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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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I do wish that Ted Cruz would stay in the Senate… Nobody elected him speaker. Nobody elected him majority leader in the House, and it’s really a cheap shot to be coming in from the side. To have some guy come in from the outside like the Pied Piper is wrong.
— Republican Congressman Peter King of New York, making clear that he resents Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s meddling in the House Republican caucus.

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Today’s tragedy in Chubbock, Idaho could have easily been prevented

Earlier today we posted a link to a story about a five-year old girl who was accidentally shot and killed by another five-year old child who found a gun lying around. It’s a tragic story and we extend our deepest condolences to the families involved. But, it’s also a reminder that irresponsible firearms ownership needlessly results in the deaths of thousands of Americans every year.

Ironically, research shows shows that gun owners are far more likely to be injured or killed by their own guns than they are by somebody else wielding a gun. Owning a gun doesn’t make you safer… it makes you less safe. Especially if you haven’t been trained on how to handle firearms responsibly and correctly.

Own a gun? At the very least, keep it locked up and store the ammunition separately. Or consider getting rid of it altogether. You’ll be safer.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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She is determined to build something elevated along the waterfront. What happens if this fails? Maybe she’ll propose an aqueduct.
— Seattle Transit blog commenter Barman, reacting humorously to the news that Elizabeth Campbell and her associates have managed to force a new public vote in Seattle on their pet fantasy: a monorail system linking Ballard and West Seattle.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Photo  The end of a sunset over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, taken with a Sony A7 as part of a High ISO 6400 test. (Lens: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f1.4 ASPH). Photo: Pasu Au Yeung/Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

The end of a sunset over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, taken with a Sony A7 as part of a High ISO 6400 test. (Lens: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f1.4 ASPH). Photo: Pasu Au Yeung/Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse.
— Outgoing Pentagon intelligence chieftain General Michael Flynn, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. His remarks were reported by the Globe & Mail.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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It has been twenty-one years since federal regulators identified problems with the [safety-plagued DOT-111] cars. How many deaths will it take before they genuinely regulate?
— Sightline Institute’s Eric de Place, imploring the federal government to at to forbid the use of old, unsafe tank cars used for transporting oil.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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Consider this, though: Using printed maps requires travelers to work together. You become a team. Driver and navigator. Your ability to get along and solve problems is tested in valuable, revealing ways. GPS removes that entire interpersonal dynamic. It encourages a passive form of journeying: sit back and drift, because the vaguely Australian-sounding computer lady will tell you to turn left in a quarter mile.
— Steven Kurutz: Real adventurers use maps (The New York Times)

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We have proof that the terrorist attack was planned and carried out with the involvement of representatives of the Russian Federation… We know that Russia is trying to hide its terrorist activity and their direct involvement.
— Vitaly Nayda, the head of counterintelligence for the Ukrainian State Security Service, expressing his government’s conclusion that Russia was directly involved in the attack that brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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