Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3093 on: Jan 12th, 2018, 10:44am »
Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner withdraw their divorce
By Julia Marsh January 10, 2018
Photo source: Capitalism, Inc.
She just can’t pull out.
Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her jailed sext-a-holic hubby Anthony Weiner have ended their pending divorce case.
Identical statements from their lawyers Wednesday cited the scandal-plagued couple’s desire to protect their 6-year-old son by settling outside court — but experts say the real reason could be to shield one another from a potential federal probe.
Abedin, 41 — spotted over the weekend sunning herself at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel on Hawaii’s Big Island — was scheduled to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court for a compliance conference in her contested divorce case against Weiner, 53.
Instead, one of her attorneys submitted paperwork signed by both parties agreeing to end the case, a court source told The Post.
The judge announced from the bench that the case was “discontinued.”
The whiff of controversy has long surrounded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but, according to a new report, he just reeks.
Assange's lack of cleanliness was reportedly one of the reasons behind Ecuador's recent attempts to extricate him from his five-year standoff in its embassy in London, the International Business Times reported.
“It seems he doesn’t wash properly,” a highly placed source told the news outlet. The issue prompted repeated complaints from staff at the UK embassy, according to the report.
The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at the embassy in Knightsbridge since 2012 and was recently granted Ecuadorean citizenship.
The IBT report emerged after Britain rejected Ecuador's application to assign the 46-year-old diplomatic status.
Others have complained of Assange’s questionable hygiene practices in the past.
“Julian ate everything with his hands and he always wiped his fingers on his pants. I have never seen pants as greasy as his in my whole life,” one of his closest aides, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, told IBT.
Jérémie Zimmermann, a friend and former colleague, wrote in 2012 that “unless the people around him force him to shower, he might not change his clothes for days.”
U.S. officials told IBT that arresting Assange remains a priority, but would not confirm whether the government would request his extradition should he be arrested in the U.K.
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #3105 on: Jan 14th, 2018, 08:11am »
A Wolf of a Different Color
For the first time, researchers spot a black maned wolf
By Brian Switek on January 10, 2018
I’m fascinated by the typology of nature, the form of wilderness that we carry around in our heads. That's because what we expect doesn't always match reality. Our species has a penchant for reductionism, boiling down concepts and creatures alike to their essence so that we can quickly and efficiently exchange ideas. I can say “tiger” and you know exactly what I mean. But whether we take the average or exceptional as normal, we’re missing the variability that allows life to thrive. Consider a black maned wolf seen in Brazil.
Maned wolves are favorites of zoos and documentaries alike. Their long legs give them a charming strut and they’ve often called “foxes on stilts.” The truth of the matter is that they’re not particularly close to foxes, wolves, or any other dog. Their closest relatives on the canid family tree are the bush dogs, but, given that bush dogs are in a totally different genus, there’s not much resemblance between the two. Chrysocyon brachyurus, as it's known to zoologists, is truly a unique beast.
Still, it’s hard to look at a maned wolf and not come away with the fox on stilts impression. The maned wolf independently evolved a reddish pelt that descends to black along the legs and a tuft of white on the tail. This was thought to be the standard coloration for the species over its South American range. But now zoologist Guilherme Ferreira and colleagues have reported the first black-phase maned wolf ever recorded.