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I've noticed that conservative Christians often dismiss my opinions on religious matters, saying "You're a Unitarian. You believe anything," or some variant thereof. They're implying that because I don't share their particular views on the nature of God and the Universe, that 1) my views don't matter, or 2) my views are obviously based on ignorance (i.e., a lack of knowledge) and are, therefore, irrelevant. On the contrary, I have found that UUs are often the most knowledgeable people on topics religious and spiritual. They just haven't accepted the premise that such Scriptures and knowledge is inerrant and immutably true.
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Conservative Christians are lost in their own world. Christianity in their case is a cultural allegiance, and not really a belief at all. Some would howl to hear me say this, but my family and others I know who are part of that culture haven't even read the Bible cover to cover, much less remember, understand, or live by its highest ethical tenets. It's pointless to argue with them, because if you use their own documents effectively to make a point, they just get angry. What you can do is demonstrate what a genuinely good Christian and/or a genuinely good human being would be like. It's hard to argue with someone who is kind, compassionate, and still treats you with respect even if you're something of a jerk.
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A Ball State University geographer says the rise in blizzards may be traced to sunspotting, a phenomenon in which dark circles expand on the sun in conjunction with the influx of its magnetic field.
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It's Official: 2015 Was The Hottest Year On Record - By A Lot

+NASA and NOAA jointly announced today that 2015 was the hottest year globally in more than a century of temperature observations.

Here is an article and image from the San Francisco Chronicle:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Planet-s-heat-record-shattered-and-2016-6772822.php

In terms of year-to-year variability, El Nino years tend to be warm globally. In addition, the globe has been warming over the long term. The combination of long-term warming and the very strong El Nino this year has thus resulted in the warmest year on record (as predicted for the past several months).

#climatechange #globalwarming #science #sciencecommunication #visualization

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Arigatou! BM Nishioka/Japan/rainforest action group/Returning back from Indonesia. Talked El Nino problem!
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Sounds like a fair way to handle districting.
It would be easy enough to do. The only thing lacking is the political will.
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It's it just my phone, or does G+ on Android now only display posts from the past hour.
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This is the danger of isolationist, populist rhetoric. Thankfully this guy was caught before he could hurt anyone.
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When will we be hearing about the Muslim Kristalnach? If this is any indictation, soon...
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Our Congregation had a Harry Potter themed summer camp a few years back. I hope no one is considering a Hunger Games theme! ;-)
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Our church has done a Hogwarts themed summer thingy for several years and I was thinking that it might be getting a little dated. I hate to say it, but a Hunger Games themed thingy sounds pretty awesome! (I love archery) Maybe it should be a world wide Minecraft UU Hunger Games thingy!! And instead of killing off characters you "win" by getting the most folks to cooperate on some huge project! Okay, I guess it is a little late and I'm loopy:-)

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Today is the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust - the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Get details here on the remembrance under this year's theme of the Holocaust and Human Dignity: 

http://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2016/calendar2016.html 
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Thank you for sharing that!
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The Inexact (But Crucial!) Science of Climate Economics
Even the best economic climate models differ wildly. Here’s why we need them anyway.
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Something to reflect on on MLK Day.
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Interesting. I think there's something to the contention that it isn't a war on Christianity, but on traditional white, male hegemony that is driving the panic on the right. 
Why try to understand complicated things like demographics for the decline of your faith when you can blame gays and liberals for waging a “war on religion?”
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Usually I'm "eh" with regard to the Daily Beast, but this was good.
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Five Steps Forward Towards Addressing #Islamophobia and Xenophobia: http://bit.ly/1TUrQI7
When my book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, was released in early November, I did not expect that the themes it addresses – the devastating impact of the national security policies, the daily phenomenon of anti-Muslim sentiment, ...
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  • University Of Illinois At Chicago
    Biological Sciences (BS), 1989 - 1993
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Zoology (MS), 1995 - 1997
  • Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
    Zoology (PhD), 1998 - 2004
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