Promised Land, the new movie starring Matt Damon, is a movie in part about fracking, the new and extremely problematic way of getting natural gas out of shale rock far below the earth’s surface. It’s a very good movie, with good acting, particularly by Damon in a very different role than, for example, his Jason Bourne trilogy. Instead of being a kick-ass former CIA assassin on a mission to reclaim his memory and the truth about what was done to him, in Promised Land Damon is a conflicted, conscience-stricken, corporate hot shot “land man” using bribes and threats, when necessary, to...
From Peter Garritano
Thomas Naylor woke up every morning thinking about how to make our little slice of the world a better place. He would often call or meet me for lunch so that he could tell me his latest idea, a word he said with a pronounced accent on the “i”. I often wondered if this was a Mississippi thing, he was the only person I ever knew from that part of the country. I enjoyed our talks and felt connected with him. Thomas never flaunted his impressive accomplishments. He always made me feel that even I could make a difference.
Thomas had ideas that often seemed...
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
These words from this important man came to me a few days ago. They’re appropriate words for this holiday season, particularly for those who celebrate and draw strength from the birth in Bethlehem, Palestine over 2,000 years ago of a baby called Jesus.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a rising leader in Germany’s Lutheran Church in the 1920’s and 1930’s. As Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power, Bonhoeffer struggled with what he should do about it. After helping to form the “Confessing Church,” an...
The "fiscal cliff" has all the earmarks of a false flag operation, full of sound and fury, intended to extort concessions from opponents. Neil Irwin of The Washington Post calls it "a self-induced austerity crisis." David Weidner in the Wall Street Journal calls it simply theater, designed to pressure politicians into a budget deal:
Judging by their behavior, Vermont’s highest elected officials don’t care much if a thousand or more Vermont residents lose their homes to the world’s most expensive weapons system.
That level of residential destruction is what the U.S. Air Force anticipates in its own environmental impact statement: basing the F-35 nuclear capable fighter-bomber in Vermont will render at least 1,366 houses “unsuitable for residential use.” That’s a scale of human disruption on a par with Hurricane Irene, but the reaction of public officials couldn’t be more different.
Given the unresponsiveness of their representatives, numerous landowners in the three cities around the Burlington Airport have hired...
Dubbed “Tom Paine for the 21st Century” by Utne magazine's Jay Walljasper, Thomas H. Naylor (1936-2012) of Charlotte, Vermont was Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University, as well as a writer and a political activist. He passed away on December 12, 2012, after complications resulting from a stroke, and is survived by his wife Magdalena Naylor, his son Alexander, and his daughter Susanne Powell.
Thomas H. Naylor grew up in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1950s where his father’s admonishments to always be concerned about "what people will think" fell on deaf ears. He earned a B.S. in mathematics from Mississippi's Millseps College, a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from Indiana University,...
"For the fourth year in a row, Vermont takes the top spot as healthiest state." Reported by Dr. Amish Patel in ABC News.
-High rate of high school graduation-Low incidence of infectious disease-Low prevalence of low birthweight-Low rate of uninsured population
Congress is starting to figure out that there is a serious problem with the vaccine program. Last week, on the heels of a year of wrangling In VT over vaccination policy issues, U.S. Congress took up the issue of vaccine/autism causation for the first time in a decade. Get informed.
Watch the full Coverage of 11/29/2012 National Congressional Hearing on Autism, here.
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