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  • Watch Live — Anti-fracking Joe Biden holds drive-in rally in Iowa…

    10/30/2020 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | Posted by Kane on October 30, 2020 1:35 pm
    Biden struggles to cross the finish line VIDEO AT LINK.....................
  • Crowd Size Doesn’t Matter?

    10/30/2020 1:54:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 1/29/20 | El Rushbo
    RUSH: The next Trump rally is scheduled at 1:30 this afternoon, about an hour and a half from now. It will probably get started on time, close to it, in Tampa, where there are already, and have been, thousands of people already in place lined up ready for yet another Trump rally. I’ve got pictures here of Kamala Harris. She was at a rally - I don’t even remember where it was - I guess it was Arizona yesterday. In fact, Brian, since I’m talking, we’ve got these two pictures up here that we can contrast, we’ll put ’em on...
  • Scientists Are Freaking Out Over The First-Ever Footage of This Bizarre Squid

    10/29/2020 7:55:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | CARLY CASSELLA 29 OCTOBER 2020
    Ram's horn shells are small, delicate spiral structures beachcombers can commonly find throughout the world. Yet despite their ubiquity, the original owners of these shells are extremely elusive. Until now, we've never had footage of a single one in the wild. In the twilight zone of our oceans, at the tips of sunlight's fingers, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has now delivered the first footage of a ram's horn squid (Spirula spirula) in its natural habitat. This strange-looking cephalopod is a wee little thing barely 7 centimetres (under 3 inches) in length, with eight arms, two tentacles, a pair of...
  • Wildlife flock to backyards for food from people

    10/27/2020 10:50:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies ^ | 10-26-20 | Laura Oleniacz
    A new study used camera traps to study what might be drawing wildlife to people's backyards. To see wildlife in the Triangle, sometimes you need go no further than your own backyard. A new study helps explain why some animals are sometimes more often found in suburban areas than wild ones: because people are feeding them—sometimes accidentally—and to a lesser degree, providing them with shelter. "They're using the gardens a little bit, they're using the brush piles a little bit, and they're using the water features, but feeding has the most dramatic influence on animal activity in the backyard," said...
  • Financial Analysts Think No Cruises Until March

    10/26/2020 2:25:45 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 15 replies
    Cruise Hive ^ | Oct 26, 2020 | Robert McGillivray
    According to a paper published by analysts Paul Golding and Charles Yu at Macquarie Financial Services, reported by Barrons, it is unlikely that cruising would resume next month. The company, which has significant financial standing in the Maritime industry, bases its conclusion on a fluid political situation in the United States and increasing levels of Covid infections in the United States and Europe. Cruise Lines Remain Hopeful The report says that cruises will most likely only resume in March, despite what insiders in the industry are projecting. This is against the positive outlook that the CEO’s of Carnival Corporation and...
  • Scientists Weigh in on the Great Trekking Pole Debate

    10/25/2020 9:06:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    Outside ^ | Oct 23, 2020 | Alex Hutchinson
    A new review sifts through the evidence for and against hiking with poles Trekking poles elicit mixed feelings. Partway through a late-summer backpacking trip a few months ago, I realized I had become a trekking pole guy again. I’ve flirted with the concept before: I took a pair of borrowed poles on a 10-day hike in the northern Rockies 15 years ago, and bought a knock-off Leki pole in Kathmandu before a three-week trek in the Himalaya. But I’ve always been lukewarm about them. They feel fine, but I really like having my hands free for snacking, picture-taking, map-reading, scrambling,...
  • Trump massive rally schedule

    10/25/2020 6:51:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    President Donald J. Trump Delivers Remarks at a Make America Great Again Victory Rally in Manchester, NH Sun, October 25, 2020 | 12:30 pm (EDT) President Donald J. Trump Delivers Remarks at a Make America Great Again Victory Rally in Allentown, PA Mon, October 26, 2020 | 11:00 am (EDT) President Donald J. Trump Delivers Remarks at a Make America Great Again Victory Rally in Lititz, PA Mon, October 26, 2020 | 01:30 pm (EDT) President Donald J. Trump Delivers Remarks at a Make America Great Again Victory Rally in Martinsburg, PA Mon, October 26, 2020 | 04:30 pm (EDT)...
  • The 6 Best Rifle Cartridges for Moose Hunting

    10/23/2020 8:06:20 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 84 replies
    Field & Stream ^ | October 22, 2020 | David E. Petzel
    Comparatively few people get to hunt moose. In Maine, where we have masses of moose, the odds on drawing a tag in any given year are 1,300 to one. In Alaska, where the moose are many, and there’s no problem getting a license, but for a nonresident, it’s an expensive and difficult hunt. On the other hand, I consider moose to be the best of all wild meats, and there’s a lot of it if you get one. So, let us consider the best cartridges for same. Moose are not smart or tough, but they are big. Bulls in the...
  • Biden Slams Trump Friendship With 'Thug'(s) Kim ("...and the Chinese president and Putin and others and he pokes his finger in eye of all of our friends...")

    10/23/2020 7:33:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    IB Times ^ | 10/23/20
    Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Thursday denounced President Donald Trump for befriending North Korea's "thug" leader, likening his diplomacy to working with Hitler. In a sharp clash in their final presidential debate, Biden attacked Trump's insistence that he has avoided war through his summits with Kim Jong Un. "He's talked about his good buddy, who's a thug," Biden said of the young North Korean leader. "That's like saying we had a good relationship with Hitler before he invaded Europe -- the rest of Europe. Come on." But Biden indicated he was also willing to meet with Kim, saying his condition...

    10/23/2020 11:31:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies ^ | October 22, 2020 | Colleen Flynn
    Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, is the end goal for many thru-hikers. COVID-19 restrictions caused many to postpone their hike in 2020. Fewer than 1,000 thru-hikers each year successfully complete the 2,190 miles stretching from Georgia to Maine that make up the Appalachian Trail (AT). In early March of 2020, scores of hikers descended on Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park—the southern terminus of the AT—eager to join those ranks and attempt the popular Northbound journey that they had spent months or even years planning. But as news of the COVID-19 outbreak spread in the spring, The Appalachian...
  • Donald Trump to hold rally in Waukesha on Saturday (Wisconsin)

    10/23/2020 6:42:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 10/23/10 | Mitchell Schmidt
    President Donald Trump will host a rally in the conservative stronghold of Waukesha on Saturday, marking his seventh trip to the state this year. Trump’s campaign announced Thursday the president will deliver remarks at Stein’s Aircraft Services at the Waukesha County Airport Saturday evening as part of a four-stop tour that also includes events in North Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire. The announcement comes on the heels of Trump’s rally in Janesville on Saturday. **SNIP** Asked about Trump’s planned visit, Gov. Tony Evers said he strongly encourages the president to require all attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing,...
  • Trump to hold Pensacola rally Friday

    10/23/2020 4:39:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    AI ^ | 10/21/20 | Leada Gore
    President Trump will hold a rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday. Trump’s campaign announced the president will deliver remarks at a “Make America Great Again Victory Rally,” at ST Aerospace 1 Merlion Way in Pensacola on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. CT. The event will feature remarks from the president and other Republican candidates. The complete lineup has not been announced. The event is general admission and you can register for tickets here. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

    10/22/2020 12:08:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies ^ | October 21, 2020 | Allison Qiang
    Hikers at Nancy Falls in 1929 For centuries, hikers traveling in the Nancy Brook Scenic Area of the White Mountain National Forest have reported hearing cries and shrieks of laughter. These strange noises are thought to belong to a young woman named Nancy Barton, who had been hiking through Crawford Notch in the winter of 1778, when she succumbed to frostbite and hypothermia. Nancy died while in pursuit of a lover who had betrayed her. Her legend, detailed below, continues to fuel speculation as to whether this scenic area is haunted. For centuries, hikers traveling in the Nancy Brook Scenic...
  • Colorado hiker stuns onlookers while climbing mountains in high heels

    10/21/2020 4:23:16 PM PDT · by SJackson · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 20, 2020 | Kenneth Garger
    An avid Colorado hiker looking for a new challenge traded in her trail shoes for high heels to climb some of the state’s highest peaks. Erin Ton, 22, switched to the unconventional hiking footwear last month after climbing 57 of the state’s “fourteeners” — Colorado mountains over 14,000 feet — since August 2018, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. “I thought it would be a fun celebration to hike Elbert again, but do it in high heels,” Ton told the paper, referring to Mount Elbert, the first of the fourteeners she hiked years before. “It’s kind of a full-circle thing.” Since...
  • Vermonters flock to the outdoors during pandemic, keeping Search and Rescue teams busy

    10/20/2020 11:42:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    VTdigger ^ | Oct 19 2020 | Amanda Gokee
    Waterbury Center State Park on Waterbury Reservoir in early September 2020. Photo by Cate Chant/VTDigger Packed parking lots, litter and crowding on trails, more accidents in the backcountry, pressures on wildlife: These are some of the signs that Vermonters and out-of-staters have been flocking to the outdoors since the pandemic began. Local search and rescue teams around the state have also been getting more calls than normal, with some logging record-high years. In spite of accidents and other challenges, state officials remain positive about people turning to the outdoors during a difficult time. Get all of VTDigger's daily news. You'll...
  • I Missed Bars. So I Built One in My Own Backyard

    10/20/2020 7:33:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Outside ^ | 10-15-20 | Nick Heil
    During a hot and lonely summer, I grabbed my tools and created an outdoor watering hole to entertain friends—at a safe distance, of course! This may be the best idea I’ve ever had One day in May, feeling bored and bummed out by the pandemic, I launched into a home-improvement project that I hoped might ease my unease: building a bar. Bars are good places for bad times—or at least they used to be, before they were canceled along with everything else. My last public drink was consumed on March 6: a Bud Light at the Hogs and Heifers Saloon...

    10/19/2020 8:07:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Meat Eater ^ | Oct 16, 2020 | Sam Lungren
    I’ve often been accused of carrying a lot of stuff going into the mountains for all-day or multi-day hunting adventures. But I’ve never once been accused of being unprepared. Every elk or mountain muley hunter exists on a spectrum of comfort—and associated pack weight—ranging from spartan to cushy. Some folks simply are tough as granite, but I truly believe that most of us will hunt better, go further, and stay longer when we have the appropriate gear to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. Besides injuries and dealing with other hunters, the only way to ruin a day in the...
  • Thousands impacted as Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires ravage parts of Boulder Co.; 26 homes lost

    10/19/2020 7:59:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Denver 7 ^ | Oct 19, 2020 | Robert Garrison
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A large area of Boulder County, including the towns of Jamestown and Ward, are under a mandatory evacuation order after two new wildfires sparked over the weekend. The 8,788-acre Calwood Fire started Saturday and is burning near the Cal-Wood Education Center in the Jamestown area, and officials Sunday night confirmed that 26 homes were lost to the fire, so far, mostly on the eastern side of the fire along Mountain Ridge Drive and Foothills Ranch Drive. No injuries were reported. ... On Sunday, a new wildfire, dubbed the Lefthand Canyon Fire, started in the 14,000 block...
  • Florida Judge Could Hold Up Carnival’s Restart of Operations

    10/18/2020 1:25:35 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 32 replies
    Cruise Hive ^ | Oct. 18, 2020 | Robert McGillivray
    While Carnival Corporation focuses on restarting operations in December, a Florida judge might throw a spanner in the works for them. The Miami Herald reports that U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Patricia Seitz, who heads an investigation against the company for environmental crimes, announced she would require the company to comply with their probation obligations 60-days before ships re-enter U.S. waters. The order will require each ship to carry certification from CEO Arnold Donald regarding its environmental compliance status and serve a 60-day notification period before re-entering. Carnival Corporation lawyers scrambled to have a delay of...
  • Weird venomous caterpillars that look like walking toupées are invading Virginia

    10/17/2020 12:43:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 10/16/2020 | Rafi Letzker
    A bizarre little insect that looks like a walking toupée and squirts venomous pus from knifelike spines is terrorizing Virginia this year, according to the state's Department of Forestry (VDoF). The venomous pus caterpillar is the larval form of the southern flannel moth (Megalopyge opercularis), and if you see one you should stay away from it. Its "hairs" are actually spines that make it among the most venomous caterpillars in the United States. A woman in New Kent County described the sensation of a "scorching hot knife passing through the outside of my calf" when she brushed against one on...