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Put a lid on it! Curious cockatoo shuts cheeky cat inside basket after she takes a swipe at her

Peekaboo! Footage from Nagoya, Japan, shows the bird, named Karin, using her beak to prize open a wicker basket - revealing Koume the cat

Peekaboo! Footage from Nagoya, Japan, shows the bird, named Karin, using her beak to prize open a wicker basket - revealing Koume the cat
A cat and a cockatoo have become an unlikely comic duo after a hilarious standoff between the pair went viral.

Footage from Nagoya, Japan, shows the parrot, named Karin, using her beak to prize open a wicker basket - revealing Koume the cat.

Perhaps in an attempt to coax the cat out, Karin playfully pecks at the sides of the box.

But Koume won't take any nonsense and promptly takes a swipe at Karin with her paw.

Not to be outdone, the cheeky cockatoo slams the lid down over the cat's head, prompting chuckles from the person filming the altercation.


Book

Fifty Shades of Cray? Twitterverse suggests more appropriate titles for Hillary's new memoir

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Hillary Clinton is set to release a tell-all memoir about the 2016 election, and the title has a few people scratching their heads and/or laughing. Titled "What Happened," it will be an inside look at the 2016 election from Clinton's point of view. Clinton described the book as "the most personal" that she's written, and said that it will give readers perspective on what it's like to run for president as a woman. She said that she "let her guard down" when writing this book.

So this is...something. It should be noted that the book's title is stylized as "What Happened," and not as "What Happened?" or "What Happened?!," both of which would be equally appropriate titles for a book covering her utter disaster of a campaign. Clinton's collapse in the lead-up to Election Day is the stuff of legends, and probably will be studied for the next hundreds of years to pinpoint where exactly she went wrong. While Clinton hinted that she's going to focus on the Russian "hacking" throughout the book, it'll be interesting to see if she owns up to how she completely neglected the midwestern part of the country.


Gold Seal

This is for Boaty: Swedish railway company accepts public vote to name new train 'Trainy McTrainface'

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© Herbert Meier/MTR Express
One of MTR Express’s six Stadler FLIRT units will be named 'Trainy McTrainface'.
It's happened again. A public vote to name four trains running between the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg has resulted in one of the four being called Trainy McTrainface in an echo of the name chosen by the British public for the new polar research vessel.

Trainy McTrainface received 49% of the votes in a poll, jointly run by Swedish rail company MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro.

That placed it well ahead the other three options: Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon.

The other trains have already been named by the public: one is named Estelle, after the five-year-old daughter of Sweden's Princess Victoria, the next in line to the Swedish throne.

Smiley

'Robot drowned': Twitter baffled by robot 'suicide' (PHOTOS)

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© seedinvest.com/knightscope
In another example of internet madness, the 'death' of a security robot in a Washington DC office fountain is making waves online.

On Monday, news that a Knightscope security robot had fallen into a fountain was relayed on Twitter by Bilal Farooqui.

"Our DC office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots," Farooqui said.

Hearts

Golden retriever rescues drowning fawn off Long Island beach

Storm rescuing a fawn
© Mark Freeley/Facebook
A golden retriever leaped into the waters off Long Island during a morning walk over the weekend and, after a furious swim, returned with a drowning fawn in its mouth, its owner says.

Owner Mark Freeley said he had been walking Storm along the sand at PJ Harbor after 8 a.m. Sunday when the dog jumped into the water and started swimming after something.

Freeley captured video of the pup swimming back to shore, clutching something large in its mouth, and once Storm got close enough to stand, Freeley could see the "something" was a fawn.

The video shows the heroic Storm toss the deer onto the sand; the deer moves, struggling to stand up, and Storm grabs it in his mouth and bounds up on the rocky shore.


Bizarro Earth

New NATO flag to better capture its diverse values?

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© Russia Insider
LGBT+SS
The Rainbow Totenkopf combines NATO's appreciation for the LGBT community with its appreciation for SS veterans

As we reported, in May NATO marked the "International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia" with a special NATO/LGBT flag. But then the other day it valorized Latvia's anti-Soviet 'Forest Brothers' guerrillas, who by and large were veterans of the Waffen SS.

Seeing NATO is able to get behind such a wide variety of causes, it is probably time it dumped its bland blue flag—which as far as we are aware does not stand for anything—and adopted symbols which better represent its diverse values.

Comment: Seems legit.


Ornaments

Owners shocked when family dog gives birth to mint green puppy

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© Cascade News
A DOG owner couldn't believe what she was seeing when her golden retriever gave birth to a GREEN puppy.

Her beloved pet Rio, aged three, gave birth last week to nine puppies - but when one came out mint green Louise Sutherland was stunned.

The rare occurrence is only known to have happened only three times before in the world.

It is caused by a bile pigment called biliverdin that is found in the placenta of dogs which can stain the puppy's coat when it mixes with the mother's amniotic fluid - the liquid that protects her pups.

Mrs Sutherland from Golspie in the Highlands has now named the pup Forest in recognition of her unusual shade.

Cheese

Captured ISIS' fleet of high-tech Ukrainian tanks now on display in Mosul

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The Yatsenyuk-69 MBT
On Friday, Kremlin mouthpiece "RT" published a criminally inaccurate story in which it claimed that "dozens of captured cars, modified 'Mad Max-style' by Islamic State terrorists ... have been put on display by Iraqi security forces in the liberated city of Mosul."

Nice try, Putin.

In an obvious attempt to avoid giving credit where credit is due, RT conveniently chose not to mention that ISIS was such a formidable foe in Mosul because it had access to fifth-generation Ukrainian military hardware:

Salo-class LAV

Salo-class LAV

Cupcake Pink

Melania Trump outs herself as a Russian secret agent

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Da comrades, I was born in the USSR. Well, Yugoslavia. Whatever, behind Iron Curtain. So I am Russian agent sent to handle Trump in case he became prezidient of USA.
In an announcement that is sure to send shockwaves throughout the political world, Melania Trump held a press conference earlier today in which she admitted to being a Russian secret agent.

The former model turned First Lady was born in the Soviet area now known as Slovenia before she moved to America and married Donald Trump. But today she gave a stunning public confession that she was, and had always been, a KGB agent.
'It is with a heavy heart that I must admit that I have deep ties to the KGB and Russian government. My mission has always been to keep a close eye on Donald and manipulate his actions to the benefit of the Russian government,' said Melania.

Comment: The moment US media actually starts claiming Melania is a Russian agent, this item is going into Puppet Masters.


Fish

'OMG' - Child portion fish & chips coming your way due to climate change!

Fish & Chips
© The Independent, UK
Last December British Fish and Chips was going to become Squid and Chips thanks to Climate Change. This year, cod will become anchovies. Battered anchovie anyone? British Fish and chips have been dying for a decade.

Now, apparently, fish are shrinking, thanks to falling oxygen levels in the seas:
By 2050, the size of fish could shrink by 10 - 20 per cent, Dr William Cheung, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia, Canada, forecast.

Dr Cheung, who gave a keynote address at the 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles at Exeter University this week, said some fish in the North Sea, including haddock, were already getting smaller.
Some might say the shrinking Haddock might have more to do with over-fishing.
He predicted the trend would continue with common species such as cod shrinking by up to a fifth within our lifetime.
Get ready for "child's portions" of fish and chips. No really, that's the headline, not the punchline.