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Re: “Album Review: Plastique Mammals, 'Northern Sound'

First of all, Chris, thank you for the incredibly kind review. It makes me feel better than I can describe.

Secondly, in defense of the Logger clip!

A major source of inspiration for the EP was a critique I received from an out of town band we played with about a year ago. After our set, a member of the band commented; "You guys just SOUND like you're from up here."

While writing this EP, I was exploring that concept. What does life up here SOUND like? What does it SOUND like to come down the hill on Main Street and see the mountains behind the lake?

The image I wanted to inspire with the Logger clip stems from the accent. I've spent my entire life in Franklin County, and that manner of speech is as familiar to me as Lake Champlain, or mountains in the distance. In building an auditory representation of my home, I could think of no better monument to the simple, dignified, rural-blue-collar side of Vermont.

Considering the mood of the EP that it closes, I agree that the piece can be jarring. It irks you in the same way that stepping outside of Burlington, getting hit in the face with the cow-manure perfume that fills the rest of the state, can do to some. On an EP that works to capture the sublimity of life in Vermont, a peek into what you see when your head drifts into the clouds, the closing sample serves as a reminder of what's back on the ground.

Thanks again for the most flattering review!

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Posted by Remi Russin on 02/16/2019 at 10:12 AM

Re: “WTF: Vermont's Maple Penis Sign? Chocolate Vaginas?

Physiology lesson: the chocolate logo resembles a vulva, the home of the important clitoris, and lovely flower-like entrance to the vagina, the revered and elastic tube that leads to the uterus. Trust me, it matters. You're welcome.

Posted by High Expectations on 02/16/2019 at 7:53 AM

Re: “State Revokes Burlington Guidance Director's License

Why no accountability up the line for those that interviewed, vetted, and hired what amounts to sheer incompetence?
Is that not a display of incompetence and the other hand not knowing what is/was going on as well or was a merit hire the last thing they were looking to accomplish?

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Posted by JimM on 02/16/2019 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Walters: Abortion Rights Bill Headed for Floor Vote in the Vermont House

Brynn Hare testified in the Judiciary Committee that late-term abortions are legal in Vermont now and would remain so if H.57 were to become law. Abortion advocates cite the federal ban on partial-birth abortion as though it prohibits all late second and third trimester abortions. It does not. It prohibits a specific type of abortion procedure, but there are other procedures used to abort babies later in pregnancy. D&E abortions, in which the unborn child is dismembered and removed piece by piece; and induction abortion, in which the baby is given a lethal injection in utero and then labor is induced to deliver the dead fetus, are methods of abortion used in the second and third trimesters. Dr. Lauren McAfee testified that she performs these procedures at the UVM Medical Center.

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Posted by Sharon Toborg on 02/15/2019 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Walters: Abortion Rights Bill Headed for Floor Vote in the Vermont House

The Supreme Court can't overturn a previous case. They can decide a new case differently.
Roe v Wade has already been surpassed by later cases.

The same way dred scott wasn't overturned at the court level.…
It was a later, different case that changed things, along with constitutional amendments.

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Posted by doom on 02/15/2019 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Walters: One Year Later, Fair Haven Still Resonates…
And even suicide, not that it has anything to do with this, isn't abnormal.…

And while suicide is up slightly, "The CDC study found that 54% of Americans who died by suicide had no known mental health illness."
So at best, the most insane overreaching denial of gun rights based on some sort of mental health check wouldn't even get half that "gun deaths" to go away.
Your conflation from suicide, to gun deaths, to "lives lost at the point of a gun" hurts your argument.

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Posted by doom on 02/15/2019 at 5:36 PM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

Haha..It's like the Loch Ness Monster, everyone sees them, but no one has proof.

Posted by Have you seen this on 02/15/2019 at 3:53 PM

Re: “University of Vermont Faculty and Students Sound Off As Presidential Finalist Visits Campus

UVM is a bloated institution that fails to benefit from state support. Buying into the idea that corporate money is good for STEM is a sign of loss of academic rigor. Good scientists realize that bad science is often done when corporations hold the money strings. The scientific literature is rife with authors denying conflicts of interest when their funding comes exclusively from a corporation or group whose interests are central to the experiments.

A healthier source of funding is from the state or the NSF, or any of the federal agencies that fund science. We are living in a world where corporate interests trump the interests of society or indeed the world. We are seeing our climate deteriorate because we can't control the greed of the people making money off that deterioration. This model for UVM buys right into that mentality. It's got to stop.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 02/15/2019 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Former Burlington Guidance Counselors Describe 'Toxic' Workplace Under Director

jeez cashman that is really a moronic comment.

Posted by benning matsumoku on 02/15/2019 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Walters: One Year Later, Fair Haven Still Resonates

Suicide isn't a crime, at least not one that is related to mass murder in the way you just decided to link it. Half of "gun deaths" are suicide. Most of the remainder are related to gang and drug violence.
You also don't include any other reason the us may have a higher suicide rate. There are plenty of other countries that have higher rates than the us, but you failed to include those.

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Posted by doom on 02/15/2019 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Winooski Voters to Consider Another Downtown Parking Garage

Follow the Money: this boondoggle is intended to enrich certain Winooski employees and contractors, there is already a vast surplus of parking available in the existing garage.

I recommend that someone investigate the expense reimbursements, employee bonuses and side deals that are in place to get a full picture of what is happening here.

A new garage is not needed for the following reasons:

* Less than 20% of the total parking spots in the current Winooski garage are occupied at any given time.
* Several ENTIRE floors of the current Winooski garage currently sit vacant 7 days per week!!
* The city has reserved the majority of parking spots in the current garage for "permit holders" only, however the city completely refuses to actually issue parking permits (call/email Jessie Baker and confirm for yourself.)
* The maintenance, operating and total financial costs on the current garage exceeds the revenue generated from parking.
* An unreasonable amount of money is paid to Winooski employees and contractors to maintain and operate the garage relative to other garages of this size.

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Posted by ConcernedVermonter on 02/15/2019 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Walters: One Year Later, Fair Haven Still Resonates

Are people seriously disliking low crime?…
Everything is far better than it was just a decade ago.
New England is even better than average.…

You can compare this with nics checks over time, roughly seeing how many additional guns there are in public hands.…

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Posted by doom on 02/15/2019 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Walters: One Year Later, Fair Haven Still Resonates

"Doom" suggests that worrying about guns, which he or she terms "hoplophobia" is "ridiculous." it's not. "A steady rise in suicides involving firearms has pushed the rate of gun deaths in the US to its highest rate in more than 20 years, with almost 40,000 people killed in shootings in 2017, according to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDCs Wonder database shows that in 2017, 39,773 people in the US lost their lives at the point of a gun, marking the onward march of firearm fatalities in a country renowned for its lax approach to gun controls. When adjusted for age fluctuations, that represents a total of 12 deaths per 100,000 people up from 10.1 in 2010 and the highest rate since 1996.
What that bare statistic represents in terms of human tragedy is most starkly reflected when set alongside those of other countries. According to a recent study from the Jama Network, it compares with rates of 0.2 deaths per 100,000 people in Japan, 0.3 in the UK, 0.9 in Germany and 2.1 in Canada.

Jama found that just six countries in the world are responsible for more than half of all 250,000 gun deaths a year around the globe. The US is among those six, together with Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala."…

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 02/15/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “University of Vermont Faculty and Students Sound Off As Presidential Finalist Visits Campus

Sullivan is a lawyer with a political science background, and he allowed CAS to drop this far under his watch. Can't wait to see what someone with a STEM background will be able to do! All joking aside, the UVM trustees are severely slanted toward business and STEM and it's no surprise that the University is going in this direction. At least Rosowsky didn't get the nod - though perhaps Garimella is even worse.

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Posted by some of us are sometimes right on 02/15/2019 at 11:19 AM

Re: “State Revokes Burlington Guidance Director's License

This decision MUST be a horrifying miscarriage of justice! Did this clearly biased state panel fail to note that the Burlington School Superintendent AND the Burlington H.S. Principal have both continued to support Macias and found no evidence that warranted his suspension? I mean, you cant find two more reliable and competent leaders than those two fellas.

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Posted by wahrheit on 02/15/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Are Some People Called for Jury Duty While Others Never Are?

I'm 51 and have never served as a juror.

I registered to vote when I turned 18. I was off at college in Georgia and received a jury summons for service back in my home county in Virginia. I wrote and said "off at college, kthxbye" and that was that.

And I've never received a peep since.

It'd be kind of a headache if I *did* get called because my work involves very frequent travel scheduled far in advance, but at the same time, it'd be an interesting experience.

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Posted by Jay Furr on 02/15/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Splitting Chittenden: The County’s Senate District Is on the Chopping Block

As a resident of rural eastern Chittenden county, I'd love to have a state senator representing me. But the Chittenden senate district has three residents of Burlington, one resident of South Burlington, and two residents of Williston representing the whole county. There's more to Chittenden County than the built-up area. If it wasn't all one big district, perhaps the rural voters would get some representation.

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Posted by Jay Furr on 02/15/2019 at 9:13 AM

Re: “State Revokes Burlington Guidance Director's License


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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 02/15/2019 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Opioid Deaths Rise in Vermont but Plummet in Chittenden County

Thank you Katie Jickling. Are there statistics available that would show the number of homicides that have occurred which were drug related? Recently in the NEK there have been at least two. It would interesting to see if these numbers have decreased or increased. Also if the number of thefts/robberies have seen an increase or decrease?

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Posted by genesis_44 on 02/15/2019 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Walters: House Panel Approves Abortion Rights Bill

Why not allow testimony from Jill Stanick who held a BABY for 45 minutes until the BABY died. The BABY was victim of a failed late term abortion that was decided because the Baby was not "perfect" being found to have DS. Lax laws not allow reviving or attempting to sustain life of a victim of failed late term abortion. Despite her testimony before congress this barbaric act continues.. We can end abortion.. it is called Birth Control free of charge for most, at your local clinic..
Or sacrificing 9 short months of your life to give life to another awaiting adoption.
It is hard to believe we would even have to debate this issue..

Posted by Pennies For Dreams on 02/15/2019 at 2:15 AM

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