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Inauguration Day (Tiffany D.)
When the first President, George Washington, placed his hand upon the Bible, he stood less than a single day’s journey by horseback from raw, untamed wilderness. There were 4 million Americans in a union of 13 States. Today, we are 60 times as many in a union of 50 States. We have lighted the world with our inventions, gone to the aid of mankind wherever in the world there was a cry for help, journeyed to the Moon and safely returned. So much has changed. And yet we stand together as we did two centuries ago.
The Reeds have another, more idiosyncratic wish: Under President Trump, they’re hoping economic conditions improve enough for them to start their own company. Robert currently sells vinyl railing and siding and Wanda does secretarial work in a medical office. But the couple are motorcycle enthusiasts, and they want to launch a business that would hire out bikes and drivers to tug hearses (for funerals) and Cinderella-style carriages (for weddings).
“I’m hoping that through him, with the changes, it’ll be easier to get a business loan,” Robert Reed said.
The protest certainly interfered with business as usual in Washington: traffic was snarled, and many government employees stayed home. Others commuted to their offices before dawn, and three members of Congress even resorted to canoeing across the Potomac to get themselves to Capitol Hill. But most of the planned blockades held only briefly, if at all, because most of the protesters were arrested before they even got into position. Thanks to the detailed tactical manual, the authorities knew exactly where protesters would be deployed. To stop them from paralyzing the city, the Nixon Administration had made the unprecedented decision to sweep them all up, using not just police but actual military forces.
What Wall Street Wants From Trump (jdargis, registration required)
Soaring stock prices are based on the hope that Mr Trump will be very good for “unleashing business”, said Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, during a Goldman-sponsored event in New York last month.
Whether you’ve just started mulling a run for office or you’re already designing your yard signs, a wealth of resources on and offline offer information about the process of campaigning. So Slate has compiled a list of organizations offering candidate training, campaign books, and campaign service providers. If you decide to go for it (as you should), these resources could be valuable.
One community in Zimbabwe decided to find out by designating “Friendship Benches” in the communal spaces of health clinics, NPR reports. In Harare and similarly sized cities, locals can seek out Friendship Benches to talk about their problems in a safe, judgment-free zone. University of Zimbabwe psychiatrist Dr. Dixon Chibanda came up with the idea after recognizing the stigma surrounding mental illness in his country. The traditional thinking that depression is a curse, combined with the fact that Zimbabwe’s population of 13 million relies on just 13 psychiatrists, makes it nearly impossible for sufferers to obtain quality help.
For example, Vetter used hatched lines to indicate railroad tracks, as you can see in the image below. At first she put the hatch marks closer together, but the blind man they were made for couldn’t distinguish the railways from the solid lines indicating rivers and boundaries. “I thought it looked pretty good, but it was totally useless for feeling,” Vetter says.
The solar industry is operating more and more efficiently each year with solar prices down an average of 62 percent since 2009, and every part of the solar supply chain becoming more efficient and lowering costs. Economies of scale, increasing manufacturing expertise, and new technology like diamond wire cutting tools have all helped make solar’s progress the envy of the energy complex.
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