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Friday Night Links

August 14, 2009 1 comment

Hooray! Friday is upon us. And what better way to prepare for the weekend winddown than with a batch of links and videos. Warning: Links tend to be excellent. Allow sufficient time to peruse them. Maybe go get yourself a box juice and a bag of potato chips. On to the links.

Sometimes I forget that it would be a good idea to put up some of my favorite stuff on the internet from time to time. The P.S. 22 chorus is awesome. That link leads to their blog. Here’s a video of them taking on a classic.(Lady Gaga and Coldplay at the end of this post.)

Vick signs with the Eagles. NFL Players Tweet reactions.

MSNBC blog First Read on townhalls, anger, and Republican reaction. Good stuff.

The Onion: Little Butterball Holding Up Ice Cream Line.

A Neocon for President in 2012? Daily Beast series looks at 2012 landscape. Just found this, looks bookmarkable.

Are you tired of seeing quizzes on “what childhood beach toy you are”? Is the craziest you get on facebook entail sending out an inquiring wall post? Or maybe a poke if you’re feeling saucy? Well then Facebook Lite might be for you.

Clearly the best part is at the end when he nonchalantly says, “When I interviewed Vice President Joe Biden, he became my homeboy. Now that I’ve interview you would you like to be my homeboy?”

Madden 2010. May need to dip back into the classic franchise…

Interesting post from Slate’s Brow Beat Blog.

Oooo top 100 blogs. Where the blogosphere and twitterosphere meet apparently.

What’s coming up in New York City?

This guy wrote about a traffic problem in Queens for the Queens Ledger. This guy is me.(I know about the typo, don’t know what happened there)

Magazine Launch parties are back! Regular readers may fondly remember my post on another magazine launch party from ten years ago.

P.S. 22 Chorus sings Lady Gaga’s Just Dance with(thankfully) cleaned up lyrics:

And the kids sing a song rumored to be about the Crusades, the French Revolution, Napoleon, George W. Bush, Caesar, Nero, or Jesus Christ:

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Friday Night Links: Twitter Edition

What? A graphic?! Yes, its that time of the week. This time a wrinkle. All of the links will come from my interesting tweets(and retweets) of the week. Don’t worry they’re not all about Twitter. Its a vibrant cross section of the news that is the fabric of this great nation. Oh and videos. I always bring the vids.

Jon Stewart earns the wrath of Rush Limbaugh. Looks like a win-win for Stewart.

The GOP isn’t worried about backlash from hispanics over Sotomayor. I think they should be.

Grad sues college for tuition because she can’t get a job.

Newly discovered pieces by Mozart, technically demanding and furiously paced. He was seven or eight years old when he wrote them. When I was seven, my teacher asked the class to find out the opposite of the word “sweet”. I came back the next day, told her it was “sour” and received some sort of prize. My accomplishment was not technically demanding, furiously paced nor was it an extensive concerto movement.

Cheesily produced video of the greatest basketball team ever assembled. The 1992 Dream Team:

The prevalence of these stories doesn’t make it any less alarming. We’re running out of oil at an unbelievable rate.

Apple tries to silence 11 year old with exploding iPod.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The time for lasers on top of airplanes has come.

The Onion: “Victim of Mall Shooting Determined Not To Die In Yankee Candle”

140 characters? Please. Old news. The cheapest telegrams used to be 150 characters. Includes awesome code words for shortening sentences. Thus: “If a sufficient inducement is offered, the hunting expedition will not set out” could be sent in code by simply sending “Inert hurst” in a telegram.

With the news that championship hero David Ortiz failed a steroid test in 2003, coming on the heels of the Patriots shady business during Spygate, a new song has come out. Boston Trophy Party:

Reuters CEO is going at online content distribution just like the AP…but the exact opposite. “I believe in the link economy.” Great read.

Hey so, why are Russian nuclear submarines snooping off the East coast of the US?

The Onion: Solitary Crow on Fence Post Portending Doom, Analysts Warn

Candidate Bloomberg: Let’s reopen LIRR stations in Elmhurst, Richmond Hill, and Glendale. Please do Mr. Mayor if you are reelected to be mayor once again. Transportation in some parts of Queens is a nightmare.

Seth Rogan talks about being rejected by Megan Fox with rejection clip. Hilarious.

Geez, why was he so nervous anyway?

Oh.

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Newsgasm:On Clinton/North Korea, Clunkers, LA Fitness Shooting and more…

I’m going to try something a little different here. I had a little bit to say about multiple news stories, nothing I wanted to ramble about. Maybe this becomes a weekly feature maybe not, but can you say recurring? I think so.

Bill Clinton/North Korea: It’s amazing that the United States was able to pull this off with a huge assist from Bill Clinton. But as information came out yesterday that Clinton already had a guarantee that he was going to be taking the prisoners home, I wasn’t surprised. Howard Kurtz, Washington Post media critic, opined that this was the case on @HowardKurtz on Twitter, before it became public. What I find most interesting is that North Korea rejected Al Gore and seemingly Hillary Clinton as emissaries, and asked for Bill Clinton.

Cash for ‘Clunkers’: Click for data on why the program is working. I, like so many others in this country am tired of the political games that seem necessary to achieve progress in this country. It doesn’t matter what your politics are. Let me repeat, this is not about politics. The program set out to improve the average mileage of cars in the United States, have  positive environmental and economic repercussions because of it,  and help Americans who were three of four thousand dollars short of being able to finally get a new car. Guess what. It’s a success. Getting the extra $2 billion should not necessitate arm wringing and nonsensical posturing. This time it was Republicans but neither party is immune to the idiocy that is common place. When progress can only be accomplished at a glacial pace, Americans lose out in the long run.

LA Fitness Shooting: Click for story from CNN. This tragic story may have a lasting impact on law enforcement. Mashable details online diary entries from the  murderer who set out to kill young women. He was planning it and talked about  how he was lonely, hadn’t had a girlfriend since 1984 and that he didn’t want to live anymore. How will law enforcement patrol the internet for dangerous people who are making their criminal intentions known beforehand?

Healthcare: The article explains that Democrats are feeling good about passing healthcare reform after a pep talk from the Head Coach-in-Chief. I know that healthcare is a polarizing issue and even within a party, there is disagreement. I even blogged about an issue that’s been dismissed that may be crucial in the debate. But why exactly are Republicans so up in arms? So astonished, bewildered and enraged about the prospect of healthcare? This was one of the pillars of Obama’s campaign. He won. Did you think he would decide against it once he was able to kick his feet up in the Oval office? I don’t mean to trivialize the issue. But last week Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats have the votes to pass healthcare. Politicians are the cagiest of people, why would she say this and have it blow up in her face? It seems that the Democrats can push something through if they want because of the public signing off on it in the election and because they can get the votes. Disagreement within the party has slowed progress of the bill because Blue Dog(more conservative) Democrats want consessions in the bill that progressives are against. Its pretty clear that Republicans will not work with Democrats for the best possible bill. It goes against their principles to do so. But why the uproar? If its so bad for the country won’t people realize this? If the bill is just another collosal mistake by the Obama administration, won’t this make it easier for a Republican challenger to harness the momentum of public opinion and defeat Obama in the 2012 election?

Drunk on ‘Sexcess’: What A Lavish 1999 Magazine Launch Party Has To Do With A 2009 Recession.

Ten years ago Talk Magazine was the you know what of the town.

Ten years ago Talk Magazine was the 'you know what' of the town.

Bill Simmons, popular national columnist from ESPN, has taken a liking to Twitter. As such he posts early and often @sportsguy33. One of his recent tweets was about the startling difference between the much ballyhooed launch of Talk Magazine in 1999 and the stark reality that confronts the industry now. The story is a great read, chronicling the absolutely over the top nature of a party in front of the Statue of Liberty, complete with floor pillows and celebrities bumping into each other in a shrouded outdoor atmosphere. A quote from the story:

“Ten years ago, journalists, long the salarymen of the publishing economy, began gorging on big contracts and options from digital start-ups like shrimp at a free buffet. With coveted writers commanding $5 for every typed word into magazines that were stuffed to the brim with advertising, there was a fizziness, some would say recklessness, in the air. The industry was drunk on its own prerogatives, working a party that seemed as if it would never end.”

Does that sound familiar? While I was reading it, suddenly my mind was shifting away from the mistakes of magazines and I felt like this wasn’t about the writers and publishers at all. The paragraph above could just as easily be describing the culture on Wall Street. Is it passe to bash these companies? I don’t think so. Especially because they continue to operate in a reality other than the one most of us inhabit. In 2008, 4793 Wall Streeters made over $1 million in bonuses. They received taxpayer money and doled it out liberally. But surely those practices have mercifully ended, correct? These companies, ones that received TARP payouts, they’re not back to their old ways are they? Well actually they are, as Goldman Sachs prepares to hand out $11.4 billion this year to its employees. I don’t know enough about this topic to say for certain that companies like Goldman should be exercising restraint for the good of their company. What I can say is that I’m pretty sure  it looks terrible for them to be tossing money from the rafters while the rest of the country suffers through the worst recession and job market in a generation. But what I can’t say authoritatively, I will let others do.

The New York Times: “Goldman, analysts warned, is embracing financial risks that many of its competitors are unable or unwilling to take. While Goldman managed those risks this time, its strategy could backfire if the markets turn against it.”

Moneyweek: “Trading in fixed income, currency and commodities generated half Goldman’s record revenues. That can’t last. Competitors will return and clients will lose enthusiasm for trading as the rally runs out of steam. And as investors lose their appetite for government debt, Goldman will also struggle to continue earning fees by finding buyers for this.”

New York Daily News: “The scary thing is we’re about to see the cycle repeat itself – and it will lead to near insolvency at another firm too big to fail,” said John Coffee, a Columbia law professor. “High-risk, high return trading – where managers share in the upside, but not in the downside – has already returned to Goldman Sachs, and other banks will say they have to do the same thing so they can compete with Goldman.”

Well! That sounds fantastic. Let me see if I get this straight. It’s hard to get your mind around complex issues when you’re not gifted with the intelligence and foresight of financial tycoons, executives, and CEO’s, so bear with me. With Wall Street drunk on a mix of success and excess, let’s call it ‘sexcess’, our financial system was on the brink of failure. It was saved by the government. The government still owns some of these companies, like one-third of Citigroup, for example. So last year amidst the meltdown, these corporations continued to shell out big bonuses. Now this year, despite everything that happened, a little success, in one quarter mind you, has led companies to throw caution to the wind once again. “Screw it! We’re back,” seems to be the sentiment. And on top of this fortunate news, analysts believe that other companies will feel that they need to embrace the risky practices that led to near catastrophy and threatened our fair republic.

The amount that Americans should be outraged is incalculable. Maybe, David A. Viniar, Chief Financial Officer for Goldman Sachs can take us away with a comforting quote. Something to make us all sleep a little better tonight.

Viniar on bonuses, from NYT: “We pay for performance.”

I bet the publisher of Talk Magazine was thinking the same thing in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, on a night not so long ago.


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Friday Night Links

We continue the wildly popular and catchy weekly feature that is not necessarily posted at night. This week I saved a bunch of links throughout the week in preparation for this momentous post. Onto the links.

Mayor Bloomberg to homeless: We’ll pay for a one-way ticket to ship you out of NYC.

The Onion is “bought” by chinese businessmen. In classic Onion fashion, the headline: Why Did No One Inform Us Of The Imminent Death Of The American Newspaper Industry?

Wall Street Journal had eight unemployed people blog about their experience looking for jobs. Many are working now. But at a cost.

The Journalist’s Guide to Twitter.

This video is hilarious to me because I know many people who are/have been addicted to World of Warcraft:

You know I love LOST so I don’t want to hear any lip. “Ben”, “Hurley” and the ever eye-lined “Richard” discuss the end of the show and the Jack, Kate and Sawyer love triangle.(Video)

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man. This article has really cool, if slightly unnerving buzzwords like the rapture, the end of the human era, and the singularity,

Did Obama ever really believe in bipartisanship? And what does the term mean anyway?

The Audacity of Hops: Beer summit stats. Bud Light for Obama, Blue Moon for Sergeant James Crowley, Sam Adams Light for Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates, and a Buckler nonalcoholic beer for Vice President Joe Biden. Biden must have been designated driver.

Second Avenue Subway! Delayed Again.

This is the first thing I thought of when I heard the news. Well played MTA!

This is the first thing I thought of when I heard the news. Well played MTA!

Amid seemingly yearly fare hikes, the MTA has not made friends with transit riders. Now comes news of a delay that  is infuriating for many, but expected by most. I wonder if the MTA will release a follow up ad to the above image:

“Put your head down.

Starting in 2017, the project that has been rumored for an entire generation will finally shuttle weary and beleaguered New Yorkers to relieve overcrowding on the Lexington line. Maddening but hypothetical news.

P.S. The above might not actually happen. We reserve the right to make it 2021, 2023 or sometime after. Oh, and the fare will be $6.00 by then. But look out for the two fares for $11.50 deal. Its gonna be a steal.”

I’ve always heard about how business owners on second avenue have been suffering because customers stay away from eyesore construction and have no place to park. After, I heard about this I did a little bit of reading on the mythological subway line.

This baby would be amazing and relieve a lot of stress for New Yorkers who have to pack into the 4,5,6 line.

This baby would be amazing and relieve a lot of stress for New Yorkers who have to pack into the 4,5,6 line.

The line would bring tourism to a different part of New York City, send real estate prices skyrocketing, and undoubtedly pay for itself many times over. But that seems like a pipe dream at this point. I particularly enjoyed when the MTA said it was looking like 2016 was the date for completion of Phase I, but then the Federal Transit Authority said it looks like 2017 and most likely 2018.

How ridiculous is this? Isn’t this counterintuitive in real life? We all know the person who always errs on the optimistic side but never comes through. “Yeah I’ll be there at 7pm!” But then 8:30 rolls around, and you’re stressed out and three drinks in at the bar. Why not just give an accurate time? Isn’t a little stress beforehand better than five times as much afterwards? Why wouldn’t the MTA gather some reporters and say, “Yeah, listen we messed up. We’re gonna tell you 2020 but you can write whatever date you want. A fictional date is worth nothing to New Yorkers. We’re going to work hard to get it done and maybe we’ll surprise you for once.”

That would be overdue but excellent news.

2012 Presidential Election Starts Now

Obama's election has Republicans excited. Seriously.

The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States probably invoked more emotion and more varied sentiment across the country than any presidential election before. His supporters were joyous and Democratic party members were smiling across the land. But I’ll have you know that politicians who agree with none of his politices nor identify with his party were also excited and intrigued. Allow me to explain.

If Obama’s election energized a populace who now had validation of the thought that any American can be president, how do you think a deepening field of possible 2012 Republican candidates feel? Obama is the new president in 2009 but no one even knew he existed before 2004 and he didn’t figure prominently in the public consciousness until 2007. Think about that. The leader of the free world could have gone to 7-11 for a slurpee with no security two years ago and now he is shaking hands at the G-8 summit with world leaders.

This Fox poll from Real Clear Politics shows that Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are the current “leaders” for 2012 with Sarah Palin a close third. Frankly, I find it comical if anyone thinks those three will be the leaders when it all comes down to it. I think one of them will be in the conversation if they’re lucky.

Obama declared his candidacy on a cold February day among little fanfare.

Obama declared his candidacy on a cold February day among little fanfare.

Obama came on to the stage when many Americans were fed up with the previous administration. He came with a fresh set of ideas and a different political approach. He had undeniable gifts but he also embodied two things. ‘Different’ and ‘change’. Literal change.

Now Obama must recover from a recession and a myriad of problems. He and his administration have time to do so but if it doesn’t happen by 2012 the presidency will be ripe for the taking. Look at the poll again. Americans have ideas about what those three Republican candidates bring to the table. If someone new and fresh comes with ideas that can be described the same way, then Huck, Mitt and Sarah will be in some trouble. Game on.