Category Archives: Animal Issues

Pigs🐖🐷🐖🐷 are smart♥️, social👏and sensitive🎶 — we should treat them better!

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Go, Colin, go!!!!

By Colin Henstock

For the first time, pigs have been documented using tools, according to a recent study published in the journal Mammalian Biology. Ecologist Meredith Root-Bernstein and her team recorded a family of rare pigs at a zoo in Paris picking up pieces of bark and digging with them while building their nests.

Pigs are friendly, inquisitive, smart animals who are at least as sensitive and intelligent as the dogs who share our hearts and homes. They lead complex social lives, bond and communicate with one another, are known to dream and learn through trial and error. They have unique personalities and experience a wide range of emotions. They can recognize themselves in the mirror and even use mirrors to find food that has been hidden from them. They recognize their own names and will come when called — if they like you.

They are also some of the most abused animals on the planet, as PETA’s new video exposé of a decrepit pig farm in Indiana reveals.
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Pigs on factory farms live horrific lives!!

An eyewitness found that mother pigs were crammed into metal crates barely any larger than their own bodies. Up to 1,200 pigs at this farm spend most of their miserable lives like this. The video shows others so crowded in pens that they couldn’t move.

They were impregnated repeatedly. And when it was time to give birth, they were confined to crates that were even more restrictive and that prevented them from tending to their babies. They spent day and night lying immobile on the slatted floor.

Without their mothers’ help, some piglets died, enduring intense unrelieved and prolonged suffering. Dead piglets were found decomposing just a few feet away from their own mothers and siblings.

One worker cut the tails off the surviving piglets — without any pain relief, as is common in pig factories — then threw the crying youngsters several feet into the air to another worker. Their tails were left strewn on the filthy floor.

All this happened in the presence of their distressed mothers.

Young pigs were moved to bleak pens, where up to 4,000 were being fattened on any given day for eventual slaughter (if they survived that long).

Pigs with ailments such as bloody sores, abscesses, and injured legs, shoulders, or hooves were left to suffer and languish on the filthy floors.

A sow who appeared incapable of standing or moving was unable to reach a source of drinking water. When the eyewitness offered her some, she drank frantically for nearly two minutes.

Pigs are naturally very clean and, given sufficient space, don’t soil the areas where they eat or sleep, but at this farm, they were forced to live amid feces and just above the reeking pit that held their manure, which continuously backed up beneath the slatted floor. Several piglets were seen struggling to stay afloat in the manure pit. The feces on the flooring teemed with maggots, and other surfaces were crawling with roaches.

PETA’s video exposé spotlights just one farm, but cruelty in the pork industry is rampant and routine.

Pigs used for breeding are commonly confined to crates so small that they can’t walk or even turn around. Their muscles atrophy, and they’re chronically sore and stiff. They never get to engage in any natural behavior. After several years of this round-the-clock imprisonment and continuous insemination, pregnancy and birthing, their bodies wear out and they’re sent to slaughter.

Most of us couldn’t stomach the idea of treating dogs like this. It should be equally unacceptable to treat pigs in this manner. The best way to spare pigs (and other farmed animals) enormous pain and suffering is to stop eating them and instead choose vegan foods. With so many delicious, healthy options, it’s never been easier.

House passes Congressman McGovern’s bill to prevent export of U.S. crowd control equipment to Hong Kong

From Congressman McGovern’s office:

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Bill Would Hold Hong Kong Government Accountable for Violence Against Peaceful Protesters

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed two major bills to stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and to demand accountability from the government of Hong Kong following violent crackdowns against peaceful protesters.

H.R. 4270, the PROTECT Hong Kong Act, was introduced by Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) alongside Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Ro Khanna (D-CA). It bans the U.S. export of tear gas, pepper spray, grenades, rubber bullets, guns, semi-automatic rifles and other crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong police.

H.R. 3289, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, was introduced by Representatives Smith and McGovern and requires the Secretary of State to certify on an annual basis whether Hong Kong continues to warrant special treatment different from mainland China under U.S. law.

McGovern’s remarks prior to the passage of the PROTECT Hong Kong Act are below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4270, the Placing Restrictions On Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology to Hong Kong Act – the PROTECT Hong Kong Act.

I am proud to have introduced this bipartisan legislation, along with my colleagues Chris Smith and Ro Khanna, that responds to the excessive and unnecessary use of force by the Hong Kong police targeting those engaged in peaceful protests.

I want to thank the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee for bringing this bill so quickly before the House for consideration.

The PROTECT Hong Kong Act prohibits U.S. exports of defense articles, munitions, and police equipment to Hong Kong.

Specifically, it stops U.S. exports of tear gas, pepper spray, grenades, rubber bullets, guns, semi-automatic rifles and such defense articles and munitions to the police.

Let us be clear about what is happening in Hong Kong right now – millions of people from all walks of life, including young people, students, women, seniors, entrepreneurs, teachers, civil servants, and workers – are standing up to the most powerful authoritarian government in the world.

The protesters have inspired the world as they risk their lives, their health, their jobs, and their education, to fight for the future of Hong Kong.

They are savvy and strategic.

They are using technology to mobilize, stay anonymous, and organize.

They are capturing and extinguishing tear gas containers.

They have taken down, taken apart, and shown the world the surveillance cameras that monitor everyday Hong Kongers.

They are using art, music, laser pointers, and the projection of messages on buildings to highlight their struggle.

They organized a human chain of over 200,000 people spanning 37 miles.

Tenants in Hong Kong’s residential buildings organize the shouting of slogans from their windows every night with calls and responses echoing throughout the city.

The people of Hong Kong have made their voice loud and clear.

But instead of listening to them, the Chinese and Hong Kong governments have mishandled this situation at every turn.

The world has now seen eyewitness evidence compiled by journalists and the media showing that police have used excessive force and used equipment in violation of manufacturer guidelines and international standards.

We’ve seen the police firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at peaceful protesters at close range;

We’ve seen them launching tear gas canisters from high buildings and directly at individuals and into crowded and enclosed areas;

We’ve seen them failing to give demonstrators visible and audible warning before firing; and

We’ve seen them using batons to beat subdued demonstrators and disperse journalists.

In fact, the situation has been so bad that, in June, the British Government suspended export licenses for the sale of tear gas and crowd control equipment until concerns about human rights abuses are addressed.

On August 13, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an investigation of the use of crowd control tactics in Hong Kong.

Enough is enough. It is time for American companies to stop selling weapons that are being used to suppress peaceful protest.

Instead of heeding international calls to stop the crackdown, the Hong Kong government continues to make matters worse.

On October 1st alone, 269 arrests of protesters spanning the ages of 12 to 71 were made.

Two teenage protesters have been shot with live ammunition and the uptick of violence against journalists has further served to inflame public anger against the government and the police.

Instead of establishing an independent commission of inquiry on police conduct to deescalate the situation, the Hong Kong government has formally invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban the use of masks during public assemblies.

This is an impractical and draconian step that moves the city closer toward martial law.

The Hong Kong government should repeal this regulation and refrain from bypassing oversight and scrutiny by the Legislative Council in making ad-hoc regulations.

An intensified crackdown will only escalate and provoke violence and further tarnish the reputation of Hong Kong and its police force.

At a minimum, it is beyond time for Congress to send a clear message that the U.S. supports the people of Hong Kong and that we will no longer provide assistance to crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

I urge all of my colleagues to support H.R. 4270, the PROTECT Hong Kong Act.

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Another lil’ gem from Steve (Check out his Halloween book review📚 in the next issue of CECELIA!)

PRAY FOR AMERICA

By Steven R. Maher

I attended Mass this afternoon to pray for my country. It’s one of the few things – other than voting and publishing articles in CECELIA and InCity Times website – that I can do right now about the terrible things going on in Washington DC.

At this Mass, one of the readings was from Ezra 9:5-9: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped above our head and out guilt reaches up to heaven. From the time of our fathers even to this day great has been our guilt, and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up, we and our kings, and our priests, to the will of the kings of foreign lands, to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and disgrace, as is the case today.”

This Biblical passage made me think of America in 2019. Trump’s efforts to ensnare Ukraine and Red China into our political system are the “kings o foreign lands” bringing to our country disgrace.

Not Verbatim Script

Today is also the same day that the White House released a statement drawn up by American officials who participated in the conversations between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the CBS website, a verbatim transcript was not released, but notes were taken by National Security staffers in order to have a written record of the conversation.

“According to the document, the president said on the call that he would like to find out what happened with ‘this whole situation with Ukraine’ and he said his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani would be traveling to Ukraine.

“Zelensky said he would meet with Giuliani when he visited,” CBS stated on their website. “Zlensky pledged that his new prosecutor would look into the case, and he asked for additional information.

Trump told Zelensky in the July 25 call that he would have Giuliani give him a call and also have Attorney General William Barr call to get ‘to the bottom of it.’… ‘I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out,’ CBS quoted Trump said as saying.

This document is the proverbial “smoking gun” in proving that Trump engaged a foreign power for his own benefit. “Until earlier this month, Mr. Trump had temporarily frozen $391 million in aid to Ukraine,” said CBS. This is a clearly an impeachable offense.

I think impeachment will not work due to the Republican control of the Senate. Additionally, Trump can pardon himself. Trump is like a Mafia don who has brought or terrorized a jury and is not afraid of a verdict. The fix is in. Impeaching Trump won’t do any good – unless it is intended to deter Trump from future nefarious political activity. That Trump was not deterred by the hell he was put through by the Mueller investigation means he is unlikely to be deterred by an impeachment vote he knows he will win in the Senate.

In the meantime, those of you who believe in God might want to pray for our country.

And take faith that Donald Trump will face a just God. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson’s saying about slavery: Trump will fear for his Presidency when he realizes God is just.

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New Steve book review!📘, Jim fights for hungry kids!🇺🇸 … and more!🍁☕🍂🎶

Breakfast with Cece:
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We’ve gotten a few voicemails: Can you review our books, CECELIA/ICT website? Well, not really😢. Steve Maher has his interests, so we let him follow his heart/choose his books to review – always historical🇺🇸/political!🇺🇸😉 Here’s his take on Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate📺:

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FIREWORKS🎇 EXPLODE AT DEMOCRATIC🇺🇸 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE!📺

By Steven R. Maher

There were some clear winners and some clear losers at the September 12, 2019, Democratic debate in Houston. In a display of fratricidal fireworks the Democrats are famous for, some of the candidates unleashed denunciations on their fellow party members with verge and gusto.

Some of the winners:

🍁 Senator Amy Klobuchar was the biggest winner in the debate, in my opinion. She positioned herself as a fiscal conservative, particularly on health insurance, in a race where some Democrats are coming across, to use Ronald Reagan’s famous expression, as wanting to spend like drunken sailors. If Biden falters, she might be the main beneficiary.

🍁 Senator Elizabeth Warren won by not losing. No Biden style gaffes or misstatements here. The momentum is clearly on her side. This may be her race to lose.

🍁 Joe Biden. While Biden didn’t put on a flawless performance, he may have won sympathy due to the viciousness of fellow candidate Julian Castro’s attacks (see loser’s list below). It didn’t help Castro that PolitiFact has reported since the debate that some of Castro’s facts were not true. Klobuchar summed it up best, after Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he said 10 minutes earlier: That sounds like something Trump would Tweet. It should be noted that Republican superhero Ronald Reagan made many Biden-like gaffes – and went on to win two electoral landslides.

🍁 Beto O’Rourke gave an eloquent and emotional attack on racism in American society. It probably helped that he was praised by several other candidates. It seems that O’Rourke found his voice late in this campaign, but better late than never. Remember, we are still many months away from the first ballot being cast!

🍁 South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave a solid performance. His sense of humor came through at several points, particularly when Buttigieg joked he’d like to see Trump make a trade deal with China.

🍁 California Senator Kamala Harris made another bravura performance with a witty speech searing Donald Trump. It remains to be seen if she can follow up on this performance or, like the first debate, is unable to turn her good showing into momentum.

Now, for the losers:

👎 Congressman Julian Castro’s attack on Biden’s memory evoked loud groans of disgust from the audience in Houston. We wonder what the viewers at home thought. We doubt people were running to get out their check books to donate large sums of money to Julian. This type of attack plays right into Trump’s hands!

👎 Bernie Sanders acted in striking contrast to his 2016 performance. On Thursday, he came across as frail, less than his usual eloquent self, and as a little bit doddering. Before the next debate, his advisers should give Bernie a hair cut and a nap before the debate!

👎 Finally, there was fringe candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, another bored billionaire. He went over his political platform by announcing he was giving 10 deserving American families $10,000 so voters would see how his plan to get more corporations to contribute to this country is. I’ll give Bernie Sanders his due, at least he wore a tie to the debate.

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From Congressman Jim McGovern’s office:

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Jim is one of America’s leading voices against childhood hunger …

House Reps McGovern and Davis introduce bipartisan bill strengthening student access to healthy school breakfasts – the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act is endorsed by the School Nutrition Association!

It Would Provide Schools with Additional Federal Support for Every Breakfast Served through the Federal School Breakfast Program!

Full text of the bill:

U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern and Rodney Davis (R-IL) announced this week the introduction of a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to expand access to healthy school breakfasts for students across America.

The Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act is endorsed by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and would strengthen and enhance the School Breakfast Program so that additional federal support is available to participating schools that provide healthy, American-grown breakfast foods to students in grades pre-k through 12. Each year, nearly 13 million children navigate food insecurity in America. Research shows that students who eat school breakfasts perform better on standardized tests and have improved classroom behavior and attendance.

“I have two sisters who are public school teachers. I hear from them all the time that when it comes to helping kids learn, healthy food is just as important as a textbook,” said Representative McGovern.

He continued: “Teachers can lose an entire morning when kids who haven’t eaten breakfast can’t focus. We have millions of kids in this country who can’t concentrate because they’re showing up to class hungry. I think that’s a moral issue – no child in America should go hungry. Period. But I also think it’s an economic issue – kids can’t prepare for a career if they can’t learn because they haven’t eaten. I urge our colleagues to join us in support of this important bipartisan bill.”

“The School Breakfast Program is critical to ensuring kids are not starting their day off hungry so they can focus on learning,” said Representative Davis. “As kids across the country begin a new school year, I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan bill with Rep. McGovern that will provide more healthy meals to students in need and make this program stronger. I hope to see this language included in a final Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization bill.”

“Research shows eating a school breakfast can boost student achievement, attention and behavior in class, but too many students still start their day on an empty stomach,” said School Nutrition Association President Gay Anderson, SNS. “The Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act will support efforts to increase student access to nutritious school breakfasts, supporting student success and allowing children to enjoy a wider variety of American-grown foods with school meals.”

The United States Department of Agriculture provides both cash reimbursement and healthy, American-grown foods directly to over 30 million schoolchildren each day through the national School Lunch Program. The amount of food that schools receive for breakfast is currently based only on the number of lunches served – the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act would provide schools with an additional 6 cents in commodity support for every school breakfast served.

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When we were GREAT:

FILE - In this April 13, 1934 file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiles as he speaks to a Congressional welcoming committee which met him at Union Station on his return to Washington. (AP Photo)
FILE – In this April 13, 1934 file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiles as he speaks to a Congressional welcoming committee which met him at Union Station on his return to Washington. (AP Photo)

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Hey, Joe, I got my record player out today!

We know what you meant!❤️❤️❤️ We love you!

I’ve owned this record since I was 19:
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Joni, an American Master!

Springsteen, sonnets and Spanish Harlem

By Rosalie Tirella

I want to go back to my previous post, the one where I shared CANDY’S ROOM with you, by Bruce Springsteen, and write about Bruce:

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The song IS IT FOR ME when we speak of Springsteen! Here’s Bruce totally of and in his element: the raw and ready Italian kid searching for his BIG break. But stuck in New Jersey! No escape from its mundaneness! Fuck!! Where is Bruce’s Salvation, THE BIG RESCUE?

MUSIC!!! Of course!

HIS SONGS!!! HE’S WRITING THEM OUTSIDE HIS PARENTS’ BEDROOM! He’s just a kid, but he already knows – the chosen all know! – he’s a genius! He just needs the right connections, the big door to crack open just a little …

Bruce is tough – and tentative – in Candy’s Room. Young and world-weary in her bedroom. Dreamboat – and maybe lout in the early morning light. Poured-on jeans – and WASP sports jacket! Backyard martinis, anyone? Hell No! It’s the Stone Pony, sex in muscle cars or on the sand just a whisper away from the boardwalk. It’s the big-haired, big-boobed Italian girls of the Jersey shore praying to the Madonna for forgiveness on Sunday morning after maybe pleasuring Bruce on a Friday or Saturday night, watching his gorgeous face as he comes!

Hail Mary! Full of Grace!

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Bruce and his E Street Band on The River

This was MY BRUCE. Lupine, hungry, desperate: the Bruce Springsteen of my youth and the youth of my friends at Clark University circa 1979, 1980.

It’s 1979. I’m a freshman at Clark University in Main South and sleeping with my steady boyfriend Ted, in love, in lust with his Husky-blue eyes and shiny thick blue-black hair that covers his eyes! Ted’s best friends Joe, Frank and Lance listen to and WORSHIP Bruce Springsteen. They hitch hike up and down the East Coast following him, going to all his concerts and waiting outside stage doors, like girl groupies, to say Hey, man. That’s the way it was then, before Bruce became GOD, when it was just the townies and the smart boys from the colleges all along the East Coast. His early audience – knowing before anyone knew. They were there for every 4-hour-long Bruce Springsteen gig. FOUR HOURS!

Back then Bruce was kinda a guy thing – my guys went but I never did. Joe, especially. Returning to Clark from seeing BRUCE, BRUCE, BRUCE!!! in some shit club in Pennsylvania! Touched by Bruce! Illuminated by Bruce! Inspired by Bruce! He’d start a band of his own at Clark – pretty mediocre.

They saw Bruce before he put on the mantle “Voice of a Generation” and started prefacing, pretty self-consciously if you ask me – at all his concerts – before all his gorgeous, get-your-crotch-wet-we’re-so-fucked anthems – with little homilies! Preaching wisdom to us kids! Life lessons. About family, growing up, leaving home but not leaving home.

And all we wanted to do was dance the night away, drink and get laid! We were 18, 19, maybe 20 – the old timer, of our bunch!

Still, we listened patiently to Springsteen. Genuflected in the Church of Springsteen! Then we ROARED as he pulled at his guitar and sang THUNDER ROAD, BADLANDS or some old rock n roll chestnut. He strutted, begged, cajoled, whispered … sang his wild, sprawling, sad, ruminative Jersey music-poems! The REAL gospel, to me:

That’s where I learned …

I began to write more essays and short stories. Joe liked them. He told my boyfriend: Rose is a good writer! I was floating above the serving trays in Dana Commons! Joe was our clique’s gifted one! He knew … In fact, he was so cool he quit school just like that and hitch hiked across America for the experience! What a thrill when he called me from Texas and told me a Texas story in that quiet voice of his with his little lisp! I long to hear that lisp every day!

When Joe came back to Clark University, my boyfriend and I and Lance felt we all needed a road trip! To New York City! To Spanish Harlem! Where Joe’s big sister shared a slummy apartment with five or six other college kids. They too had “dropped out.” They were in NYC, writing poetry and visiting painters in the Village! This was before Rudy G. became mayor of New York and cleaned up Times Square and hosed off Port Authority’s hookers and strip joints. Ted and I were excited! We took the bus into the City from Worcester – Ted was already in Spanish Harlem, hanging out with his sister and her new boyfriend. She was beautiful.

I remember Ted coming out to meet us … and the boys brushing past the young and pretty prostitutes in their white go go boots (“no corner boys – ain’t got no money”🎶), walking wicked fast, saying NO THANKS! and me, their Rosalita, beaming, running circles around them, throwing back my head and laughing brashly at the dirty peep hole palaces … I was so in love with the city night and my guys … …then riding the gray, dirty, graffiti-covered subway cars to Joe’s sister’s apartment where there were only: stacks of books and three twin matresses thrown on the floor and one queen sized in the other room. Lamps with crooked shades we’re by the mattresses’ corners; they threw soft yellow light on our soft, wrinkleless faces. Sheila picked up the novel she was reading and gave it to her brother: “You’d like it,” she said. More Kesey. We all knew – cuz we were dreamy, artsy Clarkies – that Joe was already deep into SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION!


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Then we all drank some good wine out of coffee mugs, and Joe told us that his sister was studying abroad – in Japan – next semester.

My boys: I see their young handsome faces in that crummy room tonight! In that dangerous neighborhood. Their grace and goodness so true – so loyal to me. Treating me like one of the guys, as in thinking I was pretty and respecting that I was Ted’s girl, but knowing I was smart, could talk about books, Bruce, America … as their equal. All the girls in my dorm were jealous! Rose’s cool, handsome boys! They all meet outside Ted’s dorm every evening and walk under the Worcester stars to Dana Commons to eat supper together! To laugh and enjoy each other’s company! To challenge each other’s ideas. We talk hometowns, parents’ divorces, Joe’s dad (a lawyer in Baltimore) arguing a case before the Supreme Court! Movies, too … writing, music, poetry books and, of course, Bruce Springsteen.

He is us.

Home again at Clark from our New York City trip…hanging out in Lance’s room at Wright Hall, with my beautiful boys … listening intently to GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK:
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“… when they said, ‘Sit down,’ I stood up”♥️

Yes, we bought two or more copies of EVERY SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM! Cuz we listened that intensely … wore ’em out as they passed into us – musical osmosis. Joe wrote his English paper on DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN. Taking a drag from his cig (he got an A for his paper – he was our best paper writer and TA’d a philosophy class as an undergrad) Ted said, “Chaunce (our professor) thought his (Springsteen’s) lyrics are good. He liked them.”

Wow. Our favorite professor was listening to our favorite artist! He was into the Boss, too!
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Were we ever that young?

YES!!!!!!

It’s Thursday!🎀🐈🇺🇸❇️🎶

From PETA.ORG:

but first …

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Little Cece playing hide and seek! pics: Rose T.

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I see you, my lil’ Cece! Kittens and cats love to have fun!

Will Your Pets be Protected in a Fire, Hurricane or Other Disaster?

What would happen to your beloved animal companions if a hurricane, a fire, a tornado, an earthquake, a flood, or another natural or human-made disaster were to strike tomorrow?

🐈Review these tips to keep all your family members safe:

Before an Emergency Strikes …

Have an animal emergency kit readily available. The kit should include a harness and leash or a carrier as well as bottled water, food and water bowls, dry and canned food, and a copy of your animal companions’ medical records. If you have a cat, have litter and a small litter tray ready to go. Make sure that all your animals have collars or harnesses with identification. Keep a current photo of your animal companion for identification purposes, just as you would for a child.

Place emergency window stickers – with types of pets and number of pets you have – near your front and back doors and on side windows in case a weather emergency or fire strikes when you are not home. These stickers will alert rescuers to animals in your home who need help.

During an Emergency:

There’s little to no time to evacuate during severe storms or tornadoes. Never leave animals chained or penned outdoors where they have no protection from strong winds, flying debris, and collapsing structures. Keep your animal companions with you if it becomes necessary to move to a stronger structure or take shelter underground. Hold out in a small interior room such as a closet or hallway.

If this isn’t available, take cover under a heavy table or desk. Stay away from windows and doors or walls leading outside.

If you are being evacuated, never leave animals behind. There is no way of knowing what may happen to your home while you are away, and you may not be able to return for days or even weeks. Animal companions left behind may become malnourished or dehydrated or be crushed by collapsing walls. They may drown or escape in panic and become lost.

Know your destination ahead of time. Not all emergency shelters accept animals, but many hotels take animals (most suspend “no pet” policies during disasters, thankfully).

Place small animals in secure carriers. Dogs should be leashed and wearing harnesses. Be sure to take the animal emergency kit that you’ve prepared.

If Authorities Force You to Leave Your Animals Behind:

Never turn animals loose outdoors — they can’t survive “on instinct.” Domesticated animals rely on their human companions for many things and are totally helpless and vulnerable outside, especially in bad weather. Instead, leave them in a secure area inside your home with access to the upper floors so that they can escape rising floodwaters.
Leave out at least a 10-day supply of water.

Fill every bowl, pan, and Tupperware container that you have with water, then set them on the floor or on counters, as just one container may spill. Fill sinks, too. If your toilet bowl is free of chemical disinfectants, leave the toilet seat up to provide animals with one more source of water, but do not make that the only source.
Leave out at least a 10-day supply of dry food.
Canned food will go bad quickly.

If you can’t get to your home, contact a reliable neighbor or friend to check on the animals and get them out, if possible. Provide specific instructions on care.

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Thank you to ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELP ANIMALS when climate crises strike! photo: PETA

By planning now, you can make sure that all your loved ones can weather any storm. Remember: The question isn’t whether a disaster will strike — it’s when.

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More♥️♥️♥️ Bruce🎶♥️🎸🎸:
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My father’s tune

Perfection✨✨✨:

My favorite Boss song! – R.T.

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🇺🇸Next Tuesday! Worcester elections! They’re called “preliminary elections” and winnow the fields – Worcester City Council and Worcester School Committee!

🇺🇸Please VOTE next Tuesday, September 10!

🌻THEN VOTE AGAIN in Worcester’s general election – in November!

🐈INCITY TIMES website and CECELIA are asking you to VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATES who care about WORCESTER’S inner-city/older neighborhoods, the poor kids who lived in them, fair housing, ending/banning wild (as in tigers, lions, bears) animal acts in the City of Worcester, a living wage and a SIGNED CBA agreement for the Paw Sox stadium project.

On the Worcester School Committee side:

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John Monfredo – Re-elect this guy to our school committee! For all the bumps in the road – especially his standing by WPS Superintendent Maureen Bienenda and secretly buying a huge, controversial ad promoting her contract renewal for 3 years, despite the WPS’s lack of teachers of color and alleged unequal discipline of kids of color – John’s been an advocate for poor kids and families (of all races) FOR DECADES! He was my 5th grade teacher at Lamartine Street School – one of my most fun, academic and enriching school years as a kid in the WPSchools, K – 12! He was the principal of Belmont Community School for years, where he had: a parents’ room, a food pantry, a gently used clothing exchange, a great school library, welcomed all parents! John tried to support the Bell Hill families in many ways – not just academic!

John DEMANDS excellence from our students, parents, WPS teachers, teaching support staff – everyone in our schools. Especially our inner-city schools where our kids struggle in academics, are maybe even hungry, homeless … and their parents go AWOL …

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Rose’s copy of a WPSchools must read!

John Monfredo wants:

Universal Pre-K for ALL Worcester Public School students. To get our kids from deprived homes ready for K and ready to read. If kids aren’t reading by grade 3, most never catch up …

He wants to expand Worcester’s Summer School so that it’s more enrichment for kids – especially kids in our inner-city neighborhoods – than makeup time for kids who get Fs or D’s on their report cards. By making summer school wide-ranging and available to all, John Monfredo hopes to stave off the notorious Summer Slide – when kids from poor backgrounds are just stuck in apartments, not experiencing the enriching activities kids on our city’s West Side enjoy during the school summer vacation!

He also supports Recreation Worcester – the swim and summer program for inner-city kids.

Plus, for years John and his sweet wife Anne Marie – a retired Nelson Place elementary school teacher – have run an amazing book drive: WORCESTER – THE CITY THAT READS! They don’t get paid a dime – it’s for ALL THE POOR KIDS OF WOO! They collect thousands of new and gently used books – then give them out to WPS students and schools and inner-city churches, day care centers, health centers, laundromats, dentists, neighborhood centers … they are CREATIVE and RESOURCEFUL – place hundreds of drop off boxes throughout Worcester County, rope in scores of volunteers!

I do not believe John Monfrefo is racist in his whole-hearted support of Maureen B, our current WPS super. I believe John tries – has been for 50+ years! – to teach, strengthen, support ALL WPS students and their families! He knows what they are up against – he’s worked in the trenches for years and years. His remedies are basic but vital: well fed kids, well clothed kids, kids with books, school supplies … a robust WPS summer school program and universal pre-K for the WPSchools…

– Rosalie Tirella

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At the Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm St.

COMMUNITY FORUM—YOUTH CULTURE AND WORCESTER LGBTQ+ HISTORY

🏳️‍🌈Tuesday, September 10

🏳️‍🌈7 – 8:30 PM

🏳️‍🌈Free with Museum admission

🏳️‍🌈This forum will provide insight into the current day experiences of LGBTQ+ youth, specifically the Safe Homes and SWAGLY programs for LGBTQ+, young people between the ages of 11 and 24.

Young people at Safe Homes and SWAGLY come from Worcester and surrounding towns. Some are still in high school or college, and some have jobs or attend work-training programs. Topics: trans identity, queer people of color and intersectionality, marriage equality and current queer views on ME, military service, queer sexual health in schools.

Moderated by Professor Rox Samer, Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Cinema at Clark U

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LGBTQ AND LATINX HISTORY: HOW LATINX IMMIGRANTS HAVE CHALLENGED U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY OVER THE LAST CENTURY

🏳️‍🌈Friday, September 20

🏳️‍🌈7 – 8:30 PM

🏳️‍🌈Free with Museum admission

Professor Julio Capó is a transnational historian whose research and teaching interests include modern U.S. history, especially relationships between the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

He addresses how gender and sexuality have historically intersected and coalesced with constructions of ethnicity, race, class, nation, age, and ability. Moderated by WPI Professor and LGBTQ+WORCESTER FOR THE RECORD co-curator, Joe Cullon.

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I called Amy last night after I’d learned about the murders in Midland and Odessa.

I said, “I don’t feel right.”

I know this happens all the time. In fact, this is the fourth massacre in Texas in under two years. And just last year alone there were 340 mass shootings in America. Amy and I were just talking about this same thing the night before because we’d both read news stories about a shooting at a high school football game in Mobile, Alabama.

In other words, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Because of our country’s deference to the gun lobby and the NRA at the expense of the lives of our fellow Americans — our unwillingness to pass background checks, red flag laws; our inability to stop selling weapons of war and our failure to buy those back that have already been sold… because of what we’ve accepted, our complicity in 100 gun deaths a day… because of all of this, logically, this was bound to happen.

So what made me feel so sick, so sad, so angry?

Maybe it was because it hadn’t even been a month since the last mass shooting in West Texas, when 22 people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso.

Maybe in the aftermath we all took some false comfort, like lightning couldn’t strike twice.

Because when it comes down to it, we look at these shootings like we would a lightning strike, a natural disaster, an act of God, something you couldn’t predict or plan for, couldn’t stop even if you wanted to. Just gotta take your chances and accept that it happens.

Like lightning, we think about how to protect ourselves despite the threat — bulletproof backpacks for our kids; active shooter drills in our schools; deciding what window you’re going to jump out of, which bookshelf you’ll pull down, how you’ll get your kid to safety or how you might have to shelter them by sacrificing your body and your life.

Now, *you* may not look at it that way… You may be the one organizing the march for our lives, the walkout from your school, the local Moms Demand chapter. But, *we*, we are all in this together, for good or for bad. For life or for death. And in a government of, by and for the people, we judge ourselves by whether we’ve changed this, or failed to change this.

And so far, we’ve absolutely failed to change this.

On that phone call last night, Amy said, “I don’t feel right, either.”

We feel sick for the families in Midland and Odessa. The parents who lost a child. The parents who are with their child in the intensive care unit in Lubbock. The families who are in shock and in mourning. The many friends we have there, who we called, who assured us they were okay — but shaken up. Just left the lockdown at the Target, or the Young Democrats meeting at the hotel, or wherever they were when the first reports of an active shooter came in.

We talked about how there is so much hatred and pain in this country right now. Anger and racism and a divide between us that seems to grow every day. Paralyzing. The sense of common purpose, an ability to focus on what we have to do together to save ourselves and one another, lost. How do we find our way back? I told her about a story I’d heard of London during the Nazi blitz (German for “lightning”) in 1940 and 1941, how in the face of indiscriminate terror and death a city and a nation united in common purpose and common cause. Londoners stopped focusing on their petty differences, their personal disappointments, their private despair — and did everything they could to save the lives of their fellow humans and to unite in confronting the Nazi menace.

How do we approach this menace of gun violence that kills 40,000 of us a year in the same way?

I read something Rabbi Michael Latz wrote this morning. He was responding to criticism that using profanity to describe this horror — the death toll in Midland and Odessa now stands at 7, including a 15-year old girl who attended Odessa high school, with 19 injured, among them a 17-month old child — and our complicity in it was wrong. To those concerned about calling a fucked up situation “fucked up,” he said:

“Profanity ain’t the F-bomb. Profanity is living in a country where a 17 MONTH OLD BABY IS SHOT IN THE FACE…”

He reminds us that we must see what is happening clearly, speak about it honestly and act decisively.

I’ve listened to you as I’ve traveled the country and have written your experiences, your ideas and your leadership into our plan to stop gun violence, which you can read here.

But we can’t wait that long to act. Your voice is needed right now. So here’s what we must do now.

When a victims fund is stood up — donate. I’ll be sure to send a reminder. The family of the 17 month old, Anderson Davis, has a GoFundMe. We know from our experience in El Paso that families will need help with medical bills, the cost of funerals, making up for lost income, and paying the rent. Do this.

Call your federal representative in Congress and your U.S. Senator at (202) 224-3121. Let them know you want them fighting with all they’ve got for universal background checks, for red flag laws and an end to the sale of weapons of war. And if you want them to take the next, necessary step, tell them you support mandatory licensing and a mandatory buyback of assault weapons. If they don’t hear you and fail to take action, you will replace them in this next election (in Virginia, that’s in November of THIS YEAR).

If you’re in Texas, call your state rep and state senator and let them know that the 10 laws that just went into effect today that LOOSEN instead of TIGHTEN restrictions on guns need to be repealed. No reason we should make it easier for people to bring guns near or into schools, churches, mosques, synagogues and foster care homes. No reason we should prevent landlords and private property owners from restricting the use of guns on their property.

Make sure you are registered to vote. Make sure your mom and little brother, your classmates, your colleagues, your neighbors, your friends on Facebook are all registered to vote. And then make sure each and every person in your life votes in every election going forward until we have leaders who represent our values and our lives.

Join a Moms Demand or March for Our Lives chapter in your state.
Don’t give up or give in. Keep up the faith and the pressure. Let’s change this now.

– Beto

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Some Labor Day loveliness …

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The working/writing gal’s rock star✨ pics: Rose T.

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I’ll be listening to my Boss♥️ all Labor Day!!

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The most dangerous predator in the water🌊🌊🌊 … + more🐈🐘

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Jett and Lilac love to hang out in their big backyard!♥️ pics: Rose T.
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At National Night Out – a few friends from the WPD Mounted Unit. photo: Ron O’Clair

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The most dangerous predator in the water

By Paula Moore

Following reports of shark sightings and encounters up and down the East Coast this summer — not to mention a viral video showing a great white shark leaping out of the water to snatch a fish off a boy’s line—some beachgoers are having second thoughts about going for a swim.

But it’s important to know that the most dangerous predator in the water isn’t the shark. No, that dubious distinction belongs to humans.

Sharks get a bad rap. While there are a handful of well-publicized shark attacks around the world every year, humans pose the much bigger threat. We slaughter nearly 100 million sharks each year and consume more fish — trillions of them — annually than all other types of animals combined.

Our insatiable appetites are taking a toll. A new study published in the journal PLOS Biology found that killing sharks for their flesh and fins has caused their populations to plummet across the globe. Sharks are rarer — and significantly smaller — in areas with large human populations and associated fishing fleets.

Another recent study, in the journal Nature, found that because sharks and commercial fishing vessels tend to frequent the same areas, sharks have few safe havens left. Even if they’re not targeted directly, they’re at risk of becoming “bycatch” victims—unintentionally swept up in the nets of the commercial fishing industry, just like dolphins, turtles, seals and other marine animals.

Since most sharks grow and mature slowly, have long gestation periods (up to two years) and produce few young, they’re particularly vulnerable to the pressures of commercial fishing.

And contrary to the portrayal of sharks as mindless eating machines in movies, they actually have unique personalities, and they socialize and form friendships, just like us. Porbeagle sharks have been observed playing with objects floating in the water, repeatedly rolling themselves up in kelp fronds and chasing after other sharks who trailed pieces of kelp behind them. Biologist Peter Best once witnessed several great whites working together to move the carcass of a partially beached whale to deeper waters so that they could eat it. Sharks have long-term memories, they teach each other how to find food, they like AC/DC (google it) and they feel pain.

They also naturally shun contact with humans. But during the summer tourist season, when more of us invade their natural homes, there is an increase in shark encounters. Just remember, though, that you’re more likely to die while taking a selfie than you are by being bitten by a shark.

And while we’re on the subject, let’s spare a thought for the other marine animals who also wish we would stay out of the water. Fish form emotional attachments and become depressed when they lose their mates. They are savvy social learners, develop cultural traditions, use tools and play. They also feel pain.

Most fish commonly served in restaurants and supermarkets are caught using huge — often miles-long — commercial fishing nets that scrape the ocean floors, also trapping unintended animals (the “bycatch” mentioned above). When hauled up from the deep, fish are often crushed to death and their eyeballs bulge out of their heads because of the pressure change caused by suddenly surfacing. Others are gutted while still alive.

Whether you venture into the water this summer or stay on solid land, there’s a simple way to make the oceans a little safer for all living beings: Steer clear of the seafood buffet.

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So many cats in Worcester, America – around the world🌎! – aren’t so lucky! PETA to the rescue!:

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From PETA, more good news:

Progress for Captive Elephants! AZA Zoos Ditch Bullhooks!

August 21, 2019, by Danny Prater

Progress for captive elephants!

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) just announced a new policy to phase out the use of bullhooks — heavy batons with a sharp metal hook on one end — to train or control elephants in zoos. The long-overdue AZA bullhook ban will end the routine use of these weapons by January 21, 2021, and end all use of them by January 1, 2023. In the policy, the AZA states that “bullhooks are not acceptable as daily management tools.” It also says that a “strong majority” of AZA zoos have already stopped using bullhooks and support getting rid of them. We couldn’t agree more.

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Baby elephant with circus trainer is hurt with bullhook … distressed, alone – tortured!

Bullhooks are used to beat and jab elephants. During training, elephants are struck, jabbed, poked, prodded, and even beaten with this sharp weapon. Eventually, even the sight of it elicits fear and full compliance. Bullhooks are frequently used by circus handlers, but you may be surprised to learn that zoos also have a history of using these cruel devices to control elephants.

This bullhook ban has been years in the making. Nearly a decade ago, in August 2010, the AZA announced a policy to end what’s known as “free contact” management of elephants, in which handlers work directly alongside elephants and are always armed with a bullhook, as is done in the circus. Instead, keepers were required to be separated from the animals by a protective barrier, except in limited circumstances. In this form of management, called “protected” or “restricted contact,” elephants are trained using rewards—not punishment—and can choose whether or not they want to participate in training. That policy—which was characterized as a worker-safety measure instead of an animal welfare initiative—was phased in over many years and was in full effect by 2017. However, the policy did not go so far as to ban the use of bullhooks entirely. While many zoos haven’t used these weapons in years, a few have continued to do so, even in cases of restricted contact.

This decision marks a watershed moment for captive elephants and relegates zoos’ use of bullhooks — which cause fear and are already illegal in many cities and two states — to the history books. PETA has campaigned long and hard against the use of these cruel weapons and looks forward to seeing the AZA continue to make positive changes for elephants, including by opposing the importation of ones taken from their homelands and families
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Just say the word … Jim visits district farms … and the LOUDS📣📣 at 9 Falmouth St.

JUST SAY THE WORD

By Hanh Nguyen

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English is awash in idioms, from our admonition to “wake up and smell the coffee” to our confidence-boosting exclamation “Break a leg!” These expressions — there are at least 25,000 of them — are not mere linguistic ornaments but form an integral part of our language; they breathe richness into the way we communicate. This was made clear when PETA suggested that we give the old heave-ho to phrases that show disrespect for animals and choose more animal-friendly ways of conveying our messages.

For the most part, we use idioms spontaneously. It’s only when we take a closer look at the words casually rolling off our tongues that we notice that many of our common expressions, like “more than one way to skin a cat” and “take the bull by the horns,” refer to violent acts against animals. Idiomatic expressions have been pulled from all spheres of everyday life. They’re derived from cultural traditions, social norms and customs, including ones that are harmful, such as dogfighting, cockfighting, bull-baiting and other forms of “entertainment” that victimize animals — even illegal ones.

But there is much more at stake than just idioms. As our concern for other species has grown and we’ve continued to challenge industries that don’t have the best interests of animals and consumers at heart, we have witnessed historic fur bans, circus shutdowns, an end to the use of chimpanzees in experiments and an impressive upsurge in the popularity of vegan food. But how we think and talk about animals needs to shift as well. We need a new framework in which they aren’t seen as objects for us to do with as we please but are instead appreciated for their dignity, innate worth, agency and individuality.

If we see phrases like “beat a dead horse” as neutral, it’s because we haven’t truly welcomed animals into our circle of consideration. What is now recognized as derogatory language toward marginalized communities was once used casually and with indifference—rather than maliciously—because the subjects of those terms and phrases were excluded from consideration. PETA urges us to address this casualness and indifference in our own communications. It doesn’t matter that animals don’t understand and aren’t offended by “bringing home the bacon” or “having a dog in this fight.” What matters is recognizing that the language we use to talk about others — even in private, even without their knowledge — is indicative of the level of our respect for them.

Linguistic theory rejects the idea that idioms — commonplace and embedded though they may be — are frozen in time, resistant to reformulation or analysis. This means that we can help usher in changes to our language that serve as verbal affirmations of the ethical progress we’ve made as a society.

Language, especially idiomatic and proverbial expressions, carries us across time and space, spanning our heritage and our future — a vestige of the world we’re leaving behind and a building block of the one we’re crafting. May that world be one that is respectful to and mindful of all animals — including humans — in both word and deed.

Hanh Nguyen is a linguistic specialist for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510; www.PETA.org. She is the author of the upcoming book Tongue-Tied: Breaking the Language Barrier to Animal Liberation.

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Tomorrow and Thursday: Congressman McGovern to Highlight Climate Change in Massachusetts on 2019 Farm Tour

Stops Throughout Worcester, Hampshire and Franklin Counties

Tomorrow, July 31, and Thursday, August 1, Congressman Jim McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, will visit 9 farms on his 9th annual farm tour.

McGovern’s tour aims to highlight the destructive impacts of climate change – such as warming temperatures, increases in disease and pests and unstable weather patterns – on Massachusetts farms. McGovern will also discuss the need for Congress to take swift action on climate change to help New England’s small- and medium-sized farms.

🌽WHO: Congressman Jim McGovern, leaders from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Massachusetts Farm Service Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and local and state elected officials.

🍅WHAT: Visit farms and speak directly with owners and growers.

🥕WHERE: 9 farms in Worcester, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties.

☔WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, August 1

🍅Full Schedule:

🌞WHY: To hear about and highlight the impacts of climate change on Massachusetts farms.

Day 1 (Wednesday, July 31st)

8 – 9 am Red Apple Farm

Address: 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston

9:30-10:30am Sap Castle at Overlook Farm

Address: 29 Overlook Road, Rutland

10:45-11:45 am Cournoyer Vegetable Farm

Address: 400 Grove St., Paxton,

2 -3 pm Kelly’s Farm

Address: 146 Milford St., Upton

3:30 – 4:30 pm Nourse Farm

Address: 70 Nourse St., Westborough

Day 2 (Thursday, August 1)

8 – 9 am Phoenix Fruit Farm

Address: 401 Mill Valley Road, Belchertown

9:30 – 10:30 am Queen’s Greens

Address: 62 Russellville Road, Amherst

11 am – 12 pm Poplar Hill Farm

Address: 28 Poplar Hill Road, West Whately

12:30 – 1:30 pm Martin’s Farm Mulch and Compost

Address: 341 Plain Road, Greenfield

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THE LOUDS📣📣

By Rose T.

Our new neighbors at 9 Falmouth St., off Blackstone River Road …
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their back deck at 9 Falmouth St. pics: R.T.

… the pale blue two-family right across the street from Quinsigamond Community Elementary School, right outside my bedroom window. Looking middle-class but … my mutts, cat and I … Heck! The entire Q Village neighborhood!! sullied by the RELENTLESSLY LOUD MUSIC played by these new, thoughtless dolts. The LOUDEST music, the MOST DISRESPECTFUL dolts!

Remember when Worcester’s blue collar neighbhoods were grand?

Remember when Quinsig Village stuck to its Swedish roots and kept barrooms and liquor stores off the main drag? When these streets were home to the Worcester Public School teachers who taught at nearby Providence Street Junior High School? Our teachers lived right in our neighborhoods! Before it was all about the Benjamin’s $$$. They lived in these little houses and big three deckers with their families. On Butler Street. On Whipple Street. On Upsala Street. Leed Street, too. They drove old station wagons and had summer jobs at the local miniature golf course or batting cages. They had us kids, their students, if we were good, up
to their houses, in their backyards, for hotdogs and hamburgers cooked over the charcoal brickettes in their round dome-covered, three-legged metal grills. Flying saucers with ketchup stains!

Fifty years ago the families on Falmouth Street, where my late uncle, a teacher at the old Worcester Boys Trade School, lived with his family, would brook none of it: bad behavior. Fifty years ago my Uncle Ed, the street’s factory workers and housewives would never have allowed today’s creeps at 9 Falmouth to BLAST THEIR CRAP SOUNDS, desecrate their beloved neighborhood.

THE SUPER STUPID STEREO noise would get the kibosh immediately.

Unfortunately, unacceptable behavior is the norm for a fat, lazy, crass America.

Trump’s America!

Donald Trump lies to and disrespects Americans. The tenants at 9 Falmouth St. lie to and disrespect the Worcester Police and their neighbors. And they’re proud of it!!

The times were different just three or so decades back, in America’s Century. As a pal said, inelegantly – after I told him I called the police several times on the creeps at 9 Falmouth St. for flouting Worcester’s noise ordinance so boldly – … he said “Half the street would have been up their ass.”

Yep.

Strange: even the LOUDS at 9 FALMOUTH ST. couldn’t take their LOUD music. They left their deck, where they were sitting around a table and went INTO THEIR APARTMENT – their MUSIC blaring outside their back-door.

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The NOISE. FOR 3+ HOURS.

WPD CALLED. WPD POLICE CAME.

It’s funny: all that “sensitivity” training our cops have been mandated to soak up has left them almost TOO RESPECTFUL of shitheads. Jerks who are breaking the rules, flouting norms, acting out, being uncivilized … They now get a pass because no one wants to put parameters on anything or anybody. They’re terrified of lawsuits.

Today’s Woo cops: multicultural, polite, young. Hopeful. Jerked around by jerks! By the jerks at 9 Falmouth St. who lied to them and made us all fools. The LOUDS lowered the volume of their music for A FEW MINUTES (after the police officer came and nicely asked them to lower the volume) but brought it right back up again as soon as the WPD cruiser drove off.

WPD called again. Volume diminished for a few minutes. Then BLAHHHHH!!!! HONK!!!! WHIRLY WHAT’S IT? MUSIC?! volume turned back up again. This went on for 3+ HOURS! By a woman who looked to be in her mid-30s! With 3 or so young adults seated at their deck table.

This is half of Worcester – the people whose parents raised them stupidly.

The people who the old Worcester – our strict public schools, churches, church suppers, ethnic traditions, extended family, sports teams, the Boys and Girls clubs – would have force-molded into good citizens.

Yes … trained and coerced them into good behavior. Deviants caught by their necks’ scruff to have their ears cuffed! Today, enforcing the moral code like this would send people to lawyers’ offices. Even to label these creeps “uncivilized” is to invite lawsuits and visits to therapists’ offices! We’re trampling their right to be … shitheads! p.s: Lots of these creeps are Woo’s young men who are supported$$ by gullible girlfriends who had their kids (big mistake). They don’t have jobs, yet they lord it over their fragile women and kids and walk around the neighborhood like kings!

So goes Falmouth Street, so goes the city.