A ‘Viral’ New Bird Song in Canada Is Causing Sparrows to Change Their Tune

A new bird song is spreading like wildfire among Canadian white-throated sparrows, at a scale not seen before by scientists.

Birds rarely change their chirpy little tunes, and when they do, it’s typically limited to the local environment, where slight song variants basically become regional dialects. New research published today in Current Biology describes an extraordinary exception to this rule, in which a novel song sung by white-throated sparrows is spreading across Canada at an ...
Submitted by revdrew at 2020-07-03 12:23pm to the Science forum.

The Agile Family Meeting

Literal Hell
Submitted by Nibbles at 2020-07-03 3:22am to the Horseshit! forum.

Massachusetts detective fired after post supporting Black Lives Matter

A Massachusetts detective has been fired over a social media post last month expressing support of her niece attending a Black Lives Matter rally.

According to a report from MassLive.com, Florissa Fuentes, who had recently joined the Springfield Police Department's Special Victims Unit, was fired on June 19 after a May post she made while not on duty.

“After I posted it, I started getting calls and texts from co-workers,” Florissa Fuentes told MassLive.com.
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-03 1:30am to the Off Topic News forum.

McCloskeys were ‘opposed to cultural diversity’ in directions to nanny in mid-90s

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who confronted peaceful protestors passing in front of their home while heavily armed and screaming, followed up with the amazing claim that they support the Black Lives Matter movement. This claim was amazing because the peaceful protestors they confronted on June 28 were a diverse group visibly affiliated with that movement.

If the McCloskeys have, in fact, embraced the Black Lives Matter movement, this was a dramatic shift from their position in the mid-1990s, ...
Submitted by crote at 2020-07-02 23:58pm to the Off Topic News forum.

As coronavirus cases soar, Texas issues statewide order requiring face coverings

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday requiring residents across the state to wear a face-covering in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive Covid-19 cases as the outbreak rapidly spreads across the Lone Star state.

“Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a press release.

“We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-02 23:06pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Vanilla Ice Cancels Austin Concert After Uproar: ‘I Didn’t Know the Numbers Were So Crazy’

Vanilla Ice has put a planned weekend concert outside of Austin on ice after catching heat for promoting what looked to be a non-socially-distancing show amid a marked uptick in COVID-19 diagnoses.

In what may count as one of the major “duh” moments of the year, the rapper has backtracked on his claims that his concert would be a carefree return to the pre-coronavirus ’90s, and he went on social media to announce the cancellation.

“Guys, I’m gonna give you a little update on the ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-02 20:57pm to the Arts forum.

As coronavirus surges, Fox News shifts its message on masks

When Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this week on Fox News that Americans needed to wear face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus, anchor Sandra Smith did not challenge him on the science. Or the policy. She did not accuse him of fearmongering, or working to undermine President Trump.

“For the most part, we do see a lot of people that are willing to engage in that good behavior,” Smith said instead during the notably ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-02 21:00pm to the Television forum.

The Poseidon Adventure is the best of the 1970s disaster movies

The 1970s disaster movie craze kicked off at the start of the decade with Airport, a star-studded drama of high-altitude calamity. Producer Irwin Allen picked up that ball and ran with it, releasing the even more elaborate The Poseidon Adventure only two years later. It became the apex of Allen’s career as The Master Of Disaster; the one-note crises of his The Towering Inferno and The Swarm couldn’t compete. Partially, that’s because Poseidon, based on Paul Gallico’s novel, grapples ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-07-02 20:14pm to the Movies forum.

‘Fallout’ Series From ‘Westworld’ Creators in the Works at Amazon

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have set their sights on creating another expansive sci-fi series.

The “Westworld” duo are developing a show at Amazon based on the “Fallout” video game franchise. Their Kilter Films banner is producing the project which has a series commitment penalty attached, meaning it would go directly to series if Amazon execs are on board with the scripts.

The “Fallout” series, which began in 1997 with the original game, is set in a world where the future ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-07-02 19:44pm to the Television forum.

How to Make Smoked Foods From Around the World on Your Stovetop

Steven Raichlen doesn’t know exactly how the first humans began smoking their food, but he has an idea. “We were probably sitting around a fire with strips of meat posted on sticks downwind of it, because we’d realized flies don’t like smoke,” he says. “And when we tasted that meat, not only were there no flies on it, but it had this amazing flavor, too.” He admits it’s pure conjecture, but having written the book on smoked foods, Raichlen is qualified to conject.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-02 19:11pm to the Food forum.

Herman Cain Hospitalized After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account.

The statement said that Cain “developed symptoms serious enough” that required hospitalization, and he spent Wednesday night in an Atlanta-area hospital. As of Thursday, he did not require a respirator and is “awake and alert.”
Submitted by crote at 2020-07-02 18:00pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

The Meltdown Crisis

COVID has revealed what many of us already knew: we are living on the razor’s edge. More than any other crisis of recent memory, this public health crisis has exposed the deep weaknesses of American society. Not everyone is taking to the message with equal amounts of grace. On the one hand, thousands of people are marching and protesting police violence. Others are also linking communities of care that have long existed in communities that the state left behind ages ago. And, then there is ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-02 17:19pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Basics of PPP

(nb: A friend of mine wrote this. It's interesting tech history about dial-up networking.)

For basically everyone who wasn't at a university or business with Ethernet however, connecting to these new networks - the Internet, and others using its technology - required a modem. Networks connected to each other over a long distance or in an ad-hoc fashion also would have been forced to use dial-up links over modems. This was a problem because, as I discussed in my other article, modems simply ...
Submitted by Doozer at 2020-07-02 17:08pm to the Science forum.

Happy Birthday, Debbie Harry! Listen to Blondie Perform Tracks from Parallel Lines in 1978

The New York City band had a commercial and critical breakthrough with their third album Parallel Lines in 1978. Songs like “Heart of Glass” and “One Way or Another” have become international hits, and they sit squarely among punk and pop’s greatest ever tracks. A few months after the album’s release, Blondie performed at Paradise in Boston, and you can hear Harry’s charisma bursting at the seams. They ripped through some of their best-known cuts like “One Way or Another,” ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-02 16:53pm to the Music forum.

Facebook admits Ben Shapiro is breaking its rules

Facebook has concluded there is an undisclosed financial relationship between The Daily Wire, the website founded by right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro, and Mad World News, a notorious outlet that exploits fear and bigotry for profit. This relationship, Facebook acknowledges, violates its rules. 

Last week, Popular Information exposed how The Daily Wire has gained unprecedented distribution on Facebook through its relationship with Mad World News. Five large Facebook pages controlled by Mad ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-02 16:37pm to the Off Topic News forum.

UK court rules against Maduro over Venezuelan gold

The UK High Court has ruled against Venezuela's government in a legal battle over access to $1bn (£820m) of gold stored in the Bank of England.

It said the UK had "unequivocally recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president", rather than President Nicolás Maduro.

The ruling comes after the government launched legal action against the bank to try to force it to release the gold.

Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-02 15:35pm to the Politics forum.

George and Martha Washington enslaved 300 people. Let’s start with their names.

Did you know that George Washington had only one tooth in his mouth when he became president in 1789, thanks to bad health and 18th-century dentistry? But his false teeth were not made of wood, as is often described in folk songs and lore. His dentures were made from the pulled teeth of slaves.
Submitted by revdrew at 2020-07-02 15:30pm to the Crime forum.

‘Soy Face’ Is Real, And It’s Annoying — It Just Needs a Better Name

A weird, soundless, open-mouthed excitement that portends nothing good. People have talked about it for years, and called it by many names: “Cuckface,” “Nu-Male Smile,” and, most enduringly, “Soy Face” (sometimes even “Soylent Grin”). You might correctly gather from these terms that the idea traces back to 4chan and other web subcultures in which both young and adult men obsess over theories of gender hierarchy, and their own place in it.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-02 14:42pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.

No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab results on samples still weeks away, according to the government.

Botswana is home to a third of Africa's declining elephant population.

Warning: Some people may find the following images upsetting
Submitted by Lef at 2020-07-02 9:16am to the The World forum.

A Day At The Park: Neighbors Camp Out On Public Land Homeowners Blocked Off As Their Own Private Yard In Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — After a city official said a wealthy Lakeview homeowner was roping off public land to create a private yard, the resident countered that the space is open and dozens of people use it each day.

So a few more took him up on the offer.

Block Club revealed Tuesday businessman Michael Tadin Jr. and his wife, Natalie Tadin planted hedges around the 3,000 square feet of Chicago Park District land in front of their home, according to an inspector general report issued last ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2020-07-02 5:39am to the The World forum.