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Ещё в апреле в Подмосковье наркоманка и жена чёрного риэлтора насмерть сбила мальчика. Риэлтор сидит. И ещё будет сидеть лет десять. Он кого-то покрывает и потому его крышуют.
Исчезли все камеры с места убийства. А в крови ребёнка обнаружено такое количество промилле, которое привело бы к смерти или коме.
Следователи, прокуратура начала давить на родителей, угрожая завести на них дело и отобрать второго ребёнка. Дело на эту наркоманку в течении месяца не было заведено.

Но этот отец оказался офицером нацгвардии, тем самым, что защищает этот режим. Он смог добраться до оппозиционных депутатов. Дело обрело иной оборот.
И вот стало известно, что в крови алкоголя не было. Эксперт за бабло допустил халатность!

Но интересно даже не это. Интересно, что в России все всё понимают. Понимают, что они никто и ничто. Понимаюют, что вся власть пронизана коррупцией. Понимают, что политики это целиком и полностью поддерживают.
И всё равно «крым_наш», и всё равно учат жить Украину. И всё равно убеждены, что Россия всех перевоюет.
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Posted by PZ Myers

If you’ve got an hour, you might find it worthwhile to listen to this podcast by Thomas Smith, Emotion is Critical to Reasoning. There’s good stuff in there about this myth of über rationality by Libertarians and some atheists — you can also hear about in Julia Galef’s talk about The Straw Vulcan, also summarized here. I’m finding that there’s no one more emotional than an alt-right supremacist getting challenged on their cherry-picked and distorted “facts”, while the lefties are usually quite happy to acknowledge that their values are a product of their emotions, specifically empathy.

I listened to it while I was grading papers this morning, and found that I was more charitable in evaluating their work. I expect the students will henceforth insist that I can’t listen to or read anything by creationists or right-wingers, because it might make me much more critical.

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Posted by Sarah Wildman

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he will set in motion the so-called constitutional “nuclear option” on Saturday, which would strip the region of autonomy.

Spain is bent on stopping a secessionist movement by any means necessary, and made moves Thursday to crush a long-simmering independence bid from Catalan separatists.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced in Madrid on Thursday that the parliament would meet Saturday to begin stripping Catalonia — one of Spain’s wealthiest regions, anchored by Barcelona — of autonomous rule. It is an unprecedented moment for Spain, and the worst political and constitutional crisis the country has seen in four decades. It is also sure to set off a fresh wave of protests and anger in a region already on edge.

Rajoy’s move comes after two and a half weeks of standoff between the two sides. It follows a highly controversial independence referendum in Catalonia held on October 1, despite being ruled illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court, and a strange half-promised declaration of independence on the part of Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont.

Just nine days after the referendum, on October 10, Puigdemont announced that the region had won the right to declare independence but stopped short of announcing Catalonia would secede. He said he was temporarily suspending the declaration of independence, and instead asked for negotiations with Madrid.

Rajoy refused to sit down, and asked for a firm decision. “The cabinet has agreed this morning to formally require the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared independence after the deliberate confusion created over whether it has come into effect,” Rajoy said during a press conference on October 11.

He then set a deadline of October 19 for the Catalans to formally declare independence or ... not. Instead, on Thursday morning, Puigdemont wrote a letter to Rajoy, asking him, once again, for a dialogue and blaming him for escalating the conflict.

“If the government continues to prevent dialogue and maintains the repression,’’ Puigdemont wrote, “the Parliament of Catalonia could go ahead, if it deems it opportune, and vote the formal declaration of independence.”

Rajoy, in turn, announced he would convene a special meeting of ministers on Saturday to trigger the so-called “nuclear option” embedded in the Spanish constitution, Article 155, which gives Spain the right to assume control of a region that tries to dissolve the unity of Spain.

If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is.

Clarity on what Catalonia really wants has been hard to come by

While 90 percent of those who voted in the October 1 Catalan independence referendum checked off yes for independence, only 43 percent of the eligible voters participated in the ballot. The day was marred by police violence — voters were pulled from polling booths by their hair, and rubber bullets were used on crowds.

For days afterward, the streets of Barcelona were clogged with protesters, some insisting on independence, some condemning police brutality, some simply calling for dialogue — and still others demanding to remain in Spain.

Pro-Unity Rally Held In Barcelona Against Catalonian Independence Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The region is deeply divided between fervent secessionists and those, increasingly vocal, citizens who prefer to remain in Spain.

Secessionists hold a slim majority in the Catalan parliament, but those who want to remain a part of Spain feel the decision to hold a referendum, let alone break away from Spain, is itself an undemocratic move that doesn’t represent the will of the people.

Meanwhile, the Spanish central government has held a hard line from the beginning. Rajoy has long threatened to invoke the so-called nuclear option, Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, which allows Madrid to step in and suspend the autonomy of a region, temporarily relieving elected officials of their duties, in order to bring the region back in line. It has never been used before. That’s what’s now poised to begin on Saturday.

As of now, European Union leaders are backing Rajoy. Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron signaled on Thursday that they stand with Madrid.

The country is in a state of suspended animation

Puigdemont’s choice of trying to balance on half-measures may cost him his political career. Already hardline separatists in Catalonia are angry.

And the tremendous uncertainty about the future of the region has already had an impact on business. Banks and multinational corporations based in Barcelona have begun the process of relocating their headquarters elsewhere in Spain. Today’s news won’t calm that economic anxiety anytime soon.

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Posted by Umair Irfan

A decrepit grid and dire finances stand in the way.

Long before Hurricane Maria ripped into Puerto Rico on September 20, it was clear that one of the island’s greatest vulnerabilities was its decrepit, sagging power system almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels. Under the brute force of the Category 4 storm, the aging and poorly maintained power plants and transmission lines sustained such significant damage that nearly a month later, power has only been restored to 21 percent of the island.

While relief staff on the ground are struggling to restore the system as quickly as possible, to some lawmakers, environmental activists, and billionaires, the failure of Puerto Rico’s power infrastructure presents a kind of tabula rasa. They see solar energy as the way out of darkness, with dreams of channeling light into electricity across small, closed-loop transmission systems called microgrids and backing them up with batteries to keep the power on all night. A Puerto Rico transformed into an archipelago of microgrids would also in theory better stand up to storms and provide cheaper energy.

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, who weathered Hurricanes Irma and Maria on his private island in the British Virgin Islands with its own renewable energy-powered microgrid, is launching a green energy fund to rebuild the Caribbean with wind and solar power.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has broached restoring power using solar power and batteries with Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who said he is open to the possibility.

Environmental activists have praised the proposal.

Meanwhile, companies like Tesla, Duracell, and German energy storage firm Sonnen are already sending battery and solar supplies to Puerto Rico, building a toe-hold in what may be a lucrative rebuilding project. Solar power companies like SunRun and Vivint Solar are also joining the relief effort, pledging to bring hardware to the US territory.

And earlier this month, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, suggested microgrids and distributed energy resources could be installed to help protect the island against future outages.

There’s no doubt that the technology to reliably power most of Puerto Rico with distributed renewables exists.

But refashioning Puerto Rico’s grid is not a question of technology. Rather, the dire state of the territory’s finances poses a significant obstacle to new investment in its energy infrastructure. Ultimately, building a greener, more resilient, independent grid rests on whether there is enough money and political will to see the vision through.

Puerto Rico’s energy woes predate Maria and go beyond the grid

The storm’s sweeping blow to the power grid hasn’t just been inconvenient — it’s been deadly. The official death toll from the storm is 48, though the actual number is very likely in the hundreds, as we’ve reported. And some of those deaths occurred because the power outages kept people from getting essential medical treatment like dialysis.

Though this brutal aftermath of the storm has brought Puerto Rico’s power sector’s weaknesses into sharp relief, it was creaking long before Hurricane Maria struck and even before the island’s financial downturn.

As Vox’s Alexia Fernández Campbell explained, as tax breaks faded, businesses left the island, and so did workers and utility customers, eating into the revenue of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the unregulated utility monopoly.

 National Renewable Energy Laboratory
An overview of Puerto Rico’s electricity production in 2015.

The utility spiraled in debt and barely kept up with maintaining the power grid, let alone modernizing Puerto Rico’s energy system, as outlined in a 2016 assessment commissioned by PREPA.

“PREPA’s fundamental infrastructure is in jeopardy due to a lack of funding and significant workforce reductions,” according to the report. “PREPA’s generation, transmission, and distribution systems are falling apart and reliability is suffering.”

Judith Enck, who until January ran EPA’s Region II, which includes Puerto Rico, said the utility also failed to make upgrades when times were good, content with its monopoly status.

“This predated the financial collapse in Puerto Rico. The fundamental problem is PREPA,” Enck said. “I met regularly with the utility in Puerto Rico and encouraged them to invest in energy efficiency and renewables, but there was tremendous resistance.”

Despite ample wind and sun, some of the highest electricity prices in the country, and the steep cost decline in renewable energy technologies, Puerto Rico has fallen far behind other US regions in renewable energy investment, forming barely 2 percent of its generation mix.

Alaska, by contrast, gets close to 4 percent of its electricity from renewables, excluding hydropower.

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Potential renewable energy capacity in Puerto Rico.

“Fossil fuel companies are very powerful economic interests,” said Ruth Santiago, an attorney in Puerto Rico working on environmental issues. “They often control public policy in terms of energy generation.”

Puerto Rico gets much of its electricity from large central power plants on the Southern coast of the island and transmits power to load centers on its North side, as you can see on this map of the island’s transmission system.

Imported fossil fuels provide the bulk of power fuel, with 47 percent of the island’s electricity coming from petroleum, 34 percent from natural gas, 17 percent from coal, and just 2 percent from renewable energy in 2016 according to the Energy Information Administration.

In 2015, nearly 72 percent of Puerto Rico’s electricity came from petroleum.

“In terms of power sources, they decided to keep these really old dinosaur power plants operating,” Enck said.

Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff at the US Department of Energy who served on President Barack Obama’s Puerto Rico task force, agreed, noting that PREPA had a captive market and faced no regulations until recently, so they had no incentive to try new things.

“There was no oversight,” he said. “The people that were running the utility, they just had no concept of innovation.”

Yet to many people outside the island, the destruction to such a beleaguered power system appears to be an opportunity to rebuild better and cleaner. “The only silver lining, if there is one, is that they have an opportunity to completely change how they generate and distribute electricity on the island,” said Enck.

Solar, batteries, and microgrids do improve resiliency

A radical turn toward renewables in Puerto Rico aligns with Musk’s vision for an American where electric cars, home batteries, and solar panels are all synergized. With electric automaker Tesla’s acquisition of solar installer SolarCity, Musk took a step toward his goal of “productizing a microgrid.”

That is, developing a complete standardized drop-in energy system, from the generator (solar), to the arbitrage (batteries), to the network (microgrid), to the users (electric cars and homes).

Tesla representatives declined to comment further about the company’s plans for Puerto Rico and deferred to Musk’s comments on Twitter.

Puerto Rico provides a chance to test this idea and see whether it would actually bear fruit.

And shifting away from big, centralized power plants and large power grids toward smaller distributed systems does confer some advantages when it comes to standing up to storms and rebuilding after.

“Microgrids definitely do have the ability to weather extreme events,” said Kevin Schneider, a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Microgrids give you the benefit that the power doesn’t have to come from a remote location. That tends to minimize your exposure to events.”

Keeping your power source close to you, (like on your roof, as is the case with solar), means that the power is less likely to go out when a tree falls on a power line. One Puerto Rican farmer, for example, managed to restore power with the solar panels he installed before the storm.

When the water recedes, a smaller grid, like one spanning a neighborhood or a campus, is easier to resuscitate.

There is less hardware that needs repair and the responsibility for the grid often falls to the people that are on it, creating strong incentive to maintain infrastructure and get it back up quickly compared to a large, central utility which has to weigh the needs of all of its customers.

“Owners of microgrids would have paid better attention to them than the Puerto Rican utility had done,” said James Kirtley, a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A smaller grid powered by local generators is also quicker to install. Some individual buildings in Puerto Rico like fire stations have already installed new solar arrays with the help of nonprofits.

Other islands, like Richard Branson’s Necker Island, have de facto microgrids and many have deployed renewables. But rebuilding energy infrastructure with distributed power in Puerto Rico, with 3.4 million residents, would require deploying these systems at an unprecedented scale.

Puerto Rico’s power system currently routes electricity over long distances, which creates choke points for power, and the responsibility for these power lines that traverse the sparsely populated parts of the island fall to PREPA.

The fact that energy hungry cities like San Juan are so far away from the generators that power them means that workers will have to rebuild miles and miles of transmission lines through mountains with limited roads before power comes back, even though most generators survived the storm intact.

This is a massive construction effort and will require new hardware shipped to the island, which is part of why power restoration will take months. And many of the utility workers with intimate knowledge of Puerto Rico’s grid have left the island, part of an exodus of more than 300,000 residents between 2000 and 2016.

“I think there is a generalized sense that the system we have now is not working,” said Santiago, speaking from the city of Salinas on the Southern coast of Puerto Rico. “There is no doubt that the impacts of Hurricane Maria have made it very clear that making plants send power to San Juan is not a good system.”

Revamping the grid will cost Puerto Rico dearly. And no one seems to have a plan to pay for it.

Battery-backed microgrids are predicted to attract $22.3 billion in investment over the next 10 years, spurred in part by the outages after recent storms.

But switching to a distributed grid dominated by renewables and energy storage systems won’t make Puerto Rico invincible to storms, and they also introduce their own problems.

The biggest issue is cost.

“We can build power systems that are almost 100 percent reliable but they are not going to be cost-effective,” said Schneider.

Moving power lines underground, for example, can triple the cost of transmission, and it only trades the risk of wind damage for the risk of flood damage, conferring little advantage in coastal areas.

And power grids, like those that span continents, reap the benefits of building and buying in bulk. A large interconnected power grid lets utilities buy and sell power so even when gigawatts of generation go offline, like when a nuclear reactor shuts down for refueling, the lights stay on.

Research has shown that deploying renewable energy over a vast area connected by a transmission system would actually increase reliability and reduce intermittency compared to smaller networks since it would route power from areas where there is sunlight and wind to areas where there isn’t.

Shrinking the grid means that losing smaller generation sources has a larger impact on reliability. A homeowner in Texas could still buy power from the grid if her solar panels blow off in a storm, but on a solar microgrid in Puerto Rico it could mean lights out until the panels are replaced.

Maria, which struck Puerto Rico with 150 mph winds that knocked down trees and power lines, easily ripped many solar panels off their moorings.

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The remnants of a 40-megawatt solar farm in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on October 2, 2017.

That means massive hurricanes will almost always disable grids for a period of time.

Even if your home’s solar panels survive the storm, you may not be allowed to use them. Florida homeowners found out about this the hard way after Hurricane Irma, where the utility told residents with rooftop solar systems that they couldn’t draw power from their panels while workers were restoring power due to the risks of sending errant electricity on the grid.

And a microgrid still has to perform functions like frequency regulation, voltage stepping, and power routing between generators, storage, and electricity users. The relative costs of these services go up as they are distributed among fewer people.

“The challenge is you have to do everything a larger power system can do,” Schneider said. “It’s an economy of scale thing in the opposite direction.”

Meanwhile, Tesla estimates that providing one day of power during an outage for an 1,100 square-foot home using 24 kilowatt-hours of energy would require two Powerwalls with an equipment cost of $11,700, not including permits, necessary electrical upgrade, and grid interconnection fees.

MIT’s Kirtley noted that remote microgrids that aren’t connected to a larger main grid would also require overbuilt generation and energy storage even during normal operations since they can’t get backup power from another central power plant.

“You are going to be using more electricity at night than daytime, and it has to be sized in such a way to run if you have several cloudy days in a row,” he said.

This is too expensive for many homeowners in Puerto Rico — and for a utility that’s billions in debt and missing bill payments. There are few banks that will lend PREPA the cash they need to start building this kind of system for more than 1.5 million customers.

And Elon Musk is running a business, not a charity, so coming up with a way to generate money from reconstructing Puerto Rico’s energy system will be crucial for private companies to step in, which will be difficult as the island copes with its financial struggles.

“The business case is always a really tough one,” Schneider said.

All the while, Puerto Ricans don’t have the luxury of waiting for the grid of the future, so renewable energy entrepreneurs must compete against fossil fuel generators. Already, new diesel turbines are being installed on the island.

The post-Maria Puerto Rico is hard to plan for

The Puerto Rican government is facing intense pressure to restore power quickly. Gov. Rosselló laid out a timeline for restoring power to 95 percent of the island by Christmas.

Musk hinted at the challenge that lies ahead:

Meanwhile, it’s clear that Hurricane Maria will permanently reshape Puerto Rico’s economy and population.

Many people have fled and upward of 200,000 people may not return, speeding up an ongoing migration trend.

This poses a huge challenge for energy planners. Utility grids in particular cost billions of dollars up front and take decades to pay back, but the situation in Puerto Rico presents a moving target and makes it difficult to plan.

The Trump administration has also shown a questionable commitment to recovery in Puerto Rico, with the president threatening on October 12 to withdraw FEMA and military responders. But Trump also broached forgiving Puerto Rico’s debt.

That means the default solution — rebuilding the island’s electrical grid the way it was — may end up becoming the likeliest scenario.

For now, the US Army Corps of Engineers is concentrating its power restoration work across four fronts: providing emergency power, getting existing power plants up to speed, rebuilding power transmission lines, and repairing distribution systems.

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President Trump tweeted this morning:


And that causes Business Insider to run this headline:


But within minutes the publication pivoted to this headline:


Now the headline no longer says “crooked,” as in “Crooked Hillary.”

And that’s how you know President Trump is in your head.

Also, Win Bigly because of all the things.

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Московський кібертероризм і пропагондонство

 BuzzFeed: Московсько-фашистські тролі маніпулювали американцями, щоб посіяти розбрат в суспільстві. Скандально відома московська "фабрика тролів" наймала активістів США для організації протестів та проведення навчань самооборони.


 Гавайський суд заблокував новий антиміграційний указ Трампа. Суд вирішив, що указ Трампа дискримінує громадян низки інших країн. Трампаньєтки знову намагатимуться обійти судову заборону.
 Емпатія 80 LVL. Сержант Ла Девід Джонсон загинув 4 жовтня у Нігері від рук ісламістських бойовиків, потрапивши в засідку. Загалом тоді загинули четверо американських військових.
Реакція московського агента: «Він знав, на що підписується, але, напевно, це все одно боляче»
Трамп уже не перший раз вплутується в потворну сварку з американськими ветеранами. Будучи кандидатом в президенти, він насміхався над сенатором Джоном Маккейном через те, що той був збитий у В'єтнамі і потрапив у полон. Маккейна вшановували як героя, що зміг винести тортури в'єтконговців і став прикладом лідерства для інших американських військовополонених.

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 BuzzFeed: Московсько-фашистські тролі маніпулювали американцями, щоб посіяти розбрат в суспільстві. Скандально відома московська "фабрика тролів" наймала активістів США для організації протестів та проведення навчань самооборони.


 Гавайський суд заблокував новий антиміграційний указ Трампа. Суд вирішив, що указ Трампа дискримінує громадян низки інших країн. Трампаньєтки знову намагатимуться обійти судову заборону.
 Емпатія 80 LVL. Сержант Ла Девід Джонсон загинув 4 жовтня у Нігері від рук ісламістських бойовиків, потрапивши в засідку. Загалом тоді загинули четверо американських військових.
Реакція московського агента: «Він знав, на що підписується, але, напевно, це все одно боляче»
Трамп уже не перший раз вплутується в потворну сварку з американськими ветеранами. Будучи кандидатом в президенти, він насміхався над сенатором Джоном Маккейном через те, що той був збитий у В'єтнамі і потрапив у полон. Маккейна вшановували як героя, що зміг винести тортури в'єтконговців і став прикладом лідерства для інших американських військовополонених.

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Сидел вот от скуки втыкал во всякие ролики на тытрубе. Ну смехуёчки там, инструкции, что в голову приходило.
И вывело мне в рекомендуемые канал о какой-то неведомой хуйне... Там довольно потасканная тётка с сильным контровым светом и серьёзными щами рассказывала про порчу, привороты блядь, отвороты, подвороты, наложение проклятий под дверь хуйню-малафью. В камментах багодарные зрители хлопали кто чем мог и тоже оттопыривались в умении рассказывать страшные истории.
Стало интересно. Поискал ещё таких каналов, да оказалось их там как говна за баней. И люди вроде бы без сильных психических отклонений на первый взгляд, в видосах поздоровее меня смотрятся. Ну, последнее несложно, я всё-таки хронический алкаш, но всё же.
В общем, хотел было в комментариях попросить пояснений, только боюсь это бесполезно.
Давайте прикинем сами ответы на следующие вопросы:
- если эта хуйня так работает, почему половину Российской Федерации в 90е держал не орден боевых пидарасов боевых магов-девственников, а солнцевская группировка? (Украину наверняка тож кто-то держал, я их не знаю; а может и до сих пор держат, потому-то и не знаю);
- если сильное колдунство такое сильное, почему вы блядь не соберётесь и не грохнете, ну например Мильчакова (про говнодепутатов я не упоминаю, обычно там отмазываются что на них другое сильное колдунство стоит);
- если вы такие невъебенные знатоки тонких материй и вызыватели духов, где блядь новые песни Высоцкого, Хоя, Цоя и прочих? Где принципиально новый двигатель, передача энергии от Теслы? Или вы у них только когда месячные начнутся спрашиваете?
Ну, хватит пока.

P.S. Был у меня случай, стояли как-то с друганом курили, подошёл знакомый его знакомого. Представился сходу, что он дескать экстрасенс и хил 20го уровня. Ну а я возьми и спроси у него, что со мной сейчас телесно происходит? Сначала он говорил, что так не может и ему нужно подготовиться, потом начал выдавать дикие варианты, а в конце сказал что это не его специализация.
Но что я бухой вхламину и у меня насморк, не сказал. :(
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Posted by Matthew Yglesias

From an ambush in Niger to a multi-front political fiasco.

Monday’s impromptu press conference in the Rose Garden featured a question about why President Trump hadn’t spoken personally about the four American soldiers who died in Niger 12 days earlier. It was the occasion, it seemed, for a public acknowledgement of their service and some mournful remarks about their deaths.

Instead, Trump delivered a peevish and defensive response that’s unleashed a multi-pronged political controversy.

"If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls — a lot of them didn't make calls. I like to make calls when it's appropriate," Trump said when asked why he didn’t call the families of the fallen soldiers.

Then the floodgates opened:

And though the entire controversy has been set off primarily by Trump’s lack of empathy, manners, and common sense rather than anything on the policy front, it’s drawing more attention to the underlying event — a military mission in Africa that few Americans were aware of where something apparently went awry.

It’s a reminder that Trump’s impulsiveness, defensiveness, and habitual dishonesty are a big deal. Even on the most sensitive, most critical matters, he seems constitutionally incapable of keeping himself in check, and his staff — despite high hopes that retired Gen. John Kelly would bring a more professional approach to the White House as chief of staff — can’t do it for him.

It started with an ambush in Africa

The entire chain of events began a bit over two weeks ago with the death of three American soldiers on what the US government described as a “routine” patrol in the landlocked African country of Niger. Two days later, the Pentagon confirmed the death of a fourth member of the 12-man Special Forces detachment. The troops were ambushed, unexpectedly, in a situation where the military appears to have believed they would likely be safe.

Trump did not address the situation in the immediate aftermath of the news, preferring to focus his attention on tweets about the stock market, the NFL, and his various political feuds.

This was noteworthy, though not necessarily a huge political story. It’s never been the case that presidents comment publicly on every military death, and there are understandable reasons why the government might want to avoid calling additional attention to Special Forces operations. At the same time, though, the military deployment in Niger has been ongoing for some time. The United States is assisting the Nigerien government in battles against Islamist groups that claim affiliation with ISIS. It’s not something most Americans are aware of, and it could have been an occasion to educate the public about the mission.

But Trump, when asked 12 days after the ambush why he hadn’t commented, chose to turn it into a major story by smearing his predecessors and claiming they didn’t contact the families of fallen soldiers.

“The traditional way if you look at President Obama and other presidents,” Trump said, “most of them didn’t make calls — a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Outrage at Trump’s lie came fast and furious

Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff in the Obama administration, tweeted that Trump’s accusation was “a fucking lie” and derided the president as “a deranged animal.”

Ben Rhodes, a top NSC official and probably Obama’s closest confidant on national security matters, called Trump’s remarks an “outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards.” Former Attorney General Eric Holder simply told Trump to “stop the damn lying.”

Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, who commanded US forces in Iraq for a time during George W. Bush’s presidency and went on to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Obama, also chimed in to denounce Trump’s remarks.

When pressed on the claim later in the same press conference, Trump initially appeared to back down, saying, “President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know.” Yet he also seemed to suggest that if he was mistaken, it was the military’s fault, concluding, “All I can do — all I can do is ask my generals.”

But the next day, in an interview with Fox News Radio, Trump was back on the attack, saying, “You could ask Gen. [John] Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?”

Kelly has striven for years to avoid public mention of his son’s combat death in Afghanistan back in 2011, but he was in fact an honored guest at a May 2011 breakfast for Gold Star families at which he and his wife were seated at Michelle Obama’s table. At Wednesday’s briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Kelly was “disgusted and frustrated” by the way his son’s death has been politicized — a curious remark since it was their mutual boss, Donald Trump, who did the politicizing.

Trump is bad at making condolence calls

Perhaps the strangest aspect of the controversy over Obama’s alleged non-communication with grieving families is that Trump himself had not yet spoken to the families of the soldiers who were killed in Niger, though he did find time for multiple weekend golf outings.

But with the controversy in full swing this week, Trump did make calls on Tuesday.

Word then almost immediately filtered out via Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), who was also present during Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of the late Sgt. La David Johnson, that the president told her Johnson “knew what he signed up for.”

Wilson described Trump’s remarks as “so insensitive,” Trump said Wilson “totally fabricated” her version of events, and then Johnson’s mother confirmed Wilson’s version of events.

If this was a hint as to why Trump’s staff may have been reluctant to schedule call time with fallen soldiers’ family members, the full extent of the problem was revealed later Wednesday afternoon in a shocking Washington Post story by Dan Lamothe, Lindsey Never, and Eli Rosenberg. They recounted a story from Chris Baldridge, the father of Army CPl. Dillon Baldridge, who was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan back on June 10. Trump called Baldridge a few weeks after the attack, and during the call, Baldridge expressed frustration with the fact that under the military’s survivor benefits program, all of the Pentagon’s $100,000 death gratuity would go to his ex-wife. Trump, according to the Post, “offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened.”

Trump has often feuded with the military

Trump’s style of demagogic nationalism naturally leads him to a professed admiration for the military. And unlike the civilian branches of the government, Trump does seem to have some level of respect for military service as a form of experience that’s relative to government work — tapping a succession of generals for senior civilian positions in his administration.

But as my colleague Yochi Dreazen has written, Trump has, in practice, fairly frequently clashed with the military:

Beyond policy and knowledge of international affairs, discipline and protocol are important military values and not exactly important Trump values. So while the content of some of Trump’s conduct around military deaths is fairly shocking, it’s not exactly surprising that he’s struggled with this aspect of his job.

America’s going to have a real problem in a crisis

Phil Carter, a veteran and journalist, writes at Slate that the entire hullaballoo is a valuable reminder that the United States has, over a period of years, seemed to have slipped into a combat mission in Niger with little to no public debate or acknowledgment.

“The worst tribute we could pay to Sgts. Black, Johnson, Johnson, and Wright would be to ignore the cause they fought for,” Carter writes, “without any hard questions for their commander in chief about how or why they died, and what we purchased in national security with their lives.”

The even tougher questions, however, regard what it means for America to have a chief executive who’s capable of turning relatively minor problems into giant multi-day stories. Of all the questions posed by American military engagement in West Africa and an apparently sudden and unexpected shift in the threat environment, surely the absolutely easiest one to resolve is how to properly communicate with grieving family members.

Yet Trump has managed to completely and utterly botch this relatively simple job less than a week after creating a major diplomatic crisis with Iran for no particular reason. The humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico appears to be, if anything, intensifying as citizens cope with a chronic lack of safe water. The president has willfully destabilized individual health insurance markets without any clear plan and is actively scuttling congressional efforts to stabilize the situation.

Other serious challenges are lurking out there in the world, yet the Trump administration seemed incapable of issuing a simple condolence statement or answering a question about it without unleashing a multi-front political fiasco. It’s a sad story and an aggravating story, but, like so much else we read about the basic functioning of the Trump White House, it’s fundamentally a scary story.

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October 19th, 2017 15:02
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Trump's a dick with no empathy. This is not news. But doing the polite ceremonial things that a president should do, like send condolences and thank you cards, doesn't require him to not be a dick, it requires having competent people who take care of that stuff for him. Sign this. Read the message on the cue card over the phone. Etc.
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Вот самый главный из них.
Вливает старое говно в новые меха.
Копипастит на наши мозолистые уши "покращання вже сьогодні".
Гляньте, как корчит от неудобных вопросов, как москаля от тризуба.
См де-то с 4:00
Я правильно понял, что Ринат вконец разосрался с политическими попутчиками, и решил замутить сепаратный проект? Оппозиция запутась в лидерах, лидеры запутались в лозунгах, лозунги запутались в головах избирателей.

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M19 e

The Head 19 10 2017

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После недавнего феерического провала с путинбургером, канал кремлёвской пропаганды RT посвятил очередной сюжет работе международной следственной группы, выясняющей обстоятельства гибели малайзийского «Боинга», летевшего из Амстердама в Куала-Лумпур, над зоной боевых действий в Восточной Украине. Read more... )


October 19th, 2017 17:59
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 At Your Risk
Mrs. Jones was reading a letter at breakfast. Suddenly she looked up suspiciously at her husband.
"Henry," she said, "I've just received a letter from mother saying she isn't accepting our invitation to come and stay, as we do not appear to want her. What does she mean by that? I told you to write and say that she was to come at her own convenience. You did write, didn't you?"
"Er, yes, I did," said the husband. "But I couldn't spell convenience, so I used risk instead." 

Genie in the Lamp
An atheist buys an Ancient Roman Catholic lamp at an auction, takes it home, and begins to polish it. Suddenly, a genie appears, and says, "I'll grant you three wishes, Master." The atheist says, "I wish I could believe in you." The genie snaps his fingers, and suddenly the atheist believes in him. The atheist says, "Wow. I wish all atheists would believe this." The genie snaps his fingers again, and suddenly atheists all over the world begin to believe in genies. "What about your third wish?" asks the genie. "Well," says the atheist, "I wish for a billion dollars." The genie snaps his fingers for a third time, but nothing happens. "What's wrong?" asks the atheist. The genie shrugs and says, "Just because you believe in me, doesn't necessarily mean that I really exist." 

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'The team is far, far more aware of their role in the Marvel Universe not just as mentors, but as students. The Champions aren't the "farm team" anymore - their peers are the Avengers.' - Mark Waid

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Москва. 19 октября. INTERFAX.RU - Президент РФ Владимир Путин считает, что основные выгоды от последствий русской революции 1917 года извлек, прежде всего, Запад, развитие которого стало ответом на создание СССР.

"Что я имею в виду? Это не только геополитические победы по итогам так называемой холодной войны. Ответом на вызов со стороны СССР стали многие западные достижения XX века", - сказал Путин в ходе заседания международного дискуссионного клуба "Валдай".


То есть если бы не Великий Октябрь, Запад бы сейчас прозябал на задворках мировой цивилизации.

Да, Ленина, похоже оставят в мавзолее.

всем спасибо

October 19th, 2017 17:52
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Друзья, вам всем большое спасибо за поддержку, критику. Блог, наверное, поменяет немного формат.
Больше личную информацию я тут постить не буду, у меня есть бумажный дневник. Всяко-разно, что не заразно :-)
Еще раз спасибо всем!

деконструкция рыбы

October 19th, 2017 17:50
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Рыба, сглотнув собрание Щукина,
сходу нырнула в лес де Булонь;
кто-то из детства мне шепчет: мишугине,
поберегись, чешуи не тронь,
дай отдышаться грузному прошлому,
сизому сурику гулких крыш –
давние гости приходят непрошено
во времена, в которых стоишь.

Спектром сияет сетка витражная,
парусен мускульный сопромат,
тонет под килем сажень дренажная,
гаснет жимолости аромат.

Если бы не, – прорицает голос,–
если бы, если бы не
необоснованная гордость,
заблудившаяся в вышине –
так бы и шли по листве шелестящей
вдаль от османовских особняков,
воздух пробуя ненастоящий
за переломом веков.


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Posted by Alex Abad-Santos

After weeks in limbo due to its depictions of gun violence, the series finally has a release date.

Marvel’s The Punisher will finally hit Netflix on November 17, 2017, the company announced on Thursday, following weeks of speculation over when — perhaps even if — the series would see the light of day.

The series, about a vigilante antihero who’s adept at firearms, has been shadowed by controversy since the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1. Though Marvel hadn’t announced a release date at that point, there were rumors that it was planning to release the show in October, on the heels of a trailer that dropped in mid-September. But then at New York Comic Con in early October, Marvel canceled the show’s panel, recognizing that promotion of the show, which features a lot of gun violence, could be seen as distasteful and disrespectful in light of the real-life gun violence that claimed the lives of more than 50 people in Nevada.

Since then, questions around The Punisher have centered on when it would be appropriate to release the series, and the fundamental appropriateness of a show that features, and perhaps glamorizes, heavy gun violence, in light of the gun violence epidemic in the United States. While the release is now more than a month removed from the Las Vegas shooting, the conversation surrounding The Punisher’s violence and its relationship to our current reality will likely continue once audiences see what the series holds that made executives feel it necessary to pull the Punisher panel.

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Posted by Bruce Schneier

The Norwegian Security Council has published a report detailing a series of security and privacy flaws in smart watches marketed to children.

Press release. News article.

This is the same group that found all those security and privacy vulnerabilities in smart dolls.

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Перевод идет очень медленно - уезжал в командировку.
Вообще текст очень мне не нравится - слишком много откровенной "воды" и деталей, не относящейся к сути вопроса. Пропаганда также с энтузиазмом присутствует.
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Анонимайзеры (запрещены в России) - программы для обхода цензуры (запрещена в России).

(С просторов интернета.)
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«Яндекс», не дожидаясь окончания договора аренды площадей в бизнес-центре «Красная Роза» в престижном московском районе Хамовники, рассматривает возможность построить к 2021 году собственное офисное здание. Интернет-холдинг намерен договориться с девелопером, который возьмет на себя все заботы о стройке. По информации “Ъ”, сейчас компания ведет консультации по этому вопросу с О1 Properties семьи Бориса Минца. Не исключено, что новая недвижимость обойдется «Яндексу» минимум в 12 млрд руб.

Ъ - https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3442330

Это только кажется, что ничего сложного в строительстве нет - каждый дурак справится.

Доверьтесь лучше профессионалам, не смешите народ.

Вечерняя зарисовка.

October 19th, 2017 14:01
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Пост который рожден вчера.
Не несущий никакой смысловой ответственности.
Уже в сумерках,когда кажется с уборкой двора было покончено,решил сгонять в большой магазин,в тот где ещё остался терминал Сбера,чтобы немного закинуть на я-деньги и заодно заглянуть в аптеку,там бывает находится что нибудь для меня.
Было уже темно,но фонари освещали так сказать.
Подъезжая к маркету заметил стайку детей,не знаю как в других городах,но у нас веянье последних лет,дети сбиваются стайками у супермаркетов,зачастую забегая внутрь и тратя карманные деньги на то,что я никогда не стану есть,пить,какой надо выдержкой обладать,чтобы взять пакетик (80 грамм) чипсов и отстоять с ними в очереди минут 10....
Но не в этом главное,заметил детей и заметил.
Зашел без единой очереди закнул денег,немного потолкался в аптеке и попал на удачу,купил себе мази,по бросовой цене,дешевле чем рекомендует перечень регулируемых цен,дешевле на 55 рублей чем в государственной аптеке,купил сразу два тюбика и даже мне нашли стандарт индометацина болгарского,но только один.
Дай думаю загляну в маркет,сгущенку погляжу.

Нашел нормальное сгущенное молоко с какавой и направился к кассе,пока я эти все телодвижения делал,стайка детей тоже очутилась в супермаркете,одна передо мной,набрала конфет грамм двести,всяких разных,ценник у них один,она и сложила все в один мешочек,взвесила...на кассе пришлось перевешивать,она растолкала конфеты по карманам и ждала подружек которые были за мною.
Вот тут то и начинается.
Эти дети были школьниками,это я понял когда вышел из магазина,они о школе разговаривали,практически все школьник кроме одной,хотя может и в 18 лет можно остаться пару раз на второй год,по мне так они не были и одинадцатиклассниками.
Пока я соскребал мелочь которую мне дали на сдачу я заметил что.
Девочка купила полторашку "Блейзера" и две упаковки чипсов,предъявив на кассе паспорт,продавец внимательно прочитал паспорт (уже дома мы с мамой попытались эту ситуацию понять,мог ли продавец не продать алкоголь?
Я считаю что мог,потому что на глаз видно,что все кроме этой девочки были не совершеннолетними.)
И рассчитал девочек.
Блейзер,дешевый суррогат Ягуара,около 120 рублей за полтора литра дичайшего пойла,который мозг выносит.
Я пивал его один раз в жизни,но не блейзер,другой джин-тоник (название ведь придумали),наверное лет десять назад,это было,ой и дурно то мне на утро от него,чуть не умер,хотя если на голубом глазу признаться.
Сели мы с другом на электричку,я как раз к нему в гости приехал,на почти новоселье,он только домик купил,а тут по первому снегу и я.
Короче на вокзале мы взяли этот какао-шоколад-джин-тоник,два по литру.
Доехали,зашли в магазин купили хрень на бруньках,две бутылки,а в три часа ночи догоняли соседской самогонкой,но чую сплохело мне таки от первого))
Сейчас посчитал это было 12 лет назад.
Я знаю как от этого пойла рвет башню,ты не пьянеешь,ты дуреешь,при передозировке,если выжрать полторашку в одну харю могут глюки случится,на утро от этого,почти что ломка,а почему у нас продажи пива и водки падают,потому что нишу заполнил дешевый блейзер.
Понаблюдал минут пять за детьми,которые полторашку по кругу пустили (мы так в юности делали с водкой или самогонкой,а занюхивали шапкой,у нас обычно поллитра на 5-6 человек,домой мы приходили трезвыми,да и лет нам чуть больше было)даже услышал обрывки разговоров.
Поэтому пост и решил запилить.
Практически у всех детей телефоны были в разы дороже нашего,что кстати не соотносилось со стоимостью их одежды,одеждой они как будто в наши концевые 1990-е окунулись,но мы то как раз из-за одежды не парились,совсем,но у нас не было телефонов,планшетов и компьютеров,дорогих велосипедов или скутеров,то есть мы обходились родителям дешевле,а им ещё и на карманные расходы нужно денег,не думаю что родители дают денег именно на блейзер.
Так что в мозгах у этих детей?
-Мать снова в школу вызвали,снова историчка настучала что я курю...
-И чо?
-Пи"ды вставила дома,да пошла она (говорит подросток сжимая в руках купленный мамой смарт).
Сказала буду выё...ся,к отцу отправит,да х"й она меня отправит,я ведь нах"уй папашке не сдалась.

То есть мать из последних сил выбивается...у нас в городе честно на смарт не заработать,только кредит...
Кстати мы так о родителях никогда не отзывались,даже те,у кого с родителями терки были.
Матерились мы гораздо меньше,согласен что это лишь небольшая стайка детей,которые есть в городе,их мало,но они есть,им кто-то продает блейзер и сигареты,а супермаркеты дают крышу над головой и тепло из калориферов,а у меня было одно желание когда я поехал домой,вызвать к магазину наряд,пусть их по домам развезут,но это должны делать работник магазина,думаю такая фигня там всегда в сумерки твориться,это просто я редко в центр города в сумерках доезжаю.

Экзотическая ошибка

October 19th, 2017 17:12
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Я ухитрился добиться вот такой диагностики:

gcc -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wpointer-arith -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wendif-labels 
-Wmissing-format-attribute -Wformat-security -fno-strict-aliasing -fwrapv -fexcess-precision=standard -g 
-O2 -I../../../../src/include  -D_GNU_SOURCE -I/usr/include/libxml2   -c -o dsa.o dsa.c
gcc -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wpointer-arith -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wendif-labels 
-Wmissing-format-attribute -Wformat-security -fno-strict-aliasing -fwrapv -fexcess-precision=standard -g
 -O2 -I../../../../src/include  -D_GNU_SOURCE -I/usr/include/libxml2   -c -o freepage.o freepage.c
gcc: error trying to exec 'as': execvp: No such file or directory
<builtin>: recipe for target 'freepage.o' failed

На ходу подметки рвем. Посреди компиляции большого проекта с машины внезапно исчезает as.

А дело было так )
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Posted by Zack Beauchamp

The tweet is not only false, but creepily authoritarian.

As president, Donald Trump is in charge of the FBI. Which makes it incredibly striking that, in a Thursday morning tweet, Trump accused the bureau of having conspired to spread false intelligence about him during the 2016 election:

The reference to “Fake Dossier” is to the infamous Steele dossier, a list of allegations about the Trump campaign’s links to Russia put together last summer by retired British spy Christopher Steele. It’s the source of many of the most extreme claims about Trump, including that he paid prostitutes to pee on a bed in a Moscow hotel room that President Barack Obama had previously slept in during a visit to Russia.

Trump is wrong about the dossier in two different ways. First, we know who paid for it and it wasn’t the FBI: private American political donors, first supporters of Trump’s Republican primary opponents and later Democrats trying to torpedo his general election bid. Second, while he’s right that the dossier is not fully confirmed — particularly some of the most salacious details such as the urine incident — but by no stretch of the imagination is it “fake.” In fact, a number of its claims have been found to be true.

“Well before any public knowledge of these events, the [Steele dossier] identified multiple elements of the Russian operation including a cyber campaign, leaked documents related to Hillary Clinton, and meetings with Paul Manafort and other Trump affiliates to reportedly discuss the receipt of stolen documents,” John Sipher, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, writes in Slate.

But Trump’s public attacks on the FBI are perhaps even more worrying than his lies about the dossier.

The FBI is supposed to be a quasi-independent check on the White House. It’s the agency tasked with investigating wrongdoing by the executive branch. While presidents can fire bureau directors, they are not supposed to do that except under extreme circumstances, and they’re certainly not supposed to do so as punishment for looking too closely at the president’s fishy behavior.

This is what made Trump’s firing of then-FBI Director James Comey back in May, which he admitted was a response to Comey’s refusal to back off the Russia investigation, so troubling. The fact that Trump is continuing to publicly feud with the FBI — which is still investigating his ties to Russia at the direction of special counsel Robert Mueller — suggests the president believes any attempt by the bureau to hold him accountable for his past actions is corrupt and needs to be stopped.

There are heads of state who act this way. But they aren’t usually in charge of democracies — at least, not for very long.

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Step 1: Get yourself one of these hats.


Step 2: Spray-paint the tips with black paint.

Step 3: Buy a pant suit wherever-the-hell Hillary Clinton shops.


Step 4: Smile like you just smoked a doobie and executed a close relative.

Step 5: Nailed it!


You might love pre-ordering my new book, Win Bigly, because you now have a costume for Halloween. 

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Новый руководитель «Россетей» Павел Ливинский продолжает откатывать назад реформу РАО ЕЭС. Вслед за идеей отказаться от дивидендов в холдинге менеджер предложил Дмитрию Медведеву передать сетевому холдингу функции диспетчера Единой энергосистемы (ЕЭС) России. До сих пор «Системный оператор» оставался независимым игроком без собственных коммерческих интересов, и, как считают источники “Ъ”, включение его в «Россети» создает риск манипулирования рынком.

Ъ - https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3442523

Если наша страна никогда не будет продавать акции "Россети" на бирже частным инвесторам, в том числе иностранным и будет полностью и жестко контролировать ее деятельность, то да, держать еще одну отдельную регуляторную структуру нет смысла. Но идея-то состояла именно в том, что "Россети" не будет 100% госкорпорацией, потому что на ее содержание в убыточном виде у государства денег нет. И с 2013 года акции ПАО "Россети" торгуются на Московской бирже. Видимо новый руководитель "Россетей" считает, что его организация никогда не будет коммерческой и извлекающей из своей деятельности прибыль для акционеров. Между тем государств принадлежит не 100%, а уже только 87% ПАО "Россети".

Тихою сапою, part 2

October 19th, 2017 15:51
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Серединная империя будет и дальше строится, без западного толка демократии (но с авторитарным полусоциалистическим конфуцианским капитализмом), и попытается построить к середине столетия объединенное сетью жд, дорог, портов, аэропортов и углеводородноналивных терминалов вокруг китайского логического центра едное евразиатскоафриканское востночнополушарное пространство. Ужас атлантистов, одним словом. Заодно планируется конкретно обойти Америку в научном, военном и экономическом плане, и сделать США "младшим партнером". Во всяком случае – так сообщил товарищ Ши на очередном съезде.

Звучит – гордо. Интересно так же будет посмотреть на то, как серединному императору будут показывать, как 山高皇帝远. Горы высоки, а император далеко.
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Posted by Scott Lemieux

You sometimes hear it asked whether the framers would have approved of executive actions like Trump’s willful sabotage of the ACA. The answer is “probably not.” But the problem is that the rest of their Constitution created a sclerotic legislature largely insulated from democratic accountability, making it inevitable that executive action will fill the vacuum: 

While this kind of executive policymaking is not what the framers had in mind, it’s still going to become more common. The American separation-of-powers system always tends towards stasis. There are so many choke points: a bicameral legislature, the Senate filibuster, the presidential veto, and judicial review. When Congress is unable to act, executive power is likely to fill the vacuum.

The problem is compounded by the various ways in which the Constitution distorts democratic choice. Because of factors like vote suppression, gerrymandering, nearly unlimited campaign spending, and institutions that over-represent white rural voters such as the Senate and the Electoral College, Republicans have been able to lose the popular vote and still win elections. Winner-take-all elections, instead of proportional representation, mean that the slimmest of victories puts total power in the hands of the officeholders who did not attract many voters. Racially and culturally-polarized politics mean that most rank-and-file Republicans pull the lever for the party despite not agreeing with much of its economic agenda. Once in office, Republicans are committed to policies, such as the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, that appease the Republican donor class and the activist base, but not most Republican voters and certainly not Democrats and independents.

Republican Congresses are left incapable of fulfilling their incoherent campaign promises, such as repealing Obamacare’s regulations and subsidies without taking insurance away from millions of Americans. Caught between their base’s demand to repeal, even without a meaningful replacement, but fearing the wrath of voters in more moderate states, they ended up passing nothing. The inevitable outcome is the Republican president, elected by a minority and unconcerned with reaching beyond his base, enacting the right-wing’s demands by fiat.

When considering Trump’s randomly destructive style of policymaking, it’s worth remembering that in 2016 the plurality of American voters chose Hillary Clinton, the candidate who promised to faithfully execute the Affordable Care Act, only to be denied their choice by a mechanism the Constitution’s authors intended in part to curb “excessive democracy.” The framers feared the powers of the executive branch being abused, but the system they designed has allowed it to happen.






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Posted by Erik Loomis

This is the grave of Thurgood Marshall.

While Marshall is justly famous, his actual life is not so well known so it’s worth spending some time laying this out.

Born in 1908 in Baltimore, Marshall was something of an indifferent student through high school and into college at Lincoln University. He did alright, but there wasn’t much that made people think that here was a rising star. He married in 1929, still in college, and began to buckle down. He attended law school at Howard because Maryland’s law school remained segregated. He graduated first in his class in 1933. He initially went into private practice but began doing work for the NAACP in 1934 and this would define his career. In fact, it was his own hobbyhorse that got him on this track–the segregation at the University of Maryland. He represented the group in Murray v. Pearson and won the case because the state did not provide a comparable institution for black law students. By the mid-1930s, the NAACP was having greater success at chipping away at segregation through cases like this which argued that separate but equal had to include an equal. He became the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1940, still only 32 years old. He argued 32 civil rights cases before the Supreme Court over the next 20 years, winning 29 of them. This of course culminated in his arguments in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 that overturned the principle of separate but equal, even if the Warren court fled from enforcing the ruling. But it also included Smith v. Allwright, which eliminated the Texas white primary in 1944, Shelly v. Kraemer that outlawed racially restrictive real estate covenants, and Sweatt v. Painter that integrated the law school at the University of Texas.

Marshall did however have his conservative side. He was not particularly comfortable with grassroots organizing or radicalism. Based upon this and a deep hatred of communism, he developed a good relationship with J. Edgar Hoover, of all people, denouncing more radical civil rights leaders to him, including T.R.M. Howard, who in the 1950s would criticize the FBI for not conducting a serious investigation into the murder of Emmitt Till. Marshall hated Howard for this radicalism and hoped the NAACP and FBI could develop a strong relationship. Marshall also fed Hoover information about people he suspected of being communist. This was wrong-headed, to say the least. Moreover, the FBI kept its own file on Marshall during these years.

Marshall largely kept his distance from the grassroots civil rights movement developing in the 1950s and 1960s, which reflected both the larger NAACP’s discomfort with much of this, as well as the generational divide of an older man in a movement dominated by young people. He had no idea what to do with SNCC, whose direct action tactics made absolutely no sense to him. When the Freedom Riders refused bail, Marshall was utterly exasperated. John Lewis later wrote that Marshall simply didn’t understand their movement and a talk Marshall gave at Fisk shortly after, while Lewis was still a student, made him realize that SNCC was not only a movement against white supremacy, it was also a movement against the established black leadership.

Marshall left the NAACP in 1961 after President Kennedy nominated him for a position on the Second Circuit, despite segregationist senators holding up his nomination as long as possible. He then became Solicitor General in 1965 before Lyndon Johnson nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1967. This came about in part because Marshall and LBJ became personally close, despite Johnson’s love of racist jokes that he told in front of white people. They liked to drink bourbon together and tell long-winded stories. He was confirmed 69-11, making him, of course, the first African-American justice. That said, it was not an easy confirmation because of the white South. Strom Thurmond basically forced Marshall into a literacy test while testifying, asking him to name the members of the congressional committee that created the Fourteenth Amendment, the type of trivia used to make sure blacks could not vote. After this went on for awhile, Ted Kennedy asked Thurmond the same question and of course Strom didn’t know, but that was hardly the point. In fact, the low number of votes at all in Marshall’s confirmation came from Johnson lobbying southerners to just abstain. Marshall asked Hugo Black to swear him in, a noted request for a man who had once been in the Ku Klux Klan but had since more than made up for it through his consistent liberal activism on the Court.

He then went onto to be a leading liberal on the Court during his 24 years there. He and William Brennan formed the left side of the Court, fighting for abortion rights, against the death penalty, and of course for civil rights broadly construed. By many accounts, he disliked his time on the court, particularly as it moved to the right. He seemed to become bitter and disconnected later in his tenure.

Marshall retired in 1991 and George H.W. Bush polluted his legacy by nominating the odious Clarence Thomas to replace him, who of course remains there today. Marshall died in 1993, at the age of 84.

Despite Marshall’s famed status, his politics are so anathema to the Republican Party that when his former clerk Elena Kagan was nominated to the Court in 2010, Republican senators such as Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III tried to attack her by attaching her to his politics. The upshot is that Republicans would not confirm Thurgood Marshall today.

Thurgood Marshall is buried on the confiscated lands of the traitor Lee, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.


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А справедливости нет.
Есть что угодно:
Волки в загонах,
Коровы в стаях,
Ползающий, который летает,
Оставляя в облаке след.
А справедливости нет.

Но что-то же есть взамен?
Измены без перемен,
Сердечные капли в виде дроби,
Разные хобби,
В которых радости ни на грош.
Грязь без калош,
Паруса без корабельных мачт,
Одиночка без передач,
И список удач
Без владельца.

Такое вот дельце.
Почти что автопортрет.

А справедливости нет.
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Начал учить немецкий. За 5 минут пробровсился сквозь десяток бесплатных говносайтов для этого дела, остановился на дуолинго. Просто, без говна и строго по делу.

Принимаю советы из аудитории про повышение эффективности процесса

Эх, дороги , версия 2.0

October 19th, 2017 16:33
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Да, вы правильно догадались, это пост опять про них. Про рукожопых.

Снова тот же самый двор. Соседний. Где мэр живёт. Просто еще одна фотокарточка. Документ, так сказать. Свидетельство.

Обратите внимание на рисунок, выложенный из бордюрного камня. Видите, от машинки идет граница между асфальтом и тем, что некоторые называют газоном. Потом линия раз два яйца. Одна, что идет вправо, все так же лежит на границе асфальта и земли. А вторая? Вторая отделяет землю от земли! 

Это гениальное решение! 

Но, как вы можете наблюдать, не предел гениальности.

А предел, для меня, во всяком случае, вот этот вот кусочек асфальта, прямоугольник, размером примерно сорок на шестьдесят сантиметров, с четырех сторон окруженный бордюром.

Круто ведь, правда?

Я прямо вижу эту картину, как дорожные рабочие чешут укладывают бордюрный камень и обсуждают гениальную находку проектировщика. Радуются, что проектировщик не стал заниматься глупостями и делать дорожку так, чтоб ее граница продолжалась там же, где идет бордюр справа. А сдвинул дорожку на сорок сантиметров и этим создал малую форму. Прямоугольник асфальта имени неизвестного гения.

Ну а про газоны я уже в прошлом посте все написал, повторять здесь не буду, вы и сами видите, как они классно сделаны. Да-да, вот эти жиденькие травинки, зеленеющие кое-где справа и слева от бордюра, который идет между землей и землей, между «газоном» и «газоном» — это и есть свежепосаженная травушка-муравушка. 

Наслаждайтесь видами, так сказать.

Если они вам нравятся.
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Posted by Aja Romano

Featuring tales of aliens, ghosts, supernatural strangeness, and more.

If you’re a fan of both podcasts and horror, there’s no better time than the Halloween season to sample some of the eeriest audio offerings out there.

But what to do if you’ve already burned through more well-known entries like Welcome to Night Vale, The Black Tapes, Limetown, Lore, and Reddit’s long-running No Sleep? (If you haven’t checked those out, they’re all worth a listen.)

If you’re seeking recommendations that will take your horror podcast game to the next level, here are 13 excellent options — both fiction and nonfiction — that you may have missed.

Knifepoint Horror (fiction)

For sheer chills-around-the-campfire-style storytelling, nothing beats Knifepoint, an intermittent anthology podcast where each episode features a weary-voiced narrator telling a standalone, first-person story that inevitably builds from ominous dread into an all-consuming horror fest. Knifepoint has no frills and no production frippery; its effectiveness derives partly from its minimalism, and the way creator Soren Narnia allows the silence to fill your mind with terror. For sheer eeriness, few things are scarier than the episodes titled “staircase,” “rebirth,” “landmark,” and “sisters” — though every tale in this collection will likely wind up in your nightmares.

Number of episodes: Forty standalone episodes ranging from 40 to 70 minutes in length. A sampling of Knifepoint’s most popular episodes is also available on YouTube. New episodes are released essentially whenever Narnia feels like it; a new quartet of short stories just appeared for Halloween.

Within the Wires (fiction)

“No one is with you. Why would anyone be with you? You are probably alone.”

This podcast from the geniuses behind Welcome to Night Vale wields creepiness in the form of deep relaxation techniques. Initially styled as a guided meditation, Within the Wires quickly turns dark as its calm and soothing narrator becomes more and more aggressive, leads you through tension-relieving exercises that are more than a bit disturbing, and drops clues about the existence of a futuristic dystopian society. As the layers peel away, the narrative becomes something like Stranger Things meets Children of Men, and the gaps left up to your imagination are truly spooky.

Number of episodes: Fourteen episodes and counting — one complete season of 10 episodes, plus a second season currently in progress. Episodes run 20 to 30 minutes each and come out twice a month.

Homecoming (fiction)

Gimlet’s star-studded Homecoming is less a psychological thriller than a veiled Brazil-esque study of institutional politics gone deeply awry. The story of a lone military vet (Oscar Isaac) who goes missing from a mysterious facility, the podcast is spun out through loosely connected scenes that don’t really form a cohesive narrative; ultimately, Homecoming feels more like an abstract form of performance art captured on audio. Still, its intrigue, mind games, and sinister atmosphere will keep you hooked from start to finish — particularly thanks to standout performances from Isaac, Catherine Keener, and David Schwimmer.

Number of episodes: Twelve half-hour episodes, divided into two seasons of six episodes each. No future seasons are planned.

Lake Clarity (fiction)

Lake Clarity combines the audio drama format with the found-footage subgenre of horror movies, with a hefty degree of comedy thrown in. The plot may be a standard-issue tale of a teen camping trip gone wrong, but the podcast is plenty engaging, thanks to the obvious fun its voice actors are having as their characters explore a mysterious cave full of unspeakable Lovecraftian terrors. Lake Clarity also boasts unsettlingly stellar sound design: When a scene turns from funny to ghoulish, it does so with remarkable speed and bone-crunching effectiveness. (I’m not joking — the crunching noises can really get to you.)

Number of episodes: Ten episodes and counting — one complete season of eight episodes, plus a second season currently in progress. Episodes run 15 to 25 minutes each and come out twice a month.

Alice Isn’t Dead (fiction)

Like the aforementioned Within the Wires, the gorgeous and eerie Alice Isn’t Dead is another project from the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. The podcast unfolds its strange road trip through first-person vignettes and narrated letters addressed to the title character; more explicitly built on horror tropes than either Night Vale or Wires, it tells the story of a woman searching for her missing wife in the spookiest liminal spaces of America’s highways and byways — truck stops, dive bars, seedy motels and diners, and the vast expanse of the open road. Through this setting, various forms of evil and surreal supernatural phenomena pursue our protagonist as she keeps on trucking to flee both her own demons and the terrifying creatures that haunt her route.

Number of episodes: Two seasons of 10 episodes, which each run 20 to 30 minutes long. Season three is in development.

Return Home (fiction)

A man named Jonathan returns to his odd hometown, Melancholy Falls, for the first time since he was a teenager, only to be confronted with strange happenings, mysterious alien body snatchers, and voices continuing to demand that he “return home.” With the help of an old friend, he embarks on a journey to figure out where and what “home” really is. Quirky and comedic with plenty of jump scares, Return Home is well-acted and benefits from fantastic audio production, to make the possibility of having your body taken over by weird alien things feel even more immersive.

Number of episodes: So far, there are 42 episodes of five to 20 minutes in length, divided into several short story arcs and interludes within the ongoing serialized story. New episodes are typically released weekly, but the podcast is currently on hiatus.

Rabbits (fiction)

Rabbits falls under the umbrella of Pacific Northwest Stories (PNWS): the podcast production company working in the guise of a fictional news radio outlet that also brought us The Black Tapes and the similarly pseudo-journalistic Tanis. With Rabbits, PNWS has once again pulled out all the metafictional stops, this time to spin the tale of a viral game that takes a dark, dark turn. Like its PNWS cousins, Rabbits involves fictional journalists and a rabbit hole of paranormal puzzle pieces: A young reporter finds herself investigating a series of strange events, which seem to point toward a conspiracy surrounding the disappearance of a friend who may have been playing a mysterious game called “IX.” It’s a well-acted blend of urban legends, weird fiction, and your average creepypasta, and it gradually evolves into a chilling tale of obsession.

Number of episodes: One season of 10 episodes of 40 to 60 minutes each. Season two is in development.

The Message and Life After (fiction)

The Message and its follow-up series Life After are lush sci-fi thrillers that center on the decoding of an intercepted signal of apparent alien origin — and which might just be a curse. In The Message, though the stage is initially set to mimic your average journalistic nonfiction podcast, the completely fictional story rapidly goes off the rails, all while hewing close to real-life searches for extraterrestrial intelligence. The follow-up series, Life After, which deals with AI technology and the terrifying potential of immersion in a fully digital world, can be standalone but works even better as a sequel. (There’s also a post-series roundtable discussion of the show’s scientific plot points with Neil deGrasse Tyson.)

Number of episodes: Both series finish their stories within a single season. The Message runs for eight 10- to 15-minute episodes; Life After runs for 10 half-hour episodes.

The Lost Cat Podcast (fiction)

The Lost Cat Podcast is a modern homage to Edgar Allen Poe’s obsessive, paranoiac narrators and the endlessly disturbing worlds in which they live. It’s surreal, blackly comedic, and often totally bizarre, but the concept is irresistibly simple: In each episode, the narrator continues an ongoing search for his cat. What he finds instead is a host of eminently compelling weirdness.

Number of episodes: Twenty-four episodes split among three seasons. Episodes run between 20 and 30 minutes each. Season three abruptly went on hiatus earlier this year, with two episodes remaining.

Point Mystic (fiction)

Point Mystic is endlessly spine-tingling. It’s Welcome to Night Vale by way of NPR — that is, it sounds like a news program, if the news were covering a town full of deeply surreal and discordant weirdness, from faceless firemen to terrifying wooden shapes in the forest. With its emphasis on surreal horror rendered via naturalistic storytelling, Point Mystic echoes the aforementioned Knifepoint Horror, but its impressive production value places it at the opposite end of the podcast spectrum.

Number of episodes: One season of seven 30- to 40-minute episodes. Season two is in development.

Inside the Exorcist (nonfiction, mostly)

Inside the Exorcist is more accurately a metafiction podcast that’s loosely based on the real-life history — some of it less well-sourced than the rest — surrounding The Exorcist. If you love the 1973 movie or are fascinated by the concept of exorcism, or if you’re just a fan of reenactment journalism, this is a must-listen.

Number of episodes: Season one is only three episodes in so far; new episodes are being released weekly.

You Must Remember This: Bela and Boris (nonfiction)

Posh and utterly engrossing, You Must Remember This has made a name for itself based on host Karina Longworth’s intimate season-long explorations into the lives and legends of Old Hollywood. Just in time for Halloween, she’s started a new season as of this week — and she’s turning her attention to two of the men who made Universal’s monsters a permanent cultural fixture: Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. We can’t wait to hear where this goes.

Number of episodes: There are currently 115 episodes of You Must Remember This, divided into closed-ended story arcs on a range of subjects. The Bela and Boris arc debuted this week, and new 40- to 70-minute episodes are released weekly.

Spooked (nonfiction)

Spooked is a documentary podcast focusing on folklore and supernatural myths throughout the world; think Lore, but with a narrower focus and an even sharper sense of where our universal fears originate.

Number of episodes: Ten episodes of 20 to 40 minutes each, and counting; new episodes will be released every few days through Halloween.

Not The Status Quo

October 19th, 2017 12:24
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I'm pretty sure that a lot of people in the UK think that "no deal" in the context of Brexit means "nothing changes." So when the Tories talk about "a good deal or no deal" they think it's...like it is now, or better!

"No deal" would be..um...something.
The UK will inevitably leave the EU without a deal and businesses should start preparing for trade on World Trade Organisation terms, the former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has said.

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October 19th, 2017 15:32
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 Як тут тихо! Особливо після тві і фб. Навіть не хочу згадувати, не те шо репостити весь той срач. Бо ясєнпєнь усе стихне за кілька днів. Тільки люди ще трошки порозумнішали. Не всі надовго, але потихеньку йде у правильному напрямку. Тому не роблю алярм, як у листопаді 13-го, тільки час від часу заглядаю, перевіряю, чи хтось із фолловерів чи френдів ще не здурів і з глузду не з'їхав. Нє, всі здорові. Ретельна френдґіґієна - наше фсьо
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Постень пішов в друк наш. Версія міні, радикальна, 54х86 мм, 600дпі. Кредитного розміру, тобто. Жиби завжди було при собі, при потребі.

Виглядає таково:
(можна розмножити самостійно на фотолабі, нарізати і радуватисі)

Це НАШ календар, який, на відміну від попередньої версії, сонячної, має двотижневий лаг, відповідно до саме наших умов. За ним літають буськи і т.д. За ним і Новий Рік починається. Ну і усе решту, відповідно.

Ці календарі є взаємодоповнюючі. Але різні. Оскільки той - то календар логіки, у ньому усе гарно сходиться, але хіба для тих, хто ігнорує реальність, в угоду власним уявленням про світ.

Цей - календар сили. Тут не просто усе сходиться - тут усе насправді працює :)
Можна вибирати, тобто, кому - куди. А можна і взаємодоповнювати. Тоді тому Дзен буде.

Народное творчество

October 19th, 2017 16:29
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Вышел Петя на крыльцо,
чтоб прибить своё яйцо.
Не нашел яйца, чудак,
и поджёг французский банк...
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Внимание всем участникам подвесного курса "История истории", а отдельно - всем любителям лекций Юрия Каплана! Грядёт годовщина Октябрьской Революции, и эту дату невозможно пропутить. Поэтому завтра, в пятницу, 20.10.2017, с 12.00 до 13.00 в "Доме Гнома" (две минуты от станции метро "Черншевская", Манежный переулок, дом 13) состоится встреча с Юрием Капланом, посвящённая Революции и революционным мифам. С Капланом я редко соглашаюсь, но тем не менее - настоятельно рекомендую! 😊


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Алла Кузнецова, Молчаливый Глюк

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