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Absolutely agree.
 
“We need to build a social movement devoted to the simple proposition that owning handguns makes us less safe, not more,” he told me. “The evidence is overwhelming that having a gun in your home increases the risks of suicide, domestic violence, and fatal accidents, and yet the number one reason given for gun purchases is ‘personal safety.’ We need a public health campaign on the dangers of gun ownership, similar to the successful efforts against smoking and drunk driving.”

Which is precisely why the CDC is hamstrung on research into gun ownership's effects on public health. If it was a public health issue, if a verifiable number of suicides or accidental or even deliberate shootings could be attributed to guns in the home, legally purchased or not, it would be a different conversation. 
What's needed is a long-term national effort to protect the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns.
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Food cops bust Whole Foods for shady prices http://bit.ly/1fCBMrR
A sting operation checking out if Whole Foods prices are really supposed to be that high found that “every label was inaccurate."
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"In this moral universe, real people count more than potential people, hypothetical people or corporate people."

h/t +Tony Sidaway 
 
I'm pro abortion as well as pro choice.
I believe that abortion care is a positive social good -- and I think it’s time people said so
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"If you were airdropped, blindfolded, into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library. The library is the public living room, and if ever you are stripped of everything private—money, friends and orientation—you can go there and become a human again."
A review of James Palfrey's new book 'BiblioTech,' and the culturally critical role libraries play.
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Be careful with your medications.

#caturday  
Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.
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This makes a lot of sense to me.

"Today, bioregional thinking is expressed in the many climate justice groups that organize on a local or regional scale, such as Tar Sands Blockade and Rising Tide. These groups are community-based efforts that empower local residents to take action on the environmental issues that directly affect their lives. Big environmental nonprofits typically fight for laws to limit or mitigate environmental destruction, while treating our current political and economic systems as legitimate. But bioregional thinkers see those systems as part of the problem—and suggest that restructuring our society along smaller ecological lines will empower communities and help shift our relationship to the Earth to one that is sustainable."
Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the Earth.
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Beautiful!  Be sure to pan and zoom in to see all the detail.
 
Dive Into ‘Infinity’ With Dizzying Views of A Colossal Cave. A series of 360° panoramas allows anyone with an Internet connection to experience Vietnam's Son Doong cave http://on.natgeo.com/1QfuEg0 
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"But education policies in Finland concentrate more on school effectiveness than on teacher effectiveness. This indicates that what schools are expected to do is an effort of everyone in a school, working together, rather than teachers working  individually."
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I love his attitude.
 
My weekend posting is about more exciting news from space!  And more and then more.  And what the heck is WRONG with folks who pay maybe a buck or two each to get this thrill, yet cannot rouse themselves to be even slightly excited? Or maybe… even… a smidgeon optimistic?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/05/reach-for-skies.html
I had dinner last night with X-Prize impresario Peter Diamandis, at the annual Strategic Investment Conference run by Altegris and my friend John Mauldin. Vernor Vinge and I were invited to ask the first questions of Peter, w...
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This is a good move, but it doesn't look like it generates enough energy to power a car for very long.  So it may not be more than an emergency solution.
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Please join me in signing a petition protesting this travesty.
Libraries in Missouri need help. Here's why, and what you can do to help.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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1/25/2013 Noise starts around 7 pm, so my friend and I went at 5 pm when the noise level was not so bad. I started with an excellent sour cherry cocktail -- a good balance between tart and sweet -- and my friend had an excellent chardonnay from Coeur d'Alene. Service was good. And our meals were very good. There were plenty of choices for a person who can't eat wheat. We started with excellent caesar salad. I had the crab cakes with remoulade sauce, and my friend had the black cod special. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, but I would have welcomed more of them.
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