Not all trees sleep the same – High temporal resolution terrestrial laser scanning shows differences in nocturnal plant movement – Research – Aarhus University – Trees Sleep! and have equivalent of heartbeat!

We confirm the existence of overnight “sleep” movement for some trees, but conclude that circadian movement is a variable phenomenon in plants, probably controlled by a complex combination of anatomical, physiological, and morphological factors.

Source: Not all trees sleep the same – High temporal resolution terrestrial laser scanning shows differences in nocturnal plant movement – Research – Aarhus University

Erekat on US embassy: Washington violating obligations under int’l law

PNN/ Ramallah/

Secretary General of the PLO on Monday said that by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy thereto, the Trump administration is violating its obligations under international law, including UNSCR 478, and the U.S. own commitments towards the peace process.

“As Washington pursues a policy of encouragement of international anarchy and disregard for organizations and international law, we call upon all diplomatic corps, civil society organizations, and religious authorities to boycott the inauguration ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, lest they lend legitimacy to an illegal decision and to continued Israeli policies of occupation, colonization, and annexation,” Erekat said in an official statement.

Erekat said that this move is not only illegal but will also thwart the achievement of a just and lasting peace between two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 borders, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.

He finished by saying that those who attend the ceremony will thus be sending an ominous message, a message that they encourage flagrant violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

He Paid for His Mentos. Then an Officer Pulled a Gun on Him. – The New York Times – how many times does something like this happen daily? How many times does someone end up daed or arrested? What are good police doiong about this?

John DeCarlo, a former police chief and an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven, said that he reminds police officers to treat everyone they encounter with respect, from mundane interactions to very intense ones. Everyday encounters, like seeing an officer in a gas station, shape people’s overall perceptions of the police, he said. “We have an innate fear of police to begin with,” Mr. DeCarlo said. “It’s about treating people how you want to be treated.” Mr. DeCarlo was startled as he watched the security footage of the off-duty Buena Park police officer. “Oh my goodness,” he said as he watched the officer retrieve his gun. “Holy mackerel.” He said that the officer violated the most basic rules governing the use of force by the police. No matter the situation, officers should issue verbal commands first. Pulling out a gun should be a last resort. “What the officer did was incredibly inappropriate,” he said.

Viktor Orbán: our duty is to protect Hungary’s Christian culture

spoken like a true lying fascist!


Ahead of re-election as prime minister, rightwinger talks of building a ‘Christian democracy’

Viktor Orbán has said the main task of his new government will be to preserve Hungary’s security and Christian culture.

The hardline rightwinger was re-elected for a third successive term as prime minister in April after a strong anti-immigration message secured a landslide victory. He was asked to form a government by the president, János Áder, on Monday.

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Iran deal: prominent backer says he was warned of Trump bid to discredit him


New details about ‘dirty ops’ campaign, first revealed by the Observer, emerge as Trump pledges decision on Iran nuclear deal this week

A prominent Iranian-American supporter of the Iran nuclear deal says he was warned by US intelligence during the presidential transition that his communications would be targeted by the Trump camp in a bid to discredit him.

I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm.

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