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28 мая, 21:00

Обзор плеера theBit OPUS#3 — снова в яблочко

Похоже, что корейцы из theBit уже спустились с горы и, подобно быкам из популярного анекдота, занялись делом. Начав с относительно простого, но интересного OPUS#1 и продолжив по-настоящему флагманским «топом» OPUS#2, они не стали почивать на лаврах и выкатили модель, особенно интересную тем, что она идёт вразрез с современными тенденциями, назвав её OPUS#3. Естественно, об этом […]

27 мая, 19:41

A Memorial Day Of Patriotic Resistance

We're getting ready for Memorial Day at our house. Like patriotic Americans all around the nation, we are looking forward to the weekend marking the "official beginning of summer" and to giving thanks for the freedoms we have because of those who were willing to sacrifice their lives defending the Constitution "against all enemies -- foreign and domestic." The fixings for the barbecue are in the fridge. The flag is flying on the lawn. And the #Resist bumper sticker is on the car. Tomorrow in church we will pray the prayer we pray every Memorial Day: God of love and mercy, receive our thanks this day for the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. Help us to honor them in our work for peace through justice, that people across the globe may live abundant lives freed from the threat of war and violence. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen. We honor them in our work for peace through justice. We honor them in the flags we fly and in the prayers we pray. And we honor them with the #Resist bumper stickers on our cars and hashtags in our tweets -- outward and visible signs of our commitment to resist the forces working to dismantle the democracy they died to defend. What are we resisting? Nobody explains it with more devastating clarity than author, theologian and thought leader Diana Butler Bass who writes: "Politics seems confusing right now, but it really isn't. There is one simple, constant truth at the center of it all: The goal is to take everything away from our democratic inheritance -- wealth, services, parks and museums, education, social care, clean air and water, checks and balances, a free media, voting rights and voice, our relationships with global democratic societies -- to pay for massive tax cuts for the super wealthy and transfer even more resources to enrich the few and give them overt political control of the planet. None of us, none of our lives, none of our loves or loved ones, none of our hopes or dreams matter in this quest. That's the whole story. Tell yourself this each day. And tell it to everyone you know in any way you can." Tell it by flying the flag on your lawn and by saying your prayers in church and by the #Resist bumper sticker on your car. Tell it by marches in the streets and letters to Congress; by supporting a free media and by not confusing actual data with alternative facts; by standing with those on the margins and by speaking truth to those in power. And on this Memorial Day, tell it by claiming resistance as the most tangible way we honor the sacrifice of those who have fallen defending the noble-if-still-aspirational ideal of liberty and justice for all. Tell it to everyone you know in any way you can. Resist. Persist. Repeat. -- 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.

27 мая, 01:40

Weekend Reading: RIch Landrieu: Address on Confederate Monuments

**Mitch Landrieu**: _Transcript of Address on Confederate Monuments_: "Thank you for coming... >...The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way–for both good and for ill. >It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans: the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando de Soto, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the Acadians, the Islenos, the enslaved people from Senegambia, Free People of Color, the Haitians, the Germans, both the empires of Francexii and Spain. The Italians, the Irish, the Cubans, the south and central Americans, the Vietnamese and so many more. >You see: New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling cauldron of many cultures. >There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one. >But there are also other truths about our city that we must confront. New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were...

26 мая, 20:41

Gad Saad: The Left Revives The Myth Of The Noble Savage

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26 мая, 20:23

Week in Review, May 27

Ford shake-up; Uber, RBS, Noble and Glencore also in the news

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26 мая, 20:23

Week in Review, May 27

Ford shake-up; Uber, RBS, Noble and Glencore also in the news

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26 мая, 20:23

Week in Review, May 27

Ford shake-up; Uber, RBS, Noble and Glencore also in the news

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25 мая, 17:35

Why was French spoken in Russia?

Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace remains one of the most difficult books for pupils on the school syllabus in modern Russia, and not just because of its impressive four-volumes. "When I opened the first pages and saw that about half of the text was in French, I thought: Well, I'd better read a brief summary instead," says 23-year-old Muscovite Alexei about his school experience of reading Tolstoy. Indeed, the dialogues between members of the St. Petersburg nobility in the salon of high-society hostess Anna Pavlovna Scherer that War and Peace opens with are half composed of French phrases, and this is not the author's invention but a reflection of the mores of the early 19th century (the first volume of War and Peace describes the events of 1805). As Tolstoy observes one of his characters: "He spoke in that refined French in which our grandfathers not only spoke but thought." In the 18th century French "conquered" Russia, becoming the unofficial language of the aristocracy. Why? Facing the West It all started with the reforms of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia from 1682 to 1725. Peter, the third of the Romanov tsars, drastically changed the direction in which the country was moving - his dream was to turn Russia into a European power. To achieve this, he not only engaged in wars but also destroyed the patriarchal ways of old Russia: He forced nobles to cut their beards, wear European dress, and travel to the West to study. As a result, noblemen at high-society gatherings in the 18th century started conversing in foreign languages.  Of all the Western languages it was French that dominated during that period, not just in Russia but in Europe as a whole. "French was the first language which introduced the notion of a single set of norms," is how psycholinguist and translator Dmitry Petrov explains the success of the French language. France's First Minister Cardinal de Richelieu should be thanked for this, Petrov says. In 1635 Richelieu founded the French Academy which dealt with the creation and regulation of a set of language norms. In the end, French gradually squeezed out Latin as a language of international communication. The French wave Nihilistic intelligentsia dine on beluga, drink medovukha and read samizdat The French Revolution (1789-1799) gave an additional impetus to the French language's spread among the Russian nobility. Many aristocrats fled the country after it was engulfed in rebellion and found refuge, inter alia, in Russia. The number of émigrés in that period reached 15,000. The government of the Russian Empire treated any revolution with suspicion and welcomed monarchists in their country. Some of them achieved high positions serving the Russian throne - such as Armand-Emmanuel Richelieu, a descendant of the famous cardinal, who became governor of Odessa (now Ukrainian territory). Others, not so successful, became governors in rich families and taught dancing and fencing to the children of noblemen. Gallomania and Gallophobia Long before Tolstoy, journalists and writers had noted the Russian nobility's wholesale infatuation with everything French - and there were heated debates about the craze. Some people thought that loans from the French enriched Russian culture and added refinement to the language, while others believed they led nowhere. "We will drive our own language into total decline," commented People's Education Minister Alexander Shishkov, who campaigned for the purity of Russian.  In his comedy "Woe from Wit" (1825), the writer Alexander Griboyedov referred ironically to Russians who worshipped everything French while being unable to string two words together in the language, summing up the phenomenon in the phrase: "A mixture of French and Nizhny Novgorod" (Nizhny Novgorod is a provincial town 401 km east of Moscow). And yet all the nobility conversed in French - it was a courtly language associated with chivalry and exalted feelings. A study of the correspondence of the most famous Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, who is regarded as the founder of the modern Russian language, revealed that about 90 percent of his letters to women were in French. Decline of Francophony  During the Napoleonic Wars, in which Russia and France fought on opposite sides, the popularity of French began to wane. Patriotic sentiments compelled the nobles to speak more in their native tongue - and sometimes it was a matter of survival. Poet and hero of the War of 1812 Denis Davydov recalled that the peasants (who knew no French and were frequently illiterate) at times "mistook [aristocratic officers] for the enemy because of their foreign accent in Russian" and could attack them with an ax or take a shot at them with a firearm. The period of infatuation with France came to an end and many Gallicisms that had entered the Russian language in the 18th century fell into oblivion, but dozens of words nevertheless remained. Russians do not think twice of the foreign origin of words like "afisha," "pressa," "sharm," and "kavaler" [meaning "advertising poster," "press," "charm," and "male admirer," respectively]. "Some remained if they were needed by the language, but others disappeared if they were surplus to requirements," said the writer Pyotr Vail in a comment on the history of loan words. "The same thing is happening and will continue to happen with other words grafted onto the language." Read more: Why do some Russians look Asian?>>>

25 мая, 16:44

The changing face of female beauty in Russia

16th century: Anastasia Zakharyeva-Yuryeva, the first wife of Ivan the Terrible Anastasia Romanova on the Monument 'Millennium of Russia' in Veliky Novgorod. / Source: Dar Veter (CC BY-SA 3.0) To become the wife of the first tsar of Russia, Anastasia went through a medieval casting call: Marriageable ladies from across the realm were brought to Moscow to be presented at the royal court. The chronicles describe her as elegant and feminine: “Petite with rich, plaited hair that tumbles to the floor.” However, in the words of historian Nikolai Karamzin, the tsar’s choice might not have been based solely on appearance: “Contemporaries cataloguing her qualities ascribe to her all the finest female virtues: Chastity, humility, piety, sensitivity, and goodness all connected to a sound mind; they do not speak of her beauty, for that was considered a prerequisite for the happy bride of the tsar.” 17th century: Natalia Naryshkina, mother of Peter the Great Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina. / Source: Hermitage Museum The wife of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov also won a bridal contest. Courland diplomat Yakov Reitenfels described her like this: “A woman in the bloom of youth, of majestic stature, with prominent black eyes, a pleasant face, a round mouth, a high brow, all limbs in graceful proportion, a sonorous, pleasing voice, and the most graceful manners.” 18th century: Empress Elizabeth Petrovna Elizabeth of Russia by V.Eriksen. / Source: Tsarskoye Selo The daughter of Peter the Great won the affection of the Imperial Guards (who helped her carry out a palace coup) not only thanks to her strong character, but her personal charm and stunning appearance. The Spanish envoy, the Duke of Liria and Jerica, in 1728 called her “a beauty the like of which I had rarely seen,” noting her “striking complexion,” beautiful light eyes, stature (about 180 cm), graceful neck and delightful posture. Elizabeth took great care with her appearance throughout her life, and at court introduced the fashion styles that most flattered her most (for example, masquerades at which women wore men’s clothes, because she, the empress, looked particularly splendid in them). 19th century: Princess Zinaida Yusupova Portrait of Princess Zinaida Yusupova by V.Serov. / Source: The State Russian Museum The noble Russian families of the 19th century boasted many exquisite beauties, none more so than the era’s finest “diva” — Princess Zinaida Yusupova, a fabulously wealthy heiress, patroness and all-round charming lady. “My mother was delectable. Tall, slender, graceful, dark, black-haired, with eyes shining like stars. Intelligent, educated, artistic, benevolent. No one could resist her charms,” Felix Yusupov, one of Grigory Rasputin’s assassins, wrote about his mother. 1930-1950s: Lyubov Orlova The U.S.S.R. People's Artist Lyubov Orlova (1902-1975). / Source: RIA Novosti Despite achieving nationwide fame after the age of 30, this beloved actress retained her glamor and sex-symbol status in the postwar period. In many ways, she was assisted by her marriage to director Grigory Alexandrov, forming a successful creative duo. “It was Alexandrov who came up with the idea of dying Orlova’s hair blonde and giving her the look of a Hollywood film star,” recalled their friend, the military interpreter Ivan Lukashev. “He created a star every bit as good as Greta Garbo.” Orlova’s admirers included none other than Joseph Stalin, who, at a reception, noticing that the actress looked tired, “jokingly” threatened to shoot Alexandrov if he tortured his wife with too much filming. 1970s: Irina Alferova Irina Alfyorova (born in 1951), actress with the Moscow State Lenkom Theater. / Source: Tofik Shakhverdiev/RIA Novosti At the age of 17, Alferova relocated from the provincial Novosibirsk to the bright lights of Moscow and enrolled at theater school, where her classmates nicknamed her “the girl with the eyes.” Unfortunately, her peerless appearance became a problem. As the actress later recalled, she often heard rumours that directors, having rejected her for a particular role, told their colleagues: “Lips and eyes, nothing more...” Nevertheless, she achieved nationwide fame and affection for her role as Constance in a screen adaptation of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. 1980s: Masha Kalinina Maria Kalinina won beauty pageant 'Moscow Beauty 1988.' / Source: RIA Novosti The future winner of the first ever Soviet beauty pageant in 1988, as a 16-year-old real-life Cinderella, Masha had to borrow items for the audition: Shoes from her mother, a swimsuit from a friend. When she won, many viewers suspected the jury of bias, but Masha had no money or connections whatsoever, only her dazzling 1980s-style look, complete with thick eyebrows and an expressive jaw line. Luck had a helping hand, too. As the competition organizer, Maria Parusnikova, recalled, the finalists were weeded out for various reasons — one had a child, another had a strange-sounding surname: “She was a female version of Yuri Gagarin — supremely photogenic with a solid Russian name.” Read more: 8 things to know about the mad world of motherhood in Russia

25 мая, 15:00

Amazon’s Grip On The Book World Could Silence The Stories That Matter

This morning, Amazon ― the online bookseller-turned-everything store ― opened the doors to its latest brick-and-mortar outpost in New York City’s Columbus Circle. The company added in-person retail to its arsenal of buying options in 2015, when it opened a store in Seattle. Beginning today, it occupies a space where a Borders once was. Unlike its competitors ― which mostly include independent bookstores, after the company’s rise lead to the fall of Borders and many Barnes & Noble locations ― Amazon’s physical bookstore relies on sales data to determine which titles will be prominently displayed. At the Columbus Circle location, a table labeled “Highly Rated: 4.8 Stars & Above” sits near the entrance. On it, are such titles as 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food by Lisa Leake and Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen. For publishers, especially those who support the work of emerging authors, disempowered authors or authors whose voices aren’t in chorus with the mainstream, this data-based approach to bookselling is disconcerting. Michael Reynolds, the editor-in-chief of Europa Editions, told HuffPost that Amazon’s ratings-based system isn’t conducive to discovering writers like the lyrical, wave-making Elena Ferrante, whom Europa publishes. “Things like Tolstoy are going to have lower ratings than the new book by the new YouTube star. Dennis Johnson, co-publisher of Melville House Books “While a new bookstore, any new bookstore, is generally good news, I can’t see how Amazon applying its unsatisfactory recommendation engine to a physical space is going to result in the kind of discovery experience a reader has when she enters any good brick-and-mortar store,” Reynolds said. “It is certainly not going to help with bringing about the kind of bibliodiversity that, with authors like Elena Ferrante, Muriel Barbery, Boualem Sansal and Domenico Starnone, we seek to cultivate, and that I think is more important today than ever.” Dennis Johnson, the co-publisher of Melville House, agreed. “Things like Tolstoy are going to have lower ratings than the new book by the new YouTube star,” he told HuffPost. “Real literature is slowly not going to be available there.” Caroline Casey, the managing director of Coffee House Press, was more optimistic about readers’ appetite for well-told stories, and the tenacity of indie presses. “I don’t expect [Amazon’s] experiments to damage independent bookstores, because what people value them for isn’t replicable in the Amazon model,” she told HuffPost. “So those booksellers, who are our very best advocates and sell our books better than I ever could hope to, should be fine. And so will we.” Coffee House Press describes itself as “committed to diversity and inclusion,” and that mission statement is reflected in the titles it publishes, including Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth, Saeed Jones’s Prelude to Bruise and Jade Sharma’s Problems. Casey says that while a “significant portion” of Coffee Houses’ sales come from Amazon, she doesn’t expect the seller’s physical locations to have either a positive or negative impact. Instead, she expects that indie bookstores will continue to account for most of the press’ in-person sales. “A good bookstore offers not just curation, but also personality and the opportunity not [just] to find what you want, but to also find out what you want,” Casey said. “Amazon might have a lot of customer data, but it’s not the kind that yields a surprising, joyful bookstore visit.” The decision to open brick-and-mortar stores isn’t the only recent change Amazon has made to its bookselling approach. Last month, the retailer tweaked its online buying options, so that publishers are no longer automatically granted the right to be listed as the default sellers for their titles. Instead, third-party retailers are now allowed to compete to become a book’s default seller. So, prime real estate on the site is often granted to those with the lowest costs. Casey declined to comment on this new development. But, Johnson and Reynolds agreed that the move could hurt publishers and, consequently, authors, who aren’t owed a cut of the sale from third-party distributors. I cannot be anything but concerned by Amazon’s insistence on chipping away at the perceived and actual value of books. Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions “The Amazon paradigm sees books as a function of a hyper-competitive market rather than cultural products that create a market, shape it, and at times disrupt it,” Reynolds said. “The most recent development concerning Amazon’s buy box will make it increasingly difficult for authors to be paid adequately for their work when it is sold through Amazon, and for publishers to invest in bringing new and diverse voices to the market and maintaining a robust backlist. As a publisher animated by an abiding belief in the broad and lasting value not only of books but of ‘bibliodiversity,’ I cannot be anything but concerned by Amazon’s insistence on chipping away at the perceived and actual value of books.” “It’s another instance of Amazon killing the goose that lays the eggs,” Johnson said. “Screwing their partners in the ecosystem that naturally grows around any kind of product. What they’re doing now is something that nobody makes any money from, except Amazon.” And it’s not just indie presses who could suffer from Amazon’s business decisions. In fact, Johnson said that Melville House ― which only relies on Amazon for around 25 percent of its sales ― will likely fare better than big-five publishers such as Random House, which leans on Amazon to sell classics and other backlist titles. “This is treacherous for everybody in the business,” Johnson said. “Everybody’s threatened by this.” “Amazon is nothing if not Trumpian in their behavior,” he continued. “The ruthlessness, the naked capitalism. It’s all there. They’re positively Trumpian. They have that in them.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58753195e4b099cdb0ffe5ff,5644a686e4b045bf3dede618,56380dc4e4b079a43c0468ac,563cf3dfe4b0b24aee4a2bb5 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); -- 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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25 мая, 09:32

ShitCoins Genocide - PoSWallet (POSW) объявил о массовом делистинге неперспективных криптомонет.

Многофункциональный сервис PoSWallet (POSW) объявил сегодня о массовом делистинге неперспективных криптомонет.Причина — большие расходы на содержание инфраструктуры, обслуживающей эти монеты.В список попали те монеты «с низкой базой пользователей, низким объемом или небольшим техническим улучшением по сравнению с другими монетами» (конец цитаты). POSWALLET 6\1 — 6\17 2017 будет произведён делистинг следующих монет : BitBar NevaCoin SwagBucks Chess Coin XCurrency Chronos Ion Lanacoin 808Coin NewPiggyCoin AquariusCoin Dollar Online Triangles ZetaMicron SterlingCoin 2Give ClubCoin SafeTradeCoin BlitzCoin NetCoin Spacecoin VictoriousCoin MartexCoin Moin Rimbit GPU Coin BeatCoin EverGreenCoin SpectreCoin Atomic Coin Pesobit Moneycoin Truckcoin RATECoin GrantCoin KuwaitCoin PIEcoin NeuCoin ZeitCoin Creatio Bon PeKaO AsiaCoin BIOScoin CapriCoin EDRcoin FlavorCoin Global Currency Reserve Independent Money System Insane Coin LetItRide Memetic Mojocoin Mustang RioCoin SARCoin Tajcoin TrumpCoin HiCoin Paycoin Монеты, будущее которых пока под не ясно (их кошельки в данный момент находятся на обслуживании) InflationCoin — ? Tattoo Coin — ? BERNCash — ? CryptoJacks — ? GoldBlocks — ? Magi — ? Монеты, которые в ближайшее время будут поддерживаться сервисом PoSWalletPoSWallet Stratis ReddCoin BitBean Vericoin Radium HalloweenCoin NAVcoin Honey CryptoBuck Blackcoin OKCash XDE II Pulse Espers StealthCoin CoExistCoin 1337 ColossusCoin2 LiteDoge BitBay INSaNe Jewels PutinCoin RubyCoin SproutCoin Ultimate Secure Cash VSync Virtacoin Plus  Примечание : Ранее уже был произведён массовый делистинг монет на сервисе PoSWallet (первая половина мая 2017г) и на криптобирже Poloniex (2 мая 2017г) DELISTED POSWALLET The following coins will be delisted on 5/15: CON, NODC, OP, ORB, RUB, STRB, WARP, XJC The following coins will be delisted on 5/15: CON, NODC, OP, ORB, PX, RUB, STRB, WARP, XJC XJC, WARP, RUB, PX, PIVX, ORB, OP, NODC, MONEY, LOC, LIR, GSY, CV2, CON (14) INSANE SWAP to Nova by 6/30 for INSN -------------- POLONIEX On May 2, 2017, the following will be delisted: BBR, BITS, C2, CURE, HZ, IOC, MYR, NOBL, NSR, QBK, QORA, QTL, RBY, SDC, UNITY, VOX, XMG --------------

24 мая, 23:15

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace

PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2017 - - - - - - -  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Memorial Day is our Nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never free.  It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our Nation.  On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights.   This year, we commemorate the centennial anniversary of America's entry into World War I.  More than 4.7 million Americans served during The Great War, representing more than 25 percent of the American male population between the ages of 18 and 31 at the time.  We remember the more than 100,000 Americans who sacrificed their lives during "The War to End All Wars," and who left behind countless family members and loved ones.  We pause again to pray for the souls of those heroes who, one century ago, never returned home after helping to restore peace in Europe. On Memorial Day we honor the final resting places of the more than one million men and women who sacrificed their lives for our Nation, by decorating their graves with the stars and stripes, as generations have done since 1868.  We also proudly fly America's beautiful flag at our homes, businesses, and in our community parades to honor their memory.  In doing so, we pledge our Nation's allegiance to the great cause of freedom for which they fought and ultimately died. In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.  The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer.  I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance. I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.   I also request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.  I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first. DONALD J. TRUMP

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24 мая, 22:49

Will Amazon's Bookstores Thrive in New York City?

E-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) is set to open its first bookstore in New York City tomorrow, bringing the total number of physical bookstore locations for the company to seven.

24 мая, 17:07

What Trump Reveals by Calling Terrorists 'Losers'

Why is the president putting ISIS in the same category in which he places Rosie O’Donnell?

24 мая, 16:27

150 years on, another Miklouho-Maclay is off to meet the Papuans

"I have always reacted normally to who I am. Maybe because I had no other choice?" Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay smiles, sitting on an office chair with impeccable posture. As is the proper way to sit for a hereditary nobleman. He was born exactly 102 years after his namesake and world-renowned great-great-grandfather Nikolai [Nicholas] Miklouho-Maclay landed on the shores of Papua New Guinea. Today he is the founder and director of the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation for the Preservation of Ethnocultural Heritage. His temporary office is directly opposite one of the oldest cemeteries in St. Petersburg - people have been buried here since the emergence of the Russian state and Russian Empire. Admittedly, the ethnographer is not buried here and, anyway, any physical proximity to his ancestors is a matter of pure accident: It just happened this way. He also says that he was named Nikolai not after the explorer, but because his parents liked the name. Today the descendants of Miklouho-Maclay, who studied the Papua New Guinea natives for 12 years, live mainly in Russia and Australia. But so far it’s only Nikolai who has decided that after 150 years he needs to to meet the Papuans and trace the footsteps of his ancestor. Moreover, to travel 18,000 kilometers exclusively by car, crossing seven countries. Family anecdotes, cannibals, and a deadly bite Very few people today remember anything about Miklouho-Maclay, except his name - and this upsets his great-great-grandson Nikolai. Nikolai Myklukha-Maklai: "Nikolai Nikolayevich (Miklouho-Maclay) never believed that one race or culture should dominate another." Photo: Explorer Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay, Malay Peninsula, 1874-75. Source: Archive Photo "There is Miklouho-Maclay's street in Moscow, and some people are absolutely convinced that my surname is in honor of the street. Also, I have been dogged by incidents because of my surname. On one occasion I called an ambulance for my mother and was asked for my name. And no ambulance came. I called back but was told: 'Young man, call the psychiatric clinic.' At times it becomes ridiculous: I arrive somewhere and am asked, 'What is your name?' - 'Miklouho-Maclay' - 'What?' - 'Miklouho-Maclay.' - 'What?' - 'Ivanov [the most common Russian surname - RBTH]' - 'Come in'." There is a video clip posted on the foundation's website in which residents of St. Petersburg are trying hard to guess who Miklouho-Maclay was, but all they can remember are some jokes which, in their opinion, are better not to tell. In the past Nikolai worked in the agricultural sector. He had his own business and used the money he earned to travel the world. Then he realized that his main job should be to try to preserve the memory of his ancestor. That was how he came up with the idea of an expedition by road to the shores of Papua New Guinea: First to reach Papua New Guinea via China, Thailand, and Indonesia, and then to drive across the whole of Russia, telling stories about the ethnographer. Nikolai realized that his main job should be to try to preserve the memory of his ancestor. That was how he came up with the idea of an expedition by road to the shores of Papua New Guinea: First to reach Papua New Guinea via China, Thailand, and Indonesia, and then to drive across the whole of Russia, telling stories about the ethnographer. Source: Ruslan Shamukov The crew includes scientists and explorers. Together, for two weeks, they will examine the daily life of the Papuans, to see if the natives have been influenced by Russian culture. The first white man in Papua, Miklouho-Maclay, became a synonym for all Europeans who later visited the islands. His name was given to crops brought from the mainland. Thanks to the Russian ethnographer, the local languages acquired words such as "topor," "kukuruza," and "arbuz" (Russian for "ax," "corn," and "watermelon", respectively). Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay: "During my childhood, since the age of 13, I was fond of sailing but only recently, 30 years later, I have discovered that one of my sailing friends charged several kopecks for exhibiting me to others." Source: Ruslan Shamukov Nikolai says he’s not afraid of anything (despite the fact that there are tribes of cannibals still living just a few kilometers inland from the eastern Maclay Coast). But his fellow team member (formerly a surgeon) Konstantin Bespalko has traveled around the world - the falls of Iguazu and Angel, the Galápagos Islands, Madagascar, Laos, Cambodia, and India - and he knows that there are things to be afraid of. "Ten years ago in Madagascar I was bitten by a toad of some kind. I was on a mountain and everyone said to me "oh, danger danger!" pointing at a little frog. It turned out that, if you step on it, two hours later you can bid farewell to your companions. I don't know when exactly it bit me but my whole leg ended up covered in blood because the blood stopped clotting - it must have had anticoagulants in its saliva. "And in Cambodia there was another incident: The rainy season started and the roads were covered in a thin sheet of water. So we stopped. And then we saw red dots on the trees. One person in our group decided to walk off the road. And the locals shouted ‘Stop!’ What were those red dots? They remain from the time of the Khmer Rouge and mean that the area has still not been cleared of mines. Only the narrow strip of road flooded with water had been cleared," Bespalko says. 'I can do it myself without the other Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay' There is a paper map spread on the desk and a glowing globe in the foundation's office. These must be the only things that hint at the type of activity its occupant is involved in. He says that, despite the numerous interviews he gives to journalists and his membership of the oldest Russian Geographical Society (its board of trustees includes the Russian president, the defense minister, and some of the country's richest people), he does not feel like an exceptional individual. A man of the Bongu Village, Papua New Guinea. Photo from the personal archive of Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay. Source: Personal archiveSource: Personal archive "Rather, I was surprised how important this is for other people. You know, during my childhood, since the age of 13, I was fond of sailing but only recently, 30 years later, I have discovered that one of my sailing friends charged several kopecks for exhibiting me to others. And what is amazing is not that he was making money from it, but that children at the time were prepared to pay to see a live Miklouho-Maclay," Nikolai recalls. Children from the Maclay Coast, Papua New Guinea, 2010. Photo from the personal archive of Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay. Source: Personal archive The magic of the name still works. Apart from the noble goal of preserving the memory of his ancestor and raising the level of erudition among today's schoolchildren, he doesn't admit to having any other goals. For example, his ancestor had political ambitions, among other things. Any school pupil can read in his textbooks that Miklouho-Maclay proposed that the land he had discovered should be colonized. The scientist and navigator suggested calling the islands Chernorossiya (Russian for "Black Russia,” because of the color of the indigenous population) and he himself wanted to be in charge of the colonial state. But the emperor did not allow it and the coast was colonized by Germany. "Russia's colonization was needed for one reason - to take under its protection the small ethnic groups that populated Papua New Guinea. Nikolai Nikolayevich (Miklouho-Maclay) never believed that one race or culture should dominate another," Nikolai observes politely after a short pause. "And ambition is a good thing," he says, animatedly. He recalls one of his great-great-grandfather's mottos. "If a person can afford it and he has ambition, it is a wonderful thing, and a big responsibility. A person can be judged by his goals. And he had big goals." Children From the Bongu Village, Papua New Guinea. Photo from the personal archive of Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay. Source: Personal archive 'And your goal - is it big enough?' "This must be my biggest goal. What you are talking about is a huge undertaking and if we manage to get it going… we should not distort history." Nikolai keeps saying that it’s not just about him being a descendant of a world-renowned person. "I set up this foundation only when I realized that I am quite a mature personality irrespective of the other Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay. I myself am a person who can do good things, without being linked to him. Yes, of course, while preserving his legacy. Yes, of course, while drawing on his work. It would have been silly not to draw on it." "I have always reacted normally to who I am. Maybe because I had no other choice?" Photo: Ruslan Shamukov Read more: Russia Versus Europe: Fear and loathing in the age of the Grand Tour>>>

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24 мая, 07:30

ESTABLISHING THE STATUS OF NOBILITY: Minor Nobles of Exquisite Breeding and Dubious Character….

ESTABLISHING THE STATUS OF NOBILITY: Minor Nobles of Exquisite Breeding and Dubious Character.

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24 мая, 06:10

Noble Group shares end turbulent day with 8% gain

Stock plunges before reversing as Asia commodity house tries to reassure on future

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24 мая, 06:10

Noble Group reassurance fails to dispel doubts

Stock falls 27% even as Asia commodity house says it’s still talking to investors

23 мая, 19:17

A Few Notes on the CUNY "After Piketty" Panel...

_After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality_ Themes worth noting from the _After Piketty_ CUNY launch event—that I missed, being on the wrong coast. But having been on the wrong coast, I can now add, in a _l'esprit d'escalier_ sense, what I would have said if I had been there, had been thinking very quickly, and had the last word: **(1) "Capital" vs. "Wealth" in PIketty's _Capital in the 21st Century_** >**Branko Milanovic**: Not a confusion, but the use of "capital" for wealth was criticized because for economists "capital" is productive capital: the input into the production function in the theory of growth, and so on. But "wealth", for people who work on income distribution like myself, includes all other things, including real estate, and other things which are even not necessarily immediately marketable. Although, obviously, real estate is. So there is a little bit of a difference between the two. In the book... the two are really conflated... >**Paul Krugman**: The place where I think is closest to him being—wrong is not quite the right word—where there is a really serious critique from the economists' point of view—I defer the historical social issues to other people–he makes a...