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Why Go to Acadia National Park? A Reminder

Sometimes I wonder why people bother going to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine. I live close by, just an hour or two away, but most people need to travel for a day to get to the nearest city, then spend a

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Space Colonization Update

The space odyssey of 2001 never came to pass. The Jetsons were just a cartoon. Nonetheless, some people are still trying to create human colonies somewhere off the Earth. There’s a lot to do for people who want to make these colonies a reality. So,

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Mars Expedition Has Trouble Staying In Orbit

Part of the Mars One plan is to keep colonists alive by sending them regular packages of supplies to supplement their own colony-based projects to create and maintain supplies of water, air and food. What happens if one of those resupply missions is delayed by two years?

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Two Days to the March Against Surveillance: Give a Ride, Get a Ride

Two days from now, an unknown number of Americans will march to the U.S. Capitol in a demonstration against massive unwarranted surveillance. The number of people showing up will be taken as an indication of the strength of the movement against government surveillance, which makes

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Protest Against NSA Spying On October 26

Barack Obama was elected President under a promise to restore respect for Americans’ constitutional rights, and to reform the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act, laws that had created an extreme surveillance state under George W. Bush’s Homeland Security mania. As President, Obama has broken

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Lecture

And listen well! (“Winston Churchill” by Oscar Nemon on the grounds of the Halifax Memorial Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia) 

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Protecting America From Beach Shirts

I just had a strange man rub his hands all over my upper body. It was not a physical encounter I had requested. I was checking in at the airport, for a flight to return home from a vacation at the beach. I was wearing

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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Guns, wedding gowns, cold beer.  I think one of these things at Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine does not belong with the other two, but I can’t decide which it is. This is the opposite of what happens in the big cities, where specialty

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?