Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Republican Lawmaker From Texas Threatens To "Put A Bullet In A Colleague's Head"

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Republican Lawmaker From Texas Threatens To "Put A Bullet In A Colleague's Head"

"Are Republicans Insane?" Best Pax Posts

Florida Panther Makes 7-Fold Comback From Brink Of Extinction in 1970s

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Florida Panther Makes 7-Fold Comback From Brink Of Extinction in 1970s

s Florida panthers have begun to multiply, they’ve been forced to search for new home ranges.

For years, the Florida panther, a majestic creature that lurks in and around the forests of the Everglades, has teetered on the edge of permanent disappearance. Closely related to the mountain lion, the panther once roamed across much of the South, but the ever-advancing modern world pushed it into a tiny corner of Southwest Florida. By the late nineteen-seventies, fewer than thirty survived.

Since then, the panther has been coming back, helped by a government- and privately backed expansion of its habitat. Florida panthers are now thought to number around two hundred. Indeed, there are so many big cats in the Everglades that they are venturing out in search of new territory.

This spring has brought the best news for the Florida panther in many years. For the first time since 1973, panther kittens were spotted north of the Caloosahatchee River, which had formed the northern boundary of the panther’s habitat. In March, a pair of panther kittens tripped an automatic wildlife camera in the Babcock Ranch Preserve, a forested expanse thirty-five miles west of Lake Okeechobee. That means that a female panther swam across the Caloosahatchee and recently mated with a male panther on the other side. (Male panthers, which are larger and have a bigger range than females, have been spotted north of the Caloosahatchee River for many years.) The news cheered scientists and state environmental officials, who have been trying to coax a female panther across the Caloosahatchee for more than two decades.

“We’ve been waiting for a female panther to cross the river for a long time,’’ Darrell Land, a scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told me. You can see the photos of the kittens here.

The kittens are small, of course, but adults are big. Male adults can weigh as much as a hundred and sixty pounds and stretch seven feet from tip to tail. Females are somewhat smaller. I’ve seen a Florida panther only once, in captivity on a Seminole Indian reservation inside the Everglades. Its paws were as large as baseball mitts.

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There is a lot of open land north of the Caloosahatchee, and the hope is that the panther population will now have room to grow. The bigger the population gets, the greater its genetic diversity, which should boost its chances for survival. The history of extinctions is littered with examples of tiny populations that, because of inbreeding, are no longer fit enough to carry on.Getting a female panther across the river was the culmination of years of effort—not just by conservationists but by the panther itself. Each Florida panther needs a huge area to live and breed; males need as many as a hundred and fifty square miles, females around a hundred. They eat possums, rabbits, white-tailed deer, hogs, and young cattle. The panthers’ home ranges often overlap, but they don’t like getting too close to each other. “Males fight to the death if they come into contact with each other,’’ Richard Hilsenbeck, a senior terrestrial scientist with the Nature Conservancy in Florida, said.

As the panthers have begun to multiply, they’ve been forced to search for new home ranges. Male panthers are especially adventurous; they crossed the Caloosahatchee River years ago. Male panthers have been found hundreds of miles north of the Everglades; three years ago, a male panther was shot and killed in the Okefenokee Swamp, in Georgia, more than four hundred miles away.

But, for the panther population to breed, females needed to cross the river, too. “Females are not as adventurous,’’ Hilsenbeck said. As the Everglades have grown crowded, more and more panthers have started to move out. That’s led to a dramatic increase in the number of panthers being killed by cars—thirty-one in 2016, the most ever recorded. The panthers needed somewhere else to go.

The solution, to conservationists, was to create a land corridor that would lead panthers to the river and then north across it. In 1994, the State of Florida and the Nature Conservancy began assembling the property for the corridor. Today it is about thirty miles long and fifteen miles wide, and spans both sides of the Caloosahatchee, but more money is needed to complete it.

Crossing is not easy; in most places inside the corridor, the river is seventy-five yards wide, and the banks are high and steep. But, at some point, the first female panther made the swim. In 2015, she was spotted on a remote wildlife camera north of the river. “They’re looking for territory, looking for food—they’re on the move,’’ Land said. It took more than a year for the first kittens to be born.

The Florida panther still faces many challenges—speeding cars, shrinking habitat, and the never-ending march of suburbia. But the prospects for the big cat are better than they’ve been in decades. “There’s a lot of open habitat north of the river,” Hilsenbeck said. “As long as they’ve got possums and rabbits and deer to eat, the panthers should be able to survive.”

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The Kushner-Kislyak Meeting: Amateur Hour May Be Worse Than Collusion. The National Review

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Alan: Just for a moment, be honest. 

Could you forget meeting a man with no chin?

Didn't think so.

The Kushner-Kislyak Meeting
Amateur Hour May Be Worse Than Collusion
The National Review

Sen. John McCain: Putin Is "The Most Important Threat, More So Than ISIS"

How A Single Sentence From Angela Merkel Showed What Trump Means To The World

How A Single Sentence From Angela Merkel Showed What Trump Means To The World
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Even Angela Merkel's Political Rivals On Her Side Against Trump
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Trump's Actions Have "Weakened The West," Germany's Foreign Minister

Thanks To Trump, Germany Says It Can't Rely On The United States, Needs To Make Its Way Forward With European Partners

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Angela Merkel Stands By Comments On European Solidarity
And Inability To Depend On United States

Monday, May 29, 2017

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Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations

Angela Merkel has served formal notice that she will lead the German wandering away from the American alliance.

Sen. John McCain: Putin Is "The Most Important Threat, More So Than ISIS"

100 8th Graders Refuse Photo Op With Paul Ryan B/C They "Don't Want To Be Linked With Him

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100 8th Graders Refuse Photo Op With Paul Ryan B/C They "Don't Want To Be Associated With Him"

Behind The Mask, The GOP's True Face: Ayn Rand's Ideological Acolyte Paul Ryan Promotes Her Central Belief That Altruism Is Evil

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Alan: I consider Paul Ryan is the most practiced liar in the United States Congress.

If Thomas Aquinas read Ryan's "Healthcare Deprivation Act," he would throw up on him.

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Sally Kohn's review of Paul Ryan's vice-presidential acceptance speech

Rep. Joe Kennedy III Tells "Christian" Trump-Care Supporters: Your So-Called "Mercy" Is "Malice"

Abomicare: Trump's Titanic Failure

7 Years' Bitching About Obamacare While Continually Touting Their "Terrific, Low-Cost Replacement" And The GOP Produces Nothing But Flatulence, Excrement And Anguish For 25 Million Americans, Simultaneously Tranferring Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars To The 1%

What's Missing From This Photo of Politicians Deciding the Future of Women's Health? Anyone?

The Cruel Old Party: The GOP’s Passage Of Trumpcare Is Unprecedentedly Callous

The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism

The hard, central "fact" of contemporary "conservatism" is its insistence on a socio-economic threshold above which people deserve government assistance, and below which people deserve to die. 

The sooner the better. 

Unless conservatives are showing n'er-do-wells The Door of Doom, they just don't "feel right." 

To allay this chthonic anxiety, they resort to Human Sacrifice,  hoping that spilled blood will placate "the angry gods," including the one they've made of themselves. 

Having poked their own eyes out, they fail to see that self-generated wrath creates "the gods" who hold them thrall.
Almost "to a man," contemporary "conservatives" have apotheosized themselves and now -- sitting on God's usurped throne -- are rabid to pass Final Judgment

Self-proclaimed Christians, eager to thrust "the undeserving" through The Gates of Hell, are the very people most likely to cross its threshold. 

Remarkably, although they are prone to believe all manner of Trumpeted nonsense, none of them are tempted to believe in their own spiritual peril. 

The Pharisees Are Always With Us.
Here's What They "Look Like" Today

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"The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Is It An Open Bar?" A Memoir By Alan Archibald

Your memoir is sure to be a bestseller, Alan! You will use your flair and panache to give it a title that is sure to make people smile and pick it up off the shelf. It will document the fabulous life you led, the triumphs, the fails, the ups and the downs. It's set to be a real page turner!

William Makepeace Thackery: "An Evil Person Is Like A Dirty Window."

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Alan: And they never let the light shine through because they have lived in darkness such a long time that the light is painfully bright - blindingly bright.

"It's Getting Harder To Say Russian Meddling Didn't Actuallly Help Lead To Trump's Victory," CNN

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It's Getting Harder To Say Russian Meddling Didn't Actuallly Help Lead To Trump's Victory

Shades Of General Westmoreland: McMaster, Mattis And Flynn Circle The Wagons

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Tell me. Who can forget meeting a guy with Kislyak's face?

It doesn't pass the "straight face" test.

Or the "no chin" test.

Dear F,

I hear what you're saying. 

And maybe there is method in their madness.

In any event, it is most important is to stay focused on Kushner's security clearance.

Are the talking heads discussing this?

Or, is the whole discussion over the "conservative" assertion that's it's actually good to have Kushner discussing back channel communication?

If it is being discussed, has anybody phrased the situation like this: 

"Had I -- or anyone I know -- failed to report a meeting with the Russian ambassador on our "security clearance petition" -- we would NEVER be granted clearance. In fact, our chances of "getting clearance" - or "keeping clearance" - would be considerbly less than a snowball's chance in Hell. So why does a New York City real estate magnate with failing investments and no government experience -- a guy whose White House position depends on his nepotistic asshole father-in-law -- get to keep his? How much spine does it take to deprive Kushner of security clearance --- at least until Mueller has had a chance to examine the situation? You people should be ashamed of yourselves for enabling The Monstrosity."



On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 5:22 PM, FV wrote:

Dear A

I watched the 3 National Security Generals today and am totally disillusioned by their alignment with dt and his deviousness and insanity.
Flynn is the worse by far, followed by McMaster then Mattis. I had hope that they would be the truth to power but they seem to follow dt's truth.

If I convoluted the situation, I could come up with a hope they are playing their cards to maintain his trust so they can be more effective in steering the ship upright or discover dt's real agenda.

Otherwise the ship's going down with all 3 at the helm.



On May 28, 2017 2:52 PM, <> wrote:

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