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If Keystone XL is so crucial, why don't they have to build two or three pipelines so that if something happens to interrupt operation, there is no crisis?
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Don't send dirty sand oil at all. Clean the oil and send only the clean oil down to the push instead. By sending cleaner cold smaller oil you avoid putting all this ugly crap him the sams oil. Cleaning the whole in the long run is easier than fighting sending crap for 1500 miles down below. end if things on the south area get shut down due to bad water, the national oil can still send at least part of it.
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On War and Peace

If there is an omnipresent fear of the people in your own community or adjacent ones, the fundamental problem is most likely to be social and economic marginalization.  It is better to solve these problems directly through earnest and voluntary participation in government than to summarily execute the disadvantaged during an orgasm of fear where mistaken identity may be fatal to a loved one or other innocent soul.  Outreach and education are far superior to a cache of ammunition in the long run.  If your neighbors know they have ample reason to love you, it is less likely that they will participate in a home invasion, robbery, or similar activity of abject desperation.  I hold this assertion to be true at all scales, from individuals to alliances of nations.  We must cease war locally to extinguish war globally.  Revenge, retaliation, and preemptive force are more insidious, pernicious, and virulent than any natural disease.  Regardless of whether the practiced form of society is tribal, democratic, a monarchy, or something else, an absence of compassion and inclusiveness will cause its demise and assure misery and disappointment for all of its members.
May we now cease producing ammunition and get on with the task of mutually assuring opportunity, satisfaction, and respectful courtesy towards humanity and all of nature?  Avoid fueling fear and hate through industrious efforts if you have a genuine wish for your descendants flourish in peace.
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Very sane proposition!
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On the inappropriate exercise of "freedom" to defend an absence of mutual responsibility and compassion

It seems that there is a great fear of home invasion throughout the United States of America.  The motivation for the perpetration of home invasion is most likely to be a feeling of rejection and disrespect from society as a whole.  It seems foolish to me for society to neglect it's members most fundamental needs and then to resort to personalized summary execution of the disadvantaged.  This attitude of "The suffering of  the disadvantaged and downtrodden is not MY problem as long as I can keep a few thousand rounds close at hand!" is more abhorrent than I can possibly express.  It is positively shameful.   The freedom to kill with impunity should not trump freedom to live in peace. 
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Basic Income will not prevent all crime, but it will eliminate economic desperation as a probable cause among those who would prefer not to be criminals.
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180+  Rye, New Hampshire.
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I live about 5 hours away from this spot.  In this panorama, the sun is on the right and my shadow is on the left.
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a splendid morning
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That's a little better...
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I had an idea about a potential solution to the current problems with firearm restrictions.  It seems that there is a great deal of agreement about the desirability of police officers having body cams that run all the time in addition to the dash-cams in patrol cars.  Might a requirement for the use of plainly visible and constantly operational body-cams on citizens who wish to carry, be it concealed or open, be regarded as widely beneficial?  Absence of an operating camera could be used as evidence of intent to deceive and/or harm the public at large.  With a rule like this, other restrictions on firearm possession and use could be greatly reduced or eliminated entirely. By assuring available evidence and clear accountability, the freedom to possess and use lethal force could be widely granted without a vast regulatory infrastructure.  Does this make any sense?  
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some speculation...
A acquired taste for social stratification and retribution seems to contribute to paranoia.  Those characteristics are likely to be associated with ambition.   America has been the destination of the ambitious for several centuries.  These attitudes are visible as expressions of distaste toward perceived slackers as an unjust expense on society as a whole.  This appears to be the destiny and legacy of occupying the land of opportunity. Every level of success endures plenty of noise emanating from above, below, and beside.  The melting pot of society is simmering.  What is the source of the energy?  What is the ambient atmospheric pressure?  What's cooking?  Is it soup yet?
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goldfinch on purple coneflower
with bowling ball and tall grass
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All your photos of the flowers are beautiful
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I recall hearing a brilliant segue many years ago on WRPI.  It started with the beginning of "Ordinary People" from the Kinks' concept album "Soap Opera" and continued smoothly with McCartney's "Let 'em In" from "Wings at the Speed of Sound"

I am the image maker. I am the magic maker.
I can turn the most ordinary man in the world into a star.
To prove my point,
I am going to find the most mundane little man
and turn him into a celebrity.
Hmm! This looks like a suitably uninteresting house.
I wonder If there's anybody here with enough star quality?

Someone's Knockin' At The Door.
Somebody's Ringin' The Bell.
Someone's Knockin' At The Door.
Somebody's Ririgin' The Bell.
Do Me A Favor,
Open The Door And Let 'Em In.
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Haha ,welcomin ;-) 
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#Apple     App Store font and contrast gripe

I object very strongly to the use of low contrast text and exceptionally small fonts in the App Store, especially for security updates.  This is made particularly frustrating by a user interface that does not provide preference settings.   I cannot imagine a logical reason for Apple to do this.  It is diametrically opposed to all of the other things that Apple does to make their products easy to use.
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somewhat subsequent of dawn
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Don't write rock lyrics
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If God's on our side, he'll stop the next war.
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Territorial, 
ants and bees 
agree to disagree 
about who is the rightful
harvester of the nectar 
of a sedum known as 
Autumn Joy
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A neighbor across the street is a bee keeper.  :-)
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