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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 benefits that the numbers portend should we establish a public bank and become an independent state. VTCommons has done the work of presenting the numbers regarding sovereignty  over the years, and many people are now doing it regarding a state bank. This is just an update to you on our progress regarding a state/...
This paper is an investigation into whether or not Vermont State funds, deposited in TD Bank North, are safe. Documents and opinions from several experts were solicited and received.[1] Gary Murphy and I examined the new regulations of the FDIC in an effort to find out if the FDIC had set the stage for the confiscation of state money that was deposited in a "TBTF" (Too Big to Fail Bank).  We looked at the confiscation of deposits and pensions in Cyprus and Poland, and at the debacles in Detroit and Philadelphia. We compared the placement of Vermont's funds to those in other states and found that states, by law, "collateralize" their deposits, which are considered "secured."  These deposits are generally held in a large national or...
This performance is 'The Narrative of Ethan Allen’s Captivity' written in 1778 by Colonel Allen. During the Revolutionary War, and after the battles of Lexington and Concord, Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga in May 1775. This was the first fort taken by the Americans. On September 24, 1775 in Montreal, Canada, Ethan was captured and kept on British prison ships. The British barely kept him alive, then two and a half years later he was exchanged for a colonel and was set free. Friday Sep 28, 2012 7:30 Vergennes Opera House 120 Main Street, Vergennes VT  The Vergennes Opera House is certainly part of a grand tradition of community-based “Opera Houses” that served, historically, as cultural centers and performing arts facilities...
I used to write how this or that event was a great opportunity for the Second VT Republic. Well folks, if we blow this one we should give up. Really. Judge Murtha has handed us our ammunition on a silver platter. So -  Ian, Rob, Rick, Robert, Gaelan, Thomas, Dennis and Dennis, Gary, Carolyn et al - what are we going to do? Wring our hands? I suggest that (pending the appeal) now is the time for every single Vermonter to prepare for the big one. This is tories v patriots. The right to self preservation has been abridged. This is the most basic, inalienable right we have. First, Shumlin should inform the guard and state police and the local constabulary that the contract with Entergy shall be upheld. Second, the people of Vermont should be...
As I look at the aspects of sovereignty, I see three that must go hand in hand if VT is to prosper in the coming years: public banking, food sovereignty and local generation of energy. I am not suggesting isolationism, as bioregionalism is an important factor in all this. I am suggesting preparedness. Sovereignty, in the political sense, puts the discussion on the table, but no politician today is willing to meet that head on. (Though they have done so in Ohio via the nullification of the mandatory insurance premiums.) Let us move foreward in the knowledge that being ready is not quite the same thing as jumping in all the way.  John Ford's fiscal preparedness bill is the first cautious step. And it has not come a moment too soon as Irene...
There will be a meeting at my house on Sunday, Nov 6th at 2:00 to discuss, among other things, this resolution, below, and how to get it on the warnings for town meeting. All who wish to work toward food sovereignty are welcome. "The right to save and plant seeds shall not be abridged." Address: 492 Tucker Rd, Calais (Plainfield). 456 1123
Mike Krause has written about Harrisburg PA, but Harrisburg is just the beginning, and I predict that other cities will follow suit. Mike wrote to me that the legislature in PA has little regard for the Harrisburg population. I suspect that their only interest is bond ratings, which is the only indication we need to know they are not thinking about helping the people of PA. In VT we have at least two legislators who are actively working on monetary reform, and John Ford and I will be talking around the state about public money, warrants, and a state bank. Drowning in sea of debt Pennsylvania to Harrisburg: "Sorry."  By Mike Krause Harrisburg is going under, drowning in a sea of municipal debt. Like many American cities, the Pennsylvania...
 Let's please cut the crap (and leave our game theories, for a moment,where they belong, on the parlor table), we are helping to promote murder and mayhem globally. The actual cause is a sociopathic lack of moral and social responsibility by the banking industry and their corporate lackeys combined with the gullibility of the electorates. The public bought into the illusions and formulas invented by these sociopaths in order to instill fear in the masses so they could sell us the lie that government = corporation and should be managed the same so that they could control the only threat to the successful commission of their crimes. Or as one freshly minted MBA/Attorney (minted by a corporate controlled college or university financed by the...
Reason . . . It was ever so. Adelard of Bath (c. 1080 -1142) Catholic Philosopher “It is through reason that we are men. For if we turned our backs on the amazing rational beauty of the universe we live in we should indeed deserve to be driven therefrom, like a guest unappreciative of the house into which he has been received. William of Conches  (c.  1080 - 1154)  Catholic Philosopher “Because they are themselves ignorant of natures’ forces and wish to have all men as companions in their ignorance, they are unwilling for anybody to investigate them, but prefer that we believe like peasants and not inquire into the causes. However, we say that the cause of everything is to be sought . . . . But these people . . . If they know of anybody so...

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