House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) gave his first interview since being cleared of a House Ethics probe and spoke to Catherine Herridge of Fox News.
“I believe there’s evidence that abuses have occurred,” Nunes told Herridge regarding the FISA courts and other surveillance practices.
“We have had an ongoing investigation into DOJ and FBI since mid-summer for both FISA abuse and other matters that we can’t get into too much. But it is very concerning.”
“I hate to use the word corrupt, but they become so dirty that, who is watching the watchmen? Who is investigating these people? There is no one.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also unloaded on FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday during a House hearing. The conservative firebrand demanded Wray confirm whether or not Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok applied for the FISA warrant to spy on Trump officials.
Jordan told Lou Dobbs Thursday night he believes the FISA court application to spy on the Trump campaign will prove the FBI used fake dossier to spy on opposing party!
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« Reply #2853 on: Dec 11th, 2017, 07:33am »
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Unknown Creatures and Strange Rituals Found in Venezuelan Petroglyphs
by Brett Tingley December 10, 2017
Archaeologists in Venezuela have discovered a massive set of petroglyphs that is being hailed as an “extraordinary” find. Researchers have known for decades that ancient cultures painted elaborate petroglyphs on the sides of rock faces overlooking powerful rapids in the Orinoco River, but the difficulty in reaching the petroglyphs has meant that archaeologists have only had glimpse, bits, and pieces to work with.
In this latest study, aerial drone photography was used to completely catalogue, measure, and record these elaborate petroglyphs for the first time, and the results are breathtaking.
Rather than depicting the usual hunting scenes or funerary rites, “these engravings are embedded in the everyday — how people lived and travelled in the region, the importance of aquatic resources and the seasonal rhythmic rising and falling of the water”, says University College London’s Dr. Philip Riris who led the project.
Some of the petroglyphs depict typical animals, while another seems to be a massive snake-like creature with dozens of legs and horns. Others show groups of people surrounding what researchers can only assume is a person playing a flute, a scene thought to depict some type of unknown ritual.
The league is having such a tough time finding fans to fill seats that some tickets are selling for the unheard of price of three dollars a seat, Breitbart Sports reported on Sunday. In many cases tickets are selling for prices lower than the cost of buying a beer or a hot dog in most stadiums!
But even at these near give-away prices, photos of empty stadiums are still chocking social media as the league’s Week 14 begins.
While the Green Bay Packers downed the Cleveland Browns in a 27-21 final, not many fans were around to see the loss at FirstEnergy Stadium. A sea of empty bright orange seats filled the stadium:
NFL ticket prices for the 2017 season average $172, an increase of six percent year-over-year. The season opener between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs is currently the most expensive 2017 matchup with a $692 average ticket price...
LITTLE DID THEY KNOW...THE REPERCUSSIONS!
some tickets are selling for the unheard of price of three dollars a seat
I remember the one or two times it snowed here in Apache Jct Arizona when I was growing up(maybe an inch accumulation total). We went NUTS! I didn't see it snow, really snow until we moved to Oregon after I married. I was mesmerized.
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« Reply #2859 on: Dec 12th, 2017, 06:58am »
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For The First Time, Scientists Have Sequenced The Genes of an Extinct Marsupial Carnivore
It died out in 1936.
MICHELLE STARR 11 DEC 2017
Australia's extinct carnivorous marsupial, the thylacine, has long been held up as a tragic symbol of humanity's lack of care for the other creatures that share our world, excessive hunting thought to be the leading cause of its demise.
Scientists have now sequenced the animal's genome, and we finally have some answers about the last surviving member of the Thylacinidae family - animals that roamed the Earth for tens of millions of years.
Also known as the Tasmanian tiger, Thylacinus cynocephalus became extinct on mainland Australia some 3,000 years ago, attributed - possibly erroneously - to competition from a rival predator, the dingo. But, on Tasmania, isolated by rising sea levels 14,000 years ago, a population of the animals lived on into the 20th century.
It soon came to be regarded as a threat to livestock, and the Australian government issued over 2,000 bounties to help wipe it out.
It was declared extinct in 1936, and little is known about its behaviour, habitat and diet, or even which animal can be considered its closest living relative.
Now researchers have finally narrowed it down and gleaned some new information through genetic sequencing.
Specimens of the thylacine were preserved before it disappeared, and Australian researchers from the University of Adelaide and University of Melbourne have used one such specimen - a 108-year-old pouch young - to sequence the thylacine genome.
"The genome has allowed us to confirm the thylacine's place in the evolutionary tree. The Tasmanian tiger belongs in a sister lineage to the Dasyuridae, the family which includes the Tasmanian devil and the dunnart," said project leader Andrew Pask of the University of Melbourne.
This also confirms that the Tasmanian tiger is a product of convergent evolution - when two unrelated animals evolve similar traits to adapt to similar environments or to fill an ecological niche.
Although it's a marsupial with a pouch, the thylacine skull more closely resembles that of a red fox or a grey wolf than the skulls of its closest relatives.
The team also learned more about the species' decline. For a while now, scientists have hypothesised that, much like Steller's sea cow, the Tasmanian tiger's extinction was more complicated than just being hunted to death.
What the researchers found after sequencing the genome was that the thylacine's genetic diversity and health was very poor, possibly due to their genetic isolation from mainland Australia.
But the results also suggest that, even before its isolation, the thylacine was already on a genetic decline. That's not to say that humanity didn't have a very strong hand in its extinction. We probably could have saved it.
Based on their work, the team is now hoping they can help another carnivorous marsupial facing a similar situation - the Tasmanian devil.
Similarly extinct and genetically isolated from mainland Australia, and similarly experiencing low genetic diversity before isolation, in recent decades, the Tasmanian devil has fallen prey to one of the few cancers known to spread through infection.
"Our hope is that there is a lot the thylacine can tell us about the genetic basis of extinction to help other species," Pask said.
But, he noted, it's too soon to talk about cloning.
"As this genome is one of the most complete for an extinct species, it is technically the first step to 'bringing the thylacine back', but we are still a long way off that possibility."
The research was published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.
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What Are Pyrocumulus Clouds? California Fires Spawn Eerie Formations
By Brandon Specktor December 12, 2017
A pyrocumulus cloud created by the Thomas Fire looms over Santa Barbara. Credit: Greg Vitalich
On Sunday (Dec.10), a massive gray cloud formed over Southern California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, filling the sky with dark towers of smoke and shocking onlookers for miles around. The ominous cloud looked like an ash column from a volcanic eruption, but the culprit was a wildfire.
The cloud, created by the ongoing Thomas Fire that has scorched more than 230,500 acres (93,280 hectares) of Southern California, is an example of a pyrocumulus cloud — literally, a puffy cumulus cloud formed by the hot air and smoke released into the sky during wildfires and volcanic eruptions.
"Pyrocumulus clouds form when wildfires burn hot enough to generate very strong upward motion, which we call updrafts," said Nick Nauslar, a research scientist for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies/Storm Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
These clouds tend to be gray, brown or black because of the smoke in the air, and can tower up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) high, according to NASA. But besides being terrifying, pyrocumulus clouds can develop dangerous weather systems of their own, and potentially lead to more and harder-to-tame wildfires, Nauslar told Live Science.
Clouds of smoke and flame Cumulus clouds take their name from the Latin word "cumulo," meaning "heap" or "pile." The fluffy, white cumulus clouds that commonly appear in the sky form when hot, moist air is warmed by Earth's surface and begins to rise. The air cools as it rises, eventually condensing into water droplets that cling to airborne particles called condensation nuclei. As more droplets condense, they release more heat, creating a feedback loop of rising moisture that can result in the giant, puffy cloud heaps.
Pyrocumulus clouds form similarly, but in much more extreme circumstances of heating and condensation. While the hottest summer days might break triple-digit temperatures, a wildfire can rapidly warm the surrounding air to more than 1,470 degrees F (800 degrees C), according to a report from the Natural History Museum of Utah.
The rising air condenses rapidly as it pours into the sky above the flames. Meanwhile, burning vegetation on the ground evaporates all of its moisture, compounding the condensation above. Particles of smoke already swirling through the air give water droplets even more condensation nuclei to grip onto, resulting in sudden, massive columns of moisture and smoke rolling into the sky over the blaze. From there, Nauslar said, another feedback loop may occur.
"As the air is forced upward, [it pulls] more oxygen into the bottom of the column," Nauslar said. "This can help sustain and strengthen the fire. It will also result in stronger and less-predictable winds."
Creating its own weather system The hot, fast jets of rising air within pyrocumulus clouds tend to create a highly turbulent atmosphere, which can result in some unusual weather effects. If a cloud column builds high enough, for example, it can become a pyrocumulonimbus cloud — essentially, a fire-fueled thunderstorm cloud, NASA said.
In humid conditions, such clouds can actually produce rainstorms that put out the fire that created them, according to CNN. But in dry environments, like Southern California, rainfall is more likely to evaporate within the cloud itself, never reaching the ground. Even in the absence of rain, so-called "dry" lightning bolts can rip through the cloud or plunge to the surface, potentially sparking new fires, a National Weather Service report said. (The eerie phenomenon of volcanic lightning occurs under similar conditions.) The clouds pose less dramatic dangers, too.
"Pyrocumulus clouds can increase [wildfire] spotting, since you are lofting more embers higher into the atmosphere, which can increase the horizontal distance the embers travel," Nauslar said. And if a large pyrocumulus column becomes too unstable, it may even collapse onto itself.
"A collapsing pyrocumulus cloud can have serious ramifications," Nauslar said. "It would cause very strong and erratic winds at the surface and increase spotting as the embers reach the surface. This would be dangerous for anyone nearby."
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« Reply #2861 on: Dec 12th, 2017, 6:08pm »
Those clouds from the Thomas Fire look scary as heck.
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Ghost Wreck and Murdered Monkeys December 13, 2017
A busy day today, but ran cross this ‘charming’ sea tale about a ghost wreck: we’ll get to the monkeys shortly. There is a book to be filled with supernatural stories at sea: perhaps it already exists. This deserves, in any case, to be jammed respectfully into a footnote somewhere.
The British sailing ship Glooscap, Capt. Spicer, laden with Philippine sugar, which has just arrived at Philadelphia, tells a weird tale in its log:
Mid-ocean, 14th May. Lowering weather; passed battered derelict wreck. Wreck gave chase; impossible to outstrip. Sailors morose and feared to look behind, many becoming almost insane.
21st May. Wreck disappeared. Weather has lifted. Sailors knelt down and thanked God for their deliverance. The crew affirmed that they had merited the visitation for having thrown overboard four monkeys which had been given them natives of Iloilo.
Sunderland Daily Echo, 7 Aug 1899
The Daily Echo was actually a shipping Gazette. The story did, from there, its rounds in the British papers and, then, vanished. Beach presumed at first a bit of welcome falsification from this or that journalist: particularly as Glooscap is a legendary Amerindian figure who once took a ride on a whale. But actually there was a Captain Spicer and there was a Glooscap. This, of course, doesn’t rule out a bit of journalistic fancy, but it is strange that no letter subsequently appeared in the press. A great joke, or did the Glooscap somehow accidentally hook a small wreck with a trailing rope…
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nshin Russian Billionaire Intends To Find Out If Alien Life Is Behind Talking Asteroid Tim Pearce Energy Reporter 10:13 PM 12/12/2017 Share 0
Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million initiative to uncover extraterrestrial signs of life, is using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to glean a signal from the first known interstellar asteroid to pass through Earth’s solar system, The Atlantic reports.
Picking up any kind of signal from the rogue space rock could be an important clue to discovering life on another planet. Russian billionaire Yuri Milner founded the initiative in the hopes that by finding out more about the universe and, possibly, other life forms in it, humans can “know more deeply who we are.”
The asteroid is called ‘Oumuamua, named after it was first photographed from the top of a volcano in Hawaii. It immediately caught scientists’ attention for a variety of reasons, and garnered an audience as it blitzed through the solar system at 38.3 kilometers per second, The Atlantic reports.
In an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, the senior scientist for primitive bodies for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Joseph A. Nuth, said the asteroid, or possibly “old star destroyer,” possessed a unique shape and rotation that drew scientists’ attention.
‘Oumuamua is a cylindrical shape, hence the “star destroyer” description. Most other asteroids are spheres and possess tails of burning or melting material as they pass close to stars. After studying ‘Oumuamua’s trail as it passed near the sun, though, scientists could not detect a tail of flashy particles.
‘Oumuamua’s rotation, once every seven hours, would cause other rocks to crumble. The asteroid is thought to be solid rock or metal, because no trace of water or ice could be detected, The Atlantic reports.
Despite the distinctive characteristics, the chance of ‘Oumuamua actually giving off a signal of other forms of life is close to nil, Nuth told TheDCNF. ‘Oumuamua is the first known interstellar asteroid, but probably not the actual first and “won’t be the last.”
Scientists have been studying outer space just over two decades and estimate that an object like ‘Oumuamua drifts through Earth’s galaxy at least once a year.
“We don’t have the capability to see everything,” Nuth said. Astroids are small compared to the vastness of space, and though scientists have discovered many times more asteroids than were known in the 90s, 5,000 asteroids to currently 700,000 known in the solar system, there are still many corners of the solar system that are impossible to monitor at all times.
If ‘Oumuamua beats the odds and a signal is detected, scientists are still landlocked on Earth without the technology to catch the rock as it hurtles away. The rogue alien object is likely to keep its current path as it is obviously not under any intelligent direction, Nuth says.
However, by predicting the path ‘Oumuamua is taking, “we may have the capability to catch it much later” after technology imporoves, Nuth said.
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« Reply #2864 on: Dec 13th, 2017, 06:53am »
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Bones of a Colossal Human-Sized Penguin Have Been Discovered in New Zealand
MICHELLE STARR 13 DEC 2017
A new species of prehistoric penguin has been found in New Zealand, and it's so big that the researcher who found its bones initially couldn't figure out what kind of animal it was.
Dating back to the late Paleocene 60-56 million years ago, the newly named Kumimanu biceae was so big it stood 1.65 metres tall (5'5") and measured 1.77 metres in length (5'10") when swimming. It weighed up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds).
It's one of the biggest penguins that ever existed, coming in at just under the size of extinct Late Eocene Antarctic penguin Palaeeudyptes klekowskii, which was 2 metres long and weighed 115 kilograms.
But although it's not breaking size records, K. biceae is the earliest giant penguin ever discovered, according to Te Papa Museum curator Alan Tennyson, who found the first piece of the skeleton in 2004.
Other giant penguin fossils date back to around 42-35 million years ago, placing them in the Eocene epoch. And the two species of the earlier Waimanu genus of penguin that emerged not long after the Cretaceous-Paleocene extinction event are much smaller, and show signs of being closer to losing the ability to fly.
"That a penguin rivaling the largest previously known fossil species existed in the Paleocene may indicate that gigantism in penguins arose shortly after these birds became flightless divers," the researchers wrote in their paper.
"Gigantism therefore may be an inherent feature of Paleogene penguins, which may have evolved soon after aerodynamic constraints ceased to exist."
Tennyson found the fossilised remains encased in a boulder on a beach in Otago, New Zealand. Initially, he didn't know what the bones were.
He found a rock that showed bone on the outside surface, so he took it back to his office - where it would remain on a shelf for a few years.
Extraction on the boulder didn't start until 2015 - but once work began, the researchers realised they had found the bones of a bird. A really big bird.
"Painstaking extraction work slowly revealed that the rock contained a multitude of jumbled bones of a colossal penguin," Tennyson said.
"We found flipper, body and leg bones and they are truly huge."
The new penguin was named Kumimanu, which means "monster bird" in Māori, and biceae in honour of Tennyson's mum, Bice Tennyson.
It's difficult to know how similar K. biceae looked to modern day penguins, the tallest of which is the emperor penguin that stands at 1.1 metres. But it was probably a formidable creature.
"it would have been very impressive, as tall as many people, and a very solid, muscly animal built to withstand frequent deep dives to catch its prey," Tennyson said. "It would not have been the kind of bird that someone could catch alive, it would have been considerably more powerful than a person."
The decline of giant penguins around the world probably has something to do with the rise of marine mammals, with which it coincides.
The expansion of seals, walruses, whales, and other ocean-faring mammals probably provided competition for both food resources and breeding grounds - and the giant penguins lost the battle.
The research has been published in the journal Nature Communications.