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Samuel Clemens died 100 years ago today. Thanks to the NY Times you can read his original will here.
Tomorrow is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day so do something nice to thank Gaia for keeping you alive. For example, you could hog-tie a developer. Liberate a Humvee and donate it to Habitat for Humanity. Go down to West Virginia and start putting the mountains back together.
Wednesday Morning (Safe For Work) Diversion:
Remember all those pixel-based video games we used to play like Tetris, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and the rest? Imagine, if you will, they've come to NYC. This 2:32 video is an interesting reminder.It's not too late to start some of your garden plants from seed and if you're looking for "heirloom" seeds, those that have not been modified or messed with via genetics, one great source is the J.L. Hudson company of La Honda, California. Their mission is, "Preservation Through Dissemination". Check them out here.
It's official. Vincent Leibell is poised to become County Executive Leibell, cut his commute time 20-fold, double his salary and bring the workings of Albany to Putnam County. This leaves the 40th SD race to Greg Ball, Mary Beth Murphy and Mike Kaplowitz. Retired Southeast Town Judge Jim Borkowski is also considered likely to enter the race on the Republican side but only Ms. Murphy has the blessing of the Pope.
According to "Lowering The Bar" a website created by, and for lawyers, George Washington took out a couple of books from the NY Society Library in 1754 and failed to return them. He has an excuse, now. But not then. The fines, adjusted in today's dollars, amount to more than $100,000. Someone somewhere is going be sued...
I found myself down at the Cortlandt Town Center yesterday afternoon and so had an opportunity to take one of my favorite drives in Putnam County which is the 11.4 mile length of Peekskill Hollow Road.
Peekskill Hollow is a large crack in the earth running generally southwest to northeast and connects Kent Cliffs with the heart of Putnam Valley at Oscawana Corners passing through communities of Tompkins Corners, Adams Corners and others along the way. And though this "cow path" has seen suburbanization over the years the history of our place is still widely evident in the old homes, farmsteads and barns that line the way.
Airline officials are bemoaning what they call the loss of $1.7 billion in business due to the ash cloud emanating from a volcano in Iceland whose name is as much a tongue-twister to speak as it is to type out: Eyjafjallajokull. For those not fluent in Icelandic, Eyjafjallajokull is pronounced, "Kevin", according to TV personality John Stewart. But Icelanders say,
"Aye-ya-fyah-dla-jow-kudl". There's a video here that should get your morning off to an intellectual beginning and put you one step beyond 99% of the broadcasters out there who generally pronounce it as, "that volcano in Iceland".
Anyway, airlines are bitching and blaming England for closing airspace preventing millions of travelers from moving around Europe and North America. Lufthansa, this past weekend, flew a plane into the ash cloud where silica crystals too small to see can destroy the insides of modern jet engines and declared it safe to fly. Other airlines claim the computer models the British used were not adequate. Some fliers suggested airlines fly below the cloud at some ten-thousand feet but for an airplane that's like swimming through mud. Others wanted planes to fly above the ash cloud at 40,000 but that's too high for most commercial airliners and besides, they do have to get there first.
And now, The News:
As much as I enjoy the products of these Doctor Feel Goods, however, I have no illusions that theirs or any of the other beverages nominated to be subject to taxation have the slightest nutritional value. On the contrary, the direct relationship between the consumption of these beverages and the epidemic of obesity threatening the health of America is common knowledge.
That's why, in these economic hard times when New York state continues to slash vital services, I am sweet on the much vilified beverage tax.
Two fallacies have been put forward by the beverage industry and the No-Tax-No-How crowd.
One of the main tenants at Tech City, Precision Flow Technologies, is creating 190 new jobs.
Kevin Brady, head of Precision Flow, said they will be mostly high tech jobs, paying $30,000 to $60,000 a year, and they are being hired locally.
“These new jobs with Precision Flow are a testament to the company’s employees, and I applaud Kevin Brady and his team for what they have accomplished,” said Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-Hurley), who participated in the announcement. “With the creation of 190 new jobs at Precision Flow, the Hudson Valley is well on its way to becoming a major leader in growing solar energy sector.”
Cozzolino noted the rapid growth of jobs and companies at Tech City is happening despite the slow economy. Companies are now calling him, he said.
1. Change your light bulbs already! How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb? There are several answers to this joke (none of them that funny), but the real answer is: “all of them.” In your home, lighting accounts for nearly 30 percent of all electricity use. By using compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, you can cut lighting costs by 30 to 60 percent, while improving the quality of the light and reducing environmental impact at the same time.Read More
In and around North Carolina's Green Swamp, poachers uproot them from protected areas as well as private lands, where they can be harvested only with an owner's permission. The plants have such shallow roots that some poachers dig them up with butcher knives or spoons, often while wearing camouflage and kneepads (the plants grow in such convenient clumps that flytrappers, as they're called, barely have to move). Each pilfered plant sells for about 25 cents. The thieves usually live nearby, though occasionally there's an international connection: customs agents at Baltimore-Washington International Airport once intercepted a suitcase containing 9,000 poached flytraps bound for the Netherlands, where they presumably would have been propagated or sold. The smuggler, a Dutchman, carried paperwork claiming the plants were Christmas ferns...
Harold was 88 and Clay was 77 when their 20 year relationship was assaulted by Sonoma County. Harold's time here was coming to an end. He was ill and life was further complicated when he took a tumble down the stairs of their home. Harold was taken to the hospital.
Like most same sex couples who are committed to taking care of each other in sickness and in health, Harold and Clay set up legal documents prior to their personal crisis that were supposed to tell authorities to honor their relationship. Clay should have been able to visit Harold in the hospital and make decisions about his care. Instead, the county and health care professionals refused to let Clay even visit Harold in the hospital.
Tragic as that was, the county was not done with this family. More brutality than any government should inflict on a family -- they separated Clay and Harold by placing them in different nursing homes. Remember, Clay was in good health. He was involuntarily committed.
Less than two years ago, this same funeral home was a command post for the grass-roots army that propelled Barack Obama to victory in this conservative swing state. Here is where supporters distributed signs and stickers, sorted lists of registered voters and rallied with a Johnny Cash cover band.
Now, some of Obama's supporters are mounting a defiant strike against the president's party. The nascent third party, North Carolina First, could endanger the Democratic congressional majority by siphoning votes from incumbent Democrats in November's midterm election, potentially enabling Republican challengers to pick up the seats.
Organizers say they are so fed up with Democrats who did not support health-care reform that they simply do not care.
The teens and the limo's driver had just stepped out of the vehicle when someone else suddenly hopped in and drove off. "Our limo is getting carjacked," one of the prom-goers said as he watched the stretch speed away.
According to the owner of the limo, the car should not have been repossessed at all. He claims to have sorted out his issues with the bank, but he says the bank didn't pass that info on to the repo men.
The owner says he intends to make up for the incident with a partial refund or a free future rental.
Maybe for their 5 year reunion?
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