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Jeez, that's not hate speech, it's just an opinion.  She's not inciting people to go out and beat up fat people.  If you want to learn something about actual hate speech, go to the Southern Poverty Law Center's website http://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/hate-and-extremism

They do a good job of outlining what hate groups are and where they are located.  Ms. Kang might be annoyingly smug, but I don't think she's promoting hate.

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That looks like a beautiful station.  Congratulations SPUD!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Watch: St. Paul Union Depot to Welcome Amtrak Customers

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Name away, kids.  It doesn't bother me...I think Ranier or even Katahdin sound better than all the Jayden, Braden, Cayden-rhyming names that started becoming popular in the 90's and are now annoyingly ubiquitous.  Uck.  I thought they sounded redneck-y and made-up then and I still do.  

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Do you have to be a Veep to get to see the Engineer's view?  I would love to do that just once.  ps...is it Engineer or Conductor? I've never figured that out.  The train looks nice!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Joe Biden Welcomes 1st Cities Sprinter Locomotive

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@CJackFrost  It's nice to hear people from all over tell stories about their fun times on the train.  Appropriately, today is St. Patrick's day and I remember sharing a long ride in coach with a young man from Ireland many years ago.  We got lucky and had the bulkhead row upstairs on the California Zephyr (or maybe the Southwest Chief, I can't remember) and it was fun to stretch out and tell vacation stories with a person from another country.  It was also nice to hear that Amtrak's long distance trains fared well in comparison to his trains from home.  (This was, of course, before I ever went to Switzerland and took a few train rides.  :-)  The Swiss don't mess around.)  I've shared rides with people from all over the country and sometimes the world, and I always meet nice people.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 Most Scenic Train Rides

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@neroden @thepixinator  I really like looking at the Indiana countryside from the train.  I've seen a lot of cities, suburbs and country towns from the train, and it seems like Indiana is absolutely the tidiest, most well-kept state of all.  I love looking at the wind farms in "Windy-ana" and Illinois.  I even enjoy the Iowa corn.  It's relaxing to look out at all that flat countryside.  Kansas can be green, depending on the time of year.  I think when I was there last it was sort of a golden color.  Really pretty.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 Most Scenic Train Rides

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Nice station!  I would love to see a train go directly from Charlottesville & Lynchburg to Norfolk roundtrip, with a schedule that would allow an early morning departure from the mountains to get to the beach by lunchtime.  That would be amazing....will it happen one day?  

8 months, 2 weeks ago on New Norfolk Train Station Opens

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Speaking of the Southwest Chief, I love it when you can see the front of the train from the viewliner car.  I sure could use some dry and sunny New Mexico air about right now!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on 4 Most Scenic Train Rides

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Oh, man, the Southwest Chief is a beautiful trip any time of year.  You pass through so many different types of terrain and scenery. New Mexico is so pretty.   I love the Adirondak, too-the lake country is gorgeous, or should I say "Gorges".  And the Cardinal is an old train but in the fall when the leaves change in the Blue Ridge mountains it'makes for beautiful views in West Virginia.  I haven't taken the coastal California trains, yet but I have taken the the California Zephyr through the Rockies and it is hard to beat for scenery. There's nothing more relaxing than having a roomette all to oneself while rolling through snow-covered mountain passes.  Keep in mind that tracks can freeze and break in winter causing delays; in summer the track repair work can mean part of your trip from Denver to Grand Junction might be on an Amtrak thruway bus - still a beautiful ride, but a four-hour diversion you might not expect.  Best to check on track work first when making reservations.  There should be an alert in the screen where you select your train and class of service.  


Any of my worst trips on the train have been better than all my flights.  

8 months, 3 weeks ago on 4 Most Scenic Train Rides

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@CaitMacanliss

You are so right.  I used to have a roommate with a husky and that dog could jump over, dig out from under, and generally find his way out of any type of fencing that exists.  The only way to get him back was to ride around in the car and call his name with the window rolled down, because the only thing he loved as much as running free was a ride in the car.  They will roam forever, and they are trained like you said to know the trail, and will ignore everything like cars that they deem irrelevant.  They also get hot as heck in the summer time if they don't live "up north."

 

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There's an astonishing lack of hound dogs in this pictorial.  There are beagles, harriers, foxhounds (two varieties), basset hounds, pointers, bloodhounds, greyhounds, dachsunds...that's about half of the hound breeds.  

Now, there are challenges.  I failed to read up on hounds before I adopted mine, and couldn't figure out why she would never just chill, and then I read that a good hare hound can cover 30 to 40 miles in a day when it's working, so now she goes to doggie daycare twice a week to play nonstop for 9 hours.  It took me 6 times as long to house train my hound dog as it did my Border Collie (excellent choice as well, by the way), and my hound dog is quite vocal, but if you want a breed that LIVES to be on the move outdoors all the time, then get yourself a hound dog.  They're exhausting, less than brilliant but also quite funny and lovable.  Plus they're surprisingly clean and neat - they take good care of themselves, and they love kids.  And the Virginia SPCA's are full of them (we're one of the few remaining states that permits hunting with packs of dogs, and there are a ton of unscrupulous hound owners who just let them run off and never look for them.  It's pitiful, because they LOVE their people  :-(

So come on down to Virginia and adopt yourself a hound today!

1 year, 2 months ago on

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I wonder what other peoples' first thought was when they saw the title of this article?  Mine was "Keyser Soze."  Glad to see him on the list - The Usual Suspects is on my top 10, maybe top 5 list of favorite all-time films, and Kevin Spacey's performance is a large part of the reason for that.  Kevin Spacey owned the 90's.

1 year, 5 months ago on The 50 Greatest Movie Villains of All Time – Flavorwire

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Somebody should play that Depeche Mode video for Kim Jong Un.  I know it would melt his frozen little heart.

1 year, 6 months ago on 10 Songs About Racism That Don’t Suck – Flavorwire

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"At the peak of outsourcing, in 2010, Chinese workers were making 40 percent of the clothes Americans bought."  This is a little misleading, because it leaves the impression that 60% of clothing Americans purchase is made in America, where as that remaining 60% of apparel is primarily constructed in Vietnam, India, Macao, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Turkey, Pakistan, and some high-end stuff in Italy, France, and other Western European countries.  I'd say maybe 10% or less is made in the US.  I wish I could be more optimistic than that, but I used to design apparel for an American apparel manufacturer/design house, and that company closed because it was behind the trend of outsourcing to China and couldn't compete on price with other moderate missy apparel firms.  That was in 2000.  Add the textile industry to those statistics, textiles being a separate industry from apparel, and you see massive offshoring of jobs that hurt lots of small towns and some larger cities in the south, the northeast and California.  Include home furnishings in that mix and it gets worse.  I am glad to see the few players who are in the manufacturing game in the US, and hope they inspire other companies to examine their production methods. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Born in the USA: The Amazing New Economics of Insourcing | Outdoor Gear - Equipment Reviews and Articles | OutsideOnline.com

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