Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PIX-N-TOONZ-N-STUFF 041817


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From Washington Times (March 9, 2017): Stung by recent election defeats, Democrats are leading the charge to lower the voting age to 17, with a little help from liberal billionaire George Soros.
In California, Democratic legislators introduced this week a landmark bill, ACA 10, that would give the Golden State the nation’s youngest statewide voting age by lowering the threshold from 18 to 17 in the name of reversing the slide in voter turnout.


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Americans are more distressed than ever: study
More Americans than ever have serious psychological distress, according to a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center. Researchers analyzed Centers for Disease Control data and concluded that 3.4% of the adult U.S.


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One of the rain forest’s most elusive inhabitants, the short-eared dog evades all but a few stubborn scientists. In fact, walking these Amazonian trails, you’re much more likely to see a jaguar—or just about anything, really—than one of these canines.

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(CNN)Germany should "formally suspend" talks on EU membership with Turkey, the chair of the German Parliament's foreign affairs committee said Monday, warning of a slide towards authoritarianism. "My view is that we should formally suspend negotiation talks with Turkey as long as Erdogan is establishing and conducting authoritarian power," German Member of Parliament Norbert Röttgen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

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Scientists find giant, elusive clam known as 'the unicorn of mollusks'
For hundreds of years, biologists knew of the giant shipworm only from shell fragments and a handful of dead specimens. Those specimens, despite being preserved in museum jars, had gone to mush.



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On Friday, First Lady Melania Trump visiting a group home for girls who had been the victim of domestic abuse or violence.
But you wouldn’t have known it, as the media failed to cover it, except for the local Palm Beach Post and that widely-read publication, ‘Footwear News.’





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HANOI, Vietnam — Villagers in Vietnam’s capital on Monday were holding more than 30 people, most of them policemen, over a land dispute in a rare defiance of the communist government.
The standoff began over the weekend in My Duc, a district of Hanoi, when police clashed with villagers who allege their land was illegally seized for sale by a military-run telecommunications firm. Some villagers were arrested.


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The West Coast’s Dungeness crab fishery is encountering one of the biggest sustainability issues ever: the fishery entangled more than 22 whales in 2016, contributing to a record-breaking 71 whale entanglements on the West Coast alone. This number breaks the record for whale entanglements for the third straight year.
This information, released recently by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is cause for alarm, according to experts. Ryan Bigelow, Program Engagement Manager for the Seafood Watch program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, notes that the Dungeness crab fishery has received a red bycatch score from the program due to its connection with issues of whale entanglement.
Whale entanglement is a significant problem when it comes to the safety, wellbeing, and survival of the often endangered whale species who are concerned. Whales can suffer slow, painful deaths due to starvation, dehydration, or trouble breathing when entangled in fishing lines and pots used to catch Dungeness crabs.


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Karl Marx famously wrote that everything in history happens twice: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. But in Ireland’s current predicament, we might well think of one part of our modern history happening twice: the first time as tragedy, the second as a smart political drama. The part of history I’m thinking about is the notion of Ireland as the anti-England. It was a bad idea that might now be a good idea.

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