All posts tagged: signaling

These birds appear to be signaling ‘after you’

These birds appear to be signaling ‘after you’

[ad_1] Non-verbal gestures are an integral part of how humans and some other organisms communicate, as with various sign languages  and expressing emotions. A small-bird species called the Japanese tit (Parus minor) also may also use this more complex form of communication. In a study published March 25 Current Biology, a team from the University of Tokyo describes how this small bird appears to use this wing to say “after you” to indicate that the other bird. According to the study, when a mating pair arrives at their nest box carrying food, the two will wait outside. One bird will then often flutter its wings towards the other, apparently indicating that the other bird can enter the home first.  The team believes that this discovery challenges earlier beliefs that only a few species use gestures to communicate. Chimpanzees, bonobos, ravens, and some fish appear to use a form of communication called deictic gesturing. This is when simple gestures are deployed to point out objects or show something of interest. Symbolic gestures, such as how humans …

“That is frightening”: Legal analyst thinks Judge Cannon signaling she may “get rid” of Trump case

“That is frightening”: Legal analyst thinks Judge Cannon signaling she may “get rid” of Trump case

[ad_1] U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday is expected to hear from special counsel Jack Smith’s team and Donald Trump’s attorneys on the former president’s motions to dismiss his classified documents case. Cannon set a hearing for Thursday to discuss Trump’s motions to dismiss the case, citing the Presidential Records Act and “unconstitutional vagueness.” “I’ve handled a lot of motions in criminal cases. These are barely better than frivolous,” tweeted former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Presidential Records Act allows him to designate documents as personal records. “But he’s never been able to explain how the PRA trumps laws about handling classified & national defense info. It doesn’t,” Vance wrote. “Even if, by some stretch of the imagination, a president can hang onto classified information by claiming its personal records, Trump’s still obstructed justice according to multiple first-hand witnesses.” Vance added that with any other judge, the motions would certainly be dismissed. “But with Judge Cannon, we just have to wait and see how she’ll rule,” she said. MSNBC …

DeSantis criticizes Haley for ‘virtue signaling’ over George Floyd death

DeSantis criticizes Haley for ‘virtue signaling’ over George Floyd death

[ad_1] Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday ripped former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) for “virtue signaling” liberals over her comments on the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in May 2020.  After Floyd’s murder, Haley had posted on X, then known as Twitter, that the murder was “personal and painful for every American.” Floyd’s death, caught on camera and shared through social media, sparked global protests. Some demonstrations in America become violent.  At Wednesday’s final GOP debate before the Iowa caucus, DeSantis said the protests were “the worst rioting in the modern history of this country.” “People in Iowa had nothing to do with that or Florida or South Carolina,” said DeSantis. “She was virtue-signaling to the left, she was accepting the narrative and she was trying to impress people who are never going to like us.”    Both Haley and DeSanits have been outspoken against Black Lives Matter, the organization and chant that many have said in protest to police-related killings of Black Americans. Haley …

Elon Musk ushers in DeSantis’s 2024 campaign, signaling a new era for Twitter

Elon Musk ushers in DeSantis’s 2024 campaign, signaling a new era for Twitter

[ad_1] Florida Governor Ron DeSantis filed the paperwork to officially launch his presidential campaign on this afternoon, but opted to join Elon Musk on a Twitter Space to discuss his campaign on Wednesday evening. DeSantis’s decision to forgo traditional news venues in favor of making a big media moment with Musk marks a new phase for the social network — and one that would have been impossible to foresee back in 2016, or even 2020. DeSantis met Musk on friendly turf. In spite of feints to the contrary, Musk’s views are reliably conservative, with a focus on social and cultural issues that’s only escalated since his decision to buy Twitter. Last year, Musk explicitly said that he planned to support DeSantis’s potential bid for the presidency, calling him a “sensible and centrist” choice. Musk previously encouraged his 140 million followers to vote for Republicans in 2022’s midterm elections. Musk has increasingly aligned himself with the political right, including at times its more dangerous, conspiracy-fueled fringes. Just this month, Musk propagated the lie that the mass …

VC deal activity fell in 2022, signaling tough times ahead

VC deal activity fell in 2022, signaling tough times ahead

[ad_1] Capital is becoming harder to come by Market headwinds continue to dog startups chasing venture backing. That’s the top-level finding of a new PitchBook report that looked at VC trends toward the end of 2022, specifically Q4, including investments made at the seed, late-stage and nearing-the-exit levels. First, the good news: “On an annual basis, angel- and seed-stage deal activity remained relatively resilient in 2022, with $21.0 billion invested across an estimated 7,261 deals,” the report said. Last year set an annual record for capital raised, in fact, with $162.6 billion closed across 769 funds — the second consecutive year to exceed $150 billion. But the year was ultimately mixed. Q4 2022 marked the fourth consecutive quarter of declining deal counts while exit activity for the entire year fell to $71.4 billion — the first time the figure dipped below $100 billion since 2016. Acquisition volume also took a nosedive, with Q4 posting only $763 million in total acquisition deal value — the lowest quarterly value in more than a decade. “Public exits of …