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  • Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts [New England]

    09/16/2018 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EDT | David Sharp
    There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a 60-acre orchard in Standish, Maine, said he’s never seen anything like it. “They’re eating the pumpkins. They’re eating the apples. They’re raising some hell this year. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said. Evidence of the squirrel population explosion is plain to see along New England’s highways, where the critters are becoming...
  • The implementation of government socialism plainly explained

    09/14/2018 3:55:52 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Jul 29, 2012 | JAGER PRO
    Socialim Simply Explained VIDEO
  • No kidding! Goats prefer to interact with humans who look happy

    08/29/2018 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    www.irishnews.com ^ | 29 August, 2018 00:16
    Goats recognise and are attracted to happy humans, a study has found. Much like us, they seem to be drawn to smiling faces. But don’t expect to make friends with a goat if you scowl at it. Scientists showed 20 goats unfamiliar photos of the same human face looking happy or angry. ================================================================= The research, conducted at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Kent, demonstrated that the goats preferred to interact with the smiling face. Released from a distance of four metres (13ft) they generally made straight for the happy image, exploring it curiously with their snouts. This suggested that goats...
  • Florida Ag 4 way race. Who to support?

    08/27/2018 1:27:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    8/27/18 | sff
    okay, day before primary. we have four ag commish candidates running on the R ballot. Matt Caldwell. NRA endorsed, looks like the most money but I heard he was ANTI TRUMP like Putnam was...then changed his tune when Trump won. Denise Grimsely. Reminds me of Sarah Palin. She might even be trying to imitate her. Has a B rating from NRA, but has also run her own business. I respect that. Mike McCallister. Retired army man. Running, it appears on a shoestring budget--which means if he is the nominee the Dems might be able to outspend him. He appears to...
  • California man busted with 800 pounds of stolen lemons

    08/27/2018 10:42:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    UPI ^ | 08/27/2018 | By Ben Hooper
    Sheriff's deputies in California conducted a traffic stop and discovered 800 pounds of stolen lemons in a man's car. Photo courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff's Office ===================================================================== Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A California sheriff's office said deputies conducting a traffic stop arrested a man found to be transporting 800 pounds of stolen lemons. The Riverside County Sheriff's Office said Thermal Station Deputies assigned to the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team were investigating a string of recent agricultural thefts when they conducted the traffic stop Friday. The sheriff's office said Los Angeles resident Dioncio Fierros, 69, was found...
  • Asian Tick Invading America Is a Mystery to Lyme Experts

    08/22/2018 10:39:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 08.22.18 5:19 AM ET | Victoria Albert
    We don’t yet know how the long-horned tick came to the United States, how it’s spreading, or what it’s capable of doing. All we know is that it’s here. There’s a new tick crawling around the Eastern half of the United States: the long-horned tick, an invasive species from Eastern Asia that’s been spotted increasingly in urban areas like Staten Island in New York, along with New Jersey, Virginia, and all the way down to Arkansas. This new tick, however, is a mystery. Its cousins, most notably the black-legged tick, currently inhabit most of the eastern half of the United...
  • California's 20-pound invasive nutria problem could be worse than previously imagined

    08/17/2018 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 105 replies
    www.sfgate.com ^ | Updated 4:00 am PDT, Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Eric Ting
    For the small six-person team tasked with combating California's nutria infestation, a typical day consists of working in 100-degree weather, wading through marshes and avoiding traps built to catch 20-pound rodents, targeting about 2 million acres. Nutria, a destructive rat-like mammal, is currently burrowing into central California's wetlands. In the spring, the Department of Fish and Wildlife began to warn the public about the dangers of the animal, which devastate agricultural infrastructure by burrowing into levees, roadbeds and canal beds. But in the past few months, only 200 nutria have been exterminated, 100 of which were found in a pond...
  • Cows help rehabilitate prisoners in Sweden

    08/13/2018 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | 13 Aug 2018 | Staff
    It's barely 6:00 am and Alfred is already busy milking cows. But when his chores on the farm are done, he won't be going home -- he'll be returning to his prison cell. In Sweden, which prioritises rehabilitation over long prison sentences, Alfred is one of 60 inmates preparing to reintegrate into society at a minimum security "open prison" functioning as a farm in the town of Mariestad, about 300 kilometres (185 miles) southwest of Stockholm. Imprisoned since April for illegally possessing a gun, Alfred, a grandfather in his 50s who is due to be released in November, can't hide...
  • Immigration raid is underway at greenhouse in O'Neill, Nebraska

    08/08/2018 8:31:44 AM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 30 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 7/8/2018 | Paul Hammel
    O’NEILL, Neb. — Federal immigration enforcement officers surrounded a tomato greenhouse complex Wednesday morning in an apparent bust of undocumented immigrants. An ICE spokesman confirmed that it was an “ongoing law enforcement activity” and said that details would be coming later in the day. Shortly before 9 a.m. several ICE law enforcement vehicles arrived at the O’Neill Ventures plant on the northwest edge of O’Neill. Nebraska state troopers blocked the entrance.
  • Iowa State Fair Says Grandstand Project Will be Done by Opening Day

    08/05/2018 7:41:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | August 3, 2018 | Laura Barczewski
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa State Fair is less than a week away and some areas are still under construction including the Grandstand. The renovated Grandstand will seat 14,500 people compared to the original 10,500. “I say we have four things, ease of getting in. You’re going to get in easier. You don’t have to have tickets for the food and beverage this year, so the lines should be shorter for that. We have new concessions and new restrooms and a bigger stage,” Iowa State Fair Manager and CEO Gary Slater said. The bigger stage and additional seats go...
  • Arctic people were spinning yarn before the Vikings arrived

    08/01/2018 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 7-24-18 | Karen Graham
    New research and technologies may end up changing the way we think about early Arctic history, upending the assumption that the ancient ancestors of today's Inuit people learned how to spin yarn from Viking settlers. It has long been assumed that the ancient Dorset and Thule people learned how to spin yarn from Norse settlers who arrived in Newfoundland some 1,000 years ago, according to the Canadian press. “There’s a lot we don’t know,” said Michele Hayeur Smith of Brown University in Rhode Island and lead author of a recent paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Hayeur Smith and...
  • Whatever happened to that Megyn Kelly?

    07/30/2018 6:35:57 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 36 replies
    "Remember how...remember how Megyn Kelly was going to host that first Republican presidential debate on Fox News and take out Donald Trump? Then she failed spectacularly and like Donald Trump spent the next few weeks just like totally destroying her with tweets and stuff until like, the blood was coming out of her nose or whatever? Then she disappeared for a while and did some sort of housewife show for a while and then disappeared like forever? "That was awesome!"
  • Arrest made in dog fighting operation

    07/28/2018 1:37:18 AM PDT · by Norski · 41 replies
    KLFY.com ^ | July 27, 2018 | Michael Sipes
    RAPIDES PARISH, La. - An Arrest is made in a dog fighting operation. Rapides Parish Sheirff's office says they have arrested Sherman Lane Nash Jr., 38, of Pineville. He is charged with seven counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and three counts dog fighting/possession of fighting dogs. Investigators were received a tip of animal cruelty and possible dog fighting in the Wardville community of Pineville. Sheriff’s Detectives had been conducting surveillance in the area and through information gathered, were able to establish sufficient probable cause to secure a search warrant for the property that the alleged abuse was taking place....
  • Feds: Backyard flocks sicken people in 44 states [Chickens]

    07/24/2018 6:40:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    CBS ^ | July 23, 2018, 5:21 PM | By Kate Gibson
    Live poultry in backyard flocks are linked to several multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections that have now sickened 212 people in 44 states, federal health officials warned Monday. The most recent illnesses began on June 21, with 88 of the cases reported in the last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said in an advisory. The federal agency is working with multiple states in investigating several outbreaks of salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks, it said. A half-dozen strains of salmonella bacteria have sickened people starting in the middle of February,...
  • Solving the mystery of an unusual medieval text

    07/20/2018 2:10:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 20, 2018 | by Alex Shashkevich, Stanford University
    Rowan W. Dorin, assistant professor of history, with the miscataloged parchments whose mystery he is working to solve. Credit: L.A. Cicero __________________________________________________________________________ When historian Rowan Dorin first stepped onto the Stanford campus in early 2017, he made it a habit to visit Green Library every week to dig through its collection of medieval documents and objects. After a few months, Dorin, an assistant professor of history specializing in medieval Europe, discovered something out of the ordinary. Three leaves of ancient parchment were labeled as a Hebrew translation of text about grammar, but its margins had Latin words like fish, capers...
  • More than 100 cases added to outbreak linked to McDonald's salads

    07/20/2018 1:37:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    www.thepacker.com ^ | July 20, 2018 08:03 AM | Ashley Nickle
    Health officials have added more than 100 illnesses to the cyclospora outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads, bringing the total number of cases to 163. Illnesses have been reported by 10 states, according to the latest update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The median illness onset date is June 28. The Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate which ingredient in the salads was the vehicle for the outbreak. McDonald’s is cooperating and on July 13 stopped selling salads at more than 3,000 locations until it could switch...
  • The NExt American Farm Bust is Upon Us

    07/20/2018 6:10:06 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 59 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7-20-2018 | Jesse Newman
    RANSOM, Kan.—The Farm Belt is hurtling toward a milestone: Soon there will be fewer than two million farms in America for the first time since pioneers moved westward after the Louisiana Purchase. Across the heartland, a multiyear slump in prices for corn, wheat and other farm commodities brought on by a glut of grain world-wide is pushing many farmers further into debt. Some are shutting down, raising concerns that the next few years could bring the biggest wave of farm closures since the 1980s. The U.S. share of the global grain market is less than half what it was in...
  • This Week in Weather Hurricane Season 2018

    07/17/2018 5:34:56 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/17/2018 | Wxrisk
    The Wxrisk.com site is run by a local meteorologist in Virginia, Dave Tolleris, aka "DT". He does commercial forecasting for clients, with his 'products' being European Grain and Energy weather... Overseas (China Ukraine Russia India) Daily weather... Overseas weekly and 30 day reviews... US Grain forecasts... HDD and CDD forecasts...30 day forecasts... South America daily weather... 6-10 day and 11-15 energy forecasts... The Winter storm newsletter. DT contributes to the community with non-commercial forecasting for our local weather with his famous (because they're accurate!) snow forecasts and pointing out when it would be wise to pay attention to the weather...
  • Chocolate milk may be better than sports drinks for exercise recovery

    07/13/2018 8:26:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    Yahoooo! ^ | July 12, 2018 | [Reuters] By Lisa Rapaport
    Athletes who drink chocolate milk during exercise or after a hard workout may recover just as quickly as they would with sports drinks, a research review suggests. What people eat and drink during intense exercise and afterward can impact how well their muscles recover and how rapidly their body replaces fluids and electrolytes lost during the workout, previous research has found. Most studies assessing whether drinks with carbohydrates and electrolytes, or with protein, might aid recovery have been too small to draw firm conclusions about which beverages are the best option, the authors of the new review write in European...
  • Mutant cow with TWO HEADS stuns baffled farmers

    07/09/2018 7:04:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | Published 9th July 2018 | By Callum Hoare
    A MUTANT cow has been born with two heads, baffling local farmers. Video footage shows the farm animal being bottle-fed by local workers as a second identical face emerges next to the first. The calf shares two pairs of eyes and heads between one skull and was found in Brazilian town Caiponia by the farm owner's wife. The woman, Zica Soares, said: "I never imagined something like that would be born here, we are surprised. "The vet says that we need to either put the calf down or look after him until the end. "He is very bad, really weak,...