30 октября, 20:56

Геи и лесбиянки набросились на Кевина Спейси за камин-аут

Актер "вышел из шкафа" на фоне обвинений в попытке совращения несовершеннолетнего в 1996 году

30 октября, 11:14

‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Here’s What Critics Are Saying About the New Season

The first reviews for 'Stranger Things' Season 2 have been posted online, and it sounds like fans of the show won't be disappointed. 

28 октября, 19:00

The Steph Curry Effect: Redrafting the 2009 NBA Draft Class

If Steph Curry went to the Clippers with the No. 1 pick in 2009, would the Oklahoma City Thunder become an unstoppable force?

28 октября, 10:56

Celebrity Halloween Costumes We Want to Steal

Celebrity Halloween costumes tend to be the best, but which ones have actually made us jealous? Here are 15 costume ideas that we want to steal.

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27 октября, 20:54

Twenty years ago

from Lars Syll Modern economics has become increasingly irrelevant to the understanding of the real world. In his seminal book Economics and Reality(1997) Tony Lawson traced this irrelevance to the failure of economists to match their deductive-axiomatic methods with their subject. It is — sad to say — as relevant today as it was twenty years ago. […]

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27 октября, 00:29

Celebrating Success: Career and Cancer Survival

Marikit Lawson's career has followed a path both conventional and unique—multiple roles, lots of change—but the big disruption came in 2014 with a sudden cancer diagnosis. She's currently working with Ford Warriors in Pink, contributing to the effort to “help others have more good days."

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25 октября, 06:00

BBC wrong to not challenge climate sceptic Lord Lawson

An interview with Lord Lawson should have been challenged, the corporation's complaints unit says.

24 октября, 20:27

Price cap for electricity in the UK?, by Alberto Mingardi

A paper by Rupert Darwall for British think tank Reform a few years ago boldly argued that "Energy policy represents the biggest expansion of state power since the nationalisations of the 1940s and 1950s and is on course to becoming the most costly domestic policy disaster in modern British history". Most of us who do not follow energy policy particularly closely are perhaps missing the extent to which the United Kingdom risks going back to pre-Thatcher attempts to "manage" the economy. This is all the more troublesome, because energy liberalisation was one of the great successes of the early 1990s. The process was not without problems (power generation was basically a duopoly in England at the time, and was privatised as such) but ultimately led to a sharp rationalisation, to growing investments and to greater competition among suppliers. As my colleague and friend Carlo Stagnaro remarks in a piece for BloombergView, "since deregulating the sector in the late 1990s, electricity and gas retail prices in the U.K. have fallen and the quality of the service has substantially improved". Now Mrs May announces she wants to cap electricity prices, to "protect" customers against variable tariffs. Carlo points out that: Price caps assume that the problem originates with energy suppliers; but that is a misnomer in the U.K. case. One crucial finding of the CMA inquiry is that many customers could save significantly on their energy bills, if only they were more active in exploring alternatives. If customers are truly disengaged, as the CMA argues, a policy that nudges them into more activism could makes sense. But some of them may not switch simply because they are happy with their supplier, and attach a significant value to a long-term relationship. Either way, potential shortcomings in retail competition come from the demand side, not the supply side; hence any proposed policy should make customers more active, not suppliers less profitable. It follows that the question the UK prime minister should ask her experts is: Will a regulated price promote customer engagement? Acer -- the agency that coordinates EU energy regulators -- provides data on switching rates and potential savings for a sample of 23 EU member states. Of these, 13 had no price regulation, whereas 10 had either price regulation or some other form of price-setting intervention. In the electricity markets, the average switching rate in countries with no price regulation was 7.7 percent, vis-a-vis 5.9 percent in countries with price regulation. By the same token, the average (potential) saving was higher in countries with no regulation (113.5 euros per year) than in countries with regulated prices (85.3 euros per year). The UK stands well above the average, with a switching rate and a potential saving of, respectively, 12.2 percent and 206 euros per year. But making consumers alert is hardly a task a government would be content with limiting itself to. Carlo's point that a free market needs consumer engagement doesn't seem to meet the appetite of the lawmaker, whereas the call for increasing regulation of electricity and gas prices in the UK has been going for quite a while. Nigel Lawson, Mrs Thatcher's great Chancellor of the Exchequer and, as a former journalist, a man of memorable words ("the government of business is not the business of government"), once pointed out that energy policy was "guessing the unguessable". The fact that public policies, energy policy included, are limited in what they can achieve is never a point law-makers like to make, with the exception of the very few likes of Lord Lawson. This may contribute to explaining why price caps are coming back in the UK utility market, and a few others, too. (0 COMMENTS)

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12 октября, 17:11

Brexit: Nigel Lawson calls for Philip Hammond sacking

A former Conservative chancellor says the current postholder should be removed from the job

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11 октября, 07:58

We're Number 11, We're Number 11! Eh?, by David Henderson

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The Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and more than 70 think tanks around the world have published the latest edition of Economic Freedom of the World. It's by James Gwartney, Robert Lawson, and Joshua Hall, with the assistance of Ryan Murphy, and contributions from Rosemarie Fike, Richard J. Grant, Fred McMahon, Indra de Soysa, Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati. They publish an update every year. The authors and researchers look at five categories to judge the degree of economic freedom in 159 countries and territories. The latest data are from 2015. Check this link from the Fraser Institute to see the top 10 countries. Canada and the United States are tied for number 11 at a score of 7.94 out of 10. That's bad news for Canada; last year it was #5 with a score of 7.98, admittedly a small decline. It's good news for the United States; last year is was 7.75. That seems like a large increase relative to my casual look at the United States. Where does the 0.19 increase come from? Here are the categories and scores. The scale goes from 1 to 10. The data below are from the 2016 and 2017 reports, which means they are data from 2014 and 2015 respectively. Size of government: Stayed constant at 6.4. Legal system and property rights: Rose slightly from 7.1 to 7.2. Sound money: Rose from 9.4 to 9.8. Freedom to trade internationally: Fell slightly from 7.6 to 7.5. Regulation: Rose from 8.3 to 8.8. Under the Regulation category, there are 3 sub-categories. Here they are with the scores. Credit market regulation: Rose from 9.0 to 9.3. Labor market regulation: Rose from 9.2 to 9.3. Business regulation: Rose a lot from 6.6 to 7.7. (9 COMMENTS)

04 октября, 23:51

5 Heroes That Risked Everything To Save Lives During The Las Vegas Shooting

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog, The Las Vegas shooting was evil on a level that is difficult to comprehend, but when things are the darkest that is also when the light shines the brightest.  Even in the midst of all of the chaos and all of the bloodshed, there were acts of great heroism that need to be applauded. It takes great courage to run toward gunfire when it seems like everybody else is running away from it, but that is precisely what many brave individuals decided to do.  And some of those that risked everything to save lives ended up paying a great price for doing so. There are so many stories that could be shared, and I apologize in advance for not sharing them all.  Out of everything that I read, the following are five that really stood out to me… #1 A 30-year-old father of three ran back into a hailstorm of bullets to lead 30 people to safety.  During his rescue mission, he was shot in the neck, and he now has “a bruised lung, cracked rib and a fractured collarbone”… The Post reported Smith, 30, rushed about 30 people to safety as bullets showered the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival.   ABC News reported Smith destroyed a security gate and “formed a human chain” in order to lead the group to safety.   “I ran back towards the shooting,” Smith told ABC.   He was shot in the neck, the Post reported, when he stood up to warn a group of girls to get down. Smith told the newspaper he may have to live with the bullet in his body for the rest of his life. He also has a bruised lung, cracked rib and a fractured collarbone. #2 During all of the chaos, an Army reservist named James Lawson stopped to tend to Tom McIntosh’s bleeding leg, and that was enough to save his life… Tom McIntosh and James Lawson shared an emotional hug during an exclusive interview on TODAY Tuesday, a day after Lawson’s quick thinking saved McIntosh’s life.   After McIntosh was wounded in the leg, Lawson, who serves in the Army Reserve, adjusted a makeshift tourniquet on his leg and accompanied him to a hospital.   “By the time I got over the wall (to safety), my pants were already soaked and my shoe was full of blood,” McIntosh said. “No, I wouldn’t have made it. I know it wouldn’t have stopped. I’m very thankful that James was there to help me.” #3 A young woman from Los Angeles named Renee Cesario had her life saved by a brave Marine named Brendan Kelly that she had only met a couple of hours before… “Brendan and I met only 2 hours before the Jason Aldean show. I left my friends so we could go up super close to the front for the end of the night. We were just dancing and having fun and then all of the sudden there were loud noises that sounded like fireworks, but no lights were going off. It stopped, and Jason Aldean kept playing but then the shots fired again and he ran off the stage. Before I knew what was going on, Brendan tackled me down to the ground and covered me from the fire. It stopped again and he looked around to see what was happening and then it just kept going. He looked at me and said ‘We have to get out of here. We can’t stay here. It’s not safe.’ Then he pulled my arm up to get me out of the piles of people. We had no idea who was dead or who was alive. We just started to run. He kept telling me it was going to be okay and to keep running until we were safe. He even let me use his phone to stay in touch with my sister so she knew I was safe, which is the text you’ll see. The whole night he didn’t leave my side.” #4 An off-duty firefighter named Kurt Fowler was hit in the leg with a bullet while acting as a human shield for his wife… Off-duty firefighter Kurt Fowler, of Lake Havasu, Ariz., was shot in the lower right leg while protecting his wife, and is recovering in a hospital.   “They heard the gunfire, him and his wife. Kurt took his wife to the ground and was shielding her and then was struck in the leg,” Steve Bunn, Erickson and Desert Hills fire captain and union president, told AZFamily.com. #5 53-year-old Mike McGarry’s shirt literally has footmarks from the people that were trampling him as he laid on top of his kids to protect them from the gunfire… Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, was at the concert with his family when he heard hundreds of shots ring out. He told Reuters that his first response was to protect his children.   “It was crazy–I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I‘m 53. I lived a good life,” McGarry said. Reuters reported the back of McGarry’s shirt bore the footmarks of those who had ran over him in the panicked crowd. As I write about so frequently, we need much more of this kind of unconditional love in our society today.  Being willing to lay down your life for someone else takes an extraordinary amount of love, and those that risked everything in Las Vegas deserve every ounce of publicity that they are now receiving. Sadly, others are exploiting this crisis to promote their own agendas.  Many liberals are using this as an opportunity to push gun control, and others are using it to viciously attack the U.S. Constitution… Perhaps the most brazenly insensitive comments came from Esquire columnist Charles Pierce, who immediately penned a column headed “If Newtown Wasn’t Enough, Why Would Las Vegas Be Enough? Our leaders are afraid to tolerate limits on Second Amendment “freedoms.”   “The Constitution is not a pact with the devil, nor is it a suicide pact. It is a formalized, legalistic ritual of blood sacrifice… The massacre of country music fans is…. the 273rd blood sacrifice to that one provision of the Constitution this year.” Pierce frothed. Instead of immediately politicizing this great crisis, what we really need to be doing is to figure out exactly what happened. Evidence continues to emerge that there was more than one shooter, and if that is true, it is imperative that we bring whoever else was involved to justice as soon as possible. This was a crime against all of us, and the sooner that we can solve the mystery of what really happened in this case the better. *  *  * Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

02 октября, 18:28

Ball Corporation to Cease Production at Springdale Plant

Ball Corporation (BLL) to terminate food-can production at the Springdale tinplate food and aerosol packaging manufacturing plant due to decline in food-can demand.

26 сентября, 16:19

Sealed Air Hikes Price of North American Food Care Products

Sealed Air's (SEE) price hike to help counter escalating costs of major petrochemical raw materials.

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24 сентября, 13:50

A four-step plan to keep Labour’s revolution rolling | Neal Lawson

Corbyn is hugely popular but the spirit of our age is digital and collaborative. Pluralism and progressive alliances are vital if the party is to own the future No one saw the Labour revolution coming. Not even Jeremy Corbyn. From nowhere new life was breathed into an old party. But with the Tories digging in for a long haul to the next election, next week in Brighton Labour has a choice: to stick or twist.What makes Corbyn special is that he has stuck with everything he ever believed in. But his strengths are also his weaknesses. We have to remember why social democracy lost its power. Yes, the idea of free markets chimed with a more individualistic age, but a lack of responsiveness and heavy doses of paternalism made state socialism unpopular. Continue reading...

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23 сентября, 10:00

Nigella Lawson: ‘Instagram can make a cook despair’

Food doesn’t have to be photogenic – and the best recipes are thrown together. The TV cook on how the internet has changed the way we eatExclusive recipes from Nigella Lawson’s new bookI have always taken photographs of everything I eat. You could argue that holding up a meal with a cameraphone is marginally less embarrassing than in the days when you had to take your photos to the local chemist to be developed. I was always looked at a little oddly when they gave me back my holiday pictures: instead of a fat wallet of shots of my young children, it was all market stalls and plates of pasta.So it’s perhaps surprising that, at first, I found it easy to resist Instagram. I like the world of Twitter, and didn’t think I wanted to be swamped by images. But around three years ago I did sign up, and even learned to enjoy it. I’m too obsessed with food not to want to immerse myself in it whenever and wherever possible. And, very often, I’m inspired by what I see online. Continue reading...

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23 сентября, 10:00

Nigella Lawson: exclusive recipes from her new book, At My Table

Five easy recipes for the home cook, from chicken barley to slow-roast five-spice lamb with Chinese pancakes and walnut carrot cakeNigella Lawson on her home cooking revolution (and the trouble with Instagram)This thick, creamy pottage, somewhere cosily between a stew and a slightly soupy, sticky risotto, offers instant comfort. Not pretty to look at, but gratifyingly reassuring to eat. Continue reading...

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22 сентября, 18:32

Rob Lawson-Shanks Is Mixing Water And Electronics

Rob Lawson-Shanks is the cofounder and CTO of LifeFuels, a smart bottle that can communicate with other biometric sensors to suggest nutrients that the body may need.

20 сентября, 23:00

Speaker Ryan Surveys Hurricane Damage in Florida, Vows Full Commitment to Rebuilding

MIAMI—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has completed an all-day tour of areas in Florida hardest hit by Hurricane Irma, including downtown Jacksonville and the Keys. Together with a bipartisan delegation, Ryan expressed his commitment to make sure communities have the federal resources they need to rebuild in the aftermath of the storm. “There is clearly a long way to go, but we have seen an incredible recovery effort so far thanks to the heroism of first responders and the resilience of Floridians,” Speaker Ryan said after completing his visit to the state. “I want to thank the members of our delegation for urging me to come down and see the devastation from Irma firsthand. It is the kind of catastrophic damage that will affect lives, neighborhoods, and even whole industries for some time. We will work together to make sure that the necessary federal resources are in place for the rebuilding. We will be there every step of the way.” At each stop in the state, he was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), and Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-TX), Admiral Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Jacksonville In Jacksonville, Speaker Ryan and House members from North Florida visited the Duval County Emergency Operations Center, where they received a briefing on recovery efforts from FEMA, Coast Guard, and city officials.  Afterward, the delegation toured areas along St. John’s River that saw record flooding during the storm, including Memorial Park and the San Marco neighborhood. The Speaker’s delegation in North Florida included Reps. Val Demings (D-FL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), and Ted Yoho (R-FL). Miami and the Keys Aboard his flight to Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Speaker Ryan received an operational briefing from Rear Admiral Peter Brown, Coast Guard District Seven Commander. Ryan was then joined by a delegation of House members from South Florida for a flyover to survey the devastation in the Keys. Upon return to the air station, the delegation toured the facility and met with search-and-rescue crews that were part of the response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. During the response to Harvey alone, Coast Guard men and women rescued more than 11,000 people. The Speaker’s delegation in South Florida included Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL). So thankful for America's first responders, including those in Jacksonville, FL who are working round the clock on #HurricaneIrma recovery. pic.twitter.com/sUt6uu81Zz— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 20, 2017 Flying above Miami & the Keys to assess #HurricaneIrma recovery progress. The @USCG has been doing incredible work as FL begins to rebuild. pic.twitter.com/EbzwR37luc— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 20, 2017

17 сентября, 13:30

OFM’s classic cookbook: Simon Hopkinson’s Roast Chicken and Other Stories

Nigella Lawson swoons over a collection of recipes that’s been her standby for 20 years. Plus six essential dishes from the book, including roast lamb with anchovy, saffron mash and passion fruit bavaroisI wish I could say I bought Simon Hopkinson’s Roast Chicken and Other Stories when it came out in 1996 for the title alone, but the truth is I’d eaten enough of his food to know I’d want any book he’d written. Nevertheless, it is, beyond doubt, the best title of a cookery book ever. I sometimes think (pace vegetarians) the one thing that links those who really love food is that when asked what their favourite thing to eat is they will invariably say roast chicken. But that’s not even it: what Simon Hopkinson understands, and every line of his book relays, is that a recipe, while it must be utterly reliable, is more than a mere formula. What breathes life into it is the story it tells. I’m actually not talking just about anecdote, though Roast Chicken and Other Stories is deliciously rich on this front, but about voice.I’ve been rereading Roast Chicken a lot over the past weeks – an intensely comforting and enlivening experience – and my old copy is plastered with fresh Post-It notes. Suddenly, I feel I must make deep-fried calves’ brains with sauce gribiche, milk chocolate malt ice cream, onion tart, pickled endives, crisp parmesan biscuits (“delicious served with beef consommé or as an accompaniment to a very good dry martini”), potato purée with parsley. I could go on: there’s not a recipe here I don’t want to eat immediately. Continue reading...

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17 сентября, 10:11

Lawson to begin food waste recycling

Japanese convenience store operator Lawson Inc will launch a recycling system to produce fertilizer from leftover food and sell produce grown with it at its stores in central…

23 июля 2016, 19:05

Самая большая частная яхта в мире

Немецкая компания под названием Lürssen, которая специализируется на выпуске элитных и роскошных яхт выпустила в 2013 году самую огромную в мире мега яхту, назвав ее Azzam.Данная яхта является самым большим чартерным моторным судном. Фото 2. Помимо того, что модель класса Аззам является самым большим судном на всем свете, даже больше чем яхта самого Романа Абрамовича, она также является одной из самых скоростных в своем классе. Её размеры поражают. Только представьте: 180 метров – это два футбольных поля или 12 железнодорожных вагонов. При этом Azzam может легко разгоняться до максимальной скорости 30 узлов (55 км/ч). В этом ей помогают две газовые турбины общей мощностью 94 000 л.с., четыре водомётные установки и турбокомпрессорный дизельный двигатель Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C мощностью 108 920 л.с. (80 088 кВт).Это самый большой двигатель в мире: его длина – 27,1 м, высота – 13,4 м, вес – более 2 300 т. Изначально разработанный для контейнеровозов, он идеально подошёл для 180-метровой мега-яхты. Можно не сомневаться, что при таких габаритах на борту мега-яхты осталось достаточно места, чтобы реализовать любые фантазии заказчика. Даже главный салон у неё не имеет аналогов в мире: длина – 29 м, ширина 18 м.Фото 3. Для обслуживания судна таких внушительных размеров необходимо пятьсот человек экипажа. В бак яхты этого класса можно залить около одного миллиона топлива, что дает возможность своему владельцу и гостям путешествовать по миру круглый год, при этом не заходить в порт для заправки судна. Одним из достоинств яхты класса аззам является, то, что она с легкостью может ходить по мелководью на очень большой скорости.Фото 4. Дизайном внутренней отделки занимался популярный и талантливый французский дизайнер, имя которого Кристоф Леони. Знаменитый дизайнер в своей работе придерживался стиля ампир.Фото 5. Подробной информации об интерьере судна на данный момент нет, однако известно из достоверных источников, что площадь самого большого салона azzam составляет тридцать на двадцать метров, данный салон не содержит столбов, которые разделяют внутреннее пространство. Также известно, что длина открытой террасы составляет свыше восемнадцати метров.Фото 6. Интерьер яхты, Кристоф Леони оформил в великолепном императорском, дорогом и роскошном стиле. Большинство мебели, которые гармонично размещены на судне, являются антикварными, изготовленными из ценных и дорогих пород деревьев.Частично антикварная мебель расписана золотом и украшена ювелирными камнями. Говорят, что яхта этого класса на своем борту имеет подводную лодку, а также вертолет.Фото 7. Конструкторы сообщили, что данное судно является наиболее сложным и длительным проектом фирмы. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi является ведущим инженером, который занимался строительством суперяхты.Фото 8. Заказчик и текущий владелец яхты Azzam – Халифа ибн Зайд Аль Нахайян, президент ОАЭ и эмир Абу-Даби, чьё состояние оценивается Forbes в 15 миллиардов долларов США. Постройке судна предшествовал конкурс проектов, в котором победили экстерьер от миланской студии Nauta Yacht Design и интерьер от французского дизайнера Christophe Leoni. Техническое управление постройкой осуществляла компания Burgess Yachts. Главным инженером выступил Мубарак Саад аль Ахбаби. Была версия, что вот этот Принц на белой яхте владелец яхты.Фото 9. Nauta Yachts является итальянской компанией, которая занималась проектированием судна класса Azzam, а непосредственно строительством этой великолепной и величественной мега яхты занималась немецкая фирма Lurssen, которая расположена в городе Бремен.Фото 10. Известно, что стиль, в котором оформлены внутренние помещения Azzam, близок к неоклассицизму начала XIX века – времени правления Наполеона Бонапарта. В отсутствие фотографий с борта мега-яхты – их ещё никому не удавалось получить, даже авторитетным международным яхтенным изданиям – можно представить нечто напоминающее императорские спальни в Версале.Фото 11. Azzam зарегистрирована как чартерная яхта, однако открытой информации о возможности и стоимости её чартера нигде не представлено. Крайне редко яхту можно встретить в Аравийском море, ещё реже в Средиземноморье. В мае 2015 года очевидцам удалось увидеть её проходящей Гибралтар. В настоящее время – и большую часть времени года – Azzam пришвартована в порту Халифа в Абу-Даби.Фото 12. Фото 13. Фото 14. Фото 15. Фото 16. Фото 17. Фото 18. Фото 19. Фото 20. Фото 21. Фото 22. Фото 23. Фото 24. Фото 25. Фото 26. источникиhttp://yachtrus.ru/yacht-azzam/http://www.themilliardaire.co/yacht/azzam-the-worlds-largest-yacht-5927/http://ruyachts.com/journal/azzam-lurssen-0960/http://www.pravda.ru/photo/album/21532/http://www.infoniac.ru/news/Azzam-samaya-bol-shaya-yahta-v-mire-sdelano-v-Germanii.htmlВот еще несколько интересных кораблей: вот например действительно ли Экраноплан необходим нам … как покойнику калоши, а вот Самый длинный в мире контейнеровоз. Помните про Невезучего великана «Thomas W.Lawson» и Самая большая подводная лодка в мире. Вот еще Мобильная платформа десанта или пирс в океане и знаменитая Неуязвимая Вайолетт