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Brett W 
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Re: “'Neighborly' Will Let Burlington Residents Invest in Their City

And you don't see anything amiss about "a path for democratic involvement" with a minimum investment of $1000? That strikes you as "democratic" somehow? Um...

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Posted by Brett W on 03/25/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Community Mindfulness With the Center for Mindful Learning

watch out, this is a cult

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Posted by Brett W on 07/24/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “A Tech-Savvy Monk Is Taking Mindfulness to the Masses

careful, CML is a cult

Posted by Brett W on 07/14/2016 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Stonecutter Spirits Hosts a Whiskey-Release Party

This product is addictive and deadly.

Posted by Brett W on 07/04/2016 at 2:08 AM

Re: “Container Murals Promote New Recycling Law

Recycling is ridiculous bullshit that is saving nothing except the profits of corporations that would be endangered by actual reductions in consumption. Nothing is being recycled, there is no recycling, it's just downcycled, it's just shredded and used for a moment to stuff it into other trash-- there is no beautiful harmonious Earthy cycle of recycling, it's a lie. It's all as ultimately lacking in consequence as the pathetically "at least 25 percent recycled paint" used in this propaganda for it, propaganda which is of course utterly necessary, as indeed without the constant support of propaganda no one at all would simply come on their own to the conclusion that this process makes any sense, no one at all would think to themselves, "it's perfectly fine if we extract everything and poison everything and enslave everyone as long as we also do it again with at least 25 percent the same stuff as last time, that should fix it," no, this is the sort of thing you must be constantly informed and reinformed how sensible and orderly it all is lest you ever accidentally trust your senses to the contrary. This whole show is an intentional obscene nonsensical distraction. Recycling is nothing but a fairy bedtime story where capitalism doesn't inherently destroy the earth.

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Posted by Brett W on 02/20/2016 at 4:56 AM

Re: “Burlington 'Mama Bear' Tells Drug Dealers to Go 'Elsewhere'

Obviously the only solution to this problem is legal heroin, for instance prescribing heroin to addicts. Don't you think it's somewhat neglectful to talk about this false solution, to even point out obliquely that this solution can't possibly work, and yet also to pointedly fail to mention the only possible thing that would work. Would you actually like to stop this problem or are you having fun with it somehow.

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Posted by Brett W on 08/15/2015 at 3:35 PM

Re: “A Suspicious Death Draws Attention to Burlington's Homeless Encampments

The cost of allowing people to use land isn't the cost of the land itself-- obviously that's no cost at all, as you have to go out of your way to even notice the camps exist. The cost is that if lower cost housing were available than the cheapest apartments, these would not be the only people who need it.

A lot of people are just barely able to afford apartments, and are kept in those unsustainable indebted lifestyles only by precisely these efforts to make it impossible for them to live in the woods. There are also many more thousands of people who would choose to live in the woods, were it allowed, as it would let them be employed less doing things they enjoy more.

In short, allowing people to live cheaply would provoke a cultural transformation. The oppression and destruction of these camps should be understood as mostly an attempt to forcefully maintain this culture and the profit it generates.

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Posted by Brett W on 05/31/2014 at 4:10 PM

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