Taxation Without Representation or the Tea Party Reborn

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The Sons of Liberty dressed as Native Americans dump tea into Boston Harbor
The Sons of Liberty dressed as Native Americans dump tea into Boston Harbor.

It was not a mob that destroyed the tea, but sober citizens. It was not a mob that were spectators of the scene, but a well-behaved audience looking upon a serious and most significant pantomime. It was the work of patriotic men, encouraged by patriotic citizens, who were determined not to be trifled with any longer……………
- From the Boston Historical Society

Whoever Commands the Sea, Commands the Trade...

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Competing claims in the South China Sea China is now actively drilling in waters claimed by Vietman and has positioned a giant oil rig that is approximately 150 miles from Vietnam's coast. International maritime law considers waters within 200 miles of a country’s borders to be within its exclusive economic zone. From China’s perspective the drilling site is 225 miles from its Hainan Island, which is connected by bridge to the Chinese mainland, but only 30 miles from the disputed Paracel Islands, which is claimed by both Vietnam and China. The stakes are high for both countries as oil and natural gas reserves in the South China Sea are thought to be abundant. China now claims roughly 90% of the South China Sea and has maritime disputes in the region with Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan. China also has territorial disputes in the East China Sea (not shown on the map) with South Korea and Japan.

Cow Farts - A Cause for Global Concern

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Don’t let their gentle exteriors fool you. These are scary methane-producing and climate-changing machines.
Don’t let their gentle exteriors fool you. These are scary methane-producing and climate-changing machines.

Cows may appear innocent but they are not. Behind the gentle, insipid bovine exterior lurks a greenhouse gas pumping monster. That swishing tail is not really for dispersing flies, but for efficiently seeding the atmosphere with copious amounts of methane, a most damaging greenhouse gas. Oil and gas drilling and refining operations pale in comparison to this cow-tastrophe.

Shilly-Shallying Through History - Or Presidential Decision Making and the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Engines from the Union Pacific and Central Pacific meet at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869. Great nations, great peoples, and great presidents can accomplish great things once the decision to do so is made. The building of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed on May 10, 1869, and the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon on July 20, 1969, are just two examples of such great accomplishments from American history. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act on July 1, 1862, authorizing land grants and government bonds, which amounted to $32,000 (in 1860s terms) per mile of track laid. The rail lines built by the Central Pacific and Union Pacific began a race from Sacramento, California, and Omaha, Nebraska, and linked up at Promontory Summit, Utah, in an image immortalized in the following photograph. Keep in mind that Lincoln planned for his nation’s future even while in the midst of the bloody American Civil War. Prior to the transcontinental railroad a trip across the continent to the western states took six months, an arduous journey across rivers, deserts, and mountains.

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