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18 января, 13:07

Globalisation has made the world a better place | Jim O'Neill

Trade has led to higher living standards in Asia and elsewhere. Are globalisation’s critics against eradicating global poverty?I was recently in beautiful Chile for a Futures Congress, and I had a chance to travel south to the very tip of Latin America. I also recently made a BBC radio documentary called Fixing Globalisation, in which I criss-crossed the UK in search of ideas for improving certain aspects of it and discussed topical issues with well-known experts. In both cases, I saw things that convinced me that it is past time for someone to come to globalisation’s defence.Chile today is Latin America’s richest country, with per capita GDP of about $23,000 – similar to that of central European countries. This is quite an achievement for a country that depends so heavily on copper production, and it sets Chile apart from many of its neighbours. Like many other countries, Chile is facing economic challenges, and its growth rate leaves something to be desired; but it also has many promising opportunities beyond its borders. Continue reading...

14 января, 12:17

Дурманов: кризис медицины и биологические угрозы

Развитие технологий не панацея для человечества. Никакие "суперпротезы" и "нанолекарства" не гарантируют нам полную защиту от биологических угроз - как естественных, так и рукотворных. Об этом предупредил Николай Дурманов, экс-глава "РУСАДА" на IV форуме VESTIFINANCE, посвященном перспективам комплексного развития России, "Экономика: следующие 20 лет".

13 января, 22:35

Дурманов: кризис медицины и биологические угрозы

Развитие технологий не панацея для человечества. Никакие "суперпротезы" и "нанолекарства" не гарантируют нам полную защиту от биологических угроз - как естественных, так и рукотворных. Об этом предупредил Николай Дурманов экс-глава "РУСАДА" .

13 января, 22:35

Дурманов: кризис медицины и биологические угрозы

Развитие технологий не панацея для человечества. Никакие "суперпротезы" и "нанолекарства" не гарантируют нам полную защиту от биологических угроз - как естественных, так и рукотворных. Об этом предупредил Николай Дурманов, экс-глава "РУСАДА" .

07 января, 10:56

Даже гонорея станет смертельно опасной

Скоро наступит эпоха супербактерий, от которых нет антибиотиков

31 декабря 2016, 12:00

This week’s best radio: Jeremy Irons reads TS Eliot

Elsewhere, Rob Brydon shares his terrifyingly exact impression of Elvis Presley, and Tony Blackburn hosts a New Year’s Eve Soul PartyJeremy Irons Reads TS Eliot (New Year’s Day, from 9am, Radio 4) is like being treated to the sound of a symphony orchestra after weeks of listening exclusively to mouth organs. He warmed up last year with the Practical Cats. Now he’s on to the heavy stuff. He starts with Prufrock and works his way through the poems at points during the day. At each interval, presenter Martha Kearney is joined by an interested guest. She begins with Jeanette Winterson, who remembers getting Murder In The Cathedral out of the library because her mother liked a good whodunnit.The dictates of forward planning (and the feeling that the radio audience stand in need of some kind of intellectual roughage following Christmas) often means that programmes in the early part of the new year tend towards the improving rather than the indulgent. However, this is often no bad thing. In a series of essays yoked together under the name The New World (Weekdays, 9am, Radio 4), thinkers and writers take on the big issues of our time – many of which have all come home to roost in the last few months. It begins on Monday with Jo Fidgen asking what it means to live in a post-truth world and continues on Tuesday with Gideon Rachman on the axis of power. On Wednesday John Harris does Us Vs Them, on Thursday it’s David Willetts on demography and Friday sees Jim O’Neill tackle globalisation. Such an initiative can’t help but have a touch of the stable door about it: at the same time next year, the same people may well be exploring the topics that the thinking classes missed while catching up with these. Continue reading...

12 декабря 2016, 22:03

Дональд Трамп может назначить Скотта Готтлиба на пост главы Минздрава США

Партнер одной из самых крупных фондов венчурных инвестиций и бывшего заместителя главы управления по пищевым продуктам и медикаментам США Скотт Готтлиб может быть назначен на пост руководителя этого органа, сообщает Reuters со ссылкой на источники, близкие к переходной команде избранного президента Дональда Трампа. 44-летний Скотт Готтлиб рассматривается вместе с Джимом О’Нилом, самопровозглашенным либертарианцем, коллегой Питера Сила, сооснователя Mithril Capital Management, которая давно поддерживает господина Трампа и в настоящий момент консультирует переходную команду.Ранее Дональд Трамп предложил кандидатуру бывшего главы объединенного командования ВС США в Центральной и Южной Америке, генерала ВМС в отставке Джона Келли на пост министра национальной безопасности.Подробнее о ходе формирования новой администрации США читайте в материале «Ъ» «Дональд…

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09 декабря 2016, 05:02

FEAR OF A LIBERTARIAN PLANET: Reactions to Trump FDA Chief Rumor: Jim O’Neill condemned by Gizmodo …

FEAR OF A LIBERTARIAN PLANET: Reactions to Trump FDA Chief Rumor: Jim O’Neill condemned by Gizmodo as “insane” for believing in regulatory techniques that can speed life-saving medicines to market.

08 декабря 2016, 18:03

Why Donald Trump's Putative FDA Pick Could Scare Pharma

  Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Donald Trump is considering nominating venture capitalist and libertarian Jim O’Neill to head the Food and Drug Administration, and some in the pharmaceutical industry experienced an increasingly strong sense of nausea. O’Neill, works at Mithral Capital, the firm founded by Paypal and Facebook backer Peter Thiel. That [...]

08 декабря 2016, 15:08

NYT: Trump will keep a stake in his biz -- Union leader gets death threats after Trump tweets -- EXCLUSIVES: MIKE SHIELDS and ROB SIMMS start a firm; Danielle Burr going downtown -- WH XMAS party spotteds

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2gFaCBJ … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6EayTRUMP GOES AFTER UNION BOSS -- @realDonaldTrump at 7:41 p.m.: “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!” … at 8:56 p.m.: “If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues”.--DANIELLE PAQUETTE (@DPAQreport) of the Washington Post at 8:41 p.m.: “Just talked to Chuck: ‘He needs to worry about getting his cabinet filled and leave me the hell alone.’ … “Chuck, a union leader in Indianapolis, says he is now getting death threats.” Danielle’s story http://wapo.st/2hnaSoK Good Thursday morning. The government is set to shut down tomorrow evening. (No, we don't expect that it will)A MUST READ -- NYT, A1: “Donald Trump Is Said to Intend to Keep a Stake in His Business,” by Maggie Haberman and Jo Becker: “President-elect Donald J. Trump is considering formally turning over the operational responsibility for his real estate company to his two adult sons, but he intends to keep a stake in the business and resist calls to divest, according to several people briefed on the discussions. Under a plan now being considered by the Trump family and its lawyers, Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump’s elder daughter, would also take a leave of absence from the Trump Organization, in the surest sign that she is exploring a potential move to Washington with her husband, Jared Kushner. Mr. Kushner is discussing an as-yet undetermined role advising his father-in-law, and Ms. Trump plans on being an advocate on issues in which she has a personal interest, like child care. …“The Office of Government Ethics has told Mr. Trump’s lawyers that only a divestiture would resolve ethical concerns, guidance that was made public in an extraordinary stream of posts on the office’s Twitter feed. Officials with the office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the plan under consideration.” http://nyti.ms/2gdX9je TRANSITION UPDATE -- “Trump Team Said to Consider Thiel Associate O’Neill for FDA,” by Bloomberg’s Drew Armstrong, Jen Jacobs and Robert Langreth: “President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is considering a Silicon Valley investor close to billionaire Peter Thiel to head the [FDA] ... [Jim] O’Neill is a managing director at Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management, and last served in government during the George W. Bush administration as principal associate deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. He’s also a board member of the Seasteading Institute, a Thiel-backed venture to create new societies at sea, away from existing governments.” http://bloom.bg/2hj8h3f FROM TRUMP TOWER - SCOTT PRUITT NAMED EPA DIRECTOR - News release Thursday morning: “For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn. As my EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, the highly respected Attorney General from the state of Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe,” said President-elect Donald Trump. “My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.”-- CRITICAL READING on Pruitt from NYT’s Eric Lipton in 2014, “Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General” http://nyti.ms/2gYRaCR-- NYT A18, “What It’s Like to Apply for a Job in Donald Trump’s White House,” by Julie Davis: “Mr. Trump’s interview style in the real world is direct but conversational, according to people who have sat opposite him. He did not take notes or appear to refer to a set list of questions, but he did have dossiers on his visitors and often displayed intricate knowledge of their backgrounds and experience. He rarely drank or ate. He kept his suit jacket on. In New York, he liked to show off the sweeping views of Central Park visible over his shoulder. ... “Mr. Trump has been more hands-on in the interviews than his predecessors were. George W. Bush rarely spoke in person to more than one finalist for each cabinet post, said Clay Johnson III, who directed his transition effort in 2000. President Obama also interviewed a single finalist for each post in most cases, usually in a one-on-one discussion meant to confirm an already well-established conclusion that the candidate would be right for the job … Mr. Trump, who prizes loyalty, also wanted to know precisely what the job seekers did to propel him into the White House.” http://nyti.ms/2hnz8qN -- “Obama officials alarmed at slow pace of agency-level transition: Despite rush of cabinet appointments, Trump’s team lags in crucial, lower-profile work that will help launch his agenda,” by Sarah Wheaton: “The slower pace applies not only to key appointments throughout his administration, but also to Trump’s lower-profile agency review teams whose nitty-gritty work with Obama’s career bureaucrats could make or break Trump’s pledge to get his presidency off to a barn-burning start. Obama administration officials assigned to the transition say Trump’s representatives have been AWOL at some agencies, leaving them sitting on binders full of briefing materials that have been amassed since March.” http://politi.co/2h9Ed7i SPOTTED -- @kevcirilli: “Spotted in @TrumpDC, Old Post Office Building, lobby earlier this afternoon: Heidi Cruz. I’m told she’s in town on business. Small town!” Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted there as well. Pic http://politi.co/2gdv4gRBEHIND CLOSED DOORS -- “Trump thrills donors with tales of election night,” by Isaac Arnsdorf, Alex Isenstadt and Ben White: “President-elect Donald Trump treated more than 800 donors to a play-by-play of election-night drama at a New York breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday ... Trump’s recounting of his emotions on Nov. 8 took up the bulk of his remarks at the restaurant Cipriani, with one attendee relaying that Trump said he expected to lose and take a vacation with his wife, Melania. Trump said he would name his secretary of state next week, but didn’t say who he’s considering or provide other details. He also singled out Ronna Romney, the Michigan GOP chair and a niece of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, saying she’d get something big. She’s seen as a possible choice to lead the [RNC]. ...“When it comes to his inauguration, Trump said he recently met with TV producer Mark Burnett, who urged him to plan an extravagant celebration with events in Washington and New York. ... Trump said he even converted one opponent to a $10 million donor. ‘They said Never Trump, now they’re Only Trump,’ he bragged to laughter and applause ... ‘I got Jeff Zucker his job and they spent 18 months trashing me!’ Trump said, according to a source in the room, referring to the president of CNN. Trump’s choice for chief of staff, Reince Priebus, also spoke, and joked that Trump would be such a good president his face would one day be on the $20 bill.” http://politi.co/2h61syJSPOTTED from DC attending the breakfast fundraiser: Jeff Deboer of The Real Estate Roundtable; Richard Hunt of the Consumer Bankers Association; Molly Wilkinson of the Electronic Payments Coalition; Nick Owens of Magnolia Strategy Partners; Leah Ann Pusey of the American Insurance Association; Loretta and Bill Greene; Ali Tulbah; Geoff Grey; Noe Garcia; and Chris Berardini of Quicken Loans. The franchise industry also had a strong contingent: IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, FirstService Brands President and CEO Charlie Chase, SportClips founder and CEO Gordon Logan, JaniKing President and CEO Jerry Crawford and Dairy Queen franchisee William C. Hall.COMING ATTRACTIONS -- @TeddyDavisCNN: “Hillary Clinton will headline a ‘thank you celebration’ for her top donors in on Dec. 15. The event will take place at The Plaza in NY.”-- “The RNC Is Hosting Its Christmas Party This Year At Donald Trump’s Hotel,” by HuffPost’s Sam Stein: “The event ... is said to be a more exclusive and celebratory affair this year owing to the unexpected election victories enjoyed by the party this November. But in moving the proceedings to Donald Trump’s downtown D.C. hotel, which only opened this past fall, the committee risks furthering the perception that the president-elect is leveraging his newfound political power for private gains.” http://huff.to/2gnuwTT KOCH WORLD -- “Koch brothers announce layoffs: The billionaire brothers, who sparred with Donald Trump, are reorganizing their advocacy network,” by Ken Vogel: “The Koch brothers’ massive conservative advocacy organization, which this summer began consolidating its operations after deciding to sit out the presidential race, on Wednesday announced it would be laying off 81 people. ... Also on Wednesday, the network announced the creation of a for-profit communications firm called ‘In Pursuit Of,’ which will be owned by the central non-profit group in the Koch network, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce. In Pursuit Of will provide paid services to Freedom Partners and other groups in the network, as well as to other clients that adhere to the small government brand of conservativism that animates the Kochs.” http://politi.co/2gYo1aOFIRST FAMILY -- “Tiffany Trump tours Harvard Law School,” by Daniel Lippman and Josh Dawsey, making his Politico debut even though he doesn't officially start until Monday: “Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, toured Harvard Law School on Tuesday, according to multiple on-campus sources. ... Trump, the only child of Donald and Marla Maples, graduated this spring from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in sociology and urban studies. ... Trump gave a hint of her future education plans earlier this year when she posted a picture of LSAT prep books with the phrase ‘I got this,’ garnering more than 6,000 likes on Instagram.” http://politi.co/2h7ikYCHARRY REID EXIT INTERVIEW -- “Reid predicts end of filibuster,” by Seung Min Kim, Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan: “Senate Democrats are about to get rolled on Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks. They could spend years in the minority. And instead of the GOP collapse that many expected on Nov. 8, it's now Democrats soul-searching about what went wrong. But as Harry Reid prepares to leave the Senate this month after 34 years in Washington, he says everything is just fine with his party, thank you … “And Reid not only refused to admit any misgivings about invoking the ‘nuclear option’ for most nominations - a move that’s backfiring now by empowering Republicans - he predicted it's just a matter of time before the filibuster is done away with altogether. Though the filibuster is Democrats' best weapon against Trump, Reid said it would be a ‘mistake’ for his party to reflexively oppose whatever Trump proposes. But the outgoing minority leader also wants Democrats to stand firm for their core principles, urging lawmakers to do ‘everything in their power’ to block ‘wacky’ Supreme Court nominees and to not be ‘complicit’ in supporting GOP priorities like tax cuts for the rich and repealing Obamacare.” http://politi.co/2h9zUc4 ... The seven best quotes: http://politi.co/2hjfAI7--“Senate Dems shamed for nearly all-white top staffers: Activists say there’s a ‘soft bigotry’ at work — and party leaders say they need to do a better job hiring minorities,” by Elana Schor and Anna Palmer: “Senate Democrats are facing growing pressure to break the white male stranglehold on senior staff positions in their ranks — a push that's uniting consultants and lobbyists inside the Beltway with Black Lives Matter and other minority leaders who are accusing the party of ‘soft bigotry.’ The attacks are prompting uncomfortable discussions among Democrats even as they welcome their historic Senate freshman class, which includes the chamber’s first Latina and Indian-American members … “Now, activists are shaming Senate Democrats, noting that the chamber’s only African-American chief of staff works for Republican Sen. Tim Scott. And civil rights groups are holding a public conference call on Thursday to escalate their campaign for more diverse hiring by newly elected senators … More than a dozen lobbyists — some big donors, some smaller donors — have been meeting to discuss how to proceed. The group has focused on the [DSCC] in particular. ‘As minority lobbyists, we know we invest in the DSCC directly, financially, and we want them to, in return, invest in us as a community and not just take our money and then — when they make decisions on who to hire as vendors and staff — to look the other way,’ said Oscar Ramirez, a lobbyist at the Podesta Group.” http://politi.co/2h8N7EBSCHOCK UPDATE -- A federal judge has denied former Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-Ill.) request that she move his trial on 24 criminal counts from Springfield to his hometown of Peoria. Schock will be arraigned on Monday in Springfield.WOMP WOMP -- “Judge’s order suspends Michigan’s recount,” by Detroit News’ Robert Snell and Chad Livengood: “A federal judge Wednesday suspended a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election that started three days ago and has yet to reveal fraud or significantly alter the results. ... [Jill] Stein failed to show she was an aggrieved candidate as defined by state law and entitled to a recount, the judge said. He concluded Stein’s request to test the election system’s vulnerability to fraud lacked evidence.” http://detne.ws/2hn6N3V -- “Joe Biden Says He Has ‘No Intention’ of Running in 2020,” by WSJ’s Siobhan Hughes: “Vice President Joe Biden, heading into a farewell party organized after a series of tributes on the Senate floor, on Wednesday pulled back from his own suggestions he could make a bid for the presidency in 2020. ‘I have no intention of running,’ Mr. Biden told reporters on his way in to a farewell party at the Senate.” http://on.wsj.com/2gYNuRCVIDEO DU JOUR – Kellyanne Conway’s funny story Wednesday morning at POLITICO’s #WomenRule event about how she negotiated her first speaking fee (with a Mark Mehlman cameo). 2-min. video http://politi.co/2h7ffry IF YOU LOOK AT ONE THING -- “‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’” -- photographs and text by Daniel Berehulak in the NYT: “Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days.” http://nyti.ms/2gnwVxY NIGEL FARAGE PROFILE -- Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green: “Green spends time with Nigel Farage, aka Mr. Brexit, who has some radical international trade ideas for his new BFF, Donald Trump, which would upend U.S. policy toward the U.K. and the European Union. ‘His ideas will always be listened to seriously in a Trump White House,’ said Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior counselor and chief strategist.” Story live at 7 a.m. http://buswk.co/Farage FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: MIKE SHIELDS AND ROB SIMMS START THEIR OWN SHOP -- Mike Shields and Rob Simms, two of D.C.’s top GOP operatives, are starting Convergence Media, a “political strategy, public affairs, creative, online, television digital agency,” Shields said. Shields most recently ran American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund, organizations that support House Republicans. Before that, Shields was chief of staff of the Republican National Committee under Reince Priebus, who is now the incoming White House chief of staff. Simms has spent the last four years in top positions at the NRCC -- he was the executive director this cycle, and the political director the cycle before. The pair are not going to lobby but plan to have corporate and political clients. FUN FACT: Shields and Simms were fraternity brothers at George Mason and first talked about starting their own firm in 1994. WHY THIS MAKES SENSE: They both have both run massive political organizations and have worked in government. Shields is close to Priebus, and will be able to translate what the White House is up to. The firm’s website www.convergencemedia.us/-- DANIELLE BURR, director of external affairs for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, is leaving to become a partner at Peck Madigan Jones. A former lobbyist at Navigators Global, Burr has also served as whip liaison for then-Senate Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.). “Danielle’s knowledge of the intersection between Capitol Hill, advocacy groups, and the private sector has made her such a valuable member of my team,” McCarthy said in an email. “She has earned a reputation for her honesty and her collaborative style. While we’ll miss her on Capitol Hill, I know Danielle’s experience working for me and the House Leadership team will bring her success wherever she goes.”--“Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga on Human Rights Abuses in Russia: ‘Oh, baloney!’”: “When Golodryga brought up Russia’s history of alleged human rights abuses, he responded, ‘Baloney–where do you come from?’ Golodryga responded that she immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet republic of Moldova as a political refugee. ‘Then the American people know you’re biased,’ Rohrabacher retorted. ‘Oh, baloney!’” Video https://yhoo.it/2glaJ7C WEST COAST WATCH -- “Capitol Journal: When a door opened unexpectedly for Rep. Xavier Becerra, he walked in and impressed,” by George Skelton in Sacramento for the LA Times: http://lat.ms/2geLxkD JEN PALMIERI SPEAKS, in the Washington Post - “Our campaign lost the election. But Trump’s team must own up to how he won”: “I know how to be a gracious loser. I could have let it go last week when Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, challenged me to look her in the eye and say she ran a campaign that gave white supremacists a platform. I considered for a split second. I knew you were supposed to be gracious when you come for the post-election forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. But I decided this was a year where normal rules don’t apply. Speaking the truth was more important.” http://wapo.st/2geuQ9iGREAT TRUMP ANECDOTE -- HuffPost's Arthur Delaney: "President-elect Donald Trump has asked his chief of staff to get him a list of every American company that has plans to shift production to another country. 'Hey, Reince, I want to get a list of companies that have announced they’re leaving,' Trump said to Reince Priebus last week in the middle of an on-the-record interview with Time magazine that was published on Wednesday. 'I can call them myself,' Trump said. 'Five minutes apiece. They won’t be leaving. O.K.?'" http://huff.to/2gnFiK5JACK SHAFER on “America’s First Real Estate Presidency”: “A real estate guy doesn’t just sell things — he oversells them. For instance, Trump has mythicized the repair job he did on the Wollman skating rink in Central Park when the real story is much less heroic. He oversold his 58-story tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue as a 68-floor building. Floor 30 follows floor 19 in the tower.” http://politi.co/2gERXWx JAMIE DIMON, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan, has been named the new chairman of Business Roundtable, succeeding Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar. COAL FOR CHRISTMAS -- “Left wing PR firms keep canceling Christmas over Trump win,” by Page Six’s Carlos Greer and Emily Smith: “Clinton friendly p.r. firm Sunshine Sachs, which counts Leo DiCaprio, Jon Bon Jovi and Barbra Streisand among its clients — all who threw their celebrity weight behind Hillary Clinton — has joined LaForce and canceled its holiday party because of Donald Trump’s election win. ‘Ain’t no party like a Sunshine Sachs party, but this year ain’t no party,’ a non-invite said. Boss Ken Sunshine is a Democratic adviser and a donor to the Clintons. The firm says it plans to instead donate the dough from the bash to charity.” http://pge.sx/2gnp4jQ MEDIAWATCH -- “Vice CEO Shane Smith: ‘we’re going to try and make the most’ of post-election political turmoil,” by Hadas Gold: “Shane Smith, the bombastic founder and CEO of Vice, thinks the current political climate is ‘crazy’ and that the level of dysfunction in Washington is at a whole new level never seen before in history … Smith explores that turmoil in a new feature for Vice called ‘Special Report: A House Divided’. Debuting Friday on HBO, the feature examines the fierce partisan fighting and political climate that gave rise to Donald Trump and features interviews with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Sen. Harry Reid, former Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Lindsey Graham, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Rep. Eric Cantor and others.” http://politi.co/2hjoCFb ... Exclusive 1-min. preview clip of Boehner: http://bit.ly/2h8R3VW-- SHEP SMITH paid tribute to his father yesterday, and tied it into the 75-year anniversary of Pearl Harbor – 90-second video http://bit.ly/2gERzaB BRIAN ROSS (with help from Matthew Mosk and Ali Dukakis) made his way into the Trump Hotel for a segment for yesterday’s ABC’s “World News Tonight.” He confronted dignitaries in attendance for the national day celebration for Bahrain, which spent $100K to use the hotel’s presidential ballroom space for the occasion. Of course, it turned into a mini-confrontation and security men tried to block Ross’ cameras. 2-min. video http://bit.ly/2h5UTvQSTAT DU JOUR – “U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993,” by WaPo’s Lenny Bernstein: “Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday ... In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death. ... Overall, life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015.” http://wapo.st/2gF5Q7dLATE NIGHT BEST – “Pizzagate Is An Alt-Right Fever Dream”: “For the record, Stephen Colbert has no part in this fake conspiracy. At least that’s what ‘they’ want him to say.” Video http://bit.ly/2hjjsJfDESSERT -- HOWARD WOLFSON’s annual best music list in The Daily Beast, “A Bad Year That Was Good for Music”: “Beyoncé—Lemonade ... Drive-By Truckers—American Band ... Radiohead—A Moon Shaped Pool ... Sturgill Simpson—A Sailor’s Guide to Earth ... Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—Skeleton Tree ... Hiss Golden Messenger—Heart Like a Levee ... The Gloaming—2 ... A Tribe Called Quest—We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service ... Bob Mould—Patch the Sky ... 75 Dollar Bill—Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock.” http://thebea.st/2hnku2H SPOTTED -- Colorado Rep. Jared Polis hosted Democratic members first elected in the 111th Congress at his home -- pic http://bit.ly/2h921dN … Carol Melton having breakfast yesterday morning at the Four Seasons with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes before Wednesday’s Senate Antitrust hearing ... At Cafe Milano Tuesday night: former VP Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn with former Sen. Trent Lott -- Cheney had also been the special guest that night at a Bush Cheney alumni party in which Brian McCormack “recommended” Cheney for Sec of State and Cheney responded by joking, “I don’t think Darth Vader would be welcome in the State Department” -- pic of Brian and Cheney (wearing a cowboy hat): http://bit.ly/2gEODuv ... FLOTUS at We The Pizza on Tuesday night … Juan Williams at Dunkin Donuts at DCA en route to New York to do his show … Elizabeth Warren enjoying an evening last night at Shake Shack in Penn QuarterJOE BIDEN’s former Senate colleagues turned out in force on Wednesday to honor him. Sen. Chris Coons organized the tribute on Delaware Day while Sen. Tom Carper anchored the event. “Lots of former senators and spouses came Back. Biden said he felt like he was at his own funeral,” according to one Playbooker. Fun sidebar: Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was working the room. http://bit.ly/2geJKfr--“Mitch McConnell just gave a seriously moving tribute to Joe Biden” -- video http://wapo.st/2gnuATJ HOLIDAY CIRCUIT SPOTTEDS -- at the White House print media Christmas party last night: Ben Smith, Paul Kane, Michael Crowley kneeling down at the East Wing entrance by the coat check and taking notes as he interviewed Henry Kissinger on the phone, Reid Epstein, Byron Tau, Miranda Green, Kate Bennett, Al Hunt, Jonathan Karl, John Harris, Carrie Budoff Brown, Kristin Roberts, Katty Kay, Ryan Grim, Jason Zengerle, Jake Horowitz, Bill Press, Mark Leibovich, Howard Fineman and Amy Nathan, Steven Mufson, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Joe and Giovanna Lockhart, Ben Labolt, Marty Baron, Sam Stein, Ben Chang, Craig Gordon, Neil King, Nick Timiraos, Ari Melber. Pics http://bit.ly/2gYKsN7 ... http://bit.ly/2hnkwrA … The giant stuffed dogs representing Bo and Sunny http://bit.ly/2gnmDOu … The dessert table http://bit.ly/2hjmiy3 … “Please don’t touch the maps” http://bit.ly/2h9vLFe ... Carol Lee with her adorable kid in front of a WH Christmas tree on the way out from the party http://bit.ly/2gnl2bs--SPOTTED at a very loud and enthusiastic set from The Struts at 9:30 Club hosted by Toby Knapp of 99.5, benefitting Musicians On Call: Chris Ortman, Katie Berner, Julian Epstein, Rick Lane, Alex Byers, Mike Huppe, Cary Sherman, Kendra Barkoff, Todd Flournoy, Dave Grimaldi, Gayle Osterberg, Jonathan Lamy, Ed Hill, John Morton, Ian Alberg, Kevin McDonald, Andrew Kovalcin, Brendan Kownacki, Cara Duckworth, Mitch Glazier, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Toby Knapp, John Fowler, Tyler Grimm, Mike Platt, Daniel Swartz. -- Once again, the Entertainment Software Association’s Mike Gallagher hosted the annual holiday party that brings together the digital creatives of Austin, San Francisco and Seattle along with folks from Trumpland and Capitol Hill. SPOTTED at the Rock N Roll Hotel (under the ESA signature klieg lights beaming over H Street): Marc Lampkin, Tommy Quinn, Shana Teehan, Christian Dawson, Suzanne Kianpour, Jared Parks, Ashley Darby, Ali Amirhooshmand, Tim Teehan, Michael Pachter, Alex Slater, Sunny Mehta, Alan Lewis, Dan Hewitt.SUNDAY SO FAR:-- “Fox News Sunday”: Donald Trump (his first Sunday show appearance as president elect http://politi.co/2gnet8M)-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Vice President Joe BidenBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: The Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui, a HuffPost alum, celebrating by spending the day with her parents, who live in Maryland, and probably an Italian dinner -- read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gYRm4Z BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): NBC News’ Katie Wall BIRTHDAYS: Rachel Sklar … ABC News special events king Marc Burstein ... Jordan Morrell ... World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is 57 … Ann Coulter is 55 … AP’s Pablo Martinez Monsivais ... Lizzie O’Leary, host of Marketplace Weekend ... Honey Sharp (h/t forever grateful and lucky son Daniel Lippman) ... Think Progress editor Judd Legum ... Politico’s Danica Stanciu ... Ginny Badanes, strategic advisor for Civic Tech Services at Microsoft ... Brie Sachse of Siemens USA ... Cayman Clevenger of Imagine Louisiana Political Communications who has worked in Louisiana politics at every level since he was 17 (h/t Lamar White, Jr.) … Stephen Spaulding, special Counsel to FEC Commissioner Ann M. Ravel and a Common Cause alum ... Nick Colvin, alum of the Obama Senate Office, OFA and White House Counsel’s Office now a lawyer in Chicago (h/t the Ortiz crew) ... Steve Bouchard (h/t Jon Haber) ... CNN’s Brooke Lorenz (h/t sister Taylor, who gave her Snapchat Spectacles) ... P. Lynn Scarlett ... … Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) is 49 ... former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) is 75 ... Sylvester Okere ... Al Williams is 67 ... Mark Zavatsky is 52 ... Michael Shapiro ... M. Dolon Hickmon is 41 ... Courtney Johnson, executive director of Women Lead PAC ... Luis Rosero, an Obama HHS alum … Karen Keller, director of special events and protocol at the Smithsonian ... B.R. McConnon, CEO of DDC ... Philadelphia Magazine’s Emily Leaman, a Washingtonian alum … Solange Uwimana ... Jeff Neubauer … Steve Day … Jackie Gran … Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett … Nancy Balz (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Nick Colvin … Linda Rotunno … Deloitte’s Alison Matarazzo Edwards ... Jen Minton … Anna Waterfield of House ASC ... Tom Bush, senior LA for Sen. Moran ... Courtney O’Neal ... Gregg Allman is 69 … Kim Basinger is 63 (h/ts AP)

07 декабря 2016, 21:41

Thiel touts fellow investor for HHS roles

O'Neill has worked at Thiel Capital, led the Thiel Foundation and now invests at Mithril Capital Management.

07 декабря 2016, 16:00

Ученые из РФ научились растворять антибиотики в воде

Ученые из Института химии растворов РАН научились делать ряд антибиотиков более доступными для организма, что повысит эффективность и уменьшит дозу антибиотиков при лечении болезней, отмечено в статье в Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics.

18 ноября 2016, 21:03

Economist O'Neill: Trump's Election Won't Stop Globalization

Economist Jim O’Neill, the creator of the Bric acronym, isn’t seeing the world turned upside down after the surprise election of Donald Trump.

09 ноября 2016, 06:22

Burr holds off Ross in North Carolina

Democrats made a late charge at the seat, but the GOP senator kept it for another term.

03 ноября 2016, 14:09

Группе БРИКС вовсе не грозит распад, и это следует знать ее противникам

В условиях глобальной неопределенности и разрушающихся западных экономик, укрепление сотрудничества пяти стран БРИКС, объединенных общей целью – отстранить Запад от монопольного управления мировой экономикой, становится все более актуальнымThe post Группе БРИКС вовсе не грозит распад, и это следует знать ее противникам appeared first on MixedNews.

03 ноября 2016, 14:09

Группе БРИКС вовсе не грозит распад, и это следует знать ее противникам

В условиях глобальной неопределенности и разрушающихся западных экономик, укрепление сотрудничества пяти стран БРИКС, объединенных общей целью – отстранить Запад от монопольного управления мировой экономикой, становится все более актуальнымThe post Группе БРИКС вовсе не грозит распад, и это следует знать ее противникам appeared first on MixedNews.

03 ноября 2016, 14:09

Группе БРИКС вовсе не грозит распад, и это следует знать ее противникам

В условиях глобальной неопределенности и разрушающихся западных экономик, укрепление сотрудничества пяти стран БРИКС, объединенных общей целью – отстранить Запад от монопольного управления мировой экономикой, становится все более актуальнымThe post Группе БРИКС вовсе не грозит распад, и это следует знать ее противникам appeared first on MixedNews.

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02 ноября 2016, 15:21

PS On Air: The Super Germ Threat

In the latest edition of PS On Air , Jim O’Neill discusses how to beat antimicrobial resistance, which threatens millions of lives, with Gavekal Dragonomics’ Anatole Kaletsky and Leonardo Maisano of Il Sole 24 Ore.

30 октября 2016, 13:29

What The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Will Actually Do To Your Service

While analysts and regulators weigh the pros and cons of AT&T's recently proposed $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner, customers have begun voicing their own concerns. Topping the list: What does this deal mean for their service? Actually, it depends how you define service. Some industry-watchers say the new company could leverage its consolidated power to offer customers superior choices. AT&T is the largest pay-TV operator in the nation, the second-largest wireless company and the third-largest broadband provider. And isn't bigger better? Others fear a combined AT&T-Time Warner would dominate the marketplace, leading to higher prices and inferior service. Related: Frequently asked questions about resolving a consumer complaint. If it's customer service strictly by the numbers, then that's a somewhat easier question to answer. Take AT&T Mobility, which scores a 71 out of 100 in the authoritative American Customer Satisfaction Index, which is the average score for a wireless company. DirecTV, now owned by AT&T, scores a 68 in the subscription TV category, two points above average. Time Warner, the media company which owns CNN, HBO, and Warner Bros. (not the cable company, which belongs to Charter Communications) isn't rated in a comparable way. But, as with most mergers, there's no widespread agreement on what a mashup of AT&T and Time Warner would mean. Not from customers, not from industry analysts, and perhaps not even from regulators. A mixed response from consumers Some current AT&T customers say combining the two companies makes sense. Keith Fix, who runs a marketing technology company in Omaha, Neb., likes the possible synergies. "I look forward to the merger," he says. "Hopefully this will translate into open access to content and distribution on the carrier side. I wouldn't mind discounts or content bundles with my carrier plan for things I already use such as HBO Now." That's one of the biggest selling points of this merger, at least from a consumer point of view. A combination could create interesting new entertainment options. "For an average consumer, this can really redefine the way he or she consumes media content," says Jitesh Keswani, CEO of e-Intelligence, a marketing technology agency. "For example, if you are an AT&T customer, you should be excited about the possible zero-rating opportunity, meaning you can now stream all your popular Time Warner shows without having to use your data." But Karen Cummings, an editor for a software company who lives in Fryeburg, Me., and a longtime AT&T and Time Warner customer, says she's deeply concerned. She complains that her AT&T service keeps getting worse, and worries that the overall trajectory of the new company would take it in the same direction -- taking advantage of its enormous size to raise prices and reduce service further. "I'm thinking of switching carriers," she says. She should be scared, says Chris Brantner, who runs CutCableToday.com, a cord-cutting site. "The merger is downright frightening for consumers, both traditional cable customers and cord-cutters alike," he says. It could leave AT&T in an almost monopolistic market position, dominating TV, internet, and wireless. It could also lead to other negative side effects, such as the company offering "free" data for those using its services, while throttling or punishing others. Brantner notes that T-Mobile dabbled in this kind of behavior with its BingeOn app, allowing "free" data, but only for certain apps. Prices are almost certain to rise, if history is any indication. John Kwoka, an economist and antitrust expert at Northeastern University, studied 1,000 mergers over two decades and reported that 80 percent of the transactions resulted in a price increase. What's the point? Since the merger was announced last weekend, it's been heavily criticized. Asked to view the deal through the prism of customer service, that criticism comes into even sharper focus. Babson College Lecturer Peter Cohan doesn't understand how the deal would help consumers. "If AT&T wants to pump Time Warner’s content over its pipes, why not just pay a fee to license it, rather than spend $85.4 billion to acquire Time Warner?" he asks. "Do the consumers lose something?" asks M.S. Krishnan, a professor of technology and operations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. "Yes, they may. It may give companies more power in the channel, and we’re already seeing this happening in different parts of the value chain. Netflix getting into content creation on their own, for example.” And even though there's a loose consensus that this merger will eventually be green-lighted, the real effects could be felt by consumers -- and specifically, on customer service -- later. “This will be one of the largest media mergers we have seen historically," says Jim O’Neill, an analyst at Ooyala, a video analytics company. "This deal could set the stage for a new generation of media companies.” Next up But the merger is by no means a certainty. It must overcome regulatory hurdles from the Department of Justice and possibly the Federal Communications Commission. It may also face opposition from a public, wary of previous mergers that ended up doing little for them. Analysts say AT&T can do this right -- as long as it focuses on consumers. "Much of the success of this deal will depend on how keenly senior leaders keep their eyes on the customers," says Linda Henman, an author and corporate succession planning expert. "Too often companies look inward after a deal like this, concentrating on integrating IT systems, compensation, processes, and HR functions. They lose sight of the external forces that will ultimately decide the fate of their decisions." It may be too soon to know how a combined AT&T-Time Warner will treat you. But the decisions made now by regulators, customers and the companies will no doubt answer that question soon. Christopher Elliott specializes in solving intractable consumer problems. Contact him with your questions on his advocacy website. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google or sign up for his newsletter. -- 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 октября 2016, 14:04

PS On Air: Jim O’Neill

Jim O’Neill discusses BRICS and Brexit with Gavekal Dragonomics’ Anatole Kaletsky, Jennifer Nille of L’Echo, and Leonardo Maisano of Il Sole 24 Ore on the latest edition of PS On Air.

11 апреля 2014, 22:47

О замедлении, сближении и декаплинге развитых и недоразвитых

Появилась очередная серия докладов МВФ с прогнозами. По этому поводу есть несколько записей в блоге. Один из самых известных рисунков показывает темпы роста ВВП стран с развитой экономикой и БРИК/МИНТ и Ко., которых 16. Это из довольно мутного рассказа на русском языке о внешних и внутренних факторах роста недоразвитых стран. Разница в темпах роста огромная и никуда не делась. Из рисунка очень понятно, что до кризиса страны с формирующимися рынками росли необычно быстро. Во время глобального финансового кризиса у всех был провал, затем отскок благодаря стимулирующей политике Китая и других стран. Но уже с 2012 практически везде наблюдается замедление роста. До 2013 года динамика российского роста хорошо вписывалась с общую картинку. Аномальные темпы роста около 7% в год и ошибки в экономической политике затем аукнулись большим спадом. После кризиса, как и следовало ожидать, темпы роста снизились до более нормальных 3-4%. После периода полной несознанки с призывами вернуться к росту 5-6%, МЭР и ЦБ теперь бросились в другую крайность, настаивая на том, что "новой нормой" для российской экономики является что-то меньше 2% в год. Джим О'Нил думает, что народ пугают реформаторы потому что хотят перемен. Другим объяснением может быть банальная "советская" попытка чиновников "занизить плана", чтобы его поток перевыполнить и получить за это грамоты и премии за уже проводимые структурные реформы.  Чтобы поддержать российских реформаторов, России на этот год МВФ прочит 1,3%, а в обозримом будущем рисуют 2,5% в год (Польше за ее институты обещают 3,5%). Среди 16 стран Китай стоит особняком. Резким замедлением китайского роста или даже финансовым крахом в этой стране пугают уже много лет. В этой связи обращает на себя внимание другая картинка и запись в блоге МВФ под названием "Размер важен".  Все знают, что экономика Китая долгие годы стабильно росла темпами по 10% в год. В 2003-2007 темпы роста были еще выше, в среднем 11,7%.  На 2014 год Китаю прогнозируют рост около 7,5%. А в 2015-2019 МВФ ожидает "всего" 6,8%.  МВФ замечает, что те, кто пугают нас таким замедлением, плохо понимают арифметику. Экономика Китая уже стала такой огромной, что китайские 6,8% в год добавляют к росту экономики мира БОЛЬШЕ, чем 11,7% до кризиса. До кризиса Китай добавлял в среднем 1 процентный пункт к общему росту ВВП, а в ближайшие годы будет добавлять 1,1 пп. Вклад Китая на рисунке помечен красным, вклад США синим, вклад большой, но слабенькой еврозоны желтым.  Еще одна известная иллюстрация того, что экономика Китая за пять потерянных для Запада лет стала огромной. США с середины 2008 года росли еле еле. Еврозона еще хуже, не будем ее даже обижать. А вот Китай не стоял на месте, сегодня его экономика уже на 60% больше, чем в середине 2008 года.(картинка отсюда, но таких много)