By Lambert Strether of Corrente
Patient readers, this Water Cooler is also abbreviated. Today is a travel day for me. Here’s a trip report from the Bangor Meetup. Otherwise, talk amongst yourselves! –lambert
We had our Bangor meetup on Friday, September 15, at Giacomo’s. Three NC readers attended, one coming up from Belfast, the other two from the Bangor area (although one had recently come from the West Coast and bought a house in the woods). The nights are still warm, and so we sat and ate and talked outside, and had a very pleasant meeting. In fact, we closed the place!
Here, suitably anonymized, are some of the things I learned. Readers and attendees please correct:
Because I’m really up the road from Bangor and don’t drive, I don’t know much about Bangor or its twin city across the Penobscot, Brewer. In fact, Brewer has always struck me as a town that one drives through, perhaps on the way to Bar Harbor, but in fact there are families who have lived there for generations.
Brewer once had a mill. Of course, the mill is closed now.
The Maine State Democrat Party went 66% for Sanders in 2016. When elections for officers were held, the number of Sanders supporters elected was 0%. “They wouldn’t even give us a token.” As a result, this NC member is doing food sovereignty and permaculture.
A ninety-year-old grandmother drives all the way from Mount Desert Island to Boston for her cancer treatments. Her house was built IIRC in the 1700s.
A Fitzgerald family has been buying up a lot of land near Dover Foxcroft, north of Bangor. But they’re not doing anything with it at all. (Lambert: This could be connected, for good or ill, with the oft-mooted, never started East-West Corridor project.)
The Big Sort (paraphrasing) seems well underway among undergraduates at Harvard, but along the lines of identity politics.
Medicare starts out at about $300 a month. You’ve got parts A, B, C, and D, and there are co-pays. Lambert here: I always pictured myself hopping from rock to rock across the rushing river of the American health care system until I finally reached the safe shore of Medicare. How naive. Now that #MedicareForAll is becoming a real possibility, we need to understand that “Medicare” is more aspirational than programmatic; the neoliberal infestation is bad. (To be fair, both SandersCare and ConyersCare make major changes to Medicare; they don’t simply expand it by increasing eligibility.)
It’s interesting to think that wherever you go in America, you’d be able to hold a Naked Capitalism meetup and attract at least a few readers. (Granted, in some of the less peopled areas in the West, people might have to drive hundreds of miles to get there, but then they do that.)
Talk amongst yourselves!
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WB writes: “I know nothing about the specific plants in this photo, taken in Oakland, CA last May, except that they’re beautiful.”
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