Mental Issues, Eh?

Our Fake President says the Texas killer had “mental issues”. This from the dolt who signed into law the right for anyone judged mentally ill to purchase firearms.

Thanks, gocomics.org

Cycling Mom Fired for Giving Our Fake President The Finger


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❝ A photo of Juli Briskman flipping off President Trump’s motorcade while riding her bike went viral, and now, her employer – Akima LLC – has fired her for it…

❝ She was told that the snap — which Briskman made her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook — violated Akima’s social media policy, even though she didn’t have the company listed as her place of work anywhere on either platform. She said that she emphasized to the company that she wasn’t working when the photo was taken but was told, as a government contractor, Akima’s business could be hurt by the shot.

Unsurprising; but, the company recently reprimanded a male employee for deliberate obscene pejorative statements online clearly identifying him as an employee of Akima. He kept his job. Chickenshit management is sufficiently scared of our Fake President – and careless of freedom of expression by women – to increase the penalty for such expression to firing.

My suggestion is one of the oldest around the world, free country or not. Boycott the bastards. Any contact with Akima, business or otherwise? Shut it off. Don’t spend a penny in any way which might benefit their balance sheet. Let them know that the rights of working people are supposed to be as important as the president – fake or otherwise.

Adjusting the Clock at Avebury Stone Circle


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❝ National Trust Rangers…very carefully moving one of the famous standing stones at the ancient Avebury World Heritage Site.

“Obviously Stone Age man didn’t have daylight saving, so twice a year we have to move one of the stones.” said Hilary Makins, National Trust Head Ranger.

❝ “Avebury is an astonishing monument to the Neolithic people’s ingenuity. We want to make sure the stones are as accurate as they were back when they were put up. Each one weighs several tonnes. It’s a huge effort, but it’s worth it.”

Honestly, I thought this was THE ONION posting this. It still may turn out to be a more-than-fey faction inside the National Trust. Either way, it is funny.

3-Tons of Dead Feral Pigs Made for a Helluva Experiment


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❝ In nature, mass mortality sometimes happens. More than 200,000 saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan drop dead in a matter of weeks; 337 dead whales wash up in a remote fjord in southern Chile; some 300 reindeer in Norway are felled by a single bolt of lightning— all that has happened since 2015. There’s evidence such spectacular displays of death are increasing in frequency due to climate change…

The problem is the die-offs are unpredictable. Once one has happened, scientists can’t go back in time to make the baseline measurements that would allow them to say how exactly an ecosystem has been changed by a sudden jolt of animal carcasses…

❝ …The team needed an immense mass of dead animals. Luckily, wildlife biologist Marcus Lashley of Mississipi State had connections with people at state and federal agencies who are responsible for combatting a wildlife pest that currently plagues Mississippi and many other states.

A few phone calls later, the dead feral pigs started streaming in…

❝ …on July 5th, 2016, with the help of some technicians graciously loaned to them by colleagues, they dragged 6,000 pounds of dead pigs into their study plots and left them to rot.

Almost immediately, camera traps recorded dozens of vultures descending on the piles of pigs. Sticky traps to collect insects had to be changed daily because “you couldn’t have stuck another one on there,” Brandon Barton of Mississippi State University says. The writhing maggot swarms on the carcasses were several inches deep.

Vultures and maggots were to be expected, of course, but the intensity of the response awed the researchers. “We were completely unprepared for what happened,” Barton says…The biological response was so extreme that the researchers had to abandon some of their sampling methods…

❝ Even now, more than a year later, the sites remain ecologically scarred. “Will they ever go back to normal? Probably not,” Barton says…Though not much is left of the three tons of dead pig they started with, the researchers plan to continue monitoring their experimental plots until they’re indistinguishable from the surrounding forest—which may be never, they note. “We’re going to measure this for the rest of our careers,” Lashley predicts.

RTFA. Truly interesting. I’ve blogged before about decomp, learning from the natural processes is an important part of criminology. This study takes a look at death in another direction.

An interesting read. If you’re up for it.