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19 января, 01:02

What Are Some Startup Strategies That People Should Implement Into Their Daily Lives?

What are some startup strategies that people should implement into their daily lives? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Anna Akbari, sociologist, entrepreneur, professor and the author of Startup Your Life, on Quora. There are several ways to apply startup strategies to your everyday life that I talk about throughout my book, but here are three to get you started: Become an MVP: Startups build an MVP or Minimum Viable Product that delivers only the essential features. They keep it simple and lean. And you can become your own personal MVP by stripping away the unnecessary layers that bog you down - all the "shoulds" and "nice to haves" that cloud your judgement, and reconnect with the things that really matter. What's your personal mantra? What is at the core of everything you do? Let it guide you and give yourself permission to let go of the stuff that isn't in line with it. (You're never too old to become an MVP). Make space for failure: The prevailing Silicon Valley sentiment is that if you aren't failing frequently, you probably aren't risking enough. And I'm reminded of Henry Ford's conception of failure: "failure is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently." If we look at our greatest minds and inventors, from Henry Ford to Thomas Edison, they failed more often than they succeeded. But they persevered and continued to experiment and learn from their shortcomings. It's our failures, not our triumphs, that shape us the most and make us better, stronger, more compelling. Giving yourself permission to fall down can be a win. It cultivates patience, teaches hard lessons, and, if you commit to analyzing what went wrong, makes you exponentially stronger the next time around. But we've largely lost patience with cultivating success. We want instant gratification, but the arc of our lives is long and we need to calibrate our definition of success accordingly. Failure and success are not opposites; they are complements on the same spectrum. So redefine failure, what does it mean to fail? Failure is an opportunity to grow from adversity, but only through the sense-making process; we must actively, deliberately reflect on failure (because we don't grow merely from the failure itself, but from what we make of it). Make space for failure by surfing fear. Constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone. Putting yourself out there is rewarding, even without a definite exterior metric of success. Live a life in transition. Change is not coming: it's already here. And the sooner we accept that the stronger we'll be. Startups change course, or pivot, all the time when things don't go as planned. It's not perceived as bad or embarrassing, just necessary for survival. But we often don't give ourselves the same freedom to explore and hit refresh. Sometimes you're just a pivot away from a major breakthrough, professionally or personally. Living a life in transition and hitting refresh allows you to pull from your accumulated knowledge and to move toward something better. You can be the boss of change if you adapt an "always be changing" mindset to keep your mind ripe and ready for change, making you less likely to become derailed when things ultimately don't go as planned. This question originally appeared on Quora. - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. More questions:​ Personal Branding: What are some tips for creating a strong personal image and brand? Life Advice: How can people become more comfortable with the idea of failure? Startups: What does it mean to live life like a startup? -- 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.

17 января, 03:08

Remarks by the President Honoring the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

East Room 1:40 P.M. EST   THE PRESIDENT:  They said this day would never come.  (Laughter and applause.)  Here is something none of my predecessors ever got a chance to say:  Welcome to the White House the World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs!  (Applause.)     Now, I know you guys would prefer to stand the whole time, but sit down.    I will say to the Cubs:  It took you long enough.  I mean, I’ve only got four days left.  You're just making it under the wire.  (Laughter.)     Now, listen, I made a lot of promises in 2008.  We’ve managed to fulfill a large number of them.  But even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we would see the Cubs win the World Series.  But I did say that there's never been anything false about hope.  (Laughter and applause.)  Hope -- the audacity of hope.     PARTICIPANT:  Yes, we can!   THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, we can.      Now, listen, for those of you from Chicago who have known me a long time, it is no secret that there's a certain South Side team that has my loyalty.  For me, the drought hasn’t been as long.  We had the ’85 Bears; we had the the Bulls’ run in the ‘90s.  I’ve hosted the Blackhawks a number of times.  The White Sox did win just 11 years ago with Ozzie and Konerko and Buerhle.  So I can't claim that I have the same visceral joy of some in this White House.  (Laughter.)     But FLOTUS is a lifelong Cubs fan.  (Applause.)  And I will tell you, she had to go to another event, but in eight years that I've been here -- I told the team this -- in the eight years that I've been here, we've hosted at least 50 teams -- football, basketball, baseball, soccer, you name it -- Michelle has never come to a single event celebrating a champion until today.  (Applause.)  And she came and shook hands, and met with every one of these members of the Cubs organization, and told a story about what it meant for her to be able to see them win, because she remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching a Cubs game, and the bond and the family, the meaning that the Cubs had for her in terms of connecting with her father and why it meant so much for her.  And I almost choked up listening to it.  And it spoke, I think, to how people feel about this organization, and that it's been passed on generation after generation, and it's more than sports.     And that is not just true for FLOTUS.  My longest-serving aide, Anita, is a Cubs fan.  (Applause.)  "Fan" is not enough.  When they won, the next day she said, this is the best day of my life.  ((Laughter.)  And I said, what about me winning the presidency?  What about your wedding day?  She's like, "No, this is the best."  My chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan -- (applause) -- Cubs fan.  In fact, there were a lot of sick days during the playoffs.  (Laughter.)  One of my staff members was caught being interviewed at a bar outside of Wrigley -- (laughter) -- and we're watching him being interviewed.  You remember?  And he's looking kind of sheepish about it.  It's like, why aren’t you in the office?  (Laughter.)     But, look, the truth is, there was a reason not just that people felt good about the Cubs winning.  There was something about this particular Cubs team winning that people felt good about.  For example, David Ross and I have something in common -- we’ve both been on a “year-long retirement party.”  (Laughter and applause.)  But unlike Grandpa, my team has not yet bought me a scooter with a motorized golf caddy.  But there are four days left -- maybe I'll get that.   The last time the Cubs won the World Series, Teddy Roosevelt was President.  Albert Einstein -- or was it Thomas Edison was still alive.  The first Cubs radio broadcast wouldn’t be for almost two decades.  We’ve been through World Wars, a Cold War, a Depression, space race, all manner of social and technological change.  But during that time, those decades were also marked by Phil Cavarretta and Ernie Banks; Billy Williams, who's here today -- (applause) -- Ron Santo; Ferg, Ryne Sandberg, Dawson, Maddux, Grace.  Those decades were punctuated by Lee Elia’s rants and Harry Caray’s exuberance; “Hey Hey,” and “Holy Cow,” and capped off by “Go Cubs Go.”   So the first thing that made this championship so special for so many is, is that the Cubs know what it's like to be loyal, and to persevere and to hope, and to suffer, and then keep on hoping.  And it’s a generational thing.  That's what you heard Michelle describing.  People all across the city remember the first time a parent took them to Wrigley, where memories of climbing into dad's lap to watch games on WGN -- and that’s part of the reason, by the way, why Michelle had invited -- made sure that José Cardenal was here, because that was her favorite player.  (Applause.)  And she was describing -- back then he had a big afro, and she was describing how she used to wear her hat over her afro the same way José did.   You could see all that love this season in the fans who traveled to their dads’ gravesites to listen to games on the radio; who wore their moms’ old jerseys to games; who covered the brick walls of Wrigley with love notes in chalk to departed fans whose lifelong faith was finally fulfilled.   None of this, of course, would have happened without the extraordinary contributions of the Ricketts family.  Tom met his wife, Cece, in the bleachers of Wrigley about 30 years ago -- which is about 30 years longer than most of relationships that begin there last.  (Laughter and applause.)  Our dear friend Laura Ricketts met her wife, Brooke, in the ballpark, as well.    Brothers and sisters -- they turned this team around by hiring what has to be one of the greatest, if not -- I mean, he's still pretty young, so we'll see how long he keeps on going -- the greatest general managers of all time, Theo Epstein -- (applause) -- and along with Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.  They did just an unbelievable job.  Theo, as you know -- his job is to quench droughts.  86 years in Boston; 108 in Chicago.  He takes the reins of an organization that's wandering in the wilderness, he delivers them to the Promised Land.  I've talked to him about being DNC chair.  (Laughter and applause.)  But he decided wisely to stick to baseball.     That brings me to the other thing that was so special about this championship -- and that's just the guys behind me, the team.  They steamrolled the majors this year with a 103-win record.  All you had to know about this team was encapsulated in that one moment in Game 5, down three games to one, do or die, in front of the home fans when David Ross and Jon Lester turned to each other and said, “I love you, man."  And he said, "I love you, too.”  It was sort of like an Obama-Biden moment.  (Laughter.)     And then you've got the manager, Joe Maddon, who -- (applause) -- let's face it, there are not a lot of coaches or managers who are as cool as this guy.  Look how he looks right now.  (Applause.)  That's cool.  That's cool.  He used costume parties and his “Shaggin’ Wagon.”  (Laughter.)  So he's got -- just saying -- he's got a lot of tricks to motivate.  But he’s also a master of tactics, and makes the right move at the right time:  when to pinch hit, when to pinch run, when to make it rain -- (laughter) -- in Game 7 of the World Series.  It was masterful.  So he set the tone, but also some of the amazing players here set the tone.    My fellow “44” -- Anthony Rizzo, the heart of this team.  (Applause.)  Five years ago, he was a part of the squad that lost 101 games.  He stuck at it, and led the National League in All-Star votes this year.   His business partner in the “Bryzzo Souvenir Company,” which delivers baseballs to fans in all parts of the bleachers -- Kris Bryant.  (Applause.)  This guy had a good year.  (Laughter.)  You go from Rookie of the Year to being the MVP.  You win the World Series.  And then, like me, he marries up and comes to the White House.  And he did all this just in 10 days -- (laughter) -- when it took me a long time.  So, congratulations to the newlyweds, Jessica and Kris Bryant.  (Applause.)     And then you got these young guys like Baez and Russell.  (Applause.)   Baez turning tagging into an art form.  Russell becoming the youngest player to hit a World Series Grand Slam since Mickey Mantle.  (Applause.)  And you mix these amazing young talents with somebody like David Ross who, for example, helped Anthony out of his “glass case of emotions” in Game 7.  (Applause.)  But think about what Ross did in his final season:  Caught a no-hitter, surpassed 100 home runs for his career, including one in his last game ever.  If there was ever a way to go out, this was it.     And then you got Ben Zobrist, who didn’t get to come to the White House last year after winning it all with the Royals, but then hits .357 in the World Series, go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning of Game 7, World Series MVP.  I think he's earned his way here.  (Applause.)  And is apparently a good guy, because I asked his wife -- she was in line before he was -- and I said, has he gotten a big head since he got the whole MVP thing?  "No, he's so sweet, he's so humble."  You owe her dinner tonight.  (Laughter.)     Extraordinary pitching staff, including Kyle Hendricks, the first Cub to lead the majors in ERA since 1938.  (Applause.)  Kyle, in turn, was the only pitcher this year with a better ERA than Jon Lester, who racked up 19 wins.  (Applause.)  Good job. Jake Arrieta, 2015 Cy Young Award winner, stretched a 20-game win streak featuring two no-hitters across the past two seasons, then hit a home run in the NLDS, and won two games in the World Series.  So, apparently Pilates works.  Michelle says it does.  (Applause.)     And then, finally, the game itself and the Series itself.  To come back from a 3-1 deficit against a great Cleveland Indians team forced what is widely considered the Game 7 of all time.  Dexter Fowler becomes the first player to hit a leadoff home run in Game 7.  (Applause.)  Javy Baez hits another leadoff the fifth.  David Ross becomes the oldest player to knock one out in a Game 7, as well.  Kyle Schwarber, who's been hurt and hobbled, then suddenly he comes in and gets seven hits in the Series -- three in Game 7 alone.  (Applause.)     And then you've got the 10th inning, you've got the rain.  God finally feeling mercy on Cubs fans.  An entire game, an entire season, an entire century of hope and heartbreak all coming down to a one-inning sprint.  And then Zobrist knocked in one, Montero knocked in another.  Carl Edwards, Jr. and Mike Montgomery teamed up to shut the Indians down.     And then, at 12:47 a.m. Eastern Time, Bryant -- it looks like he's going to slip; everybody is getting a little stressed -- tosses a grounder to Rizzo; Rizzo gets the ball, slips it in his back pocket -- (laughter) -- which shows excellent situational awareness.  (Laughter and applause.)  And suddenly everything is changed.  No more black cats, billy goats, ghosts, flubbed grounders.  The Chicago Cubs are the champs.  And on ESPN, you've got Van Pelt saying, “one of the all-time great nights.”  You've got Tim Kurkjian calling it “the greatest night of baseball in the history of the game.”  Two days later, millions of people -- the largest gathering of Americans that I know of in Chicago.  And for a moment, our hometown becomes the very definition of joy.  So, in Chicago, I think it's fair to say you guys will be popular for a while.  (Laughter.)     But, in addition, they're also doing a lot of good work. Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester raised money to help others beat cancer like they did.  (Applause.)  Under the Ricketts Family’s leadership, last year alone, Cubs Charities supported charitable grants and donations of nearly $4 million that reached nearly 120,000 children and young adults across Chicagoland.  (Applause.)  Under their “Let’s Give” initiative, Cubs staff, coaches, players, and spouses donated more than 1,500 hours of service last year to the community.  And after their visit here today, they will head to Walter Reed to visit with some of our brave wounded warriors.  (Applause.)     So just to wrap up, today is, I think, our last official event -- isn't it? -- at the White House, under my presidency.  And it also happens to be a day that we celebrate one of the great Americans of all time, Martin Luther King, Jr.  And later, as soon as we're done here, Michelle and I are going to go over and do a service project, which is what we do every year to honor Dr. King.  And it is worth remembering -- because sometimes people wonder, well why are you spending time on sports, there's other stuff going on -- that throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together, even when the country is divided.  Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were.  It is a game and it is celebration, but there's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here.  There's a direct line between people loving Ernie Banks, and then the city being able to come together and work together in one spirit.     I was in my hometown of Chicago on Tuesday, for my farewell address, and I said, sometimes it's not enough just to change the laws, you got to change hearts.  And sports has a way, sometimes, of changing hearts in a way that politics or business doesn’t.  And sometimes it's just a matter of us being able to escape and relax from the difficulties of our days, but sometimes it also speaks to something better in us.  And when you see this group of folks of different shades and different backgrounds, and coming from different communities and neighborhoods all across the country, and then playing as one team and playing the right way, and celebrating each other and being joyous in that, that tells us a little something about what America is and what America can be.   So it is entirely appropriate that we celebrate the Cubs today, here in this White House, on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday because it helps direct us in terms of what this country has been and what it can be in the future.   With that, one more time, let's congratulate the 2016 World Champion, Chicago Cubs!  (Applause.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  Talk about a tough act to follow.  Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you for inviting us.  We're all honored to be here today, and we appreciate you taking the time on such an important day, Martin Luther King Day, and during such a historic week, the last week of your distinguished presidency.   As told on my way in here, actually, by our club historian, it's actually not the first time this franchise has visited the White House.  It was 1888.  (Laughter.)  And we were known as the "Chicago White Stockings," and we stopped in here to visit President Grover Cleveland.  And apparently, the team demanded for a proclamation to be named the best baseball team in the country.  The President refused, and the team went on their way.  (Laughter.)  Here we are, we're going to make no such demands today.  (Laughter.)  But we appreciate those kind words.   The President was so kind to recognize our three Hall-of-Famers here with us today who are so synonymous with what it means to be a Cub -- Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg.  (Applause.)  And, of course, José Cardenal, who got the longest hug from the First Lady we've ever seen -- her favorite player of all time, you're the MVP today.  (Laughter.)     And I want to, one more time, recognize all of the Ricketts family who are here today.  Tom, who's been such an ideal leader for our organization.  Laura, who's been such a strong supporter of this President.  And, Todd, who will embark on his journey in public service with a significant role in the new administration next week.  And, Pete, who's busy governing Nebraska, couldn’t be here, but sends his best.     Finally, we'd like to recognize all of our wives and significant others who do so much to support us behind the scenes, our great "Front Office," who have worked so hard.  (Applause.)     So, Mr. President, as you alluded to in Cleveland on November 2nd, and into the early morning of November 3rd, this special group of players behind me, in one of the greatest World Series games in history, ended the longest championship drought in American sports.  And when Kris Bryant's throw settled into Anthony Rizzo's glove for the final out of Game 7, the victory brought pride, joy, relief and redemption to Cub fans everywhere, including many in the White House.  (Applause.)     So, many of you were there, but the city of Chicago erupted, unified into celebration that continues to this day.  It was a thrilling, emotional time, and we think we even saw some White Sox fans smiling -- (laughter) -- which, Mr. President, brings us to you.     THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.   MR. EPSTEIN:  We know you may have a certain allegiance to another team on the other side of town, but we know you're a very proud Chicagoan, and we know your better, wiser half, the First Lady -- (laughter) -- has been a life-long and very loyal Cub fan, which we appreciate very much.  And, of course, we have great faith in your intelligence, your common sense, your pragmatism, your ability to recognize a good thing when you see one.  (Laughter.)     So, Mr. President, with only a few days remaining in your tremendous presidency, we have taken the liberty here today of offering you a midnight pardon -- (laughter and applause) -- for all your indiscretions as a baseball fan.  And so we welcome you with open arms today into the Cubs family.  (Applause.)     To recognize this terrific conversion and this great day, we have some gifts for you and your family.  First, Anthony Rizzo has graciously agreed to share his number 44 with "The 44."  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  There we go!   MR. EPSTEIN:  And if you're still not comfortable putting a Cubs jersey on, this one just says Chicago, so you're good with that one.  (Applause.)     Second, we have -- at historic Wrigley Field, we have a centerfield scoreboard that's actually a historic landmark, and so we hope the National Park Service won't mind, but we took down a tile for you, number 44.  (Applause.)  Very few people have one of those.   THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, that's very cool.   MR. EPSTEIN:  We also wanted you to know that, as a new fan, you have some catching up to do.  (Laughter.)  And you've been busy the last eight years, and your family as well, so Laura Ricketts is here to present you with a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field for you and your family.  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  I love how it says, "Non-transferrable."  (Laughter.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  It's strictly -- it's just an emolument.   THE PRESIDENT:  Can you imagine if somebody walks up and is like -- (laughter) --    MS. RICKETTS:  You don’t have to bring it with you.     MR. EPSTEIN:  And finally, every time we win a game in Chicago, we fly the "W" flag, as you know.  So we brought one for you, signed by the entire team, and we'd love for you to fly it at your new library, which we plan to do our very best to support.  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  This is nice swag.  Thank you so much.  This is great.     MR. JENKINS:  You got to get him to put the uniform on.  (Laughter.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  It's just day one.  It's just day one.   THE PRESIDENT:  Fergie, we're doing okay so far.  (Laughter.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  So, Mr. President, thank you for the dignity and integrity with which you've served this country for the last eight years, for your tremendous service to Chicago and Illinois before that, and for hosting us here today.  We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you on Wrigley Field.  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, everybody, thank you so much.  Let me say, first of all, best swag I've gotten as President represented right here.  (Laughter.)  And let me also say on behalf of a lot of folks here in the White House, you brought a lot of joy to a lot of people here, and we're grateful.  I know my former Chief of Staff, now mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel; folks like Dick Durbin, and we got a whole congressional delegation here; I see Lisa Madigan, my dear friend --- just a lot of people have been rooting for you for a long time.   So even though it will be hard for me, Fergie, to wear a jersey, do know that among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs number-one fan.  (Laughter and applause.) END   2:12 P.M. EST

11 января, 17:53

Light-bulb moment: The curious case of missing global productivity growth

WORK smarter, not harder. It is one of the more irritating things that a boss can tell you. But at the macroeconomic level, it is important. Growth can come from having more labour (recruiting more workers, or making existing employees work for longer hours), more capital, or from using that labour and capital more effectively—something known as total factor productivity (TFP). This can come from the kind of brilliant innovations devised by Thomas Edison (pictured) or the less-heralded but equally important improvements such as the adoption of the moving conveyor belt to speed up assembly work. Since there are limits to the amount of additional capital and labour, productivity is key to long-run growth.Measuring productivity is far from easy; it tends to be the residual left over when all other factors have been accounted for. The OECD says it "can often be a measure of our ignorance". Still, the attached table is very striking. It comes from the US Conference Board (here's the link, with thanks to Gervais Williams of Miton and Andrew Lees of Macrostrategy Partnership for drawing it to my attention). And it shows that, at the global level, total factor productivity fell last year, was flat the two years before, and has barely budged since 2007. Before the crisis, it was growing at 0.9% a year.  The OECD has written extensively about the productivity issue and ...

11 января, 17:53

Light-bulb moment: The curious case of missing global productivity growth

WORK smarter, not harder. It is one of the more irritating things that a boss can tell you. But at the macroeconomic level, it is important. Growth can come from having more labour (recruiting more workers, or making existing employees work for longer hours), more capital, or from using that labour and capital more effectively—something known as total factor productivity (TFP). This can come from the kind of brilliant innovations devised by Thomas Edison (pictured) or the less-heralded but equally important improvements such as the adoption of the moving conveyor belt to speed up assembly work. Since there are limits to the amount of additional capital and labour, productivity is key to long-run growth.Measuring productivity is far from easy; it tends to be the residual left over when all other factors have been accounted for. The OECD says it "can often be a measure of our ignorance". Still, the attached table is very striking. It comes from the US Conference Board (here's the link, with thanks to Gervais Williams of Miton and Andrew Lees of Macrostrategy Partnership for drawing it to my attention). And it shows that, at the global level, total factor productivity fell last year, was flat the two years before, and has barely budged since 2007. Before the crisis, it was growing at 0.9% a year.  The OECD has written extensively about the productivity issue and ...

16 декабря 2016, 18:11

Inventions in Everything: Rolling on the Vinyl Tracks

Everybody over the age of 40 knows how record players work, right? The kind based on the phonograph invented by Thomas Edison back in 1877? If not, or if you're under the age of 40 and have never encountered how people played music in the days before the digital era, here's a quick primer: Now, let's turn that concept totally around. What if instead of spinning a record on a traditional player, you kept the record still and sent the player to travel along the tracks of the record itself? Via Core77, that's the concept behind the RokBlok, a new music player currently being featured in a KickStarter campaign by a company called Pink Donut. The Kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded, so this is something that's really going to exist, which you can have by pledging $69! (Bluetooth speakers not included....) And since we're talking about spinning records, lets have a flashback to the most popular song ever recorded that mentions how records were spun in the old days.... Update 18 December 2016: One of our readers notes that the concept behind the RokBlok isn't a new one - it follows in the heels of the Tamco Soundwagon from 1970, which was modeled to resemble a VW bus: The downside of the Soundwagon was that it was harsh on vinyl records. In their refinement of the concept, the RokBlok's developers specifically addressed this shortcoming: RokBlok has been engineered to prevent damage to your records when in us. We do this by carefully balancing and distributing the weight of the player (3.2 oz) across its scratch-proof rubber wheels and not the needle. This makes it so the needle does not take the brunt of the weight out on your record’s grooves. Beyond that change, the real innovation in the RokBlok would appear to lie in its large improvement in sound quality compared to the Soundwagon, thanks to its incorporation of Bluetooth wireless speaker technology by its developer, Lucas Riley, who had begun developing the RokBlok without any knowledge of the Soundwagon's existence. Riley despaired that his idea wasn't original, until he realized that the Soundwagon had a big design problem. When speakers spin, as they do in the Soundwagon, they create the doppler effect, best experienced in the caterwauling of an ambulance siren. But by using wireless to pipe the RokBlok's sound to a Bluetooth speaker, the RokBlok could bypass that particular issue. Riley also encountered a problem in developing the RokBlok that turned out to have previously been solved by Tamco's engineers, which he directly incorporated into its design: Not only that, but Riley realized that he could use the Soundwagon to backwards-engineer a solution to the RokBlok's slow-down problem. It turned out that Tamco's engineers had modified the gadget's resistor to essentially provide less electricity to the Soundwagon's wheels over time, allowing it to sync up to the speed of the record. He's now using basically the same solution. On the whole, the story of the RokBlok is another great example of the things we marvel at today and how they came to be after being invented long ago and forgotten before being rediscovered and reinvented.

12 декабря 2016, 14:46

Анализ перспектив Corning Inc: ставка на дивиденды

Текущий обзор посвящен компании Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW), в котором мы постараемся представить подробную информацию о профиле компании, а также провести анализ производственных и финансовых результатов за несколько лет и за последний отчетный период – за 9 месяцев 2016 года.

09 декабря 2016, 15:53

Where are all the women, Wikipedia? | Laura Bates

The gamechanging inventor Margaret E Knight is summed up in only 500 words on the site, where men make up 83% of notable profiles – and most of the editors tooIt is often said that women have been written out of history. We have all heard of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, but few are familiar with their contemporary, Margaret E Knight, a prolific Amerian inventor who held over 20 patents and was decorated by Queen Victoria. Knight created her first device, a safety mechanism for textile machines, after witnessing a factory accident aged just 12. She later invented a machine that created the flat-bottomed paper bags still used in grocery stores today. When she died in 1914, an obituary described her as a “woman Edison”. Somewhat dispiritingly, she has also been described as “the most famous 19th-century woman inventor”. But how many of us know her name?If you were to try and research Knight’s life and work, you might struggle. Her Wikipedia profile is just under 500 words long; Edison’s is more than 8,500. Of course, Edison’s contribution to the development of the electric light warrants a significant write-up, and his legacy deserves a lengthy profile. But his Wikipedia page also contains minute detail about his early life, diets and views on religion. By contrast, information on Knight’s page is scant, though she too invented an item still widely used today. Her profile lacks many details (including any mention of her first invention), which are available elsewhere online, particularly on websites dedicated to commemorating the work of female inventors. That such resources exist says a lot about the erasure of women such as Knight from more mainstream information sources. Continue reading...

09 декабря 2016, 14:36

U.S. Ambassador to Russia: Culture can ‘help us to put right our relations’

Culture and cultural ties can form the basis for an improvement in relations between Russia and the United States, Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak told the RIA Novosti news agency after a grand gala in honor of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy on Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C. “I have strong faith that culture and cultural ties can help us to put right our relations,” said Kislyak at the end of the event. The event was the 24th evening of its kind held by the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation. Each meeting, held twice a year, is devoted to a person or phenomenon that laid an impact on the two countries’ cultures. The Life and Philosophy of Leo Tolstoy in 15 Photos During the evening reception, which took place at the Washington club Cosmos, audiences were presented with a fresh view of Tolstoy’s work, conveyed through music, ballet, singing and readings of excerpts from his prose and personal correspondence. The evening began with a number presented by the Akhmedova Ballet Academy. After a congratulatory speech on behalf of all the organizers by the head of the fund Eugen K. Lawson, the audience was presented with a number of reports and lectures about Leo Tolstoy’s life. A speech by Professor Andrew Kaufman of the University of Virginia gave a special flavor to the event and was received with a standing applause from the audience. A significant part of the event was focused on the correspondence Tolstoy held with American friends, which was presented by the archive of the Moscow State Leo Tolstoy Museum (the documents date back to the first decade of the 20th century). Both ordinary Americans and great scientists corresponded with Tolstoy – including Thomas Edison. Interestingly, it is thanks to Tolstoy’s friendship with Edison that we now have the recording of his voice, which was one of the first to be recorded on the phonograph invented by the American 130 years ago. First published in Russian in RIA Novosti Subscribe to get the hand picked best stories every week

09 декабря 2016, 09:00

The victory of Donald Trump by Michio Kaku

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06 декабря 2016, 14:30

Ключи и лампочки Томаса Эдисона пойдут с молотка

Ключи от дверей лаборатории знаменитого изобретателя в одноимённом городке штата Нью-Джерси и несколько лампочек будут проданы на американском аукционе Heritage.

22 ноября 2016, 06:02

Дракон-конь: «новый человек» изменяющейся Японии. (Драматическая история в нескольких частях с прологом и эпилогом) Часть четвертая

Около девяти часов холодным вечером 15 ноября 1867 года Накаока Синтаро из хана Тоса прибыл на постоялый двор Омия с тремя спутниками. Тут один из самураев, находившихся здесь же, спросил его слугу, не здесь ли остановился господин Сайя - такова была кличка Рёма. Ничего не подозревающий слуга ответил утвердительно и повел гостей вверх по лестнице. И тут один из самураев выхватил меч и ударил его в спину, затем все четверо взбежали по лестнице и углубились в темный коридор. Открывая раздвижные двери, ведущие в комнату Рёма, один из них выкрикнул: «Господин Сайя, как я ждал этой встречи!»

19 ноября 2016, 17:05

К юбилею минской детской музыкальной школы искусств № 1: как в стенах заведения воспитываются будущие звезды сцены

Легендарный изобретатель и предприниматель Томас Эдисон однажды заметил: «Гений – это 1% вдохновения и 99% пота». С суровой формулой жизни хорошо знакомы профессиональные музыканты. Ежедневный труд, отсутствие свободного времени, а иногда и буквально стертые в кровь пальцы – такова цена безупречной техники.

10 ноября 2016, 20:04

Развитие смертной казни в США.

Оригинал взят у oper_1974 в Развитие смертной казни в США.         История применения смертной казни в США берет свое начало еще в колониальный период. Принято считать, что практика подобного вида наказания была привезена в Новый Свет колонистами из Европы.         Уже в 1612 г. в Вирджинии губернатором Томасом Дейлом (Thomas Dale) был введен свод законов, который предусматривал смертную казнь даже за незначительные преступления (кража винограда, убийство куриц и торговля с индейцами).        В 1630 г. в Массачусетсе впервые была совершена смертная казнь. В 1665 г. в Нью-Йорке был принят ряд законов под названием The Duke´s Laws, которые предусматривали применение смертной казни за избиение родителей, а так же за непринятие "истинного Бога".         Судя по архивным данным, самой популярной экзекуцией на рубеже XVIII века являлось повешение. Такие казни проходили с минимальными затратами. Суд выносил преступнику смертный приговор, и уже через несколько дней его вешали на ближайшем дереве.       Всё, что для этого требовалось - лестница, верёвка и пара опытных палачей, которые получали небольшой гонорар. Эшафоты для повешения строились только в тех случаях, когда судебный процесс приобретал национальную известность.      Примерно в 1720 году казни в США превратились в один из видов массового развлечения. Палачи смекнули, что это может принести им неплохие деньги, так как люди любят смотреть на запретные и шокирующие вещи.      "Когда человек повисал в петле, зрители охали и отворачивали головы, закрывали глаза и плакали, - писал историк Сизар Коули. - Однако никто не упускал возможности посетить казнь лично. Любопытство и прилив адреналина двигали толпой".      Если в XVII веке казни проводились преимущественно с согласия церкви, то в XVIII веке главными палачами выступали уже плантаторы. Провинившихся рабов вешали, сжигали или заковывали в железных клетках, подвешенных на деревьях.      В архивах до сих пор сохранились записи, вроде: "Фрэнсис Бош. Чернокожий. Раб. Преступление: восстание рабов и кража лошади. Наказание: повешение в кандалах. Место: Нью-Йорк. Дата: 1741 год".       В 1794 г. в штате Пенсильвания смертная казнь как один из видов наказания была отменена для всех преступлений кроме убийства первой степени.      В начале 19 в. происходят значительные изменения в системе наказания: в некоторых штатах была построена система пенитенциарных учреждений, а также уменьшен список преступлений, расценивающихся как тяжкие и особо тяжкие; происходит отмена смертной казни в ряде штатов.      Первым штатом был Мичиган, в котором в 1846 г. смертная казнь была отменена в отношении всех преступлений за исключением государственной измены. Затем отмена смертной казни происходит в штатах Род-Айленд и Висконсин.      Тем не менее, в большинстве штатов смертная казнь имела место. Причем показательно, что список преступлений классифицируемых как тяжкие был расширен, особенно для преступлений совершаемых рабами.      Кроме того, во второй половине 19 в. (особенно в период Гражданской войны) помимо официальных способов смертной казни широкое распространение получает так называемый Суд Линча (назван по имени землевладельца из Вирджинии Чарльза Линча, который казнил нарушителей закона без суда).      В XIX веке государственная инструкция требовала использования специальной верёвки и постройки эшафота по особым стандартам. Дилетанты к проведению казней не допускались. Специально подготовленные палачи должны были моментально принимать решения в сложных ситуациях, когда, например, преступник болтался в петле, но по-прежнему дышал.     До второй половины XIX века американцы относились к смертной казни абсолютно равнодушно. Менее 3% населения считали, что её нужно отменить и заменить пожизненным заключением. В основном таких взглядов придерживались родственники преступников, дожидавшихся повешения.      1881 год изменил всё. Группа бизнесменов и коллеги знаменитого "лампочника" Томаса Эдисона изобрели электрический стул и запустили национальную кампанию по дегуманизации повешения. Они рассказывали, как долго преступники мучаются в петле и что даже убийцам необходимо гарантировать лёгкую смерть.        Всего за восемь лет сознание населения было полностью изменено. Люди начали воспринимать электрический стул как один из самых быстрых и лёгких способов ухода из жизни. Он стал настоящим символом избавления от страданий.      Первым казнённым на электрическом стуле стал нью-йоркский убийца Уильям Кеммнер (август 1890-го). За его ужасающей смертью следила вся страна. Его "поджаривали" несколько минут, и всё это время преступник оставался жив. У него вытекли глаза, помещение наполнилось запахом горелого мяса, однако все эти подробности пресса упустила.      Изобретатели орудия смерти с помощью больших денег и связей в высших кругах власти официально утвердили электрический стул, как "самый гуманный способ наказания за всю историю существования Соединённых Штатов".         В начале 20 в. происходит ряд преобразований, в том числе и в сфере правосудия и в результате с 1907 по 1917 гг. 6 штатов полностью отменили смертную казнь и 3 штата ограничили ее распространение на два вида преступлений: государственная измена и убийство первой степени (убийство должностного лица), тем не менее, пять из шести штатов в дальнейшем восстановили применение смертной казни на своей территории.        С начала 17 в. количество приведенных в исполнение смертных приговоров стабильно возрастает и достигает своего пика в начале 20 в. Можно выделить главные причины столь резкого увеличения числа казней:       Во-первых, экономические и политические трансформации в России в начале 20 в. В связи с этим в Америке растет страх возможности подобного явления и на территории их государства. В результате ряд штатов, ранее отказавшихся от смертной казни или ограничивших ее определенным видом преступлений возвращается к ее практике.        Во-вторых, Великая Депрессия 1930-х гг. Как пишут американские историки, в указанный период времени было произведено самое большое количество смертных казней за всю историю ее существования в США.14 летнего Джоржа Стинни казнили в 1944 г. а через 70 лет признали невиновным.      В начале XX века даже авторитетные учёные заявляли о "тупике эволюции способов экзекуции". Тогда никто не догадывался, что в 20-х годах появятся газовые камеры. Они до сих пор являются самым неизученным методом убийства.      Многие документы американское правительство засекретило, однако опытные химики уже тогда называли газовые камеры "худшим способом убийства в человеческой истории".     Психологи считали, что самые большие страдания преступник испытывал, когда двери узкой и тесной камеры закрывались. Ощущение клаустрофобии и безысходности намного страшнее, чем непосредственное глотание газа. Иногда между процессом запирания и пусканием газа проходило более трёх часов.     Изобретение смертельной инъекции и машины по её внутривенному введению стало самым дорогостоящим в истории казней. Частные компании, заключившие договора с государством на $800 млн., разрабатывали новую технологию убийства почти 20 лет.      В конечном счёте инъекция получилась гораздо менее эффективной, чем убойная доза обыкновенного морфия или героина. Состав этой гремучей смеси совершенствуется с 1982 года по сей день.        Таким образом, на протяжении 315 лет "индустрия" смертных казней в Соединённых Штатах меньше всего заботилась о гуманности и безболезненном уходе заключённого из жизни. На экзекуциях были заработаны триллионы долларов (с учётом инфляции), десятки тысяч людей умерли в муках и страданиях.       Любопытно, что в 1972 году Верховный суд США запретил казни, однако запрет продлился всего четыре года. Его сняли лоббисты, заинтересованные в астрономических доходах от продвижения смертельной инъекции.       Народное одобрение снятия запрета было получено благодаря раскрутке нескольких громких уголовных дел и газетным заголовкам, вроде "Этот человек убил 15 детей, разрушив счастливые семьи. Неужели он не заслуживает смерти? Почему наше правительство прощает таких мерзавцев?".         Преступления, за которые наказанием служит смертная казнь варьируются от штата к штату. Проанализировав имеющиеся данные, можно сделать следующий вывод: во всех штатах смертной казнью карается убийство (убийство первой степени, тяжкое убийство, преднамеренное убийство, изнасилование и последующее убийство), в 12 штатах казнят только за убийство первой степени (с наличием отягчающих обстоятельств или без их наличия), в 4 штатах смертной казни подлежат лица, совершившие государственную измену.        Кроме того, в некоторых штатах предусмотрена смертная казнь для лиц, совершивших насильственные действия в отношении женщин (изнасилование, изнасилование и убийство) и детей (изнасилование ребенка, не достигшего 16 лет, похищение ребенка, повлекшее смерть, похищение ребенка с причинением телесных повреждений и др.), в ряде штатов казнь является наказанием за лжесвидетельство, повлекшее казнь невиновного человека.http://www.rae.ru/forum2012/248/1032http://publizist.ru/blogs/23441/10449/-

07 ноября 2016, 19:50

Common Benefits of Failure That Entrepreneurs Should Keep in Mind

Image credit: PhotoDune While it is human nature to spend a lot of time focusing on the success stories we hear in life, particularly those in our area of business or expertise, it is also a fact of life that failure--  or what some people would simply see as things not going to plan -- occurs often enough too. If you want to build a successful business and grow as an entrepreneur, you will have to face some setbacks and challenges along the way; if you don't, you're likely not pushing yourself enough or learning anything new. Happily, though, failure can also actually help your business, if you know how to learn from your mistakes. Read on for some common benefits that you can keep in mind today. Learn Invaluable Lessons One of the biggest pluses of something not turning out how you wanted is that it gives you the opportunity to learn many invaluable lessons. Take master inventor Thomas Edison as just one example of learning from so-called failure. While Edison was one of the country's most successful innovators, he always had to go through many different attempts along the way to making his inventions work. Indeed, when asked about his failures the famed creator once said, that "I have not failed 10,000 times  -- I've successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work." If you want to be a long-term entrepreneur, you will need to learn from your mistakes too. The lessons you learn from things not going to plan tend to be things you won't discover any other way, whether through a degree, through a mentor, or from books. Lessons learned first-hand are the ones that stick, after all, and will always be with you, reminding you of what not to do in the future. During your career in business you are sure to learn invaluable lessons about things such as: The importance of research and planning Forging partnerships with the right people Surrounding yourself with the best team Understanding and tracking finances Making decisions hastily or at times of heightened emotion The importance of small details Failure can certainly help you to be more cautious in the future, as well as more careful about whom you go to for advice. Face Your Fears and Face the Facts Enduring failures in business also helps you to face your fears and to face the facts. While you may not want to do this at first, the end results can be illuminating and more quickly lead you to the success you desire. For many people, the threat of failure looms over their head all the time and radically affects how they go about their days and what they aim for in life. A benefit of facing failure is that it helps you to face up to your fear and to learn that your whole world won't stop or collapse if you're not successful. Once you own your failure, you can be liberated from this type of fear and go about your business without the added (and often debilitating) pressure of attempting to be perfect. In addition, having a failure in your business, whether the whole venture doesn't succeed or just a particular product or branch of the firm alerts you to issues with your idea or your process that need to be amended. Facing up to these facts can give you pause and encourage you to conduct more research, analyze your target market better, or spend more time identifying gaps in your sales or admin process, for instance. Enjoy Increased Clarity, Creativity, and Resilience There are much more personal benefits to be enjoyed as a result of failure too. Clarity, for example, is a common one. Getting results you weren't hoping for can help you to clear out the clutter in your life and focus in on what it is that you're after in life. Creativity can also come as a result of a lack of success in an endeavor. Failure tends to create constraints in life (such as limiting the resources you have available), which means that you, in turn, will need to become more innovative and look for fresh possibilities to explore. Often, these constraints will lead you to your best ideas ever. Facing failure can also build your strength of character. Having to deal with things not going to plan can be a huge test of your grit, resilience, and determination. It can show you that you're much stronger than you realized and that you have more courage than expected. Failure can help to drive you on even more in the future, as it can spur you on to do better next time round. Bottom Line: When it comes to failure, the bottom line is that the definition of the word is actually "lack of success," and not a corresponding indictment of a person's entire personality, skill sell, or any other personal element. If you feel disappointed that you didn't receive the results you wanted on a business, product launch, idea or more, take the time to look for the benefits in the experience regardless. This way you will find much to take away, which will help you become a better entrepreneur in the long run. -- 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.

07 ноября 2016, 11:30

Не "Матильдой" единой. Киноляпы, которые оскорбляют историю

Что не так с "Матильдой"?  Лайф попросил исторического консультанта кино и сериалов Павла Корнакова и эксперта по декоративно-прикладному искусству из Российского аукционного дома Светлану Честных проанализировать обнародованные кадры из "Матильды" и трейлер будущего кинофильма на предмет соответствия предметов интерьера истории. — Костюмы и интерьеры в трейлере фильма "Матильда" воссозданы в соответствии с эпохой и со временем. На мой взгляд, особенно удалась сцена в особняке Кшесинской, который есть на снимках. Известно, что она очень любила французскую мебель, лак, в интерьере это читается. Хорошо сделана сцена коронации. В целом, я считаю, интерьеры и архитектура русского модерна, показанные в трёхминутном ролике, воссозданы верно, — рассказала Лайфу главный эксперт по декоративно-прикладному искусству Российского аукционного дома Светлана Честных. По словам исторического консультанта кино и сериалов Павла Корнакова, одежда и интерьер в фильме не совсем соответствуют действительности. — Мне подарили фотографии кадров со съёмок коронации, показанной в фильме, и могу сказать, что это полный непорядок. И кавалергарды одеты не так, как надо, и награды развешаны не так, как положено. Декорации великолепны, но наполнение никуда не годится, — говорит Корнаков. Затерянные во времени По словам экспертов, одна из самых распространённых ошибок авторов исторического кино возникает из-за желания снимать фильм именно в тех местах, где действительно происходили описываемые в картине события. Например, режиссёру "Царства небесного" и "Гладиатора" Ридли Скотту не пришло в голову, что за несколько веков локация меняет свой облик.  Вышедшая на экраны в 2005 году картина "Царство небесное" рассказывает о событиях, предшествовавших Третьему крестовому походу. В один из моментов главный герой кинокартины Балиан в исполнении Орландо Блума отправляется рефлексировать на Голгофу, которая в фильме представлена как пустынный холм за пределами городских стен. Всё бы хорошо, но в конце XII века лобное место располагалось уже в центре Иерусалима.  — Как минимум там должен уже быть храм Гроба Господня, — подтвердил Лайфу директор Центра информационных и социологических программ Фонда исторической перспективы Александр Музафаров.  Ещё одну эпическую драму Ридли Скотта "Гладиатор", появившуюся пятью годами раньше "Царства", назвать историческим фильмом можно лишь с большой натяжкой. Действие картины происходит во II веке нашей эры, а некоторые его события — на площади Святого Петра, относящейся к периоду Позднего Ренессанса. Более того, создатели фильма в нескольких сценах даже забыли убрать скульптуры римских пап. — Это чрезвычайно распространённая ошибка. Авторы фильмов часто стараются снимать примерно в тех местах, которые соответствуют исторической действительности, но совершенно не учитывают, что за несколько веков места меняют свой облик. Хотя, на мой взгляд, в "Гладиаторе" декорации намеренно сделаны в жанре китча. Это и огромные здания, которых во II веке не могло существовать, они были гораздо меньше. В этом легко убедиться, если приехать в Рим, где до сих пор сохранились остатки античных зданий, например Пантеон. Можно на этом примере представить себе масштаб, потому что Пантеон был одним из самых больших зданий Рима.  В античных и средневековых фильмах ещё часто не соблюдают такую особенность интерьеров того времени, как земляные полы. Это ведь очень некинематографично. Отсюда ощущение, что в домах поработала пылесосом клининговая компания, слишком в них чисто. Хотя клининговая компания, несомненно, там поработала — декорации уж слишком чистые. Конечно, пыль в то время тоже протирали, но пылесосов точно не было, — усмехнулся эксперт. Одна из самых знаменитых мелодрам, снятых в конце XX века режиссёром Джеймсом Кэмероном, описывающая крушение легендарного лайнера "Титаник", получила 14 номинаций на "Оскар", собрала в прокате больше $1,8 млрд, заставив на протяжении часа рыдать почти всю женскую аудиторию. А вот искусствоведы могли заметить, что картину "Водяные лилии", которую Роуз в исполнении Кейт Уинслет показывает в каюте лайнера возлюбленному Джеку (Леонардо Ди Каприо), французский импрессионист Клод Моне начал писать в 1915 году, то есть спустя семь лет после трагедии, а завершил только в 1926 году. — Клод Моне действительно начал свою серию "Кувшинки" в 1909 году, но картина, представленная в фильме "Титаник", по композиции более схожа с написанной в промежутке между 1915—1926 году картиной под названием "Белые кувшинки" из коллекции Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art в США. Данный факт заставляет задуматься о верности исторической хронологии фильма, так как крушение "Титаник" потерпел в ночь на 15 апреля 1912 года, — рассказала Лайфу искусствовед Ольга Демина. Бог — в деталях Отсутствие исторического консультанта на площадке или его низкую квалификацию выдают детали. Например, в советском детективном сериале "Семнадцать мгновений весны", действие которого происходило в 1945 году, на стене в кабинете Мюллера висят советские часы "Слава", массовый выпуск которых начался только в 70-х годах прошлого века. — В фильме "Семнадцать мгновений весны" много ошибок, но это скорее ляпы, чем неточности в интерьере. Ещё, например, у Штирлица в доме на столе то появляется, то исчезает телефон. Если брать интерьеры фашистских заведений, например гестапо, то они приведены к "среднесоветскому формату", совершенно нетипичному для Германии. У немцев другой стиль, более готические формы. В фильме появляется и много современных предметов, техники. Это современный диктофон, который использует Штирлиц. Для кино той эпохи это характерно. А фильм вообще начинается с того, что большая часть героев носит форму, упразднённую в 1938 году, — рассказал Музафаров. События одного из самых прославленных романов XX века — "Унесённых ветром" писательницы Маргарет Митчелл, получившей за него Пулитцеровскую премию — разворачиваются во времена гражданской войны между Югом и Севером США — с 1861 по 1873 год. Экранизировали роман Виктор Флеминг, Джордж Кьюкор и Сэм Вуд в 1939 году, вот только не учли, что главная героиня Скарлетт О’Хара в исполнении Вивьен Ли не могла гулять по освещённой электрическими фонарями улице вечерней Атланты, поскольку Томас Эдисон изобретёт лампу накаливания только в 1879 году, спустя шесть лет после завершения войны. — Это тоже очень распространённая ошибка. Лампы в фильмах часто светят очень ярко, но это условность жанра, поскольку, если оставить исторически верное освещение, то действие кино будет происходить в полутёмных комнатах при четырёх свечах. Камерам просто не хватит такого света. Тем более это камера, снимавшая на цветную киноплёнку. Поэтому часто либо делают подсветку и ставят свечи в уже освещённую комнату, либо вставляют электрические осветители в традиционные для времени приборы — в керосиновые лампы, спирто-калильные лампы. Свет получается более ярким и совершенно другим, отличным от живого огня, — говорит Музафаров.  Турецкий сериал "Великолепный век", вышедший на экраны в 2011 году, повествует о периоде правления султана Сулеймана Великолепного, а также о его отношениях с наложницей русского происхождения, ставшей впоследствии его супругой. Телесагу, растянувшуюся на пять сезонов, за пять лет показали в 50 странах мира. И всё это время не утихали споры об исторических неточностях. В том числе и интерьер дворца Сулеймана не совсем соответствует духу времени: шторы во дворце лидера Османской империи были прямыми и без драпировки, помпонов и ламбрекенов в отличие от того, что показано в сериале. Пол не был застелен коврами. Вместо них там расположились ковровые дорожки и маты. А ещё в покоях Сулеймана не было столов. В "Великолепном веке" же султан предаётся любимому делу — мастерит ювелирные украшения — за деревянным столом. Наше новое кино В российской военной драме "Сталинград" Фёдора Бондарчука, рассказывающей о вымышленных событиях в период Второй мировой войны, Музафаров увидел ошибки, которые часто допускали представители советского кинематографа.  — Квартира, в которой живёт героиня фильма, достаточно большая и комфортабельная. Это характерный штамп, порождённый советским кино. В советском кино крайне редко показывали реальный быт людей. В фильмах 50-х и 60-х годов прошлого века герой живёт в комфортабельной квартире, у него хорошая мебель. И в "Сталинграде" эта квартира огромна, — говорит эксперт. В "Сибирском цирюльнике" Никиты Михалкова, претендовавшем на премию "Оскар" как лучший фильм на иностранном языке, но выбывшем из гонки из-за дисквалификации, Музафаров также указал на неточности с освещением и проблемы с логикой. — В "Цирюльнике" много ошибок. К примеру, всё то же электрическое освещение в Александровском училище. В Москве электричество в те годы было, но не в казармах. А юнкера, натирающие зеркальный паркет? Во-первых, это не работа юнкеров. Во-вторых, паркет в училище выглядит будто дворцовый. Я подозреваю, что снимали либо действительно во дворце, либо в соответствующем павильоне, но такой гладкой, зеркальной поверхности в училище, где живёт около 600 человек, быть не могло, — подытожил эксперт.  Другой проблемой исторических фильмов, снятых российскими режиссёрами, Александр Музафаров видит "театральность в декорациях" и рассказывает об этом на примерах фильмах "Царь" Павла Лунгина и "Три мушкетёра" Юнгвальда-Хилькевича. — "Царь" — это фильм из театрального условного жанра. Условная изба, условная деревянная церковь, условные палаты. Авторы даже не сделали попытки прийти к достоверности, так же как и в "Трёх мушкетёрах" Юнгвальда-Хилькевича. Ничего общего с реальностью нет — просто музыкальная сказка, — подытожил он. Вымысел от и до  Закроем глаза на то, что в фильме "Боги Египта" Алекса Пройаса, вышедшем на экраны в 2016 году, рассказывается история противостояния египетских божеств, что само по себе является вымыслом. Герой Николая Костера-Вальдау на представленном кадре фильма стоит на мраморном полу, украшенном изображениями божеств. Но египтяне не изображали своих божеств на полах, потому как наступить на сакральное изображение считалось, мягко говоря, неуважением и порицалось. — Создатели фильма даже не попытались воспроизвести древнеегипетскую цивилизацию. Сооружения такие, как их себе представлял режиссёр, то, что речь идёт о Египте, можно понять только благодаря неким маркерам — иероглифам и статуэткам, но из разных слоёв египетской цивилизации. Всё это смешение культур — просто антураж с подписью "Древний Египет". Никакого отношения к реальности здесь нет, — говорит Музафаров.

04 ноября 2016, 15:19

10 of the Most Badass and Bizarre Cars From the Henry Ford Museum

For those of you who have never visited the Heny Ford Museum up in Dearborn, Michigan, here is a little cheat sheet on some crazy cars that it contains.

03 ноября 2016, 20:21

Remarks by the President at Hillary for America Rally -- Miami, FL

Florida International University Miami, Florida 11:18 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Miami!  (Applause.)  Thank you!  Thank you!   AUDIENCE:  Obama!  Obama!  Obama! THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Well, it is good to be back at Florida International University.  (Applause.)  This is a good-looking crowd here.  (Applause.)  Can everybody please give Gabby a huge round of applause for her great work?  (Applause.)   I want to thank -- (laughter) -- who's screaming here?  (Laughter.)  I want to thank Mayor Philip Levine, who's here.  I want to thank Senator Bill Nelson.  I want to thank Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  I want to thank your next state senator, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.  Your next Congressman Joe Garcia.  And your next United States senator, Patrick Murphy.  (Applause.)     Florida, we got five more days.  Five more days. AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you! THE PRESIDENT:  I love you, too.  (Applause.)  But I've got some business to do here today.   So, five more days to decide the future of this country that we love.  Now, the good news is, you don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote.   What does that say up there?  I'm sorry, I can't hear you.  What does it say up here? AUDIENCE:  Vote early!  THE PRESIDENT:  You know, I'm still not hearing it.  What? AUDIENCE:  Vote early!  THE PRESIDENT:  Vote early!  If you are registered, you can vote right now at any early voting location.  In fact, there’s one just 10 minutes away at the International Mall Branch Library.  Go ahead and plug this into your phones if you haven’t voted.  It is at 10315 NW 12th Street, in Doral.  I mean, we're making this really simple for you.  I am telling you right now where you can go vote after this rally.   Now, if you are just watching on television, or you're not from around here and you're trying to figure out, well, where else could I vote.  Then you go to IWillVote.com, and it will give you additional locations.  IWillVote.com.  If you’re voting by mail, don't let that thing just sit on your coffee table or your kitchen counter, and then you forget about it, it gets mixed up with some other stuff.  Send in your ballot right now so it makes it by Election Day.  The point is, we got work to do to finish what we started eight years ago.  (Applause.)   Now, I have to say that I've been going to some college campuses and I realize that, eight years ago, some of you were 10.  (Laughter.)  She's all like, "Yeah!"  (Laughter.)  Now, that makes me feel a little old.  But she says I look good.  Okay.  All right.  Michelle agrees.  (Laughter.)   But for those of you who maybe were a little older and might remember, in 2008, we were living through two long wars, and we were about to enter into the worst economic crisis in the last 80 years.  But you know what, because of some hard work, we turned the page.  America has now battled back.  Last year, incomes rose faster than any time at least since 1968.  Poverty fell at the fastest rate at least since 1968.  We've created 15 million new jobs.  Twenty million have health insurance that didn’t have it.  (Applause.)  We’ve kicked our addiction to foreign oil. You know, can I just say, I was driving through North Carolina yesterday -- (applause) -- North Carolina in the house -- and we passed by a gas station.  And I don’t have to stop usually at the gas station, because the Beast, the motorcade, they're always full.  Service is taking care of that.  But I noticed gas at $1.99.  (Applause.)  The reason I make this point is, because I think in 2008 they were predicting that if Obama got elected, gas would be $6.00.  So sometimes it's useful to check the tape, see what they said before.  It turns out what they said was wrong.  So what that means is, what they're saying now is probably also wrong.  Anyway, I just wanted to do that little detour.   But in addition to -- AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Thanks, Obama! THE PRESIDENT:  (Laughter.)  Right, thanks, Obama.  $2 a gallon gas.  (Applause.)   So kicked our addiction on foreign oil.  Doubled our production of clean energy.  Have done more to battle climate change than any time in our history.  We're world leaders on that.  (Applause.)  We brought home more of our men and women in uniform.  Took out Osama bin Laden.  (Applause.)  Are systematically rolling up ISIL in Iraq.  And, by the way, back home we've made sure that in all 50 states people have the freedom to marry who they love.  (Applause.)   So there's a reason that I've got gray hair -- because I've been busy.  And most of all, across these 50 states that I've traveled, what I've seen is the thing that really makes America great.   AUDIENCE MEMBER:  You! THE PRESIDENT:  No, it's you.  You.  (Applause.)   I've seen the American people -- people of every party, every faith, every race, every region -- people who know we're stronger together.  Young and old folks; men and women; black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; folks with disabilities; gay, straight folks -- it doesn’t matter -- all of us pledging allegiance to the red, white, and blue.  That's the America I know.  That's the America we love.  And there is only one candidate in this race who has devoted her life to building up that America -- and that is the next President of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton.  (Applause.)   Now, make no mistake, Florida -- all the progress we’ve made goes out the window if we don’t win this election.  So we’ve got to work our hearts out this week.  We got to work like our future depends on it, because it actually depends on it.  And listen, especially for the young people out there, I know for some of you this is your first election where you've been paying attention.  (Applause.)  And you're out there and you're looking it, and you're saying, man, this is really nasty.  Generally, D.C. is not so much of a battleground.  But down here, it's just like every ad is just depressing.  And there's negative ads, and there's noise, and there's distractions.  And sometimes the temptation is to tune it out, and you want to just focus on the Cubs winning the World Series.  (Applause.)  Which, by the way, even for a White Sox fan, is a pretty big deal. AUDIENCE MEMBER:  South Side! THE PRESIDENT:  South Side!  Because the Cubs have been waiting like 108 years.  (Laughter.)  I was watching something on television, and they explained that the last time the Cubs had won, Thomas Edison was alive and they hadn’t invented sliced bread yet.  So you know the expression, "This is the greatest thing since sliced bread"?  This is actually, for Cubs fans, the greatest thing since sliced bread.  (Applause.)  And I want to congratulate the Chicago Cubs for an amazing season.   But it's tempting to want to not really focus on our government and our politics.  But this election is critical.  And the good news is, once you get past all the noise and all the distractions, and all the okie-doke, the choice could not be clearer, because Donald Trump -- AUDIENCE:  Booo -- THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo! AUDIENCE: Vote! THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo! AUDIENCE: Vote! THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo! AUDIENCE:  Vote! THE PRESIDENT:  Come on, you guys know that.  You already know that.  You can’t boo.  He can’t hear you boo, but he can hear you vote.  (Applause.)  Don’t boo -- vote. Donald Trump is uniquely unqualified to be President.  (Laughter.)  No, I’m not joking.  You laugh.  I’m not joking.  He is temperamentally unfit to be Commander in Chief.   Here’s a guy who says he’s a great businessman.  But it seems like a lot of his business is built around stiffing small businesses and workers out of what he owes them -- work they’ve done.  He thinks it’s cute, or smart, or funny to basically not pay somebody who’s done work for him and say, go ahead and sue me because I got more money than you, and you can’t do anything about it.  It’s not fair. Here’s somebody who, for decades, has refused to release any tax returns.  And now maybe it’s because he’s not as rich as he says is, but he has admitted he does not pay federal income taxes for years.  Not a dime.  So he’s not helping to support our troops or our veterans.  He’s not helping to build roads or build schools or help young people finance a college education because he’s not putting anything in.  He’s taken a lot out but hasn’t put anything in.   He says that he’s going to be his own foreign policy advisor.  He says that’s because he’s got a good brain.  Now, I won’t opine on his brain.  What I can say is that anybody who suggests that America should torture people, or ban entire religions from entering America, or insults POWs, or attacks a Gold Star Mom --  AUDIENCE:  Booo -- THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo. AUDIENCE:  Vote! THE PRESIDENT:  Or talks down about our troops, that’s not somebody who’s fit to be President. Listen, you even have a Republican senator saying you cannot afford to give the nuclear codes to somebody so erratic.  And as Hillary points out, anybody that you can bait with a tweet is not someone you can trust with nuclear weapons.  (Applause.)  Anybody who is upset about a Saturday Night Live skit, you don’t want in charge of nuclear weapons.  No, I’m serious.  This is a guy who, like, tweets they should cancel Saturday Night Live -- I don’t like how Alec Baldwin is imitating me.  Really?  I mean, that’s the thing that bothers you, and you want to be President of the United States?  Come on, man.  Come on.  (Applause.)  Can’t do it. Now, I think the thing -- but you know what, we have to be honest.  He’s got support here in Florida.  He’s got some support around the country.  No, he does.  If he didn’t, then I wouldn’t have to go around and get everybody to vote.  He’s got some support.   And the most frustrating thing is, some of his support is coming from working folks.  People say, well, you know, he’s going to be our voice.  Are you serious?  This is the guy who spent 70 years -- his whole life -- born with a silver spoon, showing no respect for working people.  He’s spent a lot of time with celebrities.  Spends a lot of time hanging out with the really wealthy folk.  But you don’t see him hanging out with working people unless they’re cleaning his room or mowing the fairways on his golf club.  You’re going to make this guy your champion if you’re a working person?  Come on. Somebody who spent his life without ever showing any regard for working folks.  But he has insulted minorities, and immigrants, and Muslims, and Americans with disabilities.  That’s the voice you want? AUDIENCE:  No! THE PRESIDENT:  You want a voice who’s bragging about how being famous lets you get away with what would qualify as sexual assault, and calls women pigs, and dogs, and slobs?  And when he pays attention to women, it’s because he’s grading them on a scale of one to ten.  What kind of message are we sending if that’s our voice? I tell you what, we’re going to teach our kids, I want to teach all American kids that our diversity is our strength.  (Applause.)  That, in America, it’s not about what you look like, but who you are, and what you do, and what your character is.  (Applause.)  That women are not just full and equal citizens; they may be a lot more capable of doing what a man can do.  (Applause.)  But the problem is that he has said so much stuff, and our culture and our media has just gotten so reality-TV-ized -- I know that’s not a word.  (Laughter.)  But you get my drift.  It’s become normal when somebody just says wacky stuff.  As long as they’re famous, we think it’s okay.  I mean, and you hear people justifying it.  They’re all like, well, you know, he may be -- that’s just locker room talk; or I don’t really like what he’s saying, but as long as he supports Republican policies and he cuts taxes for the wealthy, that’s what I care about -- saying character doesn’t matter. Let me tell you something about this office that I’ve been in for eight years.  (Applause.)  Who you are, what you are does not change after you occupy the Oval Office.  All it does is magnify who you are.  All it does is shine a spotlight on who you are.  If you disrespected women before you were in office, you will disrespect women as President.  If you accept the support of Klan sympathizers before you are President, you will accept their support after you’re President.  If you disrespect the Constitution before you’re President, and threaten to shut down the press when it says something you don’t like, or threaten to throw your opponent in jail in a live presidential debate without any regard for due process; if you discriminate against people of different faiths before you are President, then that is what you will do in office, except you will have more power to carry out the twisted notions that you had before you were in office.  (Applause.)  So you can’t make excuses for this stuff.  This isn’t a joke.  This isn’t "Survivor."  This isn’t "The Bachelorette."  (Applause.)  This counts.  This has to do with what’s going to happen in your family, in your community, to soldiers and veterans, the safety of our kids. Listen, I am a strong Democrat, but I tell you what.  We aren’t born Democrats or Republicans -- we’re Americans first.  (Applause.)  And I have good friends who are Republicans.  And I know they don’t think this way about women.  They don’t think this way about Muslims.  They don’t think this way about immigrants.  This is -- what they are doing is something different entirely.  It is different from what we have seen before. And the good news is all of you are uniquely qualified to make sure that this uniquely unqualified person does not become President.  And all you’ve got to do is make sure that you go out there and you vote.  (Applause.)   And the other good news is you don’t just have to vote against this guy, because you have a candidate who’s actually worthy of your vote.  Somebody who is smart.  Somebody who is steady.  Somebody who is tested, perhaps the most qualified person ever to run for this office -- our next President, Hillary Clinton.  (Applause.)   This is somebody who has dedicated her life to making this country better.  Think about how she got her start.  While Donald Trump and his developer dad were being sued by the Justice Department for denying housing to African American families, Hillary was going undercover from school to school to make sure minority kids were getting an equal shot at a good education.  (Applause.)   She has not stopped fighting for justice, fighting for equality ever since.  Her heart has always been in the right place.  Works hard every single day.  I know.  She worked hard when she was running against me.  (Laughter.)  I was worn out.  She worked hard when she was working for me.  (Applause.)  She was there in the Situation Room as my Secretary of State, making the argument to go after bin Laden even when it was risky.  Circled the globe as Secretary of State.  Earned the respect of world leaders.   Her efforts weren’t always flashy.  They weren’t always fully appreciated -- which is true for a lot of the work that women do, by the way.  (Applause.)  Just want to make that observation.  She made me a better President.  She understands policy.  She understands how the world works.  She understands that this stuff that we do, the challenges we face aren’t abstract.  They mean something to real people.  She knows that she’s got to work hard because you are out there working hard.  And, by the way, she doesn’t whine or complain or blame others or suggest everything is rigged when things aren’t going her way.  She just works harder.  She just comes back better.  Because she knows no matter how hard things may be for her, there are a lot of people who are having an even tougher time trying to pay the bills, or trying to find a job, or trying to finance a college education.  So she doesn’t have time to whine.  She just gets up and does the work.  (Applause.)  And she knows the decisions you make as President mean something to that soldier or that veteran or our military families; that a parent who’s trying to make ends meet, they need a President who cares and knows that they’re doing; that a student trying to go to college for the first time needs somebody with an actual plan to help them; that a young person who was brought to this country as a child, has never known another country, is American by every standard except they don’t have a piece of paper.  She knows they need to have a chance to get back to this country they love.  (Applause.)  She’s got plans that will actually help these people.  She’s going to be a leader who actually values hard work, respects working Americans.  And she will be an outstanding Commander-in-Chief because she’s been in the room when tough decisions were made.   You worried about keeping America safe?  She’ll do it.  Because she knows our military and knows our diplomats.  She doesn’t just talk about it.  She doesn’t play one on TV.  She’s been there.  She will be a smart, steady President for the United States.  (Applause.)   And the one thing I’ve got to remind you, though, is she’s not going to do it alone.  That’s why we’ve got to have a Congress that is also focused on you.  Patrick Murphy, he’s got the same values Hillary does.  Unlike his opponent, Marco Rubio, Patrick --  AUDIENCE:  Booo -- THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo.  What are you supposed to do?   AUDIENCE:  Vote!  THE PRESIDENT:  Unlike his opponent, Marco Rubio, Patrick actually shows up to work.  (Applause.)  He puts you ahead of politics.  He didn’t try to defund Planned Parenthood.  He didn’t think that somehow some politicians should be making decisions.  He said, let women make their own health care decisions.  (Applause.)  He didn’t walk away from Florida’s Latino community when the politics got tough.  He kept on.  Patrick kept on fighting for comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.  (Applause.)   He actually believes in science and, as a consequence, believes climate change is a problem for the people of Florida, and that we should do something about it.  (Applause.)  Patrick Murphy brought Democrats and Republicans together to fund Everglades restoration.  He has a track record of caring about the environment.  As your next senator, he and Hillary will help protect this planet for our kids and help make sure that Florida is protected against some of the worst consequences of climate change.  (Applause.)  This should be a no-brainer.   And there’s one other big difference between Patrick and Marco:  Marco supports Donald Trump.  Now, keep in mind, earlier this year he called Donald a “dangerous con-artist.”  He said that Donald Trump has “spent a career sticking it to working people.”  And then he tweeted -- this is Marco Rubio -- he tweeted, “Friends don’t let friends vote for con-artists.”  So guess who just voted for Donald Trump a few days ago?  Marco Rubio.  Obviously, he did not have good enough friends.  (Laughter and applause.)   Listen, but this tells you something.  This tells you something.  Now, if you knew better when you were running against Trump -- you knew he was a con-artist, spent a lot of time sticking it to working people -- this is what you said -- I mean, I’m not making this up, right?  I just want to be clear.  He said this.  It’s quoted, taped, right?  If you knew better and then you went ahead and voted for this guy anyway, and supported this guy anyway, that means you are somebody who will say anything or be anything, be anybody just so you can get elected or cling to power.   And you know what, if that’s the kind of person you want representing you, I guess you should vote for Marco Rubio.  But if you want a senator who will show up and work for you, and have some integrity, and has some consistency, and will actually say what he thinks and what he means and then act on that, somebody you have confidence in -- then you should vote for Patrick Murphy.  (Applause.)  I trust Patrick Murphy.  (Applause.)  I believe in Patrick Murphy.  And Hillary needs Patrick Murphy in the United States Senate to make sure she gets done what she gets done.  (Applause.)  So part of the reason that it's important to get Patrick in, part of what I want to say about this election is this is about more than just plans, policies.  There’s something more fundamental at stake.  What’s at stake is the character of our nation.  You know, when Hillary was young, her mom taught her the Methodist creed:  Do all you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways that you can, for as long as you can.  That's what guides her.  That's her North Star.  She believes that we can summon the best in this country and make it better for all people, not just some.  That's what America is all about, isn't it?  (Applause.)   We're a country like no other, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, not because of the size of our military.  It's because this is a place founded on an idea:  We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal.  (Applause.)  That we're all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.  (Applause.)  You don't have to be born to wealth or privilege.  You don't have to have a certain last name or look a certain way, or do your hair a certain style.  You just got to be willing to contribute.  (Applause.)  You just got to be willing to work.  You just got to care enough about other people and making sure everybody has got a fair shot.  And if you do that -- if you do that, then you're a patriot, and you can contribute to this country that you love.  And you can go as far as your dreams can take you.  That's what makes this place special.   That's what drove patriots to choose revolution over tyranny; to found this nation.   And that's what led GIs to liberate a continent.  That's what led women to march to get the ballot.  (Applause.)  That's what led marchers to cross a bridge in Selma to win their rights.  That's what allowed workers to organize for collective bargaining and better wages.  That's what’s made America exceptional.  That's what’s always made America great.  (Applause.)  We've never been about just doing for ourselves.  It's been about what we can do together.  (Applause.)   It's about what can be achieved by us, the people, together, through the hard, slow, and, yes, sometimes frustrating work of self-government.  That's not what Donald Trump stands for, but it is what Hillary stands for.  (Applause.)  The idea that in this big, diverse country of ours, we don't demonize each other.  We reach out and try to work together.  We recognize that issues aren't always black and white, and sometimes you got to compromise even when you are right.  She knows none of us are perfect, but she knows that those of us who have been blessed with positions of leadership should try to conduct ourselves with the sense of decency and good-heartedness that can set an example for our kids. And I know Hillary will do that.  I know she will continue the progress we've made.  And she’ll need allies like Patrick -- because we can't just have Hillary stuck with a Republican Congress that behaves the way they’ve been behaving.  (Applause.)  You know, they haven't worked with me since I've been in office.  They didn’t work with me when we were about to go into a Great Depression.  Even now, they control the Senate and the House, and they can't pass their own stuff.  (Laughter.)  They’re so accustomed to just saying no, obstruction, gridlock, “we're against whatever it is that Obama proposes.”   I will sometimes propose their own stuff and they’ll oppose it.  (Laughter.)  It surprises them.  I'll be like, well, this is in your Republican handbook; this is in your talking points.  I thought you all were for this.  No, but you're for it now, we can't be for that -- I'm sorry.  (Laughter.) AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Come on, man! THE PRESIDENT:  Come on, man.  (Laughter and applause.) So, apparently, they don't have much confidence in their nominee.  So instead, they’re already promising more unprecedented dysfunction in Washington.  Now, it's hard to promise more dysfunction, right?  I mean, that's a hard thing to do.  But they’re promising that.  They’re promising “years” of investigation, “years” of hearings, “years” of shutdown, “years” of obstruction, “years” of repeal Obamacare votes.   Can I just say, by the way -- I'm going to take another aside.  I know I'm running long, but -- (applause) -- we have given -- 20 million people have health insurance that didn’t have it before.  (Applause.)  Twenty million people.  The parade of horribles the Republicans have talked about haven't happened.  Death panels -- you remember that?  Saying this would bankrupt the country.  None of what they’ve said has happened.  So now, after 60 votes to repeal this thing that haven't succeeded, now Trump said we got to call a special session to repeal it.  And he had a big press conference, and he had a couple of doctors and a nurse, and Ben Carson and some people -- (laughter) -- no, no -- who’s an excellent neurosurgeon.  He really is.  I don't know what happened on the political thing, but -- (laughter.) So they come and they spend like an hour -- "We're going to repeal Obamacare."  Okay, and then what you going do?  "Well, then we're going to repeal it and we're going to give you something great."  Okay, what?  "Well, something."  (Laughter.)  Because premiums are going up.  Well, now, it is true, premiums are going up for a handful of people who don't get tax credits -- that's important.  We're going to work as hard as we can to do something about it.  We would have already done it if Republicans had helped.  But keep in mind, their alternative would have been no health insurance; that's what they had before.  (Applause.)     So the reason I pointed this out was you watch the press conference and what you realize is they got no plan.  (Laughter.)  They want to repeal because, ideologically, they’re opposed to the idea of helping these 20 million people get health insurance. It's not like -- they don't even have a pretense of a plan.  They don't even have a semblance of a plan.  There’s not even a hint of a plan.  Not even a remote -- not even a -- there’s no plan.  (Laughter.)  Nothing.  Zero.  Nada.  (Applause.)  Come on!   You can't just be against something.  You got to be for something.  (Applause.)  You can't spend eight years being against me, and now you're going to be against Hillary.  But you haven't been for anything.  (Applause.)  Come on.  Now you’ve got some of these senators who are talking about how we won’t even appoint another Supreme Court justice.  Now, we’ve had nine Supreme Court justices for a really long time.  And part of the reason you have nine is to break ties.  And some of the same folks who just a while back said, well, we can’t have hearings and vote for the guy Obama nominated because we’re so close to the election, we should let the next President make the nomination.  Right?  That’s what they said. So now, they think Hillary might win -- they say, well, we might block hers too.  Wait, but I thought you said that the people were going to decide.  Can I talk to the press for a second?  (Laughter.)  What happened?  Do we ever run back the tape?  Do we ever kind of go, well, what happened?  That’s what they said, and now they’re saying something entirely different.  Come on, man.  (Applause.)  This has got to be on the level.  Don’t pretend like gridlock is happening because somehow Democrats and Republicans are equally obstructionist.  It’s just not true.   You’ve got some Republicans right now who are suggesting they will impeach Hillary.  They don’t necessarily know why, but they’re just going to impeach her.  (Laughter.)  Imagine if you had sitting Democratic senators saying that about Donald Trump -- before he was even elected, saying, he will be impeached.   Look, nobody likes gridlock.  But gridlock is not something mysterious that descends like a fog on Washington.  Gridlock isn’t happening because both sides are doing bad things and both sides are corrupt.  That’s not what’s going on.  Gridlock happens purposely when Republican politicians like Marco Rubio decide they will do anything to oppose anything good for the country if a Democratic President proposes it.  And that’s now Marco Rubio’s campaign platform:  Gridlock.   If you think “Vote for Gridlock” is a good slogan, you should vote for Republicans.  But if you believe America can do better, if you think we should be doing something to create jobs for working families, if you think we should be providing health care for folks who need it, if you think we should be helping single moms with child care so they can go to the job -- (applause) -- if you think we should have equal pay for equal work, or raise the minimum wage, then you need to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket.  You’ve got to vote for Hillary and Patrick.  (Applause.)  People who will roll up their sleeves and move this country forward.  (Applause.)  All right.  I’ve gone on too long.   AUDIENCE:  No! THE PRESIDENT:  I know I’ve gone on a little too long.  My staff is going to talk about me when I get back there.  (Laughter.)  They’ll say, what was going on, you’re talking too long.  (Laughter.)   So let me end with this.  Let's take it down for a second, because I want to make this point to your people especially.  Just give me one second.  Just give me one second. You know, I know a lot of you are cynical about politics.  There’s a lot about this election that gives you reason to be.  But I’m here to tell you, right now, you have a chance to move history in a better direction.  You have a chance to reject divisive politics and mean-spirited politics.  You have a chance to elect a leader who has spent her entire life trying to move this country forward, the first female President, who can be an example for our sons and our daughters.  (Applause.)  You have the chance to shape history, and I want young people to understand, those moments don’t come that often.   You know, there are times where history is movable.  Where you can make things better or worse.  This is one of those moments.  And it’s in your hands.  This incredible power that each of you have.  I know you care about a lot of issues, young people.  I’ve heard from you.  I’ve seen you march for criminal justice reform.  That’s great.  But if you care about criminal justice reform, it’s not just enough to protest -- you’ve also got vote for a President, and Congress, and prosecutors who care about disrupting that pipeline of underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, and make sure that the criminal justice system is accountable and fair. I know there are a lot of young people who care about the environment and climate change.  I’ve heard you.  But you’ve got to have a President and a Congress who believes in science and who cares about climate change, and who will protect the progress we’ve made, and want to leave a better planet for our kids. If you’ve been working on immigration reform, I’ve been working too.  But if we’re going to finish the job, you’ve got to have a President and a Congress who sees in immigrants not criminals or rapists, but people who have the same dreams and aspirations, and who care about this country, and who want to contribute and give back to it. My point is, your vote matters.  It’s because of you that 20 million people have health insurance that didn’t have it.  It’s because of you that there are young people who got Pell grants and could go to college who couldn’t before.  It’s because of you that a Marine can serve his country without hiding the husband that he loves.  It’s because of you that young DREAMers have been able to come out of the shadows and are serving our country and are going to school.  (Applause.)  It’s because of you that we made this progress.  So, Florida, and young people especially, I’m asking you the same thing I asked of you eight years ago.  I’m asking you to believe -- not just in my ability to change things, one person’s ability to change things, even.  I’m not just asking you to believe in Hillary’s ability to change things.  I’m asking you to believe in your ability to change things. You remember my slogan wasn’t "Yes, I Can."  It was "Yes, We Can."  And I’m not on the ballot this time.  But fairness is on the ballot.  Decency is on the ballot.  Justice is on the ballot.  All the progress we’ve made is on the ballot.  Immigration reform is on the ballot.  A higher minimum wage is on the ballot.  Equal pay for equal work is on the ballot.  Democracy is on the ballot.  Hillary Clinton will move us forward if you give her a chance.  And if we win Florida, we will win this election, and it’s in your hands.  (Applause.)  So go out there and vote.  Get your friends to vote.  Get your family to vote.  Get your cousins, and neighbors, and coworkers to vote.  Tell them that this is the moment where America makes a stand about who we are and what we believe.  Tell them this is the moment we reject cynicism and reject fear.  This is the moment we choose hope.  Choose hope.  Choose hope.  Choose hope.  Choose hope.  Choose hope.   Go out there are vote.  And if you do, we will elect Hillary Clinton the next President.  Go elect Patrick Murphy the next senator.  We’ll continue this amazing journey.  We will finish what we started.  We will show the world why America is the greatest nation on Earth.  I love you guys.  Bye-bye. END  12:02 P.M. EDT

03 ноября 2016, 19:30

Obama: Cubs World Series Win Is The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread. Literally.

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02 ноября 2016, 15:42

Дивидендные аристократы: Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED)

Consolidated Edison — регулируемая коммунальная холдинговая компания. Компания владеет Consolidated Edison Company of New York (сокращенно: CECONY) и Orange and Rockland Utilities (сокращенно: O&R). CECONY продает электричество, газ и пар (занимается пароснабжением) в городе Нью-Йорке (New York City) и графстве Вестчестер (Westchester County). O&R продает электричество и газ в штатах Нью-Йорк и Нью-Джерси. Дополнительно к этому компания владеет средненьким газовым бизнесом и конкурентным энергетическим бизнесом. Картинка ниже иллюстрирует операционную структуру компании: Важно понимать, что Consolidated Edison в целом — это электричество, газ и пароснабжение. CECONY и O&R в 2015 году сгенерировали 95% прибыли на акцию. Капитализация компании по подразделениям представлена на рисунке ниже: У Эдисона (для простоты буду называть Consolidated Edison так, не путайте с Томасом Эдисоном :)) длинная операционная история. История компании отслеживается с 1823 года, когда она была известна под названием New York Gas Light Company. 61 год спустя в 1884 несколько компаний, работавших с газовым освещением улиц, консолидировали свои бизнесы. Объединенная компания была известна как Consolidated Gas Company of New York. Консолидированный бизнес продолжал расти, поглощая газовые, электрические и паровые компании. В 1936 году компания изменила свое название на Consolidated Edison. Бизнес с такой длинной операционной историей определенно квалифицируется как «голубая фишка». У Эдисона также длинная дивидендная история. Дивидендная история Consolidated Edison Эдисон выплачивала растущие дивиденды 42 года подряд. Дивидендная история компании с 1982 года приведена на рисунке ниже: В настоящий момент акция имеет дивидендную доходность 3,7%. Для сравнения средняя дивидендная доходность S&P500 — 2,1%. Два основных момента выделяется в дивидендах Эдисона:Длинная история медленного ростаОтносительно высокая доходность относительно среднерыночной.В последний раз Эдисон увеличил дивиденд на 3,1%. Компания наращивала свои дивиденды в среднем на 1,5% в течение последних десяти лет. Для сравнения, инфляция за этот период была в среднем около 1,9%. Рост дивидендов за последние 10 лет у компании оставляет желать лучшего. Перспективы роста и ожидаемые прибыли В то время как дивиденды росли на 1,5% в год в среднем за последние 10 лет, прибыль на акцию у компании росла немного быстрее — на 3,1% в год. Прибыли (не прибыли на акцию!) на самом деле росли быстрее. К сожалению, Эдисон спонсировал часть своего роста за счет допэмиссий. Эти допэмиссии как раз и приводили к тому, что рост прибыли на акцию ограничивался 1,6 процентных пункта за последние 10 лет. С учетом того, что 95% прибыли компании поступает от регулируемой деятельности, то рост компании ограничивается главным образом ростом тарифов. Можно ожидать, что рост прибыли компании составит 4-5% в год в будущем. Продолжающиеся допэмисси будут вредить этому росту. В целом, можно ожидать роста прибыли на акцию в районе 2,5-3,5%. Такой рост совместно с доходностью 3,7% может давать ожидаемый доход в районе 6-7% в год.Менеджмент компании ориентируется на коэффициент дивидендных выплат в районе 60-70%. По итогам 2016 года ожидается, что коэффициент выплат будет в районе 65%. Дивидендные выплаты могут соответственно вырасти на 2,5-3,5%. Перспективы роста компании могут не показаться восхитительными, но компания действительно дает медленный (ключевое слово — медленный) и стабильный рост. Компания имеет 42 года последовательного увеличения дивидендов — это знак того, что у компании сильное и продолжительное конкурентное преимущество. Конкурентное преимущество и стойкость к рецессии Не сложно догадаться, что является конкурентным преимуществом у Эдисона. Коммунальный сектор конечно же является естественной монополией. Естественная монополия Эдисона обслуживает Нью-Йорк Сити. А Нью-Йорк Сити — это 7-ой крупнейший мегаполис, население которого составляет примерно 20 миллионов человек. Отрасль коммунального хозяйства сильно зарегулирована в США. Это создает дополнительные барьеры для входа на рынок.Рост будет медленным, но рост вероятно будет продолжаться, т.к. у компании сильное и продолжительное конкурентное преимущество. По мере роста населения Нью-Йорка людям будет нужно все больше и больше электричества, газа и пара, а это значит, что, вероятно, Эдисон будет выплачивать растущие дивиденды.Компания продает энергию. Этот продукт имеет жизненно важное значение для всей экономики. Как результат, Эдисон будет хорошо чувствовать себя во время спада.С 2007 по 2011 год прибыль на акцию у компании изменялась следующим образом: 2007 — 3,48 долл. на акцию (максимум)2008 — 3,36 долл. на акцию (на 3,4% ниже максимума)2009 — 3,14 долл. на акцию (на 9,8% ниже максимума)2010 — 3,47 долл. на акцию (восстановление, до максимума не хватило 0,3%)2011 — 3,57 долл. на акцию (новый максимум) Как вы видите, Великая Рецессия умеренно снизила прибыль на акцию в 2008 и 2009 годах.У акций компании исключительно низкая волатильность. Эдисон по уровню низкой волатильности акций — на втором месте, ниже только у Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ). Низкая волатильность акций является результатом низко рискованной деятельности. Оценка Эдисон торгуется на уровне 17,8 годовых прибылей. В течение последних 10 лет компания торговалась на уровне 14,5 годовых прибылей. Для сравнения — медиана P\E для S&P500 за тот же период составлял 18,2. Причина, по которой P\E компании повышенный заключается в низких процентных ставках. Низкие процентные ставки повышают цену облигаций и «облигационно-подобных» бумаг. Со своими низкими темпами роста и стабильными дивидендами, Эдисон ведет себя как облигация. Цена на акцию будет расти, если процентные ставки будут падать — и падать, если процентные ставки будут расти.На данный момент инвестировать в Consolidated Edison чрезвычайно рискованно. Если сверхнизкие процентные ставки начнут расти (к чему клонит ФРС), то цена акции будет падать. Заключение Эдисон — стабильная, медленно растущая коммунальная компания с длинной историей повышения дивидендов. Дивидендная доходность 3,7% может привлекать инвесторов, охотящихся за дивидендной доходностью. В настоящий момент акции компании очень чувствительны к процентным ставкам. Если ставки начнут расти, то цена акции может упасть существенно. Ожидаемая полная доходность Эдисона — 6-7% в год, так что вы можете зависнуть с ними на годы, если акция упадет на 20%.Компания подходит для того, чтобы держать ее в долгосрочной перспективе для тех инвесторов, которые ищут доход выше среднего с очень маленьким риском снижения дивидендов. В целом же — Consolidated Edison не сильно привлекателен.Оригинал: http://www.valuewalk.com/2016/10/consolidated-edison-inc-ed/  ================ Внезапно, да? :) Казалось бы, дивидендными аристократами могут быть компании, которые известны на весь мир, транснациональные конгломераты, а тут — на тебе: сугубо локальная компания. Оказывается, не все дивидендные аристократы, это компании вроде McDonald's...

27 октября 2016, 01:13

Puppet Masters of Media Propaganda, Banking and War Profiteering, Tactical Diversions and False Flag Deceptions, Boogieman Terrorists, Police Brutality Against It's Citizens, The Big Picture of Global Politics and Change We Must To Live Again

Part I Puppet Masters of Media Propaganda In this day and age of vast amounts of news and media that bombard and compete for public attention fewer and fewer are able to discriminate fact from fiction. Shocking tabloid headlines, once reserved for amusement at grocery store line checkout, are now used by the mainstream press to bait the hook to get the consumer to bite and read/watch more. Journalists and reporters, if you can now call them such, are woefully compromised in the bias they take in propagandizing issues that ultimately serve the agenda of the media giants and hidden elite (owners of these media conglomerates) for whom they work and shape the perceptional lens of the masses. Is there a intentional agenda behind all this and if so, whose masterminding it and for what purpose? The answer, I believe, is YES. One of the greatest known masterminds of media propaganda and tactical distraction was Dr. Edward L. Bernays. He is considered the founding Father of Public Relations and was also the nephew of famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Some twenty-five years ago I spent an afternoon with Dr. Bernays picking his brain on the subject of PR strategies to promote humanitarian concerts I envisioned could promote world peace. In his late 90's at the time, he was kind and considerate with me as he served coffee and crumb cakes and showed photos of himself with Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and numerous US Presidents of this era that he had worked with. Over the course of the next 25 years I would experience great pushback from various power structures in achieving my goals towards peace. I went to great lengths to educate myself about why this could be occurring and ultimately learned of the real power and philosophies that drove the manipulative skills use of Bernay's. Edward's agenda of herding society in specific directions, on behalf of those who envisioned a new world order, is apparent in his quote: "We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of... If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it... ...The conscious and intellectual manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." Towards bringing a spotlight to the elite few who orchestrate the monstrous intent of mind-controlling society, consider this excerpt from a speech from John F. Kennedy before the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27, 1961 (some two years before his assassination) : "We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence ---on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of election, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system that has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations... Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, nor rumor printed, no secret revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war -time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match... ...That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment -the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution --- not primarily to AMUZE and ENTERTAIN not to emphasize the Trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants" -but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometime even anger public opinion." In order to place the agenda and motive of mind-controlling society through the modern media machine lets consider a few historic quotes that point to people behind such actions. "All Wars are fought for money" - Socrates (469 BC) "When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state." -- Euripides (406 BC) from his play "Orestes" The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people." ― James Madison "Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety." - Benjamin Franklin "In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People." -- Eugene Victor Debs, Voices of a People's History of the United States "For PEOPLE to rule themselves in a REPUBLIC, they must have virtue; for a TYRANT to rule in a TYRANNY, he must use FEAR."-- William J. Federer "Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it." -- Lysander Spooner" "A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy." -- Aldous Huxley, Oxford graduate, English writer, novelist and philosopher. One of the greatest truisms of the human existence and wisdom, when describing the various monstrous realities that have occurred on our earth, is "Follow the money." In part II of this series of articles we'll next explore the subject of "Banking and War Profiteering." As a pretext to subject, I encourage you to consider the nature of greed, money and power as described by Mayer Amschel Rothschild, considered the 'Founding Father of International Banking': "Let me issue and control a Nation's money and I care not whom makes the laws." -- 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.