The opening to my recent novel Among the Ruins (& Billionaires), which you can buy HERE, reads as follows:
I was ten when my uncle overdosed on opioids. My father didn’t say much about it. But he did say something that stuck with me, running through my mind every now and then.
“It wasn’t hard to figure out, Sam,” he told me. “The people from the drug company wanted money. And they found a way to get it, your uncle and ev’rything else be damned.”
I was young at the time. But the comment stayed with me and later on in life I realized my dad meant that the Sackler family, the people who owned Purdue Pharmaceuticals, well, those sacks-of-shit didn’t care if my uncle died from respiratory depression. He choked to death because he couldn’t get enough oxygen to his organs while overdosing on Oxycontin. The Sackler family…
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Ironically, freedom of speech is a fundamental right designed to protect us from the tyranny of Prince Harry’s own ancestors. A tyranny that apparently still exists today. Consider the example of journalist James Callender from the Founder’s era, and Facebook blocking the dissenting views of a respected scientist and former Obama official from our own.
“I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers,” Prince Harry declared, without evidence as they say. “I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short time. But, you can find a loophole in anything. You can capitalize or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said. I believe we live in an age now where you’ve got certain elements…
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Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd, a leading professor wants to convict America, Netflix doubles down on hateful content, LeBron James wants to hold a hero cop accountable, news organizations lie about the hero cop, top high schools lie to parents in the name of social justice, and a Congresswoman claims climate change is caused by a lack of healthcare. It’s a wild world out there if you aren’t woke enough.
“Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom — how heartbreaking was that — call out for your mom, ‘I can’t breathe.’” So said Nancy Pelosi during a news conference with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, as if George Floyd was a soldier who jumped on a grenade to save his squad. Needless to say, reaction to this odd-to-say-the-least phrasing wasn’t exactly positive. Barbara Ransby, a history professor at…
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The following post is a commentary on Industrial Society and Its Future, specifically the section Oversocialization. You may recognize the title as the manifesto by the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski. As a high school student during the 1990s I was interested in this mysterious figure and wanted to read the manifesto but never had the opportunity. Over the past year due to Covid-19 and several podcasts mentioning the Unabomber and his manifesto. During my internet snooping I learned that Kaczynski had written other books besides the manifesto and that he was still alive, writing letters in prison, and would never be released. Throw in a few facts like he was the subject of an LSD experiment in college as part of the MKUltra mind control program and you have an interesting individual to write about. So, who is this guy that had his brain fried, was a mathematical genius, taught at…
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As a kid my parents would throw me into a dumpster to look for discarded food. There were only three of us and while we were not bad off if there was anything better than cheap it was free. I would pull out bags of oranges that had not gone bad, boxes of pasta past their shelf date, and in one instance a plastic bag filled with leavened dough from the local little Caesar’s. We spent an entire day baking loaves of bread, bread sticks, and storing away what wasn’t used in the freezer.
I learned early on that food goes to waste at an unprecedented level in this country. The store we were dumpster diving at was a Harding’s grocery store in an upscale neighborhood. This store didn’t bother with a clearance section to move old product. Anyone who bought from such a section would be judged for having…
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For many years now, the globalist-controlled American corporate media has aggressively pushed anti-White propaganda with a religious fervor.
Their woke religion has often had terrible real world consequences for actual Americans. Low IQ / credulous consumers of their anti-White propaganda internalize a false buzzword-based paradigm and some of them are DRIVEN TO VIOLENCE as a result of the media propaganda.
A couple of days ago, the constant flood of anti-White propaganda resulted, yet again, in the horrific murder of an innocent child when Ariel and Jerry Robinson beat cute little Victoria Smith to death in brutal fashion.
The male and female Robinson had been allowed to adopt Victoria Smith (a 3-year old White girl) despite the fact that their large-scale consumption of anti-White propaganda made them a clear and present danger to the child (because she…
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About 100 people marched down Colfax Avenue in Denver toward the state Capitol, holding banners like “Death to Fascism And the Liberalism That Enables It” as a number of police dressed in riot gear monitored them. A fire was set in an overturned dumpster and broken windows and graffiti were reported during the demonstration, police said. Police dispersed the crowd after the fire and officers using tear gas and pepper balls to push people back, The Denver Post reported.
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Eight people were arrested during an ANTIFA protest in Denver on Wednesday night, police said. They were shouting ‘No Borders, No Walls, No USA At All’.
I like stories like thisfor one reason and one reason only, they clearly show that all the riots and protests that have taken place over the last…
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It won’t be quite the same, but a local group plans to make Bennington Battle Day 2020 memorable despite the loss of the annual parade amid the coronavirus hysteria.
The committee formed following cancellation of the traditional Battle Day Parade earlier this month because of the difficulty of holding planning meetings while COVID-19 remains a threat to public health.
While the form of this year’s commemoration will depend on public safety considerations and compliance with distancing restrictions in place on Battle Day, Aug. 16, the committee resolved at its first videoconference session that some kind of public commemoration should take place.
“This group has come together to commemorate Battle Day in order to keep this important day alive in the community’s mind,” Town Manager Stuart Hurd said Wednesday. “As we move towards Vermont’s 250th anniversary of the [August 1777] battle, it would be too bad to lessen the celebration that the Fire Department works so hard to bring the community every year. We’ll see what comes of the effort.”
Commemorations of the historic Revolutionary War battle have been held in Bennington every year since 1778, the first anniversary of the encounter between American forces and volunteers and a contingent of a British army invading from Canada.
“Bennington Battle Day is our own unique piece of history, and hopefully the day we fail to celebrate it never comes,” said Select Board Chairman Donald Campbell. “But like everything else in the near future, this summer’s celebration will be shaped by keeping people safe and healthy. It may not be the same but it can still be great.”
Battle Day festivities normally are held throughout the week, leading to the parade on Sunday afternoon. The parade and many of the events are planned and overseen by the Bennington Fire Department, which in mid-April said the necessary planning would be impossible because of distancing requirements imposed by the state at least through mid-May and likely longer.
Citizen input sought
“We know that this year’s commemoration will be different in form and tone from what we’re used to,” said Jonah Spivak, one of the leaders of the effort, “but we see that as an opportunity to create an event that is responsive to these challenging times.”
In a media release Wednesday, the committee said it welcomes input from the public on what would make for a meaningful Battle Day celebration this year, and the group has set up and email account to receive suggestions. Those can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Bennington Battle Day 2020 committee said they also are happy to be contacted individually.
They are Jerry and Mary Lou Albert, co-owners of Bennington Cooling and Heating and past presidents of the Bennington Rotary and Bennington Lions, respectively; Shannon Barsotti, town Community Development director; Marylou Chicote, site director of the Bennington Battle Monument; Mary Ostrander Crawford, secretary of the Bennington Fire Department; Mike Cutler, creative content coordinator with CAT-TV; Rick Knapp, past chief of the Bennington Fire Department; Phil Holland, writer; Hurd; Deana Mallory, director of public programs for the Bennington Museum; Don Miller, president of the Bennington Historical Society; Sarah Perrin, co-owner of Green Mountain Concessions and member of the Select Board; Jonah Spivak, co-owner of Hawkins House and past president of the Chamber of Commerce; Joshua Torrance, executive director of the Bennington Museum; Patrick Winburn, attorney and moderator for the Village of Old Bennington, and James Wright, chief of the Bennington Fire Department.
After holding the initial organizational meeting, the committee now expects to begin discussing specific plans during a May 8 meeting via videoconferencing.
Members said Wednesday they wanted to hold off discussing ideas for the commemoration until the public has an opportunity to weigh in.
One suggestion previously floated by several residents is to hold a commemoration at Monument Circle, which surrounds the 306-foot battle monument and offers space for social distancing.
Another idea was to dedicate the commemoration this year to the medical personnel working under a threat to their own health and that of family members to treat those affected by CORVID-19.
It is expected that state historic preservation officials will be asked to attend the commemoration and that Gov. Phil Scott and other officials will be invited.
Among those who first urged an alternative celebration to avoid a year without a Bennington Battle Day were members of a group planning for the 250th anniversary of the battle in 2027.
Supporters of that effort here and around Vermont propose an expanded 250th anniversary celebration, and they are backing proposed state legislation creating a commission to oversee planning of events in several Vermont towns.
Among events being planned in the same year as the Battle of Bennington’s 250th are those marking the signing of Vermont’s Declaration of Independence in Westminster, on Jan.15, 1777; the Battle of Hubbardton, on July 7, 1777, involving British troops from the same army that later sent a contingent to attack Bennington, and adoption of the Vermont Constitution in Windsor on July 8, 1777.
The legislation establishing a 250th anniversary commission also proposes coordinating with other states that sent militia to Bennington during that crisis, such as Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and with New York, where the British army under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American forces in October, 1777, near Saratoga, N.Y.
Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont, including the Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer and Manchester Journal. Twitter: @BB_therrien
The owner of Club Fitness of Vermont has moved his Rutland gym outside to sidestep a court order that his business remain closed.
Sean Manovill said he wheeled cardio machines and free weights into the parking lot on Tuesday morning, arguing that a temporary restraining order handed down by a judge last week only applies to indoor activities.
“I’m definitely not in contempt of court,” he said. “Absolutely not. I’m not doing anything that is wrong.”
Attorney General T.J. Donovan sued Manovill last Friday following failed negotiations with the gym owner, who had opened the business in defiance of state mandates intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Just hours after the lawsuit was filed, a Rutland Superior Court judge sided with the state and prohibited Club Fitness from conducting “any in-person, indoor operations” so long as Gov. Phil Scott’s executive order remains in effect.
Manovill’s gym reopened in some capacity anyway, WCAX-TV reported Monday, citing the gym owner himself.
“Now, he is conducting business, not as usual hours, but says it’s complicated and some people are still going in to work out,” the station reported.
In an interview Tuesday with Seven Days, Manovill would not directly answer repeated questions about the days leading up to his decision to move his equipment outdoors.
“I just want to let you know through this process I’m learning you don’t always want to believe what you read,” he said in a text message, declining to say whether the gym was open on Sunday or Monday.
Manovill said he planned to publish a video to Facebook later this week that would “correct all the mistakes the press has made in the last week and officials.” He did not specify those alleged errors, and said that Seven Days’ reporting had been accurate.
Donovan doesn’t appear keen to press the issue. In a statement, his office noted that the governor’s executive order does allow for outdoor fitness activities “under certain health and safety conditions.” A spokesperson said the office planned to send a letter to Manovill on Wednesday outlining “permissible outdoor recreation and fitness activities.”
Legality aside, some other clubs said Manovill’s latest move looks like an outlandish attempt to drum up business.
“Sean’s ill-advised PR campaign is an irrelevant distraction for our health club and other fitness facilities in our region,” Leslie and Dan Doenges, owners of Vermont Sport and Fitness Club in Rutland, said in a statement.
Manovill insists he isn’t trying to pick a fight with state officials or use his defiance of public health measures as a publicity stunt. But his decision to lug his equipment outside also served as an invitation of sorts to potential new clients. Non-members may use his “top of the line” equipment at no charge, he said, as long as they first sign a liability waiver.
“I just want to make fitness free,” Manovill explained.
Scott has already signaled that he plans to soon allow gyms and some other close-contact businesses to reopen. But the governor told reporters on Monday that it was unfair for one business to jump the gun.