This is a petition to save a small area in North Carolina called Linville Gorge. Maybe of you don't really know the area, but it is a 200 sq mi park which the government wants to do a controlled burn in, but they haven't weighed all the pros and cons.
There are over 200 homes in the gorge which would be put in jepordy along with endangered species of plants and wildlife.
The only reason the government wants to do the burn is that want to kill off some of the plants and trees which do not belong there. They wish to return the park to an oak and pine area, but they would be better off just going in and cutting down and removing the plants manually (as they have done for decades).
If you feel up to it, please click on the link and sign. Also feel free to post this link at an other sources. We need 499 more signatures!
With all the recent discussion on the right to bear arms in the US, coupled with my personal dissatisfaction with the way our governments are being run, I struck upon an idea.
What if, instead of a rebellion, per se, you just formed a government.
Obviously, you have no authority, no resources beyond what you bring in and convince others to donate. But you involve the people the way governments of today do not.
If you do it well, and the people support you enough, then eventually the support for your government will force the government to cede all authority. That's the nature of democracy.
This isn't an overnight revolution, and it isn't an easy one. You must know all you can about what the current situation is, and come up with real solutions. Solutions that make a practical sense which the population can easily understand and support.
You must have people willing to work for effectively nothing on a project which has a real chance of failure, and little obvious chance of success.
Chris Hayes wishes you a Merry Christmas or a Happy War on Christmas, whichever you celebrate.
Want to hang out with me for an hour on Friday night (8:30-9:30 EST) to celebrate life, the season, the non-apocalypse, and our heightened awareness?
This Friday on the Winter Solstice and just over 12 hours after the world doesn't end I would like to get together with those who I relate to the most. Please make sure you add me to your circle, and I'll add you back. Also RSVP to the event. If you need an invite please send me a message on Google +.
To keep the party fresh, maybe I'll show a relevant youtube video (or three) if we need. Do you have a favorite Solstice video? Maybe a video about the Mayan calender from a skeptics perspective?
Maybe you have a topic you want to discuss, or a question you want addressed? Please feel free to post below any videos, topics, questions.
More importantly... please show up.
There are a few stories about the amazing teachers who died protecting the lives of their students. I just wanted to take a moment to honor her.
This is Victoria Soto born 11/04/85. She was killed protecting her students in Newtown. She made her children hide in closets and in the bathroom and in doing so put herself in harms way. I will remember her and I honor her courage and dedication to the well being of her students. And unlike the person who I found out about this story from, I refuse to use her story to make a political point. I believe she deserves to be honored simply for what she has done. Her bravery goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Here is a snippet from the news:
Miss Soto, who had taught at the school for five years was described by one of her deeply distraught 10-year-old pupils as ‘really nice and funny’, was trying to shield her students and usher them into a closet when she came face-to-face with the gunman.
Miss Soto’s cousin, Jim Wiltsie, said: “She put herself between the gunman and the children and that’s when she was tragically shot and killed.
I'm back, ladies and germs...
...and a bit premature, but it's cool.
I got word from the other side that I would be returning home within two weeks and I had to settle up here, gather my reports, etc. Yeah, I had to really scramble for my trip.
So, first off, I had to go thank all the dignitaries for their hospitality. They thanked me for being so friendly to their culture and not causing any trouble. Also, for soaking up as much intel as possible so that others could know about this place and maybe learn a thing or two. They told me they know their way of life isn't perfect, but they live in a tolerant and mostly rational society. Sure, they have their problems, but what social order doesn't to some degree? I told them that I look at them and see a potential future for America if we pull our heads out of our asses. I said I'm not very optimistic and things look very bleak, whether we're religious or not and politically active or not.
I grew up in a home with a devout Christian mother and a father who was not religious. My father would rarely talk about religion, or try to discourage those beliefs, most likely out of respect to my mother. Most of my elementary school years were spent at a Christian school. During my early teen years I became rebellious and questioned many things authority figures told me including Christianity. With the help of a kind Christian man from my church I reconnected with the religion and began to really enjoy studying the Bible. I thought that if I studied it close enough I could find out the truth behind where we came from and answers to the big questions in life. I became very involved in church youth groups, played guitar in a band during church services, and even led bible studies later on.
During my college years my beliefs began to shift. The world didn't seem as black and white as before. There were many questions that Christians couldn't answer in a way that made sense to me. Questions like, "If Jesus is the only way to heaven, does that mean the people in the Americas before the 15th century went to hell?" This caused me to go on a search studying various world religions. I figured it was only fair to see what other religions had to say since I'd devoted so much time to Christianity. It all came to a head in early 2005. When I was downloading various audio files on the Internet about different issues, I came across a debate between creationist Kent Hovind, and biologist Massimo Pigliucci, on evolution.
The God question is one we constantly find ourselves both asked and asking. Does God exist? It's quite a tricky one, especially since there are so many possible answers to such a simply complex question. However, this question can be made much easier once one realizes that there is not one, but two questions here; the big question and the small question. The big question is whether or not there is any kind of being, sentient or not, which can be considered solely responsible for the creation of the universe and everything in it. The small question is the more specific form, the one which must be asked on a religion by religion basis. Once we determine the question being asked, the answer becomes quite clear. The answer to the small question is no. Gods like Zeus, Thor, Yahweh, Amun-ra et al. almost certainly do not exist. Their nature and deeds are mythologies invented by man. As for the big question, the answer is largely irrelevant.