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FB is sadly a part of communication infrastructure now for many communities. With health consequences. Yes we should not be using it. But consider the audience they are trying to reach via this network. We all need to do better and help our friends and families not to rely on FB
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In the name of making a few bucks, @Facebook appears to be putting the health of Australians at risk

I do not see this playing out well for them. As …
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Nothing I hate more than vendors that want to meet using $ProprietaryPlatform that needs binaries on your computer or extensions.

I hate to say it because but AWS Chime is actually really fucking good without a dedicated client-side app.

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The existence of draft horses strongly implies the existence of Final FINAL rev1 (copy) (backup) FINAL3 dot horses.

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2020: it's just a mask and 15 days to flatten the curve
2020: it's just millions losing their jobs
2020: it's just a huge ebola outbreak in Africa
2020; it's just hundreds of farms, ranches, and HCQ facilities being closed or mysteriously burned to the ground
2020: it's just UFO disclosure
2020: it's just tens of thousands of military and national guard deployments along with war machines of all kinds all over the US to hundreds of newly built bases all over the US then training nonstop in urban combat and arresting civilians all for no apparent reason
2020: they're just peacefully protesting for breathless joggers and small businesses being closed and burned down lol just get insurance
2020: it's just tens of thousands of doctors and scientists being booted off social media and fired or mysteriously dying all of a sudden right after saying anything negative about masks, lockdowns, or covid vaccinations
2020: it's just massive forest fires shown to be lit by antifa and blm but it's totally climate change that never crosses either the canadian and mexican borders you conspiracy theorist, and suddenly the fires just stopped also presumably by climate change
2020: it's just a bizarre and inexplicable coin shortage
2020: it's just nobody caring that the CDC admits that less than 0.001% who get covid die from it instead of comorbidities in most age groups
2020: it's just the flu disappearing for no apparent reason
2020: it's just some voting abnormalities and deaths from underlying conditions shortly after getting the covid vax
2020: it's only almost everyone questioning or mentioning the above get booted off social media and "fact checked"
2020: it's just every news organization declaring the president-elect all within seconds of each other before any election investigations get underway
2020: it's just all courts including SCOTUS throwing out all election fraud cases

You all can complete this to 2021 I'm too exhausted to continue.

They're fighting on birdsite about Anime gatekeeping. Twitter's trending algorithm finally hits bottom.

Is there something in the Fedi water, why are you all cooking nice things!

The simple addition of a cheap desktop fan blowing on me has stopped what feels like the entirety of my body fluids escaping from me and onto the floor during high intensity runs on the indoor bike. I also no longer have the terrific insatiable thirst afterwards.

I'm unsure why some infosec personalities are such gleeful little snitches.

Safari certainly shits itself a lot in Big Sur. Come on, Apple.

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Heads up #Fediverse

@k9mail is looking for funding to maintain their popular #android mail app. #k9mail hopes to raise €1,000 p/w on #liberapay to be able to work fulltime on the project.

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Stop getting your news from John Oliver.

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February 15th every year, is the Hippopotamus International Day that the people around the world come together for the purpose of awareness about this amazing creature.

Hippopotamus is a large, mostly herbivorous, semi-aquatic mammal and undulate native to sub-Saharan Africa.

Hippopotamus is the third largest land mammal and heaviest after the elephants and rhinos.

The hippos closest relatives are cetaceans or sea mammals (Whales, dolphins, porpoises, etc)

Hippos inhabit rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps, hippos are territorial, males presides over a stretch of river and groups of five to thirty females, few young non-breeding males and other young hippos.

As they are territorial with dominant males protecting their group, they just warned off their rival males by opening their huge mouths and display their long, curved canines. They also make loud grunts and splashes in the water aggressively.

Female hippos are called cows, they give birth every two years to a single calf. Soon after birth, the mother and her calf join other cows and calves for protection against predators, such as crocodiles, lions and hyenas.

They remains cool in the water or mud during the day, reproduction and  birth occurs in the water. They emerge at dusk to graze on grasses, grazing usually is solitary individual activity, where they eat up to 35kg of forage, hippos are not territorial on land.

They can breathe while submerged in the water because their eyes, nose and ears are located on the top of their head.

Another surprising facts about hippos is that they sweat an oily red liquid which helps to protect their skin from drying out and acts as a sunblock too.

Together with buffaloes, crocodiles, black mambas and other dangerous animals in the world, hippos are among them due to their highly aggressive behavior and unpredictable nature.

Hippos are the third largest and heaviest mammals, this means they are enormous! This can’t prevent them from swimming, they’re good swimmers! They can hold up their breath for up to five minutes underwater. When they are completely submerged in the water, their ears and nostrils fold shut to keep out water.

In the wild hippos live for around 40 years. In captivity, they live longer and may reach up to 50 year old.

Poachers haven’t spared hippos too due to their ivory canine teeth and bush meat, habitat lost is another threat to hippos existence, so they are threatened.

Hippos became extinct in Europe and North Africa about 30,000 years ago. However, archaeologists evidence date less than 3,000 years ago prove hippos were present in the Levant.

Growing population of Hippopotamuses in Colombia

Pablo Escobar, Colombia’s drug lord who was killed in 1993, left a legacy that is experienced in an unexpected way today.

Hippopotamuses that were smuggled from Africa to Escobar’s private zoo at his ranch, Hacienda Napoles, have bred successfully. This has led to serious environmental concern which has big impact on human safety, according to study by researchers at Mexican and Colombian universities.

The hippos have spread out from their original home, around 100 miles east of the city of Medellin, dispersing around the Magdalena river basin as their population continues to grow steadily. Some still remain at Escobar’s Hacienda Napoles, which is now a theme park.

The authors of the study, published in the January 2021 edition of the journal Biological Conservation and reported by CNN, recommend that the hippos be culled to prevent long-term negative effects, but other scientists are calling for a castration program to control the hippo population, citing concerns over animal welfare and the attachment of some locals to their new neighbors.

Back in the 1980s, Escobar imported one male and three female hippos to join his menagerie. Upon his death, other species of exotic animals were relocated, but the hippos were left because they were difficult to capture and transport, according to the study.

The hippos soon began to spread in the surrounding area, but government efforts to cull them were halted after a public outcry.

A sterilisation compaigns was begun, instead, but it has done little to slow down populations growth of hippos.

From 2011 to 2019, four males were castrated and two females sterilized, but doesn’t seem to have intended impacts on their reproduction, according to the study.

Researchers says there are probably more than 80 hippos in the area today, up from 35 in 2012, and they are worried that the population will continue to thrive through out Colombia if no action is taken.

The study also reported by CNN, cites research showing the negative effects of hippo waste on oxygen levels in bodies of water, which can affect fish and ultimately humans, and raises concerns about the possible transmission of diseases from hippos to humans.

Hippos also pose a threat to the livelihoods and security of people in affected areas, the study said, eating or damaging crops and engaging in aggressive interactions with humans.

The researchers cite incidences of hippos chasing people, as well as a hippo attack in May 2020 in which a 45-year-old man was seriously injured.

Escobar brought the hippos to his ranch in the early 1980s.

But while the study’s authors recommend a cull, Enrique Zerda Ordóñez, a biologist at Colombia’s National University, believes castration programs are the way forward.

Culling the hippos would be an “easy option,” said Zerda, but it could affect the survival of a species that is under threat in Africa.

Though sterilizing hippos is no easy task, he said, he believes it is both possible and necessary to do so now, before their numbers rise further, according to a press release from the university.

“Right now, the authorities don’t consider the species to be a problem,” Zerda said, “but in the future, when there are 400-500 hippos, it could represent a threat to the survival of other species that feed in the same areas.”

Threats to the existence of hippos in Africa

Political instability and poor institutions in a number of the African states, like Democratic Republic of Congo where the population dramatically dropped to 900 from around 29,000 in Virunga National Park in the mid 1970s. This decline was caused by the Congo Second War disruptions. Mai-Mai rebels, poorly paid Congolese soldiers and local militia groups were the main poachers. Today, Virunga hippo population appears to have increased, probably due to greater enforcement and cooperation between fishermen and park authorities. The sales of hippos’ meat is illegal, but to track black market meats from hippos is difficult.

Hippos meat is considered a delicacy in some areas of central Africa and the teeth have become a valued substitute for elephant ivory.

Much more effort is needed to conserve this creature from becoming extinct in near future.

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https://schoolforafrica.org/wildlife/hippopotamus/

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