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  • Devastating: Earthquake In Turkey And Syria Brings Surging Death Toll; Over 7,000 People Dead [VIDEO] Feb 7, 2023

    02/07/2023 12:32:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    100% Fed Up ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2023 | Staff
    Major earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria on Sunday. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit an area of several major population centers in Southern Turkey and Northern Syria On Sunday bringing along with it reports of devastation across the region. The Guardian reported, “the population of the ten provinces in southern Turkey affected by the earthquakes are home to 13.5 million people. So far, according to the Andalou agency, more than 5,600 buildings have collapsed. It is just after 6 am in Turkey, and we’re seeing stories of people rescued after a very long day and night, which means they survived not...
  • Monday Mirthiness – Diesel Powered Wind Turbines? Yes, Really.

    02/07/2023 11:08:31 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2023 | Anthony Watts
    From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department comes this inane story. Josh has his take on it. Scottish Power admitted 71 of its windmills were hooked up to the fossil fuel supply after a fault developed with their power supply. Full story --- Dozens of giant turbines on Scotland’s windfarms have been powered by diesel generators, the Sunday Mail can reveal. Scottish Power admitted 71 of its windmills were hooked up to the fossil fuel supply after a fault developed on the grid. The firm said it was forced to act in order to keep the turbines warm...
  • Alabama Woman Admits to Killing Child Who Was Playing on Her Property

    02/07/2023 9:24:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    National File ^ | February 6, 2023 | CULLEN MCCUE
    A woman from Phenix City, Alabama is facing first-degree murder charges after shooting 12-year-old Connor Mullins for playing in her yard on February 1. According to authorities, Tywoana Anderson- Jakes, 50, found Mullins and two other children playing on the edge of her property across the street from her main residence on the evening of February 1. When the boys realized that Jakes had come outside, two of them turned and ran away, but Mullins bent down. At that point, Jakes fired a single shot that struck the 12-year-old in the neck, killing him instantly. Chancey said there is no...
  • Texas attorney shot by Cheney during 2006 hunting trip dies

    02/06/2023 11:58:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 7, 2023 | Jamie Stengle
    Harry Whittington, the man who former Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot while they were hunting quail on a Texas ranch 17 years ago, has died. He was 95. Whittington died at his home Saturday in Austin, family friend Karl Rove said Monday. Before Whittington was thrust into the national spotlight after the accidental shooting, the attorney was long known for helping build the Republican Party in Texas into the dominant political force it is today and for being the man governors went to when they needed to clean up troubled state agencies. […] Cheney was criticized for breaking a...
  • Charges recommended against man who beat shark with hammer on Florida beach, FWC says

    02/06/2023 7:09:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | January 26, 2023 | WKMG ClickOrlando
    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it is now recommending charges against the man accused of beating a shark with a hammer. A FWC spokesman confirmed its recommendation to News 6 Thursday afternoon. The agency has not yet said what charges the man could face, but a news release from FWC is expected sometime on Thursday. News 6 has reached out to the state attorney’s office to see if prosecutors have decided to pursue charges against the man. We are still waiting to hear back. News 6 has decided not to identify the man accused...
  • 2 Lost Hikers Found by Rescue Team in the Big Sur Back Country

    02/06/2023 5:22:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Monterey County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team members and a California State Park ranger located two lost hikers in the backcountry of Big Sur. The sheriff's department says the two-day hikers became lost when they crossed multiple creeks and rivers as darkness set in. Neither hiker had a flashlight and was using their cell phone lights to see the trail. During their hike, one of their phone's died and the other had low power. The sheriff's department said they reached a spot with some cell service and were able to call for help. Their location was confirmed, and they were...
  • Golf Twitter Fuming Over Changes Made to St. Andrews’s Famed Swilcan Bridge

    02/06/2023 9:45:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | FEB 4, 2023 6:00 PM EST | BY GABRIELLE HERZIG
    The famous Swilcan Bridge located on the 18th hole at St. Andrews’s Old Course seems to have been altered, and golf fans are not very happy about the changes. On Saturday morning, Twitter user @ukgolfguy shared a photo of the unmistakable landmark. In the picture, it appears that a circular stone pathway has been built on either side of the bridge—a structure which has been crossed by legends of the game throughout its history. The site is perhaps the most well-known golf course feature in the world. For golfers and visitors of the Old Course, it is criminal to pass...
  • Weekend avalanches kill 10 in Austria and Switzerland

    02/05/2023 3:21:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    bbc ^ | 02/05/2023 | Sarah Fowler
    Tourists from New Zealand, China and Germany were among the dead at a number of different ski resorts. Austrian authorities put in place a level four avalanche alert - the second highest - following intense snowfall and wind in the area. Despite the warnings, ski resorts in western Austria have been filling up due to school holidays in Vienna. Austrian police announced five deaths on Sunday, including that of a 59-year-old man who was using a snow plough in the western region of Tyrol. They also recovered the bodies of a ski guide in Sankt Anton am Arlberg and a...
  • After Winter Jog, Man Decides Obesity Not So Bad

    02/05/2023 4:48:40 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | February 4, 2023 | The Babylon Bee
    ST. LOUIS, MO — After a brisk winter jog today, local man Donald Vance decided that perhaps obesity isn't so bad after all. "My diabetes meds taste pretty good, come to think of it," said Mr. Vance, doubled over in agony. "Love handles are just more of me to love!" Mr. Vance had set out for the morning jog with high hopes, having bought thermal workout shirts and leggings. "I felt great for about fifteen seconds. I was like Rocky Balboa, training in Russia," said Mr. Vance. "Then my lungs started hurting, my eyes watered up, my hands went numb,...
  • Florida Man Carried Out Harassment Campaign Against Gay Neighbors

    02/04/2023 6:54:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Metro Weekly ^ | January 13, 2023 | John Riley
    A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly harassing a gay couple who live next to him, even going so far as to menace their children, authorities say. Frank Norviel, 57, of Leesburg, Florida, is accused of harassing his neighbors and their children as part of a months-long campaign, shining lights on them and shouting anti-gay slurs at them while he stood along the fence dividing their properties or passed by on a bicycle, according to deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Other instances of Norviel’s harassment included an incident in September in which he allegedly screamed “It’s not...
  • Perth shark attack: Teenage girl dies in Swan River

    02/04/2023 1:34:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    bbc ^ | Maria Zaccaro
    It is believed the girl, from Perth, was riding jet skis with friends on the river when the incident happened. Insp Paul Robinson, from Western Australia Police, said it was possible the girl had jumped in the water to swim with dolphins seen nearby. Fisheries experts say it is unusual to find sharks in that part of the river, Mr Robinson said. This is believed to be the first fatal shark attack in the Swan River since a 13-year-old boy was killed in January 1923. Australia typically records about 20 shark attacks each year, with most in New South Wales...
  • US may lift federal protections for grizzly bears at Yellowstone, Glacier national parks

    02/04/2023 3:55:26 AM PST · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 03 FEB 2023 | uncredited AP via FOX
    The Biden administration took a first step Friday toward ending federal protections for grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, which would open the door to future hunting in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.... Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte welcomed the administration’s announcement and said it could lead to the state reclaiming management of a species that’s been under federal protections since 1975. He said the grizzly’s recovery "represents a conservation success." The federal government removed protections for the Yellowstone ecosystem’s grizzlies in 2017. Wyoming and Idaho were set to allow grizzlies to be hunted when a judge restored those protections in...
  • Florida man’s argument with landscaper leads to gunfire, arrest, deputies say

    02/03/2023 8:08:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | February 03, 2023 | Brandon Hogan, Digital Editor
    WEKIWA SPRINGS, Fla. – A man living in Wekiwa Springs was arrested Thursday, accused of arming himself with a handgun and shooting it during a dispute with a landscaper working near his address that morning, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Perlman, 68, and the landscaper were on opposite sides of a brick wall between Terra Oaks and Kapok courts when the dispute began, with the landscaper on the Kapok Court side, deputies said. Perlman allegedly drove his vehicle to the Kapok Court side, where he confronted the landscaper and stated he would call the police. To this,...
  • Baltimore County’s landfill may soon have hawk patrol to force unwanted birds to ‘get outta dodge’

    02/03/2023 4:22:39 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 15 replies
    WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore ^ | January 27, 2023 | John Lee
    On any given day, hundreds of birds gather at Baltimore County’s landfill in White Marsh, an unincorporated community just west of aptly named Bird River which drains...eventually the Chesapeake Bay. These massive flocks of birds... are doing what birds do: pooping and eating, then dropping landfill trash in nearby neighborhoods. And that’s not a fun reality for residents, good for environmental water quality, or the sanity of neighbors. So Baltimore County officials are considering hiring some aerial muscle to frighten away the nuisance birds. Early last year, Dan Vitilio, who lives in nearby Kingsville, made a trip to the landfill...
  • Will a governor order his/her Air National Guard to shoot down the Chinese balloon? RANT

    02/03/2023 3:29:39 PM PST · by Dr. Franklin · 51 replies
    Dr. Frankin | February 3, 2023 | Dr. Frankin
    So, the Bidet Regime will not shoot down the Chinese balloon. It appears not to have an approved FAA flight plan. Considering that China has engaged in biological warfare against the United States with the China Virus and its related mRNA experiments, it is reasonable to assume that this balloon is engaged in further biological warfare against the citizens of the United State. Will some courageous governor order his/her Air National Guard to shoot the danm thing down for the good of all?
  • Loose cow in California breaks windshield, poops on Tesla

    02/03/2023 12:29:04 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | FEB. 3, 2023 / 10:46 AM | By Ben Hooper
    Police in Pleasanton, Calif., said a loose cow broke the windshield of a Tesla and left a mess on the hood before being rounded up with help from local ranchers. Photo courtesy of the Pleasanton Police Department/Facebook Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Police in California wrangled a loose bovine that managed to shatter a windshield and leave an unsavory mess in a "cow-llision" with a Tesla. The Pleasanton Police Department said in a Facebook post that officers responded late Wednesday night about a loose cow wandering into traffic along Bernal and Stanley. Officers arrived to find the brown cow running around...
  • Dangerous Arctic blast forecast to hit Northeast; some cities to see record-shattering cold

    02/03/2023 9:06:04 AM PST · by george76 · 96 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb 03, 2023 | Frank Mcgurty and Rich Mckay
    A powerful arctic blast swept into the U.S. Northeast on Friday, threatening to push temperatures to record lows in many spots, including New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, where the wind chill could drop to -110 degrees Fahrenheit ... ... Boston and Worcester, the two largest cities in New England, were among the school districts to close on Friday as administrators worried about the risk of hypothermia and frostbite as children waited for buses or walked to school. The bitter cold in the forecast forced a rare closing of a floating museum that presents a daily re-enactment of the 1773 Boston Tea...
  • Man charged with felony battery after slapping woman on her butt: Okaloosa Sheriff

    02/02/2023 12:27:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    WKRG News 5 ^ | January 31, 2023 | Brett Greenberg
    OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said a man has been charged with felony battery after a woman told deputies he “touched her inappropriately,” according to a Facebook post from OCSO. Erik Lucas, 50, also has a prior battery conviction in Okaloosa County from September 2022. Deputies said a woman was running on Okaloosa Island near Princess Beach when Lucas “confronted her and touched her inappropriately.” Deputies followed a set of footprints and found Lucas hiding in a bush wearing the same clothing described by the victim, according to the post. The woman told deputies she...
  • Florida Man Arrested While Trying To Conceal A Stolen Semi Truck By Spray Painting It A Different Color Like On GTA V

    02/02/2023 12:05:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    ESPN Southwest Florida ^ | February 1, 2023 | Joe Winner
    Why can’t a Florida Man find a Pay n’ Spray when he needs one? Reinier Lazaro Perez and Dayanly Cutino Gonzalez were spotted behind the Days Inn in Palm Coast Florida. They were spray painting a Peterbilt semi-tractor in the back corner of the parking lot. The hotel is located just off I95, we’ll get back to that. Someone (who obviously can’t mind they own business) thought that someone spray painting a semi truck in the parking lot of a hotel was suspicious. So they called the cops. When Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived the two dropped the cans...
  • NEW SPECIES Scientists discover bizarre blind fish ‘with unicorn horn’ in dark waters of mysterious Chinese cave

    02/02/2023 11:11:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    The Sun - US ^ | 3:03 ET, Feb 2 2023 | Jona Jaupi
    RESEARCHERS have uncovered a bizarre new species of fish that resembles a unicorn with a prominent horn protruding from the front of its head. The fish, which is blind and also lacks scales or any pigmentation, was found in pitch-black cave water within China's mountainous Guizhou province in the country's southwest. Researchers have uncovered a bizarre fish species resembling a unicornCredit: Xu et el. 2023 The fish was found in a black-water Chinese caveCredit: Xu et el. 2023 The researchers dubbed the fish, which measures between 4.1 to 5.7 inches long, Sinocyclocheilus longicornus. Details of the findings were published on...