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"A survey of 34 states found that states spent an average of $29,000 a year on prisoners, compared with $1,250 on probationers and $2,750 on parolees. The study found that despite more spending on prisons, recidivism rates remained largely unchanged."
Good Wednesday Morning,
If you'd like to see something pretty amazing, tonight provides an opportunity to see the Space Shuttle launch. Indeed. If the weather is clear, look for a spot with an unobstructed southerly view at 9:20PM this evening and scan the skies for the next 8 minutes or so. The shuttle should look like a fast moving satellite traveling towards the east. Try the firetower on Mt. Nimham or the top of Shenandoah Mt. along the Appalachian Trail in Kent.
I've often talked about putting solar panels on the roofs of commercial buildings and n fact, I think it should be part of a town's code. But developers and builders tell me they can't do it. What they're really saying is that they won't do it. Well, Atlantic City, NJ is about to unveil a plan to top their convention center with what should become the largest solar array in the United States on a commercial building. Now let's work on the Highlands Center and anything else that comes along here in Putnam County.
The Builders Association of the Hudson Valley hired one of their own to run a study on the value of home building in a community. According to the non-biased, scientifically based study whose background numbers were not available at press time, every 1000 homes you build generate $263 million in revenue compared with $149 million in costs. In other news, the City of New York, in an effort to reduce its deficit, has placed the landmark Brooklyn Bridge for sale on ebay. Starting bids are at $80,000,000.
Two animal rights activists were arrested and charged with terrorism under Federal law for releasing 300 mink from a farm in Utah. The two are alleged by federal authorities to be members of the Animal Liberation Front whom the FBI terms the "number one domestic terrorism threat" in America. I suppose if we can't stop Al Queida, we'll go after homegrown hippies instead. At least we're not going after the Jews... yet.
In an effort to generate more income, the government in the UK has adopted a plan to lower the national speed limit from 60 to 50mph. "Average Speed" cameras, placed every 6 miles on highways, will automatically send violation tickets to offenders. The reason given by the government for the change is to reduce motor vehicle accident deaths but the more predictable result will be a generous increase in government revenues.
From the NRDC: Forests are being destroyed to make toilet paper, facial tissues, paper towels and other disposable paper products. You can help stop this destruction by pressing manufacturers to use recycled content and clean manufacturing processes (click here to send a message to paper giant Kimberly-Clark), and by making smart shopping decisions.
I found the following on the net the other day:
Mafia Warning For Greg Ball
She sure does bring up a lot of old, almost forgotten history.
And now, The News:
Barbara Livingston Nackman
Mon Mar 9, 2009 3:17pm EDT
A new EPA plan would cut school pesticide use by 70 percent or more, but some say children and teachers should be protected by mandates, not voluntary guidelines
By Crystal Gammon and Environmental Health News
The process, known as piezoelectricity, has been used for years on a smaller scale, including in barbecue lighters and a dance club where the pounding feet of dancers light the floor.
By DAVID McGEE, Bristol Herald Courier
By SOLOMON MOORE
By STEPHEN BERNARD and IEVA M. AUGSTUMS
When you sign up with Verizon, it sends out a tiny-print leaflet to customers informing them (under the vague title above) that they'll share subscribers' personal information unless you explicitly opt out. It does not provide instructions on how to do so without calling them, customers report that calling them is no help, and even when you log into your account, Verizon has made the online copies of this legalese document inaccessible to some of its own subscribers.
I can get to mine, so here it is: DownloadDocument.pdf.
Here are detailed instructions: