November 2016 Newsdumpster


Home is Where House is (we finally discovered that show).

We left Vermont early in July, spent two months touring through the Midwestern and Southern US, and another two in the British Isles, including our first ever foray into Ireland (photo links below). And we got home just in time for Pizza Night, the Windham Meetinghouse Roast Chicken Supper, Water Filtration Day, civic stuff involving the fate of humanity, and huge piles of acorns on our lawn. Just kidding--I made up Water Filtration Day. I liked how it sounded.

As much as we love touring the world and beyond, we're never happier than when we're sitting on our lovely Vermont couch staring at the TV. Years ago, one Newsdumpster listed some interesting facts about our unique state. Since that time, some more interesting facts have emerged. Here they are:

  • TV is VT spelled backwards.
  • All of Vermont's covered bridges are visible, despite being covered.
  • Even though Vermont is called the Green Mountain State, the mountains aren't really green. It's trees.
  • Our state flag contains a cow and three sheaves of wheat that resemble mushrooms, which is why Vermont is called "The Beef Stroganoff State" in this sentence only.
  • Despite the fact that Vermont has no billboards, tourists still manage find the gift shops.
  • Everyone in the US knows where Ben & Jerry's ice cream is from because it says "Vermont's Finest" above the logo; elsewhere, however, it does not.
  • Robert Frost spent his summers and autumns in Vermont between 1939 and 1963. Regular frost still lives here during the other seasons.

Our Fellow Americans.

We would be remiss in our duties as proper folkies if we failed to express our concern over our upcoming Presidential election. We perform practically everywhere in the US, mainly at libraries, and hang out with people of all political stripes, including many who feel helpless as the scales of economic inequality threaten to tip them onto the street. Vermont's most awesome Senator, Bernie Sanders, spoke to their plight during his fifteen minutes as Presidential candidate.

Since then, the Democratic Party has appeared less than forceful on desperate economic issues, and has turned many poor folks to Donald Trump, who talks the populist talk, but does not walk the walk. American manufacturing jobs went overseas to take advantage of far lower wages--even those have been increasingly automated, and can never come back as Trump has promised. His assurances of reviving America's dying coal industry are predicated on his cynical and fully debunked claim that human-caused climate change is a hoax. The world relies more on renewable energy sources every year, and clean technology continues to increase its viability in the real world. Perhaps Trump's most dangerous quality, however, is his proclivity to silence, rather than confront, his critics, by way of legal harassment and, if elected, by pushing legislation to narrow the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech.

Hillary Clinton was a competent Secretary of State, did a good job as Senator from New York and is highly respected on the world stage. Change may not be dramatic, but it will be positive and will make ordinary people's lives better rather than worse overall. This is only a small fraction of our opinion on this matter, but to all of our friends who may be considering voting for Trump out of dislike for Clinton, we urge you consider the real, and not imagined, problems facing the US at this critical time, and what is really at stake.

 For Our Homebound Subscribers.

See part one and part two of our 2016 Into the Cornfield Tour photo album.
See our part one, part two, part three and part four of our 2016 Double-Crossing the Pond Tour photo album.

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November 3, 7:00 PM
East Granby Public Library
24 Center St.
East Granby, CT
Admission: Free.

November 6, 2:00 PM
Norwell Public Library
64 South St.
Norwell, MA
Admission: Free.

November 10, 7:00 PM
Attleboro Public Library
74 North Main St.
Attleboro, MA
Admission: Free.

November 16, 7:00 PM
Georgetown Peabody Library
2 Maple St.
Georgetown, MA
Admission: Free.

November 17, 7:00 PM
Millis Public Library
961 Main St.
Millis, MA
Admission: Free.

November 18, 7:00 PM
Sunderland Public Library
20 School St.
Sunderland, MA
Admission: Free.

November 19, 2:00 PM
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller St.
Meriden, CT
Admission: Free.

November 30, 7:00 PM
Guilford Free Library
67 Park St.
Guilford, CT
Admission: Free.

December 2, 2:00 PM
North Shore Public Library
250 Rte. 25A
Shoreham, NY
Admission: Free.

December 3, 2:00 PM
Wethersfield Public Library
515 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT
Admission: Free.

December 6, 7:00 PM
Chicopee Public Library
449 Front St.
Chicopee, MA
Admission: Free.

December 7, 6:30 PM
Pembroke Public Library
142 Center St.
Pembroke, MA
Admission: Free.

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