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  • Mort Walker, creator of long-running 'Beetle Bailey' comic strip, dies at 94, family says

    01/28/2018 4:27:14 AM PST · by DFG · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/28/2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    “Beetle Bailey” comic strip artist Mort Walker died Saturday at age 94, his family said. According to his oldest son, Greg, who partnered with his father on that venerable cartoon take on the military life, the elder Walker died of old age at his home in Stanford, Conn. Walker was part of more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including "Hi and Lois," ''Boner's Ark" and "Sam & Silo." But his greatest success came from Beetle, his hot-tempered sergeant and the rest of the gang at fictional Camp Swampy, which he drew for nearly 70 years. After an...
  • Joyless Town Wants Grandmother To Take Volkswagen Beetle Out Of Tree

    01/11/2018 1:13:08 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 84 replies
    Jalopnik MSN ^ | 01/11/2018 | Jason Torsinsky
    Janis Zettel of Clearfield City, Utah was given a non-running ‘73 Volkswagen Super Beetle as a gift by her son. While neither her nor her son was that interested in getting the Beetle running, Zettel liked the car, which she named Lucy and painted to look like a ladybug. Deciding the car made her happier as lawn art, she had it placed in a tree in their front yard. Now, Clearfield officials are demanding it be removed because, I suppose, they hate fun. The Super Beetle had its engine removed and most of the interior stripped prior to being made...
  • Volkswagen Accused Of Hacking 482,000 Diesels To Fake U.S. Emissions Tests

    09/18/2015 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Reaganez · 51 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | September 18, 2015 | Justin Hyde
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California officials say some 482,000 Volkswagen and Audi diesels were engineered to falsify their emissions for federal tests—a violation that opens the German automaker to a theoretical fine totaling $18 billion. The EPA and California Air Resources Board say the affected models had software in its computer engine controls that could sense exactly when it was being tested for emissions quality. At all other times, it would run the diesels in a different mode with illegal levels of pollution; for example, spewing up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog,...
  • Any bug experts here?

    08/10/2015 10:58:34 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 115 replies
    08-10-2015 | Me
    Been living in the Bay Area (San Jose) since 1967 and have never seen one of these beetles until the last week or so. The pic is deceiving but this thing is pretty good sized. Sounds like a mini 747 when it flies. Also, has a bad ass shiny green color almost looks like it was green anodized.
  • Endangered beetle poses pipeline obstacle

    06/03/2013 4:55:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 58 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-3-13 | Jim Snyder
    WASHINGTON — Building the $5.3 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline across the middle of the United States will require thousands of workers and millions of pounds of steel. It will also require a lot of smelly dead rats. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this month said that Keystone's proposed route across Nebraska put the endangered American burying beetle at risk. The agency said the black and orange-spotted insect could be spared, and the project move forward, if proper procedure is followed. That means pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. will have to trap and relocate the one-inch beetles, using frozen rats...
  • The Beetle and the Pipeline: How America learned to NOT build things.

    03/05/2013 7:49:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/05/2013 | Rich Lowry
    When progressives talk of government, it is in an alluring can-do spirit. Making the case for more spending, President Barack Obama invokes the 19th century as a heroic age that built government-supported railroads. MSNBC hosts pose in front of monumental 20th-century public-works projects and speak of what all of us can do together. This is all well and good as nostalgia, but is utterly detached from the spirit and the practices of 21st-century government. We don’t excel at building things. We excel at studying things, and putting up obstacles to building them. We delay, cavil, and sue. We protest and...
  • Dung beetles guided by Milky Way

    01/24/2013 11:33:39 AM PST · by skinkinthegrass · 38 replies ^ | Jan. 21, 2013 | Alan Boyle
    When dung beetles roll their tiny balls of poop across the sands of South Africa on a moonless night, they look to the glow of our Milky Way galaxy as a navigational aid, researchers report. "Even on clear, moonless nights, many dung beetles still manage to orientate along straight paths," Marie Dacke, a biologist at Sweden's Lund University, said in a news release. "This led us to suspect that the beetles exploit the starry sky for orientation — a feat that had, to our knowledge, never before been demonstrated in an insect."
  • Finally, the Right Mascot for Radical Environmentalists

    12/21/2012 6:33:41 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 5 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/21/2012 | Robert Gordon
    The green community is readying to add to these Endangered Species Act injustices, fashioning a new weapon—the American burying beetle. As one liberal blogger puts it, the beetles “have earned the attention both of TransCanada and of environmental groups dedicated to protecting endangered species and interested as well in stopping the [Keystone XL] pipeline’s construction.” [emphasis added].
  • Sacramento group vows suit over endangered beetle

    01/05/2012 3:38:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan 5, 2012 | Matt Weiser
    A group of Sacramento-area property owners and land managers on Wednesday threatened to sue the federal government if it does not proceed with removing a native beetle from the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initially proposed removing the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the endangered species list in 2006. But the process has dragged along and the beetle remains protected. On Wednesday, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento-based nonprofit law firm, said the delay may have cost its clients millions of dollars over the past five years. Those clients include land owners, levee maintenance districts and...
  • Job-Creating Keystone Pipeline Affects Endangered Beetle, Says State Dep't

    09/01/2011 11:11:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 1, 2011 | Penny Starr
    ( – In its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs and transport 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Oklahoma and Texas, a State Department official said its investigation found “no significant impact to most resources” along the path of the 1,700-mile project. But the State Department also said the pipeline could adversely affect the American Burying Beetle, an endangered species. Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the State Department, said during an Aug. 26 conference call...
  • One of the world’s ‘most feared’ pests found in Chicago

    08/25/2011 10:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | August 25, 2011 | Claudine Zap
    One of the world's "most feared" pests was discovered on American soil. The Khapra beetle, in larva stage, was identified by customs officials last week in a 10-pound bag of rice that came from India. In a press release, Customs and Border Protection described the bug as "one of the world's most tenacious and destructive stored-produce pests because of its ability to damage grain." The beetles originated in South Asia but have invaded parts of northern Africa, the Middle East, and even Europe, Asia and South Africa. The Khapra beetle first invaded California in 1953. The infestation was not eradicated...
  • Valley beetle may come off federal endangered species list

    08/18/2011 6:49:54 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 18, 2011 | Matt Weiser
    Federal officials will consider removing the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the endangered species list, potentially lifting a significant burden from Central Valley landowners. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday there is "substantial information" that delisting the threatened beetle may be warranted. This came in response to a September 2010 petition by the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation.
  • Herbie gets a makeover as Volkswagen reinvents the Beetle

    04/18/2011 11:43:53 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 91 replies
    3-year-old Love Bug gets flatter roof to look 'sportier' Design spearheads major assault on U.S. market by VW Volkswagen has reinvented its cult Beetle for the third time in 73 years. The ergonomic new design, which will be offered initially to U.S. customers, gives the car a flatter roof, a less bulbous shape, narrowed windows and a sharp crease along the side. It is the first overhaul of the Bug since 1998, when Volkswagen came up with the New Beetle, a curvaceous front-wheel drive version of the classic car.
  • "Dangerous" beetle found at Los Angeles airport

    01/05/2011 12:56:02 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 5, 2011 | Dan Whitcomb
    U.S. customs officials said on Wednesday they had found a beetle considered one of the world's most dangerous agricultural pests in a shipment of rice arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. Agricultural specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection found an adult khapra beetle, eight larvae and a shed skin in a shipment of Indian rice from Saudi Arabia ... Earlier this year, border protection officials in Detroit found a khapra beetle in a shipment of tile from China.
  • Aspen Trees Die Across the West

    05/18/2010 12:29:25 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 48 replies · 1,254+ views ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Stephanie Simon
    DENVER -- This should be the golden season across the West, when aspen paint hillsides in shades of fall.But a mysterious ailment -- or perhaps a combination of factors -- is killing hundreds of thousands of acres of the trees from Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and into Canada, according to the U.S. government and independent scientists. The aspen die-off comes on the heels of a pine-beetle invasion that has destroyed millions of acres of evergreens. Foresters expect to lose virtually every mature lodgepole pine in Colorado -- five million acres of them.
  • Researchers Remote Control Flying Beetles Via Electrodes(cyborg beetle recon)

    09/28/2009 9:03:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 860+ views
    Switched ^ | 09/27/09 | Terrence O'Brien
    Computers Researchers Remote Control Flying Beetles Via Electrodes by Terrence O'Brien (RSS feed) — Sep 27th 2009 at 3:01PM The military and researchers across the country have been working on putting tiny bots in the air for quite some time. They've talked robotic spy-bats, dreamed up cyborg crickets, dragonflies, and all matter of other bug-sized bots. In fact, they've successfully implanted electrodes into the brains of crickets, moths, and beetles to exercise some control over their movements -- they even got a beetle to briefly take flight. But until now, the amount of control over motions has been very limited....
  • Beetle epidemic to restrict camping

    02/05/2009 7:51:32 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies · 502+ views
    Steamboat Pilot ^ | February 5, 2009 | Melinda Dudley
    The Dutch Hill Campground at Steamboat Lake State Park once was densely packed with lodgepole pine. But blue marks on bark now dominate the landscape, identifying the beetle-killed trees awaiting removal. The mountain pine beetle epidemic sweeping Colorado forests has taken a heavy toll on Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake state parks, whose campgrounds were closed in October after being deemed unsafe after trees starting falling much earlier than expected... The epidemic will have a drastic impact on camping availability in the summer. Crews will begin cutting down beetle-killed and beetle-infected trees in Steamboat Lake State Park later this month,...
  • Researchers to torch beetle-killed trees in Rocky Mountain National Park

    11/15/2008 9:35:44 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 1,009+ views
    summit daily news ^ | November 14, 2008 | Bob Berwyn
    An experimental fire planned for beetle-killed lodgepole pines in Rocky Mountain National Park should help determine when the trees are most flammable. Officials incessantly cite the increased risk of fire danger in beetle-killed forests as the prime reason to cut and thin dead lodgepole pines. But controlled burns also could prove a useful tool in treating blighted stands of pines, especially when it comes to regenerating new stands. The risk of a crown fire is thought to be greatest in stands comprised primarily of standing dead trees with red needles than among healthy, green trees. Sometime in the next few...
  • From beetles to bucks ( capitalism and entrepreneurial zeal )

    06/04/2008 9:01:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 142+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 3, 2008 | Roger Fillion
    Dead lodgepole pines turned into products from pellet fuel to pens. millions of beetle- kill pines in the nearby hills and mountains could explode into a fire ... But locals also realize that using the wood for beetle-kill products is just a start - and not a silver bullet. "There's little stuff going on, but not near what we need," ... But, still, he's grateful. "Small steps lead to big trips," ... Dead and dying lodgepole acreage in Colorado has grown to 1.5 million since the first signs of the mountain pine beetle outbreak in 1996... homes, property and lives...
  • Researchers: We know secret of Joseph's biblical pest control

    04/21/2008 3:57:10 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 17 replies · 124+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 4/21/08 | Ran Shapira
    The remains of a burnt beetle found in a grain of wheat about 3,500 years old provided a group of researchers from Bar-Ilan University with a key to a question the Bible left without a definite answer: How did Joseph the Dreamer, who became the viceroy to the king of Egypt, succeed in preserving the grain during the seven lean years and prevent Egypt's population from starving? According to the description in the book of Genesis, during the seven years of plenty in Egypt, Joseph had all the wheat collected in silos. "And he gathered up all the food of...