Wind Farms and Broken Promises: Donald Trump’s Tortured History With Scotland – The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/donald-trump-scotland-golf/421065/
Doing a bit of research on the Trumpster after watching “trumped”, a documentary about his wanting to build a golf course in Scotland. You could have used his presidential campaign to replace how he acted in the documentary without skipping a beat. Same words. Same comments. Same whining temperament. Quite frightening

4 Pro-Gun Arguments We’re Sick of Hearing | Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/4-pro-gun-arguments-were-sick-of-hearing-20151001

This may be overdone. Not sure. But these get most of y the pub it seems.
I would like to point out, sure it’s nit picky, but words matter. 2nd amendment says, …a well regulated militia. Somehow, regulated, seems to be forgotten. Though to their creative credit, NRA would probably define, …well regulated… as having a militia that follows orders. Words matter.

If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard | WIRED

http://www.wired.com/2016/01/govs-plan-keep-super-bowl-safe-massive-surveillance/
The idea is not surprising. The scope of it had become truly scary. The collection of data in order to ferret out criminals is heinous. I can only think that at some point they’ll want to use it in a way that involves the weak and innocent.

Planned Parenthood decision

Texas has thrown out the suit against Planned Parenthood for what had appeared as “truth” in a heavily, and miseading video put out by an anti-abortion group. In add ition, 2 anti-abortion activists have been indicted.

Leaving aside personal beliefs about abortion, should we not at least be abe to trust the information we are using to make an informed decision is accurate and truthful, unencumbered by activist groups lies and BS.

If you have to lie, cheat, steal to try and make your point, perhaps it’s time to take a look at your point(s). Maybe it has no backbone?!

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Sebring: Schools closed as EPA demands more water tests – CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/25/us/sebring-lead-water-investigation/index.html

This is amazing! I’ll bet Home Depot is having a rush on lead kits! Seriously. Is this really happening?
We live in a scientific world. This means we utilize any chemical we can to “make our world possible”. However this also means we live in a chemical soup, and believe, as we have been reassured time and again, the levels monitored are ALL at safe levels. I believe the EPAs primary job is this.
Given the thousands of chemicals I use and the severe lack of funding for proper oversight, there is not a way to test, much less keep track of chemicals in use. And even when we have mounds of days we are so beholden to companies and cool cash we don’t even bother to take prompt and useful action. We need only look at the horrible air pollution in our cities. We breathe, day in and day out, polluted air. So we now have TWO of the fundamental elements of life, water and air, unfit for living.
My own pet theory, currently unproven is this. We freak out when we hear of major events like Flint water, Salt Lake City inversions. These are troubling events. What is more troubling however is the daily ingestion of low level s amounts of  this heinous soup of chemicals we are swimming in. Think of the little 6 month old with NO immune system. The parents we care for when they can no longer manI’mage themselves. The deep breaths we take when we exercise, to, ironically, stay healthy. Nowhere to run to. Nowhere to hide.
Many chemicals damage our bodies. The heavy metals, merury, cadmium, lithium, etc. are specifically dangerous. The reason is these types of compounds take a long time to break down. Hence they tend to become more concentrated as one moves higher up the food chain.

Mississippi Gun-Store Owner and Son Die in Shootout with Customers – NBC News

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mississippi-gun-store-owner-son-die-shootout-customers-n503601

Besides the thought that dead and wounded people are a fair price for a 25$ dispute, (really) unfortunately we may now have the opportunity to see more folks shot as the country is brainwashed into thinking more guns equals more safety and so moves towards greater gun ownership along with concealed carry. And we still require NO PROOF a gun owner has the slightest idea how to shoot a bullseye much less a human.

Stupid is as Stupid does.
Forrest Gump

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Doctor Who gets lengthy sabbatical as showrunner Steven Moffat quits | Ars Technica

http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/01/doctor-who-gets-lengthy-sabbatical-as-showrunner-steven-moffat-quits/
Oh NO!!! The best, most fun, and silly and sexy show on TV is taking a break. I am not a TV junkie, FAN, by any stretch. But Dr Who saved me while I was recovering from my bone marrow transplant due to cancer. Besides the folks who have been doctors and their ability to keep me laughing as well as providing a modicum of challenge to my drug addled brain, it provided structure at a time I could not buy a schedule.
Quick note: not a fan of Capaldi yet. It always takes time to adjust to a new Dr. So far, Matt Smith is BEST. Of course when you have Amelia Pond to always save your ass, how can you go wrong?

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Have a great day. And if your on the east coast, love the snow!!!
Sam

Those Bundy Ranchers Are Big Time Government Moochers – POLITICO Magazine

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/bundhy-protest-ranchers-actually-government-moochers-213510?o=1
Here’s a pretty succinct summation of property rights and public lands.
Fundamental to understanding these “independent ranchers” is the long term and hugely generous grazing and water rights and subsidies which make it possible for them to scratch a living on land that is marginal for grazing.

An excerpt from the article:

“Then as now, Western states continue to benefit from Washington’s ownership and management of federal lands. Without incurring the costs of conservation, reclamation and upkeep or the financial and legal liabilities associated with ownership, the states keep about 50 percent of revenue from mineral and timber extraction on federal acreage. The federal government also awards local governments grants to offset lost opportunities to levy property taxes on public land. Those are generous terms”.