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Industry and healthcare workers have been shielded from liability for vaccine products for the last 35 years - and there are many facts that everyone should know about this liability shield - even if you believe that vaccines are for you and your family. 

On November 7th, 2013, members of the vaccine injury community held a briefing for congressional staffers to present many of the problems in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in preparation for hearings in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Professor Mary Holland, Head of Graduate Legal Studies at NYU, and Rolf Hazelhurst, Father in one of the test cases In...

Let me issue and control a nation‘s money and I care not who writes the laws.

– Amschel Rothschild

Perhaps the single most important thing to know about power in the world today is that most nations do not have control over their own currencies. Instead privately owned, for-profit central banks – such as the Federal Reserve Bank in the US – create money out of nothing and then loan it at interest to their respective governments. This is an incredibly profitable scam, but that’s not the worst of it.

Not only do the central banks have...

 
William Sherman Coperthwaite, September 17, 1930 - November 26, 2013
 
William S. Coperthwaite, architect, author, maker, visionary social critic, and homesteader, has died.  My own family has lost both our sail and our anchor, and today there are thousands of Mainers and New Englanders who grieve the same loss.
 
A man who inspired many thousands by his life led close to nature and in opposition to contemporary society, Mr. Coperthwaite was often compared to Henry David Thoreau. Similar...

American foreign policy as a state sponsor of terrorism in response to terrorism operates now with a decidedly genocidal logic. Perhaps that logic has been there all along, but with increased American use of drone assassinations in tribal areas on two continents, the logic has become inescapably real, albeit not officially acknowledged or, perhaps, consciously...

“I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution,” explains Canadian actor and longtime leftie activist Donald Sutherland in a recent interview with “The Guardian.” And he isn’t kidding. Sutherland, who again plays evil Panem president Coriolanus Snow in the second installment of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, doesn’t mince words in describing his frustration with his perceived apathy of today’s millennials. “You know the young people of this society have not moved in the last thirty years,” he observes. “They have been consumed with telephones....

Two events occurred recently that high-light the importance of presenting statistics when advocating for policy change . One was a presentation by Dr. Gus Speth and the other was the press conference held by Anthony Pollina, Gwen Hallsmith, and Gary Flomenhoft (of  the Gund Institute). We cannot move forward in any of our efforts unless the numbers make sense, and unless we keep reminding people of the overwhelming and obvious...

Dear High Country News,

As a Vermonter who lived out West for 10 years in my twenties, I have been a loyal HCN subscriber since 1992 - excellent newspaper - and was pleased to read Krista Langlois' fine article about secession in your new issue. Since I was quoted a bit out of context, here are a few additional observations. I hope you will publish them.

1. Secession is every American's birthright - the concept drives Jefferson's 1776 Declaration of Independence and is woven into the fabric of U.S....

“When I was in school, kids worked harder and were better behaved,” declared the young man just seven years out of high school. “Son, every generation says schools have gone to pieces since their day,” I replied. “A friend said his college professor colleagues were complaining about the ‘alarming’ degeneration. ‘Kids today don’t know how to write a clear sentence, lack knowledge of history and don’t even know when the Civil war occurred!’”

This widely held folk legend deserves a closer look. What are the facts?

The federal government just reported that Vermont, compared to all states and nations, ranked...

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.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at length (35 minutes) about "America's long-term national security priorities" as the keynote speaker for the Global Security Forum 2013,...

True confessions. I enjoy “Homeland.” Like six million other weekly TV viewers, including President Obama, I tune in every week to Showtime’s wildly successful Emmy Award winning spy show, conceived by “24” creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and based on Israeli writer Gideon Raff’s series “Hatufim” (“Prisoners Of War”). Where else on TV will you find a fictionalized dive into (in no particular order) C.I.A. intrigue, PTSD’s impact on war veterans, sexting and teenage angst, drone warfare, Beltway family jockeying, Middle Eastern money laundering, and the spinning of super-secret spy and counter spy scenarios? Not to...

Now we know exactly how many members of the U.S. House of Representatives care enough about American terrorism to attend a Congressional briefing about a U.S. drone attack that followed a classic terrorist pattern in killing a grandmother and wounding nine children in Pakistan. Five.

Five members of "the people's house" came to the briefing, and one of them was there for the full 90 minutes.

When one of the witnesses expressed disappointment at the turnout, a congressman reassured him: this was better than we expected. They were all Democrats.

Had any other...

As I researched the banking system in Vermont for the public bank report I'm working on some interesting things emerged.  What you mainly hear from people in power is "Don't change anything!  Everything is fine!"  But a pattern emerges about sovereignty that I find very interesting.  Liberals (democrats) have always been ok with big government and centralized power, so it's not surprising that they don't support Vermont sovereignty.  They can't attack big business because then they will be called the dreaded socialist word.  Conservatives have always espoused local control, ie: states rights.  So what's...

Gwen Hallsmith of Vermonters for a New Economy joins Senator Anthony Pollina and Gund Institute researcher Gary Flomenhoft to announce a New Vermont Public Bank Study.
 
Imagine this: The once and future Vermont Republic establishes a Vermont Public Bank and doing so:
 
1. CREATES JOBS - create more than 2,500 more of them for Vermonters.
 
2. INCREASES CAPITAL: Add $192 million to the Gross State Product.
 
3. BOOSTS OUTPUT:...
From 2003 until September 2011, Bill Keller was Times executive editor. Earlier he was a reporter and Washington bureau chief. He's now an op-ed columnist and Times Magazine contributor. His columns are best avoided. They shun truth and full disclosure. They avoid telling readers what they most need to know. Managed news misinformation substitutes. All of it fit to print isn't fit to read. It's typical Times journalism. Readers are cheated. They're betrayed. They deserve better. Growing millions seek it. Alternative media sources provide it. ...

On Oct. 21 Gov. Peter Shumlin Tweeted: “Congratulations to Luke Foley for winning the #VT Teacher of the Year Award!” Better late than never. Luke Foley was named Vermont Teacher of the Year nearly a week earlier, on Oct. 15. I was disappointed that Gov. Shumlin couldn’t make it nearly next door to Northfield Middle High School to congratulate Luke Foley in person — and demonstrate to the students filling the auditorium what an important even this was.

Shumlin’s schedule listed no commitments the day Foley received his award. Maybe Shumlin was resting up for his next day 7:30 a.m. appearance at the ribbon cutting for the new...

 
All wars are insane. World War I was particularly so. In this debacle of needless slaughter, soldiers were ordered to charge across open fields into the mouths of machine guns. Among the many great fiascos, the 1915 Gallipoli campaign stands out. Stymied with an entrenched and stalemated western front, the British threw hundreds of thousands of Empire troops against the Ottoman Turks. The aim was a land march up the Dardanelles ending in the capture of Istanbul. A half million casualties and eight months later, the British withdrew in total failure.
 
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Burlington- Filling Contois Auditorium beyond capacity and spilling into its outer chambers, an enormous crowd packed the Burlington City Council meeting on Monday night in eager anticipation of last ditch arguments over the basing of the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Burlington International Airport. Voting 10-4 to reject a measure that would have barred BTV from accepting...

I was driving back from Amherst, Ma and stopped somewhere around Windsor, VT and noticed a headline in the Rutland Herald that said, “State Catches Heat for Yankee closing”.

The article could just have easily come from the Times Argus

“Angry Vernon residents blamed the state of Vermont Monday for the looming shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, two Vermont House committees were told…More than one Yankee employee said they didn’t want to leave Vermont, and they didn’t know where they...

Quick quiz from this independence-minded Vermont perfesser.

What’s the United States’ greatest gift to the world?

If you answered with the Declaration of Independence (all about “secession,” of course), the invention of the U.S. postal office (a few years after the first Vermont republic started delivering their own mail beginning in 1777), the national park idea, or really good beer, you are in the ballpark. The best answer, though, may be the invention of universal public education, something we do really well here in the once and future Republic of Vermont.

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Image by Dylan Kelley for Vermont Commons 

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 17th 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."

Blackwood's "preliminary...

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