Super-sized Mosquitoes

Mega-mosquitoes which are the size of  quarters are expected to take over areas of Florida ‘in large numbers’ this summer, scientists have warned.

The special breed of the nuisance bug, which can be 20 times bigger than common menacing Asian tiger mosquitoes, are described as ‘notoriously aggressive’.

They were handed the perfect breeding ground  by last year’s tropical storms, according to scientists at the University of  Florida, so are coming to a town near you.

 

Super-sized: Scientist says mega mosquitoes also known as gallnippers, left, could be common in central Florida this summer. They can be 20 times bigger than typical Asian tiger mosquitoes
Scientist says mega mosquitoes also known as gallinippers, left, could be common in central Florida this summer. They can be 20 times bigger than typical Asian tiger mosquitoes

‘Because of the events last year, and the eggs laid, we can expect large numbers of these mosquitoes again,’ Entomologist Phil Kaufman, an associate professor with the University of Florida’s Institute  of Food and Agricultural Sciences, told the Gainsville  Sun.

‘It is quite capable of biting through my shirt.

‘We suggest people wear long-sleeve pants and shirts. Just doing that may not be enough for this type of mosquito; you’re  going to have use one of the insect repellants to dissuade them from landing.’

‘The bite really hurts, I can attest to that,’ he told science site phys.org.

Psorophora ciliata, or Gallinipper mosquitoes as they are commonly known, have half inch long bodies and the same black-white color pattern of the more common Asian Tiger Mosquito with a wingspan of 6-7  millimeters.

Ouch
Mega-mosquito bites hurt much more than usual mosquito bites according to the experts, who say the insects can even bite through clothing
This big: Gallnippers tend to be the size of a quarter and could be seen in large numbers in Central Florida this Summer, according to scientists
Gallinippers tend to be the size of a quarter and could be seen in large numbers in Central Florida this Summer, according to  scientists

Because of their size they are often able to withstand common repellants.

The hurricanes of last year brought large numbers of the insects to the Central and South Florida area which laid dormant eggs in the soil near ponds and streams.

Now scientists are predicting heavy rainfall will come again and cause the eggs to hatch – releasing the super-sized bugs in large numbers.

THE ASIAN TIGER  MOSQUITO

Size: 2 – 10mm but males are much smaller than females

Bite: Only the bigger  females feed on blood. Bites are itchy and can be serious in people who suffer a  reaction but can also be fairly minor.  They can carry serious diseases  such as Dengue Fever

Appearance:  Black and white shiny striped bodies

Location:  In 866 counties in 26 states. Mostly in the Southeast but also Texas.

THE AMERICAN  GALLINIPPER

Size: Body alone is half an inch long with a wingspan of 6-7 millimeters

Bite: ‘Persistent biting behavior’ and their bite is much more painful. They can also bite through light material but like other mosquitoes only the females bite

Appearance:  Also black and white striped

Location: The east of the U.S. but they are predicted to be highly prevalent in central Florida this summer.

 

One plus point to the bugs, which are native  to the eastern half of North America, is they don’t carry diseases dangerous to humans like some of their smaller counterparts.

Like  Asian tiger mosquitoes they are less common in urban areas and tend to be found  near floodwater where they hatch.

‘Down near Paynes Prairie, you are more likely to have more numbers than Main Street Gainesville,’ Professor Kaufman  added.

It is only females that bite with male Gallinippers feeding on flower nectar.

They also feed on other mosquito larvae and even tadpoles and are most active at dusk and dawn.

‘When you read the historical accounts of the first European settlers in the Southeast and they talked about gigantic  mosquitoes, this was one they were talking about,’ Professor Kaufman  added

Attribution: Katie Davies, Mail Online

Florida Lawmakers Ammo Control

Audrey Gibson Wants Everyone Buying Ammo to Undergo Anger Management Course First

Folks, the Democrats are going to extremes to rape us of our constitutional rights.  Obama has been diligently working on it since he first took office 4 years ago.  However, his efforts have ramped up since his re-election and his loyal minions are following his example.

In the latest of asinine bills being introduced into legislatures across the nation is the one just introduced by Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson from Jacksonville.  Her bill, introduced last Saturday, would require anyone in the state of Florida who wants to purchase any type of ammunition, to undergo an anger management course.  In addition, ammunition purchasers would also have to take a refresher anger management course every 10 years.  Her bill calls for a 3 day waiting period for anyone wanting to purchase a firearm.

The provision of her bill on ammunition reads:

“It is unlawful to: A) Sell ammunition to another person who does not present certification that he or she has successfully completed an anger-management program consisting of at least 2 hours of online or face-to-face instruction in anger-management techniques.  The certification must be renewed every 10 years.”

A first offense would be considered a second-degree misdemeanor, which in Florida could result in up to 60 days in jail, a 6 month probation and fine up to $500.  A second offense within a year of conviction of the first offense would be a first-degree misdemeanor.  If convicted, a first-degree misdemeanor conviction could result in up to 1 year in jail, 12 months of probation and up to $1,000 fine. Continue Reading

The Stunning Zion Natural Park Subway

A stunningly beautiful canyon in Utah’s Zion  National Park has become so popular that park officials have instituted a  lottery for hikers who want to discover its untouched natural  beauty.

Down between two peaks called the North and  South Guardian Angels, the Subway’s low light is the perfect place for algae to  grow in vibrant and rich greens.

The park is issuing 80 permits a day to  hikers who want to visit the cylindrical slot canyon.

 

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 The Subway is what the park calls a unique  slot canyon deep inside the Left Fork of North Creek

 

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Demand for a glimpse at the canyon is  incredibly high because of its ridiculously impressive look

 

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Though extremely popular the Subway appears on  no maps and must be found by experienced pathfinders
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 Ice forms over a canyon stream bed at the  Subway

 

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Inexperienced hikers are encouraged to  come with a friend who knows how to navigate nature as finding the path can be  difficult

 

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 Hikers who wish to reach the Subway must  travel at least 9 miles, including rappelling

The lottery will only be done between peak  seasons between March and November when demand to journey to the gorgeous canyon  is at its highest.

Groups are limited to fewer than 12 people.

The subway itself is roughly a quarter mile  long, but finding your way to the canyon can be difficult.

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 Once hikers reach the entrance they’ll be  treated to a quarter mile of rarely seen beauty

 

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Because of the canyon’s low route, the  lighting filters gently down giving the algae a rich natural green

 

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 Lottery tickets for the Subway will only be  given out between March and November when demand is at its peak

The hike is 9.5 miles round trip, and is more  difficult than a novice hiker should attempt on their own.

Hikers will face route finding, creeks that  need crossing, and boulders that must be scaled. ***

 
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 Hikers must cross boulders, swim through deep  waters, and cross creeks to reach the natural wonder

 

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 Sculpted slots and canyons can be found  throughout the park but none as spectacular as the Subway

 

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 The canyon’s unique characteristics can  almost make one feel as if they’re walking through a painting

Because of the extensive obstacles, the park  encourages people who haven’t much experience  are encouraged to either  find an experienced hiker to go with or to make sure they have a detailed map  before they leave.

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 Because heavy snow melts and spring runoff  sometimes forces the park to close the Subway to visitors

 

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The park has restricted access to the canyon  to groups smaller than 12 people

 

The Subway
The Subway is carved between two peaks called the  North and South Guardian Angels

It’s even more difficult to reach The Subway  if you attempt to do it from the top down, as hikers will need to rappel on  route as well as swim through pools of cold water that will likely have debris.

But if the images that have come out are at  all accurate, the beautiful scenery is worth the hardship of reaching it.

Attribution: Daily Mail

 

The Clinton Hustle

The following video is of the Rush Limbaugh TV show in 1995. It just demonstrates that it’s always the same with the left. They just leap from one crisis to another. We hear the same dire warnings now that we heard 18 years ago. Nothing ever changes with the left. The sky is always falling, unless we spend more.

Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why

Despite the 6.5% stock market rally over the last three months, a handful of  billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and  fast.

Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for  quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained
of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like  Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.

In the latest filing for Buffett’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett has been  drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing
habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and  reduced his overall stake in “consumer product stocks” by 21%. Berkshire
Hathaway also sold its entire stake in California-based computer parts supplier  Intel.

With 70% of the U.S. economy dependent on consumer spending,  Buffett’s apparent lack of faith in these companies’ future prospects is  worrisome.

Unfortunately Buffett isn’t alone.

Fellow billionaire  John Paulson, who made a fortune betting on the subprime mortgage meltdown, is clearing out of U.S. stocks too. During the second quarter of the year,
Paulson’s hedge fund, Paulson & Co., dumped 14 million shares of JPMorgan Chase. The fund also dumped its entire position in discount retailer Family Dollar and consumer-goods maker Sara Lee.

Finally, billionaire George Soros recently sold nearly all of his bank stocks, including shares of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. Between the three banks, Soros sold more than a million shares.

So why are these billionaires dumping their shares of U.S. companies? Continue Reading

Biofuel Scam

from: IBD

 

 In yet another green folly, the lawless Environmental  Protection Agency continues to fine gasoline producers for not using cellulosic biofuels in quantities that don’t exist, making only more pain at the pump.

cellulosic-ethanolLast month, a federal court dealt a serious blow to the Environmental  Protection Agency’s renewable fuels push by ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which aren’t  commercially available. The EPA’s lawless response in a lawless administration was to raise its requirements.

In 2005 and 2007, Congress twice amended the Clean Air Act to establish a renewable fuel standard (RFS) that included a mandate to use cellulosic  biofuels.

If refiners failed to meet the goals, the EPA could fine them. The RFS set ambitious goals for cellulosic biofuels but at least charged the EPA with reducing the requirement if production was lower than the mandate.

This the EPA simply ignored, issuing fines for failing to use this biofuel when it wasn’t even available.

As Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner points out in Politico, 2010, the first year of the mandate, the EPA projected 5 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels would be available.

In fact, there were none. Not a single gallon. In 2011, the EPA increased the mandate to 6.5  million gallons. Again, the actual amount available was zero. Undeterred, in  2012, the EPA increased the required amount to 8.5 million gallons. The actual available amount was 25,000 gallons.

ScamThis absurdity prompted the American Petroleum Institute (API) to file a lawsuit last year challenging the EPA’s rulemaking. The API petitioned the court to review the EPA’s January 2012 RFS.

On Jan. 25, 2013, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed the EPA had  exceeded its authority. “(W)e agree with API that EPA’s 2012 projection of  cellulosic biofuel production was in excess of the agency’s statutory authority,” reads the court decision.

The court further told the agency: “The EPA points to no instance in which the term ‘projected’ is used to allow the projector to let its aspiration for a self-fulfilling prophecy divert it from a neutral methodology.”

The agency’s response to the court’s ruling, Sensenbrenner notes, was to  nearly double its 2013 mandate from 8.5 million gallons to 14 million gallons.

Different from corn- or sugar-based ethanol — which have questionable benefits — cellulosic ethanol is made from wood chips, switch grass and  agricultural waste, such as corncobs.

The EPA’s requirement for 14 million gallons of the stuff is about as realistic as that trillion-dollar coin some have proposed to solve our fiscal problems.