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From Al Jazeera: Dogs are humans' oldest friends, new study reveals (...)

A new DNA study published in Science journal reveals new information about shared history of humans and dogs.

From article: "A new DNA study published in the Science journal reveals new information about the shared history of humans and dogs that goes back thousands of years.

Much of the diversity seen in modern dog populations was already present around the time the last Ice Age had ended 11,000 years ago, a global study of ancient DNA revealed on Thursday.

The paper, published in the Science, showed how our canine companions spread across the world with their masters, but also found intriguing periods when our shared history was decoupled.

A research team led by the Francis Crick Institute sequenced the genomes of 27 dogs, some of which lived nearly 11,000 years ago, across Europe, the Near East and Siberia."

much more at link: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/30/dogs-are-humans-oldest-friends-new-study-reveals

I always enjoy articles like this. It's good to understand things and know how we've gotten
to where we are. And why. WOOF!

On 10-31-20 the time of day that the moon becomes full is 8:49 am, Mountain DST here

in the U.S. Before that time the moon is waxing/becoming bigger. After that time the moon
will be waning/becoming apparently smaller. If you visit the link you can set the daily times
presented to your own local time. It can be a lot of fun to be informed and amaze your friends
and relatives!

link: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/

From Al Jazeera: "In Pictures: Tension grips Philadelphia for second night"

"Hundreds of demonstrators marched for a second day in Philadelphia demanding racial justice.

Tension gripped the streets of Philadelphia for a second night on Tuesday following a deadly police shooting of a Black man armed with a knife and described by relatives as suffering from a mental breakdown.

Violent unrest and looting followed in the West Philadelphia neighbourhood near where 27-year-old Walter Wallace was gunned down on Monday, as hundreds of demonstrators marched once again demanding racial justice.


Wallace suffered from bipolar disorder, and his psychological difficulties were relayed by his wife to the officers who encountered him before the shooting, a lawyer for his family said.

The encounter transformed Philadelphia into the latest flashpoint in a months-long series of protests across the United States."

much more at link: https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2020/10/28/in-pictures-tension-grips-philadelphia-for-2nd-night/

Went and voted early today here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our first winter storm is

going on today. It was 36 degrees F this morning when I went out and this afternoon
around 3 when we went out to vote it was 25 degrees F with wind and snow. Needless to
say, there was no line of people waiting to vote. We got in and out with just the usual fuss
and there are now two additional solid votes for all the Democrats on the ballot. YAY!

From BBC World News: British-bred Royal Enfield speeding ahead in Asia

Yes, as I had hoped from the title this is an article concerning motorcycles now built in
India. In my life I've had an interest in motorcycles from the time when I was a lad in
West Pakistan and my Dad had two bikes in succession. I learned that it's not good to
touch an engine when it was still hot from being used. That's an important thing to know.

As an adult I've owned quite a few motorcycles and this article helped me remember those
good old days.

from article: British-bred Royal Enfield is expanding aggressively as it aims to tap into the world's biggest motorbike-buying market, in Asia.

One of the world's oldest bike brands still in operation has been owned by India's Eicher Group since 1994 and has seen strong sales in its local market.

It is now embarking on increasing sales across Asia, and recently announced plans to open a new factory in Thailand.

Asian customers appreciate the style and heritage of its bikes, Royal Enfield chief executive Vinod Dasari tells the BBC.

much more at link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54429714

From BBC Future Online: Why some people are cruel to others (...)

From article: Inflicting harm or pain on someone incapable of doing the same to you might seem intolerably cruel, but it happens more than you might think.

Why are some humans cruel to people who don’t pose a threat to them – sometimes even their own children? Where does this behaviour come from and what purpose does it serve? – Ruth, 45, London.

Humans are the glory and the scum of the universe, concluded the French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, in 1658. Little has changed. We love and we loathe. We help and we harm. We reach out a hand and we stick in the knife.

We understand if someone lashes out in retaliation or self-defence. But when someone harms the harmless, we ask: “How could you?”

much more at link:


The good news is that the percentage of humans who are sadists or psychopaths is
fairly low. The bad news is that it only takes one of them to ruin my/your/our day!

From CBC* in Canada: Geologist eager to examine 'spectacular' fossilized tracks found on P.E.I.**

* Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ** Prince Edward Island

From article: 'We’re looking at the movement of a living creature from 290 million years ago'

Carolyn Ryan · CBC News · Posted: Oct 20, 2020 7:00 AM AT | Last Updated: October 20

Parks Canada confirms the rock holding fossilized tracks was found in the P.E.I. National Park, and asks anyone who discovers anything similar to leave it in place and contact park staff. (Patrick Brunet/submitted)

The recent discovery of a set of fossilized footprints could put P.E.I. on the world stage in the annals of ancient reptiles.

The specimen found in the P.E.I. National Park still needs to be verified, but Nova Scotia geologist John Calder is already predicting that the record preserved in rock will add significantly to the scientific community's knowledge.

much more plus photos at link:


From Reuters Pictures: Spectacular fall colors around the world, guaranteed to be totally

free of tRUMP porn!


From The Guardian: 'Jet fighter' godwit breaks world record for non-stop bird flight (...)

Bar-tailed godwit flies more than 12,000km (7,200 miles) from Alaska to New Zealand in 11 days.

much more at link:


I'm fascinated by this stuff and as an added bonus there's not one reference to tRUMP!

CBC/Canadian Brodcasting Corporation: Research project and 'beautifully surprising' result...

A B.C. (British Columbia) research project gave homeless people $7,500 each — the results were 'beautifully surprising'.

Participants found housing faster, boosted food security and reduced spending on substances, study found

The results of a B.C. research project that gave thousands of dollars to homeless people are in and, according to one researcher, could challenge stereotypes about people "living on the margins."

The New Leaf project is a joint study started in 2018 by Foundations for Social Change, a Vancouver-based charitable organization, and the University of British Columbia. After giving homeless Lower Mainland residents cash payments of $7,500, researchers checked on them over a year to see how they were faring.

much more at link


This is encouraging news about the 'beautifully surprising' results of providing financial

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