Life can be difficult without a vision…

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone, but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me.

Always, no, sometimes think it’s me
But you know I know when it’s a dream
I think I know I mean — er — yes, but it’s all wrong
That is, I think I disagree.

—-John Lennon


Are we going to build Keystone or not?

The State Department can’t really find any objections on an environmental basis. The greenies are focusing on the parts of the report saying how nasty tar sands oil is; that part really doesn’t matter, because Canada is going to dig it up anyway, and somebody is going to refine it and use it even if we don’t. This heavy crude is currently being shipped by rail to refineries on the Gulf coast; TransCanada could also build a pipeline to their Pacific coast and sell it to the Chinese. (Besides, if you object to tar sands crude, why are you making such a big deal about shale, horizontal drilling and fracking?)

This has gone on long enough. Environmentalists have latched on to the Keystone XL pipeline as the current eco-monster out there, and President Obama has been afraid to cross them. He is running out of excuses for blocking this economic boon to the middle of the country,though, and the time has come.

Just build the darn thing.


Second Amendment news

HARTFORD, CT – In a blow to Connecticut citizens’ Second Amendment protections, U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello ruled that the state’s assault weapons ban is constitutional.

According to the judge, “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”

“Obviously, the court cannot foretell how successful the legislation will be in preventing crime. Nevertheless, for the purposes of the court’s inquiry here, Connecticut, in passing the legislation, has drawn reasonable inferences from substantial evidence.”

The judge ruled without hearing oral arguments.


Will we be mainstreaming psychedelics next?

This study (actually a meta-analysis) reports that there is no association between psychedelic use (LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, peyote) and mental health disorders. They say there may even be a benefit for mental health.

I won’t be advising my patients to take psychedelics for their mental health any time soon; we may be seeing an effort to de-criminalize these drugs in the future, though.


Finding Atlantis

Portuguese news reported the discovery of a very large under water pyramid first discovered by Diocleciano Silva between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores of Portugal.

According to claims, the structure is said to be perfectly squared and oriented by the cardinalpoints. Current estimates obtained using GPS digital technology put the height at 60 meters with a base of 8000 square meters. The Portuguese Hydrographic Institute of the Navy currently has the job of analyzing the data to determine whether or not the structure is man-made.

Whether or not it is man made? Some of the Atlantis/non-human civilization stuff is a little outlandish, but the discovery, if legitimate, is interesting.


UPDATE: There are several articles on this site seem speculative or strain credulity, so take this with a grain of salt.

Another Immigration proposal that makes sense

From Roger L. Simon:

So here’s my simple — call it simple-minded, if you want — solution, my modest proposal. Illegal immigrants, assuming they have lived here for a decent period of time and have not committed a felony, can have amnesty, but they can NEVER be allowed to vote. They can do anything else that is legal, but if they want to vote — or run for office or practice law in our country, as just happened in California — they must return home and go through the normal immigrant application process, however long that may take until they have citizenship.

Addendum: They should never be eligible for entitlements, either. Immigrants should be adding to our economy, not using resources.