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  22 months & 100 posts later
Posted by: Woodhouse - Today, 02:57 AM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (1)

Hey all...  Just made it to 100 posts after 22 months on the site. Just wanted to show my appreciation for everyone that makes this wheel turn. 

Thanks alot for the love and support everyone.

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  Las Vegas Chat Anyone?
Posted by: fishfarmer - Today, 01:38 AM - Forum: The Lounge - No Replies

Been going to Vegas about every year for almost 30 now and really enjoy it. It is such an escape for me as it distracts me completely from the real world. I do not play table games much but have done pretty well at Video Poker,Love it! Have my own system that has worked well for me, usually at least break even and have come home flush with $ a handful of times. Will be going in early March and cannot wait. Just thought I would start this thread for people to compare games and strategies. I would like to hear of your favorite game and any tip's you might have. One quick Tip if you play video poker or slots, only spend as much as you can afford to loose and always play the maximum bet. My G-Ma who lived in Vegas, was having a beer and was just piddling around playing one quarter at a time on Video Poker and finally hit her first royal flush in her life and won 200$ which is OK, but with the max bet 1.OO she would have won a Grand! Hope to hear from any Vegas Fans out there!-FF

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Posted by: schmok - Today, 12:03 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (2)

Hello everyone!
Good to be part of the community!


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  Best alp brand poll
Posted by: thepianist - Yesterday, 08:10 PM - Forum: IOP General Discussion - Replies (1)

This list isn’t fully comprehensive but does include brands that seem to be in stock regularly from a number of sites.

Let’s hear your thought!

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  What are you afraid of? Sharing your phobia(s) will help others!
Posted by: Rafterman - Yesterday, 12:30 AM - Forum: Anxiety Depression & Stress - Replies (7)

Hey, all!
Writing about your personal phobia(s) may not only help you, but can also help others who read what you have to say. No phobia is too weird or far out. After all, phobias are UNreasonable fears. They are suppose to be strange.

You would imagine that I have heard some unusual ones and you would be correct. Fear of cheese.
Fear of marshmallows. Fear of red cars. Fear of hair. Fear of sneakers. I have heard them all. 

On a more personal note, I have had severe claustrophobia since childhood. That's so common, though. How about a raging fear of weeds? Yep, I have that. The neighborhood kids got wise to that really quickly when I was growing up and would chase me with them. When we were children, my sister would call herself "the witch of the weeds" and hide weeds everywhere in order to scare me. Great sister, eh? 

My best friends wife is afraid of clowns, crosswalks, white paint, and mayonnaise.

So, what are you afraid of for absolutely no rational reason whatsoever? Are you seeking treatment (progressive desensitization, cognitive therapy, medication, other?), or are you just living with it? Care to share?  Thanks

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  Passion is the biggest enemy of depression
Posted by: Rafterman - Yesterday, 12:16 AM - Forum: Anxiety Depression & Stress - Replies (5)

What are you passionate about? What is it that you wake up for every day? Every one of us has something that drives our lives. We may not even be aware of what it is, or we may be very aware. There is something that gives each of us a sense of purpose and makes us want to be alive. It is different for everyone. We should all try to focus in on, and identify, our passions. Scrutinize each one of them. Are they constructive in nature? Are they harmful to us? Weed out the bad ones and keep the good.  Then embrace, exploit, and expand the ones which you are left with. Know that a sense of purpose (and passion) is the enemy of depression. A person of passion is on a mission. Keep your eyes on your passions and enjoy satisfying them. Don't be afraid to let others know what you are passionate about. Sharing those details make others more likely to embrace their own passions. And nothing is too "unusual". There are no right or wrong answers. Its about feeling. Its about personal preference.

Allow me to go first. I must say that my passions are fairly pedestrian, but they are what keep me going. I'll list three, of many.

1. My wife. I have been with my wife for 40 years now. I can't even imagine what we would do without each other. We are as one. I am completely emotionally over-invested in her and loving every minute of it.

2. Animals. I am an extreme animal lover. I mean completely over the top. I love animals at a higher level than most people love people. Their loyalty, goodness, beauty, and selflessness. Everything about them. I could not live in this world if animals did not exist in it.

3. Music. Music has been my companion, my confidant and my counselor since childhood. It has the distinction of being both a diversion from the rigors of life, while simultaneously being an indulgence in life itself. Nothing else quite like it.

Does anyone care to go next? What is it that keeps you going?  Thanks, everyone.

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  Inuit elders tell NASA Earth axis shifted
Posted by: IceWizard - 01-16-2018, 03:32 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (2)

Ok ... This is an artical from 2015, but I've been seeing changes .. Small ones, but they are there nonetheless ...

Posted by TW on March 08, 2015

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The Inuit Tribe are indigenous people who live in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Siberia and Alaska. Their elders have written to the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA) to tell them that the Earth's axis has shifted. The elders do not believe that carbon emissions from humans are causing the current climate changes.

The sky has changed, claim Inuit elders

The Inuit elders note climate change in the melting glaciers, deterioration of sealskin, burns on seals, and disappearing sea ice. They attribute these changes in climate to changes in the sky. The tribal elders claim that the sun no longer rises where it used to rise. The days heat up more quickly and last longer. The stars and moon are also in different places in the sky and this affects the temperatures. This is a population that relies on the placement of the moon and stars for their survival as they live in total darkness during part of the year.

The elders say they can no longer predict the weather, as they have been able to in the past. They observe that warmer winds are changing the snow banks, making their ability to navigate overland more difficult. Polar bear populations are increasing, which causes the bears to wander into the Inuit neighborhoods.

What scientists report

On April 20, 2011, CNN News reported that an earthquake moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet and shifted the Earth on its axis. They quoted Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, as saying, "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass."

They quoted the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy, that estimated that "the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters)." Astronomers concur that there has not been a shift in the earth's rotational axis, but that there have been subtle polar shifts over the last ten years. This is a change in what is called the figure axis.

These changes are caused by continental drift, which has been shifting the location of the North Pole towards the south about 10 cms per year for the last 100 years. Teams at the University of Texas using NASA's GRACE satellite found that the North Pole's normal drifting to the south changed in 2005 and since then, the drift has been eastward. They detected a 1.2 meter change from 2005 to 2013. They conclude that the shift is caused by climate change caused by global warming.

About the Inuit people

The Inuit people inhabit the far northern reaches of the Canadian Arctic and have done so for centuries. The area they inhabit is almost continually frozen under a layer of permafrost. For months at a time, their days begin and end in darkness. A nomadic people, they built tents of caribou skin in warmer months, and lived in igloos in the winter. Previously, they were known as Eskimo. The word Eskimo is from a word in their language that means "eater of raw meat."

This group of Arctic dwellers has now been renamed Inuit, a word that means "the people." Inuk is the word to describe one member of the tribe, or "one person." The Inuit speak many different dialects that all stem from the Eskimo-Aleut or Inuit-Aleut language. They are primarily hunters, relying on Arctic wildlife for their survival. They fish, hunt sea mammals, such as seals and walrus, and land mammals, like Arctic hare and caribou and use seal skin and blubber for clothing, tents, and fuel. Most of their diet is made up of raw meat as there is very little plant life in their environment.

Physicics org had this::::

Did the Chilean Quake Shift Earth's Axis?

and this:::

Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

This stuff just fasinates me Smile

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Posted by: JennaChell - 01-16-2018, 04:54 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (9)

I have been away awhile bezzee but i thought i would stop by and say HI!!!

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  What is your favorite foreign accent?
Posted by: Rafterman - 01-16-2018, 01:55 AM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (3)

Hey everyone,
Just curious. My favorite is the Scottish accent. I do not know why. It has always been my favorite. I can listen to Sean Connery all day. Especially liked when he laid it on thick in "The Untouchables". What about the movie "Trainspotting"? I must have seen it a half dozen times and I still can't figure out every single word those kids are saying, but I like trying. Anyone care to share their favorite?

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  Lovin it
Posted by: Renegaderooster - 01-15-2018, 10:30 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (8)

Glad to back on the board...Wink

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