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Last Build Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:31:55 PDT


Vermont Should be Investigating Itself

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:08:16 PDT

Our brand is becoming “non-sustainable”. Tiny Vermont has the distinction of biggest EB-5 scandal in the country. EB-5 is a program which grants US residency to foreigners who invest in certified job-creating projects. Jay Peak Resort was built out with EB-5 funds. The same group which developed Jay also raised EB-5 funds for a biomanufacturing plant in Newport, VT, which...

Let’s Not Talk about CyberSecurity

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Friends have asked me (since I’m an official nerd), whether I blocked credit agencies from reporting on my credit to potential lenders to assure that new accounts are not opened by imposters pretending to be me. Blocking makes it harder for someone to use your ss# for identity theft; but, since you give part of your ss# to request a...

The Dreamer Dream

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

It is now squarely up to Congress to assure that Dreamers have a path to stay and work in the United States. If Congress does its job, some of those who were brought illegally to the US as children will have a much more secure future than they had under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), President Obama’s executive order....

Both Parties Lost the Last Presidential Election

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Will that loss put a dent in hyper-partisanship? The Republican establishment lost during the primaries. Whatever Donald Trump may be, he is not an establishment Republican. Bernie Sanders came damned close to knocking off establishment Hillary Clinton. According to promotional leaks from her book, Sanders was one of the main reasons she lost the general election. With no proof whatsoever,...

Unpardonable Pardons

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Pardons are for guilty people. According to the US Supreme Court in Burdick v. United States, accepting a presidential pardon "carries an imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession of it." If you disagree, as I do, with President Trump’s decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, it is probably only small consolation to know that, by accepting his pardon, Arpaio technically...

Don’t Believe Caller ID

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Or the From address on an email. Got a phone call from 802 760 xxxx the other day. My number is 802 760 yyyy. “A neighbor,” I thought, even though I didn’t recognize the specific number and it had no name associated with it. I answered. It was a scam. Didn’t stay on long enough to know precisely which scam...

Is Medicaid Helping Fuel the Opioid Crisis?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Probably. According to Express Scripts, which is a large manager of pharmacy benefit plans including Medicaid, “Medicaid members are 10 times more likely to suffer from addiction and substance abuse than the general population.” Unfortunately Express Scripts doesn’t give a source for this statistic and it doesn’t appear in the full text of their report. This sentence may refer to...

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American Tears

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:29:57 PDT

My nephew Luke’s maternal grandparents are holocaust survivors. On his paternal side we’re descended from refugees fleeing Eastern European pogroms. Luke’s wife, Sokchea, survived the Cambodian genocide. The events in Charlottesville led Sokchea to write this sad and beautiful letter to their baby daughter. My innocent girl, in a few years, you will learn humanity's saddest lesson. No matter who...


Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:46:47 PDT

Trump, Obama, and Naming Evil Nothing excuses Donald Trump’s failure to immediately denounce Nazis, KKK members, and white separatists in Charlottesville immediately and by name. Even this slime has a right to march and speak; but they have no right to violence. Moreover, he should have disowned their claim of allegiance to him even before their march turned violent. While...

If We’re All the Same, Who Needs Diversity?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

“Diversity in schools and workplaces is crucial,” I remember being told, “because people from different ethnicities, places, economic situations and men and women have different points of view, different ways of looking at a problem.” My experience has been that diversity does bring all these benefits and more. Problems and opportunities are best attacked from diverse points of view. But...