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Last updated: August 16, 2011

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Editorial Policy and Guidelines

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  • We will not discriminate against comments that express views different from the official stated position of the organization or of its individual website visitors simply on the basis of that difference.
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  • Comments or blogs containing obvious factual inaccuracies, unattributed facts and quotes, insulting comments, or libelous/unlawful statements will not be published. While vigorous debate is welcome, all remarks should generally be directed at issues, positions, events, and statements, rather than at individuals.
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