Saturday Night Social: When Monster Penguins Ruled the Seas

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In days long past, penguins the size of humans swam the seas and waddled its shores, no doubt as majestic as they were tall.

Yes, I know last week was also a penguin-themed SNS, but this big-ass penguin thigh, and the flocks of large, doofy birds it suggests, is just too glorious to ignore. Researchers in New Zealand have discovered the fossil of a penguin they believe to have been around five feet, two inches tall and about 176 pounds, judging from the size of its leg bone. That would make the Crossvallia waiparensis about a foot taller than the already goodly-sized emperor penguin.

Scientists believe that giant penguins took over in the Palaeocene era, ruling the warm seas after dinosaurs and big lizards had their day. I mourn the chonky penguins that were and hope for their return upon human’s imminent extinction on a planet that is most likely rapidly approaching temperatures conducive to avian hyper-development.


How was your week? As good as a regular penguin or as great as a super penguin?

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I need some court advice - I know we have some savvy law people here. Long story short, I’m expecting to be sued for grandparent’s rights. I’m the one raising my nephew.

The grandparent bringing the suit has grounds to do so, but doesn’t have a leg to stand on once other members of the family testify about the grandparent’s history of mental illness, drug use, and neglect/sexual abuse of their own children and how all of that isn’t in the best interest of the child. Those family members are aware of the threat of the suit and are ready and willing to testify as they don’t want the child to have contact (it’s actually their wishes I’ve been honoring in preventing contact). All parties involved are on my nephew’s *other* side of the family so I’m very far removed from all the drama personally. Problem is that these family members are not local - as in it would take days of driving and unpaid time off work to come testify in person. They cannot afford that, but they are the ones with the damning evidence so I need their help.

How do courts handle situations like these where it is a considerable hardship for a person to testify in person? I mean, they will if they have to to protect the child, but I’m just hoping to make it easier on them.

Thanks for any advice!