Friday, August 28, 2015

All Nuclear Bombs Exploded Since 1945

A new visualization shows all 2,153 atomic bomb detonations that happened across the globe since testing began in 1945, mapping out the where and when.
Check out the map -- which is color-coded as red for atmospheric explosion, yellow for underground, and blue for underwater.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Martinek Seeks School Committee Post

Letter of Interest

When my wife and I moved to Southbridge in 2000, we had a newborn daughter, Grace. At the time that we moved in, we were told that the schools were experiencing problems, but not having to worry about sending our daughter, and then our son, Jack, to school right away, we figured that by the time the choice came to send them to Southbridge High School, that our schools would be in a higher tier of educational excellence.

We weren’t worried about elementary or middle schools, as we had made the decision before we had children that we wanted them to experience a Catholic School Education, and we were fortunate to live in Southbridge, where Trinity Catholic Academy helped us to achieve that goal.

Southbridge Town Council Meeting - August 24, 2015

Confessions Of A Trumpaholic

Monday, August 24, 2015

Department of Health Admits That Marijuana Kills Cancer

From Politicus

Throughout history the main reasons human beings willfully kill other human beings are religion and greed. Although it is surprising that people steeped in a religion that worships a “loving god” revels in killing other humans, it is part of the “convert or kill” mindset that one the major Abrahamic religions, Christianity thrives and prospers on. It is not as surprising that human beings kill others out of greed, but for an industry that claims it exists to “save lives and heal infirmity,” it is astonishing that the pursuit of profit drives their pursuit of death and sickness. For the medical industrial complex, there is nothing as terrifying as a cure, or remedy, for a highly profitable and fatal disease like cancer. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Satire vs Hoax

Ken O’Brien

Satire: the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues

Hoax: something intended to deceive or defraud

As a way of educating my obviously ignorant (and perhaps deceitful) detractors regarding the recent issue I have raised regarding the activities of Town Councilor Kristen Auclair, I reprint an article written by Matt Rock on Newsvine on May 27, 2014.

Satire is not meant to be a "hoax" (an open letter to the team at IFL Science)

As some of you may know, I used to be a frequent writer here at Newsvine, probably best known for writing political satire.  That satire was deemed good enough for someone to hire me and steal me away in 2011.  If you don't know who I am, well, now you do.  And with that introduction out of the way, let's get to the content at hand. 

Southbridge Town Council Agenda - August 24, 2015

Town Council Meeting

MacKinnon Council Chambers

August 24, 2015

7 PM


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Was Councilor AuClair Involved In A Fundraising Scam?

Ken O’Brien

In a previous post I addressed whether Southbridge Town Councilor Kristen AuClair had misled voters about her role in denying the historical evidence on the existence of dinosaurs.

During her campaign for her current seat on the Council she claimed that her comments on the matter were little more than satire.

As another blogger has noted, “Sadly, I think they actually believe what they’re saying, although we may never know for sure. Between their Facebook page, Twitter feed and Youtube channel, they seem dumbfoundingly earnest. And would anyone put this much effort into their website if they didn’t really mean it?”

Whether or not Councilor AuClair was pursuing an earnest belief or was in fact engaged with others in a high level piece of performance art, one of her group’s efforts, in which she was involved, raises serious concerns. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Satire Or Smokescreen? Councilor AuClair and Dinosaurs

Ken O’Brien

Back during the recent campaign for town council a story emerged about then candidate Kristen AuClair.

Seeking the truth to this matter, I posed the question to her to which she responded that what people were referring to were merely satirical pieces.

Recently, however, a commenter referred me to a number of videos posted on YouTube.

These do not appear to be works of satire, but a reflection of strongly held beliefs. 

Trump Leads In CNN National Poll

Donald Trump has won his party's trust on top issues more than any other Republican presidential candidate, and now stands as the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

The survey finds Trump with the support of 24% of Republican registered voters. His nearest competitor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, stands 11 points behind at 13%. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Southbridge School Policy Subcommittee To Meet

A meeting of the Policy Subcommittee of the Southbridge School Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 19th

The meeting will be held in the Superintendent’s Office at 25 Cole Ave. at 6 pm.

According to the agenda, several items of importance will be discussed. These include (but are not limited to):

·         A discussion of school uniforms/dress code;
·         Review of physical restraints of students policy;
·         Review of bullying prevention policy; and 
·         Review of wellness policy.

Southbridge School Committee Of The Whole Agenda - August 17, 2015

Southbridge School Committee

Committee Of The Whole Meeting

25 Cole Ave, Room M100

August 17, 2015

7 PM


Consumer Watchdog Agency Gets $14 Million For Bank Customers

For those who have forgotten, Massachusetts’ senior Senator Elizabeth Warren first made a splash as chief architect of the legislation that created the Consumer Financial Protect Bureau. Not long after Republicans blocked her chances of becoming head of that agency, she embarked on her Senate campaign.

By way of updating the performance of the CPFB, it has caught another bank cheating its customers and again has secured millions in refunds to said customers. This time it's Citizens Bank skimming off the top of customers' deposits.

Citizens Bank agreed to refund at least $14 million and pay $20.5 million in fines for shortchanging customers who made mistakes on their deposit slips, federal regulators said Wednesday. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Southbridge School Committee Meeting - August 11, 2015

He Who Laughs Last…..

Last night the sole remaining member of the Big Mac bobbleheads bid us adieu.

The fat cow and her crew of suckling calves are finally gone, leaving in their wake a school district driven to the brink of dissolution.

Let us never forget the relentless impact of such a rare combination of ignorance and arrogance.

It’s too bad their treachery will not receive the kind of publicity accorded to having driven the porcine presiding potentate to crocodile tears over her resemblance to a massive blueberry. 

Ah well, maybe I paved the way for Donald Trump.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Southbridge Town Council Agenda - August 10, 2015

Town Council Meeting

MacKinnon Council Chambers

August 10, 2015

7:00 PM


Rosemary Scrivens - Economic Development Director Candidate - Background

June 2010 – April 2015 (4 years 11 months)Worcester, Ma
• Managed the State’s Economic Development Incentive Program for the Central region (66 communities). This program provides two levels of tax incentives for businesses investing in the Commonwealth and creating jobs.
• Facilitated rapid connections to wide array of resources and incentives for businesses of all sizes and industries throughout the Central region. These included non-traditional financing, workforce training and development services, site searches, exporting guidance, marketing and business plans.