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26 июня, 00:00

Taking On the Frat Boys

Gail Collins, New York TimesEverybody seems to hate the Senate health care bill, which was created by 13 Republican men meeting behind closed doors. Of course, a lot of you wouldn’t have been all that crazy about a bill brought to you by 12 Republican men and a woman. Perhaps you wouldn’t even have been satisfied if it were written by 13 Republican women senators, although we’ll never know since there are only five of them.

25 июня, 20:47

15 TV Shows That Weren’t Afraid to Talk About Abortion

Abortion is undoubtedly a controversial topic, but TV shows have gotten better at broaching the subject. These series have dared to go there.

16 июня, 19:14

Commission on Civil Rights to probe Trump administration's handling of civil rights

An independent watchdog group on Friday approved an investigation of civil rights enforcement in the Trump administration, saying it has "grave concerns" about signals coming from federal agencies — calling out comments by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in particular.The 6-2 vote by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights approving the statement calling for a two-year review followed a dispute between two commissioners over the language that calls out DeVos. That language cites that the Education secretary's "repeated refusal in Congressional testimony and other public statements to commit that the department would enforce federal civil rights laws" is "particularly troubling."The commission, an independent body authorized by Congress, serves as a watchdog on civil rights issues, but has no authority to force change in the government. Commissioner Gail Heriot, a political independent and law professor at the University of San Diego, said the line about DeVos was "utterly over the top" and sought unsuccessfully to have it removed. “At no time did she say that she would not enforce federal civil rights law," Heriot said of DeVos. "She has a different interpretation of what those laws require.” But Commission Chair Catherine Lhamon, who oversaw the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights under the Obama administration, said the statement doesn't say DeVos won't enforce civil rights law — only that she's refused to commit to it.Heriot disagreed, saying, "That’s not true. She interprets the statutes differently than you.”Lhamon said that during DeVos' recent congressional testimony, she said only that any recipient of federal funds must follow the law. The statement also expresses concerns about actions out of the departments of Justice, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, EPA and the Legal Services Corporation. It also raises concerns pertaining to "the President’s proposed budget and statements of Cabinet and senior Administration officials, that the protection and fulfillment of civil rights of all persons will not be appropriately prioritized." The review will examine whether budgets and staffing levels allow civil rights offices to do their jobs, whether management practices "are sufficient to meet the volume of civil rights issues within the offices’ jurisdiction, and the efficacy of recent resolution efforts," the statement says.Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, a Republican attorney from Cleveland who also voted against the resolution, said he did so because the language had a “verdict-first, trial-later feel to it.” He said he believes many of the same issues will also be addressed during other statutory work by the commission. Lhamon said the statement was worded carefully to not assume a conclusion. Commissioner Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a retired associate justice from North Carolina's Supreme Court and a Democrat, said she supported the statement because “it is our role to monitor what’s going on where civil rights is concerned, and speaking out and commenting on our observations to date seems very reasonable to me.”

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10 июня, 00:00

Trump Talks; America Trembles

Gail Collins, New York Times

08 июня, 11:51

"Газпром" представил Индии варианты поставки газа

"Газпром" представил правительству Индии все возможные варианты поставок газа в страну, власти Индии рассматривают эти варианты, заявил зампред правления "Газпрома" Виталий Маркелов.

08 июня, 11:51

"Газпром" представил Индии варианты поставки газа

"Газпром" представил правительству Индии все возможные варианты поставок газа в страну, власти Индии рассматривают эти варианты, заявил зампред правления "Газпрома" Виталий Маркелов.

08 июня, 11:35

Российские компании изучают вопрос строительства газопровода из Ирана в Индию

Крупные российские энергетические компании прорабатывают возможность прокладки морского трубопровода Иран-Пакистан-Индия

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03 июня, 00:00

Trauma, Taxes and Trump

Gail Collins, New York TimesIn the middle of his speech trashing the climate accord, President Trump suddenly blurted out that his “tax bill is moving along in Congress.” This was something of a surprise since, A) there is no tax bill and, B) nothing is moving along in Congress.

02 июня, 00:00

Oh Dear. The Trumps Keep Multiplying.

Gail Collins, New York TimesLet’s see now. Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is under investigation for weird cloak-and-daggerish meetings with the Russians. Ivanka just took a bunch of money from the Saudis for her favorite charity. Eric and Don Jr. are traveling the world to promote Trump hotels and golf courses while being looked after by the Secret Service on our dime.

31 мая, 12:54

The The – 10 of the best

For almost four decades, Matt Johnson and his rotating cast of bandmates have fused optimism, despair and political prescience into a distinctive brand of existential bluesIn 1979, Matt Johnson placed an advert in NME looking for likeminded fans of the Velvet Underground, the Residents and Throbbing Gristle to form a band with him. The The started life as a duo, then a four-piece, then a singular entity with a rotating cast of musicians that has included Johnny Marr, Simon Fisher Turner and Gail Ann Dorsey. (“I like to think of the The as a fluid thing,” Johnson told Melody Maker in 1993. “People can work with me, then stop for a bit, then work again.”) His own commercial breakthrough came with Uncertain Smile, reaching No 68 in the charts in 1982, and it represented an even bigger breakthrough for him as a songwriter: it ushered in a rich period of cerebral pop songs that married evocative lyrics with saleable melodies. Recorded for the album Soul Mining, this great song became a classic thanks to a staggering extended piano outro by Jools Holland. The former Squeeze man apparently turned up to the studio in summer dressed in full leathers and riding a vintage Norton motorbike. Once inside, he hammered out the improv on a baby grand in one take – but for a drop in at the end – before promptly leaving. “Me and [producer Paul] Hardiman were just … well, you know when you’ve got something,” Johnson told the Quietus when Soul Mining was reissued in 2014. Continue reading...

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.

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».