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Good Friday Morning,
A very hearty THANK YOU! to everyone who has helped out News That Matters this year and especially during our current fund drive. I love you all and those who are reading this without supporting it also love you.
The way it works is this: Three times a week [KEEP READING!] you get a fresh copy of News That Matters in your inbox or you click onto the website and read it there. And for each issue that comes out near 1000 people become better educated and enlightened.
The question is: why do the same people carry the weight for the rest of you each year and when are you going to change that and put your shekels where your eyeballs are?
If you have not helped the cause out in the past now is your time. $25, $50 and $100 are the most common but others have spent more and others less and none are valued any different than any other.
Do you remember last Monday when we ran an article on Greg Ball's hiring of a new Chief of Staff? Remember the address you wrote to at the time for Charlie Miles was at his Exceed International email address at exceedintl.com? Well, all-on-a-sudden he's changed that to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm sure he was getting to it. You know, sometime soon. If someone noticed. And who noticed? News That Matters noticed. And no, the Senator elect is not a supporter - but he does read.
Dear Driver: Notes from the Road. Yesterday.To the driver in the red sedan in the left lane of the Northern State Parkway:
"My dear sir, I know the speed limit is 55 but that's really only for the right lane. The middle and Left lanes are for 60 and 65, respectively. I'm sure you're aware that there's 3 miles of traffic backed up behind you?"To the driver in the small gray sedan in the middle lane of the Taconic State Parkway:
"My dear sir, I'm not sure if you're aware or not but cars have what are called "blind spots". These are the places where the other driver cannot see your car. So, when you speed up to pass me then slow down and drive where your left front bumper aligns with the post between my front and back doors I cannot see you. You knew this? Oh good."To the driver in the black Cadillac Escalade in Bayside:
"My dear young man, Wow. Those rims are super cool. I really like how the inner rims turn with the tire but the outer ones spin on their own creating a very cool effect when you stop the car. It really looks like your wheels are still turning! Oh? You're a grown man? My bad.To the driver in the white whatever on Route 301 in Kent:
"My dear sir, when you turned out onto the highway from Peekskill Hollow Road, cutting me off, even as you saw me coming from quite a distance away and at a high speed, it would probably have been nicer if you accelerated to something beyond 40 mph in a 55 zone. I'm willing to bet the handicap tag hanging from your rear view mirror is there because of an accident you caused. That might also explain your crunched-in rear bumper."To the driver in the yellow bug on the Sprain:
"My dear lady, I'm sure your family loves you and that you visited them really made their day especially as it was raining and the roads were very, very crowded. But if you'd just take the phone away from your ear and put your hand back on the wheel I'm rather certain you'd have no trouble staying in your lane."
Collected from the NetNew TSA Slogans:
TSA Missed my 12" Long Weapon:
From The Consumerist: Adam Savage of Mythbusters carries around a bunch of weird crap, so he's always careful to check his laptop bag and person to make sure he's not going to have any of his valuable nonsense confiscated by the TSA. Except one day last May... The video is here. (NSFW)
Are you smarter than your turkey?
From Reuters: Here are some actual questions the Butterball experts have fielded during past Thanksgivings. Remember, these are from regular people, who can vote and own firearms and sing at karaoke bars, just like you and me:
Streudel Today (Opera Music Video Comedy Cooking Show)
From Dan Simon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUsPFth9JoI
From Kim Pully: So I actually sat down and watched some of the Macy's parade this morning. I hadn't realized how much of a commercial it is for NBC shows that no one ever watches. I'm thinking they should combine the parade with the NYC marathon. That would liven *both* of those events up.
From John Waters (No, not *that* John Waters): The Hartt School's Jazz program performing Horace Silver's "Nutville". The audio was recorded and mixed by students and faculty of the MPT department. See/Hear the video here. It'll be the best 10"12' you could spend this morning.
Founding Father's Rap
Bring 'em Home, Bring 'em Home
A 1965 era Pete Seeger song done up by Bruce Springsteen in 2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yApAg0hl490 and this one with Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco and Steve Earle.
The Power of the Sun
From the BBC's "Bang Goes the Theory": In this clip from BBC One’s “Bang Goes the Theory,” a clip of a high-performance solar furnace that can focus normal sunshine into a heat-ray that reaches 3,500C, hot enough to melt rocks. Watch the clip here. It's amazing. Really.
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