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!!JUST IN!! TWO MORE PITTSFIELD SHOOTINGS … HYSTERICAL INVERSIONS … or … A CONVENTION CARRIED BY A HOAX

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ADD 1 JULY 13, 12:10 p.m. — This just in from Pittsfield police chief Michael Wynn:

On Sunday 7/12/2020 shortly after 9:00pm members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to two separate ShotSpotter Activations.  The first incident occurred in the parking lot of the Berkshire Peak apartment complex at 341 West Street and the second occurred minutes later near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and South John Street. 

Shell casings were discovered at both locations and early indications are that the incidents are related.  At this time it is believed that at least two individuals were shooting at one another at each location.  No injuries have been reported.

Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding this case is asked to contact the PPD detective bureau at 413-448-9705 or Detective Bertelli-Hunt at 413-448-9700 x532.  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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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 13, 2020) — THE PLANET begins  by expressing our philosophical contempt for nationalism.

When you look at “Earthrise,” the famous photo taken December 1968 by Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman, you see land, clouds, and ocean. No borders, walls, divisions — those artificial delimiters only show up on globes, maps, and Google Earth. There are no “Americans,” “Chinese,” “Africans.” We are all, we are only, earthlings.

A fence, wall, barrier, or other line of demarcation presumes an inherent rationale for private property, a dubious presumption. Try finding the title to a property. Go to the registry and trace back all claims. The books will take you so far. If those books could somehow uncover the first claim, you would find some person or group simply seizing territory, saying it’s theirs, and erecting borders virtue of Superior Force, a discipline that has never gone out of vogue.

There you have both the beginning of war and the concept of private property. Vast holdings, empires even, were there for the taking, providing one were strong and ruthless enough and had the crossbows, maces, guns, and nukes to defend their arbitrary claims. The millennia that heaped the stamp of law upon those morally unsupported claims makes ownership seem legitimate, but that too is a convention carried by a hoax.

The only way we could have advanced as a species was communally. As the human population grew, loose collections of tribes became villages became fiefdoms became city states, became civilization. Laws developed to check the malcontents. With laws came regulation of social and cultural life, plus an even more important need: To develop portable, stable currency.

Capital. Money to create. Money to spend.

And the Capitalist. Money used to make money.

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In 1970, art historian Kenneth Clark presented his monumental “personal view” of civilization in the 13-part BBC series of the same name. He identified five requirements of civilization:

  • Belief in reason
  • A sense of justice
  • A love of beauty
  • A sense of permanence
  • A forward-looking mentality.

All in equilibrium.

Ay, there’s the rub.

Industrialization enhanced these qualities but in unequal measure, and the Industrial Revolution of the mid-19th century ushered in the dominance of “capital.”

“I’ll get mine at the expense of yours, because I will move faster, quicker, riskier, and more aggressively.”

What a perfect companion to Darwin.

The rise of the machines moved the growing population from the farms into urban centers. With this migration came the citified horrors of slums, deprivation, poverty, starvation, ignorance, and neglect. A social worker named Engels wrote about the ravages extracted by poverty. A penniless philosopher named Marx read Engels, though as Clark observes, hardly anyone else did.

But Marx was enough.

There are no nations except those whose borders were laid by pioneers, erected by war, and defended with arms against fellow humans. That’s what we have been as a species, one chromosome removed from chimps but far behind in ethics — an invented moral quality the innocent do not need. Other forms of life also don’t need Original Sin or other superstitious creations meant to account for why modern man hates himself and satisfy the immature mob-urge for certainty. Marx read Engles and provided certainty. The downtrodden fell for the ruse, same as they fell for Jesus … or what and who Christians claim as Jesus no thanks to St. Paul.

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Returning to property, borders, and nationalism, as a practical THE PLANET of course must acknowledge the practical “reality” of local, regional, state, national, and international “territories.” Each one creates and holds dear some symbol, typically a flag. Nationalists load the flag with symbols meant to stand for every virtue of collective belief. On Flag Day June 14, a day that honors Old Glory, the nation hardly took notice. But when we began to lose our collective minds over racism, historical revisionists zeroed in on that other American flag, Stars and Bars, the banner of the Confederate States of America.

ANTIFA, BLM, urban terrorists, millennials, and baristas at Dotties demanded the Stars and Bars join the statues of Columbus, Jefferson, Washington, Grant, and Lincoln in the bonfire of the vanities — a phrase Tom Wolfe stole from Savonarola. They loaded into the CSA flag every evil, hate, and bitterness their hearts could conjure.

In doing so, an infectious hysteria has gripped the nation, an ideological equivalent of COVID-19. They have allowed the symbols to take root in their own hearts, an inversion of hatred for which they were not immunized and for which they were unprepared.

The antidote, fortunately, is to realize that any flag, particularly one for a nation that has been extinct 155 years, is only a piece of cloth.

It Is Only A Piece of Cloth.

It Can’t Hurt You.

It is only this, and nothing more.

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“Every rock has an inherent logic you aren’t aware of until you see a fake rock”Stanley Kubrick.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
28 days ago

21st Century American Capitalism = Head means Wall Street wins, Tails mean “the Have Nots” lose. It is reverse Socialism or reverse “Robin Hood”.
21st Century American Economy = U.S.A.’s #1 non-farm export is military weaponry and related technologies. Wall Street profits off of a militarized World. “Lawyers, Guns, & Money”!
21st Century American Politics = “Guns & Butter”, which means a record setting nearly 2 decade long war in Afghanistan and a 2003 illegal invasion of Iraq based on lies concerning Iraq having WMDs when it did not. We took over control of Iraq’s 2nd largest oil reserves in the World. Plus, we passed 4 major tax cuts for “the Haves”. (Saudi Arabia has the largest oil reserves in the World).
Lastly, Karl Marx never lived in a Communist or Socialist country. Yet, he wrote that the masses would be better off in one. How would he know? Now every Socialist policy is derided by the label “Marxist”. What is the alternative? People still have to live in apartments or homes, have access to health insurance to be healthy, have access to gainful employment to earn a living, have food and water to eat and drink for their nourishment, and have schools to learn in.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
28 days ago

And now our progressive and politically correct school committee is going to discuss getting rid of the Taconic “Braves” at their next meeting. Does anybody have the jewels to put an end to such b.s.?

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
28 days ago

adjective, brav·er, brav·est.possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
making a fine appearance.

Obviously Braves is a very insulting word. Let’s go with the Taconic Milktoasts and the team mascot can be a pink teddy bear. The Logo on the helmet could be an infant sucking on its mothers tit.

foolonthe fire
foolonthe fire
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
28 days ago

This (debate) oughta be a good one.

Economic Injun
Economic Injun
Reply to  foolonthe fire
27 days ago

I hope Dennis Powell brings up Black cowboys again.

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
27 days ago

Sadly , perhaps Just a few have the jewels to fight this progressive pandemic of 2020. Some of the owners of the major league teams will stand their ground and not change but in our educational systems this progressive correctness has become a terminal cancer where rational thinking has lost its wsy

danvalenti
danvalenti
Reply to  Horace Hasenfeffer
27 days ago

HORACE
Yes. The true pandemic, the actual virus, is what you aptly term the “progressive pandemic of 2020.”

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  danvalenti
27 days ago

We have got to start paying attention to the real facts re:covid 19. The real facts are that keeping our schools closed will have a devastating impact on our young people. Many other countries have opened their schools with little or no covid issues. Many students have not and will not apply themselves to do the necessary learning/work needed online to be successful. Those who want to keep the schools closed politicians/ teachers (given the real facts) Do not care about students . This is a purposeful perpetrated sham that must not come to fruition.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Horace Hasenfeffer
27 days ago

Europe had a unified nationsl plan without 52 govenors with some trying to impress Don John

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
27 days ago

Its a virus thats progressing out of control in Trump red states

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Horace Hasenfeffer
27 days ago

The books “Animal Farm” and “1984” need to be required reading for everyone right now. Read these books again even if you have already read them years ago. In Animal Farm it’s all about creating “Equality” similar to our “Social Justice Warriors” of today. They soon create a situation in Animal Farm in which some animals are more equal than others and the whole thing turns into a nightmare. These books were written as warnings of what happens when misguided attempts are made to make everything equal in society. It’s frightening that everything mentioned in those books is what is happening now.

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Amen Sister. Too bad those that need to read them will never do so

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Also apropos to the times is a great book on the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. You will be sayin, “its like de ja vu all over again”.

Economic Injun
Economic Injun
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
27 days ago

Heap big mistake.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
27 days ago

Politics should be kept out of sports, period!

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
27 days ago

You will survive it.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
26 days ago

Maybe they should look into William Pitt and see if we should change the name of the city.

foolonthe fire
foolonthe fire
28 days ago

Dan remember the old basketball league at the Boys Club, it was called the Midget League. Where was the furor over that? Braves is fine, what is the big deal? When we look back at all the past glory these athletes and their successes, the phrase the State Champions that year will still be the Taconic Braves? I suppose Warriors is next or have they already got rid of that? And what about Generals,they are a specific entity related to War or how about those stinking Pirates from Pittsburgh? Change that also?

Since the taxpayer is paying for all this crap put it on a referendum and change or not that way. Better not these liberals will win.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  danvalenti
27 days ago

What about the Chicago Bears? If you were a bear wouldn’t you be insulted?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  foolonthe fire
27 days ago

You guys will all move on quickly from the name changes because you really dont care

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

Maybe we should call them the ‘Little Devils’ after JMs fav resident? Or the Taconic Wacky Weeds? Just an idea … btw one of Laurie Anderson’s most influential musical documentaries/albums is called Home of the Brave. Should we change that?

Mr. G
Mr. G
27 days ago

The Germans do not, are not allowed to, fly the nazi flag. The same should apply to the confederacy. They were, according to them, a defeated “nation.” The symbol of that flag may be freighted with massive baggage but the fact remains; they were traitors to our nation, driven by the desire for free, slave labor, and their flag should not be allowed…just like the nazis.

danvalenti
danvalenti
Reply to  Mr. G
27 days ago

MR. G
The comparison is dubious at best, wildly inaccurate and misleading at the other end. For sure, you have a non-sequitur. I appreciate the pushback, though, and respect the thought.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  danvalenti
27 days ago

Hardly dubious. The confederate flag stands for hatred, bigotry, and has been used to intimidate people for years. There’s a reason Germany outlawed Nazi flags, America should do the same with the confederate flag. If it was the Italians, the Irish or the Polish who had been kept as slaves, raped, beaten, bought and sold, I’m sure people of those nationalities would be looking at this very differently. The best way to understand how someone feels is to imagine yourself in their position. It’s called empathy and is a very effective tool that would serve most people very well in life.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Mr. G
27 days ago

Secession was constitutional.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Mr. G
27 days ago

I agree, they were conquered and to a lot of people it’s offensive. Not sure what the enactments in Gettysburg will have for takers for the confederate side. There is a church in Gettysburg where the pews are still stained from soldiers blood. I don’t know if you have every walked around Gettysburg but it has an ‘atmosphere’ – makes a person believe in ghosts.

BTW, I suggest the Taconic ‘PCBs’ as the new name. That sums things up pretty good, poor kids.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Kermit Frog
27 days ago

I think it was 1968 I happened to go or be taken to Vicksburg National Cemetery in Mississippi. Rolling hills of graves. And that “atmosphere” you speak of, yes, haunting and a real gut punch. Like with Viet Nam I ask myself, Why? My God, was there not another way?

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  danvalenti
27 days ago

Military is machine. Empathy -0-
[For they did not know empathy] they didn’t even consider a better way !

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Be The Change
26 days ago

That is deep.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Mr. G
27 days ago

check your property tax bill to see how free slave labor continues, even plantation owners didn’t have the nerve to demand that their slaves thank them for their “service”

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Wilson
27 days ago

Also go to the city website and under property put in your name or address. go to “property report” and check to see if you are being taxed for home improvements that you do not have. I know a guy who is being taxed for a refinished attic. His attic was never touched. Probably hundreds of folk paying for improvements that do not exist.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mr. G
27 days ago

They wanted the disgusting nightmare to continue.Imagine it was you…case closed.

Pat
Pat
27 days ago

More stupidity from AOC in saying that hunger is driving the violence in big cities and also that more money thrown at the police over the years isn’t preventing the violence. Wonder why AOC doesn’t say that throwing money at the schools isn’t making kids smarter, but she wouldn’t say that because the far left needs the schools mainly for indoctrination purposes and not actual education. Hunger is causing the violence and not the racial tensions stirred up by the far left and their use of Antifa to keep the violence going in big cities? Not the fact that police are being defunded in big cities and in many cases told to stand down when it comes to violence? AOC doesn’t want to solve problems. She wants to create chaos.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Ha Ha, that Latino girl drives you guys batshit huh? She haunts you in your sleep.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
27 days ago

the negs reinforce my point…only four?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
26 days ago

If only big screen tv’s and Nike sneakers and other high end products would provide nourishment .

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
27 days ago

Great commentary Dan. Couldn’t agree more. Problem is, that by the time we all come to finally realize on a planetary basis that nationalism must end, we’ll both be long dead and gone.

Pat
Pat
27 days ago

When it comes to Nationalism I think that looking out for your own country doesn’t mean that you ignore the needs of other countries. Just as an example, China hoarded masks and other items needed for fighting COVID-19, but our country sent ventilators and even medications to other countries. So we easily helped our own country by creating ventilators for ourselves, but we also reached out to help others too. The examples are endless of how we do this. I think we can look out for our own country and help other countries too. One world government will bring misery to the world because it will not answer the needs of individual countries, but will only be looking out for world government and that concentration of power will be dangerous and we will long for the days when each country took care of its own needs and had the power to do so.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

What do you mean China hoarded masks? Whose masks were they in the first place? Can you hoard something if it belongs to you? They have over a billion people and had no idea how many they might need for their own people. Trump had the choice to make them here in America did he not? Plus, when you treat a country like shit you can’t expect them to all of a sudden be you best friend. “China Virus”

Lenny
Lenny
27 days ago

I believe Nicki Haley was one of the first to remove the historical confederate flag from the statehouse, one of the first to cave to the demands of the leftist mob years ago.

Dan, can’t say that you & I have any common ground in your latest column. Your anti-Christian viewpoint is disturbing.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Lenny
27 days ago

Ironically Nicki Haley might be running for president as a republican candidate in the near future.

Tate J J D Waid
Tate J J D Waid
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
27 days ago

Trump says the immune system for kids is fantastic and very little death amongst them?……? That isn’t the point Mr. Wharton,kids can give those vulnerable a death sentence with infection. Is he really as stupid as his supporters on this? Come on Dan,this is real.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Tate J J D Waid
27 days ago

Schools can reopen if vulnerable teachers with pre-existing conditions or anyone over 60 is not allowed to teach in the classroom. Also putting kids and parents together in tight quarters 24/7 can also spread the virus. Countries that didn’t close schools have had lower infection rates.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
27 days ago

Every child will go home to siblings and parents. Try following the bouncing ball. Look up Pandemic and why it is called “pandemic”.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Tate J J D Waid
27 days ago

Its not stupidity. He just does not care. Period.

foolonthe fire
foolonthe fire
Reply to  Lenny
27 days ago

This is an opinion blog. And Dan has an opposing opinion.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  foolonthe fire
27 days ago

A brain surgeon is born^

Two Cents
Two Cents
27 days ago

So, Mayor Tyer plans on testing the city’s sewage so they can keep track of the excrement of citizens, in case there are those hiding their covid-19 infections from society, since their bodies and the waste they produce now belong to the state for your own safety. I wonder if planet readers could speculate on what else analyzing the city’s sewage could tell us. Would it show that city drug abuse continues to escalate? Would it show that Pete White is destroying his colon on his fine dining diet? Would it show us how truly full of it the city council and administration are?….What would you look for?

Tate J J D Waid
Tate J J D Waid
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

Colon results. See if Peter twitches like chubby prez at the next Clowncil meeting.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

Waat?? Testing the sewage?! Good grief, what does that prove?!

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
27 days ago

Mr Fritz…Just an FYI…This is the truth…She made the announcement during her latest not so up to date pandemic update. Thousands of dollars to test pee and sh** for covid 19. Even Orwell is saying…”I never thought of that one”

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

Oh I believe you, Two Cents, I just don’t understand the WHY.

Junk Rejector
Junk Rejector
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

While she’s at it test Silver Lake.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

I would look for the administrative costs that go back to city hall

Cullay Kacious
Cullay Kacious
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
27 days ago

Why are there armed guards at these court houses? Just bring them from the sheriid department for arraignments and have the Judge behind plexi-glass. For courtroom just hire same

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

Let me see now. I can’t get a Covid test at BHS unless I am carried in on a stretcher but now they are going to test flowing and blended sewage and then try to track it back to the pooper? I wonder if they could check my PSA while they are at it.

Is that why they need to build the subs for the lab?

Dell Tuhdawn
Dell Tuhdawn
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
27 days ago

B H S employees testing positive for corona should get a ten grand bonus. Stop looking up our butts mayor,the sewer crap will kill you before any Corona.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

Just had my good laugh of the day. Saw on the PPD Facebook that a poster suggested that taxpayers just start sending the Mayor stool samples. By doing this it would save us hardworking taxpayers money. Priorities screwed up as usual, never mind that shootings are happening all over City, no traffic control, vandalism, garbage strewed streets, pot holes still exist, line painting and grass mowing is non-existent and the usual list of issues we all have constantly stated on this blog. Also, the School Department can’t figure out how to open schools but they can spend time on changing Taconic’s name. Anyone notice how many new For Sale signs going up all over Pittsfield? Zillow is listing 207 homes for sale. Wonder why? Another good laugh.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Merry & Bright
27 days ago

How many shootings so far this month? I believe the top guess on this blog for July was 7 by Aug 1.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Two Cents
27 days ago

Linda, you’ll be in my thoughts tomorrow morning.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
27 days ago

That’s a good one right there.

Blind Black White Supremecist
Blind Black White Supremecist
27 days ago

What’s all this antiracism stuff?

What about me, a racist? Hell, I’m a racist now and have always been one. I think there is systemic antiracism out there.

Well, I can’t change my racism now!

It is not fair. Give me a stimulus check.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
27 days ago

Very, very sane clip from Shelby Foote.

Thank you.

But we’re done. People be done lost they minds. No understanding of history. No understanding of human nature. No real education. Just indoctrination in Leftism.

The New Stalinism.

I liked little ol’ sparkly eyes Manu Macron’s address a few weeks ago:

“We’re not taking down our statues. We’re not apologizing for our history. We’re supporting our police.”

Junk Rejector
Junk Rejector
27 days ago

I dunk think there was enough warning for not swimming in the Silver Lake. I know signs were put up after the mans drowning.

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
Reply to  Junk Rejector
27 days ago

What?Walking on Tyer Street is more dangerous than swimming in Silver Lake.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Junk Rejector
27 days ago

There is little traffic enforcement as well. The plan is to just clean up the mess afterwards. Guess that is easier.

RN
RN
27 days ago

Someone should look into why rapid tests slated for BHS are being diverted to a for profit urgent care outside the BHS but owned in part by a local BHS board member.

Things that make you go hmmmm

BHS got hundreds of thousands to ramp up rapid Covid testing, the 45 minute test. Has anyone gotten any at BHS sites? But an urgent care with ties to BHS staff is running the tests out the back door.

The Willnowhay
The Willnowhay
Reply to  RN
27 days ago

No schools,no Camps, including adults,no daycare,beaches,nothing until at least results to December.

Rita Bookes
Rita Bookes
Reply to  RN
27 days ago

Read some books kids this summer. I suggest Jake Dollar, Jake Dollar is about the city taking taxpayers strapped cash and giving it to millionaires.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  RN
27 days ago

Follow da money

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
26 days ago

Follow the money If you can work through the maze to get to it and who’s involved.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
26 days ago

You mean like who did the mayor give Covid money to? She ain’t gonna tell ya that is for sure. Use to be taxpayers had a right to know where their money went but under mayor Tyer that is no longer the case. She can do what she wants with it because she owns us. And don’t ask any of the city councilors to get that info out because some of them look to be getting in on the action. These people are writing their own rules. Forget about that oath of office bullshit.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
26 days ago

I’m curious, does anyone know if Dotties received any dough? Your right in that, we may never know anything that taxpayers should know about what happens behind the Iron Curtain formerly known as City Hall. The majority of city councilors are afraid to think for themselves and say anything independently on issues because they are in lockstep with the corner office it appears.

the school committee
the school committee
27 days ago

Donald Trump is creating the chaos Steve Bannon wanted in order to tear down America.They need us divided.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  the school committee
27 days ago

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are far right fascists similar to Hitler and Nazi Germany. Trump = Hitler

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
27 days ago

Melle=Marxist

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
26 days ago

Yeah ok, Trump is firing up the ovens to bake his own grandkids who are of Jewish decent. Trump = Hitler ? You really are F’N Nuts! As someone of Jewish decent I have let you others bring up Hitler and never said anything because it is your right to say what you like, well it’s my right to say what I think. You have no idea !!!

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  the school committee
27 days ago

When you listen to Trump read off the teleprompter it sounds just like Steve Bannon. Bannon still loves Trump and is probably his ghost writer. (along with white nationalist Steve Miller)

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

We as a nation were divided long before Trump came along. People just won’t admit it because if they did , the people who are the real culprits for the divide would be exposed. It just gets worse every election cycle. Same old drum beat for the last 30-50 years later focused on the same old issues.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
27 days ago

July 13, 2020

Re: The Berkshire Eagle should be renamed The Dirty Bird!

For over two decades now, The Dirty Bird (otherwise known as The Berkshire Eagle) has always supported GE’s position of capping a majority of its cancer causing chemicals called PCBs in Pittsfield (Mass.). The residents of Lee and Lenoxdale know that Gerry Doyle, Tom Hickey, Peter Larkin, and the like, sold out the people of Pittsfield by signing the 2000 Consent Decree with GE, along with the corrupt EPA. Everyone knows that capped leaky landfills eventually become defective, and they need to be monitored from day one and everyday after that.

How can any rational person or government bureaucrat say that the dozen-plus year cleanup of the sprawling Housatonic River will cost $576 million when GE spent over $500 million on Pittsfield’s so-called cleanup? Moreover, the heavily indebted GE has not put even one penny in a trust or escrow account towards the cleanup. Without a financial commitment, the corrupt EPA and GE are both making empty promises!

The residents and property owners of Lee and Lenoxdale will see their property values plummet if GE puts an industrial toxic waste capped leaky landfill dump in Lee (Mass.). The people were deliberately left out of the negotiating process with GE and the EPA. Pittsfield and the other Berkshire County politicians sold them out, once again.

In closing, many thousands of Pittsfield area residents have suffered from and/or died of cancer from GE’s cancer causing chemicals called PCBs. The Dirty Bird (or Berkshire Eagle) never bothers to mention that. I hope for once, The Dirty Bird (Eagle) will publish my letter so the people of Berkshire County will hear the truth instead of propaganda!

In Truth!

Jonathan Melle

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
26 days ago

Good luck getting your letter published JM, as normally they won’t publish anything that questions them and the real tough questions. Also you mentioned, how can any rational person in government agree about the price tag, answer is there are few rational people who give 2 about the taxpayers.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
27 days ago

July 13, 2020

Re: Open letter to Patrick Fennell

Hello Pat,

The Massachusetts State Legislature has around 2.5-weeks left in its 2020 session to pass a myriad of bills, including the fiscal year 2021 state budget, before they adjourn on a 5-month-long recess. The Legislators say the main hold up is that they don’t have any money. Major budget cuts are expected, especially to local governments, while the Legislators sit on a 40 percent pay raise among other lucrative perks that are all factored into their state pensions. Meanwhile, Governor Charlie Baker still hasn’t commented on the hundreds of millions of dollars missing from the state’s unemployment account due to fraud. Some Legislators like Tricia Farley Bouvier want to raise state taxes or fees in the name of funding public education, while others are waiting for U.S. Congress to pass a new economic stimulus bill that would bailout state and local governments. I wonder how it will all turn out? My bet is that Beacon Hill’s elected officials will make out like bandits, while the people they supposedly represent will bear the brunt of a corrupt State House in Boston.

Best wishes,

Jonathan [Melle]

Rita Bookes
Rita Bookes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
27 days ago

Speaking of a shitshow tune into pct Stooge has a mule on today.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
26 days ago

Of course the politicians will make out like bandits. They don’t even have to wear a masks when holding up the taxpayers.

RN
RN
27 days ago

Heads up people the homeless are out in full force. All the newly imported homeless post covid cases are walking the streets. Somehow the city ran out of money to keep the temporary shelter open at StJoes too.
A bunch showed up at BHS and were sleeping in the parking decks. Lock your cars. I was told by security there’s about 20-30 they keep kicking off of the property. That they are using the stairways as toilets.

A couple newly relocated residents were in the ER, consequences of the lifestyle.

So our taxes go up, we spend hundreds of thousands in handouts to support the homeless we bring into the community, that money runs out, and the mayor is on vacation.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  RN
26 days ago

The administration needs to analyze the poop ASAP. Job opportunity for a pooper scooper. One job that won’t require a connection.

Mike Pupeey
Mike Pupeey
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
26 days ago

Unless it pays well..lol

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mike Pupeey
26 days ago

Your right and the benefit package might be worth it alone.

Lewt Ennant
Lewt Ennant
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
26 days ago

Beats cleaning the gasoline wing port full of sludge. Trust me on this one Planites.

RN
RN
27 days ago

Linda Tyer what’s in her head

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Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  RN
26 days ago

Great idea for PEDA property

Knowit Awl
Knowit Awl
Reply to  Johnny99
26 days ago

Scoop Operator: Job Qualifications.

Must have a relative working for the City currently
Being a criminal or related to one is a plus
Must tow the line come November elections
Must be willing to opt your school kids out of district
Must always forget things and be less productive at certain times
Must always look the other way
Be willing to go on pct at a moments notice

Ale E Kolessstorawl
Ale E Kolessstorawl
Reply to  Knowit Awl
26 days ago

Now that is funny and True! But ask yourself?is the Mayor smart enough to do that job in house without any increase in pay or extra pay? Hell no,just create a new position and make it a fifty G a year job.Better yet, don’tt hire anyone and give the in-house guy a big raise. That’s the Scoop.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Ale E Kolessstorawl
26 days ago

Don’t forget the practically free health insurance benefit.

the school committee
the school committee
26 days ago

Republicans controlled the Peoples House,The Senate and The Presidency. They turned this country upside down in 33 months.What a fn ZOO.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

I looked through my owns eyes instead of those of the pundits. And I saw the same thing you did SC.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

The D-rats had TDS before Trump even took office.

They own the chaos from 3 1/2 years of lies, obstruction, and treason.

The RINOs were nearly as bad.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
26 days ago

Obama Derangement by Fox and Trump .Media giant Fox birther news channel elected to have Trump game show host do their dirty work.

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RN
RN
26 days ago

I’m gonna say that the “racist graffiti” that was printed on cardboard and neatly taped to the BLM sign in Sheffield was done by those that support “BLM”

These almost always turn out to be fake

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  RN
26 days ago

This is the problem with the hoaxes being done country wide. What is believable and not. If it turns out to be true it is horrible and sad.

Lawanddisorder
Lawanddisorder
Reply to  danvalenti
26 days ago

What was most effed up about all that is the DA’s statement that since the accused refused to cooperate she couldn’t do anything. Lesson to criminals – lawyer up, say nothing.

the school committee
the school committee
26 days ago

Jack Welch retired because the end of GE was near.Nothing Imelt could do to save it.GE cleaned from Lyman street over to Pomeroy ave in 20 years.Its a dead company.The river south of Pittsfield will never be cleaned.

Ale E Kolessstorawl
Ale E Kolessstorawl
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

sc..went to the dentist Monday and they charged me 15 bucks for infection control. Thought they already did that pre-Covid? The question for youse is? are they guaranteeing me I won’t get Corona?

Detfective Beacht
Detfective Beacht
Reply to  Ale E Kolessstorawl
26 days ago

Great Barrington Cop has entered rehab.Get well Officer they need you back.

Tinkling Helpfromred
Tinkling Helpfromred
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

Welch,Carm…dead.Can’t take it with you. If You’re in it for the Glory peace be with God. For the money and power,not so much.