Jihadists on Wednesday blew up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself "caliph" in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said.
Reminds one of Hitler in the bunker. As the movement dies, the rats suicide. But do not let it transfer its soul to the internet! A very real Matrix is the danger today.
I agree with the Park Service. Too many people doing it! And for what? A lot of middling-to-good images. It's not hard to do, and the effect is often stunning even when badly done - hence the popularity. I say this, and I'm a photographer and would love to play around in natural areas. But I don't. I respect that wilderness needs to stay wilderness. It's not just ruining the experience for other humans - the question is, what it is doing to the wildlife. The tyranny of technology is over the top, and needs mediation.
Later note: I hear people say, "Yeah, but they do it in the desert mostly. Nothing there." Ignorance. A square meter of desert contains more biodiversity than a square meter of East Coast forest.
"Under the Senate bill, low-income people would pay higher premiums for bigger deductibles."
— Larry Levitt (@larry_levitt) June 22, 2017
And the deductibles at present in NM already make the unaffordable insurance unusable.
[Is that even English? Gibberish for an incomprehensible situation ...]
Coincidences strike me. First, we had our little road to Lamy repaved, then we found out oil concerns wanted to park oil tankers there (and would load/offload trucks, just by happenstance). That got sidelined by residents.
Now, they completely redo the NM14/Cerrillos Road and I-25 interchange (with mindbogglingly idiotic design that's confusing Santa Feans completely - yes, they switch northbound traffic to left lane and vice-versa), and now it becomes clear these 'improvements' were fast-tracked for this truck stop.
Something stinks to high heaven.
The special elections exist because Donald Trump appointed Republicans in Congress to his administration, carefully selecting ones whose vacancy would not give Democrats a potential opening. It feels like Democrats somehow can’t win, but that is entirely because every contest has been held on heavily Republican turf.
So cool your jets. Dems could use coherent messaging, but as in the past, they're presenting a minimum-viable-product to see if they dare to ... dare.
There's something deeply disturbing here that I can't put my finger on. Perhaps it is the same reaction I'm having to finding out that consumer-level fashion now advertises based on a 52-'season' year (each week, new designs). My mind imagines our nation drowning in barely-used gossamer consumer trash.
And I shiver in abject fear of "Dad-bod Ken."
There's the third 'thanks' I've gotten from an acquaintance/friend. All had illnesses that were lingering. My cure? Vitamin D, and ... avoiding political or evening news. The stress is nearly killing some on the Left (and Right too, I'm sure).
I swear, it should be called "Trump Influenza."
Instead, look at local issues when stronger. Focus on things you have actual influence in.
Otherwise, you're just ramming yourself into a brick wall on an hourly basis and bruising yourself to death.
There's a fear of triggering here. And the argument really is that such maladies should only be dealt with as prevention documentaries?
I do agree, we shouldn't be putting things in young minds. Anxiety/panic disorder's become a psychiatrist/pharmaceutical orgy; they beat a devastating path through preteens and teens right now. It's terribly easy to transmit, and the medicinal and behavioral addictions can destroy entire lifespans. Once you make someone 'aware' of panic and its symptoms, few have anything for you other than addicting short-halflife drugs. The only permanent fix is to face one's fears - to 'get over it.'
(My own theory, the old Outward Bound programs would be the best fix. Nothing like learning self-reliance in the wilderness. It's a confidence that stays with you.)
Quora's weekly email tells me the following is recommended: "Why don't conservatives realize that the Second Amendment is unconstitutional?"
There are so many fails in this chain, I just can't even ...