Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Please note: the opinions I express here are solely mine at the time of writing, and may or may not apply any longer. If reading something that I've written in the past may change your opinion or thoughts of me, please proceed no further.
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Hello Police State

by Shane Holden – August 18, 2014

The recent events should make it impossible for anyone to try to refute the obvious. No-knock raids, tear gassing of citizens, small police departments with tanks and other vehicles, Constitution-free zones, etc. — this is what the new USA looks like. We’ve allowed our police departments to become militarized, and what’s unfolding in Missouri is the direct result of it. Along with the militarization, we’ll give anyone with a pulse a badge, and unfortunately for many that is a license to kill. This license to kill also comes with getting off scott-free for what is sometimes cold blooded murder.

I don’t know about you, but a cop is becoming the last person that I want to call in an emergency. They are too trigger happy. Too much power and deadly force with not enough self control. And the solution for everything is to disarm everyday people? You’ve got to be kidding.

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What Cancer Can't Do

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Good Questions I Think

by Shane Holden – August 8, 2014

Seeing people on Facebook do the knee-jerk reaction and share anything that has to do with standing with Israel is one thing that bothers me, for I don’t believe they even put an ounce of thought into their positions. I thought I would bring up some very good questions, hoping to atleast get a response with a polite adult argument to my questions, but so far they have gone unanswered.

My particular response and questions are:

That’s the thing that gets me with all of this “pro-Israel” propaganda. Would the Prince of Peace support the slaughter of another people? Would He be for wars of aggression? Is it love thy neighbor, unless your an Israeli or he is Muslim? Wouldn’t the Right of Return also be applicable to the Native Americans, or any other ethnic group that was displaced from their homeland throughout all of history? That’s the great hypocrisy with the Republican party. Is it possible to be so Pro-Life and support Wars of Aggression endlessly?

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Another Migraine

by Shane Holden – July 30, 2014

I spent the better part of yesterday dealing with the sickness and pain of a migraine after I started feeling one begin at lunch with my brothers. I have yet to notice anything that causes them for me that are the same each time I get one. All I know is when I get one, my day is ruined. But, it does help remind me not to take a day that I don’t get one for granted.

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Retro Play: Snow Brothers

by Shane Holden – July 27, 2014

NES - Snow Brothers
When we started play Snow Brothers, things started to seem familiar from playing it when we were kids. Basically it seems like Capcom’s version of Bubble Bobble (or maybe vice versa depending which came out first). We sat down and played it for what seemed like only 20-30 minutes and we had completely beat the game. It wasn’t extremely challenging, yet it was fun and enjoyable. I can’t figure out why little franchises like this that had to captivate so many people when they first came out, was dropped completely. Snow Brothers would be a very neat game to see remade on one of the later Nintendo consoles–very similar play but with some more challenging levels and of course better graphics (like the newer Donkey Kong Country games).

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Added Some More Supers

by Shane Holden – July 26, 2014

All 5 of our hives now have atleast 1 super. A couple of the hives already have 2, with one looking like it’s nearly full again. I’m not sure if we should just buy some more supers in case we need them, or rob and clean up a couple when it looks like we are in definite need of them. I’m thinking it’s just a matter of preference, but I’ll see what I can find online before we do anything for certain. I’m so excited that we’re going to have a large amount of honey to extract and jar!

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Worm Factory

by Shane Holden – July 19, 2014

We’ve had a worm factory for about a year now, and especially over the past few months the population has exploded. I’ve not weighed the about of food that they are now consuming, but it’s amazing to see old papers and scrap food become what will be a real natural fertilizer to the garden and plants around the house. Right now they are consuming a good bit of junk mail, cardboard boxes and some garbage such as paper cup carriers from fast food restaurants. Over summer months soldier ant larvae have been present in the bins, and it looks like they are no harm and just help tear through some of the extra food that we’ve been adding. We’re currently sitting at 3 bins high, with the bottommost bin most likely ready to take out and start again.

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Food For Thought

by Shane Holden – July 16, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people. So with that in mind, if you sit on the board of a corporation and vote to dissolve the corporation, did you just commit murder?

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Days During Divorce Tell All

by Shane Holden – July 1, 2014

I am convinced that the way two people treat one another during a divorce ultimately shows how they’ve cared for one another all along. It shows if they loved with all they had, or if they ever even cared at all. It’s nasty to watch, but one’s true colors show during the final days of a marriage.

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IEPTCS.COM Fraudulent Charge

by Shane Holden – June 29, 2014

Just a note that everyone should check your credit cards and apparently even your debit cards for a charge for $49.95 from IEPTCS.COM. I just happened to notice it when going over my statement. My credit card company had already found and credited me back prior to me calling them, but even with that said, you’ll want to call your card company and have them remove the foreign transaction fee (usually $1-2) off for this particular transaction. It’s looking like this charge has hit a very large number of people in the past week or so. Man I hate scammers and thieves!

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Second Super on Hive #1

by Shane Holden – June 23, 2014

We just added the second super on hive #1. We decided to go with top-supering on this hive. From what I’ve read, bees will be bees and it’ll make no difference. So this way atleast when we do our inspections, it’ll be an easier job to see how much progress has been made in the new super. Hoping to add the first super to the last couple of hives in the next few weeks, and maybe a second super on those that have their first. They are working away as expected, and have us excited to see what the results will be when it comes time to harvest.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.— Dr. Seuss