I have not posted in a while as I deal with my mother's passing and preparing her estate. There is still much to do and it will get done eventually. This week is very busy with numerous meetings all crammed into 4 days because yesterday was Victoria Day, a statutory holiday in most of Canada (Québec calls it Patriot's Day). Today's big adventure is taking my 3 furbabes to the vet's for their annual checkup and shots. They love their vet (he's their godfather) and he loves them. By the time I get them home, the car and me will be covered in cat fur, literally!
CBC — A jawbone discovered by German troops in Athens during the Second World War could be evidence that apes and humans diverged 200,000 years earlier than the current theory says.
Chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest known relatives to humans, sharing 99 per cent of our DNA. It's believed that we split between five and seven million years ago.
However, researchers analyzing two fossils — a jawbone from a German museum and an upper premolar from a collection in Bulgaria — concluded their ages to be roughly 7.2 million years, and belonging to a pre-human.
But there's another significant finding: that human split occurred in the eastern Mediterranean and not Africa, as it is believed.
Well doesn't this just bite if you're an evangelical creationist who believes the earth was created only 6,000 years ago and that God created humans, and humans did not evolve from apes! While the 7.2-million-year-old pre-human fossils might challenge current evolutionary theory, it certainly slams creationists. Let's hear it for science!
Business Insider UK — For most in the hospitality industry, the odd bad review is part and parcel of the trade, but one venue appears to be determined to silence its critics.
According to The Mirror, Sarah Gardner, a 44-year-old mother and part-time nurse, has been threatened with legal action after posting a negative review on TripAdvisor of the Tunbridge Wells-based High Rocks restaurant and wedding reception venue.
The review posted on March 22 has since been taken down, but according to a screenshot obtained by the Daily Mail, it said: “Visited here with my family, been coming here for years. I have found the staff more and more rude each time."
“They have an arrogance that should not exist in a service industry, particularly the management. It’s as if they are doing you a favour, I found dealing with them frustrating and perplexing."
Click through for the rest. Don't let Drumpf see this or he'll try to sue everyone and anyone who speaks negatively about him whether it comes under freedom or speech or not!
Washington Post — President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.
Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.
Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
How many ways are there to say "obstruction of justice"? Drumpf keeps digging a bigger and bigger hole with no end in sight until he is actually impeached or he resigns. I agree with those that say Drumpf thinks he is untouchable. If he resigns the presidency as Richard Nixon did back in 1974 before he could be impeached, I understand that he could still face criminal charges. I guess things are going to get worse before they get better.
YouTube — Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 5/21/17 : Stupid Watergate
John always has something to say and he does it with humour. With the state of US politics right now, if we don't laugh on occasion, we might cry excessively!
US News and World Report — Like most things in politics, impeachment is not as simple as one might think.
The U.S. Constitution lays out impeachment powers for Congress, allowing the governing body to put certain government officials on trial and remove them from power. When an official is impeached, he or she isn't necessarily removed from office – that's a separate step in the procedure.
The process takes on the form of a trial, but the trial takes place in the House of Representatives and the Senate, not the courts.
The result is a blend of law and partisan politics in an often months-long process.
1. Who can be impeached?
According to the Constitution, at the federal level "the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States" can be removed from office. There have been 19 formal impeachment proceedings at the federal level in the U.S., which ended in seven acquittals, eight convictions, three dismissals and one resignation.
State legislatures can impeach state officials, including governors.
This is a very simple look at the impeachment process. It is not as simple as "kick the bumb out!" no matter how we wish it to be. Some of us remember the Richard Nixon resignation in 1974 when he thought he would be impeached.
YouTube — John Oliver – James Comey
Need I comment further? The Drumpf administration is the worst administration I can think of. Nixon was bad, but Drumpf has him beat.
YouTube — The Young Turks — BREAKING: Eric Trump Is Staggeringly Stupid
I have always felt that Eric Trump was on the clueless side. From confirming his like of nepotism to his comments on Russian money in the family real estate business, he might actually be a prosecutor's best friend. And Drumpf wanted a security clearance for this rube?
My Universe — In the video, which was posted to Youtube by Vancouver’s Michael Fujiwara, the sea lion surfaces near the dock, and swims about looking harmless. No doubt it was drawn by the fish — this is an area, after all, that was once nicknamed Salmonopolis.
But after surveying the area and discovering no fish, the sea lion surprises everyone by approaching a young girl, then suddenly, biting down on her dress and dragging her backwards into the water. …
“The sea lion actually attracted a lot of attention from the visitors there, including the young girl,” he said. “She and her family, I guess, they came, they started feeding the animal bread crumbs or whatever it was, and then I guess the animal got a little too comfortable.”
Fortunately, the young girl was pulled from the water immediately by a family member. The young girl was unharmed, albeit a little soggy, and with a newfound, healthy fear of sea lions.
This happened at the Steveston Wharf which is where many fish boats are docked, so it would be quite normal for seals and sea lions to be around the wharf area. People need to respect wild creatures for the potential harm they can inflict. Seals and their bigger cousins, sea lions, can be dangerous. Nobody should be feeding any wild animal. Here is an additional CBC article about the incident with a little more detail. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending.