11/19/2017
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Rob's note: Writer JH Kunstler, below, is among a growing number of observers who urges Americans to look beyond the bleating of the US mainstream media echo-chamber to global issues of consequence. Among the most important of these is the concept of Peak Oil. The U.S. empire is currently enmeshed in a $200 billion imperial project to secure geopolitical control over what's left of the world's dwindling oil reserves in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Americas. Kunstler and others suggest that we've got a few years left before the cost associated with oil extraction far outstrip any profits generated from the same. In other words, our global fossil fuel economy will only be with us for a little while longer. The foot we eat, the...
Rob's note: Bennington voters' recent decision to allow Wal-Mart to enlarge the size of its downtown mega-store has prompted more collective head-scratching from Vermonters, including Ripton writer Bill McKibben. Here, we offer Bill's VTC Issue #1 essay on Wal-Mart for your blogging pleasure. Wal-Mart: What's a Bargain Worth? (VTC Issue #1) By Bill McKibben Let us begin by treating Wal-Mart with utter respect, by giving credit where it is due. In the course of a few decades it has become the mightiest retailer the world has ever seen. In 2002 it sold $224 billion worth of goods. It is bigger than Target, Sears, J.C. Penney, Safeway, and Kroger combined. It sells more toys, more furniture, more jewelry, more dog food, more flowers, more...
Every great organization has a great bumper sticker (BS). Starting right now, we are looking for your bumper sticker ideas. Something short, pithy, and provocative related to VT COMMONS' mission. Something we can start sticking on hybrids and bio diesel vehicles all over the Green Mountain state. Something like: "What Would Ethan Do?" (And if you need me to explain this one to you, you must be a Flatlander.) Or "I Feel the Need to Secede." Or...FILL IN YOUR IDEA HERE. And we'll give away a FREE copy of our INDEPENDENCE TRILOGY DVD to the first five people who post a good BS idea here. That's a $14 value. So start posting your BS ideas. We're ready to run with 'em.
Rob's note - VTC founding member Jim Hogue of Calais passed this powerful e-mail on to me... Dovetailing nicely with our Perkins' CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN review, available in Issue #1 of our print journal. Please feel free to comment... Jim: it was you who first cued me about the book by Perkins, which has jumped onto many weeks on the bestsellers list at NYT and elsewhere: "Confessions of an EHM" He was on NOW a month ago, and I guess you cued me for that, too, come to think of it, or I got your email that Rowley would be interviewed, but didn't know that Perkins was on as well, until I surfed NOW's site at www.pbs.org/now and find that they are just now archiving all the videos of past shows, a great boon. And he followed...
Let's begin with the "shout heard 'round the world." The words of Thomas Jefferson and the first Continental Congress in 1776. The opening moments in what has become one of the most important documents about "freedom" and "democracy" in modern world history. The "Declaration of Independence." A document that is, at the core, about secession. Why peacefully secede from the United States? Why create an independent Vermont Republic (again), interested in a free and unfettered exchange of ideas, goods, services and good will with the rest of the globe? How would we actually go about doing such a thing? That's why we are here. To explore these questions. Here are the words of Thomas Jefferson's "Declaration" in 1776. As citizens of the...

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