Waiting For the Next Variant to Drop

Tuesday, November 30: “So today we learn: 1) Omicron was circulating in The Netherlands at least a week before the travel bans; 2) Omicron was found in Germany in someone with no travel history and no contact with travelers. Travel bans are pointless; the variant is already in community transmission.” – Geoffrey York, Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail (Canada). The Delta variant was bad enough. After banging around Britain for a while, it inevitably showed up here in New Hampshire, where, were it not for Michigan, we’d have the highest 7-day rolling average of new cases in the nation. Thank you, business-friendly Governor …

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The PUC’s Heartless Order

By Donald M. Kreis, Consumer Advocate at the New Hampshire Office of the Consumer Advocate At the heart of last Friday’s astonishing, destructive, and radical order from the Public Utilities Commission is a gaping hole. But before leaping into that hole, let’s start with wisdom from media critic and New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen. Because, let’s face it, even though I hung up my reporter’s spurs 28 years ago when I graduated from law school, this column is journalism, at least kinda sorta. Rosen urges journalists to reframe what they do, at least when covering politics and public policy, so as to get …

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Time Bandits Expected to Strike Again!

Insidious Plot Revealed! We have been holding back the following story for generations. Only now can it be told. Previously, the public could not handle the truth we are about to reveal. New tools, however, facilitating the free exchange of all sorts of information, have inspired a whole new generation of patriots. They are willing—eager, even—and more-or-less able to do their own research and draw their own conclusions. Some even create visual aids on garret walls, using pins and red yarn to indicate sinister connections. No longer are the yearning masses restricted to the bland media diet of pablum formerly force-fed to them by “legacy …

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The Pearl to become Sovereign Souls Fellowship

After decades serving other purposes, the building which housed the first Black church in New Hampshire may become the home of its newest. A community calling itself New Friends of the Pearl is working to raise funds to purchase the building at the corner of Pearl and Hanover streets in Portsmouth. If they succeed, they will lease the property to the Sovereign Souls Fellowship African Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Rev. Robert H. Thompson. A bronze plaque affixed to the building by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail gives the following brief history: “In 1915 the congregation of People’s Baptist Church, which had been …

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Primus Gets National Recognition

It’s been 230 years ago since the chariot came and carried Primus home. For a man who’s been dead so long, he comes back around pretty regularly. He is always welcome in these pages. Most recently he appeared in The New Yorker. An article by Jill Lepore, headlined “When Black History Is Unearthed, Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?”, mentions Primus because he is known to be buried here, in Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground. Meanwhile, the grave of his enslaver Daniel Fowle remains unknown. We can almost hear Primus saying to Daniel, “Bottom rail on top now, boss.” Primus X—or, less formally, Primus—made another …

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Trump’s Pals Tried to Privatize the VA

by Isaac Arnsdorf, for ProPublica Sept. 27, 2021—Former President Donald Trump empowered associates from his private club to pursue a plan for the Department of Veterans Affairs to monetize patient data, according to documents newly released by congressional investigators. As ProPublica first reported in 2018, a trio based at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort weighed in on policy and personnel decisions for the federal government’s second-largest agency, despite lacking any experience in the U.S. government or military. While previous reporting showed the trio had a hand in budgeting and contracting, their interest in turning patient data into a revenue stream was not previously known. The VA provides …

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