The Role of the Rooster

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By Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

The family role of the rooster is nowadays less well known to most people than the motherhood of the hen. The charm of seeing a rooster with his hens appears in Chaucer’s portrait of Chanticleer in The Canterbury Tales:

This cock had in his princely sway and measure
Seven hens to satisfy his every pleasure,
Who were his sisters and his sweethearts true,
Each wonderfully like him in her hue,
Of whom the fairest-feathered throat to see
Was fair Dame Partlet. Courteous was she,
Discreet, and always acted debonairly.

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Rooster as a Symbol of Divine Fertility and Life Force

In ancient times, theroosterwas esteemed for his sexual vigor; it is said that a healthy youngroostermay mate as often as thirty or more times a day. Theroosterthus figures in…

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Scientists have ruled out the worst-case climate scenario — and the best one too

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There’s a range of possibilities for how much the earth will warm. A new study narrows the likely window by the largest margin in decades.

An oil refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Oil refineries like this one in Corpus Christi, Texas, are heating up the planet.
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The basic mechanics of climate change are simple: Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere traps heat. More carbon dioxide means more heat is trapped across the Earth, causing it to warm up.

But scaled up over the entire planet, these physical processes interact in a myriad of complex and sometimes unexpected ways. The Arctic reflects sunlight back into space. Clouds in some circumstances trap heat, and in others, they cool the region beneath them. Forests store a big chunk of carbon, but they’re being burned, cut down, and dying off from warming. The ocean soaks up a huge amount of heat and carbon…

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Arizona Democratic congressman tests positive for Covid-19

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Democrat Raul Grijalva speaks during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2020.

(CNN)Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for coronavirus, his office confirmed Saturday.

Grijalva “was notified by the (Capitol) attending physician yesterday evening that he has tested positive for Covid-19,” his communications director, Geoff Nolan, told CNN on Saturday.
Because he had been at a hearing on Tuesday with Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, “out of precaution, Grijalva went into self-isolation on Wednesday until he got a test,” Nolan said.
In a statement Saturday, Grijalva slammed Republicans who don’t wear masks in the building, citing the events of the week.
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Tennessee deer hunters expected to turn out in big numbers due to COVID-19 pandemic

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State wildlife officials are prepared for a busy season if deer hunters follow the lead set in the spring by turkey hunters.

Hunters headed to the woods in big numbers in the spring when businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which left people out of work and looking for something to do.

The pandemic is still around and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials believe a similar scenario could play out when deer season opens across the state  Aug 28.

Archery deer hunting season opens in Tennessee in August.

The first hunt lasts three days and is archery-only for antlered deer on private land.

“The pandemic is still going on and we imagine people still have a lot of free time on their hands,” TWRA spokesperson Barry Cross said. “If it plays out the way it has over the summer, people are looking for something to do. If they’ve ever hunted before, odds are they’ll be back. If they’ve hunted and just…

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US GDP Shrinks by 32.9 Percent in Second Quarter

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GDP shrinks by record amount in second quarter amid virus lockdowns

By Sylvan Lane

The US economy shrank at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 32.9 percent during the second quarter of 2020 as the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic spurred an economic collapse of record-breaking speed and size, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Between April and June, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) shrunk at a pace that would have wiped out roughly a third of the value of the economy if extended over 12 months, according to the Commerce Department’s advance estimate of second-quarter growth. It is the largest one-quarter plunge in economic growth since the federal government began reporting quarterly GDP data […]


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Lockdown Lunacy: Your Government Ordered Depression Has Arrived, by David Stockman


The cure is going to be far worse than the disease. Unfortunately, the economic repercussions are just starting. From David Stockman at via

Well, the Virus Patrol sure has done it. In a fit of reckless overkill they have managed to vaporize six years of economic growth during the last 90 days. And that’s just by the mechanical reckoning of the GDP accounts, where total output in Q2 weighed in at essentially the same level as Q4 2014.

The real damage is far deeper, however, and is reflected in millions of small businesses permanently destroyed, tens of millions of households wiped-out financially and the vicious daisy chain of delinquencies, deferrals and defaults just beginning to rip through the $78 trillion edifice of debt which entombs the US economy.

Real GDP Level

Of course, most of the Wall Street talking heads were nonplussed by this morning’s release…

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