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Why does this forest look like a fingerprint?

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We set out to solve why a forest in the middle of Uruguay looked like that — and wound up discovering something much bigger.

Deep in the geographic center of Uruguay, there’s a peculiar group of trees just a few kilometers down the road from the small town of San Gregorio de Polanco. From the ground, it looks like any other forest, with tall trees reaching deep as far as the eyes can see. But from above, the view is mind-boggling: Hundreds of trees are arranged in perfect concentric arcs, all spiraling toward the center. Together, they look remarkably like a human fingerprint.

When we first saw this forest, thanks to a Reddit post, we were fascinated. Why had they been arranged in this shape? Who planted them there? And why — when you zoom out on satellite view — was the entire country of Uruguay covered in similar-looking forests? To answer that question, we went straight to the source: interviewing locals, experts, and people whose lives have been shaped by a transformed landscape and economy.

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ScottInPDX
40 days ago
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This is fascinating. Really well done, and lots to think about.
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source: ‘Republicans and Democrats United for Biden-Harris’ facebook group.

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ScottInPDX
71 days ago
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Very wise words of wisdom...be good to people and make sure they remember you for it.
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Trump loves slapping his name on buildings. How about a Florida prison?

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House Democrats filed a bill Friday that would put Donald J. Trump’s name on a building. Congratulations! 

Introduced by Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Jared Moskowitz of Florida, and John Garamendi of California, the legislation would “designate the Miami Federal Correctional Institution in Florida as the Donald J. Trump Federal Correctional Institution.”

The Democrats’ bill is a direct response to the ludicrous bill filed this week by House Republicans who want to rename Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia after the twice-impeached, multi-indicted, one-term president. 

“Donald Trump is facing 91 felony charges,” Connolly, whose district includes part of the airport, said in a statement Tuesday. “If Republicans want to name something after him, I’d suggest they find a federal prison.“

On Friday, Connolly elaborated on his legislative proposal in a statement:

I see no reason to wait. Donald Trump faces nearly 100 felony charges. He has been found liable of sexual abuse and, subsequently, for defaming the victim of that abuse. He has been fined hundreds of millions of dollars in a civil fraud case. It is only right that the closest federal prison to Mar-a-Lago should bear his name. I hope our Republican friends will join us in bestowing upon Donald J. Trump the only honor he truly deserves.

Moskowitz, whose South Florida district is just an hour’s drive from the prison, offered his own generous take. 

“Everyone knows President Trump loves to write his name in gold letters on all his buildings,” Moskowitz said in a statement. “But he’s never had his name on a federal building before and as a public servant I just want to help the former president. Help us make that dream a reality.

Obviously, naming a Virginia airport after Trump, who counts an airline among his many failed businesses, is just plain silly.

A Florida prison makes much more sense. Trump is facing 88 federal and state charges, including 40 charges in the classified documents case being tried in Florida. If convicted, perhaps he could request being sent to the newly renamed Donald J. Trump Federal Correctional Institution nearby. They could even use gold-plating for his name. He loves that.

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ScottInPDX
73 days ago
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"I hope our Republican friends will join us in bestowing upon Donald J. Trump the only honor he truly deserves." I would effing love this.
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Joe Lieberman Is Dead

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I make exceptions for the young, usually, but if you make it to 80+ you got the full trip and had plenty of chances to express regrets, or not, so I feel no problem with assessing the life of people who were quite proud of themselves. 

He was a bad and dishonest person who delighted in making other people suffer for petty or grotesque reasons, all while basking the glow of praise from a political press who treated him as The Last Good Man In Washington.

Embrace being bad, don't wrap it in sanctimonious smug and demand people you deserve it.

The reaction of Official Washington to someone daring to offer a primary challenge to him was extremely telling.  They loved their Joe.

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ScottInPDX
82 days ago
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I won't miss that guy. He was very fond of attention, and was good at getting it by making life harder for people.
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Password Basket

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generate a random password by catching characters, much more practical than Kenny Log-Ins #
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ScottInPDX
123 days ago
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Clever, funny, and useful.
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