5 Mayıs 2015 Salı

You Probably Aren't Doing 10 Of The Best Plyometric Exercises

Nothing screams "celebration" quite like jumping around with excitement. And we here at The Huffington Post are literally jumping for joy in celebration of the company's 10th birthday. We decided to throw some fitness clothes into the mix and make a workout of it!

Here are 10 of our favorite plyometric exercises that never fail to help us work up a serious sweat and make us feel like we've accomplished the impossible. These moves not only work every muscle from head to toe, but also burn major calories both during and after a session due to their use of high-intensity interval training. All you need to jump right into this workout is a sturdy box or an exercise bench, a weighted fitness ball and your favorite pair of sneakers.

Check out these effective plyometric moves you're probably not doing, and then tell us which exercise makes you feel most like celebrating in the comments below.

Step 1: Place a sturdy box or exercise bench directly in front of you. Take a test step-up to make sure you can clear the edge without tripping, and measure the distance between the surface and your body that you'll need for the jump.
Step 2: With feet in line with the hips, sink into a squat, keeping the knees behind the toes and reaching your arms low and back for leverage.
Step 3: Swing your arms forward and propel out of the squat position as you jump your feet on top of the box or bench. Once you've landed, sink into another squat, holding your hands in front of your for balance.
Step 4: Slowly step down back down to the floor, one foot at a time, to the starting position to complete one rep.

Step 1: Using the box or bench one last time, stand behind it like you did with the first exercise. Place your right foot on top of the surface near the edge to make sure your leg forms a right angle from your standing position. Adjust accordingly.
Step 2: With the right ball of the foot touching (but not resting) on the surface, jump as you switch feet, landing with the left ball of the foot touching the surface.
Step 3: Switch back to the right foot to complete one rep. Continue alternating feet with a jump in between each switch, all the while remaining light on the toes for additional agility.

6 Nisan 2015 Pazartesi

Snowden Explains How The Government

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with comedian John Oliver nearly two years after he leaked classified documents about U.S. government surveillance programs and fled to Russia to escape prosecution."I do miss my country. I do miss my home. I do miss my family," Snowden said.

Oliver, the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," encouraged Snowden to explain bulk surveillance in colloquial terms so the general public could better understand it. He showed Snowden a video of Americans who were concerned that the government improperly intercepted nude photos, or "dick pics," as part of its mass surveillance programs."The good news is that there's no program named the 'dick pic' program. The bad news. they are still collecting everybody's information, including your dick pics," Snowden said while stifling a chuckle.

"If you have your email somewhere like Gmail hosted on a server overseas or transferred overseas or anytime it crosses outside the borders of the United States, your junk ends up in the database," Snowden added.Snowden then went on to explain the "PRISM" program, which collects data from tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and others.

"PRISM is how they pull your junk out of Google, with Google's involvement," he said. "I guess I never thought about putting it in the context of your junk."So should Americans stop taking photos of their private parts and sending them online?

"You shouldn't change your behavior because of a government agency somewhere that's doing the wrong thing," Snowden said. "If you sacrifice your values because you're afraid, you don't care about those values very much." CORRECTION: A previous version of this story quoted Snowden as saying PRISM collects data without Google's involvement. He said that Google is involved in the process.

16 Şubat 2015 Pazartesi

Blames DHS Standoff On Senate Democrats Boehner Defends Netanyahu

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) still isn't ruling out the possibility of a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security.Boehner said Sunday on Fox News that he was "certainly" willing to let the funding for the Department of Homeland Security lapse, and that Senate Democrats would be to blame if a deal wasn't reached.

A House bill that would fund the department until the end of the current budget year has been blocked by Senate Democrats because it would also limit President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Many Republicans, meanwhile, say they won't support a funding bill that doesn't include those limits."The Constitution makes it pretty clear that the House has to do its work and the Senate has to do theirs. The House has acted to fund the department and to stop the president's overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders," Boehner told Fox's Chris Wallace.

The DHS is expected to run out of funding Feb. 27 unless Congress takes action."Here's the bottom line: the deadline is less than two weeks from now," Wallace said. "And the fact is that you and Congress are going to be out on recess for the next week. Can you promise the American people with the terror threat only growing that you're not going to allow funding for the Department of Homeland Security to run out?"

"The House has acted. We've done our job," Boehner replied. "Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. It's up to Senate Democrats to get their act together."Boehner also defended his decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without first consulting the White House, a decision many Democrats have slammed as a breach of protocol. A number of Democratic lawmakers have announced plans to skip the speech, or called for it to be postponed.

"We have every right to do what we did. I wanted the prime minister to come here," Boehner said.Boehner made the invitation without telling the Obama administration because he "wanted to make sure that there was no interference," he said. "There's no secret here in Washington about the animosity that this White House has for Prime Minister Netanyahu. I frankly didn't want them getting in the way and quashing what I thought was a real opportunity."A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll found that Americans thought the invitation was inappropriate, but that many still want their own representative to attend Netanyahu's speech.

25 Ocak 2015 Pazar

States Where The Middle Class Is Dying: 24/7 Wall St.

The American economy is by many measures well on the road to full recovery. The national unemployment rate was 6.2% in 2013, down from 9.3% in 2009; U.S. gross domestic product grew 5% in the third quarter of 2014; and the S&P 500 recently reached its all time high. And yet the middle class, which historically was the driver of economic growth, is falling behind. The average income among middle class families shrank by 4.3% between 2009 and 2013, while incomes among the wealthiest 20% of American households grew by 0.4%.

Based on average pre-tax income earned by the third quintile, or the middle 20% of earners in each state, middle class incomes in California declined the most in the country. Incomes among middle class Californian households fell by nearly 7% between 2009 and 2013, while income among the state’s fifth quintile, or the top 20% of state earners, grew by 1.3%. Based on an analysis of household incomes among America’s middle class, these are the states where the middle class is suffering the most.

Much of the income growth among the highest earning households is likely due to stock market gains. As Thomas Piketty argues in his book, “Capital in the 21st Century,” income inequality results from a higher return on capital — money used to make more money in the stock market or other revenue-generating assets — than wage and GDP growth. With the rich holding a disproportionate share of money in the stock market, their incomes have recovered much faster than those of middle class workers.

In all 10 of the states on this list, the share of total income earned by the bottom 80% of households fell between 2009 and 2013 and was redistributed to the highest quintile. The top 20% of U.S. households held more than 51% of total income in 2013, up 1.14 percentage points from 2009. Even among top earners, income was not evenly distributed. Over that five-year period, the top 5% of households accounted for nearly 75% of income gains in the top 20% of earners.

Income from capital gains may partly explain why the income distribution has skewed towards the rich in recent years. “We have seen the stock market recover quite well for many Americans who do have access to the market and who are investors,” Valenti said. Meanwhile, average workers do not.

17 Aralık 2014 Çarşamba

Why You Should Care About The Collapsing Russian Ruble

Plunging oil prices and economic sanctions have pushed Russia's economy to the brink of collapse. "Couldn't happen to a nicer dictator than Vladimir Putin," you might be thinking, but it could have repercussions for all of us. Russia's currency, the ruble, crashed to record lows against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, accelerating a months-long selloff. Russia's central bank jacked up interest rates in the middle of the night, desperately trying to stanch the bleeding by enticing investors to keep cash in the country. The bank raised its key rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent, the biggest hike since Russia's ruble crisis in 1998.

If that effort did any good, it was hard to tell. (Story continues below chart.) ruble trouble How many dollars a ruble will buy? Not many. The central bank's failure means it will have to keep trying, either by raising rates again or potentially by cracking down on the flow of capital out of the country. Neither option is good, as they can stifle borrowing and economic growth, which was already in deep trouble. Russian GDP might shrink by a terrifying 4.5 percent next year, the central bank said Monday, especially if the price of crude oil hangs around $60 a barrel.

Oil traded around $54 a barrel in New York on Tuesday, after free-falling from nearly $100 a barrel in August. Russia is the world's second-biggest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia. The oil price crash has starved the country of a major source of economic power. Throw in Western sanctions over Putin's adventures in the Crimea and Ukraine, and the Russian economy has ground to a halt. So, mission accomplished, right? We've punished Putin. But beware of blowback. The 1998 crisis brought down hedge fund Long Term Capital Management, which shook the entire financial system. The Federal Reserve had to ride to the rescue of LTCM, recruiting banks to bail it out. The current ruble collapse is starting to look worse than the 1998 debacle: (Story continues after chart, which is courtesy of tradingeconomics.com)

27 Kasım 2014 Perşembe

Ridley Scott Addresses 'Exodus' Casting Controversy

Following months of backlash, Ridley Scott has finally addressed the casting controversies surrounding "Exodus." In an interview with Variety, Scott said the reason he cast white actors to play Egyptians in his Biblical film was because of monetary considerations."I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such," Scott told Variety. "I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up."

Scott's film cost near $200 million before European tax credits pushed the eventual reported budget down to $140 million. Christian Bale plays Moses in the film, with white actors such as Joel Edgerton (as Ramses), Sigourney Weaver (as Tuya), John Turturro (as Seti I) and Aaron Paul (as Joshua) filling out other major roles. Non-white actors with significant parts in "Exodus: Gods and Kings" include Ben Kingsley, María Valverde and Hiam Abbass. (Black actors were seemingly cast as slaves and servants.)

"Ridley Scott is one of those guys who’s apparently hellbent on historical accuracy but doesn’t care enough to cast a person of color as Moses or a goddamn African queen while simultaneously filling out the rest of the movie with Black servants and thieves," David Dennis Jr. wrote in a post on Medium. "But to make the main characters white and everyone else African is cinematic colonialism. It’s creating a piece of historical 'art' that carries on oppressive imagery that’s helped shackle entire countries and corners of the world."Scott had previously commented on his cast, but not the controversy, in an interview with Yahoo! Australia:

Egypt was –- as it is now -– a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.

15 Eylül 2013 Pazar

Scarlett Johansson Stuns At New York Premiere Of 'Don Jon'

It's good to be Scarlett Johansson, if red carpet photos from Thursday night's New York premiere of "Don Jon," the directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mean anything. The newly engaged actress was positively glowing as she posed in a sea-green dress and nude platform stilettos, and wore her hair swept back in a high ponytail. Her engagement ring was also on full display as she smiled for cameras.

Johansson stars alongside Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza in a film about a man who is addicted to porn.

Earlier this week, the 28-year-old star spoke out about her engagement to French journalist Romain Dauriac, whom she had been dating since at least November 2012. "My friend was like 'congrats on timing,'" she told "ET Canada," in reference to the added publicity while touring for a movie. "Things work out the way they do. Maybe it's better just to get it out the way."