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Watch Metallica, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Enter Sandman” With Classroom Instruments

first_imgBringing out classroom instruments isn’t anything new for the Tonight Show. It’s always funny to see who Jimmy Fallon will welcome into the musical skit. Last night’s showing brought heavy metal band Metallica to the stage for an epic performance of their 1991 hit “Enter Sandman.” James Hetfield on lead vocals, also sporting a small horn, Lars Ulrich making use of a tiny bongo drum, Jimmy Fallon and the entire Roots crew squeezed themselves into the Music Room – sporting Metallica, Tonight Show, and Roots t-shirts for the acoustic jam.Watch the classroom instrument performance of “Enter Sandman” below:Last night’s episode came after some surprising news from Napster, announcing that Metallica’s new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct will become available on the streaming service later this week. Previous relationships between Metallica and Napster stirred a landmark case for the music industry, when a song by Metallica was illegally downloaded and saw radio time ahead of its official release. The case was ugly, but has evidently been settled on better terms. Read more here.Metallica’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, is being rolled via various platforms this week, with the official release set for this Friday, November 18th.last_img read more

Pizza, Pop & Politics lecture zeroes in on ‘Peer to Peer Politics’

first_imgND Votes hosted its final Pizza, Pop & Politics of the year Tuesday evening, concluding a year of informal lectures from a range of positions on the political spectrum. This week’s installment, “Peer to Peer Politics,” highlighted three seniors who completed theses related to politics in today’s society. Senior Michael Finan spoke about his research regarding the white working class’ unforeseen influence on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The 2016 election was not unprecedented but a reflection of recent voting trends, Finan said.“The white working class over the past twenty years has been becoming more Republican,” Finan said. “You can see back in 1992, if you were in the white working class you were actually more likely to identify as a Democrat, and they’ve kind of shifted from a democratic stronghold — blue collar, union workers — to now identifying and voting for Republicans.”This shift led to Donald Trump’s 39 point advantage over Hillary Clinton among white working class voters, Finan said. Finan’s thesis seeks to explain the difference between the voting trends of the white working class base and the white college educated base. He looked at party identification, prominent election issues like economic concerns, moral traditionalism and racial resentment, which he said could not fully explain the gap in voting tendencies. Because of that, he added a third factor: feeling thermometers that measure voters’ attitude toward the candidates.“There’s a lot of debate about the issues, but I don’t think there’s as much attention about the role of the candidates themselves and the role their characteristics played,” Finan said.Positive feelings toward Trump far outweighed negative feelings toward Clinton, belying the narrative that sexism drove Clinton’s loss, Finan said. He concluded that white working class voters are more likely to have a weak party identification and to focus more on the issues and candidates in a particular election.“In the long run, ultimately, I think the Democrats will have to find support elsewhere and the Republicans are going to have to try to incorporate the white working class into the coalition that they have right now,” Finan said.Senior Sarah Tomas Morgan’s thesis discussed the capabilities approach to human development formulated by philosopher Martha Nussbaum and its effect on the United Nations’ sustainable global development goals and the greater involvement of civil society in their creation. The capabilities approach, Tomas Morgan said, is set apart from other comparative methods because of its emphasis on the individual and individual freedoms.“Every individual is an end in and of herself in the capabilities approach,” Tomas Morgan said. “It does not attempt to total or average societal well-being, but rather to compare societies based on the opportunities available to each person. This focus on the individual creates a respect for self-definition, a pluralism of values and a concern for social injustice and inequality in society.”Nussbaum’s theory outlines 10 capabilities deemed necessary to a dignified human life, including health, bodily integrity, practical reason, and control over one’s own environment, Tomas Morgan noted.“They’re answers to the question: What is a person, an individual, able to do and to be?” Tomas Morgan said. “They’re opportunities to choose and to act — a set of substantial freedoms. They’re not just abilities that reside in a person, but they’re freedoms and opportunities created by a combination of personal ability and the political social and economic environment.”It is therefore the task of an effective government to secure a base level of these freedoms for all citizens so they can pursue a “dignified and minimally flourishing life,” Tomas Morgan said. The way to implement such freedoms is through the involvement of civil society, which played a central role in creating the sustainable development goals the UN set forth in 2015 and is necessary to creating a better life for all members of any community, Tomas Morgan concluded.“Deliberative democracy grounds democracy in the exchange of reason for the purpose of democratic decision making,” Tomas Morgan said. “The primary aim of all these bodies is the same — to enhance both the rational justification for and the popular sanction for political decisions.”Senior Roge Karma discussed the dichotomy of the American narrative, which pits the narrative of the nation as a source of oppression and against that of American exceptionalism. Neither of these narratives, Karma said, truly capture American history. Karma’s thesis explores the question of ideal civic education from the perspective of creating the ideal citizen. The two central parts of that education, Karma said, are estrangement and love.“Civic estrangement is the intellectual or emotional experience of grasping fundamental contradictions between what a given society states are its ideals and reality,” Karma said. “As a result, the perceptive citizen is no longer at home, no longer at one with the nation, but recognizes it as strange, foreign, not in harmony. It’s a disjunctive experience. You don’t feel at home because the ideals that you identify with are not being lived up to.”This estrangement is necessary to identifying the gaps between a nation’s ideals and its realities, Karma said. Patriotic love, on the other hand, is necessary to fixing those gaps — together, Karma said they create an ideal citizen willing to criticize and also fix his nation.“How I define patriotic love is as ends-oriented,” he said. “It operates with the ideal of the nation in mind. So what I love about my nation isn’t necessarily everything it does, but what it stands for, what it aspires towards. I argue that this form of patriotic love is actually necessary in order to be willing to close the gap between ideals and realities. If we’re trying to cultivate the ideal citizen, we can’t rely on self-interest. I can’t just fight and struggle for an issue because it affects me.”Karma examined what he said is the most popular American history textbook used in high schools today, ’American Pageant,’ focusing specifically on foreign policy in the Woodrow Wilson era, and found it pushed an agenda of American exceptionalism that failed his criteria for creating an ideal citizen.“What this narrative serves to do is it puts forward an affirmative national narrative trying to cultivate a sense of love for country,” Karma said. “But in doing so, it conflates American ideals and realities. It leaves no room for critical thinking, no room for empathy, no room for estrangement. If you believe that every one of your nation’s actions are going to be necessarily just and good, how are you ever going to spot a gap between their ideals and those realities?”Tags: Michael Finan, Peer to Peer Politics, Pizza Pop and Politics, Roge Karma, Sarah TomasMorganlast_img read more

Brazilian Armed Forces Summit Aligns Electronic Warfare Knowledge

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo November 21, 2017 Nearly 100 service members and civilians participated in the eighth Electronic Warfare Defense Summit (EGED, per its Portuguese acronym) September 13th–14th, 2017. The event was held at the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) in Brasilia. One of Brazil’s three armed forces organizes each edition of the annual event. In 2017, EB led the activities through its Electronic Warfare Instruction Center (CIGE, per its Portuguese acronym). The unit belongs to the Army Electronic Warfare Communications Command and trains service members in this field. “Service members from the three branches always participate in EGED. They meet to discuss and present the main electronic warfare projects that are being developed in the defense field,” EB Colonel Luis Carlos Sousa, commandant of CIGE, explained. “Electronic warfare is modern, dynamic, and constant. New things emerge every day in this area. At EGED, we have the opportunity to keep up with what the industry and academia do, which often provides solutions our military assets can use,” said Brazilian Navy Captain Marcelo Alcides Albuquerque da Costa, commandant of the Navy Electronic Warfare Center (CGEM, per its Portuguese acronym), which will coordinate the 2018 EGED. Electronic versus cyber warfare Electronic warfare involves the use of the electromagnetic spectrum through communication and non-communication. “The communication side concerns electromagnetic signals that carry information, such as radios,” Col. Luis Carlos explained. “The non-communication side deals with signals that do not transmit content since the signal itself constitutes the message, as in the case of radar.” In turn, cyber warfare focuses on other aspects, such as integrated computer networks. “But the two intersect because when a cyber attack goes through wireless networks, it enters the electromagnetic spectrum. These areas are very close to each other. Integration between electronic warfare and cyber warfare operations was even one of the points discussed at the summit,” Capt. Albuquerque said. Within the Brazilian Armed Forces, different organizations handle each of the two defense fields, but the approach to both has become increasingly intertwined as they develop, said Capt. Albuquerque. Exchange of experiences During the EGED’s two-day event, representatives of the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force presented the main projects and activities underway in the field of electronic warfare—as well as the challenges and demands relating to that area of responsibility. Among the issues discussed: Brazil’s Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, per its Portuguese acronym) stood out. As one of EB’s more robust programs, SISFRON relies on ground surveillance radar, communication equipment, and satellite transmission, among others, to expand monitoring along Brazil’s continental border. The objective is to gather the maximum amount of information via such equipment for strategic decision-making by the nation’s defense authorities. “The development of SISFRON depends on knowledge about the electromagnetic environment. And the model EB used to set up the program was one of the points disseminated and discussed at the summit,” Col. Luis Carlos said. “EGED’s objective is just that: share knowledge about projects that work well with any of our service branches, so that it can be of use to the other branches, minimize redundancies, and optimize results,” he said. Interoperability in the electronic warfare activities the Brazilian Armed Forces develop is the first objective enumerated in Brazil’s Defense Electronic Warfare Policy, established by Regulatory Decree No. 333, issued in 2004. For the joint effort to be possible, alignment of military doctrine with electronic warfare is an essential step. The Brazilian Armed Forces learned that lesson through practice exercises and participation in events such as EGED. Capt. Albuquerque stressed the importance of having the service branches work jointly and cited an example: “The Navy was developing a project in communication and detected a signal in the Amazon. On that occasion, we got in touch with the Brazilian Army, which immediately supported us and provided the data we needed,” Capt. Albuquerque said. “So we managed to detect together that the transmission was of a conversation spoken in an indigenous dialect, and we understood what was happening.” The partnership with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is frequent. With its aircraft, FAB undertakes surveillance operations of Brazil’s maritime territory. As the aircraft flies over an area, the onboard equipment collects data that is sent to the Navy and added to what teams on its ships gathered. This joint information sharing serves as the basis to guide naval patrols in the region. Nearly 100 service members and civilians participated in the eighth Electronic Warfare Defense Summit (EGED, per its Portuguese acronym) September 13th–14th, 2017. The event was held at the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) in Brasilia. One of Brazil’s three armed forces organizes each edition of the annual event. In 2017, EB led the activities through its Electronic Warfare Instruction Center (CIGE, per its Portuguese acronym). The unit belongs to the Army Electronic Warfare Communications Command and trains service members in this field. “Service members from the three branches always participate in EGED. They meet to discuss and present the main electronic warfare projects that are being developed in the defense field,” EB Colonel Luis Carlos Sousa, commandant of CIGE, explained. “Electronic warfare is modern, dynamic, and constant. New things emerge every day in this area. At EGED, we have the opportunity to keep up with what the industry and academia do, which often provides solutions our military assets can use,” said Brazilian Navy Captain Marcelo Alcides Albuquerque da Costa, commandant of the Navy Electronic Warfare Center (CGEM, per its Portuguese acronym), which will coordinate the 2018 EGED. Electronic versus cyber warfare Electronic warfare involves the use of the electromagnetic spectrum through communication and non-communication. “The communication side concerns electromagnetic signals that carry information, such as radios,” Col. Luis Carlos explained. “The non-communication side deals with signals that do not transmit content since the signal itself constitutes the message, as in the case of radar.” In turn, cyber warfare focuses on other aspects, such as integrated computer networks. “But the two intersect because when a cyber attack goes through wireless networks, it enters the electromagnetic spectrum. These areas are very close to each other. Integration between electronic warfare and cyber warfare operations was even one of the points discussed at the summit,” Capt. Albuquerque said. Within the Brazilian Armed Forces, different organizations handle each of the two defense fields, but the approach to both has become increasingly intertwined as they develop, said Capt. Albuquerque. Exchange of experiences During the EGED’s two-day event, representatives of the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force presented the main projects and activities underway in the field of electronic warfare—as well as the challenges and demands relating to that area of responsibility. Among the issues discussed: Brazil’s Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, per its Portuguese acronym) stood out. As one of EB’s more robust programs, SISFRON relies on ground surveillance radar, communication equipment, and satellite transmission, among others, to expand monitoring along Brazil’s continental border. The objective is to gather the maximum amount of information via such equipment for strategic decision-making by the nation’s defense authorities. “The development of SISFRON depends on knowledge about the electromagnetic environment. And the model EB used to set up the program was one of the points disseminated and discussed at the summit,” Col. Luis Carlos said. “EGED’s objective is just that: share knowledge about projects that work well with any of our service branches, so that it can be of use to the other branches, minimize redundancies, and optimize results,” he said. Interoperability in the electronic warfare activities the Brazilian Armed Forces develop is the first objective enumerated in Brazil’s Defense Electronic Warfare Policy, established by Regulatory Decree No. 333, issued in 2004. For the joint effort to be possible, alignment of military doctrine with electronic warfare is an essential step. The Brazilian Armed Forces learned that lesson through practice exercises and participation in events such as EGED. Capt. Albuquerque stressed the importance of having the service branches work jointly and cited an example: “The Navy was developing a project in communication and detected a signal in the Amazon. On that occasion, we got in touch with the Brazilian Army, which immediately supported us and provided the data we needed,” Capt. Albuquerque said. “So we managed to detect together that the transmission was of a conversation spoken in an indigenous dialect, and we understood what was happening.” The partnership with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is frequent. With its aircraft, FAB undertakes surveillance operations of Brazil’s maritime territory. As the aircraft flies over an area, the onboard equipment collects data that is sent to the Navy and added to what teams on its ships gathered. This joint information sharing serves as the basis to guide naval patrols in the region.last_img read more

Great Neck Nude Photo Extortionist’s Victims Describe Relentless Stalking

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some victims of a Republican presidential campaigner from Long Island who tried extorting nude photos from 15 women fled the country, sought therapy and hired private investigators to deal with the stalking.Those were among new details described in court documents when U.S. District Judge Marianna Battani this week sentenced 22-year-old Adam Savader of Great Neck to 2 ½ years in federal prison despite his attorneys’ blaming the hacking on mental health issues sparked by working on Newt Gingrich’s failed presidential campaign.“He said that he had hacked into my email and Facebook accounts, found explicit photos of me, and that if I did not send more to him he would use them against me,” one of the unidentified victims wrote in a letter to the court. “This harassment continued relentlessly for days at a time, would stop for a few days, and then resume again from a different number.”Savader—who later worked on Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House—had pleaded guilty in November to cyber stalking and Internet extortion at federal court in Michigan, where some of the victims went to college. Authorities said they found victims in at least three states that were targeted between 2012 and early 2013, after the campaign.“I’m trying to make it right,” Savader told the court in his apology, reported The Associated Press, which noted he was quoting President Bill Clinton’s apology for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.It was a much different tone than the sexually aggressive taunts that prosecutors outlined in their sentencing recommendation.“Just came to u,” he wrote to one of the victims two weeks before Election Day while he was on the GOP campaign trail. “Ur so hot. Every1 will be doing the same if you don’t respond.”Savader threatened to send the photos to various people in the victims’ lives, including their parents, their boyfriends’ parents,  sororities, employers, internships—even the Republican National Committee.He often sent victims a link to a website to which he had uploaded their nude photos to prove he had them and warned that he would share the link if they didn’t send more. More victims came forward after the case made news. Investigators said they found 45 nude photos of the victims in Savader’s files—some of whom could not be contacted.One victim wrote she had to turn her phone off to stop receiving the relentless threatening messages. It was impossible to block the numbers because they were constantly changing, she wrote.“In an effort to escape this situation [one victim] left school in January 2013 to study abroad halfway around the world,” prosecutors said in the documents.Countering his lawyers’ arguments that Savader’s mental health diagnoses should be considered as a mitigating factor, prosecutors asked: “If he didn’t believe his behavior was criminal, why did he take so many deliberate steps to conceal his identity and hide his electronic footprint?”Authorities also noted that the victims are not to blame for storing intimate photos on password-protected email accounts, which they likened to “the modern-day equivalent of storing photographs in a shoe-box, in a closed bedroom closet, behind a locked door.”last_img read more

How to make debt work for you

first_imgMany personal-finance experts consider debt to be evil, whether they’re talking about a credit card charging 15.8 percent, an auto loan at 1.9 percent or a mortgage creating a much needed tax deduction. Their advice is always the same: Pay cash.But that’s an oversimplification. Not all debt is the same; taking it on comes down to its cost of capital and how you plan to use your borrowed funds. If the conditions are right, this leverage can help you preserve cash and put an otherwise illiquid asset to work to build your net worth.Corporations regularly use debt to optimize their capital structure—and so can you. “Apple recently capitalized on low rates by issuing $5 billion in debt, despite having $178 billion of cash on its balance sheet,” says Joe Elegante, CFA, portfolio manager at RMB Capital of Chicago. “It used the proceeds to repurchase shares of its own stock.”Why? Apple’s return on invested capital—which has averaged approximately 35 percent for the last five years—is much higher than its after-tax cost of borrowing. “Given the fact that Apple pays a $2.08 dividend (1.6 percent yield) on each share outstanding, reducing the share count actually enhances the company’s financing cash flow,” Elegante explains. continue reading » 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Minister Cappelli proposed the establishment of a special Tourism Fund and a Working Group within the EU institutions

first_imgMinister of Tourism Gari Cappelli took part in a conference on tourism and economic growth organized in Sofia on the occasion of Bulgaria’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, which brought together high-level tourism ministers and accompanying delegations from 28 EU member states.At the summit of all EU tourism ministers, Minister Cappelli, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, proposed a unique initiative in the field of European tourism. He presented a proposal for the establishment of a special EU Tourism Fund which would facilitate the use of EU funds to finance investment and sustainable development in tourism, reduce the impact of climate change, education and other areas important for the development of tourism in Europe. He also introduced the idea of ​​founding Working groups for tourism within the EU institutions within which to discuss how to address the many challenges facing the tourism sector.Minister Cappelli pointed out that tourism is one of the fastest growing economic activities in the EU with a great impact on growth, society, development and employment, and that as such it deserves a better position within the institutions of the European Union. “The main goal of the European Union’s tourism policy must be to keep Europe as the world’s leading tourist destination. However, in previous EU documents, tourism is not considered a priority, but a tool for raising the competitiveness of the overall European economy. Tourism does not have its own Working Body within the European Commission and in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 there is no special position or possibility of direct financing of its activities, which we believe should be corrected in the new budget framework. Direct financing of the tourism sector would make it easier to respond to increasing challenges, while at the same time facilitating investments in tourism, which are also in the focus of the European Commission.” Cappelli pointed out.According to the Ministry of Tourism, the initiative presented by Minister Cappelli received the support of a large number of EU members, and was especially supported by the European Commissioner for Tourism. Elzbieta Bienkowska and Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili Cappelli met, and the initiative will soon be presented to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker with a view to reaching an agreement on the entry of a special EU tourism fund into the EU budget and the establishment of a Tourism Working Group. . “I hope that together we will be able to fight for tourism to get its Fund within the EU budget for the first time”, Cappelli concluded.last_img read more

Brownian notions

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Space at Access as Jason moves on

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France’s Macron heads to Lebanon after deadly mega-blast

first_imgTopics : The provisional death toll stood at 137 but with dozens missing and 5,000 wounded, the number of victims was expected to rise as rescue workers continued to comb through the rubble.According to several officials, the explosion was caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer stored in a portside warehouse.”Apocalypse”, “Armageddon” — Lebanese were lost for words to describe the impact of the blast, which dwarfed anything the country had ever experienced despite its violence-plagued history.The Beirut governor estimated up to 300,000 people may have been made temporarily homeless by the destruction, which he said would cost the debt-ridden country in excess of three billion dollars. International probe Even as they counted their dead and cleaned up the streets, many Lebanese were boiling with anger over a blast they see as the most shocking expression yet of their leadership’s incompetence and corruption.”We can’t bear more than this. This is it. The whole system has got to go,” said 30-year-old Mohammad Suyur as he picked up broken glass in Mar Mikhail, one of the most affected districts in Beirut.Many questions were being asked as to how such a huge cargo of highly explosive material could have been left unsecured in Beirut for years.Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Michel Aoun promised to put the culprits behind bars but trust in institutions is low and few on the streets of the Lebanese capital held out any hope of an impartial inquiry.Human Rights Watch on Thursday supported mounting calls for an international probe as the only credible option.”An independent investigation with international experts is the best guarantee that victims of the explosion will get the justice they deserve,” the watchdog said.In France, prosecutors on Wednesday opened a probe into the blast over injuries inflicted to 21 French citizens.Paris spearheaded international mobilization in support of Lebanon, which will mark its centenary next month but has looked like a country on its last legs since defaulting on its debt earlier this year.Flights carrying medical aid, field hospitals, rescue experts and tracking dogs have been flying in since Wednesday to Beirut airport, which sustained no serious damage from the explosion. Political backlash Besides the international emergency effort, the aftermath of the terrible explosion yielded countless uplifting examples of spontaneous solidarity.Much of the cleanup was being handled by volunteers who improvised working groups, bringing their own equipment and making appeals for help on social media.”We’re sending people into the damaged homes of the elderly and handicapped to help them find a home for tonight,” said Husam Abu Nasr, a 30-year-old volunteer.”We don’t have a state to take these steps, so we took matters into our own hands,” he said.Business owners swiftly took to social media, posting offers to repair doors, paint damaged walls or replace shattered windows for free.An unprecedented nationwide and cross-sectarian protest movement that erupted on October 17 last year had looked for a moment like it could topple what it considers a hereditary kleptocracy.The euphoria faded as change failed to materialize and the combination of economic hardship and the coronavirus pandemic left the revolution in tatters.The revulsion at Tuesday’s tragedy and its implications could rekindle the flame however and activists’ social media accounts were rife with calls for a new push to remove Lebanon’s widely reviled political leaders.”Lebanon’s political class should be on guard in the weeks ahead,” Faysal Itani, a deputy director at the Center for Global Policy, wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Times.”Shock will inevitably turn to anger.” French President Emmanuel Macron was expected in Lebanon Thursday, two days after a monster blast sowed unfathomable destruction in Beirut and brought Paris’s Middle East protégé to its knees.The highest-ranking foreign official to visit the country since Tuesday’s tragedy, Macron will visit the site of the blast that obliterated part of Beirut port and ripped through entire neighborhoods of the city.Two days on, Lebanon was still reeling from a blast so huge it was felt in neighboring countries, its mushroom-shaped cloud drawing comparisons with Hiroshima and the devastation caused by its shockwave with the scene of an earthquake.last_img read more