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28 июня, 19:35

A Newly Discovered Manuscript and Its Lesson on Islam

Early drafts of a canonical work show how Muslims' understanding of their faith has evolved.

27 июня, 06:59

Ситуация на фондовых площадках Азиатско-Тихоокеанского региона:

Фондовые индексы Азиатско-Тихоокеанского региона торгуются в основном в зеленой зоне, хотя прибыли скромны, вслед за тусклыми сигналами с Уолл-стрит. Инвесторы проявляют осторожность перед выступлением главы Федеральной резервной системы США Джанет Йеллен на мероприятии в Лондоне, которое пройдет позднее сегодня. Многих интересует, считает ли она, что ослабление экономики США в последнее время является не более чем временным явлением. Австралийский рынок снижается в отсутствии четкого лидерства на Уолл-стрит после выхода более слабых, чем ожидалось, экономических данных по США. Акции горнорудных компаний торгуются со снижением, но наблюдается незначительный рост цен на бумаги крупных австралийских банков. Рыночная стоимость BHP Billiton и Rio Tinto снизилась почти на -1%, а Fortescue Metals - более чем на -1%. Акции ANZ Banking, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank и Westpac торгуются в диапазоне от 0,2% до 0,7%. Японский рынок растет на фоне ослабления курса иены, что выгодно японским экспортерам. Акции Panasonic подорожали более чем на 1%, в то время как Sony и Canon добавляют более 0,7% стоимости активов. Среди автопроизводителей Toyota увеличила капитализацию на 0,6%, а Honda - почти на 1%. NIKKEI 20213.62 +60.27 +0.30% SHANGHAI 3182.66 -2.78 -0.09% HSI 25896.32 +24.43 +0.09% ASX 200 5703.10 -17.06 -0.30% KOSPI 2391.78 +3.12 +0.13% NZ50 7631.56 +36.06 +0.47% Информационно-аналитический отдел ТелеТрейд Источник: FxTeam

26 июня, 14:51

How the Right Gets Reagan Wrong

And what will happen if they don't start getting him right.

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25 июня, 18:45

Дебют объектива Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD для камер Canon и Nikon

Компания Tamron анонсировала объектив 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD, рассчитанный на использование с зеркальными фотоаппаратами, оборудованными сенсором APS-C. Новинка будет предлагаться в версиях для устройств с байонетным креплением Canon EF-S и Nikon F (DX). Конструкция предусматривает наличие 16 элементов в 11 группах, включая элементы с малой дисперсией (LD, Low Dispersion) и асферические линзы.

23 июня, 07:03

Ситуация на фондовых площадках Азиатско-Тихоокеанского региона:

Фондовые индексы Азиатско-Тихоокеанского региона торгуются разнонаправленно, после тусклых сигналов с Уолл-стрит и незначительного повышения цен на сырую нефть с десятимесячных минимумов. Рынки материкового Китая находятся в центре внимания после новостей о том, что китайские регуляторы банков проводят финансовые обзоры сделок с зарубежными покупателями активов. Австралийский рынок растет не фоне удорожания акций горнорудных компаний. Небольшое восстановление цен на сырую нефть также подняло настроения инвесторов. Акции BHP Billiton и Rio Tinto подорожали более чем на 1%, а Fortescue Metals - на 0,4%. Рыночная стоимость Woodside Petroleum снизилась на 0,1%, а Santos - на 0,2 %, а Oil Search - на 0,5%. Торги на Токийской фондовой бирже открылись небольшим снижением котировок на фоне слабых результатов торгов в США. Акции Sony подорожали менее чем на 0,1%, а Canon и Panasonic - на 0,2%. Toshiba теряет почти 2% стоимости бумаг. Рыночная стоимость Inpex и Japan Petroleum Exploration снизилась на 0,6% и 0,5% соответственно. NIKKEI 20107.76 -2.75 -0.01% SHANGHAI 3124.23 -23.23 -0.74% HSI 25686.77 +12.24 +0.05% ASX 200 5706.70 0.75 +0.01% KOSPI 2370.47 +0.10 0% NZ50 7547.54 -16.15 -0.21% Информационно-аналитический отдел TeleTrade Источник: FxTeam

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23 июня, 01:00

You, the jury: plays are giving power to the people

A new show, Terror, restores drama to its classical function by asking us to make a moral decision. But it doesn’t go nearly far enoughDrama invites judgment. One of the oldest plays in the western canon, The Oresteia, ends with Athenian jurors deciding whether Orestes should be condemned for matricide. Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror, a courtroom drama getting its British premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, ends with a decision as to whether a German airforce major is guilty of murder in shooting down a hijacked plane targeting a packed football stadium. The difference is this: in The Oresteia we are simply observers but in Terror we become the jurors pressing a button to record our verdict. This opens up a big question: whether we go to the theatre to be passive spectators or part of an interactive experience. A friend reacted with dismay when I told her the premise of Terror. Her point was that she goes to the theatre seeking emotional and intellectual engagement rather than active participation; and I have some sympathy with her point of view. I’ve no wish to see the Terror principle widely applied, so that we have to decide whether or not Falstaff should be rejected at the end of Henry IV Part Two, whether Nora is right to walk out on her husband at the climax of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House or whether Salieri really was guilty of Mozart’s death in Amadeus. Some issues are best left unresolved. Continue reading...

22 июня, 17:24

After the Grenfell fire, the church got it right where the council failed | Giles Fraser: Loose canon

In poor parishes, the job of the church is to keep the doors open and the lights on, something local authorities are increasingly ill-equipped to doWe are an “unsuccessful church”, the exhausted Rev Alan Everett told me, as I persuaded him to take a break and have some lunch. He meant that they only get 30 to 60 people in the pews on a Sunday morning and that it wasn’t one of those whizzy Alpha course churches beloved by London bishops and their growth spreadsheets. Next to us in the church’s sunny courtyard, an extended Muslim family talked openly about their escape from the fire. “Our lungs are full of smoke but at least, thank God, we are all alive.” A church worker told them where to find new shoes and clothes. It felt like a refugee camp. Perhaps it was a refugee camp. And hanging over the whole scene, Grenfell Tower, black and enormous. It stands as a biblical-scale condemnation to a whole society.In the days after the fire, the church of St Clement’s, Notting Dale, became a hub for grieving families, generous donations of clothes and food – and camera-ready politicians. First Jeremy Corbyn came. Then a furtive Theresa May met a few residents in the church. Then Sadiq Khan was at mass on Sunday morning. I wanted to know from Everett how the church was able to respond so quickly in a way that the council didn’t. “I was woken up at 3am by a priest who lives in the tower, and so I came down to the church, opened the doors and turned the lights on,” he said. It all began from there. People started coming in out of the dark – often passersby looking to help. First they sorted out tea and coffee. By 7am, they had a fully stocked breakfast bar, with volunteers organising themselves into teams. Within hours, local restaurants were delivering food; clothes began to pile high in the church sanctuary – about 40 Transit vans’ worth, the vicar estimates. The place looked like a warehouse. Continue reading...

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21 июня, 20:07

Доскональная обработка. Почему сканеры необходимы бизнесу в 2017 году?

Кажется, что с массовым распространением МФУ — устройств, удобно совмещающих всё необходимое в одном корпусе, зачастую с очень привлекательным соотношением цена/возможности, сканеры должны были если не исчезнуть как вид, то сократиться до пары экземпляров в производственной линейке. Но количество актуальных сканирующих устройств в модельном ряду Canon говорит о том, что они не только не потеряли свою актуальность, но и предоставляют потребителю возможность выбора исходя из его потребностей. Давайте попробуем разобраться, почему и кому необходимы документные сканеры в наше время. Читать дальше →

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20 июня, 19:04

Mitochondrial dysfunction induced by a SH2 domain-targeting STAT3 inhibitor leads to metabolic synthetic lethality in cancer cells [Cell Biology]

In addition to its canonical role in nuclear transcription, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is emerging as an important regulator of mitochondrial function. Here, we demonstrate that a novel inhibitor that binds with high affinity to the STAT3 SH2 domain triggers a complex cascade of events initiated...

20 июня, 04:17

The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth

The most famous Emancipation holiday is more necessary now than it has ever been.

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20 июня, 00:00

Новая статья: Обзор зеркальной фотокамеры Canon EOS 77D: недостающее звено

Canon в прошлом году довольно неплохо перезапустила работу на фронте "беззеркалок" с помощью модели EOS M5. Но это не значит, что компания собирается как-то менять стратегию развития зеркального направления. Более того, она даже расширяет модельный ряд любительских зеркалок – модель EOS 77D внезапно заняла промежуточное положение между EOS 800D и EOS 80D

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19 июня, 13:00

How HR Can Become Agile (and Why It Needs To)

If software has eaten the world, then agile has eaten the software world. While initially designed to improve the responsiveness of software development teams, more recently agile has become the default team-based operational model for companies big and small, across industries and sectors, with the promise of a substantial and sustained spike in team productivity and efficiency. And there is no shortage of information and advice on how agile should be implemented in your tech organization. The tactics are clear, well-documented, and offered up in a myriad of flavors. For example, a Google search for “agile software development” returns over 14 million results. An Amazon search on the same phrase returns nearly 2,300 books and other materials. The bulk of this agile canon will teach your individual teams to deliver higher-quality code, faster. The next layer of books and articles will help you scale these practices to 10, 50, or 500 teams. But a big and growing challenge is emerging: Once your tech teams have begun to master these new ways of working — improving time to market, continuous learning, responsiveness, and collaboration — they often find that the pace of work they desire is substantially hindered by the lack of agility in HR. Related Video A Quick Introduction to Agile Management The system that's changing the way we work. Save Share See More Videos > See More Videos > With agile processes and new technology permeating every corner of our organizations, there is surprisingly little published knowledge about how to integrate HR and other crucial supporting functions into the product development process or how to increase the agility in the ways they work. Agile espouses short cycles, regular reflection, and course correction based on evidence collected during the software production process. Yet HR regularly works in annual (or, at best, quarterly) cycles. In an agile organization, HR needs to provide the same services it’s always provided — hiring, professional development, performance management — but in ways that are responsive to the ongoing changes in the culture and work style of the organization. Consider the cautionary example of a large bank I recently worked with. The team I was engaged with had its agile vocabulary down. Team members spoke in a way that would make any outsider believe they were one of the more advanced, enterprise-level agile successes (and, in many ways, they were and continue to be). But although the vocabulary the organization was using had changed, the qualities being evaluated in the performance management system, for every employee, reflected a different mindset. Agile espouses collaboration, customer centricity, team-based culture, and continuous improvement. These ideas and practices, however, were nowhere to be found in the evaluation criteria of the bank’s employees. Instead, the manufacturing-era qualities of individual heroism, delivering product on deadline (whether proven or not), and contribution to high-level, often unaccountable business metrics were the main determinants of employee competence, success, and promotion. Yes, the words they were using every day had changed (which is a good start), but without changing their incentives, they were continuing to work in the same ways they always had. A success story in building agility at scale comes from ING, which understood that language shifts, and even new incentive structures, were necessary but not sufficient. Agile HR also requires having the right people in place to practice and refine these new processes. To prove this, ING made every employee at its headquarters (nearly 3,500 people) re-interview for their job. Staggeringly, 40% of these people ended up in new positions or parted ways with the company. And this result wasn’t just about their skill sets. In fact, in many cases the employees’ skill sets were still highly relevant. Rather, it was a specific mindset that was lacking — one that could embrace the uncertainty of a software-based organization while seeking out new, better ways to deliver that service. The HR team had to play a major role in understanding what this mindset looked like and how best to determine which staff members possessed it, which could be trained, and which had to be let go. Here are two essential activities your HR team can do today to help your organization’s agile efforts succeed. Go and See To understand what qualities are required to support an agile way of working, your HR team needs to go see these teams at work. If they’re not up and running in your organization, visit other companies that are doing it well. This is exactly what the leadership teams at ING did. They visited digitally native companies like Spotify, Netflix, and Zappos to understand what makes their cultures nimble, responsive, tech-centric, and attractive to top talent. By visiting these teams at work, you get a sense for the collaborative work environment and style of agile teams across the whole organization. While visiting these teams, talk to them. Interview them to understand what they like about this way of working, what’s frustrating, and what they look for in colleagues, not just in their own discipline but also in other groups with which they collaborate. Read their job requisitions. Notice that while hard skills are important, they can be taught. The crucial soft skills needed for agile environments — curiosity, humility, and collaboration — can only be encouraged and modeled. Try HR Retrospectives As we detail our book, Sense & Respond, there are valuable agile practices that, while originally intended for software development teams, must be broadened to the whole organization, including to supporting disciplines like HR. A retrospective is a regularly cadenced (e.g., biweekly) meeting with a team involved in a particular project or initiative to review how things have gone since the last retrospective. Often, the time between “retros” is short, to allow new ideas to be tested and to review their efficacy. Retrospectives can be held with the HR team alone, as well as with their internal clients. For example, on the hiring side, several recruiters can meet regularly to review job requisition language that seems to attract better candidates, or interview questions that reveal a candidate’s propensity for agile work, and use this shared insight to optimize their process. Colleagues can then take and modify these ideas in their own practice to see whether they’ll have similar successes. Retros can also be held with hiring managers, particularly after a new “HR event” like a hiring, firing, or performance review cycle. This is a “customer-centric” approach that agile espouses. The point is to understand whether the work HR is doing is delivering the intended value. If not, what can you change in the next cycle to try to improve that? Retrospectives reveal that and help assess the impact of small changes over short periods of time. Agile offers many benefits to large organizations, but getting the full set of benefits requires going beyond being simply a software development process, to become a mindset for the entire organization. When HR is included and buys into the values of organizational agility, the promise of increased productivity, efficiency, and higher-quality products and services can be fully realized.

18 июня, 07:01

Семейный Agile: как построить командную работу в семье по методу компаний Кремниевой долины

Forbes Woman публикует отрывок из книги Брюса Фейлера «Секреты счастливых семей: Мужской взгляд» издательства «Альпина нон-фикшн».

16 июня, 18:38

Люксембург, 11-16 июня 2017 года

11.06.2017Наследный Великий герцог Гийом присоединился к взводу люксембургских солдат в Marche internationale de Diekirch. Подполковник люксембургской армии принял участие в 40-км марш-броске и заработал Crossed Canon medal.Несколько километров с Гийомом и солдатами прошла министр обороны Люксембурга Francine Closener (леди бес формы рядом с Гийомом).13.06.2017Великий герцог Анри дал аудиенцию руководителям PayPal: генеральному директору Дэну Шульману, члену совета директоров Норберту Бэккеру и профессору Дженни Казанофф.14.06.2017Великий герцог Анри и наследная чета дали прием волонтерам организации Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg, организации, оказывающей поддержу (в том числе, информационную и образовательную) молодым предпринимателям.Великий герцог патронирует организацию с 2013 года.16.06.2013Наследный Великий герцог Гийом и наследная Великая герцогиня Стефания посетили празднование 40-летия Kräizbierg Foundation, фонда поддержки инвалидов и людей с ограниченными возможностями.До 2011 года НВГ Гийом занимал должность Президента совета директоров фонда. Передав бразды правления и став Почетным директором, Гийом (а затем и Стефания) продолжил поддерживать организацию и принимать участие в их мероприятиях. Источники:http://www.luxarazzi.comhttp://www.rtl.lu/fotoen/28173/overview/http://www.monarchie.lu/fr/index.htmlhttps://vk.com/monarchie

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16 июня, 17:58

Misprint the legends: famous typos from James Joyce to JK Rowling

A proof of the first Harry Potter novel, which got the author’s name wrong, is only the latest example of an ungainly tradition stretching back centuriesProofreaders may be worth their weight in gold to authors, but their oversights have proved lucrative for some lucky readers of JK Rowling. On Thursday, an uncorrected proof of her debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with the writer’s name was misspelled as “JA Rowling”, became the latest muddled copy to fetch four figures at auction.It sold for just under £10,000, which means it is not the most valuable mistake in the boy wizard’s canon. That honour goes to a rare first edition with the word “philosopher” misspelled on the back cover, which was snapped up in 2016 by a London-based businessman for £43,750. Continue reading...

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14 июня, 17:44

Igor Levit review – bold Beethoven piano cycle comes to an outstanding end

Wigmore Hall, LondonLevit brought drama but never at the expense of thoughtfulness to Beethoven’s final three sonatasIgor Levit’s performances of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas at the Wigmore Hall have stretched from early last autumn to the start of the summer. Individually and cumulatively, they have provided one of the most compelling experiences of the current London concert season. This final recital, consisting of the last three sonatas, epitomised the several that I was able to attend – boldly conceived, sometimes questionable and even uncomfortable, but full of thought and technically outstanding.Levit is not a Beethovenian purist. He does not play with head metaphorically bowed in reverence to the canon. His Beethoven loves to surprise, and this is surely a necessary instinct. He is at one with Beethoven’s boundary-testing radicalism, a feature that was especially evident in the sometimes reckless but gloriously exciting treatment of some of the early sonatas. In the last three, of course, the stylistic boundaries are tested to even further extremes, but Levit mostly kept his repertoire of shock tactics in check. Continue reading...

13 июня, 22:14

Офис в стиле Canon. Обзор устройств и решений для бизнеса

Добрый день, Geektimes! Благодарим вас за тёплый приём и комментарии к нашей первой публикации. Как мы и обещали в самом начале, в этом и последующих постах будем знакомить вас с продуктами и решениями компании Canon для бизнеса. И хотим мы начать с общего обзора. А чтобы вы не запутались в наших устройствах и не заскучали от большого количества информации, мы решили провести виртуальную экскурсию (нет-нет, VR-очки не потребуются) по офису с современными продуктами Canon. Итак, представьте, что вы руководитель IT-издания… Читать дальше →

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13 июня, 05:26

EVEN NEW YORK TIMES READER/COMMENTERS REJECT THE CANONIZATION OF BRADLEY/CHELSEA MANNING. “Chelsea …

EVEN NEW YORK TIMES READER/COMMENTERS REJECT THE CANONIZATION OF BRADLEY/CHELSEA MANNING. “Chelsea Manning was a traitor to the United States. It’s not just that she leaked classified documents by the hundreds of thousands. It was that she was totally indiscriminate in doing so, taking no care to redact names to protect people’s lives, and including […]

13 июня, 02:17

Trump Era Ignorance Triumphs Over Shakespeare

What’s to be said about the Public Theater’s production of “Julius Caesar,” which, having dressed the titular dictator in President Donald Trump’s weeds, has fulfilled its most obvious destiny by earning the relentless enmity of Trump’s fan base? Here’s my offer: What a time to be alive but also mostly dead inside! What a thrill it is to have another dose of that fulminate-of-mercury outrage delivered to our screens. And what a terrific way to highlight two key features of our age ― the extreme uselessness of ever knowing anything and our tendency to expend too much of our spirit in a waste of shame. Like all the great conservative mavens of “cultural literacy” recommended that we Gen-Xers do in college, I’ve spent many thousands of hours with William Shakespeare and the canon of Western Literature. And that’s fine. The canon is mostly pretty good, except for Tess of the D’Urbervilles. In particular, I’ve spent more time with “Julius Caesar” than any reasonable person should be required to. But this weekend’s burst of psychopathic indignation over one production of the play was a good reminder of what a futile pursuit that was. America, circa now, is more apt to valorize people who don’t know a single thing about what they’re talking about than it is to reward those who do. Being armed too strong in honesty, I ended up on the losing end of this weekend’s joust over “Julius Caesar.” So, thanks for nothing, E.D. Hirsch! I’ve really wasted my time. But since it’s my time to waste, let’s make the most of it. OK. The thing about Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” is that it’s not actually about Caesar. The main character is a politician named Brutus who, greatly concerned about Caesar’s violations of democratic norms and thoroughly convinced that he alone understands what ails Rome, is seduced into a plot to murder the Roman dictator by conspirators who know that Brutus’ yen for high-mindedness will give them cover for their base ambitions. The play is a “tragedy” because Brutus, a decent man, doesn’t figure out that he’s a fool who has made Rome worse until it’s far too late. This story is pretty squarely in Shakespeare’s wheelhouse. When he wasn’t writing what many people dismiss as “Tudor propaganda,” he was pretty concerned about how easily an established order could be tipped into chaos. Shakespeare wasn’t too keen on people stepping out of their place. The “Great Chain of Being” didn’t offer much encouragement to populist revolutions. Of course, it would be interesting to know what the Bard might have made of Trump, but I suspect that if the real estate mogul demonstrated a willingness to keep his actors gainfully employed, Shakespeare would have ruffled very few feathers. Nevertheless, over the weekend, when the Public Theater’s “Julius Caesar” became the latest piece of cultural bric-a-brac to get laundered through the media outrage machine, I found it hilarious and appalling because the outrage only succeeds if you’re aggressively ignorant about the play. A day later, what I’m finding funny is the thought that somewhere in New York right now, there are some liberals, equally ignorant about the play, who will rush to see the Public Theater’s production, salivating at the notion that this version really sticks it to Donald Trump. They are in for a real surprise, because if anything, “Julius Caesar” aims its daggers at the notion of a high-on-their-own-supply Resistance, flush with the belief that the best solution to all their political problems is the quickest one. The second scene in Act 3 is going to be especially unsettling for them. That’s the famous scene of competing orations where Brutus first recites a “Stronger Together” speech that could have been penned by Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook. Supremely confident that his elite standing is sufficient to the task of educating the crowd in the correct course of action, Brutus then leaves them alone with Mark Antony ― and immediately loses them to Antony’s devil-tongued “Make Rome Great Again” incitement to mob violence. For his part, Caesar exits the play as a man more sinned against than sinning. Rome, meanwhile, descends into violence. The very next thing the mob does, in fact, is murder a poet named Cinna who had nothing at all to do with the assassination of Caesar. Cinna tells the mob that they’ve mistaken him for another man, a conspirator who shares his name, but the crowd decides to murder him anyway, shouting, “Tear him for his bad verses!” and “It’s no matter, his name’s Cinna!” I feel you, Cinna, wherever you are. What, indeed, is the point of being right about anything? But Cinna’s murder is pretty fitting to think about in this moment. With all of their future at stake and society in the balance, the whipped-up crowd demonstrates that the only thing that they’re actually good at is tearing to pieces someone completely inconsequential ― someone who just accidentally wandered into their lives, who they would otherwise never have noticed. That’s what we’re good at now. That’s what has been done to this production of “Julius Caesar.”  It’s a good thing that such easy targets exist because otherwise we would have to confront bigger problems. For instance, the president is an utterly venal, shameless liar. But he exists because of decades of choices that we all made, together. We really should be doing the hard work of sorting out our own house in a sensible fashion and taking stock of our failings, but you know what’s easier? Utterly destroying the woman who played “Vicki” on the all-but-forgotten show “Suddenly Susan,” for a really epically hack piece of “art.” Bank of America, which hopefully has figured out how not to accidentally repossess people’s homes, will probably not breathe a discouraging word should some 20 million people lose their health insurance in the next few weeks. But the bank made sure to register its extreme displeasure with the Public Theater, withdrawing the funding from the theater company that I am almost positive it had forgotten proffering in the first place. You want to be mad that this production presented Caesar in Trumpian fashion? Be my guest. But I have to be honest with you: If you’re going to be angry about it, be angry at the fact that it’s kind of a cheap move on the director’s part.  Presidents portrayed as Julius Caesar in U.S. productions: Lincoln, Reagan, Clinton, GWB, Obama, Trump. (Caesar died in all of them.)— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 12, 2017 Replacing Caesar with a recognizable world leader is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Did you know that the Acting Company partnered with the Guthrie Theatre on a 2012 production of “Julius Caesar” that put an analogue of President Barack Obama in the title role? It’s true. Somehow, liberals forgot they were supposed to be outraged at the sight of the murder, and I’m left to speculate that Psalm 109:8-chanting conservatives loved it and were literally brought to the point of violent sexual ecstasy when Brutus murdered Barry O. in cold blood on the stage. Dolling Caesar up like Trump is basically a quick-and-dirty, shorthand way to drag an audience into the world of this particular play ― a society on the edge that teeters and breaks thanks to the actions of a few powerful men. And when I say “quick-and-dirty,” I mean that it’s like dropping a damned anvil on the stage. It’s not subtle! Here’s the rub, though ― maybe it can’t afford to be subtle. This play is being produced for an audience of affluent theater-going New Yorkers, and they live a life that is, psychologically speaking, about as far away from epochal societal instability as you can get. So you hand them a Trump-Caesar, and it stimulates their liberal, professional-class mores. “This is not normal,” they think as the play begins. “I was born as free as Caesar,” Cassius whispers to Brutus, adding, “So were you.” It’s time for some Roman-style game theory! And total wish fulfillment comes before intermission in the form of Caesar’s murder. If the production is good enough (and I’ve no idea if the Public Theater’s is), it forces this audience to confront the way everything works out for those anti-Caesar revolutionaries and gives them a moment of unexpected frisson when they realize they’re supposed to see themselves in Brutus’ tragic aspect. So it’s possible that the way this play is being produced is actually beneficial for its intended audience. Perhaps this production is capable of shaking its particular audience out of their dull and easy way of thinking about the world, putting them in touch with more meaningful ideas. Now that I think about it, I might actually do “Julius Caesar” this way if I had to produce the play. But I’d be utterly mystified if anyone, hearing about my production, was compelled to attempt to set the Guinness record for Being Mad On The Internet about it. The only thing I can say about such people is that they must lead a pretty blissful existence if this is what gets them worked up. Besides, you should know that if I really wanted to savage Donald Trump ― if I just wanted to turn him into a punching bag for my own cheap thrills ― I wouldn’t put him in Caesar’s shoes. No, I’d feature him in the title role of “Macbeth” (Ivanka could be Lady Macbeth!) and I’d hire the most pornographically violent fight director that money could buy. And what would that prove? I have no idea! But I guess that’s the point: LOL, nothing matters. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story featured a photo of Caesar Augustus rather than Julius Caesar. ~~~~~ Jason Linkins edits “Eat The Press” for HuffPost 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.

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Star Wars Battlefront II: will the sequel have the force the original lacked?

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