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  • 16 Mason County FB Fall Farm Tour

    Mason County Farm Bureau hosted a fall farm tour for local farmers within the county. Local farmers toured 3 different farms.
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  • Indian Heaven/ Forlorn Lakes

    These photos were taken June through July 2014 in Skamania County's Indian Heaven Wilderness area.


    I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload)
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  • 25 Curious FACTS ABOUT FREEMASONRY

    Have you heard of Freemasonry? If so what do you know about it? If you're like most people, you probably heard stories of its hidden agendas and their desire to achieve global domination through a new world order. But is this true? The answer may shock you. Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternities. While its traditions date back to early history, Masonry in its current form appeared when its public events were noticed by the residents of London in 1717. Although Masonry—particularly during its early days—had some elements of secrecy, the first discovery of the supposedly highly secret Masonic ritual actually happened in 1696! Since then there have been tens of thousands of books published about this not-so-secret organization. Freemasonry’s singular purpose is to make men better and its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts throughout the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. It is not a religion, as many believe, and it does not teach a religious philosophy. Still, many questions remain about this “fraternity”. The following 25 Curious Facts About Freemasonry will attempt to shed some light on the matter and help us understand the organization’s cause and purpose a little better.

    25 Curious Facts About Freemasonry | List25

    Freemasonry exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around five million (including approximately 480,000 in Great Britain and over two million in the United States).

    Contrary to popular belief, the Freemasons are not a secret society. A Mason can freely tell people they are a Mason. They just can’t reveal the secrets of the order.

    The conventional establishment of Freemasonry is usually dated to 1717, when the Grand Lodge of London emerged on June 24. The emergence of this Grand Lodge marked the beginning of Grand Lodges governing other lodges.

    Freemasonry employs the tools and instruments of stonemasonry to teach a system of morality, friendship, and brotherly love, hence, the standard emblem of Freemasonry is the square and compasses.

    Masonic symbols are usually regarded as existing because of the fraternity’s secrecy. However, in reality, Freemasonry started being illustrated by symbols because at the very beginning most Freemasons could not read, so the symbols served to remind members of the fraternity’s teachings.

    The oldest Masonic symbol is the square and compasses. It is also the most universally recognized symbol of Freemasonry, though its exact significance varies from country to country.

    A Masonic “lodge” refers to the congregation of people who meet there, it’s not just the name of a building. Each lodge gets a charter from a “Grand Lodge” but they basically run themselves. There’s no overarching ritual for running a meeting; it varies with each individual group.

    It’s impossible to become a Freemason if you’re an atheist. The first requirement is that potential members must believe in a higher power of some kind.

    There are two known branches of Freemasonry. The Regular, guided by the United Grand Lodge of England, and the Liberal, represented by the Grand Orient of France.

    Masons traditionally recognize each other by various “secret” signs, including wearing a ring with a Masonic emblem, various lapel badges, and sometimes the famous Freemason handshake (when shaking hands, the thumb briefly strokes the other man’s hand in a certain way), though the last is mostly restricted to Freemasons in San Francisco and Washington, DC.

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  • Masonic Lodge Vandalized and Satanic Freemasonry Exposed

    Masonic Lodge Vandalized and Satanic Freemasonry Exposed. Freemasonry is Satanic at it's highest levels, it's proved with minimal research. Look into it and stay far from it.

    Hope, redemption, forgiveness, joy, love, and eternal life are all found in Jesus Christ alone. Seek Him if you don't know Him.

    Masonic Lodge Vandalized: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=encBK4VuzNo

    Music
    Chris Zabriskie - What Does Anybody Know About Anything
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  • Salmon Migrating --Kitsap County WA

    Salmon on Scandia Creek Poulsbo, WA late October. This sounds from this footage also aired on KUOW's Sound of the Day.
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  • The ONE BILLION DOLLAR Fish

    A Film About Fish tells the story of Mason PUD 3's efforts to help protect and preserve native salmon in the Pacific Northwest and in Shelton, WA.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT HYDROPOWER HERE:
    http://www.pud3.org/blog/articles--blog/post/hydropower-appreciation-day


    MUSIC BY:
    GlobalDub
    Deeb
    A June & J Beat
    (Provided by Chillhop Records)

    For questions or comments, please call Mason County PUD 3 at (360) 426-8255 or email web@masonpud3.org.
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  • 1267) Inside the Secret Word of Freemason

    Fill in the blanks based on what you listen:

    It's the world's most well-known secret society. Rich with symbols and ritual, it's the source of legends . . . parodies . . . and conspiracy theories (because so much organized crime uses the Masonic secret system and global network to be able to get away with murder and I mean murder).

    Welcome to the world of Freemasonry.

    True or false? The Masons are a secret society. "No. That's false".
    UCLA history professor Margaret Jacob, is one of the world's leading experts on Freemasonry.
    True or false? Freemasonry is a religion. "No, it's false".
    True or false? Masons were behind the American Revolution. "False, false, false"
    Okay, but what about on the dollar bill? The eye and pyramid?" That's masonic right?
    "No, everybody says it's Masonic. In fact, it's a commonplace in the 18th century, that particular set of symbols."

    True! Freemasons laid the cornerstone of America. Well, at least some of its most iconic structures. So what is Freemasonry? Simply put, it's the world's oldest and largest fraternity. Its membership of Who's Who of world history -- George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Davy Crockett, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, John Wayne, even Colonel Sanders.

    If you want to be a Mason, you can petition a local lodge for membership. You'll need to demonstrate good character and belief in some sort of "Supreme Being". Oh, and in almost all lodges, it's men only.
    Next, you're up for a vote, says New York State Grand Master James Sullivan.
    "The lodge votes to accept you, and then you have your three degrees that you go through."

    Once you earn "the third degree" and yes, that's where the phrase comes from, you can join any number of Masonic off-shoots.
    Take Brent Morris. He's a 33rd degree Mason and a historian at the House of the Temple for the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction. You know it's that big building in Washington, D.C.

    This isn't like the Masonic Vatican, but it's an important building.
    "It's an important building, absolutely right. It's one branch of Freemasonry in the United States, and that's our headquarters building."

    Inside, the temple lodge room is a stunner. And downstairs, there's this.
    "This is the flag that Buzz Aldrin took to the Moon with him."
    This flag, Supreme Council 33rd Southern Jurisdiction went to the moon, wow!"

    Freemasonry began in medieval Europe as a guild for stonemasons, but lived on as a social organization.
    1717, the first grand lodge was created in London and now there are many men in these lodges that are not associated with a trade organization; they're 'gentleman Masons. They're not stonecutters. And so something has happened "

    A modern fraternity had been created.

    It wasn't long afterward that those conspiracy theories began.

    "All these men with different neighborhoods, different professions meeting in the cafe, breaking bread together, doing rituals -- what could this be? So the response on the part of the authorities was, Oh my God, this is a conspiracy!"

    And so in 1738 Pope Clement XII issued the Catholic Church's first decree against Freemasonry, and it still applies today.

    In the U.S., Freemasonry flourished until its secrecy made it the object of suspicion here, spawning America's first third party, the Anti-Masonic Party.


    Today, Freemasonry has about 1.3 million members in the U.S., down from 4 million in 1959.

    Among the members today: African-Americans, formerly relegated to a separate, black-only branch of Freemasonry.

    And then there are members like those in Colonial Lodge No. 1821 of Washington, D.C. Most of them are in their twenties, and some are attracted to Freemasonry by Dan Brown novels and movies like "National Treasure."

    Who here was sort of drawn by the mystery?
    "I think all of us. I think it's a combination of history, tradition and ritual as well. You know there's a ritual behind where it is."
    That's alluring.
    "I mean, that's the reason people join Freemasonry and not the Rotarians."

    So what about those secrets?

    What would happen if I found out the secret handshake and I weren't a Mason? You wouldn't have to kill me?
    "We might take you out and buy you a beer. The secrets of a Mason represent my integrity as a man. I took a promise that I would not tell you what the secrets of the Mason are. I didn't take a promise that I would care if you know what they are."
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  • 25 Curious FACTS ABOUT FREEMASONRY

    Have you heard of Freemasonry? If so what do you know about it? If you're like most people, you probably heard stories of its hidden agendas and their desire to achieve global domination through a new world order. But is this true? The answer may shock you. Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternities. While its traditions date back to early history, Masonry in its current form appeared when its public events were noticed by the residents of London in 1717. Although Masonry—particularly during its early days—had some elements of secrecy, the first discovery of the supposedly highly secret Masonic ritual actually happened in 1696! Since then there have been tens of thousands of books published about this not-so-secret organization. Freemasonry’s singular purpose is to make men better and its bonds of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts throughout the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. It is not a religion, as many believe, and it does not teach a religious philosophy. Still, many questions remain about this “fraternity”. The following 25 Curious Facts About Freemasonry will attempt to shed some light on the matter and help us understand the organization’s cause and purpose a little better.

    25 Curious Facts About Freemasonry | List25

    Freemasonry exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around five million (including approximately 480,000 in Great Britain and over two million in the United States).

    Contrary to popular belief, the Freemasons are not a secret society. A Mason can freely tell people they are a Mason. They just can’t reveal the secrets of the order.

    The conventional establishment of Freemasonry is usually dated to 1717, when the Grand Lodge of London emerged on June 24. The emergence of this Grand Lodge marked the beginning of Grand Lodges governing other lodges.

    Freemasonry employs the tools and instruments of stonemasonry to teach a system of morality, friendship, and brotherly love, hence, the standard emblem of Freemasonry is the square and compasses.

    Masonic symbols are usually regarded as existing because of the fraternity’s secrecy. However, in reality, Freemasonry started being illustrated by symbols because at the very beginning most Freemasons could not read, so the symbols served to remind members of the fraternity’s teachings.

    The oldest Masonic symbol is the square and compasses. It is also the most universally recognized symbol of Freemasonry, though its exact significance varies from country to country.

    A Masonic “lodge” refers to the congregation of people who meet there, it’s not just the name of a building. Each lodge gets a charter from a “Grand Lodge” but they basically run themselves. There’s no overarching ritual for running a meeting; it varies with each individual group.

    It’s impossible to become a Freemason if you’re an atheist. The first requirement is that potential members must believe in a higher power of some kind.

    There are two known branches of Freemasonry. The Regular, guided by the United Grand Lodge of England, and the Liberal, represented by the Grand Orient of France.

    Masons traditionally recognize each other by various “secret” signs, including wearing a ring with a Masonic emblem, various lapel badges, and sometimes the famous Freemason handshake (when shaking hands, the thumb briefly strokes the other man’s hand in a certain way), though the last is mostly restricted to Freemasons in San Francisco and Washington, DC.

    And more...

    Want more? Check out the History Playlist: http://bit.ly/2j7Amrc

    If you like this video subscribe to List25: http://bit.ly/1rPhSQH
    Check out the physical list here: http://list25.com/25-curious-facts-about-freemasonry/

    PHOTO CREDITS:
    24. Kim Traynor via wikimedia commons, 23. Eluveitie via wikimedia commons, 19. Sailko via wikimedia commons, 17. Kagaoua via wikimedia commons,  16. Arielinson via wikimedia commons, 15. Thierry Ehrmann via Flickr, 14. Eric Chan via Flickr, 9. Xauxa via wikimedia commons, 6. Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-02134 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 via wikimedia commons 

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  • A Visit to St. John's Lodge No. 3

    Recently restored, located in New Bern, NC - One of the oldest Lodges in North Carolina. George Washington attended a Masonic Lodge meeting this Lodge.
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  • Steel Bridge Mason County WA

    High Steel Bridge Mason County WA
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