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8-Year-Old Girl Gets Hundreds of Gifts from Crows She’s Been Feeding for Years

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We often underestimate the intelligence of fellow animals on this planet, but this story will drop your jaw. Eight-year-old Gabi Mann from Seattle, Washington has been feeding crows from her family garden for more than four years now, and in return, they bring her presents – including a camera lens cap that she dropped while out walking one day – her most precious gift of hundreds so far.

Other gifts Gabi has received from the crows include a piece of metal stamped, “best” on it, buttons, bones, earrings, polished rocks, and other little trinkets.

Gabi's family has catalogued the gifts she has received from the crows.

Gabi’s family has catalogued the gifts she has received from the crows.

She began feeding the crows seed from her back patio when she returned home from school each day. This was only after she noticed she had been feeding them by accident, dropping crumbs from food she was eating herself, and noticing them gobble up the remains.

Gabi began giving the crows food scraps with her brother, while traversing to and from school. Once the routine had been established, Gabi started getting gifts from the crows. They would leave them on her patio, and in the case of her lost camera lens, it was sitting on the bird bath one day.

Her family became interested and started cataloging the gifts the crows were bringing her. All things shiny and small that can fit in a crow’s caw have been gifted to Gabi to thank her for her food offerings. However, she has also received dead baby birds, and other gory gifts that she likes less, but is curious about just the same.

Trinkets for Gabi.

Trinkets for Gabi.

Her family knows it was indeed the crows that brought her the camera lens because they installed a bird cam, and checked the footage to corroborate Gabi’s story. Gabi’s mother, Lisa says, “You can see it [crow] bringing it into the yard. Walks it to the birdbath and actually spends time rinsing this lens cap.”

John Marzluff, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington advises that Gabi has been the perfect steward for building a relationship with these highly intelligent birds.

 “If you want to form a bond with a crow, be consistent in rewarding them, he says.

Gabi has endeared herself to these crows, but we shouldn’t be so surprised at their behavior. More than 30 million fly around the U.S., and some studies suggest that they are as smart as kids or small monkeys.

“I always call them flying monkeys,” Marzluff says. “I think they’re a very small flying monkey. “Neurally, mentally, cognitively, they’re a flying monkey.”

Their brains are only the size of a human thumb, but their cognitive abilities are amazing.

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Pot-Smoking White House Staffers Punished and Ousted For Past Use Despite Assurances

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Dozens of White House staffers have been suspended, relocated, or asked to resign over past marijuana use, despite initial indications from transition officials that recreational use of cannabis would not be a disqualifying factor, according to the Daily Beast, citing three anonymous sources.

The policy has even affected staffers whose marijuana use was exclusive to one of the 14 states—and the District of Columbia—where cannabis is legal. Sourcesfamiliar with the matter also said a number of young staffers were either put on probation or canned because they revealed past marijuana use in an official document they filled out as part of the lengthy background check for a position in the Biden White House.” –Daily Beast

Staffers were initially told by transition higher-ups that the administration would likely overlook past marijuana use, only to later be asked for their resignation.

“There were one-on-one calls with individual affected staffers—rather, ex-staffers,” one former White House staffer told the Beast. “I was asked to resign.”

“Nothing was ever explained” on the calls led by White House Director of Management and Administration, Anne Filipic. “The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained.”

The news comes after a February report from NBC News that the White House would waive the requirement that all potential appointees in the Executive Office obtain “top secret” clearance.

The rules about past marijuana use and eligibility for the clearance vary, depending on the agency: For the FBI, an applicant can’t have used marijuana in the past three years; at the NSA, it’s only one. The White House, however, largely calls its own shots, and officials at the time told NBC News that as long as past use was “limited” and the candidate wasn’t pursuing a position that required a security clearance, past use may be excused.” –Daily Beast

Reposted from Zero Hedge with permission.

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Trump Family Planning Takeover Of The RNC To Ensure Political Dynasty, Sources Say

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Donald Trump has still refused to concede the 2020 election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, but even if he does leave the White House in January, his family is planning on beginning a Trump political dynasty. This week, three GOP advisers told CNN that Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are making moves to expand their influence at the Republican National Committee. Other sources have said that they have ambitions to take over the party.

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are reportedly unhappy with RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel over what they perceive as a lack of support during a contested election. Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a Republican Party source with close ties to the White House said that Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle could seek leadership roles at the RNC.

“Don Jr. and Kimberly have an eye on the RNC, through themselves taking over or somebody close to them taking over,” the source said.

Donald Trump Jr. denied claims that he has ambitions to take over the party, as did Andrew Surabian, a Trump associate who said that the rumors are “100% incorrect.”

Still, for years Donald Trump insisted that he had no interest in getting involved in politics, and people usually don’t tell the media when they are after another person’s job. 

If the Trump family is able to expand its influence in the GOP and the RNC, they could position Donald Trump to run for president a second time in 2024, a possibility that has been floated by numerous Trump advisers. 

Rick Gates, an aide to Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, expects Trump to remain in politics for the long haul.

He’s going to continue to play a significant role in the Republican Party. He’ll have that locked up for at least the next few years,” Gates said.

Gates also said Trump would likely “seriously consider another run in 2024,” according to USA Today.

Gates is not the only Trump insider to make such a prediction. Mick Mulvaney, a former chief of staff, predicted a Trump 2024 campaign recently while appearing in a recent interview with Sky News.

“I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024,” Mulvaney said.

There are historical precedents of presidents running for re-election years after losing.

In 1840, President Martin Van Buren lost his re-election campaign as the 8th President of the United States and chose to run again in 1848 as a member of the Free Soil Party. President Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. He served as president from 1885 to 1889 and then again from 1893 to 1897.

Theodore Roosevelt became President in 1901 following the assassination of William McKinley and was elected to a full term in 1904. After leaving politics, he attempted a failed return in 1912 running as a Progressive.

The 22nd Amendment states that “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”

Even if Donald Trump does not run for president again, his family has now entered the political arena, and they don’t appear to have any plans of leaving.

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Scientists Finally Traced a ‘Fast Radio Burst’ To A Place In Our Galaxy For The First Time

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One of the most daunting questions scientists have faced for at least a decade is what causes fast radio bursts (or FRB’s) that pulse throughout the universe?

Scientists have long known about these energetic pulses — called fast radio bursts — for roughly 13 years observing them coming from outside our galaxy. The distance makes it harder to trace them back to what’s causing them. Making it even more difficult is that these bursts of energy happen so fast, in a couple of milliseconds and then don’t happen again for awhile.

TMU has previously reported on various FRBs with the latest being one that repeats in a looping cycle every 157 days outside of our Milky Way Galaxy. FRB 121102’ exhibits repeated burst activity for a period of about 90 days, before going quiet for about 67 days. Then the whole 157-day cycle repeats again.

FRB’s are energetic flares of radiation that last just a few milliseconds, and most of them flare randomly only once, then they are never detected again. Further, FRBs are believed to generate a billion times more energy than any known object in our galaxy. In fact, this energy equals what would be produced by 500 million of our suns, according to NASA.

As TMU further reported, scientists observed FRBs coming from somewhere deep in space in 2019. This was only the second time repeated blasts of signals of this type had ever been recorded.

Earlier this year, in April, a rare but weaker radio burst came from inside our own Milky Way galaxy that was spotted by two different astronomers using two separate telescopes: one a California doctoral student’s set of handmade antennas, which included pans, the other a $20 million Canadian observatory.

The researchers tracked April’s fast radio burst to a magnetar that’s 32,000 light-years from Earth, according to four studies published in the journal Nature.

Magnetars are incredibly dense neutron stars, with 1.5 times the mass of our sun jam packed into a space the size of a city. Magnetars have immense magnetic fields that pulse with energy, and sometimes flares of X-rays and radio waves burst come from them, according to McGill University astrophysicist Ziggy Pleunis, a co-author of the Canadian study.

The burst happened in less than a second containing about the same amount of energy that our sun produces in a month, and still that’s far weaker than the radio bursts detected coming from outside our galaxy, said Caltech radio astronomer Christopher Bochenek. Bochenak helped spot the burst with his handmade antennas, which the Associated Press reported costed him $15,000.

While astronomers believe they discovered what caused this FRB, they emphasize that magnetars may not be the only answer, especially since there are two types of fast radio bursts that repeat and those that occur only once. So the mystery continues…

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