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Glory to God.
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Other Topics / Re: The Sports Thread
« Last post by William T on Yesterday at 03:40:53 PM »
We need more fair weather baseball fans. It's the diehard no-matter-what fans who enable the owners like the one in Pittsburgh. He's trying to turn a profit, I get it. But when fans say "your product is mediocre, you need to spend money to improve it," and his response is a tacit "lulz, why should I? You'll buy whatever slop I serve" then it's time to respond in a way that'll force him to listen.
To be a Pirates fan is to know losing intimately. Why threaten their identity? I've never seen a sports franchise with such fan loyalty like the Pirates.

The Bucs are only 5 games out of first and have been doing good for the past few years.  I do fear their recent return to relevancy may be behind them though.  I'm not particularly happy with some of those trades. Try having your AL team be Cleveland and your NL team being Pittsburgh while living in Chicago thses past few years....that's a painful experience, especially since Cubs fans are only beaten by obnoxiousness by Redsox and Yankee fans in baseball.  They were obnoxious when they sucked, they are even worse now...may they go on another 100 year slump.
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Other Topics / Re: Need a new lawnmower
« Last post by Quinault on Yesterday at 03:37:21 PM »
I know it sounds old fashioned and weird, but I'd really recommend a scythe. My husband loves it, and its really much easier/faster than you might think. Even though we have 5 acres, a scythe is my husband's preferred method of mowing our field.


Video on scythes:
https://scythesupply.com/video-how-to-scythe-and-stop-weeding,-watering-and-fertilizing.html
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Other Topics / Re: Need a new lawnmower
« Last post by William T on Yesterday at 03:34:31 PM »
What do you do?  Mulch, bag or both?  Self propelled? I'm guessing you want gas.

I'm used to toro's and hondas and havent had much problem with them.  Our old one may have lasted about a decade without much fuss.  I was more used to bagging my grass.

I never got much into the Lawn Boy mowers.  My aunt and old neighbor had them and I hated using them...I can't remember why. 

What is this "weed eater" object?  Us people who live in non barbarian lands have something called a weed wacker, and to further beautify the lawn we use an edger.
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Christian News / Assembly of Canonical Bishops statement re:Charlottesville
« Last post by Quinault on Yesterday at 03:10:17 PM »
http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2017/response-to-racist-violence-charlottesville-va

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America
Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted from the shameful efforts to promote racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Orthodox Church emphatically declares that it does not promote, protect or sanction participation in such reprehensible acts of hatred, racism, and discrimination, and proclaims that such beliefs and behaviors have no place in any community based in respect for the law and faith in a loving God.

The essence of the Christian Gospel and the spirit of the Orthodox Tradition are entirely and self-evidently incompatible with ideologies that declare the superiority of any race over another. Our God shows no partiality or favoritism (Deuteronomy 10:17, Romans 2:11). Our Lord Jesus Christ broke down the dividing wall of hostility that had separated God from humans and humans from each other (Ephesians 2:14). In Christ Jesus, the Church proclaims, there can be neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, but all are one (Galatians 3:28). Furthermore, we call on one another to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather to expose them (Ephesians 5:11). And what is darkness if not hatred? The one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness (1 John 2:11)!

Furthermore, in 1872, Hierarchs from around the world assembled in Constantinople and denounced all forms of xenophobia and chauvinism (phyletism). They agreed that the promotion of racial or national supremacy and ethnic bias or dissension in the Church of Christ is to be censured as contrary to the sacred teachings of the Christian Gospel and the holy canons of the Church. It is formally condemned as heresy, the strongest category of false teaching.

Finally, such actions as we have witnessed in recent days, by self-proclaimed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and various racists and fascists, betray the core human values of love and solidarity. In this, we pray wholeheartedly for the families of those who lost their lives or suffered in these tragic events. In like manner, we cannot condone any form of revenge or retaliation by any group or individual. Therefore, we fervently appeal to every person of good will, and especially the leaders of our great nation, to consider and adopt ways of reconciling differences in order to rise above any and all discrimination in our history, our present, and our future.
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Other Topics / Re: Need a new lawnmower
« Last post by ZealousZeal on Yesterday at 03:08:17 PM »
I have a red one. It's self-propelled. Buy that one.
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Alberta has a provincial rat control programme with its own staff: human not feline.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/03/0331_030331_rats_2.html

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"...it's best described as a search and destroy mission," said John B. Bourne, a man with the official job title of "Vertebrate Pest Specialist" with Alberta Agriculture's rat control program. "It's all agricultural farmland, and in this harsher climate the rats need to live as close to humans as they possibly can. Structures and food sources are what they seek out to survive."
Bourne and his colleagues inspect everything in the zone several times a year. Rats try to gain a foothold, but are dealt with ruthlessly: hammered with poisons, fumigated with carbon monoxide-producing engines, and even individually hunted with firearms. Rat infested habitats, such as old farm buildings, are dismantled or destroyed.
Like the great armies of history, the Alberta rat hunters are aided in their policing efforts by features of the natural landscape: boreal forests in the north, the Rocky Mountains in the west, and vast prairie to the south (whose low human populations do not allow human-dependent rats to survive)." 

Theere is also a rat-hotline  people can   phone:       
                                                                                                       
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/rat-hotline-encourages-rodent-reporting-in-alberta-1.2919975

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In a region often defined by its sectarianism, Tunisia, despite its social tensions, remains a beacon of religious tolerance.


I hate to be a negative nelly, but it's also frequently cited that more Tunisians have joined ISIS than anyone else. In other words, the not-so-tolerant Tunisians are busy elsewhere. May the tolerant Tunisians carry the day!

Can't be that frequently cited. Do you have an example?
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In a region often defined by its sectarianism, Tunisia, despite its social tensions, remains a beacon of religious tolerance.


I hate to be a negative nelly, but it's also frequently cited that more Tunisians have joined ISIS than anyone else. In other words, the not-so-tolerant Tunisians are busy elsewhere. May the tolerant Tunisians carry the day!
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