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Works at Naturography - The nature photography of Mike Spinak, specializing in showing the extraordinary in the landscapes and life forms of California and the Western United States.
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This stunt is stupid and insane, but astonishingly well done, and too remarkable to miss.
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+Mike Spinak It would be stupid if all people on earth tried this. 5 or so people out of 7 billion risking their lives to explore what humans are capable of seems like a worthy pursuit.
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Gentlemen, start your windmills. Director (and Monty Python member) Terry Gilliam, the filmmaker behind such cult hits as Brazil and Twelve Monkeys, has signed a deal with Amazon Studios to direct ...
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This is a screenshot I made a little while ago, from Facebook (with the names and icons blocked out). It shows a discussion among some Christians on Facebook who apparently are not familiar with the Bible, and don't believe the Bible really says these things they find so disturbing.

Believers, you might be surprised what the Bible says, if you actually read it. Cover to cover, not just cherry-picking a few favorite passages. Having 15 Bibles on your bookshelf doesn't count if you don't read them.

I'm not a believer, and I have no problems with gay people. But even I know that the directive to execute those who practice homosexual acts is right there in the Bible.

For the record, here's what the Bible says on the topic of whether gays must be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13:

The New Living Bible translation:
"If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense."

The Holman Christian Bible translation:
"If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death; their blood is on their own hands."

The International Standard Bible translation:
"If a man has sexual relations with another male as he would with a woman, both have committed a repulsive act. They are certainly to be put to death."

The God's Word Bible translation: "When a man has sexual intercourse with another man as with a woman, both men are doing something disgusting and must be put to death. They deserve to die."

The King James Bible translation: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

That's just scratching the surface of the groups of people that the Bible commands should be put to death. Others include women who aren't virgins on their wedding night (Deuteronomy 22:20-21), sons who disobey their parents (Deuteronomy 21:18-21), anybody who follows other religions and everybody else who lives in the same town as that person (Deuteronomy 13:13-16), those who work on weekends (Exodus 31:12-15), and many more.

If you find these shocking, wait until you read God ordering genocide (such as Deuteronomy 7:1-2 or 1 Samuel 15:2-3), or read divine advocacy of slavery (such as Leviticus 25:44-46, Exodus 21:20-21, and Ephesians 6:5), or some of the things the Bible says about women (such as Ecclesiasticus 25:19-24), or racism (such as Matthew 15:22-26).

Even those passages don't prepare you for the magnitude of what you'll find when you read the Bible cover to cover. Please, don't take my word for it. Read it, yourself.

If you believe the Bible is the word of God, you owe it to yourself to read what the Bible actually says.

As for me, I do not find it believable that the Bible is the word of God, and I do not find "The Good Book" to be a good book.



Edited to add: Here are links to each of the passages mentioned above, in online Bibles, to make it easier for you to see for yourself.

Leviticus 20:13 (about executing homosexuals)
http://biblehub.com/leviticus/20-13.htm

Deuteronomy 22:20-21 (about executing women who aren't virgins on their wedding night)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+22%3A20-21&version=NKJV

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (about executing disobedient sons)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+21%3A18-21&version=NKJV

Deuteronomy 13:13-16 (about executing followers of other religions - and every other person in their town)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+13%3A13-16&version=NKJV

Exodus 31:12-15 (about executing people who work on weekends)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+31%3A12-15&version=NKJV

Deuteronomy 7:1-2 (one of many examples of God commanding genocide in the Bible)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+7%3A1-2&version=NKJV

1 Samuel 15:2-3 (another example of God commanding genocide)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+15%3A2-3&version=NKJV

Leviticus 25:44-46 (one of many Bible passages condoning slavery)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+25%3A44-46&version=NKJV

Exodus 21:20-21 (another pro-slavery passage, condoning beating slaves to death, as long as they don't die within a day or two)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+21%3A20-21&version=NKJV

Ephesians 6:5 (more Biblical "wisdom" about slavery)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A5&version=NIVUK

Ecclesiasticus 25:19 (some Biblical "wisdom" about women)
http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Ecclesiasticus-25-19/

Ecclesiasticus 25:24 (more "Biblical "wisdom" about women)
http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Ecclesiasticus-25-24/

Matthew 15:22-26 (an example of Biblical racism)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+15%3A22-26&version=KJV
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Thank you Carolyn
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It looks like my cousin, Curren, is doing well.
A growing number of people in their 20s are eschewing the typical path to riches through software start-ups and instead are turning to something a little more concrete.
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It's bitterly ironic that this author equates obsessing over her appearance with striving to be taken seriously for her substance.
If people were going to judge my book by its cover, what would they say about a different kind of author photo?
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"You underestimate how much women are judged on their appearance and how difficult it can be to be taken as seriously as a man is."

No, I don't, Carolyn. Just because I don't respect how she handled it doesn't mean I underestimate the issue.
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I see 39 color bars. I guess that goes well with the career choices I've made. (Or, perhaps, the monitor and calibration choices.)

How many do you see?
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42 the first time, 39 the second ^_^ But yellow is actually my favorite color..? Though I don't like going outside on super sunny days because everything is so bright.
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I'm so pleased to hear that the Supreme Court decided in favor of same-sex marriages, nationwide, yesterday. It's nice to see the world become a little freer. a little happier, a little more tolerant, a little more open, and a little more loving.

This is still not what I would consider an ideal solution. To my view, the marriage licensing business is not within any legitimate scope of government, and so my ideal solution would be for government to get out of marriage licensing entirely, leaving marriage simply a matter of private agreement between two or more consenting parties.

Nonetheless, my ideal solution is not about to happen. So, this is the next best thing. Gay people deserve the same rights as everyone else, as far as I'm concerned.

In the words of the song The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, by XTC: "Any kind of love is alright."

Congratulations to all of my gay friends for your newly recognized freedom to marry.
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When I'm making a new blog or other kind of website, why should I put www in the URL? Is there any good reason? 
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Google wants you to pick one flavor: either with www. or without. All your (internal) links should link to the chosen format. There is no right or wrong - it is about consistency because G wants to avoid duplicate content being indexed... as, (in the past) tricksters used both, hoping to be indexed twice with the same content.
Visitors (and G) became sick of it, so now they force you to pick one.

I believe in your .htaccess file you can add the redirect/rewrite as well.

(note: this is how I understand it - in case I oversimplify it... my bad, but not intentional, though I like my SEO stuff simple, to avoid endless debates about algo's that nobody knows for certain how they work or apply and G keeping us in the dark intentionally ).
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Happy Father's Day!

To all of you fathers who do your best for your kids, thank you for what you do.

Here's my awesome father and my little sister, Miss R. 
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That has happy all around, including person taking the shot!
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It's hard to believe that folks get worked up about human bodies in their natural state. People are fine just the way they are.
Famous women celebrating armpit hair remind us: it's her body, not yours.
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T be clear, I don't have any issue with you shaving because you prefer it.
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WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus  and +Mike Spinak.

Here's a Southern sea otter, at Moss Landing. I hope you enjoy.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!
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Thank you, +Kris Katari.
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This made me smile. I hope you enjoy it, too.
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Author and Photographer of Growing Up Humming

I began photography in 1998. I've been writing since I was little. Lifelong passions for travel, nature, and creative expression developed into a lifestyle and career in writing and photography.

I photograph landscapes, wildlife, flora, patterns – anything and everything nature. I use naturalist knowledge to find subjects and themes that people rarely see; then use photography and writing to share my experiences with others. I strive to show people the beauty and wonder of the natural world, so that people feel kinship with nature.

My nature photography studio is wherever he find myself with a camera and Nature’s largess.
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