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Greg R. Lawson Security, If America sees its vigor sapped over time through addiction and domestic fractiousness, then it will be a much weaker challenge on the international stage. “History does not repeat itself. But it does rhyme,” is a famous quote that is often attributed to Mark Twain. Today, not only is history rhyming, but it is taking a deeply ironic turn while doing so. One hundred and fifty years ago a two-millennia-old civilization in the East was hooked on opium and watched as its once perceived centrality in world affairs was eradicated by an upstart empire from the West upon which it was claimed that “Sun Never Sets.” Today, the inheritor of that empire’s tradition is being flooded by a synthetic opiate even as the old Eastern empire shakes off it’s century-plus torpor and seeks to unite the Eurasian landmass in a way that would have stunned that great geopolitical thinker, Sir Halford Mackinder. We are now in a sort of reverse Opium War, except this time, it is the United States, not China, that is the victim. Recall that at the dawn of the nineteenth century China was still the largest economy in the world. By the end of the century, it’s ruling Qing dynasty was on its last legs after being hooked on opium by the British Empire. It was subsequently defeated in a series of wars with the European powers, forced to open its ports to foreigners, and barely survived one of—if not the most—deadly civil war in human history: the Taiping Rebellion. Read full article
Musicals have a reputation for being safe or stodgy. In fact, from Porgy and Bess to Cabaret, they are often daring in both subject and formEven in a culture where publicity increasingly suffers from giganticism, the American musical Hamilton, which opened in London this month, has been massively anticipated. Now British theatre critics have confirmed the mega-hit suggested by 11 Tony awards and the five-star social media buzz from the show’s Broadway run.Yet Hamilton seemed an unlikely theatrical triumph: a musical about Alexander Hamilton, the first US secretary of the treasury, with a score dominated by hip-hop. And, as theatre has been inching painfully towards colour-blind casting, Hamilton was provocatively contrary in making a point of casting African and Hispanic Americans as historical white males, offering an alternative history in which US citizens really were created equal. Continue reading...
What masterpiece did the man behind the Cronut unveil this year? What did Nigella Lawson call the ‘new matcha’? And which EastEnders star is cooking up Neat Gin?It has been a good year for veganism, perhaps the fastest growing lifestyle trend and very much this year’s carrying a dog in a little bag. But what is aquafaba, AKA the chief ingredient in vegan meringue?Chickpea water.Cashew pulp.Coconut sap.Mark Ruffalo’s tears.Decadently particular restaurants and diets are still in vogue. Which of these wacky menu and venue combinations isn’t real?The exclusively champagne-and-hotdogs menu, sold out of a van in Fitzrovia.The exclusively cheesy beans menu, with optional ham, from the baked bean cafe in Selfridges.The exclusively green food menu, served in watermelon sharing bowls, backstage at Glastonbury.Exclusively Marmite-based dishes from a password-protected secret menu at Bill’s.Baffling corporate news landed in October, as McDonald’s changed its registered business name in China to what?Golden Arches China Co Ltd. Happy Man Not to Fool You plc.Big Mac Kingdom Group.Uncle Loves the Cow Holdings.Neat Gin, a boutique alcohol being launched just in time for Christmas, is distilled by which botanically passionate EastEnders actor?Dean Gaffney.Adam Woodyatt.Pam St Clement.Danny Dyer.There was social media uproar in July when US website eater.com described which confusing and horrendous-sounding dish as “a quintessential British classic”?Mince on toast.Cucumber pockets.Spam crackling.Pickled patriots.Following Kim Kardashian’s Instagram post of the product, Asda is now selling cartons of long-life milk bottled from which mammal?Khloé Kardashian.Capybara (Kapybara).Camel (Kamel).Chimpanzee (Khimpanzee).Evergreen, annoyingly themed farming soap The Archers was bang on trend again. A headline-grabbing storyline saw Tom Archer attempt to build an empire around which massive 2017 drink?Campari.Craft beer.Kefir.Cold-brew coffee.Our appetite for avocados led to ludicrous headlines. Which of the following superfruit-related stories is made up?The reported rise in vigilante orchardists after a wave of avocado rustling in New Zealand.Tesco’s plan to flog reject, undersize avocados in six packs, marketed as the eggs of Godzilla.Millionaires accusing millennials of being unable to afford houses because they eat too much avocado on toast.The animal rights advocates who mistakenly protested the launch of a Balenciaga avocado-skin clutch bag.Time to chuck out your excess matcha! But which uncommon ingredient did saucepot oracle Nigella Lawson describe as “the new matcha”?Turmeric powder.Ethiopian teff.Pandan leaf. Pomegranate molasses.People went pointlessly crazy for charcoal-infused food, which possesses no nutritional or health benefits, but looks awesome on the ’gram. Which of the following was not a destination dish of 2017?Activated charcoal chai, as seen on Goop.Goth ice-cream, originated at Little Damage.Potato, asparagus and coal at Tom Sellers’ Story.Chicken McBriquettes by McDonald’s.What is a KFC “double down” burger?An off-menu “Daddy Burger” containing a hash brown and bacon, plus an entire mini-fillet burger.A fillet burger, fried with an unplucked layer of down feathers attached, for extra soft mouthfeel.A bacon and cheese BBQ sauce sandwich, but with all bread elements replaced by fried chicken. Two Zinger tower burgers, pancake-stacked and sold at 50% discount if eaten in under two minutes.Frankensteinian baker Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut, unveiled another conceptual masterpiece this year. What was it?An outsized truffle that exactly resembles a coconut, made only from cocoa and nuts, filled with sweet rice milk.The Battenberger: a chequered illusion cake, styled as a hamburger, with marzipan cheese slice and apricot jam ketchup.A chocolate, green sorbet and poppy-seed bar, the cross section of which matches that of a kiwi, including fuzzy skin. A cheeky twist on cheese twists, the twist being that they are straight. 12 and above.Congratulations! You’re the special of the day, you nose-to-tail know-it-all.11 and above.Congratulations! You’re the special of the day, you nose-to-tail know-it-all.10 and above.Not bad! You are an activated charcoal chancer, impressive if ultimately useless.9 and above.Not bad! You are an activated charcoal chancer, impressive if ultimately useless.8 and above.Not bad! You are an activated charcoal chancer, impressive if ultimately useless.7 and above.A bit of a flexitarian score, neither one thing nor the other. Try harder!6 and above.A bit of a flexitarian score, neither one thing nor the other. Try harder!5 and above.A bit of a flexitarian score, neither one thing nor the other. Try harder!4 and above.Ah well. Food is just fuel, isn’t it? Enjoy your mince on toast.3 and above.Ah well. Food is just fuel, isn’t it? Enjoy your mince on toast.2 and above.Ah well. Food is just fuel, isn’t it? Enjoy your mince on toast.0 and above.Ah well. Food is just fuel, isn’t it? Enjoy your mince on toast.1 and above.Ah well. Food is just fuel, isn’t it? Enjoy your mince on toast. Continue reading...
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The ruling ANC in South Africa chooses a new leader who will probably be the next president. The watershed meeting to elect a new leader of South Africa's ruling party faced legal challenges soon after delegates arrived. Others were barred by court orders from attending the leadership contest of the African National Congress (ANC). Its members are deeply divided on who should replace Jacob Zuma as party leader. The candidate is expected to be South Africa's next president in the 2019 election. The president's preferred candidate is his former wife, N-kosa-zana Dla-mini Zuma. The other, main contender is Cyril Ramaphosa. Supporters think his business background makes him the best candidate to revive the flagging economy. Can Zuma's successor make a difference? And with Zuma's record tainted by corruption, does the ANC still appeal to the aspirations of South Africans? Presenter: Laura Kyle Guests: Bongani Mbindwane - National Security Adviser to South Africa's Minister of Police Lawson Naidoo - Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution Trevor Ngame - Researcher for the Center for Social Change, University of Johannesburg - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
Having humiliated our ordinary kitchens, friends and utensils, Lawson has her sights set on our Christmases. Plus, Sarah Parish in new detective drama BancroftNigella is on the road, driving at night. She arrives somewhere rural and barny, steps red-booted and red-coated out of the car. Oi, Nige, you left your lights on! But, of course, she meant to, they’re two more bright stars to add to the twinkling firmament.There are lights everywhere, in the sky, twisted around the gate, hanging in strings from a tree, catkins of luminescence. Nothing coloured, or tacky, no sleighs or Santas, just white and pure and perfect. Continue reading...
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The New Yorker essayist on his latest memoir, At the Strangers’ Gate, and the problem of writing about happinessAdam Gopnik has, by many accounts, including his own, a lovely life. A longtime staff writer for the New Yorker and bestselling author, Gopnik lives in Manhattan with his wife, Martha, a film-maker, and their two children, and he moves in the kind of circles that allow him to drop casual lines into conversation such as: “As John Updike once said to me …”, although he has the nervy Jewish self-consciousness to follow that with “… if you’ll forgive the namedrop.” The first time I met him was almost exactly a year ago when a mutual friend introduced us in a west London restaurant. He was accompanied by his wife and their 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, abright and precocious teenager who described to me another recent trip she’d been on with her parents with an eloquence that is still beyond me, despite my 20 years head start on her. She didn’t even blink at the various London luminaries who came over to talk to her father; Nigella Lawson and Ralph Fiennes, we were told, might pop by later. The Gopniks smiled calmly: this was all par for the course for them. Related: At the Stranger’s Gate by Adam Gopnik review – a prose stylist on New York Continue reading...
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TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge in Jacksonville on Monday sentenced former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in federal prison after she was convicted last May on corruption charges for her role in using a scam charity to bilk donors and use the money for personal expenses, the Florida Times-Union reported.The 71-year-old disgraced congresswoman’s chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, got 48 months in prison, while the founder of the charity, One Door for Education President Carla Wiley, received a 21-month sentence for her role.U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan said Brown abused the public trust to carry out a criminal conspiracy, the newspaper reported.“This is a sad day for everyone,” said Corrigan after sentencing Brown to prison. “I was impressed with all the outpouring of support for you, and I think it’s a tribute to all the work you’ve done over the years. That’s what makes this all the more tragic.”“This was a crime born of entitlement and greed, committed to supporting a lifestyle that was beyond their means,” said Corrigan. “Just think of the good that could have been done with that money if it would have been used for its intended purpose.”In a statement, Liza McClenaghan, chairperson of government watchdog group Common Cause Florida, said Brown betrayed her congressional constituents with her corrupt actions over the years. “Variations of this sad story have been repeated all too many times in Washington and Tallahassee and hammer home the need for checks and balances to prevent the abuse of power by those who hold it .”Brown was also given three years probation. Brown's attorney says her client plans to file an appeal. The prison sentence marks the end of a legendary figure in Florida politics.In 1992, Brown, of Jacksonville, was the first African-American from Florida to be elected to Congress since Reconstruction. She was best known for her slogan “Corrine Delivers,” a nod to the fact that she had knack for securing federal funding for her district.In the 2016 Democratic primary, she was defeated by former state Sen. Al Lawson. The corruption case haunted her on the campaign trail. Her loss was also attributed to the fact that she joined state Republicans in opposing changes to her 5th Congressional District, which became a national poster child for gerrymandering. For years, the district snaked from Orlando to Jacksonville, picking up pockets of black communities and cities along the way. The seat was politically good for Brown, but made the surrounding congressional districts whiter and more Republican-leaning.After a lengthy court battle over the newly drawn seats, Brown’s congressional district was redrawn to stretch east-west from Jacksonville to the Tallahassee region. It’s still overwhelmingly Democratic, but Brown departed from near Democratic consensus to oppose the changes because it lowered the number of black voters in the seat.
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A decade ago I wrote a paper that looked at several definitions of neoliberalism, and found that what I called "egalitarian neoliberalism" was especially closely correlated with civic virtue. This model was based on the various indices of economic freedom, with the sign on size of government inverted (so that bigger government was a plus, not a minus as in the typical economic freedom indices). For example, the (high trust) Nordic countries gravitate toward models that combine free markets and large government. Ryan Murphy has a very interesting new paper that explores these ideas in much more depth. He constructs an index of "State Economic Modernity" (SEM) by subtracting size of government in the Fraser Index of Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) from the component that measures rule of law and property rights. Again, the highest values of this SEM index tend to occur in the Nordic countries. He rightly points out that this measure makes more sense than "state capacity", which doesn't tell us what governments are actually doing: This paper constructs a measure, the SEM index, which can be thought of as a measure of state building or state economic power, and is related to the concept known as state capacity. In contrast to state capacity, rather than asking the hypothetical question of what is in a government's capacity to do, it measures the extent to which a government exerts itself within an economy, and how well it provides the most basic public goods. Murphy also points out that economic freedom may be easier to obtain that SEM: The countries of Georgia and Libya occupy approximately the same level of SEM, but they have very different levels of economic freedom. With political will, Georgia was essentially able to pull itself up from the current spot Libya finds itself in economic freedom to the very high level it is today (see Burakova and Lawson 2014). Compare this to countries with the same level of economic freedom, but very different scores in SEM. Guatemala has about the same level of economic freedom as the Nordic countries, but the opposite score in SEM. The idea that public officials could push Guatemala rightwards on the graph to meet the European social democracies in their degree of state building and state capacity is almost unimaginable. It would require high degrees of political will, skill, and luck for a matter of decades in investing in the country's social capital and human capital, if it is possible at all. In this sense, the SEM index may be more "deeply" institutional than measures of economic freedom, which may relate more to "policy." Murphy found that while economic freedom is correlated with growth, SEM is not: Table 12 provides regression results for economic growth. For these regressions, initial level of economic output is included as a control variable. All independent variables correspond to year t, while the independent variable corresponds to growth from year t to t+10. The most recent data points correspond to growth occurring from 2000 to 2010. A similar pattern to Table 11 emerges. The SEM index is significant in regressions that do not include country fixed effects, but loses significance when they are included. In fact, when they are included, its point estimate is negative. In the final specification, Regression (36), economic freedom retains statistical and economic significance; the coefficient actually implies that a one standard deviation increase in economic freedom corresponds to a 0.246 standard deviation increase in growth rate. Considering economists' collective inability to predict future growth rates very effectively, as noted by Easterly (2013: 215-238), the magnitude of the effect of economic freedom is quite large, while nothing is found for the SEM index. For anyone interested in comparative economic systems, I strongly recommend you take a look at Murphy's paper. Here's how I think about the growth findings. Both Sweden and Switzerland are essentially utilitarian economic models. But the Swedes assume that big government best promotes utilitarian goals while the Swiss assume that a smaller government is better able to achieve those goals. Because government of Switzerland is smaller, per capita income is higher. On the other hand, many poor countries have even smaller government. Their poverty reflects a lack of SEM; the benefit of small government is offset by a lack of good governance in other areas such as property rights and rule of law. Note that cultural differences affect GDP in two ways, by impacting governance and also by impacting the productivity of individual citizens. But culture is not the entire story, as the two Koreas demonstrate. Poor countries should first focus on getting richer, which means more economic freedom. In the long run, that freedom and prosperity will lead to better culture, which will allow them to choose between the Swiss and the Swedish models. But right now they don't have that choice because (as Murphy points out) they lack the cultural prerequisites needed for the Swedish model. Even greater economic freedom is not easy to achieve, but it's not as difficult as state economic modernity. When you are incompetent, it's easier to do nothing than to do something. Here is the correlation that Ryan found between SEM and EFW: (7 COMMENTS)
Not a cookery show in the regular sense, the culinary world’s longest-running bromance returns with new recipes, foodie hi-jinks and a spot of DIY‘Back on the road again, Jim,” chirrups Jamie Oliver, squeezing himself into a Ford Capri next to his mucker-in-chief, Jimmy Doherty, their cheeks glowing like cherry bakewells. Roll up and tuck in, ladies and gents, because Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (24 November, 8pm, Channel 4) is back, offering new “weekend” recipes and general foodie hi-jinks while documenting the culinary world’s longest-running bromance. This is where our two childhood pals show their lifelong affection by bellowing gentle put-downs at ear-shredding volume while standing inches apart, and parrot slogans such as “Thank food it’s Friday!” without a hint of mortification.This isn’t a cookery show in the regular sense. You won’t find these two dry-humping the fridge in their PJs at midnight while feasting on leftovers a la Nigella Lawson, or coming over all unnecessary, Nigel Slater-style, at the sound of snapping biscuits. Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast is a baffling blend of Top Gear and Countryfile, with faint undertones of TGI Friday’s, in which Jamie and Jimmy entertain punters from behind the counter at their cafe on Southend Pier. This once-broken-down building has been transformed into a bustling hub – all indoor pastels and retro vibes – where they invite celebrity pals to help cook sumptuous stews and wintry bakes for the attendant throng. Continue reading...
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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. 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