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Buddy brought in a live baby bird, advice needed (pic)

This little bird can hop well, but cannot fly. I put him outside, keeping the cat in, to see if there was anyway he could make it. He was calling for his family, but they didn't respond. I put him back in the crate and gave him sunflower seeds and water. He is in the garage now, still calling for his family. I live in Seattle, it is warm here now. I am concerned that he is too young to feed himself the seeds. Maybe I should mush them up in water?


Echelon Extra

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”

Construction of the $1.2 billion Data Center is scheduled to be completed in October 2013.

And I gather infinite storage and retrieval capability of collected data is also in the plans. I am not familiar enough with Echelon to know all of the differences.

BRAVE Awards Now Accepting Nominations. International award honors non-professional caregivers

"Those nominated for the BRAVE Awards represent the invisible army of millions of family caregivers," said Flemming Ornskov, MD, Chief Executive Designate, Shire. "Their consistent care of others is an enormously generous and selfless commitment. We are privileged to raise awareness about the significant impact non-professional carers play in our society and to recognize individuals who work tirelessly to give their loved ones as normal and healthy a life as possible."

A caregiver is defined by the Shire BRAVE Awards as an individual who is providing regular, consistent care for another person in a volunteer capacity. The caregiver can be a relative, neighbor, or friend who gives their time, support, and compassion regularly, helping another person who is not able to care for himself or herself. The caregiver cannot be a professional healthcare provider and cannot be compensated in any formal way through their activities as a caregiver. Doctors, nurses, hospital staff and other healthcare workers are not eligible for consideration; however, they can nominate non-professional caregivers. Nominees must be age 18 or older at the time of nomination. In 2013, the Shire BRAVE Awards are open to eligible nominees in 19 countries - Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

There are no restrictions on the type of care being provided, no correlation with any health condition or therapeutic area, and the care recipient need not be prescribed a Shire medicine or treatment. The program has been developed to ensure confidentiality and privacy, and adheres to Shire's Privacy Policy. The BRAVE Awards are presented in the spirit of Shire's BRAVE culture.


If you know a caregiver who performs in extraordinary ways, who gives their time, support and compassion regularly through caring for someone else in a meaningful, selfless manner, then click below to learn more about the Shire BRAVE Awards. If they meet the eligibility criteria, nominate them for a 2013 BRAVE Award and they could receive $10,000 USD or their local country currency equivalent from Shire.

I am sure there are people here who know people who deserve this award. There are people here on DU who deserve to be nominated for this award, so I hope those that know them will click on the second link and fill-out the forms. I know they don't do it for the recognition, but $10,000 and an official appreciation award wouldn't be rejected.

Sorry, there are people within the mainstream religion who are extreme

They just hide it. Mormons have their own state for a reason, so non-members won't get glimpses of the pockets of aberration.

I have said it before and will continue to say it, most Mormons are likable people but they cover for the deviant ones. But there is something called the hive-mind, so they all fall-in line when directed.

I lived in Utah for a year and I have seen this hive-mind personally, it is quite interesting and I have been able to understand the mechanism to some extent.

All you have to do is go read the stories on the exmormon board. http://www.exmormon.org/ to read former Mormon's experiences and why they left. You can get some idea of the abuses.

And while it isn't crazier than "born-again christian shit", the problem is that Mormons were given a vendetta by Joseph Smith against the US and they are gaining power.

I am a hold-out as well

Mr. gut warned me about data collection years ago.

Sanity is a relative state

#1 The center is a stack of Spider Man, the heart of Christ, Darth Vader and the Buddha. The stuff around them is alchemy.

#2 The head and shoulders of one of the Pokeman characters.

#3 A heel print, collected from the site of a crime.

#4 Frank Zappa.

#5 Unfortunate bug on my windshield.

We cut way down on vampire power

Many devices use some electricity even when they are not turned on. This is called vampire power or phantom power and is electricity used just because the unit is plugged in.

We get a rating each month that tells us what our usage is relative to our neighbors. We had drifted into the wasteful slob zone a few months back, so I got serious.

For our computers, I bought surge protectors that only allow electricity to accessories, like the desk light and printer, when the computer itself is turned on. For the cell phone chargers, we use small plugs that have timers on them, my I Phone charges to 98% in three hours if I let it get real low. So I set the little plug for three hours, it has a choice of 1/2, 3 or 6.

For the coffee maker and water pot, we have another plug that just switches off and on. In rooms that we don't use often, TVs/DVRs are unplugged unless in use. For the entertainment center like area, only the TV and cable box get constant power. The stereo and DVR are on the same surge protector, but they have a separate switch which I need to press manually.

Lots of little things can make a big difference

NRA should be the center of attention

Which is probably why this whole F&F thing started, when RW bloggers were incited to distract, misinform and preempt. Their false premise that this is a ploy to interfere with 2nd Amendment rights, is obstructionist because they have something to hide.

Repeated intense pressure and no hope for a better future.

While the reasons for the increase are not entirely understood, the army's own data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk. But a portion of those taking their own life have never deployed, the figures show.

They face a horror that they don't have any comprehension of or even a glimmer of how to handle and I am guessing that there is no support for them and no relief in sight, so suicide looks like a way out.

Mitt Romney's Mormon Secrets (article)

Commentary | In all the extensive media coverage of Mitt Romney, much of it discussing his religion, not a word have I seen about the secrets of Mormonism, the secrets of Romney's life-long beliefs and practices. The reason, of course, is obvious: nobody can talk about a secret unless they are in on the secret. And few journalists or Christian ministers or anti-Mitt politicians are in on the secret. Only Mormons know the secrets, and they're not going to tell. And former Mormons, like myself, who were initiated into those same secrets, and afterwards left Mormonism - we know the secrets. Should we tell?

Here is the most important reason that a Mormon should not be POTUS, that person would not have the countries best interests in mind:
The "law of sacrifice" requires them to "covenant to sacrifice all that we possess, even our own lives if necessary, in sustaining and defending the Kingdom of God." Mormons understand "the kingdom of God" to be the Mormon church.

The question for American voters is: knowing that Romney has taken this secret oath, that he is a faithful Mormon, do you want him to answer the question "Would you feel bound by your sacred oath to obey the law of consecration that you made in the endowment ceremony and use the power of the presidency to benefit the Mormon church?"

Should it make a difference to you, the voter?

Read the article, Richard Packham gives us an inside look into the secret/sacred Mormon temple rituals.

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