Goodnight

Ric Ocasek, 75, Singer, Guitarist And Songwriter, The Cars
 

 

Eddie Money, 70, Rock Singer And Songwriter

 

Robert Frank, 94, Photographer, Art

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Daniel Johnston, 58, Indie Music Singer And Songwriter

 

Charlie Cole, 64, Photographer, Journalism

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T. Boone Pickens, 91, Billionaire, Oil Magnate And “Philanthropist”

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9/11 : 18

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The last attack on America in NYC and Washington D.C has reached eighteen years. While not a rounded out number, this makes the anniversary of the terrorist attack the legal age to vote. The picture above is the annual light tribute that gets lit up on this day at the location where the twin towers once stood. The last attack on America in NYC and Washington D.C has reached eighteen years.

Ever since this was started seventeen years, the lights would usually go on a few days before and a few days after 9/11. Recently it was pointed out on two local journalists a few days ago on in a brief discussion on social media by the NY Post’s Nicole Genaris and the Wall St. Journal’s Katie Honan. Which got me to thinking especially since this day doesn’t seem to be garnering much remembrance anymore in my opinion. Especially with the way corporate news is covering it now, which is coming off in an obligatory fashion (speaking of fashion, the fashion industry holds it annual galas and designer shows on the week of this tragic day).

So I propose that maybe these lights could be lit for other tragic anniversaries that made the attack on 9/11 possible. Like lighting the tribute on August 6. The day when George W. Bush received his Presidential Daily Brief about Bin Laden’s determination to attack America.

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And also lighting it up for the horrendous decisions and policies of the national tragedy’s aftermath that continue to kill civil service workers. Like on September 13 2001, when George W. Bush’s EPA commissioner Christie Todd Whitman announced that the air quality was safe to breathe in Ground Zero, even though the air downtown was still thick and acrid with visible residue. This lethal falsehood has led to the slow deaths of hundreds of firefighters and police men and women. Which still continues to this day. And also lighting it up for the horrendous decisions and policies of the national tragedy’s aftermath that continue to kill civil service workers.

The light tribute should also commemorate the date October 26, 2001 with the ratification of the Patriot Act; written by frightened and calculating congress members under the rubric to protect the nation from terrorism but wound up eviscerating the first and fourth amendment rights of American citizens, which is what also what Osama Bin Laden set out to do. This abominable legislation has led to crackdowns and clampdowns of protests and the assembling of them by citizens. And also to wanton abuse of needle in the haystack searches of everyone’s personal phone and internet data records by federal agencies, notably the NSA which Edward Snowden exposed only a few years ago.Thanks to the Patriot act, which the majority of congressional officials didn’t even get a chance to finish reading but still voted for it except for Barbara Lee of California, unpermitted personal data usurpation has become normalized and is the business model of the notorious tech corporations Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter.

That’s what this day means now. And thousands of Americans and millions of lives in the Middle East and Africa through regime change and proxy wars to prevent terror have been sacrificed in the name of homeland security. While the lights are a solemn reminder to everyone whose relatives unnecessarily died that day, the lessons of 9/11 still have not been learned, as we are told we are still under threat almost 2 decades on.

And in another awful post 9/11 consequence, turns out the tribute of light is also a problem:

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The illuminating installation on display for seven days leading up the anniversary of the hijacked airliner attacks that brought down the two World Trade Center towers, killing nearly 3,000 people, may serve as solemn beacons of remembrance for most people. The illuminating installation on display for seven days leading up the anniversary of the hijacked airliner attacks that brought down the two World Trade Center towers, killing nearly 3,000 people, may serve as solemn beacons of remembrance for most people.

But the exhibit also coincides with the annual migration of tens of thousands of birds crisscrossing the New York region — including songbirds, Canada and yellow warblers, American redstarts, sparrows and other avian species — that get confused and fly into the towers of light, circling and expending energy and threatening their lives, according to officials at New York City Audubon. But the exhibit also coincides with the annual migration of tens of thousands of birds crisscrossing the New York region — including songbirds, Canada and yellow warblers, American redstarts, sparrows and other avian species — that get confused and fly into the towers of light, circling and expending energy and threatening their lives, according to officials at New York City Audubon.

Andrew Maas, a spokesman for NYC Audubon, told ABC News on Tuesday that the artificial light interferes with the birds’ natural cues to navigate. Circling within the lights can exhaust the birds and potentially lead to their demise, he noted.

“We know it’s a sensitive issue,” he said, adding that NYC Audubon has worked for years with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Municipal Art Society of New York, which created the exhibit, to balance protecting the birds while providing the temporary memorial.

We will never forget 9/11. But it’s interesting how much we, meaning our appointed leaders and corporations, will fuck it all up trying to get everybody not to forget.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffery Epstein’s Perfect Execution

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It’s been a few weeks since the, umm, reported suicide of Jeffery Epstein, multi-millionaire financial advisor and money manager, child predator and trafficker. Conveniently for Epstein, he was detained in the Manhattan Correctional Center after his first “suicide attempt” that was “stopped” by a cop who slaughtered four people. The MCC is one this city’s wretched facilities, rife with horrid conditions and atypical lousy food. But what made his fatal jailbreak easy was the fact that the jail’s personnel was understaffed, guarded by C.O.’s working overtime during the wee hours and notably a person assigned to fill in to guard who wasn’t even an official C.O., (which for some reason there hasn’t been much or any inquiry why he was assigned that position and what his job history was). At the time when he snuffed it, he was actually put back on suicide watch.

It was easy to figure out that Epstein was not going to learn anything from his sabbatical incarceration away from society, after getting a light sentence from his prior child rape charges because he was “of intelligence” according to Trump’s former Labor Secretary Acosta.. But high society easily forgives and embraces multi-millionaires, whether doing some light embezzlement or treason and in this case child trafficking. Which the pedophile Epstein continued to fiendishly dabble in from his release a decade ago notably at his vast and eerie Upper East Side mansion a block from Central Park which got immediately raided during his overdue arrest.

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Overdue being that District Attorney Cy Vance lowered Epstein’s sexual offender level status, as the NYPD didn’t bother to do checkups on his creepy mansion or even bring Epstein downtown to register as a level 3 offender despite on judge’s orders, as the statutory rape addict continued to engage and arrange sexual trysts involving hundreds of young girls with the aid of his platonic girlfriend Ghislane Maxwell. (The relationship these two have is almost like an evil version of Jerry Seinfeld and Elaine Benes)

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To think that if Cy Vance wasn’t such and oligarch ass kisser and the NYPD were as aggressive to keep tabs on a internationally known sexual predator as they were to stop and frisk Black and Hispanic people and combing colleges for Muslims, they could have got a warrant and broke down the door to Epstein’s townhouse and arrested him 8 years ago. And they probably could have collared Prince Andrew during a blow job with a 14-year-old girl.

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Who knows if Epstein would have wound up if he was caught back then. Probably dead too under strange and suspicious circumstance and coincidence also. He had a lot of powerful and pretty much immoral friends and associates that didn’t want their evil sexual piccadillos or how they acquired their finances back then either.

But for now, what we got according to corporate news, has been determined a suicide and everyone is supposed to believe and accept it. Even though for some reason in this age of infinite and omniscient surveillance, that there is no video footage of Epstein’s determined suicide. Even though Epstein plead not guilty to all charges and he paid some of the inmates commissary for protection. Even though the autopsy found a bone in his neck that was broken which is usually caused by strangulation. And the sheets given to inmates are not even strong enough to squeeze the cream out of a twinkie.

Lo and behold, video footage was available, but it turned out to be damaged or unreadable or some bullshit. I guess that’s what you have to expect in a run down, debilitated, vermin infested, understaffed correctional facility.

Which incidentally is the perfect place to execute the perfect crime on the most wanted man in the world, by those violated and those that did the violating. In a ,although not as gruesome but still barbaric, Epstein’s suicide is akin to the butchering of Washington Post reporter Adnan Kashoggi by 15 men associated with Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey. Kashoggi was another man who knew too much, but Epstein knew tons more. He even was close with MBS too. There’s just too much to know and it’s way above my pay grade, which is zero.

But all I can offer about this convoluted FUBAR coverup is this:

That all questions and theories on Epstein’s “suicide” are moot. It’s common and horribly accepted knowledge that the wealthiest people in the world and the politicians who are obeisant to them don’t want anything to ruin their heavily guarded hedonistic lifestyles and swollen bank accounts.

 

 

 

 

Affixing A Hole

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New York is not only famous for being the biggest city in the world (by default, reputation and hype) but it’s also infamous for it’s potholes which manifest from time to time and also notorious for the tardiness to repair them. But decades riding (and at few occasions driving) in this big city of dreams, I don’t think I have ever seen the creative and quarter-assed way Mayor de Blasio’s Department of Transportation has displayed to remediate or even fix these blights on the roads and pavement. Especially with the usage of traffic cones.

Take the header photo of the subway grating. Clearly the hatch door is missing. Either it fell off or some enterprising derelict managed to rip it off and sold it for scrap. Or maybe by a MTA low paid contractor worker.

Despite how hideous and hazardous that looks, it doesn’t remotely compare to what the DOT is enabling or even ordering to temporarily remedy new road hazards on the streets this summer. Like this patch job on Central Park West.

 

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Looks like something went wrong on this road here, which looks like it was milled and repaved not long ago.

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Looking at this, I had thoughts of what else could be down there. Although I am partially glad that it the city affixed this hole, even if a rabbit won’t be able to make it to brunch with the Mad Hatter. Anyone could have rode over it and got a nasty flat or even ruined their wheel. Or maybe fall into another dimension or time. Other concerns I had was some sort of entity (or entities) that would rise from the depths of the netherworld like those shadows in “Ghost” or even worse a hipster version of Chutulu.

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Take a look at that depth, that’s about the size of the standard foot and a half high cone that are frequently used. Usually the safety standard would entail that inverted cone and a few others to surround that hole and obviously for a work order to close the street to repair it. But now the D.O.T., which is ever so busy with other things like shutting down streets for film shoots and helping arrange fun festival weekends barring driving on weekends, is now just looking at these spooky craters and putting a big orange cork in it.

After placing a message on the city’s social media account, the void did get remedied as it got tagged for eventual repair.

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They also stuffed it with what what looks like powdered sugar covered wet paper towels.

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After this I thought for sure the city won’t be stupid enough to be this lazy and careless when the next hole appears. But I stood corrected and beside myself when I saw this asphalt buttplug again in Hell’s Kitchen.

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This one was even worse. Fortunately this hole was actually not much of a danger to cars being that it was pass the crosswalk and away from the lane, but one could easily fall into the abyss walking, skating or riding on it. Especially when your staring at your phone screen like a stupid junkie.

To be fair, the DOT are still applying these orange cones properly for the majority of unsightly road hazards, when the holes are too big to use them as buttplugs.

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Well, sometimes.

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But the de Blasio’s D.O.T.’s shiftlessness is not limited to the lame efforts and solutions to warn citizens of road hazards, it also applies his Department of Environmental Protection for our dilapidated water catch basins. Especially the ones in the perpetually ignored neighborhoods in Southeast Queens.

Like this one here. This fucking wreck in South Richmond Hill has been like this for about a year. There’s suppose to be a big metal thing there on top. It’s a wonder how the city is able to lose parts like that and how mindblowing it is that they don’t immediately replace it.  Supposedly some homeless people or junkies find it (or pry it out themselves) and sell it for scrap too.

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This gives the impression that the city contracted Fred Flintstone’s employer Slate Quarry to renovate it.

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Then there’s this abomination:

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I want to mock this with another cartoon analogy but it’s just too repulsive. Fortunately, it probably will get repaired since it’s on a corner and it’s part of the citywide renovation to make them better for the handicapped.

And isn’t it nice of the de Blasio’s D.E.P. to provide a one legged girder along with a taped orange cone? It’s the equivalent of tying a string on your pinky to remember something.

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It looks like the D.E.P. noticed this too while they were still around town. So they had a spare leg, girder and orange cone to remedy any resident’s worries.

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Surely, this was encouraging that remediation was on the way. But as Staten Island rock heroes Anthrax used to say…NOT!

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Unfuckingbeilievable and rigoddamndiculous. The D.E.P.’s saw fit to blacktop patch the hole and reinforce it with some discarded wood and just removed the leg from the fucking girder and left it there. Yeah, that looks durable, schmucks.

Who knows what 99 cent store inspired dinky fixes this city will to do our slowly crippling infrastructure. Because potholes don’t discriminate.

From Richmond Hill in Queens

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Rest assured that these holes will get the standard safety cone buttplug treatment, as it’s now being applied to broken off parking sign poles like this one:

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And citizens, if you see these holes, say something about them. The city’s social media accounts do respond fast. But if results aren’t manifesting fast enough, don’t be shy to be proactive and do it yourself. How hard can it be to shove something in a disturbing looking hole.

The de Blasio D.O.T. standard street apparatuses won’t be hard to find.

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