H/t reader kevin a.
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Rarely do waters get so cold in this region of the country that a massive amount of fish dies all at one time, but that’s just what happened last week in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Water was barely visible when Jeffrey Trout, a salesman at Harbor View Marine in Pensacola, snapped photos of a canal near his home on Jan. 11. Trout estimated he saw at least 4,000 to 5,000 mullet belly up, but that there were “probably more out there.” He believes those fish died from a lack of oxygen and said they ranged from 6 to 12 inches in length.
“It was truly unbelievable,” said Trout, who said he fishes frequently. “I’ve seen (the canal) freeze over twice in 12 years, and this occurred both times. Mullet need air, that’s why they jump out of water.”
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SEATTLE, WA – A local man has been sickened by a rare form of flesh-eating bacteria linked to fish from grocery store tanks. This is the second such case in the area recently – a woman was sickened by Vibrio vulnificus in November after cutting her hand while preparing tilapia purchased at a Bellevue seafood store.
MOBILE, Ala. — Health officials in Alabama are warning residents of afound in bodies of water throughout the state.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday warned residents that Vibrio cases have been reported along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
As the Flint water crisis has shown us, sometimes the quality of America’s water infrastructure is not what you’d expect in a developed nation. However, the problems with our tap water are not just found in a few impoverished municipalities. In fact, dangerous chemicals and pathogens can be found in faucets all over America.
Case in point, the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority in Alabama just advised 100,000 of their customers to stop using their tap water for drinking or cooking. According to the general manager of the Water Authority, who spoke at a press conference on Friday, “I recommend that all our customers do not drink our water, until we are able to bring the temporary system our engineer is designing online.” That includes water that has been boiled or cleaned with Brita style filters, neither of which can remove the contaminants.
– Off-duty cops collect DNA samples at Alabama roadblocks (The Daily Caller, June 10, 2013):
Off-duty cops in two counties in Alabama spent the weekend collecting saliva and blood samples from drivers at roadblocks.
According to Lt. Freddie Turrentine with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, drivers were asked to voluntarily offer samples of their saliva and blood for a study being conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
The drivers were compensated for their samples.
“They’ve got big signs up that says ‘paid volunteer survey’ and if they want to participate they pull over there and they ask them questions and if they are willing to give them a mouth swab they give them $10 and if they are willing to give them a blood sample they give them $50. And if they don’t do anything they drive off,” Turrentine explained to The Daily Caller.
– 20 US states file petitions to secede (The News, Nov 12, 2012):
WASHINGTON: At least 20 US states have filed petitions to secede following the re-election of Barack Obama.
Following the re-election, several petitions surfaced requesting the Obama administration to peacefully grant the applied state to withdraw from the United States of America in order to create their own government.
Louisiana was the first state to file a petition followed by Texas.
States with secession-related petitions on the White House website now include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.
– Dead Candidates Win Elections In Florida, Alabama (Huffington Post, Nov 7, 2012):
Florida Democrat Earl K. Wood and Alabama Republican Charles Beasley won their respective elections but they will not take office.
Both men died weeks before the November 6 election yet managed to beat their very much alive opponents by comfortable margins.