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ANOTHER PITTSFIELD SHOOTING … COVID-19: REMEMBER THAT? … or … WHAT’S WITH AMERICANS?

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 2020) — To start off, let your “cuppa joe” begin with news of the latest gunplay in Pittsfield. True, the city is still the backwaters when you compare it to the big leagues, places such as Chicago and Atlanta. Nonetheless, the amount of “routine gunplay” (and expression we heard from a police officer source) no doubt reaches “frightening” on the MS (Mayhem Scale). Here’s news from the PPD on the latest:

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On Tuesday 7/7/2020 at approximately 1346 hours, members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to Kent Avenue in Pittsfield for a ShotSpotter activation.  Callers also phoned 911 to report a shooting and said that a woman had been shot.  Cooperating witnesses helped to identify the suspect vehicle as a maroon Chrysler van.  That fact was later corroborated by video surveillance footage.    

Officers encountered a female victim on the south side of the street across from 14 Kent Avenue.  She was identified as a 43 year old Pittsfield resident and she had sustained apparent gunshot wounds.  Shell casings were also discovered in the area.  

Officers located the suspect vehicle a short distance from the scene of the shooting.  The vehicle was towed from the scene and will be processed for evidence.  Persons of interest have been identified and charges against them will likely be forthcoming.  This investigation remains ongoing and additional details may be released at a later date.  The victim’s wounds are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.

Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Losaw at 413-448-9700 x572.  Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

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THE PLANET shifts now to the globe.

While Asia, the Pacific Rim, and much of the rest of the world has put the COVID virus to sleep, the United States continues to break records for new cases.

THE PLANET asks: Why? Why such a large discrepancy in ratios of contraction and death? It can’t be coincidence, especially when you consider the United States of America is allegedly the world’s No. 1 Superpower.

Is it because in places such as Taiwan (three new cases in two weeks), China, Vietnam (zero cases in 78 straight days), New Zealand, China, Finland, Estonia, and other countries respect authority more than Americans? Are the people in those country more concerned about their communities? Do they take their health more seriously? Are they more intelligent? Do authoritarian governments have the edge in national mobilization, something that historical events and evidentiary evidence seem to put beyond debate. THE PLANET doesn’t make the case for totalitarianism here, but it does give one pause.

As of today, roughly 11 million people have the virus, with half million dead. Experts (yes, we know) mostly agree the pandemic has entered its “trickiest” phase. Enough progress has been shown to ease restrictions, but with that comes the ever-present risk of opening too soon. Governments face a daunting dilemma. Open up too late and suffer devastating, long-term economic consequences. Open too soon, and you won’t shake the virus.

Because of the exponential growth in regional hot spots, the governors of New York and New Jersey require 14-day self-quarantine of those returning or coming from the following states:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Delaware
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi.

With our open state borders and people’s stupidity, try policing that. Americans seem to be as mobile as ever. You can bet interstate traffic and commerce from the “infected” states will keep all of us leery for some time to come, the progress of the Northeast — particularly Connecticut and Rhode Island — notwithstanding.

As for the politics of the virus, two developments have conspired to make it nearly impossible to  understand what’s actually happening in the United States: the aftermath of the George Floyd killing and presidential politics.

As to the first, America continues to spin out of control, notably in large cities run by BLM Democratic mayors: Over the Fourth of July weekend, a 6-year-old in Philadelphia, a 7-year-old in Chicago, and a 15-year-old in NYC were shot.

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From a wire report:

Neighborhoods in some of the largest US cities erupted in gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend, killing an estimated 160 people and leaving more than 500 wounded from Friday night to Sunday.

Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, declared a state of emergency on Monday after 31 people were shot and five killed over the weekend in Atlanta. He authorized 1,000 national guard Troops to “protect state property and patrol our streets”.

Related: ‘There are two pandemics’: Chicago’s gun violence persists amid lockdown

But Chicago saw the worst violence in one of the bloodiest holiday weekends in recent memory, ending with 17 people fatally shot including a seven-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and 63 more wounded, an increase of five shootings on the high figures that had marred the holiday weekend the previous year.

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As for the presidential election Nov. 3, the impassable chasm that divides blue and red states guarantees that COVID-19 shall remain a political and not a scientific or medical issue. Trump haters blame the President for the viral uptick, dismissing the recent huge gains in employment and the stock market. Of course, they were the same ones who blasted the President when he took early action on shutting down the country to visitors from China and Europe. Joe Biden, if and when he finally emerges from the basement, will face the same thing but less so simply because he’s not the guy in charge. The buck doesn’t stop with Biden, who has yet to show he can make the proper change from the purchase of a Tootsie Roll.

Finally, in a related matter, let THE PLANET be the first to make a prediction: Biden will not be the Dems’ presidential nominee. This will take place either by (a) a brokered convention (b) an Act of God or (c) an act of man.

Wouldn’t such a bizarre development fit comfortably in The Year 2020 as it’s unfolded thus far?

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“One might argue that the flattening of the curve started with Twiggy (Lesley Hornby) [and] the Mod look in the Sixties”Paul Kocak.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

Open the schools and everything else.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

The virus is certainly coming here eventually, perhaps sooner rather than later. There is almost zero chance sports can be played safely in high school and if they were shut down now could save the taxpayers millions. Both the mayor and superintendent should do this today instead of hanging on wasting more money. Just for once I would like to see a little effective foresight.

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

And an 8 year old black girl killed in Atlanta by another black male whom the government let take over the Wendy’s site, and put up barricades, after opening fire on car she was in near barricades. The mayor is responsible. It’s almost all black on black killings. Where is the outrage from Black Lives Matter???

TellitLikeItIs
TellitLikeItIs
Reply to  BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

It’s a good thing Mayor Tyer doesn’t tolerate such gunplay in our city, right?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

Unfortunately, there will be no outrage from this group or certain media because it would interfere with their goals of changing our country to meet what they believe our country should be like with no input, but their own.I believe that most media that doesn’t report on it or just does a quick drive by report on the murders see them as collateral damage.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

Albany NY mayor has a THUG on her staff Lukee Forbes, who incites riots where peaceful humans are trying to go to Sunday services

http://gbctroyny.com/

https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-protesters-storm-baptist-church-harass-children-assault-parishioners-hows-your-head-feel-pastor

83 year old pastor assaulted by BLM, at a church.

Lukee, the feral beast, is a BLM “organizer” employed by D-rat Albany Mayor Sheehan

Give her a call, ask WHY?
Albany NY mayor has a THUG on her staff Lukee Forbes, who incites riots where peaceful humans are trying to go to Sunday services

http://gbctroyny.com/

https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-protesters-storm-baptist-church-harass-children-assault-parishioners-hows-your-head-feel-pastor

83 year old pastor assaulted by BLM, at a church.

Lukee, the feral beast, is a BLM “organizer” employed by D-rat Albany Mayor Sheehan

Give her a call, ask WHY?

BLM does NOT discriminate, they HATE EVERYBODY!:

Blacks and whites going to Sunday Christian services

They assaulted a 83 year old pastor coming to help of parishoners.

A WOMAN holding baby, two more in tow TRYING to get to church.

The Troy police, whom were de-nutted by MSM, only got onvolved with actual BLM assaults . No CHARGES? WHY?

Where is poster boy for CH10 / Times Union now? Why not crowbar hotel?

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the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

If you tear down BLM it wont change white racism.

TellitLikeItIs
TellitLikeItIs
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

It might cut back on black racism though.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  TellitLikeItIs
1 month ago

False premise.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Tearing down the BLM run bye the terror group might give the black protesters who are seeking change peacefully, a more focused response from the entire country and not just some of the country.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
1 month ago

COVID-19. Because of what I still do for a living, I spent an hour on the phone yesterday with an epidemiologist discussing the virus. First, the virus knows no politics. If you’re going to get it, it doesn’t check your voter registration card first. In atypical fashion, we’ve made it political because when it comes to politics, we have less brains than my Labrador Retriever. Second, it has been proven in study after study that the use of masks prevent all types of infections, not just COVID. However, masks are only 85% effective on average, hence the social distancing requirement. Keep in mind that the virus travels well when a person is contagious. Your greatest way of catching it is by not wearing a mask as the particles like to travel by air and will linger in the air longer on a humid or damp day. If a person without a mask coughs or sneezes, the particles land on a surface, and you touch it, you can transfer it by touching your eyes or nose even if you wear a mask.

Let’s talk COVID deaths. Think of a wedge on a chart. Along the top are ages starting from 0 and going to 100. At 0, that’s the lowest point of the wedge. At 100, the wedge is at its peak. This wedge represents the initial infection rate back in March. Those over 55 (not 60 or 65) due to age and medical conditions were most susceptible. Frankly, those in the older group that contracted the disease dropped like flies. Hence, the high initial death rate. Let’s call this whole initial wedge 250,000 people. Well, we’ve killed off the majority of this group that were going to die from the virus.

Shift to today. We are at less of a wedge and now at more of a rectangle on the COVID infected chart because the virus has mutated, gotten stickier and is attacking young people. Young people have strong immune systems and are less likely to die. As a result, we have more infected people – not because of testing because accurate test results take up to 2 weeks to come back in places – due to the shift of the virus. Because the infected group consists of more people with solid immune systems, the percentage of people that die from the virus goes down, way down.

As my friend said, whether we accept it or not, infections are up not due to testing. However, we should be thankful for the carelessness of young people, the ignorance of those that refuse to wear masks, and people in states that reopened too early. Factually, they are doing us a favor because we are now rapidly building herd immunity.

Bottomline for you is leave your politics at home, keep a mask in your pocket when you’re outdoors, and wear one when you go anywhere else. Watch out for the wandering wild American asshole, an ignorant beast found throughout the country. It’s known for its inability to read or think for itself, and the only thing it finds important is itself. Best protection is wearing a mask and avoiding contact. Be safe.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

You forgot one important thing about a possible mutation. It isn’t a goal of any virus to kill you, your only good to a virus alive and coughing/sneezing to infect other people. I suspect a mutation will probably be more contagious and far less deadly.

Also we are years away from herd immunity especially as long as we are social distancing, wearing masks, etc. Our only way out of this is a vaccine.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

True dat. Herd immunity is not a guarantee at any point. It may be nothing more than wishful thinking. Also, there are a multitude of incidental and residual body damages in some cases, especially but not limited to respiratory function. Some people who get it and do not die will wish they did.

Wear a mask. A Kevlar vest does not guarantee you will survive a bullet but it sure increases your odds.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

There is one thing that I have always believed. When damaged, the Earth will take corrective steps. I view COVID as corrective. The hole in the ozone layer? Gone. Seismic activity caused by planes, trains, and automobiles? Way down. Air pollution across the world? Down to the point that mountains that haven’t been seen in years are visible from cities.

Forcing us indoors and together has forced us to regain some family links. We eat together and do things together. While the economy has derailed, over time it will come back but I believe you’ll find us buying less useless crap, and I also hope that if we buy less and higher quality manufacturing of some goods will come back here.

COVID-19 has been terrible for us. I grieve for those who have lost loved ones to it. Hopefully, we’ve learned that each of us is valuable and we claw our way back to make things better.

I think we’re all tired of waste, of selfishness, of being jerks to each other, of not coming together in the middle to get things done, and trying to address problems by throwing more money at them hoping for change instead of addressing the problems once and for all.

Sure, even here, we can be jerks to each other, but I think that each of us share something in common. We just don’t recognize that at times.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

“Watch out for the wandering wild American asshole, an ignorant beast found throughout” America you say? That would be all those assoholic and violent protesters looting, stealing, shooting, and toppling statues all in the name of a Marxist and racist Black Lives Matter Organization, that really doesn’t give two shits about black lives, unless taken by a white cop doing his job.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

Excellent.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Agreed.

Wranedance Kid
Wranedance Kid
1 month ago

If they open schools let’s hope the elevator works.

Bruno Hakalugi
Bruno Hakalugi
Reply to  Wranedance Kid
1 month ago

It should work if Jake and Shirley aren’t both in it.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Wranedance Kid
1 month ago

Even when it is working we know it does not go all the way to the top when Jake is pushing the buttons. But if we just keep throwing money at it who knows what might happen?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

I watched the Boston news on TV tonight (Tuesday, July 7, 2020), and the newscasters said that Governor Charlie Baker still won’t comment on how many hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars were lost due to fraud in the state government’s unemployment compensation account.

Don’t taxpayers have a right to know how many hundreds of millions of dollars were lost? Where did all of the unaccounted for taxpayers’ money go? Will the taxpayers ever recoup their losses?

On another note, I read that the U.S. Congress is returning from its +2-week recess on Monday, July 20, 2020. The U.S. Congress will be in session for 15 days, and then they will go on yet another recess in August.

The U.S. Congress is expected to pass another stimulus bill in late-July or early-August. We are supposed to receive another $1,200 stimulus check in late-August or sometime in September.

We are expected to have a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in 2021. By 2021, hundreds of thousands of American citizens will have died of coronavirus while millions of American citizens will be infected with it.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Indeed the Trump virus is reeking havoc across America. The states following Trumps advice are doing far worse than those going on real medical advice. What does Trump have on the governors of Florida and Georgia and Texas that makes them put their people in such grave danger? Does it have anything to do with their visits to Mara Largo and his association with Maxwell?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

When my dad was a Berkshire County Commissioner from 1997 through mid-2000, it frustrated me to no end to hear Beacon Hill political hacks in Boston point their proverbial finger at the western most county government in Massachusetts for its inefficiencies when the state government’s mismanaged, leaky and deadly “Big Dig” in Boston cost many billions of dollars on top of many billion dollar cost overruns.

In 2003 and 2004, Massachusetts, along with many other states, received a huge settlement from the big tobacco companies. Beacon Hill politicians made lofty speeches about funding hospitals, educating children about not smoking or using tobacco products, and the like. But after Beacon Hill received the lucrative settlement, they did not use hardly any of the settlement money on hospitals and preventing cancer from tobacco. Instead, they voted themselves pay raises and bulked up their taxpayer-funded state pensions, and the like.

Now, in 2020, Governor Charlie Baker refuses to tell the people of Massachusetts how many hundreds of millions of dollars were lost due to fraud in the state’s unemployment account. Why not? The people have a right to know where their unaccounted for taxpayer dollars went and if the state is able to recoup its financial loss.

Beacon Hill is shrouded in secrecy, corruption, and lavish taxpayer-funded benefits for the politically connected hacks and their cronies. I believe Beacon Hill makes a mockery of good governance and democracy.

In Truth!

Jonathan Melle

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

JM,
They did the same with the lottery funds. Shorted all communities with money from the portion of sales and used it on other things rather than what they said it was going to be used on. There is no new tax, raised tax , higher fees etc. they don’t like or use for its stated purpose.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Presidents lead.Trump did not and his supporters followed his lead.What they did not consider is he is tested everday and those who go near him get tested.His supporters dont live in his secure bubble so no mask was a manly approach.His 56 year old niece spoke about how the Trump family pulled a fast devaluation of Daddy Trump inheritance to buy her out on extremely low evaluations of property to retain it on the cheap…..bye bye niece. We get confirmation in her book what we all know is he is a liar and a failure.He failed at everything and the virus is not leaving.The south is paying the price of supporting this bizarre president.The blind leading the blind.

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Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Did she mention in that book that Trump was born without a heart or conscience? He could give a shit less about the people suffering from the virus or their families that have to deal with it. He does not even care if they are his very own supporters. The whole thing is one big power trip to him and he gets off big time on it. So very very sad for America. America will truly be left as a third world country by the time he leaves office.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

America will be left a socialist/communist country if the far left wins with Biden/China in November or any candidate that they run if, as Dan says, they change their presidential candidate at the last minute. A coup attempt is being made right now against this country and against President Trump and it started with the investigation of Flynn. Biden suggested the investigation of Flynn, Obama approved it, and Susan Rice covered it up. Even foreign countries are involved in this coup because they also have an interest in destroying our country.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Actually Pat there is strong evidence that the Martians are in on it as well. That is why Trump is pushing for the Space Force. They have already found several Martians in Nancy Pelosi’s swimming pool having the time of their lives. All the while plotting against our beloved cult leader.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

The Durham report will be out soon and so many people are now unmasking the bad actors behind this coup. No fairy tale…very real and sad for the many people in this country who believe in honesty.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Flynn was a crook….no coup Pat.Flynn brought attention to himself because he was selling his influence to Puttin and he said he was guilty.Your sick pat.You got it bad.ATrump coup attempt is becoming a reality looking at his poll numbers….desperately seeking votes.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

You should read the New Yorker profile on Flynn. He is a much more complex person than what you describe. Talking of him working for Putin sounds like the old talk about Obama being a Muslim Kenyan controlled by Chavez.

Susan Rice is a much more nefarious character in my mind, but a lot smoother, possibly much much smarter. There is really some truth about what the intelligence community did – FISA’s etc – to snoop on the Trump campaign. What they did is probably more of a constitutional breach than what Flynn did. He was unsophisticated in politics but not any evil mastermind. The Steele dossier from the Clinton campaign – that guy has been on the lamb since that report was scrutinized. What sort of person is that? It’s very ugly what happened and while not a ‘coup’ it’s some stunning sabotage.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

http://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/christopher-steeles-firm-ordered-in-u-k-to-pay-damages-to-russian-bankers-11594247095

This is actually funny! How did they raise Steele up to get him to court? Steele has to pay libel damages.

Chock Litlttlegunn
Chock Litlttlegunn
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

When Mitch gives me mystimulus I’m buying the book. And maybe some of Andy’s weed.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
1 month ago

THE PLANET asks: Why?

The answer is simple. The US leader is not a good role model for proper behavior, which sends an unfortunate mixed message about how to shut this thing down. It has nothing to do with the good stock market, good employment or shutting down visitors from China. The epidemic has to be faced squarely and honestly, not by claiming that ‘the buck doesn’t stop here.’

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Jerry Packard
1 month ago

Donald Trump, with lots of assistance from Mr Putin, has effectively harnessed American stupidity and turned it into a formidable force. The problem is that, that force is chewing its own leg off.

It is true.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Americans know the real truth and our real enemies and their terrible agenda for this country. You can stop playing that ridiculous Putin/Trump conspiracy nonsense because it just sounds desperate.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Almost everything Trump has done benefits Putin. All the chaos he has caused and the constant disruption in the country works for Putin. Trump did not build one effing road or bridge in his whole time. He did build part of a useless wall that is costing Americans billions of dollars which is going to his own companies. 4 totally wasted years where America has gone back in time.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Congress would not approve, or I should say Democrats, would not approve any money for roads. A $2 trillion infrastructure package seemed politically plausible in 2019, until impeachment murmurs became a roar and appeared to sideline the issue. Dems are more interested in power than roads and bridges and wouldn’t even think of letting President Trump get credit for anything. Americans can suffer with their bad roads and the Green New Deal would get rid of private vehicles except for the special people so perhaps this is why Democrats have no interest in roadway maintenance and want to turn most roads into walking paths.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Specifically which democrats did Hannity say want to turn roads into pathways? Can you back up one iota of your outlandish claim pat?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Pat,crazy talk.Trump just going to get removed because people dont want 4 years of this again

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Democrats put Orange Man Bad Policy first before the policies that are good for the whole of the country and won’t do anything.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Obama and BYEDONE sat on their hands when Russia gave them the middle finger and took Crimea from Ukraine. The same Crimea ,Obama mocked and was helped by Candy Crowley from CNN to mock Romney about Russia having plans for Crimea ,In his debate with Romney .Obama and Byedone drew a red line in Syria and ran. Trump has put more sanctions on Putin’s Russia than Obama/Byedon ever dreamed of. Trump went after Putin’s paid for mercenaries in Syria and killed them. Obama,”Tell Vladimir I can bend over further after my election with Romney “. Uranium we got plenty for you so you can dominate that precious stuff. You will hear from Hillary my representative on that. Oh, That big red reset button is because I’m afraid of you.Russia has interfered with the US long before Trump.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I am a American Pat who want the mentality of America to not obcess about sexuality.Lets pay attention to friends of big business and the wealthy.Public schools can not operate based on realestate value.Even some of the well off communities are feeling the heat.Peolle want decent SS retirements.People want collective healthcare.People want great schools.People know you cant do any of that without strong steady Capitalism .Nobody wants communism…..Fox news tells you that because they know you dont have good information.Right wing wealth and power.Good luck with that nonsense

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

You cannot be serious that Trump has no role in managing this pandemic. Have you checked out what is happening in other countries? They think America is trying to commit suicide by pandemic. They are astonished that America seems so helpless when even some third world countries are doing much better. Trumps supporters have gotten away with making excuses for all kinds of truly shitty management for him. But no amount of bullshit or alternative facts can cover for his horrible lack of management for this virus. In fact he seems to be doing every thing he can to make it as bad as possible. And coincidently, that is what Putin would love to see.
I have no respect for anyone covering for Trump on this issue. The man is a basket case.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

He said: ‘It’s not my responsibility.’ Unacceptable.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

our president is symbolic. Trump was not a good example.Wanted to show his toughness for Dan and Pat.Keeps him off the hook.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

IIhan Omar escaped the third world horrific country of Somalia and then has the nerve to promote American as being a horrible racist and unfair country. Why doesn’t she go back to Somalia if she thinks it’s so horrible here? This country has been very good for her, but still she calls our country an evil place. Still she wants to dismantle the police and have big government, with herself and her followers in charge of course, decide who gets to own their own home, keep their private vehicle, and become a success. This isn’t freedom and people need to wake up to just what is being proposed by the far left. A very totalitarian system in which government makes every decision for everyone because big government knows best.
https://www.foxnews.com/media/venezuelan-refugee-hits-back-at-ilhan-omars-anti-capitalism-comments

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

She misses her homeland so much and can’t get back there much, so the next best thing is to bring home to where the heart is.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Coming to a city near you. Perhaps this is what Tyer has in mind for her Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/seattle-chop-segregated-training-session-white-supremacy-physical-safety

Cammy Giodbottoms
Cammy Giodbottoms
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Thanks Joe,opens the eye.

Cammy Giodbottoms
Cammy Giodbottoms
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Keep those camps and daycares closed Mayor. Your doing a good job

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

The Ivy League has cancelled all fall sports. These people are supposed to be smart. If I were mayor of Pittsfield I would get a grasp on reality and cancel all high school sports for the rest of this year and into spring. They simply will not take place in a meaningful way but will suck huge money from the budget. They do not even know if they will open school and if so how to manage it yet somehow they think they can shoehorn sports into an already chaotic situation? Stupit, just stupit

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Agree

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

And we already know some the names of who she will put in place to run the training program. I’m sure it pays well.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

More insanity from the squad. You might not know it, but we live in a police state and people should be paid lots of money and reparations for the damage done to them by the police state. Bottom line is police are bad and lawlessness is good. No, you can’t have guns to protect yourself, but if you have a social worker, you are in luck because he or she can protect you. Is this whole police are bad movement an attempt to make the country completely helpless so power mad mobs with a political agenda, like in Seattle, can take over the country? Terrorists also loving the defund the police movement as it will make their agenda so much easier and they are cheering on the ideas of people like Illan Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/squad-dems-tlaib-pressley-introduce-bill-bill-to-defund-police-give-reparations

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

You are a car wreck

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

carXXXXX TRAIN

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Was there a new pandemic death in Pittsfield today? Are there new active cases? If so who would have accurate information?

Claude Revolooshiun
Claude Revolooshiun
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Dear Mitch:
Please send us another check,we are hurting here in Kentucky. Please uncle Mitch? Before September would be sweet.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

So someone drops a neg without telling me I am wrong yup

The Casullton Kid
The Casullton Kid
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Some idiot riding a ten speed was almost killed on Churchill today had it not been for my driveing safety and aware he would have been. Bycyclists have a responsibility on the roads as well as drivers.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Johnny A – look in the Berkshire Eagle they have a daily recap – no covid patients in BMC or Fairview

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

But the count on the Pittsfield dashboard went up from 5 to 6 this week. Am I wrong?

Bruno Hakalugi
Bruno Hakalugi
1 month ago

Tyer pointed out that most people who do shootings in Pittsfield were practicing social distancing and wearing masks. “Encouraging” surveillance footage showed that Pittsfield’d shooters are using hand sanitizer and wiping their weapons down after each shooting. “So, by that metric, I think er are doing well. We’re making a lot of progress on that front.”
She further stated that she suspects the murderers are actually paid Mazzeo supporters trying to make her city look bad.

Indy And A'Jones
Indy And A'Jones
1 month ago

As far as the political spectrum, Bernie SHOULD be the viable write in nominee.
Biden will just not pull it off….he’s another Hillary waiting to lose his big shot.
And Trump is as good as gone.
Thankfully.
We need someone like Bernie, plain and simple.
Personally I would like to see a Bernie/Cuomo ticket.
There you have brains and brawn, youth and experience.
If only Cuomo were black and female, it would be perfect.
Nuff’ said.

Last edited 1 month ago by Indy And A'Jones
Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Indy And A'Jones
1 month ago

Cuomo is an idiot. Bernie is too old and too commie.
Trump will win in a landslide.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

and Trump is all of the above combined so I guess he wins?

Be The Change
Be The Change
1 month ago

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Be The Change
Be The Change
1 month ago

Re: Right to Farm – cannabis cultivation in the state of MA is excluded from the definition of agriculture.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

30 more people died from Covid in Mass. yesterday. That makes a so far total of 8243 deaths and puts Mass. at number three in the country for most deaths. Do not let your guard down as we are seeing things change very quickly in other states who thought they had it beat and got careless.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

There’s over 50 new cases in two days in the Berkshires, people now quarantined to the area that stayed in Stockbridge and Lenox. Stay away from the pretty tourist traps.
They are breeding grounds for new infections. Sitting on the front porch watching the cars go by in Stockbridge will get ya Covid.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Trump and Devos are forcing children back into crowded school buildings without consideration for the virus.They will penalize you by taking your funding which will guarentee schools wont open.He still cant get test and protective equipment made after 5 months.He has been a 100% complete fool.Some people bought into his branded name.The Republic is in shambles and will not survive .If you vote Trump you vote Putin.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

If you combined Trumps brain with Devos brain it could not compete with the intelligence of a bowl of spaghetti.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

Now try to get Biden to say that in a sentence.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

Ironically, if Trump would stay in the basement like Biden, the country would be much better off.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

The 3rd world countries are flattening the curve.The United States of America can control this virus and Trump needs to get testing done.Trump should resign.Trump should be replaced by Romney and Baker on the ticket.I could vote for that ticket.

Masque Keraid
Masque Keraid
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

How can schools rescind pink slips when you don’t have a number from the state? It’s like being a parts company and ordering a bunch of parts not knowing how many are being distributed.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Masque Keraid
1 month ago

Just goes to show what a crock the people in charge of the school department are. All scare tactics once again. Magically now the layoffs won’t happen and they know they have the dough like you state, MK.

D Dorcwould
D Dorcwould
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

I agree. Trump advocating and defying science is one thing but being plain stupid is another. Here in Pittsfield we will have great increases of infections if certain entities like Schools Day Cares, and Camps. The Camps in particular are flooded with outoftowners.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  D Dorcwould
1 month ago

Hundreds of doctors and nurses have already died tying to help their patients and many more will because America refuses to accept reality. Now Trump wants us to put our teachers in the line of fire as well. Putin would love America to kill off all its professional people.

Kuff Crilinx
Kuff Crilinx
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
1 month ago

Exactly. That way, Boris and Natasha can come here and take their place.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Kuff Crilinx
1 month ago

It is possible that Boris and Natasha already work in the white House…growing body of evidence

Boris
Boris
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
1 month ago

Is not true

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Those third world countries can’t wait until they can go and look for food and other necessities just to take care of themselves and family’s so they can just get bye. Oh, the elites have everything they need. That’s how socialism works.

Speed Racer
Speed Racer
1 month ago

Yesterday was idiots’ day in the Pitts. Are directionals now optional in this city? or forbidden? At least five declined their use in just my limited driving.

NY, CT, et al. plate-holders seem to turn into idiots at the city limits.

Then you had the idiot from NY with his directional on–but he didn’t turn!!!!!!!

Be careful out there, ya hear.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Speed Racer
1 month ago

We need tee shirts that say “STFH”

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Be The Change
1 month ago

You are going to need to spell that out for Pittsfield educated folk

STAY THE F*** HOME!!!

Free Bird
Free Bird
1 month ago

I guess the governor of Maine can be added to the list of crazys currently in office…She is letting people from NY enter her state without a quarantine but not from Mass….
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/07/08/maine-massachusetts-travel-restrictions-quarantine-baker-mills/amp/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

BLM, the entire country, the USA, is sick of your shit.

Sick of lawlessness, sick of your demands, sick of riots, sick of threats!

The ONLY thing BLM has accomplished, is to live up to stereotypes of inner city Negro THUGS.

That is the message BLM has produced, cultivated, and endorsed.

I have friends of ALL colors, so don’t brand me “racist”.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Money goes to DEMOCRAT Campaigns. NOT BLM . Look it up . Creppy SOBs like Clintons, Sotros, and Biden.

It’s a farce for Nov 2020, write in ballots. the dead voting twice, criminals aliens voting, for D-rats

D-rats win 2020 America is done/over.

Got that D-Rats?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Trap, I think it was you who posted the BLM scam dough going through ActBlue first. People should look up the ActBlue people and their connections. Money laundering operation.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

yup it’s a D-Rat thing w/Soros et al
clintons , all of them , are hip deep

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

July 9, 2020

Re: Open letter to Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle reporter

Hello Larry Parnass,

I read your news article about the EPA’s new document, and I wish to explain a few things about it to you. First, GE spent around $500 million on Pittsfield so-called cleanup project since 2000. How could you possibly write in your new article that the dozen-plus year so-called cleanup project of the sprawling Housatonic River is estimated to cost GE around $500 million? That is absurd! Obviously, the Houstatonic River so-called cleanup will cost way beyond $500 million. Second, Tim Gray is correct that capped toxic waste dumps eventually fail to hold PCBs industrial chemicals. Caps need to monitored from day one, and everyday afterwards. When the caps eventually fail after years of wear and tear, the PCBs chemicals spread into the land, water, and air. Third, GE is in big financial trouble. GE has an excessive amount of debts, which total in the tens of billions of dollars. Despite the stock market, the economy is in a 2020 economic recession with negative GDP growth. GE has yet to put even one penny into a trust or escrow account to pay for a very expensive so-called cleanup of the Housatonic River. Without a financial commitment, the EPA and GE settlement is worthless. Fourth, the residents of Lee and Lenoxdale (Mass.) know all about Pittsfield’s capped leaky landfills. The value to their properties will plummet if GE puts a capped toxic waste industrial PCBs chemical (leaky) landfill in Lee, which abuts Lenoxdale. Fifth, the state and local politicians left the people out of the deliberations. A majority of people know the settlement is bad news for them on many levels. The people were sold out by Gerry Doyle’s Pittsfield politics 20 years ago, and they know they are being sold out again in 2020. Please include all of this in your next news article; thank you.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Melle

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Not almost ever, Jon, but 100% with You on this!!!

“The Doyle , Devillars, Welch toxic dumpster”, should be the renamed cesspool next to East st.

Mayor Tyer and Barry can take a swim and a drink.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

JM,
Great response! You just hit the BS that is being thrown and hit ia line drive with a Bull Shit Bat right back at them.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

You won’t see this in Rutberg’s piss ant The Left Winged Parrot

https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/media-stuggle-to-understand-causes-behind-nationwide-surge-in-shootings/

“The media is full of navel-gazing speculation and wonderment these days, trying to put their fingers on the causes of the violence surge that’s happened across the country over the last 30 to 45 days. Chief among their concerns is the number of shootings that’s spiked in cities like Chicago, Memphis, New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore and more.”

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Our media is doing the bidding of criminals and terrorists. Our media is made up of graduates of far left indoctrinating colleges and it shows. They have zero critical thinking skills.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

It sure shows on the Fox media site. Total clown show

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Anyone under 35 has been completely radicalized by the college system. Their thinking cannot be trusted. CNN, MSNBC, and even the network news stations have been taken over by these people who are not working for the good of this country. Instead they think one person should be in charge of the entire world and they think that will turn out just great for everyone.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

You Pat, are the poster child for radicalized. I am sure you get a lot of sideways looks from you friends and family right? Tell the truth.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

It’s painful to listen to Joe Biden speak and very sad. His wife has to know he just doesn’t have the mental alertness to be president. Why did she encourage him to run? He was struggling today just reading from a teleprompter. He has totally adopted all of Bernie Sander’s agenda. Voting for Biden is now voting for the radical far left that includes the squad.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Ahh, but he does not have cages full of children. And he is not killing thousands of people through utter neglect and lack of compassion for humanity. Pat, don’t lie, if you had to live next to Biden or Trump there is no way in hell you would choose Trump.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Not sure who in their right mind would choose someone NOT in their right mind like Joe Biden. Only people who want to manipulate a weakened president would want that. That would be the far left. Biden has gone from being a moderate Democrat to being a far left Bernie Sander’s radical in just a few months. He changed from not wanting to defund police to wanting to absolutely defund police in just a few weeks. This is why people didn’t want Bernie as a candidate because his ideas are so crazy. Bernie is now inhabiting the impaired thinking processes of Joe Biden.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

Barry Sotero had the cages FILLED with children. Slow Joe Biden too.

MSM repourose those for PROGABDA!! Nothing

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Joe Biden is certified mental case. Thanks DNC, whom do you have in mind/pick come Nov?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I really do feel for Joe. Everyone knows he isn’t in the best condition to run. People are putting their selfish wants before his health. Everyone who is behind this should be brought up on elder abuse charges,Jill Biden should face elder abuse, spousal abuse, and anymore charges that can be legally brought against her. I have a feeling she is going along knowing full well Joe will not be running things if elected, but she wants to be pampered on the taxpayers dime and enjoy all the perks that go with the office.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

I think you are right Dan, but what are they waiting for? Just stringing Joe along? Are they going to shock us with their choice at the last minute? I know they are capable of anything.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

I agree Johnny2Shoes. Mrs. Biden wants the good life and is living in the past. So sad to put her husband and this country through this when it’s obvious he is just not capable.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Dans censor got this one

 
To whom it might concern:
 
I’m writing this letter to admonish those selfish zealots who oppose the wonderful clandestine agreement that our representatives and elected officials have crafted with that company that brings “good things” to life, General Electric. Don’t they realize that the economic future of Pittsfield is at stake?!!! Even the editorialists of our local newspaper, The Berkshire Bird (a.k.a. Eagle) heap their praise upon this virtuous settlement.
 
Look at the “benefits” to the city of Pittsfield: 1) A still contaminated toxic waste site, for free! If I was the CEO of a major industrial corporation that’s where I’d want to build my new factory. Just think my office could overlook the once pristine Silver Lake, a heavily contaminated chemical cesspool that will remain toxic in perpetuity. 2) Several million dollars in economic aid to the city of Pittsfield, a mere drop or two from the oceanic corporate coffer of GE and less than GE CEO Jack Welch takes home in a year. Surely this will finance the economic renaissance well into the next year or two, perhaps even repair some long neglected bridges and schools. 3) An “ecologically sound cleanup” of the first two miles of the once beautiful Housitonic river, consisting of a superficial skimming of the most assessable contaminants while the lion’s share is “safely sealed” under a “permanently impervious” sheet of plastic (i.e. swept under the rug) that no PCB could ever escape from, even if a MAJOR flood occurs.
 
Now how about the hidden agenda and self-serving interests of the whiners who attempt to sabotage this wonderful and forever binding settlement? 1) Those who want a full cleanup of the river, the HRI and Tim Gray. These people are clear-cut Eco-nazis! Of what and who would benefit from a fishable swimable river? Some wacko gun toting hunters, hungry fishermen, granola crunching canoeists, and the wildlife of the Housitonic river valley from here to Long Island Sound. Clearly this is a selfish agenda that benefits only fringe groups.  If the animals were in any danger from wallowing in the toxic slime their cause would surely have been championed by some wonderful animal rights group like PETA (you know, the people who endorse drinking beer instead of milk as a healthy lifestyle). 2) The people whose properties were contaminated by GE’s foul spoor. Who cares if their property is only superficially cleaned and left worthless? These people don’t need clean soil for their family gardens, just go to Stop and Shop for your fresh vegetables and stop complaining. Remember that the wonderful agreement is at stake! 3) George Wislocki and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Their sole agenda is to stifle economic development. Look at the thousands of acres of prime land they’ve snatched up from the developers grasp, and for what? To preserve some useless open spaces as wildlife habitat and maintain its scenic beauty. Look at what this has done to Realtors and Developers trying to build and pave over the Berkshires, just the spin off loss of carpentry jobs is astronomic! 4) Those people who oppose the uncapped, unlined, and untreated landfill of toxic sludge adjacent to Morningside School on Hill 78 and other locations on the GE property, are they out of their minds?
 
This last group is surely the farthest out of touch with reality and have no views towards the future what so ever. When GE finally is through with the massive and thorough cleanup that they’ve promised these will no longer be mere hills but true mountains, perhaps even rivaling the majestic Green and White ranges to our north. Developers will fight over the rights to these lofty piles of sludge, ski resorts will be developed and the values of nearby properties will soar, the land being quickly snatched up by second homebuyers and condo builders. And think of the economic spin offs of these new resorts, not only will Pittsfield have a new manufacturing base but also a complimentary service economy.
 
Surely these new mountains will deserve to be named so that our grandchildren won’t forget who created these wonders. How about after the nearsighted people who made them a reality? Mts. Dolye, DeVillars, and Welch! Ahh ……I can see it now, ski Mt. Welch the beast of the east, I dared Mt. Doyle, I skied the toxic pillar called Mt. DeVillar…………..Don’t let this wonderful opportunity pass us by!

RN
RN
1 month ago

So for all the idiots that doubted it before.

https://www.axios.com/who-coronavirus-airborne-transmission-f77b1309-63f1-49b5-8ae0-7598e705dbe1.html

Airborne transmission is defined as the spread of an infectious agent caused by the dissemination of droplet nuclei (aerosols) that remain infectious when suspended in air over long distances and time.(11) Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occur during medical procedures that generate aerosols (“aerosol generating procedures”).(12) WHO, together with the scientific community, has been actively discussing and evaluating whether SARS-CoV-2 may also spread through aerosols in the absence of aerosol generating procedures, particularly in indoor settings with poor ventilation.

And just a reminder a small segment of the population 1-3% will forever carry this disease in their system and it will randomly become active.

Sudds Midginticutty
Sudds Midginticutty
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

No camps,day cares,Colonial crowds,beaches, parades BARS.

Po Sportmins
Po Sportmins
Reply to  Sudds Midginticutty
1 month ago

Sudds,Tyer could be a renaissanceMayor by sticking to that plan.

Yogi Stellungiour
Yogi Stellungiour
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

And….remember the MAINE…

Yogi Stellungiour
Yogi Stellungiour
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

We should’ve kept that vessel embedded in Coltsville.

Jimmy A Voyce
Jimmy A Voyce
29 days ago

Its summer!! Close everything back down, I have not problem collecting food stamps and unemployment… especially during the summer. There are small businesses refusing to reopen till the mask mandate is lifted. The ones that are open are either using the opportunity to exercise power tripping, or probably won’t make it till 2021. Pittsfield was decent when I got here 5 years ago, since then it has gone down tremendously. I dont see our downtown recovering from this pandemic. Do you personally… personally, not a friend of a friend, personally know anyone who was perfectly healthy that has died from this virus??

Jimmy A Voyce
Jimmy A Voyce
29 days ago

I couldn’t agree with you prediction more sir!! Sad, and highly likely true.