Democrats said the $2.9 trillion plan for next year would point the way to a surplus after years of red ink under Bush and a GOP-controlled Congress. Republicans countered that a $153 billion surplus in 2012 would appear only if tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 expire in four years – amounting to what they said would be the largest tax increase in American history. The measure reflects a choice by Democrats to increase spending on domestic programs funded each year by appropriations bills – including education, health research, environmental protection and grants to local governments – while forestalling binding decisions on what to do when tax cuts expire. As a practical matter, the future of the Bush tax cuts will likely be decided after the 2008 presidential election, with their fate depending on the balance of power and on the fiscal outlook at that time. Republicans said increased spending now would put renewal of the tax cuts at a disadvantage when they are considered. Republicans had hoped for permanent tax cuts when originally fashioning them in 2001, but an obscure Senate rule prevented that. They never held subsequent votes to make all of them permanent, despite Bush’s annual calls to do so. The 2001 and 2003 tax-cut laws lowered rates on income, investments and large estates, and they included tax breaks for married couples and people with children. WASHINGTON – House Democrats pushed their budget blueprint to passage Thursday, promising a big surplus in five years by allowing tax cuts passed in President George W. Bush’s first term to expire. The 216-210 vote sets up negotiations with the Senate, which last week passed a budget blueprint similar to the House plan on spending increases. But the Senate plan would not generate surpluses since it assumes lawmakers will renew the most popular of the tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of 2010. The House plan would award spending increases next year to both the Pentagon and domestic programs, but it defers difficult decisions about unsustainable growth in federal benefit programs such as Medicare. Twelve Democrats, mostly from GOP-leaning states such as Indiana, opposed the budget plan. Congress’ annual debate on the budget is guided by an arcane process in which a nonbinding budget resolution sets the stage for subsequent bills affecting taxes and benefit programs such as Medicare, as well as the annual appropriations bills. In most years, Congress defers difficult budget issues and simply focuses on the 12 annual bills funding the budgets of Cabinet agencies such as Defense, Education and Agriculture. This year is likely to be such a stand-pat year. The House plan would award domestic agencies, on average, budget increases of 6 percent over current levels, far less than the increases that Bush recommended. Increases under the companion Senate measure are about 4 percent.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new study at the University of Illinois has determined that high-protein canola meal could prove to be a valuable ingredient in swine diets.“Canola meal is an excellent plant-based source of protein that is often included in swine diets,” said Hans H. Stein, a professor of animal sciences at U of I. “In recent years, canola varieties have been developed which contain greater concentrations of protein than conventional varieties. Our study has provided new information on the nutritional value of high-protein canola meal.”High-protein canola seeds have thinner hulls than conventional canola seeds. As a result, the meal derived from these seeds has a lower proportion of fiber, and a greater proportion of protein and oil, than conventional canola meal.Researchers in Stein’s lab conducted two experiments to determine how well pigs digest energy and amino acids in high-protein canola meal.“The digestibility of energy in high protein canola meal is greater than in conventional canola meal when fed to broilers and turkeys,” Stein said. “But we do not yet have data for pigs for this particular source of high protein canola meal.“We used a source of high-protein canola meal that was produced from a variety of high-protein canola that had been selected for low glucosinolate content, so we also tested if the reduced glucosinolates improved digestibility of protein and amino acids.”Stein’s team determined that the standardized ileal digestibility of crude protein in high-protein canola meal and conventional canola meal was less than in soybean meal (83, 78, and 93% respectively). The same was true for most amino acids. The digestibility of crude protein was greater in high-protein canola meal than in conventional canola meal, but there was no difference observed in the digestibility of individual amino acids.High-protein canola meal contained 37.5% standardized ileal digestible crude protein, compared with 31.7% in conventional canola meal and 45.8% in soybean meal. Similarly, the concentration of digestible amino acids was greater in high-protein canola meal than in conventional canola meal, but less than in soybean meal.The concentrations of digestible and metabolizable energy were not different in high-protein canola meal (2,969 and 2,470 kcal/kg, respectively, on an as-fed basis) and conventional canola meal (2,632 and 2,305 kcal/kg). Both sources of canola meal contained less digestible and metabolizable energy than soybean meal (3,733 and 3,375 kcal/kg).Stein said the results indicated that high-protein canola meal can be a valuable ingredient in swine diets. “High-protein canola meal supplies the same amount of digestible energy and more digestible amino acids for growing pigs compared with conventional canola meal.”The paper, “Energy concentration and amino acid digestibility in high-protein canola meal, conventional canola meal, and in soybean meal fed to growing pigs,” was co-authored by Yanhong Liu, Neil Jaworski, and Oscar Rojas. It was published in a recent edition of Animal Feed Science and Technology, and the full text can be found online at http://www.animalfeedscience.com/article/S0377-8401(15)30073-0/fulltext.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OMAHA (DTN) — The month of February is important for growers in the key Corn Belt states who purchase revenue-based crop insurance policies. It’s when the projected prices for those policies are set.During February, DTN will post a running tally of the December corn, November soybean and September Minneapolis wheat futures averages in Ag News.The average as of 02/21/19: $4.00 per bushel for corn, $9.55 per bushel for soybeans and $5.78 for HRS wheat.2019Dec CornNov BeansSep HRS1-Feb$4.0225$9.5725$5.91754-Feb$4.0250$9.5800$5.90755-Feb$4.0350$9.6050$5.90006-Feb$4.0300$9.6300$5.87757-Feb$4.0025$9.5575$5.81008-Feb$3.9925$9.5700$5.802511-Feb$3.9775$9.4900$5.800012-Feb$4.0200$9.6000$5.810013-Feb$4.0250$9.5875$5.840014-Feb$3.9925$9.4800$5.770015-Feb$3.9925$9.5200$5.757519-Feb$3.9675$9.4575$5.682520-Feb$3.9850$9.4850$5.607521-Feb$4.0175$9.5425$5.682522-Feb$4.0175$9.5450$5.740025-Feb$3.9850$9.5550$5.640026-Feb$3.9625$9.4875$5.665027-Feb28-FebAVG$4.00$9.55$5.782018$3.96$10.16$6.31You can also check out a running tally of RMA’s harvest prices and prices recently in discovery here: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/…Revenue policies with harvest-price protection cover losses caused by a difference in the harvest price (determined in October) from the projected price (determined in February). They also cover revenue losses in the event prices tumble between planting and harvest, as they did for corn in 2008.For producers in 31 states, the closing price of the December corn contract during each trading day of February is averaged to determine a revenue-insurance-projected price guarantee. The November contract closes are averaged during February for projected price for soybean revenue-based insurance contracts. The September Minneapolis spring wheat closes are averaged for wheat revenue insurance. States with earlier planting have their spring guarantees set at a different time.“The amount of insurance protection is based on the greater of the projected price or the harvest price,” according to the Risk Management Agency’s website. “If the harvested plus any appraised production multiplied by the harvest price is less than the amount of insurance protection, the producer is paid an indemnity based on the difference.”Revenue protection policies with harvest price exclusion insure based on the projected price only. “The amount of insurance protection is not increased if the harvest price is greater than the projected price,” RMA states.Send comments to email@example.com(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
David_Ashton_EC says: April 12, 2017 at 3:43 pm “Aubrey, good to know about the chips you mentioned. When it comes to making an elastomeric keyboard, what people forget in the pursuit of cheap..cheap..cheap is I see some try a HASL coated surface for making the switch contact with the carbon pill attac Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply February 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm Log in to Reply eldercosta says: December 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm “Eldernn” we are never old enough that we cannot learn new things “nnToo true. In my case it’s the problem of remembering old (and not so old) things.nn”I would probably not think of looking for specific parts “nnIt seems to me that a few years April 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm April 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm antedeluvian says: antedeluvian says: April 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm “DavidnnIt’s a long time since I thought about crosspoint switches. I checked on Digikey and they seem to go as big as 40×40, although between the price and the BGA, I am not sure you will be using them in a hobby application any time soon.” “Since I wrote about keyboard scanning (although not the prime focus of the blog) I thought I should point out an app note I just came across using a Silego programmable part as a keyboard scannernhttp://www.silego.com/applications/keypadscanner.html” AubreyKagan says: Continue Reading Previous The evolution of AI: How the past will define the futureNext TIPIT — A unique outlier in AR space antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply Everywhere you look in industrial electronics there are switches and contacts: proximity switches, limit switches, relay contacts, activation switches and sometimes even keyboard switches. At one point, there was a plethora of integrated circuits that were aimed at switch matrices, but they all seemed to have faded to be replaced by versions of the 8042 that were used by IBM in the PC keyboard. Today if you were interested in making your own matrix encoder you would probably use a microcontroller of your own design. I have a recollection that Intel’s 8279 had a special mode for discrete switches.However switches in the industrial sphere have their own peculiarities. First of all they often operate at high voltages – 24VDC is common. Second of all they don’t really lend themselves to a matrix configuration. (For you youngsters out there, a switch matrix is a method of multiplexing input contacts as a means to reduce the I/O pins needed to detect the switch state. I did a pair of blog posts on an aspect of this subject “Keyboard and display multiplexing — the traditional approach” and “Keyboard and display multiplexing – Charlieplexing”.) As a result, techniques are needed to condition the voltage to the microcontroller’s input voltage and to reduce the number of microcontroller I/O pins. In addition, where there is a mechanical contact, there is switch bounce and contact resistance.I would love to write a blog on switch bounce, but Jack Ganssle beat me to it with a series of definitive articles on the topic (listed at the bottom), and it would be foolhardy to hold myself up for comparison with the master. You must read those articles.Contact resistance can be a bother as well since sometimes the resistance is too high to be detected as a “make”. Some switches may require a minimum current to overcome the contact resistance (a “wetting” current).There is a way to encode a number of inputs using a priority encoder, several of which you can find in the conventional logic families. These provide a code at their output that corresponds to the active input with the highest priority. Look at devices like the 74HC148 or the CD4532. You could also look at digital data multiplexers, again in the standard logic families like the 74HC151 (and there are others depending on the configuration you want). Of course you are still left with conditioning the input voltage. Analog switch multiplexers (e.g. CD4067) may add a degree of flexibility since they can work with elevated voltages, but that simply defers the voltage translation problem.But of course, if I am writing about the subject, there are probably several other more comprehensive solutions. Most of these have serialized communications ports and as a result lend themselves to simplified isolation of the inputs, since each input does not have to be individually isolated.Freescale/NXP (or whoever owns them now) offer the 33975/A and the 33972/A/T. Both are aimed at the automotive market, but there is no reason they couldn’t be used on the industrial stage. They have up to 15 inputs (at elevated voltage) with wetting current and an SPI output.TI has a single offering, the industrially targeted SN65HVS880PWP, which has only 8 digital inputs with elevated voltage capability, but it has some other features. It has debounce filters, input current limits, serial output, is cascadable and has drivers for external LEDs that correspond to the inputs.Maxim does have offerings very similar to TI’s. They are the MAX31911, MAX31912, MAX31913, MAX31914, and MAX31915. If you only need to condition a single contact you may want to consider the MAX14838/9 industrial sensor output driver. The variations include a parallel output and SPI interface.And finally Silicon Labs produces the Si838x family. Aside from the debounce of TI’s and Maxim’s offerings, this device has a diode bridge input (so no wiring polarity issues, although there doesn’t appear to be a smoothing capacitor so AC input appears unlikely) and most importantly include 2.5KV isolation.I guess this blog complements “Where Have All the (MCU) Outputs Gone?” that I wrote a while back. Together the blogs cover both digital input and output in industrial systems and I hope they have provided some direction to design in that field.Jack Ganssle’s Articles on Debouncing: Solving Switch Bounce ProblemsMy favorite software debouncersA Guide to Debouncing, or, How to Debounce a Contact in Two Easy Pages- Part 1A Guide to Debouncing – Part 2, or, How to Debounce a Contact in Two Easy Pages Log in to Reply April 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm AubreyKagan says: “There is now a blog on Planet Analog “Corralling switch and sensor inputs in industrial applications” nn(https://www.planetanalog.com/author.asp?section_id=3388&doc_id=564729&piddl_msgid=144542&piddl_msgposted=yes#msg_144542 )nnIt describes two n Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Electromechanical “Aubrey, we are never old enough that we cannot learn new things (wetting current I mean) 🙂 . Also thank you for the heads up on the ICs. I have to admit I would probably not think of looking for specific parts like these for this kind of application.nn 8 thoughts on “Switch interfaces” December 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm Log in to Reply MWagner_MA says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “Maxim has introduced a new octal industrial digital input, this one with diagnostics: the MAX22190nhttps://www.maximintegrated.com/en/products/sensors/MAX22190.html?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_content=MAX22190&utm_campaign=FY19_Q3_2018_F “I have got some very nice matrix switching ICs out of old PABXs (phone systems) – I think the biggest was a 16×16. But as you say these are not common, especially now that phone systems have gone over to IP based ones in the main.” Log in to Reply
Since you’re here… Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Cricket World Cup 2019 Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’ Support The Guardian Trent Bridge has been a torture chamber for bowlers in recent times but it is here, in the fourth ODI against Pakistan, that England’s Mark Wood will look to press his World Cup claims during what will be his first competitive outing of the summer.The 29-year-old quick has experienced a delayed start to the season after some bone bruising to his left ankle following his breakout winter tour of the Caribbean. Scheduled comebacks for Durham were ruined by rain, meaning Wood jumps straight into the deep end of an international. Share via Email Share on Pinterest England cricket team Share on Facebook Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, played a part in this, advising Wood to keep his powder dry before the World Cup. But with the player himself convinced that fellow fast bowler Jofra Archer is all but guaranteed to be in the final 15 named by the national selector, Ed Smith, on Tuesday, he is aware he needs to impress.“It’s great that Trevor is looking after us but there’s competition for places, so by no means do I think I’m over the line or in that team,” Wood said. “Everyone’s playing well. I fully expect Jofra to be in that World Cup squad, so unfortunately it looks like one bowler will miss out. I’ll have to push my case in the next two games.”If Wood can hit the same speeds as against West Indies – he touched 95mph during the St Lucia Test and carried this through to the ODIs – it could make for an electric match given Archer, rested for the wins at Southampton and Bristol that have England 2-0 up with two to go, is also down to play.Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett, two regulars in the side, are both set for a rest and thus raw pace is the order of the day. Wood views it as a mouthwatering prospect, having been hugely impressed by the squad’s newest addition and – in a light-hearted manner, it must be said, given some mischievous headlines before the series – slightly envious of the 24-year-old’s effortless speeds.“Jofra has natural raw pace whereas I feel I have to bust a gut to get it up there,” Wood said. “It’ll be good to have two pace lads in at the same time and see if we can really ruffle a few feathers. It will be interesting to see how far back the wicketkeeper stands for him and me.”That wicketkeeper will be Jos Buttler, who returns to captain the side while Eoin Morgan serves a one-match ban for a slow over rate at Bristol. With Jonny Bairstow also due a break, James Vince gets another chance to open even if his status as reserve batsman has been inked in ever since Alex Hales was dropped for non-cricketing reasons.There is greater pressure on Joe Denly to shore up his place among the squad players, too. Untrusted as a leg-spinner by Morgan in Bristol bar one rusty over – the ground’s small dimensions were also at play – the Kent man will get another chance but primarily as a batsman, with Adil Rashid returning for the rested David Willey.The bowlers to miss out will breathe a sigh of relief given Trent Bridge’s reputation. Another flat surface, towards the shorter boundary, appears to have been prepared at the scene of two world record totals from England’s big hitters, who racked up 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016 and then mauled Australia to the tune of 481 for six during last summer’s 5-0 whitewash.Sarfaraz Ahmed’s tourists may not wish to recall the time they were so badly manhandled but given the two teams meet here during the World Cup group stage – albeit a 10.30am start – and it is the ground for their tournament opener against West Indies on 31 May, this represents an important match for them.Imad Wasim, Pakistan’s left-arm spinner, said: “White-ball cricket is not a bowler’s game but credit to the groundsmen and the ECB, the pitches are unbelievable. It’s like a batting paradise. You have to find a way to contain and take wickets.” Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. 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Craddock urges Wolves to keep Arsenal target Bolyby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves skipper Jody Craddock is a fan of Willy Boly.Arsenal have been linked with Boly, who Wolves signed for £10m from Porto in the summer of 2018.“We definitely want him to stay at Wolves as he’s been doing so well, but he probably could walk into another team higher up the table,” Craddock told the Express & Star.“Hopefully, he doesn’t. But when you’ve got these players and they’re playing well, there’s always going to be clubs sniffing around them.”Then, it’s down to Wolves to do the job and keep hold of him if we want to step up to the table ourselves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Mr. Shaw said the seven projects will consist of investment and reform initiatives intended to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth and job creation agenda. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced seven upcoming projects that will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for Jamaicans during the fiscal year 2018/2019.They are Jiuquan Iron and Steel (JISCO), North-South Highway Development Projects, South Coast Highway Improvement Project, Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project, Naggo Head Technology Park, Morant Bay Town Revitalisation, and Public Bodies Investment Programme.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Mr. Shaw said the seven projects will consist of investment and reform initiatives intended to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth and job creation agenda.“JISCO has already resumed production at the Alpart alumina plant following an eight-year shutdown. JISCO plans further investment that could amount to as much as US$6 billion, the largest investment made by a single private-sector company in Jamaican history. These investments include substantial linkages with the agricultural sector. The investment programme also includes construction of a new 230MW power plant using liquefied natural gas (LNG). Currently, 960 persons are employed at the JISCO/Alpart plant,” Mr. Shaw said.He also spoke about the projected benefits from the North-South Highway Development Projects.“The North-South Highway Development Projects are expected to exceed US$2 billion. These are commercial investments by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). It is important to note that no Government of Jamaica counterpart resources are required for these investments. This is a model that must be replicated,” he said.Regarding the South Coast Highway Improvement Project, Mr. Shaw told the House that the venture is expected to represent an investment of approximately US$385 million.“The project will upgrade the highway from Harbour View to Port Antonio, repair access roads in St. Thomas and construct the next leg of the East West toll road to Manchester. The completed roadworks are expected to boost our productivity and create new investment opportunities,” Mr. Shaw said.The Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project will include the construction of a US$220-million perimeter road to relieve the extreme congestion in the heart of Jamaica’s second city.The Naggo Head Technology Park will consist of a state-of-the-art business process outsourcing (BPO) complex, which will be the first major BPO Technology Park in the Caribbean with special economic zone status comprising over 800,000 square feet.For the Morant Bay town revitalisation project, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica has been mandated to establish the Morant Bay Urban Centre at the site of the former Goodyear Tyre Factory.The Morant Bay Urban Centre will be a 500,000-sq.ft. integrated business centre, housing both public- and private-sector entities.“In relation to the public bodies investment programme, total capital expenditure is projected at $68.4 billion, with three public bodies accounting for almost 80 per cent of the planned expenditure. This is focused on meeting the people’s test by providing increased access to housing, water, investment and job opportunities,” the Minister explained. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced seven upcoming projects that will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for Jamaicans during the fiscal year 2018/2019. “The North-South Highway Development Projects are expected to exceed US$2 billion. These are commercial investments by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). It is important to note that no Government of Jamaica counterpart resources are required for these investments. This is a model that must be replicated,” he said.
Ohio State’s libero Valeria Leon passes a ball in the regional quarterfinal versus Washington on December 11, 2015. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team couldn’t have asked for a better ending to its nonconference season. Just like dominos, three teams fell to the Buckeyes. Not to mention, all of the matches were three-set sweeps. OSU dominated the competition to clinch the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge title on Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. Valparaiso was the first of the Buckeyes’ victims on Friday, followed by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Ball State Cardinals gave OSU the biggest run for its money on Saturday, but it was the Buckeye “tribe” who came out on top. Senior libero Valeria León, senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold earned all-tournament honors. León earned the tournament MVP title with 3.78 digs per set. Sandbothe and León have been named to all-tournament squads in three of the past four weekend tournaments.ValparaisoValparaiso hung with the Buckeyes in the first set until OSU started to pull away at 19-13, with credit to the power of middle blockers Sandbothe and freshman Madison Smeathers. An assisted block from Sandbothe and senior middle blocker Kylie Randall sealed the win in the first set, 25-17. OSU jumped out to an early lead in the second set and eventually put away the Crusaders, 25-13. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer contributed five kills to the Buckeye offense. A block by Smeathers and Schirmer for the final point in the third set would wrangle in the victory for OSU, 25-18. Sandbothe led the offense for the Buckeyes with a .458 hitting percentage, followed by a strong performance from Appold who hit .364. OSU more than doubled the Crusaders in kills, 50 to 19. UNCGErrors on OSU’s side of the net and an aggressive UNCG team kept the first set of the match close, with nine times during the opening frame. A final Spartan timeout wasn’t enough to hold back Sandbothe. She closed out the set with three kills, making the score 25-20 going into the second set. The Buckeyes would shut down the UNCG offense in the next set. OSU went on a seven-point run to win 25-12. The third and final set showcased OSU’s “tribe” motto with six players slamming down kills for the 25-14 set and match win.Randall, Schirmer and Appold all had an errorless hitting performances. Appold also tied León for a team-high 10 digs, and Sandbothe walked away from the match with a monstrous .615 attacking percentage. Ball StateOSU’s final match carried some weight with it – the last nonconference match for the team and a tournament title on the line. The momentum from the Buckeyes’ previous two matches carried into the first set against the Cardinals. Despite a couple of four-point leads by Ball State, OSU battled back to eventually take the advantage, 17-16 on a service ace by Sandbothe.Another service ace by sophomore setter Taylor Hughes coming out of a Cardinal timeout was enough to push the Buckeyes to secure a first-win set, 25-21. In the second, Smeathers went to work on defense, assisting on three blocks and stuffing the Cardinals’ Sydnee Vanbeek for a solo block. OSU took the second set, 25-17. Two early three-point runs put the Buckeyes up 9-2 in the final set. Ball State would have its own five-point run later in the game to tighten the set, two OSU kills and an attacking error for the Cardinals would give the Buckeyes the set win, the match win and complete the perfect trifecta of tournament play. Hughes racked up 36 assists during the match, and five out of six OSU hitters hit above .300. Sandbothe and Appold combined for 27 kills against the Cardinals. The women’s volleyball team improved to 10-2 on the season and will challenge its first Big Ten opponent when they travel to Wisconsin on Sept. 23.
Instagram today introduced a new comment-moderation tool.”We’re taking the next step to ensure Instagram remains a positive place to express yourself,” CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog announcement. The photo-sharing service boasts a diverse community. But on social media, as in life, not everyone gets along. “To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment,” Systrom said.So, Instagram is rolling out to all users a keyword-moderation tool. Simply tap the gear icon in your profile and look for “Comments” — under the Settings header, between “Mobile Data Use” and the option to save original photos).The feature lets anyone create a personalized list of words you consider offensive or inappropriate — whether it’s racial slurs, obscenity or just “Justin Bieber.” Users can build their own list or help themselves to the default words provided. Moving forward, comments featuring those words and phrases will be hidden from your posts, saving you the hassle of swiping to delete, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts.”We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression,” Systrom said.This week’s adjustments, he added, are not only his “personal wish,” but also “our responsibility as a company.”Over the summer, Instagram teased a new content-specific filtering feature that let users flip comments on and off on a per-post basis.Rival Twitter has faced backlash over its inability to effectively crack down on trolls and hateful comments. Last month it introduced two new features aimed at giving users more control: a new “quality filter” option to your notification settings that, when enabled, prevents you from seeing “lower-quality content”; and anotherthat will limit alerts to only people you follow. Silence Instagram Trolls With Keyword Filters Next Article All users can now blacklist specific words and phrases to ensure they will not appear in comments. September 13, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Instagram This story originally appeared on PCMag Stephanie Mlot Reporter at PCMag