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Doggie Doo's and Don'ts

Municipalities pass ordinances that require dog owners to pick up their doggie doos with a plastic bag and then throw it into the trash.  Now who the heck thought of this?  It’s actually much worse for the environment than leaving the poop where it is because microbes break down the poop and it’s good for the soil.  That is where poop is supposed to go. That’s the way nature intended. 

Enclosing that natural fertilizer in plastic and disposing it in the trash will prevent it from breaking down and puts more plastic into the waste stream. Dumb, dumb, dumb.  If anything, dog walkers need to have access to a garden trowel and simply scoop up some soil to cover the doo.  Or simply use a piece of a branch or stone that has the right shape for the job.  There is no need to go against nature.  It is easier if we go in harmony with it.  Stupidity is hammering the environment and we all bear the consequences because of someone’s ignorance in office. “Selectmen” - please think before making stupid ordinances. 

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Bacon & Eggs - Festival Promotion Underwhelms

Kevin Bacon.

Why, oh why, does the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce persist in its effort to entice this actor to come to Brattleboro for a bacon festival? What demographic is this supposed to draw?

Quite possibly, dear reader, you are completely unaware of this marketing effort. That would be forgivable, given that the target of the marketing effort is one potential tourist — Kevin Bacon.

Rather than direct mail, or cold calling, the Chamber seems to be banking on a stealthier approach: social media nagging.

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With Joking Russian TV the Best Source of Electronic News and Information Available - Woe Is Us!

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In 1950, Einstein explained why our civilization continues to be "like an axe in the had of the pathological criminal,": "Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control the main sources of information (press, radio, education). Mysteriously, our best independent journalists, top intellectuals and historians, are of no help. Even on RT's ten more serious shows there is no urging of prosecution for international crimes

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Vermont Summer 2016 Primary Results

Some of the Vermont primary results:

Governor - Democrat Vermont
99% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING

Sue Minter (DEM)
35,835
51%

 
Matt Dunne (DEM)
26,561
38%

 
Peter Galbraith (DEM)
6,573
9%

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Amazing! Cris Ericson Got Over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!

Amazing! Cris Ericson got over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!
http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/senate/vermont
P. Leahy (i) 89.1% 61,111
C. Ericson 10.9% 7,476

I, Cris Ericson, am so happy to thank Vermonters for giving me over 10% of the vote for United States Senator  competing against U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy,  especially considering that he refused to debate me or meet me in any forum, showing his utter disregard for low income widow women, of which I am one. Just another example of rich people squashing poor people like bugs.

Government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, including low income widow women.

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Chess.com Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein

Chess.com was able to sit down with each of the four major presidential candidates last week as they turned their attention to courting the ever-important chess demographic. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein were all interviewed by Chess.com as they look for votes on the 64 squares.

https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-com-interviews-trump-clinton-johnson-stein

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A Presidential Candidate - Evan McMullin, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson

There are choices beyond Trump and Clinton.

Evan McMullin says  “I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for president.”

"I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding,"  says Jill Stein.

"I do believe that crony capitalism is alive and well. It’s Democrats and Republicans that contribute to that. I’d like to be that choice that is not going to succumb to that,” says Gary Johnson

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Patriotic Muslim Dad Hails Dead Son's Participation in US Crime Against Humanity in Muslim Iraq

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Sen. Clinton voted for an obvious International Crime Against Humanity in Iraq. Prez Candidate Clinton features at her nominating convention a Muslin father, whose son died participating in US crime against Muslim people ranting about what a bad guy her opponent Donald Trump is, though Trump had spoken out against the illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq. Trump also faulted for non-participation in earlier genocidal crime in Vietnam.

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Free Spaghetti Supper with Matt Dunne & PFFV

The Professional Firefighters of Vermont (PFFV) have endorsed Matt Dunne for Governor. Matt is a lifelong resident of Hartland, Vermont. He is an experienced leader with a deep commitment to making Vermont's economy work for all Vermonters. In addition to PFFV, he has earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Rights & Democracy, and the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA). 

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End of the Line for Bernie Sanders

After many months of fighting the good fight, and losing, we’ve come to the end of the line for Bernie Sanders.  He was our last best hope, but for whatever reason, people opted for the “safe,” status quo candidate Hillary Clinton.  This may have been engineered, to a large degree, by a party apparatus that opposed his candidacy — the DNC email leak last week made it clear that they were out to get him, and it’s likely the party’s animosity toward Sanders trickled down to local party people across the country.  No wonder people thought there was voter suppression and shenanigans — the Democratic party was at war with its own progressive wing.  But so be it.  

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