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A special thanks to all of you who are working to get Peekskill Hollow Road designated as an historic road under our county's new law. If you live on a road that you might like to see protected from over development, useless widening and other make-work issues, check out the new law and see if it could apply to you.
The Yankees got their butts kicked last night. The Angel's beat them 10-2 in 9 innings. That's what you get when you charge $4 for a hot dog, $23 parking and $100 bucks for a halfway decent seat.
As usual, Friday is our Things To Do Edition and if you don't send me your Things To Do there won't be any!
here. The recording comes from midhudsonnews.com.
This photo (assuming it comes through from shorpy.com), shows Pete singing for Eleanor Roosevelt in February of 1944 at a Valentine's Day party marking the opening of the United Federal Labor Canteen in Washington.
Remember when you weren't afraid to use the word "labor" when referring to your work or the work of others? To the eight-hour day and unlocked fire escapes and decent lighting and retirement plans and all that other icky socialist stuff?
MOUNT KISCO – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has granted the Nature Conservancy $450,000 to fund a comprehensive conservation plan for the Delaware River Basin, including the Upper Delaware in the Sullivan and Orange County and Northeastern Pennsylvania area.
Ellen Weiss, spokeswoman for the Nature Conservancy Eastern NY Chapter, said the money will be used to protect the freshwater system.
“The money will be used to develop a comprehensive Delaware Basin Restoration Initiative where we will identify opportunities to protect and improve water quality and habitat as well as a blueprint for the region’s conservation organizations and agencies,” she said.
The Delaware is the longest undammed river in the eastern United States. The Delaware River Basin drains over 13,000 square miles and supports almost 15 million people with clean drinking water.
The group held a news conference in Albany headed by the group Frack Action and largely assembled by Ulster County Legislator Susan Zimet of New Paltz.
The message they all had was the same. State Assembly and Senate members must approve the 11 month delay in natural gas or oil in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations and if they don’t they will be voted out of office.
Actor and Sullivan County resident Mark Ruffalo gave an impassioned plea for the moratorium.
We are often quite aware of our soldiers when they are fighting for us overseas and in harm's way but we often forget about them when they return home in dire need of medical treatment. Not Congressman John Hall. During my recent interview of the congressman he reported that he has been battling on behalf of veterans for many years.
In fact a few years ago he passed a bill unanimously through both houses of Congress during the Bush Administration that provided timely care to vets upon their return home. However once piece of that legislation was left out because some thought it would cost too much.
Well, as of last Tuesday that is no longer the case. Upon the tireless work of Congressman Hall President Obama signed an executive order that fast tracks veterans who are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so that they receive the help they need without the need of intensive documentation and details of battle situation. All that they need is a medical diagnosis saying that they suffer PTSD and they will receive treatment and in some cases compensation if it effects their ability to work.
But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals, that some fear could pollute water above and below ground and deplete aquifers.
As gas drillers swarm to this lucrative Marcellus Shale region and blast into other shale reserves around the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking a new look at the controversial fracking technique, currently exempt from federal regulation. The $1.9 million study comes as the nation reels from the Deepwater Horizon environmental and economic disaster playing out in the Gulf of Mexico.
The oil and gas industry steadfastly defends the process as having been proven safe over many years as well as necessary to keep the nation on a path to energy independence.
Studies have "consistently shown that the risks are managed, it's safe, it's a technology that's essential ... it's also a technology that's well-regulated," said Lee Fuller, director of the industry coalition Energy In Depth.
"A fair study," Fuller added, "will show that the procedures that are there now are highly effective and do not need to be altered — the federal government does not need to be there."
But because of the oil spill, conservation groups say the drilling industry has lost it credibility and the rapid expansion of shale drilling needs to be scrutinized.
The policeman points to the spot on the curb when he wants me to park up. "What have I done, officer?"
"Oh, nothing," he says. "I just wanted to ask what the bike was like to ride. Do you think it will be popular?" Squeezing the brakes and ringing the bell, he's like a wide-eyed boy in a bike shop. I offer him a go. "I can't," he says. "I'm on duty."
It strikes me, during this rather surreal exchange, that at least the bike isn't suited to being a getaway vehicle. It weighs more than 20kg, and has three gears: Sloth, Tortoise and Ageing Elephant. It's designed for leisurely ambling rather than APD (aggressive pursuit of destination), which is clearly the default setting of every other cyclist on the road today. The looks of disdain and irritation are palpable as they continually whizz past me.
The investigation's other findings include:
* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.
* In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings - about 17 million square feet of space.
July 20, 2010 at 5:00 am
When was the last time the United Nations Security Council met to condemn an Arab government for its mistreatment of Palestinians?
How come groups and individuals on university campuses in the US and Canada that call themselves "pro-Palestinian" remain silent when Jordan revokes the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians?
The plight of Palestinians living in Arab countries in general, and Lebanon in particular, is one that is often ignored by the mainstream media in West.
How come they turn a blind eye to the fact that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and many more Arab countries continue to impose severe travel restrictions on Palestinians?
And where do these groups and individuals stand regarding the current debate in Lebanon about whether to grant Palestinians long-denied basic rights, including employment, social security and medical care?
Or have they not heard about this debate at all? Probably not, since the case has failed to draw the attention of most Middle East correspondents and commentators.
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