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07 декабря, 23:55

Operational upset forces unit shutdown at Sardinian refinery

Italy’s Saras SPA, which operates a 300,000-b/d, high-conversion refinery in Sarroch, on the southwestern coast of Sardinia, has temporarily shuttered one of two units at the refinery’s catalytic reforming (CCR) plant following an operational upset in early December.

06 декабря, 21:48

The Last Line Of Defense: Federal Bureaucrats Wait Nervously For Donald Trump

WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump has promised to crack down on undocumented immigration, rebuild the country’s infrastructure and dramatically reform veterans’ health services. But in order to do any of that, he will need the help of the millions of federal workers around the country who keep the government running — and many of them are not excited about the agenda of their new boss. Some have even pledged to fight his proposed policies from within the government. These civil servants have federal job protections that make it hard for any president to throw them out and replace them with new hires ― to “drain the swamp,” as Trump has put it. And they often have decades of experience and institutional knowledge that the incoming administration will need to ensure that the federal government doesn’t fall apart under the leadership of new, sometimes inexperienced, political appointees. The Huffington Post spoke with dozens of federal workers from a broad range of government agencies about their feelings about working for Trump. Some say they’re leaving public service because they don’t want to be complicit in an agenda they oppose. Many say they’re going to wait and see how bad it gets. And others see themselves as the last line of defense against a president they believe could upend the world. “I am a total fighter,” said one Environmental Protection Agency employee who has been in government for decades. There is no way she’s leaving her job, she said — she’s ready to go to the agency’s inspector general or the media if she sees the Trump administration breaking the law.   “Most of the federal agencies are made up of career employees,” she said. “When we get there, we stay there. It takes a long time to know how to do the job really well.” But for many civil servants who have worked through other transitions, the incoming Trump team feels different. One federal employee who did not want his agency disclosed because he’s working on transition efforts said that for the first time ever, employees have been coming to his office in tears. “I’ve never seen anything like this. Never. Never these kinds of concerns,” he said. “I mean, you can disagree with people from a political or partisan perspective, but the norm is always that you treat people with a certain amount of civility and with decency and respect.” “I would take George W. Bush any day over this,” said the EPA employee, who identifies as a Democrat. “I would take him in a heartbeat. Right now.”  People always lament when their candidate loses, but the level of fear and disgust directed toward Trump is different, said a Defense Intelligence Agency employee who came in shortly after President Barack Obama was elected. “In 2008, people were certainly groaning like, ‘What’s this hippie going to do?’” the DIA employee said. “But I never heard people talking about quitting government because of Obama. I’m hearing that now.” “Yes, we’re worried that our president might actually turn out be to a fascist,” said one Department of Labor employee. “That’s a not-insignificant cause for concern.” Some defections will almost certainly happen, but the overwhelming majority of federal employees seem likely to stick around. Some said they plan to fight against Trump’s agenda from within. Others said they are holding out hope that their day-to-day duties won’t change significantly. Some said they simply can’t afford to leave. The number of civil servants is staggering compared to the number of political hires Trump will get to place in federal agencies. According to the Office of Personnel Management, just 0.1 percent of employees at the major federal agencies will be Trump political appointees. That means civil servants will outnumber Trump appointees nearly 869 to 1.   An accomplice, or a bulwark against Trump’s agenda? One week after the election, Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies program sent an email to students encouraging them not to abandon their pursuit of a career in government because of Trump. The center’s interim director, Thomas McNaugher, told students that “it has never been more important for students like you to go into the government ― with enthusiasm ― taking with you the values and dedication to reasoned argument we emphasize.” That argument resonated with most of the federal employees who spoke with HuffPost, though many were skeptical of their own ability to act as a check on a president who has repeatedly threatened to violate the law and flout international norms. “A lot of people view themselves as an instrument of executive power,” the DIA employee said. People at the Pentagon’s intelligence unit regularly provide the president with classified information that informs decisions about military operations abroad. Now, the employee said, they’re worrying: “Am I going to be an unwitting enabler of war crimes under this administration?” Trump vowed during his campaign to reinstate waterboarding. He has, at times, backed down from that position, but when he tapped Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), an advocate of “enhanced interrogation,” to head the CIA, people worried about what they would be asked to do. “The intel community doesn’t want to be part of the group that does that again,” the DIA staffer said, referring to now-banned torture methods. He said he has already started looking for another job outside of government. Part of the problem federal employees face is that they don’t entirely know what to expect from a Trump administration. On issues ranging from the use of torture to intervention in Syria to health care, Trump has taken vague, often contradictory stances. One of his most consistent positions is that he likes to be “unpredictable.” The president-elect has turned down daily intelligence briefings, sending surrogates in his place. The person in Trump’s transition team who was dispatched to meet with officials from the Department of Energy ― the agency that oversees the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile ― showed up without a pen and didn’t ask any questions, according to one Energy Department staffer. “Trump seems to be all over the place,” a Department of Homeland Security employee said. She has no idea, she said, whether Trump is going to take an isolationist posture or “bomb the heck out of everyone.” She said she intends to leave the federal government and is applying for jobs in the private sector.  There are a whole lot of career attorneys who are determined not to let their work get dismantled, by working twice as hard, by just being total pains in the butt if people try to undo their work. Department of Justice official For many federal employees who abhor Trump’s policy agenda, the question of what to do next is not an easy one. Some workers, like a man who has been a paralegal at the Department of Veterans Affairs for over five years, see no choice but to quit. “I cannot, in good conscience, work for either the bozo-elect or whoever he may appoint as the new secretary of the VA,” he said. “Honestly, I cannot accept the thought of having to look at photos of these clowns when I walk into my office in the morning.” Others aren’t ready to walk away, especially those who have spent years in government. “It’s only four years, and I’m not going to torpedo a career for Trump,” said one Department of Health and Human Services employee who has served in the government for a decade. “I’ll be less passionate about what I’m doing, knowing that I’m not helping people anymore but making their lives worse.” An Interior Department employee in the Midwest worries that employees won’t be able to take climate change and other environmental concerns into consideration when going about their work ― which is a major concern, since Interior oversees endangered species protections, National Parks and much of the country’s public lands. But the worker said he feels it would be premature to quit his job before waiting to see what happens. An employee at the National Institutes of Health told HuffPost he’s worried about who Trump will appoint to head his agency. “A science denier? An anti-vaxxer?” he said in an email. “What will it mean for national healthcare? For stem cell research? For clinical trials? For bigots claiming ‘religious freedom’ refusing to provide healthcare or medication to the LGBTQ community or Muslims?” The NIH employee feels stuck. He’s spent nearly two decades in government and doesn’t want to forfeit his full pension and retirement benefits. And if he quits, he said, his job could be phased out. To quit now, said some, would mean laying down their arms and giving up what they had won. “There are a whole lot of career attorneys who are determined not to let their work get dismantled, by working twice as hard, by just being total pains in the butt if people try to undo their work,” a Department of Justice official said. Losing protections on the job The federal government has strict rules on discrimination in its hiring and employment practices, which have helped made its workforce representative of the diversity of the country. “The building I work in, you would swear it was the United Nations,” said a proud lifelong civil servant at the Social Security Administration’s office in Baltimore. “We’ve got white, we’ve got black, we’ve got brown. We have Muslims, we have Jews, we have Buddhists, we have Hindus. We have gays, we have straights, we have bisexuals. We have everybody.” But many federal workers who fall into the various minority groups that Trump denigrated on the campaign trail worry that they won’t fit in his government. They fear that a workplace they love could fundamentally change. “I think what is really concerning a lot of career individuals is some of the behavior that was exhibited on the campaign trail,” said the federal employee working on transition efforts. “What many of them are bringing to my attention and what they’re fearful of is some of that behavior being acceptable in the workplace.” During the Obama administration, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees had increased visibility. Obama signed an executive order protecting federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Marriage equality became the law of the land, and the ban on serving openly in the military was lifted. Internal staff organizations for LGBTQ employees at agencies from the Pentagon to the Department of Housing and Urban Development became increasingly active. Trump has said he opposes marriage equality (although he’s also said it’s a “settled” issue at this point). But his top officials have records that are far more hostile to LGBTQ equality ― starting with his vice president, Mike Pence, an outspoken opponent of LGBTQ rights. As governor of Indiana, Pence faced intense national backlash for signing a “religious freedom” law that could have allowed businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “Most LGBTQ people I’ve spoken to already feel their career advancements will be put on hold if they are ‘out out’ at this point,” said a Treasury Department employee who is a member of the LGBTQ community. In part because of its discrimination protections, the federal civil service has always been known as a good place to work. The pay is fair, although many employees could take their expertise to the private sector and make significantly more money. But government jobs offer meaningful, stable work and substantial benefits. But morale in the federal workforce has taken a significant hit in recent years. Pay freezes and furloughs have taken a toll, as has the constant battering from conservative critics who scoff at what they say are lazy, overpaid bureaucrats. Many worry that it will just get worse under Trump. Conservatives who have long wanted to shrink the federal workforce, like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), now an adviser to Trump, are salivating at what looks like a good chance to do so. Trump advisers have talked about instituting hiring freezes, putting an end to automatic raises, making it easier to fire low performers, weakening staff unions and reducing retirement benefits. Trump himself has already promised to freeze hiring in his first 100 days by not replacing employees who leave. He has said he might shutter the EPA and the Department of Education entirely. “I’ve got to get out,” said one woman who works at an Air Force base on the East Coast, nothing that she plans to retire as soon as she can next year. “I’ve got to get out before they start taking parts of our retirement.” “I talked to my boss about retiring earlier,” said an IRS employee with nearly 30 years’ experience. “He said if he was eligible he’d retire today.” The employee said that would mean getting a little less monthly pension, but that having the retiree health plan is more important. “I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s one of the things that will be targeted.” Slivers of hope A few of the government employees who voted against Trump but have decided to stay say they have reasons to be cautiously optimistic about their careers. To the extent that Trump has a mandate, it’s to improve the lives of the working-class voters who supported him. A Labor Department employee told HuffPost that he and some of his colleagues hope Trump’s populist appeal will translate into better paid maternity leave policies and infrastructure spending that results in more jobs. At the same time, he acknowledged, Trump’s rumored favorites for labor secretary “do not inspire confidence.” There’s also the hope that there will be a fair amount of inexperience at the top, which could allow the career workers to continue doing their best as they see fit. “We may fly under the radar to some extent,” said the Interior Department employee based in the Midwest. “I hope that I would be able, at least in my day-to-day job, be able to sleep at night and feel good about what I’m doing.” Employees who have spent decades in government know it can take years for even the most aggressive officials to enact sweeping changes to bureaucratic agencies. As many a politician has learned upon coming to Washington, the city doesn’t transform easily. Even the confirmation process can be cumbersome, with the possibility that deputy administrators could serve at the tops of agencies for significant periods of time if Senate Democrats decide to obstruct Trump’s picks ― as some federal employees hope they do. And if all else fails, the EPA employee said, “there are many, many opportunities for impeachment.” Sara Bondioli and Ryan J. Reilly contributed reporting. Do you work in a federal agency? Email us at [email protected] let us know what you’re seeing and hearing, and if you’re thinking of staying in government for the next administration. To email us on an encrypted channel, write to [email protected] Want more updates from Amanda? Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth. Enter your email address: Sign up for the HuffPost Must Reads newsletter. 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01 декабря, 22:00

Designer Spotlight: Lulu & Georgia Home Décor For The Busy Professional

Lulu & Georgia is the massive, online home décor shopping site and brainchild of Sara Sugarman – family heir to luxury flooring company Decorative Carpets and pioneers in the interior design scene. Lulu & Georgia is named after Sugarman’s grandfather, Lou, and her father, George. Since 2012, she has grown the Los Angeles-based e-commerce company from a startup into a multimillion dollar business.

01 декабря, 14:22

6 New TV Revivals Coming in 2017

Several former TV shows are set to make their return to the small-screen in 2017. Here are 6 TV revivals coming your way next year.

30 ноября, 13:49

How to Look for a New Job While You Still Have Your Old One

Looking for a new job while you still have your old one can benefit your job search, but only if you do it in the right way. Here are some basic tips.

29 ноября, 11:48

Чайна-таун: почему миланские футбольные гранды меняют владельцев

Как знаменитое итальянское дерби «Интер» – «Милан» стало китайским

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28 ноября, 19:42

Cuban stars share memories of Fidel Castro

Cuban musicians and sports figures mourn the loss of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Sara Hemrajani reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

23 ноября, 12:00

'It's a crime to be young and pretty': girls flee predatory Central America gangs

Sexual exploitation that the UN says amounts to slavery is forcing girls and their families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to seek refuge in MexicoSara Rincón was walking home from college in the capital of El Salvador when she was confronted by three heavily tattooed gang members who had been harassing her for weeks.The group’s leader – a man in his 30s, with the figure 18 etched on to his shaven head – threw her against a wall, and with his hands around her neck gave her one last warning. Continue reading...

22 ноября, 16:20

Tuesday's Morning Email: Trump Takes To YouTube

TOP STORIES DONALD TRUMP TAKES TO YOUTUBE To detail his strategy for his presidency ― noticeably missing were his campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, build a wall and enact a Muslim ban. He did vow to back out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on his first day of office. [Alana Horowitz Satlin, HuffPost] TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN ISSUES SHORT STATEMENT DENOUNCING RACISM OF ANY KIND After outrage grew over a white nationalist conference in D.C. that celebrated the president-elect’s win with Nazi salutes. And HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson explains what drives the alt-right. [Marina Fang, HuffPost] CHATTANOOGA SCHOOL BUS CRASH KILLS SIX CHILDREN And left two dozen more hospitalized. The driver has been arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. [Reuters] WHEN BILLIONAIRES TAKE ON THE PRESS What an attack on libel laws could mean for a press industry at a turning point, and why Trump’s meetings with network executives matters. Trump also canceled a meeting with The New York Times Tuesday. [Michael Calderone, HuffPost] SENIOR CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS: ‘CLINTON MASTERED THE SCIENCE OF POLITICS BUT FORGOT THE ART’ “Officials who worked in various battleground states say the campaign erred in its belief that modern technology could fully replace traditional pavement-pounding, that [Hillary] Clinton didn’t need to score major victories with on-the-fence voters if she could turn out the committed.” [Sam Stein, HuffPost] LAST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN ALEPPO HIT BY AIRSTRIKES Heartbreaking footage has emerged of hospital staff evacuating premature babies as the Syrian hospital falls under fire. [Sara Nelson, HuffPost] FORMER USA GYMNASTICS DOCTOR ARRESTED Dr. Larry Nassar has been charged with the sexual assault of minors. [CNN] KANYE WEST HOSPITALIZED IN LA After police executed a medical welfare check. [Stephanie Marcus, HuffPost] WHAT’S BREWING HAPPY TUESDAY You have to watch these guys break the world record for the longest basketball shot ― almost 594 feet. They’re just so darn happy about it, it’s adorable. [HuffPost]  AS YOUR BARACK OBAMA NOSTALGIA KICKS INTO OVERDRIVE Netflix dropped its first full trailer for “Barry,” which looks at the future president’s junior year at Columbia. [HuffPost] IF MATTHEW ZOLLER SEITZ CALLS THIS ONE OF THE BEST NEW SHOWS OF THE YEAR Then you should probably watch it. [Vulture] ‘AFFLUENZA ANONYMOUS’ “What do you do if you’re a young, rich screw-up who wants to help other young, rich screw-ups? Ask Dad to buy you a rehab.” [Bloomberg] JENNIFER LAWRENCE TALKS AMY SCHUMER, PRIVACY AND HER DOG Which of course she has a painting of. [HuffPost] ‘CAN HYPOTHERMIA SAVE GUNSHOT VICTIMS?’ “Some kid comes in with cardiac arrest from a fixable injury — an easily fixable injury — and you open them up in the T.R.U. and they kind of come back, and then they die. And then you get to go tell their mom that they are not coming home, when all we needed was a few more minutes.” [The New Yorker]  BEFORE YOU GO ~ Instagram just effectively combined Facebook Live with Snap stories. ~ We’re with Vulture ― the trailer for “Cars 3” is too much to handle right now. ~ John Oliver talked about the privilege inherent in saying “everyone is going to be OK.” ~ How to keep yourself safe from identity theft on Black Friday. ~ The secret behind Estee Lauder’s continued success. ~ Break out the tissues for Apple’s Frankenstein holidays commercial. ~ All the Netflix binges you can count on once we hit December. ~ In case you need assistance, here’s how to eat as much as possible Thursday for Thanksgiving. ~ Why “The Bubble” skit on “SNL” was a must-watch skewering of the progressive elite. ~ This man spoke out against squirrels. Then one crashed his bicycle.     The Huffington Post’s Morning Email team aims to get you the top news, along with entertainment, lifestyle stories and other absurdity that you need to get through your workday — all with a dash of signature Morning Email snark. Like The Morning Email? Send it to a friend! And does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. -- 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.

19 ноября, 23:40

Дизайнера Мишель Обамы высмеяли после отказа работать с Меланьей Трамп

Пользователи соцсетей начали публиковать фото Меланьи Трамп и Мишель Обамы, высмеивая наряды действующей первой леди, дизайнер которой Софи Телле отказалась работать с супругой Дональда Трампа. Модельеру припомнили ее костюмы для Мишель Обамы, с которой она работала в течение последних восьми лет. С точки зрения некоторых пользователей Twitter, хорошим вкусом Телле не отличалась, передает РИА «Новости». «Софи Телле, лишенный вкуса дизайнер Мишель Обамы, создатель фасонов Lane Bryant (брэнд, специализирующийся на одежде больших размеров), отказалась одевать первую леди Меланью Трамп. Слава Богу!» - пишет Kimwithpanache. «Дизайнер Мишель Обамы заявила, что не буде шить одежду для Меланьи. Зато у нее, похоже, действительно большое будущее в создании костюмов для польских народных танцев», - шутит andieiam. «Спасибо. Твои модели одежды просто отвратительны. По-настоящему уродливые», - отмечает Sara. «Дизайнер Мишель Обамы Софи Телле не будет одевать Меланью Трамп. Уфф! Меланья спасена!» - иронизирует Ulka. Некоторые сочли заявление Телле попыткой сохранить лицо, потому что новая первая леди наверняка отказалась бы от ее услуг. «Софи сделала это сейчас, чтобы сохранить лицо и не дать Меланьи себя уволить. Зачем Меланье дизайнер, который делал одежду для Обамы?» - задается вопросом Jimmie Gabel. «Как будто Меланья Трамп не может вытащить из своего шкафа что-то более красивое, чем эта бездарная халтурщица может сделать», - возмущается Марк Янг. «Смотрю на гардероб Обамы - Меланьи следует послать благодарственное письмо этому вульгарному дизайнеру», - пишет Mike Wayne. «Слава Богу. Она ужасно выполняла свою работу», - отмечает 1967 Borders. Некоторые сочли заявление Теле пиар-ходом. «Новая первая леди и не думала просить Телле об ее услугах, и она не нуждается в них. Больше похоже на какой-то пиар-ход», - отмечает Alexander Dolphin. «Это пиар-ход! Она просто хочет остаться релевантной. Меланья никогда не просила ее об услугах», - отмечает The Truth Teller. Напомним, французский дизайнер модной одежды Софи Телле, которая работала над образом Мишель Обамы, заявила о нежелании сотрудничать с новой первой леди США Меланией Трамп в знак протеста и призвала других дизайнеров последовать ее примеру.

17 ноября, 20:55

What It Means To Be A Writer In The Time Of Trump

Ernest Hemingway said, “The writer’s job is to tell the truth.” You’d be hard pressed to find a writer who wishes to shirk this responsibility. But, there’s discrepancy among us about what “truth” really means. Should we share our emotional truths? Should we accumulate facts? Should we work to empathize with others, and in doing so learn to see one another more clearly? Should we make our political motivations clear? Should our truth-seeking and truth-telling change along with our political situation? Hoping to better examine these questions, we asked authors ― most of them writers of fiction ― what it means to them to do their work during Trump’s presidency. Their responses are below. Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You  “Writing ― making any kind of art ― is always a political act, but at this particular moment it feels more important than ever. The fundamental job of a writer is to spread empathy ― something that’s been sorely lacking in the Trump campaign and from Trump supporters. When you’re fighting intolerance and hatred — as we appear to be ― spreading empathy is itself a form of fighting, maybe the most effective and radical and lasting kind there is.” Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun  “This morning a friend alerted me that a young college student she knows attempted suicide in fear of being deported. She said she thought I could help. ‘Just reach out to her,’ she pleaded. But I felt helpless in that moment. For what could I say to this student, who was so paralyzed with dread that she would rather end it? How could I possibly hold her hand and tell her that it will be alright, when I’m not even sure myself? I wrote about the struggle of undocumented immigrants in a recent Literary Hub essay, ‘My First Visit to the Church of American Democracy.’ Their existence here is a series of tentative footsteps: They have to apply for jobs they hate straight out of college that promise them sponsorship; some listlessly apply for PhD programs and post-docs in departments that work them like slaves just so that they can extend student visas; others marry abusive spouses with hopes of stability; many scrub floors, toilets, stadiums, among many other menial jobs, just to make enough to pay for rooms too small to hold them and the dreams they came with — dreams that this young woman fears she might have to let go of, and return home to a country that is not prepared to take her back. “So, it was with great disappointment that I looked up from my sheltered world as a documented immigrant with no words to say to my young sister. My spoken words would be too sweet, insipid. Just words. Therefore, I sat before my computer to write. It’s the only way I know how to cope. I write to dismantle notions used to build walls that alienate people. Fiction is easier to digest, which is why I choose it as my medium for activism. My written words can change the world by changing attitudes and hopefully, policies. It is my gift to the unheard, invisible masses. Long before Trump, people of color have dealt with racism. A whole generation of African-Americans was sprayed down with hoses, denied housing, denied education, denied citizenship. Long before Trump, women have been denied ownership of our bodies. Long before Trump, immigrants have crouched in fear of getting deported. Long before Trump, gays and lesbians still could not order wedding cakes in certain towns and transgendered people were denied the human right to relieve themselves in the bathroom of their gender. Therefore, it is not Trump who is the driving force behind my reason to pick up the pen, but the motivation to write against a lifetime of bigotry.” Derek Palacio, author of The Mortifications “I am by nature a plotist. I love cause and effect, especially when it webs people together, revealing an interconnectivity that is perhaps subconscious or intangible, but still very real. In some ways this election suggests an America that wants to compartmentalize. The voters who cast their vote for Trump were willing to isolate the elements of his rhetoric that spoke to their wants while ignoring the sexism and racism equally woven into that very same message. And now we are being told that we can have one without the other, that Trump will abandon the denigrating perspective of his campaign; that his presidency will be about jobs and the economy. “It seems to me, then, that to be a writer under this administration is to remember and remind others that such an approach is impossible, that one cannot build a wall without tapping into the bigoted fears underlying such a project. Those things are inextricably linked, and I am compelled and obligated to make clear such connections in my work. At the same time, I hope to also make clear the ways in which we as a citizenry are also still connected. Regardless of what we want for ourselves, we cannot ignore the effects of our decisions on others, which is something Trump’s campaign has asked us to do. I will not participate in that ignorance, and I will spend the next four years working against the baseless hierarchies and aloneness of his message. I will spend the next four years writing toward the American community the majority of citizens voted for.” Alexandra Kleeman, author of Intimations “As the election results came in on the night of Nov. 8, my heart broke: it felt impossible to swallow the discovery that the electoral majority of my country had chosen to affirm the racism, sexism, and dishonesty that characterized Trump’s campaign. As a non-white woman with loved ones in every one of the categories threatened under Trump’s politics, I feared for our bodies and our futures and I felt the loss of security as something visceral ― a cement block on my chest, a fist at the base of my neck, a hand around the lung, tightening. But when I thought of myself as a writer, I felt the loss of something less concrete. I felt I had lost the sense that I was writing to the world, to people I didn’t know and couldn’t imagine, people who I might find through my writing and who might find me back. I had always thought of writing as a sort of CETI signal sent out into the universe, which had a chance of touching someone even if it ultimately failed to. In this new reality, it felt like we shared no common language of values, ethics, or even basic agreement on facts. Is communication possible without those things? “The simplest way to say it would be that I lost the sense of a shared world. A week later, I still don’t know how to negotiate the fissure: do I have a responsibility to try to find new ways to communicate the urgency of environmental and racial justice to people who are not inclined to listen? Or is my responsibility only to the people who’ve been put at risk by this election, who already have my compassion? What I do know is that being a writer in the political world to come will require much more of me than writing: it’ll demand my body, my time, the parts of me that I felt were personal rather than political. If we want to protect the values that make literature possible, we’ll have to step outside our discourse ecology and work for them in their more concrete, embodied form.” Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World “I have two separate lives, one as an activist and one as a writer, so right now I’m mostly thinking about the activist part and very little about the writer part. “But when I do think about my life as a writer under a President Trump, I worry that I won’t be up to the responsibility. It’s so very difficult to write the kind of fiction that matters, that heals, that changes lives, and that isn’t just propaganda or something resembling it. I worry that the kind of fiction I write won’t matter at all in this Brave New Trumpian World; and I worry that it will. I tend to write, though obliquely, about women’s lives and the lives of those who identify as outsiders. That seems more important than ever during a Trump presidency - whether to bring comfort, or to tell someone ‘you are not forgotten,’ or to create a visibility through fiction for people who otherwise wouldn’t be seen at all. “There’s also the more important work of opening up new avenues and opportunities to give direct access to new voices, to people of color and LGBTQ and disabled people and immigrants and refugees and the many other people who will be more marginalized than ever under Trump. That work needs to be continued and amplified times a thousand. I just hope I can do my part to be a responsible and engaged artist during the very tough times ahead, even when I’m personally despairing that art makes a difference at all. When Bush was elected in 2000, I put up a poster on my apartment wall and I’ve carried around the quote with me ever since ― a bit by Brecht, ‘In the dark times, will there be singing? Yes, there will be singing about the dark times.’ I’ll keep remembering that.” Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities   “As a journalist and author, I’ve always tried to shine a light onto untold stories, to foster empathy and to drive change. In other characters, we might find kindred spirits, even if we don’t share the same race or place, sexual orientation, social class or religion. I’m the American-born daughter of Chinese immigrants. This country was built on the backs of immigrant and people of color, and in times of war, we have protected this country, too. We need to hear these stories more than ever, at a time when the president-elect questions our loyalty, when he denies the disabled, the queer community, and the marginalized their humanity. Every hurled slur, every stereotype and assumption denies us our stories ― and I’m vowing to tell as many and as deeply as I can in the years ahead.” Nnedi Okorafor, author of Binti “My first response to Trump’s win was not denial or shock, it was fury. Now, days later, that fury has stabilized and become another energy source. The writer in me is feeling wickedly mischievous.   “I owe Trump as much respect as he gave people like me during his campaign. To me, he will always be a messy mistake America made while in pain. I’m witnessing this, I’m in this ... as a writer, and there is nothing more inspiring than being in the hurricane. I’ve been actively incubating a new book (I know the story; I’m just letting it sit until it says it’s ready). All this will affect it; I’m looking forward to seeing how.” Tracy O’Neill, author of The Hopeful “Like many writers, I teach, and under the Trump presidency, as always, our classrooms must act as microcosms of decolonized worlds. These are spaces for building communities gathered by storytelling, and if we really believe that the written word is powerful, we need to begin with taking seriously the idea that craft does not operate independently of ideology, to acknowledge that texts are sites of choice. “How can point of view complicate power relations? How might syntax defamiliarize systems of inequality? Part of our job too is refusing the reproduction of problematic power structures in the texts to which we assign value. I see far too many syllabi that look as though their aim is passing the Mischling Test. Instead, we need to take responsibility for our future canon. I want to see syllabi that mash up form and genre, that move to the margins and say hell no to hegemony. Finally, we need to frame dissent as a necessary facet of our practice in workshop, emphasizing that consensus is not the constitutive material of community.” Gary Soto, author of Partly Cloudy: Poems of love and Longing  “The day after the election and an hour into a manageable hangover, I sat on the couch, my dear wife, Carolyn, at my side. Neither of us was happy. Neither of was hopeful. Outside our window, birds on bare limbs, leaves on the ground, and the sun filtered by a cloud. “To hell with that poetry! “I smiled at a devious thought and shared it: ‘Carolyn, what if I get the call from the Trump camp to the write the inaugural poem. Should I accept?’ “My wife slowly raised her face to mine — no, she was not about to pucker up with me. How dare I make light of such a tragedy! “OK, it wasn’t funny and, anyhow, the call won’t come. There won’t be a voice that asks, ‘Is this Mr. Soto? The poet of many remaindered books?’ “I shared this additional silly thought, and my wife, not willing to play with me, stood up and moved away. The sun behind the cloud disappeared. “None of it was funny, none of it made sense — how had Hillary lost? And now what do I do? Should I bother to write my Donald Trump poem, and let it go viral— whatever viral means to poets? For us, the small journal poets, viral is a magazine with a circulation of 600 copies. “And what does the election result mean? It means that poets and essayists, playwrights and novelists, song writers and literary scholars, everyone who works with words … we’ve got to get really loud these next four years. We’ve to become nasty writers.” Belle Boggs, author of The Art of Waiting “I have lots to say about the I-suppose-it’s-happening (Is it really happening?) Trump-Pence administration. I’m working on a novel about for-profit education. I write about reproductive rights, and have been working on nonfiction about the futures of young transgender people living in North Carolina in the wake of HB2. I was a K-12 teacher in underserved public schools for years. I was born and raised in the rural South, and I’m trying to stay and make things better here.  “But my students — my smart, questioning, scared, generous students, who are all vulnerable to decisions already promised by this administration — have so many important things to say too. I feel that my priority now is to teach and to be there for my students and the other young and vulnerable people in my life: to listen to them and help them get through this time with a sense of purpose and dignity.  “’This will always be a place of tolerance and welcome. It will always be a safe space,’ my daughter’s preschool teacher told me Nov. 9. By the end of the day she’d turned to literature, writing a quote from Maya Angelou at the top of Bea’s daily report: ‘Just like moons and like suns / With the certainty of tides / Just like hopes springing high / Still I’ll rise.’” Sara Nović, author of Girl at War “Writing is always a political act, but I expect that will become even more explicit in light of the Trump administration-to-be’s well-documented animosity toward the academy and journalistic practice. Now, more than ever, writing and art is critical for its capacity to educate, transport, and forge bridges of empathy. But we are beyond business-as-usual, and art alone is not enough to induce the mass cultural and political change this country now needs. Writers must now use any public voice we have to push that change forward and be on the front lines in protecting and amplifying the voices of vulnerable populations. Elie Wiesel said it best, I think: ‘Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim ... Sometimes we must interfere.’” Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children “I hope that we write ourselves back to life. I hope that we double down on what we mean when we say ‘writer,’ so that the definition explodes and reconstitutes around writing as a socially vital activity, not a market-driven dead zone. I hope that when we step into our writerly lives, we can only come alive by and through each other, by and through our beautiful differences. I hope that ‘hope’ doesn’t come from looking up ever again, but from looking each other in the eyes/I’s. I hope we stand up inside our various languages with ferocious love and courage and that we aim for what matters in the world, whether or not anyone remembers our names. Let it be true that we wrote the world and each other back to life. Let that be the new book. “We didn’t get here by accident. This is not a new brutality, it is a very old one, and every time it circles back around in a new form, we have to look again in the mirror and stand up differently ― writing can yet invent new forms of resistance and resilience in the face of brutality. “And the wonder of that. “And how this is our present tense calling.” Mohja Kahf, author of The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf “If we old fogies mention decades of racism, xenophobia, and sexism we have experienced in this country, it’s not to tell young folks not to worry. It’s not to diminish the bizarreness of this election or the seriousness of the dangers ahead. It’s to call to mind the resources we developed and the strategies that produced bits of success, and to remember that we’re stronger now with that knowledge. It sucks that your generation has to fight this anew, but it’s not new. We say that to remind you that you have those strengths inside you, and you have them accumulated from previous generations. We fought it before with what felt like fewer resources, and look at all the resources you ― we ― have for the path now. You amaze me with your cutting edge tools for this work, your insta-snappa-whatcha ways of organizing. Your vision leaves me breathless. Heave to. We can do this.”     Karen Bender, author of Refund “I was up all night on Tuesday, trembling with sorrow at the ignorance of this country, and wondering what to tell my Hollins students, who had asked me last week, “Is every election like this?” And how they were, a group of young, very bright, impassioned women, terrified of Trump. And I told them this: This is when you need to write. This election was, I believe, a profound failure of empathy. It was the triumph of the stereotype over the specific. It was the triumph of language manipulated to create fear instead of used to create reason, light. I told them to write. They must express themselves, create their poems, stories, essays, that will reveal their essential humanness to a world that needs to see it. For now is when we need the precision of language, the power of story, to show others who don’t want to see or believe it, that everyone is human. That everyone deserves a chance for the pursuit of happiness, for love. And that is what I will believe, every day.” Kim Brooks, author of The Houseguest “In anxious times ― September 11, the beginning of the Iraq War, nearly all of 2016 ― my go-to source of solace has been Hannah Arendt. As witness to and chronicler of the 20th century’s worst atrocities, her voice is both one of warning and of insight. She spoke with a moral gravity that I find immensely reassuring in ways that sometimes border on mystical and can offer guidance to writers in dark times. “Take, for example the conclusions from her report on the banality of evil. Of Adolf Eichmann, she wrote that ‘he was genuinely incapable of uttering a single sentence that was not a cliché ... The longer one listened to him, the more obvious it became that his inability to speak was closely connected with an inability to think, namely to think from the standpoint of somebody else.’ “And later, she argues that the lesson of stories of resistance to Nazi atrocities is that ‘under conditions of terror, most people will comply but some people will not ... and no more is required ... for this planet to remain a place fit for human habitation.’ As writers, artists, thinkers and activists begin to take stock of our new fascistic landscape, it seems the most urgent and essential task is to model the empathy Trump and his followers disavow, to resist convenient and self-serving cliches of cheap rhetoric, to refuse to comply with or keep silent about policies that undermine our essential values and beliefs, to witness, to stay awake.” William Keller, author of Democracy Betrayed: The Rise of the Surveillance Security State “When Trump is president the public will know even less than it does today about national security and government surveillance. Obama was bad enough. He ordered hundreds of top secret drone assassinations and condoned all kinds of covert intelligence activity. Those who tried to write about it found themselves under aggressive legal attack. Just ask James Risen, who lived under the threat of imprisonment for seven years. Trump will be much worse. “For starters, he won’t enforce the Freedom of Information Act. When it comes to classified materials, he doesn’t care about the truth. He transformed FBI Director Comey’s bungling attempt to influence the election into a torrent of unsubstantiated accusations about Clinton’s ‘criminal’ email account, and threatened to ‘lock her up.’ Life as a national security writer is about to get rough. The Trump Justice Department is very likely to prosecute anyone who writes critically about security, specifically, anyone who reveals classified or classifiable information from confidential sources. And if Rudy Giuliani — who still hopes to haul Hillary Clinton before a grand jury — succeeds in his campaign for attorney general, national security writers will have to batten down the hatches and pull their punches. A chill wind blows from the corridors of power in Washington into the nation’s news rooms and publishing houses.” -- 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.

15 ноября, 01:35

Before ‘Suicide Squad’: 5 Previous Harley Quinn Appearances

'Suicide Squad' has made Harley Quinn a hit among mainstream audiences, but the character is hardly new to the world of film, TV, and gaming.

14 ноября, 22:16

Gwen Ifill, 'PBS NewsHour' Co-Anchor, Dies At 61

Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and co-anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” has died, Politico and The Daily Beast reported Monday. She was 61 years old.  WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller confirmed the news to staff in a Monday email, saying the journalist died of cancer. “I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington,” she wrote. “I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends.” A veteran journalist, Ifill moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates. She was set to receive the 2016 John Chancellor Award from Columbia University for “her unflinching pursuit of the truth, healthy skepticism of those in power and her commitment to fairness.” The award ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 16, was recently postponed. 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); Prior to her career at PBS, Ifill worked at The Washington Post, The New York Times and NBC News. She joined PBS in 1999, and in 2013, Ifill and her "PBS NewsHour" co-host Judy Woodruff became the first women to co-host a nightly news program. "Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement. Sara Just, “PBS NewsHour” executive producer, praised Ifill as a “journalist’s journalist.” “Gwen was a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change. She was a mentor to so many across the industry and her professionalism was respected across the political spectrum,” Just said in a statement. Politicians, journalists and celebrities paid tribute to Ifill on Twitter following the news of her death: Saddened by the passing of Gwen Ifill – a true trailblazer in her field and a role model for young women journalists across the nation.— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 14, 2016 I am saddened to learn about the passing of Gwen Ifill—an incredibly talented and respected journalist.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 14, 2016 Heartbroken to learn Gwen Ifill has passed away. She was my hero, a woman who deserved all the praise she received. Honest and true— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) November 14, 2016 .@gwenifill I'm heartbroken and not ready for the past tense with you. Sending all the love in the world to your family and loved ones.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 14, 2016 This is a developing story. Check back for updates. -- 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.

14 ноября, 21:59

Gwen Ifill dead at age 61

The longtime PBS news anchor who had served as a co-host of PBS's NewsHour and as moderator of 'Washington Week' had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

14 ноября, 17:49

5 Weird Reasons You’re Gaining Weight

Gaining weight no matter what you do? When your diet and exercise aren't working, then you might be experiencing these weird reasons for weight gain.

13 ноября, 16:23

What the insiders got wrong about 2016

From his unlikely rise until his unexpected Election Day win, POLITICO Caucus members underestimated Donald Trump.

12 ноября, 04:15

17 Celebrities Who Did the Mannequin Challenge

Social media has gone crazy with people participating in the Mannequin Challenge. Now celebrities are joining in, and they are of course doing it better.

11 ноября, 17:37

The Affordable Care Act In 2017: Challenges For President-Elect Trump And Congress

Coauthored by Sara R. Collins Affordable health insurance coverage and high-quality health care for everyone are essential components of a high-performing health system. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has moved the nation affirmatively down this path since its passage in 2010, by insuring more than 20 million Americans and facilitating change in how we organize and pay for health care. These gains have reduced out-of-pocket health costs for many people, improved access to care, and led to better health. Commonwealth Fund surveys have consistently found that people who have gained coverage through the law's insurance expansions are satisfied with their health plans and their doctors. At the same time, changes in how health care is delivered, brought about by the ACA as well as ongoing private-sector initiatives, have lowered hospital patient readmissions -- a good thing. These reforms have also helped reduce the rate of growth in national health care spending and coincided with historic improvements in quality of care. We hope that the change in government leadership as a result of yesterday's election will not alter the nation's commitment to improving insurance coverage and health care. The recent challenges in the ACA marketplaces are not insurmountable. Policymakers at both the federal and state level have many options for improving the affordability of private health insurance, both in the marketplaces and in workplaces, as well as for promoting competition and consumer choice. President-elect Trump has proposed repealing the ACA. Researchers at RAND have estimated that a repeal would erase all the coverage gains made over the past six years and increase consumers' insurance costs. A simple repeal would also end the significant care delivery system changes that the law brought to Medicare and the elimination of new sources of revenue, leading to a $33 billion increase in the federal deficit in 2018. The president-elect has said he believes that everyone should have health coverage. The replacement proposal on his campaign website, however, would not fully remedy the likely loss of insurance by millions of Americans. Any ACA replacement proposal should be measured by how well it ensures access to high-quality, affordable, and efficient care, especially for our most vulnerable populations. The nation's gains in health care coverage and delivery system design over the last several years have made measurable differences in the lives of millions of Americans. There are many ways to achieve a high-performing health system. But it's critical that the nation remain committed to this goal. -- 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.

11 ноября, 14:00

The Antidote to Office Gossip

Sara*, the CEO of a software company, had recently fired an employee. In a heartbeat, gossip about the who, how and why of the termination began spreading through the office grapevine like chicken pox in a kindergarten classroom. The copy-room commentary was flat-out false. But the buzz quickly infected her team with a rumor that more people were on the chopping block, even though this was far from the truth. How did the gossip get to that point? Why do workplace rumors happen in the first place? And what can be done to prevent them? Up to 90% of conversations qualify as gossip. That means it is almost certain that you are pretty regularly a rumor initiator or enabler, listening without deterrence. And it’s not just cafeteria and hallway whispers that contribute to the problem: Nearly 15% of all work email can be categorized as gossip. To be sure, not all gossip is bad for an organization. But the kind that poisons rapport, maligns reputations, and contaminates cooperation is what you need to take action against. To do this, it’s important to go back to the basics and understand what gossip really is: casual and unconstrained conversation, about absent third parties, regarding information or events that cannot be confirmed as being true. You and Your Team Series Office Politics Make Your Enemies Your Allies Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap Why We Fight at Work Annie McKee How to Manage a Toxic Employee Amy Gallo Gossip is born out of uncertainty. When we are uncertain, we are inclined to make assumptions. Why? Uncertainty creates a knowledge void that must be filled with actual, or in many cases artificial, information. The antidote, of course, is open and honest communication with your employees. Here are a few strategies to try. Give Them the Low-Down A big change in a company — firing a top executive, shutting down an office — can be a tripwire for explosive speculations if the change isn’t communicated clearly to employees. Because uncertainty creates a knowledge void, be sure to quickly fill the void with facts before suspicion becomes “fact.” The more quickly you spill the beans, no matter how painful doing so might be, the less likely people are to start panicking. For example, before seeking to acquire another firm, Joe, the CEO of a midsize consumer packaged goods company, gathered his team and revealed the company’s financials in great detail. Next, he outlined the process for acquisition with a well-defined timeline. In the following weeks, rather than counterproductive chatter clamoring through the ranks, Joe saw her team become more cohesive, rallying together to pull the company through a challenging and transformative time. Get the Scoop from Employees Katrina, the COO of an international software company, made a decision to terminate her entire sales team over the course of a year. It was a move she knew would send the company into a frenzy. To mitigate this, she regularly asked questions before, during, and after the process. She wanted to know: How did people feel about the decision? Was there anything she should be doing differently as the COO to make the transition smoother? How was the leadership team handling the aftermath? Was there anything people wanted to know about the situation that they didn’t already know? By asking questions early and regularly, Katrina signaled to her employees that she valued their feedback and that they were encouraged to become invested in the process. As a result, she squashed the development of widespread negativism within the company, even during a difficult time. Always Wear White Gossip can ruin team cohesion as flagrantly as slinging mud on a white suit. When trust is sullied, rancor, animosity, and misgivings can turn a culture of cooperation into a mosh pit of dysfunction. To “wear white” means to be mindful of mudslinging — and the more you know someone, the less likely you are to malign them. So encourage employees to get to know each other as people, not just coworkers. You can promote workplace fellowship by: sponsoring company events and outings conducting creative icebreakers at the beginning of team meetings hosting a one-on-one lunch with a different employee each week Be a Role Model Employees look to their managers as role models and messengers of organizational values. It’s one thing to insist on conduct based on mutual regard and high character; it’s quite another to demonstrate it. Ethics and empathy should be the tandem directive for conduct. If you model integrity in what you say and do, your employees will likely follow suit. Consistently communicate your expectations in written policies, verbal exchanges, and meaningful actions. In addition, you can block gossip by sticking to the facts — what verifiably was said, done, or occurred — and by being direct. If someone is giving you an earful, let them know you will not participate. If they persist, excuse yourself from the conversation. Gossip has been undermining relationships since the beginning of time. You can diminish its impact by eliminating knowledge voids, fostering feedback, encouraging relationships beyond coworker consideration, and modeling the conduct of mutual regard. After all, grapevines are better suited for making wine. *All names have been changed.

11 ноября, 13:14

GOP insiders to Trump: Leave the policy to Paul Ryan

'Donald Trump and policy-making don't really belong in the same sentence. Ryan will make policy and Donald Trump can Make America Great Again,' said an Iowa Republican.