Friday, June 5, 2015

Bear of a Breakfast

I think this is what attracted them:

"Doughnuts aren’t just for breakfast anymore. That’s the idea behind the latest Dunkin’ Donuts pastries, created to help spur afternoon sales. The chain will start selling Chips Ahoy doughnuts filled with cookie dough-flavored buttercream on Monday. Dunkin’ also is testing mini doughnuts at about 40 restaurants in the Pittsburgh area and will introduce filled croissant doughnuts later this year. Some fast-food chains seek more breakfast customers, but Dunkin’ aims to decrease its reliance on the morning rush. The Canton-based chain, with about 8,100 US locations, has been advertising new sandwiches and offers breakfast items all day. Dunkin’ will also sell a Chips Ahoy doughnut without filling. Both of the pastries have chocolate icing and are dipped in cookie crumbs."

Sometimes I can't swallow other parts of the agenda, sorry.

"Teen, 17, says she was chased by bear down Amherst street" by Steve Annear Globe Staff  June 01, 2015

It was the fastest Carly Hall has ever run in her life.

While walking a family friend’s dog around Tracey Circle in Amherst on Saturday, Hall said, she and three friends encountered a black bear lurking in the shadows just beyond the road.

Moments later, the chase was on.

“We didn’t know what to do at first, and the dog was barking at the bear. Then the bear started picking up speed and coming toward us, so we dispersed and started running different ways,” said Hall, 17.

As her friends scattered, the bear stayed close behind Hall.

She released the dog’s leash, and the pet skittered off.

Hall says the bear continued to follow her, and got close enough that it brushed her back with its claw. It also hit her arm, leaving a slight bruise.

“It barely scratched the skin. Luckily there was no blood,” she said.

Hall said she managed to escape by hopping on top of the hood of a nearby car.

Then the bear lost interest and went in the direction of the dog.

After the bear chased her, Hall returned to her family friend’s house and reconnected with her friends.

The group located the dog in a neighbor’s yard, and Hall called her mother to tell her what happened.

Hall said she rushed home before getting the scratches examined.

State Environmental Police Lieutenant David Unaitis, who supervises the Western Massachusetts region, said the department sent an officer to the scene after speaking with Hall’s mother, Deborah Hall.

Unaitis said the responding officer located a 60-pound to 70-pound bear cub and a roughly 225-pound female bear in the area where Hall said the chase occurred.

He said because Hall’s wounds were minor, and it wasn’t a bite, it wasn’t necessary to euthanize either of the bears.

It was also unclear whether it was the mother or the cub that chased Hall.

“We’re not going to indiscriminately kill bears just by chance,” Unaitis said.

Good to hear, but if you will bear-with-me....

Unaitis said some bears in the state may show less fear of humans.

“We tell people to back away from them and make noise to scare them off. Sometimes that works,” he said. “But this would be categorized as a rare incident.”


Getting less rare:

"Regular black bear sightings taking place southwest of Boston" by Aneri Pattani Globe Correspondent  June 02, 2015

At least five black bear sightings have been reported in and around Norfolk County over the past three weeks, officials said.

Officials believe all the sightings were of one bear, probably a young male.

“It is at this time of year that they are being booted out by their adult mothers,” said Marion Larson, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

The bear probably came from Worcester County, where black bears are known to be living and breeding. Young males will often travel long distances to find new territory, Larson said. “The [Interstate] 495 corridor is kind of the next frontier for bears,” she added.

Bears often wander into residential neighborhoods because there is easy access to food sources, such as bird feeders, garbage, open compost, and grills, according to the wildlife agency.

While no one was injured in any of the bear sightings, Larson asked people to be cautious.

“Generally, bears are afraid of people, which is a good thing,” she said. “But you certainly shouldn’t approach it.”

People should never try to feed bears, she said. Homeowners should put away bird feeders and keep a close eye on pets. Larson also recommended waiting to put out trash until the morning of pickup.

“Don’t put it out the night before,” she said. That is like leaving “an all-you-can-eat buffet for the bears.”

If people come face-to-face with a bear, they should remain calm and slowly back away without drawing attention to themselves, according to the agency.... 

Pray it never happens, but I'll be startled and running if it does.


"Yellowstone rangers caution tourists amid bison attacks" by Mead Gruver Associated Press  June 04, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Bison have gored two people in the Old Faithful area within the past three weeks. The latest attack Tuesday was an especially violent scene, as a bison charged a 62-year-old Australian man and flung him into the air several times.

A male American bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, bigger than a Smart car. They have horns that aren’t just for grubbing around for tasty shoots.

Bison often behave much like cattle, lumbering about and lazing in the sunshine. But when they get a mind to, they can run up to 40 miles per hour, or almost twice as fast as Usain Bolt’s world-record speed in the 100-meter dash.

‘‘I just don’t think people realize how fast bison move. They’re big animals, but they move quickly. And so when a bison becomes agitated, it doesn’t take him long to cover that short distance,’’ Yellowstone spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said.

The unidentified Australian was flown by helicopter to a hospital where he was treated for serious injuries and released Tuesday night.

The attack happened as a group of people crowded near the bison as it lay on grass near a paved trail. The man was taking photos of the shaggy beast from just a few feet, but the whole crowd was much too close, park officials said.

Yellowstone’s summer tourist season began a month ago and already the park has had some dicey run-ins between wildlife and tourists. A recent videotape showed camera-clicking tourists scrambling for their vehicles as a black bear and her cubs tried to cross a bridge in Yellowstone and began running in their direction....


I've decided to skip the fish for lunch. It didn't smell good to me, I don't care where they claim to have caught it. Going to skip the bird, too, because I don't like the kitchens. For all we know, the roadkill could be GMO.

I suppose that leaves this: 

"Chobani founder and chief executive Hamdi Ulukaya (left) says he will join some of the world’s richest individuals in pledging to give away at least half his wealth, estimated at $1.41 billion. The Turkish-born yogurt entrepreneur is making the commitment as part of The Giving Pledge, created by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The effort asks billionaires to commit to giving away more than half their wealth during their lifetimes or in their wills. The group notes the pledge is a ‘‘moral commitment,’’ not a legal contract. Ulukaya said he plans to devote his philanthropic efforts to helping refugees around the world. He has set up a website for a foundation, called Tent, that he plans to fund over time. Ulukaya, 43, had already pledged last year to donate $2 million for refugees fleeing violence in his homeland. Ulukaya said he was inspired by watching his mother ‘‘give to those who needed it’’ and that he had always planned to donate most of what he had."

They give it away to well-connected agenda-pushing causes, they do. 

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