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BOOK REVIEW: “Polar Bear Facts and Myths – A Science Summary for All Ages” by Susan Crockford

Watts Up With That?

Book Review by Kip Hansen

fm_small_medSusan Crockford, the “Bones”1 of the zoology world, is a partner in Pacific Identifications, Inc., whose homepage proudly declares “We identify animal bones”.   She is a world-renowned expert in the identification and analysis of animal bone recovered from archaeological sites and animal digestive tracts, among other things. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and has given public lectures about evolution for 20 years.   She has been particularly interested in vertebrate evolution, especially of dogs, polar bears, and humans and is the author of “Rhythms of Life: Thyroid Hormone & the Origin of Species”, in which she unravels the conundrum of how brown bears transformed into polar bears, and a nature-action thriller, the novel “Eaten”.

One of her two newest books2 is “Polar Bear Facts and Myths – A Science Summary for All Ages”. …

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Trump calls for unity in Thanksgiving message


President-elect Donald Trump pleaded for unity in a Thanksgiving message released by his transition on Wednesday.

Trump acknowledged the bitter nature of the presidential campaign in the video, and called for the country to look past partisan divisions as his administration takes power.

“This historic political campaign is now over,” Trump said. “But now begins a great national campaign to rebuild our country and to restore the full promise of America for all of our people.”

The call for unity is more evidence of Trump’s marked shift in rhetoric since the campaign ended.

“I am asking you to join me in this effort,” Trump said. “It is time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens. Because when America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach, and I mean absolutely nothing.”

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Bankers celebrate dawn of Trump era


NEW YORK — Christmas has arrived early for Wall Street in the early days of the Donald Trump era.

A populist candidate who railed against shady financial interests on the campaign trail is now putting together an administration that looks like an investment banker’s dream.

Former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin has been seen at Trump Tower amid rumors that he’s the leading candidate for Treasury secretary. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross appears headed to the Commerce Department. Steve Bannon, another Goldman alum, will work steps from the Oval Office. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon remains a possibility as Treasury secretary and will serve as an outside adviser if he doesn’t get the job.

It’s a restoration of Wall Street power — and a potential flip in the way the industry is regulated — perhaps unparalleled in American history.

“You would have to go back to the 1920s to see so much Wall Street influence coming to Washington,” said Charles Geisst, a Wall Street historian at Manhattan College. “It’s the most dramatic turnaround one could imagine. That’s the truly astonishing part.”

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NEW YORK — Christmas has arrived early for Wall Street in the early days of the Donald Trump era.

Bankers celebrate dawn of Trump era

People who spend less time looking at themselves, spend more time looking at the rest of the world.

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Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.

Ernest Hemingway
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