Politics and Such

Weberman Denies Sexual Abuse, But Not Raiding His Charity

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 12/06/2012 - 03:02

The ultra-Orthodox man who's accused of sexually abusing a girl he counseled testified on Wednesday that he "never ever" did so, but he didn't deny dipping into the funds of a charity he founded, paying his kids' private school tuition from the nonprofit's coffers. "Did you use this not-for-profit for ... More »

Police, Occupy a Little Surprised They Work So Well Together Post-Sandy

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 12/06/2012 - 01:40

If your only exposure to Occupy Wall Street was last year's occupation, protests, and arrests, the recent cooperation between cops and Occupy Sandy volunteers would probably come as a surprise to you. It came as a surprise to them, too. Police haven't gone so far as to praise Occupy on ... More »

The Wave Is Back, But Not Its Archives

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 12/06/2012 - 01:22

The good news is that The Wave, the weekly newspaper serving the Rockaways, is finally back in production after Hurricane Sandy. The bad news, per the New York Times, is that among the many assets it lost (including computers, furniture, and office appliances) were the paper's archives, which "spanned 118 ... More »

Texas Rep. Loves the Word ‘Lunatic,’ or Just Likes Being Disagreeable

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 12/06/2012 - 00:29

Right before leaving for a long weekend today, the House passed legislation that will remove the term "lunatic" from federal law, just as Congress nixed references to "mental retardation" two years ago. The vote was 398 to 1, with Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert as the lone dissenter. He said we ... More »

Malcolm Harris, Occupy’s Twitter Resister, Will Plead Guilty

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 23:11

Malcolm Harris has been waging a big fight over a pretty small charge stemming from his arrest in an Occupy Wall Street protest on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011, but on Wednesday he finally surrendered. Harris agreed to plead guilty, his lawyer told Reuters, thereby keeping secret a series ... More »

Police Nab TSA Thief With ‘Bait iPads’

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 22:59

TSA agents should be advised that the next item they swipe might belong to the authorities. On Tuesday Port Authority police arrested 32-year-old TSA screener Sean J. Henry for allegedly stealing iPads and an Apple laptop from checked baggage at JFK Airport. Police say stolen electronics were also found in ... More »

John McAfee Arrested in Guatemala, Keeps Blogging From Jail

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 21:49

The latest twist in the John McAfee saga could be a doozy: After offering an alibi on video for his whereabouts the night his neighbor was killed, the fallen anti-virus mogul has been arrested by Guatemalan police. Reuters reports that McAfee was detained with the help of Interpol agents at ... More »

Joe Lhota May Be the Business Community’s Last Hope for 2013

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 21:37

Last Wednesday the four Democrats who would be mayor faced a ballroom full of city business executives and a blunt first question. “Will the next mayor be as understanding, as visionary, and as sympathetic to issues of the economy and business as Mayor Bloomberg, one of our own, has been?” ... More »

New Zealand Animal Rights Group Is Teaching Dogs to Drive Cars for Pretty Much No Reason

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 18:16

According to the New Zealand Herald, the aim of the project is to "change 'common misconceptions' about rescue dogs," the foremost of which is that they are bad drivers. ... More »

Senate Invites Steven Spielberg to Screen Lincoln in the Senate Itself

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 17:45

Deadline is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has invited Steven Spielberg to screen Lincoln on December 12 in front of the Senate. (Sucks for you, House of Representatives.) Sure, films screen at the White House all the time — including Lincoln, which Obama watched on November 15 — ... More »

Roger Ailes Was Totally Joking About Petraeus Running for President

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 17:43

The Fox News analyst caught on tape encouraging then-general David Petraeus to run for president at the behest of her boss Roger Ailes just didn't realize he was kidding, she wrote in a new FoxNews.com column after a day of media lashing over the blatant disregard for journalistic standards. "I ... More »

Twitter and Instagram Are Mad at Each Other

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 17:02

Social-media fight! Twitter is mad at Instagram today because Instagram disabled a feature called "Twitter cards integration." Practically, all that means is that your Instagram photos, when posted to Twitter, might now look a little cropped instead of all square and pretty like they used to. In nerd world, this ... More »

Katie Holmes Sets Record at Carnegie Deli

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 16:56

“She was wearing the highest high heels I’ve ever seen — like 5 to 7 inches." — Carnegie deli manager Jose Robles. ... More »

Yellow Lights in NYC Might Be Out to Get You

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 16:43

According to a new class-action lawsuit, traffic signals in the city are rigged to switch from yellow to red almost a half-second quicker than the three-second federal standard — that way, the 150 "gotcha" cameras around town can really rake it in. Tickets from the all-seeing machines have totaled $47 ... More »

Are People Who Donate to Wikipedia Just Better People in General?

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 15:40

Over the past week or so, if you've gone to Wikipedia (and you probably have), you've been confronted with the website's annual fund-raising push, which this year took the form of a glaring, yellow banner begging you to donate just a few measly dollars to a worthy nonprofit website you ... More »

Bushwick Gentrifiers Going Wild in Massive Victorian Mansion

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 15:06

What happens when a bunch of kids in Brooklyn move far enough east that they can inhabit a mansion that seems far beyond their means? According to our concerned property-snob pals at Brownstoner, they name it the Trip House and throw huge parties, where the guests get to tagging. "A ... More »

Wow, Terrible: Walking Dead Edition

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 14:49

Not That Bad: 26-year-old Long Island man Jared Gurman, of Williston Park, is convinced that the zombie outbreak as portrayed in AMC's The Walking Dead could be caused in real life by some sort of "military mishap." A Bit Worse: Gurman's passionate belief in this possibility led on Sunday night to a ... More »

New York Congresswoman Leads Historic Boys’ Club

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 14:38

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey was elected ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, making her the highest ranking woman in the committee’s history, Politico reports. One of the most important panels, its members have gone on to become Speaker of the House — including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — ... More »

What Happened to the Secretary of Business?

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 14:30

If you can remember as far back as the 2012 presidential race, you may remember that, shortly before the election, President Obama floated the idea of creating a new Cabinet-level position called the "secretary of Business." This person, Obama said, would oversee an agency that combined the functions of a ... More »
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