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  • These Are The Students Walking Out Of School To Protest Gun Violence

    04/20/2018 3:50:17 PM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 4/20/2018 | Chris McGonigal
    Students around the country walked out of class on Friday to bring attention to gun violence in the U.S. The walkout also marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. Photos from around the country show students protesting peacefully and making their voices heard, as well as protesting silently outside the White House. See the latest images from the second round of school walkouts below.
  • Tent caterpillar population exploding this year

    04/20/2018 4:56:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Save SIERRA VISTA — People walking beneath the sprawling cottonwood trees along the San Pedro River this time of year could get showered by caterpillars. While the fuzzy little insects are a regular springtime occurrence, milder than usual winter and spring weather has created ideal conditions for a tent caterpillar population explosion, said Bill Cook, horticulture program coordinator for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension out of Greenlee County. “It would make sense that we’re seeing such a high number of these insects because of reduced winter mortality rates from back-to-back mild winters,” Cook said. “Then add the mild spring,...
  • Fighting Solar Farm proposed for beautiful hilltop & ridge

    04/19/2018 10:38:20 AM PDT · by George from New England · 11 replies
    We are at the Florida county level, trying to fight a land purchase by an electric utility, to install acres of solar panels, on pristine hilltops and highest land in Florida. 350 acres. My posting is to solicit any freeper input as in has this happened in your area of the world. Our group wants to limit the solar farm to the lower elevation land areas, between the hillsides. What we are up against is corrupt politicians. State Senator Wilt Simpson bought this pastureland in 2016, after the county passed restrictions on housing development. He seems to have gotten fantastic...
  • DNR seismometer stolen off Rattlesnake Ridge

    04/17/2018 2:01:34 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 26 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/13/2018 | Alfredo Llanos
    WAPATO, WA – On March 7, 2018, at 3:00 pm, the Department of Natural Resources reported that some of their seismograph equipment had been stolen from the Rattlesnake Ridge landslide area. Seismologists arrived at the landslide area to check on their monitoring equipment. They noticed that parts of their equipment were missing. Some of the items missing were two 60W solar panels, and one Guralp 6TD seismograph worth approximately $12,000.00. The seismograph is about the size of a coffee can and it is useless to anyone who has stolen it. The public is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office if...
  • Mysterious Gatherings of Nearly 1,400 Sharks Spotted Off Northeast Coast

    04/17/2018 6:58:19 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | April 16, 2018 | Ada Carr
    Aerial photos have captured odd gatherings of almost 1,400 basking sharks and researchers aren't totally sure what it is the animals are up to. It’s not uncommon to see the sharks individually, but seeing them in large groups is rare. It’s still unclear why the animals are coming together, but researchers suggest they are likely gathering in the waters from Long Island to Nova Scotia to grab a bite, according to recent findings published in the Journal of Fish Biology. The scientists studied aerial photos taken between June 1980 and November 2013 and found 10 large groups of the sharks...
  • How California Car Culture Killed The Promise Of A 20-Minute Commute

    04/16/2018 8:33:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    KPBS News ^ | April 16, 2018 | Meghan McCarty Carino/KPCC
    As an innovator and early adopter of freeways, California became the symbolic capital of car culture. But the ease of movement conferred by the massive postwar freeway building boom was short-lived, turning the dream of car travel into a nightmare of congestion and long commutes. The story of how Californians went from getting around to getting stuck behind the wheel is deeply entwined with the history of the urban freeway, an enterprise that advanced earlier and on a larger scale here than anywhere else in the country. Half a century ago, there was reason for optimism about cars. Los Angeles...
  • Naked Man Goes Crazy On Metro Train, Attacks Riders (Video)

    04/15/2018 7:15:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Washington DC Patch ^ | April 14, 2018 | Dan Taylor
    WASHINGTON, DC -- A naked man has been arrested after attacking Metro riders Thursday morning at the Dupont Circle station in D.C., according to multiple reports. At 5:45 a.m., the man reportedly was acting aggressively toward Metro riders. Specifically, Steve Chenevey of Fox 5 tweeted that the man assaulted someone on the train, exited the train at Dupont and then "did naked calisthenics on the platform." The man reportedly ignored orders from responding police officers, prompting an officer to use a stun gun on him. He was then taken into custody. Two victims had minor injuries, according to the Washington...
  • Jaguar Attacks Crocodile

    04/15/2018 4:56:32 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 32 replies
    When a jaguar pounces, sometimes one bite is all it takes to get a meal. National Geographic has exclusive video of a jaguar taking down a caiman in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands. Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist who helps manage National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative, explains the hunt and explosive moment of predation.
  • ‘It’s OK to shoot down drones’, say Swiss legal experts

    04/15/2018 12:28:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 13 April 2018 11:05 CEST+02:00
    If a drone is invading your personal privacy, you are entitled to shoot it down and aren’t liable for damages, according to new findings by Swiss lawyers. Drones are increasingly popular with private individuals in Switzerland for recreational use and to take aerial videos, but the remote-controlled craft can also be used by for spying on individuals or taking unauthorized photos — for example of people sunbathing on their balcony. Until now, legal opinion has held that victims of drone surveillance cannot defend themselves; but Basel lawyers Jascha Schneider-Marfels and Sebastian Kaufmann say that according to their interpretation of the...
  • Microchips helping to prevent cactus poaching in Arizona national parks

    04/14/2018 11:44:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies
    abc15 ^ | Apr. 13, 2018 | Cameron Polom
    An unusual problem at Saguaro National Park requires an unusual solution to stop it. Cactus poaching; a lucrative crime that's caught the attention of the national park service. Chief O'Neil says even small saguaro can fetch a hefty bounty. "We understand that they sell for about a hundred dollar a foot, so this little guy is worth four or five hundred dollars," said O'Neil referencing a rather young, albeit 40-year-old saguaro. "We're looking to microchip cacti that are most likely to be taken," said O'Neil.
  • Tarantula burger special sold at North Carolina restaurant has legs.

    04/13/2018 12:34:57 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/13/2018 | By Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    Hungry customers began calling Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, last month in search of their famous tarantula burgers. The restaurant has been serving the eight-legged dish for the past three years in honor of exotic meat month -- and this year would be no different, though the establishment pushed the date back a month.
  • Great acting by Hal Holbrook

    04/09/2018 11:27:08 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 32 replies
    Into the Wild via You Tube ^ | April 9, 2018 | beaversmom
    I watched Into the Wild (2007) last night on NetFlix for the first time. I am familiar with the story, and even have the book. I have had the book for many years, but have yet to read it. Hal Holbrook's character, Ron Franz, comes in toward the end of the film. His on screen time is not that much, but the acting, to me, is so good and real. His character really made me cry. I felt so much compassion for him.I have seen Holbrook in TV movies and feature films over the decades, and have always thought he...
  • Cheetah surprises Oregon man by jumping into vehicle

    04/09/2018 7:24:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | 29 Mar 2018 | By Ben Hooper
    An Oregon man on safari in Africa ended up in a closer-than-expected encounter with a cheetah that jumped into the back seat of the SUV. A video captured by Peter Heistein on the Grand Ruaha Safari in Tanzania shows safari-goer Britton Hayes sitting still inside the tour vehicle while the cheetah watches him from the seat behind him. The safari group said their attention had been on a cheetah that jumped on the hood of their vehicle when the second big cat surprised them by jumping into the back seat. "We started to notice the cheetahs became curious of the...
  • Campaign launched for tougher gun laws in Switzerland

    04/08/2018 7:18:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 6 April 2018 12:48 CEST+02:00
    A new platform composed of left-wing politicians, police officers and psychiatrists is pushing for Switzerland to follow the European Union in tightening controls on guns. Representatives of the Social Democratic Party (SP), the Swiss police officers association VSPB/FSFP and the Swiss federation of psychiatrists and psychotherapists FMPP joined forces on Thursday ahead of a debate on the issue in parliament, the Tribune de Genève reported. The EU parliament approved a revised gun law last year designed to close security loopholes and introduce tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons like those used in the Paris terror attacks. On March...
  • 48,000 Brits dead after worst winter in 42 years

    04/08/2018 12:45:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 7th April 2018 | Hayley Coyle
    THE UK is being hit by its worst winter death toll in 42 years, ... temperatures are set to dip again in April after the chilliest March in 21 years. ... Campaigners have called the deaths a “national tragedy” as cold weather victims fatalities could be prevented - especially in the elderly. ... this winter is set to total at least 48,000 deaths due to cold weather – which works out at an average of one death every three and a half minutes.
  • SC resorts looks for people who threw carrots at alligator - "a new level of stupid."

    04/08/2018 3:27:24 AM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 64 replies
    WBTW ^ | 4/18/2018 | AP
    <p>FRIPP ISLAND, SC (AP) - Officials at a South Carolina resort are looking for the people who harassed an alligator by throwing carrots at him, calling the action "a new level of stupid."</p> <p>The Island Packet in Hilton Head reports the Fripp Island Resort Activity Center posted about the harassment Friday on its Facebook page.</p>
  • Montenegro's Gushing Water Tree

    A rare and natural phenomenon has turned a tree in Montenegro into a gushing spring.
  • My Masters Is Paris-Roubaix

    04/06/2018 9:56:30 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6 Apr 2018 | Jason Gay
    I’m going to guess you’re not a Paris-Roubaix lunatic—but I’m going to make you one. It’s simply the biggest, baddest, hardest, cruelest cycling race of them all. Stretching for 260 kilometers—that’s 161 miles, I googled it all by myself—from that dusty backwater, Paris, to a velodrome in northern France, finishing the race takes a little less than 6 hours. Six hours! You can fly from Miami to Los Angeles in 6 hours. You can drive from Milwaukee to Louisville. You can watch almost four innings of a baseball game... It isn’t easy to make cyclists capable of winning sacrifice themselves...
  • VIDEO: PGA Golfer Gets Hole in One During Masters Par 3 Contest Then Snaps Ankle While Celebrating

    04/04/2018 3:47:58 PM PDT · by savedbygrace · 38 replies
    True Pundit ^ | April 4, 2018 | admin
    Let’s hope Tony Finau is alright. The American PGA golfer scored a rare hole in one Wednesday at a Masters contest and then dislocated his ankle while celebrating. Finau is scheduled to partake in his first Masters Tournament beginning tomorrow.
  • Arizona voters won't get chance to outlaw trophy hunting

    04/04/2018 5:16:07 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX -- Arizona voters won't get a chance to outlaw "trophy hunting'' in the state, at least not this year. The Humane Society of the United States has pulled the plug on its proposal to put a measure on the November ballot to make it illegal to pursue, shoot, snare, net or capture any "wild cat.'' That specifically means bobcats and mountain lions. In a prepared statement, Kitty Block, acting president of The Humane Society of the United States, said she still believes that Arizonans would support the initiative. But she said efforts to gather the minimum 150,642 valid signatures...