Sunday, March 29, 2015
What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly-identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived as much as 508 million years ago – more than 250 million years before the first dinosaur.
Finally happy: Dog rescued after suffering terrible cruelty in Turkey has new life in UK | Nature | News | Daily Express
But this spaniel-retriever cross is a born survivor - and he has been rescued from a life of abuse to become a genuine Turkish Delight.
He has overcome being shot in the head which left him unable to eat and having sticks and stones thrown at him on a foreign beach.
But now he is enjoying a new lease of life in Britain.
It was a classic Harry Reid transaction: legal but a little shady, and undoubtedly lucrative. Business deals like that allowed Reid to do very well during his years in the Senate, spent of late in a luxury condominium in Washington's Ritz Carlton.
BEIRUT — The meltdown in Yemen is pushing the Middle East dangerously closer to the wider regional conflagration many long have feared would arise from the chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring revolts.
What began as a peaceful struggle to unseat a Yemeni strongman four years ago and then mutated into civil strife now risks spiraling into a full-blown war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over a country that lies at the choke point of one of the world’s major oil supply routes.
Who better in the WH in this, our hour of need? Bwahahahahahahaha!
I’ve written frequently about the likelihood of a dystopian “Mad Max” scenario if Iran gets nukes. My thinking is guided by a belief among American military and intelligence officials
that a nuclear exchange would take place in the Mideast within five years of Iran getting the bomb. To judge from events, the future is arriving ahead of schedule.
He told me about loading up with his platoon in the helicopter that day. He described what it was like to see the ground coming through the window and realize they were about to crash. He talked about grabbing his seat belt release, being knocked unconscious on impact by his rifle butt slamming into his temple, and waking up on the floor with his head on fire.
I have never encountered this issue. Possibly it doesn't affect students of contracts, mergers and acquisitions, etc.
The “controversial” Indiana law, which passed with a wide margin, has provoked the sort of over-the-top dismay you’d expect from certain quarters. The Left has one construct for political debate these days: forward-looking, open-minded lovers of diversity versus bigots. This is the crudest but most effective case to make to the public. It appeals to good will of people. It’s also the most unintellectual and misleading. You will remember Ron Fournier likening evangelical florists concerned with their faith to people who fought to bar young black girls from going to public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas? It’s a brand of historically illiterate, morally obnoxious, and histrionic accusation that tells us there’s almost certainly not going to be any thoughtful debate on the matter.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
As Europe’s colonial era in Asia drew to a close, this ragtag, polyglot populace had turned for leadership to a fiery young anti-colonialist organizer called Harry Lee (as Lee Kuan Yew was then known). By the time he died last week at the age of 91, after serving his country for well over a half-century, not just Singapore but much of Asia had come under his thrall.
It would be better than the People's Republic of Red China of fricking commies. Just sayin'! I really like that expression, just sayin'. It comes in very useful, as they say.
The sun did its part too. Its delicate corona literally took our breath away during totality, when the moon’s face fully covered the sun’s and we finally experienced the unique sensation of being in the moon’s shadow. The sun also dazzled with a solar prominence in the midst of totality, large enough to be visible with bare eyes. I didn’t even know such a thing was possible!
It's on my bucket list.
With the Arab response slow in coming, despite threats voiced by senior advisers to the Saudi king, the rebel commanders in Yemen were sure they had at least 24 hours in which to mount operations in the field before the Arab foreign ministers met in Sharm el-Sheikh for an emergency summit. They knew that the battle for power in Yemen would top the agenda, but believed that they'd have until the end of the summit on Friday afternoon before a green light was given to amass an Arab force to take action in Yemen. The also failed to foresee a powerful military strike and believed that time was on their side.
Obama leads by creating a void.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Now in an extraordinary about-face, Mr. Piketty has backtracked, undermining the policy prescriptions many have based on his conclusions. In “About Capital in the 21st Century,” slated for May publication in the American Economic Review but already available online, Mr. Piketty writes that far too much has been read into his thesis.
While beauty is without a doubt purely in the eye of the beholder, there are certain cars whose sleek lines, luscious curves, or sheer aggression make them universally loved. Well, at least universally loved here at Business Insider.
Italian high court judges Friday overturned a conviction against Amanda Knox, rejecting her 28-year sentence in the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher.
The conviction of Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in 2014 for the slaying, was also overturned.
Officials said Knox and Sollecito will not face new trials.
(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook joined other technology-industry leaders criticizing Indiana Governor Mike Pence for signing legislation that critics say targets the gay community.
Isn't just RFRA on a state level? What's the big deal?
Lemon Grove school employee arrested in bizarre incident - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8
The after-school assistant's rage turned more bizarre when deputies say she started stripping off her clothes. The fire department had to call in deputies.
“The employee was actually barricaded in one of the classrooms and had thrown objects through the window at the fire department,” said May.
Deputies believe Lira was on drugs and hallucinating. They have not released what type of drugs. When deputies arrived they say she undressed and dressed herself again.
“She overturned some desks and tables,” said May.
Non-coastal San Diego.
Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran.
The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame for the spreading anarchy.
You could on the other hand say that O's bungling and neglect, combined with his narcissistic pursuit of the "peace process" is now having its entirely predictable results.
Today we will hear a lot about Reid’s “service” to the Senate and to the American people. Ha! “Service” indeed. The truth of the matter is that Harry Reid is a stone-cold killer who has damaged Washington considerably, who has elevated his own political preferences above the institution he was elected to protect, and who has made worse the partisan rancor that our self-described enlightened class claims to abhor. The greatest service he can do America is to go away.
You tell 'em, Charlie.
‘Happy days!!’ Harry Reid’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election kicks off weekend of celebration | Twitchy
As I write this, I can see and hear most of the research station contingent heading outside. The reason for this is that the sun will set for the first time in a number of months tonight. After perpetual daylight, everyone here would really like to watch our 24 hour summer companion disappear. Even if he will return above the horizon 30 minutes later!
The project was awarded this month to Rutgers University, which has received $117,102 so far. The real-time, automatic detection of hurtful online speech is necessary, according to the NSF grant, because cyberbullying is a “critical social problem.” The grant said 40 percent of American teenagers have reported being cyberbullied.
Sort of like Santa Claus, only with the police power.
“Hmm,” mused my father surveying the dire warnings on the FCO and U.S. State Department travel advisories, with the latter explicitly stating that foreigners are “particularly visible, vulnerable, and at risk” of terrorist operations and advised against all travel.Advertisement
And so started our remarkable skiing holiday. Why Kashmir? Because it’s Kashmir, and romance itself; the land the Persian poet called ‘paradise on earth.’ Because it’s an hour’s flight from Delhi. Because our twin seven-year-old girls, Cecilia and Elsa, need to learn to ski and it’s cool to say it happened in the Himalayas on the world’s highest trail.
It may have always been on his mind, but country singer Willie Nelson only recently announced he plans to create and sell his own brand of marijuana.
The singer's personal brand of weed will be called Willie's Reserve and it could be available as soon as 2016.
I kinda like Willie, but LWJ hates him, chiefly because of "Always on my mind," which she hears as a litany of excuses and too late apologies. As in "Maybe I was a scumbag/more often than I shoulda been . . . "
Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to address the US Congress after accepting an invitation to visit the White House | Daily Mail Online
A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office found that America's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, received at least $1.5 billion in state and federal funding in a three-year span from 2010-2012.
Rent seeking and rent finding.
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) " Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life.
But recently, scientists researching melting ice watched a half-foot-long (15-centimeter) fish swim by. Not long after that, they saw shrimp-like creatures.
In even more remote places on the continent, areas that haven't been exposed to sunlight for millions of years, scientists found a surprise right out of an alien movie: the DNA of a microscopic creature that looks like a combination of a bear, manatee and centipede.
It is not hard to imagine this accident being tagged with the dreaded "pilot error", but the way this particular captain presumably made other subordinate pilots feel on the flight deck, should not be discounted as unique. Every airline has the kind of pilot, best described in Skygods, Robert Gandt's book on the collapse of aviation giant, Pan Am. Call them arrogant, call them as----s as my friend did, whatever you call them, they are pilots for whom communication and collaboration better known as crew resource management, did not take root and flourish.
Sounds like it couldn't have happened to a nicer person.
Documents in the apartment showed Mr. Lubitz received a note from his doctor excusing him from work for a period covering the day of the incident, according to the statement. Other such notes were also found.
"Please excuse Mr. Lubitz from work tomorrow. He is under the delusion that Allah wants him to kill everyone on board his plane." Oh, ok, just kidding. Lighten up.
The Middle East has descended into a state of disarray unusual even for that troubled region, imperiling President Barack Obama’s policy dreams and leaving him with limited ability to control events.
A pretty sympathetic view, I must say. A mess of his own making, they could have added.
Even though the baby girl died, legal experts say the case is complicated by the fact that Colorado is one of 12 states that do not have a fetal homicide law. State lawmakers in 2013 voted down such a measure over fears it would interfere with abortion rights, and voters overwhelmingly agreed when they rejected a similar ballot measure in 2014.
I don't see what the big deal is. It's like accosting someone to remove a wart. I've wanted to do that.*
*For new readers, this is satire.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
With so few professional scientists working on peacock spiders, Otto says that amateur naturalists and photographers are likely to be the ones discovering new species. It appears to be high time that Sparklemuffin got some new friends.
Doesn't mention how venomous they are. They're from Australia though.
The elephant ambled between the buckets, snaking his long trunk into each one—there were different, harmless scent traces in each bucket—and taking a big sniff before moving on to the next. At the fifth bucket he paused and raised his right leg, indicating to a research team that this was the one with a trace of TNT inside. Bingo.
Not sure they'd work in airports though.
Scorpions may call to mind snapping pincers and a venomous sting, but these ancient arthropods are far from invincible. To survive in harsh environments and evade predators like lizards and owls, many scorpions spend most of their time hunkered in their underground burrows.
“I see my job as more than just standing in front of a classroom and reciting a bunch of formulas,” said Gaffey, who was willing to spend thousands of dollars and endure nine grueling sessions in a tattoo artist’s chair to connect with his pupil. “I want to find the best way to reach each and every one of my students. Whether that means one-on-one tutoring after class or having their likeness permanently etched onto my skin, I’ve got to be willing to do whatever it takes.”
I don't think a law professor would do this. It's too, well, they just wouldn't.
LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.
U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran.
Uh well, that sounds bad.
So these words are now off the table: "polarizing," "calculating," "disingenuous," "insincere," "ambitious," "inevitable," "entitled," "over-confident," "secretive," "will do anything to win," "represents the past," and "out of touch."
What's left to say about her herness?
The list of things reflective of the gradual but now quickening loss of the Catholic mind is long. Among the things demonstrative that Catholics no longer think like Catholics is the often expressed wish, “I hope I die a quick and painless death.”
Death can be scary, for sure, and I resist and avoid pain as much as the next wimp. But for as long as I can remember, a quick, unsuspecting, and painless death is the specter that haunts my dreams. I cannot count how many people I have heard express the wish, “I hope I die in my sleep.” When a Catholic expresses this wish, I shake my head and offer a prayer that their wish will go unfulfilled.
Yeah, I don't think so. I'm not real big on pain.
Questions about the religious background of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who investigators said deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps this week, killing all on board, have sparked outrage and debate about whether such information is relevant to the investigation. When a reporter asked French Prosecutor Brice Robin of Marseille, during a news conference Thursday, whether he knew Lubitz’s religion, Robin said he did not know and added, “I don’t think that’s where the answer to this lies.”
Scientists at Harvard University are one step closer to bringing Woolly mammoths back to life, after successfully inserting some sequences of mammoth DNA into an elephant genome. The study is yet to be published, though, as there is still work to do.
I can't wait till they do the direwolf.
Parents’ Message To San Francisco Archdiocese: Catholic School’s Leaders ‘Not A Good Fit’ « CBS San Francisco
The San Francisco Chronicle reported over 100 parents from the Star of the Sea School in the city’s Richmond District crowded into a meeting with representatives from the Archdiocese of San Francisco Wednesday. Their message was clear: Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor at the school’s church since August and Father Patrick Driscoll, the parish’s parochial vicar, should be removed from their posts.
Illo and Driscoll gained attention earlier this year when they initiated new policies at the school that instantly upset parents and attracted the media. In January, Illo decided girls would no longer be allowed to act as altar servers during Mass. He also excluded non-Catholic children from receiving blessings while their classmates received communion. He later reversed the second decision.