Vulture Capitalism Comes Home to Roost

Friday, April 4, 2014 — Normally we give our paid Digital Subscribers first dibs. Today we’re posting the Rant the same day it hits the streets. Enjoy. — The E.] There are some things that nobody expects, the Spanish Inquisition being only the most obvious example. Another might be a fire extinguisher filled with gasoline. When you buy a product, you expect it to solve a problem, not make it worse. So Gregory M. Jordan was not unreasonable, after re-financing his California home in 2005, to expect that each mortgage payment he made thereafter would reduce the principal that he owed to his lender. Apparently …

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Somethin’s Happening Here

Thursday, January 16, 2014 — What’s this? A post? Not just a download of the latest issue? Dern right, Pilgrim. The New Hampshire Rebellion is underway. And it’s about time. The NHRebellion is a group of people walking the length of the State of New Hampshire — right now, in January. Their purpose is to make sure every candidate in the 2016 presidential primary answers clearly and specifically this one question: How are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington? Their effort has stimulated us to use this site as something more than a delivery device for our Digital Subscribers. These are …

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NASA Finally Comes to Town

Monday, April 23, 2012 — During the thirty-year lifespan of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, there was always a possibility that a shuttle might land on Pease Air Force Base’s 11,321-foot runway. That never did happen, which was fine with NASA because it would have meant that a mission had not gone according to plan. Portsmouth Harbor is currently sheltering a different sort of NASA vessel — two, in fact: Freedom Star and Liberty Star. The twin ships, which would be visible on this webcam were it not for the fog, were used throughout the life of the shuttle program to retrieve the system’s reusable booster …

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Now is the Time — Help Save RiverRun

Monday, November 7, 2011 — On September 7, 2006, a hundred or more members of the local community who understood the value of their independent bookstore rallied for a couple of hours to help it move. In a spontaneous gesture of affection, volunteers also lifted Tom Holbrook, the person who brought us the bookstore, on their shoulders and carried him into the new premises. Since that day, forces beyond the control of our community have made it impossible for RiverRun to stay in those premises. We can keep the bookstore, but a similar effort must be mounted. This time it’s money, not muscle, that’s needed. …

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