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"I want to volunteer because I think Appalachian Trail history is very great," said [Mr.] Yamada in halting English, "I want to make AT history."

Yeah, another white blaze addict. It's an epidemic.

Bangor Daily News: A privy problem: Maine group races to replace outhouses on Appalachian Trail. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw0tGuky4
Outhouses on Appalachian Trail are filling up and falling apart.
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"Conservative evangelicals were unwilling to offer forgiveness to a Democrat who asked for it. But they have freely offered it to a Republican who doesn’t want it."

Seems unlikely that the Rabbi from Nazareth would approve.
Conservative evangelicals were unwilling to offer forgiveness to a Democrat who asked for it. But they have freely offered it to a Republican who doesn’t want it.
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CiNO: Christian in Name Only.

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Exactly so. Only two quibbles: one, the NRA must buy into the training and certification role, because the majority of the USA's firearms owners do recognize it as their defender in the political arena -- and two, the insurance industry must be engaged to provide compensation for victims of gun violence. 
The country places gun responsibilities over gun rights. America should do the same.
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Give gifts of experiences, not things. Things are a bundle of decay, experiences shining memories.
You don't have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.
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Beautiful walking weather at Big Meadows sandwiched between one night of rain squalls and one night of near freezing temperatures.
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Yes, it was. Hoping for an encore performance tonight!
Each streak across the sky is a fragment of the original material of our solar system
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And a further note ... evidence based research showing why "concealed carry" (aka vigilante) licenses are not a useful substitute for trained police. The most effective weapon against an active shooter is a cell phone.
The public and research support gun control. Here's how it could help, and why it doesn't pass.
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Funny and true in the UK, also true in the USA (edited to three years v. three months and including the Washington Nationals). The elections of this century have all been watershed decisions about our Nation's values and vision of the future, and about the effectiveness of representative democracy.

Up this year: choosing between an imperial and demagogic Presidency with a vision of sweeping away our troubles -- baby, bathwater, and all -- or a detail- focused manager aiming for another try at repairing and improving the existing bureaucracy.

By my count, We the People are batting (being generous here) slightly below 500 so far. Still, there's always Hope. Please register, talk your acquaintances into registering, and vote.
 
Five semi-serious reasons for voting Remain http://econ.st/1WNutB1
Tired of the endless debates about the impact of GDP and the Norwegian or Albanian models? Here are five pro-Remain arguments you might not have considered
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"I was shocked to find that the countries with the lowest abortion rates are the ones where abortion is most legal and available, and the countries with the highest abortion rates are generally the ones where the practice is illegal."

Once again showing that the "pro-life" movement is not especially interested in protecting life. On the other edge of the political salad plate, people of good conscience are protesting capital punishment, "wars of opportunity" -- and yes, laws against abortion.
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