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A yokel Bostonian bumbling through Beijing
A yokel Bostonian bumbling through Beijing

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Can. Not. Wait!
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Such a beautiful soul. I'm so sad that +Bean RH is gone.
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I met +Bean RH exactly when I needed to, and they gave me exactly what I needed. I was just a few months away from moving overseas and they introduced me to #FreeHugs. They were serious about it. They taught me that it's important to actively spread and reinforce the good stuff in the world. They told me that it felt good to open up to strangers. They showed me how to be brave.

In the years that followed, Bean remained a bright touchstone back home for me, through our mutual liking of and comments on each other's social media posts, and occasional e-mails where we showered each other in positive affirmations. Today I feel lucky that we were able to stay in touch and that my lady and I, who also was friends with Bean, got to spend a little bit of time with them when we were visiting New York to celebrate our engagement a few years back.

I wish that I'd tried harder to re-connect while I was in the US again last summer. I wish that I could've done something to ease their suffering, because they certainly didn't deserve it. I wish that they were still here, dammit, because it made me feel better just knowing that they were out there, spreading their light and love.

Bean was a ray of fucking sunshine in a world that, at times, makes me so mad that I think it doesn't deserve them. I'll be forever grateful for the impact that they made on me. I'll do my best to carry the light that they gave me forward and pass it on to whomever I can, and I'll try (yet surely fail) to do it as selflessly as they did.

Goodbye Bean. Thanks so much for changing my life.
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A great take. (But a lousy clickbait healdine.) I generally agree with the sentiments. Hpefully, most Amiercans (read: #Trump supporters) wake up to the fact that they've been conned. He's been running the Executive Branch much like he ran his business, which is to say, he's faking it (because it's all he's capable of). To wit:

"Donald Trump did not sit atop a global empire. He was not an intuitive genius and tough guy who created billions of dollars of wealth through fearlessness. He had a small, sad operation, mostly run by his two oldest children and Michael Cohen, a lousy lawyer who barely keeps up the pretenses of lawyering and who now faces an avalanche of charges, from taxicab-backed bank fraud to money laundering and campaign-finance violations." #PresidentConMan
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So I guess that crippling debt is what makes America great again? #PresidentConMan https://nyti.ms/2Hna41c
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Totally in love with this mashup. Wow.
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Yes!!!!!
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Absolutely love this bill.
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Glad to hear #CharlieBaker at least say that he's interested in getting "questions answered" about East-West Rail. Unfortunately, it's hollow talk. I've never once heard him express anything like interest or excitement at the idea of connecting communities or bringing badly needed transportation infrastructure to help expand labor and real estate markets. Though his eyes did light up when, at the very end of this clip, a reporter mentions that "Albany is interested" in connecting to any new line that gets built. "That's right!" he said.

Imagine how transformative this would be for #Springfield: East-West high speed rail would directly link downtown #Worcester and its universities and hospitals to the booming Seaport District (a 30-minute ride) and its bursting-at-the-seams ecosystem of high tech and biotech companies... and possibly even to North Station/Suffolk Downs if the line looped up that way afterwards. Springfield would then be connected to Worcester, probably as a bedroom community, but a further spread of high tech jobs, possibly in the realm of manufacturing, could follow. (Being within an hour's ride of Boston & 45-minutes of Framingham/Rt. 128 makes this a viable option for lots of companies.)

Now imagine this happening at the same time that the city gets a fast connection to #Hartford and the airport that sits halfway between them. On the other side, you could get a connection with Albany and its airport. Then Springfield looks a lot different- it's back to its status as a city that is a critical nexus of multiple industrial sectors, with multiple transportation options and close proximity to #Boston and #NewYorkCity.

These projects are the very definition of no-brainers. Just get them done already.
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