"You'll never get near my aquifer!"

Many have outlined reasons why Keystone XL pipeline is not a smart project for the United States. Opening the pipeline likely will lead to increased gasoline prices for many Americans. The pipeline, carrying the rather dangerous and difficult to clean up "Dilbit" oil, risks having leaks (despite industry promises that, well, such leaks would never, never, never happen ... cross their fingers and laugh their way to the bank).

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Favorite Songs: Free For All Edition

Also available in Orange...

Hey there everybody! It's Tuesday night so it's that time again - time to leave all the bad news and politics behind us and instead focus on escaping into our favorite songs.

Well, I've had a crappy busy couple of days at work, so I've had not much time for prep, hence this open theme.

Tonight's theme is whatever you feel like posting music-wise! It's a Free for All! Have at it!

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Questionable?/Monday Night Open Thread

BP Oil Spill May Have Contributed to Dolphin Deaths, Study Finds

Granted that there are differing opinions but I live here and know people that are fishing for a living, the spill has had a direct effect on the fisheries.

The 2010 BP oil spill contributed to an unusually high death rate for dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, a new study suggests.

Between January and April 2011, 186 dead bottlenose dolphins washed ashore between Louisiana and western Florida. Most alarmingly, nearly half of these casualties were calves, which is more than double the usual proportion of young to old dolphins found dead. Scientists now blame both natural factors and human catastrophe for the unusual die-off.

Second opinion?

An unusual number of near term and neonatal bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) mortalities occurred in the northern Gulf of Mexico (nGOM) in 2011, during the first calving season after two well documented environmental perturbations; sustained cold weather in 2010 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DWHOS).

Yeah, musics down there

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“Colorado Shooting Is About More Than Gun Culture,” by Dr. Henry A. Giroux

(NOTE: Dr. Giroux has provided written authorization to the diarist to reproduce his work in its entirety for the benefit of the Voices On the Square community. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors. Here's the LINK to his website.)

Colorado Shooting Is About More Than Gun Culture
By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | News Analysis
Monday, 23 July 2012 09:51


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Surprise?!!/Monday Morning Open Thread

Obama Administration Wants Review of Prisoner’s Commutation Request

Clarence Aaron is a first time offender sentenced to "three life terms for his role in a drug conspiracy." that was denied a pardon on the advice of GWB's "pardon attorney" even though he had the support of the prosecuting attorney and the judge that oversaw his trial, both of which points were never revealed by the "pardon attorney".

The Obama administration has asked for a fresh review of an Alabama federal inmate's commutation request and directed the Justice Department to conduct its first ever in-depth analysis of recommendations for presidential pardons, according to several officials and individuals involved.
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Since 2008, more than 7,000 applications for commutations have been denied, more than 22 times the total rejected in President Ronald Reagan's two terms. Obama has commuted the sentence of just one person.

Until now it was off the radar?

Recent presidents also have granted fewer pardons than their predecessors. Bush granted 189 during his two-term presidency, less than half the number pardoned by President Bill Clinton. So far, Obama has pardoned 22 individuals.

Advisers to the president said they expect that number to rise significantly whether or not he is elected to a second term.

One would hope wouldn't they?

Musics down there.

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