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USA Celebrates Profitable Genocide 1776 Enslaving Africans to 2015 Destroying 6 Muslim Nations!

DESCRIPTION: Independence Holiday in the USA becomes a time when citizens tend to reflect on the nations 238 year history. It is a history typical of six European empires in the areas of genocide and plunder.  Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. plural: genocides; review of USA's; update on present and future prosecution thereof.

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The Case of the Missing Newspapers

Every Wednesday I deliver about 4000 copies of “The Commons”, a weekly newspaper which is familiar to most of the people reading this. 

This Wednesday, something very mysterious happened – most of the papers I delivered have disappeared.

It is as if someone was following me around and removing the papers from the racks I filled just a few minutes before.

Got any ideas?

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Greece Should Be Taking Money Making Stock Tips from Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont!

Letter to the Editor of The Vermont Journal/The Shopper, Ludlow, Vermont,  published July 1, 2015.
"Congressman Peter Welch Gets Richer While Depriving Poor Vermonters!"

Last year U.S. Congressman Peter Welch voted to reduce foodstamps (SNAP Program) for poor and struggling Vermonters.

Do members of the United States Congress  get special hints telling them to  buy stock at a certain time, and then sell it, to reward them for voting a certain way on a certain Bill?

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You Can Do It, But You Can't Control The Reaction

I find it interesting that one of the outcomes of the shooting in Charleston appears to be the dismantling of the imagery that appealed to the shooter. Overnight, the Confederate flag is something for politicians to distance themselves from, and calls for its removal from license plates, statehouses, and other official uses are being acted upon. Long a symbol of southern pride, its days seem numbered.

Dylann Roof probably didn’t anticipate this reaction, but he accomplished it.

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Tools of War

The United States is effectively supplying Islamic State with tools of war. Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when Islamic State overran the northern city of Mosul. Further losses by default to Islamic State include at least :

40 M1A1 main battle tanks,
74,000 machine guns,
52 M198 howitzer mobile gun systems.
1,000 additional Humvees, along with their armor upgrades, machine guns and grenade launchers.
250 Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers (MRAPs) Like in Keene!

plus unaccountable amounts of materiel left behind when American forces departed Iraq in 2011.

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Tens of Millions of Survivors of Genocidal US Terrorism! Ridicule that US Lst of Nations Sponsoring Terrorism

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With the absurd US list accusing other nations of sponsoring the terrorism, which the USA has created since WWII highlighted in the news for Cuba having been now taken of the list, your author would like to see the tens of millions of survivors of US genocidal terror ask everyone with a computer to google 'US sponsor of ISIS,' and see the first dozen entries that come up. Eventual lawsuits will punish investment in genocide.

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"The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist." Fox News, Cuba removed from US terror sponsor list, Associated Press, 5/29/2015

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Memorial Day! Americans Honor Military that Collaterally Slaughtered Millions of Non-Caucasian Children

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Article describes how Memorial Day will evolve into a day of mourning not only the military deaths of friends and family but a day of mourning for having been deceived by a media owned by profiteers in the genocidal use of America's Armed Forces all around our blessed world, and of intense interest in the prosecution of everyone responsible for their shame in the eyes tens of millions of victims of their lamentable ignorance.

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Memorial Day! Americans Honor Military that Collaterally Slaughtered Millions of Non-Caucasian Children

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Unlike Chavez, Chavistas Appealed to a Powerless US President Who Works for Investors in Genocide!

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in his book The Fire This Time - US War Crimes in the Gulf wrote, and has since kept repeating, "the greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy." America's most famous defector from the war establishment would of course would be gratified to hear this spoken of by leaders of nations under US military or covert CIA-CNN attack. Crimes are meant to be prosecuted, and criminals made to pay for what they have done!

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Ugh (Loud Motorcycles)

With the return warm weather and open windows, painfully loud motorcycles are also back, and seem to be worse than ever. Living downtown, I'm used to my apartment filling with noise from the logging trucks and ambulances that frequently pass by, but the level of nuisance from some of the motorcycles lately is at another level. Last Monday, one was so loud it left a trail of car alarms going off in its wake.

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Anniversary End of USA's 3.5 Million Holocaust Celebrated in Communist Vietnam! Great Satan's Defeat

Regarding the huge celebrations in Vietnam on April 30, 2015, your author adds herein not a single God-damned or blessed word of text more than he already has written in dozens of titles on the subject, the links to which are provided, each along with a synopsis. If anyone landed in from outer space and is uninformed of America's thirty year genocide in the French colonies of Indochina, he or she might like to Google 'Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence,' or just 'Beyond Vietnam,' for the text of Rev. Martin Luther King's 1946 New York sermon that made headlines across the world and brought vilification of King in America's press and electronic media.

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Rooting For Baltimore

The news out of Baltimore on last Monday afternoon hit me with an eerie feeling of familiarity.  My family had moved to Baltimore in January of 1968.  Just four months later, in April (coincidentally) of that year, the city erupted in riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King.  I was only seven and barely understood what was going on, but I’ve never forgotten that time.  We were home from school for a week while the National Guard rode down our street in big convoy trucks with guns facing out.  My uncle took us up on the roof one night to see the fires that dotted the skyline to our south.  Everyone was very freaked out.

Hearing then that a “mob” of “thugs” was making its way through the city toward downtown, touching many of the places that were hit so hard in ‘68, brought those years back again. It wasn’t a settling feeling.  In the late ‘60s in places like Baltimore, there were adults who truly feared revolution.  They thought that maybe the center wouldn’t hold. They were inordinately fearful of what they perceived as chaos, and certainly the events of that year were chaotic.  I remember hearing my father saying to someone, “if they get to 25th Street, we’re going to have to leave.”    Monday afternoon brought back that scary feeling of chaos to a lot of people old enough to remember.

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What's Really Going On In The Middle East?

Let Wesley Clark explain.

Former Washington insider and four-star General Wesley Clark spilled the beans several years ago on how Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries once it became clear that post-Soviet Russia “won’t stop us.”

As I recently reviewed a YouTube eight-minute clip of General Clark’s October 2007 speech, what leaped out at me was that the neocons had been enabled by their assessment that – after the collapse of the Soviet Union – Russia had become neutralized and posed no deterrent to U.S. military action in the Middle East.

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Raising School Taxes

The Vermont Senate is considering a bill that will provide tax incentives to school that find ways to cooperate with surrounding districts to improve efficiency and student opportunities. The schools in our supervisory union are widely recognized as leaders in these kinds of changes, having begun implementing them a decade ago.

The bill also cuts supports for small schools, and cuts support for schools adjusting to declining numbers of students. Guilford, Putney, Vernon, and the high school district benefit from these supports and will see tax rates increase if they are cut.

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Vermonters Are Held In Prison Even After Their Release Date If They Don't Find A "Qualified" Home

The family of Oscar Mark Delgado, Sr.  from Johnson, Vermont are looking for someone to provide a home for their adult son, Oscar Delgado, Jr. In the State of Vermont, people are held in prison after their sentences are completed if they can not find a qualified home that the probation officer approves. This results in a high rate of prison over-population in Vermont and it results in sending people to out-of-state prisons because too many people who have already completed their sentences are forced to stay in Vermont prisons because their probation officer will not "qualify" the new residence of the person to be released.  

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Take the "B" Out of LGBTQ

The misappropriation of 'bisexual' into the collective initialism of LGBTQ remains one of the worst things to happen to human sexuality since the days of Leviticus.

It’s bad enough that both sides of the sexuality fence have wasted humanity’s precious time embattled over the black and white issue of straight versus gay but to drag bisexual people into this self-centered mess has no conscious behind it. Gay people’s action of taking “something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission,” did a great disservice to bisexual people and to the future of our sexually.

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International Jazz Day at a UN Underwriting Genocide in Yemen After Having Ordered Libya's Obliteration and Korea Reconquered

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Some, if not most, of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the world performed brilliantly at the United Nations on International Jazz Day, April 10, 2015, at the same time sanctifying with music a failed United Nations, which, since its creation by the colonial powers, has facilitated genocide for profit of the amoral wealthy elite of Western speculative interest banking. Why? Celebrities as influential role models have added responsibility for the actions of their government.

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Why Not Us, Too?

How I wish Brattleboro would follow Westminsters lead. This mornings Reformer let us know that residents of Westminster will be receiving a mailing with information regarding their "new" trash/recycling program. Included with the mailing will be 52 STICKERS FOR 52 WEEKS OF TRASH ................. and they're FREE, FREE, FREE! If residents use more than one bag per week they'll have to purchase additional bags for $3.00 each. This is a perfect example of those in charge governing and at the same time considering and showing compassion and understanding towards their residents.

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Snow, Synchronicity, and Edward Snowden

Maybe it was those snowflakes in our weather forecast, but I had a lot of snow-related synchronicities this week.  It started with the news that a new monument had gone up overnight in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, not far from the Brooklyn Bridge.  The monument consisted of a bust of Edward Snowden, with his name emblazoned across the column below it in big Roman capitals.  It was an impressive gesture by a group of artists who wrote (as you shall see below) some powerful things about freedom and heroism and the public’s right to know.  And even though the government covered it up, by sending park employees to smother Snowden’s bust in a tarp so no one could see it, civil disobedience had happened and it was noteworthy.  Check it out — it’s a nice statue.  

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"Musical" Backpacks

I just received an email from a lawyer and peace activist in Boston named Ralph Lopez, in which he references an article written by himself about the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.

In the article, Lopez states that “High quality images from just-posted evidence exhibits in the Tsarnaev trial by the US Department of Justice show conclusively that the backpack carried by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a surveillance video, and the one said to contain the bomb which killed eight-year-old Richard Martin, do not match in color.”

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Massachusetts Open Meeting Law Under Attack

From a March 26, 2015 Hampshire Gazette editorial:

It’s not shocking that several public officials stood up at a public meeting to complain that the state’s Open Meeting Law is cumbersome and confusing.

What is shocking is that they derided it as “unfair and undemocratic” and claimed that a request for meeting minutes is tantamount to harassment.

Even more shocking is that in a room full of 100 elected and appointed public officials from Hampshire and Franklin counties, these comments elicited applause.

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