By Chester Allen
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake
COLDWATER RIDGE VISITOR CENTER, Wash. — The crowd of seventh-graders, plus older visitors, stopped fidgeting as ranger Holly Weiss described how life has returned to Mount St. Helens since the 1980 eruption that turned the landscape around Coldwater Ridge into a moonscape.
Weiss told them that the mountain will regain its old height and shape in 300 years or so — and the landscape will recover even faster.
"Scientists thought it would take 100 years for it to get this green," Weiss said as she waved her arm at the looming, steaming crater and the hillsides of green trees, shrubs and golden grass. "But how long did it take?"
"Twenty-seven years," the Oregon Episcopal School kids chorused.
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By Ellis Henican
So Rudy Giuliani's a gun lover after all.
How much you want to bet the ambitious ex-mayor also turns out to be an ardent right-to-lifer, a staunch gay-rights opponent and a real immigration hawk before the Republican primary season is done?
It's amazing, isn't it — how an election can magically align a candidate's deeply held views with those of the party base?
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Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises
(September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) (pronounced [ˈluːtvɪç fɔn ˈmiːzəs] was a notable economist and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement. He has been called the "uncontested dean of the Austrian School of economics".
The Ludwig von Mises Institute is named after him.
Childhood and family background
Ludwig von Mises was born in Lemberg, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now the city of Lviv, Ukraine, to Jewish parents. His father was stationed there as a construction engineer. Physicist Richard von Mises was Ludwig's younger brother. Another sibling died in infancy. When Ludwig and Richard were small children, his family moved back to their ancestral home of Vienna.
The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises, free from the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
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