wildcard: What type of old equipment do you have laying around?May 13, 2019In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ023 – Q1. Statistics on the number of BVI users using smartphones? Q2. Headset for talking on the phone and listening to the computer simultaneously? Q3. What external joysticks are available these days? Q4. Are there medication management systems that help with irregular schedules? Q5. 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ATU391 – Holiday Gift Show 2018 Part 1

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show Notes:Panel: Nikol Prieto, Brian Norton, Wade WinglerNew Apple Watch 4 – $300 – $400Dot Braille Smart Watch – $399Iris Vision – $2,500Relay Go – From $149Motiv Ring – $199Sunu Band – $299Slow 24 hour Watch – From $240Bose Soundwear Wearable Speaker – $299Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds – $249——————————If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: holidays from the Assistive Technology Center at Easter Seals Crossroads. This is your Assistive Technology Update.JOSH ANDERSON: It’s that wonderful time of the year where we all get together and talk about the season and all of the things we are looking forward to getting and giving this holiday season. I want to welcome back some old friends, some new friends — maybe?WADE WINGLER: Old for sure.BRIAN NORTON: We could be new.JOSH ANDERSON: It is a holiday episode of Assistive Technology Update. First I want to welcome Nikol who we’ve pulled out of Halloween to come to us today. Welcome.NIKOL PRIETO: Hi, how are you? So we are recording before Thanksgiving when this goes out.JOSH ANDERSON: Which makes her mad every year.NIKOL PRIETO: So tomorrow is Halloween, my favorite holiday, so we are just skipping flying past that. My name is Nikol Prieto. I’m the community outreach coordinator. I guess I’m in the “old” category because I’ve done every holiday podcast.JOSH ANDERSON: That’s why we’ve got you here. And a voice you might all recognize, Wade Wingler.WADE WINGLER: Hey everybody. How are you? Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy shopping. All that holiday stuff. I love holidays.JOSH ANDERSON: It’s great to have you back in the studio. And the popular host of Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions, Mr. Brian Norton is in the studio. Welcome.BRIAN NORTON: Hey, welcome.JOSH ANDERSON: That they?BRIAN NORTON: Well, no. I’m very excited to be here today. It’s the holidays. I cannot wait. We are going to put up Christmas decorations the week after Halloween, so next week. I’m all about this time. Give me lights, give me trees, give me ornaments, give me reindeer, little baby Jesus in my yard. I’m all about it.WADE WINGLER: There you go.JOSH ANDERSON: We will be giving up Brian’s phone number at the end of the show just in case you need any help putting up the lights. Since he’s doing his early, to keep them open after this giving.WADE WINGLER: Or his home address. You can just go look up Brian’s lights and not worry about your own.JOSH ANDERSON: Even better. You can come to the garage in case you want to see the inside.BRIAN NORTON: I’ve got my code. My garage code will be in the show notes.***[2:27] Snow on Christmas***JOSH ANDERSON: Just to get started, let’s start off by talking about snow on Christmas. Is that necessary? Is it nice to have? Or is it just a Holly Jolly pain in the rear? Nicole, I know you don’t even like the season.NIKOL PRIETO: I like white Christmas, that day only. And the only other time I want to see snow is at a ski resort. That’s it. One day. It’s pretty, it’s peaceful. You can stay home and observe it through your window. I enjoyed it.BRIAN NORTON: I would tend to agree. Snow in general, it depends on how much snow. If it’s an inch or two, I’m fine with it. But when it starts getting difficult to drive and I really do have to go out there and shovel my driveway and my sidewalk and stuff like that, then it becomes a little bit more of a pain. I do love snow, but it depends on how much.WADE WINGLER: Bring the snow. Bring all the snow. I love the snow. I love a white Christmas, absolutely love when that happens. But for almost 10 years, I’ve been driving a tiny Honda Fit, and this summer I bought a four-wheel-drive pickup truck, so I am so ready for snow this year. I want to be able to climb snowdrifts and drive around and all that kind of stuff. I love snow at Christmas. I think it’s awesome.JOSH ANDERSON: I have to agree. I think on Christmas it’s fine, but if I have to go somewhere or family has to come over — my mom drives a Camaro so she can come over if it snows at all. That real will drive does not go very far in the snow. It is nice to sit in and look at. I guess it has to be cold, it’s nice to have the snow. But I’m with you, Nicole. They can melt and be gone the next day and we can be up to 70.***[4:12] New Apple Watch 4 – $300 – $400***JOSH ANDERSON: As we get into the new assistive technology and just cool check that there is out there, let’s start off with wearables, just because that’s a big thing. A lot of folks are getting those and giving those this holiday season. One of the big new ones is the new Apple watch. Wade, do you want to tell us what some of the differences are with the new watch?WADE WINGLER: I’m going to lean on Brian a little bit because he actually has one of the new Apple watches. Apple watches and smart watches in general are something that is important, especially as we think about assistive technology. The Apple watch has been out for a number of years now, and they are on version 4. The first version of the watch, I think, was consistent with what Apple has done with their technology. The first version of anything they make is a little bit forward thinking, but we are not exactly sure how well it is going to work and what exactly it’s going to do and those kinds of things. With the Apple watch 4, I think they started to hit their sweet spot. It’s sleeker, there is more screen real estate, the resolution is better, the battery life is better. I was looking at a review recently that said Apple has finally figured out what the Apple watch is for and version number four. It was originally designed to be a computer on your wrist, like a Dick Tracy wristwatch do it all kind of thing. What they really come down to is it’s about fitness applications and notifications. It does something more than that, but that really seems to be the sweet spot for the killer app with the new Apple watch.As I think about it, I’ve got an Apple watch 2, so I suppose I’m due for an upgrade sometime soon. I’ve been wearing it for a couple of years, and that’s really what I use it for. I’m getting notifications about emails or text messages or those kinds of things throughout the day, and then I’m also using it to track exercise and walking and steps. I’m sure while we are recording today I will get one or two reminders that say hey, drink some water because that’s important. I find myself tracking that kind of stuff on it. With the new Apple watch, it does have some new functionality. It is more standalone in terms of the way to communicate with the rest of the world and also has some better health monitoring stuff, a more real-time heart monitor. I think it does some EKG and stuff like that.Brian, I’m looking at you because you jumped from the two to the four or the three to the four. You are wearing the four now.BRIAN NORTON: I’m wearing the four now, and I love it. Like you said, the screen is so much bigger than before. I can fit everything — they’ve got some new watch face it that allow you to have some more control. I can tell the temperature, the battery life. I have access to my contacts, my calendar, my heart monitor, my work out, my activity tracker, a timer, all on one watch face. Again, like you mentioned, the notifications are amazing. The health related stuff you mentioned, heart monitor, there are some pretty cool health related features where it can set a high heart rate and a low heart rate. If you dip above or below, and it will ask you if you are okay, maybe ask if you should consult your doctor. I was playing with my dog the other day, and I like to slap my hands on the floor and play around with them and get crazy with my dog. I got a 90 pound Golden retriever. I was doing that, and my watch automatically started to ring. It said, hey, I think you might have fallen down. Are you okay? If I wouldn’t have responded or interacted with my watch, it would if not ahead and called my emergency contact that are set up on my watch. There are a lot of new features. I love the compared to my older Apple watch.JOSH ANDERSON: That’s a great safety feature, especially for the aging — not necessarily you, Brian — but the aging population out there.WADE WINGLER: You keep getting old.BRIAN NORTON: When I turned 40, my vision started to go and everything seems to be heading downhill now. I got my Apple watch to help me out.WADE WINGLER: I think those health and safety monitoring things are important. I also love the fact that Apple has always on a pretty good job with accessibility. So if you need voiceover or if you need some of those assistive technology or accessibility features, Apple watch has a lot of that stuff built in. They are pretty thoughtful about those things. It ranges from the $350 and up depending on all the different bells and whistles you get. I think it’s increasingly important.JOSH ANDERSON: So talking about the fancy tech watches, I kind of went the opposite way and bought a new “slow” watch. It doesn’t mean it runs slow and I’m the everywhere. It’s actually a 24 hour, one-handed watch. Just the hour hand goes around all day. I really like it because I have to be places all the time, and I checked my phone constantly for time. Whenever I wear a watch, I do the same thing. Or if I forget my watch, I just are on my wrist all day long. It’s nice because when it’s just the hours, I don’t get as nervous about having to be somewhere, because I know I got a little bit of time. I don’t know how much but I find I’m almost earlier now to most things. It’s really nice. You can find them on They have all different kinds. They range from about $200-$300 depending on what kind you really want.WADE WINGLER: $200 for a watch that doesn’t have all the hands?JOSH ANDERSON: I know. It’s kind of crazy, isn’t it?BRIAN NORTON: But it looks fancy.JOSH ANDERSON: But it does look fancy, and sometimes you just have to look good. Everyone in the world has Apple watches. You all have those swear things on your arms. You look the same. One of us has to stand out here.BRIAN NORTON: Looking good can cover a lot of flaws.JOSH ANDERSON: That’s why I dress nice, Brian. It makes up for not knowing what you are actually doing.***[9:51] Dot Braille Smart Watch – $399***JOSH ANDERSON: Wade, talking about smart watches, there is a Dot Braille Smart Watch?WADE WINGLER: Yeah, there is a Dot Braille Smart Watch. It’s from Dot Incorporated. It’s in the $400 range as well. It’s a wristwatch that happens to be around, so you might like that one, Josh. But it has 24 pins of braille on it. It gives you notifications and alarms and some of the basics on your watch, but in braille. One of the things I didn’t love about it is it is Android only, and it worked with a certain number of Android phones. There seems to be some thing about a new version coming out that’s going to have some new bells and whistles. I dug into a little bit to figure out. I think it’s amazing to have a braille smart watch so that somebody who is blind and is a braille reader, can have access to the time and notifications an email and stuff like that.From what I can tell – I haven’t had one in my hands — it sort of looks like it relies on an app running on the Android phone, and then that app feeds information directly to the smart watch. It’s probably not as robust as you would expect from a high-end fit bit or Apple watch to give you more full access to your smart phone, it’s going to give you the information limited to what that absent out to it. But it is a good looking watch. It has good battery life and does give you those 24 dots of braille or four cells of braille information that scrolls and give you some access to stuff. Pretty cool stuff. You can find it from ANDERSON: Brian, another kind of wrist wearable for blind and low vision individuals is the Sunu Band. Is that right?BRIAN NORTON: The Sunu Band is kind of an interesting device. It’s for folks who are blind or visually impaired. It tandems along with — I wouldn’t use it as a standalone device, but if you have a white cane and you use that for navigation, usually as you walk along you are feeling for things, looking for things that are in your way and to be able to avoid those as you are navigating around inside or outside the community.What this does is it is on your wrist. It uses echolocation and haptic feedback to help people navigation. In addition to the white cane, it improves spatial awareness, so that if there are things up high that you might miss with the cane as you are using it, will be able to get haptic feedback. It vibrates on the wrist to be able to know that something is in your area. As you get closer, those vibrations get stronger and stronger. It helps to be a little bit more spatially aware as you navigate around.JOSH ANDERSON: Waving that white cane around in the air to find things definitely doesn’t make friends.BRIAN NORTON: It’s not going to work for you. It is a little bit expensive, about $299. Think about the benefit of being able to navigate a little bit more easily and be able to avoid those things that you might accidentally bump into as you navigate around.WADE WINGLER: That’s cheap. Josh pay that for a watch with one hand.JOSH ANDERSON: Darn right. You’re going to say that when you show up late to the next thing.BRIAN NORTON: What’s your monthly budget for watches, Josh?JOSH ANDERSON: I own two watches.WADE WINGLER: Do they each have one hand?JOSH ANDERSON: If you put them together, I know exactly what time it is. I see how it is. Get the new host today.***[13:12] Iris Vision***JOSH ANDERSON: Nikol, kind of what we are talking about, blind and low vision things, and we’ve been stuck on the wrist. Can you tell me about Iris Vision?NIKOL PRIETO: Yeah, absolutely. It’s a head worn electronic magnification device for individuals with low vision. It’s built around a Samsung VR, which is the virtual reality headset. In the front of the device is a Samsung smart phone. Instead of using it for the virtual world, you are looking into the real world, and it’s going to magnify the things that are seen through the screen. It’s got a touchpad on the side of the device where you can increase the magnification. The really cool thing is it can be used for near and distance. So you can watch television, read, watch things across the room. And also change some of the mode when you are reading. You can have a contrast black and white mode or an introverted black and white mode. It’s got several different modes on it, television mode, various reading modes for reading text, and the seeing mode for general viewing for outdoors.You can try it for 30 days and return if not satisfied, so that’s a neat option. You can find information on it at It does come with a hefty price tag of $2,500. I did see on the website they have some payment plan option starting at $81 a month.JOSH ANDERSON: If you think about what CCTV’s and video magnifiers cost, that’s not bad.NIKOL PRIETO: True, and to have it on the go.JOSH ANDERSON: Yeah, to be able to where it. I’ve actually gotten to play with one of those before. It’s pretty neat, because the way it magnifies, it almost brings up a bubble.NIKOL PRIETO: And you can increase the bubble size. You can orient yourself to where that might be when you are looking at it, but that it increases and magnifies, so you get the full scope.JOSH ANDERSON: See you can still see everything else going on while you are zooming in on the one thing you are trying to look at.BRIAN NORTON: Can you navigate with that? Is it like a head worn device that you can walk around with?JOSH ANDERSON: You can, but not if you need to magnification to move around. But yeah, if you bring back them magnification, you can invert the colors and get around pretty easily. It’s nice that the magnification can be just a small bubble, because then you can see everything that is still going on so you’re not —NIKOL PRIETO: Get a feel for distances.***[15:20]***JOSH ANDERSON: Nikol, for folks with kids, you found the Relay Go.NIKOL PRIETO: Yeah. It’s really neat. It’s a screenless cellular smart walkie-talkie. It is going to be used with a cellular service, but it’s not a cell phone or a smart phone. All it is, is a walkie-talkie feature. It’s a small square, has a rubber skin on it so that their it around or throw it down, it doesn’t seem to break. I would to say it’s indestructible, but it seems like they can be pretty rough with it. You have this little square walkie-talkie that your child would have and the parent would have the other one. Just with a pushbutton, you can talk to them, find out where they are or if they need to come pick you up. It goes through that Republic wireless service. I guess Republic wireless uses Sprint or T-Mobile. It’s $6.99 per month.JOSH ANDERSON: That’s not bad at all.NIKOL PRIETO: It can also be used for older folks at home that don’t want to use a cell phone. Your child could have that, your mom could be there and just have that pushbutton, I need you immediately kind of walkie-talkie feature. Simple and neat.JOSH ANDERSON: Can they have more than one person?NIKOL PRIETO: They can have different packs and you can attach several. They can also talk to their friends back and forth if they have several of them, and their friends also have a Relay Go. It does some funny things like you can use a funny voice generator, so they can send a message to their friend and it will generate in a funny voice.JOSH ANDERSON: Can you make it the Darth Vader voice?NIKOL PRIETO: It might. I don’t know what all the options are. They are on there for entertainment value.WADE WINGLER: Do they have a Brian Norton voice filter? Say awesome all the time?BRIAN NORTON: That’s awesome. You are awesome. That’s what my ringer says, just me telling me that I’m awesome. Hi awesome, how are you doing today? You are receiving a call, awesome***[17:07]***JOSH ANDERSON: Wearables aren’t just for the bonds or watches or your face anymore. Now they actually have rings. Brian, is that right?BRIAN NORTON: Yeah. Josh, you actually showed me this or brought this to my attention. There is something called a Motiv Ring, M-O-T-I-V ring. A couple hundred dollars –JOSH ANDERSON: And changes color with your mood, right?WADE WINGLER: It’s an electronic mood ring? Get off my lawn! Your music is too loud!NIKOL PRIETO: The curmudgeon club.WADE WINGLER: Defeated to your pet rock.BRIAN NORTON: That’s right. Fitness trackers are all the rage these days. Everybody seems either have a smart watch or a fitness tracker of some sort. This kind of a smart fitness tracker ring. It does a lot of what these more bracelet looking or watch looking devices do. It will actually track your fitness. It will track your heart rate, track your activity. It gives you three days of battery life, so it last a long time. It’s waterproof. If you are a minimalist and you don’t want something big or bulky to be able to carry around with you, such as a bigger fitness tracker, this might be the solution for you if you’re looking for something that can help you with that particular aspect of being able to track your fitness day in and day out. It’s Motiv Ring, M-O-T-I-V. you can go to to be able to learn more about that. It’s a couple hundred dollars.NIKOL PRIETO: So, no screen on it? It’s just sending it to your —BRIAN NORTON: No screen. It looks just like a ring.NIKOL PRIETO: Interesting.JOSH ANDERSON: I looked it up a little bit. Whenever you want to order one, they actually send you a sizing kit first, and then you send that back and they actually send the ring to you after you do that. I think you can wear it while you sleep and it will track your sleep and how well you sleep and move and all those things. Very cool.***[18:56]***JOSH ANDERSON: I’ve got a couple other neat things that Bose made. One is the Soundwear Wearable Speaker, which makes me, for some reason, I think back to the eighties where somebody always carried the boombox in the entourage. It’s not quite that cool. I don’t know if anything could be quite that cool. It’s really a wearable speaker. If you think about all the people walking around with earbuds on or the big Bose over the ear headphones, you don’t hear everything is going on. This actually sits around your neck, on your shoulders, has Bose speakers on there, and it will play your music right there. But they’ve aimed in a way where it gets to your ears very easily but doesn’t disturb everyone around you.NIKOL PRIETO: I like that. Before everyone else will be up to hear it, but you will be able to hear it a whole lot better. But you are also going to hear what else is going on.WADE WINGLER: It’s like a musical stole [phonetic]JOSH ANDERSON: Pretty much. It really is.BRIAN NORTON: It’s like a winter scarf.JOSH ANDERSON: It is! I play in my backyard a lot, and I hate to wear earbuds or something because you don’t hear the birds chirping and the leaves and the wind and everything. I carry a Bluetooth speaker around with me a lot of the time, but that’s a pain because — so this is essentially a Bluetooth speaker you can carry like a boombox in the eighties. Of course, it takes calls and everything. It is made by Bose, so of course it’s about $300. But it will have really good sound and all that.And they also make earbuds, completely wireless. They are called Noise-Masking Sleepbuds. As someone who’s about to have a child, I think I might need these. By the time this goes out, she’ll be born. If not, my wife will probably have boarded me.WADE WINGLER: You will be living here in the studio.JOSH ANDERSON: I probably will be.BRIAN NORTON: Don’t let her know you’re going to get those.JOSH ANDERSON: Exactly. They are Noise-Masking Sleepbuds. Both make a lot of noise canceling items and things like that. These will connect to an app on your phone and play things like waves or white noise or other sounds that block out the other sounds but give you something calming.BRIAN NORTON: Like Christmas bells?JOSH ANDERSON: Yes, like Christmas bells.WADE WINGLER: Baby crying.JOSH ANDERSON: Or Wade singing Christmas songs. You can set how long he wanted to play. So if you need 15 to 20 minutes to fall asleep, you can set it for that. What I really like about it is you can then set your alarms through them. Whoever is next to you will not be woken up. As someone who’s about to have a small child, when my alarm goes off in the morning, I might want half an hour before she gets up. Although I’m sure it will always go the other way around. They are about $249. They are brand-new so those might come down a little bit in the future. The other thing that is needed is their carrying case is actually the charger. So you just set them in the case and they charge themselves.BRIAN NORTON: That’s very cool.***[21:55]***JOSH ANDERSON: Guys, there are tons of holiday movies out there. I don’t mean Halloween, Nikol.NIKOL PRIETO: There are scary Christmas movies.JOSH ANDERSON: They are, and that’s totally fine.BRIAN NORTON: I don’t know how you can scare yourself. I hate scary stuff.WADE WINGLER: I have enough scary stuff in my life.NIKOL PRIETO: Real life is so much scarier.JOSH ANDERSON: What is your guy’s favorite holiday movie? Not all at once.WADE WINGLER: That’s easy for me. Every year at Christmas says I’ve had children – and I spent a lot of Christmases. My oldest is 21 – every year I spend the hours from about 11 to 1130, just before midnight on Christmas eve, until about one to 2 o’clock in the morning watching It’s A Wonderful Life, having one adult beverage, and doing some assembly as required of something that I’ve got to put together. It’s been a Cinderella Castle, all kinds of toys, all kinds of ridiculous stuff. Every Christmas Eve, I watch It’s A Wonderful Life while I’m putting together Christmas gifts for the kids. I love that. I love Jimmy Stewart.BRIAN NORTON: You have a pretty good impression of him, right?WADE WINGLER: [Jimmy Stewart Impression] It’s where he’s talkin’ to Harvey is where I really bring out the Jimmy Stewart. Talking to Clarence sometimes too. Merry Christmas everyone.NIKOL PRIETO: I see why your wife limits you to one.BRIAN NORTON: That was without any adult beverage.JOSH ANDERSON: You think. Nikol, what about you?NIKOL PRIETO: I’m not an absolute Grinch, though I do have The Grinch on there. That’s pretty fitting for me. I love Love Actually. I like Rudolph. There are a lot of great ones. Those are the top three.BRIAN NORTON: I love two. One is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Love that movie.WADE WINGLER: Because you are cousin Eddie?BRIAN NORTON: I’ve been told I look like —JOSH ANDERSON: Only in the way you dress.BRIAN NORTON: I do drive a big RV. The other one I love is Elf. We started to watch Elf quite a bit. That’s super funny. Those would be my two movies. Those are pretty much regulars every year.JOSH ANDERSON: You guys definitely hit some of the winners. My favorite – and I’ve been watching it since I was a little kid — is Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.WADE WINGLER: Love that movie.NIKOL PRIETO: I’ve never seen it. It’s got to be on my list.JOSH ANDERSON: It’s great.BRIAN NORTON: What is it called?JOSH ANDERSON: Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.NIKOL PRIETO: Putting in my notes right now.JOSH ANDERSON: It’s Jim Henson, so it’s all muppets and everything. Kind of pre-muppets. It was made in the early eighties probably. It’s really good. I’ve been watching that since I was a little kid. It used to be on HBO or something, and I think we recorded it off TV. And then I got the DVD how many years ago, which for some listeners, a DVD is like a streaming video service but it comes on a disk and inserts into a DVD player and plays.NIKOL PRIETO: You might have had it on VHS. That would really blow their minds.JOSH ANDERSON: You could record it right off the television. Like DVR, but with tape.BRIAN NORTON: You mean those things that hang from the rearview mirror?JOSH ANDERSON: Folks, this brings us to the end of episode one of our holiday gift guide 2018. I want to thank you so much for listening today. We will be back next week with part two of our holiday gift giving guide. I hope that you all have a wonderful day, got some good shopping done today I’m black Friday, and to be found some really good deals. Thanks again for taking time out of your busy day to listen to us. We look forward to coming back and seeing you next week. We will have Wade Wingler, Brian Norton, and Nikol Prieto all back in the studio to talk about what we do around this time of year as well as some of the really cool gifts that are out there for this year. Have a very great day, Merry Christmas, and we will see you next week.BRIAN ANDERSON: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? If you do, call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Are you looking for a transcript or show notes? Head on over to our website at Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. For more shows like this, plus so much more, head over to The opinions expressed by our guests are their own and may or may not reflect those of the INDATA Project, Easter Seals Crossroads, or any of our supporting partners. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Josh Anderson with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you next time.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi. For requests and inquiries, contact*** Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU113 – John Bramblitt (, Tactile Watch, Accessibility of Prescription Medications, 5 Secrets to Being a Special Education Teacher, Noise Canceling HeadphonesJuly 26, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”Monday Tech Tip: Overdrive App:eBooks, audiobooks, and videos for librariesFebruary 6, 2017In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Myo Gesture Control ArmbandSeptember 11, 2017In “Tech Tips”last_img read more

MarTech Interview with Christian Sauer Founder Webtrekk

first_imgMarTech Interview with Christian Sauer, Founder, Webtrekk Sudipto GhoshMay 16, 2019, 3:14 pmMay 17, 2019 “In order to prepare for and master the Data Science Economy, it is crucial that companies collect data about anything relevant for their daily business.” MarTech Interview Series The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Christian Sauer studied at the University of St. Gallen and gained experience in banking and consulting in Mexico, USA and Switzerland. In 2000 he founded KinderCampus AG together with partners, where he was a member of the board until 2002. In 2004, Christian Sauer founded Webtrekk with a view to the digital transformation, progressing both nationally and internationally. With over 130 employees and offices in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, Webtrekk is one of the world’s leading customer analytics companies.In 2018 Christian Sauer also launched the non-profit platform, which supports the production of pro-European videos for social media channels. Webtrekk is one of the leading premium customer analytics platforms in Europe. Webtrekk enables companies to understand and analyze the behavior of their website and app users across devices and to apply these insights to targeted marketing measures.With its best-of-breed approach, the independent tech company offers well-founded analytics expertise, while its tried and tested first party data offering helps customers achieve maximum data depth.Webtrekk guarantees highest data protection standards and is TUEV-certified. Data is stored on servers in the European Union.center_img Tell us about your role and journey into Marketing Technology. And what inspired you to start Webtrekk? I initially gained my first professional experience in the banking and consulting sector, before I founded an edutainment website for children in the year 2000. But as a business economist my biggest interest always lay in the field of economy trends. With the increasing national and international digital transformation in the early 2000s it soon became clear to me that online data will become irrevocably important to companies all over the world. Me and my business partner Norman Wahnschaff asked ourselves what information is the most valuable for companies and how could it be collected while still ensuring the compliance of privacy regulations. This is how Webtrekk was born.How does Webtrekk fit into a modern CMO’s technology stack?  In the near future, users of Webtrekk will profit even more, as Mapp, a leading provider of cloud-based digital marketing solutions, is to acquire Webtrekk, Closing of the transaction, which is subject to applicable regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2019. Mapp and Webtrekk will consolidate their offerings into one fully-integrated product. The combination of Mapp’s deep customer acquisition and engagement capabilities with Webtrekk’s customer intelligence will create a next-generation digital marketing platform capable of delivering end-to-end customer experiences powered by advanced analytics and personalization. The integrated platform will enable marketers to pool customer data centrally, analyze customer behavior with machine learning, and engage customers with the right content across all channels.What does your Ideal Customer Profile look like?It does not matter if it is a small start-up, a SME or a big corporate group – every business collects valuable data. So for us, an ideal customer profile is not bound to a certain company structure but to a mindset. The better our customers know their aim and the questions they want to have answered through their data, the better they can use our solutions to their benefit. Of course, we have skilled consultants who can help defining and applying these questions.Which industries have been the fastest to adopt Customer Analytics platforms? The e-commerce sector was one of the first industries to use customer analytics platforms. But also the finance and media & publishing sector adopted it quickly. Nowadays nearly every industry uses some kind of Marketing Analytics solution.Tell us how Webtrekk maintains GDPR compliance, and still manages to deliver on Customer Experience?What distinguishes our customer analytics platform from others is that since the very beginning we are specialized on first party data and data ownership. Till the enactment of the GDPR many online marketers used to rely on third party data. But due to the opt-in guidelines of the new privacy regulations, the activation of adblockers and browsers such as Safari, which do not allow third-party cookies in their standard settings, a point will be reached in the near future at which 30 to 50 percent of all third-party data will be lost. This has an enormous impact on KPIs. GDPR implicitly advocates the use of own data. With first party data such challenges are excluded: The data comes directly from the own website and app users. Online marketers can analyze exactly how users interact with the content and the products offered. The collection and analysis of first party data guarantees GDPR compliance – no opt-in is required due to the justified interest in data collection for static reasons. And besides, the data quality and therefore the quality of the customer experience is better with first party data than it would be based on data of third parties.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Customer Analytics? How can Marketing teams better benefit from choosing Customer Data solutions? Currently, automation and AI are real buzzwords in online marketing. But only a minority, an estimated 5 to 10 percent of companies, have already completed the automation process and apply the techniques profitably. After all, automation only makes sense if valid key figures are being drawn in the background that allow conclusions about the incoming data quality. So there is still great potential in this field.Above that, real-time infrastructures for data evaluation are a major trend. More and more companies want all their data to be made available in real time so that they can react quickly and efficiently to the market. This goes along with the optimization of business intelligence and data quality management; it is a real booster for the digital transformation of companies.In the future, it will become increasingly important in digital marketing not only to build up and expand one’s own know-how within the company, but also to make first party data usable for marketing purposes. With my own “walled garden” I encounter the big marketing channels at eye level. In this way, I achieve a higher customer lifetime value with existing customers. This is necessary because new customer acquisition is becoming more and more expensive, even in the digital channels that were previously cheap.I also expect further international court rulings to be issued that will further limit the use of third-party data. For example, it will certainly be further discussed whether the opt-in that Google obtains may continue to apply across all platform products or whether an agreement will soon have to be obtained for each and every one of them. In this respect, I expect setbacks for those technologies that do not yet have any opt-ins.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use in your current roles?We rely on our own Marketing Automation tool for in-depth and automatically generated insights and actions using granular data to generate personal, impactful recommendations. With this we can interact with visitors on different channels – from onsite suggestions to emails to external advertisements.How do you prepare for the Data Science Economy? What is the route to optimized Digital Transformation for any business today?As digital transformation progresses, the availability of data – about internal processes or the company’s own customers – continues to increase. In order to prepare for and master in the Data Science Economy it is crucial that companies collect data (ideally in real-time) about anything relevant for their daily business. It starts at production capacities, their website and app traffic as well as customer service performance figures. When they ensure high data quality, this data can give great insights and reveal correlations that might otherwise be overlooked. So data management is key. With great business intelligence comes the ability to activate your data interdivisional. Relating to digital marketing this means that user profiles and segments based on customer lifetime value, conversion probability, engagement etc. can be created. This way complex data can be turned into personalized, automated marketing campaigns. What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now?Currently I love to look at the fintech startup scene. Especially the competition of challenger banks like N26 and Revolut is fascinating. They are all very innovative and have raised large rounds of capital to compete for new customers. They’ve created apps that millions of their customers love using. Personally, I am also curious how Beeskin, the startup my wife, will develop. They produce natural, sustainable and reusable alternative to plastic cling foil.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business leader?AI’s capabilities have expanded significantly — and will continue to do so at exponential rates. I strive to introduce AI in ways that are effective and sustainable for our customers as well as for us internally. It is already an integral part of our product offer. Internally it is an imperative to invest time, energy, and resources to learn about the implications and opportunities of AI.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? Technology should facilitate your daily work, so people should be happy to use technology in the first place. Unfortunately, technology is not always easy to use, but it is getting better from day to day.One word that best describes how you work.StrategicWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?SmartphoneWhat’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?I usually try not to have a scrollbar in my inbox at the end of the day.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?)“Factfulness” by Hans RoslingWhat’s the best advice you’ve ever received?To read “The hard thing about hard things” by Ben Horowitz.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I try to focus on effectivity more than efficiency. The bigger picture to me is most important.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Mirko Caspar from Mister SpexThank you, Christian! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. About ChristianAbout WebtrekkAbout Christian About Webtrekk Christian Sauerdigital marketingDigital TransformationGDPRmarketing automationMarTech InterviewMirko CasparMister SpexWebtrekk Previous ArticleSalesforce and OpenClassrooms Announce Partnership to Prepare the Workforce for the Jobs of TomorrowNext ArticleEbiquity Plc Selects Evergage as Strategic Customer Data Platform and 1-to-1 Personalization Partnerlast_img read more

74 of Marketers and CX Professionals Say Customer Loyalty is Driving Digital

first_imgNew Research from Clicktale Reveals Customer Loyalty to Be the Biggest Driver for Digital Experience StrategiesNearly three quarters of marketers and CX professionals (74%) are investing in digital experiences in an effort to foster long-term loyalty and build better relationships with their customers. That’s according to research from experience analytics company Clicktale, which surveyed 200 marketing and CX professionals across the US and UK.Released in Clicktale’s Defining Digital Experience report, the research found customer loyalty to be the number one priority for those building a digital experience (DX) strategy. This was followed by a need to understand customer behavior (67%) and a desire to create a clearer customer experience vision (67%).For those at a managerial level (CX and marketing managers) improving customer lifetime value was also identified as an important driver of DX strategy.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study FindsCommenting on these findings, Sara Richter, CMO, Clicktale said: “As ever more customer interactions are completed via digital channels, marketers find themselves faced with a ‘switching economy’ – in which consumers regularly flit between different brands when they’re dissatisfied with a particular experience. Given this fact, is it any wonder that so many marketers are looking to secure long-term customer loyalty through their digital experience approach?“To achieve such loyalty, however, we as marketers need to think about what it is that our customers need, and to do that requires a strong understanding of customer behaviors. This is where the other key objectives come into play.Marketing Technology News: Elliot’s Mobile-First Commerce Platform Enables Direct-to-Consumer Distribution at Global Scale“In order to drive loyalty, marketers must improve their digital experiences. But to do that, they must have a clear vision and the behavioral data needed to back it up. None of these factors can exist in isolation – they must all form part of a single, unified DX strategy and be supported with the right behavioral technologies.”Marketing Technology News: Motionloft named a 2019 Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Location Services and Applications customer experienceCX professionalsDefining Digital ExperienceDX strategyMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleLocal DTC Brands Top Glossier, Harry’s & Casper, Converting a Quarter of ConsumersNext Article96% of People Have Seen Ads That Reference Their Location, Indicating the Prevalence of Location-Specific Advertising 74% of Marketers and CX Professionals Say Customer Loyalty is Driving Digital Experience MTS Staff WriterMay 23, 2019, 4:11 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

ATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution Solution

first_imgNew Capabilities of MD16 Enhance Guest Experience and Enables Service Providers to Differentiate Video OfferingATX Networks, a global leader in digital access and media distribution solutions, introduced an enhancement to the MD16 bulk media distribution gateway that will enable service providers to offer hotels, hospitals, universities, apartments and other commercial customers streaming media capabilities. The new MD16 OTT streaming blade enables an over-the-top (OTT) video experience anywhere within the commercial enterprise facility on any device, including smartphones, tablets and PCs.Streaming linear video in a private network presents multiple challenges. The ATX streaming media blade overcomes these challenges to allow guests and residents to view live, linear television programming on personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, without the requirement to install multi-rack solutions with standalone encoders and Web servers. ATX’s integrated OTT streaming solution reduces power consumption, space and operational complexity.“ATX continues to empower PayTV operators with the capabilities they require to reinvigorate their commercial and enterprise business strategies,” said Andrew Isherwood, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Media Distribution at ATX. “Our market-leading MD16s equipped with the new streaming blade will allow hotels, universities, hospitals and MDUs to offer their clientele a broadcast TV experience on their mobile devices.”Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They WorkThe MD16 OTT streaming blade enables universities, for example, to offer a campus-wide broadcast television experience to students on their mobile devices anywhere WiFi is available, including dorms, gyms and common areas. In hotel, apartment and hospital settings, the streaming blade allows guests, residence and patients to watch live TV on their own devices.The new streaming media blade consumes a single slot in the MD16. A single blade is capable of streaming 24 HD channels to as many as 250 devices. Content streamed from the MD16 is viewable on Apple (HLS) and Android (MPEG-Dash) devices. The streaming media blade interfaces with the existing WiFi Internet-delivery infrastructure and includes an integrated HTML-5 Web server, enabling end users to make streaming content selections through a Web browser. Near real-time encoding capabilities reduce delays of nearly a minute that are typical of commercial OTT services. End users play the video in their Web browsers, eliminating the need to download or install a separate app.Marketing Technology News: Loyalty Brands Announces Partnership with Textellent To Deliver Innovative SMS Sales & Marketing CapabilitiesThe MD16 offers PayTV operators a path to greater profitability in commercial accounts by delivering a single-box, fully integrated solution that reduces power consumption, space and other operational expenses. The integrated streaming blade also reduces on-premises bandwidth requirements, as fewer residents and guests will need to connect to Internet-based streaming services using external servers.“The addition of an integrated streaming blade makes an already compelling value proposition even better,” added Isherwood. “The MD16 makes it easy to deliver television programming to mobile devices wherever people congregate, including universities, offices and sporting events.”Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in Analytics ATX NetworksMarketing Technology NewsMD16 bulk mediaMedia Distribution SolutionNewsOTT Video Streaming Previous ArticleHireVue Sponsors, Demonstrates Ethical AI Innovation at CogX 2019Next ArticleDomo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better Customer Service ATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution Solution PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 4:58 pmJune 10, 2019 last_img read more

Thunderhead and Proximity London Announce Partnership to Deliver Bestinclass Customer Engagement

first_imgUk-Founded Pioneer of Enterprise Technology for Customer Engagement and Journey Orchestration and Leading Customer Experience Agency Announce Partnership Thunderhead, the global leader in Customer Engagement and Journey Orchestration technology is announcing a strategic partnership with leading customer experience agency Proximity London.Supported by its proprietary Connected Creativity process, Proximity London brings brands and people closer together through authentic human experiences.Thunderhead’s ONE Engagement Hub will enable the agency to offer an industry-first to their global B2C clients – Customer Engagement based on omnichannel experiences orchestrated in real-time using individual customer context.As a specialist in data-driven creativity, Proximity London harnesses the latest tools and technologies to create award-winning ideas and experiences.Marketing Technology News: Vitagene Intends to Acquire In-Video Impressions, to Accelerate the Delivery of Personalized Health and Wellness ProductsThunderhead’s ONE platform uses cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence to observe and understand real-time customer activity and journeys, and translate that behavioural insight into intent. This insight and understanding of intent drives in-the-moment intelligent decisioning, automating the orchestration of contextually relevant, real-time conversations and individualised experiences wherever and whenever a customer interacts with a brand.Thunderhead was named a winner in the coveted CRM Watchlist 2019. Thunderhead is also named a Leader in the Forrester Wave™ reports for Journey Orchestration and Visioning, and is highlighted in the Now Tech: Real-Time Interaction Management, Q1 2019 and Forrester Wave™: Real-Time Interaction Management, Q1 2019.Marketing Technology News: Vobile Group Acquires ZEFR Assets, RigAndrew Waddell, Chief Operating Officer at Proximity London said, “At Proximity we’re constantly looking at ways to ensure we remain at the forefront of technological innovation. Our clients are looking to deliver seamless and creative experiences across all touchpoints that are unique to each individual. The ONE platform will make this a reality, enabling brands to intelligently use insight at scale to inform in-the-moment decisions that deliver the best outcomes for the both customer and brand.”Jason Hemingway, CMO at Thunderhead commented, “In this new era of engagement-led marketing, campaigns give way to journeys that orchestrate seamless experiences and conversations across all customer touchpoints – marketing, sales, ecommerce, or service. Proximity’s clients have embraced this mindset and the opportunity that ONE enables. Thunderhead pioneered this space, and ONE is built from the ground up to meet the challenge of omnichannel customer engagement. It’s exciting to be partnering with Proximity, their clients and the broader Omnicom group to help drive this engagement-led future.”Marketing Technology News: Aprimo Promotes Ed Breault to Chief Marketing Officer cnewscustomer engagementcustomer experienceMarketing Technology NewsNewsProximityThunderhead Previous ArticleHero Digital and Bulldog Solutions Join Forces to Reimagine B2B Customer ExperiencesNext ArticleJames Liu Appointed to Board of Directors of Opera Limited Thunderhead and Proximity London Announce Partnership to Deliver Best-in-class Customer Engagement Business Wire1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 last_img read more

Election 2019 BJP Leaders Approach Bengal Governor After Tumult over Roadshow Violence

first_imgthe Election Commission is set to meet later today to take a call on the issue.Meanwhile, covering three states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today campaign in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal for the seventh and final phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. He will begin his rally in Bihar’s Paliganj, then move to Deoghar in Jharkhand. In West Bengal, he will hold two rallies in Basirhat and Diamond Harbour. A day after the Supreme Court exonerated her, BJP youth worker Priyanka Sharma will be released today as the legal proceedings conclude. Congress general secretary and eastern UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is scheduled to campaign and hold a roadshow in Varanasi, PM Modi’s constituency.last_img

Tom Hollands SpiderMan Far From Home Earns Rs 7316 Crores in 11

first_imgSpider-Man: Far From Home has emerged a mega success in India. Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and Samuel L Jackson’s superhero outing has fetched close to Rs 75 crore at the India box office, says trade analyst Taran Adarsh. He also mentioned that the film has braved Bollywood films that released alongside it and also breezed through the competition from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which wound up on Sunday.Sharing the news of Far From Home’s success in India, Taran wrote, “#SpiderManFarFromHome braves new and holdover titles as well as cricket matches, yet does well in Weekend 2… Nears ₹ 75 cr… [Week 2] Fri 2.60 cr, Sat 4.70 cr, Sun 4.80 cr. Total: ₹ 73.16 cr Nett BOC. India biz. All versions. #SpiderMan (sic).” The film released in India on July 4 and its success, box-office wise, stands testimony to the genre’s popularity in India. #SpiderManFarFromHome braves new and holdover titles as well as cricket matches, yet does well in Weekend 2… Nears ₹ 75 cr… [Week 2] Fri 2.60 cr, Sat 4.70 cr, Sun 4.80 cr. Total: ₹ 73.16 cr Nett BOC. India biz. All versions. #SpiderMan— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 15, 2019 Avengers Endgamehollywood filmsHollywood films in Indiaicc world cup 2019 First Published: July 15, 2019, 1:35 PM IST Set minutes after Avengers: Endgame wraps up the Infinity Saga, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a direct follow-up to the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios joint production Spider-Man: Homecoming. Far From Home sees Holland return as Peter Parker, whose alter-ego Spider-Man is recruited for a special mission by Nick Fury.Follow @News18Movies for morecenter_img Far From Home released with Bollywood film Malaal and made sure that the film sank without a trace. The Jon Watts directorial earned Rs 46.66 Crore in first weekend in India, thus creating a number of records, including the biggest opening weekend for Sony Pictures in India, biggest opening weekend for Spider-Man franchise in the country and becoming the second biggest weekend opener for a Hollywood film in India (2019 releases), after Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. last_img read more

Lashana Lynch Replaces Daniel Craig as Agent 007 in Bond 25 Report

first_img Actors for James BondBond 25 CastBond 25 release datecaptain marvel First Published: July 15, 2019, 3:38 PM IST After much speculation around the new actor who will replace Daniel Craig as the new British spy Agent 007, the buck has stopped with Lashana Lynch. She is said to have taken over the secret agent number from Craig’s Bond in the upcoming Bond 25. British actress Lynch portrayed the role of a fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel (2019) .The Daily Mail (via has quoted from an anonymous “movie insider”, who says that the 25th film opens with Bond (Craig), retired in Jamaica, being called back to action to fight a new villain. “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says, “Come in 007”, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman. It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007,” the source revealed.This basically implies that Craig will return as James Bond in Bond 25, but will have a new code number. Another website reported that screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge intervened in the matter and decided to pass on the torch of Agent 007 to Lynch. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge had said (via, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.” Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, Bond 25 is set to release in 2020. Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

No MLA Has Sought My Protection Says Karnataka Speaker After Congress Demands

first_img bengaluruBJPCong-JD(S) coalitioncongress First Published: July 19, 2019, 7:35 PM IST Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar Friday said no MLA has sought protection from him amid allegations by the Congress that rebel lawmakers were being held captive to bring down the government.The statement by the speaker in the assembly came after senior Congress leader H K Patil requested him to create an atmosphere conducive for the legislators who are holed up outside the city to attend the session. “No one has come seeking protection… nor have their families come.. so the issue ends there,” Kumar said. Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar said he had been to Mumbai where the rebel MLAs are sequestered and according to his information, they were in “captivity and confinement”.The House, which missed the Governor’s 1.30 pm deadline for the voting on the confidence motion, was also locked in a debate on when the trust vote process should be completed. “Lot of discussion has happened; I want to close it (trust motion process) today,” the speaker said.He also said, “Caesar’s wife should be above suspicion; I cannot be guilty of dragging proceedings.” Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said “I have made preliminary submission; we can conclude (the process) on Monday.” BJP leader Suresh Kumar said sanctity of trust vote would be lost if dragged on and insisted the process be completed Friday itself. The speaker said he would give the ruling a little later.After the 1.30 pm deadline set by him Thursday was missed, state Governor Vajubhai Vala has asked Kumaraswamy to complete the process by Friday itself. last_img read more

Microsofts Project Brainwave brings realtime artificial intelligence

first_imgMicrosoft has introduced additional details about Project Brainwave, a deep-learning acceleration platform for real-time artificial intelligence. This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about Project Brainwave, but we do get more details this time around. Microsoft detailed Project Brainwave recently at Hot Chips 2017, explaining that this project ‘achieves a major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models.’ Microsoft dabbled on the subject of Project Brainwave a couple times last year, but this is the first instance of it providing any substantial details. The company explains that its FPGA infrastructure, which has been rolled out in recent years, is being leveraged by Project Brainwave. The field-programmable gate arrays — that is, the FPGAs — are joined by deep neural network processing units.Microsoft explains that the overall Project Brainwave system is composed of distributed system architecture alongside FPGAs with synthesized DNN engines and a compiler/runtime that deals with trained models. Unlike some other companies which use hardened DNN processing units (DPUs) for their similar technology, Microsoft’s undertaking uses what it calls ‘soft’ DPUs that can be scaled based on data types.Microsoft researchers recently demonstrated the technology in action. In a blog post about the demo, Microsoft explained that the sustained performance level it achieved with Stratix 10 silicon was ‘record-setting,’ and that it achieved ‘unprecedented levels of demonstrated real-time AI performance on extremely challenging models.’last_img read more

iPhone 8 release date and pricing details UPDATE

first_imgBefore this event, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cost $649 and $769 respectively. With the iPhone Upgrade Program, users were able to purchase the iPhone 7 for $32.41 per month. That same program offered the iPhone 7 Plus for $37.41 per month. The iPhone Upgrade Program remains online for AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, while users are encouraged to visit an Apple Store to join the iPhone Upgrade Program with T-Mobile USA. All four major carriers remain onboard for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and similar pricing structures seem to be in place.At the same time, again before this event took place, the iPhone 6s Plus cost $649, while the iPhone 6s cost $549. The iPhone SE was also available at $399. Colors for these devices included Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, and Black. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were also available in Jet Black. The iPhone 7 was also available in a (PRODUCT)RED special edition.The iPhone 8 will cost $699 – it’ll start there, anyway. That’s for the 64GB edition, while a 256GB edition will also be made available. The iPhone 8 Plus will cost $799 and up, and will also have a 256GB internal storage version. All iPhone 8 preorders start on September 15th, arriving September 22nd. After that, iOS 11 is coming to the rest of the world on September 19th. Story TimelineiPhone 8 official: details on skipping the 7SiPhone 8 A11 Bionic detailed: most powerful smartphone chip everThis is the iPhone 8 Plus cameraiPhone 8 Plus Portrait Lighting puts selfies on notice Today Apple revealed the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus (AKA iPhone 8+) during a major event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park. This device is the latest in a line of smartphones from the company that’s been calling said phones “iPhone” since their first in 2007. While precedent suggested that Apple would reveal an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus this week, they’ve gone right on ahead to the number 8 to emphasize the importance of this next-gen set of smartphones.last_img read more

GoPro hunting a buyer as sale tipped

first_imgIn a particularly surprising move, it also announced that it would be exiting the drone business. The GoPro Karma had managed to grab the number two spot in US drone sales, the company pointed out, but warned that a “hostile regulatory environment” for the flying gadgets meant the segment was only going to get tougher to compete in. Instead, it decided, it would give up on it altogether once inventory of the Karma is sold through.However, GoPro is reportedly looking to even more aggressive ways to turn its ship around. The company hired J.P. Morgan Chase “some months back” in the hope of finding a potential buyer, CNBC‘s sources claim, the same bank which assisted GoPro in helping underwrite its IPO back in 2014. The news followed comments by GoPro CEO Nick Woodman, who conceded earlier today that the company would consider either a sale or a partnership. According to the sources, GoPro is not currently in any active talks with a possible buyer, and nor is it clear whether there are any interested suitors right now. AdChoices广告It’s been a frustrating time for GoPro over the past couple of years. The company has oscillated from strong quarters to dire, unable to consistently convert its well-reviewed but undeniably expensive action cameras and strong brand recognition into a stable revenue stream. Things looked like they might be turning a corner in late 2017, with GoPro announcing in November it had experienced a great quarter of sales and predicting a solid holiday season with the newest HERO6 and Fusion models. Those ambitions clearly have failed to pan out. Now, GoPro is making around a fifth of its workforce redundant, and lowering its overall guidance. Cutting the cost of the HERO5, HERO5 Session, HERO6, and Karma certainly didn’t help matters. Woodman, meanwhile, will cut his cash compensation this year to just $1. GoPro is shopping for a potential buyer, it’s reported, having announced dire holiday sales and the unexpected axing of its Karma drone line. The action camera company said today that demand over the 2017 holiday period proved less impressive than GoPro had expected, and that it would be forced to shed staff as a result.last_img read more