Lebanon’s youth united in push for sweeping change

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As Lebanon celebrates its Independence Day this Friday amid a mass protest movement, our reporters went to meet those who are angry at the system. From the capital Beirut to the northern city of Tripoli, tens of thousands of Lebanese have been protesting every day since mid-October against the political elite, deemed incompetent and corrupt. For the first time, Lebanon’s youth appears united, breaking down traditional geographical, social and religious barriers, and with the same dream of a better future.

Samoa measles epidemic kills 20

Children under five account for all but one of the deaths as suspected cases double to 1,644

Deaths related to measles have risen to 20 in the past week on the Pacific island of Samoa, the government has said, eight days after declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak.

The island state of 200,000, located south of the equator and halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, declared a measles epidemic late in October after the first deaths.

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Michael Bloomberg vows to refuse donations as presidential bid looms

I think the DNC needs to stop “selling” the Democratic candidacy to the highest bidder!

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  • Adviser: billionaire eyeing White House ‘cannot be bought’
  • Ex-New York mayor cannot debate if he does not take cash

Michael Bloomberg will not accept political donations if he runs for president and will not take a salary if he wins, according to senior aides discussing the New York billionaire’s plans as he marches toward a formal 2020 announcement.

Related: ‘No one out there’: could Democrats’ lack of star power see Trump re-elected by default?

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Weaving Books into the Web—Starting with Wikipedia

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The Internet Archive has transformed 130,000 references to books in Wikipedia into live links to 50,000 digitized Internet Archive books in several Wikipedia language editions including English, Greek, and Arabic. And we are just getting started. By working with Wikipedia communities and scanning more books, both users and robots will link many more book references directly into Internet Archive books. In these cases, diving deeper into a subject will be a single click.

Moriel Schottlender, Senior Software Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation, speech announcing this program

“I want this,” said Brewster Kahle’s neighbor Carmen Steele, age 15, “at school I am allowed to start with Wikipedia, but I need to quote the original books. This allows me to do this even in the middle of the night.”

For example, the Wikipedia article on Martin Luther King, Jr cites the book To Redeem the Soul of America, by Adam Fairclough. That citation now links directly to page 299 inside the digital version of the book provided by the Internet Archive. There are 66 cited and linked books on that article alone. 

In the Martin Luther King, Jr. article of Wikipedia, page references can now take you directly to the book.

Readers can see a couple of pages to preview the book and, if they want to read further, they can borrow the digital copy using Controlled Digital Lending in a way that’s analogous to how they borrow physical books from their local library.

“What has been written in books over many centuries is critical to informing a generation of digital learners,” said Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive. “We hope to connect readers with books by weaving books into the fabric of the web itself, starting with Wikipedia.”

You can help accelerate these efforts by sponsoring books or funding the effort. It costs the Internet Archive about $20 to digitize and preserve a physical book in order to bring it to Internet readers. The goal is to bring another 4 million important books online over the next several years.  Please donate or contact us to help with this project.

From a presentation on October 23, 2019 by Moriel Schottlender, Tech lead at the Wikimedia Foundation.

“Together we can achieve Universal Access to All Knowledge,” said Mark Graham, Director of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. “One linked book, paper, web page, news article, music file, video and image at a time.”