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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...
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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...

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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...

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Nearly 500 people marched into the Burlington, Vt., City Council meeting on October 28 to testify for or against the basing of the boondoggle F-35 warplane at Burlington International Airport.


The City Council planned to hear testimony before voting on two resolutions initiated by the Stop the F-35 Coalition that would bar the plane. One would have banned the plane outright--the other would have imposed noise and crash rate regulations that would have effectively kept the plane out as well.

The movement against the warplane had reached such a critical mass that just two weeks ago, activists were optimistic they would actually win. But Vermont's political...

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(This essay is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, “The Vermont Way: Restless Spirits and Popular Movements”.)

The idea of defying the forces of centralized power and wealth can be seductive, especially if you live in a small, isolated place with a reputation for being contrary and the sense that it’s different, even exceptional.
 
In Congress, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders has reflected this perspective, challenging corporate secrecy and the powers of international financial institutions by forging alliances that cross traditional lines. When that strategy was attempted in Vermont during the late...
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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What would it look like if a government really knew what it was doing?

Lacking a comprehensive, coherent account of rational beings acting in rational ways to work towards peaceful and reliable solutions to difficult questions, we offer here a fragmentary highlight reel of one day in the life of an American government  spinning in all directions toward no known goal in Syria. 

But first a note about the context of the current public debate about Syria: we’re getting conned by the White House on intelligence assessments. Again. As reported by Gareth...

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