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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 3 hours ago. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 4 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on August 17, 2018 at 1:35pm

The last year's fire season,906000 hectares burned from April to August 2017. (= 3498.086mi²)


How big is British Columbia?


It’s big.


Vast.


Bigger than most US states, bigger than most countries.
This Canadian province is so huge that most people who live there rarely see it all. It’s so vast that you’d need well over a month to properly explore it all.


Technically BC is 944,735 km2 (364,764 sq mi).

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2018 at 9:02am

It's been a little hazy here for the last week and a half, due to fires.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2018 at 9:02am

Patricia, with all the fires around you through the years, It seems like there wouldn't be any trees left to burn.  Do you know what percent has been burnt?

Take care.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 17, 2018 at 1:40am

These 17 acres were clearcut during the early part of the last century. The forest was allowed to regrow with no management and the fire danger is acute surrounding our buildings. We are in the process of applying for a grant to help pay for removing the undergrowth and scrub trees and create the possibilities of mature trees to grow into a well-managed forest. The process looks something like this: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 17, 2018 at 1:35am

Growing Need for Reduced Fire Risk and Improved Forest Conditions

Figure 1. Changes in fire weather season length (FWSL) across the contiguous United States, 1979–2017. The FWSL is the number of days each year that wildfires are likely to burn. Across much of the United States, fire seasons have lengthened by as many as 20 days per decade over the last four decades.

Comment by Patricia on August 16, 2018 at 2:00pm

Fire, flood, earthquake, volcano, storm...…...sheesh!!!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 16, 2018 at 1:37pm

Wow, Ian - the flooding's awful, but what a beautiful scene;  it looks like something out of Goethe.

Comment by Patricia on August 16, 2018 at 1:18pm

No transport out has been set up, but then nothing has gotten beyond the state of emergency status as of yet. Once an alert or order starts, then we can do something, otherwise its pack up, & wait & see. We have no other way out with not driving, & Greyhound buses are quitting through most of Canada. I wouldn't even know where to go with it being bad all over.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 16, 2018 at 1:15pm

Local flooding where I live.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 16, 2018 at 1:14pm

Stay safe, Patricia.

 

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