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MIKE WARD LOSES HIS LUNCH … plus … FOR WHOM DID CAIUS V. WORK? THE PLANET HAS THE ANSWER … and … STRANGE BEDFELLOWS HOOK UP TO FIGHT CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET DEFICITS

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011) — On Election Day, prelim division, THE PLANET can now reveal: We skipped town for some serious fun and R&R. We got back home late that evening to find an e-mail from our Right Honorable Good Friend, Mike Ward, the esteemed councilor from ward 4 in Pittsfield.

WARD LOSES HIS LUNCH

Ward asked THE PLANET for a friendly wager, loser buying lunch, on the accuracy of his pre-election poll versus our day-before prognostications. We immediately, and with a smile, accepted. We add that, though the pools were closed for about an hour by the time we got back to the Ponderosa, we had not scanned any of the results. Like Sgt. Schultz, we knew nothing about the actual turnout.

Here’s the poll Mike sent:

Thank you to the 87 respondents to Friday’s poll question about tomorrow’s city preliminary election.
Peter Marchetti garnered nearly half of the votes in a field of five running for mayor, with Dan Bianchi coming in second at 29%.

The ward 4 race was more surprising with political newcomer Jim Bronson emerging as the leader with “Undecided” in second place and veterans Chuck Vincelette and Chris Connell in a tight race for a spot on the ballot in November.

WARD 4
Jim Bronson (27) 32%
Chris Connell (17) 20%
Chuck Vincelette (16) 19%
Undecided (24) 29%

MAYOR
Daniel Bianchi (25) 29%
Stephen Fillio (0) 0%
Peter Marchetti (42) 48%
Joseph Nichols (3) 3%
Donna Walto (0) 0%
Undecided (17) 20%

Remember to vote tomorrow!


Mike Ward
City Councilor Ward 4
Pittsfield, MA
ward4ward4.com
413-499-0462

As you all know by now, THE PLANET called the mayoral and Ward 4 contests with crystal clarity and razor precision. We got the top five and top two finishers correctly. We got lunch.

Ward graciously offered to pick up the tab at Wheatleigh or Blantyre, promising in the process that he was not PITTSFIELD BELIEVER. We accepted his word, just as he accepted our word that we had not cheated to look at the results before accepting his wager. He made the pledge as Scout’s Honor, even though we have never been a Scout.

The esteemed councilor  remarked the day after:

Upon further consideration I don’t think my survey results were completely garbage because the undecided votes were so high, 24% in the case of the ward 4 councilor race.  What’s interesting is that a large percentage of the those undecideds ultimately chose to vote Connell.  I’m not sure how to interpret that.
My poll results for the mayoral race track fairly well with precinct 4A results, 4B was a different story of course. That’s the other interesting fact of the day because 4B was a very strong Ruberto precinct.  Again, I have no explanation for the disparity in the ward 4 precincts – that’s why it’s interesting!

So, the respective Ward and PLANET camps shall be engaged in intense negotiations of a watering hole with vittles. THE PLANET thanks Mike Ward, winner of our first Orbit Award, and as always, a good sport.

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CAIUS WORKED FOR RICHMOND GARDEN DESIGNER MATT LARKIN. IS IT RELEVANT?

THE PLANET has learned the identity of Caius Veiovis’ employer. According to sources, the bodied-modified accused killer in Pittsfield’s triple murder case, one of four charged in connection with the heinous crime, worked in some capacity for Richmond horticulturist Matt Larkin.

A search of Larkin on the internet reveals much information, and we would invite readers who want more to check it out for themselves.

Larkin, an amateur photographer, has self-published a book called Suspended in Time, a collection of photographs depicting stubble-scalped young men in various poses of tortuous suspension — the practice of hanging from metal hooks (which piece the naked skin) suspended from a ceiling. You’ll recall in previous coverage of the murders here and in other media, suspension entered the discussion. We’d go further with this, but we think it would be a stretch.

The book contains 70 photos and goes for the “aren’t we special” price of $70. Larkin’s website and Google show some of the pictures.

Is there a market for such trash (the label is subjective, admittedly, but no: We cannot call it “art”)? If enthusiasts perform what appears to be a grotesque act, the dilapidated answer may be yes. This is 2011, after all, a year and a couple months away from the Mayan prophecy. I’m OK, you’re OK, everything’s OK. Thirteen year old girls in Pittsfield middle schools learn to put condoms over models of penises. Get with it. Do whatever you want then whine about the consequences. Vive la differance!!

Freaks, not geeks, will of course, rush to the defense of suspended self-torture and butt ugly body modification, under the “everything is OK” banner. Most others, however, would reject such extreme practices of the manifestation of selfhood. Most others are not that bored with life and with who they are. Most others have not allowed their self-hate to calcify in such a manner.

True, Freedom allows a certain amount of self loathing, of course, but for an amateur shutterbug to attempt to profit from it is … ugh! Capitalism!! As a fellow publisher, we do with Larkin well with his enterprise, but, Van Helsing, bring out the garlic necklace, mirrors, and crucifixes. Sweet Lucy needs to be saved.

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UNLIKELY BEDFELLOWS PACE WAY FOR NON-PARTISAN ACTION ON CRIMINAL BUDGET DEFICITS

THE PLANET shares this message from MAssachusetts MASSPIRG, FYI. It may interest some of you.

“Sen. John Kerry is one of 12 congressional members appointed to the deficit reduction Super Committee, charged with cutting $1.2 trillion over 10 years from the federal budget by November.

Difficult? It shouldn’t be. Don’t believe the hype that there isn’t common ground.

In a joint venture with the National Taxpayers Union — a group whose positions on the proper regulatory scope of government and a host of tax policies varies widely from ours — we’ve identified cuts that should have broad based support. In our report, we’ve agreed on more than $1 trillion Congress could save through budget reforms and by cutting wasteful spending, which should be done even if we weren’t facing a deficit crisis. [1]

But unfortunately, the special interests who profit from this wasteful spending are swarming committee members to try and protect their favored subsidies and programs. [2] Don’t let them get away with it. Tell Sen. Kerry to start with the easy stuff. Do we really need to spend taxpayer dollars to fund ExxonMobil’s research on the best way to drill? Do we need to subsidize Domino’s to put more cheese on their pizza, or pay Fruit of the Loom to run ads oversees? Do we need to keep subsidizing corporate farms to help make junk food cheaper?

Of course we don’t. But for years, Washington lobbyists have been very effective at steering money to the narrow interests that hire them, which we can ill afford — especially when failure means across-the-board cuts to public priorities from financial aid to food safety (things that actually help the public).

If two organizations that don’t often see eye-to-eye can come together out of a deep concern over how to address the nation’s growing fiscal problems, so can Sen. Kerry and members of Congress.

Sign our letter to Sen. Kerry and tell him to be the voice of reason and urge his colleagues to put the public interest before special interests.

Thanks for all your support,

Janet S. Domenitz, 
MASSPIRG Executive Director

THE PLANET support this interesting joint effort. We find it striking that two organizations which such divergent positions on so many issues can reach reasonable compromise and commit to such productive cooperation. This should serve as a warning shot across the bow of the hopelessly gridlocked partisan poison of Washington, DC.

It CAN be done.

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AND THUS THEY DAY MOVES AHEAD. WITH HOPE AND JOY,

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

37 Responses to “MIKE WARD LOSES HIS LUNCH … plus … FOR WHOM DID CAIUS V. WORK? THE PLANET HAS THE ANSWER … and … STRANGE BEDFELLOWS HOOK UP TO FIGHT CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET DEFICITS”

  1. really?
    September 29, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    caius worked for the president of the berkshire botanical gardens?
    if that’s not s scandal I don’t know is!

    if his ex wife’s career is relevant why wouldn’t this be?

    an upstanding member of your community publishes a book on the very subject you loathe

    let the mud slinging begin!

    • suttinouttanuttin
      September 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

      again his Employer like his ex wife have nothing to do with the accused actions with Hall and Chalue, but I guess it is food for fooder and people are intrigued to know the mundane details of an accused murders life.So often when neighbors are interviewed regarding a a suspect, you hear” he was a nice, quiet friendly guy”. I think people would rather hear” he was once married to a porn star, hung around on hook in his flesh,drank blood and hobnobbed with distinguished artists”…sure makes for more interested reading.

      • Silence Dogood
        September 30, 2011 at 8:06 am #

        if truth is stranger than fiction so be it….let’s have the truth

  2. Silence Dogood
    September 29, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    the plot thikens

  3. scott
    September 29, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    The body suspension topic is taboo. Baseless fear of something the general public doesn’t understand quick lock your doors! I don’t like it, I wouldn’t do it but this IS America after all so give these folks a break! I’m sure it’s a rush anyways…

  4. Four in one
    September 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    well I think if you read the story oyu’ll see it jsut states and opinion and says others will disagree, also wishing the publsiher well with the project. Think it’s relevant where the guy worked.

  5. Ron Kitterman
    September 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I read in one of your earlier posts ( Maine reporter’s story) that he was receiving social security disablility benefits. These are not something you give up to get a real job are they ?

    • NA
      September 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      @ Kitterman: Yes. You do give up social sec disablity when you get a real job.

      • Silence Dogood
        September 30, 2011 at 8:11 am #

        unless you work under the table….not that an accused murderer would defraud the taxpayers

  6. NA
    September 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    ha ha ha ha haha ha. The PRESIDENT of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, you say? I didn’t even know that. I just knew he was an artist of some sort.
    Escalando, indeed.

    I also don’t REALLY understand this whole ‘this is not art’ business…. I think it’s more ‘i don’t like it’. Which is fine. But I don’t think you’re in any position to make a blanket ‘this is not art’ statement.
    As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

    And as a Native American, I find it pretty ignorant of you to call us ‘freaks’ for practising suspension. So I guess all my ancestors were ‘freaks’ huh?

    • Steve Wade
      September 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      Too much fire water!

    • CONCERNED
      September 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      Don’t give me this boloney Anyone that does this shit is a freak period!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Real Deal 2
        September 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

        NA, I will be the first (and I’m sure not the only one) to call you a freak. Using “my ancestors did it, so it’s acceptable” is a complete and total cop out. I’m sure some on this blog had ancestors who owned slaves, but we know that’s not OK. Hanging yourself with hooks, like a side of cattle at the butchers, is not only freakish, but it’s also idiotic.

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  7. just saying
    September 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Native American-

    You are correct. Thank you for this post.
    I vividly recall period paintings of Eastern Plains Mandan Warriors practicing suspension. I believe the paintings are credited to George Catlin. Circa 1830′s. The subjects in the paintings suspended themselves with hooks in the breast and also the upper back. If memory serves, it was part of a ritual called Okipa.
    Certainly this practice was not confined to one Nation. It is a historical fact that suspension was practiced by Native Americans.
    Personally suspension interests me none. I don’t want to do it or see it.
    But to vilify those who do is simply ignorant.

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    Native American-

    You are correct. Thank you for this post.
    I vividly recall period paintings of Eastern Plains Mandan Warriors practicing suspension. I believe the paintings are credited to George Catlin. Circa 1830′s. The subjects in the paintings suspended themselves with hooks in the breast and also the upper back. If memory serves, it was part of a ritual called Okipa.
    Certainly this practice was not confined to one Nation. It is a historical fact that suspension was practiced by Native Americans.
    Personally suspension interests me none. I don’t want to do it or see it.
    But to vilify those who do is simply ignorant.

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    Native American-

    You are correct. Thank you for this post.
    I vividly recall period paintings of Eastern Plains Mandan Warriors practicing suspension. I believe the paintings are credited to George Catlin. Circa 1830′s. The subjects in the paintings suspended themselves with hooks in the breast and also the upper back. If memory serves, it was part of a ritual called Okipa.
    Certainly this practice was not confined to one Nation. It is a historical fact that suspension was practiced by Native Americans.
    Personally suspension interests me none. I don’t want to do it or see it.
    But to vilify those who do is simply ignorant.

    The Planet: Voice of the Little Guy

    @ Native American-

    You are correct. Thank you for this post.
    I vividly recall period paintings of Eastern Plains Mandan Warriors practicing suspension. I believe the paintings are credited to George Catlin. Circa 1830′s. The subjects in the paintings suspended themselves with hooks in the breast and also the upper back. If memory serves, it was part of a ritual called Okipa.
    Certainly this practice was not confined to one Nation. It is a historical fact that suspension was practiced by Native Americans.
    Personally suspension interests me none. I don’t want to do it or see it.
    But to vilify those who do is simply ignorant.

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    • NA
      September 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      Yes. Thank you as well. It’s amazing this wave of rage and I don’t even suspend or want to!! Yikes. I just think diff people like diff things n I’m not going to go on a public forum to vilify them for it. I guess in the end I’m ok with suspension n I don’t care that others do it.

    • Silence Dogood
      September 30, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      why does the story of the emporor’s new clothes come to mind?

  8. just saying
    September 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    sorry for multiple posts.

  9. Winchester 73
    September 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Agree with concerned, this stuff is weird and freakish. Each to his own, I agree, but you cant tell me that this practice done today is the same as when the Indians did it. That’s a bunch of bull. And I think its relevant. The guys employer obviously has a facsination for seeing this sort of stuff. Anyone who profits from that isn’t an artist.

  10. Joe Pinhead
    September 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Native Americans also used to practice both scalping and trepanation, are you suggesting these are still socially acceptable and “normal” behavior ?
    Yes as many strange practices can be mentioned about all cultures. Mr. Dalhmer practiced cannibalism as was done by many cultures are you or is anyone suggesting we accept that practice? If I do not accept those am I now not PC? Should I be burned at the stake? Why do you think the BB will not publish all this? Call me cynical but could it be that a large cross section of the population that they are beholding to would find it objectionable? Why isnt it covered in the Sunday paper? Yet the beauty lies in the freedom of choice, just because you can do something does not mean you should; nor does it mean we all need to welcome or condone that behavior either.
    And now those with nothing of substance to contribute can start calling me names as they can tolerate anything except a differing opinion.

    • danvalenti
      September 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      JP
      Once more, you nailed it. Freedom is not license. The freedom to do something must be tempered with the intelligence to realize if it’s good for us or not.

    • NA
      September 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      Pinhead: No those were done for violent reasons, to punish or protect. Suspension was done for spiritual purposes. Big difference. True, cannibalizing the dead was a way also to honor the deceased. You can have your own opinion re suspension, as I myself do. It’s the name calling ie ‘freaks” I object to. Or is that not pc since I’m not appropriately outraged and hence forfeit my right to object?

      To the otherrs…. Do I think the rop members are practicing suspension the same way? No idea but I do know that they are not coercing anyone.

      • suttinouttanuttin
        September 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

        I know a few of the ROP members and though they may not look like your typical kid’s next door, the ones I have met are pretty wonderful ,respectful and loving individuals. They have absolutely nothing to do with this crime we are talking about but as I said in another comment it is food for fodder.
        I have talked to a few of these guys at length about the practice..it is a very meditative art.it is about transcending pain and fear both physical and emotional….like a yogi laying on a bed of nails or fire walking or it can be just a form of entertainment like sword swallowing or other death defying circus acts. The process of preparing one for a suspension requires an acute understanding of human anatomy and physiology.
        as far as The book of photographs mentioned, they are done using a very early form of photography called “wet plate” using glass plates smeared with chemicals…. the photographer exposes them to the imagine for a lengthy amount of time while the subject holds very still….it is definitely an art form…what makes these images most intriguing is the juxtaposition of such an old process capturing such a progressive and unusual practice.The book is quiet beautiful. but we all agree beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Dan maybe this discussion could have its own category since again it has nothing to do with these horrible crimes.

        since we now know where one of the accused worked, what about the others????? In an Eagle article Hall was said to own a Hummer, what payroll afforded that????

        • Silence Dogood
          September 30, 2011 at 4:34 am #

          Mr. Hall is most likely an undocumented pharmacist and the Hells Angels are one of the biggest drug running groups in the country (and the city). Drugs are the common thread of all those involved with the murderers.

      • Joe Pinhead
        September 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

        NA: As for trepanation it was used not as a violent act but as a remedy for everything from headaches to epilepsy. Hey it might have even worked to a degree. my point is we have found better remedies at this point.
        As for the name calling I agree there is no need for it, I’m not going to climb into anyone’s head (hole in it or not) and guess in which way they were using a word. I am certain some used it in a derogative way and some in the manner of say a Frank Zappa. And I’m guessing that’s the first time Frank has been mentioned on this blog.

  11. Tony Truran
    September 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi Dan.

    Where in RICHmond does Larkin live?

    Next to Devil Patrick?

    Is there a connection?

    • Tony Truran
      September 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      Er, the Devil Patrick

  12. Ray Ovac
    September 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Where is the discussion on the background and history of Adam Lee Hall, the chief perp in this sordid matter? Who is he, where was he raised and where’d he go to school. What does his family have to say about all this?

    • Silence Dogood
      September 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

      good questions…..the answers appear here before you know it

    • suttinouttanuttin
      September 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

      well now we know who Chalue’s girlfriend is

      http://www.berkshireeagle.com/local/ci_19008957

  13. LV
    September 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Suspension is a spiritual ritual that make a physical self into a spiritual and an intuitive form. It is helpful in that it creates extreme distracting pain. Pain controls it.

    It has not worked recently. just for knowledge sake.
    I can NOT give up my control.

    Ther ya go.

  14. Silence Dogood
    September 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    LV
    September 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm#
    Suspension is a spiritual ritual that make a physical self into a spiritual and an intuitive form. It is helpful in that it creates extreme distracting pain. Pain controls it

    So stone age culture had mentally ill people too

    • LV
      September 30, 2011 at 2:36 am #

      Yes. Of course.

  15. Silence Dogood
    September 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Alfred Kinsey suspended himself by the family jewels////he was crazy too……did I see a video of Bella where she was suspended by hooks in the back? Yes,yes. Does she know Larkin? Does he have pics? Does 0bama/Rommey care cover you for suspension hook injury? Larkin or Bella or Leo’s relative sign your movie deal now. This story is worth millions. What more will come into the planets orbit? Will they reopen north hampton?

  16. Winchester 73
    September 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Suspension calls for a suspension of common sense, Maybe it is all of what you say but there are better more effective ways to achieve spirituality. How about a church? Mosqe. Temple? How about prayer. Goodness? Christianity? Islam? Buddism? I wonder who and what walks amongst us and our children in pub. school and shutter.

  17. NA
    September 30, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Matt Larkin’s book… ‘Suspended in Time’…. appears to be in one of ’50 Best Photography Books to Read’! Wow. I mean 80 or 70$ is still ridiculous for a book, I agree. What’s it made of, gold?

    I’d really like to know why or how the President of the Berkshire Botanical Gardens ends up hiring someone with a mile-long rap sheet.

    • Silence Dogood
      September 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      I’m guessing that the ones who buy it think it’s high art and a bargin

  18. beezer
    September 30, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    He is good at growing things.