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Music / Re: What are you listening to?
Last post by hermes2015 - Today at 06:48:37 PM
I love classical Indian music, don't appreciate Arabic music very much.
Media / Re: What Are You Reading?
Last post by Tank - Today at 10:04:07 AM
The rise and fall of the dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: animals in your life
Last post by Tank - Today at 10:02:01 AM
I has sads :(
Music / Re: What are you listening to?
Last post by Tank - Today at 08:03:19 AM
Was she singing along?
Politics / Re: Dominionists in the United...
Last post by Icarus - Today at 06:34:18 AM

I did not know that an organization labeled NACL existed. It is no surprise that the crackpots may have banded together for the purpose of imposing their will on the ones of us who have not paid sufficient attention.

Yes, my Florida has moved to weaken or outright abandon scientific education. Wyoming, Idaho, Tennessee, Montana and a few others are not far behind.

Those Christian Nationalists can more nearly destroy our nation than Putin could with his nukes.

Politics / Re: Dominionists in the United...
Last post by Recusant - Today at 05:25:00 AM
Article notes that the US Supreme Court has already tossed aside what remained of the Lemon test in favor of "reference to historical practices and understandings" from the era of the writing of the US Constitution. The Lemon test was the primary basis of the ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover, so . . .

"West Virginia, Florida make moves to undermine science education" | Ars Technica
Music / Re: What are you listening to?
Last post by billy rubin - March 26, 2023, 10:28:32 PM
my daughter was taking a shower and this was coming out of the bathroom

Laid Back Lounge / Re: animals in your life
Last post by billy rubin - March 26, 2023, 10:23:59 PM
but on th eother hand the bees are good. i looked in them just now, the first good afternoon that i have been free.

one hive, overwintered in four boxes. they had brood in all the booxes, but still space.

and drones.

thats a good sign, because drones make the hive happy. if something goes wrong with the food, they kill the drones off right away.

i have five queens coming from california the third week in april, which normally is swarm season here. but things are way early, so i may have to do some creative persuasion to keep this hive from getting too big. the fruit trees bloomed yesterday--cots and prunes and something that looks like a cherry-- so theyll begina serious buildup within th eweek.

ideally you want to catch the hive and either shake bees out of it or divide it the week before they build swarm cells, so as to take advantage of all the optimism, but i may have to go in and make queenless divides if they get stubborn too soon. then ill need to introduce the queens in a more difficult scenario.

so i got two empty boxes of mostly drawn conb and stuck them in the middle so they would havesomething new to work on and maybe that will both distract them and give me some extra brood to use when the queens show up.

i have to remember to tell the post office that theyre coming
Laid Back Lounge / Re: animals in your life
Last post by billy rubin - March 26, 2023, 10:17:39 PM
ah no

sadly it died friday. i called to ask how it was doing and she told me that it had given up an hour or two before. but it was very, very young, too young, really. it ws mostly a last ditch effort from the start.

so that is sad, but she tried pretty hard to give it a good chance
Politics / Re: Dominionists in the United...
Last post by Recusant - March 26, 2023, 04:27:47 PM
Regarding the home-schooled Christian soldiers (marching as to war) --

"Communicators for Christ: How Homeschool Debate Leagues Shaped the Rising Stars of the Christian Right" | Religion Dispatches

QuoteDavid Eastman is one of the rising young stars of the Christian Right. Controversial, blunt, and shameless, Eastman has—like his idol, former President Donald Trump—mastered the art of provoking strong, emotional reactions from people with his rhetoric. Born and raised in California in an evangelical homeschooling family, Eastman currently serves as a Representative in the Alaska State House. In that position since 2017, he's attracted national attention from his refusal to honor Hmong and Black veterans of the American military, his lifetime membership with the far-right militia organization Oath Keepers, his support of child marriage, and his presence at Trump's Stop-the-Steal rally preceding the January 6th, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol building.

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But Eastman's rhetoric is more than incendiary. It's an intentional and carefully constructed aspect of Eastman's identity as an alumnus of the evangelical homeschooling movement, specifically the academic debate leagues that have become immensely popular among evangelical homeschoolers.

And notably Eastman isn't the only rising star of the Christian Right who participated in homeschool debate leagues. Many young people who are gradually assuming leadership in the Christian Right—including Lila Rose, Will Estrada, Alyssa Farah, Madison Cawthorn, and Alex and Brett Harris—are products of this niche milieu. (Full disclosure: I also competed in these leagues in high school and coached in them in college.)

Recognizing and grasping the culture of homeschool debate is crucial to our broader understanding of Christian nationalism, as the young people who participated are beginning to have a significant impact on American society.

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