Where I was was the opposite. DeSantis at the start shut things down. But he got so much flack by the anti-mask crowd, which I think was born in my city of Naples, (I know at least one of the Moms of Liberty – not the sex one – came from here – and anti-masking was their start of political power (and anonymous donations but that’s another story)))- — that he went the NOBODY can make anybody mask that gets State funds route in his attempt to get ready for a Presidential campaign he didn’t announce but everybody knew he was vying for. So had _had_ the deaths but then his people changed the way we report statistics differently than 49 other states or any other country to absorb the “blips” into the past part of the rolling averages, making it always seem like things are always getting better… … sorry, I’m just grumpy over the inauthenticity of how he handled everything there. But I’m glad it wasn’t bad by you.

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Ruah is mentioned 389 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. Judaism is a Bronze Age religion. Ruah was breath. Ruah meant breath. It meant spirit. It meant wind. It meant all those things. Retroactively people made it fancy into some magical skin pore breaching thing from another dimension. But Bronze Age religion, it was breath because that’s when all animals and humans are first alive and viable: when they can breathe. Take away the breath of life, and you have the non-breath of death because you can’t breathe.

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i’ve never been comfortable with evolutionary language. i’m very good in the language of complexity and cellular automata, which is based upon the concepts from evolution, but the language of evolution was always a struggle to me. just last semester, finishing up some basic degree I should’ve finished years ago (2 more classes to go) – I took a basic biology course. I got an A in the end, but I struggled with an essay on evolution not from having any ideological problems in general with evolution at all, it’s just the way things are framed always feels a little bit off-center when lower species are spokenof in that way, it’s not so bad, but the higher up the chain, the stranger it seems. i’ve always felt that our behavior is that of animals first, but that we are less bound than lower species and using the same language seems inadequate – as if it falls short of a goal

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Temperature Is Stimulus to Rapid Evolutionary Changes Experiments With Drosophila Indicate Mutations Appear Five Times as Frequently Among Warm Colonies VOLUTIONARY changes appear rapidly at high living temperatures, more slowly in chilly environment, experiments reported before the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Dallas indicate. Two Amherst College zoologists, Prof. H. H. Plough and Dr. George P. Child, discuss different aspects of this phenomenon. They used as experimental animals the little vinegar fly or pomace fly, Drosophila partly because its small size and simple living requirements make it easy to rear huge numbers in limited space, partly because long study of this particular species has given science a better knowledge of its heredity than they have of any other organism. Mutations, or abrupt evolutionary changes, appeared about five times more frequently among the offspring of a given number of animals in a “warm” colony than among the same number of offspring kept at a temperature ten degrees colder. It does not seem that high temperature in itself is the cause of mutations, since mutations appeared also among the insects kept at low temperature. More probable is the assumption that the natural tendency of all living things to change is intensified by the speeding-up of life processes that occurs when it is warmer. Let us do it When you want a book on science, save yourself the trouble of shopping. Let us get it for you. We will gladly obtain any American book or magazine in print and pay postage in the United States. Just send your check or money order to cover retail price ($5 if price is unknown, change to be returned to you). When publications are free, send 10c for handling. Address: Book Department SCIENCE NEWS LETTER 1719 N St, N. W. Washington, D. C. Prot. Plough and Dr. Child did not extend their conclusions to take in evolution in other animals, but if their results are valid for organisms in general it would be natural to infer that evolution goes on more rapidly in the tropics, and in the past has been most rapid during periods when the general temperature of the earth stood at a relatively high level. Science News Letter, January 3, 1942

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