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elected to five terms (served 20 years) as side judge (sitting in Superior, Family, and Small Claims Courts);
public radio producer, "The Panther Program" -- nationally distributed, three albums (at CD Baby), some runner-up awards;
reporter and columnist (Rutland Herald, Valley News, Vermont Standard, others);
teacher at Woodstock Country School, for which I was commissioned to write the history, "Institutional Denial";
TV writer ("That Was The Week That Was," "Captain Kangaroo," others).
Guiding principle: "nobody really knows anything."

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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 22, 2012
Nuclear Perceptions Fight Reality Internet scare stories about Fukushima distract from serious continuing nuclear accident.
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 11, 2013
Fukushima Spiking All of a Sudden By official measurement, the water coming out of Fukushima is currently 90,000 times more radioactive than officially "safe" drinking water.
Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views)
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2014
Fukushima Meltdowns: Global Denial At Work If there is any government or non-government authority in the world that is addressing the disaster at Fukushima openly, directly, honestly, and effectively, it’s not apparent to the outside observer what entity that might be.
Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 11, 2012
Vermont Asks: "What the Fukushima"? Resistance to Vermont Yankee nuclear power continues as Yankee starts trucking rad-waste to Texas.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 11, 2013
Military-Industrial Complex Owns Vermont Vermont officials stonewall Vermonters challenging F-35 boondoggle, health threat.
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 25, 2013
Accountability in Vermont? F-35 advocates say F-35 is harmless. So opponents say: then you won't mind promising to compenste anyone hurt, just in case?
Rhe North Koreans Are Coming!  The North Koreans Are Coming!, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 10, 2013
U.S. to America: Be Afraid! The North Koreans Are Coming! The North Koreans Are Coming!
Take Your Government Hands Off My Tax Exemption!, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tea Party Welfare Queens Cry IRS Foul IRS "scandal" derives from two Supreme Court decisions that gave money more constitutional importance than individual speech.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Character and Rape in Ohio The case of the widely-reported football-player gang rape in Steubenville, Ohio, reaches into many parts of a troubled community.
American Kristallnacht-twins, From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 2, 2014
Progressive Kristallnacht Coming? Wall Street Journal says be afraid When the rich see their enemies everywhere, when the rich see their enemies as lethal, when the rich see the underclasses as Nazis, are they imagining a Poormacht?
Ukraine in play, From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ukraine Folly If too many people get sucked in by the current, distorted media coverage of events unfolding now in Ukraine, then there’s a good chance life will get very ugly for a lot of innocent people, since one of the logical end points is the use of nuclear weapons. Everyone in power knows that’s a potential reality, but the urge to demagogue the Russians is presently overwhelming honesty and caution.
It's that deep, but only this far, honest...., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 14, 2013
Foggy Bottom Shuck and Jive Climate Change won't hurt pipeline, State Dept says, bringing great relief to oil industry....
Angela Merkel:
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 10, 2014
Obama Praises Iraq War Barack Obama at an anti-war rally in Chicago on October 2, 2002, when he was still an Illinois state senator – told the gathering that he favored going after al Qaeda in Afghanistan, but opposed going to war to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Reading that 2002 speech more than eleven years later creates some dissonance: what happened to that guy who was challenging President Bush to finish the fight with bin Laden...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 12, 2012
What Do Americans Care About Most? White House petition site provides unscientific measure of what Americans care about, and it's not war or peace.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Fact-Averse News Media in Vermont When it comes to straight reporting on a military weapons system or the chamber of commerce, Vermont media pretty much avoid distracting or uncomfortable facts.
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 1, 2012
Air Force Stonewalls F-35 Defects Air Force, Pentagon, Vermont "leaders -- lacking honest or credible answers -- continue to push F-35 stealth bomber through stealth campaign that casts Vermonters as the enemy.
Paul Krugman, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 24, 2018
Trump Isn't The Problem, He's the Manifestation of America's Id We are now officially "a nation that tears children from their parents and puts them in cages." We are also a nation that took years to notice our official brutality to immigrants, especially asylum seekers, and most especially those seeking asylum from brutal dictatorships we nurture and support.
From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 3, 2013
Clothes with Radioactive Zippers? US Department of Energy initiates plan to increase radiation exposure for all Americans.
US Surrounds Iran Surrounds US?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 4, 2013
Who Wants War on Iran? Calls for an attack on Iran seem to be increasing -- yet again -- but the path to war does not eem to beckon -- yet?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 17, 2012
Pentagon Pushes F-35 on Vermonters Vermonters are divided about the value of having their own nuclear-capable bomber base, while Vermont's elected leadership mostly shrugs off facts and consequences.
Congressional Assault, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 3, 2013
Court: Evidence Doesn't Matter Ignoring the factual evidence and inventing its own reality, U.S. Appeals Court rules that First Amendment allows publisher to violate labor law.
Maidan East, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ukraine Smoke and Mirrors Just when the U.S. Defense Secretary was in Japan giving indications that the Ukraine “crisis” was over as far as the U.S. was concerned, Ukrainians of all sorts, other Washington officials, and even the Japanese government all pitch in to keep the “crisis” alive, at least as a threat meme.
Judge Derek Guy Johnson (undated), From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 6, 2013
How to Get a Judicial Reprimand California judge reprimanded for offensive remarks about a rape victim.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Keeping Obama Off Vermont Ballot? Former Republican Senate candidate sues State of Vermont to keep President Obama off November ballot. Time running out.
Burning Drone in Effigy, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 27, 2013
Terror in the Mirror American terrorism -- how's that working out for us?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 5, 2012
Race Baiting and Other Scams in Texas When the right wing echo chamber starts resonating a lie, it takes a long time for the truth to catch up.
HISTORY RHYMES, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 30, 2014
Jingo Journalism: Remember the Maine!!! If American media seem filled these days with bellicose, jingoistic, uniform perspectives on a new Cold War, that’s probably because so many news outlets can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to framing new events in the tired terms of the last generation’s ingrained propaganda. At a time that needs fresh contemplation, even people like Amy Goodman on Democracy NOW are talking about....
UNIVERSAL WARNING SIGN, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 6, 2014
WIPP Still Leaks Environmental radiation releases spiked again in mid-June around the surface site of the only U.S. underground, nuclear weapons waste storage facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), has been shut down since February 14, when its isolation technology failed, releasing unsafe levels of Plutonium, Americium, and other radio-nuclides into the environment around the site.
From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Petraeus Sideshow Questions of FBI surveillance or resignation with honor really seem beside the point when David Petraeus' worst behavior amounts to war crimes.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 13, 2012
What War Does to People Month-long occupation in front of Dept of Veterans Affaira in Washington goes unnoticed, and government won't talk to vets about their joblessness, homelessness, suicides, or anything else.
Non-Justice Gypsy Rose Lee, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 6, 2013
Sandra Day O'Connor's Endless Strip Tease Like the Gypsy Rose Lee of Justices, O'Connor performs her version of "Let Me Entertain You" not in minutes, but years, dropping a veiled hint here, trailing an innuendo there, encouraging her audience to think she'll take it off, take it all off, without ever revealing much of anything.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Romney Lies About Chrysler, GM When Mit Romney said Jeep was moving to China, Chrysler called it extravagant fantasy, so Romney said GM was moving jobs to China, too, and GM said Romney was practicing cynical politics in a parallel universe.
PSYCHIATRISTS CALL THIS PROJECTION., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 19, 2014
Benghazi Mystery Explained!?!  The latest explanation of “Benghazi” comes from a non-partisan reporter, so that’s a start, and it provides a credible framework for most of the anomalies associated with Benghazi. Even better, official spokes-people universally either refused to comment on the story, or denied it flatly. So there’s hope.
Warning Sign, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2014
"Nuclear Savage" “Nuclear Savage” is a recent documentary that explores American nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, 1946-1958, and particularly the secret Project 4.1: an American experiment in exposing Pacific Islanders to overdoses of radiation – deliberate human radiation poisoning – just to get better data on this method of maiming and killing people. Public broadcasting has kept this story off the air since 2011.
Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views), Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views)
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2012
The Real Media Benghazi Cover-up Inside the Republican Benghazi Bubble, the attack in Libya is somehow "worse than Watergate" even though reality suggests other dimensions.
Sen. Diane Feinstein, OK with NSA spying., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 5, 2013
Talking About Police States Why is the national conversation on the American police state so limited?
UNIVERSAL WARNING SIGN, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2014
Fukushima Update, Now in Year 4 Nobody in the world knows how dispose of radioactive waste safely and permanently. That's a given. The Japanese central government is presumably aware that anything it does with still the unmeasured, but vast amount of radioactive waste from Fukushima's six nuclear power generators will be temporary. Leaving it in place is not an option. So Tokyo announced August 29 that the Fukushima waste would be stored...
Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tortured Law in Texas Keystone XL pipeline marches through Texas, winning in court, not slowed by Blockade.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 25, 2012
Meet the Bi-Partisan Group of Senators Pressuring Obama to Speed Up Destruction of the Planet The White House is expected to decide whether Keystone XL can be built some time in the next month or so, and all it takes to proceed is a Presidential signature. For President Obama, this decision will be a clear signal defining his real priorities: stopping the rise of the oceans and healing the planet, as he campaigned, or settling for short term economic gains with unknown long term consequences.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2012
Republicans Try to Suppress Facts Faced with more evidence that their economic theories are false, Republicans respond with suppression.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 9, 2012
Nuclear Weapons: Who Cares Any More? U.S. reports secret nuclear weapons test, American media ignore the news, only Japanese survivors and Iranian government complain, without much coverage either
Qatari poet Mohammed ai-Ajami, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Free Speech in Qatar: "You Can't Talk Everythings" Poetry Can Be Dangerous: Qatari Poet Gets L:ife in Prison for a short poem the state security apparatus in Qatar didn't like
MH17 remains, July 17, 2014., From ImagesAttr
(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 26, 2014
Who Shot Down MH17 over Ukraine? The same day that Israeli tanks crossed into Gaza, to continue killing civilians and the occasional Hamas fighter, MSNBC decided to ignore the Israeli invasion in favor of wall-to-wall coverage of the presumed shoot-down of Malaysian Airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Why would MSNBC make a choice that looks so much like propaganda?
From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 21, 2014
Fuku-Crimea The real stakes here are tiny. Crimea is the size of Vermont taking a deep breath. Crimea is smaller than Haiti, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Albania, or the Solomon Islands, and commands about the same geopolitical attention in the real world. Crimea is larger than Rwanda, Macedonia, Belize, El Salvador, or Israel.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2012
TransCanada Pipeline Protest in Fifth Week The tree-sitter blockade of the Keystone pipeline in East Texas slowly gains support despite near media blackout and TransCanada's pressures in court and on the ground.
Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, June 2011, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 26, 2012
34 American Fukushimas Possible Whistleblower says Nuclear Regulatory Commission broke law by suppressing staff report that points to danger of as many as 34 "American Fukushimas"
TRADE UNIONS HOUSE, ODESSA, MAY 2, 2014, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 11, 2014
Ukraine Crime Against Humanity Gets Ignored "39 anti-government activists have died in a fire at Odessa's Trade Unions House. Some burned to death, while others suffocated or jumped out of windows, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. The building was set ablaze by pro-Kiev radicals."
American Credibility -- Make an Offer!, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A Day of U.S. "Credibility" At Work Lacking a comprehensive, coherent account of rational beings acting in rational ways to work towards peaceful and reliable solutions to difficult questions, we offer here a fragmentary highlight reel of one day in the life of an American government spinning in all directions toward no known goal in Syria.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 11, 2012
Will President Obama Get It Right? Pressure from environmentalists and oil companies increases on President Obama as decision of Keystone XL pipeline for tar sands oil approaches.
MH17 piece with apparent bullet holes., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 1, 2014
MH17 -What Really Happened? German media have reported variations of this story, focusing on the one or two Su-25s flying near MH17. The evidence for an Su-25 close to MH17 comes from a July 21 briefing by the Russian military that was widely reported at the time, from the Wall Street Journal to Veterans Today. A week later Time, like the Journal, makes no mention of any Su-25
Lynne Stewart (center) and Some Family., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 4, 2013
U.S. Has Murderous Bureaucrats In the American justice system, even when a prisoner is not sentenced to be executed, the bureaucrats of the U.S. Justice Department's Federal Bureau of Prisons still have extra-judicial ways of making sure a politically-targeted prisoner will die in jail.
You Tax DollarsAt Work On You., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 29, 2013
If It's All Kosher, Why Lie About Spying? If it doesn't matter to you (1) that your government can maintain a massive data bank on your life and the lives of everyone you know, and (2) that there is no effective control on how the government uses its data, and (3) that your government lies about its capabilities, then there's no point in reading further.
Fukushima radioactivity still spreading., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 17, 2014
Nuclear Japan? Official Japanese policy on nuclear power has swung full circle since the Fukushima disaster of 2011 – from avidly pro-nuclear power then, to rejecting nuclear power as too dangerous, and now back to avidly pushing on to re-start old reactors and build new ones.
UNIVERSAL WARNING SIGN, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 30, 2014
SNAFUkushima: Updating Meltdowns Whatever the full truth is about Fukushima, it's probably unknowable at present. And it might remain unknowable even if there was total transparency, even if there were no corporate, institutional, governmental, and other layers of secrecy protecting such enemies of the common good as profit, capital investment, and weapons development.
You don't have to be a failed state to resort to terrorism., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2013
America's Genocidal Logic At Work Again From Africa to Asia The meaninglessness of the terms "Global War on Terror" and "Long War" (both Bush era coinages without substantive definition) was made clear hilariously, if briefly, in March 2009 when the Obama administration dropped those terms in favor of "Overseas Contingency Operation" (a nicely sanitized coinage with Orwellian opacity, but still without any intellectual import). Regardless of the term describing it, American policy rema
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 27, 2012
US Air Force Wages Class Warfare Eager to share federal pork, Air Force and Vermont elite wage class warfare on communiites that will feel bombed out by F-35 base.
Nuclear Power at a Safe Distance, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 29, 2012
Vermont on Both Sides of Nuclear Power The State of Vermont wants to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant -- so when 6 grandmothers in the Shut It Down Affinity Group tries to shut down the plant, the state prosecutes them fir criminal trespass -- what? wtf?
Fukushima radioactivity still spreading., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 11, 2013
What the Fukushima 2013? The first thing to know about the danger from the radioactive mass remaining on site in the three reactors that melted down at Fukushima is that nobody knows how much radioactive material there is, nobody knows how much uranium and plutonium it contains, and nobody knows how to make it safe -- so no one knows how great the continuing danger is.
So said Jefferson, echoing Washington., From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 20, 2013
What Was The Hurry To Attack Syria? It should be immediately obvious that the United States, with 700 foreign military bases (compared to Russia's 11), is not exactly isolationist, and won't be any time soon. What follows is an attempt at a longer reassurance that no apocalypse is at hand just because we're not bombing Syria or otherwise being exceptionally American.
Penny Sue Pritzker Traubert, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Senators Swoon Over Billionaire Pritzker While the fawning millionaire courtiers who populate the United States Senate fall all over themselves to smooth the way for Chicago billionaire Penny Sue Pritzker Traubert to become the next Secretary of Commerce, one might wonder what the country is getting here. In terms of hope and change, for example, what might Pritzker (she goes by her maiden name) portend in light of her public record?
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 13, 2013
Detroit "Bankruptcy" Distracts from Attack on Constitution Detroit's recent bankruptcy eligibility was achieved in part by the Michigan governor defying a court order, the Detroit czar defying a court order, and a federal bankruptcy court telling other federal and state courts that their orders and the cases before them challenging the constitutionality of state law and state actions simply don't matter.
Series: Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views)
Warning Sign, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 3, 2014
Officially "Safe" Radiation The phrase "considered safe" is key to the issue, since there is no "actually safe" level of radiation exposure. The planet was once naturally radioactive and lifeless. Life emerged only after Earth's radiation levels decayed to the point where life became possible, in spite of a continuing level of natural "background radiation." The reality is that there is no "safe" level of radiation exposure.
Places for Americans tom be afraid., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 18, 2013
U.S. Shut Embassies Because? If the United States is in an actual war, as generally defined by history and our constitution, then we must have enemies who can be identified, or so one might think. So who are the enemies of the United States? Officially, in the President's words, "the United States is at war with al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces." But does that make this 'war' legal?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Keystone XL: Crime Against Humanity? When all the evidence shows global warming is a real threat, 18 U.S. Senators find that self-interest is enough.
USN Films at work, January 2013, From ImagesAttr
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 26, 2013
"Kids Shooting Kids" (Sort of) When evidence of kids shooting kids surfaced, grown-ups panicked, but the kids stayed calm -- guess who was shooting blanks?
Vermont Yankee on the Connecticut River, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Vermont Law vs Nuclear Power National precedent possible -- Vermont Supreme Court asked to sh*t down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, based on Public Service Board ruling
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Third Party Candidates Join Final Debate DemocracyNOW! adds third party candidates Jill Stein (Green Party) and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party) to the Romney-Obama final debate.
Anna is returning to Hobart for fall term., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 19, 2014
Rape at College, Then Rape by College In essence, Hobart has voiced a non-denial denial, a non-defense defense. Hobart says the reporter got the story wrong, but offers not one example of error. Hobart provides no corrections, no particulars, no explanation, no contrition, and no effort to atone for its personal and institutional failures.
Mother Agnes --North American Tour, 2013, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Does Syria Make Any Sense? "When Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, wanted to bolster his argument that rebels had carried out the poison gas attacks near Damascus on Aug. 21, he pointed to the work of a 61-year-old Lebanese-born nun who had concluded that the horrifying videos showing hundreds of dead and choking victims, including many children, had been fabricated ahead of time to provide a pretext for foreign intervention.
Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views)
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 21, 2013
Navy to Sailors: Drop Dead!! First the US Navy negligently placed thousands of sailors at risk from Fukushima radiation exposure. Then, when some of them showed symptoms of radiation poisoning, the Navy cut them loose and set them adrift.
Series: Fukushima & nuke world (6 Articles, 125297 views), Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views)
Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont National Air Guard Brigadier Gen. Steve Cray wait, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 15, 2012
F-35 Spooks Honest Discussion Vermont's elected official do dog and pony show to "listen" to the F-35 which is controversial because it will destroy homes in Vermont -- but these same officials won't talk to their affected constituents.
Nominee Adegbile on Sesame Street, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Lynching Adegbile After these seven Democratic quislings had collaborated in stopping Adegbile’s nomination in its tracks, another Democrat switched his vote to join them. The eighth Democratic vote to sustain the filibuster was majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada who changed his vote for tactical reasons. Under Senate rules, only a Senator who has voted against the nomination is entitled to bring it the floor again....
UNIVERSAL WARNING SIGN, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 22, 2013
Fukushima Funhouse News Fukushima is a continuing disaster, and the Japanese haven't done that great a job keeping it from getting worse, but that's not the bad news. The bad news is that nobody else in the world has a much better idea about what to do, and even less of an idea of how to do it, and that's why the stampede of global rescue workers rushing to Japan isn't happening now and isn't likely to happen soon.
[Add Caption Here], From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 25, 2013
Fraud at State? Why would the State Dept have the oil industry write the report on the Keystone Pipeline?
UNIVERSAL WARNING SIGN, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 4, 2014
Is "progressive corporate news" an oxymoron? The central argument of Michael's Arria's lively new book about America's so-called "progressive network" is not that MSNBC is bad at what it does, but that, all too often, even what MSNBC does well doesn't do much good for most Americans. As Arria puts it in the introduction of Medium Blue (a spring 2014 release by CounterPunch Books): "This book doesn't possess a hidden agenda. It's an attack on MSNBC from the left..."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Now the Real Work Can Begin Election 2012 was less a victory than an escape from defeat -- not the real work can begin.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 15, 2012
Libya Is In Play London paper says US was warned ahead of attack in Libya but did nothing -- and bases the claim on a single anonymous source.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 6, 2013
A Lifetime in War Crimes This is one of the great untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion, the United States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture centers to fight the [Sunni] insurgency.
Coalition on Political Assassinations, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 31, 2013
Kennedy Assassination is All Theory Whatever events are held, whether formal or impromptu, they will all have one thing in common: no one knows the full story of what happened. The official version put out by the Warren Commission, is long since discredited, but independent investigations have yet to present a coherent alternative narrative.
IRS LOGO, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 3, 2014
IRS "Scandal" Lives On, Still Bogus Whatever you hear about tax exempt, 501(c)(4) organizations these days, someone is probably playing politics, or simply lying (for the sake of playing politics). And even if you’re not hearing about it, they’re still lying about it. This is all about bi-partisan deceit designed to defend the flow of dark money from secret donors.
So said Jefferson, echoing Washington., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Boehner's Treason? Inviting a hostile head of state to challenge the U.S. President from the shelter of the U.S. Congress may not rise to the level of "levying war" in the literal sense. But it is surely an act of virtual war that recklessly raises the stakes of drawing the U.S. into more actual wars from Gaza to Iran.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 10, 2012
Taser Death Autopsy Overdue Last June a Vermont State trooper tasered a 39 year-old unarmed epileptic whompromptly died. The next day, Taser International was advising authorities in two states how to proceed with the case. They are proceeding slowly, if at all.
Vermont Yankee on the Connecticut River, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 13, 2013
Unlawful Nuclear Power in Vermont Kind of a truth or dare moment for Vermont Supreme Court handed hot potato of nuclear power plant operating unlawfully.
Bush, Cheney and Barney - we can dream, can't we?, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 13, 2014
Architects of Atrocity Remain at Large, and Unrepentant We know who the torturer-in-chief was, and we know his vice-torturer has said George Bush was as fully informed as he, Dick Cheney, was. Along with everything else we know about these men who still defend their criminality, why isn't that enough for probable cause and a criminal indictment? There's much more to be said about this defining moment in our history.
UNIDENTIFIED WAR CRIMES PROTEST, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 26, 2014
Condi Rice, Christine Lagarde: Cowardice at Commencement The American Condolleezza Rice, 60, Iraq War architect, and the French Christine Lagarde, 58, International Monetary Fund managing director, have little in common beyond being women of power who have contributed to the misery of millions of people they never cared to meet. And now they have another quality in common, cowardice under fire, albeit only verbal fire after they were invited to speak at college commencements.
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 3, 2013
F-35 Failures Pile Up Even as some national media like Time bring more attention to the failures of the F-35 program to live up to its promise in performance, cost, or delivery, a group of dedicated Vermonters are fighting their state and federal leadership to prevent hundred of Vermont homes from being destroyed as surely as if the F-35 had bombed them into oblivion.
U.S. enforces free speech., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 19, 2013
US vs. Lavabit What follows in an effort to reconstruct at least the outline of a personal nightmare inflicted by our government on a small business owner who had done no wrong, even in the government's eyes -- at least until he started taking his constitutional rights seriously.]
Justin Carter, facebook .terrorist. says Texas!, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Criminalizing Free Speech In Texas last winter, a working 18-year-old was jailed, and is still being held on $500,000 bail, because a Canadian woman reported a single, frivolous Facebook post that he had marked "LOL" (laughing out loud) and "jk" (just kidding). Ignoring those cues, local police went ahead and charged him with "terroristic threatening" -- really? That is darkly humorous even in post-terrified America.
Rocket...., From ImagesAttr
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Ukraine Tipping? Pretty much everything about Ukraine is murky and unreliable these days, and that's before you take into consideration any of the meddling by outside powers playing carelessly with their Slavic pawns. Viewed in their darkest light, the events of the past 20 months (and the past 20 years) reflect an East-West death spiral that is now accelerating, and from which none of the engaged parties show any desire to disengage.
We're here to protect you., From ImagesAttr
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Mitch McConnell's New 9/11 It took less than a day for the Republican Senate minority leader to start leveraging the Boston bombing against the rest of us
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 8, 2012
Taser Death in Vermont: Trooper Zaps Unarmed Epileptic Artist It takes three hours for Vermont troopers to decide to taser an unarmed epileptic artist who had used a suicide hotline that ended up getting him killed.
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
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Early Fireworks from US Air Force -- OOOps! Troubles never seem to end for the F-35 Strike Fighter. Not yet fully operational, the nuclear-capable fighter-bomber recently had different test versions either leak oil in flight or burst into flames on takeoff.
Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Indicting Hillary It's not yet clear whether Hillary Clinton will be indicted. It's not even clear in the broader sense whether Hillary Clinton should be indicted. But it's crystal clear that, even on the limited amount of credible evidence now available, Hillary Clinton could be indicted. She could be indicted for what might be characterized as privatizing her government office. That, in effect, is what the Secretary of State did when --
Whoever thought the Air Force was controversial?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Air Force Hits Flak Over Vermont The latest high-ranking Vermont Democrat to push for prime military pork in her state is Burlington city attorney Eileen Blackwood, who released a slippery legal memo October 17 that is as cleverly political as it is narrowly legal, leading to widespread, obtuse media coverage along the lines of Vermont Public Radio's simply false headline: "City Report: Burlington Can't Block F-35."
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Ukraine Peace Threatens US Security? American combat troops deployed in Ukraine will soon number in the hundreds, at least, but US officials claim they're there only as "advisors" or "trainers," not as an in-place threat to Russia. Whatever advising or training they may do, they are also an in-place threat to Russia. US officials are also lobbying to arm Ukraine with "defensive" anti-tank rockets and other lethal weapons in hopes of escalating the fighting, maybe
UNIVERSAL WARNING SIGN, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 5, 2014
Museum Continues 9/11 Mystification Despite that overwhelming ad hominem character, emphasizing the emotional impact of the lives of the living and dead, the Museum defines itself with a contradictory pose of academic detachment: "The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11's continuing significan
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 14, 2013
Defense Secretary Preaches to Choir Global security begins in Washington, where the Secretary of Defense says that American isolationism is a bigger threat to the rest of the world than American hubris and that's why "we must remain the world's only global leader." If that sounds confused and contradictory, it's only because that's who we are as a government in the early 21st century.
Reagan's Proxy Genocidal General., From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 30, 2013
Reagan's Chickens Home to Roost? The threat that former Reagan administration officials might be held accountable for genocidal policies of the Reagan administration increased on May 10, when a Guatemalan lower court convicted the country's former president, Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, 86, of genocide and crimes against humanity for his part in the killing of thousands of Guatemalan civilians.
Secret Government is All the Rage...., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Secret Government in Vermont is Bi-partisan The story from Vermont, of all places, is breath-takingly simple: the elected city council, in a bi-partisan vote, has decided to keep its law-making process secret, rather than openly address the question of whether a draconian no-trespass law it passed last winter is patently unconstitutional.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 25, 2012
Was Romney's Bain Capital Built on Blood Money? Romney raised money for Bain Capital from Salvadoran millionaires tied to death squads in El Salvador.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Roger Pion Becomes a Folk Hero in Jail Farmer who drove tractor over police cruisers is becoming a Vermont folk hero but remains in Jail.
.Securing the Border., From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 15, 2014
American Inhumanity The pictures of thousands of children huddled in shelters are upsetting, and the tales some tell are horrifying, and that is all a real but sentimental distraction from the entrenched American power that created these conditions.
Don Blankenship: Safety Regulations 'As Silly As Global Warming', From YouTubeVideos
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Multi-Millionaire Mass Murderer for Senate -- Have We Hit Bottom Yet? Blankenship's rise is reportedly raising concern among Republican incumbents, who profess to be shocked -- shocked -- to find Republican values so vividly personified. If he gets the nomination, Blankenship will be running against Democrat Joe Manchin, who said after the mine killings that Blankenship had blood on his hands.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 19, 2014
GOP Policy: Kill the Poor Whether or not the Millers have touched off a revolution remains to be seen, of course, but it hardly seems likely. And the killing they've done doesn't come close to the scale of the deeper, much more lethal, continuing revolution led by Republicans since 2009. That revolution doesn't use guns to kill people. That's so Bush-era. Post-Bush Republicans prefer to kill people quietly, as in Virginia, by denying them medical care
Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford face Senate panel, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2019
Court Uses Law's Absurdity to Allow Unfit Kavanaugh to Remain as Justice There was nothing that could be done legally about the 83 misconduct complaints against Judge Kavanaugh for one reason, and one reason only -- because he had become Justice Kavanaugh. That's the whole argument: that Kavanaugh gets to escape judicial accountability, and his getaway car is his seat on the Supreme Court. This is cultural madness and legal absurdity. What were those Tenth Circuit judges thinking?
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, From ImagesAttr
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Ted Cruz Saved Eric Holder? Attorney General Eric Holder, under growing pressure from many in mainstream media and elsewhere for his "attacks" on the First Amendment in general, and reporters in particular, had a lifeline thrown to him awhile back by an unlikely combination -- Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, on Fox News, May 30.
When you have leaks, you need plumbers., From ImagesAttr
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Obama's Watergate? How many people do you know who, hearing that the NSA was busy obliterating privacy, have reacted to the effect of: well, duh, or that's old news, or worse: didn't we make that legal? It's not as though the NSA is carrying out break-ins, is it?
Katie Kieffer of Minnesota, From ImagesAttr
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Republicans' New Benghazi Killer Meme Washington has a new meme in town, trying to give fresh impetus to the Benghazi Blowback Bandwagon still circling the White House in hopes of finding something worse than Watergate, or at least as bad as Iran-Contra.
And what do you see as the end?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 5, 2013
Minority Government At Work A real government shutdown would effectively take us back to a state of nature, or at least to an eighteenth century, pre-constitutional governmental structure, enhanced by all the modern conveniences we could keep working without Washington's help. That might provoke a new constitutional convention, which is what a busy minority has been after for a long time, and maybe that's the point of all this, but we're not there yet.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Ohio: Poster Child for Mindless Global Self-Destruction John Kasich is a smart guy who knows better than to be an overt serial killer, so, as Governor of Ohio, he joins with others who prefer to do their mass killing by stealth, maybe spread the carnage out over future generations, who will be unable to hold the Kasiches and the ALECS of this world to account. Ever. However long that turns out to be.
Uncle Sam's Endless Desires...., From ImagesAttr
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Obama Leads In All Directions Who in a sane state of mind would expect any change of policy when the president gives a speech about counter-terrorism at the National Defense University?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 13, 2014
Bush War Redux By the time you read this, America's next, undeclared war in Iraq may already be under way. Imperial militarists started floating trial balloons for the next American aggression as of June 11 in the Wall Street Journal, quoting "a senior U.S. official who added that no decisions have been made."
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 1, 2013
IRS "Scandal" is a Hoax Almost everything you hear and read in the media about the current IRS "scandal" is based on deliberate falsification of basic facts. Some might call it lying.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 13, 2012
Air Force Vet Shoots Down F-35 Plan Retire US Air Force colonel and Pentagon analyst, 30-year career, analyzes Air Force study to shreds, opposes basing F-35 in Vermont.
Climate for the People, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 21, 2014
Keystone XL vs Lethal Lone Star Threat Meanwhile the 105-day comment period on the State Department’s fraudulent environmental report is running, and it’s not clear whether the Texas court will act within that time. Wait, “fraudulent” report? Well, based on early reporting, the report is...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 27, 2012
Torture in Texas TransCanada gets it all in Texas -- easy permitting, eminent domain, even a sheriff to rough up protestors -- and all for the Keystone XL Pipiline
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 17, 2012
More Opposition to F-35 in Vermont More and more Vermonters oppose basing the F-35 in Vermont because of its harm to health, property, environment, and quality of life.
State Attorney Angela Cory ran prosecution., From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Was The Fix in For Zimmerman? Listening to the lead prosecutor's final argument in the Zimmerman case, it's hard to believe he really wanted a conviction.
How many empty chambers are there?, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Congress Fails En Masse, 100%, Rare Event jabbering jingoes in control of this foreign policy decision, deceitfully selling Aboutalebi’s imagined transgressions, need to get over their exceptionalist self-involvement. Americans desperately need to have a sense of history, a sense of responsibility, a sense of proportion, and real humility. That would be true American exceptionalism.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 30, 2013
Ideological Purity Police in Montpelier When a city employee promotes a point of view that happens to center on an aspect of populist economics that seeks to serve the public good, and the democratically-elected mayor of that city has an opposing ideology that he'd rather not debate openly, why would anyone expect the resolution of this conflict to be anything but ugly?
Series: Injustice (5 Articles, 15358 views), Vermont Life (1 Articles, 1874 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2012
What if Drone Strikes are War Crimes? Drone warfare has become an American default reaction even though it may be a war crime, unconstitutional, unjust, expensive, and counter-productive, but what candidate ever talks about it?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 10, 2015
American Spring in Chicago? Chicago's mayoral election may look like a local event, and the media mostly cover it as a local event, but the presence of a large, diverse, and energized opposition demanding change on basic issues of fairness and justice gives the city's local result a potentially important, totemic meaning for the country. The winner of the April 7 runoff election may signify whether peaceful change is possible, or whether the suffocatin
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Nuclear Power on the Line in Vermont? Vermont Yankee, owned by the second largest nuclear power company in the U.S., is caught in a web of legal, regulatory, and protest actions that may shape the future of nuclear power for the country.
From flickr.com: Donald Trump, From Images
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Trump's In-Your-Face Impeachable Offense The political will to impeach this deceitful, destructive President and his administration does not exist despite millions of people, even some in Congress and the media, knowing impeachment is abundantly justified. Every day, with little attention, this administration violates the constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law to protect the environment, to defend the right to vote, and to protect Americans civil rights.
You don't have to be a failed state to resort to terrorism., From ImagesAttr
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Some Pakistanis Resist U.S. Drone Murder The Pakistani government has done nothing to enforce the Peshawar High Court’s order of May 2013. Even suggesting that the government act to protect its people creates controversy. An uncertain number of other cases are still pending in Pakistani courts. One of those is Kareem Khan’s 2010 wrongful death suit against the CIA for killing innocent people in his house in 2009.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Iraq "Going Well" Remember L. Paul Bremer, 73, the Bush family caporegime who was the occupastion's Presidential Envoy to Iraq? He was the American Saddam Hussein in 2003 when he had near-dictatorial power and thought it would be a good idea to get rid of virtually every experienced Sunni military officer and every high-ranking Sunni government official so that, as President Bush put it over and over:as the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down
U.S. Senate majority leader addresses Trump's impeachment, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 19, 2019
Republicans Defend Trump With "Four Facts" That Are Fake The Republicans' defense of Trump, their ritual recital of "four facts" that are fake, is an unsupportable sham. But for them it doesn't really matter. They've managed to muddy the waters to Trump's benefit.
Congressional Assault, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 17, 2014
Grimm News To be more than fair to Rep. Grimm, 44, he made his threat in circumstances when he himself felt threatened by a question from the younger, smaller man he threatened. As a former Marine and a former FBI agent, he also managed to personify the negative Hollywood stereotype of both.
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Vermont Yankee Nuke Gets Shutdown Party July 1 Vermonters trying to shut down nuke plant that's aging and breaks down
American Credibility -- Make an Offer!, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 22, 2014
America Is Here to Help Ferguson, Gaza, and Luhansk bleed all the time these days and the United States does nothing very useful for any of them. Not in out "national interest." Simpler and easier to blame the victims. Can't waste our precious resources. Ferguson, Gaza, and Luhansk have been bleeding for days, for weeks, for years, forever in current and chronic crisis, and what does the United States do to help any of them?
Home of Big Red Football, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Stewing in Steubenville If the rape convictions of two Steubenville, Ohio, juveniles in juvenile court turn out to be the end of the story, as some perhaps hopefully predict, then justice will be only partly served and the Steubenville community cover-up will have proved largely effective, justice will have been mostly obstructed.
Gen. Guerremonde appears courtesy of Panthers of Vermont, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 16, 2014
Iran Saves Iraq! Iran can save Iraq and everyone. "A Modest Proposal for Middle East Peace"
Pollution from a factory., From Uploaded
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US Policy: Global Climate Crisis Not Our Problem. Really? The two-party system hasn't stepped up on climate issues and shows no likelihood of doing so in the near future unless Democrats somehow nominate a candidate willing to cope with reality. Even then, we face an uphill struggle to save ourselves in opposition to entrenched narrow interests.
FBI director nominee Christopher Wray., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 17, 2017
FBI Nominee Christopher Wray Sure Looks Dirty Wray solemnly told the Senate on July 12: "My loyalty is to the Constitution, to the rule of law, and to the FBI. Nobody asked for any kind of loyalty oath and I sure didn't offer one." Given Wray's career pattern, there was no need for anyone to ask for or offer loyalty. Wherever Wray goes, bad guys get away unscathed while scapegoats suffer the consequences. What more could President Trump ask from his man at the FBI?
The Hateful Four and Their Moral Godfather., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Bushes' Court Four members of the United States Supreme Court have shown again in the court's decisions of recent days that they represent the very worst of America when it comes to race or gender, just as they have shucked the constitution in support of money and partisanship in the democratic process.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 7, 2012
Police State? There's An App For That! It's on;y an Apple patent now, but the "apparatuus and methods" for shutting down mobile devices at a protest rally is under development.
British Columbia protests tar sands oil, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 6, 2012
Climate Change? U.S. Shrugs World Bank says climate change getting worse faster, Canada says have some shale oil, U.S. says sure and let's talk about the problem later
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 27, 2013
Weapons of Mass Destruction Wanted? With Vermont's highest elected officials still deep in Defense Dept. denial over the disaster that is the Air Force's F-35 strike fighter, a local city council threatens to bring some military sanity to Vermont (but nowhere else) by exercising its landlord right to reject as a tenant a weapon of mass destruction that will wreak havoc on the local neighborhood.
How many empty chambers are there?, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 14, 2013
Denial in the Face of Default The Debt Ceiling is a legal fiction, a fantasy, a mindless game the United States has been playing with itself since 1917, for reasons that defy rational comprehension. There is no compelling constitutional basis for this contra-constitutional legalism. The only other democratic country in the world with a Debt Ceiling is Denmark, where it is an empty formality.
West Fertilizer Co. explosion, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 20, 2013
Good Bomb, Bad Bomb Does homeland security apply to the whole homeland -- so why did governments let a fertilizer plan blow up?
Rocket...., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 28, 2014
UN against War Crimes, US not so much Weighing the merits of war criminals on any side is a fool's game. But those playing this game include almost everyone involved with the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, as each pretends to ride a moral high horse that no longer exists, if it ever did.
CIA torture programs and interrogation tactics implemented by Dick Cheney and the George W. Bush administration, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 20, 2014
Top 10 Torturer List Actually Includes Hundreds or More The Obama administration has a moral and legal duty to bring American war criminals of three administrations to justice. Not to do so is to continue to use American exceptionalism as a justification for the worst crimes against humanity. The national precedent is to honor those most responsible for government crimes, but what honor is there in that?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 8, 2013
U.S. Is a State Sponsor of Terrorism This is a classic terrorist tactic, sometimes called the "double tap," using the first explosion to draw a crowd of first responders and onlookers as targets for the second explosion. Typically the double tap attack rings up a higher score.
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 7, 2012
U.S. Air Force in Corrupt Practice Vermont Governor plans trip with Air Force, lobbyists and interested parties, wants to make "informed" decision without talking to opponents of an F-35 nuclear fighter base that will destroy thousands of homes.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 23, 2014
Cops Freak Out Over Free Speech in Vermont When Mumia Abu-Jamal was the pre-recorded speaker at a Goddard College commencement in Plainfield, Vermont, in 2008, almost no one outside the Goddard community paid any attention. This year, when Goddard announced that students had chosen Mumia to do a return engagement at their graduation, Philadelphia police, politicians, media, and Fox News went crazy with angry rhetoric aimed at curbing free speech.
F-35 Booster, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 3, 2013
Air Force Admits F-35 Errors The Air Force has admitted that it's critics in Vermont have been right all along -- that basing the F-35 strike fighter in Burlington, the state's only area with population at urban-concentration levels, will render thousands more homes "unsuitable for residential use" than originally estimate.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 20, 2015
Christian War Crimes Prize The American torture president and self-professed Christian, George W. Bush, gratefully accepted an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Christian-ideology-based University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, on February 11, in a "public" event that was closed to most of the public. The only direct media coverage allowed for the event was by Fox News and the college public relations team.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 21, 2012
Do More Combat Helmets Mean More Combat? Combat helmets made in Vermont expected to protect Danish soldiers and Vermont politicians, among others.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 4, 2012
Vermont Tractor Trasher Trashed Roger Pion drove his parents' ten-ton tractor over seven police cars but he hasn't said why. Police speculate he's mad about a marijuana bust on July 3.
Fukushima in the wake of the tsunami, March 2011., From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 22, 2019
Fukushima's Three Nuclear Meltdowns Are "Under Control" -- That's a Lie The entire Fukushima site remains radioactive at varying levels, from unsafe to lethal, depending on location. The site includes six reactors, three of them in meltdown, and at least as many fuel pools, some of which still contain fuel rods. The site has close to a thousand large storage tanks holding more than a million tons (roughly 264.5 million gallons) of radioactive wastewater.
Women's Prison Ward, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 27, 2020
Filthy Prison Showers OK for Women, Rules Vermont Judge Vermont's only prison for women is, by all accounts, a ghastly place. The facility was never intended to be a prison or to house women.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 22, 2012
Philosophy of Public Lying Ayn Rand said government should never lie to the people, and Paul Ryan was an Ayn Rand devotee, until he wasn't.
Needed in the Persian Gulf?, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 8, 2013
Woodward Cites Obama's "Madness" Why would Washington Post star reporter push for war with Iran?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 20, 2012
Vermont's F-35 Dogfight Getting Rough Air Force admits errors -- oh there are people there -- and communities step up resistance to F-35 basing in Vermont.
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCIAL EVIDENCE, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Honor and Degrees The destruction of the once great University of California by the forces of commerce and authoritarian politics (led for awhile by Ronald Reagan) is a sad illustration of how the democratic ethos (educate everyone to their capacity, for free) has given way to exploitation (turning students into a profit center that has the serendipitous benefit of feeding inequality).
Children starving in rebel-held Yemen, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 19, 2019
US Constitution Is Now Officially a Joke As Applied to War or Peace Congress has the power, theoretically, to defund any military action it doesn't like. But first it would have to find one. It doesn't have to look far. Now would be the time for a resolution against any military action against Iran without express Congressional approval. That would invite another presidential veto. The Constitution's not in tatters, it's just irrelevant. And there's little sign that the American people care.
UN Ambassador Susan Rice, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 14, 2012
Media Mystify Susan Rice Susan Rice withdraws before she's nominated for Secretary of State. Trying to explain what happened, media can't see beyond the nearest Republican.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 28, 2012
Lawyers Against Free Speech Lawyers for sitcom "Three's Company" seek to shut down David Adjmi's satire "3C" that makes fun of 1970s generally.
Military Judge Col. Denise Lind., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 15, 2013
Military Judge Runs A Shell Game Court-martial judge Col. Denise Lind hasn't exactly banned the public -- or reporters, who are part of the public -- from the courtroom or its extensions, but she has presided over a system that, so far, seems designed to protect the public's right to know as little as possible.
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists at oceanfront in Georgia., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 17, 2019
Christians vs. Militarists -- In Clash of Religions Over Nuclear War, Militarists Win One stark example of American exceptionalism is the nation's official pride in being the first and only country to drop atomic bombs on civilian targets. There was no Nuremberg tribunal for those 1945 war crimes. The US has maintained ever since that it has the right to obliterate civilians with nuclear weapons any time it feels the need.
Mike Pompeo, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 31, 2018
War on Iran Is US Policy Now, According to Secretary of State American aggression has been real and deadly and constant for decades, but because the US is the one keeping score, the US doesn't award itself the prize it so richly deserves year after year as the world's number one state sponsor of terror. This is how it's been since Martin Luther King tried speaking "clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government."
North American Shale Plays (May 2011), From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Tar Sands Oil Coming to Crunch Time Keystone pipeline keeps rolling through Texas, opposition strives to prevent it from reaching the Gulf.
It's that deep, but only this far, honest...., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Ukraine War Needs US? Just as NATO allies Germany and France were undertaking a peace initiative with Russia and Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry turned up in Kiev at the same time, seeking to poison the talks before they started by spouting yet again the ritual U.S. accusation of "Russian aggression." The incantation is meaningless without context. Its purpose is mesmerize a false consciousness. "Russian aggression" may or may not exist
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Failure to Impeach Trump Is a Way to Reaffirm Him With no commanding presidential candidate likely to emerge till well after the Iowa caucus on February 3, 2020, the center of Democratic Power is now in the House of Representatives, largely in the hands of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is so determined to give Trump a pass on impeachment that Trump's lawyers cite her position in their court briefs. That seems like a pretty bad place for a opposition party to find itself.
You say you want a revolution?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 31, 2013
A Revolution Led by Russell Brand? Still on the attack, the BBC interviewer presses the comic for a blueprint. of his alternate systems, but this time Brand ridicules the ridiculous question. He points out some of the worst abuses by the current system, noting that the world would be improved merely by stopping these abuses (such as destroying the planet, creating massive economic disparity, or ignoring the needs of the people)...
Supporter of Michael Bishop, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 29, 2012
Oil Over People in Texas Compliant court gives TransCanada time to prep[asre its case while denying any relief to landowner, as Keystone XL pipeline construction continues across his land.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 16, 2012
Occupy/Black Bloc Tactics Debated Tactics for changing the country debated, most media ignore the event.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 30, 2012
Republican Lies About Welfare and Obama Covering the Republican convention, a reporter predicts Rick Santorum will lie about welfare. Then he does. And one of the reporter's colleagues misses it and says it didn't happen. (No this is not from "The Newsroom.")
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 20, 2019
US Makes Stuff Up to Grease the Skids for War on Iran With absolutely zero good reasons for waging war on Iran, the Trump administration goes on making stuff up to lie the country into yet another war. The template looks like the Bush administration's successful effort to lie the US into the Iraq War, the catastrophic effects of which keep unfolding.
George Stephanopoulos interviewing Darren Wilson., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 7, 2014
Ferguson Killing Illuminates How Sociopaths in Power Act Under his present circumstances, with other possible investigations pending, there is no reason to expect Darren Wilson to display the full range of human emotion on national television. But even just a little apparently real emotion would have helped persuade us of his fundamental mental health and basic humanity.
It might begin like this., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 30, 2013
Jumping the Shark in Syria President Obama is apparently wobbling on the edge of committing an impeachable offense, specifically a military attack on Syria without the authorization of Congress, without the approval of the United Nations Security Council, and without any imminent threat to the United States.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT, From ImagesAttr
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F-35 Plans Attack Civilians While it's too soon, perhaps, to say that the over-budget, overdue, and under-performing F-35 joint strike fighter is in a political tailspin, having its biggest Senate booster accused of pushing for political pork at the expense of his poorer constituents hasn't made the controversial stealth bomber's flight path less bumpy.
Oumou Kanoute is a student at Smith College., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 9, 2018
Not Safe to Be Black at Smith College Smith has struggled with race issues in the past. President McCartney stakes out an honorable if somewhat bloodless position (smacking of white privilege?). Oumou Kanoute stakes out a heartfelt demand for a humane institutional response that offers an opportunity for meaningful institutional growth, especially in the current presidentially-induced atmosphere of racist pollution.
Brett Kavanaugh, From GoogleImages
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Dark Foreboding: Is the American Democratic Experiment Over? We head for another election on November 6, bitterly divided as a country. It's a so-called off-year election (no presidential race), but it may be darkly viewed as the last stand for the American democratic republic. Some say that 242-year-old experiment has already failed, and there's logic to that opinion. The decline has been long, slow, relentless and the end will not likely be apocalyptic.
American Grads Try To Enter U.S. July 22 --, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 9, 2013
DREAM 9 Story -- Two Parts The cynic might suspect that the Dream 9 were released because they'll be less of a problem for the government scattered to their homes around the country than they were inside where they were organizing, protesting, gathering stories of other detainees, and shining some light on one of the darker corners of authoritarian America.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 7, 2012
Vermont Pushes Smart Meters Vermont environmental agency head kvells over smart meters
ExxonMobil Losing Image Control, From ImagesAttr
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Tar Sands Oil Arkansas, #4 (update) ExxonMobil tar sands oil spilled thousands of barrels through a gash in the pipeline two inches wide and 22 feet long, law firm reveals.
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Rampant, Racist Voter Suppression in Georgia Goes to Federal Court Brian Kemp is currently Georgia's secretary of state. Part of the secretary's job, as chair of the State Elections Board, is to make decisions that determine who can vote, where they can vote, when they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted accurately -- in other words, the whole voting process.
Prisoner of Warmaking, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 28, 2014
John McCain's Big Lie Less defensible, though hardly surprising, is the way the Washington Post and other less well known media outfits picked up the "idiot" story fragment and ran with it as if it was the whole story, without further context, much less identifying Sen. McCain's own idiotic statements and falsehoods in the very same radio interview
Taser victim MacAdam Lee Mason, born Feb. 1973, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 31, 2013
Taser Death Still Festers in Vermont Vermont Attorney General finds that when state police killed an unarmed epileptic artist with a taser, nobody did anything wrong. Really.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 20, 2012
Libya Changes Governments Peacefully Republicans hysterically claim Benghazi cover-up of some sort, media wander mindlessly, Libyans calmly change governments while Americans dither.
AUMF is the law under which the United States wages permanent war., From ImagesAttr
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Endless War Is a Real Scandal The United States has been in a permanent state of war ever since. And on May 16, 2013, the Obama Administration's Pentagon officials testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that they expected this permanent state of war to last another 10 to 20 years.
Blue angels flyover in Pensacola, Florida, From WikimediaPhotos
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Flyovers Demonstrate America's Massive Psychic Numbing Failing to take control of the public health situation, what were they thinking in the White House? How about a whole bunch of flyovers across the nation by military warplanes designed to kill millions in moments? Perfect! And no chance of infection of the pilots!
COP24 .last best chance. to take action against climate change, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 23, 2018
Climate Crisis Goes Unabated, Nations Most Responsible Still Anti-Future Take the 100 million barrels of oil the world uses every day. Leaving those 100 million barrels in the ground, day after day after day, year after year, would accrue to the health and welfare of billions of people over decades if not centuries.
War-torn Afghanistan, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 4, 2019
Afghanistan in 2019: Fewer US Troops, More CIA Torture and Killings The CIA-run death squad campaign isn't new, but it has been seriously expanded during the past two years. Death squad personnel run into the thousands, mostly Afghans, but are recruited, trained, equipped, and controlled by CIA agents or CIA contractors.
Gotta hurry when proof is missing., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A Syrian Gulf of Tonkin Resolution When the president asks Congress for a blank check for war, why does the Congress fret about setting a limit on war powers instead of just saying: "NO" to any check? What happened to checks and balances (as if we all didn't know)?
Senator Al Franken, From FlickrPhotos
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Lynch Mob of Democrats Goes After Al Franken in Burst of Cowardice Kirsten Gillibrand is a smart, experienced, thoughtful person -- and the best she can come up with is an invitation to Al Franken to a self-lynching based on skimpy, somewhat disputed evidence? The best she can do is urge fellow Democrats to shoot their wounded?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 14, 2012
Arizona Senate Ad Rooted in Bush Era Fight Arizona Senate Race: Cong. Jeff Flake gets attention with attack ad based on old, unsupported allegations against Dr. Richard Carmona, decorated Viet-Nam war vet and former Surgeon General.
Media bias sample., From ImagesAttr
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U.S. Army Court Martials Constitution Even though Manning pled guilty to 10 of 22 charges last March, the U.S. Government is going ahead with all its charges, without providing a credible rationale. One charge, under the 1913 Espionage Act, could carry the death penalty.
Don't Tread On Me: Michael Bishop, From ImagesAttr
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Marine Drags Oil Co into Court Texas chemist, paramedic, former Marine has sued TransCanada over Keystone XL pipeline, charging fraud as well as environmental threat --hearing December 19
Richard Falk, UN Rapporteur for Palestinians, From ImagesAttr
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Crucifying Richard Falk for Truth-telling Writing on April 19, four days after the event, Falk was aware that one suspect was dead and the other still at large. His concern was that the president -- and the country -- not over-react to what, although he doesn't put it this way, would be a slow day in Baghdad.
From flickr.com: Donald Trump, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Tweets, Leaks, Classified Information, and the Right to Know The issue of "classified information" and "leaks" is largely a meaningless smokescreen designed to protect the power of government secrecy against the public's right to know the truth.
ExxonMobil's Pegasus., From ImagesAttr
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Tar Sands Oil Arkansas #2 (an update, almost all new) Despite ExxonMobil's best efforts, tar sands oil continues to spread in Mayflower, Arkansas. ExxonMobil is having more success, so far, controlling the spread of reliable information.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 30, 2012
Fear, Congress, and Denial Leaving Congress after 16 years, Dennis Kucinich sees contemporary America as a "nightmare" but stops short of saying: wake up!
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National Mindlessness, Police to POTUS, Threatens Nation onald Trump is the greatest threat to America today, or so the conventional wisdom left and right would have you believe. More realistically, the greatest threat to America today is actually believing that Trump is the greatest threat to America today. To believe that Donald Trump is the greatest threat to America today, one needs to be a little hysterical or dishonest (or both). Actually --
Smart Meter Awareness Group, Naperville, Illinois, From ImagesAttr
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Smart Meter Wars Simmer Police bust single mother for resisting smart meter.
ICE Immigration Efforts, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump's Immigration Police State Persistently Violates the Law Committing human rights crimes is the Trump policy for controlling immigration. Not only is it illegal, it's failing. There is outrage over the inhumanity, there are many hands wringing, but where is the outrage at the Perpetrator in Chief? The torture and killing of immigrant children are not only crimes but impeachable offenses.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Strange Senate Race The more Connecticut know about their Senate candidates, the more undecided they become.
Bassem Youssef of Al-Bernameg, From ImagesAttr
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Muslim Brotherhood Called Eqypt's Master Race The Muslim Brotherhood is the dominant party in the current Egyptian government, but it does not suffer critics gladly. An example of Egyprian "free expression" and its consequences.
Imperial rivalry and social disaster in Yemen, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 11, 2018
US Calls for Ceasefire, Keeps Attacking Yemen If the US were actually serious about peace and humanitarian aid for Yemen, the US could exercise leadership in the UN Security Council to force a peace process. The US could unilaterally take immediate and forceful actions to stop the war. US policy in Yemen continues to be based on profound lies with no moral justification.
DEMETRIUS NATHANIEL PITTS AKA ADDUR RAHEEM RAHFEEQ ARRESTED/ PLANNING A ATTACK ON JULY 4TH 2018, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 5, 2018
FBI Goes Trumpian, Hypes Imaginary Terrorism Threat as Fake News The FBI filings make very clear that no terrorism and no threat of terrorism existed before the FBI decided to pump one up, using a troubled, angry, isolated black man as its pawn to inflate its own institutional ego with fake news. And the news media bought the fake news as presented, uncritically parroting the FBI spin that they stopped an attempted terror attack.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Militarization at Issue in Vermont Vermont resists further militarism despite weak-kneed elected officials, even Bernie Sanders.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 24, 2012
Penn. Voter Suppression Is Working Republican Judge leaves Republican voter suppression law in place, appeal filed.
Propaganda provocation from the right., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 16, 2013
Racist Right Wing Propaganda [Consumer warning: when you see the rightwing trope about Joshua Heath Chellew, you are experiencing dishonest discourse intent on misinforming and misleading you, in this case for the sake of racism.]
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Fukushima Meltdowns Turn 10, Still Getting Worse Fukushima Daiichi's multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns started 10 years ago. They are not over. They are not even close to over. Nuclear disasters don't ever end.
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Romney Goes to Vermont Mitt Romney goes to Vermont for Debate prep, makes news in NH, leaves Vermont unscathed.
Slick., From ImagesAttr
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Tar Sands Oil Arkansas #1 ExxonMobil started by saying the spill wasn't tar sands oil from Canada, but it WAS tar sands oil, thousands of barrels of it (at 42 gallons per barrel).
PFC Kimberly Rivera, war resister, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 5, 2013
Jailing Pregnant War Resister Amnesty International identifies her as a prisoner of conscience, she was the first American woman conscientious objector to flee to Canada, but mainstream media mostly ignore this Iraq war vet with PTSD -- unless they're labeling her a "deserter."
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Agent, From YouTubeVideos
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ICE Is a State-Sponsored Terrorist Organization -- Abolish ICE November is coming and Democrats continue to cling to old notions detached from current reality (the Crowley Democrats). For November to be worth celebrating, the party will have to do much better than that. It will have to find a heart and a soul and a brain and apply them all to the criminal atrocities our government commits daily at home and abroad.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 11, 2013
Is Scalia a Troll? Referring to voting rights as a "racial entitlement," Justice Antonin Scalia raises danger of Supreme Court undermining Americans' right to vote.
Carnival of Terror, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Escalation Is Escalation Is Escalation: Lesson of Vietnam War Obama has to see a growing wasteland in the metastasizing cancer caused by the toxic Bush years. To judge by the president's military escalations in assorted Bush administration wars, he appears to be responding to the Cheney gang's demand for more war, more torture, more random killing of innocents, and just plain more cold-blooded toughness.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 9, 2012
What Would Romney Try To Do To The World? Romney foreign policy speech fails to outline foreign policy, but makes some mistakes.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Progressive Runs to Lose, to Help Democrats The chair of the Vermont Progressive Party ran for governor in the party primary, intending to step down when she won, in order to help the incumbent Democratic governor. But now a late write-in candidate is just a recount away from winning the nomination.
Ramsey Sprague, arrested for interrupting, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 31, 2013
Faulty Welds in Pipeline Claimed Tar Sands Blockade charges Keystone pipeline has faulty welds, will leak.
Syria is not a real country., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2013
To What End Do We Kill? There is no good reason to make a bad situation worse. It's likely to get worse all on its own, and unimaginably worse if the government starts to fall.
Nancy Pelosi, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 24, 2019
Trump Deserves Impeachment. Does US House Have the Integrity? As it stands now, Trump is forcing the House to choose between impeaching him and caving in to him. Even if the House calls his bluff and impeaches him, Democrats and the country may lose the election. But if the House caves and allows the president to continue on his law-defying dictatorial path, then the election might well be irrelevant.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 23, 2012
Vermont Resists Police Violence In wake of police tasering death, a former governor joins hundreds of other Vermonters in calling for a moratorium on police use of tasers until police have clear policy and procedures, as well as training.
Ilhan Omar speaking at worker protest against Amazon, From FlickrPhotos
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The Sins of Ilhan Omar Start With Challenging Rigid Orthodoxy Boardman writes: Democrats have gone all atwitter (pun intended), scattering ruffled feathers all over the barnyard as if a fox were after them when the only serious threat to their blinkered preconceptions comes from a bird of different plumage.
Samir Khan (left) and Anwar al-Awlaki, both U.S. citizens, were killed in in Yem, From ImagesAttr
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Drone Strikes & War Crimes Rand Paul's filibuster leave no one un-offended.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 30, 2012
Vermont Police Violence Police Pepper Spray peaceful demonstrators delaying dignitries on their way to a fancy dinner date.
Themis-- scales of justice, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Vermont Blows Off U.S. Constitution This is a story about how easy it is for a city government to run roughshod over an employee's constitutional rights, including free speech under the First Amendment and due process of law under the Fifth Amendment. And it's a story of how hard it is, despite those rights, for that employee to get any kind of justice from the state's judiciary.
How many empty chambers are there?, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 14, 2014
Who You Callin' An Organizing Principle?!?! Maybe others have pointed out that this is a pretty stupid statement, but that's far from the conventional wisdom. Think about the levels of stupidity here. Only "Great nations"? What, small nations don't need to get their acts together? And who says the United States is a "great" nation and in what sense is it great and isn't spouting a version of the American exceptionalism cliche just another way of doing stupid stuff?
ExxonMobil Was Here, From ImagesAttr
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Tar Sands Oil Arkansas #3 (update) Even those directly affected say they are told little, mostly generalities from ExxonMobil public relations people. As RT.com reported April 7, "Town residents say they are being kept in the dark over compensation and the cleanup by Exxon."
Prisoner of Warmaking, From ImagesAttr
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Syria Awaits U.S. Intervention Tired of Spying on Americans? Why Not Go Bomb Syria? When a president in his second term is suddenly revealed to be snooping into everyone's business by every electronic means available, the natural reaction might be to try to change the subject
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 21, 2013
Iran Talks Still Offer an Opportunity That Some Resist Desperately This could be the moment when the intransigent few destroyed hope for bringing Iran, the world's most significant, scapegoated pariah nation, back into what passes for the international community, preferring to indulge their lust for war in all its unpredictable uselessness.
Donald and Melania Trump are leaving for Texas to do whatever presidents do in a time of crisis., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 11, 2017
Why Expect Justice for Children From a Category 5 Presidency? The legislative history of the DREAM Act's multiple failures to treat innocent children with something like fairness and decency is a story of dysfunctional government now in its third presidency. The standards in the DREAM Act are truly double standards, expecting these forced immigrant children to be paragons of virtue that some native-born citizen children would have a hard time meeting.
keystoneprotest, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Ignoring the Global Warming Reality The White House is expected to decide whether Keystone XL can be built sometime in the next month or so, and all it takes to proceed is a presidential signature. For President Obama, this decision will be a clear signal defining his real priorities: stopping the rise of the oceans and healing the planet, as he campaigned, or settling for short-term economic gains with unknown long-term consequences.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 16, 2018
Democratic Senator Schumer Is a Dishonest Putz on Korea, Peace Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world think it's somehow better to rag on Trump for an uncertain peace process rather than confront him on the deliberate, continuous flouting of international and domestic law? Why do the Chuck Schumers of the world tolerate the cruelty and violence inflicted on poor people fleeing from violence and hopelessness?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 9, 2012
Race for Vermont Governor Could be Three-Way Progressive Party poobahs had planned to give the incumbent governor, Democrat Peter Shumlin, a pass in his run for re-election. Now an insurgemt wrote-in candidate is 2 votes from winning the nomination during the statewide recount September 13.
Samantha Bee apologises to Ivanka Trump over foul remarks, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 4, 2018
Taboo Word for Vagina Distracts From Inhumane Trump Policy Bee apologized to Trump for calling her a taboo word for vagina, even though that's anatomically correct. But what about "feckless"? Shouldn't she apologize for that, too, since Ivanka Trump, whatever else one may think of her, is hardly feckless as she globe-trots, merchandises out of the White House, and collects Chinese patents at a remarkable rate?
F-35 nuclear-capable stealth fighter, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 22, 2013
How Government Fails The F-35 is a case study of government failure at all levels -- civilian and military, federal, state, local, even airport authority. Not one critical government agency is meeting its obligation to protect the people it presumably represents. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT, who wrote the F-35 critique above, is hardly unique as an illustration of how government fails, but he sees no alternative to failure.
British Columbia protests tar sands oil, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Killing Keystone Is Just a Start Killing the Keystone would be good for mitigating climate change, but much more will be needed to preserve a habitable planet.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 27, 2012
FBI Harasses Vermont Protests planned for regional governors conference, FBI comes to chill free speech.
Tropical Storm Harvey's deluge drives people to rooftops in Houston, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 1, 2018
Climate Change Response Pits Trump Against US Government Climate change is a dynamic process, driven by human activity that humans have done little to mitigate for a generation. Climate change is happening, it is irreversible, but there is still time to mitigate its worst effects, to save lives, to preserve habitat, to adjust economies, to sustain a somewhat civilized world.
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Vermont Nuke Case Cites Risks Aging nuclear power plants present increasing risks to the U.S. environment, because of possible catastrophic events like the one that hit Fukushima, Japan, and storage problems with nuclear waste. A trespassing case in Vermont raised some of these questions.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thanks For Our Wonderful System ;-)))) Let's be grateful for our modern capitalist democracy for keeping things simple.
F-35 Bombs with Vermonters., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 11, 2013
Vermont Government Rots from the Top When the city council in a city of just 18,000 people reverses a vote it took a year earlier, it's not usually off national significance, but if the South Burlington City Council votes as expected on July 8, in support of basing the F-35 strike fighter in Vermont, it will illustrate how deep the tentacles of national power reach into local government in this country
Benghazi Anti-terrorist, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Benghazi Emails Reveal... Not Much The strangest thing about the public release on May 15 of 100 or so emails relating to Benghazi talking points was that the White House had already made these same emails available to Congress roughly two months earlier.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 24, 2017
Russians Hit Democracy Already Damaged FBI Director Comey let loose the mechanical rabbit of Russian interference and now all the political greyhounds are chasing it around a circular track is if it were a real quarry worth catching. That gives them all deniability for ignoring the bigger, fatter elephants in the room that actually need to be addressed.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Hillary "Wins" Benghazi Bipartisan Bad Faith Boogaloo "Benghazi," Washington's long-running kabuki circus, is reali=ly about the US imperial right to wage war on anyone anywhere.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 9, 2012
Protests in Scotland and Vermont target Trident submarines and Yankee power plant Protestors sing to security at nuclear sub base in Scotland and nuclear power plant in Vermont.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 20, 2012
Vermont Protests Are Widespread Vermonters in all parts of the state have something to protest from police brutality to nuclear power, from oil pipelines to a taser fatality, and more.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 9, 2012
Reefer Madness in Vermont Republican candidate for governor uses false assertions to raise marijuana as an election issue in Vermont. Yes, Vermont!
Prisoner of Warmaking, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 4, 2015
"Low Life Scum" Considered Would you want to change places with a despised war criminal? Seriously, would you want to live as a guilty monster, unwilling to see yourself clearly even in a mirror, at the end of a career of criminal cruelty that has made you hated by millions if not billions of your fellow humans, never knowing if those who politely fawn on your excellence don't secretly despise you behind your back? Would you really like to change places
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Stupid Stuff on Steroids Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant around the nation's terror-drenched reptilian brain.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Artists Fight State of Vermont for Mountaintop Studio/Home Challenged by a Vermont ower copmpany and the state's Public Service Board, two Russian-born ceramic artists have been fighting for years to keep their mountaintop studio/home.
Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Expanded War, Hunger, Disease, Death in Yemen No Big Deal to US The US has participated in Saudi Arabia's genocidal air war on Yemen since 2015 and now offers no objection to a UAE-led military offensive to raise the death toll in ground combat. Unacceptable as international criminality has been in Yemen, it could be worse, since the US recently suggested adding more American forces on the ground to support the UAE current attack plans.
HISTORY RHYMES, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 7, 2014
American War Cries A Nobel Peace Prize recipient is among the loudest voices for war nowadays. Better, this Nobel Peace prize recipient has unchecked power to wage war and uses it willfully in a variety of nations. Perhaps best, this prize-winning peace president has set out to a plan to make a desert and call it peace, for which a grateful power structure might well give him yet another prize.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 3, 2012
Eastwood Gets Unemployment Wrong Clint Eastwood give an unemployment number that has never been reached, media and politicians do little to restore perspective.
A Nightmare on Any Street!, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 20, 2018
Beyond Any Treasonable Doubt -- Isn't the President There Yet? Since his first moment in office, President Trump has been guilty of impeachable offenses, most obviously by violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution: using the office of the presidency for personal profit for himself, his family, and his friends. At least some of the corruption of the Trump administration has been widely reported and even resulted in a few official resignations.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 16, 2012
Republican Argument Supports Democratic Opponent -- Ooops! Vermont Republican candidate Randy Brkck touts Breitbart "study" that actually supports his opponent, incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin.
From flickr.com: Donald Trump, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 7, 2018
Trump Weaponizes Pardon Power: Scorched Earth Campaign Against Law In March, President Trump pardoned Kristian Saucier, convicted of breaching military security by taking and mishandling photos of the reactor room of the nuclear submarine he served on. In June, Kristian Saucier has decided to sue former president Barack Obama and former FBI director James Comey for violating his right to equal protection under the law.
McConnell Target: Ashley Judd, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 13, 2013
Mitch McConnell Goes Nixonian Found naked in the depths of his political depravity, Sen. Mitch McConnell says it's everybody else's fault for looking at him.
Voters at a polling precinct., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 4, 2018
The Fire This Time -- It Will Keep Burning Long After November 6 Whatever happens November 6, the fires of political fascism and capitalist authoritarianism will continue to rage out of control. The conniving right has been feeding these flames for decades and it's likely to take more decades to extinguish them, if that's even possible. The Long March of the right from the debacle of Goldwater in 1964 to the triumph of Trump in 2016 has been astonishingly Maoist in its determination.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Penn. Resists Voter Suppression Legal challenges to Penn. voter suppression go forward on three fronts.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 10, 2016
"Historic" Empty Suit Visits Hiroshima The sterile language of a detached president illustrates how far we are from facing the reality of our own government's deliberate atrocities. Hiroshima was certainly destroyed, abstractly, with "a terrible force unleashed" -- but by no one? In the president's passive parsing, it's as if he thought it was an "act of God." More honestly told: President Truman approved the atomic bombing of Japan, which was carried out on August
The rule of law depends on the law., From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 16, 2013
United States of Zimmerman The verdict demonstrates that, despite the protestations of the law that it is about justice, that's only a pretense to cover the reality: that when the law produces justice, it's a fluke, an accident, a surprise. The law is only about the law. And it's no wonder, when you stop to think about who makes laws and why. Justice is one of the last things on the legislative mind, if it ever gets there at all.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 31, 2012
Crushed Cop Cars Touch Nerves Vermont farmer who drove tractor over police cars, touched many nerves, not free on baikl.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 8, 2012
Vermonters Push for Police Accountability Public demand for accountability over police violence meets official stonewall.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 26, 2012
"We're Here to Defend Your Vote" Obama Campaign baits news hook with bogus claim, Vermont media swallow it whole.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 10, 2016
Ali's Biggest Win: As Clay v. United States in Supreme Court Much of the coverage of Muhammad Ali's death kind of ducks how polarizing his life was in the 1960s as a brash young black man who loudly touted his own talents and called out the world for what it was. He was loved and he was hated, and he was especially hated by mindless sports writers reflecting themindless prejudices of their (and our) time (with some courageous exceptions ...
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Democrat Is Biggest Threat to Democrat Vermont Democrats can choose generational shift in state prosecution power as primary pits 15-year incimbent against challengers from state's largest county.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 23, 2012
War & Vermont #1 F-35 Base Threatens 1300 Homes in Vermont
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Why Does US Bail Out British-Owned Bank ? Vermonters want to shut bailed out bank permanently -- especially since the bailout went to the British government.
The Fart Of The Deal, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 4, 2018
President's Blatant Bigotry May Save DREAMERS in Federal Court Bigotry is soul-destroying for everyone, as our bigot-in-chief in the White House demonstrates almost daily. To be a decent nation within the norms of common decency and the intent of the US Constitution, we must resist and reject bigotry in all its forms. But for hope to be realized, a lot more of us need to bring the callous politics of bipartisan cruelty to an end.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 30, 2012
Word Police Strike Vermont Vermont bureaucrat says 12-year-old law prohibits 75-year-old Credit Union from saying it offers "banking" services. Appeal lodged.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Fiscal Conservatism Is What? If Paul Ryan says one thing but does another, which is he?
Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
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NO Biden -- Some of the Reasons Why NOT Biden Biden can only fake gravitas. He goes on and on about "American values" and "who we are" without naming a specific value or saying who he thinks we are. This is political pandering in the form of a Rorschach blot. This is crude demagoguery that boils down to an appeal to elect a familiar under-achiever just because he's NOT Trump.
Liz Cheney, From WikimediaPhotos
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Liz Cheney Has a World Class Sense of Dark Humor When Cheney, the third ranking member of the House Republican leadership, announced that she would vote to impeach President Trump, she went against higher ranking Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who continue to hold the president above reproach.
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US/Saudi aggression in Yemen celebrated by co-aggressor UAE On March 26, the first anniversary of the UAE's unprovoked attack on Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab states, the UAE's official media published a document about the carnage in Yemen illustrative of George Orwell's observation: "If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself." The truth about the war in Yemen is a largely unreported secret.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Police Report Acquits Police Police report assesses police violence in Vermont last July, finds police acted with real professionalism. Four Burlington city councillors call for independent probe.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Tar Sands Blockade Enters Third Week Resistance to Keystone XL pipeline slows TransCanada's construction assault on East Texas, not to mention the planet.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 21, 2012
For-Profit Colleges Take The Money and Run For-Profit Colleges get paid whether kids get educated or not.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 25, 2012
War & Vermont #2 Vermonters object to F-35, city councils waffle

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