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August 28, 2017


These disasters are only going become worse. And as you stated, we must mitigate future damage.

Stop building and relocate. It will not happen anytime soon but, with repeated disasters of flooding and hurricanes, the choice will become inevitable.

Most people are in some stage of denial regarding the environmental impacts facing us. We must become more informed and react both privately and governmentally.

Scientific predictions state our coastlines, especially Florida's, the Gulf Coast's, and most of the entire Eastern seaboard's are at tremendous risk.

August 26, 2017

Yes. A great line from a MLK quote

"...The great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councillor or the KKK, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice..."
- Martin Luther King

That's middle America, more devoted to "order" than to justice.
And i'm afraid I know too many of those.

August 19, 2017

Heartless, disgusting, unnecessary

Along with this:

400,000 Coyotes Are Killed in the U.S. Each Year… The Reason Why Will Make You Livid


August 9, 2017

Restoring Land for Native Plants, Bees and Streams

Elevation and topographical changes aside, reclaimed mountaintop removal sites look nothing like what was there before. Natural forests are gone, replaced mostly by grasslands and non-native vegetation. While these plants grow quickly and help stabilize the land that was stripped bare and compacted during the mining and reclamation process, they don’t provide anything close to the same type of habitat or ecological value of the forests they replace.

A new nonprofit organization, born out of the bankruptcies of Alpha Natural Resources and Patriot Coal, is hoping to bring native forests back to these lands, and restore streams that can support native aquatic life and insects.

“We are planning to restore approximately 250 acres over the next three to four years on unreclaimed mine sites, or sites that have been reclaimed but aren’t successfully growing native forests,” says Mike Becher, an attorney working for Appalachian Headwaters.

Appalachian Headwaters launched last year, funded by bankruptcy settlements with Alpha and Patriot to ensure those companies would live up to their environmental cleanup obligations.

....Workers will plant thousands of trees — 300 to 400 trees per acre, Becher says.
The three nonprofit groups also jointly secured a $1.5 million grant from an Appalachian Regional Commission economic diversity initiative. That grant is funding work to bolster the region’s bee and native plant population.

This project will help train displaced Appalachian miners and other workers as beekeepers and provide financial startup assistance to get them started, as well as processing, marketing and packaging honey and other products. Others will be employed to collect seeds and grow native plants that aren’t available in most regional nurseries.


August 4, 2017

Wow...just wow.

On the other hand, I knew a retired minister who did lose his faith in fairy tales - all of them including the one he made his living from for 40+ years. He admitted to becoming an atheist some years before retiring. Can you imagine! How, I wondered, could he live with his hypocrisy? It was like something from Bill Maher's Religulous movie.

I'm rambling on now...And, forgive me, off the subject of the OP a bit...

Surprisingly he admitted this to hubs and me after only a couple of long visits to our house when he came to pick up his grandson, our son's playmate. This was the early 90's.

Why tell us, we wondered? Was it the fact that we were honest about never attending church and/or the fact that hubs is a physicist? (Well-known that most all of them are atheists.) I susposed he was just playing his hunches.

His honesty was shocking, yet he was quite humble and contrite with us. This was *with us*. He also confessed that he'd never told his family or any church members, not even his wife who later invited me to church! It's hard being an atheist near the thin edge of the RW buybull belt. I can imagine his intellectual loneliness.

August 4, 2017

OMG! Kicked & Recommended.


Thanks for linking from the other thread.

Also, for even more background, (which made me wanna shower after reading) is this 2005 Slate article:

Psy-ops propaganda gone mainstream.


August 3, 2017

Military generals would invoke the 25th Amendment

And not follow that order - an order which would end in destroying S.K. and parts of Japan. Remember there are ~84,000 Americans stationed in SK and Japan.

Also China wouldn't just sit there. Too dangerous a scenario. The military knows this man is nuts. If they chose ignore his transgender order, I think they'd ignore a call for nuclear war.

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