Politics and Such

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 »

Tony Danza Is Passionate About Cleaning His Apartment

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 13:48

Ecoconsciousness was on the brain last night at the Upper West Side’s Loi restaurant following the New York premiere of Promised Land, Gus Van Sant’s latest drama about the impact of natural-gas fracking on a small Pennsylvania town, written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski. But when we ran into ... More »

Potential New York Serial Killer Caught Hiding Dead Body in Bed

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 12:55

When police visited the Mount Vernon home of Lucius Crawford to ask him about the 1993 stabbing of a woman in the Bronx, he wasn't home, but they did discover a dead body, stabbed nineteen times, under his covers. The 60-year-old has since been arrested and also confessed to the ... More »

Obama: No More Debt Ceiling Extortion

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 12:39

In the wake of its failed negotiations with the new Republican Congress that swept into power in the 2010 elections, the Obama administration learned some painful lessons. The main point of my long print story about this from October was that Obama had learned from his failures and was developing ... More »
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