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The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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, 2017. 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

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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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.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 1, 2017 at 12:18pm

I rarely buy antacids except when travelling. Ordinary bicarbonate of soda works better and I've got that in the kitchen anyway.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 1, 2017 at 11:57am

On antacids -- you can also just use generics. The label will indicate what the ingredients are, and you're not paying for those national ad campaigns to persuade you to buy the expensive brand!

(I heard that the FDA's tolerance for the "same amount" of a drug as declared on the label can be +/-10%; for some prescription drugs that could be significant.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2017 at 11:53am

I almost never answer the phone if it's not a recognized number.  If it's legitimate, they will leave a message.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 1, 2017 at 11:33am

Spud, thanks for that tip about phone scams that try to get you to say "yes" to some question, then use that out of context as "proof" you ordered something or authorized charges.

Another article about it:

"Beware new 'Can you hear me?' scam" (CBS News)

The question doesn’t have to be “can you hear me?” It could be “are you the lady of the house?”; “do you pay the household telephone bills?”; “are you the homeowner?”; or any number of similar yes/no questions. A reasonable response to any of these questions is: “Who are you, and why do you want to know?”

If the caller maintains they are with a government agency -- Social Security, the IRS, the Department of Motor Vehicles or the court system -- hang up immediately. Government officials communicate by mail, not phone (unless you initiate the call).

Which prompts the question -- how do we distinguish a legitimate phone survey or poll from a scam pretending to be one?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2017 at 11:06am
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2017 at 11:05am

When this company ran out of shovel sized boxes, it got creative:

 

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