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Political beliefs are a lot like religious beliefs.

We humans tend to understand our environment through the lens that distorts our perception just enough to bolster our misconceptions.

: Peace on earth, goodwill to men. /sarcasm
Posted by LiberalAndProud | Mon Dec 22, 2014, 01:02 PM (0 replies)

Remember Hypatia.

The Vyckie Garrison video (Thanks, yortsed snacilbuper.) piqued my curiosity, so I spent some time at these sites: NoLongerQuivering and RecoveringGrace. I learned a lot about Bill Gothard. I also learned a lot about the intended role of women frighteningly prevalent in some sects of modern Christianity.

When I say to a liberal Christian, "You use the same book," that is no small condemnation. When we fail to acknowledge where the prevailing attitudes regarding women's roles come from, we do society a great diservice.

If I could change my DU handle, I would be RememberHypatia.

The last day of National Banned Books Week was waning into a listless Saturday afternoon, but I was still flush with my presentation, still fueled by the memory of a long-dead woman who had possessed my heart for the year it took me to write about her. She had lived 1,600 years before my birth, and had been murdered – by a man now deemed a Christian Saint. Brilliant and beautiful, daring and audacious, and silenced. . . brutally.

For an hour I had lectured on her life and times, and then entertained a Q&A with the audience for another hour before thanking them for turning out on this afternoon. I had signed books, I had shaken hands, and the room was growing vacant of bodies and sound.

“She should have kept her mouth shut.”
I stared hard at the well-dressed man who watched me.

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Mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, teacher, and curator of Alexandria’s Great Library. Essentially she achieved the “Renaissance man” ideal a thousand years before it was fashionable. And equipped with a sharpness of wit and tongue, she was a female Achilles when it came to debate and audacity.

My hope is that we will outgrow these dangerous ideas sometime before history repeats itself.
Posted by LiberalAndProud | Tue Sep 9, 2014, 02:50 PM (13 replies)

Climate change: It's for the birds.

[font size="4"]Changing Great Plains Climate and Bird Migrations[/font]


Changes in goose numbers were dramatic. When I first visited Squaw Creek in the early 1960s, snow goose numbers typically peaked there at about 150,000 birds. By 1978 the snow geese at Squaw Creek peaked at 280,000. These numbers reached 350,000 by 1982 and had attained a record high of 600,000 by 1986. Since then the refuge’s peak snow goose numbers have at times reached a million birds.

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To illustrate changes in migration timing, in 1966 and 1967 snow geese arrived at Squaw Creek during the second and third weeks of September, and their numbers peaked at an average of 165,000 during the last week of October and first week of November. They had nearly all departed by the end of December. By comparison, between 2008 and 2012 maximum numbers ranged from 390,000 to 1,425,000 birds, typically peaking in late November or early December. In 2013 they didn’t arrive until the first week of November. In the past few years snow geese have remained in the general vicinity of Squaw Creek all winter, even though outside the refuge’s boundaries they have been subjected to intense hunting pressures during an extended hunting season that lasts through January.

A similar delayed migration was happening to Canada geese and cackling geese along the Platte River in central Nebraska during these same decades, with their numbers gradually increasing to about one hundred thousand birds overwintering in the Platte Valley by the early 2000s. Smaller numbers of snow geese, Ross’s geese and greater white-fronted geese likewise now sometimes overwinter in the state. Sandhill cranes have overwintered in the central Platte valley in substantial numbers since 2011.

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By the early 2000s it was clear to biologists, as had been concluded much earlier by climatologists, that the world was not as it had been and that a long-term climatic warming trend had arrived. An extended nine-year drought and unusually warm summer temperatures brought the news home to Nebraska in 2002. The drought lasted nearly a decade and was followed by a return visit in 2013. While a few Nebraska politicians have professed that the warming trend was only an unavoidable “cyclical” event, rather than an indicator of a long-term climate change resulting largely from human influences, the facts speak to the contrary.

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Posted by LiberalAndProud | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 09:34 AM (0 replies)

Sandhill cranes overwinter on Platte River

[div class="excerpt" style="border: solid 1px #cccccc; border-radius:0.5385em; box-shadow: 3px 3px 3px #cccccc inset, 1px 1px 1px #cccccc;"]A rare and spectacular thing has happened along the Platte River west of Grand Island: People have seen and heard flocks of sandhill cranes in January.

About 1,000 sandhill cranes have overwintered along the river near the National Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary at Gibbon.

The majestic gray birds with red caps should be hundreds of miles south where it's warm at this time of year -- and not in Nebraska.

"I've been there 50 years and I've never seen it," said noted ornithologist and author Paul Johnsgard of Lincoln.


Proof that global warming is a hoax*.

[font size=1](Do I *need* a sarcasm tag?)[/font]

(Spectacular pictures at the link.)
Posted by LiberalAndProud | Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:57 PM (9 replies)
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