Bears are powerful animals that catch and hunt all sorts of food in the wild. But sometimes, after a long week, all you want is takeout. That was seemingly one hungry bear's attitude early Wednesday morning in Colorado Springs. She didn't stop at a styrofoam box of goodies, though; she took the whole dumpster.
A hungry bear with a hankering for German food has made repeat visits to a Colorado Springs restaurant, where security cameras have caught the bruin Dumpster-diving.
During a Wednesday morning visit to the back door of the Edelweiss Restaurant, 34. E. Ramona Ave., the bear pushed the garbage bin about 50 feet into the parking lot, flipped the container over and opened the lid to eat food tossed the night before.
"There's some fresh, really good food" attracting the bear, Edelweiss manager Dieter Schnakenberg. "She passes up the recycling bin and goes right for the good stuff."
The restaurant is beginning to think of measures to secure the dumpster, including chaining it down or installing a locking lid mechanism. If the bear returns repeatedly, the Coloardo Parks and Wildlife division will likely get involved.
Watch this industrious bear put her brain and claws to good use, AFTER THE JUMP...
Richard Nixon's presidency was not a high point of twentieth-century politics. Nor did his congressional participation in the House Un-American Activities Committee indicate an emphasis on human understanding or interaction. But new audio unveiling a conversation between Nixon, Domestic Affairs Advisor John Ehrlichman, and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman reveals a quite vocally homophobic Dick and two men unwilling to disagree. A previous recording indicated a certain "understanding" of homosexuality, on the most basic terms; this one complicates the matter and paints Nixon in a different light.
This is brilliant. They’ve found new audio of then-President Richard Nixon complaining about a TV show he stumbled upon that was glorifying homosexuality: “All in the Family.”
It’s hard to imagine Nixon wasn’t familiar with All in the Family. The show was centered around the father of the family, Archie, who was a lovable bigot, and the show basically lampooned Archie’s biases in order to show how absurd they really were.
The conversation (transcript by Aravosis) went something like this:
Nixon: CBS came on with a movie. They had two magnificent handsome guys, and a stupid old fellow in it. They were glorifying homosexuality!
Ehrlichman: Was that a panel, sir?
Nixon: Hell no, it was a movie!
Haldeman: No, that’s a regular show, it’s on every week. And usually it’s just set in the guy’s home. It’s usually just that guy, who’s a hardhat.
Nixon: Archie is the guy’s name.
Ehrlichman: Now that’s real family entertainment, isn’t it?
Nixon: The point that I make is that goddamit, I do not think that you glorify, on public television, homosexuality! You ever see what happened, you know what happened to the Greeks? Homosexuality destroyed them. Aristotle was a homo, we all know that. So was Socrates.
Ehrlichman: But he never had the influence that television has.
Nixon: The last six Roman emperors were fags. You see, homosexuality, immorality in general, these are the enemies of strong societies. That’s why the communists and the left-wingers are pushing it. They’re trying to destroy us.
Nixon's lack of historical integrity, the period phrases (like "hard hat"), and an inability to tell the difference between a television movie and a regular series are mildly humorous in retrospect. More important, however, is that Nixon's emphatic anti-gay stance is eerily disturbing, and his words show that President and bigot were not mutually exclusive.
Watch a video with subtitles, AFTER THE JUMP...
Five Obama nominees were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to several high-ranking government posts.
John Berry was confirmed as ambassador to Australia, Rufus Gifford was confirmed as ambassador to Denmark, James Costos was confirmed as ambassador to Spain, and Daniel Baer was confirmed as ambassador to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Another openly gay nominee was also confirmed for a non-ambassadorial post. Stuart Delery, was confirmed as assistant attorney general for the Civil Division at the Justice Department after having served in an acting capacity in that role.
Delery had represented the Obama administration at the district and appellate court level during oral arguments and contended Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act should be struck down.
The Blade also notes that two gay nominees are still pending:
One pending gay nominee yet to be confirmed by the Senate is Todd Hughes, who was appointed for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported out his nomination last week. Upon confirmation, he’ll become the first openly gay person to serve on a federal appeals court.
Another openly gay ambassadorial not yet confirmed by the Senate is James “Wally” Brewster, who was nominated as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has yet to hold a confirmation hearing for him.
Cosby Show actress Raven-Symonè, who blew up Twitter in 2012 when she declared "my sexual orientation is mine to know" decided to be a bit more forthcoming today, tweeting "I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you"
Symoné has never said publicly if she is gay but addressed the rumors previously in response to a National Enquirer article that reported she was living with an America's Next Top Model contestant in New York City.
Said Symoné at the time:
"I'm living my PERSONAL life the way I'm happiest. I'm not one, in my 25 year career to disclose who I'm dating. and I shall not start now....My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I'm datings to know. I'm not one for a public display of my life...However that is my right as a HUMAN BEing whether straight or gay. To tell or not to tell. As long as I'm not harming anyone...I am a light being made from love. And my career is the only thing I would like to put on display, not my personal life. Kisses!"
Dr. Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands has grown his own hamburger. Not from a cow but from bovine stem cells in his laboratory, and will be cooking and eating his own project. This endeavor for lab-grown meat took years of research and cost €250,000 to make, but could change the meat industry if proven viable. The factory-farmed meat industry is inefficient, cattle and pork in particular, and requires massive amounts of resources for the amount of meat harvested. The process also results in substantial negative environmental impacts as well as almost universal inhumane treatment of livestock.
Lab-grown meat, if proven tasty enough to take off in the consumer marketplace, could mitigate these negative impacts, perhaps most notably by reducing the amounts of CO2 and methane that are released into the atmosphere from factory farms. Additionally, the cost of meat could be lowered and more could be made to feed the earth's ever-growing human population, which is expected to hit 9.5 billion by 2060.
Safety for human consumption is also a concern that a spokesperson for the UK's Food Standards Agency, which is analogous to the FDA or USDA, addressed by stating,
The taste-test is scheduled to occur this Monday, shortly after lunchtime.
Any novel food, or food produced using a novel production process, must undergo a stringent and independent safety assessment before it is placed on the market. Anyone seeking approval of an in vitro meat product would have to provide a dossier of evidence to show that the product is safe, nutritionally equivalent to existing meat products, and will not mislead the consumer. This would be evaluated under the EU regulation for novel foods, prior to a decision on authorisation. There have been no such applications to date.
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