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  • Nevada Will Reopen Its Casinos On June 4, Governor Says

    05/27/2020 4:05:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/27/20 | Bill Chappell
    Casinos in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities can reopen next Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus forced the gaming industry to shut down more than two months ago, Gov. Steve Sisolak says. The state plans to revive its gaming industry nearly a week after it starts Phase 2 of its reopening this Friday. "We continue to see a consistent and sustainable downward trajectory of percentage of positive COVID-19 cases and a decrease in the trend of COVID-19 hospitalizations," Sisolak said Tuesday night. Casinos are forming plans that they hope will entice customers to return. As Nevada Public...
  • ‘Social zones’ to expand outdoor bar, restaurant service in Grand Rapids

    05/27/2020 2:00:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    mlive ^ | 5/26/20 | Brian McVicar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Bars and restaurants could expand outdoor seating - once Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order prohibiting in-person dining is lifted - under a new program created by the city of Grand Rapids to help businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic. So-called “social zones” can be established on public property, such as streets, sidewalks and parking lots, throughout the city through a special permit. The zones are designed to give restaurants space to serve more customers, since their inside dining rooms will likely be required to operate at reduced capacity to ensure social distancing once they’re allowed to reopen....
  • Starving, angry and cannibalistic: America's rats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic

    05/26/2020 6:37:49 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 21 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 13, 2020 | Dartunorro Clark
    America's rats are being hit hard by the coronavirus. As millions of Americans shelter indoors to combat the deadly virus, which has claimed over 21,000 U.S. lives, many businesses — including restaurants and grocery stores — have closed or limited operations, cutting off many rodents' main sources for food. On deserted streets across the country, rats are in dire survival mode, experts say. "If you take rats that have been established in the area or somebody's property and they're doing well, the reason they're doing well is because they're eating well," Bobby Corrigan, an urban rodentologist, told NBC News. "Ever...
  • Farmers Will Soon Be Able to Start Applying for Stimulus Funds Alex Robinson

    05/25/2020 2:32:27 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | May 20, 2020 | Alex Robinson
    After the long weekend, farmers will be able to start applying for some much needed financial relief. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and USDA chief Sonny Perdue released the details of a previously announced $16-billion aid program for farmers and ranchers. Starting May 26, farmers will be able to apply for up to $250,000 in direct payments through the fund called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). To qualify for the program, farmers must have suffered a price loss of at least 5 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and must have significant additional marketing costs. Farmers can sign up...
  • Blackened Chicken Thighs - Perfectly Done - Very Easy Recipe

    05/23/2020 3:59:33 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 58 replies
    Purchase chicken thighs with skin on. Air-chilled is best but skin on is a must. Don't get the skinless. When ready to cook, take chicken thighs out of refrigerator and lightly coat with olive oil. Then sprinkle on the following spices (both sides): Kosher salt Black pepper Garlic powder Onion powder Tarragon Rosemary Cayenne pepper to taste (optional) Let sit on counter for 20-30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Put cast iron skillet on stovetop, apply light coating of avocado or olive oil and heat on high under it starts smoking. Put in chicken thighs SKIN SIDE DOWN and...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 23-29, 2020

    05/23/2020 7:34:43 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 114 replies
    May 23, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • New York Times op-ed mocked for declaring 'the end of meat is here' due to virus outbreak

    05/21/2020 10:36:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/21/2020 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    The New York Times was butchered on social media after an op-ed published on Thursday found a potential silver lining from the coronavirus outbreak: a meatless society. In a piece titled “The End of Meat Is Here,” writer Jonathan Safran Foer argues, “If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals,” hoping that the disruption of the meat supply chain will encourage people to give up meat altogether. […] While vegetarians celebrated Foer’s meatless plea, passionate carnivores slaughtered the Times op-ed on social media. “C’mon; I already recycle,” Washington...
  • ‘We Want To Work’: More than 200 people protest at City Hall (Porterville, California opens)

    05/20/2020 9:26:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Recorder Online ^ | 5/20/20 | Alexis Espinoza
    The small business owners in Porterville are tired of being closed and they displayed their frustrations in the form of a protest on Tuesday afternoon in front of City Hall on Main Street. Around 11:30 a.m., a small group of locals had gathered at Centennial Park to begin the protest. But as time went by, swarms of people joined in to call out Porterville’s City Council, demanding they allow small businesses to reopen. By noon, more than 200 people were outside of City Hall, lining the street and sidewalk with protest signs, whistles and a megaphone. Handling the megaphone was...
  • The Definitive Superfood Ranking

    05/19/2020 8:07:22 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    Pocket Worthy/Outside Magazine ^ | May 19, 2020 | AC Shilton
    Food marketers know that if they call their product a superfood, it’s sure to sell. Take quinoa, for example. In the early aughts, when the ancient grain first became trendy, quinoa prices tripled in the span of five years. (Many Bolivians, who had relied on it as a food staple for centuries, were soon priced out of the market.) The moral here: it’s important to question anything knighted with the superlative. From a health perspective, many dietitians would prefer we do away with the label completely. “There’s just not enough substantiated evidence that there are superfoods, that these foods solve...
  • This Shrub Is Quickly Becoming the Favorite Superfood of Doomsday Preppers

    05/18/2020 8:17:30 PM PDT · by Jayster · 42 replies
    Vice ^ | April 6, 2015 | Max Cherney
    ​Doomsday survivalists have over the years have earned a reputation for stockpiling medical supplies, guns and ammo—essentially gathering whatever resources and expertise necessary for self-sufficiency in the event of the apocalypse. That ethos has now drawn a group of survivalists that call themselves preppers to an unlikely superfood that's just beginning to take hold in North America: moringa. Moringa Oleifera is an unassuming shrub that grows in hot, dry tropical climates around the globe, and is prized for its high level of nutrients—especially protein. "The biggest reason is because it is a great food source," David Wentworth, who publishes,...
  • Whitmer poised to announce partial reopening plans for northern Michigan

    05/18/2020 11:07:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    mlive ^ | 5/18/20 | Lauren Gibbons
    The Upper Peninsula and several counties in the northern Lower Peninsula will be allowed to reopen bars and restaurants in a reduced capacity, as well as other retail or office businesses, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce Monday. In a statement to the Associated Press, Whitmer said bars and restaurants in two northern regions of the state could soon reopen with 50 percent limited capacity. Servers would be required to wear face coverings and groups would be required to stay 6 feet apart. “This is a big step, but we must all remember to continue doing our part to...
  • Global report: Italy reopens cafes as Spain prepares for return of tourists (calculated risk)

    05/18/2020 10:59:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 5/18/20 | Luke Harding, Sam Jones
    Italians enjoyed their first meal out for two months on Monday, as the country eased lockdown restrictions, with bars, restaurants and cafes back in business and St Peter’s basilica in the Vatican open for visitors. After a gruelling lockdown period during the coronavirus pandemic, Italy was once again able to sip cappuccino and cold beers - albeit at a physical distance from other customers. **SNIP** The prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, described the ending of curbs as a “calculated risk”. Italy was the first European country to go into full lockdown more than two months ago. It is now returning to...
  • Doug Hertz - trying not to cry over 60 million ounces of spilt beer

    05/18/2020 10:48:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Saporta Report ^ | 5/18/20 | Maria Saporta
    The first half of April should have been a nirvana of sports and entertainment in Georgia. The Final Four was to be played at the Mercedes Benz Stadium from April 4 to 6. The Masters Tournament was scheduled to take place in Augusta from April 9 to April 12. And the Atlanta Braves were supposed to host their opening homestand of the 2020 season - six consecutive home games at Truist Park starting April 3. Instead, that world ended abruptly with the cancelations and postponements of all those events – and life as we knew it - due to the...
  • People flock to NYC-area bars, beaches as ‘quarantine fatigue’ intensifies

    05/17/2020 3:16:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/16/20 | Sara Dorn, Khristina Narizhnaya, Laura Italiano
    They’re partying like it’s 2019. Lockdown-weary New Yorkers ditched the distancing to get social instead this weekend - transforming parts of the Big Apple into a raucous, late-season Mardi Gras. Yet the city’s COVID-be-damned attitude was nothing compared with the scene in Belmar, NJ, a beach popular with Staten Islanders and Brooklynites. Huge crowds waited shoulder-to-shoulder on the boardwalk for their turn to buy beach badges. “The line for beach badges was like four non-socially distanced blocks long,” tweeted Jarrett Seidler, who described the boardwalk as “obscenely packed.” Outside popular bars on the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side,...
  • Man Climbs Under Moving Big Rig Filled With Wine, Begins Drinking From Tank (In Underwear)

    05/16/2020 11:24:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | Steve Large
    It is a wine heist like you’ve never seen before. The Modesto CHP arrested Gabriel Moreno after he allegedly jumped on a moving tanker truck carrying bulk red wine, climbed under its belly to unscrew a valve, and drank the wine as the truck traveled up Highway 99. Video of the wild ride was recorded on the Cherokee Freight Lines tanker truck Moreno allegedly targeted. The dashcam video first shows Moreno in a sedan, putting his hazard lights on, directing the truck to the side of the highway. The truck driver pulls over, believing he may have a mechanical problem,...
  • Urban Hotdog Company starts program to feed furloughed workers for free

    05/16/2020 8:44:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KOB4 ^ | Danielle Todesco
    A lot of workers have been "86'd" from their jobs right now. But there is a local restaurant feeding furloughed workers for free every Tuesday. It is called the "86'd Program." The Urban Hotdog Company reports that business has been pretty since switching to take-out only. Now, the restaurant is giving back. "We started brainstorming and decided to service...the service industry," Matthew Bernabe said. Now, the restaurant is feeding anyone out of a job every Tuesday. They have been doing this for a month now, and they don't plan on stopping. They say as the crowd gets bigger, so does...
  • Bebe Rexha Wants You to Try Taco-Scented Nail Polish

    05/16/2020 8:09:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 15, 2020 | Melissa Minton
    Bebe Rexha is spicing up her manicure. The “Meant to Be” singer, 32, took to Instagram Friday to promote Sinful Colors’ new Salty & Sweet collection of nail polishes that look — and even smell — like snack foods including tacos, donuts, pizza, chocolate cake, cheese puffs and cookies and cream. The full collection of all six shades initially retailed for $14.29 at Walmart, but is currently — shockingly — sold out. However, those who can’t resist licking their fingers after chowing down on a bag of Cheetos can nab the individual polishes for $2.98 each. Reviews for the Salty...
  • What to expect when restaurants, retailers reopen in South Florida

    05/16/2020 8:53:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    WSVN ^ | 5/15/20 | Jessica Holly
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - With some restaurants and retailers throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties expected to reopen with restrictions on Monday, businesses expect customers to adhere to social distancing. After no dine-in customers for two months, the staff at Mama Jennie’s, an Italian restaurant in Northeast Miami-Dade, could be seen preparing the establishment ahead of next week. Jennifer Berriel, the restaurant’s owner, made sure her staff wiped down surfaces, separated tables, and she also asked them questions about their health. “I’m ready to reopen,” she said. “[I asked] whether or not they’ve had temperature, shortness of breath.” Berriel’s efforts...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 16-22, 2020

    05/16/2020 7:11:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies
    May 16, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. 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...
  • Most Farmers in the Great Plains Don’t Grow Fruits and Vegetables. The Pandemic is Changing That.

    05/15/2020 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 47 replies
    Civil Eats ^ | 5-12-2020 | Daphne Miller
    On a recent Thursday, a group of farmers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska hosted a remote agriculture happy hour. There were a few dozen attendees, and nearly everyone was wearing a cowboy hat. In total, they farm more than 30,000 acres of cropland, most of it planted in soy, corn, or cotton destined for the global commodity market. The happy hour started with presentations about integrating livestock into cropping systems, but then things took a surprising turn: farmers began to discuss how they are feeding their families and communities. “Normally, between me and the consumer there is a gigantic divide...