11/19/2017
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Assertion:

1. All new fighters have high accident rates, much higher than mature fighters and much, much higher than scheduled airliners.

2. Basing a new fighter with significantly less than 1 million fleet hours of safety experience in an urban area is likely to expose the residents to accident probabilities that are irresponsibly high.

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The Fourth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution is anti-police-state

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  

The founding document of the United States is inherently suspicious of a government’s willingness to abuse its powers, a suspicion rooted in centuries of tyranny around...

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to be afraid of.”

-Google’s Eric Schmidt

I killed my TeeVee when I went to college in 1985. Stopped watching. Cold turkey. An active watcher all my young life, I grew up and decided that television was too corporate, too commercial, and too invasive. University life, with its infinite distractions, intellectual and otherwise, proved much more compelling. I continued my television-free life into my twenties, and found I didn’t miss the screen a bit. The “boob tube’s” critics, meanwhile, savaged the...

by James Marc Leas

When Burlington City Attorney Eileen Blackwood issued a legal opinion on the resolution to bar basing of F-35 warplanes at Burlington Airport, the Mayor of Burlington, Miro Weinberger, issued a punchy one-sentence statement suggesting it was a knockout blow to the resolution. The legal opinion concluded that Burlington cannot legally block the F-35.

By the very next day, however, the negative conclusion evaporated and turned into a strong positive. A 3 page response provided by Stop-the-F-35 Coalition...

Secessionists should celebrate the DC shutdown.  WHOO HOO!  We got what we have wanted for 10 years.  For 16 days the national government was out of business. Did the economy collapse?  Did the terrorists attack?  Was there chaos in the streets?  Did the sky fall?  No.  None of these things happened.  The fear is overblown.

Was your life affected at all?  Seriously think about it.  It didn't affect me in the slightest.  I am not everyone, since I receive no federal government services, and am not employed by the feds.

I do think that Social Security and Medicare are important for now, but as Bernie has...

For all the talk about the United States approaching a catastrophic Debt Ceiling and subsequent unprecedented but exceptional default that would have unpredictable but probably dire impact on pretty much everybody, one thing you don’t hear much is that:

There is No Debt Ceiling.

Seriously, the relevant law literally does nothing to control the national debt. A serious Debt Ceiling law would prevent Congress from appropriating expenditures beyond the debt limit.  Congress has never done that, Congress probably never would do that, even if...

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...

 

Burlington- Gathering in the outer chambers of City Hall, dozens of Burlington citizens held a rally Monday night to oppose the basing of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Burlington International Airport (BTV). Intended to coincide with a set of proposed City Council resolutions against the deafening and expensive aircraft, organizers of the rally made careful note of City Attorney Eileen Blackwood’s announcement that BTV doesn’t hold the right kind of insurance for the F-35, making the City vulnerable to lawsuits and forcing the opposition’s...

Prescription drug addiction has emerged as one of Vermont’s most pervasive and most hidden public health problems. Now, “The Hungry Heart,” produced by Kingdom County Productions and directed by Peacham, Vermont filmmaker Bess O’Brien, provides a powerful and intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction in a moving documentary that bears witness to the struggles of drug addicts, their families, and the medical professionals who do their utmost to support them.

The hero of...

Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup. An article in the Associated Press in February confirmed an open purchase order by DHS for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.According to an op-ed in Forbes, that’s enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over...

by Dorian Yates 

For those who care about local foods and small farms, please submit comments to the FDA by November 15th on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed into law by President Obama in January of 2011, the FDA has taken more than two years to move FSMA through its rule-making procedure—a process still ongoing. The FDA hails FSMA as the most “sweeping reform of food safety laws in over 70 years.” An undeniably important objective given the attention-grabbing...

Is the phrase “government shutdown” actually an oxymoron? 

By the time you read this, the government shutdown may or may not be over, and it may or may not matter to you personally, and it may or may not matter to the country – depending on the criteria you use to assess it. Those who say it’s not actually a “government shutdown” are correct in an obvious way – it’s actually only a partial executive and judicial branch shutdown, with Congress very much alive, well, and dysfunctional as ever. 

A real government shutdown would bring the troops home from their dozens  (hundreds?) of...

My main point on all of this C02/climate "debate" has been and remains that the "experts" really don't know with any certainty that historically speaking C02 is a leading causal factor in warming. This article shows that in fact the ice core data does imply the opposite, that C02 rises after warming peaks, (so how could C02 be the cause of the warming peaks?). How this data is interpreted, and in what context, will likely change. But it's clear to me, from this article and others, that the "science" is being rigged to...

With Vermont’s highest elected officials still deep in Defense Dept. denial over the disaster that is the Air Force’s F-35 strike fighter, a local city council threatens to bring some military sanity to Vermont (but nowhere else) by exercising its landlord right to reject as a tenant a weapon of mass destruction that will wreak havoc on the local neighborhood. 

This initiative comes from four members of Vermont’s Progressive Party on the Burlington City Council, who plan to introduce a resolution on October 7 effectively barring the F-35 from being based in the middle of Vermont’s most populated area. In contrast, Vermont’s official “leadership,” almost all Democrats, still thinks basing nuclear-capable...

The September 7th article in the Times Argus by Peter Hirschfield titled “State finances: Bonding amounts may drop, affecting infrastructure repairs” presents a false dilemma for Vermonters. 

We are told we must reduce spending on needed infrastructure and public safety or risk the loss of Vermont’s AAA bond rating.  This is akin to another false choice we are told we have to make every year when the legislature convenes - the choice of raising taxes or cutting spending to balance the budget.  We hear about $20 million budget “holes...

Turn on your TeeVees. It's screen-driven pop culture propaganda dissemination time once again in the U.S. of Empire.

Season 3 of Showtime's wildly successful spy drama "Homeland" kicks into high gear this Sunday, September 29 at 9:00 pm. With multiple Emmys and two seasons worth of spy mojo under its belt, "Homeland" has delivered some of TV's most memorable moments of our post 9/11 era. Six million Americans (2% of the population, including President Obama) count themselves regular die-hard weekly viewers.

Here are four different ways "Homeland" fans pledge allegiance (season 3's tagline) to...

Disease eradication programs seem admirable enough, with stated goals of saving the lives of women, children, the poor and war-torn. However, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. 

Multinational UN Battalion

While United Nations Millenium Goals/Global Vaccine Action Plan Goals may sound lofty and philathropic, execution of unrealistic goals can lead to unintended consequences. One-sized fits-all health programs leave little room for tribal, personal, familial...

 
"The business of national security is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." (Slight alteration of Hunter Thompson's original quote)

In 1935 retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler (A two time medal of Honor winner, and most highly decorated officer at that time) published a booklet entitled, "War is a Racket".

In this booklet Butler outlined the blatant war profiteering that took...

Why is the American public so unenthusiastic about bombing Syria? Certainly the case for war is weak and hypocritical both in its pretext and in its imagined goals. But that was no less true of the Iraq War, which was easily foisted upon a credulous public – a “slam dunk,” as CIA director George Tenet put it. This time, despite a weeklong media blitz (administration insiders call it “flooding the zone”), a majority of the American public still oppose bombing Syria. For the most part, it isn't...

If Argo was the big winner on 2013 Oscars night, Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed film Zero Dark Thirty (ZDT) proved the big loser. Or was it?

As a director, the talented Bigelow has crafted a deserved reputation for gritty realistic depictions of war—think Jeremy Renner as an emotionally detached bomb squad leader in The Hurt Locker. ZDT, which garnered multiple Oscar nominations, emerged as a gripping story—“witness the greatest manhunt in history”—based on Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s recasting of facts...

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