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TGIF – June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

The news you may have missed this week.

Pipeline under siege again.

A judge just ordered more environmental impact studies  for DAP, and is considering shutting off the flow of oil completely.

That’s the Dakota Access Pipeline, which must surely be one of the most studied construction projects in the United States.

The justification is that the pipeline could hypothetically spring a leak and foul the waters of a lake.

This December 9, 2015 animated map from the Business Insider shows both existing and (at that time) proposed crude oil and natural gas pipelines within the contiguous U.S., as well as the Trans Alaska pipeline in Alaska.

There is hardly a state that doesn’t have one or more pipelines within its borders, and many of them cross or border rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

The graphics in the animation also points out that as of 2013, 99.99 percent of the product reaches its destination without incident.

Is there a chance that any pipeline could develop a leak, from simple wear and tear?  Sure.

There’s also actual evidence that wind farms kill a lot of birds. They are also unsightly and noisy, and research indicates they alter the micro climates in their immediate vicinity.

That’s not a hypothetical assumption. The data, in the form of dead birds, exists.

Does that mean we should shut them down too? Might as well…fair is fair, after all.

Nothing in life is foolproof. This is not, and never was about the environmental safety of pipelines.

National anthem now a political statement.

According to an ESPN show host, the NFL created the Colin Kaepernick controversy by requiring players to stand for the national anthem.

Respectfully, it wasn’t Kaepernick’s refusal to stand that is the problem.  It’s his contention that the government  and nation of the United States is racist that earned him a chance to enjoy early retirement.

ETSY sales of provocative Trump image ended?

Replicas of the “severed head” prop image used by Kathy Griffin in her tasteless photo shoot could be found on the ETSY website at least through yesterday, according to the Daily Caller.

However, a quick check before publishing this piece shows the item listed as “no longer available.”

It’s mind blowing that any site would have pushed that image for personal gain, particularly by hawking it for kid’s parties. If the item is truly no longer available, and not just hidden, then kudos to ETSY for finally doing the right thing. Better late than never.

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