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polarbear4

ty jcb🌷

magsview

Gorillas are fascinating.

Found this:

Mathieu Shamavu, a ranger at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo, said he was checking his phone when he noticed two female orphaned gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, mimicking his movements, so he took a picture with them.

“In terms of behavior, they like to mimic everything that is happening (around them), everything we do,” Shamavu told The Associated Press.

He said the caretakers at Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Orphanage Center try to give the animals as much access as possible to their natural environment, but they inevitably exhibit “almost the same behavior as humans.

The orphans need constant care, so the rangers live nearby and spend their days with them – feeding them, playing with them, keeping them company.

“Gorilla caretakers with those gorilla orphans, we are the same family,” said head caretaker Andre Bauma.

He said without their own relatives nearby, the gorillas treat the rangers as their family.

They know we are their mum. They are a member of the family. We are their friends,” said Bauma.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-congo-ranger-viral-selfie-gorillas-20190425-story.html

orlbucfan

These rangers are heroes. The poachers in Congo make the armed gangs here look like pussycats.

magsview

There are also militias fighting in that area and park rangers have been targets. Those park rangers are very brave.

The ICCN says Sunday’s attack was carried out by Mai-Mai fighters — a catchall term used to describe a variety of local militias active in eastern DRC’s multi-decade civil conflict.

According to Onesphore Sematumba, Great Lakes researcher with the International Crisis Group, hostility between rangers and local militias is partially rooted in land disputes that stretch as far back as the creation of Virunga National Park in 1925.

“You have the ICCN on one hand, and then on the other side you have the population that mostly lives off agriculture, and they need access to land to survive,” Sematumba told Mongabay in an interview. “And they believe a lot of land has been taken by the park and is available for the animals, whereas they need it as well.”

polarbear4

magsview

The Smithsonian’s relationship with mega-rich people is not new. Remember The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins?

Fact-Checking the Smithsonian’s Koch-Funded Climate Change Exhibition

But it’s the hand of Smithsonian scientist Rick Potts, the exhibition’s curator, that is most apparent.

With such clear global stakes, in an exhibition that’s explicitly about humans and climate change, the Smithsonian’s lack of urgency or detail regarding current environmental forecasts and how to respond to them is striking.

Physicist Joe Romm, who was among last month’s demonstrators, expounded further in a post on his blog ClimateProgress last March:

The exhibit’s major intellectual failing is that it does not distinguish between two things. First: the evolution of small populations of tens (to perhaps hundreds) of thousands of humans and pre-humans over hundreds of thousands of years to relatively slow, natural climate changes. And second: the completely different challenge we have today, namely, the ability of modern civilization — nearly 7 billion people, going up to 10 billion — to deal with rapid, human-caused climate change over a period of several decades (and ultimately much longer).

Elsewhere in the hall, various displays note the way humans adapted to climate changes by making tools and learning to communicate with language. Rather than elaborate on new tools, new approaches to agriculture, or new methods of mitigating CO2 levels that might constitute a proactive adaptation to climate change, the exhibition’s finale offers a simulation of how humans might physically evolve in response to a warmer planet over thousands of years. That’s all well and good, except that current projections predict radical climate shifts occurring over the span of a few decades. Mentioning current, urgent climate dilemmas and then skipping ahead by a few thousand years is jarring at best, misleading at worst.

https://hyperallergic.com/219544/fact-checking-the-smithsonians-koch-funded-climate-change-exhibition/

orlbucfan

The Koch creep who is still alive and Bezos need to be taken out, loaded on a cheap spaceship and shot directly towards the sun. That fate is still too good for these two pieces of human sh1t!

magsview

There always seems to be a self-serving angle to their efforts!

orlbucfan

Yeah, and if the asshole’s monopoly is finally broken up, take his name off the Smithsonian. What a damned insult!💩💩

magsview

Amazon Chair Jeff Bezos donating $200 million to Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution said $70 million will support the renovation of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington and $130 million will help fund the new Bezos Learning Center.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/amazon-chair-jeff-bezos-donating-200-million-smithsonian-rcna1421

I’ve been doing some digging. For better or for worse Bezos and his crew are focusing on low-income children 3-5 yrs old.. for now.

polarbear4
polarbear4

wouldn’t want my kid to learn there. especially at such an impressionable age. you can bet there will be some subtle indoctrination, if not blatant. imho

magsview

It’s hard for me to swallow that Bezos would do anything out of the kindness of his heart. I’ll keep digging. I see that in one the links I included that the land for a planned new school (free tuition for low-income children) is being donated by that city, time to look at the fine print..

But in the article they mention something about how the children’s families wouldn’t normally be able to afford $20k tuition, not sure if they were comparing to a typical Montessori school.

Jeff Bezos is launching the first location of his network of free “Montessori-inspired preschools”

I mean, the idea of a good quality education for those who could not otherwise afford it is of course wonderful! But having seen the effects of Amazon on small businesses etc makes me worry.

polarbear4

polarbear4

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orlbucfan

That phony crap has been going down in Miami since the 1960s. Ignoring it is the best antidote.

polarbear4
polarbear4

the more that know, the better, is my take. 🌝

polarbear4

magsview

That “wavy jet” thing definitely seems to be accelerating. I remember the first time I heard the term ‘polar vortex’, which apparently is not a new thing, but we sure seem to be hearing the term more nowadays.

What is a heat dome? Extreme temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, explained

In this case, a ridge of high pressure, which is the heat dome, has become lodged in the Pacific Northwest. It is acting as a block in the atmosphere, not allowing the weather to move. The specific type of block is called an Omega block, because it looks like the greek letter Omega, and the hot air is pooling inside.

Atmospheric blocking types: Frequencies and transitions

The mechanisms for the onset of such weather patterns are still not fully understood. Using a novel method based on the kinematic vorticity number we distinguish between two blocking types, namely High-over-Low and Omega block, in previously-identified blocking periods.

wi63

My Sat. toon for the day. For some Americans they will have a choice for one of these.

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polarbear4

hardly anyone is wearing a mask at summerfest and i joined in. 🤞🙏💖

orlbucfan

You are BAD, wi63! 😂😂

wi63

🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 Who me? 🙂

orlbucfan

T and R x 2, jcb!! ☮️😊👍

magsview

Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills

A heated debate among House liberals is threatening to derail antitrust legislation before it gets to the floor and undermine unity within the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The clash came Tuesday during the caucus’s weekly phone call and concerned a package of anti-monopoly bills approved by the House Judiciary Committee last month.

On one side were the authors of those bills, while Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who represents a Silicon Valley district, was on the other.

(David) Cicilline also, according to one member on the call, implied that Lofgren was opposing the bills because of the donations she’s gotten as a Silicon Valley-area representative. The staffer on the call noted that Lofgren had seemingly joked about those ties earlier in the conversation.

While most CPC discussions don’t devolve like this one did, “tensions like this have been there” for a while, one source in touch with the group’s leadership told The Hill.

The source predicted, however, that the “caucus will get stronger over time.”

To some, that means more solid commitments toward a slate of truly progressive policies during the Biden administration. There’s also a hope that the caucus will continue to expand.

Progressives are keeping an eye on one race in particular – the special election in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, where Nina Turner is competing to replace Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge – as having the potential to add a strong new member to the caucus.

magsview

Wait, Jeffries is a member of CPC?

The Democratic staffer argued that this week’s call was an effort to do just that, saying that Cicilline as well as Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) went into the details of their bills after Lofgren spoke.

orlbucfan

That’s news to me, too, mags.🙄

magsview

If it wasn’t for our nest I’d be even more clueless!

orlbucfan

Lofgren is no liberal.

polarbear4
polarbear4

CPC Shouldn’t be allowed to use the word progressive

magsview

David Sirota calls Susan Rice stock divestment ‘corruption deduction’

magsview

orlbucfan

Another Obama RW yuppie.💩

magsview

She’s highly touted with an impressive resume..and I don’t trust her one bit, tbh.

magsview

According to newly released financial disclosure reports and a White House official, Rice has liquidated nearly $2.7 million worth of shares she and her husband owned in Enbridge, a Canadian company building the Line 3 pipeline, which would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of Canadian oil through Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Last month, the Biden administration gave a public boost to the Trump-era pipeline project, calling for the dismissal of a court challenge brought by environmental groups seeking to protect Minnesota watershed and tribal lands from the pipeline.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/white-house-adviser-susan-rice-divests-company-building/story?id=78891705

polarbear4

it’s right out in the open, but because of our media, even “well educated“ people do not know. I hate it.

magsview

I was hoping at the time that Obama’s actions would help. That and the Iran deal were my fave things that Obama did, felt like those two things eased tensions overall.

polarbear4

yikes

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I can’t find this figure on the CDC site.

polarbear4
polarbear4

ty. knew i should’ve looked for it.wonder if the daily beast cites anything.

magsview

I have no idea how trustworthy nyt is on this, but attached is their latest info on new cases. Almost 52k yesterday and on an uptick.

new covid cases 7-16-21 nyt.jpg
polarbear4

ty

magsview

John Hopkins’ super-click web site suggests almost 80k for today, but guess we’ll see in the morning?

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video

magsview

super-slick.. but, quite frankly, super-clickbait works too maybe.

polarbear4
polarbear4

john hopkins is pretty reliable. imho. but they may have changed. idk

polarbear4
polarbear4

it was john hopkins. 79k+

polarbear4

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Shontell Brown and the corrupt dems are bringing Clyburn to Ohio. And my girl Nina is going to bring her posse too – AOC, Cornel West, Danny Glover, Keith Ellison, and hopefully more. Go Nina! Go Nina! Go Nina!

polarbear4
polarbear4

polarbear4

if shontel wins, it will be very hard to stay involved.

magsview

Same.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

yep, and the rethugs will capture all 3 branches of govt.

orlbucfan

Don’t bet on it. She and the establishment are in panic mode.

orlbucfan

We have to stay involved. You all know that.

orlbucfan

Big hint: watch out for Bad Odor Obama. Will he “lower” himself for Brown? She sounds more and more like a doofus as well as a craporate shill.

polarbear4
polarbear4

These people have no shame. They are happy in their venality.

magsview

When you’re right, you’re right. Nina getting railroaded would be a big blow though.

magsview

I have to wonder if voters in OH who don’t follow politics as much as we do aren’t somewhat bewildered by all the hoopla.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Pretty sure one of the women I walk with has already been targeted by “team blue,” that new super PAC specifically aimed at progressives.

They are telling people that we are opposing Biden

magsview

Please OH voters, please vote with your brain and your heart and ignore the Democratic party machinations!

Nina would fight for you!