Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dogs. Show all posts

March 19, 2019

There Are Dogs ,Gay Whores and Leeches, Lindsay Graham is ALL of Those Except Gay Whores Keep To Their Words

He (Graham)is not talking about Trump here. Impeachment are for Dems only over lying over s e x

Just a few Tweets to go with the previous story:
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who was once a major Republican opponent of President Trump, has been supportive of more policies and moves in recent months. Graham's apparent switch has some Democrats and members of the media now putting out theories that Graham may have been blackmailed by Trump or the Russians.
Gee, whatever can you mean? Never mind, we know exactly what Stephanie Ruhle means. Does NBC? 
 The insinuation is referring to a long-time whispered rumor that Graham is secretly a homosexual and has been guarding it for many years.
MSNBC Anchor Stephanie Ruhle started things off earlier this week by making the vague speculation.
They got to him, he is compromised!
Things got a lot more heated when a member of Congress, Representative Ilhand Omar went after Graham on Twitter Wednesday night over the speculation. 

Conservative pundits say these speculations are essentially tone-deaf and hypocritical, with recent widespread media coverage of public personalities' past comments on homosexuality. They noted the lack of media coverage of the, "homophobic dog whistle" aimed at Senator Graham.
Other media personalities and Hollywood celebrities who have previously demanded repercussions towards those individuals joined the fray, making the same comments.

Hello. A few questions.

(1) Who is “they”?
(2) How did “they” “get to him”?
(3) How is he “compromised”?
(4) Is this a reference to the prominent & pernicious homophobic rumor that is circulating the internet? Because I might expect that from a troll, but you’re a Congresswoman.

Don't worry guys. @jaketapper will be sure to spend as much time on Omar as King. He's a straight-shooter, you see.
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December 12, 2013

Does Your Dog Tilts His Head When You Talk to Him/Her?


I have fond memories of my Beagle, Darby, coming into the kitchen when I was preparing dinner. I would casually chat with him, and when I would turn to him to say something he would cock his head to the side in a most endearing manner. Many people report that when they are speaking to their dog their pet often tilts its head to the side, and some have asked me about why that happens.
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Unfortunately, up to now, there is not been much research on this issue, although there has been some speculation. Some people have suggested that dogs tilt their heads to the side when we speak to them so that one ear can hear more clearly what we are saying. Others have suggested that it is a social signal—perhaps the dog recognizes that we respond to that particular posture in a positive way (because it is so cute) and therefore the dog adopts this position because they are more likely to get smiles and rewards when they do.

I suppose it is because I worked and did research in the area of sensory perception for many years that it dawned upon me that the reason some dogs tilt their heads when we are speaking to them has to do more with vision, rather than hearing and social endearment. Try the following simple experiment; hold your fist up to your nose as in the figure here. Now, in effect, you are viewing the world with a head shape that has a muzzle like that of a dog. If you now look at a person's face you will find that the muzzle will some of your vision, and reduce your ability to see the lower part of the face. Remember it is this part of the face, particularly the mouth region, which is a vital component of human emotional expressions. Next, still with your muzzle in place, tilt your head when you are looking at the face. With this head posture you can now clearly see the mouth region.
 We know that dogs continually scan our faces for information and to read our emotional state. Hence it is likely that one reason why dogs may tilt their heads when we talk to them is because they want to see our faces better, and to compensate for the way in which their muzzles obscure part of their vision.
Of course this idea was simply speculation, and no data were available. However it suddenly dawned upon me that there was an easy way to at least get a bit of data to confirm or disprove this hypothesis. Some dogs have flatter faces. Technically they are said to havebrachycephalic heads. These would include dogs like Pugs, Boston Terriers and Pekingese. With a less prominent muzzle extension, there should be a reduced amount of visual obstruction, and these dogs would need to tilt their head less. To see if this was the case I conducted a survey on the Internet.
The survey was very brief, and people simply had to answer how often their dog tilted their heads when they were speaking to them, using a scale which ran: never, seldom, occasionallyfrequently, most of the time, oralways. When I scored the data I combined the responses of frequently, most of the time, and always, an indication of "head tilting dogs". I also asked the people who responded to tell me for the breed of their dog, and for people with mixed breeds to select the approximate head shape of their dog from a set of six photos.
I got a very good response to this survey since 582 people completed it. Of these, 62% reported that their dogs frequently to always tilted their heads when they spoke to them. In the overall sample 186 people had dogs with the flatter brachycephalic heads. When we divide the group into those dogs with the more pronounced muzzles (technically those dogs with longer narrower heads like collies or greyhounds are doclichocephalic, while those with a wider intermediate length muzzles, like retrievers or beagles are called mesaticephalic) versus those with the flatter faces, we do get a difference in the frequency of head tilting. 71% of the owners of the dogs with the larger muzzles report that their dogs often tilt their heads when spoken to. On the other hand only 52% of the owners of the flatter faced, brachycephalic dogs reported that their dogs often tilted their heads when spoken to. This is a statistically significant difference that clearly suggests that head shape, and size of the muzzle does influence head tilting in dogs.
Now, of course, 52% of head tilting in the brachycephalic pets is still a large number of dogs, and it may be that even the flatter muzzles do obscure the dog's vision to some degree. If so, these dogs can still benefit visually from tilting their heads. However it is more likely that the fact that a dog's muzzle blocks their vision of the lower part of the human faces that they are trying to look at is just one of the factors that cause dogs to tilt their heads when we talk to them. Nonetheless this is a first step toward finding the answer, and at least we now have a bit of data to work with.

November 16, 2013

Do you Know Where Your Fido Comes From?

8,500-year-old dog remains from Koster site, Greene County, IllinoisThe story of how dogs came to be so closely associated with humans is open to debate

The results of a DNA study suggest that dogs were domesticated in Europe.
No-one doubts that "man's best friend" is an evolutionary off-shoot of the grey wolf, but scientists have long argued over the precise timing and location for their emergence.
The new research, based on a genetic analysis of ancient and modern dog and wolf samples, points to a European origin at least 18,000 years ago.
Olaf Thalmann and colleagues report the investigation in Science magazine.
It adds a further layer of complexity to the story.
Earlier DNA studies have suggested the modern pooch - in all its shapes and sizes - could track its beginnings back to wolves that attached themselves to human societies in the Middle East or perhaps in East Asia as recently as 15,000 years ago.
The problem with these claims is that palaeontologists have found fossils of distinctly dog-looking animals that are 30,000 years old or more.
Dr Thalmann, from Finland's University of Turku, and his team, have had another go at trying to sort through the conflicting DNA evidence.
They compared genetic sequences from a wide range of ancient animals - both dogs and wolves - with material taken from living canines - again, from both dogs and wolves.
This analysis reveals modern dogs to be most closely related to ancient European wolves or dogs - not to any of the wolf groups from outside Europe, nor even to modern European wolves (suggesting the link is with old European wolves that are now extinct). And because the dog remains used in the research are dated to be more than 18,000 years old, it indicates a timing for domestication that is much older than some researchers have previously argued.
If correct, it means dogs started to diverge from wolf populations when humans had yet to settle into fixed, agricultural communities and were still hunting and gathering.
It is possible there were wolves that would follow these hunters, may be at a distance at first, living off the scraps and discards from the humans' big-game kills such as mammoth, before eventually being incorporated into the human groups as they became less wary.
"You can see how wolves benefitted from living near humans because they got these carcases, but humans too would have benefitted," said Dr Thalmann.
"You have to remember that 18,800-32,000 years ago, Europe had much bigger predators than even wolves, such as bears and hyenas. And you can imagine that having wolves living close to you might be a very useful alarm system," he told BBC News. "It's a plausible scenario for the origin of the domestication of dogs."
The latest study is unlikely to be the last word on the subject, however.
Using DNA - and the subtle changes it undergoes over time - to examine animal origins and relationships is a very powerful tool, but far from fool-proof.
One of the problems scientists have is that dog populations have become very mixed over time, as a result of being moved around by their human owners. This complicates the genetic signal.
The difficulty is further amplified by the fact that some dogs have at times also clearly back-bred with wild wolves. Teasing all this apart is very difficult.
A resolution will require more sampling and more analysis, particularly of the core, or nuclear, DNA of ancient animals.
This and many of the previous studies have relied on so-called mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), a small sub-packet of genetic material in cells that, although incredibly useful, does not represent the fullest information possible.
The larger nuclear DNA material could provide the more compelling answers but it is far harder to retrieve, especially in very old bones or fossils. A number of research groups around the world are trying, though.

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