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Invasive 'Alabama Jumpers' Can Reproduce Without a Mate, Lay 20 Worm Cocoons Each Month

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Summer is almost here, and for many American families, that means a time of joy, laughter and togetherness. In no other season do kids really have an opportunity to be kids.

Summer also is the season for an armada of Alabama jumpers, an invasive species of worms from East Asia that want nothing more than to ravage your lawn and garden, leaving nothing but horticultural devastation in their wake.

Also called jumping worms, snake worms or Jersey wrigglers, these worms spread quickly, and their activity is destructive to topsoil. This could destroy lawns, gardens and ancient forests.

That’s not a big deal in ecosystems that have evolved alongside these worms, but North America is new territory for them, meaning there could be real problems for plants.

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“Just like any other invasive species that are displaced into a brand new habitat that might not have controls, they’re able to take advantage of that and go gangbusters,” Brad Herrick, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, told Vox News last month.

But Alabama jumpers — which have been spotted in more than half of the United States and at least one province in Canada, according to Vox — have a unique quality that makes them  difficult to overcome.

Vox furthered that Alabama jumpers reproduce asexually, meaning  they can effectively clone themselves without the need for a mate. Furthermore, a single worm can produce as many as 20 hardy cocoons a month; it takes temperatures of at least 104 degrees Fahrenheit for three days to kill the cocoons.

One Twitter user already is commenting on the cataclysmic battle against these subterranean creatures:

The hysteria has left some Americans — including one television editor — confused and alarmed:

However, Austin Little, a University of Illinois horticulture educator, is cautioning that it isn’t time to panic, though he does call for greater prevention efforts.

“It’s not an emergency level yet. But that’s why prevention is important,” Little told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “They have the potential to downgrade an ecosystem quickly.”

However, he also acknowledged that the worms likely are here to stay.

“They’re here, and it’s probably something we’ll have to keep a close eye on as we go along. It’s about continued management,” Little said, emphasizing the need for people to remove the worms from their lawns and gardens.

Overall, Alabama jumpers are something — for ecological purposes — that you should keep an eye on, but there’s no evidence they are harmful to humans.

So enjoy your summer, but unless you live in a very hot place, you should be on jumper patrol.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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CNN’s Description of Christmas Parade Massacre Sparks Outrage: ‘You Guys Are a Joke’

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At CNN, journalism is a joke that stopped being funny a long time ago — but this was off the scale.

The leftist network scored a new low in journalistic obfuscation over the weekend with a Twitter post aimed at alerting readers that the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was marking the seventh day since a Christmas parade turned into a scene of horror thanks to a career criminal who caused the death of six people by driving head-on into innocent children and Dancing Grannies.

But in the CNN Twitter post Sunday, the real killer was nowhere to be found — and social media users were infuriated.

“Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others,” CNN reported blandly.

As most sentient Americans know — which might eliminate those who rely on liberal “news” networks for their information about the wider world — it was not simply some mindless piece of machinery that propelled itself into the Christmas celebration in the town about 20 miles west of Milwaukee.

Behind the wheel of the sport utility vehicle was a Milwaukee resident named Darrell Brooks Jr., a man who, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has an arrest record dating back more than two decades.

Brooks was apparently involved in a “domestic disturbance” shortly before plowing into the parade, ultimately causing the deaths of six ranging in age from 8 to 81.

Brooks, who is black, has a history of social media posts expressing hatred for white people and, of course, despising former President Donald Trump.

But at CNN, none of that was important enough to mention in a Twitter post about the aftermath of the parade horror. Instead, a “car” mindlessly, almost accidentally apparently, found itself wiping out the lives of young, middle-aged and elderly Americans.

CNN social media’s editors might have thought they were playing on their home field on the liberal-dominated platform of Twitter, but there were too many sane social media users to let that fly. And the scorn poured in.

And some users pointed out specific details that were missing:

Journalism is practiced by human beings, of course, so mistakes and errors are always going to happen.

But with CNN and other liberal news outlets, the mistakes always go in favor of the liberal worldview, even if that means distorting the truth beyond recognition.

No one who’s followed American mainstream media even casually in recent years can doubt for a second that CNN’s post would have been written in a considerably different manner if the driver in the parade massacre had been a white man and his victims black. (The network’s handling of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial only a few weeks ago put its bias on display.)

No one can doubt that the week since the killings would have been filled with endless reams of copy and endless panel discussions of What Makes White Men Murderers.

But the facts are what they are — and they don’t fit into the liberal mainstream narrative of “white rage.” And when facts are inconvenient, CNN plays with words to hide them, or simply leaves them out completely.

Thus, a “car” can magically turn itself murderous. There is no mention of the very strong possibility that racial hatred played a role in the horror.

And CNN reaches yet a new low in an already deplorable history.

People don’t kill people. Cars kills people. And CNN and its mainstream media fellow travelers are doing their best to kill American journalism.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

At CNN, journalism is a joke that stopped being funny a long time ago — but this was off the scale. The leftist network scored a new low in journalistic obfuscation over the weekend with a Twitter post aimed at alerting readers that the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was marking the seventh day since a Christmas parade turned into a scene of horror thanks to a career criminal who caused the death of six people by driving head-on into innocent children and Dancing Grannies. But in the CNN Twitter post Sunday, the real killer was nowhere to be found — and social media users were infuriated. “Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others,” CNN reported blandly. Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others.https://t.co/QMNccpBI0y — CNN (@CNN) November 28, 2021 As most sentient Americans know — which might eliminate those who rely on liberal “news” networks for their information about the wider world — it was not simply some mindless piece of machinery that propelled itself into the Christmas celebration in the town about 20 miles west of Milwaukee. Behind the wheel of the sport utility vehicle was a Milwaukee resident named Darrell Brooks Jr., a man who, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has an arrest record dating back more than two decades. Brooks was apparently involved in a “domestic disturbance” shortly before plowing into the parade, ultimately causing the deaths of six ranging in age from 8 to 81. Brooks, who is black, has a history of social media posts expressing hatred for white people and, of…

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Executed: Shameless Looter Guns Down Ex-Cop Security Guard as Robbery Wave Envelops Lib-Run CA

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California’s Bay Area is descending more and more into anarchy.

After mass-scale looting on Nov. 22, the chaos in California progressed into the next week, resulting in the death of an Oakland security guard.

According to KRON-TV, former police officer turned security guard Kevin Nishita was shot Wednesday while protecting a news crew that was reporting on the recent robbery of a clothing store in the city by 12 hooded and masked thieves.

At about 12:20 p.m., KRON-TV reported, an assailant tried to steal the crew’s camera equipment when the security guard intervened and was shot in the abdomen.

He was rushed to Highland Hospital in critical condition. He died Saturday from his injuries.

Nishita was well known among several Bay Area news stations.

Is the chaos in California the result of liberal policies enacted in the state?

He was referred to as “the kindest man” by KPIX-TV reporter Andria Borba. According to reporter Maria Cid Medina, the loss was “tremendous” to the KPIX news family.

The Colma Police Department, where Nishita won a Chief’s Award in 2018 for “his character, performance and help to the community” and where he retired from the police force, according to KNTV-TV, posted a tribute to the former officer.

The Oakland County Police Department released an image of the suspect’s vehicle, which was identified as a White Acura TL with a sunroof and no front license plate.

The Oakland County Police Department, Crimestoppers of Oakland, KRON-TV and its parent company, Nextstar Media Inc., and Star Protection Agency are all contributing to an award that now totals $32,500 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for the shooting.

The Oakland County Police Department has requested that local businesses check their surveillance for footage, in hopes the cameras captured something that may lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects involved.

The Oakland County Police Department Homicide division may be reached at (510) 238-3821 for tip submissions.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

California’s Bay Area is descending more and more into anarchy. After mass-scale looting on Nov. 22, the chaos in California progressed into the next week, resulting in the death of an Oakland security guard. According to KRON-TV, former police officer turned security guard Kevin Nishita was shot Wednesday while protecting a news crew that was reporting on the recent robbery of a clothing store in the city by 12 hooded and masked thieves. At about 12:20 p.m., KRON-TV reported, an assailant tried to steal the crew’s camera equipment when the security guard intervened and was shot in the abdomen. OPD is investigating an attempted armed robbery and shooting of an armed security guard. The incident happened today just before 12:30PM in the 300 block of 14th Street. The security guard was struck by gunfire as he was accompanying a media crew who was working on a news story. pic.twitter.com/0n95nF7Met — Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) November 25, 2021 He was rushed to Highland Hospital in critical condition. He died Saturday from his injuries. Nishita was well known among several Bay Area news stations.

Is the chaos in California the result of liberal policies enacted in the state?
He was referred to as “the kindest man” by KPIX-TV reporter Andria Borba. According to reporter Maria Cid Medina, the loss was “tremendous” to the KPIX news family. The Colma Police Department, where Nishita won a Chief’s Award in 2018 for “his character, performance and help to the community” and where he retired from the police force, according to KNTV-TV, posted a tribute to the former officer. https://twitter.com/ColmaPD/status/1464680368347308034 https://twitter.com/oaklandpoliceca/status/1464700438901518337 The Oakland County Police Department released an image of the suspect’s vehicle, which was identified as a White Acura TL with a sunroof and no front license plate. The Oakland County Police Department, Crimestoppers of Oakland, KRON-TV and its parent company, Nextstar Media Inc., and Star Protection Agency…

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