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29 марта, 22:53

‘Flip or Flop’ and 10 More TV Shows That Were Ruined by Their Stars

Real-life drama often spoils television gold. These are a few of the most popular TV shows that were ruined by their stars' questionable off-screen conduct.

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28 марта, 20:54

PTTEP leases jack up for Montara field production drilling

Thailand’s PTTEP has contracted Noble Corp.’s Tom Prosser jack up drilling rig for use on a production well in Montara oil field in the Timor Sea.

28 марта, 03:04

Blamer-In-Chief: The Art Of The Dodge

“I blame myself – it was my fault, and I take full responsibility for it,” said Donald Trump, not once, ever, in his entire life. Here’s what else he didn’t say about the rout and ruin of repeal and replace: “I was clueless about health care policy. Instead of reading my briefing books or even my own bill, I played golf. I bullsh*tted my way through every meeting and phone call. And when it was explained to me that this dumpster fire of a bill would break my promise that everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they are now, which was a huge applause line, by the way, I threw my own voters under the bus.” In the wake of his Waterloo, instead of manning up, Trump blamed Democrats for not voting to strip health insurance from 24 million people, not voting to cut Medicaid by $880 billion in order to cut taxes by $883 billion and not voting to obliterate the signature legislative accomplishment of the Obama years. “Look,” he complained with crocodile bafflement to the “New York Times,” “we got no Democratic votes. We got none, zero.” Yet not once had Trump or Paul Ryan asked a single Democrat what it would take to get them to support a bill. “The good news,” Trump said, seeing the sunny side of the catastrophe he predicts is coming, is that the Democrats “now own Obamacare.” Don’t blame me – it’ll be their fault when it explodes, not mine. Trump blamed Republicans, too. Friday morning, when the bill was still in play, he tweeted that if the Freedom Caucus stops his plan, they would be allowing Planned Parenthood to continue. Friday afternoon, amid the wreckage, Trump told the “Washington Post’s Robert Costa that he was just an innocent bystander. “There are years of problems, great hatred and distrust” in the Republican Party, “and, you know, I came into the middle of it.” White House aides, bravely speaking without attribution, blamed Ryan for snookering the rookie-in-chief into tackling Obamacare before tax reform. Trump himself told Costa, “I don’t blame Paul.” He repeated it: “I don’t blame Paul.” Then again: “I don’t blame Paul at all.” The laddie doth protest too much, methinks. By tweet time Saturday morning, clairvoyantly touting Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday night Fox News show, Trump had found a surrogate to stick the knife in Ryan without his fingerprints on it. “This is not on President Trump,” Pirro said, avowing that “no one expected a businessman,” “a complete outsider,” to understand “the complicated ins and outs of Washington.” No, it’s on Ryan, she said. Ryan must step down. Blame precedes politics. In Western civilization’s genesis story, Adam blamed Eve for tempting him, and he blamed God for Eve. But America’s genesis story contains a noble, if apocryphal, counter-narrative: When George Washington’s father asked him who chopped down the cherry tree, the future father of his country didn’t blame someone else – he copped to it. That’s the legacy Harry Truman claimed when put “The buck stops here” sign on his Oval Office desk. But Trump is the consummate blame artist, a buck-passer on a sociopathic scale. He kicked off his campaign by blaming Mexico for sending us rapists and stealing our jobs. He blamed Hillary Clinton for founding the birther movement. He blamed Obama for founding ISIS. He blamed Obama’s Labor Department for publishing a “phony” unemployment rate. He blamed three million illegal voters for losing the popular vote. He blamed the botched raid on Yemen on U.S. generals. When U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled against his Muslim travel ban, he blamed Robart for future terrorism: “If something happens, blame him and court system.” He blamed “fake news” for treating Michael Flynn, “a wonderful man” whom he fired, “very, very unfairly.” He blamed Obama for wiretapping Trump Tower. He made his spokesman blame British intelligence for carrying that out. When GCHQ called that a crock, Trump played artful dodger: “All we did was quote… a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.” Obamacare is imperfect but fixable. But Trump wants to bomb it, not improve it. He wants to light the fuse, but to blame Democrats for exploding it. Trump could shore up the insurance exchanges that cover 10 million Americans by marketing them when enrollment opens again in November – but I bet he won’t. He could instruct government lawyers to appeal a lawsuit halting federal subsidies for co-payments and deductibles of low-income enrollees that House Republicans won last year – but I bet he won’t. On the other hand, he has the power to narrow the essential benefits Obamacare requires insurers to provide by, say, limiting prescription drug coverage and lowering the number of visits allowed for mental health treatment or physical therapy – and I bet he will. Will Trump get away with it? He’s spent a lifetime banging his highchair and blaming the dog for his mess. No wonder he calls the free press fake news; no wonder he calls citizen activists paid protesters. You call someone who gets away with blaming others “unaccountable.” You know what the antonym of that is? Impeachable. This is a crosspost of my column in the Jewish Journal, where you can reach me if you’d like at [email protected] -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

28 марта, 03:04

Blamer-In-Chief: The Art Of The Dodge

“I blame myself – it was my fault, and I take full responsibility for it,” said Donald Trump, not once, ever, in his entire life. Here’s what else he didn’t say about the rout and ruin of repeal and replace: “I was clueless about health care policy. Instead of reading my briefing books or even my own bill, I played golf. I bullsh*tted my way through every meeting and phone call. And when it was explained to me that this dumpster fire of a bill would break my promise that everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they are now, which was a huge applause line, by the way, I threw my own voters under the bus.” In the wake of his Waterloo, instead of manning up, Trump blamed Democrats for not voting to strip health insurance from 24 million people, not voting to cut Medicaid by $880 billion in order to cut taxes by $883 billion and not voting to obliterate the signature legislative accomplishment of the Obama years. “Look,” he complained with crocodile bafflement to the “New York Times,” “we got no Democratic votes. We got none, zero.” Yet not once had Trump or Paul Ryan asked a single Democrat what it would take to get them to support a bill. “The good news,” Trump said, seeing the sunny side of the catastrophe he predicts is coming, is that the Democrats “now own Obamacare.” Don’t blame me – it’ll be their fault when it explodes, not mine. Trump blamed Republicans, too. Friday morning, when the bill was still in play, he tweeted that if the Freedom Caucus stops his plan, they would be allowing Planned Parenthood to continue. Friday afternoon, amid the wreckage, Trump told the “Washington Post’s Robert Costa that he was just an innocent bystander. “There are years of problems, great hatred and distrust” in the Republican Party, “and, you know, I came into the middle of it.” White House aides, bravely speaking without attribution, blamed Ryan for snookering the rookie-in-chief into tackling Obamacare before tax reform. Trump himself told Costa, “I don’t blame Paul.” He repeated it: “I don’t blame Paul.” Then again: “I don’t blame Paul at all.” The laddie doth protest too much, methinks. By tweet time Saturday morning, clairvoyantly touting Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday night Fox News show, Trump had found a surrogate to stick the knife in Ryan without his fingerprints on it. “This is not on President Trump,” Pirro said, avowing that “no one expected a businessman,” “a complete outsider,” to understand “the complicated ins and outs of Washington.” No, it’s on Ryan, she said. Ryan must step down. Blame precedes politics. In Western civilization’s genesis story, Adam blamed Eve for tempting him, and he blamed God for Eve. But America’s genesis story contains a noble, if apocryphal, counter-narrative: When George Washington’s father asked him who chopped down the cherry tree, the future father of his country didn’t blame someone else – he copped to it. That’s the legacy Harry Truman claimed when put “The buck stops here” sign on his Oval Office desk. But Trump is the consummate blame artist, a buck-passer on a sociopathic scale. He kicked off his campaign by blaming Mexico for sending us rapists and stealing our jobs. He blamed Hillary Clinton for founding the birther movement. He blamed Obama for founding ISIS. He blamed Obama’s Labor Department for publishing a “phony” unemployment rate. He blamed three million illegal voters for losing the popular vote. He blamed the botched raid on Yemen on U.S. generals. When U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled against his Muslim travel ban, he blamed Robart for future terrorism: “If something happens, blame him and court system.” He blamed “fake news” for treating Michael Flynn, “a wonderful man” whom he fired, “very, very unfairly.” He blamed Obama for wiretapping Trump Tower. He made his spokesman blame British intelligence for carrying that out. When GCHQ called that a crock, Trump played artful dodger: “All we did was quote… a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.” Obamacare is imperfect but fixable. But Trump wants to bomb it, not improve it. He wants to light the fuse, but to blame Democrats for exploding it. Trump could shore up the insurance exchanges that cover 10 million Americans by marketing them when enrollment opens again in November – but I bet he won’t. He could instruct government lawyers to appeal a lawsuit halting federal subsidies for co-payments and deductibles of low-income enrollees that House Republicans won last year – but I bet he won’t. On the other hand, he has the power to narrow the essential benefits Obamacare requires insurers to provide by, say, limiting prescription drug coverage and lowering the number of visits allowed for mental health treatment or physical therapy – and I bet he will. Will Trump get away with it? He’s spent a lifetime banging his highchair and blaming the dog for his mess. No wonder he calls the free press fake news; no wonder he calls citizen activists paid protesters. You call someone who gets away with blaming others “unaccountable.” You know what the antonym of that is? Impeachable. This is a crosspost of my column in the Jewish Journal, where you can reach me if you’d like at [email protected] -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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26 марта, 08:00

Chinese wines and their international rivals

China makes a lot of wine but until recently very little of it was on sale here. So how do two Chinese wines available in UK supermarkets stand up to the rest?Changyu Noble Dragon Cabernet Gernischt, Yantai, China 2014 (£10, Sainsbury’s). Only Spain has more land given over to wine production than China, and yet we rarely see Chinese wines in the UK. This is partly because the boom of the past decade has targeted domestic drinkers and partly because the wines haven’t been that great. Given how much investment has gone into developing the business, however, it’s unlikely the two wines at Sainsbury’s from China’s oldest winery Changyu (established 1892) will be the last. The light red Cabernet Gernisht, with its attractive herbs and currants quality and slightly raspy tannins, is the better buy, but the Noble Dragon Riesling (£9) would make a pleasant floral contrast to salt-and-pepper squid.Viña Santa Rita 120 Carménère, Chile 2016 (£7.99, Majestic). These two Chinese wines are a vast improvement on some fire-breathing brews I’ve tried in the past, but I’m not sure I’d choose them over wines made from the same grapes in other countries. Cabernet gernischt is another name for carménère, a variety once popular in Bordeaux but now firmly associated with Chile, where growers have really got to grips with its distinctive character after years when they’d confused it with merlot. Santa Rita has a pleasingly succulent and supple version, full of bright berries and just a touch of the variety’s characteristic herby side, while De Martino Legado Carménère, Maipo, Chile 2013 (£10.99, Waitrose), is darker, riper, spicier and ready for red meat. Continue reading...

25 марта, 14:57

24 марта 1999 -- когда мир окончательно перестал быть прежним

Многократно проверял на родственниках и знакомых -- даже интересующиеся политикой и Историей успевают забывать о каких-то событиях, по историческим меркам случившихся вот-вот...Забывают о преступлениях, предательстве и лжи.Поэтому буду повторять здесь некоторые заметки этого блога (раздел "#neverforgotten" как раз для этого)Оригинал взят у vbulahtin в 24 марта 1999 -- когда мир окончательно перестал быть прежнимВ заметке Возможно ли в мире (пока еще) рассчитывать на воплощение общего гуманистического проекта?есть вопрос о том, когда всё было безвозвратно упущено, и один из вариантов был непосредственно связан с сегодняшней датой.Давайте не будем забывать о нейПросто выдержки из Википедии:Бомбардировки Югославии силами НАТО начались 24 марта и закончились 10 июня 1999 года.Под ударом оказались как военные объекты, так и гражданская инфраструктура.По информации властей СРЮ, за время бомбардировок общее число погибших гражданских лиц составило свыше 1 700 человек, в том числе почти 400 детей, порядка 10 тысяч были серьёзно ранены.Без вести, по данным ООН, пропал 821 человек, большинство из которых — сербы.Операция «Союзная сила» унесла жизни людей и после своего окончания, НАТО использовало в боеприпасах радиоактивный обеднённый уран.Бомбардировки были прекращены после подписания Военно-технического соглашения в Куманове между представителями югославской армии и стран НАТО.В результате операции была завершена Косовская война. Контроль над регионом перешёл к силам НАТО и международной администрации, которая затем передала большинство полномочий структурам этнических албанцев.Прошли этнические чистки и (по данным прокуратуры по военным преступлениям Республики Сербии) военные преступления против сербского и цыганского населения Косово и Метохии.Операция оправдывалась как гуманитарная интервенция, но она была проведена без мандата ООН, в связи с чем она часто характеризуется критиками как незаконная (англ.) военная агрессия.Вооружённые акты насилия против полиции и гражданского населения со стороны албанских сепаратистов начались в Косове с начала 1996 года, а 28 февраля 1998 года Армия освобождения Косова (АОК) провозгласила начало вооружённой борьбы за независимость края.В конце февраля-начале марта 1998 года, в ответ на ряд нападений боевиков АОК на полицейских в Косово, силы безопасности Югославии атаковали ряд селений в районе деревни Дреница в центральном Косове.23 сентября 1998 года Совет безопасности ООН принял резолюцию под номером 1199, призывающую стороны к прекращению огня.24 сентября НАТО приступило к планированию воздушной кампании против Югославии.30 января НАТО пригрозило авиационными ударами по территории СРЮ в случае, если её руководство продолжит отказываться от переговоров с косовскими лидерами.Исследователи широко отмечают совпадение начала войны с некоторыми внутриполитическими событиями в США, в частности персональными проблемами президента Клинтона.Параллельно с подготовкой к нападению на Югославию Клинтон был вовлечён в скандал с Моникой Левински.в ответ на взрывы американских посольств в Кении и Танзании в 1998 году Клинтон распоряжается об ответной атаке, которая наносится 20 августа 1998 года, в тот же день, когда Левински должна давать первые показания перед великим жюри;операция «Лиса пустыни» проводится президентом 16 — 20 декабря 1998 года, одновременно со слушаниями об импичменте в палате представителей;переговоры в Рамбуйе начинаются 6 февраля 1999 года, одновременно со слушаниями об импичменте в сенате США.В феврале под эгидой Контактной группы (страны НАТО и Россия) прошли переговоры между югославскими властями и косовскими албанцами в замке Рамбуйе под Парижем.23 марта югославская делегация согласилась принять политическую часть предложения, но отказалась позволить войскам НАТО занять Косово и Метохию.В тот же день вечером НАТО приняло решение начать военную операцию, чтобы заставить Югославию принять проект целиком.ООН внимательно отслеживала ситуацию в Косове и Метохии, однако её санкции на интервенцию не последовало.Резолюция ООН, осуждавшая действия НАТО как агрессию, собрала только три голоса «за» (Россия, Намибия и КНР) при голосовании в СБ ООН.Силы, которые планировалось задействовать в атаке, дислоцировались на 59 базах в 12 странах НАТО.Наиболее многочисленными они были на территории Италии, где до начала операции базировались 279 самолётов (59 % от общего числа согласно плану).225 из них были ударными (61 % от общего числа).Только на авиабазе Авиано было 111 самолётов различного назначения.Это число за 70 дней войны выросло до 229 самолётов. После наращивания сил в ходе операции на аэродромах Италии базировались 559 самолётов (53 % от общего числа).Палубная авиация базировалась на американских авианосце USS Enterprise и вертолётоносце USS Nassau, а также французском авианосце «Foch», находящихся вместе с кораблями сопровождения в Ионическом и Адриатическом морях.На день атаки палубная авиация насчитывала около 100 самолётов.На кораблях НАТО также находилось около 250 крылатых ракет.По странам количество задействованных самолётов было следующим на начало апреля 1999 года: 250 самолётов США, 40 — Франции, по 16 — Германии и Нидерландов, 10 — Бельгии, 9 - Великобритании, 8 — Норвегии, 6 — Канады, по 4 — Турции, Испании и Дании, 3 — Португалии.Кроме того, было задействовано 42 самолёта Италии, а позднее число американских самолётов увеличилось до 480, британских — до 28, французских — до 81.Формальным поводом начала военных действий (casus belli) было неисполнение Сербией требования НАТО «вывести сербские войска из сербской автономной области Косово и Метохия».Основная часть военной операции состояла в применении авиации для бомбардировки стратегических военных и гражданских объектов на территории Сербии.Авианалётам были подвергнуты военные стратегические объекты в крупных городах Югославии, включая столицу — Белград, а также многочисленные гражданские объекты, в том числе и жилые.В операции принимали участие 14 стран, в распоряжении которых было 1 200 самолётов.Морская группировка насчитывала 3 авианосца, 6 ударных подводных лодок, 2 крейсера, 7 эсминцев, 13 фрегатов, 4 крупных десантных корабля. Общий же человеческий состав сил НАТО, задействованных в операции, превысил 60 тыс. человек.В ходе операции за 78 дней авиация НАТО совершила 35 219 вылетов, было сброшено и выпущено более 23 000 бомб и ракет.В том числе, американцами 218 крылатых ракет морского базирования по 66 целям и 60 крылатых ракет воздушного базирования, Британия с подводной лодки — 20.По официальным данным НАТО, 90% выпущенных авиабоеприпасов составляли управляемые бомбы и ракеты, при этом у 15% выпущенных управляемых авиабоеприпасов произошли сбои по техническим причинамУчастие Вооружённых сил США в операции НАТО носило кодовое название «Благородная наковальня» (Noble Anvil)24 марта 1999 — генеральный секретарь НАТО Хавьер Солана отдал приказ командующему силами НАТО в Европе американскому генералу Уэсли Кларку начать военную операцию против Югославии.Вечером того же дня Белград, Приштина, Ужице, Нови-Сад, Крагуевац, Панчево, Подгорица и другие подверглись ударам с воздуха.25 марта — авиация НАТО нанесла новый удар. С борта американского крейсера «Гонсалес» в Адриатическом море было выпущено 18 ракет «Томагавк». Точечной бомбардировке подверглись военно-стратегические объекты в Нише — крупном индустриальном центре. В первую ночь войны на перехват самолётов НАТО вылетели пять югославских истребителей МиГ-29, два из которых были сбиты американскими F-15, а ещё один, по-видимому, сбит «дружественным огнём» ПВО Югославии.26 марта — уничтожен склад горючего в Липовице, что вызвало большой пожар в Липовачском лесу.27 марта — После ночной бомбардировки Белграда в городе распространился запах химикатов. В этот день НАТО применило в бомбардировках Белграда бомбовые кассеты.28 марта — Авиация НАТО нанесла точечные удары по военно-стратегическим объектам в пригородах Белграда. На юге Сербии подверглись точечным атакам и объекты в городе Чачак.3 апреля — авиаударом НАТО по Белграду разрушено здание Министерства внутренних дел Сербии и Югославии.5 апреля — бомбардировка Алексинаца. Погибло не менее пяти человек, ранено не менее тридцати, в городе был разрушен ряд зданий, в том числе благотворительный медицинский пункт. Помимо этого бомбардировкам подвергся ряд районов Белграда, а также его аэропорт. Был задет и монастырь Раковица. В Нише бомбардировке подверглись несколько предприятий. В населённом пункте Лучани в 2:30 был нанесён удар по химическому заводу. Впервые с начала операции бомбардировке подверглась Рашка, были уничтожены ретрансляционная вышка на горе Копаоник и мост через реку Ибар. В Приштине в 23:15 очередной удар был нанесён по аэродрому Слатина. Также в течение 5 апреля воздушным атакам были подвержены Нови-Сад. Гниляне, Косовска Митровица и Сомбор. В Сомборе в 10 километрах от города был уничтожен топливный терминал.6 апреля — продолжились бомбардировки Нови-Сада, были задеты нефтеперерабатывающий комплекс, здание школы и детский сад в самом городе, а также ТВ-ретранслятор на Фрушка гора. В 00:30 очередной удар был нанесён по приштинскому аэродрому. Также 6 апреля целями бомбардировок стали Кралево, Панчево, Крагуевац (ТВ-ретранслятор на горе Црни Врх) и Ужице.7 апреля — авиация НАТО действовала по индустриальным и жилым объектам в Чачаке (химическая фабрика), Приштине (уничтожены здание почты и несколько жилых домов), Панчеве, Подгорице (аэропорт), Сремска-Митровице, Нови-Саде, Сомборе (топливный терминал), Нише (предприятия), Белграде.8 апреля — силы НАТО атаковали Кралево, Сомбор, Чуприю, Ужице и Лучани (химическая фабрика). В результате удара по горнолыжному курорту Златибор погибли трое гражданских.9 апреля — авиаудары были нанесены по Белграду, Нови-Саду, Крагуевацу (завод «Застава» и жилые районы, 120 раненых), Смедереву (нефтехранилище), Валеву, Панчеву, Призрену, Корише, Глоговацу, Истоку, Косовска-Митровице и Лепосавичу.10 апреля — атаке подвергся автомобильный завод «Crvena Zastava» («Красное знамя») в Крагуеваце. Произошла бомбардировка Приштины и железнодорожной станции в Косово-Поле.11 апреля — многочисленные авиаудары по Печи, Джаковице, Истоку и аэродрому Слатина под Приштиной.12 апреля — ударом натовского самолёта F-15E уничтожен пассажирский поезд номер 393, следовавший из Ниша через Вранье, Скопье в Афины и проходивший по мосту Грделичка клисура (пилот имел приказ разрушить мост). В результате найдено 9 тел и ещё фрагменты четырёх, многие считаются пропавшими без вести[80]. Солана оправдывает ошибку пилота.В Крушевце авиаудары на металлообрабатывающий завод «14 Октобар» и городскую ТЭЦ. В Крагуевце пострадал автомобильный завод «Застава». В Панчево, Новом Саде и Сомборе атаки на склады «Нафтагас» и нефтеперерабатывающие производства. В Приштине многочисленные удары по аэродрому Слатина.14 апреля — К непосредственным бомбардировкам присоединяются самолёты Италии.19 апреля — среди ночных целей были: Обреновац, фабрика «Прва искра» в Бариче, Нови Сад, Парачин, мост в Бачкой Паланке, Суботица и Кралево.Днём авиаудары продолжены по территории Косовсой Митровицы, Печи, Подуева и аэродром Слатина.20 апреля — целями самолётов НАТО стали: табачная фабрика в Нише, фабрика «Крушик» в Валево, мост возле Доня Бистрица, уничтожена спутниковая станция «Югославия» возле Иваницы. Несколько взрывов прозвучали возле Кралево, Приштины, Куршумлии.21 апреля — авиация НАТО ночью попала в бизнес-центр «Ушче» в Новом Белграде. В здании находились телевизионные компании «БК», «Пинк», «Кошава», СПС и два десятка офисов различных фирм.В Нови-Саде две ракеты были выпущены по Жежелеву мосту через Дунай. Ночью недалеко от Джаковицы 10 человек погибло и 16 ранено от восьми ракет НАТО, которые попали в поселение сербских беженцев из Хорватии. Два человека получили ранения в Валево на фабрике «Крушик».23 апреля — авиаудар по белградскому телецентру. Погибли 16 человек, ещё 16 получили ранения различной степени тяжести.24 апреля — НАТО принимает решение об эмбарго поставки нефти и нефтепродуктов в Югославию[83].26 апреля — полностью разрушен Жежелев мост в Новом Саде.Во вновь обстрелянной Куршумлие количество погибших гражданских достигло 17 человек.27 апреля — в авиаатаке на Сурдулицу городу нанесён большой материальный ущерб. 16 человек погибло.28 апреля — от ударов НАТО в Белграде пострадали казармы Армии Югославии. Нанесён материальный ущерб детской больнице и родильному отделению больницы «Драгиша Мишович», находящейся в непосредственной близости.29 апреля — разрушена во время налёта авиации Авальская телебашня в Белграде.30 апреля — НАТО наносит удар по зданию Генштаба югославской армии и Министерства обороны Югославии. Трое погибли, около 40 ранены.1 мая — авиация НАТО разбомбила автобус компании «Ниш експрес» на мосту близ Приштины, в результате чего погибли 23 человека. После того как на место трагедии прибыли медики, был нанесён второй удар, в результате чего пострадали несколько врачей.2 мая — НАТО наносит удар по энергоцентру «Никола Тесла» в Обреноваце. Большинство городов Югославии на какое-то время осталось без электричества.4 мая — Болгария предоставляет НАТО своё воздушное пространство для ударов по Югославии.7 мая — Удар по городу Ниш. Высокоточная ракета попала в здание посольства Китая в Белграде.14 мая — Удар по деревне Кориша (вблизи Призрена), населённой албанцами. По данным военного обозревателя российского информационного агентства РИА Новости Ильи Крамника, погибли 87 жителей и ещё 160 получили ранения. Согласно югославской Белой книге, погибли 48 человек и не менее 60 получили ранения=.1 июня — двадцатью ракетами снова обстрелян Нови-Пазар. Одна из них попала в жилой дом. Погибло 13 человек (в том числе 2-летний ребёнок), ранено 23.Ночью Белград и большая часть Воеводины остались без электричества от попадания НАТО бомб в трафостанции.Также пострадали Смедерево (нефтехранилище), Панчево, Нови-Сад, Младеновац, Кикинда, Вранье (телевизионный ретранслятор), Приштина (нефтехранилище), сёла на албанско-сербской границе недалеко от Призрена.2 июня — в основном атаки пришлись на телевизионные ретрансляторы на всей территории Сербии (Кралево, Вранье, Ягодина, Крагуевац, Нови-Сад, Пирот). Недалеко от Ужице пострадал аэродром Поникве, в двадцати километрах от Сомбора — нефтесклады. Также самолёты НАТО неоднократно бомбили Куршумлию, Приштину, Призрен, Печ, Белград, Парачин.3 июня — От бомб НАТО пострадали автомобильный и железнодорожный мосты через реку Ясенице в районе Велика Плана, фабрика «Фармакос» в Призрене, ТВ-ретрансляторы возле Пирота, Србобрана и на Копаонике.4 июня — самолёты обстреляли аэродром Батайница недалеко от Белграда.В ночь на 12 июня 1999 года десантники российских миротворческих сил, опередив войска НАТО, вошли на территорию Югославии.Марш-броском из Боснии и Герцеговины они заняли аэродром Слатина близ Приштины, а через несколько часов туда же прибыли и подразделения других иностранных армий. Хотя командующий силами НАТО в Европе американский генерал Уэсли Кларк приказал британскому генералу Майклу Джексону, командовавшему группировкой на Балканах, захватить аэродром раньше русских, британец ответил, что не собирается начинать Третью мировую войну.Пятница_музыкальноеВпоследствии известный британский певец Джеймс Блант свидетельствовал о приказе генерала Кларка отбить аэродром у российских десантников:«Около 200 русских расположились на аэродроме…. Прямым приказом генерала Уэсли Кларка было „подавить их“. Кларк использовал необычные для нас выражения. Например — „уничтожить“. Для захвата аэродрома были политические причины. Но практическим следствием стало бы нападение на русских».================Оригинал взят у vbulahtin в Русская Википедия_Война на Украине, на Кавказе_глупость или изменаВам только кажется, что заглядывая в Википедию, вы получаете объективную информацию, что если вам нужны просто даты, какие-то точные факты (начало, конец, широта, долгота...), а остальное, в чем авторы Википедии могут ошибаться или не договаривать, вы можете проверить, посмотрев 2-3 дополнительные ссылки.Но даже просто заглядывая в Википедию, вы одновременно получаете и эмоциональную составляющую информации -- фотографии, картины, видео.Возможно, влияет даже расположение текста в заметках в Википедии.Наверное, все обращали внимание на краткую сводку о сторонах вооруженных конфликтах, которую обычно размещают в заметке на странице справа: командующие, страны, принимающие участие в конфликте, потери, результаты, основные сражения, виды вооружения.Не думайте, что порядок размещения этих данных произвольный.Можно подумать, что авторы Википедии используют логику наименований войны, алфавитный порядок.На самом деле все проще -- в "своей" Википедии себя ставят первыми.Например, если это английская Википедия, то первой следует ставить США, Англию и т.д.Возьмем войну с Наполеоном.Французская Википедия -- закономерно предлагает читателю сначала ознакомиться с армией НаполеонаАнглийская Википедия -- первой идёт антинаполеоновская коалиция со своим любимым флагом в первых рядах.Но когда Наполеон отправляется в Россию с коварной целью оккупации, союзница Россия перемещается в англоязычной Вики на 2-ое место (если читать слева-направо).Казалось бы, пустяки-какие, подумаем мы и посмотрим, что там с русско-шведскими войнами.Что касается шведской Википедии -- она для всех войн с нами размещает свой флаг первымТурция -- тоже не сомневается в позиционировании: для всех войн, в которых она участвовала.Турецкая Википедия не знает исключений -- турецкий флаг везде идёт первым.Во франко-прусской войне.Франция пишет себя первойГермания -- себяЮгославия воевала с Косово, потом НАТОНАТО воевала против одной Югославии (английская Википедия)Украина воюет с Путиным и Шойгу -- украинский флаг идет первым.Не знаю, кто это придумал, но страны, как правило, именно так рассказывают историю своих войн -- если читать слева направо, указывают  себя (вероятно, подразумевая себя как страну, которая не обязательно стала победителем, но защищала в конфликте Правду и Справедливость).Не знаю, случайно ли это, но на стороне Правды и Справедливости чаще всего выступают Британия, США и из союзники============================Одна из немногих стран, которая не стремится соблюдать эти нехитрые правила -- это Россия.Вот, например, война с Грузией 2008 год в русской Википедииили даже с Наполеоном -- батюшки-светы, Наполеон идет первымС замиранием сердца смотрю на Крымскую войну в русской Википедии -- и здесь, увы, без сюрпризов: Россия идёт второй -- точно так же, как и в английской, французской, турецкой википедияхРусско-японская войнаОдна из русско-турецких войнИв заметках про все последние войны США, НАТО -- против Югославии, против Ливии, против Ирака... русская Википедия держит равнение на иностранные википедии:Всё это, возможно, пустяки, но пустяки выразительные.Наверное, в нынешней гибридной информационной войне не бывает мелочей.Кто первым попробует перенести российский флаг со второго места на первое?Посмотрим, как отреагируют модераторы Википедии.Оригинал взят у vbulahtin в Июльская концентрация разоблачений политических фальсификаций О чем еще должно наступить прояснение, чтобы сменился вектор нынешней политики условного Запада на то, чтобы урезонить всех тех, кто не согласен с теми или иными решениями?В этот июль новые подробности косяками идут -- словно предупреждая, словно указывая, что нужно остановиться и прислушаться:1.Миллионы человек погибли, в т.ч. из-за обмана и фальсификаций -- Отчет Чилкота ....5.И вот "вдруг" через десять лет после смерти Милошевича Гаагский трибунал признаёт его невиновным в преступлениях в Боснии в 1990-х.Международный уголовный трибунал по бывшей Югославии (МТБЮ) в Гааге определил, что покойный президент Сербии Слободан Милошевич не несет ответственности за военные преступления, совершенные во время боснийской войны 1992-95.В потрясающем постановлении Судебной палате судьи единодушно пришли к выводу, что Милошевич не был частью "совместного преступного предприятия" для виктимизации мусульман и хорватов во время боснийской войны.Суд отмечает, что в ходе встреч с сербскими и боснийскими сербскими официальными лицами "Слободан Милошевич заявил, что «все члены других народов и этнических групп должны быть защищены "и что национальный интерес сербов не в том, чтобы проводить политику дискриминаци..."Кроме того, "Милошевич далее заявил, что с преступлениями нужно бороться решительно..."Определение Трибунала: Слободан Милошевич не был частью совместной преступной деятельности, и что, напротив, он "осудил этнические чистки" ...При этом, весь мир хорошо помнит (помнит?), что именно Милошевич обвинен за всё кровопролитие в Боснии, и именно Милошевича указывали как причину жестких экономических санкций, введенных против СербииСлободана Милошевича очерняли всей мощью западной прессы.Практически каждый политик в каждой стране НАТО поминал его всун, называя его «мясником Балкан».Его сравнивали с Гитлером и обвиняли в геноциде.Его демонизировали, сделали кровожадным монстром, и этот образ был в том числе использован, чтобы оправдать не только экономические санкции против Сербии, но и бомбардировки Югославии в 1999 году.Даже сейчас Конгресс США старается утверждать кровожадность Милошевича:Резолюция Конгресса США -- август 2015https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/310/textТолько в Конгрессе США принято около 100 актов -- это помимо всевозможных протоколов, резолюций, дискуссии, где склонялся преступный характер действий Милошевича и потом это вылилось в полномасштабную агрессию

25 марта, 12:00

From Peter the Great to Gagarin: 7 streets honoring famous Russians

Peter the Great Street, Paris (France) Rue Pierre le Grand, Paris. / Photo: Legion Media Tsar Peter the Great, who founded St. Petersburg and pivoted Russia toward Europe, spent more than a month in Paris in 1717, from May 7 to June 20. Peter requested the Duke of Orléans, regent of the then seven-year-old King Louis XV, to waive court protocol and allow him to move freely throughout the city. Peter, not wishing to stay in the opulence of the Louvre, opted to settle in the Lesdiguières mansion. Peter visited sessions of parliament and court, familiarized himself with the Mint, met enthusiastically with workers at local factories and expressed his delight at the Sorbonne. At the Paris Opera, however, the Czar fell asleep. Despite his neglect of etiquette, Peter was remembered by the French as a noble and curious man. Therefore, it’s not surprising that in 1884 a street in Paris was named after him. Stravinsky Square, Paris (France) The Stravinsky Fountain in Paris. / Photo: Legion Media Igor Stravinsky, a composer, conductor and pianist, became famous for his ballets Petrushka, The Firebird, and The Rite of Spring, which he wrote for Sergei Diaghilev and his legendary Paris-based company, Ballet Russes. Stravinsky came to Paris with Ballet Russes in 1910, 1911 and 1913. In 1920 he settled in Paris and stayed 20 years. These years turned out to be very productive, and during this time he wrote three operas: Mavra, Oedipus Rex, and Persephone, as well as a few ballets, symphonies and concerts. Later, the composer received American citizenship and moved to the U.S., but in Paris a public square and an avant-garde fountain, decorated with characters from his ballets and located next to the Georges Pompidou center, remain in his memory. Demidov Square, Florence (Italy) Piazza Demidoff, Florence. / Photo: Clément Bardot This square is named in honor of the Russian industrialist and philanthropist, Nikolai Demidov, who gifted Moscow State University a collection of 3,000 natural scientific rarities, as well as who did many other acts of philanthropy and charity. When Demidov arrived in Florence with an ambassadorial mission, he built a home for orphans and the elderly. He also created an art museum and painting gallery. The thankful Florentines named this square in his honor and erected a white marble statue. Lenin Square, Cavriago (Italy) Monument to Vladimir Lenin in Cavriago, Italy. / Photo: Legion Media This small town in the province of Reggio Emilia expressed its sympathy for Vladimir Lenin during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Residents gathered 500 lire to support the leader of the world proletariat. Lenin later expressed gratitude in one of his speeches, marking the start of a friendship. Residents even elected him an honorary citizen of Cavriago. In 1970, the town received as a gift a bust of Lenin, which was once taken as a trophy by fascist troops. The original is kept in a municipal building, and a copy was installed on the square named after the Soviet leader. Alexanderplatz, Berlin (Germany) Alexanderplatz, Berlin. / Photo: Global Look Press Formerly known as Royal Gates Square, Prussian King Frederick Wilhelm III ordered the renaming of the central square in honor of Tsar Alexander I in 1805, after the Russian emperor arrived in Berlin to establish the anti-Napoleonic union. Yuri Gagarin Street, Erfurt (Germany) Juri-Gagarin-Ring, Erfurt. / Photo: Legion Media In 1963, Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut in space, visited East Germany on a world tour. As a result, this street, formerly named after Mao Zedong, was renamed in honor of Gagarin. Later, in 1986, a monument was erected on the street. Many Soviet names are already forgotten, but in Erfurt, Gagarin is still greatly respected. Periodically, the city holds a special holiday, called Gagarin Days, dedicated to the astronaut. Sergei Dovlatov Street, New York (U.S.) Sergei Dovlatov Way street sign at the intersection of 63rd Drive in New York. / Photo: Ivan Zakharchenko/RIA Novosti Thanks to a city hall decision, responding to a petition of 17,000 signatures by fans of the Russian writer, this crossroads in Queens was renamed in his honor in September 2014. After arriving in America from the USSR, Dovlatov lived on this block for more than 10 years and dedicated his writing to witty and colorful stories about the lives of Soviet émigrés in the U.S. The house, located not far from the intersection, is marked with a plaque. His wife and daughter still live there today. Chkalov Street, Vancouver (U.S.) Commemorates Chkalov's flight from Moscow, USSR to Vancouver, U.S. via the North Pole in 1937. / Photo: Lester Luallin In June 1937, the Soviet pilot Valery Chkalov completed his legendary non-stop flight to the U.S. from the USSR through the north pole, a trip which lasted two days. After departing Moscow, the AHT-25 plane landed in the American city of Vancouver. Chkalov and his crew hoped to reach San Francisco, but they ran out of fuel. The next morning the pilot gave a speech about friendship between the peoples, comparing the two nations to the Volga and Columbia rivers, both a part of the same world ocean.  Read more: 5 Russian cities you can find on the U.S. map

24 марта, 23:47

USA places last in Forex market

Going back to the 'USA is Exceptional' meme- yes this is true!  But it's not necessarily a good thing (just like, being positive isn't always good, for example it's not good to be HIV positive).  USA has the highest per capita prison population - and is exceptional in a number of areas.  USA is number one in terms of real GDP, and last in many other terms.  One thing that the USA is last in - FX.  As we explain in Splitting Pennies - there is a paradoxical situation that in the land of the world's reserve currency, knowledge about currency is reserved to the few.  It is a specific USA issue - in other countries, even Canada - yes even in Canada - there is a real FX market.  Only in USA is there a big black hole.  Let's summarize what this means: We have 2 choices of Forex brokers, Oanda and Gain.  In the entire world, there are more than 10,000 Forex brokers. There is no Forex regulation system (NFA 'polices' FX but the NFA is a FUTURES regulator, hence the name "National Futures Association")   Foreign Futures, by the way - is not Forex.  Only one bank, Everbank, offers a non-USD account.  (Anyone who did business in another country knows that the first question a banker asks when you open a new account is 'what currency do you want as your denomination') The American knowledge of FX is so close to zero it's indistinguishable from zero. Practically, if you want to open an account at a non-US broker that offers normal options for trading and investing, you have to meet ECP criteria which for an individual, means you have about $10 Million cash in the markets.  But that's not all - you're going to need to involve your accountant (which as an ECP you probably have) to write a letter, and you're going to need to get ready for the FBAR, that's IF the foreign broker will accept you.  Going through that, you'll then need to wire your funds to the foreign broker - hopefully they will offer USD accounts (most do), but if they don't, unless you use an FX payment service, you'll be exit-taxed at a whopping rate of 8% (that means, if you want 100,000 USD to arrive at your foreign broker, you have to send 108,000 to overcome the massive spread charged by the US banks).  Multiple class actions have been settled by these banks and they continue raping their customers on foreign transfers, mostly because they don't know there are alternatives.  The alternative is a payment service that sits in between your bank in the US and the broker's bank overseas that will do the FX 'deliverable' transfer for you, at a really small spread, like .25% or 25 basis points compared to the potential 800 basis points charged by the big Wall St. banks.   But here again, why does this situation exist at all?   Going back to our ECP process, now that the ECP investor has jumped through all these hoops, prepared to fill out the FBAR, setup the FX payment service - now we hope after all this they're willing to invest at least $1 Million just to pay for all this nonsense.  There's a huge upside of course, that by being 'internationalized' as Simon Black would say, the ECP investor can tap into a world of FX algorithms that aren't available in the US which provide huge advantages over what's offered in the US.  To be clear on the point of the US black hole, 99% of FX strategies don't work with the US rules and the 2 choices of broker, are not good choices.  So trading FX in the US with the rules and the 2 available choices is really playing a game to lose.  That doesn't mean it is impossible to make money trading FX in the US, it's just very difficult, when compared with the plethora of options overseas.  Exiting orders in the same order that you entered (FIFO rule) as one example prohibits 90% of algorithms from working at all. Money doesn't grow on trees, but the Federal Reserve creates fresh US Dollars on a daily basis, making investing a game of hot potato.  Don't be left without a chair when the music stops. Want to know more?  Checkout Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex.  Get a copy today at Barnes & Noble.

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24 марта, 18:12

Eric Trump will share business updates with father 'probably quarterly'

Eric Trump will keep his father, the president of the United States, abreast of the family business profits.Opting against selling his business or placing it in a blind trust, President Donald Trump left management of the Trump Organization in the hands of his older two sons, Eric and Donald Jr.In an interview with Forbes published Friday, Eric Trump described the setup as “kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain.”“I am deadly serious about that exercise,” he said. “I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us. That’s kind of a steadfast pact we made, and it’s something that we honor.”But nearly two minutes later, Trump admitted that he will keep his father up to speed on some aspects of the business.“Yeah, on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it,” he said, adding that the updates will be “probably quarterly.”“My father and I are very close,” he said. “I talk to him a lot. We’re pretty inseparable.”Trump and his White House have argued that the commander in chief is exempt from any conflicts of interest but that he handed over management of his company to fully focus on his administration. Lawyers for the president have said the company won’t enter any new foreign deals and that any new domestic deals must be approved by an ethics adviser. Ethicists, however, have repeatedly criticized the arrangement, which they contend doesn't go far enough to separate the president from his massive business empire.“The statement that the president made earlier that he wasn’t going to talk to his children about the business sounded good, but the reality was there was no way to enforce it,” Larry Noble, general counsel of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and a former chief ethics officer at the Federal Election Commission, told Forbes. “He is breaking down one of the few barriers he claimed to be establishing between him and his businesses, and those barriers themselves were weak to begin with. But if he is now going to get reports from his son about the businesses, then he really isn’t separate in any real way.”The General Services Administration ruled Thursday that Trump’s Washington hotel, Trump International, “is in full compliance” with its lease, which bars members and delegates of Congress and other elected officials from benefiting from the property.“From a business standpoint, is the presidency beneficial? We’re doing great in all of our assets,” Eric Trump said. “I would say that we also made great sacrifices and that the business made great sacrifices in that when you limit an international business to only domestic properties, when you put hundreds of millions of dollars of cash into a campaign, when you run with very, very tight and strict rules and the things that we do every single day in terms of compliance — I don’t know. You could look at it either way.”

23 марта, 15:49

Honoring Black Women's History In The Era Of Trump

Every year, we recognize February as Black History Month and March as Women’s History Month. During these two months—someone decided—we pause from our “normal” histories and emphasize the role of African Americans and women in the national past. Or, as only The Onion can put it, we take a little break from White Male History Year. Honoring African American and women’s history requires more than just sprinkling a little Rosa Parks into the stories we already tell. The noted women’s historian Joan Scott explains that African American and women’s history are not simply addendums or accessories to the “main narrative” of American history. Indeed, when explored honestly, the black and female pasts entirely reframe our nation’s master narrative. Specifically, women’s history upends the tale of exceptionalism that commonly masquerades as American history. Take, for example, the stories of Anne Hutcheson and Mary Dyer. Our Puritan forbearers banished Hutcheson for her unorthodox biblical teachings and hanged Dyer for her Quaker faith. Their stories highlight the extraordinary religious intolerance in much of colonial America and problematize the trope that Europeans settled North America in a universal and noble quest to establish religious freedom. Or consider Elizabeth Cady Stanton who, in her “Declaration of Sentiments,” ironically paraphrased the Declaration of Independence to highlight the oppression of American women. Her efforts challenge our view of that esteemed document, concocted and signed solely by men of means, as the sacred repository of timeless truths. Stories of America’s black past equally subvert the master narrative. How can we understand Thomas Jefferson apart from his slaves (six hundred in all) whose lifelong toil created Jefferson’s social, economic, and political world? How can we talk about America’s rapid early nineteenth-century rise as a global economic power without identifying the cotton produced by black Americans as the engine of that rise? Central to the prosperity of both the North and South, the blood, sweat, and tears of slaves built this country in ways still not adequately acknowledged. Most of the time, a half-true story passes for our national narrative. Hardly surprising, since we’ve let the experiences of only one select group (in this case, elite white males) stand-in for our collective past. We should not rest content with the bone of two months for African American and women’s history and the truer, richer, more complex narrative they offer. In our present moment, these concerns extend far beyond academic exercise. Our national leaders reveal their serious history problem at every turn. The President seemed uncomfortable last month discussing the runaway slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass. Perhaps he thinks that Elizabeth Cady Stanton also “has done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more.” The Steves—Bannon, Miller, and King—believe they live in a country built by white Europeans and that America’s greatness depends on protecting and nourishing that “superior” civilization. While Bannon reportedly read history avidly as a college student, he clearly drank deeply of the distorted meta-narrative I’ve described—a story largely devoid of the experiences of women, absent the voices of black Americans, missing the witness of Native Americans, and lacking immigrant perspectives. If only he’d read books written in February or March! The proponents of the orthodox narrative marshal this distorted story to support their ideas and policies, and therein lies the danger. If only white Christians built this country, it would help the argument to limit the presence and influence of the brown, the non-Christian, and the non-western. If only elites have mattered in our past, why assist the poor in their quest for basic needs like healthcare? If male prowess exclusively has moved us forward, why bother to take women seriously as thinkers and leaders, and to safeguard their rights, health, and autonomy? Indeed, in the President’s call to make America “great again,” he unwittingly evokes a mythic past created by and for the privileged few. Right now, with our leaders crafting pernicious policies around a perverse version of the American past, we must insistently advance our more complete story. Tell it loudly, tell it clearly, and tell it often. Let America’s black and female past overflow the confines of February and March—all year long, let these stories saturate our understanding of who we are and how we came to be. Repeat this messy, dappled, and glorious tale: whites alone did not build this country, Western Civilization is not superior, women lead, the poor deserve dignity, and America, as ever, remains a nation of immigrants from every corner of the globe. I chose the history profession because I loved how the past brings me in contact with a multiplicity of ways of being human. I find endless fascination in the richness and complexity of the human condition. But at the present unique moment, I need history—it keeps me tethered to reality. -- 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.

22 марта, 16:43

Marriott (MAR) to Launch New Hotels, Fortify Global Presence

Yesterday, the company announced the inclusion of new hotels to its global landscape.

21 марта, 22:54

A Lot Of Lobbyists Are Holding Their Annual Events In Trump Properties

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 ― The American Land Title Association, the main lobbying arm of the title insurance industry, will host 1,000 members at its annual gathering this October, which will be held at the Trump National Doral golf course and resort in southern Florida. The annual event, known as ALTA One, provides members with the “opportunity to network and build relationships with colleagues,” according to an invite for the event. It will also allow an organization actively lobbying President Donald Trump’s administration to put money in the president’s pocket. When Trump took office, he decided to maintain ownership of the multibillion-dollar Trump Organization while transferring management responsibility to his two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric. By not fully separating himself from his business and its profits, he opened himself up to numerous conflicts of interest, both real and potential. That the president’s many properties routinely play host to the conferences and conventions of the groups now seeking to influence his policy decisions is one of them. “It’s a problem,” said Larry Noble, an ethics and campaign finance law expert at the Campaign Legal Center. “The appearance is that they may be seeking favor with the White House by supporting the president’s properties.” The title insurance industry is indeed looking to influence executive branch actions in lobbying for relief from regulations under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Specifically, the industry has lobbied for legislation to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seeking to turn it into an independent commission with a board of commissioners that both Republicans and Democrats would appoint. The bureau imposed new disclosure rules on the industry in 2016. Trump has promised to dismantle the Dodd-Frank law. “We expect to be cutting a lot out of Dodd-Frank,” he said in a Feb. 3 meeting with Wall Street CEOs. But Trump has not yet said what he plans to do with the CFPB. Some congressional Republicans continue to push legislation ALTA has previously supported that would turn the bureau into an independent commission. Another group is calling on Trump to fire CFPB head Richard Cordray and replace him with someone more friendly to the industries the bureau regulates. ALTA’s October meeting is just one example of a Trump-owned property playing host to a lobbying organization. The National Confectioners Association, the candy industry’s lobby arm, hosted its annual meeting at Trump’s Doral property in the first week of March. The confectioners have also scheduled their next two Washington lobbying events at the Trump hotel, slated for September 2017 and 2018. According to the Washington Post, the candy lobby group wants the president and Congress to end sugar subsidies, which the industry says drive up the cost of candy production. Members of the Metals Service Center Institute, an advocacy group for the industrial metal supply industry, will be descending on Doral on May 7 and 8. The Metals Service Center Institute has been outspoken in supporting Trump’s decision to restart construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which the Obama administration had blocked after nationwide protests. The group has also endorsed Trump’s trade policies, his push to repeal and replace Obamacare and his appointment of Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. trade representative, who the industry believes will be tough on China’s alleged trade law violations. “I’m more hopeful today than I have been in a long time,” M. Robert Weidner, president and CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute, said in a statement when Trump was inaugurated. Weidner added: “We are pleased with the agenda the new president outlined today—specifically when it comes to protecting American jobs and American industry and rebuilding our infrastructure—and look forward to working with him and the entire Trump administration so that we can return growth to the industrial metals sector, and the U.S. economy as a whole.” The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., will also play host to the 36th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations this May. The American-Turkish Council and the Turkey-U.S. Business Council are hosting the three-day event, which the Daily Caller first reported. The chairman of the latter group is Ekim Alptekin, the Turkish businessman who hired former national security adviser Michael Flynn to run a public relations campaign against exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen, a man the Turkish government wants the U.S. to extradite for his alleged role in a 2016 coup attempt. The American-Turkish Council and the Turkey-U.S. Business Council both work to increase bilateral trade between the U.S. and Turkey. Their annual event routinely features high-level administration officials. In 2016, featured speakers from the Obama administration included energy secretary Ernest Moniz, trade representative Michael Froman and deputy secretary of state Tony Blinken. This year, Trump administration officials will appear at an event that is directly profiting the president. Most of these events were planned well before Trump became president or even launched his campaign. The confectioners lobby group told The Washington Post that it selected the venues in 2014 and 2015. The title insurance industry group told The Huffington Post that it booked its event at Trump National Doral “three years ago.” “Decisions on where to hold ALTA events are driven by cost, rotating geography for our membership, comparative value to other options and how the facility performed if they previously hosted an event of ours,” Jeremy Yohe, vice president of communications for ALTA, said in an email. Noble acknowledged that these trade groups probably did plan these events far ahead of time, but that they still pose “a real appearance problem.” While lobbying groups may get a pass for now, their future choices will receive closer scrutiny. “Next year there’ll be fewer excuses for this,” Noble said. -- 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.

21 марта, 19:56

Marfa Update: Road tripping and Project Mayhem homework assignment

“What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”  - Jack Kerouac, On the Road How much further?  Almost there. We have just under three months until The First Zerohedge Symposium and Live Fight Club in Marfa, Texas, June 16-18.   First, a brief update.  Yes, it is definitely happening!  Your donations have paid for the Marfa Activities Center rental in full.  Thank you!  We do need more money to pay for the PA system, live streaming of the talks, and live music Friday and/or Saturday night.  Please donate if you are able... https://www.gofundme.com/2017-hall-rental-in-marfa-for-zh  When we announced the event back in January, the lodging in Marfa was essentially vacant, which is one of the reasons we selected these dates and location.  Now, I understand that our attendees may have booked all of the hotel rooms, except a few at the St. George.  El Cosmico asked me to let you know that although we have booked all of the trailers, tee-pees, and yurts, there are a few safari tents still available, and they still have plenty of camping spaces left.  I just looked, and there are now some more rental home vacancies on AirBnB, and others may become available, so keep checking.   I hear tell that some of us are using this summer road trip as a shake-down cruise for the ol' Bug Out Vehicle...   Others I have spoken to are taking advantage of cheap oil to rent, drive, and sleep in an RV.   Check out http://www.cruiseamerica.com/ to rent a land yacht...   As a last resort, there is also lodging in Alpine and Ft. Davis, both about 25 minutes away. Next, a huge thank you to our fantastic volunteer speakers.  They are all paying their own way, too!   Markets: Andrew Rosca, Writing and deploying your own trading algorithm Agriculture: Susanne Friend, Make backyard and commercial aquaponics easy and inexpensive Personal security: Brian Hoffner, When seconds count, the police are only minutes away Media: Robert Gore, Breaking alternative media's dependency on the MSM Distilling and brewing: Ned Rutland, One man's experience with more than 50 years at the still    Crypto currencies: Ian Grigg and Ken Griffith, The Death of Banking and the Rise of New Financial Ecosystems - How to Make it Work For You Education: Russell Fish, Disintermediated education in your home and community Gold: TRUGold - Legal Tender Backed Digital Currency Changing the Paradigm of Commerce to Empower Humanity and the Planet Real estate: Forrest Noble, The truth and consequences of being a landlord Healthcare: hedgeless_horseman,  Negotiating directly with physicians and hospitals We are considering an additional aspect of the symposium.  It is a work shop to discuss and develop a year-long Project Mayhem homework assignment.  We are looking for hip tax lawyers and edgy tax accountants that want to come to Marfa and hang out with us and all of the beautiful, single, and very lonely cowgirls looking for tax advice.  If you are an expert in IRS withholding, grass-roots campaigning, or floating bills to legislatures, then we need your help! To paraphrase Dave Ramsey: If Americans could only feel the pain of paying taxes, counting out the cash to the tax collector each and every paycheck, instead of the invisible hand withholding electronic funds, then there would soon be a revolution.    Please contact me if you are interested in disintermediating the taxman, and helping with this aspect of the symposium: [email protected] Many of you have asked, why Marfa?  The town logo is one of the best answers... Please, allow me to promote the idea of taking a long road trip, which, given the remote location, is definitely going to be an important part of this adventure.  That is unless you are flying in a private plane (which, believe me, can also be an adventure).   Simply put, life is a journey, not a destination.  If you need more eloquent and powerful versions of this message, then please consider reading these great road trip books... On the Road, Jack Kerouac The Stand, Stephen King Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, Hunter S. Thompson The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto Guevara Lonesome Dove: A Novel, Larry McMurtry [one of my most favorite books] Then, of course, there are these favorite road trip movies... Midnight Run Borat Vacation Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Rainman To spark some debate in the comments section, here are five of my favorite road trip albums... Eagles, Live Depeche Mode, Violator The Doors, L.A. Woman Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome Stevie Ray Vaughan, Live Alive Finally, five road trip activities you may want to check off the bucket list... Tour a cave. Mail post cards from the middle of nowhere to people you haven't talked to in years, and, if warranted, tell them you are sorry. Drive all night and take a shower at a truck stop. Help a stranger change a flat tire on the side of the road. Have sex in a motel room, then go skinny dipping in the swimming pool. This is crazy.  This is crazy.  This is crazy.   Fair field, clear course! h_h

21 марта, 19:37

Can the Country Survive Without a Strong Middle Class?

In a powerful new book, the legal scholar Ganesh Sitaraman argues that America’s government will fall apart as inequality deepens.

21 марта, 19:37

Can the Country Survive Without a Strong Middle Class?

In a powerful new book, the legal scholar Ganesh Sitaraman argues that America’s government will fall apart as inequality deepens.

21 марта, 10:20

Украина в июле примет участие в учениях НАТО в Грузии

В июле украинские военные примут участие в учениях Североатлантического альянса (НАТО) в Грузии. Об этом сообщает "Грузия Online". "Многонациональные военные учения НАТО "Достойный партнер - 2017" (Noble Partner - 2017) под девизом "Сила в партнерстве" пройдут в Грузии в конце июля 2017 года. Это третьи по счету учения Noble Partner в Грузии и в этом году они будут самыми масштабными", - отмечают в сообщении...

21 марта, 10:20

Украина в июле примет участие в учениях НАТО в Грузии

В июле украинские военные примут участие в учениях Североатлантического альянса (НАТО) в Грузии. Об этом сообщает "Грузия Online". "Многонациональные военные учения НАТО "Достойный партнер - 2017" (Noble Partner - 2017) под девизом "Сила в партнерстве" пройдут в Грузии в конце июля 2017 года. Это третьи по счету учения Noble Partner в Грузии и в этом году они будут самыми масштабными", - отмечают в сообщении...

20 марта, 22:07

Here's The Skinny On Meals On Wheels In Trump's Budget

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 ― Though his budget director suggested last week that Meals on Wheels doesn’t deserve government support, President Donald Trump’s budget outline doesn’t directly target senior nutrition services. The proposal does call for the wholesale elimination of several antipoverty programs, including grants that in some states help fund senior nutrition programs such as Meals on Wheels. But those grants provide only a small sliver of the overall federal support for senior nutrition, and an even tinier portion of overall funding for Meals on Wheels programs, which are largely funded by donations.  Meals on Wheels America, an organization that represents 5,000 home-meal delivery organizations around the country, says that in the aggregate, these groups get about 35 percent of their funding from the federal government. Specifically, the funds are allocated by the Older Americans Act and distributed by the Administration on Aging within the Department of Health and Human Services.  The Trump budget document specifies several federal programs that it wants to kill ― including the Community Development Block Grant and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program ― but the budget doesn’t say anything about Meals on Wheels or senior nutrition. The proposal is silent about many federal programs partly because it’s been billed as a “skinny” budget that the administration plans to follow with more details later this year.  Nevertheless, when reporters asked Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney about Meals on Wheels last week, he didn’t point out that the budget doesn’t touch the program. Instead, he talked about Meals on Wheels as though he considered it an example of a questionable service funded by the Community Development Block Grant, a $3 billion flexible funding stream provided to states by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. About 1 percent of block grant funds go to senior services.  “We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. And Meals on Wheels sounds great ― again, that’s a state decision to fund that particular portion too,” Mulvaney said. “But to take the federal money and give it to the states and say, look, we want to give you money for programs that don’t work ― I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore. We’re $20 trillion in debt.” Some commentators have dubiously suggested Mulvaney was trying to criticize the block grant, not Meals on Wheels. In response to a request for clarification from HuffPost, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget stressed that Meals on Wheels isn’t a federal program, despite the funding it gets.  “In fact, it’s a program that’s a truly American response to a need ― neighbors helping neighbors ― and a praiseworthy effort,” OMB Communications Director John Czwartacki said in an email. “It’s unfortunate that some tried to incorrectly use this noble program to protect other wasteful and duplicative spending.” The Trump budget proposal does say that it would slash overall HHS funds by 17.9 percent, so it’s possible that the senior services would eventually be targeted.  “The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details,” Meals on Wheels America President Ellie Hollander said in a statement on Friday. “So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses.”  President Lyndon Johnson signed the Older Americans Act in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty and the federal government’s general effort to keep elderly people from dying in poorhouses.  “Under this program, every state and every community can now move toward a coordinated program of services and opportunities for our older citizens,” Johnson said.  In 2016 the Administration on Aging distributed $1.3 billion ― 0.09 percent of discretionary federal spending ― that states could use for senior nutrition and a variety of other services, including family caregiver support and health promotion initiatives. The Congressional Research Service reported last year that in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, nearly 11 million senior citizens received services funded by the Older Americans Act, including 138 million home-delivered meals.  Research has suggested that home-delivered meals help senior citizens live independently in their homes, both thanks to the food itself and the social contact with the volunteers who deliver the meals. Keeping seniors out of nursing homes potentially saves the government money, as a significant portion of Medicaid costs go to long-term care facilities.  The government did cut senior nutrition services in 2013 as part of an across-the-board reduction of discretionary spending agreed to by President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. Meals on Wheels America says its affiliates distribute fewer meals today than they did 10 years ago, though the group received a surge in donations thanks to the Trump administration’s negative attention.  This article has been updated with comment from OMB Communications Director John Czwartacki. -- 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.