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It wasn’t a regular gig, so no
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Too small a perch for nesting. A good spot to wait for dying prey to get weak enough.
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↑ I hate to have to say it, but it will probably shit on the flag. :|
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Indeed it will and it's somehow appropriate. :)
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:33 pm Too small a perch for nesting. A good spot to wait for dying prey to get weak enough.
That's an eagle. They don't wait.
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Sure. A bald "eagle". :p
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↑ You mean a glorified gull, right? :twisted:




US government issues bear advice: friends don't let friends get eaten

The National Park Service has warned against sacrificing slower friends in a bear attack ‘even if the friendship has run its course’

There are a few potential reactions to being attacked by a bear – stand your ground and attempt to scare it off, run away or perhaps curl up into the fetal position and hope for the best.

The US government has now, however, officially advised against the most cowardly option: pushing over a slower friend to save yourself.

The National Park Service has warned against sacrificing another person to an irate bear “even if you think the friendship has run its course” in a rather informal set of recommendations posted on Facebook.
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The warning then adds: “Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course).”

Instead, it is advised that people hold their ground and make noise to identify yourself as a human and not a prey animal. “We recommend using your voice. (Waving and showing off your opposable thumb means nothing to the bear),” the message reads.

To reiterate the concern over unscrupulous hikers pushing others to their doom to save themselves, the post ends by stating: “We apologize to any ‘friends’ who were brought on a hike as the ‘bait’ or were sacrificed to save the group. You will be missed. ⁣”
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... ng-friends

I hope it's tongue in cheek and not a sign of moral decline… :mrgreen:
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Americans Continue Giving Up Citizenship at Record Levels Reports Bambridge Accountants New York

NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans are continuing to renounce their citizenship at the highest levels on record, according to research by the Enrolled Agents and accountants Bambridge Accountants New York.
  • 5,816 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020
  • Showing a 1,210% increase on the prior six months to December 2019, where only 444 cases were recorded
  • 2,072 Americans gave up their citizenship in 2019 in total
  • This is the second highest quarter on record; the record is 2,909 cases for the first quarter of 2020
  • It seems that the pandemic has motivated U.S. expats to cut ties and avoid the current political climate and onerous tax reporting
Americans must pay a $2,350 government fee to renounce their citizenship, and those based overseas must do so in person at the U.S. Embassy in their country.

There are an estimated 9 million U.S. expats. The trend has been that there has been a steep decline over the last few years of U.S. citizens expatriating - the first six months of 2020 is a huge increase in the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship.

Under the IRS rules (section 6039g), every three months the U.S. Government publishes the names of all Americans who give up their citizenship. The first six months for 2020 had 5,816 Americans renouncing their citizenship, far more than the total of the four quarters for 2019 (2,072 Americans renounced).

Alistair Bambridge, partner at Bambridge Accountants New York, explains: "There has been a huge turnaround during coronavirus of U.S. expats renouncing, where the figures have been in steep decline since 2017.

"The huge increase in U.S. expats renouncing from our experience is that the current pandemic has allowed individuals the time to review their ties to the U.S. and decide that the current political climate and annual US tax reporting is just too much to bear.
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Are they still outnumbered by folks coming in legally? What about illegally?
Counting people who have their citizenship stripped for serving in foreign armies and the like?

Also I want a breakdown of where are all the renouncers are headed, and how many are immigrants going back where they came from?
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Places USAians can go?

Various countries have some sort of "law of return", most famously Israel, but also some others without the ideological freight.
For example Ireland. That is not the same as immigrants "going back".

For able bodied young men there is the French Foreign legion.

Also the Russian army, but you already have to be fluent in Russian. The law was made for ethnic Russians born in former Soviet Republics but the way the law is written there is nothing about ethnicity, only speaking Russian. A number of African refugee types have joined. Not sure how it would work for Americans, but it's a possibility.

People with money can do things like retire to Thailand, but citizenship or a job are out.
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Navy IT chief charged with sharing classified info with a Russian national

A Virginia-based U.S. Navy chief is facing court-martial on charges that he sent classified and “national defense” information to a Russian national, among other alleged offenses.

Chief Information Systems Technician Charles T. Briggs has been held in pre-trial confinement since August 2019, according to his charge sheet.

Assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Briggs is accused of obtaining an email containing classified information from a government computer in January 2019 at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and then sending it to a Russian national “with reason to believe the information could be used to injure the United States or benefit a foreign nation,” the charge sheet states.

Briggs was stationed at Offutt with U.S. Strategic Command from April 2018 to July 2019, according to his service record.

Also known as STRATCOM, the combatant command oversees the U.S. military’s nuclear arsenal.
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-nav ... -national/ for the rest.
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Apt name.
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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:50 am
Yay team! 8)
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Death Valley reaches 130 degrees, hottest temperature in U.S. in at least 107 years

On Sunday, the thermometer at Death Valley's Furnace Creek, located in the deserts of Southern California, soared to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center. If verified, it would be the hottest temperature recorded in the U.S. since 1913, and perhaps the hottest temperature ever reliably recorded in the world.

The historic reading is just a small part of a massive, intense and long-lasting heat dome smothering the West Coast that will continue to get worse through Tuesday.

The highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was also observed in Death Valley — 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913. However, many experts contend that temperature reading, along with various other temperatures recorded that summer, was likely an observer error.

A 2016 analysis by Weather Underground historian Christopher Burt revealed that other observations from the region in 1913 simply do not square with the Death Valley reading.

Because of the unique landscape and meteorology, the daily readings from the various observation sites in that area of the desert Southwest are almost always in lockstep with each other. But during the week the all-time record was set in 1913, while other sites were around 8 degrees above normal, the Death Valley readings were 18 degrees above normal.

In 1931, a record-high temperature for Africa was recorded in Tunisia at 131 degrees. However, according to Burt, this recording, and many others in Africa from the colonial period, has "serious credibility issues."
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