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02 декабря, 16:54

FirstEnergy Unit Working on Reliability Enhancement Projects

Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed), an affiliate of diversified energy company FirstEnergy Corp. (FE), is finishing work on electric system projects worth nearly $7.5 million

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02 декабря, 02:32

These Were The Most Popular Baby Names Of 2016

As 2016 comes to close, BabyCenter has released its annual list of most popular baby names. Once again, the top five names for boys and are almost exactly the identical to last year’s list ― though Lucas and Liam traded places. New to the top 10 list for girls are Riley, Aria and Charlotte. For boys, Oliver and Elijah are new additions. BabyCenter’s rankings are based on the names of babies born in 2016 to parents registered on the website.  See the top 20 names for boys and girls below.  Most Popular Names For Girls Sophia Emma Olivia Ava Mia Isabella Riley Aria Zoe Charlotte Most Popular Names For Boys Jackson Aiden Lucas Liam Noah Ethan Mason Caden Oliver Elijah As in past years, BabyCenter also analyzed its user data to identify some interesting name trends of 2016. Powerful Women BabyCenter found that names of powerful women are on the rise, with Hillary up 64 percent. Other influential women’s names that increased were Amal (up 21 percent), Venus (up 26 percent),  and Ivanka (up 39 percent).  “We’ve been naming boys after titans of politics, sports, and business for thousands of years,” stated BabyCenter Global Editor-in-Chief, Linda Murray. “It’s refreshing to see the names of powerful modern women being chosen by new parents. Today’s parents want their daughters to be strong and successful.” Horror “Stranger Things,” “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story” character names were also on the rise in 2016, BabyCenter’s report stated. Nancy Wheeler’s first name increased 46 percent. Dustin, Lucas and Joyce also jumped up 32 percent, 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively.  “Walking Dead” names rose as well, with Carol up 18 percent and Hershel up 37 percent. “American Horror Story” saw similar character influence, boosting Iris up 16 percent, Donovan up 3 percent and Lee up 11 percent.  Luxury Brands BabyCenter attributes the rise in several baby names to the influence of luxury brands like Cartier (up 77 percent), Dior (up 53 percent), Armani (up 44 percent) and Donatella (up 38 percent). The name Tesla also rose 18 percent and Lexus jumped up 62 percent.  Small Screen Favorites Parents’ love for “Game of Thrones” names persists, as alternate Arya spelling, Aria, reached number eight on BabyCenter’s list of popular girls’ names. Arya actress Maisie Williams’ first name leaped up 33 percent. Sansa is up 46 percent and Brienne is up 4 percent.  Other TV name trends BabyCenter noted include the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” heroine’s name rising 75 percent, “Orange is the New Black” character Daya’s name up 55 percent and the name Sebastian from “House of Cards” is up 20 percent.  STEM Inspiration BabyCenter also found a rise in “science-y names” like Cloud (up 76 percent) and Rocket (up 24 percent). Famous scientists’ names also increased, with Darwin rising 57 percent, Newton up 44 percent and Edison up 25 percent.  Contemporary tech figures and innovations also influenced the baby naming world, as the name Elon (of Musk fame) is up 41 percent and Cortana (of Microsoft personal assistant fame) is up 36 percent.  Antiheroes Hulk alter ego Bruce Banner’s last name is apparently on the rise, as BabyCenter noted in 48 percent rise for Banner. Harley Quinn from “Suicide Squad” also may have influenced baby name trends, with Harley up 35 percent, Harleen up 13 percent and Quinn up five percent.  For more information on this report, visit BabyCenter. -- 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.

01 декабря, 18:17

Ormat (ORA) Unit Inks PPA for California Geothermal Complex

Ormat Technologies, Inc. (ORA) announced that one of its affiliate has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA)

01 декабря, 15:52

Examples of Junk Science: A Pseudoscience Whistleblower Story

Today's example of junk science is special in that we're focusing on the story of an individual who contributed to the exposure of the false science that is bringing down one of the most successful business startups of the last decade: Theranos. If you follow the story, you'll find that there are a lot of boxes that can be ticked off on our checklist for how to detect junk science, but we'll be focusing on the following two categories in today's example. How to Distinguish "Good" Science from "Junk" or "Pseudo" Science Aspect Science Pseudoscience Comments Challenges Scientists in legitimate fields of study commonly seek out counterexamples or findings that appear to be inconsistent with accepted theories. A challenge to accepted dogma in the pseudosciences is often considered a hostile act, if not heresy, which leads to bitter disputes or even schisms. Science advances by accommodating change as new information is obtained. Frequently, the person who shows that a generally accepted belief is incorrect or incomplete is more likely to be considered a hero than a heretic. Merit Scientific ideas and concepts must stand or fall on their own merits, based on existing knowledge and evidence. These ideas and concepts may be created or challenged by anyone with a basic understanding of general scientific principles, without regard to their standing within a particular field. Pseudoscientific concepts tend to be shaped by individual egos and personalities, almost always by individuals who are not in contact with mainstream science. They often invoke authority (a famous name for example, or perhaps an impressive sounding organization) for support. Pseudoscience practicioners place an excessive amount of emphasis on credentials, associations and recognition they may have received (even for unrelated matters) to support their pronouncements. They may also may seek to dismiss or disqualify legitimate challenges to their findings because the challengers lack a certain rare pedigree, often uniquely shared by the pseudoscientists. Let's get to the story of one of Theranos' whistleblowers, picking it up from when they reported their findings of falsified research and cover-ups to the CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes to see how these categories came into play. After working at Theranos Inc. for eight months, Tyler Shultz decided he had seen enough. On April 11, 2014, he emailed company founder Elizabeth Holmes to complain that Theranos had doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks. In essence, Shultz was complaining that the company was engaged in pseudoscience, a form of fraud that seeks to use the veneer of respectable science to advance false premises to support ideological, cultural or commercial goals. In this case of Theranos, the allegations are that the company's management falsified its research results in order to advance their commercial goals, where their sales depended upon the acceptance of their product's capabilities in the medical community. Capabilities that, by many accounts, have proven both greatly overstated and severely lacking. The alleged doctoring of research, thus ensuring they would obtain their desired results, and the tossing out of failed quality control checks that might contradict the perception they sought to create that their Edison test devices were genuinely capable of performing as they claimed. But perhaps the most telling evidence that individuals at the firm were engaged in highly unethical conduct was to be found in their response to being called out for their bad actions. The story continues with how Theranos' executives responded to the whistleblower's e-mail. After emailing Ms. Holmes in April 2014 about the allegedly doctored research and quality-control failures, Mr. Shultz heard nothing for several days. Then Mr. Balwani’s response arrived. It began: “We saw your email to Elizabeth. Before I get into specifics, let me share with you that had this email come from anyone else in the company, I would have already held them accountable for the arrogant and patronizing tone and reckless comments.” Note the immediate attempt to put down the real challenge to the doctored research and ignored quality checks by immediately changing the subject to attempt to make it all about the whistleblower, which in addition to representing an abuse of whatever authority they may have, also checks off the boxes on our checklist for how to detect junk science for both challenges and merit. This kind of personal attack is surprising common among those who have knowingly engaged in junk science and have had their scientific misconduct exposed. Insults and smear attacks aimed at those who have identified misconduct are simply part of their toolbox for getting away with their unethical behavior, where they hope to discourage additional scrutiny by attempting to make it personally painful for those seeking to expose it. In the case of Theranos' executive's response, that appears to also have meant going after the whistleblower's family. The reply was withering. Ms. Holmes forwarded the email to Theranos President Sunny Balwani, who belittled Mr. Shultz’s grasp of basic mathematics and his knowledge of laboratory science, and then took a swipe at his relationship with George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director. As it happens, Tyler Shultz' grandfather, where the conflict between Theranos' executives and the younger Shultz has led to a rift within the family. But that's not the creepiest part of Theranos' response, which included some serious escalations after the WSJ began publishing a series of exposés about the company. Theranos accused him of leaking trade secrets and violating an agreement to not disclose confidential information. Mr. Shultz says lawyers from the law firm founded by David Boies, one of the country’s best-known litigators and who later became a Theranos director, surprised him during a visit to his grandfather’s house. They unsuccessfully pressured the younger Mr. Shultz to say he had talked to the reporter and to reveal who the Journal’s other sources might be. He says he also was followed by private investigators hired by Theranos. The purpose of this kind of activity on the part of those engaged in pseudoscience is to intimidate the whistleblower into either silence or into compliance. The Theranos case is unique in that the company has the resources to apply pressure through these costly means, but other forms of intimidation, such as cyberstalking, are a preferred choice of intimidation tactic for those more economically minded. Meanwhile, the Theranos story is still playing out in the headlines and in the courts, where in the latest news, it appears that all the right people are being targeted with the consequences for their actions. There's hope for justice yet for the pseudoscience whistleblowers of the world! ReferencesCarreyrou, John. Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company - and His Family. Wall Street Journal. [Online Article]. 18 November 2016.

30 ноября, 23:21

Not All Immigrant Labor Is Cheap Labor

There are problems with the narrative that visas are letting foreigners take Americans’ jobs at lower wages.

29 ноября, 13:08

Immigration hard-liner Sessions could execute crackdown as AG

The GOP senator has long been a lonely voice on immigration. At the DOJ he'd have vast powers over the issue.

28 ноября, 14:10

Trump Moves To Destroy Public Education

In the last two weeks Donald Trump has backtracked, charmed, fudged, modified, and hedged on positions he took during his campaign for president. Some critics, like the New York Times, even start to hope a Trump presidency might not be as bad as they initially feared. Trump will probably never "build the wall" and Hillary seems to be safe from criminal prosecution. But for children and schools in the United States the situation looks worse than expected as Trump quickly moved with plans to tear apart public education in this country. It is going to be a long and difficult fight to try to stop him. During the campaign, Candidate Trump endorsed a vastly expanded "charter school" system and pledged to divert $20 billion in federal funds away from public schools. It would end up financing Southern segregation academies, religious schools, and private and for-profit ventures. To do this Trump was going to tie federal dollars to individual children, so wherever they went, the dollars would follow. Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education could hardly be worse. Right-wing billionaire Elizabeth "Betsy" DeVos has spent decades and millions of dollars in campaigns to privatize, defund, and destroy public education in her home state of Michigan and in the United States. Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Association declared "By nominating Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration has demonstrated just how out of touch it is with what works best for students, parents, educators, and communities." DeVos is a product of Christian education and she and her family members are involved across-the-board in right-wing activities including anti-gay marriage efforts and covert for-profit military operations. DeVos never worked in public education in any capacity and her children all attended Christian academies. Much of DeVos' money comes via her husband who inherited the Amway health and beauty products company. DeVos personally was chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice and is head of the the All Children Matter political action committee that she and her husband founded to promote school vouchers, tax credits to businesses that give private school scholarships, and candidates who support these causes. DeVos money also goes to back Republican candidates who are opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage. The DeVos family donated almost seven million dollars to one anti-choice group alone and $500,000 to the anti-marriage equality organization National Organization for Marriage. In 2000, DeVos and her husband pushed for a ballot measure in Michigan that would have written vouchers into the state Constitution. When it was rejected by voters, they switched their efforts to backing pro-voucher candidates for the state legislature. As with most of Trump's ill-conceived promises, his education proposals are rooted in contempt for reality. He does not care about evidence from existing programs that they are bad ideas or seem to have any understanding of the disruptive impact this would have on the education of children. For-profit trade schools and "colleges" have been leeching off of public dollars for years while leaving students, especially veterans, with no marketable skills and in heavy debt. Just last week Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to students cheated out of tuition dollars by his Trump University. Unable to attract sufficient federal subsidies, at least until now, for-profit charters have been going out of business. In 2007, for-profit management companies ran almost half of charter schools that were part of chains or larger networks. By 2010, it declined to 37 percent, and it kept on declining as legitimate businesses, like Edison, left the industry. Charter school advocates see this as just part of the process of bring free-market business values to education. But meanwhile thousands, maybe millions of children, are deprived or an education as these schools fail or disappear. The devastating nature of Trump's plans and DeVos' destructive influence, and the dystopian future of education in this country if their plans are implemented, are already in place in cities like Detroit. Michigan, partly because of DeVos, bit the charter school lore hook, line, and sinker. It bet choice and competition would improve public schools. Instead, in Detroit and other cities it got failure and chaos. Michigan's charter school reform revolution dates back to 1993 when a "free market" governor pushed through a state law permitting charter schools. Michigan allowed public school districts, community colleges, universities, other non-profit groups, and private for-profit companies to run the charters and basically said they could run anyway they wanted to with almost no oversight. For-profit companies saw a potential bonanza and now operate about 80 percent of the state's charter schools. Michigan sends $1 billion in education funding to charters annually and Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids are each on the list of the cities with the largest percentage of children attending charter schools. The edu-companies also became major lobbyists for the state's ever expanding charter system and Republican candidates for office. This is when Betsy DeVos emerged on the scene as a major champion of charter schools. As a result of efforts by DeVos and the charter companies, although Michigan had nearly 220,000 fewer students in 2015 than it had in 2003, it had more than 100 new charter schools. According to a 2015 report by New York Times education reporter Kate Zernike, between 2010 and 2015 the combination of "divisive politics, "educational ideology," and "a scramble for money," over 1.1 billion state tax dollars go to Michigan charter schools, "produced a public education fiasco that is perhaps unparalleled in the United States." National charter school companies moved into Detroit promising impoverished residents school miracles. Zernike found that "the unchecked growth of charters ... created a glut of schools competing for some of the nation's poorest students, enticing them to enroll with cash bonuses, laptops, raffle tickets for iPads and bicycles." Schools were "cannibalized" as they fought "so hard over students and the limited public dollars that follow them that no one thrives." Scott Romney, a board member of the civic group New Detroit, charged that as a result of the reforms, "we've had a total and complete collapse of education in this city." A federal review of applications for Michigan charter schools discovered an "unreasonably high" number of charters among Michigan's worst-performing schools. But that did not stop the flood. A cap on the number of charter schools in the state was lifted in 2011. Almost immediately, 24 new charter schools opened in Detroit and 18 charters, including those with dismal performance records, expanded operations. The Network for Public Education is organizing an online letter writing campaign pressuring United States Senators to block DeVos' appointment. Click here to sign. I will be joining the January 21, 2017 Women's March on Washington. My poster will read "Defend Public Education - Stop Trump and DeVos." I hope to see everybody there. Follow Alan Singer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReecesPieces8 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 ноября, 03:44

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

East Room 3:13 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, hello, hello!  Hey!  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  We’ve got some work to do here.  (Laughter.)  This is not all fun and games. Welcome to the White House, everybody.  Today, we celebrate extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened our union, pushed us toward progress.  I always love doing this event, but this is a particularly impressive class.  We've got innovators and artists.  Public servants, rabble rousers, athletes, renowned character actors -- like the guy from Space Jam.  (Laughter.)  We pay tribute to those distinguished individuals with our nation's highest civilian honor -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Now, let me tell you a little bit about each of them. First, we came close to missing out on Bill and Melinda Gates' incredible partnership.  Because apparently Bill's opening line was, "Do you want to go out two weeks from this coming Saturday?"  (Laughter.)  He’s good with computers, but -- (laughter.)    Fortunately, Melinda believes in second chances.  And the world is better for it.  For two decades, the Gates Foundation has worked to provide lifesaving medical care to millions -- boosting clean water supplies, improving education for our children, rallying aggressive international action on climate change, cutting childhood mortality in half.  The list could go on. These two have donated more money to charitable causes than anyone, ever.  Many years ago, Melinda's mom told her an old saying: "To know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived -- that is success."  By this and just about any other measure, few in human history have been more successful than these two impatient optimists. Frank Gehry has never let popular acclaim reverse his impulse to defy convention.  "I was an outsider from the beginning," he says, "so for better or worse, I thrived on it."  The child of poor Jewish immigrants, Frank grew up in Los Angeles, and throughout his life he embraced the spirit of a city defined by an open horizon.  He's spent his life rethinking shapes and mediums, seemingly the force of gravity itself; the idea of what architecture could be he decided to upend -- constantly repurposing every material available, from titanium to a paper towel tube.  He's inspiring our next generation through his advocacy for arts education in our schools.  From the Guggenheim, to Bilbao, to Chicago's Millennium Park -- our hometown -- to his home in Santa Monica, which I understand caused some consternation among his neighbors -- (laughter) -- Frank's work teaches us that while buildings may be sturdy and fixed to the ground, like all great art, they can lift our spirits.  They can soar and broaden our horizons. When an undergraduate from rural Appalachia first set foot on the National Mall many years ago, she was trying to figure out a way to show that "war is not just a victory or a loss," but "about individual lives."  She considered how the landscape might shape that message, rather than the other way around.  The project that Maya Lin designed for her college class earned her a B+ -- (laughter) -- and a permanent place in American history.  (Laughter.)  So all of you B+ students out there.  (Laughter.) The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has changed the way we think about monuments, but also about how we think about sacrifice, and patriotism, and ourselves.  Maya has given us more than just places for remembering -- she has created places for us to make new memories.  Her sculptures, chapels, and homes are "physical act[s] of poetry," each reminding us that the most important element in art or architecture is human emotion. Three minutes before Armstrong and Aldrin touched down on the moon, Apollo 11's lunar lander alarms triggered -- red and yellow lights across the board.  Our astronauts didn't have much time.  But thankfully, they had Margaret Hamilton.  A young MIT scientist -- and a working mom in the ‘60s -- Margaret led the team that created the onboard flight software that allowed the Eagle to land safely.  And keep in mind that, at this time, software engineering wasn't even a field yet.  There were no textbooks to follow, so, as Margaret says, "There was no choice but to be pioneers."  Luckily for us, Margaret never stopped pioneering.  And she symbolizes the generation of unsung women who helped send humankind into space.  Her software architecture echoes in countless technologies today.  And her example speaks of the American spirit of discovery that exists in every little girl and little boy who know that somehow, to look beyond the heavens is to look deep within ourselves -- and to figure out just what is possible. If Wright is flight and Edison is light, then Hopper is code.  Born in 1906, Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper followed her mother into mathematics, earned her PhD from Yale, and set out on a long and storied career.  At age 37, and a full 15 pounds below military guidelines, the gutsy and colorful Grace joined the Navy and was sent to work on one of the first computers, Harvard's "Mark One."  She saw beyond the boundaries of the possible, and invented the first compiler, which allowed programs to be written in regular language and then translated for computers to understand.  While the women who pioneered software were often overlooked, the most prestigious award for young computer scientists now bear her name.  From cell phones to cyber command, we can thank Grace Hopper for opening programming to millions more people, helping to usher in the information age and profoundly shaping our digital world.  Speaking of really smart people -- (laughter) -- in the summer of 1950, a young University of Chicago physicist found himself at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Dick Garwin was there, he said, because Chicago paid its faculty for nine months but his family ate for 12.  So by the next summer, Dick had helped create the hydrogen bomb.  And for the rest of his life, he dedicated himself to reducing the threat of nuclear war.  Dick's not only an architect of the atomic age.  Ever since he was a Cleveland kid tinkering with his father's movie projectors, he's never met a problem he didn't want to solve.  Reconnaissance satellites, the MRI, GPS technology, the touchscreen all bear his fingerprints.  He even patented a "mussel washer" for shellfish -- which I haven’t used.  The other stuff I have.  (Laughter.)  Where is he?  Dick has advised nearly every President since Eisenhower -- often rather bluntly.  Enrico Fermi -- also a pretty smart guy himself -- is said to have called Dick "the only true genius" he ever met.  I do want to see this mussel washer.  (Laughter.) Along with these scientists, artists, and thinkers, we also honor those who have shaped our culture from the stage and the screen. In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the whole course history.  Cicely was never the likeliest of Hollywood stars.  The daughter of immigrants from the West Indies, she was raised by a hardworking and religious mother who cleaned houses and forbade her children to attend the movies.  But once she got her education and broke into the business, Cicely made a conscious decision not just to say lines, but to speak out.  "I would not accept roles," she said, "unless they projected us, particularly women, in a realistic light, [and] dealt with us as human beings."  And from "Sounder," to "The Trip to Bountiful," to "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," Cicely's convictions and grace have helped for us see the dignity of every single beautiful member of the American family.  And she’s just gorgeous.  (Laughter and applause.)  Yes, she is. In 1973, a critic wrote of Robert De Niro, "This kid doesn't just act -- he takes off into the vapors."  And it was true, his characters are iconic.  A Sicilian father turned New York mobster.  A mobster who runs a casino.  A mobster who needs therapy.  (Laughter.)  A father-in-law who is scarier than a mobster.  (Laughter.)  Al Capone -- a mobster.  (Laughter.) Robert combines dramatic precision and, it turns out, comedic timing with his signature eye for detail.  And while the name De Niro is synonymous with "tough guy," his true gift is the sensitivity that he brings to each role.  This son of New York artists didn't stop at becoming one of the world's greatest actors.  He's also a director, a philanthropist, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.  Of his tireless preparation -- from learning the saxophone to remaking his body -- he once said, "I feel I have to earn the right to play a part."  And the result is honest and authentic art that reveals who we really are. In 1976, Lorne Michaels implored the Beatles to reunite on his brand new show.  In exchange, he offered them $3,000.  (Laughter.)  And then he told them they could share it equally, or they could give Ringo a smaller cut.  (Laughter.)  Which was early proof that Lorne Michaels has a good sense of humor.  On Saturday Night Live, he's created a world where a band of no-names become comedy's biggest stars.  Where our friends the Coneheads, and cheerleaders, and land sharks, and basement deadbeats, and motivational speakers, and an unfrozen caveman lawyer show up, and Tom Hanks is on "Black Jeopardy."  (Laughter.)  After four decades, even in this fractured media culture that we’ve got, SNL remains appointment viewing; a mainline into not just our counterculture but our culture; still a challenge to the powerful, especially folks like me.  And yet even after all these years, Lorne jokes that his tombstone should bear just a single word that's often found in the show's reviews -- "uneven."  (Laughter.)  As a current U.S. Senator would say:  Doggone it, Lorne - that's why people like you.  He produced a Senator, too, that’s pretty impressive. Ellen DeGeneres has a way of making you laugh about something rather than at someone.  Except when I danced on her show -- she laughed at me.  (Laughter.)  But that’s okay.  It's easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far, where now marriage is equal under the law -- just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago.  Just how important it was not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us to see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody we liked so much, somebody who could be our neighbor or our colleague or our sister challenge our own assumptions, remind us that we have more in common than we realize, push our country in the direction of justice. What an incredible burden that was to bear.  To risk your career like that.  People don’t do that very often.  And then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders.  But it's like Ellen says:  We all want a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole.  Which really makes no sense to me, but I thought would brighten the mood, because I was getting kind of choked up.  (Laughter.)  And she did pay a price -- we don’t remember this.  I hadn’t remembered it.  She did, for a pretty long stretch of time -- even in Hollywood.  And yet, today, every day, in every way, Ellen counters what too often divides us with the countless things that bind us together -- inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time. When The Candidate wins his race in the iconic 1972 film of the same name, which continues, by the way, for those of you who haven’t seen it, and many of you are too young -- perhaps the best movie about what politics is actually like, ever.  He famously asks his campaign manager the reflective and revealing question:  "What do we do now?"  And like the man he played in that movie, Robert Redford has figured it out and applied his talent and charm to achieve success.  We admire Bob not just for his remarkable acting, but for having figured out what to do next.  He created a platform for independent filmmakers with the Sundance Institute.  He has supported our National Parks and our natural resources as one of the foremost conservationists of our generation.  He's given his unmatched charisma to unforgettable characters like Roy Hobbs, Nathan Muir, and of course the Sundance Kid, entertaining us for more than half a century.  As an actor, director, producer, and as an advocate, he has not stopped -- and apparently drives so fast that he had breakfast in Napa and dinner in Salt Lake.  (Laughter.)  At 80 years young, Robert Redford has no plans to slow down. According to a recent headline, the movie, Sully was the last straw.  We should never travel with Tom Hanks.  (Laughter.)  I mean, you think about, you got pirates, plane crashes, you get marooned in airport purgatory, volcanoes -- something happens with Tom Hanks.  (Laughter.)  And yet somehow, we can't resist going where he wants to take us.  He's been an accidental witness to history, a crusty women's baseball manager, an everyman who fell in love with Meg Ryan three times.  (Laughter.)  Made it seem natural to have a volleyball as your best friend.  From a Philadelphia courtroom, to Normandy's beachheads, to the dark side of the moon, he has introduced us to America's unassuming heroes.  Tom says he just saw "ordinary guys who did the right thing at the right time."  Well, it takes one to know one, and "America's Dad" has stood up to cancer with his beloved wife, Rita.  He has championed our veterans, supported space exploration, and the truth is, Tom has always saved his best roles for real life.  He is a good man -- which is the best title you can have. So we got innovators, entertainers -- three more folks who've dedicated themselves to public service. In the early 1960s, thousands of Cuban children fled to America, seeking an education they'd never get back home.  And one refugee was 15-year-old named Eduardo Padron, whose life changed when he enrolled at Miami Dade College.  That decision led to a bachelor's degree, then a Master's degree, then a PhD, and then he had a choice -- he could go into corporate America, or he could give back to his alma mater.  And Eduardo made his choice -- to create more stories just like his.  As Miami Dade's President since 1995, Dr. Padron has built a "dream factory" for one of our nation's most diverse student bodies -- 165,000 students in all.  He's one of the world's preeminent education leaders -- thinking out of the box, supporting students throughout their lives, embodying the belief that we're only as great as the doors we open.  Eduardo's example is one we all can follow -- a champion for those who strive for the same American Dream that first drew him to our shores. When Elouise Cobell first filed a lawsuit to recover lands and money for her people, she didn't set out to be a hero.  She said, "I just wanted…to give justice to people that didn't have it."  And her lifelong quest to address the mismanagement of American Indian lands, resources, and trust funds wasn't about special treatment, but the equal treatment at the heart of the American promise.  She fought for almost 15 years -- across three Presidents, seven trials, 10 appearances before a federal appeals court.  All the while, she traveled the country some 40 weeks a year, telling the story of her people.  And in the end, this graduate of a one-room schoolhouse became a MacArthur Genius.  She is a proud daughter of Montana's Blackfeet Nation.  Reached ultimately a historic victory for all Native Americans.  Through sheer force of will and a belief that the truth will win out, Elouise Cobell overcame the longest odds, reminding us that fighting for what is right is always worth it. Now, every journalist in the room, every media critic knows the phrase Newt Minow coined: the "vast wasteland."  But the two words Newt prefers we remember from his speech to the nation's broadcasters are these: "public interest."  That's been the heartbeat of his life's work -- advocating for residents of public housing, advising a governor and Supreme Court justice, cementing presidential debates as our national institution, leading the FCC.  When Newt helped launch the first communications satellites, making nationwide broadcasts possible -- and eventually GPS possible and cellphones possible -- he predicted it would be more important than the moon landing.  "This will launch ideas into space," he said, "and ideas last longer than people."  As far as I know, he's the only one of today's honorees who was present on my first date with Michelle.  (Laughter.)  Imagine our surprise when we saw Newt, one of our bosses that summer, at the movie theater -- Do the Right Thing.  So he's been vital to my personal interests.  (Laughter.) And finally, we honor five of the all-time greats in sports and music. The game of baseball has a handful of signature sounds.  You hear the crack of the bat.  You got the crowd singing in the seventh inning stretch.  And you’ve got the voice of Vin Scully.  Most fans listen to a game's broadcast when they can't be at the ballpark.  Generations of Dodger fans brought their radios into the stands because you didn't want to miss one of Vin's stories.  Most play-by-play announcers partner with an analyst in the booth to chat about the action.  Vin worked alone and talked just with us.  Since Jackie Robinson started at second base, Vin taught us the game and introduced us to its players.  He narrated the improbable years, the impossible heroics, turned contests into conversations.  When he heard about this honor, Vin asked with characteristic humility, "Are you sure?  I'm just an old baseball announcer."  And we had to inform him that to Americans of all ages, you are an old friend.  In fact, I thought about him doing all these citations, which would have been very cool, but I thought we shouldn’t make him sing for his supper like that.  (Laughter.)  “Up next” -- (Laughter.) Here's how great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was:  1967, he had spent a year dominating college basketball, the NCAA bans the dunk.  They'd didn’t say it was about Kareem, but it was about Kareem.  (Laughter.)  When a sport changes its rules to make it harder just for you, you are really good.  (Laughter and applause.)  And yet despite the rule change, he was still the sport's most unstoppable force.  It's a title he'd hold for more than two decades, winning NBA Finals MVPs a staggering 14 years apart.  (Someone sneezes.)  Bless you.  (Laughter.) And as a surprisingly similar-looking co-pilot, Roger Murdoch, once said in the movie, Airplane -- I mean, we’ve got some great actors here -- Space Jam, Airplane.  (Laughter.)  He did it all while dragging Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.  But the reason we honor Kareem is more than just a pair of goggles and the skyhook.  He stood up for his Muslim faith when it wasn't easy and it wasn’t popular.  He's as comfortable sparring with Bruce Lee as he is advocating on Capitol Hill or writing with extraordinary eloquence about patriotism.  Physically, intellectually, spiritually -- Kareem is one-of-a-kind -- an American who illuminates both our most basic freedoms and our highest aspirations. When he was five years old, Michael Jordan nearly cut off his big toe with an axe.  (Laughter.)  Back then, his handles needed a little work.  But think -- if things had gone differently, Air Jordan just might never have taken flight.  (Laughter.)  I mean, you don’t want to buy a shoe with one toe missing.  (Laughter.)  We may never have seen him switch hands in mid-air against the Lakers.  Or drop 63 in the Garden.  Or gut it out in the flu game.  Or hit "the shot" three different times -- over Georgetown, over Ehlo, over Russell.  We might not have seen him take on Larry Bird in H-O-R-S-E or lift up the sport globally along with the Dream Team.  Yet MJ is still more than those moments; more than just the best player on the two greatest teams of all time -- the Dream Team and the Chicago '96 Bulls.  He's more than a logo, more than just an Internet meme.  (Laughter.)  More than just a charitable donor or a business owner committed to diversity.  There is a reason you call someone "the Michael Jordan of" -- Michael Jordan of neurosurgery, or the Michael Jordan of rabbis, or the Michael Jordan of outrigger canoeing -- and they know what you're talking about.  Because Michael Jordan is the Michael Jordan of greatness.  He is the definition of somebody so good at what they do that everybody recognizes them.  That’s pretty rare. As a child, Diana Ross loved singing and dancing for family friends -- but not for free.  (Laughter.)  She was smart enough to pass the hat.  And later, in Detroit's Brewster housing projects, she met Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.  Their neighbor, Smokey Robinson, put them in front of Berry Gordy -- and the rest was magic -- music history.  The Supremes earned a permanent place in the American soundtrack.  Along with her honey voice, her soulful sensibility, Diana exuded glamour and grace that filled stages that helped to shape the sound of Motown.  On top of becoming one of the most successful recording artists of all time, raised five kids -- somehow found time to earn an Oscar nomination for acting.  Today, from the hip-hop that samples her, to the young singers who've been inspired by her, to the audiences that still cannot get enough of her -- Diana Ross's influence is inescapable as ever.  He was sprung from a cage out on Highway 9.  A quiet kid from Jersey, just trying to make sense of the temples of dreams and mystery that dotted his hometown -- pool halls, bars, girls and cars, altars and assembly lines.  And for decades, Bruce Springsteen has brought us all along on a journey consumed with the bargains between ambition and injustice, and pleasure and pain; the simple glories and scattered heartbreak of everyday life in America. To create one of his biggest hits, he once said, "I wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on Earth…the last one you'd ever need to hear.  One glorious noise…then the apocalypse."  Every restless kid in America was given a story: "Born to Run." He didn't stop there.  Once he told us about himself, he told us about everybody else.  The steelworker in "Youngstown."  The Vietnam Vet in "Born in the USA."  The sick and the marginalized on "The Streets of Philadelphia."  The firefighter carrying the weight of a reeling but resilient nation on "The Rising."  The young soldier reckoning with "Devils and Dust" in Iraq.  The communities knocked down by recklessness and greed in the "Wrecking Ball."  All of us, with all our faults and our failings, every color, and class, and creed, bound together by one defiant, restless train rolling toward "The Land of Hope and Dreams."  These are all anthems of our America; the reality of who we are, and the reverie of who we want to be.  "The hallmark of a rock and roll band," Bruce Springsteen once said, is that "the narrative you tell together is bigger than anyone could have told on your own."  And for decades, alongside the Big Man, Little Steven, a Jersey girl named Patti, and all the men and women of the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen has been carrying the rest of us on his journey, asking us all "what is the work for us to do in our short time here." I am the President.  But he is The Boss.  (Laughter.)  And pushing 70, he's still laying down four-hour live sets -- if you have been at them, he is working.  "Fire-breathing rock 'n' roll."  So I thought twice about giving him a medal named for freedom because we hope he remains, in his words, a "prisoner of rock 'n' roll" for years to come. So, I told you, this is like a really good class.  (Laughter.) Ladies and gentlemen, I want you all to give it up for the recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.  (Applause.)  It is a good group. All right.  Now we actually got to give them medals.  So please be patient.  We are going to have my military aide read the citations.  Each one of them will come up and receive the medals, and then we’ll wrap up the program.  Okay.  Let’s hit it. MILITARY AIDE:  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  (Applause.)  An iconic basketball player who revolutionized the sport with his all-around play and signature skyhook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a 19-time All-Star, a 6-time world champion, and the leading scorer in NBA history.  Adding to his achievements on the court he also left his mark off of it, advocating for civil rights, cancer research, science education, and social justice.  In doing so, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leaves a towering legacy of compassion, faith, and service to others -- a legacy based not only on the strength and grace of his athleticism, but on the sharpness of his mind and the size of his heart.  (Applause.) Turk Cobell, accepting on behalf of his mother, Elouise C. Cobell Yellowbird Woman.  (Applause.)  A member of the Blackfeet Nation, Elouise Cobell spent her life defying the odds and working on behalf of her people.  As a young woman, she was told that she wasn’t capable of understanding accounting.  So she mastered the field -- and used her expertise to champion a lawsuit whose historic settlement has helped restore Tribal homelands to her beloved Blackfeet Nation and many other Tribes.  Today, her tenacious and unwavering spirit lives on in the thousands of people and hundreds of Tribes for whom she fought and in all those she taught to believe that it is never too late to right the wrongs of the past and help shape a better future.  (Applause.) Ellen DeGeneres.  (Applause.)  In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor, and television star.  In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated.  At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, accelerating our Nation’s constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all.  Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place -- so long as we “just keep swimming.”  (Applause.) Robert De Niro.  (Applause.)  For over 50 years, Robert De Niro has delivered some of screen’s most memorable performances, cementing his place as one of the most gifted actors of his generation.  From “The Godfather Part II” and “The Deer Hunter” to “Midnight Run” and “Heat,” his work is legendary for its range and depth.  Relentlessly committed to his craft, De Niro embodies his characters, creating rich, nuanced portraits that reflect the heart of the human experience.  Regardless of genre or era, Robert De Niro continues to demonstrate that extraordinary skill that has made him one of America’s most revered and influential artists.  (Applause.) Richard L. Garwin.  (Applause.)  One of the most renowned scientific and engineering minds of our time, Dr. Richard Garwin has always answered the call to help solve society’s most challenging problems.  He has coupled his pioneering work in defense and intelligence technologies with leadership that underscores the urgency for humanity to control the spread of nuclear arms.  Through his advice to Republican and Democratic administrations dating to President Eisenhower, his contributions in fundamental research, and his inventions that power technologies that drive our modern world, Richard Garwin has contributed not only to this Nation’s security and prosperity, but to the quality of life for people all over the world.  (Applause.) William H. Gates III and Melinda French Gates.  (Applause.)  Few people have had the profound global impact of Bill and Melinda Gates.  Through their work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, they’ve demonstrated how the most capable and fortunate among us have a responsibility to use their talents and resources to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.  From helping women and girls lift themselves and their families out of poverty to empowering young minds across America, they have transformed countless lives with their generosity and innovation.  Bill and Melinda Gates continue to inspire us with their impatient optimism that, together, we can remake the world as it should be.  (Applause.) Frank Gehry.  (Applause.)  Never limited by conventional materials, styles, or processes, Frank Gehry’s bold and thoughtful structures demonstrate architecture’s power to induce wonder and revitalize communities.  A creative mind from an early age, he began his career by building imaginary homes and cities with scrap material from his grandfather’s hardware store.  Since then, his work continues to strike a balance between experimentation and functionality, resulting in some of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings.  From his pioneering use of technology to the dozens of awe-inspiring sites that bear his signature style to his public service as a citizen artist through his work with Turnaround Arts, Frank Gehry has proven himself an exemplar scholar of American innovation.  (Applause.) Margaret Heafield Hamilton.  (Applause.)  A pioneer in technology, Margaret Hamilton defined new forms of software engineering and helped launch an industry that would forever change human history.  Her software architecture led to giant leaps for humankind, writing the code that helped America set foot on the moon.  She broke barriers in founding her own software businesses, revolutionizing an industry and inspiring countless women to participate in STEM fields.  Her love of exploration and innovation are the source code of the American spirit, and her genius has inspired generations to reach for the stars.  (Applause.) Thomas J. Hanks.  (Applause.)  Throughout a distinguished film career, Tom Hanks has revealed the character of America, as well as his own.  Portraying war heroes, an astronaut, a ship captain, a cartoon cowboy, a young man growing up too fast, and dozens of others, he’s allowed us to see ourselves -- not only as we are, but as we aspire to be.  On screen and off, Tom Hanks has honored the sacrifices of those who have served our Nation, called on us all to think big and to believe, and inspired a new generation of young people to reach for the sky.  (Laughter and applause.) Deborah Murray, accepting on behalf of her great aunt, Grace Murray Hopper.  (Applause.)  As a child who loved disassembling alarm clocks, Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper found her calling early.  A Vassar alumna with a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, Hopper served in the Navy during World War II, becoming one of the first programmers in early computing.  Known today as the “Queen of Code,” Grace Hopper’s work helped make the coding language more practical and accessible.  She invented the first compiler, or translator, a fundamental element of our now digital world.  “Amazing Grace” was committed to making the language of computer programming more universal.  Today, we honor her contributions to computer science and the sense of possibility she inspired in generations of young people.  (Applause.)  Michael J. Jordan.  (Applause and laughter.)  Powered by a drive to compete that earned him every major award in basketball, including six NBA championships, five Most Valuable Player awards, and two gold medals, Michael Jordan has a name that’s become a synonym for excellence.  His wagging tongue and high-flying dunks redefined the game, making him a global superstar whose impact transcended basketball and shaped our Nation’s broader culture.  From the courts in Wilmington, Chapel Hill, and Chicago to the owner’s suite he occupies today, his life and example have inspired millions of Americans to strive to “Be Like Mike.”  (Applause.)  Maya Y. Lin.  (Applause.)  Boldly challenging our understanding of the world, Maya Lin’s designs have brought people of all walks of life together in spirits of remembrance, introspection, and humility.  The manipulation of natural terrain and topography within her works inspires us to bridge our differences and recognize the gravity of our collective existence.  Her pieces have changed the landscape of our country and influenced the dialogue of our society -- never more profoundly than with her tribute to the Americans who fell in Vietnam by cutting a wound into the Earth to create a sacred place of healing in our Nation’s capital.  (Applause.)  Lorne Michaels.  (Applause.)  One of the most transformative entertainment figures of our time, Lorne Michaels followed his dreams to New York City, where he created a sketch show that brought satire, wits, and modern comedy to homes around the world.  Under his meticulous command as executive producer, “Saturday Night Live” has entertained audiences across generations, reflecting -- and shaping -- critical elements of our cultural, political, and national life.  Lorne Michaels’ creative legacy stretches into late-night television, sitcoms, and the big screen, making us laugh, challenging us to think, and raising the bar for those who follow.  As one of his show’s signature characters would say, “Well, isn’t that special?”  (Laughter and applause.)  Newton N. Minow.  (Applause.)  As a soldier, counsel to the Governor of Illinois, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Newton Minow’s career has been defined by his devotion to others.  Deeply committed to his family, the law, and the American people, his dedication to serving and empowering the public is reflected in his efforts to ensure that broadcast media educates and provides opportunity for all.  Challenging the media to better serve their viewers, his staunch commitment to the power of ideas and information has transformed telecommunications and its influential role in our society.  (Applause.)  Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.  (Applause.)  As a teenage refugee from Cuba, Eduardo Padrón came to the United States to pursue the American Dream, and he has spent his life making that dream real for others.  As president of the community college he once attended, his thoughtful leadership and commitment to education have transformed Miami Dade College into one of the premier learning institutions in the country, earning him praise around the world.  His personal story and lasting professional influence prove that success need not be determined by our background, but by our dedication to others and our passion for creating America that is as inclusive as it is prosperous.  (Applause.)  Robert Redford.  (Applause.)  Robert Redford has captivated audiences from both sides of the camera through entertaining motion pictures that often explore vital social, political, and historical themes.  His lifelong advocacy on behalf of preserving our environment will prove as an enduring legacy as his award-winning films, as will his pioneering support for independent filmmakers across America.  His art and activism continue to shape our Nation’s cultural heritage, inspiring millions to laugh, cry, think, and change.  (Applause.)  Diana Ross.  (Applause and laughter.)  A daughter of Detroit, Diana Ross helped create the sound of Motown with her iconic voice.  From her groundbreaking work with The Supremes to a solo career that has spanned decades, she has influenced generations of young artists and shaped our Nation’s musical landscape.  In addition to a GRAMMY© Lifetime Achievement Award and countless musical accolades, Diana Ross has distinguished herself as an actor, earning an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award.  With over 25 albums, unforgettable hit singles, and live performances that continue to captivate audiences around the world, Diana Ross still reigns supreme.  (Applause.)  Next up, Vin Scully.  (Laughter and applause.)  With a voice that transcended a sport and transformed a profession, Vin Scully narrated America’s pastime for generations of fans.  Known to millions as the soundtrack of summer, he found time to teach us about life and love while chronicling routine plays and historic heroics.  In victory and in defeat, his colorful accounts reverberated through the bleachers, across the airwaves, and into our homes and imaginations.  He is an American treasure and a beloved storyteller, and our country’s gratitude for Vin Scully is as profound as his love for the game.  (Applause.)  Bruce F. Springsteen.  (Applause.)  As a songwriter, a humanitarian, America’s Rock and Roll laureate, and New Jersey’s greatest ambassador, Bruce Springsteen is, quite simply, The Boss.  (Laughter.)  Through stories about ordinary people, from Vietnam veterans to steel workers, his songs capture the pain and the promise of the American experience.  With his legendary E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen leaves everything on stage in epic, communal live performances that have rocked audiences for decades.  With empathy and honesty, he holds up a mirror to who we are -- as Americans chasing our dreams, and as human beings trying to do the right thing.  There’s a place for everyone in Bruce Springsteen’s America.  (Applause.)  Cicely Tyson.  (Applause.)  For sixty years, Cicely Tyson has graced the screen and the stage, enlightening us with her groundbreaking characters and calls to conscience, humility, and hope.  Her achievements as an actor, her devotion to her faith, and her commitment to advancing equality for all Americans—especially women of color -- have touched audiences of multiple generations.  From “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” to “Sounder,” to “The Trip to Bountiful,” Cicely Tyson’s performances illuminate the character of our people and the extraordinary possibilities of America.  (Applause.)  THE PRESIDENT:  So, just on a personal note, part of the reason that these events are so special to me is because everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way -- in ways that they probably couldn’t imagine.  Whether it was having been inspired by a song, or a game, or a story, or a film, or a monument, or in the case of Newt Minow introducing me to Michelle -- (laughter) -- these are folks who have helped make me who I am and think about my presidency, and what also makes them special is, this is America.  And it’s useful when you think about this incredible collection of people to realize that this is what makes us the greatest nation on Earth.  Not because of what we -- (applause.)  Not because of our differences, but because, in our difference, we find something common to share.  And what a glorious thing that is.  What a great gift that is to America. So I want all of you to enjoy the wonderful reception that will be taking place afterwards.  Michelle and I have to get back to work, unfortunately, but I hear the food is pretty good.  (Laughter.)  And I would like all of you to give one big rousing round of applause to our 2016 honorees for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Give it up.  (Applause.) END 4:14 P.M. EST

22 ноября, 16:32

[Перевод] Обучаемся самостоятельно: подборка видеокурсов по Computer Science

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21 ноября, 16:12

Brookfield Asset Management выдвинула предложение о покупке доли в подразделении Sun Edison

Инвестиционная компания Brookfield Asset Management выдвинула предложение о приобретении 50-60%-ной доли в подразделении обанкротившегося представителя отрасли солнечной энергетики SunEdison. Так, Brookfield предлагает $13 наличными за каждую бумагу подразделения TerraForm Power. Представители Brookfield заявили, что также могут сделать SunEdison предложение о покупке другого подразделения - TerraForm Global.

21 ноября, 16:11

HUFFPOLLSTER: Voters Agree That 2016 Was Really That Bad

This election year was unusually terrible, a new survey confirms. The Democratic Party still gets better ratings than the Republican Party, though. And Donald Trump’s top advisers are unknown to many voters. This is HuffPollster for Monday, November 21, 2016. VOTERS GIVE LOW MARKS TO 2016 - Pew Research: “For most voters, the 2016 presidential campaign was one to forget. Post-election evaluations of the way that the winning candidate, the parties, the press and the pollsters conducted themselves during the campaign are all far more negative than after any election dating back to 1988…. Just 30% of voters give Trump an A or B, 19% grade him at C, 15% D, while about a third (35%) give Trump a failing grade. Four years ago, most voters (57%) gave Obama an A or B, and after his 2008 election, 75% gave him an A or B. For the first time in Pew Research Center post-election surveys, voters give the losing candidate higher grades than the winner….Donald Trump receives low grades for how he conducted himself over the course of the campaign, but voters grade other campaign actors just as harshly and in some cases even more harshly. Only about a quarter give an A or B to the Republican Party (22%) and the Democratic Party (26%). About three-in-ten give the parties an F (30% for Republican Party, 28% Democratic Party), by far the highest share giving the parties failing grades since this series of surveys began in 1988.” [Pew]  Press and polls aren’t highly-rated either - More from Pew: “Voters also give abysmal grades to the press and pollsters, whose pre-election surveys were widely criticized. Just 22% give the press a grade of an A or B, while 38% give it a failing grade. Similarly, fewer voters award pollsters grades of A or B (21%) than a grade of F (30%). And voters do not spare themselves from criticism. Just 40% give ‘the voters’ a grade of A or B – the lowest percentage after any election since 1996…. As our surveys found throughout the campaign, voters view the 2016 contest as extraordinarily negative. Fully 92% say there was more ‘mudslinging’ or negative campaigning than in past elections – which is 20 percentage points higher than the previous high (72% after the 2004 election). And while a large majority of voters (81%) feel they learned enough about the candidates to make an informed choice, a record 73% say that there was less discussion of issues compared with past presidential campaigns.” [Pew] DEMOCRATS ARE VIEWED MORE POSITIVELY THAN THE GOP  -  Michael Smith: “Americans continue to view the Democratic Party more favorably than the Republican Party, with little evident change after the election that saw the GOP win the White House and keep control of both houses of Congress. In a Gallup survey conducted Nov. 9-13, 45% of Americans view the Democratic Party favorably, compared with 40% for the Republican Party. Americans have viewed the Democratic Party more favorably than the Republican Party for most of the past four years of the Barack Obama administration, except at one point immediately after the 2014 midterm elections….Republicans have never had a more positive image than Democrats for any consistent period over the past quarter century.” [Gallup] MANY VOTERS DON’T KNOW SESSIONS, BANNON OR PRIEBUS - Jon Reid: “Most voters said they have not heard of or have no opinion of Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator who President-elect Donald Trump selected Friday to serve as his attorney general. Sessions is unknown to 39 percent of registered voters, and another 23 percent said they know of him but have no opinion. Only 18 percent of respondents said they view Sessions favorably, while 20 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of him. The poll also shows that most voters (52 percent) have not heard of Trump’s choice for chief of staff, Reince Priebus, or his pick for chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Voters were less favorable of Bannon’s appointment. Nineteen percent of voters said the selection of Bannon, the chairman of the website Breitbart, is a strong choice, while 34 percent said it is a weak pick. Bannon’s selection has been highly controversial, with Democrats and some Republicans raising concerns about his nationalist views. Thirty percent of respondents said Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, is a strong choice for chief of staff, while 27 percent said he is a weak choice.” [Morning Consult] DID LATINO VOTERS SUPPORT TRUMP MORE THAN ROMNEY? - Harry Enten: “No one doubts that Clinton won handily among Latinos. But the scale of that victory matters. Latino leaders — most of whom supported Clinton — want to argue that their constituents punished Trump for his policies on immigration and other issues, more so than they did Mitt Romney in 2012…. The main basis for Latino Decisions’ argument that exit polls are wrong is that their own pre-election polling… had Clinton winning Latinos by a margin of 61 percentage points (79 percent to 18 percent), whereas exit polls conducted by Edison Research showed Clinton winning by just 36 points (65 to 29 percent).... Other polls that surveyed only Latino voters... generally reported a Clinton margin that was larger than that reported by exit polls, but smaller than the one in the Latino Decisions survey…. An average of the seven live-interview national surveys conducted in the final weeks of the campaign indicates that Clinton led Trump by 33 percentage points among Latinos. And a post-election online poll of the entire electorate from SurveyMonkey had Clinton ahead among Latinos by 39 percentage points…. There are 24 U.S. counties in which Latinos made up at least three-quarters of the voting-age population in 2015; Clinton’s margin of victory was smaller than Obama’s in 18 of them, by an average of nearly 10 percentage points. Clinton also underperformed Obama in five of the six counties where Latinos make up at least 90 percent of the voting-age population.” [538] HUFFPOLLSTER VIA EMAIL! - You can receive this daily update every weekday morning via email! Just click here, enter your email address, and click “sign up.” That’s all there is to it (and you can unsubscribe anytime). MONDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ - Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data: -Emily Badger looks at the disproportionate power of rural voters. [NYT] -Robert P. Jones examines the transformation of white, evangelical voters in the Trump era. [PRRI] -Donald Trump’s victory may have hurt Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto’s standing in the polls. [Newsweek] -Benjamin Toff argues that polling is worsening voters’ ability to predict elections. [WashPost] -Historian Allan Lichtman discusses his “13 keys” prediction model. [Engadget] -- 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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21 ноября, 10:27

Brookfield Asset Management выдвинула предложение о покупке доли в подразделении Sun Edison

Инвестиционная компания Brookfield Asset Management выдвинула предложение о приобретении 50-60%-ной доли в подразделении обанкротившегося представителя отрасли солнечной энергетики SunEdison. Так, Brookfield предлагает $13 наличными за каждую бумагу подразделения TerraForm Power. Представители Brookfield заявили, что также могут сделать SunEdison предложение о покупке другого подразделения - TerraForm Global.

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21 ноября, 08:54

[Перевод] Тихий кризис в разработке софта

Обо мне Я работаю в сфере разработки программного обеспечения 28 лет. Моя нынешняя должность — старший директор по развитию программного обеспечения консалтинговой компании в Остине, штат Техас. Я работаю на этой должности чуть более шести лет. Мой рост был изначально технического характера — я начинал как программист-аналитик как только закончил колледж. Одним из моих любимых хобби в те времена было высмеивание глупости менеджмента. Лишь позже я обнаружил у себя способности к менеджменту и осознал, что мне это действительно нравится. Во Вселенной работает довольно жестокий вид кармы. В моем нынешнем положении в качестве старшего директора по развитию программного обеспечения у меня есть 6 менеджеров по развитию, которые отчитываются передо мной. Только в моей организации около 50 разработчиков программного обеспечения. У нас завидно низкая текучесть кадров и очень высокий уровень удовлетворенности клиентов. За эти годы я поделился со своими подчиненными и их непосредственными подчиненными теми же выводами, которыми я собираюсь поделиться с вами сейчас. Эти выводы — это выстраданная мудрость, а не то, что я интуитивно знал или читал. То есть, я узнал это, пройдя через трудный путь. Поддержка публикации — компания Edison, которая разработала систему обсчета дорожного трафика на перекрестках и приложение обмена заказами такси. Читать дальше →

19 ноября, 01:57

HHS contenders: A crop of politicians with major funding from health sector

Elevators close on Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) at Trump Tower Wednesday. Price and the other politicians in the mix to be HHS Secretary have received major backing from the health care industry over the years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) BY: SOO RIN KIM Unsuccessful GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson declared Tuesday that he has no interest in a position in the Trump cabinet and instead wants to serve the administration as an outside advisor because he doesn't have any governing experience. The former neurosurgeon was a leading contender to head the Health and Human Services Department or the Education Department in the new regime next year. And as the budget committees in the both chambers of Congress plan to swiftly pass a reconciliation bill that they say will repeal Obamacare, the jockeying to be named the official who will help shape a replacement bill and Trump's other health care policies is being closely monitored. But one thing seems pretty certain at the point: The fate of the Affordable Care Act looks dim under any of the rumored health secretaries. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.): Shortly after Carson announced he won't be serving in the Trump cabinet, Politico reported the Georgia Republican is being considered for the top Health and Human Services spot. Price was an early Trump loyalist and has been a leading promoter of the Trump's rally to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But his anti-Obamacare movement goes way back to the 111th Congress in 2009 when he sponsored the Empowering Patients First Act as an alternative to the current Obamacare's predecessor, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. Price introduced the bill again in 2015 as H.R. 2300, but the legislation hasn't seen much action yet. Currently the House Budget Committee chair and also a member of the Subcommittee on Health under the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Price has raised a total of $15 million in campaign contributions over the past decade, nearly a third ($4.8 million) of which came from individuals and political actions committees in the health sector. Given his past as an orthopedic surgeon, it's no surprise that Price's top donors throughout his career are in a similar line of work: Resurgens Orthopaedics, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic. Before he took office in Congress in 2005, Price contributed a total of $22,565 to the Republican Party of Georgia and a number of GOP candidates, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. His leadership PAC Voice for Freedom donated a total of $292,500 to House and Senate Republican candidates this year, but none to Trump. Gov. Rick Scott: The second-term Florida governor built and ran the biggest hospital empire in the United States until 1997 when he resigned amid a criminal inquiry of the company. Investigations revealed that Columbia/HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) had been systematically overcharging the government for reimbursements, filing false reports, making illegal deals with heath care agencies and providing doctors with illegal loans. In 2002, the government reached a settlement with HCA and its subsidiaries totaling $1.7 billion, the largest amount ever paid to the feds in a health care investigation. Scott played an essential part in the president-elect's victory by running one of the biggest pro-Trump super PACs, Rebuilding America Now. Backed by Californian real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer and coal mining giant Murray Energy Corporation, this outside group spent over $19 million on ads attacking Hillary Clinton and supporting Trump this cycle. According to campaign finance data compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, Scott has raised $84.4 million in campaign contributions since 2010, 71.4 percent of which came from his own pocket. Scott wrote checks totaling $60.3 million to his own campaign in his first gubernatorial race six years ago. Outside of that, he managed to raise only about $7.1 million for his campaign, while his Democratic opponent raised $17.5 million. His rival also got more financial support from individuals and PACs in the health sector that election, receiving $626,112 when Scott only received $125,537 from the sector. Overall, though, the health sector's gifts to the governor over the years total up to $666,381, the second biggest sum after the finance sector's $1.8 million. Scott himself has donated $160,000 to the Republican party and candidates over the years, including $10,000 to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. And he maxed out at $5,400 to Florida Rep. Francis Rooney (R), who won Florida's 19th Congressional District last week. The former healthcare mogul has long been an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, so much that he started a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit in 2009 called Conservatives for Patients' Rights, which spent over $10 million in two years to rally against the overhaul. Gov. Bobby Jindal: The former Louisiana congressman and current governor is not quite like some other Trump loyalists. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, he called the president-elect a "narcissist" and an "egomaniacal madman." But then he continued, "I think electing Donald Trump would be the second-worst thing we could do this November, better only than electing Hillary Clinton to serve as the third term for the Obama administration's radical policies," concluding the article with an endorsement for Trump. Jindal, who ran the Louisiana Health and Hospitals Department in his mid-20s, holds a number of titles: the youngest president of the University of Louisiana System, the second Indian American in Congress, the first Indian American governor in the U.S., and the second youngest governor of Louisiana. He is no stranger to the federal Health and Human Services Department either, as he was an assistant secretary there early in President George W. Bush's administration. From 2005 to 2007 as a member of the House, Jindal raised a total of $4.6 million in contributions. He garnered the most financial support from individuals and PACs in the health sector, who donated a total of $728,772. This includes $413,195 from health professionals, $121,641 from the pharmaceuticals industry, $105,750 from hospitals and $83,131 from the health services industry. During his one unsuccessful Louisiana gubernatorial campaign in 2003 and two subsequent successful campaigns, he raised a total of $35.2 million. The health sector again topped contributions by giving $1.9 million over the years, closely followed by the finance sector, including $37,500 from nursing care provider Magnolia Management and $20,000 from Louisiana Hospital Association. During the brief period he ran for the presidency this election cycle, his campaign collected $1.4 million contributions; outside groups, including his single-candidate super PAC Believe Again, raised and spent about $4.5 million on his behalf. At the presidential level, the energy and natural resources sector gave the most to Jindal's campaign and pro-Jindal outside groups, totaling $1.4 million. Health professionals still gave the most direct in contributions to his campaign ($74,451). Louisiana oil industry boatbuilder Gary Chouest, whose company Edison Chouest Offshore was awarded the very first contract with the state government after Jindal took office in 2008, donated $1 million to Believe Again this cycle. The longtime Jindal supporter has donated a total of $16,900 to his state and federal campaigns over the years. Social welfare group America Next also spent $392,648 in "independent expenditures" supporting Jindal for his brief presidential campaign last year; the nonprofit is chaired by Jindal. As a 501(c)(4) group, America Next does not disclose donors, but a tax filing obtained by the Center for Public Integrity shows the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America donated $50,000 last year to the pro-Jindal group. (America Next and Believe Again also seem to have shared a common consultant, as they paid $781,572 and $2.6 million each to vendor OnMessage Inc., run by Jindal campaign's chief strategist and senior GOP fundraiser Curt Anderson.) Another strong critic of the Affordable Care Act, the governor is known for helping privatize hospitals and Medicaid in Louisiana over the years. Mike Huckabee: Having blasted Florida Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich for not endorsing Trump and saying they don't deserve a microphone, the former Arkansas governor would in some ways seem ripe to be rewarded with a cabinet slot in the new administration. Not surprisingly, Huckabee has also advocated for repealing the Affordable Care Act, calling for an expansion in the employer-based healthcare system instead. OpenSecrets Blog could not obtain campaign finance information from Huckabee's first gubernatorial election in 1998 (it was not available electronically). But for his re-election campaign in 2002, Huckabee collected about $2.5 million in contributions, including  $267,380 from the health sector. Nursing care provider NHS Management LLC and the Arkansas Hospital Association were among his biggest health sector donors, giving $5,000 and $4,000 each. The Arkansas Republican raised $16 million and $4.3 million respectively in his unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2016. He received the biggest support from the finance sector in both years, though the health sector also was among his big contributors. Outside groups including Pursuing America's Greatness raised about $6 million to support of Huckabee in this election, including $3 million from Ronald Cameron, a big political donor in Arkansas and the owner of poultry giant Mountainaire Corp. Cameron donated a total of $6.7 million this election cycle, including direct contributions of $2,700 to Huckabee, $5,400 to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and -- yes! -- $8,100 to Donald Trump. Huckabee and his wife Janet personally have given more than $61,050 to a number of candidates over the years, including $2,700 to Republican Mark Harris this cycle, who didn't make it past the primary in North Carolina's 9th District. -- 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.

18 ноября, 18:00

Over 350 Campuses Join in the Healthy Campus Challenge

November 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment, when people can obtain health care coverage for 2017 through the Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplaces allow individuals to shop for and compare plans to find one that’s right for them, and most HealthCare.gov consumers can find a plan for $75 or less per month, less than the cost of a cell phone bill. Already, we have seen strong interest: Over a million people selected plans through HealthCare.gov in the first 12 days of open enrollment.  But HealthCare.gov is not the only place we have seen a great deal of interest. Recently, we launched the White House Healthy Campus Challenge, an effort to engage college and university campuses, and in particular community college campuses, across the country in enrollment efforts to help get more students and young people enrolled. Promoting higher education and making it more affordable, from community colleges to four-year institutions, has been a central focus of the Obama Administration and our economic agenda.  Having good, affordable coverage while getting an education can help provide Americans peace of mind and make sure that education doesn’t get unnecessarily sidetracked by a health problem.  Campuses submitted an application to participate in the Challenge, and committed to fulfilling a specific set of open enrollment outreach actions.  These include hosting in-person enrollment activities on campus, sending e-mails around deadlines to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community neighbors reminding them of the opportunity to enroll, and using public social media platforms to highlight the open enrollment period.  The response was remarkable: Over 350 campuses had representatives submit applications to participate. These campuses are in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. They are in big cities and small towns. They are four-year institutions and community colleges, schools with tens of thousands of students and schools with just a few hundred students. And they have all committed to making their campus, and their community, healthier by getting individuals enrolled in coverage before open enrollment ends on January 31, 2017.  In the coming weeks, the below campuses have agreed to take the lead in their communities, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them in their efforts. I hope every American will join us in leading within their own community, encouraging friends and neighbors to join the 20 million people who have gained access to quality and affordable care in the last 6 years.  Drawing from the example of the below campuses, spread the word on social media using #GetCovered, e-mail your friends and family, or host an event in your community. Remember, the deadline for coverage starting January 1, 2017 is December 15, so now is the time to let people know about the affordable options available to them on the Marketplaces. Together, we can help millions more realize the promise and peace of mind that comes with having quality, affordable health insurance.  Healthy Campus Challenge Participants A-B Tech Community College Academy College Adelphi University Alabama A&M University Alamo Colleges Alaska  Career College Albright College Alcorn State University Allan Hancock College Allen County Community College Alverno College American Baptist College Argosy University Arizona Summit Law School Arkansas Baptist College Arkansas State University Mid-South Arkansas Tech University Art Institute of Atlanta Ashland University Athens State University Atlanta Institute of Music and Media Augsburg College Bacone College Bakersfield College Bastyr University Baton Rouge Community College Bay Area Medical Academy Bay State College Belmont University Bennett College Bethune-Cookman University Blackhawk Technical College Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Bloomsburg University  Bluefield State College  Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bowie State University Brightwood College, North Hollywood Bristol Community College Brookhaven College Broward College Bunker Hill Community College Butte-Glenn Community College  Cabrillo College Cabrini University California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State University Channe Islands California State University Fullerton California State University, Los Angeles  California State University, Northridge Camden County College Cankdeska Cikana Community College Cape Cod Community College Capital University Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics Capitol Technology University Carl Albert State College Carroll Community College Cecil College Central Arizona College  Central Penn College Cerritos College Charlotte School of Law Chatham University City College of San Francisco City Univeristy of New York School of Law Clarion University Clark Atlanta University Clark State Community College Clinton College Coahoma Community College Colby-Sawyer College Coleman University College of St. Scholastica College of the Siskiyous CollegeAmerica Columbia Basin College Columbia Gorge Community College Columbia University Teachers College  Columbus State Community College Community College of Beaver County Community College of Denver Community College of Philadelphia Concord University Concordia University Converse College Corinth Academy of Cosmetology Cosumnes River College Cottey College Cowley County Community College Creighton University Cuesta College Cuyamaca College Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Dallas County Community College Davidson County Community College Delgado Community College Delta College DePaul University Durham Technical Community College Edgewood College Edison State Community College Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine El Camino Compton College El Centro College Everest College Evergreen Valley College Five Towns College Florida International University  Florida Memorial University Florida National University Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College Fort Peck Community College Fortis College Fullerton College Gallaudet University George Mason University Georgetown University Georgia Piedmont Technical College Germanna Community College Glendale Community College Goucher College Governors State University Grayson College Grossmont Community College Guilford College Guttman Community College Hacienda La Puente Unified School District-Adult Education Harcum College Harold Washington College Harris- Stowe State University Hawaii Community College Hennepin Technical College Howard University Humboldt State University Huston-Tillotson University Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana University, South Bend  InfoTech Career College Irvine Valley College Ivy Tech Community College, Southwest and Wabash Valley Regions J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College Jarvis Christian College Jefferson College Jefferson State Community College JFK Muhlenberg School of Nursing Kean University Kettering College Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Keystone College Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College LaGuardia Community College Lake Area Technical Institute Lake Erie College Lane College Lane Community College Laramie County Community College Las Positas College Lawrence Technological University Lawson State Community College Lenoir Rhyne University Lincoln University Lincoln University of Missouri Little Big Horn College Livingstone College Lone Star College Long Beach City College Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Pierce College Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Medanos College Louisiana Delta Community College, Jonesboro Louisiana State University, Shreveport Louisiana Technical College, Mansfield Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Lourdes University MacCormac College Madonna University Malcolm X College Manor College Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Marygrove College Maryville College Mercy College MGH Institute of Health Professions Miami Dade College Michigan State University Middlesex Community College Millersville University Mills College Milwaukee Area Technical College Minot State University Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston Missouri State University Mohawk Valley Community College Monroe Community College Montana State University Billings Moorpark College Morthland College Mount Wachusett Community College Mountain View College Murray State University Napa Valley College Nash Community College National American University Naugatuck Valley Community College New Jersey City University New Jersey Institute of Technology New York Film Academy New York Law School NHTI, Concord's Community College Nicholls State University North Iowa Area Community College North Lake College Northampton Community College Northeastern Junior College Northeastern State University Northern Virginia Community College Northpoint Bible College Northwest Louisiana Technical College Northwestern State University Norwalk Community College Notre Dame De Namur University Ohio Dominican University Ohio Northern University Olympic College Orange Coast College Oxnard College Pacific Lutheran University Palomar College Pasadena City College Paul Mitchell The School Esani Penn State Abington Pennsylvania College of Technology Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Pensacola State College  Perimeter College, Decatur Perry Technical Institute Pierpont Community & Technical College Prairie View A&M University Prince George's Community College Princeton University Quinebaug Valley Community College Ranger College RCBH College of Health Careers  Rhode Island College Richland College Rider University River Parishes Community COllege Riverside College of Health Careers Rogue Community College Rose State College Rust College Rutgers University  Sacramento City College Saddleback College Salish Kootenai College San Diego City College San Diego Mesa College San Joaquin Delta College Santa Fe Community College Santa Monica College Santa Rosa Junior College School for International Training Shaw University  Sitting Bull College South Louisiana Community College  South Puget Sound Community College Southern California University of Health Sciences Southern Maine Community College Southern Methodist University (SMU) Southwestern College Spartan College of Aeronatuics and Technology Spencerian College St. Catherine University St. Charles Community College St. Cloud State University St. Norbert College Stanbridge College Stony Brook University Sullivan University Summit Salon Academy SUNY Empire State College Susquehanna University Tarleton State University Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Harriman Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Whiteville Texas A&M University, Commerce Texas A&M University, San Antonio Texas College Texas Health and Science University Texas Southern University The Art Institute of San Antonio The College of Health Care Professions The College of New Jersey The Commonwealth Medical College The University of Arizona The University of New Orleans The University of Southern Maine The University of Southern Mississippi Transylvania University Trevecca Nazarene University Trocaire College Tusculum College Umpqua Community College Union County College Union Theological Seminary United Tribes Technical College Universidad Central del Caribe University at Buffalo University of Baltimore University of Central Missouri University of Central Oklahoma University of Cincinnati University of Delaware University of Hawaii, Hilo University of Houston University of Idaho University of Illinois at Chicago University of La Verne University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Maine University of Maryland Baltimore County University of Memphis University of Michigan University of Nebraska University of New Mexico University of Northern Iowa University of Rio Grande University of San Francisco University of South Carolina, Sumter University of South Florida University of St. Thomas University of the Southwest University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee University of Wisconsin, River Falls Upper Iowa University Valdosta State University Valley College of Medical Careers Vaughn College Virginia College, Jackson Virginia Commonwealth University Wade College Wake Tech Community College Walla Walla University Washington Adventist University Washington State University Spokane Weber State University Wellesley College Wenatchee Valley College Westchester Community College Western Michigan University Western Oregon University  Western Washington University  Westminster College (PA) Westminster College (UT) Wilberforce University Wilbur Wright College William Rainey Harper College Woodland Community College Xavier University of Louisiana Yuba College

18 ноября, 03:20

Theranos Whistleblower Tells All On Intimidation And Coercion Tactics Employed To Silence Him

2016 has not been too kind to Elizabeth Holmes, the Steve-Jobs wannabe in charge of fraudulent Theranos. She has thus far been banned for 2 years from operating labs, removed from hosting fundraisers for Hillary and lost her entire net worth.  And now, the Wall Street Journal has published the "tell-all" story of the whistle-blower, 26 year old Tyler Shultz, who brought the the whole Theranos farce crashing down.  It's a sordid tale complete with all the expected twists and turns of a Jason Bourne thriller including intimidation, coercion and private detectives. Tyler Shultz is the grandson of George Shultz, 95, who was President Richard Nixon’s Treasury and labor secretary and secretary of state for President Ronald Reagan, with whom he had a close relationship.  The elder Shultz also happened to be a Theranos board member in 2013 when his grandson accepted a full time position there.  Fresh out of Stanford with a degree in biology, it didn't take long for Shultz to discover deficiencies in the accuracy of Theranos' testing equipment.  After Shultz's complaints to Theranos executives, including Elizabeth Holmes, fell on deaf ears, he decided to blow the whistle to a state regulator instead.  Using an alias, Tyler Shultz contacted New York state’s public-health lab and alleged Theranos had manipulated a process known as proficiency testing, relied on by federal and state regulators to monitor the accuracy of lab tests. After working at Theranos Inc. for eight months, Tyler Shultz decided he had seen enough. On April 11, 2014, he emailed company founder Elizabeth Holmes to complain that Theranos had doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks.   The reply was withering. Ms. Holmes forwarded the email to Theranos President Sunny Balwani, who belittled Mr. Shultz’s grasp of basic mathematics and his knowledge of laboratory science, and then took a swipe at his relationship with George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director.   “The only reason I have taken so much time away from work to address this personally is because you are Mr. Shultz’s grandson,” wrote Mr. Balwani to his employee in an email, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.   Mr. Shultz quit the same day. As he was leaving Theranos’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., he says he got a frantic cellphone call from his mother, who told him Ms. Holmes had just called the elder Mr. Shultz to warn that his grandson would “lose” if he launched a vendetta against the blood-testing startup.   It all started in the summer of 2012, Shultz accepted an internship at Theranos.  Impressed by Elizabeth Holmes, Shultz decided to change his major at Stanford and accepted a full-time position a year later.  By chance, or maybe not, Shultz was assigned to the "assay vaildation team, which was responsible for verifying and documenting the accuracy of blood tests run on Edison machines before they were deployed in the lab for use with patients."  It didn't take long for Shultz to realize deficiencies in the accuracy of the Edison machines. Mr. Shultz interned at Theranos that summer and went to work there full-time in September 2013. He had just graduated after changing his major to biology to better prepare for a career at the startup, he says.   Theranos began offering blood tests to the public in late 2013. The company soon achieved a valuation of $9 billion from investors, with Ms. Holmes owning a majority stake. She also is chief executive of Theranos.   The new employee was assigned to the assay validation team, which was responsible for verifying and documenting the accuracy of blood tests run on Edison machines before they were deployed in the lab for use with patients.   Mr. Shultz says he found that results varied widely when tests were rerun with the same blood samples. To reduce that variability, Theranos routinely discarded outlying values from validation reports it compiled, he says.   One validation report about an Edison test to detect a sexually-transmitted infectious disease said the test was sensitive enough to detect the disease 95% of the time. But when Mr. Shultz looked at the two sets of experiments from which the report was compiled, they showed sensitivities of 65% and 80%. After voicing his concerns internally, Shultz received a startling response from Theranos' President, Sunny Balwani. Then Mr. Balwani’s response arrived. It began: “We saw your email to Elizabeth. Before I get into specifics, let me share with you that had this email come from anyone else in the company, I would have already held them accountable for the arrogant and patronizing tone and reckless comments.”   Ms. Holmes never replied, says Mr. Shultz, who decided it was time to quit his job. He says his mom called while he was on his way out and implored: “Stop whatever you’re about to do!”   Mr. Shultz says he was startled. He went directly to his grandfather’s office. George Shultz had his assistant photocopy the email from Mr. Balwani and put it in an office safe but seemed skeptical of his grandson’s story, says Tyler Shultz.   After making the decision to quit, Theranos went all-in with their efforts to silence Shultz by releasing an army of lawyers and even hiring private investigators to have him followed.  He says he was told by his parents that Ms. Holmes called the elder Mr. Shultz in the summer of 2015 to complain that their son was being unreasonable. Tyler Shultz says he also got a tip that private investigators were watching him.   In a conversation in his parents’ kitchen, they pleaded with him to agree to whatever Theranos wanted, he says. Even though his heart sank when they discussed selling their house to cover the costs of defending him against a potential Theranos lawsuit, Mr. Shultz didn’t make a deal with the company.   His grandfather asked if he would sign a one-page confidentiality agreement to give Theranos peace of mind. According to Tyler Shultz, when he said yes, his grandfather revealed that two lawyers were waiting upstairs with the agreement.   Michael Brille and Meredith Dearborn, partners at the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, then came downstairs, says the younger Mr. Shultz. Mr. Brille said he was trying to identify the Journal’s sources. He handed the young man a temporary restraining order, a notice to appear in court and a letter signed by Mr. Boies alleging the former employee had leaked Theranos trade secrets.   Tyler Shultz says his grandfather protested to the lawyers that this wasn’t what he and Ms. Holmes had agreed to earlier, but that Mr. Brille kept pressing the younger Mr. Shultz to admit he had spoken to the Journal.   He wouldn’t. “This conversation needs to end,” the young man eventually declared. He says his grandparents ushered the two lawyers out of the house. Of course, Shultz was ultimately proven right as independent researchers have confirmed that "Theranos’s proprietary Edison machines frequently failed quality-control checks and produced widely varying results."  Meanwhile, Theranos is the subject of criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tyler Shultz is cooperating with an investigation of Theranos by federal prosecutors, according to people familiar with the matter. Theranos is the subject of criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco and the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are trying to determine if the company misled investors and regulators about its technology and operations. Theranos has said it is cooperating.   Mr. Shultz’s allegations that Theranos’s proprietary Edison machines frequently failed quality-control checks and produced widely varying results were corroborated in inspection results released in March by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In April, Theranos told regulators it had voided all test results from Edison machines for 2014 and 2015, as well as some other tests it ran on conventional machines. That said, Tyler's decision to speak out against Theranos has caused a rift within his family as he and his grandfather only speak through lawyers and his parents have been forced to spend $400,000 on legal fees. In the past year and a half, the grandson and grandfather have rarely spoken or seen one another, communicating mainly through lawyers, says Tyler Shultz. He and his parents have spent more than $400,000 on legal fees, he says. He didn’t attend his grandfather’s 95th birthday celebration in December. Ms. Holmes did.   “Fraud is not a trade secret,” says Mr. Shultz, who hoped his grandfather would cut ties with Theranos once the company’s practices became known. “I refuse to allow bullying, intimidation and threat of legal action to take away my First Amendment right to speak out against wrongdoing.”

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17 ноября, 12:12

[Перевод] С маленькой или с Большой

Такая мелочь, как применения заглавных букв может быть весьма важной. Для английского языка. Статья будет особенно полезна тем, кто занимается разработкой продуктов на английском. (Кстати, кто еще не знает, «вуз» пишется маленькими буковками.) Вы можете заметить разницу в сообщениях выше? В левой части немного больше заглавных букв чем в правой. Большая О, маленькая О. Кого это волнует, правда? Ну что ж, если вы пишите приложение для сайта, вас это должно волновать. Такая мелочь, как применение заглавных букв (капитализация) может быть весьма важной. Капитализация влияет на читабельность, понимание и удобство использования. Она даже влияет на то, как люди видят ваш бренд. Мы обсудим интересные детали чуть позднее, а сперва давайте начнем с небольшого погружения в происхождение капитализации. Поддержка публикации — компания Edison, которая разрабатывает тендерные и информационные агрегаторы и проектирует и реализует backend для стартапа — инструмента увеличения продаж. Читать дальше →

16 ноября, 16:21

HUFFPOLLSTER: Most Americans Don’t Think Donald Trump Has A Mandate To Govern

Most people are shocked and unhappy with the outcome of last Tuesday’s election. The economy was key to this election. And voters who disliked both candidates ended up mostly supporting Trump. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, November 16, 2016. AMERICANS SURPRISED, GENERALLY UNHAPPY WITH ELECTION OUTCOME  - HuffPollster: “Americans are overwhelmingly surprised by Donald Trump’s victory, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with a narrow majority saying they’re unhappy with the results of the election. Forty-three percent are positive about Trump’s victory: 26 percent are enthusiastic, while 17 percent are satisfied. Fifty-two percent are negative: 15 percent are dissatisfied, while 37 percent are upset….A plurality of the public, 41 percent, says having Trump elected makes them feel personally less safe, while 26 percent say they feel safer and 27 percent that they feel neither more nor less safe….Sixty-nine percent of Americans say they’re at least somewhat surprised that Trump won...About one-third of Americans expect Trump to be a good or a great president, while 15 percent expect him to be about average and 42 percent think he will be poor or terrible. Just 28 percent believe Trump will be able to accomplish most or all of his campaign goals, while 34 percent think he’ll achieve just some, and 20 percent hardly any.” [HuffPost] Fewer than 1 in 3 think Trump has a mandate to govern - Scott Clement and Dan Balz: “Americans emerged from President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory in last week’s election with passionate and polarized reactions, overall expressing tempered optimism about his presidency but unconvinced that he has a mandate to enact a sweeping new policy agenda, according to a Washington Post-Schar School national poll…. Nationally, just 3 in 10 Americans — 29 percent — say he has a mandate to carry out the agenda he presented during the campaign, while 59 percent say he should compromise with Democrats when they strongly disagree with the specifics of his policy proposals. That 29 percent figure is sharply lower than the 50 percent who said the same for President Obama after his first election in 2008 and the 41 percent for former president George W. Bush… Not withstanding views of Trump’s mandate, over 6 in 10 Americans expect to see major changes in Washington during his presidency. Almost as many say they are somewhat or very confident that the economy will improve on his watch, while 52 percent say they think living standards will increase. On other matters, Americans are more worried. Slender majorities say they are not confident he will show respect for people with whom he disagrees or make wise decisions about war and peace.” [WashPost] REPUBLICANS SUDDENLY FEELING A LOT BETTER ABOUT THE ECONOMY - Justin McCarthy and Jeffrey M. Jones: “Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy increased sharply after the election, moving from a slightly negative evaluation (-10) to a slightly positive one (+3)....The increase in economic confidence mostly stems from Republicans’ more positive views after Republican Donald Trump won the election….Just 16% of Republicans said the economy was getting better in the week before the election, while 81% said it was getting worse. Since the election, 49% say it is getting better and 44% worse. Conversely, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents’ confidence in the economy plummeted after the election. Before the election, 61% of Democrats said the economy was getting better and 35% worse. Now, Democrats are evenly divided, with 46% saying it is getting better and 47% saying it is getting worse.” [Gallup] DEMOCRATIC POLLSTER ARGUES CLINTON LOST BY ABANDONING ECONOMIC MESSAGE - Stan Greenberg and Nancy Zdunkewicz of Democracy Corps (D): “In the final weeks, the Clinton campaign conceded the economy and change to Trump, while seeking to make him personally unacceptable….After the debates, Democracy Corps tested a message from Democratic candidates attacking Trump for his extreme attitudes and behavior versus a Democratic candidate demanding big economic changes and attacking their opponent for supporting for trickle-down and protecting corporate special interests. We found that the tough economic message performed dramatically better in consolidating millennials, white unmarried women and white working class women. Instead of continuing the economic contrast that was so successful in the debates, the Clinton campaign chose to run ads disqualifying Trump on temperament, his capacity to handle the nuclear codes, and his vulgar treatment of women.” [DemCorps] -Stan Greenberg explains more about why Clinton lost. [The Guardian] VOTERS WHO DISLIKED BOTH CANDIDATES BROKE FOR TRUMP - Larry Rosin: “The data from the Exit Polls conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool show Mr. Che to be correct – an extremely small portion of the voting public (only 2%) told our exit pollsters they had a favorable view of both.  While most voters did have a favorable view of one of the two major candidates – an astonishing 18% of the electorate told us they had an unfavorable opinion of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  And this is the group that won the election for Trump…. had those with a negative view of both candidates split evenly, Clinton would have won rather easily. However... this “Neithers” group broke strongly to Trump 49% to 29%.... The story gets even more pronounced when we look at the states that swung the election to Trump.  In each of the cases in the table below, the votes gained by people who said: “I don’t like Trump but I’m going to vote for him anyhow” is greater than his total margin in these states.  In other words – it was the “Neithers” who pushed Trump over the top in these states and ultimately won him the election.” [Edison Research]  VOTER TURNOUT THIS YEAR WASN’T WAY DOWN FROM 2012 - Carl Bialik: “Approximately 58.1 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in last week’s presidential election, according to the latest estimates from Michael McDonald, associate professor at the University of Florida, who gathers data at the U.S. Elections Project. That’s down only slightly from 2012, when turnout was 58.6 percent, and well above 2000’s rate of 54.2 percent. Turnout may end up being higher than in any presidential election year between 1972 and 2000….We won’t have final turnout numbers for weeks or months because some states are still counting ballots; millions remain uncounted. That means estimates based solely on votes counted so far will understate turnout — though already more presidential votes have been counted this year than in 2012 (contrary to reports that fewer voters turned out this year).” [538]   HUFFPOLLSTER VIA EMAIL! - You can receive this daily update every weekday morning via email! Just click here, enter your email address, and click “sign up.” That’s all there is to it (and you can unsubscribe anytime). WEDNESDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ - Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data: -Philip Bump maps the counties that flipped parties in the 2016 election. [WashPost] -Stuart Rothenberg explains why his election predictions were wrong. [WashPost] -Amy Walter explains how lackluster turnout for Clinton in suburban counties made a difference in Rust Belt states. [Cook]   -Lower turnout in minority-majority urban counties likely cost Clinton at least two states. [HuffPost] -Lee Drutman argues that elections are seeing the consequences of “turnout-only politics.” [Politico] -- 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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