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Not true - I am making a great return on my FRAK investment and the direct investment AMLP which has as its largest holding Kinder Morgan. I've made a 15% return in the past 6 months. Getting to this middle east crisis - the real people who have blood on their hands for killing these kids are the radical environmentalists in America who are stopping us from being energy independent. Instead we rely on oil from dangerous parts of the world like the middle east. We need alot more nuclear, fraked oil and gas and offshore oil wells. And clean coal. Becasue the radical enviro nazis are against all of this they are the cultprits for the killing going on in the middle east. They have the blood on their hands not the Israelis. Its the radical far left environmentalists who are to blame for the horrible economy (the market may have started is final collapse today - down 300 points). Lets see how you are all feeling when we are in a global depression. ...(full comment)

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Well, it's nice to find a pol in this state that actually recognizes the breadth of the problem. I'm not happy with a pipeline coming through our area, but (as a long time employee in the energy industry) I recognize that a larger problem is our future energy needs. Unfortunately, wind and solar are cost prohibitive for the reasonable future - http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21608646-wind-and-solar-power-are-even-more-expensive-commonly-thought-sun-wind-and - this article shows how much. Whiel the MA economy has recovered better than the national average, if we don't fix this energy shortfall, it will come tumbling down in just a few short years... ...(full comment)

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

In answer to your question Joseph Kushnick, Richard S, Ellis and Yaffa Gunner, no, the Jewish people are not "ENTITLED" to return to the Middle East after 2,000 years and murder and expel the Palestinian people, stealing the land of Palestine for themselves. Yes, World war II was terrible and at least 60,000,000. Except to a racist, the deaths of each of the 54,000,000 people who were not Jewish was equally as tragic as the death of a Jewish person. Russians, Poles, French, British, Indians, Canadians and Americans, Communists, Gypsies, Homosexuals, Union Leaders and other Dissenters may not be "Chosen People, " but they are People. Each of the victims of the holocaust was entitled to reparations and compensation. But neither the Jewish people or any other World War II victims were entitled to go to Palestine, murder the people and steal the land. Why didn't the Jewish people go to Palestine and BUY the land with the reparations they received from the Germans? Why don't they offer peace, dignity, an apology and reparations to the Palestinian people now?Yom Kippur is coming up in two months. Perhaps you should spend that day thinking about the brutal 70 year occupation of the Palestinian people. Then try to rethink your sense of entitlement. Also, next time you feel the urge to donate money so a Jewish child can take yet another tour of a concentration camp, consider instead donating to a charity that sends Jewish kids to Gaza so he or she can learn empathy, rather than hate and self-pity. Better yet, go to Gaza or the West Bank yourself. ...(full comment)

Columnist Vijay Prashad responds to readers' criticism of essay on Israel-Gaza violence

Sorry, Ronigold, you should read more about the Zionist Movement, from its start in the 1880s. Since 1896 the Zionist Movement has always been very open about their plan to remove the Palestinians from the land of Palestine. They did not intend to buy the land from the Palestinians or to pay reparations. This is the program that Israel has followed from the start - murder and expulsion. Also, from the beginning, they viewed the land of present day Israel as a base from which to take by military campaigns the land of Jordan, the Golan Heights southern Lebanon. Some want to take all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates. They wanted then, and still want, control of all the water in the region, the Fertile Crescent. Thus, they have created crisis after crisis for the last 100 years and claimed that they had to attack the Palestinians and other Arabs "because they had to defend themselves". Those of us who are actually interested enough in Israel and Palestine to read about it on an on-going basis, have seen this tactic repeatedly over the past 67 years. I started out an ardent Israel supporter. I cried when the June 1967 war broke out, when poor Israel "had to attack Egypt to defend itself". It was quite a shock to me as I learned in the following years that Israel was not the victim, but the aggressor and the war criminal. In an age when many scholars around the world have written on the subject, and this writing is readily available in books, journals, and the internet, newspapers cannot just keep repeating the litany of Israeli propaganda. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

"...tens of hundreds of thousands of Hamas rockets that bombarded Israel in the months before..." Seriously? And you accuse others of bias and distortion? ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

This column, along with the Gazzette's reporting and headlines (and Cathy and Novio's comments), uses inaccurate information and personal opinions rather than facts to make it's case, and does more to flame hatred towards Israel and the perils of this war rather than leading to a positive solution and honest view of this terrible situation in Gaza. Vijay fails in his duties as professor to fact check his column and presents information as clear fact when some of it is either clearly untrue or the actual facts are not known yet. To name just 3 examples: 1. Israel has presented actual video evidence that it's arms were not responsible for the deaths at the Ashraf al-Qidra school but instead came as a result of Hamas rockets; 2. The report on Hamas not being responsible for the kidnappings based on a tweet and the Israeli Police spokesman denies saying it was a lone-cell; 3. It is extremely ignorant to the facts and history in Gaza to suggest that this war in Gaza was solely instigated by these kidnappings, and not the tens of hundreds of thousands of Hamas rockets that bombarded Israel in the months before. For the Gazette to publish an column that solely implicates Israel in the war is not a surprise at all considering nearly all its stories and headlines have taken this exact same stance in the reporting of this situation. By the Gazette's allowing a column with such inaccurate and biased facts and information, it shows itself more as a left-leaning tabloid rather than a respectable newspaper. I believe the the Gazette staff and editorial board should immediately hold itself responsible and write an Editorial apologizing for this column and correcting the inaccurate and false information used by Professor Prashad. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Jdurf1 stop sipping the kool aid you sheep ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

There is a "Village Hill" in WIlliamsburg and it seems perfectly legitimate as Williamsburg is something of a village and the hill in question is adjacent to the center of town. Village Hill in Northampton as a new name (if it is new) is not very appropriate as Northampton hasn't been a village in 200 years and the would-be "villagers" are going to be living in not-so-vilage-like condos sprawling outside of the downtown of a city. ...(full comment)

Village Hill, Anne T. Dunphy: What's in a name?

I also urge Senator Rosenberg to be a leading voice in promoting this important bill. At stake, we have the lives of hundreds of thousands of mammals living under the industry's unnecessary torture, as well as our public health and local economy for small family owned farms. Thank you in advance for your integrity, common sense leadership and compassion. ...(full comment)

Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

I will never forget the Israeli television interview back in 2009 in which 2 young soldiers were interviewed after they injured an innocent woman in cold blood in front of her family and refused to let them get help for her - she died. After the soldiers completely tore up the house, one of the soldiers was asked what they were doing there - purification, he said. Israel is again "purifying the land they want". ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Pascual, thanks for your concern. It's really nothing more than a patience thing combined with (like you said caricatures) a true distaste for the action/belief. Cathy is a freak, way way out there. Marty really is a Maoist, for real. We have Novio and Sue the professional victims. Those are really the only ones I go straight for the throat and in this specific case I was responding to an asinine hypothesis. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Exactly!! Jdurf1 and others like him need to educate themselves on what is really happening over there. Thanks you, Vijay - as always your writing is professional and well informed (after all, he is the expert). ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Jdurf1. If people would look at your posts over time, we get a pretty clear picture of your world view. And it's a world where people who disagree with you are all freaks who eat kale, play hackey sack, wear patchouli, smoke pot and are communists. Kale is still pretty fashionable, and many northamptonites do seem to enjoy their cannabis. But I can't remember the last time I saw a "moonbat' playing hackey sack, and I don't think that people still wear patchouli. This might seem like quibbling, but the fact that your imaginary enemy is such a caricature of a hippie is just evidence of how much you yourself are becoming a caricature. Now, a while back, I started feeling a little sympathy for you. So instead of trying to match your usual level of mean-spiritedness, I'll play the part of your "namaste" caricature. I honestly feel a little sad for you. It's a pity that you're so willing to abandon any kind of personal dignity for your online persona. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza