“This reckless behaviour puts the safety of firefighting volunteers at risk,” McDonough said, according to the release. “I hope this move makes people think very carefully about the consequences of their actions next time they go to discard a lit cigarette.” … [Read more...] about Australian wildfires prompt $11G fine for tossing lit cigarette from vehicle
Now you might say, well, Clinton was the sitting president, and Kavanaugh was a kid. Fair enough, I guess, but let’s not split hairs until they disappear here. The man is nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court. There are only nine of those. There are 325 million people in the United States, 240 million adults, millions of lawyers, and thousands of judges. Surely they could find somebody who isn’t accused of waving his wang in front of a young woman’s face and laughing about it. … [Read more...] about Hold Kavanaugh to His Own Standard for Bill Clinton, and Take Him Apart Piece by Painful Piece
The hog menace is not as ridiculous as it initially sounded to me (an urban elitist who has never, to his knowledge, encountered a single feral hog). The USDA estimates that feral hogs — whose population is concentrated mostly in the South and California — cause $1.5 billion in damage every year. A Missouri journalist told the Guardian, “They are actually a huge problem, both on private property and public lands. They live in groups (called sounders) of up to 60 hogs. They are very harmful for farmers because when they eat, they upturn the ground to get things out.” In 2017, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 3535, which allows Texans to hunt hogs from a hot-air balloon. … [Read more...] about What’s Up With ‘30-50 Feral Hogs’?
Finally, two years ago, a doctor told her about AOT, accompanied her to court, and got a judge’s order. After six months in a residential facility and a prescription change, her son came home. Now he takes his meds and volunteers at a local food pantry. (“His fear of the court order was all we needed,” his mother said.) Most patients live under AOT for just a year or two before graduating to less stringent requirements, though judges can renew AOT indefinitely. Medicaid covers the costs for those who can’t afford to pay. Two years in, said the Westchester mother, her son, now 26, has not had a psychotic episode. “He’s back. He has a long way to go, but the person that was in there is back.” … [Read more...] about A Turbulent Mind
The National Football League on Friday joined hundreds of businesses in weighing in on a bill Georgia lawmakers passed this week that would grant religious organizations the right to deny employment based on an individual’s religious beliefs or practices or deny use of facilities for events the organization finds objectionable. Opponents, including gay rights supporters and many large corporations, have described the bill as discriminatory. … [Read more...] about With an Anti-Gay Bill on His Desk, Georgia’s Governor Must Choose Between Hollywood Loot and His Christian-Right Base