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A lot of work went into the two special reports which were released by PlanPutnam and News That Matters yesterday, information you weren't going to get from any other place. If you value this information and the work done, please consider donating to help out a bit especially if you have not done so before.Corporate Welfare, Putnam Style
Yesterday was a big email day around these here parts as news regarding the implosion of common sense and reason permeated our communities and people wrote wondering what the heck was going on. Well, it's Pumpkin County, as a dear friend calls it, trying once again to get over on the public and to do so without you knowing about it. But the cat is out of the bag and Paul Camarda's corporate welfare handout is about to bite the dust.Justice, Putnam Style
So many of you wrote yesterday asking for more information or thanking me for the reports. More than one wrote to recommend we take legal action against Francis O'Reilly, the legal aid attorney who was too busy, or something, to adequately represent Ms. Kemp and who quit before the judge on Monday evening. Others suggested that the length of the case (almost a year), the delays and the obvious dragging of feet should be reported to those who oversee municipal judges in New York state. While all of these suggestions are valid and important it's not my place as I'm not directly involved with the case. But I do suggest that for those who are, that they seek legal redress from higher authorities in order that this abuse of justice no longer continues.In other news: (and yes, there is other news!)
And now, The News:
Instead, he opened up the red and white container to reveal a foot-long adult American eel, which he promptly poured into a see-through plastic box so volunteers could get a close-up look.
He spoke enthusiastically about the critter, explaining how its coloring, brownish green on top and stark white on bottom, helped provide camouflage and protection from predators, and how its nostrils were like two tubes providing an excellent sense of smell.
"Eyesight isn't so helpful in the muddy, turbid Hudson River," said Bowser. "A fine sense of smell goes a really, really long way."
He was joined by about a dozen volunteers on the last day of data collection for a project being conducted up and down the Hudson to learn more about the local presence of the American eel.
Bowser is an estuary specialist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Estuary Program and Research Reserve, which is conducting the project.
LAS VEGAS — In a plastic tent under a glorious desert sky, Richard Lee preached the gospel of the second chance.
The chance to make money on the next housing boom “is like it’s never been,” Mr. Lee, a real estate promoter, assured a crowd of agents, investors and bankers. “We’re going to come back like you’ve never seen us before.”
Home prices in Las Vegas are down by 60 percent from 2006 in one of the steepest descents in modern times. There are 9,517 spanking new houses sitting empty. An additional 5,600 homes were repossessed by lenders in the first three months of this year and could soon be for sale.
Yet builders here are putting up 1,100 homes, and they are frantically buying lots for even more.
Corn is much more than great summer picnic food, however. Civilization owes much to this plant, and to the early people who first cultivated it.
For most of human history, our ancestors relied entirely on hunting animals and gathering seeds, fruits, nuts, tubers and other plant parts from the wild for food. It was only about 10,000 years ago that humans in many parts of the world began raising livestock and growing food through deliberate planting. These advances provided more reliable sources of food and allowed for larger, more permanent settlements. Native Americans alone domesticated nine of the most important food crops in the world, including corn, more properly called maize (Zea mays), which now provides about 21 percent of human nutrition across the globe.
But despite its abundance and importance, the biological origin of maize has been a long-running mystery. The bright yellow, mouth-watering treat we know so well does not grow in the wild anywhere on the planet, so its ancestry was not at all obvious. Recently, however, the combined detective work of botanists, geneticists and archeologists has been able to identify the wild ancestor of maize, to pinpoint where the plant originated, and to determine when early people were cultivating it and using it in their diets.
Those are the statistics Pastor Jonathan Falwell laid out to thousands of ministers who were in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday for the "Refuel" conference.
The well-known pastor stated bluntly, "Something is wrong in ministry."
Citing surveys from such groups as Barna, LifeWay and Acts 29, Falwell lamented that 1,500 pastors walk away from ministry every month because of moral failure, burnout, conflict, discouragement or depression. He was also shocked to find that 80 percent of seminary and Bible school graduates will leave the ministry within their first five years.
Part of the problem, he indicated, is trying to make it to the big numbers and most influential lists or aiming for the most Twitter followers.
"I believe that we have self-imposed measurements of success that are skewed, that are wrong," said Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church – which is notably one of the largest churches in the country.
The judge said he wanted to protect the public from "people like you".
Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, have been in jail since they were arrested in December after holding an engagement ceremony.
The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.
The British government, Malawi's largest donor, expressed its "dismay" at the sentences, but has not withdrawn aid.
The US state department, meanwhile, said the case was "a step backwards in the protection of human rights in Malawi".
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