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  • Goat Rentals Take Off In Seattle On First Day Of Amazon Home Services

    04/10/2015 8:23:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jeannie Yandel & Hannah Burn
    When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …Goats.Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery. “We bring the goats and unload him,” said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. “The second they hit the ground, they’re eating. It’s incredible to watch. It’s kind of like watching marbles scatter when you drop them on the pavement. And the goats start eating everything in sight."And it sounds like ... Dunakin's goats do work for the city – you may have seen them munching on hills alongside Interstate...
  • Iraqi media says ISIS militants have contracted Ebola

    01/01/2015 1:38:53 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 76 replies
    Mashable ^ | 12-31-2014 | Bryan Reis
    Reports that Islamic State militants in Mosul have contracted Ebola swirled though Iraqi media sources on Wednesday. World Health Organization officials said they haven't confirmed the cases, but the organization has reached out to offer assistance. Three outlets reported that Ebola showed up at a hospital in Mosul, a city 250 miles north of Baghdad that's been under ISIS control since June 2014. The reports, however, have perpetuated mostly in pro-government and Kurdish media. SNIP--- Citing an unnamed source in a Mosul hospital, Iraq's official pro-government newspaper, al Sabaah, said the disease arrived in Mosul from "terrorists" who came "from...
  • Screaming Goats

    12/14/2014 12:20:42 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 12 replies ^ | December 14, 2014 | unknown Various and sundry goats vocalizing in a very hilarious manner.
  • Weed-Eating Goats Clear Twin Peaks to Prepare for Pride Weekend

    06/21/2014 3:50:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Jun 21, 2014
    Four-legged gardeners will assist with weed mitigation this weekend on San Francisco's Twin Peaks hillside in preparation for Pride Weekend, according to public works officials. A herd of weed-eating goats will chomp their way through the unwieldy vegetation that overtakes the site of the annual Pink Triangle installation. The goats arrived on Thursday and are expected to work throughout the weekend. The 50-or-so goats take the place of machinery and herbicides, and will be supervised day and night by human goat herders, public works officials said. San Francisco city grazing manager Genevieve Church explained that the goats provide benefits beyond...
  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    04/18/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids - that is, baby goats - that arrived last week at Pine Island Farm were the latest additions to the Vermont Goat Collaborative, a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Some dairy farmers who otherwise would discard bucklings at birth or spend valuable time finding homes...
  • People Are Obsessed With The Video Game 'Goat Simulator,' Where You Play As A Goat

    04/13/2014 8:43:26 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 11 replies
    On April 1, a new game called Goat Simulator was released, and for obvious reasons, everyone thought it was a joke. But this was no April foolery. Back in February, a YouTube video for the game — initially just a joke prototype — racked up more than 2 million views. As with all amazing things on the Internet, there was so much interest in the video, that developer Coffee Stain Studios released it as an actual, playable game. Gameplay is fairly simple: you run around and get points by head-butting things to destroy them. (excerpt)
  • Five Baby Goats: Rare Goat Quintuplets Born at Oregon Farm

    04/12/2014 2:28:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    KPTV ^ | Apr 11, 2014 | Paul Craig
    A local dairy farm has welcomed a rarity with five new additions. Mama goat Vanilla, at Fairview Farm Goat Dairy in Dallas, gave birth to quintuplets earlier this month. Five baby goats in one birth doesn't happen every day. In fact, the farm's owners said it only happens in about one of every 10,000 goat births. They have had quadruplets born in the past at Fairview, but this was the first set of quintuplets. All five baby goats already have names. They are: Janice, Charlene, Karle, Brian and Jim. "Cuties all five, and destined to more dairy goat fame in...
  • San Joaquin deputies still on the hunt for killer dogs (More than 160 goats, some chickens killed)

    04/26/2013 5:57:15 PM PDT · by Selene · 47 replies
    KCRA - Sac ^ | 4/26/2013
    FRENCH CAMP, Calif. (KCRA) —San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies are still on the hunt for a pack of wild dogs believed to be responsible for nearly 200 livestock deaths
  • Should You Get a Goat?

    03/05/2013 11:57:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, March 4, 2013 | Jennie P. Grant
    "The prudent man does not make the goat his gardener," says an old Hungarian proverb. But, as I do not live my life according to old Hungarian proverbs, six years ago I added a goat paddock and shed to the rear of my garden and brought home two small dairy goats. The idea took hold of me rather suddenly while I was visiting an acquaintance in Nevada City. She kept goats, and I got to milk one and taste its fresh milk. It tasted ... good! Surprised? I was too. But I learned that goat milk from the store often...
  • 'Ishmael' Dogs Abraham the Shepherd in Modern Biblical Tale

    11/06/2012 3:17:07 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz ^ | 6/11/12
    Modern-day news stories don't get more Biblical that that of elderly shepherd Avraham Herzlich – who is dogged by Arab thieves in the hills of Samaria. According to both Jewish and Muslim tradition, the Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham, who was a shepherd. Last weekend, Arabs stole about 400 goats from the herd of Avraham Herzlich, leaving him with only four goats out of what was, for him, much more than a money-making business. His son Shmuel told Arutz Sheva about the robbery, not the first one where Arabs have left his father without...
  • Wanted: 1 goat herder, 30 goats at O’Hare Int’l Airport (Chicago)

    09/14/2012 10:01:06 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    WFLD FOX Chicago ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dane Placko
    ...Fox Chicago has learned the Chicago Department of Aviation recently put out a bid looking for someone to supply goats to graze on the grass and brush at O'Hare. It also calls for a goat herder...
  • Team Obama Regulates Goat Herders’ Workplaces

    07/09/2012 11:25:28 AM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies ^ | 8/24/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration is setting new workplace regulations to assist foreign workers who fill goat herding positions in the U.S. , including employee-paid cell phones and comfy beds. These new special procedures issued by the Labor Department must be followed by employers who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign workers to perform sheep herding or goat herding activities. It describes strict rules for sleeping quarters, lighting, food storage, bathing, laundry, cooking and new rules for the counters where food is prepared. “A separate sleeping unit shall be provided for each person, except in a family arrangement,” says the rules signed...
  • Goats removed from Simsbury High School roof overhang

    06/06/2012 2:25:13 PM PDT · by matt04 · 31 replies
    An unusual surprise was waiting on top of a roof overhang at Simsbury High School on Wednesday morning. Simsbury High School officials said four goats were found on the roof overhang of the facility by a custodian who arrived at 5:15 a.m. to begin the day. The goats were all safely removed from the top of the 10-foot overhang and classes were held at the school as normal. It's unknown how the pygmy goats got onto the overhang in the first place, but Simsbury police said they believed the incident could have been the result of a senior prank.
  • PETA knocks W.H. over bestiality

    12/06/2011 2:37:33 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies · 1+ views
    PETA knocks W.H. over bestiality By BYRON TAU | 12/06/11 5:04 PM The White House press corps may have giggled – but one animal rights group thinks bestiality is no laughing matter. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter objecting to the White House press secretary Jay Carney’s unserious treatment of a question about sex with animals in Monday’s briefing. “In watching last night's news briefing, we were upset to note that you flippantly addressed the recently approved repeal of the military ban on bestiality,” the group wrote in the letter to Carney. “With respect, this...
  • Decline Watch: America's goat population to remain a mystery

    11/11/2011 8:56:00 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 71 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | November 10, 2011 | Joshua Keating
    Last year, Wisconsin led the nation in mink farming, producing 833,430 pelts. Texas was the undisputed king of pansies, growing 1.8 million flats of the flowers. And no state harvested more hops than Washington, with 24,336 acres. This year? Who knows? The government has stopped counting. Forced to cut its budget, the Agriculture Department has decided to eliminate dozens of reports, including the annual goat census (current population: three million), and the number of catfish on the nation’s fish farms (177 million, not counting the small fry). The statistics service said it was forced to reduce the frequency of some...
  • Camels, Afghan Breed Goats for Eid sacrifice this year

    11/04/2011 11:50:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | November 02, 2011 | Peerzada Ashiq
    As Eid-ul-Azha, a festival observed by sacrificing animals by Muslims, draws near, Kashmir sees exotic animals to be part of sacrificial animals' list this year. Topping the list are camels and Rs 2-lakh Afghan breed goats. These exotic animals will be part of more than two lakh sheep and goats to be sacrificed on the occasion in Srinagar alone. In the outskirts of Srinagar, Parimpora mandi, where grocery imports from outside the state come is abuzz with hundreds of sheep up for sale. But the eye catcher among the flock are tall camels, a desert animal barely known to Kashmiri...
  • Team Obama Regulates Goat Herders' Workplaces

    08/25/2011 11:20:53 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/24/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration is setting new workplace regulations to assist foreign workers who fill goat herding positions in the U.S. , including employee-paid cell phones and comfy beds. These new special procedures issued by the Labor Department must be followed by employers who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign workers to perform sheep herding or goat herding activities. It describes strict rules for sleeping quarters, lighting, food storage, bathing, laundry, cooking and new rules for the counters where food is prepared. “A separate sleeping unit shall be provided for each person, except in a family arrangement,” says the rules signed...
  • Video: Ghostly cloud faces appear over New Brunswick

    08/12/2011 3:55:03 AM PDT · by semaj · 21 replies
    TheStar.Com (Canada) ^ | 08/11/2011 | Andrew Rankin
    The image of a face appears from a massive storm cloud filmed in New Brunswick on Aug. 1, 2011. The face disappeared within a minute; a lightning bolt from the related storm went on to kill 40 goats FREDERICTON — Was it the face of Jesus or the face of the devil? A You Tube video showing a series of bizarre cloud formations over rural New Brunswick has millions of people worldwide guessing.
  • Goats Compete in Jordan Beauty Pageant

    07/27/2011 11:10:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    AMMONNEWS ^ | 2011-07-26
    Jordan hosted its first Levantine Goat Beauty Pageant on 22 July, in which breeders from the Kingdom and Gulf States took part. Levantine goats are distinguished from other breeds for their curved noses and soft hair. A levantine goat can sell for $25,000 in the Gulf States. Yahia Abu Jaber, the organiser of the pageant, said 'the levantine goat represents old traditions for Arabs… the levantine goat has has many beautiful characteristics, and this goat differs from other goats in terms of body shape, height, the incline of its head and its wide-open eyes. This makes it more expensive, he...
  • Man Arrested in Bra, Panties, Accused of Stabbing Goat

    05/04/2011 2:26:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 5/3/201
    A West Virginia man found wearing women's underwear and standing over a goat's carcass told police he was high on bath salts. Mark L. Thompson of Alum Creek was arrested at his home Monday. A criminal complaint in Kanawha County Magistrate Court charges the 19-year-old with cruelty to animals. Sheriff's Deputy J.S. Shackelford says witnesses reported Thompson standing near a neighbor's pygmy goat in a bedroom. He was wearing a bra and female underwear. The goat, a male named Bailey, had at least one stab wound. Cpl. Sean Snuffer said Thompson indicated he had been high and "wasn't in his...
  • 'Happy ending' for 5 wandering goats picked up in Paterson

    03/31/2011 10:02:45 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 68 replies
    North Jersey ^ | 03/31/2011 | MARLENE NAANES
    PATERSON -- The fate of five baby goats changed dramatically when police captured them wandering near the Great Falls. A woman was driving along Wayne Avenue at 2:30 a.m. when she almost hit the small herd, which she thought was a pack of dogs. She called 911, which likely saved their lives, said the city's Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando. "It's a happy ending," he said. Police officers rounded up the cute animals and took them to the animal shelter where they will be kept until they are sent to a farm to live out their days, DeCando said....
  • Rampaging goats accused of Nigeria election sabotage

    03/08/2011 12:06:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yhaoo ^ | 3/8/11 | Joe Brock - Reuters
    ABUJA (Reuters) – A Nigerian opposition party accused its political rivals of sabotage on Tuesday after its vice presidential candidate was forced to make an emergency landing due to a runway invasion by rams and goats. Fola Adeola, vice presidential candidate for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and other party chieftains made the forced landing, damaging their plane, after airport staff in the northern city of Bauchi failed to control the beasts. "Is it possible for President (Goodluck) Jonathan ... to be involved in such a situation where the runway he is to land on will be filled by...
  • Authorities Investigating How Goat Herd Ran Into Traffic (Muslim Uprising Begins in Cali ..)

    02/28/2011 4:58:44 AM PST · by Scythian · 15 replies
    <p>GALT, Calif. (CBS13) — The California Highway Patrol is still investigating how a herd of goats found their way onto Interstate 5 Saturday night, triggering car accidents and leaving dozens of animals dead.</p> <p>Some surprised drivers were unable to avoid the nearly 200 goats that walked onto the southbound lanes of traffic near the Twin Cities Road off-ramp, causing several accidents and inflicting non-life threatening injuries to one driver.</p>
  • Beauty contest for goats begins in Saudi Arabia

    12/29/2010 10:06:47 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies · 6+ views
    m & c ^ | December 29, 2010 | m & c news
    Beauty contest for goats begins in Saudi Arabia Riyadh - A beauty competition for goats began on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, as part of an auction bringing together traders and herders in the holy Muslim city of Mecca. Auction supervisor Fawzi al-Subhi said that over 170 animals are competing for the coveted title 'most beautiful goat.' He expects the winner to be sold for at least 18,000 dollars. According to al-Shams newspaper, the four-legged contestants are purebred Hijazi goats, a distinct breed named after the province in which Mecca is located. Pastoralists and their flocks still roam the Hijaz region...
  • Rare Fainting Goat Kittens Are Adorable Little Tearjerkers

    10/28/2010 12:18:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Urlesque ^ | 10.28.10 | Jay Hathaway
    Warning: the video of Fainting Goat Kittens that you are about to see has induced crying in more than one member of the Urlesque stuff. We may be Urlbots, but we're only human! What's a Fainting Goat Kitten? You've probably heard of goats that faint at loud noises and remain paralyzed on the ground for a few minutes at a time. Well, their condition is called myotonia congenita, better known as "Fainting Goat Syndrome," and it turns out that cats can have it, too. So, Charlie and Spike are two kittens with Fainting Goat disease, which makes them unique and...
  • Pet Owner: People unaware fainting Goats Exist

    09/18/2010 10:58:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Our Town ^ | TIFFANY WRIGHT
    When Bonnie and Roger Nunamaker have company at their house, the guests usually have one goal — to try to make their five goats faint. “It’s more entertaining to watch what people try to come up with,” she said, referring to the lengths guests will go to witness the goats stiffen and fall to the side. The Nunamakers own myotonic goats, often referred to as fainting goats, on three acres in Allegheny Township. All of the goats have fainted, but Nunamaker’s friends are sometimes skeptical. “A lot of people don’t know what I’m talking about. There aren’t a lot around...
  • Woman says she shot dog to protect daughter, goats

    09/15/2010 12:26:24 PM PDT · by LongElegantLegs · 16 replies
    Daily Comet ^ | September 15, 2010 | Eric Heisig
    MONTEGUT — Precious Ridenour loves animals. Throughout her house and backyard, she has dogs, cats, birds, snakes and goats. For Ridenour, that’s what makes the charges against her hard to take. Ridenour, 43, shot a dog she claims ran into her yard on Victor LeBouef Street and threatened her animals and, more importantly, her 7-year-old daughter, AprilMoon. “I can get another goat, she can get another dog. You can’t get another one of her,” she said, pointing to her daughter. According to Ridenour and witnesses, a dog ran into Ridenour’s back yard that Saturday and began to attack one of...
  • Goats vs. Men: GSA and the federal bureaucracy are going green

    08/05/2010 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 3 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 5th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    General Services Administration is the bureaucracy in charge of accommodating all the federal bureaucracy with space and real estate, transportation, and communication...Recently General Services Administration got in the news when the State Department put the blame on the GSA guidelines for the disappearance of the passport information for President Obama’s mother. Below is another disappearing act performed by GSA: goats vs. men in Pasadena, California. GSA is in charge of the fire safety of the federal buildings so this year they hired goats instead of men to clean up the brush: GSA is spending a lot of ‘green’ to make...
  • Goat stunt backfires on New York congressman (Weiner gets bitten by goat at mohair subsidy event)

    06/10/2010 7:42:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 875+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/10/10 | Holly Bailey
    Ever heard that old adage "Don't mess with the goat, you'll get the horn"? Neither had we, but maybe it's time for it to start going viral, after Rep. Anthony Weiner's bracing encounter with a pair of farmyard animals Thursday on Capitol Hill. The New York Democrat, known for his flair for theatrics, showed up Thursday morning on the Hill with a pair of mohair goats, Lancelot and Arthur. It was all about one of Weiner's, um, pet projects: his effort to repeal a nearly 60-year-old federal subsidy for mohair. According to Weiner's office, the subsidy hit the books back...
  • Weiner, Chaffetz, goat

    06/10/2010 2:00:50 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 8 replies · 303+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/10/2010 | Ben Smith
    The day's best media advisory: **FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY** June 9, 2010 Weiner, Chaffetz Call for End to Mohair Subsidies A Democrat, a Republican and a Goat Speak Out New York City — Tomorrow, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens), a member of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, will team up with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and a live “mohair” goat to speak out against the outdated mohair subsidy as another example of wasteful government spending. WHO: Representative Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens)Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) A live Angora goat, the source of mohair WHAT:...
  • Using Goats, Not Chemicals, to Kill Weeds

    03/16/2010 12:53:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies · 740+ views
    Bend Bulletin ^ | March 15. 2010 | Kimberly Bowker
    Hundreds of goats browse through a field, nibbling and foraging through the available fare. These aren't just any goats, though — they are the work force of Lariat Ranch Ecological Ser- vices. The business, based in Powell Butte, owns nearly 400 head of Spanish Boer and San Clemente goats. The goats' job is to pursue their love of eating. Their tastes include noxious weeds found on the High Desert, such as medusahead, hemlock and Russian thistle. Lariat Ranch is the only prescribed grazing company in Central Oregon. Prescribed grazing is a green way to clear fields without using chemical herbicides....
  • They're lean, mean and more popular [Texas Goats]

    03/15/2010 6:08:21 AM PDT · by deport · 21 replies · 749+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3-15-2010 | Jennifer Latson
    The goat's tail wagged vigorously, shaking a white pompom of fur at its tip, while the 80-pound Boer circled the judging ring. It wagged as the goat followed its forlorn-looking 12-year-old owner, Ashlyn Holder, out back. And it wagged all the way onto a trailer headed for the slaughterhouse. Ashlyn's mid-weight goat didn't take a ribbon in the junior market goat show, but win or lose, all 949 goats shown at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last week met the same end. They represent a tiny fraction of the more than a million meat goats produced yearly in...
  • Are Female Mountain Goats Sexually Conflicted Over Size of Mate?

    11/18/2009 2:32:05 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 589+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Nov. 17, 2009
    Mountain goats are no exception to the general rule among mammals that larger males sire more and healthier offspring. But University of Alberta researcher David Coltman has found a genetic quirk that might make female mountain goats think twice about their romantic partners. Big, heavy males mountain goats shove lightweight Romeos aside taking the eligible females for themselves. The larger males pass their physical attributes and mating success to their male heirs. But Coltman's data shows the daughters of the big, bruisers are routinely smaller and less fit than females produced by physically more modest fathers. Nature can be cruel...
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • Bizarre creature born with features of man and goat

    09/28/2009 3:22:20 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies · 2,657+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | Sept. 28, 2009
    YOU'VE seen them as mythical beasts in the Chronicles of Narnia - now a village has been left shellshocked after the birth of a bizarre faun-like creature with the combined features of a man and a goat. Bild reports the goat, which died just a few hours after birth in Lower Gweru, Zimbabwe, had a huge head and face which resembled a human as well as goat legs and a tail. Villagers said the end product was so scary even dogs were afraid to go close to it. They burned the corpse fearing it was an evil sign. "This is...
  • Officials remove 400 animals from Citra home

    08/29/2009 2:46:29 AM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 9 replies · 672+ views
    The Ocala Star-Banner ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff Report
    Authorities removed 432 animals from a Citra home Thursday and Friday, to the delight of neighbors who say the menagerie was noisy and unsightly.Almost 200 animals were living cramped inside the home, including more than 150 birds, 37 dogs and two cats. The rest, including 23 goats and sheep, 74 geese, 15 turkeys, some exotic birds, snakes and gopher tortoises, were scattered around the fenced, half-acre lot in a rural area of Citra, officials said.Dawn Stephen, an animal compliance official for Marion County, said authorities became aware of the problem when paramedics were called to the residence to treat the...
  • Livestock dowry up to Chelsea, Clinton says (Kenyan offered 40 goats for right to marry Chelsea)

    08/06/2009 4:33:07 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 42 replies · 1,313+ views
    MyWay News ^ | August 6, 2009 | Staff
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A Kenyan man's offer of 40 goats and 20 cows for Chelsea Clinton's hand in marriage may still be on the table - and Hillary Rodham Clinton has promised to convey the "very kind offer" to her daughter.
  • Utah Guard Enlists Help From ‘A Few Good Goats’

    07/28/2009 4:29:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 652+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy, USANG
    CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah, July 28, 2009 – When it comes to fighting wildfires, most people immediately think of water or fire retardant dropped from helicopters and other aircraft, or soot-covered firefighters using hoses and foam to battle back towering blazes. Jason Garn checks on his goats, which the Utah Army National Guard is using to create a firebreak on Camp Williams, near Salt Lake City. The goats have proven their worth during more than one fire season by consuming brush that would fuel wildfires. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Hank McIntire  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Few people,...
  • goat glands

    06/24/2009 1:38:45 PM PDT · by franksolich · 21 replies · 1,553+ views
    conservativecave. ^ | June 24, 2009 | franksolich (sort of)
    I was reading an old newspaper story (from the 1920s) about a goat-gland operation in New York City, and decided to google "goat glands."
  • Are Wind Turbines Killing Innocent Goats?

    05/23/2009 6:08:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 531+ views
    Discover ^ | 5/21/09
    Despite their energy-saving efforts, wind farms have a bad rap for killing birds. And now there may be a bigger problem: The noise from turbines could be killing livestock as well—or, at least, playing a part in their deaths. According to one Taiwanese farmer, Kuo Jin-shan, the turbines erected near his farm on an island in the Taiwan Strait have been keeping his goats awake at night. Now that 400 of Huo’s goats have died, he is blaming their deaths on the loud noise coming from the wind farms. After eight turbines were installed on the Penghu archipelago four years...
  • Google Gets Goats to Mow Lawn at Company Headquarters

    05/04/2009 4:44:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 1,384+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, May 04, 2009 | Frank Carnevale
    Last week, Google brought in a herd of goats to mow the grass on its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters rather than using lawnmowers. The company said that it wanted to take a more "low-carbon" approach with the goats reducing the company's contribution to air and noise pollution. SNIP PETA responded to a TechCrunch call about the goats, saying that though they have no problem with letting goats do what they do, they do have concerns about how they were transported and whether they have enough shelter and water. Google said that though the goats were not technically employees, "each goat...
  • Elderly Pasco County man accused of shooting and killing neighbor, 29, whose pit bull killed

    04/25/2009 6:48:33 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 36 replies · 2,020+ views
    81-year-old accused in killing By Erin Sullivan, Times Staff Writer Published Saturday, April 25, 2009 SHADY HILLS — The man was shirtless, belly to the sun, near a patch of purple wildflowers. He laid where he fell, splayed, just before 1 p.m. Saturday, between the road and his neighbor's chain-link fence. Seth Sigmon, 29, lived on the dead-end side of Connie Court in Shady Hills. Neighbors say he has a son and that his wife was getting out of the shower when he was slain. Authorities say his next-door neighbor, 81-year-old John Croft, shot Sigmon multiple times with a .22...
  • Bio-engineered goats could save your life

    03/15/2009 8:53:27 PM PDT · by cookiedough · 15 replies · 534+ views
    The MetroWest Daily News ^ | Mar 15, 2009 | Michael Morton
    Charlton — After moseying into a stainless steel milking pen recently, an alabaster goat tagged K0301 munched from a bowl of grain as staff hooked up milking equipment for her next life-saving contribution to medicine. K0301's purpose in life is not to give the world another log of goat cheese; Instead, thanks to some genetic modification, she produces an anti-clotting protein in her milk for patients with a rare disorder. But if K0301's lactation has been tweaked, it's not apparent: During a visit this month she looked and sounded the same as the regular goats kept nearby to feed the...
  • CA Officials Move Aggressively Against Goat Farmer and Mother of 3 to Prevent Her Earning a Living

    01/09/2009 6:22:04 AM PST · by davidgumpert · 48 replies · 1,805+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | January 8, 2009 | David E. Gumpert
    On the morning of December 18, a week before Christmas, a woman showed up at Sharon Palmer’s Healthy Family Farms in Santa Paula, CA, wanting to purchase some goat cheese—for an upcoming holiday party, she said. What happened next was that Sharon found herself in serious trouble, though there are two versions of exactly how she got there...
  • UW newspaper column sparks campus controversy [Seattle, gay marriage, man+sheep]

    12/05/2008 4:58:36 PM PST · by sionnsar · 19 replies · 826+ views
    Seattle TImes ^ | 12/05/2008 | Nick Perry
    A column that ran in the University of Washington's student newspaper decrying gay marriage — and illustrated with the image of a man standing next to a sheep — has hundreds of students up in arms. But editors of The Daily are standing behind what they say is free speech. Organizers of the campus group "Students for a Hate Free Daily" say they expect about 300 people to show up for a campus rally today after more than 1,000 signed up with the group online. The Graduate and Professional Student Senate, meanwhile, passed a resolution this week demanding the paper...
  • 8,000 Beduins stake their claim as the lost tribe of Barack Obama

    11/12/2008 3:05:36 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 39 replies · 1,419+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | Nov.13, 2008
    He has a host of relatives in exotic locations from Hawaii to Kenya, and during his run for the American presidency he discovered that he had an aunt living in Boston. Now Barack Obama is being claimed by not one but as many as 8,000 Beduin tribesmen in northern Israel. Although the spokesman for the lost tribe of Obama has yet to reveal the documentary evidence that he says he possesses to support his claim, people are flocking from across the region to pay their respects to the “Beduin Obama”, whose social standing has gone through the roof. “We knew...
  • Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids

    10/16/2008 2:36:31 PM PDT · by pissant · 36 replies · 3,116+ views
    Times UK ^ | 10/16/08 | Richard Kerbaj and Dominic Kennedy
    A link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pornography is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent, an investigation by The Times has discovered. Images of child abuse have been found during Scotland Yard antiterrorism swoops and in big inquiries in Italy and Spain. Secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists. British security services are also aware of the trend and believe that it requires further investigation to improve understanding of terrorists’ methods and mindsets....
  • 400 goats visit Golden Gate Seminary

    09/05/2008 8:55:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies · 151+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Sep 4, 2008 | Phyllis Evans
    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)--Four hundred goats descended on the verdant hillsides of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in July, cutting the grass as well as the seminary's costs for landscaping staff. "We save approximately $5,000 in labor and materials by contracting with Goats-R-Us," said Robert Dvorak, the seminary's facilities management director. Additional potential costs if Golden Gate staff did this work are possible injuries from attempting to use mowers and weed whackers on the steep terrain or potential poison oak infections, both of which could incur medical treatment and loss of work time. The goats, which were stationed for three...
  • California Regulators Pay a Visit to a Private Petting Zoo

    08/16/2008 8:03:29 AM PDT · by davidgumpert · 9 replies · 130+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | August 15, 2008 | David Gumpert
    If you are concerned about the growing intrusiveness of regulators into our private lives, then you may want to read about Robin Countryman-Velk and her Kiddin’ Korral Animal and Activities project in the Napa, California, area. Kiddin’ Korral is part of a 1,400-acre dude ranch that is owned and operated by some 1,400 owners (the acreage is not divided). The owners have an association with a board of directors that oversees the operations. The owners can use the place any time they want—it has 100 cabins, 200 campsites, a couple of large pools and, for the last two years, the...
  • Indian politician sacrifices 200 goats to mark win

    08/01/2008 2:29:41 PM PDT · by Renfield · 10 replies · 190+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 7-30-08
    GAUHATI, India - A lawmaker said he sacrificed more than 200 goats and four buffaloes at a temple in northeastern India to thank a goddess for delivering victory to the prime minister's government last week.....