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23 июня, 16:00

Bring me sunshine: the designers being briefed to create a happier planet

From the Guatemalan town painting itself in bright colours to Norway’s 10-year plan to banish belching exhaust fumes, the London Design Biennale is celebrating ideas that put a smile on everyone’s faceThis week saw the publication of the 2017 Global Emotions Report, an ambitious survey of the global mood. To compile it, Gallup conducted in-depth interviews with nearly 150,000 people in 142 countries. The report seeks to measure positive and negative daily experiences by asking people to rate their previous day. “Did you feel well rested yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day? Did you smile or laugh a lot? Did you experience enjoyment? Did you learn or do something interesting?” (In response to the latter, 64% of the UK survey said that they did.) And conversely, interviewers asked them if they felt pain, anger, worry or stress.Politicians have been increasingly paying attention to emotions as indicators of well-being with surveys aimed at measuring citizens’ moods, intangible feelings that escape economic indicators such as GDP and unemployment rates. In 2012 the UN launched its first World Happiness Report, using data also collected by Gallup, and called on member states to place more emphasis on happiness as a measure of social progress and to guide public policy. Continue reading...

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23 июня, 15:45

Wonder women: how this summer's TV passes the Bechdel test

Shows such as Orange is the New Black, GLOW and Claws allow their female characters to do more than just play the girlfriend, signaling important progressGLOW, Netflix’s new series about a troupe of female wrestlers in the 80s, opens with a dig at the lack of roles for women in the entertainment business. Alison Brie’s Ruth is at an audition, delivering a barnstorming speech about saving the company her father built. The casting director stops proceedings as Ruth wipes away tears. “You’re reading the man’s part,” the director says. Ruth pulls herself together and starts again: “Sorry to interrupt, your wife’s on line two.”In this very first scene, GLOW sets out a blueprint. It’s an insider joke: the audience can tell from the off that this is not going to be the kind of story where female characters are reduced to playing the love interest. Continue reading...

23 июня, 14:50

Mayors Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent Of U.S. Electricity To Renewables By 2025

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); The country’s largest coalition of cities plans to vote this weekend on a pledge to make 100 percent renewable power a top policy priority over the next decade. The resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors ― who represent a 148 million people and 41.8 percent of the country’s electricity use ― would be the broadest rejection of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. If each of the federation’s 1,481 cities actually converted to zero-emissions electricity before 2025, U.S. emissions of planet-warming gases would fall by 619 million metric tons, according to a Sierra Club analysis shared exclusively with HuffPost. That’s equal to the total combined carbon footprint of the five worst states emitting greenhouse gases: Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Ohio. “The more cities that not only pledge to move to 100 percent renewable energy but pass that into a local law or ordinance and begin to work on that transition,” Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign, told HuffPost by phone Wednesday from the mayors’ conference in Miami, “the closer we can get to meeting the Paris goals through city-level action.” The Paris Agreement, a pact signed by every nation except Syria and Nicaragua, set broad, non-binding targets for countries to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause the planet to warm and alter the climate. The U.S., historically the world’s biggest emitter, agreed to scale back pollution by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Trump announced plans to pull out of the deal this month after shredding virtually every policy meant to meet those goals. An alliance of more than 1,200 cities, counties, businesses and state leaders, led by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, formed soon after, announcing plans to meet the Paris Agreement targets anyway. The group, called We Are Still In, includes some smaller municipalities than the U.S. Conference of Mayors, whose members have populations of at least 30,000. The Sierra Club analysis, based on data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, considered two additional scenarios. If the 34 cities who already have plans in place to transition to 100 percent clean energy achieve their goal, the U.S. emission from electricity would fall by 19.1 million metric tons. The number increases to 34.5 million metric tons, equal to 3.4 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, if an additional 84 cities whose mayors pledged to completely switch to renewables but have yet to pass a formal policy also meet their target. Of the 100 who committed to that promise, 16 already approved policies to convert their electricity supply to solar or wind. Getting the entire U.S. Conference of Mayors to adopt solar and wind power remains the ideal, if lofty, goal, Van Horn said. “This is the good, better, best scenario,” she said, referring to the three situations outlined in the report. The analysis comes just days after new research sparked fresh debate over the feasibility of converting to 100 percent renewable energy. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warned that the costs of shifting the U.S. electricity grid to renewables by 2050, as Democratic senators proposed in April, could prompt a political backlash. “If we push down the avenue of 100 percent renewables, it will become very obvious very quickly that it is neither cheap nor effective,” Christopher Clack, the study’s lead author, told InsideClimate News. “We worry that it could be used by our opponents to diminish the role of renewable energy on the grid.  We worry if we oversell them, it will lead to disappointment and backlash.” Rather, Clack proposed policymakers should aim for a number closer to 80 percent renewable energy. That public discussion of clean energy has progressed at all to the percentage of renewable energy, rather than its merits compared to fossil fuels, struck Van Horn has a victory in itself.  “We think the academic debate is healthy,” she said. “A few years ago, we wouldn’t have been having a debate.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58efd3e1e4b0bb9638e2769a,59089118e4b05c397682ce92,5641fd3fe4b0b24aee4bbd49,5907ca45e4b05c397681b81b,58594291e4b0b3ddfd8ea4e8 -- 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.

23 июня, 14:50

Mayors Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent Of U.S. Electricity To Renewables By 2025

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); The country’s largest coalition of cities plans to vote this weekend on a pledge to make 100 percent renewable power a top policy priority over the next decade. The resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors ― who represent a 148 million people and 41.8 percent of the country’s electricity use ― would be the broadest rejection of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. If each of the federation’s 1,481 cities actually converted to zero-emissions electricity before 2025, U.S. emissions of planet-warming gases would fall by 619 million metric tons, according to a Sierra Club analysis shared exclusively with HuffPost. That’s equal to the total combined carbon footprint of the five worst states emitting greenhouse gases: Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Ohio. “The more cities that not only pledge to move to 100 percent renewable energy but pass that into a local law or ordinance and begin to work on that transition,” Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign, told HuffPost by phone Wednesday from the mayors’ conference in Miami, “the closer we can get to meeting the Paris goals through city-level action.” The Paris Agreement, a pact signed by every nation except Syria and Nicaragua, set broad, non-binding targets for countries to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause the planet to warm and alter the climate. The U.S., historically the world’s biggest emitter, agreed to scale back pollution by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Trump announced plans to pull out of the deal this month after shredding virtually every policy meant to meet those goals. An alliance of more than 1,200 cities, counties, businesses and state leaders, led by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, formed soon after, announcing plans to meet the Paris Agreement targets anyway. The group, called We Are Still In, includes some smaller municipalities than the U.S. Conference of Mayors, whose members have populations of at least 30,000. The Sierra Club analysis, based on data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, considered two additional scenarios. If the 34 cities who already have plans in place to transition to 100 percent clean energy achieve their goal, the U.S. emission from electricity would fall by 19.1 million metric tons. The number increases to 34.5 million metric tons, equal to 3.4 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, if an additional 84 cities whose mayors pledged to completely switch to renewables but have yet to pass a formal policy also meet their target. Of the 100 who committed to that promise, 16 already approved policies to convert their electricity supply to solar or wind. Getting the entire U.S. Conference of Mayors to adopt solar and wind power remains the ideal, if lofty, goal, Van Horn said. “This is the good, better, best scenario,” she said, referring to the three situations outlined in the report. The analysis comes just days after new research sparked fresh debate over the feasibility of converting to 100 percent renewable energy. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warned that the costs of shifting the U.S. electricity grid to renewables by 2050, as Democratic senators proposed in April, could prompt a political backlash. “If we push down the avenue of 100 percent renewables, it will become very obvious very quickly that it is neither cheap nor effective,” Christopher Clack, the study’s lead author, told InsideClimate News. “We worry that it could be used by our opponents to diminish the role of renewable energy on the grid.  We worry if we oversell them, it will lead to disappointment and backlash.” Rather, Clack proposed policymakers should aim for a number closer to 80 percent renewable energy. That public discussion of clean energy has progressed at all to the percentage of renewable energy, rather than its merits compared to fossil fuels, struck Van Horn has a victory in itself.  “We think the academic debate is healthy,” she said. “A few years ago, we wouldn’t have been having a debate.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58efd3e1e4b0bb9638e2769a,59089118e4b05c397682ce92,5641fd3fe4b0b24aee4bbd49,5907ca45e4b05c397681b81b,58594291e4b0b3ddfd8ea4e8 -- 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.

23 июня, 13:30

Illinois Is Ill, Getting PROGRESSIVELY Worse Like ObamaCare

The new, secret Senate plan for ObamaCare was unveiled today. David Knight looks at it and responses to it. It’s really life support for ObamaCare, not repeal, not a fix. It’s a progressive disease that’s killing Illinois, the Land of Obama, just as assuredly as Venezuela. Trump’s market plan — that he campaigned on and won — is nowhere to be seen in any of the GOP establishment plans. Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your friends & family: http://www.infowars.com/show Follow Alex on TWITTER - https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones Infowars on G+ - https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ :Web: http://www.infowars.com/ http://www.prisonplanet.com/ http://www.infowars.net/ :Subscribe and share your login with 20 friends: http://www.prisonplanet.tv http://www.InfowarsNews.com Visit http://www.InfowarsLife.com to get the products Alex Jones and his family trust, while supporting the growth of our expanding media operation. [http://bit.ly/2dhnhbS] Biome Defense™ [http://bit.ly/2bnEj91] Bio-True Selenium™ [http://bit.ly/1WYw8jp] Vitamin Mineral Fusion™ [http://bit.ly/1QYBNBv] Joint Formula™ [http://bit.ly/1nNuR3r] Anthroplex™ [http://bit.ly/1ljfWfJ] Living Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1Iobcj2] Deep Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1DsyQ6i] Knockout™ [http://bit.ly/1Kr1yfz] Brain Force™ [http://bit.ly/1R5gsqk] Liver Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1cOwQix] ProstaGuard™ [http://bit.ly/1mnchEz3] Child Ease™ [http://bit.ly/1xs9F6t] WinterSunD3™ [http://bit.ly/1L3gDSO] Ancient Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1EHbA6E] Secret-12™ [http://bit.ly/1txsOge] Oxy Powder™ [http://bit.ly/1s6cphV] Occu Power™ [http://bit.ly/1rGOLsG] DNA Force™ [http://bit.ly/1nIngBb] X2 Survival Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1kaXxKL] Super Female Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1mhAKCO] Lung Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1mGbikx] Silver-Bullet - Colloidal Silver™ [http://bit.ly/1xcoUfo] Super Male Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1z5BCP9] Survival Shield - Nascent Iodine™ [http://bit.ly/1o4sQtc] Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee™ [http://bit.ly/1iVL6HB] Immune Support 100% Organic Coffee™ All available at - http://www.infowarsshop.com/ INFOWARS HEALTH - START GETTING HEALTHY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - http://www.infowarshealth.com/ Newsletter Sign up / Infowars Underground Insider : http://www.infowars.com/newsletter The Alex Jones Show © copyright, Free Speech Systems .LLC 1995 - 2017 All Rights Reserved. May use for fair use and educational purposes

23 июня, 12:49

Royal Ascot 2017: Commonwealth Cup and more – live!

Different League lives up to name in AlbanyHarry Angel has the tools to profit in the Commonwealth CupHats, horses and more: Tom Jenkins’s best images from AscotAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 2.42pm BST Sir Michael Stoute pinged a couple of shots off the bar yesterday but may finally find the back of the net with Crystal Ocean. He was having just the third start of his life in York’s Dante last month, in which he kept on strongly into third. The second, Benbatl, has franked that form here this week. Meanwhile, Permian, the Dante winner, had a hard race in the Derby when fading after chasing a strong pace and this will be his sixth start of the year, which may take its toll.There are five Derby runners here and Best Solution did best of them at Epsom, fading into eighth after also sitting close to that hot pace. The others are Glencadam Glory, Salouen and Khalidi. Best Of Days makes his seasonal reappearance, having failed to be ready in time for the Derby; he also has a tongue tie for the first time and would be interesting if Hugo Palmer’s yard were in better form. Intern is interesting. He was only second in the Sandown Classic Trial, which wouldn’t be good enough, but it was only his first start after switching from David Wachman to Ralph Beckett and there might be a good deal more to come. 2.40pm BST Continue reading...

23 июня, 12:31

How a U.S.-Russia Back Channel Came to Life

American and Russian officials are quietly working together to bury Cold War ghosts.

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23 июня, 08:51

Matt Bruenig: How Many People Will Obamacare and AHCA Kill?

Subjecting Obamacare to the same measuring stick that the Center for American Progress applied to the ACHA.

23 июня, 04:34

Jane Sanders Lawyers Up

The strange story behind the federal investigation that has rattled Burlington, Vermont, and put Bernie and Jane Sanders on the defensive.

23 июня, 03:42

San Francisco's Transit Agency Promises No Immigration Raids

Bay Area Rapid Transit, which operates mass transit in the San Francisco area, reassured riders Thursday that it won’t conduct immigration raids on board its vehicles or target people seeking a job with the agency.  The transit agency’s board passed a resolution that prohibits the use of its funds or resources to enforce federal immigration law. The measure, called the Safe Transit Policy, bans employees from seeking riders’ immigration status, limits the cooperation of employees with federal authorities in conducting immigration checks and arrests, and prevents BART from asking job applicants about their immigration status. BART joins transit agencies in Chicago and in Portland, Oregon, in reassuring riders that employees won’t enforce immigration laws or lead raids.  The BART resolution was floated in March by board member Lateefah Simon, who campaigned for the position in November on a platform that safe access to transportation is an issue of social and economic justice.  Packed house for #SafeTransit! Lots of community support pic.twitter.com/c90ZnyP6S7— Lateefah Simon (@lateefahsimon) June 22, 2017 Encountering Immigrations Customs Enforcement can take a physical and emotional toll on people’s health, Alameda Public Defender Raha Jorjani argued in support of the resolution during a hearing Thursday at BART’s Oakland headquarters.  “We’re talking about the health, well-being and civility of families,” Jorjani said. “In the Bay Area, specifically, our office has noticed a distinct rise in the presence and enforcement of ICE operations. There are few spaces left that are safe, and a space that is as important as BART simply must be one of them.” Those concerns aren’t completely unfounded. In February, rumors spread online that ICE had set up checkpoints throughout the East Bay, including one outside a BART station, though authorities later said those claims were false. Similar online rumors swirled in Chicago and the greater Portland, Oregon, area earlier this year, and authorities reacted by reassuring riders that transit employees would not enforce immigration laws.  “We do not participate in or support this type of activity,” the Chicago Transit Authority said in a statement in February. “It’s important to us that everyone, no matter who they are, how they identify, or where they’re from feel comfortable and confident riding transit in Chicago: You are welcome here.” Oregon’s TriMet transit agency announced a no-raid policy the same month. “We do not support targeting any of our riders or any members of our community. Period,” TriMet said in a statement. “We deeply regret that these fast-spreading rumors have caused concerns about TriMet and the safety of our riders.” BART’s resolution reaffirms the region’s leadership on progressive immigration policies in the face of President Donald Trump’s vows to boost deportations and enact hard-line immigration policies. In April, a federal court in San Francisco ruled that the Trump administration cannot withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities ― local jurisdictions, including San Francisco, that limit cooperation with federal authorities in immigration law enforcement.  -- 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.

23 июня, 03:11

Panama Has Ditched Taiwan. Here's Why It Matters for America.

John Hemmings, Janjan Sun Security, Asia America can prevent a Panama Canal crisis by supporting conventional deterrence in Taiwan. Last week’s sudden announcement by Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela that Panama would henceforth be shifting its diplomatic relations from Taiwan to mainland China was not entirely unexpected in Taipei. Tsai Ing-wen had deliberately avoided visiting the country during her visit to the region after Panamanian leaders had delayed the acceptance of Taiwan’s new ambassador there for more than six months. For Taipei, it was clear that the writing was on the wall. Varela’s decision to favor Beijing came as another hit for Taiwan after it lost two other allies in the past year. So what lies behind the recent moves of Taiwan’s allies to recognize Beijing instead? Part of the story relates to Taiwanese president Tsai. Coming from the independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party, President Tsai’s decision not to affirm the 1992 Consensus (on One China) and her congratulatory telephone call to president-elect Donald Trump in December of last year were poorly received in Beijing. Shortly after the telephone call, one of Taiwan’s African allies, Sao Tome and Principe, suddenly announced that it was dumping Taipei in favor of Beijing. According to Zhang Baohui, an academic at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, the shift by the small African country indicated that “Beijing has a new Taiwan strategy: they’re going back to their confrontational style, and the truce with Taiwan over the past eight years is over.” Read full article

23 июня, 02:57

Black Appalachia

One photographer wants to show that the face of coal country might not be as white as you think.

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23 июня, 02:52

Dashcam Footage Shows Minnesota Cop's 'Brutal Attack' On Asian Driver

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 — Dashcam footage released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union shows Minnesota police violently arresting a 22-year-old Asian man after a traffic stop last year. In the video from July 28, 2016, an officer the ACLU identified as Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Agent Joe Joswiak approaches Anthony Promvongsa’s vehicle with his weapon drawn.  Joswiak can be heard shouting a stream of expletives at Promvongsa. Note: The video below contains violence and explicit language. The traffic stop begins around the 1:35 mark. “Get the fuck out of the car, motherfucker!” Joswiak yells in the video. “Show me your fucking hands!” Moments later, Joswiak can be seen opening the driver-side door and attempting to pull Promvongsa from the vehicle, without success. He then begins kneeing and punching Promvongsa, then drags him from the vehicle and throws him to the ground. Promvongsa’s face can be seen hitting the pavement. The ACLU has called for an investigation into what it called a “brutal attack.” The organization says the officer didn’t give Promvongsa enough time to obey his orders.  “Agent Joswiak’s use of force against Anthony Promvongsa is disturbing and completely unnecessary,” Teresa Nelson, executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota, said in a statement. “Thus far Agent Joswiak has received no punishment for this abhorrent treatment of Anthony. This sends a message that the department condones the officer’s behavior, which it should not.”  In a joint statement on Thursday, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Attorney’s Office said the video “is one piece of evidence in a pending criminal case.” “The video, viewed in a vacuum, shows only a short segment of the incident that is the basis of the criminal charges,” the statement read. “Our agencies ask that the media and the public remain patient as the criminal case progresses accordingly.”  Charges against Promvongsa include two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle), one count of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and driving after revocation, according to police.  This type of violence with community members has to stop. Anthony Promvongsa The Minnesota Star Tribune reported Thursday that a criminal complaint alleges Promvongsa provoked a road-rage encounter the day of his arrest. The complaint, the newspaper said, accuses Promvongsa of “several aggressive acts toward the car of an off-duty Worthington police officer, including tailgating, swerving, making hand gestures out the window and closing in at a high rate of speed before stopping just short of the officer’s vehicle.” That off-duty officer met up with a fellow off-duty officer, at which point Promvongsa allegedly sped between the two officer’s vehicles and yelled out the window that he was “going to get his boys and come back to get them,” the Star Tribune reported, citing the complaint. Later, Joswiak and Sgt. Tim Gaul reportedly located Promvongsa and successfully pulled him over, but he ignored the officers’ orders, the complaint said, according to the Star Tribune. “Joswiak delivered several knee strikes to Promvongsa in an attempt to gain control of him but Promvongsa continued to resist getting out of his vehicle,” the complaint states, according to KARE 11 News. The complaint also states Joswiak threw a single punch before handcuffing the suspect, the Star Tribune reported.  The video released by the ACLU, however, shows Joswiak throwing at least four punches.  In a statement accompanying the ACLU release, Promvongsa said he had “no idea what was going on when I was approached and attacked” by Joswiak. “I did not even have the opportunity to take off my seatbelt before I was literally blindsided with this unnecessary attack,” he said. “I immediately pulled over for the Worthington squad car and before I knew what was happening I was beat and ripped from my vehicle.” “I know I am not the first person to have this type of traumatic experience with law enforcement in Worthington,” he added. “This type of violence with community members has to stop. This encounter was demoralizing and has left me scared of future interactions with the police.” Promvongsa is currently awaiting a trial date.  -- 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.

23 июня, 02:20

Barely Anyone Thinks The U.S. Is Making Progress In Stopping Gun Violence

America’s most recent bout with high-profile gun violence has done little to shake people’s attitudes about guns, which remain both complex and deeply polarized, according to two newly released surveys. Just 12 percent of the public thinks American society has gotten better at preventing gun violence since the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. Twenty-eight percent believe it’s gotten worse, and half that it hasn’t changed at all. The poll, taken in the wake of last week’s shooting at a congressional GOP baseball practice, finds that while half of the public believes that mass shootings can be stopped, another 28 percent think such events have become a fact of life in America. The remaining 22 percent aren’t sure. Overall, 40 percent say stricter gun control laws would reduce the number of shootings in the United States, while 14 percent think they would increase shootings, and a third that they wouldn’t make much difference. There’s a close divide on whether stricter gun control laws and enforcement would do more to prevent shootings than would allowing more private citizens to carry guns for protection, with 42 percent favoring the former and 39 percent the latter. Despite the backdrop of a high-profile shooting, all those numbers remain little-changed from a December 2016 HuffPost/YouGov survey. In one notable shift, however, Americans have grown less likely to believe there’s a political appetite for stricter gun laws. Last December, respondents said by a 9-point margin, 43 percent to 34 percent, that it was politically possible to pass stricter gun laws. In the latest survey, they said by an equal 9-point margin, 41 percent to 32 percent, that such changes are likely impossible. Views also remain sharply divided along partisan lines. Democrats are 43 points likelier than Republicans to believe stricter gun laws would reduce the number of shootings in the United States, the survey finds, and 52 points likelier to favor such restrictions over allowing more private citizens to carry guns. A new, wide-ranging Pew Research report, also released Thursday, sheds some light on the attitudes underlying Americans’ opinions about firearms. The survey, taken before the most recent shooting ― it was conducted in March and April ― finds that guns remain, for better or worse, deeply ingrained in American life. “Whether for hunting, sport shooting or personal protection, most gun owners count the right to bear arms as central to their freedom,” the report’s authors note. “At the same time, the results of gun-related violence have shaken the nation, and debates over gun policy remain sharply polarized.”  Two-thirds of Americans have lived with a gun in their household at some point during their lives, and more than 70 percent have shot one. Nearly three-quarters of gun owners say they can’t see themselves ever giving up gun ownership, and that they consider the right to own guns essential to their own sense of freedom. But a sizable share of the public has also had harmful experiences with firearms. Forty-four percent say they know someone who has been shot, whether accidentally or on purpose, and nearly a quarter say they or someone in their family have been threatened or intimidated by a gun. Black Americans are especially likely to have had troubling experiences: A third say they or a family member have been threatened or intimidated by a gun, and nearly 60 percent that they know someone who was shot. Gun owners and non-owners, the report finds, take diverging views on the extent to which gun violence is even an issue. Nearly 60 percent of people who don’t own guns, but just a third of those who do, consider it a major problem in the country. Beneath the broad ideological differences on guns, there’s significant agreement on a number of specific gun policies. According to Pew, a majority of both gun owners and non-gun-owners support rules preventing the mentally ill from purchasing guns; implementing backgrounds checks for private gun sales and at gun shows; barring gun purchases by people on no-fly or watch lists; and creating a federal database to track gun sales. Even among gun owners, opinions are deeply split between Republicans and Democrats. Views on guns weren’t always intractably partisan ― as recently as 2007, Republicans and independents who leaned toward the GOP were evenly split between prioritizing gun rights and gun control, according to previous Pew polls. But starting after former President Barack Obama took office, GOP views swung dramatically toward favoring more unfettered gun rights. Democratic gun-owners are currently more than twice as likely as Republican gun owners to consider gun violence a very big problem in the U.S., according to Pew, and nearly twice as likely to say that access to legal guns contribute to gun violence. Democratic gun owners are also significantly more likely than Republican gun owners to support new restrictions ― about two-thirds of Democratic gun owners, for instance, support banning assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, while fewer than 40 percent of Republican gun owners agree.  Pew Research surveyed 3,390 respondents online between March 13-27 and April 4018, using a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults recruited from landline and cellphone random-digit dial surveys. 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23 июня, 01:53

Trump tweets support for Senate Obamacare repeal bill

President Donald Trump said he was "very supportive" of the Obamacare repeal bill unveiled by Senate Republicans Thursday."I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Look forward to making it really special! Remember, ObamaCare is dead," he tweeted.Earlier in the day, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't offer a full White House endorsement of the plan.

23 июня, 01:30

The Times You Should Never Step on a Scale to Weigh Yourself

Confused by sudden weight gain? You could be making a few mistakes on when and where you're weighing yourself, so stay away from the scale.

23 июня, 01:00

MLB: Why the Washington Nationals Will Finally Win the World Series

The Washington Nationals showed potential for years, but 2017 is the year they finally put it together. Here's why the Nats will win the World Series.

23 июня, 00:21

Высокий ВВП на душу населения не гарантирует качества жизни // Мониторинг социального развития

Мир движется по пути социального прогресса — хотя и медленно, говорится в «Индексе социального прогресса» американской НКО Social Progress Imperative. Индекс фиксирует успехи стран в обеспечении качества жизни населения -- включая базовые нужды (питание, гигиена, жилище и безопасность), основы благополучия (доступ к базовому образованию, информации и средствам коммуникации, здоровье и состояние окружающей среды) и возможности (права человека, личная свобода, толерантность и инклюзия, доступ к высшему образованию) в противовес традиционному экономическому показателю — размеру ВВП на душу населения. Участники -- 128 стран -- разделены на шесть групп в соответствии с уровнем социального прогресса. Верхние строчки индекса-2017 заняли Дания (90,57 баллов из 100), Финляндия (90,53), Исландия (90,27). В тройку аутсайдеров вошли Центральноафриканская республика (28,38), Афганистан (35,66) и Чад (35,69). Основаны оценки на статданных ООН и научных институтов, результатах опросов и данных международных правозащитных организаций.

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23 июня, 00:03

Royal Ascot: Harry Angel has the tools to profit in the Commonwealth Cup

Undefeated Caravaggio provides the main opposition to the Clive Cox-trained sprinter though Bound For Nowhere looks to be overpriced at around 10-1The established excellence of Caravaggio, unbeaten in his five races, clashes with the rapid progress and unexplored potential of several interesting rivals. In just its third year, the Commonwealth Cup is established as one of the highlights of the week and rather overshadows the Coronation Stakes, formerly unchallenged as the Friday highlight.The concern about Caravaggio is that we have seen him just once in 10 months, in a race he was fully entitled to win, and it would be nice to have more recent evidence of his continued brilliance, in view of how short his odds are. Continue reading...

22 июня, 23:29

All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man

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); Having lost a series of tantalizingly close congressional elections, the Democratic Party has now placed the fate of its collective psyche in the hands of an unassuming, soft-spoken pediatric neurologist. Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam says he feels no enhanced pressure to win his gubernatorial race this fall, even though his will be most high-profile contest since Democrats lost the much-watched special election in Georgia’s 6th District. “You always feel pressure,” he told HuffPost in an interview. “If you’re not feeling pressure then you’re not out there to win. And we plan to win in November.” But while Northam may be playing it cool, he’s not being complacent. His campaign has plans to canvass the state, from the wealthy northern suburbs to coal country in the southwest. And they’re bringing along the big guns, too. Former President Barack Obama is expected to make his return to electoral politics this fall to join him on the trail, both Northam and Obama’s office confirmed.    Northam, on the surface, is an odd type of candidate to be at the vanguard of Democratic resistance politics in the age of the great Donald Trump (New Jersey also holds a gubernatorial election this November, though its Democratic candidate faces a far easier path). He has an easygoing drawl and a seemingly preternaturally calm disposition. He is a doctor who served in the Ramstein Air Force Base as the head of neurology and neurosurgery during the first Gulf War and has a complicated political history. His campaign said he voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 but he also cast ballots for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. “I knew it was important to vote, which I did. But I was underinformed politically,” he explained. “And, again, knowing what my principles and values are and knowing what Mr. Bush’s were, it was the wrong vote. And I said that to many people.” Those Bush votes dogged him in the Democratic primary, where he went up against former Rep. Tom Perriello, the Obama alumnus backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). But Northam went on to win that contest comfortably. It’s easy to ascribe that victory to the support Northam enjoyed from virtually all of the Virginia Democratic establishment. But the insider-outsider framework is probably too simplistic to explain his triumph. Northam, after all, embraced or adopted much of the policy framework of the progressive community. Though he said he is “not there” on a Medicare-for-all approach as an alternative to Obamacare, he has called for a public option for insurance coverage, Medicaid expansion in his state, investments in preventive care and electronic medical records, and tougher approaches to pharmaceutical companies, including when addressing the opioid epidemic. Occasionally his progressive streak was predetermined by Perriello’s presence in the primary ― such as the decisions to endorse a $15 minimum wage and free community college. But not always. Northam, for example, publicly supports decriminalizing marijuana, both in Virginia and nationally. “What would happen after that is marijuana would be reclassified and then we can look at medicinal uses,” he explained. “And the point I like to make to people is there are probably around 100 or more medicines we use routinely that come from plants. And so there are many potential uses for marijuana.” But his most astute political calculation was recognizing the advantages of running aggressively ― even viciously ― against Trump. Northam was defined by a commercial of his in which he called the president a “narcissistic maniac,” a description he began to repeat ad nauseam on the trail. “I think President Trump is a very dangerous man,” he said of the line. “If one were to look up the criteria for narcissism under the DSM 5 [Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders] ... you will see that you can check every box. So I think it got people’s attention but it is also accurate. So I stand by how I refer to him and I do think he is dangerous.” Though he’s on to a general election contest with former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie, Northam says he plans to still campaign against the president. The election, he explains, is at least partially “about Mr. Trump” because of how his agenda would impact Virginia should a more favorably disposed governor be in charge. (Asked if it would be fair for Gillespie to do the inverse, and tie him to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Northam replied: “I would say she is not a narcissistic maniac.”) It’s a strategy with some potential risk. Trump’s unpopularity has certainly allowed Democrats to make major inroads in traditionally Republican enclaves. But the party has scored only moral victories so far, and strategists are increasingly worried they’re burying a proactive agenda under layers of anti-Trump vitriol. Northam doesn’t see the Virginia gubernatorial race as an extension of those special elections. “That’s in Georgia. It is a red district they’re running in,” he said. “Virginia we know that statewide is blue and we want to make it bluer.” But he also recognizes that he, and by extension his party, has work to do in winning back the very voters that flocked to the man he now decries as a narcissist. “There are folks out there in rural Virginia that we have been trying to help. We’ve been trying to help them with workforce development and jobs and access to health care, and I go out there and volunteer at these clinics and these people go out there and line up at midnight,” he said. “It is their one day of the year where they can get access to a dentist and an eye doctor and a doctor. And they keep voting for the people that are doing absolutely nothing for them.” “So we have got to change that mindset and let them know that yes, the Democratic Party is an all-inclusive party and we are there to help you.” -- 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.