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Above you will find a video that lamely attempts to destroy the credibility of the Bible by suggesting only three verses are not original text. Verses that don’t really alter or affect the totality of scripture. I would also note that they fail to provide any real credible evidence or sources to justify their argument. After  making the claim that the Bible  “has changed a great deal”, they only manage to produce only three verses in scripture that detail only very minor changes, without any real evidence or credible sources to validate those claims.


Based on this lame argument they seem to be suggesting we should throw the whole Bible out and consider it worthless and unreliable. Wow. This is quite obviously a deceitful, lame attempt by the liberal media, as well as liberal elites,who believe we should teach elementary school children there is no gender,that male and female are actually the same. Liberal elites who are working to control all the food sources, and who create toxic GMO food and force the American public to eat it, by refusing to  label it. Liberal elites who promote the warped, twisted,evil, perverse concept, that homosexuality should be taught in schools to elementary school age children, and who argue that pedophilia should be legalized, and good and evil really don’t exist. And the list goes on.


The question is who will you choose to put your trust in, a loving God and his word? A loving God who has and will always have mankind’s best interest in mind? Or perverse ungodly men and women who are led and consumed by their greed and perverse lusts. And who’s sole purpose is to remove God out of every facet of American society and replace him with Satanic luciferian teachings and doctrines that support the kinds of radical changes in elementary school curriculum, and every other facet of society I just outlined?


This hasn’t been the first unsuccessful attempt by liberal elites/luciferians/ sexually perverse, ungodly men and women,  to discredit the Bible. By using what can  really only be considered gossip, because they provide no real credible sources, information or evidence, to support their claims. And it wont be the last.  The question really bowls down to what way of life you choose to follow? God’s way of life which teaches love and respect for your neighbor/other human beings (which should never be mistaken for supporting or promoting evil and ungodly behavior that’s contrary to God’s word) and adherence to a moral standard that  produces order,happiness, sound minds, wisdom, beneficial, productive knowledge, stability and good for society as whole?


Or Satanic liberal elites/luciferians who promote an anything goes way of life,a society where there are no moral restraints or constraints? A society that promotes and teaches elementary school age children that there is no such thing as male or female gender? Corrupt evil powers and a society that seek to fund sex change operations for school age children as young as fifteen years of age without their parents consent, at the expense of tax payers? Perverse, evil, corrupt powers, and a society that believes as long as a boy claims he is a girl he should have access to girls bathrooms and locker rooms and vice versa?


A society and Satanic luciferian powers that are working feverishly to promote the acceptance and teaching of pedophilia to elementary school age children and to legalize pedophilia? Perverse, evil, corrupt powers and a society where the traditional institution of marriage ordained by God, between a  man and a woman is dissolved, and replaced with this perverse, ungodly substitute for marriage, between men with men and women with women? As well as marriage between transgender females with men and transgender males with women? Or however that twisted perversion goes?


Will you give an ear to and follow the vicious Satanic lies and deceitful instruction and destructive direction of liberal elites/luciferians who seek to radically change society to resemble the filthy nature and character of Satan himself?!  And I could go on and on. Because this is what it all boils down to. And these are the choices you have to make. Follow God and his way which produces vibrant , productive, loyal friendships, marriages, communities, societies,long life and eventually eternal life.


Or Satan’s way of life which produces confusion, perversion, disease, mental instability and abominable, perverse, ungodly behavior. Resulting from a warped spiritual condition as a result of demonic influence,cultivated by submitting to a twisted, perverse, ungodly way of life. Which produces demonic influence and possession, chaos and anarchy,confusion,perversion, disease, physical destruction and ultimately spiritual destruction? The question really boils down to what way of life you choose. And whether you choose good,life and blessings, or evil, sorrow, suffering, destruction and death?


Deuteronomy 30:15-19

King James Version (KJV)

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:




Deuteronomy 11:26-28

King James Version (KJV)

26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day:

28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.




Jeremiah 21:8

King James Version (KJV)

8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.



By Donald Bohanon





President Obama has been campaigning hard to allow Syrian refugees to enter the U.S.. His willingness to allow scores of refugees to enter the U.S., most who are coming from areas that are heavily occupied by Isis and other radical Islamic groups I find troubling, confusing and very suspicious.


I have written on more than one occasion that this Presidents focus is and has been complete power and control. To further his destructive agenda. And I believe allowing Syrian refugees to enter this country in such dangerous times is merely another example of a power grab. I will elaborate and explain later in this article.


Not only am I convinced that this Presidents objective is to exploit the anarchy in terms of terrorist attacks,etc,that may surely ensue from allowing refugees to enter this nation. By increasing the NSA’s reach and access into sensitive data about American citizens,etc.


And as I’ve been writing about for sometime, his desire to push the bogus man made Climate Change theory I’m convinced fits directly into his diabolical schemes. The more politicians he can get on board in relation to supporting the bogus, debunked  Climate Change Agenda the more power and control he can yield to the EPA.


An organization which will use that power to completely control American citizens, organizations and big business,etc. To further his and future administrations destructive agenda. This in my opinion is not about compassion for Syrian refugees but in reality is a push to destroy freedoms, free speech and religious liberty amongst other things.


Under the guise of the fight against terrorism. He has already embarked on a secret campaign to label some bible truths as radical ideology. He may use those newly acquired powers in my opinion to work to silence free speech, and in so doing simultaneously destroy religious liberty, and many other freedoms.


The socialist movement under Bernie Sanders I’m convinced will be apart of the power grab. If he, President Obama, is successful and Bernie Sanders is elected as the first socialist, Bernie Sanders I’m certain will take what Obama has implemented to another freedom destroying level.  Silencing opposing voices, while at the same time elevating and establishing the destructive, perverse voices they want  to be heard. Voices who support their destructive causes.


By allowing an influx of Syrian refugees, and no one knows what that influx of refugees will be comprised of.  Terrorist will probably, realistically, makeup  a large portion of the influx and will then engage in terrorist attacks against specific targets in the U.S creating panic and fear resulting in chaos and anarchy.


President Obama then informs the American public that the government will need to enact much more extensive security measures to insure the American public is protected. In the form limiting other American freedoms. Such as silencing free speech as a deceptive propagandized effort to limit recruitment of radical Islamist here in the states,etc.


And probably even more extensive freedom compromising measures like marshal law,etc. To allow an influx of  Syrian refugees when radical Islamist have attacked and killed scores in France and promise to attack the U.S., is suspicious and very irresponsible to say the least.  


This in my opinion has all the makings of a well coordinated and planned power grab that includes and will involve silencing voices this administration doesn’t want to be heard.  A well coordinated plan that will be designed to covertly destroy American freedoms, and that  will grow wings and take flight under the guise of an extensive all out fight against terrorism here in the states.


Build safe zones for the refugees, provide them with food and their necessities, as well as protection, as a coordinated effort between several nations not just the U.S. alone. Until the situation can be resolved, or until the refugees can be properly vetted as opposed to being rushed through the system to gain political points or political advantage.


This is the prudent way this crisis should be dealt with in my opinion. But to allow refugees to enter this country in such dangerous times. When we don’t have a clue where the enemy lurks is very foolish and irresponsible and wreaks in my opinion of something much more diabolical.


This is  not beyond the realm of  possibility. But is consistent with events that are already currently underway, courtesy of the Obama administration. Keep your eyes open. The writing is already on the wall. You can find more information below.


By Donald Bohanon




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In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2010. AquaBounty CEO Ron Stotish, the company that applied with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market genetically modified salmon, speaks to reporters in Rockville, Md. The FDA on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States. AquAdvantage Salmon was created Massachusetts-based AquaBounty. Stotish said in a statement that the fish is a “game changer that brings healthy and nutritious food to consumers in an environmentally responsible manner without damaging the ocean and other marine habitats.” (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States. The Obama administration had stalled in approving the fast-growing salmon for more than five years amid consumer concerns about eating genetically modified foods. But the agency said Thursday the fish is safe to eat.

There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.


Because there are no material differences between an engineered and a normal salmon, the FDA says the law does not require the fish to be labeled as engineered. That means once the salmon reach stores, consumers may not even know they are eating them. AquaBounty Technologies, which developed the genetically modified salmon, says the salmon has the same flavor, texture, color and odor as the conventional fish. Under pressure from activists who oppose genetically modified foods, some retailers have pledged not to sell the salmon at all. And it’s still unclear whether the public will have an appetite for the fish.

There’s no place on our dinner plates for genetically engineered fish. We will continue to work to ensure the market — from grocery retailers to restaurants — continues to listen to the majority of consumers that don’t want to eat this poorly studied, unlabeled genetically engineered fish.





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Just before Paris climate summit, Britain slashes wind, solar subsidies
On November 30th President Obama will join hordes of our ecological betters from around the world at the Paris Climate Summit. Weighty topics of how to save the planet will be discussed and agreements are expected which will further push the cause of eliminating carbon, fossil fuels and everything else we rely on to keep civilization chugging along. One of the leaders in the field of green energy and allegedly reduced carbon emissions has been Great Britain, which makes it all the more odd that just before the big confab kicks off, they’ve slashed all of their wind and solar subsidies to the bone, preferring to focus on converting old power plants to natural gas. (Washington Post)


With breathtaking abruptness, the British government has in recent months slashed its support for solar power and other renewable forms of energy, leaving a once-promising industry with grim prospects and throwing into doubt the country’s commitment to clean power.


The moves have baffled environmentalists, business leaders and even many government allies. Britain has long been in the vanguard of efforts to combat global warming. It has been expected to play a leading role — alongside the Obama administration — in efforts to secure a package of tough reforms at the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, which kicks off at the end of this month.


But the decision to cut hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of support for renewable energy at home, with a planned 87 percent reduction in subsidies for solar power, threatens to undermine Britain’s international authority, while showing just how difficult it can be for a developed nation to break a centuries-long addiction to fossil fuels.
The mournful dirge being sung by the Washington Post reporter sounds like a funeral for your daughter’s first goldfish, but the reality on the ground in Great Britain is quite different than how it’s being portrayed here. The Brits are not outlawing wind, solar or any other form of renewable energy. They’ve just reached the end of their tolerance for the endless promises of how wind and solar in particular were eventually going to become self-sufficient and economical. Up to this point they’ve been dealing with the same situation we have here in the United States. All large scale renewable projects of that type have been heavily subsidized by mandates from the federal government and the liberal application of taxpayer dollars. Without that aid it’s simply not economical and it still doesn’t produce enough energy to come anywhere near supplanting our existing energy sources.


If the wind and solar plants want to make a go of it across the pond we wish them the best, but they’re going to have to figure out how to do it at a reasonable cost. The government is essentially telling them that the time has come to fly from the nest on their own. By the same token, the Brits know that new advancements in energy technology have made natural gas an incredibly cheap option which will last them well through the lifespan of most current plants and they can revisit what sorts of options are available at that time. It’s basic economics.


Meanwhile they’re still dealing with the fallout of stories like this which indicate that the wind farms they’ve built actually have a worse carbon profile than anyone imagined. (The Telegraph)


Wind farms are typically built on upland sites, where peat soil is common. In Scotland alone, two thirds of all planned onshore wind development is on peatland. England and Wales also have large numbers of current or proposed peatland wind farms.


But peat is also a massive store of carbon, described as Europe’s equivalent of the tropical rainforest. Peat bogs contain and absorb carbon in the same way as trees and plants — but in much higher quantities.


British peatland stores at least 3.2 billion tons of carbon, making it by far the country’s most important carbon sink and among the most important in the world.


Wind farms, and the miles of new roads and tracks needed to service them, damage or destroy the peat and cause significant loss of carbon to the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change.
Meh… you win some, you lose some. It’s always so complicated when you go around trying to balance out carbon projections and tinkering with the environment, isn’t it?




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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta.


© REUTERS/Tami Chappell The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta.

Sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis increased dramatically in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


In 2014, 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported, accounting for the highest “number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the CDC,” according to the report released on Tuesday.


The CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new STD infections happen each year in the U.S., with the majority affecting 15 to 24-year-olds.


Reports of gonorrhea and syphilis also increased in 2014. There was a 2.8% increase in chlamydia since 2013, and reports of syphilis, which has three stages, increased for the most infectious stages of the disease by 15.1%. 


There was a particularly “troubling” increase in syphilis infections among men, according to the report. 


“While rates have increased among both men and women, men account for more than 90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases,” according to the report. 


Gay and bisexual men are most at risk for syphilis infections, according to the report. Men who reported that they had sex with other men accounted for 83% of male cases where the partner’s sex was reported. 


“STDs affect people in all walks of life, particularly young women and men, but these data suggest an increasing burden among gay and bisexual men,” Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, said in a statement. 


The CDC report noted that STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea many times have no symptoms, so testing is key to a diagnosis. According to the report, “undiagnosed STDs cause more than 20,000 women to become infertile each year.” 


The increase in STDs is in many ways a result of cuts in funding to public health clinics, Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, told NBC.


“Most recently, there have been significant erosions of state and local STD control programs,” Bolan said. “Most people don’t recognize that the direct clinical care of individuals with sexually transmitted diseases is supported by state and local funds and federal funds.”



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Let me start of by first emphasizing I have no political affiliations whatsoever and this article is not to suggest that I’m in support of a particular candidate, but only an honest assessment of the champion of the Democratic/Liberal party and her Presidential aspirations.But am I a bit biased against Hillary Clinton? Probably. But only because I try to keep focused on the facts relating to her,the facts that should be used to define and judge her,as opposed to the Clinton persona.


With that being said Hillary Clinton wife of former President Bill Clinton is now running for President of the United States. I find the fact that she is running for President amazing in and of itself and quite disturbing based on all the controversy surrounding her. Hillary Clinton was actually conducting official government business on a private  server.  


There have also been questions about many deleted emails that were classified as private government property. Many of her actions relating to those emails would have gotten lower ranking government officials serious jail time. But Hillary Clinton hasn’t been questioned by law enforcement,  much less charged.


I think this is a classic example of how glaring the double standard between the consequences for law breaking as it relates to  government officials, and law breaking for the common citizen.Most American citizens caught engaging in such behavior would have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


Even many lower ranking government officials.  But many blind American’s it seems can’t see past the Clinton persona and focus on her questionable practices. So they simply disregard Hillary Clinton’s actions and blindly throw their support behind her.


Her inability to be trusted and her sense of entitlement to many Americans is glaring. But yet many clueless Americans blindly support and follow her like the pied piper. The biased liberal media shares much of the responsibility for the flawed one sided perception many Americans have of her.

Because they it appears turn a blind eye to these issues as it relates  to members of the Democratic/Liberal party, but are much more scrutinizing when it comes to conservative politicians.


I personally believe Hillary Clinton has proven she can’t be trusted and is unfit to lead this nation based on her actions and her support of destructive, critical, nation impacting issues.


Not only do her questionable actions I believe prove she is untrustworthy, but her lack of moral conscience in such critical times in terms of her support of perverse sexual behaviors, and alternative lifestyles, that greatly anger God put this nation in more of a conundrum and danger.


The writing is on the wall as it relates to how bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes in terms of how God’s punishment on this nation because of it’s abominable sexual sins, and other very offensive sins and behaviors,  is ramping up as it relates to world events. Hillary Clinton in my opinion is not good at all for this nation and wont be good for the nation.


She is not qualified or fit morally, ethically or consciously, to occupy the most powerful office in this nation. Her stance on many moral and nationally impacting issues will insure the collapse and fall of the nation and only expedite it’s destruction, as opposed to insuring it’s growth and survival. What most Democratic/Liberal politicians and citizens fail to realize is that many of the nations problems are resulting from the immoral direction it’s taking.  


The change in moral direction as it relates to support of  perverse lifestyles and behaviors,etc, that greatly anger God. A focus on racial issues that still exist and are prevalent. And a focus on economic and social issues I’m convinced will insure America is once again elevated and respected in the eyes of the world community.


The proclamation of liberty and justice for all American citizens must truly be acted upon and not just empty words that are not supportive of the reality many American’s now live in. And I’m convinced most  Democratic/Liberal politicians are not the answer.


Because morality is the foundation that everything else stands on. Whether it be proper sexual behavior which when exercised improperly corrupts and perverts the spirit, thereby corrupting and perverting the moral and mental state of the practitioner. Which leads to and results in abominable evil and rebellion against God and and his word which is clearly outlined in Romans 1:26-32 .


Something which amounts to physical, spiritual and  national suicide. Abominable,perverse,  ungodly behavior, that’s been manifesting itself repeatedly in news headlines across the nation.  Or honest ethical behavior as it relates to economic issues or compassion on social issues, etc. Bible based morality is the foundation on which it all stands and functions properly and effectively.


Because for it to work you must have honesty as it relates to economic issues, honesty when it comes to handling enormous amounts of money. You must have a moral sexual standard that’s adhered to and followed  by most American citizens when you understand how important that is to social and societal stability,growth and harmony with God, and appeasement of God.


You must have compassion and fairness as it relates to social issues,etc. I haven’t seen one Democratic/Liberal politician who understands how important bible based morality is as it relates to the effective functioning of and survival of this nation, or any  nation for that matter.


Which makes them completely unfit and unqualified to occupy such a powerful office in such critical times. Hillary’s obvious, unethical behavior,greed and insatiable lust for money and power, proves she can’t be trusted and can be bought by the highest bidder, and may have already been bought by the highest bidder.


No matter how corrupt, perverse and sinister, the highest bidders intentions and agenda. And sadly and unfortunately that applies to most corrupt politicians many who are for sale to the highest bidder. And who will be puppets in the oval office.


Based on my knowledge of scripture and knowledge of God’s character, the immoral direction Hillary Clinton and the rest of her Democratic/Liberal cohorts are sure to lead this nation, will not insure it’s survival. But will most certainly expedite it’s fall and destruction.And in that context Hillary Clinton wont be a benefit or champion for the white community,the black community,the latino community or any community for that matter, but in reality she will be a major and very costly liability.


And I’m sure many share similar strong views about Donald Trump, but in circumstances like this you have to decide who is the lesser evil, if that’s how you want to look at it, and in my opinion I think Hillary Clinton would be the greater evil in terms of where her careless,irresponsible actions and policies will lead the nation.And I personally don’t think Donald Trump has done anything that we know of,that can remotely be compared to Hillary Clinton’s egregious and illegal actions.The writing is already on the wall. Are you too blind to see it?



By Donald Bohanon



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Drought drives bears down to foothill town in search of food
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By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press1 hr ago


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In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, photo a California black bear roams in Three Rivers, Calif. Tourists hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance. Three Rivers is literally crawling with hungry bears driven down from the mountains by drought in search of food to fatten up for the winter. The four-year drought shriveled the berry crop in the Sierra Nevada and oaks on parched hillsides produced fewer acorns, forcing the bears into the valleys carved by the branches of the Kaweah River that give this town its name.


In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, photo a California black bear roams in Three Rivers, Calif. Tourists hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance. Three Rivers is literally crawling with hungry bears driven down from the mountains by drought in search of food to fatten up for the winter. The four-year drought shriveled the berry crop in the Sierra Nevada and oaks on parched hillsides produced fewer acorns, forcing the bears into the valleys carved by the branches of the Kaweah River that give this town its name.

In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, photo a California black bear roams in Three Rivers, Calif. Tourists hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance. Three Rivers is literally crawling with hungry bears driven down from the mountains by drought in search of food to fatten up for the winter. The four-year drought shriveled the berry crop in the Sierra Nevada and oaks on parched hillsides produced fewer acorns, forcing the bears into the valleys carved by the branches of the Kaweah River that give this town its name.

THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Tourists and animal lovers hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance of spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance.Three Rivers is literally crawling with hungry bears driven down from the mountains by drought in search of food to fatten up for winter. Everyone seems to have photos of the creatures on their phones or anecdotes of encounters.
Chas Haws’s eyes bugged out as he recalled his surprise coming face to face with a bear before dawn as he walked to Antoinette’s Coffee and Goodies shop along the main road one day.  He carefully stepped back as the bear reared up and then walked away.

“He didn’t care about me at all,” Haws said. “I didn’t smell like a muffin — yet.”


There’s no doubt a bear invasion is afoot in this town of 2,200 that is home to an eclectic mix of park employees, cattle ranchers, hippies, yuppies, artists, as well as a retreat for Los Angeles types that include Anjelica Huston and William Shatner.

Most seem delighted by the visiting black bears — many brown and cinnamon in color — lumbering through grasslands, trotting across roads or wading through rivers.


The four-year drought shriveled the berry crop in the Sierra Nevada and oaks on parched hillsides produced fewer acorns, forcing the bears into the valleys carved by the branches of the Kaweah River that give this town its name.

Water is plentiful and acorns carpet the ground.

Gregory Lockhart had seen one bear in 27 years until this season. Now they’re fixtures on the golf course out his back door and have been witnessed by the pool of a guest house.

“The park is upon us now,” he said.

One resident suggested on a town Facebook forum that people with guests seeking bears not bother winding up the road to the park. Others chimed in with suggestions of where to find them.


A crowd formed recently outside the River View restaurant to gawk at a bear up a tree.

Bears have climbed on roofs for acorns and one was found exploring a bathroom under renovation in a house. A bear tore apart the outer walls of a resident’s pump house and a music studio to get at acorns a woodpecker had stowed in the siding.

Quiet nights are interrupted by air horns, banging on pots or a gunshot to scare off creatures known to forage 20 hours a day as they prepare for long winter naps. But some wonder if those shots are innocent.

Jeff Beck heard dogs barking in the middle of the night followed by gunfire.

“People are shooting the bears, there’s no doubt,” he said.


The Kaweah Commonwealth reported that bears have been illegally slaughtered, but game wardens dismissed it as far-fetched because of a lack of evidence, such as names of suspects, vehicle descriptions or dead bears, said Lt. Doug Barnhart.

The account, however, has sown conflict between nature lovers and those who think it’s a tall tale.

“I’m upset and sad and I just question, ‘Why?'” said Kathleen McCleary, who noted a sense of outrage in some circles. “I don’t see any reason to be shooting them.”

Darrell Fleeman was so disgusted with the story that he yanked his auto repair shop ad from the newspaper.

“Where’s the proof?” he said. “If that were the case, there’d be dead beers everywhere.”

State game wardens haven’t had as many complaints as last season in this area of Central California when bears made it to the San Joaquin Valley cities of Visalia, Porterville and Bakersfield, Barnhart said.


Residents have legally killed bears that broke into cabins and cars in Springville and Camp Nelson, about 25 miles south.

In Three Rivers, they have knocked over plenty of garbage cans and raided fruit trees and grape vines.

They did a number on the apple orchard at Shatner’s Belle Reve ranch, said caretaker Sal Natoli, who said he got a depredation permit to kill the culprits, but didn’t use it during the two-week period it was valid.


The trees look “just like Venus de Milo,” the armless ancient Greek statue, Natoli said.

Bear hunting season runs until Dec. 27 or when a statewide limit of 1,700 bears is killed. The state hasn’t come close to that figure since dogs were outlawed in the hunt in 2013.


Gunfire may not be the biggest challenge for the bears at this point.

If they don’t pack on enough pounds, they won’t return to the mountains to den for the winter, said David Graber, former chief scientist for the National Park Service for the West Coast, and a longtime Three Rivers resident.

“If they don’t hibernate, they’re going to die,” Graber said. “That’s a rare, uncommon event.”



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The unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in October, which is the lowest it has been since prior to the Great Recession. However, as encouraging as this number is, it does not take into account the Labor Participation rate, which remained at its lowest level since 1977.

The Labor Department reported that a healthy 271,000 jobs were added during October, up from 142,000 gained during September, when the unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent.

The Business Insider reports that average hourly earnings also grew at 2.5 percent between Oct. 2014 and Oct. 2015, which is the highest growth rate seen since before the Great Recession.

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“[T]he unemployment rate is close to what would normally be considered the threshold for full employment by the Fed and many private economists. However, the so-called slack that built up in the labor market after the recession has altered traditional calculations of how far unemployment can fall before the job market tightens and the risk of inflation rises,” according to the New York Times. 

CNBC notes that many economists like to look to the U-6 unemployment figure, which takes into account part-time workers who would like to be working full-time. October’s U-6 rate was 9.8 percent, which is a drop of 2 tenths from September.

Another figure that is of great concern when considering the current employment numbers is the low labor participation rate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that rate remained unchanged in October at a stubborn 62.4 percent. That figure is approximately 4 percentage points lower than prior to the Great Recession. It translates to a record approximately 95 million Americans remaining outside the labor force.

The last time the nation experienced such a low labor participation rate was 1977, during the “malaise” days of the Carter economy.

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