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22 февраля, 06:53

Activists Hoist 'Refugees Welcome' Sign At The Statue Of Liberty

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The Statue of Liberty can represent freedom, the United States’ colorful history of immigration or the American Dream, depending on who you ask. But on Tuesday, Lady Liberty on Ellis Island displayed a very clear message at her pedestal, in the form of a hand-painted red and white sign. It read: “Refugees welcome.” A group of anonymous activists placed the unauthorized sign over the base of the statue from the park’s public observation deck on Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement released by the National Park Service. Park rangers removed the sign as soon as they were alerted of it. It was on display for less than an hour, NPS public affairs officer Jerry Willis told The Huffington Post. The Statue of Liberty got a caption today. #RefugeesWelcome pic.twitter.com/3wpeJBepI5— Jeffrey Lamoureux (@jnlamoure) February 21, 2017 Displaying unauthorized signs on a national monument is strictly prohibited, according to NPS. U.S. Park Police is investigating the incident to identify the suspects, but a group behind a newly created Twitter account, known as the Alt Lady Liberty or @AltStatLiberty, has claimed responsibility for the sign. An anonymous spokesperson for the group said in an email to HuffPost that “the action was taken by private citizens who are concerned about the un-American turn our immigration policy has taken and decided to speak up.” The Alt Lady Liberty spokesperson emailed HuffPost a photo of the sign as it was being painted. They claimed they hung it up at the base of the statue at approximately 12:45 p.m. The spokesperson said the group hung the sign up in protest of President Donald Trump’s federal travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries and his plans for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. “Immigrants and refugees make this country great. And turning away refugees, like we did to Anne Frank, does not make us great,” the Alt Lady Liberty spokesperson told HuffPost. “Refugees are welcome here, Muslims are welcome here and immigrants are welcome here.” The sign was displayed on the same day that the Department of Homeland Security declared an open season on the deportation of undocumented immigrants. The message of the Statue of Liberty is unmistakable.This banner ought to make it clear 2 @realDonaldTrump #RefugeesWelcome#NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/ZSpg4uB9Qg— Alt Lady Liberty (@AltStatLiberty) February 21, 2017 The Statue of Liberty, a figure that once welcomed 14 million immigrants into the United States between 1886 and 1924, has come to symbolize different ideals and values over the course of American history. Some people saw Tuesday’s “refugees welcome” sign as an act of vandalism. We should jail the morons that put "Refugees Welcome" on the statue of liberty for vandalism.— Controversial (@RealMalseph) February 21, 2017 Others celebrated it, claiming that the statue itself already represented the sign’s sentiments. One Twitter user evoked the words of the sonnet, “The New Colossus,” written by American poet Emma Lazarus and inscribed on a plaque inside of the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...” Cause..."Give me your tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me" wasn't clear? https://t.co/L1zNUwj1Gg— Merts (@ConnerMertens) February 21, 2017 The Statue of Liberty never did look so fine. #RefugeesWelcome #NoWallNoBan @AltStatLiberty pic.twitter.com/nzhRCIqdtG— Maria Langholz (@MariaLangholz) February 21, 2017 I thought the Statue of Liberty was in itself a giant "Refugees Welcome" sign. https://t.co/odhd2B987y— Nordic American (@turkuderringer) February 21, 2017 oh thank you, whoever did this pic.twitter.com/BWQjFQPNbv— John Lurie (@lurie_john) February 21, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 февраля, 04:00

Anonymous : Deep State Shadow Government Documentary

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22 февраля, 03:18

Arch-Troll Milo's Mini Apology Tour

The provocateur at the center of the controversy that engulfed the right this weekend offers a qualified mea culpa.

22 февраля, 01:27

HUFFPOST HILL - CPAC Refuses To Normolopoulize Pedophilia

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!   Donald Trump paid a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture or, as he knows it, “Examples of People Who’ve Done an Amazing Job and Are Being Recognized More and More, I Notice.” The president went most of the day without tweeting, which might explain why all those coyotes finally stopped howling. And Milo Yiannopoulos was disinvited from this year’s CPAC, so as to avoid sullying the good name of the annual conference that has played host to such high-minded things as the “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award,” the “If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?” breakout session and “Tomi Lahren.” This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, February 21st, 2017: ADMINISTRATION RAMPING UP DEPORTATIONS - Willa Frej: “A set Department of Homeland Security memorandums released Tuesday reveal that President Donald Trump has declared an open season on the deportation of undocumented immigrants. ‘The Department will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,’ one document says. They also expanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ability to perform expedited removals on people who have been living in the U.S. for up to two years. The U.S. will also prosecute the parents of unaccompanied minors as smugglers, according to the documents. DHS directed ICE to hire 10,000 additional people to get the job done, according to one of the memos. The document does indicate that the priority remains ‘removable aliens’ who have been convicted of a crime or charged with a crime. It does not, to the chagrin of many conservatives, suggest any changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.” [HuffPost] WHY WE’RE LOCKING OUR DOORS - In case you’re wondering why a lot of D.C.-based reporters made a big deal about a gunman showing up to Comet Ping Pong, this is why. Ariel Edwards-Levy: “A narrow majority of President Donald Trump’s supporters agree with him that the media is their enemy, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, although most Americans overall don’t feel similarly. Trump tweeted last Friday that the media is the ‘enemy of the American People,’ a statement that drew criticism from many reporters and disavowals even from some members of his party. Most Trump voters, 51 percent, say the media is an enemy to people like them, according to the poll, with 36 percent considering the media unfriendly, and just 5 percent saying it’s friendly or an ally. Overall, 22 percent of Americans consider the media an enemy to people like them, with 19 percent saying it’s unfriendly, 21 percent that it’s friendly, and 14 percent that it’s an ally.” [HuffPost] HuffPost Haircuts: Arthur Delaney (h/t Christina Wilkie), Christina Wilkie (h/t Christina Wilkie), Whitney Snyder (h/t Jeffrey). Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government  Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to eliot@huffingtonpost.com. Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill  PRUITT: SAY ‘PLEASE’ AND ‘THANK YOU’ AS WE DESTROY THE EARTH Also, he’s probably going to fire everybody. Alexander Kaufman: “Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mentioned a ‘toxic environment’ just once during his first address Tuesday to the embattled agency staff. But he wasn’t talking about industry pollution or conserving nature. He was referring to his critics’ political rhetoric. ‘Forgive the reference, but it’s a very toxic environment’ the controversial new administrator said in the speech, which lasted under 20 minutes. ‘Civility is something I believe in very much,’ he added. ‘We ought to be able to get together and wrestle through some issues in a civil manner.’ Then, at last, he began to outline his vision for the EPA. He described an agency that prioritized making it easier for polluters to comply with regulations. He promised to listen intently to companies before saddling them with new regulations. He admonished his new employees, some fearing layoffs amid looming budget cuts, for acting outside the agency’s legal mandate and running roughshod over states’ rights.” [HuffPost]  Oh right, this: “Today is the deadline for former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to hand over thousands of emails. A judge set the deadline last week, a day before Pruitt was confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Center for Media and Democracy first requested the emails in 2015 over concern for Pruitt’s interests with energy companies as attorney general, specifically oil, gas, and coal companies, and conservative organizations. Nearly 2,600 emails have been requested.” [KOTV’s Justin Dougherty]  HERE’S ANOTHER THING THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN - Maybe his tax returns will be included in the budget. Paul M. Krawzak: “President Donald Trump’s administration is aiming to release a fiscal 2018 budget outline on March 14, a White House official confirmed Sunday to CQ. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is the White House’s ‘intention’ to release the outline, also called a ‘skinny’ budget, on that date. That date is not set in stone and could change. Mick Mulvaney, the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, has only just gotten to work in the White House budget office. He was confirmed and sworn into office on Feb. 16…. Some congressional aides and budget experts had earlier expressed doubts about whether the Trump administration would have time to craft a budget overview, depending on when the Senate confirmed an OMB director…. Previous presidents in their first year typically have released a budget outline in late February and the full budget in April or May.” [Roll Call]  WHITE HOUSE SHORTCHANGES TRANSGENDER KIDS - Thank goodness that Ivanka is there to moderate President Trump. Amanda Terkel: “White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave a clear indication Tuesday that the new administration will not be a forceful defender of transgender rights, saying President Donald Trump believes that issue should be left up to the states. The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to rescind a policy issued by President Barack Obama’s administration mandating that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. Schools, for example, would therefore have to allow transgender individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, rather than the sex assigned to them at birth. Spicer declined to say exactly what the administration had in the works, although he said it was an issue that the Departments of Education and Justice are addressing…. ‘The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government,’ Spicer said.” [HuffPost]  PRESIDENT HAS TO INSIST HE’S NOT INTERESTED IN KRISTALLNACHT 2 - Our correspondence with our pen pals on Earth 2 has really ground to a halt as we have to explain everything twice. Fred Barbash, Ben Guarino and Brian Murphy: “President Trump called anti-Semitic violence ‘horrible’ and vowed Tuesday to take steps to counter extremism in comments that followed criticism that the White House had not clearly denounced vandalism and threats targeting Jewish institutions. Hours before Trump’s remarks, Hillary Clinton called on her former presidential rival to speak out against anti-Semitic acts after more than 170 Jewish graves were found toppled at a cemetery in Missouri…. The remarks by Trump also appear aimed at easing pressure on his administration, which faces claims from opponents that it has failed to distance itself from extremist ideology and has emboldened right-wing groups through its populist, America-first themes.” [WaPo]  IT’S POSSIBLE TRUMP IS AN ENORMOUS HYPOCRITE - It’s almost as though he thought Obama was “lazy” because of ugly stereotypes or something! Josh Dawsey: “Donald Trump regularly assailed President Barack Obama for playing golf, then spent the first weekends of his own presidency doing just that. He attacked Obama for using Air Force One to campaign, and did it over the weekend just a month into the job. He mocked Obama for heading out of Washington at taxpayer expense, but appears to have no qualms about doing so himself. One month in, Trump is using the presidency to boost his political and personal goals — not breaking laws or ethics rules, experts say, but ignoring his past criticisms and vows.” [Politico]  Trump is running out of non-crazy national security experts. National Security Council spokesman and former CIA agent Edward Price explains why couldn’t work for this president in a brutal op-ed. [WaPo]  FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT STATE LEGISLATORS KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING - Well, most of the time ― certainly more than the current administration. Ian Simpson: “Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that perform abortions not covered by Medicaid, the federal healthcare program for the poor. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the measure would harm thousands of Virginians who relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare services and programs. He vetoed a similar measure last year. ‘Attempts to restrict women’s access to health care will impede the goal of making Virginia the best place to live, work, and run a business,’ he said in a statement. Advocates for the law had said it would underpin organizations that provide the widest range of services.” [Reuters]  North Carolina governor not completely devoid of powers: “North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced Tuesday he was dropping his state’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over a 2013 voting bill that a federal appeals court called the most restrictive in the state ‘since the era of Jim Crow.’ Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit struck down a North Carolina bill that required residents to show photo ID at the polls, shortened early voting and eliminated same-day registration. The court ruled that the law intentionally discriminated against African Americans ‘with almost surgical precision.’ With days left in his administration, former Gov. Pat McCrory (R), whom Cooper defeated last year, appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court.” [HuffPost’s Samuel Levine]  JESUS RODE ON DINOSAURS, PT. 230,351,757 - That is, before he smote the dinosaurs so we could have fossil fuels. James Nord and Hannah Weikel: “South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss ‘in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses’ of the subjects. South Dakota is one of at least three states, along with Texas and Oklahoma, considering such a bill. Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee have enacted similar laws, according to Glenn Branch, deputy director of the California-based National Center for Science Education, which opposes the proposal. Branch said there are concerns that such a bill would embolden some teachers to start presenting creationism in their classrooms.” [AP]  SERIOUS PIG FARMER PWNAGE - Assume Grassley town hall dead. Samuel Levine:”A pig farmer confronted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at a town hall meeting early Tuesday morning to warn that Republicans would essentially create a giant death panel if they repealed the Affordable Care Act. Chris Peterson, 62, told the senator that he has diabetes and that he would not be able to afford health insurance if not for the Affordable Care Act. ‘You’re the man that talks about the death panel,’ Peterson said at the packed town hall in Iowa Falls. ‘We’re gonna create one great big death panel in this country [if] people can’t afford to get insurance. Don’t repeal Obamacare, improve it.’” [HuffPost]  MILO OUT - Hey, Socrates was another Greek guy down with pedophilia, maybe he’s available. Michael Calderone: “Milo Yiannopoulos resigned Tuesday from Breitbart News, the right-wing nationalist site where he’s served as a senior editor and high-profile contributor…. He said it would be ‘wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting’ and added that the decision to leave was his own. Yiannopoulos ― a conservative provocateur banned by Twitter and known for mocking Muslims, feminists, transgender people, the Black Lives Matter movement and liberal student activists ― seemed to have finally crossed a line Monday with a major publisher and a conservative organization that was giving him a platform. His apparent defense of sexual relationships between men and boys as young as 13 during an interview last year on the Drunken Peasants podcast began circulating recently and led to the quick unraveling of a career built on outrage and offensive behavior. “ [HuffPost]  BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a wounded owl with a cast.  NICE TRY, NEW YORK CITY BULL - But no one escapes from all this hideousness until we all do. Ali Bauman: “The bull that was first spotted Tuesday morning on Lakewood Avenue near Sutphin and Archer in Jamaica has died. It escaped from a slaughterhouse on Jamaica Avenue…. After being captured alive, the bull was loaded into a trailer but sadly died en- route during transport to the Center for Animal Care and Control on Linden Blvd in Brooklyn.” [WCBS] COMFORT FOOD - This is why astronauts can’t get drunk in space.  - Alex Trebek reading rap lyrics. - UPS is getting in on the drone delivery game.  TWITTERAMA @Max_Fisher: 2015: i’ll just mute breitbart guy tweeting racial slurs at me2017: scrutinize internal breitbart politics to divine future of our nation  @electrolemon: you guys do not have a good case to say “his fake news claims are nuts” when you keep retweeting fake sally yates & “rogue govt” accounts  @Rossalincoln: This Milo thing has taught conservatives a valuable lesson: properly vet nazis to ensure they only heterosexually sexualize pubescent kids.  Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson (eliot@huffingtonpost.com)   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 февраля, 22:06

СМИ: Депутат от блока Порошенко шантажировал дочь советника Трампа

Украинский депутат от Блока Петра Порошенко Сергей Лещенко пытался шантажировать дочь советника президента США Дональда Трампа – Пола Манафорта, об этом свидетельствует опубликованная в интернете хакерской группой Anonymous переписка Джессики Манафорт. «Мне нужно связаться с Полом, и я должен поделиться одной важной информацией, которая касается его участия в украинском расследовании. У меня есть неопровержимые доказательства того, что он получал деньги», – передает украинское издание «Вести» текст письма, направленного Джессике Манафорт. «Если я не получу от вас никакого ответа, я передам их в ФБР и украинские органы, включая медиа. Скажите ему, что у него есть 24 часа, прежде чем я передам всю информацию правоохранителям», – говорится в письме, опубликованном хакерами. «Как только он свяжется со мной, я перешлю вам документы», – заключает автор письма, в заключение попросив связываться с ним через почтовый ящик leshchenko@mail.ru. «Я думала, что это спам, и не обратила внимания. Что мама об этом скажет?» – написала Джессика, направив сообщение отцу. Как сообщает журналист Андрей Дзиндзя в своем блоге, почтовый ящик leshchenko@mail.ru принадлежит депутату от БПП Сергею Лещенко. В доказательство этого журналист опубликовал фотографии с заседания Верховной рады, во время которого украинский депутат проверял почту. Напомним, что поднятый на Украине скандал заставил Манафорта уйти в отставку с поста советника кандидата от республиканцев Дональда Трампа в самый разгар предвыборной кампании. Как писали американские СМИ уже после выборов, Трамп обязательно припомнит Украине поддержку его соперницы Хиллари Клинтон и скандал вокруг Манафорта.

21 февраля, 19:45

Breitbart editor-in-chief calls Yiannopoulos comments 'indefensible,' but mounts a defense

Breitbart’s editor-in-chief Alex Marlow called out Milo Yiannopoulos comments about pedophila as “indefensible,” “troubling”, and “upsetting” on the company’s daily radio show on Tuesday morning.

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21 февраля, 19:01

Two arrested in India over baby trafficking

INDIAN police said yesterday they have arrested the heads of an adoption center suspected of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples, the latest trafficking scandal to hit the country. Investigators

21 февраля, 17:33

White House Delivered EU-Skeptic Message Before Pence Visit

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks. Bannon, these people said, signalled to Germany’s ambassador to Washington that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favoured conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis. Three people who were briefed on the meeting spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. The German government and the ambassador, Peter Wittig, declined to comment, citing the confidentiality of the talks. A White House official who checked with Bannon in response to a Reuters query confirmed the meeting had taken place but said the account provided to Reuters was inaccurate. “They only spoke for about three minutes and it was just a quick hello,” the official said. The sources described a longer meeting in which Bannon took the time to spell out his world view. They said his message was similar to the one he delivered to a Vatican conference back in 2014 when he was running the right-wing website Breitbart News. In those remarks, delivered via Skype, Bannon spoke favourably about European populist movements and described a yearning for nationalism by people who “don’t believe in this kind of pan-European Union.” Western Europe, he said at the time, was built on a foundation of “strong nationalist movements”, adding: “I think it’s what can see us forward”. The encounter unsettled people in the German government, in part because some officials had been holding out hope that Bannon might temper his views once in government and offer a more nuanced message on Europe in private. One source briefed on the meeting said it had confirmed the view that Germany and its European partners must prepare for a policy of “hostility towards the EU”. A second source expressed concern, based on his contacts with the administration, that there was no appreciation for the EU’s role in ensuring peace and prosperity in post-war Europe. “There appears to be no understanding in the White House that an unravelling of the EU would have grave consequences,” the source said. The White House said there was no transcript of the conversation. The sources who had been briefed on it described it as polite and stressed there was no evidence Trump was prepared to go beyond his rhetorical attacks on the EU - he has repeatedly praised Britain’s decision to leave - and take concrete steps to destabilise the bloc. But anxiety over the White House stance led French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, to issue unusual calls last week for Pence to affirm during his visit to Europe that the U.S. was not aiming to break up the EU. Pence obliged on Monday in Brussels, pledging strong ties between the United States and the EU, and making clear his message was shared by the president. “President Trump and I look forward to working together with you and the European Union to deepen our political and economic partnership,” he said. But the message did not end the concerns in European capitals. “We are worried and we should be worried,” Thomas Matussek, senior adviser at Flint Global and a former German ambassador to the Britain and the United Nations, told Reuters. “No one knows anything at the moment about what sort of decisions will be coming out of Washington. But it is clear that the man on top and the people closest to him feel that it’s the nation state that creates identity and not what they see as an amorphous group of countries like the EU.” With elections looming in the Netherlands, France and Germany this year, European officials said they hoped Pence, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could convince Trump to work constructively with the EU. The worst-case scenario from Europe’s point of view was described by Ischinger in an article published last week, entitled “How Europe should deal with Trump”. He said that if the U.S. administration actively supported right-wing populists in the looming election campaigns it would trigger a “major transatlantic crisis”. (Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton and Alastair Macdonald in Brussels, Jeff Mason in Washington; editing by Mark John) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 февраля, 13:08

‘He’s Going to Be an Enabler’

As White House counsel, Don McGahn’s job is to keep Donald Trump in line. But he shares his boss’ hard-charging reputation.

21 февраля, 13:05

Research: How Leadership Experience Affects Students

Early leadership experience can be very valuable. Selective colleges screen for demonstrated leadership experience, and studies have found that people with high school leadership experience are paid up to 33% more than those without it. This wage premium is similar to the one associated with a college degree. However, we know little about what types of skills early leadership service may help to develop. Although adults who serve as leaders are observably different from nonleaders — leaders tend to have higher cognitive ability, more self-confidence, and more motivation or drive — we don’t know much about whether these differences arise because leadership service changes individuals or because these individuals are selected for their preexisting skills. To investigate this question, we studied 378 seventh-grade students in a Chinese secondary school. Among the top 92 students, we randomly assigned classroom leadership positions to 46 of them. We tracked the students for 22 weeks and collected data on test scores, opinions, and social networks. The randomization let us isolate the effects of leadership experience from the effects of differences in personality, cognitive ability, or physical attributes. In most Chinese primary and secondary schools, students sit in the same classroom with the same classmates over an entire semester, and teachers of different subjects rotate in throughout the day. The average classroom has approximately 50 students, and each has a set of student leadership positions. Two students serve in positions equivalent to class president and vice president; they represent the class, organize collective activities, and assist in maintaining order. There are also subject-specific leaders, such as Chinese delegates, English delegates, and math delegates, who distribute and collect homework and sometimes assist in grading. These positions carry considerable prestige, and some parents lobby strongly to have their children selected. Class leaders have more exposure to teachers and fellow students, who they must motivate as part of their responsibilities. In a separate survey among other Chinese students, we found that more than 60% of students expressed interest in one of these positions. Typically, a teacher chooses the class leaders based mostly on academic merit. In our study, teachers gave us shortlists of the top two candidates for each leadership position, and we randomly assigned half of them to leadership positions. The other half constituted the control group. Teachers ranked their lists, so we were able to separately estimate the effects of leadership experience for top-ranked and second-ranked candidates. We measured their academic performance, confidence, perceived determinants of success, and popularity. On academic performance, we found that after being appointed to a leadership role, students’ grades on midterm and final exams increased by 0.3 standard deviations, which raised their rank in the class by approximately seven percentile points. But the increase was only statistically significant for top-ranked candidates. Tests were anonymized to ensure there was no bias in grading. We suspect that increased studying was mainly what led to higher test scores among this group, as they reported having to balance studying and leadership duties. There are several reasons class leaders may increase their study efforts. Perhaps they feared being replaced if they underperformed on the midterm, or maybe people perform better when others place higher expectations on them — what psychologists call the Rosenthal effect. In this case, class leaders may not have wanted to disappoint the teachers who appointed them, or they may have hoped to achieve future leadership appointments. Their higher profile in the classroom may also have made it more embarrassing to perform poorly on an exam. We measured confidence through a series of survey questions and games. One question we asked each student was what they thought their rank in the class was. The overall average reported rank was above the 70th percentile, resulting in a strong “Lake Wobegon” effect — meaning everyone was above average. Among second-ranked leaders, but not top-ranked leaders, leadership experience increased their perceived rank, though not their actual rank, by approximately seven percentile points. We also had leaders role play a game where they could either contribute money to a public good or keep it for themselves. Students got the most money if everyone contributed, but each individual did best if they kept their money while others contributed. We found that leadership experience increased students’ willingness to “lead by example” and contribute first; second-ranked candidates were approximately 50% more likely to contribute first when assigned to leadership positions. We surveyed all the students on the determinants of success to see whether their beliefs about the world were influenced by their own achievements. We asked them to rank the three most important factors in determining academic success among the following six options: effort, good teachers, parental fostering, innate talent, help from friends and classmates, and home study environment. If individuals suffered from “self-serving bias,” a bias toward skewing one’s beliefs to support one’s own interests, then we’d expect them to attribute success to their own efforts and failure to external factors. We saw that receiving a leadership position made a student more likely to rank effort as the most important determinant of academic success — and they were correspondingly less likely to credit teachers or parents as important factors. Finally, we examined the effects of leadership on social networks and popularity. Students who served as leaders, particularly second-ranked candidates, reported having more close friends in the classroom, though they were not any more likely to be reported as a close friend by others. This suggests that others may try to curry favor with leaders, who misinterpret the social interest as genuine. However, in a hypothetical class election, first-ranked leaders received more votes from their classmates, implying a potential incumbency effect. Two limitations of our study are worth noting. First, our data only covered outcomes measured within the same year as the leadership experience; we cannot speak to whether effects persist or materialize years later. Second, we only examined the effects of school leadership opportunities. Leadership opportunities in social, political, or workplace settings may well have different effects. Our study demonstrates that leadership service is not simply a signal of skills or popularity — it can have meaningful effects on students.

21 февраля, 13:04

Trump’s nominees gripe the White House isn’t protecting them

Shaken by Puzder’s torpedoed nomination, other contenders for Senate-confirmed positions say they need more cover from the White House.

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21 февраля, 12:29

Walt Whitman's lost novel The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle found

Described by Whitman scholar as a ‘a fun, rollicking, creative, twisty, bizarre little book’, the discovery has been made available free onlineA “rollicking” anti-lawyer revenge fantasy by Walt Whitman, which challenges previously held ideas about the American poet’s transition from prose to poetry, has been found in the archives of a Victorian New York Sunday newspaper. Though published anonymously, the book matches a detailed synopsis in the poet’s notebook for a project academics had thought abandoned. Related: Walt Whitman revealed as author of 'Manly Health' guide Continue reading...

21 февраля, 01:44

Iran’s South Pars Oil Field To Produce By End Of March

The South Pars field in the Persian Gulf will begin production by the end of the fiscal year, according to Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, who made the confirmatory statement during an interview with IRIB TV this week. The first stage of production will see output of 35,000 barrels per day, while the second stage will increase to 100,000 bpd. Iran shares ownership of the gas reserves in the largest field of its kind with Qatar. The 14-trillion-cubic-feet find represents eight percent of the world’s known reserves. Both countries are…

21 февраля, 01:31

Malaysia Plans US$1 Billion Sale Of Sarawak Gas Block Stake

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Malaysia’s Petronas plans to sell a minority stake in an upstream gas project for a $1 billion sum to raise capital and lower the government’s cost burden, according to two anonymous sources who spoke to Reuters. The stake – which could encompass up to 49 percent of the venture – would come from the SK316 offshore gas block in the island nation’s Sarawak state. A portion of the funds earned from the new sale could be set aside for the future of the Kasawari field, which government estimates say could hold three trillion…

21 февраля, 01:31

Malaysia Plans US$1 Billion Sale Of Sarawak Gas Block Stake

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Malaysia’s Petronas plans to sell a minority stake in an upstream gas project for a $1 billion sum to raise capital and lower the government’s cost burden, according to two anonymous sources who spoke to Reuters. The stake – which could encompass up to 49 percent of the venture – would come from the SK316 offshore gas block in the island nation’s Sarawak state. A portion of the funds earned from the new sale could be set aside for the future of the Kasawari field, which government estimates say could hold three trillion…

20 февраля, 19:38

What It's Like To Get An Illegal Abortion, From 4 Women Who Know Firsthand

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); “He said, ‘I’m not going to give you any anesthetic’ and he said ‘If you scream, they will hear you.’”  That’s how Connie described the illegal abortion she received in 1953 when she was 16 years old. Now a retired teacher, mother and grandmother, Connie said that after she received the abortion, the man who performed the procedure proceeded to sexually assault her as she lay bleeding on the table.  Connie and three other women recently sat down with The Scene to discuss what it was like to get an illegal abortion before Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The video was published this past weekend to honor Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, who passed away last Saturday at 69 years old. Although McCorvey later became a pro-life, born-again Catholic, her legal battle in the historic Supreme Court decision has saved millions of women’s lives.   The four women, identified only as Connie, Jane, Robin and Dr. Samuels, described their abortion experiences pre-Roe v. Wade. According to the video, Jane was raped in 1968 during her senior year of college and decided to get a back-alley abortion. The now 46-year-old said she almost died from the botched procedure.  “Being raped was pretty bad, but having an abortion was shameful,” she said. “The period of time that this was happening you did not want anybody to know that you were doing this.” In 1972, Robin got an abortion when she was 19 years old. She referred to herself as a “daughter of privilege” because her father was a doctor and he made the arrangements for her to get an illegal abortion.  “I regretted not having children, but I still don’t regret having the abortion,” Robin said. “Because I don’t think one has anything to do with the other.” Dr. Samuels told The Scene she was doing a medical internship in 1965 in Brooklyn when she witnessed how many women died from botched abortions. “The abortions will continue regardless of whether it’s legal or not legal ― as it always has,” she said.  Connie summed up the video on a powerful note: “If we don’t guard very preciously ― very fiercely ― the right to have an abortion, this is what it’s going to be like again.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=588a7931e4b02d07f20d9145,5678060ee4b0b958f6571fe0,5661e77be4b08e945fef5d88 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 февраля, 19:01

NK slams Malaysia over airport death

NORTH Korea’s ambassador in Kuala Lumpur yesterday denounced Malaysia’s investigation into the killing of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling it politically motivated and demanding

20 февраля, 17:37

Just In Time For Presidents Day, Students Have A Message For Donald Trump

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); On the day President Donald Trump was elected, Laura Jones ― a fourth-grade teacher at a predominantly Hispanic public school in Houston ― found herself facing questions she did not know how to answer. “Ms. Jones, am I going to become an orphan?” “Is my family going to be separated?” “Why doesn’t Donald Trump like us?” her students asked. Jones told them to put their thoughts into writing in letters addressed to the newly elected president. Their responses were stunning, heart-wrenching and cautiously hopeful. “I would like to know, how do you know all this about Mexicans?” asked 9-year-old Leans Dican. “These people are coming for a better life, for food and for a better future for their family. They come here to work in the best country in the world.” Some students were too afraid to even sign their names, for fear of putting their families at risk. “People deserve to be together,” wrote another student who preferred to remain anonymous. “I know I can’t make you change your mind, but a president is supposed to care for his country.”  Watch the video above to hear the students read their messages to Trump. Nearly four months later, on Presidents Day, the letters remain unanswered. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

20 февраля, 14:48

Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

BAGHDAD — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders.Mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in Iraq as the battle to oust Islamic State militants from western Mosul moved into its second day, and as the Pentagon considers ways to accelerate the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria.Those efforts could be complicated by Trump's oil threat and his inclusion of Iraq in the administration's travel ban — twin blows that have roiled the nation and spurred local lawmakers to pressure Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to reduce cooperation with Washington."I think all of us here in this room, all of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I'm sure that we will continue to do that in the future," Mattis told reporters traveling with him. "We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil."His comments may provide some reassurance to the Iraqis. But the tensions come at a critical point in the war against IS, with two key battles in the works: the fight to take control of west Mosul, and the start of a campaign in Syria to oust IS from Raqqa, the capital of its self-declared caliphate.Al-Abadi has taken a measured approach, but the issues can roil already difficult internal politics.Under the president's deadline, Mattis has just a week to send Trump a strategy to accelerate the fight and defeat the Islamic State group. And any plan is likely to depend on U.S. and coalition troops working with and through the local forces in both countries."We're going to make certain that we've got good situational awareness of what we face as we work together and fight alongside each other," Mattis said.His key goal during the visit is to speak about the military operations with political leaders and commanders on the ground, including his top commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend.Asked about the tensions, Mattis said he has been assured that the travel ban — it has been stalled by a legal challenge — would not affect Iraqis who have fought alongside U.S. forces.The oil issue, however, may be more difficult. Trump brought it up during the campaign, and he mentioned it again late last month during a visit to the CIA."To the victor belong the spoils," Trump told members of the intelligence community. He said he first argued this case for "economic reasons," but added it made sense as a counterterrorism approach to defeating IS "because that's where they made their money in the first place.""So we should have kept the oil," he said. "But, OK, maybe you'll have another chance."Trump, however, has also been clear that defeating IS is a top priority. In his inauguration address, he pledged to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism "completely from the face of the Earth." And he talked during the campaign about greatly increasing the number of U.S. troops in order to "knock out" IS.He signed an order Jan. 28 that gives Mattis and senior military leaders 30 days to come up with a new plan to beef up the fight.Mattis would not discuss specifics, saying he wants to gather information first. But he has been talking with military leaders about the possible options, and has largely supported the U.S. strategy of fighting IS with and through local forces.The military options range from putting more troops in Iraq and Syria to boosting military aid to Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S.-led coalition.More specifically, officials have talked about expanding efforts to train, advise and enable local Iraqi and Syrian forces, increasing intelligence and surveillance, and allowing U.S. troops to move forward more frequently with Iraqi soldiers nearer the front lines.The Pentagon also would like more freedom to make daily decisions about how it fights the enemy. Former and current U.S. officials discussed the likely options on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly.In Syria, a possible option would be sending more U.S. forces, including combat troops, there as the Raqqa fight heats up.Another move would be to provide heavy weapons and vehicles to the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, known as the YPG, and boost training. They have been the most effective force against IS in northern and eastern Syria, but the proposal is sensitive. Turkey, a key U.S. and NATO ally, considers the group a terrorist organization.There are more than 5,100 U.S. forces in Iraq, and up to about 500 in Syria.

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20 февраля, 10:31

Adolf Hitler's phone sells for more than $240,000

Nazi leader's personal telephone, found in a Berlin bunker in 1945, was bought by an anonymous bidder at US auction.

16 марта 2014, 19:18

Украинские хакеры выложили в сеть переписку представителей партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина"

БРЮССЕЛЬ, 16 марта. /Корр. ИТАР-ТАСС Денис Дубровин/. Украинская ячейка международной сети Anonymous и группа хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", выложили в интернет электронную переписку представителей руководства украинских партий "Удар" и "Батькивщина". Архивы с перепиской содержат сообщения, которыми обменивались региональные лидеры партий в Киеве, Львове, Донецке, Харькове и Луганске. В сообщениях, в частности, обсуждается организация силовых провокаций на Восточной Украине с участием активистов "Правого сектора". Никаких независимых подтверждений этой информации, добытой незаконным путем, не существует. Группа украинских хакеров, назвавшаяся "КиберБеркут", в ночь с субботы на воскресенье обрушила основные информационные ресурсы НАТО, которые более 12 часов работали с серьезными перебоями. Их функционирование восстановилось в полной мере только после того, как хакеры распространили заявление "о прекращении DDoS-атаки на ресурсы НАТО". Пока неизвестно, смогли ли эксперты по киберобороне НАТО установить источник атаки и будет ли альянс выдвигать судебные претензии хакерам. Распределенный отказ в обслуживании, известный под английской аббревиатурой DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), - это один из наиболее распространенных методов хакерского нападения, цель которого - перегрузить системы огромным количеством запросов, автоматически направляемых одновременно с большого числа компьютеров.

07 апреля 2013, 15:11

Хакеры Anonymous напали на Израиль

Сайты правительственных организаций Израиля подвергаются кибератакам хакеров, передает Associated Press со ссылкой на израильские СМИ.Представители организации Anonymous сообщили в социальной сети Twitter о начале "операции Израиль". Как стало известно, атакам подверглись сайты министерства обороны и министерства образования Израиля, а также целый ряд сайтов израильских банков.Утверждается, что ни один сайт не прекратил своей работы, и все атаки были до сих пор успешно отражены.По словам представителей Anonymous, атаки на сайты правительства Израиля являются ответом на авиаудар, нанесенный израильскими военно-воздушными силами по сектору Газа 3 апреля 2013г.Напомним, в ноябре 2012г. Израиль провел в секторе Газа, находящемся под контролем палестинского движения "Хамас", восьмидневную военную операцию "Облачный столп". Конфликт завершился перемирием, достигнутым при посредничестве Египта.Источник: РБК.руИ в дополнение:«Anonymous» раскрыли сеть из 30 000 тайных агентов Моссада: вычислить израильского террориста теперь может каждыйХакерская организация Anonymous взломала информационную систему «израильского» «Моссада»Несколько дней назад хакерская организация «Anonymous», использующая в качестве своего символа знаменитую «маску Гая Фокса», взломала информационную систему «израильского» «Моссада», раскрыв сеть из 30 000 тайных агентов, часть из которых отнесены к категории «киллеров». Кроме того, хакеры опубликовали тысячи имен, ID-номеров, почтовых адресов и паспортных данных израильских политиков и офицеров ЦАХАЛа. Вскоре после взлома «израильский» режим наводнил интернет угрозами в адрес «Anonymous», обещая расправу в случае утечки информации о террористических ячейках сионистов. Еврейская террористическая организация из 30 000 разбросанных по всему миру преимущественно этнических агентов, не только обладает навыками по взлому, работе со взрывчаткой, минированию автомобилей, похищению и убийству людей, но до сих пор и непременно уходила от ответственности за преступления.Вычислить израильского шпиона и сообщить о нем в ФСБ теперь каждый может по следующим спискам: http://cryptome.org/2013/03/mossad-opisrael.pdf или http://cryptome.org/2013/03/mossad-opisrael.zipНесмотря на иврит здесь легко вычисляются пользователи яндекса и других электронных почт, таких, как: Леонид Семеш (semesh@yandex.ru), Юрий Крайцман (yorri11@yandex.ru), Марк Шейман (mark-sheiman@yandex.ru), Анна Макаренко (anna_makarenk@yandex.ru), Анжелика Гитман (gitmananjelika@yandex.ru), Анна Довженко (annadovzhenko@yandex.ru), stabil2@yandex.ru, sergey02@yandex.ru, и другие милые люди, грабящие Россию и готовые, при случае, взорвать метро, аэровокзал Домодедово или просто воткнуть вам нож в спину…Источник: http://communitarian.ru/novosti/interne/anonymous__raskryli_set_iz_30_000_taynyh_agentov_mossada_06042013/Источник http://martinis09.livejournal.com/620533.html