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Pablo Escobar's hippos keep multiplying and Colombia doesn't know how to stop it

CBS News February 9, 2019, 12:39 PM

Fishing villages, small boats and children at play dot the landscape along the shallow waterways of Colombia's Magdalena River. But an invasive species left behind by one of the country's most infamous figures is threatening the ecosystem and, possibly, a way of life.

That species? Hippos. The giants, native only to Africa, are now running wild in Colombia, reports CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez.


The majority of the hippos still live inside Escobar's former estate, which was turned into a theme park in 2007, but the issue is that they can't keep them contained. Some have been able to get out which is how they are turning up in other areas.

Oberdan Martinez runs a theme park there, where the hippos are a main attraction. According to Martinez, Colombia's the only place you'll see a pack of hippos in the wild outside of Africa. He also said it's more common to see a hippo in that area than a pig.

More: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pablo-escobars-hippos-keep-multiplying-and-colombia-doesnt-know-how-to-stop-it/?fbclid=IwAR1BS3j0zADGidCsmtSJL_8X8lsYJVvwa3kkOveSeUl07LLcD3CFQGoggkA

A British Company Names a Wormlike Amphibian After President Trump

A British Company Names a Wormlike Amphibian After President Trump
In an auction, EnviroBuild paid $31,250 for the species’ naming rights. (Not everyone is happy about that.)

February 07, 2019 Jason Bittel

The newly named Dermophis Donaldtrumpi

In December, the Rainforest Trust, a conservation nonprofit, auctioned off the naming rights for 12 species found in Ecuador, Panama, and Colombia. The newly discovered menagerie included a whiskery mouse, several gorgeous frogs, a number of delicate orchids, an adorable salamander, and a trap-jaw ant that can snap its mandibles closed so fast that the force flings the ant into the air and out of harm’s way. All impressive, but the species to nab the highest price tag of the day was not a fuzzy mammal or a fluorescent frog, but a caecilian.

More: https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/british-company-names-wormlike-amphibian-after-president-trump?utm_source=fb&fbclid=IwAR2piMc1-gCq1Q6qwhs4vqQ4QVd4TLOanKop3aH6txBYiYyfLlU241WnRSc

Warning this may hurt!

From a posting on Facebook:
I was eating breakfast with my 10 year old granddaughter and I asked her, "What day is tomorrow?"
Without skipping a beat she said, "It's President's Day!"
She's smart so I asked her, "What does President's Day mean?"
I was waiting for something about Obama, Bush, or Clinton, etc.
She replied, "President's Day is when the President steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow, we have another year of Bullshit."
You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out of your nose.

A letter from Bennett Greenspan, FamilyTreeDNA Founder

Got this tonight in my email so no link. I really have no comment, but given the outrage and comments made on the thread about the FBI using thi FamilyTreeDNA database, I thought this would be of interest.
Dear Customers:

I am writing to address the news that our Gene-by-Gene laboratory, which processes genetic tests for several commercial clients in addition to all of the FamilyTreeDNA tests, has processed a handful of DNA samples for cold cases from the F.B.I. In many cases, the news reports contained false or misleading information.

Let me start with this categorical statement:


They cannot search or “dig through” FTDNA profiles any more than an ordinary user can. As with all other genetic genealogy services, law enforcement must provide valid legal process, such as a subpoena or search warrant to receive any information beyond that which any other user can access.

I have been an avid genealogist since I was twelve years old. FamilyTreeDNA is not just a business, it is my passion. I fully understand your privacy concerns on a personal level.

Law enforcement has the ability to test DNA samples from crime scenes and upload the results into databases, like any other customer can, and it appears they have been doing it at other companies for the past year. The distinction is that, according to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, we expect the FBI and law enforcement agencies to let us know when they submit something to our database. We moved to something transparent, rather than having them work in a stealthy way. Other than that, nothing changed that affects the privacy of our customers.

FamilyTreeDNA has always taken your privacy seriously and will continue to do so. We’ve remained steadfast, always, refusing to sell your data to pharmaceutical companies and other third parties.

One of the key reasons law enforcement wanted to submit their samples to us is the same reason many of you have: out of all the major companies, FamilyTreeDNA is the only one that has its own lab, and our customers’ samples never leave our company.

As previously stated, law enforcement can only receive information beyond that which is accessible to the standard user by providing FamilyTreeDNA with valid legal process, such as a subpoena or a search warrant. Again, this is specified in FamilyTreeDNA’s Terms of Service, just as with all other companies.


The Terms of Service were changed in May of 2018 to reflect GDPR requirements, and we informed our customers about the update at that time. Those changes included a paragraph that required law enforcement to receive our permission to enter the database and since it was a part of the overall update, notice was sent to every FTDNA customer. Without infringing upon our customers’ privacy, the language in the paragraph referring to law enforcement was updated in December, although nothing changed in the actual handling of such requests. It was an oversight that notice of the revision was not sent to you and that is our mistake. Therefore, we are reverting our TOS to our May 2018 version, and any future changes will be communicated to you in a timely manner.

This is the May 2018, GDPR-compliant version, communicated to you at that time: “You agree to not use the Services for any law enforcement purposes, forensic examinations, criminal investigations, and/or similar purposes without the required legal documentation and written permission from FamilyTreeDNA.”


I am genuinely sorry for not having handled our communications with you as we should have.

We’ve received an incredible amount of support from those of you who believe this is an opportunity for honest, law-abiding citizens to help catch bad guys and bring closure to devastated families. We want you to understand, as many of you already do, that you have the same protections that you’ve always had and that you have nothing to fear.

We’ve also heard from supporters offering ideas and solutions to make the FamilyTreeDNA experience a more comfortable one in light of this new information.

We are listening. Our plan is to create a panel of citizen genealogist advisors who will work with us as we focus on how to make your FamilyTreeDNA experience the best one available.


Bennett Greenspan

“History Unearthed Daily"

A new Simon's Cat video!

The Donald Trump CELL BLOCK TANGO (Part One)

Counterfeit bills with Chinese writing found in Franklin County

Counterfeit bills with Chinese writing found in Franklin County

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 23, 2019

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is warning local residents to be on the lookout for counterfeit $100 bills.

Deputies say the fake bills have been found being passed in both Apalachicola and Eastpoint.

The bills have Chinese writing on the back and were seized over the weekend.

FCSO is reminding residents to be extra cautious when accepting $100 bills and to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office if you believe you've been presented with counterfeit bills.


Short article only additional item at link is picture of some of the bills.

IHG is crazy - Holiday Inn Express and other related properties

Went down the early part of this week to help my sister sort stuff out at Mom's house and stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. Their beds are 30" high at the mattress. It is very hard for me to get up onto the bed, especially if my back is acting up.

I complained at the desk and was told this is IHG's new standard bed height. The mattress and box spring is on a 10.5" base. They went out of their way to make the beds the height of a normal table. Are their room designers all basketball players?

Now I am short with legs short for my height but even my 6'1" husband found the beds uncomfortably tall. I'm calling their customer service to let them know that I will NOT be staying at an IHG property until their beds return to a sane height that is not a major challenge to clamber up onto.

Has anyone else run into beds at hotels that are an unreasonable height?

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

Betty White's Life

Need free stock tracking site or software

I use Quicken for my personal financial info but their watch list feature is screwed up.

My parents' estates are being settled over the next couple of years and I just got the first statement of what is held. I want to be able to put the various investments into something to track, sort by asset class, and simply to help me do some research on what is in their estates. I do not want to enter the investments and actual amounts in Quicken since I will only be getting a share.

Any suggestions - hopefully for something free?
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