(ripped from an email from fred nagel) 

"Who cares if Iraq is a mess? The oil companies and defense
contractors certainly don't. Although Iraq has a been a nightmare for
those serving in the army of occupation, oil and defense company
profits are through the roof.

Oil was at $18 a barrel when Bush took office. It is now close to
$70. Exxon Mobil, the biggest lifetime donor to the Bush campaigns,
has seen its oil reserve values go up by $1 trillion. Defense
contractors like Halliburton, the Vice President's company, have
raked in similar windfalls.

Win or lose, war is good. So good, in fact, that the only thing that
could stop the billions in profits is to have the war end. Luckily
for these giant corporations, the middle class is so apathetic about
the killing in Iraq (poor people's kids after all), that they haven't
really put up much of a fuss. Here in Rhinebeck, the citizens got
outraged last year, but that was against a dog leash law proposed for
public spaces.

Middle class Americans may eventually get worked up about gas prices
or the fact that their kids can't afford college or health care.
Maybe they will travel outside the US one day and realize how their
country is despised. But until that happens, let the good times roll.

And the leash law? In a tumultuous town board meeting attended by
over 100 people, the leash law was overturned. Perhaps a doggie draft
could end the war.

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Of special interest this coming month:

                      ———-Media Alert for June 30———-

"Sounding the Alarm for Freedom: Media Responsibility in Time of War"

Panel Discussion featuring:

Congressman Maurice Hinchey: leader in media reform legislation
Amy Goodman: award winning investigative journalist for "Democracy Now"
Jeff Cohen: founder of FAIR, panelist on "News Watch" (Fox) and
"Crossfire" (CNN)
Danny Schechter: media critic and filmmaker ("Weapons of Mass Deception")

Panel will be hosted by Dr. Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC.
The Program will be broadcast by member stations of WAMC/NPR.

The Panel will be held on Friday, June 30 at SUNY Ulster in
Stoneridge, starting at 7:30 pm. Cost is $5.00 per person (students
free).

What could be more fitting than Independence Day weekend to discuss
the role of the media in keeping us free? Hear what leading media
critics have to say about reforming the process of collecting and
disseminating news in time of war.

In describing the British empire, Rudyard Kipling wrote, "The first
victim of war is truth." Is our great nation destined to sacrifice
truth in the same way? And without truth in our media, can our nation
remain truly free"?

Time to show a little patriotism on Independence Day Weekend by
coming to this important panel hosted by Northeast Citizens for
Responsible Media.

Following Friday's panel, there will be a sneak preview screening of
Danny Schechter's newest film: "In Debt We Trust." The film will be
shown on Sunday, July 2 at the Rosendale Theatre starting at 5:00 pm.

Contacts:
(845) 876 7535
http://www.re-media.org/

                      ———-Media Alert for July 2———-

"In Debt We Trust"

Preview showing of new film with a special appearance by the
filmmaker himself, Danny Schechter

Danny Schechter has directed numerous other important and critically
acclaimed films on the American political system including "Weapons
of Mass Deception" and "When Media Lies." Not afraid of controversial
subjects, Schechter has made a career out of exposing the
misrepresentations and outright lies that are the invariably results
of a highly consolidated, corporate controlled media. In addition, he
is the executive editor of the MediaChannel.org, the largest online
media issues network.

The Film will be shown on Sunday, July 2 at the Rosendale Theater in
Rosendale staring at 5:00 pm. Danny Schechter will be available after
the film showing to discuss his media projects and to answer
questions.

What could be more fitting than Independence Day weekend to discuss
the role of the media in keeping us free? Time to show a little
patriotism by coming to this important movie hosted by Northeast
Citizens for Responsible Media.

The movie will be part of an important Independence Day weekend
devoted to the media in time of war. Friday's panel (June 30) at SUNY
Ulster will feature Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Amy Goodman, Jeff
Cohen, and Danny Schechter. The panel entitled "Sounding the Alarm
for Freedom: Media Responsibility in Time of War," will be moderated
by Dr. Alan Charock and broadcast on WAMC.

Contacts:
(845) 876 7535
http://www.re-media.org/

Thanks,


Fred Nagel

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I puke on your family. 

E-Commerce News: Legal : Record Labels Sue XM Satellite Radio
"Consumers' Rights at Issue

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York by the largest labels, seeks $150,000 in damages for every song copied by XM Satellite customers using the devices, which went on sale weeks ago. The company says it plays 160,000 different songs every month.

The lawsuit does not seek directly any payments from or sanctions against XM Satellite customers who record songs. However, if the lawsuit were successful, it could raise the company's costs, which could be passed on to subscribers as higher monthly fees.

XM Satellite promised to fight the lawsuit and accused the labels of using the courts as leverage during business negotiations.

"These are legal devices that allow consumers to listen to and record radio just as the law has allowed for decades," it said in a statement. "The music labels are trying to stifle innovation, limit consumer choice and roll back consumers' rights to record content for their personal use.""

it won't let me listen to the full length songs citing that that's only allowing in the US…

which is where I AM… 

maybe they mean on the inside…

Beacon is Tree City USA again
"The City of Beacon has been named a Tree City USA again this year by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to its community forest. It is the 11 th year Beacon has received this national recognition."

seriously… all these year i was literally disgusted with towns for being so damn unimaginative with their discriptions… i was like.. "these places are everywhere!"

i am sorry towns…. and congratulations 

County clerk restores over 100 year old hand written records

"The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office began official preservation of historical documents this past April, and showed off their first set of restored and preserved libers Thursday at their offices in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Deed Liber Volume 288, a two-book set, was successfully preserved in the past month by Brown’s River Record Preservation Services in Vermont. The libers cover the years 1894-1897."

and the digitization?? 

Rinaldi Blvd. upgrades to cost $4 million

The Poughkeepsie Common Council was briefed Monday night as to what improvements would be made under a proposal to upgrade and redevelop Rinaldi Boulevard along the city’s waterfront.

The $4 million price tag will have to be bonded, providing the city common council approves the concept in the future, said council Chairman Brian Doyle.

“And that’s what’s to be considered; the extent to which these improvements would boost business and boost those types of revenues as an offset to whatever expenses might be associated with the project,” he said.

Among the proposed upgrades are new lighting, parking and median landscaping.

BJ's ordered to pay county