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Sibling Rivalry: One Long Food Fight - a great op ed

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Sibling rivalry plays out at the dinner — or lunch or breakfast — table.
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USS Constitution floats out of the dry dock, moves toward Boston Harbor - The Boston Globe

USS Constitution floats out of the dry dock, moves toward Boston Harbor - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Visitors to Charlestown Navy Yard can catch a rare sight on Sunday, as the USS Constitution returns to Boston Harbor.
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I love this great old boat. Of course, nobody would use her in a battle, not anymore, but in her day she was a might warship that fought for America's economic independence, battling both French and English predators. The second POTUS, John Adams, who was from Massachusetts, was particularly important in creating the American navy and many of the first ships were built in the Boston area. 

Yeah, I do love New England, which is why I often place my stories there. Especially, Broody New Englander. Check it out at 
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The Death and Life of the American Shopping Mall

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There are still about 1,100 malls in the U.S. today, but a quarter of them are at risk of closing over the next five years.
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During my life, the mall has gone from fabulous lifestyle innovation to dying remnant of what we used to do. Only a few malls are finding success. One reason for today's unhealthy state of malls in America is the American obsession with the bottom line. It pushes the mall owner to squeeze every dollar they can from each square foot of space rather than thinking how can we get a combination of functions that will guarantee attracting people. Malls require synergy and that means integrating functions including education, life-style, and fun with shopping. It includes providing gathering experiences as well as catering to the shopper. It includes encouraging new ideas not just sticking with what's currently working. On the other hand, I for one won't really miss malls, which I seldom visit except that my best source of bagels happens to be in one. What about you: mall lover or hater? What's your feeling about this now-disappaering phenomenon?
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Bank project offers Palestinian women independence

Bank project offers Palestinian women independence | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hayati, a National Bank program, is making it possible for Palestinian women to start their own businesses, join the labor market and gain financial independence.
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I support every attempt to make the world fairer for women, especially in places where their roles have been long limited by tradition and male chauvinism. This is one small step in Palestine, but it will allow more women to have businesses and to obtain educations. If there is one thing that the West could be doing that would eventually change the negative forces of the Middle East, it would probably be to encourage women to find their personal growth and independence. For example, funding programs that offer loans such as this for women would certainly be a positive step. Even in the wealthier countries of the region, women find it difficult, often even impossible, to obtain loans for such worthwhile personal growth. 

My own awareness of how difficult it is for women to make it as individuals in this world and how unfair that is was one of the threads that informed "Widow's Walk." my first novel. Here's the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EATpOc50h5M
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Meet the Former GOP Governor Fighting the Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

Meet the Former GOP Governor Fighting the Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A former Republican governor is asking Congress to step up U.S. funding to fight what some are calling the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.
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It will be interesting to see if this conservative Republican appointed to the UN by Mr. Trump will be able to get meaningful aid from the US to assist in the fight against the starvation that is plaguing so much of the undeveloped world, especially in Africa where a combination of drought and unrest are leading to a humanitarian disaster. 

What do you think, should the US provide aid or should we just keep all that wealth for ourselves? If we don't give the aid, what should we do with the money? Just keep it in the general funds, spend it on the poor in America, or buy more planes? What exactly should we be to and in the world? 

For my part, I support food aid, especially if it helps our farmers and possibly other industries as well as the recipients. However, it should be delivered with good control over dishonesty and hoarding in the recipient communities and with some clear efforts to make sure that the right food is delivered, food people know how to use. 

It might also be a great chance to develop a corps or advisors, like the Peace Corps, who could help local people use the food more effectively and perhaps develop more skills in farming if we have those skills to teach. Of course, I've always been a great believer in the commonality of humanity and the responsibility we have for one another when it is possible to actually help. That approach to the human experience runs through my wiring, especially Tales From the Dew Drop Inne. Have you read it? Pick it up at: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B0070FZBQQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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A 9-Year-Old Tripped, Fell and Discovered a Million-Year-Old Fossil

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Jude Sparks was playing with his brothers in New Mexico when he stumbled over the fossilized tusk of a Stegomastodon, a prehistoric, elephantine creature.
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Some stories just are "cool beans," and this is one of them. I hope they put this great find on display at the college and call it Jude along with a picture of the kid who found it. Hey, Jude, cool beans!
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Studying famous writers and the clothes they wore

Studying famous writers and the clothes they wore | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Of course Mark Twain loved white linen suits. 

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Sadly, this article misses the point. Authors are very aware of our personas. We dress the part as we imagine ourselves. For my part, my messy hair and tee shirts are meant to evoke the New England I loved. I'd wear LL Bean shirts except they would be a bit too warm in Arizona but for those colder days I have quite the collection of hand-crafted sweaters. Always, the Broody New Englander with a hint of the asylum. 

You can get an even better idea of who I try to be by reading my books. Find them at 
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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea - BBC News

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Despite the North's recent long-range missile test, the South is seeking to ease tensions.
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If South Korea's president Moon Jae-in and his cabinet can turn back the tide of antagonism between their country and the government of North Korea—especially while coping with American policy—that would be a great thing not only for the Korean peninsula but for all of Asia and perhaps the world. However, this hope is predicated on Pyongyang's willingness to change its policies of isolation, belligerence, and internal authoritarianism. Sadly, I don't see North Korea's master Kim being willing to move in any of those directions. In my view, there is no price that will get Kim to give up his self-perceived notion of being a god.
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Freud Fainting

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Freud is right to associate fainting and death. Fainting is some kind of pantomime of dying. You abscond, momentarily, from the world.
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I thought this so fascinating a bit of the history of psychoanalysis that I had to share it. Of course, what the author ignores is that fainting in Freud's day was an idiom of distress, in effect a form of feinting as well; but today it is less about neuroses and more about, as her mother says, a lack of oxygen getting to the brain. Or, if you live as I do in Arizona, it might have to do with dehydration. Still, it certainly is a fearful experience for oneself or when seen in others. Yes, a semblance of death which must in the moment be dealt with no matter whose phallic symbols might be involved. Have you ever fainted?
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The Top 100 Hotels in the World

The Top 100 Hotels in the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This year’s list of the best 100 hotels — which include exclusive safari lodges, urban sanctuaries, and family-friendly beach resorts — will inspire some serious wanderlust.
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I have a question: Anybody want to pay so I can visit just about every one of these wonderful destinations? I'll even send you photos. What great hotels in so many fabulous locations, including quite a few in New England. 

Next I have two observations, neither of which surprised me. 1) There are no Trump hotels in the list. 2)None of these hotels in is Las Vegas. I guess vulgar doesn't make the list.

What's your favorite destination? Do you have a particular hotel you love? 

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Resilience Garden Bringing Traditional Agriculture Back - Indian Country Media Network

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Tourists and locals who visit the Resilience Garden at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center can get a lesson in traditional agriculture.
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Should every child learn how to grow food? Perhaps also how to raise animals for the table? How to use techniques like waffle gardening to get the most out of rainfall? How to cook? How to slaughter animals? How to milk a cow, goat, or sheep? What constitutes a balanced garden? 

Exactly how much of basic farming should kids learn? One thing I do know is that working with the soil and nurturing plants and animals are good for the soul as well as potentially for the stomach. In a world that rewards agribusiness and often seems to try to stop people from growing their own food, especially when those Monsanto seeds blow onto a neighbor's land or when big companies try to raise the prices of seeds, perhaps it is time to make sure that we honor our farming history. Who better to keep those traditions alive than the pueblo Indians who have been farming for centuries, long before the Europeans arrived on this continent. 

Going to Albuquerque? Here's a place to visit. While you're heading to that lovely city, you might read my book honoring it. Tales From the Dew Drop Inne; it's what I call a friendly read. https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B0070FZBQQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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In France, Trump and Macron Strive to Put Awkward Start Behind Them

In France, Trump and Macron Strive to Put Awkward Start Behind Them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Trump, visiting for Bastille Day, and President Emmanuel Macron had a tense initial relationship that seems to have given way to a working partnership.
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I love a parade, too, but somehow flying back and forth between Washington to Paris is a bit excessive even if there are lots of tanks and planes. As for the content, well, I guess President Macron will try to get Donnie to understand that some invitations really aren't intended to be accepted, at least that's my guess. What the man really wanted was to know what was going on in Syria. Next time, my guess, he'll call Vladimir. At least that way he'll have a dinner companion who knows which fork to use. Okay, maybe Trump can cut his own meat, but really.
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Donald Trump Unable To Book "Luxury" Hotel For G20 Summit Because His Staff Is Inept, Guess Where He's Staying Instead?

Donald Trump Unable To Book "Luxury" Hotel For G20 Summit Because His Staff Is Inept, Guess Where He's Staying Instead? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
According to Buzzfeed News, Donald Trump was stuck without a luxury hotel to stay at for the annual G-20 summit …
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Well the people of Hamburg have bailed the Trump of humbug out of his hotel dilemma. Hope they charge his ineptness an arm and a leg. Can we fire the peoples' apprentice? 
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A Movie to Make Me Wonder

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Today I went to see Wonder Woman, and I had some reactions I'd like to share. 
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First, let me admit that I grew up reading and loving comics, graphic novels as they are now styled. I read Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, and yes of course Wonder Woman. So, when people told me how good this new movie about that great Amazon is, I had to go see it.

Well, two good things. I only pay senior prices and this particular theater had great seats. As for the movie, about that I have less positive things to say. First, let's just ignore the irony that his is a movie about a goddess of peace who goes around fighting and killing. We can also ignore the wooden acting, the caricatured cast, and the bright-light special effects. 

No, forget all that and let's just get to the politics. This is a barely disguised paean to American neo-conservative  values. Quite simply, evil is everywhere and must be opposed. And who is there to provide that opposition? Only the great heroic American. Sure, Wonder Woman herself is not American and in this version she is even headquartered in the Louvre in Paris, but that's a pretty thin disguise.. Besides which, the motivation that allows her to triumph is pure love of pure American corn. 

Perhaps the best thing about this movie is that the evil scientist is a woman. Fair enough; women have been pushing for an equal role in the military-industrial-espionage complex. The second best thing is that the god of war is an Englishman, complete with club membership and proper tailor. By making him the villain, the god of war, the movie makers are not only warning us to beware of our allies---a not bad piece of advice---but to also recognize that the Brits have done more than their share in creating the troubles of the modern world. 

Two things that were happily omitted from  this dread-film are religion and reality. The religion I can do without, but I do wonder how in the midst of the worst of World War I, the villagers found such great horses for WW and her party to ride. And exactly what was the German general snorting that gave him such strength; is this a gesture of cinematic appreciation of meth? 

At any rate, special kudos to my wife who sat uncomplainingly  through this film fiasco. I wouldn't have refused to leave with her but I really did find the politics of this film fascinating the same way I am fascinated by slugs.


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How Did I Miss That? War Eagles Fight Drones for Air Superiority - Indian Country Media Network

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Eagles have always been a part of Indian country, and now the French Air Force are using war Eagles to bring down drones.
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Leave it to the French to do things with that certain flair. Guess what they've named the first four eagles they've trained. A hint, remember the three musketeers, but of course then came a fourth. Anyway, bonne chance à ce merveilleux oiseaux de proie. 
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These 21 kids taking on Trump could be our best hope for climate action

These 21 kids taking on Trump could be our best hope for climate action | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Their lawsuit has helped open a new front in the battle against climate change.
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I love the idea of "intergenerational equity." Not only does it appeal to all of us who have children and grandchildren but it gives lie to those who ignore the future while blustering on about balancing the budget and prohibiting abortions. If we really want to take care of our kids, then we have to worry about the earth that they will be inheriting. 

Speaking of intergenerational relations, have you read my short story Bender? It's available for you to read for free on my website. I think it quire lovely and hope you will as well. 
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The Truth About Belly Button Lint

The Truth About Belly Button Lint | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I know you always wanted to know these facts.
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Belly button lint comes from your underwear Many people find that, at the beginning and end of the day, a small lump of fluff has appeared in the navel cavity. The reasons for this have been the subject of idle speculation for many years but in 2001, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki of the University of Sydney, Australia undertook a systematic survey to determine the ins and outs of navel lint. His primary findings were as follows: 

Navel lint consists primarily of stray fibres from one's clothing, mixed with some dead skin cells and strands of body hair. The rotting cells can create unpleasant odors. Contrary to expectations, navel lint appears to migrate upwards from underwear rather than downwards from shirts or tops. The migration process is the result of the frictional drag of body hair on underwear, which drags stray fibres up into the navel. 

Women experience less navel lint because of their finer and shorter body hairs. Conversely, older men experience it more because of their coarser and more numerous hairs. Navel lint's characteristic blue-gray tint is likely the averaging of the colors of fibres present in clothing; the same color as clothes dryer lint. The existence of navel lint is entirely harmless, and requires no corrective action.
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An Alabama Man Shot an 820-Pound Wild Hog

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An Alabama taxidermist will preserve an animal he shot and killed himself: a massive, 820-pound wild hog.
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I wouldn't mind tucking-in to one of those chops. What's your favorite part of the pig? Heck, the only part I haven't tried eating is a tail. 

Meanwhile, this sure remind me of my short piece Dark Warnin'. Have you watched the YouTube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0daoEy3MQQ
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Is Cold Brew as Healthy as Regular Coffee?

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Experts weigh in on whether cold temperature diminishes hot coffee's amazing health perks
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I love iced coffee and much prefer the lower acidity and stronger caffeine level of cold-brewed, so this report makes me happy. Glad to know that I'm drinking healthy. Now, the big question, how about coffee ice-cream, better for us than vanilla? Inquiring stomachs want to know. 

Speaking of coffee, have you tried Sal's Irish coffee? Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDm0ugyphoI&t=3s ;
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Here Are America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

Here Are America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
And who eats the most of the frozen treat
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Okay, let's get down to something basic, ice cream. I love the stuff; try not to eat too much of it but still love it. My favorite flavor? Hands down anything with coffee as the base. That goes great on chocolate cake or with fudge sauce. Damn, I'm starting to drool. In a cone, sugar thanks, I will sometimes go with other flavors. Cherry, butter pecan, and peppermint stick are contenders. No, I can no longer do a three scoop cone so only one at a time. Oh, and one more thing, on pie. That's when I'm most likely to go chocolate. Ever try chocolate ice cream on strawberry rhubarb pie? No!? Well, that's one that gets to me every time. 

Now what are your choices? 

Of course, in books, you have only one choice, right!? You want to read the books you find at http://www.kennethweene.com They go great with any flavor of desert. 
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The 7 Most Influential Coffee Roasters in America

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Coffee roasters occupy a hazy, just-out-of-focus place in popular American food cultureeven those well-known enough to be recognized by name o
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Isn't it amazing how much money we spend to get a good cup of joe and how much time we spend on social media talking about coffee. How many times have your personally posted about the need for and the way to obtain the best cup possible? Obviously if your answer to that question is more than 1, you should be reading this article about roasters. But, for me, the real deal is the many fine smaller and local roasters who are striving to make a quality product that we can love. My top pick Arbuckle's, which you can find at https://www.arbucklecoffee.com

Of course some folks prefer tea. I do drink both. Tea of coffee? Now that's a question I love being asked. Of course, my answer is both, but in restaurants, I then start asking well what brands do you offer. Sometimes, I end up settling for water. Yeah, that picky! How about you? 
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Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun

Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Nucla, Colorado, was founded by socialists before becoming a mining town. Now, as wealthy liberals with different values encroach, the town is fighting for its economic survival
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I think this article a great read. Not only does it explore many roots of American values, but it will make you appreciate how those differing values come together at the fault lines, how they produce both conflict and resolution. Mostly, however, it will take  you into the hearts of some good if different from yourself people. It's almost like reading an excerpt from a good novel. 
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Pakistan’s ‘fontgate’: Calibri text creates headache for prime minister

Pakistan’s ‘fontgate’: Calibri text creates headache for prime minister | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The corruption controversy has engulfed Sharif family since the publication of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca
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Who doesn't love a good political scandal? I sure do. And Pakistan is in the middle of a doozy. This is the kind of small mistake that takes down governments and puts people in jail. Of course, that makes for a great crime novel. 

Sadly, the bad guys don't always lose in real life. Take "Times to Try the Soul of Man," my true life crime story. By the way, yes, it is true life even some of the most incredible parts; that's why I wrote it. You can read it at https://www.amazon.com/Times-Try-Soul-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00VYSQ1VO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

By the way, the audible version is great listening. 
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Coming Home: Cheyenne River Reservation Photos - Indian Country Media Network

Coming Home: Cheyenne River Reservation Photos - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The thoughts, feelings and hopes of the next generation, Cheyenne River's greatest treasure, are expressed in these Cheyenne River Reservation photos.
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These are magnificent photos. I chose the one that was most evocative for me, but I bet you'll like them all. 
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A former exec at Trader Joe’s grows another kind of grocery store

A former exec at Trader Joe’s grows another kind of grocery store | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Doug Rauch opened Daily Table in a low-income area of Boston two years ago. The nonprofit grocery store has been a pioneer in its approach to food waste, food deserts, hunger, and obesity.
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Kudos to a great new idea, making decent food available to those with less money. How much better is this use of food than allowing it to simply go to waste. We have lots of food deserts in this county and this would be one way to improve the lot of the people who live in them. Obviously, the motivation for doing things like this isn't profit; perhaps it's time we give a lot more credit and credibility to human decency and concern for others.
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Christian crafts firm fined millions and forced to forfeit artifacts smuggled from Iraq to US

Christian crafts firm fined millions and forced to forfeit artifacts smuggled from Iraq to US | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
One of America’s best known chains of arts and craft shops has agreed to hand over thousands of smuggled artefacts from the Middle East that it bought for a Bible museum.
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Once again we see the dishonesty of many who claim to be good "Christians." And now they say they didn't know, but they were clearly warned. How about like so many American believers, the folks at Hobby Lobby just thought they were above the law. Reality, they are no better than the Nazis who stole art from the rest of Europe. I won't set a foot in their stores. 
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