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23 февраля, 04:54

10 Reasons Why Television Needs ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

With science-fiction exploding into the mainstream, the timing couldn't be better for a new 'Star Trek' TV series. Here's why.

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23 февраля, 00:51

So, Chris Christie Might End Up Replacing Mike Francesa

Chris Christie, once thought to be a potential Republican candidate for U.S. president, is now in the running for a job of a very different variety: Mike Francesa’s. NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday that WFAN 660-AM’s program director, Mark Chernoff, would be interested in hiring the New Jersey governor as the replacement for legendary afternoon radio host Mike Francesa, should Francesa actually decide to retire at the end of 2017.  “I would certainly at least want to consider him,” Chernoff told the outlet. “If he’s interested and we’re interested, it’s worth pursuing.”  WFAN confirms that outgoing N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is among the candidates to replace the retiring Mike Francesa. https://t.co/onA7z7RYjF— Steven Shepard (@POLITICO_Steve) February 22, 2017 WFAN, which predominately covers sports in the tri-state, famously became the first radio station to dedicate itself entirely to sports 24 hours a day in 1987.  Christie would be just one among “plenty of [other] candidates,” cautioned Chernoff, who is also vice president of WFAN’s parent company, CBS Radio New York. Christie is set to end his time as governor of New Jersey less than a month after Francesa is expected to retire. Speculation about Christie’s interest in Francesa’s gig has only grown increasingly louder since he called in to the host’s show in January to discuss his next opportunities, saying he’d “have wide-open ears.” never forget pic.twitter.com/6o0xj0yYQT— Peter Finocchiaro (@PLFino) February 22, 2017 Last week, Christie told the SNY cable network that his son told him it would be “great” if someone paid him to talk about sports, since the son had been listening to his father talk about them for his “entire life.”  “So, yeah, that’s certainly one of the things that I hope I’ll have a chance to consider when I get out and stop being governor,” he added.  Even if Christie is interested in the job, people on the internet expressed shock that the governor, who this time last year was just weeks removed from running for president of the United States, would take on such a gig. Some noted the irony of him potentially moving into the entertainment business as President Donald Trump gets used to life in government. But with the whole scandal surrounding the bridge lane closings in his home state, I mean, what did you really expect?  By the way, Chris Christie is a Dallas Cowboys fan.  CHRISTIE: "Now we go to Mike from Montclair."MIKE: "Bruce sucks." ::CLICK::CHRISTIE: "These [bleeping] idiots think they're so funny." https://t.co/PySZbA52Gt— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 22, 2017 Why not just go all the way and make him host The Celebrity Apprentice? https://t.co/zKLT9gGP9c— Nick Baumann (@NickBaumann) February 22, 2017 ITS LIT. https://t.co/l3Hkbp7Zyx— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 22, 2017 2015- Presidential candidateEarly 2016- VP candidateLate 2016- Attorney General candidate2017- WFAN candidate2018- ESPN radio candidate https://t.co/ntfPUO5C9B— Chris Gaine (@chris_gaine) February 22, 2017 He'll close the bridgeAny way that he canIt's Chris ChristieOn the FAN!Sports Radio 66And 101.9 FMWFAAAAAAAN!— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) February 22, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 февраля, 00:39

You Shouldn't Trust Uber's Investigation Into Its Own Sexist Practices

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); There’s really only one reason to believe that Uber will conduct a thorough and fair investigation into sexual discrimination inside the company. That reason is Eric Holder. This week, the ride-hailing company hired the respected former attorney general, now a partner at Washington law firm Covington & Burling, to investigate claims of sexual harassment levied by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer. According to a blog post Fowler published Sunday, her complaints about mistreatment ― she was sexually propositioned by a colleague on Day 1 of her job ― were mishandled or ignored by Uber at every turn. At one point, her manager even threatened to fire her for raising concerns, she said.  There was no way, based on how much attention Fowler’s post got ― and how inept Uber comes across ― that the company could’ve handled this without outside help. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has made crass comments about women and has ignored safety concerns of female customers. What’s more, Uber has made a name for itself by fighting off the idea that it needs to support most of its workers, claiming in court that its drivers are private contractors, not real employees requiring benefits or support. Enter Holder. The 66-year-old has become sort of an Olivia Pope-style fixer for Silicon Valley startups with diversity problems. This is the second time in less than a year that a high-profile tech company has hired him to conduct an internal investigation. “It is up to Uber and Holder and his team about how serious they want to take this investigation,” Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at the employment-law firm Outten and Golden, who works on discrimination cases for plaintiffs, told HuffPost. “These are very serious allegations; it really seems like Uber’s management doesn’t have a basic understanding of how employment discrimination laws work.” AirBNB hired Holder and another prominent civil rights lawyer in June to investigate racial discrimination in the way the travel site operates ― behavior that was detailed in a research paper by Harvard economists and then confirmed by AirBNB customers. The company made the results of the investigation public in September, and has begun implementing real changes ― including an instant booking system that elides the race of the customer entirely. AirBNB says this will help fix its issues, though critics are dubious. The question with Uber is whether it will it follow AirBNB’s lead. An Uber spokesperson said it’s too early in the investigation to say. “We’re taking it day by day,” the spokesperson said. It’s easy to see Uber’s hiring of Holder as a pure publicity stunt. Bringing in a well-respected lawyer with a track record of fighting for civil rights is a way for Uber to quickly signal its intention to do something about what appears to be not only rampant sexual discrimination, but also broken human resources and legal departments that utterly failed. Companies and high-profile organizations often bring in high-profile former public officials to conduct investigations in the wake of a publicity fail. Penn State hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate child sex-abuse charges against its Jerry Sandusky, a high-profile football coach who’s now behind bars. The school made the report public. Fox News brought in a top New York law firm to investigate sexual harassment charges against CEO Roger Ailes last year, leading to his ouster. The report was kept private. General Motors hired a former U.S. attorney to look at its handling of a defective ignition switch and made that report public. CBS in 2004 hired a former attorney general and the retired head of The Associated Press to investigate a flawed “60 Minutes” report on then-President George W. Bush’s military service. The practice of hiring a high-profile troubleshooter, already by then a reliable corporate way to move past trouble, has since become a crisis-management standard. There are no rules or laws surrounding these kinds of investigations, so it’s really up to the company and its hired investigators to decide how thorough to be, what kinds of actions to take, and whether to make the findings public. An investigation won’t necessarily fix anything. The law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal was criticized for what was viewed by many as slipshod work ― deleting its notes on the investigation and keeping only memos written from those notes. The firm’s bills eventually were made public, leading to charges that Christie was trying to whitewash his involvement in the scandal at taxpayer expense. A botched internal investigation can also backfire for a company. IBM’s internal probe of an employee’s age-discrimination complaint was so one-sided that a judge who awarded the plaintiff millions rebuked the computer giant for trying to exonerate itself with its investigation rather than determine if the employee had been treated fairly. Lawyers who represent aggrieved workers in discrimination cases and those who work for companies fending off these claims said they had no doubt that Holder, who was President Barack Obama’s attorney general from 2009 to 2015 ― the first African American to hold the position ― would conduct a thorough investigation of Uber. That means not only investigating Fowler’s claims, but looking more broadly to see whether Uber has systemic issues related to the treatment of women. Holder was also hired by the state of California last month to represent the state government in any legal fights with the Trump administration. But Holder’s investigation of Uber is hardly independent. Uber is paying Covington & Burling partner to conduct the inquiry. One lawyer who works on these kinds of investigations told The Huffington Post that billings for Covington’s work could be in the millions of dollars. An Uber spokesperson told HuffPost that Holder will work hand in hand with Uber board member Arianna Huffington, as well as with someone from Uber’s legal team. (Huffington is no longer affiliated with HuffPost.) But in the end, this is a private inquiry and what Uber decides to do about Holder’s findings is entirely up to Uber. Uber has a gaping problem with women, as Fowler’s account makes clear. According to her blog post, Fowler was told that the man who propositioned her was a first-time offender, so he wouldn’t face consequences. When it turned out he had harassed other women at Uber, the company still took no action. Fowler was told to stop complaining, and her manager threatened to fire her for speaking up. That kind of retaliation is illegal. But what’s most shocking isn’t the sexism and harassment, but the company’s utter failure to deal with Fowler’s claims. The human resources department at Uber is understaffed and only really equipped to deal with recruiting, according to a report in Recode. It’s clear that the only reason that Uber is taking action now is because it got caught. “The issues that gave rise to these so-called investigations are issues that their legal department should’ve foreseen long before anyone sued or complained publicly,” Romer-Friedman said. “The way to justice shouldn’t be you have to make a blog post.” -- 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.

23 февраля, 00:39

You Shouldn't Trust Uber's Investigation Into Its Own Sexist Practices

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); There’s really only one reason to believe that Uber will conduct a thorough and fair investigation into sexual discrimination inside the company. That reason is Eric Holder. This week, the ride-hailing company hired the respected former attorney general, now a partner at Washington law firm Covington & Burling, to investigate claims of sexual harassment levied by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer. According to a blog post Fowler published Sunday, her complaints about mistreatment ― she was sexually propositioned by a colleague on Day 1 of her job ― were mishandled or ignored by Uber at every turn. At one point, her manager even threatened to fire her for raising concerns, she said.  There was no way, based on how much attention Fowler’s post got ― and how inept Uber comes across ― that the company could’ve handled this without outside help. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has made crass comments about women and has ignored safety concerns of female customers. What’s more, Uber has made a name for itself by fighting off the idea that it needs to support most of its workers, claiming in court that its drivers are private contractors, not real employees requiring benefits or support. Enter Holder. The 66-year-old has become sort of an Olivia Pope-style fixer for Silicon Valley startups with diversity problems. This is the second time in less than a year that a high-profile tech company has hired him to conduct an internal investigation. “It is up to Uber and Holder and his team about how serious they want to take this investigation,” Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at the employment-law firm Outten and Golden, who works on discrimination cases for plaintiffs, told HuffPost. “These are very serious allegations; it really seems like Uber’s management doesn’t have a basic understanding of how employment discrimination laws work.” AirBNB hired Holder and another prominent civil rights lawyer in June to investigate racial discrimination in the way the travel site operates ― behavior that was detailed in a research paper by Harvard economists and then confirmed by AirBNB customers. The company made the results of the investigation public in September, and has begun implementing real changes ― including an instant booking system that elides the race of the customer entirely. AirBNB says this will help fix its issues, though critics are dubious. The question with Uber is whether it will it follow AirBNB’s lead. An Uber spokesperson said it’s too early in the investigation to say. “We’re taking it day by day,” the spokesperson said. It’s easy to see Uber’s hiring of Holder as a pure publicity stunt. Bringing in a well-respected lawyer with a track record of fighting for civil rights is a way for Uber to quickly signal its intention to do something about what appears to be not only rampant sexual discrimination, but also broken human resources and legal departments that utterly failed. Companies and high-profile organizations often bring in high-profile former public officials to conduct investigations in the wake of a publicity fail. Penn State hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate child sex-abuse charges against its Jerry Sandusky, a high-profile football coach who’s now behind bars. The school made the report public. Fox News brought in a top New York law firm to investigate sexual harassment charges against CEO Roger Ailes last year, leading to his ouster. The report was kept private. General Motors hired a former U.S. attorney to look at its handling of a defective ignition switch and made that report public. CBS in 2004 hired a former attorney general and the retired head of The Associated Press to investigate a flawed “60 Minutes” report on then-President George W. Bush’s military service. The practice of hiring a high-profile troubleshooter, already by then a reliable corporate way to move past trouble, has since become a crisis-management standard. There are no rules or laws surrounding these kinds of investigations, so it’s really up to the company and its hired investigators to decide how thorough to be, what kinds of actions to take, and whether to make the findings public. An investigation won’t necessarily fix anything. The law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal was criticized for what was viewed by many as slipshod work ― deleting its notes on the investigation and keeping only memos written from those notes. The firm’s bills eventually were made public, leading to charges that Christie was trying to whitewash his involvement in the scandal at taxpayer expense. A botched internal investigation can also backfire for a company. IBM’s internal probe of an employee’s age-discrimination complaint was so one-sided that a judge who awarded the plaintiff millions rebuked the computer giant for trying to exonerate itself with its investigation rather than determine if the employee had been treated fairly. Lawyers who represent aggrieved workers in discrimination cases and those who work for companies fending off these claims said they had no doubt that Holder, who was President Barack Obama’s attorney general from 2009 to 2015 ― the first African American to hold the position ― would conduct a thorough investigation of Uber. That means not only investigating Fowler’s claims, but looking more broadly to see whether Uber has systemic issues related to the treatment of women. Holder was also hired by the state of California last month to represent the state government in any legal fights with the Trump administration. But Holder’s investigation of Uber is hardly independent. Uber is paying Covington & Burling partner to conduct the inquiry. One lawyer who works on these kinds of investigations told The Huffington Post that billings for Covington’s work could be in the millions of dollars. An Uber spokesperson told HuffPost that Holder will work hand in hand with Uber board member Arianna Huffington, as well as with someone from Uber’s legal team. (Huffington is no longer affiliated with HuffPost.) But in the end, this is a private inquiry and what Uber decides to do about Holder’s findings is entirely up to Uber. Uber has a gaping problem with women, as Fowler’s account makes clear. According to her blog post, Fowler was told that the man who propositioned her was a first-time offender, so he wouldn’t face consequences. When it turned out he had harassed other women at Uber, the company still took no action. Fowler was told to stop complaining, and her manager threatened to fire her for speaking up. That kind of retaliation is illegal. But what’s most shocking isn’t the sexism and harassment, but the company’s utter failure to deal with Fowler’s claims. The human resources department at Uber is understaffed and only really equipped to deal with recruiting, according to a report in Recode. It’s clear that the only reason that Uber is taking action now is because it got caught. “The issues that gave rise to these so-called investigations are issues that their legal department should’ve foreseen long before anyone sued or complained publicly,” Romer-Friedman said. “The way to justice shouldn’t be you have to make a blog post.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 февраля, 22:48

The Most Politically Influential Film Of The Oscars Will End Up Being 'Zootopia'

Beware, some animal-friendly spoilers live below.  Last March, Donald J. Trump, then just one of many candidates vying to become the Republican presidential nominee, sat down with CBS’ “Face the Nation” to advocate for the use of torture. Discussing his plan to defeat the self-described Islamic State, Trump said, “We are playing by rules, but they have no rules. It’s very hard to win when that’s the case.”  To that, host John Dickerson responded, “Isn’t that what separates us from the savages?” “No, we have to beat the savages,” Trump replied. Two days earlier, Disney released its own animated movie about “savages.” The film, “Zootopia,” followed a bunny named Judy Hopps while she tried to establish a career as a police officer in an animal-run metropolis, where predators and prey co-exist peacefully, if awkwardly at times.  At its core, however, “Zootopia” was something else: a political condemnation of the very forces that Trump was exploiting at that moment to take over the Republican party.  In the film, prey, which constitute the vast majority of the city’s population, come to fear the dangers of predators, who are, for unknown reasons, “going savage” or returning to their prior tendency to attack those around them. Fear sends the city into a panic, causing distrust between animals who have long lived together. Some protest against the rapidly growing fear of predators ― “It is irresponsible to label all predators as savages. We cannot let fear divide us,” says the Shakira-inspired pop star Gazelle ― but even Judy’s own prejudices eventually become clear to her friend Nick Wilde, a fox who experienced anti-predator discrimination throughout his life.  Ultimately, the reason so many predators are going savage becomes apparent: Dawn Bellwether, an innocent-looking sheep-turned-city mayor, has been injecting a serum made out of the flowers “Night howlers” into predators to transform them into dangerous creatures. Near the end of the movie, when Dawn discovers Judy knows of her plot, she tries to convince her that Judy, too, could benefit.  “Think of it,” she says. “Ninety percent of the population, united against a common enemy. We’ll be unstoppable.” Dawn explains how she has exploited fear to her political advantage. When Judy stands with Nick despite Dawn’s plea, a police officer pushes the two of them into a hole. Standing above them, Dawn shoots Nick with the dangerous serum, hoping he goes savage and kills Judy. “Gosh, think of the headline: ‘Hero cop killed by savage fox!’” Dawn says. “So that’s it. Prey fears predator and you stay in power?” Judy asks. “Yeah. Pretty much,” Dawn replies. “It won’t work!,” Judy insists. “Fear always works,” Dawn says.  The decision to make a movie about how people’s prejudices, when mixed with fear, can be exploited for political gain was made well before President Trump’s xenophobic rise to power, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have said. But whether it was luck or not, the film’s release last year could not have been timed better.  “Zootopia” ended the year as the most positively reviewed movie released in 2016, according to an adjusted score calculated by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. At the box office, it became the year’s seventh-highest grossing domestic film, pulling in $341 million. Worldwide, it earned more than $1 billion, making it one of the most-watched animated films of all time. And on Sunday, at the 89th annual Academy Awards, it will be the front-runner for Best Animated Feature.  At a time when American adults’ movie-viewing habits are becoming increasingly segmented, those of their children have not. Expensive animated kids films like “Zootopia,” so carefully crafted and optimized by their creators, are released less frequently, but have shown a more consistent ability to capture their audiences. In the last two years alone, six animated children’s films ― “Zootopia,” “Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Sing,” “Inside Out” and “Minions” ― have been among the top 10 domestic box-office performers.  These films can be discounted at the Oscars ― siloed into their own categories ― but their influence should not be. Children, generally speaking, watch the same movies as one another much more than their parents do, and the power of these films to shape children’s world views is vast. Those two factors together make them arguably more influential than even the most affecting of adult films.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has said that children “learn by observing [media], imitating [it], and making behaviors their own.” Seeta Pai, vice president of research at Common Sense Media, which reviews children’s media, has said that while the ability to “articulate a [movie’s] moral theme” develops “fairly slowly,” children are generally able to do so by the age of nine or 10.  This gives movies like “Zootopia” a tremendous ability to help shape the views of a generation, a responsibility that isn’t lost on the film’s creators. “These movies, especially for young people, they are fairy tales that have the purpose of preparing young people for the world ahead of them,” director Rich Moore recently told Business Insider.  Moore knows how closely the film mirrors the country’s current political reality ― “The real move towards governing by fear ... is what our entire third act is about,” he said in an interview with Variety ― but he’s also not so naive to believe “Zootopia” could change the opinions of the voters who saw it.  Kids, however, might be another story. Moore and Byron talked excitedly to Variety about an experience they had earlier this year at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where thousands of fifth- and sixth-graders talked through the film’s lessons with one another while doing craft projects about it. Then, earlier this month, Barry Jenkins, director of the Best Picture nominee “Moonlight,” told them at the BAFTAs that children at his house were recently discussing the state of the world, “using ‘Zootopia’ as a prism.” The film was doing what Moore and Byron had hoped. Certainly, it would be faulty to argue that one movie alone could pull a child out of a world of discrimination. Such a shift takes a village, filled with parents, teachers and role models, ready to work with children from birth until adulthood.  But that also shouldn’t discount the fact that in 2016, as the future president of the United States was dividing the world between savages and everyone else for his own personal gain, a children’s film about an animal-run metropolis was doing what it could to make sure such an ascent never happens again. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 февраля, 21:59

Leader Of Azerbaijan Goes Full 'House Of Cards' And Appoints His Wife As Vice President

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); In a narrative that will sound strikingly familiar to fans of Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his own wife to serve as his vice president. Mehriban Aliyeva became the ex-Soviet nation’s first-ever vice president on Tuesday, and she now stands next in line for the presidency. The first lady-turned-VP was born into one the most powerful families in Azerbaijan, studied medicine and has held several leadership positions in various charities and organizations. She heads the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, a charitable foundation named after her husband’s father, the former leader of Azerbaijan. She was elected to the National Assembly of Azerbaijan in 2005, but reportedly attended parliamentary sessions very rarely and seemed uninformed about political issues, according to a diplomatic cable from the U.S. Embassy that WikiLeaks uncovered in 2010. The couple married in 1983 and now sit atop a regime that has fielded damning accusations of human rights abuses, muzzling dissent, repression and corruption. Aliyev assumed office in 2003, succeeding his father. The U.S. Embassy cable compared him to a mafia crime boss. Aliyeva’s sudden and controversial ascent to power was possible thanks to a constitutional referendum her husband triggered in September 2016 that expanded his power, extended his term from five to seven years and created the office of the vice president. Many people have noted that Aliyev’s stunning move bears similarity to a plotline in the fourth season of “House of Cards.” Frank Underwood, the show’s fictional U.S. president, is set to run for re-election next season with his wife Claire as his running mate. “Call for for advice on the whole wife-as-vice-president thing,” a Frank Underwood parody account tweeted at Aliyev on Tuesday. .@presidentaz Call me for advice on the whole wife-as-vice-president thing.— Frank Underwood (@Frank_Underwood) February 21, 2017 A married president-vice president duo is highly unusual, but it’s not unprecedented. Just last year, Nicaragua re-elected President Daniel Ortega while his wife, Rosario Murillo, became vice president. When Aliyev announced his wife’s appointment in the newly-created position of vice president, he gave no information outlining what her responsibilities would entail. However, the recently amended Azerbaijani Constitution declares that the vice president will assume authority if the president becomes unable to serve. The news was received with a standing ovation, the video footage below shows. Aliyev eşini CB yardımcısı yapıp,sonrada kabineyi toplayıp ayakta alkışlatalı birkaç saat oldu.pic.twitter.com/Kn9RZXTHzP— Kaç Saat Oldu? (@kacsaatolldu) February 21, 2017 But the move is upsetting to others in Azerbaijan and beyond. Some critics used the hashtag #AutocraticRelationshipGoals to convey their frustration. This is on you, @HouseofCards. #AutocraticRelationshipGoals https://t.co/wyQQJszI8o— Sean Celi (@seanceli) February 21, 2017 İmagine, Melania is the vice-president. Our president appointed his wife a vice-president.— Khadija Ismayilova (@Khadija_Ismayil) February 21, 2017 Today's best one! #Azerbaijan pic.twitter.com/puLA3R6sP2— Aram Shahinyan (@aramiggs) February 21, 2017 Azerbaijan's President just appointed his wife as Vice President. Talk about corruption and nepotism. #Azerbaijan— Scott Presler VA (@ScottPresler) February 22, 2017 This is hilarious! #Azerbaijan #Mehriban #POTUS pic.twitter.com/KPzdB7Y2Tn— Hovhanes Nikoghosyan (@hnikogh) February 22, 2017 Jesselyn Cook covers world news for The Huffington Post. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter. -- 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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22 февраля, 20:08

'Words fall short of deeds’: Dan Rather slams Trump's remarks on anti-Semitism

"We are watching. The world is watching. History is watching,” former CBS News anchor Dan Rather wrote.

22 февраля, 20:08

ВС США могут увеличить свой контингент в Сирии для освобождения Ракки от ИГ

В Пентагоне не стали исключать, что США направят в Сирию больше своих войск для оказания помощи местным вооруженным формированиям в освобождении города Ракка от террористов «Исламского государства».

22 февраля, 19:05

США задумались об отправке дополнительных сил в Сирию для освобождения Ракки

В операции по освобождению сирийского города Ракка от боевиков террористической группировки «Исламское государство» может принять участие большее число американских войск, заявил глава командования США на Ближнем Востоке генерал Джозеф Вотел. В интервью CBS News Вотел сказал, что местные силы не имеют хорошей мобильности и не имеют достаточной огневой мощи. США, по его словам, должны компенсировать эти пробелы, передает РИА «Новости». Вместе с тем генерал заметил, что обеспокоен ходом операции по освобождению Ракки, и дал понять, что не хочет сидеть и ждать, пока удастся подготовить достаточное количество местных бойцов для ее завершения. Напомним, ранее министр обороны Сергей Шойгу призвал Пентагон сотрудничать с Россией в проведении операций против террористов в Сирии. Пентагон отверг это предложение, позже объяснив свое решение.

22 февраля, 18:41

Гусев Владимир Павлович и тысячи его прогнозов

На Смартлабе Гусев В.П. забанен бессрочно. «Я уже писал про то что у меня в год выходят тысячи и тысячи прогнозов и большинство из них точные. Бывают и неудачные». Гусев В.П. smart-lab.ru/blog/offtop/180265.php В этом блоге есть ссылки на архивные файлы и его прогнозы, когда он работал аналитиком в банке ВТБ-24. Мне было бы очень интересно услышать мнение Владимира Павловича о том, какие из своих прогнозов он считает самыми неудачными и каков процент его точных прогнозов. И ещё интересен был бы его ответ на вопрос о том, ведётся ли точная статистика и разделение на точные и неточные прогнозы аналитика, если он работает в солидном банке или нужно пересмотреть самому все тысячи прогнозов какого-то аналитика в архивных файлах, проанализировать эти прогнозы на точность и сделать вывод про этого аналитика. Сегодня нашёл один из прогнозов Гусева В.П. в Финаме от 08.12.2014 г. про курс рубля к доллару, когда доллар стоил почти 54 рубля, но судить этот прогноз не возьмусь и приведу только его фрагмент: «И в текущей ситуации разговоры про курс рубля в 60, 100, 150 и даже 200 рублей за доллар из той же серии, что стоимость золота в 5000 или в 20000 долларов за унцию. В ближайшее время следует ожидать принятия новых мер, в результате которых формирование корнера завершится».Целиком тот прогноз здесь: www.finam.ru/analysis/marketnews/v-blizhaiyshee-vremya-v-rezultate-prinyatiya-novyx-mer-cb-formirovanie-kornera-po-rublyu-zavershitsya-20141208-11100/Как известно — уже в том же декабре 2014-го доллар стоил больше 79 рублей, и в том же декабре цена упала в район 49 рублей, а 30 января 2015-го доллар стоил уже больше 71 рубля, в апреле 15-го цена опять упала в район 48 рублей и уже до конца 2015-го цена росла с хорошими падениями. Более 85 рублей доллар стоил 21 января 2016-го. Сам я, если можно так выразиться — биржевой торчок. Это по определению одного персонажа из известного фильма: Иногда смотрю на ютубе нынешние обзоры Гусева В.П. про идиотов, дебилов, лохов, шавок подзаборных, скотов и многие другие: www.youtube.com/channel/UCtTpkt0QCuTSWCqdCl5AlXA В 2012-ом году Владимир Павлович, будучи аналитиком Банка ВТБ-24, сделал прогноз по одной акции. Мне, как говорится, довелось встрять в эту акцию ещё до его прогноза — в 2011-ом и вылезти из неё не могу до сих пор, но тот его прогноз никак не повлиял на мои решения по этой акции. Сегодня, благодаря Владимиру Павловичу, сделал для себе некоторое открытие. Стал снова просматривать его блог про свою любимую акцию, другие его блоги, блоги о нём и нашёл ссылку, которую он привёл в своём блоге: www.onlinebroker.ru/analytics/stock/techanalis/?PAGEN_2=24 Зашёл по этой ссылке на сайт и впервые увидел то, как делаются прогнозы аналитика в банке. Делаются они вот так: www.onlinebroker.ru/upload/iblock/010/21-11-2014.pdf Раньше я видел прогнозы аналитиков на различных сайтах. А здесь очень удивила некоторая конкретность — есть рекомендация (покупать), указана дата начала тренда и некоторые другие конкретные данные. Если правильно понял, то в прогнозе можно ориентироваться самому по указанным уровням сопротивления или поддержки, но конкретные ценовые цели не указаны.С наступающим Праздником!

22 февраля, 17:32

Trump Declares War on Lying American Press

President Trump called out the leading media institutions as "enemies of the people". He even made a list. The New York Times and TV channels CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC all were included. "The Media spreads fake news, they are not my enemy, but the enemy of the American people", – said Donald Trump.

22 февраля, 17:14

Американский генерал допустил увеличение военного присутствия США в Сирии

Глава Центрального командования (СЕНТКОМ) ВС США Джозеф Вотел, в сферу ответственности которого входит Ближний Восток, заявил о возможном увеличении присутствия американских войск в Сирии. Это связано с необходимостью поддержания прежней интенсивности операции по освобождению Ракки от террористической операции «Исламское государство».По мнению генерала, существующие при поддержке США сирийские формирования «не обладают должной мобильностью и не располагают необходимой огневой мощью». «Мы должны быть готовыми к тому, чтобы заполнить некоторые из имеющихся у них брешей. Это, возможно, потребует оказания дополнительной огневой поддержки и выделения других средств,— приводит телекомпания CBS News его слова. Однако, по словам господина Вотела, Пентагон не намерен отправлять в Сирию дополнительные боевые подразделения. При этом сам генерал добавил, что его беспокоит «сохранение…

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22 февраля, 16:22

CBS: США могут увеличить военное присутствие в Сирии

В то же время Пентагон не рассматривает планов отправки в Сирию боевых подразделений, которые возглавили бы штурм Ракки

22 февраля, 15:53

СМИ: США могут направить дополнительные войска в Сирию для борьбы с ИГ

Соединённые Штаты могут перебросить дополнительные войска в Сирию для борьбы с боевиками террористической группировки «Исламское государство»*. Об этом, как сообщает CBS News, заявил глава центрального командования ВС США на Ближнем Востоке генерал Джозеф Вотел. Читать далее

22 февраля, 12:48

МИД открыл на своем сайте рубрику о фейковых новостях

Официальный представитель МИД России Мария Захарова заявила, что внешнеполитическое ведомство открыло на своем сайте рубрику, посвященную фейковым новостям о России, первая подборка уже опубликована. По словам Захаровой, рубрика «будет демонстрировать примеры материалов публикаций, которые тиражируют недостоверную информацию о России», передает РИА «Новости». Для ознакомления в примерами «фейковых новостей» Захарова предложила «пройти в раздел сайта МИД под названием «Пресс-служба», затем в «Публикации и опровержения», а в подразделе «Опровержения», нажав на рубрику «Примеры публикаций, тиражирующих недостоверную информацию о России». Как констатировала с сожалением официальный представитель МИДа, «эта рубрика будет регулярно пополняться». Напомним также, на прошлой неделе президент США Дональд Трамп обвинил американские СМИ в создании «фейковых новостей», заявив, что такие сообщения усложняют возможность наладить отношения с Россией. Он заявил, что «публикующие фейковые новости СМИ (The New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN) – враги всего американского народа.

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22 февраля, 10:46

Взаимосвязь между сном и умственными способностями гораздо глубже, чем считалось ранее

Исследование, проведенное с использованием компьютерной платформы CBS Trials, позволило совершить новое открытие в области биологической основы интеллекта. Сонные веретена, или сигма-ритмы – короткие нейронные колебания, которые возникают во время сна, характеризующегося медленными движениями глазных яблок, ранее уже связывались с результатами выполнения тестов IQ. Однако, некоторые вопросы оставались без ответа. Сигма-ритмы также связаны с качеством сна, поскольку они защищают от внешних раздражителей. Заключается ли их связь IQ только в том, что после хорошего отдыха люди, как правило, показывают более высокие результаты в ходе когнитивных тестов? Общеизвестно, что интеллект представляет собой сложную структуру. Если сигма-ритмы сна напрямую связаны с интеллектом в целом, то с каким именно его аспектом?

22 февраля, 09:38

Американский пасьянс: легальные способы сместить Трампа

Противники Дональда Трампа изучают все возможные способы убрать 45-го президента США с политической арены до окончания срока. Американская пресса, играющая на стороне истеблишмента, переполнена статьями о том, «насколько нехорош» Трамп. На днях The New York Times опубликовала статью, автор которой Николас Кристоф сразу в заголовке ставит вопрос: «Как нам избавиться от Трампа?». Статья очень похожа на публичное предложение вице-президенту Майку Пенсу сдать […]

22 февраля, 09:08

Трамп заключит сделку с Россией

Белый дом объявил о желании сотрудничать с Россией в борьбе с терроризмом и в экономике. Американская сторона пойдет на сделку, если это будет соответствовать ее интересам, однако не все зависит от воли Трампа

22 февраля, 08:22

Major League Baseball Is Changing How Intentional Walks Are Given Out

Major League Baseball is about to make a major rule change, altering how intentional walks are handed out.  Instead of a pitcher throwing four pitches out of the strike zone, the walk will be awarded by a signal from the dugout, ESPN reported Tuesday night.  The network said the league and its union have agreed to the change, which will take effect this season. MLB has been trying to make its games shorter.  However, The Wall Street Journal said last week that the change would save an average of 14 seconds per game.   Fans are not happy about the change, with many pointing out that botched intentional walks have led to game-changing moments.  Back in my day, Miguel Cabrera hit an intentional walk pitch for a single. #MLB pic.twitter.com/Y4UjkK7jl3— Elder Cunningham (@PunkRockCarl) February 22, 2017 WHOOPS! Ronald Belisario wild pitch scores run during intentional walk http://t.co/O9uJQ6rHcr pic.twitter.com/rhpVoj1J1k— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) June 30, 2015 When an intentional walk becomes a 400 ft sac fly. Gary Sanchez proves he'll hit anything. #Yankees #MLB pic.twitter.com/yCuhR5gam2— The Ledge (@TheLedgeSports) September 11, 2016 Some baseball fans even suggested what the new signal should be: I'll show you an intentional walk dugout signal pic.twitter.com/VBOEDv1t6y— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) February 22, 2017 Under the new rules, managers will be able to call for an intentional walk simply by making a gesture. pic.twitter.com/2QUMjoHAY6— Royals Review (@royalsreview) February 22, 2017 The signal from the dugout for intentional walk..... pic.twitter.com/StgFW6dSEF— ⚾️T Y L E R⚾️ (@LoNeGoOsE75) February 22, 2017 Baseball has made a number of changes to the game in recent years, including rules on sliding into catchers and at second base as well as the landmark addition of instant replay in 2008.  The four-pitch walk rule dates to 1889, the same year the sacrifice bunt was statistically recognized, according to Baseball Almanac. Before that, walks had been awarded after eight balls (1880), six (1884) and five (1887). This makes the four-pitch walk older than large mitts for catchers (1891), the infield fly rule (1895) and the sacrifice fly (1908), but not as old as coaches (1887), chest protectors (1885), 15-inch canvas bases and the location of home plate (1877), Baseball Almanac says.  It’s not yet clear if the new rule on walks will take effect in time for the first spring training games later this week.  -- 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.

05 июля 2016, 13:00

Победил ли Глазьев Набиуллину?

Набиулина согласилась на целевую эмиссию для кредитования реального сектора (план Глазьева) Сразу скажу, что я совершенно согласен с планом Глазьева, НО 1. Я не верю, что Набиулина такая глупая и не понимала раньше, что Глазьев прав. так же как я не верю, что крестоносцы взяли Константинополь "случайно", а не в силу сознательного решения уничтожить Православную […]

28 сентября 2015, 04:38

Владимир Путин: Интервью американскому журналисту Чарли Роузу для телеканалов CBS и PBS

В преддверии своего участия в юбилейной 70-ой сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН в Нью-Йорке Владимир Путин дал интервью американскому журналисту Чарли Роузу. Поскольку наше интервью выйдет перед моим выступлением, то мне кажется, было бы нецелесообразно подробно излагать всё, что я собираюсь сказать, но в общих чертах, конечно, я вспомню об истории Организации Объединённых Наций. Уже сейчас могу сказать о том, что решение о создании ООН было принято как раз в нашей стране, в Советском Союзе на Ялтинской конференции. Советский Союз, Россия, как правопреемница Советского Союза, является страной – учредительницей Организации Объединённых Наций и постоянным членом Совета Безопасности. Конечно, нужно будет сказать о дне сегодняшнем, о том, как сегодня складывается международная жизнь, о том, что ООН остаётся единственной универсальной международной организацией, которая призвана поддерживать мир во всём мире. И в этом смысле у неё нет никакой альтернативы сегодня. Ясно также, что ООН должна приспосабливаться к изменяющемуся миру, и мы все постоянно дискутируем на этот счёт: как она должна меняться, какими темпами, что качественно должно измениться. Разумеется, придётся сказать, и даже не то что придётся, – нужно будет воспользоваться этой международной трибуной для того, чтобы дать российское видение сегодняшних международных отношений и будущего этой организации и мирового сообщест