Saturday, December 10, 2016

Monkey Talk

If apes could talk:
In theory, the researchers concluded, monkeys can make a fairly wide range of sounds. Looking at the most distinct vocal tract shapes, Dr. Fitch and Dr. Ghazanfar identified five separate vowels among the possibilities.

“What you get are the vowels in ‘bit,’ ‘bet,’ ‘bat,’ ‘but’ and ‘bought,’” Dr. Fitch said.

When the researchers played these sounds to people, they were able to correctly distinguish them most of the time. The scientists could even assemble the sounds into recognizable sentences.

So what prevents these monkeys from gabbing all day long by the watering hole? The two researchers argue that the key to the acquisition of speech lies somewhere in the brain.

“If they had the brain, they could produce intelligible speech,” Dr. Ghazanfar said.
"Take your stinking paws off our vocal cords, you dirty humans..."

Sleeping In Stages

Can you sleep in segments?
The concept of sleeping in short bursts has spread since those races began, in the 1960s. Today, a small global community of people practices “polyphasic sleeping,” based on the idea that by partitioning your sleep into segments, you can get away with less of it.

Though it is possible to train oneself to sleep in spurts instead of a single nightly block, Dinges says it does not seem possible to train oneself to need less sleep per 24-hour cycle. And he notes that even for the 1 percent (or so) who can survive on less sleep and function well cognitively, we still don’t know how the practice might be affecting metabolism, mood, and myriad other factors. “You may be cheerful, but not cognitively fit. Or you may be cognitively fit, but hard to be around because you’re pushy or hyperactive.”
You do need your beauty rest, but what about ugly sleep?

Intruder Alert

What it's like to swim with jellyfish:
Located in Palau (an island nation that’s part of the Micronesian subregion), this unique body of water was cut off from the ocean during the Miocene era (20-5 million years ago), trapping the aquatic wildlife along with it. Since then, the species, particularly golden jellyfish, have evolved considerably compared to neighboring ones. The golden jellyfish population exploded due to its isolation from natural predators. Now, millions of the invertebrates migrate across the 14-acre lake daily.
Knowing this, Kien Lam headed to Palau to experience what is known as “Jellyfish Lake” firsthand. What makes his resulting video so unique, aside from its aesthetics, is the absence of any other tourists.
"Human! Everyone out of the pool!"

Live Slow, Die Young

Americans aren't living as long as we used to:
Women are still set to live longer than men with an expectancy of 81.2 years for the fairer sex, and 76.3 for the masculine. While both have dropped by average, the top 10 killers of Americans remains the same.
The 10 leading causes of death remain unchanged — and accounted for 74.2% of all deaths in the United States in 2015, according to the report. Age-adjusted death rates increased for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death: heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease and suicide. The age-adjusted death rate for cancer decreased. The rate for influenza and pneumonia did not change significantly.
Dr. Jiaquan Xu, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics says that “one year does not form a trend,” and compared this year’s drop to 1993’s where life expectancy decreased but did not do so again until this year. Until then it’s recommended that exercising, eating right, and not smoking are solid ways to keep yourself in the land of the living.
Also avoiding government health care...

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Finally:
In a joint op-ed for The Washington Post, the two Republican firebrands said that term limits would be an effective way for the new Republican administration to “drain the swamp.”

“We believe that the rise of political careerism in modern Washington is a drastic departure from what the founders intended of our federal governing bodies. To effectively “drain the swamp,” we believe it is past time to enact term limits for Congress.”

A policy of congressional term limits was repeatedly advocated for by President-elect Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also voicing his support for the idea.

The amendment would impose a three term limit for members of congress and a two term limit for senators.

Both Cruz and DeSantis also point to the “broad support” for congressional term limits, citing a Ramussen survey conducted in October that showed 74% of likely voters supported the idea.
But then how would politicians save their phony baloney jobs?

Friday, December 09, 2016

President Without Portfolio

In South Korea, job keeps you:
Even as her prime minis­ter governs in her stead, Park gets to keep living at the presi­den­tial Blue House, using her official car and plane, collect­ing the same month­ly salary (about $15,000 report­ed­ly) and receiv­ing round-the-clock securi­ty.

She also holds onto the title “Presi­dent.”

But with nothing official­ly to do, it’s uncer­tain how she’ll spend her days during the up-to-six months the country’s Consti­tu­tion­al Court has to decide whether to accept the impeach­ment and formal­ly end her presi­den­cy.
Except when she doesn't really have to...

Faked Out

Whatever happened to Hillary Clinton? Oh, there she is:
“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences,” Clinton said. “This isn’t about politics or bipartisanship. Lives are at risk.”

Clinton called for Congress to pass legislation to stop it and for tech moguls in Silicon Valley to continue searching for a way to block it from entering readers’ Facebook and Twitter feeds.

“It’s a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly,” Clinton said.

Clinton made her comments during a speech honoring Senate Minority Harry Reid’s retirement from the Senate.

She delivered a joke after taking the podium, commenting on her post-election activities.
Bitter tears?

Busting Big Labor Blues

What will labor unions do now?
The crisis for unions is a combination of direct threats from Trump’s agenda and the knowledge that many rank-and-file workers are sympathetic to his populist message. Exit poll data from the Nov. 8 election shows that Hillary Clinton’s smaller margin of victory among union members, along with Trump’s unusually strong performance, helped him win the White House.
The last time unions faced such an environment was when President Ronald Reagan slashed regulations, named a con­­struction company exec­utive as labor secretary and took on the air traffic controllers union. But, even during that onslaught, unions were in a much stronger position than today — representing 20 percent of private-sector workers compared with 7 percent today.
The list of potential setbacks for the labor movement is daunting. Some union leaders are worried that a Trump administration would attempt to introduce a national right-to-work law — allowing any employee anywhere to exempt themselves from participating in a union — and block unions from deducting dues from paychecks.
Oh the horror of actual workers' rights...

Looking For Russians In All The Wrong Places?

Never let conspiracies go to waste:
Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (Ariz.) is readying a probe of possible Russian cyber incursions into U.S. weapons systems, and said he has been discussing the issue with Select Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (N.C.) with whom he will be “working closely” to investigate Russia’s suspected interference in the U.S. elections, cyber threats to the military and other institutions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been apprised of the discussions. Burr did not respond to requests for comment.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) also said he intends to hold hearings next year into alleged Russian hacking. Corker is on Trump’s shortlist for secretary of state, according to the Trump transition team.

Trump transition officials could not be reached for comment.
The hackers who weren't there...

No Dollars for Dallas

Dallas goes broke:
The system was set to pay out the weekly requests Friday. Pension officials said allowing the withdrawals would leave them without the liquid reserves required to sustain the $2.1 billion fund.
"Our situation is currently critical, and we took action," board chairman Sam Friar said.
Pension officials and many police and firefighters have blamed Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings for forcing the latest run on the bank. Dozens of retirees rushed to request withdrawals after Rawlings filed a lawsuit Monday to stop the withdrawals.
By then, more than $500 million had already gushed from the fund since the board proposed benefit cuts in August.
Nothing lasts forever, including unpaid-for pensions...

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Doctor's Cure

How Ben Carson can be for their own good:
Draconian rules against apartment construction have made it nearly impossible in many large cities to keep up the population growth. All over the country, especially in coastal metros, existing residents have created laws against development.

In San Francisco, for instance, it is essentially illegal to build apartment complexes in nearly half the city. Homeowners in the western half of the city have fought to keep neighborhoods from an influx of low-income and racially diverse residents, so they can preserve the growing market value of their two-story, single-family houses.

As a result, the median rent for an apartment has skyrocketed above $4000 a month, and less than 15% of existing residents can afford to purchase a home. HUD can play a vital role in stopping this anti-market behavior.

The department controls millions in funds for housing affordability, and has a legal discretion over how much it withholds from cities that deliberately hurt their own residents. Ben Carson should let liberal cities know that the federal government will not bail them out of a problem that the free-market can (mostly) solve.
Tough love for tough times?

There Are No Safe Spaces In Sports

Where real sports still exists:
The Sporting News did an in-depth profile of Whitlock and his show “Speak for Yourself” which he co-hosts alongside Colin Cowherd on FS1, discussing Whitlock’s desire to move away from the “Embrace Debate” style of sports television entertainment format which essentially involves two hosts screaming, gesticulating, and eyeing each other suspiciously.

The piece delves into Whitlock’s views on how ESPN’s political correctness runs counter to the true culture of sports. Whitlock explains, “Sports culture is not PC or far left. There are no safe spaces in the field of competition. I think we can differentiate ourselves from EPCN by discussing sports in a way that is authentic to sports culture and sports fans. You can be authentic without being distasteful or disrespectful. Sports culture has long been patriotic, tolerant of diverse backgrounds and perspective and celebratory of meritocracy.”
Are you ready for some triggering?

Final Mission

RIP John Glenn:
Glenn, a Marine pilot who flew 149 missions in World War II and Korea, was America's third man in space (after Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom) but the first to orbit the Earth.

On February 20, 1962 he piloted the "Friendship 7" spacecraft on a three-orbit mission some 100-162 miles from Earth that lasted four hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds.

Afterwards, acclaimed a national hero, he received a ticker-tape parade and addressed a joint session of Congress.

More than three decades later, at 77 and about to retire as a senator, Glenn lifted off on the space shuttle Discovery on October 29, 1998, becoming the oldest person ever to fly in space.

His participation was designed to study the effect of space flight on the elderly. Once again, he – and his crewmates – received a ticker-tape parade on their safe return.
From an era when Americans still did big things. RIP.

The Racist News Network

This is...a lawsuit:
Walker, who has worked for 13 years at CNN as an integrated marketing manager, had filed a previous lawsuit alleging that the network repeatedly passed him over for promotion because he is black. He also claimed that CNN retaliated against him for filing a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The employee is demanding $50 million in damages.

Only two employees are named as plaintiffs in the class-action case: Celeslie Henley, a former executive administrative assistant at CNN, and Ernest Colbert Jr., a senior manager at Turner Broadcasting Systems. But Meachum alleges that up to 30 other insiders helped them gather information on the “company-wide pattern and practice” of discrimination that he claims has gone on for at least 20 years.

Meachum claims that internal practices show “disproportionately lower scores on evaluations” for blacks, especially black males, and that black employees are fired at a higher rate than white employees. The suit further alleges that blacks have also been forced to endure racial slurs.
Life is hard, on the liberal plantation...

Them Bones

Them trigger bones:
Writing in The Conversation journal, Professor Pollard said: “Some of the material I refer to in my classes is disturbing, with images of the dead appearing regularly.

“Students are a diverse group and some of them might have suffered domestic abuse, violent attack or trauma in war. In these cases, such exposure might trigger flashbacks or aggravate recently suppressed trauma.

“It is only common sense to provide these individuals, and those who just can’t stomach images of dead bodies in shallow graves, with the option to walk out of the classroom.”
How to become anthropologist without the stress of actual study?

Energy Saver

Trump's pick for the EPA is (gasp!) a friend of energy:
The Republican Pruitt has spent much of his time as Oklahoma’s top law enforcement official battling the very agency he is now being nominated to lead, with his official biography proudly highlighting his role as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”

Republicans have long argued that President Barack Obama’s administration, through the EPA, has imposed burdensome environmental regulations such as anti-pollution measures on US corporations, many in the name of fighting climate change.

Trump campaigned this year on vows to terminate or curtail such regulations.

With the maverick businessman now set to assume the office in January, such Republicans, and notably the energy industry, can expect to have an ally running the EPA.
Obama had his allies running things, and we saw how that turned out...

Another Recount Bites The Dust

Team Stein-Clinton loses again:
A recount that started Monday ended Wednesday night. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith set aside his earlier order that got the recount moving, acting after the state appeals court said Stein doesn’t qualify as an “aggrieved” candidate under Michigan law.

“This is a victory for the taxpayers and voters of Michigan,” said Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairman of the state Republican Party.

The state elections board said the recount would stop after Goldsmith’s decision. Trump won Michigan by about 10,700 votes over Clinton. More than 20 counties so far were recounting ballots, and more were poised to start Thursday. Roughly 4.8 million ballots were cast.

Goldsmith said Stein raised serious issues about the integrity of Michigan’s election system. But he said she offered “speculative claims” and “not actual injury.”
the only injury was in her imagination...

Steel Winning

U.S. Steel, American again?
"We already structured to do some things, but when you see in the near future improvement to the tax laws, improvements to regulation, those two things by themselves may be a significant driver to what we're going to do," he said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."

In addition, the belief that the U.S. economy can grow at least 3.5 percent also adds to what the company can do, Longhi noted.

"I'd be more than happy to bring back the employees we've been forced to lay off during that depressive period," he said, which could be close to 10,000 jobs.
More winning!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Stamp Of Semi-Aproval

What will the new Republican majority do about food stamps?
More than 45 million Americans currently receive food stamps, down slightly from 47 million in 2013 as a result of the Great Recession. The program costs $73 billion each year, according to Department of Agriculture data.

Despite some fraud and abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, and calls from the political right to reduce the program or at least separate the welfare program from the massive agriculture appropriations effort known as the Farm Bill, the focus of the next congressional session will focus more on improving food stamps rather than reforms.

President-elect Donald Trump didn’t promise to cut or make major reforms to the food stamps program during his campaign, but in his 2011 book “Time to Get Tough,” he said “when half of food stamp recipients have been on the dole for nearly a decade, something is clearly wrong, and some of it has to do with fraud.”
You can still have your welfare cake, and eat it, too?

Their Blank Pages

It's the case of the invisible agency:
“Are we supposed to play tic-tac-toe on this?” Gohmert asked Tuesday, while waving one of the documents during a hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the data manipulation.

The USGS lab where two chemists skewed data for nearly two decades was finally closed in March 2016.

Gohmert’s subcommittee had requested the documents in September. The blanks received Tuesday represented only a small portion of the total sought by the panel.

“We’re still waiting for documents we requested three months ago,” Gohmert said. “Some of the documents we did receive were redacted, they were duplicates or were even blank pages.”
Maybe they were supposed to read between the lines-oh, wait, there aren't any...

The Party's Over

Literally:
“We’ve been talking a lot about how to protect the things we care about, post-election,” Sunshine Sachs CEO Shawn Sachs told industry outlet TheWrap on Tuesday.

“I felt the morning after was nothing compared to how I felt talking to people in this office, those who felt their citizenship — in a matter of moments — was gone or had been lessened,” Sachs said of the election. “Being the diverse workplace we are, many of us felt under assault.”

Sunshine Sachs represents screen stars from Natalie Portman to Leonardo DiCaprio, and also works with major tech companies like Facebook.

The firm spends big to host holiday parties in New York City and Los Angeles, usually attended by the journalism and Hollywood elite. But the election of Donald Trump marked a change for the company.
How will Hollywood cope, without an excuse to party on?

Fight Club Down Under

What do you do, with an aggressive kangaroo?
The man, 34-year-old Greig Tonkins, also happens to be a zookeeper who takes care of elephants at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales. Since the video has gone viral, his employer has been alerted and is currently considering “appropriate action” against him.

A spokesperson for the zoo told reporters, “Good animal welfare and the protection of Australian wildlife are of the utmost importance to Taronga. We are working with Mr. Tonkins to understand the exact circumstances of the event and will consider any appropriate action.”

Kangaroos are known for their violent boxing matches and often engage in a standoff as they size each other up before deciding whether to battle. Armed with incredibly strong legs and sharp claws, a kangaroo could easily disembowel a human with one swift kick to the gut. Experts have suggested the kangaroo was caught off-guard as he attempted to size up his opponent and the punch he sustained convinced him to flee.
Human 1, giant jackrabbit 0...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Faking Out

The problem with fake news when there isn't any:
The “fake news” controversy has become a huge international story, with the Los Angeles Times among those leading the charge with headlines such as “Want to keep fake news out of your newsfeed? College professor creates list of sites to avoid”; “Fake news writers: ‘Hillary Clinton, here are your deplorables’”; and “Fake news writers abuse the 1st Amendment and endanger democracy for personal profit.”

There is conspiracy theory and there is conspiracy fact, and what we have on our hands is one mother of a left-wing conspiracy parading as a right wing conspiracy. You can’t make this stuff up. It’s diabolical. In the run-up to the election, I reported on a number of fake conservative new sites created by left-wing operatives in order to discredit the conservatives’ news sites. If you have a bogus conservative site, it makes a conservative site look questionable. “News sites” like the Baltimore Gazette and the National Report were dropping hoaxes for months to discredit conservatives who might pick up the story.

I always understood that the objective was to taint the conservative newssphere. Sites were created to spread disinformation and shame the right-wingers who jumped on it. This is classic disinformation. It’s always games, games, games… from the people who brought you Soros’ rent-a-mob — rioting, looting and destruction in cities, etc. even going so far as to risk a few deaths all for the cause. But what I didn’t see coming is their ultimate goal: the shut-down of free speech. The left wants to crush free speech, which has been in their cross-hairs for some time now.
If they can't find fake news, they'll make up their own...

Stalled Motor Voters

Want a recount? Be careful what you wish for:
More than a third of precincts in Wayne County, Michigan’s largest county and home to Detroit, could be disqualified from the statewide recount because county officials, “couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month,” according to the Detroit News.

Wayne County has over 1.7 million residents and voted overwhelmingly for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at 95 percent. Krista Haroutunian, chair of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, told the Detroit Free Press that the discrepancies could make 610 precincts across the county (including the 392 in Detroit), ineligible for recount. A final decision has not yet been made.

The Michigan Republican Party, President-elect Donald Trump and the state’s Republican attorney general all filed notice that they plan to appeal a U.S. District Court decision to start the recount Monday, arguing the effort should not be decided by the federal courts system.
Fraud is an ugly word, but accurate...

Monday, December 05, 2016

No Speech Zone

The European Union is not impressed by this free speech thing:
Back in May, the companies all voluntarily signed up to a code of conduct, in which they promised to remove hate speech within 24 hours of it being posted and to promote counter-narratives. The code arose from concerns about a proliferation of hate speech on the platforms following a spate of terror attacks in Europe and amid the refugee crisis.

Signing the code was an alternative to the EU drawing up laws on the matter. But now the EU Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, has said that the Commission may be forced to enact laws after all, as only 40 percent of posts are being removed within the time frame.

"If Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft want to convince me and the ministers that the non-legislative approach can work, they will have to act quickly and make a strong effort in the coming months," she told the Financial Times.

The Commission also noted that the volume of hate-speech posts removed within 24 hours differs dramatically across Europe. In France and Germany, over 50 percent of posts are taken down, but in Austria and Italy, the rate drops to 11 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
One country's "hate" is another's free expression. Or, another reason why the EU is dying...

Ghosts Of San Francisco

Well, what do you expect when you run a death trap?
“There’s going to be a draconian overreaction to shut everything down,” said Dunn, 42, who has attended events at the collective in the Fruitvale neighborhood. “That would only add to the tragedy.”

“People are getting worried (the fire) is gonna be used against us,” said Katelyn Charvoz, of West Oakland. The 25-year-old said she’s been involved in the music/party scene since she was about 15. “The city’s gonna paint us as some ugly, crusty, punk kids that are up to no good. If they buy up all the warehouses on every street and kick everyone out, it will just hurt the arts community here.”

The tragic warehouse fire is roiling an already simmering tension between official Oakland and a vibrant, free-wheeling arts community that has given life to many of its former industrial neighborhoods in recent years. Already, rising rents were threatening to dislodge some of these artistic centers; now concerns about lack of proper permitting and unsafe conditions, like what existed at the Ghost Ship, could add to the pressure.
Hippies and common sense don't mix...

When In Rome

Italy sends a message:
"I lost, and the post that gets eliminated is mine," Renzi said early Monday about an hour after the polls closed. "The government's experience is over, and in the afternoon I'll go to the Quirinal Hill to hand in my resignation" to President Sergio Mattarella.

Besides the "anti-establishment" 5-Stars, the outcome energized another "anti" party, the anti-immigrant Northern League, an ally of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a candidate in France's presidential race.

In voting No, Italians also delivered a rebuke to Italy's industrialists, banks and other establishment institutions, which had staunchly backed the referendum. The anti-reform victory, which could spook investors, comes just as the government had made some inroads in cutting the staggering rate of youth employment and while Italy's banks have urgent need for recapitalization.
The answers certainly haven't come from the EU. So Italy gave the EU the boot.

The Blue Dominion

Nancy Pelosi says everything will be just fine:
PELOSI: I don’t think people want a new direction. Our values unify us and our values are about supporting America’s working families. that’s one that everyone is in agreement on. What we want is a better connection of our message to working families in our country, and that clearly in the election showed that that message wasn’t coming through. But we are united in terms of the security of our country, which is our first responsibility. To be smart and strong and not reckless in how we protect the American people, strong in how we protect our economy.

DICKERSON: Here’s my question, though, Democrats since 2008, the numbers are ghastly for Democrats. Democrats are down 10%, in the house down 19.3% and in governors 35%. The Democrats are getting clobbered at every level over multiple elections. That seems like a real crisis for the party?

PELOSI: You’re forgetting that we went up so high in 2006 2008, and let me just put that in perspective. When President Clinton was elected, Republicans came in big in the next election. When president Bush was president, we came in big in the next election. When President Obama became president, the Republicans came in big in the next election.
Well, now the Democrats are small again, and likely to remain that way...

Big Ben

It's Ben Carson for HUD:
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement. “We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including inner cities.”

“He is a tough competitor and never gives up,” Trump added of his former campaign rival.

Trump teased Carson’s nomination last month in a tweet in which he said he was “seriously considering” Carson for the position.

“He’s a greatly talented person who loves people,” the president-elect said then.

Carson also teased the nomination on social media several days earlier, writing on Facebook that he felt he could “make a significant contribution” by “making our inner cities great again for everyone.”
Now watch him get called a racist by people who don't actually live in those communities he wants to save...

Standing Cold

So they got what they wanted:
Hundreds of people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, encampment cheered and chanted “mni wichoni” — “water is life” in Lakota Sioux — after the Army Corps of Engineers refused Sunday to grant the company permission to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters argue that extending the project beneath Lake Oahe would threaten the tribe’s water source and cultural sites. The segment is the last major sticking point for the four-state, $3.8 billion project.

“The whole world is watching,” said Miles Allard, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. “I’m telling all our people to stand up and not to leave until this is over.”

Despite the deadline, authorities say they won’t forcibly remove the protesters.
At least the hippies might go home for the winter...

Sunday, December 04, 2016

In Search Of Hillary

Looking for Hillary, in the woods:

Stop This Crazy Thing

Who wants to fly like George Jetson?
Calling his vehicle the Jetson—a tip of the cap to the popular ’60s cartoon—Bombardier’s creation is aptly jet-powered, and he imagines, could be used for both recreational purposes (i.e. to scare the pants off your neighbor at 3 a.m.) or to commute to work (hopefully, you can find you a parking space). The chrysalis of the idea came from seeing his own creation, the Flyboard Air prototype, reach dizzying speeds and soar into the record books.
The perfect component to go with your Flintsones car:

Cold Hawaii

Winter has come to...Hawaii?
The snow is falling on the peaks of the Big Island of Hawaii, including Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area through late Sunday night.

"The snow level almost never gets below 9,000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,600 feet, 13,700 feet and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year," said Ken Rubin of the University of Hawaii. "It rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days though."

The storm warning stated that an extra 6 to 12 inches of the white stuff may land above 11,000 feet, and winds could reach 15 to 30 mph.

The snow, which has been falling since late last week on the Big Island’s volcanic summits, forced officials to close a section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Fog, heavy snow and icy conditions also forced the closing of the road up to the Mauna Kea visitor station.
Can Hawaii handle it?

Hey Jill, Where You Gonna Run To Now?

It's over:
Lawyers for the Green Party withdrew a lawsuit, saying they don’t have the $1 million bond required to continue the challenge filed to initiate the recount, the Associated Press reported on December 3.

The lawsuit aimed to supplant state law to force a recount, according to the Pennsylvania Republican Party.

A statement from the state party celebrated the end of the Green Party lawsuit, saying that the effort was “completely without merit” from the start.
What now? Well, Hillary needs a retirement companion...