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  1. Gorilla killed at zoo

    Was the radio active spider bigger than Jeff Otah, able to crush a coconut with his appendages and contained in a (nearly) foolproof enclosure that (almost always) prevents undesirable penetration by homo sapiens? Hmm, come to think of it, I've been bitten by spiders on multiple occasions and twice by their big brothers, scorpions. Every now and again my Spidey Sense starts to tingle, but so far I've been unable to spin a web of any size or catch thieves like flies, and certainly can't do whatever a spider can. Note: For enhanced listening pleasure pause video, access settings, change speed to 1.25 and play.
  2. Gorilla killed at zoo

    What a forking bureaucratic Zoo Director Thane Maynard turned out to be eh? Nothing wrong with the barriers? What exactly are barriers for if they can't keep a four year old boy from easily defeating their intended purpose? That would mean just about anybody still breathing could more than likely defeat the barriers at will. That effectively renders these barriers worthless for anything other than something to lean on or as a hitching post for your horse or camel. In other words Thane, your barriers are useless.
  3. Gorilla killed at zoo

    Are we talking about playing in the back yard as a four year old? Or are we talking about having the freedom to pass through multiple barriers and fall 15 or 20 feet off a precipice into a moat containing a wild animal? All this just after the child told his mom he wanted to go in the moat. Being a parent comes with responsibilities. Can't control your kid? Maybe, just maybe, attempting to shepherd 6 children through a potentially dangerous environment like a zoo is not a good idea? Why not wait a year or two until the child is more mature or find a friend to assist as a chaperone? Why put your child and others at risk for a non-essential visit to the zoo? There is always Animal Planet. Put a kid on a leash? Yes, if you can't control your children in a potentially dangerous environment. There are worse things than putting a child on a leash, like, hmm, I don't know, what would be a good example? Oh, I've got it... take a 4 year old falling into a freaking moat with a critically endangered species that subsequently has to be exterminated because of a parent's lack of awareness for instance.
  4. Clinton 'Cash for Favor' Foundation

    Hillary Claimed: - she asked permission to use a private server... IG says she didn't. - she had approval to use a home server... IG says she didn't. - she would cooperate with the IG's investigation... IG says she didn't. In fact, 20 of 25 Hillary's State Dept. subordinates failed to cooperate with the IG investigation as well. The IG report states: Had Hillary asked for permission to use a private server it would have been denied. Hillary evaded the Freedom of Information Act by not using the official government network. Hillary and her subordinates attempted to destroyed over 30K emails to hide their content (FBI is believed to have recovered the majority of them) claiming they were personal. No matter what you might think of Hillary... her actions in this matter demonstrate a lack of good judgement (yet again) and an alarming disregard for our government's rules and regulations governing the use and storage of classified materials. Her destruction of over 30K emails may yet rise to the level of a criminal act. Is this the sort of behavior that Americans want in a president? More than a dozen GOP establishment candidates attempted to defeat Trump... all came up snake eyes. Does the Democratic party really want Hillary "Damaged Goods" Clinton, the epitome of an establishment candidate, puppet of Wall Street, to go mano a mano with a showman like Trump? All email/server/FOIA considerations aside, Hillary is possibly the worst candidate the Dems could have settled on. Many of Trump's worst qualities are also her worst qualities. Can't attack him for his lying, shady dealings or being a tool of the establishment, why? Because Hillary is all those things and more. In Hillary's favor, she still believes in science. She would likely nominate more moderate judges to the Supreme Court, so that would be another plus, she would likely govern to the right of Obama in virtually every respect, so moderate GOPers that wanted Jeb or Kasich might cross over to vote for her. Unfortunately for Hillary, her political road show is about as exciting as watching concrete cure. Trump, on the other hand, is the consummate snake oil salesman, living off the Barnum effect... where reality is meaningless and personality means everything. In this election that difference alone may make all the difference. Bottom Line: I believe Democratic party is making a serious strategic error by continuing to back someone with as much baggage as Hillary Clinton. I'm convinced had the party leadership known a year ago what they know now, they would have discouraged Hillary from running at all. They just don't have the courage to switch horses mid-stream and will ride this nag into oblivion, giving the GOP both Houses of Congress and the WH to boot.
  5. Gorilla killed at zoo

    Parents should teach their children to have empathy/respect for other sentient beings... especially before taking those children to a zoo. Here is a good place to start... Designed specially for kids ages 4 to 7, Ranger Rick Jr. is filled with fun, age-appropriate animal facts, stories, and photos; ideas for outdoor fun; plus lots of games, crafts, and recipes. It is published 10 times a year. or Designed for kids ages 7 and up, Ranger Rick is packed with awesome animal facts, stories, and photos; comic adventures; outdoor activities; wildlife puzzles, riddles, contests, and crafts; plus amazing nature discoveries to share with friends and use in school assignments. It is published 10 times a year. or National Wildlife magazine is the National Wildlife Federation's flagship publication, an award-winning blend of in-depth articles and spectacular photographs about wildlife, wild lands, and efforts to conserve both.
  6. VP Bets

    The Cincinnati silver back gorilla demonstrated more intelligence in his final 15 seconds than the GOP presidential field has in the last twelve months. Bottom Line: Pols look like a bunch of monkeys compared to gorilla shot down in cold blood. America loses last best hope for intelligent leadership.
  7. Are we witnessing a Hiliray collapse?

    Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one. At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One. Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton. As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well. And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock. Frank Giustra, right, a mining financier, has donated $31.3 million to the foundation run by former President Bill Clinton, left. Credit Joaquin Sarmiento/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show. The New York Times’s examination of the Uranium One deal is based on dozens of interviews, as well as a review of public records and securities filings in Canada, Russia and the United States. Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.” Mr. Schweizer provided a preview of material in the book to The Times, which scrutinized his information and built upon it with its own reporting. Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors. Read more here:

    Appears Johnson may have ED.
  9. Gorilla killed at zoo

    Mother is not taking responsibility for the incident or exhibiting any remorse for the loss of life. I'm actually expecting her to file a lawsuit against the Zoo.
  10. Gorilla killed at zoo

    Thanks for posting the mother's comments. An all knowing, all seeing god could have easily prevented this tragic incident had he wanted to. Obviously he didn't, resulting in serious injury to a child and the death of a critically endangered sentient being (One of God's creations). Why did God turn a blind eye to this child's antics (temporarily of course)? The mother credited God with eventually interceding to prevent the gorilla from harming her child. Why did God only care about the child's safety after the fact? Maybe, to teach the mother to pay closer attention, to teach the child some badly needed life skills or to demonstrate his magic and garner praise from those lacking critical thinking skills? Bottom Line: God, remains reigning champion of inexplicable/mysterious behavior.
  11. Gorilla killed at zoo

    Silver back gorilla exhibited better parenting skills than the kid's biological mother during his final moments. Bottom Line: Wrong adult took the bullet in this instance.
  12. Are we witnessing a Hiliray collapse?

    Americans get the government they vote for and I am convinced the voters no longer place a great deal of importance on personal integrity/honesty when it comes to their politicians. Exhibit A: The Trump and Clinton have been caught repeatedly lying over the course of their campaigns (and decades prior to that) yet they are the presumptive nominees of their respective political parties.
  13. Are we witnessing a Hiliray collapse?

    Intel Vets Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails ttps:// A group of U.S. intelligence veterans is calling on President Obama to expedite the FBI review of former Secretary of State Clinton’s alleged email security violations so the public can assess this issue in a timely fashion. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Those “Damn Emails” – “Really a Concern” Robert Gates, CIA Director under President Bush-41 and Defense Secretary under President Bush-43, publicly commented that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s “whole email thing … is really a concern in terms of her judgment,” adding, “I don’t know what originally prompted her to think that was a good idea.” What originally prompted her does not matter. As your Secretary of State and your subordinate, she willfully violated laws designed to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure. It may be somewhat difficult for those not as immersed in national security matters as we have been to appreciate the seriousness of the offense, including the harm done in compromising some of the most sensitive U.S. programs and activities. This is why we write. Anyone who has ever handled classified material knows that there are a number of things that you do not do. You do not take it home with you, you do not copy it and share it with anyone who does not have a clearance and a need-to-know, you do not strip off the classification marks and treat it as unclassified, and you do not transfer it to another email account that is not protected by a government server. If you have a secured government computer operating off of a secure server that means that what is on the computer stays on the computer. This is not a matter of debate or subject to interpretation. It is how one safeguards classified information, even if one believes that the material should not be classified, which is another argument that has been made in Clinton’s defense. Whether or not the classification is unnecessary is not your decision to make. Apart from the guidelines for proper handling of classified information, outlined in Executive Order 13526 and 18 U.S.C Sec. 793(f) of the federal code, there is some evidence of a cover-up regarding what was compromised. This itself would be a violation of the 2009 Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act. NSA, FBI Have Enough Evidence ...Numerous messages both in New York and in Washington have reportedly been erased or simply cannot be found. In addition, the law cited above explicitly makes it a felony to cut and paste classified information removing its classification designation. Retaining such information on a private email system is also a felony. In one of Secretary Clinton’s emails, she instructed her staff simply to remove a classification and send the information to her on her server. So the question is not whether Secretary Clinton broke the law. She did. If the laws are to be equally applied, she should face the same kind of consequences as others who have been found, often on the basis of much less convincing evidence, guilty of similar behavior. Some More Equal Than Others Read more here: ttps://
  14. Gorilla killed at zoo

    A four year old child should not be able to breach multiple barriers on the way to falling into a moat/enclosure containing a wild animal. If reports are correct, the mother was attempting to shepherd 6 children through the park, not the wisest of ideas for reasons that should now be all too obvious. The zoo's management went into full CYA mode once the child was endangered. Other methods of extraction may have been successful, but if they had failed the decision makers would have been harshly judged by the public and the courts. Bottom Line: Best course of action... kill the one individual involved who was least culpable in creating this crisis situation.