Then, as he escorted me to the elevator, he said, “New Yorker? How many people see that shits
He reflected a moment. “Damn. Who needs Hot 97? I got New Yorker and MySpace.”
posted by jne1813
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Corporate Interest Plot to Overthrow US Government.
Approximately 72-years ago
, the predecessor to the House Un-American Affairs Committee
, known as the McCormack-Dickstein Committee
, investigated claims made by Marine Corps General Smedley Butler
that a vast right-wing conspiracy funded by the American Liberty League
) (funded by US Steel, Goodyear, DuPont, Morgan-Stanley, Chase-Manhattan, Remington Arms, and others) with backing from some of America's wealthiest citizens
(such as Al Smith and Irene DuPont) and various Wall Street interests (1930s American Business seemed to be pro-fascism
as a hedge against communists and socialists to protect their own wealth in the face of the Great Depression). Their goal was to overthrow Franklin Delano Roosevelt and install a military dictatorship in order to stop FDR's New Deal and its "redistribution of wealth" and to enact fascist policies to protect the economy and their investments. [more inside]
posted by rzklkng
on Jan 18, 2006 -
READY TO ROLL?
" . .Carnival produces $900 million in annual spending and more than $50 million in direct tax benefits to government. " New Orleans depends on tourism , now more than ever before. but are they really ready to host
Mardi Gras in 06? What are locals
saying? This will make the 150th Carnival
, but should it take place?
posted by nola
on Nov 22, 2005 -
The Cult of Zaoui.
Algerian Ahmed Zaoui
arrived in New Zealand in December 2002, having been convicted in Belgium and France (in absentia) for terrorism-related offences, on a false passport requesting refugee status
. He was imprisoned for two years (spending ten months
in solitary confinement) as a result of the Security Intelligence Service issuing a security risk certificate
, before the NZ Supreme Court
granted him bail. He now lives in a Dominican Priory
in Auckland under curfew, but manages (accompanied by his crusading young lawyer
) to give public lectures
, offer eulogies
, publish a book
, appear in a music video
(wmv), sing onstage at the NZ Music Awards
, inspire a fund-raising cookbook "Conversations over Couscous", and has become (depending on your viewpoint) a reluctant or carefully cultivated celebrity.
posted by szechuan
on Nov 21, 2005 -
someone does archives right. The entire New Yorker collection, all the way back, for less than 2.5¢ an issue
posted by rtimmel
on Sep 14, 2005 -
Reading the news after the Katrina Hurricane and the lack-of-response disaster, a pattern began to emerge. Mainstream media compilation - Collective Bellaciao via xymphora, which has several other uniquely critical posts on Katrina
posted by ism
on Sep 7, 2005 -
rode out Katrina in New Orleans and later "escaped" one of the freeway-based collection points. His is the first of what will surely be many firsthand accounts appearing on blogs. Why not collect your link finds here?
posted by mwhybark
on Sep 5, 2005 -
A cached google
page says Loyola
thought the city of New Orleans contracted with private companies for hurricane evacuation. Did I miss something? Where we these mysterious buses? From here
posted by nospecialfx
on Sep 4, 2005 -
The real disaster in New Orleans.
David Aaronovitch of the London Times observes, "It isn’t the failure to act in New Orleans that is the story here, it’s the sheer, uninsured, uncared for, self-disenfranchised scale of the poverty that lies revealed. It looks like a scene from the Third World because that’s the truth. It’s a quiet disaster that ’s been going on for years." The truth is
the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans has a poverty level of 36.4 percent. A quarter of households have an annual income of less than $10,000, while half live on less than $20,000. Over half of the population in the ward is categorized as “not in the labor force,” mainly because they have ceased looking for work. The truth is that even on a normal day, New Orleans is a sad city.
"Sure, tourists think New Orleans is fun: you can drink and hop from strip club to strip club all night on Bourbon Street, and gamble all your money away at Harrah’s. But the city’s decline over the past three decades has left it impoverished and lacking the resources to build its economy from within. New Orleans can’t take care of itself even when it is not 80 percent underwater." The National Review is already blaming it
- predictably - on the breakdown of the family. Conservatives in America are already dismissing the problem, as they have for years. But to those outside the United States, the scale of poverty in the world's richest country comes as a shock.
posted by three blind mice
on Sep 4, 2005 -
"It doesn't make sense to me."
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert weighs in on rebuilding New Orleans during an interview
) by the Chigago Daily Herald.
"It doesn’t make sense to me, and it’s a question that certainly we should ask. . . First of all your heart goes out to the people, the loss of their homes . . . but there are some real tough questions to ask about how you go about rebuilding this city. We help replace, we help relieve disaster . . . (Rebuilding) is certainly the decision the people of New Orleans are going to make. . . But I think federal insurance and everything goes along with it and we ought to take a second look at it. . . How do you go about rebuilding this city? What precautions do you take? . . . It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed.
. . But you know we build Los Angeles and San Francisco on top of earthquake fissures and they rebuild, too. Stubbornness."
Dennis Hastert was a sponsor of the legislation that cut the funding needed to upgrade New Orleans levee system
to withstand category 5 hurricanes. He also failed to vote
on legislation this year which would've provided additional funds for the Army Corps of Engineers.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Sep 1, 2005 -
``I don't treat my dog like that,' 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at the [dead] woman in the wheelchair. ``I buried my dog.' He added: ``You can do everything for other countries but you can't do nothing for your own people.
You can go overseas with the military but you can't get them down here.' People dying and left in streets
waiting for aid at a New Orleans Convention Center.
posted by omidius
on Sep 1, 2005 -
St. James Infirmary,
in a funereal, no lyrics, brass-band version underlies a persistent scrum of half-remembered songs about New Orleans rising in concert with the waters, lapping at the sandbags of my mind. Up front, Tom Waits
(I Wish I Was in New Orleans
) and Randy Newman
) are duking it out for time at the piano, elaborately filigreed chords overlapping and changing the dominant lyric at the moment of harmonic convergence, while in the background Arlo Guthrie
(The City of New Orleans
) warbles about a train ride. Professor Longhair
and/or The Dixie Cups
, Iko Iko
) sort of amusedly fight to keep sliptime with the martial drums from Jimmy Driftwood's The Battle of New Orleans
(caution: embedded quicktime) behind the whole toxic soup of sonic residue. I'm sure the stew will grow more dense over the next couple weeks.
Got a New Orleans song to toss into the waters?
posted by mwhybark
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Katrina targets New Orleans.
Mandatory evacuations have been declared, and contraflow evacuation routes are in effect near New Orleans, as Hurricane Katrina
, a very wet, drenching hurricane, approaches the city from the Gulf of Mexico
, where it is gaining in size and strength, with an estimated 45% chance
of making landfall as a category 4 or 5 hurricane. The computer models
suggest that New Orleans will sustain a direct hit from Katrina, which could be "The Big One"
warned about by experts, capable of flooding the city
, polluting it with industrial waste, and even flooding the pump stations, leaving it incapable of pumping out the water. The hurricane is predicted to make landfall early Monday near Port Fourchon
, which handles approximately 13% of U.S. oil imports, and 27% of U.S. domestic production
posted by insomnia_lj
on Aug 27, 2005 -
"New Mexico, Cleaner than Regular Mexico"
This isn't the first time that Urban Outfitters has crossed the line of good taste. Two years ago, [Urban Outfitters] stopped selling a game called "Ghettopoly" after protests by black civil rights leaders. Last year, it halted sales of a T-shirt that read "Everyone Loves A Jewish Girl," surrounded by dollar signs, after the Anti-Defamation League objected.
As could be expected, not everone
finds this stuff funny.
posted by billysumday
on Jul 22, 2005 -
The first issue
of the comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
was released yesterday. Mr. Gaiman is credited as a "consultant." So far, the story is fairly intact, but it's the visual element that deviates from the novel--characters look nothing like they were described, and don't even resemble the old BBC miniseries
. And for someone accustomed to the phenomenal artwork seen in most of Gaiman's previous graphic novels (which included several adaptations of his short stories), Neverwhere
seems downright bland. If a feature film follows in the same vein as this adaptation, will Gaiman pull an Alan Moore and refuse all royalties
? (Go easy on me; it's my first post.)
posted by Saellys
on Jun 23, 2005 -
Spots Before His Eyes?
At last, the Paper of Record publishes a story about something I've known and experienced for years. This retired math professor believes that New York is "...a parking paradise." Want a free parking spot, just believe you'll find one, and you will.
When I lived in the SF area and had to go to The City for business, I would visualize parking and something always
How about you? How do you conjure the parking Goddess?
posted by dbmcd
on Jun 17, 2005 -
Target introduces first new Rx bottles in almost 50 years.
But they might be the only one for some time to do so. I have a couple in my bathroom already and as a designer I have to say they are brilliant example of thoughtful, careful design that can be extremely usable. If you are a design geek, or a wannabe, this other article
is a great read about that explains the design and thought processes, as well as some prototypes, they went through with the NYC School of Visual Arts to get this new design. On page two you can see the new bottle
with a detailed features list. I personally like that it wont roll off a table, better readability, and the color coded rings for each family member. One more way design makes your life easier.
posted by Dome-O-Rama
on Apr 27, 2005 -
a 13+ link whistlestop glance at something from all the provinces and territories...Alberta
, British Columbia
, New Brunswick
, Nova Scotia
. Not to mention the talk about
posted by edgeways
on Feb 15, 2005 -
Google continues march towards world domination with Google News.
"Google's News Search (BETA) service presents information culled from many of the world's news sources collected over the previous week. With continuous updates throughout the day, you'll keep up to date with what's happening now and learn about the stories that led to the most recent developments." Now there's no excuse for posting a CNN link.
posted by darukaru
on Mar 15, 2002 -