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Saving Endangered Species in the World’s Zoos by The Elephant's Child

This is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s little “Peanut”. He (or she) is  a Tamandua, who was born December 20, 2018. His name is “Mani” which means peanut. The Tamanduas are also called “lesser anteaters.” They have long snouts to sniff out ant, termite and bee colonies. Long claws enable it to dig into nests and a long sticky tongue lets it lick up the insects.  A single Tamandua can eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day! They are native to Spanish speaking countries. They didn’t say how they provide that many ants.

Here’s a wonderful website for days when you are finding the news too depressing. http://www.zooborns.com. Zoos around the world are engaged in helping to preserve endangered species. The website shows off the babies, and often their parent as well. Great fun, cute babies, and you are introduced to all sorts of animals and birds that are new to you. Fun site to prowl around. Enjoy.



The Fernandina giant tortoise is not extinct after all by The Elephant's Child

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Science is on a quest to know everything, a neverending quest, and there are so many things we thought we knew that turn out to be wrong. In spite of all the exploration, we are still finding completely new species, and not just new bugs or flowers.

Take a moment and type “new species” in just over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar, and see what pops up. I’ve caught some of them, but not all, by a long shot.

Today’s news is the Fernandina giant tortoise. which hasn’t been seen alive since 1906. She has been spotted on her namesake island in the Galápagos, says the government of Ecuador. It was feared that the species was extinct. They describe her as female and say that she may be over 100 years old.

They have taken her to a breeding center on nearby Santa Cruz Island and are searching for a mate. She may not be the sole survivor. The species is known scientifically as Chelonoidis phantasticus.  Fantastic old girl. She’s kind of cute.

The whole article is here, with more pictures, and more information. and aother extinct species — giant bee. Not one you would care to encounter, and very big, but not nearby.

The picture is from the Ecuadorean government, and congratulations to them for this monumental discovery.



“Sorry For The Good News!” by The Elephant's Child

The Wall Street Journal, yesterday. headed the column on the Opinion page “Sorry for the Good News.”

Friday was a bad day in certain media and political precincts as the labor market turned in another gangbuster performance in January. The recession may not be imminent after all, and more people are working and making more money. Apologies to Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and the writers at Bloomberg for the good news.

To be fair to the gloomsters, some economic signals have been negative. Consumer and business confidence has been lower following the stock market’s plunge in the autumn, especially December. The government shutdown suggested a political class that can’t shoot straight. Home prices and auto production are down, and growth in Europe and China is notably slowing.

Yet there was little bad news in the Labor Department’s sunny results for the first month of the year, despite the government shutdown. The economy produced 304,000 net new jobs in the month, 296,000 in the private economy where wealth is created.

Job growth was healthy across most industries, with a notable bump in construction (52,000) and durable-goods manufacturing (20,000). Manufacturing jobs have climbed 261,000 over the last year, 80% of them in durable goods. This is what happens when the political class takes its boot off the neck of private business, as the GOP Congress and Trump Administration did for two years.

The Journal apologized for publishing good news, when the fashion is to bash Trump ever more grievously for his faults and everything else about him. No one is supposed to praise Trump. Unthinkable! But President Trump has been blithely improving the economy, raising salaries, cutting regulations, and putting the unemployed to work. January produced 304,000 net new jobs – 296.000 in the private economy where wealth is created. I thought January was the month when all those folks hired for the Christmas rush lost their jobs and went back on unemployment. Over the past 12 months job growth has averaged 234,000 and 241,000 in the last three months. And some Democrat candidates are promising the raise taxes back to where they should be, and raise them even higher on the filthy rich. Please try to remember that Democrats just don’t understand free-market economics at all, and are always trying to fix it. That’s how we get recessions.

The Institute for Supply Management has a monthly survey of purchasing managers at some 300 manufacturing firms nationwide, had weakened in December and was expected to continue weakening. The unexpected turnaround is another signal that the economy has strengthened. Critics of tariffs expected upward pressure on the price of materials for manufacturers, but instead January saw the first monthly drop in material prices in three years.

Construction spending soared by 0.8 percent in November, but new home sales were higher than expected, residential construction rose 3.5 percent in November, and Highway construction spending is up 5.8 percent for the year.

For the first time in more than 20 years, the number of people who are out of the Labor force – those who are without jobs and not looking for a job – shrank by 647,000 over the Past 12 months. This is happening at a time when baby boomers are retiring en masse. Under Obama, the number of dropouts in the labor force exploded by 14.4 million.

I don’t know if all the “NeverTrumpers” can handle so much good news. Theoretically, they expected any good news to come from someone else, certainly not from a New York Real Estate Developer with orange hair and a tan from a bottle. Do you suppose that the “Deplorables”,”the toothless illiterates” from flyover country, “the racist bigots”, “the uneducated” –  actually knew what they were doing?



The Entertainer by The Elephant's Child
January 24, 2019, 11:34 pm
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July 2018, Nashville. A Chet Atkins Convention: Richard Smith plays Scott Joplin, with Tommy Emmanuel in attendance.



The Media Misses Badly. And A Lesson in Successful Advertising by The Elephant's Child

This has been a day of extraordinarily bad behavior by the Left, provoked, as Joy Behar admitted, by Catholic kids wearing MAGA hats because the women on The View hate Trump and want him gone. A wee bit of Honesty.

It’s hard to remember that only a couple of days ago, the controversy was all about Gillette Razors and their attack on men and “toxic masculinity.” Turned out that the art director was a radical feminist well known for her hatred of men. The puzzle was why on earth a famous razor company  would approve such a commercial, but it seems that many businesses in our current climate have never learned the lessons of time and experience and do not have the sense to recognize that a wise business dealing with the American people does not choose to do politics instead of business, nor chooses to alienate half the country and all of their customers.

A competitor recognized the opportunity presented. And good for Barbasol.

And even a watch company saw a chance to speak out at Gillette idiocy!

Companies invest a lot of money in their advertising, hoping to please potential customers. Consider this a lesson in how it is done.



CNN’s Jim Acosta Decides To Be Helpful ! by The Elephant's Child

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Jim Acosta, CNN’s White House Correspondent, was in McAllen, Texas today with the President’s party, there to meet with Border Patrol people and get a look at the border. Usually preferring to lecture the President rather than report the news, Acosta today made an effort (unwittingly) to be helpful. There’s a video linked at Breitbart

Acosta:
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.

Terminology makes all the difference. A Wall is bad, Must be demonized, “Immoral”, evil, not who we Americans are, no $5 billion, not one cent, etc, etc, etc. Steel slats, on the other hand, you can see right through, and they are not forbidding at all. All is peaceful in McAllen. Why would they need a wall? Why do we enjoy it so much when Leftys make fools of themselves? I think it’s called shadenfreude:

pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune. synonyms:
delight · pleasure · happiness · joy · joyfulness · gladness · elation · euphoria · exhilaration · cheerfulness · amusement · mirth · mirthfulness · merriment · joviality · jollity ·
Hee hee.

ADDENDUM: Jim Acosta undoubtedly has the safest job at CNN right now. If they fired him for making the president look good, they would be admitting that they are, as an organization, attempting to destroy the president on a daily basis, and they can’t admit that.



A Little Good News by The Elephant's Child

Let’s begin with some good news for a cloudy January day. The U.S. economy added 312,000 jobs in December, Economists had predicted nonfarm payrolls would rise by 176,000. November results, initially reported at ( a lower than expected) 155,000 jobs gain was revised upward to 176,000.  Average hourly earnings rose by 0.4 percent. The total new manufacturing jobs came to 284,000 for 2018. That’s two-hundred eighty four thousand jobs.

Construction, retail, restaurant all posted job gains. Democrats have been trying to talk the economy down, but it didn’t work.




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