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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/16/2019 12:55:12 AM   
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Still a better use of effort than climbing that silly cold rock …..

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/18/2019 6:03:10 PM   
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Soon midsummer. How will you guys celebrate it?

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/18/2019 9:49:18 PM   
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Soon midsummer. How will you guys celebrate it?

Not many pagan celebrations make it into the culture over here. The USA has July 4 to celebrate country and summer, and Canadians do the same on July 1st. Something in the Protestant work ethic of our forefathers said don't have national holidays too close together!

From a cosmic perspective, it makes more sense to celebrate the Spring and Fall Equinox and the Winter and Summer Solstices than the hodgepodge of political and religious excuses we currently use. We could still do Thanksgiving to celebrate the harvest and New Year's day to celebrate flipping the calendar page ... although that is rooted in religion too! We need more cosmic events to ensure we get one party each month!

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/19/2019 3:38:57 AM   
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There are reasons for the drying waterholes, flooding, and desertification.

1. Draining of wetlands for farming purposes leads to less ground water recharging and more runoff.

2. Plowing a furrow on farmland leading to a ditch so the snow melt will run off so the farmer can work in the fields sooner leading to less ground water recharging and more run off. I have seen this in the Red River valley so the resulting runoff will head north into the ice jams on a river up to a nice city of about 500,000 people or so on the Canadian prairie which is why they built channels to route the floodwaters around said community. I know because I have been there although not during flooding.

3. Paving so much land with the runoff going into storm sewers to increase the water flow (speed and volume) in the rivers. This results in a lot of flash floods in communities and places where it would not otherwise occur since the water runs off 3 times faster and does not soak in.

4. Cutting trees which will retain soil, water, and provide water to the atmosphere. This will also lead to mudslides.

However, somethings are already being done to mitigate this. Eithopia is planting about 40 trees for everyone cut down. Parking lots are being built with no curbs and a ditch to hold the water so it will filter down.

In 1924, the Arctic was remarkably ice free while places in the southern hemisphere were having droughts. Then, starting in the 1930s, there were very seven cold winters in Europe. So some supposed smart people in Europe decided that the winter of 1941-42 would be a warm one. So the Wehrmacht did not prepare for that Russian winter.

ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/docs.lib/htdocs/rescue/mwr/052/mwr-052-12-0591d.pdf

As far as the population increase, in the developed world a lot of that is simply because people are living longer. In the rest of the world, fewer child have died/are dying of preventable diseases then live longer to have children but family sizes have not decreased to compensate.

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/19/2019 8:25:51 AM   
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Soon midsummer. How will you guys celebrate it?


Soon mid winter here...
Best celebrated with a switch from cold beers and seafood to red wines and roast meats!
Some people have a Christmas in July party where the snowy themes and thick woolly red suits of your northern Decembers make a lot more sense.


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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/21/2019 1:15:50 AM   
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WW2 Landing Vehicle Tracked, Somewhere in the Pacific 1944 (Colorized)




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/21/2019 1:48:52 AM   
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WW2 Landing Vehicle Tracked, Somewhere in the Pacific 1944 (Colorized)





The Marines were sometimes overly dependent on the Navy, but in this case I believe it is the Coast Guard.

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/21/2019 1:51:01 AM   
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That picture is too effing cute for a Matrix forum. Slitherine, I dunno.

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/21/2019 2:30:50 AM   
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That picture is too effing cute for a Matrix forum. Slitherine, I dunno.

There was a James Bond film where he his inside a crocodile/alligator...

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 6/21/2019 1:04:52 PM   
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That picture is accurate, as is shown in the insignia:



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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 1:34:00 AM   
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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 2:24:47 AM   
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Hey guys and girls.
Been away for a bit.

167 pages and we still can't keep this on topic.

Impressive!!!

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 3:17:17 AM   
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Darn right we're off topic. We have to keep up our standards.




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:20:13 AM   
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Well, one is a waterfowl that flies and the other is an action taken to avoid hitting something or being hit by something. In the political realm, it applies to not answering a question directly and completely - IOW, every time a politician speaks.




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:21:39 AM   
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Hey guys and girls.
Been away for a bit.

167 pages and we still can't keep this on topic.

Impressive!!!

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If you haven't heard, we are doing our bit to bring the forum closer to the 1,000,000 post mark.
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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:23:38 AM   
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Darn right we're off topic. We have to keep up our standards.




Standards? We don' need no steenking standards!




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:25:29 AM   
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Getting Closer ....




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:29:23 AM   
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I can Almost Taste It ...




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:30:24 AM   
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Having an appetizer first ...




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:33:56 AM   
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And here it is - Post # 5000 in the thread!





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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/12/2019 6:34:53 AM   
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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/23/2019 1:14:47 PM   
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No news on the bird front?

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/23/2019 8:46:15 PM   
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Sorry Orm, it's been boring lately.

However, here's an important message from Google Street View:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5936359,-90.228339,3a,75y,98.87h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s2g210r_rBZQZraIlqzq3Cg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D2g210r_rBZQZraIlqzq3Cg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D96%26h%3D64%26yaw%3D98.86622%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/23/2019 9:01:44 PM   
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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/23/2019 9:02:10 PM   
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Sorry Orm, it's been boring lately.

However, here's an important message from Google Street View:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5936359,-90.228339,3a,75y,98.87h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s2g210r_rBZQZraIlqzq3Cg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D2g210r_rBZQZraIlqzq3Cg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dsearch.TACTILE.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D96%26h%3D64%26yaw%3D98.86622%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192


Did those White-tailed buffoons set up there as advertising for the Museum/Monuments building next door? Not sure I would want a statue of one on my lawn ...

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/23/2019 10:23:22 PM   
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They're usually situated near the garden gnomes.

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/23/2019 10:29:40 PM   
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But someone does need to design one of those inflating c'mon things that does that!




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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/24/2019 12:21:22 AM   
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Orm, I did have one occasion (I got no pics) where there were two red-tailed hawks working like a team trying to catch a squirrel, and there were about four around for them to chase. The squirrels didn't seem overly upset about the hawks (red-tails are among the largest hawks around here) and easily outmaneuvered them repeatedly. One was quite large, a female I presume, the other smaller, either a male or a juvenile. They spent an hour chasing these squirrels around, not with such vigor that they'd be exhausted, though. The next day on my walk to the garage I encountered a squirrel skeleton. There was the spine, parts of the limbs, a bit of the tail but no skull. We do get around here barred owls which are quite large and could easily take a squirrel, but the squirrels usually are in bed by the dusk hour and are quite cautious coming out in the dawn hour. I really hate the squirrels because they do a lot of vandalism of all sorts. I really love the hawks.

edit: I meant to say, it's really difficult to tell various hawk species apart. There's one called the Cooper's hawk where if you get a real clear look at the tail feathers you can identify them. These two hawks could have been among two or three other species, but at one point I heard (and saw) the female call to the other one, and there was absolutely no doubt that they were red-tails.

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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/24/2019 2:53:06 AM   
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Orm, I did have one occasion (I got no pics) where there were two red-tailed hawks working like a team trying to catch a squirrel, and there were about four around for them to chase. The squirrels didn't seem overly upset about the hawks (red-tails are among the largest hawks around here) and easily outmaneuvered them repeatedly. One was quite large, a female I presume, the other smaller, either a male or a juvenile. They spent an hour chasing these squirrels around, not with such vigor that they'd be exhausted, though. The next day on my walk to the garage I encountered a squirrel skeleton. There was the spine, parts of the limbs, a bit of the tail but no skull. We do get around here barred owls which are quite large and could easily take a squirrel, but the squirrels usually are in bed by the dusk hour and are quite cautious coming out in the dawn hour. I really hate the squirrels because they do a lot of vandalism of all sorts. I really love the hawks.

edit: I meant to say, it's really difficult to tell various hawk species apart. There's one called the Cooper's hawk where if you get a real clear look at the tail feathers you can identify them. These two hawks could have been among two or three other species, but at one point I heard (and saw) the female call to the other one, and there was absolutely no doubt that they were red-tails.

So you like hawks, eh? Well what is this one? Barred Hawk? Hairy Faced Hawk? Squawk Hawk?





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RE: OT Things to ponder - 7/24/2019 4:50:22 PM   
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Orm, I did have one occasion (I got no pics) where there were two red-tailed hawks working like a team trying to catch a squirrel, and there were about four around for them to chase. The squirrels didn't seem overly upset about the hawks (red-tails are among the largest hawks around here) and easily outmaneuvered them repeatedly. One was quite large, a female I presume, the other smaller, either a male or a juvenile. They spent an hour chasing these squirrels around, not with such vigor that they'd be exhausted, though. The next day on my walk to the garage I encountered a squirrel skeleton. There was the spine, parts of the limbs, a bit of the tail but no skull. We do get around here barred owls which are quite large and could easily take a squirrel, but the squirrels usually are in bed by the dusk hour and are quite cautious coming out in the dawn hour. I really hate the squirrels because they do a lot of vandalism of all sorts. I really love the hawks.

edit: I meant to say, it's really difficult to tell various hawk species apart. There's one called the Cooper's hawk where if you get a real clear look at the tail feathers you can identify them. These two hawks could have been among two or three other species, but at one point I heard (and saw) the female call to the other one, and there was absolutely no doubt that they were red-tails.

So you like hawks, eh? Well what is this one? Barred Hawk? Hairy Faced Hawk? Squawk Hawk?



Let's not go there, BBfanboy. Let's just not do that today.

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