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Outdoors (General/Chat)

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  • Historic curfews in Los Angeles and New York are the harshest in decades

    06/02/2020 2:17:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    CNN via MSN ^ | 6/02/20 | Hollie Silverman
    Curfews have been issued across the country in the wake of protests, both peaceful and violent, against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. In Los Angeles, the curfew is the harshest since the riots in 1992 following the acquittal of the officer who beat Rodney King. On the East Coast, New York City has enacted the strictest curfew since the race riots of 1943. **SNIP** The county of Los Angeles, the nation's most populous county with approximately ten million residents, enacted a 12-hour overnight curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Monday night....
  • As Trump’s smearing of protesters gets worse, Adam Schiff raises a red flag ('delegitimize peaceful protests')

    06/01/2020 5:56:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Post (democracy dies with democrats) ^ | 6/01/20 | Greg Sargent, Paul Waldman
    As protests against police brutality spread across the country, President Trump looked impotent, unable to offer anything reassuring and tweeting angrily from inside a White House under siege. But Trump has hit on a solution: designate “antifa” a terrorist organization, to make it look as if the protests have been taken over by radical terrorists, and to create the impression that he’s getting fearsomely tough in response. In an interview with us, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told us that the designation itself, which has no legal basis, appears to be a “characteristically political act." Schiff, the chair of the House...
  • Some scientists fear ‘superspreaders’ may prompt new COVID-19 outbreaks as states reopen

    06/01/2020 4:54:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/01/20 | Christopher Carbone
    As states across America being to reopen, some scientists are voicing fears about so-called "superspreaders" who may be responsible for larger numbers of coronavirus cases through airborne transmission. Although many businesses are reopening with stringent social distancing guidelines, those practices vary significantly from state to state and even from city to city within various states. Kimberly Prather, an atmospheric chemist at University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wrote in a recent perspective paper in Science that a review of existing literature provides evidence that the new coronavirus can linger in the air, perhaps even for hours, before...
  • helter skelter

    05/31/2020 3:21:17 AM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/30/20 | Paul Joseph Watson
    The Minneapolis riots. ...
  • Report: Chances of 2020 MLB Season Happening 'Pretty Close to Zero'

    05/28/2020 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 5/28/20 | Rob Goldberg
    At least one player thinks there won't be a 2020 MLB season as players and owners dispute over money. Jon Heyman of MLB Network discussed a recent call between the league and the players association Thursday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria (via Ryan Hannable of WEEI), relaying a message from someone involved. "The call was last night. I was getting texts. I got a text from a player—and I think they are going to get a deal, I think they are going to work it out. I can't believe they are going to blow it up over economics. But, from...
  • Outdoor Stadiums to Reopen With Fans in Texas After State Reports Weeks of New Highs in Coronavirus Cases

    05/28/2020 4:37:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 5/28/20 | Meghan Roos
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that outdoor stadiums will be allowed to open to fans next month at limited capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. While many state leaders have discussed the possibility of reopening stadiums to professional sports teams, most have said welcoming fans inside to watch competitions will not be possible until the country achieves better containment of the virus. Abbott signed the proclamation as an expansion of another he announced last week that approved more businesses and services to reopen. While the original proclamation last Friday allowed professional sports teams to resume...
  • Authorities use Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Capture Bear

    05/28/2020 1:40:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 58 replies
    WLSAM ^ | May 28, 2020
    Apparently, cops don’t love doughnuts just because they taste good; but also because they make effective tools in protecting the public. For proof of this, look no further than Fort Myers, Florida. That’s where animal control officers saved helpless citizens from a menacing bear with nothing more than a box of Krispy Kremes. After a young 250-pound bear was spotted wandering through the streets of Fort Myers Tuesday morning, officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called out to tranquilize it, says Officer Adam Brown. However, because tranquilizers usually don’t take effect right away, they felt using...
  • Watch A Baby Bear Carjack A Mercedes E-Class

    05/26/2020 10:22:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Car Buzz ^ | 5-21-20 | MICHAEL BUTLER
    Honey-loving bear has great taste in cars. The great outdoors can be beautiful but terrifying at the same time. Luckily humans have developed the ability to shield themselves from most of what mother nature can dish out, but apparently not baby bears carjacking an unlocked Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Legendary animal conservationist Steve Irwin has been quoted as saying that baby bears are nature's number one carjackers, closely followed by the common Vervet Monkey and African Baboon. All we know is that whenever you go out on a wildlife cruise, it is imperative that you lock your doors unless you want to...
  • Safe Boating Tips (FReepers are Lousy Boaters)

    05/25/2020 3:39:45 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 48 replies
    Discover Boating ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Safe Boating Tips No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe: 1.Be Weather-Wise Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water. 2.Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure...
  • Historically High Numbers of Americans Approve of Hunting

    05/23/2020 11:21:22 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 30 replies
    The vast majority of Americans approve of hunting according to Responsive Management, an internationally recognized survey research firm in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. A recent survey in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation revealed the current approval rating of hunting by Americans 18 years of age and older is the highest it’s been since Responsive Management began monitoring approval rates in 1995. During the past 25 years, overall approval of hunting has steadily grown from 73 to 80%. During the same time frame, overall disapproval of hunting has declined even more rapidly from 22 to only 13%.
  • 'We've never seen this': wildlife thrives in closed US national parks

    05/22/2020 9:16:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5-21-20
    Deer, bobcats and black bears are gathering around parts of Yosemite national park typically teeming with visitors arlier this month, for the first time in recent memory, pronghorn antelope ventured into the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley national park. Undeterred by temperatures that climbed to over 110F, the animals were observed by park staff browsing on a hillside not far from Furnace Creek visitor center. “This is something we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” said Kati Schmidt, a spokesperson for the National Parks Conservation Association. “We’ve known they’re in some of the higher elevation areas of Death Valley but as...
  • Looking For FReeper Suggestions For A Good Nature Documentary.

    05/20/2020 5:31:08 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 63 replies
    me ^ | 05/20/20 | me
    My wife mentioned that she'd like to watch a good nature documentary sometime. The problem is that we aren't looking for a series, just a stand alone one or two hour documentary. Also of course we don't want some lefty filmmaker lecturing us about how "man is destroying the environment and climate change must be stopped". I trust Freeper opinions. Any suggestions?
  • COVID Won’t Stop Camping, Massive Survey Finds

    05/20/2020 1:40:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Gear Junkie ^ | May 19, 2020 | Adam Ruggiero
    Thor Industries — one of the world’s largest RV manufacturers and owner of numerous brands including Airstream — found nearly everyone with a camper still plans to get out this year. And those plans extend further than expected. The post-pandemic world has, by in large, adapted to a life of social distancing and stay-at-home lifestyles. But that hasn’t shaken our commitment to enjoying the great outdoors again as summer nears. At least, that’s according to a recent survey of more than 19,000 current and prospective RV owners. Commissioned by Thor Industries, parent company to well-known RV brands like Airstream, Dutchmen,...
  • Operation Haircut protest set for Lansing Capitol lawn today (Michigan)

    05/20/2020 3:26:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 5/20/20 | Jim Kiertzner
    LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - Another protest is planned for Lansing today. But the organizers aren’t bringing guns. They’re bringing scissors, clippers and chairs. Operation Haircut is organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition which put on the first Lansing Operation Gridlock on April 15. Protesters with guns are expected to piggyback on the event. **SNIP** Seely says this is about what’s safe and small businesses setting up chairs on the lawn and offering their services free. This will include barbers, hair stylists, massage therapists, dog groomers, and seamstresses. Jose Lozano has let his hair and beard grow for the two months...
  • Trump visit to Ford plant contradicts Whitmer's order - but she won't try to stop it

    05/19/2020 2:33:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    5/19/20
    Link only - https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/19/donald-trump-visit-ford-plant-ypsilanti-gretchen-whitmer-order/5221342002/
  • NSSF Warns of Pandemic Side-Effect: Hunting Fever

    05/19/2020 8:04:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Ammoland Inc ^ | May 13, 2020 | Mark Oliva
    The lockdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus seem to be having some beneficial, if not unintended, side effects. More people are getting into the woods and finding out nature provides. There’s evidence that more people are turning to hunt to put meat in the freezer, largely driven by concerns over protein shortages at the local grocery store. Hunting license sales are up. States are taking innovative approaches to help get new hunters into the woods and people are committing themselves to provide for their own needs to weather future events. There’s a role for experienced hunters to play, too....
  • These awesome (and hilarious) posters teach us how to social distance inside national parks

    05/19/2020 7:32:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Time Out ^ | May 18 2020 | Anna Ben Yehuda
    These awesome (and hilarious) posters teach us how to social distance inside national parks open to the public Don't forget to constantly wash your hands, of course. A little humor goes a long way, especially during these unprecedented times, and the National Parks Service seems not to have forgotten that. The service has released a few hilarious posters to teach folks how to properly behave while visiting each destination. Although, admittedly, most parks have stayed open throughout the pandemic, Americans seem to be more and more comfortable actually frequenting them in recent days—and what better way to remind them to...
  • The Charm And Beauty Of Nancy Pelosi

    05/19/2020 7:23:01 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 39 replies
    The world of fashion | 5/20/2020 | blueunicorn6
    The old grouch opened up a can of worms for herself and crawled in for a family reunion. Have at her.
  • Democratic States Deploy Greta Thunberg Drones To Lecture People Who Go Outside

    05/18/2020 8:56:52 AM PDT · by xp38 · 14 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | May 14 2020 | The Babylon Bee
    U.S.—Several Democrat-controlled states have released new Greta Thunberg surveillance drones into the wild to lecture people who go outside. The drones include a camera to catch people going outside and a screen playing a Greta Thunberg lecture. They fly along beaches and hover over parks, shouting and chasing off people who try to have a little fun or live without fear. "How dare you! You are robbing me of my dreams and my childhood!" one drone shouted at a couple hanging out on a California beach, though they were hundreds of feet away from anyone else. "You have stolen everything...
  • Cuomo and MTA tap low-wage, uninsured workers to scrub subway for coronavirus (illegals?)

    05/18/2020 6:44:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/18/20 | Clayton Guse
    Low-wage, uninsured workers hired by private contractors are at the vanguard of the MTA’s nightly subway scrubdown. Since May 6, when the system began to close from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each night, outside cleaners have set up around-the-clock shops in at least 14 end-of-line stations, quickly mopping and wiping down the interiors of trains before they’re sent back out for service. Many of the workers are in their early 20s, and many are immigrants who do not speak English and are not eligible for federal assistance. Private subway cleaners across the city last week said they were not...