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Kentucky man eats nothing but raw meats, sheep stomachs, spleens, livers and testicles, but not hooves or horns [Weird]
Publisher:  Fark
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:27

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Blockchain's Role In Recruiting
Publisher:  Forbes Real Time
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:27

The best technology disrupts by nature. Blockchain’s applications, including its ability to cut to the chase utilizing data without a middleman, could transform HR. Here we dive deeper into the ways in which blockchain can enrich HR for better while acknowledging the likelihood of a bumpy ride.

The 20 airlines with the best first-class experience
Publisher:  business insider
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:25

Singapore Airlines first class

The aviation research firm Skytrax announced on Tuesday the winners of its 2019 world airline awards, based on over 21 million survey responses from airline passengers.

Qatar Airways was named the best airline, followed by Singapore Airlines and ANA All Nippon Airways. Skytrax also gave awards for categories like the best cabin crew, in-flight entertainment, and cabin cleanliness. 

Read more: The 20 best airlines in the world for 2019

Singapore Airlines won the award for the best first-class experience. There are no US air carriers on the list.

These are the 20 airlines with the best first-class experience, according to Skytrax.

SEE ALSO: These airlines have the best customer service

20. Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines won the award for the most-improved airline in Asia this year.

19. Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines was named the world's 28th-best airline this year.

18. Korean Air

Korean Air was named the world's 35th-best airline this year.

17. China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines was named the world's 14th-best airline this year.

16. Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia won the award for the best airline staff in Indonesia this year.

15. British Airways

British Airways won the awards for the best airline staff and the most improved airline in Europe this year.

14. Saudi Arabian Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines was named the world's 57th-best airline this year.

13. Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific was named the world's fourth-best airline this year.

12. Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines won the awards for the world's best economy class and economy-class seat this year.

11. Thai Airways

Thai Airways won the awards for the best airline staff in Asia and the world's best airline spa facility this year.

10. Oman Air

Oman Air was named the world's 43rd-best airline this year.

9. Qantas Airways

Qantas won the awards for best airline, best first class, and best business class in the Australia/Pacific region this year.

8. Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Airlines won the award for the world's best first-class lounge this year.

7. ANA All Nippon Airways

ANA All Nippon Airways won the awards for the world's best airport services, the world's best business-class onboard catering, the best business class in Asia, and the best airline staff in Japan this year.

6. Emirates

Emirates won the award for the world's best inflight entertainment this year.

5. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways was named the world's best airline this year.

4. Etihad Airways

Etihad won the award for the best first class in the Middle East this year.

3. Air France

Air France won the awards for the world's best first-class onboard catering, first-class amenities, and first-class lounge dining this year.

2. Lufthansa

Lufthansa won the awards for best airline in Europe and best first class in Europe this year.

1. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines was named the world's second-best airline this year.

Trump On What Would Happen If He Deleted Emails Like Hillary Clinton: ‘It’s The Electric Chair For Trump’
Publisher:  The Daily Caller
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:25

The crowd loved it

Democrats interview former longtime Trump aide Hope Hicks
Publisher:  AOL
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top White House adviser Hope Hicks is refusing to answer questions related to her time in the White House in an interview with the House Judiciary Committee, according to several frustrated Democrats who have been in the meeting.


A US strike on Iran would be disastrous for the region — and likely for the US
Publisher:  business insider
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:25


  • The US is building a case that Iran was behind the tanker bombings, which could be a justification for retaliation strikes. But some experts say that a military strike would not only set off other conflicts in the region, but work against the US's interests.
  • Iran is involved in multiple regional conflicts, which could ignite in the event of a US strike.
  • "What could start as a limited tit-for-tat has the potential of quickly turning into a regional conflagration," an expert told INSIDER.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 

As the Pentagon sends more troops to the Middle East to counter what it says are Iranian threats to shipping traffic and US allies, Washington seems to be hurtling toward direct confrontation with the Islamic Republic.

On June 17, the Pentagon announced that 1,000 more troops would be headed to the Middle East after two tankers were attacked by Iran, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the Gulf of Oman early in the morning of June 13. In May the US sent fighter jets, surface-to-air missiles, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, and other assets to the region as a show of force to Iran.

But that display of firepower hasn't toned down belligerent rhetoric on either side, and Pompeo has said military strikes against Iran are under consideration. 

The US is building a case of Iranian guilt for the tanker bombings, which could be a justification for retaliation strikes. But some experts say that a military strike would not only set off other conflicts in the region, but work against the US's interests.

Ali Vaez, the Director of the Iran Project at Crisis Group, told INSIDER the most likely scenario is, "a strike against one or several [Islamic] Revolutionary Guard Corps facilities, maybe even some of Iran's nuclear installations," pointing out that the latter would be risky, given that there are UN inspectors in Iranian nuclear facilities "all of the time." But the IRGC — an elite, paramilitary branch which the US sees as responsible for attacks at the Port of Fujairah in May, as well as last week's attacks — is the assumed target for limited strikes.

Alternately, the US could order a "massive aerial bombardment" against Iran's air defense systems and nuclear infrastructure.

Read more: An oddly-placed naval mine suggests Iran may have been purposefully pulling its punches in the tanker attacks so far

But none of these options, said Vaez, is ideal; "The best course of action, of course, is not to stumble into a conflict," which he said the US is doing right now as a result of its Iran foreign policy — or lack thereof.

Although the US would see a limited strike as a warning — "a bloody nose operation," according to Vaez — Iran would almost certainly retaliate.

Their response would almost certainly include using its proxies — Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and militia groups in Syria and Iraq — to attack US forces or allies in the region.

Hezbollah Fighter Lebanon

"Lebanese Hezbollah is likely to fire hundreds of thousands of rockets and missiles into Israel, Israel is likely to retaliate against southern Lebanon, and maybe even Syria," Vaez said, also pointing out that proxies in Iraq could attack US assets there, and that Houthi rebels could disrupt shipping in the Red Sea, or even launch an invasion into southern Saudi Arabia.

"So what could start as a limited tit-for-tat has the potential of quickly turning into a regional conflagration," Vaez said.

yemen houthi

Apart from the effect Iranian retaliation to a US strike would have in the region, it's worth noting that Iran is willing to endure significant losses during conflict.

"Anyone who has studied the military history of the Islamic Republic knows that it has displayed an unusually high level of cost tolerance, with respect to military operations," said Caitlin Talmadge of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, meaning that Iran is willing to sacrifice more than expected to stay in the game. To illustrate this, Talmadge pointed to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, in which Iran lost between 300,000 and 1 million people before it agreed to a UN-brokered ceasefire.

So what would be the US's best strategy, given its current position? Not to have gotten in the position in the first place, of course. "I think the whole situation that we're seeing right now is largely one of the US's own making," Talmadge said. The US decision to leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or the Iran Nuclear Deal) set off the current chain of events, she said; if President Donald Trump were to propose an alternative to the JCPOA, the situation might be quite different. 

"There's a bigger strategic picture here in which the United States has undone an agreement that its own State Department certified as actually working very well."

Failing that, said Vaez, Trump needs to realize that his "maximum pressure" doctrine is no longer effective. "At this stage, it's best for the US to try to cash in on the leverage that it has created through sanctions to provide Iranians with a face-saving way out of this dilemma."

Read more: Trump's Iran strategy is failing to reduce tensions as a top general warns the threat to US troops is still 'imminent'

In order to negotiate with Iran, said Vaez, the US needs to give up on the idea of regime change there, and make the first concession to Iran. But that's unlikely to happen, as long as National Security Advisor John Bolton and other Iran hawks are in Trump's administration.

"You will not be able to successfully negotiate with the Iranians while holding a gun to their head."

SEE ALSO: Japan's prime minister made a historic trip to Tehran to ease US-Iran tensions. It was a disaster

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Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift
Publisher:  WIRED
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:25

No matter what you feel about "You Need to Calm Down," you're probably playing directly into her hands.

The iconic tree thought to have inspired 'The Lorax' has suddenly died — and the whole species is at risk of extinction
Publisher:  business insider
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:25


Last week, a tree in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla delivered a poignant message about Earth's current extinction crisis: It suddenly fell down.

While a single tree's death is not usually cause for concern, this particular Monterey cypress had a literary legacy. The arboreal giant was said to have inspired the iconic Dr. Seuss story "The Lorax," which was published in 1971.

The tree stood in Ellen Browning Scripps Park, near where Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss was a pen name) lived with his wife Audrey from 1948 until his death in 1991. The town website notes that the author could see the park and its cypress tree from his home. 

The tree's cascading scruff of leaves, which sit atop a twisty trunk, does indeed bear a resemblance to the Truffula trees in the book. In the story, the greedy Once-ler exploits Truffula trees for their fuzzy leaves, chopping them all down for use in his factories, which spew smog and pollute local waters. The protagonist of this environmental-disaster tale is a creature called the Lorax, who "speaks for the trees" and stands up to the Once-ler. 

Read more: 20 surprising things you didn't know about Dr. Seuss

San Diego Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Tim Graham told CNN that the "Lorax tree" — as locals called it — was thought to be between 80 and 100 years old when it died. But Monterey cypress trees (Cupressus macrocarpa) can live to 150. So for now, arborists don't know why the tree toppled over.

"The tree was not dead at the time it fell, and was generally in good shape with the exception of some stressing due to termites." Graham told the Washington Post

It is clear, however, that the entire Monterey cypress species is at risk of extinction.

Experts aren't sure what killed the 'Lorax tree' 

Graham told the LA Times that La Jolla experienced a "very wet winter," so his team is examining the soil in the park to see if the moisture played a role. If the soil around a tree's roots become inundated with water, that can cause instability.

"Once the ground is saturated, it doesn't take much to push them over," arborist Kurt Stegen told the Sacramento Bee. After big storms hit, "the soil in some areas is almost liquefied," he added.

Typically, however, the biggest threats to Monterey cypresses are wildfires and infections like cypress canker disease, which is caused by a lethal fungus.

Cypress Tree

The Monterey cypress is vulnerable to extinction

The Monterey cypress isn't native to La Jolla — it grows naturally only in Point Lobos (on the south side of California's Carmel Bay) and between Point Cypress and Pescadero Point on the north side of the Monterey peninsula.

But due to the tree's pleasing aesthetic, it has been widely planted up and down the California coast, as well as in Hawaii, Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Phil Mickelson follows his drive from the 16th tee of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The fate of this particular Monterey cypress may be an ominous warning about the species' future. Just like its literary cousin the Truffula tree, the Monterey cypress is at risk of disappearing.

The tree species is listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature because its limited natural habitat is located in a tourism-heavy area that has a high risk of fires. 

That puts the Monterey cypress on a long list of roughly 1 million species at risk of extinction, according to a recent UN report. Many of these species — including myriad insects, amphibians, and mammals — could be gone within decades. 

SEE ALSO: 17 signs we're in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

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Pennsylvania woman bitten by venomous snake while doing laundry
Publisher:  FOXNews
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:25

A Pennsylvania woman was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday for pain and swelling after a venomous snake bit her on the arm while doing laundry.

Australian detective interrupts his own news conference to rugby tackle fleeing suspect
Publisher:  FOXNews
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 11:24

An Australian detective is being praised for his rugby skills after he abruptly stopped a news conference to tackle a man who was fleeing after reportedly making inappropriate comments to a young girl.

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