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Posted by NOW tense in Guns
Fri Jan 28th 2011, 11:41 AM
I thought I would have a little fun with the proposal for the Browning M1911 to be Utah's state gun.
Here is my proposed coloring page for kids.

Please remember that we all need to laugh at ourselves every once in awhile.....

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Posted by NOW tense in Health
Sun Dec 06th 2009, 09:31 AM
It is that special time of year when your insurance provider tells you how much more you will be paying for the same services they offered last year.

What percentage was your increase this year?

Mine is 34%

Inflation this year is .4% (please correct me if I am wrong)
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Posted by NOW tense in Photography Group
Sun Oct 04th 2009, 11:28 AM
Please pick I have been staring for too long, and they have started to talk to me.

"Binding To Form" (I await my release from this form and dream of my next)

"Birth of Rust" (is just another step of the journey)

"In The End" (my flame can not be extinguished)

"Our Last Dance" (perhaps in our next life we could be lovers)

"Leaving Together" (each year someone from my family lands near you to give your hue plumage)

"Given Enough Time" (even buildings cannot stand the test of time)

"Reflecting On Where I Came From" (I realized I came from the Earth and so I return)
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Posted by NOW tense in Photography Group
Sat Oct 03rd 2009, 11:10 AM
Rusty Nipples of Gold Mining's Past

Lost Door

The Birth of Rust

Binding To Form

Retired But Still Proud

Leaving Together

Nails Only Hope To Hold Form Together

Reflecting On Where You Came From

Returning To The Waters

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Posted by NOW tense in GLBT
Mon Apr 13th 2009, 05:31 PM
Washington, Apr 13 - In response to recent reports of the death and persecution of gays in Iraq, Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2) called for an investigation into “egregious human rights violations” carried out against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender (GLBT) Iraqis while meeting with US and Iraqi officials on a Congressional Delegation visit to Baghdad, Iraq this week.

“The United States should not tolerate human rights violations of any kind, especially by a government that Americans spend billions of taxpayer dollars each year supporting,” said Polis. “Hopefully my trip and letters to US and Iraqi officials will help bring international attention and investigation to this terrible situation and bring an end to any such offenses.”

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Posted by NOW tense in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Apr 05th 2009, 09:44 AM
Dear Mr. President.

Perhaps our responsibility as the only government that has ever used a nuclear weapon on others is to give a speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Although I am generations removed from such inhumanity, I feel, we as nation should face what we did. We as a nation know from the aggressor’s standpoint what a nuclear bomb can do. I realize no U.S. President has ever apologized for our past mistakes involving foreign affairs. I think as our leader, it is time to apologize to our Japanese friends. I think it is time that we acknowledge what it means to destroy generations of innocent victims.

I am asking you, Barack Obama, to go and give a speech. I am asking you to stop in Japan and tell the world that nuclear weapons should never be used again.

I believe that as citizens of Earth, we look like hypocritical old men. I really don’t care for the stories of how our use of nuclear weapons ended the War. It was in that moment that we “won” the War, that we lost a piece of our humanity. No longer should we stand up, demanding that no one use nuclear weapons when only we have done so and have never apologized. I believe that we can no longer pretend to move forward as a faithful partner in the creation of a brighter future for our world without acknowledging our role in some of its most tragic history. All nations have much to apologize for in the last century, and we should lead by example. In doing so, we might gain the trust of other nations who wish to engage in an open and fruitful dialogue about the ways in which the peoples of our planet should proceed from this point on, to preserve human dignity and value life even within the contexts of international conflict. Having learned the painful lessons of previous generations who, drunk on war, have caused great harm, it is now time to move brightly toward a world day of true reconciliation. It is our time to envision and create Peace on Earth.

I don’t believe you are a messiah but have watched you, as our nation’s leader, step upon the world’s stage with great purpose and integrity. I encourage you to seize this moment in your presidency to continue your call for an end to fear based decision making by assuring the citizens of the world that our nation, having been sobered by the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has resolved never again to deploy weapons of such indiscriminate destruction. Such a declaration would help to promote feelings of trust and confidence as we move forward as a planetary community. This is essential, as every person’s emotional reactions to life’s daily experiences here on Earth , influence their actions and thus, create our future .

I think we as planet must concentrate on peace, if we as a species are going to survive. We should realize that the business of trying to save this giant, spinning blue marble which we call home is the most important task at hand.

Sat Nam

P.S. I think you are a great President so far. I am just asking you to become an even better one.
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Posted by NOW tense in Religion/Theology
Fri Mar 20th 2009, 11:31 PM
Spring Meditation at 4:00 AM and I am excited. I have no idea what to expect does anyone know?
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Posted by NOW tense in Editorials & Other Articles
Wed Mar 18th 2009, 07:42 AM
Guitarists' Brains Swing Together

ScienceDaily (Mar. 18, 2009) — When musicians play along together it isn't just their instruments that are in time – their brain waves are too. New research shows how EEG readouts from pairs of guitarists become more synchronized, a finding with wider potential implications for how our brains interact when we do.




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Posted by NOW tense in Science
Fri Mar 13th 2009, 07:54 AM
ScienceDaily (Mar. 13, 2009) — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a strong new line of evidence that galaxies are embedded in halos of dark matter.
Peering into the tumultuous heart of the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster, Hubble discovered a large population of small galaxies that have remained intact while larger galaxies around them are being ripped apart by the gravitational pull of neighbouring galaxies. The results appear in the March 1st edition of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Dark matter is an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the Universe’s mass. Astronomers have deduced the existence of dark matter by observing its gravitational influence on normal matter which consists of stars, gas, and dust.

The Hubble images provide further evidence that the undisturbed galaxies are enshrouded by a “cushion” of dark matter, which protects them from their rough-and-tumble neighbourhood.

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Posted by NOW tense in Health
Wed Mar 11th 2009, 06:58 AM
Genetics Of Fear: Specific Genetic Variations Contribute To Anxiety Disorders, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Mar. 11, 2009) — Polymorphisms are variations in genes which can result in changes in the way a particular gene functions and thus may be associated with susceptibility to common diseases. In a new study in Psychological Science, psychologist Tina B. Lonsdorf and her colleagues from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of Greifswald in Germany examined the effect of specific polymorphisms on how fear is learned and how that fear is subsequently overcome.

Many symptoms of anxiety disorders are thought to be learned and research on fear conditioning (a method of learning to fear a particular stimulus) shows that individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders are quick to learn to fear a stimulus but have a difficult time getting rid of that fear. In this study, the researchers focused on polymorphisms in two genes thought to play a role in anxiety disorders: the serotonin transporter gene and the gene for the enzyme COMT.

I wonder how many cases of Anxiety Disorders were diagnosed since 2001 and how many prior to that. I bet that cases of anxiety diagnoses is a better barometer then the stock market for overall health of our economy. Although people without health insurance don't get diagnosed. Another case for National Health Care.
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Posted by NOW tense in Religion/Theology
Sat Mar 07th 2009, 02:36 PM
It dawned on me last night that we live in a really crazy world right now. We can send files across the world in seconds while video chatting with the people you are sending them to while checking the news on your phone. We are living in a time where we take in so much information in five minutes that it would make people’s heads explode just 30 years ago.

I don’t hold it against ex-Senator Ted Stevens for thinking the Internet is a series of tubes. In-fact I call the Internet “the tubes”. My feeling about the Internet in the view of consciousness is that it is really just streaming collective consciousness. We view the news of everyone’s thoughts and experiences at any given moment in time and space.

This begs the question: What is our collective thought right now? Currently it is we are in a shit storm. So what happens when we decide to change that thought? It is my belief that if we so choose we can change that consciousness. I am not suggesting we fake our news to make it positive. I am suggesting that if we took 5 minutes to hold one positive thought, it could make a difference. It doesn’t have to be world peace but it could be. It could be how it is going to feel when you have a job again. It could be the birth of your child and how that felt. It could be anything that makes you happy. Have a great 5 minutes if you choose, or possibly a great day.

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Posted by NOW tense in Science
Mon Feb 16th 2009, 07:50 PM
ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2009) — The ability to empathize with others is partially determined by genes, according to new research on mice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

In the study, a highly social strain of mice learned to associate a sound played in a specific cage with something negative simply by hearing a mouse in that cage respond with squeaks of distress. A genetically different mouse strain with fewer social tendencies did not learn any connection between the cues and the other mouse's distress, showing that the ability to identify and act on another's emotions may have a genetic basis.

Like humans, mice can automatically sense and respond to others' positive and negative emotions, such as excitement, fear or anger. Understanding empathy in mice may lead to important discoveries about the social interaction deficits seen in many human psychosocial disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, depression and addiction, the researchers say. For example, nonverbal social cues are frequently used to identify early signs of autism in very young children.

"The core of empathy is being able to have an emotional experience and share that experience with another," says UW-Madison graduate student Jules Panksepp, who led the work along with undergraduate QiLiang Chen. "We are basically trying to deconstruct empathy into smaller functional units that make it more accessible to biological research."

More proof that it isn't the RW's fault that they are that way.
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Posted by NOW tense in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Jan 31st 2009, 11:32 AM
I was reading my news this morning and found this. People should take the time to read the comments section. It is not everyday that you see what an impact one person can have on a community

Rest in Peace John Breaux

Laura Snider and Kyle McDaniel, Camera Saff Writers

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — While police were still investigating the tragic death of a pedestrian on U.S. 287 — and hours before the name of the victim was officially released to the public — a small crowd of bystanders had already gathered at the scene, sure they knew who had been killed but hopeful they were wrong.

By late Friday, their fears were confirmed by the coroner. John Breaux, whose warm smile and gentle heart were famous throughout eastern Boulder County, was dead.

It was the bike that gave it away. Breaux was never without his bike, friends said, which on Friday afternoon stood alone, propped on its kickstand at the edge of U.S. 287 near the scene of the accident. Two white trash bags — probably filled with recycling and litter — hung from the handle bars.

“That bike always has the bags on it,” said Mindy Bentley, a longtime Louisville resident who stopped at the accident when she saw the bike. “He’s always picking stuff up whether it’s trash or cans, helping in some way, shape or form.”


News of Breaux’s death spread quickly throughout eastern Boulder County on Friday. The Camera’s Web site was flooded with stories of Breaux’s generosity: “Always a smile, a wave, a kind word. Everywhere he went he brightened someone’s day,” said one poster. “Thank you for sharing your gigantic heart with us John, you’ll never be forgotten,” wrote another. /

One of many great posts

Posted by reikiwave on January 31, 2009 at 9:10 a.m.

I met John a couple of year ago in the Boulder Albertsons on a cold winter evening. He passed by me, stopped and told me I was an angel. I've been having a hard time and have given up believing in humans and life in general. His smile and his words pulled me out of my dark place and I am here to tell you all that HE was and is THE ANGEL! I will never forget you John! May you take your rightful place among the angels and look down on us and continue to teach us what it is to be human to one another.

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Posted by NOW tense in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jan 24th 2009, 07:45 PM
They are nothing new I have had them my whole life from time to time. I become conscious that I am sleeping. I then try to wake up but I am trapped in a dream state. That is when the panic starts. I have tried to just go with it, but the dreams will become really dark the longer I stick around. I am conscious of what is going on around me if this happens, when taking a nap with the T.V. or radio on. When in bed I know my Wife is next to me and so I try to wake her up for help. Once I wake up I fall back to sleep in seconds and the process starts all over again.

Does anyone else have this type of dreams?

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