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  • Pair Rescued From Soberanes Fire Were Tending to Marijuana Crop: Sheriff's Office

    Two people who were found Monday inside the lines of the Soberanes fire in Monterey County were tending to a marijuana crop, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. In the early morning hours Monday, deputies responded to a call for assistance from Cal Fire in the Bouchers Gap area. The responding officers came upon two people who had been overtaken by the fire and walked out of the brush requesting help getting out. The pair had been looking after a 900-plant marijuana grow, sheriff's officials said. The grow was destroyed by the fire. It was not known whether the...
  • Shetland pony broke into pub, got drunk and had to be coaxed out with bar snacks

    07/28/2016 6:17:36 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 16 replies
    UK Metro ^ | Thursday 28 Jul 2016 | Simon Rob
    A Shetland pony went into a bar, did a bit of a minesweep, got drunk, and had to be coaxed out using pub snacks. A four-legged opportunist named Mocha, snuck inside The Ascot Arms in Gravesend, Kent for a triple before the pub opened for business on Monday. Pub owner, Mihaly Herczeg, had to use crisps, pork scratchings and carrots to coax the pony back into the garden after finding him guzzling a few pints. The 53-year-old said although the pony usually drinks water, it would probably develop a taste for beer and apple cider given the chance. He said:...
  • Study: Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm

    07/26/2016 10:02:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 26, 2016 8:10 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling. The class of insecticide called neonicotinoids didn’t kill the drones. But bees that ate treated pollen produced 39 percent less live sperm than those that didn’t, according to a controlled experiment by Swiss researchers published Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It essentially acted as an accidental contraceptive on the drones, whose main job is to mate with the queen — but not one that prevented complete reproduction, just...
  • Queen Hillary Chooses Joy Behar To Be King

    07/14/2016 11:45:38 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 6 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 7/14/2016 | blueunicorn6
    It's official! Sources from inside the Queen Hillary camp leaked today! After they were done relieving themselves, they also let a secret slip out. But then, isn't Queen Hillary known for letting secrets slip out? Queen Hillary has selected Joy Behar to be our King! Queen Hillary said, "I wanted a man who is a loud-mouthed idiot with a moustache and that narrowed it down to Joy Behar though I did look at Ruth Ginsburg, too." Queen Hillary also announced drug king Joaquin Guzman as her selection for Attorney General. "He understands my way of doing business", the Queen said....
  • Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies

    07/02/2016 10:48:37 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 54 replies
    ksl.com ^ | May 26th, 2011 | Nadine Wimmer and Wendy Leonard.
    FARMINGTON -- While the state has yet to officially cancel any events involving horses that might have been exposed to a local recent equine herpes outbreak, owners and arenas are taking precautions. Because of the outbreak, contestants at the Davis County Sheriff's Mounted Posse Junior Queen Contest had to cowgirl up Thursday night without their mares. Instead of competing on horses, as is typically the case, contestants were asked to trot around the arena with stick horses as their show ponies.
  • Interior Secretary: ‘If We Did Not Have Immigration to This Country We Would Not Eat’

    06/28/2016 9:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 28, 2016 | 2:32 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told attendees at an event on Hispanic-American entrepreneurship on Tuesday that if it were not for legal and illegal immigration into the United States “we would not eat.” Jewell said that the country is still trying to address the rights of farm workers, including the role immigration plays. “I’d say the challenges of immigration reform are a good example,” she said. “If we did not have immigration to this country we would not eat. Whether it’s documented or undocumented, we would not eat,” Jewell said at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. …
  • If Fruit Heaven Exists, It’s in Colombia

    06/25/2016 10:09:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Munchies ^ | 6/2016 | Aaron Kase
    Colombia is the finest nation on Earth when it comes to eating fruit. The country boasts mountains, jungles, deserts, and coasts, providing an environment conducive to growing any fruit you can imagine and plenty more you can’t, from sweet to sour to savory, and everything in between. Adventurous travelers quickly find their diets full of diverse flavors and their stool full of fiber in this gastronomic and gastrointestinal paradise. Of course, the tropical standards like mango, papaya, banana, avocado, and pineapple are available in multitudes, for a fraction of the price that they cost imported. That alone would be enough...
  • Diabetes patients could benefit from Kamut-khorasan wheat finds study

    06/20/2016 10:55:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.bakeryandsnacks.com ^ | 15 Feb 2016 | Vince Bamford
    Replacing modern wheat with ancient grain khorasan can benefit consumers with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
  • 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...
  • Dairy farmers say safety net on milk prices is not helping

    06/19/2016 1:19:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2016 1:37 PM EDT | Lisa Rathke
    Northeast dairy farmers who have been strapped for months by low milk prices say a voluntary insurance program that was supposed to be a safety net isn’t helping. The margin protection program provides financial assistance to enrolled farmers when the gap between the price of milk and national average feed costs falls below the coverage levels picked by individual farmers. […] Farmers say the margin protection program is not based on Northeast farmers’ feed costs but on the national average feed cost, which is less. The chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation testified in Washington last month that the...
  • Ancient, still-edible chunk of butter unearthed in Irish bog

    06/14/2016 10:22:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published June 14, 2016 | By James Rogers
    The 2,000 year-old bog butter found in Emlagh Bog, County Meath on June 1 (Cavan County Museum/Copper Tree Photography). ============================================================================================ Would you eat ancient butter? A 2,000-year-old 20-pound chunk of butter has been unearthed from a peat bog in Ireland, which is said to still be edible. The large lump of butter was discovered by farmer Jack Conway while cutting turf for fuel in Emlagh Bog, County Meath on June 1. The strange rugby-ball shaped object was buried about 16 feet down in the bog. Conway quickly realized that he had found what is known as ‘bog butter’ and contacted...
  • Goat Herd Helps Trump Lower Tax Bite with New Jersey farmland law

    06/10/2016 11:45:46 AM PDT · by dennisw · 41 replies
    WS Journal ^ | April 20, 2016 | By
    New Jersey farmland law lets presidential candidate save tens of thousands property taxes on golf courses The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., has goats that are continually moved around the property for the removal of invasive, non-native vegetation. The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., has been the home for goats, under the care and supervision of the course-and-grounds department, that are continually moved around the property for the removal of invasive, non-native vegetation. Donald Trump has found a solution that cuts both his grass and his tax bill: Goats. The Republican presidential front-runner’s small goat herd,...
  • I saw the baby bison that tourists tried to rescue. Here’s what you don’t know...

    06/08/2016 2:55:09 AM PDT · by raybbr · 63 replies
    WashingtonPost.com ^ | 6/7/2016 | Deby Dixon
    GARDINER, Mont. — I met the bison calf that took a ride in an SUV early one evening as I drove west in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley, past the pullout known as “Picnic.” The late afternoon sun on a stormy landscape provided the light that we photographers dream of for shooting gorgeous mountains in the distance and wild animals on the horizon. I spotted the calf near the road and all alone. It was crying out and seemed to be looking for its mother, but no other bison was anywhere close by. Instantly, I knew three things: The calf...
  • Researchers develop method to produce sweeter, well-growing tomatoes

    06/07/2016 11:47:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    6-7-2016 | Provided by: Tohoku University Japan
    The researchers think it is likely that most flowering plants, or angiosperms, contain similar sucrose-susceptible genes, making their “sweetening technology” widely applicable. Credit: Cienpies Design ================================================================================================= Previous research has shown that the sugar sucrose plays a role in controlling key fruit genes involved in sugar metabolism. Efforts to control these genes succeeded in increasing the sugar content in fruit but also resulted in stunted growth. Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan used a bioinformatics search tool to find nucleotide sequences in the tomato genome similar to a known tobacco gene sequence that can be repressed by sucrose. When a special...
  • FDA issues new guidelines on salt, pressuring food industry

    06/01/2016 6:43:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2016 9:15 AM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The proposed guidelines released Wednesday are voluntary, so food companies won’t be required to comply. But the idea is to persuade companies and restaurants — many of which have already lowered sodium levels in their products — to take a more consistent approach. […] Some companies have worried that though the limits will be voluntary, the FDA is at heart a regulatory agency,...
  • Stoned sheep high on CANNABIS go on 'psychotic rampage around quiet village'

    05/26/2016 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 49 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 5/25/16 | Sam Webb
    Sheep on drugs have gone on a "psychotic rampage" after eating cannabis plants dumped in a quiet village, it is feared. The remains of an illegal cannabis factory was fly-tipped on a Welsh village road - and worried locals think the sheep have been chowing down on the psychotropic herbs. County councillor Ioan Richard said sheep have been "roaming the village" and causing havoc by breaking into homes and getting killed by cars as they stumble about in what appears to be a druggy haze.
  • 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe Had Secret Ingredient

    05/24/2016 7:14:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    discovery.com ^ | May 24, 2016 09:42 AM ET | Tom Metcalfe, Live Science
    Scientists conducted tests on ancient pottery jars and funnels found at the Mijiaya archaeological site in China’s Shaanxi province. The analyses revealed traces of oxalate — a beer-making byproduct that forms a scale called “beerstone” in brewing equipment — as well as residues from a variety of ancient grains and plants. These grains included broomcorn millets, an Asian wild grain known as “Job’s tears,” tubers from plant roots, and barley. Barley is used to make beer because it has high levels of amylase enzymes that promote the conversion of starches into sugars during the fermenting process. It was first cultivated...
  • German chemical giant in talks to buy Monsanto [Bayer]

    05/19/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 May 2016 11:56 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer and the US group Monsanto said Thursday they are in talks on a possible merger to create a global player in pesticides, seeds and genetically modified crops, following weeks of speculation about a possible tie-up. Both sides have emphasized that the talks are still only exploratory at this stage and neither has mentioned how much any proposed deal would be worth. But with Monsanto’s market value estimated at around $42 billion (€37.5 billion), observers say it would be bigger than the recent acquisition of Switzerland’s Syngenta by China National Chemical Corp. […] The US group has...
  • A Cheese Glut Is Overtaking America

    05/17/2016 5:27:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 17, 2016 | KELSEY GEE in Chicago and JULIE WERNAU
    <p>Rise in production comes just as exports are hit by strong dollar; can you eat three pounds more?</p> <p>America has built up a glut of cheese so big that every person in the country would need to eat an extra 3 pounds this year to work it off.</p>
  • Judge temporarily reinstates fired 4-H council leaders

    05/14/2016 4:37:57 PM PDT · by This_far · 32 replies
    abcfoxmontana.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | Nessa Wright
    A small victory for three 4-H clubs in Silver Bow County after a judge temporarily reinstates their council leaders. A temporary restraining order allows the Silver Bow 4-H council president, vice president, secretary and treasurer to retain their officer positions for now. They were all fired by the Montana university extension office which governs the 4-H program. (1/2 of story... not so for the kids in 4H)
  • Chinese archaeologists discover 8,000-year-old paddy

    05/10/2016 12:32:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    China Daily ^ | May 6, 2016 | Xinhua
    Chinese archaeologists said they have found a paddy dating back more than 8,000 years, which could be the earliest wet rice farming site in the world. The field, covering less than 100 square meters, was discovered at the neolithic ruins of Hanjing in Sihong county in East China's Jiangsu province in November 2015, according to a spokesman with the archeology institute of Nanjing Museum. At a seminar held in late April to discuss findings at the Hanjing ruins, more than 70 scholars from universities, archeology institutes and museums across the country concluded that the wet rice field was the oldest...
  • Analysis of Burger Market Finds Unwanted Ingredients: Rat and Human DNA

    05/11/2016 6:25:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    fortune.com ^ | May 10, 2016, 11:00 AM EDT | by Beth Kowitt
    Watch out for veggie burgers. Warning: You may never look at a burger the same way again. The most unappetizing results of a recent test of 258 burgers at their molecular level found three instances in which the meat contained rat DNA and one in which human DNA was found. Bay Area-based startup Clear Labs, which conducted the analysis, notes that while unpleasant, human and rat DNA are not likely to be harmful to human health. The company’s tests cannot determine precise sources of the offending DNA, but Clear Labs thinks the most likely causes were feces in the case...
  • Obama Being Sued By Dreamer (satire)

    05/06/2016 6:52:02 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet
    Satire & Sarcasm | 6 May 2016 | RetiredTexasVet
    Today the Obamas were named in a civil suit filed in Washington, D.C. by civil rights lawyers of the firm S. Lash, Burns, & Cheatem. The plaintiff (name withheld) is an underage Lesbian white Hispanic Dreamer who was publicly bullied when she asked the older Obama daughter out to the Prom. The Obama daughter not only rejected the date but made a vocal public display of the rejection. It is alleged that Mr. Obama threatened the "immigrant/refugee" family with deportation if they didn't hush the girl up. Unconfirmed sightings of "Fast & Furious" DOJ and BATF agents were rumored to...
  • Eggs and Heart Health

    05/02/2016 3:07:27 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 76 replies
    Dr. Perlmutter Website ^ | 5/2/16 | Dr. Perlmutter
    I don’t think there’s any more controversial food than eggs. By and large, the reason we have been told to avoid eating eggs is because they contain cholesterol, and indeed that’s true. A typical egg may contain as much as 200 mg of cholesterol. But does that mean we shouldn’t eat eggs? To answer this question, researchers in Finland conducted an extensive study in which they evaluated two parameters. First they looked at whether or not individuals developed coronary artery disease. In addition, they looked at a parameter called carotid intimal thickening. Basically this is a study, using ultrasound, that...
  • When the floor becomes the ceiling

    04/25/2016 1:00:08 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 9 replies
    Vanity | 4/25/2016 | J Twohig
    JT Economic Law - when the floor becomes the ceiling! If you look back at the history of price supports you will find that price supports became a floor price for commodities. Producers would continue to work as long as they could make a profit at that base price. A good example is the history of milk price supports. Rarely did prices rise above the floor of support. So much milk was produced that much of it was diverted to the making of cheese. By setting the minimum wage or floor at $15, we will be producing an artificial ceiling...
  • Trout Falling From The Sky

    04/20/2016 9:53:08 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 31 replies
    Parks not Lot Philosophy | 4/20/2016 | blueunicorn6
    I was walking across the parking lot at the grocery store when I noticed two of the employees having a discussion by one of the traffic islands. I don't know why they call them traffic islands. You really can't take a good vacation on one. I tried once. I put up my lawn chair and grabbed a beer out of the cooler. The policeman told me that only Hobos and girls car wash employees could camp out on traffic islands. I didn't have a beard and wasn't wearing a bikini top, so he ran me off. I'll leave you to...
  • State warns county not to ask legal status of WIC recipients

    04/11/2016 2:58:12 PM PDT · by lacrew · 16 replies
    WIBW ^ | April 11, 2016 | Greg Palmer
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County commissioners are being warned by the state not to ask participants in the federal Women, Infants and Children program about their citizenship. The Wichita Eagle reports the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says asking about immigration status before the state changes eligibility requirements could result in termination of the county's contract to operate WIC.
  • Archaeobeer (Brewers and Vintner's thread)

    04/08/2016 2:04:46 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 19 replies
    Brew your own ^ | September 2007 | Dan Mouer
    Back in the day - we're talking WAY back in the day - beer was brewed with malt, and bread, and honey and wine . . . and just about anything that could be fermented. How the ancients brewed - and how you can too! Archaeology and beer seem to go together, and it’s not just because a cold brew helps wash the dust from your teeth after a long day on the digs. I’m an archaeologist by profession and a homebrewer by avocation. Lots of archaeologists brew their own, and those who don’t often have a passion for more...
  • What Photos Will Hillary Have On Her Cell Wall?

    04/06/2016 8:26:16 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 53 replies
    Old Prison Movies | 4/6/2016 | blueunicorn6
    What photos/drawings do you think Hillary Clinton will put up on the wall of her cell in prison? I think she'll have a photo of Sean Connery and a drawing by Barney Frank of some ducks.
  • WH Science Advisor: Farmers, Construction Workers Will Die From Climate Change

    04/04/2016 1:10:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 74 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 4, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - White House Science Advisor John Holdren says because of the impacts of climate change, agricultural and construction workers “will basically be unable to control their body temperature and will die.” “In some parts of the world, when you look more broadly at this question, you see the likelihood that in the hottest times of the year it will be simply physiologically impossible to work outdoors,” Holdren said at a White House event on climate change Monday. “That means agriculture, that means construction, people who try to work outdoors will basically be unable to control their body temperature and...
  • What Classes Will Hillary Take In Prison?

    04/04/2016 11:34:23 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 49 replies
    Old Prison Movies | 4/4/2016 | blueunicorn6
    What classes do you think that Hillary Clinton will take while she is in prison? At first, I thought she might take something practical like auto body repair. Now, I'm thinking that she is going to study a subject she's had a lifelong interest and passion for...... Raising Worms For Fun, Profit And Companionship.
  • Sinkhole forms in pond, devours 25 tons of fish

    04/04/2016 8:36:05 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 43 replies
    Earth matters ^ | BRYAN NELSON
    The sinkhole downed the entire pond in less than five hours. Even more jarring, the water was stock full of fish, all of which got sucked into the underworld by the insatiable hole, reports people.cn. The Earth was not only thirsty, but hungry as well.
  • What Will Hillary Clinton's Prison Nickname Be?

    04/03/2016 10:08:50 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 97 replies
    Old Prison Movies | 4/3/2016 | blueunicorn6
    What do you think Hillary Clinton's prison nickname will be? No real crude ones, please. Children sometimes look at articles here at Free Republic. They already know all the crude words, but their Moms might wash out their eyes with soap if they catch them looking at bad words on the computer. I don't want to be responsible for Suds Eye Syndrome. I think that Hillary Clinton's prison nickname is going to be, "The Old Dirty Little Snot".
  • Louisiana deer hunters vs population boom of 'highly destructive' feral hogs

    04/01/2016 11:58:18 AM PDT · by dennisw · 99 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 1 April 2016 | Valerie Edwards
    Hunters say feral hogs are taking a toll on the whitetail deer population In Louisiana there are estimated 700,000 'highly destructive' wild hogs Feral hogs carry diseases and parasites that can cause abortion in deer They are 'opportunistic' eaters and feed on deer fawn and other piglets Deer hunters are facing unwanted competition as feral hogs in Louisiana threaten whitetail deer population. Wild hogs are known for spreading disease and killing and eating deer fawns. Population boom of feral hogs across the US is threatening the deer population as hunters face unwanted competition with the wild beasts that spread disease...
  • Huma

    03/30/2016 8:51:23 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 39 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 3/30/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Didn't Hillary's Assistant Campaign Manager, Huma Weiner, push some woman in the face a few months ago? Where is the assault charge for that?
  • Long term vegetarian diet changes human DNA raising risk of cancer and heart disease

    03/29/2016 6:53:47 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 34 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Sarah Knapton
    Populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations carried a genetic mutation which raised risk of cancer and heart disease Long term vegetarianism can lead to genetic mutations which raise the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists have found. Populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations were found to be far more likely to carry DNA which makes them susceptible to inflammation. Scientists in the US believe that the mutation occured to make it easier for vegetarians to absorb essential fatty acids from plants. But it has the knock-on effect of boosting the production...
  • Why I Don't Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either

    03/21/2016 6:33:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 90 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10 Mar, 2016 | Steven Savage
    I don’t buy organic foods. In fact I specifically avoid doing so. It’s not my place to tell anyone else what to do, but I’d like to lay out three, seriously considered factors that have shaped my personal stance on organic: 1. Informed confidence that we are safe buying “conventional” foods 2. Recognizing that some of the best farming practices from an environmental perspective are not always allowed or practical under the organic rules 2.An ethical problem with the tactics that some organic advocates and marketers employ which seriously misrepresents their “conventional” competition...... As for the safety issue. When most...
  • Vanity: I'm soliciting advice on starting my own business . . . (It's not an election vanity. Yay!)

    03/20/2016 2:54:15 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 39 replies
    I'm considering starting a CSA, with which I would provide a basket of vegetables from my garden (uncertified organic) to 10 (the first year) families each week for 18 weeks. Using the CSA model, the customers sign up and prepay for the season, knowing the risks of crop failure. I have experience with intensive planting and growing a lot on a little land. Additionally, my neighbor will allow me the use of his field for free . . .
  • Warmongers Hate Trump

    03/09/2016 6:53:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2016 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week, 117 "members of the Republican national security community" signed an open letter condemning Donald Trump. It made me think the bellicose billionaire, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is not quite as bad as I thought. "His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle," the letter complains. "He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence." Although there is some truth to that critique, an inconsistent skepticism of foreign intervention is better than none at all. That is why I have trouble agreeing with...
  • The President's Veto Message for the Texas Seed Bill

    03/06/2016 3:43:50 PM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Wikisource ^ | 02-16-1887 | Grover Cleveland
    To the House of Representatives: I return without my approval House bill number ten thousand two hundred and three, entitled "An Act to enable the Commissioner of Agriculture to make a special distribution of seeds in drought-stricken counties of Texas, and making an appropriation therefor."It is represented that a long-continued and extensive drought has existed in certain portions of the State of Texas, resulting in a failure of crops and consequent distress and destitution.Though there has been some difference in statements concerning the extent of the people's needs in the localities thus affected, there seems to be no doubt that...
  • Obama's Climate Change Legacy to be Determined by Next President

    02/29/2016 9:09:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 29, 2016 | Marita Noon
    After months of debate and public comments, President Obama’s controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) was issued in August 2015 and published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2015. But that is hardly the end of the story. Instead the saga is just beginning—with the ending to be written sometime in 2017 and the outcome highly dependent on who resides in the White House. The CPP is the newest set of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that the Atlantic states: “anchors the Obama administration’s climate-change policy. It seeks to guide local utilities away from coal-fired electricity generation, and toward renewable...
  • Americans gained over 500 million pounds last year

    02/26/2016 12:24:16 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 36 replies
    cnbc ^ | 2-25-2016 | Nicholas Wells
    Weight Watchers reports earnings Thursday, and even if the numbers aren't good, there's one figure that should make investors in dieting hopeful: 582 million. That's how many pounds Americans gained collectively in 2015. Through births, immigration and overeating, there has been the equivalent of 1,400 blue whales added to the human biomass of our country in just a year, pointing to the need for groups like Weight Watchers to get the country lean and mean again. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and weight data collected by Gallup tell the story.
  • USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

    02/16/2016 3:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2016 3:46 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules expected to be announced by the Agriculture Department on Tuesday. The rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don't dictate what people buy or eat. A person using food stamp dollars could still purchase as much junk food as they wanted, but they would at least have more options in the store to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats...
  • "This Is Why I Didn't Get You A Valentine's Present"

    02/14/2016 7:04:59 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 20 replies
    Romance | 2/14/2016 | blueunicorn6
    OK. So I forgot that today is Valentine's Day. Does that make me a criminal or something? Maybe in Minnesota. So I rushed right down to the store to buy my sweetie some chocolates. It was like when they had that news story about chocolate being an afrodes.....aprodez.....love potion for women. The men cleared out all the chocolate in the store that day. Yes sir.....miles and miles of empty shelves that day. You should have seen all the sad faces on the guys the next day. If I owned a turnip ranch, I'd just start a rumor that turnips made...
  • Understanding Cliven Bundy

    02/11/2016 2:48:15 PM PST · by frankenMonkey · 14 replies
    Blog West ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Leisl Carr Childers
    It is awful watching the news media objectify Cliven Bundy and there is no easy corrective to the situation. It may help, however, to know a little more about Bundy’s history and what he means when he says that his family has ranched in the area since the late nineteenth century.
  • Zika: update from Brazil: towering non-evidence

    02/06/2016 10:15:54 AM PST · by SubMareener · 11 replies
    Jon Rappaport's Blog ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jon Rappoport
    It is obvious that no significant connection between microcephaly and the Zika virus has been found. It's not even close. So far, therefore, there is absolutely no reason to trumpet an epidemic of Zika. Doing so is quite insane, by any reasonable standard. Here are the principal facts in the article (after which I'll comment): * As of January 30, 2016, 4,783 suspected cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil. * Of those, 3,670 suspected cases of microcephaly, covering the entire country of Brazil, are being investigated. * Of those 3,670, 404 cases have been confirmed as microcephaly or "other...
  • St. Cloud [FL] homeowners find catfish in mailboxes

    02/03/2016 10:57:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.clickorlando.com ^ | Updated: 11:30 AM, February 03, 2016 | By Amanda Castro
    ST. CLOUD, Fla. - Several residents in Osceola County have found catfish in their mailboxes and yards, prompting questions whether it's a prank or something more serious. Maddison Fertic said she received an unusual delivery Monday morning when her postman discovered a large, dead catfish inside her mailbox. "I was honestly in shock because it doesn't make any sense," Fertic said. "It's just one of those things where it's, just, 'Why?'" Fertic said the fish was 12 inches long, and she had to use a stick to pull it out. "It looked like it could have been a live fish...
  • How Garden & Gun Magazine Defies Industry Slump

    02/03/2016 7:51:13 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1 feb 2016 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
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  • Feral swine have Texas county at epicenter of hog wild battle

    01/05/2016 10:47:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2016 | Perry Chiaramonte
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  • Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created [Reardon Metal?]

    12/23/2015 12:40:15 PM PST · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 23, 2015 | Provided by: University of California, Los Angeles
    At left, a deformed sample of pure metal; at right, the strong new metal made of magnesium with silicon carbide nanoparticles. Each central micropillar is about 4 micrometers across. Credit: UCLA Scifacturing Laboratory ============================================================================================================= A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a super-strong yet light structural metal with extremely high specific strength and modulus, or stiffness-to-weight ratio. The new metal is composed of magnesium infused with a dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles. It could be used to make lighter airplanes, spacecraft, and cars, helping to...