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Good Tuesday Morning,
It's Saint Patrick's Day. An estimated 2 million people are expected to attend the parade in NYC today with millions more watching on television and a live stream on the internet. I will pass on the green beer and rowdy crowds and go to work instead.
If you're like me you recently received a post card in the mail from Terminex promising that, for $30 a month they'll keep your house free of termites. Science Daily reports that gases used to perform this miracle stay in the air six to ten times longer than previously believed. Just a thought before you call.
Bank of America has repaid $400 million of its $45 billion taxpayer handout and they're so confident of their future that they're offering cash-back on purchases made of imported Chinese goods at Wal*Mart and Target. Maybe they're due for a name change. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe, as a way of saying thanks to your grand children for bailing them out, they might offer cash back on goods and services made in America instead?
Hi-Wire brings us something fun to play with, the State and Congressional District Resource for Well-Being. In an unprecedented alliance for American health transformation, Gallup, Healthways and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) are providing a new national pulse of individual and collective health and well-being, as well as solutions for a healthy America. According to the report, the 19th Congressional District scores a 67.2 overall. The happiest Congressional District is Anna Eshoo's in California's Silicon Valley with a 73.5 rating and the saddest is Hal Roger's coal mining district in Kentucky with a 56.2 rating. Overall, Massachusetts is the happiest state and Mississippi is the saddest.
And now, the News:
Barbara Livingston Nackman
By JAKE MOONEY
For the past 10 days the US has been gripped. Even President Obama tuned in as the country's foremost TV comic, Jon Stewart, unleashed an extraordinary broadside against TV's top financial commentators for their part in the unfolding economic crisis.
Dave Smith The Observer, Sunday 15 March 2009
First came the imperial marching music and a fiery explosion. "You've watched snippets of them for days, or meant to after your friends sent you the link," a voice boomed with mock gravity. "Tonight, the week-long feud of the century comes to a head."
By: Victoria McGrane
Albany Institute of History & Art's new exhibit, Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of History, Art, and Culture, features hundreds of pieces of artwork, artifacts, interactive displays, and rare archival documents. The exhibit encompasses five major themes relating the many agricultural, industrial, and cultural influences of this historic waterway: community and settlement; natural history and environment; transportation; trade, commerce, and industry; and culture and symbol.
Hudson River Panorama explores and narrates the influential force that the Hudson has had on our region, including settlement, agricultural cultivation, industrial growth, tourism, and the cultural prominence of the region's talented and creative artists, writers, architects, and landscape gardeners. For more than three years, the Albany Institute has been researching topics related to the Hudson River in preparation for the exhibition and accompanying educational programs.
The exhibit will run until Jan. 3, 2010. The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in downtown Albany, one block from the New York State Capitol. www.albanyinstitute.org or 518-463-4478
ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2009) — People who have had a heart attack are likely to report having been in traffic shortly before their symptoms began, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.