Origins of Indonesia's Flores 'hobbits' most likely in Africa and not from 'Java man', study claims

ew research into the "hobbit" fossils of now-extinct metre-tall humanoids discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores has found they most likely evolved from an ancient African ancestor and not from the taller Homo erectus found on Java, as widely believed.

Research led by Australian National University scientist Debbie Argue has said that Homo floresiensis was more likely a sister species of Homo habilis, which emerged up to 2 million years ago in Africa, rather than the larger and more ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-04-21 13:31pm to the Science forum.

Democrats, Listen to the Resistance. Legalize Weed.

A CBS poll released on Thursday demonstrates the astonishing popularity of legalization across the country. According to the poll, 61 percent of Americans support legalizing recreational use, while 88 percent support legalizing medicinal cannabis. Further, 71 percent of Americans oppose federal intervention in states that have legalized some form of marijuana. Support for legal weed is particularly high among Democrats and young people: 68 percent of Democrats support legalizing recreational ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-04-21 13:50pm to the Politics forum.

Contentious artist in hot water over homeless project

The Danish artist Kristian von Hornsleth is certainly no stranger to controversy.

In 2015, the nightclub he co-owns, Hornsleth Bar, drew heavy fire for staging an ‘Ebola party’ at a time when the deadly illness was running rampant in west Africa, and last year the same nightclub was searching for an employee whose main responsibility was described as watching porn films.

Now, Von Hornsleth finds himself in trouble again for his forthcoming ‘art project’, which involves people being ...
Submitted by raith at 2017-04-21 9:01am to the Arts forum.

Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

Maria Pruchnicki, an associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, told NPR's Rob Stein, "My concern, were I to be prescribing codeine in children, would be that I would, frankly, kill them."

It was unclear why more than a year passed between the committee recommendations and their partial adoption by the agency. In a press briefing, Throckmorton said the agency had received "additional information."
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-04-21 11:34am to the Science forum.

Tax Cuts for the Rich will be Paid for With Magic

Gary Cohn, director of Trump's National Economic Council [and guy that made a mountain of money with mortgage-backed securities sometime around 2006-7], told the same gathering that dynamic scoring would help avoid deficit-funded tax cuts that could not be made permanent under Senate fiscal rules.

"Using dynamic scoring may allow us to get to a permanent solution," Cohn said. "We would like a permanent solution."
Submitted by Goofy Gorilla at 2017-04-21 10:52am to the The Economy forum.

The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners

As President Donald Trump proposes dismantling federal programs aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions, officials and residents in South Florida are grappling with the risk that climate change could drag down housing markets. Relative sea levels in South Florida are roughly four inches higher now than in 1992. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts sea levels will rise as much as three feet in Miami by 2060. By the end of the century, according to projections by Zillow, ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2017-04-21 11:41am to the The Economy forum.

Dortmund attack: man arrested on suspicion of share-dealing plot

German police have arrested a 28-year-old German-Russian national on suspicion of having carried out the explosives attack on the Borussia Dortmund football team in order to collapse the club’s share price so he could profit from stock market speculation.

Sergej W was arrested by special operation officers on his way to work at 6am on Friday. On the day of the attack, 11 April, he had bought a put option on Borussia Dortmund’s shares, giving him the right to sell the shares for a specified ...
Submitted by raith at 2017-04-21 7:42am to the Sports forum.

4 Hours at the White House With Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin and Kid Rock

Mr. Nugent — a guitar demigod, knife-between-the-teeth hunter and conservative provocateur - ...
Submitted by phlogiston at 2017-04-21 3:19am to the Music forum.

Police seek clues in death of judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Two law enforcement officials say the death is being treated as a suicide. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn't been completed.

But Abdus-Salaam's husband, Gregory Jacobs, warned against treating her death as a suicide.

"These reports have frequently included unsubstantiated comments concerning my wife's possible mental and emotional state of mind at the time of her death," Jacobs, who is a minister at the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, wrote in a ...
Submitted by phlogiston at 2017-04-21 3:27am to the Crime forum.

Sweet? Naked mole rats can survive without oxygen using plant sugar tactic

Grant McClelland, a biologist at McMaster University, Hamilton, who was not involved in the work, described the findings as extraordinary. “I wouldn’t have predicted this ability for any mammal,” he said.

As oxygen levels dropped, the animals stopped moving, their beady eyes shut and their pulse and breathing dramatically slowed. Most curiously, though, metabolic tests revealed a sudden spike in the levels of fructose in their blood.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-04-21 2:45am to the Science forum.

Windsor neighbourhood papered with bizarre death threat against Jackson Browne

Residents of a Windsor neighbourhood were dismayed Thursday morning to discover their street strewn with bizarre flyers threatening to kill singer-songwriter Jackson Browne.
Submitted by Butler's Medley at 2017-04-21 0:19am to the Music forum.

A Bar In Kerala Just Made A 250m-Long Maze Wall To Beat Supreme Court's 500m Rule

Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways.
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But a bar in Ernakulam district decide to make a way around it, literally!
Submitted by the late ba at 2017-04-20 23:02pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Sessions 'amazed' judge 'on an island in the Pacific' halted Trump travel order

"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power," Sessions said on "The Mark Levin Show," as first reported by CNN.

A federal judge in Hawaii in March placed a nationwide hold on the president's revised travel order.
Submitted by Knuckles at 2017-04-20 21:55pm to the Politics forum.

In Arkansas, a Tempered Victory for Death Penalty Opponents

Barely a dozen hours had passed since a pair of execution warrants had expired.

The two men the State of Arkansas had wanted to put to death on Monday night remained alive. And near the State Capitol here on Tuesday afternoon, one of their lawyers was in his office, working on a court filing that he hoped would save the five men who still face execution this month.

“Honestly, my thinking was the next clients,” said Scott Braden, an assistant federal defender, recounting the hours after he ...
Submitted by crote at 2017-04-20 21:17pm to the Off Topic News forum.

How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program. While the young broadcaster got his show syndicated on a few public radio stations, it was a YouTube channel he began in 2009, “The David Pakman Show,” that opened up his progressive political commentary to a whole new digital audience. The show has since amassed 353,000 subscribers, and roughly half of its revenue now comes from the ads that play before his videos. He earns enough to produce the ...
Submitted by Living.Burden at 2017-04-20 19:44pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.

Alex Jones in court: George Soros is damaging people’s brains with weed that’s too strong

Happy 4/20 everyone!
Submitted by nocash at 2017-04-20 18:34pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

GM says Venezuela has seized its car plant

General Motors says it will immediately halt operations in Venezuela after its plant in the country was unexpectedly seized by authorities.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-04-20 18:09pm to the The Economy forum.

I.R.S. Enlists Debt Collectors to Recover Overdue Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service is about to start using four private debt-collection companies to chase down overdue payments from hundreds of thousands of people who owe money to the federal government, a job it has handled in house for years.

Unlike I.R.S. agents, who are not usually allowed to call delinquent taxpayers by telephone, the outside debt-collection agencies will have free rein to do so. Consumer watchdogs are fearful that some of the nation’s most vulnerable taxpayers will be ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-04-20 17:16pm to the Off Topic News forum.

We Listened To One Of The "Lost" Mike And The Mad Dog 9/11 Tapes

On Sept. 12, 2001, Mike and the Mad Dog host Mike Francesa drove to his local gas station to fill up the tank before coming into work. The station was owned by an “Arabic family,” and he said he could tell that the man working was understandably nervous given the previous day’s events, so he “gave him a slap on the back” before leaving the station.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-04-20 16:58pm to the Sports forum.

Where Old Spooks Are Sent to Retire: Russia’s Institute of Strategic Studies

Ironically, RISI may have been more influential in Washington and Langley, Virginia than in the Kremlin. Allegations of Russian interference in the election are plausible, but claims of RISI’s role strain credibility. The idea of RISI influencing Russian policy is bunk, several foreign policy experts in Moscow – some with ties to the Foreign Ministry – told The Moscow Times.

“It is a retirement home for old intelligence officers and analysts” a source familiar with the situation at ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2017-04-20 16:48pm to the The World forum.