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‘THY BROTHER DEATH CAME, AND CRIED’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY [ED. NOTE: THE PLANET will not be runnings ads in this column.] (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 6, 2020) — It is borderline impossible for a journalist or writer of any kind not to report or ruminate on COVID-19. There is so much happening so fast, with […]

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PLANET BREAKS LEAKED BHS MEMO ORDERING INFECTED STAFF TO KEEP WORKING

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 3-5, 2020) — THE PLANET has confirmed with sources connected to Berkshire Health Systems the contents of a leaked, internal memo first published by this website. The memo indicates the alarming nature of the spread of COVID-19 in the city […]

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PITTSFIELD 4TH WORST CITY IN THE WORLD — THE WORLD — FOR C-19 … STAY THE F%^& HOME … plus … PLANET ISSUES ‘LICENSES TO KILL’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020) — THE PLANET shall skip the obvious, that is, an April Fool’s jest, by giving you something that, if it weren’t life-and-death serious, would be the biggest joke of all. “Submitted for your approval,” as Rod Serling would say, “one […]

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PLANET CHARTS COVID-19 IN PITTSFIELD … CITY HIT BY TYER-19 VIRUS; NO KNOWN CURE … COME OUT OF HIDING, MADAME MAYOR, LIVES ARE AT STAKE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 30, 2020) — THE PLANET begins today with two charts with the kind of information the mayor of Pittsfield refuses to share with citizens and local media don’t care to publish. They are self-explanatory and give you some idea of the progression […]

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THIRSTY QUITTING PEDA? NOW AIN’T THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 27-9, 2020) — Can we take a break from the COVID-19 wall-to-wall carpeting and enjoy some humor? THE PLANET says yes, and with that we submit news that PEDA director Corydon Thurston will be retiring at the end of April. […]

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TOO LATE NOW, BUT SHOULD WE HAVE LET THE VIRUS RUN ITS COURSE AND KEPT AMERICA AT WORK?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 25, 2020) — COVID-19. Would we have been better off doing nothing except let the virus run its course? THE PLANET offers you this scenario for consideration. Before that, we share one of the best informational round-ups we’ve seen, this from USA […]

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COVID RAGES BUT CITY, STATE LEADERS REMAIN CLUELESS: THOUGHTS AND SAMPLINGS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020) — With COVID raging, THE PLANET hunkers down with Ovid … and Pericles, Sir Kenneth clark, and Strat-O-Matic — what eclecticism. Reports stream into the FORTRESS, and we present today some thoughts and samplings. BORING-ER — “Everyone here is working […]

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COVID-19 ROUNDUP: OFFICES AT WAR IN BLAME GAME, EXACTLY WHAT PITTSFIELD DOES NOT NEED … plus MUCH MORE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 20-2, 2020) — As the pandemic continues in what appears to be the end of the beginning and approach its middle phase with more suffering ahead, the local narratives get more strident. It’s ironic that at a time when the […]

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COVID PROMPTS UNUSUAL SPURT OF HONESTY FROM INSIDE OFFICIALS … WE’RE IN THIS FOR THE WIN … PPD ISSUES NOTICE (or GOOD NEWS FOR THE SEX PERVS)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 17, 2020) — As Kenneth Clark brilliantly outlined in his epoch TV series Civilization, the word “civilization,” while hard to define, nonetheless can be characterized by five traits: reason, justice, and an appreciation of beauty, especially physical beauty. In addition, two more […]

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COVID-19 ‘POSITIVE’ AT FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL, SOURCES SAY … MORE STILL BEING HIDDEN THAN SHARED IN PITTSFIELD … TYER IN FREE FALL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 16, 2020) — First THE PLANET has information from a reliable source that Fairview Hospital has its first case of COVID-19. We have contacted BHS for confirmation. As of press time, we did not hear back. We hope the hospital doesn’t try to […]

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THE GUV READS ‘THE PLANET’ … plus … MARK TULLY GUEST COLUMN: WASTEWATER UPGRADE OVERCHARGE AMOUNTS TO $10 MILLION THEFT BY TYER, KERWOOD

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 13-5, 2020) — Who does Kufflinks Kerwood think he is? Before we answer, a quick note on the mayor’s press conference yesterday. The Lovely Linda was especially incoherent in getting out late word about COVID-19. You may have heard about […]

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WHAT’S GOING ON AT BMC WITH COVID-19? SOURCE: ‘IT’S A REAL SHIT SHOW’ … WHY IS THE MAYOR HIDING? IS THERE AN INFORMATION LOCKDOWN?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1 WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2020 shortly after 1 p.m. — THE PLANET received the following information from a high-level source with information relating to BMC’s handling of the initial coronavirus patient. In the interests of the public, we share it here as a supplement to our […]

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CORONAVIRUS JITTERS, BUT IN PITTSFIELD YOU HAVE A MUCH GREATER CHANCE OF BEING STABBED OR BEATEN

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 9, 2020) — All coronavirus, all the time. That’s the new motto of every media outlet looking to score quick-hit circulation. They raised the panic level to a slow boil, and THE PLANET hopes it stays there. As New Orleans proved after […]

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IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN … PITTSFIELD HAS ‘FALLEN FOR IT’ ON BREWERY GIVEAWAY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 6-8, 2020) — Roll call, Doctor, partial and not in order if you will: Beacon Cinema — Money loser. $2.3 million debt forgiven. Spice Restaurant — Failed. Hotel On North — In the red 10 months of the year. Too […]

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HEY KAPANSKI, CAN YOU SPARE A BIC?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (ADD 1 WEDNESDAY MARCH 4, 2020) — While THE PLANET traverses the country — the East Coast, anyhow — we shall keep this brief. One word. SuperTuesday. One more word: Biden. Uncle Joe completed his climb up off the mat, showing impressive staying power in a Tuesday […]

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THE ECONOMIC-POLITICAL “C”-WORDs, “S”-WORD, AND “F”-WORD … or …THE SELF-INDICTMENT OF HATERS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION FEB. 29-MARCH 1, 2020) — As political correctness grips social conduct, self-righteous arbiters have withdrawn an increasing number of words from circulation. We’ll be lucky to end up with any language at all. There’s the “n” word (“nigger”), the “r” word […]

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