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|"That's why I can't say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works." - Boris Yellnikoff (aka Woody Allen) |
Good Friday Morning,
Not only is it snowing again but it's going to get cold, again. The forecast for the weekend is for a high of 22º tomorrow (Saturday) and a high of only 20º on Sunday with lows around 5 below zero. Monday's high is said to be 13º. Yes, that's the high temperature for the day.Things get back to normal on Thursday, the 27th where projected highs are to reach the mid-30's.
As I'm always saying, standard rules apply: check on your neighbors, even those you think don't need checking on.
To the drivers on Route 301 this morning: Thanks for being mensches. Thanks for not tailgating. Thanks for clearing off your cars. Thanks for using your headlights. Thanks for taking your time.
To the driver on Route 6 in Carmel: This isn't NYC. If a car doesn't move the moment before the light changes to green it's not a valid reason to honk at them.
To the garbage truck driver on Route 52: Honking at the car in front of you as he's getting ready to make a turn onto an unplowed road is not a reason to lean on your horn like that. Okay? He had his directional on and that should be warning enough. Maybe, just maybe, if you weren't so close on his butt you would have seen that.
If anyone is coming down Miller Hill Road later today and heading towards Route 52 in Carmel, I could use a lift.
Dear Mr. Mailman:
I understand that the USPS has been relegated to be the Official Carrier of Junk Mail of the Junk Mail Marketing Association of the World but I wish you'd reconsider and allow me to OPT THE HECK OUT of receiving a mailbox filled with garbage twice a week in which important mail gets buried and lost.
This image shows the nitrogen dioxide pollution levels for the area yesterday, January 20, 2011
The Government Accountability Office has just completed a study that says the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy has cost taxpayers some $200,000,000 between 2004 and 2009 while expelling 3,664 personnel.
Wikipedia says, Nitrogen dioxide is toxic by inhalation. However, as the compound is acrid and easily detectable by smell at low concentrations, inhalation exposure can generally be avoided. One potential source of exposure is fuming nitric acid, which spontaneously produces NO2 above 0 °C. Symptoms of poisoning (lung edema) tend to appear several hours after inhalation of a low but potentially fatal dose. Also, low concentrations (4 ppm) will anesthetize the nose, thus creating a potential for overexposure.
"They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you." - Rush Limbaugh, June 10, 2010
Of those, 35% were experienced soldiers having served two years or more. 17% were expelled during boot camp or their first three months in the service.
Movies For a Very Cold Weekend:
Fido: A 2006 Canadian zombie film with a technicolor vibrancy that shocks the eye. Yes, you heard that right. In an alternate 1950's style universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies, one company has solved the problem... or think they have. This reworking of the zombie genre is cute as all get out and funny as hell. Watch it with the kids. It's references to the Lassie series (of which you need to be a certain age to appreciate) are uncanny and clearly intentional, right down to the boy named Timmy and his pet zombie, Fido.
The film cost an estimated $8 million and garnered only $300,000 in box office receipts in a limited commercial run but it's certain to become a cult classic.Whatever Works: The latest from Woody Allen has the feel of a stage play where the actors are *acting* and the dialog is as Allenesque as it can get. And yes, it's filmed in New York. Starring Larry David, an amazing Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Begley Jr., this movie has twists and turns galore - and a happy ending.
Boris Yellnikoff: Can you believe this cracker, this red state Neanderthal, this mindless zombie of the National Rifle Association?
What's going On?
1PM - 4PM - at the Fishkill Recreation Center, 793 Route 52 in Fishkill. Homeowners & Renters: Plan now for a more affordable year! Come learn about: Low Cost - Do it Yourself Energy Upgrades, Free Energy Audits, Low-interest Financing, Rebates for New Appliances, Renewable Energy: Solar/Wind, Low-Income Programs ...and much more! *Refreshments provided by the Town of Fishkill* Free, but registration required. Contact Meridith Nierenberg, Coordinator, Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities at 845-331-2238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
8PM - Arts on the Lake proudly presents The Magic of Imagination with David Morey on Saturday, January 22, at 8:00 p.m. Morey and the audience will journey through a wonderland of magic, experiencing all types of magic, from illusion to storytelling, from sleight of hand to mind reading—a journey that will take the audience beyond the bounds of its imagination.
3PM - "Who Is Liu Xiaobo?" Gene Damm, Educational Director of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association Northeast New York Chapter, will discuss the background and writings of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner who is now serving an eleven year sentence in China for subverting state power. Sponsored by: US-China Peoples Friendship Association, Northeast New York Chapter. USCPFA is a non-profit, tax exempt, educational organization; whose goal is to develop and strengthen friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and the People's Republic of China. Free. At the William Sanford/Town of Colonie Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. Call Gene Damm at(518) 482-7675 for more information.
6PM - The Green Building industry is undergoing dynamic and sometimes controversial changes. In this seminar, Rick Alfandre and Cliff Cooper will present an overview of updates to rating systems, the regulatory environment, training systems, technologies and practices that will affect green building projects in the coming year.
7PM The Putnam County Legislature has proposed a two-term limit law for the County Executive's position and CE Paul Eldridge will be holding a public hearing this evening on the matter at the County Office Building. You can attend in person or you can send the CE an email [email@example.com], a fax or a letter.
7PM - Join us for an evening with internationally recognized cultural commentator, author, and filmmaker, Helena Norberg-Hodge, as she presents her latest film, "The Economics of Happiness." After the film Norberg-Hodge will discuss how rebuilding smaller scale, ecological, local economies can help us rediscover those essential relationships, both with the living world and with one another, that ultimately give our lives meaning and joy.
7PM - CIES Talk. Most people pay attention to climate change in the summer, when faced with heat waves, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms. In the northeast, climate warming is actually more marked in the winter, and the loss of snow cover can have a ripple effect on tree growth and groundwater recharge. Cary Institute scientist Dr. Peter Groffman will discuss how mild winters threaten soil productivity, plant growth, and freshwater resources. Event is free. Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.
1AM - Noon - What does a watershed need to produce clean water? The Hudson River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Estuary Program present a new Geographic Information System mapping tool that can help identify important watershed attributes. Donald Steinmetz of the Highlands Environmental Research Institute will present this new GIS tool, based on data developed by the US Forest Service. Fran Dunwell and Scott Cuppett from the Hudson River Estuary Program, and Jennifer Grossman from the Highlands Coalition and Open Space Institute will discuss the importance of clean water and watershed management in the Hudson Valley. To Register Contact Barbara Kendall, HRWA Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org 914 474 2759
Location: Sterling Forest Visitor Center, 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987
7PM - 9PM State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef has invited Assemblyman Kevin Cahill to discuss his bill A447 which would shift the burden of school funding from property taxes to income taxes. Joining Mr. Cahill will be Frank Mauro from the Public Policy Institute, Edmund J. McMahon, the director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy and Martin Reid, Deputy Director of Government Relations from the NY School Boards Association. At the Desmond Fish Library, 472 Route 403 (at the intersection of Route 9D). Call 914 941-1111 for more information.
7:30PM - Described as "totally captivating" by Billboard Magazine, Tom Chapin is a singer, guitar player, TV personality, concert performer, actor, composer, and recording artist. Tom's concerts span generations and stereotypes, and his recordings have earned him awards from Parent's Choice New York Music Awards, and Emmy and Peabody Awards for his work with ABC's Make a Wish. Tom is also renowned for carrying on the work of his brother, the late Harry Chapin, in combating world hunger.
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