APNU/AFC’s spectacular accumulation of lies continues unabated

first_imgIt is undeniable; APNU/AFC is drowning in a grotesque accumulation of lies. Every day, there is at least one major lie. If I had the luxury of space, I can itemise a lie for every day APNU/AFC has been in office. It is not what some will deem “little white lies”, such as “I was not in the rum shop until after 2 am this morning”. Rather, it is lies that impact on people’s lives and on the future of our country. APNU/AFC’s blueprint for governance is a platform of lies, misdirection, misinformation, perversion of truths and facts. Their only clear policy blueprint is LIE, LIE AGAIN, LIE OFTEN.This past week, a leaked email confirmed that the AFC played a pivotal role in the unilateral, unconstitutional, illegal appointment of James Patterson as the Chair of GECOM. The AFC had insisted they had no role, they were never consulted and that the appointment was made by President David Granger, without any involvement of the AFC. This is in spite of the evidence that their Leader, Raphael Trotman, was present in all the meetings between President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition. Trotman insisted he was present at the meeting which announced the appointment of James Patterson only because of a last-minute summons. The email confirmed that as Chairman of the AFC, Ramjattan, with Trotman’s acquiescence, advised Granger not to appoint any of the nominees proposed by the Leader of the Opposition.The AFC is firmly behind the PNC’s hijack of GECOM in the larger effort to rig upcoming elections. The PNC, just as President Granger has promised, is accelerating its blueprint to restore Burnham’s legacy of brutal dictatorship and rigged elections. Their lying ways are not the run-of-the-mill “little white lies”. The APNU/AFC lies have major implications for the survival of democracy in our country, a country that suffered because of spectacular rigged elections in 1968, 1973, 1978, 1980 and 1985. The lies we have heard relating to GECOM and the appointment of its chair are part of the formula for restoring those rigged elections.The GECOM lies are only a small percentage of the mountain of lies from APNU/AFC. This past week, APNU/AFC railroaded the budget for statutory agencies. These agencies include Parliament; GECOM; the DPP; the Auditor General; the Rights Commissions, such as the Ethnic Relations Commission, the Indigenous People’s Commission, the Rights of the Child Commission, the Women and Gender Relations Commission; the Service Commissions, such as the Police, Public Service and Judicial Service Commissions. APNU/AFC, against the objection of the parliamentary Opposition and the statutory bodies themselves, implemented drastic cuts in the budgets of these agencies.One of their major objections when the PPP was in office was that all of these agencies, as statutory agencies, should not have their budgets scrutinised by the Minister of Finance and by the Cabinet. They even moved a resolution in the 10th Parliament for a special select committee to draft laws to provide for these bodies to directly propose their budgets to Parliament for appropriations and that the proposed budgets should be put and approved without debate. This was their position, when they were in Opposition, and a promise they made during the election campaign. Now in their fourth budget since assuming office, they want absolute control, effecting the largest cuts that these agencies have experienced in more than two decades or since they have come into being. They lied when they promised absolute autonomy. They want these agencies beholden to them.They had promised us complete autonomy of statutory agencies; free media; strong trade unions; zero corruption; an economy driven by the Private Sector; Police, Army and judiciary that are free of political interference; an efficient GPL; a vibrant sugar industry, with workers benefiting from an annual 20 per cent pay increase; rice farmers getting more markets and at least $9000 per bag of paddy; pensioners receiving a 100 per cent increase in their first year in office; less taxes; free and fair elections, etc. They lied on all these.These substantive lies expose the sinister motive –- dictatorial rule. Ravi Dev writing in his column this week summarised the seven characteristics of a totalitarian regime, articulated in the Carl Freidrich’s model of totalitarianism. APNU/AFC’s lies are part of implementing these seven characteristics. Burnham took at least a term to begin consolidating a dictatorial regime. Granger and his PNC cohorts, with absolute support from the AFC, is accomplishing Burnham’s formula in about half the time. I echo Ravi Dev’s caution – we are forewarned.last_img read more

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Libraries show kids a different, better world

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The world of fairy tales, heroes and happy dreams all kids should live in. “The world this children’s library opens to all our kids is invaluable,” says Sara Berdine, executive director of Haven Hills Shelter. This is where women and children come, often with nothing but the clothes on their backs, to be cared for and hidden away for up to 18 months until they can transition safely back into society. Like most nonprofits, it’s run on a shoestring budget. A children’s library is a luxury. Haven Hills has no luxuries. Now it does, thanks to Lorraine Zitlin. She’s past president of the local women’s group, an 85-year-old Northridge woman with the energy and drive of a 25-year-old. This is the second children’s library she has opened in a family shelter in the past three years, and there are 250 more children’s books stacked in her den right now that will help start a third shelter library soon. Mothers who used to cower in fear with their children in their arms now sit peacefully in a safe place with their kids in their laps, reading them a fairy tale. No violence allowed. Only happy dreams. “Our national organization in Washington, D.C., set the goal four years ago to establish 100 libraries nationally for the children of battered, abused mothers in domestic violence shelters,” Zitlin said Wednesday. She took up the challenge in the Valley and started collecting used children’s books that public libraries were replacing or that were being sold at garage sales. When word started to spread about where the books were going, donations of money and new books started coming in. “I’ve visited with kids in these shelters, and it’s an incredible sight to see their faces light up when their mothers read them a fairy tale,” says Robyn Strumpf, who donated 250 books for the kids at Haven Hills. You may remember Robyn from a 2000 column I wrote on her efforts to fight illiteracy by collecting books from bookstores, publishers and donors for children to read. She was a 14-year-old student at Sierra Canyon Middle School in Chatsworth back then. Today, she’s a 21-year-old USC junior, still fighting illiteracy, and now helping Zitlin fight domestic violence. “With these libraries, we’re trying to show these kids that there’s a whole other world out there besides violence,” Zitlin said. “We want them to get lost in the adventure and wonder of books.” The world of fairy tales, heroes and happy dreams all kids should live in. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The kids in this story live in a violent, dangerous world – so dangerous I can’t even tell you where their new children’s library is located in the San Fernando Valley. To reveal the address of the domestic violence shelter it’s housed in would put the kids and their mothers – victims of domestic abuse – in jeopardy. It would tell the violent men they are hiding from where they live. What I can tell you is this: Thanks to the local Zavaha Chapter of Jewish Women International, the dark, violent world these kids have lived in is finally getting some competition from the bright, safe world. last_img read more

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DONEGAL MEN READY TO GET ON THE MOVE!

first_imgA unique scheme to help men in Co Donegal overcome obesity and to get involved in moderate exercise is to be launched.Many Donegal men need to get on the move.Men’s health research has demonstrated that huge impacts can be achieved by participating in regular physical activity.Inactivity can be strongly associated with the risk of developing many of our chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes as well as obesity. In Ireland 26% of men are not meeting the recommended amount of physical activity which is at least 30 minutes per day on at least 5 days per week, in addition the prevalence of overweight and obesity has significantly increased, 64.5% of men in 36 – 50 years are overweight with 11.8% obese with similar figures existing for the 51 – 64 age bracket.Men on the Move Donegal which is being piloted by Donegal Sports Partnership with the support of DLDC and the HSE Health Promotion Department aims to support men in their challenge to increase their physical activity levels and to gain a better understanding and awareness of the importance of physical activity to our physical health and mental wellbeing.The programme will commence with a series of information sessions and health check in 4 areas across Co Donegal starting with;• The Vestry (St Conals) Letterkenny 7pm on Tuesday 3rd September • The Yard Centre, Falcarragh 7pm on Thursday 5th September• St Johnston & Carrigans FRC 7pm Wednesday 11th September• Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs 8pm on Thursday 12th SeptemberThese information sessions which will last approximately 1 .5 hours are open to men over 35 and will provide an outline of the components of the programme which will include fitness testing, physical activity programme and support workshops. Some light refreshments will also be available with sessions being delivered in an informal manner.Further information is available by contacting Karen Guthrie at Donegal Sports Partnership 074 91 16078 or 91 16079 – email Karen@activedonegal.com DONEGAL MEN READY TO GET ON THE MOVE! was last modified: August 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMen On The Moveweightlast_img read more

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LISTEN: Mourinho wants Rashford improvement as striker’s goal drought continues

first_imgJose Mourinho told Marcus Rashford he needs to score more goals following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday.The Red Devils failed to breach West Brom’s excellent defence to drop even more points at Old Trafford, registering an incredible 11th draw of the season.Mourinho’s side could end the weekend back down in sixth place – if Arsenal beat Manchester City on Sunday – and the Portuguese believes his team are struggling to convert clear goalscoring chances.Despite managing 18 shots against the Baggies, Ben Foster had to make just three saves, and, truth be told, United never looked like beating their former goalkeeper.It was Rashford named up front due to the suspension of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and despite a fine free-kick which tested the keeper, chances on goal were rare for the youngster.He is still searching for his first league goal since September, and Mourinho wants to see the England international improve his conversion rate.Speaking after the Old Trafford draw, Mourinho said: “The reality is that we have no consistency in the last third. We are very solid – we defend very well – we create a lot, but then we don’t have consistency in the last third.“We don’t score enough goals for our attacking appetite, our attacking philosophy.“And Marcus is one example of this. The last goal he scored in the Premier League was in September.”Due to injuries and suspensions, Mourinho had to name a much changed side for the match.Stars Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic were out of action, and defensive pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both picked up injuries during the international break.However, Mourinho does not believe United failed to win because of the depleted nature of his playing squad.He added: “I think Herrera and Pogba wouldn’t play better than Carrick and Fellaini. I don’t think Smalling and Phil Jones would play better than Rojo and Bailly.”last_img read more

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Why is VAR not being used for Play-Off Final between Aston Villa v Derby at Wembley?

first_img tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Wembley has the facilities to deploy VAR, and it was used throughout this season’s Carabao Cup final Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 Cardiff manager Neil Warnock was left frustrated by the standard of refereeing in Cardiff’s defeat by Chelsea Unfortunately for Cardiff, who went on to lose the game and eventually were relegated from the Premier League, assistant referee Eddie Smart’s view was blocked by corner-taker Willian, prompting a furious outburst afterwards from Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock. getty Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won It is believed the decision has been made because VAR has not been in use throughout the league campaign, and it would be a risk to introduce it for just one match of the season.Goal-line technology will be used during the match at Wembley this afternoon, however.VAR has been deployed on a trial basis in some Carabao Cup fixtures but it was not in operation during Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley between Portsmouth and Sunderland.Confirmation of the EFL’s stance comes after another weekend of controversy related to refereeing errors, most notably when Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta equalised against Cardiff earlier in the season, despite being offside. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The Play off Final is the most lucrative game in football This season’s Championship play-off final will not utilise video assistant referees (VAR) despite an estimated £180million windfall for the winners.Aston Villa face Derby COunty for the chance to play in the Premier League next season, in what is considered by many to be the richest game in football. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow gameday cracker He joined talkSPORT after the game to blast the officials and claim his wife, Sharon, was willing to let him ‘thump’ them given how poorly they performed their jobs.“I thought we had some major decisions [go against us] yesterday,” Warnock said.“The linesman yesterday said sorry to me after the game, but it’s too late, what good is an apology?!“We’re having too many honest mistakes and it’s always the top teams who get the decisions.“You just feel it’s such an injustice, and I’ve felt like that ever since Christmas. 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ADVICE no dice shining LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REPLY REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “When I came in yesterday, my wife said to me: ‘darling, if you had wanted to thump the referee and linesman, I wouldn’t have stopped you’. It was so unjust.”There was also much discussion in the game about when and where video replays are being used this season following the FA Cup quarter-finals, which saw Swansea on the wrong end of two questionable decisions that led to Manchester City goals. The game was played without VAR despite the Liberty Stadium having the capability to do so.The Premier League has already announced it will be using the system from next season, while the Football Association has said it will review its decision to only use it in the cup at current Premier League grounds at the end of this year’s tournament.The EFL has consistently said it is not yet ready to roll out VAR for league competition, as it does not have enough referees with the required training to operate the system and not all of its 72 clubs have enough camera positions to make it work.last_img read more

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Mick McCarthy left bemused after Georgia boss compares Ireland to Michael Flatley

first_img Getty Images – Getty Getty – Contributor 2 McCarthy said: “I don’t know how to answer that. I’m not usually stuck for words.”When it was explained that Weiss meant that his team plays with great passion and energy, he added: “Oh, I see, I thought he meant we had good feet when we got the ball.“I think when someone describes you as someone who is as brilliant as Michael Flatley, such a wonderful performer and dancer – and a good guy, actually – I will take that as a huge compliment for my team.“If anybody is as good at his sport, his discipline, his whatever… He is excellent at it, so I will take that as a huge compliment.”Ireland will certainly have to be nimble on their feet at the Boris Paichadze Arena if they are to emerge with their lead at the top of the group intact. 2 They have met Georgia on 10 occasions to date and have won nine and drawn one, but the gap between the sides has closed to negligible proportions in recent times.In fact, the Boys in Green were fortunate to emerge from their last trip to Tbilisi two years ago with a point – the result rivals Denmark managed at the same venue last month.Asked if he would settle for the same return this time around ahead of Tuesday’s even tougher trip to Switzerland, McCarthy said: “If we get a point, we will have to go away happy with what we’ve got.“But we are coming to try and win the game.” A bewildered Mick McCarthy didn’t quite know how to respond to Georgia manager Vladimir Weiss’ comparison of his team to Michael Flatley.The Republic of Ireland boss was initially bemused when told his counterpart had likened the Euro 2020 Group D leaders to the Riverdance star at his pre-match press conference in Tbilisi on Friday afternoon, but soon warmed to the thought. McCarthy’s men are currently top of Group D McCarthy eventually warmed to the comparison with Flatley last_img read more

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Oracle: Is the High Price Worth It?

first_imgOracle’s relational database has a lot of competitors, but it is still considered to be the best. And bolstered by a variety of acquisitions, Oracle is pretty strong across a wide range of business application categories.But choosing Oracle isn’t cheap. Oracle RDBMS software lists at $40,000 per CPU compared with Microsoft’s SQL server at $25,000 per CPU. And Open Source options are much much cheaper.MySQL has done a comparison of the total cost of ownership of a database system for three years. They calculate that an Oracle system can set you back $768,000. A MySQL system can be operated at a 90% savings.Oracle’s cost has got some customers thinking that it may be time to look at other options. A survey by searchoracle.com of 683 IT professionals at companies using Oracle found that 48% of them are considering lower-cost alternatives. Of those that are considering other options, 73% say that Oracle’s cost is the main reason for evaluating options. Others have issues with Oracle’s ease of use, support and functionality.Other users say that you get what you pay for and that Oracle’s quality of services and support is hard to match. But as might be expected, some disagree.As with anything, before buying, carefully check and compare before making a decision.last_img read more

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Tapjoy Video Looks to Bring Higher Engagement to Mobile Ads

first_imgTags:#apps#marketing#mobile#Mobile Ads#Trends Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tapjoy is also taking a page from Hulu. In Hulu, users are often given a choice on which ads they want to see during their show. Tapjoy will also offer this functionality within apps with the hopes of driving up user engagement.The idea for Tapjoy is to seamlessly embed videos within apps. Inline advertising and incentivized videos have the potential to be far more lucrative for app developers (especially games) than other forms of mobile advertising. The problem will be spreading the wealth. Mobile ad inventory is high, as we have pointed out several times recently in ReadWriteMobile, but there are just too many apps that think they can make money through advertising. Driving engagement, giving users choices and putting video into the crevices of application user experience is all well and fine. But, if Tapjoy cannot convince advertisers to use their videos product for second and third tier apps, the ecosystem that only rewards the top apps will continue. That is not good for the ecosystem as a whole. There are thousands of app makers that make quality products but by circumstance are destined for the middle of the pack. It is the developer middle class that needs better options for monetization. Can Tapjoy really give them premium options? Will video be it? Let us know in the comments. Mobile marketing company Tapjoy has been busy of late. One product the Tapjoy team has been looking forward to is the rollout of their mobile video advertising platform which has been in the works for most of the summer. Today, the announced Tapjoy Videos designed to provide mobile advertisers with the brand building power found on the Web and TV.The future of mobile advertisements is going to be video. It is a tricky problem to institute but the value of video within apps and the mobile Web far outweighs mobile banner ads. Tapjoy thinks it can be the leader in this growing industry segment but does the new video product have the chops?TapJoy Videos wants to solve the engagement issue of video advertising. On the Web, most video ads are not viewed to completion. What TapJoy wants to do is incentivize users to watch videos in order to unlock premium content within games and apps. This is not exactly a new tactic but Tapjoy wants to do it at scale, whereas now only a handful of popular applications have this type of advertising.For advertisers, Tapjoy Videos offers a pay-for-completed-view pricing. That fits right in line with their pay-per-action pricing they set up in February. They hope that makes the platform competitive in terms of price in comparison with other TV or Web video advertisements. dan rowinskilast_img read more

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Top stories: Drunk chimps, dinosaur blood, and irreproducible research

first_imgSigns of ancient cells and proteins found in dinosaur fossilsScientists studying a collection of dinosaur fossils have made an amazing discovery: They’ve uncovered what appear to be ancient dinosaur blood cells and protein fibers. The find suggests that this kind of soft tissue preservation may be more common than anyone had guessed, and it could help us figure out how ancient dinosaur proteins differ from their modern relatives.Study claims $28 billion a year spent on irreproducible biomedical researchSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)An eye-popping $28 billion is spent in the United States each year on preclinical research that can’t be reproduced by other researchers. That’s the conclusion of a provocative analysis published this week by economists and biologists who based their findings on past studies of error rates in biomedical studies. Some researchers have said that the figure may overstate the extent of any problem, but the lead author says it is meant to stimulate discussion.Nomadic herders left a strong genetic mark on Europeans and AsiansHow did the Bronze Age come to Europe and Asia 5000 years ago? Two of the largest studies of ancient DNA from Bronze Age and Iron Age people have now found that outsiders deserve the credit: Nomadic herders from today’s Russia and Ukraine brought their culture with them—and made a lasting imprint on the genetic makeup of Europeans and Asians.Chimps caught drinking after hoursA new study of chimps with easy access to palm wine shows that some drink it enthusiastically and may actually crave it as humans do. The discovery could help us figure out why humans evolved a craving for alcohol, with all its pleasures and pains.World’s heaviest dinosaur just lost tons of weightDreadnoughtus, supposedly the world’s heaviest dinosaur, just lost tons of weight—literally. The massive dino was originally thought to weigh 59 metric tons, as heavy as a herd of elephants. Now, scientists are putting its weight at somewhere between 28 and 38 metric tons. It’s a downsizing of dinosaurian proportions!last_img read more

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