Category Archives: Nature

Kind acts of humanity in Florida during Hurricane Ian storm

Some kindness to start off your weekend!

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What is a woman? The Church of England doesn’t know.

Woman def: An adult, female, human being (hotchickabus beatusyensys). Woman has been known to make Man (douffaramakus goofballferensis) do and say stupid things just by walking across the room wearing a tank top and shorts. source: Dictionary of Rational Thought and No Wok BS.

The Church of England has now gone on record saying it has “no official definition” of a woman.

What?

Really?

At first, I was inclined to think this news was a joke, something left over from from a lame April Fools Day prank. But, after a little digging, I found that it was all too true.

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British journalist Gabriella Swerling, writing for The Telegraph reported ” The Archbishops and York and Canterbury attend The Synod Eucharist Commission on a recent Sunday. The Church of England has come in for criticism after Dr Robert Innes, the Bishop in Europe, said ‘there is no official definition’ of a woman. In a written reply to a question submitted to General Synod, a senior Bishop said that although the meaning of the word woman was previously “thought to be self-evident, care” was now needed.

The question was posed as institutions grapple with the ongoing debate surrounding trans rights and what defines “a woman.”

While the new stance has been welcomed by liberal wings of the Church, the comments have also provoked criticism – with gender-critical campaigners saying that “whether your starting point is biology or the Bible”, the answer to the question of what is a woman remains the same.

Rev Angela Berners-Wilson, England’s first woman priest, said that she is “not totally happy” with the answer, but added that the issue is “sensitive”.Church officials are currently engaged in Living in Love and Faith (LLF), the institution’s ongoing and landmark project aiming to tackle how questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit with the Church.

The issue of defining what a woman is emerged in written questions to the General Synod, the Church’s legislative body, in which Adam Kendry, a lay member of the Synod and a representative of the Royal Navy, asked: “What is the Church of England’s definition of a woman?”

In response, Dr Robert Innes, the Bishop in Europe, said that “there is no official definition”.

The Bishop in Europe, who was also replying in his role as chairman of the Faith and Order Commission, said in his written response: “There is no official definition, which reflects the fact that until fairly recently definitions of this kind were thought to be self-evident, as reflected in the marriage liturgy.

“The LLF project however has begun to explore the marriage complexities associated with gender identity and points to the need for additional care and thought to be given in understanding our commonalities and differences as people made in the image of God.”

Rev Angela Berners-Wilson, who became the first woman to be ordained as a priest in England in 1994, and who has recently retired, told The Telegraph in response to the Bishop of Europe’s answer: “I’m not totally happy with it. I mean, I do think certain things like men can’t have babies just to say the complete obvious thing.

“But I think we need to be very sensitive and maybe we need to reexamine our boundaries.”

Maya Forstater, executive director of the Sex Matters campaign group, described the Bishop’s answer as “shocking”, saying that “the concepts of male and female did not need to have a formal official definition” because “they are older than human life itself”.

She added: “When the Government redefined women through the Gender Recognition Act, the Church of England could have stuck with its long-established understanding, which makes sense whether your starting point is biology or the Bible.

“It is shocking that they so readily gave up the definition of man or woman for the state to amend, as if this fundamental truth did not matter.”

However Jayne Ozanne, synod member and founder of the Ozanne Foundation in 2017 – which works with religious organisations around the world to tackle prejudice and discrimination of LGBTQI people – described the question as “passive aggressive”.

She said: “Mr Kendy’s question is sadly a prime example of a passive aggressive question that is designed to upset the LGBT+ community and particularly the trans members in our midst.

“It’s time these anti-LGBT attacks stopped and that we learnt to acknowledge that life is not quite as black and white as some appear to think it should be.”

Dr Jane Hamlin, president of Beaumont Society charity, which supports trans people, added: “I am puzzled why some people are so obsessed with defining ‘woman’. Why might this be an issue for the Church of England?

“Is it that women should be treated more favourably or less favourably? Why does it matter to the Church of England whether someone is a woman or not a woman? Surely it only matters to the individual themselves.”

~ Grif

Wild rangers safe after fleeing large cassowary

 

Imagine running into this creature in the wild!

The cassowary is a large flightless bird found in New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia. Cassowaries are considered to be the deadliest bird in the world despite their extremely shy nature. Watch:

Read thei whole story here.

Lesson learned: When venturing into the wild, carry a firearm or be sure to have a can of bear spray handy.

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Sea turtle escapes tiger shark

Great God-given self-defense mechanism God gave this creature!

And the turtle made it to shore!

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How to keep those squirrels out of your birdfeeders

Now is the time of year when many of us are spring/summer ready to invite the birds to our yards. Yet the birdfeeders also attract squirrels. Here’s some tips for keeping them at bay:

Another tip: Change your birdseed! Squirrels love sunflower seeds, peanuts and mixed seed, the most common bird food available. They are not fans of thistle seed or safflower seed, which many bird species will eat.

Let us know if you got some tips and tricks to keep them squirrels out of your feeders!

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Baby giraffe born with leg disorder now walks thanks to braces

Meet Msituni who was born February 1 at the San Diego Zoo.  Msituni was born with a condition called carpal hypertension, causing the giraffe’s front legs to bend improperly. It was nearly impossible for her to stand and walk.

The Zoo consulted with Ara Mirzaian, an orthotist who has fitted braces for Paralympians and children with scoliosis. The doctor had never fitted an animal for such an apparatus, let alone a newborn giraffe.

The doctor and his team were able to create custom braces for the giraffe and now she’s up and walking! Watch the video below and read all the details of her story here.

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Beautiful photos from 2022 Digital Photography Awards

The 2022 Mobile Photography Awards (MPA) recently announced the winners who had taken pictures on mobiles and tablets. Some pretty incredible photos!

The Lichtenstein Castle in Germany.

The Sonoran Desert in Arizona.

Photograph titled “Fog and Sunbeams.”

A winter shot of Niagra Falls.

Aerial shot of Kimberly Coast in western Australia.

See all the winning photographs here.

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Wild Fox Comes To Hear Guy Play Banjo Every Day

Amazing!

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They all seem pretty calm at this wedding…

This wedding in Kansas, from 2012, had a surprise guest: a tornado! Watch as the wedding party and guests remain pretty calm, at least much calmer than I would have:

You can read all about the couple (who are still married) and see their wedding photo (with the tornado in the background) here.

Guess that’s how they roll with the tornadoes in Kansas!

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Friday funny: Prince Harry and Meghan’s Montecito mansion is engulfed by foul smell

This gave me a good chuckle!

From the Daily Mail:

Harry and Meghan’s £11million California mansion is apparently engulfed by a foul smell leaving neighbours ‘disgusted’, it has emerged.

The duke and duchess’ headache is said to have been caused by the nearby Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, a 42-acre saltwater marsh. The area is one of the largest wildlife refuges in Santa Barbara and the water can become ‘stagnant’ leading to an odour.

The foul stink is said to have hit the area in Montecito, which is also home to Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry.

A local resident told the Mirror: ‘It smells like offal that has been rotting in the sun. It makes my stomach churn. I’ve seen lots of homeowners closing their windows when it wafts over.’

Local officials say the stench could last as long as the autumn, when improvements are in the pipeline. Cameron Benson, clean water manager for the City of Santa Barbara, said: ‘Water can become stagnant there. The odour issues are sporadic and sometimes they are worse in some conditions.’

Harry and Meghan have had to contend with odour issues in the past. Last year, it was reported the royals were living near a legal cannabis factory base in Santa Barbara.

The couple’s mansion is just up the road from the 20 large greenhouses full of the plants — leaving the luxury suburb reeking. Neighbours made a string of complaints, sparking the company to install new ‘odour control systems’.

Gregory Gandrud told the Sunday Mirror: ‘The stink was getting stronger and heading their way. I was driving along the freeway and was hit hard by the smell. It doesn’t make you high but it’s not what you want driving at 70mph.

‘I had to pull over. It made me completely lose my train of thought. Lots of people here are suffering.’

Read the whole story here.

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