Archive for September, 2011
BBC has stopped using the traditional B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, or Year of the Lord) for dates and has replaced it with the increasingly popular B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era).
The BBC said in an official statement that since it is “committed to impartiality, it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians.”
Proponents say that BCE and CE provide “a religiously neutral alternative to B.C./A.D.”, without having to rework all our dates, and still bases the system around the birth of Jesus. But even though the terms are still centered around the birth of Jesus, a large (and very sensitive) group people have had their faith shaken.
I believe they are fearful that a hurricane will be sent to punish humanity for not using a Latin term for time-keeping. There is also some debate over whether or not you can get into heaven if you say “CE” instead of “AD” once a year, which is as much as anyone who isn’t a history teacher ever says “AD”.
On September 9th, a federal court approved our settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to advance protection for nearly 900 imperiled species, including decisions that will likely lead to Endangered Species Act listing for more than 250 of them.
WildEarth Guardians’ campaign to fundamentally change the Service’s endangered species listing process required a major long-term financial commitment. All told we spent more than a decade and hundreds of thousands of hours of staff time to achieve this historic outcome.
Now we need your help to have the staying power to ensure that over the next six years – the timeframe for the settlement’s implementation – the Service upholds its promise to address every one of the species in our agreement.
Will you step up and help us to ensure our Nation’s most imperiled flora and fauna are protected? There is still so much work to be done. Please support our Endangered
Species Candidate Fund today.
This is one of the biggest milestones in the history of the Endangered Species Act.
Collectively, these species occur – or once occurred – in all 50 states. They are all a vibrant part of the rich natural heritage in our country, and all deserve to live.
“Here’s a guy who has a terrible drought in his state, and literally asked people to pray for rain….and now the state’s on fire“.
“We have a plane, the F-22, has already cost over $100 billion. We’ve never used it. We’ve got 3 wars going….we have never used this plane. Phil Spector has killed more people than this plane.”
“If you were reading about some country where they were having some sort of disaster and the leader asked for the gods to fix it, you’d think they were talking about a tribal chieftan with a bone in his nose.”
“They will never like [Obama]. He’s the wrong age, the wrong party, the wrong color…and he will never pry their fear from their cold-dead-mind.”