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25 мая, 08:16

Туркмения обещает газ в Трансафганский газопровод в 2020 г

Туркмения, владеющая четвёртыми по величине запасами природного газа в мире, обещает в 2020 году подать газ в Трансафганский газопровод, стоимость строительства которого оценивается в $10 миллиардов, сказал представитель консорциума в среду.

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25 мая, 00:00

Trump Can't Add Things Up

Gail Collins, New York TimesWe’re now getting a feel for what it was like to work in a business run by Donald Trump. His budget is out, and it predicts we will have super-duper, excellent, great — no, huge — economic growth based on monster tax cuts for the rich and cuts in spending that will leave the poor with no money to buy anything. It was produced in concert with that great health care bill, which the Congressional Budget Office now estimates would cost 23 million Americans their insurance coverage over the next 10 years.

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24 мая, 20:00

Unseen Sylvia Plath poems deciphered in carbon paper

Duplicating sheet in old notebook examined by academics yields two unknown works, To a Refractory Santa Claus and MegrimsA carbon paper hidden in the back of an old notebook owned by Sylvia Plath has revealed two previously unknown poems by The Bell Jar author. The paper, which was discovered by scholars working on a new book, has lain undiscovered for 50 years and offers a tantalising glimpse of how the poet worked with her then husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes.The academics, Gail Crowther and Peter K Steinberg, have also found a clutch of poems abandoned by Hughes that reveal the depth of his turmoil over his wife’s death. The poems had been written for his final collection, Birthday Letters, in which he broke his silence about his tumultuous relationship with Plath, which ended after she discovered he was having an affair. Continue reading...

24 мая, 09:23

Международный газовый конгресс открылся в Туркмении

Сегодня в Национальной туристической зоне "Аваза" на побережье Каспийского моря открылся Международный газовый конгресс Туркмении. В нем принимают участие более 320 делегатов, в том числе, представители правительства РФ. Помимо государственных чиновников из 36 стран мира, на форум прибыли представители крупных нефтегазовых компаний мира, международных организаций, финансовых учреждений и экспертного сообщества. В ходе Конгресса будет обсуждаться состояние и перспективы развития мирового газового рынка.

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20 мая, 00:00

Watch Out World, Trump's Coming

Gail Collins, New York TimesDonald Trump has gone abroad. Nine days. Five stops. Strange beds. Anything could happen.

18 мая, 00:49

Days Since News Of An Impeachable Scandal: [0][0][0][1]

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! President Trump has found an incredible new way to hold someone hostage while also providing them a robust health plan. Three journalists found major weaknesses in Mar-a-Lago’s networks, which will undoubtedly save countless ambassadors the hassle of actually having to ask Donald Trump about secret material. And Ben Sasse’s parenting book is a real stinker, but no matter, as we’re excited for Bernie Sanders’ memoir about what happens when you hand over your house’s means of production to a six-year-old. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, May 17th, 2017: FB-WHY - Maybe Trump should interview Ben Nelson just to really piss off Democrats. Ryan J. Reilly: “President Donald Trump, who fired FBI Director James Comey last week, will interview four candidates to replace him, the White House said Wednesday. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump will interview four people on Wednesday: current acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Frank Keating, the former governor of Oklahoma who previously served as an FBI agent and in high-level positions in the Justice Department; former Sen. Joe Lieberman; and Richard McFeely, who served in the FBI for 24 years before retiring as executive assistant director in 2014.” [HuffPost] ANNNNNNNND THERE’S THE ‘I’ WORD - At CAP’s “ideas conference” yesterday, the biggest applause lines came during Maxine Water’s somewhat (er, very) unfocused rant about President Trump and Russia and the possible need for impeachment.  Jennifer Bendery: “Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) called for impeaching President Donald Trump from the House floor on Wednesday. ‘I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice,’ Green began in a sermon-like speech. ‘I do not do this for political purposes,’ he continued. ‘I do it because, Mr. Speaker, there is a belief in this country that no one is above the law. And that includes the president of the United States of America. Mr. Speaker, our democracy is at risk.’ … The Texas Democrat rattled off a website, impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org, and urged people to sign a petition there saying they agree it’s time to begin impeachment proceedings. It is ultimately the public, he said, that will decide whether impeachment happens.” [HuffPost] @mcalderone: Fox News downplaying/dismissing Comey news in primetime Tues apparently didn’t work with viewers. CNN first in demo; MSNBC first in total. PRETTY SURE THE ADMINISTRATION IS JUST LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR TRUMP TV IN 2021 - Yep, 2021, he’ll likely still be president then. Ryan J. Reilly and Elise Foley: “President Donald Trump’s administration will appoint Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke ― a Fox News talking head with extreme rhetoric on law enforcement ― to a job in the Department of Homeland Security, Clarke said Wednesday. The sheriff has recently come under scrutiny because four people, including a newborn, died in less than a year inside the jail he’s charged with running. Clarke told 1130 WISN Radio that he will serve as an assistant secretary in the DHS’s Office of Partnership and Engagement and will work as a liaison between law enforcement and state and local governments. That job does not require a Senate confirmation.” [HuffPost] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE - As a test, Fox News should run “Donald Trump” on an infinite loop in the news ticker and see if the president ever appears again. Steve Holland and Jeff Mason: “Besieged by controversy at home, U.S. President Donald rump is under pressure to stick to the script and avoid fresh flare-ups when he embarks this week on his first foreign trip, a nine-day trek to the Middle East and Europe…. National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in ‘as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned,’ according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials. Trump likes to look at a map of the country involved when he learns about a topic.” [Reuters] BUT WHO WILL GUARD THE PRESIDENT’S PRECIOUS LITTLE FEELINGS? Paige Lavender: “President Donald Trump found another opportunity to attack the media during a commencement ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday…. ‘Never ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine,’ Trump said. ‘Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media.’ Trump argued ‘no politician in history...has been treated worse or more unfairly’ by the media…. The president closed out his speech with one actual piece of advice for the graduates: ‘Enjoy your life.’” [HuffPost] Hmm...has Trump been treated worse than any politician in history? “Fairness is a pretty interesting topic of conversation to be raising in front of men and women who will one day be jumping into the damn ocean in the middle of hurricanes to rescue people, in the service of an organization whose unofficial motto is, ‘You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.’ … Let’s just think about other presidents. Off the top of my head, here are some people who were treated more unfairly than Donald Trump.” [HuffPost’s Jason Linkins]CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON LIVING IN A PSYCHOLOGICAL CAGE - We hope you one day free yourself from the figurative prison your life has become. Josh Dawsey and Matthew Nussbaum: “In interviews, multiple White House officials indicated they feel under siege — unsure who in the intelligence community was leaking, how much damaging information was out there, when the next proverbial shoe would drop and what Trump might say. Staffers shuttled back and forth among West Wing offices debating what to say without divulging confidential material or getting anything wrong. A deflated and exhausted Sean Spicer, who continues to read reports that his job is in jeopardy while he works 12 hours every day in his office, huddled in his office with chief of staff Reince Priebus. There was a pervasive sense, another official said, that ‘we are kind of helpless.’” [Politico] Maybe now Mitch McConnell will do something: “Interviews with Republicans in and close to the donor community revealed growing worries that Congress has been knocked off kilter by the problems engulfing Trump — and that it will be enormously challenging to get back on track as the contours of 2018 congressional races begin to take shape…. At a gathering of the Republican Governors Association at a Trump resort in the Miami area this week, donors were also anxious, consumed by the feeling that ‘it’s going to be impossible to get anything done,’ said one Republican operative in attendance. ‘They’re flipping out like everybody else, of course they are,’ said the operative, going on to add, ‘People are in meltdown mode.’” [McClatchy’s Katie Glueck] ¡Encerrarlos! “Deportation officers arrested more than 41,000 people on civil immigration charges between the Monday after Trump’s inauguration and his 100th day in office, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE deportation officers arrested about 30,000 people in roughly the same period in 2016. Arrests of noncriminals more than doubled during the same period ― from about 4,200 in 2016 to more than 10,800 in 2017, according to ICE. They made up about one-quarter of the total arrests.” [HuffPost’s Elise Foley] GOP STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT BY MAKING IT SUPER-INEFFICIENT - Alexander C. Kaufman: “Shrouded by the political chaos surrounding the White House, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Regulatory Accountability Act that would impose dozens of new requirements on the government rule-making process…. The act proposes adding 53 requirements to the regulatory process, including a mandate that all rules with an economic impact exceeding $110 million go through a lengthy review. The bill would, for example, make it harder for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update meat and poultry safety standards, the Food and Drug Administration to issue new rules on opioids and the Mine Safety and Health Association to upgrade protections for workers without clearing high hurdles set by deep-pocketed meat, pharmaceutical and mining companies.” [HuffPost] DIVERSIFY YO BONDS, GREG GIANFORTE - Alexander C. Kaufman: “A Republican congressional candidate owns a stake in a French-Swiss cement company accused of making payments to the Islamic State militant group in Syria, according to financial disclosures HuffPost reviewed. Greg Gianforte, the millionaire GOP contender for Montana’s open seat in the House, reported owning $47,066 worth of shares in LafargeHolcim as recently as December…. LafargeHolcim operated a factory in the north Syrian town of Kobane for three years after civil war broke out and most foreign companies fled. The company evacuated foreign employees in 2012, but kept the business going with local workers until ISIS fighters seized the factory two years later. Payments made to local armed groups to secure the factory may have unwittingly ended up in ISIS coffers, French newspaper Le Monde reported last year. CEO Eric Olsen resigned from the firm last month.” [HuffPost] BORIS IS INVINCEEEEBLE - Are the weaknesses detailed below that all the captcha prompts spell out “DONALD TRUMP”? Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu, and Julia Angwin:  “We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, and pointed a two-foot wireless antenna that resembled a potato gun toward the club. Within a minute, we spotted three weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks. We could have hacked them in less than five minutes, but we refrained…. We also visited two of President Donald Trump’s other family-run retreats, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and a golf club in Sterling, Va. Our inspections found weak and open Wi-Fi networks, wireless printers without passwords, servers with outdated and vulnerable software, and unencrypted login pages to back-end databases containing sensitive information.” [Gizmodo/ProPublica] SASSE-PLAINING - Free idea: this book, but replacing every reference to “millennials” with “my archnemesis, Herb Kohl.” Alyssa Rosenberg: “It says a lot about how engaging Sen. Ben Sasse’s Twitter feed is, and how novel it seemed that a politician would write what appeared to be a parenting book rather than a bland campaign volume, that I requested a copy of the Nebraska Republican’s new book, ‘The Vanishing American Adult.’ And I truly hoped to be able to report that it was good: Any sign that an American politician is capable of thinking in new ways or speaking in new terms is manna in the desert, and as you all know, it’s getting grim out there. So it’s with regret that I inform you that ‘The Vanishing American Adult’ is a reminder that there is more than one way for a politician to write a bad book, as well as an illustration of the limits of Sasse’s mildly maverick brand.” [WaPo] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a lion being freaked out by bubbles. MAYBE THEY WERE AFRAID THE SWAMP WOULD BE DRAINED - Fear not, little waterfowl. Dana Hedgpeth: “A dozen baby ducks and their mother were rescued Tuesday afternoon from a 6th floor balcony of a Library of Congress building with the help of the U.S. Capitol Police. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden posted a picture of the ducklings on Twitter. On Tuesday, around 4 p.m., a Library of Congress staffer noticed the ducklings and their mother go past a window of the 6th floor balcony of the James Madison Memorial Building, which is one of the library’s facilities, said Gail Osterberg, the library’s director of communications. There is no water around, so it seemed a bit ‘out of the ordinary,’ said Osterberg.” [WaPo] COMFORT FOOD - Apple really doesn’t want its employees to procreate. - The 12,000-calorie diet of the world’s strongest man. - Yoda tells a joke. TWITTERAMA Asked a longtime House GOP staffer where things are headed. "This is like Reservoir Dogs. Everyone ends up dead on the floor."— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) May 17, 2017 Simple from here:Constitutional Amendment changing natural-born clause.Pence resigns.VP Marine Le Pen.25th Amendment.President Le Pen.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) May 17, 2017 fox news tomorrow is going to be like "the only people in history to ever vote for impeachment were bill ayers, dylan klebold and dracula"— Louise Mensch Source (@Mobute) May 17, 2017 Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

13 мая, 00:00

Trump Is Terrible at Firing!

Gail Collins, New York TimesDonald Trump is going to meet soon with the pope. How do you think that will go? Maybe when Trump emerges, he’ll announce that Francis promised him canonization. Then the Vatican will deny it. Then Sean Spicer will hold a press conference in which he will explain that the president was simply working off a memo written by the deputy secretary of state.

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07 мая, 01:53

Five Good Reasons To Break Up With Your Recruiter

Melanie isn't sure her recruiter Gail is the right person to represent Melanie in her job search. What's your take?

04 мая, 00:00

Way Too Many Trumps

Gail Collins, New York TimesYou remember the Somewhat Normal Republican Trump, who answers to both SNORE and SNORT, depending on his energy level at the moment. He mainly likes to repeal federal regulations — free mentally ill people to buy guns; don’t let a little clean water stand between coal owners and their yen to dump trash. Last week SNORT issued a tax reform plan that was classic G.O.P. in its extreme vagueness on how to pay for its multitude of cuts. (“Eliminate tax breaks for special interests.”)

30 апреля, 14:18

Who’s Afraid of Bret Stephens?

What’s that howling ricocheting through the liberal precincts? It’s only New York Times readers and writers greeting the arrival of neoconservative pundit Bret Stephens to the newspaper’s op-ed page as if he’s Slenderman coming to murder their children. His debut column in Saturday’s edition, a guns-blazing counterattack on those who call him a climate denier, has traumatized the Times mind-meld like nothing before.Well, like nothing before not counting the outrage that followed William Kristol’s arrival on the page in January 2008. Nora Ephron didn’t wait for Kristol’s first column to land before she had a cow and called for his sacking. Erica Jong wrote a vehement public letter to the editor: “Why give more space to one who already has plentiful outlets and is not a questioner but a confirmed propagandist?” Katha Pollitt, Jane Smiley, Charles Kaiser, David Corn and Josh Marshall joined the chorus. Kristol was one of the Iraq war’s “chief cheerleaders,” the chorus sang, “a third-rate neocon apparatchik,” a “war-monger and a hate-monger” and an “ideological bully and thug.”Before the outrage of Kristol, there was the appointment of Nixon speechwriter, PR man and college dropout William Safire to the page in 1973. The Upper West Side rioted. The Times newsroom wept in shame. “In terms of impact, it would be like hiring Roger Ailes today,” former Washington Post Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee told Vanity Fair’s Marjorie Williams in 1992. Safire’s Times D.C. bureau colleagues shunned him. One day, while eating alone in a restaurant, he told Williams, one of his newsroom colleagues walked by to say, “Ah, Safire, lunching with all your friends?” Reporter David Halberstam supplied the collective objection to Safire’s column in a letter to Times Publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger. “Safire, he wrote, “is a paid manipulator. He is not a man of ideas or politics but rather a man of tricks. … It’s a lousy column and it’s a dishonest one. So close it. Or you end up as shabby as Safire.”At least you can credit Times readers for being consistent over the decades in their unified opposition to an untamed conservative voice on the op-ed page. According to Business Insider, they’re threatening to cancel their subscriptions over Stephens, and prominent climate scientists have done just that. At ThinkProgress, climate writer Joe Romm accuses Stephens of intellectual dishonesty and flip-flopping. And those are his gentle criticisms. Writers at Vice and Gizmodo flayed Stephens on Twitter, too, using naughty language. The inevitable Change.org petition demanding Stephens’ head has been drawn up and signed by thousands. “NY Times Hired a Hippie Puncher to Give Climate Obstructionists Cover,” bellyached the Guardian headline. Demonstrations outside Times headquarters, clever protest placards, giant street puppets and a picket line can’t be far off. How about a boycott of the Times and its advertisers? Or charges before the International Criminal Court in The Hague?I have no interest in litigating the merits of Stephens’ first Times column. It could very well be garbage, as many columns by Safire and Kristol were. Most columnists—present company excluded—bend facts, cherry pick details, engage in logical sleight of hand, spin logical fallacies, appeal to pathos and engage in other rhetorical skulduggery to make their points. If we’re going to call for Stephens’ dismissal based on the alleged deficiencies in his Saturday column, let’s apply the same standard to other Times op-ed page residents—Roger Cohen, Nicholas Kristof, Paul Krugman, Gail Collins, Frank Bruni, Ross Douthat, David Brooks, Charles M. Blow, Thomas L. Friedman, Maureen Dowd and David Leonhardt. Let’s fact-check and peer review them, too. Fat chance of that happening.The liberal case against Stephens only starts with his climate copy, as Fusion’s Hamilton Nolan illustrates. Torture? For it. Palestine? Against it. Arabs? Their minds are deficient. Muslims? Tantrum-prone. Equality? Agin it. The campus-rape epidemic? Doubts it. Institutional racism? Calls it imaginary. Comedy? Takes cheap shots at Mormons but won’t touch Muslims. Europe? Dead or dying. It’s a portfolio that Times readers might know about from chance encounters with Fox News Channel or from having buffed their shoes with a copy of the Wall Street Journal that somebody left at the boarding gate. To them, Stephens might as well be Infowars’ leading contributor—a frightful voice barking his opinions on street corners.Having read Stephens’ work for years in the Wall Street Journal, I can attest that he is harmless. The resting-smirk that is his best move has never changed any of my strongly held opinions and only rarely has his writing reordered my mental furniture. He does, however, deserve credit for rowing heroically against the Trump tide that has begun to submerge the Journal’s opinionists. He loves working the heretical angle, which might explain why he appeals to Editorial Page Editor James Bennet—the house conservatives he inherited, David Brooks and Ross Douthat, have become fully acclimatized to the Times orthodoxy.The Stephens reception plays directly into the Times’ hands. Its liberal readers can moo all they want; they don’t have a more liberal alternative to which they can defect. His addition reupholsters the page’s Safire Chair, making it a place for the sort of quality hate-reading not possible for the Times’ liberal readers since Safire ruffled their feathers in the 1970s.Over time, the paper will change Stephens more than Stephens will change the paper. I reckon that some of the Timespeople who consider him a trespasser today will eventually reverse themselves, as Halberstam did. Said Safire to the Washington Post’s Eleanor Randolph in 1987, “I got a nice note from Halberstam recently. He said he was wrong and he was glad to admit it.” ******What Stephens doesn’t know is that I’ve bolted most of my mental furniture to my skull case. Send furniture fliers to [email protected] My email alerts observe the Hindu faith. My Twitter feed swings toward Zoroastrianism. My RSS feed satisfies itself with the way of the Straight Edge.

27 апреля, 00:00

Trump's Can't-Do Record

Gail Collins, New York TimesWell, heck, who said Donald Trump isn’t going to accomplish anything in his first 100 days? All of a sudden there’s a one-page tax plan and a raft of deal-making, while the Senate was bused over to the White House grounds for a briefing on North Korea. Maybe the president believes that when you can make an entire chamber of Congress ride around like so many tour groups, the world will understand that you’re a can-do kind of guy.

19 апреля, 16:35

Our Intellectual Bankruptcy: The "Religion" Of Economics, UBI, & Medicare For All

Authored by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Clinging to magical-thinking fixes that change nothing on the fundamental level hastens collapse. Here we stand on the precipice, and all we have in our kit is a collection of delusional magical thinking that we label "solutions." We are not just morally and financially bankrupt, we're intellectually bankrupt as well. Here are three examples of magical thinking that pass for intellectually sound ideas: 1. Mainstream neo-classical/ Keynesian economics. As economist Manfred Max-Neef notes in this interview, neo-classical/ Keynesian economics is no longer a discipline or a science--it is a religion. It demands a peculiar faith in nonsense: for example, the environment--Nature-- is merely a subset of the economy. When we've stripped the seas of wild fish (and totally destroyed the ecology of the oceans), no problem--we'll substitute farmed fish, which are in economic terms, entirely equal to wild fish. In other words, the natural world cannot be valued in our current mock-science religion of economics. Other absurdities abound. Stripping the seas of wild fish adds to GDP, so it's all good, right? Dismantling newly constructed buildings and building a replacement structure also adds to GDP, so it's an excellent source of "growth." As Max-Neef points out, conventional economists have absolutely no understanding of poverty. If you need a sobering account of just how this abject willful ignorance works in the real world, I recommend reading The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. Gail Tverberg (among others) has shown how the existing economic model no longer makes sense of the actual economy we inhabit: The Economy Is Like a Circus. As for rising wealth/income inequality--there is a cure for that, but it's not in mainstream econ textbooks: The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities.(via Arshad A.) 2. Universal Basic Income. As noted in yesterday's essay, wages are no longer an adequate means of distributing the dwindling surplus of advanced economies. Wages as a share of GDP have been declining for decades, and only click up temporarily during massive speculative bubbles. Once these bubbles pop, which they inevitably do due to their instability and unsustainability, wage earners' share of GDP plummets to a new low. The mainstream is enthusing about the "solution": Universal Basic Income (UBI). The solution to low pay and scarcity of middle-class paid work is to give everyone a basic income for doing nothing. Delusional academics anticipate a flowering of creative talent akin to a new Renaissance as people are freed from work by robots and automation. But if we look at people already receiving the equivalent of "free money" UBI--disability-- studies find recipients are simply watching more TV and YouTube videos and pursuing opioids, not writing poetry and composing concertos. They are not volunteering in their community or engaging their communities in any positive fashion. What actually happens with UBI is recipients become isolated and miserable because UBI strips their lives of meaning, purpose and the need to contribute to a community. The real purpose of UBI is to chain every household to the state, and drain all social relations between the isolated "consumer" and the state. As tragic as the delusion of UBI is to individuals, it is unworkable financially because profits will fall as automation becomes commoditized, and the surplus available to distribute to every household will diminish. I explain this at some length in my books Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform and A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology & Creating Jobs for All. Much of what is passed off as "corporate profits" is accounting fraud and the monetization of what was once free. For example, all that customer labor: now that we pump our own gasoline, check and pack our own purchases, do our own banking--who's skimming the output of our labor? Yup, the corporations. Commoditization of software and tools + the Internet = loss of monopoly. This is a problem, for the core function of the state-cartel version of capitalism we inhabit is the state enforces a cartel-monopoly structure to guarantee steady surpluses it can tax for its own expansion. As automation is commoditized, profits plummet as competition can no longer be controlled by cartels or even the state--just as Marx laid out. Combine declining productivity and declining surplus (profits) (both for deeply structural reasons) and there cannot be enough money to fund UBI. Weirdly, proponents of UBI never even perform a back of the envelope calculation of cost and the source of all this free money (tax revenues and/or borrowing from future generations). Perhaps they intuit that such an exercise would reveal the bankruptcy of their magical thinking. As we shall see below, the system can't even support the entitlements it has already promised to hundreds of millions of people, never mind an additional universal entitlement. (Note to UBI enthusiasts: there are limits on what robots and automation can and will do: they will only perform work that is highly profitable. Since most human work is not profitable (or even paid), the idea that robots and automation will free everyone from work is delusional fantasy. I explain all this in greater detail in A Radically Beneficial World.) 3. Medicare for all. I understand the desire for a single-payer healthcare system, and have published various proposals over the years for such a system. The latest magical-thinking "solution" attracting widespread support (again, without any basis in actual numbers) is Medicare for all. The idea is: take a system (Medicare-Medicaid) that's already bankrupting the government and the nation and expand it from 70 million people to 320 million people. Uh, right. Shall we consult reality before embracing delusional "solutions"? Here's a chart of the rise of administrative costs in healthcare, public and private. Proponents of Medicare for All claim admin costs are lower in Medicare, but this conveniently overlooks the estimates that 40% of Medicare costs are paper-shuffling, needless or harmful tests, procedures, etc. and outright fraud. We know a few things as fact. One is that the populations qualifying for Medicare and Medicaid (the elderly and low-income households) are expanding at a high and very predictable rate. The other thing we know is that the Medicare-Medicaid costs are rising at a rate far above the growth rate of the economy that supports these programs (GDP), far above the growth rate of tax revenues and far above the growth rate of wages, which matters because payroll taxes fund Medicare. It doesn't take much to extend these lines and conclude Medicare-Medicaid alone will bankrupt the federal government and the nation. The problem is these programs are bloated by fraud, defensive medicine, predatory pricing for medications, and every other costly ill of our healthcare system. Like every other centrally funded/regulated sector, Medicare-Medicaid is optimized for maximizing private-sector profits and increasing regulatory costs. This is one manifestation of the diminishing returns on the entire centralized-control model: We'd all like "solutions" that don't change anything, but when the system itself is the source of our problems, changing nothing guarantees collapse. As noted in the article linked above, various inequalities and asymmetries get resolved by collapse. Clinging to magical-thinking fixes that change nothing on the fundamental level hastens collapse. In that sense, magical-thinking fixes are "solutions," but not the sort their proponents imagined. *  *  * If you found value in this content, please join Charles in seeking solutions by becoming a $1/month patron of my work via patreon.com. Check out both of Charles' new books, Inequality and the Collapse of Privilege ($3.95 Kindle, $8.95 print) and Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform ($3.95 Kindle, $8.95 print, $5.95 audiobook) For more, please visit the OTM essentials website.

18 апреля, 23:18

Nevada Secretary Of State Says She Has Evidence Of Voter Fraud In Presidential Election

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); The Nevada secretary of state has accused her state’s Department of Motor Vehicles of facilitating voter fraud and said she has evidence non-citizens voted in last year’s presidential election. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R) wrote in a letter Friday to DMV Director Terri Albertson that DMV workers had been accepting voting applications from non-citizens and forwarding them to the secretary of state’s office. Cegavske said she had evidence non-citizens voted in the presidential election, but didn’t elaborate. President Donald Trump has stoked fears of voter fraud, claiming repeatedly that millions illegally voted in the 2016 election. Like Cegavske, Trump has offered no evidence, but the White House is gearing up for a federal investigation. Voting fraud is extremely rare.  Cegavske, who supports requiring voters to produce a photo ID, said in January that while there was no evidence of voter fraud in the state during the presidential election, she said she was aware of attempted fraud related to registration. It’s unclear what changed. “There’s nothing else,” Gail Anderson, Cegavske’s deputy for southern Nevada, told the Nevada Independent, referring to the secretary of state’s letter alleging voter fraud. “When we have information that can be provided, we certainly would do that.” Cegavske’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) seemed unaware of the evidence for Cegavske’s claim, but said Monday he “expects to hear more.”  Joe Gloria, registrar of voters in Clark County, the most populous in Nevada, told the Independent he was unaware of any voter fraud probe. Federal law requires states to allow residents to register to vote at DMV offices.  The Nevada DMV director responded to Cegavske’s allegation with a strongly worded letter on Saturday that said the secretary of state’s office had signed off on the DMV’s voter registration procedures. “Your letter comes as a complete surprise as you and your office have reviewed, contributed to, and approved the processes you are expressing concerns about,” DMV director Albertson wrote. Albertson noted that DMV officials would flag suspect applications for further review by a county clerk or registrar to determine voting eligibility. The governor defended the DMV in the public dispute. “They were operating under the policies and guidelines that were adopted pursuant to input, review and approval of the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office,” Sandoval told the Independent. “I’m going to rely on (DMV Director) Terri Albertson — they are proceeding in accordance with what has been approved,” Sandoval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “So I guess the ball is in the secretary of state’s court.”  The ACLU of Nevada said in a statement on Monday that election officials, not the DMV, had the burden of verifying the eligibility of voters. Under the National Voter Registration Act, the DMV “cannot make determinations regarding voter eligibility” and must send voter registration applications to state election officials for a judgement, the ACLU said.  -- 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.

17 апреля, 13:50

Индийский BSE Sensex 30 закрылся в небольшом минусе

В понедельник, 17 апреля, фондовый рынок Индии продемонстрировал слабо отрицательную динамику по итогам сессии в ожидании публикации финансовых отчетностей ряда компаний. Отметим, что в четверг второй по величине в Индии провайдер услуг в сфере программного обеспечения Infosys опубликовал прогноз по выручке, который оказался хуже ожиданий аналитиков, что впоследствии разочаровало участников рынка. Из важной макроэкономической статистики в Индии был опубликован индекс потребительских цен, который в марте вырос на 5,7% г/г, тогда как аналитики прогнозировали увеличение показателя на 5,98% г/г. На момент закрытия торгов индекс Nifty 50 уменьшился на 0,13% до отметки 9 139,3 пункта, а индекс BSE Sensex 30 просел на 0,16% до 29 413,66 пункта. Среди компонентов индекса Nifty 50 в лидерах роста по итогам торгов были котировки акций GAIL и Grasim Industries, подорожавшие на 3.

13 апреля, 10:55

"Газпром" изучит маршрут поставки газа в Индию

"Газпром" к августу подготовит "Технико-экономический анализ вариантов поставок газа из Российской Федерации и из третьих стран в Индию", сообщает компания. На проведение исследования выделят 15,824 млн руб.

13 апреля, 10:55

"Газпром" изучит маршрут поставки газа в Индию

"Газпром" к августу подготовит "Технико-экономический анализ вариантов поставок газа из Российской Федерации и из третьих стран в Индию", сообщает компания. На проведение исследования выделят 15,824 млн руб.

13 апреля, 08:41

«Газпром» начнет поставки 2,5 млн т СПГ в Индию в следующем году

По сообщению заместителя министра энергетики России Юрия Сентюрина, поставка сжиженного природного газа компании «Газпром» в Индию в объеме 2,5 млн т начнется со следующего года. По словам Сентюрина: «Мы находимся на стадии начала поставок СПГ (в Индию – прим. ред.). Подписан был документ с индийцами, с 2018 года должны начаться поставки. Это газпромовский портфель, поставщик […]

12 апреля, 14:23

«Газпром» начнет поставки сжиженного газа в Индию в 2018 году

Контракт предусматривает поставки 2,5 млн тонн топлива в год

08 апреля, 08:00

Blind date: ‘I asked if she’d ever been taken up the Shard before’

Gail, 50, brand manager, meets Jane, 55, teacher What were you hoping for? Someone who looked like Meryl Streep, with the wit of Victoria Wood and the voice of Mariella Frostrup. Continue reading...

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06 апреля, 18:16

Woman cleared of careless driving after crowd-funded prosecution

Gail Purcell cleared of driving carelessly in central London after Cycling UK fund brought prosecution against herA woman accused of knocking down and killing a cyclist has been cleared of careless driving following a crowdfunded private prosecution.Gail Purcell, 59, allegedly failed to spot Michael Mason, 70, as he rode along Regent Street in central London. Continue reading...

14 ноября 2014, 00:27

Азиатский банк развития сообщил о создании трубопроводной компании ТАПИ

Государственный концерн «Туркменгаз», предприятие Afghan Gas, пакистанская Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited и индийская GAIL учредили трубопроводную компанию ТАПИ — Туркмения-Афганистан-Пакистан-Индия — с равными долями участия. Об этом сообщила пресс-служба Азиатского банка развития. АБР в 2013 году был назначен странами-участниками ТАПИ транзакционным советником по созданию трубопроводной компании и выявлению лидера коммерческого консорциума, призванного возглавить строительство и эксплуатацию трубопровода, отмечает в ночь на 14 ноября ТАСС. «Учреждение ТАПИ — ключевой рубеж в развитии газопроводного проекта и осязаемый результат трансформационного сотрудничества между вовлеченными сторонами, предвещающий укрепление энергобезопасности, расширение деловых перспектив и достижение большего мира и стабильности в регионе», — заявил генеральный директор Департамента Центральной и Западной Азии АБР Клаус Герхаузер. Планируется, что по 1800-километровому газопроводу ТАПИ будет ежегодно экспортировать до 33 млрд кубометров туркменского природного газа. Туркмения обладает четвёртыми по величине в мире доказанными запасами газа. Магистраль протянется от туркменского месторождения Галкыныш до пункта Фазилка на границе Индии с Пакистаном. Стоимость проекта превышает $7,6 млрд. Как заявил президент Туркмении на прошедшем в конце октября заседании Совета старейшин, «строительство газопровода ТАПИ планируется начать в 2015 году».