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      18分钟前 罗超最新直播带货“放卫星”

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2020年,直播带货成为直播与电商行业的重头戏。因为疫情无法在线下卖货的品牌将直播带货作为救命稻草,直播间的总裁成了一道风景线;

娱乐业复工受阻,越来越多明星转战直播带货恰饭;围绕直播带货的MCN、主播孵化、供应链等上下游也呈现出蓬勃发展的气象;

即将揭幕的618大促将直播带货作为主场,快手与京东在618前携手合作;甚至就连国外的亚马逊、Facebook等巨头也开始Copy From China有模有样地做起了直播带货业务。

然而,在繁华的表象下,“放卫星”的流行,大有将直播带货“玩坏”的趋势。

总裁带货一定要大卖才有面子?

某知名女企业家在平台A直播首秀,销售额只有可怜的几十万元;到了平台B,一下跃升到3个亿,而在这场直播中,这位企业家只在直播间出现半个小时;到了平台C,一下到达破行业记录的7个亿。不可否认,团队的选品,这位企业家在镜头前的表现,平台给予的资源一直在不断升级,然而她的单场销售额不只是碾压了罗永浩,而是一下超越深耕多年的李佳琦们,令人费解。

2019年天猫双11,直播顶流李佳琦的带货记录在10亿左右,注意,这不是单场,而是整个双11期间,且是在双11的“洪峰”级流量扶持下才取得的成绩。一般来说,头部主播单场销售额能上千万就算好成绩了。罗永浩首场直播带货,抖音提前数天全网导量,4000万在线观众创造罗永浩个人的1.2亿单场支付交易额的记录。抖音直播特别强调是支付交易额,因为如果不强调支付水分会大得多,很难让人信服。

罗永浩直播带货的4月1日前后,“罗永浩”百度指数暴增,最高超过50万,是其首次直播期间拥有巨大的全网关注度的佐证。某女企业家直播破纪录,不论是3亿那场还是7亿那场,百度指数没什么波澜,且最高不到罗永浩的二十分之一。 

该女企业家破纪录的销量究竟是如何做到的?后来有媒体报道指出,该女企业家直播期间,一些代理商被要求到直播间批量拿货,这一说法被该女企业家否认。该女企业家的破纪录销量违背规律,难以解释,原因成谜。这体现出当前直播带货“上总裁”的一个普遍问题:老板上直播间,卖不好也要卖得好,老板卖得好是政治正确。即便老板没有授意,下面的人会绞尽脑汁让数据好看。

1亿人来看了我的这场直播

不只是交易额“放卫星”。直播观看人数同样呈现出“虚高”的现象,前几天某“顶流直播网红”做了一场直播活动,淘宝显示观看数突破1亿。淘宝直播不会显示在线观看人数,而是显示“观看”这一数据,你可以简单地将其理解成为PV,具体算法淘宝直播并未公开。

可以确定,观看数不等于观看人数,而且可能远远小于观看人数,然而主播在直播间却将这一数据等同于观看人数,说有1亿人观看自己的直播,这再度违背了常识。阿里2019年度活跃消费者7.11亿,所有在阿里旗下各个平台消费过的才7.11亿,7个在阿里系业务消费过的人,就有1个看过这场直播?你信吗? 

4月28日,中国互联网信息中心发布的第45次《中国互联网络发展状况统计报告》显示,在直播方面,我国网络直播用户规模达5.60亿,较2018年底增长1.63亿,占网民整体的62.0%,其中电商直播用户规模为2.65亿,占网民整体的29.3%。疫情让更多人看直播,再加上“快抖B”、“猫拼狗”和泛娱乐直播平台加码直播带货,更多人成为直播带货用户,我估计2020年乐观点可以到3-4亿直播电商用户,但目前应该还没到。这样看,1亿观众对单场直播来说简直是天文数字。

不要让“数据竞赛”毁了直播带货!

有数据的地方就会有水分,确实。刷单也一直是淘宝重拳整治的行为,让批发商去下单抬升交易额这样的行为,在双11这样的场合也有。销量高搜索排名高、上榜单可以被记住,对品牌来说是看得见的好处。因此,一些品牌会花大力气去做数据,平台则一直在严厉打击。因此,双11、电商平台的GMV虽然有一定的水分,但已经被挤得差不多了。如今,随着直播电商的风靡,直播带货成为数据“放卫星”的重灾区。

从技术层面来看,相对于交易额来说,直播观看数造假容易一些。交易额要支付数据和物流数据验证,观看数,程序员可以做一些账户ID、设备ID、MAC地址、IP等的去重,但很难彻底杜绝造假。

网红们有造假的动机吗?当然有,他们需要不断去告知外界自己的数据是最牛的,这关系到平台流量,关系到商家资源,关系到坑位价格。同时,由于头部主播垄断了大部分流量,新入行主播得不到流量分配,要实现冷启动,往往也要做数据优化。

正是因为此,网上已出现专门帮助主播做数据优化的服务,可对不同直播电商平台的观看人数、点赞数量、互动人数等数据进行“优化”,甚至可以定制多少人从手机端进入直播间观看,一般来说几百元就可以有几万观看。不同价位对应不同套餐,有的是“新晋主播养成套餐”,有的是“明星主播全能套餐”……

在热闹的直播间,华丽的数据背后,很可能是一群僵尸用户在“看”直播、刷弹幕、刷评论,它们唯一不能做的就是下单这一步了。

618大促开幕在即,直播带货成为一大看点,不用怀疑,主播、品牌和平台的直播观看人数、销售记录,诸多数据都会再破记录,虽然我们无从得知,这里面究竟有多少泡沫。

任何行业过度关注数据,一定会导致数据注水,最终出现“劣币驱逐良币”的结果。直播带货是直播最具潜力的变现手段,正在成为零售行业的基础设施,如果被数据“放卫星”毁了,蛮可惜。一个前车之鉴是众筹平台,众筹最初是要帮助创业者筹款,然而后来众筹平台越来越多,各家平台上的项目数据不断“放卫星”,众筹金额不断攀升,众筹金额几千万的项目是常态,甚至有众筹金额高达几个亿的项目,最终结果是众筹数据没人信,众筹平台彻底成为纯营销平台。

一个值得借鉴的做法是爱奇艺。2018年,爱奇艺宣布关闭全网前台播放量显示,取而代之的是以综合用户讨论度、互动量、多维度播放类指标的内容热度。对此,爱奇艺方面表示,播放量攀比所引发的负面效应正在日益凸显,公司希望用更科学的热度值指标不断优化内容选择,将更多优质作品推荐给用户,从客观上改变行业“唯数据竞赛”的现状。

将展示的数据变为综合指标,统计规则变为“黑匣子”,这样做或许不能杜绝数据竞赛,但却可以让“做数据”的难度大幅提升,最终让整个平台生态受益。不知道直播电商平台是否有所启发,是否会采取行动终结“数据竞赛”呢?

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5年前 Adolf Hitler Took Crystal Meth: US Military Dossier

Adolf Hitler apparently relied on a stunning array of drugs while ruling Nazi Germany, including one made popular by the show Breaking Bad: crystal meth.

According to a US military dossier, a physician filled the Fuhrer with barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine, bulls' semen, and a pill that contained crystal meth, depending on Hitler's momentary needs.




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5年前 芒果TV搞弹幕:电视台的互联网化想像力有多大? 娱乐资本论

金鹰节

12日晚,金鹰节终于结束了三天的浩大颁奖礼行程,其中“金鹰节之互联盛典颁奖晚会”尤为令人惊奇:它不单是首家传统媒体给新媒体颁奖的大型活动,还将“电视弹幕”、“直播扫码”等互联网思维在一台电视晚会上玩出了奇葩的效果,将年轻观众拉回客厅。

从这个角度上看,一直被业内誉为电视湘军的湖南广电,此番集体变身互联湘军,除了引发业内关注外,或许,芒果TV也是湖南广电拧巴了四年的第三轮改革能绕过“制播分离”“转企改制”等症结,成功突破体制、机制的最大途径。

而说回这台晚会,这也是一次超越了“将电视内容简单地平移到互联网上”的大型直播。

笔者见过不少所谓的互动节目或互动晚会了,其表现形式不过仍是“拿来主义”:将网上收集的素材拿来、将APP统计的数据拿来、将视频资源拿到视频网站去播。

事实上,这些互动都是观众与观众之间,观众与技术与介质之间的互动。而不是观众与主持人与主创人员的互动。而本次直播,主持人穿插始终的对观众的系统性引导,编导对观众情绪和思维的策略性规划,等于把传统意义上的“观众”变成了活动的直接参与者,真正实现了传统的“台”利用互联网技术实现了与“网”的联动。

 

1、最明显的亮点,就是“电视弹幕”:信息互动的闭环

作为一档最“互联网”的电视晚会,它不仅是颁发什么移动互联网领域“年度十大应用、年度公司、年度新锐和跨界融合创新奖”,更重要的在于让粉丝互动起来。因此,这台晚会将移动互联元素“弹幕”搬到直播现场,用户在芒果TV(PC、Phone、Pad端)观看晚会直播的同时,只要通过各端口参与互动留言,留言就以“弹幕”的形式出现在湖南卫视以及芒果TV的直播画面中,“电视弹幕”的引入首次实现了电视与互联网技术的融合创新。

因为湖南卫视的受众、金鹰节的受众本身就有很多粉丝型观众,因此当他们将自己的想法、观点实时地在电视屏幕上“吐”出来,这些都构成了信息互动的闭环,使得粉丝不但能线下吐槽,其线上的存在感、控制欲等人性的需求也得到了释放与满足。

 

2、另一种补充,就是“无广告对接”:扰动互联观众的情绪

所有的电视节目,最大的问题就是广告的存在,因为它会撕裂观众的情绪,这也是为什么很少有互联网产品直接硬插广告,而选择产业链售卖等方式获利的原因。

于是在晚会的广告时间段内,芒果TV于PC、Phone、Pad和互联网电视端设置特别环节,以粉丝与明星的零距离互动为体现,实现全程无广告网络直播。据悉,“海涛逛金鹰,点的就是你”是芒果TV与金鹰节导演组共同策划,为金鹰互联盛典特别设计的后台互动环节,在该环节中主持人杜海涛随身携带主观机位即时直播电视未播出现场。在这个环节中,曹格、朴树、华晨宇、陈学冬、谢依霖、孙坚、李菲儿、白客等大牌明星接受广大网友的点名任务。

可以说,在粉丝型媒体中,编导运营的是受众的情绪,而该台晚会的编导在通过电视语言搅动电视粉丝之时,也通过了线下方式扰动互联观众的情绪,这才是本次尝试的意义所在,也是电视湘军蜕变互联湘军的演进方式。

 

3、主持人的语言和编导的思维:验证了互动的空间

在晚会最开始,白客就呈现了一出对未来的畅想:他成为未来世界唯一的五指人,而其余人类均变成了手指长璞的“指尖族”,为此白客遭到了全球人类的通缉。而在晚会结尾时,主持人汪涵也做了一番关于电视与互联网不是谁吃掉谁,而是相互融合、取长补短的论述。

从这两个细节,确实可以看出编导在整体晚会中对互联网和电视之间关系的思考,他们的确道出传统媒体与新媒体融合的真谛。本次互动实验也的确充分发挥了大屏和小屏的优势,通过大屏获得信息,通过小屏互动信息。这正如工业革命不是把人类已有的车、船全部砸烂,而是把发动机装在上面。

同时,本次互动较多地使用了二维码技术,这种技术虽然技术含量不是很高,但它普及度高,使用方便,是打通观众与节目主创之间、大屏与小屏之间最有效的工具。特别是该技术进行了APP应用下载、抽抢大奖、获得有用资料、投票表达态度等互动实验,从后来近千万次的互动量上看,基本验证了互动在节目形态和未来商业模式中巨大的、充满想象力的空间。

 

新转型寄于芒果TV?

熟悉湖南广电的都知道,曾经它的第一轮改革,激发了湖南经视这位地面四小龙之一的出现;第二轮改革,则将湖南卫视成功推上了省级卫视一哥的地位;但第三轮改革迟迟不见动静,而本届金鹰节,这一湖南广电最为重视的政治性任务中,无处不在的芒果TV身影,或许也预示着,芒果TV将可能成为“第二个湖南卫视”?

其实,据笔者采访快乐阳光总裁张若波了解到,芒果TV一直在关注、探索直播互动,此前已跟湖南经视探索了录播节目上的用户投票,在IPTV上也做了对《爸爸去哪儿》的用户投票活动,针对华晨宇火星演唱会做了销售性产品的互动。

据悉,芒果TV多端直播华晨宇火星演唱会当晚,芒果TV全平台共逾40万用户(含VIP尊享用户)实现网络在线共赏华晨宇火星演唱会,创明星演唱会在线观看人数纪录新高。在产品方面,日前芒果TV携手TCL全新推出的“TCL芒果TV+”双品牌互联网电视机创新台网互动玩法,为广大芒果粉量身打造出投票、互动答题、K歌等互动功能专区。用户可以通过专区功能与湖南卫视王牌综艺节目进行趣味互动,如投票支持喜欢的明星参加节目、互动答题赢取节目嘉宾签名照、累积芒果豆兑换精美礼品等,使电视观众与互联网用户的角色体验熔于一炉,将年轻受众重新拉回客厅。

现在谁也不能判定湖南广播电视台如此转型的成败,但芒果TV这只“新鲜芒果”,已经在像互联网公司一样思考与行动。(本文首发钛媒体

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5年前 从金鹰奖上“电视弹幕+芒果TV”看:电视湘军的互联网转型尝试 娱乐资本论

金鹰节

12日晚,金鹰节终于结束了三天的浩大颁奖礼行程,其中“金鹰节之互联盛典颁奖晚会”尤为令人惊奇:它不单是首家传统媒体给新媒体颁奖的大型活动,还将“电视弹幕”、“直播扫码”等互联网思维在一台电视晚会上玩出了奇葩的效果,将年轻观众拉回客厅。

从这个角度上看,一直被业内誉为电视湘军的湖南广电,此番集体变身互联湘军,除了引发业内关注外,或许,芒果TV也是湖南广电拧巴了四年的第三轮改革能绕过“制播分离”“转企改制”等症结,成功突破体制、机制的最大途径。

而说回这台晚会,这也是一次超越了“将电视内容简单地平移到互联网上”的大型直播。

笔者见过不少所谓的互动节目或互动晚会了,其表现形式不过仍是“拿来主义”:将网上收集的素材拿来、将APP统计的数据拿来、将视频资源拿到视频网站去播。

事实上,这些互动都是观众与观众之间,观众与技术与介质之间的互动。而不是观众与主持人与主创人员的互动。而本次直播,主持人穿插始终的对观众的系统性引导,编导对观众情绪和思维的策略性规划,等于把传统意义上的“观众”变成了活动的直接参与者,真正实现了传统的“台”利用互联网技术实现了与“网”的联动。

 

1、最明显的亮点,就是“电视弹幕”:信息互动的闭环

作为一档最“互联网”的电视晚会,它不仅是颁发什么移动互联网领域“年度十大应用、年度公司、年度新锐和跨界融合创新奖”,更重要的在于让粉丝互动起来。因此,这台晚会将移动互联元素“弹幕”搬到直播现场,用户在芒果TV(PC、Phone、Pad端)观看晚会直播的同时,只要通过各端口参与互动留言,留言就以“弹幕”的形式出现在湖南卫视以及芒果TV的直播画面中,“电视弹幕”的引入首次实现了电视与互联网技术的融合创新。

因为湖南卫视的受众、金鹰节的受众本身就有很多粉丝型观众,因此当他们将自己的想法、观点实时地在电视屏幕上“吐”出来,这些都构成了信息互动的闭环,使得粉丝不但能线下吐槽,其线上的存在感、控制欲等人性的需求也得到了释放与满足。

 

2、另一种补充,就是“无广告对接”:扰动互联观众的情绪

所有的电视节目,最大的问题就是广告的存在,因为它会撕裂观众的情绪,这也是为什么很少有互联网产品直接硬插广告,而选择产业链售卖等方式获利的原因。

于是在晚会的广告时间段内,芒果TV于PC、Phone、Pad和互联网电视端设置特别环节,以粉丝与明星的零距离互动为体现,实现全程无广告网络直播。据悉,“海涛逛金鹰,点的就是你”是芒果TV与金鹰节导演组共同策划,为金鹰互联盛典特别设计的后台互动环节,在该环节中主持人杜海涛随身携带主观机位即时直播电视未播出现场。在这个环节中,曹格、朴树、华晨宇、陈学冬、谢依霖、孙坚、李菲儿、白客等大牌明星接受广大网友的点名任务。

可以说,在粉丝型媒体中,编导运营的是受众的情绪,而该台晚会的编导在通过电视语言搅动电视粉丝之时,也通过了线下方式扰动互联观众的情绪,这才是本次尝试的意义所在,也是电视湘军蜕变互联湘军的演进方式。

 

3、主持人的语言和编导的思维:验证了互动的空间

在晚会最开始,白客就呈现了一出对未来的畅想:他成为未来世界唯一的五指人,而其余人类均变成了手指长璞的“指尖族”,为此白客遭到了全球人类的通缉。而在晚会结尾时,主持人汪涵也做了一番关于电视与互联网不是谁吃掉谁,而是相互融合、取长补短的论述。

从这两个细节,确实可以看出编导在整体晚会中对互联网和电视之间关系的思考,他们的确道出传统媒体与新媒体融合的真谛。本次互动实验也的确充分发挥了大屏和小屏的优势,通过大屏获得信息,通过小屏互动信息。这正如工业革命不是把人类已有的车、船全部砸烂,而是把发动机装在上面。

同时,本次互动较多地使用了二维码技术,这种技术虽然技术含量不是很高,但它普及度高,使用方便,是打通观众与节目主创之间、大屏与小屏之间最有效的工具。特别是该技术进行了APP应用下载、抽抢大奖、获得有用资料、投票表达态度等互动实验,从后来近千万次的互动量上看,基本验证了互动在节目形态和未来商业模式中巨大的、充满想象力的空间。

 

新转型寄于芒果TV?

熟悉湖南广电的都知道,曾经它的第一轮改革,激发了湖南经视这位地面四小龙之一的出现;第二轮改革,则将湖南卫视成功推上了省级卫视一哥的地位;但第三轮改革迟迟不见动静,而本届金鹰节,这一湖南广电最为重视的政治性任务中,无处不在的芒果TV身影,或许也预示着,芒果TV将可能成为“第二个湖南卫视”?

其实,据笔者采访快乐阳光总裁张若波了解到,芒果TV一直在关注、探索直播互动,此前已跟湖南经视探索了录播节目上的用户投票,在IPTV上也做了对《爸爸去哪儿》的用户投票活动,针对华晨宇火星演唱会做了销售性产品的互动。

据悉,芒果TV多端直播华晨宇火星演唱会当晚,芒果TV全平台共逾40万用户(含VIP尊享用户)实现网络在线共赏华晨宇火星演唱会,创明星演唱会在线观看人数纪录新高。在产品方面,日前芒果TV携手TCL全新推出的“TCL芒果TV+”双品牌互联网电视机创新台网互动玩法,为广大芒果粉量身打造出投票、互动答题、K歌等互动功能专区。用户可以通过专区功能与湖南卫视王牌综艺节目进行趣味互动,如投票支持喜欢的明星参加节目、互动答题赢取节目嘉宾签名照、累积芒果豆兑换精美礼品等,使电视观众与互联网用户的角色体验熔于一炉,将年轻受众重新拉回客厅。

现在谁也不能判定湖南广播电视台如此转型的成败,但芒果TV这只“新鲜芒果”,已经在像互联网公司一样思考与行动。

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5年前 【钛晨报】谷歌10月15日发布平板Nexus 9,苹果16日发新款iPad Air 钛媒体

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【钛媒综合】苹果方面,根据来自多方的消息来源显示,苹果将在10月16日的发布会上正式发布全新一代的iPad Air,同时宣布Apple Pay服务的正式推出时间。

不过,据美国科技博客Re/code撰稿人约翰·帕兹科维斯基(John Paczkowski)周一报道称,本次产品发布会上,苹果公司不会发布长期以来备受市场期待的Retina显示屏MacBook Air。

而根据美国科技媒体日前获得的一份有关Apple Pay的内部培训材料,苹果最新移动支付服务Apple Pay将于10月18日正式启用, Apple Pay可以通过Passbook 来设置,最多存储8张信用卡/借记卡。

谷歌方面,美国《华尔街日报》之前有报道称,HTC的工程师正在和谷歌展开紧密协作,研发九英寸平板Nexus 9。有关这款产品,多家科技媒体日前传出了进一步的消息,谷歌将会抢先苹果一天,即在10月15的一个发布会上对外发布。其中,Nexus 9价格定为399美元,有望在11月3日正式开售,传闻它搭载了64位Android 5.0系统。

外媒也进一步证实了《华尔街日报》的报道,即这款九英寸平板,参与设计和负责代工的厂商是中国台湾的HTC。HTC曾经和谷歌合作,推出了第一款Nexus设备(NexusOne智能手机)。但是谷歌此后的Nexus设备,都交给了其他硬件厂商负责研制。这是两家公司自从2011年来的再度携手。

不过科技媒体也指出,如果选择在10月15日发布九寸平板,这将对谷歌不利。众所周知,苹果iPad在全球平板市场影响力更强。后一天发布的新iPad,将会成为媒体新闻主角,谷歌的新平板可能被淹没。

另外,10月15日除了Nexus 9,谷歌还会带来Android Wear 2.0和Android TV。

 

钛媒摘声:

企业,无论大小和经营范围如何,都是全球性的,尽管人类往往习惯于选择自己熟悉的地方开始生活。你在潜意识里可能会认为你的所有客户以及行业中的所有其他公司都与你处在相同的地区。你千万不要被这样的错觉所迷惑。

——谷歌执行董事长埃里克-施密特(Eric Schmidt)

回头去看人类文明史,蒸汽机其实就是一个路由器,他把原先不可能连接的东西重新连接起来。从这个角度上来看, 20世纪对人类贡献最大的两个东西,一个是电脑计算机互联网,还有一个就是集装箱。集装箱把人类的车站、码头、港口、桥梁、隧道、工厂、车间、物流、系统全部连接打通,导致了我们今天能够看到的、如此辉煌的全球化。

——《罗辑思维》创始人罗振宇

 

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据腾讯科技从中移动内部渠道获悉,中移动日前试图通过成立独立公司来适应移动互联网的疯长。按照计划,中移动将成立新媒体集团公司及音乐、视频、阅读、游戏、动漫5个子公司,公司未来名称为 “咪咕文化科技集团公司”,力争2015年1月正式投入运营。

内部可靠信息显示,新媒体集团公司注资资金为104亿元,分三年拨付,2015年注资71亿元。按照计划,10月底前要完成新媒体集团公司工商登记注册工作,11月底配合5个省公司完成各个子公司工商登记注册工作。

 

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10月13日下午消息,首届浙江县城电子商务峰会今日在杭州召开。阿里巴巴在会上宣布启动千县万村计划,将在三至五年内投资100亿元,以推动农村电子商务的发展。

根据该计划,阿里将投资100亿元在县级地和农村建立线下服务点,具体将建立1000个县级运营中心和10万个村级服务站。

据《农村电子商务消费电子报告》显示,过去三年,淘宝农村消费从2012年第二季度的7.11%上升至2014年第一季度等 9.11%。预测2016年全国农村网购市场总量有可能突破4600亿元。

 

华为荣耀发布“畅玩”品牌,推智能电视狙击小米

10月13日消息,华为在京召开发布会,推出了荣耀系列手机新品荣耀4畅玩版、荣耀6至尊版、畅玩手环以及和酷开合作的一款智能电视产品A55,价格分别为699元/2999元/6999元。

 

三星称开发出最快Wi-Fi技术,3秒传完1G电影

三星电子日前宣布,该公司已开发出世界上速度最快的Wi-Fi技术,是当前消费电子设备使用最快Wi-Fi速率的5倍。

三星发表声明称,60GHz Wi-Fi技术允许1G电影在3秒内在设备间传输完毕,同时允许未压缩的高清视频能够实时从移动设备传输到电视上,没有任何延迟。这种技术消除了理论与实际速度之间的差异,能够让数据传输速率最快达到4.6Gbps,也就是每秒575MB,比当前Wi-Fi技术的108MB速度快4倍。

 

挂号网新融资:总融超1亿美元,腾讯领投

10月13日消息,挂号网(guahao.com)今天宣布获总额超1亿美元新一轮融资,腾讯领投。未来挂号网也将和腾讯在互联网医疗领域展开合作。

本轮注资完成后,挂号网将发布全新的移动医疗开放平台——微医平台。“微医平台”拟将与微信、QQ打通,为医院和医生提供接口。腾讯入股后,挂号网依然保持独立性。

 

拍拍网推出个人商家微信开店服务“拍拍微店”

10月13日上午消息,京东集团旗下拍拍网表示,基于移动端的微店铺“拍拍微店”将于近期正式面向拍拍网上所有的企业和个人商家开放,商家可以通过wd.paipai.com申请拍拍微店的开通及装修。

目前拍拍微店的订单占比有40%来源于微信场景,20%来源于手机QQ场景,还有40%则来自于空间、微博、论坛等渠道。

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5年前 10月14日坏消息榜|欧美投资者纷纷撤出中国股权基金 钛媒体

关注钛媒体每日、每月整理发布的行业坏消息榜,一榜略尽当日当月最具影响的坏消息。

 

欧美投资者纷纷撤出中国股权基金

由于欧美投资者担心中国经济形势会导致损失,中国股权基金将遭遇第四年的欧美投资者净资金外流。数据供应商晨星(Morningstar)编制数据显示今年投资者从美国的中国主题的股权基金中撤出了11亿美元,令这类基金的资产缩水近5分之一,跌至58亿美元。同一时期内,欧洲投资者从中国主题的股权基金撤出了5.96亿欧元(合7.54亿美元)。

 

美颜软件没用了!新约会网站只要视频不要照片

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美专利流氓公司收入竟远超专利实施公司

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Dropbox Bug永久删除用户文件

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5年前 About 70 Hospital Staffers Cared For Dallas Ebola Patient, Records Show

DALLAS (AP) — Medical records provided to The Associated Press show that about 70 staff members at a Dallas hospital were involved in the care of an Ebola patient before his death last week.

The employees at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital drew Thomas Eric Duncan's blood, put tubes down his throat and wiped up his diarrhea. They analyzed his urine and wiped saliva from his lips, even after he had lost consciousness.

The group included a 26-year-old nurse now being treated for Ebola.

The size of the medical team reflects the hospital's intense effort to save Duncan's life and suggests that many other people could have been exposed to the virus.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the agency must broaden the pool of people being monitored.

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5年前 The Money Americans Spend On Fantasy Football Could Solve World Hunger For 2 Years

Last year, Forbes estimated the economy created by Americans' expenditures on fantasy football, everything from direct revenues to time value, amounts to as much as $70 billion annually. That's a lot of cheddar. Here are six things that could be accomplished if that money was appropriated elsewhere.

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5年前 This 12-Year-Old Invented A Robot That Could Help End Malaria

David Cohen understands that mosquitoes aren't just pesky annoyances -- they're global killers, too.

That's why the 12-year-old from Dallas invented a robot that drowns the pests using a pump-jet system that traps them underwater using mesh. He submitted his work to the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge earlier this year and is one of the competition's ten finalists.

The challenge, which is open for students who are in grades 5 through 8 at the time of submission, awards its winner $25,000, the title of "America's Top Young Scientist," and an all-expenses paid vacation. A victor will be decided after finalists present their work on Oct. 13 and 14 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

While Cohen pointed out to The Huffington Post that malaria, a mosquito-borne illness, kills roughly 627,000 people each year -- predominantly in developing regions of sub-Saharan Africa -- Cohen said he got the idea for the project after his own family was affected by the dangerous pests.

"My sister actually got a pretty bad staph infection from itching a mosquito bite," he told HuffPost in an email, noting that mosquitoes love Texas' hot and humid climate. "She was in a lot of pain and could barely walk. It took her a couple weeks to heal with heavy antibiotics."

Like the other finalists, Cohen was matched with a mentor to help make his work become a reality. The high school freshman was paired with Delony Langer-Anderson, a 3M advanced new product development specialist in the Consumer Health Care Division.

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Cohen and his mentor throughout the competition, Delony Langer-Anderson. Photo courtesy 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Langer-Anderson, who helped connect Cohen with experts in mosquito-borne illnesses throughout their mentorship, said the Dallas preteen's unique perspective makes him a standout scientist.

"David looked at the problem of mosquito-borne illnesses in a different way," Langer-Anderson told HuffPost in an email. "He asked, 'What if the mosquito was never born?' As he's worked through prototypes and ideas, he's never lost sight of the idea that if he can stop the mosquito from emerging from the larvae stage, he can prevent them from spreading diseases."

Langer-Anderson said that while it remains to be seen if Cohen's invention will decrease the number of cases of diseases like malaria or West Nile virus, the fact that young people are already solving real world problems is a great sign.

"I think that people like David have the potential to impact the futures of people living in our country and in developing regions of the world," she said.

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5年前 Will Stratospheric Funerals Make A Killing?

A Kentucky-based company hopes to make a killing by offering customers the option of dropping their loved ones' cremated ashes 20 miles above Earth.

The company, Mesoloft, recently started offering a service where a weather balloon takes the cremains to the stratosphere and releases the ashes into the air.

The ashes return to Earth as dust or, possibly, in raindrops or snowflakes. The entire flight is captured for posterity on two GoPro cameras that are attached to the balloon and the payload holding the ashes. The shroud that carries the urn can be kept as a souvenir, according to Mesoloft co-founder Chris Winfield.

The company doesn't perform cremations but it costs $2,800 for the basic package that includes a video of the entire flight.

The $7,500 package also allows the loved ones to see the balloon take off to visit one of the company's three flight areas in Colorado, Indiana and New Mexico.

"Trees are not our friend," Mesoloft co-founder Chris Winfield explained to HuffPost. "We need to do this in big open areas, where we have open access."

Winfield said the balloons and the payloads stay in the air for about two hours and the company ensures they land in a five-mile radius of where they took flight.

The company also has to send out a notice to pilots to make sure planes don't bump into the funeral balloons.



Winfield said he and his two partners have thought about the idea for at least five years, but only recently figured out how to empty the ashes into the atmosphere.

"We did about 10 test flights using ashes -- not the human kind," he said. "At first, we had trouble getting the GoPro cameras to work in extreme conditions. Then it was figuring out the right amount of helium. The last few went off without a hitch so we thought it was time to take it to consumers."

Only two customers have purchased the service but Winfield figures clients will be dying to try it when they learn about how far the ashes theoretically might travel.

"Sand from dust storms in the Sahara desert has been traced in California, so we're confident when we say these ashes might go around the world."

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5年前 Istanbul Fashion Week Opens With Ottoman Flair

ISTANBUL -- Istanbul Fashion Week, abuzz with Turkey’s forefront designers and fashion icons, opened Monday with a salute to the country’s rich past.

Menswear designer Hatice Gokce kicked off the week with her runway collection inspired by the great Ottoman adventurer Evliya Celebi.

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A model walks the runway at Hatice Gokce’s show during Istanbul Fashion Week on Monday in Istanbul.



Known for colorful narratives documenting his journeys through the Ottoman Empire and abroad, Celebi’s legacy made it to the catwalk Monday -- more than 400 years later.

“I’m inspired by him,” Gokce told The WorldPost after her show. “The fact that he had that passion for traveling really excited me. I believe in our world, everyone is a bit of a traveler.”

With hues of silver, brown, and black, coupled with metallic and leather pieces -- hints of craftsmanship from the Ottoman era -- every outfit had a distinct Ottoman flair. Many of the models had full beards and wore harem pants.

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A model at Hatice Gokce’s show during Istanbul Fashion Week.



Gokce incorporated horses throughout her collection, from hats with wispy silver ponytails to horses printed on shirts and bags. And just as Celebi the traveler is often depicted with a horse, Gokce’s runway screen lit up with horses.

The designer, a leading name in men’s fashion here, said Turkey’s culture and its past are hugely important to her own work, as well as to her country’s future in fashion.

“I believe there is still lots of room to dig into history more thoroughly,” Gokce said.

While Turkey has long been a manufacturing hub for textiles, the country’s own fashion scene has been growing. Just a handful of years ago, Istanbul Fashion Week was a small event. Now, it’s an elegant affair, held at the city’s sleek contemporary art museum, Istanbul Modern, overlooking the Bosphorus.

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A model walks the runway at Hatice Gokce’s show during Istanbul Fashion Week.



While the rest of Monday’s collections had little notable Turkish influence, with models donning see-through belly shirts and bold dresses that screamed ‘consume,’ Gokce’s collection struck a different tone.

In addition to the runway pieces, she distributed booklets detailing her leather collection, which includes items based on eight different ancient civilizations at different times in Anatolia, known as Turkey’s heartland.

Turkey’s Ministry of Economy, as well as several leather organizations, have been major backers of Gokce’s work.

Gokce is one of Turkey’s fashion success stories. She said she hopes other designers will keep pushing boundaries and showcase their work more to help ignite Turkey’s fashion scene.

“We need to create more,” she said, emphatically. “We need to make it happen. It will trigger the transformation.”

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5年前 North Korea's Kim Jong Un Makes First Appearance Since September 3

(Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a newly built residential district and a scientific establishment, state media reported early on Tuesday, his first public appearances since Sept. 3.

The 31-year-old Kim's prolonged absence from public view had fuelled speculation over his health as well as his grip on power in the secretive nuclear capable nation.

(Reporting by Tony Munroe; Editing by David Gregorio)

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5年前 CDC: No Ebola At Boston's Logan Airport After Sick Passengers Removed From Flight


Oct 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was no Ebola scare at Boston's Logan Airport on Monday after concerns were raised when five passengers with flu-like symptoms were removed from a flight that landed there.

"There was not an Ebola scare at Boston's Logan Airport," Shelly Diaz, a CDC spokeswoman, said.

Emergency crews in protective gear removed the passengers from Emirates flight 237 after it had arrived from Dubai on Monday. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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5年前 British MPs Pass Non-Binding Vote To Recognize Palestine

(Reuters) - British lawmakers voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state on Monday in a move that will not alter the government's stance on the issue, but that carries symbolic value for Palestinians in their pursuit of statehood.

Lawmakers in Britain's lower house of parliament voted by 274 to 12 to pass a non-binding motion stating: "That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution."

Britain does not classify Palestine as a state, but says it could do so at any time if it believed it would help peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel. Government ministers were told to abstain and the non-binding vote will not force Britain to recognise a Palestinian state.

(Reporting by William James)

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5年前 Arizona Cop In Video Threatens To Shoot Immigrant

An Arizona police officer threatened an immigrant with death if he moved after his car was stopped for an unclear reason, a video uploaded to YouTube by an immigrant rights activist appears to show.

Teodulo Sánchez, a Mexican immigrant who has lived in the United States for 14 years, said he was returning home to Mesa, Arizona, on Friday afternoon from a job in Yuma where he works as a plumber when he was stopped by police in the town of Buckeye. Sánchez said he noticed an unmarked car following him before he was stopped, which he made him nervous and prompted him to film the interaction.

Erika Andiola, co-director of the immigrant advocacy group DRM Action Coalition, uploaded the video to YouTube.

In the video, the officer who approaches Sánchez speaks English at first, then switches to Spanish after Sánchez identifies himself. The officer asks Sánchez if he has any guns in the car. Sánchez replies that he had only work tools.

The officer asks him to put his hands on the steering wheel and keep them where he can see them.

“If you do anything, I’ll kill you right here,” the officer says as Sánchez hands over his driver’s license. Though Sánchez tells the officer he is recording the incident, the cop repeats the threat: "If you move, I'll shoot you. You understand?"

The 1:14 minute video cuts off shortly after the threat. Sánchez said he was stopped for about 20 minutes total and was released without charges.

“I really thought they he was going to shoot me,” Sánchez told The Huffington Post. “He had a pistol in his hand and was pointing it at me the whole time.”

Sánchez said the policeman searched the car for drugs and guns, finding nothing. But he said that after searching the car, the officer told him he had stopped him because of an identification sticker on his rear window that he uses to enter the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma when he works there. He said the police told him not to use the sticker when he leaves the base, although his employers at the base have not told him to remove it.

Sánchez, who has a wife and two young children, said he planned to file a complaint with the department on Monday.

The Buckeye Police Department did not immediately return a phone message asking for comment.

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5年前 Women Of The Wall Launch Bat Mitzvah Ad Campaign In Fight To Read Torah At The Western Wall

JERUSALEM (RNS) A new bus ad campaign promoting the right of girls to celebrate their bat mitzvah at the Western Wall is the latest push by the feminist group Women of the Wall to prod Israel’s Orthodox religious establishment to expand opportunities for women at one of Judaism’s most sacred sites.

As it stands now, bar mitzvah boys are encouraged to read from the Torah at the Western Wall, but the state-supported Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which is run by Israel’s Orthodox establishment, prohibits girls and women from doing so.

The women’s group, which in 2013 won a Jerusalem District Court case permitting women at the wall to wear prayer shawls and phylacteries — ritual items historically used by men — has been trying for more than 25 years to pray at the site with a Torah, undisturbed by hecklers and the threat of arrest.

The ad campaign, the first of its kind, features Israeli girls wearing a prayer shawl and holding a Torah scroll in front of the Western Wall. The ads say, “Mom, I, too, want a bat mitzvah at the Western Wall” and “Now it is my turn.”

Among the girls featured is Ashira Abramowitz-Silverman, the niece of U.S. comedian Sarah Silverman. The girl’s parents — Yosef Abramowitz and Rabbi Susan Silverman — are activists.

The ads were posted Sunday (Oct. 12) on public buses following last week’s High Court decision against the state and the Egged bus company, which two years ago refused to put ads featuring women on its buses out of fears they would be vandalized by ultra-Orthodox extremists.

Acknowledging the potential for vandalism, Lesley Sachs, director of Women of the Wall, called the 11- to 14-year-old girls featured on the buses “brave” for appearing in the ads.

At the launch, the organization said the foundation is placing unnecessary restrictions on women’s prayer.

“To deny any Jew access to a Torah scroll, as has been done so many times before throughout Jewish history, is an affront to religious freedom. To refuse women access to Torah has no basis in halakhah (Jewish law) and has no place in a public site in a democratic state,” the group said in a statement.

But Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who heads the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, gave no indication it would budge.

“Every stream of Judaism, he said, “thinks that only its way is correct,” he said. “My job, and it’s a difficult one, is to maintain the status quo.”

In a further activist push the group announced it is planning the “first Torah reading from a Torah scroll” in the women’s section on October 24.

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5年前 Qatar's Path to Regional Maturity

"What is the only country in the world whose name starts with the letter 'Q?" A quiz question I remember being asked as a child, playing the word game "Name Place Animal Thing" on long family drives in Pakistan thirty odd years ago. The name of the country still causes much confusion, with prominent world leaders and journalists still mispronouncing it with an unseemly "G" instead of a "Q." Yet despite all these comical tales, and its relatively small geographic and demographic size (a population of only around 2.1 million, of which only 300,000 are indigenous inhabitants and the rest are migrant temporary workers), this country is now a major power broker in the Middle East.

Until the discovery of fossil fuels in the 1940s, Qatar had little global presence. The Al-Thani family had controlled the emirate since 1825, while skirmishing and frequently losing control to neighboring Bahrain and the Ottomans during much of the nineteenth century. The British formed an alliance with the ruling family in exchange for allegiance to the Crown that continued until 1971, when the country was granted full independence. As with most benevolent autocracies in the region, Qatar's fate has been determined by the emir for better and for worse. Its rise to global prominence can be largely credited to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-thani who took power in a 1995 coup, while his father was vacationing in Switzerland.

Sheikh Hamad, wisely influenced by his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, started the Qatar Foundation to utilize the country's wealth strategically around media, art and education development. During his reign, Education City was built, attracting leading American universities such as Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon to open their campuses and offering fully accredited degrees in the country's capital Doha. The world's largest museum of Islamic Art, designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, was opened at choice location along the capital's corniche. And perhaps most notably, Al Jazeera was launched as an alternative media voice in both Arabic and English, much to the chagrin of many Western audiences, but also drawing ire from Saudi Arabia and Egypt for critical commentary.

"Alternative" as it was, Al Jazeera resisted criticism of the Qatari regime's political decisions and the same was true of research conducted at the universities and think tanks supported by the government. As noted in a recent New York Times article, a certain respectful distance was taken on criticism the Qatari government's decisions regarding support for Hamas or for the Muslim Brotherhood as well as controversies surrounding labor practices and the alleged bribery involved in the country's successful bit to host the Football World Cup in 2022. I observed such inconsistencies in media and research products firsthand while living in Doha for 4 months in 2009 as a visiting fellow at The Brookings Doha Center. Nevertheless, I felt relatively comfortable in Qatar which was still far more intellectually open and energizing than its various neighboring states and willing to host public forums such as the "Doha Debates" (that are still broadcast on the BBC) . The meltdown of the Arab Spring appears to have vindicated some of Qatar's censorship as a price to pay for stability in a volatile region, though foreign institutions should still disclose any restrictions or restraints in their research reporting from the country.

More than a year has passed since Sheikh Hamad abdicated power to his 34-year old son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani in June 2013. The decision was sudden and there was little known about the new Sheikh, apart from his signature studies at the prestigious Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst (UK), which are a frequent right of passage for Gulf rulers. There were some indications that new Sheikh was more conservative than his father, particularly with reference to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. However, after some teething troubles in his first year with diplomatic clashes involving Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the US, the Sheikh appears to be settled in a far more stable and mature position. Qatar's ambivalence on issues like Islamist politics appears to have an emergent strategy and greater transparency of purpose. The country, despite its majority Wahabbi Sunni population, also has a better relationship with Iran, with whom it shares the enormous South Pars North Dome gas field in the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

In his first media interview to a foreign news organization, the Sheikh spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on September 25, 2014, and came across as articulate and strategically insightful. He stood his ground on the rationale for giving refuge to certain Islamist elements but noted restrictions imposed on their activities, soon after announcing the expulsion of several Brotherhood members who were violating the terms of their asylum. Sheikh Tamim also expressed conciliatory gestures towards the United States and even noted a willingness to engage with Israel as soon as the peace process with the Palestinians gains traction. He has also committed to enforcing strict labor standards and admitted the potential for indentured exploitation from the old migrant sponsorship control system which he has abolished.

Sheikh Tamim is thus showing sensible political acumen that is most welcome in Gulf politics despite his young years. He should also be willing to embrace greater freedom of press and resume the hybrid democratization process which was started by his father. Legislative elections were supposed to occur in Qatar in 2013 but were "postponed indefinitely" when Sheikh Hamad abdicated the leadership to Sheikh Tamim. Ironically, the Qatari leadership has supported democratization processes in Libya and Egypt, despite their troubled outcomes and perhaps this may lead the Sheikh to question such processes in his own land. However, given the positive development investment and affluence of Qatar's population across the board, democratization is unlikely to cause any major upsets in the country. This small peninsular state has much promise to be a democratized outlier in the Gulf and there are signs that it is learning from past policy mistakes and reaching a level of maturity that could make it a major diplomatic force in the region.

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5年前 Who's to Blame ... in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Ripping down the Palestinian flag that hung from my wall was my first reaction to hearing the sirens in Jerusalem one day last summer. It was not out of hostility for Palestine or even for Hamas, for that matter, but for hearing the fireworks and cheers in the neighboring Palestinian Arab village of Isawiya, next door to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I was studying on the Mount Scopus Campus. As I watched the Iron Dome of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepting rockets fired at the Holy City, many of these residents flocked to the streets in celebration.

Who's to blame in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? The Israelis? The Palestinians? The governments? The religions? Or people like me who irrationally react to uneducated feelings and uninformed beliefs. The Middle East is stricken with motivated violence, but who really is to blame? Where's this motivation coming from?

I'll tell you this much: after living as a student in Israel and Palestine for the past year, I've realized that people on the ground do not want peace; they want their own states. Westerners (myself included) want coexistence for the people living in that land, but people living there are already coexisting out of necessity. When will we "out-of-group" members even acknowledge the wants of the people living in this region?

I'm in no position, nor am I in any way warranted, to pass judgment on this issue. I'm neither Israeli nor Palestinian, let alone Jewish or Arab. Then why comment?

Throughout my time attempting to promote plurality and inclusive relations between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East and while interning with the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), I have found that both sides want different things, but also the same things.

They both want chaos, suffering, and turmoil to end and to wake up each morning not fearing the day. They both want to go through their normal routines, just as we all do and take for granted each and every day.

Yes, this is too simple; it is not enough.

Of course, government policies need to be created and amended, fair borders drawn, and extremists silenced, but this is not the purpose of my writing. The ICCI, along with other interreligious and peace organizations in Israel and Palestine, believe that religion could be used as a weapon (yes, pun-intended) for peace and not destruction. Just as Desmond Tutu discusses, religion is a simple tool, like a knife: when it is used to cut bread, it is good; when it is used to cut someone's throat, it is bad.

I suggest this:

Let us take a step-back and think about intercultural dialogue and forming interconnected webs of mutual recognition before focusing on religion. And we first need to target the places where many Israelis and Palestinians inhabit: community centers. There are over 30 community centers in Jerusalem and virtually none of them rely on intercultural work. Colin Hames, Director of the Jerusalem Suburbs Community Center, believes that it's more useful to work on intercultural dialogue and from there slowly move into interreligious dialogue.

The simplest way to go about this is to get people together to become aware and learn about the other! Once you know the person, from an I-Thou Relationship and not merely an I-It Relationship (to use the words of Martin Buber), you begin to dialogue about intercultural relations. It is only when you look into the eyes of the other and acknowledge them for being from the same source that can interreligious dialogue become valuable. Creating intercultural programs in community centers can counter the prevailing attitudes of both Israelis and Palestinians against celebrating at the peril of the other. It is only by long-term intensive religious and cultural humanistic education that we can address the issues in the Middle East; the true way of doing this is to build infrastructure on the ground that will allow such to happen and not rely on Westerners coming into their land to find solutions for 'peace."

The mission of the ICCI is "to harness the teachings and values of the three Abrahamic faiths to transform religion's role from a force of division and extremism into a source of reconciliation, coexistence, and understanding." Quite simply, the ICCI aims to act as a support system for both Israelis and Palestinians, and all that seek their council. In 2011, my friend and mentor, Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish, Founder and Director of the ICCI, helped create a collation of more than 40 different organizations to express tolerance and unity against Tag Mechir ("price-tag") with Tag Meir ("spreading the light").

There has been much incitement due to Operation Protective Edge, and many houses, cars, mosques, synagogues, etc. have become vandalized. Common reflections from personal experiences have included the response (or lack thereof) of the local police, the role the Knesset must place to diminish such attacks, and how Tag Meir is indeed, "lighting" the way. Dr. Kronish states, "Fighting against price-tags brings people of good will together to combat xenophobia and insensitivity to fellow human beings. It reminds us that all human beings are created in the Divine Image."

Maybe we should stop playing the blame game. Maybe we should stop posting hateful, bigoted, and ignorant comments on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe my religion isn't better than your religion, my God isn't better than your God...or maybe we are all to blame: especially people like me who reacted so unresponsively Pavlovian for something I barely understood and continue to barely understand.

Rather than blaming each other, we ought to accept responsibility for each other's fate. All of us as human beings are inextricably intertwined. Instead of blame, let's try a new game: act for peace, and encourage those on the ground in both Israel and Palestine who are doing so.

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5年前 The Age of Vulnerability

NEW YORK -- Two new studies show, once again, the magnitude of the inequality problem plaguing the United States. The first, the U.S. Census Bureau's annual income and poverty report, shows that, despite the economy's supposed recovery from the Great Recession, ordinary Americans' incomes continue to stagnate. Median household income, adjusted for inflation, remains below its level a quarter century ago.

It used to be thought that America's greatest strength was not its military power, but an economic system that was the envy of the world. But why would others seek to emulate an economic model by which a large proportion -- even a majority -- of the population has seen their income stagnate while incomes at the top have soared?

A second study, the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report 2014, corroborates these findings. Every year, the UNDP publishes a ranking of countries by their Human Development Index HDI, which incorporates other dimensions of well-being besides income, including health and education.

America ranks fifth according to HDI, below Norway, Australia, Switzerland and the Netherlands. But when its score is adjusted for inequality, it drops 23 spots -- among the largest such declines for any highly developed country. Indeed, the U.S. falls below Greece and Slovakia, countries that people do not typically regard as role models or as competitors with the U.S. at the top of the league tables.

The UNDP report emphasizes another aspect of societal performance: vulnerability. It points out that while many countries succeeded in moving people out of poverty, the lives of many are still precarious. A small event -- say, an illness in the family -- can push them back into destitution. Downward mobility is a real threat, while upward mobility is limited.

In the U.S., upward mobility is more myth than reality, whereas downward mobility and vulnerability is a widely shared experience. This is partly because of America's healthcare system, which still leaves poor Americans in a precarious position, despite President Barack Obama's reforms.

Those at the bottom are only a short step away from bankruptcy with all that that entails. Illness, divorce, or the loss of a job often is enough to push them over the brink.

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare") was intended to ameliorate these threats -- and there are strong indications that it is on its way to significantly reducing the number of uninsured Americans. But, partly owing to a Supreme Court decision and the obduracy of Republican governors and legislators, who in two dozen U.S. states have refused to expand Medicaid (insurance for the poor) -- even though the federal government pays almost the entire tab -- 41 million Americans remain uninsured. When economic inequality translates into political inequality -- as it has in large parts of the U.S. -- governments pay little attention to the needs of those at the bottom.

Neither GDP nor HDI reflects changes over time or differences across countries in vulnerability. But in America and elsewhere, there has been a marked decrease in security. Those with jobs worry whether they will be able to keep them; those without jobs worry whether they will get one.

The recent economic downturn eviscerated the wealth of many. In the U.S., even after the stock market recovery, median wealth fell more than 40 percent from 2007 to 2013. That means that many of the elderly and those approaching retirement worry about their standards of living. Millions of Americans have lost their homes; millions more face the insecurity of knowing that they may lose theirs in the future.

These insecurities are in addition to those that have long confronted Americans. In the country's inner cities, millions of young Hispanics and African Americans face the insecurity of a dysfunctional and unfair police and judicial system; crossing the path of a policeman who has had a bad night may lead to an unwarranted prison sentence -- or worse.

Europe has traditionally understood the importance of addressing vulnerability by providing a system of social protection. Europeans have recognized that good systems of social protection can even lead to improved overall economic performance, as individuals are more willing to take the risks that lead to higher economic growth.

But in many parts of Europe today, high unemployment (12 percent on average, 25 percent in the worst affected countries), combined with austerity-induced cutbacks in social protection, has resulted in unprecedented increases in vulnerability. The implication is that the decrease in societal well-being may be far larger than that indicated by conventional GDP measures -- numbers that already are bleak enough, with most countries showing that real (inflation-adjusted) per capita income is lower today than before the crisis -- a lost half-decade.

The report by the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (which I chaired) emphasized that GDP is not a good measure of how well an economy is performing. The U.S. Census and UNDP reports remind us of the importance of this insight. Too much has already been sacrificed on the altar of GDP fetishism.

Regardless of how fast GDP grows, an economic system that fails to deliver gains for most of its citizens, and in which a rising share of the population faces increasing insecurity, is, in a fundamental sense, a failed economic system. And policies, like austerity, that increase insecurity and lead to lower incomes and standards of living for large proportions of the population are, in a fundamental sense, flawed policies.

This piece also appeared on Project Syndicate.

© Project Syndicate, 2014

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5年前 Major Bank Asks Traders To Be Polite, They Promptly Quit

Deutsche Bank is losing some of its best-performing traders, the Financial Times reports. The bank says it's no longer keen on rewarding people to rig interest rates, manipulate foreign exchange rates and then send sweary emails bragging about it. So traders who like to get paid to do those things are leaving.

"Cultural change," in the words of Colin Fan, Deutsche Bank's co-head of investment banking, is sweeping through the company, and the message is clear -- you can't be vulgar, amoral or even, it seems, profitable. After all, this is a trading floor. "We definitely are seeing leakage," Fan told the FT, using inexplicably medical imagery. Traders who are "purely financially driven [are] going to less regulated spaces" like hedge funds or boutique firms, he said.

Leaving aside Fan's amusing implication that there are traders who aren't purely financially driven, there are two important things happening here. The first is that the traders departing Deutsche Bank aren't spending a lot of time looking for new work. They're getting jobs at places that presumably don't mind -- or that might even desire -- a bit of rate-rigging on their traders' resumes. If you care about the financial system as a whole, as opposed to just Deutsche Bank, that's worrying.

The second is that it appears Deutsche Bank's push for "cultural change" is yielding some results. As the FT's Alice Ross and Daniel Schäfer perfectly put it, "'cultural change'... in non-banker speak, means stopping traders from saying stupid things." And stopping traders from saying stupid things involves not paying them to say stupid things. Employees at Deutsche have been caught both doing bad things and talking about them.

But the bank's solution, the FT reported in May, is to focus on the latter. A video that Fan sent to employees -- complete with a jarring jump cut and zoom that both grab your attention and induce nausea -- sternly instructs them to stop being "boastful, indiscreet and vulgar."

"Communications that run even a small risk of being seen as unprofessional," he said, "stops right now ... Think carefully about what you say and how you say it."

The F-bomb is commonly heard wherever traders are gathered, and if banks want fewer profane emails bragging about rate-rigging and champagne-chugging sitting on company servers, well, that's understandable. Saying silly things in an email is a easy way to attract scrutiny. Just ask Fabrice Tourre.

Clamping down on traceable communication is a bet against regulators' ability to investigate your shady activities through other means. That can be a profitable bet for a very long time. (Hedge fund honcho Steve Cohen knows this better than anyone.) A better way to ensure that your bank earns and maintains a reputation for lawfulness might be to focus on not doing illegal things. But stopping that behavior, after it's been flourishing for years, is hard to do, and hard to talk about in one-minute videos.

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5年前 Hillsong's Brian Houston Denies Covering Up Dad's Alleged Sex Abuse of Children

NEW YORK (RNS) Days ahead of an annual conference in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the founder of the Hillsong music and church empire is facing strict scrutiny for what he knew about sex abuse allegations lodged against his father.

Hillsong is an Australian megachurch that has exported its influence to major global cities and into churches’ music across the U.S.

In 1999, Brian Houston’s father, Frank Houston, who was also a minister, confessed to sexually abusing an underage male at his New Zealand congregation 30 years before. In response, the younger Houston, who was then president of the Assemblies of God in Australia, fired his father, took control of the church and merged it with Hillsong.

The elder Houston died in 2004.

On Thursday and Friday (Oct. 9-10), the son took the witness stand in Sydney and denied any attempt to cover up the allegations. Next week, Brian Houston will be in New York City for the church’s conference, at Madison Square Garden.

In his testimony, Brian Houston denied trying to hide his involvement in a $10,000 compensation payment made to a man who was abused as a child by his father.

“I acknowledge the courage of the victim in taking the stand today to outline the trauma he has suffered by Frank Houston,” Brian Houston said in a statement. “However I disagree with his perception of the phone call with me, and I strongly refute that I — at any time — accused him of tempting my father. I would never say this and I do not believe this. At no stage did I attempt to hide or cover up the allegations against my father.”

Through what’s called a royal commission, the Australian government is scrutinizing how institutions — including the Pentecostal church network that gave birth to Hillsong – have handled sex abuse claims. A royal commission is Australia’s highest level of inquiry.

Frank Houston never faced prosecution for crimes committed in the 1960s and 1970s. The Assemblies of God in Australia allowed Houston to resign quietly with a retirement package.

“We believe that exposing child sexual abuse and the response of institutions to that abuse, and allowing survivors to share their traumatic experiences, is a powerful step in the healing process,” Brian Houston said in a statement. “Having to face the fact that my father engaged in such repulsive acts was — and still is — agonizing.”

Hillsong congregants, based in western Sydney, gave him a standing ovation after he delivered his sermon on Sunday (Oct. 12) addressing his father’s sexual abuse.

“They have done the journey with us so there’d be very few people (at Hillsong) with any surprises. I’ve never hidden it from the church,” he told Australia’s “Today” show.

Brian Houston told the commission he first became aware of the abuse allegations in 1999, but learned in 2000 there were additional claims involving six boys in New Zealand. He said there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.

The 30-year-old Hillsong multisite church based in the outskirts of Sydney mixes Christian rock, charismatic energy and Australian accents in shaping Christian churches in major cities across the globe. Hillsong’s ubiquitous praise songs like “Shout to the Lord” can be found in many U.S. churches on any given Sunday.

More than 50,000 people attend Hillsong offshoots in London; Cape Town, South Africa; Paris; Kiev, Ukraine; Stockholm; Amsterdam; Barcelona, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; New York and most recently Los Angeles. Its American congregations received front-page attention in The New York Times last month.

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