In 2012, the world of recreational drugs took one small step for weed, one giant step for legalization as U.S. states Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana. It was the first step of many in the United States, with several states following suit by proposing similar laws.
Some states, such as California and Oregon, have previously voted on measures to decriminalize the drug with no success. Even more states, including the nation’s capitol, are expected to vote on similar measures in the upcoming 2014 voting cycle, or are preparing bills for voting cycles at a later time. Even the mainstream media has gotten on board with legalization: The New York Times’ editorial board has recently endorsed the decriminalization of the drug, saying that the ban is “inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” [ More ... ]
While not yet a rat-pocalypse, favorable weather conditions have helped create a spike in rat numbers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and other areas of Texas.
“We’ve really got a rat explosion,” said Cliff Moore, owner of DFW-based Animal Services Inc, as quoted in the Dallas Observer. “It’s throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, the whole metroplex really.”
Jerry Falke, wildlife damage management biologist for AgriLife Extension’s Texas Wildlife Services, said the increase in rodents seen this year began with last year’s rodent-friendly weather conditions. [ More ... ]
The harvesting of winter wheat in the United States and Canada has brought reports of wheat contaminated with deoxynivalenol (a.k.a., DON and vomitoxin) far in excess of the maximum allowable amounts for use in human food and animal feed.
“Our highest that we’ve seen is 30 parts per million. Typically, the market likes to see it at two or less, and they [the USDA] will not accept it over 10,” said grain broker Kayla Burkhart, as reported by KFYR-TV in North Dakota. “Grains into the high teens and above that, it’s going to be really hard to find a home for.” [ More ... ]
I have a little bit of an addiction to my phone. It is constantly in my pocket or within a foot of me, tantalizing me with the numerous games and apps I have on it—not to mention hundreds of pictures of my dog. Much of my life is in that phone: a calorie tracker, reminders and appointments, emails and more.
Thanks to technology, now much of Chewbacca’s life is on that phone, too, with several apps that help keep her (and other pets) healthy and happy. [ More ... ]