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25 октября, 00:37

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Miss Warren If You're Nasty

The Massachusetts senator blasted Donald Trump’s “nasty woman” remark at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire.

24 октября, 05:53

This Blogpost is NOT about Donald Trump: Seeking Beauty, Truth, Lightness

[Blogteam: HOLD while I take a break, then return to complete inserting hyperlinks. CS] By universal acknowledgement, this presidential campaign between Hillary Clinton and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named has been the worst in living memory---the lowest, the vilest, the most vitriolic. The current low point---though this campaign can always go lower---revolves around HWSNBN's alleged instances of sexual assault. It all leaves conscientious Americans feeling depressed, sullied, hurting. This campaign also, because of HWSNBN's frightening lack of understanding of democracy and rule of law, coupled with his penchant for autocrats and their violent methods, makes conscientious Americans shudder with fear: Is the damage done to our democracy permanent or is it reparable? And, oh, the damage we've done to ourselves in the eyes of the world: Can we ever regain our pride and good name? It all combines to make one yearn for what the Roman poet Virgil called "the upper air," where truth and beauty reign, where instead of this heaviness on the soul there is a lightness, what Italians call legerezza. It matters not that this realm, the upper air of the ideal, does not or cannot exist in reality. To use Michelle Obama's potent catchphrase in another way: When you are low, low, low, you dream of high. So, here are the high places my mind goes to, not only for a deep cleansing, but for release, for solace, for hope and fuel. You no doubt have your own examples; please share. Where I could manage it, my examples of beauty, truth, and lightness come with metaphor, multiplying and deepening the meaning. Starting with the operatic aria---meta-metaphor alert---"Peace, peace, my God"! So, if as poet John Keats said, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty," here are my offerings of those things to ease the mind overwhelmed by HWSNBN (lightness will come later): SONG: To start, "Pace, pace, mio Dio" from Verdi's La Forza del Destino. The sublime "Flower Duet" from Delibes' Lakme. To remind us of the beauty humans can create in groups, Handel's Messiah. And for their calming effect, Gregorian chants (more here). MUSIC: Bach, the Master, always elevates; here's a cello suite and his "Toccata and Fugue" (more here and here). Vivaldi's Four Seasons transports us back to Nature. Here's an abundance of Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven; singled out are Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and, for the majestic, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. For those mourning the damage done to America, Chopin's nocturnes and the requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Verdi. My favorite chamber music is Ravel's Piano Trio. The French make a point of beautiful music, so here's Debussy, Poulenc, more Ravel. For ineffable beauty, Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and Elgar's Enigma Variations; for esprit, Walton's "Crown Imperial." Metaphor alert: For a New Day, Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony and Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." And enjoy again the American songbook, a world treasure---Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Berlin--- sung by Ella Fitzgerald. DANCE: See Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing to "Cheek to Cheek," "Waltz in Swing Time," the fun "Pick Yourself Up." See Fred and Cyd Charisse with the lovely "Dancing in the Dark." See Fred and Rita Hayworth in an amazing number in You Were Never Lovelier. Of course the mind seeking joy goes to Gene Kelly's iconic number in Singin' in the Rain, also his "I Got Rhythm" in An American in Paris. Here's the iconic ballet in The Red Shoes, with Moira Shearer. And the amazing Nicholas Brothers. Apt now is Alvin Ailey's Revelations, created as "blood memories" of African-American life. Metaphor alert: Prodigal Son, with Mikhail Baryshnikov. LITERATURE: The poet Virgil, cited above, quoted in full (one of my life-credos): "Easy is the descent to the lower world; but to retrace your steps and to escape to the upper air---this is the task, this is the toil." Another life-credo is from Orwell: "The fact to which we have got to cling, as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal decent person and yet to be fully alive" (emphasis Orwell's). Camus has inspiring words for this fraught time, from his novel The Plague: "....to state quite simply what we learn in a time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise." In American letters, I think of Emerson's question in his essay "Politics": "Are our methods now so excellent that all competition is hopeless? Could not a nation.... devise better ways?" I think of Thoreau's advice: "Simplify, simplify." I think of Edith Wharton's description of America's Gilded Age, in House of Mirth: "A frivolous society can acquire dramatic significance only through what its frivolity destroys. Its tragic implication lies in its power of debasing people and ideals." See her novel The Custom of the Country, the "custom" being the getting and spending of money. Melville, in the opening of Moby-Dick, just happens to nail both the need for escape and the month for it: "Call me Ishmael. Some years ago---never mind how long precisely---having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off---then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can." See Melville's novel The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (full audio here). In Henry Adams' novel Democracy, a historian says: "Democracy asserts the fact that the masses are now raised to higher intelligence than formerly. All our civilization aims at this mark. We want to do what we can to help it.... I grant it is an experiment, but it is the only direction society can take that is worth its taking.... I am glad to see society grapple with issues in which no one can afford to be neutral." In drama, I think of the lines from Beckett's Waiting for Godot, near the end: "I can't go on like this." "That's what you think." Not often recalled are these lines from Godot: "We've lost our rights?" "We got rid of them" (full play here). On the loss of America's reputation, I think of the dishonored John Proctor's lament before he's hanged, in Arthur Miller's The Crucible: "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life!.... How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!" For America at its very essence, revisit Our Town, Thorton Wilder's masterpiece (full movie here, with the young William Holden). Shakespeare speaks to all circumstances; here he presents humanity at its best, in these lines from Hamlet: "What a piece of work is man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like angel, in apprehension how like a god: the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals; and yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust?" Of course, HWSNBN is no paragon. Shakespeare would take this man's malign measure instantly, as he did with Macbeth, Richard III, Iago. Coleridge speaks of Iago's "motiveless malignity." In poetry, Auden's description of the 1930's as a "low dishonest decade" applies to our moment. That said, solace is to be found in personal ties, as Matthew Arnold in "Dover Beach" writes: "Ah, love, let us be true / To one another! for the world, which seems / To lie before us like a land of dreams, / So various, so beautiful, so new, / Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, / Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; / And we are here as on a darkling plain / Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, / Where ignorant armies clash by night." My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson, because she takes the long view: "This World is not Conclusion. / A Species stands beyond--- / Invisible, as Music--- / But positive, as Sound--- / It beckons, and it baffles--- / Philosophy---don't know--- / And through a Riddle, at the last--- / Sagacity, must go--- / To guess it, puzzles scholars--- / To gain it, Men have borne / Contempt of Generations / And Crucifixion, shown--- / Faith slips---and laughs, and rallies--- / Blushes, if any see--- / Plucks at a twig of Evidence--- / And asks a Vane, the way--- / Much Gesture, from the Pulpit--- / Strong Hallelujahs roll--- / Narcotics cannot still the Tooth / That nibbles at the soul---" With a family emergency ongoing, I've been going to the 23rd Psalm; the reader might also. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul...." LIGHTNESS: Speaking of restoring the soul, some lightness. For sheerest delight, I go most readily to the films of the '30s and '40s, when Hollywood served up real diversion for hard times. (Apologies in advance: Links cannot be found for all the following; you'll have to go to the full movie, which is pleasure in itself.) See Katharine Hepburn drive Cary Grant crazy in Bringing Up Baby; see Cary Grant drive Rosalind Russell crazy in His Girl Friday (full movie here); see Barbara Stanwyck drive Henry Fonda crazy in The Lady Eve (full movie here); see Joel McCrea drive Jean Arthur crazy in The More the Merrier. See Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy fall in love in Woman of the Year; see Bette Davis and Paul Henreid put their love in context in Now, Voyager (last scene here); see Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn do the same in Roman Holiday; see Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in their last scene in Casablanca (also here); see Bogie and Bacall lay on the metaphors in The Big Sleep. See It Happened One Night, The Philadelphia Story, Dinner at Eight, and, more recently, the hilarious Moonstruck. See Bette Davis deliver her famous line, "I'd like to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair." See a drunk Jimmy Stewart drop in on Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story. See William Powell go fishing in Libeled Lady. See "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" sung by Irene Dunne. See Jimmy Cagney sing and dance in Yankee Doodle Dandy, also dance down the stairs of the White House. See Sullivan's Travels for the importance of laughter in bad times. To gird for the final weeks of this awful election---and for the repair work afterward ---some gallantry as demonstrated onscreen (sorry, no clips available). See Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in Mrs. Miniver, set in World War II, especially the scene where they talk of mundane things while German bombs drop overhead. See veterans come home to altered futures in the magnificent movie, The Best Years of Our Lives. To push back against the toxic bigotry unleashed by HWSNBN, see Gregory Peck fight the good fight, against anti-Semitism, in Gentleman's Agreement. Also, post-election, a first order of business will be rescuing our debased language. As Orwell noted, slovenliness of language leads to slovenly thinking. The process is reversible, contends Orwell, and necessary: "To think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration." Reading Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" will restart your engine. For now, the best speeches of this ugly season have been Michelle Obama's powerful response to HWSNBN's misogyny and her speech at the Democratic convention, in which she exhorted us, "When they go low, we go high." To the upper air! And to get us there: Fred and Ginger again---"Let's Face the Music and Dance." Carla Seaquist's latest book is titled "Can America Save Itself from Decline?: Politics, Culture, Morality." An earlier book is titled "Manufacturing Hope: Post-9/11 Notes on Politics, Culture, Torture, and the American Character." Also a playwright, she published "Two Plays of Life and Death," which include "Who Cares?: The Washington-Sarajevo Talks" and "Kate and Kafka," and is at work on a play titled "Prodigal." -- 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 октября, 16:08

Российская армия и российский флот – основные стабилизирующие силы мировой политики. Михаил Ошеров

Российская армия и российский флот – основные стабилизирующие силы мировой политики. Михаил ОшеровВ последние дни российский военно-морской флот направил два крупных надводных соединения двух флотов – Северного и Тихоокеанского, в район Ближнего Востока.Корабли Северного флота, в составе которых тяжёлый авианесущий крейсер «Адмирал Кузнецов», тяжёлый атомный ракетный крейсер «Пётр Великий» (самый большой в мире действующий неавианосный ударный боевой корабль по состоянию на 2015) и корабли сопровождения идут вокруг всей Европы по маршруту, примерно совпадающему с маршрутом дальнего рейда российских стратегических бомбардировщиков, успешно атаковавших цели в Сирии и вернувшихся на свои базы.Корабли Тихоокеанского флота, в составе которых большой противолодочный корабль «Адмирал Трибуц» и эскадренный миноносец «Быстрый», идут в восточную часть Индийского океана. Точная цель их похода не уточняется, возможно это будет Красное море.В программе похода кораблей Северного флота запланированы учения, в том числе совместные учения с египетским военно-морским флотом, в которых Египет будут представлять новейшие вертолётоносцы «Гамаль Абдель Насер» и «Анвар Садат» - бывшие «Мистрали», которых правительство Франции в своё время отказалось передавать России. Корабли российского Северного флота также зайдут в египетский порт Александрия, в который российские военные корабли не заходили несколько десятилетий. Уже сейчас, во время похода, у берегов Норвегии и Англии проводятся военно-морские учения. Некоторые европейские страны уже отреагировали на проход российской эскадры у своих берегов. Военно-морские силы Великобритании приведены в состояние полной боевой готовности. Британские газеты посвящают большие статьи этому событию, например, «Дейли Мейл» -http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3858514/Russia-s-attack-fleet-closes-Dover-Putin-s-warships-prepare-enter-English-Channel-TODAY-way-launch-strikes-Syria.htmlТакже к группировке кораблей Северного флота, направляющихся к берегам Сирии, возможно, присоединятся новейшие малые ракетные корабли Чёрного флота «Зелёный Дол» и «Серпухов», вооружённые новейшими российскими ракетами «Калибр». Сейчас российские корабли находятся в испанском порту Сеута.С Балтийского моря в Чёрное море через Средиземное море сейчас направляется новейший российский фрегат «Адмирал Эссен».Таким образом, где-то через двадцать дней, примерно к 7-му ноября, две крупных российских военно-морских группировки подойдут к берегам Сирии, где уже сейчас в сменяемом режиме постоянно находятся российские военные корабли.У Соединённых Штатов Америки на Ближнем Востоке просто нет ничего, что могло бы противостоять российскому флоту. Авианосец "Трумэн" в настоящее время находится в Персидском заливе, обеспечивая воздушную составляющую операции Inherent Resolve (воздушная война против ИГИЛ в Ираке и Сирии). Два авианосца ВМФ США ("Эйзенхауэр" и «Вашингтон») несут "домашнюю" службу в Атлантическом океане, они сейчас в порту Норфолк (Вирджиния), два проходят техническое обслуживание в Норфолке - "Линкольн" (USS Lincoln (CVN 72) и "Буш" (USS Bush(CVN 77). Остальные старые авианосцы США находятся в Тихом океане. С середины 1980-х годов США не строили новых авианосцев, старые авианосцы постепенно стареют, ломаются и выходят из строя. Основная ударная сила американских ВМС – фрегаты, которых наклёпано аж целых 52 штуки, не представляют для России никакой военной угрозы, поскольку заходивший пару лет назад в Чёрное море американский эсминец «Дональд Кук», имеющий радиоэлектронное оборудование, аналогичное установленному на американских фрегатах, был полностью «ослеплён» российскими средствами радиоэлектронного противодействия, и обратно до Стамбула шёл вдоль берега каботажным плаванием, ориентируясь по маякам, по звёздам и по компасу. Самый современный американский эсминец нового поколения стоимостью 1 миллиард долларов, недавно дал течь и вышел из строя.США, да и Запад в целом давно уже не те, и просто не имеют ни экономических, ни политических, ни военных ресурсов на большую войну с серьезным и решительным противником. США и их союзники отстают от России как в обычных, так и в атомных вооружениях. Российские Военно-космические силы сейчас обладают значительным преимуществом как в связи, так и в ракетах. Американцы не могут сделать даже новую ракету-носитель, способную доставлять космонавтов на МКС. Российские дальние стратегические бомбардировщики облетают всю Европу, поражают цели в Сирии и возвращаются на базу, пролетев 13 тысяч километров. Американские самолёты, изготовленные за сотни миллионов долларов за штуку по системе «Стеллс», остаются видимыми для российских радаров.Российский военно-морской флот сосредотачивается у берегов Сирии как раз в период времени, предшествующий дню выборов президента США, назначенных на 8-е ноября. На военно-морском языке это называется «демонстрацией флага», но в данном случае это будет демонстрация российской сдерживающей военной мощи. Нахождение ударных группировок российского военно-морского флота у берегов Сирии в критические дни американской президентской администрации позволит удержать президента Обаму и его подчинённых от резких действий, которые могли бы помочь избраться престарелой Хилари Клинтон на должность президента США и осложнить обстановку в самой Сирии. Российская армия и российский флот сейчас становятся стабилизирующей силой в нынешнем неспокойном и меняющемся мире. Гегемонии США в мире приходит конец, но нынешняя американская администрация пока не хочет с этим смириться.Михаил ОшеровДобавить этот блог в друзьяТвиттер

22 октября, 11:19

Через Ла-Манш

Оригинал взят у colonelcassad в Через Ла-МаншКорабельная группа во главе с "Адмиралом Кузнецовым" проходит Ла-Манш. В Англии этот поход вызвал немалое оживление.И еще подборка фото от Дейли Мэйл.Фрегат следивший за "Кузнецовым".А рядом ошивалась целая эскадра кораблей НАТО.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3858514/Russia-s-attack-fleet-closes-Dover-Putin-s-warships-prepare-enter-English-Channel-TODAY-way-launch-strikes-Syria.html - цинк

20 октября, 16:35

Daily Mail впала в истерику в ожидании русских, идущих «завоевывать Британию»

Британское издание The Daily Mail устроило настоящую истерию из-за того, что российские корабли зашли в Северное море, в небе над ним были замечены российские Су-33 и Ка-27.

20 октября, 16:33

Dover (DOV) Beats Q3 Earnings, Maintains FY16 Guidance

Dover Corporation's (DOV) Q3 adjusted EPS beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 6%.

19 октября, 16:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Dover and Graco

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Dover and Graco

19 октября, 14:27

Dover (DOV) Earnings Beat, Revenues Miss in Q3

Dover Corporation's (DOV) Q3 earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues missed.

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18 октября, 17:12

Machinery Stocks to Watch for Earnings on Oct 19: DOV, GGG

How machinery stocks Dover Corporation (DOV) and Graco Inc. (GGG) will fare when they release their Q3 results on Oct 19.

17 октября, 23:42

Will Dover Corp (DOV) Disappoint This Earnings Season?

Dover Corporation (DOV) is slated to report third-quarter 2016 results, before the opening bell on Oct 19.

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14 октября, 15:30

ASHE SCHOW ON A WATERSHED MOMENT: Education Department finds school violated rights of the accused….

ASHE SCHOW ON A WATERSHED MOMENT: Education Department finds school violated rights of the accused. In an extraordinary finding, the Education Department determined the rights of a student accused of sexual assault were violated at Wesley College in Dover, Del. In all but one instance (that I know of) the Department’s Office for Civil Rights […]

13 октября, 17:59

The Countdown to Destruction

Small market fluctuations have brought doomsday predictions which put 2012 to shame. Is there any validity to the bearishness?

13 октября, 16:53

Dover (DOV) Down to Strong Sell: Time to Offload the Stock?

On Oct 13, Dover Corporation (DOV) was downgraded to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) on lowered 2016 EPS and revenue guidance.

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13 октября, 15:36

New Strong Sell Stocks for October 13th

Here are 5 stocks added to the Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) List for Thursday

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12 октября, 17:10

Stock Market News for October 12, 2016

Disappointing start to the third quarter earnings season weighed on benchmarks on Tuesday

12 октября, 16:32

Dover (DOV) Cuts 2016 EPS & Revenue Outlook, Shares Fall

Dover (DOV) has cut its full-year 2016 EPS and revenue guidance.

11 октября, 17:10

Company News for October 11, 2016

Companies in the News are: TWTR,MYL,MRK,DOV

10 октября, 17:06

Terex (TEX) Completes Sale of German Construction Business

Terex (TEX) has completed the previously announced sale of its German compact construction business to Yanmar for $60 million.

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10 октября, 15:23

Dover's stock tumbles 7.1% premarket after profit and sales outlook lowered

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