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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The President has withdrawn the US from the Paris agreement, a 200 country effort to limit global warming to 2 degrees celsius (3.6 degrees F) over the pre-industrial era.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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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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Impairment Is Obvious

Canada has introduced legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana by July 2018. Governor Phil Scott has said that he wants a (non-existent) roadside marijuana test to be available before he would consider signing any legalization bills in Vermont.

Not terribly long ago, the test for impaired driving was simply "are you obviously driving impaired?" Swerving, driving the wrong speed, being extra cautious, taking turns widely, overcompensating for corrections, forgetting to turn on lights, failing to stop, failing to use a turn signal, and so on were (and are) good signs that a driver might be impaired.

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U.S. House "Freedom Caucus" Is Using Facebook To Deny Voters Freedom Of Speech To Communicate With Them

Open Letter To The United States Congress, House of Representatives, Freedom Caucus and Mark Meadows Freedom Caucus Has An "Official" Facebook Page But Facebook Keeps Kicking Me Out And Depriving Me Of Freedom Of Speech To Leave You Comments!!!


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Two Activists Charged With 15 Felonies For Privacy Violations VS. Google & Facebook Charged With None!

In the news: 2 activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood are charged with 15 felonies. Also in the news: no more internet privacy for me and you, your emails and internet messages can be sold without your knowledge!So, what difference does it make TO YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS if a conversation is in writing, such as in an email, and you thought that only the person or persons you were sending the email to would be reading it - or if your communication is in spoken words with someone?

When you are on Facebook or Google or any other internet entity, aren't they sitting in on your conversations and seeing and recording everything?

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Bill Gates Is #1 Murderer of Kids Dying 1 Every 5 Seconds! & Any US President Could End Starvation

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Bill Gates, with $75 billion owns at least twice as much wealth as the poorest 1/10th of humanity - 750 million fellow human beings suffering hunger throughout the year and watching millions of their children die of starvation. If Bill gave the UN the $30 billion it needs to end hunger everywhere for one year, he would drop to fourth richest person in the world. Trump could have the 540 US billionaires raise that $30 billion.

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War With Russia?

When it looked like a Hillary coronation, I feared that the chances of a war with Russia would increase.  After all, she and the media had been demonizing Putin for years.  http://theduran.com/heres-your-putin-did-it-survival-guide/

With Trump, I can relax (…a little – but he’s still too unstable to be anywhere near the nuke button).

He’s not going to start a conflict with Russia.

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Them or Us - The Malice of Sexual Orientation

In the struggle for sexual identity bisexual people disappeared behind the battle lines drawn between the straights and the gays. One of the worst things to happen to modern sexual freedom was the misappropriation of bisexual people under the umbrella group of the gay, lesbian and queer liberation movement.By incorporating bisexuals as one of them, the LGBTQ group planted bisexuals squarely on one side of the dichotomous “them against us” syndrome. Moreover, when the foundational “gay” umbrella group evolved, it unfairly denied bisexuals, intentional or not, their own liberation from social inequality and injustice.

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Brattleboro Candidate Forum Thoughts, and Advice For Progress

I had the pleasure of co-moderating the Selectboard Candidates Forum on BCTV Thursday evening. I say pleasure, because I found it to be a refreshing and interesting discussion of town issues in a number of ways. I have a few observations and some advice.

The sponsoring organizations and members of the audience asked some really tough questions on a wide variety of topics, while keeping the focus primarily on what can be done locally about issues that often go beyond the town line.

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CIA Fed False Media, Hillary Dems, Cities Bomber McCain Demand War With & Destruction of Russia

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The seeds of public awareness of decades of monolithic mainstream media lies, news manipulation & deception sown by a maverick president, who is surely backed by a segment of Wall Street investors whose portfolios are NOT heavily weighted toward the manufacture WMDs and expected gargantuan profits from a new world war, will eventually grow public understanding of US crimes against humanity that began in Korea and continued on

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‘What? our ‘crazy’ president’s National Security Advisor was making nice with a Russian ambassador even before he was appointed? We got ‘em! It’s against the law! ‘

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Mainstream News: USA Heroic in Vietnam 15 Years No Victory 7 Million Dead, TV News: Trump Dangerous

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Trump calls mainstream reporters and commentators 80% liars. Blood soaked war-promoting CIA fed monopolized mainstream media accusing Trump supporters and allies of ‘fake news’ has backfired. Essay traces history of genocide justifying media in America. Ramsey Clark expects eventual prosecution of media executives and media celebrities. Five Nazi media celebrities were convicted a Nuremberg. Two hanged.

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Intolerance

The set is dressed up, down to the smallest detail.  Actors are in place. The director cues lights, camera, slate, calls out, “Action”.  Everything animates, yet moments later, as if taking back time itself the director cries out, “Cut! Cut!..” By the furrow in their brow, everyone knows Maestro is not happy. Something is amiss.

In this instance, fictional as it may be, actors playing Nazis, (or Terrorists, or Banditos) despite being members of the ethnic group that are represented stereotypically, are not being authentic enough. They’re somehow not menacing, leering, or dark enough to satisfy the director’s vision. This auteur is known as a tyrant, goes for hyper-realism, stark verisimilitude.

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Your Old Car Can't Pass the New Inspection Law? Turn it into a Gardening Green House!

While the Vermont state legislature might come up with another new proposed marijuana legalization bill, Vermonters who are low income are struggling with the new vehicle inspection law.

I would suggest that all old cars and vans which will not meet inspection requirements can be used to create a new product line: old vans and cars can be re-created into green houses, and meet requirements, if marijuana is legalized, for secure locked growing facilities.

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Would a Border Water Canal Be Better Than President Trump's Border Wall?

POTUS BORDER WALL?

POTUS stands for President of the United States of America. Our current President is Donald J. Trump and he wants to build a Border Wall between the United States of America and Mexico.

Some people think this is a male fantasy, a type of penis elongation wet dream, spitting out illegal aliens instead of sperm.

Many Presidents of the United States of America have been known to love sex, such as POTUS John F. Kennedy and POTUS Bill Clinton. Men with high testosterone levels need lots of activity to release their urges. Running for political office is therapy for them, they need to shake a lot of hands, they need all that contact with people. They probably have some honey bee DNA.

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Anti-Trump Rioters Oblivious To Solidarity With CIA-fed Criminal Media Owned by Investors in WW 3

January 21, 2017, famous singing pop star Madonna addressing the Women’s March on Washington,“Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything.”[1]

Interestingly, no celebrity confessed to thinking of blowing up the White House last year, when regime change death and destruction was being visited on eight Middle East and African nations by US military[2] and Islamic terrorists funded, equipped and inspired by Saudi Arabia and other compliant US allies. [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Are the anti-President Trump demonstrations and riots not being fueled and featured in CIA fed[10][11] wars-promoting mainstream media because the President has condemned Obama’s and Hillary’s regime change death and destruction and perhaps worse, said America should be friends with Russia and China, not to mention calling his fellow Republican President predecessor a liar for “lying about weapons of mass destruction so he could invade Iraq” (and, as everyone knows, mercilessly destroy that nation taking more than a million lives)?

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If the People Will Lead...

If the people will lead…. Tim Kipp, 1/14/17
A commemoration speech on Martin Luther King’s Birthday

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In 1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “For years I labored with the idea of reforming existing institutions of society through a little change here and a little change there. But now I feel differently. You have to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values”.

By the 1960’s King’s political analysis was evolving; his conceptions of racial justice would now embrace political democracy and economic democracy. Questioning capitalism and its partner, imperialism would become part of his critical analysis along with integration and voting rights. He clearly understood the Marxist axiom: where there is economic power there is political power.

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In the Male Preserve: A Sisterhood of Lost Power

On the first page of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, the author, Shulamith Firestone, warns women, “Feminists have to question, not just all of Western culture, but the organization of culture itself, and further, even the very organization of nature. Many women give up in despair: if that's how deep it goes they don't want to know.”

What Shulamith understood is that the one of the obstacles for making the case for feminist revolution were women themselves.

It was, in 1920, when American women won the vote, that they also lost their emancipation from the male domain. By given the vote in a man’s world, many men and women thought equal rights were thereafter redundant.

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In Less Than 30 Years Obama Will Be Tried for Millions of Unlawful Deaths in a Court of a New UN

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If former President Obama lives to a healthy elderly age in more harmonious world than today’s, in all probability he will face trial for a million unlawful deaths, injuries, deformities, and mega destruction. Ex US Attorney General Ramsey Clark reminds us that the Nuremberg Principles of International Law long enshrined in the UN Charter, are by Article Six of the US Constitution, an integral part of the law of the land.

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What is President Donald J. Trump's Position on Marijuana?

I am hoping our brand spanking new President, Donald Trump, will create a White House version of "The Apprentice", something like "Live at the White House" where President Donald Trump could fire his Chief of Staff frequently for unethical conduct or mis-spelling errors, or for coming back from lunch break reeking of marijuana smoke, even though marijuana is legal in Washington, D.C. - or will Donald Trump decide to allow employees of the White House to smoke a toke on lunch break? We need to know!

President Donald Trump could fire the Chef and Housekeeper as well, every time a tourist on the White House Tour stumbles upon one of those cockroaches the tourists laugh at, or silently shriek when they see them crawling, because their own homes have fewer pests.

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