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Another snow storm is on the way and standard rules of neighborliness apply.
The NYS DEC has insisted that mountain lions don't exist around here contrary to what local residents have always said. This image taken by Joe Greico near Richardsville Road in the Free State of Western Kent on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, speaks otherwise.
Local Energy Prices:
According to NYSERDA the average price for propane this week is $3.12, up two cents from last week. The average price for home heating oil is $3.67, up six cents from last week. Kerosene is $3.70, up 5 cents and gasoline is $3.37, about the same as last week. Profit markups by the robber barons who hold you by the cajones are not recorded so your prices may be significantly higher.
Day of Departure
Massive demonstrations on this "Day of Departure" are taking place in Cairo, Mansoura and Alexandria and at this writing (8:12 AM) pro-Mubarak supporters trying to enter Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square have been stopped by Egyptian Army units.
This is quite unlike the past few days of State Police and NDP paid thugs forming roving gangs and throwing petrol bombs and rocks into the crowds. Latest confirmed reports say that 13 people have been killed and more than 1200 injured. Unofficial reports claim 35 killed and more than 2000 injured.
Egyptian State Television has dramatically changed their tune this morning showing live coverage of the demonstration calling it "demonstrations to support stability" while just yesterday they were claiming the demonstrations were against stability and represented only a small segment of the Egyptian population. Yet right now in a split screen live broadcast, they are showing hundreds of thousands peacefully demonstrating in Tahrir Square and in the other half a small crowd of around 200 pro-Mubarak demonstrators at an undisclosed location.
Over the past few days reporters and cameramen were being beaten and arrested, some requiring hospitalization, and human rights organizations had their offices raided and their staffs detained by the State security apparatus. TV crews using the roof of the Hilton hotel as a vantage point for live coverage of the events in Tahrir Square were raided, their equipment confiscated and were forcibly evicted from the hotel. Yet this morning they are back, some in the crowd itself, others back in the hotel.
In fact, the Egyptian Defense Minister, the head of the army, made an appearance inside Tahrir Square just a few moments ago and was well greeted by pro-democracy demonstrators.
The American response began as hesitant, late, and one-step behind with
But there has certainly been movement in the background as the change in tone from the Egyptian government itself has shown. The United States owns the Egyptian Army hence their passive role over the past few days and their official statement that the concerns of the demonstrators are legitimate.
The key here is the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group. The MB has sworn an end to the peace treaty and war with Israel but they must also realistically understand that Egypt's economic prosperity, social stability and billions of tourist dollars coming in the form of hard currency would come to a screeching halt if the regional situation were to change. They may opt to follow Iran's example which survives quite well on its own but Egypt's culture, while African and Arabic, is more influenced by western culture than Iran's and Egypt's dependency on the cash flow from the Suez canal and tourism cannot be understated.
Jordan's King Abdullah II entered into talks with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood this morning, most certainly at the direction of the US Administration, and the UK Guardian has reported that President Obama would accept the Muslim Brotherhood as a legitimate part of a replacement government until elections can be held, schedule for September.
President Obama has an opportunity here, if played deftly, to rebuild a tiny bit of the US's reputation on the Arab street and I hope he has the mettle to do so and the backing from Republicans to see it through. And since we own Hosni Mubarak and his police apparatus the entire world is watching. Will America rise to the challenge?
This from Paulette Barrett:
Dear Egyptian Demonstrators,
All This Egypt Stuff But Don't Fret!
The Putnam County legislature is still trying to extend the extra sales tax rate since they're too afraid to cut spending as if Legislators might actually face opposition in their elections. The Eldridge/Tamagna administration claims that the extra taxes are paid by people from outside Putnam County but I cannot imagine someone from Yorktown driving to Carmel to shop at Hannaford's. Maybe that's just me. Keep an eye on Eldridge and Tamagna and your pocket: they've got long, itching fingers. Tax And Spend Republicans. Ya gotta love it!
What's Going On?
A Photographic exhibition by Chris Casaburi. As complex as big people, Little People captures the individuality and uniqueness of people in the early stages of their life, featuring commissioned photographs and personal work.
1PM - 3PM - Come meet with me to hear an update on what is going on in Albany. Bring your ideas and suggestions for what needs to be done to improve our state. At the Desmond Fish Library, 472 Route 403 in Garrison.
Noon - 6PM. An open casting call will be held for "Rhymes With Banana", a feature film starring Zosia Mamet (The Kids Are All Right, Parenthood, Mad Men, The Art of Love) and Jee Young Han (The Art of Love, Meet Monica Velour).
7:30PM - At Arts on the Lake, 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes, NY. A chance to socialize with other members, enjoy great desserts, and participate in planning for the coming year. Desserts at 7:30. Program at 8:00 Party goes until the wine runs out. No charge for members. New members always welcome. If planning to attend please write: firstname.lastname@example.org
7:30PM - 10:30PM - Jazz vocalist Michelle LeBlanc at the Hudson House River Inn, 2 Main Street in Cold Spring NY 10516 Call for dinner reservations 845 265 9355
11AM - 5PM - The Hudson Crafts Collective at the Bean Runner Café with a Romantic Brunch with Vocalist, Tony Jefferson. At the Bean Runner Cafe, South Division & Ester Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
9AM - 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: email@example.com 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.
8PM - Four sophisticated singer/songwriters alternate material to create a warm evening in a cold month. Scheduled: the irresistible Buskin and Batteau, the legendary Jake Holmes, the subversive Cat Guthrie, and the incomparable Kati Mac. Tickets: $12.00 General Admission, $10.00 Member Admission. At the Lake Carmel Cultural Center 640 Route 52 Kent Lakes, NY 10512
10AM - Noon - Come meet with me to hear an update on what is going on in Albany. Bring your ideas and suggestions for what needs to be done to improve our state. At the Putnam Valley Library, 20 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley
1Pm - 3PM - Come meet with me to hear an update on what is going on in Albany. Bring your ideas and suggestions for what needs to be done to improve our state. At the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes.
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.
7:30 PM - Putnam Arts Council continues Second Saturday’s In the Center music series with a stupendous line up of three area singer/songwriters on Feb 12th at 7:30pm. Presenting songs for “The Heart, The Soul and The Funny Bone” will be Josh Joffen, Stuart Kabak and Carla Ulbrich, all performers that exemplify thoughtful insights into our collective world.
3PM - Arts on the Lake will launch a new series of community workshops featuring the art forms and talented artists presented at the Center year round. These workshops allow the public to sample programs of interest in a one-time class, an affordable way to experience art-making without a big commitment.
NSCW 2011: What Does the Future Hold? Workshop Topics Include: • Transit-oriented Development • Alternative Energy • Innovations in Brownfields Redevelopment • Sustainable Communities, and more!
3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
2PM Join Cary Institute educators for an interpretive stroll along our snow-covered trails. While bears and chipmunks are sleeping away the winter, there are still signs of life on our grounds. Put on your hat and boots and discover animal tracks, ice bell formations, cold weather insects, and the wonders of winter survival. Meet at the main campus parking area, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, NY. RSVPs are required; let us know if you are signing up for the adult walk or the family-friendly walk. Contact (845) 677-7600 x 121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're excited to announce Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration to Benefit Clearwater, which will be held at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, on April 22 at 8pm.
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