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Prognosticating? Look at cutting edge technologies

Sometimes, especially in global turmoil and loads of flip-flopping news items, it is hard to begin to know where things are heading. Indeed, it is often even harder to determine if the nonsense said one day and un-Tweeted the next has any lasting effect or actually is taken seriously by anyone, anywhere. 

On the global stage there are often signs way after the effect, or Tweet, or lies, or executive orders have caught the news. So how are you, people who just want to know what the future may hold, supposed to glean any clue? Watch advanced technologies.

Ostriches

An ode to AC and ice cubes

Today is another hot and humid day in a summer that has seen many of them. Despite recent rains, the rivers remain low and the sun is bright and my garden still thirsts for rain. Some folks like it hot and muggy but I am not one of them. Today is the kind of day I wish I were at the beach, rather than in a room without air conditioning.

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In need of a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Pride. It’s something that everyone should have the good fortune of experiencing. Whether it’s pride in a job well done, pride in one’s family or pride in one’s culture and nationality, being proud can be a wonderful thing. Certainly, for movements making their way across the U.S. and beyond, pride is an integral part of letting others know who you are and what you stand for.

Canada vs. Denmark: Little-known border disputes

Did you know that Denmark and Canada are at war? And that they are negotiating — have been for four decades — for peace?  And what’s the war about? Borders and protecting territorial integrity. You see, half way between Greenland (Danish sovereign territory) and Ellesmere Island (part of Canada) in a straight of water known as Kennedy Channel is a lump of rock called Hans Island. 

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 7-26-18

There’s more to know about Cricket Valley 

Health Quest

It’s only ankle high

Scots historian Alexander Stewart has given me some useful language.
His “ ‘Twixt Ben Nevis and Glencoe: The Natural History, Legends and Folk-Lore of the West Highlands” (published in Edinburgh in 1885) includes a witty section about how folks in his day measured precipitation. 

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Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 7-19-18

Air quality and Cricket Valley are of great concern

We appreciate the extensive coverage The Lakeville Journal and Millerton News provided about the construction of a natural gas-powered electrical generating facility in Dover Plains. Hopefully many readers closely followed your series about Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC). 

Wasteful to run the tap until the water is hot

Running the water to wait for it to get hot is a huge waste of water. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading non-profit green group, upwards of 10 percent of all the hot water drawn for showering in a typical single-family home is wasted waiting for hot water to arrive.