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Approval for Keystone XXL Pipeline imminent

The heavy oil being extracted through tar sands in Alberta and proposed to be shipped through a pipeline 800 miles long that would end in Nebraska is a heavy green-house gas emitter.

Obama has said that if it can be proven that this pipeline (joined to an existing pipeline) and the heavy crude it carries to be refined in the South is more environmentally-unfriendly then he will be against it. What is not often mentioned in this debate is that the oil being replaced is heavy crude from Venezuela. Thus it contributes to our country's energy independence, but is as dirty. There will be a cut-in to the new pipeline from Montana, flowing further tar sands oil down the line.

Given this reality, Obama has been telling the Energy Minister and PM of Canada that they shouldn't worry, by his test there will be an equal amount of greenhouse gasses emitted. What is left out of this equation is alternative energy sources to heavy crude. American corporate oil dinosaur corporations continue to roam the great plains screeching massive decibels of propaganda.

It's coming to a head again next weekend with demonstrations against in 45 US cities and an opening tirade for the pipeline by the Senator from big oil in Alaska. I used to be upbeat that Obama would do the right thing, but by his own logic and test I think he'll end up supporting it and using it as a bargaining chip.

Anybody want to bet which side Obama comes down on?

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War

I have long said that since WW II our economy has depended on preparing for or fighting a war. There is a big arsenal in a town near here. The economy of that town and other towns in that county would collapse if that arsenal shut down.

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Interesting obeservation, TJ

You don't know how close you are as to why we have social welfare programs. It was either that or have a bunch of people come for what they need. To be fair, the poor, hungry mobs usually went into the cities and took from the rich to feed their children. They were called reds and commies and socialists for the failures of the rich to share even a penny.

The boom and bust cycle of capitalism created crises every few years til in 1934, when we went on a permanent war economy. Social welfare programs like social security and unemployment were put in place in the New Deal of 1934 and we were geared up with armament work to supply the allies. Since then we have been fighting or preparing for this or that war, somewhat stabilizing the boom-or-bust cycle.

Even with a social safety net the greed and avarice of the rich knows no bounds as seen by the shameful big-bank mortgage derivative crisis of 2008 in which so many innocent people lost their homes.

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I Concur

Agreed. Same reason you can't dismantle the welfare and food stamp programs in our society. We have a responsibility to take care of a certain amount of our population. If we don't, desperate people will come after everything you have worked for. And to be clear, I don't have a lot of possessions. I drive a 20 year old car. But, I would like to keep what I worked for.

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The War On Drugs

Has been lost and we continue to pay a ridiculous price every day, whether it be the innocents we put at risk or the tax dollars we vacuum up or the corruption that seeps it's way into every corner of every city.

I'd rather just give a needle and junk to a junkie who refuses every form of help then allow the current status quo to keep blowing through our land.

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Not Cool

My views on drugs are very liberal. What one does to their self is their own business. But, this day care center in The Bronx that was a front for a major narcotics operation is just wrong. 1 kilo of powdered cocaine. 180 grams of crack cocaine. 1,000 oxycodone tablets. 1 loaded handgun. $180,000 cash. In a facility that serviced 15 children everyday. Definitely a moral interlude with those people.

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Syrians sgree to iventory, turn over chemical stockpiles

In a surprise move, the The US & Russia have announced from Geneva that Syria will inventory it's chemical stockpile within one week and destroy them within the rough timeline of mid-2014. While the US has stopped posturing militarily, Obama has clearly stated that he reserves the right to unilaterally strike militarily if the Syrians deviate significantly or the Russians fail to live up to their commitments in pushing the Syrians.

If it works it is a significant diplomatic coup for the Obama team. If it turns into months of foot-dragging without a clear ending then nothing will have been accomplished and Putin gets to have a distribution center to sell conventional weapons all over the Middle East.

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Heaven help those along the front range of Colorado

Last year and again this spring, it was ravaging forest fires consuming beetle-kill evergreens. Now it's raging floodwaters washing out the mountain canyons and inundating cities and towns from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. Let's hope the rains let up and people get a chance to clean up.
Furthur arrives at Red Rocks next Thursday....

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They're allowed

Because the Constitution protects property and contracts rather than people.

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A Hellish Doom

Most of us contribute to polluting the environment in some way and I won"t state the obvious. But what sickens me is the poor families living anywhere near a well that have to pick up and leave (if they can afford it) without any compensation for having too. It's just sort of a "tough luck, kiss my ass" approach that these companies are using simply because they know these people can't fight back. Not right Who has hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight for whats theirs? These companies aren't only destroying the land, they're also getting away with murder. Many people are dreadfully sick because of these bastards. I just don't get how they're allowed to destroy peoples lives. I guess there aren't enough Erin Brockovich's on the planet. Anyways...it's hard not to think that we are most definitely, doomed. Sooner rather than later.

I'm really not a pessimist, by nature. It's just hard to see a any of this changing.

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