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29 ноября, 00:00

Husband Of Trump's Education Secretary Once Promoted Intelligent Design In Schools

While running for governor of Michigan in 2006, Dick DeVos ― whose wife, Betsy, is now President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. Secretary of Education ― said that schools should have the option of teaching intelligent design alongside evolution. Dick DeVos mounted an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in Michigan against then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) a decade ago. During his campaign, DeVos said school districts should be able to teach the idea that a higher power created life on earth. DeVos said he would support guidelines that would allow intelligent design to be included in science curricula.  “I would like to see the ideas of intelligent design that many scientists are now suggesting is a very viable alternative theory,” DeVos, a Republican, told The Associated Press at the time. “That theory and others that would be considered credible would expose our students to more ideas, not less.”  To be sure, DeVos’ comments were made 10 years ago, and his wife has given no indication that she’d like to use her position in the Trump administration to promote intelligent design in schools. But Dick DeVos’ views on religion and education run parallel to his wife’s in many areas, and the couple’s family foundation has made donations that critics say have enabled the encroachment of religious education in the public sphere. Dick Devos’ campaign manager, Greg McNeilly, said in 2006 that DeVos thought “school boards should have the opportunity to offer evolution and intelligent design in science classes.” “We support that local control,” McNeilly told the AP at the time. On a cached version of DeVos’ campaign website from September 2006, the following statement from DeVos can be found: I’ve always believed that our children should be provided with more knowledge, not less. Lots of intelligent people can disagree about the origins of life. In the end, I believe in our system of local control. Local school boards should have the opportunity to offer evolution and intelligent design in their curriculums. At the time, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union fought back against DeVos’ statements. “Public schools are not Sunday schools,” Kary L. Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, said in a 2006 statement. “DeVos’ comments are part of a misguided campaign to force religious creationism back into the public schools. It is unconstitutional and bad public policy.” Dick DeVos, heir to the marketing company Amway, is a member of one of America’s richest families. On Wednesday, Trump announced his selection of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. The couple has a history of supporting various education causes together. Their family foundation backs causes like charter schools and school voucher programs.  A spokesperson for the family said that Dick’s remarks were taken out of context at the time. “What Dick said was he’s a strong supporter of local control - and decisions should be made locally, not by the state,” the spokesperson told The Huffington Post in an email. It’s not clear what Betsy DeVos’ current stance is on intelligent design, if any. Trump’s transition team did not respond to a request for comment.  Critics say that teaching intelligent design in schools amounts to an attack on the separation of church and state. In the 2005 court case Kitzmiller et al v. Dover, a federal judge said that teaching intelligent design as science violates the First Amendment by promoting “a particular version of Christianity.” Maggie Garrett, legislative director for the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told HuffPost that “intelligent design isn’t science, it’s religion.” “It should not be taught in a public school science classroom,” Garrett said. “The courts would agree with us on that one.” Betsy and Dick DeVos have noted in the past that religion informs their philanthropy. Their foundation website states that “our faith motivates our giving; it is integral to who we are and what we do.” In the early 2000s, the foundation gave money to the Thomas More Law Center, the group that defended the school trying to teach intelligent design in the Dover case, according to the AP.  Garrett also has concerns about Betsy DeVos’ support for school voucher programs. These programs allow students to use taxpayer money to attend private schools ― which are sometimes religious. As of 2014, voucher and school choice programs in at least eight states had used taxpayer money to send kids to private schools that teach creationism, according to Slate. A “fundamental value of religious freedom is that taxpayers should not be forced to fund religious education,” Garrett said. “But that’s really what vouchers do ― they funnel taxpayer dollars to religious schools and religious education.” Trump’s selection of DeVos for education secretary has drawn praise from school choice groups like the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said in a statement last week. “Under her leadership we will reform the US education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families.” ―― Rebecca Klein covers the challenges faced in school discipline, school segregation and the achievement gap in K-12 education. In particular, she is drilling down into the programs and innovations that are trying to solve these problems. Tips? Email:[email protected] ―― Related stories: What School Segregation Has To Do With The Rise Of Donald Trump Teachers Struggle To Reassure Kids About Living In Trump’s America With Trump’s Win, Teachers Worry About Emboldened Classroom Bullies These Teachers Think Trump Can Make America Great For Kids 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.

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25 ноября, 18:12

Thinking Big About Technology And Evil

Mike Dover dives deeply into the worst of humanity that technology can serve up and explores the implications for consumers, inventors, innovators and policy makers.

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22 ноября, 16:17

Dover Street Market и Loewe выпустили сумки для любительниц слонов

Британский ретейлер Dover Street Market и испанский люксовый бренд Loewe представили совместную коллекцию сумок. Аксессуары из высококачественной телячьей кожи выполнены в форме слона и доступны в шести цветах — синем, черном, красном, розовом, желтом и в многоцветной раскраске.

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20 ноября, 12:33

Storm Angus: crew evacuated from cargo ship as winds lash UK

Ship crashes into stone barge off Dover as 80mph winds batter south and heavy rain causes floodingTwenty-three crew members were evacuated from a cargo ship after it crashed into another vessel near Dover, as Storm Angus caused flooding and chaos in parts of the UK. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the 200m (650ft) Saga Sky hit a barge full of rocks after losing power and breaking free of its anchor near Dover. A tug was dispatched to tow it to safety. Continue reading...

16 ноября, 21:41

Why Trump Must Void Obama's Nuclear Dealt With Iran

Our safety and salvation lie in the Constitution and the rule of law. That is why the President's sole oath is to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." Thus, President-elect Donald Trump must void President Barack Obama's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aiming to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions because it is an executive agreement that violates the Constitution's Treaty Clause. The Constitution's authors worried that the President would betray national interests for ulterior motives in concluding secret agreements with foreign nations. The example of King Charles II was fixed in their memories. The British Monarch unilaterally negotiated the Secret Treaty of Dover with French King Louis XIV in 1670. Among other things, the treaty provided that Charles II would receive a yearly pension from Louis; that additional sums would be forthcoming when Charles jettisoned Anglicanism for Roman Catholicism; that Louis would provide up to 6,000 French soldiers in the event Charles' treason provoked an English rebellion; and, that Charles would ally with France in its war against the Dutch. Accordingly, Article II, section 2, clause 2 of the Constitution empowers the President, "by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur." To provide treaty advice to the President, half of the eight United States delegates to negotiate the United Nations Charter were Members of Congress: Senators Tom Connally (D-Tex.) and Arthur Vandenberg (R-Mich.), and Representatives Sol Bloom (D-N.Y.) and Charles Eaton (R-N.J.). Presidents William McKinley, Warren Harding, and Herbert Hoover similarly included Senators as U.S. delegates to negotiate treaties. Alexander Hamilton elaborated the reasons for the Treaty Clause in Federalist 75: An avaricious man might be tempted to betray the interests of the state to the acquisition of wealth. An ambitious man might make his own aggrandizement, by the aid of a foreign power, the price of his treachery to his constituents. The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind, as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world, to the sole disposal of a magistrate created and circumstanced as would be a President of the United States." President Obama negotiated the JCPOA without congressional participation. Further, the agreement between the United States and Iran is a treaty by any plausible constitutional standard or tradition. Hamilton explained in Federalist 75 that treaty "objects are CONTRACTS with foreign nations, which have the force of law, but derive it from the obligations of good faith. They are not rules prescribed by the sovereign to the subject, but agreements between sovereign and sovereign." The JCPOA fits an agreement between sovereign and sovereign like a glove. Moreover, agreements bearing on nuclear arms have traditionally been treaties. They include the Limited Test Ban Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Even a paltry agreement with Britain over migratory birds was a treaty, i.e., the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1916. Secretary of State John Kerry did not dispute that the JCPOA is a treaty in testifying before the House Foreign Relations Committee. Instead, Mr. Kerry explained that the Obama administration would no longer comply with the Treaty Clause because the threshold of political consensus needed for ratification was too challenging. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) inquired: "Why is this [Iran deal] not considered a treaty?" Secretary Kerry responded: "Well Congressman, I spent quite a few years ago trying to get a lot of treaties through the United States Senate...And frankly, it's become physically impossible. That's why...Because you can't pass a treaty anymore...And it's become impossible to, you know, schedule, it's become impossible to pass. And I sat there leading the charge on the Disabilities Treaty which fell to, basically, ideology and politics. So I think that's the reason why." Alexander Hamilton would have been appalled. The Treaty Clause is to prevent, not to facilitate presidential betrayals or follies. The Constitution's framers would have impeached, convicted, and removed Mr. Kerry from office for his constitutional perfidy. But Congress has degenerated from a vertebrate to an invertebrate institution over the past several decades. Accordingly, Mr. Kerry escaped congressional rebuke. Congress meekly acquiesced in the JCPOA as an executive agreement. But the Constitution's separation of powers is a structural bill of rights to protect the American people from tyranny. The Supreme Court has thus held that one branch may not voluntarily surrender its powers to another branch and jeopardize the liberties of the citizenry. Last March, Mr. Trump declared that his "Number-One priority" would be "to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran." That is not an option. It is a constitutional imperative until and unless the Senate ratifies the agreement with a two-thirds majority. And if the JCPOA precedent is not disowned by President Trump, it will lie around like a loaded weapon ready for any successor to use to justify an international global warming pact as a constitutionally valid executive agreement that might cripple the American economy. -- 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.

15 ноября, 23:17

A (Spiritual) Revolution on the Way?

American democracy is in grave trouble. Not only because fascism is becoming fashionable again as it was in Europe in the 1930s, but because the very cause of Hitler's rise and success was the decline of democracy in Germany. Hitler was first elected in an election with very low turnout. The American election just completed also had very low turnout. Only 56.8 % of eligible voters voted in 2016 (vs 57.5 in 2012; 62.3 in 2008; 60.4 in 2004). That is 90 million eligible voters who did not vote: i.e., Clinton lost because Democrats did not show up to vote. Clearly many were turned off not only by the choices but also by the tone of the election, much of it fueled by a profit-driven media that whipped up flames of entertainment rather than democratic discourse. As Thomas Berry put it years ago, our "cultural process has entered into a destructive pathology." The destruction encompasses the fate of the earth and our future as a species, as well as our democracy and our institutions.   Without going into specifics about the personalities running in the last election...or the focus of both campaigns on personality rather than policy...or the failure of both political parties to present us with more viable options...or the obvious media malpractice or the intervention of the FBI at the last minute...or the entrance of Putin by way of hacking...or the sexual misconduct bragged about by the winner...or the Supreme Court's complicity with Citizens United and the dismantling of Voting Rights laws...or the sexism dumped onto one candidate - without addressing any of these hijackings of the electoral process - I want to focus on the following prescient statement from a psychological and spiritual genius of the mid 20th century, Otto Rank. He warned that it is contradictory to attempt "strengthening a weakening democracy by more democracy."(1) What Can Strengthen Our Democracy? Spirit is our capacity to live beyond just the reptilian brain. The true winner of this election was the reptilian brain. The media provided a continual reptilian circus, not only on Fox News, but surely on CNN as well where supposed representatives of various candidates were shouting at each other hour after hour, day after day. A nonstop political "Jerry Springer Show" as the Warrior coach Steve Kerr put it. A demagogic paradise. In contrast to the chaos, fear, and anger of the reptilian brain, Spirit is about our capacity for stillness and silence; contemplation and peace; forgiveness, generosity, and creativity; and the application of our creativity toward justice and compassion. Spirit includes the mammalian brain (compassion) allied to our intellectual/creative brain, while it also incorporates the reptilian brain. Spirit is about "launching out into the deep" as sixteenth-century mystic and activist John of the Cross put it. We live in a time when Wall Street dictates our lives and its poo-bahs are "too rich to jail" and its institutions that rape Main Street with impunity are "too big to fail." (If Obama's Department of Justice had sought justice against these banksters, I doubt that the resentment that Trump tapped into among white men in America's Rust Belt and struggling farms and small towns would have won the day.) Our institutions--religion included--are too timid to sail "into the deep" and away from the safe shores of the modern era which is, after all, behind us. Religion, education, politics, economics, media--all have failed us and are continuing to fail us, and are failing democracy clearly. Spirit offers an alternative to fear and challenges fear (Lakota teacher Buck Ghosthorse used to say: "fear is the door in the heart that lets evil spirits in"). Spirit addresses resentment and scapegoating because it insists we look inside and not just settle for projecting onto others whether they be aligned with the political right or left. Spirit does not settle for self-pity and projection onto others - behaviors which are so typical of the wounded and shame-ridden male psyche. (2) Spirit births new forms of economics and politics and religion and ritual and education when they are needed. And they are all needed today. Spirit is the power of creativity. As Aquinas put it in the thirteenth century, "The same spirit that hovered over creation at the beginning of the world hovers over the mind of the artist at work." Spirit is the breath of the Sacred, the breath of life, the breath of a gentle breeze and also a raging fire. It is water; it is fire; it is yin and it is yang. It is quiet and it is forceful. A Spiritual Revolution? I sat down with a wise elder in his 80s the day after the election and he told me that what is good about the outcome is that "the revolution will come faster; I thought it would come in a few years but now it will be hastened." What kind of revolution? "A spiritual revolution, a revolution in values and non-violent protest." He went on: "Look at the homeless everywhere; the bloated cost of education; the utter failure of our political parties offering up a fascist candidate (who won); and another candidate who did not arouse interest enough for people to come out to vote." I say Yes! to a revolution of spirit and values, one that would drive a complete overhaul of our approach to economics, the environment, employment, and education. A spiritually-driven revolution in economics is needed because what we have is serving only the 1% and owns one political party and much of the other, and now may be redesigning this already unjust system to 1) greatly reduce health care for the poor , 21 million to be exact; and 2) create still more tax cuts for the wealthiest, etc. We need an economic model that serves all of the people - and the planet - not just the über-rich in power. A spiritually-driven revolution regarding the environment is needed. Consider the complete silence on climate change: not one question was asked about it by our media in three presidential debates. Consider the mainstream media's near-blackout on the present threat to the water of America's heartland, now being pushed through at Standing Rock! Is this not species narcissism at its fullest? Denial run rampant? This one-time civilization, this empire is dying, and its one-time democracy is already dead. Consider Citizens United and ALL the money that flooded into the system this past election, much of it from dark and unnamed sources. And what it means that the Supreme Court will be buttressed by still more rigid rightists. It is the same Wall Street structures (and most of Congress kowtows to those structures) that have sent the disaffected of our nation, white and black, turning to Trump for relief: laborers in the Rust Belt who are without good, paying jobs... farmers struggling to make ends meet between rising equipment and feed prices and falling crop profits... and middle-class Americans who lost their homes and are suffering from too expensive and too out-of-touch education and low-paying jobs. Poor blacks and poor whites are allies, not enemies! But a "divide and conquer" strategy pits race against race, class against class, gender against gender. Trump tapped into this malaise among white voters. Dealing With Our, As Well As Others', Shadows Regarding president-elect Trump: while being vigilant and critical of his policies and appointments and all the rest, we must be careful of projecting too much power or too much of our own shadow onto him. We must return to our own power; fight that inner jihad with our own shadows. And we must also recognize that Trump did one thing very right: he read the souls of a number of citizens who were disgruntled and disaffected due to our failed economic system. Yet Sanders spoke to the same people and the same issues, and unlike Trump offered real solutions. There is no question that putting Trump in charge - surrounded as he is by zealots of the right carrying the ugly mantles of racism, sexism, Islamophobia, and more - is playing with fire. Resistance is required. We must shun all naiveté. Yet we can still ask: Can an old leopard like Trump change his spots? Is redemption possible? Spirit teaches us to keep an open mind on that. One can work and organize and pray and hope. I was affected by Trump's visit to the White House on Thursday; for the first time I sensed some humility in his body language and even the words he exchanged with Barack Obama, this president against whom he led a racist vendetta for years, arousing crowds with the charge that he was not born in America. Might Trump surprise us like the apartheid South African leader Kirk surprised us when another black leader, Nelson Mandala, was finally released from jail? Redemption and metanoia are possible. One can hope; and work; and watch and fight and pray. We cannot be naïve on the one hand; but neither can we be reptilian-brain driven people either. This is the genius of non-violence, the great gift of spiritual giants of the 20th century from Gandhi to Howard Thurman to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Nelson Mandala and Archbishop Romero and Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day and Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. These people, like Jesus and other prophets before him, reached beyond action/reaction to a deeper place, a place of Spirit, that we all need to reach now. They did not operate out of hate or projection. They did their inner work! This would constitute a true revolution. We need inner work and outer work, contemplation and action, mysticism and prophecy, Yes and No. This is also the work going on right now at Standing Rock. Buck Ghosthorse once taught me: "Do you want to know how sacred water is? Go without it for three days." Water is sacred. This is the entire mantra of the sacred action going on at Standing Rock today! This battle against narcissistic capitalism which could spoil water for generations of people on and off the reservation is the kind of non-violent protest Spirit asks for in our time. This is Spirit standing up to Evil. Psychologist Carl Jung provided the following warning: We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger, and we are pitifully aware of it. We know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied, because we are the origin of all coming evil. (3) In his forward to my recently released book on Evil, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, Deepak Chopra has this to say about the same topic: In addressing sin and evil, Fox's book faces the single greatest obstacle of spirituality in the twenty-first century. The human race escaped the mass horrors of the previous century by the skin of its teeth, only to find that Satan couldn't be put back in his bottle. Across the entire spectrum of religion, the pall of terror and atrocities is undeniable. The modern loss of faith can't be wished away, and as millions walk away from organized religion, wondering where God was during the Holocaust or 9/11 or Abu Ghraib, the satanic side of human nature seems more intractable than ever.(4) The struggle for Justice, the struggle for authentic community, the struggle against evil--these are the work of Spirit. What can light the fire to get us out of our couches to live again, love again, make justice, peace and community again? Gratitude! Rabbi Heschel said, "Humanity will not be saved by more information but by more appreciation." (5) And Meister Eckhart wrote, "If the only prayer you say in your whole life is Thank You, that would suffice." (6) Where are our thank you's? Where is our sense of appreciation for the gift of existence in this amazing world of two trillion galaxies (a scientific fact discovered a couple weeks before this fateful election and no doubt left unreported in most of the media)? Rabbi Heschel tells us that "the world is not just here. It shocks us into amazement." (7) Apathy and Acedia lost this election: sins against the first chakra. How do we cure acedia? Aquinas tells us how: "Zeal comes from an intense experience of the beauty of things," i.e. Love of the Earth; of life; of being itself; of our home, the cosmos. So sacred. A return to the Sacred. To Spirit. "Hope is a verb with the sleeves rolled up" teaches David Orr the eco-philosopher (8). Our work is cut out for us--but it must be an inner work that invites and responds to Spirit, as well as an outer work that challenges structures that are ill serving. Structures that perpetuate not a government "of the people, by the people and for the people," but "of the elites, by the elites and for the elites." So what is the answer? In short, a wholly new approach to understanding and embodying our relationship to the wider world. As Thomas Berry put it: ... The new cultural coding that we need must emerge from the source of all such codings, from revelatory vision that comes to us in those special psychic moments, or conditions, that we describe as 'dream.' We are, of course, using this term not only as regards the psychic processes that take place when we are physically asleep, but also as a way of indicating an intuitive, nonrational process that occurs when we awaken to the numinous powers ever present in the phenomenal world about us, powers that possess us in our high creative moments. Poets and artists continually invoke these spirit powers, which function less through words than through symbolic forms. (9) ____________________________________________________ 1 Otto Rank, Beyond Psychology (New York: Dover, 1941), 289. 2 I have written about this condition and cures for it in my book The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine (Navato, Ca: New World Library, 2008). 3 Carl Jung, C. G. Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters (Princeton University Press: Bollingen Series XCVII, 1977), 436. 4 Deepak Chopra, "Forward," in Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2016), xiii. 5 Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism (NY: Farrar, Straus, and Cudahy, 1955), 46 6 Matthew Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart (Santa Fe, NM: Bear & CO., 1983), 34. 7 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Who Is Man? (Stanford, Ca: Stanford University Press, 1965) 87. 8 David Orr, "Hope in a Hotter Time," in Hope is an Imperative: The Essential David Orr (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2011), 324. 9 Berry, Thomas, The Dream of the Earth (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1988), p. 211. -- 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.

13 ноября, 12:40

Refugees found in back of lorry near Channel tunnel

Eight men and boy handed over to immigration officials after police called to Gillingham business park in KentNine refugees have been found hidden in the back of a lorry near the Channel tunnel, in one of the first such discoveries since the closure of the Calais migrant camp.Police were called to Gillingham business park in Kent at 1.20pm on Friday when a lorry driver heard banging from the back of his HGV. Eight men and a boy believed to be under 18 were taken to Dover and processed by Home Office immigration officials after being assessed by paramedics who found them fit and well. Continue reading...

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11 ноября, 00:42

We Thrived In The Bush Years. We'll Get Through This, Too.

Over the last 36 hours, I have seen incredible desperation and pain on social media from so many in my community, much of it coming from young people. As I read a great post from my friend Olympian Robert Dover, it hit me that so many of these young people didn't live as out LGBT people through the Bush years like we did. They haven't been through this before. I came of age while President George W. Bush was in office. He became president specifically targeting gay marriage and LGBT rights. Our community was his campaign's punching back in 2000 and 2004. It wasn't pretty. During his eight years in office, religious conservatives controlled part of the White House and, for a time, Congress, too. The promise of "compassionate Conservatism" became outright hostility to our community. A constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage was on the table. I survived those years. We survived. What's more, our movement thrived. Marriage equality took hold while Bush was in office. Some of us were even hired by the Bush administration. LGBT athletes started a steady stream of public coming outs. We finally added the "T" to our community. Non-discrimination acts began popping up. The Human Rights Campaign expanded. Brokeback Mountain hit the movie screens. On a personal level, I met my husband. We dated. We committed to each other. We danced on Fire Island and celebrated in Provincetown. We got a cat. This isn't to say everything was perfect. With Bush in office, rabidly homophobic men like Gary Bauer and Tony Perkins had more power and influence. They had a more prominent seat on the table. Their rhetoric made its way to the airwaves more and became whispers within the walls of the White House. We had setbacks. Yet we came out of it OK. We came out of it stronger. And when the time came, we moved forward together. I realize so many of the young people whose stories I've been blessed to share in recent years didn't live openly through that time. They haven't been out and proud during a Republican administration. Their fear is, in part, the fear of the unknown. While progress may be harder, I can tell you that life goes on. Our movement does move forward. Your happiness can grow. Your equality can expand. You can come out. You can fall in love. If we stick together, we will be together. And with some fighting, we'll be fine. -- 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.

10 ноября, 20:42

Trump makes nice with Hill GOP

Republicans begin piecing together a plan to take the reins of power in Washington.

10 ноября, 19:29

Barack Obama Meets With Donald Trump At The White House

President Barack Obama met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss transitioning power to the Republican, who spent years attempting to delegitimize Obama’s presidency.  The two men met in the Oval Office, according to Bloomberg News. Initial details about the meeting were sparse.  Looming large over the meeting is their mutual disdain for each other. Trump spent years pushing rumors about Obama’s citizenship and falsely claiming the nation’s first black president was not actually born in the United States. Obama campaigned hard against the Republican, warning just last week that a Trump presidency would be “damaging for the world.”  Trump is also scheduled to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill later Thursday. The meetings mark Trump’s first steps toward assuming the presidency before formally taking office on Jan. 20. He is also set to begin receiving top-secret national security briefings from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.   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); Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and key adviser, was spotted meeting with Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough. Jared Kushner being led by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on a walk along the South Lawn as Obama and Trump meet in the Oval pic.twitter.com/tut9YBURBq— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) November 10, 2016 After speaking with Trump on Wednesday morning to congratulate him on his victory, Obama addressed the nation about the election results that had come as a shock to a large portion of the country. “I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” Obama said. “The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.  And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.”  -- 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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09 ноября, 04:47

Where voters are getting more time to cast ballots

Parts of North Carolina, New Hampshire and Idaho keep polls open.

08 ноября, 23:30

Trump seizes on isolated glitches to fuel ‘rigged’ election claims

Counties in battleground Pennsylvania report machine problems, but widespread issues fail to materialize.

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08 ноября, 18:00

Should You Get Rid of Dover (DOV) Now?

Dover (DOV) has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has lately seen negative earnings estimate revisions as well.

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08 ноября, 02:37

POLITICO's 2016 Election Day results guide

POLITICO will be covering every angle of election day, making politico.comthe go-to source for breaking news, scoops and the most comprehensive and in-depth reporting on all aspects of the 2016 election, from the presidential race to the struggle for control of Congress and statehouses across the country.Nobody knows politics like POLITICO, and we've got you covered — with an exclusive Results Dashboard offering realtime updates on the battlegrounds and races that matter; our Election Live Blog pumping out dispatches from the field, insights and analysis on election-day hijinks, exit polls and results from the moment polls open into the wee hours of the morning; and lightning-fast email and mobile alerts to keep you informed of the evening's biggest developments.Here is a guide to POLITICO's 2016 election day coverage. 2016 Poll Closing Times — Check out our complete list of when the polls close in each state.2016 Results Dashboard — POLITICO's exclusive Results Dashboard is a one-stop shop for up-to-the-minute updates on the presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races as well as ballot initiatives. Eye-catching graphics will provide a dynamic experience with updates in real time, including trackers for the Electoral College and the congressional balance of power.Readers can also stay ahead of cable news coverage and spot key trends with POLITICO's tracking of the 25 counties that have historically decided presidential elections.2016 Presidential results: http://politico.com/president2016 Senate results: http://politico.com/senate2016 House results: http://politico.com/house 2016 Gubernatorial results: http://politico.com/governor 2016 Key ballot initiatives: http://politico.com/ballots Key county tracker by state: http://politi.co/2d6pkog Election Live Blog: Starting when polls open — and ramping up at 5 p.m. — POLITICO's Live Blog is the place to be on Election Day, buzzing with fast, accurate updates on the biggest news, insights and analysis of exit polls and results, and mini-dispatches from key states and inside Clinton and Trump headquarters. The Live Blog will help you sort through the chaos, noise and spin of Nov. 8 — and we're gonna have a lot of fun doing it. Live at 7 a.m. ET: http://politi.co/2fctcD2Email alerts: Get POLITICO's breaking news alerts on Election Day by downloading the POLITICO iPhone App https://appsto.re/us/4b1wv.i or by signing up here to get them by email. (Check the box for Breaking News alerts.)Social: Follow us at @politico on Twitter. Like us on Facebook for analysis on Facebook Live throughout the day as POLITICO editors and reporters discuss what to expect from exit polls and early results. Steve Shepard and Scott Bland will give a rundown of electoral college math, Kristin Roberts and Charlie Mahtesian will explain the exit polls, Susan Glasser will provide live updates and analysis, and Carrie Budoff Brown and John Harris will discuss the latest breaking news. Check out our Playbook Plus page for the Playbook team's Power Lunch, in-depth interviews, and more. On the ground - Follow POLITICO reporters on Twitter for live updates from Clinton and Trump election headquarters as well as key battleground states throughout the country. Clinton/Kaine election night headquarters in New York Annie Karni - @anniekarniGabriel Debenedetti - @gdebenedettiEdward-Isaac Dovere - @IsaacDovereGlenn Thrush - @GlennThrushJennifer Haberkorn - @jenhabTrump/Pence election night headquarters in New YorkBen Schreckinger - @SchreckReportsEli Stokols - @EliStokolsMatthew Nussbaum - @MatthewNussbaumFloridaMarc Caputo - @MarcACaputoMatt Dixon - @Mdixon55Michael Grunwald - @MikeGrunwaldNew HampshireLauren Dezinski - @LaurenDezenskiPennsylvaniaKatherine Landergan - @klanderganNorth CarolinaKatie Glueck - @katieglueckCaliforniaCarla Marinucci - @cmarinucciPOLITICO headquarters Shane Goldmacher - @ShaneGoldmacherSteve Shepard - @POLITICO_SteveHadas Gold - @Hadas_GoldLouis Nelson - @louisjnelsonDarren Samuelsohn - @dsamuelsohnKevin Robillard - @PoliticoKevinMichael Crowley - @michaelcrowleyDon't forget to sign up for POLITICO's Transition Tracker which will deliver breaking news notifications on the new administration - directly to your iPhone's lock screen.

26 октября, 00:32

Top Democrats steamed that party letting Rubio skate

Bill Clinton, Harry Reid and donors believe the national party should be doing a lot more to take out the GOP golden boy.

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