In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a cinematic masterpiece of mythic power and lyricism, there is a dramatic scene depicting a life and death struggle between the supercomputer, Hal, and the astronaut, Dave Bowman. During the space mission to Jupiter, the computer had been the astronaut’s greatest tool, but something had gone wrong; and Hal, the machine, was now bent on the destruction of both his human collaborators and creators.
Man versus machine: It’s a theme that has both absorbed and haunted science fiction writers from the dawn of the 20th century. The chess match that pitted world champion, Garry Kasparov, against the world’s greatest super-computer, Big Blue, captivated the imagination on who would have bragging rights, the human Kasparov, or the machine made by humans. The encounter, fraught with combustible tension, was more like an explosive prizefight than a cerebral clash of wits.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, the Senate Majority’s representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board (CPRB), announces two ways that will give the public unprecedented opportunities to comment on the MTA’s proposed 2010-2014 Capital Plan.
A public hearing on the MTA Capital Plan will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the chambers of the Nassau County Legislature, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola.
Nearly 45,000 Long Island jobs depend on electricity from the New York Power Authority’s (LIPA) low cost power economic development programs.
However, with nine separate overlapping and conflicting programs that offer low-cost power for economic investment, it is widely acknowledged that these initiatives are not working as effectively as they should. It is imperative that we reform the way these programs work so New Yorkers receive the maximum benefit — more jobs and new careers in our communities – and stronger businesses that stay in New York.
Even in the moonlit night it was but a flicker; a mere sliver of illumination bobbing up and down in the distance - nothing more than a tease of brightness that melted into the cavernous, overwhelming darkness that consumed the unbreakable stillness of the sea.
But its glint was provocation enough to excite the straining eyes of lookout Rodrigo Triana, who seizing upon the solitary, ghostly light, inhaled a lungful of air and shouted high from the crow’s nest of the little caravel “Tierra, tierra, tierra” (land, land, land) a cry soon heard across the Atlantic to Continental Europe marking the most consequential, geographical sighting in human history.
Continuing his partnership with the Hopeline program, Senator Frank Padavan announced today that his Bellerose district office will be once again collecting used cell phones and related accessories for domestic violence victims throughout the entire month of October. The collection drive is a part of national and local efforts to increase awareness of domestic violence during “National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.”
“And I saw the lamb open one of the seals, and I heard, as if it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see. And when he opened the third seal, I beheld a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of scales in his hand.” So spoke John in the Book of Revelation.
The rider on the black horse was one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the sound of their hoof beats meant the spreading of havoc and doom in the world. The black horse symbolized death from famine and the weighing scales foretold how the scarcity of bread would be weighed.
Announces $200 Senior
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has created a program that will help seniors save on their electric bills, announced New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau). The $10 million initiative would fund a one-time $200 credit for eligible seniors.
“With the cold weather just around the corner, this program could not have come at a better time,” said Johnson. “I applaud LIPA Chairman Kevin Law for spearheading this important effort that will help many seniors living on a fixed income.”
Eligible applicants must be age 62 or older, a LIPA account holder and meet the income requirements outlined below:
Household Size Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $1,963 $23,556
2 $2,567 $30,804
3 $3,172 $38,064
4 $3,776 $45,312
5 $4,380 $52,560
6 $4,984 $59,808
7 $5,097 $61,164
8 $5,210 $62,520
The credits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additional information on this program is available at Johnson’s district office, 151 Herricks Roads, Suite 202, Garden City Park; 746-5923.
Qualifying seniors may apply in person at any LIPA Customer Service Center or by mail. Applications can be obtained by visiting www.lipower.org/seniors or by calling 1-800-490-0025.
Fall Food Drive
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), is once again partnering with Island Harvest to help the less fortunate this fall.
From now until Oct. 1, non-perishable food items will be collected at the senator’s district office, 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pick-ups can also be arranged.
“I am proud to partner with this extraordinary organization as we work to ensure that all families are afforded food — especially in these difficult economic times,” Johnson said. “I am asking anyone who can help to assist us in this very important cause.
Island Harvest sponsors more than 570 Long Island-based member programs including soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, low-income daycare centers, and senior, youth, outreach and rehabilitation centers within Nassau and Suffolk counties.
For more information, contact Johnson’s office at 746-5923.
This month the Hubble Telescope, named after the 20th century’s greatest astronomer, Edwin Hubble, has resumed, for the final time, its routine operation as a searchlight into eternity. Sometime after 2014, the space telescope will de-orbit and eventually burn up in the earth’s atmosphere.
In 1984, I belonged to an astronomy club where we budding astronomers would gather at Jones Beach, away from the city lights, to peer deep into the heavens. That summer, Mars was making its closest approach to the earth and we were hoping to get a good glimpse of it.
I was reading recently how Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is now devoting himself to promoting the education of “civics” in our schools in order to give our children real-world knowledge and, hopefully, wisdom about how to run our government. I never realized that Mr. Dreyfuss and I had so much in common and I enthusiastically join his call to bring back civic education.
In a major step toward rebuilding New York’s crippled economy and rescuing the state’s energy consumers, the state Senate recently passed the landmark Green Jobs/Green NY Act of 2009, Senator Craig Johnson announced.
This legislation (S.5888) will create 14,000 family-sustaining jobs with the goal of retrofitting 1 million homes, businesses and not-for-profits on Long Island and across New York State during the next five years. It will also reduce carbon emissions caused by outmoded construction and save New York State residents upward of $1 billion annually in energy savings.
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