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Deism is the belief that a higher power created the world, but that God will not interfere with natural law or  perform miracles, and that people should rely on logic and reason instead of religious traditions based on writings in a book. Famous deists from history include Napoleon Bonaparte, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Source

Happy 273rd Birthday to Thomas Jefferson!

Here are some of his most notable quotations:

  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.“
  • “History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”
  • “He who knows best knows how little he knows.”
  • “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
  • “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
  • “Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.”
  • “Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”

“[He] was, after all, a serious photographer trying to capture a moment, perhaps not realizing that tripping the shutter captures nothing, that everything on the ground glass changes before the light hits the film plane. What the camera allows you to do is to invent, to create. That’s really what photographs are. Not records of moments, but rather imaginative acts.”

- Thomas King, The Truth about Stories

Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada

Calculating the Percentage of Elements in your Natal Chart

1. Go to

2. In the top right hand corner you’ll see “My Astro”. Click there and create your own profile or simply fill out your information as a guest.

3. You will be brought to a page full of various reports. Scroll to the very bottom where you will see a square split into quadrants of yellow, green, red, and blue titled “Extended Chart Selection”.

4. Select “Methods: Pullen/Astrology”.

5. When prompted to “Please select the type of chart you want:” choose the very last option: “Simple chart delineation by Walter Pullen”.

6. Wade through all the information until you are a little past halfway down the page.

In the upper right corner you can see how the elements make up your chart. It is calculated by determining the strength and influence of each placement, not only how many times it shows up in your chart.

Because there are four elements, to be balanced they must be at 25% or very close to it.

Just a little off may not seem like a big deal but any weakness or strength is also exaggerated by the element that is dominant or lacking. So while 23.3% Fire in my chart is very close to 25% I definitely still feel weak in that element.

Looking at my chart you can see I am Air dominant with 35% Air, this is actually a pretty dramatic dominant to be 10% away from stability, and notably Earth lacking with only 20%, 5% away, with Water very close behind.

Being as little as 4-5% away can make for a noticeable weakness or dominance in that element, anything larger than that will definitely cause issues.

About the Balance of Elements: Fire ☆  Earth  ☆  Air  ☆  Water

*This chart is also helpful because it shows you your dominant planets, signs, etc. so play around with it while you’re there!

fallowsthorn  asked:

Is there a reason that some baby birds immediately go into cute floof stage right after they hatch (ducks, chickens, puffins), while others (owls, eagles, parrots) become ugly fucklings first? Why are some birds born with more floof than others?

This is a really good question, and the answer boils down to maturation rates and evolutionary strategy! The typical cutesy fluffy babies have a precocial development strategy (they can survive on their own quickly after hatching), where as the bald no-eyelid monstrosities are birds that have an altricial development strategy (dependent on parents for a relatively long time).

Each strategy has its benefits and downsides. For instance, galloanserae are all precocial because they’re prey animals and need to develop quickly for independence, while all raptors are altricial because altricial growth allows for more time developing skill and intelligence at the cost of a lower possibility of making it to adulthood.

There’s actually a gradual delineation between four recognized categories of developmental strategies, as outlined by a Stanford web essay:

“Precocial: Hatched with eyes open, covered with down, and leave the nest within two days. There are four levels of precociality, although only three are found in North American birds. Level 1 of development (precocial 1) is the pattern found in the chicks of megapodes (Australian Malee fowl, Brush Turkeys, etc.), which are totally independent of their parents. The megapode young are incubated in huge piles of decaying vegetation, and upon hatching dig their way out, already well feathered and able to fly. No North American birds show this extreme precociality. Precocial 2 development is found in ducklings and the chicks of shorebirds, which follow their parents but find their own food. The young of game birds, however, trail after their parents and are shown food; they are classified as precocial 3. Precocial 4 development is represented by the young of birds such as rails and grebes, which follow their parents and are not just shown food but are actually fed by them.”

“Semi-precocial: Hatched with eyes open, covered with down, and capable of leaving the nest soon after hatching (they can walk and often swim), but stay at the nest and are fed by parents. Basically precocial but nidicolus, this developmental pattern is found in the young of gulls and terns.”

“Semi-altricial: Covered with down, incapable of departing from the nest, and fed by the parents. In species classified as semi-altricial 1, such as hawks and herons, chicks hatch with their eyes open. Owls, in the category semi-altricial 2, hatch with the eyes closed. If all young were divided into only two categories, altricial and precocial, these all would be considered altricial”

“Altricial: Hatched with eyes closed, with little or no down, incapable of departing from the nest, and fed by the parents. All passerines are altricial.”

Basically, the uglier the baby, the smarter it probably will be… after it gets kicked out of its parent’s basement for freeloading.

@bunkerlad was a great help with this one!


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“I’ve been preoccupied of late with, uh, questions of morality. Of right and wrong, good and evil. Sometimes the delineation between the two is a sharp line. Sometimes it’s a blur, and often it’s like pornography: you just know when you see it. A man is dead. I don’t mean to make light of that, but these questions—these questions are vital ones because they tether us to each other, to humanity. Not everyone feels this way. Not everyone sees the sharp line, only the blur.


Photomanipulations by Robert Houzar

Robert Houzar is a Prague, Czech Republic based artist working with high resolution photography. The main topic of his work is transformation and movement of mass, caused by human existence.

Thanks to the method of a manipulated photography and computer collage,
I can take all the mass produced by mankind and handle it completely freely, deprive it of its purpose, throw its fragments on a heap like branches in forest, crush skyscrapers in Hong Kong to small pieces and let them mould like old pieces of wood.
I work with photographic material purchased mainly in big urban conglomerations such as Hong Kong, New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin, etc. High resolution of pictures enables me to create large-format prints with
the most delineated details.
I cut pictures of the world, create structures from structures, question them
in spite of the fact I am ingrained in them. 

Be sure to check out his Saatchi Art profile.

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Deline, N.W.T., has territory's 1st Indigenous/public self-government
Dene community of 500 makes history with 'grand experiment'

Situated 544 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife, the community of Deline — meaning, “where the waters flow” — lies on the western shore of Great Bear Lake and is home to approximately 500 people.

The Dene and Métis residents who live in this remote locale have recently embarked on what is being called, “a grand experiment” — becoming the Northwest Territories’ first self-governed community, and Canada’s first Indigenous/public self-government at the community level.

They government will assume control of all residents — First Nation or not — and eventually be responsible for all community affairs. Celebrations were held in Deline last month and were attended by dignitaries as the new council passed its first laws, budget and adopted North Slavey as the official language of the community.

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