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25 октября, 07:19

China says has political promise from West on graft fight

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has been given a political promise by Western countries that they will not become havens for corrupt fugitives, a senior official told state television, though he offered no assurances to assuage concerns about mistreatment of suspects.

25 октября, 05:16

Election Potpourri — Paul Craig Roberts

Election Potpourri The Presstitutes Have Set Up The Election To Be Stolen Paul Craig Roberts Over the course of its history, the New York Times has reported on many American elections that have been rigged or stolen or are suspected of having been being rigged or stolen. For example, as a supporter of the black… The post Election Potpourri — Paul Craig Roberts appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

25 октября, 01:31

Mayors to Trump: Enough With the Hellhole Talk, Already

Two weeks before Election Day, mayors can’t get anyone to pay attention to good news. And there really is some.

25 октября, 01:29

Clinton is the only way to prevent the dangers of a Trump presidency

As we approach the final stretch of the presidential elections, it is important that we take a moment to consider just what is at stake in this election - who goes on to become president will affect everyone in the United States. So far we have seen a campaign that has been filled with hate, bigotry and divisiveness. But after November, the campaigns will be a thing of the past and we will be faced with the reality of a new president. It is a reality that we are all capable of influencing positively come November 8th. In Donald Trump we have a potential leader who has shown all the hallmarks of someone who is erratic, irresponsible and completely obtuse. He has led a campaign that has sent ripples through American society and has unleashed a destructive wave of hate, bigotry, misogyny and racism that genuinely threatens to become the norm should he become president. And whilst it is true that all the polls are showing a Clinton lead, there should be no doubt on the critical importance to show up and vote for Hillary Clinton. Hillary offers us a sane and rational voice in what has been a contest dominated by demagoguery and hatred. There are many Americans who are hostile to the idea of voting for Clinton, and these include Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders as well as Muslims, Latinos, and African Americans - many of them intend to vote Jill Stein on Election Day. But we should be under no illusion about the dangers this poses; this is an exceptional presidential battle in US history and the harsh reality is that a vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Donald Trump. We must acknowledge that the only way to stop Trump is to vote Clinton. A Trump presidency would give rise to a new misogynistic and bigoted public discourse in America, one that fundamentally disrespects and degrades women in the most humiliating way, and one that looks at immigrants and minorities with suspicion and contempt - the vulgarity of Trump's campaign tactics will end up becoming the norm across American society - Xenophobia, racism, homophobia and Islamophobia will go from the margins of our society to the mainstream, and this will have far-reaching consequences for America at large. It is such things that we must carefully think and question ourselves about; what will be the real impact of a Trump presidency on all of our futures and the futures of our children? Now is the time for us to show vision and foresight, we must look beyond the campaigns for a moment and understand what Trump actually means, and what kind of impact he will have on our communities and our future. Even if some of us have negative views of Hillary Clinton, we must comprehend and appreciate the unique opportunity we have in a Hillary Clinton presidency. Should she win, people like myself, a Muslim woman, along with millions of others from various communities in the United States, will find ourselves to be accepted, included and represented at the highest levels of our society. Our voices will be heard and our place in wider society will be assured. Should Trump become leader, we will witness the unravelling of decades of social progress that has been made in America; whether it is equality, women's rights, inclusion, and diversity - and it will be replaced by something distinctly more unpleasant. Hillary Clinton has made it her mission to reach out to communities who are feeling a real sense of fear and anxiety, she has made inclusion, diversity, and acceptance a core part of her campaign narratives - that is something that we as a society cannot ignore, it is absolutely critical that we preserve what we have achieved as a society and build on it for future generations. What's more, Hillary Clinton has responded to Trump's bigotry by doing exactly the opposite; her campaign is perhaps one of the most inclusive I have ever seen in the US - she has made the Muslim, Latino and African American vote a significant part of her electoral plan, and she has filled her campaign team with people from different backgrounds - often only to receive criticism from the right wing press. On the 8th of November, we should all vote with our intellect and our conscience, and carefully think about what kind of future we want for this country. Debbie Almontaser EMERGE USA NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER SHE TWEETS AT @DEBBIALMONTASER -- 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.

25 октября, 00:53

HUFFPOST HILL - Skewed Polls Still Undersampling 'BUT, THE EMAILS'

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!  Trump rudely dismissed an adult-film star’s allegations against him, meaning his campaign has unfolded more or less as we all expected ― short of the appearance t-shirt cannons and someone playing a guitar that spews fire from its neck. Washington power players are having lawyers run opposition research on them, because having your name crop up in Wikileaks is so yesterday. And a group of Republicans are threatening to sue TV stations for airing ads that link them to Donald Trump, because threatening to sue over media coverage you don’t like is the best way to avoid comparisons to Donald Trump. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, October 24th, 2016: TRUMP SUPER PAC CAUGHT FUNNELING FOREIGN DONATIONS - Telegraph: “Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is facing a fundraising scandal after a Telegraph investigation exposed how key supporters were prepared to accept illicit donations from foreign backers. Senior figures involved with the Great America PAC, one of the leading ‘independent’ groups organising television advertisements and grassroots support for the Republican nominee, sought to channel $2 million from a Chinese donor into the campaign to elect the billionaire despite laws prohibiting donations from foreigners. In return, undercover reporters purporting to represent the fictitious donor were assured that he would obtain ‘influence’ if Mr. Trump made it to the White House.” [Telegraph] TRUMP IMAGINES BEAUTIFUL UTOPIA WHERE ALL OUR TOYS ARE MADE OF LEAD - And airbags are just whoopie cushions that shoot confetti. Dave Jamieson: “It can be notoriously difficult to pin down Donald Trump on the finer points of policy. But on Monday morning, the Republican presidential nominee put forth a surprisingly specific proposal: He is going to cut ‘70 to 80 percent’ of federal regulations if he wins the White House. Trump, lagging badly in the polls, made his anti-regulatory vow while speaking at a farmers’ roundtable in Boynton Beach, a town in the must-win state of Florida. The real estate mogul did not explain how his administration would determine which rules to axe, or how they would go about accomplishing such an unprecedented rollback through executive fiat. ‘We want clean air, we want clean water,’ Trump said. ‘But we have and you have situations and regulations, which we’re gonna cut ― we will probably cut 70 to 80 percent of the regulations, OK?’” [HuffPost] tfw your very existence is construed as an insult:  “[Some] Republicans are threatening to sue TV stations for running ads that link them to the GOP presidential nominee. Five candidates ― Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), David Jolly (R-Fla.), John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican running for an open seat that’s currently occupied by his brother ― contend that certain commercials paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee provide false or misleading information by linking them to Trump.” [HuffPost’s Matt Fuller] TRUMP MAKES INSURANCE FRAUD GREAT AGAIN - What’s the over/under on the White House burning down and President Trump blaming it on a stray gas leak? Jeff Horowitz and Terry Spencer: “Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press found little evidence of such large-scale damage. Two years after a series of storms, the real estate tycoon said he didn’t know how much had been spent on repairs but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money. Trump transferred funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy, ‘you didn’t have to reinvest it.’ In a deposition in an unrelated civil lawsuit, Trump said he got the cash from a ‘very good insurance policy’ and cited ongoing work to the historic home.... Trump’s description of extensive damage does not match those of Mar-a-Lago members and even Trump loyalists. In an interview about the estate’s history, Trump’s longtime former butler, Anthony Senecal, recalled no catastrophic damage.” [AP] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s new 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 [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill TRUMP DISMISSES NEW SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS IN TRUMP-IEST WAY POSSIBLE - Donald Trump, the “sup,babe?” candidate. Igor Bobic: “Donald Trump dismissed an adult film star who came forward over the weekend and alleged the GOP nominee had sexually mistreated her in 2006, stating in an interview, ‘Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.’ Speaking at a Saturday press conference in Los Angeles alongside her attorney, women’s rights activist Gloria Allred, Jessica Drake became the 12th woman to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the New York real estate mogul. She accused Trump of kissing her and her friends without permission and offering her money to spend the night with him…. ‘These are stories that are made up, these are total fiction,’ Trump said during an interview on WGIR radio, according to CNN.” [HuffPost] NO, TRUMP DID *NOT* RECEIVE A NAACP AWARD - Perhaps from the National Association For Awesomely Classy People, but not the NAACP you know. Christina Wilkie: “A photograph of Donald Trump, Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks that the founder of Trump’s ‘diversity coalition’ hailed as evidence the Republican nominee won an ‘NAACP medal’ for ‘helping America’s inner cities’ was actually taken at an awards ceremony organized by a business associate with an ethnic grievance. William Fugazy, a politically well-connected businessman who later pleaded guilty to perjury, gave the awards to Trump and 79 other people, most of them white, to protest the awarding of ‘medals of liberty’ to a group of 12 recent immigrants that included a Chinese-born architect, a Costa Rica-born astronaut, a leading expert on the psychology of race, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, but no ‘Irish, Italian, or Polish’ people.... The NAACP has not awarded any medals to Trump for ‘helping America’s inner cities,’ the group told HuffPost. Nor have any other civil rights groups, according to Trump’s biographers.” [HuffPost] GRASSLEY: GARLAND HEARINGS TOO EXPENSIVE - We’re guessing his staff isn’t going to tell the senior senator from Iowa about the costs of the Dirksen cafeteria’s sushi bar. Cristian Farias: “Speaking last week to the editorial board of the Des Moines Register, a leading newspaper in his home state, the senator suggested that holding a confirmation hearing for Garland would not be the fiscally conservative thing to do. ‘My staff tells me that’s about a half a million to $750,000 to hire people to maybe work for three or four months to do it,’ Grassley told the editorial board, which wrote in May that history won’t remember the senator kindly for blockading Obama’s nominee. In the hourlong sit-down with the paper, Grassley said that not holding a hearing due to its potential cost was simply ‘a tradition’ he might follow because of ‘how deep you have to go in to go through a person’s record in order to hold a hearing that’s worthwhile.’” [HuffPost] RECALLING TRUMP’S SECOND MARRIAGE - Jennifer Bendery: “Trump, who was 45 at the time, was with Maples at a Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when he walked into a dining room where contestants were eating pizza and demanded, ‘I want to see the bodies that won the swimsuit contest,’ People reported at the time. One of them, 24-year-old Carolyn Sapp of Hawaii, stood up, embarrassed. Trump looked her over for a moment before he and Maples walked out. Apparently that didn’t rattle Maples as much as it did when the pageant was over, when Trump and some of his friends made rude comments about Sapp, who went on to become Miss America, as Maples sat there with them. ‘They were sitting around saying, ‘She’s got a great body!’ and ‘It’s about time they got a good-looking one,’’ Maples told People. ‘He still thinks it’s cool to act like a ladies’ man. But I don’t think it’s very respectful. I deserve better than that.’ She called off their marriage soon after that. They eventually did tie the knot in 1993, though, for six years.” [HuffPost] AYOTTE DUMPS TRUMP - Eric Bradner: “New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte has dropped Donald Trump ― and now, facing a tough re-election challenge, she is making the case that she’d be a check on Hillary Clinton in Washington. Ayotte, the first-term Republican who’s trailing Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan in the polls, all but admitted that Clinton is poised to win the White House on Monday. ‘There’s so much at stake in this presidential election: the Supreme Court, our national security, so many issues that matter to people of this state,’ Ayotte told CNN’s Manu Raju in an interview. ‘And Gov. Hassan is going to essentially follow Hillary Clinton’s lead on all of them, where I’m going to stand up to her when she’s not taking us in the right direction,’ Ayotte said.” [CNN] WHAT A LOAD OF CRAPO - Expect other super-smart Crapo wordplay in this space. Only the best for you, dear readers. Arthur Delaney: “When it became clear that Donald Trump would be the Republican Party’s nominee for president earlier this year, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) endorsed him. When a video surfaced a few weeks ago of Trump boasting of sexually assaulting women, Crapo withdrew his endorsement and said Trump should withdraw his candidacy. But the Idaho Republican later said he hadn’t decided whether he’d vote for Trump. On Friday, Crapo came clean: He will vote for Trump after all. ‘The choice we still have today and the choice we will have is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,’ Crapo told an Idaho radio station. ‘In that context, I have to tell you, though I thought and felt we needed a different choice, that’s not what we’re going to get, and we cannot elect Hillary Clinton for many reasons.’ On Monday, to make sure people noticed the re-endorsement, Crapo’s campaign pushed out the Idaho State Journal’s Friday story.” [HuffPost] @anamariecox: Listening to Rush Limbaugh rn telling his audience they should not reject polling. Admits he was wrong to question polls in 2012. NEITHER CAMPAIGN AGREEING TO PROTECTIVE POOL REPORTS - But how will the globalist conspiracy spread its internal messages? Michael Calderone: “Neither campaign has yet agreed to a protective pool to track the president-elect’s movements, a departure from recent election cycles. ‘It is not normal and it is unacceptable,’ Jeff Mason, a Reuters correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, told The Huffington Post. The White House Correspondents’ Association oversees the rotating group of reporters who travel everywhere with the president and file dispatches to the larger press corps on what he’s doing, whom he’s meeting with and when he returns home. This arrangement, known as a protective pool, is considered necessary to ensure journalists are present in the event of any newsworthy comment or moment, including a threat on the president’s life. Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have traveling press pools, but neither is fully protective.” [HuffPost] HAVE YOU OPPO’D YOURSELF? Forget Googling yourself. Real power players get the citizenship status of their eldest child’s nanny from the 1990s checked out. Sarah Wheaton, Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia: “More than a dozen people who expect — or simply hope — to be tapped by Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump have already reached out to top D.C. lawyers for help in sifting through their finances and business dealings in anticipation of being nominated to a top post in the next administration, POLITICO has learned. ‘More and more, people who are effective nominees are coming to see the wisdom of retaining people to help them,’ said one D.C. lawyer. ‘I talk to a lot of people who are interested in serving, and I tell them all they should get private counsel.’ This need for private professional help — before an election is even over and the confirmation process has begun — has spawned a small yet influential cottage industry within big D.C. law firms of professional vetters, who can charge anywhere from hundreds of dollars to as much as $1,000 per hour to sort through a potential nominee’s convoluted finances, tax returns or even old arrest records.” [Politico] Echochamber update: “Hyperpartisan political Facebook pages and websites are consistently feeding their millions of followers false or misleading information, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed News. The review of more than 1,000 posts from six large hyperpartisan Facebook pages selected from the right and from the left also found that the least accurate pages generated some of the highest numbers of shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook — far more than the three large mainstream political news pages analyzed for comparison.” [BuzzFeed] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a dog trying to eat the rain. THIEL LOSING BUSINESS OVER TRUMP SUPPORT - And here we thought Silicon Valley might be upset with his rape apologism. Whatever! Lizette Chapman: “Arlan Hamilton, managing partner at Backstage Capital, said she rejected a potential investor because the person refused to disavow and sever ties with Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies Inc. She declined to name the investor, saying the person offered to put $500,000 in her Los Angeles-based technology seed fund. While the amount is tiny by industry standards, it is significant to Hamilton’s year-old seed fund, which has about $5 million in commitments, according to a report by Inc. The stymied deal reflects the growing divisiveness in the run up to the U.S. presidential election, which is spilling into everyday business. Hamilton took to Twitter to air her political protest.” [Bloomberg] COMFORT FOOD - Today is the 70th anniversary of the first photo of Earth from space. - The world’s most delightful mountain. - Baking bread with a volcano.    TWITTERAMA @OKnox: “My GOD!” he exclaimed. “Rearrange ‘nasty women’ and you get ‘amnesty now!’” @elisefoley: I sense a tweetstorm coming. My knee is acting up. @aedwardslevy: “So, that’s nine votes for pasta, five for pizza, and two for eggpl-” “THIS ELECTION IS RIGATONIED” Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) or Arthur Delaney ([email protected]). -- 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.

25 октября, 00:01

Testing Federal Power Over Immigration

An upcoming birthright citizenship case at the Supreme Court could give some insight as to whether Donald Trump’s proposed ban on immigration could pass Constitutional muster.

24 октября, 23:31

Allstate (ALL) Introduces Instant Claims Payment Service

The Allstate Corporation (ALL) recently introduced its instant claims pay method, QuickCard Pay.

24 октября, 21:04

Dilbert Cartoonist Willing To Support Anti-Fascist Coup, If Necessary

Here’s some good news for those maintaining the bulwarks of our democracy and guarding them from harm. Scott Adams, the guy who draws the Dilbert cartoon, has pledged to take up arms against Donald Trump should he become president and subsequently become “Hitler-ish.” Just as the Czech resistance depended on those willing to make cutting critiques of the foibles of upper management to pull off Operation Anthropoid, so too will America’s future anti-fascist coup-plotters be able to rely on the strategic stockpile of glibness necessary to preserve our post-enlightenment endeavors. It will make all the difference, I’m sure, so let’s enter Adams’ contract with America into the public record: My promise: If Trump gets elected, and he does anything that looks even slightly Hitler-ish in office, I will join the resistance movement and help kill him. That’s an easy promise to make, and I hope my fellow citizens would use their Second Amendment rights to rise up and help me kill any Hitler-type person who rose to the top job in this country, no matter who it is. As I often say, Democrats generally use guns to commit crimes. Republicans use guns for sport and for self-defense. If you are a Republican gun-owner, and you value the principles of the Constitution, I’m confident you would join me in the resistance movement and help kill any leader that exhibited genuine animosity toward people because of their genitalia, sexual preference, or skin pigmentation. In other words, I’m willing to bet my life that the “monster” view of Trump is an illusion.  Great. I’m not sure what more needs to be said. Some might feel that this makes tremendous light of people who actually did risk their lives to kill Hitler when he was beginning to do things that looked slightly Hitler-ish (him-ish?), but I assure you, there was room to make light of them. One of my favorite accounts from Russell Miller’s Behind The Lines: The Oral History of Special Operations in World War II involved an OSS proposal to airdrop “hardcore pornography” on Hitler’s headquarters in the hopes it might make him suicidal with horniness. Besides, we’ve already made light of Hitler’s resistors this election cycle by speculating on whether people might be willing to go back in time and kill Baby Hitler. I’m sure that some folks might adopt a position of “Well, what are you waiting for, Scott Adams?” Others might simply scoff and move on. Adams, of course, has found our current election cycle to be an excellent source of grist for an elaborate game of trolling, much of which involves him ginning up the notion that he has actual personal stakes in this election and then dramatizing them for the purpose of getting a reaction. In a previous online missive, for example, he explained that he was endorsing Hillary Clinton because he felt his life would be in danger otherwise. In reality, Adams is an affluent celebrity to whom the repercussions of political decisions ― from the Commodity Futures Modernization Act to ruinous overseas misadventures to any number of laws passed and appointments made over the past 20 years ― simply do not attach. And he’s not even particularly intellectually curious about these decisions and their repercussions, either. In the paragraph that follows his promise to kill Trump should he become Hitlery, he admits that he’s only really interested in the trolling game: “That said, I also don’t know which candidate has the best policies. I wouldn’t risk my life for any of their tax plans or ISIS-fighting strategies. I’m only interested in helping the public see past their hallucinations about the monster under the bed. You’re on your own to decide who has the best policies.” There hasn’t been a monster under Adams’ bed for a long while. He’s just one of those lucky people that live a blithe and carefree life inside a consequence-free bubble. So, yes, this is an “easy promise” for Adams to make. Easier still in late October of 2016.  ~~~~~ Jason Linkins edits “Eat The Press” for The Huffington Post and co-hosts the HuffPost Politics podcast “So, That Happened.” Subscribe here, and listen to the latest episode below.   -- 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.

24 октября, 21:00

You Don't Have to Like Hillary to Vote for Her: On the Real Hillary, Oprah, and the 2016 Election

I loved the recent news report that quotes Oprah saying that you do not have to like Hillary to vote for her. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/oprah-winfrey-on-clinton-230148 It is always an honor to be on the same page as Oprah! On February first of this year, unsettled by those I spoke to who felt they did not like Hillary enough to vote for her, I decided on "poetry" as my "response communication," which I also placed on my website (www.sarakaysmullens.com). As you will no doubt agree, I am no poet. However, the following is, in part, what I sent to those I knew who do not like Hillary, as well as those committed to her who had friends and acquaintances with the same reserve: "You don't have to like this thoroughbred winner Or invite her to breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner What's important are talent and skill - part of her magic To overlook this would be simply tragic With experience, genius, and savvy profound There's no wiser choice to hit campaign ground." I concluded with a reminder that Hillary could even appoint Obama as a Supreme Court nominee. Now, months later, I would like to add that after she has a chance to catch her breath and continue to raise her daughters, I hope Michelle Obama will consider a run for the Senate. And I ask: Has anyone in the history of the past two presidential terms helped the nation to appreciate, respect, and cherish Barack and Michelle Obama more than Donald Trump? Is there any better contrast to decency; authenticity; brutally hard, ernest work; and unselfish, committed service? But now, back to Hillary: I would like to share a brief experience that shows who the true, authentic Hillary Clinton really is. If you have followed my blogs, or read my books, you will know that my first job after college was at the DNC, and that the late President Kennedy inspired me to be a social worker. Soon after each of their college graduations, two of my three daughters have worked for the Senatorial Campaign Committee of the DNC. When Bill Clinton and Al Gore were in their first term of office, a huge fund raiser was planned in downtown Philadelphia, an event with the minimal cost of one hundred dollars a ticket. The principal speakers were Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore. There was a great deal of dissatisfaction among some who bought tickets, as for one hundred dollars you got no food (maybe a pretzel) and had to buy your own drinks. However, those dissatisfied were assured that what they heard from the two speakers would be well worth the money spent. There was also a pre-speech event. A private room had been designated for the big givers to this event. My daughter, in charge of entry into this room, stood at the door with a list of the names of those who could enter due to their very large and generous contributions, which were far more than the one hundred dollars a ticket that I paid. In addition to the perks of good food and free drink, those in this room had their photo taken with Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Gore. Because she wanted a photo taken of her, her sisters, and me with Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Gore, my daughter insisted that we join this group. At first, I said "absolutely not," but I was overruled. And so we gained entry, pretending, as promised, that we did not know the gatekeeper. There we sat for over two hours, trying not to feel like crashers, which we clearly were. We each sipped a club soda (I added a little white wine to mine), and we watched well over a hundred attendees eat, drink and have their photos taken. Hillary has changed a great deal since that day, but it was clear that the small talk required at this kind of exhausting event (one her husband, our president, would have adored) was far easier for Tipper than it was for her. Or at least it was easier for Tipper to pretend that it was. Hillary truly looked like she would prefer to be any place else -- studying legal statutes! However, there was more small talk and photo posing to endure. After the big givers had their photo ops, scores of Philly's police and firefighters walked through for theirs. By the time my daughters and I were the very last to shake hands and have our photo taken, my white wine spritzer was long gone, and, to be honest, I was longing for something stronger. Mrs. Gore was warm and friendly, and although Mrs. Clinton was cordial, it was very clear that she wanted to leave the room, deliver her speech and get some well earned rest. Then something happened that showed me who Hillary Clinton really is and what truly motivates her. In a moment, which I will describe, I saw first hand how deeply Hillary Clinton loves children and young people, and how earnestly and sincerely she wants all families to be able to provide opportunities for them. Nothing is more important to her than family love, and nothing moves her more that love expressed between a mother and daughter....Please read on. The photographer posed us, naturally with Mrs. Clinton (clearly ready for a fast exit) in the center. Just as he was about to "click," my daughter called out, "Excuse me, Mrs. Clinton, but can my mother be in the center of the photo?" At that moment, I wished the exit had been closer. i longed to take my daughters hands and run from the room. Just as I prayed that the floor would open up and take us far, far way from a crowded and demanding space that the Clintons and Gores faced on so many days and so many evenings, I heard a total change in Hillary Clinton's voice. She seemed truly transformed. A broad smile covered her face, as she moved from the center of the photo about to be taken, saying, "What a good idea." -- 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.

24 октября, 18:58

Ex-Christie aide says she believed contrived traffic jam was a study

NEWARK — Former Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly, on trial in federal court for her alleged role in the George Washington Bridge lane closures, testified Monday that until Port Authority director Pat Foye angrily ordered the lanes re-opened she was under the impression they were part of a legitimate traffic study that had the blessing of the bistate agency.Kelly, Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, said she was in regular contact with David Wildstein, a Christie appointee to the authority who is the admitted architect of the closures. But she said that throughout their discussions, he assured her the closures were part of a Port Authority traffic study, and that it was only when media reports of political retribution began to emerge during the closures, along with recriminations from Foye, that she suspected something more sinister at play.Foye is an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “This was totally contrary to anything he was telling me,” she said, referring to Wildstein. “I didn't understand it at all. It didn't make any sense to me.”It was through this lens that Kelly's attorney Michael Critchley sought to explain Kelly's texts and emails at the time, during her second day of direct questioning.Kelly described a non-stop, often hostile working environment under Christie in which she worked 90-hour weeks, and juggled various government agencies with the demands of an often exacting governor. The lane closures also unfolded during a devastating fire at Seaside Heights which at the time was commanding more of her attention than the closures.“It sounds crazy but it was really a minute part of my everyday routine,” she said of the closures and the stories that had begun to surface. “I at the time had no reason not to believe David Wildstein. I at the time had no reason to question David Wildstein.”Kelly also testified again that she spoke with the governor prior to and during the lane closures, though she said it was always in the context of a traffic study.The messages Kelly sent, including one saying “Is it wrong that I'm smiling?” were also in the context of the traffic study and its success, she testified Monday. She said a message she sent saying “I feel bad for the kids, I guess” was sincere.“I wasn't sitting there smiling or gloating,” she said Monday. “I was happy for David and I should have used different words.”Kelly also testified that she told Christie's former press secretary, Mike Drewniak, that the the governor was aware of the lane closures for the purpose of the traffic study, as the lane closures were happening and reporters had begun asking questions.“He asked me, 'Did the governor know?'” she said of Drewniak. “I said 'Yes, Mike. He knew about the study.'” Kelly testified last week that Christie knew about the lane closures, and portrayed him as a fearsome boss. She described one incident in which she said he threw a water bottle at her, hitting her on the arm.

24 октября, 18:54

Business Beyond Bias: Why Diversity Matters

It's been said that a company is only as good as the people it keeps. Good leaders understand this. They have a keen eye for talent and a passion for developing it. They see strengths - and weaknesses - in people and put them in roles where they can succeed - even where they don't think they can. But many times, they fail to look beyond the obvious, hiring people who think and act alike in the spirit of "cultural fit." And this is a mistake. The key to success in today's hypercompetitive business world lies in differentiation. And differentiation is driven by diversity. The best ideas come from teams comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds with diverse opinions who operate differently and push those around them to do the same. But when it comes to hiring, such individuals are often overlooked because they are different. When Opportunity Knocks, Open the Door and Let it in It is estimated that one percent of the world's population - or roughly 74 million people - are on the autism spectrum. Like Einstein, Mozart, Nicola Tesla and others who were also suspected to be autistic, they have incredible minds and valuable skills. And with the right nurturing, they can open the door to completely new worlds. In 2013, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a Call to Action, inviting businesses to make concrete commitments to employ people on the autism spectrum. In doing so, he rightly noted that "People with autism have enormous potential. Most have remarkable visual, artistic or academic skills. And research suggests that (they) have certain abilities in greater abundance than 'neurotypical' workers do, such as heightened pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail. These qualities make them particularly successful at certain kinds of employment, such as software testing, data entry, lab work and proofreading, to name but a few." As head of SAP Ariba - a software company - I was fortunate that my parent company, SAP, was taking action, launching the Autism at Work program. Created in alignment with the Denmark-based not-for-profit Specialisterne (Danish for Specialist) Foundation, which strives to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mindset, the program is designed to source, train, onboard and retain talent in the autism spectrum. Talent that could deliver incredible value to our Products & Innovation organization. So we went all in. Dennis Pan is an outgoing young man with a BS in computational mathematics. Though wheelchair-bound, he carries a positive attitude wherever he goes. But for years, he was unable to find a job. "Sir Winston Churchill had it right when he said 'Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm,'" Pan says. "My job search from 2008 to 2015 was a series of failures. I sent resumes to at least 300 different employers and got, perhaps, a dozen interviews. Headhunters contacted me with potential opportunities, but I never heard from them again after submitting my resume because I'm on the autism spectrum. So employers thought I'd be hard to work with. And because I'm in an electric wheelchair, they thought it would be costly and troublesome to provide me with physical accommodations." But Pan didn't give up. In 2015, he joined the Autism at Work training program at SAP, and spent six weeks training. Today, he is working at SAP Ariba on the team responsible for developing our Supplier Risk solution, where he is focused on creating UI prototypes as well as performing quality assurance (QA) - and making meaningful contributions. "Dennis' attention to detail has helped create unique prototypes for discussion with design partners," says his manager Padmini Ranganathan, Vice President of Products & Innovation. "His ability to look at a complex topic and distill it down into simple terms is perhaps his best trait." Equally important is the unique perspective Pan lends, which Ranganathan says has had an incredibly positive impact on the team. "We don't perceive Dennis as being any different and I believe all teams at SAP Ariba will stand to gain by bringing in people with different abilities and ideas. In particular, people on the autism spectrum bring with them an unfiltered perspective that promotes innovation and inspires team culture." Plant the Seeds and Watch them Grow Specialisterne's logo is a dandelion seed. To most folks, it's an annoying weed ruining the beauty of the lawn. But it's also, when cultivated, a valuable and useful plant, known for its healing and medicinal properties. Cultivate it, and be rewarded. The parallel is there. There is amazing talent on the autism spectrum. Cultivate it. And watch your business grow... -- 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.

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24 октября, 17:40

Donald Trump, Band Leader

If "All the world's a stage," then, as Donald Trump exits stage right, we should give him a standing ovation for his compelling personification of a demagogic villain. Donald Trump as writ large the premise that undergirds a predatory world. The American election of 2016 is a contest over whether to affirm the primal idea of "every man for himself" that Trump embodies, or to build dignitarian institutions that reflect the emerging consensus that human beings are mutually dependent co-creators, interconnected and inseparable. Like all demagogues, Trump is not a creator but an orchestrator of popular resentment. We focus on the histrionics of the band leader, waving his arms and captivating the crowd. But what we should pay attention to is the embittered alienation that Trump channels. If the inequities and shame that buoy his demagoguery go unaddressed, don't be surprised if the music turns martial. Trump supporters are not all of one stripe. Among them are casualties of a variety of novel forces including globalization, automation, and modernization. But Trump's fans do have one thing in common. They suffer from a dignity deficiency. Like a vitamin deficiency, a dignity deficiency can be lethal. Symptoms range from taking a chance on a charismatic strongman to joining a gang or signing up for jihad. Though he has orchestrated their discontent, Trump is hardly responsible for all the real and imagined indignities that make his supporters indignant. Trump prescribes a dose of national pride: "I will make America great again," he assures his followers, assuming that a profusion of tribal pride will trickle down and dissolve the frustration that fuels their anger. False pride is the medication offered by all demagogues. The only antidote to their quack remedy is the dignity everyone requires--that ofa respected, secure, and fairly compensated place in society. In practical terms, this means sharing the costs of modernization, leaving no one out, and dismantling impediments to social mobility. In the absence of tolerance, dignity, and belonging ,another demagogue will grab the baton, mount the podium, and, before long, a mob will be marching to his tune. -- 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.

24 октября, 17:33

Celebrating United Nations Day: Here’s How You Can Help Make a Difference

Seventy-one years ago, the world came together after two world wars to move forward and strengthen international cooperation, creating a better, more connected world. Today, we reflect on the progress we’ve made since then to promote international peace and prosperity and celebrate the work we’ve done to address some of the most important issues of our time. Read the President’s UN Day Proclamation. "We are called upon to offer a different type of leadership -- leadership strong enough to recognize that nations share common interests and people share a common humanity, and, yes, there are certain ideas and principles that are universal. That's what those who shaped the United Nations 70 years ago understood. Let us carry forward that faith into the future -- for it is the only way we can assure that future will be brighter for my children, and for yours." President Obama at UNGA, 9/28/15 Advancing sustainable development goals Last year, President Obama joined world leaders to adopt a list of global goals that set out the vision and priorities of the next 15 years. Take a look: Together, these 17 goals outline a path towards ending poverty, reducing inequalities, tackling climate change, and shaping a better world for the generations to come. Through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the United States joins with countries around the world in ensuring that no one is left behind by ending extreme poverty and prioritizing policies and investments that have long-term, transformative and sustainable impact. Under the Obama administration, the United States has been a global leader in achieving these goals. From taking historic global action to combat climate change through the historic Paris Agreement, supporting the right to an education and opening doors for girls around the world through initiatives such as Let Girls Learn, to working to end poverty and promote global health, food security, open government, and more: the United States has responded to this shared responsibility to help lift people up and support a more sustainable future.  “I have learned that our identities do not have to be defined by putting someone else down, but can be enhanced by lifting somebody else up.” President Obama at UNGA, 9/20/16 Here’s how you can get involved Working to implement these goals and create a brighter tomorrow is something we all play a role in. It's the small steps and changes that you can make in your life or in your community that help move us forward. That is why this the UN has made it easier to get involved than ever before. Visit the new SDGs in Action app to learn more about the 17 goals, choose what goals matter to you, and find out how you can join in and help make a difference in your community today. Jazmin Kay is an intern in the Office of Digital Strategy. 

24 октября, 17:30

Trailing Stops, Your Money... and the Nature of Reality

Trailing stops are not a perfect sell strategy. But then - short of clairvoyance - there is no perfect sell strategy.

24 октября, 17:00

What Do People — Not Techies, Not Companies — Think About Artificial Intelligence?

In 1942 the author and professor Isaac Asimov introduced his Three Laws of Robotics, one of the most well-known attempts to establish workable rules integrating artificial intelligence, or AI, into society. Since then, many science fiction writers, philosophers, scientists, and others have grappled with the pros and cons of AI. This attention has only increased. Just this September, five of the largest tech companies teamed up to create a coalition, the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, to assure people that AI was not about creating killer robots. And earlier this month, under President Obama’s leadership, the White House issued a report, “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” discussing AI’s possible applications and how it is likely to impact society, for better or worse. What we have heard less of, however, is what everyday consumers think about AI’s potential and pitfalls, about whether AI will help or hurt the world. We decided to ask. In June 2016 my company (Weber Shandwick) and KRC Research surveyed 2,100 consumers online in five global markets (the U.S., Canada, the UK, China, and Brazil) on their feelings about AI. We asked them questions including what AI-powered devices they own, what tasks they’d trust AI to perform without human assistance, what concerns they have about AI, and what sources they would most trust to give them accurate information on AI. We also conducted telephone interviews with 150 CMOs in the U.S., UK, and China who are responsible for marketing and branding in their organizations. What we found surprised us. Yes, consumers are worried about job loss, security issues, and privacy infringement. But, for the most part, consumers are accepting of AI. Here are some of our results: More consumers see AI’s impact on society as positive than negative (45% and 7%, respectively). When it comes to their personal lives, more consumers think that AI will have a positive impact than a negative one (52% and 7%). People vary in how they understand AI. Two-thirds of those surveyed say they know something about AI, although only about two in 10 (18%) say that they know a lot. One-third acknowledged knowing nothing about AI. We found that by far the most common first impression of AI is “robots,” as 22% of respondents said. These findings vary slightly by geography; for instance, nearly twice as many Chinese consumers said they know a lot about AI compared to those in other markets. Only 8% of global respondents think AI is science fiction and will never materialize. The vast majority of people (92%) told us that they expect AI to arrive eventually. Over half (52%) think AI is still in its earliest stages of development, and 40% think AI is close to fully developed. One-quarter of consumers would like the development of AI to be accelerated, compared to a mere 6% who would like AI stopped altogether. As one might expect, understanding and acceptance of AI’s rate of development is correlated with age. Millennials were more likely (19%) than older people (8% of Gen Xers and 2% of Baby Boomers) to believe that AI is already fully developed and to want development to speed up (32% of Millennials, 28% of Gen Xers, and 20% of Boomers). Trust in AI depends on experience and expertise. When it comes to accurate sources of information about AI, consumers reported that the most-credible information will come from hands-on experience (46%) and technology experts (46%). Consumers also reported that when dealing with AI, they would rely on academics and experts in specialized fields (39%) and professional product reviews (38%). They gave less weight to the advice of friends, family, and other personal relationships (28%). Despite the seeming worldwide backlash against elites and their expertise, consumers are still willing — at least with respect to AI — to turn to those who are most informed. Consumers encounter AI on a frequent basis. When asked where their overall impression of AI comes from, 80% of global consumers mention some form of media — internet, social media, TV, movies, and the news. Nearly six in 10 (59%) said they had seen or read something about AI or had some personal experience with it in the 30 days prior to taking our survey. Notably, 82% of these consumers reported that their recent interaction had left them with a positive impression. But how far would people allow AI into their lives without becoming uncomfortable? It turns out, quite far. Two-thirds or more said they would trust AI with handling medication reminders, travel directions, entertainment, targeted news, and manual labor and mechanics. More than 50% of respondents trust AI to provide elder care, health advice, financial guidance, and social media content creation. More than 40% said they would trust AI to cook, teach, police, drive, and provide legal advice. On the other hand, using AI in child care ranked at the bottom of the list. Without a doubt, the probability of job loss due to AI was the largest concern among respondents. When asked whether AI is more likely to create jobs or lead to job loss, more consumers said job loss (82%) than job creation (18%). Consumers reported possible adverse effects on other aspects of everyday life; the other great concern was increased opportunity for criminality. Half of our respondents noted being very concerned about cyber attacks (53%) and stolen data or invasion of privacy (52%). Fewer saw AI as having the ability to improve social equality (26%). In conclusion, consumers seem ready to accept AI, or at least are ready for what they think AI is right now. Perceptions are undoubtedly colored by stories in the media about robots, drones, gaming, and speech recognition. But many people appear willing to use AI to save time, complete dangerous tasks, and make their lives easier. Of course, the biggest challenge will likely be helping consumers overcome genuine fears about jobs being replaced and increased cybercrime. When we think about the future, we clearly need to think about AI. President Obama summed up why in a recent Wired interview: “I tend to be optimistic — historically we’ve absorbed new technologies, new jobs are created, and standards of living go up.”

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24 октября, 16:53

BLM finalizes revisions to onshore orders

The US Bureau of Land Management finalized revisions to three onshore orders that aim to assure that oil and gas produced from federal and Indian tribal oil and gas leases are correctly measured, properly reported, and have accurate records. BLM originally proposed the changes to Onshore Oil and Gas Orders 3, 4, and 5 in late 2015.

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24 октября, 16:35

Four Ways Your Failure To Delegate Is Hurting You

Your excuses are myriad. It’s faster if I do it myself. I have a particular way I want things done. It’s cheaper than paying someone to do it for me even if the results aren’t the same. Whatever your reason, you’re stubbornly loathe to delegate even the most basic or the most time-consuming of undertakings and you’re paying for it. If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool control freak, you may be reluctant to confront the true costs of refusing to delegate, but rest assured they exist. If you’re hoarding responsibilities like a secret cache of white truffles, the person you’re really hurting is yourself. Here's why:

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24 октября, 16:32

Why Not Listening to Naked Capitalism Is a Mistake (and We Mean You, CalPERS)

How your support has helped us get CalPERS to pay attention and shape up even when most assuredly didn't want to.

24 октября, 15:26

Remarks by the President at DCCC Event

Private Residence La Jolla, California 7:57 P.M. PDT      THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Don't worry, I'll do all the acknowledgements.  The mic is not working.  I think they can all see me.  If I can see them, they can see me.  (Laughter.)  Just settle down.  (Laughter.)  I know this is your house, but I've got this.  (Applause.)  I've done this a few times before.  (Laughter.)      Let me begin by just saying thank you to Christine.  (Applause.)  She is such a dear friend.  She has been there from the start when I was young and green behind the ears, and no gray hair.  (Laughter.)  She took me on as a project -- (laughter) -- and despite me being a little rough around the edges, she smoothed things out.  And I still remember with great fondness that first event that we did here.  At that time, we were campaigning for other members of the Senate and trying to get -- and members of the House, trying to boost our majorities there, and win back the majority in the Senate.      And she has just been not only a tireless worker on behalf of progressive causes, but just a dear, dear friend.  So I'm very grateful to her.  (Applause.)       Speaking of tireless workers and dear friends, I said this before publicly -- she may get tired of it, but I'm going to keep on saying it -- whatever success that I've had as President of the United States, I owe in large part to the extraordinary skill, intelligence, acumen, toughness, and loyalty of the former Speaker and soon to be Speaker again of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  (Applause.)      A couple of outstanding current members of Congress that are here -- first of all, Ben Ray Lujan, who has taken on the tireless and thankless job of being the chairman of the DCCC.  (Applause.)  And one of your own from the great state of California, Susie Davis is here -- (applause) -- and Scott Peters.  (Applause.)  And I like Christine’s prognostications.  They were right when it came to me, and I believe that she is right when we say that we're going to have an outstanding attorney -- veteran, 32 years in the Marine Corps, combat duty, somebody who knows what it means to sacrifice on behalf of the nation, and somebody who is going to be an outstanding member of Congress -- Doug Applegate.  (Applause.) Now, I want to leave as much time as possible for questions, and some of you have been to these things before, so I'm not going to give a long speech.  I just gave one in Nevada -- which was fun.  AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We heard you. THE PRESIDENT:  But I do want to just make a couple of quick remarks.  Obviously, a lot has changed in the eight years since I was sworn in as President, and a lot of you here are to be thanked for getting me there.  We went from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes to 15 million new jobs and a 5 percent unemployment rate, cutting it in half.  (Applause.)  Last year, we saw the largest increase in incomes ever recorded in a single year, and we saw the biggest drop in poverty since 1968.  (Applause.)  We have seen a housing market that's recovered, 401{k}s that have replenished themselves.  We have doubled our production of clean energy, grown the economy while reducing carbon emissions faster than any other advanced nation. (Applause.)  We have brought well over 100,000 troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan, taken out bin Laden -- (applause) -- rolling back ISIL.  We've been able to reduce our dropout rates -- our high school rates are higher than they ever have been before.  College enrollment included among Latino and African Americans is the highest that it's ever been.  Across almost every economic index, we are better off than we were when we came in by a long shot.  Not to mention 20 million people who have health insurance who didn’t have it before.  (Applause.)  Now, a lot of that we got done because of really smart people in the White House who told me what to do.  (Laughter.)  And I had enough sense to listen.  But a lot of this got done because, in the first two years, when really the template for our economy and our foreign policy was being formed, at that moment where the well-being of this country was teetering, I had a congressional majority that was able to deliver; that was willing to take tough votes; that was willing to invest in an American auto industry that was on the brink of collapse -- even when it was really unpopular; that was willing to invest in clean energy when the clean energy industry -- solar, wind -- was on the verge of collapse, insisted that we include that in our stimulus package, our recovery package; that made sure that Pell grants were available to millions more kids at a higher level than they had before.  Again and again, the House of Representatives was willing to take really tough votes, most prominently in passing the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that folks knew that it might hurt them politically.  Because it was the right thing to do.  Because they believed that there’s no point in getting elected if you're not actually delivering to the people who sent you there.  That public service is just that -- it is a service to the public.  It is not a jobs program for yourself.  (Laughter.)  It is not a means of getting on TV or parlaying it into some lucrative lobbying gig, but it is something you do because you believe in this country and you understand that this country only works when we're willing to make an investment in the next generation, and we are willing to do tough things so that 20 years from now, or 30 years from now, or 50 years from now, people could look back and say, you know what, that was a responsible generation.      Now, after Nancy Pelosi was no longer Speaker, Congress essentially shut down.  And so much of the progress that we've done subsequently -- for example, most recently this year with getting the Paris agreement on climate change, and then we just followed up with two other agreements -- (applause) -- that bind countries internationally to reduce carbon emissions in airlines, and making sure that we're not releasing really harmful HFCs into the atmosphere -- those are things that we ended up having to do administratively.  But we didn’t get any help from Congress.  In fact, the House of Representatives and the Senate have been controlled by Republicans now for the last two years.  Prior to that, the House of Representatives was controlled by Republicans for four years. And they couldn’t get even their own stuff passed.  (Laughter.)  I thought that for the last two years I was going to spend a lot of time vetoing bills.  I didn’t have to.  (Laughter.)  Because they are not even organized enough to get their own stuff down.  And, as a consequence, things that previously were never considered ideological -- like rebuilding our roads, our bridges, our ports; putting people back to work; making our economy more productive -- stalled.  And in budget negotiations, because of Nancy's savvy, we've been able to at least embed in our budget some of the priorities of the American people.  But we could be doing so much more. And that's why I'm working so hard, that's why Michelle is working so hard, that's why Joe Biden is working so hard as we exit the stage to make sure that we're passing the baton not only to Hillary Clinton, but also to a Congress that is willing to do the people's business.  (Applause.)  And there's no greater microcosm for why we need to get this done than the race that has already been mentioned between Doug Applegate and Darrell Issa.  Now, I'm not going to belabor this point, but let me just point out that as far as I can tell, Doug (sic) Issa's primary contribution to the United States Congress has been to obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollar on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere.  And this is now a guy who, because poll numbers are bad, has sent out brochures with my picture on them -- (laughter) -- touting his cooperation on issues with me.  Now, that is the definition of chutzpah.  (Laughter.)  Here's a guy who called my administration perhaps the most corrupt in history -- despite the fact that actually we have not had a major scandal in my administration -- that, when Trump was suggesting that I wasn’t even born here, said, well, I don’t know, was not sure.  We can pull up the quotes.  This guy has spent all his time simply trying to obstruct, to feed the same sentiments that resulted in Donald Trump becoming their nominee. I think somebody called Darrell Issa -- was this you, Doug, whho said Darrell Issa was Trump before Trump?  (Laughter.)  And now he’s sending out brochures touting his cooperation with me. Now, that is shameless.  To his credit, I will say that he has been very pleasant to me at our Christmas parties.  (Laughter.)  No, he is.  I'm serious.  I mean, he's said hello, and he's brought some of his family members, and I'm always happy to take pictures with family members.  This is true -- a number of Republican caucus members, like Michele Bachmann, they'll show up and there's like good cheer and bipartisanship for one evening.  Some of them say, I'm praying for you.  (Laughter.)  And I don’t question the sincerity that they are praying for me: Please, change this man from the socialist Muslim that he is.  (Laughter.)  No, I'm sure it's more sincere than that.  But beyond these interpersonal conversations, this is not somebody who is serious about working on problems.  Now, you contrast it with Doug; he's shown himself to care about this country.  He's made the investment in time and energy, putting himself at risk for our safety and our security.  That's somebody you want in Congress.  That's somebody you want in Congress.  (Applause.)  And if you extrapolate from that particular race to all the races that are taking place around the country, it is absolutely vital that we do everything we can to maximize turnout, to maximize enthusiasm, to make sure that we not only reject the kind of politics that Donald Trump represents, but we reject the climate inside the Republican Party that resulted in Donald Trump getting the nomination.  And that starts in the House of Representatives.  (Applause.)  Nancy will tell you -- (applause) -- will tell you, Susan will tell you, Scott will tell you -- the things that you're hearing Trump saying, they're said on the floor of the House of Representatives all the time.  The Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives are repeatedly promoting crazy conspiracy theories and demonizing opponents.  And so, as I said at the event in Vegas, Donald Trump didn’t build that.  He just slaps his name on it -- (laughter) -- and took credit for it.  And the strongest message we can send -- the message, by the way, that is most likely to get us past gridlock and give people some confidence that government can work and Congress can work is if we have Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House -- (applause) -- because Nancy knows how she can get things done and deliver on behalf of the American people. So just to bring things full circle -- Christine, I could not be more grateful for having helped start this amazing journey that we've been on.  But if we're really going to bring it full circle, it means that we're assuring that the progress that we've made continues.  And your presence here gives me confidence that we can make that happen. All right?  Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)                            END                 8:17 P.M. PDT -----

24 октября, 14:52

Why is the Kremlin ‘transporting’ GPS users to Vnukovo airport?

Strange navigation app ‘glitches’ have been confusing Moscow residentsFor the past four months, residents of Moscow have been puzzled by strange geolocation glitches that occur near the Kremlin, with GPS and Glonass navigators sometimes behaving oddly in the vicinity, “teleporting” users around 20 miles (30 km) from the place where they actually are. The anomaly was first spotted in the summer. It all began with Pokémon: Users playing Pokémon Go, which requires a GPS signal, began complaining that the signal was unstable in that area. “Maybe there are rare Pokémon living in the Kremlin and security does not want anyone to catch them there,” popular blogger Ilya Varlamov wrote back in July. It was about at the same time that drivers and users of taxi apps began to report glitches too. When passing by the Kremlin, their satellite navigators suddenly “transported” them to the Vnukovo or Domodedovo airports: For some reason, that is where the Kremlin anomaly was sending all users. Quote of the week: Pokemon hunt is no reason to visit the Kremlin As a result, taxi customers had their journeys recorded as airport transfers, which cost them much more. “Every time I order a taxi from home, I end up in Vnukovo,” user Anna Lapkina wrote on Facebook. Uber's Russia branch has said it is are aware of the glitches but the company assured RBTH that they “are not on a mass scale.” “Everybody is using social networks. I have seen probably a couple of these complaints recently. Our support service contacted those customers and there are no problems there,” said Yevgenia Shipova from the Uber press service. Leading drones astray However, users point out that the situation has not changed since the summer and similar problems have now been recorded in other parts of Moscow too. For example, satellite navigation has been behaving in a similar fashion near the settlement of Usovo outside Moscow, not far from President Vladimir Putin’s residence. The glitches have even been picked up by Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov: “I too was driving recently, at the weekend, and the Yandex app on my phone indeed switched to a completely different area. I didn’t make much of it, was just surprised,” he said, claiming that he did not know what was causing the malfunction. Grigory Bakunov, technology distribution director at Russia’s major search engine Yandex, tried to get to the bottom of the phenomenon. After stuffing his backpack full of various devices, Bakunov hopped on his Segway and started making loops around the “zone of instability.” “Here’s what I found out: Somewhere inside the Kremlin there is installed (or maybe moving) a powerful transmitter. It imitates the operation of GPS and Glonass,” wrote Bakunov.  “Interestingly, the spoof signal “transports” you to the center of Vnukovo airport. You could come up with many conspiracy theories as to why specifically there. I personally favor the theory that it has to do with fighting DJI video drones and the like.” Modern drones have a map of zones they are forbidden to fly over, which include all the world’s airports – which could mean that the Kremlin is deliberately being “coded” as an airport in order to block unsanctioned drone flights. “It is not quite clear why anybody would want to combat drones through GPS spoofing instead of just requesting that the relevant zones be added to the no-fly list, but it is of course not really our business,” said Bakunov. Magnetic fields and white noise Many people see the anti-drone theory as the most plausible one, arguing that this is probably how the Federal Protection Service (FSO) has decided to protect the Kremlin. “Right behind the Petrovskaya Tower, there is a helicopter pad that Putin regularly uses. Yes, he likes to get to the Kremlin by helicopter,” wrote blogger Varlamov. ‘Putin's people’: The mysterious agency that guards the president’s life The FSO, however, denies it has anything to do with the glitches. “Yes, we heard about the taxi apps [navigation malfunctions and consequences for clients]. That began back in the summer,” a representative of the service told RBTH, adding that they have nothing to do with it. “I would advise you to contact the software developers and ask them what is going on. We are not responsible for their glitches,” he insisted.   The association of developers, manufacturers and consumers of Glonass equipment and apps told RBTH that the problem is not at their end “but anything is possible,” including software failures, geomagnetic fields, and white noise. “Anton Vaino [new head of the Kremlin administration – RBTH] is testing his nooscope from the Kremlin,” one Facebook user joked in reference to a miracle device called a “nooscope,” which makes it possible to “study humanity’s collective consciousness” and so far exists only as a concept. In August this year, Russian media were busy writing about “academic papers” devoted to the nooscope allegedly penned by Vaino. “Maybe there are indeed jammers installed there [in the Kremlin],” said a representative of Glonass. “They block real information, replacing it. But why then are potentially dangerous drones, which may have a bomb attached to them, being directed to another strategic facility, an airport? What’s the point? Why not somewhere in a field, why Vnukovo?” Subscribe to get the hand picked best stories every week