OPEN THREAD 20200303

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Citizen U

Day 118 – OGANESSON.

OK – we’re GOING BIG LEAGUE…..

33 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200303

  1. Well, here we are at the end of the road. First it was wide, fast and organized, then it got smaller and smaller….we took a detour through the lanthanides and got off the pavement, and by the time we were in the actinides it was more like a game trail…..and this is it.

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        1. I’ll throw it out here – anybody want to practice doing articles by doing daily threads here? SMILEY???

          I have 3 more in the bag right now, but if somebody wants to take over, just holler before the weekend.

          Otherwise, the new Open Thread posts will be carbon copies with a RANDOM SUGGESTED TOPIC that people can research or spout knowledge of their own about!!!

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  2. The Dubnans have synthesized a total of five atoms of Og by smooshing calcium into californium. Early claims of the synthesis had been made at Berkeley in 1999 by smooshing krypton into lead, but neither the Berkeley team nor anyone else could replicate the findings.

    The actual synthesis of the element happened in 2011, but when you only have a few atoms to observe, all you can do is note the pattern of decays until it hits something you recognize……and there were too many unknown intermediate decay products to verify that what they had started with (and decayed in half a millisecond) was actually Og. Verifying that Og was Og required that they verify that its decay products were Ts, Lv, Mc, and Fl, so it couldn’t be formally recognized until they were recognized.

    The Dubnans really want to get a few more atoms of a few more isotopes and are doing additional runs this year.

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  3. A young man was very excited because he just won a ticket to the Super Bowl. His excitement lessened as he realized his seat was in the back of the stadium. As he searched the rows ahead of him for a better seat, he found an empty one right next to the field.

    He approached the man sitting next to the empty seat and asked if it was taken. The man replied, “No.”

    Amazed the young man asked, “How could someone pass up a seat like this?”

    The older gentleman responded, “That’s my wife’s seat. We’ve been to every Super Bowl together since the day we were married but she has passed away.”

    “Oh, how sad,” the man said. “I’m sorry to hear that, but couldn’t you find a friend or relative to come with you?”

    “No,” the man said, “They’re all at the funeral.”

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  4. Wow Wolf, where do I even start?

    My wife and I are bumping around trying to find a new church home. There was a lot of turnover on staff – we didn’t feel like there was any specific problem, but it felt like after ten years it was time to move on.

    We visited a few other churches. A lot of our friends liked one in particular, so we went. And that Sunday was Men’s Retreat Weekend, and the former pastor, one of the elders of the church gave the sermon. And I was shocked at how racial justice it was. I posted on it over on the QTree daily thread.

    Turns out they were promoting a conference – my wife recognized it as one that was also being promoted at ANOTHER local church . . .

    COME.UNITY 2020
    Sunday, January 19, 2020
    6:00pm – 8:00pm
    https://www.wearethreaded.org/events/comeunity

    Digging into it more, we found several churches, that for many years had very strong, upstanding, orthodox reputations, good for families, etc . . .

    Last night we had some of our old friends over. We got to talking and wouldn’t you know it, their church too is now diving into the racial justice bandwagon, courtesy of the new teaching pastor.

    And the things they told me he said from the pulpit preaching about racism were genuinely offensive and I would not want repeated.

    We had a very spirited discussion last night. It was spirited because . . . what are we going to do about a church home for our families?

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    1. My wife dug into the conference more tonight and we found that it was organized by this group . . .

      Threaded
      https://www.wearethreaded.org/

      https://www.wearethreaded.org/the-team

      STAFF

      Markus Lloyd
      Executive Director

      Antwuan Malone
      Communications

      Tara Klein
      Accounting

      Deborah Hill
      Facilitator Coach

      Mia Mbroh
      Facilitator Coach

      ADVISORY BOARD

      Markus Lloyd
      Woodcreek Church

      Oscar Perez
      Vivid Life Church

      Larry Murray
      Plano Bible Chapel

      Sam Chacko
      Loft City Church

      Ben Wong
      Asian American Baptist Church

      Keith Hileman
      Trinity Fellowship Church

      Cathy Sweeney
      Plano Community Forum

      Gunny Hartman
      Providence Church

      Antwuan Malone
      Elevate Ministries

      Deborah Hill
      Project Hope

      ACTION SQUAD

      Jason Rains

      Andy Michaels

      Susan Richards

      Candie Blunt

      Laura McCarthy

      James Outsey

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      1. Notice:

        STAFF
        Markus Lloyd
        Executive Director

        ADVISORY BOARD
        Markus Lloyd
        Woodcreek Church

        I won’t get into all the why’s and wherefore’s, but smoking gun.

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    2. https://www.wearethreaded.org/resources

      Books

      “Letters To a Birmingham Jail”-Bryan Loritts
      “Oneness Embraced”- Tony Evans
      “The New Jim Crow”- Michelle Alexander
      “From Strength to Love”- Martin Luther King Jr.
      “Let Justice Roll Down”- John Perkins
      “Same Kind Of Different As Me” –Ron Hall and Denver Moore
      “Being White”- Paula Harris and Doug Schaupp
      “White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas”- Michael Phillips
      “Divided By Faith” -Michael Emerson and Christian Smith

      “Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian” –John Piper

      “Race, God and American Politics”- Mark A. Knoll

      “The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity”- Soong-Chan Rah

      “Santa Biblia: The Bible Through Hispanic Eyes” –Justo L. Gonzalez

      “Race a Theological Account” –J. Kameron Carter

      “Right Color, Wrong Culture: The Type of Leader Your Organization Needs to Become Multiethnic” –Bryan Loritts

      “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race”- Beverly Daniel Tatum

      “The Cross and the Lynching Tree”-James H. Cone

      “White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to Be White” –Daniel Hill

      “Just Mercy”- Bryan Stevenson

      Movies/Media

      Get Out
      Zootopia
      The Help
      Roots
      Remember the Titans
      Glory Road
      Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
      Selma
      Hidden Figures
      In The Heat of the Night
      Crash
      School Ties
      I Am Not Your Negro
      13th
      American History X
      Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
      A Raisin In The Sun
      To Kill a Mockingbird
      42
      This is England
      Bamboozled
      Song of the South
      Grand Torino
      Same Kind of Different as Me
      The Color of Fear, Lee Mun Wah (1994, 90 minutes)
      Race – The Power of an Illusion, California Newsreel
      (2003, three 56 minute episodes)
      What’s Race Got to Do with It?, California Newsreel (2006, 49 minutes)
      Skin Deep, Frances Reid (1995, 53 minutes)
      Them and Us: prejudice and self-understanding, Learning Seed (2007, 23 minutes)
      How biased are you?, Discovery Channel (2004 & 2001, 45 minutes)
      Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, Katrina
      The danger of a single story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
      (TED, posted Oct 2009) web:www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story/transcript?language=en
      How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, Vernā Myers (TED, filmed Nov 2014) web:www.ted.com/talks/verna_myers_how_to_overcome_our_biases_walk_boldly_toward_them
      Question Bridge: “Question Bridge is an innovative transmedia project that facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of black men from diverse and contending backgrounds and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine black male identity in America.” web: http://www.questionbridge.com/

      Internet Resources
      (From Rev. Megan Pike, Second Baptist Church Little Rock)
      Seeing whiteness: Exercises in understanding race by Reggie Williams
      –on the web: http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2016-06/seeing-whiteness

      The Privilege Walk: this activity is eye-opening and is best for diverse groups
      –video and questions on the web: http://www.buzzfeed.com/dayshavedewi/what-is-privilege#.jnlPz857V

      Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation: “A six-session discussion guide to help all kinds of people take part in meaningful dialogue to examine gaps among racial and ethnic groups and create institutional and policy change.” Available in English and Spanish.
      –on the web: http://www.everyday-democracy.org/resources/facing-racism-diverse-nation

      Engagement Games/Activities: low, medium, and high risk games/activities to engage your church in race conversations; these games/activities can serve as a follow-up to viewing the film What’s Race Got to Do with It?
      –on the web: http://www.whatsrace.org/pages/games.html

      Action Steps :: suggested action steps for youth, students, faculty, staff, administrators, etc.
      –on the web: http://www.whatsrace.org/pages/actions.htm

      Get Involved :: suggestions for dialogue, education, and action; great ideas specifically for people of faith
      –on the web: http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/get-involved/
      –on the web: http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/guides-and-materials/faith-based-materials/ideas-for-congregations/
      –on the web: http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/guides-and-materials/faith-based-materials/actions-of-faith-communities/

      RACE: Are We So Different? Educational Exhibit :: A Project of the American Anthropological Association
      –on the web: http://www.understandingrace.com

      TEACHING TOLERANCE :: A PROJECT OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
      –on the web: http://www.tolerance.org/activities?keys=racism&level=All&subject=All

      EdChange :: awareness activities; diversity awareness quizzes; handouts; social justice songs and quotes
      –on the web: http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/activityarch.html

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    3. So . . .

      What the heck does ANY Evangelical organization have any business linking to ANYTHING from the SPLC???

      But I’m feeling very sick and it is NOT due to the Corona virus.

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    4. The media does not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Hollywood does not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Broadcast television does not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Democrats do not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Academics do not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Fake church pastors and phony elders do not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Entitled grievance mongers do not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Phony victims do not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Radical feminists do not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Washed up “democratic socialists” do not have the authority to tell us what our story is and who we are.

      Our Creator has that right – NOT THE PHONY PRIEST-CLASSES!!!

      “The American people decided to take back the idea of information, and they did it through social media” ~ US Army Lieutenant General Michael Thomas Flynn

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      1. Thanks for your feedback. Yes I can repost but sadly it will have to wait – I’m physically and emotionally exhausted. Body says I have to get some rest. Refresh and then I’ll rejoin the fight.

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        1. Good – I’m busy now, too, with the other “ground report” thread. But do post about this, even if it’s just a copy, because it’s very important – or even do it as an article. I have really important stuff to add in response. I see HUGE opportunity here for our side. This helped me see exactly how we can win here.

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          1. Thanks Wolf – looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I’ve got it posted on the daily thread:

            *https://wqth.wordpress.com/2020/03/03/dear-kag-20200303-open-thread/comment-page-1/#comment-416256

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  5. A world-famous cardiac specialist died. At his funeral, the coffin was placed in front of a huge mock up of a heart made up of flowers. When the pastor finished with the sermon and eulogy, and after everyone said their good-byes, the heart opened, the coffin rolled inside and the heart closed.

    Just then one of the mourners burst into laughter.

    The guy next to him said, “Ssh! Ssh! Why are you laughing?”

    “I was thinking about my own funeral,” the man replied.

    Honestly puzzled, his neighbor asked, “What’s so funny about that?”

    “I’m a gynecologist.”

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  6. A funeral service is held for a woman who just passed away.

    As the pallbearers carry the casket out, they accidentally bump into a wall.

    They hear a faint moan.

    They open the casket and find that the woman is actually alive.

    She lives for 10 more years and then dies.

    They have another funeral for her. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carry out the casket.

    As they are walking, the husband cries out, “Watch out for the wall!”

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  7. A woman was leaving a convenience store with her morning coffee when she noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery.

    A long black hearse was followed by a second long black hearse about 50 feet behind the first one. Behind the second hearse was a solitary woman walking a pit bull on a leash. Behind her, a short distance back, were about 200 women walking single file.

    The woman was so curious that she respectfully approached the woman walking the dog and said, “I am so sorry for your loss, and I know now is a bad time to disturb you, but I have never seen a funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?”

    “My husband’s.”

    “What happened to him?”

    The woman replied, “My dog attacked and killed him.”

    She inquired further, “Well, who is in the second hearse?”

    The woman answered, “My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my husband when the dog turned on her.”

    A poignant and thoughtful moment of silence passed between the two women.

    “Can I borrow the dog?”

    “Get in line.”

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  8. A father put his three year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers – which she ended by saying “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma, and good-bye Grandpa.”

    The father said, “Why did you say good-bye to Grandpa?”

    The little girl said, “I don’t know, Daddy, it just seemed like the thing to do.”

    The next day Grandpa died. The father thought it was a strange coincidence. A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers, which went like this — “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, and good-bye Grandma.” The next day the grandmother died.

    My goodness, thought the father, this kid is in contact with the other side.

    Several weeks later when the girl was going to bed the Dad heard her say, “God bless Mommy and good-bye Daddy.”

    He practically went into shock. He couldn’t sleep all night and got up at the crack of dawn to go to his office. He was nervous as a cat all day, had lunch sent in and watched the clock. He figured if he could get by until midnight he would be OK. He felt safe in the office, so instead of going home at the end of the day he stayed there, drinking coffee, looking at his watch and jumping at every sound.

    Finally midnight arrived, he breathed a sigh of relief and went home. When he got home his wife said, “I’ve never seen you work so late, what’s the matter?”

    He said, “I don’t want to talk about it, I’ve just spent the worst day of my life.”

    She said, “You think you had a bad day, you’ll never believe what happened to me. This morning the mailman dropped dead on our porch.”

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      1. And a hearty “Thank You” to our wolf for a place to post jokes that are a leeeeeetle unacceptable among the fine and lovely folks on Qtree. IMHO, they more accurately reflect the human experience than overly sanitized jokes — among friends, we can be ribald, teasing, dissing, ridiculing others……but still be among friends. We’re not equals and we should cherish our differences — while still honoring others as fellow creations of the Almighty.

        I’ve frequently been going through a hundred jokes a night, depending on my search terms. Of that haul, there are usually a bunch that I wouldn’t repeat anywhere to anybody, nor try to rework — they’re just not funny and are hateful. A good 20% are people telling the same joke with different glosses. A bunch are too short, another bunch are too long. I’ve been trying to put 3-5 on each thread.

        But I’ve also tried to avoid jokes I could post at Qtree. Utree deserves edgier material.

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