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Vol. VI, No. XI

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TECHNOLOGY CREATIVE DISRUPTION

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Two Extremes-One In the Middle By JOHN SIMON I have been occasionally impressed with plays about politics, but this may be the first one I actually loved. And don’t for a moment fear that this is a piece of dry-as-dust dramatized history, although it is a history play about the early phase of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency. But it is much more than what that implies.

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It does mostly sidestep the Vietnam War, though that is a blemish of JFK’s that Johnson inherited and couldn’t do much about. It is, however, about his glorious achievements on the home front, the war against poverty and the forces that deprived black Americans from full citizenship, a war LBJ waged with supreme cunning in strategy and tactics against tremendous obstacles. It also touches touchingly on Lyndon and Ladybird’s warm but sometimes a bit bumpy marriage, and other aspects of the man’s private life, notably his companionate relationship with his top aide, Walter Jenkins, and his grief when the latter’s scandal ended it. Schenkkan has manifestly researched the wealth of material about LBJ, and presumably added bits of apt and tactful invention. But it makes little difference how he arrived at “All the Way”; what matters is how skillfully he assembled and shaped his material in which drama and comedy amicably elbow each other to provide us with nonstop suspense, laughter, empathy and enthusiasm as we watch his hero’s

brilliant maneuvers to implement his gallant, much-needed vision of a better America. That vision elicited the stiffest opposition from the white supremacist Southern politicians of either party, with support from his own scant at best. What he accomplished at great personal risk and sacrifice required enormous amounts of shrewdness, patience, good humor—but also boundless energy and controlled righteous indignation. Also anger management among his black allies, often intemperate and divided among themselves.This wonderfully clever and witty hero is as much fun to watch as Shakespeare’s or Molière’s most exciting protagonists. Yet all this could come for naught but for a superlative production that holds you spellbound without surcease. There is, first of all, a history-making performance by Bryan Cranston. That he manages to look, move and sound very much like LBJ is the least of it. The play calls on him to win over countless, rigid opponents with savvy and often hilarious stratagems, and endure occasional setbacks with grand passion. Cranston does all this with an enchanting radiance, beginning with a glint in the eyes and then spreading and suffusing his entire being. You watch him as you would a champion athlete, stand-up comic, or seducer in ineluctable action. Next, praise must go to the exquisite direction of Bill Rauch. He finds ways of making episodes that could seem a trifle repetitious always different and uniquely compelling. He is greatly helped by Christopher Acebo’s Senate-floor setting, C Jane Cox’s atmospheric lighting, Shawn M Sagady and Wendall K. Harrington’s terrific projections that admirably transportY us to the many varied locations, and Deborah M. CM Dryden’s irreproachable costumes. There are contributions by many others, supremely so MY by the fabulous supporting cast of 19, most CY of them playing impeccably several roles. I must, however, single out a few.CMYThere is Brandon J. Dirden’s commanding Dr. K King, capturing the man’s many conflicts expertly. There is John McMartin, one of our finest comic actors, giving one of his greatest performances as Senator Richard Russell; also Robert Petkoff ’s delightful Hubert Humphrey, and Michael McKean’s amusingly confused J. Edgar Hoover. On and on goes the list of excellences, but I have room only for the three winning actresses—Betsy

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THE WESTCHESTER GUARDIAN

Thursday, MARCH 13, 2014

EYE ON THEATRE

Two Extremes-One In the Middle Continued from page 3

Aiden, Susannah Schulman and Roslyn Ruff—each embodying more than one outstanding woman. Let me conclude with two further strong points: the way simultaneous actions play out deftly with or against each other, and the way some very humble actions—a

haircut, a shoeshine—help to anchor the proceedings in flavorful reality. But enough of this. It’s up to you to secure your tickets before unanimous raves make them much harder to come by. Venue: Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, New York, NY. Tickets: (877)

250-2929. One problem with autobiographical works is that they can be more interesting to the author than to the audience. Another, that they are apt to be too long, which Craig Lucas’s “Ode to Joy” originally was. The new trimmed version, on the other hand, has jarring gaps that make for troubling discontinuity. Adele, a painter, and Bill, a cardiac surgeon, both have drinking problems. They meet one afternoon at a bar, and are soon discussing such things as Jesus and Kierkegaard, the latter of whom they mispronounce. It leads to marriage, divorce, remarriage, re-divorce, and, at play’s end, talk of re-remarriage, over a period of 15 years. This includes a lengthy lesbian period for Adele with Mala, a businesswoman, who gets a heart transplant administered by Bill, but only friendship, no affair. The acting is good. Though she has put on much weight, Kathryn Erbe is an apt Adele, Roxanna Hope a decent Mala, and Arliss Howard, although unappealing, an accomplished Bill. But to appreciate this play, directed by the author, I suspect one would have to be at the very least a former alcoholic. Venue: Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014. Tickets: (800) 276-2392

The Mint Theater has revived John Van Druten’s “London Wall,” about goings-on in a London law office in 1931. Van Druten was a successful and prolific author of boulevard comedies and dramas, and intermittent able screenwriter. His stage hits include “Old Acquaintance,” “The Voice of the Turtle,” “I Remember Mama,”“I Am a Camera,” and a few others, altogether 25 shows. Here we get a tough senior partner, a womanizing junior partner, and various female secretary typists, chief among them the venerable Miss Janus (the wonderful Julia Coffey) and a 19-year-old novice, Pat (the insufferable Elise Kibler), among others. There are all sorts of professional and private entanglements, minor triumphs and fiascos, the whole thing adding up to a solid threeact entertainment, somewhat hectically directed by Davis McCallum, but essentially enjoyable. Venue: Mint Theater, 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10036. Box Office (866) 811-4111.

“printing” tracheas for implanting in human throats and developing perfect models of a patient’s heart before open-heart surgery is performed – and we find that materials are ready to allow 3D printing of new homes. We barely understood much about drones – just knowing that they were flying machines without pilots that could be used in battle; now we read about Amazon planning to use them to deliver products, police to perform surveillance operations, and farmers and rural law enforcement to search for poachers. These words could well have been written today --- it might seem that nothing has changed in the year – but a judgment like that would, of course, be wrong. We may divide the developments in the last year into two broad categories – “Speed & New Products” and “Awareness.” Products that were just getting our attention a year or so ago seem to have exploded in development. Additionally, some refinements of older products or new versions appeared. Here are some examples: • Google’s “Driverless Cars” were just attracting attention and now we have half a dozen car manufacturers testing their own versions of these cars while some California

drivers are actually using them. • Additionally, Google has been pushing ahead with Hot-Air Balloon delivery of Wi-Fi services and the wiring of selected US cities for low-cost Internet service. The “iPad mini” brought recognition to many that a tablet could be smaller and still functional – although the Google Nexus 7 had already come to the market, Apple’s offering received so much publicity that it caught the attention of many who had not looked at 7 inch tablets (with the exceptions of the Kindle and Nook tablets, which many think of primarily as e-book readers). Google also has one of the largest tablets, the Nexus 10 (which dwarfs the standard iPad). At the other extreme, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 brought attention to the larger screen smartphone, now called “phablets” (“phone + tablet”). The thrust of the new sized devices is one that benefits (as well as confuses) users in providing choices that may be made based on the user’s needs and comforts. For example, I love the form and clarity of the Nexus 7 for use around the house and office but when outside of those places, I want a mini-tablet that fits in an inside pocket. * Staying with tablets, the “Surface

John Simon has written for over 50 years on theatre, film, literature, music and fine arts for the Hudson Review, New Leader, New Criterion, National Review,New York Magazine, Opera News, Weekly Standard, Broadway.com and Bloomberg News. He reviews books for the New York Times Book Review andWashington Post.

He has written profiles for Vogue, Town and Country, Departures and Connoisseur and produced 17 books of collected writings. Mr. Simon holds a PhD from Harvard University in Comparative Literature and has taught at MIT, Harvard University, Bard College and Marymount Manhattan College. To learn more, visit the JohnSimon-Uncensored. com website.

TECHNOLOGY CREATIVE DISRUPTION

The 100th Column By JOHN F. McMULLEN

About a year ago, the 50th column in this series began “The columns are concerned with the general theme of “Creative Disruption” – impact, positive and negative, that technological innovation has had on us, individually and as a society. Technology, since the invention of the wheel, has had profound impact even though, particularly in our time, its impact may not be noticed until it affects us personally. The main difference that we have seen in the late 20th Century and early 21st is the constantly accelerating rate of this innovation. The mega-inventions of the early 20th Century – the automobile, the telephone, and the airplane – took generations to reach critical mass and improvements in these areas were incremental, not revolutionary until close to the end of the century. Current generations have seen two, three, four, even five revolutionary changes in their lifetime (ex. records, 8-Tracks, cassettes, CDs, mp3s). These revolutionary changes require work forces with different skills, different

manufacturing processes and different distribution channels and methods – and, if we are not directly involved in these fields, we may not be aware of the changes until we notice that the local Tower Records or Borders is no more, or that there are no longer film processing stores in the mall – or, worse, that the house next door belonging to an engineering executive at Kodak has been re-possessed.” These words could well have been written today --- it might seem that nothing has changed in the year – but a judgment like that would, of course, be wrong. We may divide the developments in the last year into two broad categories – “Speed & New Products” and “Awareness.” Products that were just getting our attention a year or so ago seem to have exploded in development. Additionally, some refinements of older products or new versions appeared. Here are some examples: • A year ago, we were just beginning to understand that “3D Printing” could be used to copy wrenches and make trinkets for crafts shows. Now we read of doctors

2” from Microsoft provides a less expensive, much lighter alternative to a laptop. Microsoft has built in Microsoft Office as well as the standard web browser and e-mail capability, giving users what most would like in a tablet. Additionally, the unit contains a full-size USB port (unlike most tablets which have a mini-port). The user also has a choice of two optional full-size keyboards (which attach magnetically and form a case with the Surface 2), a tactile one and a “chicklit” type. Note – there is also a “Surface Pro 2” which is a fully powered computer with the same format and keyboard connection as the Surface 2 tablet. • Facebook’s recent purchase of “WhatsApp,” a private text messaging system bolstered the movement to messaging products that include videos, pictures, voice files, and location services – all far beyond the plain texting that has existed for years. Google + seems to have settled in as a very successful social media tool, fitting in between the folksiness of Facebook and the business professional feel of LinkedIn. Wearable devices were only talked about by a few then; now Google Glass is close the coming to mass market and I have a Galaxy Gear Watch, which, among other

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electorate, if it materializes, can get the attention of our dysfunctional government. While most say that we value our privacy, few do much to protect it. ProPublica reporter and author of “Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance,” Julia Angwin, on the other hand, did a lot. As she writes in a New York Times piece, “Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good?” (http://www.nytimes. com/2014/03/04/opinion/has-privacybecome-a-luxury-good.html), “Last year, I spent more than $2,200 and countless hours trying to protect my privacy. Some of the items I bought — a $230 service that encrypted my data in the Internet cloud; a $35 privacy filter to shield my laptop screen from coffee-shop voyeurs; and a $420 subscription to a portable Internet service to bypass untrusted connections — protect me from criminals and hackers. Other products, like a $5-a-month service that provides me with disposable email addresses and phone numbers, protect me against the legal (but, to me, unfair) mining and sale of my personal data. In our datasaturated economy, privacy is becoming a luxury good. After all, as the saying goes, if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. And currently, we aren’t paying for very much of our technology.” I think that the piece is very well done in alerting us to the fact that, in our electronic age, that we have little safeguard against those who want to know about us (and everyone else).

Her answer differs, however, somewhat from mine. I’m not advising anyone to spend $2,200 on gadgets and software; I’m advising people only to “be aware – and deal with it.” It bothers me little if Google knows the key words in my e-mail or who I write to, if anyone can read my postings on Facebook, Google +, or LinkedIn or my Twitter tweets – I’m responsible for what I say – in this column, on the radio, or on social media. I would like the government to rein in inappropriate surveillance but I’m not holding my breath. I just want to make sure that we all know the risks and, if we deem it necessary, obtain the necessary tools to deal with them (here Julia’s column and her book helps). The most important thing – as in everything above – is that we are informed and can adjust to our ever-sorapidly-changing world! That’s all for this 100 – now on to the next.

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things, allows me to make “Dick Tracy-like” phone calls and take pictures & videos, all from my wrist. These examples are far from the only ones – products are designed, tested, talked about and come to market faster than ever before. We must constantly be attempting to understand and plan for technology that we have only heard rumors about – if we don’t think in this matter, not only may our technology become obsolete but we, the owners of the technology, may follow it to obsolescence. Moving to public awareness, no matter what anyone thinks about Edward Snowden’s ethics, patriotism, or worth as a human being, he opened the eyes of the general public to not only what the government monitors about us but what information is available about us to businesses, individuals, on-line services – in short, just about everyone. Some of the immediate reactions: There has been much focus by Congress and advocacy groups on the NSA and FBI surveillance programs (as well as cameras in public places and the possibility

of drone surveillance). Every new revelation brings clamor for restricting, cutting back, or eliminating these programs – demands countered with claims by government officials that these programs are necessary for our security (the accuracy of these rebuttals is hard to judge because the success figures of terrorist attacks thwarted are classified). President Obama has called for a revamping of surveillance programs. The Department of Commerce is holding hearings in the process of attempting to establish procedures for the commercial use of facial recognition software. It is not clear at the moment what the results of this effort will be – and what dangers, if any, the use of such technology poses to the public. Fourteen civil liberties and technology advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP, and Common Cause have come up with a list of principles, which they deem “essential” for the protection of civil liberties in the “Big Data” era. These admonitions to government and businesses alike, which the statement calls “vitally important that these technologies be designed and used in ways that respect the values of equal opportunity and equal justice,” are “Stop High-Tech Profiling,” “Ensure Fairness in Automated

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THE SOUNDS OFBLUE By Bob Putignano The four CD set of nearly two complete shows - the September 25, 1976 show at the Capital Centre, Landover, MD, and the September 28, 1976 show at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY, is mastered in HDCD from the original recordings by Dan Healy. Musicians: Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals, Donna Jean Godchaux – vocals, Keith Godchaux – piano, Bill Kreutzmann – drums, Mickey Hart – drums, Phil Lesh - bass, vocals, Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals. Note: 1976 was the year that the band returned from a self-imposed nearly two-year touring sabbatical that also marked the return of (a more cluttered sound) with rhythm devils Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart who since 1971 – who were reunited this same year of ‘76. Disc one (from Landover, MD) opens with an uneventful “Bertha” where the only other highlights are the mythical “Cassidy” and a superlative “Let It Grow” with Garcia shifting into overdrive relentlessly creating songs within songs during his intense and innovative guitar solos. The first set closes with “Sugaree” and would have left a better impression had the band ended with the powerful “Let It Grow.”Set two starts with an okay coupling of “Lazy Lightnin’,” “Supplication,” tunes Weir previously recorded

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and performed with his Kingfish band.There’s a pretty potent and funky “Dancing in the Streets” that segues into a lame “Cosmic Charlie” whose shelf-life should have expired in 1968. The set ends with a thirty minute run through of “St. Stephen,” “Not Fade Away,” a short “Drums” segment, back to “St. Stephen,” and the anticlimactic “Sugar Magnolia.” Onto discs three and four and moving to Syracuse, NY the band opens with a boring “Cold Rain and Snow,” “Candyman” is also a snore, as is “Friend of the Devil.” The first set is salvaged by another potent “Let It Grow” that (this time) coupled with a rare set ending “Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad” that left me optimistic for the second set. This second set runs nonstop (other than the encore) for over an hour starting with “Playing In the Band” that gets sumptuously spacey, followed by the gorgeous “The Wheel,” into (an oddly placed and pedestrian paced) “Sampson and Delilah,” that morphs into untitled “Jam” that’s pretty free-form tinged. From the “Jam” there’s a lethargic “Comes a Time” that rolls into a five minute “Drums” segment. Given that the band had a bit of a rest (and probable fun backstage break) the band charges into a heavenly “Eyes of the World” performed here at breakneck

speed with extremely powerful guitar solos from Garcia, then shifts into another loose jam titled “Orange Tango Jam” which is a perfect setup for “Dancing in the Streets” followed by the set closing return of “Playing in the Band.”As if this wasn’t enough the band returns for more, and encore with a night ending “Johnny B. Goode.” Whew! Dick’s Picks, Vol. 20 carries the following warning: CAVEAT EMPTOR: “Dick’s Picks Volume 20 was mastered from the original stereo 1/4” reel-to-reel tapes, running at 7.5 ips, from the PA mix. Through optimal sonic manipulation of these master tapes we have aimed to create as good a replication of the live concert experience as possible. Enjoy.” For fifteen years Bob Putignano has been pivotal at WFDU with his Sounds of Blue radio show www.SoundsofBlue.com - Previously a senior contributing editor at BluesWax, Blues Revue, and Goldmine magazines. Putignano can be contacted at: bob8003@yahoo.com Bob Putignano http://www.SoundsofBlue. com is now celebrating 14 + years on the air at WFDU http://wfdu.fm

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New Rochelle’s Shock Wave A Bridge too Much

By BOB MARRONE Walking through New Roc and over the bridge, to Donald Trump’s house we go. I wondered aloud if the bridge we just crossed was the ‘wave bridge,’ I just had to know. Sure enough, she said with a shrug, indeed it was what I had thought. It was, in fact, the blue wave crossing that a quarter million had bought. Nice little poem,no? I had forgotten about the bridge, and I had never crossed it before. But something about the wavy pattern jogged my memory, bringing out the poet in me. When you do news and current events for a living, the stories have a way of floating by you, no pun intended, like boats on a river. You

remember the real expensive ones or the very ornate ones and sometimes even those that sunk. But the vast majority just passes by rarely to be heard about or seen, again.The big stories that stick and we remember in New Rochelle tend to be political, focused on development or about the city’s famous residents past and present. The Naval Armory, taxes, big building projects and the introduction of new parks makes recurring news. So, it seems, does the history of the famous people who lived or live there. Thomas Paine and Lou Gehrig always resurface, and we hear repeatedly about Ray Rice and the wonderful church that the equally wonderful Mariano Rivera is building on North Avenue. As I sat in the new barbecue eatery under

the wigged one’s apartment house, the dust began shaking off my memories of a guest a few years back who talked about this wonderful bridge that was going to span Huguenot Street, allowing people to avoid the traffic and move to and fro from New Roc City to the Trump building etc. It was going to be, they said, an artistic masterpiece that would give pedestrians a sense that they were surrounded by blue waves. I was told that sound effects would enhance the experience. A well know talented artist was on the case and ordering the finest tiles from wherever. It was to be, I believed, a highlight of a resurgent downtown, something that would complement the born-again Division Street strip and the new and newer high risers of the area. Well, my bad. I never followed up. Time passed; we watched The Donald building have its grand opening, the ice rink have its grand closing and the downtown, slowly continued to improve. The city and the veterans continued to fight over the Armory like a scene from

the movie “Braveheart”. We continued to fight over school budgets, taxes and the off again-on again Echo Bay project, and Ray Rice won a Super Bowl, that is before he got arrested. We weathered a flood, two big hurricanes and lots of snow. We even passed the fifty year mark of futility over what to do with David’s Island. Through all of it, in these last five years, I never heard another word about the bridge with the magic waves. Now you will. Take a walk for yourself. As you pass over the admittedly pretty blues tiled walkway, ask yourself if it should have cost $250,000 dollars. Ask yourself if you don’t have a brother-in-law in the tile business who could have done it for much less. More to the point; ask yourself if you feel the experience of waves splashing around you. While you’re at it, ask yourself how much a quarter of a million dollars is. You could buy a decent house in most American cities for that, What did I think of it, you ask? Well, after I made the return trip, all I could think of was a large men’s room in a

Caribbean airport, or maybe the back wall at the Aquarium where they sell rubber dolphins. New Rochelle is a well run city; it really is. Despite the cries of the south and westenders that the city was better off with the old tax cap, and even as the new state imposed tax lid threatens to make city hall a ghost town and the roads a lunar landscape of pot holes, it runs a tight ship. Yes they have come up with clever ways, like garbage pickup fees, which some call a tax by another name, but they get by. So my first concern was whether the city paid $250,000 for this overhyped, way overpriced bridge. The good news is that they did not. I have on good authority that the cost was borne by the ever popular developer Cappelli Enterprises. The bad news is that we in the news business need to do a better job of following up on such good news. Robert Marrone is an author and freelancer writer.


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Don’t Dictate Language By DANIEL WARD Legislating on what people speak widens cultural divides. The Ukrainian conflict has highlighted the instability of nations in which languages and cultures compete for dominance. Despite fundamental differences, parallels have been drawn with the situation in the U.S., where Spanish is now being seen as a challenge to English in some areas. Although there is no danger of a Ukrainianstyle conflict in the U.S., more must be done to encourage linguistic integration and equal access to economic opportunities, and thus minimize the potential for tension between communities. In Ukraine, the division has been oversimplified by many commentators as an east (Russian-speaking) and west (Ukrainianspeaking) divide. Past polls indicate that a majority of Russian speakers living in the country have expressed loyalty to Ukraine and not Russia. Also, some people who identify themselves as Ukrainian-speaking may speak Russian in their day-to-day lives. However, the country’s politics have been dominated by the linguistic divide since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Back in 2004, governors in eastern Ukraine warned that Russianspeaking regions in the east would secede if

Viktor Yushchenko became president. The disputed election of Viktor Yanukovych, a Russia-backed candidate, was overturned and Yushchenko won in a reelection. The country remained politically divided, but discussion of eastern secession quickly waned. Ten years later, Yanukovych, elected in 2010 after disappointment in the Orange Revolution, has been ousted, and the east-west divide has again come to the fore. Making Ukrainian the sole national language back in 1991 was a divisive move on which politicians have played to gain advantage. Yanukovych is a Russian speaker from the east and, despite his efforts to please nationalists by promoting the language, he still makes mistakes in Ukrainian. Yulia Tymoshenko (just released from jail), who lost the 2010 election, has spent years mastering Ukrainian, yet she called the 2012 law making Russian an official language “a crime against the state.” The lesson from Ukraine and other linguistically diverse nations is that the creation of an official language leads to division rather than unity. It is usually a ploy to cater to nationalistic minorities for political gain. Furthermore, the groups that speak unofficial languages become constitutionally excluded, while their languages and cultures are delegitimized. In the U.S., where states and cities have

enshrined English as the sole official language, we should learn from this experience and allow languages to develop organically without governmental intervention. While Spanish is a very important language in the U.S. — almost 40 million Americans speak it at home — English is the de facto language of the nation and it does not need any official recognition as such. No matter how unjust it may be, the reality is that Americans who don’t speak and write relatively well in English have less chance of economic success than those who do. Nobody knows that better than non-English speakers themselves, who are clamoring for classes, books, apps, CDs — anything that will help them to learn the language. Instead of wasting time, effort, and money on amplifying divisions by creating a sole official language, we should be providing more free or low-cost programs to adult English learners and increasing investment in research-proven methodologies to help younger English learners achieve language competency and content knowledge hand in hand. Of course, the more forward-thinking English learners — and native English speakers — will see it as an advantage rather than a threat to be competent in another language, too. Daniel Ward is editor of Language Magazine www.languagemagazine.com . Direct e-mail to editor@languagemagazine.com.

BUSINESS

Curtis Instruments Provides Clients with Electric Systems to Power Vehicles Worldwide By Rich Monetti Curtis Instruments of Mt. Kisco currently possesses and has utilized instrumentation to convert almost 3,000 internal combustion engined vehicles to electric ones over the years. On the other hand, integrating their proven technology into automobiles overall will probably never reach a point where the earth’s temperature drops a few degrees or causes the world’s coastlines to regain lost ground. “The automobile industry is unique unto itself,” advised Curtis Instrument Director of Corporate Marketing Frank Matheis, and it is not among the markets the Mt. Kisco headquartered company seeks. But there still remains plenty of room for the globally focused company to have an impact on the way we live. “Essentially, our systems go into a wide range of vehicles such as fork lifts, golf carts, light road vehicles and wheelchairs,” noted

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The golf course is obviously a lot less confined. Matheis suggests the concerns and problem associated with such fumes translate all too often into the open air. “You’re out there, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and you get the putt-putt of the golf cart, it’s spewing all that poison so there’s a real movement to eliminate those kinds of vehicles.” The crucial aspect of the unit is governed by a Controller. Instead of gas being injected into the combustion chambers of the engine

to fire the pistons and move the vehicle, Curtis Instruments’ technology collects the energy stored from within the battery pack, resulting in acceleration. “It creates the same smooth operation through the use of a gas pedal,” he advised. Historically, Curtis Instruments is noted to go the distance. “We’ve done instrumentation that went to the moon during the Apollo missions,”he noted with pride, referring to the electric systems they’ve been developing since 1960.

While Curtis Instruments is a little short on an extension chord to recharge the next moon mission, the earthbound machinery is never far from the surge needed to scoot toward one’s destination. “You can go to a station, plug it in, or some places may have an onboard charger,” he advised. “It’s permanently mounted onto the overall drive system, and when you need to go, you simply plug it in.” In terms of cost comparisons many customers put such considerations in the rear.

Vehicles have different cost factors, but the primary benefit our customers seek is that it’s cleaner to run, not necessarily cheaper to run. That plays most significantly for Curtis Instruments in places where it is commonly believed that green is a dirty word. “Globally, there is a process of electrification – especially in countries like China and India where there’s a great deal of pollution,” he said. But all this doesn’t make electric completely clean since producing the battery requires a power source. “Your going off the

grid,” he says, which utilizes fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but the carbon footprint is diminished as a function of the wind, solar and hydroelectric that make up the whole. That said, Curtis adheres to a much simpler equation when it comes to those that think electric motors are nothing more than a smokescreen. “You’re coming out ahead because there’s no combustion of toxic fumes so you’re running clean,” he concluded. Rich Monetti has been a freelance writer since 2003. He lives in Westchester County.

CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

My Stolen Revolution By SHERIF AWAD Recent protests in Iran awakened the memories of Iranian-born filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani to a time when, as a young activist, she fled after the 1979 revolution. Haunted by the guilt of abandoning her imprisoned friends and her brother Rostam who was later executed, Persson began a quest to find those who had survived only to learn

Nahid Persson Sarvestani about their horrific torture and also about Rostam’s final days. This intimate investigation resulted with her documentary, “My Stolen Revolution”, that will be shown at the 3rd Luxor African Film Festival, from March 18-24, 2014, as part of the Special Human Rights and Freedom Section Filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani journeyed back into her past, during Iran’s 1979 revolution, when Islamists who seized power after overthrowing the dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi thereafter systematically began to persecute other revolutionaries; many of them communists, like Nahid. One victim was her brother Rostam who was executed after six months in prison. However, Nahid managed to escape by hiding out; then fleeing the country. She had

not been willing to think about what happened back then until thirty years later, after the brutal crackdown on protesters during the Iranian elections, which became her wake-up call. Nahid started to track down her old peers; women who were Nahid Persson Sarvestani at the premier in 2013 her friends in the revolufilm will encourage the world to have a contion and who survived years of torture in the tinuing awareness of the situation there. Ayatollah’s prisons. She found some of them “I have, on several occasions, portrayed in America, and others in Europe.They would my former home country of Iran in my films”, come to share stories with each other; horrific accounts of the atrocities that were carried said Nahid. “Through these stories, I have out during their days in prison. They recalled gained understanding of the horrible experiences that my friends and family have gone being beaten in their cells, and the almost daily firings from the execution squads. The through. My interest in making the film was partially to find some closure to the decades exchange prompted Nahid to confront her memories of being a political prisoner, and of guilt I felt escaping from Iran and leaving revealed emotions tied to her brother’s horrific my seventeen year-old brother locked behind a prison cell. He was executed while I was final days behind prison walls. in Iran. As soon as he was executed, I fled It is this inevitable journey that Nahid first feared to undertake that gave her a deeper the country. I always felt that if I had turned and more complex understanding of the past. myself in, his life might have been saved”. Like any other documentary, it takes a The film ends with Nahid denouncing the while to gain the trust of your subjects. But continuing terror in Iran. She hopes that her since these women had seen her previous films, such as “Prostitution Behind the Veil”, there weren’t any concerns when Nahid asked to interview them for “My StolenRevolution”. The women were honored to share their experiences so as to let the audiences understand the situation of Iran then and now. It is never easy or trouble-free to make a documentary. There are many issues and problems, ranging from conducting research, to post-production work, even finding distribution. “But when it came to “My Stolen Revolution”, I had even more things to consider”, explained Nahid. “This film is about my own friends and family. It is our story. It was painful to try to tell a story that I had ignored for almost 30 years. I found out that my brother was severely tortured before My Stolen Revolution Poster

The Revolution that was Stolen by Islamists and react. The people in Iran are like you and his execution. I was mentally paralyzed when me. They are smart, intelligent, educated and I learned that. But making this film became therapy. Finding out that it was not my fault creative, but they are not allowed to express that my brother was executed gave me some themselves. A large part of young Iranian are students who wish to get a good job, but they relief. This burden was something I carried face many obstacles. In their struggle, some with me all these years. But to find out that have lost hope and their vision for a satisfymany young people were executed, many ing future has become blurred. They know disinterested in politics, before finding themselves imprisoned, made me heartbroken. I that they themselves have no control over their lives. Right now, the regime makes the was angry at myself for not doing something for all those years for my people. While my final decisions over what people may or may friends were still in prison, being tortured not do. The regime restricts women more and executed, I lived a normal life in Sweden. and more; even in regards to studying at the But now I know that I can, in my own way, university level. For example, women are not free to choose any course to study at univerthrough this film, let everyone know what sity. It has to be a course that is approved by happened. I hope that those who see this film the regime. And even if a woman is studying will be moved to do something, as well”. an ‘approved’ course, she knows in advance it While making the film, Nahid learned won’t result in a job”. that the firing squads and hangings were a routine and common practice in the Islamic Born in Cairo, Egypt, Sherif Awad is a film / Republic’s prisons. Approximately 5,000 video critic and curator. He is the film editor of people were executed within six-weeks time. Egypt Today Magazine (www.EgyptToday. Nobody knows how many they had killed! com), and the artistic director for both the In the past three decades, the regime has Alexandria Film Festival, in Egypt, and the done everything in its power to become the Arab Rotterdam Festival, in The Netherlands. leader of the Islamic faith so it can dominate He also contributes to Variety, in the United as a world superpower.To reach that objective, States, and is the film critic of Variety Arabia the Islamic regime has ruthlessly and sys(http://varietyarabia.com/), in the United Arab tematically repressed, detained or destroyed Emirates (UAE), the Al-Masry Al-Youm anyone who has been an obstacle or a threat Website (http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/ toward reaching that goal. “I want audiences node/198132) and The Westchester Guardian to know this information”, said Nahid. “I (www.WestchesterGuardian.com). want audiences to spread the information


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News & Notes from Northern Westchester By MARK JEFFERS

Not sure what we dislike more? All the potholes or the stopped traffic trying to fix them. Oh well, fortunately I sat long enough in traffic to write this week’s “holey” edition of “News & Notes.” Three cheers to Mount Kisco Elementary School students who recently participated in the food drive and fundraiser for the Mount Kisco Food Pantry. The school collected over 100 bags and boxes of food as well as cash donations from students, faculty and staff. Great job! An evening of learning, dialogue and discussion about Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety is taking place on March 18th, from 7 - 9pm at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, NY, as the start of a series of events under the umbrella, “Smart Parents, Safe Kids.” This event will include break-out sessions: Setting the Stage Early (Elementary); Cyberbullying (Middle School) and My Digital Footprint (High School). Even if you are not Irish you will enjoy traditional Irish fiddle music performed by Fiddler Brian Conway. Well known in the Irish/Celtic community, Conway has won numerous fiddling competitions and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. Brian will be accompanied by

Brendan Dolan on piano and several of his fiddle students. This free concert is sponsored by the Ossining Public Library and will take place on Saturday, March 15th in the Budarz Theater at 1:00pm. On Sunday, March 16th, at 4:00pm, the Katonah Poetry Society will present a reading from famed poet Christian Wiman at the Katonah Village Library. Wiman will read from his own acclaimed works including three books of poetry and two collections of essays. Wiman’s writing explores complex issues of keeping faith in religion, poetry and the world, in the face of mortality. Admission is a $10 donation/adult, students free. Much Ado About Funding… as everyone is aware, state funding for schools decreases every year so many communities are doing what they can to maintain the strength of their school districts through private funding. A dedicated group of neighbors has established the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools (FBCS) to fund academic initiatives that directly benefit students at each of the seven schools in the district. Support their first ever fundraising event at the Historical Hall in Bedford, Friday evening, March 28th, when they present the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing.” Ticket information is available at the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools website. The Chappaqua Orchestra will perform

“Soprano Irina Mozyleva Recital with Pianist Cynthia Peterson” on March 23rd, at the Chappaqua Library. Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Westchester will have a local home pick on Friday, March 14th; they are looking for reusable clothing & household items, call 877-399-2570 for more information. This year Spring begins at 12:57pm on March 20th, that’s 16 days, 6 hours 3 minutes before the curtain goes up on the Katonah Presbyterian Church’s Benefit Dinner Dance “Spring Fling,” on Saturday, April 5th. This fun evening will kick off at 7 pm with a cocktail hour and include: music and dancing to the music of Teri Lamar & New Company, and a threecourse gourmet dinner (choice of entrée) catered by Le Fontane Restaurant. Proceeds will benefit the First Presbyterian Church and the Community Center of Northern Westchester. Dancing eating drinking and spring flinging; sounds like a usual Saturday night at our house, see you there… The Westchester Business Expo will take place this year on March 20th at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook. There is a spaghetti dinner fundraiser being held at the Katonah Methodist Church on Saturday, March 22nd, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, for a local Eagle Scout project that we should all support. Ben Weinstein from Troop 154 in Golden’s

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Bridge is creating geocaching and orienteering courses for Camp Morty and the

general public at Mountain Lakes Park. Just so you know… Geocaching is like going on a scavenger hunt through the woods with

a handheld GPS while Orienteering is a more traditional form of treasure hunting finding directions with the use of a map and compass to find marker. Both of these courses will be set up with different levels of difficulty. An information board along with

benches will be set up at the beginning of the course. I certainly need this course as I get lost driving out of our driveway… Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all. We will see you next week, unless I find the pot of gold under the rainbow…

Mark Jeffers resides in Bedford Hills, New York, with his wife Sarah, and three daughters, Kate, Amanda, and Claire.

But I don’t, because I have seen too many people overdose on the channel and then appear to lose all sense of perspective.They start buying gold, or worse, Bitcoin.They start comparing America in our time unfavorably with America in the 1950s. Do we really want to go back to a time when being black meant being segregated, or being gay meant being closeted or hounded? One European-born Fox watcher recently said that our situation is reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s. Was she referring to the Nuremberg Laws, the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia,or Kristallnacht? Don’t ask me. I don’t watch Fox News. Over on MSNBC, the Koch Brothers are the reincarnation of John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Trust. They control the outcome of American elections – although the results of most recent ones, especially the 2012 presidential campaign, must have disappointed them. At CNBC, Jim Cramer will “teach you how to analyze stocks and the market like a pro,” according to the network’s website. This is truth in advertising. The pros have no idea what the market or a particular stock is going to do tomorrow, or next week or next month, and when Cramer is through with you, you won’t either. But he’ll certainly try to get you excited. This won’t be good for your investments, but it might keep his sponsors happy. HLN (which was Headline News before

they literally took the news out of it) wants to talk about whatever people are talking about, I presume because it hopes people will tune in to hear themselves talk. CNN spends its days trying to plot a course between liberal MSNBC and conservative Fox. This is all very unhealthy, even for adults. The imperatives of TV marketing demand that every minute of every hour of every day have a “top story” and that this top story must be of breathless importance, whether it is our umpteenth federal budget spat, a Chicago snowstorm in midwinter or a devastating nuclear accident in Japan. In the same way real noise can damage our hearing, all this news-noise reduces our ability to detect the differences between what is of major and lasting importance, what is of fleeting significance and what is truly of no consequence whatever. News-noise is even worse for kids. Fortunately, most are at school when this daily foghorn blast sweeps through American homes. But there are too many snow days, sick days and holidays for us to let our guard down. Children can’t independently assess which news really might matter to them and which does not.They are taught to rely on adults, and the adults who present the news on TV have Q ratings that make them seem particularly reliable. How are the kids supposed to know that this seeming reliability is produced by

wardrobe consultants, speech coaches and dental whitening products? It is up to us, the adults in the house, to help children put the news in perspective. Keep them away from secondhand smoke that poses as information. You don’t have to shield them from the actual news itself when it comes from reliable sources, but help them watch it. Talk to them about what it means in their lives. Let them know that the people around them in real life, not on the flat screen, are here to guide them and keep them safe. Explain how Nielsen ratings and sweeps months, not a full moon, can turn newscasters into destructive monsters. Or just turn off the TV, go outside and do something truly fun and rewarding. If not for your own sake, then for the children.

CURRENT COMMENTARY

The Hazards of Secondhand News By LARRY M. ELKIN Let’s talk about a product found in virtually every American household that sometimes causes serious side effects, including anxiety, depression, delusions, and even fits of anger. You might think this product should come labeled with advice to keep it out of the reach of children. It does not. I am talking about the news. I have nothing against the news; I myself am a big daily consumer. My regular reading list includes The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian,The Washington Post, Bloomberg.com and two political publications, Politico and The Hill. But I have a reason for ingesting all this information – running a business and advising our clients requires me to stay on top of a broad range of topics – and despite the range of titles, I am selective about what gets my attention. I pay little heed to ordinary crime stories, celebrity gossip and stock market tips, for example. Most of this is noise that I cannot put to any useful purpose. I also try to get my information from sources with a variety of viewpoints to avoid living in an ideological echo chamber that only repeats what I already

think I know. Broadcast and cable news is notably absent from my regular news diet, though I do indulge in small quantities. I watch PBS’ NewsHour when I have the opportunity, and CNN, the BBC or the U.S. broadcast networks will do when I want a quick roundup of headlines with video. Bloomberg’s “Surveillance” morning broadcast (on TV with Tom Keene and Scarlet Fu, and on radio with Keene and Michael McKee) offers some of the best discussion of economics for non-economists anywhere. Still, most of what passes for cable TV news is absent from my news diet entirely, and not merely because I am usually at work when those broadcasts are aired. I have concluded that a lot of daytime cable news programming is not just unproductive; it is downright harmful. Fox News seems to be particularly, though not uniquely, corrosive. I say this as a registered Republican white male, who gets solicitations from the National Rifle Association that include a camo-patterned duffel bag as a premium for my paid membership. I suppose this is so I can be fully equipped as I stand my ground. I am exactly the demographic that should watch Fox News.

Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®, has provided personal financial and tax counseling to a sophisticated client base since 1986. After six years with Arthur Andersen, where he was a senior manager for personal financial planning and family wealth planning, he founded his own firm in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., in 1992. That firm grew steadily and became the Palisades Hudson organization, which moved to Scarsdale, N.Y., in 2002. The firm expanded to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2005 and to Atlanta in 2008.

POISON

Friend or Foe? By HELEN WEISMAN ​ he Power of Poison is an T exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History where literature, history, and science meet in one place.This makes sense because as Ellen V. Futter, president of the museum points out, The Museum explores all that is extraordinary and fascinating in the natural world, and the relationship of these myriad phenomenon to humanity.” Indeed, she goes on to say, “Nowhere is this more dramatic, perhaps, than in the story of poison. What evolved in animals and plants as a defense against predators or means of preying has been used by humans throughout history for magic, murder, villainy, intoxication, and, increasingly, groundbreaking medicine. This exhibition reveals the strange and even intriguing things that happen when humans and toxic

Flame Butterfy Caterpillars substances collide.” The show is divided into 5 parts, the Poison in Nature section, the Poison in Myth and Legend section, the Villains and Victims section, the Detecting Poisons theater, and the Poison for Good section. The Poison in Nature part of the exhibit starts off in

Gold Poison Frog Colombia’s Choco Forest where there are an caterpillars. extraordinary variety of toxins made by plants However, my favorite part of the show to protect themselves from being eaten, and is the Poison in Myth and Legend section. of animals that produce poison mostly for the In this piece of the display, what I liked best is purpose of deterring predators and capturing the scene depicted in a life-size diorama from prey. On display here are several live species, Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It recreates a trio of including golden poison frogs and poisonous witches who are dropping ghastly ingredients

The Mad Hatter into a boiling cauldron for the purpose of summoning spirits to reveal the future. To this end, the witches draw on the purportedly magical powers of the highly poisonous plants such as


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this would be a tremendous breakthrough. And, going on right now, a component of Gila monster venom found to stimulate insulin production and lower blood sugar levels is being used to treat diabetes. This display includes live animals such as a Gila monster, a Rose Hair Tarantula, and several marine animals whose toxins have already been studied for varying medical applications. To sum up the expanse of this aweinspiring exhibition, Mark Siddall, curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology who oversaw the creation of the Power of Poison says, “Millions of years of evolutionary history

have produced a rich diversity of poisons across all groups of plants and animals, an arsenal of biochemical weapons that organisms use for offense and defense. In many cases humans have learned to harness these potent tools as well.” The Power of Poison will be on view at the American Museum of Natural History until August 10, 2014. For additional information, call 212-769-5100 or visit the museum website at www.amnh.org.

POISON

Friend or Foe? toxic wolfsbane, hemlock, yew, and still others. Among other scenes from literary works is a diorama of the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As the writing on the exhibition explains, the Mad Hatter’s strange behavior was very likely inspired by real-life symptoms from mercury poisoning that the factory workers who made the hats were exposed to and suffered from in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, as a hands-on experience, there is an “enchanted” book resembling an ancient botanical volume where visitors can watch animations of a variety of well-known poisonous plant species. Examples of plants such as a belladonna and monkshood “magically” appear every time the viewer turns the page. The pictures are accompanied with myths of

the plants’ origins, as well as annotations that explain how the plants were used in the past. This interactive book focuses on each plant, tells where it is found, and describes the effects of its poison. The third part of the exhibition, the Villains and Victims section, is also quite exciting. Here we see famous characters from history and literature. There are cut out figures of personages such as Napoleon, Nero, and Cleopatra whose poisonings still baffle us today. The fourth part of the exhibit is delivered in the form of a theatrical presentation called Detecting Poisons. This part of the show is especially geared toward children. Here, a live presenter has a table covered with a bottle of (pretend) arsenic, (pretend) rat poison, and several other eerie things for the use of making potent poisons. It is an interactive exhibit because children from the audience are called upon to assist the presenter.

The fifth and final part of the exhibition is the Poison for Good section. This piece of the exhibition displays hundreds of species of plant and animal toxins that are presently being studied as sources for possible ingredients for new life-saving drugs. Many of them can really challenge our imaginations. For instance, it has been discovered that vampire bats’ saliva contains an anticlotting agent, which could protect stroke patients from getting blood clots in their brains. Another great possibility being explored is the use of toxins from cone snails to treat epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now that Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in the United States,

Helen Weisman is a freelance science journalist living in New York City. She has taught writing at The City University of New York.

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How You Are Subsidizing Depravity By LUKE HAMILTON It is hard to know where your tax dollars are being spent. For one thing, there are more tax dollars to keep tabs on with an increasing tax burden and dozens of new levies each year. There is also a concerted effort to hide the specifics of government expenditure amidst endless reams of information, designed to provide cover for pork-hungry politicians. There are a number of independent watchdog organizations which do a valiant job of parsing the data and painting as accurate a picture as possible, but we’ll never fully grasp everything that we are funding. Odds are that for every initiative designed to benefit American business owners or strengthen our workforce, there are dozens of programs designed to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly, give home-owner tax credits to individuals who don’t own a home,

or create a video game designed to help people relive their prom experiences. One of the most despicable organizations on the public dole is Planned Parenthood. Birthed from the racist mind of the eugenicist Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood has been fulfilling her progressive pogrom against the unborn since the doors were opened in 1942. She spelled out her mission clearly when she wrote in the April 1932 Birth Control Review, “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race,” (pg. 108).The only thing which has changed since then is that the eugenic face of Planned Parenthood is now hidden behind the mask of compassion. The goals remain the same, as evidenced by the disproportionate number of abortions performed on minority babies. Lifesite News reported last December, 36% of all abortions performed between 2007 and 2010 were performed on black babies, despite the fact that the African-American

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community is 12.8% of the entire U.S. population. The overall abortion rate declined by 3% during this time period, but the rate for blacks and Hispanics jumped 3% and 8%, respectively. Not content with killing over 300,000 babies a year, Planned Parenthood has augmented their business model in an effort to increase clientele. They’ve begun peddling smut and perversion to children, in the hopes of encouraging them to become sexualized in prepubesence, thereby gaining a longer window for their services. The diabolical logic follows that if a woman gets pregnant, there is a chance she will decide to keep the child. But if a young girl conceives, she is much more likely to seek an abortion, either with or without

parental consent. And so Planned Parenthood has begun a full-fledged media campaign, designated to “educate” your children about sex. This concerted effort to indoctrinate children with normalized perversion began 10 years ago with their website Teenwire. com, which described deviant sexual behavior as normal and fun. The growth of new media has prompted them to begin producing mobile apps and serial, bite-sized videos aimed at further breaking down moral boundaries well before they reach the age of consent. When a user opens one of their “Apps for Teens” on the website, they are asked to select an age bracket with one of the options being “12 or under” (apparently this option was added after they named the apps). So when a 9-year old respondent is asked to Agree or Disagree with the statement “If I have sex, I might get a bad reputation and people might gossip about me,”

she is told: “It’s true, people might not gossip. But your parents and other adults who are important to you care, and they probably want you to wait to have sex.” Probably? Are there any parents out there who wouldn’t want their sub-12-year-old to wait? If there are, I seriously question their parental fitness. But with words like “probably” the seeds are already planted. At that impressionable young age, a sliver of doubt is all that might be needed to sway a young person’s mind and Planned Parenthood is right there to whisper in their ears. It is outrageous that this organization exists in our country, but it is inexcusable that they owe their existence to money taken directly from our pockets. According to CNS News, 45% of Planned Parenthood’s 20122013 revenue came from our pockets. The organization received $540,600,000 in the form of government health service grants.

Additionally a number of clinics in a handful of states received additional grants to serve as “navigators”for Obamacare.This brought in an additional $655,192 of tax-payer funding.That is more than $1.5 million each day, taken from our paychecks to kill babies and sexualize our children. This cannot continue. Although the courts have recently dealt blows to state legislature initiatives in Arizona and North Carolina to defund Planned Parenthood, we cannot waver. Innovative legislation is being produced every day in places like Ohio and Louisiana, requiring these abortuaries to secure “transfer agreements” with a hospital within a certain distance. We need more innovative thinking to combat this wretched trade. But more than anything, we need to hammer home the fact that we REFUSE to fund Planned Parenthood. Congress made a half-hearted

attempt awhile back, but lacked the intestinal fortitude to see it through (shocker). It is up to us to make this point unwaveringly clear to them. Not on our watch, not on our dime.

Luke Hamilton is classically-trained, Shakespearean actor from Eugene, Oregon who happens to be a liberty-loving, right-wing, Christian constitutionalist. When not penning columns for ClashDaily.com, Hamilton spends his time astride the Illinois-Wisconsin border, leading bands of liberty-starved citizens from the progressive gulags of Illinois to [relative] freedom. Hamilton is the creative mind/voice behind Pillar & Cloud Productions, a budding production company which resides at www. PillarCloudProductions.com. He owes all to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose strength is perfected in his weakness.

PRO-LIFE

A Classic Young Adult Novel Contains a Pro-Life Parable Part Four of Four By CHRIS ROSTENBERG ​ater in the story, we L encounter an even more dysfunctional and evil rabbit warren, called Efrafa. It’s led by a rabbit so unnaturally large he resembles a hare, named General Woundwort. He’s a tyrant and his society is totalitarian. All such societies need a demonized scapegoat to justify the abuse of power in return of “safety;” (our scapegoat, of course, is the unborn child, and their killers are always telling us how many problems are caused by “unwanted children”). Woundwort completely warps the threat from Men, who are rarely nearby, and most of the rabbits of this warren have never smelled or seen a dangerous animal or person. The exaggerated threat posed by human beings “works” for Woundwort and his lieutenants, and one can be sure that any time a human does appear, the more cynical of the oligarchs play up the “threat” and are disturbingly content. This parallels the exaggerated threat of illegal abortion, and the reality that every time a woman dies from such prenatal homicide, it “works” for the legal abortion industry, and that

some of the more demented actors in the ninemonth pro-choice baby-killing movement must be perversely satisfied. It is noted that the regular rabbits in Efrafa are so used to being ordered around that they cannot think for themselves. This reminds me of pro-choicers who cannot answer you if you ask them whether they believe in nine month abortion under all circumstances or whether some abortion should be illegal. Until this question is answered, it is very difficult to explore the topic in an educated way. The event in the novel that most disturbed me involved a rabbit named Blackavar. He was smart and courageous and desperate to get out of the wicked warren until one day he decided to flee. He was caught, sentenced to die, but first had his ears shredded and was publically humiliated like a Jew who fled from a Nazi camp. Eventually, Bigwig and Hazel’s friends help Blackavar escape. What upset me was this: Blackavar gives good advice to Bigwig about the danger of fox attacks, but is overruled. After a fox kills one of the escaping does, Bigwig apologizes to Blackavar but Blackavar has no memory of giving the advice. Blackavar

has blotted the vexing matter of contradicting authority out of his mind. He has been a (reluctant) servant to abusive Efrafa for so long that although his body is free, his mind is not. All pro-lifers understand that such a demented state exists among nine-month pro-choicers, if the former have made serious attempts to converse with the latter. I’ve been at it for over twenty years and can tell you that the prochoice motto could be “I don’t want abortion to be illegal, and I don’t want to think about it! I sure as hell don’t want to discuss it with a prolifer like you, since you are going to use honest language and normal, agreed-upon ethics!” Adams wisely illuminates the sickness of tyrannical Efrafa by showing female fertility attacked and corrupted. Pregnant rabbits, the reader learns, will sometimes have their unborn rabbits die in the womb only to be reabsorbed into the uterus. This is akin to miscarriage. But, again, the rabbits in the story are intelligent, talking “people”. And the female rabbits in Efrafa who are reabsorbing their litters are doing so due to duress inflicted on them by the malicious government, also run by “people”. So reabsorbtion of unborn baby rabbits, in

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this case, is more like forced abortion, like that in China, which Planned Parenthood may or may not covertly support. At one point, Bigwig pretends to be an Efrafan officer, and interacts with a female rabbit named Hyzanthlay. In the abortion experience, who does Hyzanthlay, in the excerpt below, remind you of? She turned to him a look of such wretchedness, so full of accusation and suffering, that it was all he could do not to beg her then and there to believe that he was her secret friend and that he hated Efrafa and the authority which he represented … this doe’s gaze spoke of wrongs beyond her power to express. This sounds to me like a woman victimized by forced abortion. The idea that young Americans have been addressing the subject of forced abortion for decades, albeit symbolically, by reading this book, gives me great pleasure. This view that forced abortion is the implicit subject is reinforced when Bigwig overhears Hyzanthlay reciting poetry to three female friends: The frost is falling, the frost falls into my body.

My nostrils, my ears are torpid under the frost. The swift will come in the spring, crying “News! News! Does, dig new holes and flow with milk for your litters.” I shall not hear. The embryos return Into my dulled body. Across my sleep There runs a wire fence to imprison the wind. I shall never feel the wind blowing again. Once again we see the wire image. ​ Bigwig was nearly killed by a wire snare and Strawberry was terrified by the wire trap. Hyzanthlay suggests a wire slices her mind, ruining her life. The story opens with Fiver terrified at a sign board created by Men which has wiry letters. Although Watership Down was published in 1972, only a year before Roe v Wade was decided and the debate really got underway, the wire references entice me to think Adams was thinking of abortion, for what is a coat-hanger, that special symbol of a killer of both women and babies, but a twisted piece of wire? Chris Rostenberg is a freelance writer. Correspondence may be directed to ChrisRosty@ gmail.com.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Proposed Housing Density Concerns Zoning Board Member Lang, Jr. By PEGGY GODFREY It was no surprise to hear Thomas Lang Jr., a member of the New Rochelle Board of Appeals on Zoning, who lives south of Main Street in

New Rochelle, cast the only negative vote on the zoning changes over the Union Baptist Church’s proposal to build senior housing on Main Street. Density, Lang said, is the issue. Residents had been heartened to learn this church, which had burned to the ground is

getting ready to rebuild. But squeezing a 30 dwelling senior citizen building, which includes commercial office space on the first floor, on property already congested and overpopulated, is just another indication to south end residents about the unfair treatment they receive from

many of the city’s boards and committees. Union Baptist Church had originally requested variances for a 30-unit, affordable housing building, which would have required one parking space per apartment. The change to senior housing required only half a parking

space per apartment.The Board of Appeals on Zoning granted variances from the rear yard edge of the building to the property line. In the plan, instead of the 20-foot minimum needed in the rear yard to the edge of the property,

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The New Capital Budget for the Village of Bronxville By Mayor MARY C. MARVIN The Trustees and I just concluded a six week process that resulted in a new Capital Budget for the Village of Bronxville that totals $3.5 million. Each year the Village writes a five year capital improvement program. The annual program builds upon past programs and also tries to predict Village capital needs going forward for the next three years. This kind of long term planning is essential to address the long term infrastructure needs of the Village. Department Heads are first asked to produce a so-called wish list of proposed infrastructure projects and equipment needs which is refined after scrutiny by our Village Treasurer and Village Administrator. Then the Department Heads have to present their individual budget proposals before the full Board of Trustees to justify the expenditures. The numbers were trimmed when

warranted. The Capital Improvement Program Budget will come for a Public Hearing and possible vote at the Village Board of Trustees meeting on April 7th. In the interim, the document is available for public viewing at Village Hall and at the Library. The lion’s share of the budget,as is custom, revolves around the needs of the Public Works Department. The Board continues to advocate for a very aggressive street re-paving program which will certainly be warranted given the proliferation of potholes created during this long, cold winter. The repeated freeze and thaw of our streets this year is doing extensive damage. Since much of our storm and sewer infrastructure is near one hundred years old, we also dedicated a large fund ($275,000) for upgrades and preventive maintenance. This was also the year when several of our high priced vehicles including a bucket truck, dump truck and garbage truck reached the end of their expected usefulness, necessitating $615,000 in new

expenditures. Unfortunately, since this equipment is needed on a daily basis and at all hours, joint purchasing/sharing with our neighboring communities was not an option. In an effort to recoup any value from the old equipment, we looked for re-sale options and have recently had great success using the auction method, be it through a government consortium or Ebay. As you may remember, we purchased our snow melter last year through an inter-municipal sale, which has proven to be invaluable in cleaning up our parking lots. As a corollary, the Board also authorized money for an evaluation of our current Department of Public Works facilities since all of these high ticket vehicles can only be stored outside, further decreasing their usable life. Built in the early 1940’s, the Department of Public Works garage is long overdue for renovation. Much of our rolling stock is too large to be protected in our vintage garage. This was also the year for two new police cars in the Police Department as current ones

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reached critical mileage. What we have found is that due to wear and tear and 24/7 use, police cars reach a certain mileage and engine troubles begin and repair time and costs make it uneconomical to keep in the fleet. We have also allotted monies in the budget to keep up with the constant need for replanting street trees as many are dying due to age or lost during storm events. With the help of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy, which is sourcing and pricing the cost of our distinctive street signs, we will be replacing many throughout the Village in the coming budget year. The beautifully crafted signs have long been a distinct sign post that you were in the Village of Bronxville. Over 30 have been lost largely due to age and/or vehicular damage. We hope to bring them back with a phase-in

program as monies are made available. Internally, in the administrative arm of Village Hall, we have launched a program to improve our technological capabilities and with it our services to our taxpayers. We are currently installing new software to be used in our Building Department. Tracking permits and updating records of property improvements will now be done digitally. This improved data maintenance can then be shared with the taxpayer, providing comprehensive property information that can be readily available from home. We are also looking at a variety of ways to provide a safer workplace for our court operations with improved security measures. The Library too will be looking to improve the outdated technology in the Yeager Room using both Village tax dollars and monies received by the Village from our

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LE G A L N O T I C E S SUMMONS, NOTICE AND BRIEF STATEMENT OF NATURE OF ACTION CONSUMER CREDIT TRANSACTION SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER Index No. 60186/2013 GENERATION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, -against Thomas A. Reale as Heir-at-law to the Estate of Albert Reale; Donna Mills individually and as Beneficiary of the Estate of Albert Reale; Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development; All Unknown Heirs, Devisees, and Personal Representatives of the Estate of Albert Reale and any of his, her or any of their successors In right, title and interest; United States Of America; New York State Department Of Taxation And Finance; “JOHN DOE #1- #50” and “MARY ROE #1- #50”, the last two names being fictitious, said parties intended being tenants or occupants, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint, Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANT ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES AND PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OF ALBERT REALE AND ANY OF HIS, HER OR ANY OF THEIR SUCCESSORS IN RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to serve upon plaintiff’s attorneys an answer to the complaint in this action within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if the Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to answer, judgment will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Trial is desired in the County of Westchester. The basis of venue designated above is that the real property, which is the subject matter of this action, is located in the County of Westchester, New York. 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WHAT YOUR DOCTOR WON’T (or CAN’T) TELL YOU

St. Joseph’s Cardiovascular Center By EVAN S. LEVINE, M.D. F.A.C.C. A fifty-year-old man struggles to keep his breath, after shoveling snow, and tells his wife that it feels as if someone is sitting on his chest. He is drenched in perspiration even while it is cool inside his home. His wife calls 911 and within an hour the artery, that had abruptly closed, is opened by a cardiologist who places a fine metallic stent in his coronary artery. This is the best of cardiovascular care in America, one we paid about $444 billion for in 2010, almost one dollar for every six dollars spent in healthcare in the US. But what if I told you that same man didn’t see his physician often because he could not afford his co-pay and while he complained about the expense of seeing his doctors, he smoked cigarettes, was morbidly obese and stopped taking his blood pressure medication, that cost him $100 a month, because it was too costly for him to take. A 38-year-old woman, who does not smoke or have any medical history, complains to her doctor that when she gets anxious she has a few seconds of chest pain. She has excellent insurance, some vague episodes of chest pain and undergoes a nuclear stress test, an echocardiogram, carotid duplex study, and vascular exams – all which were unnecessary and would provide no benefit to the patient, but yield great profits to the physician – this is the worst part of cardiovascular care in America. It is unfortunate that our healthcare system and many of its providers are too often concerned about putting patients through tests or prescribing expensive medications,

but this is the fault of our system and how it rewards hospitals and doctors who do so. St. Joseph Hospital, through a HEAL grant, has just opened the first Cardiovascular Center in Yonkers, New York. I find this somewhat surprising since Yonkers, the fourth largest city in New York State, has about twice the population of Rochester, Minnesota, the city that is home to the Mayo Clinic. Our task at the new St. Joseph’s Cardiovascular Center may seem contrary with what other hospitals have tried. We are not here to open a new cardiac catheterization laboratory or center for arrhythmia ablation, “ the big ticket items”, instead we are here to focus on something that seems to have been lost, so sadly, in the recent decades of the modernization of medicine. Our mission is to provide the best quality of cardiovascular care; to prevent a cardiovascular event before it needs treatment and to do so in a responsible way. When I talk about best quality, I mean a quality of care that chooses the best medication, not the most expensive; that tests patients for heart disease, with noninvasive imaging like echocardiography or nuclear stress testing only if the patient truly requires such testing, and a center that understands a healthy relationship with some of the top hospitals in our area, to refer patients who may require a complex procedure that is best performed at academic medical centers. Heart disease not only harms people’s health it also hurts them financially. The working class people of Yonkers often find it hard to pay for medications that can cost them more than $50 a month, even with insurance. And heart disease patients are often on several medications that could add

thousands of dollars in out of pocket expense to their bills. My goal, as it always has been, is to reduce the cost of prescription drugs to patients by avoiding expensive brand name medications if they are not superior to generics. The latest expense, perhaps trivial to some, is to charge patients to park in a physician’s office lot, even when some of these offices are owned by rich corporations. Our promise to the community is that we will never charge you a fee to park your car at our facility when under our medical care. As part of my goal, I plan to reduce prescription costs to most of my patients at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, as I have done in my practice. I will continue to sit with patients, with a calculator, and display to them, the before and after costs for their medications. They should not be surprised that within a few minutes I can save them as much as a few thousand dollars in just one year and ironically provide them with even more effective medical therapy. Perhaps that is why, as published by ProPublica.com, the average cost of my prescription drugs to my patients was far less than most practicing cardiologists. I do not accept lunches, dinners, or lecture fees from Big Pharma and perhaps that is why you will find that I do not prescribe drugs that can be inappropriately expensive. If I might illustrate to you the problems with a sick healthcare system with a simple story: A short time ago, in my Bronx office, I was asked to see a 94 year old man who complained of chest pain at the kidney dialysis center the day before. Our country is one of the only western countries in the world that pays for dialysis in such an elderly man and I believe, in this case, with the gentleman having all his faculties it was appropriate to

do so. The expense to dialyze the elderly and demented patients however is extraordinary, and yet in our system, expensive testing and procedures seem to have replaced, instead of augmented, a history and physical exam of the patient. This elderly man told me he complained to the healthcare workers at the dialysis center and that they examined him but that they could not find the reason he was in such great pain I was able to make the diagnosis they could not when I opened the door to greet him. He had his shirt off, ready to be examined, and there clearly, from several feet away, was a rash of Shingles which was exactly over the area he had his chest pain. My patient told me that the staff examined him with his shirt on. St. Joseph’s Cardiovascular Center will be equipped with the most modern of imaging devices, that include Heart Sonography and Nuclear Stress Testing. But my promise to the community is that these tests will be ordered only when the patient requires them and based upon what randomized studies tell us – which patients should have a stress test, or a cardiac catheterization, or perhaps no test at all. Nothing is sometimes the best choice. When a patient has a nuclear stress test, with a very small chance of having heart disease, like a young woman with chest pain, it is unlikely, even after an abnormal stress test, that she has heart disease. And you wonder what happens then? Some patients, like this young woman, get sent for a cardiac catheterization, get exposed to more ionizing radiation, which can increase her risk of cancer. While the risk of a cardiac catheterization may seem small, perhaps as your doctor will tell you, three in one-thousand patients do have a risk of stroke, heart attack or death. For me, that is a risk that healthy people should not take; just

as if I asked any of you reading this if you would accept tickets to a giant game, for free, knowing that three in one-thousand fans would end up with a stroke or heart attack or perhaps dead. The appropriate way to treat heart disease, and part of our mission at St. Joseph’s Cardiovascular Center is as follows. 1. Try to prevent disease before it occurs with appropriate diet, smoking cessation, and medications. 2. Use the best and most cost-effective medications: We will not allow any sponsorship, dinners, or lectures from big pharmaceutical companies. 3. Encourage patient compliance by reviewing their medications each visit and promoting less expensive treatments and medications that can be taken just once daily. 4. Avoid over–testing, but when testing is needed, utilize truly state of the art imaging. 5. Adhere with published guidelines for the treatment of hypertension and cholesterol. 6. If patients require heart surgery, refer them to the best physician at a top rated medical center. St. Joseph’s Cardiovascular Center is located at 530 Yonkers Avenue and is scheduled to open by the end of March. Appointments are accomplished by calling 914-237-1332 or 914-308-7350. Dr. Evan S. Levine, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Fellow of the American College of Cardiology) is director of The Saint Joseph Cardiovascular Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of medicine. He is also the author of the book, “What Your Doctor Won’t (or Can’t) Tell You”. He resides in Connecticutt with his wife, two daughters, and two cats, and can be reached by directing e-mail to vanlev@aol.com.

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