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The icy surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, home to the famous Philae lander, may also host alien life, according to astrobiologists.
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+Klaus Teufel It's much worse than just that. Prof. Wickramasinghe has been on that bandwagon for years, he and Fred Hoyle were the champions of the "panspermia" hypothesis for the origin of life on Earth. He sees life everywhere, whether it's actually there or not. And other kooky ideas, too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandra_Wickramasinghe
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Dry Falls, Highlands NC ... shot this today, note the path allowing people to walk underneath the falls. It's anything but dry under there.
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Cats are easily placated, simply give them what they want
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Lil BUB :3
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Yes, we have no business today for some reason
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his second word in his name board says why +Ralph Roberts 
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The Sacred Mani Stones of Buddhists ... "There is a particular six-syllable Sanskrit mantra or hymn that’s very sacred among Buddhist. It’s recited as om mani padme hum, which loosely translates to "Behold! The jewel in the lotus", an invocation to the four-armed bodhisattva (an enlightened being ) Avalokiteshvara, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. But its true meaning goes far beyond that. The mantra cannot be translated into a simple phrase or even a few sentences because it contains the essence of the entire teaching of Buddha. Recitation of this mantra along with prayer beads is therefore, and quite reasonably, the most popular religious practice in Tibetan Buddhism as it is believed that doing so can lead to liberation and eventual Buddhahood.

In Tibet, this mantra is found everywhere — on prayer flags and prayer wheels, printed on paper scrolls and carved on architectural panels. They are also found engraved or painted onto rocks and stones in the elegant Tibetan script, and sometimes in bright colors. Mani stones, or Jewel stones, as they are called, dot the entire Tibetan landscape. They are placed near monasteries, beside villages, along roadsides, along rivers and along long walls. Sometimes Mani stones are placed together to form mounds or cairns, especially at the summits of mountain passes or at the entrances to settlements as an offering. Huge groups of them may be found together, all with the same mantra repeated over and over again.

Carving Mani stones is considered a form of meditation. Monks make them and so do local villagers, and add them to mounds which grow bigger and bigger as time passes by. The Jiana Mani Stone Mound in Xinzhai Village, of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China grew just like that. The mound is 300 meters long, 80 meters wide and 4 meters high and is estimated to contain over 2 billion Mani stones, piled up by pious believers over a period of 200 years. It is the world’s largest Mani stone mound.
Mani stones can be seen in neighboring countries of Nepal and Bhutan as well, where Buddhism is also widely practiced. Large examples of Mani stones resembling tablets carved out of the sides of rock formations are in locations throughout the Nepali areas of the Himalayas. Mani stones are also found around monasteries in India, the true place of origin of the mantra where it was orally transmitted through many generations. It is not known when the mantra came into use, but the earliest recorded mentions of it occurred in the late 10th and early 11th centuries in the Karandavyuha Sutra, which itself was compiled at the end of the 4th century from an even earlier source. ..."

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I received a mani stone as a wedding gift. It sits next to our front door, on the porch, out of the elements but in the fresh air. 
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St John's Eve Bonfire in Alesund ... "The Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist is celebrated all over Europe and parts of the United States and Canada. The Christian holy day was fixed at 24 June, because the Gospel of Luke states that John was born six months before Jesus or Christmas eve, but in most countries festivities are mostly held the night before, on St. John's Eve. Because the Feast of St. John coincides with the June solstice, also known as Midsummer, the celebrations are also referred to as the Midsummer’s Festival.

Saint John's Eve is traditionally celebrated with bonfires. In many countries, bonfires are lit on the evening and people dance and sing around it. In the Norwegian town of Alesund, bonfires are taken to the extreme. The townsfolk build towering bonfires called Slinningsbålet that rises over one hundred feet.

In 2010, a record was set for the tallest bonfire at 40.45 meters (132.71 feet). The previous record was 37.84 meters (124.14 feet) set in 1993. It takes 30 to 40 people several days to build the huge tower of wooden crates that's eventually set on fire. The flaming tower is built on a small piece of land on the shore so when it topples, it falls into the water and doesn't present any hazards. ..."

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Cool, but this shows why the carbon tax is just bullshit :) Let's just burn some pallets, now!
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The icy surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, home to the famous Philae lander, may also host alien life, according to astrobiologists.
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Sheep are quadrupedal ruminants, typically kept as livestock. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species in the genus Ovis, in everyday usage it generally refers to Ovis aries. One of the first animals to be domesticated, sheep are likely descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia. They are raised for their fleece, meat, and milk. " ... ---they should not be confused with adherents to any political party regardless of similarities.
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+Abdel Habib your sky god will never appear - throw all your holy books away and follow the god within you.
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Videography is a precise profession requiring highly trained individuals
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Drop Bears are multi-skilled.
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I had boneless watermelon for the 4th

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When I was a kid I used to ask for lettuce without the bones ... didn't like the hard stalky bits!
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Before I'm off to eat hamburgers and watermelon for the 4th, finished out the trade paper cover for VAMPIRE RECRUITER from Creativity, Inc. ... 83,500 words ... I'm both the publisher and the cover designer. So it goes to the printer Monday. Hardback follows quickly. Thanks to you folks who are already buying it on Kindle.

Available for Kindle now at http://amzn.to/1TaNybi
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urk ... just saw a typo on the cover, luckily it does not go to the printer until tomorrow, so I can fix it. I HATES typos. ;-)
 [4th paragraph should read "... or they'll all be demon snacks ..."] ... if you see any others, I'd appreciate the tip. Thanks.
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Ralph Roberts is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and worked with NASA during the Apollo moon program. He built his first personal computer in 1976 and has been writing about them and on them since his first published article “Down with Typewriters” in 1978. He has written over 100 books along with thousands of articles and short stories. His best sellers include the first U.S. book on computer viruses (which resulted in several appearances on national TV) and Classic Cooking with Coca-Cola®, a cookbook that has been in continuous print for the past 17 years and sold half a million copies. He is also a video producer with over 100 DVD titles now for sale nationally on places such as Amazon.com. He has also produced hundreds of hours of video for local TV in the Western North Carolina area and sold scripts to Hollywood producers. Previously for Packt, Ralph wrote Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting and Google App Inventor by Example. Ralph and his wife Pat live on a farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina with two horses. Ralph recently finished GOOGLE PLUS FIRST LOOK.and is currently writing GOOGLE DART HEAD START.
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