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 on: Mar 16, 2018, 04:16 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja

The Rhythms That Make Elephant Seals Run or Fight

New research suggests that elephant seals use rhythm to recognize and respond to other members of their species in the wild.

NY Times

If you’re a beta Northern elephant seal and you hear a sound like the one in this short video, you might run.

A northern elephant seal’s threat call that researchers modified and played back to beta male seals. Mathevon et al.

And here’s why: In the rhythm and pitch of the first call, you recognize one voice as a familiar, more dominant male that you’ve fought with before. But you can’t discern the other, modified call, according to a study published Thursday in Current Biology. This suggests that elephant seals are the only known mammals other than humans that can use rhythm to recognize and respond to other members of their species in the wild.

During breeding season, between December and March, elephant seals take a break from their lives at sea and congregate on the West Coast from San Francisco to Mexico. The males, called bulls, arrive first and fight to establish dominance. Winning males become alphas with a whole harem of females with which they can breed. Losers become betas, connecting with females only opportunistically, when the alphas aren’t around and dominating other males that are even lower in the hierarchy.

What researchers already knew is that as they battle, the male elephant seals call out in rhythmic clicks or grunts that announce their identities. A few clicks may say: “I am Antonio, the Elephant Seal King,” “I am Paul, Prince of the Elephant Seals,” or “Hi, I’m Joe — just an average citizen seal here to learn.”

These voices are always the same, remaining stable year to year. Even young males not yet ready to breed arrive at the colony to start learning its social network. Knowing the ranks of your male colony mates is important for survival, because bulls are big and powerful: They stretch up to 16 feet long, can weigh more than two tons and possess toothy mouths with four sharp canines. An easily avoided fight can mean life or death for the seal.
And knowing the ranks comes down to identifying, learning and remembering particular characteristics of individual calls, the French-American team of researchers found in its latest study.
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“At the very beginning of our elephant seal studies, we thought that males maybe sent information about their physical ability to fight,” said Nicolas Mathevon, a biologist at the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne in France, who helped lead the study. But “the main call is like a fingerprint” that reveals a seal’s individual identity, not its strength.

At Año Nuevo State Park in Pescadero, Calif., the researchers recorded calls from elephant seals up and down the hierarchy. Later, they returned to the beach with calls they had altered in the lab. They set up speakers a foot tall a few yards from the seals and played back the original and modified calls of alpha seals to beta seals.

The team found that the subordinate seals recognized the rhythm and pitch of the original dominant individual’s call and fled. But when the researchers manipulated the original call, sliding the pitch higher or lower or the rhythm faster or slower — by just a little so it still resembled a seal — the subordinate seals reacted to the modified calls just as they would the calls of strangers: They waited to see what type of interaction would follow.

Some animals have been trained to detect rhythms, palm cockatoos can bang out beats with sticks and bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales can learn the signature whistles and songs of others. But this is the first study to experimentally demonstrate that a nonhuman mammal can use the rhythm of another’s voice to make decisions that affect survival.

In further studies, the researchers want to explore whether bulls can recognize even more complex changes in other male voices. They also want to know if females can recognize and use the male calls, and if they have their own calls to communicate with pups.

To hear the calls yourself, you can head out to Año Nuevo State Park on your own or on a guided walk during breeding season (and you can see them year-round with a permit). Remember to stay at least 25 feet away from the powerful animals. You won’t be able to mimic their voices, and don’t try. Harassing or disturbing the seals is against the law. But you’ll bring along a new appreciation of their cognitive abilities: “You have the impression that they’re just waiting for whatever happens, but they’re always active, monitoring the colony,” Dr. Mathevon said.

 on: Mar 16, 2018, 04:13 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
India’s Punishment for Plant-Eating Donkeys: Jail Time

NY Times

NEW DELHI — What happens in a northern Indian town when you rip up someone else’s plants and saunter away?

You go to jail. Even if you’re a donkey.

News this week that eight donkeys had been jailed for four days for eating expensive saplings went viral in India, drawing a mix of ridicule and good-hearted laughs.

The Indian government has been on a cleanliness kick, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has vowed to build tens of millions of toilets and clean up garbage in cities. According to the authorities, the donkeys were making a mess.

“We had warned the donkey owners a couple of times, but they didn’t pay heed,” said R.K. Mishra, a police constable, according to an interview that was broadcast on an Indian news channel.

Television footage showed the donkeys, in the town of Orai in Uttar Pradesh state, plodding out of a scruffy jail, walking single file, heads bowed. The way the scene was filmed made it look like a classic police perp walk.

Police officials in Uttar Pradesh accused them of eating young plants that had been put near the jail as part of a cleanup campaign. The plants were worth almost $1,000, the authorities said.

Many were quick to mock the authorities. “Dear UP Police,” one person wrote on Twitter, using the abbreviation for Uttar Pradesh. “How about arresting real criminals instead of donkeys?”

The donkeys’ owner, identified only as a young man named Kamlesh, had no idea at first what had happened to his animals and went on a frantic search, according to The Times of India.

When he learned the donkeys had been incarcerated, he pleaded with police officers to release them. The officers refused.

So Kamlesh did what many people do in India when they hit a sticky spot with the law: He found a politician.

He persuaded a local leader from Mr. Modi’s political party, the B.J.P., to accompany him to the jail, and this time the outcome was different.

All eight donkeys were set free on Monday. Police officials said Kamlesh signed a statement that “from now on he will not allow his animals to roam in residential areas or places of public importance.”

 on: Mar 16, 2018, 04:10 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
All galaxies spin once every billion years, like cosmic clocks

If you were to be perched on the edge of any galaxy large or small, in a billion years, you would have gone all the way round.

Immanuel Jotham
Mar 16, 2018 16:31 IST

This is a cosmic mystery. All galaxies, no matter how large or small, rotate once every billion years like clockwork.

Similar to the way the Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun, the numerous galaxies in the whole universe are also constantly spinning. But there is also an eerie symmetry there: they all take about a billion years to complete one spin -- regardless of their size.

A recent report by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) says that while this spin of the galaxies is not "Swiss Watch precision", there is a definite level of accuracy, enough to cover all the galaxies in the night sky, reports Phys.org.

"But regardless of whether a galaxy is very big or very small, if you could sit on the extreme edge of its disk as it spins, it would take you about a billion years to go all the way round," explained Professor Gerhardt Meure.

All galaxies that are the roughly the same size can be proved mathematically to have similar interior densities, he added. This discovery, that there is certain regularity when it comes to the way galaxies are formed and exist lead to a better understanding of the mechanics of how they operate.

"You won't find a dense galaxy rotating quickly, while another with the same size but lower density is rotating more slowly," he explained.

The research team has also identified a number of old stars that exist outside the edge of galaxies when they actually expected to find a small population of young stars at the very edge of these galaxies.

"But instead of finding just gas and newly formed stars at the edges of their disks, we also found a significant population of older stars along with the thin smattering of young stars and interstellar gas," said Meure.

This is an important discovery for astronomers, says the professor because it marks a definite point where a galaxy ends. Researchers need not continue their observations beyond a point and not waste time and resources on studying the absolute edges of massive galaxies.

"So because of this work, we now know that galaxies rotate once every billion years, with a sharp edge that's populated with a mixture of interstellar gas, with both old and young stars," Meure said.

In spite of the regular nature of the galaxies' movements, they tend to crash into each other quite often. The Milky Way, for example, will eventually collide and merge with the Andromeda. This process will take billions of years, but what happens as a result is quite remarkable. Billions of stars will be born from combining nebulas; super massive black holes will eat each other up; and there will be an amazing swirl of stars that will, from a cosmic point of view, look quite spectacular.

 on: Mar 16, 2018, 04:08 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
Is rise of AI a threat to humanity? Experts think 'superhumans' might be the answer

One expert says human brains should be linked with artificial intelligence to protect the humanity against the rise of AI.

Pinaz Kazi

Superhumans were treated as mere fiction even a few years ago, but the same cannot be said anymore. Modern medicine and technology have become so advanced that nothing is impossible. People are manipulating their DNA and hoping they would merge with machines some day.

In fact, experts say merging of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human might may become a necessity to survive.

Ipswich-based "futurist" Ian Pearson told CNBC on Tuesday that AI could evolve to become "billions of times smarter" than that of humans. To keep up with it, humans would need to merge with AI.

While speaking on a panel hosted by CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai, he said that the way to protect the humanity against the rise of the machines was by linking their brains with AI so that they have the same IQ.

However, he added: "I don't actually think it's safe, just like Elon Musk… to develop these superhuman computers until we have a direct link to the human brain… and then don't get way ahead."

Humans dominate Earth because of their intelligence, but if AI becomes "billions of times smarter", it might be a risk — one of the biggest concerns of the rise of AI is the risk that it will pose to the human workforce.

Pointing that out, Sebastian Thrun, co-founder of Google's secretive X laboratory, shared with CNBC a similar thought. While speaking at the summit, Thrun said on Monday that in future, humans and AI would merge and turn into "superhuman workers".

Thrun further said that "superhuman workers" would be able to accomplish more alongside the new technology.

"AI is a tool and what AI can do really, really well is getting rid of repetitive work," he said. "So, if you are a worker, say a medical doctor or a lawyer who spends day in and day out doing the same thing, then having AI look over your shoulder and learn those skills from you, will make you a superhuman, a more powerful person."

Their comments echo the idea of ex-Uber and Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who has formed the first church to follow AI. The religion is known as the Way of the Future (WOTF) that claims humans can better themselves if they follow the instructions of AI, a Daily Mail report said.

The website of Way of the Future explains: "WOTF is about creating a peaceful and respectful transition of who is in charge of the planet from people to people + 'machines'. Given that technology will 'relatively soon' be able to surpass human abilities, we want to help educate people about this exciting future and prepare a smooth transition. "

 on: Mar 15, 2018, 10:55 AM 
Started by Deva - Last post by Deva
Hi Helena,

Thank you for making additions to your last post. Yes, alignment of personal will and the will of the Source, proper use of will power, is a core evolutionary intention of Pluto's polarity point and the North Node in Aries in the 12th house. In so doing, negative patterns of the past that are linked with self-doubt, lack, perpetual crisis, and extremes (Pluto in Virgo in the 7th house conjunct the South Node) are transmuted. From my understanding, one can only truly know the Source through direct experience and intuition, not belief or intellect. JWG often taught that it does not require belief to validate the Natural laws and truths that govern Creation. From my view, your example illustrates this point. In our practice chart this dynamic is reflected by Venus in Sagittarius in the 8th house.



 on: Mar 15, 2018, 07:55 AM 
Started by Wei - Last post by Chocolate Astrologer
Hola RAD,
Thank you very much. I do not (currently) use Solar Fire. (Once again, another reason why I should.) Thank you for sharing the calculator of future and past date and times, and all of your valuable input.

I'm still thinking about these charts and I very much hope that dialogue continues.
In Lakech, ala Kin!

 on: Mar 15, 2018, 07:52 AM 
Started by jas - Last post by Rad
Hi Linda,

Thanks for answering Jas's questions.

God Bless, Rad

 on: Mar 15, 2018, 06:28 AM 
Started by Wei - Last post by Rad
Hi Chocolate Astrologer,

First, the Solar Fire astrological chart calculator accurately creates charts for the years involved here. Second, the skipped steps symbolized in his death chart reflect his unresolved desire to live in a cave in the Himalayan mountains in the life of Yogananda. That skipped step is then symbolized, recovering it, actualizing it, in the next life birth chart. This is a perfect example of a Soul picking up where it left off. This is seen relative to his natal Venus and Mercury in Sagittarius squaring the next life Nodal Axis, as well as his Uranus in Cancer at 4 degrees squaring the Lunar Nodes at 24 Pisces and Virgo in the next life birth chart. The ten degree orb reflects this 'final' resolution of that skipped step.

The transiting Mars in Scorpio opposed Ceres in Taurus, 3rd to 9th, was intended by his Soul to demonstrate, prove, the truth of his teachings by way of creating a condition wherein his body was immutable at the moment of death. That Ceres is ruled by his 4th House Venus in Sagittarius, opposed by his Neptune/Pluto in Gemini in the 10th. No one knows, because he did not say, exactly where he would be born, or what the time of birth would be. Here is a link to future dates: https://www.timeanddate.com/date/dateadded.html?m1=03&d1=07&y1=1952&type=add&ay=250&am=&aw=&ad=&rec=

God Bless, Rad

 on: Mar 15, 2018, 05:38 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
Thousands rally against Czech president’s attack on media

Al Jazeera
15 Mar 2018 at 07:10 ET 

Prague, Czech Republic - Thousands of Czechs have taken to the streets of the capital, Prague, in defiance of a recent attack on local independent media by the country's recently re-elected President Milos Zeman.

Speaking during his inauguration last week at Prague Castle, the pro-Russian, anti-migrant Zeman criticised the Czech media by name, accusing them of favouritism during the recent elections and general bias.

The comments prompted several opposition members of parliament in attendance to leave the ceremony.

Zeman's remarks came less than two weeks after 27-year-old Slovakian investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kusnirova were shot dead in their home outside the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, in an assassination suspected to be connected to his work.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia, formerly unified as Czechoslovakia, were split 25 years ago, though the two nations remain close.

Gathering in Prague's Wenceslas Square on Wednesday evening - the location of massive protests against communism during the 1989 Velvet Revolution - flag waving Czechs criticised Zeman and Prime Minister Andrej Babis, chanting "shame" and jingling their keys, a gesture used during communism that symbolises the unlocking of doors as they sweep Communists from power.

"I don't agree what our president is saying about the media," said Klara Krivankova, a 23-year-old biology student.

"I think it can make a dangerous atmosphere in our republic, which can be dangerous for the media as well." Specifically, Zeman attacked the independent Czech Television, a public news provider whose director is appointed by a council elected by parliament.

They condemned Zeman's speech as unacceptable and an attack on its independence.

"Our president is attacking the media and is constantly talking about media like it is biased, but it is not true," said 30-year-old protester Vladimir Nedved.

"This is the first television in our country and it is an attack on the freedom of this country." Lighting candles and displaying pictures, the demonstrators honoured the slain Slovak journalist in a moment of silence while holding up their lit mobile phones.

Along with Czech Television, several media outlets also denounced Zeman, who in October famously affronted reporters by brandishing a replica Kalashnikov inscribe with the words "for journalists".

"The journalists of our papers do not look for any scoops, but for the truth. They will continue with what they do in all conscience," Roman Latuske, general director of the publisher Economia, told the Czech News Agency last week.

Media control

Joining the protesters were also several members of parliament who have become increasingly worried about the state of free media in the central European nation with several influential newspapers now owned by the political and business elite, including Prime Minister Babis.

"[Prime Minister Babis] owns quite a big part of our media and this is one of the many conflicts of interest that he currently has," said Marketa Adamova, member of parliament and deputy chairman of the centre-right TOP 09 party.

She also said that she was afraid that the situation might get worse with a parliamentary vote coming up to establish the board of Czech Television. Currently, Babis' ANO party has minority control of the Czech parliament.

"It's similar to Poland or Hungary where the government quite easily can control their television and it is not independent anymore," she said.

 on: Mar 15, 2018, 05:35 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja

Donald Trump admits making up 'facts' in trade meeting with Justin Trudeau

US president told donors ‘I had no idea’ when he complained to Canada’s prime minister over (non-existent) trade deficit

David Smith in Washington
Thu 15 Mar 2018 05.23 GMT

Donald Trump bragged that he made up facts in a meeting with the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, according to an audio recording obtained by the Washington Post.

The US president – notorious for making false claims on countless issues – admitted he told Trudeau that America has a trade deficit with its neighbour when he “had no idea” if that was true.

The office of the US trade representative states that the American goods and services trade surplus with Canada was $12.5bn in 2016.

According to the recording, Trump told guests at a fundraising dinner in Missouri: “Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please.’

“Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in – ‘Donald we have no trade deficit.’ He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed … So he’s proud. I said, ‘Wrong Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know … I had no idea.

“I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid … And I thought they were smart.”

Trump went on: “I said, ‘You’re wrong Justin.’ He said, ‘Nope, we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Well, in that case I feel differently,’ I said, ‘but I don’t believe it.’ I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, ‘Check because I can’t believe it.’ ‘Well, sir, you’re actually right. We have no deficit but that doesn’t include energy and timber … And when you do, we lose $17bn a year.’ It’s incredible.”

Trump and Trudeau, 25 years apart in age and polar opposites in temperament, have projected warm relations so far. Last year, in honour of Canada Day, the president used Twitter to praise his “new found friend” north of the border.

Trump defied critics in his own Republican party last week to announce stiff import taxes on steel and aluminium, risking a trade war with China and the European Union. His top economic adviser Gary Cohn quit over the tariffs, while secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who also disagreed with them, was fired earlier this week.

On Wednesday, the Post report says, the president again lambasted the EU, China, Japan and South Korea, which he claimed were taking advantage of America. He also described the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) as a disaster and appeared to threaten to pull US troops out of South Korea if the country does not come up with a satisfactory trade deal.

“We have a very big trade deficit with them, and we protect them,” Trump was quoted as telling donors. “We lose money on trade, and we lose money on the military. We have right now 32,000 soldiers between North and South Korea. Let’s see what happens.”

He added: “Our allies care about themselves. They don’t care about us.”

After visiting a Boeing factory in St Louis earlier in the day, Trump was headlining a fundraiser for Republican US Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is running for the seat held by Democrat Claire McCaskill.

But as is his wont, the president boasted about his 2016 presidential election victory, derided cable news anchors and mocked his predecessors, George W Bush and Barack Obama, for failing to achieve what he has done by setting up a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. “It’s called appeasement: please don’t do anything,” he reportedly said.

Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year as president, according to a Washington Post count.


Brits are ‘looking at the White House’ and ‘deeply worrying’ about Trump’s leadership: NBC London journalist

Bob Brigham
Raw Story
14 Mar 2018 at 18:03 ET                   

NBC News London correspondent Keir Simmons told Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace about the worries the British government has over the actions of President Donald Trump following the nerve agent attack on a former spy.

“If the Russians are behind this attack, it is an attack by proxy, if you like, on the United States and the only response that makes any sense from the U.S. is condemnation, the kind of condemnation that we heard from Nikki Haley,” Simmons reported.

“It looks as if potentially either the Kremlin thought they could get away with this, that they thought they wouldn’t be caught, if you like, or that they didn’t care,” Simmons explained. “And if they didn’t care, if America and the U.K. don’t take tough enough action, then the question is, ‘what do the Russians do next?’ It’s a pretty frightening one.”

“Do you think the British government now is concerned that perhaps in the American president that they have right now, they have someone who might not care?” Wallace asked.

“The problem is, you know, it’s a bit more profound than that,” Simmons replied. “The British government is very weak right now.”

“They are trying to manage this incredibly difficult process of Brexit,” he noted. “They are divided from Europe through that and they are looking at the White House and worrying — deeply worrying — about what is happening to their ally at a time when they need their closest ally the most.”

“And that really, I think, paints a picture of how dangerous all of this is for the western alliance, if you like,” Simmons concluded.


Trump is planning to oust Sessions and crush the Mueller probe: report

Brad Reed
Raw Story
14 Mar 2018 at 15:16 ET                   

President Donald Trump has hatched a new plan to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and crush Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — all while bypassing the need to ask the Senate to confirm a new attorney general.

According to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, Trump has discussed firing Sessions and replacing him with current Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. Since Pruitt, unlike Sessions, has not recused himself from being involved in Russia-related matters, he would be completely free to shut down the probe.

“Also, as an agency head and former state attorney general, Pruitt would presumably have a good shot at passing a Senate confirmation hearing,” the report notes.

Trump publicly attacked Sessions earlier this month for not doing enough to investigate former President Barack Obama. He then trashed Sessions for not directing his own attorneys at the Department of Justice to investigate Obama themselves.

“Why not use Justice Department lawyers?” he asked. “DISGRACEFUL!”

Trump has not been shy about ripping into his own attorney general for not doing enough to investigate his political foes. Last month, Trump on Twitter told his followers to ask Sessions — whose name the president initially misspelled as “Jeff Session” — why Democrats weren’t being investigated for “crimes” related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

And last summer, Trump called Sessions “beleaguered” and “weak” because he was not sufficiently investigating former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

(Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Scott Pruitt would not need Senate confirmation.)


MSNBC’s Mika shreds GOP’s ‘self-destructive suck-ups’ for riding ‘USS Trump’ to their doom

Travis Gettys
Raw Story
15 Mar 2018 at 07:19 ET                   

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski roasted Republicans who repeatedly embarrass themselves on the record by defending President Donald Trump’s shameless and scandalous behavior.

The “Morning Joe” co-host said their fealty showed Trump had completely taken over the Republican Party — but she warned that his dominance would eventually destroy the GOP.

“The iceberg is coming, so why are you afraid of being primaried?” Brzezinski said. “The whole thing is going down anyway. The Republican Party does not exist right now.”

NBC News reporter Heidi Przybyla said Republicans had already invested too much in Trump to abandon him now.

“They all bought a ticket on the U.S.S. Trump and it was all up to all of them to keep it afloat,” Przybyla said. “Now that you’re seeing holes poked in the ship and folks starting to see that it’s sinking potentially, that there’s a huge wave coming, you know, there is definitely panic, but at the same time they are on the record in some of the most controversial statements that this president has said. Their silence is on the record.”

Przybyla said the only thing that might turn the GOP against the president would be “conclusive evidence” of collusion or obstruction of justice in the Mueller probe, but even then she’s not so sure.

“Look what you just saw this week with the House Intelligence Committee essentially shutting down (their) investigation,” Przybyla said. “That is members again putting themselves on the record in quite a public way that they don’t want to know and that they’re willing to take that risk that they look silly when the evidence comes out.”

Brzezinski said the current state of the Republican Party disgusted her.

“I’ve never seen a larger group of self-destructive suck-ups,” she said. “Like, what good is going to come out of it — how does this help them?”


‘It’s ripping people apart’: White House staffers live in fear of ‘the most toxic working environment on the planet’

Bob Brigham
Raw Story
14 Mar 2018 at 18:21 ET                   

White House officials are experiencing a “mood of acute anxiety” about their careers, Axios reported Wednesday.

“This is the most toxic working environment on the planet,” one White House official explained. “Usually tough times bring people together. But right now this atmosphere is ripping people apart.”

“There’s no leadership, no trust, no direction and this point there’s very little hope. Would you want to go to work every day not knowing whether your future career was going to be destroyed without explanation?” the official asked.

The question of “which staffer will next be frogmarched out the door by security” is weighing on the staff.

Presidential “body man” Johnny McEntee was escorted out of the White House on Monday. Axios also reported that a former aide to First Lady Melania Trump suffered a similar fate last week.

Axois concluded the chaos is “shredding an already devastate morale” in the administration.


‘March Madness in the West Wing’: Internet jeers over report White House staffers have a ‘betting pool’ for who’s next to go

Bob Brigham
Raw Story
14 Mar 2018 at 20:02 ET                   

A White House correspondent for The Washington Post reported Wednesday on the administration’s “betting pools” over who will be next to be fired.

“White House officials have begun betting pools of sorts among each other on who’s getting ousted next,” Josh Dawsey tweeted.

“Lot of people who are usually in the know are not in the know,” he noted. “Always fluid in White House but seems particularly so right now.”

Dawsey’s reporting was confirmed by MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.

The internet thought the gallows humor was revealing and hilarious.

And the White House is not alone, a prediction market currently has a line showing Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin is the most likely cabinet official to leave next, followed by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

Some noted the similarities with the 1988 movie The Dead Pool which features Inspector Harry Callahan tracking down a killer manipulating results in a betting pool of celebrity deaths by murdering them himself.

    They created their own Dead Pool.

    — Ken Sirkin (@KenSirkin7795) March 14, 2018

Here are some of the top reactions to news of the betting pools:

    That ain't a healthy work environment. https://t.co/CQco1I9Cgq

    — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 14, 2018

    Just be clear: this is NUTS https://t.co/MDE28yALWd

    — Susan Glasser (@sbg1) March 14, 2018

    I'd bet a Stormy on Kellyanne. https://t.co/uELs7Z1ial

    — Alina (@Alina__IVI) March 14, 2018

    One by one every member of the administration will be ritually humiliated before Trump ends it all in a James Cagney White Heat scene. https://t.co/Y0Bk5inu5W

    — Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) March 14, 2018

    March Madness in the West Wing https://t.co/ixtvXlJSyf

    — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 14, 2018

    I'd feel sorry for them if they didn't deserve their fate by choosing to work for Trump. https://t.co/lM5SgREbgE

    — Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) March 14, 2018

    These people are monsters. https://t.co/AqQ2TCRXlP

    — Ed Bott (@edbott) March 14, 2018

    A word of warning to those “usually in the know” but suddenly “not in the know”… as they say in poker, “if you can’t spot the mark at the table, you are the mark at the table.”

    — Bruce Chanen (@bmchanen) March 14, 2018


A second Trump lawyer says she’s working in her ‘individual capacity’ to silence Stormy Daniels

Noor Al-Sibai
Raw Story
14 Mar 2018 at 20:34 ET                   

A lawyer for the Trump Organization is listed on an an arbitration demand to settle a dispute regarding a Delaware LLC used by the president’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000.

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that Trump Organitation lawyer Jill A. Martin was listed as counsel on the February 22 demand issued in Orange County, California.

“The company has no involvement in the matter,” Martin, who said he was working “in her individual capacity” on the filing, told the Journal. Her statements come after the revelation that Cohen took a line of credit out on his house to facilitate the supposed “hush agreement” payout to Daniels. Cohen also denied that the adult film star ever had an affair with Trump.

Martin, who the Journal noted has worked for the Trump Organization since 2010, was the lead counsel defending the organization in lawsuits claiming the president defrauded customers who paid to attend his Trump University seminars.

Though she reportedly played no formal role in defending Donald Trump when several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Martin, the report noted, “vouched for his character in media interviews.”

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