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The U.S. Roman Catholic Church successfully lobbied government officials to make an exception from federal rules to include the church in the Paycheck Protection Program, despite not meeting specific requirements. Because of this exemption, at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid has been awarded to the church.
Do not call anyone on earth your father; (A)for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
Only if you believe the bible. The pope apparently is not convinced the first flood ever happened, he said it may be a myth.
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
And, FWIW...I am by no means a bible scholar...but didn't God promise never to flood the world again?
The scientific view is that there couldn't have been any global flood like in the story of Noah which may not even be an original story based on the similarities to the flood myth in the Epic of Gilgamesh, because there isn't enough water, not to mention the impossibility of the two of every animal etc in the Ark part of the story. However there could have been large regional floods like when a large natural dam made of earth or ice broke, so flood myths could have some basis in history, though the real floods would not be global.
The flood itself may have been a myth, Francis says, but it is used as an example to show how God uses wrath to punish injustice and right wrongs in the world.
originally posted by: Gothmog
originally posted by: LogicalGraphitti
originally posted by: Gothmog
A PINO .
Pope In Name Only.
If he was a black man, we could say he is Pino Noir
Like my pun/acronym/humor/fact , huh ?
Especially when it has a double meaning.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth
The Dutch have some impressive engineering, but they are not immune to large rises in sea levels. Their own Delta Programme estimates 60% of their country could be flooded. They have a subsidence problem of 5mm a year, that's even worse than the sea level rise of 3mm a year! Some parts of Florida anso have a greater problem with subsidence than sea level rise, it's a huge issue and they need to just ban development in areas prone to subsidence. The more development, the more weight of buildings pressing down on mushy land almost at or below sea level, the faster it sinks.
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: Arbitrageur
How much does it really cost to get a few hundred good bulldozers and copy the Dutch
Today, almost half of the Netherlands’ 17 million inhabitants live along its 350km coast or in regions which are below sea level. But the country we know today has been artificially held together for centuries by dikes, pumps and polders, and sea levels – now rising at an average of about 3mm a year – risk overwhelming our water defences. If this happens, the government’s Delta Programme estimate that 60% of the country could be flooded.
Subsidence, thought to be as much as 5mm per year in some areas, is happening even faster than sea-level rise in the Netherlands, pushing the country even further below sea level. A temperature rise of 2 degrees and record-breaking summers, has lowered groundwater levels and drained the peat.
They could end up with worse problems than Florida, if sea levels rise enough and if subsidence continues.
The low-lying country has centuries of experience managing water. Now climate change is threatening to flood it completely....
There is a point at which it doesn’t make financial sense to save the land.
“Technically, a lot is possible. We can raise coastal defenses or dikes. But at a certain point you must ask yourself if this a viable solution,” said van den Broeke. “Plan B is retreat. Give part of the land back to the sea.”
It doesn't help that vast swathes of the country are already sinking. It's a phenomenon common to the world's deltas: Human habitation stops the sedimentation processes that originally raised the land; extraction of ground water lowers it further; and the land compresses under its own weight. The jewel of Dutch wealth and industry, the megalopolis of the Randstad that includes Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, is located in the country's vulnerable, low-lying west.
“Some of the deepest areas in the Netherlands are 10 meters below sea level already,” said Kleinhans. “If you breached the coast now, the sea would roughly get to Utrecht, in the central Netherlands. It is really a scary situation, and there is really a false sense of security.”