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  • CNN takes ‘bizarre’ stance in trying to prove Joe Biden is up for the job

    08/10/2020 1:05:25 AM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 44 replies
    The left-wing media in the US are railing against the questions about Joe Biden’s mental capacity and have instead found a bizarre way to prove he’s up to the job says Sky News host Chris Kenny. “I keep telling you, it might be depressing, but this US presidential contest is never going to be boring,” Mr Kenny said. He said CNN has launched a bizarre attempt to prove the presumptive Democratic nominee is up to the job, namely "because he can ride a bike". ...
  • Why Trump’s Losing

    08/09/2020 6:26:29 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 153 replies
    National Review ^ | August 6th 2020 | RICH LOWRY & RAMESH PONNURU
    President Trump pulled an inside straight to win in 2016, and now he needs another one. The good news for Trump is that his approval rating has stopped falling recently. The bad news is that it has stabilized in the low 40s. Election-watcher Harry Enten points out that no president since Harry Truman has won with anything like Trump’s negative net approval rating. Truman won at –6, while incumbents who lost (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush) averaged out at about –13, roughly where Trump’s number is. The presidents who won reelection averaged an approval rating of...
  • One Democrat's Hypocrisy Soars to New Heights... All Over National Parks

    08/04/2020 8:25:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 8/3/2020 | Beth Baumann
    Since the start of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, Democrats have wanted the National Park Service to shut down parks or slowly open facilities across the nation. Despite his party's push to limit how Americans spend their time, particularly outdoors, Congressman TJ Cox (D-CA) pulled strings to get into Yosemite National Park on the 4th of July. Cox, whose district falls close to Yosemite, had his staff request two parking passes for a personal visit to the park. At the time, people could request one of 340 tickets available. Tickets were given on a lottery basis. Because Cox was wanting to...
  • Liberal, progressive — and racist? The Sierra Club faces its white-supremacist history.

    07/22/2020 9:03:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2020 | Darryl Fears, and Steven Mufson
    No one is more important to the history of environmental conservation than John Muir — the “wilderness prophet,” “patron saint of the American wilderness” and “father of the national parks” who founded the nation’s oldest conservation organization, the Sierra Club. But on Wednesday, citing the current racial reckoning, the group announced it will end its blind reverence to a figure who was also racist. As Confederate statues fall across the country, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in an early morning post on the group’s website, “it’s time to take down some of our own monuments, starting with some...
  • The number of black bears has QUADRUPLED at Yosemite...beasts migrate there

    04/21/2020 7:02:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    The number of black bears has QUADRUPLED at Yosemite since the park closed due to coronavirus as the beasts migrate there while visitors stay away 'The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.' Ranger Katie, a biologist who's worked with black bears for over a decade, said in a Facebook live stream video that the animals are now having a 'party' since humans have been barred from visiting. There can be literally walls of cars, stop-and-go traffic or people in the park,' she said. 'So, for...
  • With no tourists around, animals at Yosemite are 'having a party'

    04/16/2020 9:02:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-16-20 | Marnie Hunter
    Being cooped up at home is no fun for humans, but bears are making the most of the extra space at California's shuttered Yosemite National Park. "The bears are just literally walking down the road to get to where they need to go," Ranger Katie Patrick said during a Facebook Live event on Sunday. She is a wildlife biologist who has worked with black bears in Yosemite since 2007. "For the most part, I think they're having a party," she said in response to questions about what the animals have been doing since Yosemite closed on March 20. Normally this...
  • Hiker Killed in Fall at Yosemite’s Half Dome ID’d as 29-Year-Old Arizona Woman

    09/06/2019 12:37:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    KABC ^ | 09/06/2019
    Danielle Burnett, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was scaling the steepest part of the trail Thursday when she fell more than 500 feet (150 meters) down the steep, rocky terrain. Gediman says Burnett was dead when Park Rangers arrived on the scene. Rangers installed cables to help hikers get to the top of the 8,800-foot rock face. The cables are installed each summer to assist the climbs of thousands of hikers who make the popular 14-mile round trip.
  • Yosemite National Park Landmarks to Get Iconic Names Back After Lawsuit Is Settled

    07/15/2019 10:51:41 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 16 replies
    KTLA Channel 5 (Los Angeles) ^ | July 15, 2019 | Anon
    Yosemite National Park’s great Ahwahnee Hotel has its name back. The Ahwahnee was renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel after the park’s former concessionaire filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service in September 2015, claiming ownership of some of the park’s trade names and trademarks. The Ahwahnee Hotel was named The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. The Wawona Hotel became Big Trees Lodge. Curry Village became Half Dome Village. And Badger Pass Ski Area was renamed Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. As part of a $12 million settlement paid to the park’s former concessionaire, names that had been changed during the lawsuit...
  • As Joshua Tree reopens, anger over damage to economy, environment

    01/28/2019 1:02:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2019 | Louis Sahagun
    Against a backdrop of jumbled boulders and spindly trees, former Joshua Tree National Park Supt. Curt Sauer joined dozens of people at a rally in this high desert enclave on Saturday to express their anger over the economic and physical damage caused by the partial government shutdown to the park and the surrounding community. President Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Friday that will reopen the government until Feb. 15. But the 35-day shutdown has already taken a heavy toll on the economy of this dusty refuge for nature lovers, rock climbers and artists at the main gateway to...
  • Couple in Yosemite death plunge were intoxicated: report

    01/20/2019 8:46:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    fox news ^ | 01/20/2019 | Louis Casiano
    The couple – who were both born in India and living in the U.S. – died of “multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen, sustained by a fall from a mountain,” Dr. Sung-Ook Baik, a forensic pathologist in the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, wrote in a Jan. 4 report, reports said. Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath, told the Associated Press the couple were setting up a tripod-mounted camera near the ledge of Taft Point on Oct. 23. An inquiry into how the couple fell is ongoing. “Any deaths that happen inside the park, the National Park Service rangers do...
  • Death At National Park Unreported For Week Amid Government Shutdown: Report [huff post]

    01/04/2019 6:59:44 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 51 replies
    Huffington Post via Yahoo! ^ | 1/4/19 | Antonia Blumberg
    A visitor at Yosemite National Park reportedly fell to his death on Christmas Day, and the incident went unreported until now due to the ongoing government shutdown, a National Park Service spokesman said. “The incident remains under investigation, which is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown,” Andrew Muñoz, a public affairs officer for the National Park Service, told Outside Magazine Thursday. “A news release wasn’t issued because of the shutdown. We aren’t releasing more details.” NPS representatives did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment. (The NPS has said media lines would also be impacted by the shutdown.)...
  • Yosemite National Park partially closes after visitors poop on road during government shutdown

    01/01/2019 7:43:06 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 69 replies
    Daily News ^ | Jan 1, 2018
    Parts of California’s Yosemite National Park were forced to close after visitors began using the side of the road as a toilet. Bathrooms in the park haven’t been open since the partial shutdown of the federal government began on Dec. 22. Hetch Hetchy and Mariposa Grove were among the areas that closed “due to lack of restrooms and resulting impacts from human waste,” the park announced Sunday.
  • Over 20,000 Sign Petition to Stop Starbucks From Coming to Yosemite

    01/25/2018 1:45:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jan 24, 2018
    A spokesman for Yosemite said they are simply trying to meet the demands of visitorsNearly 23,000 people have signed a petition expressing "deep dissatisfaction" with the decision to open a Starbucks at Yosemite National Park. The Starbucks, which is slated to open this spring, would not be a freestanding store but rather part of a food court attached to Yosemite Lodge. Online protesters say they are concerned that the arrival of Starbucks at one of America's oldest and most venerable national parks would open the door to other big chains. A spokesman for Yosemite said they are simply trying to...
  • Couple found dead after Yosemite cliff plunge were taking a selfie, man's brother says

    10/31/2018 12:56:05 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies ^ | October 31, 2018 | AP
    A husband and wife who fell to their deaths from a popular lookout at Yosemite National Park in the United States were taking a selfie, the man's brother says.
  • 259 selfie deaths recorded in last 7 years, including falling, drowning and train accidents

    10/04/2018 6:09:26 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    My Palm Beach Post ^ | 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, October 03, 2018 | Shelby Lin Erdman
    Taking a selfie against a dangerous background or in a frightening position is thrilling and it shows a bravery and courage in getting that next-to-impossible photo, that is until the photographer slips and falls off a mountain or tumbles down a cliff or is killed by a wild animal. >> Read more trending news The number of people willing to risk their life to get that perfect shot is an “emerging problem,” according to a new study on how many people have died in selfie-related accidents over the past few years. Researchers discovered that 259 people worldwide have lost their...
  • Teen plunges to his death at Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park [Death by "Selfie"]

    09/07/2018 2:53:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sep 06, 2018 | 6:55 PM | Alene Tchekmedyian
    A teenager visiting Yosemite National Park from Jerusalem plunged to his death this week while reportedly trying to take a selfie at the park’s popular Nevada Fall. ... Multiple fatalities have been reported in the park this year. In May, a man died on Half Dome after he slipped and fell during a thunderstorm on the last 400 feet of the climb, where hikers grasp cables to scale the summit. According to the park service, most accidents there occur during wet conditions.
  • Breaking News! Ferguson Fire in Yosemite has jumped Hwy 41.

    08/03/2018 5:53:52 PM PDT · by notpoliticallycorewrecked · 31 replies
    Myself | 8/3/18 | myself
    The Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park has jumped Hwy 41 in the Park. The fire is now headed toward Badger Pass Ski area, which is a fire base camp. There is only one road in and out of that area. The fire crews are now trapped and have to shelter in place. PLEASE pray for the safety of the fire crews at that location. They are in immediate danger. We have already lost two firefighters with this fire.
  • Who gets Yosemite? Where top landmarks would fall in Three Californias plan

    06/14/2018 10:23:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies ^ | 6/13/2018 | Pat May
    I’ll trade you a piece of Yosemite Valley and all of the Napa wine country for Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier. For the first time since before the Civil War, California voters will decide this November whether to spilt the Golden State into three entities, dubbed California, Northern California and Southern California. An initiative to divide the state, pushed by Silicon Valley venture capital investor Tim Draper, received enough signatures to qualify it for the November ballot. Supporters say splitting the state would lead to improvements in infrastructure and education while lowering taxes.
  • 2 Yosemite Climbers Die After Falling From El Capitan: Reports

    06/02/2018 7:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    KTLA ^ | 06/02/2018 | Juan Flores
    Park officials said the climbers had been attempting to climb the Freeblast Route, according to a post on the Mariposa Gazette’s Facebook page. Authorities withheld the identities of the climbers pending notification of next of kin. The investigation was ongoing. Saturday’s incident came nearly two weeks after a hiker fell to his death while ascending the Half Dome trail during thunderstorm activity, officials said.
  • Hiker falls to his death at Half Dome cables in Yosemite

    05/22/2018 7:28:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    … during a thunderstorm. Rangers were notified and arrived on the scene to provide assistance to the second hiker. The hiker who fell did not survive and rangers recovered his body Tuesday. ... first fatality on the Half Dome cables since 2010, and the first time a visitor has died at the park this year.