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31 января, 18:05

The United States: Between Isolation and Empire

We sit at a pivotal point in history that wasn't caused by Donald Trump, but reflected in his election.

31 января, 13:13

The Politicization of Everything

Is no part of American life safe from politics in the Age of Trump?

31 января, 13:05

Research: Are Clients Loyal to Your Firm, or the People in It?

Employee turnover can be a big challenge for companies. But it creates a unique problem for professional services firms, which have to worry about employees taking clients with them if they leave. Because of the client-facing and customized nature of service work, such as in law or consulting, clients can become loyal to individual employees rather than firms. This impacts firms of all sizes, and it can be quite costly. For example, when bond manager Bill Gross left Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco) in 2014 to join rival firm Janus Capital, his clients quickly withdrew over $23.5 billion from Pimco funds. The industry was then thrown into intense competition to win over these clients over, with a number of them choosing to follow Gross. Small business owners and entrepreneurs also focus on increasing their client retention rates should their employees leave. However, due to data limitations, large-scale empirical research on this subject has been lacking. I decided to look at the issue in the context of the federal lobbying industry. In a forthcoming study in the Strategic Management Journal, I empirically investigated when clients follow federal lobbyists who switch firms. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA) and Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA) mandate that lobbying firms file reports for every client they actively lobbied for on a biannual (LDA) or quarterly (HLOGA) basis. These reports include the lobbyists registered to each client, the dollar amount of lobbying revenue earned from that client, and the specific issues lobbied for on their behalf. This data let me link individual lobbyists to their clients over time and observe when clients followed lobbyists who switched firms. My final sample consisted of over 1,800 lobbyists who switched firms between 1998 and 2014. I analyzed the decisions of approximately 18,000 clients (to stay with their current firm or follow their lobbyist). There were a few significant findings. First, the duration of a client’s relationship, with both the lobbyist and the lobbying firm, influenced where client loyalty resided. I found evidence that, on average, the probability that a client follows an employee who switches firms increases by nearly 2% for each six-month period that the client works with the lobbyist, but decreases by approximately 1% for each six-month period that the client enlists the services of the lobbying firm. This means that a client who hires a lobbying firm and works with a specific lobbyist from day one will be more likely to follow the lobbyist to another firm than a similar client whose relationship with the firm preceded the relationship with the lobbyist. The relative magnitude of these effects is not small: On average, the probability that a client follows a lobbyist doubles after the lobbyist serves the client for 3.5 years. The way that a client relationship is structured is also important. Clients served by teams are much less likely to follow an employee who quits than those who work with single individuals. To put that in perspective, on average, the probability that a client follows a lobbyist decreases by approximately 2.5% with each additional team member who works directly with the client. In fact, using teams even helps firms retain clients who have an extensive history of working with one lobbyist. The vast majority of clients in my sample worked with teams. The characteristics of team members matter as well. When clients work with teams of specialists, they are more likely to stay loyal to the firm than when they work with teams of generalists. By specialists, I mean employees who focus on a single area; in the context of lobbying, specialists are those who lobby primarily on a single issue, be it defense, education, energy, or any other of the 79 defined issue topics. Generalists tend to lobby across the board on a variety of issues. My analysis suggests that although teams are helpful for guarding against client loss, they’re more effective when the team comprises specialists rather than generalists. I reason that more specialization and division of labor within teams makes it harder for any individual lobbyist to replicate the services that the team can provide. That said, one risk of using teams to manage clients is that team members may collectively leave to join a competitor or start their own firm. About 19% of lobbyists quit with a coworker, a phenomenon we call “co-mobility.” When this happens, the likelihood that a client follows skyrockets — but only if team members had jointly served the client prior to exit. In other words, if two employees quit together but a client has only worked with one of them, the client is not more likely to follow. This highlights the precarious position that managers are in when it comes to maintaining client relationships. Because professional service firms are increasingly serving clients with collaborative teams, firms should try to find ways to reduce the incentive for whole teams to quit. My study focused on lobbyists, but these effects should generalize to other professional services firms, which share a number of characteristics with lobbying firms. Outside of the professional services industry the results are less clear, but we could imagine similar patterns for customer-facing positions in settings outside of professional services. That said, some important questions remain. For example, do firms benefit from hiring employees who bring clients from their old firms? The answer may seem to be yes, but recruiting these employees could result in a winner’s curse where hiring firms overestimate the value these employee will create and systematically overpay them. Another area worth investigating is how and when firms use nonsolicitation clauses to legally prevent employees from taking clients when they leave. Ultimately, however, clients may move as they please, so my findings provide initial evidence that can help managers identify which clients are most at risk of defecting as well as some advice on how to structure relationships to keep their loyalty.

31 января, 12:14

Угадай епархию!

Это письмо пришло мне с подписью "значительная часть духовенства ... епархии". При публикации я решил убрать имена. Картинка все же отнюдь не частная.***"Всё больше пишут церковные люди и сами священники о трагедии, которая развернулась в нашей Церкви. Невольно приходит на память роман-предупреждение «Повелитель мух», в котором дети, попав на необитаемый остров и оставшись без попечения взрослых, постепенно превратили свой придуманный мир их игры в трагическую реальность. Где одни стали доминировать над другими, а дальше появились жертвы… Наша действительность церковная очень напоминает это произведение. В конце 80-х – начале 90-х надежда на то, что РПЦ станет сильной, давала всем нам вдохновение и радость. Но в какой-то момент произошёл сбой. Что-то пошло не так. В итоге мы оказались, как не печально, в корпорации, которая уничтожает то, что ей становится не нужно и не интересно. Интерес же на сегодняшний день представляют деньги и армия пресмыкающихся клириков, которые в ближайшем будущем должны разучиться размышлять, думать, критически оценивать складывающуюся ситуацию. Особое место в жизни несчастной епархии занимает кадровая политика архиерея. На ключевые должности назначаются неопытные юнцы, не имеющие испытаний приходского служения в сельской местности, или, по крайней мере, штатными клириками под руководством опытного настоятеля. Первый среди таковых – секретарь епархии – человек, не имеющий ни малейшего понятия о приходской жизни, но при этом, вручая указ о назначении очередного священника, «даже прослужившего не один десяток лет у престола», даёт ценные указания, как вести дела и устраивать жизнь общины. Ярким подтверждением того, как он видит жизнь приходской семьи, является запрет клирику, покидающему приход даже проститься с паствой и совершить последнее богослужение. Пышно отметили пятилетие образования …ской митрополии. Много говорили о достижениях, о планах на будущее. Подводя итоги, захлёбывались, перечисляя то, чего добились. Но если оставить пафос и параллельно с восторженными клириками и мирянами (кстати, большинство из которых сами не верят в то, что по благословению вещают на торжественных приёмах) поразмышлять о том, что же мы имеем за 5 лет существования «новой» епархии.Нельзя не заметить раздражение Главы митрополии в связи со сложившейся ситуацией. Признать свои ошибки он не способен, но, конечно, он переживает, что всё, во что он верит или верил (в свои «проЖекты») – ничего не оправдалось. Всё чаще у него происходит смена настроений. Депрессивная истеричная капризная натура этого человека прогрессирует. Всё сказывается на клириках. Взносы можно повышать несколько раз в год, как считает архипастырь. Кстати хочется отметить, что взносы городских приходов составляют от 150 000 до 400 000 рублей в месяц. Да, да, Вы не ошиблись – в месяц! Именно такими суммами пополняется бесконечно тающая казна епархии. Конечно, можно возразить и парировать, что это необходимо, чтобы продолжать работы по реставрации собора. Но ни одной копейки из этих взносов на реставрацию не идет. И этот бы аргумент сработал, если бы митрополит поумерил свои аппетиты. Митры, дорогие облачения, посохи, жезлы, комплекты панагий, банкеты, число которых беспрерывно растёт и становится предметом обсуждения всей митрополии и даже полноты церковной. Всем известно, что человеку нужно говорить то, что он хочет услышать. Митрополит – большой психолог. Священники – особая каста людей, они живут своими представлениями о счастье, таком как быть в зените славы и рядом с архиереем. Одним он сулит награды, молодым только что рукоположенным иереям говорит об их «великом будущем», одних противопоставляя другим. Это старая, безотказная схема манипуляции людьми работает безотказно. Т.о. все эти священники, услышав о своих «особых» дарах и «неповторимости», портятся и развращаются. Митрополит окружил себя людьми, которые ни в духовном, ни в интеллектуальном плане из себя ничего не представляют. Их главная задача – всегда и везде восхвалять своего патрона. Самое ужасное – в епархии царит атмосфера запуганности и полнейшего внутреннего упадка среди духовенства. Большинство клириков презирают и ненавидят своего архиерея. Даже многие из тех, кто был им же рукоположен или «облагодетельствован». Здесь царит культ лицемерия и лжи. Очень испорчены отношения с представителями почти всех уровней власти. О митрополите с нескрываемой неприязнью отзываются многие чиновники среднего звена и министерские служащие, с которыми он позволяет себе говорить в уничижительном и насмешливом тоне. Но и в студенческой среде многие бурно обсуждают деятельность владыки. Чего стоит только то, что в семинарии есть студент «ни в зуб ногой», но который оказался «счастливчиком» быть «помощником» митрополита. Так вот тот самый непреклонный и неподкупный владыка-митрополит, который как великий «Мао» учит всех, что никому никаких поблажек в учёбе, сам лично обзванивал преподавателей, в том числе и светских, убеждая, чтобы они просто так поставили оценку его помощнику. Кстати эта информация свободно гуляет и по коридорам университетов, в которых работают эти преподаватели. Можно представить, как подобные действия развращают будущих пастырей, которые с первого курса семинарии знают, что равенство только в теории. Ещё одно «достижение» – это Архитектурно-строительный отдел, призванный контролировать проекты будущих храмов. Очень полезный отдел, потому что он должен бороться с безвкусицей в церковной архитектуре. Но означенный отдел существует у нас, чтобы препятствовать любым архитектурным проектам, даже талантливым и приемлемым. При отделе организована фирма, которая имеет негласно монополию на все церковные застройки. Молодые священники, которые должны строить, в панике, т.к. не знают, где искать немалые средства, чтобы умерить экономические потребности сотрудников отдела, которые требуют плату за свои проекты, в разы превышающую реальную стоимость. Если священник приносит стандартный типовой проект своего архитектора, сделанный бесплатно или за символическую плату, то архитектурный отдел заворачивает проект и пишет архиерею отзыв «О нецелесообразности данного проекта», при этом предлагается свой проект, но очень дорогой. Но и за баснословные деньги отдел не напрягается, т.к. многие проекты идентичны. Так что в скором времени у нас в епархии будут повсеместно храмы-близнецы, повторяющие друг друга. Многие читающие этот текст могут справедливо заметить, что он пронизан обидой. Возможно. И всё-таки нельзя отрицать, что многочисленные свидетельства мирян и духовенства не имеют под собой никакой объективности. С трудом верится, что Святейший совершенно не слышит жалоб и воззваний. И даже если его аналитики убеждают, что жалобный писк «предателей в рясах» о помощи и защите от царящего беспредела ничего не стоят, хочется надеяться, что даже такие как мы имеем право на милосердие, снисхождение и внимание. Многие непростительные залёты архиереев и священников первого звена старательно маскируются под любым предлогом. Вместе с тем любая ошибка неугодного клирика немилосердно карается. Очень жаль, что наши иерархи забывают, что их кормильцами являются простые священники, и что все грандиозные проекты, которые созидаются по благословению Преосвященных, созидаются руками и опытом тех же священников. Священников – поставленных в категорию безмолвных животных, не способных к чувствам и эмоциям, только, наверное, кроме угодливости и подлого удушающего молчания. Это предательское молчание необходимо для сохранения себя и своей семьи для более или менее пригодной жизни. Но даже рабы бывают недовольны. В Церкви ещё остались романтики, которые говорят: «наш Патриарх просто не знает о беспределах в епархиях!» Ваше Святейшество! Желая обманываться, верим, что Вы просто на самом деле многого не знаете. Мы верим, что когда Наш Патриарх узнает, то в его сердце останется место и для нас. Хотим верить, что он сможет положить начало борьбы с беспределом, тем самым сохраняя единство Церкви. Единство епископата, клира и мирян. Единство – о котором заповедал нам Господь, и котором так лживо рассказывают на разных церковных форумах и мероприятиях, истрепав и изуродовав такие слова как «христианская братская любовь», «милосердие» и «снисхождение».***А патриарх, конечно, ни о чем таком не знает. Это легко доказать. Мобилизованные блогеры-апологеты могут для этого использовать модель, предложенную в романе Пелевина "Empire V" и придти к правильному выводу:Самарцев поднял палец:— Вот на этом невысказанном предположении и держится весь хрупкий механизм нашего молодого народовластия…http://pelevin.nov.ru/romans/pe-empire/18.html

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31 января, 05:35

IS THIS THE KIND OF PROTEST OBAMA FINDS “HEARTENING?” A Black Lives Matter Protester: ‘We Need to S…

IS THIS THE KIND OF PROTEST OBAMA FINDS “HEARTENING?” A Black Lives Matter Protester: ‘We Need to Start Killing People.’ This pre-school teacher wants to violently overthrow our government and our economy, in the name of Black Lives Matter. What a great message to be giving to the next generation, let alone to share on […]

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30 января, 20:40

Queen Charlotte's last surviving dress goes on display in Bath

Cream empire-line lace dress was the height of fashion when it was made in the early 19th centuryA beautiful lace gown newly identified as the only known surviving dress worn by Queen Charlotte, the long-suffering wife of George III, is to go on display for the first time in an exhibition in Bath.Charlotte was never regarded as a fashion leader, and in later life was noted for clinging to the outdated styles of her youth, including voluminous hooped skirts. However, the slender cream empire-line dress was the height of fashion when it was made in the early 19th century, when Charlotte was in her 60s. Continue reading...

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30 января, 17:12

Price-Linked Subsidies and Health Insurance Markups -- by Sonia P. Jaffe, Mark Shepard

Subsidies in many health insurance programs depend on prices set by competing insurers - as prices rise, so do subsidies. We study the economics of these "price-linked" subsidies compared to "fixed" subsidies set independently of market prices. We show that price-linked subsidies weaken price competition, leading to higher markups and subsidy costs for the government. We argue that price-linked subsidies make sense only if (1) there is uncertainty about costs/prices, and (2) optimal subsidies increase as prices rise. We propose two reasons why optimal health insurance subsidies may rise with prices: doing so both insures consumers against cost risk and indirectly links subsidies to market-wide shocks affecting the cost of "charity care" used by the uninsured. We evaluate these tradeoffs empirically using a structural model estimated with data from Massachusetts' health insurance exchange. Relative to fixed subsidies, price-linking increase prices by up to 5%, and by 5-10% when we simulate markets with fewer insurers. For levels of cost uncertainty that are reasonable in a mature market, we find that the losses from higher prices outweigh the benefits of price-linking.

30 января, 15:29

The Justice System Is Criminal — Paul Craig Roberts

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The Justice System Is Criminal Paul Craig Roberts On January 23, 2017, I asked, “Are Americans Racists?” I pointed out examples where racist explanations prevail over empirical fact. I did not write that there is no racism in America. I said that racism is not the be-all and end-all explanation of American history and institutions.… The post The Justice System Is Criminal — Paul Craig Roberts appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

30 января, 14:35

Immigrant Ban, 1921, 1924, 1939 Through 1943 -- A Family History

Dear President Trump and members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, I strongly oppose the executive order banning refugees from war zones and immigrants and visitors from largely Muslim countries. As an American Jew, I want to share some of my family history. My grandfather Solomon had two brothers, Avram and David. They were Jews from a small village, Burshtyn or an even smaller nearby village that's name is lost, in Galicia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Records are confusing but we think he arrived in the United States in 1909. Avram, the oldest of the brothers, was already here. My grandmother Fanny joined Solomon in 1913, just before the outbreak of World War I. My father, Mandel, was born in the United States in 1920, the third of their four children. In 1921 the United States passed a quota law sharply restricting immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe. Technically the quota was by region, but a major purpose was to keep out Jews who many in Congress considered incapable of assimilation. The restrictions were tightened in 1924 further cutting off Jewish immigration to this country. Unable to immigrate to the United States, David and his wife moved to Berlin in Germany where they had two sons, my father's first cousins, and eventually prospered in the garment trade. Toward the end of the 1930s, with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in power in Germany, David and his wife decided they had to leave Germany. Unable to get permission to come to the United States because of the quota system and the refusal of this country to accept refugees, they eventually escaped to Palestine which was a British mandate. The family struggled in Palestine and decided that they had to make another attempt to join David's brothers in the United States. Somehow they made it to Marseilles, France where David could secure only one entry permit. They decided his wife and two children would return to Burshtyn, now part of Poland, and stay with David's father, my great-grandfather, until David could arrange for them to join him in the United States. In September 1941 Nazi Germany invaded Poland from the west and the Soviet Army invaded from the east. My father's aunt, cousins, and grandfather, along with the other Burshtyners, were trapped in the Soviet zone but remained safe. However in June 1941 Germany declared war on the Soviet Union and in August took control over Jewish regions in Galicia. At this point the family in the United States lost contact with family in Poland. The rest of the story is more general history. The Nazi occupiers ordered Polish Jews to relocate into ghettos and wear Star-of-David armbands. In December 1941 Germans confiscated fur coats from Jews. In March 1942 the Gestapo allies in the Ukrainian militia started rounding up Jews and shooting them. Thousands died. In October 1942 the Jews of Burshytn were driven into a ghetto in the larger town of Rohatyn, about ten miles north. We assume our family was part of that forced migration. In December 1942 all Jews in the local hospital, about two hundred, along with over a thousand other Jews were sent to the Belzec concentration camp where they died in the gas chamber. We do not know if family members were among this group. In June 1943 the last Jews left in Rohatyn were forced to dig their own graves and then shot to death. In the United States, families knew their relatives were dead, but the extent of the European Holocaust was so great, and with a war going on, it was impossible to learn any details. After the war that region of Poland became part of the Ukraine and records were unavailable. American survivors placed an obelisk in honor of their dead in the Burshtyner Society plot in a cemetery in Queens, New York. When talking of the European Holocaust, American Jews swear to "Never Forget." The Trump administration has either forgotten or is choosing to ignore the consequences of United States actions during that period and is pursuing a similar immigration and refugee policy. This is inhumane and unacceptable. I pledge to do all in my power to help reverse this Trumpian human tragedy. Sincerely, Alan Singer -- 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.

30 января, 08:28

Guest Contribution: “Distributional Implications of the Border Adjustment Tax for U.S. Households: Lower- and middle-income households may be hard hit”

Today, we are fortunate to have a guest post written by Kadee Russ, Associate Professor of Economics at University of California, Davis, and formerly Senior Economist for International Trade, Council of Economic Advisers. Recently, Furman, Russ, and Shambaugh (2017) provide evidence that tariffs are a regressive form of taxation, drawing on insights from Fajgelbaum and […]

30 января, 05:25

16 New TV Series Premieres to Watch This February

February is set to bring a slew of new comedies and dramas to the small-screen. Here are 16 new TV series premieres to watch out for this month.

29 января, 18:00

The Left Wages War On Donald Trump, Its Godzilla

The left, sensing that Trump presents an existential threat, is on the barricades. It sees Trump as Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, unexpectedly and shockingly emerged from the Potomac, stomping on major segments of its capital and threatening to demolish its empire.

29 января, 16:08

The British Army Can’t Find Enough Soldiers

Kevin Knodell Security, Who will fight the United Kingdom’s wars? The British military is one of the world’s most legendary fighting institutions. It enabled the British monarchy to become one of the world’s most powerful institutions, conquering huge swathes of the world and building the largest empire in history. During World War II, besieged by Nazi Germany, the Royal Air Force fought for Free Europe’s survival as the Luftwaffe bombed London and British planes fought back. When America entered the war, Britain was the hub for the Western Allies’ European operations. British commandos pioneered modern special operations. Many armies around the world base their organizational structures, training, tactics and traditions on the British military. And today, Her Majesty’s Armed Forces are fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, training fledgling armies in Afghanistan and Somalia, keeping watch in the Falklands and operating in many other places around the world. But these missions have put a great deal of strain on the British military and its troops. At the same time, fewer and fewer young Brits feel compelled to take up the mantle. Much like the U.S. military across the pond, the British military is struggling to find new recruits to take on new missions. Figures show 15,140 regular troops left the British military during the past 12 months, but only 13,450 new troops came in. It’s a particularly acute problem for the British Army. The British parliament released data showing that 6,910 new recruits joined the Army over the past 12 months. The target was 9,580 — adding up to a shortfall of 28 percent. Most notably, 2,380 troops signed up for the infantry against a target of 3,480 — the largest gap. The British military — the Army in particular — has been very active in the 21st century. In May 2000, hundreds of British paratroopers with full-force protection intervened in Sierra Leone’s civil war as part of Operation Palliser fighting Revolutionary United Front rebels. It was a relatively short intervention and was widely hailed as a success. After 9/11, the United Kingdom joined the United States in the invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and later the invasion of Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Read full article

29 января, 04:15

Reading: Robert Allen (2011): Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction, chapter 5

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Robert Allen (2011): _Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction_ (New York: Oxford), chapter 5 Five Questions: 1. Of the five great Eurasian Empires--Russia, China, Mughal India, Safavid Persia, and Ottoman Turkey--which did best at coping with the opportunities and problems opened up in the course of world history after...

29 января, 03:46

Reading: Robert Allen (2011): Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction, chapter 7

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Robert Allen (2011): Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction, chapter 7 Six Questions: 1. What is the "short list" of candidates that are major causes for both the origins and the persistence of deep relative poverty in sub-Saharan Africa? 2. Allen attributes a lot of early African underdevelopment to...

29 января, 02:09

To deflect future blame, Trump is creating the enemy within

Ten years ago mentioning Hitler and the Nazis in a political debate was considered hyperbolic and in poor taste. And rightly so. Today, it has become almost passé. No less than the President of the United States has accused the American intelligence agencies of behaving as if they were in Nazi Germany over "fake news leaks" in a tweet, for example. And yet it seems that Mr Trump seems more determined than anybody to make comparisons to Nazi Germany apposite in the 21st Century. One of the executive orders he has signed in his frenzied first week in office was to require his administration to, "on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens." So then: drill into the heads of the public the association between immigration and crime, ignoring context, such as the fact that immigrants are noticeably less likely to commit crimes and have lower rates of incarceration than native US citizens. Bully any local or state jurisdiction that refuses to indulge your fantasy by threatening to name and shame them - and, I presume before long, accuse them of being "un-American" and "un-patriotic". And lay the ground for scapegoating these "criminals" and their "traitor", "liberal" accomplices for any of your domestic policy failures on crime, social cohesion, and public order. So far, so good, but this is rather closer to Putin than Hitler. Not to worry, Mr Trump has us covered: increase the number of detention centres, for these "threats to national security", so we can fit all "illegals" in, irrespective of whether they are dangerous criminals or just kids trying to get an education. Mr Trump was elected to the Office of President by promising the sun and the moon to a vast cohort of Americans that have been left behind by globalisation and who feel their very identities are under attack from a relentless "liberal culture war" to strip them of their "masculinity" and their conservative values. These people feel that they have been robbed of everything, and that only Mr Trump can rebuild America into a country where they can belong, by taking a hammer to "liberal economics" and liberal cultural sensibilities. They expect the maverick businessman to "shake things up". The problem is that Mr Trump has little to no interest in the wellbeing of his base. He wants their electoral support, sure, but in a post-fact world and with a base that is clinically resistant to facts and evidence after decades of indoctrination from Fox News and conservative talk radio, their wellbeing and their political support bear almost no correlation. What is actually important is Mr Trump's image as the "man of the people", the man who has their back. He will fail to deliver what he has promised. That much is certain. This is something his team knows, and something he himself knows and is not too troubled by. But for that failure to not affect his image, and thus the support of his base, any responsibility for those failures must be deflected away from his administration and towards... well, anyone else will do. But his base are already inclined to blame immigrants and liberals for everything, so those two groups will do just fine as scapegoats. When the inner city "carnage" Mr Trump described in his inauguration speech slips out of his deranged mind and into our streets because he is fanning the flames of a new race war in America, that will be "immigrant criminal gangs", and "weak Democrat local government" like Chicago's Rahm Emanuel. When another loner goes on a shooting spree and he just happens to be from a Muslim background, that will be all American Muslims. And everything that cannot be pinned on any "foreign" American, can easily be pinned on China. Brace yourselves for the best presidency, and it will be tremendous, because our President will never do anything wrong, and even though everyone is out to get him, he will put America first - and he will successfully run a business empire in parallel too! -- 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.

28 января, 18:53

10 Huge TV Shows That Other Networks Passed Up

These comedy and drama classics are some of the best TV shows ever created. But before they made it big, they were rejected by major television networks.

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28 января, 18:30

The American Empire with Allan Nairn (On Contact with Chris Hedges)

On this week’s episode of On Contact, host Chris Hedges examines the future of the American empire under the Trump Administration with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the American military. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

28 января, 18:00

There Have Been No Fatal Terror Attacks In The U.S. By Immigrants From The 7 Banned Muslim Countries

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); There have been zero fatal terror attacks on U.S. soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries President Donald Trump targeted with immigration bans on Friday, further highlighting the needlessness and cruelty of the president’s executive order. Between 1975 and 2015, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen killed exactly zero Americans on U.S. soil, according to an analysis of terror attacks by the Cato Institute.    Moreover, a report released this week shows that Muslim Americans with family backgrounds in those seven countries have killed no Americans over the last 15 years. Twenty-three percent of the Muslim Americans involved with violent extremist plots since Sept. 11, 2001, had family backgrounds in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen, according to a Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security report released this week. None of those plots resulted in American deaths. Similarly, none of the 19 plane hijackers on 9/11 were from any of those seven countries.  “Contrary to alarmist political rhetoric, the appeal of revolutionary violence has remained very limited among Muslim-Americans,” Charles Kurzman, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of the Triangle Center report, said in a statement. “Let’s use this empirical evidence to guide our policy-making and public debates on violent extremism.”  This is a dramatic and misdirected overreaction to a relatively small-scale problem. Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor On Friday afternoon, Trump issued an executive order indefinitely banning Syrian refugee admissions, temporarily banning entry of people from the seven aforementioned majority-Muslim countries and suspending visas to countries of “particular concern.” The order, at the end of Trump’s first week as president, is an extension of a presidential campaign in which Trump routinely stirred fears and peddled misinformation about Muslims in America. It also partially fulfills Trump’s 2015 call to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.  “This is a dramatic and misdirected overreaction to a relatively small-scale problem,” Kurzman wrote in The WorldPost Thursday in anticipation of Trump’s executive order. The threat of Muslim American involvement in violent extremism is greatly inflated, Kurzman wrote, and violence by Muslim Americans represents an incredibly small fraction of overall violence in this country.   Kurzman told The Huffington Post he defined “Muslim Americans” in his report as people who had lived in the U.S. at least a year before radicalization. There were 46 such Muslim Americans associated with violent extremism in 2016, according to the report, a 40 percent drop from the year before.  Of those 46 people, Kurzman said, 26 were U.S. citizens, six were of unknown nationality and the rest were immigrants, only one of whom was undocumented.  The extremism of nearly half of those 46 Muslim Americans entailed them traveling or attempting to travel to join militant groups in the Middle East.  Twenty-three were involved or allegedly involved in plots against U.S. targets, resulting in 54 deaths. (Forty-nine of those deaths occurred when 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire in a Florida nightclub in June.) According to the report, that brings the total number of U.S. deaths caused by Muslim American extremists since 9/11 to 123. By way of comparison, in 2016 alone, 188 people were killed on U.S. soil in mass shootings not involving Muslim American extremists, the report says. Meanwhile, there have been 230,000 murders in the U.S. since 9/11. David Schanzer, director at the Triangle Center, said in a statement that “it is flatly untrue that America is deeply threatened by violent extremism by Muslim-Americans; attacks by Muslims accounted for only one third of one percent of all murders in America last year.” Moreover, according to the State Department, of the nearly 800,000 refugees who have come to the U.S. since 9/11, fewer than 20 have been arrested on terrorism charges. But, Schanzer added, “it is also untrue that violent extremism can be ignored as a problem within the Muslim-American community. Collaborative efforts between government agencies and Muslim-Americans to address this problem are justified and needed.” In his WorldPost article Thursday, Kurzman wrote that “instead of inflating the threat of extremism, Trump and the rest of us ought to treat it as the small-time criminal enterprise that it is, matching our response to the scale of the problem.” “Let’s stand strong,” he wrote. “Stop giving terrorists the obsessive attention and inflated importance that they crave.” -- 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.

28 января, 18:00

There Have Been No Fatal Terror Attacks In The U.S. By Immigrants From The 7 Banned Muslim Countries

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); There have been zero fatal terror attacks on U.S. soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries President Donald Trump targeted with immigration bans on Friday, further highlighting the needlessness and cruelty of the president’s executive order. Between 1975 and 2015, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen killed exactly zero Americans on U.S. soil, according to an analysis of terror attacks by the Cato Institute.    Moreover, a report released this week shows that Muslim Americans with family backgrounds in those seven countries have killed no Americans over the last 15 years. Twenty-three percent of the Muslim Americans involved with violent extremist plots since Sept. 11, 2001, had family backgrounds in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen, according to a Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security report released this week. None of those plots resulted in American deaths. Similarly, none of the 19 plane hijackers on 9/11 were from any of those seven countries.  “Contrary to alarmist political rhetoric, the appeal of revolutionary violence has remained very limited among Muslim-Americans,” Charles Kurzman, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of the Triangle Center report, said in a statement. “Let’s use this empirical evidence to guide our policy-making and public debates on violent extremism.”  This is a dramatic and misdirected overreaction to a relatively small-scale problem. Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor On Friday afternoon, Trump issued an executive order indefinitely banning Syrian refugee admissions, temporarily banning entry of people from the seven aforementioned majority-Muslim countries and suspending visas to countries of “particular concern.” The order, at the end of Trump’s first week as president, is an extension of a presidential campaign in which Trump routinely stirred fears and peddled misinformation about Muslims in America. It also partially fulfills Trump’s 2015 call to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.  “This is a dramatic and misdirected overreaction to a relatively small-scale problem,” Kurzman wrote in The WorldPost Thursday in anticipation of Trump’s executive order. The threat of Muslim American involvement in violent extremism is greatly inflated, Kurzman wrote, and violence by Muslim Americans represents an incredibly small fraction of overall violence in this country.   Kurzman told The Huffington Post he defined “Muslim Americans” in his report as people who had lived in the U.S. at least a year before radicalization. There were 46 such Muslim Americans associated with violent extremism in 2016, according to the report, a 40 percent drop from the year before.  Of those 46 people, Kurzman said, 26 were U.S. citizens, six were of unknown nationality and the rest were immigrants, only one of whom was undocumented.  The extremism of nearly half of those 46 Muslim Americans entailed them traveling or attempting to travel to join militant groups in the Middle East.  Twenty-three were involved or allegedly involved in plots against U.S. targets, resulting in 54 deaths. (Forty-nine of those deaths occurred when 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire in a Florida nightclub in June.) According to the report, that brings the total number of U.S. deaths caused by Muslim American extremists since 9/11 to 123. By way of comparison, in 2016 alone, 188 people were killed on U.S. soil in mass shootings not involving Muslim American extremists, the report says. Meanwhile, there have been 230,000 murders in the U.S. since 9/11. David Schanzer, director at the Triangle Center, said in a statement that “it is flatly untrue that America is deeply threatened by violent extremism by Muslim-Americans; attacks by Muslims accounted for only one third of one percent of all murders in America last year.” Moreover, according to the State Department, of the nearly 800,000 refugees who have come to the U.S. since 9/11, fewer than 20 have been arrested on terrorism charges. But, Schanzer added, “it is also untrue that violent extremism can be ignored as a problem within the Muslim-American community. Collaborative efforts between government agencies and Muslim-Americans to address this problem are justified and needed.” In his WorldPost article Thursday, Kurzman wrote that “instead of inflating the threat of extremism, Trump and the rest of us ought to treat it as the small-time criminal enterprise that it is, matching our response to the scale of the problem.” “Let’s stand strong,” he wrote. “Stop giving terrorists the obsessive attention and inflated importance that they crave.” -- 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.