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Tomorrow is Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day.
From "Hatikvah" by Naftali Herz Imber
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today, especially this afternoon. Very low humidity coupled with strong winds and dry ground will create an environment for fires to spread rapidly.
The Putnam County Land Trust held their 41st Annual Dinner on Saturday night at the Sheetmetal Workers Hall in Brewster. The banquet room was packed with well wishers and more politicians than you could shake a stick at. In fact if you did shake a stick you'd be certain to smack a politician or two or three. Even the Assemblyman who-shall-not-be-named swung through for a moment, generally making everyone uncomfortable.
But the night was a smashing success and thanks go out to their Dinner Committee: Cheyanne Alberti, Lorna & Jim Cook, Karen Correll, Jill Eisenstein, Jeff Green, Jude Jones, Edie Keasbey, Linda & Bob Lund, Sharon Lund, Joanna Maddock, Irene Mele and their Presidentm Lake Carmel resident Judy Terlizzi.I've given up trying to be a Republican. No matter how hard I tried I could not convince myself that corporate greed was a good thing, that war is necessary and that it's not the responsibility of common citizens to take care of each other.
Look for an official announcement this morning from Senator Leibell which will finally clear the political air around here. Oh, not about my future as a Republican, but his.
It seems the Senator dropped a note this past weekend at a breakfast for County Clerk Dennis Sant saying he'll be running for Putnam County Executive. I heard he same from three different people at the Land Trust Dinner on Saturday night. This will leave Bob Bondi's political future up in the air until we hear from him and as of last week he wasn't talking.Nan Hayworth, the wealthy Westchester clone of Sue Kelly is most definitely in the race for Congress in the 19th District seeking to replace moderate Democrat John Hall. And while mainstream Republicans seem quite happy with her, across the river another story emerges: This past weekend the Town of Windsor Republican Committee endorsed Tuxedo native Kristia Cavere for that position. Ms. Cavere has been touted and supported by tea bagger groups who refer to Ms. Hayworth as a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and one can only hope that
Something interesting is going on over at FOX News network. Over the weekend the network refused to allow Glenn Beck to capitalize on his notoriety as a FOX employee by being the headlining speaker at a tea bagger rally in the midwest saying that the network should not be seen as supporting a political movement.
FOX is a year and a half late getting there and the damage has already been done.International airline travelers are queuing up their lawyers in preparation of their suing carriers for not flying them home to, or from, Europe. The culprit? A volcano in Iceland that is spewing pumice and ash into the atmosphere, particles that can destroy a jet engine in flight. Leave it up to the lawyers to sue a volcano.
The Tea Bagger Rally. A Postscript.
During Greg Ball's Senate campaign rally last Thursday evening at the courthouse in Carmel, he spoke about how "America made a promise..." It was at that point that the crowd, already half its peak strength, really began to fade away. Maybe it was just the hour. Maybe it was his disjointed and unprepared remarks. But maybe it was because there never was a "promise" made by something called "America" to its people and Greg knew that. But by descending into the realm of hyperbole, he desires to imbue his core followers into the belief that they are owed something, something as intangible as a promise. His rhetoric requires those he has caught under his sway to forever grasp for a dream that under our current system can never be had. Maybe those who left knew the truth and those who stayed behind are lost in the gray-smoke of myth chasing. Maybe.
And though there has never been a promise of due success and wealth we have been told that if we work hard enough we can each attain the "American Dream". That we can own a home and a decent car, feed and clothe ourselves and our family and take care of our health, all leading to a comfortable life after our working years are behind us. But what we find is that for most of us it's a day to day struggle just to pay the bills regardless of how hard we work.
And now, The News:
Plant Talk" blog of the NY Botanical Garden
The care of your garden depends on your cultivation practices, how you are using the space, what you are growing (trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetables, annuals), and how intensively you are gardening. It is also influenced by soil conditions and your microclimate.
One of the latest trends in gardening (although not new) is that the soil is a dynamic, living system that needs to be managed, not by pouring harmful chemicals and salts into it, but by supplying it with its nutritional and cultural needs. Healthy soil means healthy plants—plants grown in fertile soil are less prone to pest and disease problems.
Soil plays a critical role in the life of a plant. It anchors a plant and supplies nutrients, water, and oxygen. Soil is an aggregate of sand, silt, and clay each with different properties; the larger particles of sand provide good drainage while the fine particles of clay retain moisture.
Organic matter breaks down into humic acid, a black gelatinous liquid that holds the soil particles together, leaving spaces for water and oxygen. Organic matter improves drainage, soil aeration, and the soil’s ability to hold nutrients.
Organic matter and soil are full of life. Bacterial and fungal microorganisms cycle nutrients and make them available to plants. Larger soil organisms such as earthworms work the soil by providing nutrients through their excrement and good drainage as they tunnel beneath the surface.
Compost—the breaking down and recycling of organic material—acts like a steam engine that energizes and drives this dynamic system. While compost is sometimes referred to as “black gold” because of the wealth of benefits it provides, incorporating compost into your garden replicates a process that nature does on its own.
This is important to remember when tending your garden. In naturalistic areas, leaving leaf litter to decay on its own is a healthy and natural way of composting. In highly cultivated or ornamental areas, add compost or mulch.
Next week, we’ll look at the best way to add compost to your garden.
Of 29 grocery stores annually inspected in Dutchess, only one has not received fines in the past five years — Adams Fairacre Farms.
In 2009, Dutchess County collected $104,475 in fines, slightly down from $112,000 in 2008. Last year, 11 out of 19 violations were maximum penalties, on par with 2008's 12 maximum penalties out of 19 total violations.
Ulster County charged its stores $6,750 for violations during 2009. Its 25 inspections resulted in 11 fines for large overcharges, an improvement from 2008, when fines totaled $11,500.
Consumer research has found that price is a major cue for purchasing decisions and most shoppers rely on the accuracy of the store labeling and scanning instead of policing their receipts themselves.
The city is using the same modules found at Rotterdam's people-powered Club Watt. The technology, developed by Dutch company Sustainable Dance Club, features embedded microsensors that generate electricity when pressure is exerted by passersby. According to the UK Guardian, Toulouse's experiment marks the first time that the SDC modules have been used on the street.
So far, Toulouse has installed a trial section of eight modules that produce 50 to 60 watts, or enough to power a street lamp. The city hasn't decided whether to expand the sidewalk program, but Rotterdam is plowing ahead with a pilot scheme to stick SDC modules in a soccer stadium. Soon enough, we might all produce energy just by power-walking to work.
The shift has been especially pronounced in some big cities, such as New York, which saw its share of regional permits increase from 15% in the early 1990s to 48% by 2008. In Chicago, housing permits inside city limits rose from 7% to 27% over the same time period.
Rapid revitalization is sweeping many smaller cities as well. In Portland’s downtown neighborhoods and close-in 'burbs, permit activity jumped from 9% to 26% over the last two decades. Home building in Atlanta’s core neighborhoods grew similarly, from 4% to 14%, according to the analysis, which examined Census residential permit data for the nation’s 50 largest metro regions over 19 years. In this examination, researchers compared the number of permits issued by central cities and core suburban communities with the number issued in suburban and exurban communities.
For all the moaning from deficit hawks, the U.S. budget is simply not in crisis. If investors were losing confidence in our nation's ability to pay off its debts, we'd see a major reduction in demand for U.S. Treasury bonds. And we do not, in fact, see any such reduction. Last week the Treasury sold $21 billion in 10-year bonds, and investors were clamoring for them in such droves that the government had to turn away nearly 80 percent of them. If investors were really worried about the U.S. paying back its debt, they'd demand a very high interest rate from the government to compensate them for the risk they were taking. But in fact, interest rates are remarkably low. That 10-year bond currently fetches a yield of around 3.9 percent. For entire years of President George H. W. Bush's reign, the yield was above 8 percent, often eclipsing 9 percent.
Deficit hawks aren't interested in the deficit, they just don't like the idea that the government spends money on social projects that help poor people. To close the deficit, we could either raise taxes or cut expenditures, and you never hear deficit haws begging to raise taxes. Here are 10 ways a deficit hawk who didn't hate poor people could ease his anxiety:
The rally, conducted by the National Socialist Movement, prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to go on tactical alert as counter-protesters from throughout the region flooded into downtown L.A. They included a wide assortment of African American, Jewish, Latino, immigrants-rights and anarchist groups.
While some counter-protesters said they had heard about the event through social media such as Twitter and had come to urge peace in the face of the group's hateful message, others had clearly come for a fight. At least five of them were arrested by the end of the demonstration for throwing eggs and rocks.
Before members of the white supremacist group had arrived, a bare-chested middle-aged man with Nazi insignias tattooed on his chest and back walked into a crowd of hundreds of counter-protesters gathered near 1st and Spring streets.
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