Friday, November 26, 2010

News That Matters - November 26, 2010 - The Black Friday Edition

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 ‎"95% of what you fear or worry about never happens." - Jeremy Austin Smith

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.

At just $0.25 an issue that works out to around $40 a year. Priceless, really.

We know you're reading because you send comments and emails or people overhear you in public establishments talking about it.

You wouldn't grab a copy of the Journal News or the FOX Courier or the New York Times off a newsstand without paying for it. Of course not. But reading News That Matters without dropping a euro or franc or yen or two here or there is essentially the same thing especially since it carries news and information you will not find anywhere else.

Sure, it's out there for the taking and the information gathered is essential for life in Putnam County and I'm happy we've doubled readership in the last couple of years. But the number of people who help the cause has not doubled - and therein lies the problem.

I cannot twist your arms. I cannot hold your household pets for ransom. I have not considered making the newsletter a subscription service though that has been suggested many, many times in the past and selling ad space would be just, um, bad.

So you get this note [KEEP READING!] for 25 days or so and you lay low and hope no one notices you're not part of the solution. But we do. And it's truly unfair to those who, year after year, have shown their support.

Today is the day. Now is the time. And if I can think of any other over-used sayings I'll throw them in here, too. In any case: Just do it. Just say, "yes!"

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 Well, all-on-a-sudden he's changed that to 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 Net

New TSA Slogans:
  • Can't see London, can't see France, unless we see your underpants.
  • Grope discounts available.
  • If we did our job any better, we'd have to buy you dinner first.
  • Only we know if Lady Gaga is really a lady.
  • Don't worry, my hands are still warm from the last guy.
  • Throw a few back at the airport Chili's and you won't even notice.
  • Wanna fly? Drop your fly.
  • We are now free to move about your pants
  • We rub you the wrong way, so you can be on your way.
  • It's not a grope. It's a freedom pat.
  • When in doubt, we make you whip it out.
  • TSA: Touchin', Squeezin', Arrestin'
  • You were a virgin.
  • We handle more packages than the USPS
  • The TSA isn't silly, we just want to check your willy
  • Stroke of the hand, law of the land
  • No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem
  • Let your fingers do the Walking
  • Cough
  • Reach out and touch someone
  • Can you feel me now?
  • When we're done with you, you'll need a cigarette.
  • The Good Hands People
  • Virgin Air? Not any more!
  • If We Don't Get Off, You Don't Get On 
  • We Want To Be Your Friends... With Benefits!
  • We're making air travel a touching experience.
  • Wait till you see what we think up next!
  • Customer service you can't resist.
  • The friendly skies just got friendlier
  • We feel your pain... and other things
  • We'll never rub you the wrong way.
  • No, you cannot have a kiss, that would be inappropriate.

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:

Is it okay to thaw my turkey in the bathtub while bathing my kids?

Can I brine my turkey in the washing machine?

Can I use my oven’s self-cleaning cycle to speed up the cooking process?

If I cut my turkey with a chainsaw will the oil affect the taste?

Can I take my frozen turkey into my sauna to thaw it faster?

See the article here.

Streudel Today (Opera Music Video Comedy Cooking Show)

From Dan Simon:

Parade Marathon?
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.


It's normal for kids to play "doctor". Start worrying if you find them playing "airport security".


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

From JibJab:

Bring 'em Home, Bring 'em Home

A 1965 era Pete Seeger song done up by Bruce Springsteen in 2006: 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.

See you on Monday.

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