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Stunning Turn of Events

In a stunning turn of events, Republicans are poised to lose the House of Representatives in 2018.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, voters prefer a Democratic majority by 54 to 38 percent!

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When Sun & Mercury Are In The Same Sign, Same Number of Degrees, Expect a Major Political Announcement!


When the Sun & Mercury are in the same astrological sign, the same number of degrees, then you can expect a major political announcement!  Of course, Washington, D.C. is just about close to the same astrological timing, so also look there for a major news announcement about 11 a.m.


June 21 at 11 a.m. in Montpelier, Vermont,  the Sun will be in zero degrees Cancer and also Mercury will be in zero degrees Cancer.  This indicates that we should expect a major political announcement! 

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Ode to Donald Trump

When I was hungry, you cancelled my food stamps

when I was thirsty, you diverted chemicals into my water

when I was sick, you tripled my insurance rates

when I was naked, you raped me & blamed me because I was naked.

when I was in prison, you enslaved me to corporations

when I was a stranger with brown skin you deported me

from the lonely you took away social programs

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We'll Always Have Paris

The President has withdrawn the US from the Paris agreement, a 200 country effort to limit global warming to 2 degrees celsius (3.6 degrees F) over the pre-industrial era. We’re currently about 1.5 C above normal. There isn’t much wiggle room, and it isn’t a good time to thumb a nose at working together to keep the planet livable.

Pulling out is significant, in that the US had already agreed and signed on. It’s also a cynical, easy way to toss a bone to Trump’s base - quit something and claim a major accomplishment.

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Gov Vetoes Marijuana Bill

There is a lot of conversation going around about the Governor's veto. It is indeed on the veto session for June 21. But there is no way the General Assembly will override it. While we do have the votes in the Senate to do so (2/3 is needed, that means 20 in the Senate) but the House does not have the votes. It only passed with about 80+votes and they would need 100 to override. So the bill is dead until next January when we will see if there is any compromise he can live with.

His two concerns seem to be driver safety: we do not have a road side test but we know that people were arrested for drunk driving before there were breathalyzers and we know that the best road side test in Drug Recognition Experts (which we have and the bill would have allowed more to be trained).

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Irrefragable Truth

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
~ Spinoza

To this day the trifecta of human fear, ignorance and superstition remains unparalleled. Without adequate tools to assimilate knowledge, early humans evolved beliefs to deal with the unknown. No other set of ensuing attitudes have supplanted those irrational beliefs.

Competitively speaking, science is a latecomer. It got off to a slow start because it requires critical thinking. Science places a greater demand and reliance on "the little grey cells." Belief, on the other hand, is the path of least resistance for the lazy man who'd rather be told what to believe then think for themselves.

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Open Letter to Vermont Governor Phil Scott Regarding Marijuana, Which Is A Seed Bearing Plant

Open Letter to Vermont Governor Phil Scott:

 I have not ever searched the internet to explore what religion Governor Phil Scott might believe in; that's none of my business.

 However, statistics do show that the majority of Vermonters are Christian. Some are Jewish, some are Muslim, etc. So, what I'm going to look at here is just the Old Testament Holy Bible, and the immediate references to any seed bearing plant in Genesis.

MARIJUANA IS A SEED BEARING PLANT.

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Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Crazier!

I had thought that the Saturday Night Live skit with Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes outside a White House window was just SNL, over-the-top humor. 

Then I saw a Washington Post newstory, which not only described Spicer hiding in White House bushes to avoid reporters' question about the firing of FBI Director Comey, but then -- upon being discovered by reporters demanding answers -- Spicey agreed to take questions only on condition that the press room lights would be turned off so that no one could film him. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/10/as-trump...

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Donald Trump vs The Establishment

On Nov. 13, 2016, Candidate Donald Trump gave a great speech. Too bad it was all a lie.

 (You Tube link - https://youtu.be/_uJ6djc12l8)

Here’s the transcript:

(The best part is the last 2 sentences)

Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt, political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people.

The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself.

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U.S. Terminates Russian Money Laundering Case

New York (CNN)A major US investigation into Russian money laundering has come to an abrupt end.

The case aimed to expose how Russian mobsters allegedly stole $230 million and hid some of the cash in New York City real estate. Also sure to come up was the suspicious death of the Russian lawyer who exposed the alleged fraud, though US prosecutors weren't alleging that the defendants were behind it.

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