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23 Jan '06 Article: Producers angry about threat to industry after Japan
Interesting indignance from a life-threatening, soulless industry.
Some meatpacker from NY shipped off spinal column bone tissue--a mad
cow disease risk--in a shipment of veal, and Japan has rejected American
Of the many reasons to reject beef, this is a good one. But Texas good
ol' boys are beefing about it and creating mad human disease.
Health, environment and cost-wise, there is not one good thing to say
about the industrial beef industry. It's a waste of water, a poison-chemical
feast, and a major threat to the planet from manure-gas emissions.
To produce a pound of beef, it takes 15 pounds of food, 2,500 gallons
of water, and the energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.
What do we get for this outrageous expenditure of resources? A pesticide-
and hormone-laced, acid-forming, mucoid-forming, fiberless piece of
partially rotted (aged by fungus) dead animal. Meat eaters deserve every
bit of it too, considering their tacit condonation of the horrors to
which industrial-ag farmed animals are subjected.
this is an industry, folks, that feeds slaughterhouse waste, blood,
and manure to cattle, who are pure vegetarian animals,
and have the audacity to call it agriculture.
group of doctors, in fact, say that the beef industry should bear the
same responsibility for colon cancer that the tobacco industry does
for lung cancer:
Committee for Responsible Medicine
the way, a common denominator of beef and tobacco is the fungal toxins,
which play a major role in the cancer-causing influence.
And anyone who supports the veal industry by buying or eating veal deserves
mad cow disease. It's one of the most cruel areas of an unbelievably
It's said that much can be learned about a country from the way it treats
animals. Add to the food industry the medical experimentation industry,
and our collective heart and IQ are in the dumper.
Mon, 23 Jan '06 Article: Gardner debates disposal of tons of trash
Where's your real back yard?
Imagine it: the relatively small city produces 8000 to 9000 TONS of
trash annually. Local pundits and authorities are now pondering how
to "address trash disposal."
One brilliant idea is to get the state moratorium on incinerators lifted
so Gardner can build one. Just as soon as progress has been made, someone
comes up with a suggestion to cancel it. The rationalization is that
emissions technology is very good now (no mention of the huge energy
sink such a facility is).
But what happens to the heavy-metals and other toxins that get scrubbed?
a convenient, but dumb solution.
The entire article quotes several official opinions, all about stash,
transport, bury and burn. The best comment is, "Whatever's cheapest."
There's the mentality that has borught us to the brink of self-destruction.
Not a whisper here about deciding to reduce the volume and begin to
put an end to this mindlessly selfish waste that supports our frivolous
way of life.
Sun, 22 Jan '06 Two pieces: 1) Article: Sports drinks rotting
away kids' teeth? and 2) Editorial: Jeff McMenemy: Speeding young drivers
a frightfully dangerous and deadly combination
Nice to see the belated awareness; 2) both pieces miss the boat.
The article about sugar drinks makes some good points, but contains
questionable info and is missing major points.
Questionable is the statement that the effects on teeth of the high
level of acid and sugar in drinks like Gatorade and Powerade is much
worse than "cola-based beverages."
The average 12-ounce can of soda contains about 40 grams of refined
sugars (10 teaspoons). Gatorade has 45 grams/16oz. So it's in the same
ballpark as soda, but slightly less per ounce (in comparison, Minute
Maid Orange Soda [Coca-Cola Co] has 48 grams per 12 oz. Yikes).
Carbonated drinks have a pH value of about 2.8. Neutral is 7, battery
acid is 1 (but of course, that's a different kind of acid). Gatorade
is listed at 3. That's acid enough. Still, less than the "cola-based
These figures seem to belie the reported statements by dentistry doctors,
unless there is something other than quantities at work, which is not
Not mentioned is what any worthy health practitioner knows: Sugar is
more like a drug in effect than a food. And it is addicting, as one
teenager implied in the article: "We're teenagers, we love sugar."
The main emphasis in this article is on teeth, though diabetes, obesity
and "health problems" are mentioned. It's in the non-dental
area where the boat is missed. There is a wide range of deleterious
effects caused by the metabolic and toxic shock of the ingredients in
And sugar and acid are not the only baddies in these products. Some
have caffeine, which is mentioned. But it's negative effects, which
can be quite serious, are ignored.
causes additional stress on the adrenal glands, and causes them to produce
cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone. Cortisol is popularly associated
with fat around the middle, but that's the least of the problems chronically
elevated levels can create. Among the others are inflammation (which
leads to blood thickening), osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, and even
Not mentioned also is the systemic energy imbalance (pH disturbance)
in the body from caused by high acid input. This is a serious threat,
leading to innumerable potential symptomologies, including those caused
by infectious organisms, which key on the body's pH status. This imbalance
may be the primary factor underlying such susceptibility. But, you see,
we'd rather believe in sterile environments and poison vaccines as means
of protection, which are further threats to health.
Not mentioned either are the psychoemotional ramifications of sugar-
and chemical-induced imbalances. To their credit, however, no one quoted
in the article suggested diet drinks with the excitotoxin Aspartame,
or other chemical insult in them.
For soft drinks, North American consumption averages 48 gallons per
person per year--more than 44 percent of total world soft drink sales.
That's even worse than our pig-headed energy consumption, at 25%. Both
are pretty good, though, by only 6% of world population.
A local school has removed the sugary drinks from its vending machines.
That's great on one level. But one question is, how did the nasty drugs
get there in the first place? And how did the school lunch program get
to be the unhealthy conglomeration it is? But don't let Johnny smoke
that horrible pot!
If there had to be a choice, a kid would be better off out in the sun
in a meadow near a brook having a few puffs on a joint than down the
Mall with a cell phone in one hand and almost any food product served
in the whole complex in the other.
In other words, we've got dangerously hypocritical attitudes and behavior
promoted as the great American way of life.
In the editorial, my friend Jeff is reprising his oft-mounted portrayal
of the concerned citizen-editor, this time regarding the deadly combination
of young drivers and speed (the velocity kind). But as is often the
case, his concerns, though valid (if already painfully obvious), are
more politically correct than wisely prioritized. It's the same with
obsessive concerns about street drugs.
Speeding, like street drugs, comes under the heading of Dangers to Kids.
But the trouble is, the paper routinely ignores, and even promotes,
equally great and perhaps greater dangers to kids. For example, we frequently
see pictures in the paper of little kids eating sugar and other crap.
And the paper hypocritically denounces street drugs while blindly promoting
the Conehead consumer orgy, which showers kids (and all of us) with
all manner of harmful chemicals, including ones that cause cancer and
neurological problems. Yet, we always see features about fundraisers
for disease research, and a family struggling with mind-numbing illness,
they know not whence it came.
paper also shamelessly cheerleads the local economic growth and development
policies. But these Pavlovian behaviors are not really different from
drug addictions, are predicated upon Earth-in-liquidation, and contribute
heavily to worsening toxic, environmental, energy, and economic conditions.
Neither the paper, nor any official or local politician seem to be sufficiently
outspoken about global resource depletion, climate crisis, the national
debt that will hit ceiling in March '06, or the suicidal trade deficit,
which the consumer orgy greatly worsens.
The ramifications could wipe out kids' futures.
And the impression arises too, that the primary concern in the "crusade
against drugs and crime" in Fitchburg is not Dangers to Kids, but
Roadblocks to UPSCALE City and the fast-train development/revolution
roiling in planners' minds (and predicated upon Earth-in-liquidation)
that will turn the area into an even more congested Boston suburb.
And once all our harmful and socially condoned influences sufficiently
disturb a kid's emotional stability and behavior, Dr Frankenstein (and
now BigBro Teen Screen) step in with the psychotropic drugs, like Ritalin
and Paxil. These and other medical drugs can lead, and have, to teenage
suicide and violence, including 'unexplained' shootings.
general, Dr Frank's drugs directly kill well over 100,00 people a year
(AMA's own admission). Old Jeff has never raised a peep about this outrage.
Nor has he deposited a drop of ink about the war economy and questioning
whether we're sending our kids to slaughter in conflicts contrived by
the profiteers and powermongers who tell us who our enemies are. Auto
wrecks can't touch this carnage. But we see plenty of Veterans Day and
Memorial Day features that encourage unquestioning patriotism—highly
un-American citizen negligence, according to the founders.
Jeff and publisher Asa Cole probably have the best of intentions. But
it would seem that our local paper, it's self-image notwithstanding,
is failing the kids by failing to question or challenge, and even by
promoting, health- and life-threatening aspects of the status quo.
Sat, 21 Jan '06 Article: New Navy secretary 'in sync' with Maine
The Catch-22 of economic and planetary suicide.
Yes, we must build ships we don't need so people can have jobs. The
enormous waste of money and materials involved in "boosting the
Pentagon's shipbuilding budget" is referred to as "strong
leadership" by Sen Olympia Snow, who's political concerns obviously
override all common sense.
The new secretary is a corporate drone from Northrop Grumman, which
owns the Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi, which is one of two that build
Amazingly, the Bath Iron Works in Maine, the other shipyard, is owned
by General Dynamics, the home of former Navy Secretary England, who
is suddenly looking not so bad, since he backed the Pentagon's proposal
that would have closed one yard.
Now, each yard will get one ship to build. But who gets the remaining
6 is unclear.
Of course, you never know what's going on behind the scenes. But England
might also have had a change of mind depending on changing circumstances.
In any case. the idea that the war economy needs 8 new "DD(X) stealth
destroyers" is, well, destructive to sanity.
Sat, 21 Jan '06 Article: Peanut ban considered for Gardner schools
A light is dawning--let it shine.
The reason given for the ban is the high allergenicity of the legume.
One doctor thinks this is going too far. And he's right--people should
have the right to eat whatever they want. But few understand the real
dangers of peanuts--they're loaded with fungus and thus fungal toxins.
They're also hard to digest because of the high concentration of carb,
protein, and fat in the same place. Not to mention that people put peanut
butter with the two worst possible digestive combinations: sugar/fruit
But of course, this is only one of the many dietary threats to health
posed by ingestibles in schools. The school lunch program is horrendous.
Most interesting in this piece is the revelation by Gardner school nurse
Boutwell that the number of children with food-based allergies has increased.
The cause is multifactorial, but let's hope the day will dawn when it's
realized that a big part of the problem may be vaccinations.
20 Jan '06 Article: Colombia reclaiming rebel-infested national park,
one coca plant at a time.
Ya, baloney. It's just a show or ulterior motive.
The brave drug warriors are going thru the park manually uprooting every
coca plant they come across.
In Colombia, the most likely motives for the "war on drugs"
are 1) to drive poor farmers off the land where coveted resources are,
and 2) remove any resistance to freedom fighters (rebel-infested) who
might oppose a corporate-ass kissing regime that allows rapacious and
unionist-murdering companies to operate there, like Drummond, Inc of
In 2002, 184 trade unionists were assassinated. The assassins work at
the behest of ruthless corporations such as Drummond, who wish to maintain
profitable oppression of workers, theft of natural resources, and environmental
The assassins are trained in the United States at Fort Benning, Georgia
at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC),
formerly the United States Army School of Americas (SOA). The graduates
of this institution have a long history of human rights violations.
If Saddam Hussein were running such a "school," what wailing
would we hear from Bush & Co? RECALL IRAN-CONTRA.
From the atrocities in El Salvador and Guatemala in the 1980's to more
recent human rights violations in Colombia, SOA/WHISC graduates consistently
appear in reports on human rights abuses in Latin America including
civilian massacres, assassinations, disappearances, death threats, and
countless other crimes against humanity.
The elites and BushCo love illegal drugs. As Mike Ruppert has said,
"The corrupt economy makes money by first selling [illegal] drugs
to people and then putting them in jail for using drugs.
What he means is that the international economy thrives on the approximately
half $trillion of laundered drug cash annually. After all, we don't
imagine this laundering is being done by local credit unions? Some other
motives for keeping this scam going, instead of de-criminalizing/legalizing
drugs, are 1) use tax-free, untraceable cash to fund black ops when
needed, 2) maintain need for large police/para-military presence as
staple of fascist state in the making, and 3) promote illness.
But you have to give the Colombian government some credit here. At least
they've rejected the American approach to eradication--dousing the land
with poison chemicals. This is a more efficient way of clearing the
land of useless eaters.
Fri, 20 Jan '06 Article: Bill passes allowing
seat belt enforcement
I agree with seat belts, hate the law. Same with helmets.
At some point, society has got to get out of the business of trying
to save stupid people from themselves. The only thing that can come
from it is that the law and society become increasingly stupid.
State Rep Lewis Evangelidis put it in terms of infringement of personal
liberty, and said, "You have the right to be foolish in this country,
and to do it to the detriment of your own safety. I don't want a law
that's going to tell me I have to do it. We all know that certain things
aren't good for us, but we're not going to say you cant' do them. Maybe
we should start banning Big Macs and Whoppers."
Amen, Amen, Amen!
It is an infringement of personal liberty, and especially given
the number and scope of other hypocritically ill-advised, even suicidal,
pursuits embraced as sacred cows.
The toxic Conehead consumer orgy comes to mind, as well as brain-burning
cell phones, and the earth-liquidating policy of never-ending economic
development in our insane debt/inflation/growth economic funhouse. $8
trillion of national debt, indeed! And there are actually people
who will tell you the economy is "picking up."
And the same principle holds for all matters of personal choice and
behavior, such as drug use, for example, wherein the worst effects on
the community of illegal drugs stems from their very illegality. Definitely--if
pot's illegal, a Whopper should be. Of course, neither should be. Where's
Thu, 19 Jan '06 Article: Some fear Sept. 11 workers' respiratory
illnesses linked to ground zero
Talk about soft-pedaling a major crime.
OF COURSE workers' illnesses come from breathing the air after the tower
collapse. But, with people dropping dead, and others, including an emergency
health technician, very fearful that many exposed that day are doomed,
"officials" are saying it's too soon to say what the cause
of all this dropping dead from lung diseases is caused by. The usual
The EPA lied to people after 9/11, saying the air was safe to breathe.
Whereas, those buildings, like most stupid-human structures, were loaded
with toxic material. Cripes, use the meerest common sense—just
the fluorescent bulbs alone would be enough. There were tons of mercury
and many heavy metals in all the computer electronics, not to mention
floor upon floor of asbestos.
Yes people, "The air is safe to breathe." Even rescue dogs
have dropped dead.
A corollary is that everything was pulverized to microdust in the collapses—even
concrete and computer components. There has been no reasonable official
explanation for this. One unoffical one is that explosives were used
to bring the buildings down, not planes and cool-burning kerosene (jet
Another is that an exotic form of destructive energy was used on the
buildings that would account fo pulverization—electromagnetic
There are 5000 people now suing "those who supervised the cleanup"
over their illnesses. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, said
Typical, of course, is that people suffering from the effects of heavy
toxification are given chemical drugs and inhalers by Doc Frankenstein,
whereas those 'nutcase' Scientologists at Downtown Medical are doing
something Doc F sees no value in--detoxifying saunas. Rescue workers
are given free treatment, with Tom Cruise picking up the tab.
the best part? "Officials" say it will take decades to get
a clear picture of the long-term health effects of working at ground
zero." Yes, like it will take a thousand miles to go a thousand
18 Jan '06 Article: Governor supports plan to strengthen sex offender
Well-intentioned, but laced with flap.
For example, after recounting the horrors victims and families go through
in sex-offense cases, the article says the big new plan is to mandate
25 years foro any adult who sexualy assaults a child under age 13. Apparently,
those 13 and older are not due equal "protection?"
A second offense could result in life without parole. Ooooh!
What is wrong with these people? Don't return cirminals to society that
have not been rehabilitated. Stop putting people in jail for stupid
reasons like drugs and prostitution, and make room for the real problem
Get a clue about health, and learn to fix the disturbances that have
in many cases been created in these psyches by their exposure to our
Oh, but you see, society is perfect, and plays no role, through grand
hypocrisy, morbid repression, and biochemical assault, in blowing minds.
Fri, 20 Jan '06 Article: Bin Laden tape says al-Qaida preparing
attacks in US
Doubtful this is genuine.
There's no real proof Osama is even alive. There are numerous motives
of various groups to "keep" him alive. For example, even though
his words expose Bush lies and criminality, such a release reinforces
the idea that he's "out there" plotting against us, and, by
implication, that he was behind 9/11. This has never been proven.
But the release also provides "good reason" to renew Patriot
Act, implement domestic spying, and lay the structuure for the fascist
state--in other words, destroy our own democracy. SO, if Osama is really
what the government wants us to believe, we're playing right into his
hands by being a bunch of fear-driven chicken-shits.
Another example is that Osama's persona could be being used by those
who wish to expose what BushCo has done, and what has been done gobally
by US and corporations to interfere in other nations.
Tue, 17 Jan '06 Letter: US Rep Marty Meehan: AN overhaul of energy
Meehan makes some good points about sane forms of energy and protecting
the environment. Not to mention, of course, protecting 'consumers' (that's
the people, by the way).
Consumers must be protected against high prices so they can go on consuming--that
is committing planetary suicide.
What Meehan leaves out is that meantime, that is, until we get our diverse
and sustainable energy strategy in place, we ought to be putting a severe
clamp on our current, oblvious habits of ongoing "economic growth
and developement," and the consumption/waste orgy worshipped by
many local officials and pundits.
But oh, no! Self discipline might tank the self-devouring debt/inflation/growth
economy. What then? We'll just have to behave like the heroin addict,
postponing and worsening the crash, by giving ourselves the fix.
It's interesting—I stood before Leominster's public Planning Board
meeting several years ago voicing essentially the same concerns with
regard to the Wal-Mart proposal on Rte 117. John Souza insisted that
energy was not a consideration, and shut me up.
I also wrote an open letter in the paper on 6/29/04 to the local mayors,
asking them how our local growth policies were addressing the looming
Tue, 17 Jan '06 Article: Capsule with comet dust heads to Houston
in almost perfect condition
The sacred cow sucks the bucks.
I'm sure there are bigger wastes of money than most of the space program
and what NASA spends. But it's right up there at the top. A very unpopular
statement, I realize. But here was a $212 million-dollar exercise to
get some comet dust.
Scientifically fascinating, but when put into the perspective of the
needs of people down here, it loses its magic for me. And it also loses
magic when the highly polluting effects of space exploration are understood.
fuel in our lettuce, for example.
And NASA had one of these babies crash in 2004 when its parachute failed
Also not well understood either is that the main goal is to weaponize
space and create a system for bringing an attack down with great precision
on anyone the Masters don't like.
15 Jan '06 Article: Parents seek nothing less than a normal life for autistic
child - Seek to help other parents get resources to cope with autism
The S&E loves to pat itself on the back with such 'reportage.'
S&E heart tugger, a touching human-interest story about a family
struggling with a severely challenging illness in a family member, brought
to us by the masters of hypocrisy at the local paper.
In a conversation
maybe two years ago that I had with S&E editor Jeff McMenemy, when
it looked like we might actually be able to get some alternative health
information into the paper on a regular basis, I commented to the effect
that I didn't believe we'd want to be producing these stories based
on misery that might be avoided if the paper could get some alternative
health information out there.
not," was the (politically correct) reply. Well, our local communities
are still waiting, and the touching stories keep coming regularly.
of this story, about six-year-old Ricky Osborne, reveal a few things
that are wrong with the overall picture of autism awareness. Perhaps
most important is the mother's vew, used as a pull quote even, that
"Autism has become an epidemic in the last decade. The incidence
of autistic children in America has jumped from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in
166. The cause of the nearly tenfold increase is unknown, Osborne said."
the paper covers its ass on blatant misinformation with the little phrase,
"Osborne said." Presumably, that's accurate reporting. But
it's arguably bogus journalism, since there are numerous scientists
and researchers who have strong views on the cause(s). One of these
is vaccination and the mercury that comes with it. This, of course,
goes unmentioned here, yet this info is all over the Internet and in
some mainstream media.
title that summarizes the issue is by medical writer Harris Coulter:
Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality: The Medical
Assault on the American Brain
are hundreds of studies linking vaccines and vaccine mercury to a wide
range of neurological disorders. There
have even been Congressional hearings on it.
some info about the role
of food chemicals in autism.
Here's a story by a doctor who testified before Congress that he
cured his own son of autism with a special chelation process called
here's another website with lots of information about treating autism
and other neurological disorders, mostly outside the mainstream.
IMPORTANT CAVEAT: Be very wary of information that states or
implies that the only danger in vaccines is mercury. Even some anti-vax
advocates take a position implying that this is the case. They see this
as a strategic move, and once the Pharma malfeasance on mercury has
been established, they'll take it to the next level and challenge other
ingredients and vaccination per se.
is a danger that the removal of mercury will strengthen the pro-vax
camp by "ensuring" the safety of the poison needle.
possible liability, Pharma reduced Thimerosal (mercury-based preservative)
in most children's vaccines in recent years, but it remains in flu shots,
tetanus boosters, and over-the-counter drugs. Mercury-laced vaccine
stocks were given to American children until the end of 2003 (in other
words, the bottom line superceded health concerns).
the Latitudes website linked immediately above is a quote from a book
by British researcher Andrew Wakefield, MD:
“We shouldn’t stop vaccinating because we don’t want
measles to come back. We have to be very careful. We have to sit down
and think through how we are going to get ourselves out of this dreadful
situation that I believe we are in."
nonsense in my view. Measles and other symptomologies are prevented
by good internal ecology, not poison needles. Vaccination per se is
scientifically flawed Frankenstein medicine. NO overall health benefit
is conferred by it. The best that can be said is that it might prevent
the appearance of a particular set of symptoms, which are conventionally
called "a disease."
see, if another so-called disease arises instead, which might well be
caused by the systemic weakening vaccination produces, Frankenstein
is off the hook if the target symptomology does not appear.
more on this "disease" aspect, see
my vaccine article.
15 Jan '06 S&E editorial: Jeff McMenemy: Another reason to implement
the death penalty
How to be a tough guy--Southern style.
editor McMenemy has done everything to demonstrate he's tough on crime.
up and down about street drugs and prostitution, and the need to get
more police out there to sweep the rabble off the sidewalks so decent
folk can indulge their approved, earth-destructive Conehead addictions.
sure that the Leominster Public library was wrong to allow the name
of a man who had killed someone to remain on a plaque honoring donors,
without knowing whether that person might have been on a brain-damaging,
violence-inducing psychotropic drug from Dr. Frankenstein.
held forth previously with harsh language about the death penalty, with
regard to a local man who killed a girl for no reason.
is again, with similar argument, his main point being that, for economic
reasons, the state should legalize murder for itself so taxpayers don't
have to support scum in jail. You see, when the state murders, it's
euphemized as "dispensing justice." Very convenient rationalization.
Is there a more self-satisfied, compassionless posture?
just imagine Jesus at the cannon, the bombs-away switch, or administering
that lethal injection while Jeff cheers in the background and checks
Irish heritage, possibly Catholic--or at least a Christian? If so, just
exactly what part of "Thou Shalt Not Kill" does he not get?
Or what, if anything, was Jesus's purported forgiveness of his murderers
supposed to suggest?
go as well for many other HypoChristians who espouse and support war,
for example, even asking God to bless America and help kill the enemy.
Whereas, didn't real Christians allow themselves to be sacrificed before
killing another, allowing their God to handle the details? But the neo-Christians
seem to be afraid to meet their maker, and so will kill first, or prophylactically
and with vengeance called "justice").
now got his flapdander up over Joseph Druce, a convicted murderer who
killed a pedophile priest in jail (one story, as I read it, left the
impression that Druce must have been aided and abetted by prison staff,
but that's another story).
is the venom with which Jeff expresses himself--or perhaps lack of compassion
is more accurate--regaling us with redneck 'wisdom' that thrives on
"tall trees and short pieces of rope." There's no hint at
all about society's portion of responsibility in many cases for creating
can easily rationalize and call individual murder a crime, but state
murder, "dispensing justice"--because the victims of individual
murder are innocent and "deserve to live their lives free of harm
and intimidation." While this is true, there are no guarantees
in life--except death. And there is no evidence that state murder ensures
that happy state of being, or is even a deterrent to crime. Moreover,
society itself harms and intimidates people.
might be a more effective deterrent, and while we haven't seen recently
whether George Bush is still Jeff's hero, he might agree with the presidents
inclination in this application. And certainly, we don't lack in our
healthy society personnel quite willing to carry it out.
state murder return the victim to life, it might be another story.
for small example, of the half million children the US and the UN murdered
in Iraq with 10 years of sanctions. Could a newspaper that had no inclination
or courage to investigate the hidden criminal shenanigans that created
that situation be guilty of criminal negligence in its journalistic
duty, and, therefore, be an accessory to murder? What should be the
penalty for that?
never get the difference between dispensing vengefully satisfying, convenient,
and/or popular law, and justice. Kill 'em as soon as their appeals run
out, says the tough guy, forgetting that sometimes new evidence arises
he doesn't consider that a big part of the problem might be that the
'correctional' system is not. People who presumably started out innocent
in life, but may have been damaged by life and society (we routinely
poison our brains, for example), are not rehabilitated while incarcerated.
Those beyond repair should be held and put to work.
the harbinger of evidence of societal failure is just sweeping under
the rug, providing a haven of denial and false righteousness. I would
agree with a system that maintains incarceration until rehab can be
demonstrated. This applies perfectly to sex offenders also.
might have to stop putting people in prison for stupid reasons, which
Jeff is always championing, such as selling or smoking pot--talk about
saving taxpayer money. Moreover, legalizing or decriminalizing, and
controlling, street drugs in general would alleviate a huge tax burden,
and could even make tax money. A group of law
enforcement professionals (LEAP) promotes this idea.
imbalance may result in violent crime. But it's an illness, of which
the crime is a symptom, and not fundamentally different from diabetes
(which Jeff has, but which we won't hang him for). Sometimes people
even suffer a toxin-induced brain disconnect.
is Jeff's use of Druce's logic for killing the pedophile as argument
for killing Druce: "He'll probably do it again."
I'm reminded of the parents who travelled all the way to Africa to meet
and forgive two boys who stoned their Peace Corps daughter to death.
Few could muster that kind of understanding, but there you have the
blueprint, oh ye vengeful Christian.
14 Jan '06 Students weigh in on drug testing
Fascist state on the way.
in schools, even with parental "sign-up" is out of place,
and paves the way for fascist violation of privacy. This needs to be
handled by parents at home. Beyond that is the grotesquely humorous
fact that the goody shoes that think up such clever tactics are missing,
and even embracing, equal or much greater threats to the kids.
these just happens to be the school lunch program. Another happens to
be drugging kids that have toxin- and diet-driven behavioral problems
with Dr. Frankenstein's psychotropic drugs, like Ritalin and Paxil.
and this goes for all of us, but especially the young, is the sea of
invisibly polluting electromagnetic and microwave radiation in which
we live, such as that from cell phones and towers, which technology
we should begin immediately to learn to live without.
13 Jan '06 Syndicated editorial: Scripps Howard (SH): A question of unlimited
Analysis without end, Amen.
here is the executive power grab being put on by BushCo and the neo-cons.
The example given is that even though Congress passed a bill by wide
margin outlawing torture, Fuhrer Bush, as he has often done, added a
'disclaimer' (also called 'signing statements) that nothing in the bill
affected his prerogatives during national emergency. So, when he declares
an emergency, he can torture at will.
questions this monstrous abuse of executive power. It also notes that
BushCo has tried to exercise such power with regard to NSA domestic
spying, detention of US citizens without trial or counsel, and to his
barring of federal courts from any jurisdiction over Guantanamo detainees.
all based on the quasi-fascist War Powers Act of 1973, which refers
to emergencies. The War on Terror (which is a protection racket) is
the current emergency, and will last as long as the Fuhrer says.
questions whether Congress intended to confer such power, and rightly
says it must address this when it gets back from vacation (which it
always seems to be on). But whether it intended to do so or not, doesn't
remove the unconstitutional feel of such a thing.
entirely, however, that the emergencies for which Adolph 'needs' these
powers are the creation of elite operatives like him for the purpose
of putting in place the police-state infrastructure. This is what 9/11
was about--an inside job to facilitate oppression through fear.
13 Jan '06 Article: 'Smart' growth could be fit for region
'Smart' certainly deserves the quotes.
the present circumstances of impending energy crisis (whether real or
contrived), general resource depletion, monstrous pollution, and the
imminent collapse of America's economy, there is no such thing as smart
growth. The smart thing would be to begin reducing population (by dramatically
and voluntarily lowering the birth rate) and heavily modulating our
'needs' in order to accomodate a progressive shift to sustainable living.
The Logic: "'Smart growth'" development projects have to continue
expanding beyond metropolitan Boston in 2006 in order for the trendy
development concept to be a success..." This from Robert Buckley,
a senior law-firm partner from Boston.
question, why does it have to expand to be a success. Second question,
what has a bigwig lawyer got to do with it? Easy: he goes on to say
that the benefits are "staggering from a developer's standpoint..."
Well, that explains his interest, because the legal bloodsuckers are
always in on that kill, and Mr B is "a specialist in land use planning
and commercial real estate." Ooh, makes ya tingle, don't it?
growth is defined as "it emphasizes denser mixed-use developements
located close to public transportation centers, over traditional subdivisions."
Oh, and guess what? Fitchburg is a plum for the picking, because it's
got all "the old mill buildings that once powered the local economy."
You remember, right? When the All American city had the red, white,
and blue river? And who's legal eagle-eye is on us all the way from
Beantown? You bet.
bizlingo, Buckley says "If you can get into these inner cores and
take those buildings that are well-preserved, gut it and then market
it as 'ambience' that you can't find in new construction, there is a
market...'' How exciting, eh?
such prognostication arises from a tunnel-vision philosophy pretending
to be new, but driven by worn out suicidal economic theory that is supported
only by increasing debt and trade deficit. It threatens to wipe us out.
Our Pavlovian economic behavior locally is allowing us to be victimized
by the international economic system, which establishes the parameters
of power within which localized strategies have to be worked out.
to this mess can be the real estate/mortgage-finance bubble. For an
incisive look at this, check
out this audio stream by financial expert John Rubino.
is said of the enormous demand on resources, including fossil fuel consumption,
and impact on the waste stream that all this glitter-eyed profitizing
implies. Global warming could accelerate alarmingly because of a sharp
jump in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in the past four
years. Scientists fear that warming is entering a new phase, and may
about it: "Smart growth," as defined, implies that some other
kind of growth--presumably the traditional kind--is now not so smart,
no? What's going to happen when all the old buildings are gutted and
marketed? Will smart growth become stupid or impossible? What then?
How will we continue to worship at the altar of growth addiction? When
will one of these pundits get the idea that we might need to learn to
prosper without ongoing, or even periodic, growth?
12 Jan '06 Letter to editor: Kathleen J. McDermott: Root causes of poverty
need to be addressed
So true. How about mentioning one or two?
shares a few columns of facts and figures, then expresses concern that
"...we will not do the right thing as a country..." And, "We
need to rise to the occasion and address the root causes of poverty..."
"We need to invest in education at all levels, in job training,
housing, healthcare, nutrition, economic development, youth programs,
and community revitalization..." You can't argue with these things,
except to say that none of them are the root causes of poverty.
cause of poverty is the capitalist system--as it is managed by its masters,
who are stealing our wealth by the trillions of dollars. Related factors
are the unconstitutional Federal Reserve and our phony fiat currency,
wose value is not based on anything real.
is caused by a rigged economic structure wherein it is decided that
certain jobs should not carry a pay level that will provide a decent
life (see below Smyth): minimum wage is much too low, and there probably
should be a 'maximum wage,' such that individuals hoarding astronomical
amounts of wealth are curbed and the monies returned to support society.
is no such thing as a free market system, or fair trade. Markets and
trading are both manipulated to suit corporatists and profiteers, not
ordinary people, who comprise the ranks of the poor. The trade agreements
allow countries to victimize and oppress labor, as Abramoff and DeLay
did in the Marianas, where Asian women are enslaved in sweatshops.
order to raise people out of poverty without destroying the planet,
economic systems must be based upon sustainability and environmental
sanity, and not debt/inflation/growth. As it is, capitalism
is a self- and other-devouring system predicated on theft, enslavement
and earth in liquidation.
to material poverty. Of much greater concern is the spiritual bankruptcy
of this nation, clearly demonstrated in the imperialistic and corporate
horrors we allow the usurpers of government to perpetrate in our name:
"Imperialism is the expression of the political accumulation of
capital in its competitive struggle for what remains still open of the
non-capitalist environment." -Rosa Luxemburg, The Accumulation
of Capital, 1913
11 Jan '06 Article: Good behavior reaps greater rewards
got the bright idea of rewarding kids in school with prizes for good
behavior. This is highly questionable. It should be as illegal to bribe
someone to good behavior as bad. The teaching is, good behavior is its
is being sent? The motive for balance and harmony is material possessions?
Will kids learn a life-lesson that unless there's material reward, why
bother getting along?
telling is the remark by one administrator: "It's like anything
in life; we don't go to work just because we like it. We go for the
paycheck, a tangible reward." All too often true, and perhaps a
major source of depression in our society.
not necessarily "life" per se but a situation that's been
created for us, and that we've also bought into. All too often, people
are forced to work for pay alone, without the psychemotional reward
of accomplishment or satisfaction--a sadly pathetic situation, albeit
widely accepted and brainwashed into us as The Way It Is.
is that "...discipline issues peak during the time from Thanksgiving
to winter break..." I wonder if any of that might be related to
the enormous increase in crapfood intake for holiday "celebrations"?
Might the obvious failure of 'adult' methods of child control be symptomatic
of toxified and metabolically deranged brains and nervous systems? I'd
say it's a good bet.
needed are not bribes for good behavior, but creative ways to make kids
'pay' for their 'crimes,' or help them realize how their behavior impacts
themselves and others--like anything else in life.
let's stop poisoning them with our way of life.
11 Jan '06 Syndicated editorial: Scripps Howard (SH): When the Senate's
back is turned
Complaining by either party is pure stupidity--change the law.
appointment is a constitutional power allowing presidents to staff their
administrations when congress is out of town. There are three problems
1) Congress is out of town way too much
2) Change the law so that such appointments are temporary until congress
returns and reviews them (as it is, appointments last until the 'next'
3) This law is ancient history and ought to be reworked or revoked anyway.
case, Bush put some people in by this method that were very significant.
One was head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, another concerning
refugees. But the most significant was Gordon England as deputy secretary
was previously secretary of the Navy. He's significant because he's
a bigwig corporatist from General Dynamics, which scores huge Naval
contracts. Indicative of how fundamentally corrupted government is,
is that it's not illegal for a corporate officer of a defense contractor
to hold a cabinet position--regardless of his current status with the
company. Despite 'severed' relationships, there are too many loopholes,
too many contacts, associates, and loyalties--not to mention criminal
intent. Look at Dick Cheney/Halliburton. Same thing happened in Gulf
1 with Bechtel/Weinberger/Schultz.
that other presidents have resorted to recess appointments because the
confirmation process is slow and cumbersome. Well, that's the price
we pay. But a real issue there is the pathetically little time our representatives
spend working each week and each year.
credit of SH, the editorial finishes by saying this process should be
reserved for emergencies.
11 Jan '06 'Letter' to editor: Robert E Smyth: Help provide hope where
it is needed
Nobly deficient notions.
E Smyth, CEO of Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, entreats us to help
homeless shelters with heating costs.
part: "Even though more than one in five parents are working while
living in a shelter, there is no community in the entire US where a
full-time minimum wage worker can afford a market rate two-bedroom apartment."
what we call civilization, folks.
the money? Part of the answer lies in the disparity between CEO and
worker pay. In 1986, it was 41 to 1. in 2003, it was 301 to 1. And we're
told we can't raise the minimum wage because it will cause inflation!
• Current minimum wage - $5.15
• Annual pre-tax salary of a minimum-wage employee working
40 hours a week with no vacation - $10,712
• Federal poverty guideline for a one-person household - $9,570
• Number of votes shy of the 60 needed in May 2005 for the
US Senate to pass a measure raising the minimum wage to $7.25 - 14
• Years since Congress increased minimum wage - 8
• Annual salary of a US senator - $162,100
• Days US Senate was in session in 2004 - 133
• Approximate salary paid to US senators for each day of
session - $1,219
• Amount by which a US senator's salary has increased since
1997 - $28,500
God, Congress, and America for that poverty-busting $1142.00, eh?
is also structured into our capitalist system--as it is managed by its
elite masters, who have long been stealing our wealth. It's been stolen
by the trillions to support a mad and bloated military to run contrived
and phony wars. This happens because too many people, including local
and state politicians, seem to practice blind patriotism toward the
corrupted federal juggernaut, and don't question the credibility of
those who ID our enemies while profiting from wars.
the necessity of we-the-people alleviating crisis situations, such as
cold shelters, (not to mention discarded veterans), I'd like to have
seen a sentence or two in Mr Smyth's long piece about a major cause
of such tragedy--the distribution of wealth in our highly contrived,
debt-based, phony-currency economic system, that we keep patting ourselves
on the back for--a gift of banks.
11 Jan '06 Article: British men to stand triual for leaking memo
Great revealer of the fascist state.
a great one. Two civil servants who leaked the memo about Bush's idea
of bombing al-Jazeera, the Arab news channel now have to stand trial
for violatio od the "Official Secrets Act"!
get this now: They're saying, no matter what criminal thing is discussed
or planned by high officials, the crime is to tell on them!
question arises--Who's watching the watchers?
10 Jan '06 Syndicated editorial: Scripps Howard (SH): Pelosi should focus
One of which would be, throw the bums out, which is what she's implying.
back much more to its usual form with this piece, essentially attempting
to minimize our impression of the scope of the current lobbying scandal
in Washington by blaming Nancy Pelosi for grandstanding ("screeching,"
says the writer) on the GOP's level of corruption. As if Democrats have
not been corrupt enough to contribute to "higher home heating costs,
pharmaceutical costs, and an out-of-control deficit," says SH.
fan of Nancy Pelosi. And true, there is only one party in DC: the corporate
party, with sub-parties A and B. But it isn't fair to say that one of
them cannot be, or is not, worse in it's arrogance and disregard for
propriety than the other.
finshes by comparing apples and oranges via Tom Delay's and Sam Rayburn's
respective demand of adherence to their party's policies. As true as
that may be, the difference is that Rayburn was not taking illegal perks
and bribes and further corrupting the political process, whereas SH
says the difference between them is "only the tone."
8 Jan '06 Article: Q&A with Robert D Ansin; Local businessman brings
Yes and no--some limited vision.
begins with a recount of Bob Ansin's more environmentally sound re-development
of a family-owned building that now uses solar and geothermal energy
for power. This is good stuff. But then comes talk about 'redeveloping
downtown Fitchburg' and 'bringing back the middle class.' The paper
likes to call this process "upscale."
ideas include "safe streets (playing into the politically correct
campaign to wipe out those nasty drug dealers) and things to do."
A suggestion for the latter is "restaurants on Main Street"
(upscale, we must assume).
like the many other facets of "the exciting new time" Bob
sees Fitchburg planning, comprise the great American consumer orgy,
which is proceeding at a pace far outstripping any common sense that
might change it from the suicidal endeavor it now is.
restaurants: A major challenge is that most of them are not health-promoting,
but are outlets for America's poison-based industrial agriculture, which
is one of the worst environmental phenomena in the world. And these
prioducts all have to be trucked in. The transportation nightmare has
just begun, but the exciting new plans don't seem to have that factor
in the equation.
they were talking about a local cartel of organic farms supporting those
restaurants, a better picture woud be emerging.
here also is "economic growth" and, of course, population
increase. Both of these are contraindicated due to demand on resources
(earth in liquidation), even under so-called 'smart growth' (an oxymoron)
assumes faith in an economic system that has been rigged from the get-go
by the elite masters of the world's central banks, and could implode
at any minute. So, instead of suggesting or doing anything about that,
the planners forge ahead stil inside the old box which is debt- and
inflation-based, phony-currency economics.
is what the planners intend to do about the ongoing destruction of the
middle class in America, as they endeavor to bring it back to Fitchburg.
But Bob does gush about Leominster having remade itself with a "new
identity." What is this? The fact that plastics have become high
are now more plastic particles in the ocean that plankton. Robert Ovetz,
PhD, of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project has said, "The very
luxuries we pride ourselves on being able to afford are making us biologically
poorer for having them." Meaning that the chemicals in the toys
we worship have begun seriously to compromise our bioprocesses, including
reproduction. Oh, you know, the pundits say we'll endeavor to do better,
but there's too much momentum and bad history now.
are not many more poisonous industries than plastics. Our lives
are inundated with poisons
oozing off of plastics and into our environment, food supply and bodies.
mention that all plastic IS oil. This belies Bob's statement that Leominster's
mayor has made the place "spotless." In addition, our huge
retail boxes are spotless, of course. Bob ought to have one day's waste
stream from the businesses in the new Orchard Hills development dumped
in his front yard, for a taste of spotless.
of the piece is interesting, wherein Bob says he's sure the one thing
we'll never have is industrial manufacturing in Fitchburg. Oh that's
good--we'll have all service jobs, such as sales people in upscale boutiques,
waitpersons in upscale restaurants, counter drones in upscale big-box
retail stores, and bartenders in upscale sports bars. Quite the exciting
will the middle class come from? It doesn't say here. But my guess is
the Boston area, of course, via the big, fast train that sparkles in
the eyes of the futurists. This will allow people that work there making
good money to overrun this area with housing. Why would they want to
live here and work there? To avoid the crush of space and traffic problems
created over the years via the same growth philosophy the faithful worshippers
plan for this area. Once we're crushed with humanity and traffic, next
stop for the "smart growth" juggernaut? Westminster, Hubbardston,
Templeton, Winchendon. Look for the Wal-Marts out there, folks.
once again, conveyed in a story that pretends to innovation and progress
is the apparent belief that local problems can be solved, and local
goals attained, with no attention to the global impact of local action
and priorities. At least, there's no mention of this--just how good
the party's going to be. They're talking about commercial excitement
and entertainment, as well as "new business" pursued under
the same old conditions, including alienation from Nature (disguised
as environmental concerns) and the rapacious spectre of greed-based
capitalism that has brought us to the brink of disaster.
7 Jan and Sun 8 Jan '06 - Three Items:
1) 1/7 Article: Health care reform grinds to a halt in state Senate
2) 1/8 S&E Editor: New year brings changes to Sentinel & Enterprise
3) 1/8 S&E editorial: Not so fast
Three items, one thing in common.
The effort to get insurance coverage for more people stalls over where
the money's going to come from (there are several more problems with
the direction of health care reform, but that's another subject). 2)
The S&E promises to be a better watchdog and force government officials
to conduct public business openly (I rarely agree with Editor Jeff McMenemy
on anything, but I'm with him on this one). 3) Leominster
Mayor Mazzarella has plans to build a new police station, but, in the
spirit of its above-mentioned goal the paper is pushing for public debate
to say where it's money should be spent, especially given many other
is--and no official or journalist to whom I've posed the question has
responded--that one serious area of neglect, both by the paper and local
pols and pundits, is that we are too often trying to solve problems
locally that don't originate locally. Money underlies the above issues,
and it fits this scenario best of all.
is being stolen in astronomical amounts at the federal level--at all
levels of gov't, really, but especially the federal. So, we have local
pols and a local paper, properly concerned with local issues. But they
need to get the idea that we don't exist in a local vacuum. Both need
to become activist entities with attention on the federal mess.
more attention now with the lobbying scandal. And that certainly impacts
where federal money goes. But the deeper issue is the elite usurpation
of the agencies of government and use of those agencies to execute agendas
that serve the few, to the detriment of the many. That has to do mainly
with 3 things: 1) our phony currency system and the unconstitutional
Federal Reserve; 2) the debt-based economic system, debt/inflation/growth;
3) and our economic dependence upon numerous things that harm people
and the environment (not the least of which is the purposeful creation
of international chaos, war, and now terrorism).
it might take a lot to convince people who are flag-wavers of the deep
criminality of federal government--especially in the last century or
so. But the local lack of funds is directly related to our lack of attention
to the corruption of the US Gov't.
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