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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

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Surreal, I haz it

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Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 4, 2017 at 7:22am

Coincidently, I just stayed at a Best Western motel in Hopkinsville on my return trip from Florida to Indiana! It's about 5 hours away from me. But it's just a little over an hour, maybe two, from Kathy.

When I was teaching science, there was a partial eclipse occuring during school hours. I used a telescope to indirectly "see" the eclipse. Kids made boxes with pin holes to "see" it. I often wonder if they ever remember the occassion.

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 2:53am

Ian,

I just read the best place to see the eclipse is Hopkinsville Kentucky on August 21. Hopkinsville KY is about an hour drive from Nashville TN.

I recomend having welding goggle filters to watch the event.

Hopkinsville and Nashville should have professional and amature astronomer solar parties to witness the event. Hopkinsville will probably have more tourists for this event than any time in history.

Where & When Is the Maximum Point?

The eclipse will begin at 15:45 UTC. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 18:20 UTC. Totality will last for 2 mins 40 secs.

 

Comment by Chris on February 4, 2017 at 1:55am

Telemarketers are crafty at getting through.


I usually don't answer the phone until the caller leaves a message on the answering machine and I recognize the voice.


If I'm expecting a call and answer prior to the answering machine and hear clicking noise (automatic transfer) I hang up.


"This is Rachel from Credit Card Services" seems to bother a lot of people. The do not call list is a place to start as is call blocking though it doesn't help much. They use multiple telephone numbers.  I filed several complaints with the FCC about that company  whoever they are. I don't know how many resources the FCC has to prevent telephone solicitors.


Telecommunications is probably going to become worse with the FCC c...


Ning is hanging again. To complain to Ning the email for the CEO is CEOtalk@ning.com

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2017 at 2:39am

Daniel, yes, I have been having hit-or-miss posting ability on different sites and so jumping over to this site seems to be one way to get my comments along its way. I am too lazy to check back and try again. I hope I'm not messing up communication too much by doing so. If so, just say so, and I will be more patient. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2017 at 7:25pm

Thanks Joan.  That's about the same information I found.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2017 at 7:02pm

This would not post from Godless in the Garden. Here it is, Spud:

Corn, treated with Thiram and Captan protects the seeds from rot, fungus and insects. 

Thiram is a fungicide used to help ensure seeds don't rot in cold, wet soil. It is a common seed treatment that my Dad used when planting early crops of corn, beans, peas, etc. 

You can wash the coating off of the seeds to avoid getting fungicide in your soil if you wish. Once planted the corn or beans are said to be safe to eat.

If you want to grow strictly "organic" produce, you probably would prefer untreated seeds.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 2, 2017 at 7:48am

Ian, we'll look forward to your visit here in the states. Just avoid Indiana. I see that we have been listed as the 4th worst state to live in. Not surprising given we rank right up there in obesity and smokers. I'm quite embarassed to say I live here. Top states, by the way, were Hawaii, Alask, and (shock) South Dakota. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2017 at 3:15pm

I could not get this to post in Godless in the Garden, so am trying here. 

My question: "Do hamsters self-fertilize?"

A - 

J Exp Zool. 1997 Jun 1;278(2):106-14.

Length of delay to birth of a second litter in dwarf hamsters (Phodopus): evidence for post-implantation embryonic diapause.

Newkirk KD1, Mcmillan HJWynne-Edwards KE.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

Abstract

In Phodopus, all first litters are born after an 18 (or 19) day gestation. Birth of subsequent litters conceived during a postpartum estrus is routinely, but not always, delayed beyond 18 days. With an interval from first mating to birth of a second litter of as little as 36 days, Phodopus have the most compressed reproductive cycle of any eutherian mammal. Although pups of the Siberian hamster P. sungorus gain thermal independence from maternal care faster than pups of the Djungarian hamster P. campbelli, no species difference in the extent of delay to second litters was found. However, poor growth of first litter pups as a result of unintentional limitation of water bottle access increased delays before birth of a second litter in P. sungorus. Weight of pups in the first litter was a good predictor of the length of delay. In P. campbelli, females with large pups early in lactation were the only ones to deliver a second litter without delay, and short delays enhanced weaning weights for pups in the first litter. Patterns in P. sungorus were similar. The timing of the delay in second litters was investigated in P. campbelli. Delayed implantation during second pregnancies was common. Postimplantation embryonic diapause occurred in 43% of females following unilateral ovariohysterectomy on day 8 of a first pregnancy. As pup growth curves also implicated a postimplantation embryonic diapause, Phodopus may be the only known mammalian genus outside the order Chiroptera in which postimplantation diapause can occur.

PMID: 

 9143142 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2017 at 1:27pm

I think I'll try Bicarbonate of Soda.  It's the antacid ingredient in Alka-Selzer, but its cheaper than Tums.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 1, 2017 at 12:21pm

Oooh! I can comment again. It's been a while.

New plans for a U.S. holiday: the itinery will be Washington DC, Nashville TN for the eclipse and then New York. This of course depends on my getting permission to enter. I have applied and am now waiting.

 

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