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17 января, 19:14

Maine Governor Tells John Lewis To Thank 3 White Presidents For Civil Rights Progress

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); Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday that civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) should be more grateful to three white Republican presidents who furthered racial equality in the United States. “I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history,” LePage said during a radio appearance on WVOM. “It was Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, it was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant who fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple thank you would suffice.” Jim Crow laws actually grew under Hayes and Grant, Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd of the Bangor Daily News noted. Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement and was the youngest speaker at the 1963 march on Washington. He was brutally beaten in 1965 during a voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and earned the 2010 presidential medal of freedom.  LePage’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Lewis said Friday that he doesn’t believe President-elect Donald Trump is a legitimately elected president. Trump responded Saturday by criticizing Lewis and saying he was “all talk.” Trump continued to attack Lewis on Tuesday. John Lewis said about my inauguration, "It will be the first one that I've missed." WRONG (or lie)! He boycotted Bush 43 also because he...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017 "thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in....he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president." Sound familiar! WP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017 Lawmakers were quick to jump to Lewis’ defense, with several announcing they would no longer attend Trump’s inauguration. LePage also said Tuesday that Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) should resign if she declines to attend the inauguration (she has said she will stay in Maine during the event). 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_2'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Last year, LePage suggested that minorities were responsible for bringing drugs into his state. “Guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys,” he said. “They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, and they go back home.” He later said he kept a binder of every drug dealer arrested in Maine and that 90 percent of the drug dealers were black and Hispanic. A public records request revealed that only 40 percent of the people in the binder were black or Hispanic.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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17 января, 16:15

JAY COST: Republicans Should Make Hay While They Can. Yep. The GOP squandered its opportunity in …

JAY COST: Republicans Should Make Hay While They Can. Yep. The GOP squandered its opportunity in 2000 and 2004. If it does that again, there might not be another one.

17 января, 02:22

Don't Repeal Me, Please!

I am luckier than most. After 20 years of having multiple sclerosis I am still relatively healthy. I have a spot on my foot which is mildly numb most of the time and markedly numb when I have an exacerbation. This is damage I got from not treating an exacerbation with steroid therapy. Sometimes when I am dancing I can feel weakness in my legs, but I still dance. I will always dance. Heat and I have a love/hate relationship. I love a sauna in January. That first sweat is such a cleansing feeling. But a prolonged heat wave in summer will sap me like an iPhone battery. I have extreme vertigo whenever I ride a canoe, an amusement ride, or a swing at the playground with my son. These are things I no longer do. They do not effect my quality of life. Life has so much more to offer than amusement rides. I can go through long periods of remission. Sometimes years. There are times when I am strong. I can haul 50 lb. bales of hay, show a cow who is boss. But when life is stressful, like say after a divorce or economic insecurity, the stress can be too much and I get sick. It is my pre-existing condition. There have been times when I have not had health insurance. When the divorce papers were signed by the judge I lost the health insurance I had with my husband. I was only working a part time job. My state, Maine, had not expanded medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. I fell into this bubble. One that with just a small bump in income of a couple thousand dollars would qualify me for the ACA. Sometimes when I feel an exacerbation start I have this feeling in my head that someone else is driving this body. Simple tasks such as shoveling a car out in winter will feel like epic adventures requiring more effort than this body is capable of. Thinking becomes clouded. The only upside I can see is the extreme cleaning my house will have after five days of IV cortico-steroid therapy. Lemonade. So it was in a March, after a long winter of extreme weather, car troubles, and a steady eye on my bottom line that I could feel the disjointed arrival of an exacerbation. I had no health insurance. A call to my neurologist set up the IV therapy. I arranged to have the medication before I went to work every day. I have a job that does not pay sick time. When I showed up at the registration desk at the hospital they helped me sign up for uncompensated care. The debt from the steroids would have been unmanageable on a 15,000 a year income. So, yes, your tax dollars paid for my medicine. Thank you. It would be another six months of working multiple jobs before I finally got a raise in pay and enough hours of work to qualify for the ACA. For my family of two that magic number is 18,000 a year. I just squeak by. If I make just a little less than this I can lose my health insurance again because Maine still has a governor who will not expand medicaid. I signed up for a silver plan with a 250.00 deductible. I received a subsidy which means that my monthly payment was 10.00 a month. I have re-enrolled for 2017 and that monthly payment has gone up to 45.00 a month. Still affordable. But all this may just be moot. I want to trust that we have leaders that are going to make sure that I can get the care I need without the worry of crushing debt. I want to trust that when, not if, I get sick again I can treat the illness and forestall any damage it may do to my nervous system, so I can keep walking, so I can see. I know for insurance companies, members of congress, think tanks, and governors my story is just a number. It probably does not make a blip on their radar. When people become numbers to the policy makers the real life consequences must seem abstract. My life is so far removed from the desk that pens these laws. But a repeal without a reasonable replacement seems like poor political decision making to me. I follow the news everyday. I watch a Congress dismantle the very thing that has insured an element of economic security to a life I have worked hard to rebuild after divorce. The glee with which this has happened does not promote much confidence or trust. I want to trust we have leaders. I want to trust. I'm just not sure I can. -- 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.

16 января, 08:31

The economics of the circus as a traveling city

I would call the disappearance of Ringling Brothers a civilizational advance, except I am not sure we are living in a time that merits this phrase.  In any case, I found this 2013 article on circus economics interesting: Gibson and Petrov travel with Ringling’s “gold unit” through smaller markets like Chattanooga, where the intimate one-ring […] The post The economics of the circus as a traveling city appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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15 января, 00:00

Republicans Should Make Hay Now While They Can

Jay Cost, Weekly StandardJanuary 20 will be a banner day for the Republican party. On the steps of the Capitol, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation's 45th president. In the building behind the ceremony, his party will be ready to enact his program with a sturdy congressional majority. The GOP is in historically strong shape in state capitols across the nation, set to implement conservative policy reforms from Idaho to Florida and just about everywhere in between.But if the Republican party were a publicly traded company, January 20 would be the day to sell, sell, sell. This may sound counterintuitive, but the...

14 января, 12:15

Зрелые и несчастные

Ситуация на рынке труда не нравится ни соискателям, ни работодателям Экономика растет - на кадровом рынке правит бал соискатель, падает - царит работодатель, и вот сейчас, наконец, установился долгожданный паритет. Несчастливы в итоге все - и работодатели со своими безрезультатными поисками, и работники, отказывающиеся от мечты об идеальной работе. Только специалисты по HR радуются - так, по их словам, и должен выглядеть зрелый, развитый рынок. ИРИНА БЕГИМБЕТОВА Если верить цифрам, рынок труда восстановился и демонстрирует рост по всем показателям. После двух лет стагнации (в 2015 году вакансий было столько же, сколько в 2014-м), в 2016 году на HeadHunter было опубликовано на 21% больше вакансий. "Если брать абсолютные цифры, то по количеству вакансий рынок вернулся на докризисный уровень",- говорит руководитель службы исследований HeadHunter Мария Игнатова. Наибольшее расширение предложений демонстрируют: сильно пострадавший в кризис консалтинг (в 2016 году вакансий тут прибавилось на 74%), сфера wellness - салоны красоты и фитнес-клубы (плюс 45% вакансий) и образовательная сфера (плюс 42% вакансий). По итогам нынешнего года HeadHunter прогнозирует прибавку числа резюме еще на 10%. Нет, кажется, и угрозы безработицы. В ушедшем году 66% компаний, свидетельствуют данные Deloitte, не сокращали персонал или "порезали" не больше 5% сотрудников. В 2017 году провести сокращения, согласно данным исследования рекрутинговой компании Antal Russia, планируют только 9% работодателей. О намерениях же набрать новых сотрудников, заявили 41% компаний--участниц опроса: чаще всего о найме говорили предприятия из медицинской сферы, FMCG, IT и розничной торговли. Держится спрос и на работников аграрного сектора. Ожидается, что по-прежнему будут востребованы специалисты по продажам, а также аналитики в маркетинге, финансах, бизнес-аналитики и аналитики больших данных - компании наращивают объемы корпоративной информации, которую хотят использовать продуктивно. На одну вакансию, по данным HeadHunter, сейчас приходится чуть более семи резюме, тогда как в 2014 году этот показатель варьировался в пределах четырех-пяти Конкуренция за места сейчас тоже выше, чем до кризиса. На одну вакансию, по данным HeadHunter, сейчас приходится чуть более семи резюме, тогда как в 2014 году этот показатель варьировался в пределах четырех-пяти. Казалось бы, работодатели снова готовы нанимать, и им есть из кого выбрать. Но все это - видимость. Детство, отрочество, зрелость "Эгегейного роста на рынке труда больше не будет. Массовых увольнений, конечно, тоже. В результате мы сейчас приходим к ситуации, которую можно назвать стагнацией, но я бы назвал ее ситуацией выборочного роста. Это значит, что тенденций, которые одинаковы для всех и всегда, мы уже не увидим. Кто-то на рынке труда будет расти, кто-то падать, причем в одних и тех же сферах. Другие развитые страны живут в такой ситуации уже давно, а мы приходим к ней только сейчас,- говорит партнер „ЭКОПСИ Консалтинг" Григорий Финкельштейн.- Главное, что изменилось в поведении работодателей и соискателей,- у всех очень сильно снизилась импульсивность. Работодатели из разряда „давайте мы наймем всех, кого захотим, и не будем ничего просчитывать" ушли в прошлое. Не найдете вы и соискателей из разряда „а не сменить ли мне работу". Люди стали подходить к выбору работы и кандидатов гораздо расчетливее. И это хорошо - продуманность и взвешенность решений идет рынку на пользу". С этим мнением согласен и управляющий партнер компании First (Ward Howell Group) Дмитрий Дереляк: "То, что сейчас происходит с рынком труда, внушает оптимизм. Здесь есть два полярных состояния - рынок работодателя и рынок соискателя. Рынок соискателя мы наблюдали в России до кризиса 2008-2009 годов: хороших кандидатов тогда было мало, и работодатель был вынужден выбирать из тех, кто есть. С кризисом эта тенденция прервалась на пару-тройку лет, но в 2012, 2013 и начале 2014 года мы вновь вернулись к рынку кандидата. Между тем рынок кандидата - это не зрелый рынок. Работодатель, как заказчик с деньгами, должен иметь выбор и возможность диктовать свои условия, во всяком случае, именно это происходит в развитых странах. Зрелый рынок можно определить так: когда ни одна из сторон не может в полной мере диктовать условия другой. С этой точки зрения российский рынок становится более зрелым. Если мы еще год-два посидим в стагнации, а мы, похоже, в ней посидим, мы придем к оптимальному балансу". Квесты для соискателей Зрелость работодателей отчетливо проявляется в том, что они больше не готовы брать людей "с кондачка". Кандидатов - как на топовые позиции, так и на средние, и даже рядовых сотрудников - стали прогонять через многочисленные фильтры, порой устраивая им настоящие квесты и испытания. "Соискатели привыкли, что при поиске работы они проходят традиционное собеседование и ждут решения по его результатам. Сейчас одного собеседования уже недостаточно,- утверждает Мария Игнатова из HeadHunter.- Компании, особенно крупные и международные, теперь устраивают кандидатам разные тесты - числовые, вербальные, психологические". Если говорить о менеджерах среднего и высшего звена, то пара месяцев - это теперь минимальный срок рассмотрения кандидата, в большинстве же случаев речь идет о сроках от полугода до года. "Компании дольше анализируют, нужен ли им человек, какими навыками и компетенциями он должен обладать",- говорит партнер рекрутинговой компании Antal Russia Евгения Ланичкина. А в цепочке по согласованию кандидата теперь участвует больше людей. Свои слова Ланичкина иллюстрирует свежими примерами. Производитель фармацевтических препаратов при поиске менеджера по безопасности помимо трех запланированных собеседований добавил еще два и отправил кандидата в сторонний центр оценки, где долго проверяли его профессиональные и личные качества. А компания--производитель и продавец продуктов питания, подыскивая специалиста по увеличению эффективности продаж, помимо двух собеседований предложила кандидатам на первом этапе проходить видеоинтервью. При этом на "покупку" сотрудников работодатели не настроены. "Никто не делает ставку на денежную мотивацию,- отмечает директор по развитию бизнеса рекрутинговой компании Hays Маргарита Тяжова.- Часто говорят примерно следующее: „Мы не будем менять под него систему мотивации, ему должна быть интересна наша компания, бренд и задачи"". Кроме того, работодатели продолжают играть в игру "менять хороших сотрудников на лучших", на которую они подсели после кризиса. "Неэффективные и малоэффективные работники постоянно находятся в зоне риска увольнения,- подчеркивает Евгения Ланичкина.- Даже если сотрудник формально выполняет KPI, но работодатель видит, что может найти на рынке труда человека, который сможет выполнять план лучше, то замена будет произведена". Сеть фитнес-клубов X-Fit в прошлом году заместила около сотни сотрудников - и результатами осталась довольна. "Рынок фитнес-кадров меняется, появляется все больше подготовленных людей, так что поиск достойных сотрудников у нас идет постоянно по всем категориям,- рассказывает заместитель гендиректора по операционной деятельности X-Fit Ирина Туманова.- Чаще заменяются фитнес-инструкторы и менеджеры отделов продаж. Людей мы ищем в профессиональных сообществах в интернете, в соцсетях, используем рекомендации знакомых". Сидеть на месте ровно Соискатели тоже стали осторожнее и осмотрительнее. Высокая конкуренция за существующие рабочие места, которая вытекает из количества размещенных резюме,- отчасти миф. "На рынке труда - много балласта, который выбрасывает любой кризис,- утверждает Дмитрий Дереляк из First.- Это те, кто лишился работы давно, те, кто лишился ее недавно, или те, кто ее вот-вот лишится". Понятно, что речь идет далеко не о лучших кадрах - за достойных сотрудников работодатели держатся. Таким образом, компании, которые ищут кандидатов, иногда оказываются в парадоксальной ситуации: с одной стороны, предложений на рынке много, с другой - выбрать зачастую не из кого. "Мы уже почти год ищем директора по онлайн-маркетингу,- сетует директор по продуктам Aviasales Антон Байцур.- Соискатели на рынке есть, мы провели собеседования с несколькими десятками претендентов, но хороших кандидатов не просто мало, а по пальцам пересчитать. Ситуация на рынке пугает кандидатов, очень многие боятся принимать карьерные решения. При этом в случае с онлайн-маркетингом сильных специалистов катастрофически мало. Все предлагают какие-то дореволюционные методы вроде „а давайте потратим весь бюджет на телевизионную рекламу" и при этом хотят больших зарплат, как раньше. Зарплаты у нас есть, а вот с кандидатами тоска". Примерно четверть соискателей, хотя и ищут работу, но поиски эти больше теоретические. "Если человек, размещающий резюме, трудоустроен, возможно, он беспокоится о своем будущем: найдет ли он работу в случае неожиданного сокращения? То есть он просто хочет прощупать рынок, посмотреть, насколько он может быть востребован. Такие люди не стремятся уйти из компании, даже если получат предложение",- говорит Мария Игнатова. Отдавать предпочтение стабильности работники начали еще на волне кризиса, а сейчас лишь укрепились в этом своем намерении. Главное, чтобы на работе держали и исправно платили зарплату, прочие факторы уже отошли на второй план. "Напуганные сокращениями персонала в 2014 и 2015 годах, россияне держатся за рабочие места, даже если их не очень устраивают условия",- констатирует шеф-редактор сайта "Работа.ру" Анна Чуксеева. Более 40% сотрудников в смене работы не заинтересованы. Если сравнивать этот показатель с 2014 годом, получается, что "стабильных" работников стало больше на 13% Как отмечает Antal Russia, опираясь на результаты своего исследования, более 40% сотрудников в смене работы не заинтересованы. Если сравнивать этот показатель с 2014 годом, получается, что "стабильных" работников стало больше на 13%. Бедность как стабильность С зарплатами ситуация выглядит примерно так же: формально они растут, но настоящего движения, по сути, не происходит. По данным "Работа.ру", в 2016 году в среднем зарплаты увеличились на 4,7%, что не перекрыло даже уровень инфляции. В нынешнем году повышение, если и произойдет, тоже останется в среднем на уровне годовой инфляции. Результаты исследования Antal Russia показывают, что поднимать зарплаты в 2017 году планируют 61% работодателей. Но больше половины компаний (52%) закладывают в бюджет повышение всего на 7-9%: как отмечает Korn Ferry Hay Group, это один из самых сдержанных показателей в мире. Только 1% российских работодателей выразили готовность в наступившем году расщедриться более чем на 15%. Разумеется, на рынке есть счастливые исключения, к ним, например, стабильно относится сфера IT. Рынок труда в этой отрасли остается классическим рынком кандидата: хороших специалистов мало, так что работодатели охотятся за кадрами и готовы стимулировать их денежными бонусами. Больше других повышают зарплаты в агросекторе и фармацевтических компаниях - сотрудники последних могут рассчитывать на прибавку до 20%. Правда, одарят работодатели далеко не всех, что тоже становится традицией. "Компании, оказавшись в непростой ситуации, выделяют ключевую, наиболее эффективную группу сотрудников, для которых производятся более существенные повышения, чем в среднем по компании",- отмечает эксперт Korn Ferry Hay Group Ольга Кривоспицкая. И затронет повышение в основном Москву, где сконцентрировано большинство головных офисов компаний с теми самыми ключевыми сотрудниками.(http://www.kommersant.ru/...)

13 января, 17:38

Should You Watch The Inauguration?

Many people are saying they won't be watching the inauguration on TV. Just putting it that many-people-are-saying way gives me the creeps. Like "believe me," it's Trump's signature trick for turning lies true, the companion con to turning facts false by labeling them "fake news." "I think we have one of the great cabinets ever put together," he said at his first press conference in nearly six months. "And we've been hearing that from so many people. People are so happy." A climate change denier in charge of the E.P.A.; a Medicare bomb-thrower to run Medicare; Goldman Sachs to manage the economy; a billionaire to protect laborers; a public school adversary to advocate for education; a social justice foe to fight for justice; an "oops" to head up nukes; a neurosurgeon for H.U.D.; Exxon Mobil for foreign policy; Putin for Intelligence -- many people want to puke is more like it. Watching Trump's press conference in real time was my trial run to see if I could stomach his inauguration. Here are the feelings it fired in me: fear, disgust, anger, shame, helplessness. Here are the ones it didn't: respect, duty, honor, patriotism, hope. I felt even worse when I fed my news addiction with analysis of the event. "Masterful performance," Michael Moore told Chris Hayes on MSNBC, "He owned the day." "Observed as spectacle, Trump came away with a resounding victory," said Gabriel Sherman in New York Magazine. To be sure, they called Trump "dangerous" and "a disaster," but the five stars they gave his propagandizing hit me like a kick in the gut. I couldn't help imagining color commentary at a rally -- to use Trump's metaphor for our intelligence community -- in Nazi Germany. "Damn, that Hitler's a super showman!" I tried to put myself in the shoes of someone loving every minute of the day Trump owned. "These papers are just some of the many documents that I've signed turning over complete and total control to my son," he said, pointing at hundreds of manila file folders. If his loyalists saw that the files were phony, with no labels on them, and nothing but blank paper in them, they must not have cared. If Trump seethed like Roy Cohn taught him ("Quiet... Don't be rude. Don't be rude.... Don't be rude. You are fake news," he told CNN's Jim Acosta), his fans must have shared his hostility. If he bullshitted like a goofus ("It'll be repeal and replace. It will be essentially, simultaneously. It will be various segments, you understand, but will most likely be on the same day or the same week, but probably, the same day, could be the same hour."), they must have been in denial about how it would hurt them. If that's what hope feels like, I'll gladly go with disgust. A presidential inauguration is a hallowed ritual in America's civic religion. It's a secular rite that binds our pluribus into unum and confers legitimacy on our self-governance. I get that. I also get that the presidency deserves respect, and that the day is about the office and not the office-holder. I'm mindful that, as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, "Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power," and that "we don't just respect that -- we cherish it." But respect is a two-way street. If Donald Trump respected the office of the presidency, it could mitigate the difficulty of the majority who didn't vote for him to respect his claim on the authority we're about to delegate to him. As it is, his legal authority will be corrupted from the outset by his refusal to subordinate his financial interests to the interest of our nation, as the Constitution requires. He has already nullified his moral authority by his deceit, his incapacity for accountability and his sociopathic absence of empathy. He's no more capable of respect for the sacred responsibility of his office than he is of respect for the civic responsibility of a journalist. If our body politic had two heads -- a head of state, and a head of government -- it might not be as hard as this to recover from a bitterly divisive election. A monarch, a premier, a chancellor: an uncontroversial figurehead removed from the factional fray has a shot at uniting a nation. But in America, as George Washington apocryphally said, the people are the king, and we entrust the eagle of our freedom to a president who is simultaneously beyond, and buffeted by, politics. Should you watch the inauguration? If that's what it'll take to mobilize you to join a progressive version of the Tea Party, a movement whose handbook is virally becoming "Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda," then go for it. But chances are, you're activated enough to do that now. I'm not going to watch. If I miss something big, someone will tell me, or I'll read about it. I know that won't be a substitute for the real-time experience of it. But I don't need to experience the fouling of the nest the Founders made for us to know it would break my heart to be an eyewitness to it. It may be in different words, but many people are saying that. This is a crosspost of my column in the Jewish Journal, where you can reach me if you'd like at [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 января, 16:59

This Farmer’s Viral Barn Dance Is Exactly What America Needs Right Now

It was the afternoon of Dec. 30 when Jay Lavery shared a side of himself that, to that point, had only been known to close friends. Two weeks later, the world is in on his “secret.” On that day, the New York farmer uploaded a video to his personal Facebook profile of him dancing to Sia’s hit “Cheap Thrills” while going about his barn chores and tending to the goats he takes care of at his Permaculture Inn farm in Sharon Springs, New York, a small upstate village located some 180 miles north of Manhattan. Lavery is no stranger to stunts like this, he explained to The Huffington Post. He said he often does “crazy things,” which he shares with his friends on Facebook, but he’s never before shared them on such a prominent stage. The response to the video was almost immediate. To date, it’s been viewed almost 5 million times and shared 60,000 times, generating 57,000 likes and 14,000 comments. But it’s not just Lavery’s on-point dance moves that are attracting so much attention. It’s also his story. As he writes in the caption accompanying the video, dancing — along with yoga and meditation — are part of his continued strategy to deal with a major back injury he sustained 15 years ago, prompting several surgeries and continual back pain. He hoped the video would “inspire anyone to move in spite of pain and I hope this puts a smile on your face for the New Year.” The video is clearly accomplishing just that, bringing together a unique plurality of fans — “people who love goats, people who have back issues, people who are getting older and… people who just love hay,” Lavery said, noting that he’s received many comments asking where he got the hay he uses in his barn. “It’s just regular hay from my own hay field!” he quipped. The video is also noteworthy in how it offers a glimpse into a life unfamiliar to the vast majority of Americans who do not farm. It wasn’t that long ago that the farming life was unknown to Lavery, too. Though the 50-year-old grew up in upstate New York, he didn’t have much experience with agriculture until very recently. He previously lived in New York City for 26 year and worked as a flight attendant, a translator and a standup comedian before getting a degree in clinical psychology. It wasn’t until he returned upstate a few years ago with friends that he felt that the country was calling him. “I realized I really loved being out in the middle of farm country, so that’s when I made this huge crazy leap,” Lavery said. Two and a half years ago, he bought the farm, and he admitted it’s been a big learning curve, but he still hasn’t fallen out of love with his new pastoral life. At the farm, he raises heritage-breed chickens and turkeys, as well as dairy goats, sheep, ducks and guinea fowl, by practicing permaculture design — an approach to farming that is intended to use farmland in a more sustainable, ecologically-friendly way. He’s also had to adjust to being a gay man living in a very rural setting — Sharon Springs’ population is just more than 500 and is located in a county, Schoharie, not known for progressive politics. The county went to President-elect Donald Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by more than 30 points in the most recent presidential election. But it helps, he added, that the well-known “Amazing Race” winners and “Fabulous Beekman Boys” entrepreneurs Josh Kilmer-Purcell and husband Brent Ridge’s farm is right down the road. And the village has a gay mayor — Doug Plummer — too. “We have the best community that you could ask for,” Lavery added. “I really lucked out.” While he said he is thrilled that his video may have inspired the millions of people who have viewed it, he hopes viewers might also tune into the farm’s mission — to help bring about an American food system that is more sustainable once they learn more about the man behind the moves. “My motto on the farm is ‘changing the world one meal at a time,’” Lavery added. “If I can change one person to think about the food they’re eating, I think that’s great.” ―- Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email [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.

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13 января, 08:30

A raptor strikes at sunset

Langstone, Hampshire As the sparrowhawk swoops, corvids explode into the air like a firework starburstIt is the hour before sunset and the paddock is bathed in liquid gold light. Heavy rain and frost melt have saturated the soil and the turf is pockmarked with hoofprint craters. The horses’ coats and feathered fetlocks are caked with mud the colour of wet concrete. Huddling round an old tractor tyre stuffed with hay, they jostle each other for the best stalks. Related: Birdwatch: Sparrowhawk Continue reading...

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13 января, 00:46

From Hay Bales To Hollywood: How Blundstone Boots Became A Cult Favorite

An iconic Australian shoe company takes a foothold in Hollywood

12 января, 18:15

How Swimming Classes Became an Integration Issue in Switzerland

Authorities say the mandatory lessons involving both boys and girls are necessary for integration, but not everyone agrees.

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10 января, 20:07

Devastating floods hit hard Thailand's rubber industry

Thailand remains on alert after floods killed at least 25 people. Eleven provinces have been warned there could be more heavy rain in the south of the country. There is now concern about the economic impact, particularly on the rubber industry. Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

10 января, 19:21

Key moments from the Sessions confirmation hearing

'Damnably false' accusations of racismVeering from his prepared remarks, Sessions directly addressed allegations of racism that have dogged him for three decades — defiantly declaring those accusations "damnably false charges.”Those allegations — which sank his bid for the federal judiciary in 1986 — ran the gamut from making racially improper comments to not protecting voting accessibility for black voters in a high profile voter fraud case. He was also accused of being sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan. “These are damnably false charges,” Sessions told the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. “The voter fraud case my office prosecuted as in response to pleas from African-American, incumbent elected officials.”"The caricature of me in 1986 was not correct," Sessions said, his voice rising. "I do not harbor the kind of animosity and race-based discrimination ideas that I was accused of. I did not."Protests mar the early goingDemonstrators, particularly those from the antiwar group Code Pink, flooded the confirmation hearing and immediately began loud interruptions — starting with two protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members, who bellowed: “Jefferson Beauregard, here we are. We're here for you.”And the demonstrations didn’t let up from there. As Sessions began delivering his opening remarks, another protester started screaming: “Sessions is a racist, he’s illegitimate!” Even before Sessions finished his comments, at least a half-dozen protesters had been escorted out by Capitol Police.Clinton probe recusalAttorney General nominee Jeff Sessions said at his confirmation hearing Tuesday that if confirmed he plans to recuse himself from all issues related to any investigation into Hillary Clinton. He said his rhetoric on the issue during the campaign could lead people to doubt he’d be fair in considering the matter. “I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question… I believe the proper thing for me to do would be for me to recuse myself from any questions regarding those kinds of investigations,” Sessions declared.The attorney general also appeared to offer an implicit rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump, who declared during a debate that he would instruct his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor who would put Clinton “in jail” over her handling of the email matter. Sessions said, in essence, that he would not accept such an instruction and would instead formally recuse himself.“I believe that would be the best approach for the country because we can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute,” Sessions said. “This country does not punish its political enemies. What this country ensures is that no one is above the law.”

10 января, 00:43

What Jeff Sessions's Role in Prosecuting the Klan Reveals About His Civil-Rights Record

Defenders of Trump’s choice for attorney general have cited an Alabama lynching case as evidence of his commitment to racial equality. The real story is more complicated.

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09 января, 20:58

Thailand floods: Dozens killed in heaviest rains in 30 years

Widespread flooding has killed at least 21 people in Thailand after the heaviest rains the Southeast Asian country has seen for 30 years. Authorities say more than 330,000 households have been affected, and there are flood warnings in 13 provinces. Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Nakhon Si Thammarat, in southern Thailand. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

09 января, 08:46

Инаугурация Трампа: в отелях Вашингтона нет мест

В Вашингтоне полным ходом идет подготовка к инаугурации Трампа. Пока избранный президент США вовсю готовится к церемонии и засел за написание своей речи, бизнесмены извлекают выгоду из этого.

09 января, 08:46

Инаугурация Трампа: в отелях Вашингтона нет мест

В Вашингтоне полным ходом идет подготовка к инаугурации Трампа. Пока избранный президент США во всю готовится к церемонии и засел за написание своей речи, бизнесмены извлекают выгоду из этого.

08 января, 16:54

10 Celebrities Who Are Scientology’s Fiercest Defenders

Celebrities have been the face of Scientology for years. They also happen to be the religion's fiercest defenders from critics.

05 января, 19:51

Democrats Want To Investigate Whether Trump’s Top Health Pick 'Broke The Law'

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); WASHINGTON ― Senate Democrats aim to stall the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as health and human services secretary until the House Office of Congressional Ethics has reviewed his trading in health care stocks during his tenure as a member of Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday. The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics on Thursday to begin the formal process of requesting an investigation. The organization also requested the Securities and Exchange Commission look into Price’s investments. Schumer said he has “no qualms” about the SEC also probing Price’s trades. “Congressman Price had the influence and was actively involved in pushing health care policies while simultaneously making dozens of trades in companies that would be impacted by those policies,” Schumer said at a press conference. “We don’t know if he broke the law, but there are certainly enough serious questions to warrant a serious investigation before any hearing is held on Congressman Price to become secretary of HHS.”  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has scheduled a hearing on Price for Jan. 18. The attack on President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the department that manages Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges and other programs follows a Wall Street Journal report last month on stocks owned and traded by Price, a physician and six-term House member. Price executed more than $300,000 in trades of health care companies affected by legislation he worked on or voted on over the past four years, a Journal public records review found. As secretary of health and human services, Price would regulate drugmakers, health insurers, hospitals and virtually every other player in the health care system. Members of Congress are permitted to trade stocks in individual companies so long as they disclose their investments under the terms of the STOCK Act, which Price did, according to the news outlet. That same law, however, prohibits lawmakers to make investment decisions based on inside information they obtain in the course of their duties. Trump’s transition team reacted to Schumer’s statements with a reminder that Price isn’t the only member of Congress who deals in the stock market. “Hypocrisy is apparently alive and well this morning in Washington,” transition spokesman Philip Blando wrote in an email.   The same questions that Schumer had raised about Price should be directed to Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), “who own and have traded hundreds of thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical and health insurance company stocks,” Blando continued. “The reality is that Dr. Price’s 20-year career as an orthopedic surgeon and a fiscal conservative make him uniquely qualified to lead HHS.”  Blando also provided The Huffington Post with a document listing health care stocks owned or traded by Carper, Warner and Whitehouse. Going after Price based on his investments not only serves as a means for Senate Democrats to resist a Cabinet choice they oppose on policy grounds, it also fits into two broader strategies the minority party is employing to fight the GOP leadership and Trump. Democrats seek to make hay out of the snafu that erupted Tuesday when Republicans attempted and then backed off plans to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. Concerns about ethics also tie into the larger effort to highlight Trump’s own conflicts of interest and those related to his other picks for high-ranking administration positions, including ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. “Republicans backed off their crusade against ethics, for now. But if begged the question: Who were they trying to protect?” Schumer said. “We also have a series of questions that we’ll demand that Congressman Price or the OCE must answer before any hearings on this Price nomination can begin, all related to this issue.” Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) joined Schumer at the press conference Schumer also made clear that Democrats view their calls for more scrutiny into Price’s finances are just one part of his caucus’ bid to slow down Senate approval of several of individuals Trump will nominate to leadership positions. “Every one of these nominations deserves a full, thorough hearing after filing all the necessary documents. Almost none of them ― a very small number ― have even filed the necessary documents,” Schumer said. “If it takes a while, then Congressman Price’s nomination should wait a while.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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05 января, 17:09

Podcasting precursors: Hay baling, chopping onions and waiting tables

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It might not make a lot of sense to our grandparents, but today's media superstars are not necessarily big-screen actors or anchors of the evening news.