Politics and Such

Alex Rodriguez Expertly Evaded a Centaur Painting Question

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 17:00

Kudos to the Daily News' "Confidenti@l" blog for pursuing the stories that matter. They encountered Alex Rodriguez at a toy drive in Miami and sought clarification on the long-disputed Us Weekly report that A-Rod has portraits of himself as a centaur hanging above his bed. We need answers, closure. We ... More »

Who’s Having More Fun: The Ikea Monkey or Mitt Romney?

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:57

Over the weekend, an out-of-place creature found himself stunned amid a bunch of rowdy humans, while a rhesus macaque monkey was spotted wandering an Ikea parking lot in Toronto. The former, of course, was failed politician Mitt Romney, who attended a professional boxing match and told Manny Pacquiao before the ... More »

MySpace Is Back, to Nobody’s Delight

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:45

You will not like the latest incarnation of MySpace — which hasn't been used by sentient humans since 2006 or so — "unless you're some sort of necrophile," Gizmodo's Sam Biddle says. So there's a chance you'll like it, is what I'm saying. ... More »

Santa Is Definitely a Democrat

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:04

A new PPP poll shows that 44 percent of American voters believe Santa Claus is a Democrat, compared to only 28 who believe he is a Republican, and the remainder who didn't feel like dignifying that with a response. But as ridiculous as the question is, the plurality opinion seems ... More »

New York City’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn Nightmare Is Over

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:35

As expected, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissatou Diallo, the Sofitel hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year, have come to an agreement in civil court. Although the terms were not disclosed, early reports that the settlement totaled $6 million were called "flatly false" by Strauss-Kahn's attorneys. "I thank ... More »

The Single Woman Hiding Her Group-Sex Proclivities From Her Dates

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:18
Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek behind doors left slightly ajar. This week, the Single Woman Hiding Her Group-Sex Proclivities From Her Dates: Female, 29, West Village, operations manager, straight, single. DAY ONE 8 a.m. Off to shower. I shaved last Thursday before I attended a fun foursome ... More »

Man Shot Dead Near Central Park [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 15:01

An individual was shot in the head and killed at West 58th Street and Broadway, south of Central Park, just before 2 p.m. on Monday, according to multiple reports. The suspect reportedly drove up in a car and fired on a man before fleeing the busy midtown scene near Columbus ... More »

Worst Teenager Ever Steals iPhone From Quadriplegic Man

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:49

A terrible person walked right up to a 38-year-old Staten Island man with cerebral palsy — and no ability to speak or use his hands — and snatched the iPhone he uses to communicate from the tray of his wheelchair, NBC New York reports with touching video footage. "You shouldn't ... More »

Does Zero Dark Thirty Endorse Torture?

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:40

Zero Dark Thirty is garnering two very loud responses: (1) It is a great film. (2) It glorifies torture. In many cases, those two opinions are held simultaneously. While calling ZDT the best of film of the year, David Edelstein also wrote: "This is a phenomenal piece of action filmmaking — and an ... More »

Three Good Things Mayor Bloomberg Could Do With the FT

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:39

The media world is awash with speculation on the heels of the New York Times' report that Mayor Bloomberg is kicking the tires on the Financial Times, whose "bisque-colored pages" he apparently covets for their short articles and wide international distribution. It's clear that Bloomberg likes the FT and has an ... More »

Grapefruit? More Like Greatfruit.

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:10

In the annals of baseless, unprovoked Internet attacks, few have approached the temerity of today's Slate anti-grapefruit screed. To writer Katy Waldman, the grapefruit is "unwieldy, disgusting, and in some cases dangerous to eat. It is indisputably the worst fruit anyone has ever put on a plate." As someone who ... More »

NYPD Settlements Now a Bit More Secretive

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:35

The city has quietly made it more difficult to find out how much it's paying to settle federal lawsuits, the New York Times reports today, with the dollar amount no longer included in public court filings against government agencies including the NYPD. The Law Department has opted not to list ... More »

Video: D.J.’s Behind Middleton Prank Call Give First Interview

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:27

Australian radio D.J's Mel Greig and Michael Christian have spoken out for the first time since the suspected suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse at King Edward VII Hospital who answered their prank call to Kate Middleton last week. Greig and Christian were suspended from their radio show and went into hiding ... More »

Hip Manhattan Neighborhoods Have a Lot of Syphilis

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:24

Because it's better to know and be afraid than to live with your head in the proverbial pillow, the New York City Department of Health is running down sexually transmitted diseases by neighborhood. According to the New York Post, "Nightlife areas such as SoHo, Murray Hill, and the Upper West ... More »

Marco Rubio and the Coming Conservative Revolt

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:21

In the immediate wake of the election, Republicans felt so stunned — in no small part because they had deluded themselves into expecting victory — that it seemed momentarily possible that the party’s long march to the right may halt or even reverse. But the future of the party is ... More »

Monthly MetroCard Set to Rise to $112; or, Why Joe Lhota Is Doomed

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:04

Less than five years ago, an unlimited monthly MetroCard would set you back just $76. Those halcyon days will seem like a lifetime ago when the MTA board votes on Wednesday on its latest fare-hike package. According to the various reports this morning, a monthly card will go from $104 ... More »

Public Housing ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Hurricane Sandy

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:16

A front-page investigation by the New York Times into the government handling of Hurricane Sandy confirms what many people already know: The city wasn't ready to help the thousands left behind in public housing. According to the paper of record, "while the agency moved aggressively before the storm to encourage ... More »

John McAfee May Be in Guatemala for Months

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 02:45

Though the Guatemalan government initially said that John McAfee would be quickly shipped back to Belize, he's managed to buy himself some time. Reuters reports that McAfee's lawyers have filed a request to allow him to stay in the country until a court rules on his appeals against deportation, which ... More »

Undercover NYPD Detectives Fatally Shoot Man Brandishing Pellet Gun

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 01:40

Two plainclothes NYPD detectives shot and killed a man in Ridgewood, Queens on Saturday night because they believed he was pointing a semiautomatic pistol at them. According to the New York Times, the officers were handcuffing Nolan Rivera, a suspect in a narcotics bust, when he yelled, “They’re cops, you ... More »

Obama Meets Psy, Refrains From Doing Horse Dance

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:35

On Friday the nation was shocked to learn that galloping on an invisible horse isn't the most questionable performance choice Psy has ever made. Though the Korean pop star quickly issued an apology, this put the White House in a difficult spot, as he was set to perform at the ... More »
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