But first a cap:

And a thought:

“If you’re paying $3 for a bottle of Smart Water, it isn’t working.”

(Thanks, Mel!)

And now:

I have an interest in a London-based start-up called Trint.

Designed by a former ABC News correspondent for other TV news folk, it can now sit on your iPhone (and, one day, your Android) . . . to record and transcribe phone conversations.  (And in-person conversations.)  In multiple languages.  You never know when you might get a call from a Bulgarian.  Trint can record and transcribe it; then Google can translate the transcription.

Get your free trial and see what you think.

In the App store, search for TRINT – RECORD CALLS ANYWHERE.

Trint advises:

> In the US, the majority of the states have one-party consent. Meaning that only one person needs to agree to the recording. However other states do require two-party consent. Outside of the US some jurisdictions have harsher punishments than others so its always worth checking beforehand. You can find more information here.

> You can record for as long as like.  (And pause and restart the recording, if you’re put on hold, etc.)  Your phone memory will not be used; all recordings are stored in Trint’s cloud.

> All recordings and transcripts are completely private. No one (not even Trint employees) can access the content unless you decide to share it.

> Call costs will depend on where you’re calling.  When you enter the phone number, the cost will be displayed.

> Transcription usually takes less time than the length of your file. For example, a 20-minute call should take no longer than 20mins to transcribe.

The great thing about Trint — whether for journalists or you and me — is that the transcript comes synced to the audio . . . so when you find the key paragraph you want to quote, you can listen to it and easily correct the transcript.

Let me know if you find it useful, and/or have problems or suggestions.  The Associated Press is using it.  Maybe you’ll have occasion to use it, too.

Ending Our Longest War (The War on Drugs) redux . . .

George:  “Seattle may be bigger, but Gloucester has been offering rehab rather than arrest since 2015.  As Politco reports: “In 2015, police in towns across eastern Massachusetts began to embrace a new way to respond to a public health crisis with a rapidly escalating death toll. That spring, the exasperated police chief in the fishing town of Gloucester, Mass., announced that anyone who showed up at the police station and asked for help overcoming an opiate addiction would get it, without fear of arrest, no matter where they lived or whether they had insurance. Police, he said, would get them into treatment.”

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative “provides support and resources to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery.”



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