Germany’s Merkel warns Trump against protectionism

to moving forward together than when everyone resolves their problems for themselves. During the US campaign, Steinmeier was even more damning, saying the prospect of a Trump presidency was “frightening” for the world. Asked if she believed “protectionist tendencies” by Trump could pose a threat, Merkel recalled the example of the 2008 global financial crisis, which “came from the United States.”
“As heads of state and government [of the G20], we said: ‘We must resolve the problem facing us together,'” she said. He compared Trump to a “hate preacher,”   saying he had much in common with “fearmongers” in Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party and advocates of Britain’s exit from the EU. I am truly convinced of this,” she told a press conference at a meeting of her CDU party. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday against protectionist tendencies of US President-elect Donald Trump, citing lessons learned in the 2008 global financial crash and stressing the need to “move forward together.”
“My profound conviction is that there are more advantages… “I think this way worked, and naturally we are going to seek dialogue with the new American president,” who will be inaugurated on January 20. “And the response to overcome that financial crisis was not a response based on closing oneself off, but a response which called for cooperation, for common rules, for regulation of financial markets. Trump’s attitude has fuelled concern in Germany: on Thursday Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he was “perplexed” by Trump comparing the leak of a dossier of unsubstantiated allegations against him to something that could have happened in Nazi Germany. On the campaign trail Trump notably threatened to take protectionist measures against Chinese and Mexican imports, and claimed a first success with a decision by US motor giant Ford not to build a new plant in Mexico.

Trump slams civil rights icon who says his election illegitimate

At least eight House Democrats have publicly stated they will not be attending Trump’s swearing-in at the US Capitol next Friday, with several indicating their absence will be an act of political protest. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.”
US intelligence organizations have accused Russia of cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and distributing hacked emails from senior Clinton aides in an effort to influence the US election. “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told NBC’s “Meet the Press” talk show in an interview that will air Sunday. Lewis took part in so-called Freedom —   challenges to segregated facilities at bus terminals in the South. President-elect Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at a prominent civil rights icon and lawmaker who said he is skipping next week’s inauguration ceremony because he sees the New York businessman’s election as illegitimate. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” he said, adding that he will skip the presidential inauguration for the first time since becoming a member of Congress in 1987. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump said in a tweet. On March 7, 1965, he led a march in Selma, Alabama that ended in an attack by state troopers on the protesters that later became known as “Bloody Sunday.”   Lewis, who represents a district in the southern state of Georgia that includes Atlanta and surrounding areas, on Friday became the most high-profile Democratic lawmaker to boycott Trump’s inauguration. “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!” he added. Lewis, 76, is known for his decades of work in the civil rights movement, and marched with Martin Luther King at the August 1963 rally in Washington at which King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Citizen scientists have been taking an annual ‘bird census’ for over a century

Basically, as Kriensky says of the Christmas Bird Count, “everything counts.” Even the little brown sparrows that flock in droves across New York City. The count, which begins every Dec. “And it’s still pretty exciting, even if you get a high count of a really common bird. You can watch this year’s Christmas Bird Count results roll in here. The birds they counted represented roughly one-quarter of the world’s known bird species. “It’s a bird that shouldn’t be [there] at all, let alone at this season,” he says, adding that the little tanager was a hatch-year bird, and may have headed east instead of south on its first migration. Decades’ worth of bird count data show that bluebirds have expanded their range northward “quite a bit over the last 50 years,” LeBaron says. “I think it’s important to count the common birds while they’re still common because then you can tell are there changes over time in those populations,” she adds. “We have a new program called Climate Watch which we’re testing out right now, and it’s actually looking for areas where bluebirds are moving into during the winter in the north, and probably out of in the south,” he says. As snow, wind and rain kept many of us cozy inside our homes this December, thousands of bird-watchers grabbed their binoculars and headed out for a day in the elements.Player utilitiesPopout
downloadListen to the Story. “We actually have a really amazing diversity of birds here in New York City, and even in our really small parks, our pocket parks, we get a lot of birds,” she says. 5, is a census of local bird populations. And LeBaron took part in a counting party in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, which spotted a northern waterthrush for just the third time in that area. “We can then sort of measure how much effort was expended to actually count all the birds that are tallied every year.”
While it’s too early to get the big picture on this year’s bird populations, local counts — each covering an area just 15 miles in diameter — have already yielded some surprises. “So, in a year like this, where potentially, weather is impacting the number of people that are out there and how they can get around, [the count] is still valuable data because we’re tracking ‘birds per party hour,'” LeBaron says. Taken at the end of the fall migration, the census provides a snapshot of “how many of which birds are where” — valuable data for scientists studying everything from climate change to the effects of West Nile virus. Even stranger was the sight of a western tanager, which had never been recorded there before.

Theirs was no average bird-nerd-devotion: They were on a mission to count every bird they saw or heard, as part of the National Audubon Society’s   117th annual Christmas Bird Count. So we’ll see how that bird fares.”
One avian species that the Christmas Bird Count has helped scientists learn more about is the bluebird. “But also there’s been a series of strong storms that have swept right across from the Pacific Northwest over here, and that can also bring birds over. It’s a shift that Audubon is digging into further with a new citizen science project. In New York City’s Central Park, counters spotted a killdeer, a shorebird that usually doesn’t hang around Manhattan this time of year, says Debra Kriensky, a conservation biologist at the New York City Audubon. “So it’s trying to track how the birds are responding to climate change.”
In fact, if you missed this year’s Christmas Bird Count, there are opportunities to observe birds for science all year long: Another, newer bird count, the Great Backyard Bird Count, takes place every February, attracting bird-watchers from around the globe. LeBaron explains that the Christmas Bird Count dates all the way back to 1900, when ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed counting birds over the holiday, rather than hunting them. For example, we had in Central Park 1,300 white-throated sparrows. Results from this year’s tally are still pouring in, but last year, 77,000 birders recorded just under 59 million birds across the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean   and Pacific Islands. In addition to collecting bird observation data, the count also tracks “effort data,” which helps scientists accurately interpret bird count results. “The beauty of the [Christmas Bird Count] is that we really are getting a yardstick on everything that’s out there on a continental basis at the same time of year, and we can actually really track what’s happening over time with a lot of the species,” says Geoff LeBaron, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count director. So they’re an abundant bird this time of year, but that’s a lot a lot of sparrows, and it was really fun counting them all throughout the park.”
This article is based on an   interview   that aired on PRI’s   Science Friday. 14 and wraps every Jan. There’s even a program called Hummingbirds at Home: “The goal of that is actually to track what food sources the hummingbirds are using in people’s yards,” LeBaron says.

Three ways to die on Venus, and other space facts

On Aug. “It’s based on Mercury’s very slow day and it’s very fast year. And who knows what kind of mythology will spring from that.”
Regas is an outreach astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory, co-host of the PBS program “Star Gazers,” and author of the new book,   “Facts from Space!: From Super-Secret Spacecraft to Volcanoes in Outer Space, Extraterrestrial Facts to Blow Your Mind!” It presents all kinds of   trivia and other colorful facts about the universe.

As astronomer Dean Regas explains, that’s because the stars are moving relative to our position here. 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse. “Definitely mark your calendars, because, on that day, the sun will be covered over by the moon completely, covered over for a few minutes. Regas says the eclipse should be visible within a 100-mile-wide strip of land spanning from Oregon to South Carolina. “The report said it took them two hours to collect them,” Regas notes. Bask in the heat. He shared a few of his favorite anecdotes from the book with Science Friday’s Ira Flatow. “So you would be a melted, squished, ‘acidy’ pile of goop on Venus.”
As parting trivia, Regas shares details about an astronomical event that hasn’t even happened yet. Then, why it’s so hot is because there are these clouds, this dense atmosphere that traps in the heat.”
If the heat doesn’t get you, Regas suggests the oppressive atmosphere would do you in. “Venus is 900 degrees Fahrenheit on the surface — like, everywhere,” Regas says. “We’ve been waiting for a total solar eclipse in the US for a long time,” Regas says. The first option? When the astronaut opened it up, amid the weightlessness of space, the chocolates flew everywhere. And it is the most amazing sight you will ever see.”
This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI’s   Science Friday. He writes that if you were standing on Mercury during its closest approach to the sun — this point in its orbit is called “perihelion” — the sun “would look more than nine times larger and shine nine times brighter than your Earthly view of the sun during Earth’s perihelion.”
Finally, for the morbidly space-curious among us, Regas explains that there are several ways to die (quickly) on Venus. “This is probably the worst planet for humans,” he says. The full title of Dean Regas’ book, available now, is “Facts from Space!: From Super-Secret Spacecraft to Volcanoes in Outer Space, Extraterrestrial Facts to Blow Your Mind!”   “If the clouds open up and it starts raining, it doesn’t rain [water], it rains sulfuric acid,” Regas explains. “That atmosphere, it would actually exert such force on you, it would squish you flat,” Regas says. Today we call it the “Big Dipper,” but in the year 75000, we may look up in the night sky and admire a constellation known affectionately as the “Big Spatula.”Player utilitiesPopout
downloadListen to the Story. Regas says that an astronaut, on a Russian mission, received   a box of chocolates from his wife. It’s just a weird thing to see a sunrise, sunset, and sunrise right in the same place.”
And in his book, Regas shares even more about Mercury’s sun-viewing potential. “North Pole, South Pole, equator, daytime, nighttime — it’s 900 degrees. “I think ‘eat them’ more likely would be the right answer.”
Secondly, Mercury is a great place to “catch the sunrise.” After all, Regas says, it’s the planet closest to the sun. For starters, here’s a tip: When you smuggle snacks into space, open them carefully. “If you’re on Mercury in certain places, you could watch the sun rise, and then it’ll stop, turn around, go backwards, and set where it rose   and then rise again,” Regas adds. But even better? “Where we saw the Big Dipper, they’ll see something that looks like a big spatula. “And so you know, over thousands and thousands of years, the constellations we see today will actually change a little bit,” he says. “The air pressure on Venus would squish you like a tin can.”
Your third option for dying on Venus (although there are probably more) is to enjoy a “Venusian” rainstorm.

Welcome to San Escobar, a dreamy nation accidentally founded by Poland

RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back. Credit:

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A national currency:
BREAKING: #SanEscobar releases new banknote in honour of El Comandante
— Exen   (Exen) January 12, 2017

A map of San Escobar. Everyone can find it on the map! On Thursday, the place even got some quality promotion on C-SPAN, when the regular broadcast was suddenly interrupted by Russian television’s RT, airing a segment about San Escobar. Unclear what happened. Credit:

Wikipedia screenshot

The new republic is also already taking stances on important diplomatic   issues:
After talks with FM #Waszczykowski the People’s Democratic Republic of #SanEscobar fully supports Poland’s candidacy to the Security Council
— San Escobar (@rpdsanescobar) January 10, 2017
That’s enough, Britain! After some meetings, he told reporters that he’d discussed the proposal with officials from nearly 20 countries —   including,   as he put it, “with countries such as Belize or San Escobar.”
Oops. These acts of our former imperial overlords will not be tolerated!
— San Escobar (@rpdsanescobar) January 11, 2017
  Think of it as “a small country located between Mexico and Guatemala with 200,000 citizens, with several main cities, including Esperal Bay, Santo Subito, and with several major exports including tomatoes and wine,” says Ewa Lalik, a technology blogger in Warsaw, Poland. Here’s what happened: Polish   Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski was in New York this week to lobby for a temporary Polish seat on the United Nations   Security Council. “Unfortunately after 22 hours in planes and several connecting flights you can make a slip of the tongue,” Waszczykowski said. It now has an invented flag:

The flag of the imaginary republic of San Escobar. — San Escobar (@rpdsanescobar) January 11, 2017
UK press calls #SanEscobar “non-existent” again. Here’s the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed. Thanks! He added that he was thinking of St.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017
Turns out, San Escobar is a nonexistent   place that was inadvertently invented by Poland’s top diplomat. The   Twitterati quickly jumped on the gaffe with all sorts of jokes under the hashtag #SanEscobar.
— Ryszard Mikke (@rmikke) January 11, 2017
And of course a Wikipedia entry:

User-created online encyclopedia entries at Wikipedia now include the story of San Escobar. It was a diplomatic slip that the foreign minister later blamed on jet lag. @eucopresident Please throw the UK out of the EU immediately. Kitts and Nevis, a Caribbean country whose Spanish name, San Cristóbal y Nieves, may have popped into his head. The result is that, on the internet at least, San Escobar’s nationhood is shaping up very nicely. There is no country in the world called San Escobar.Player utilitiesPopout
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@rpdsanescobar Of course there is #SanEscobar!

But in the age of “fake news” let’s just imagine for a moment a “fake country” called San Escobar.