Triangle saves his sister, By: Rachel Tilseth Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films

(Yellowstone wolf photo credit NPS)

Wolves support each other in times of danger: Triangle saves his sister

The following account is from Kira Cassidy a research associate with the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

Rachel Tilseth
Rachel Tilseth
Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films

We called him Triangle, for the shape of the white blaze on his chest. Born into the last litter of the Druid Peak pack—he was smaller than his brothers, and even one of his sisters. One cold morning in 2009 he and an older sister encountered three members of the Hoodoo pack, deep in Druid territory. His sister was immediately attacked but instead of running to safety, Triangle jumped into the melee twice, bit one of the Hoodoo wolves and distracted the opposition long enough for his sister to escape. As he turned to run he was bitten hard on a back leg but outdistanced the attackers, finally out of harm’s way.

Why would he take such a risk? In Yellowstone 68% of natural death occurs when two packs fight. And of the 34 attacks we witnessed and analyzed, in six cases a wolf attempted to rescue their pack mate. So why didn’t Triangle run for safety, saving himself? It may be because the pack, the family, is a crucial part of a wolf’s life.

Yellowstone wolf photo credit NPS
Wolves are rarely alone. They are born in a litter and with pack mates while they hunt, travel, and sleep. If a wolf does leave its pack it is usually to start their own, have their own offspring, and once again, be surrounded by family. It is beneficial to live in a big family, too. It helps every member of the group survive longer, recover from injuries and infections more easily, raise more pups, and hunt larger prey. Wolf packs are also territorial and aggressive with their neighbors; and big packs—especially ones with adult males for fighting power and older adults for their knowledge—are more likely to defeat their opponents.

Risking death or injury to aid a pack mate during an attack may have important evolutionary benefits. This behavior fits with the kin selection theory because helping close relatives promotes your shared genes. Or the pack mate you saved may reciprocate and help you in the future.

As scientists and naturalists fascinated by this behavior, maybe we shouldn’t be that shocked. The news is inundated by stories of a dog saving its family from a burning building, or a person saving a neighbor stuck in a raging river or even a wild animal entangled in a fence. Instead of seeing these acts of selflessness as a human anomaly, maybe we should start viewing them as the bridge that connects us to other animals. Animals like the gray wolf who see family as the most important part of life. Source Yellowstone Forever

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6-Year-Old Boy Uses His Disney World Savings To Buy Food for Hurricane Dorian Victims


6-Year-Old Boy Uses His Disney World Savings To Buy Food for Hurricane Dorian Victims
By Amanda Thomason
Published September 5, 2019 at 10:29am

6-Year-Old Boy Uses His Disney World Savings To Buy Food for Hurricane Dorian Victims

Many people spend days leading up to their birthday finalizing their celebratory plans. Whether they’re planning on an all-out party or just dinner with family, they’re usually focused on enjoying themselves and being the center of attention.

This wasn’t the case for 6-year-old Jermaine Bell of Allendale, South Carolina.

To be sure, Bell had big plans for his birthday — which is on Sept. 8. He dreamt of a trip to Disney World, and he’d been scrimping and saving to help fund the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

According to CNN, he was especially excited to visit “Animal Kingdom and see lots of lions and have a Lion King party.”

But as Hurricane Dorian got closer and closer, forcing evacuations, Bell couldn’t help but be moved by the evacuees’ plight and decided to do something about it.

6-year-old trades Disney birthday trip money for food for Dorian evacuees

Using his Disney World fund, Bell bought hot dogs and all the fixings, water bottles and bags of chips, and stood on the side of Highway 125 in Allendale on Labor Day to hand them out to people on their way to safety.

“Dorian Evacuees: FREE Hot Dogs & Water” his handmade sign read. Donning a plastic apron and wearing a smile, the young man handed out around 100 hot dogs on the first day alone, according to WJBF.

His reason for helping was simple and kind.

“The people that are traveling to go to other places, I wanted them to have some food to eat, so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they’re going to stay at,” he told WTTG.

“I wanted to be generous and live to give,” he said during an interview with WTTG.

But the care didn’t stop with food, as the young man was also invested in the evacuees’ spiritual state. He offered to pray for the people who came through, too.

“He actually even prayed for a family while they were here in reference to their house being okay when they got back, so that was really tear dropping,” said Aretha Grant, Jermaine’s grandmother.

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“Knowing that they couldn’t take everything and we were able to have a house, so that’s the blessed part that he should be thankful for.”

“I am very proud,” she told CNN. “We knew Jermaine was very special, but we didn’t know he was special in this way to be such a giver like this.”

Many people have tagged Disney in their comments in hopes that someone there will see Bell’s generous heart and bless the boy with the birthday trip of his dream

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Dick Bove: Trump poised to take control of the Federal Reserve

President Trump sharply criticized the Federal Reserve this week, saying interest rate increases are hurting the economy.
Trump will have the opportunity to fashion the central bank in the image he would like as he has four vacancies to fill on the board of governors.
The result could be a more politicized Fed.
Richard X. Bove
Published 11:58 AM ET Fri, 20 July 2018 Updated 6:26 PM ET Fri, 20 July 2018

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President Donald Trump has multiple reasons as to why he should take control of the Federal Reserve. He will do so both because he can and because his broader policies argue that he should do so. The president is anti-overregulating American industry. The Fed is a leader in pushing stringent regulation on the nation. By raising interest rates and stopping the growth in the money supply it stands in the way of further growth in the American economy.
First, He Can

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve is required to have seven members. It has three. Two of the current governors were put into their position by President Trump. Two more have been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. After these two are put on the Fed’s board, the president will then nominate two more to follow them. In essence, it is possible that six of the seven Board members will be put in place by Trump.

The Federal Open Market Committee has 12 members and sets the nation’s monetary policy. Seven of the 12 are the members of the Board of Governors. Five additional are Federal Reserve district bank presidents. Other than the head of the Fed bank in New York, who was nominated by the president, the other four can only take their positions as district bank presidents if the board in Washington agrees to their hiring. One of these, the Fed Bank president in Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, is already arguing for no further rate increases.
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Second, Regulation

Following the passage of the Dodd Frank Act in July 2010, the Fed was given enormous power to regulate the banking industry. It moved quickly to implement a number of new rules. The Fed set up a system that would penalize banks that failed to obey its new rules. These rules included setting limits as to how big an individual bank could be; how much money the banks had to invest in fed funds and Treasurys as a percent of their assets; which loans were desirable and which were not; where the banks had to obtain their funding and many, many, more up to and including how much a bank could pay its investors in dividends.

These rules have meaningfully slowed bank investments in the economy (the Volcker Rule) and they have had a crippling effect on bank lending in the housing markets (other agencies have had an impact here also).

Thus, of all of the government agencies the Fed has been possibly the most restrictive. The president has already moved to correct these excesses by putting in place a new Fed Governor (Randal Quarles) to regulate the banking industry.

Three, Killing Economic Growth

In the second quarter of 2018, the growth in non-seasonally adjusted money supply (M2) has been zero. That’s right, the money supply did not grow at all. This is because the Fed is shrinking its balance sheet ultimately by $50 billion per month. In addition, the Fed has raised interest rates seven times since Q4 2015. Supposedly there are five more rate increases coming.

This is the tightest monetary policy since Paul Volcker headed the institution in the mid-1980s. It will be recalled his policies led to back-to-back recessions. Current Fed monetary policy is directly in conflict with the president’s economic goals.

Moreover, the Treasury is estimating it will pay $415 billion in interest on the federal debt in this fiscal year. A better estimate might be $450 billion if rates keep going up. There are a lot of bridges and tunnels and jobs that could be created with this money.

Then there is inflation. It is likely to rise if the Fed eases its policies. If that happens paying down the federal debt becomes easier. On a less desirable note, higher interest rates lower real estate values. Lower rates that stimulate inflation increase real estate values.
Bottom Line

The president can and will take control of the Fed. It may be recalled when the law was written creating the Federal Reserve the secretary of the Treasury was designated as the head of the Federal Reserve. We are going to return to that era. Like it or not the Fed is about to be politicized. !!!