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Not far from where I'd set up to take snapshots of the Polar Pioneer a trio of family pairs of Canadian Geese had taken up housekeeping, and were raising their goslings, the largest of which were molting their down and taking on the familiar plumage of adult geese and the smallest of which was this ball of fluff.
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That gosling is so cute and fluffy!
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Right there, right there... perfect.
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Isn't it always the way?
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Ha! Good one.
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Before the 20 minutes of trailers that previewed Avengers: Age of Ultron last night, there was a reel of commercials for various and sundry products and services. One was for women's razors, and was intended to be a tie-in to Pitch Perfect 2. (I suspect that I should be eternally appreciative that I had been completely unaware of an original Pitch Perfect before that point.) Apparently, Hollywood has determined that the Random Unexpected Bollywood Musical Number is now the way to go, because this advertisement featured a carefully multicultural array of women (of varying body types, even) enthusiastically singing about shaving their legs. By the time the piece had reached the point of having gone on Way Too Long (about the 15-second mark or so) I think that a significant portion of the audience had lost the will to live, and were desperately searching their surroundings for any means of doing themselves in. My personal opinion is that we were being subjected to a particularly unethical experiment aimed at finding an optimal means of inducing suicide in a random population. I think that Hydra was behind it all.
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SHAVE! SHAVE! SHAVE!
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I downloaded this picture from PostSecret years ago. I think it does a much better job of explaining the roots of modern police brutality than any thousand words ever could.
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Arguments about religion make much more sense to me now that I understand them to be really similar to arguments about tabletop role-playing games.
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AMEN.LOL
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Royal Dutch Shell's Polar Pioneer, parked at the Port of Seattle on its way to the Arctic. In the foreground is a "protest barge." It was playing Horace Silver loudly enough to be heard from the shore. Not the first think that comes to my mind when I think "environmental protest," but to each their own, I guess.
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"It goes without saying that the onus for the derailment falls on the engineer, who should not have been speeding. At the same time, crashes like these would be far less likely if Amtrak were funded properly, had better equipment and weren’t treated like the red-headed stepchild of American transportation."

This is like saying that there would be fewer wrecks from people driving 127 miles per hour on I-405 if there were more money for highway funds. I don't understand what possible amount of money one can spend on infrastructure that would effectively obviate the need for people to pay attention to what they are doing, and (somewhat) obey the rules of the road.

This isn't to deny that politicians tend to shift money to more visible, or more "sexy" projects - things where they can stand in front of a crowds and the cameras and talk about how great they are. Or that they're busy helping any business that can put the "jobs" gun to their constituents heads line their pockets. And that this results in other things being pushed down the priority list.

But what happened in this case was the engineer, for whatever reason, took at train into a curve at 200+% of the posted speed limit. When, presumably, the limit had been set at what it was for a reason. There are some issues with mass-transit in the United States than can be solved by altering financial priorities. This week's derailment doesn't seem like one of them.
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It sounds like Amtrak is just trying to shift the blame. The PTC may have helped but it shouldn't replace common sense.
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Photobombed.
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Photobumbled.
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On the one hand, it's really easy to see the calls for calm during protests as the authorities looking to shield themselves from the righteous anger of the populace after they've done something egregious - or, as is often the case, stood by while something egregious after something egregious happened on their watch.

But on the other hand, it's often helpful to remember that while riots in the street, looted businesses and burned-out buildings make The Man look bad, it's rarely their streets, businesses or buildings that take the brunt of it. So it may be worth considering who benefits most when things don't get out of hand...

h/t: +Morgan Moloney.
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I've never been a believer in hateful conspiracies hatched by secretive cabals to keep us poor and downtrodden. Instead, I suspect that the culprit has been the way that our history shaped the way in which the populace at large pursued its interests - often at the direct expense of smaller segments of the populace. But at the same time that we are coming to a realization that things aren't working for us, the resentments and divisions that our history have created are preventing us from coming together to comprehend, and correct, the problems.
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It occurs to me that one could draw some interesting parallels between certain aspects of Regency Era England and Reagan Era America. The first couple of sentences from Pride and Prejudice felt like they could have been written about my own immediate post-college years. Not that I was the scion of a wealthy family or anything, but being in a community where there was a competition for eligible bachelors was a somewhat surreal experience, and I suspect that Jane Austen would have had an intuitive grasp of the dynamics at work, if not the social particulars.
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<Chuckle> My computer is littered with stories that I decided I no longer enjoyed writing. :)
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I'm Nobody In Particular. Just Another Random American.
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My name is Aaron McLin. I'm a some time gamer, avid pen and paper RPG collector and Guy With A Camera.
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You know how Lily Tomlin said: "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up?" I have the sinking feeling that not only have I managed to keep up, but I'm starting to pull ahead.
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