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Enlightening Essay by Chris Hedges

For those unfamiliar with Hedges, he has spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

This essay hit me right between the eyes:

Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time  By Chris Hedges   November 10, 2014   

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Why The Dems Lost - One Voter's View

I didn't vote this year.  For the first time in well over a decade, I was too annoyed to participate.  Over the last six years, I've watched as the Democrats held power but proved unwilling or unable to wield it effectively.  To make matters worse, those of us who fall left of center have been effectively stifled.  Mainstream Democrats saw to that.  So while many on the left fret about the Republicans and their Tea Party antagonists, I would argue that it was this stifling of discussion within the Democratic party that led to the debacle of the 2014 midterms. The Democrats are a party that is silently divided.

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Tuesday's Electorate! The Most Suckered, Desperate, Egoistic, Depressed, Proudly Ignorant, Dangerous People on Earth

This self-indulgent blind, deaf and dumb US electorate is dangerous for the genocide and eventual WW III it mostly unconsciously continues to vote for.

Americans voting on Tuesday are dangerous because the grand majority of them will be voting unconsciously for continuing genocidal wars, which, as Martin Luther King cried out one year to the day before he received a bullet to his head), "are meant to maintain unjust predatory investments on three continents." America's interests abroad' is what this overwhelming majority of those voting will understand as protecting American freedom at home.

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Open Letter of Complaint To The F.B.I., Federal Bureau of Investigation: Vote Fraud!

I can't believe my eyes!  They have done it again!  In 2010 it was clear as a bell, they had an "unoffical" vote count, and then on the "official" vote count that followed, they cut my votes for Governor and for U.S. Senate right in half.

This time, The results  of total votes at 96.365 counted were for me, Cris Ericson for U.S. Congress 3,605 votes at 1.89%.  Today at 100% of the votes counted, my votes have been reduced to 2,750 at 1.44% coming in 3rd out of 6 candidates.

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The Sad Truth About Modern Politics Is You Have To Start Campaign Fundraising For The Next Race The Day After The Current Election!

Frisky Fringe Candidate Seeks Fundraiser For 2016
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Campaign Fundraiser Need Now for 2016 Race!

This is like moving Christmas sales up before Thanksgiving. Yes, the candidate who came in last place for Governor of Vermont, and 3rd place for Representative to Congress, wants to lure some  kind folk to explore the money trail, and bring home the wagon train full of cash to promote her 2016 run.

How do you raise campaign funds?  If you are an  attorney or lawyer, this is what you need to learn before contacting the candidate. Remember, they didn't teach you everything in law school.

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VT 2014 Election Analysis From The Fringe

Progressives Make Gains Respectable Showing For Liberty Union Socialists;
Radical-Capitalist Libertarians Fall Flat, By David Van Deusen

Thus far, one of the more interesting aspects of the 2014 Vermont election was the relative strength of the Progressive Party & and the respectable showings of the Vermont Liberty Union Party. The Democratic Party, in a year that saw record low turnout (43.7%), had a net loss of eleven in the VT House, and two in the VT Senate (and a surprisingly close contest for Governor). Even so, and even with voting patterns seemingly favoring the right, the Democrats retained a commanding lead in both the VT House and VT Senate. And while the Republicans made some gains (small in the big political scheme of things) the further left also did better than traditional election logic would seem to allow for.

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Each Statewide Candidate Got More Votes Than Their Petition Signatures

At around midnight we have, for Representative to Congress, at 11:54 PM
Precints Reporting 80.36%

(1) Peter Welch 113,392
(2) Mark Donka 55,035
(3) Cris Ericson 3,368
(4) Jerry Trudell 3,309
(5) Matthew Andrews 2,761
(6) Randall Meyer 1,523

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Guess Who's Cyber Bullying Now? As A Candidate and a Vermont Voter, I'm Furious & I Hope You Read This!

VERMONT - NEA THE UNION OF VERMONT EDUCATORS SHOWS THEIR TRUE COLORS,  A PURE EXAMPLE, ON THEIR PART, OF CYBER BULLYING, BY GUESS WHO? THE VERMONT - NEA !

HOW SHOULD SCHOOLS ADDRESS CYBER BULLYING? BY QUITING THE VERMONT - NEA

The Vermont - NEA, the union of Vermont educators, has displayed a gross and horrendous act of cyber bullying and dis-information by telling their taxpayer paid teachers and other educators who to vote for, and who NOT to vote for!

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Governor Peter Shumlin & His Annointed Public Service Board vs. Champ the Lake Champlain Monster

CHAMP, the LAKE CAMPLAIN MONSTER a sad political tale by Cris Ericson

Lake Champlain waters flow north, so if a natural gas pipeline, carrying entirely un-natural fracked gas, is built
 underneath Lake Champlain near Ticonderoga, then while they are building it there will be a great deal of upheaval of the lake water and underlying soil, a huge muddy mess, and the mud and debris will flow north to Burlington.

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Representative to U.S. Congress Debate on Vermont PBS with all Six Candidates! Rare Democracy!

The majority of the candidates for Representative to Congress are opposed to a natural gas pipeline running underneath Lake Champlain in Vermont.   Matthew Andrews, Liberty Union Party candidate, announced good news of an upcoming Protest, and the majority of candidates clapped their hands in applause.

"Pirate Captain Cris Ericson" announced that because the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an Opinion declaring that Corporations are "persons" and because the U.S. Congress did not Impeach them, which the U.S. Congress had the legal right to do, then, that proved the U.S. Congress is in favor of Corporations being "persons" and she - Pirate Captain Cris Ericson, was going to "take back" America away from the control of Corporations and  give it back to We, the People.  She wore a Pirate hat to emphasize her point.

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New Poll Results for VT U.S. Congress Candidates & Information for Thursday Oct. 23 VT U.S. Congress Debate

New POLL statistics for  candidates for  U.S. Representative to Congress  Oct. 22, 2014. Please keep in mind that the Republican and Democrat candidate have been invited to many debates which the other candidates were wrongfully excluded from. This is how corporations have taken control of America, because Corporations control newspapers, radio stations and television stations, and they only invite candidates who will do their bidding in Washington, D.C. to debates. It's up to you to chose betewen government of, by and for the  Corporate "Person", or government of, by and for we the people.

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Cheshire-Grinning Wide-Mouthed Gift

If Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and, indeed, the rest of this Congress had put more effort into single-payer health care as they did in the Affordable Care Act, our growing segment of the increasingly older population, and the future of health and medical science and services for us all would have been better served.In its stead, we watched helplessly as they plowed $12.5 billion dollars into "Obamacare" which is nothing less than a Cheshire-grinning wide mouthed gift of massive proportions to the insurance industries. And now, he wants to push through another $30 billion into expanding it yet more.

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Congratulations to Pete Diamondstone, Liberty Union Party, Polling at 17%

Congratulations to Pete Diamondstone, Liberty Union Party, Polling at 17%.  That's great, Pete!  Keep going at it!

Link here

Monday October 20, 2014 02:03 PM
US-Gov-All,400
The Associated Press

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Resigning From Academy School

Letter to the Editor,

It is with deep sadness that after almost thirty years of dedicated service to the children of Brattleboro, I have made the decision to resign as a fourth grade teacher at Academy School.

I want to thank the approximately six hundred brilliant, insightful and talented students I have been privileged to work with while they learned, questioned, problem solved and continued their growth towards becoming empathetic and socially responsible members in their community.

I am in awe of the hundreds of devoted and nurturing parents I have had the privilege to work with as they wrestled with the educational, social and personal issues that parents raising children today face.

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How Do We Celebrate Columbus Day?

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…and “discovered” America.

The history books I studied in school portrayed a great man.

Those who knew him told a different story.

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