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Monday, February 12, 2018

Nigel, a handsome gannet bird who lived on a desolate island off the coast of New Zealand, died suddenly this week. Wherever his soul has landed, the singles scene surely cannot be worse. The bird was lured to Mana Island three years ago by wildlife officials who, in hopes of establishing a gannet colony there, had placed concrete gannet decoys on cliffsides and broadcast the sound of the species' calls. Nigel accepted the invitation, arriving in 2015 as the island's first gannet in 40 years. But none of his brethren joined him. In the absence of a living love interest, Nigel became enamored with one of the 80 faux birds. He built her -- it? -- a nest. He groomed her "chilly, concrete feathers ... year after year after year," the Guardian reported. He died next to her in that unrequited love nest, the vibrant orange-yellow plumage of his head contrasting, as ever, with the weathered, lemony paint of hers. read more

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Amish are a fascinating group for a demographer. Living a largely pre-modern-type live surrounded by modern society, and modern record-keeping, many demographers treat the Amish as a kind of "living fossil," that is, a look at "natural fertility conditions," that is, fertility conditions without birth control or industrialization. I think that view is mostly wrong, but explaining why is a bit tricky, and getting data on these folks ain't always easy. So let's look at the Amish. First of all, how many are there? I will basically take the estimates of the Amish Studies Center at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, supplemented by a few other sources on earlier periods, and directly interpolated for missing years. And that folks is an exponential growth curve. You don't see one of them suckers in the demographic wild every day, and, when you do, it's usually some kind of new-settlement of virgin country or something ... or a developing country with few mass-catastrophic events. read more

Saturday, February 10, 2018

As Alex Pareene has written, what started as a way to squeeze a few bucks out of trusting retirees with gold scams and quack medicine gradually metastasized into a hermetically sealed propaganda dungeon for virtually the entire Republican Party. Unfortunately, the same thing is now starting to happen with liberals. Left-leaning Americans are frightened and enraged by President Trump. And unscrupulous and unhinged people are discovering that there is a quick buck to be made by whipping liberals into a hysterical froth and/or posing as the last bastion of resistance to the Trump regime. One stark example of this came from The Daily Beast, which detailed the exploits of The Democratic Coalition, a political organization that bills itself as "the nation's largest grassroots Resistance organization." It turns out that in 2017, the group sent over half of the nearly $500,000 it raised to its employees or their various consulting firms. read more

US troops participated in anti-terror raids Thursday in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago helping to capture four "high value targets," two US military officials told CNN. The officials said US military personnel from US Southern Command, which oversees US military operations in the region, advised and assisted local Trinidadian security forces in apprehending the four extremists who are believed to be part of a network engaged in plotting terror attacks. Trinidad and Tobago has long been an area of concern for the US military and intelligence communities as it is assessed to be home to ISIS sympathizers with officials saying that some of its citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join extremist groups. read more

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Archaeologists from the University of West Florida say a storm in the Mobile, Alabama, area may have unearthed the Clotilda, the last known illegal United States slave ship. Historians like Sylviane Anna Diouf said the Clotilda arrived at Twelve Mile Island on the Mobile River in July of 1860, more than 50 years after the importaton of slaves was prohibted in the U.S. The ship was constructed five years prior by Mobile captain and shipbuilder William Foster, originally intended for trade within the U.S. Mobile businessman Timothy Meaher bought the ship and hired Foster to captain a voyage to a country in West Africa that is now known as Benin, with the intention of illegally transporting Africans into the Mobile Bay as part of a bet with friends that he could do it without being caught by federal officials. read more


Twitter commentary from ex-IC individuals on this media narrative [twitter.com]:

1) The Intercept piece paints the IC as reluctant to accept damaging information about Trump because of Pompeo's loyalty to him. The NYT tells a much more convincing story: The IC was wary of a Russian operation that had all the hallmarks of a disinformation campaign.

2) Agreed! CIA exercised excellent tradecraft & counterintelligence sense by recognizing this trap designed to destroy CIA trust w/Trump. If they had bit & accepted Russians would have revealed every tape, photo & text to Trump to show "Deep State" conspiracy. Civil war would ensue.

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