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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
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Garrison Keillor Nailed for Sexual Harrassment
« Reply #706 on: November 29, 2017, 11:59:09 AM »
This has gone beyond ridiculous.  ONE woman comes forward and alleges GK touched her bare back 20 years ago and he gets fired.   ::)
There has to be a lawsuit in here somewhere.

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Garrison Keillor Accused Of 'Inappropriate Behavior,' Minnesota Public Radio Says


Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, talks at his St. Paul, Minn., office in July. Minnesota Public Radio has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company owing to allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Jeff Baenen/AP

November 29, 201712:52 PM ET
Camila Domonoske

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been accused of inappropriate behavior with someone who worked with him, according to Minnesota Public Radio, which has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company.

In a statement released Wednesday, the NPR member station says it learned of the allegations in October and has retained an outside law firm to investigate them. That investigation is ongoing.

In statements to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Keillor said that he "put [his] hand on a woman's bare back" and alleged that he had been groped by dozens of female fans.

Keillor, 75, no longer hosts A Prairie Home Companion, the show indelibly tied to his name. But he continues to produce The Writer's Almanac. Both shows are widely carried by public radio stations across the country.

MPR says in its statement that the station and its owner, American Public Media, will no longer distribute Writer's Almanac and will stop rebroadcasting The Best Of A Prairie Home Companion. In addition, new episodes of A Prairie Home Companion — now hosted by Chris Thile — will be given a new name.

The allegations "relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion," MPR says. "Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff."

"Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances," Jon McTaggart, the president of MPR, said in that statement. "While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service."

Keillor told The Associated Press that MPR cut ties with him over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard."

The radio personality later told the Star Tribune that he was not, in general, physically demonstrative, and that the incident that led to his firing involved touching a woman's bare skin. "I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches," he said. "She recoiled. I apologized."

"If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift down below the beltline, I'd have at least a hundred dollars. So this is poetic irony of a high order," Keillor later said.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post published an opinion column by Keillor in which he defended Sen. Al Franken, accused of forcibly kissing a radio host and groping another woman during a photo, against calls for his resignation.

"On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss [Leeann] Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken. Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness," Keillor wrote. "No kidding."

It's not the first time Keillor has pushed back against criticism of sexual harassment.

Howard Mortman, the communications director of C-SPAN, notes that in 1994 Keillor spoke at the Press Club in D.C. and said, among other things, " A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation." The crowd was quiet.

"A world without thieves at all will not have entrepreneurs," Keillor said next, and at that, the crowd laughed.

Allegations of misconduct — specifically, of sexual harassment — have caused a number of prominent men to lose their jobs in recent weeks, including two top editors at NPR.

Earlier Wednesday, NBC News announced that longtime Today host Matt Lauer had been fired over a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #707 on: November 29, 2017, 01:58:13 PM »
RE, sex is not overrated,  you just think the price is too high.
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #708 on: November 29, 2017, 02:26:17 PM »
RE, sex is not overrated,  you just think the price is too high.

OK, over-priced, not over-rated.  Is there a difference in a culture that runs on money?

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Re: Garrison Keillor Nailed for Sexual Harrassment
« Reply #709 on: November 29, 2017, 02:30:41 PM »
This has gone beyond ridiculous.  ONE woman comes forward and alleges GK touched her bare back 20 years ago and he gets fired.   ::)
There has to be a lawsuit in here somewhere.

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https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/29/567241644/garrison-keillor-accused-of-inappropriate-behavior-minnesota-public-radio-says

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Garrison Keillor Accused Of 'Inappropriate Behavior,' Minnesota Public Radio Says


Garrison Keillor, creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, talks at his St. Paul, Minn., office in July. Minnesota Public Radio has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company owing to allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Jeff Baenen/AP

November 29, 201712:52 PM ET
Camila Domonoske

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

Garrison Keillor, the creator and former host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been accused of inappropriate behavior with someone who worked with him, according to Minnesota Public Radio, which has announced it is cutting ties with Keillor and his production company.

In a statement released Wednesday, the NPR member station says it learned of the allegations in October and has retained an outside law firm to investigate them. That investigation is ongoing.

In statements to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Keillor said that he "put [his] hand on a woman's bare back" and alleged that he had been groped by dozens of female fans.

Keillor, 75, no longer hosts A Prairie Home Companion, the show indelibly tied to his name. But he continues to produce The Writer's Almanac. Both shows are widely carried by public radio stations across the country.

MPR says in its statement that the station and its owner, American Public Media, will no longer distribute Writer's Almanac and will stop rebroadcasting The Best Of A Prairie Home Companion. In addition, new episodes of A Prairie Home Companion — now hosted by Chris Thile — will be given a new name.

The allegations "relate to Mr. Keillor's conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion," MPR says. "Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff."

"Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances," Jon McTaggart, the president of MPR, said in that statement. "While we appreciate the contributions Garrison has made to MPR and to all of public radio, we believe this decision is the right thing to do and is necessary to continue to earn the trust of our audiences, employees and supporters of our public service."

Keillor told The Associated Press that MPR cut ties with him over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard."

The radio personality later told the Star Tribune that he was not, in general, physically demonstrative, and that the incident that led to his firing involved touching a woman's bare skin. "I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches," he said. "She recoiled. I apologized."

"If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift down below the beltline, I'd have at least a hundred dollars. So this is poetic irony of a high order," Keillor later said.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post published an opinion column by Keillor in which he defended Sen. Al Franken, accused of forcibly kissing a radio host and groping another woman during a photo, against calls for his resignation.

"On the flight home, in a spirit of low comedy, Al ogled Miss [Leeann] Tweeden and pretended to grab her and a picture was taken. Eleven years later, a talk show host in LA, she goes public, and there is talk of resignation. This is pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness," Keillor wrote. "No kidding."

It's not the first time Keillor has pushed back against criticism of sexual harassment.

Howard Mortman, the communications director of C-SPAN, notes that in 1994 Keillor spoke at the Press Club in D.C. and said, among other things, " A world in which there is no sexual harassment at all is a world in which there will not be any flirtation." The crowd was quiet.

"A world without thieves at all will not have entrepreneurs," Keillor said next, and at that, the crowd laughed.

Allegations of misconduct — specifically, of sexual harassment — have caused a number of prominent men to lose their jobs in recent weeks, including two top editors at NPR.

Earlier Wednesday, NBC News announced that longtime Today host Matt Lauer had been fired over a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."

What a crock of shit. When this kind of mass hysteria gets going, it is not a good thing. I don't care how many English majors Garrison Keillor groped.
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #710 on: November 29, 2017, 09:12:04 PM »
As long as he does not want to be my Fairy Home Companion he can grope away.
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A Child's Eye View of Collapse
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The Big Gorilla gets a Makeover
« Reply #712 on: November 30, 2017, 12:49:52 PM »
Since I just returned from visiting the 500 Acre "Campus" in Seattle of the Big Gorilla, I found this story interesting.


With cash to burn, Billy Boy has decided to do a makeover of his HQ for a more User-Friendly work space for his Slaves.  He will raze a few $100M buildings that are shockingly old at around 20-30 years and replace with Greenspace.  Carz will be safely tucked away out of sight and out of mind in underground garages, and a fleet of automated EVs will cart imported Indian and Pakistani IT Programmers around the facility, when they aren't playing Cricket.

This keeps our economy moving.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-were-razing-our-redmond-campus-to-build-a-mini-city/

Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city

No more cars, new soccer and cricket fields, cafes, bike tracks, bridges, light rail, and more.

By Liam Tung | November 29, 2017 -- 12:20 GMT (04:20 PST) | Topic: Innovation


Microsoft's future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people.
Image: Microsoft

Video: Microsoft Redmond employees working in the trees

Microsoft has announced a major renovation of its Redmond campus that will take seven years to complete, completely overhauling the look and feel of the place to introduce a "more open and less formal" working environment.

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Are you tired of clicking through categories to find a specific Windows 10 setting? If you know the right commands, you can create shortcuts that take you to specific pages with a single click

A video of the transformed campus shows that the future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people, retail space, new jogging and walking trails, two soccer fields, a cricket field, and its own light rail station. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies.

Microsoft plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes.

It's also building a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the WA-520 and connect both sides of its campus. This will connect with a planned Redmond Technology Transit Station where the Link Light Rail is expected to arrive in 2023.

Once complete, the campus will have 131 buildings, compared with today's 125 buildings, and will offer workspace for the 47,000 employees who currently work there, plus room for an additional 8,000 people.
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Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. It expects the project will create 2,500 construction and development jobs.

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact," said Smith.

Microsoft's renovation budget is modest compared with the $5bn Apple spent on its new spaceship headquarters in Cupertino, while Microsoft's Washington neighbor and cloud rival, Amazon, will spend $5bn on a second North American headquarters, which will offer space for 50,000 people.

Microsoft has been experimenting with workspace design of late, recently opening a Wi-Fi connected tree houses to allow Redmond staff to "commune with nature" while working on projects.

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature.
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Re: The Big Gorilla gets a Makeover
« Reply #713 on: November 30, 2017, 07:06:17 PM »
Since I just returned from visiting the 500 Acre "Campus" in Seattle of the Big Gorilla, I found this story interesting.


With cash to burn, Billy Boy has decided to do a makeover of his HQ for a more User-Friendly work space for his Slaves.  He will raze a few $100M buildings that are shockingly old at around 20-30 years and replace with Greenspace.  Carz will be safely tucked away out of sight and out of mind in underground garages, and a fleet of automated EVs will cart imported Indian and Pakistani IT Programmers around the facility, when they aren't playing Cricket.

This keeps our economy moving.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-were-razing-our-redmond-campus-to-build-a-mini-city/

Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city

No more cars, new soccer and cricket fields, cafes, bike tracks, bridges, light rail, and more.

By Liam Tung | November 29, 2017 -- 12:20 GMT (04:20 PST) | Topic: Innovation


Microsoft's future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people.
Image: Microsoft

Video: Microsoft Redmond employees working in the trees

Microsoft has announced a major renovation of its Redmond campus that will take seven years to complete, completely overhauling the look and feel of the place to introduce a "more open and less formal" working environment.

Tech Pro Research

Are you tired of clicking through categories to find a specific Windows 10 setting? If you know the right commands, you can create shortcuts that take you to specific pages with a single click

A video of the transformed campus shows that the future Redmond headquarters will look and operate more like small city, featuring a two-acre open plaza that can host 12,000 people, retail space, new jogging and walking trails, two soccer fields, a cricket field, and its own light rail station. The campus will be divided into "team neighborhoods".

Many Americans have never played cricket, but Microsoft does have a lot of employees from India, including CEO Satya Nadella, who's a big fan of the game, and from other former British colonies.

Microsoft plans to move all cars to an underground parking facility and is designing the campus entirely around pedestrians and bikes.

It's also building a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over the WA-520 and connect both sides of its campus. This will connect with a planned Redmond Technology Transit Station where the Link Light Rail is expected to arrive in 2023.

Once complete, the campus will have 131 buildings, compared with today's 125 buildings, and will offer workspace for the 47,000 employees who currently work there, plus room for an additional 8,000 people.
omb-image.jpg

Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company will spend $150m in transport infrastructure, public spaces, sports fields and green space. It expects the project will create 2,500 construction and development jobs.

"We are not only creating a world-class work environment to help retain and attract the best and brightest global talent, but also building a campus that our neighbors can enjoy, and that we can build in a fiscally smart way with low environmental impact," said Smith.

Microsoft's renovation budget is modest compared with the $5bn Apple spent on its new spaceship headquarters in Cupertino, while Microsoft's Washington neighbor and cloud rival, Amazon, will spend $5bn on a second North American headquarters, which will offer space for 50,000 people.

Microsoft has been experimenting with workspace design of late, recently opening a Wi-Fi connected tree houses to allow Redmond staff to "commune with nature" while working on projects.

Microsoft's video shows how the campus will develop and what it will feature.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WCUxNoPX-fY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WCUxNoPX-fY</a>
Source: Microsoft


What a hoot.  This does not look like a full makeover to me.  Much of what the video showed is already there. 

Anyway describing it as a city is totally incorrect.  A city has citizens but the only people who can visit the Microsoft city are those with employee badges and they leave every day.  To get into the mini-mall and order a hamburger you need a badge.  To take a shit you need a badge.  You can't get in any building without a badge.  No badge and you will be asked to leave the campus.  No badge you are gone, period.

Saying their employees work in a mini-city is good for PR but that is all that it is.  What won't be described are the stark work stations employees actually work in and their two tiered blue badge / yellow badge class structure.  Rules for contractors were three to an office when I was there.  New full time employees shared an office and the rules were never more than two to an office.  Not so new blue badgers got there own office entirely.  That takes about six months from what I could see.  New buildings will be configured to enforce a very specific class structure.  Some work areas will be deliberately put into computer cold rooms so certain low ranking plebes won't forget how low ranking they actually are.

I suspect RE was in the 'new' underground parking garage last week when I drove through it.  It is large airport terminal parking in size.  I can't imagine why the Gorilla would need another and the mini mall shown in the video is already there.  Nothing was said about upping head count in the article so no more parking is needed.  I was in the mall bicycle shop quietly laughing to myself at prices fully six years ago.  I think the only thing that is true is that they are going to rip down some of the old buildings which were built for other companies which Microsoft later bought years ago.  These building were built in a country and at a time by a society that valued egalitarianism.  Microsoft is not about egalitarianism at all; they practice a caste system and they want their architecture to reflect this difference.  It makes sense that they would want to rebuild buildings to better work with their two tiered system of inequality.  The pedestrian bridge will be new.  We saw construction activity at the campus transit center when we were out there last week.  That may have something to do with the bridge since that is where the east end of the bridge will come across highway 520.

I get a kick out of closing the city streets to the general public and calling the result 'walkable'  All Microsoft buildings are on city streets paid for by local taxpayers of which I am one.  The Gorilla has the clout to get the streets closed but I do not call that 'walkable'.  I call it 'theft'.   
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Silverdome Fails to Collapse
« Reply #714 on: December 03, 2017, 11:35:35 AM »
"It will collapse, they just don't know when."

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PONTIAC, Mich. -- A partial implosion of the Silverdome has failed to bring down the upper section of the former Detroit Lions' former home.

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    Sunday fans will say goodbye to the Pontiac Silverdome, the arena that was a staple of Detroit sports and hosted some of the world's biggest events.

Demolition company Adamo says that Sunday morning's blasts in Pontiac, Michigan, did weaken the Silverdome and it could still fall, but it's unclear when that might happen.

Rick Cuppetilli is executive vice president with Adamo. He tells the Detroit Free Press that 10 percent of the explosive charges failed to detonate due to wiring issues that crews are investigating.

Cuppetilli says that unless gravity causes the building to fall on its own, excavators will start taking down the structure this week.

The Lions played in suburban Detroit from 1975 through 2001. The Silverdome also was the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons and hosted the Super Bowl in 1982.
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Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault
« Reply #715 on: December 14, 2017, 12:21:59 AM »
At this rate, half the CONgress will be commiting Seppuku.  ::)

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Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault

December 14, 20172:40 AM ET

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With friends and family standing behind him, Kentucky State Rep., Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church on Tuesday to defend himself against accusations of sexual assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 2012.
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A Kentucky state lawmaker has apparently taken his own life following accusations that surfaced in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media – the most serious of which was the alleged sexual assault a 17-year-old girl in the basement of the church where he served as pastor.

Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, was found dead Wednesday evening beside his automobile on a bridge over the Salt River in Mt. Washington. Authorities had been searching for him since a post on his Facebook page – since removed – that appeared to be a suicide note. In the post he wrote that "The accusations from NPR are false," adding that America "will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news [sic]."

NPR neither investigated the story nor aired or published it, but the accusations of sexual assault were part of an unflattering profile of Johnson published Monday by Louisville Public Media's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR).

In a reference to Johnson's penchant for calling himself "pope," the series titled "The Pope's Long Con: A Kentucky preacher-turned-politician's web of lies," also cast doubt on his story of heroics in New York immediately after 9/11 as well as possible insurance fraud dating from the 1980s.

The report was based on police records and interviews, including of the woman who says that a drunk Johnson kissed her and fondled her at the church over New Year's Even 2012.

KyCIR reports that at some time after the alleged incident, "The Louisville Metro Police Department opened an inquiry, but detectives later closed the case, citing a lack of interest or assistance from the teen. She told KyCIR she never wanted the case abandoned ..." Detectives reopened the case months ago, following KyCIR's inquiries.

Johnson – a staunch conservative – was elected to the Kentucky legislature in 2016 after a campaign that briefly gained him national notoriety for posting racist images of President Obama and his family. His Facebook profile picture, dated Oct. 3, 2016, shows Johnson in clerical collar standing next to a smiling Donald Trump.

At a news conference held Tuesday at his Heart of Fire Church in the Fern Creek neighborhood of Louisville, Johnson said the allegation of sexual assault "has no merit." He went on to blame NPR for the story, saying, "NPR is casting the first stone" as he held up a rock with 'NPR' written on it.

In a statement from Louisville Public Media, President Michael Skoler said the organization was deeply saddened to hear of Johnson's death.

Skoler said the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's aim is "as always, is to provide the public with fact-based, unbiased reporting and hold public officials accountable for their actions."

"As part of our process, we reached out to Representative Johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation. He declined requests to talk about our findings," he added.

Gov. Matt Bevin also tweeted: "My heart breaks for his family tonight."

And Kentucky House Speaker Rep. Jeff Hoover, who resigned last month after allegations of sexual harassment, posted on Twitter: "In America, those accused of wrongdoing are presumed innocent until proven guilty," adding, "Personal attacks don't have to be part of politics."
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512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atla
« Reply #716 on: December 14, 2017, 08:19:02 AM »
That's a LOOONNNGG time to be swimming around looking for fish to eat.  Do they get bored?

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512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic
By Suman Varandani @suman09 On 12/14/17 AT 3:48 AM


Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world. While the animal was discovered months ago, its potential age was revealed in a study in the journal Science.

Marine biologist Julius Nielsen found an 18-foot Greenland shark his team had been studying was at least 272 years old and possibly as old as 512 years. While the exact time of the discovery remains unknown, the news resurfaced as Neilsen completed his PhD thesis on Greenland sharks.

Earlier this year professor Kim Praebel, from the Arctic University of Norway, found that Greenland sharks could have a lifespan of up to 400 years. But the recent research proves that the species could live to be even older. With the help of a mathematical model analyzing the lens and the cornea that linked size with age, researchers found a way to predict age. The method to discover the age of the animal was determined last year.

By measuring the size of the recent Greenland shark found, researchers suggest the animal could have been born as early as 1505, making it even older than Shakespeare. Greenland sharks — also known as the gurry sharks, or grey sharks, are large sharks of the family Somniosidae — grow at a rate of one centimeter a year, enabling scientists to determine their age by measuring their size.

The shark that was found to be 512 years old was one of 28 Greenland sharks to be analyzed by the scientists.

"It definitely tells us that this creature is extraordinary and it should be considered among the absolute oldest animals in the world," Nielsen said last year.

Steven Campana, a shark expert from the University of Iceland, said last year: "Fish biologists have tried to determine the age and longevity of Greenland sharks for decades, but without success. Given that this shark is the apex predator (king of the food chain) in Arctic waters, it is almost unbelievable that we didn’t know whether the shark lives for 20 years, or for 1,000 years."

Greenland sharks are found in deep water in the Atlantic Ocean, from Canada to Norway. The species is often plagued by worm-like parasites that latch on to their eyes. These sharks have been known to feast on rotting polar bear carcass.

In September, Nielsen shared a stomach-churning photo of the remains of a polar bear extracted from the stomach of a Greenland shark.

"And no, I don’t think the shark attacked the bear," Nielsen wrote. "It is much more likely a carcass found by the shark. Polar bear remnants in Greenland shark stomachs are extremely rare and polar bears are considered of no importance as food source for sharks in Greenland waters."

Praebel had been looking into how Greenland sharks' "long life" genes could shed light on what determines life expectancy in different species, including humans.

"This is the longest living vertebrate on the planet," he said. "Together with colleagues in Denmark, Greenland, USA, and China, we are currently sequencing its whole nuclear genome which will help us discover why the Greenland shark not only lives longer than other shark species but other vertebrates."

Amid the study into "long-life" genes, studies have also shed new light on the shark's behavior.

"Since the Greenland shark lives for hundreds of years, they also have enough time to migrate over long distances and our genetic results showed exactly that," Praebel reportedly said. "Most of the individuals in our study were genetically similar to individuals caught thousands of kilometers away."
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Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer
« Reply #717 on: December 16, 2017, 12:06:21 AM »
Fucking Japanese!  Even the Monkeys are perverts!

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Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

December 15, 20175:22 PM ET
Camila Domonoske


An adolescent female Japanese macaque on the back of a male sika deer. Researchers have looked into some macaques' attraction to the deer.
Courtesy of Noëlle Gunst

Adolescent female monkeys in Japan have repeatedly engaged in sexual behaviors with sika deer, for reasons that are not yet clear, according to researchers who study macaque behavior.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed Archives of Sexual Behavior, follows up on a single report from earlier this year of a male macaque mounting a female sika deer on Yakushima Island.

That report was intriguing, but a co-author of the new study told The Guardian it was essentially anecdotal. "Even the sexual nature of this interaction was not clearly demonstrated," said Noëlle Gunst, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. So she and her colleagues sought to nail down the nature of the mounting.

Looking at a different set of relationships — adolescent female monkeys and deer, particularly male deer, in Minoo, Japan — the researchers found interactions that definitely seemed to be sexual in nature. (The female monkeys were climbing onto the deer and grinding their genitals against the deer's backs. Yes, there's video.)

Japanese macaques are known to ride deer like humans ride horses, for fun or transportation — behavior the deer seem to tolerate in exchange for grooming and discarded food. But these monkeys were up to something different.

The researchers compared the monkey-deer interactions, which happened during mating season, with homosexual monkey-monkey interactions, where female macaques mount each other. They paid close attention to the "mounting postures" the monkeys assumed on the deer, and the vocalizations they made, to determine that the interactions were, in fact, sexual ... at least for the monkeys.

Some of the deer shook the monkeys off and fled the situation. But adult male deer, in particular, were likely to just stand calmly as the female monkeys thrusted. In some cases, the male deer kept eating.

Five of the female monkeys had "successful heterospecific consortships" with deer. That is, they had "a temporary, but exclusive, sexual association" with an individual from another species, with "three or more mounts within a 10-minute period."

All told there were 13 successful pairings — and 258 separate mounts.

There were eight failed attempts as well. In some of those cases, the monkey-deer interaction was interrupted because another young female macaque came along, "successfully displaced the original adolescent female mounters and took over the deer to start their own heterospecific consortships," the researchers noted. That was not a plot twist they had anticipated.

And the interactions went beyond the mere moment of thrusting. The "monkey-to-deer solicitations ... were persistent and conspicuous," the researchers write. Young female monkeys would identify a "particular target" and make calls that sound identical to the ones in monkey-on-monkey courtship.

If the deer avoided the interaction, "the female monkeys often displayed sexually motivated tantrums which consisted of crouching on the ground, body spasms and screaming, while gazing at the deer," the study found.

So. What does this all mean?

Sexual interactions between animals of different species are not unheard of (even when you take human behavior out of the equation). But most of them don't look like these monkey-deer consortships.

Often the animals are of very similar, related species, and the mating might just be a case of mistaken identity. Clearly, that's not the case here. Writing with significant understatement, the researchers note that "this interpretation is implausible in our case because the anatomical differences between Japanese macaques and sika deer are profound."

Scientists have five theories about why the young monkeys might seek out sexual relationships with deer.

First, it might be a way for a less-mature monkey to practice for future sex with other monkeys.

Second, it might be a less dangerous way for a young female macaque — physically smaller than male macaques — to have a sexual interaction. That's the "safe sex" hypothesis, as the scientists put it. It's similar to one explanation for why young female macaques have sex with each other.

Third, they might be an option for young macaques with no available sexual partners of their own species. Apparently adolescent female macaques are not the "preferred" partner for male macaques and are "routinely rejected." This is what the researchers call the "best of a bad job" hypothesis.

Fourth, it might be the result of nonsexual interactions, with macaques riding deer either for fun or for transport and discovering it's a source of genital stimulation that they then seek out on purpose.

Finally, the researchers say, this might be a kind of cultural practice. Japanese macaques display different behaviors in different locations — some wash their food, or take hot-spring baths, or play with snowballs.

Adolescent females grinding on the backs of deer might similarly be a cultural phenomenon. But it has only been observed at Minoo within the past few years.

"The monkey-deer sexual interactions reported in our paper may reflect the early stage development of a new behavioural tradition at Minoo," Gunst-Leca told The Guardian.

Alternatively, the paper notes, it could be a "short-lived fad." Time will tell.
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Hoser Billionaires Pushing Up Daisies
« Reply #718 on: December 16, 2017, 12:39:48 AM »
2 more Pig People Bite the Dust!  :icon_sunny:

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Canadian Police Probe 'Suspicious' Deaths of Billionaire Couple

Dec. 15, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.

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One of two bodies is removed from the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren Reuters

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation's wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday.

Police said they learned of the deaths after responding to a midday (1700 GMT) medical call at the Sherman's home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto. Two bodies covered in blankets were removed from the home and loaded into an unmarked van on Friday evening.

"The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way," said Constable David Hopkinson. Homicide detectives later told reporters gathered outside the home that there were no signs of forced entry.

Their neighbors, business associates and some of Canada's most powerful politicians said they were saddened by the deaths.

"Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in statement he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn of the deaths, noting that the couple had made extensive contributions to the city.

"Toronto Police are investigating, and I hope that investigation will be able to provide answers for all of us who are mourning this tremendous loss," Tory said.

The Shermans recently listed their home for sale for nearly C$7 million ($5.4 million). A real estate agent discovered the bodies in the basement while preparing for an open house, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported, citing a relative.

Sherman, 75, founded privately held Apotex in 1974, growing it by introducing large numbers of low-cost generic drugs that took market share from branded pharmaceuticals. He stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained executive chairman.

Forbes has estimated Sherman's fortune at $3.2 billion.

Apotex is the world's No. 7 generic drugmaker with 11,000 employees and annual sales of more than C$2 billion in more than 45 countries, according to its website.

The couple was known for their philanthropy, giving tens of millions of dollars to hospitals, universities and Jewish organizations, CBC reported.

"They were extremely successful in business, but also very, very giving people," former Ontario Premier Bob Rae told CBC. "It's going to be a very, very big loss."

The Globe and Mail reported in February that Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd was investigating a complaint about a 2015 political fundraiser that Trudeau had attended.

(Writing and additional reporting by Julie Gordon in Vancouver; Editing by Jim Finkle, Leslie Adler and Paul Tait)

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Atlanta airport loses power, trapping travelers in planes and terminals
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https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/airplane-mode/atlanta-airport-loses-power-trapping-travelers-planes-terminals-n830546

Atlanta airport loses power, trapping travelers in planes and terminals

by Demi Douglas and Phil McCausland

ATLANTA — Flying home for the holidays was more of a headache than usual for those traveling through the Atlanta airport on Sunday.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta — the busiest airport in the world — lost power on Sunday reportedly leaving some passengers trapped in planes and inside the airport terminals.


By early evening, the airport had canceled 683 flights and delayed 547.
Image: Passengers sit stranded at the Atlanta airport, Dec. 17, 2017.
Passengers sit stranded at the Atlanta airport, Dec. 17, 2017. Gant Laborde

The airport confirmed the outage on Twitter, and the FAA said they put a ground stop in place, which means they slowed or halted inbound air traffic.

"The FAA tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working," the federal agency said in a statement.

Airport officials told NBC News that an electrical issue at a Georgia substation “has impacted the power at the airport” and that a large portion of the airport had been affected.

Georgia Power sent repair teams to the scene to work on the issue, and they had been there since 1:30 p.m. ET, officials said.

Delta airlines, which is headquartered in Atlanta, said they were aware of the power outage. Flight disruptions were expected and passengers should check the status of their flight, the airliner said.


Image: Passengers wait in line at the Atlanta airport, Dec. 17, 2017.
Passengers wait in line at the Atlanta airport, Dec. 17, 2017. Demi Douglas / NBC News

Those arriving for their flights were met with long lines and a pitch dark airport. No escalators, elevators or information screens were operational.

According to NBC News affiliate WXIA, the outage reached the entire airport and affected the train connecting the terminals.

Wifi and cell service also weren’t fully operational, WXIA reported.


Image: The Atlanta's airport is pictured during the power outage, in Atlanta
The Atlanta's airport is pictured during the power outage, in Atlanta, U.S., December 17, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Reuters

According to the airport, Hartsfield-Jackson serves approximately 275,000 passengers and averages 2,500 flight arrivals and departures every day.

Demi Douglas reported from Atlanta, Georgia, and Phil McCausland reported from New York City.
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