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  • Mystery over massive Alexander-era tomb unearthed in Greece

    08/13/2014 1:25:20 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Aug 12, 2014
    Archaeologists have unearthed a funeral mound dating from the time of Alexander the Great and believed to be the largest ever discovered in Greece, but are stumped about who was buried in it. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday described the find as "unique" after he visited the site, which dates to the era following Alexander's death, at the ancient town of Amphipolis in northern Greece. "It is certain that we stand before an exceptionally important find," Samaras said in a statement. "This is a monument with unique characteristics." Hidden under a hill at the ancient town, the Hellenistic-era mound...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread

    07/25/2014 6:40:01 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 5 replies
    7/25/2014 | ApplegaeRanch forGreeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • The Mystery of the North Star: Astronomers baffled to find Polaris is getting BRIGHTER

    02/06/2014 12:11:57 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 16:18 EST, 5 February 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    Team found that Polaris is 2.5 times brighter today than in 137CE Experts say find is 'entirely unexpected' Astronomers have discovered that Polaris, the north star, is getting brighter. They say the star has suddenly reversed two decades of dimming. It is expanding at more than 100 times the rate they expected - and nobody is sure why. A team led by Scott Engle of Villanova University in Pennsylvania recalibrated historic measurements of Polaris by Ptolemy in 137 C.E., the Persian astronomer Al-Sufi in 964 C.E., and others. They investigated the fluctuations of the star over the course of several...
  • Half the U.S. is already covered with snow (because it's warmer!)

    12/23/2013 3:58:51 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 47 replies
    Washingtom Post ^ | December 23, 2013 | Douglas Main
    While the United States has had a cold start to winter, the rest of the world was warmer than average in November. “According to NASA, November was the warmest such month on record worldwide since reliable instrument temperature data began being collected in 1880,” Climate Central reported. In fact, the only areas of the globe that were cooler than usual in November were the central and eastern United States and part of Antarctica. And those few cold spots don’t counteract the overall global warming trend: The top 10 hottest Novembers in NASA’s data set have all occurred since 2001, according...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread

    10/04/2013 5:36:16 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 159 replies
    Where's the weekly thread? Anyone have more members of the list?
  • Rough & Ready Lumber Co. to close, put 85 out of work

    04/19/2013 12:50:17 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 3 replies
    CAVE JUNCTION — The owners of Rough & Ready Lumber Co. of Cave Junction are closing what they say is the last sawmill operating in Josephine County. [snip] The company said in a press release it was operating only one shift and couldn't get enough logs from federal forests.
  • Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction

    03/30/2013 1:14:02 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 41 replies
    Associated Press via ^ | Mar 30, 2013 | STEPHEN KALIN
    The New England cottontail was once so common that Massachusetts author Thornton Burgess adapted one named Peter for the children's stories he penned a century ago. But the critter that inspired "The Adventures of Peter Cottontail" and the enduring song that came later faces an uncertain future. Its natural habitat is disappearing, and without intervention, it could be unhappy trails for the once-bountiful bunny. [snip] As neglected agricultural lands reverted back to forest and those forests matured, the population of New England cottontails thinned. More than 80 percent of their habitat disappeared over the past 50 years, according to the...
  • Rising from the ashes; looking to the future (UPDATE Animal Shelter fire 1 year later)

    03/07/2013 9:23:33 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 12 replies
    Hot Springs (South Dakota) Star ^ | March 05, 2013 | Curt Nettinga
    Eleven months ago, the old Battle Mountain Humane Society building north of Hot Springs on Highway 385, was consumed by fire. A faulty fluorescent light fixture was the cause of the catastrophe that killed 11 dogs and rendered Wagoner, who had an apartment in the building, homeless. Volunteers sprang into action, donations poured in from the area, state, nation and even from international donors. Celebrities such as NASCAR driver Ryan Newman stepped up through his foundation to lend a hand. Immediately next to the cement pad where the original building - a converted riding stable - stood last year, a...
  • Museum's ancient 'gaming' display actually primitive toilet paper

    01/21/2013 11:34:48 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10:04 AM GMT 18 Jan 2013
    The Roman artefacts, deliberately shaped into flat discs, have been in the collection at Fishbourne Roman Palace since the 1960s. And up until now the museum thought the items were used for early games, such as draughts. But, a British Medical Journal article has now proposed they have a very different function. The broken pieces range in size from 1 inch to 4 inches in diameter and were excavated near to the museum in Chichester, West Sussex in 1960. It is well publicised that Romans used sponges mounted on sticks and dipped in vinegar as an alternative to toilet paper....
  • Free Speech Licenses? VANITY

    01/06/2013 9:52:33 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 18 replies
    1-6-13 | ApplegateRanch
    If the Left insists upon limiting the Second Amendment, then maybe it is time to reexamine the First Amendment, in light of their arguments for limiting the Second. Whereas: More people are threatened, bullied, or otherwise victimized by speech or other forms of expression utilizing mass communications; Whereas: Technical advances have placed the means of mass communications and publishing onto every desktop and mobile device in America; Whereas: Only manual writing or manually operated printing presses were available in 1791, when the Bill of Rights was adopted; Whereas: The Founding Fathers had no way of even conceiving of the concept...
  • DEBATE QUOTE: Romney — I Love Big Bird, But Not Enough to Borrow Money From China (Freep a poll)

    10/08/2012 5:14:26 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 21 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Oct 3rd 2012
    President Barack Obama 52.01% Governor Mitt Romney 47.99% Looks like the Libs have been quietly skewing this, on Fox, no less.
  • Utah dig unearths large Fremont Indian structure

    07/25/2012 1:04:12 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 12 replies
    AP via Indian Country News ^ | July, 2012 | unlisted
    Source is AP story, so only able to post a short excerpt; much more at the link.Archaeologists have struck gold at a dig near the town of Goshen about 35 miles south of Provo: the largest Fremont Indian structure ever found. Jim Allison, anthropology professor at Brigham Young University, said the 850-square-foot structure is unique because it served as a communal area that brought the entire village together. It’s several times larger than typical Fremont structures, which average between 80 and 90 square feet.
  • Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster (4 years later, and still waiting)

    06/13/2012 9:28:11 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 19 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sun May 18 2008 | Andrew Pierce
    Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster Sun May 18 2008 10:49:26 GMT-0600 (Mountain Daylight Time) · by ApplegateRanch · 94 replies · 277+ views Telegraph UK ^ | Last Updated: 1:08PM BST 18/05/2008 | Andrew Pierce The Prince of Wales has warned that the world faces a series of natural disasters within 18 months unless urgent action is taken to save the rainforests. In one of his most out-spoken interventions in the climate change debate, he said a £15 billion annual programme was required to halt deforestation or the world would have to live with the dire...
  • Battle Mountain Humane Society Burns to The Ground (So. Dakota---VANITY)

    04/04/2012 6:16:53 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 24 replies
    Local breaking news; no linkable sources yet. The Battle Mountain Humane Society animal shelter in Hot Springs, South Dakota burned to the ground this afternoon. No human injuries involved; one known animal death . At last word, a full accounting of the animals was on-going.
  • Sign online petition at (Save the VA Campaign)

    03/21/2012 12:44:30 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 3 replies
    Hot Springs Star (South Dakota) ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012 | not listed
    HOT SPRINGS – An easy way to show your support of the Hot Springs VA is to sign an online petition recently created by Save the VA Public Relations Committee member Justin Gausman. One way to sign the petition is to simply log on to and enter “Hot Springs VA” into the “Find” space found in the top browser bar. Another quicker way to find the link is to go to> which will link you directly to the petition. “ is a reputable website that has a very thorough privacy policy,” he said. Furthermore, if you receive further...
  • One-time homeless veteran fears impact of VA plans (Attempting to close SD VA Hospital & Dom)

    02/24/2012 9:31:48 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 6 replies
    Hot Springs Star (South Dakota) ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Mary Goulet
    Once a homeless veteran living in Denver, Henry Amador, now of Hot Springs, is doing all he can to help keep open the facility that helped him find peace and sobriety - the Hot Springs VA.[snip] Veterans who apply for the homeless program at the Denver VA live in a homeless shelter in an unsavory part of town. Henry says that the VA paid the shelters $300 each night to house a veteran. Finally, as a last resort, they deported him to Hot Springs, SD. They told him they could no longer help him, but that he might have a...
  • Drip, Drip, Drip: Yet Another Green Energy Stimulus Recipient Hits the Skids (the third this week!)

    01/29/2012 12:41:03 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 10 replies
    Global ^ | JANUARY 27, 2012 | WILLIAM YEATMAN
    Earlier this week, Stimulus beneficiary Evergreen Energy bit the dust. Then, Ener1, a manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles and recipient of Stimulus largesse, filed for bankruptcy. And today, the Las Vegas Sun reports that Amonix, Inc., a manufacturer of solar panels that received $5.9 million from the Porkulus, will cut two-thirds of its workforce, about 200 employees, only seven months after opening a factory in Nevada. I foresaw this spate of bad news last November. As I explained yesterday, In a previous post, I compared renewable energy spending in the 2009 Stimulus to a green albatross burdening the President....
  • Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leaked online

    11/22/2011 5:02:20 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 10 replies
    Guardian, UK ^ | Tuesday 22 November 2011 | Leo Hickman
    A file containing 5,000 emails has been made available in an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of 2009's similar release [snip] The emails appear to be genuine, but the University of East Anglia said the "sheer volume of material" meant it was not yet able to confirm that they were. One of the emailers, the climate scientist Prof Michael Mann, has confirmed that he believes they are his messages. The lack of any emails post-dating the 2009 release suggests that they were obtained at the same time, but held back. Their release now suggests they are intended to cause...
  • Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

    08/18/2011 4:01:02 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 119 replies, ^ | 18 August 2011 | Ian Sample, science correspondent
    Rising greenhouse emissions may tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report for Nasa It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim. Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain. This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State...
  • New facilities added to Vore Buffalo Jump historic site

    07/10/2011 10:04:53 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 6 replies
    KEVN-Black Hills Fox News ^ | 10 July 2011 | Al Van Zee
    Facilities are being added at the Vore Buffalo Jump Historic site west of Beulah, Wyoming, to make the site more accessible to visitors. And this summer marks the first time scientists working at the site have been protected by a shelter built last year. The Vore Buffalo Jump is one of the most important archeological sites in the Black Hills area. It provides some of the most graphic evidence we have of how Native tribes living in the Black Hills area survived before the coming of Europeans and their horses. There are thousands of individual buffalo bones at the bottom...
  • Remains of 60th mammoth found in Hot Springs; Mammoth Site could hold as many as 100

    07/10/2011 9:52:05 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 31 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | July 10, 2011 | none listed
    The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs recently yielded the remains of a 60th mammoth, the giant, extinct creatures that once roamed the continent. [just a teaser--AP story]
  • Is Hell Dead?

    04/14/2011 1:37:12 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 27 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011 | Jon Meacham
    [snip] Traditionally, the key is the acknowledgment that Jesus is the Son of God, who, in the words of the ancient creed, "for us and for our salvation came down from heaven ... and was made man." In the Evangelical ethos, one either accepts this and goes to heaven or refuses and goes to hell. Bell, a tall, 40-year-old son of a Michigan federal judge, begs to differ. He suggests that the redemptive work of Jesus may be universal — meaning that, as his book's subtitle puts it, "every person who ever lived" could have a place in heaven, whatever...
  • Prosecutor Says Plea For Leniency in Dugard Trial is an Insult

    03/18/2011 11:55:35 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 5 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | Published March 17, 2011 | AP
    Dugard was insulted when the lawyer for Nancy Garrido said his client deserved compassion because she acted as Dugard's mother during her ordeal and was under the control of her husband, co-defendant Phillip Garrido, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson told reporters.
  • Tribes angry, Everglades projects halt after workers dig up major burial ground but don't tell

    11/26/2010 9:15:31 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 54 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | Nov. 25, 2010 | Christine Stapleton
    In May 2008, archaeologists began the tedious task of exhuming the remains of Native Americans at a remote site south of Lake Okeechobee and reburying them at another remote site, to make way for a man-made wetland needed to restore the Everglades. [snip] But the more the archaeologists dug, the more they found. After nearly two years, the tribes learned that what they'd been told were some teeth and bones turned out to be partial remains of 56 men, women and children moved from an ancient burial ground so significant that it would have been eligible for listing on the...
  • Calif.'s costly trout recovery effort criticized

    04/26/2010 9:47:43 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 12 replies · 429+ views
    AP via .comExcite ^ | April 26, 2010 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ
    Cal-DOT is planning to spend $935,000 to cement part of Blocker Beach to create a channel for steelhead. This is to 'help' the fish get to the SantA Monica Mtns for spawning. This is a paraphrase, due to AP-FR agreements; follow the link to read the actual story.

    12/16/2009 11:45:57 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 38 replies · 1,967+ views ^ | 12-17-2009 | Dr. Tony Phillips.
    EVENTS IN NEBRASKA: "At 9 p.m. Central Time on Dec. 16th, a very bright meteor lit up the completely overcast sky like lightning in southeast Nebraska," reports Trooper Jerry Chab of the Nebraska State Patrol. "It flashed for approximately 2 seconds and was followed by ground shaking, which prompted many calls by the public to law enforcement in a three county wide area." The USGS says there was a magnitude 3.5 earthquake near Auburn, Nebraska, at 8:53 pm Wednesday night, about the same time and place as the fireball. Coincidence? Readers in Nebraska with photos or eyewitness accounts are encouraged...
  • Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution, dangerous work’ (more alarmist nonsense)

    11/21/2009 12:15:16 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 24 replies · 537+ views
    GMA News.TV ^ | 11/19/2009 | JOSEPH HOLANDES UBALDE
    The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Philippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade, a United Nations official said. [snip] “Climate change could reduce income from farming and fishing, possibly driving some women into sex work and thereby increase HIV infection," Mukherjee said during the Wednesday launch of the UNFPA annual State of World Population Report in Pasay City. [snip] Of the 92 million Filipinos, about 60 percent are living in coastal areas and depend on the seas for livelihood, said former Environment secretary Dr. Angel...

    08/21/2009 11:52:24 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 32 replies · 1,982+ views ^ | Aug 22, 2009 | Dr. Tony Phillips.
    Sunspots are made of magnetism. The "firmament" of a sunspot is not matter but rather a strong magnetic field that appears dark because it blocks the upflow of heat from the sun's fiery depths. Without magnetism, there would be no sunspots [snip] According to Bill Livingston and Matt Penn of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, sunspot magnetic fields are waning. The two respected solar astronomers have been measuring solar magnetism since 1992. ... Extrapolating their data into the future suggests that sunspots could completely disappear within decades. [snip] "Whether this is an omen of long-term sunspot decline, analogous...
  • Following atheist trend, Britons seek 'de-baptism'

    03/30/2009 12:27:54 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 45 replies · 980+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Mar 29 2009
    More than 100,000 Britons have recently downloaded "certificates of de-baptism" from the Internet to renounce their Christian faith. The initiative launched by a group called the National Secular Society (NSS) follows atheist campaigns here and elsewhere, including a London bus poster which triggered protests by proclaiming "There's probably no God." [snip] De-baptism movements have already sprung up in other countries. In Spain, the high court ruled in favor of a man from Valencia, Manuel Blat, saying that under data protection laws he could have the record of his baptism erased, according to a report in the International Herald Tribune. Similarly,...
  • Experts trying to decipher ancient language

    02/28/2009 12:35:50 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 36 replies · 1,476+ views
    Ap via ^ | Feb 28, 2009 | By BARRY HATTON
    When archaeologists on a dig in southern Portugal last year flipped over a heavy chunk of slate and saw writing not used for more than 2,500 years, they were elated. The enigmatic pattern of inscribed symbols curled symmetrically around the upper part of the rough-edged, yellowish stone tablet and coiled into the middle in a decorative style typical of an extinct Iberian language called Southwest Script. "We didn't break into applause, but almost," says Amilcar Guerra, a University of Lisbon lecturer overseeing the excavation. "It's an extraordinary thing."
  • Bushfires release huge carbon load (Envirowhack alert!)

    02/13/2009 12:11:15 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 22 replies · 743+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 13, 2009 | Asa Wahlquist
    VICTORIA'S bushfires have released a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - almost equal to Australia's industrial emission for an entire year. Mark Adams, from the University of Sydney, said the emissions from bushfires were far beyond what could be contained through carbon capture and needed to be addressed in the next international agreement. "Once you are starting to burn millions of hectares of eucalypt forest, then you are putting into the atmosphere very large amounts of carbon," Professor Adams said. In work for the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre, he estimated the 2003 and 2006-07 bushfires could have...
  • AP Sues For Copyright Infringement on Obama 'Hope' Posters (Eating their own)

    02/04/2009 10:48:42 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 26 replies · 845+ views
    Ap via Fox News ^ | 4 Feb 2009
    NEW YORK -- On buttons, posters and Web sites, the image was everywhere ... Fairey has acknowledged, is based on an Associated Press photograph, ... The AP says it owns the copyright, and wants credit and compensation.
  • Vicar bans 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'

    12/12/2008 7:25:48 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 23 replies · 567+ views ^ | December 12, 2008 | Ruth Gledhill Religion Correspondent
    A Church of England clergyman has banned the popular hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem from his Christmas services because he claims it does not reflect the true state of the town believed by Christians to be the place of Jesus' birth. “That just isn’t what it is like there at the moment. It isn’t still and peaceful, it is full of tension and anger and fearful people. Mr Coulter visited the Middle East last month along with a group of 30 parishioners and said he was shocked by the security wall.
  • Panda in China zoo bites student who wanted a hug

    11/22/2008 12:04:12 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 30 replies · 1,105+ views
    A college student in southern China was bitten by a panda after he broke into the bear's enclosure hoping to get a hug, [rest at site: AP story]
  • The Big Pig Dig is just about dug. (Paleo dig at Badlands Nat Park)

    08/18/2008 1:23:09 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 4 replies · 145+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Aug 17, 2008 | Carson Walker
    Story via AP, so follow link to read. The fossil field formally known as the Pig Wallow Site at Badlands National Park will close for good at the end of this summer, 15 years after student paleontologists started unearthing prehistoric remains. "The main research of the site is to better understand how fossils are preserved and how bones accumulate in a particular setting. The main story also describes some of the fossil finds; gives the location and much more.
  • Volunteers uncovers 58th Mammoth at the Mammoth Site (Hot Springs, SD)

    07/29/2008 1:28:53 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 16 replies · 139+ views
    RapidCityJournal ^ | Friday, July 25, 2008 | Mary Garrigan
    HOT SPRINGS -- Joanne Bugel is happy to be the Earthwatch volunteer who uncovered the 115th tusk at the Mammoth Site and moved the popular Hot Springs tourist site’s mammoth tally to 58. [snip] This group has been a particularly productive bunch, said crew chief Don Morris. [snip] Bones unearthed by 2008 Earthwatch volunteers include: three tusks, a tooth, a patella, six ribs, a fibula, four vertebra and assorted other bones. Neteal Graves, 18, of Kaycee, Wyo., also unearthed some coprolite – [snip] Graves has the Mammoth Site in her bloodline. In 1974, her mother, Cheri Graves, was a college...
  • Earthquakes Became Five Times More Energetic Due to Global Warming

    06/18/2008 4:49:30 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 110 replies · 796+ views
    InvestiGate ^ | Not listed | Not listed
    MT BEST, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - New research compiled by Australian scientist Dr Tom Chalko shows that global seismic activity on Earth is now five times more energetic than it was just 20 years ago. The research proves that destructive ability of earthquakes on Earth increases alarmingly fast and that this trend is set to continue, unless the problem of "global warming" is comprehensively and urgently addressed. The analysis of more than 386,000 earthquakes between 1973 and 2007 recorded on the US Geological Survey database proved that the global annual energy of earthquakes on Earth began increasing very...
  • Today's Quakes Deadlier Than In Past

    06/18/2008 4:17:03 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 2 replies · 26+ views
    CBS News/AP ^ | June 18, 2008
    New research compiled by Australian scientist Dr. Tom Chalko shows that global seismic activity on Earth is now five times more energetic than it was just 20 years ago. The research proves that destructive ability of earthquakes on Earth increases alarmingly fast and that this trend is set to continue, unless the problem of "global warming" is comprehensively and urgently addressed. The analysis of more than 386,000 earthquakes between 1973 and 2007 recorded on the US Geological Survey database proved that the global annual energy of earthquakes on Earth began increasing very fast since 1990. [snip] "Increase in the annual...
  • Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster

    05/18/2008 9:49:26 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 94 replies · 277+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Last Updated: 1:08PM BST 18/05/2008 | Andrew Pierce
    The Prince of Wales has warned that the world faces a series of natural disasters within 18 months unless urgent action is taken to save the rainforests. In one of his most out-spoken interventions in the climate change debate, he said a £15 billion annual programme was required to halt deforestation or the world would have to live with the dire consequences. "We will end up seeing more drought and starvation on a grand scale. Weather patterns will become even more terrifying and there will be less and less rainfall," he said. "We are asking for something pretty dreadful unless...
  • A nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws

    07/04/2007 11:13:49 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 14 replies · 726+ views
    Black Hills Pioneer ^ | July 2, 2007 | Senator John Thune
    For much of the past month, the Senate has been considering a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The debate has been a contentious one, and this week the Senate decided that it would not move ahead with the bill in its current form by a bipartisan vote of 46-53. I opposed the bill because it would have provided nearly immediate legal status to between 12 and 20 million illegal immigrants. I believe that, before we deal with those illegal immigrants already here, we must first secure the borders of our country to effectively cut off the flood of illegal immigrants. Otherwise,...
  • Fun And Games With Mo the Moose

    04/16/2007 1:07:24 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 14 replies · 635+ views
    Wal-Mart ad ^ | 4-16-2007 | unk
    Mo the Moose has made it his goal to teach children around the country about taking better care of the world they live in through recycling.
  • 41-year-old Redding man says 12-year-old was his girlfriend

    02/27/2007 5:34:07 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 54 replies · 1,632+ views
    SFGate ^ | Tuesday, February 27, 2007
    A 41-year-old Redding man charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl told investigators the child was his girlfriend and he loved her, court records show. [snip] After spending hours on the telephone wooing the girl, the relationship heated up around Christmas and Hakmiller arrived at the girl's home, police said. She introduced him to her parents, who apparently believed he was much younger, and on Christmas Eve he took her to an arcade and an Upland motel, the documents alleged. Hakmiller and the girl allegedly had sexual contact and he bought her makeup and lingerie for a second day together at...
  • Latest food-fad -- 'space potatoes'

    02/13/2007 11:22:08 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 22 replies · 824+ views ^ | February 12, 2007
    Slightly sweet and purple in color, the potatoes, named Purple Orchid Three, are bred from seeds that mutated while being carried aboard a Chinese spacecraft, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported Monday.[snip] China's space program claims to have produced numerous mutated fruits and vegetables by exposing seeds to space radiation, capsule pressure and weightlessness.
  • Part of archaeological site destroyed in Albuquerque

    01/29/2007 4:50:15 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 8 replies · 539+ views
    KFDA Ch 10 Amarillo TX ^ | not listed | not listed
    Part of archaeological site destroyed in Albuquerque ALBUQUERQUE Crews working on a waterline for a new high school on Albuquerque's west side have destroyed part of an archaeological site. A University of New Mexico archaeologist, Bruce Huckell, says the site is possibly up to ten-thousand-900 years old. He says the site was the first proof the presence of the Folsom culture in the Albuquerque basin. Pieces of tools, teeth and bone fragments have been found at the site, which was discovered by Huckell eight years ago. He says Albuquerque's public school district realized part of the site was damaged in...
  • Protesters accused of illegal logging

    08/09/2006 12:11:26 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 15 replies · 624+ views
    Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) ^ | August 9, 2006 | By paul fattig
    KERBY — A 40-foot log used by protesters to block access to the Mike's Gulch timber salvage sale in a roadless area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Tuesday morning was cut from a nearby botanical area, according to forest officials. One irate activist called it a "petty" point, and said the U.S. Forest Service and John West, president of the firm that purchased the roadless sale, had cut countless trees illegally [snip] Illinois Valley resident Annette Rasch, a longtime environmental activist who was at the protest, discounted the issue. She said she did not know where the log came...
  • Problem with Dudge? (vanity/question)

    07/22/2006 10:01:11 AM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 13 replies · 310+ views
    self | July 22, 2006 | ApplegateRanch
    Is anyone else having trouble accessing Drudge?Since last night, almost every time I try to access Drudge, I get the following message: __________________________________ While trying to retrieve the URL: The following error was encountered: Access Denied. Access control configuration prevents your request from being allowed at this time. Please contact your service provider if you feel this is incorrect. This has never happened before, and it occurs whether I try to access via caches Address Bar, or via a Favorites link.___________________________________Even if I do get on the site, I lose it again when it refreshes.
  • Fearing Border Check, Students Sit Out Trip

    07/03/2006 12:50:21 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 79 replies · 2,078+ views
    AP via Excite ^ | July 3, 2006 | none listed
    PHOENIX (AP) - Students who placed second in a national underwater robotics competition won't be going to next year's contest because of the possibility of their illegal status in the United States. The students, from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, recently beat out high school and college students from across the country, including the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and fell only to the reigning champs from the Marine Institute of Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. On the heels of their success, the students learned that next year's contest will be held in Canada, and that they won't be...
  • Pyramid is giant farming clock (South America)

    05/21/2006 12:08:09 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 33 replies · 898+ views
    The Sunday Times -- Times Online ^ | May 21, 2006 | John Harlow
    Pyramid is giant farming clock John Harlow, Los Angeles THE archeologist Bob Benfer will never forget the moment when he realised that a pyramid he had unearthed high in the Andes was the New World’s oldest alarm clock. On a barren hillside just north of Lima, he had found an observatory more than 4,000 years old that had been built by a lost civilisation with astonishing sophistication. The oldest astronomical observatory in the Americas, it told farmers exactly when to sow their crops. Its discovery has provided startling clues to the way in which early man learnt to cultivate his...
  • Ashland man arrested for ecosabotage (ALF/ELF 2nd perp also sought)

    01/19/2006 11:56:49 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 31 replies · 1,155+ views
    Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) ^ | January 19, 2006 | PAUL FATTIG
    An Ashland area man faces 20 years in federal prison after an FBI investigation determined he aided in the 1997 firebombing of a horse meatpacking plant in Redmond. Jonathan Mark Christopher Paul, 39, of the 2000 block of Soda Mountain Road, was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents on charges of arson in connection with the July 21, 1997, nighttime fire at the Cavel West plant. The FBI connected Paul to the fire during an investigation into what the FBI describes as domestic terrorism involving arson — also known as ecosabotage — by members of the Animal Liberation Front and the...
  • Beggars face a backlash (Follow up to the F/U of the "Affluent Beggars" story)

    01/16/2006 11:24:09 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 51 replies · 1,617+ views
    Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon) ^ | January 16, 2006 | DAMIAN MANN
    Publicity about a pair of ‘affluent’ Ashland panhandlers has cut handouts for some others who say they’re lucky to get enough for food Jenah Dodge panhandled in downtown Ashland Sunday carrying a cardboard sign that declared she was pregnant. A passerby cried out, "I’ve heard that one before." Dodge, who showed her swollen stomach to prove she was pregnant, just shrugged the comment off, saying, "I never lie when I get money. I believe in karma." While the 20-year-old, who says she gets $20 to $30 a day, hasn’t noticed a drop-off in donations, other panhandlers say the publicity about...