Basement Medicine

Leave it to the Jury

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2012


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It doesn’t read "We, the Jury" under the Basement Medicine masthead. It’s a Bob Dylan quote. In the spirit of that quote, today we’re on the pavement thinking about confidentiality. The issue of confidentiality has been all too evident on the Johnson State College campus. It’s been as frustrat...

Full Circle

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2012


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Oh, shit. Talk about full circle. The first editorial of this semester discussed the importance of fighting SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill which would have severely limited Internet freedoms. (It’s back, by the way, in the form of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA,...

I Was Wrong

Tom Benton

April 12, 2012


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  I was wrong. I wrote a large piece on Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball,” which was published last edition, and even there was significantly edited from its initial gargantuan incarnation. I lamented the loss of the Boss’s specific human stories, and cried for the Bruce...

Spring Eternal

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2012


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Boy, did you feel that? That was a warm, spring breeze. Used to be it might start turning 60 degrees in mid-April if we were lucky. Now it’s just past mid-March and we’re having 70- to 80-degree days. Don’t know where they’re coming from, maybe global warming, but hey, que sera, sera – I’m...

It’s time for the talk.

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2012


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  It’s time for the talk. Maybe you’ve experienced it. Maybe you’ve just heard about it from your overzealous friends. Whether one has experienced it first- or second-hand, there’s no doubt it’s one’s chance to go deep into what matters – one’s loved ones. So let’s talk...

Reminders for February

Tom Benton, Editor in Chief

February 16, 2012


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If seasons were lovers, February might be the Faye Dunaway of the group. Not “Chinatown” Faye Dunaway, either – more like the cold, mood-swinging, psychopathic “Mommy Dearest” Faye Dunaway. If you let her, February will let you slide the wrong way down the slippery slope of progress and wave...

We kicked SOPA’S ass

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2012


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We kicked SOPA’s ass. SOPA was the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill to – you guessed it – stop online piracy, chiefly but not only illegal downloads of movies and music. It is a problem, in that the artists behind the illegally downloaded movies and music aren’t getting paid for their work when...

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