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Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

It would be nice to see Mr. McKibben get so worked up about Middlebury College's greenwashing. While a horizontal drilling rig pushes "natural" gas pipeline to the College energy plant, and construction surges ahead on the enormous, unneeded new field house, accountants are busily working on how all these toys for rich girls and boys are in fact "carbon neutral."

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Posted by Raph Worrick on 09/30/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Hello, Ello: Seven Things to Know About the Burlington-based 'Anti-Facebook'

Does anyone know where to get an instant invite to Ello? The two links in the comments are people scalping them.

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Posted by Ben Howard on 09/30/2014 at 1:04 PM

Re: “New Artist Residency Program Launched at Quarry Hill

We will be doing more artwork/writing projects next summer. This summer was an experiment, and needs fine tuning, which we are giving it. Thanks for the great story!

Posted by Isabella Fiske McFarlin on 09/30/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

To whom it may concern:

This year VIEW CONFERENCE is hosting an amazing presentation of SIN CITY: A Dame to Kill For.
Stefen Fangmeier a Visual Effects Supervisor of the movie will be speaking at VIEW Conference, 13th October to 17 October. For more information please visit our website, www.viewconference.it

Posted by Maria Elena Gutierrez on 09/30/2014 at 5:03 AM

Re: “Farmhouse Group to Close Burlington Deli

Dear Walt, you are just one ignorant human being who I assume has never worked in a deli shop before. Give the people who worked there some credit. They made great sandwiches, expensive for sure, but the quality was fantastic. Otherwise I am sad to see Guild Fine Meats close. I'll miss my franks famous roast beef... But seriously walt, piss off!!!

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Posted by burlington on 09/29/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

Bill McKibben is former editor of the Harvard Crimson, & does not hold a science degree. He is an environmental activist. His 350.org is funded by the tax exempt Rockefeller Brothers Fund & the Rockefeller Family Trust. We are indeed at the heart of the Agenda here in Chittenden Co, VT with Eileen Rockefeller Growald's Shelburne Farms, Steven Rockefeller at Middlebury College, & Bill McKibben's close ties to both. Eileen Growald is considered to be a "very important donor" by one of our senators. She hosted the 2010 VT Democrat Campaign fundraiser at her Shelburne Farms home. She is the Queen Bee of anti-coal, carbon sequestration, & the Carbon Disclosure Project ($56 Trillion dollars). She is the youngest daughter of David Rockefeller.

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Posted by Linus Leavens on 09/29/2014 at 4:54 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

McKinnon May be wrong about man-made climate change, but he's correct about slippery Governor Shumlin.

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Posted by Anne McClaughry on 09/29/2014 at 4:50 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

By their own admission, they are logging green trees for biomass fuel in Vermont, not using "waste" wood, and the carbon footprint of burning trees is worse than burning fossil fuels, no matter how inconvenient that may be for ones personal beliefs.

To continue to believe otherwise, in face of the overwhelming science, and common sense, is to be as militantly ignorant as global warming deniers.

A letter from 90 respected scientists asks congress not to “cook the books' when accounting for CO2 from bio-energy stating “clearing or cutting forests for energy, either to burn trees directly in power plants or to replace forests with bio-energy crops, has the net effect of releasing otherwise sequestered carbon into the atmosphere, just like the extraction and burning of fossil fuels. That creates a carbon debt, may reduce ongoing carbon uptake by the forest, and as a result may increase net greenhouse gas emissions for an extended time period and thereby undercut greenhouse gas reductions needed over the next several decades.”

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ngreene/…

This “critical accounting error” identified by Princeton University scientists, of ignoring carbon emissions from tree burning is leading to a false reduction of carbon levels on paper but an actual increase in atmospheric carbon levels (http://www.maforests.org/SCIENCE.pdf) and igniting a “carbon time bomb” according to European scientists. (http://www.birdlife.org/eu/pdfs/carbon_bom…)

The European Environment Agency identified the same accounting error, stating, “It is widely assumed that biomass combustion would be inherently “carbon neutral” because it only releases carbon taken from the atmosphere during plant growth. This assumption is not correct… If bio-energy production replaces forests, reduces forest stocks or reduces forest growth, which would otherwise sequester more carbon, it can increase the atmospheric carbon concentration. The potential consequences of this bio-energy accounting error are immense."

http://www.eea.europa.eu/about-us/governan…

The “Manomet” study, which used overtly biomass friendly forest cutting assumptions and the results still demonstrated that life cycle carbon dioxide emissions of tree burning biomass electric facilities are worse than coal for 45-75 years, and are worse than natural gas for more than a century. Manomet also demonstrated that tree burning biomass heat facilities are worse than oil for 15-30 years and worse than natural gas for 60-90 years.

See slide 13: http://www.maforests.org/SUMMARY%20mass_bi…

National Public Radio reported the Manomet study results, “A new study has found that wood-burning power plants using trees and other “biomass” from New England forests releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than coal over time.”

http://www.wbur.org/2010/06/11/wood-power-…

Again, I am not speaking in favor of fossil fuels, but just pointing out the dangerous outcomes of continuing and pursuing self-serving hypocritical false solutions.

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Posted by Chris Matera on 09/29/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

Waste hardwood being recycled (and stocks being simultaneously replanted) is far from equal to burning coal and far from heating 1M+ square feet with dirty #6 heating fuel, which would be the alternative, so let's pump the breaks.

I've had many conversations with friends who work in 'socially-responsible investing' in Boston and heard a lot of talk about 'investor engagement' as the alternative to divestment. Investors who acknowledge that 'keeping a seat at the table' is the only way to influence fossil fuel polluters but who can't credibly threaten to pull investments. Weird that strategy isn't working, right? Divestment is literally putting your money where your mouth is, and there aren't too many evangelists really willing to do that.

The real substantive question is whether divestment is ethically responsible for a state managing thousands of employee pensions. While you'd like to see someone draw a line, I'd rather see it happen first with a private college with 9 figure endowment than with the social security funds for the men and women plowing the roads and keeping the administrative parts of our state government (websites not withstanding) running.

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Posted by Eli on 09/29/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

Meanwhile, Vermont, and its "green" colleges, including Middlebury where McKibben hails from, continue to defend and implement burning of trees for energy, which is even worse than fossil fuels for carbon impacts according to the science, and common sense for that matter.

But it is "local" they like to say. Well yes, coal is local to West Virginians also, but it is still a carbon mess, just like burning Vermont's trees for energy.

This is NOT a defense of fossil fuels, just a reminder of the hypocrisy gong on in the "greenwash" mountain state when it comes to tree-fueled biomass energy and carbon impacts.

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Posted by Chris Matera on 09/29/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

In the podcast linked above, David Goodman asked Gov. Shumlin about renewables and he listed solar, wind, and natural gas. Pretty clever slipping a fossil fuel that Gov. Shumlin supports in with renewables. A less slippery politician might have stopped him and said, "no, natural gas is not renewable."

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Posted by VermontCE on 09/29/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Art Review: Sculpturefest 2014, Woodstock

This exhibit was nearly the perfect combination of rural and urban. I found many of the pieces inspriring and the bucolic backdrop added to the depth of the exhibit. HOWEVER, there was an aggressive, large dog loose on The King Farm that nearly bit my husband and made the experience unpleasant.

Posted by Avery Lee on 09/29/2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Montpelier Lobby Shop Hires Ex-Shumlin Aide

More News from the (not so) Magic Kingdom!

Yet another malignant tumor uncovered; symptomatic of the growing cancer of the Shumlin administration’s cronyism which is destroying the social fabric and economic wellbeing of Vermont. The insider “pay for play” wheeling and dealing is the only “translucent” aspect of the Shumlin regime. Shumlin seems unfazed by his growing reputation of being for sale to the highest bidder – campaign contributors keep those checks coming (the rumored return on your “investment” will easily exceed 100:1).

Steve Kimbell, Bob Sherman, Alex MacLean, Tess Taylor – just a few of the names on the seemingly endless list of folks that have no problem enriching themselves and their clients by feasting on the dwindling taxpayer revenues and government assets of Vermont; using the connections and relationships developed while on the state’s payroll.

Ethics and morality are certainly attributes that Shumlin need not fear will ever be attributed to himself or his administration!

Two more years under the reign of “Emperor” Shumlin will surely degrade Vermont beyond the point of no return. Wealthy retirees as well as both high school and college graduates are fleeing the state to insure their financial future. Likewise employers, looking for new locations to expand, are passing us over in favor of more hospitable and stable business environs.

“How can the citizens of Vermont can look at Geppetto’s son and not realize that his is not being truthful nor question who is pulling his strings?”

H. Brooke Paige
A founding member of the ABS (Anyone But Shumlin) Committee

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 09/28/2014 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Hello, Ello: Seven Things to Know About the Burlington-based 'Anti-Facebook'

Get your instant ello invite code here: https://gumroad.com/l/ello . It's really a neat site, simple, clean and very user friendly. It's easy on the eyes unlike facebook where you're bombarded with things you don't want to see. Ello is a breath of fresh air.

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Posted by Ryan William on 09/27/2014 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Hello, Ello: Seven Things to Know About the Burlington-based 'Anti-Facebook'

What are their policies on data mining, face recognition, full deletion, profile data ownership, data sharing with other sites, message retention, location tracking, etc.? These are essential issues in establishing a socnet whose users are not the product.

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Posted by Steven Foster on 09/27/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Hello, Ello: Seven Things to Know About the Burlington-based 'Anti-Facebook'

Sounds pretty much like Facebook when it began. It was invite only, limited to people with an .edu email address and had no ads for a long time. Idealistic, but growth, if it comes, changes behavior quickly.

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Posted by Kevin Wheeler on 09/27/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “R.I.P. Thomas Naylor, Founder of Vermont Secessionist Group, 1936-2012

I knew Tom in the early 80s and was a neighbor for more than a decade. He was an interesting guy, but I think very insecure. For a long time he was fixated on getting a Nobel Prize in Peace or Economics, thought he could be a cabinet member in a future Democratic administration, and once talked about moving to Montana because he thought he could be elected governor there. I do miss Tom and wish I could still talk to him.

Posted by Charly Mann on 09/26/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Hello, Ello: Seven Things to Know About the Burlington-based 'Anti-Facebook'

Diaspora has not come and gone. Not sure it's really arrived yet, but certainly it hasn't gone.

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Posted by izzaboo on 09/26/2014 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Winooski Bistro's Bacon Sign Ignites Internet Storm

I would suggest that the people who run this town read these comments. How many comments are congratulating the restaurant/ town for being sensitive? I have yet to see a single one.

How naïve are you? This is NOT about bacon! It's the first tiny little step that Muslims use to chip away at civilized societies until finally your beautiful little town is a Sharia ghetto, where women are OWNED.

We Americans feel that it's great to live in a town with diverse communities, even if it's not always comfortable. Isn't that what Winooski City Manager Katherine Decarreau says?

It's a damn shame that the Muslims in your town do not feel the same way! WE accept them, but they CHANGE us. Well done Winooski City! Well done indeed!

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Posted by Richard Finkel on 09/26/2014 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Hello, Ello: Seven Things to Know About the Burlington-based 'Anti-Facebook'

Ello invites available on Fiverr
https://www.fiverr.com/ngockieg/ello-invite-hard-to-get-anti-facebook-site

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Posted by Ngoc Truong on 09/26/2014 at 6:42 PM

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