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Venomous: The Shape of Things Happening

In 1939 H.G. Wells wrote the futuristic novel Shape of Things to Come, and that was followed by a spate of futuristic, almost prophetic novels written by the likes of Wells and Orwell. It was amazing what those guys were able to predict so accurately, and we’ve quoted and discussed those novels several times on this blog.

They described a situation similar to Coronavirus in 2001, in the film “Venomous!”

But the really scary film that relates very well to this newest pandemic, Coronavirus or as the public health authorities like to call it, COVID-19. The film is called Venomous (no, we’re not referring to Nancy Pelosi’s autobirgraphy and political career).

Several months ago, we viewed this 2001 film, Venomous, and thought, Wow! Something like this could really happen in this day and age. A whole town held hostage, their communications shut down, government lying to the media, who then repeat the lies. The town is doomed unless something happens. Here’s the actual synopsis of the plot:

The film starts out at a secret laboratory in the Mojave Desert. A renegade scientific unit of the U.S. military is working on a top-secret project that involves breeding poisonous rattlesnakes that develop a highly contagious virus. In 1991, a group of terrorists penetrates a secret American government lab, releasing the genetically modified rattlesnakes. Over the following years, the snakes breed and multiply. Years later, in the present days, an earthquake drives them from the underground to the surface, and unleashes hordes of aggressive, virus-infected rattlesnakes on a remote earthquake , and the snakes infect whomever they bite with a fatal virus. A small-town doctor, Henning, tries to confront the the situation but is stymied by the government-military schemers. As the viral epidemic begins killing friends and family in town, a local doctor and his team fights the media, the military, and the government in an effort to find a vaccine. The military lies to the government and reports the entire town’s population dead; the town is very much alive but the military has forced everyone into their homes, and the streets are deserted. The townspeople have no idea what the government is planning for them. The government wants to hide the traces of its wrongdoings; corrupt military officials plan to blow up the town with a massive firebomb to cover up the incriminating source of the diabolical disease. With the Stealth plane carrying the bomb headed Dr. Henning’s way, and with the town littered with dying citizens, Henning has to find a way to save the day — and perhaps the planet.

Now, seriously, the film was made in 2001! How many epidemics have we had since? And we’re not even counting the AIDS pandemic nor are we considering all the disinformation and lies that were circulated back then in the 1980s and 1990s!

Here’s the film. If your browser can handle the format, you can easily view it from this site by clicking the image below; otherwise you can go to YouTube and view it there. The real message that applies to today’s situation starts at about 40 minutes into the film (T = 40:00:00).

Again, we have to say that this film was made in 2001, it’s almost prophetic!

We have an infestation of venomous snakes right in our own midst: in our town halls (New Baltimore, Coeymans), in law enforcement (Coeymans Police Department, Albany County DA P. David Soares; in New York State (Most of our elected officials, the worst snake is Andrew Cuomo!), and our wonderful United States Congress, the biggest den of vipers! Even our so-called profitable non-profits like the Capital District YMCA, is reptilian.

Come November, use your vote to sanitize and exterminate all the snakes, rats, and cockroaches from our communities, government, everywhere!

The day after election day 2020!

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Posted by on March 16, 2020 in Uncategorized


Burn Your Baptismal Certificate Protest!

We call upon all Roman Catholics and their Christian brothers and sisters to join us in a ceremonial protest against the signing into law of the most hideous licence to kill newborn babies provided by the Demon-crats’ and Andrew Cuomo’s so-called Reproductive Health Act.

Being baptized into the community of Christians standing by when government murders babies is not what I was led to believe in Holy Scripture. It’s nothing more than a scrap of asswipe.

In January 2019, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the most gruesome abortion legislation to date: The Reproductive Health Act.became the most horrific piece of legislation in the history of the state and the country when it became law allowing full-term babies, newborns to be killed if they survive an abortion procedure. This is a monumental embarrassment perpetrated by liberal Democrats, monsters in women-suits, ball-less cowardly clergy, and heartless sluts.

Any bishop or cardinal who doesn’t come out with the big guns has no balls! Yeah! That’s you Scharfenberger and Dolan!!!

“Agonizing Wait” to Adopt CHINESE Babies (While New York is Murdering Our Own)

Just recently, USA Today and other newspapers and magazines pulled on America’s heartstrings when they reported the “agonizing” wait of American couples waiting to adopt Chinese babies!!!! In New York we murder our newborns and Amercian couples are lamenting that they have to wait to get a Chinese baby to adopt. You can’t make this shit up, people. What has this country become??? We import just about everthing we have from China from blue jeans to chickens, from drugs to coronavirus, now we murder our babies and import Chinese babies. Hey! This is fact. It’s been in the news for months. Where have you been?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
.This man’s less than an animal. He’s ugly through and through!

It’s time for a serious sit-down talk and some activist protest. Peaceful of course. I call upon all Roman Catholics and their Christian brothers and sisters to join us on a date to be announced, probably closer to Easter Sunday, when we will meet at a prominent location in Albany, NY, to ceremonially burn Baptismal Certificates — mine will be the first to go — in protest of the poor leadership provided by clergy of all traditions and faiths, by not standing up for what is morally and humanely right. Cuomo has to be stopped.

The Church leaders who just write letters without getting forceful from the pulpet, in legislative chambers, on the street, and in the voting booths have to be told that we, as Catholics and Christians, as Jews and Muslims, are fed up with the double-talk about saving children on the one hand and murdering them on the other hand. Animals show more humanity than American women and legislators. Certainly more humanity than that heathen devil Andrew “Armageddon” Cuomo and his satanist brethren, Hillary “Satan” Clinton.

Sarah Weddington, lawyer.
This dried up hag was in back of Roe v. Wade, which started this mudslide of abortion!

Sarah Weddington — what’s “wedding” doing in this witch’s name, anyway? —In 1967, during her third year of law school, Weddington conceived with her lover Ron Weddington and travelled to Mexico for an illegal abortion. She received her J.D. that same year, graduating in the top quarter of her class. From 1968 to 1974, she was married to Weddington. Lasted as long as it took to get pregnant, kill the baby, and move on. That’s a licensed law professional who is allowed to teach law. No wonder this country is in such a mess!

Cuomo ordered public buildings in New York City to be lighted up in pink to celebrate the passage of the law allowing newborns to be murdered, abortions to be done up to 40 weeks (past full-term), and allowing non-physicians to perform the abortions!

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York City, was interviewed. He made some points in a wishy-washy way but avoided any real steps that should be taken against so-called Roman Catholic Andrew Cuomo. Get some balls, Timmy!

An Aborted Baby.

Special thanks go to Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Weddington, Edward Scharfenberger, Timothy Dolan, and the New York State Legislature.

It’s an election year, people. Remember this shame on Election Day!

There’s more shame to come in upcoming exposés:

  1. The Capital District YMCA:  In August they slashed the Veterans discount and never restored it. That increased some veterans’ monthly dues by 50%!!! We reported on that stupidity and followed up. We’re here to Name and Shame the Capital District Y. The non-profit, non-charity, that pays no taxes but hoards tens of millions in assets in the Capital District. Your property taxes are due! The YMCA pays no taxes! The YMCA pays no property (= 0 school taxes). The Capital District YMCA has almost $40 million in property assets in the greater Capital District! Is this fair? NO! It’s an abuse and the government allows it. So pay your property taxes sheeple!
  2. The Coeymans Police are on the spot AGAIN. Remember the Poopsenders incident where some model Coeymans citizen sent up to 6 local residents packages of animal shit through the US Postal Service. Well, at the January 2020 Coeymans Town Board Meeting, the meeting where Daniel Contento couldn’t answer some hard questions like: “Is the Coeymans PD a training unit?” or “What’s the Coeymans PD budget amount?” Well, one local resident appealed to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple to see justice done. To his credit he put a Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigator on the case. Just wait till you hear what she has to say about the Coeymans PD!!!

Posted by on February 22, 2020 in Uncategorized


Join Greene County Independence on January 4, 2020

If the events in Washington and the recent local elections in the Town of Coeymans, the Town of New Baltimore, and the Town of Cairo are anything to judge by, the political situation in our towns, our state and the nation is in a toxic state; it seems the system is about to implode and take all of us with it.

It’s time for us, the citizens of this nation, to wake up and take back control. It’s time for those who have fallen asleep on guard duty to finally wake up and join the rest of us to force real change: change in the worthless Republican and Democratic model of corrupt politics. It’s time to put the Independence back into the Declaration of Independence, and it’s high time for citizens and voters to reclaim their independence and their power to choose.

The two major parties, the Republican and the Democratic parties, have both failed us at all levels: from local elections by failing to support their own candidates on up to the nation’s capital, where all they seem to be able to do is call each other names, point fingers, and instigate useless “investigations” that squander tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer dollars, while neglecting government, ignoring the people, and confusing every possible issue with disinformation, malinformation, and outright lies. Enough is enough!

Citizens with eyes to see and ears to hear have to join us in sending a message to the Republicans and Democrats at all levels: We’re sick and tired of your bullsh*t !!!

Greene County Independence Party

That’s why we urge everyone of our readers in the Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rennselaer, Ulster, and Scholarie counties in New York state, to join with the Greene County Independence Party and organize for change.

The Greene County Independence Party Committee would like to extend to all of Smalbany’s readers and supporters to join Greene County Independence at the first organizational committee meeting of 2020 of the Greene County Independence Party on


Sunday, January 5th, 2020
at the
Red Rooster Roadhouse
851 Main St, Cairo, NY 12413
Tel: (518) 622-2625
The meeting is planned for 12:00 – 3:00 pm

We encourage everyone to take advantage of the Sunday breakfast buffet. Plan your Sunday Brunch at the Red Rooster Roadhouse, where they have an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 9:00 am till 12:00 p.m. for only $9.99, and keep your seat for the meeting!

As always everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend

Tentative Agenda:

      • Old business
      • New business:
      • Recent Local Elections and 2020 Elections
      • Recommendation for Fundraising Events in 2020
      • Petition process (to be explained with Q/A)
      • Committee Members Old and New
      • Congressional Seat
      • Intercounty Independence Party Collaboration
      • Greene County Independence Call Tree
      • Discussion of Independence Party State Committee Actions in 2019


We recommend that you let the Greene Independence Party Chairman, Mr. George M. Acker, Sr. know that you’ll be attending. You can either call the Roadhouse at (518) 622-2625, call or text George Acker at (518) 965-4533, and let them know you’ll be attending. You can also send a quick email to

Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, is welcome, and you’ll find the GCIP group more than welcoming and hospitable than what you could expect from the other parties.

We do encourage Independence Party members from the surrounding counties to attend. We particularly encourage the Albany, Columbia, Rennselaer, Ulster, and Schoharie Independence Party County Chairs to attend and to show their unwavering support for Greene County Independence.

Once again, please plan to attend and RSVP as soon as possible to let the Committee get an idea of attendance at this very important meeting.

Thanks again!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2020!

The Greene County Independence Party Chair and Committee

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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in Uncategorized


Albany County Legislature: Public Comment on County Clean Air Law

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., the Albany County Legislature met to receive Public Comment on the Albany County Proposed Local Law 1 of 2019, a Law to Establish Clean Air Standards for Waste-Burning Facilities in the County of Albany.

So-called Resolution No. 407 of the Albany County Legislature, a proposed local law of the County of Albany, New York, to establish Clean Air Standards for Waste-Burning Facilities in the County of Albany, was introduced by Albany County Legislators R. N. Touchette (37th) and Douglas A. Bullock (7th). The Resolution was passed to the Law and Conservation, Sustainability, and Green Initiatives Committees on September 9, 2019. It received favorable recommendation by the Albany County Legislature Law Committee on October 28, 2019, and was adopted by unanimous vote on November 12, 2019. The Legislature opened the proposed law for public comment on November 19, 2019.

We urge each and every Albany County Legislator to Vote YES! and to PASS the Albany County Clean Air Standards Law LL 1-2019!

A unanimous vote will mean that the Albany County Legislature and its member Legislators  are of one mind and one voice when it comes to the health and well-being of the people and future of Albany County, and neighboring counties.

The Albany County Legislative Chamber was standing-room only, and a number of public interest groups appeared and commented in support of the proposed law. Of approximately 30 speakers, only two spoke against the law: Coeymans Town Councilman, Daniel Baker and Dave Fletcher, manager of the Ravena-Coeymans Lafarge plant. Each of the some 28 speakers in favor of the law received loud applause in support of their comments. The silence was deafening when Baker and Fletcher finished, and had to return to their seats amid silent rejection and stares of rebuff. The public made their point: Overwhelming support for the proposed law and total rejection of the fakes who appeared to misinform the public about their plans to poison the air we breath.

Fletcher and Baker
Barely escaped tarring and feathering!

Nearly all of the comments voiced strong support for the proposed law, which is closely modeled on the Town of Coeymans Clean Air Law passed by the Coeymans Town Board this year (2019) against the fierce opposition by Lafarge and Carver Companies. Many of the comments made by speakers at the hearing praised Coeymans for the Clean Air Act and strongly encouraged the County Legislature to pass the law. Several speakers expressed their concern that the recent elections in Coeymans were a troubling precedent that money from big industry and business interests could influence the election of public officials as happened in Coeymans this November 5th.

The majority of speakers were from Albany County with a small number representing environmental groups, including a past regional executive director of the Department of Environmental Conservation, who strongly supported the law.

We are publishing the text of the comment made by a local resident at the hearing. This text was provided to the County Legislature in its full version (reproduced below); due to the 2-minute time limit imposed for commments, a shortened version was read at the hearing. The full version was, however, provided “for the record.”

The majority of the public comments were completely in line with the comment below; the only exceptions being the references to specific local Coeymans conditions and the examples citing local personalities.

Public Comment

Concerning the Proposed Local Law No. 1-2019
Local Law of the County of Albany, New York
Clean Air Standards for Waste-Burning Facilities

Albany County Legislature
November 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Touchette, Mr. Bullock, Honorable Legislators, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you for this opportunity to comment publicly on this important proposed law in the interest of the public’s health and welfare.

Pollutants, contaminants, toxins are no respecters of county lines or municipal boundaries; pollution does not discriminate and is highly democratic; Just as the sun shines, the rain falls, the winds blow equally indiscrimately and democratically. What happens in Albany County will inevitably and irrevocably affect all sourrounding areas and regions, including those across the Hudson, in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties, if not beyond.

At least one recent local political campaign in the Town of Coeymans is evidence pure and absolute that government must step in where corporate responsibility, partisan politics, and business avarice falls short of safeguarding and ensuring the public weal.

In 2019, the Town Board of Coeymans passed Local Law 1-2019, the Clean Air Law, a law made necessary by the indifference of local industry the welfare of the surrounding communities. The intent of the Clean Air Law was regulate burning or related processing of waste. The Clean Air Law met with fierce and intense opposition led by LafargeHolcim, Carver Companies, and others, most notably by Coeymans supervisor-elect Mr. George McHugh and his supporters, who represented the interests of corporations like Lafarge and Carver Companies, the Port of Coeymans, and Coeymans Industrial Park. George McHugh and his supporters had and continue to have financial interests in all of those businesses. All of those businesses have been and continue to be generators or processors of hazardous materials, and have been cited for abuses of state and federal regulations in the subject matter of the environment and contamination.

Simply put: Industry and business interests, and their beneficiaries cannot be trusted to self-regulate. That is made abundantly clear by the opposition against the Coeymans Clean Air. Regrettably, however, McHugh and his minions skipped over facts to promote disinformation, misinformation, malinformation, and outright deception in order to garner voter support. It is no credit to the democratic process of a representative democracy that the majority of voters, rather than inform themselves, allowed themselves to be misinformed.

Two real examples will serve to buttress all of my points:

Upon reliable information, in fact upon the report of a sitting Coeymans Town Board member, Mr. Daniel Baker, LafargeHolcim was notified by DEC in advance of DEC emissions audits, which allowed Lafarge to switch from coal fuel to gas fuel, to ensure that emissions were significantly reduced when DEC performed their testing. That is not what regulation is about.

A second example is again reported by a reliable source, another sitting member of the Coeymans Town Board, Mr. Kenneth Burns, who reported that on the day after the elections, supervisor-elect McHugh, together with councilmen-elect Collins and Lefevre met with Lafarge hierarchy allegedly to discuss changes to the Coeymans Clean Air Law, changes that will apparently benefit industry not residents.

Why the opposition and why the meetings? Because in 1992, Coeymans passed the Solid Waste Law, which prohibited the transport of solid waste generated in the state of New York into the Town of Coeymans. In the meantime, Lafarge had attempted to circumvent that prohibition by secretly negotiating with entities in the state of Connecticut to transport waste from Connecticut facilities, including tires, for processing at the Coeymans Lafarge plant. Furthermore, between 1992-2018, Coeymans successfully prevented the creation of a landfills in Coeymans, and the current Crandall administration was instrumental in working with the City of Albany and the DEC to create from the wetlands which were earmarked by Mr. McHugh’s client, Carver Companies, for a landfill, a wildlife preserve.

The Coeymans Clean Air Law, which is substantively and substantially similar to the bill presently under consideration by your body, prohibited processing of more than 25 tons of waste in any 24-hour period, and further imposed continuous monitoring, real-time reporting, and adequately safe emissions limits. Mr. McHugh’s clients are not overly enamored with processing limits, monitoring, especially continuous and real time, much less with making that information available online to the public. Perish the thought of such impertinence and such an invasion of corporate autonomy and greed!

Please note for the record that according to reliable information, LafargeHolcim, for example, would have to process at 100-150 tons of tires, for example, for the process to be “economically feasible,” for them, but they would not be able to meet the emissions standards.

Hence the opposition by Mr. McHugh and his clients to the Clean Air Law; hence their opposition to any clean air law.

The conflicts and contradictions of our real-life example of Coeymans, McHugh, Lafarge, Carver Companies are real, current, and very relevant.

The Albany Times Union has run a number of articles on McHugh, his relationships, and on Carver Companies and their frequent conflicts with the DEC. Time does not permit me to go into detail but I would like to refer you to one particular article by Ms Laruen Stanforth, which appeared in the May 13, 2019 issue of the Times Union, and was entitled, “Is Coeymans Candidate too Close to Port Owner?[1] The answer is YES! And the reasons pointed out by Ms Stanforth are nothing less than shocking.[2]

In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, I feel my point is made that corporations, industry, businesses, and their puppets cannot be trusted with self-regulation, and that their interests conflict with those of the public and with the public’s health and well-being. Unless our elected representatives bite the bullet and recall that they are public servants, not the servants of the captains of industry, and unless our elected officials and public servants take a non-partisan, uninterested stand on issues that affect the health and welfare not only of their own constituencies but also of communities far beyond our own county lines, unscrupulous greedy business will poison our air, our water, our soil, and most egregiously harm us and our children for generations to come.

This body must recognize this real and imminent threat to us all and pass this county-wide law to establish clean air standards for waste-burning facilities, and make Albany county the poster-child for progressive efforts aimed at the public’s continuing health. To do anything less would be to join the rank and file of the indifferent corporate mindset, and fly in the face of your duties and obligations to the public.

Thank you for your attention.


[1] The Stanforth article is available at

[2] See the extensive reporting on this subject and the McHugh Comeback Team’s disinformation campaign on the Smalbany blog at https://

It bears repeating that the vast majority of the comments made by the speakers reflected the thoughts shared in the comment above. It also bears repeating that the attendees at the hearing showed their rejection and disapproval of Daniel Baker and Dave Fletcher’s pitiful presentations against the proposed law.

Our impression is that Albany County will soon have a Clean Air Standards law regulating waste-burning facilities in Albany County. That law is almost word-for-word the Coeymans Clean Air Law passed by Town Supervisor Phil Crandall and the Coeymans Town Board under Crandall’s leadership.

The entire County of Albany has come forward in support of the Clean Air Law!

We can only say that Coeymans voters made fools of themselves and singled the Town out as being a complete loss to the corruption of the Comeback Team and their prostitution of themselves and the Town of Coeymans to the money and interests of Lafarge, Carver, and McHugh. The entire County of Albany has come forward in support of the very law so fiercely and deceptively opposed by George McHugh, Zachary Collins, Brendan Lefevre, Kenneth Burns, and to his devastating embarrassment, Daniel Baker, Dave Fletcher (Lafarge). McHugh and his masters would have to either accept or kill the Coeymans Clean Air Law; at the very least, they’d have to try to dilute it to the point of uselessness. But now Albany County has come forth and rejected McHugh and his masters; Albany County want’s clean air; Coeymans wants to be controlled by Lafarge and Carver Companies. When Albany County passes the Clean Air Law, McHugh and his masters are dead in the water; floaters like the turds they are! That may explain the interesting natural symbolism that Coeymans is at the very bottom of the County, and Ravena is almost off the map! Even on a map Coeymans seems to be a bottom-feeder, thanks to scoundrels like McHugh, his puppets, Daniel Baker, Kenneth Burns, LafargeHolcim, Carver Laraway, Billy Biers, and their mob.

Albany County will be a Clean Air County!
Isn’t it interesting that the Town of Coeymans is at the very bottom of the County? Good place for it!

Editor’s Comment: It is important for us all to recognize the fact that it was the voters of the Town of Coeymans, not the People of the Town of Coeymans who made the decisions on November 5, 2019. It is important to note that it was the supporters of the scandalous Comeback Team led by George McHugh and the neonazis of the Friends of Coeymans, Jeff Laquire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen, and the intimidation and bullying and thuggery that they used at Coeymans town meetings that kept most voters at home on Election Day. It was the thuggery, bullying, and intimidation by the Comeback Team under George McHugh’s direction and with the money and support of destroyers-of-communities like Lafarge and Carver Laraway, and traitors, Judases like McHugh, Collins, Lefevre, Baker, and Burns, and those who support them, who have made Coeymans the subject of derision and mockery AGAIN. Shame AGAIN on Coeymans!

Bought and Paid For like Common Prostitutes!

The Coeymans Supervisor, George McHugh, and the Coeymans Town Board, Daniel Baker, Kenneth Burns, Zachary Collins, and Brendan Lefevre were not elected, they were bought and paid for like common prostitutes, by LafargeHolcim, Carver Companies (Carver Laraway, Port of Coeymans, Coeymans Industrial Park), and supported by neonazi-like groups like the Friends of Coeymans. Bought and Paid For like Common Prostitutes!


Coeymans: Poster-Child of the “Sick Community Syndrome.” Part IV

Some Practical Observations About Sick Communities

the abuse or violence of the sick community focuses on the weak and vulnerable

On a more practical note, there are many real reasons why victims in Abusive sick communities just can’t literally leave the situation or even avoid it effectively while remaining in the sick-community.

Basically, the abuse or violence of the sick community focuses on the weak and vulnerable, never on the rich and powerful. In other words, the abuse and violence of the sick community syndrome takes aim on the working class man and woman, their children, their property, their jobs, and on the elderly. That’s why the abuse and violence of the sick community syndrome is so evil!

When outsiders read about sick-communities, too many too often have the simplistic idea that the victims should just fight back or actually leave the sick-community. That’s much easier said than done.

The suggestion might even sound logical: Just throw in the towel and ignore the situation, deny it, don’t confront it and they’ll leave you alone. Just move on with your life – right? But when it comes to sick-community abuse, it’s never as easy as “just ignoring it” or “just walking away from it.” Now Coeymans knows from direct personal and historical experience that this approach NEVER works.

Just ignoring or leaving an abusive sick-community is hard for a great many reasons. We’d like to mention just a few that might make it easy to understand why a resident or victim of abuse might stay in the sick-community.

The community at large normalizes unhealthy, abusive or violent behavior so that residents and victims may not actually understand that their situation is unhealthy, abnormal, and abusive.

When you are made to think that unhealthy or abusive behavior is “normal” or acceptable, it’s becomes very difficult to admit that you live in an unhealthy, abusive, sick-community. If you don’t admit there’s a problem, you’ll never want to correct the situation. Worried Sick Oregon Family Magazine

Psychological and emotional abuse destroys the victim’s self-esteem, making the victim feel that it’s impossible to live any differently. Residents and victims in psychologically and emotionally abusive sick communities may not understand that they are actually being abused because there’s no “physical” violence involved. Victims will often dismiss or deny psychological or emotional abuse because they don’t think it’s as evil or unacceptable as physical abuse. It’s hard for those in abusive sick-communities situations to even think of change after they’ve continuously been told they’re unable to change things or made to feel marginalized that there’s no better option for themselves. When a community has low self-respect, low self-esteem, economic depression and exploitation usually follows on the heels of psychological and emotional abuse. In our example, Coeymans, NY, we are observing that happening right now.

Human beings tend to be resilient. Victims tend to try to bounce back after trauma, and so the “Cycle of Abuse” begins: after every abusive incident comes a plateau phase where the victim recoups and tries to stabilize. There may also be a “honeymoon phase” when things seem to just become better again, the bright morning after the dark night. All too frequently, after the violence or abuse is done, the abuser follows up with something nice like a community social event, a neighborly gesture, or promises that things will be better. This strategy has the effect that their victims minimize the original violence or abusive behavior, and the abuser gets away with the abuse.

  1. It’s very risky, even downright dangerous to leave a sick-community. Leaving a community, sick or healthy, is similar to a bereavement situation: it is psychologically, psychosocially, emotionally, socially, economically, physically challenging. The only way to reduce the trauma of leaving a sick-community is to have a solid plan for preparing to leave, leaving, and what is to be done after the leaving. Just leaving is tantamount to courting disaster.
  2. Even if there were no conditioning involved, it’s very difficult to get out of the vicious cycle of control. Victims in abusive sick communities may attempt to break the control cycle, to fight back, even to consider leaving the community a number of times before the final decision is made. Statistics based on domestic abuse situations have shown that, on average, a victim in an abusive relationship will attempt to leave 7 times before finally leaving for good. The same findings may well apply to victims in sick-communities. What we do know is that the children of victims of sick-community abuse more often than not leave the sick-community, finding better conditions and opportunities elsewhere. This results in the sick-community becoming even sicker, more economically depressed, and generally populated by those who cannot leave, even if they wanted to.
  3. Many people have been conditioned to think that the popular attitude of a ride-or-die mindset is acceptable. It is not. Those in unhealthy or abusive communities might choose to remain in the sick-community or even to return to it after actually leaving, because they feel pressure to not give up, forgive and forget or pressure to “ride it out.” Victims may also feel guilt and shame for having abandoned friends and relatives in the sick community, and feel the need to right the wrong by returning.
  4. Again, the victim may feel personally responsible for the abuse they’re receiving. After a conflict, an abuser will turn the situation around and make the victim feel guilty or as though they were somehow at fault. This type of behavior is known as gaslighting, and is particularly conspicuous after political elections, when the prevailing group uses their victory to shame the other group.

The Coeymans Gaslighters

The goal of the gaslighter is to make the victim doubt themselves. Gaslighting abuse causes a person to lose their sense of identity, perception, and worth. Gaslighting is a form of narcissism and sociopathic tendencies as they look to gain power over someone.

  1. Hope springs eternal, and many victims believe that if they stick it out, things might change for the better. Many victims choose to remain in their abusive sick-communities love their homes, they are historically rooted in the community, they love the area, and have hope that things will get better. In some situations, victims may believe their abuser’s behavior is due to challenging times or feel as though they can persuade their abuser to change if they are a more understanding citizen themselves. The reality is that you should never tolerate an abusive situation in which you rely on an abuser to change their behavior for the better.
  2. There is social, political, and psychological pressure to create the perfect community. In our local communities, there is constant pressure to envision some kind of ultra-positive change and the perfect community. While most mature human beings will recognize this as unattainable, but the majority of victims succumb to political and media hype that only perpetuates and accentuates this fallacy.
  3. What will the neighbors think and anxiety about how others will react, is a frequent concern. People in abusive sick-communities will often feel embarrassed to admit that their community is sick, unhealthy, and abusive. They fear being judged, blamed, shamed, marginalized, pitied or looked down on by outsiders. They tend to fear outsiders and to devalue outsiders’ opinions or observations, even though the outsider may see the real situation more clearly than those sitting in the middle of the muck.
  4. Community, even for victims in an abusive sick community, means sharing life together. Marriage, children, and shared friends and life activities are often very compelling reasons that keep victims in abusive sick-communities, and why they stay in them. This dependency on a status quo prevents victims from severing established ties to seek a better situation and positive change. The status quo is comfortable; after all, it will seem like the new normal if the victim is just patient.

    “Anxiety becomes a problem when it affects quality of life and interferes with the activities you normally enjoy.

    “Some symptoms of anxiety disorder include panic attacks, sleep problems, heart palpitations, chest pain, muscle tension, unexplained uneasiness, dizziness and cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet.

    “We’d all prefer to avoid situations that make us uncomfortable. The trouble is if we don’t participate in activities because we’re scared of failing or because they make us nervous, we can’t grow more self-confident and resilient.

    “According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), when we avoid stressful situations, we reinforce anxiety and end up feeling more demoralized.” [Sandy Kauten, Kids Worried Sick]

While there are many, many reasons that influence the victim’s decision to remain in an abusive sick-community, and while there are many ways to cope with the abuse, without actually eliminating it, there are important considerations to be made.

Denial is not an option; nor is blaming. Denial is the refusal to accept reality; avoidance is accepting the situation but avoiding it. Blaming is a form of avoidance of responsibility, tagging someone else with the responsibility. Then there is the problem of judgment. Judgment requires analysis and discretion; in order to exercise judgement whether good or bad, a person must perceive a situation and the factors at large. Depending on the person’s perceptions, his or her judgment may be “good” or “bad.” But judgment of any kind is conditional and relative; judgment depends on a number of complex factors.

One thing is certain: there is a vast difference between judgment and responsibility. While we can say with some certainty that a victim’s decision to stay in an abusive sick community or to accept the abuse in the hope of improvement is a case of bad judgment, we cannot say with certainty that the victim is responsible for the abuse, the unhealthy community, or for the failure of the community to improve. Because a victim chooses to be complacent in the face of abuse, it does not follow directly they are responsible, or asking, for the abuse perpetrated against them, but it does seem clear that they do bear much of the responsibility for the unhealthy community and the abuse that they suffer, even that they may sometimes be asking for it. Only you can decide.


These sources discuss domestic violence and abuse but with some simple word substitutions, and with some minor changes, they describe the “Sick Community” abuse and violence situation perfectly.

  1. Myths & Facts about Domestic Violence | Domestic Violence Intervention Program,, last accessed on November 12, 2019
  2., last accessed on November 12, 2019.
  3. Center for Family Justice,, last accessed on November 12, 2019
  4. Sandy Kauten, Kids Worried Sick at Oregon Family, last accessed on November 15, 2019.

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Posted by on November 18, 2019 in Uncategorized





Coeymans’ Message to the World

Coeymans, New York — Albany County — AVOID IT!

Ravena-Coeymans has branded itself forever. It’s now the place to avoid if you’re considering a place to purchase a home, start a business, or raise a family. Under past Republican administrations the town was buried in debt, filth, and derelict buildings. It was hemorrhaging small businesses. The same crowd is back in Coeymans Town Hall.

The Crandall era ushered in fiscal surplus and progress on environmental issues, infrastructure, recreation, and community.

It seems that’s not what Coeymans voters wanted. Instead the 2019 elections prove that Coeymans loves abuse, bullyism, thuggery, a liar and immoral thug for Supervisor, two lack-luster inexperienced puppets with family connections to the Republican supervisor’s main clients, and all this with the help of a trio of neonazi-like clowns.

You deserve everything you get! Good luck! You’ll need it!


Posted by on November 7, 2019 in Uncategorized


No McHugh, Comeback Team, Carver Connection? C’mon!

The huge illuminated flashing sign shown below is positioned at the entrance to the Port of Coeymans and Coeymans Industrial Park. You are hit with it when entering the Hamlet from the North. Now, people, is there someone out there who is going to tell me that there’s no McHugh-Comeback Team connection with Carver Laraway and Carver Companies? McHugh has already stated publicly that he will continue to accept legal work from Carver, even if elected to be Supervisor! Now doesn’t that tell you the real story behind McHugh’s desperate need to be Supervisor?

We apologize, but because of lighting the text on the sign is difficult to capture. But we don’t know how anyone can miss it when approaching the Hamlet. It reads “Vote for McHugh, Collins, Lefevre, Langdon tomorrow.”

How desperate can they get?