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Uncle Hugo's Bookstore Burned Down in Riots (Oldest Science Fiction Bookstore in the US)


Uncle Hugo’s, the oldest independent science fiction and fantasy bookstore in the US founded in 1974, burned down during the recent riots protesting police brutality and racism in the wake of the recent shocking death of George Floyd during a police arrest in Minneapolis. As of May 30, at least 250 businesses across the Twin Cities had been damaged or destroyed. Some, including Uncle Hugo’s, were destroyed completely by fire or suffered extensive water damage. Uncle Edgar’s bookstore, a specialty mystery, suspense, and thrillers shop, which was housed within Uncle Hugo’s, is also gone.

Shit. That place was a treasure, with vintage books and magazines going back to the 1920's. Signed first editions as well.

Just ash now.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Jun 1, 2020, 08:31 AM (9 replies)

AG Barr orders ANTIFA leaders across the country apprehended


Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun May 31, 2020, 10:09 PM (78 replies)

Really glad I don't live in a large city right now.

To everyone who does, be safe.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat May 30, 2020, 11:37 PM (18 replies)

Outrage as South Africa law change could put elephants and giraffes on dinner table


SOUTH AFRICA is deliberating over a radical review of their Meat Safety Act that wildlife activists fear could "pave the way" for elephants, rhinos, giraffes and every animal listed for human consumption.

The South African government first announced the proposed amendment to Schedule 1 of the Meat Safety Act 2000 back in February, which is yet to be implemented. Wildlife campaigners and officials fear the law change could enable animals to be eaten by humans in the future. Some speculate it may be part of a broader plan to add more creatures to the menu and to launch a rare meat industry for international markets. The proposed amendment has been put out to the public for comment, a phase of the process that is due to close at the end of June. There are additional concerns that the suggested alterations could put endangered species at greater risk, cause additional problems for anti-poachers and in a worst case scenario potentially increase the risk of zoonotic transmissions.

Questions have been raised about new proposals made for The Meat Safety Act due to potentially troubling wording that appears to suggest all animals – including endangered and threatened species – could be fit for human and animal consumption. While the act presides over the “safety of animal products” with respect to abattoirs, import and exportation, and safety schemes, government officials and wildlife campaigners fear the worst.

They are concerned by the inclusion of 33 wild species – including rhinos, giraffes, elephants and hippopotamuses – that appears to make it “legal” for animal “slaughter, consumption, import, export and sale”.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri May 29, 2020, 11:19 AM (0 replies)

Man shot dead amid violent George Floyd protests in Minneapolis

Source: Market Watch

A man was shot dead outside of a Minneapolis pawn shop Wednesday night as violent protests over the death of George Floyd rattled the city, authorities said.

Minneapolis cops are investigating reports that the victim was a looter shot dead by an owner of the business, police department spokesman John Elder said at press briefing early Thursday.

The man was found with a gunshot wound outside of Cadillac Pawn and Jewelry on East Lake Street near Bloomington Avenue at about 9:25 p.m. local time, Elder said.

“That is one of the theories that we’re working into,” Elder said in response to a reporter questioning if there’s any credence to the narrative that the owner shot dead a looter trying to break into his store.

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/man-shot-dead-amid-violent-george-floyd-protests-in-minneapolis-2020-05-28
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu May 28, 2020, 11:09 AM (29 replies)

'Not a mask in sight': thousands flock to Yellowstone as park reopens


On Monday, thousands of visitors from across the country descended on Yellowstone national park, which opened for the first time since its closure in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have been cooped up for weeks,” Jacob Willis told the Guardian near a crowd of onlookers at the Old Faithful Geyser. “When the parks opened, we jumped at the opportunity to travel,” said Willis, who had arrived from Florida.

Yellowstone, America’s oldest national park, and the nearby Grand Teton national park are the most recent to have partially reopened with the support of the Trump administration.

“I hope everybody is listening,” Donald Trump announced earlier in May. “The parks are opening, and rapidly, actually.”

While many have celebrated the reopening of the revered landscapes, others have raised health concerns about large, possibly maskless, groups of out-of-state visitors arriving and potentially skirting social distancing guidelines.

“We checked the webcam at Old Faithful at about 3.30pm yesterday,” said Kristin Brengel, the senior vice-president of government affairs at the National Parks Conservation Association. “Not much physical distancing happening and not a single mask in sight.”

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue May 19, 2020, 03:19 PM (2 replies)

Exclusive: police fail in attempt to tase Ahmaud Arbery in 2017 incident - video (Guardian UK)


Police attempted to use a Taser on Ahmaud Arbery, the slain Georgia jogger, after questioning why he was sitting alone in his car in a park one morning in November 2017, according to records and a police video first obtained by the Guardian.

The video comes to light as law enforcement in the area faces scrutiny after Arbery was shot dead by two white men while out for a run in February. Police did not initially arrest Gregory and Travis McMichael, who chased down and killed the unarmed Arbery, and a prosecutor assigned to the case wrote a lengthy memo explaining why the killing was legally justified.

In a joint statement to the Guardian, lawyers working for the Arbery family described the video as a clear depiction of 'a situation where Ahmaud was harassed by Glynn county police officers'
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue May 19, 2020, 11:00 AM (10 replies)

Judge says California law requiring background checks to purchase ammo violates the Second Amendment

Source: The Hill

A federal judge in California ruled that a law requiring background checks to purchase ammunition violates the Second Amendment.

Voters approved toughening California firearms laws to include background checks on ammo purchases in 2016, and the restrictions took effect last July. The California Rifle & Pistol Association filed a lawsuit against the state shortly after.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez called the law “onerous and convoluted” and “constitutionally defective.”

“The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted. California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured,” Benitez, a Bush appointee, wrote in the ruling.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/494445-judge-says-california-law-requiring-background-checks-to-purchase-ammo
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Apr 24, 2020, 12:48 AM (24 replies)
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