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No Uprising Gaddafi Loved by Libyans Confessed Italian PM Berlusconi As Italian NATO Planes Bombed

Peoples History Briefings

"If you don't know history, it's like you were born yesterday; anyone up there in a position of power can tell you anything and you have no way of checking up on it." Howard Zinn (author of A People's History of the United States)
Now Documented! An Enormous Amount of Past Criminally Faked News Promoting Invasions and Bombings by Commercial Media - Some Even Admitted!

Readers can challenge US NATO UN justifications for ongoing deadly invasions and bombings by pointing to the now obvious self-indicting past lies and fake news which promoted past ‘humanitarian interventions’ that are now proven to have been indisputably fully prosecutable crimes of genocide.


Modern Policing

The British invented modern policing in the early 19th century, establishing the ‘Peelian Principles’ of policing by consent. (After Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel)   http://www.lacp.org/2009-Articles-Main/062609-Peels9Principals-SandyNazemi.htm

One of those principles is “to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular
occasion for achieving a police objective“.


Burlington Voters Get to Vote on F-35 Jets, But They Are So Fast & Can Go So Far, Everyone Is Affected!


AP March 4, 2018, BURLINGTON, VERMONT "...co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream was arrested at a demonstration over whether F-35 fighter planes should be based in Vermont..."

"...Burlington Free Press reports the demonstrators violated noise ordinances by playing jet noise from a tower of speakers at a level they say simulated what it would be like to be beneath a flight path...."

"...Burlington voters face a non-binding ballot item Tuesday on whether city officials should oppose basing the planes at Burlington International Airport, beginning in 2019...."

F-35 strike fighter jets fly so incredibly fast that they can go from Burlington, Vermont to Brattleboro, Vermont in about 10 minutes.


"US Foreign Policy is the Greatest Crime Since WWII," former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

“US Foreign Policy is the Greatest Crime Since WWII,” former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

by Jay Janson / February 20th, 2018

Last week, the present US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, during his trip to five Latin American nations, made headlines world wide when he made the following barely veiled threatening statement: “In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad, and the leadership can no longer serve the people.” and shortly afterward referring to the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, added: “If the kitchen gets a little to hot for him, I am sure that he’s got some friends over in Cuba that could give him a nice hacienda on the beach and he could have a nice life over there.” US secretaries of state have a lot of balls, as Tillerson’s gangster tough guy remarks showed.


World Sees Florida's 17 as a Tiny Backfire! Invading Armed Americans Kill Millions of Kids

World Sees Florida’s 17 as a Tiny Backfire! Invading Armed Americans Kill Millions of Kids by jay janson


American college kids only asking for stricter gun laws, should instead ask Iraqis, Libyans, Afghanistani, Somali, and Yemeni what to do about Americans killing Americans, and they will answer, stop invading and killing our people; ask Vietnamese, Koreans, Laotians, Cambodians, Panamanians, Dominicans, Cubans & Grenadines, and they will advise to stop praising GIs sent to kill us as heroes even when they failed to kill enough.


A Brilliant Solution

So, a deranged teenager buys an assault weapon, takes it into a school and kills a bunch of kids.

Our intrepid leader comes up with a brilliant solution:

Arm the teachers!

Why didn’t I think of that?

(Actually, I have thought of an alternative: “shut the schools”. Makes as much sense.

I can think of a better one: Ban military style weapons such as assault rifles.


Gun Culture and The Left

“Laws never made men a wit more just.” –Henry David Thoreau

An Op/Ed By David Van Deusen

Every day I am honored to call rural Vermont my home. Our rugged mountains and vast forests are home to some 600,000 hardy Vermonters. Politically we are the most leftist state in the nation; all of our children have universal healthcare, our minimum wage is $10.50 an hour (with a serious movement towards aching a $15 an hour livable wage), our unemployment rate is 2.8%, we practice a form of direct democracy at the local level (Town Meeting) whereby every citizen is a legislator, democratic socialists (Vermont Progressive Party) are elected to 10 seats in the Statehouse and hold the positions Lt Governor & State Auditor, Socialist Bernie Sanders is one of our two US Senators, and we have no gun control. We also have the lowest rates of violent crime in the nation. On average we have ten murders, total, a year; half of those committed with guns. We are no utopia, this is true. But we are far above most the rest of the United States when it comes to our politics, our social programs, and our standards of living.


A Woman Driving Around Offering Her 13 Year Old Boy For Work Seems Wrong To Me; What Do You Think?

I don't like the fact that they crossed my snow covered icy driveway to go onto my porch and stick this note in my door.

I believe the boy is 12 1/2 or 13 and this may violate child labor laws. I do not want them to come back to my house.

I can not determine what town the telephone number represents, or if it is an unlisted cell phone.

The note they left says they want to help with shovelling.


Heil Trumpler

Our illustrious leader has just
announced that he’s planning to have a ”Grand Military Parade” (his words).

It seems that a few years back there
was a guy named “Adolph” who also liked military parades.


How Safe Are All Amtrak Train Crossings in Vermont? Review Latest Death In Another State & Re-inspect, Please!

Insurance Liability Question -
Ask Republicans:
Who Paid for the Privately Chartered Amtrak Train
that killed one person
in the truck the train hit?

Will this be the Republicans downfall,
rather than
the Russian investigation?


Manning Versus Arpaio

In case you haven't heard, both Chelsea Manning and Joe Arpaio (convicted criminals) are running for US Senate (in different states).

There’s a world of difference between Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence and Trump’s commutation of Joe Arpaio’s.



It seems we've always needed “shitholes” (Perhaps to placate lower-class whites by boosting their egos?)

Back in 1848 when my ancestors migrated, Ireland was the shithole. The Irish weren't considered “white”. They were relegated to the most difficult and dangerous jobs like building the railroads because they were expendable.

A few years later, as the Irish rose in society, Poland became the shithole. Subsequently, Italy replaced Poland.


What is Unconstitutional About Today's New Federal Tax Law?

DEC. 20, 2017 

To be signed by President Donald Trump;  some sources claim he will wait until 2018 to sign it. It's Unclear When Trump Will Actually Sign the Tax Bill - Bloomberg"

H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 115th Congress (2017-2018)


The Alt-Right / NeoNazi Threat

I’ve known about the existence if these people for a long time. I have always felt that they kept a low profile because they realized that their views were antithetical to mainstream ideas in America and they wished to avoid conflict. They could share their ideas with each other, and gloat over how ignorant the rest of us were.

In part because of limited exposure, I believed their numbers have been small, and their influence insignificant.

This may not be the case.

Recently, a friend whose judgement I respect sent me an essay that puts the lie to my beliefs. If it is in any respect true, we’re all in deep trouble.


Astrology? Best Date to Impeach Donald Trump? January 14, 2018 With 6 Positions in Capricorn!

Morning News, Dec. 7, 2017 Wow, not good! Previously this week, the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, took a vote to Impeach President Donald Trump, which did not get enough votes to do so. Too bad they rushed the vote so soon! Maybe they will write up another Impeachment Bill and try again.

My best amatuer astrological guess is that the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, will try again to Impeach President Donald Trump on or about January 14, 2018.     Astrology shows us that on this date at 3:35 PM Washington, D.C. time, there will be six (6) astrological positions in the sign of Capricorn, and this has not happened for many hundreds of years. This is incredibly rare. Because the Sun will be exactly and precisely 90 degrees of Uranus in Aries, (Uranus in Aries can cause sudden change) then this could mean a major earthquake or impeachment. Something rare, something major, with space dust coming down on us in a way that has not happened in hundreds of years....


Trump Is Not An Accident

There is no such thing as an accident. Nothing in this Universe occurs haphazardly. There is no chance, no providence, and nothing ever just happens. What is, is, and what happens, happens, because of the need to balance out the repercussions from the attitudes and emotions of fragment-entities, put into a creative mode through their thoughts, words, and deeds.    

Essene Saying

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.


All Vermont High Schools & Colleges, Please Assign This Blog Entry For Required Reading!

All Vermont High Schools & Colleges, Please Assign This Blog Entry For Required Reading!


Please require all Vermont High School & College students to do a google, bing, or yahoo search on the news about the most recent North Korea Missle Test

Trump confronts perilous North Korean test


Happy Thanksgiving Week Thank You to the #MeToo Movement For Helping Women Say What They Need To Say!

Happy Thanksgiving Week Thankyou to the #MeToo movement For Helping Women Say What They Need To Say!

'Me too' movement renews Equal Rights Amendment push

USA TODAY - 2 days ago 

WASHINGTON — Equal Rights Amendment advocates think this could be their moment. As women increasingly come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment, advocates are seeing the “me too” movement as an opportunity to renew their push for Constitutional protections...


Thank You For Your Service. Please Work For peace


I had my veterans for peace hat on and a
young man came by and said,
“Thank you for your service, sir.”
And he shook my hand.

“Thank you.” I said. “But
can you do me a favor?”

He seemed surprised, but
quickly said, “Yes, sir.”


Brattleboro Teachers and Parents Beware of Act 46 Merger

I believe strongly that an Act 46 merger will negatively affect the children and the teachers in the Brattleboro schools. As we all know, Brattleboro has a much higher rate of poverty than other towns in the WESEU and we also have many families who have been negatively affected by the opioid epidemic with families being disrupted and children in foster care or being raised by caring grandparents.


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