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THE UNDISCOVERED WORD, RULES FOR LIFE, and THE D.A.’s 24/7 CAMPAIGN (IT’S ALL ABOUT POLITICS, BABY, and F**K JUSTICE)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 21-3, 2022) — TFIG and the weekend, right? THE PLANET‘s not so sure. Everywhere we went this week, we sensed a general malaise out there in the vale of tears for which we should have to invent a new word […]

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ONE DIES, ONE INJURED AS SHOOTINGS RIP WOODLAWN AVENUE … plus … PROACTIVE CONANT SHARES NEW INFO ON HOLMES ROAD BRIDGE, ROAD CONDITIONS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD #1 — THE PLANET shares this breaking news from the safe streets of the city, from the Pittsfield Fire Department. On Wednesday morning at 0842 hours [8:42 a.m.] the Pittsfield Fire Department responded to 7 Second Street for a reported motor vehicle fire. Upon arrival Engine […]

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DA HARRINGTON STEPS INTO IT ON INDICTED MOSBY; WHY DO SUCH A STUPID THING? To ‘HONOR’ MLK, SHE SAYS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 17, 2022) — How are you celebrating Martin Luther King Day? THE PLANET will be watching one of Malcolm X’s last speeches, not long before he, too, was assassinated. Check it out on YouTube, Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom (42:15). Brilliant […]

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PROGRESSIVE D.A.’s HAVE TURNED CRIMINAL JUSTICE ON ITS HEAD; POLICE FEEL BETRAYED

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 14-6, 2022) — The actions of ultraliberal district attorneys across the country prove a concept THE PLANET has long asserted, that “crime” is a legal concept and nothing more. If legislators pass a law against a certain activity, doing that […]

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NEW COUNCIL MEETS; WARREN OFF TO A FLYING START in WARD 1 … plus … $164,200 in ‘FREE’ CASH FOR ‘AIRPORT SAFETY’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (Ed Note: This column was written prior to the council meeting to meet deadline.) (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 12, 2022) — The temptation to stay with national and world news notwithstanding, today THE PLANET turns it’s focus closer to home, what with Pittsfield’s “new” city council […]

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BIDEN COMES OUT SLUGGING AGAINST TRUMP … WILL THE NEW STRATEGY WORK OR WILL IT BACKFIRE? NOVEMBER WILL TELL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 10, 2022) — At his inauguration Joe Biden pledged to stop the “uncivil war” that has divided America. He called on all Americans to come together, turn the page, and move forward in unity. How that’s different than totalitarianism may come down […]

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WOOD WORK, KAMALA’S ‘GRADE A’ STUPIDITY, BELLOW SHINES WITH NURSING HOME SERIES, EAGLE STILL LOCAL, THERANOS/NUCLEA FLASH … plus … CHINA, AOC, ROCK n ROLL, & C’s SAM JONES: A PLANET ROUNDUP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 7, 2022) — Sharing some thoughts while we watch the Christmas decorations head into storage: WOODSMAN, SPARE THAT SPEECH Those who suffered through yet another dreadful State of the City speech sat through enough wood to build Noah’s Ark 10 […]

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FED PT. 2: LOW INTEREST RATES + GREED = A DEADLY COMBINATION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Second of Two Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 5, 2022) — Low interest rates. Sounds good, until you look at the harm inflicted. Modern economies exist because money moves around. THE PLANET gets that. What we don’t get, and perhaps it’s because we grew up around […]

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FED’s ‘MONEY-PRINTING QUAGMIRE’ STICKS IT TO THE KAPANSKIS (BUT OF COURSE)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY First of a Two-Part Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 3, 2022) — Leave it to the Bay State’s senior senator, the redoubtable Elizabeth Warren, to come up with it. For Liz, it must be the nation’s most pressing problem. Granny Clampett, when not going after Tesla’s […]

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WRAPPING UP 2021, THE PLANET SHARES SOME THOUGHTS THEN HEADS FOR SOME R&R

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 27-30, 2021 FOR THE WEEK) — As we wrap up 2021, a heads up for this week. THE PLANET shall be taking it off in favor of a hegira to parts unknown and largely off the map. It shall be a time […]

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CONNELL WINS 2021 COVETED ORBIT AWARD; GARIVALTIS PRESENTED WITH A “GALAXY,” THE PLANET’S NEW LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, 2021) — At the Fortress, many are stirring, including the mice on this Christmas Eve. First, THE PLANET and MRS. PLANET extend warm and loving greetings to all the PLANETEERS, Z-Agents, spies, gumshoes, secret agents, and members […]

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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FROM SANTA MANCHIN

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ED NOTE: On Friday The Weekend Edition announces this year’s winner(s) of the Coveted Orbit Award (COA). Sources tell us the decision has been reached. Stay tuned. ———- ooo ———- (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 22, 2021) — What do you get for a country that has […]

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FENN AND FIRST: THE INSIDE STORY OF GREED, DIRTY BUSINESS, AND POLITICS … or … TIME NOT TO MAKE THE DONUTS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 20, 2021) — In a recent roundup column, THE PLANET had the following item: DONUTS AND IRONY Speaking of Fenn and First, on the opposite corner rests in peace the vacant lot still owned by Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Cafua Management, the […]

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PICTURES PERFECT: “YEAH, BUT THINGS WERE ALWAYS LIKE THAT” … or … THE FABLE OF ‘COMPOUND INTEREST ON THE SLIPPERY SLOPE’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SPRING-IN-DEC. 17-19, 2021) — Having enjoyed the glorious Northeast weather, we can’t help but noticing the deadly, crazy weather in the Mideast and West, with snow measured in feet, tornados, and winds flipping 18-wheelers. Mother Nature and animals, sentient as they be, have just […]

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ORBIT UPDATE … JOKE SHOP … DONUTS TO DUST … CROSSUP AT BERKSHIRE CROSSING … JAN. 6, 2021 … & … MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 15, 2021) — While hiking today, various thoughts did a time step, asking for air. THE PLANET thus responds: ORBIT BITS We had a record number of nominees for the Coveted Orbit Award (COA), some of which were of the joke kind […]

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WATCH THE SKIES: UFOs, IN ALL SERIOUSNESS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 13, 2021) — Now for something completely different. UFOs. Unidentified flying objects. THE PLANET has no jokes to make here in this field so ripe for ridicule. We invite you to seriousness as well. You know it’s time to stop the laughing […]

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