Dakota Access Pipeline: The Rest of the Story

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:59:50 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Shawn McCoy at the Orlando Sentinel - What those Dakota Access Pipeline protesters dont tell you - Apparently, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, spent lots of time and attempted to have lots of meetings with native American tribes concerning the pipeline. The tribes mostly refused comment and didn't show up at the meetings.

But that Orlando Sentinel op-ed has no background information. I noticed that underneath Shawn McCoy's byline it said InsideSources.com. So I went there, and found his original article.

The Orlando Sentinel article is a copy of this one but with the two outgoing links removed. He links "record shows" in the third paragraph to another InsideSources article, which has no outgoing links. In other words, no record at all.

But he also links from "the federal court system" in the second to last paragraph, to a PDF of a court document providing a 58-page denial, by United States District Judge James E. Boasberg, dated September 9, 2016, of a preliminary injunction request by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. It contains a huge amount of background material, and is likely the source of most of Mr. McCoy's article. That background material's references are in a form that would require a lot of work, and likely access to a legal library, to find (no web links).

The PDF is on the web site of the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now, a pro-pipeline organization, so I suppose it could be fake, but Google finds a lot of other copies, including this one at Earth Justice. I saved my own copy here.

I skimmed it, enough to see that it likely supports Mr. McCoy's claims, but not enough to convince all the skeptics in the audience. If you're still skeptical, I urge you to chase the references from Judge Boasberg's ruling.

I don't really care about Standing Rock. It's a protest by a small group in the middle of nowhere concerning a pipeline that crosses rivers a half a mile from their land. Yes, those pipes may break, and polute the waters. More likely, though, they'll just provide lots of oil to fuel the cars of millions of Americans, including the protesters, for many years to come.

I also noticed that the project is already 3/4 done with $3 billion spent. It's no wonder that ETP wants to get on with it. They have thousands of highly-paid workers standing idle, waiting to resume work on a project for which ETP spent years getting all the necessary approvals.

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Alt Right for Dummies

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:26:00 GMT  <== Humor ==>   <== Politics ==> 

Somebody posted an "Alt Right for Dummies" image, containing IQ 90 translations of Vox Day's 16-point description of the Alt Right. I put the two side-by-side in a handy-dandy table: at billstclair.com/alt-right-simplified.html

Alt Right Simplified

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:16:47 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lessen it." -- Baruch Spinoza

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:29:54 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Racist -Sexist -Misogynist You burned those words. They carried weight, until you used them on everybody. Important words, meaningless now." -- Alejandro Argandona

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Racism Is A Right

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:38:43 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

I consider racism to be a right denied. I want two changes to restore it to its proper place:

  1. Recognition that entitlements are not rights.

  2. Repeal of Title II of The Civil Rights Act of 1964


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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:16:34 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Just a thought, but, if you keep insisting that half your fellow citizens are haters, maybe you're the hater." -- Mark Steyn

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:55:47 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

I couldn't find the actual source of this on Facebook, but some people posted an image including it as comments to Mr. Imsirovic.

Yves Jean-Pierre (https://www.facebook.com/yves.jeanpierre.18):

"Your face telling every thing about you. You vote for him for one reason only. You both are racist and bigotry you and him are white supremacist who love America and want America to be great again"

Muamer Imsirovic (https://www.facebook.com/muamer.imsirovic.56):

"I'm a muslim-born, Bosnian refugee immigrant. I came to the U.S. in 2001."

"But why did I vote Donald Trump? Because 'Murica. Because I piss Red, White, and Blue. Bald eagles nest in my ears. Because when someone sings, O say can you see...", my dick gets so hard I could use it to put another crack in the Liberty Bell, and everytime I pass gas, a mortar falls on a little jihadi fuck wearing a black outfit and waving the ISIS flag. I may have been born into an Islamic Refugee family, but this Turban don't cover up this Red Neck, Boy."

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:41:19 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"When I look out, I don't see races, or nations, or worlds, or universes. I see individual souls trying decipher an absurd reality." -- Bill St. Clair

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"Nobody" Won in 2016

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:18:04 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

I've seen a bunch of complaints about Hillary winning the popular vote. This is my take on that.

Votes for Hillary and Donald from: http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president

Eligible voters and number who voted from the top line of the table at: http://www.electproject.org/2016g

Total eligible voters: 231,556,622
Number who voted: 134,760,705
Didn't vote: 96,795,917 (41.8%)
Hillary: 61,324,576 (26.4%)
Donald: 60,526,852 (26.1%)

So if it's the popular vote that you're focused on, "nobody" won, by a large margin.

If I were to add in all the people who were too young or otherwise ineligible to vote, 330 million minus 134.8 million, "nobody" got 59.1% of the vote, and Hillary and Donald 18.6% and 18.3%, respectively.

Hillary won by a small margin of the popular votes counted, but we'll never know the numbers for the absentee ballots. They don't bother to count them unless there are enough to change the outcome.

But popular vote is not the rules of the game. The Electoral College chooses the US president. I consider this a good thing, since it prevents a handful of large liberal cities from governing the entire country.

If popular vote were the name of the game, the candidates would have focused on the big cities, and the results would have been different. Different how? I don't know. Neither do you.

If you don't like this, you can try to get a Constitutional Amendment passed to change it, but you'll have to convince a large majority of states to go along. Good luck with that.

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My Response to a Liberal

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:11:55 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

A friend of mine sent out an essay to her email list, bemoaning Donald Trump's Electoral College win. Here is my late-night reply to her. Pretty much an unfiltered dump of my subconscious.

I've been amazed at the wailing over yet another banker's puppet in the White House. Trump is crude, but Hillary is evil, a killer, and an equal liar. At least her husband's lies were fun to listen to.

Bernie is a commie, but he would have beaten Mr. Trump. And would have been mostly harmless in the White House.

My fear is that the bankers will use Trump as the fall guy for the collapse of the US economy.

Alternative energy is not yet economically viable. I don't know if it ever will be. Global warming is a criminal hoax to establish a global tax.

Dance and sing and love your family. That's all I know to do about any of it.

A slightly different perspective for your morning.



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