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The Wonderful Chip Card

It’s more secure. It’s easier. It’s faster. Those were some of the claims of the innovators that brought us the chip card. You know, the bank card with the special chip embedded in it?

Early on, the chip card readers didn’t work. I would frequently be behind the early adopters at a supermarket when they’d try to use them. At the start, the readers weren’t set up, but even once they got going they had problems. Frequent re-trying of the card, or a call to a manager, would sometimes get it to work. Other times customers would simply dump their purchase and walk out in frustration.

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Science Sees the Forest for the Trees

"Wow, 25 degrees below zero, record cold and snow spell. Global warming anyone?" ~Donald Trump 2015

In their Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress the Union of Concerned Scientists rank Vermont number two in the country. One in sixteen Vermont workers are employed in the clean energy sector. Clean energy is vital to the future of forestalling the negative impacts of climate change.

Nevertheless, if I were to depend solely on my own observations, I would say that I see no evidence for climate change. It's because of my overall ignorance of the scientific observations, methods and measurements of meteorology that I'm left with some kind of belief to depend on only. Belief, however, in and of itself, is woefully inadequate to the task. But I feel I know why someone would doubt the human causes of climate change.

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Brattleboro's Best Festivals

The best festivals in Brattleboro, in my view, are the authentic ones. They are quirky, have substance, are tied to the community, and exist due to local passion for the event. They go beyond tourism and marketing gimmicks and tap into something genuine and local.

I think these are some of the best Brattleboro festivals, listed in no particular order. What others did I forget?

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27 Million Died in Russia Because Wall Street Built Up Hitler's Wehrmacht to Knock Out Soviet Union

DESCRIPTION:
With criminal corporate monopoly media masking the US created prosecutable genocide ongoing in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan by focusing attention on Russia, fantasized as a dangerous enemy needing military confrontation, it might be a good time to review past US planned, facilitated and at times perpetrated genocidal crimes in Russia. Article recalls those after WW I and before WW II.

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Transgender Ban in the Military... I Kind of Agree...

"TRANSGENDERS SHOULD BE BANNED FROM THE MILITARY... I kind
of agree..."

 

I don't think Donny went far enough

we should ban

Gays

all the rainbows of LGBTQ!


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Opioid Policy Compromises Doctor-Patient Relationship

I don’t know how many lives will be saved by the official response to the opioid crisis. In the past, government reactions to illegal drugs have been expensive, heavy-handed and ineffective.

Vermont and the nation have never been able to reconcile themselves to the fact that it is normal for people to actually want to use drugs.In the case of opioids, the crackdown is already having collateral damage to patients legitimately in bona-fide need of the relief opioids provide that other pain medicine cannot adequately control. Doctors are more reluctant to prescribe, even censured for prescribing opioids, and patients who really need it are suffering because of the few who abuse the dispensing and usage.

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My Opinion: A Petition? Really? We're Already Doing Good Work for Brattleboro's Energy Future

I’m usually a fan of petitions. They’re an easy way to make your voice heard, especially these days when, on a national level, it sometimes feels like our leaders don’t share our values. But lately a local social media petition has been trying my patience a bit.

There’s an electronic petition making the rounds urging our town to “End Brattleboro’s Municipal Use of Heating Oil”. It points out, fairly, that as a town Brattleboro emits large amounts of carbon dioxide burning fuel oil, and that this is something that we should be working to reduce as much as possible. I fully agree with this sentiment. My problem with the petition? It seems to be either ignorant or dismissive of the very good work that has already been done around this issue. This is surprising, since the author has been present at almost every Selectboard meeting since I have been a member.

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Brattleboro Goes Fourth - A Review

Hats off and a big thanks to the organizers and donors that made Brattleboro Goes Fourth happen this year. It was in many ways a perfect Independence Day.

First, the weather cooperated. Tuesday was neither too hot, nor too cool, with no rain, and just occasional clouds. It helped all the planned activities go off without a hitch.

The parade, which was a bit lacking last year, sprung back to life in 2017. It’s an essential feature for me, and I love that it is real and local. With the exception of some radio stations, a TV show, and a bit of bible thumping, it isn’t a parade trying to sell you anything. It’s just a snapshot of who we are at this moment in time.

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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

DESCRIPTION:
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

TEXT:
‘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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