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FIFTY YEARS AGO: TRAGEDY AT HOME PLATE BOSTON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, AUG. 18-20, 1967) — Fifty years ago today (Aug. 18, 1967), one of major league baseball’s greatest tragedies occurred at Fenway Park in Boston. It came when a pitch from California Angels’ Jack Hamilton smacked into Tony Conigliaro‘s face near his […]

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WE JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET ALONG

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 16, 2017) — It is democracy’s sad adjunct to give citizens the illusion of control. This comforting fiction arrives tidally, a strong impulse toward self-governance moved by the inherent gravitational pull of freedom. Drawn up on the flipchart, it sounds good. Reality shows otherwise. […]

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THREE FOR THE MONEY: MURACA UNREGISTERED … WHAT IN THE NAME OF ROBERT E. LEE? … plus … THE KANGAROOS ARE BLUMIN

BY DANVALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 14, 2017) — For what it’s worth … … As of September 2016, neither Patrick Muraca of bio-nano infamy nor his girlfriend-cum-fiancee Darleen Zradi, the foul-mouthed Facebook femme futile, were registered to vote. It is not a federal crime, of course, to brush off […]

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NORTH KOREA? YES, VIRGINIA, THERE ARE GOOD OPTIONS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, AUG. 11-13, 2017) — Nearly every analyst, expert, and authority that weighs in on current developments split-side of the 38th parallel at the Korean peninsula either begins or ends by saying the United States has no good options. THE PLANET disagrees. […]

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SPECTRUM & TYER: HOW PITTSFIELD CABLE WENT FROM BAD TO WORSE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 9, 2017) — Corporate rates hikes, whether millimetrical or magnitudinal, always rankle the rank and file. That occurs with good reason, especially when the increase coincides with a loss or degradation of service. Case in point, the recent switch in local cable […]

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LEFT OVERS FROM MURACAVILLE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 7, 2017) — Here are a few left-over items from the Infamous case of “Dr.” Muraca and Mr. Hide. The case is far from over. In fact, its an infant. The best is yet to come. The film rights to this incredible […]

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