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No matter what your stance is on gun control, the "system" we have in the United States for tracing firearms is mindblowingly bad/nonexistent. The article is fairly long, but it's absolutely worth reading if you have any interest in data, guns, security, political lobbyist groups, crime, or detective work. Basically it all boils down to one incredibly dedicated individual and his willingness to turn his brain into a gun-tracking computer.

Excerpt: "There is no national database of guns. We have no centralized record of who owns all the firearms we so vigorously debate, no hard data regarding how many people own them, how many of them are bought or sold, or how many even exist.

What we have instead is Charlie."
It happens here, in a massive West Virginia building, in the most absurd way possible.
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You would be interested to know, that we had a long gun federal database here.

I say, had, because the previous elected government passed an omnibus law to get rid of it, on cost of maintenance grounds, but anyone who knows Stephen Harper politics, can tell you it had all to do with lobbying and nothing else.

There was a court case, to save the data, so provinces could implement their own registries, and the federal government fought and ultimately won, not to share that very publicly owned data.

If there was any illusion of how a government is supposed to be for the people, even if it is a tight rope act between lobbyists and us, we know where they tend to fall. 
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This study appears to show that men tend to avoid compromise and take extreme positions when they're dealing exclusively with other men, but when a woman is involved they are happy to meet in the middle. If this trend holds true among the general population, then there is a crystal clear reason we should strive to incorporate more women into management and government.
Compromise always occurs among two decision makers when a woman is involved (female pairs or mixed gender pairs) because compromise is consistent with feminine norms. It hardly ever occurs when the decision makers are both men because extremism is a more masculine trait; men tend to push away from compromise options and choose extreme options in order to prove their masculinity in presence of other men, suggests a new study. The findings are pert...
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My other half watches the films she watches -- exclusively a single type... while I have a varied selection (mostly the absolute opposite the type she watches).

I have compared my other half and I to Israel and or the U.S in many occasions. Comparo works... very well.

I would say.. comprimise occurs best in situations like Israel and the U.S:
For recent years under the Obama administration it is mostly hands off, knowing Israel can handle itself. --- A sign of the 6mo old Paris bombing issues as retaliation against Israel.
For years during Clinton, Israel and the U.S had a easy relationship. Israel needed one thing, U.S needed another.
During Bush 1 and 2 admins... they didnt know how to treat Israel or what to do. But they knew what they wanted . . .

SO... comprimise is a complicated concept in many facets. As far as nailing it down between the sexes involving character traits.... might as well throw a dart at a board blind folded for more concrete info.

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Part of the reason I'm so excited about electric cars is the superior protection they can offer by having no giant lump of metal to come busting into the cabin in case of an accident. If these teenagers had been in a different vehicle, there's an extremely low chance they would have been able to walk away from a crash that sent them flying 82 feet (25 meters) through the air. 
Earlier this week, a 18-year old took her father’s Tesla Model S for a ride with 4 of her friends in Pullach, Germany. She was reportedly driving at an excessive speed and lost control in a t…
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Looked like the fictional and aforementioned Duke brothers would have had a grand time using that to get away. While the deputy crashed. 
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If you could have any superpower, what would you pick and why?

Bonus: explain how your superpower would help you win a fight with the other people in the comments.  GO!

Post inspired by a private share, as well as all the superhero movies that have been coming out.
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...and then I went downstairs to get the mail and me and another older gentleman with a cane were both holding the door saying "after you", "no please after you ".....

(we're both Canadian, took 45 minutes before I got my mail) 
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I've been trying to stay out of the US political fray, but this is too good not to share.
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Pre-weekend challenge: name a book you've read at least three times and still love!

Hat tip to +Josh Armour​​ for the idea :)
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Cool idea Melina. Somehow I missed this. 
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I've been trying to avoid the current political fray in the US, but this is too ridiculous not to share. You all remember that doctor's letter Trump was waving around a few months ago that said his health is "astonishingly excellent" and that he would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency"? It turns out the doctor who "wrote" the letter actually died in 2010. Y'know, unless it just happened to be the other Dr. Jacob Bornstein gastroenterologist who worked at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York for 40 years.
Donald Trump is talking about Hillary Clinton’s health as are two doctors who have never evaluated Clinton. They have apparently diagnosed her with all kinds of ailments using the l…
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Mr. Trump has never EVER EVER EVER................EVER ..use alcohol or tobacco products......haaaaAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaa
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This is what you'd get if you went back in time and described an e-book reader to a print shop. "It's a book full of other books!"

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My wife would love that!
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Those of you who use Apple Music, be EXTREMELY careful to back up all your music somewhere remote before you let iTunes match your library. Apple will delete music from your library if it doesn't recognize it, and then the only way you'll be able to listen to it is... through Apple Music.

Composers and people who make their own recordings, this especially applies to you. Want that lossless high quality recording back? Sorry, here's a crappy low rate version for you!
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When you think about the construction of the great Pyramids, do you envision thousands of laborers/slaves toiling to drag monstrous limestone blocks up ramps? Yeah, me too, until I started looking into the theory that maybe the pyramids were cast in place out of concrete. I know it sounds crazy, but the evidence is actually pretty compelling. And if it turns out to be not only true but reproducible, then we may have discovered the only manmade building material that can last for millennia instead of centuries or decades, plus it's far more environmentally friendly than anything we're making now. This has the potential to completely change the way we think about and create buildings.

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+Susan Jahn might find this interesting.  I've seen a lot of energy budget information about how they might have portaged in the blocks, and it doesn't seem that difficult besides the basic organizational skills required for such a massive project -- but that's implied for any construction scheme this large.
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Today the star architect Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack, age 65.  Not everybody liked her designs or style, but there's no question she was hugely influential in the world of architecture.  Her curving fluid concepts were revolutionary and instantly iconic, and carried over well from concert halls to yachts to simple details in furniture and shade coverings.

Thank you for everything you've done, Zaha.
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I don't know why people didn't like these designs. They look really nice. Almost looks like the Saarinen Building at JFK (Old TWA terminal now a NYC landmark)
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Russia is a fascinating place for many reasons, not least of which is their rich architectural history. It's different from many other places in that its leaders often took opportunities to build complete systems and even entire cities from scratch. This allowed them to model it on the best systems in the world and skip all of the inefficiencies and ugliness that often comes with updating existing systems. You can clearly see the benefits of building from a fresh plan when you look at cities like Saint Petersburg (which can boast of beautiful wide boulevards rather than the typical narrow European streets) and the spectacular metro system shown here.
The Magnificent Muscovite Metro Stations
How some sun can be found underground 24/24h in Moscow
I have travelled on a lot of public transportation systems all over the world and I have wondered at their modern efficiency (Japan), or just efficiency (the Tube), cleanliness (Switzerland, Japan), noise (Paris), smell (Paris) but I have never come across anything as impressive as the Moscow and St.Petersburg Metro stations.

Should you plan a week in Moscow, make sure you then dedicate a full day to visit those underground palaces. I couldn't and didn't, thus some of the images in this album were not from my cameras. They are captioned accordingly.

Here you'll find images from about 8 metro stations from a staggering total of 180 stations (or more depending of the sources' freshness), thus representing a tiny sample of what you can expect to see in this underground art gallery.

❝Once described as a Subterranean paradise for the people, the Moscow Metro is said to be one of the most extraordinary in the world. Stalin’s vision was to create a Metro system that would resemble “People's Palaces“. His vision was realised in 1935 when the Metro was opened with just 13 stations. 

Now with over 180 stations and more planned, the Moscow Metro is one of the most heavily used systems in the world, moving more than nine million people per day. Not only is the Moscow Metro beautiful, extremely clean and very safe, it is also a cheap way to travel. A one way ticket on the metro is ₽50.00 (~$1) regardless of length of trip.

The initial stations were built by forced soviet labour. Many depict the Soviet Union’s greatest achievements and historical milestones as well as paying homage to Russia’s diverse artistic, literary and architectural legacy. Interestingly, the British engineers commissioned for the project, due to experience gained on the London underground system were later arrested on suspicion of espionage. It was believed they knew too much about the underground system.

Every station has a unique design symbolic of the era and political leader of the time, making you want to keep exploring these subterranean palaces.  Lined with marble and decorated with chandeliers, intricate mosaic artworks, heroic statues and gilded trimmings, the Moscow Metro stations are not merely decorated, they are works of art. An entire day can be spent station hopping, admiring beauty and opulence that would have received a nod of approval from the Romanov’s themselves.❞

The Moscow Metro was one of the USSR’s most ambitious architectural projects. The metro’s artists and architects worked to design a structure that embodied svet (radiance or brilliance) and svetloe budushchee (a radiant future). With their reflective marble walls, high ceilings and grand chandeliers, many Moscow Metro stations have been likened to an "artificial underground sun". This palatial underground environment reminded riders that their tax rubles had been well spent.

Teatralnaya Station
Named for the nearby Theatre Square, Teatralnaya opened in 1938 as part of the second stage of the Metro construction. Designed as  a tribute to the arts, this pretty station is lined with fluted pylons and white marble salvaged from the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The central hall is decorated with crystal lamps and bas-reliefs depicting the theatre arts of the USSR made by the Leningrad Porcelain Factory.
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+Chris McGregor I stand corrected. I didn't visit Peterhof because we were given a choice between Catherine's Palace or Peterhof. I just read about its history. Thank you.
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