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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

November 20th, 2018, 11:02 am

I’m not sure whether it is more surprising that you or Breitbart thinks it is a story that some anti-environmentalist pissant working for Trump declares publically that Trump is right. That’s his job and calling from the lord, isn’t it?
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

November 20th, 2018, 11:38 am

I'm surprised that you have such a negative view of the role of the interior secretary, who is 8th in line for the presidency.
The forests have been neglected under past administrations, and the current disaster is a consequence of that

But the real story is that once again the WaPo has been printing fake news with the fake news story that President Trump wanted to rake the leaves to prevent forest fires with the WaPo not realizing that fire rakes were a thing

Here's an actual news story (not WaPo fake news)
Aug. 2018: Gov. Jerry Brown proposes easing logging rules to thin forests
Before the Gold Rush in the 1850s, forests burned naturally every few decades in California from lightning strikes or Indian tribes’ burning. That cleared dead wood and left mostly larger, healthy trees. But without those fires for the past century or more, today’s forests are much more dense, with up to 10 times as many trees per acre in some places. The dense brush and increased numbers of small, spindly trees cause fires burn much hotter now and climb more easily into the tops of trees, creating massive blazes that burn for months.
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

November 21st, 2018, 2:25 am

indeed, raking fire lines is essential
, fire rake
A fire rake is a wildland fire fighting tool. A fire rake has a wooden or fiberglass handle with a rake head consisting of four sharp, serrated, triangular steel blades. It is used to rake a fire break with the sharp teeth, enabling it to reach fire in undergrowth in addition to loose surface debris. A McLeod, which is sometimes called a rake hoe, is a similar tool whose rake portion looks more like a steel rake but with sharp edges on the teeth. The teeth of the more traditional fire rake which resemble the teeth of a great white shark allow it to penetrate deeper into the undergrowth when necessary. The preference for one implement over the other is somewhat subjective.
A fire fighter will rake burning material back into the (black) area already burned, moving the fire away from the fuel ahead of it to create a fire break. The burning material is left to burn itself out away from the edge of the fire line, or another fire fighter with a fire flapper will smother it if required. The tool will cut through any undergrowth that may be burning and overturn some soil, further assisting in creating a fire break, thus smothering fire. This can reduce the temperature of burning materials below their threshold of ignition.
Given that the variant  McLeod (tool) was invented in 1905 by the eponymous US Forest Service Ranger McLeod, at the Sierra National Forest, it would indeed be ironic if the Finns use them but the US Forest Service no longer does
As wiki notes,
The McLeod was designed to rake fire lines with the teeth and cut branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge
As for cleaning forests, doing things such as removing dead trees helps prevent forest fires.

edit: I've just seen the WaPo correction. Did they really not know that a fire rake was a thing?
That's not what Trump was talking about ;-) He meant that they don't have forest fires in Finland, because they rake the leaves as a prevention. What you linked is about fire raking - a supporting method of containing the fire when it's already burst out.

Removing "dead" trees is harmful to the forest ecosystem (among other important functions, they help to maintain the humidity of the forest floor), and definitely contributes to the problems caused by the ignorant forest management practices.
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

January 17th, 2019, 7:21 am

Wannabe Martyr Busted For White House Plot
he was planning to use a shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon to “blow a hole in the White House.”
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21
Not sure if he's a jihadist, a member of the "resistance," or both
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

January 17th, 2019, 11:38 am

Wannabe Martyr Busted For White House Plot
he was planning to use a shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon to “blow a hole in the White House.”
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21
Not sure if he's a jihadist, a member of the "resistance," or both
I think the FBI would be more effective if they stopped trying to involve amateurs in these plots.
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

January 17th, 2019, 12:26 pm

Wannabe Martyr Busted For White House Plot
he was planning to use a shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon to “blow a hole in the White House.”
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21
Not sure if he's a jihadist, a member of the "resistance," or both
I think the FBI would be more effective if they stopped trying to involve amateurs in these plots.
you think a professional might have succeeded?
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

January 17th, 2019, 12:36 pm

Yes, although "blowing a hole in the White House" seems like a somewhat odd goal. 
 
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January 24th, 2019, 7:03 am

 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

January 24th, 2019, 9:56 am

More fodder.
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

January 26th, 2019, 9:06 am

news from texas
Secretary Whitley Issues Advisory On Voter Registration List Maintenance Activity
95k non-citizens have registered to vote in TX alone, and 58k of those non-citizens have voted illegally in TX alone.
Through this evaluation, the Texas Secretary of State's office discovered that a total of approximately 95,000 individuals identified by DPS as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in Texas, approximately 58,000 of whom have voted in one or more Texas elections. Voting in an election in which the person knows he or she is not eligible to vote is a second-degree felony in the State of Texas. Upon receipt of this information, the Texas Secretary of State's office immediately provided the data in its possession to the Texas Attorney General's office, as the Secretary of State has no statutory enforcement authority to investigate or prosecute alleged illegal activity in connection with an election.
 
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

February 5th, 2019, 9:27 pm

if you're a single woman traveling alone, Marriott may assume that you're a hooker

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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

February 5th, 2019, 10:58 pm

Just imagine what they are trained to do if they spot a woman traveling with Trump.
 
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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

February 8th, 2019, 3:13 am

If the UK is going to the dogs, looks like LA is going to the rats.

Los Angeles City Hall Is Being Overrun with Rats - New York Post Feb 7

I know the Post is not the bastion of quality journalism, but still it's quite a story.

"The rodents have turned up dead in the building’s ceiling and scurrying around City Council President Herb Wesson’s office, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Outside, a rat was recently spotted gnawing through a pumpkin put out for decoration at the building’s Halloween party."

When I saw the headline, I thought immediately of this Forum. Tailor made. : )

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Re: America - Home of Bugs Bunny

February 8th, 2019, 3:24 am

She definitely reminds me of one of our family rats. They are highly intelligent and not called Rattus norvegicus without good reason!
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