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“What should I do?”

People have written me to ask a question or two. ‘When is collapse going to happen?’ Well, I do not want the economy to collapse before everyone gets a chance to purchase this book, so let us hope for the best. ‘What do I plan to do?’ Well, I am not sure. But I do wish to share this: I certainly do not plan to be trapped by any one plan. ‘What should I do?’ Well, you should figure out what it is you absolutely need to lead a happy, healthy, fulfilling existence. Then figure out a way to continue getting it…

I firmly believe that only an individual approach can bring something close to happiness. That is, ultimately no one can know what is best for you and no one can prepare you for anything except you yourself. This, unfortunately, is impossible to do without feeling the pain of loneliness when things are not going so well. However, this pain does not have to be permanent: it also allows you to feel joy and satisfaction when the situation changes for the better. What many people forget is that most everyone feels pain in their lives. Although superficially it creates a feeling of separation from the rest of the world, it can also bring us closer together.

–Dmitry Orlov, “In Conclusion,” Reinventing Collapse

Some light reading

Does it make me a complete nerd if news of a possible global pandemic makes me want to link to this?

The Decameron

Not that I’ve ever read it — but if by some chance we all get confined and quarantined, I should have plenty of time to do so…

But let’s remain calm.

Niagara Falls: not American enough

The nasty Feds won’t let New York put Niagara Falls on its next state quarter:

The selection process requires that images chosen for the quarters must be national sites “under the supervision, management or conservancy of the National Parks Service, the U. S. Forest Service, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or any similar department or agency of the federal government,” according to the Mint. Mint officials say that their hands are tied and that it’s up to Congress to amend the law if members want nonnational parks included. But Paterson and Schumer believe that the Mint has some discretion in making the final decis

WURRRRRP! Okay, considering everything else that’s going on in the world and in the state, it’s pretty silly that this is some kind of federal production about these stupid coins (soon to be worth far less than 25 cents). Who cares? (Why do we even need these “state” quarters anyway? How much time and energy is being sunk into the designing, choosing and minting of these? Wasn’t one round of this enough?) However, this just goes to show that New York has a ton of cool stuff that the Federal government doesn’t control. I wish Paterson would just say “Eat it, Washington. We don’t need your steenking quarter.”

April 27, 2005: AG endorsement

Over the past five years, NYCO’s Blog has gone through a couple of databases, some of which are now offline. This is a former post which is being restored to the database via public reposting. An update is below.

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Richard Brodsky gets a big endorsement for his attorney general campaign:

In another sign that the campaign for state attorney general is starting early, the Communications Workers of America yesterday endorsed the candidacy of Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, one of the Democratic contenders for the position, now held by Eliot Spitzer.

The endorsement of Mr. Brodsky, who represents part of Westchester County, marks a significant boost for his campaign. The union represents 75,000 telecommunications, health care, media, manufacturing and public workers across New York State.

Glad to see Brodsky’s still in the hunt.

As for William Weld, his cheerful assessment of why New Yorkers should vote for him — he’s still got his places in the Adirondacks and the Catskills! — is just lame. Unless Republicans get all tingly over that sort of thing. Who knows.

Foreshadowing their strategy against a possible Weld candidacy, several Democrats made light of his itinerant political career as a Massachusetts governor who seemed to tire of his job; ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 1996; resigned in 1997 to make a failed bid to be President Clinton’s ambassador to Mexico and then moved to the Upper East Side in 2000 to become a partner in a private equity firm and a novelist.

Translation: Carpetbagger.

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I was a supporter of the dark horse Brodsky in the all-important 2006 race for attorney general, though he was never really a serious candidate. Cuomo of course sucked up all the oxygen and is now Spitzer on steroids. (Hm. Scary image, there.) And once again Brodsky is being touted as a dark horse candidate to replace Cuomo. I still like Brodsky, but this is just a remake of “Groundhog Day” because you know it’s going to be someone from the city anyway, so why bother even following it. Does anyone remember Weld’s bid though? I’m surprised his name never came up during the Caroline Kennedy affair.

The end of NYRI

A few weeks ago, the New York Regional Interconnect finally threw in the towel on their plans for a monstrous power line running from Oneida to Orange counties. This marks the end of a three-year battle by a consortium of citizens to turn back the project. EveAnn Schwartz and Chris Rossi of Stop NYRI, the oldest and loudest anti-NYRI group, savor the victory.

I began following the anti-NYRI effort because of my interest in the unprecedented level of unity between citizens in areas of Upstate that usually have little consciousness of each other. The opponents didn’t have a lot of power, but seemed to be doing everything right, for a change. The “divide and conquer” strategy did not gain enough momentum to scatter them. NYRI seemed not to understand that New Yorkers aren’t exactly hillbillies, and that people who are both educated and financially downtrodden don’t make the easiest marks. Of course, it didn’t hurt that NYRI’s public relations were inept and that the State’s PSC application process was glacial.

It also didn’t hurt that world economy went into the toilet. All congratulations aside, that was what really killed the project. The anti-NYRI people needed a miracle to go along with their ragtag cannon-fired silverware, and they got it.
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