Washington Post fake news on Vermont power malware


This 1 January 2016 video from the USA is called Russians Hacked Vermont Power Grid Was Fake.

By Kevin Martinez in the USA:

Washington Post falsely accuses Russia of hacking Vermont power company

3 January 2017

The Washington Post has been compelled to correct an article which falsely claimed that Russia had hacked into the electrical grid of a Vermont electrical power company. It has since been revealed that the laptop that was allegedly penetrated by malware was not even connected to the electrical grid, according to a statement from Burlington Electric that read, “We detected suspicious internet traffic in a single Burlington Electric Department computer not connected to our organization’s grid systems.”

This did not prevent the newspaper from running the story without so much as checking with the company in question to see if it was true. The story had been read by countless readers on social media before it was retracted. By that time, readers around the world had only seen the headline: “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say.”

No evidence of foreign hacking was revealed by the article, other than the statements from anonymous US officials and authorities. On Friday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin declared in a statement, “Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety,” adding, “This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling.”

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy also chimed in, “This is beyond hackers having electronic joy rides—this is now about trying to access utilities to potentially manipulate the grid and shut it down in the middle of winter. That is a direct threat to Vermont and we do not take it lightly.” …

Eventually, the Post was forced to issue a correction, which read, “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the US electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far.” The provocative headline accusing Russian hackers of breaching the power grid remained however.

Remarkably, the Post published the story live on its website without bothering to fact check with the power company mentioned in the article. The Burlington Electric Department issued a statement an hour and a half after the story was published through the local paper, the Burlington Free Press. According to Kalev Leetaru of Forbes.com, the Post did not contact someone from the company until 10 minutes after publication, by which time the original article with its menacing headline had been viewed all over the world.

The only “evidence” that the malware-infected laptop was hacked by Russia was the Post’s claim that the malware was “Russian made.” Russian malware can in fact be purchased online anywhere by anyone.

There is a savage irony in the fact that the Post decries the spread of “fake news,” i.e., news that is not censored by the government and corporate media. The Post recently promoted a neo-McCarthyite website called “Prop or Not” which accused Wikileaks, CounterPunch, and other critical and left-wing websites of being propaganda outfits of the Russian government.

See also here.

‘Fake news’ in Europe: here.

Has your electric garage door stopped working? Does your dog wake up in the middle of the night and begin howling? Is the weather unseasonably hot, cold, windy, dry or wet? Has your television set (or refrigerator, or sound system or home alarm) inexplicably turned on, or off? If one uncritically viewed the corporate-controlled media and accepted at face value the statements of much of official Washington, especially the Democratic Party, one could easily draw the conclusion that the Russians did it: here.

An article published on the front page of the Sunday edition of the New York Times reveals that US intelligence agencies have carried out extensive cyberattacks against targets in Russia, including the country’s electrical grid: here.

United States Senator Bernie Sanders, now official presidential candidate


This 9 March 2015 video from the USA is called Bernie Sanders Calls The Iraq War One Of The Biggest Blunders In U.S. History.

By Samantha Lachman in the USA:

Bernie Sanders Announces He Is Running For President In 2016

Posted: 04/29/2015 8:14 pm EDT

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I[ndependent]-Vt.) announced on Wednesday that he’ll run for president of the United States in 2016.

“I am running for president,” Sanders told The Associated Press. “People should not underestimate me… I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”

Sanders will make a more formal announcement about his presidential campaign on Thursday.

Sanders is the first official challenger for the Democratic nomination to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who announced her candidacy earlier this month.

Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” has been hinting that he would seek the White House for nearly two years. …

Sanders, who has also characterized himself as “an independent Democrat,” has expressed discomfort with the party, saying that it relies too heavily on “big-money interests” and doesn’t adequately distinguish itself from the Republicans. But he has noted the “dilemma” of running for president outside the traditional two-party structure and the challenges of building an independent grassroots movement to do so.

Late last year, he visited Iowa, which will host the first party caucuses in 2016, to test enthusiasm for his candidacy.

Sanders has argued that the country deserves a real debate about policy issues, suggesting that such a conversation won’t happen without a contested nomination process. “There’s so much to be discussed, Ed, and we’re not in this country about anointing anybody for a nomination,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz last year.

In the Senate, Sanders has focused on a range of issues, from reforming health care for veterans to addressing the threat posed by climate change. He has also been a strong advocate for a universal, single-payer health care plan nationwide, though the plan for such a system in his home state was recently dropped.

From the Washington Post (in 2006, when Sanders was still a congressman, not yet a senator):

The 65-year-old known to voters simply as “Bernie” is Vermont’s lone congressman, a six-term independent with a photo of Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1912, on his congressional wall. He’s perhaps the most popular pol in the state and there’s nothing northern New England about him. Sanders was born in Brooklyn, raised by Jewish parents from Poland. His father’s family perished in the Holocaust. He chews on each syllable in an accent as Flatbush-inflected as the day he wandered north four decades ago.

More than 5,000 people attended a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the University of Denver Saturday night. The rally was the largest since Sanders launched his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination, following a rally of 3,000 people last month in Minneapolis and a week-long series of rallies across Iowa, drawing 500 people at Waterloo and 700 at Drake University in Des Moines: here.

BERNIE SANDERS: ENDING CORPORATE GREED “We have got to demand that corporations stop manipulating their shares to reward their executives and billionaire shareholders through the use of stock buybacks. We also must do a lot more to rebuild the middle class, check corporate greed and make our economy work again for working families.” [HuffPost]

BERNIE SANDERS DRAWS A CROWD The presidential candidate drew 10,000 folks to a Madison, Wisconsin rally, one of the largest crowds of the presidential season so far. [Mollie Reilly, HuffPost]

More than 10,000 people filled an arena in Madison, Wisconsin Wednesday night to hear Senator Bernie Sanders, the biggest rally held by any candidate so far in the 2016 US presidential campaign: here.

More than 100,000 people nationwide have attended campaign rallies for Bernie Sanders, the self-described “socialist” running for the Democratic presidential nomination, over the past few weeks, by far the largest crowds of any candidate in the 2016 presidential race: here.

Seattle City Councilperson and Socialist Alternative leader Kshama Sawant appeared at a Democratic Party campaign rally August 8 featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders, who caucuses as a Senate Democrat, is campaigning to become the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2016 general election. Sanders and Sawant were also joined on the platform by a series of Democratic state and federal lawmakers and trade union bureaucrats: here.

Independent United States senator Sanders running for president


This video from the USA says about itself:

Senator Sanders: TPP All About Corporate Profits!

17 April 2015

Thom Hartmann talks with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who says the Trans Pacific Partnership is mostly a way to increase profits for the 1 percent.

By Sam Levine in the USA:

Bernie Sanders To Launch Presidential Campaign

04/28/2015 5:10 pm EDT

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will launch a campaign seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 on Thursday.

Sanders will be the first official challenger for the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who launched her campaign earlier this month.

Sanders’ decision was first reported by Vermont Public Radio, and confirmed by The Huffington Post.

Sanders, who first entered the Senate in 2007, has criticized Clinton for being too soft on Wall Street and has doubted whether Clinton can address income inequality.

Sanders has been an outspoken critic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal the Obama administration is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries. Sanders is also a critic of the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which struck down corporate campaign contribution limits. Sanders has tried to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.

While Clinton is heavily favored over Sanders, the Vermont senator’s entry in the race will provide a platform for Democrats to criticize Clinton from the left. Sanders’ presence could also highlight a divide between progressive and moderate Democrats.

Before assuming office in the Senate in 2007, Sanders represented Vermont in the U.S. House for 16 years. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress.

According to HuffPost Pollster, which aggregates publicly available polling data, Sanders trails Clinton by 55.1 percentage points. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Vice President Joe Biden.

That poll is from before Sanders announced his candidacy. Warren and Biden have not said yet whether they will run.

Blackpoll warbler migration in America, new research


This video from New York City says about itself:

Several male blackpoll warblers (Setophaga striata) are shown in Central Park on their migration to their northern breeding grounds. The blackpoll warbler spends the winter in northern South America and migrates to Alaska, Canada, and small portions of the northeastern United States to breed. It is a common species, and it is assessed as being of least concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

This video was recorded on May 13, 14, and 17, 2014 in Central Park, New York City.

From Science Daily:

Tiny songbird discovered to migrate non-stop, 1,500 miles over the Atlantic

Date: March 31, 2015

Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Summary: For the first time biologists report ‘irrefutable evidence’ that tiny blackpoll warblers complete a nonstop flight from about 1,410 to 1,721 miles (2,270 to 2,770 km) in just two to three days. For this work the scientists fitted geolocator packs on 20 birds in Vermont and 20 more in Nova Scotia. They were able to recapture three birds from the Vermont group and two from the Nova Scotia group for analyses.

For more than 50 years, scientists had tantalizing clues suggesting that a tiny, boreal forest songbird known as the blackpoll warbler departs each fall from New England and eastern Canada to migrate nonstop in a direct line over the Atlantic Ocean toward South America, but proof was hard to come by.

Now, for the first time an international team of biologists report “irrefutable evidence” that the birds complete a nonstop flight ranging from about 1,410 to 1,721 miles (2,270 to 2,770 km) in just two to three days, making landfall somewhere in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the islands known as the Greater Antilles, from there going on to northern Venezuela and Columbia. Details of their study, which used light-level, or solar, geolocators, appear in the current issue of Biology Letters.

First author Bill DeLuca, an environmental conservation research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with colleagues at the University of Guelph, Ontario, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and other institutions, says, “For small songbirds, we are only just now beginning to understand the migratory routes that connect temperate breeding grounds to tropical wintering areas. We’re really excited to report that this is one of the longest nonstop overwater flights ever recorded for a songbird, and finally confirms what has long been believed to be one of the most extraordinary migratory feats on the planet.”

While other birds, such as albatrosses, sandpipers and gulls are known for trans-oceanic flights, the blackpoll warbler is a forest dweller that migrates boldly where few of its relatives dare to travel. Most migratory songbirds that winter in South America take a less risky, continental route south through Mexico and Central America, the authors note. A water landing would be fatal to a warbler.

In the recent past, DeLuca explains, geolocators have been too large and heavy for use in studying songbird migration and the tiny blackpoll warbler, at around half an ounce (12 grams) or about as much as 12 business cards, was too small to carry even the smallest of traditional tracking instruments. Scientists had only ground observations and radar as tools.

But with recent advances in geolocator technology, they have become lighter and smaller. For this work, the researchers harnessed miniaturized geolocators about the size of a dime and weighing only 0.5g to the birds’ lower backs like a tiny backpack. By retrieving these when the warblers returned to Canada and Vermont the following spring, then analyzing the data, DeLuca and colleagues could trace their migration routes.

For this work the scientists fitted geolocator packs on 20 birds in Vermont and 20 more in Nova Scotia. They were able to recapture three birds from the Vermont group and two from the Nova Scotia group for analyses.

So-called light-level geolocators use solar geolocation, a method used for centuries by mariners and explorers. It is based on the fact that day length varies with latitude while time of solar noon varies with longitude. So all the instrument needs to do is record the date and length of daylight, from which daily locations can then be inferred once the geolocator is recaptured. “When we accessed the locators, we saw the blackpolls’ journey was indeed directly over the Atlantic. The distances travelled ranged from 2,270 to 2,770 kilometers,” DeLuca says.

To prepare for the flight, the birds build up their fat stores, explains Canadian team leader Ryan Norris of the University of Guelph. “They eat as much as possible, in some cases doubling their body mass in fat so they can fly without needing food or water. For blackpolls, they don’t have the option of failing or coming up a bit short. It’s a fly-or-die journey that requires so much energy.”

He adds, “These birds come back every spring very close to the same place they used in the previous breeding season, so with any luck you can catch them again. Of course there is high mortality among migrating songbirds on such a long journey, we believe only about half return.”

Chris Rimmer, an ornithologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies notes, “We’ve only sampled this tiny part of their breeding range. We don’t know what birds from Alaska do, for example. This may be one of the most abundant warblers in North America, but little is known about its distribution or ecology on the wintering grounds in Venezuela and the Amazon. However, there is no longer any doubt that the blackpoll undertakes one of the most audacious migrations of any bird on earth.”

DeLuca says, “It was pretty thrilling to get the return birds back, because their migratory feat in itself is on the brink of impossibility. We worried that stacking one more tiny card against their success might result in them being unable to complete the migration. Many migratory songbirds, blackpolls included, are experiencing alarming population declines for a variety of reasons, if we can learn more about where these birds spend their time, particularly during the nonbreeding season, we can begin to examine and address what might be causing the declines.”

As for why the blackpoll undertakes such a perilous journey while other species follow a longer but safer coastal route, the authors say that because migration is the most perilous part of a songbird’s year, it may make sense to get it over with as quickly as possible. However, this and other questions remain to be studied.

Other researchers on the team besides those from UMass Amherst, the University of Guelph and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, were from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Acadia University, Bird Studies Canada and the University of Exeter, U.K. Each contributed to funding the study.

Light-level geolocators reveal that Veeries instinctively follow the shortest possible #migration path: here.

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Ornithologist interviewed, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Careers with Birds: Interview with Kim Bostwick

10 Jan 2014

Kim Bostwick’s ground-breaking research on manakins has been featured in National Geographic Magazine and she’s currently the curator of the Bird and Mammal collections at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s Museum of Vertebrates. Kim started as a young animal lover in rural Vermont and has since spent her life studying birds. Visit the Young Birders Network website (www.youngbirdersnetwork.net) to read more about careers in ornithology.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology writes about Ms Bostwick:

How a Bird Sings With Its Wings: Dr. Kim Bostwick’s field research centers on the Club-winged Manakin, a bird that makes a remarkable, high-pitched hum in one of the strangest ways imaginable. She discovered the secret over the course of many years, using experiments and high-speed video, and her website tells the story in fascinating detail and great video.

Among the first things that stand out about golden-collared manakins, a bird found in Panama and western Colombia, are the acrobatics of male adults during breeding season. Males also emit a particular call, the ‘chee-poo’, to attract females. In a new paper published in Animal Behaviour, Smithsonian researchers Ioana Chiver and Barney Schlinger explore the role of androgens — male hormones — in the expression of this vocal behavior, by administering testosterone to females and juvenile males: here.

Canada lynx news from Vermont


This video is called CANADIAN LYNX – Amazing Animal Species.

From Associated Press in the USA:

Canada lynx may be on rise in northeast Vermont

Updated 12:08 pm, Saturday, December 28, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Although rarely seen, the Canada lynx appears to be increasing in number in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, an encouraging sign for a species the state considers endangered.

Refuge Manager Mark Maghini of the Nulhegan Basin wildlife refuge says as many as six or more of the snow-loving cats may live in the area. The 20-inch tall animal is known for its large feet, which act as snowshoes.

In the last century, the elusive animals were pushed out of the state — and many other parts of the country — largely because of the destruction of their forest habitat.

“It’s really kind of cool to see a formerly extirpated species start to reappear, and I think even more so to have a species on a national wildlife refuge,” Maghini said.

The basin lies within the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

“You have a nice mix of protected federal lands, and those lands happen to provide habitat for a federally listed species,” Maghini said.

The federal government lists Canada lynx as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, while Vermont gives the species the more critical designation of endangered within the state.

In winter 2012, federal and state biologists set out to survey 26,000 acres and found a female lynx with three young, confirming a breeding population, Maghini said. A lynx also walked in front of a trail camera in broad daylight last winter, giving an unimpeded view of the animal.

Just a few weeks ago, Maghini said, he saw fresh lynx tracks while opening the gate on a snowmobile trail.

The lynx’s favored prey is the snow hare, abundant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, which also provides the dense forests with a conifer mix where lynx thrive, Maghini said.

For the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlighted the lynx found in Vermont. The federal law was passed to protect and, in some cases, restore plant and animal species across the country.

Besides the lynx, Vermont is home to several imperiled species, including the dwarf wedgemussel and the northeastern bulrush plant. More recently, the northern long-eared bat, a species devastated by the disease called white nose syndrome, has been suggested as an addition to the list.

Canada lynx are losing ground in Washington state, even as federal officials are taking steps to remove the species’ threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. A massive monitoring study has found the big cat on only about 20% of its potential habitat in the state: here.

Lynx video from Canada


This video from Canada says about itself:

March 2013 – This video was captured when conservation officer, Alex Taylor, responded to a call from Deer Lodge near Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Upon arriving, he found a female lynx apparently transfixed by her own reflection in a basement window. We speculate the lynx thought that her reflection was another animal posing a possible threat to her kitten, so she stayed to keep an eye on it. Alex observed to ensure mother and kitten avoided the road and parking lot until they reunited. This has been a special winter for normally reclusive lynx. We can’t be certain, but we think they have been more conspicuous while taking advantage of a cyclical rise in the local snowshoe hare population. A big thank you to Deer Lodge for securing the area and helping guests observe from a safe distance. Photo comparisons suggest that this is the same pair we saw a few weeks ago near the highway.

For photos, visit the gallery on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/banffnp

For more information about Banff National Park, visit the website: http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff

From Wildlife Extra:

Lynx and kitten pose for the cameras again

Lynx and kitten on camera again

March 2013 – On March 1, 2013, Parks Canada‘s Alex Taylor, photographed more striking images of a lynx family as they travelled near Deer Lodge in the Lake Louise area. Taylor was observing the health of the animals and working to keep them away from a nearby road and parking lot.

“This lynx family has been putting on quite the show this winter for a few incredibly fortunate park visitors,” said Taylor. “Given their reclusive nature, we don’t see them that often, so this winter has been pretty special. Though we can’t say for sure, we think they’ve been taking advantage of a rise in the local snowshoe hare population, which is their preferred food.”

The female and her kitten appeared on Wildlife Extra in February when Taylor captured images and video of them squeezing through a fence near Lake Louise. They’ve also been observed on several occasions at the nearby Lake Louise Ski Area.

“This is a great example of Parks Canada working with the public to help keep our wildlife safe while also sharing a really neat story,” said Rick Kubian, Parks Canada Resource Conservation Manager for the Lake Louise area. “We received a call from Deer Lodge saying that a lynx was acting strangely next to their building which prompted a quick response from our staff member.”

Preoccupied with reflection

In cooperation with Deer Lodge staff, Taylor was able to observe the mother lynx without disturbing it and determine it was not injured. The mother appeared to be preoccupied with her own reflection in the lodge’s ground floor windows, sitting almost motionless in front of the window for over 30 minutes.

“Deer Lodge staff did a great job of securing the area and keeping their guests a safe distance from the lynx so as not to disturb it,” said Taylor. “I’m pretty sure we all had an incredible and rare viewing experience. It is possible the adult lynx saw, in her own reflection, another lynx that she thought may have presented some sort of a threat to her kitten and she wanted to keep an eye on it.”

Eventually the kitten reappeared from around the side of the building and the pair, now reunited, disappeared into the forest.

Please report wildlife sightings in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks by calling Parks Canada’s dispatch line at 1-888-WARDENS.

Endangered Canada Lynx are back in Vermont: here.

Hurricane Irene misery continues


This video from the USA is called Jamaica, Vermont – Irene Flooding.

The death toll from Hurricane Irene climbed to 46 on Thursday as residents in Vermont and New Jersey battled serious flooding, and significant power outages continued throughout the Northeast US: here.

After the Storm, a Bird-Watching Bonanza: How hurricanes like Irene create an avian-lover’s paradise: here.

Trade unionists of Vermont, USA, support anti Iraq war strike


This video from Scotland is about

Rose Gentle, Military Families Against the War, speaking in Edinburgh May Day Event.

From the trade union federation of Vermont state in the USA:

For Release April 23, 2008

Contact Persons:

David Van Deusen
District Vice President of the Vermont AFL-CIO
(802) 522-5812

Traven Leyshon
President of the Washington-Orange-Lamoille Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
(802) 522-3484

VERMONT AFL-CIO CALLS ON WORKERS TO SUPPORT WEST COAST STRIKE AGAINST WAR

Montpelier, VT — The Executive Board of the Vermont AFL-CIO, representing thousands of workers in countless sectors across Vermont, have unanimously passed an historic resolution expressing their “unequivocal” support for the first US labor strike against the war in Iraq. The strike, being organized by the Longshore Caucus of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), will seek to shutdown all west coast ports for a period of 24 hours on May 1st 2008. The Vermont AFL-CIO is the first state labor federation to publicly back the Longshoremen; other state federations are expected to follow.

The resolution, among other things, calls the war in Iraq “immoral, unwanted, and unnecessary”, states that the vast majority of working Vermonters oppose the war, and contends that the war will only be brought to an end by “the direct actions of working people.” Many other Vermont labor unions and organizations, including the Vermont Workers’ Center, have also made official statements condemning the war.

The resolution also calls on working Vermonters to “discuss the actions of the Longshoremen, to wear anti-war buttons, and to take various actions of their own design and choosing in their workplace on May 1st, 2008.”

“Workers in Vermont and all across this nation are against this war. We have already demanded that the government end it, but they have consistently failed to heed our words. Therefore working people are beginning to take concrete steps to make our resistance known. If the war does not immediately end we, the unions and working people of Vermont, will also be compelled to take appropriate action,” said David Van Deusen, District Vice President of the Washington-Lamoille-Orange region AFL-CIO.

Traven Leyshon, President of the Washington-Orange-Lamoille Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, said, “Vermont labor has long called for an end to this war. The untold billions being spent on the war could instead be used to address our domestic needs. It is working people who pay the cost of the war – in some cases with our lives, but always with our sacrifices.”

Vermont AFL-CIO Resolution In Solidarity With Longshoremen’s West Coast Strike Against War

April, 2008

Whereas the war in Iraq is immoral, unwanted, and unnecessary,

Whereas this unjust war is opposed by the great majority of Americans & Vermonters, the bulk of organized labor, and by thousands of enlisted military personal,

Whereas this unjust war has already resulted in over 4000 American dead (including a disproportionate number of brave Vermonters), and tens of thousands of service men & woman being wounded,

Whereas this unjust war has further resulted in untold number of Iraqi deaths,

Whereas the Federal Government has not made any constructive moves towards the ending of this war and the full removal of US troops, and instead has taken the course of escalation and indefinite occupation,

Whereas the government of Vermont, and especially Governor Jim Douglas, have failed to find ways to bring Vermont National Guard troops home from Iraq,

Whereas this war will only be brought to an end by the direct actions of working people,

Therefore, Let It Be Resolved that the Vermont AFL-CIO continues to stand in firm opposition to this war, and unequivocally supports the decision of the Longshore Caucus of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) to shutdown the west coast ports for a period of 24 hours, beginning on May 1st, 2008, as a means of resistance.

Let It Be Resolved that the Vermont AFL-CIO stands in full solidarity with the New York Metro National Association of Letter Carriers who have resolved to conduct two minute periods of silence on May 1st, 2008, at 1PM, 5PM & 9PM in protest of the war and in support of the Longshoremen.

Let It Be Resolved that the Vermont AFL-CIO encourages all Vermont workers to stand in solidarity with the historic actions being taken by the Longshoremen & other labor unions to end this war.

Let It Be Further Resolved that the Vermont AFL-CIO calls for all Vermont workers to discuss the actions of the Longshoremen, to wear anti-war buttons, and to take various actions of their own design and choosing in their workplace on May 1st, 2008 as a means of resistance against this unjust war.

USA: Vermont towns for impeachment of Bush and against Iraq war


Bush, Cheney, and torture, cartoon

By David Walsh:

Vermont towns vote for Bush-Cheney impeachment

9 March 2007

On March 6 at least 38 Vermont communities at their annual town meetings passed resolutions calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Several towns voted not to take up or opposed the measure and it was blocked from being introduced by bureaucratic maneuvers in a number of others.

In Middlebury, Vermont’s Republican governor, Jim Douglas, who presided over the town meeting, attempted to prevent measures calling for the impeachment of Bush and withdrawal of US troops from Iraq from being voted upon, but the sentiment of the meeting was such that he was obliged to permit the action.

Both resolutions passed by voice vote. Douglas was the chairman of Bush’s 2000 election committee and 2004 reelection committee in Vermont.

Impeachment resolutions were also passed in Jericho, home to Gaye Symington, Democratic speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, who opposes the campaign, as does Vermont’s congressman, Democrat Peter Welch, whose town, Hartland, also voted for the measure.

In Putney, the resolution passed unanimously. Several Vermont towns had passed the resolutions in 2006.

Also on Vermont town meeting day, a tradition that dates back to the pre-revolutionary era, some 20 communities approved a resolution calling for withdrawing US troops from Iraq and treating them well once they return home.

The resolution declared, “The best way to support them [the troops] is to bring each and every one of them home now and take good care of them when they get home.”

The Bush impeachment measure passed in Middlebury accuses the president and vice president of violating their oath of office to “‘preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The resolution asserts that Bush and Cheney “manipulated intelligence and misled the country to justify an immoral, unjust, and unnecessary preemptive war in Iraq”; that they directed the government to engage in domestic spying without warrants; that they have “conspired to commit the torture of prisoners, in violation of the Federal Torture Act and the Geneva Convention”; that they have ordered the indefinite detention of prisoners “without legal counsel, without charges and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention—all in violation of US law and the Bill of Rights.”

US soldiers against Iraq war: here.

Anti Cheney protests in Utah, USA: here.

Another cost of the Iraq war: nearly 60,000 US divorces.

Iraqi women worse off under US occupation: here.

Iraqi oil law and the British government: here.