ALEXANDRA BUTLER: Experts on Aging, Dying as They Lived (NY Times)
At 10 years old I knew my parents did not wish to be resuscitated nor plugged into machines in the event of serious illness. They told me they were not afraid of death but rather of being kept alive at any cost. I knew they would refuse medical interventions, if they felt there was no purpose except to separate the dying from their deaths. They were wary of doctors who my parents said were trained by a medical culture that had lost touch with what should be its major focus: ending suffering.
A wholphin or wolphin is an extremely rare hybrid born from a mating of a female common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with a male false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens). The name implies a hybrid of whale and dolphin, although taxonomically, both are within the "oceanic dolphin" family, which is within the "toothed whale" suborder. The first recorded wholphin was born in a Tokyo SeaWorld, but he died after 200 days. The first wholphin in the United States and the first to survive was Kekaimalu, born at Sea Life Park in Hawaii on May 15, 1985; her name means "from the peaceful ocean". Although they have been reported to exist in the wild, only one is currently in captivity, at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.
Kekaimalu proved fertile when she gave birth at a very young age. The calf died after a few days. However, in 1991, Kekaimalu gave birth once again, to daughter Pohaikealoha. For two years, she cared for the calf, but did not nurse it; it was hand-reared by trainers. Pohaikealoha died at age 9. On December 23, 2004, Kekaimalu had her third calf, daughter Kawili Kai, sired by a male bottlenose. This calf did nurse and was very playful. Only months after birth, it was the size of a one-year-old bottlenose dolphin. All three calves were three-quarters bottlenose dolphin and one-quarter false killer whale. Both Kekaimalu and Kawili Kai remain in captivity and are now part of the normal tour at Sea Life Park.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
A cross between q female common bottlenose dolphin and a male false killer whale.
I had to look this one up...
Apparently, a cross between a false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
and a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
creates a WOLPHIN
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
A wholphin or wolphin is an extremely rare hybrid born from a mating of a female common bottlenose dolphin with a male false killer whale.
A wholphin or wolphin is an extremely rare hybrid born from a mating of a female common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with a male false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens).
mixture of false killer whale and bottlenose dolphin
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
There ya go! Bred in captivity! We would never do harm to any creature from the sea, sez the Sea World propaganda.
South Carolina's racist murders are being classified by the dolts on Fox News as "religious killings". What a joke! They lost the Civil War 150 years ago, but still have 221 year old hard core bigots among their Confederate flag fling State. Amazing how the media can go from obsessing over a fucking white wanna be nutjob to reality in Charleston.
Lighten up with Friday Flashers
Lois Of Oregon said:
Now I understand the comparison of "Jurassic World" to "Sea
World"...the Wolphin has MORE TEETH. We aren't content to
enslave naturally occurring sea mammals for our amusement,
now we must CREATE performing captives via unnatural
cross-breding. Don't see what could go wrong with that. Now,
to take our minds off the horror of man made aquatic killing
machines, representing our most sucessful domesticating
DJ Useo answered:
I don't know. Is it the next Republican presidential candidate? It probably is. Lol.
MAM , wrote:
A hybrid marine mammal born by crossing a bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
AMC offers the movie 'Ghostbusters II', followed by the movie 'Fantastic Four', then the movie 'Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer'.
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[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Yanni's
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Sabatiello's
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 2 - The Beast Below
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Victory of the Daleks
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 4 - The Time of Angels
[2:00PM] Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell-Season 1 - Ep 1 - The Friends of English Magic
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 13 - Homeward
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 14 - Sub Rosa
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 15 - Lower Decks
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 16 - Thine Own Self
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 17 - Masks
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 18 - Eye of the Beholder
[9:00PM] Orphan Black - Season 3 - Ep 10 - History Yet To Be Written NEW
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[11:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 17 - Episode 10
[12:15AM] Orphan Black - Season 3 - Ep 10 - History Yet To Be Written
[1:15AM] Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell-Season 1 - Ep 2 - How is Lady Pole?
[2:30AM] Doctor Who: The Time Of The Doctor
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 14 - Sub Rosa
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 15 - Lower Decks (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Me, Myself & Irene', followed by the movie 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone', then the movie 'Tropic Thunder'.
FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'Battleship'.
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[7:30AM] BATMAN-THE JOKER'S EPITAPH
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[8:36AM] BATMAN-BATMAN DISPLAYS HIS KNOWLEDGE
[9:09AM] BATMAN-A PIECE OF THE ACTION
[9:42AM] BATMAN-BATMAN'S SATISFACTION
[10:15AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEE MOTHER
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[11:25AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES GET OUT MORE DIRT
[12:00PM] MARON-THE NODE
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[1:30PM] EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
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[6:00PM] THE DEPARTED
[9:15PM] THE DEPARTED
[12:30AM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
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[6:00AM] Nowhere Boy
[8:00AM] Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Masters of Sex
[9:00AM] Kiss the Girls
[11:30AM] The Natural
[2:30PM] The Warriors
[4:30PM] The Aviator
[8:00PM] Two for the Money
[10:30PM] We Are Marshall
[1:30AM] Two for the Money
[4:00AM] The Warriors (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Babylon AD', followed by the movie 'Jumper'.
Actor Paul Rudd signs a baseball bat before a Big Slick celebrity charity softball game before the Royals, Red Sox game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, June 19, 2015.
Photo by Colin E. Braley
Often the target of U.S. human rights accusations, China wasted little time returning such charges following the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead. Elsewhere around the world, the attack renewed perceptions that Americans have too many guns and have yet to overcome racial tensions.
Some said the attack reinforced their reservations about personal security in the U.S. - particularly as a non-white foreigner - while others said they'd still feel safe if they were to visit.
Especially in Australia and northeast Asia, where firearms are strictly controlled and gun violence almost unheard of, many were baffled by the determination among many Americans to own guns despite repeated mass shootings, such as the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.
"We don't understand America's need for guns," said Philip Alpers, director of the University of Sydney's GunPolicy.org project that compares gun laws across the world. "It is very puzzling for non-Americans."
A frontier nation like the U.S., Australia had a similar attitude toward firearms prior to a 1996 mass shooting that killed 35. Soon after, tight restrictions on gun ownership were imposed and no such incidents have been reported since.
Members of the jury of the Moscow International Film Festival, French director and screenwriter Jean-Jacques Annaud, left, and UK born actress Jacqueline Bisset, pose for photographers at the opening ceremony of the 37th Moscow International Film Festival in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June, 19, 2015.
Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.
The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warned Friday, and humans could be among the first victims.
Not since the age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ago has the planet been losing species at this rapid a rate, said a study led by experts at Stanford University, Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley.
The study "shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event," said co-author Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University professor of biology.
The analysis is based on documented extinctions of vertebrates, or animals with internal skeletons such as frogs, reptiles and tigers, from fossil records and other historical data.
Officials haven't released the names of the three workers injured in a bridge collapse today.
Surveillance cameras were rolling as half of the Highway 219 bridge in the 100 block of North Broad Street over Elk Creek came tumbling down, with two workers from subcontractor Allegheny Diamond Services underneath.
"The ones that sustained injuries were the workers, the subcontractor that was doing the saw cutting underneath the bridge," says PennDOT Assistant District Executive for Construction Ben LaParne. "The two workers on top of the deck received bumps and bruises as they slid down the deck and into the backhoe."
Onlookers couldn't believe their eyes as they went to the edge of the yellow caution tape, spotting the half of the bridge that was closed to traffic now split in half.
"The other day we seen the crane on there and we wondered why it was still on there but now it's gone down," says onlooker Clayton Shobert.
Eli Roth, center, director of a live reading of the 1982 film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," poses with cast members, left to right, Lily Collins, Lorenza Izzo, Courtney Love and Daryl Sabara on the closing night of the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
A Boy Scouts council in Philadelphia will welcome qualified scoutmasters and den mothers regardless of sexual orientation, in opposition to the national organization's ban on openly gay scout leaders, the council president said on Friday.
The move by the Cradle of Liberty Council, which serves more than 15,000 members in the Philadelphia area, comes a month after Robert Gates, president of The Boy Scouts of America, called for an end to the long-time ban on adult gay leaders.
"When we heard the remarks, we thought it was a good time for change," said council president James Papada, who announced the unanimous vote by the council's board of directors.
His council had long wanted to have an inclusive policy, "but we couldn't due to the national organization," Papada said.
Last month marked the hottest May in modern history, continuing a troubling trend of rising global temperatures, US government scientists said Thursday.
"This was the warmest May on record," said Derek Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, during a conference call with reporters.
When global air and sea surface temperatures were averaged, May was 1.57 degrees Fahrenheit (0.87 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average, said the NOAA monthly report.
The temperatures were the highest for May in the 1880-2015 period, "surpassing the previous record set last year in 2014 by 0.14 Fahrenheit (0.08 Celsius)," said the NOAA report.
The monthly figures for May continue an upward climb for temperatures since the start of the year, when the planet's land and ocean surfaces have been 1.53 Fahrenheit (0.85 Celsius) above the 20th century average.
Songwriter Bernie Taupin inducts Willie Dixon at the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini
A state board revoked the license of a former U.S. Army doctor on Friday, finding that he plied students with hypnotic drugs during battlefield-trauma training and performed dangerous procedures, including intentionally inducing shock.
The doctor, John Henry Hagmann, was cited for training he provided in 2012 and 2013 in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Great Britain. Students testified on Friday that Hagmann also performed penile nerve blocks and instructed them to insert catheters into one another's genitals.
"The evidence is so overwhelming and so bizarre as to almost shock the conscience of a prosecutor who's been doing this for 26 years," Assistant Attorney General Frank Pedrotty told the Virginia Board of Medicine.
Two students provided the board with pictures of chest scars they received when procedures went awry. Three students testified that others became violently ill or began hallucinating after Hagmann gave them ketamine.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that military officials had long known about Hagmann's methods. A four-star general briefly halted them in 2005, but the doctor resumed his government contracts, earning at least $10.5 million since then.
WikiLeaks is in the process of publishing more than 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, the transparency website said Friday, a move that echoes its famous release of U.S. State Department cables in 2010.
WikiLeaks said in a statement that it has already posted roughly 60,000 files. Most of them appear to be in Arabic.
There was no immediate way to verify the authenticity of the documents, although WikiLeaks has a long track record of hosting large-scale leaks of government material. Many of the documents carried green letterhead marked "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" or "Ministry of Foreign Affairs." Some were marked "urgent" or "classified." At least one appeared to be from the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
If genuine, the documents would offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the notoriously opaque kingdom. They might also shed light on Riyadh's longstanding regional rivalry with Iran, its support for Syrian rebels and Egypt's military-backed government, and its opposition to an emerging international agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.
People attend a pie fight in Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2015. The event was organized by a cinema as part of an opening for a 10 day retrospective of the comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke
An ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study that could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.
The skeleton, known as Kennewick Man, is about 8,500 years old. The new work argues against earlier suggestions that it wasn't connected to modern native peoples, the researchers said.
Most scientists trace modern native groups to Siberian ancestors who arrived by way of a land bridge that used to extend to Alaska. But features of Kennewick Man's skull led some scientists to suggest its ancestors came from elsewhere.
Researchers turned to DNA analysis to try to clarify the skeleton's ancestry. They recovered DNA from a fragment of hand bone, mapped its genetic code and compared that to modern-day DNA from native peoples of the Americas and populations around the world.
The results showed a greater similarity to DNA from the Americas than from anywhere else, with a close relationship to at least one Native American population in Washington.
Green technology to turn fog into fresh water straight from the tap has put an end to exhausting daily treks to distant wells by village women in southwest Morocco.
Families in five highland Berber communities have begun to benefit from "fog harvesting", a technique devised in Chile two decades ago and since taken up in countries from Peru to Namibia and South Africa.
On the summit of a mountain named Boutmezguida, which looms over the villages at 1,225 metres (4,019 feet), thick fog shrouds about 40 finely meshed panels designed to trap water and relay it to a network of pipes.
To have water running from a faucet at home is a "revolution" for inhabitants of the semi-arid mountains known as the Anti-Atlas, says Aissa Derhem, the chairman of an active regional association called Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture (DSH).
Phil Austin, member of the comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, died today, June 19, 2015 at the age of 74. The company posted a message on their website today, which reads:
"Nick Danger has left the office.
"Our dear friend and Firesign Theatre partner for over 50 years succumbed to various forms of cancer early this morning at his home on Fox Island, Washington, with his wife Oona and their six beloved dogs at his side. It is a tremendous and unexpected loss, and we will miss him greatly; but in keeping with his wishes, there will be no public memorial.
"Rest in Peace, Regnad Kcin."
Austin joined the staff of KPFK radio in Los Angeles after graduating from Bowdoin College and UCLA. At the station, Austin met David Ossman and Peter Bergman. The three men, along with Bergman's friend Phil Proctor, went on to create the comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre.
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