Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Using some of his harshest rhetoric in recent memory, President Donald J. Trump came out strongly against intelligence on Wednesday morning. “I’ve listened to these people with so-called intelligence go on and on, and, quite frankly, it’s a waste of time,” he said. “I know a lot more than people with intelligence do.” Trump added that he has stopped receiving intelligence briefings at the White House, arguing, “I can do my job without any intelligence whatsoever.” He said that he has chosen, instead, to seek advice from his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and from his elder children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald, Jr. “You won’t find a trace of intelligence in anything they say,” he boasted. At a briefing for the White House press corps, the President’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, denied that Trump’s war on intelligence was a new development. “Intelligence has never played a role in Donald Trump’s life,” she said.The Borowitz Report
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
So, they took them in, intending to give them to an animal hospital to eventually be released back into the wild. But, the runt of the litter, a little vixen, ended up imprinting – a critical period of an animal's life when it forms attachments - on to Gemma and her boyfriend Dan Pearse, 19, which led to her adopting and hand-rearing the cub.
Now animal science and management student Gemma, who feeds, bathes and walks the fox, called Vixey, alongside her four dogs, says: 'Vixey is definitely a dog at heart.
Tehran Police Chief Hossein Rahimi said "we have received permission from the Tehran Prosecutor's Office, and will take measures against people walking dogs in public spaces, such as parks".He told the Young Journalists Club news agency that the ban was due to dogs "creating fear and anxiety" among members of the public. As if this were not draconian enough, Brigadier-General Rahimi added that driving with a dog in your car was also banned.
Owning dogs as pets, and walking them in public, has been contentious ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, and owners have sometimes had their dogs confiscated.
Dogs are viewed as "unclean" by Iran's Islamic authorities, who also regard dog-ownership as a symbol of the pro-Western policy of the ousted monarchy.
The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance banned the media from publishing any advertisements for pets or pet-related products back in 2010, and there was a push in parliament five years ago to fine and even flog dog-walkers.
The latest anti-dog drive has not created great waves on social media, although one Twitter user asked whether the people of Tehran will be forced to ride camels next.
Coconut Bean and Ella Bean, of the Bean familyHILARY SLOAN / INSTAGRAM
Posting enough about your pet that strangers become emotionally invested in them might seem a bit absurd, but as the barrier between online and offline life vanishes, it’s only natural that more elements of people’s emotional lives begin to migrate to digital spaces. Even for those who don’t maintain accounts specifically dedicated to their pets, a world in which our lives are more public and interconnected than ever presents a challenge. What should you share as your pet’s health inevitably starts to deteriorate, and what happens when you tell thousands of people that something you love is dying?
Photograph by Neil Aldridge