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Re: “'Mob' Attacks Middlebury Prof and Controversial Speaker Charles Murray

Why does Seven Days insist on calling a mob a 'Mob' or a "mob"?
According to the interwebs:

mob
mb/Submit
noun
1.
a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence.
"a mob of protesters"
synonyms: crowd, horde, multitude, rabble, mass, throng, group, gang, gathering, assemblage
"troops dispersed the mob"
verb
1.
crowd around (someone) in an unruly and excitable way in order to admire or attack them.
"he was mobbed by autograph hunters"
synonyms: surround, swarm, besiege, jostle More


I can't think of a more appropriate use of a word, without the ambiguity added by the scare quotes, than the current.

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Posted by Andy Hooper on 03/06/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Forty-Two Years a Senator: Has Leahy Served Long Enough?

I don't think that bringing a few (or many) millions of extra pork dollars should be the top priority of a senator. He should be throwing his substantial political capital around for major issues and ideas, not just bringing [ed. undoubtedly well-deserved and much appreciated] over-sized cheques to publicity events back home.

Ten years ago I saw him in national media frequently, now he's vanished.

He's held the same office since I was ONE year old, and I am starting to get long in the tooth.I like Pat personally, but I'd rather have someone with enthusiasm than seniority.

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Posted by Andy Hooper on 10/12/2016 at 8:29 PM

Re: “F-35 Opponents Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

What does state and local land use law have to do with any matter of federal law?

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Posted by Andy Hooper on 10/29/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Environmental Groups Ask Board to Kill Massive Randolph Project

“If this project gets approved, in this location, no farmland in Vermont is safe.”? From what I've read maybe "If this project is rejected, in this location, then no property owner in Vermont is safe," would be more accurate.

I absolutely believe that there are community and statewide resources that do need to be considered and minded through inclusive processes. But in our state of 6.15 million acres, to prevent someone from investing in and improving their land because adding 254 homes is not commensurate with the loss of the potential agricultural use of 178 acres is ludicrous.

If there are not homes built here, instead they will be built elsewhere in Vermont on 1,2 or even 10 acre lots on the edges of active farms, causing far more environmental impact than this development will. Heck, think about how much gasoline all these families will save because of the proximity to the interstate! The VPR commentator yesterday spoke truthfully when he talked about the beautiful view from I-89 being sullied - this might go against some people's aesthetic taste, but I do not want his aesthetic taste to dictate land use and property rights in our state.

Real environmentalism is more than a postcard view from the interstate.

6 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Andy Hooper on 08/05/2015 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Twitter Alias Links Scot Shumski to Tea Party Rhetoric

who cares?
this is a school board race: being a communist, anarchist or fascist would have little guidance in the day to day affairs of a local school board.

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Posted by Andy Hooper on 02/28/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Hoffer Faults Administration for Gruber Contract Oversight

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/18…

"Then there are the state governments. The Fox News review finds Gruber and his firm have consulted for, or provided computer modeling to, at least fifteen states. Glenn Kessler, the widely respected Washington Post columnist who writes under the moniker “The Fact Checker,” reported last week that “at least eight states” have hired Gruber to assist with the launching of their health care exchanges – and Kessler added: “It’s safe to say that about $400,000 appears to be the standard rate for gaining access to the Gruber Microsimulation Model.”

Fox News found that Gruber and his firm shared in a $481,050 contract with Michigan, a $400,000 deal with Wisconsin, and a contract with Minnesota worth nearly $330,000. Other contracts included deals with California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts – where Gruber notably worked with then-Gov. Mitt Romney – Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming."


I can't believe that when Vermont enters into a contract with a consultant/firm that has contracts with 14 additional states there wasn't more question about the capacity of the consultant/firm to put in the effort required. I am considerably more concerned with why the federal government paid for the creation of this magical Gruber MicroSim model but did not require it to be publicly available - allowing Prof Gruber to milk this publicly funded project for many millions more, while still keeping the inner workings away from the eyes of interested public.

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Posted by Andy Hooper on 02/24/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Palace 9 Will Show The Interview

when the best 60s of a movie are not entertaining it's tough to imagine that 92m will be

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Posted by Andy Hooper on 12/24/2014 at 7:19 AM

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