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Google recently blogged about their newly launched Google For Non-Profits, essentially a portal for non-profit to use existing Google tools to aid and advance charity organizations. Many of the services offered, such as Docs, Calendar, and Blogger aren't news to me.

What I did find interesting, however, was the site's free online advertising platform as well as allowing for transaction fee free donations on one's website. Through Google Grants, charities have the opportunity to advertise on Google's Adwords platform for free to help raise awareness about the charity.

Charities have the ability to step up their web marketing efforts and overall web presence with these new offerings from Google.

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The RGJ today has an article about the Reno Disc Golf Course and the progress the group has made. Over the past few years, proponents of the course have taken action to get a disc golf course approved. The Reno Disc Golf Association (RDGA) has finally gotten approval for its course and is seeking volunteers and sponsorships from local companies.

Check out the plans for the course in Rancho San Rafael Park or sign up to volunteer on the RDGA website.

RGJ.com: Volunteers needed for disc golf course

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Vague Impression Photography
My beautiful wife is an avid photographer and this last year has been great as she's been using her new DSLR camera. Heather has had the opportunity to serve as resident PR coordinator and photographer at The Solace Tree, a local non-profit grieving center for children, teens, and adults.

Recently, Heather had her first photo sell at a charity auction. I was impressed at the amount someone paid for her great work! Check out more of her photos: Vague Impression Photography.

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Moses Was High
H.T. to Matthew Blake

A study released this week by an Israeli researcher claims Moses (you know the ten commandments guy) was high as a kite when he went up Mt. Sinai to meet with God. The study claims that during that time, many religions experimented with drug-like plants that caused one's mind to alter severly.

The report claims that Moses was on drugs when he saw the burning bush and heard the voice of God.

I can't even get angry at this report- it just makes me laugh. I love this quote:

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

I don't mean to discredit his research nor do I want to trounce upon people's views. But his bold, irrational claim is asinine.

I love the fact that in the end of this article, the researcher becomes more authentic by describing his escapade with drugs in South America.
He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.

Way to make your research more believable.