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If you spend any time on or near the water, please learn the signs of drowing. While a person in aquatic distress might look like the stereotypical image of drowning (like you see in movies), a drowning person looks nothing like the stereotype.

The video captured a real drowning and rescue. The article linked below details the signs to look for. Two important details: the Instinctive Drowning Response lasts from 20-60 seconds and about half of all children who drown will do so within 25 feet of an adult. (Notice how many people were close to the drowning victim in the video and had no reaction.)
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Yes I have seen kids who virtually will not fight it off. As it mentions in the video it is nearly natural to not fight. May be deep down we remember that we spend 9 months in a liquid and it was all good!)

I have helped 2 kids in my life. The first one I think would have been all right on its own eventually but she still looked happy I helped her.

The second one was a little boy who clearly was not going to make it. I was somehow watching him and could see he was spending more and more time under.
I walk to him and propped him up asking if he was ok....Next thing I know was his mum shouting at me for grabbing him. She was standing right next to him but was completely oblivious too busy to talk to her friend.
The only thing that got me out was him thanking me because he could not swim any more.
The life guard then arrived and had a right go at her for being so careless!
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If you are interested in the myriad fascinations presented us by all God's critters, I think you'll find this video worth a watch.

The closing music also grabbed my heart. I cannot find a recording of Eva Walsh's rendition of the song ("Going Home," taken from the Largo of Dvorak's Symphony No 9), but you can listen to it performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Karel Ancerl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqC3G-QAJKE
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Hmmmm . . . you would think that the folks involved in a major organization, when publishing a major policy piece, would make sure that they got the wording right. And maybe that's correct.

Somehow, though, I doubt the Texas GOP meant to say that "Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that has been . . . shared by the majority of Texans."

I have elided a few of the phrases in this sentence. But as the sentence is written, that is the meaning of the sentence. Hmmm.
In the 2016 party platform approved last week, the Texas Republican Party used one verb that changed the meaning of a whole sentence.
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Nope, no cultural reference, i am afraid 😉
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I realize that this community has fallen into a state of torpor, from which it might not ever recover. However, I think that the chance of it returning to a community where active discussion regularly occurs is greatly reduced when it becomes nothing more than a forum for self-promotion of personal blogs (or websites or YouTube channels and the like).

And, unfortunately in my opinion, this community has fallen further. The last seven posts, and 8 of the last 10, have been by one person, and have been, again in my opinion, nothing more than self-promotion of a blog, which is little more than promoting a consulting business.

Only one of these posts generated any discussion or interaction (one +1 and a single comment with a corresponding reply).

My experience is that when a community becomes nothing more than a space for commercial advertising, it dies. Perhaps this community has reached the end of its useful life. But perhaps not -- so I'm wondering what others think.
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+Andrew Raisbeck Totally agree. :)
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What are the default settings for a new profile for who can send notifications and who can send you a message from your profile?

Also, which of these settings controls whether someone will see a personal message that you send by writing the message in the "What's new with you?" box and then plus-mentioning them in the To: box?
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Hmmmm . . . interesting service provided. I wonder if this service would be used in other countries if it were offered.
A batch of starter can live indefinitely, but it also requires a certain amount of care and feeding. Apparently, that can pose a problem for Swedes and their five weeks of annual vacation.
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I'm imagining your starter sitting in its own seat on the plane.... with a little bib and hat like the photo on this article! 😉 

Of course, you'd have to name it for it to get past security...
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This might not be the best place to ask, and if that is the case, I understand. While the primary question is only indirectly related to moderating communities, I think a secondary question is directly related. 

In my community, we decided to change the settings to Ask to Join; we also decided to require that members send a personal message requesting membership. We thought that the easiest way to allow any of the owners/moderators to receive these requests was to create a G+ user specifically for this purpose, and then give all three owners/moderators the information to access this user. 

Everything was setup (the user name was TAoB Moderator -- TAoB is the acronym of the community name, an acronym familiar to members) and all three of us were able to access the user. Several days ago, about two weeks after the account was created, one of the owners discovered that he couldn't send a message to that user. I then found out that attempting to switch into that account was not possible. As far as I can see, the account was deleted by Google, though the GMail account behind the user remains available.

My question: is there a way I can confirm that the account was deleted? (Unless there is a quick way to get the account back, I don't care about figuring out the reason why except as it relates to creating a new account that will not be deleted by Google.)

The secondary question: does anyone have any comments about the user name so as not to get deleted -- or an alternative method of giving access to all three moderators to the direct requests for membership into the community?

TIA
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I commented on a post there. I think there may be an issue when people log in simultaneously from different IP addresses. I can be a security block, but there should be sent notification to the e mail account
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Some insights into the thinking behind the breads of a great baker.
King Arthur Flour baker Martin Philip competes for a spot in the "bread-baking Olympics" – the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie.
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Just when I think I am passionate about baking ... 
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On the lighter side of my reading this morning.

I particularly like spiderman (sixth tier down), the plug in the road (ninth tier) and pacman (sixteenth).
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+Wilco Roos, you are right. The Ministry of Magic is in the Harry Potter books, and it is the council which connects the muggle government with the world of wizardry.
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About 18 months ago, +Daniel Strachan posted a great review of the book In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey. Daniel's review apparently wrote the name of the book indelibly in my mind, but not the author, so I had to do a bit of a search to make the connection here. (If you deduce that I didn't expand the author's notes at the head of the article, you are correct.) With the connection re-established, I thought I'd raise two questions, for Daniel and everyone else:

What do you think of Fromartz' imagery of the keeper of a sourdough starter as a farmer rather than a cook?

And I love Fromartz' reference to Pliny the elder in reference to using honey; can anyone who has read the book elaborate on the details of the references to Pliny, honey and sourdough fermentation?
To make a sourdough starter, you should realize you are a farmer, not a cook! You are creating the conditions for your microscopic animals to live happily. If you keep that in mind, the process will go a little smoother. I use organic whole rye flour because it’s an especially active medium for fermentation. It has higher levels of sugar than wheat to feed wild yeasts; it also has more amylase enzymes to break down starch and create yet even more...
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"Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 11, 4-23): Pliny has a great deal to say about bees." http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast260.htm might explain the Pliny reference.
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Those looking to control their proofing environment:
This easy-to-store folding proofing box gives your dough the perfect environment, with consistent, controlled temperature and humidity for optimum results. Radiant heat rises from the aluminum base plate, creating the constant low temperature warmth required for many kitchen tasks beyond just proofing bread dough, like creating fermented foods. It’s large enough to hold two large 2-pound loaves while they rise. The proofer has a water tray to ...
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+m fierst thank you.
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I came across this article in the NY Times. And I must say that I think the author's viewpoint is limited -- but he (or she) made me smile! I particularly liked this graph:

"A sourdough starter comes into your life the way a turtle might: as a pet you maybe didn’t know you wanted until someone hands it to you or you find yourself holding the terrarium after an impulse purchase you couldn’t explain if you tried. You get it or you make it or you buy it, and now you have a sourdough starter. It needs to be fed. It asks to be used."

Like a pet turtle, eh?

So how did you come to get your starter? Unexpectedly, like a pet turtle? Intentionally? 
Adopt it, feed it, even name it. You’ll be paid back in lofty doughs and pungent breads.
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+Mike Evans Shall I call an ambulance? :)
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