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23 января, 23:27

CDC Abruptly Canceled A Long-Planned Climate Summit Days Before Trump Became President

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly canceled a climate change summit scheduled for next month just days before President Donald Trump was sworn in, a group involved in the event told The Huffington Post. The conference, slated to take place in Atlanta from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, was planned to explore the “translation of science to practice” in dealing with the health effects of global warming, according to a flier posted by the National Indian Health Board, a CDC partner for the event. The cancellation was first reported by E&E News, a trade publication for environment and energy executives. “It is canceled on those dates,” an employee at the nonprofit, which advocates for tribal health care, told HuffPost by phone on Monday. Another worker, who requested anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to speak to the press, said the CDC informed the group “the first or second week of January” that the event would be postponed indefinitely. She said the conference had been planned “for months and months.”  The climate conference agenda may be folded into a second summit hosted by the American Public Health Association, another CDC partner on the canceled event, in November, the second employee added. An American Public Health Association spokesman did not return a call requesting comment. Other partners on the event included: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Climate change became a core public health issue under former President Barack Obama. Increasing global temperatures are melting polar ice caps and raising sea levels, causing more drought, severe weather, flooding and vector-borne diseases. During Obama’s eight years in office, the CDC launched initiatives related to climate change in 16 states and two cities. Neither the CDC nor the White House responded to requests for comment on the canceled conference. The cancellation came as little surprise to former CDC directors, who told E&E News the government health agency has a history of shying away from contentious political issues. “Sometimes the agency is subject to external political pressure; sometimes the agency self-censors or pre-emptively stays away from certain issues,” Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC Center for Environmental Health and a professor at environmental health at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, told E&E News. “Climate change has been that issue historically.” Study after study shows the planet has been rapidly warming as the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere skyrocketed from humans burning coal, oil and gas on an industrial scale. Separate analyses from two federal agencies released on Wednesday show that 2016 was the hottest year on record. Yet, during the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly called climate change “a hoax” invented by China to make U.S. manufacturing less competitive. In November, Reince Priebus, his chief of staff, doubled down on the claim, insisting the president still believes the science behind global warming is “a bunch of bunk.” Trump stacked his Cabinet with climate science deniers and fossil fuel industry allies, and reportedly plans to gut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Hours after Trump’s swearing in, the White House website on Friday removed the Obama administration’s promises to fight climate change and replaced it with a 361-word pledge to dismantle “harmful and unnecessary” environmental policies. “I’m concerned this is an act of self-sabotage on the part of the CDC,” Ed Maibach, director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, told E&E News. “The larger specter is that it will set the tone for self-silencing from the people at the top.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58507c5ae4b0ee009eb44512,58824c34e4b070d8cad2252d,5880fe24e4b070d8cad116ff,587fdf43e4b00d44838cda6e,5851743ce4b0ee009eb4be71 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 23:22

Social Media Builds Walls, Not Bridges

People have never been more connected than they are today. The internet, social media networks, and other technologies allow us to instantly send messages across the world, and learn about breaking news as it happens. With such expansive networks, Americans in different communities could be connecting with each other, learning about each other and building bridges to each other, no matter who they are, what they do, or where they live. Connections that transcend social divisions, known as bridging social capital and brought to national attention by political scientist Robert Putnam, should be expanding and pervasive. But that's not the case. In fact, social media is separating us further. We generally use social media to build social capital with people like us, a connection different from bridging social capital - this is "bonding social capital" that strengthens our connections to people who are already similar to us. It seldom connects us with people who don't fit our expectations of behavior, and it does not build the understanding and empathy that can come from those disparate connections. The creation, strengthening and protecting of these like-us tribes saps the bridging social capital that is essential to addressing so many of our problems. In the past, "bridging social capital" used to be more available and evenly established in America for two reasons. First, there were many more neighborhoods and communities that mixed people of different socioeconomic classes and backgrounds. Unlike in online interaction, there was no algorithm to make sure you didn't see anyone who disagrees with you at the grocery store. Community members, by encountering each other in real life, built friendships and mutual respect and greater understanding. These relationships created the bridging social capital that binds us together and creates a sturdy social fabric. Second, strong community institutions provided the scaffolding for individual members to build social capital and climb towards the American Dream. Churches, unions, and other community organizations were the platforms we used to interact, not Facebook or Twitter. Community organizations still exist and continue to help members climb, but there are fewer of them, and fewer Americans participate in them. On the other hand, online communities have sorted into two primary echo chambers. Anger and resentment is present in both groups. One echo chamber is made of elites who hoard their social capital, excluding millions of Americans from the chance to succeed. Elites have leveraged social media to protect their social capital, however inadvertently. Through social media and networks, elites have formed digital webs among former classmates, colleagues and friends, which is an immense resource but only for those who are plugged into the system. By attending a prestigious university or working at an important institution, it's possible to leverage the relationships built there with ease. But without access to these institutions, people then lack access into these incredibly helpful circles. Some elites discount the impact of social capital on their own success. In believing that their success is entirely due to their own efforts, they resent those who they feel are not sufficiently motivated to succeed. The other echo chamber is made of non-elites suffering from a lack of access to social capital bridges and no longer feeling the promise of the American Dream. Many non-elites understand clearly the impact of social capital access on success, and they are fed up with the system, thumbing their noses at our institutions and norms - frustrated with a game that they see as rigged. A lack of bridging capital between these groups reinforces resentment on both sides. Even in the instances when connections are made between people with different views, it only serves to solidify our differences. Read any comments section on an opinion piece. Bridging social capital, that key element that traverses socioeconomic, geographic and racial lines, simply cannot be gained through a social media whose algorithms are set up to connect with similar colleagues and steer people away from uncomfortable or inconvenient truths. The internet cannot fix this. We can't rebuild these connections without real, human contact. The connection two people might make online is not as strong as connections made in person, especially those that are made through the course of daily living. There is no replacement for personal interaction and empathizing with others unlike you. If we didn't know that before November, we certainly do now. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 23:20

A Winning Formula For Success

In the business world, there's a standard metric that helps one determine if a project was a good financial investment. The metric is the "return on investment" or ROI. Business leaders can often be heard walking through the halls spouting sentiments like, "Hey Bob, what was the ROI on that last research project?" Positive ROI means you got more out of the project than you put into it. In other words, if a company spends $25,000 on a research study and the results of that study help them grow sales by $100,000, then that's a very positive return on investment. It's a simple equation that sums up the definition of success on a project. It's really the only metric that matters in the business world and it matters a lot. As it should. You can also apply the same ROI equation to your personal life. ROI is why you want your child to get good grades when you're paying for private school, why you don't want to sell your house in a down market and why when you were growing up, your mother always insisted that the milk that was past its expiration date was "perfectly fine to drink." People want to get the most out of their money. As they should. But maybe there's an additional metric that we don't talk about in the business world or in life nearly enough. Earl, a mentor of mine, told me about it yesterday and I'm in love with it. The equation is Return on Energy (ROE). It's great. Right? Money can be a key indicator of success, but as I've often written about before, more money often comes with more sacrifice, more headaches and more time away from your family. You can still make money while killing yourself to do so. Which I would argue (fiercely) is not the definition of success. Energy, on the other hand, is a very intriguing metric for success. Especially when you consider that money can come from a lot of different places, but your energy only comes from you. And there is, indeed, a limited supply of it. Maybe we'd be more fulfilled if we protected our energy as much as we protect our money. The next time you're considering doing something at work or at home (anything, really) ask yourself if that initiative, project or task is a good use of your energy. Here are some ways I make sure my energy is being maximized. My children. I lean towards activities with the kids that give me energy rather than take it away. For example, I love the high of finding treasures at thrift stores and now my daughter is addicted too. Given a three-hour chunk of time, I'll pick thrift store shopping with her over going to a trampoline park any day. The same is true of roller skating. I'm good at it and I love it. So, if the kids ask me to build a 1,000 piece puzzle with them, I say no, let's go roller skating instead. Roller skating fills me with joy, and therefore energy. Jumping on a trampoline for an hour with 162 kids around makes me want to vomit. Your children want to spend time with you. But that doesn't mean they get to determine how you spend that time. You pick. And when you do, pick the activity with the greatest ROE. My team at work. I always want to be surrounded by people that inspire me with their ideas, their work ethic and their desire to change the world. I've worked tirelessly to always ensure that the energy I put into hiring and training people does not get wasted, it gets amplified. My friends. I don't spend time with people who exhaust me. People who are often complaining and look at the world through a pessimistic lens are not good for me. I make a conscious effort to spend time with people who are optimistic, loving and kind. And a love of tequila is always an added bonus. With ROI, the question is whether you get more money out than you put in. With ROE, the question is whether you get more energy out than you put in. If the answer is no, or a negative ROE, you need to reconsider whether you should be doing that activity in the first place. We cut back on activities that deplete our bank accounts. Yet, we continuously sign up for activities that deplete our energy. What does the return on energy equation look like in your life? Use this equation to start to plot and plan your time differently. If volunteering at your kid's school, serving on a board of directors or spending time with a negative family member has a negative return on energy, then consider doing less of those things. Or quitting them altogether. There's no doubt that you're doing more than you should. This equation can point out where you can cut back. Your time and your energy are your two most precious resources. Use them wisely. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 23:10

РЖД убрала из вагонов "Стрижа" таблички с нарисованным шрифтом Брайля

РЖД убрала из всех составов поезда "Стриж", курсирующего между Нижним Новгородом и Москвой, таблички с нарисованной на них надписью шрифтом Брайля. Об этом "Медузе" рассказал представитель государственной компании. На табличку с текстом "Salida de emergencia" ("Аварийный выход" с испанского), набранным шрифтом Брайля, обратил внимание пользователь "Пикабу". Он указал, что табличка не содержит никаких выпуклостей, что делает ее бессмысленной для незрячих людей. В РЖД подтвердили "Медузе", что такие таблички действительно висели: "С такими стикерами подвижной состав был доставлен в компанию". Представитель РЖД отметил, что в январе 2017 года стикеры заменили на новые, без надписей шрифтом Брайля, но светящиеся в темноте. Он отметил, что компания рассматривает вопрос о том, чтобы разместить в вагонах стикеры с надписями, выполненными шрифтом Брайля на русском языке. Скоростной поезд "Стриж" курсирует между Москвой и Нижним Новгородом с ноября 2015 года. В середине декабря 2016 года составы этого поезда также стали возить пассажиров между Москвой и Берлином. "Стриж" - адаптированная версия испанского скоростного поезда Talgo.(https://meduza.io/news/20...)

23 января, 23:09

Was Trump’s inauguration the most-streamed of all time?

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's assertion is almost impossible to prove.

23 января, 23:06

The Myth Of The "Passive Indexing" Revolution

Submitted by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, There is little argument that Exchange Traded Funds, more commonly referred to as “ETF’s” have and will continue to change the landscape of investing. As my colleague Cullen Roche penned: “The rise of low-cost indexing is one of the most transformational trends in modern investing…The rise of low-cost diversified index funds has changed the meaning of an important debate in finance – the active vs passive debate.“ Currently, the debate over “Active vs. Passive” is raging as article after article is penned discussing the money flows into ETF’s. For example, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled  “The Dying Business of Picking Stocks” stating: “Over the three years ended Aug. 31, investors added nearly $1.3 trillion to passive mutual funds and their brethren—passive exchange-traded funds—while draining more than a quarter trillion from active funds, according to Morningstar Inc.” CNBC also jumped on the bandwagon with “Peak Passive? Money Is Gushing Out Of Actively Managed Funds.” To wit: “Investors bailed on actively managed funds in record numbers during 2016, preferring the reliability and low costs of index funds over taking a chance on finding a stock picker who could beat the market.” It would certainly seem to be the case given the flow of funds over the last couple of years in particular as noted by ICI and shown in the chart below. The exodus from actively managed mutual funds is occurring for four primary reasons. Expenses: The management fees on passive funds are extremely low as the funds do not require investment analysis. In fact, an excel spreadsheet with a few lines of macro coding can replace a traditional portfolio manager. The WSJ article found that fees are almost eight times higher for active funds than passive ones (.77% vs. .10%). Relative Performance: Not surprisingly, in a market that has been fueled by massive Central Bank interventions, passive funds have outperformed actively managed funds. In the aforementioned article, the WSJ found that over the last five years a meager 11.2% of U.S. large-company mutual funds (actively managed) outperformed the Vanguard 500 passive index fund. Of course, this is due to expense difference as noted above. Technology Shifts: The advancement for algorithmic and computerized trading is leading to a migration of assets into ETF’s which are ideal for computer-driven allocation models. Media: One of the biggest reasons for the flows from actively managed mutual funds into ETF’s has been the increased press and media attention on ETF’s. As the markets have pushed higher, and the performance and expense differential exposed, the media has berated investors for not being invested regardless of the risk. Therefore, investors have been “psychologically pushed” to buy ETF’s as the “fear of missing out” has accelerated. Yes, the world of investing has once again changed, and evolved, just as it has throughout history. 1960-70’s it was the “Nifty Fifty” 1980’s was the rise of the mutual fund industry and “portfolio insurance” as financial deregulation spread. 1990’s the evolution of “online trading” brought individuals into the Wall Street “Casino” 2000’s brought about the “real estate” investing boom. 2010’s Fed-driven liquidity boom and technology blend to create the “passive revolution?” Of course, I probably don’t need to remind how each of those periods ended in 1974, 1987, 2000 and 2007. Importantly, each time was believed to “be different.” The current rise of indexed based ETF investing, however, is not a sign of “passive” indexing. The Myth Of Passive There are many reasons why individuals SHOULD choose to use ETF’s versus either mutual funds OR individual equities. Costs related to the internal operating fees of mutual funds Trading costs for purchasing individual equities Turnover related to managing an individual equity portfolio Volatility risks Asset selection risks Allocation risks, and most importantly; Behavioral and psychological risks. With ETF’s many of these problems can be avoided entirely or substantially reduced. Today, more than ever, advisors are actively migrating portfolio management to the use of ETF’s for either some, if not all, of the asset allocation equation. However, they are NOT doing it “passively.”  For example, in our own portfolio management practice, we offer an entirely ETF driven asset allocation model which is actively managed against the variety of “risks” that arise from asset rotation to inflation, interest rate risks, momentum shifts and inter-market analysis. We also run a model that is a blend between individual equities, individual bonds (which provide principal protection and income) and ETF’s for both asset allocation diversification and hedging. However, we are not unique within the overall industry of providing lower cost solutions for clients as the industry continues to press annual management fees below 1% and bring a much-needed focus on fiduciary responsibility. But, this does NOT MEAN investors, or advisors, have opted to be “passive” investors. They have simply changed the instruments by which they are engaging in “active” trading. This can be seen in the changes of flows between equities and bonds as shown below. As Cullen noted: “The rise of index funds has turned us all into ‘asset pickers’ instead of stock pickers. The reality is that we are all discretionary decision makers in our portfolios. Even the choice to do nothing is a discretionary decision. Therefore, all indexing approaches aren’t all that ‘passive’. They’re just different forms of active management that have been sold to investors using clever marketing terminology like ‘factor investing’ and ‘smart beta’ in order to differentiate the brands.” He is correct. “Active” investing is quite alive and well and being facilitated by the variety of online “apps” and platforms which allow for trading ETF’s with the click of a button. A recent email noted an important point about this shift. “My whole office uses it [the app], and we are always talking about how our investments are performing. It’s created a social element to investing.” What the email highlights is the “gambler effect.”  When we gamble, and the reason we become addicted to it, is the “winning” causes our brain to release “dopamine.” As humans, that release makes us feel good and the “social element” created from the approval of others, and the competition bred by it, feeds into our addictive natures. Therein Lies “The Trap” The idea of “passive” investing is “romantic” in nature. It’s a world where everyone just invests some money, the markets rise 7% annually and everyone one’s a winner.  Unfortunately, the markets simply don’t function that way. Just as the initial speculators via online trading learned heading into 2000, or the real estate speculators learned heading into 2008, there is no “guaranteed winner.” Today, Millennials who watched their parents get decimated twice by the financial markets have unwittingly been lured back into the casino through apps, Robo-advisors, and platforms with the promise of long-term success through “passive approaches” to investing. Again, the markets simply don’t function that way. To quote Jesse Felder of the Felder Report: ‘Embracing passive investing is exactly this sort of ‘cover your eyes and buy’ sort of attitude. Would you embrace the very same price-insensitive approach in buying a car? A house? Your groceries? Your clothes? Of course not. We are all very price-sensitive when it comes to these things. So why should investing be any different?'” While the idea of passive indexing works while all prices are rising, the reverse is also true. The problem is that once prices begin to fall the previously “passive indexer” becomes an “active panic seller.” With the flood of money into “passive index” and “yield funds,” the tables are once again set for a dramatic and damaging ending. It is only near peaks in extended bull markets that logic is dismissed for the seemingly easiest trend to make money. Today is no different as the chart below shows the odds are stacked against substantial market gains from current levels. As my partner, Michael Lebowitz, noted in a recent posting: “Nobody is going to ring a bell at the top of a market, but there are plenty of warped investment strategies and narratives from history that serve the same purpose — remember internet companies with no earnings and sub-prime CDOs to name two.” Investors need to be cognizant of, and understand why, the chorus of arguments in favor of short-sighted and flawed strategies are so prevalent. The meteoric rise in passive investing is one such “strategy” sending an important and timely warning. Just remember, everyone is “passive” until the selling begins.

23 января, 23:06

Economism and the Law

By James Kwak Economism—the simplistic, unreflecting application of Economics 101 models to complex, real-world issues—is particularly influential in the law, including both legal academia and actual court opinions that decide important questions. The "economism" that @jamesykwak talks about is at its worst in … Continue reading →

23 января, 23:02

Generali Woes Defy Easy M&A Solution

Italian national treasures are becoming an endangered species. Generali’s stock jumped on Monday after La Stampa reported it could be the target of a takeover approach by Germany’s Allianz, with

23 января, 23:00

On Success

As the writer’s success as an author grew and grew, so did the abuse at home — until finally, she left the man who she loved, but who couldn’t allow her to succeed.

23 января, 23:00

Spicer continues feud with the press over MLK bust

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday continued to litigate the new administration’s feud with the press over an incorrect pool report last week. Addressing reporters at his first daily briefing, Spicer argued that a Time magazine reporter owes President Donald Trump an apology for a tweet and pool report from Friday, which incorrectly suggested that Trump’s staff had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. The reporter, Zeke Miller, quickly issued a correction and apologized after realizing his mistake.Spicer called the report “racially charged” on Monday and said Miller’s apology to his “colleagues,” sent out on Twitter, was insufficient, even though Spicer had indicated previously, writing from the official press secretary account, that he “accepted” it. “Where was the apology to the president of the United States?” Spicer asked Monday. “Where was the apology to millions of people who read that and thought how racially insensitive that was?”Spicer brought up the pool report mistake again — after he railed against it at a news conference on Saturday — to defend his approach in the first weekend of the new administration. His relationship with the White House press corps got off to a rocky start when he used his first appearance at the podium to make several false claims about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd and complain about the incorrect pool report before leaving without taking questions. The appearance was heavily criticized.On Monday, Spicer defended his false statements and argued that his response to the pool report was his attempt to “correct the record.”“I don't know that it was malicious at all,” Spicer said, “but there is a point at which we have a right to go out there and correct the record.“I think that over and over again there is this attempt to go after this president and say, ‘Well that can't be true, and that's not right, and the numbers weren't there,' and there is a rush to judgment every time,” he continued. “And it is a two-way street.”Spicer also defended Trump’s false claim, made in a speech to the group Saturday, that the news media had invented his feud with the CIA. (Trump has compared alleged news leaks by the intelligence community to activity that would happen in Nazi Germany.)“I think there’s a difference between having differences with intelligence leaders and leaders of that community who he has strong differences with, than the people and the men and women who toil every single day in our intelligence community,” Spicer said. “And it was reflected at the CIA.”

23 января, 22:58

Thank you, Senator Charles Schumer and Senate Democrats

I would like to thank New York Senator Charles Schumer for his professionalism and grace in helping to move along the confirmations of General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense and General John Kelly as the head of Homeland Security. I realize that as the leader of Senate Democrats, Schumer could have attempted to flex his political muscle and filibustered either of these two Generals. This is especially true of Mattis, who needed a waiver since there was a seven-year moratorium in place on appointing a recent Veteran to the position. Thankfully, Senator Schumer chose country over party and now these two supremely qualified men will be able to lead in positions that are extremely well-suited for. I have written in-depth about my admiration for both Generals and have given reasons why I think they will do a great job. And the fact that they were so easily confirmed is a testament not only to the judgment of President Trump, but also the judgment of Senator Schumer and his fellow Democrats. I know Senate Democrats don't agree with everything President Trump wants to do. I also know there will be many battles ahead between the two parties. But on these two confirmations, both sides of the aisle came together and did the right things and that is a beautiful thing to see. There will be disagreements to come, but for now, Senate Democrats deserve praise and I truly hope they are willing to continue working with President Trump and his team for the betterment of our great country more in the future. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 22:45

Real Estate Lessons from Mr. Universe

If there's one thing I've learned that's worth remembering, it's that you never know when or where you're going to discover something you can use. More specifically, you never know who is going to teach you something to guide you along on your journey--be it a friend, a client, or just some random individual who happens to come across your path. To be honest, though, I wasn't expecting it might ever be Arnold Schwarzenegger who'd send me some tasty nuggets for thought, but that's exactly why a successful entrepreneur should always keep an open mind. You may or may not know it, but like me, the well-known actor, politician and bodybuilder has also enjoyed a very successful career as a commercial real estate magnate. Beginning with his first purchase of a building in Santa Monica, California, he's gone on to build a substantial portfolio as an entrepreneur in this area with many profitable investments over the years. "I wanted an investment that would earn money, so that I could cover the mortgage through rents instead of having to pay it myself," Arnold wrote in his 2012 autobiography, Total Recall. "The math of real estate really spoke to me (and) it was just a talent I had," he said, recounting the two-and-a-half years he spent researching the market in Santa Monica before making his first move. He learned about every building in the city and examined numerous options and opportunities before finally making his first purchase of an apartment building off Wilshire Boulevard back in 1974. But while this was all part of an interesting story, there was something a little deeper here that really struck me. In particular, Arnold went on to talk about his nay-saying friend and how negatively he reacted when "The Terminator" decided to take this initial risk with commercial real estate. "How can you stand the pressure?" asked his friend, whom Arnold described as someone who never wanted any risks in his life. "You have the responsibility of renting out the other five units. You have to collect the rent. What if something goes wrong?" "Problems were all he could see," Arnold wrote. But then the light bulb went on for the former California governor. "I caught myself listening," he said, and that's when he remembered not to let the fears of others prevent him from taking risks. More significantly, Arnold remembered he didn't even want to hear that negativity coming from someone else, as letting himself get attached to it could cloud his own judgment, which in the case of these investments certainly seemed to be sound and on the money. "Don't tell me any more of this information," he told his friend. "I like to always wander in like a puppy ... Don't tell me (the problem) ahead of time." "Often it's easier to make a decision when you don't know as much, because then you can't overthink," he wrote. "If you know too much, it can freeze you. The whole deal looks like a minefield." This is very sound advice. Certainly one is going to want to do due diligence with their research--as Arnold himself demonstrated--but that doesn't mean it's going to be in your best interests to seek opinions or take surveys around other people's fears. On the contrary, once an investor has obtained adequate information to be an informed consumer, they're probably going to be better served letting their intuition side-step in and trusting their own judgment with what feels like the right move at that time. There are no guarantees, of course. It's not an exact science. But in my own experience I find putting some trust in my instincts--provided they're clear and informed--makes for a truly sound investment. And of course, it always pays to keep an open mind. You never know where your next nugget of wisdom is coming from ... -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 22:41

Trump's D.C. Hotel Was Losing Money Before He Won The Election

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., lost money in its first two months of operations, far underperforming his company’s own projections, according to a letter sent by leading House Democrats to the General Services Administration on Monday. The congressmen would like to know if Trump’s subsequent electoral victory is now proving financially beneficial for this one branch of his business empire ― and thus for the president himself.  They also requested that the GSA take immediate action to declare the Trump International Hotel in D.C. in breach of its lease. The lease governing the hotel’s operation within the Old Post Office building, which is owned by the federal government, specifically states that it cannot be held by an elected official. Trump announced on Jan. 11 that he would not divest from his multibillion-dollar business, which means that he will remain the chief beneficiary of all its holdings.  The letter ― sent by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) to acting GSA Administrator Timothy Horne ― points out that documents provided by the GSA show that the Trump International Hotel brought in less revenue in September and October, its first two months of operation, than company officials initially projected. Forecasts by the Trump hotel suggested that it would bring in revenue of $2.1 million in September and $4.3 million in October, according to the congressmen’s letter. The hotel’s revenue was actually just $1.3 million in September and $2.8 million in October. The hotel had forecast that it would lose $84,000 in net income for September and make $481,000 in October, for a total projected gain of $397,000. The hotel wound up taking a loss of nearly $1.2 million for the first two months. But since early November, when Trump won his unexpected election victory, numerous annual parties held by foreign embassies, lobbying groups and the Republican National Committee have been booked in his hotel’s ballrooms. The hotel manager held an event for foreign diplomats urging them to stay there as a way to curry favor with the Trump administration. During the inauguration festivities, the hotel was a hot spot for big donors, Trump’s foreign business partners and others looking for the immersive Trump experience. This raises the question of whether the hotel is now succeeding because Trump won the presidency and booking a room there directly enriches the president. “The documents include monthly reports only for September and October, and it is possible that subsequent months drew more business and higher income levels,” the letter reads. “The possibility that President Trump will profit from large increases in hotel revenues because he was elected President highlights the grave concerns we have raised for months about his conflicts of interest and potential violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.” The emoluments clause bans government officials from receiving or accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments and foreign government-owned corporations. Trump’s tax lawyer claimed at the Jan. 11 press conference that payments for hotel rooms or event space are not emoluments because they constitute a fair market exchange. Numerous ethics experts and constitutional lawyers disagree. On Monday, a number of those experts filed a lawsuit, along with the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, arguing that Trump is already violating the Constitution by accepting emoluments through his hotel and other properties. CREW also filed a complaint with the GSA on Friday, pressing the agency to rule on whether Trump is in violation of his lease. The Democratic congressmen additionally ask for more information about how the GSA is dealing with the $5 million in liens filed against the president’s company for failing to pay contractors who worked on the Washington hotel. In December, House Democrats released a letter stating that Michael Gelber, the deputy commissioner of the GSA’s Public Buildings Service, had told them that Trump would be in breach of his lease as soon as he was sworn in. The GSA later said that the Democrats misunderstood Gelber’s remarks and that the agency would not state its position until Trump was officially sworn in as president. But in that earlier letter, Democrats wrote that Gelber had detailed the process the GSA takes to determine if a tenant is in breach of its lease. If the agency reaches that conclusion, a contracting official sends a letter to the tenant giving the tenant 30 days to fix the breach. It is unclear what, if anything, Trump could do to prevent himself from breaching the contract. He is the majority beneficiary of the company that owns the hotel. Monday’s letter also said that Gelber had essentially told Democrats that the incoming administration would not be able to improperly influence the GSA’s interpretation of the law. The letter states that “the Deputy Commissioner assured our staffs that GSA contracting officials are independent, base their decisions on the laws and regulations governing the contracts they oversee, and would not change their positions based on inappropriate political influence.” The risk of this nonetheless happening is exactly why the GSA lease bans elected officials from being a party to it. The president will soon appoint a new GSA administrator. That person will then be in charge of contracting officials who must conduct yearly negotiations with the president’s company, now supposedly run by his two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump. “In a 60-year, complicated contract, we’re going to ask a civil servant at GSA to negotiate annually with the president’s children,” Steve Schooner, a government contracting expert at George Washington University Law School, previously noted to HuffPost. That, he said, is “mind-boggling.” How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 22:41

Trump's D.C. Hotel Was Losing Money Before He Won The Election

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., lost money in its first two months of operations, far underperforming his company’s own projections, according to a letter sent by leading House Democrats to the General Services Administration on Monday. The congressmen would like to know if Trump’s subsequent electoral victory is now proving financially beneficial for this one branch of his business empire ― and thus for the president himself.  They also requested that the GSA take immediate action to declare the Trump International Hotel in D.C. in breach of its lease. The lease governing the hotel’s operation within the Old Post Office building, which is owned by the federal government, specifically states that it cannot be held by an elected official. Trump announced on Jan. 11 that he would not divest from his multibillion-dollar business, which means that he will remain the chief beneficiary of all its holdings.  The letter ― sent by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) to acting GSA Administrator Timothy Horne ― points out that documents provided by the GSA show that the Trump International Hotel brought in less revenue in September and October, its first two months of operation, than company officials initially projected. Forecasts by the Trump hotel suggested that it would bring in revenue of $2.1 million in September and $4.3 million in October, according to the congressmen’s letter. The hotel’s revenue was actually just $1.3 million in September and $2.8 million in October. The hotel had forecast that it would lose $84,000 in net income for September and make $481,000 in October, for a total projected gain of $397,000. The hotel wound up taking a loss of nearly $1.2 million for the first two months. But since early November, when Trump won his unexpected election victory, numerous annual parties held by foreign embassies, lobbying groups and the Republican National Committee have been booked in his hotel’s ballrooms. The hotel manager held an event for foreign diplomats urging them to stay there as a way to curry favor with the Trump administration. During the inauguration festivities, the hotel was a hot spot for big donors, Trump’s foreign business partners and others looking for the immersive Trump experience. This raises the question of whether the hotel is now succeeding because Trump won the presidency and booking a room there directly enriches the president. “The documents include monthly reports only for September and October, and it is possible that subsequent months drew more business and higher income levels,” the letter reads. “The possibility that President Trump will profit from large increases in hotel revenues because he was elected President highlights the grave concerns we have raised for months about his conflicts of interest and potential violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.” The emoluments clause bans government officials from receiving or accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments and foreign government-owned corporations. Trump’s tax lawyer claimed at the Jan. 11 press conference that payments for hotel rooms or event space are not emoluments because they constitute a fair market exchange. Numerous ethics experts and constitutional lawyers disagree. On Monday, a number of those experts filed a lawsuit, along with the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, arguing that Trump is already violating the Constitution by accepting emoluments through his hotel and other properties. CREW also filed a complaint with the GSA on Friday, pressing the agency to rule on whether Trump is in violation of his lease. The Democratic congressmen additionally ask for more information about how the GSA is dealing with the $5 million in liens filed against the president’s company for failing to pay contractors who worked on the Washington hotel. In December, House Democrats released a letter stating that Michael Gelber, the deputy commissioner of the GSA’s Public Buildings Service, had told them that Trump would be in breach of his lease as soon as he was sworn in. The GSA later said that the Democrats misunderstood Gelber’s remarks and that the agency would not state its position until Trump was officially sworn in as president. But in that earlier letter, Democrats wrote that Gelber had detailed the process the GSA takes to determine if a tenant is in breach of its lease. If the agency reaches that conclusion, a contracting official sends a letter to the tenant giving the tenant 30 days to fix the breach. It is unclear what, if anything, Trump could do to prevent himself from breaching the contract. He is the majority beneficiary of the company that owns the hotel. Monday’s letter also said that Gelber had essentially told Democrats that the incoming administration would not be able to improperly influence the GSA’s interpretation of the law. The letter states that “the Deputy Commissioner assured our staffs that GSA contracting officials are independent, base their decisions on the laws and regulations governing the contracts they oversee, and would not change their positions based on inappropriate political influence.” The risk of this nonetheless happening is exactly why the GSA lease bans elected officials from being a party to it. The president will soon appoint a new GSA administrator. That person will then be in charge of contracting officials who must conduct yearly negotiations with the president’s company, now supposedly run by his two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump. “In a 60-year, complicated contract, we’re going to ask a civil servant at GSA to negotiate annually with the president’s children,” Steve Schooner, a government contracting expert at George Washington University Law School, previously noted to HuffPost. That, he said, is “mind-boggling.” How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 22:40

White House Signing Ceremony Reveals Blinding White Maleness Of Trump's Inner Circle

President Donald Trump signed a trio of executive actions on Monday, withdrawing the U.S. from negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, implementing a federal hiring freeze and reinstating an international policy that is likely to restrict reproductive health access worldwide. Video from the Oval Office showed Trump slowly appending his signature to the orders with deliberate, bouncing pen strokes. The camera then panned up and across the White House advisers on hand to witness the event.  There wasn’t a woman in the shot. Plenty of white men, though, including chief White House strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon and senior White House adviser for policy Stephen Miller ― Trump’s “Steves,” as the president refers to them. The Steves have drawn controversy for their past criticism of ethnic diversity, among other issues, and were responsible for writing large sections of Trump’s nationalistic inauguration address, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. It was a telling visual, and one largely consistent with the demographics of Trump’s cabinet and inner circle. Trump has nominated 18 white men ― the overwhelming majority ― to Cabinet or Cabinet-level positions in his administration. He’s tapped just a handful of women and people of color to serve, with most being selected for lower-level positions. His Cabinet will not have a single Hispanic member, which hasn’t happened since 1988. Trump’s advisers are similarly white, though a few women will have the president’s ear. Kellyanne Conway is officially serving as Trump’s counselor. Hope Hicks is director of strategic communications. Omarosa Manigault, who is black, has joined the White House as assistant to the president. Obama also faced criticism for not appointing more women to Cabinet-level positions, but a study conducted in 2015 found that he’d placed more women and people of color in policy positions than any president in history. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 22:38

The White House Switchboard Is Still Working, Despite What You've Heard

The White House switchboard is a near-sacred part of the U.S. government ― so when reports surfaced Monday that the live operators who answer the main phone number at the White House were gone, it raised some dismay. White House closes public switchboard, replacing with recordings directing to post comments on line or on Facebook. 202-456-1414— Carolyn Lochhead (@carolynlochhead) January 23, 2017 Calls to the switchboard Monday morning were answered by a recorded voice that directed callers to various White House functions, like visitor tours and the White House website. At the end of the message, the recorded voice instructs people calling from a rotary dial phone to stay on the line, in order to speak to an operator. The Huffington Post stayed on the line, and within a few minutes we were transferred to a real live operator.  So the White House switchboard is working. But it’s safe to assume that the volume of calls on President Donald Trump’s first full workday in office was high enough to strain the switchboard’s resources. (A White House phone line for leaving audio comments was closed Monday; this is a different number than the White House switchboard.) For those planning to call the White House main number in the near future, just stay on the line. Operators are still standing by.  This story has been updated to include information about the White House comment line. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 22:36

'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist's Women's March Sign Was Out Of This World

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Melissa Benoist was a real-life superhero this weekend when she joined the thousands of women, men and children who headed to Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the Women’s March.  The “Supergirl” star opened up about the “incredible” day during an interview with The Huffington Post on Build Series Monday, saying, “I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.” “My favorite point was when we reached the White House, and everywhere you turned, whichever street you were looking down, it was just a sea of people. A sea of people with the best energy,” she continued. “The most positive place you could be. Everyone was supportive, everyone was loving each other. It was pretty amazing.”  Benoist’s protest sign was pretty amazing too, as she used her “Supergirl” status to send President Donald Trump a message. #womensmarchonwashington A photo posted by Melissa Benoist (@melissabenoist) on Jan 21, 2017 at 7:43am PST Benoist said that she tries to embrace her character Kara Danvers in her own life, pushing to be the best possible version of herself everyday.  “[Supergirl] and Superman are truth, justice, and the American way," the 28-year-old actress said. "She sets some really high standards to live up to and, playing the role, it has definitely infused itself into my life and helped me to be a stronger, braver person than I ever have been. It’s been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Definitely the most difficult job, but really rewarding in that way. I love it. I love Supergirl.”  And so do we.  “Supergirl” Season 2 returns to The CW Mondays at 8 p.m. ET. Watch Melissa Benoist’s full Build Series interview below.   function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_2'),onPlayerReadyVidible); -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 января, 22:34

The culture that is San Francisco

San Francisco, population 865,000, has roughly the same number of dogs as children: 120,000. In many areas of the city, pet grooming shops seem more common than schools. There is also this: San Francisco’s public school system has around 53,000 students, a sharp drop from 90,000 in 1970. The decline is a reflection both of […] The post The culture that is San Francisco appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

23 января, 22:34

Pivotal Elections Loom Over Europe

Voters in France, Germany, and the Netherlands will vote this year in what is expected to be a critical test for establishment candidates and parties.

23 января, 22:33

Congressman: Info In Classified CIA Doc Would Cause Election Do-Over In Other Countries

Georgia Democratic Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis last week said Donald Trump is not a “legitimate” president, and decided to boycott the inauguration, along with over 60 other House Democrats. Maryland Democratic House member Elijah Cummings attended inauguration, but nonetheless defended Lewis and others who boycotted, saying in an interview on CNN that “if the public knew what members of Congress knew” about what is in the classified briefing on Russian hacking during the presidential election they would “fully understand.” Now Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis), in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress late last week, stated that the briefing was one of the reasons why he decided not to attend the inauguration. He also noted that in other democracies around the world, the election would be “redone” if the same activities took place that are reported in the CIA’s classified briefing. “Almost all of this will slowly come out as more investigations happen but I think there’s a part that really was at the core of what John Lewis was trying to say,” the openly gay Democrat from Wisconsin recounted. “When he said that Donald Trump was not a legitimate president — I don’t want to put words in his mouth,  but I think he was referring to that there are grave questions as to whether or not this was a legitimate election.” Pocan confirmed that the information to which he is referring is not the same information published in The New York Times last week, which reported on an FBI investigation of Trump campaign staffers having contact with Russian officials. It is information that has not yet been made public, he said. “When you see the full of extent of this,” he continued, “it’s clearly a very troubling situation. And I think in other countries, from what I understand, if this stuff would have come out, I think they probably would have redone the election. We don’t really have something necessarily in our laws to really look at it the same way given what’s out there. But the fact that [Donald Trump] has so flippantly dismissed the intelligence community — you know I’ve read this, and he’s seen the same thing I’ve seen, and he’s being disingenuous in his response.” -- 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.

16 апреля 2016, 08:16

Великий геноцид: По данным ВОЗ не более 50% 16-летних юношей России доживут до пенсионного возраста

"...Создавшееся положение в здоровье населения и в здравоохранении России следует рассматривать как кризисное, требующее принятия чрезвычайных и безотлагательных мер на государственном уровне, несмотря на сложнейшие экономический и внешнеполитический фон и обстоятельства."...Здоровье не декларативно, а на деле должно стать первейшим государственным приоритетом"В настоящее время вопрос уже не в том, есть ли в России кризис народного здоровья, а в том, не перешел ли он уже точку "невозврата", осталось ли вообще время, чтобы выправить положение. Или у нас уже нет надежды на восстановление былого (а тем более, оптимального) демографического, социально-экологического и медико-социального равновесия и народу России предстоит пережить период тяжелого не только духовного, но и социального распада? Чего ждать - социальных потрясений (взрывы возмущения, конфликты, насилие), либо (и к этому как бы "приучают") медленного "гниения" и деградации народа, дезинтеграции его целостности, его физического, духовного и социального вырождения?"Из доклада Чрезвычайного Пироговского съезда врачей.Война за здоровье населения России проиграна. Неэффективность применения принятых в настоящее время методов лечения очевидна. В России в результате двух десятилетий "реформ" заболеваемость туберкулёзом увеличилась в 200 раз. РФ абсолютно лидирует (на душу населения) по смертности от заболеваний сердечно-сосудистой системы. По числу психически больных Россия опережает весь мир. Страна переместилась во всемирном рейтинге здоровья на позорное 97 место из 145, получив в качестве ближайших соседей Восточный Тимор (96 место) и Ирак (98). (агентство Bloomberg http://ria.ru/analytics/20120817/725601402.html ) 70% детей рождаются в состоянии асфиксии (кислородного голодания). Заболеваемость детей до 14 лет увеличилась за последние 20 лет на 50% По данным ВОЗ не более 50% 16-летних юношей России доживут до пенсионного возраста.Прогноз ВОЗ не является полноценным эпидемиологическим диагнозом (эпидемиология - биомедицинская наука, которая занимается исследованием факторов и условий, определяющих частоту и распространение заболеваний и инвалидности среди населения, выявляющая причинно-следственные связи патогенетического процесса, т.е. фундаментальная наука по изучению причинности нездоровья) поскольку не учитывает динамику негативных процессов. Это примитивная экстраполяция статистически значимых существующих тенденций.Полноценный, с применением методов ретроспективного, перспективного и оперативного анализа и учета гигиенической экспертизы окружающей среды эпидемиологический диагноз намного пессимистичнее. Состояние здоровья детской части популяции ужасающе, с учетом постоянно действующей катастрофы, называющейся системой "здравоохранения" прогноз крайне неблагоприятный. ИЗ ДЕТЕЙ ДОШКОЛЬНОГО ВОЗРАСТА ДО ПЕНСИОННОГО ВОЗРАСТА В РОССИИ НЕ ДОЖИВЕТ НИКТО Они уже умирают, ими переполнены отделения детской онкологии, они умирают от инсультов и сосудистых катастроф, аритмий и инфарктов.Патологоанатомы и гистологи описывают результаты секционных исследований: патологии скелета, уменьшение стерно-вертебрального расстояния, очаговые дистрофические изменения кардиомиоцитов, очаги деструкции волокнистых структур, альцианофилию, миксоматозную дегенерацию ткани, нарушения в волокнистом строении стенки аорты: дезориентированные коллагеновые и эластические волокна, расположенные разрозненными группами, с формированием неполноценных пучков, с отсутствием спиралеобразования у большинства волокон, частично фрагментированными, признаки хронического бронхита с атрофией слизистой оболочки, выраженной пролиферацией соединительнотканных элементов и диффузным перибронхиальным пневмосклерозом, выраженный стромальный нефросклероз и атрофию слизистой лоханок почек, деструктивные изменения вен связанные с деградацией волокнистых структур: отсутствие упорядоченности эластических волокон, грубую коллагенизацию стенок, накопление альцианофильной субстанции в основном веществе. и т д. . Растет смертность в трудоспособных возрастах (до 39 лет), и в молодых. Причиной служат грубые сосудистые нарушения (в основном аневризмы аорты) и аритмии. ПИШЕТСЯ ПОСМЕРТНЫЙ ЭПИКРИЗ ПАЦИЕНТА ПО ИМЕНИ РОССИЯ Рост заболеваемости и драматическое озлокачествление ее структуры в течении нескольких последних десятилетий подтверждают тупик медицины. Разрушено гораздо большее, чем "тоталитарная советская система контроля и профилактики заболеваний". Разрушена сама ткань здравоохранения, поражены участки мышления и самоконтроля, уничтожены системы адаптации, нарушена реактивность системы и возможность ее регенерации. Игнорировать этот факт безответственно и преступно. Показательно нагло и абсурдно выглядит ситуация в кардиологии. "Прогресс кардиологии" сопровождается ростом смертности от ССЗ. За причины сердечно-сосудистых заболеваний выдаются холестерин, атеросклероз, тромбы, курение и "плохая наследственность" - годится все, что обеспечивает лекарственную зависимость больных, материальную зависимость и управляемость врачей и фармацевтов и главное - фантастические прибыли фармацевтических корпораций. В самую чудовищную аферу в истории человечества вовлечены десятки тысяч врачей, провизоров, физиологов, которые истребляют "холестерин", применяют гипотензивную терапию, ингибируя энергетические и ферментативные процессы, вмешиваются в работу эндокринной, нервной и сосудистой систем, блокируя попытки организма компенсировать физиологический сбой. По факту медицина стала обслуживающей интересы крупного фармацевтического бизнеса структурой, опасной для общества антинаучной сектой, применяющей суггестивные методики для системного обмана пациентов и имитации "лечения". Эпидемиологическая статистика подтверждает: рост фатальной заболеваемости и смертности прямо коррелирует с медико-фармацевтической агрессией. Один штрих для понимания подлинных задач "российского" здравоохранения и фармации. В 1985 году ежегодный отчёт Фонда Рокфеллера подчеркнул, что все силы надо бросить на разработку и внедрение в практику найденного, обладающего антифертильной активностью вещества "Госсипол" "gossypol", или ном. C30H30O8. Его описание гласит: Изучение вызывания химической стерильности мужчин концентрируются на госсиполе, природном веществе, извлекаемом из семян хлопка, который обладает длительным антиконтрацептивным действием на мужчин. Токсический полифенол, извлекаемый из хлопка, показал себя эффективным стерилизующим веществом. И оцените тот факт, что действующее вещество Кагоцела - тот самый госсипол. И то что эта информация удалена из справочной литературы, оставшись лишь в независящей от фармации Википедии "....госсипол (токсичный в свободной форме), являющийся предшественником действующего вещества "Кагоцела", способен угнетать сперматогенез и даже изучался в клинических исследованиях в качестве мужского контрацептива. При этом примерно в 20 % случаев влияние госсипола на сперматогенез носило необратимый характер, что предполагало его применение только у мужчин, "завершивших образование семей или тех, кто допускает необратимое бесплодие" Coutinho E. Gossypol: a contraceptive for men // Contraception. - 2002. -ном. 65 (4). - С. 259-263 Существующую в РФ эпидемиологическую ситуацию корректно характеризовать как совершающуюся на наших глазах целенаправленную хорошо организованную биологическую деградацию Homo sapiens как вида, ставящую под вопрос его дальнейшее существование на планете. Происходящая медико-биологическая катастрофа вышла за рамки проблемы медико-биологической и стала проблемой социальной, экономической, политической, демографической и мировоззренческой. Советское здравоохранение было важным системообразующим элементом структуры социального государства, чрезвычайно эффективным и продуктивным в научном плане. Накануне развала СССР советской биологией и медицинской наукой были сделаны открытия, позволявшие навсегда покончить с фатальными заболеваниями, такими как сердечно-сосудистые заболевания и онкопатологии. Возможно, главной целью развала СССР как раз и было уничтожение коммунитарной социальной модели здравоохранения, препятствующей глобальному проекту сокращения населения планеты, инвазии подлой идеологии иммортализма и трансгуманизма, превращению здоровья в товар, внедрению людоедских технологий трансплантации донорских органов, клеточной терапии, "регенеративной" медицины, использующей донорские ткани.......http://forum-msk.org/material/economic/11673184.html

02 июля 2014, 00:55

Растет число жертв лихорадки Эбола. ВОЗ бьет тревогу

До 467 возросло число жертв эпидемии лихорадки Эбола в странах Западной Африки. Всего, по данным Всемирной организации здравоохранения, насчитывается 759 случаев заражения - на 109 больше, чем сообщалось неделю назад. При этом растет и число летальных исходов. Особую обеспокоенность у ВОЗ вызывает ситуация в Гвинее, Либерии и Сьерра-Леоне, а также сообщается о быстром ухудшении в этих странах эпидемиологической обстановки. Специалисты на местах называют эпидемию "региональным кризисом", котор... ЧИТАТЬ ДАЛЕЕ: http://ru.euronews.com/2014/07/01/who-issues-ebola-warning-infection-rate-jumps euronews: самый популярный новостной канал в Европе. Подписывайтесь! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=euronewsru euronews доступен на 14 языках: https://www.youtube.com/user/euronewsnetwork/channels На русском: Сайт: http://ru.euronews.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/euronews Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronewsru Google+: http://eurone.ws/1eEChLr VKontakte: http://vk.com/ru.euronews

18 февраля 2014, 19:10

ЦБ РФ: темпы роста ВВП России до 2016 не превысят 2%

  Банк России понизил прогноз по темпам роста российской экономики до 2016 г.  Центральный банк России опубликовал ежеквартальный доклад о денежно-кредитной политике. В рамках доклада были пересмотрены прежние прогнозы ЦБ по темпам роста ВВП России. 14 февраля 2014 г. глава Э. Набиуллина заявила о том, что Центробанк снизил прогноз по росту ВВП в 2014 г. с 3% до 1,5 – 1,8%. Данное изменение было включено в квартальный доклад. Кроме того, были пересмотрены прогнозы по темпам роста ВВП в 2015-2016 гг. По новым оценкам ЦБ, темпы роста ВВП России в данный период составят 1,7–2%. Прежние оценки на 2015 и 2016 гг. составляли 2,5% и 3% соответственно.  [PDF] "В 2014 г. темп прироста ВВП прогнозируется в диапазоне 1,5 – 1,8%, в 2015 – 2016 гг. возможно его повышение до 1,7 – 2,0% по мере восстановления мировой экономики, а также благодаря постепенному улучшению инвестиционного климата и настроений экономических агентов в России. В то же время выпуск товаров и услуг будет оставаться несколько ниже потенциального уровня. Прогнозируется снижение годовых темпов прироста потребительских цен до целевого уровня 5,0% в конце 2014 г., 4,5% в 2015 г. и 4,0% в 2016 г. Замедление инфляции будет обусловлено слабой экономической активностью, а также снижением инфляционных ожиданий населения вслед за фактическим замедлением роста потребительских цен. Снижению инфляции в 2014 г. также будет способствовать запланированное сокращение темпов индексации тарифов на услуги естественных монополий. В настоящее время основным источником неопределенности для данного прогноза являются инфляционные риски, связанные с ускорением роста цен продовольственных товаров в конце 2013 г. и с динамикой курса национальной валюты. Если негативное воздействие указанных факторов распространится на цены широкого круга товаров и услуг и на ожидания населения, повышается вероятность отклонения инфляции от среднесрочных целевых ориентиров. В этом случае Банк России будет готов ужесточить денежно-кредитную политику".

20 марта 2013, 00:58

Интелрос представляет исследование Джорджа Кэсейя по военным операциям 2004-2007 годов в Ираке и их результатам

George W. CASEY Strategic Reflections Operation Iraqi Freedom. July 2004–February 2007National Defense University Press Washington, D.C. 2012 Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom were the first major wars of the 21st century. They will not be the last. They have significantly impacted how the U.S. Government and military think about prosecuting wars. They will have a generational impact on the U.S. military, as its future leaders, particularly those in the ground forces, will for decades be men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is imperative that leaders at all levels, both military and civilian, share their experiences to ensure that we, as a military and as a country, gain appropriate insights for the future. From Introduction

07 февраля 2013, 01:42

В Пекине уже наступил конец света

Самоцелью в Китае стало достижение бесконечного экономического роста. Здесь больше нет конца, нет надежды, нет мечты, нет цели, а лишь всё ускоряющееся движение ради движения. Развитие здесь без прогресса, трансформация без смысла, работа без цели.Автор: Михаэль ДорфманНедавно слышал шутку, что житель Санкт-Петербурга способен различить две тысячи оттенков серого цвета. Житель Пекина, вероятно, способен различить куда больше оттенков, поскольку живёт в серости. В Пекине всё покрыто непроницаемым серым туманом. Туман такой густой, что вместо солнца в туманном пекинском небе пробивается какой-то красно-серый свет. Мотоциклеты с целлофаном, натянутым на металлические рамы. Целлофан, наверное, защищает зимой от ветра и холода, но никак не от удушливой влажной жары и смога.О коммунизме здесь лучше не спрашиватьМусор разбросан по улицам Пекина. Зимой его собирают и жгут, чтобы немного согреться, а летом он никому не нужен. Уличные мальчишки с пустыми лицами, в помятой одежде и рваной обуви. Отчаянная тоска в глазах - то ли от недоедания, то ли он наркотиков. Бросовые цены на женщин в отелях. Розовый свет в лобби. Облака дыма сигарет «Чжунаньхай». Скучающие женские лица на диванах, невыключающиеся телевизоры. Дамы бесконечно точат ногти пилочкой. Тон беседы какой-то подчёркнуто театральный. Хотя, возможно, так здесь принято разговаривать. Рекламных щитов, предлагающих увеличение груди, отсасывание лишнего жира и аборты, почему-то куда больше, чем рекламы газированных напитков или кремов для бритья. Везде что-то лихорадочно ломают, строят и перестраивают. Повсюду кучи строительного мусора, арматура и пустые пластиковые контейнеры от краски. Что-то постоянно выходит из моды; его заменяют всё быстрей и быстрей. Строительство идёт повсюду. Оно не имеет начала, и ему не видно конца. Получается какой-то калейдоскоп, где всё меняется лишь ради того, чтобы меняться, и работают лишь ради работы.Пекин.Строительство идёт повсюду. Оно не имеет начала, и ему не видно конца. Получается какой-то калейдоскоп, где всё меняется лишь ради того, чтобы меняться, и работают лишь ради работыСтроительство постоянно меняет ландшафт, а с ними и повседневный опыт людей. Изо дня в день возводятся новые заборы, ставят стенки из гофрированного железа, окрашенные в синий цвет. Они перекрывают привычные дороги, доступ к магазинам, загораживают тротуары. Какие-то стены строят, рушат и восстанавливают, порой в течение нескольких дней без видимых функциональных причин. Теряется любой смысл и содержание. Остаётся лишь безумное движение ради движения. Похоже, что главное здесь создать иллюзию движения, чтобы скрыть вопиющую истину, что на самом деле ничего существенного здесь не происходит.Это Пекин 2012. С первого дня здесь меня преследовало смутное чувство, что я всё это давно и много раз видел. Я был в Пекине в ранние 80-е, и всё здесь выглядело совершенно иначе. Откуда такое знакомое чувство отчуждения в толпе? Ведь я всегда любил массовые мероприятия. Где-то я уже видел этих уличных торговцев под зонтиками, пар, подымающийся из каких-то щелей, размокшие под дождём обёртки, дрожащие неоновые огни, отражающиеся в мокрой мостовой. Где-то я уже чувствовал этот страх перед враждебными людьми в униформах. Здесь даже вахтёр на воротах одет как мент, чувствует себя ментом, имеет на своём участке беспредельную власть. Почему это все так знакомо?Пекин – это центр апокалипсиса. Это конец света, такой знакомый, потому, что множество раз виденный в кино – «Бегущий по лезвию», «Дитя человеческое», «Безумный Макс», «Тёмный город», «Матрица». Это не апокалипсис, вызванный падением кометы, таянием ледовых шапок или ядерной войной. Апокалипсис здесь случился в результате доведения до логического конца свободно-рыночной корпоративной капиталистической модели социального развития. Этот апокалипсис оставляет нетронутым скелет общественного порядка, поддерживающий людские ульи в их собственном аду.В Пекине – пик капиталистического апокалипсиса, окончательная реализация кошмара современности. Здесь опасно спрашивать: «А когда же наступит коммунизм?»В Пекине – пик капиталистического апокалипсиса, окончательная реализация кошмара современности. Пекин живёт по логике отражённого разума, о котором предостерегал Сёрен Кьеркегор, — в ницшеанском мире, где люди больше не смеют мечтать о марксистской, ленинской или даже маоистской социальной утопии. Здесь опасно спрашивать: «А когда же наступит коммунизм?»«Зачем я живу?»Китай часто изображается как отсталая страна, которая стремится «догнать» Запад. Трагическая истина состоит в том, что Китай обогнал всех на пути к свободно-рыночной модели капитализма, здесь он далеко впереди планеты всей. Китайцы уже живут в мире, куда ведут нас неолиберальные мессианцы глобального корпоративного капитализма. Китай уже живёт в мире, основанном на линейной модели капиталистического развития. Самоцелью здесь стало достижение бесконечного экономического роста. Здесь больше нет конца, нет надежды, нет мечты, нет цели, а лишь всё ускоряющееся движение ради движения. Развитие здесь без прогресса, трансформация без смысла, работа без цели. Это конец нашего духовного мира, смерть нашей истории. Так случилось, что Пекин – это эпицентр апокалипсиса.Самоцелью в Китае стало достижение бесконечного экономического роста. Здесь больше нет конца, нет надежды, нет мечты, нет цели, а лишь всё ускоряющееся движение ради движения. Развитие здесь без прогресса, трансформация без смысла, работа без целиФизические и социальные свидетельства утраты смысла в Пекине наблюдают все, кто работает здесь достаточно долго, чтобы расстаться с детскими иллюзиями. Китайских детей отравляют иллюзиями коммунистического прошлого. Их временно изолируют от реальности, создают психологические преграды, чтобы довести их программирование до необходимого завершения. Такие слова, как «гармония» и «народ» вкраплены в каждое публичное заявление, чтобы скрыть распад в теле общества. Для большинства студентов и молодых специалистов отчаяние является нормой жизни.Вот что рассказывает мой друг, канадский профессор А., который работает в Пекине 15 лет: «Мои студенты — в отчаянном положении. Так же, как и мои молодые, хорошо образованные коллеги. Им приходится постоянно вести жестокую борьбу, просто чтобы выжить. Они часто ломаются, спрашивают всех, кто готов слушать: “Зачем я живу?” Студентов вынуждают выбирать специальности в зависимости от капризов их родителей или того, что есть в их университетах. Им приходится заниматься зубрёжкой 30 или более часов в неделю. Молодые специалисты здесь работают на грани истощения, а зарабатывают меньше тысячи долларов в месяц. Они живут в маленьких квартирах, снятых у полууголовных маклерских картелей. Рынок аренды — полностью нерегулируемый. Молодые люди платят пятьсот долларов в месяц за аренду. У них требуют плату, по крайней мере, за четыре месяца вперёд, без возможности её передачи в поднаём. Комиссионные маклера составляют месячную оплату, а ещё с них взимают всяческие поборы и постоянно пытаются обмануть.Пекин. Повсюду кучи строительного мусора, арматура и пустые пластиковые контейнеры от краски. Что-то постоянно выходит из моды; его заменяют всё быстрей и быстрейБольшинству удаётся сводить концы с концами лишь при поддержке престарелых родителей. Чтобы узнать секреты ремесла, им приходится обманывать, мошенничать, давать взятки. Только так можно достичь некоторого улучшения качества жизни. Пропадает целое поколение молодых людей. Если дать им возможность свободно дышать, они смогли бы оказать огромное положительное влияние в своих общинах, могли породить новые идеи, стали бы хорошими родителями, создавали бы лучшее общество. Капитализм их безжалостно потребляет и выбрасывает. К сорока годам они больны, разрушены, зачастую отыгрывают свои психические травмы на единственном ребёнке, которого им разрешается иметь. И всё идёт так, что будет только хуже».Мы все будем китайцамиЭто современная версия «информационной экономики» знаменитых кадров из «Метрополиса» Фрица Ланга – массы рабочих скармливают в пасть механическому Молоху. Мы на Западе любим критиковать Китай за все эти факты. Любим изображать китайский народ муравейником бездушных роботов. Любим попрекать китайское правительство в отсутствии свободы и власти закона, обвинять его в доведении до обнищания китайского духа и искоренении пяти тысяч лет китайской культуры. По сути же, китайцы скорей у нас усвоили новый блистательный мир свободно-рыночного капитализма, который придумали на Западе.Мусор разбросан по улицам Пекина. Зимой его собирают и жгут, чтобы немного согреться, а летом он никому не нужен. Уличные мальчишки с пустыми лицами, в помятой одежде и рваной обуви. Отчаянная тоска в глазах, то ли от недоедания, то ли он наркотиков. Бросовые цены на женщин в отеляхЗападные общества разработали и ввели модель глобальной социальной организации, лишённой концептуальных различий, игравших в прошлом центральную роль в создании значимой и содержательной жизни людей и обществ. Итоговая строка была принята в качестве главного определителя нашей стабильности и смысла жизни. Нам на Западе посчастливилось. Мы накопили достаточно власти и богатства в прошлом веке. До последнего времени это позволяло нам в значительной степени отгородиться от духовного оскудения, которое мы навязали другим.Китайцы не имели такой роскоши. Им пришлось освоить истинную суть нашего нового мирового порядка. Они сделали это быстрее и лучше, чем любая другая нация. Поэтому конец света в Китае уже наступил. «Конец» в смысле конечной станции, конечной реализации, раскрытия цели. В Китае уже реализована мечта капиталистической системы, основанной исключительно на двоичной логике финансового роста. Это мир, который мы создали, — и это его конец, конец старого смысла, построенного на общественных ценностях. Здесь предел, за которым начинается новый мир, лишённый истории и различий, которые обеспечивают смысл личной и общественной жизни.Конец света там не потому, что Китай – это будущее, а потому, что в будущем, которое за нас стремятся выбрать наши свободно-рыночные элиты, мы все будем китайцамиНа протяжении ХХ века мы выпестовали будущее, где всё сводится к цифрам в отчётах, где «человек – это машина», где «вместо сердца пламенный мотор». Железная птица мчит всех нас в Пекин. Конец света там не потому, что Китай – это будущее, а потому, что в будущем, которое за нас стремятся выбрать наши свободно-рыночные элиты, мы все будем китайцами.Пекин-Нью-Йоркhttp://www.sensusnovus.ru/opinion/2012/07/20/14047.htmlСергей Правосудов - Китай задыхаетсяВ начале этого года свыше 30% территории Китая (включая столицу страны – Пекин) в течение нескольких недель оказались накрыты сильнейшим смогом. Местами уровень загрязнения воздуха в 40 раз превышал безопасный для жизни уровень. В зоне экологического бедствия резко вырос уровень смертности населения. Следствием этой катастрофы может стать ускорение подписание контракта на поставку российского газа в Китай.На сегодняшний день Китай обеспечивает около 70% своих потребностей в энергоресурсах за счет добычи собственного угля. КНР является мировым лидером по объёму сжигания угля. Именно это и привело к экологическим катастрофам в крупнейших китайских городах. По оценкам Всемирной организации здравоохранения и Всемирного банка, самые грязные города в мире находятся именно в Китае. При этом во всех остальных странах главными загрязнителями городского воздуха являются автомобили. В Китае в расчете на душу населения автомобилей в 20 раз меньше, чем в США, и главными загрязнителями являются именно угольные электростанции. Однако продолжительный экономический рост привел к появлению китайского среднего класса. И последние несколько лет в этой стране стремительными темпами растет автомобильный рынок. В настоящее время в Китае ежегодно продается больше автомобилей, чем в любой другой стране мира. Это означает, что вскоре в китайских городах будет совсем нечем дышать.Решить эту проблему можно за счет перевода угольных станций на гораздо более экологически чистый природный газ, а автомобилей – на газомоторное топливо. Если взять бензин качества Евро-4 за эталон, то окажется, что по выбросам оксидов азота компримированный природный газ выигрывает почти в 3 раза, по CH – в 14 раз, по бензапирену – более чем в 16 раз, по оксиду углерода – в 12,5 раза, а по саже – в 3 раза (в сравнении с дизельным автомобилем – в 100 раз). Китайцы это прекрасно понимают у них уже более 1,5 млн автомобилей используют газ в качестве моторного топлива.Китай стремительно наращивает закупки сжиженного природного газа (СПГ). В 2012 году импорт СПГ в эту страну составил 14,68 млн тонн против 12,21 млн тонн годом ранее (прирост в 20,3%). В прошлом году цена закупки сжиженного газа для КНР увеличилась до 560 долларов за тонну с 472 долларов в 2011 году. Таким образом, Китай платит за газ дороже, чем европейские клиенты «Газпрома». В этих условиях можно ожидать прорыва в заключение контракта о поставках больших объёмов российского газа в Китай.Необходимо понимать, что вопрос о цене газа является далеко не единственным. Против российско-китайского партнерства активно выступают США. В своей свежей книге «Стратегический взгляд: Америка и глобальный кризис» известный американский геополитик, один из идеологов демократов Збигнев Бжезинский призвал к усилению сотрудничества стран Запада с Россией. Этому есть простое объяснение: США – испугались стремительного развития Китая. Теперь им нужна Россия для противостояния с КНР. Задача проста: стравить две соседние страны, за счёт этого американцы рассчитывают сохранить своё лидирующее положение в мире.В последнее время американские корпорации навязчиво предлагают Китаю свои технологии добычи сланцевого газа. Таким образом, американцы пытаются сорвать российско-китайское газовое сотрудничество. Ведь если КНР сможет увеличить добычу собственного газа, то поставки из России будут не так уж и необходимы. Пока, правда, сланцевый газ в КНР не добывают. Кроме того, ряд китайских специалистов обратили внимание на тот факт, что для извлечения газа из сланцевых пород необходимо большое количество воды, чтобы проводить гидроразрывы пластов, а в КНР с водой проблемы. Из-за загрязнения промышленными отходами более половины водных ресурсов этой страны непригодна для питья, а треть даже для промышленного использования. Многие реки просто исчезли с лица земли. Не секрет, что в используемую для гидроразрывов воду добавляют специальные химические растворы, которые уже привели к загрязнению грунтовых вод в ряде районов США. Ещё одна проблема добычи газа из сланцев заключается в том, что она приводит к землетрясениям. В КНР и так не редки разрушительные сотрясания земли, которые приводят к многочисленным разрушениям и человеческим жертвам. Вряд ли жители этой страны с восторгом примут технологии, которые будут способствовать усилению данной проблемы.http://pravosudovs.livejournal.com/6915.html

22 января 2013, 12:34

Россия с 1 апреля вводит запрет на ввоз семенного картофеля из стран ЕС

Россельхознадзор принял решение ввести с 1 апреля 2013 года временные ограничения на ввоз семенного картофеля из стран Евросоюза, говорится в сообщении российского ведомства. Ограничение, как отмечается в сообщении, связано с нарушением Еврокомиссией международных норм, требующих, чтобы страна-поставщик предоставляла стране-покупателю информацию о фитосанитарном состоянии продукции, а также фактическим отказом в предоставлении действенных гарантий безопасности такой продукции.