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Vote out Kay Hagan if you are a North Carolinian, contact your Senator to oppose this if you are an American.  If you are not an American, you can pass this information to a friend who is.

Kay Hagan must be the worst Democrat in the Senate.  She has rubbed me the wrong way for quite a while, starting when she backed SOPA and PIPA, restricting internet freedom.  I was willing to overlook that after it didn't get passed (no thanks to her), but now she has introduced (yes, she's the main backer) of "S. 2363", which is a bill that would open up the tiny remnant of wilderness areas in our country to hunters (who already have much larger national forests for their use), allow hunters easy access to kill and import heads of polar bears they shot in Canada, and stop regulation of toxic lead ammunition, all under the guise of "conservation".

Below is a map of the wilderness areas of the United States.  These are some of the only areas left in the country which are largely in their natural state, without traces of human intervention.  You can see that the eastern and central United States has almost none of these areas, since the population is dense and there are many roads and farms there.  It is only the west that has relatively large wilderness areas, mostly due to inhospitable deserts as well as tall mountains...and the fact that the European settlers/invaders started from the east.  The Bill "S. 2363" or the "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" would allow hunters to flood into these last bastions of nature, and use toxic lead bullets no less.  And again, the law also allows importation of dead polar bear heads from Canada so that they can be mounted on the wall of someone's mansion.

Thank you for all you are doing to help average North Carolinians, Kay Hagan!  We wouldn't want want nature to have any last refuge in a tiny percentage of land that humans don't already dominate!

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Thanks to +VeganⓋ Aria for alerting me to this.

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+Odracirys Mediys I skimmed both (took a little bit more than a little bit of time)..

I didn't pick up on the Wilderness vs National Forest/protected areas thing.

I'm still reading what Emmanuel said as
we need to do something. Do you understand, or should I repeat it again?  Emmanuel already stated that "If you tell me that there is no ecological reasons of hunting, then I would fiercely oppose it as I find that barbaric."

I'm reading that as "If you tell me that hunting has no ecological benefits, then I would oppose that because I find that irresponsible."
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Anyone want to go to school to be a Modernist architect?  This might be the place for you.

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Planning dept seems to be weak. 
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If you know me, you know what I love.  One is Classical Architecture.  The other is 80s Music.  And the Classical Architecture and 80s music that excites me the most is the stuff that is being produced NOW.  It is of utmost importance to me that the timeless artistic skills society has developed over time are continually utilized instead of forgotten and replaced by shoddy alternatives.

I found Kristine today, via YouTube User "NewRetroWave" (  This single of hers, "The Deepest Blue" was just released (Summer 2014).  I wish her and her band tons of success!  If you are interested in buying her music, please check out the links below.


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+Heather Kelly Yeah.  As you can probably guess, I'm more of an internet guy than at TV guy.
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Fireworks as you have never seen them before.  I guarantee it.

"Red 5, are you alright?" "I got a little cooked, but I'm OK!"
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I put this picture together based on a quote with an unknown origin (the first part purportedly being from Confucius), but shown to me by +Lucy Fur.  I found it amusing, even if it's (thankfully) not true in every case.
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+Odracirys Mediys It will be my pleasure. :)
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Sun Temple (built 1026), Modhera, Gujarat, India.

And this picture just shows part of the complex.  Here is more!

(via +Efren Esparza)

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Sun Temple (Modhera, India).
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I wish they had caught him crying on video...but they did show on video how awful his spiked chains were...his "crown of thorns" that he had to wear for half a century.

A longer story about Raju can be found here:

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How can anyone abuse such beautiful creatures? I'm so glad he is finally free.
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Read below to see my version of "Genesis 3" of the Bible, which instead features a god who is a pretty decent guy!  I call this the "Good God!" Version.

Genesis 3:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you? Just kidding. I know where you are. I know everything.

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? I know the answer to that, too, but I like making conversation.

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Then the Lord God said, "Really?  How did the snake deceive you?"

The woman responded, "The serpent said that we would certainly not die if we ate from the tree, and told us that after we ate from it, we would know good and evil."

The Lord God replied to the woman, "Are you dead? And do you now know good from evil?"

The woman responded, "No, I am not dead. And after eating the fruit, I think I did start to learn good from evil."

God went on, "Then the snake did not lie, did he? Now let me ask you another question since you know good from evil now. Is it good to blame others for what you have done?"

"No" responded the woman.

"And Adam, you told me that this woman...let's just call her Eve from now on, OK?...anyway, Eve gave you fruit from the tree. Were you trying to blame her for something you did of your own volition?"

"Yeah, I guess so" answered Adam.

God said to the couple, "Let it be known (as you should know by now after eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil) that you should not blame others for what you have done. Can I get an Amen?"

"Amen" said Adam and Eve.

"Now, what do you think would be a just punishment for your crimes?" asked God.

"I think that all of our offspring for the rest of eternity should be cursed so that they are immediately deserving of eternal torture in a fiery afterlife" said Adam. "And don't forget to give all females horrible labor pains whenever they give birth." added Eve.

"Did that fruit really give you knowledge of good and evil?  I think that maybe it hasn't been digested yet.  Give it a day to start working.  Anyway, no!  Those are some of the most horrible things I've ever heard!  What is wrong with you both?!  First of all, you committed the crime, so punishment should be given only to you both, not to innocent people who have not even been born yet and had no say in the matter.  Again, you are putting blame on others!  I told you to stop doing that!"

"So what will be our punishment" asked Adam?

"Well, seeing as how you didn't know the difference between good and evil prior to eating the fruit...and even now, your morals are pretty screwed up...and since you didn't harm anyone with what you did, I guess I'll just let you both off with a warning."

"Thanks a lot, God!" said the couple, now starting to notice more of the effects of the magic fruit kicking in.

"No problem!" said God.  "After all, I am merciful.  I know, that was just boasting, but forgive me this time.  Anyway, feel free to get naked again and play with the a platonic way."


1) My words are bold.

2) Based on "Genesis 3" from the New International Version:

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Much better than the original! Great!
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Time Scanners: Egyptian Pyramids

Did you know that the design of Egyptian pyramids evolved over a period of only one century?  This video shows how new technologies were utilized from the beginning of monumental pyramid building in the middle of the 2600s BCE through to the Great Pyramid of the middle of the 2500s BCE.

Note: This video might only play in the United States.

#ClassicalArchitecture   #Classicism   #Architecture   #EgyptianArchitecture   #Pyramids   #Egypt   #AncientEgypt  
excellent show I watched this morn!

Positive you have seen this  +Odracirys Mediys 
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I know.  It is stupid.  I had the same problem when I was abroad.
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If you want to know about how the United States and Territories are set up, and their relationship with the Associated States, this short video is perfect for you.

#USA   #UnitedStates   #UnitedStatesAndTerritories  
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Just like the EU.  But maybe less complicated*.
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ISIS fighters are ordering terrified families in Iraq to hand over their daughters for sex.

Leaflets in the captured cities of Mosul and Tikrit claim the women – virgins or not – must join jihad, or Holy war, and cleanse themselves by sleeping with militants.

Those that refuse to do so are violating God’s will, it is claimed, and will be beaten or killed.

Besides that article, there is another one that you can read if you are interested, entitled:
"Syria-Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war";_ylt=AwrBEiQDgLNTwwMAtkrQtDMD

#IslamicState   #ISIS   #ISIL   #Rape   #Fatwa
To hell with religion of peace: ISIS fighters tells families "hand over your daughters for sex" after orders from cleric's fatwa

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+Odracirys Mediys Thanks, did not see that.
Note that all posts state that the Saudi Fatwa was pronounced last year or 2 years ago, so it would make sense.
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Introducing rationality to the masses
My long-term goal is to make the world a better place.
My short-term goal is to slow the world's rate of decay.

I love rationality and compassion, and that's what I fight for.  Yet those who eschew compassion should not expect to get it.

My interests are varied, but if I were to make a list of some, they would be atheism, traditional art and architecture, non-pretentious photography, peak oil, economics, environmentalism, and animal rights.  If you are wondering where human rights come in, note that humans are animals.

I didn't grow up an atheist or a vegetarian.  I just got proven wrong.  And when that happens, you can either give in to logic or lie to yourself.  I chose the former.  Nobody grows up with all the answers.  We all make mistakes.  What separates the strong from the weak is the ability to accept that you were wrong and start to do what's right.

With this page, I want to make a difference, even if it's small.  If for every 100 haters, there is one mind that I can change, this will be worth it.

I plan to post links to YouTube videos and the like, which I find entertaining and educational.  I also might write some articles about the things I care about.  Additionally, I may post some pictures - larger versions of which I may put on sale.

We'll see how this goes...