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When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Neatorama and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.
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Art, like anything else, is worth exactly what someone is willing to pay for it. But as Melissa said, it doesn't matter what it's really worth; it's in a museum and not to play on.

I have two daughters, five stepchildren, and two grandkids, so I know that kids will do what they want WHEN YOU LET THEM DO ANYTHING THEY WANT.
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No, it shouldn't need to be roped off. From my experience, everything in a museum is valuable, and therefore, shouldn't be played on like a jungle gym. Adults/parents visiting an art museum should certainly respect this and if they can't, take junior someplace more appropriate.
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Well, as the mom so tactfully replied, "you obviously don't know anything about kids!" (ha ha!)

As a father of 2, uh, 'adventurous' youngsters, I do fully agree with what you're saying. However, we have to also appreciate the motivation (and need when appropriate) for kids to play and explore, and that some kids are more easily influenced / controlled than others. Ultimately, the parents have to know their own kids and use good judgement whether they should be there in the first place. And if things get out of hand you have to clamp down on the kiddies or vacate the premises asap. And if the risk of damage is higher (museum vs grocery store), then they must be more cautious and attentive.

But really, $10M?
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It's not labeled "bed" or "jungle gym" either, so it's not anything that a child should be allowed to climb or lay on no matter what or where it is. They don't have to be able to recognize it as pricey art to recognize it as something they aren't invited to run amok on.
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It doesn't matter if the work is priced right or overpriced, it's not the child's possession, the child isn't at home, they should know they aren't to treat it as if it's their possession and act like that in public. It shouldn't make any difference to the child or the parent if it's a 10 million buck sculpture or a cheap plant pot, it's not a chair, it's not theirs, it's not for touching.
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If a kid is old/mature enough to visit the art museum, they're old/mature enough to be expected to behave and not touch or climb on the art. If they're still so little that being little should be an excuse, they're still too little for the art museum. Try taking them to the park or the zoo instead. They'll have more fun and not likely harm anything.
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I use Wikipedia all the time, but mainly for general information. I always check the sources at the bottom, or double check by searching for corroborating information.
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"Drink: The Chicago Fizz (Dark rum, ruby port, lemon juice, sugar, club soda, and egg whites)
Why?: While New Orleans is credited with the origination of the fizz, the Chicago variation’s claim to fame was its popularity at the Waldorf-Astoria bar in New York during the pre-prohibition era."

So, no connection with Chicago whatsoever other than the name, and no connection with the rest of the state at all.

Also, never heard of this drink, and rum and port aren't really go-to drinks in Chicago/Illinois. Total fail.
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"We created this survey by drawing on several sources. Research by Sam Gosling, at the University of Texas..."

I've read Professor Gosling's scholarly work and randomly "creating" a survey like this is no measurement instrument. This is, at best, clickbait or data harvesting. At worst, it's not science, much less journalism.
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It wasn't very accurate from my perspective. 57% conservative/43% liberal indicates I am closer to a centrist than I see myself.

One thing I don't understand is how using a "modern browser" marks one as a liberal.
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The Founding Fathers also believed that slavery would die out on its own--and they were terribly wrong. Although the economic value of slavery was degrading in the 1850s, it wasn't collapsing and importance of slavery to Southern society was becoming more entrenched with every passing year.

It was a cancer that had to be burned out. I don't see any other way. And as a Southerner and descendant of Confederate veterans, I am so very glad that the South lost. The worst possible outcome for the South in the Civil War would have been victory.
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Many people prior to the Civil War believed slavery was a dying institution; Abraham Lincoln, being one of them. That's one of the main reasons he was so keenly intent on preserving the union instead of fighting for abolitionism. There are many Lincoln letters that give his detailed view of how and when he thought slavery would end. "Lincoln: Speeches and Writing" is just one.
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