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African Americans Who Now Betray King’s Condemnation of Wars Will One Day Lead a Nice New USA by jay janson

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Sometime during the next twenty-five years, as the United States slowly begins to lose economic, political, cultural and communications hegemony over the rest of the world, a much nicer, peaceful, pleasant, prosperous, free and expressively energetic America will begin to take shape and will trend toward seeking the unity, harmony and enjoyment found in its African American communities

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My Failure As Inspector of Lumber

For many years I was a Fence Viewer, a town position that was fairly active, with a few calls and inquires per year. When I hit my term limit, I decided to continue to volunteer and looked at the two other “odd” jobs, Weigher of Coal and Inspector of Wood, Lumber and Shingles.

As a Fence Viewer I learned there were both state statutes and materials available from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to help explain the job, so my first step with Coal and Lumber was to look up what the jobs required.

VLCT said the positions were considered obsolete and unnecessary. They date from an earlier time prior to consumer protection laws, and now everything these positions were responsible for are handled in other ways.

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Loss of Fairground Rd Trash Bins

Am I hearing this right?

What a stupid move.

I lived in a town (Lake Luzerne, NY) where they tried something like this many years ago.

The unintended consequence was a “Yuuge” increase in trash being discarded by the side of the road.

Why not eliminate all trash and garbage collection for good and let the free market do its magic?

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Christmas Spirit! Trump Wants Friendship With Russia and China! Condemns Obama Regime Change Wars By jay janson

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During the shopping season for gifts marking the birth of the Jesus the Son of God and teacher of ‘turn the other cheek’ and ‘love thy enemies,’ one half of the“financial element in the centers of power which has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson,”[FDR quote][1] seems to have thrown up a president-elect that has promised Americans and the world a spirit for 2017, more in keeping with the teaching of Jesus.

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Tony Bennett on 90th Birthday Show Praised For Civil Rights Courage God Bless His Bravery Re 9/11!

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Back in 2011, a beloved then 85 year old jazz singer had scratched the surface of the psyop control of most American minds by war investor-owned-and-managed media. Regarding 9/11, Tony commented, "But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don't make a right. They flew the plane in, but we caused it....Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop."

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Easy Way For Brattleboro To Make Some Money

I found an easy way for Brattleboro to rake in some extra cash.

Everyday, numerous trucks carrying homes come through town. If we charged them each, say $500, to come through, we could make quite a bit of cash.

Just the other day I passed four of these things. Each was wide enought to cause normal traffic to be altered, with people pulling off to the side, stopping in funny places, and even blocking intersections to let them through.

(You may now explain all the reasons why this is un-possible.)

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West B Fire Station Insulation: Good and Competent People Are On The Ball

So I want to make an update to my previous post on this subject, as much more information has been made available to me that requires different conclusions since my initial post on the topic.

First off, the vapor barrier issue that was the crux of my initial alarm-sounding on the "The fire station is going to rot!" thread has been addressed. I've stated that before but want to make sure its clear and known.

Tonight I (and my wife a little later) attended the police/fire building committee meeting and I'm going step out of chronological order to say something positive (gasp!) in case some folks bail before reading this whole post.

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Robert Woodward Executed in Brattleboro: A Tale of Seven Bullets and a Dead Man

The Ballad of Woody:

A tale of Seven Bullets and a Dead Man In Brattleboro

 

Robert Woodward (1964- 2001)

executed in Brattleboro, Vermont at the

All Souls Church

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Fighting The Evil

Fellow citizens,

I’d like to have a word with those feeling pessimistic. I have a two part system for you to use to find success in the coming years.

1. Pick an issue and stick with it.

Don’t get overwhelmed. If you are feeling pessimistic about the next 4-8 years, there are probably a combination of issues and factors making you feel that way.

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Fake News Laundered 1950-53 US Slaughter of 3 Million Koreans to Maintain US One-Percent Rule of South

DESCRIPTION: 40 yrs after Prez Teddy Roosevelt gave Korea to brutal Jap Empire in return for its recognition of Philippines as US Territory, US invaded Korea long AFTER Jap surrender, overthrowing its Korean gov., cutting it in two parts, installing a US dictatorship in its south now documented to have murdered 100,000 of its own citizens

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Puppies and Kittens: The Morning Briefing

I think we make a mistake by requiring the president to have a morning intelligence meeting.  Why? I think it ends up brainwashing those elected to favor certain information.

Imagine if instead, the president received a morning puppy and kitten briefing from the ASPCA. Yes, this sounds absurd already, but if we have morning meetings about spies and bad guys, it is possible to have a morning meeting on a weird topic.

So, each morning it is puppies and kittens. I think most of us would begin our presidency being polite and interested in the presentations. Within a few months, we may start to get involved with the details of all these puppies and kittens. 

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Rise Above

On the morning of November 8, Election Day 2016, I was standing in my kitchen looking out the window up at the sliver of sky you can see between the houses next door.  As I looked at that slice of blue, two little words popped into my head: “rise above.”  And I thought, today of all days, that’s probably good advice.  And then, that it might be good advice in many situations beyond just electoral politics.  How many of the world’s ills could be solved if we could somehow rise above, at least long enough to get a clear view and the lay of the land?

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Thanksgiving Weekend During US 9 Nation Regime Change Death & Destruction Trump Opposes & Decries

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Although Trump has castigated the administration of Prez Obama and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for the US regime change wars that have brought death and destruction to the Middle East, these genocidal prosecutable crimes against humanity continue even as Americans gave thanks for their own well being as usual in utter disregard or ignorance of what was being done in their name to millions of innocent children, women and men

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Postpubescent Tumescence - The Sexual Twilight Zone

When researching the age of consent within the context of the history of human sexuality in western civilization, the most notable consequence of archaic patriarchal sex laws is the dehumanizing effect on sexual norms. In the United States, the very phrase, “sexual norms” in fact, advances the denial and deprivation of individual positive biological sexual functions and qualities. Those functions are grounded in the physiology and age of individuals from postpubescence throughout adulthood. They should not be based on arbitrary or moral legal-age limits and norms.

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Patriots/Seahawks Field Size Flag Smaller Than Mile Long Green Flag of Million Libyans for Gaddafi

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The explosive difference between a flag honoring in a pre-game show of proud and comfortable patriotism with young Americans smartly saluting, and the flag in a flash back to 2011 and a small African nation’s brave and desperate show of patriotism in the face of its destruction was described at the Nuremberg Trials. Seek truth!

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Vets Day Postmortem: Trump No To Regime Change Death/Destruction Ali/King Called Vietnam Genocide

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Current US President elect denounced the “death and destruction” brought down on the the Middle East under the outgoing Democratic administration Obama and Sec. of State Hillary. If the wholesale and genocidal destruction of 3 wealthy Arab oil nations is now a discredited activity by US President-elect Donald Trump how the hell can Americans who are veterans of bringing about this “death and destruction” be hailed as heroes?

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Thank You, and Post-Election Survey on Brattleboro Polling Location

I am writing to thank a number of people who worked to make the voting  positive experience for most voters.  Many members of the Board of Civil Authority who are your elected Justices of the Peace, as well as the Town Constables, the employees of the Town Clerk’s Office and nearly two dozen volunteers provided voters with a smooth and professional environment for voting.  

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2016: Media Backs War Candidate But Wall St. Divided On Building Up US Instead As China Rises

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But for media management, election 2016 would be a playing out in public of indecision within the ruling rich 1/10th of 1%, whether to switch to less profitable investing to build up USA, or continue wildly enriching themselves in wars & investing in higher profit rendering low wage 3rd world nations, at the same time helping these nations, led by China, to overtake the US & Europe in economic and political power sooner.

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David Schoales, Mollie Burke

I have favorite candidates for every office on the ballot, but the two for whom I feel greatest enthusiasm are David Schoales for Windham County Senator, and Mollie Burke, Brattleboro District 2 Representative.  

For years while the Clark-Canal Summer Program was going, as a volunteer, Mollie Burke taught art to neighborhood children. Hardly anyone knew about this: She did it solely because she is a good neighbor with love in her heart. Mollie talks with neighborhood people all the time, not just when electioneering. She is approachable, intelligent, responsive. We are fortunate to have an effective representative in the State House, and it is going to a pleasure to vote for her. 

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New Fire Station Is (no longer) Going To Rot

=== EDIT:  A follow up with more (and positive) information can be found here:  http://ibrattleboro.com/sections/oped/west-b-fire-station-insulation-goo...

=== For any new arrivals reading this for the first time, the vapor barrier issue I raised here has been addressed by a design change. 



I really hope this isn't the case, but as I drove by the under-construction West Brattleboro fire station I watched in horror as a single layer of what appeared to be 1" XPS foam was being attached to the exterior of one of the walls.  I can only hope another thicker layer is forthcoming, but I don't have much hope.

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