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  • New York/New Jersey Freepers. Are You Guys Worried About This Weekend & Airports?

    06/29/2016 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    The beefing up of security in airports in the tri-state area was on the news this evening,then again,but to no surprise. The question/concern that must be bugging us is to what extent can security make sure we don't have a repeat of Turkey? Who knows how they are going to check every vehicle going into both major airports in New York. Maybe many locals have changed their minds and flight plans for this weekend? How secure are JFK and LaGuardia Airports at this point? Are they going to double security this week and onto next week?
  • Sheriff: Grizzly kills person near Glacier National Park

    06/29/2016 7:51:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2016
    KALISPELL, Mont. – Montana authorities say a grizzly bear attacked and killed a bicyclist riding in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told The Associated Press the person was killed Wednesday afternoon about a mile from the West Glacier KOA campground.
  • Thirty Minutes Of Nature A Week Reduces High Blood Pressure And Depression

    06/29/2016 1:27:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | Christina Procopiou
    Odds are if you’re reading this, you reside in a city. More than half the world’s people — or just about 3.5 billion — now live in urban areas. That number is expected to swell to 5 billion by mid-century, according to the World Health Organization. A new study shows that while you can take the people away from nature, it’s a bad idea to take nature away from the people. University of Queensland researchers are among the first to advise how often and how intimately city dwellers need to engage with nature for it to make them healthier. Some...
  • The Insider Q&A: Yosemite National Park Ranger John Rollins

    06/28/2016 1:28:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Paste Magazine ^ | JUNE 27, 2016 | Lauren Spiler
    “The Insider” column is a behind-the-curtain, day-in-the-life series about the people who make traveling easier for the rest of us. These industry stalwarts make it possible for us to create our own memories. A U.S. Marine and a former Interpretation Park Ranger at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, John Rollins discusses everyday life as a park ranger. After graduating from Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at The University of Georgia, Rollins embarked on a two-year journey that left him with a lifetime of memories that continually shapes his life. Yosemite was formed by glaciation, the process of...
  • Welcome to Yosemite, Sponsored by Nike?

    06/28/2016 1:20:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Columbia Missourian ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | JILL RICHARDSON
    Imagine painstakingly making up your way up the cables of Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome peak — only to see swooshes and slogans encouraging you to “Just Do It.” “Welcome to Half Dome,” a gleaming banner greets you, “sponsored by Nike.” Unfortunately, it’s a possibility. As the coverage swells over Barack and Michelle Obama’s recent visit to Yosemite and Carlsbad Caverns, Americans are learning that national parks will now start selling naming rights. advertisement The parks are facing a hefty budget shortfall, so they’re turning to corporations — who are apparently more generous with cash than the current Congress....
  • Two Hikers Who Hoped to Complete a Trek to the Chris McCandless Bus Ended up Being Rescued

    06/28/2016 11:40:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 6/27/2016 | Jerzy Shedlock
    Two hikers who trekked their way to the abandoned bus made infamous by Chris McCandless, and then failed to make it back from their planned trip on time, were located safe and unhurt following air and ground searches, according to the National Park Service. On Saturday, search efforts began to find Michael Trigg, 25, of Lexington, South Carolina, and Theodore "Ted" Aslund, 27, of Atlanta, Georgia. Based on Facebook posts, the men planned a dayslong trip along the west side of Teklanika River. Their destination was an abandoned Fairbanks Transit bus. It's parked on a clearing along Stampede Trail, near...
  • Mutual Rescue™: Eric & Peety – Short Film [Probably Need a Tissue or two--6:25 minutes]

    06/28/2016 11:28:55 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | February 14, 2016 | Mutual Rescue
    Video Link"Six years ago, Eric weighed 340 pounds and was diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type II Diabetes. His doctor told him he had 5 years to live. Then he met Peety—and everything changed..."
  • Canine Companion Saves Man From Charging Moose

    06/28/2016 11:00:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KTUU ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Caslon Hatch
    Every dog has its day. For Terry Kasper’s mixed lab, Ella, that day came early one May morning. “I thought my dog had an upset stomach, so about two in the morning I took her outside,” said Kasper outside his South Anchorage home Thursday afternoon. Terry said it was last month, two days after Mother’s Day, when he took Ella out for a routine walk down Dailey Drive. “All of a sudden, you hear the crashing right beside the house near the trees and there she is, full speed,” said Kasper. Kasper came face to face with Alaska wildlife right...
  • Pedals the bipedal bear sighting. (video) (just strolling around the yard)

    06/26/2016 9:16:35 PM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    NJ.com Account on : youtube ^ | Published on June 22, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk-HHyGRSRwJust out for a stroll on a sunny afternoon. "Where is that damn beehive I wanted to raid? I could swear these humans had one"
  • Man’s Heirs To Destroy $5 Million In Guns and Ammo

    06/23/2016 2:26:43 PM PDT · by dennisw · 43 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2016/06/23/ | AWR Hawkins
    The heirs of 60-year-old Jeffry Lash plan to destroy a stockpile of $5 million in guns and ammunition discovered after his death in Pacific Palisades last year. Family members intend to destroy the guns to show their disapproval of “gun violence.” Lash was discovered dead in an SUV in the summer of 2015. Breitbart News reported that as Lash approached death, he told various women he was suffering side effects from poisonous agents to which he had allegedly been exposed while working for the CIA. In truth, he had cancer. According to ABC 7, “Police said Lash stockpiled more than...
  • Badass woman tackles a 6 foot snake

    06/23/2016 12:28:12 PM PDT · by fella · 34 replies
  • More Great White Sharks Spotted in Santa Cruz

    06/23/2016 12:22:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/23 | Marianne Favro
    More great white sharks have been spotted in Santa Cruz this week. The beaches in the area were packed Wednesday despite marine biologists seeing more sharks just off the shore. "We saw a few white sharks, probably 10 sharks," said David Ebert with the Pacific Shark Research Center. "They were mostly five to eight feet, and a couple were 10 to 12 feet." Wednesday's sightings come on the heels of another sighting off the Santa Cruz wharf late Saturday when a lifeguard and a swimmer spotted a white shark about 250 yards off Cowell Beach. Dozens of people were in...
  • Photo Shows Possible Rare Gray Wolf Sighting in Northern California

    06/23/2016 12:21:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Wildlife experts are keeping their fingers crossed this morning. They are hoping new evidence proves a wolf is living in Northern California. The information, which is not yet conclusive, shows photos from four trail cameras in Lassen County. Wildlife experts aren't sure if it's a wolf, dog, or wolf-dog hybrid. Gray wolves are native to California but were driven extinction in the state by the mid-1920's.
  • No signs of Zika or West Nile in Cochise County so far

    06/20/2016 3:40:00 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Andrew Paxton
    SIERRA VISTA — Cochise County has not seen a case of either the Zika or West Nile virus this season, but conditions will soon be changing which will bring more chances for mosquitos to flourish, and health officials are responding. County health officials have been trapping mosquitoes and sending them to state labs for testing, which have so far yielded no positive cases, said county Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Elizabeth Lueck. “The main point here is that right now, we don’t have Zika or West Nile in Cochise County,” she
  • Experts only beginning to grasp the damage from Zika virus

    06/20/2016 1:51:47 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 3:49 PM EDT | MICHAEL ASTOR
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the damage the mosquito-borne virus can do. Doctors speaking at a U.N. meeting on Global Health Crises said Monday that the Zika virus has already affected 60 countries on four continents, and a major outbreak on the Atlantic Ocean island nation of Cape Verde suggests the disease is now poised to enter continental Africa. Zika has already become epidemic in Latin...
  • Report: Killings of environmentalists up 60 percent in 2015

    06/20/2016 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:42 PM EDT | Stan Lehman
    A London-based advocacy group said Monday it documented 185 killings of environmental activists around the world last year, nearly 60 percent more than in 2014 and the highest since it began collecting data dating back to 2002. In a newly released report, Global Witness said Brazil topped the 16-country list with 50 environmental defenders slain in 2015, followed by the Philippines with 33 and Colombia with 26. The group says 116 were slain worldwide in 2014. Last year “was the deadliest year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders — people struggling to protect their land, forests and...
  • Clemson's first harvest of ancient Southern wheat exceeds expectations

    06/20/2016 10:37:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    phys.org ^ | 06-20-2016 | by Jim Melvin & Provided by: Clemson University
    Clemson University scientist Brian Ward and his team harvested about 145 pounds of Purple Straw seed, which was grown from less than half a pound. Credit: Scott Miller / Clemson University ================================================================================================= The first step of an ongoing-process designed to bring a valuable heirloom wheat back from the brink of extinction has been completed with flying colors. Last month, Clemson University scientist Brian Ward and his team harvested about 145 pounds of Purple Straw seed, which was grown from less than half a pound. Purple Straw is the only heirloom wheat to have been cultivated continually in the South from...
  • Why are there so many black bears sightings in Upstate NY lately?

    06/19/2016 10:05:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    Syracuse ^ | June 14, 2016 | David Figura
    Black bears here, black bears there – black bears everywhere. It does seem that way recently as reports of bears roaming Upstate New York appear to be on the rise. ... this time last year, the DEC's Cortland office received about 10 bear-related calls. This year, there has been 32. We've reached a point where all of (Upstate New York) is bear habitat.
  • Human flesh found inside bear after fatal attacks in Japan

    06/19/2016 9:26:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    ITV Report ^ | 14 June 2016
    Human flesh and hair have been found inside the stomach of a bear thought to have killed at least one person in Japan. Locals have been warned to stay away from the mountainous Akita region after the body of a badly mauled woman was found last week. Last month three men in their sixties and seventies also died in apparent attacks while harvesting bamboo in a mountain forest. Bear attacks on humans in the region are not unusual - but fatal ones are. Local vet Takeshi Komatsu said it was possible the bear may have "got a taste for human...
  • Geocaching, Anyone?

    06/19/2016 7:52:22 AM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 49 replies
    Hi FRiends. I started Geocaching this week; downloaded the app and bought a 3 month membership. Looked for 6 hides in the last few days and DNF any but I'm rather hooked! LOL. Anybody else got the bug? I thought this might be fun to do with grandbabies but ohmylanta! are the ones around here tricky! In Roanoke VA for another few weeks visiting, then back up to Yankee country. So looking forward to finding something and hoping I don't screw up the hide! :) I'd really like to hear any other experiences anyone has had. I don't know anyone...
  • Obama's family trip intended to put focus on national parks

    06/18/2016 11:46:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama wants more people to appreciate and visit America’s national parks as the park system nears its 100th birthday. […] The president plans a speech at Yosemite on Saturday, and he’s expected to highlight the economic benefits of the 400-plus sites managed by the National Park Service. Obama also is expected to discuss climate change and other threats to the park system, and highlight programs to encourage more people to visit parks. …
  • Mother saves son from mauling by mountain lion in Colorado

    06/18/2016 7:28:12 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 56 replies
    yahoo ^ | 18 June 2016 | Brendan O'Brien
    The woman "was able to physically remove her son from the mountain lion" and the boy's father called 911 as he drove his son to hospital, the sheriff added. A hospital spokeswoman said the child sustained injuries to his face, head and neck and was in fair condition. His mother was treated for injuries to her hands and legs and released.
  • Why I Enjoy Firearms...My Better Self

    06/16/2016 4:52:48 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 16 replies
    Self | 06/16/16 | GRRRRR
    Why do I Enjoy Firearms? The South Carolina Chapter held a raffle. I never win raffles, however, I still contributed to the cause. I won a Rem 700 n .270. Yeah, no kidding. Upon returning home, I completed a transfer request per IL law. A week later I was at a range all by myself with a cardboard box. I asked for help and instruction and spent the rest of the day shooting. Over the next few months I spent every Sat AM out there. I took additional classes from a great family team consisting of an ex Chicago cop...
  • Boat Overturns in Oceanside Harbor, 2 Fishermen Rescued ("[We] Cheated Death Today,")

    06/16/2016 4:01:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Two fishermen were rescued in Oceanside Harbor Thursday morning after they encountered huge swells, causing their 16-foot boat to overturn. "[We] cheated death today," survivor Ted Tielens told NBC 7 after the rescue. The Oceanside Fire Department and Harbor Police launched rescue efforts in the water near the 1400 block of North Pacific Street just before 8:40 a.m. after Tielens' boat flipped. Minutes later, crews were able to pull both Tielens and his grandson-in-law, Zach Petite, out of the water. Besides feeling shaken up, the men suffered only minor scrapes and bruises. Tielens and Petite spoke with NBC 7 and...
  • Nearly 4 years later, Assumption sinkhole more stable

    06/14/2016 2:13:10 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — A massive sinkhole that went viral in 2013 swallowing trees in Assumption Parish and forcing more than 300 residents from their homes has quieted down as officials slowly allow residents to come home. The sinkhole, located in Bayou Corne about 30 miles northwest of Thibodaux, is still growing. Assumption Parish Government officials say it has grown between 1 1/2 and 2 feet since last year, now up to about 35 acres.
  • Conservationist dies after rattlesnake bite at nature preserve

    06/13/2016 7:13:31 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    The State ^ | JUNE 13, 2016 | SAMMY FRETWELL
    COLUMBIA, SC A Columbia-area conservationist died after suffering a snake bite at a Clarendon County wildlife preserve over the weekend. Wayne M. Grooms, a 71-year-old West Columbia resident, was a Lexington County Soil and Water Conservation district commissioner who was locally well regarded for his knowledge of the natural world. A rattlesnake bit Grooms late Sunday afternoon while he was visiting Santee National Wildlife Refuge, according to the Clarendon County Coroner’s Office. Grooms died within 15 minutes of the snake bite, but a cause of death has not been determined. Grooms had a medical condition and an autopsy is to...
  • Hillary Clinton Says"I Will Fight For You!",But Where Was She On Saturday Night?

    06/13/2016 5:35:19 PM PDT · by TrumpTrain_VS_TheClintonToilet · 41 replies
    And how many times have we heard Hillary belch out to her massive audiences of 242{ish},"I Will Fight For Gay Rights!,Lesbian Rights,Transgender Rights,Women's Rights"!! Well, Where was "The Terminator Hillary" on Saturday Night when her assumed supporters were being shot and killed in Orlando? This would be a great ad for Donald Trump to produce. Have footage of Hillary yelling, I Will Fight For You", and blend it in with some of the footage of the Orlando Horror.
  • Coronado Sandcastle Honors Orlando Shooting Victims

    06/13/2016 4:53:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | June 13, 2016 | Laura McVicker
    In times of tragedy, it’s become a custom to see a showing of solidarity at Coronado Beach. Earlier this year, the Sandcastle Man, Bill Pavlacka, honored the victims who died in the Paris and Brussels attacks. He also was out sculpting a memorial for Charles Keating, the Navy SEAL who died last month in Iraq. So it was beautifully expected that on Sunday, when the world heard of the killings of 50 people at an Orlando gay nightclub, a sandcastle memorializing the victims was at the beach. “Orlando, we love you! America & the world must stand strong against terrorism,”...
  • Service Dog Dies Defending Port LaBelle Vet From gator

    06/13/2016 12:51:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC2 ^ | Jun 11, 2016
    A veteran's service dog was killed by an alligator at the Port LaBelle Marina. Robert Lineberger is epileptic and depended on his medical alert dog, Precious, for more than six years. Lineberger recently moved into the marina about a month ago, where he lives on his sailboat. He stepped onto the dock and never saw what was coming. "It was pitch black, and I really didn't hear anything until I rounded the corner, and then I heard like claws," he said. Precious started guarding her owner as he was being threatened by a 13-foot alligator on the dock. "My service...
  • Obama Plans To Speak Around 1:30.But Will He Take Any Questions After?

    06/12/2016 10:20:08 AM PDT · by TrumpTrain_VS_TheClintonToilet · 49 replies
    Well, first of all, will there be anyone there? Or will there be 12 to 20 reporters watching the Obama Speech, then hoping to take questions. Will we see a repeat of what we have been seeing with President Obama since 2009, where he makes his statements/speeches after every time something bad happens under his watch, then just runs off like a typical democrat coward while we hear every reporter yelling, "Mr.President !!, Mr.President !!"
  • Here's why New York City smells so rancid in the summer

    06/11/2016 7:18:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 7, 2016 | Molly Sequin
    For travelers with the gleam of the Big Apple in their eye, nothing seems better than New York City in the summertime. Restaurants have outdoor seating, there are festivals all over town, and you don't have to worry about bringing your jacket to Top of the Rock.
  • Thurston Bobcat Shows Cute and Scary Sides [Lazy Kitty]

    06/10/2016 10:56:34 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 27 replies
    Daily Big Cat via You Tube ^ | September 26, 2015 | Daily Big Cat
    See full video here
  • Man’s death shows the enticing beauty — and deadly power — of Yellowstone’s colorful hot springs

    06/09/2016 1:09:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9 2016 | Katie Mettler
    <p>Colin Scott and his sister, Sable, came Tuesday for the mesmerizing hot springs, a favorite sightseeing stop for millions of tourists each year at Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, where mineral deposits tint crystal-clear pools of steaming water brilliant shades of blue, green, orange and yellow.</p>
  • Massive New Monument Found in Petra

    06/09/2016 9:25:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | 06-08-2016 | By Kristin Romey
    An overhead image of the monument photographed from a drone, and a detail overlay of the surface features in which the image is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Photograph by I. LaBianca (Left) and Photograph by I. LaBianca; graphics by J. Blanzy (Right) ============================================================================================== Satellites and drones helped reveal huge ceremonial platform near the ancient city’s center. An enormous monument has been hiding in plain sight at the World Heritage site of Petra, according to a study recently published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director...
  • 101 years ago this week, Teddy Roosevelt made history in Louisiana

    06/08/2016 3:06:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/8/16 | Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    It was on an earlier trip to the Mississippi Delta during which Teddy Roosevelt's actions would spawn what would become easily his most well-known legacy -- that would be, for better or worse, the introduction of the Teddy bear -- when he famously refused to shoot a captive black bear while hunting in Mississippi in 1902. But some 13 years later, in June 1915, the then-ex-president made a follow-up trip to Louisiana that, while nowhere nearly as well known, or as oft repeated, as that apocryphal Teddy bear tale, proved him to be ten times the sportsman."He was clad in...
  • Three Southend beaches to BAN BIKINIS this summer in ‘cultural’ trial (Overstimulated Refugees)

    06/07/2016 8:40:59 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 68 replies
    Southend News Network ^ | 6-2-2016 | Chief Reporter
    Tourism chiefs in Southend On Sea have announced that three beaches on the seafront will run a trial this summer where ladies will be asked to cover up while sunbathing. According to an email that has been seen by Southend News Network, these so-called ‘Modesty Beach Areas’ will be set up to attract visitors from all over the UK who may be uncomfortable with the sight of ‘excessive bare female skin’ for a number of either cultural or religious reasons.
  • Supervolcanoes like Yellowstone may have been more active in the past

    06/04/2016 11:13:08 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 22 replies
    National Science Foundation ^ | 6/2/2016 | Carol Frost, Davin Bagdonas
    Magma located under areas that include the Yellowstone region and the western margin of North and South America can erupt violently, spewing vast quantities of ash into the air, followed by slower flows of glassy, viscous magma. [A] new study by University of Wyoming researchers suggests scientists can go back to the past to study present-day solidified magma chambers where the erosion has removed overlying rock, exposing granite underpinnings. One such large granite body, the 2.62 billion-year-old Wyoming batholith, extends more than 125 miles across central Wyoming. University of Wyoming earth scientist Davin Bagdonas traversed the Granite, Shirley and Laramie...
  • Cruise ship Infinity slams into Ketchikan dock

    06/03/2016 10:46:57 PM PDT · by gettinolder · 38 replies
    vanity ^ | 06/03/16 | myself
    Linking to a YouTube video showing Cruise ship Infinity slamming into berth 3 Ketchikan Alaska. I use the float adjacent to pick up clients from here till September (fishing charter) My wife left work less than hour before collision and could hit this berth with a rock from her office. We had high winds today gusting 40 knots plus. You can see thrusters in full on mode and I understand pilot/captain attempted to drop anchor. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPNfLmcUO0
  • Worker Buries Boss With Dirt Using Front-End Loader: Report

    06/03/2016 3:14:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jun 3, 2016
    A construction worker has been arrested after authorities say he buried his boss in dirt using a front-end loader. Citing an arrest report, the Orlando Sentinel reports 32-year-old Erick Cox of Sanford was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery. Man Accused of Taking Pricey Ring From Boca Bathroom Witnesses say Cox was arguing with 57-year-old Perry Byrd of Orlando at a construction site in DeBary when Cox dumped two loads of dirt onto Byrd, pinning him to the ground. The report says Cox then began hitting Byrd in the head with a 6-foot aluminum level. Byrd was knocked unconscious and sustained...
  • Lawyers: Appalachian Trail was client's 'road to redemption'

    06/03/2016 12:42:10 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    WLWT5 ^ | 3 June 2016
    Attorneys for a Kentucky accountant who embezzled $8.7 million before going on the run said Friday that hiking the Appalachian Trail for six years as a fugitive put him on "the road to redemption."... His attorneys say he has no criminal past, is remorseful and has spent years contemplating his wrongdoing on the popular trail that winds more than 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine.
  • Coast Guard to investigate after schoolchildren rescued from boat that sank in Chesapeake Bay

    06/03/2016 8:21:51 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 9 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 6/2/16 | Scott Dance & Luke Broadwater
    Coast Guard officials are investigating what caused a boat carrying schoolchildren to sink Wednesday evening after it struck something submerged near a former Navy bombing test site in the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Victim Battered With American Flag (No Hate Charges for Burka-Clad muslim)

    06/03/2016 5:39:02 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 26 replies
    Smoking Gun ^ | 6-2-2016 | Staff
    Arno told police that Ibrahim--whose eyes were only visible--walked up to her mailbox and “pulled the flag out of it.” Armed with the flag--which was attached to a four-foot long PVC pipe--Ibrahim then advanced on Arno “in a threatening manner swinging the post and flag at her, hitting her with it,” according to a Lawrenceville Police Department report. As Arno’s two children sought to help their mother, Ibrahim “was able to get one of her shoes off” and struck Arno’s teenage daughter in the head. A neighbor subsequently “entered the fight” and was “able to help hold the suspect until...
  • Dog Chained to Front Porch of Texas Home Rescued from Flood [by a news crew]

    06/02/2016 6:25:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 70 replies
    5NBCDFW ^ | June 2, 2016 | staff reporter
    A dog chained to a front porch was the latest to be evacuated from flooded areas in Texas as rain continues to fall around the state. A KPRC-TV news crew (from Houston) stepped in to help rescue a dog who was chained to the front porch of a home in Fort Bend County.
  • Chicago Shooting Crisis.How Will They Build The Obama Library Now?

    06/01/2016 7:00:01 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 22 replies
    Welcome To Chicago.Bring your own body armor. How many shootings were there in May? And to think this is the place where they plan to build the Obama Library?, You have to wonder if any construction worker would be having second thoughts now with so many stray bullets flying in all directions. Maybe they need to relocate the planned 200/300 sq.foot Obama library elsewhere? Maybe some place much more safer like Baltimore and Detroit?
  • Woman Learns The Hard Way Not To Approach An Elk For A Selfie

    06/01/2016 5:09:05 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    The Dodo ^ | 6.1.2016 | Stephen Messenger
    Wild animals aren't here for our own vain amusement — just ask this lady who learned that lesson the hard way. Or, better yet, ask the elk who taught her. (On second thought, you should probably keep your distance.) Jody Tibbitts, who works as wildlife guide in Yellowstone National Park, recently caught on video the exact reason why visitors are told not to get too close to the animals who live there. In the short clip, a woman with her phone in hand is seen approaching a rather imposing looking elk who's just hanging out in the brush. (Video at...
  • The documentary that proves the Yeti exists. Almost certainly

    06/01/2016 9:35:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 1 June 2016 | Filipa Jodelka
    It’s a myth that has endured for centuries, but is the creature claptrap, a polar bear hybrid – or an Aryan uber-hominid the Nazis were sent off to seek? Meet the Yeti huntersYetis! The myth has endured for centuries, but despite its longevity, there are really only two sides of the debate you can sit on. In the boringly scientific camp: those who believe that all sightings come from gassed idiots who don’t know nature when they see it. In the other, fantastical unsolved mysteries camp, are those with more of a swivel-eyed crypto-conspiracy angle. The latter sort of claptrap...
  • Scientists crack mystery of shrimp packing such a punch it can split your thumb

    06/01/2016 7:20:55 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    washington post ^ | 1 June 2016 | Ben Guarino
    Fishermen call the animals “thumb-splitters” — at least one man has had a finger amputated after a mantis shrimp strike — and a blow from the crustacean’s truncheon can crack a pane of stock aquarium glass... The mantis shrimp, only distantly related to the species you would find covered in tempura batter, come in two types, which marine biologists divide into “spearers” or “smashers.” The spearers impale prey with a javelin strike of a pointed claw, whereas the smashers use their fist-like appendages to pop the shells of their food. Smashers, and their shrimply hammers — technically known as dactyl...
  • Amid deadly floods, Texas' Brazos River crests at record 54 feet

    05/31/2016 9:19:33 PM PDT · by fella · 15 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 31 May 2016
    Residents of some rural southeastern Texas counties were bracing for more flooding Tuesday along a river that had reached a record-high crest just two years after it had run dry in places because of drought. The National Weather Service said the Brazos River crested at nearly 54 feet Tuesday in Fort Bend County, which is just southwest of Houston and home to many suburbs. That eclipsed the previous record by three feet and exceeded levels reached in 1994, when extensive flooding caused major damage. An area that's no stranger to flooding has still found itself overwhelmed,
  • Tiny Hummingbirds Can Fly a Long, Long Way

    05/31/2016 12:38:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Science News ^ | SARAH ZIELINSKI
    Sometimes it’s surprising to discover how little we know about common plants or animals. Consider the ruby-throated hummingbird. If you live in the eastern half of Canada or the United States and have spotted a hummingbird hovering around a feeder in the backyard in summer, this is the bird you saw. But while scientists have documented many of the feeding and mating behaviors of the birds and that the birds migrate south to Central America and Cuba, there are still plenty of mysteries, such as whether the birds go the long way through Mexico when they migrate or whether they...
  • South Florida officers find 2 alligators eating human body

    05/31/2016 7:06:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NBC4i ^ | May 31, 2016
    Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle says the body found Sunday in Southwest Ranches, about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, appears to have been at the location for a long time. Engle says officers were able to scare the alligators away from the body but the two lingered as officers tried to recover the body.