Tongue-in-cheek bill would ship problem wolves to Bainbridge Island

A Washington state representative from Bainbridge Island wants to stop the state from killing wolves. In response to her legislation, an eastern Washington lawmaker now wants to send the wolves to Bainbridge Island to live.

Conservationists focused on wolf recovery know it can be one of the state’s most controversial topics, and dueling wolf bills now show the divide between politics east and west of the Cascades.

The first bill was proposed by Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Bainbridge Island. It reads, “The department may not authorize the killing of gray wolves”. HB 1045 would make it illegal for the state to kill wolves for attacking livestock and instead force their relocation.

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, lives in wolf territory and filed a bill in response. HB 1639 would create a wolf sanctuary on Bainbridge Island so problem wolves can live there instead and locals can benefit from “the largely untapped wolf tourism industry.”

“It’s a response to a really insulting bill,” Kretz said.

Kretz says his constituents are constantly plagued with the challenges of wolf recovery and a bill that would ban killing wolves could ruin their rural economy.

“The big impact is the stress on the cattle. I had a rancher sell 200 of his best cows a summer ago because they had been harassed all summer long. They came in, I have pictures, they were two for 300 pounds on your way. They are skin and bones. They don’t have a calf by their side. And they’re not pregnant. They are crazy for being run all summer long,” he said.

How not to get bored while on a hunting trip

Hunting trips are meant to be a relief, a getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life and its schedules. To some people, hunting as a sport or an activity might appear excessive, and cruel, but it is known that in moderation, hunting is actually sometimes useful for the regeneration and restoration of equilibrium in wildlife. While many absolutely love to go hunting, many are just starting anew, and it would be easy for hunters to get a little restless and bored during the waiting period. So here are a few tips to shake off boredom while on a hunting trip.


These days, nearly everyone has a fully equipped smartphone on which one can listen to music, watch videos and play games. If the battery power of your phone is good, you can always use it for these purposes, but in limitation, because you’ll probably need to save a bit of battery for later. A more old-fashioned but reliable form of entertainment is a paperback novel. Reading, especially in nature, is relaxing, and will not distract you from the hunt.

Observation and inventory

While waiting for the target animal or bird to appear in your line of sight, it is fun as well as useful to look around, listen, and observe other kinds of wildlife and flora in the area. Sometimes there is a pattern in other animals’ or birds’ movements or sounds, which helps in understanding and perhaps even predicting when the target might appear. Keeping written notes with freehand illustrations and comments is a neat, clever and fun activity to do when waiting.

Broadening the spectrum

One size does not fit all, but sometimes you can look at the possibility of hunting other game while waiting for your primary target. At the very least, you may get to see a glimpse of other animals and birds, while trying to understand how to hunt them. This will make you prepared for hunting a lot of different wildlife. You might track another animal or bird while waiting for a deer, as a general example. However, be aware of hunting regulations and restrictions wherever you go for hunting. Hunting certain animals is prohibited in some areas, such as the recent ban proposal about coyote hunting in Wisconsin.

Keep your team members interested

If your team is along, keeping your team members from getting bored is the toughest challenge, especially if the members are first time hunters. Make sure it’s like a game for them, while teaching them the important safety regulations just as seriously. Get them their own camouflage clothing and gear to make them feel more involved.

Relax your mind

Nature’s sounds are never jarring; it is easy to close one’s eyes and settle down into a light meditative mode. This also awakens your sense of smell and hearing, both of which are critically important for a hunter.

There is a lot to see and to experience when surrounded by nature, and a hunting trip is as good as any other outing, to feel close to nature and enjoy some peace.


[Hunt each other and leave the animals alone]

Play Russian Roulette with your huntin’ buddies; Or better yet, point your gun at your own head and try to put yourself out of your misery (a bit extreme, but better than being bored, right?).

[Other Ideas are welcome in the Comments section below…]

Elephants legalise the squishing of wealthy thrill-killing arseholes

The African Pachyderm Organisation stunned conservationists by ending a long-standing moratorium on the crushing of rich tossers who think slaughtering rare wildlife somehow makes up for the loveless pantomime that is their life.

Tembo, a Tanzanian bull elephant and PR director for the APO, denied the move was linked to the steady increase of privileged bellends called Troy or Donald Jr going to Africa and pretending that shooting a large animal from the safety of a Land Rover is a life-affirming experience.

He explained, “We are doing it to enhance the ecological health of the Rich Prick subspecies, particularly in America.

“They have been too long removed from having to fend for themselves and the degeneracy is showing. We are seeing highly aggressive behaviour combined with physical cowardice and horrendous mating habits based on intimidation and humiliation. A cull is long overdue.”

Tembo also denied the unrestricted squishing of narcissist wankers emulating Hemingway would hurt the tourist trade in already impoverished countries.

He went on, “Quite the opposite. The end of restrictions will mean great windfalls for local communities.

“The APO is fully committed to the principles of Sustainable Squishing. Our crushers work with rural humans to track and bait the trigger-happy fuckwits with promises of macabre selfies next to dead apex predators.

“Tribal elders are always consulted to help select the most egregious gun-nuts for a good trampling.

“The locals take all the spoils and a share of the squishing fee. Did you know that the personal effects of a Florida orthodontist can buy a whole new schoolhouse for a Zambian village?”

Donald Trump Hates Alec Baldwin’s Portrayal Of Him On ‘SNL’

Donald Trump is not amused by “Saturday Night Live.”

The GOP nominee demonstrated how thin-skinned he is on Sunday morning by blasting the show for mocking him.

Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!

The brash businessman tweeted out his anger by first claiming that “SNL” had performed a “hit job” on him.

He also said Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him “stinks” and that it was “time to retire the boring and unfunny show.” Trump conveniently forgot, however, that he actually hosted the show just 11 months ago in November 2015.

Trump lobbed in his usual “media rigging election” allegation Sunday for good measure.

Bewildered Twitter users responded by asking exactly why a presidential candidate was even commenting on the satirical skits.

@realDonaldTrump so thinned skin, cant even handle SNL. please quit the race and move to russia

Baldwin’s portrayal of Trump has earned the actor rave reviews. But don’t take our word for it.

Check out his spot-on impression of the former reality TV personality during the second presidential debate, which aired this weekend, here:

Letterman Has No Love for ‘Damaged’ Trump

By DAVE ITZKOFF  8 hrs ago
Donald J. Trump, left, appearing on David Letterman’s late-night show in 1987.© NBC/NBCU Photo Bank, via Getty Images Donald J. Trump, left, appearing on David Letterman’s late-night show in 1987. In his 33 years as a late-night entertainer, David Letterman was both a host and an antagonist to politicians of every stripe. He took a centrist approach to NBC’s “Late Night” (which he starred in from 1982 to 1993) and at CBS’s “Late Show” (where he was the M.C. from 1993 until his retirement in 2015), holding wide-ranging conversations with President Bill Clinton or Senator John McCain on a given evening, then bringing the satirical hammer down on them the following night.Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee, was a frequent guest as well as a comedic target: During her failed presidential bid in 2008, for example, he joked that her campaign was “$20 million in debt — now when she gets that 3 a.m. call, it’s from a collection agency.”


Mr. Letterman, 69, had an especially feisty relationship with Donald J. Trump, who had been a frequent guest and sparring partner since the 1980s. As an interview subject since becoming the Republican presidential nominee, Mr. Trump has since bedeviled hosts like Jimmy Fallon (who was criticized for going too easy on him) and Stephen Colbert (who acknowledges he should have been a tougher interrogator). But Mr. Letterman seemed to land some lasting hits on Mr. Trump: a 2012 “Late Show” segment in which he mocked Mr. Trump for outsourcing his Macy’s clothing line to Asia resurfaced this year in a campaign ad for Mrs. Clinton.

Now Mr. Letterman says that Mr. Trump is no longer a laughing matter. In an interview on Wednesday to discuss his involvement in the National Geographic Channel series “Years of Living Dangerously,” which examines environmental problems around the world, Mr. Letterman spoke about his evolving thoughts on the Republican nominee and why he considers him “a damaged human being” and “a person to be shunned.” These are edited excerpts from that conversation.

Q. You featured Donald Trump on your programs many times over the years. What perspective has that given you on his presidential candidacy?

A. I’ve known Donald Trump for a long time and I always thought he was exactly what New York City needed to have: the big, blowhard billionaire. “By God, I’m Donald Trump and I date models and I put up buildings, and everything is gold.” Nobody took him seriously, and people loved him when he would come on the show. I would make fun of his hair, I would call him a slumlord, I would make fun of his ties. And he could just take a punch like nothing. He was the perfect guest.

So now, he decides he’s running for president. And right out of the box, he goes after immigrants and how they’re drug dealers and they’re rapists. And everybody swallows hard. And they think, oh, well, somebody will take him aside and say, “Don, don’t do that.” But it didn’t happen. And then, I can remember him doing an impression, behind a podium, of a reporter for The New York Times who has a congenital disorder. And then I thought, if this was somebody else — if this was a member of your family or a next-door neighbor, a guy at work — you would immediately distance yourself from that person. And that’s what I thought would happen. Because if you can do that in a national forum, that says to me that you are a damaged human being. If you can do that, and not apologize, you’re a person to be shunned.

I kept telling people he will absolutely not get elected. And then David Brooks said he’ll get the nomination and he will be crushed in the general election. And I thought: Yeah, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. I stand by that. The thing about Trumpy was, I think people just were amused enough about him to keep him afloat in the polls, because nobody wanted the circus to pull up and leave town.

How did you feel about the Clinton campaign using the “Late Show” video in an anti-Trump ad?

It made me a wealthy man. [laughs, then seriously] I was flattered. I was pleased. I felt like I still have a small voice in this. I thought it was good. Slowly but surely, everybody got sucked into this vortex. “Did you hear what Donald Trump said?” And everything downstream got worse and worse. Poor Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets sucked into it, and I’m thinking, Oh, don’t take the bait, ma’am. Then she says so-and-so and she has to apologize. Kids, if you turn off the light, the moths will stop coming.

Jimmy Fallon seemed to try a different approach, by not even addressing Trump’s controversies, and it got a negative reaction. How would you handle Trump as a guest now?

If I had a show, I would have gone right after him. I would have said something like, “Hey, nice to see you. Now, let me ask you: what gives you the right to make fun of a human who is less fortunate, physically, than you are?” And maybe that’s where it would have ended. Because I don’t know anything about politics. I don’t know anything about trade agreements. I don’t know anything about China devaluing the yuan. But if you see somebody who’s not behaving like any other human you’ve known, that means something. They need an appointment with a psychiatrist. They need a diagnosis and they need a prescription.

‘Seek Funding’ Step Added To Scientific Method

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Go Tell it to Lady Gaga

Dear Grist,

Please remove me from your mailing list. Somehow I got sucked into subscribing to your newsletter, under the wrongful assumption that you folks actually cared about the Earth and its non-human inhabitants. Maybe some of you did at one time, but you’re being shouted-down and bullied by the unabashed flesh-eaters in the crowd.

I used to enjoy your articles on overpopulation and climate change, but lately you’ve been wasting my time (and yours) with campaigns urging the consumption of animals (as though meat-eating were a lost art in America; an important tradition in need  of a champion).

You may have started your backslide slowly with your eat-all-things-dead agenda, but lately you’ve been pushing meat like it’s going out of style. The last straw was when you started spelling-out the word “Meat” with the body-parts of your dead victims like something that serial killers Ed Gein or Jeffry Dahmer might have done.

But, whoever came up with this idea obviously modeled it after Lady-Gaga’s infamous and equally bad tasting “meat-dress.”

Lady Gaga meat dress part deux