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well, it's worth considering inasmuch as it's probably been a suboptimal but credible result for years but no one picked up on it. But it's not a paradigm-buster and the "new" data that are employed here are of poor quality and in some cases blatantly mishandled.
Abstract. There are a whole variety of problems, ranging from bad/dated data on some key taxa to substantial reliance on some really fragmented and possibly chimaeric specimens. The data treatment itself is also kind of blind to some of the issues of uncertainty in reconstruction that are part and parcel to modern phylogenetic analysis. As a result, you have a big result that is only weakly supported by data which itself is really shakey.

So I don't know. Maybe it's vaguely correct, but I don't know if this will stand to scrutiny.
necessary but not sufficient. some need to be hanged.
well we now know what nunes is. now all we need to know is the price.
sorry nunes. portuguese isn't spanish I guess
McCain just called for an independent commission, citing Nunez's bullshit.
maybe a beneficial side effect for them, but I don't think that would have been the primary motivation
calling it even odds that this was an unstable person upset about brexit, an ISIS attack, or a Russian false-flag meant to bolster Trump by providing a terrorist attack to point to.
iow, literally protectionism
this is all about making it inconvenient to fly on international carriers as a kickback to American airline operators.
Reuters is reporting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is going to skip the April NATO meeting and travel to Moscow instead.

"It feeds this narrative that somehow the Trump administration is playing footsy with Russia," said one former U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"You don't want to do your early business with the world's great autocrats. You want to start with the great democracies, and NATO is the security instrument of the transatlantic group of great democracies," he added.


Gonna bet he requests asylum and doesn't return. That'd be the smart movie right now.
wow Nunez really is a total piece of partisan garbage.

betting he's on the take
I'm convinced from this hearing so far that Nunez has actively, personally been party to treason during his participation in the transition.
these hearings are fascinating. all the democrats are trying to figure out what the hell Russia was doing and all the republicans are all "wah wah stop the leaks"

the republicans should all be hanged as traitors
so comey basically confirmed there's a lot of things a director of the FBI cannot confirm or deny when the target of investigation is someone other than Hillary Clinton.
you know, if the US let Mexico invade Texas, we wouldn't have to worry about any of this anymore.
Umm, dude: the EU doesn't get a say in the matter. It's purely an internal UK thang.

ETA: Oh and some EU officials have already said that they thought the EU accession process for an independent Scotland should be pretty straightforward.

A few EU officials is not the same as a majority of EU member states each with their own complex reasons for not necessarily backing Scottish accession to the EU
Realistically a Scotland referendum will either not happen or will not be acknowledged by the EU. Spain, Italy, and other core EU countries are fighting hard enough to keep their own separationists from getting the referenda they want, so they are unlikely condone a referendum by Scotland that could be the model for Catalan independence or Venetian independence. Additionally, Scotland just does not have a plan to set up its own economy separate from the UK, and the EU is unlikely to accept a member state that doesn't have a basic governing and economic system set up. It could work, but it would fundamentally force the EU to see themselves as more than just an economic union and that's not likely to have positive results.

Finally, the rest of the EU could give a shit whether the UK leaves because the UK has really benefited from the single market without adhering to the actual rules of the single market. As a result, the UK has very much taken advantage of wealth generated in Europe without also contributing equally to it. A lot of EU citizens actually hope that saying goodbye to the UK will improve their local economies.

So no, I don't think Scexit is actually gonna happen.
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Christmas, too
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