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  • Climbers got so stoned on top of mountain they couldn’t get back down

    09/24/2017 4:27:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    A group of climbers had to be rescued from the top of a mountain after getting so stoned they couldn’t get back down. The four walkers got stuck on top of the 3,209ft Scafell Pike in Cumbria’s Lake District – the highest peak in England. After successfully reaching the top, however, they found themselves ‘incapacitated’ from having taken cannabis. Cumbria Police confirmed that mountain rescue and air ambulances had to be scrambled in order to rescue the climbers. ‘Persons stuck on mountain after taking cannabis. Now having to deploy mountain rescue, air support and ambulance to rescue them,’ Cumbria Police...
  • Prevent Mosquito Bites (While Traveling)

    09/22/2017 7:27:52 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 50 replies
    CDC ^ | CDC
    Mosquito bites are bothersome enough, but when you consider risks, like getting sick with Zika, dengue, or chikungunya, it’s important that you choose an insect repellent that works well and that you feel comfortable regularly using. Protect yourself when traveling: Learn about country-specific travel advice, health risks, and how to stay safe by visiting CDC Travelers’ Health website. Use insect repellent: Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.DEETPicaridin, also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel,...
  • Estimated range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States, 2017

    09/22/2017 7:19:22 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 28 replies
    Estimated range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States, 2017* Prevention of mosquito bites is the best defense. Geographically, the 75% of the range includes approximately 85% of the U.S. population. CDC has updated the estimated range maps for Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes by using a model that predicts possible geographic ranges for these mosquitoes in the contiguous United States. The model used county-level records, historical records, and suitable climate variables to predict the likelihood (very low, low, moderate, or high) that these mosquitoes could survive and reproduce if introduced to an area during the...
  • Polish Climbers Hope to Make Historic Winter Conquest of K2

    09/21/2017 10:25:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 21 Sep 2017
    Polish climbers hope to pull off one of the last big feats of mountaineering in coming months by scaling K2, the world's second highest peak and the only of the 14 exceeding 8,000 meters (26,246 ft) yet to be conquered in wintertime. If successful, their ascent will also mark the culmination of an era for the Poles, who pioneered winter climbing on the world's highest mountains in the 1980s. Krzysztof Wielicki, a small and wiry 67-year-old who will run the 10-person expedition from its base camp, was the first to scale the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, in the winter,...
  • I walked More Than 460 Miles to Cure my Crippling Anxiety

    09/21/2017 8:39:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 13, 2017 | Molly Shea
    Torre DeRoche, 37, had always lived in dread, fearing everything from random sinkholes to global catastrophe. Then a series of terrible things actually did happen: DeRoche’s father died of metastasized colon cancer in 2014, and her longtime boyfriend broke up with her at the height of her grief — just months after she published a memoir of the couple’s happy relationship. The devastating experiences only deepened her anxiety.
  • A Dam In Laos Burst Causing Severe Flash Flooding

    Luckily people moved to higher ground and there are no reports of injuries or deaths. An under construction Nam Ao Hydropower Project in Phaxay district, Xieng Khuang Province of Laos burst on September 11, 2017, causing severe flash flooding

    09/20/2017 9:46:31 AM PDT · by petro45acp · 13 replies
    Loadout Room ^ | Sept. 19, 2017 | The Arms Guide
    For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader. In addition, this product can be purchased right now on the web with no regulation (no 4473, no tax stamp, no photographs or fingerprints) at store.silencerco.com and be shipped immediately to the purchaser with few exceptions*. Residents in the 42 states that allow civilian ownership of silencers have to pay a $200 tax, fill out forms, send in photos, submit to fingerprinting, and wait months for the...
  • Police Search For ‘Mad Pooper’ Who Dumps And Runs

    09/20/2017 6:26:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | 09-19-2017 | Staff
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are searching for a woman who has been seen repeatedly defecating in a neighborhood while out running. Cathy Budde says her kids saw the woman mid-squat and came running back in the house to tell her. “They are like, ‘There’s a lady taking a poop!’ So I come outside, and I’m like … ‘are you serious?'” Budde said to the runner. “‘Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids?!’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, sorry!'” Budde says the runner is doing it in her neighborhood at least once a week for...
  • Mt. Umunhum's Grand Vistas Open to the Public For First Time Since 1980

    09/17/2017 7:10:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    For the first time in 37 years, the summit of Mt. Umunhum is open to the public. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on Saturday hosted a ceremony to mark the long-awaited occasion. "We’re thrilled to invite the community to create Mount Umunhum’s next chapter as one of the Bay Area’s great publicly accessible peaks and nature destinations,” said the district's General Manager Steve Abbors. Situated within the 18,000-acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve south of Los Gatos, Mt. Umunhum has been closed since 1980. It was at that time that the former Almaden Air Force Station, which sits on...
  • Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea (Video)

    09/17/2017 11:28:21 AM PDT · by JP1201 · 16 replies
    Video at link
  • Idaho wants to create a 1,400-square-mile reserve for the stars

    09/16/2017 5:48:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 82 replies
    The Week ^ | 9/15/17 | Jeva Lange
    Idaho is moving forward with plans to establish the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States, a designation for a location so remote from light pollution that you can even see the "interstellar dust clouds" of the Milky Way in the night sky, The Associated Press reports. Proponents of the reserve plan to file an application this fall to designate 1,400 square miles of central Idaho as part of the dark sky territory. Locals, who would voluntarily take measures to reduce light pollution, are almost unanimously behind the decision in part because they enjoy the celestial splendor as...
  • Montana Snow About 60 Days Early

    09/16/2017 9:20:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    iceagenow.info ^ | 9/15/2017 | Robert
    I live south of Missoula, Montana, in the Sapphire & Bitterroot Mountains at 3,500 ft; in the area being discussed, and we haven’t been getting snow like this for several years. Our hunting seasons have been without snow quite regularly and last year we didn’t get ANY snow until the last few days of the season in late November. However the winter snow sticks around here until early August at higher altitude (6,000 ft+). So, it’s about 60 days early, and with this the bow hunters might stop complaining about terrible tracking conditions without SNOW. Animals leave tell-tale tracks in...
  • Mysterious Fanged Sea Creature Washes Ashore During Hurricane Harvey

    09/15/2017 10:38:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Like a mix between a shark and an earthworm ripped from someone’s nightmares, the mystery sea creature that washed ashore in Texas during Hurricane Harvey appears to have been identified. Preeti Desai, social media manager with the National Audubon Society, tweeted photos of the fanged, faceless body after finding it on a beach in Texas City, which lies along the Gulf Coast near Galveston. Desai posted the photo with the challenge, “Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this??” She also noted that there was a drinking straw in one of her photos, giving people an idea of the creature’s...
  • Don’t Take Selfies With Bears, Aspen Police Warn

    09/15/2017 10:36:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
    Video of a mother bear and her two cubs climbing down a tree in the middle of Aspen, Colorado went viral earlier this week, prompting police to issue a warning about trying to photograph the wild animals. When the bears came down from the tree on the Hyman Avenue mall, police said there was a "fairly large crowd of photo-takers and those that insisted on trying to get close enough to take selfies." Police said one woman walked up to the bears -- while carrying her child -- to get a selfie. Police said when the bear and her cubs...
  • 11-year-old Frank does a 'great job' mowing White House lawn

    09/15/2017 9:19:05 AM PDT · by freedomlover · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2017-09-15 | Fox News
    Eleven-year-old yard services entrepreneur Frank Giaccio locked down his biggest client ever Friday morning, mowing the White House lawn on the invitation of President Trump. (excerpted)
  • Vittorio Brumotti takes extreme to a new level

    09/14/2017 5:14:54 PM PDT · by Baynative · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/2/2017 | Vittorio Brumotti
    Trials riding is a test of talents in maneuvering a standard road or mountain bike over rugged trails and uneven obstacles. Several well known riders are continually raising the bar for each other to compete outside of organized events. When it comes to combining talent, guts and a bit of insanity, Italian thrill seeker Vittorio Brumotti is traveling the world and becoming wealthy with his extraordinary balance and cycling mastery.
  • Rare Jaguar Spotted in Arizona Mountains

    09/14/2017 12:48:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Tucson News Now ^ | Thursday, September 14th 2017 | Carolyn Yaussy
    The Center for Biological Diversity released video of a wild jaguar caught on a trail cam in the Chiricahua Mountains. The jaguar appears to be the same one that was photographed in November 2016 in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, according to a news release. Students at the Paolo Freire Freedom School in Tucson named the jaguar "Sombra." Researchers said that these images taken seven months apart are good evidence that the animal has made southern Arizona its home. The center said jaguars have been photographed in the United States for the past 20 years. Three jaguars have been spotted in...
  • Video: Cat Squares Off With Reindeer in Sweden

    09/14/2017 10:43:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 September 2017 | Lee Roden
    An incredible video from northern Sweden has captured the moment a lonely reindeer met a cocky cat – but the latter decided it wasn't in the mood to play. Sylvia Hedenström filmed the encounter at her Burträsk summer house in August when the reindeer wandered into her garden and was met by her pet Spiffan. "I didn't believe it. I stood there and thought the cat doesn't understand what's going on, that there's a reindeer in front of it. Then she tried to scare it away and mark her territory," the cat’s owner laughed. "Spiffan doesn't like any other animals....
  • Scientists hope to restore extinct Galapagos tortoise

    09/14/2017 8:10:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 09-14-2017 | Staff
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Scientists in Ecuador's Galapagos islands are hoping to restore a tortoise species believed extinct since the 1800s. The Chelonoidis elephantopus lived on Floreana Island and was captured by seamen in large numbers for food during long journeys across the Pacific. The species is thought to have disappeared shortly after Charles Darwin's celebrated visit to the treasured archipelago. But a group of international scientists who collected 1,700 blood samples from tortoises on Isabel Island farther north during a research expedition in 2012 made a surprising discovery: 80 had genetic traces of the lost species. "This is a...
  • Aggressive Yellowjackets Breaking Records in Much of Bay Area

    09/13/2017 11:20:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Aggressive yellowjacket populations are booming this year in the Bay Area as reports of complaints about nests hit records in many areas. For breaking news get our mobile app for free from the Apple app store or the Google Play store. Winter rains produced plenty of insects to eat, which helped wasp nests thrive, insect experts say. Hot September weather, like the Labor Day heat wave, spurred the insects to hunt more aggressively for food, increasing the opportunities for human encounters of a painful kind. Vector control districts in Santa Clara, Alameda and San Mateo counties have received record numbers...