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Dems silent on Iran protests as demonstrators blame regime, not Trump, for plane crash

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Democratic congressional leaders and presidential candidates who were unsparing in their criticism of President Trump for the escalation with Iran over the past two weeks largely have gone silent now that the protests on the streets of Tehran and beyond have turned their rage toward the regime — and not the Trump White House.

Even as videos emerged online Monday that purportedly show Iranian police and security forces firing live ammunition to disperse protestors, so far among the 2020 Democratic candidates only former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have spoken out in support of the people.

IRANIAN SECURITY FORCES PURPORTEDLY FIRE LIVE AMMUNITION TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS DESPITE TRUMP’S WARNING

The protesters have railed against the government following the shoot-down of a passenger plane that the Iranian government initially denied involvement in —  Tehran later admitted they downed the jet in a misfire during attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq, following Trump’s takedown of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Trump has issued statements supporting the demonstrations, but his political opponents have been almost entirely silent — after earlier criticizing the Soleimani strike and in some cases even faulting Trump for the fatal plane crash.

Journalist Yashar Ali, who is of Iranian descent and has friends and family there, called out the left for being silent when it comes to the protests, in a viral Twitter thread about the situation.

IRANIAN SECURITY FORCES PURPORTEDLY FIRE LIVE AMMUNITION TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS DESPITE TRUMP’S WARNING

“I’ve gone through some of the most active and prominent liberal Twitter accounts and none of them mentioned the Iran protests today,” Ali tweeted Sunday. “These same people were actively tweeting about wanting to avoid war and attacking Trump for his decision.”

Ali continued, claiming that Trump’s critics have been using the situation in Iran to attack the president.

“In this context, Iranians are being used by certain people on the left (i didn’t say all) as a tool to attack President Trump. But these same people don’t seem to care to … support their right to protest?” he said.

Ali implied that because the protesters were criticizing their own leaders and not blaming President Trump, “it wasn’t worth it” for liberals to talk about them.

Biden was the first 2020 Democrat to speak out in support of the protesters.

TRUMP ISSUES WARNING TO IRAN: ‘DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS … THE USA IS WATCHING’

“[N]one of us should be under any illusions about the Iranian regime, and the Iranian people — like all people everywhere — have the right to peaceful protest. The world should support them,” Biden tweeted, while using the message to take a shot at Trump as well, saying the president’s “reckless policies have needlessly endangered our interests in the Middle East.”

Klobuchar simply tweeted, “People should have the right to peacefully protest in any country, including Iran.”

The rest of the remaining Democratic 2020 presidential primary field, however, has been silent. Politico’s Ryan Lizza noticed the general silence from Democratic candidates on the matter, pointing out how some of them have been known for “championing” democracy in the past (Lizza later posted an update after Klobuchar posted her statement).

Other high-profile Democrats, such as House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., have yet to make any statement regarding the protests.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked if she supported the protesters during an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, and she responded by claiming that there were “different reasons” for the protests, including opposition to the U.S., despite being informed otherwise.

“The protesters are protesting as I understand, this brand of protesters about the fact that that plane went down and many students were on that plane and these are largely students in the street,” Pelosi said. When host George Stephanopoulos told her that the protestors were demonstrating against their government for lying to them and that they were calling for death to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Pelosi replied, “Well, whatever it is.”

She then went on to cite opposition to the U.S, stating that Iranians had protested against their leadership before, but that they “joined together” against the U.S. after Soleimani’s death, and that “there are different reasons why people are in the street.”

Finally, Pelosi expressed support for the protesters, saying, “Of course we would love to see the aspirations of the people of Iran realized with a better situation there.”

The so-called “Squad” – freshman congresswomen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. – has refrained from speaking about the protests, though Omar had previously expressed support for the Iranian people after U.S. forces carried out the airstrike that killed Soleimani.

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“This is an opportunity to make sure that there is a face on every single Iranian who will be impacted if we continue to escalate the situation and find ourselves in war,” Omar told a reporter.

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Queen calls royal family summit to discuss Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s ‘Megxit’ details

Queen Elizabeth II called for a face-to-face meeting with Prince Harry and other members of the royal family Monday in order to iron out logistics of his and Meghan Markle’s decision to “step back” from their duties and become “financially independent” of the crown.

The meetup will mark the first time the queen and Harry will meet following the controversial announcement on social media last week. It reflects the queen’s desire to contain the fallout from Harry and Meghan’s decision, which was reportedly not run by her nor other senior royals first.

Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, are also expected to attend the gathering at the monarch’s private Sandringham estate in eastern England.

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The meeting comes after days of intense news coverage, in which supporters of the royal family’s feuding factions used the British media to paint conflicting pictures of who was to blame for the rift.

The royal brothers even issued a rare joint statement denying media claims that William is to blame for the couple’s move to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will meet with the Queen to iron out the logistics of their split from the royal family. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

William is expected to travel to Sandringham from London and Harry from his home in Windsor, west of the British capital. Charles has flown back from the Gulf nation of Oman, where he attended a condolence ceremony Sunday following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Meghan, who is in Canada with the couple’s baby son Archie, is likely to join the meeting by phone.

Buckingham Palace said “a range of possibilities” would be discussed, but the queen was determined to resolve the situation within “days, not weeks.” The goal was to agree on next steps at Monday’s gathering, which follows days of talks among royal courtiers and officials from the U.K. and Canada. Buckingham Palace stressed, however, that “any decision will take time to be implemented.”

One of the more fraught questions that needs to be worked out is precisely what it means for a royal to be financially independent and what activities can be undertaken to make money. Other royals who have ventured into the world of commerce have found it complicated.

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Prince Andrew, for example, has faced heated questions about his relationship with the late convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew, the queen’s second son, has relinquished royal duties and patronages after being accused by a woman who says she was an Epstein trafficking victim who slept with the prince.

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Queen Elizabeth II called a meeting of the royal family to discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also face questions on paying for taxpayer-funded security. Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released some details about their plans moving forward, Home Secretary Priti Patel refused to comment, but said safety was a priority.

“I’m not going to provide any detailed information on the security arrangements for either them or any members of the royal family or for any protected individuals — that’s thoroughly inappropriate for me to do so,” she told the BBC. “At this moment in time, right now, the royal family themselves need some time and space for them to work through the current issues that they’re dealing with.”

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The meeting will come amid days of discussions about the future of the monarchy following the surprise announcement. Senior royals were said to be hurt, Harry and Meghan’s friends have told Britain’s media that the couple were being pushed aside because of the desire of the Windsors to concentrate on the core of the royal family and focus on those in the line of succession — Prince Charles, William and William’s son George.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Elizabeth Warren claims she ‘objected’ to Sondland confirmation – she didn’t

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts vows that if she’s elected president, she’ll stop the practice of appointing “big donors to be ambassadors.”

And, in a new TV commercial, the Democratic presidential candidate specifically calls out Gordon Sondland, a big donor to Donald Trump nominated by the president as U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

Warren now says she “objected” to Sondland’s nomination – but a review of the record shows the senator did not, in fact, oppose his confirmation on the floor.

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The ad, which started running Friday in Iowa, focuses on Sondland, who two months ago became a household name as he was a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry into the president.

“At the center of Donald Trump’s crimes and chaos is the millionaire donor he made an ambassador,” Warren says in the spot over pictures of Sondland.

“Republicans and Democrats have been rewarding big donors with cushy ambassadorships like this for years,” she says. “It’s Washington corruption at its worst.”

“When I’m president that stops. I’m the only candidate running who has made this promise. I’ll never give ambassadorships to unqualified donors just because they wrote me fat checks,” she concludes.

Warren has pledged repeatedly – both on the campaign trail and on the debate stage – to end the practice of giving wealthy donors ambassadorships.

“Donald Trump has made it clear that he has taken a process that has been far too cozy in Washington for far too long and that is just sell the ambassadorships, one after another after another. And that’s why I have called on my fellow Democrats in this primary to say no. No more of this,” Warren said Friday in an interview ahead of a town hall in Dover, N.H.

“We are not going to appoint big donors to be ambassadors. We’re going to appoint people who are actually qualified to be ambassadors, who have some history, some experience in this,” she added.

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Asked if she opposed Sondland’s confirmation, Warren said: “When he came through – I think most of these guys came through on consent – I objected to all of them.”

But asked if she specifically took action, Warren answered, “I would have to go back and look at the individual ones. There have been a lot of ambassadors that have come through.”

Sondland was confirmed by unanimous consent in June 2018. Warren and the rest of the senators consented to a “voice vote” for Sondland’s confirmation to occur at a session in which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the only lawmaker in the chamber.

Any member of the Senate could have raised an objection to the nomination – but none did.

Warren also did not object to the confirmation of 11 other Trump ambassador nominations.

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Philippines Taal volcano generates lightning: Here’s what causes those stunning displays

A volcanic eruption in the Philippines that’s caused tens of thousands of people to evacuate is also creating a stunning display in the sky.

The Taal Volcano, located about 37 miles south of Manila, began erupting Sunday, forcing the shutdown of the country’s main airport until ashfall eased by Monday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in an advisory that 144 volcanic earthquakes have been reported since the initial eruption, with 44 quakes strong enough to be felt in nearby communities.

“Such intense seismic activity probably signifies continuous magma intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity,” the institute’s advisory read.

PHILIPPINE VOLCANO ERUPTION SHUTS DOWN MANILA’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The volcanology institute also said that steam-laden plumes over a mile tall were still being generated by the erupting volcano, bringing heavy ashfall. Images and videos from the scene showed a massive column of smoke and ash rising into the sky.

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Taal volcano spews ash in a view from Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerrard Carreon)

As night fell around 6 p.m. on Sunday, an impressive display of rare volcanic lightning was also seen. So what is volcanic lighting?

How a volcano creates lighting

When sparks fly during a volcanic eruption, it has everything to do with physics above as opposed to the tectonic activity down below.

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Lightning flashes as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bogie Calupitan)

Lightning, one the oldest observed natural phenomenon on earth, is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air or the ground. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, lightning can occur between opposite charges within a thunderstorm cloud or between opposite charges a the cloud and on the ground.

In order to get lightning during a volcanic eruption, there needs to be a thick plume of volcanic ash that allows a large charge separation between two masses.

“If the charge separation becomes big enough it is then able to overpower the air resistance, create a path of ionized air, and conduct electricity in the form of lightning,” according to geologists at Oregon State University. “The ash that is to be erupted begins as electrostatically neutral rock or rock fragments.”

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In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, lightning strikes beside the ash cloud as Taal Volcano erupts in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Heat and movement within a volcano is the first source of particle charging, but ash particles usually acquire a charge by friction from the violent movements of being blasted out during a volcanic eruption.

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“Think of skidding your socked feet rapidly across the carpet or rubbing a balloon quickly against your head. The same type of charge is accumulating within the ash cloud, only on a much larger scale,” researchers at Oregon State note.

Volcanos that typically lack a thick volcanic plume, like those in Hawaii that have more lava than ash, rarely have volcanic lightning, according to National Geographic.

Volcanic lightning tied to ‘explosive’ eruptions

When a volcanic eruption is underway, location is directly related to where any lightning bolts may be spotted.

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Lightning flashes as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

According to the United States Geological Survey, lightning discharges are commonly associated with the formation of ash plumes during a volcanic eruption, particularly those that are “explosive.”

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As the ash plume rises into the sky, there are three regions of the plume where lighting discharges are likely to take place. Those areas include immediately above the vent of the volcano, in the column of ash that may extend several miles into the sky, and in the downwind plume of ash from the eruption as the column spreads out sideways.

“Lightning is the primary cause of unscheduled interruptions for most overhead power transmission lines and is a major cause of faults on typical overhead distribution lines,” according to the USGS. “Increased lightning discharge activity during volcanic eruptions, therefore, poses a heightened lightning hazard to power generation sites, substations, and transmission and distribution lines.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ken Jeong, Caleb McLaughlin team up with NFL, American Cancer Society for Crucial Catch Super Bowl campaign

Actor and “The Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong and “Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin are teaming up with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the NFL’s Crucial Catch campaign in a concentrated effort to combat cancer.

Through its partnership with the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative, the ACS, along with Jeong and McLaughlin, will present a one-of-a-kind experience to a lucky NFL fan at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The lucky recipient will have the opportunity to take in the big game with McLaughlin and a special meet-and-greet with the venerable Jeong prior to kickoff.

For Jeong, 50, providing the experience of a lifetime for one lucky fan is something that carries significance for the actor, who is a former medical doctor and his wife, Tran, is a breast cancer survivor.

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“I am thrilled to be partnering with the NFL and American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer at Super Bowl LIV. This is a cause near and dear to my heart as my wife is a breast cancer survivor herself,” said the funnyman. “The NFL and ACS will be able to provide cancer screenings and treatment to so many people in need.”

Additionally, the ACS and the NFL will offer the Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes winner and a guest round-trip airfare to Miami, lodging, pre-game sideline passes, access to the hottest parties in Miami and other exclusive perks.

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Of the all-encompassing VIP experience, McLaughlin, 18, said he couldn’t jump at the opportunity to support the ACS’ commitment to increasing overall access to care in underserved communities fast enough.

“There is no discrimination when it comes to cancer. It affects everyone, especially those in the underprivileged communities that can’t afford to get the screenings they need,” McLaughlin explained. “For this reason, I am truly happy to be partnering with the NFL and the American Cancer Society for the 2020 Super Bowl. One hundred percent of the funds raised will help benefit the many people who are in desperate need of lifesaving screenings [and] treatments.”

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Actor and “The Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong, left, and “Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin are teaming up with the American Cancer Society and the National Football League’s Crucial Catch Campaign in a concentrated effort to combat cancer. (AP/Getty)

The ACS is in just its second year partnering with the NFL to grant lucky fans access to a star-studded affair. Last year, lifelong New England Patriots fans’ dreams came true when actress Vanessa Hudgens enjoyed the game with them while they watched their team win it all in Atlanta.

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Since 2009, the NFL and American Cancer Society have partnered in the commitment to the fight against cancer. Crucial Catch helps more people catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat, and focuses on the prevention and early detection of multiple cancers, particularly in high-risk communities.

“We’re so thankful for Ken and Caleb’s commitment to the fight against cancer,” said Sharon Byers, chief development, marketing and communications officer of the American Cancer Society. “What better way to enjoy the NFL’s biggest game than raising funds for the fight and mingling with some of today’s biggest stars.”

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NFL fans can enter the sweepstakes at CrucialCatch.NFL.com by donating a minimum of $10 to the American Cancer Society.

Super Bowl LIV airs Feb. 2 on FOX.

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Princes William, Harry deny ‘offensive’ report that bullying led to Meghan and Harry’s drastic decision

Prince William and Prince Harry formed a united front to deny a report that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s behavior played a role in Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to “step back” from their royal duties.

In a statement on behalf of both princes released by the palace, the brothers denied reports from a U.K. newspaper that Harry and Meghan felt pushed out of the royal family by William and Kate Middleton.

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In a statement confirmed by Fox News, the brothers said: “Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge. For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”

The rebuke comes in response to a story published by The Times that stated that Harry and Meghan came to their historic decision to step back from their royal duties and become financially independent from the crown after two years of being “bullied” and “told their place” by William, Kate and other senior royals.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is rumored to be behind pressuring Prince Harry to leave the royal family. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A source told the outlet that the Cambridges were “not very friendly” or welcoming to Meghan starting as early as her royal wedding to Harry in May 2018.

Although the brothers disputed claims that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pushed out of the royal family by Williams’ “bullying attitude,” it’s unclear if their comment extends to a follow-up story from The Times that alleged that Meghan was the driving force behind the decision.

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Markle has been accused of pressuring her husband to leave the royal family with a source saying: “She wants to leave… she thinks: ‘It’s not working for me.”

“Harry is under intense pressure to choose. It is sad. He loves the Queen,” a source told the outlet (via the Daily Mail). “He loves this country. He loves all his military stuff and I think it will genuinely break his heart to leave. I don’t think that’s what he really wants. I think they want some halfway house.”

The royal family was rocked last week when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a statement on social media stating that they were stepping back from their royal duties following two years of intense media scrutiny. The couple said they plan to divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America in a move that surprised other members of the royal family.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is set to hold face-to-face talks Monday with Prince Harry for the first time since the big announcement. Both William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, are expected to attend the family meeting while Markle is expected to phone in from Canada, where she is taking care of baby Archie.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Subaru tells dealers it’s sorry for ‘F—‘ up

Subaru has apologized to its American dealers for a major mess caused by a colleague half a world away.

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The Forester was Subaru’s second-best seller in the U.S. in 2019. (Subaru)

The automaker was caught off guard last week when word of an SUV on display at the Singapore Motorshow called the Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special edition, which can be converted into a vulgar acronym, went viral.

Subaru confirmed to Fox News Autos that the custom car was the work of the local independent distributor and has told its American dealer network that company headquarters had nothing to do with it, a letter leaked to The Drive revealed.

“We apologize for any negative feedback this may have caused. SBR has had the name removed from the car at the Singapore Auto Show. We work very hard to build a strong brand image for this company and the naming of this vehicle in no way reflects the values and standards we hold true. Furthermore, we will always do our best to protect our brand’s integrity,” the letter said.

“It goes without saying that this car will not be available in the United States market,” the letter noted.

Subaru set its 11th straight sales record in the U.S. in 2019 on the back of a safety-focused, pet-friendly outdoorsy marketing strategy that includes the promotion of charitable giving through its Subaru Share the Love Event.

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Vikings left Greenland because they over-hunted walruses, research claims

The mystery of why the Vikings abandoned their settlements in western Greenland has puzzled historians for hundreds of years. New research is shedding light on why they left the world’s largest island during the 15th century.

The study, led by Dr. James Barrett of the University of Cambridge, concludes that the overhunting of walruses played a major role in Norsemen’s vanishing from Greenland. Walrus tusks were a big commodity during the period, with Europeans willing to pay big money or trade iron and much-needed timber (trees are scarce in Greenland) for the ivory.

According to the research, by the time the 11th century rolled around, all ivory traded in Europe came from Greenland walruses. Starting in the 13th century, the walrus tusk gravy train started to splinter, as the West African Trade routes opened up and Europeans were now able to buy “superior” elephant ivory. Consumers preferred the larger, more consistently-colored elephant tusks to the smaller walrus ivory, which had a different color in the middle.

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Instead of walrus hunting declining after their decrease in popularity, it had the opposite effect — Vikings killed even more walruses in an attempt to keep up with the market.

“We think that when elephant ivory became more popular in Europe, the unit value of walrus ivory decreased, meaning the Greenland Norse had to hunt more animals to maintain the volume of their trade with Europe,” Barrett told Fox News. “We think this led to overhunting.”

The common belief of why the Vikings left Greenland had been they overexploited the environment, then either died or left once temperatures declined.

For their study, the researchers analyzed 67 genuine medieval walrus skulls that served as “packaging” for tusks traded from Greenland to Europe. When shipped in the Middle Ages, the tusks were still attached to the front part of walrus skulls. They were then extracted for their ivory when they reached European towns such as Dublin, Bergen and London.

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“We looked at how these skulls were modified for trade, which showed very similar methods of butchery and decoration, implying that they were produced by a single group of hunters or craftspeople (probably in Greenland),” Barrett explained. “We also used ancient DNA and stable isotopes to see where the walruses had been caught, and we considered archaeological and historical evidence regarding Norse Greenland and the medieval ivory trade.”

According to their analysis, during the 13th century, the skulls harvested became smaller and smaller in size, with the Norsemen having to keep traveling further north into the Arctic Circle to hunt any available walruses, male or female. These smaller skulls belonged to walruses from an evolutionary branch found in Baffin Bay, a large body of water far north of the settlements where the Vikings first hunted.

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The study even presents as possible evidence some previously discovered timbers of a Norse Greenlander boat found on Ellesmere Island, which is a part of the northern tip of Canada. It is believed the boat timbers may have been from a doomed walrus-hunting expedition.

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With so much effort spent hunting walruses for less money in return, along with unsustainable farming practices, the Black Death, and temperatures plunging, it’s believed the Vikings had no option but to leave the island.

According to Barrett, the disappearance of the Norse Greenlanders has endured “partly because it is such a mystery, and partly because it has often been thought of as a cautionary tale for modern times.”

Erik the Red arrived from Scandinavia in 985 A.D. during the Medieval Warming Period, from 900-1300 A.D. In this time, Norsemen started communities, built towns, large houses and farms in the region.

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Michael Goodwin: Trump’s ‘peace through strength’ philosophy on Iran is what America needs

For a few days, the band was back together. Following President Trump’s decision to target Qassem Soleimani, the media’s favorite go-to critics featured members of President Obama’s administration who crafted and sold the failed nuclear deal with Iran.

John Kerry, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Wendy Sherman and Leon Panetta gave interviews or popped up on social media to defend their tenure and declare that Trump was a reckless fool for poking the mullahs’ nest.

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Naturally, the Obama alums were in perfect sync with the dominant media narrative in the four days between the Soleimani strike and Iran’s feeble retaliation. They helped feed the breathless headlines and feverish speculation that the coming conflagration would rattle the world.

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The coverage was peppered with a “we told you so” tone about Trump. The Washington press corps and the Obamaites echoed each other in warning that the president was a dangerous commander in chief, and finally they had the facts to prove it.

Except they didn’t. Instead, they all had egg on their faces for getting the big story wrong. Again.

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Diego the tortoise retires, high sex drive credited with helping to save his species in the Galapagos, conservancy says

The famed Galapagos giant tortoise named Diego — estimated at over 100 years old — fathered 40 percent of all tortoises on Espanola Island in the Galapagos and is officially retiring.

He is credited with saving his species from extinction thanks to his high sex drive, according to a release by the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative and translated by the Galapagos Conservancy.

Ecuador’s Environmental Ministry made the decision on Friday to end the 40-year captive breeding program for Espanola tortoises, which has helped the population rise from 15 to 2,000, the conservancy said.

The release added that the evaluation conducted by the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) and Galapagos Conservancy as part of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) concluded that the breeding program demonstrated “the recovery of habitat conditions” and the “populations that it hosts.”

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The 175 pound Diego is a Chelonoidis hoodensis, a species only found in the wild on the island of Espanola, according to AFP. He reportedly fathered an estimated 800 offspring as of 2016.

He was brought to the U.S. between 1928 and 1933 and placed in a breeding center on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, after his species was determined to be critically endangered in the 1960s, according to the San Diego Zoo.

“Based on the results of the last census conducted at the end of 2019 and all the data available since 1960 — both of the island and its tortoise population … the conclusion was that the island has sufficient conditions to maintain the tortoise population, which will continue to grow normally — even without any new repatriation of juveniles,” said Washington Tapia, the director of the GTRI.

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Tapia had told AFP back in 2016 that Diego was “a very sexually active male,” who contributed “enormously to repopulating the island.”

The closure of the program means 15 of the breeding adult tortoises — 12 females and 3 males — will be allowed to return to their natural habitat, the first time that’s happened since the mid-1960s, the release said.

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Diego will return to his home island of Espanola in the Galapagos nearly eight decades after being extracted from it. The plan is to release all 15 tortoises back to Espanola, their island of origin in March 2020.

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to the report

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