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31 января, 21:48

Christie hits rock bottom in polls

Former Gov. Brendan Byrne now shares the distinction of being the least popular New Jersey governor in memory with Gov. Chris Christie. A poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University shows Christie’s approval rating with New Jersey voters at 17 percent — a record low for Christie, and tying the worst approval rating for any governor in memory that was set by Byrne, a Democrat, in 1977.Seventy-eight percent of voters disapproved of Christie, a Republican. In early December, Quinnipiac measured Christie’s approval rating at 19 percent and his disapproval at 77 percent.“It’s interesting, in an unfriendly way, to wonder how low Gov. Christopher Christie’s job-approval numbers might drop,” said Mickey Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Still, he’s got 11 more months as the most powerful governor in the land and the State Legislature still sustains his vetoes. It might be an interesting year.”According to a separate Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll released Tuesday morning, the governor’s approval rating was similarly low at 18 percent.President Donald Trump is also unpopular in New Jersey. Fifty-five percent disapprove of his job performance so far, while 36 percent approve. The Democrat-led state Legislature isn't faring any better, with an approval rating of just 26 percent. New Jersey voters aren’t in such a sour mood about all their politicians — even one under indictment. Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, who faces federal corruption charges, has a 51 percent approval rating. Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is even more popular, at 58 percent.The poll results for Christie are nearly identical to a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released earlier Tuesday morning, which had the governor’s approval rating at 18 percent. Byrne’s low point was measured in a Rutgers-Eagleton poll after he signed into law the state income tax. Back then, 17 percent of voters rated Byrne’s performance as either “excellent” or “good.” Nevertheless, Byrne was able to win re-election later that year.“I knew I’d get re-elected when people started waving at me using all five fingers,” Byrne famously said.Christie has now surpassed the depths of unpopularity suffered by former Democratic Gov. Jim Florio in 1990 when he signed a series of tax increases to balance the budget. Florio narrowly lost re-election in 1993. Christie — who just signed a bill to raise the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon while pairing it with a series of other tax cuts — is in the final year of his second term and cannot seek re-election this year. He won a landslide re-election in 2013 after reaching stratospheric approval ratings in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. But his popularity began declining in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, and fell further when he spent the majority of his time out of state during his bid for president.Quinnipiac also asked voters about a hypothetical gubernatorial match-up between Democratic candidate Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, both of whom are running for governor but face primary opponents in June. Murphy leads Guadagno 45 percent to 29 percent. But there’s plenty of room for movement on those numbers, given how little voters know about either candidate.Seventy percent of voters didn’t know enough about Murphy to form an opinion, despite his spending millions on TV and internet ads to boost his name recognition. Sixty-one percent didn’t know enough about Guadagno, even though she has been Christie’s number two for seven years. Murphy is viewed favorably by 21 percent and unfavorably by eight percent. Those who know about Guadagno are split on their opinions of her, with 18 percent giving her a favorable rating and 19 percent an unfavorable one. “Following Gov. Christie, who – popular or unpopular – has dominated New Jersey news from the day he took office, the 2017 contenders are all but anonymous,” Carroll said.Quinnipiac surveyed 1,240 New Jersey voters from Jan. 26 - 30. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

30 января, 18:13

Becton, Dickinson (BDX) Q1 Earnings: What's in the Cards?

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) is set to report first-quarter fiscal 2017 earnings results on Feb 2.

24 января, 19:45

Beware Of Alternatives Facts

There's been a lot of talk in the much-maligned media about truthiness, alternative truths, and warring narratives. It won't do simply to insist that the assertion of "alternative truths" is simply a fancy name for "falsehoods". It's a bit more complicated. The maddening thing is that people can summon lots of little truths in the service of a great lie. For example, you can claim that people cheat when it comes to entitlements and, because some do cheat, use that claim to discredit all social welfare legislation as part of a movement of creeping Socialism. They can even feel smug about it because, after all, helping people is bad for their character. Then there are climate change skeptics who have taken the errors in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth to discredit -- wholesale -- the notion that human beings are involved in harming the planet. Yes, there are facts -- but facts don't stand alone. They have to be organized into some kind of narrative. The fact is that we can say true things falsely. We intuitively know this when we hear a politician, a preacher, an ideologue. All the words are true and yet we smell a rat. All the "facts" appear straightforward but there's something that doesn't quite gel. Strangely the opposite can be true - we hear a politician speak and we're deeply moved. The words don't come out right but the pitch and the tone touch something deep within us. "This guy is speaking from the heart and reaching mine. I don't care if his words are out of whack, his message is reaching me where it matters. I'm angry and hurting and now I know why." So truth-telling involves two skills: the marshaling of facts and putting them together in the form of a story. We often call it "connecting the dots." And the dots can be connected to form very different pictures of the truth. The early Church had a similar problem. One theologian complained that it was as if the orthodox had gathered all the colored stones to make a true likeness (a mosaic) of the head of Christ. Then the heretics came along, took all the same stones and made the head of a fox. History teaches us that human beings are masters at telling stories using the "facts" to suit their purpose. History is, in part, the story of the fight for power. which often involved denying others their humanity. Women, slaves, children weren't considered fully human, neither were indigenous peoples. This lack of full humanity was considered an obvious "fact." Think of "The Declaration of the Rights of Toiling and Exploited People" promulgated in January 1918 by Lenin, the master manipulator of facts. The text identified "former people" - they were not quite human. Since they were "former people" they could be disposed of, slaughtered. They were people of the old regime and, therefore, were deficient in humanity and this lack became an excuse for terror. Lenin and his followers believed that some human groups had to be destroyed in order to realize the potential of humanity. Many found themselves bearing the stigma of being a former person! Imagine being looked at as someone who represented a humanity that had had its day! In recent history, the fact that one presidential candidate called some people "deplorables" gave the other candidate a chance to be their champion - someone who could set the story straight and win their hearts. We all have our own peculiar ignorances and blindnesses. There were those who admired Hitler and Mussolini in the 1930s. Mussolini was spoken well of by Will Rogers, Thomas Edison and Andrew Mellon. "If ever this country needed a Mussolini, it needs one now," said a senator for Pennsylvania. Walter Lippmann thought we needed a mild dictatorship in 1933 and told FDR so. What's interesting is not so much what people believe as to the way their beliefs function in the psyche as if they were objective "facts". The Civil War and the abolitionist movement were a seething mess of "beliefs/facts". On the one side was the romantic acceptance of the bloody violence of a John Brown whose soul, no doubt, goes marching on. Many saw the war on slavery as a cosmic event, connected with the Second Coming. Louisiana preacher Benjamin Morgan Palmer saw the abolitionists' "hate" as a world-rending event, a continuation of the rage against authority loosed on the world by the French Revolution. Palmer wrote: "In this great struggle, we defend the cause of God and religion. The abolitionist spirit is undeniably atheistic. The demons which erected its throne upon the guillotine in the days Robespierre and Marat, which abolished the Sabbath and worshiped reason in the person of a harlot... Among a people so generally religious as the Americans, a disguise must be worn; but it is the old threadbare disguise of the advocacy of human rights... Under this specious cry of reform, it demands that every evil shall be corrected or society become a wreck... [But] it pleases God to allow evils which check others that are greater... To the South the high position is assigned of defending before all nations, the cause of all religion and of all truth." Some of this sounds eerily familiar. The irony is that the Civil War was not an Apocalypse. It didn't cleanse us - it ushered in the Gilded Age, an age of luxurious excesses and political corruption. We must struggle to tell the truth but the truth is deeper than a collection of facts which we can manipulate. Truth is related to trust. In one version of the human story, the world is a wedding. To be human is to be betrothed - betrothed to each other in covenant. There's no private trip. We're all in this together "for better for worse." In the old Prayer Book of 1662 the groom said to the bride, "and thereto, I plight thee my troth." I give you myself, my truth. Politicians take note of the story you're pushing in the name of truth. Be sure you're not only a master of the facts but also betrothed to the truth. Remember Emily Dickinson's poem: Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--- Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth's superb surprise As Lightening to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind. -- 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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21 января, 12:00

From Westworld to Homeland: pop culture's obsession with gaslighting

Why have stories about men mind-controlling women come to define much of modern pop culture?It is hard to say where today’s cultural obsession with gaslighting reached its climax: in the exaggerated mind control of Jessica Jones, the murky, shifting terrain of Homeland, the conspiracy-rich Westworld or the old-school domestic violence that has gripped The Archers. It became a pop culture trope so gradually that, by the time it ended up dominating our favourite TV shows, it seemed completely obvious that it should.For the purist, the definition comes from the play Gaslight, written by Patrick Hamilton in 1938 and made into a film two years later by Thorold Dickinson. It is a mannered but compelling vision of domestic abuse, in which a husband, with lies, verbal aggression and disappointed certainty manipulates his wife into questioning her sanity, whereupon he becomes her only mooring to the real world and his accusations become more potent. Continue reading...

18 января, 22:35

The Girl Scouts Will March In Trump's Inaugural Parade And People Are NOT Happy

The Girl Scouts of the USA came under fire following the announcement that members of the organization would be marching in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade. On Tuesday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the official lineup of parade participants. Among the many military groups and marching bands listed, the “Girl Scouts of America” list item certainly stood out.  Twitter users ― including current and former Girl Scouts, troop leaders and parents of scouts ― were quick to express their concerns with the organization’s involvement in Trump’s inauguration festivities. as a lifelong Girl Scout and the co-leader of a troop, I'm extremely unhappy about this: https://t.co/tF8P7aXOQV— Nicole Chung (@nicole_soojung) January 18, 2017 @girlscouts I'm the mother of a Girl Scout and I hope you reconsider your participation. Trump does *not* honor your values, as shown below pic.twitter.com/ozT3Qm3ZrN— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 17, 2017 Many stated that the president-elect’s widely reported treatment of women and girls goes against the Girl Scouts’ values, and makes the group’s participation in the parade indefensible.  [email protected] Trump has sexualized young girls again &again. How can you defend sending children to the inauguration? https://t.co/nMhZM3uM6N— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 17, 2017 @girlscouts @scATX Trump bragged abt sexually assaulting women on tape. I was a Girl Scout, and Girl Scouts taught me to be brave and fight— Sox Morgan (@sox_morgan) January 17, 2017 If you wouldn't leave a girl scout in a room alone w/ donald trump, you shouldn't be participating in his inauguration, @girlscouts. #resist— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) January 17, 2017 @girlscouts My mom was a troop leader and I grew up in Girl Scouts. I never thought GS would support a pussy grabber. His words, not mine.— Encrypto Nite (@encryptonites) January 18, 2017 Responding to complaints, the official Girl Scouts account tweeted, “Since 1917, Girl Scouts have engaged in Presidential inaugural events to learn about the US democratic process & civic engagement.” @scATX Since 1917, Girl Scouts have engaged in Presidential inaugural events to learn about the US democratic process & civic engagement.— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) January 17, 2017 @retconning As a non-profit organization GSUSA is nonpolitical, nonpartisan, & will continue to encourage our girls to be civically engaged— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) January 17, 2017 The organization later added, “As a non-profit organization GSUSA is nonpolitical, nonpartisan, & will continue to encourage our girls to be civically engaged.” But concerned Twitter users said the issue has nothing to do with partisan divides but rather the normalization of a leader who has made countless misogynistic comments, degrades women and brags about committing sexual assault. [email protected] How does "nonpolitical, nonpartisan” add up to encouraging girls to march for a man who admits to committing sexual assault?— Happy ValengrimesDay (@andreagrimes) January 17, 2017 [email protected] Participating in the normalization of the presidency of a sexual predator is not nonpartisan. It is standing for a predator.— Happy ValengrimesDay (@andreagrimes) January 17, 2017 i was a brownie scout leader; the idea of @girlscouts marching to celebrate inauguration of a proud sexual predator makes me want to vomit— Tim Dickinson (@7im) January 17, 2017 @girlscouts I am a Girl Scout, mom to 2 Girl Scouts. To say I'm disappointed you'd even CONSIDER legitimizing is a massive understatement.— Liss (@lissmo) January 18, 2017 @girlscouts I was a Girl Scout I am ashamed and dumbfounded that the Girl Scouts are participating in this inauguration for a misogynist— LatinaMomInLA (@LatinaMomInLA) January 18, 2017 The Boy Scouts of America is also listed on the inaugural parade lineup. Though that group’s participation has not generated nearly the same level of response, several former scouts have spoken out against the Boy Scouts’ involvement. @sarahkendzior @girlscouts as a former Boy Scout, I'm also conflicted. His entire schtick is contrary to the Scouts Oath and Scouts Law.— zack pierce (@Zeepees) January 17, 2017 As a former boy scout the thought of @boyscouts participating in the inauguration is disappointing and goes against the oath. Scouts honor.— Neal Carter (@nealcarter) January 18, 2017 @jillybee72 As a former Boy Scout, I hate that just as much if not more. But then they still don't like gays whereas the GS are inclusive.— Andrew Fafoutakis (@2Fafou) January 18, 2017 Following the social media outcry, the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital chapter posted a statement on Facebook. “Thank you for your feedback,” the statement begins. “As you know, for 100 years, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital has participated in the presidential inauguration. The event is an important symbol of our democracy and the peaceful transition of power.” “Girl Scouts will participate in this historic event because at Girl Scouts, civic engagement, responsibility and duty are at the heart of our values and ideals,” the statement continues. “It is written into our promise and law, which among other things calls on girls to serve their country, respect authority and make the world a better place.” Though several commenters pledged solidarity with the organization’s decision, the response to the Facebook post was overwhelmingly negative.  “So now we’re back to teaching our girls to blindly submit in obedience to men of authority,” wrote one commenter. “Your statement is most disturbing, and suggests that young girls should ‘respect authority’ without question. I find this frightening,” added another. Others noted that their scouts would instead be participating in the Women’s March on Washington or one of the many sister marches on Saturday.  Local Girl Scouts I know are going to the Oakland Women's March as a troop. That's standing up for girls. https://t.co/RoHEemNPvq— Leah, agirlandaboy (@agirlandaboy) January 18, 2017 When asked directly about scout participation in the marches, the Girl Scouts tweeted, “GSUSA respects the rights of each member of our Movement to make their own decision regarding their participation in this event.” @retconning GSUSA respects the rights of each member of our Movement to make their own decision regarding their participation in this event.— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) January 17, 2017 As Friday approaches, former and current members continue to speak out on Twitter. Many have also called the Girl Scouts to express their concerns in the hopes that the organization might change its mind.  Just called Girl Scouts of America at (212) 852-8000 and you can, too! Tell them NOT to march in DT's Inauguration parade. Please RT.— Anna Solomon (@SolomonAnna) January 18, 2017 As one former scout, scout leader and mother of two scouts wrote on Facebook, “This is one tradition that should have been broken.” -- 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.

18 января, 16:22

Becton, Dickinson Commercially Launches Precise WTA Kits

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX), popularly known as BD, recently announced that it has made its Precise whole transcriptome analysis kits commercial available.

10 января, 13:33

Christie, at a low point, to deliver last-chance State of the State

In his first State of the State speech, in 2011, Gov. Chris Christie talked up “New Jersey’s comeback.”That talk was about the economy, but the comeback Christie envisioned never quite materialized. Now, in Tuesday’s State of the State speech — Christie’s seventh — the question is whether the governor will be more successful in launching his own comeback.“We saw how rapid the fall was,” said Democratic state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a frequent critic of the Republican governor. “I’m not surprised by anything anymore in public life. So I’m assuming that there’s always time for redemption.”With one year left in office, this may be Christie’s last chance. But it comes at a bad time. Christie is politically toxic right now, and not just with Democrats. Recent polls show a large majority of Republicans disapprove of his job performance, which in a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was at 18 percent among all voters. Republican elected officials who have their eyes on the governorship or want to be re-elected in even slightly competitive races don’t want to be near him. And Democrats, who will be heavily favored to retake the governor's office in November, are confident they will only have to wait a year to get anything big done. “[Democrats] are not of a mind, particularly looking ahead to 2018 when they assume they’re going to have one of their people in the governor’s office, to give him heavy public relations wins,” said Carl Golden, a former spokesman for Republican governors Tom Kean and Christie Whitman.Yet some Democrats — particularly those under the sway of South Jersey power broker George Norcross, Christie’s most valuable ally — are willing to work with the governor. In fact, they just tried.It was a disaster.The attempt by Democratic legislative leaders to secure raises for their staffs, judges and other officials in exchange for letting Christie profit from a book deal while still in office looked like a turning point for the effectiveness of the longtime Christie/Democratic boss alliances. But the legislation stirred rebellion within the ranks, and even some of Christie’s most loyal Republican allies, though they kept quiet in the run-up to the vote, later said they didn’t support it.“I wasn’t part of constructing or supporting the bill. It was just bad,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, perhaps Christie’s most steadfast legislative ally.In the end, the measure was withdrawn because of lack of support.By all indications, Christie’s speech to the Democrat-controlled Legislature on Tuesday will at least partly cover a familiar topic with bipartisan support: his leadership in the state’s efforts to battle drug addiction. Other than that, he’s leaving Trenton guessing.Christie — who successfully pushed for an overall of public worker benefits and a property tax cap during his first term — has had little success with big ticket items, other than a long-delayed replenishment of the Transportation Trust Fund through a gas tax hike pared with a number of tax cuts. He began the summer aggressively pushing a radical proposal to equalize school funding with a series of town hall meetings. Eventually, though, he gave up actively pushing it. “He’s coming off a year of bitter disappointment. He doesn’t even have a book deal. So who knows what he has to look forward to for the remaining year except state finances that continue to fall apart,” Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray said.The Record’s Charles Stile noted that Christie has already begun to spin the past year of bitter disappointments as a positive — glossing over his failed presidential campaign and snub by the incoming Trump administration to note he’ll be the first governor to serve two full terms since Tom Kean left office in 1989.In addition, a mysterious camera crew has reportedly been following the governor as he attends drug addiction events and has heart-to-heart conversations with recovering addicts. NJ Advance Media has reported it’s likely to become the basis for some kind of video — and a potential way for Christie to claw his way back into the public’s good graces.Bramnick said he anticipates Christie's State of the State will focus on addiction, and hopes the governor will press Democrats to compromise with him and Republican leaders on pensions and school funding.“He’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s got incredible skills,” Bramnick said. “I would hope that based on what we saw at the beginning of his term, that the media will take their foot off his throat and put a little pressure on the Democrats to come to the table.”Murray said the only way Christie can get his approval rating above 50 percent would be leading the state through a crisis on the scale of Hurricane Sandy — the governor's approval rating neared 80 percent in the aftermath of Sandy — and that he’s not convinced the governor is committed to rebuilding his legacy at home. “He can certainly get it into the 30s, possibly near 40 percent, if he puts his nose to the grindstone,” Murray said. “But it’s not clear whether that’s all that important to him.”

07 января, 13:03

‘America’s Next Top Model’: Why Rita Ora May Be the Wrong Choice to Host

'America's Next Top Model' is back but it's with a new host. Sadly, Rita Ora just doesn't measure up to what the show needs in a host.

05 января, 02:04

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Whitehouse Is His Middle Name

President-elect Donald Trump announced Joseph Whitehouse Hagin will serve as deputy chief of staff for operations.

04 января, 20:10

Black Teenager Brutalized At Texas Pool Party Sues For $5 Million

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); Dajerria Becton, the black teenager slammed to the ground during a 2015 pool party in McKinney, Texas, has filed a federal lawsuit against the officer involved, the city and the McKinney Police Department for $5 million. A cell phone video that went viral in June 2015 shows Eric Casebolt, the officer responding to disturbance calls at Craig Ranch North Community Pool, yanking 15-year-old Becton to the ground, putting his knee into her back and pulling his service weapon on two other teens. Casebolt resigned following national backlash to the incident. On July 23, a grand jury failed to indict the former officer for his treatment of Becton. In the lawsuit, filed on Dec. 19, Becton and her legal guardian allege that Casebolt’s forceful arrest and his decision to hold the teen without probable cause violated her constitutional rights. The plaintiffs also claim that inadequate police training and a policy that “encourages officers to use force first and ask questions later” are to blame for Becton’s injuries. “The City of McKinney denies the claims alleged against it and the McKinney Police Department, and as such, will vigorously defend the recently filed lawsuit,” reads a statement from the city provided to The Dallas Morning News. “McKinney prides itself in cultivating the highest standards of training and professionalism for our officers, and it strongly believes that its standards and training will withstand legal challenge.” Related Coverage Cop Placed On Leave After Video Emerges Of Brutal Arrests At Teen Pool Party Teen Who Filmed Texas Pool Party Cop: ‘When He Pulled His Gun, My Heart Dropped’ Teen Speaks Out About What Happened When Cops Broke Up A Texas Pool Party Texas Police Officer Who Manhandled Black Teens At Pool Party Will Not Face Charges If you're always angry about politics, sign up for bruh., a sporadic newsletter by Julia Craven.powered by TinyLetter -- 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.