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Calf Strengthens Gene Pool of Endangered Giraffe

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1_Cobijo interior de BIOPARC Valencia - Cría de jirafa Baringo recién nacida - noviembre 2016 (4)

BIOPARC Valencia recently announced the birth of a lovely female Rothschild’s Giraffe.

The healthy calf has been spending time bonding with mom, Bulería. Father Julius and the rest of the herd have also been introduced to the almost-one-month-old Giraffe.

2_Cobijo interior de BIOPARC Valencia - Cría de jirafa Baringo recién nacida - noviembre 2016 (5) (1)

3_Cobijo interior de BIOPARC Valencia - Cría de jirafa Baringo recién nacida - noviembre 2016

4_Cobijo interior de BIOPARC Valencia - Cría de jirafa Baringo recién nacida - noviembre 2016 (2)Photo Credits: BIOPARC Valencia

The Rothschild’s Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), also known as the Baringo Giraffe, is one of the most threatened of the nine sub-species of giraffe. It is named after the Tring Museum’s founder, Walter Rothschild.

All individuals living in the wild are in protected areas in Kenya and Uganda.

The Rothschild’s Giraffe is at risk of hybridization and is currently classified as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List, due to habitat destruction and poaching. Its geographic distribution includes central Kenya, northern Uganda and southern Sudan. According to latest figures, there are fewer than 1,500 individuals in the wild.

BIOPARC Valencia participates in the EEP (captive breeding program for endangered species), and this new breeding is involved in this important initiative to preserve biodiversity.

The Rothschild’s Giraffe is distinguishable from other subspecies because of its coloring. Where as the Reticulated Giraffe has very defined dark patches, with bright channels between, the Rothschild’s has paler, orange-brown patches that are less defined. Also, the Rothschild’s has no markings on the lower leg.

This subspecies mate any time of year and have a gestation period of 14 to 16 months, typically giving birth to a single calf. They prefer to live in small herds, with adult males and females only mixing for mating. Males are larger than females and tend to be darker in color.

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: “Current estimates of population size [of the Rothschild’s Giraffe] are well below 2,500 mature individuals, numbers are declining overall and no subpopulation is estimated to contain more than 250 mature individuals. The population is potentially close to meeting the population threshold for Critically Endangered under criterion C, depending on the number of individuals, if any, that survive in south Sudan.”

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how can I get my coworker to stop talking to me all the time?

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A reader writes:

I recently joined a new company and got to know a colleague of mine, who happened to come on board on the same day as me. According to her, it’s for this reason that she confides a lot of her personal and professional matters to me during office hours. I even got a text message from her over the weekend, complaining about how she can’t stand our boss. Though I played smart by not dispensing any opinions on that, I feel that she has crossed the line of not knowing when to stop “harassing” her fellow colleagues about her personal / work-related issues.

How can I break it to her in a firm and yet polite way that I would very much prefer if she keeps her whinging to herself at a moderate level, and also not send me relentless e-mails (via our office email) to “chat with me” when I have specifically asked her not to talk to me while I’m trying to focus on my work here. She just doesn’t seem to get my drift. What should I do and say?

I answer this question over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and sometimes updating/expanding my answers to them). You can read it here.

how can I get my coworker to stop talking to me all the time? was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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This is my new labmate; she even asked me to drive almost 2 hours to pick her bf up at the airport, let him spend the night, and then drive him to her place the next day. SO GLAD I'M BACK HOME.
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The Mainstream Media Is Guilty of Grotesque Malpractice

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This is remarkable, and severely damning:

This really should be the death of glib, sublimely confident arguments that changes in MESSAGING could have easily put Clinton over the top. Trump completely dominated press coverage. Some of this was negative, but especially on tv a lot of this was just stuff like unedited coverage of his rallies. Clinton was not, to put it mildly, given the same kind of opportunity to get her message out. Clinton didn’t get significantly more coverage than Trump during the Democratic National Convention. There’s no effective way of getting a message out in that kind of environment; the net effects of advertising just aren’t that powerful. And there were two cases in which Trump didn’t dominate coverage: EMAILS! and HILLARY CLINTON IS ON HER DEATHBED! If you want an explanation for why Trump, an unprecedentedly dishonest and corrupt candidate, was viewed by the public is being more honest than Hillary Clinton (who, if anything, is more honest than the typical politician), there you go. The idea that the media deserves a pass for putting an elephant on the scale because Hillary Clinton is a FLAWED CANDIDATE is beyond absurd.

I’d also say at this point assertions that Comey and EMAILS! — essentially the only story the media told about Clinton, other than that she was about to die — didn’t materially affect the outcome of the election are basically trooferism. Given how narrow the margins in the three decisive states are, if Comey’s grossly inappropriate editorializing, his grossly inappropriate “I found evidence that Hillary Clinton emailed her assistant” letter, and the O.J.-on-trail-for-murdering-Princess-Diana coverage that followed both were worth even a point to Trump that’s enough, and that estimate is almost certainly low. It’s possible that events could gave worked out so that the Democratic candidate could have overcome this massive disadvantage, but it’s just ridiculous to assert that it didn’t matter. It’s the single biggest reason why the election played out close enough to a partisanship-and-fundamentals election for Trump to triumph in the Electoral College Campus of Trump University.

…good point:

Whether this was intentional or not, assertions that it didn’t matter are just unserious.

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wreichard
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God, it took forever to stop treating him as just another serious candidate. And look what it got us.
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Root problem

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Client: Hello, I need help logging into the backend of my server. I don’t know my username.

Me: Sure thing, the username is really easy to remember. It’s just “root.”

I waited a moment while the client tried to log in.

Client: That didn’t work.

I check to see if anything weird has happened, or configured differently, and it all looked normal. I ran a few fixes and attempt to login myself, I get in with no issue.

Me: I’m able to log in fine over here. Are you sure you are using the right password?

Client: Yes, I’m sure!

Me: I don’t see anything that is preventing you from logging in.

Client: Well it isn’t working for me, so you need to fix it.

Me: Okay, I just took a look in the logs, and it appears that you used your email address as the username, you need to login with the username “root”

Client: I thought my email was the root username.

Me: No, the username should just be the word “root”

Client: So what is the username then?

Me: It’s the word “root”

Client: Like my Domain Name?

Me: No all you need to type in is “root”, nothing else.

Client: Just tell me what the username is!

Me: Its root, like the roots of a tree, or a root canal.

Client: Stop playing games and help me out here, what is the username?!

Me: All you need to do is type R then O then another O then T. The word root.

Client: If you aren’t going to be helpful at least don’t repeat yourself!

That’s when he hung up.


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skittone
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It's just as well. That guy was going to completely screw his server as root.

PS Why is the user with root privileges called root? That seems not safe.
jepler
4 days ago
.. I wonder what does break if you change the name of uid0. surely not much(?)

The Rubber Meets the Road...to the Sound of Squealing Tires

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I've got a new piece up at Shareblue about how the Republicans are getting a case of the jitters about repealing Obamacare now that they actually have a chance to do it.
By February of 2016, Congressional Republicans had tried — unsuccessfully — to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) more than 60 times. Despite the fact that more than 20 million people are now covered under the ACA's provisions, Republicans have repeatedly deemed it a failure that needs to be dismantled.

But that was then. A time when Republicans could get a lot of mileage out of attacking a healthcare access expansion without worry their attempts to overturn it would pass. Now, there is a president-elect who is unlikely to veto a repeal.

...It is not just a theoretical proposal discussed by grandstanders in the abstract anymore. Now it is a real possibility, with real people who will lose their healthcare coverage with a repeal — and whose lives may hang in the balance as a result.

As they say: Be careful what you wish for. Republicans now face the prospect of getting what they have long claimed to want — the chance to repeal Obamacare. But if they do it, they will face the wrath of voters who value their health insurance made possible by Obamacare. And if they do not do it, they will face valid accusations of breaking promises they have been making for six years.

Buyers' remorse over the election of Trump might come sooner than expected. And in, of all places, the Republican Congressional caucus.
More at the link, as ever.

It's all fun and games pretending to have principles until actual votes are at stake.
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“A Princess is Kind of a Bad Ass”: When Feminist Moms Pick Up the Pen

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Sometimes there’s nothing to do but take matters into our own hands. A reader who is both a mom and a sociologist decided to do just that. After discovering that one of her daughter’s books required some “subversion,” she decided to do a little editing. Here’s to one way of fighting the disempowering messages taught to little girls by capitalist icons:

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Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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RedSonja
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Welp, I know what the nieces are getting for Christmas.
synapsecracklepop
3 days ago
I change pronouns in some of my kids' books, but I also just throw away the weird "go be nice to your bully" ones. This looks like a good compromise for the princessophiles :)
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