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I want Judge Moore to be Guilty – That’s a Problem

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

Roy Moore shouldn’t be a US senator IMO; but he’s running for the senate from Alabama where I’m not a voter so my opinion doesn’t count. Until last week it looked like Alabama voters would elect him easily despite (or because of) the fact that he lost his job as chief justice of that state’s supreme court twice, once for...

Google Now a Target for Regulation

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

Headline in the Washington Post: Tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them. The time was – way back around the turn of the century – when all Internet companies believed that the Internet should be free from government regulation. I lobbied along with Google and Amazon to that end (there were...

The Zen of Bicycle Tire Changing

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 02:48:04 PDT

Mary and I just spent a wonderful five days biking down the coast of Portugal from Porto (from whence Port Wine gets its name) to Praia de Sao Pedro de Moel. Much of the ancient forest we cycled through had burned to a crisp in the last few months (more in a future post). The beaches were wonderful; the weather...

The Vermont Legislature MUST Understand the EB-5 Disaster

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

If we don’t know what went wrong within state government, how do we know it won’t happen again? The EB-5 program promises US green cards to foreign investors who put $500,00 to work to create private sector jobs. In Vermont the state Agency of Commerce was responsible both for promoting and administering the EB-5 program. On the state’s watch hundreds...

Governor Scott Should Follow his Soul, Not the Advice of the Attorney General

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:06:45 PDT

Last month Governor Phil Scott said that the idea that the state is immune from all litigation “doesn’t give me a good feeling in my soul” and that it undermines trust in government. He said that he would consider appointing a special prosecutor to make sure we understand how Vermont happens to be the locus of the biggest EB-5 scandal...

Trump’s Attacks on First Amendment Rights Are Appalling

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Could the Trump Administration shut down NBC? First Amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” President Trump...

Fear Leads to Fascism

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In an emergency, we’re used to giving up some liberties. If you’re in a fire, you do what the firemen say. In general we obey police orders. A city can impose a curfew to protect lives and property. A mandatory evacuation order can be given. In an extreme, marshal law can be declared and most civil liberties suspended (Lincoln did...

Your Android Phone is Eavesdropping

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:32:11 PDT

Are the Russians listening too? I’m getting paranoid about devices listening to me. Gotham Gal recently blogged about friends who started to get ads for things they never searched for but had recently talked about (not talked about online, just talked about with a group of friends). Alexa was the first suspect; she was there and she listens. But Alexa...

Governor Scott Considering EB-5 Special Prosecutor

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:31:55 PDT

There is a chance that Vermont will investigate itself and find out how the biggest scandal in the EB-5 program nationwide happened here under state supervision. When asked at a news conference about the idea of appointing a special prosecutor, Scott said “[It’s] the first I’d really contemplated something of that magnitude, but it could be something that could be...

Live Discussion of Does Vermont Need a Special Prosecutor for EB-5 Scandal

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:52:40 PDT

I'll be on Mike Smith's show "Open Mike" on WDEV at 10:30 this morning to discuss how Vermont government ought to investigate itself to determine state government's role in the EB-5 mess in the Northeast Kingdom. The Attorney General's office is the lawyer FOR the state and is claiming, in that role, that the state is immune from prosecution and...