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Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Linus Leavens:
What are you talking about? You cited an article that appeared in the Burlington Free Press without a static url or DOI and one that was published (seemingly) by the Vermont Petroleum Association. As far as I can tell, this association is mainly engaged in lobbying and has had no actual studies that it has funded. Literally that is the most bogus source I've seen in a while - you would have been better off citing Yelp.

Lastly, I have not once mentioned how I feel politically. You're the individual that's assuming what my political identity is. Why can't I dislike your prick of a cousin because I dislike your prick of a cousin? And ugh spoiler alert, I'm a little pissed off because I grew up in Franklin County. I'm a little peeved that your jackass cousin ripped me off in terms of gas prices. Actually, that is my political identity: anti-Skip Vallee.

Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 11:38 PM

Re: “At Statehouse Rally, Vermont Students Join Call for Gun Control

Snow Creek:
Unfortunately private schools do not have to report on the make up of their student body, however, their FAQ does list a number of towns from which students come from. Furthermore, I hope you're aware that sticker price does not actually equate to actual price when it comes to education. The cost of education is very much akin to car buying now. Furthermore, what does it matter if they're from out of state? Their opinion somehow matters less? In your mind does someone need to be a seventh generation Vermonter to actually have a valid opinion?

In terms of the mental health bit and gun buying - are you sure? Most evidence associates a decrease in suicides caused by guns when guns are restricted, either temporarily or permanently. Look no further than studies in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia or Australia. Also, I wasn't referring to Sydney Bay in terms of sharks being perpetrators of crimes or being cognizant of the English language. I was referring to it in the context of how a civilized society deals with relative dangers. If guns are the major driver of school shootings and there exists data in other countries that suggest that regulating guns would be a negative pressure in terms of the rate of school shootings... then maybe we should regulate guns?

Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 11:20 PM

Re: “At Statehouse Rally, Vermont Students Join Call for Gun Control

Citizen, please don't refer to me as "boy". It's insulting, it's rude and it's inappropriate. Second of all, I am fairly certain that I referred to the Second Amendment as being dubious in terms of grammatical interpretation. There's no need to interpret my educational background and somehow appeal to it.

There exists three commas, and thus four sections, within the Amendment, or, alternatively one comma. Why is there a debate over whether or not there are one or three commas? One version was passed by Congress and the other ratified by the States. Depending on which version you choose to accept, "a well regulated Militia" is either a separate clause to "right to bear arms" or is a dominant clause to it. Therefore, one can interpret the amendment as allowing for solely an armed national guard, or an armed national guard and an armed populace. Complicating this matter, the definition of "arms" is not terribly struct. It simply does not allow for the application of scrutiny. For example, does it allow for the possession of nuclear arms? Under your strict interpretation of the amendment, it indeed does allow for that.

Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 11:08 PM

Re: “At Statehouse Rally, Vermont Students Join Call for Gun Control

First of all Citizen, it's HIPAA. Second of all, HIPAA was modified by an executive rule that allowed for the inclusion of mental health (involuntary institutionalization) in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. There is no reason why HIPAA cannot be further modified to allow for the inclusion of more information concerning someone's mental health status. Individuals taking antipsychotics probably should not be allowed to have a gun. Individuals that exhibit suicidality probably should not be allowed to have a gun. HOWEVER, no such rule can allow for the widespread reporting of mental health status - only an act of Congress would do such a thing. Currently there are bills that have been introduced in both chambers, however, they continually languish in committee. Why? The NRA and the gun lobby. They feel that any sensible action in terms of guns represent an erosion of gun rights.

Lastly, the Second Amendment does NOT clearly state that individuals have the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment reads "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The last time I had a grammar lesson was a decade ago, but something tells me the clauses in that text make interpretation a little dubious and not so clear cut.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 3:45 PM

Re: “At Statehouse Rally, Vermont Students Join Call for Gun Control

Snow Creek:
The vast majority of kids at the Vermont Commons School are from Vermont itself. Listed on their website, they note that they have students from the following areas: VT, Keene Valley and Plattsburgh, NY. Also, what does someone's geographical location have to do with this? The tuition these kids pay have roughly the same economic impact, if not more, than the average individual that lives here. Why don't they get a say in the future of this state?

Also, people should freak out when there's a shark attack every single day just about. Look at Sydney Bay when it comes to sharks - people don't swim because it's dangerous.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Linus Leavens:
Excuse me, but I'm not bringing any political bitterness into this debate. You're the one that thinks so incredibly poorly of individuals that have political feelings that lay to the left of yours. I know plenty of people from all political standings that simply do not like Skip Vallee or his business practices. It's not partisan, so please stop with your identity politics.

Lastly, just because something appears in a newspaper as an op-ed it doesn't mean it's factual. Show me something peer-reviewed that appeared in an economics journal and I'll care about your diatribes.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/18/2018 at 7:43 PM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Linus Leavens:
Uhm okay. I'm still not quite understanding what your diatribe means in this context, but it seems that you just have an extreme distaste for anything having to do with the left. That's cool, I guess, but this isn't a right vs. left dichotomy. This isn't a discussion about the right of the state to tax a product. This is about how Northeast Vermont is one of the most profitable places to sell gasoline and that it's due to the actions of some greedy men.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/17/2018 at 12:30 PM

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