June 30th, 2017

Bat conservation group to roost in Pontiac – The Detroit News

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A straw-colored fruit bat snacks on a cucumber at the Organization for Bat Conservation in Pontiac, Mich. on June 12, 2017. The organization recently moved into a new, larger location for their new Bat Zone which will have its grand opening on July 1.(Photo: Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)Buy Photo

Its sort of an echo-relocation.

The Organization for Bat Conservation, a group that operates a live animal center designed to teach the public about the flying mammals, which locate objects in their surroundings by reflected sound, is moving.

The group is relocating its Bat Zone quarters at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills to a roomier roost in Pontiac. It plans to host a June 29 media preview and a July 1 grand opening for the public. It held its final tours at Cranbrook last month.

This move is going to be phenomenal, said Rob Mies, the nonprofit groups founder and executive director. Everyone is really focused and energized right now. We have all these amazing things going on.

Michigan has nine species of bats, according to the states Department of Natural Resources.

The webbed-wing mammals are critical to ecosystems in the state and around the world, according to experts. Some species aid in the pollination of trees and flowers while others eat fruit and spread seeds to other areas.

Another benefit: since most of the animals live on a diet of insects, they contribute millions of dollars in pest control to Michigans agricultural industry, the DNR said.

However, Michigans bat population has been struggling with a loss of habitat and a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, that causes a disease called white-nose syndrome.

The white fungus, which came from Europe, thrives in cold environments where bats hibernate. It also grows on bats skin, damaging it and forcing them to frequently wake up from hibernation. Infected bats use up their fat stores before winter ends and starve to death. Mies said its estimated the fungus is annually killing off about one million bats in North America.

State officials have identified five species big brown bats, little brown bats, northern long-eared bats, tri-colored bats and Indiana bats as the bats in Michigan most susceptible to the disease. Experts predict it could wipe out at least two the states bat species in the next decade.

Moving on out

The Organization for Bat Conservation first took flight in 1997 as a small team that offered educational programs featuring live bats to schools, nature centers and museums.

Five years later, the OBC signed a one-year lease for space on Cranbrooks campus off of Woodward. The groups bats and other nocturnal animals have called Cranbrook home for the last 15 years.

Mies said the OBC needed to move to a larger cave a 10,000-square-foot building on west Huron street near Woodward Avenue in Pontiac that once housed a First Federal Bank because its growth and new projects required more space.

It had 2,000 square-feet of space at Cranbrook, according to Mies. The group had a staff of eight, including Mies, and about 100 bats from around the world when it first took up residence there, he said.

Since then, its grown to a staff of 15 with about 20 more volunteers. It has nearly 200 bats in its program as well as owls, flying squirrels and a two-toed sloth. Mies said the growth forced the nonprofit to keep animals and employees in different buildings.

In 2014, the group launched its national Save the Bats campaign, an effort to mobilize Americans to become involved in bat conservation.

Last year, Zack Snyder, the director of Hollywood movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, and 300, lent his talents and notoriety to the cause. Snyder and his Batman v Superman stars, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, appeared in a public service announcement for the campaign.

Mies said the group plans to kickoff this year a new urban bat project.

Bats that winter in urban areas are the least affected by white-nose syndrome, but very little is known about those animals, he said.

Under the new initiative, the group will select 10 U.S. cities, including Pontiac, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York and Washington, D.C., to install bat houses, plant bat-friendly gardens and establish citizen-science driven acoustic monitoring programs.

This is really about finding out where bats live in our cities, where they feed, what we can do to keep them out of human buildings and increase bats population, he said.

The new building the OBC is leasing will allow it to expand its interactive programs, house more animals and give its animals larger enclosures.

It looked at a lot of different places in the region for a new home, but chose the Pontiac building because of its location and new developments that are drawing people and businesses to the city, Mies said.

Still, the group is feeling a little nostalgic about leaving Cranbrook.

Weve loved partnering with the Cranbrook Institute of Science for the last 15 years, he said. Its been a big chunk of the time of our organizations existence and the grounds are beautiful.

Michael Stafford, Cranbrooks director, said the institute wishes the bat group well.

After the OBC moves into its new home, Cranbrook will use the nonprofits old building for interactive, hands-on educational programs. It will reopen in late summer and the first program will focus on dinosaurs, officials said.

Cranbrook Institute of Science cherishes both environmental sustainability and education, he said in a statement. We fully support the OBCs mission to educate people about bats and inspire them to become actively involved in conservation. This move will enhance the Bat Zone mission and vision and further inspire its growth.


On the move

The Organization for Bat Conservation is moving from Cranbrooks Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills to a new home in Pontiac.

Its new address is 75 W. Huron Street, Pontiac, MI 48342.

To contact the OBC, call (248) 294-7370 or send an email through its site.

Source: Organization for Bat Conservation

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June 26th, 2017

Bed Bug Liability Claims on the Rise, Allianz Reports – PCT Magazine

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The pests account for 21% of liability claims, according to insurance provider Allianz.

Animal incidents, including biting bed bugs, are a leading driver of insurance claims and losses can be significant, says global insurance company Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in a new report, Global Claims Review: Liability in Focus.

AGCS analyzed more than 1,800 animal-related liability insurance claims that occurred between 2011 and 2016 on which it was a named insurer (either primary or excess). The top cause of such claims was deer incidents (58%, or 1,090 claims) which largely involve collisions with vehicles, which caused losses on average in excess of ($4,225) over this period. In many locations in the United States, such accidents are a major concern that may lead to vehicle debilitation, property damage, bodily injuries or even passenger deaths. The peak period is during the rutting season, usually in October and November.

Bed bug bites/infestation (21%, or 397 total claims) was the second top cause of animal-related liability claims according to the AGCS study, followed by insect bites/infestation (8%, or 147 claims) at third place.

The number of bed bug incidents, in particular, is on the rise in the U.S., according to the Bedbug Registry, a nationwide database of bed bug reports and complaints. According to the database, bed bug sightings in New York hotels alone jumped more than 44% between 2014 and 2015.

This trend is reflected more widely in the AGCS report, which reveals a gradual increase in the number of related claims received over the past five years. While bed bugs are found year-round, infestations and incidents peak during the warmer months of the year April to August. The number of claims, for example, received in May are double those received in February.

Dog-related incidents ranging from bites to mauling (6%, or 114 claims) was the fourth highest cause of animal-related liability claims, according to the report, followed by incidents with cattle caused by charging, bumping and other accidents (4%, or 82 claims).

Other unusual animal-related liability claims include a hotel guest whose room was invaded by a flying squirrel, another whose hearing aid and slippers were chewed and destroyed by a rodent, and at least two people who were attacked by aggressive peacocks. Peacocks with an attitude?!?!

Animal-related claims comprised almost 2% of the 100,000 claims investigated in the report, making these the eighth top cause of loss, based on number of claims received by insurers (see infographic).

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June 24th, 2017

Groundhogs are gardeners’ furry foes – Times Herald-Record

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By Dayna Valenti-GaetaFor the Times Herald-Record

Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, chucks, or whistle pigs, are the largest members of the squirrel family. They are knownby many for their fantastic digging abilities, and often leave the legacy of an herbivore by raiding small gardens and chewing on fruit trees and ornamental shrubs. They dig burrows under garden fences, stone walls, woodpiles, and house or outbuilding foundations. It is interesting to note that they can climb trees and swim.

Woodchucks often have several burrows which can act as dens for hibernation and provide cover for cottontails, chipmunks, skunks and the like. These holes also help to aerate the soil and encourage weathering to form topsoil.

While I wouldnt suggest groundhog stew for dinner, groundhogs are good eats for the red fox and other predators.

Punxsutawny Phil is perhaps the most famous groundhog. Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, the halfway mark between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. If he sees his shadow, he goes back for a six-week nap and we have six more weeks of winter.

At Cornells College of Veterinary Medicine, groundhogs are revered for their indispensable contributions to the study of liver disease in humans. It turns out woodchucks carry a virus called Woodchuck Hepatitis Virus, HWV, which is very similar to human Hepatitis B Virus that can lead to liver damage and liver cancer. Woodchucks have been paramount to the understanding of HBV, how it damages the liver, and the development of the newest, most effective vaccines. Read more at news.cornell.edu/stories/1996/02/cornell-groundhog-harbinger-health.

If you have a garden, you’ve likely seen a woodchuck or the evidence of them. We have a few woodchucks that ate their last meal in our garden. They love kale. And carrots. And peas. If they are a nuisance or cause property damage, it is legal in New York State to take them (kill). That is, if your local ordinances allow you to. But be aware that you have to bury them, which is a lesson in whole body composting. If you do not want to kill them, you should contact a wildlife nuisance professional that is licensed to trap and relocate the animal. It is not against the law to live trap them, but it is against the law to relocate them to another property, including state land, without a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Call the NYSDEC Region 3 Wildlife Office for more information at 256-3098.

A garden fence that is at least 6 feet tall and is buried in the ground 10-12 inches deep will keep woodchucks from climbing up over or digging under it. If woodchucks are creating a home underneath a foundation, there are ways to “bomb” their burrow to evict them. Paul Curtis, wildlife specialist at Cornell University, suggests using hardware cloth to keep them from burrowing under a deck area. The hardware cloth should be buried about 12 inches deep, in the shape of an L to keep woodchucks out. He also suggests using predator urine, like that of a bobcat, to deter woodchucks. For more information, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office and visit http://wildlifecontrol.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Woodchuck_factsheet.pdf.

Dayna Valenti-Gaeta is the community horticulture program coordinator atCornell UniversityCooperative Extension Sullivan County.

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June 22nd, 2017

How a Joke About Flying Squirrels Led to an Ailing Woman’s Cure – New York Times

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A Hidden Infection?

The doctors at South County werent sure what was going on, either. The patient felt sick: She was tired, her back was killing her and she felt weak all over. She looked sick too: pale and frail. On exam, her temperature was up and her blood pressure was down. She had a faint rash on much of her body, and she was confused. But her white-blood-cell count an indicator of infection wasnt elevated, and the doctors couldnt see any obvious source of infection. Blood tests showed no signs of the most common tick-borne diseases. A chest X-ray was normal. An ultrasound of her abdomen was, too. Blood was also analyzed to see if any bacteria would grow, and she was admitted to the hospital team, under the care of Caroline Jenckes, an experienced nurse practitioner.

Jenckes spent the next few days looking for an infection she was certain was there. She ordered an M.R.I. of the spine in search of an abscess, but found nothing. The patients gallbladder was carefully evaluated; inflammation can trigger a fever and pain that travels to the back. A couple of days in, a CT scan of the patients chest suggested the possibility of pneumonia. Dr. Fred Silverblatt, the infectious-disease doctor Jenckes consulted, didnt think the subtle findings could be the cause of her symptoms. And the patients fever was already coming down. Still, he agreed to start her on broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Finally the medical team saw what seemed significant evidence that the patient was getting better. Her fever came down, and her blood pressure returned to normal. Her back pain was subsiding.

From the sons perspective, his mother was not really recovering. He and his wife had been taking turns staying with her, day and night, and she was nothing like her old self; she still seemed quite sick. Despite the antibiotics, she remained tired, weak and practically speechless. The son called his sister in Maryland and older brother in Missouri to tell them that this might be the end, and the siblings hurried to their hometown.

The frail woman didnt open her eyes when her older son entered the room. He leaned close to give her a kiss and straighten her up in the bed. Did she have flying-squirrel fever, he asked lightly, referring to their effort the autumn before to rid her attic of the pesky rodents. Back then she told him how cute the big-eared babies were, creatures taken out of the attic by the exterminator on their way to relocation. He thought she smiled a bit at his joke, just a whisper of her usual good humor. But as he made the joke, he suddenly had a thought: Could those squirrels have anything to do with this strange illness that no one could figure out?

It was an odd thought but the kind of connection that inspired the son, so he found a computer in the hospital and searched online a bit. The first pages carried mostly ads for services to get rid of the pests. But then he found something: a short article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linking flying squirrels with something called epidemic typhus. Further reading revealed that the symptoms of typhus fever, body aches, rash and confusion resembled those his mother had. But typhus was a rare infection. There had been fewer than 100 cases in the United States reported to the C.D.C. over the past 40 years.

Still, the son printed out the article and went in search of Caroline Jenckes. He explained that his mothers house had been infested with these animals. Jenckes was intrigued with the idea. Certainly all the studies theyd done to find the source of the womans symptoms had been unrevealing. She took the article to Silverblatt. It seemed to him a perfect fit: the symptoms, the exposure, the minimal response to the antibiotics. He read up a little more on the infection before starting the patient on the appropriate antibiotic doxycycline and sending her blood to the C.D.C. for confirmation.

Epidemic typhus is an old disease. Since the Middle Ages, periodic epidemics of this infection killed millions of people. Just after World War I, an outbreak in Russia killed three million. The infection is often transmitted through contact with a body louse. Modern sanitation has significantly reduced the incidence of both infection and carrier. In the United States, most cases of typhus have come from exposure to flying squirrels. Its not clear how the bacteria get from the rodents who harbor the bug to the humans they infect, but the louse once again plays a role. Squirrel lice do not tend to bite humans, so it is thought that exposure occurs when bacteria in lice excrement are inhaled.

After 24 hours on the new antibiotic, the woman was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. Within days she began to act more like herself. She was irritated that she had been placed on the floor designated for the sick and dying. She was certain, she explained to anyone who would listen, that this was not where she belonged. She says she didnt really start to get better until she moved to the floor for healthier patients.

After a few weeks she was well enough to go home. It took almost that long for the test results to come back confirming typhus. While she recovered, her children arranged for an exterminator to get rid of any squirrels that might have returned and to seal up any possible ports of re-entry.

Families are an essential source of information about patients and the world they live in. They dont usually make the diagnosis, but they can provide answers to questions doctors hadnt considered asking. In this case, the knowledge of this womans exposure and its associated infection may have saved her life. Untreated epidemic typhus can kill up to 30 percent of patients, and the very old are at the greatest risk.

All this happened three years ago. If you ask this woman now how shes doing, shell immediately inform you that shes just great because the more shes on her own, the better she feels.

Lisa Sanders, M.D., is a contributing writer for the magazine and the author of Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis. If you have a solved case to share with Dr. Sanders, write her at lisasandersmd@gmail.com.

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A version of this article appears in print on June 25, 2017, on Page MM18 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: Doctors in the hospital thought the 93-year-old woman was getting better. But her children thought she was dying. What was going on?.

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June 20th, 2017

Local young falconer bonds with her birds of prey – Allentown Morning Call

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There’s something majestic and wild about seeing a bird of prey such as a hawk or falcon gliding over a field, then swooping down toward its unsuspecting prey below. For most people, it’s a scene they see only on a National Geographic television special or out of the corner of their eye as they drive down a country road. For 16-year-old Margaret Young of Alburtis, it was a vision that led her on the path to becoming the youngest falconer in the state, a distinction she’s held for the past two years.

As a 10-year old, Margaret went with her mother, Jennifer, to see The Raptor Project, a birds of prey show presented by Jonathan and Susan Wood of New York. During the presentation, Jonathan Wood selected her out of the audience for one of the highlights of the show, feeding a bald eagle.

“That was the spark that lit the fire,” said Margaret’s father, Sean Young, who started taking her to birds of prey shows such as Jack Hubley’s Falconry Experience in Hershey. The pair also attended Pennsylvania Falconry and Hawk Trust (PFHT) events to learn more about the sport and see if it was something Margaret really wanted to pursue.

“I was intrigued by the concept of being able to hunt with a bird that had once been wild,” Margaret said. “That is the main attraction for me in falconry, and the power of the bird never ceases to amaze me.”

Defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as the “the art of training hawks to hunt in cooperation with a person,” falconry has been practiced around the globe for centuries. Among the most famous falconry practitioners in the world are the golden eagle hunters of Mongolia, who have been participating in the sport for some 4,000 years.

When it comes to falconry, the sport usually involves capturing a wild bird such as a red-tailed hawk or American kestrel using a humane bait trap that’s designed so the bird does not injure or harm itself and then training and conditioning the bird over a period of months. To become a licensed falconer in Pennsylvania, a person must complete a two-year apprenticeship with a falconry sponsor, practicing regularly with the person to learn proper training, handling and care of the bird.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, which provides falconry permits, said there are 189 falconry permit holders in the state. From Sept. 1-March 31, the state offers a falconry hunting season for squirrels, ruffed grouse, cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares and ring-necked pheasants.

The hunt begins

As a young lady interested in falconry, one of the challenges Margaret faced was finding someone to sponsor her. Her dad became a falconer because he was fairly certain he’d be the one mentoring her.

“She was only 12 years old at that point,” Sean Young recalled. “We couldn’t find anybody that would take her, primarily because of her age. They didn’t want to assume the responsibility of having a bird of prey with a 12-year-old girl.”

In 2013, Sean Young began an apprenticeship with falconer Steve Correll of Nazareth. After a year of working with Sean and having Margaret observe, Correll also took on Margaret, teaching her the foundation and skills needed to properly train, care for and condition the bird. From there, Margaret learned quickly, going on to work with PFHT Central Director Fran Gray after a year with Correll. Then, in 2015, at age 14, she obtained her falconry permit, becoming the youngest falconer in the state.

Margaret said being a falconer requires both daily care and training of the bird. For the past few years, she and her dad have been working with a red-tailed hawk they call Noname. She had an American kestrel, which was released safely back into the wild, and Sean Young recently obtained a red-shouldered hawk that he’s in the process of training.

Noname lives year-round with the Youngs, staying in a special outdoor enclosure called a mews the family built on its property. More elaborate than a cage, the large space includes perches, watering area and plenty of space to move around, providing a safe and secure environment for the hawk. When the Youngs begin training any of their birds, they always start in their living room, which comes complete with a 5-foot-tall perch that the bird is tethered to so it doesn’t fly off and injure itself.

“The first step is getting [the bird] to trust you enough so it will eat while you are in the room with it,” Margret said. “We started with just letting a piece of food sit on the perch with the bird. The room has to be pretty dark and you’re going to be in there and you’re usually not even looking at the bird directly, just watching it out of your peripheral vision.

“As it gets more accustomed to you being there, it will take less time for it to eat the food.”

As far as conditioning a bird to return from the hunt, Margaret said you have to start with small steps, building in longer flights as time goes on. Falconers use a ‘lure,’ a piece of meat that entices the bird to fly during training, and wear a heavy leather glove to protect their hands and arms from the birds’ talons when they land. The Youngs said they start their training sessions indoors because there are limited distractions for the birds.

“Once you get them coming instantly in the house and you run out of room there, then you move outside and you put them on a perch attached to a long leash,” Margaret said. “That’s called a creance; we have a 50-foot one that’s attached to a weight so that way she can come to us but she can’t go up into the trees.

“Once she’s coming to the glove and to her lure about 100 feet and she’s coming instantly, then she’s ready for flight.”

Sharing the passion with others

Both members of the PFHT, the Youngs regularly participate in falconry meets across the state, as well as New York and New Jersey. In addition, they appear at Boy Scout banquets, the Step Outdoors festival at SteelStacks and educational programs at the John James Audubon Center in Montgomery County, all in an effort to teach others about falconry and birds of prey.

“We are falconers we do hunt but we enjoy sharing and educating people about the birds because there’s so little good information out there about falconry and the birds,” Sean Young said.

While Margaret relishes opportunities to teach others about the sport sometimes drawing crowds of 100 or more for presentations her real passion lies in the field, watching Noname soaring high in search of its next meal. It’s something the young huntress eagerly looks forward to and never tires of experiencing.

“This past season we took her out for squirrels and a few rabbits,” Margaret said. “I was her dog, I flushed for her.

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June 15th, 2017

Donald Trump’s ancestral brothel gets a new lease on life – Macleans.ca

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The Arctic Restaurant and Hotel, owned by Friedrich Trump in Bennett, B.C. in 1899, is being reconstructed by Parks Canada in collaboration with the Carcross Tagish First Nation (Meagan Campbell)

The year was 1897, and the region of Bennett, B.C. was roamed by the Tlingit people. Theywere organized into Crow and Wolf clans, hunted game as small as squirrels and were so attuned tothe land that they passed on a story of a girl who nurtured a woodwormbreastfed the worm, evenand mournedover its death for one year until her brothers held a ceremony to celebrate its life. It was on this Tlingit land, amid gurgling rapids and porcupine droppings, that the Trump empire began.

I think hes lost touch with his roots, says Jennifer Ingram, a tourist from Delaware visiting Bennett in June. After prospectors found gold, B City became the hub of the Klondike Gold Rush, prompting 100,000 Americans and Canadiansto attempt a trek so tough that about 60 per cent turned backor died.Friedrich Trump, Donalds great-grandfather, joined the bandwagonwith no wagon, but rather hired Indigenouslocalsto carry much of his loadand established the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel, which also served as a brothel, and whichParks Canada and the Carcross Tagish First Nation are nowrestoring to bepart of an interpretive tour. The current U.S. presidentmay own resorts on four continents, but hisancestralfortune began with a two-storey outfit selling swan meat and sex in Canada.

Everybodys gotta start somewhere, says Donna Laperle, a tourist from California. The Tlingit had little use for golditstoo malleable to make toolsbutthe metalpromised money for one German man with drive. Trump had moved from Kallstadt, Germany in 1885 and started cutting hair in Manhattan, but he wasnowealthy barber, and when he heard buzz about Bennett, he came, he saw, and he capitalized.

A train conductor and brakeman prepare for departure on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad in Bennett (Meagan Campbell)

Trumps trunks contained, among other necessities, more than his weight in bacon, and he wouldve needed to hire Tlingit pack carriers, who translated newcomers as cheechakos. The Arctic Hotel offered an omnivorous menu of moose, goose, caribou and cranberries, but most of the profit for Trump and his business partner came from alcohol and prostitution.

Ladies ofthe nightoften hiked the trail in skirts, and they stayed at the Arctic Hotel to entertain gold diggers, using a scale to weigh gold powder for payment. I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep, wrote a reporter for the Yukon Sun in April 1900, as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex.

In Tlingit culture, girls were considered critical to acommunitys spiritualgood fortune. At puberty, girls were secludedto a tent fortwomonths to two years so their menstruation wouldnt bring badhunting luck to theirpeople, and so theycould learn skills like sewing, according to My Old People Say, an iconic work by Catharine McClellan, who spent three decades working with and gathering stories from Yukon elders (girls sometimes snuck out of the puberty camps to dance or play with other children, but they would be forgiven). Powerful white women also came to Bennett to find adventure, farm cattleand run a competing hotel that wasfancier than Trumps.

Six weeks after opening his establishment, Trump was already scoping out his next location: in Whitehorse. Spotting another boomtown, he and helpers would lift hishotel onto a barge and floated it by river to the future capital city. Before gold yields dropped, Trump returned to Germany to find a wife, Elizabeth Christ, and moved back to New York to have three children and buy real estate on the west coast. Trumps exploits in Bennett were just a footnote in the Gold Rush, and to the Tlingit people, the entire rush was merely, as Parks Canada historian David Neufeld puts it, a wild weekend party that came and, thankfully, left.

Cruise ships now bring cheechakos to Bennett from Japan, Sweden and beyond, most of them not expecting to find a Trump franchise. Believe me, we didnt come to see that, says Gary Graff, a visitor from Kentucky. Were grateful that Canadians even let us into the country, given the man in the executive mansion. The region also attracts cross-country skiers to the Buckwheat Ski Classic, an annual race that began withthe explicitpurpose of luring beautiful women in the winter.

Bennetts national historic site protects plants as exotic as the Northern Bastard Toadflax, and the town has only one resident, a Tlingit woman who maintains her familys trap line. She lives up the shore from the Arctic Hotel reconstruction project, where artifacts still lie on the lawnsa shriveled mattress spring; a womens salmon-colouredshoe.

Donald Trump’s ancestral brothel gets a new lease on life – Macleans.ca

June 14th, 2017

BREAKING: TRUMP to delay UK trip — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Aug. recess in jeopardy — ISENSTADT: MITT shows … – Politico

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Driving the Day

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — WE HEAR There is a chance Congress will stay in session for part of August. There has been political pressure from some members of the House and Senate to stay in town and try to get some things done instead of take a five-week recess. The pressure will only increase if the Obamacare repeal and replace isnt done in the next few weeks. Congress has just 27 days in session until the summer break. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise: many lawmakers have had to face angry constituents on trips home.

STATEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey — at 8:22 a.m.: The #FakeNews MSM doesnt report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector……way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels! at 8:29 a.m.: I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very cowardly! at 8:49 a.m.: The Democrats have no message, not on economics, not on taxes, not on jobs, not on failing #Obamacare. They are only OBSTRUCTIONISTS!

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— TWO QUICK THINGS: Many Democrats will privately agree with Trump that they oftentimes lack a coherent message. But Trumps presidency has unified Democrats for the first time in a long time Trump has majorities in the House and Senate, and hes blaming Democrats for obstructing him.

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BREAKING OVERSEAS — TRUMP PUTS OFF U.K. VISIT — THE GUARDIAN: Donald Trumps state visit to Britain put on hold: U.S. president told Theresa May he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests: Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming. The U.S. president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time. The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present. http://bit.ly/2reskVQ

–UPDATE from White House spokesman Raj Shah: “The President has tremendous respect for Prime Minister May. That subject never came up on the call.”

Good Sunday morning. Jake will be on Steve Hiltons new Fox News show The Next Revolution live from Los Angeles tonight at 9 p.m. East Coast time.

TRUMP stopped by a wedding at his country club in New Jersey last night. http://bit.ly/2t98Uhy

YOULL HEAR THIS QUOTE A LOT — Donald Trump Jr. on Fox News, via the Washington Post: When he tells you to do something, guess what? Theres no ambiguity in it, theres no, Hey, Im hoping,’ Trump said. You and I are friends: Hey, I hope this happens, but youve got to do your job. Thats what he told Comey. And for this guy as a politician to then go back and write a memo: Oh, I felt threatened. He felt so threatened — but he didnt do anything. Trump also said that Comeys testimony vindicated the president and that everything in it was basically ridiculous. http://wapo.st/2t9eJf5

ALEX ISENSTADT in DEER VALLEY, UTAH — Romney stokes speculation hes weighing another political run: The 2012 GOP nominee is plotting how to help Republicans in the midterms, and hes being coy about his own political future: Mitt Romney is once again testing his political power critiquing President Donald Trump, raising money and campaigning for fellow Republicans, and not ruling out another run for office for himself. The 2012 GOP nominee is returning to the spotlight, six months after Trump — the man Romney once savaged as unfit for the presidency — nearly picked him to be secretary of state.

Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney adviser and political gatekeeper, said hed been inundated with appeals from Republican candidates asking the former GOP nominee to help them. Last week, Romney held his first fundraiser for a 2018 hopeful, an event benefiting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been fiercely critical of the president. Over the coming days, Romney is also expected to release a robo-call boosting Georgia Republican Karen Handel, who has been losing ground in a high-stakes June 20 special House election she had once been favored to win.

All I can tell you is that the number of requests that Mitt has gotten in the last month to come to a district or to come to a state for a sitting senator its like hes a presidential candidate again, which I was surprised by, said Zwick, who doubles as a top political aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan. There are only so many people in the party that can headline these things. http://politi.co/2rZkZ9X

— THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE between Republicans wanting to take advantage of Romneys fundraising prowess, and his running for office and garnering the support he needs to win.

SUNDAY BEST — JOHN DICKERSON speaks with SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OKLA.) on CBSS FACE THE NATION — DICKERSON: On the question of influencing the investigation, again, thinking about the scale, on the one hand the president might have done something that was a little bit crossing a line but hes a new guy to the job all the way to this question of obstruction of justice. Where do you put, knowing what you know about the presidents behavior, where do you put what he did on that scale? LANKFORD: I would say its very inappropriate. As Jim Comey said, its awkward to be able to have the president of the United States sitting down with someone in the F.B.I., the leadership of the F.B.I., to be able to have direct questions. And for the issue to come up about the Michael Flynn investigations, inappropriate. But the way that it was handled, with no follow-up, with no other press, with no other return to that topic, it looks like what I called a pretty light touch. If this is trying to interfere in a process of any investigation, it doesnt seem like it was number one, very effective, and number two, came up more than once in a conversation. So this looks more like an inappropriate conversation than obstruction.

— SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.) tells CHRIS WALLACE on FOX NEWS SUNDAY that Trump needs to be deposed on all Russia-related questions — [T]he deposition is not just about his conversations with Mr. Comey. There are issues with respect to his conversation with director of national intelligence Dan Coats, Admiral Rogers, the NSA director, his relationships with Manafort. By the time the special prosecutor Mr. Mueller is ready to depose or ask the president to speak under oath, there are a myriad of questions. So what I dont want to see is simply, well I just said I talk about Comey, Im not talking about anything else. To resolve this situation he has to be prepared to speak on all these matters.

— PREET BHARARA speaks to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABCS THIS WEEK — STEPHANOPOULOS: The presidents defenders, like Alan Dershowitz, say theres no grounds for obstruction. You talked about that. And he, in fact, says that presidents have the constitutional right to fire FBI directors and investigations as much as they want. One of the presidents attorneys, Jay Sekulow, is coming up next. He says theres no there there, no basis for obstruction. Youre a former prosecutor. Are — is there evidence there … to begin a case for obstruction? BHARARA: I think theres absolutely evidence to begin a case. I think its very important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction. Its also true I think from based on what I see as a third party and out of government that theres no basis to say theres no obstruction.

— SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) talks to BRIANNA KEILAR on CNNs STATE OF THE UNION — KEILAR: I want to ask you about something the president has been cagey about, and that is these tapes, of course. So, I wonder if you would support issuing a subpoena to the White House. Right now, its just a request coming from Congress. Would you support issuing a subpoena for the recordings or any documents that might come from that? COLLINS: This is an issue that the president should have cleared up in his press conference. He should give a straight yes or no to the answer — to the question of whether or not the tapes exist. And he should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel. So, I dont think a subpoena should be necessary. And I dont understand why the president just doesnt clear this matter up once and for all.

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THE NEXT MAIN EVENT — Sessions will testify before Senate in Russia investigation, by Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan: In a letter to his former colleagues in the House and Senate, Sessions canceled a planned appearance before Congress appropriations committees. Sessions said he instead plans to appear on Tuesday before the Intelligence panel to respond to questions stemming from FBI director James Comeys bombshell testimony last Thursday.

If this is an open session … Sessions will likely face a barrage of questions over his role in Comeys dismissal, his independence from President Donald Trump, and allegations of additional unreported meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sessions has already recused himself from the Russia probe after failing to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation of two meetings with Kislyak, and there have been reports of additional sessions. http://politi.co/2rOVc5P

— SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CALIF.) told Brianna Keilar on State of the Union that she didnt know if the hearing will be open.

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW — Whats next for Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics, by APs Eric Tucker: So whats next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where hes always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service.

His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he was between opportunities vastly understates the career prospects now available to him not to mention potential benefits from the publics fascination with a man who has commanded respect while drawing outrage from both political parties. http://apne.ws/2sQlkMb

EYE-POPPING NUMBERS FROM WAPOS KAREN TUMULTY in SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA — Trump looms over Georgia special election, a proxy battle for 2018: It is an arms race of money and organization. The latest fundraising report, filed Thursday, showed Ossoff raising an additional $15 million in the past two months, nearly quadruple what Handel brought in. With outside groups weighing in, the race has thus far cost more than $40 million — far outpacing the previous record for a congressional race of nearly $30 million for a Florida contest in 2012.

Polls indicate there are few voters still undecided. The next 10 days are about turning out the base. There are more of us than them in the district. The more people who vote, the better, said Corry Bliss, who heads the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). That organization alone plans to spend about $7 million in the race. http://wapo.st/2rjhPM4

FASCINATING READ — Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis inner circle, by Jacqueline Klimas and Bryan Bender: The Trump era has brought a change of fortune for a Silicon Valley software company founded by presidential adviser Peter Thiel turning it from a Pentagon outcast to a player with three allies in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ inner circle. At least three Pentagon officials close to Mattis, including his deputy chief of staff and a longtime confidante, either worked, lobbied or consulted for Palantir Technologies, according to ethics disclosures obtained by POLITICO. Thats an unusually high number of people from one company to have such daily contact with the Pentagon leader, some analysts say.

It also represents a sharp rise in prominence for the company, which just months ago could barely get a meeting in the Pentagon. Last year, Palantir even had to go to court to force its way into a competition for a lucrative Army contract. Thiel was one of the only Silicon Valley titans to openly support Trump during the campaign, a role that gave him a prime speaking slot at last summers Republican convention. He has since acted as a key adviser arranging meetings among the president and other tech executives. While there’s no evidence he had a direct hand in these specific Pentagon hires, analysts say they absolutely show his growing influence in the administration, where he holds no formal role. http://politi.co/2sqMdbS

DEMOCRATS NEW PLAYBOOK — Democrats bet on Trump in Virginia governors race, by Kevin Robillard: Virginias Democratic primary on Tuesday is shaping up to be the first real test of liberalism in the Trump era, with both candidates lurching for increasingly leftward policies to position themselves in contrast with President Donald Trump.

Virginias gubernatorial elections often develop into contrasts with a new president, but theres a stark difference between now and how Republican candidate Bob McDonnell handled then-President Barack Obama in 2009. While critical of the Obama’s economic record, the future governor also regularly praised Obama for supporting school choice, straddling the partisan divide. The Democrats have felt no need to do the same with the less popular Trump, whose approval rating was at 36 percent in a recent Washington Post-George Mason University poll of Virginia. http://politi.co/2rjHzYJ

THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE — Fate of Planned Parenthood funding tied to Senate moderates, by Jen Haberkorn: Two female Senate Republicans could stop the anti-abortion movement from achieving its most significant win against Planned Parenthood in decades. Most Republicans want to eliminate the groups $555 million in federal funding as part of their bill to repeal Obamacare. But as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to solve the legislative Rubiks Cube of finding 50 votes for repeal, he may have to drop the Planned Parenthood cut to win the support of the two Republican moderates, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. http://politi.co/2sbbpTf

WHAT SILICON VALLEY IS READING — Uber Board to Discuss CEO Travis Kalanicks Possible Leave of Absence: Board also set to vote on recommendations from a report of an investigation into workplace issues, by WSJs Greg Bensinger: Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick will discuss taking a possible leave of absence when the board of directors of the embattled ride-hailing company meets Sunday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Also on the agenda when the seven-person board convenes is a vote on a series of recommendations from a report prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding its workplace. It was uncertain whether Mr. Kalanick would ultimately take the leave or whether the board would approve of such a measure, which would require finding a temporary replacement in short order. http://on.wsj.com/2r7Ram8


— SPOTTED at Mitt Romneys E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Spencer Zwick, Matt Waldrip, Corry Bliss, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kristen Soltis Anderson, Ron Kaufman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Anthony Scaramucci, Bianna Golodryga, Will Ritter, Mary Bono, Lanhee Chen, Leah Malone and Andrew Liveris.

RIP — @SecondLady: Rest in peace Oreo. You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much. http://bit.ly/2sgQOxR

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WEEK AT THE WHITE HOUSE — Donald and Ivanka Trump head to Wisconsin for jobs push, by ABC News Jordyn Phelps: President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are set to travel to Wisconsin Tuesday to join Gov. Scott Walker to tour a technical college, as the administration puts a renewed focus on its goal of job creation. The trip is just one event in a week full of activities built around promoting technical skills training and apprenticeships. [They are d]ubbing it workforce development week …

The president is expected to make what the administration is billing as a major policy speech at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, in which hell lay out steps the administration will take to encourage workforce development and also call for Congressional action. Ivanka Trump will also lead a roundtable with some 15 CEOs. On Thursday, the president will also host a roundtable discussion, where he will welcome eight governors from states with successful workforce development programs to the White House. http://abcn.ws/2r7tOwT

THE NEW U.K. POLITICAL REALITY — For Britain, Political Stability Is a Quaint Relic, by NYTs Steven Erlanger in London: In a little more than two years, Britain has had two general elections and a nationwide referendum. Each time, the politicians, pollsters, betting markets, political scientists and commentators have got it wrong.

Once considered one of the most politically stable countries in the world, regularly turning out majority governments, Britain is increasingly confusing and unpredictable, both to its allies and itself. Far from settling the fierce divisions exposed by last years referendum on Britains exit from the European Union, or Brexit, the election on Thursday only made them worse. http://nyti.ms/2shhy1i

— THE POLITICO EUROPE TICK TOCK: How Theresa May lost it: A reluctance to delegate, hubris and campaigning ineptitude ruined British prime ministers grand plan to secure a mandate, by Tom McTague, Charlie Cooper and Annabelle Dickson in London: Halfway through Britains seven-week snap election campaign, some in Theresa Mays team came to the conclusion that they had a problem the candidate. At a gathering of senior staff in Conservative campaign headquarters in central London, one of Mays top operatives told the sitting prime minister that she risked crashing and burning like Sarah Palin did in 2008. … To the operative, May was overly controlling and her inexperience would tell during a short, intense campaign. May listened with good grace … [but] changed nothing. http://politi.co/2t8VuSG

ACTUAL FAKE NEWS NYT A22, A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story, by Jeremy Peters: A pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateur sleuthing into red herrings like the Pizzagate hoax and a conspiracy theory involving the murder of a Democratic aide, Mr. Posobiec wrote on May 17 that Mr. Comey, the recently ousted F.B.I. director, had said under oath that Trump did not ask him to halt any investigation.

But as the journey of that one tweet shows, misinformed, distorted and false stories are gaining traction far beyond the fringes of the internet. Just 14 words from Mr. Posobiecs Twitter account would spread far enough to provide grist for a prime-time Fox News commentary and a Rush Limbaugh monologue that reached millions of listeners, forging an alternative first draft of history in corners of the conservative media where President Trumps troubles are often explained away as fabrications by his journalist enemies.

In this fragmented media environment, the spread of false information is accelerated and amplified by a web of allied activist-journalists with large online followings, a White House that grants them access and, occasionally, a president who validates their work. The right-wing media machine that President Bill Clintons aides once referred to as conspiracy commerce is now far more mature, extensive and, in the internet age, tough to counter. http://nyti.ms/2sbduPm

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DEEP DIVES — NYT A1, Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail: Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants many based in Asia quickly pop up, by Nathaniel Popper (print headline: Drug Trade Rises in Dark Corners of the Internet): As the nations opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels. The internet. In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales have allowed powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide to reach living rooms in nearly every region of the country, as they arrive in small packages in the mail. http://nyti.ms/2t91CdL

–Chinas New Bridges: Rising High, but Buried in Debt: China has built hundreds of dazzling new bridges, including the longest and highest, but many have fostered debt and corruption, by NYTs Chris Buckley: The eye-popping structures have slashed travel times in some areas, made business easier and generated a sizable slice of the countrys economy, laying a foundation, in theory at least, for decades of future growth. But as the bridges and the expressways they span keep rising, critics say construction has become an end unto itself. Fueled by government-backed loans and urged on by the big construction companies and officials who profit from them, many of the projects are piling up debt and breeding corruption while producing questionable transportation benefits. http://nyti.ms/2t9er7I

BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:

–Bob Dylans Nobel Lecture: Some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back. http://bit.ly/2rULMnO

–How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned in the August 1944 issue of Popular Mechanics: Every one of the thousands of men landed in France required about 10 ship tons of overall equipment, and an additional ship ton every 30 days. The number of separate items needed was about a million. Some of these million items had to be accumulated in millions, resulting in astronomical totals. http://bit.ly/2smaY97

–Eternal Champions, by Sam Borden in ESPN: Seven months ago, Brazilian underdogs Chapecoense boarded a plane to play in the game of their lives. Instead, their biggest moment turned into a tragedy no one can forget. http://es.pn/2r9Y3aB (h/t Longform.org)

–Inside Trumps secretive immigration court: far from scrutiny and legal aid, by The Guardians Oliver Laughland in Jena, Louisiana: [T]he remote LaSalle detention facility is part of Trumps attempt to fast-track deportations. A visit reveals a hastily arranged setup beset by flaws. http://bit.ly/2scNvHQ

–Rolling Stone at 50: How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend, by Patrick Doyle in Rolling Stone per The Browsers description: Sports Illustrated asked Hunter S. Thompson for 250 words about a Las Vegas motorbike race. He gave them 2,500 words and when they spiked the piece he took it to Rolling Stone, which wanted more. The result was Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, published in 1971. Thompsons coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign reshaped what it meant to write about politics. But getting work out of him was becoming difficult. Editing him was a bit like being a cornerman for Ali. http://rol.st/2smiHEk

–Weddings of the 0.01 Percent, by Julia Rubin in Racked: Cristal! Caviar! Chris Martin! How the rich (and sometimes famous) get married. http://bit.ly/2smtvCz

–The truth about tarot, by James McConnachie in Aeon Magazine: Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis. http://bit.ly/2sL1XDY (h/t ALDaily.com)

–The Worst Ever First Day on the Job — Punching In: My Life as a Long Haul Trucker, by Finn Murphy in Literary Hub: Moving companies perform four categories of moving work: local, commercial, long-distance, and international. Callahans work was mostly local moving, loading up someones house in the morning and then unloading in the afternoon at the new house. It takes the greatest toll on the body because you are handling stuff every working day. Its the local stuff that eventually kills you or drives you to drink; more commonly, both. http://bit.ly/2s4Nuoy

–There Were Once Jews Here, by Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Familys Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, in Tablet Magazine: During the Six-Day War, some of the Arab countries at war with Israel — Egypt, Tunisia, Libya — treated their Jewish populations terribly, causing them to leave en masse. http://bit.ly/2t92OOk … $10.01 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2sbmAeT

–Dear Brazilian Government, Thanks for the Contracts, by Michael Smith, Sabrina Valle, and Blake Schmidt on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: Theres graft, and then theres the graft machine perfected by Odebrecht, one of the world’s biggest construction companies. https://bloom.bg/2rOEHqr The cover http://bit.ly/2rjKL6H

–Kill them, kill them, kill them: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britains grey squirrels, by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian: The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species? http://bit.ly/2re8OE6

–This County Switched From Backing Obama to Trump. Heres What Happened, by Josh Siegel in The Daily Signal: In 1980, manufacturing jobs comprised 38 percent of all jobs in Coos [New Hampshire]. In 2014, only 7 percent of jobs in the county were in manufacturing. Payroll wages from manufacturing have dropped from 49 percent to 9 percent since the mid-1980s. http://bit.ly/2sL2A0v

SPOTTED: Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly enjoying DHS Night Friday night at the Nats game along with members of DHS workforce pic http://bit.ly/2rjyfUM … Anson Kaye, partner at GMMB, in New Orleans last night, accepting a Gold ADDY award (and also a Mosaic Award) for the ad Mirrors (http://bit.ly/2sbAIEM) he created for Hillary for America

SPOTTED at State Department senior White House adviser Matt Mowers birthday party at Wet Dog Tavern last night (which coincidentally also hosted RNC alum Anna Epsteins birthday party at the same time): Cassie Spodak, Ryan Williams, Zeke Miller, Ben Sparks, Jill Barclay, Phil Elliott, Ethan Zorfas, Ben DeMarzo, Maren Kasper, Michael Kratsios, Kailani Koenig, Tom Dickens, Elise Dietsch Dickens, Eric Jones, Alan He, Andy Polesovsky, Corey Ershow, Kelly Klass, Britt Carter.

SHIELDS/WALSH ENGAGEMENT PARTY — THE BRITISH EMBASSY hosted an engagement party last night for Mike Shields, former RNC chief of staff and founder and partner at Convergence Media and Katie Walsh, former WH deputy chief of staff and former RNC chief of staff who is now senior advisor at America First Policies. Amb. Kim Darroch toasted the pair and called them the ultimate political couple and told the crowd how the couple got engaged in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister has met with his or her cabinet every week for 250 years. He also needled Mike, who has a British mother and is a big soccer fan, for supporting Ipswich, who he cast as much inferior to Chelsea in the Premier League. The food at the party included: herb-crusted fillet of lamb, goats cheese and beetroot, terrine of pork, and chili shrimp while desserts included mini Bakewell tart, strawberry tartlet and passion fruit mousse. Pics of the couple http://bit.ly/2sbk3Bp http://bit.ly/2saWbhk Reince Priebus taking a pic of the couple as they thanked friends for coming http://bit.ly/2rOGmfz The crowd http://bit.ly/2rOzjDs

SPOTTED: Reince and Sally Priebus, Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Steven Mnuchin and his chief of staff Eli Miller chatting on a walk around the gardens of the embassy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rob and Cindy Simms, Cara Mason, Jessica Ditto, Sarah and Dave Armstrong, Tim Pataki, Richard Walters, Rob Jesmer chatting with Sean Cairncross (Sean and Rob have been friends since they were 5 years old growing up in Minnesota), Brian O. Walsh, Josh Pitcock, Mikes 15-year-old son Aidan Shields-Eads, Molly Donlin, Steven Law, Sam Feist, Mike Allen, Andrew Bremberg, Lew Eisenberg, Madeleine Westerhout, Johnny DeStefano, Renee Hudson, Michael Hoare, Lindsay Walters, Vanessa Morrone and Mike Ambrosini, Zach and Mallory Hunter.

ENGAGED — Andrew Feldman, principal of the progressive communications firm Feldman Strategies, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Salzman Saturday night during Country Music Fest in Nashville. Megan is a communications manager at the early education advocacy group The First Five Years Fund. Andrew and Megan met on OKCupid nearly four and a half years ago. Andrew points out that the ring has extra significant because the center stone was Megans mothers engagement stone and she is no longer with us. Pics http://bit.ly/2r7KrIZhttp://bit.ly/2rOFJTb The ring http://bit.ly/2rjzLGh

— Jessica Huff, social media director for McClatchy in Dallas and a Politico alum, and Spenser Walters, an area sales rep for Duvel USA, got engaged on Friday night in Austin, Texas. She emails us: We met in college at UT-Austin after he came back from Afghanistan. He was serving in the Marines. We had the same group of friends but I hadnt met him yet since he was overseas. Once he was back, one of our first dates was at a restaurant in the hill country in Texas overlooking the lake, and so while visiting Austin he took me back there and proposed during sunset. Its a very special place to us so it was perfect! Pics http://bit.ly/2shqCmX The ring http://bit.ly/2t9rnKO

WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Travis Considine, communications manager at Uber Texas and a John McCain and Rick Perry alum, married Morgan Smith, a reporter with The Texas Tribune, on Saturday evening at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Guests enjoyed a bluegrass band and flawless weather at the outdoor ceremony and reception. Pic http://bit.ly/2t9jc1c Travis speech http://bit.ly/2sQLqi2

SPOTTED: Tucker and Alexia Bounds, Brittany Bramell, Trevor Theunissen, Chris Miller, Allie Brandenburger and Ryan Mahoney, Kevin Benacci, Emily Ramshaw, Matt and Jen Hirsch, Evan Smith, Perrylanders Rob Johnson, Mark Miner, and Andy Hemming.

OBAMA ALUMNI Meredith Carden, head of partnerships at Sidewire, got married this weekend to Micah Fergenson, law clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a small ceremony at Four Follies Farm in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The couple first met in 2009 when they were working for President Obama. Micah worked in the WH Counsels Office, and Meredith worked for FLOTUS in the East Wing. They lost touch, but were reintroduced by a mutual friend in 2015. Pic http://bit.ly/2sb3PIq

–Lily Rothman, Elihu Dietz N.Y. Times: Ms. Rothman, 31, is the history and archives editor at Time magazine, overseeing its history coverage, Life.com and the magazines digital archive. She also wrote Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale and received a masters degree in journalism from the City University of New York. … Mr. Dietz, 32, is a candidate for a masters degree in environmental management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, where he studies the integration of renewable energy into the grid. He graduated from St. Johns College in Santa Fe, N.M. … The groom is a great-great-grandson and a namesake of Elihu Root, who was President Theodore Roosevelts secretary of state and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He is also a direct descendant of President Ulysses S. Grant. The couple met on a blind date arranged by friends in Brooklyn in 2011. With pic http://nyti.ms/2rZpO2N

–Alison Kenworthy, Michael Koenigs: The bride and groom work at ABC News in New York, where they met. She is a news producer for Good Morning America. He is a senior coordinating producer, creating content that is used on-air and on the website. He was also the host of Election Cycle, a series in 2016 that featured him bicycling through swing states and interviewing voters along the way. The bride, 33, graduated from Rutgers. … Mr. Koenigs, 30, graduated cum laude from Harvard. With pic http://nyti.ms/2t8GB2L

–Julia Pudlin, David Wishnick: Ms. Pudlin, 32, worked until earlier this year at the United States Treasury Department as a deputy executive secretary in the chief of staffs office and a senior adviser to the general counsel. On July 10 she is to begin working as the assistant deputy general counsel for government investigations at Comcast in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale, and received a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. … Mr. Wishnick, also 32, was until recently an associate in the Washington office of Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm. On July 12 he is to begin a fellowship, conducting research in contract law, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown, and received a law degree from Yale. … The couple met in April 2013 through the dating app Hinge. With pic http://nyti.ms/2rOZSIV

–Victoria St. Martin, Richard G. Jones: The bride, 36, is a general assignment reporter on the local desk of The Washington Post. She graduated from Rutgers and received a masters degree in journalism from American University. … The groom, 46, is to become the director of the journalism program at Notre Dame. Until recently, he was an associate editor in news administration for The New York Times, as well as the director of the newspapers Student Journalism Institute. He graduated from the University of Delaware and has a masters degree in journalism from Columbia. … The couple were introduced in 2006 by a mutual friend in Yardley, Pa. With pic http://nyti.ms/2rOtYMA

BIRTHDAYS: Greta Van Susteren, the pride of Appleton, Wisconsin (hat tip: Tammy Haddad) … Tad Devine, the pride of Providence who lives on Block Island, is 62 … Kim Oates of the House Radio/TV gallery Carrie Budoff Browns older sister, Jennifer Budoff, budget director for the D.C. City Council … former Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is 87 Lindsey Williams Drath … Jennifer Rubin … Michael Timmeny, SVP for government and community relations at Cisco … Jeremy Ben-Ami, president at J Street (h/ts Jon Haber) … POLITICOs Reid Pillifant, Emily Dobler and Juliette Medina … South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is 64 … Treasury alum David Cohen … TJ Adams-Falconer, associate director of external affairs at Axios … Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) is 69 … Cesar Gonzalez, COS for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart … former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) is 59 … DNC comms staffer and former HRC campaign media booker Lucas Acosta (h/t Crystal Carson) …

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June 13th, 2017

Tracking invasive species? Follow the people – Malay Mail Online

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Central Park in Manhattan, New York. Lady-Photo/Istock.com/AFP picLONDON, June 13 Islands and populated coastal areas are the world’s “hotspots” for invasive species, which can upend entire ecosystems and drive local animals and plants to extinction, a study reported yesterday.

The first global census of non-native fauna and flora found the highest concentrations in Hawaii, New Zealand’s North Island, and the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia.

The 50th US state is beset with alien species including rats, feral pigs, and the firetree, which crowds out indigenous plants in each of eight categories that include reptiles, fish, ants, spiders, mammals and amphibians.

Disease-bearing mosquitos that arrived in the early 19th century have wiped out half the island chain’s tropical birds, with several other species on the brink.

Florida is the top hotspot among mainland regions, boasting a rogues’ gallery of invaders: Walking catfish, giant iguanas, mammal-crushing pythons, and monster African land snails that gobble up native plants and carry a parasite that causes meningitis in humans.

The California coast and northern Australia are also rife with uninvited guests.

The new map of intruder species points unmistakably to how they got there, said Wayne Dawson, a biologist at Durham University in northeastern England and lead author of the study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

We have shown that regions with higher human population density, and greater wealth, have more established alien species, he told AFP.

Not all living things that take root in foreign soils or waters cause harm.

But those that do are among the main drivers along with habitat loss, hunting for food, pollution and climate change of wildlife decline around the world, experts say.

Creatures that have evolved in isolation may find themselves helpless against unfamiliar predators or pathogens.

Forests in Guam are eerily silent, for example, because the brown tree snake has devoured most of the island’s birds (or their eggs) over the last half century.

Newcomers often marginalise native species: Asian carp now dominate some US rivers, grey squirrels have replaced red ones in London parks, and kudzu (aka Japanese arrowroot) a perennial vine introduced to the US 150 years ago as an ornamental bush has crowded out many plants.

Altered ecosystems

Benign or not, the overwhelming majority of invasive species are brought to new places by humans.

Sometimes it happens on purpose, for pest control. But attempts to engineer nature can backfire.

Plantation owners in Hawaii imported mongooses to eat the rats that had infested sugar cane fields. But rats are nocturnal, and thus continued to thrive. The diurnal mongooses ate ground-nesting birds instead.

More often, invasive critters spread by hitching rides with cargo. The deadly Asian hornet is thought to have landed in Europe a dozen years ago in a shipment of pottery from China.

Ballast water in cargo ships pumped in and out of huge tanks to keep vessels balanced is also a major conduit, transporting thousands of aquatic species including bacteria and viruses unnoticed across the globe every day.

Under the terms of an international treaty going into effect in September, all big ships will be required to have equipment to treat their ballast water.

“We are arguably creating a new ‘Pangaea’,” said Dawson, referring to the super-continent that joined most of Earth’s land masses some 335 million years ago.

“The consequences of such a virtual continent are profound: the creation of novel communities with mixtures of species from around the world, altered ecosystems, and extinctions of some species,” he told AFP.

There are also financial impacts.

A study led by French scientists, published last year, concluded that invasive insects alone cause at least US$77 billion (RM328 billion) in damage every year, a figure they described as a gross underestimate.

For the new study, Dawson and an international team of two dozen researchers looked at data on invasive species across 186 islands and more than 400 mainland regions.

The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International has catalogued more than 8,000 invasive species, though the true figure is no doubt higher, he said. AFP-Relaxnews

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June 8th, 2017

THOMAS: Squirrels are rats with really nice tails – Niagarathisweek.com

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June 6th, 2017

15 Marvel Characters Who Could Defeat Thanos In Seconds – Screen Rant

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With 14 movies already on their slate, Marvel Studios has introduced a plethora of villains to their cinematic universe. Some of them have even become as beloved to fans as the heroes themselves, such as Tom Hiddlestons Loki and Vincent DOnofrios Kingpin. But coming in 2018 withAvengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios will formally introduce one of their most powerful villains yet, and his name is Thanos.

The Mad Titans had a long, villainous history in the Marvel comics and has lurked in the shadows for several of the MCU films now. Finally, Thanos will step out of the shadows and wreak havoc on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He may be one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe (when equipped with hisInfinity Gauntlet), but did you know that there are some Marvel characters that could kill the Mad Titan in mere seconds? Today well be listing the characters that could obliterate Thanos if he wasnt wielding the Infinity Gauntlet with all six Infinity Stones. Some of these characters might even surprise you.

Here are 15 Marvel Characters Who Could Defeat Thanos In Seconds.

He is the ruler of the Dark Dimension and one of Doctor Stranges most formidable foes. Dormammu is one of the Marvel Universes most powerful villains; so powerful, that he cannot be killed. As depicted in Marvel Studios Doctor Strange and in the comics, the Sorcerer Supreme has only defeated Dormammu by trapping him in his own dimension, disabling him from ever reaching the Earth realm.

Also known as the Lord of Chaos or the Lord of Darkness, Dormammus powers range from harnessing pure mystical energy to interdimensional teleportation to the creation of artificial life. He is a god within his own dimension and with a flick of his fingers, Thanos would no longer see the light of day. There are infinite ways that Dormammu could kill Thanos, but tosee some examples, rewatch Dormammus scene in Doctor Strange.

The son of Professor X, and an Omega Level Mutant, David Haller/Legion could possibly be the most dangerous mutant in the Marvel Universe. In addition to his telepathy and telekinesis, Halleris able to warp reality at will, andeven travel through time. His most remarkable abilities, as well as his most threatening, are his split personalities. Each personality possesses different super powers and at times are able to completely take control of Hallers body.

There are virtually countless ways Hallercould take down Thanos, but we dont have to look far for examples. In FXs Legion, Haller(Dan Stevens) demonstrated that he is the most powerful mutant in the X-Men cinematic universe. When he fought against Division 3 the shows main group of villains with only a thought, Hallerdismembered an army of highly-weaponized soldiers by sinking their bodies through concrete.

Another instance where Hallerportrayed immense amounts of power was when he created a whole different reality by linking Syd Barretts (Rachel Keller) mind with his. Thanos has no chance against Legion.

Introduced in Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 issue 23, Matthew Malloy was described by Charles Xavier to be the largest mutant power source Cerebro has ever registered. His powers range from matter manipulation to telepathy and telekinesis to teleportation. Malloy is so powerful that in the Uncanny X-Mencomic run, when S.H.I.E.L.D. and Maria Hill disintegrated him with an energy blast, Malloy resurrected himself and vanquished Hill and all the other agents. When the X-Men tried to kill him, Malloy destroyed them all with ease.

Malloy can even warp reality at will and not even mystical entities, like Magik and Doctor Strange, are able to contain him. The only way the heroes were able to defeat Malloy was by traveling back in time and erasinghim from existence by never allowing his parents to meet. There is simply no way Thanos can stand against Malloy, as Malloy could even destroy the whole universe and still be able to come back to life.

Also an Omega Level Mutant, Mad Jim Jaspers was a member of British Parliament before discovering his mutant powers. He is able to warp reality and travel within the multiverse, but his abilities contribute to him going insane. Jaspers is so powerful that the Earth-238 version of himself eventually led that universe to extinction and created a machine, The Fury, that killed all of that Earths superheroes.

Even so, the Earth-616 version of Jaspers is even more powerful. The 616 version of Jaspers was only defeated when The Fury was able to travel to Earth-616 before the destruction of Earth-238. The only limitation to Jasperss powers is that he needs already-existing reality in order to warp reality unlike other reality warpers that can bend and create reality out of nothing. If Thanos and Jim Jaspers ever faced each other in a duel, it would be in Thanoss best interest to have his Infinity Gauntlet on hand.

The younger brother of Cyclops and Havok, Vulcan was raised by the people of the Shiar empire. Upon returning to Earth to serve as a slave for Erik the Red, Vulcan escaped captivity and was eventually found by Moira MacTaggert, who later introduced him to Professor Charles Xavier.

Vulcan is an Omega Level Mutant with the ability to psionically manipulate all forms of energy, as well as the psionic powers of other heroes. He has also been shown to be able to control Cyclopss optic blasts and even mystical spells from mystical entities. One time he even became the sole emperor of the Shiar empire and fought Black Bolt to the death, causing a rupture in the space-time continuum.

The way Vulcan could easily kill Thanos is by disintegrating him via his vast energy powers. This could be through fire, electricity, force fields, heat, and/or light. And since the physical body is a product of energy, its even possible that Vulcan could boil Thanoss organs at will, or worse.

She has defeated Doctor Doom, Wolverine, and yes, even Thanos. She may be one of the most ridiculous characters in the Marvel Universe, but over the years, Squirrel Girl has become one of the most beloved characters in comics. Her popularity has even led Marvel Television to create a show that revolves around her debuting on Freeform in 2018.

Despite the aforementioned feats, Squirrel Girls most remarkable accomplishment to date is not that she single-handedly defeated Thanos, but that she bested Galactus with empathy and compassion. In the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl issue 4, when Galactus was about to devour the Earth, Squirrel Girl convinced him not to, essentially saving the entire planet from ultimate destruction.

As the name implies, Squirrel Girl is able to communicate with squirrels and she uses her rodent buddies to create the most elaborate strategies. Thanos has no chance against the peoples favorite, Squirrel Girl.

The Living Tribunal is the most powerful character in the Marvel Universe, after the One Above All. He exists outside the vast multiverse and serves to protect it by maintaining the cosmic balance. Due to his near omnipotent abilities, if Thanos ever faced the Living Tribunal, Thanos would die in milliseconds.

Even if Thanos wields the Infinity Gauntlet, he is no match against the Living Tribunal, as seen in The Infinity Gauntlet six-issue series. When Adam Warlock united the strongest cosmic forces of Earth-616 to kill Thanos, Warlock asked the Living Tribunal for his help, but the Tribunal refused, believing that Thanos would bring balance to the universe. If the Living Tribunal had intervened, its possible that the aftermath of the battle between Thanos and Earths heroes would have come to a faster conclusion.

He is the Devourer of Worlds, and as of recently, the Seeder of Worlds. Before Galactus was turned into the Lifebringer of the Marvel Universe after Secret Wars (2015), he was the walking apocalypse of every unfortunate planet that satisfied his hunger. He is the oldest being in the Marvel Universe, as well as one of the most powerful. He contains the Power Cosmic, a form of grand cosmic energy that allows him to perform incredible feats.

It is virtually impossible to defeat Galactus in his normal satisfied state. Only when he is deprived of food, near starvation, is hevulnerable to defeat. Even then, as in Fantastic Four issue 243, it took the combined might of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to bring him down.

With Galactuss vast cosmic powers, Thanos would die instantly if he ever faced the Devourer of Worlds. And if Thanos faced Galactus post-Secret Wars, then hell truly have no chance, since the Lifebringer version of Galactus is more powerful than the previous version; the Lifebringer doesnt need to consume planets in order to survive.

She is the embodiment of the concept of death in the Marvel Universe and is famous in the comics for her various romantic relationships with Thanos and Deadpool. Mistress Death is nearly all-powerful and is also able to resurrect diseased beings, as she did with Thanos during the Thanos Quest comic run.

Unless Thanos is wielding his Infinity Gauntlet, it would be impossible for him to even challenge Mistress Death, as she could instantly kill him at will. In addition to her powers, Mistress Death has infinite knowledge of the universe, making her one of the most intelligent beings in all of Marvel. Though she is immensely powerful, she has been defeated before by the Beyonder. Nonetheless, Thanos doesnt stand a chance against an angry Mistress Death.

Owen Reese is perhaps one of the most dangerous charactersin the Marvel Universe. After experiencing an accident involving Cosmic Cube energy, Reese had the ability to control matter to the molecular level on a multiversal scale. His transformation into the Molecule Man even created the interdimensional portal that allowed the Beyonder to make first contact with Earth.

At first, Molecule Man was only able to manipulate inorganic matter, but during Secret Wars issue 11, he was shown to be able to also control organic molecules. This ability essentially makes him a god, and a deadly opponent to whoever is unlucky enough to face him.

One way Molecule Man could defeat Thanos in seconds is by rearranging Thanoss body to whatever form Reese wishes. In other words, Molecule Man could disintegrate Thanos with just a thought! So vast are his powers that in Secret Wars (2015) issue 9, it was revealed that Molecule Man exists as one within the multiverse; each version of himself in all realities are like pieces of a puzzle that together form one whole entity.

The mutant son of Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman, Franklin Richards is so powerful that he even created his own pocket universe. He is considered by most fans to be the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe. In addition to his reality warping and cosmic abilities, Richards is also immortal. It was with the combined powers of Richards and Molecule Man that Mr. Fantastic rebuilt the Marvel Universe after the events of Secret Wars (2015).

Thanos doesnt stand a chance, as Richards could make him disappear with just a thought. Richards is so powerful that the Celestials, a race of god-like beings, classified him as being beyond Omega levels. He even single-handedly defeated two Celestials. The only way Thanos could defeat Franklin Richards is if he is wielding the Infinity Gauntlet.

Jean Grey with the Phoenix Force has proved to be one of the best superheroes in all of comics, as well as one of the most famous. She was depicted in X-Men: The Last Stand and briefly in X-Men: Apocalypse, but none of those cinematic portrayals compare to the Jean Grey of the comics.

As the Phoenix she is able to to manipulate matter and even control time. She can even resurrect herself and others. In the movies, especially in X-Men: Apocalypse, she is so powerful that only she was able to defeat Apocalypse.

IfGrey ever faced Thanos in a duel, Thanos would fall tothe wrath of the Phoenix in seconds. Though the Phoenix Force is a sentient entity that can bond with any mortal being it desires, Jean Grey has shown to be its favorite host, making Jean Grey, even without the Phoenix Force, a very deadly foe indeed due to her cosmic link.

As previously mentioned, The Beyonder is near omnipotent; a being of unimaginable power. He exists outside of the Multiverse and only came in contact with Earths heroes after Owen Reese became the Molecule Man. After observing the Earth realm for some time, the Beyonder decided to intervene and created the first Secret Wars, where he took the best heroes and villains from Earth and put them to fight against each other in Battleworld.

This version of the Beyonder was later retconned to be a less powerful entity created by Cosmic Cube energy, with all of his extradimensional featsrewritten as mere illusions created by his psyche. It was later retconned that the Beyonder was actually both an Inhuman and a mutant instead of deriving from a Cosmic Cube.Then he was later retconned to actually be a creation of the beings known as the Beyonders.

Nevertheless, any iteration of the Beyonder can easily defeat Thanos without his Infinity Gauntlet in only seconds.

Robert Reynolds, aka Sentry/The Void, is essentially the Superman of the Marvel Universe. He possesses superhuman strength, speed, and stamina, as well as the ability to manipulate light and to become intangible, among other abilities.

When Reynolds becomes Sentry, he also risks allowing the Void, the physical embodiment of his dark side, to resurface and cause havoc. During the Seige storyline, the Void took control of Sentry and killed Ares the God of War, by ripping him in half. After transforming back into Sentry, he asked Thor to kill him, and Thor later cremates him in the Sun. He didnt die definitely, though. During Uncanny Avengers issue 9 (2013), it was revealed that while Sentry was within the Sun, he was dying and regenerating over and over again. In that issue he also became the Horsemen of Death for the Apocalypse Twins.

Given Sentrys almost unlimited powers, Thanos would instantly die in a fight against Sentry.

After Hulks pregnant wife died due to Hulks spaceship exploding, he blamed the Illuminati and set a course for Earth. When he arrived to Earths solar system, he first made a stop on the Moon, defeating the Inhuman king, Black Bolt. He later led his wrath of destruction to the X-mansion where he defeated the entire roster of the X-Men. He followed suit in Manhattan, where he single-handedly defeated Ghost Rider, Iron Man, and the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Red Hulk, and even a demon-possessed Doctor Strange. After all seemed lost and New York was virtually destroyed, Earths last hope was Sentry.

During their battle, Hulk and Sentry almost destroyed the Earth. World War Hulk is one of the most acclaimed comic book series and gave us one of the strongest and most powerful iterations of Hulk we have ever seen. If World-Breaker Hulk can defeat all of Earths heroes without no sign of weakness, then Thanos is a mere punching bag for the Hulk.

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