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Ernie Hotchkiss 
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Re: “Walters: Former Sanders Adviser Named in Manafort Trial Documents

It is worth noting that the Ukrainian president that replaced Yanukovych is a fascist pro-nationalist government that had the full backing of the US. As with most US foreign policy, that was not done in the interests of supporting Democracy and human rights, but instead in the interests of US corporate interests, specifically the fracking and gas industry. Shortly after the coup and ouster of Yanukovych, the US oil and gas industry swept in to push fracking in Ukraine. Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, joined the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine's largest private gas producer shortly thereafter, and pushed fracking deals for Chevron and other US gas companies. His involvement on the board was pitched as a way of "helping the people of Ukraine", when in fact what happened was vast tracts of land in Ukraine were opened up to fracking, and the groundwater pollution and drinking water contamination that comes with it. It was clearly about oligarchy and making money. It's all part of US Imperialism that both the Democrat and Republican parties are beholden to, and the corporations they have prostituted themselves to. Greed and power has completely corrupted both of these corporate-owned parties.
You can read about Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings here:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/201…

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 07/23/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Walters: Vermont Senate Passes Gun Bill, Scott Says He'll Sign It

If an 18 year old with an assault rifle with high capacity magazine and no background check shot up a Vermont school, then the Vermont John Rodgers "grew up in" would also be gone.

The irony of the bizarre, Rambo-esque, survivalist fantasyland that John Rodgers lives in is that he has a much higher statistical chance of being killed by hitting a deer on a Vermont roadway than he does by being killed by the terrorists coming to his door that he speaks of. And if an authoritarian government comes to his door, his guns will not save him against the most heavily armed government on the planet. Your AR-15 will do nothing to save you if a US gov't drone is dropping a bomb on your house. Just ask the Afghanis. Sorry John, but your logic is illogical.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 03/30/2018 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Private Prison Company Lobbies Vermont Officials to Build Proposed Facility

The prison industrial complex is one of the most despicable forms of vulture capitalism, and the State of Vermont should have nothing to do with it, including handing money over to it to build prison real estate. Interesting that Corrections Corporation of America has changed its name in a rebranding effort to try to cover up its dark, exploitative and horrible past. Reminds me of the rebrandng effort of Blackwater, the private mercenary company with a dark history of multiple war crimes and human rights violations, and its multiple name changes. No amount of lipstick on these corporate criminal pigs will change them or make them more acceptable.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 01/17/2018 at 3:49 AM

Re: “Walters: Top Vermont GOP Official Backs Roy Moore

Correction: I meant to say that I was quoting Sinclair Lewis in my comment below, not Upton Sinclair.

Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/13/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Walters: Top Vermont GOP Official Backs Roy Moore

Despicable that this Vermont Republican endorses a sexual predator of minors (and the predator in the White House), and her lame defense that it would have come up years ago shows her complete and utter detachment to the fact that victims often stay quiet about their abuser for years, sometimes carrying it to their graves, as they are often conflicted with bringing back the trauma and PTSD in revisiting the abuse, the reprisals and being made an outcast by family members and community members who do not want to deal with it, and the fear of confronting their abuser. But obviously Butterfield relies on the same level of denial, lack of empathy and cognitive dissonance on this issue that allows her to endorse all of the other truly harmful, reckless and destructive policies being carried out by this Congress and this President. Truly shameful.

I have a friend right here in Vermont who decided to come out publicly and speak about the fact that she was raped over 40 years ago by her college professor while in grad school. She had kept it quiet all these years, due to the severe trauma of what she went through, but seeing all of the women across this nation who are finding the courage and support to hold their abusers accountable, she decided to do the same. Why is Suzanne Butterfield incapable of accepting that reality, that victims sometimes find it severely painful and difficult to talk about their abuse?

And does Butterfield endorse the fact that Roy Moore put giant replicas of the Ten Commandments in his court house when he was a judge?

Upton Sinclair said it best, over 80 years ago: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross".

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 12/11/2017 at 11:50 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Part: Maidstone's Grisly Murder-Suicide Was Domestic Violence

Vince illuzi said "You look at the system the participants did what they were supposed to. I don't know what an alternative response would look like."

An alternative response that could possibly have saved Molly's life would have been to move her to a safe house in an undisclosed location, where her abuser would not know how to locate her. It is mind boggling that the court had her stay in the Maidstone house, with nothing but a retraining order to keep him away. I have a friend in southern VT who is going through a similar situation, separated from a physically and emotionally abusive husband, and with a 4 year old. In her case, she was able to move with her child to a safe house for about 2 months when things were the most volatile and unstable, until she could then find housing away from her abuser. I know every situation is different though, and with all due respect to the state agencies involved, but we need more funding and staffing for safe houses and associated services statewide.

With deepest sympathies and condolences to Amy Benoit and her family, as we all mourn this horrible tragedy.

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “McAllister Gets Probation, Not Prison, for Prostitution-Related Charge

Equal justice in America is a sham

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Posted by Ernie Hotchkiss on 10/17/2017 at 8:22 PM

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