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Sep. 20th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Я тут недавно написал 10 фактов о себе которые потрясли этот сраный мир, вспомнив некоторые события своей тихой и спокойной, исключительно законопослушной жизни, но 10 фактов то набрались легко, а мои воспоминания на этом не кончились... В общем, встречайте очередные «10 фактов о brave_friar’е»!

Немного странные, но вполне реальные факты... )

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Sep. 20th, 2017 03:37 pm
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за свободу вайшнории

Мир дышит весной (с)

Sep. 20th, 2017 03:33 pm
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Москва, площадь Гагарина. 2017 год. Шёл двадцатый день осени...

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президент Литвы Даля Грибаускайте обратила внимание на нарушение Россией как постоянным членом Совбеза ООН своих обязательств по поддержке мира - она нарушила Устав ООН, напав на Грузию, незаконно аннексировав Крым и принимая непосредственное участие в войне на востоке Украины. Президент Литвы призвала международное сообщество объединиться и дать отпор глобальным агрессорам.
перед выступлением президента Литвы зал Генеральной ассамблеи ООН спешно покинула делегация РФ в полном составе.

В рамках Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН  Порошенко провел встречу с вице-президентом Европейской Комиссии  Могерини и обсудил новые стратегические цели на пути европейской интеграции Украины

Порошенко в рамках рабочего визита в Нью-Йорк провел переговоры с президентом Польши Анджеем Дудой, обсудив с ним вопрос введения миротворцев ООН на Донбасс.

Лукашенко отменил свой визит в Россию из-за вызывающего поведения российских военных по отношению к гражданам Беларуси на фоне проведения военных учений Запад-2017

Генпрокуратура зафиксировала 600 фактов пыток людей со стороны российско-террористических войск на территории Донбасса. В частности, было объявлено о подозрении 20 российским генералам и адмиралам, которых обвиняют в преступлениях против человечности.

Як в Україні ничегониделаеца. Частина 110 (огляд)

 17% украинцев из общего числа выезжающих уже воспользовались преимуществами безвизового режима. За это время отказали лишь 61 украинцу. 
В Британии признали необходимость изменить визовый режим для Украины. Британский министр сообщил, что вопрос смягчения визовой политики будет обсуждаться в правительстве

Канадская компания TIU инвестировала 14 млн евро в строительство солнечной электростанции (СЭС), мощностью 10,5 МВт в Никополе. Всего TIU планирует построить 5 СЭС в Украине: одну в Днепропетровской области, одну — в Херсонской области, и три — в Николаевской области

Николаевский бронетанковый завод возобновил и модернизировал очередную партию из нескольких десятков модернизированных БРДМ-2 для Вооруженных сил Украины.

  в Одессу прибыли два  артиллерийских катера "Гюрза-М"

одесситы культурно на русском языке объяснили, почему консулу РФ лучше уйти от здания суда, где рассматривалось дело “2 мая”. Зачем он туда пришел? проконтролировать?

Из-за драки возле Одесского горсовета депутаты прервали сессию,  на Думской площади зажгли фальшфейеры и скандировали "Труханов геть!"  Чуть позже полиция применила газ и задержала нескольких активистов. Сообщается, что пострадали несколько человек. "Сейчас ситуация напряженная.  Митингующим удалось прорваться в сессионный зал горсовета, после чего в работе сессии был объявлен бессрочный перерыв.  полиция не задерживала митингующих, с ними провели профилактическую беседу и отпустили.   Активисты покинули горсовет, так и не  дождавшись мэра Одессы

Сообщение для визовых заявителей, которые проживают в РФ:  Заявители не обязаны быть резидентами Украины для получения визы в Посольстве США в Киеве, но должны физически находиться в Украине во время подачи заявления на визу и получения визы

Шансон о жести

Sep. 20th, 2017 03:13 pm
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Французское словосочетание chanson de geste (шансон де жест), или, сокращенно, жеста - литературный термин, обозначающий дословно "песнь о подвиге". Это эпические поэмы на старофранцузском языке, сочинявшиеся в XII-XIV веках, посвященные деяниям и подвигам рыцарей. Они были открыты заново французскими филологами-романтиками в XIX веке, и тогда же опубликованы, тщательно классифицированы и изучены.
Жесты - жанр, имеющий четкие рамки, и не только хронологические, но и географическую привязку к северной Франции и пограничным с нею регионам (Фландрия, Лотарингия и пр.). Также практически все жесты посвящены событиям своего эпического времени, каковым является эпоха короля франков Карла I Великого (Carle Magne, или, как он часто называется именно в жестах, откуда это имя и проникло в литературу и обиход - Carlemagne, Шарлемань). Главным сквозным героем (не обязательно действующим активно в каждой конкретной жесте - часто просто существующий в качестве привязки сюжета к "временам Шарлеманя") является сам король-император, вокруг которого и формируется "героическое ядро"
– долгожданный романтический сериал от камрада [personal profile] qebedo.

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Posted by Jeff Stein

Republican senators are struggling to articulate why they are rushing to pass their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare over the next 10 days before running into their September 30 deadline.

In interviews with Vox on Tuesday, nine Republican senators primarily argued that their “Hail Mary” bill — spearheaded by Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC) and Bill Cassidy (LA) — would return federal power to the states, giving them greater flexibility to improve their health systems locally. “The heart of the legislation takes the policymaking role of Washington and sends it to the states,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said.

Far less clear is exactly how Graham-Cassidy would pull off this feat without resulting in millions of Americans losing their insurance — and the number of millions is still unknown, since any vote would likely have to come before the Congressional Budget Office completes its analysis of the bill. The GOP senators insisted that the tens of billions in cuts to federal health spending proposed in the bill would not result in coverage losses because, they said, the states would have more flexibility.

“They can do it with less money,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who was unable to explain how or why.

Other Republican senators, meanwhile, fell back on political explanations for a bill that experts warn could result in millions losing their insurance. “If we do nothing, it has a tremendous impact on the 2018 elections,” said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). “And whether or not Republicans still maintain control and we have the gavel.”

And then some members of the upper chamber acknowledged that the spending changes might have a big impact, but argued their home states would not be negatively impacted. “Four of our states are getting a disproportionate amount of money from health care now,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) said. The bill, he added, “wouldn’t cut Alabama.” (Numbers from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities suggest Alabama would receive more than $1 billion in additional funding under the bill, but most states would see big cuts.)

The stakes of the Republican rush to repeal and replace Obamacare could hardly be higher. The GOP has less than two weeks to pass a repeal-and-replace plan before their budget reconciliation instructions expire, and the insurance of tens of millions of Americans hangs in the balance.

Vox conducted the interviews with nine Republican senators throughout the Capitol and Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday.

Transcripts of those conversations follow.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): “If we do nothing, it has a tremendous impact on the 2018 elections”

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Pat Roberts, right, of Kansas.

Jeff Stein

Senator, I wanted to ask you for a policy-based explanation for why you’re moving forward with the Graham-Cassidy proposal. What problems will this solve in the health care system?

Pat Roberts

That — that is the last stage out of Dodge City.

Jeff Stein

I’m just trying to explain to our readers what the policy —

Pat Roberts

What readers? Who do you represent?

Jeff Stein

It’s a website called Vox.

Pat Roberts

... [Graham-Cassidy] is the last stage out of Dodge City. I’m from Dodge City. So it’s the last stage out to do anything. Restoring decision-making back to the states is always a good idea, but this is not the best possible bill — this is the best bill possible under the circumstances.

If we do nothing, I think it has a tremendous impact on the 2018 elections. And whether or not Republicans still maintain control and we have the gavel.

Jeff Stein

But why does this bill make things better for Americans? How does it help?

Pat Roberts

Pardon me?

Jeff Stein

Why does this make things better? What is this doing?

Pat Roberts

Look, we’re in the back seat of a convertible being driven by Thelma and Louise, and we’re headed toward the canyon. That’s a movie that you’ve probably never seen —

Jeff Stein

I do know Thelma and Louise, sir.

Pat Roberts

So we have to get out of the car, and you have to have a car to get into, and this is the only car there is.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK): “Efficiencies” from federal-state transfer “can very well make up the difference”

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Jim Inhofe.

Jeff Stein

What’s the policy explanation for the Graham-Cassidy bill? What substantive problems does this solve?

Jim Inhofe

Well, first of all, as a general rule the states do things better than the federal government does [things]. And that is essentially what the bill is. We actually had a bill that passed, except at the last minute — as you know — we had one deciding vote against it that was unforeseen. And I think what we’re looking at right now is essentially the same thing.

It’s a stronger position for the states to be in, and generally, Republicans agree with that.

Jeff Stein

I understand what you’re saying with the states having the ability to make these decisions, but the bill doesn’t just “give states more freedom” — it also cuts federal funding to the states. So it’s not just about giving the states more control; it’s also about cutting federal expenditures, right?

Jim Inhofe

Well, yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be — I think the efficiencies that come with transferring the funding to the states can very well make up the difference between what the federal thing would be.

A philosophical difference — you know?

Jeff Stein

No, what do you mean?

Jim Inhofe

I mean it’s more efficient when it’s done from the states, and so they can do it with less money.

Jeff Stein

Are you confident, and how do you know those savings will be close to enough to protect everyone?

Jim Inhofe

Well, nothing protects everyone.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): “It lets states innovate and adopt creative solutions”

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Jeff Stein

I’m looking for a broad policy explanation for what Graham-Cassidy will do — how does it improve the American health care system?

Ted Cruz

Well, the details of it are still being negotiated, but the heart of the legislation takes the policymaking role of Washington and sends it to the states. It lets states innovate and adopt creative solutions to local problems, which vary state by state.

Jeff Stein

But it’s not just devolving power from the federal government to the state. It also involves a 16 percent cut in federal spending [upfront] and a 34 percent cut over the next 10 years.

If you’re saying, “Let’s just devolve power to the states,” why also cut federal spending so dramatically?

Ted Cruz

My central focus from the beginning has been on lowering health insurance premiums.

The biggest reason so many millions of people are hurting under Obamacare is that it has made premiums skyrocket. And what I think is critical for Obamacare repeal is that we expand consumer freedom so that you, the consumer, can be in charge of what health insurance you want to buy, and we lower premiums so that health insurance is more affordable. ...

Jeff Stein

Why not wait until the CBO says what you’re saying about premiums? Why not confirm with them? Over the first few votes, the CBO suggested that premiums would go up and that tens of millions of people would lose health insurance.

Ted Cruz

CBO’s analysis throughout this process has been ridiculously slow, unreliable, and based on policy assumptions that are demonstrably false.

Jeff Stein

You really believe that cutting federal spending by 34 percent will not result in any other people losing their insurance?

Ted Cruz

What federal spending is cut?

Jeff Stein

Well, the Medicaid expansion would be sunset, for one, is my understanding.

Ted Cruz

The decrease in future rates of growth is not a cut. And it is only in the bizarre world of Washington that billions more money is characterized in the press as a cut rather than an increase, which is in fact what it is.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA): “Read the bill and you’ll understand”

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John Kennedy.

Jeff Stein

What are the policy explanations for the bill?

John Kennedy

I think it’s an improvement over Obamacare, but I have sent four amendments to Lindsey [Graham] and Bill [Cassidy] that I think will strengthen the bill. The one I feel most strongly about is that I want the Medicaid work requirement — I don’t want it to be optional; I want it to be a requirement. Just like we did with welfare reform.

And number two, I want to get us to give guardrails to the states to say, “You cannot use these moneys to set up a state-run single-payer system.” I don’t believe in it. I think it’s a mistake.

I’ve lived under a single-payer system, and I think the bill would be stronger with that prohibition. [That’s an apparent reference to England, where Kennedy received a law degree in the 1970s and which has the National Health Service.]

[Guardian reporter] Lauren Gambino

Do you think that kind of goes against the idea of states’ rights and being able to use this money [as the states want to]?

John Kennedy

No, no. We have plenty of federal rules that apply to every state, but we still agree with states’ rights.

Jeff Stein

What are the main policy explanations for getting behind this bill? What does this bill do right, policy-wise?

John Kennedy

I think it’s an improvement over Obamacare.

Jeff Stein

Why?

John Kennedy

My position has always been that, number one, I think Obamacare has been a failure.

Number two: First chance I get to vote for repeal it, I’ll do it.

And number three: If it’s replacement, if replacement is better than Obamacare, I will vote for it.

Jeff Stein

What are the policies that make you think that?

John Kennedy

I think it spends scarce resources in a more rational manner. It will control costs. I like the idea that it encourages states to innovate.

Jeff Stein

How does it do that? Any of those things?

John Kennedy

Well, you need to read the bill.

Jeff Stein

Well, you’re voting for it, right? So what is the explanation for how it does those things?

John Kennedy

I am. Because it gives states added flexibility. Read the bill and you’ll understand.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL): “It wouldn’t cut Alabama, though”

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Richard Shelby, right

Jeff Stein

In broad strokes, what do you think this bill is going to accomplish?

Richard Shelby

This is what a lot of us ran on — we’ve been advocating it for years. Let the states run it. They know more about it. They run the Medicaid program. They run our highway programs. We send 80 percent of money to various transit and highway stations — there, where the rubber hits the road.

Jeff Stein

But it’s not just that it devolves power to the states — it also involves a 16 percent cut in federal health spending.

Richard Shelby

But I’ll tell you what: Our states — our 50 states — are very flexible, very innovative. Much more so than we are here. I think it will work, and it will be a big step toward federalism.

Jeff Stein

The bill would cut federal funding to states by 34 percent over the next —

Richard Shelby

But it wouldn’t cut Alabama, though.

Jeff Stein

Well, do you think the other states should deal with —

Richard Shelby

Well, you see some of our states, four of our states, are getting a disproportionate amount of money from health care now. You know which ones.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA): “I don't know what the numbers are going to end up looking like”

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Johnny Isakson, right.

Jeff Stein

What is the policy explanation for the Graham-Cassidy health care bill?

Johnny Isakson

Policy explanation? I’m not into policy, so I don’t really know. I’m into facts.

Jeff Stein

[In a follow-up interview hours later on Tuesday] You were joking earlier, but what is the health policy in the Graham-Cassidy proposal that you like?

Johnny Isakson

More state innovation. More input from the states.

Jeff Stein

What does that mean, exactly?

Johnny Isakson

The governors — I'm from a state that didn't expand Medicaid, and the way we were going in health care looked like those states would actually be hurt worse than other states.

By going to block grants, back to the states, the control of money stays with the states, and you have less [un]predictability and external deviation in terms of funding.

Jeff Stein

So just a follow-up on that. It's one thing to say the bill gives the states power — that’s one thing.

But it doesn't just do that. It also cuts the money they have — some estimates say around 16 percent of federal funding.

Johnny Isakson

I'm not going to confirm that statement one way or another. I don't know what the numbers are going to end up looking like.

Jeff Stein

Right, but if it does cut federal spending overall, would you support it?

Johnny Isakson

You know, those are dangerous questions. I'm waiting until I see the totality of the legislation to say whether I support the whole thing or not, anyway.

I'm not a no, but I'm not a yes either — and I'm waiting for my governor to respond to me with their input as well. It’s really key what they’re doing.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY): “The governors who decided to expand [Medicaid] knew that they were going to lose federal funding”

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John Barrasso.

Jeff Stein

I want to ask, in a big-picture way: What is the policy explanation for how this bill makes people’s lives better?

John Barrasso

It gets the money out of Washington, lets people at home make the decision, and gets state legislatures involved, and governors involved. It moves money out of Washington. It’s away from socialism.

Jeff Stein

CBPP says it will also reduce federal health spending on Medicaid and the exchanges by about [20] percent.

John Barrasso

I’d love to reduce federal spending on health insurance.

Jeff Stein

Right, but so it’s not just about moving power to the states — it’s also about cutting funding.

John Barrasso

It’s about moving power to the states, where money can be spent much more effectively.

Jeff Stein

How does it do that?

John Barrasso

Well, you have to read the formula and read the bill, and it will tell you how it moves money to the states and how much they get and how much they don’t get. ...

Jeff Stein

There’s a concern from Republican governors who have come out and said, “This is too dramatic a cut in spending; we won’t have enough money to insure everyone.”

John Barrasso

You have to interview them on that.

Jeff Stein

Do you think they’re wrong?

John Barrasso

Well, it depends on if they’re states that expanded Medicaid or not. ...

Jeff Stein

In the Medicaid expansion states, they still have a lot of people who rely on Medicaid expansion for health insurance.

John Barrasso

I opposed Medicaid expansion. I think the Supreme Court got it wrong [when it ruled in 2012 that Congress did have the constitutional authority to implement most of Obamacare].

The governors who decided to expand [Medicaid] knew that they were going to lose federal funding over time, and they’re objecting to that — but they knew it. You could say, “Some of them didn’t understand it, and so-and-so wasn’t there, and he wasn’t governor yet,” but they understood that this would be part of the process. So if they used the money poorly —

And my concern with Medicaid is that the people who Medicaid was designed for originally have been cut out of the process, because they’re still on the waiting list to get on Medicaid. I don’t know how much you understand about Medicaid, but this whole expansion of Medicaid went for healthy, working-age individuals — it did not go for the people who [Medicaid] was designed for, which was low-income women, children, and the disabled.

Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL): “I like the idea of sending money back to the states and letting the states experiment”

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Luther Strange.

Jeff Stein

I had a quick question on the Graham-Cassidy bill — could you explain what the policy purpose of the bill is? What is this bill going to achieve, policy-wise?

Luther Strange

Honestly, I have a meeting to talk about that shortly — so let me get back to you on that shortly. I have to talk to my staff.

Jeff Stein

[In a follow-up conversation with Strange about eight hours later]

So what do you think?

Luther Strange

We’re still looking at the details on how it affects Alabama, so we haven’t taken a position on it yet.

I like the idea of sending money back to the states and letting each state experiment with what’s best for their citizens. But I haven’t seen enough detail to know how it affects Alabama to have taken a position on it.

Jeff Stein

Do you worry about the billions in cuts in federal health care expenditures?

Luther Strange

That’s the kind of detail I haven’t seen on how it would affect our state.

Jeff Stein

Anything in particular you’ll be looking for?

Luther Strange

How it affects the state of Alabama, and how we are treated as a non-expansion state.

Jeff Stein

Will you be looking for protections for those with pre-existing conditions? What else matters?

Luther Strange

All of the above.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): “This is the last attempt to do what we promised in the election”

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Jeff Stein

I was hoping you could explain, in broad detail, what the point of Graham-Cassidy is.

Chuck Grassley

Let me give you a political answer, and then I’ll give you a substance answer.

The political answer is that Republicans have promised for seven years that we were going to correct all the things that were wrong with Obamacare, and we failed the first eight months. This is the last attempt to do what we promised in the election.

The substance answer is that Obamacare starts with the principle that all knowledge about health care, and all decisions on health care, ought to rest in Washington, DC. The complete opposite of that is Graham-Cassidy, that Washington doesn’t know best and we’ll let each of the 50 states [decide what’s best].


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Posted by Andrew Prokop

Graham-Cassidy is being sold as giving states flexibility. But it hugely cuts health care spending.

As Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) try to wrangle Senate votes for their Obamacare repeal bill before September 30, they’re relying on one argument most of all: Their bill, they say, will give much more flexibility to individual states to figure out how to make health care work.

Cassidy and Graham like to emphasize that their bill would roll back Obamacare’s spending and regulations and would instead simply send states money in a block grant. States, they say, would be free to figure out how to use that block grant money however they see fit — they’d be able to experiment with their own approaches. Even moderate Republicans are likely tempted by an argument like that.

Here’s the catch: The bill doesn’t just move around Obamacare’s spending. It severely cuts federal spending on health care overall — both for Obamacare and for traditional Medicaid. And since covering people costs money, the result will inevitably be that millions of people will lose coverage.

The Graham-Cassidy bill is essentially a Trojan horse for these dramatic cuts on health spending that Republican leaders have been pushing all along. Three features of the bill in particular make this clear:

1) The bill dramatically cuts and restructures traditional Medicaid. Like previous Obamacare repeal bills Republicans have put forward, Graham-Cassidy goes far beyond just rolling back Obamacare, to instead restructure the finances of the Medicaid program as a whole.

It does this by converting Medicaid to a “per capita cap” system, in which the federal government would no longer commit to open-ended funding to help states afford enrollees’ health bills. Instead of matching the money states spend on Medicaid enrollees, the federal government would provide a set amount of money to states to spend on recipients.

Using numbers from previous Congressional Budget Office scores, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that this proposal would cut about $175 billion from traditional Medicaid between 2020 and 2026. Experts argue that per capita caps also give states incentives to kick more expensive patients off Medicaid or roll back coverage.

2) In turning Obamacare’s spending into a block grant, Cassidy and Graham aren’t just redistributing it — they’re reducing it: In theory, it would be possible to restructure Obamacare’s existing spending into block grants for states — and even to distribute it differently among states — without cutting spending overall.

But that’s not what Graham-Cassidy does. Per CBPP’s analysis, the way the bill’s block grant formula is designed, it would dole out “$239 billion less between 2020 and 2026 than projected federal spending for the Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies under current law.”

Cassidy has tried to dismiss the CBPP numbers as coming from a liberal think tank. But since the CBO hasn’t released its analysis yet — and won’t have time to before Senate Republicans’ September 30 deadline — these are the outside numbers we have to work with.

3) The new block grant ends entirely after 2026, and there is nothing to replace it afterward. Yes, the vaunted block grants that Graham and Cassidy say will give states such flexibility have a built-in expiration date. They have claimed that this is because of the Senate’s budget reconciliation rules, though it’s not clear how or whether that’s true.

The practical effect, though, would be to set up a major fight several years down the road about whether these block grants should be continued at all, or whether they should be reduced even further. And since the default outcome if no action is taken is for the block grants to vanish, conservatives who want even deeper spending cuts will have the advantage in this showdown.

We can see the CBPP’s estimated impact of these three provisions together in the below chart:

 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

From 2020 to 2026, there will be cuts from the transformation of Obamacare funding into a smaller block grant (in dark red) and the restructuring of traditional Medicaid (in pale red). Then in 2027, the block grants disappear entirely, meaning enormous cuts unless Congress manages to agree on a deal to continue them.

So the argument about giving states “flexibility” leaves out a whole lot. Less money would be available to states overall in those newly flexible block grants, and on top of that, traditional Medicaid would be cut — which clearly points toward millions losing coverage overall. And that’s even before the whole system is set to fall off a cliff in 2027.

With all this in mind, Graham-Cassidy looks a whole lot like all the previous GOP Obamacare repeal bills this year. At its core, it’s basically another way to cut hundreds of billions in federal health spending and toss millions off coverage.


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Sep. 20th, 2017 05:18 pm
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Либералы против консерваторов, красные против белых... Я во всем этом принципиально не участвую, мне проблемы не нужны. Хоть поубивайте все там друг друга, только вовремя мне сообщайте, что сегодня нельзя, — я сразу перестану, даже вникать не буду
Опасности из жизни заранее устраняю.
Машину продал: мало ли кто тебя заденет, все равно виноватым окажешься. Пешком проще и полезнее. На улице веду себя тихо: на музыкальных инструментах не играю, хожу один, чтобы не приняли меня за митинг, громко по телефону не разговариваю, чтобы не подумали, будто пикет. Футболки с надписями перестал носить, только однотонные, — мало ли что там написано.
Сидел раньше в Интернете — перестал от греха подальше, мне проблемы не нужны. Кот на мышь лапой наступит, какой-нибудь сайт откроет — пойди потом объясни, что это не ты экстремист. Сразу полегчало.

Карты географические, атласы все из дома вынес и ночью в лесу сжег, а то опять присоединят или отсоединят что-нибудь, а у меня дома в картах границы неправильно нарисованы — давай доказывай, что ты не подрывал территориальную целостность. Вообще начал в шкафу разбираться: мама родная, каждая вторая книга — компромат! То про войну, а там немецкий танк со свастикой, то писатель с нетрадиционной репутацией, то художники Возрождения с голыми людьми — мне проблемы не нужны. На дальней полке стихи Тараса Шевченко обнаружились — чуть не поседел. Все книги в лес отнес. И свой фотоальбом заодно, а то меня там в виде младенца в ванной купают — пойди докажи, что ты не педофил. Под елкой все спрятал героически, хотя мог попасться за несанкционированное загрязнение окружающей среды.

Дома пусто, хорошо. Решил не выходить от греха подальше. Только утром, когда не подозрительно, — в магазин за хлебом. Сижу вроде нормально, проблем нет. Но тут в дверь звонят: капремонт. Вы согласны? Не согласишься — потом в случае пожара или потопа на тебя повесят. Согласишься — выселят весь дом, начнутся письма протеста, народный сход против выселения, посадят как пить дать. А мне проб­лемы не нужны. Но я же сообразительный! Продал все: квартиру, обстановку, одежду, обувь. Владеть собственностью, жить в городе, на глаза людям попадаться — все это в наше время прямой путь за решетку. А я тихо хочу дожить, в радости и спокойствии. На все деньги купил консервов, кроссвордов и билет в тайгу. Нашел в тайге землянку возле ручья и поселился в ней. Вот где благодать! Хоть война, хоть революция, я точно не виноват буду. Летом цветы собираю, зимой кроссворды отгадываю. С белками разговариваю. Белки — надежные собеседники, не выдадут, даже если ляпнешь чего не подумав.
Но недолго мое счастье длилось. Как-то утром слышу — шум и грохот, пошел сдуру смотреть. Оказывается, нефтяную вышку в моей тайге городят. И наверняка секретную, то есть я уже свидетель. А раз свидетель, то и обвиняемый, так у нас повелось.
Куда ж, думаю, от вас деться? Где найти место, в котором проблемы тебя не достанут? До марсианской миссии ждать еще долго... Стал размышлять — и догадался. Пошел ночью и поджег вышку. Рванула она так, что полтайги разнесло. А потом в полицию заявился. Я, говорю, террорист, экстремист, педофил и растлитель белок, здрасьте. Ну что сказать, не зря я всегда считал себя поумнее других, сработал мой план. Посадили меня в камеру-одиночку. Кормят три раза в день, гулять дают, книжки даже есть тут. Все есть для жизни, а проблем нет! Оказывается, то, чего ты больше всего боялся, и есть лучшее спасение, потому что бояться после этого нечего становится. Первый раз в жизни вздохнул спокойно, свободным себя наконец почувствовал.
За народ вот только немного переживаю: маются они ведь там снаружи, опасности на каждом шагу. Но надеюсь, все, как и я, скоро поумнеют и воссоединимся мы здесь все, кто хочет прожить свою жизнь тихо, без проблем.

www.maximonline.ru/longreads/edsletter/_article/july-edsletter/

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Пишут, что пойманы, расколоты и каются, размазывая сопли, поджигатели-борцуны с матильдами.

Остается только поверить в дикорастущих тарасевичей. Такие, по-моему, давно выведены дустом.
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This is the grave of William Lloyd Garrison.

Born in 1805 in Newburyport, Massachusetts to dirt poor parents. His father, a sailor unemployed due to the Embargo Act of 1807, the single worst foreign policy decision in American history, deserted the family in 1808. Garrison had to work from a young age to help the family survive. He began working for a newspaper in 1820 and soon began writing for it, starting his own paper in 1826. He became involved in abolitionism in the late 1820s, moving quickly from supporting the colonization of ex-slaves to Africa to full-fledged abolitionism. Editing a Quaker newspaper in Baltimore, he began publishing stronger anti-slavery material, eventually getting sued. At that point, he left Baltimore, moved to Boston, and started The Liberator in 1831.

The Liberator would be Garrison’s mouthpiece until slavery died. In the first issue, he pronounced his now famous manifesto.

I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen;—but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch—and I will be heard. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.

Garrison was heard alright. He was a real radical. Today, we think of him as a hero. And we think of Boston as the opposite of the South, a place where radicalism thrived. But Bostonians hated Garrison. He was seen as a freak. His actions, such as publicly burning the Constitution, did not endear him to the locals. He believed the Constitution was “a Covenant with Death, an Agreement with Hell” for permitting slavery. Imagine this today. Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for the American flag and he is blacklisted. What would happen if he burned a copy of the Constitution on the field? Would he be lynched? And while whites, including Garrison, have always been able to say and do things African-Americans could not, what do you think people would do if the left starting burning the Constitution in the street? It would not be pretty. It wasn’t for Garrison either. In October 1835, a mob surrounded his office, captured him, put a rope around his neck, and nearly tarred and feathered him before the mayor intervened and put him in jail for his own safety. Abolitionism was no accepted idea in Boston in 1835. In fact, Garrison was so radical on his view of the Constitution that he broke with Frederick Douglass over their interpretation of the document in 1855, when Douglass argued that the Constitution could be interpreted in an anti-slavery manner. To Garrison, that made Douglass a sellout.

And really, abolitionism wasn’t that much more accepted in 1860 either. Over two decades later, Garrison was still an outlier. Less so, but in most of the North, abolitionism was still seen as a weird movement of fanatics when the Civil War started, especially the fervent evangelical type of Garrison. The 1840s and 1850s had convinced many northerners that the Slave Power must be stopped in some way but that was an entirely different proposition than not only freeing slaves, but believing that African-Americans were equal and deserved equal treatment. Of course, that was still different than the South, as the state of Georgia actually put a price on Garrison’s head at some point before the war.

Garrison consistently supported other radical movements as well. That included women’s suffrage and his support for allowing women to speak at anti-slavery conventions split the abolitionist movement, with people such as the Tappan brothers splitting with him over the issue and starting their own organization.

Garrison closed The Liberator in 1865, after slavery was finally dead. He still wrote frequently in favor of black rights. In 1870, he began co-editing a paper supporting women’s suffrage. He supported Native American rights at the moment when the final conquest of the last remaining independent tribes was happening. On the other hand, Garrison was one of the abolitionists who turned harshly on the rise of organized labor. After the Civil War (and before really), white workers began calling themselves “wage slaves.” This drove Garrison crazy. He was deeply offended that white workers would borrow the terminology of slavery, something Garrison found uniquely horrible. He wasn’t wrong really and perhaps the language of the white working class was slightly overwrought compared to actual chattel slavery. But that working class also faced declining standards of living and the increasing control over their labor and lives by employers in ways that did seem to represent slavery. Moreover, Garrison blamed the workers for their own poverty and did not believe that capital should be attacked. Unfortunately, he was far from alone in these feelings among the white abolitionist class, who, unlike Garrison to be fair, were largely relatively wealthy and educated and pro-business.

Garrison died in 1879 of kidney disease, a few years after his wife, which he responded to by engaging in that popular movement of the time, spiritualism. Knock on the bottom of your table in a spooky manner in honor of him tonight.

William Lloyd Garrison is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Sep. 20th, 2017 02:12 pm

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Sep. 20th, 2017 02:07 pm
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Роскосмос анонсировал сайт про профориентации в космонавтике.
Там представлены основные профессии, которые есть в российской космонавтике, организации, где можно трудоустроиться, вузы, где можно получить соответственное образование:



Первичный просмотр показал наличие большого количества неточностей.
Объём которых настолько значительный, что желательно, чтобы свои замечания в Роскосмос направили организации и вузы, размещённые там.

Сам запуск этого ресурса я расцениваю, как положительный признак.
Я бы даже рекомендовал превратить сайт из чисто информационного в «сервисный» (с живым консультированием), с оперативным управлением небольшой компетентной команды. Не так уж это и дорого, а было бы полезно.

Отмечу, что сайт адекватнее чем «Атлас новых профессий», сделанный в Сколково.

И ещё интересно, как похожую задачу профориентации в космонавтике и астрономии выполнили на Украине.
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Популярный голливудский актер Морган Фриман записал видеообращение, в котором призвал немедленно расследовать «участие» России в президентских выборах в США 2016 года, сообщает информационное агентство "Znak".

«Нас атаковали. Мы участвуем в войне», — сказал он, в частности, обвинив во вмешательстве в выборы в Соединенных Штатах Владимира Путина.

«Представьте себе такой сценарий: бывший шпион КГБ, разгневанный развалом своей Родины, планирует план мести. Воспользовавшись хаосом, он быстро делает карьеру в постсоветской России и становится президентом. Он устанавливает авторитарный режим, а затем прицеливается на своего заклятого врага — США. И, как настоящий шпион КГБ, он тайно использует кибероружие, чтобы атаковать демократичные государства по всему миру. Используя социальные сети для распространения пропаганды и ложной информации, он убеждает жителей демократичных стран не верить СМИ, политикам и даже соседям. И у него получается. Этот шпион — Владимир Путин. И это не сценарий фильма», — говорит Фриман.

В ролике он также призывает президента США раскрыть правду об «атаках» российского правительства.

«Наш президент должен поговорить с нами начистоту и сказать нам правду. Нам нужно, чтобы он сел за стол в Овальном кабинете и сказал: «Дорогие американцы, во время последних выборов нас атаковало российское правительство. Я призвал Конгресс и спецслужбы использовать все возможные ресурсы, чтобы провести тщательное расследование, чтобы разобраться, как именно это случилось».
Свободный мир рассчитывает на наше лидерство. 241 год наша демократия была для всего мира примером и источником вдохновения. И у нас есть долг перед отважными людьми, которые боролись и погибали, защищая нашу великую нацию и спасая демократию. Ради будущих поколений мы обязаны продолжить их дело
».

Видеоролик опубликован в Твиттере организации "Комитет по расследованию России" (Committee to Investigate Russia). Она планирует информировать американцев об угрозе национальной безопасности со стороны России. Текст перевода опубликован на сайте «Эхо Москвы».

Octlantis!

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:59 pm
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У берегов Австралии нашли поселение осьминогов



University of Illinois at Chicago

Международная команда исследователей обнаружила город осьминогов на дне залива Джервис, расположенного у восточного побережья Австралии. Крупное логово головоногих моллюсков Octopus tetricus было названо Octlantis, сообщает издание Science Alert.

В ходе подводной экспедиции на глубине 10-15 метров были найдены осьминоги, которые живут в норах, вырытых в скоплениях раковин, камней и песка. Ученые наблюдали за жизнью морских животных, снимая город на подводную камеру в течение десяти часов. Всего ученые насчитали 15 головоногих, которые контактируют друг с другом, сообща прогоняют других животных и даже выселяют друг друга из убежищ.

Площадь города составляет 72 квадратных метра. Ученые считают, что осьминогов могли привлечь выступающие камни, которые стали основой для морского поселения. Однако исследователи пока не знают, какую выгоду для моллюсков несет совместное проживание. Данная территория характерна обилием пищи, но это притягивает внимание хищников. Кроме того, между животными наблюдается жесткая конкуренция.

www.sciencealert.com/marine-biologists-discover-an-underwater-octopus-city-they-re-calling-octlantis
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Бездомные кошки Ляэнемаа, находящиеся под опекой Общества защиты животных Эстонии, получили шикарный подарок от сааремааского предпринимателя Ристо Альта — изготовленный по специальному проекту садовый дом, пишет Postimees.

Руководитель ляэнемааского отеделения Эстонского общества защиты животных (ELL) Кайя Паалберг говорит, что получение дома в качестве пожертвования для котов — в хорошем смысле стало большим шоком, поскольку на такое даже нельзя было надеяться.

Зима уже совсем близко, и котам из приюта Ляэнемаа нужен был теплый и надежный дом, поскольку до сих пор кошки временно ночевали в сарае. «Решили, что утеплим сарай, но тут прохудилась крыша. Начали летом обдумывать варианты, как обеспечить котам жилье, и пришла идея спросить производителей садовых домов, нет ли у них на складах демонстрационного дома, который можно было бы купить дешевле», - рассказывает Паалберг.

На просьбу Общества защиты животных Эстонии отреагировал житель Сааремаа, предприниматель Ристо Альт, фирма которого Aiamaja24 занимается продажей садовых домов. «Получили электронное письмо, в котором говорилось, что котам зимой негде жить и не могли бы мы предложить какой-нибудь бракованный дом. У меня у самого дома три кота, и мы решили, что если сделаем, то бесплатно. Поскольку дом нужен был двухкомнатный, а подходящей модели у нас не было, мы сделали дом по спецпроекту», - рассказывает Альт.

Предприятие начало строить дом уже в начале лета, но из-за большого количества заказов, дом в итоге окончательно был готов осенью.

На прошлых выходных дом почти полностью установили на место. Далее в планах утеплить его и провести электропроводку. В последнем приюту поможет Imatra Elekter.
«В доме две комнаты, длинный коридор и окна на три стороны, чтобы кошки могли наблюдать за происходящим снаружи», - говорит Альт.
Паальберг считает, что кошки смогут переехать в новый дом уже на следующей неделе. Всего в доме могут поместиться 20 кошек (по 10 в каждой комнате). «Этот дом из более крепкого материала, чем обычный садовый домик, и, по-моему мнению, это настоящая вилла для котов», - комментирует пожертвование Паальберг.

 

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I’ve had to write a few domain-specific-languages in the past. As per Remy’s Law of Requirements Gathering, it’s been mostly because the users needed an Excel-like formula language....

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