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With floodwaters threatening, your first instinct might not be to update your status on Facebook or Twitter. But when the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota, flooded in late March, such social networking tools helped residents protect their businesses and homes.

As the waters approached a record 41 feet, some people found the task of building dikes to protect their property too difficult to tackle alone. Yet the government's volunteer phone lines were overwhelmed. As the Associated Press reported, volunteers such as Kevin Tobosa found other ways to coordinate their efforts. Hearing that a friend needed help stacking sandbags, Tobosa headed over, but first he posted a status update on his personal Facebook page: "Heading to 2825 Lilac Lane in North Fargo—needs to be raised another 2 feet." Help was on its way.

Tobosa later helped set up a Facebook group for people willing to join the volunteer effort. The group used direct messages and text messages to help coordinate volunteer activities by its 5,612 members.

Folks outside Fargo turned to social networking tools as well. At the time of the flood, software engineer Troy Elseth was in Mountain View, California. But he had just purchased a house in Fargo right next to the flooding river. He found himself frequently checking water levels online as floodwaters swelled toward their peak. Then, he told A.P., "I realized a quick way to check it would be to set up a Twitter feed." Twitter allows users to send short, 140-character messages to their friends and followers via cell phones or computers. Elseth posted the level of Fargo's Red River every hour or so, which sent the information to the phones or inboxes of his feed's 675 readers—an invaluable source of news as the crisis unfolded.

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  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets.

  3. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets.

  4. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets.

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