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at the river's edge
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everything westwards of Lyons Park
at the kayak launch
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orioles near the river
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Niska Day 34 - Waiting for the parade to arrive.
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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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#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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cedar waxwings courting
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I think this is a catbird
but I am not certain
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Niska Day 34
Under the Big Top
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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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While folk foolishly protest building XL
people have died from oil trains exploding
& another 11,000 miles of pipeline have been built throughout USA
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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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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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