swimming roo news, genetics and victimhood, learn to swim

learn to swim. this might be another a beta version that i redo in the next few days.

In kangaroo news, Man saves kangaroo from shark infested waters

Within minutes the kangaroo was caught in a dangerous ocean rip, about 200 yards offshore. As he watched, Mr McCallum remembered there had been two hammerhead sharks sighted off the beach, on the Gold Coast in southern Queensland, earlier in the week.

“I realised if we didn’t do something, that little roo would either drown or become lunch for some big hungry fish,” he said.

There is a video at the link. A spokesperson from the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia said that its not unusual for kangaroos to swim, that people just rarely witness them swimming. One reason is simply to get wherever it is they want to go, though in this case the kangaroo seemed at a lost as to exactly where he might end up, considering the open sea and no land in sight. Another reason roos go swimming is to get rid of ticks. I’ve heard stories about ticks driving black bears nearly crazy from the irritation, so maybe that’s motivated the sudden desire to take a swim. They swim like dogs, using a roo version of a dog paddle.

water on metal.

At first I thought I had a sudden attack of dyslexia or it was a misprint, For adolescent crime victims, genetic factors play lead role

“It is possible that we detected this genetic effect on victimization because it is operating indirectly through behaviors,” Beaver said. “The same genetic factors that promote antisocial behavior may also promote victimization, because adolescents who engage in acts of delinquency tend to have delinquent peers who are more likely to victimize them. In turn, these victims are more likely to be repeatedly victimized, and to victimize others.”

Thus, write Beaver and his colleagues, victims of crime are not always innocent bystanders targeted at random, but instead, sometimes actively participate in the construction of their victimization experiences.

It makes sense in that sociologists and criminologists already knew that street crime is frequently perpetrated on acquaintances, friends and family of the perpetrator. A perpetrator on Tuesday becomes a victim on Friday.
In 2004 WSJ op-ed, Yoo made claims at odds with his Justice Department memos

In his Journal op-ed, Yoo stated that “interrogations of detainees captured in the war on terrorism are not regulated under Geneva. This is not to condone torture, which,” he then asserted, “is still prohibited by the Torture Convention and federal criminal law.” However, in a March 14, 2003, memo to William Haynes, then the general counsel for the Defense Department, Yoo wrote that “[i]n our view, Congress may no more regulate the President’s ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield” and thus concluded, “we will construe potentially applicable criminal laws … not to apply to the President’s detention and interrogation of enemy combatants pursuant to his Commander-in-Chief authority”

Yoo started out correct and on firm legal ground, the U.S. is bound by the Torture Conventions and federal law. Laws, by the way that no one in the Bush administration ever challenged legally through due process, i.e. the SCOTUS. Then Yoo found himself with a boss that wanted an opinion, based on almost childishly lame legal claims, than said want the boss wanted to hear. There is a name for people that bend over for the boss at the expense of honor.

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