I'm honestly fed up with all the bad and fake news everywhere. I am not a journalist or an influencer, but I want to use my art to spread some positivity.

I wanted to create an almanac of positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media. That's why I want to share some of this year's positive news from around the world in the hope that it brings you some happiness and inspires you to spread some good news yourself!

Art, technology, food, science, animal rights, human rights... we have progressed in so many categories, and it's necessary to let the world know that, despite having much more to do, we've accomplished some amazing things in 2018. So although it is hard - stay positive.

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Rafaella Bueno
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1 year ago

This is great. Here in Brazil, supermarkets and restaurants avoid donating food even when they actually wanted to because the food donated continues to be the donor's responsibility, so if, for example, it' poorly transported or stored and goes bad and someone eats it and gets sick, it's your store that will get in trouble even if it was fine when you donated, so they're all scared of donating.

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago (edited)

The name of the Brewery is Saltwater Brewery. All of the rings are made out of the barley and grains used in the brewing process. So they are completely edible by humans and sea creatures.

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Annabell
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1 year ago

France is on a good way!

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Harrison Rose
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1 year ago

Yes! I hate the argument that "sanitary products are a luxury." They are not, do you want blood all over your pants? All over your house?

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Bumble
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1 year ago

This made me so happy.

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Yanna Cubacub
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1 year ago

This is amazing

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Neha
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1 year ago

That is incredible!

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Harrison Rose
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1 year ago

YES! Dogs are friends, not food.

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Alia G.
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1 year ago

Taken long enough! I was so happy when Covergirl became cruelty free. I love wearing makeup and stuff, but so many of the big brands still test on animals.

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Rafaella Bueno
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1 year ago

I have mixed feelings about pandas.... because people mostly only care about protecting "cute" animals like them. I've read and watched so many times about how "ugly" animals like bugs and amphibians are always getting worse off because all the conservation funds and efforts go towards the ones the public likes... But I guess helping some animals is still better than no animals.

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Rafaella Bueno
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1 year ago

That's the cutest boob I have ever seen

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JaneDoesnt
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1 year ago

huh in Poland several cities decided to ban fireworks on new year because of animals.

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Ana Maria
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1 year ago

We banned it also in Romania!

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

yeah… it's a small step… much more are needed

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BusLady
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1 year ago

If more people would recycle plastic, that would be a good start. I'm appalled at all the trash I see thrown away, that could have been recycled. And not just plastic. My son and I were discussing today the problem of plastic straws. Why couldn't they be made of a fast-degrading material, or even paper? They are only going to be used one time, and can end up in the sea or landfills, taking who knows how long to degrade.

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CCL_2018
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1 year ago

More farmers are keeping bees to benefit crop production, or are allowing beekeepers to keep hives on their property.

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Bobbi Newell
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1 year ago

Serious question, does that sugar tax include high fructose corn syrup? If not, it should. Sodas were unhealthy before, but when soft drink companies switched to HFCS they became even worse.

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Giovanni
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1 year ago

The main function of today prisons is to transform problematic people into professional criminals, the whole concept need to be reworked IMHO

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Conrad Strucker
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1 year ago

Ugh, doesn't it disgust people to know that their comfort comes from something ripped off of something else's body?

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Person2638
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1 year ago

This is adorable!

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Ian Carter
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1 year ago

we need to make ocean plastic profitable, if companies start using it and poor people can harvest it and sell it , it is a win win. Stop creating plastic,reuse.

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Yanna Cubacub
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1 year ago

A simple act can really save lives ♥

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

This is good, correct? The crying is confusing. He should be small and happy.

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shane montanez
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1 year ago

Unfortunately, E-Cigarette smoking is on the rise, especially among teens due to the flavors that comes in them that teens like :(

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Mimi
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1 year ago

That is the largest inheritance of a single person I've EVER heard of.

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

I hope that that is true..

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

I wasn't diagnosed until I was in my 40s. It's really hard to detect in girls for the simple reason that all the emphasis is placed on boys' symptoms. It's the same with heart attacks. Everybody knows about classic male symptoms. Fewer people know how differently it presents in women.

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Peter Bear
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1 year ago

Finally someone showing basic common sense. Assault-style weapons are not hunting tools, they are not self-defense tools. They are tools of aggressive offense that have one function; kill large numbers of people in a small amount of time. NO ONE who is not actively deployed in the military has ANY reason to own such a weapon. Period. No counterargument possible. That is all.

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Rafaella Bueno
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1 year ago

I just hope this is an actual fact... Because I know that here we have a very fake literacy rate made out of people who can pretty much only write their own names and maybe a few words but are already considered literate for statistic purposes.

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CCL_2018
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1 year ago

They've done a great job of slowing their population growth by giving out free condoms

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago

I got metal re-usable ones for my family! They're only about 5-7 bucks and usually come with a carrying sleeve and a pipe cleaner.

Serbob
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1 year ago

Bought a bunch for all the stockings in my family this Christmas.

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CCL_2018
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1 year ago

I'm more concerned about plastic cups, plates, bottles, and bags than straws.

Aunt Messy
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1 year ago

Water bottles....

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Merlyn Emrys
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1 year ago

Ableism. How about we not ban something disabled people need to live and instead push laws that force better environmental protections overall, as virtue signaling like not using straws which are a teeny fraction of plastic waste does more harm than good.

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1 year ago

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Aunt Messy
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1 year ago

This is one of the dumbest "green" initiatives ever. Plastic straws contribute very little to plastic waste in landfills. If they REALLY wanted to make an impact, banning plastic water bottles should be first on the list. ...///... This is the US. We have some of the safest water on the planet. There is NO EXCUSE to buy water in plastic bottles.

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
1 year ago

I always advocate for drinking tap water wherever it's safe to do so, with a filter if needed. And reuse the bottles if you must buy one at some point. And if you must buy water... buy bigger gallons and use reusable bottles. It's cheaper too - bottled water is ridiculously expensive in the long run.

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Enola Brinkley-Crayton
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1 year ago

why is it so hard to go back to the paper ones? That is what we had when I was growing up before everything was made of plastic

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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1 year ago

one slurp and they close

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rola
Community Member
1 year ago

Banning plastic straws just inhibits disabled people who need them from getting drinks properly at restaurants. This is such a superfluous act to make people feel good about themselves for "being green".

Laugh Fan
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1 year ago (edited)

Can bring their own re-usable though.

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Are more eco friendly biodegradable ones available instead? Not having a straw when trying to sip in the car would be awful.

C
Community Member
1 year ago

Look up green paper products. Biodegradable straws, forks, plates, cups, etc

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Erin Greenhill
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1 year ago

A & W Restaurants in Canada (fast food - burgers, mainly, with mall food courts and drive-through restaurants), has now made almost all of their packaging *compostable*. Compostable is different than bio-degradeable. And we have HUGE municipal composting facilities in my area (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)! The most recent change at A & W is their compostable straws- they are quite thick paper-based straws. The only true "garbage now from their food is the plastic drink lids & gravy lids, and sauce packets I LOVE A & W for being leaders in this -- now we need to convince all the malls to have a separate compostables bin to send to the facility!

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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1 year ago

too bad their food sucks

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Azura Rose
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1 year ago

I'm fine with straws not being given standard, but there are disabled people who need disposable plastic straws for medical reasons, and having some around when requested would help accessibility. (As for alternatives, I can't physically lift a cup let alone get a pipe cleaner in a reusable straw, the paper ones disintegrate too fast, and the bioplastic ones seem super brittle and I keep breaking them)

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
1 year ago

now if we could expand that to the plastic lids and the non recyclable cups.

Jörg Zingler
Community Member
1 year ago

They actually sell straws made from straw in Germany. https://www.memolife.de/35-strohhalme-aus-stroh-c1049?sPartner=MLGUENSTIGER&campaign=guenstiger

Týna Ef
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1 year ago

this is so cool :)

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Ian Mitchell
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1 year ago

Virtue signaling is not good news

Christopher Tallmadge
Community Member
1 year ago

and is utterly meaningless

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 year ago

I have to use a straw. I found one that is in a little carrying case that pops open to a full size straw. It's pretty cool. I love the stainless steel ones but they get lost a lot. bummer

Brenda Pereira
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1 year ago

I wish it would expand to the entire U.S. At restaurants, I tell the server that I don't want a straw, but the rest of my family takes one and laughs. Usually they say "saving another turtle, are you?" Assholes!

Bruce Kunde
Community Member
1 year ago

when i was a kid straws were paper

Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

The Humphreys reign of terror is over! (Anyone in the UK in the 70's will get the reference). :)

Laugh Fan
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1 year ago

Sings - Watch out, watch out, watch out, watch out - there's a Humphrey about!

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sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

Great news !!!

Michael Poindexter
Community Member
1 year ago

What about in China?

Karen Self
Community Member
1 year ago

Personally think this is silly. I dislike drinking through metal and should be able to drink through a plastic straw if I wish. What's next? Limiting the amount of napkins I may use?

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

A good beginning !!!

Janet Schneider
Community Member
1 year ago

SandaPanda you can get silicon sleeves for the tip of the straw that protects the teeth. I drink coffee through a metal straw and the sleeve keeps the heat off my lips.

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Our state of California has done this. I don' t mind a paper straw.

Lynn Noyes
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1 year ago

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Amanda Hunter
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1 year ago

I've written a few restaurants that I frequent, I've been ignored.

Kyle Hanselman
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1 year ago

This is idiotic, and not a good thing in any way.

Rage Racer
Community Member
1 year ago

Ill just leave this here. I have a high capacity black assault straw that can demolish beverages at an astonishing rate.

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

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They should never have been invented in the first place. What is wrong with drinking from a glass or a cup?

Laugh Fan
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1 year ago

Mostly that's fine but there are a surprising number of people who can't. Various disabilities and illnesses.

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

Goats are the true GOAT (get it)

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Conrad Strucker
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1 year ago

Tbh it's kind of unfair that solar power is currently such a niche product, and easy, affordable solar panels for people to buy would really make a difference

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago

And they do it using a mixture of mud and vegetation..so it's environmentally conscious too.

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mentor
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1 year ago

It is like turning metal into gold...

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Katrin Rohwetter
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1 year ago

Good news from a purely ecological point of view. Bad news for the people who make a living in the coal-mining industry. Ironically, it's exactly today that the last coal-mine in my area closes, leaving many unemployed. Maybe someone should finance projects that help these people get new jobs.

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Give peace a chance

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Conrad Strucker
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1 year ago

That's it, scientists! Spit in death's face!

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Rafaella Bueno
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1 year ago

Yes, but this is worded a bit poorly, imo. I mean, are they drinking less, or are other countries actually just worse than them now?

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Kubu
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1 year ago

They'll all end in Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and so forth.

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Conrad Strucker
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1 year ago

FACT: if you throw money and fame at the problem for long enough, it will solve itself

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Full Name
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1 year ago

Thanks to democratization and capitalism. Please world, let's keep on the path of progress!

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Yanna Cubacub
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1 year ago

Now this is generosity

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Aunt Messy
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1 year ago

Plus they make nice socks.

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Carries
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1 year ago

South Africa also legalised it a few months ago :)

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Bill
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1 year ago

What about Lillth Fair that ran for 8 years

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Alexandru Bucur
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1 year ago

Yeah, and, to no-one's surprise, closely followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and Sweden. I was initially shocked to see Sweden so low on the list, but when I saw the actual figures, I realised these countries are statistically so close together, that they'll just keep rotating for the No.1 spot for the foreseeable future. Or, of course, you can take Fox News' word for it that these are in fact hell-holes where Muslim refugees rape anything in sight and where Sharia law will be introduced any day now...

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SnoopyCereal
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1 year ago

Just walk around Chicago and you'll see what a great system it is! It's been there for years and it's so great to see so many bikers!

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Kaisu Rei
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1 year ago

Not really sure how much weight we should put on Kim Jong-Un's promises....

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TheDivineMs.M
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1 year ago

Not to mention saving lives of animals?

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