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29 марта, 10:00

The 20 best Nigella Lawson recipes: part 3

More of Observer Food Monthly’s favourite recipes by one of Britain’s great cookery writers – from a stately roast rib of beef to quick mirin-glazed salmonThe final part of this series launches on ThursdayThis must be the fastest way there is to create a culinary sensation. You do scarcely a thing – just dibble some salmon steaks in a dark glossy potion, most of which you get out of a jar – and what you make tastes as if you had been dedicating half your life to achieving the perfect combination of sweet, savoury, tender and crisp. Continue reading...

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28 марта, 10:00

The 20 best Nigella Lawson recipes: part 2

A comforting steak and kidney pudding and an easy fish pie – more of our favourite Nigella dishes• Part 3 of this series launches on WednesdayMy mother used to make this fairly often in my childhood, but mostly, I associate it with feeling under the weather: this is my idea – or rather my mother’s – of hand-on-the-brow comfort food. My mother always put a tomato cut in half in the dish, but I once, unaccountably, found myself at home and tomato-less, so bunged in some peas from the deep-freeze, instead, and was very happy with the innovation. You could do either or both, as suits you; fresh bread, thickly sliced and buttered, is non-negotiable, however. Continue reading...

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27 марта, 10:00

The 20 best Nigella Lawson recipes: part 1

From her famed Coca-Cola glazed ham to chicken Cosima, Observer Food Monthly’s selection of favourite Nigella Lawson dishes• Part 2 of this series launches on TuesdayThis may well be – indeed is – the smell, the taste, the dish that says “family” to me and my siblings, and brings our long-absent mother back to the kitchen and the table with us. But the fact that I’ve cooked it more often and over more years than I’ve cooked anything else doesn’t make writing a recipe for it any easier. If anything, it makes it harder, much harder. Continue reading...

26 марта, 03:50

Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New 'Medicare For All' Push

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 ― In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms. These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system. Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to improve the country’s health care system is to confront the power of corporate health care provider more directly. “We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a ‘Medicare for all,’ single-payer program,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday night. “And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that.” Sanders added on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he would “absolutely” seek President Donald Trump’s cooperation on expanding Medicare and lowering prescription drug prices. Even before the Republicans withdrew their Obamacare repeal bill, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and a close Sanders ally, previewed this message at a rally in defense of Obamacare on Thursday. “Don’t just be satisfied with defeating Trumpcare ― set your sights on creating real Medicare for all!” he told a cheering crowd of hundreds of activists. Ellison is a co-sponsor of a “Medicare for all” bill in the House. Representatives of several major progressive organizations ― the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, Credo, Social Security Works and the National Nurses United ― all echoed this push in conversations with The Huffington Post on Friday and Saturday. “The problem is the insurance companies, Big Pharma ― they’re gonna come back and use the chaos to their advantage,” predicted Social Security Works executive director Alex Lawson. “If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma. They have to immediately pivot to expanding Medicare.” Notwithstanding the support of the influential groups for the proposal and ― according to a May 2016 Gallup poll ― even a majority of the American people, Medicare-for-all legislation is a non-starter in the current Congress. Single-payer health insurance still lacks support from many, if not most, Democrats, let alone from the Republican lawmakers who control both chambers. But the proactive strategy speaks to increasing confidence among progressives that if they stick to their ideals and build a grassroots movement around them, they will ultimately move the political spectrum in their direction. “It does take time for social change,” said Chuck Idelson, communications director of the National Nurses United, a 150,000-person labor union that has long advocated for a single-payer health insurance system.  NNU is partnering with Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress on an online petition campaign demanding that Democrats back Medicare for all. The union is also advocating for a state level single-payer plan that is making its way through the California legislature. “We didn’t end slavery overnight,” Idelson said. “It took from Seneca Falls in 1848 ’til 1920 until women won the right to vote. But they only won it by building a movement.” In the meantime, a potential benefit of this ambitious approach is what’s known as shifting the “Overton Window,” a political science term for the narrow range of acceptable political views at a given moment in time. By adopting a position that is considered extreme by contemporary standards, politicians and activists can make more attainable policy goals start to seem reasonable by comparison. That phenomenon already seems to be working in progressives’ favor. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the only one of Sanders’ Senate colleagues to endorse his presidential bid, discussed the possibility of lowering the Medicare eligibility age or empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices in his statement on the Republican bill’s collapse. “There are plenty of ideas already on the table that would make health care more affordable for working families, from a public option, to prescription drug negotiations, to offering older Americans the chance to buy into Medicare,” Merkley said on Friday. “I’m happy to work with anyone, from either side of the aisle, to explore these or any other ideas that would improve health care for working Americans.” Lowering the Medicare eligibility age from its current level of 65 is a “very interesting” idea, because of the positive financial effect it would have on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, said Austin Frakt, a health economist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. By allowing the oldest exchange participants to enroll in Medicare, lowering the Medicare age would relieve the health insurance marketplaces of some of their costliest customers, said Frakt, who also has academic posts at Boston University and Harvard. “It would reduce the premiums in those markets,” he predicted. (Frakt noted, however, that absent measures to offset the cost of the additional beneficiaries, the change would increase Medicare’s financial burden.) Social Security Works’ Lawson praised the idea as an incremental step toward Medicare for all.  “Start by lowering the age to 62 and get it down to zero,” he said. If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma. Alex Lawson, Social Security Works Another progressive policy gaining mainstream traction is legislation permitting the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, where the existing single-payer system keeps prices lower. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was one of several Democratic senators to endure heavy criticism in January for helping block a resolution supporting drug importation. In late February, Booker became a co-sponsor of legislation Sanders introduced that would legalize prescription drug importation from Canada and other countries. President Trump talked about getting tough with pharmaceutical companies over the price of prescription drugs as recently as early January. But he has remained silent on the matter since inauguration, including the 17-day period when he was trying to pass House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill. What’s more, the ordeal cast serious doubt on his willingness to take on the GOP’s ultraconservatives, who no doubt oppose any form of government intervention to reduce drug prices. Trump now claims he is counting on Democrats to negotiate over Obamacare on his terms, since, in his telling, the law is on the brink of collapse. Obamacare’s insurance exchange markets have major problems in some states and regions, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office characterized them as stable overall. Still, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested in a CNN interview on Friday night that Democrats would be open to working with Trump and congressional Republicans on reforming the law. “We’re not gloating that they failed. We’re sad that they won’t work with us to improve Obamacare,” he said. Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo, warned Democratic leaders that any Democratic efforts to work with Republicans would not get any help from grassroots groups like his. “If Democrats want to push their version of so-called moderate proposals ― good luck to them,” Zaheed said. “I don’t think anybody should be under any illusion that Schumer or [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi will get anything from collaborating with the right-wing extremists that control Congress.” -- 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.

25 марта, 03:46

Progressive Groups Want Obamacare Win To Stiffen Democrats' Spine In Supreme Court Fight

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); Progressive groups elated by the collapse of Republicans’ Obamacare replacement bill already have their sights on the next major battle: the fight to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. They are hoping that the experience of drawing blood from Trump will inspire Senate Democrats to filibuster Gorsuch. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared his intention Thursday to try to block the nominee. Still, progressive leaders hope to amplify his call to arms by building on Friday’s momentum. “Trump is not as strong as he thinks he is, and if Democrats stick together and stand on principle, they can beat him,” said Joe Dinkin, national communications director of the Working Families Party, a labor union-backed Democratic faction. “That is even more obvious with Gorsuch than it should have been on TrumpCare. Democrats alone can block him.” Neil Sroka, communications director for the online progressive heavyweight Democracy for America, sounded a similar note. “A victory like this one should certainly remind Senate Democrats of the power that comes from sticking together, something that will be exceedingly important for the Gorsuch fight,” Sroka said. Democracy for America’s fellow digital activism outfit the Progressive Campaign Change Committee has asked those on its 1-million-person email list to bombard senators with calls demanding that Gorsuch be blocked. The mobilization has inspired thousands of calls to Capitol Hill, according to Kait Sweeney, PCCC’s press secretary. Sweeney too believes that the defeat of the American Health Care Act, as the Republican legislation was known, should strengthen Democrats’ determination to block Gorsuch. “Friday’s repeal defeat showed how powerful Democrats can be if they are unified and fighting back against Trump and Republicans’ efforts to hurt working families. They have that same opportunity to do that with Gorsuch,” she said.  Democrats “should listen to what the grassroots are saying, and they’re saying: ‘Filibuster this stolen SCOTUS nomination,’” said Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, which advocates for Social Security and Medicare expansion. “Luckily, it seems like Schumer is listening, and I hope the others are as well.”  Filibustering Gorsuch carries risks for Democrats, of course. Mainly, the Republican Senate majority could vote to “go nuclear,” meaning it would abolish filibuster power altogether or, more narrowly, eliminate its use for Supreme Court nominees. But rank-and-file progressives and the organizations that they represent are so terrified of handing the highest court over to another hard-line conservative ― and furious at Republicans’ refusal to consider former President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland ― that they are willing to test Republicans’ resolve. The Working Families Party, Democracy for America and PCCC were among the 24 national liberal organizations that sent a letter to Senate Democrats this week insisting that they block Gorsuch’s confirmation. The letter was a response to reports Wednesday that some Democratic senators were considering a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to confirm Gorsuch in exchange for a promise to either preserve the minority’s power to filibuster future Supreme Court nominees or restore its authority to filibuster lower court nominees. “Those advocating cutting this backroom deal have learned all the wrong lessons of the last election,” the progressive organizations wrote in the letter to Senate Democrats. “They would be turning their backs on the millions of people—among them your constituents—who have taken to the streets, flooded town halls, and overwhelmed congressional phone lines in the last few months.” It is not clear how much traction the compromise agreement is getting, however, since members of the Senate Democratic leadership were not part of the discussions. Schumer addressed the prospect of the filibuster being eliminated when he announced his intention to try to block Gorsuch. “If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes — a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees and George Bush’s last two nominees — the answer isn’t to change the rules. It’s to change the nominee,” Schumer said Thursday. -- 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.

18 марта, 21:16

G20 Financial Leaders Acquiesce To U.S., Drop Free Trade Pledge

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); BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 18 (Reuters) - Financial leaders of the world’s biggest economies dropped a pledge to keep global trade free and open, acquiescing to an increasingly protectionist United States after a two-day meeting failed to yield a compromise. Breaking a decade-long tradition of endorsing open trade, G20 finance ministers and central bankers made only a token reference to trade in their communique on Saturday, a clear defeat for host nation Germany, which fought the new U.S. government’s attempts to water down past commitments. In the new U.S. administration’s biggest clash yet with the international community, G20 finance chiefs also removed from their statement a pledge to finance the fight against climate change, an anticipated outcome after U.S. President Donald Trump called global warming a “hoax.” In a meeting that some said was at times 19 against one, the U.S. did not yield on key issues, essentially torpedoing earlier agreements as the G20 requires a consensus. Still, the dialog was friendly and non-confrontational, leaving the door open to a future deal, officials who attended the meeting said. “This is my first G20, so what was in the past communiqué is not necessarily relevant from my standpoint,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the German resort town of Baden Baden. “I understand what the president’s desire is and his policies, and I negotiated them from here,” Mnuchin said. “I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” Seeking to put “America first,” Trump has already pulled out of a key trade agreement and proposed a new tax on imports, arguing that certain trade relationships need to be reworked to make them fairer for U.S. workers. “We believe in free trade, we are in one of the largest markets in the world, we are one of the largest trading partners in the world, trade has been good for us, it has been good for other people,” Mnuchin said. “Having said that, we want to re-examine certain agreements.” International trade makes up almost half of global economic output and officials said the issue could be revisited at a meeting of G20 leaders in July. While some expressed frustration, like French Finance Minister Michel Sapin, others played down the dispute. “It is not that we were not united,” German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said. “It was totally undisputed that we are against protectionism. But it is not very clear what (protectionism) means to each (minister).” He added that some ministers did not have a full mandate to negotiate since they were not fully in charge of trade issues. Others suggested that the G20 leaders’ meeting in Hamburg this July could be the real opportunity to bring the U.S. on board. “It is not the best meeting we had, but we avoided backtracking,” EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said. “I hope in Hamburg the wording will be different. We need it. It is the raison d’etre for the G20,” Moscovici said.   CLIMATE PLEDGE DROPPED The communique also dropped a reference, used by the G20 last year, on the readiness to finance measures against climate change as agreed in Paris in 2015, because of opposition from the United States and Saudi Arabia. Trump has suggested global warming was a “hoax” concocted by China to hurt U.S. industry and vowed to scrap the Paris climate accord aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Trump’s administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. Asked about climate change funding, Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, said on Thursday: “We consider that to be a waste of money.” The G20 did, however, show continuity in its foreign exchange policies, using past phrases on currency markets. “We reaffirm our previous exchange rate commitments, including that we will refrain from competitive devaluations and we will not target our exchange rates for competitive purposes,” the G20 said. Leaders also upheld their commitments to financial sector regulation, supporting the finalization of bank rules known as Basel III, provided they do not significantly raise overall capital requirements.   (Additional reporting by Jan Strupczewski, Leika Kihara, David Lawder, Michael Nienaber and Joseph Nasr; Writing by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Hugh Lawson/Ruth Pitchford) -- 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 марта, 17:48

Бейонсе попросила маму перестать плохо шутить в Instagram

Американская певица Бейонсе попросила свою мать Тину Ноулз Лоусон (Tina Knowles Lawson) перестать выкладывать в Instagram ролики с плохими шутками. Женщина завела аккаунт в соцсети, на который подписалось более миллиона человек, и начала регулярно выкладывать юмористические видео под названием Corny Joke Time.

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17 марта, 12:36

Правда ли, что окрашивание волос и гормональная контрацепция повышают риск возникновения рака груди

Существует множество исследований, посвященных обычным вещам, которые каким-либо образом способны повлиять на возникновения раковых клеток: окрашивание волос, гормональная терапия, алкоголь — все это может привести к зарождению и росту раковых клеток.

17 марта, 10:00

The house Elvis built turns 60: how much do you know about Graceland? – quiz

Elvis Presley bought his Memphis mansion 60 years ago on Sunday. How well do you know the history of rock’n’roll’s White House?When Spinal Tap visit Elvis Presley’s grave at Graceland in This Is Spinal Tap, they try to harmonise on a version of Heartbreak Hotel. In what style do they realise they are inadvertently singing?Barbershop ragaClose harmony progMetal yodellingLaurel Canyon doo wopWhich of the following has not been graffitoed on the walls around Graceland?Elvis, I’m bearing your ghost child, and I’m confused because I’m a man!Please show Jackie O a good time.Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to me.Thanks for carpeting the ceilings of our hearts.The reference to “carpeting the ceiling of our hearts” is based on which room in Graceland?The bathroom in which Elvis diedThe dining roomThe pool roomThe jungle roomIn the title track of his Graceland album, with whom does Paul Simon visit the Memphis mansion?Art GarfunkelThe daughter of his best friendThe child of his first marriage The dude from the labelElvis bought Graceland on 19 March 1957. How much did he pay for it?$37,750$51,500$85,100$102,500Which foreign premier, a devoted Elvis fan, was given a tour of the mansion by President George Bush in 2006?Prime minister Junichiro Koizumi of JapanPrime minister Tony Blair of the UKPresident Vladimir Putin of RussiaPresident Vicente Fox of MexicoIn the song Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn (and, in her version, Cher) follows Elvis from which street to the gates of Graceland?Beale StreetElvis Presley BoulevardHighway 61Union Avenue Which person listed below has never visited Graceland, according to those who run the place?Len Goodman of Strictly Come Dancing fameNigella Lawson of cooking fameIan McEwan of novel-writing famePrinces William and Harry of royal fameIn their song RICO, what do Meek Mill and Drake decide they should probably do?Tear down GracelandMove in to GracelandEat cheeseburgers in GracelandTag the walls of GracelandWhat did Paul McCartney leave on Elvis’s grave when he visited Graceland in 2013?A guitar pick A fried peanut butter and banana sandwichA copy of We All Stand Together, by Paul McCartney and the Frog ChorusA photo of the Beatles meeting Elvis, on 27 August 1965 Continue reading...

16 марта, 22:18

Senior Trump Adviser Thinks Muslims 'By And Large' Want To 'Subjugate' Non-Muslims

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); A senior national security official in the White House has said he believes Muslims are dedicated to establishing Sharia law in Western countries, where he apparently thinks they want to “subjugate and humiliate” non-Muslims. Frank Wuco ― a former radio host and veteran Naval Intelligence officer ― was hired on Jan. 20 as President Donald Trump’s senior White House adviser for the Department of Homeland Security, according to a recent report from ProPublica.  Now the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters has compiled a report documenting Wuco’s history of deeply concerning rhetoric regarding Muslims and Islam, a religion he views as an inherent threat to Western civilization. “Prior to his time in the White House, Frank Wuco spewed anti-Muslim attacks as a pundit on Fox News and host of his own radio show,” Media Matters spokeswoman Laura Keiter told The Huffington Post, adding that it “is incredibly dangerous for someone like Wuco who espouses extremist views to have a hand in policymaking ― and the ear of the president.” In June 2016, Wuco was asked by Breitbart News about Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  “There’s nothing radical about him at all,” Wuco said. “He is a Muslim who is following the strictures of Islam and its guidance and prescriptions for violence and warfare against unbelievers. … If you’re a Muslim, you believe it’s being prescribed by God and it’s being ordained by the wisdom of Muhammad.” In 2013, during an episode of “Liberty NewsCast with Willie Lawson,” a radio show, Wuco said, “If you’re a right-thinking Muslim, the inspiration, the motivation, to engage in jihad doesn’t come from al-Qaida, or doesn’t come from Inspire magazine. It comes from God himself.” Wuco has also taken a conspiratorial view of Muslims in Europe and North America.  In 2010, on a now-defunct radio show called “Need To Know,” Wuco painted a portrait of Muslims working insidiously to establish Islamic law and “subjugate” non-Muslims:  Every place we find friends, stalwarts, allies, we find the menace of jihad, which will necessarily result in violence to counter the position of a large Muslim population living under “other-than-Muslim” rule.  Muslim enclaves in the UK and Canada, ahead of themselves on laboring to establish Sharia law for themselves, are only now beginning to experience what successive Philippine governments have faced for over a century. While perfectly happy to subjugate and humiliate non-Muslim members of their societies (just ask Christians in Egypt or Indonesia how easy life is), Muslim populations by-and-large will become enclave societies that, first, resist assimilation and then, will make every effort to establish independent rule for their enclaves under Sharia law, using violence to secure what they believe to be their divinely revealed right; the eventual subsuming of all that lies outside the dar al-Islam (House of Islam), until all is within it; until all is consumed by Islam in preparation for God’s final judgement of man. Sharia law, a favorite bogeyman of anti-Muslim extremists, is the deeply misunderstood legal or philosophical code of Islam, interpreted differently by Muslims across the world. One of Sharia’s most consistent tenets is that Muslims living in non-Muslim countries comply with that country’s laws. In 2016, on “The Dougherty Report” radio show, Wuco again portrayed Muslims as hellbent on taking over Western countries. And like Trump did last month, he wrongly asserted that Sweden is being overrun with violent Muslims.  “The assertiveness of Muslim communities in Western nations is becoming so pronounced. … you don’t even need ISIS in Sweden,” he said. “You’ve got every day run-of-the-mill Muslims in massive communities protesting and becoming violent with the Swedish government, saying that they’re going to take over the country,” he continued. “This isn’t even ISIS. These are just peace-loving Muslims who have been allowed to immigrate into these countries.” Wuco’s dim portrayal of Muslims has also veered into the bizarre.  During his work as a security consultant and radio host, Wuco often gave presentations as a fictional character he created named Fuad Wasul ― a “committed jihadist” escaped from an American military prison to help westerners understand what motivates Muslim fighters.  Wuco, who is from Florida, would role-play as Wasul, delivering the presentations with a “heavy Arabic accent,” according to a 2008 Florida news report.  “If you think you’re winning this war, if you think that you’re defeating jihad, you’re wrong, dead wrong,” Wasul (Wuco) once told a room full of civilian analysts working for military intelligence at MacDill Air Force Base.  A video of Wuco acting as Wasul appears to have been recently removed from YouTube.  Wuco’s anti-Muslim worldview has led him to make alarming policy proposals ― proposals he’s now in a position to help implement. Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in November 2015, Wuco said that a “mosque surveillance” program is key to finding “out what’s going on behind the walls” of “mosques and Islamic reading centers.” He also decried New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to end the likely unconstitutional Muslim surveillance program carried out by the city’s police department.  “It makes my blood run cold when I think about Mayor de Blasio’s sort of cancellation or nullification of the mosque surveillance program in and around New York City,” he said.  The NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program, uncovered by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press investigation, sowed deep distrust between police and Muslim communities. It was also deeply ineffective, yielding exactly zero leads into criminal or terrorist activity.  During a 2014 “Fox and Friends” appearance, over a year before Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., Wuco signaled his support for such a measure, although acknowledged it likely wasn’t possible. “It’s one of these sort of great ideas that can never happen...” Wuco said of a Muslim ban at the time. “You’re just not going to stop the visa application process into this country from Muslim nations in a blanket type of policy.”  And in 2016, Wuco suggested that dropping nuclear bombs on Afghanistan after 9/11 might have been a good idea.   Wuco was asked on “The Dougherty Report” radio show why the U.S. hadn’t already turned Iran and Syria “into glass already.” “I don’t think it’s been our policy really to just start nuking countries,” he said. “I think if we were going to have done that, my preference would have been to have dropped a couple of low-yield tactical nuclear weapons over Afghanistan the day after 9/11 to send a definite message to the world that they had screwed up in a big way.”  Wuco’s anti-Muslim views are shared by many in a White House that views the West as at war with Islam.  White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Sebastian Gorka, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and White House counsel Kellyanne Conway all have ties to anti-Muslim hate groups. These groups earnestly believe in paranoid ― and debunked ― conspiracy theories wherein American Muslims are plotting to take over the country and implement a brutal interpretation of Sharia law.  Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told HuffPost that Wuco is part of an “ever-growing group of Islamophobes that have migrated from the fringes of society to the halls of power in the White House.”  “It’s extremely disturbing that you have individuals [like Wuco] ― and he’s not alone ― that hold such extremist, bigoted, and conspiratorial views,” Hooper said. “Our concern is that his conspiracy theories will be translated into policies that impact the lives of ordinary Americans and American Muslims.”  Wuco, the DHS and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.   Have you been a victim of or witnessed a hate incident? Telling your story is important. Your contribution enables you, civil-rights groups, and reporters to get a clearer picture of what’s actually happening, enabling us all to work on the problems at hand. We’ll treat your information with utmost care. If you’ve got an incident or experience to share, please fill out our form.   -- 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 марта, 16:48

Trumpcare’s $880 Billion Cut To Medicaid Is An Attack On Seniors

Trumpcare is officially known as the American Health Care Act, but that’s a lie. It isn’t a bill to provide health care, but exactly the opposite ― a bill to take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, especially those who are older, poorer, and sicker, in order to pay for massive tax giveaways for the wealthy and corporations. The bill cuts $880 billion from Medicaid, and cuts taxes primarily for rich people by about the same amount. When people think of Medicaid, they don’t usually think “seniors.” But in fact, about six million seniors receiving Medicare are also enrolled in Medicaid ― and that number doesn’t include people in their fifties and early sixties, who will be increasingly likely to rely on Medicaid if Trumpcare passes and makes their premiums for private health insurance rise by 750 percent. Medicaid is particularly important to seniors who require long term care and their families. That will be most of us one day: 70 percent of Americans ages 65 and older will eventually require long-term care services and supports, which include nursing facilities, home health aides, personal care, and family caregiving. Medicaid covers sixty percent of nursing home residents and forty percent of long term care services and supports. Without Medicaid, millions of seniors and their families will not be able to afford long-term care. The median yearly cost for home health help is $46,000 per year, and for a nursing home it’s $92,000! In comparison, the average yearly Social Security benefit is only $14,776. Taking Medicaid benefits away from seniors forces their families (especially women) to provide at-home care even if they don’t have the time or skills to do so adequately. Those seniors who don’t have family members or friends who can take on care responsibilities are condemned to a lonely death. Social Security Works has released a factsheet detailing the importance of Medicaid to seniors, through protections such as: Protection against high out-of-pocket costs. Medicaid helps to shoulder the burden of Medicare’s high out-of-pocket costs for seniors that live in or near poverty. For seniors living at or below the monthly federal poverty limit, Medicaid pays for Medicare premiums and cost sharing obligations. Medicaid also provides assistance in paying Medicare premiums for seniors living just above the poverty line (typically those with incomes of 100-120 percent of the federal poverty limit). Coverage of critical services. In addition to assisting low-income seniors with out-of-pocket healthcare costs, Medicaid provides coverage for a range of critical healthcare services that are not covered by Medicare. These services, which are especially vital to seniors, include prescription drugs, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Medicaid ensures that seniors who already struggle to cover their basic costs of living do not have to forgo these important healthcare services. Long-Term care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate that at least 70 percent of Americans ages 65 and older will one day need long-term care services and supports, which include nursing facilities, home health aides, personal care, and family caregiving. Because Medicare’s coverage of long-term care is extremely limited, and similar coverage under private insurance is typically unaffordable, seniors with chronic conditions who require assistance with daily living often exhaust their resources paying for long-term care services. For these seniors, Medicaid is often the insurer of last resort. Long-term care is one of Medicaid’s most critical, and invaluable, protections for our nation’s seniors. Indeed, one-fifth of Medicaid’s overall budget is spent on long term care. Nursing home services. In addition to covering long-term care, Medicaid provides critical coverage for seniors who rely on nursing home care. Such coverage is usually expensive, especially for seniors with limited means. Without Medicaid, seniors living in or near poverty would be forced to forego much-needed nursing home care. The method that Trumpcare uses to gut Medicaid (in addition to rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion) is a benign sounding policy called “per-capita caps.” What that actually means is that instead of paying a fixed percentage of states’ Medicaid costs, the federal government would only pay a fixed amount per beneficiary. This cap doesn’t account for future economic downturns, unanticipated epidemics, or the expected increases in healthcare costs as the population ages. And it won’t keep track with annual increases in healthcare costs—if Trumpcare passes, Medicaid’s costs per beneficiary will quickly outstrip federal funding. That means that when the costs per beneficiary inevitably go up, states will need to either spend more of their own money or cut their Medicaid programs. Unfortunately, history suggests that most of them are likely to do the latter. States will be faced with this dilemma sooner rather than later because the population is aging, and a larger percentage of Medicaid beneficiaries will soon be seniors. As we mentioned above, long-term care is not cheap, and seniors ― particularly those over 85 ― cost considerably more to cover than other groups such as children. States will be highly incentivized to kick seniors off the Medicaid rolls. Alex Lawson is the Executive Director at Social Security Works; Linda Benesch is the Communications Director. Sign our petition demanding Congress reject Trumpcare and its reckless cuts to Medicaid―a direct attack on seniors and people with disabilities. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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14 марта, 05:45

The 25 Shortest NBA Players in League History

NBA players are known for being tall, but several players had success despite being under six-feet. Here are the 25 shortest NBA players ever.

27 февраля, 17:38

Twitter Wishes Election Night Had Gone More Like The Oscars

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); Sunday night’s Oscars turned into a real doozy when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented “La La Land” with the Best Picture award even though “Moonlight” was the real winer.  Beatty was apparently handed the wrong envelope offstage, and PricewaterhouseCoopers ― the company behind the ballot counting ― apologized for the disappointing error in a statement. “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” the statement read. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.” Which got people on Twitter thinking: What if election night had gone the same way?  #theWINNERSare Best Picture#SteveHarvey#Oscars #Oscars2017 Actress in a Leading Role #envelopegate pic.twitter.com/f5OiCrMa80— Tracy (@GigiTracyXO) February 27, 2017 Most nights, I have a dream in which what just happened at the #Oscars actually happened on election night.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 27, 2017 OMFG MOONLIGHT ACTUALLY WON AND HILLARY CLINTON IS PRESIDENT! #Oscars— Travon Free (@Travon) February 27, 2017 when you hear they're declaring real winners late so you slide back thru to see what's poppin pic.twitter.com/xst2K6sDBv— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) February 27, 2017 I really think we're in some break in simulation. Things are just going haywire. NBA final. World Series. Election. Super Bowl. Oscars.— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) February 27, 2017 Next up: Hillary Clinton is actually POTUS!!!!! #Oscars— Emily Andras (@emtothea) February 27, 2017 #Oscars got me wondering if Hillary really lost the election and if Beyoncé really lost album of the year. I want a recount of everything. pic.twitter.com/0UAXyPFqDr— ㅤㅤㅤ (@The__Prototype) February 27, 2017 65,844,610 people know EXACTLY how the La La Land team feels right now.— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) February 27, 2017 You know what the problem is -- millions of Academy members voted illegally.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2017 I wish the election was like the Oscars, and Warren Beatty would come out in a few minutes and say that @HillaryClinton won! pic.twitter.com/yDoWTMvj4e— #RemoveTrump (@France4Hillary) February 27, 2017 Right now , Hillary Clinton is watching the end of the #Oscars and thinking.."So you're saying there's a chance?! "— David Brody (@David_Brody) February 27, 2017 I don't believe anything anymore. We have to redo the Grammys, the Super Bowl, the ELECTION! It's all rigged! #Oscars— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) February 27, 2017 "President Trump would like to congratulate La La Land for winning Best Picture. Period." pic.twitter.com/FojesVFULb— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 27, 2017 -- 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.

24 февраля, 00:06

The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections. Our kids are gonna be in class learning random facts about the presidents like Obama once worked at Baskin Robbins and Trump can't read.— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) February 21, 2017 i showed my tree identification class notes to more than three people at a party this weekend why am I single— Julia Bush (@jabush) February 20, 2017 So are we doing spring nail colors on account of climate change or...? What's the plan here— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) February 20, 2017 my favorite genre of literature is people writing about why they're nervous and sad and afraid. it's called neurotica— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) February 22, 2017 now whenever i check the news, i gotta have 2 to 7 baby goat pics on standby— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) February 19, 2017 Hey upstairs neighbor vacuuming at 11:45 pm: DON'T.— Carly Ledbetter (@ledbettercarly) February 23, 2017 I often go to Justin Trudeau's Twitter page & pretend he's my President. I read his thoughtful, coherent tweets & just linger for a spell...— beth can't with this (@bourgeoisalien) February 22, 2017 I'm gonna be out of the country for a few days so, don't burn down America without me!— Heben Nigatu (@heavenrants) February 22, 2017 I love watching politicians walk into these town halls where everyone is booing. It's like they've arrived at the worst surprise party ever.— Elizabeth (@Elizasoul80) February 23, 2017 Purebread dogs vs. inbread dogs pic.twitter.com/e1nC0d7EkR— Yael (@elle91) February 22, 2017 Aladdin and jasmine probably did it on the poor magic carpet who was like :(— marlo meekins (@MarloMeekins) February 22, 2017 [buys a bunch of new books to read]wow, can't wait to dive into my new books[uses them as an armrest while I scope out ebay]— Amanda M-W (@Manda_like_wine) February 22, 2017 i keep going to the fridge for groceries i bought in my dream— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 23, 2017 When life hands you lemons, ask for limes instead.Now ask life for tequila and triple sec.Now thank life for the margaritas.— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 22, 2017 Hobbies include: checking my phone.---— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 23, 2017 2017: this weather is crazy nice out2018: remember strawberries?— pascalle (@frenchielaboozi) February 19, 2017 Starting a business called Hangover Yoga. It's 20 minutes of eating nachos followed by 40 minutes of Corpse Pose.— Kendra Alvey (@Kendragarden) February 20, 2017 Being alone in a strange town makes me want to do some real fucked up shit, like becoming a person who says "ciao"— Jazmine Hughes (@jazzedloon) February 22, 2017 Things you overhear at the office: "The only thing I don't like about @Trevornoah is that he hasn't asked me out yet"— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) February 22, 2017 The weird thing about wearing a jumpsuit is having to get naked at work to pee.— Emily McCombs (@msemilymccombs) February 23, 2017 -- 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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22 февраля, 05:15

Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race

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 ― Days after the November election, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was ascendant. There was no greater sign of its rising stature than the momentum Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was enjoying in his race to chair the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primary, was racking up endorsements not only from Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), but establishment figures as well, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers — both of whom backed Hillary Clinton in the primary. But in December, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez jumped into the DNC race. Now, Ellison and Perez are neck-and-neck, with the election days away. The DNC’s 447 voting members will decide the party’s next chair in Atlanta on Saturday.   That has some Ellison supporters worried that their chance to reshape the party is in danger of disappearing. In an attempt to head off Perez, some prominent Ellison supporters argue that failing to elect him would squander a major opportunity to energize the progressive grassroots and heal the wounds of the 2016 presidential primary. “Keith Ellison had incredible support from the quote-unquote establishment side of the party, the progressive side of the party, the grassroots and the elected officials. Nobody was clamoring for another entrance, and yet we got one foisted upon us,” said Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, an organization fighting to expand Social Security benefits. “If Tom Perez were to win, the message that would send to the grassroots, to labor unions that endorsed Ellison before Tom Perez joined the race, [is] that their voices, their muscle, their enthusiasm and turnout doesn’t matter,” Lawson added. Ellison backers acknowledge that the liberal protest movement that has taken shape since President Donald Trump’s inauguration ― not the DNC race ― has become the focus of grassroots energy. A loss for Ellison now could limit the party’s ability to tap into that enthusiasm, but it wouldn’t stop the movement. “If Perez wins, we’re not gonna come out with pitchforks and say, ‘No, no, no,’” said Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo Action, an online progressive heavyweight that has experienced record growth since Trump’s inauguration. “But people are going to roll their eyes and just keeping doing what they do. It’s going to keep the DNC what it is: an irrelevant, old, stale entity that hasn’t been re-serviced since the Howard Dean days.” (Zaheed noted that he spoke to HuffPost in his personal capacity, since Credo isn’t endorsing in the race.) If Ellison gets in and they don’t take labor and the working class for granted, we’re liable to go back to the party. Chuck Jones, United Steelworkers The role of DNC chair is primarily to raise funds, recruit candidates for office and represent the party to the media. But in the wake of major electoral defeats, the contest to fill the post tends to reflect struggles for power within the party. By encouraging Ellison’s candidacy in November, party leaders appeared to be affirming the post-election analysis of many bitter progressives: that Democrats’ failure to embrace economic populism and grassroots energy had hurt the party in turning out its base and appealing to white Rust Belt voters who voted for Barack Obama, but opted for Trump in 2016. It also was an olive branch to Sanders supporters still reeling from a primary race they felt favored Clinton.  Then, in December, aides to then-President Obama, dissatisfied with Ellison, encouraged then-Labor Secretary Perez to run. His candidacy has since taken off — with the blessing of top figures from the Obama White House. Obama himself praised Perez in comments widely interpreted as an endorsement. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder threw their support behind Perez this month. Perez is an unlikely target of progressive opposition, given his strong liberal credentials. He earned widespread praise from unions for turning the Department of Labor, once a minor federal agency, into a powerhouse advocate for workers’ rights. Prior to that, as head of the Department of Justice civil rights division, Perez led the Obama administration’s historic investigations into police abuses. Indeed, many progressives now backing Ellison would have loved to see Hillary Clinton pick Perez as her running mate, and still hope he will run for governor in 2018 in his home state of Maryland. An Unpopular Trade Agreement Perez’s biggest policy difference with Ellison is that he supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the controversial 12-nation trade pact negotiated by Obama. Unfortunately for Perez, TPP is divisive in Democratic circles. Labor unions, environmental organizations and other progressive groups reviled the now-defunct trade deal, and believe Obama’s promotion of it contributed to Democrats’ losses in 2016. Perez has claimed that he supported TPP out of loyalty to the Obama administration. For some Democrats, that explanation is thin. One of them is Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 in Indianapolis, which represents workers at the Carrier air-conditioning factory. (Trump famously insulted Jones for publicly disputing estimates of jobs saved by Trump’s deal with Carrier.) Jones voted for Clinton, but many of his union members went from backing Sanders to Trump, because they mistrusted Clinton’s record of support for international trade agreements. Jones said he worries that Perez likewise lacks credibility on trade. “If Ellison gets in and they don’t take labor and the working class for granted, we’re liable to go back to the party,” Jones said. “If they put somebody in like Perez that don’t see it that way, like the TPP — him being for it is a major issue — you’ll start seeing people vote Republican or not voting at all.”  Credo’s Zaheed, who was an aide to former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), argued that Perez’s election would dismay the party’s progressive base. “If the Democratic Party ... puts one of the biggest promoters of TPP in charge of it, that would send a terrible message to the rank-and-file and the progressive base,” Zaheed said. Ties To Clinton, Obama The focus on Perez’s support for TPP is as much about his proximity to Obama and to Clinton — who backed TPP for years before coming out against it as a presidential candidate — as it is about the candidate himself. Perez was an early and outspoken Clinton proponent during the primary. In his DNC pitch, he has even adopted a version of Clinton’s campaign slogan, declaring himself a “progressive who gets things done.” Progressives wary of the Clinton campaign’s failures and its coziness with the party’s donor class view these connections as burdens, not benefits. But Perez’s ties to Obama have proven even more radioactive. Ellison backers like Zaheed and Lawson resent that those in Obama’s inner circle injected themselves into the DNC race by backing Perez. Obama advisers set up the separate fundraising and organizing arm Organizing for Action, which Zaheed and Lawson blame for undermining the DNC. “The total degradation and deterioration of the party — they are responsible for it,” Zaheed said of Obama and his advisers. “For them to trot out one of their former hands is kind of unseemly, to be honest, and it is not helpful at this point.” Too Radical? Some Perez supporters argue that Ellison would take the party too far to the left for swing voters that Democrats need to win back. Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Marcel Groen, for example, told HuffPost in January he wanted a “moderate” DNC chair. Groen endorsed Perez this month. Lawson argued that on the bread-and-butter economic policy issues like opposing trade agreements, protecting Social Security and taking on pharmaceutical companies, Ellison’s record is a strength among voters attracted to Trump’s populism. “There is this elite Democratic-bubble mentality that thinks that you get these centrist-type voters by going with a half loaf — that they want kind of Democratic, kind of Republican,” Lawson said. “That is a complete misreading and always has been a complete misreading.” Likewise, some of Ellison’s critics have implied that his identity as a black Muslim will make it hard for the party to compete among the white working-class swing voters who backed Trump. United Steelworkers local president Jones rejected that notion, noting that he and his members have had no problem voting for Rep. Andre Carson, an Indianapolis Democrat who also is African American and Muslim. “I don’t think Democratic people would not vote for a Democrat because the head of the Democratic Party is black and Muslim,” Jones added. “We’ve got some prejudice-ass people, but I think they would look beyond that.” The Howard Dean Precedent After Democrats got trounced in the 2004 elections, party officials welcomed an outsider. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the progressive favorite in the Democratic primary, won the DNC chairmanship in 2005, despite the opposition of Sen. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Dean’s tenure from 2005 to 2009, marked by the winning 50-state strategy, is now regarded as one of the most successful in the party’s history. Nearly every candidate in this year’s DNC race has held Dean up as a model, promising to revive his focus on state and local party infrastructure. But Zaheed and other progressives see Ellison as the only candidate providing the party an opportunity to do something similar. “Tim Kaine, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and now Tom Perez? It’s going to be more of the same,” Zaheed said. “It is really the mindset that has made that whole infrastructure stale, old and irrelevant.”  Bringing The Party Together If neither Perez nor Ellison wins an outright majority in the first round of voting, there will be additional ballots until someone gets a majority. That could provide an opening to a dark-horse candidate like South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, or South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison. Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown; media strategist Jehmu Greene; Milwaukee attorney Peter Peckarsky and Ohio activist Sam Ronan also are vying for the post. Perez is clearly aware of the challenges he would face if he wins. And he pledges to court skeptical Sanders supporters. “Tom is committed to unifying the party and rebuilding it from the ground up. That is why he has met with Keith Ellison and other candidates over the last few weeks, because he understands that it will take all of us to unify the party no matter who wins,” Perez campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement. “As we speak, Tom is traveling the country to talk to Democrats who both do and don’t support him to hear and address directly how we can best unify the party,” Hinojosa added. “He’s also met with activists and millennials who tell him they are on the verge of leaving the party because it doesn’t represent them.” This is just one battle in the long war. Jessica Pierce, All of Us Jessica Pierce, an Ellison supporter and activist with All of Us, a progressive group that has threatened to back primary election opponents of Democratic incumbents who cooperate with Trump, said activists would be able to work with Perez. “People will still be prepared to push on Tom,” Pierce said. “And he should be prepared to hear that what people need from Democratic leadership are people who are actually willing to fight and stand up for us.” “We’re in this for the long term,” she added. “We’re not interested in one tactic or one strategy, or one leader. This is just one battle in the long war.” And if Ellison wins, he would have fences to mend, too, according to Symone Sanders, a former press secretary for Sanders’ presidential campaign who now works for the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA, and has not endorsed a DNC candidate. “If Keith wins, he is going to have some real work to do to bring the party together, to cast his vision and to really get down to work,” Sanders said. “And the same thing for Tom Perez.” Sanders warned against viewing Ellison’s election as a cure for bringing unaffiliated progressive activists into the Democratic fold. “They are not just gonna come because he’s the chair,” Sanders said. “Because then, he’s not some progressive outsider any more — he’s the chair of the Democratic National Committee. He’s now an insider.” Sign up for the HuffPost Must Reads newsletter. Each Sunday, we will bring you the best original reporting, long form writing and breaking news from The Huffington Post and around the web, plus behind-the-scenes looks at how it’s all made. Click here to sign up! -- 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 февраля, 08:45

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 54 – Brief Lives by John Aubrey (edited by Andrew Clark, 1898)

Truly ahead of his time, the 17th-century historian and gossip John Aubrey is rightly credited as the man who invented biographyPosterity in books is fickle. For the odd and unpredictable afterlives of some English classics, consider the case of John Aubrey. This gossipy gentleman-scholar, antiquarian and pioneer biographer died in 1697, after a life brushed by the wings of history. At the time of his death, his chances of being remembered must have seemed vanishingly slim. The only title published in his lifetime Miscellanies: A Collection of Hermetick Philosophy (1696) was deemed “mad”. Slowly, however, his numerous manuscripts were rediscovered, although a really substantial portion of Brief Lives did not appear in print until 1813. Finally, two centuries after Aubrey’s death, in 1898, a Church of England rector and scholar, the Rev Andrew Clark, edited a transcript of Brief Lives in a bowdlerised edition that finally established Aubrey’s name in the English canon.Thereafter, in the 20th century, his reputation took off. Anthony Powell published John Aubrey and His Friends in 1948. A year later, Oliver Lawson Dick published the first complete scholarly edition, which alphabetised the Lives and modernised the text. Paradoxically, this updating helped revive Aubrey’s reputation once and for all, and eventually inspired Patrick Garland’s one-man play, eventually performed by Roy Dotrice, a show that ran for 40 years on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2015, Kate Bennett published a new and complete scholarly edition (Brief Lives With an Apparatus for the Lives of Our English Mathematical Writers) with OUP; in the same year, Ruth Scurr’s brilliantly imaginative John Aubrey, My Own Life came out in celebration of a national treasure – an ingenious literary man, and a writer of originality, wit and wisdom who had constructed “a paper museum” of timeless fascination. Continue reading...

08 февраля, 01:56

Twilio (TWLO) Posts Q4 Earnings Beat, Membership Climbs 44%

Twilio Inc. (TWLO) just released its fourth-quarter fiscal 2016 earnings results, posting a loss of 15 cents per share, a non-GAAP loss of four cents per share, and revenue of $82 million.

07 февраля, 16:29

Why do you love the NHS?

Whether you are a healthcare professional or a patient, we want to know your stories about why you love the health serviceNigel Lawson once declared, “the NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion”, while the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in London revealed its unique place in the nation’s hearts.Every day it changes people’s lives. In one day, 1,300 people will die, 2,000 will be born and 1.5 million will be treated by the NHS. In 2014, it was declared the best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries that spend far more on health. Continue reading...

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05 февраля, 09:30

Picstory: Тысячи голубых медуз, выброшенных на пляж

Причина массовой гибели гидроидных кроется в сильных северных ветрах и течении, которые гонят несчастных медуз к берегу. Тела тысяч мёртвых животных покрыл песок.   Пользовательница "Фейсбука" Charlotte Lawson сняла несколько ярких кадров, глядя на которые подписчики предположили, что "армия медуз решила выбраться на берег, чтобы захватить человечество". Эти животные и правда не так беззащитны, как может показаться на первый взгляд. По сообщениям СМИ, за два месяца почти 23 тыс. человек были ужалены медузами.   Вряд ли, конечно, медузы решили поработить человечество. Хотя некоторые источники это уже предсказывали...

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