ORLANDO, Fla. — Change is barreling toward Orlando’s theme parks and attractions, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Adjustments will be made in many ways — perhaps in every way — experts and analysts say. Visitors should brace themselves for alterations, for example, in how to buy admission tickets, for spread-out seating arrangements aboard park rides and in restaurants, and in just how we wait, they say. In short, expect less touching. Attractions operators have not yet shared details on their plans. We asked five experts to home in on a few particular needs that they anticipate, creating thi...
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Former GOP lawmaker burns Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'Anglo-Saxon' caucus: 'She got her hand caught in the racist cookie jar'
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) on Monday shredded Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for founding a new caucus that was supposedly dedicated to "Anglo-Saxon values," but whose manifesto is loaded with racist dog whistles.
While appearing on CNN, Riggleman described the caucus's manifesto as "racism in a jar," and he speculated that Greene designed it to siphon away members and dues money from the hardline House Freedom Caucus.
He also said that her angry reaction to the backlash against her proposed caucus should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed her career so far.
"She got her hand caught in the racist cookie jar and that's why you saw the reaction," Riggleman said.
Riggleman then called on the party's leaders to put their feet down and tell Greene to stop promoting overt white nationalism.
"You have to say, 'Enough is enough, scrap that crappy document,'" he said. "Bigotry is bad for the country."
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The Tyrannosaurus rex is perhaps the most iconic of all the dinosaurs, immortalized in film, children's toys and silly Halloween costumes. Its name translates into "king of the tyrant lizards," and its fearsome profile makes it clear why: T. Rex had a massive head, powerful jaws, razor-sharp teeth and a whip-like tail. (Although its puny arms are a comic contrast to the rest of its visage.) The T. Rex is believed to have been one of the largest land carnivores of all time, more than 40 feet long and 12 feet tall at the hips.
But like many extinct animals, it is hard to know just how much of a threat the T. Rex was during its reign. (Notably, for years there was debate over whether T. Rex was a predator or scavenger, though recently the scientific consensus tilts towards predator.) Were they as common as rabbits, or highly dispersed predators like snow leopards?
A group of scientists led by University of California Museum of Paleontology director Charles R. Marshall set out to answer just that. They believe they can now roughly estimate how many T. Rexes roamed the planet.
Their estimate is roughly 2.5 billion specimens that roamed Earth collectively during their existence, which lasted a few million years. (They would likely have lived more generations if not for the extinction event likely caused by either a meteor or comet 66 million years ago.)
The researchers, who published their findings in Science Magazine, estimate that the abundances of T. Rexes at any given period was roughly 20,000 individuals, and that they lived for roughly 127,000 generations. To put that in context with today's predator populations, that 20,000 number is comparable to today's African lion population, which conservationists estimate at 25,000.
The scientists arrived at their estimate using a wide range of data. For one thing, they took into account a principle known as Damuth's Law, which holds that species with larger body sizes will usually have lower average population densities. Because this formula includes individuals in a species that had not reached their maximum size, the scientists used an estimate for "postjuvenile individuals" — the T. Rex equivalent of an angsty teenager. (Now there is a sobering thought.) Once they had that information, they multiplied it by the estimated geographic area where paleontologists believe the monstrous beasts once roamed. They then incorporated what we know about when the T. Rex lived, although the scientists acknowledge that this figure is particularly unclear "because of the poor temporal control on most T. rex fossil localities and because there is a substantial dinosaur preservational gap below the oldest T. rex fossils."
Since experts believe based on fossil evidence that they lived for anywhere from 1.2 million years to 3.6 million years, the team settled on the mean figure of 2.4 million years. From there, they plugged in other numbers until they eventually arrived at their estimates.
Despite their short reign over the planet — one regrettably cut short by the Cretaceous-Triassic Boundary Extinction Event — the fact that another bipedal predator would perform a census of them 66 million years later speaks to their cultural immortality.
According to Punchbowl News, which broke the story on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's now-aborted attempt to create a congressional caucus based on "Anglo-Saxon" principles, the Georgia Republican's attempt to distract the public by calling for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to be expelled from Congress may blow up in her face.
After first defending herself by disavowing what she called a "staff level draft" explaining the formation of the "American First" caucus that was harshly criticized across the entire political spectrum, Greene moved on to try and twist the words of the Black congresswoman who was filmed encouraging protesters to press their case against police officers killing Black Americans.
In a series of tweets, Taylor Greene accused Waters of crossing state lines to incite a riot --- which was also picked up by fellow Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). The Georgia Republican then announced that she would move to have Waters expelled from Congress this week.
However, as Punchbowl reports, Greene's move has little chance of success and could boomerang on her as Democrats retaliate by once again seeking her ouster.
"This is hardly the first time that Waters, 82, has gotten in trouble over her rhetoric. She and Rep. Jim Jordan got into it last week as the Ohio Republican jousted with Dr. Anthony Fauci during a hearing. 'You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!' Waters yelled at Jordan. During the Donald Trump years, Waters became 'Auntie Maxine' for a whole generation of younger Democrats due to her willingness to go after the former president," the report states before adding, "An expulsion resolution will not pass the House, and Republicans would need to flip three Democrats to censure Waters -- and that seems very unlikely."
Punchbowl added that Democrats may use the furor -- from both sides of the aisle -- over the racist caucus plans to go after Greene.
"It wouldn't surprise us one iota if some Democrats are interested in censuring Greene after the America First Caucus incident. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) has been pushing a resolution to expel Greene for a couple months, and dozens of Democrats have signed on, although that's far, far short of two-thirds of the House that would be needed to boot her from Congress," the report stated.
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