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*******February Photo Contest Theme*******

Hey everybody, it's time to announce the theme for the February Photo Contest!

The theme is:

Back to the Future

The general concept:

Stuff that used to be considered the cutting edge of technology - things, places, etc which at one time were the awesome newest tech on earth and now are abandoned to the past.

Be creative! Have fun!

The submissions and comments for submissions threads will close either when 30 submissions have been received or timing becomes an issue, whichever comes first.

Submit Entries Here:

Comments Thread

Some things to bear in mind...

Please keep your entry no larger than 1024 pixels in its longest dimension and under 675K in file size. If you need help posting a photograph or with image sizing, just ask.

The winner of the contest agrees to host the next month's contest (or recruit someone else to host the contest), and pick the next month's theme. The host of the monthly contest cannot enter the contest they are hosting.

The Submission & Comment threads will be posted in the Photography Group. The Preliminary polls and Final Contest poll will be posted in GD per Skinner’s permission.

Complete set of contest rules can be found here:


Soliciting Suggested Themes For February Photo Contest--UPDATED

Hi everyone, this is my virgin run at hosting the contest and I would like to see what should be the theme. I have some ideas to offer but someone might have something better. Since it's winter and February at that, I was hoping to incorporate a February tone with something fun.

So here we go...

I will decide Monday or Tuesday and take the next steps shortly afterward.

ETA: I changed three of the selections (#7) because those option didn't work. Feel free to change your selection if you like.

I'll leave this up for the weekend at least.


Former Forest Supervisor: Why I Resigned Over a Public Land Dispute

An essay by Gloria Flora tangled with this issue over 20 years ago. It was a case study in my graduate work, I met her right after she resigned, a very impressive woman of incredible intellect who gave up her retirement because of this crap.

Bringing the hammer down on the Bundys won't fix the much bigger problems our lands face

"...The term “cowboy welfare” didn’t materialize out of thin air. Grazing allotments on public land are privileges, not rights, subsidized by fees 93% cheaper than private pasture in the West. Many small and mid-sized ranching operations can’t pencil out if they are not using subsidized grazing on public lands.

That’s an extremely stressful realization and a symptom of artificially controlled markets, corporate mergers of meat-packers (there are only four in the U.S.) and a globalized economic system that no longer rewards American values of pluck and boot-straps. It’s not the fault of environmentalists, East Coast liberals or a federal agency. There are larger forces at work here. Fighting symptoms does not cure the disease.


A whole lot more at link...


Well, I guess thay're looking to have a place

They can call their very own...

And for actual evidence...

please view this piece presented by Rachel Maddow on 9/30 which has numerous instances on recorded media indicating the intent of these individuals to shut down the government...


and EarlG posted this lovely collage the other day too with quotes (though there are no dates included as to when these words were spoken)

Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! It's Time to Label GMOs!

Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! It's Time to Label GMOs!

We regret to inform you that late last night President Barack Obama signed H.R. 993, which contained the Monsanto Protection Act into law. President Obama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the urgent pleas of more than 250,000 Americans who asked that he use his executive authority to veto it. President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution.


Suddenly I feel extremely betrayed and have now lost most of my faith in our government, particularly the folks at 1600 PA Ave. In fact, I'm pretty pissed off at this point. All I have to say...

Baby Hummingbirds

In their nest, something peaceful that you just don't see every day...


enjoy some peace and beauty from nature for a few moments! It's good for your mind and soul.

Did anyone else catch this?

I wonder if anyone else saw this documentary (four parts-four hours, hard to find even when you're looking for it) about the whole mess an then this little intro to where the whole mess of our world originated (second link)? I watched the whole thong during the past two evenings and found another short piece that was even more disturbing...

Part one:

And some even more disturbing history that explains a lot about how and why it's all happening, still:


Interesting concept...

THis is a sickness and everyone should be mad about it...

Here's what those conserving rednecks who save our wildlife by hunting in the northern Rockies entertain themselves:


“Cache County Coyote Contest”

"Cache County Coyote Contest
4 Tagged Coyotes worth $1000 a piece
$4000 in Guaranteed Payouts"

$1000 Sponsors
Mule Deer Foundation
Steve Sorensen Antler Buying
Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife
Critterlick Big Game Attractant

We as sportsman are in the field year-round and see the affects coyotes have on our deer herds first-hand. We see the amount of deer they kill and want to do something about it.

Four coyotes have been ear tagged and released in different wintering grounds and fawning areas around Cache County. If you trap or shoot an ear tagged coyote, on or before December 31, 2013, you will be paid a $1000. Any of the tagged coyotes not taken by December 31, 2013, will go into our drawing and will be awarded to a registered coyote. Be sure to register your coyotes as they may be worth $1000 if no ear tagged coyotes are taken.

Cost is $20 per person to register an unlimited amount of coyotes. Each coyote registered gives you one chance in the drawing. Registrations must be made on, or before, December 31, 2013. If you do not register your coyotes, you will not be eligible for any of the prizes in the drawing or any untaken, $1000 coyotes. All you need is the coyote’s nose to register.

Eleven other prizes to be given away in the drawing are:
•Three 1-year memberships to Mule Deer Foundation
•$100 in big game attractant from Critterlick
•Custom muzzle break from Ak Gunsmithing Wellsville, UT
•Free alignment & tire rotation from Hyrum Tire
•Three 1-year memberships to Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife
•Two $100 Cal Ranch gift cards donated by Goring Sheep Ranch

All coyotes that are registered must be killed in Cache County. Participants must obey all Federal and Utah State laws.

We would love to see your Cache County coyote hunting pictures. Please send them to cachecountycoyotes@gmail.com

This is something that is often supported by Cabelas and other sporting/hunting retailers.

Everyone should know that this stuff happens regularly, in this case it's a year-long contest. These events are common in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Montana and probably other states as well.

Interesting multi-issue/topic exposee/FYI article that covers several bases in 1

I received this from a dear friend who is neck deep in this part of our world, I am only knee deep...

This article is a must read and I endorse what it says. It is one thing to want to hunt wolves legally, but the people and organizations mentioned in this piece are hateful people who belong to hate groups and I hope we are all smart enough to see through the vitriol they spew.

I think that state and federal wildlife managers should take these people seriously and understand that they are attempting to influence natural resource agencies. In some cases this has already happened - and in some cases it's the legislatures they have influenced. We may soon see that fish and game agencies and commissions are dismissed from decision-making. The lawmakers will do it for them.

This is the one i was telling you about. There are links wherever you
see different colored type within the story. Also, the red, white and
blue guy is Scott Rockholm... (a very vocal individual from the freeper world).


It must be said that there are several issues involved but this does a good job of tying together a lot of complaints made individually about the subject matter that goes way beyond the main topic and covers a number of ills in our social makeup. Most will be able to connect the dots, if you will. (I'll cross post this on Env & Energy forum.)

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