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Re: 'Murica

Post by Witness » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:38 am

xouper wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:10 am
That's one brave (or rilly rilly hungry) bird to have enough nerve to get that close (and linger that long) to a known predator species who is also wielding a lethal weapon. Kudos to the nice guy for letting the bird pilfer his meat.
I'd say it's not the first time, or the bird would have scurried away after grabbing the morsel.


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Post by Witness » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:58 am

'Uniquely American': Senate passes landmark bill to enlarge national parks

Bill sets aside more than 1m acres of new wilderness and conservation areas including rivers in California and Utah

Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks are to be enlarged, and stunning river landscapes in California and Utah will be protected, under new legislation that passed the US Senate on Tuesday.

In all the public lands package sets aside more than a million acres of new wilderness and conservation areas in western states.

The Natural Resources Management Act passed 92-8 in the Republican-controlled Senate, a notable bipartisan effort in an administration marked by conservation rollbacks. Since Donald Trump took office, his administration has shrunk national monuments and put large swaths of land up for oil, gas and mining leases, including on the doorsteps of national monuments, parks and wilderness areas. The bill will go to the Democrat-controlled House next, where it’s likely to pass, and then to the president’s desk.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... s-expanded

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Post by Witness » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:30 am

Tennessee trying to re-ban gay marriage

State lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill that would ban same-sex marriage.

The "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" would "defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary."

The move comes nearly four years after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country. The same bill was introduced in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but has never passed. It was re-introduced Friday.

Introduced by Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Jerry Sexton, both Republicans, the bill also prohibits government officials from facilitating same-sex marriages, and states that these officials cannot be arrested for disavowing court orders that recognize such unions.

One barrier that could prevent the bill’s passage is its projected cost. In 2017, the General Assembly estimated that the Natural Marriage Defense Act could cause approximately $9 billion in federal funding to be withheld from the state.
https://www.wthr.com/article/tennessee- ... y-marriage

Just posturing, if I understand that last line correctly? :mrgreen: