Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Effort Launched In Brattleboro

Wednesday, April 28 2010 @ 11:20 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: Lise (

About 30 people met to learn about a campaign to decriminalize marijuana in the state of Vermont. The effort is being spearheaded by local writer Vidda Crochetta and Brattleboro Selectboard member Daryl Pillsbury (acting in an unofficial capacity). Pillsbury explained how he got involved in the project, saying he had made his decisions based on real life experiences. “I see things that don’t make sense,” he said. The corrections budgets are going up. “We’re spending 10% on prisons and 4% on higher education. We’re cutting program after program that could be paid for with revenues from taxing the sale of marijuana.”

(full article) – Digger Digest

Race to Replace Vermont Yankee calls on candidates to support 100% clean energy

By Press Release on April 26, 2010

For More Information:  Ben Wessel, (202)-316-6364,

Race to Replace VY Calls on Candidates to Support 100% Clean Energy

“Student-Led Campaign Hosts Rally and Bike Ride to Push Gubernatorial Candidates”MIDDLEBURY, VT — A new campaign called the Race to Replace Vermont Yankee ( will kick off on Friday, April 30th with a clean energy rally on the Montpelier State House steps…” –  full article

Vermont Starts New Solar PV Incentive

Vermont has begun accepting applications for solar photovoltaic incentives made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A total of $5,275,000 in funding is available, according to the Renewable Energy Resource Center and the Vermont Clean Energy Fund. For residential systems, rebates of $1.50 per watt are available, and systems with production capacities of up to 10 kilowatts are eligible.

Q&A with Bernie Sanders

“…We now have only four major U.S. banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — and three out of four banks are larger than they were before we bailed them out. These four large banks write half of the mortgages, issue two-thirds of the credit cards, and they hold $7.4 trillion in assets, which is 52 percent of the nation’s G.D.P. — can you believe that?” – Bernie Sanders


 Michael Ruppert – Statewide Tour (May 2010)

Featuring a series of talks by the author of Confronting Collapse
and the subject of the 2009 documentary Collapse.

Vermont Tour May 13 – 16

  • May 13 – Burlington:
    Contois Auditorium, City Hall 7:30 p.m.
  • May 14 – Montpelier:
    Unitarian Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • May 15 – Brattleboro :
    Brattleboro Union High School, 7:30 p.m.
  • May 16 – Woodstock:
    Woodstock Town Hall Theater, 7:00 p.m.
    screening of film and Q&A with Michael Ruppert afterward.

Feds invade farm for 5 a.m. inspection

By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily –

Federal agents invaded an Amish farm in Pennsylvania at 5 a.m. to inspect cow-milking facilities then followed up the next day with a written notice that the farmer was engaged in interstate sale of raw milk in violation of the Public Health Services Act. A failure to correct the situation could result in “seizure and/or injunction,” the warning letter from Kirk Sooter, district director of the Philadelphia office of the Department of Health and Human Services, told farmer Dan Allgyer of Kinzers, Pa., on Wednesday.

Burlinton Freepress – VT Dairy Summit


Dairy farmers throughout New England and New York met in a waterfront hotel in Burlington Tuesday with a clear goal: eliminate the volatility in the dairy industry that caused a collapse in milk prices last year. The goal might be simply stated, but the solutions are complex, starting with what to call the plan that aims to limit how much milk could be sold by individual farms.


 “As someone who has been dairy farming going on 34 years, with the last eight years farming organically, Vermont’s dairy farmers received only $12.06 cwt for their milk in 2009, whereas in 1979 they got $12.09 cwt. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see who is being ripped off. That by itself should explain everything as to what is going on in the corrupt and failed milk pricing system that Vermont dairy farmers operate under. We are not getting our share of the pie.” – lyle52

“Farming is a states right and right of the people. Vermont Constitution section 61: As all persons of full age, to preserve their INDEPENDENCE (if without sufficient estate) ought to have some profession, calling, trade, or FARM, whereby they may honestly subsist,.. Leahy has been taking his own state down the road in the wrong direction, he has not obeyed the Vermont Constitution. None of the United States Constitution’s enumerated powers provide Congress power to interfere with FARMING. Committies like farming and education are not among congress’ powers. Keep those republicans and democrats running this country and the people will have nothing, law of the state and federal government has already reclassified people as a workforce, you are subservient to the corporations by law of the republcans and democrats.” – brueckner

“How about this. No price control, no taxpayer money for price control, no milk production control. Get the gov. out of it. If milk ends up $6.00 a gallon in the store so be it. Let the market work this out. Do we give handouts to carpenters? No.” – godcountry

“Bravo, more Gov control of markets….First you get the people (farmers) dependent on handouts…then you strictly control their production, income, assets… Ah, I love it when a plan comes together.” – jbtrevor

Bats dying of “White Nose Syndrome”

The following is the press release issued yesterday (April 20) by the state Department of Environmental Protection. A syndrome that attacks hibernating bats continues to kill them at alarming rates both in Connecticut and in expanding areas range-wide, which will lead to a dramatic reduction in the size of the state’s bat population this summer, according to wildlife experts at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP Commissioner Amey Marrella said, “On the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the outbreak of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) that we are seeing serves as a reminder of the fragility of our planet and the interconnectedness of all living things. The massive die-off of the bat population that it is causing is also likely to have serious impacts on agriculture, forestry and other sectors of our economy.”  Dickson said the DEP is asking the public to report any known summer bat colonies by calling (860)675-8130 or via email to Wildlife Technician, Christina Kocer at .