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VOL. 27, NO. 3 | 2012

Ինչու՞ է ետ վերադառնում Պուտինը

Այս հարցին շատ հետաքրքիր պատասխան տվեց ռուսաստանյան քաղաքական գործիչներից մեկը (Արբակ): Ըստ նրա գործող նախագահի այս քայլը հզոր քաղաքական քայլ էր և նպաստեց նրան որ քաղաքացիական հասարակությունը ոտքի կանգնեց և իր բողոքի ձայնը հրապարակայնորեն ներկայցրեց երկրի իշխանության ուզուրպացման սկսված գործընթացի դեմ: Ըստ մեր զրուցակցի հեռու են իրականությունից այն դատողությունները իբրև գործող նախագահը վախեցավ, որովհետև միայն կույրը կարող է չտեսնել, որ Մեդվեդևը որևէ կապ չունի ոչ այս գաղափարի, ոչ էլ Եդինայա Ռոսիայի հետ:

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Այս տարվա Մարտ ամսին Ռուսաստանում տեղի են ունենալու նախագահական ընտրություններ: Իրերի բերումով այս թեման հայտնվել է հանրային քննարկման կենտրոնում պայմանավորված առաջադրված թեկնածուներից մեկով` նախկին նախագահ, ներկայիս վարչապետ Պուտինի: Երկու ժամկետ այդ պաշտոնում եղած գործչի հայտը ևս երկու ժամկետ վերադառնալու նախագահի պաշտոնին բազում հարցեր է առաջադրել թե ռուսաստանի, այնպես էլ այս հարցով հետաքրքրված այլ երկրների հասարակությունների մոտ: Բնականաբար առաջնային հարցը դա գործող նախագահ Մեդվեդևին, արտաքուստ փոխպայմանավորվածության պատճառաբանությամբ, բայց բացառված չէ իրականում ուղղակիորեն առաջադրումից զրկելն էր: Հարցականի տակ է Մեդվեդևի կամովին հրաժարվելը և դրա շուրջ տարբեր մեկնաբանությունները: Եվս մեկ հարց ինչու է վերադառնում Պուտինը, ինչի համար: Եվ վերջապես ընթացող ընտրաարշավը, որն իրականում գնալով ավելի ու ավելի է հեռանում ընտրություններ հասկացությունից: Սկսենք առաջին հարցից ինչու Պուտինը երկար դեգերումներից հետո որոշեց զրկել Մեդվեդևին առաջադրումից: Այստեղ մի քանի վարկածներ են առաջադրվում: Նախ որքան էլ, որ գործող նախագահ գտնվում է գործադիր իշխանության ղեկավարի հսկողության ներքո, այնուամենայնիվ քաղաքականությունից քիչ թե շատ հասկացողների համար նա ինքնուրույն գործիչ է: Իրեն հատկացված ժամանակահատվածում նախագահ Մեդվեդև կարողացավ ներկայանալ իր ուրույն պատկերացումներով և ծրա2

գրերով պետության և նրան առնչվող ներքաղաքական և արտաքին քաղաքական հարցերի հետ կապված, որոնք երբևիցե չեն քննադատվել կամ հակասություններ ունեցել այդ երկրի իշխանությունը հավասար իրավունքներով կիսող գործադիր իշխանության ղեկավարի կողմից: Բնականաբար հարց է ծագում միգուցե և հենց դա էր պատճառը, որ արտաքուստ Պուտինի հետ չհակադրվող Մեդվեդևը այնուամենայնիվ իր ծրագրային ելույթների, ինչպես նաև պետական կարևորագույն խնդիրների վերաբերյալ իր յուրօրինակ լուծումների միջոցով սկսել էր ընդունելի դառնալ ինչպես Ռուսաստանի ներսում, այնպես էլ Ռուսաստանից դուրս, որպես այլ տիպի ղեկավար: Անկախ ամեն ինչից, բայց նա էր հենց դիտարկվում բոլորի կողմից Ռուսաստանի հետագա բնականոն զարգացման ջատագովն ու իրականացնողը: Ինչ վերաբերվում է այդ պետության անվտանգության հետ կապված խնդիրներին, ապա անկախ այն բանից, որ անընդհատ գործածության մեջ էր դրվում նրա թույլ ղեկավար լինելու հանգամանքը, իրականում դա ոչ մի կապ չունի իրականության հետ: Հակառակը Մեդվեդևը քաջալերողն է և ջատագովը այնպիսի ուղղությունների զարգացման, որոնք երաշխավորելու էին հասարակության և պետության հետագա բնականոն զարգացումը: Օրինակ Մեդվեդևը առաջնային էր համարում և այդ ուղղությամբ կոնկրետ քայլեր է կատարել, որպեսզի պետության համար առաջնային դիտարկվեն քաղաքացիական իրավունքները և դրանց ապահովումը, օրենքի գերակայության հետ կապված դատական համակարգի բարեփոխումը, հասարակական վերահսկողության մեխանիզմների ներդրումը: Պակաս կարևոր չէր նրա ուղիղ կապը հասարակության տարբեր շերտերի ներկայացուցիչների հետ, ինչպես որ մեզ փոխանցեց այսօրվա իշխանություններին ընդդիմադիր մի երիտասարդ, գործող նախագահը ցուցաբերում է հանդուրժողականություն իր քաղաքական մրցակիցների նկատմամբ և պատրաստ է բաց խոսակցության, համարձակորեն ներկայացնում է իր տեսակետները և ակնառու է, որ բացառում է իր իշխանական զինանոցում ոչ իրավական


Ինչու՞ Պուտինը ետ վերադառնում

հետապնդումների ձևաչափը: Երկրորդ կարևոր հանգամանքը, ըստ շատերի գործող նախագահը կարևորում է բարձր տեխնոլոգիաների դերը և խանդավառված է դրանց զարգացմամբ: Եթե միայն ամփոփենք այս երկու օրինակները, ապա ակնհայտ է դառնում, որ Մեդվեդևը երկրի անվտանգության ապահովման և ամրապնդման խնդրում ժամանակաշրջանին համապատասխան ուղղու վրա էր գտնվում: Պարզ է դառնում, որ նրա առաջադրվելու դեպքում նա հայտնվելու էր բավականին շահեկան վիճակում և մեծ է հավանականությունը, որ նրա պաշտոնավարության երկրորդ ժամկետի ավարտին լինելու էր այլ որակի Ռուսաստան և ռուսաստանյան հասարակություն: Երկրորդ վարկածը, որ երկրորրդ ժամկետում ընտրվելու դեպքում գործող նախագահ հնարավոր է գործեր առանց վարչապետի և նա պարտադրված լիներ գնալու քաղաքական թոշակի, որը ի միջայլոց որևէ կապ չունի երկրի ղեկավարի տարիքի հետ, հակառակ պարագայում այսօրվա զարգացած շատ երկրների երիտասարդ ղեկավարներ պետք է ամեն ինչ անեն իրենց ամբիցաները բավարարելու համար և ուզուրպացնեն իշխանությունը: Հարցականի տակ է Մեդվեդևի կամովին հրաժարվելը և դրա շուրջ տարբեր մեկնաբանությունները: Այսպիսով ինչու հինգ տարվա ընթացքում անհաջողություններ և լուրջ բացթողումներ չունեցած երկրի ղեկավարը, որի պաշտոնավարության ժամանակահատվածում գրանցվել են տեսանելի հաջողություններ, այնուամենայնիվ կամովին, առանց պայքարի հրաժարվեց: Այս հարցին շատ հետաքրքիր պատասխան տվեց ռուսաստանյան քաղաքական գործիչներից մեկը (Արբակ): Ըստ նրա գործող նախագահի այս քայլը հզոր քաղաքական քայլ էր և նպաստեց նրան որ քաղա-

քացիական հասարակությունը ոտքի կանգնեց և իր բողոքի ձայնը հրա-պարակայնորեն ներկայցրեց երկրի իշխանության ուզուրպացման սկսված գործընթացի դեմ: Ըստ մեր զրուցակցի հեռու են իրականությունից այն դատողությունները իբրև գործող նախագահը վախեցավ, որովհետև միայն կույրը կարող է չտեսնել, որ Մեդվեդևը որևէ կապ չունի ոչ այս գաղափարի, ոչ էլ Եդինայա Ռոսիայի հետ: Մեր զրուցակիցն ասաց, որ գործող նախագահի այս քայլի հետևանքով սկսվեց քաղաքացիական հասարակության ձևավորման գործընթացը, բացհայտվեց Եդինայա Ռոսիայի իրական դեմքը, ժողովուրդը հասկացավ, որ Մեդվեդեևը մասնակից չէ իշխող կուսակցության այս անտրամաբանական քաղաքական խաղերի հետ և որ ամենակարևորը այս քայլի հետևանքով Կրեմլի կողմից իսկ ստեղծված օպպոցիզիան սկսեց բացահայտորեն պայքարել Պուտինի դեմ: Որքան էլ, որ անհավատալի էր Պուտինի ընտրապայքարը ղեկավարող խամաճիկ-ների համար ընտրապայքար սկսեց ստանալ մրցակ-ցության երանգներ, օրակարգային հարց դարձավ այն խնդիրը, որ Պուտինի վերադարձը հնարավոր է կործա-նարար լինի ինչպես Ռուսաստանի, այնպես էլ շատերի համար: Մեր կարծիքով Մեդվեդևը, որպես պետության գործող ղեկավար ստեղծված իրավիճակում այլընտրանք չուներ և ոչ թե նրա համար, որ Պուտինը ավելի ուժեղ է, կամ նա զուրկ է քաղաքական հենարանից, այլ շատ լավ հասկանում է, որ Պուտինիզմի և նրա քաղաքական ամբիցիաների բավարարման կասեցման նախաձեռնողը պետք է լինի բացառապես քաղաքացիական հասարակությունը, այլապես հակառակ դեպքում պետությունը կարող է հայտնվել պալատական հեղաշրջումների հորձանուտում կամ քաղաքացիական պատերազմի նախաշեմին: 3


Ինչու՞ է Պուտինը ետ վերադառնում

վերադառնալ հետո շատ մեծ էր հավանականությունը, որ դա նրա մոտ չէր ստացվելու: Նախկին նախագահի վերադարձը, եթե երկիրը շեղվել է իր կողմից սկսված կուրսից, եթե

երկրում

նկատելի

են լուրջ բաց-

թողումներ, եթե խաթարվել է ազգային անվտանգությունը և վերջապես գործող ղեկավարը չի գտնվում իր տեղում դեռ կարող էր մոտ լինել տրամաբանությանը, մանավանդ որ հայտնի են նման նախադեպեր: Բայց որպես կանոն, այդ դեպքերում ետ եկողները Ի տարբերություն իր գործընկերոջ, գործող նախագահը

դառնում են գործող նախագահին ընդդիմադիր կամ

ավելի շատ առաջնորդվեց հասարակական և պետա-

գոնե հրապարակայնորեն քննադատում են նրանց և

կան շահով, այլ ոչ թե հագուրդ տվեց իր ամբիցի-

հանրությանը ներկայացնում իրենց մոտեցումներն ու

աններին: Մենք կարծում ենք, որ այնուամենայնիվ բոլոր տեսակի տարբերակները այս կամ այն առումով դեռևս ամբողջական չեն, քանի դեռ այս մասին իր բացատրությունները չի տվել քաղաքական գործիչ Մեդվեդևը և նա մի օր անպայման կտա դրանք, երբ կգա դրա ժամանակը: Հինգը տարի նման հզորություն ունեցող երկրի ղեկին եղած մարդու համար չի կարող լինել այսրոպեական և եսապաշտական որոշումներ, մանավանդ եթե այդ գործիչը կայացել է որպես այդպիսին: Այսպիսով, ինչու՞ է վերադառնում Պուտինը: Ակնհայտ է, որ այս հարցի հիմնավորումը` իբրև այդպես են որոշել իրենք գործող նախագահի հետ, այդպես էլ շարունակություն, ասել է թե հիմնավորում չունեցավ: Այս պայմաններում ավելի շատ խելքին մոտիկ է այն տեսակետը,

որ

Պուտինը

որոշեց

վերադառնալ,

որովհետև դա հնարավոր էր հիմա և եթե նա որոշեր 4

անհամաձայնությունները: Այս հարցի կապակցությամբ հետաքրքրության են արժանի մեկ այլ գործչի դիտարկումները, ըստ որի իշխանության ետ վերադարձող Պուտինը նույն Պուտինն է և բոլորովին կարիք չկա այս կամ այն կերպ, տարբեր տեսակի որա-


Ինչու՞ է Պուտինը ետ վերադառնում

կումներով կամ համեմատություններով նրան ներ-

հասարակությունը պետք է անվերապահորեն ընդունի

կայացնել, որպես նորի, որովհետև այն ամենը ինչը որ

նրա վերադարձը: Բայց, դրանք ընդամենը խոսքեր են

հիմա անում է Պուտինը և նրա “իմիջմեյքերները” լրիվ

և չեն համապատասխանում իրականությանը, որով-

փուչիկ է: Այո, նա փորձում է ինչ որ ծրագրային ել-

հետև նրա վերադարձն ամբողջությամբ, ի սկզբանե չի

ույթներով որպես

ներկայանալ,

նոր,

բայց

ունեցել

որևէ

հիմնա-

նրա

վորում: Ընդհանրապես

հոդվածներում ներկայաց-

ժամանակակից աշխա-

ված ելույթները պարունա-

րհը ընդունում է իշխա-

կում են մտքեր, որոնք դե-

նությունների

կլարատիվ բնույթ են կր-

ման միայն մի ձև: Ըստ

ում, որոնց նույնիսկ ինքը

դրա հինը փոխարին-

չի հավատում: Այն որ Պու-

վում է նորով, որով-

տինը Ռուսաստանյան պե-

հետև եկել է նրան փո-

տականության

խելու ժամանակը: Այս

ակնառու

գործիչներից է և նա իրոք

դեպքում

ուզում է ամեն ինչ անել իր

ճիշտ

փոփոխ-

ամեն

հակառակն

ինչ է

երկրի և ժողովրդի համար կասկածից վեր է: Բայց

գործող իշխանությանը, այն էլ ժողովրդի կամքով, փո-

ամբողջ խնդիրը նրանում է, որ նա արդեն իսկ կա-

խարինման է գալիսը ոչ թե նորը այլ հինը: Պուտինը իր

տարել է իր առաքելությունը /միսիան/ և իր իսկ գոր-

գալով միայն մեկ բան է ասում, կամ եթե չի ասում

ծունեության շնորհիվ երկրում ստեղծվել է այլ իրա-

նույնիսկ միևնույն է դա այդպես է իմաստավորվում

վիճակ, այլ հասարակությունով և երկրի առաջ կան-

Ռուսաստանը ես եմ, Օրենքը ես եմ և ոչ ոք բացի ինձ-

գնել են բոլորովին այլ մարտահրավերներ, որոնց լու-

նից չի կարող ղեկավարել այս երկիրը: Ստացվում է մի

ծումների համար անհրաժեշտ են այլ մտածելակերպի

շատ հետաքրքիր իրավիճակ այսօրվա “նոր” Պուտինը

մարդիկ: Բոլոր նրանք, ովքեր փորձում են համոզել

պայքարում է Պուտինի դեմ, որովհետև նրա դեմ կամ

հենց իրեն Պուտինին, որ նա ամենակարողն է և որ

նրա հետ պայքարելու հնարավորություն, բացի ժո-

երկիրը կհայտնվի կործանման եզրին եթե նա ետ

ղովրդից, որևէ մեկը այսօր չունի: Եվ նրա քարոզ-

չվերադառնա կամ ստում են, կամ էլ ունեն իրենց

արշավի պատասխանատուները հիմնականում այդ

կոնկրետ շահը: Բայց ի տարբերություն այդպիսի

խնդիրն էլ փորձում են լուծել, փորձում են վախեցնել

մարդկանց քիչ չեն Ռուսաստանում մարդիկ, ովքեր

ժողովրդին իբրև երկիրը ետ կվերադառնա իննսու-

չեն կարծում, որ Պուտինը աստված է և որ նա

նական թվականներ, որպեսզի քաղաքացիները հան-

անփոխարինելի է: Այսօր Պուտինը կարելի է ասել, որ

կարծ բացի վոժդին ընտրելուց այլընտրանք չտեսնեն:

կաշվից դուրս է գալիս, որպեսզի բոլորին համոզի, որ

Իր ելույթներից մեկում Պուտինն ասաց, որ ժողովուրդը

միայն ինքն է, որ գիտի ինչ անել և ինչպես անել, ուստի

միշտ էլ ունի ընտրելու հնարավորություն նա կարող է

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Ինչու՞ է Պուտինը ետ վերադառնում

չընտրել իրեն: Շատ հետաքրքիր և բազմանշանակ պատասխան իրեն առաջադրված հարցին: Ասում եմ բազմանշանակ, որովհետև նա չի ասում, որ ինքը կարող է պարտվել կամ որ կարող է ընտրվել մեկ այլ մարդ, նա ուղղակիորեն ասում է ժողովուրդը կարող է ինձ չընտրել: Այսինքն Պուտինի պատկերացրած ընտրություններում ժողովուրդը ունի ոչ թե այս կամ այն թեկնածուին ընտրելու հնարավորություն, այլ իրեն ընտրելու կամ չընտրելու տարբերակ: Այն որ Ռուսաստանում ընթացող գործընթացները որևէ կապ չունեն ընտրության հետ կասկածից վեր է վերոնշված վերլուծությունից հետո: Ընտրությունը ենթադրում է առաջին հերթին այլընտրանքի հնարավորություն, ասել է մեկից ավելի թեկնածուներ: Այդ այլընտրանքը հնարավոր է եթե նախագահի բոլոր թեկնածուները ունեն հավասար ընտրվելու կամ չընտրվելու հնարավորություններ: Այս դեպքում ստացվում է, որ Պուտինից բացի մյուս թեկնածուները ունեն միայն չընտրվելու հնարավորություն: Մի կողմում մի թեկնածուն է, որին պաշտպանում, պարտադրում է ողջ պետական համակարգը իր բոլոր հնարավորություններով և ազդեցությունով, իսկ մյուս կողմում սահամանափակ հնարավորություններ ունեցող թեկնածուները, որոնք բացահայտորեն և ցուցադրաբար տարբերակվում են իշխանության թեկնածուի կողմից: Ի տարբերություն մյուս թեկնածուների Պուտինի ընտրարշավը ոչ թե մյուս թեկնածուներին հաղթելն է, նրանց ծրագրերին հակառակ հիմնավորումներ բերելը, այլ ընտրողներին համոզելը, որ իրեն չընտրելու դեպքում երկիրը և հասարակությունը կկորցնի ամեն ինչ: Ստացվում է, որ Պուտինի հիմնական հակառակորդը դա ընտրողն է և նրա ազատ կամաարտահայտության իրավունքը: Պուտինի թե մասնակցությունը այս ընտրություններին և թե նրա նախընտրական արշավը դա անհաջող բեմադրություն է, որն իրականացվում է այդ գործում հմտություններ ի չունեցող դելիտանտ մարդկանց կողմից, ովքեր որևէ կապ չունեն նման լուրջ քաղաքական միջոցառման հետ: Պուտինն այսօր ձեռքը գցում է ցանկացած քայլի, որը նրան առաջարկում է իր ընտրարշավը իրականացնող փիար խումբը: Այդ խումբը առաջարկում է նրան իր քարոզարշավը իրականացնել հանրությանը հայտնի մարդկանց, գեղարվեստական խմբերի, կինոյի կամ թատրոնի 6

ներկայացուցիչների միջոցով: Բնականաբար սա կարող է որոշակի արդյունքի բերել, բայց բացառված չէ, որ կարող է նաև հակառակ էֆեկտը տալ, նրանից հեռացնել հասարակության, գնալով աճող, այլ խմբերի ներկայացուցիչների: Ի տարբերություն նրա, օրինակ ավելի էֆեկտիվ նախընտրական արշավ է իրականացնում թեկնածուներից մեկը, միլիարդատեր Պրոխորովը: Նա կարծում ենք ավելի լավ պատկերացնելով երկրի ներկան, ի տարբերություն Պուտինի ընտրում է այլ լսարան, նա հանդիպում է գործարար շրջանակների հետ, որոնք այսօր Ռուսաստանում թե թվաքանակով և թե ազդեցությամբ ավելի կարողունակ են: Պրոխորովը հանդես է գալիս ավելի համարձակ և ընտրողի ուշադրությունն է հրավիրում ինչպես մյուս թեկնածուների, այնպես էլ Պուտինի վրա, համարձակորեն քննադատում է իր բոլոր հակառակորդներին: Ամփոփելով մեր դիտարկումները առաջիկա նախագահական ընտրությունների հետ կապված, գալիս ենք ետևյալին, որ Նախագահի մեկ թեկնածուի և մյուս թեկնածուների պայքարը շատ է նման հանրահայտ Գլադիատոր ֆիլմի մենամարտին, որտեղ կայսրը /Պուտինը/ մարտից առաջ մահացու վիրավորում է իր հակառակորդ Մաքսիմուսին /մյուս թեկնածուներին և նրանց աջակիցներին/, որ կարողանա հաղթել, բայց ցույց է տալիս, թե, իբր, հավասար մարտ է ընթանում:


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Sobchak to work for Prokhorov

Ksenia Sobchak's political TV show called "Госдеп" (Gosdep) will be broadcast on the "Сноб" (Snob) website from now on, reported the owner of the online periodical, Russian presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov. We remind that Ksenia's "Gosdep", which was supposed to be broadcast on MTV, was cancelled right after the first time it went on air. "I suggested that Ksenia restart the show on the "Snob" website. I think the show was cancelled because Alexey Navalni was going to be on the next show. I promise that he will make an appearance," said Prokhorov. The billionaire candidate also mentioned that freedom of speech lied at the core of a healthy society. "If I am elected president, I promise the return of freedom of speech. We will put an end to lies and censure once and for all," said the presidential candidate before the March 3 presidential elections.

Medvedev Prepares Unsteady Ground For Putin Interesting events are underway in Russia. Dmitri Medvedev decided to propose to the presidential candidates to sign some public agreement enabling to hold fair elections. Candidates refused to sign it. Though at first sight Medvedev may turn out to be fulfilling Putin‘s order, but in practice it can be different. The point is that the proposal on signing

of such an agreement is nonsense. The candidates are proposed not to break the Election Code, refrain from fraudulent elections and prevent others from fraud. At the same time, the candidates are obliged to fulfill all these points without such an accord because they live in a legal state. An agreement on compliance with ethics could be signed but not one on compliance with laws. Proposing this agreement, Medvedev as if points out that there is no rule of law and the elections are not held in compliance with laws but by agreements reminding a nonaggression pact among thugs. Why should Medvedev need to show this? We can presume that his personality has unfairly been forced out of the current information environment. The information that it might happen so that if a state of emergency is imposed in Russia, Medvedev may suddenly postpone the election and extend his office has also been ignored. He has already spelt out he intention to run for president. So, it is not ruled out that Medvedev is playing a double game acknowledging from the beginning that the elections are illegitimate as if preparing a possibly wobbly ground for Putin. This is just a presumption but it is evident that the signing of the agreement onrefraining from fraudulent elections is not honor to the president of the country who is the guarantor of fair elections. He has numerous administrative and even security levers to ensure such elections. The fact that he does not use them but resorts to suspicious agreements also proves Medvedev needs an unfair election of Putin. By the way, the agreement runs that ―statements by opposition political figures about the illegitimacy of any result of the upcoming presidential elections question the legitimacy of the presidential election and threaten to plunge Russia into a constitutional crisis‖. The fact that the agreement has not been signed supposes that the candidates are not going to refrain from statements on the illegitimacy of the elections and would not mind dipping Russia into a ―constitutional crisis‖.

Police cordon off Yerevan park With the construction of kiosks going on in Yerevan‘s Mashtots Park, the policemen maintaining surveillance over the area have cordoned it off not to allow anyone to get into the construction site. Our correspondent reported from the scene that the exterior con-

struction is now nearing the end. A crowd of people protesting against the construction work have gathered near the garden. Armenian writer and publicist Meruzhan TerGulyanyan is also said to be among them.

The environmental group struggling for the preservation of the park's green lands had earlier launched a campaign to protect the mines of Kajaran (Syunik region). Speaking to Tert.am, Ter-Gulanyan said it is up to the kiosk owners, not the Yerevan mayor, to solve the problem. ―The kiosks must not be located here. My opinion about the mayor‘s work is positive, and I am sure the problem was at issue much before he took office. I propose that the owners give up the idea, especially knowing that these kiosks are not the only property they have,‖ he said. The youth activists protesting near the park are now singing patriotic songs and dancing together.

Eurozone’s new bailout for Greece agreed Eurozone finance ministers have reached agreement on a vital second bailout for heavily indebted Greece, BBC News reported. The deal, which came after more than 13 hours of talks in Brussels, will provide Athens with loans worth more than €130bn. Greece needs the funds to avoid bankruptcy next month, when maturing loans must be repaid. In return, Greece will undertake to reduce its debts to no more than 121% of its GDP by 2020. After five straight years of recession, Greece's debts currently amounts to more than 160% of its Gross Domestic Product.

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United States presidential election, 2012

United States presidential election The United States presidential election of 2012 is the next United States presidential election, to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will actually elect the President and the Vice President of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. Incumbent President Barack Obama is running for a second and final term during this election. As specified in the Constitution, the 2012 presidential election will coincide with the United States Senate elections where one-third of the Senators will face re-election (33 this time), and the United States House of Representatives elections (which occurs every two years) to elect the members for the 113th Congress. Eleven gubernatorial elections and many elections for state legislatures will also take place at the same time.

Background In 2008, Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain in the presidential election, while the Democrats had net gains in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, maintaining their majorities. The major theme during the 2008 campaign was the American public's general desire of change and reform from both Washington and the policies of outgoing Republican President George W. Bush, who was term limited out of office. The economy and other domestic policies were also dominant issues, especially during the last months of the campaign after the onset of the 2008 economic crisis. During Obama's presidency, he signed two pieces of economic stimulus - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 in December 2010. As President, Obama also signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. Obama signed New START, an arms control treaty with Russia, began to gradually withdraw troops from Iraq, began to increase troops in Afghanistan, and enforced the United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya. And on May 1, 2011, President Obama ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The Democrats did not fare as well in the 2010 midterm elections, suffering major defeats in many national and state level elections, with many seats switching to Republican control. The Republicans also recaptured the majority in the House of Representatives. Candidates and voters in 2010 focused on the worsening national economic conditions and the economic policies of the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats. The passage of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also contributed to the low approval ratings of Congress, particularly Democrats, as well as concerns over tax rates and record deficits. [2] The fiscally-focused and quasi-libertarian Tea Party movement became a vocal force in mobilizing voters in 2010 for Republican candidates nationwide. 8

Polling in 2011 found that Americans were still increasingly frustrated with the U.S. government as a whole, and the Republican Party shared in those high disapproval ratings. In particular, although the majority of Americans felt Obama did not have a successful plan to bring jobs, they trusted Congress even less to create them. The debt-ceiling crisis further eroded public support for both Obama and the congressional Republicans.

Electoral College changes The 2010 Census changed the Electoral College vote apportionment for the Presidential elections from 2012 to 2020 in the states listed below and mapped right. Eight States (Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington) gained votes, due to reapportionment based on the 2010 Census. Similarly ten States (Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania) lost votes. In the political climate of 2011, this would give the Democratic Party a net loss of six electoral votes in states won by Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama in the past three presidential elections, rendering the party a national total of 242. Conversely, the Republican Party will achieve a net gain of six electoral votes in states won by George W. Bush and John McCain in the past three presidential elections, rendering the GOP a national total of 181. Votes allocated to remaining states (i.e., those where the majority voted for both Democratic and Republican candidates during the last three presidential elections) remain unchanged from the national total of 115. In 2011, several states enacted new laws that the Democratic Party attacked as attempts to improve the Republican Party's presidential prospects. Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia made their early voting periods shorter. Florida and Iowa barred all ex-felons from voting. Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin began requiring voters to identify themselves with government-issued IDs before they could cast their ballots. Barack Obama, the NAACP, and the Democratic Party fought against many of the new state laws, and Bill Clinton denounced it, saying, "There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today". He said the moves would effectively disenfranchise core voter blocs that trend liberal, college students, Blacks, and Latinos. Rolling Stone magazine criticized the American Legislative Exchange Council for lobbying in states to bring about these laws. The Obama campaign fought against the Ohio law, pushing for a petition and statewide referendum to repeal it in time for the 2012 election.


United States presidential election, 2012 Pennsylvania proposed a new plan that would change its representa- Republican Party tion in the electoral college from a winner-take-all model to a districtby-district model. The Governorship and both houses of its congress were Republican-controlled, and the move was seen as an affront to Obama's re-election.

Nomination process In the United States, there are two major political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. There are also several minor parties, usually called third parties, none of which has won a presidential election since 1848 (Lincoln's National Union Party, which won in 1864, was a short-lived coalition of Republicans and Northern Democrats rather than an independent party), although in 1912 former President Theodore Roosevelt, as candidate of the Progressive Party came in second by a wide margin. Most media and public focus is on the two major parties. Each party hosts candidates who go through a nomination process to determine the presidential nominee for that party. The nomination process consists of primaries and caucuses, held by the 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The winner of each of these primary elections usually receives delegates proportional to the percentage of the popular vote that candidate received in each states. In many Republican primaries, all the state's delegates are awarded to the winning candidate. In the Democratic Party, high-ranking party members known as super delegates each receive one vote in the convention. Whichever candidate has the majority of the delegates at the end of the primary elections is designated the presumptive nominee until he or she is formally nominated and endorsed for the presidency by his or her political party. This is done by the aforementioned delegates for each party at their respective party's national convention. June 20–22, 2011: Prohibition Party National Convention in Cullman, Alabama, Jack Fellure won the nomination, October 14–16, 2011: Socialist Party USA National Convention held in Los Angeles, Stewart Alexander won the nomination, December 22–23, 2011: Boston Tea Party National Convention held online, Tiffany Briscoe won the nomination, April 18–21, 2012: 2012 Constitution Party National Convention to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4–6, 2012: 2012 Libertarian National Convention to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2012: Americans Elect National Convention to be held over the internet, July 13-15, 2012: Green National Convention to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, August 27–30, 2012: 2012 Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Florida, September 3–6, 2012: 2012 Democratic National Convention to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina

Candidates The following are individuals who have either formally announced that they are running for president in 2012 and/or have filed as a candidate with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), or have formed an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run in 2012.

Newt Gingrich Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives from Georgia

Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum

Former Governor of Massachusetts

Inactive candidates Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative from Minnesota, (withdrew on January 4, 2012) Herman Cain, businessman from Georgia, (withdrew on December 3, 2011)

Jon Hunstman, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Governor of Utah, (withdrew on January 15, 2012) Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico (withdrew on December 28, 2011)

Ron Paul U.S. Representative from Texas

Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, (withdrew on August 14, 2011)

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas (withdrew on January 19, 2012)

Other candidates These candidates are or were running for president, but were not invited to the debates. Perennial candidate Jack Fellure or West Virginia, (withdrew June 22, 2011) State Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Pennsylvania. Political consultant Fred Karger of California. Perennial candidate Andy Martin of Illinois. U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, (withdrew September 22, 2011) Perennial candidate Jimmy McMillan of New York Former Governor Buddy Roemer of Louisiana (campaign) Perennial candidate Jonathon Sharkey of Florida, (withdrew August 17, 2011)

Democratic Party | Formally declared candidates: Other candidates: Warren Mosler, businessman from Connecticut Darey Richardson, progressive activist from Florida Jim Rogers, a perennial candidate from Oklahoma Vermin Supreme, performance artist and perennial candidate from Massachusetts

Barack Obama

Randall Terry, pro-life activist from New York

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Mitt Romney talks vice president, bailout at town hall

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Mitt Romney today abandoned his efforts to maintain strict control over his campaign‘s message, taking questions for nearly 30 minutes at a town hall here. The open forum — only the third such event Romney has held since winning New Hampshire — allowed nine Michiganders and one Canadian to query the Republican in a manufacturing plant in this affluent Detroit suburb. It came one week before the Michigan primary in which Rick Santorum is essentially tied with Romney in a state in which he was once heavily favored. The event comes as Romney‘s advisers insist he and the campaign are upbeat. The former Massachusetts governor is still operating at a front-runner‘s pace, holding one event apiece Monday and Tuesday while Santorum scurries to three or four events to maximize daily press coverage. The town hall follows weeks of ―message events‖ carefully stage managed by the Romney campaign. Just last week, Romney participated in ―roundtable‖ discussions with a few hand-picked supporters who posed questions on a pre-selected topic. The result of today‘s forum: Romney tackling tricky social issues and his would-be vice presidential pick, slamming Santorum, defending his opposition to the auto industry bailout and invoking generations of Mormon persecution. That all came after Romney — who was introduced by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette as ―the comeback kid‖ — offered a preview of his Friday economic policy speech at the Detroit Economic Club. Schuette said Romney is ―fighting like an underdog‖ in the state where he‘s tied with Santorum. But he sounded an optimistic tone about his chances while invoking a phrase made famous by Bill Clinton in 1992. ―You know what I call this Michigan guy who is fighting like an underdog in this barn-burner of a campaign that‘s closing fast?‖ Schuette said. ―It‘s closing real fast. What I call this Mitt Romney is the comeback kid.‖ Romney took pains to 10

defend his opposition to the federal government‘s bailout of Michigan‘s auto industry, which most Michigan Republicans support. At the town hall, Romney twice stated that the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler followed a managed bankruptcy he favored — a position Democrats claim is at odds with the ―Let Detroit Go Bankrupt‖ New York Times op-ed he authored in 2008. ―I love the auto industry, by the way,‖ Romney said. ―I‘m delighted to see it‘s coming back. By the way, it‘s a good thing it went through the managed bankruptcy I said it needed to go through. So I‘ll get Michigan working again, America working again and I‘ll make sure that job one for me is getting great jobs for people of this great country.‖


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US electoral nausea: lean over the rail and vote for Romney Tip: when fighting sea-sickness on a ferry, the best way to get through it is to focus on one point dead ahead and look at nothing else. I offer that as a tip for the coming US presidential election, not on your next crossing to Calais. To withstand the sick-feeling of having Mitt Romney as Republican candidate – and with his wins in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, and his lead in the upcoming South Carolina primary, his nomination now looks inevitable – any right-thinking person concerned about the future of America must focus on the point of getting Barack Obama out of the White House and on nothing else.

servative. Barf. Of course, not all Republicans view a Romney nomination with nausea, but most view it with resignation. They have no enthusiasm for the man, who is a sort of plastic Hollywood version of a politician, right down to the picture-book family and the touch of grey at the temples of his luxuriant hair. Worse, he has the obnoxious attitude that the party owes him the nomination. The unenthusiastic Republicans take comfort in telling themselves that Mr Romney may not inspire excitement, but he is ‗the most electable candidate.‘ Now, normally that is the sort of phrase that ought to set off alarm bells for any Republican. As the American columnist Ann Coulter pointed out last week, ‗Conservatives are naturally suspicious of any candidate deemed ―electable‖ on the grounds that the mainstream media always anoint the most liberal‘ – liberal in American politics means big tax, big government – ‗Republican, preferable pro-choice, as the ―electable‖ one. And then that guy goes to lose.‘ This, by the way, is the way the mainstream media – or ‗the MSM,‘ Democrat dominated of course – have been trying to excuse their attempts to ignore the excellent Ron Paul, the only libertarian candidate in the Republican field.

I‘m trying to do that, I really am. America must get rid of President Obama, and all efforts must be focused on that.

They have been saying for months that he is ‗unelectable,‘ implying he doesn‘t deserve coverage be-

But then at the thought of having to support Mr Romney, the ‗Massachusetts moderate‘ – which is code for ‗a Democrat in all things except choice of country club membership and tax-shelter mechanisms‘ -- in order to do that, the nausea starts up again. Mr Romney is a so-called Republican who has tried to distance himself from the legacy of Ronald Reagan, who once voted in a Democratic Party primary, who raised taxes in Massachusetts when he was governor of that left -wing state – actually, the fact that he could be elected in Massachusetts tells you there is no way he could be any kind of conservative – and who supported tax-payer funded abortions. In 2002 he opposed an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution that would have prohibited homosexual marriage. Yet now he claims he is a con-

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Yet despite the MSM efforts, the support Ron Paul has won among the Republican primary voters actually shows he is a lot more electable that any candidate except Romney. He won 21 percent of the vote in Iowa and 23 percent in New Hampshire. But the MSM are not going to admit that makes him look like maybe a winner: the only candidate they are going to claim is ‗electable‘ is the one who looks most like a Democrat Which alas – and here comes that nausea again – is exactly what Mitt Romney is, the one who looks most like a Democrat. Newt Gingrich, his other main rival in the race for the nomination, won‘t stop hammering that home in his campaigning. Mr Gingrich has been relentless in attacking the former Massachusetts‘ governor‘s Democrat-like record on abortion, the Second Amendment – which guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms – taxes and job creation. According to Real Clear Politics reporter Scott Conroy, Mr Gingrich insists the real battle in South Carolina is between himself and Mr Romney: ‗If we end up splitting the conservative vote,‘ said Mr Gingrich at a recent campaign rally, ‗we‘re going to end up nominating somebody with whom 95 percent of the people in this room are going to be very uncomfortable.‘ He meant Mitt Romney. Mr Gingrich – who for some reason, despite his two divorces, two mistresses and three wives, imagines he is someone with whom conservatives could feel comfortable – may be convincing the South Carolina voters. The latest average of opinion polls in the state shows Mr Gingrich is trailing Mr Romney by just five percentage points. He maintains that if he can overtake Mr Romney now with a win in South Carolina, he could roll on to a win in Florida and grab the nomination. Yeah, ‗if.‘ Too much winning and Mr Gingrich‘s exotic personal life and exotic $1.6m earnings from Freddie Mac (a federalgovernment sponsored mortgage outfit at the core of the house market collapse) and Democrat-like support for compulsory universal health insurance will come under much more scrutiny than they have so far. He won‘t get the nomination. Still, for the moment what matters about Mr Gingrich are his attacks on Mr Romney and whether they can turn ‗the 12

inevitable Romney‘ into the stumbling Romney. Gingrich supporters have an anti-Romney ad out at the moment called the French Connection, and it is getting a lot of attention. It likens Mr Romney to former Democratic presidential nominees Michael Dukakis (hands up anybody who remembers him) and John Kerry. Both are Massachusetts politicians who are despised by Republicans. The ad lumps Mr Romney in with these men, and then delivers the punch line – ‗and just like John Kerry he speaks French.‘ Which is a punch line that reminds me why American politics, even in a contest as dull as this one, are more fun than politics anywhere else. Also alas maybe more stupid. At the same time the pro-Gingrich, antiRomney camp is attacking Mr Romney‘s ability to look into a television camera and say, ‗Je m‘appelle Mitt Romney,‘ they are also trying to paint him as some sort of oily Wall Street character. Well, he‘s not that. He is an oily Boston private equity man, maybe, but when significant number of Republicans can‘t – or don‘t want to -- tell the difference between someone who plays the casinos and someone who makes investments, you have to wonder what the hell the party wants in a candidate: a life-time career politician, maybe? Traditionally Republicans leave that sort of career arc to Democrats. Mr Romney has a lot of things wrong with him, but making investments in companies isn‘t one of them. By M E Synon


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Американцы создали вакцину против рака почки, российская компания обеспечила право исползования препарата на территории России. Российская сторона пройдя все клинические испытания и преодалевая все бюрократические бареры добилась лицензии применения препарата на территории России, чего не могла сделать Американская сторона, чтобы данный препарат был применен на территории США. Казалось, что после всего этого данное начинание в скором времени должно было помогать всему человечеству. Представить что, кто то может помешать или приостановить такое начинание было немыслимо. Но, это не так. Американская фирма «Антидженикс» (Представитель Гаро Армен) просто напросто, без каких либо обьяснении, перестал выполнять обязательств ранее взявший на себя и это после выполнения основной части работы. Член совета директоров компании, которая добилась лицензии на территории России, Елена Георгиевна говорит. «Наши партнѐры тщательно следили за ходом дела, постоянно говоря: мы вам всѐ обеспечим – и финансирование, и поддержку, только 13


ВАКЦИНА ПРОТИВ РАКА ПОЧКИ сделайте! Но как только первый ев. Он говорит. «Отсталость в этап был пройден, их поведение медицине – это проблема, которая «живѐт» параллельно коррупционной угрозе. – Многие структуры живут по старинке и не желают ничего менять. Чтобы двинуть процесс вперѐд, нужны огромные усилия. Мы знаем и понимаем это дело изнутри, и программа волнует нас точно так же, как и разработчиков».

поменялось. Возникло впечатление, что вкладываться во второй этап они не готовы». «Самое неприятное в этой ситуации – то, что поведение поменялось, что называется, на полпути, - сказала нашему кореспонденту Ирина Ратманова (директор Российской компании). – На первом этапе мы и так взяли на себя часть расходов, предложив нашим партнѐрам поучаствовать лишь в самых необходимых делах. Чтобы что-то получить, надо сначала вложить – этот простой закон никто не отменял. А наши коллеги его почему-то напрочь игнорируют!». Получается, что: там, где зазвенели деньги, гуманистические идеи отходят на второй план. Но, сегодня команду взявшу на себя всю ответственность имеет своих защитников, которые поддержывают команду. В частности, о своей готовности поддерживать компанию неоднократно говорил руководитель Национального антикоррупционного комитета России Владимир Мама14

Согласно представителя команды, которая разработала два проекта, у нынешней команды «Эпома» (это второй проект) в руках все козыри: и успешный опыт продвижения «Онкофага» (первый проект), и юридически безупречные механизмы де-йствия (каждый их шаг под-тверждѐн документально) и под-держка ведущих врачей, учѐных, общественных организаций. Те, кто хотя бы краем глаза следят за нынешней предвыборной кампанией, не могли не заметить любопытную тенденцию. Кандидат в президенты В. Путин сейчас лихорадочно пытается заручиться поддержкой именно авторитетных общественных организаций и публичных персон, которые как минимум хорошо узнаваемы. Отдельно отметим: по нашему мнению, в том, что некоторые при этом превращены в «придворных шутов», вины выступающих нет. Здесь важен сам факт того, что общественников в кои-то веки выпустили на публичную арену. А значит, есть шанс, что к ним будут прислушиваться и впоследствии искать новых единомышленников именно в этой среде…

Ирина Ратманова

В центре генерал Мамаев

Елена Георгиевна


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Отдельно отметим: по нашему мнению, в том, что некоторые при этом превращены в «придворных шутов», вины выступающих нет. Здесь важен сам факт того, что общественников в кои-то веки выпустили на публичную арену. А значит, есть шанс, что к ним будут прислушиваться и впоследствии искать новых единомышленников именно в этой среде… Наши все попытки получить обяснения от представителя Американской стороны не увенчались успеxом, Гаро Армен и его помощники не отвечайут на наши звонки и запросы.

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Choosing healthy foods now called a mental disorder In its never-ending attempt to fabricate awarenessis only possible while on a diet of living,naturalfoods. "mental disorders" out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now push- Eating junk foods keeps you dumbed down and easy to control, you see. It ing the most ridiculous disease they've in- literally messes with your mind, numbing your senses with MSG, asparvented yet: Healthy eating disorder. tameand yeast extract. People who subsist on junk foods are docile and quickly lose the ability to think for themselves. They go along with whatever This is no joke: If you focus on eating they're told by the TV or those in apparent positions of authority, never healthy foods, you're "mentally diseased" questioning their actions or what's really happening in the world around and probably need some sort of chemical them. treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs. The Guardian newspaper reports, "Fixation with healthy eating can be In contrast to that, people who eat health-enhancing natural foods -- with all sign of serious psychologicaldisorder" and goes on to claim this "disease" is the medicinal nutrients still intact -- begin to awaken their minds and spirits. called orthorexia nervosa-- which is basically just Latin for "nervous about Over time, they begin to question the reality around them and they pursue correcteating." more enlightened explorations of topics like community, nature, ethics, phiBut they can't just called it "nervoushealthy eatingdisorder" because that losophy and the big picture of things that are happening in the world. They doesn't sound like they know what they're talking about. So they translate it become "aware" and can start to see the very fabric of the Matrix, so to into Latin where it sounds smart (even though it isn't). That's where most speak. disease names come from: Doctors just describe the symptoms they see with a name like osteoporosis (which means "bones with holes in them"). This, of course, is a huge danger to those who run our consumption-based Getting back to this fabricated "orthorexia" disease, the Guardian goes on to society because consumption depends on ignorance combined with sugreport, "Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to gestibility. For people to keep blindly buying foods, medicines, health insurtouchsugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn ance and consumer goods, they need to have their higherbrainfunctions anddairyfoods is just the start of theirdietrestrictions. Anyfoodsthat have switched off. Processed junk foods laced with toxic chemicals just happens come into contact withpesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are to achieve that rather nicely. Why do you think dead, processed foods remain the default meals in public schools, hospitals and prisons? It's because also out." dead foods turn off higher levels of awareness and keep people focused on Wait a second. So attempting to avoidchemicals, dairy, soy and sugar now whatever distractions you can feed their brains: Television, violence, fear, makes you amental healthpatient? Yep. According to theseexperts. If you sports, sex and so on. actually take special care to avoid pesticides,herbicidesand genetically modified ingredients likesoyand sugar, there's something wrong with you. But living as a zombie is, in one way quite "normal" in society today beBut did you notice that eatingjunk foodis assumed to be "normal?" If you eat cause so many people are doing it. But that doesn't make it normal in my processedjunk foodslaced with synthetic chemicals, that's okay with them. book: The real "normal" is an empowered, healthy, awakened person nourThe mentalpatientsare the ones who choose organic,natural foods, apparently. ished withliving foodsand operating as a sovereign citizen in a free world. Eating living foods is like taking the red pill because over time it opens up a What is “normal� when it comes to foods? whole new perspective on the fabric of reality. It sets you free to think for I told you this was coming. Years ago, I warned Natural News readers that an yourself. attempt might soon be under way to outlaw broccoli because of its anticancer phytonutrients. This mentalhealthassault on health-conscious consum- But eating processed junk foods is like taking the blue pill because it keeps ers is part of that agenda. It's an effort to marginalize healthy eaters by de- you trapped in a fabricated reality where your life experiences are fabricated claring them to be mentally unstable and therefore justify carting them off to by consumer product companies who hijack your senses with designer mental institutions where they will be injected with psychiatricdrugsand fed chemicals (like MSG) that fool your brain into thinking you're eating real food. institutionalfoodthat's all processed, dead and full oftoxicchemicals. The Guardian even goes to the ridiculous extreme of saying, "The obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad" means orthorexics can end up malnourished." Follow the non-logic on this, if you can: Eating "good" foods will causemalnutrition! Eating bad foods, I suppose, is assumed to provide all thenutrientsyou need. That's about as crazy a statement onnutritionas I've ever read. No wonder people are so diseased today: Themainstream mediais telling them that eating health food is amental disorderthat will cause malnutrition!

Shut up and swallow your Soylent Green It's just like I reported years ago: You're not supposed to question your food, folks. Sit down, shut up, dig in and chow down. Stop thinkingabout what you're eating and just do what you're told by the mainstream media and its processed food advertisers. Questioning the health properties of your junk food is a mental disorder, didn't you know? And if you "obsess" over foods (by doing such things as reading the ingredients labels, for example), then you're weird. Maybe even sick. That's the message they're broadcasting now. Junk food eaters are "normal" and "sane" and "nourished." Buthealth foodeaters are diseased, abnormal and malnourished. But why, you ask, would they attack healthy eaters? People like Dr. Gabriel Cousens can tell you why: Because increased mental and spiri tual

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If you want to be alive, aware and in control of your own life, eat more healthy living foods. But don't expect to be popular with mainstream mental health "experts" or dieticians -- they're all being programmed to consider you to be "crazy" because you don't follow their mainstream diets of dead foods laced with synthetic chemicals. But you and I know the truth here: We are the normal ones. The junk food eaters are the real mental patients, and the only way to wake them up to the real world is to start feeding them living foods. Some people are ready to take the red pill, and others aren't. All you can do is show them the door. They must open it themselves. In the mean time, try to avoid the mental health agents who are trying to label you as having a mental disorder just because you pay attention to what you put in your body. There's nothing wrong with avoiding sugar, soy, MSG, aspartame, HFCS and other toxic chemicals in the food supply. In fact, your very life depends on it. Oh, and by the way, if you want to join the health experts who keep inventing new fictitious diseases anddisorders, check out my popular Disease Mongering Engine web page where you can invent your own new diseases at the click of a button! You'll find it at: http://www.naturalnews.com/


Коррупция в России

На вопросы нашего журнала отвечает руководитель антикоррупционного комитета России, Генерал-полковник Владимир Мамаев. Господин Мамаев в каком состоянии сейчас находится коррупция в России К моему сожалению Россия является одним из самых коррумпированных государств планеты находясь, в 2011 году, на 143 месте из 182. Сегодня коррупции подвержены все области государственного аппарата: от дачи взяток для поступления ребѐнка в детский сад, откупа от службы в вооружѐнных силах, до мздоимства на уровне высших государственных чиновников. Коррупция является привычной составляющей для всех социальных слоѐв. Большое количество жалоб связано с работой правоохранительных органов и судов. Однако если коррупционные схемы в работе правоохранителей еще можно вычислить, то с судами дело обстоит гораздо сложнее. У граждан нет юридического права устанав-

ливать наблюдение за работой судей, поэтому обвинения в коррупции чаще всего не принимаются к рассмотрению, так как правоохранительные органы не имеют права вмешиваться в дела суда. В худшем случае заявителей могут привлечь к ответственности за клевету. Подобный разгул коррупции объясняется непрочностью политической системы. Политическое руководство России никак не может определиться, каким путем ей идти, поэтому коррупция не только не пропадает, но и продолжает разрастаться. Результатом такой непоследовательной политики становится еще больший рост коррупции, возникает угроза распада российской государственности. Если брать анализ по годам допустим, начиная с 90-х годов то уровень корупции с каждым годом все более возрастает, улучшении нет ни в какиь направлениях и в медицене в том числе, это просто преступление, зарабатывать денеги на здоровье людей. 17


Коррупция в России

В каких отраслях в основном сильны коррупционные проявления Сегодня Российское государство пронизано коррупцией. Берут чиновники – от управдома до господ столь высокопоставленных, что вся страна знает их не по фамилиям, не по должности, а по имениотчеству. По неподтвержденной информации, общий объем коррупционных сделок равен пятидесяти процентам ВВП России. При сохранении современного уровня коррупции страна так и останется криминально-олигархическим болотом, даже если к верховной власти придут белоснежные рыцари света и напишут для граждан идеальные законы. Я думаю, что нам придется с корупционными силами и за рубежом тоже готовиться к бою. Были ли случай разоблачения крупных чиновников Значит по количеству я могу вам сказать, так что особенно крупных чиновников не было, это до уровня регионального чиновника, то есть если брать чиновников в правительстве, даже будем говорить так Лужков может быть, но он был отстранен по недоверию, и собственно говоря ни какого разоблачения не было, там уголовное дело возбуждено на его супругу, но это уголовное дело связано не с корупционными действиями а с фальсификацией, махинациями, но собственно прикрываясь должностью мера города, мужем своим если бы его не было то эти финансовые махинации бы не про-

изошли, вот это я считаю, что этот период такой более не менее самым крупным. Хотя Лужков сейчас находится в Москве, читает лекции, но тут к Лужкову можно было применить раздел коррупции, но у нас в уголовном кодексе Р.Ф. нет такого раздела, поэтому он очень спокойно себя чувствует. А так если брать из количества у нас есть разработка по региональным, я могу сказать что среди чиновников регионального уровня, тех кто арестован, кого показывает по телевидению, то где-то 18-19 процентов только доходит до суда, остальные или отпускаются или сбегают, но естественно за рубеж. Так что сами цифры за себя говорят. Вы знаете если у руководителей страны нету политической воли, то и в этом случае уголоная отвественность не наступает. Естественно с коррупцией нужно боротся, но прежде всего надо боротся с порочной системой которая создает условия, и против чиновников кто эту систему создал я думаю, что вам понятно, я не буду называть фамилии, ну мне кажется вам понятно, что это первые лица государства. Есть хорошая русская поговорка, ворон ворону глаз не выколит и у нас одноглазых в правительстве нет.

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Healthcare reform’s

Healthcare reform's missing link - nurse practitioners Millions more Americans soon may many of the rest of us. nia's healthcare future. We are a fedbe searching for primary care providerally funded, affordable clinic, run ers. Nurse practitioners can do the Nurse practitioners can help fill this gap. We are registerednurses with almost entirely by nurse practitionjob, and save taxpayer funds. ers. At our clinic, we nurses and talented specialists provide highquality, comprehensive primary care to more than 3,200 patients each year. Despite the special hardships of our clientele, who daily cope with the negative effects on health caused by poverty, unemployment and substance abuse, our results routinely compare favorably with those of mainstream physicians. Our patients with diabetes, for example, report regularly for checkups, take their meds as directed and maintain relatively low average blood-sugar levels.

Within the next two years, if federal healthcare reforms proceed as expected, roughly 30 million of the estimated 50 million uninsured people in the United States — 6.9 million in California — will be trying to find new healthcare providers.

graduate school education and training to provide a wide range of both preventive and acute healthcare services. We're trained to provide complete physical exams, diagnose many problems, interpret lab results and X -rays, and prescribe and manage medications. In other words, we're fully prepared to provide excellent primary care. Moreover, there are plenty of us waiting to do just that. The most recent federal government statistics show there were nearly 160,000 of us in 2008, an increase of 12% over 2004, and our numbers continue to rise.

It won't be easy. Primary care providers are already in short supply, both in California and nationwide. That's because doctors are increasingly leaving primary care for other types of practices, including higher paid specialties. As the demand increases, the squeeze on providers will worsen, Clinics like the one I direct in the leading to potentially lower stand- heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin ards of care in general and longer district — GLIDE Health Services — wait times for appointments for offer a hopeful glimpse into Califor-

This high standard of care provided by nurse practitioners has been confirmed in several studies, including a 2009 Rand Corp. report, which found that "nurse practitioners provide care of equivalent quality to physicians at a lower cost, while achieving high levels of patient satisfaction and providing more disease prevention counseling, health education and health promotion activities than physicians." At last count, there were more than 250 nurse-run clinics nationwide similar to GLIDE Health Services. We and about 20 others are funded by a special federal program for affordable care. In all of these projects, nurse practitioners offer both primary and preventive care, including mental health services and screening for HIV and diabetes. 19


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Researchers have confirmed that such clinics not only improve local health but also save taxpayers money. Nurse practitioners' salaries are generally lower than those of physicians. At the same time, the comprehensive care we provide can significantly reduce the costly emergency room visits used by all too many low-income Americans as their default healthcare. Unfortunately, some major obstacles stand in the way of expanding our money-saving model. One big hurdle is the reluctance of leading private health plans to contract with nurse practitioners as primary care providers. Even as Medicare, Medi-Cal and pioneering local programs for the uninsured, such as "Healthy San Francisco," now con-

tract with nurse practitioners to provide such care, a 2009 study by the National Nursing Centers Consortium found that nearly half of the country's major managed care organizations don't. Some of the holdout companies require nurses to bill for their services under a physician's supervision. California's insurance code only requires insurance companies to contract with nurse practitioners for primary care when it involves Medicare or Medi-Cal. If the code were expanded to include all coverage, access in the state would be greatly improved. There is room for reform on these fronts and others, and we should get started now to enact change.

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In October 2010, the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, issued a landmark report called "The Future of Nursing," in which it urged that nurses be "full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States." At clinics such as GLIDE Health Services, we're showing that we're more than ready to answer this challenge, and take our places on the front lines of healthcare reform in America. Patricia Dennehy RN NP, is the director of GLIDE Health Services in San Francisco and a professor at the UC San Francisco School of Nursing. Los Angeles Times By Patricia Dennehy


Oscars 2012 | Academy Award winners

Oscars 2012 | Academy Award winners we'd watch again and again There‘s no way to come up with this list without starting a mon), is great popcorn fun, even with Jack Nicholson‘s overfight. Which is, of course, part of the reason we‘re doing it? acting. Just try turning it off when you stumble past it on TV. You can‘t. “The Deer Hunter” (1978):(AT) Three hours of brutality, both physical and mental. But man is it great. Michael Cimino makes perfect use of Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep and more in his story about three friends from Pennsylvania who enlist to fight in the Vietnam war, and the horrors they endure there -- and after they return home.

“Annie Hall” (1977):(AT) The rare comedy that wins best picture. Woody Allen‘s best, arguably, about the trials and tribulations of the relationship between Alvy Singer (Allen) and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). So funny, so many great lines (―Twins, Max!‖) and a great over-the-top performance by Christopher Walken as Annie‘s brother. La-di-da, la-di-da.

The big winner on Academy Award night is whoever takes home best picture. Of course, it‘s not always really the best movie, just the one the Academy picks. And some are more deserving than others. But which are the most deserving? Who knows? For this list we are not pretending to pick the best of the lot, going back to when ―Wings‖ won the first best picture award in 1927. This is a list of the Oscars’10 best-picture winners we would be most likely to watch again and again -- and to recommend to our movie-going friends. The most watchable of the winners, in other words: The ones that never disappoint when found while late-night channel surfing. If you disagree with the choices here, you doubtless have good taste.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975):(AT) Like ―Silence of the Lambs,‖ it won for best picture, best actor, actress, director and screenplay. And like ―Silence of the Lambs,‖ it deserved them. Jack Nicholson is great as Randall McMurphy, a prisoner who schemes to be sent to a ward for the mentally ill. There he runs into, and rebels against, Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Director Milos Forman does a tremendous job with Ken Kesey‘s book (which contains the great line, ―It‘s the truth even if it didn‘t happen‖), and the film manages to be both disturbing and entertaining at the same time. “The Godfather” (1972):(AT) Great. Impossible to turn off. All-time champ in that regard.

The Godfather Part II (1974):(AT) Except for maybe this, the sequel. Francis Ford Coppola‘s epic tale of a Mafia family stretches over two movies (well, three, but let‘s not count that last one ― plus, it didn‘t win best picture), two of the greatest ever made. The first film has Marlon Brando handing off the keys to the kingdom to a reluctant Al Pacino; the sequel fol“The Silence of the Lambs” (1991):(AT) Jonathan Demme‘s lows the rise in power and loss of morality of the latter. Brilmasterpiece didn‘t just win best picture, but also best director (Demme), actor (Anthony Hopkins), actress (Jodie Foster) and liant. Compulsively watchable. Tremendous. Best to quit now, screenplay. The story of Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee, who before there aren‘t any superlatives left. uses the help of serial killer Hannibal Lecter to solve a serial- ”The French Connection“ (1971):(AT) The ‗70s weren‘t a killer case, is just flat-out great, as much so now as when it bad decade for movies, huh? Gene Hackman won his first came out. Oscar for his portrayal of Popeye Doyle, a New York nar“The Departed” (2006):(AT) Calm down, calm down. I know it‘s not even director Martin Scorsese‘s best. But it did win best picture, and his remake of a Japanese film, about an undercover cop (Leonardo Di Caprio) and undercover gangster (Matt Da-

cotics cop who drug network with, well, a French connection. One of the all-time great car-chase scenes, among other great things. Director William Friedkin, who, like Hackman, won an Oscar, followed this with ‖The Exor21


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cist.― Not bad. “The Godfather” (1972):(AT) Great. Impossible to turn off. All-time champ in that regard. The Godfather Part II (1974):(AT) Except for maybe this, the sequel. Francis Ford Coppola‘s epic tale of a Mafia family stretches over two movies (well, three, but let‘s not count that last one ― plus, it didn‘t win best picture), two of the greatest ever made. The first film has Marlon Brando handing off the keys to the kingdom to a reluctant Al Pacino; the sequel follows the rise in power and loss of morality of the latter. Brilliant. Compulsively watchable. Tremendous. Best to quit now, before there aren‘t any superlatives left. ”The French Connection“ (1971):(AT) The ‗70s weren‘t a bad decade for movies, huh? Gene Hackman won his first Oscar for his portrayal of Popeye Doyle, a New York narcotics cop who drug network with, well, a French connection. One of the all-time great car-chase scenes, among other great things. Director William Friedkin, who, like Hackman, won an Oscar, followed this with ‖The Exorcist.― Not bad. ”Casablanca“ (1942):(AT) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Berg-

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man, a World War II backdrop and genuine romance. So play it again, Sam. (Yes, I know, he never really says that. Work with me here.) Sometimes old classics are regarded as too high-brow to really be enjoyable to a modern audience. That‘s not the case with this, in which Bogart‘s Rick Blaine swallows his pride and the lump in his throat and does the right thing, even if it means losing the woman he loves. (It‘s also true of ‖Citizen Kane,― a really fun film, but it lost best picture to, ahem, ‖How Green Was My Valley.―) ”It Happened One Night“ (1934):(AT) Newly married Ellie (Claudette Colbert) escapes from her rich father (Walter Connolly), who has had the marriage annulled, and winds up on a bus beside out-of-work newspaper man Peter (Clark Gable), who recognizes her and threatens to tell her father where she is (and get reward money for his troubles) unless she gives him exclusive rights to the story. Comedy ensues, as does romance -- and you‘ll also get a sure-fire hitchhiking tip at no extra charge. Charming, funny and, of course, bonus points for making journalism part of the story.


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Obama Administration To Propose Cutting Corporate Tax Rate From 35 Percent To 28 Percent

That means that many businesses that slip through loopholes or enjoy subsidies and pay an effective tax rate that is substantially less than the 35 percent corporate tax could end up paying more under Obama's plan. Others, however, would pay less while some would simply benefit from a more simplified system. The official said the Obama plan aims to help U.S. businesses, especially manufacturers who face strong international competition. Obama's plan would lower the effective rate for manufacturers to 25 percent while emphasizing development of clean energy systems. The administration official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe what the administration will do. The New York Times first reported details of the plan in its online edition early Wednesday. Many members of both parties have said they favor overhauling the nation's individual and corporate tax systems, which they complain have rates that are too high and are riddled with too many deductions. The corporate tax debate has made its way into the presidential contest. Former Massa-

President Barack Obama delivers remarks before signing legislation into law that will provide business tax credits to help put veterans back to work during a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty

chusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has called for a 25 percent rate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., would cut the corporate tax rate to 12.5 percent, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., would exempt domestic manufacturers from the corporate tax and halve the top rate for other businesses. While Obama has been promoting vari-

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is proposing to cut the

ous aspects of his economic agenda in personal appearances and

corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and wants an even

speeches, the decision to leave the corporate tax plan to the Treasury

lower effective rate for manufacturers, a senior administration offi-

Department to unveil signaled its lower priority. What's more, the

cial says, as the White House lays down an election-year marker in

administration's framework leaves much for Congress to decide – a

the debate over tax policy. In turn, corporations would have to give

deliberate move by the administration to encourage negotiations but

up dozens of loopholes and subsidies that they now enjoy. Corpora-

which also doesn't subject the plan to detailed scrutiny. Obama's

tions with overseas operations would also face a minimum tax on

plan is not as ambitious as a House Republican proposal that would

their foreign earnings. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on

lower the corporate rate to 25 percent. Still, Obama has said cor-

Wednesday was to detail aspects of Obama's proposed overhaul of

porate tax rates are too high and has proposed eliminating tax

the corporate tax system, a plan the president outlined in general

breaks for American companies that move jobs and profits

terms in his State of the Union speech last month. Chances of ac-

overseas. He also has proposed giving tax breaks to U.S. man-

complishing such change in the tax system are slim in a year domi-

ufacturers, to firms that return jobs to this country and to

nated mostly with presidential and congressional elections. But for

companies that relocate to some communities that have lost

Obama, the proposal is part of a larger tax plan that is central to his

big employers. Geithner told a House committee last week

re-election strategy. The corporate tax plan dovetails with Obama's

that the administration wants to create more incentives for

call for raising taxes on millionaires and maintaining current rates on

corporations to invest in the United States. "We want to bring

individuals making $200,000 or less. The 35 percent nominal corpo-

down the rate, and we think we can, to a level that's closer to the

rate tax rate is the highest in the world after Japan. But deductions,

average of that of our major competitors," Geithner told the House

credits and exemptions allow many corporations to pay taxes at a

Ways and Means Committee. White House economic adviser Gene

much lower rate. Under the framework proposed by the administra-

Sperling has advocated a minimum tax on global profits. Currently

tion, the rate cuts, closed loopholes and the minimum tax on over-

many corporations do not invest overseas profits in the United States

seas earning would result in no increase to the deficit.

to avoid the 35 percent tax rate. Associated Press writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.

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American War Reporter Killed In Syria Marie Colvin Dead: American War Reporter Killed In Syria

Chechnya, where she came under fire from Russian jets while report-

LONDON (AP) — Respected

after its people voted for independence; she was one of the few re-

American

Marie

porters to interview ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in his

Colvin, who spent decades

final days. She was outspoken in her defense of independent journal-

reporting on conflicts from

ism, and a fervent advocate for the cause of unfettered war reporting.

Sri Lanka to Syria, focusing

During a tribute service for slain journalists at Fleet Street's St.

on the suffering of women

Bride's Church in November 2010, she offered a stirring appeal to

and children in wartime, died

media executives, pressing the case to continue investing in conflict

in a fierce shelling attack

zone reporting. "Our mission is to speak the truth to power," she

Wednesday in Syria.Colvin, who was 57, was known for her courage

said. "We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do

behind the front lines and immediately recognizable for an eye patch

make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the

that hid an injury suffered in a Sri Lankan ambush. She had been

atrocities that befall civilians." Her death comes only days after two

holed up in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Sunday Times editor

other respected journalists died while reporting on the uprising

John Witherow confirmed her death during a "devastating bombard-

against Syria's president, Bashar Assad. Two-time Pulitzer prize

ment by the Syrian army." French photojournalist Remi Ochlik died

winning reporter Anthony Shadid, a correspondent for The New

alongside Colvin, the French government announced. Freelance pho-

York Times, died last week of an apparent asthma attack while slip-

tographer Paul Conroy and journalist Edith Bouvier of Le Figaro

ping into Syria. Award-winning French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier

were wounded, according to Witherow and Le Figaro. Colvin, from

was killed in an explosion in Homs on Jan. 11, becoming the first

Oyster Bay, New York, had been a foreign correspondent for Brit-

Western journalist to die since the uprising began. His colleagues

ain's Sunday Times for the past two decades, making a specialty of

believe he was murdered in an elaborate trap set up by Syrian author-

reporting from the world's most dangerous places. Her final dispatch

ities — a claim that Assad's government denies. British Prime Minis-

Tuesday from a cellar offering refuge for women and children hinted

ter David Cameron led tributes to Colvin. Cameron told lawmakers

at the horrors that eventually took her own life. "It is a city of the

in the House of Commons that the death of the "talented and respect-

cold and hungry, echoing to exploding shells and bursts of gunfire,"

ed foreign correspondent" was "a desperately sad reminder of the

she wrote. "There are no telephones and the electricity has been cut

risks journalists take to inform the world of what is happening and

off. ... Freezing rain fills potholes and snow drifts in through win-

the dreadful events in Syria." British Labour Party leader Ed

dows empty of glass. No shops are open, so families are sharing

Miliband called Colvin "a brave and tireless reporter ... an inspiration

what they have with relatives and neighbors. Many of the dead and

to women in her profession." "Her reports in the hours before her

injured are those who risked foraging for food. "Fearing the snipers'

death showed her work at its finest," he said. Author Salman Rush-

merciless eyes, families resorted last week to throwing bread across

die, who spent years in hiding from death threats, sent a message to

rooftops, or breaking through communal walls to pass unseen." Col-

his followers on Twitter, noting that it was "dreadful news. A great

vin often focused on the plight of women and children in battles and

reporter, fine writer and fearless woman is gone. Her many friends

Syria was no different. She gave interviews to major British broad-

are devastated." Colvin lost her sight in one eye during an ambush in

casters on the eve of her death, appealing for the world to notice the

Sri Lanka in 2001 but promised not to "hang up my flak jacket" and

slaughter taking place. "I watched a little baby die today," she told

kept reporting on the world's most troubled places. "So, was I stupid?

the BBC on Tuesday. "Absolutely horrific, a 2-year old child had

Stupid I would feel writing a column about the dinner party I went to

been hit. They stripped it and found the shrapnel had gone into the

last night," she wrote in the Sunday Times after the attack. "Equally,

left chest and the doctor said 'I can't do anything.'" Colvin's boss,

I'd rather be in that middle ground between a desk job and getting

media mogul Rupert Murdoch, described her as "one of the most

shot, no offense to desk jobs. "For my part, the next war I cover, I'll

outstanding foreign correspondents of her generation." Colvin

be more awed than ever by the quiet bravery of civilians who endure

worked in the Balkans, where she went on patrol with the Kosovo

far more than I ever will. They must stay where they are; I can come

Liberation Army as it engaged Serb military forces. She worked in

home to London."

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journalist

ing on Chechen rebels. She also covered the conflict in East Timor


Presidents Day 2012 Presidents Day 2012: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton Pose With Celebrities

Happy Presidents Day! In honor of the holiday, we're taking a closer look at one of our favorite perks of being commander-in-chief: meeting celebrities. Whether schmoozing at a political fund-raiser, greeting each other during a White House visit or gathering for a worthy cause at a charity benefit, the following U.S. presidents and entertainers appear to be getting along famously. From Jimmy Carter's photo-op with Elvis Presley in the '70s to Barack Obama's presentation of the National Medal of Arts to actor Al Pacino this past Monday, here are 30 moments that bridge the gap between Capitol Hill and the Hollywood Hills.

Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo Ordered To Attend Anger Management Classes

DALLAS, Ore. — Drummer Deen Castronovo from the rock group Journey was sentenced to 80 hours of community service in Oregon and ordered to attend anger-management classes for a domestic violence dispute. The Statesman Journal reported ( ) the sentence Wednesday based on court documents from a diversion agreement. http://stjr.nl/xAQrd7 The 47-year-old was arrested Jan. 20 after a dispute in West Salem with a woman and charged with recklessly endangering another person, interfering with making a police report, criminal mischief and harassment. The Statesman Journal reported the woman told police that Castronovo had accused her of cheating and they had broken up. ___ Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

'John Carter' Producers On Budget Rumors & Creating Mars

His is a story that ushered in the modern age of science fiction, inspiring a century of authors and sparking the imaginations that launched "Star Wars" and "Avatar" into the cultural canon. But it's only now, a century after Edgar Rice Burroughs penned his first excursion to the red planet, that John Carter's adventures on Mars are being presented on the big screen. And to read the rumors surrounding the film's four years in production, the story of how the epic Disney movie got made seems nearly as legendary a tale. "It's frustrating, because it's wrong," Lindsey Collins, one of the film's co-producers, says of years of trade reports that the film, the first live-action effort from Oscar-winning "WALL-E" director Andrew Stanton, was a bloated, over-budget mess. "There's no way to talk about it without sounding defensive, but I'm going to sound defensive for a second and say this movie was made on budget," Collins asserted. "I think Disney took a huge leap of faith with us early on and said, Okay, we believe your number and it's higher than we wanted but we believe it so make it for that ... And in fact, in most areas, it came in under, and the one area we came in slightly over was offset by all the underages of the others, so it came within I think two percent of the budget." The budget they say they hit was $250 million, which went into live shoots in desert locations and massive computer graphic work to create an elaborate world in which a leather-clad Taylor Kitsch, as Carter, leaps into a war between two rival nations and a race of green, horned, four-armed natives. Barsoom, as Mars is called by its inhabitants, is a rocky desert-scape littered with ornate cities, mystical ruins and anachronistic flying machines. And it's one that took over seventy five years of technological development to make believable on the screen. Various attempts at adapting Burroughs' seminal, serial adventure series have been made since MGM and "Looney Toons" director Bob Clampett approached Burroughs in 1935 with the idea of making a cartoon feature from the Civil War veteran-turnedspace hero's exploits. The test footage, however, did not impress, and the movie was scrapped. The property was acquired by Disney in the '80s -- Tom Cruise was wooed to star -- but that fell through, as did Paramount's attempts to make it, with both Robert Rodriguez and Jon Favreau attached to direct at different points. Stanton, the current director, grew up a massive fan of the stories, and had always wanted to make the movie himself. Once that was mentioned to Pixar's chief John Lasseter, a quick meeting with then-Disney 25


The Real Top Chefs exec Dick Cook led to the studio scooping up the rights to the seemingly impossible-to-make movie. "The Curse of John Carter? Yeah, I think everybody felt that the fact that this was a huge property," co-producer Collins laughed, adding that a meeting with Danton Burroughs, the author's grandson, gave her a sense of the books' long legacy. "If it's not done right, it's just going to seem silly and campy, you're never going to buy a live action person sitting next to a CG person. And at least that part, I completely appreciated. I was like, oh my god, how the hell are we going to do this?" Luckily, Collins' co-producer on "John Carter" was Jim Morris, a Pixar exec who spent nearly two decades working for and then running leading special-effects house Industrial Light & Magic (ironically, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' company -- how things come full circle). "Our basic theory was that we wanted to have real stuff under peoples' feet and around them at all times," Morris said. "So what we did was shot them in these big landscapes and just did a little bit of enhancement. We would add ruins here and there and take natural formations and turn them into ruins, and the interior stuff, whether it's in the palace or light or whether it's in chambers, that work we shot on stage [in front of a green screen]." It requires a certain buy-in from the viewer -- Carter has Superman-level leaping ability, he's often surrounded by the CGI aliens and the plot is tied together with magic thread -- but Morris and Stanton didn't want people to necessarily think of space when they watched it, even if it did take place on Mars. "One of the ways that gave it a grit and a reality that differentiated it from some of the other films in the genre was to just shoot it like a period piece -- just a period that you didn't know existed," he explained. The production did have some issues -- Morris explained that they had to condense story lines, give Kitsch's Carter a more sympathetic arc as a Civil War soldier who lost his family, and spend a bit more time on re-shoots than they had planned. The real challenge, however, has come in selling the film to the public. "It's been tricky. It's been really tricky to market," Collins admitted. The first step was changing the name. Initially called "John Carter of Mars," Disney chopped off the second half of the title, fearful that the inclusion of the planet's name would mean "people wouldn't give it the chance or the time of day to see that it was multifaceted," she explained. Pixar's Morris acknowledges that the film's audience is still likely to skew toward young males, though he says Kitsch's hunk appeal has elicited positive responses from women in test audiences. His producing partner believes that they still have a chance to sell based on the long legacy of Burroughs' work. "What we're trying to get across is that there's a strong story there. I've always been coming at it from the point of, look, I think women don't go see action films because ultimately there's no story, and I think the more we can be convincing, showing people by the fact that there's a good story," Collins said. "We'll see. It's tough. Hopefully the word of mouth will help us, too, because everyone goes in and says, 'Holy shit, that's not what I expected.'"

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Culinary competitions have been in the air lately, especially because of the recent Bocuse d'Or USA at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where the American

"candidate" (their word) for the Bocuse d'Or 2013 in Lyon, France was selected. The most frequent question posed about culinary competitors consists of one simple word: "Why?" Why do the competitors, most of whom are already committed to grueling daily schedules running or working in professional kitchens, put themselves through the rigors of training, the potential embarrassment or disappointment of losing, the sheer inconvenience of the extra time and commitment? If you're thinking that the answer is obvious: "The fame and fortune, and the television exposure," then you're probably referring to shows like Top Chef, Iron Chef, or even maybe to Hell's Kitchen. Depending on your personal taste, some or all of those shows may be entertaining, but let's be clear about something: They are not cooking competitions, at least not in the classic sense; on those shows, the individual challenges are often irreverent, or based on pulling the rug out from under the competitors midstream; the judges are often actors, musicians, firemen, postal workers, dog walkers, ten-year olds, or plain ol' restaurant diners rather than accomplished chefs or food professionals; and you can't help but watch the elimination shows without concluding that inferior contestants are often kept around for entertainment value (you can pretty much bet that any season's biggest instigator won't be kicked off until well past the halfway mark). food is portioned out and evaluated by some of the best chefs in the world. Often, the lesser known regional contests take place in private, or in front of small audiences at trade shows. Cash prizes, if any, are minimal, and the competitors would be lucky to see their name in the local paper, let alone find themselves interviewed on television, or even on the radio. I hadn't given much thought to cooking competitions until I wrote the book Knives at Dawn, about the Bocuse d'Or, the most prestigious one in the world. It's a fascinating subculture of the pro-


The Real Top Chefs food is portioned out and evaluated by some of the best chefs

complishments come with no such fanfare: Percy Whatley, who

in the world. Often, the lesser known regional contests take

competed in the Bocuse d'Or USA in 2008 and 2010, has just

place in private, or in front of small audiences at trade shows.

embarked on one of the most solitary and taxing challenges a

Cash prizes, if any, are minimal, and the competitors would

chef can undertake: He is training for the Certified Master Chef

be lucky to see their name in the local paper, let alone find

(CMC) exam, a 130-hour, eight-day test in which he will have

themselves interviewed on television, or even on the radio. I

to demonstrate world-class proficiency in areas as far ranging

hadn't given much thought to cooking competitions until I

as Classical Cuisine, Buffet Catering, Freestyle cooking, Global

wrote the book Knives at Dawn, about the Bocuse d'Or, the

Cuisine, and Bakery and Pastry. It's not a head-to-head compe-

most prestigious one in the world. It's a fascinating subculture

tition, but the training is just as intense and at the end of the

of the professional cooking world: Unknown to the masses,

day, you either win (pass) or lose (fail). I'm delighted that

Unknown to the masses, there are guys in the culinary

Whatley is publishing a diary of his training over on my

competition underground who are superstars within their own

site,Toqueland. The CMC is such a tough exam that it's not reg-

community. (Relatively speaking, there aren't that many wom-

ularly scheduled. You sign up and are put on the culinary

en drawn to it, which is a fascinating fact worthy of examina-

equivalent of "active duty" -- waiting to be called up. Periodi-

tion. Is the need to compete distinctly male? For another

cally, when enough aspirants are on board, the ACF schedules

time... ) Unfortunately, in the United States, there's a great di-

an exam. (Whatley is hopeful that he'll get to go for it about 16

vide between restaurant chefs and hotel and cooking school

months from now.) There's also no guarantee of success; just

chefs. Generally speaking, the restaurant guys don't have a ton

the opposite, in fact: in 2010, only five of twelve candidates

of respect for, or interest in, their counterparts who teach or

passed. One of them was Rosendale, the U.S.'s freshly minted

who run hotel or country club kitchens. Neither, really, do the

Bocuse d'Or candidate. Rosendale got his name in the New

media. Most competition chefs come from those places and

York Times, on NPR, and on food blogs from coast to coast

don't tend to be household names. So, it's all the more remark-

(including right here on HuffPost) for being selected for the

able to me that so many of them choose to train and compete.

Bocuse d'Or. If anybody outside of his ACF peers knew he'd

Ask a culinary competitor why he or she does it and the answer

become a CMC before reading this post, I'd be surprised, and

will include one or more of the following: "For the challenge."

that's a shame. It's a huge achievement. If Whatley succeeds,

"Because it accelerates my learning process." "To travel and

he'll get to wear the letters CMC on his chef jacket for the rest

meet other chefs and see other food." I also firmly believe that

of his career, joining less than 70 others who have pulled off

at some level chefs are innately masochistic, and so they just

the same feat. The challenge embodies the core appeal of real

want to see if they can add competition to their already taxing

culinary competitions: to push yourself to the absolute limit,

lives and come out alive on the other end. Much of this was

whether or not the masses are watching.

summed up by Richard Rosendale, executive chef of The Greenbrier, who recently became the U.S. candidate to the Bocuse d'Or. I interviewed him about the value of cooking competition for Knives at Dawn. This is what he had to say about his experience on the U.S. Culinary Olympic team: "In my opinion, one year on the Olympic team is the equivalent of five years in the industry... In doing the team you have obligations to push yourself and research more and do more and learn more than what you normally would... I've competed in Germany three times, Luxembourg twice, Basel, Switzerland, twice, and all over the United States. Seeing these other countries and the food they're putting up really makes you open up your mind and see food a little differently. There's no boundaries." If Rosendale wins the Bocuse d'Or, or even earns a precious medal (in addition to gold, there's silver and bronze), it'll be big

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Religious People

gious traditions. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index telephone survey asked a random sample of Americans across the country to rate or describe how healthy they were in several A 10-year-old girl in Chicago's south suburbs, severely at- categories, such as overall quality of life, emotional health, tacked by a male classmate who has allegedly bullied her for physical health, healthy behavior habits, job satisfaction and years, has accused her school of doing almost nothing to intervene in the boy's repeated taunting, despite her family's pleas for help. Elisa Ramirez of Lynwood, Ill., a fifth grader at Sandridge School, said a 10-year-old boy at the school has, for years, verbally and even physically abused her. Most recently, the boy allegedly hit her hard in the face and injuring her eye and causing a trip to the emergency room, CBS Chicago reports.

Bullied 10-Year-Old Girl Says School Failed To Intervene In Repeated Attacks

After the incident, Elisa's family has asked for the boy to be transferred to a different classroom, but the school's superintendent told CBS that he did not believe such a change would be appropriate. Her family also alerted local police who have the option of ticketing the boy's family under the parental responsibility ordinance -- a charge not possible because the ordinance carries with it a minimum age of 13 for any individual involved in an incident, according to CBS. As Ramirez's family remains frustrated, the state has been working to change the way bullying is addressed in schools. Two years ago, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation aimed at reducing bullying in schools by expanding the definition of bullying to include e-mail, text message or social media sites. The law also required schools to have gang-prevention training and created a School Bullying Prevention Task Force, ABC Chicago reported.

access to doctors and other health resources. Responses were used to give each person well-being scores on a scale of 0 to 100. Interviewees were also asked to identify their religion (if any) and how religious they were.

When well-being scores were compared to religiosity, "very religious" Americans had modestly higher scores in most areas compared with "moderately religious" and nonreligious people. Bullying was also the subject of a new state law, sponsored by The only area where nonreligious people scored higher than state Rep. Dwight Kay, which allows school boards and admin- religious people was in physical health. istrators to suspend or even expel a student who threatens another student or a school employee over the Internet. But legislation is clearly not enough to protect students struggling with being bullied by their classmates. Last fall, 10-year-old Ashlynn Conner, a student at Georgetown Ridge Farm Elementary School in Vermilion County in east central Illinois, killed herself. She had told her mother a week before her death that she was being taunted at school and being called "a slut," "ugly" and "fat." While bullying and suicide risk can sometimes be linked, experts on the matter also point out that other factors -ranging from depression and mental illness to family life or the ending of a relationship -- can also play a role in such tragedies. The Tribune recently outlined a number of tips to help parents and families prevent bullying. Are more religious people healthier than less religious people? A new analysis of Gallup surveys of more than 676,000 Americans suggests they may be -- and the pattern stands across reli-

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