Your Local Sierra Club is a Great Way to Experience Hiking

If you are looking to get in shape or just escape your connected world for a few hours, hiking is a wonderful alternative. I wanted to do hikes, but I did not want to go into the woods on my own. I was worried that I’d get lost, I’d get tired, etc. These are valid fears! But your local Sierra Club (find one near to you here) likely has excursions with excursion leaders who will help you enjoy the outing and return home safely. Getting outdoors is part of the Sierra Club Mission Statement! The idea is that, if people knew the value of wilderness, they’re more likely to protect it.

With advice and assistance from my local Sierra Club members, I did reach a level where I felt comfortable doing 5-6 mile well-marked trails alone. Today, we did an 8-mile hike on the Keg Creek section of Bartram Trail. I had not been hiking and exercising lately, so I needed that safety net. Here’s a picture when we were about 2.5 miles into the trail. We’re all still smiling. I’m the obese guy on the left. No pictures at the end. I was warmed over death at that point.

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More Babies in Fallujah

Justice For the Babies of Fallujah

I encourage anyone reading this blog to follow Fallujah Birth Defects on twitter – @FDefects. I am posting some of their recent pictures below. That all of these babies were born in Fallujah in just the past few weeks just doesn’t seem right. How many more babies have to suffer?  I am sickened and saddened that I live in a country that caused this and won’t take any responsibility for it. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But I am sorry. All I can do is help them to show the world. We can all do that…

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Prelim report on training conference of staff of Baghdad pediatric oncology unit #PublicHealth #Iraq #بغداد_تنهض

For more information, read Paediatric cancer care in a limited-resource setting: Children’s Welfare Teaching Hospital, Medical City, Baghdad by Salma A Naji AL-Hadad, Mazin Faisal Farhan Al-Jadiry and Claudia Lefko.

This is the appeal Claudia Lefko the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange put together to support the conference.

Augusta Chronicle Runs Propaganda for Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle

Update December 19, 2016

Update June 14, 2016:

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Billy Morris‘s Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia’s only daily newspaper, has long been, despite its self-proclaimed conservatism, a booster for the big business/big government projects on which this city depends. These include Fort Gordon, Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia), the Savannah River Site (“the bomb factory”) and Plant Vogtle, the site of the first new major nuclear power construction in the United States in decades. Of course, Plant Vogtle could never have been more than a twinkle in the eyes of crony capitalists without President Obama’s federal loan guarantees and a rubber-stamp Public Service Commission and state legislature. The commission regularly approves passing Vogtle’s ever increasing cost overruns to the consumers, and the legislature got the ball rolling by passing SB 31 which allowed Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, to charge its rate payers a fee that it could collect and use to build future electricity-generating capacity in the form of two additional nuclear reactors at Vogtle. Sadly, Georgia voters are still too concerned about unworthy people receiving Federal Medicaid dollars to get medical treatment, about their children learning facts about Muslims instead of scary fables, about illegal aliens stealing jobs, driving cars and attending university and about asylum-seeking children bringing diseases to care about who is rummaging through their pockets. Continue reading

Over-reliance on Apologetics is Bad

I’m reviewing articles from a print journal from 1998 for possible inclusion in an online, open access website. One article advances the idea that “there is no evidence that ritual clitoridectomy, unlike male circumcision, is or has ever been a required practice in Islam.” This article is a great example of why apologetics are dangerous.

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