Good news.

Contraception, abstinence push U.S. teen birthrates to historic lows

Taking back the roads.

A public-access group wants Montezuma County commissioners to assert jurisdiction over all roads within the county, including roads on land within Bureau of Land Management, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the San Juan National Forest parcels.

The Southwest Public Lands Coalition presented legal evidence that they said proved every road within the county boundaries is ultimately controlled by the county.

Coalition chairman Dennis Atwater and co-chairman Casey McClellan said closure of roads through the federal Travel Management Plan process is overreach and denies legal access to the public.

Another hot one for Missouri?

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

A convenience store owner called 911 on Tuesday when he suspected Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the call. Another woman called to report Powell was acting erratically and had a knife in his pocket.

Two officers in a police SUV responded to the calls, the cell phone video shows. When the officers got out of their vehicle, Powell walked in their direction, yelling and telling them to shoot him already.

A time when we could still ‘free people’.

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The curse of the Islamic State

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State

Images of Yazidis fleeing parts of Iraq and Syria have shocked the world and the battle against the jihadists with the Islamic State has united Americans, Europeans, Kurds and Iranians. Can the Islamists be stopped?

Obama/Clinton Reset Review

Ukraine conflict: Russia convoy ‘in customs border zone’

The disadvantage of geothermal heating.

Iceland evacuates area near Bardarbunga volcano

Trying to get them out …

A US secret military mission had “recently” tried but failed “to free a number of American hostages held in Syria”, the Pentagon has revealed.

It did not say whether the US troops had also tried to rescue US journalist James Foley, a video of whose beheading by Islamic State appeared on Tuesday.

However, senior US officials – speaking on condition of anonymity – said this was the case.

IS said Foley’s death was revenge for US air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.

US President Barack Obama condemned the killing as “an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world”.

Cambodia backs off.

Cambodia Orders Halt to Anti-Vietnamese Protests After Flag Burning Incident

Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Nam Hong on Tuesday ordered the country’s embattled Khmer Krom ethnic group to suspend protests against Vietnam over a territorial dispute as Phnom Penh expressed “regret” to Hanoi over the burning of a Vietnamese flag during the demonstrations last week.

Horn Nam Hong met at his office with the head of the Khmer Kampuchea-Krom Community, Thach Setha, who agreed to temporarily halt the protest outside the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh following the request from the minister.

This doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

Computers at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have been hacked three times in the last three years, according to documents obtained under an open-records request.

Two of the attacks are believed to have originated in foreign countries, while the source of the third remains unknown because incident logs have been destroyed.

The first attack used a regular phishing email to trick staff into handing over their login credentials. The message asked them to verify their user accounts by clicking on a link which took them to a cloud-based Google spreadsheet they had to log in to view.

The ruse targeted around 215 staff, of which 12 fell for the bait, according to the report obtained by Nextgov. …

Another Papal Conclave is just around the corner?

Pope Francis publicly addressed the specter of his own death for the first time, giving himself “two or three years” while seriously mulling the possibility of retirement.

Francis, 77, said Monday during a press conference aboard his jet as he traveled home from South Korea that he’s likely to meet his maker soon — very soon.

Some answers are probably in order.

A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report. …

… The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began.

Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace the M4, a soldier’s most important personal defense, has been shrouded in secrecy.

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Interesting …

… but probably has some bad potential.

Delaware passes law to give others access to our e-lives when we die

Emergency camping with the grand kids.

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And you didn’t believe me …

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Good idea.

Google has to wrap its trans-Pacific underwater fiber cables in a Kevlar-like material, because sharks are quite partial to having a munch on them.

GOP jumping to the front of the line.

Republicans want to beat Democrats at their own game this November by proposing a new way to widen access to birth control.

GOP candidates around the country are saying they want to make the pill available over the counter without a doctor’s prescription for the first time since it was approved in 1960.

The party hopes its stance, widely shared by healthcare providers, will help neutralize tough debates over birth control coverage and cut into Democrats’ traditional advantage among women voters.

The creeps of the internet.

In the wake of her father’s death on Monday, Zelda Williams found herself being targeted by trolls who were harassing her with Photoshopped images of her deceased dad.

Robin Williams was found dead of apparent suicide. While messages of love and support poured out across the world, Zelda’s Twitter account was almost immediately spammed with anonymous accounts posting gruesome images, forcing the 25-year-old to post a statement to her account saying she would be leaving Twitter and other forms of social media to grieve privately.

Genetic change at high altitudes.

In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air on the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A study led by University of Utah scientists is the first to find a genetic cause for the adaptation – a single DNA base pair change that dates back 8,000 years – and demonstrate how it contributes to the Tibetans’ ability to live in low oxygen conditions.

Dodging the man.

Voters don’t hear the words “climate change” when Democrats in competitive races in California explain what’s causing the worst drought in the state’s history.

President Obama has repeatedly blamed global warming for episodes of severe weather, including wildfires and droughts in the Golden State, but Democrats seeking to unseat Republicans in the hard-hit Central Valley region are balking at that argument.

Geez … ya think?

The performance of the media in covering the Israel-Gaza conflict remains the one area of investigation that is sorely needed.

The other canditates

Five figures on the left who could challenge Hillary Clinton

Protests in Pakistan.

Protesters Call for Pakistani Premier to Step Down

Sorry about the lack of posts.

I had to go on an emergency camping trip with the grand children.

I thought I would have the time for a warning post but it just didn’t work.

We didn’t catch any fish if that will help you feel better.

But then again we didn’t do any fishing.

I’ll see if I can put up a photo later.

Looks like they get you coming and going.

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the only federal agency where hundreds of employees do union business full-time on the public’s dime.

“Taxpayers spent around $156 million on federal employees who did no federal work at all,” said Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government.

Watchdog.org reported last week that union business — oxymoronically classified as “official time” — is subsidized by the IRS. Mehrens uncovered similar behavior at other agencies.

At the IRS, 286 full-time staffers worked exclusively for the National Treasury Employees Union while receiving government paychecks in 2012 (the latest year for which statistics were available).

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