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Police detain Al-Shabaab and ISIS terrorists in Turkey's capital Ankara
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania
[Washington Examiner] A part-male, part-female cardinal was spotted in Pennsylvania on Saturday, according to a local resident who said he's been a bird-watcher for 48 years.

The rare find had feathers that were red on one side and tan on the other.

Jamie Hill said he's a longtime birder and was alerted to the cardinal by a friend. The owner of the property where the bird had been seen gave him permission to take a few photos. Hill called it a "one in a million bird encounter" in a Facebook post.

A similar cardinal was spotted in 2019, also in Pennsylvania. It is possible that the two sightings have actually been of the same bird.

At the time of the 2019 encounter, the bird was what is known as a "bilateral gynandromorph," meaning it is one-half male and one-half female.

"Most gynandromorph individuals are infertile, but this one may actually be fertile, as the left side is female, and only the left ovary in birds is functional," Daniel Hooper, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, told National Geographic.

Pictures of the more recent sighting showed that the female half of the bird is also on the right side.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2021 01:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Per the latest in "studies" research,
The definitive word from the church
In a new papal bull:
When this cardinal is full,
It should shit from a unisex perch.
Posted by: Kojo Tojo5311 || 02/25/2021 2:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Move over, Richelieu. There's a new Gray Cardinal in town
Posted by: Hupavith Grotch7682 || 02/25/2021 2:36 Comments || Top||

#3  damn trannys everywhere
Posted by: Chris || 02/25/2021 3:04 Comments || Top||

#4  There are whole families of fish species that are hermaphroditic. So? We are mammals.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2021 4:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Or it was a juvenile.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/25/2021 6:07 Comments || Top||

#6  well that settles it, we should upend society for whatever conclusions the retards on twitter draw from this.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/25/2021 6:46 Comments || Top||

#7  On the short list for next pope.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2021 10:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Based on what? I've seen so many freak Cardinal variations over the decades, this is stupid on it's face.

We had on that was 80% bald. Does that make it a New Jersey truck driver?
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/25/2021 17:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Declare it a new species and demand buildings be destroyed in the area to protect the species, that's the only logical lefty solution.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/25/2021 18:31 Comments || Top||


Federal Reserve payment system crashed, service restored hours later
Posted by: Thineger Sproing6704 || 02/25/2021 00:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When will the government quit using obsolete operating systems like Microsoft. Even Microsoft runs their Azure network on Linux.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2021 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Crashed, or rebooting with updates?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2021 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Our 'Top Men' at Dominion save the day once again.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2021 10:51 Comments || Top||


If you want a live map of the Starlink coverage in your area of the Planet click this link.
[3D application]
To see current StarLink sats and coverage anywhere on the planet click the title of this article. You could use it to decide if you want to get the service or not. It's too bad Russia bans it. Lots of sats covering Russia and Mongolia.

Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2021 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  wow, just wow.
Posted by: Spoter B || 02/25/2021 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Starlink dot com for other stuff.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2021 1:11 Comments || Top||

#3 

Step #1: STARLINK

Is Step #2: SKYNET?

Then the question is.
What form will SKYNET take in this alternative history timeline? ☺
Posted by: NN2N1 || 02/25/2021 7:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Was thinking that this would be good for some of my travels, but then there's this info from the StarLink site:

"Can I travel with Starlink, or move it to a different address?

Starlink satellites are scheduled to send internet down to all users within a designated area on the ground. This designated area is referred to as a cell.

Your Starlink is assigned to a single cell. If you move your Starlink outside of its assigned cell, a satellite will not be scheduled to serve your Starlink and you will not receive internet. This is constrained by geometry and is not arbitrary geofencing."
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/25/2021 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  And this is the Beta version. It gets better every launch. I signed up to put my thumb in Comcast's eye and to support Musk's efforts.
Posted by: Shiva Protector of the Hohlraums || 02/25/2021 8:56 Comments || Top||

#6  What form will SKYNET take in this alternative history timeline?

I..I..I tried to think...
What did you do Ray?!
Oh Shit!
Its the George Foreman Grill.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2021 10:43 Comments || Top||

#7  The ability to move to a new cell is on their upgrade list.
Posted by: KBK || 02/25/2021 13:21 Comments || Top||

#8  The ability to move to a new cell is on their upgrade list.

I'll keep my eye on them, then. The ability to have COMM in some remote or mountainous areas (especially for emergencies) is kind of a wish. SAT phones are too many $$$.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/25/2021 13:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Here’s another viewer link:

Heavens Above

You will need to enter your lat/lon at the upper right, then hit play. The page will remember you.
Posted by: KBK || 02/25/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

#10  M. Richard: boats are one of their targets.
Posted by: KBK || 02/25/2021 14:06 Comments || Top||

#11  Personal Note: Have paid my money, am waiting for my equipment to be shipped, on a first come, first serve basis...

When it is all successfully up and running,




Then.... Verizon Gets Chopped !
Posted by: Chuckles Brown8861 || 02/25/2021 14:13 Comments || Top||

#12  ^-- according to the website it is not (yet) entirely stable.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/25/2021 16:34 Comments || Top||

#13  I'll be interested to hear how it behaves on heavily overcast / stormy days.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/25/2021 19:41 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Blackouts in China from surveillance using too much energy
[Epoch Times]
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2021 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Nah, I'm not buying that, they just plugged in too many Tesla's in China at the same time.

Posted by: Generating Controversy6538 || 02/25/2021 11:18 Comments || Top||


Cyber
Facebook pledges $1 billion investment in journalism over next 3 years
[IsraelTimes] Social media firm defends conduct in row with Australia over payments to news outlets, denies it ‘steals or takes original journalism for its own benefit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1 

AKA Buying control of the Global Media in how and what type of info is reported.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 02/25/2021 7:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Facebook pledges $1 billion investment in yellow journalism over next 3 years.

FIFY
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 02/25/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Up next, teaching the incarcerated new job skills:
1.Locksmithing
2.Tunnelling Technics
3.Gun Smithing
4.Jailhouse Lawyering
5.Printing & Engravings
Posted by: Venerating Controversy6538 || 02/25/2021 11:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Funny, I thought strong arming them was working just fine.
Posted by: Cesare || 02/25/2021 11:58 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Trump aide considers challenge to Ohio Republican who voted for impeachment
Consequences.
[IsraelTimes] Max Miller, who helped direct former president’s rallies, says he may run against Anthony Gonzalez, a GOP politician who voted to censure Trump over deadly Capitol riot.

Max Miller, a scion of a philanthropic Jewish Cleveland, kept in touch with the world by Obamaphone,
...was ruled by a Democrat machine from 1942 through 1971. After the river caught fire during the administration of Carl Stokes they tried a Republican, then went back to being Democrats when the party hacked up Dennis Kucinich ...
-area family and a former aide to Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
, is considering challenging one of the Republicans who voted to impeach the former president.

Miller, 32, confirmed to the Cleveland Jewish News on Monday that he was considering a run against Anthony Gonzalez, who currently represents Ohio’s 16th District, which includes some of Cleveland’s suburbs.

"I have yet to make a decision if I am really going to pursue it, so it is more like a consideration," Miller told the newspaper. "I haven’t even filed yet. But, the moment I file for candidacy, if that time comes, I will make an announcement. I plan on making that decision in the next few weeks."

Gonzalez infuriated Trump for being one of 10 Republicans in the US House of Representatives who voted last month to impeach Trump for his role in spurring the deadly Jan. 6 raid on the Capitol to stop Congress from affirming US President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created ... by the — you know — you know, the thing...
’s election.

Miller held senior positions organizing "advance" for both Trump’s White House and his 2020 campaign. That meant he helped direct Trump’s rallies — Trump’s most cherished means of getting out his message.

Miller’s grandfather, Sam Miller, was a major Jewish philanthropist in the Cleveland area. He died in 2019.

Politico, which first reported that Max Miller was considering a run, says he has bought a house in Gonzalez’s district. It says he has already solicited commitments in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for a primary challenge against Gonzalez, and has told people he could self-finance a run.

Josh Mandel, a former state treasurer who has aligned himself with the Trump wing of the GOP, is running for the Senate in Ohio. Like Miller, Mandel is a Marine.
Those two could have lots of fun campaigning together...
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mandel had a falling out with his rich wife (and her family).
Posted by: Spoter B || 02/25/2021 7:08 Comments || Top||

#2  That must have been why he stopped his campaign against Senator Sherrod Brown last fall, Spoter B.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 10:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm toying around with getting a 4 legged blind farm goat to run against my arse Rep Tommy Boy Emmer. It would win on looks alone.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/25/2021 17:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Swamp creature Mike Turner has expressed interest in running. Divorced his 1st wife and married a Muz.
Posted by: Spoter B || 02/25/2021 23:26 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Israeli research: British variant increases risk of serious COVID by 70%
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2021 13:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So Fauci is right? Masks forever?

There was a sharp increase in the risk of serious illness among the unvaccinated in January due to the outbreak of the British variant in Israel, according to new research by Clalit Health Services.

Or maybe vaccinations work, even for COVID?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/25/2021 19:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Wait, what? Are they saying vaccines don't work in the unvaccinated? What kind of crapola story is that?
Posted by: jpal || 02/25/2021 19:29 Comments || Top||


FAR robots pick ripe apples instead of..... humans
[Zero] It's no secret by now that the rise of automation and robots is projected to displace millions of jobs in the coming years. Many low-skilled jobs will be wiped out because of robots, sending technological unemployment, the loss of jobs caused by technological change, through the roof.

The latest installment of technological change leading to short-term job loss could soon be seen in the fruit harvesting industry.

Israeli company, Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, has developed a flying autonomous robot (FAR) that works day and night to pick fruit. Artificial intelligence embedded within the FAR determines the ripest fruit to pick through sensors and computer vision.

"The FAR robot can work 24 hours a day and picks only ripe fruit. It uses AI perception algorithms to locate the trees and vision algorithms to detect the fruit among the foliage and classify its size and ripeness. After choosing the right fruit, the robot then works out the best way to approach the fruit and remain stable as its picking arm grasps the fruit," said Inceptive Mind.

"There are never enough hands available to pick fruit at the right time and the right cost. Fruit is left to rot in the orchard or sold at a fraction of its peak value, while farmers lose billions of dollars each year," the company's website said.

Below, FAR robots pick ripe apples instead of humans.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2021 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thirteen, and a robot in Eden
Was pickin' and grinnin' and weedin'.
"Ya missed one." A snake.
"Hey, c'mon, take a break!"
"Well... I guess that I could. Whatcha readin'?"
Posted by: Kojo Tojo5311 || 02/25/2021 4:07 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ Awesome.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2021 5:22 Comments || Top||

#3  hope they put little sombreros on the robots
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/25/2021 6:54 Comments || Top||

#4  "FAR robot?", the author failed basic English.

flying autonomous robot robot?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 02/25/2021 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Wow ZF.
-stunned silence-
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2021 10:35 Comments || Top||

#6  "SCFI" the author stutters, 'FA-F-F-FAARR ro-bot'

Posted by: Generating Hayfields6538 || 02/25/2021 11:02 Comments || Top||

#7  Say this three times, FAST !

Pick a Peck of Pickling Peppers,
Pick a Peck of Pickling Peppers,
Pick a Peck of Pickling Peppers,

Pick a Peck of Pickling P

The 4th time is not what you expect.
Posted by: Goober Angererong1146 || 02/25/2021 14:31 Comments || Top||


-PC Follies
Sec. of State Blinken announces new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer post at State Department
[Just The News] Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a press statement on Wednesday the addition of a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer post at the State Department that will report directly to him.

"The CDIO will align and advance D&I policies across the department, bring transparency to these initiatives, and hold senior leadership accountable on progress. Our goal is to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the Department's work at every level," Blinken said in the statement.

Blinken also noted that he's "asking each of our bureaus to designate an existing Deputy Assistant Secretary to support that bureau's own [diversity and inclusion] efforts and to serve on a newly created [diversity and inclusion] Leadership Council, which will bring senior leaders together from across the State Department to achieve the goals laid out in our soon-to-be-released Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2021 02:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In 1979-80 Jimmy Carter's SecState Cyrus "let a thousand flowers bloom" Vance ordered the integration of the Department by forcing offices to employ inexperienced and untalented black secretaries. The result was predictable: The Department quickly accepted computerization, and analysts and GS personnel from then on were expected to do their own typing.
Posted by: b || 02/25/2021 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  I can only hope these Biden cabinet idiots and their aides are in attendance.

Capitol Police chief: Intelligence suggests militias aim to 'blow up' building when Biden addresses Congress
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2021 16:47 Comments || Top||

#3  asking each of our bureaus to designate an existing Deputy Assistant Secretary to support that bureau's own [diversity and inclusion] efforts and to serve on a newly created [diversity and inclusion] Leadership Council,

Can you imagine being the sacrificial goat appointed to this position?
Obviously the Leadershit Council will be comprised of their Top Men. T-o-p. M-e-n!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/25/2021 17:10 Comments || Top||



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Two weeks of WOT
Thu 2021-02-25
  Police detain Al-Shabaab and ISIS terrorists in Turkey's capital Ankara
Wed 2021-02-24
  El Chapo's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, arrested on drug trafficking charges
Tue 2021-02-23
  Cleverness: U.S. Says Will Hold Iran 'Responsible' in Iraq but Won't 'Lash Out'
Mon 2021-02-22
  'Inexplicable': Alito and Thomas Dissent as Supreme Court Strikes Down Pennsylvania Election Lawsuit
Sun 2021-02-21
  Three Jihadists Sentenced for Plotting Paris Terrorist Attack
Sat 2021-02-20
  Somalia: At Least 20 Al-Shabaab Members Killed in Army Ops - SNA Chief
Fri 2021-02-19
  Algeria Sentences Jihadist in French Beheading Trial to Death
Thu 2021-02-18
  ISCAP has secured its enclave in Mozambique
Wed 2021-02-17
  Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70
Tue 2021-02-16
  30 Taliban militants killed in explosion during bomb-making class
Mon 2021-02-15
  Turkey finds bodies of 13 PKK prisoners
Sun 2021-02-14
  Car bomb explodes outside Somali parliament HQs in Mogadishu
Sat 2021-02-13
  Senate Votes - 57 - 43; Trump Acquitted
Fri 2021-02-12
  Denmark charges seven with attempted terrorism
Thu 2021-02-11
  20 U.N. Peacekeepers Wounded in Mali Attack

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