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Re: “Bernard Baran, RIP

Thank You for the article about my brother Bernie and the injustice he suffered. This has been a very difficult time for our family. I wish the people that did this to him would only have to suffer a little of what he went through. And maybe they would not be so likely to lye, falsify evidence, and unjustly accuse people before the facts are known. Detective McGuire that was involved in my brother's case, was served with papers that my brother was suing him. ( SO HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE )

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Posted by Santo Baran on 09/13/2014 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Bacon Wars: Why Did the Sneakers Bistro Incident Go Viral?

Uh, this article says she wasn't Muslim. That's funny, SINCE SHE SAID SHE WAS IN THE POST!

Posted by Chris Matthews on 09/13/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Bernard Baran, RIP

Justice demands fair process, administered faithfully and scrupulously by capable people who not driven to any particular point, other than doing justice itself. Think I am talking about the proper role of judges? I am, but it is also the proper role of prosecutors.

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Posted by Rich Cassidy on 09/12/2014 at 9:00 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

"But even if the state were submitting more information to the federal system, it wouldn't have stopped Hanna from obtaining a gun. She had not been the subject of a legal hearing nor had she been involuntarily committed."

And that cannot change. The 5th and 14th Amendments demand due process of law, and there is no cutout or work-around to that protection.

And there shouldn't be, either.

Posted by Barry Hirsh on 09/12/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Justice for Cecily McMillan

Join us on The Ignorance Equation this Sunday at 1PM EST for my interview with Occupy Activist, Cecily McMillan. As well as an update on Cecily's upcoming court appearance. Plus the "Pissed Off News" with Honey Badger and enough Political Discourse to Occupy your Disgruntled Little EarHoles! Miss an episode? Listen in on the archives!

Posted by Dee TheProducer on 09/12/2014 at 7:27 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

What stops a suicidal Vermonter from...
... swallowing a bottle of pills,
... jumping off a bridge,
... slitting their wrists,
... crashing their car at a high rate of speed?

Not much.

If someone cannot buy a gun, do you really think they won't kill themselves? About half (just over) of suicides in the US are carried out with a firearm. That means that nearly half aren't.

Japan's suicide rate is higher than the US suicide AND murder rate combined... and they don't have guns. What does that tell us?

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Posted by Jeremy B. on 09/12/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Burlington Seeks Alternative to Clinic Buffer Zone

Wouldn't it just be easier to put the clinic inside a professional or medical office building where there is a general population of other people or patients coming and going all day long? If this was a clinic located on private property with its entrance away from the immediate public way, then the "protesters" would be trespassing and could be legally ordered to leave the premises, and the users of Planned Parenthood services wouldn't be required to run the gauntlet of harassment. There are plenty of spaces in Burlington that would fit this description. No more legal challenges and expense! Simple! Just sayin'

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Posted by Jamie on 09/12/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

BusDriver802 I agree with a lot of what you have to say. There was a point in my life where I came close to acting on it, but didn't. I believe that some times mental pain can be worse then many terminal illnesses that most of society would agree that it would be okay to end the suffering with physician assisted suicide, yet those with such mental pain are left to suffer in silence with no hope of getting better.

I lost my dad to a heart attack at a very young age, for years I was angry at him for not taking better care of himself and for not letting us call the ambulance sooner. I was so so angry at him, how could he, that was so self etc... As I got older I went through sever depression and episodes of intense OCD (these were both things my dad struggled with). To make a long story short in my mid twenties I had to deal with these issues and for the first time I realized what his life had been like, except I was in therapy and getting help, so take what I was going through add 20 years and holy crap the pain must have been excruciating for him! That's when I realized that he wanted to die that night, the mental pain was too much and the heart attack he was having was his way out. His death still saddens me, but I no longer think of it as selfish, it would have been selfish for me to expect him to keep living with all of that pain.

Now I'm rambling on because I want you to understand where I'm coming from and that what I'm about to suggest isn't because I think life is all rainbows, flowers and Unikittys (lego movie reference - a great movie if you haven't seen it yet) I understand that there is a lot of sucky things that can go on in life. Please before you act on any of your intentions:

- Visit there are a lot of great people there

- Try an introductory workshop at the Vermont Zen center and learn how to meditate

- This one might sound odd, but maybe sign up for a monthly subscription box that interests you, is one that is pretty good. It's nice to have surprise to look forward to every month, he is another list here

I don't come here often and it's really random that I even saw this post - I'm sure I will never know how things end up going for you but I sincerely wish you all of the best BusDriver802

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Posted by throwaway802 on 09/12/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Interim President Seeks Community Support for Burlington College

Hey Walt,
the punchline as I remember it was, "We have already established what you are. Now we are only negotiating the price". I don't think his price is going down to $50.

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Posted by Rich ard on 09/12/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Interim President Seeks Community Support for Burlington College

I laugh when I hear Bernie rail against the billionaires money in politics is it really the billionaires fault or the corrupt politicians who whore themselves out for money?.

Isn't he talking about politicians who are for sale this Burlington College fiasco lets us see what his price is 200k, Now that he has shown himself for what he is Will Bernie negotiate the price down to fifty dollars a throw so the rest of us can enjoy his favors.

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Posted by Walt on 09/12/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Interim President Seeks Community Support for Burlington College

Walt, I couldn't agree more . Some have put the blame on Christine Plunkett. She was merely the dupe who took over from the Sanders . Bernie is fine as a gadfly but heaven help us when he or she gets actual power. This reminds me of BurlingtonTelecom fiasco.

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Posted by Richard Guttman on 09/11/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Burlington Seeks Alternative to Clinic Buffer Zone

I'm glad that the Burlington protesters are mostly polite. While I don't agree with them, appealing and offering literature while well-behaved (as irritating, in poor taste, wrong-headed, and offensive as it may be) is still protected speech. I support reasonable buffer laws and deplore people who harass and intimidate women getting health care. Harassment and intimidation are illegal activities, and the history of terrorism at abortion clinics does indeed imbue protesters with the potential to intimidate.

While I have not had an abortion, I rely on Planned Parenthood for many things, some of which are painful or expensive, and I do not appreciate strangers presuming to talk to me at all, let alone about my health care, let alone about my reproductive health care. I think they're jerks. If I'm in a bad mood, I might even give them an spiky earful about what jerks they are. But unless they're belligerent or harassing, I wouldn't consider them criminal.

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Posted by Jana Beagley on 09/11/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Interim President Seeks Community Support for Burlington College

I doubt Mr Smith will get any of the Sanders cash back in the form of a donation he will have to sue Jane Sanders to get it back.

Bernie does not believe in charity as he has said many, many times charity for him begins at home.


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Posted by Walt on 09/11/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Interim President Seeks Community Support for Burlington College

Pull the plug and sue Yves Bradley, Tony Pomerleau, Jane Sanders , Bernie Sanders, Jonathan Leopold for fraud and damages.

They colluded to defraud VEHBFA and the Diocese. They committed a fraud when they colluded to buy the property with no money down liar loan it was all built on connections and a fantasy ledger cooked up by Leopold and Sanders. . Burlington College has been marginal at best. Put the blame squarely where it belongs the greed and vanity of these individuals.

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Posted by Walt on 09/11/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “At Campaign Kickoff, Shumlin Offers "Bold" Vision for Vermont

You have another option, a better way:

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 09/10/2014 at 10:07 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

For anyone who thinks it is a selfish act, how selfish is it of someone else to expect me to live in pain just to spare the pain of another person? Why should I live every day in agony just to prevent another person from feeling agony?

That to me is a more selfish position.

I wish more people could just accept death as part of life instead of extending life at any and all cost.

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Posted by BusDriver802 on 09/10/2014 at 6:46 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

This guy explains it far better than I ever could:

Posted by BusDriver802 on 09/10/2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

dear busdriver802, i know their are other people-you would be surprised-who would suffer the same grief over your death as your mother. i remember once i read in some book something that has always stayed with me:if you are contemplating doing something so extreme as killing yourself, why not first do something equally extreme , like buy a one way ticket to tahiti or alaska or wherever, or sell everything and join a monestary or...well, whatever. you can always kill yourself after that. and you're not spending your last days paying bills and dealing with know? sometimes a radical change can jar us into a new relationship with life, and death. i think about that idea a lot. have you ever thought about something like that? even though i do not know you, i have had a glimpse of similar feelings to yours myself. and i wish for you to find peace, and happiness, and love. i really really do. even from strangers on the internet.

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Posted by Cathy Marshall on 09/10/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

I'm sorry if any of this comes off as preachy or bitter...I really don't mean it that way. I'm saying this all very calmly, and out of nothing but genuine concern for a fellow human being who is going through something very difficult.

Suicide is a very selfish act. You must realize this, because although the act would show disregard for everyone else, you're at least trying to spare one person the pain and powerlessness you know they'll feel.

This is not to try to shame you or pull on your heartstrings, we both know that trying to elicit emotion would only work for a day anyway...if at all. I'm saying this knowing that it's our thoughts that generate our emotions, and maybe if you see the logic in what is being said, you might try to consider another alternative.

Think about how you felt when your brother took his it made you feel, as a helpless bystander. Do you think he considered how you'd feel? Could he have understood the terrible toll it would take on you all these years? Would he have maybe, out of consideration for you, have thought twice about it if he knew that his suicide might later become a deciding factor for your own?

Then read your posts again. Look how many times you use the word 'I'. Suicide only makes sense if you're concentrating on yourself, and completely disregarding others, just as sure as if you were marooned somewhere with your loved ones, for days, and hid away all the food for yourself. The minute you decide to earnestly think of others, it's not nearly as easy or palatable of an option.

Not everyone goes through what you are dealing with, but there is also nothing particularly unique about your suffering. Cognitive therapy works very well, and for me, attending and giving to the church slowly pulled me up (probably because it steered my attention away from 'I' for a bit). Maybe I figured if my life was so worthless I'm toying with ending it, I might as well give it away, and since I'm giving it away it seemed to me that it'd be wisest to make God the recipient. I'm not saying that the paths I've taken will work the same for you, I'm just trying to get you to see past the lie that there are no alternative paths.

Your only true fault is that you are being willfully ignorant of the value you have in the eyes of those around you. You're not here just for yourself.

On the flip side, it is physically impossible to be bitter and gracious at the same time. Look after others less fortunate than yourself, and be thankful for what you do have. It may sound corny and pointless, but don't knock it till you've tried it.

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Posted by 12rmp on 09/10/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

12rmp, Thank you for your comment. Believe me, everyone who knows me knows this is what I plan to do, including my mother. I've talked myself silly, tried antidepressants, I just don't want to keep going and get old. I'm sick of working just to pay bills, and tired of dealing with people. What do you do when you don't want to deal with anyone anymore? I can't stand dealing with people, and there is very little to do in this world that does not involve dealing with people. I am happiest when I do nothing and see no one, but that is not living, that is just staying alive. I see no point to it. I've seen and done everything I want to do, and I just don't want to get old. It's too much work, and I'm tired. Thank you for hopefully trying to understand my point of view.

Posted by BusDriver802 on 09/10/2014 at 3:58 PM

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