The MTA Fucks Itself: Slow Train Comin’ And Goin’ And Stopping Short

030This is what it said when entering the Queens Lefferts Blvd destination A train on 14th Street in Manhattan. Fuck the MTA.

It’s been almost a year since this digital publication decreed the MTA as the worst fucking transit system in the universe, which to no surprise to me is the most read post in the existence of Impunity City. Your city and mine. And since then there has been a multitude of articles by professional journalists actually confirming my vulgar opinion. But none as deftly infuriating as the most recent piece by the now full time digital Village Voice. It ultimately turns out that the rationale for the perpetual shit service of the transit system is because of an actual modernization of the signal system leading to a policy of running the trains at a slower speed as was discovered in a three year old study by an intern at Columbia University that the MTA in their hapless way tried to throw it in the memory hole. (The only bright side of this is that this study probably didn’t cost taxpayers a dime).

The Village Voice: The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down

The root cause of the subway system’s decay, it turns out, isn’t budget cuts or overcrowding — rather, the collapse of the subway system appears to have been primarily self-inflicted by the authority itself, in response to a single accident two decades ago that set the transit system on a path to disaster.

 But there is one type of delay that’s gotten exponentially worse during that time: a catchall category blandly titled “insufficient capacity, excess dwell, unknown,” which captures every delay without an obvious cause. From January 2012 to December 2017, these delays increased by a whopping 1,190 percent — from 105 per weekday to 1,355. In December, one out of every six trains run across the entire system experienced such a delay. The increase has been steady and uninterrupted over the past six years.

In 1995, a Manhattan-bound J train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge rear-ended an M train that was stopped on the bridge, killing the J train operator and injuring more than fifty passengers. The National Transportation and Safety Board investigation placed most of the blame on the J train operator, who the NTSB suspected had been asleep. But the NTSB also identified potential issues with the signal system that contributed to the accident, which it found didn’t guarantee train operators enough time to apply the emergency brakes even when awake.

“They slowed the trains down after the Williamsburg Bridge crash,” a veteran train operator who asked not to be identified told the Village Voice. “The MTA said the train was going too fast for the signal system.” As a result, the MTA, quite literally, slowed all the trains down, issuing a bulletin informing employees in April 1996 that their propulsion systems would be modified so they could achieve a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, down from the previous high of 50 to 55 miles per hour on a flat grade.

But the MTA didn’t stop there, internal documents show. One of the NTSB’s safety recommendations was to set speed limits. As a result, the MTA began a still-ongoing process of changing the way many signals work to meet modern safety standards. Previously, trains would encounter green lights if the track ahead was clear; if not, a red light would trip the train’s brakes if it tried to cross that section of track, stopping it a safe distance from the train ahead. (Restarting the train after it is tripped can take anywhere from one to ten minutes, and the incident gets noted in the operator’s performance file, according to MTA sources.) Under the new program, generally referred to as signal modifications, the brakes would be tripped based not only on whether the track ahead was vacant, but also on the train’s speed.

NYCT’s estimates were so off in part because they didn’t account for a human element. The most problematic of the newly modified signals were “one-shot timers,” so called because the operator has only one chance to meet the posted speed limit. One-shot timers are easier and cheaper to install, say MTA sources; the more “shots” the operators have to get under the required speed, the more timing mechanisms have to be installed across a longer portion of track. (An MTA spokesperson disputed this, characterizing the decision to install one- or two-shot timers as safety-related.) But the consequences of going over the speed limit are high — the train is stopped, and the operator gets penalized — so many operators now opt to go well below the posted speed limit just to be on the safe side.

So because of a train wreck on the bridge, the trains have been pussyfooting across the rails for the past two decades, extending platform wait times and commutes. And this exposes the dirty little secret of the daily refrain during the daily sojourns of commuters “train is delayed because of red signal ahead”. It also explains why the commute the day after this Voice article came out that the trains were moving sloooowwer than usual.

And now with the city’s population explosion from all the tower development and rampant tourism growing every year, in addition to the reprehensible etiquette of commuters lethargically boarding and exiting trains while gazing at their phones, the frightening overcrowded platforms especially by major transfer hubs were commuters have to wait on the stairs, it has made this fubar transit system slower and slower, which must be throwing those new countdown clocks and jumbo touch screen schedules off kilter.

And ultimately a irremediable disaster. But that self-fulling prophecy is becoming possible because of the feud nobody likes of the two top officials nobody likes, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andy Cuomo. de Blasio refuses to pony up half of the money for the $830 million action plan (which the Voice points out won’t help much, but it’s a start since it’ll supposedly fund overtime work) and at the last MTA board meeting in a stroke of funding blowback, Mario’s son decided to allocate 1 billion dollars for renovations and modernizations at 6 stations. So instead of signal modernization. track repairs and train maintenance, expect more art on the walls to ignore or pricey novelty take-out eateries on the mezzanines.

This retarded targeted spending comes on the heels of the NY Times expose of the MTA’s expensive moronic contracting, worker redundancies at work sites, and the transit union’s abuse of overtime hours. And with the recent revelations of the new crop of hired operators and conductors had insufficient training.  it makes the MTA’s decision to run trains at a slugs pace for safety reasons utterly without merit. It should be worrisome how quick their reactions are when they confront those sudden switches from those pesky “one stop timers” which may explain why lately the trains are always stopping short in the tunnels and arriving at the stations.

(On the subject of lacking merit for safety, at a train yard in East New York, four workers have filed suit against the MTA refusing to place flags on tracks to warn arriving trains of their presence on the rails and withheld their pay and denied them work hours the more they continued to address the hazards in their surroundings.)

But the necessity to worry should take hold for the MTA under the new leader Andy Byford is very cognizant of the inefficiencies causing commuters to lose money every day. He has ordered office workers to get out of their cubicle pens and head underground donning orange vests to assist and mollify commuters to make their terrible train rides easier, making them basically yoeman subway escorts as they through no fault of their own disregard their actual responsibilities to make the MTA operate. Get this, they called this the Subway Action Plan, just like the continuing dormant joint city and state plan that is currently languishing in civic purgatory.

And that’s not all that twit directing the worst fucking transit system of the universe just did, they took another dump on the bureaucratic shitshow by inventing a new executive job called Chief Customer Officer and hired some chick from a marketing firm who the MTA contracted for consulting services last year. Apparently, according to the press release, the CCO’s focus is to not alleviate the constant delays that is effecting the customers salaries every goddamn day, but to get workers to be more customer friendly (holy shit, just like what was mentioned right above this paragraph!) and get rid of “transit jargon” which you would think would be the same verbal pablum excuse for every damn delay but it’s actually the workers euphemisms and abbreviations for the technical problems plaguing the system. Which is actually a workplace order and nothing familiar to what the populace are paying $2.75 for every fucking day.

This woman is getting paid $200,000 for doing what Byford calls in his own native Britain euphemistic terms, doing away with redundancies like token booth clerks and putting them on “the field” to help commuters. Which is bloody ironic and hysterical since the idea was already in place, making the Chief Customer Officer position fucking redundant itself!

It cant’ be any more transparent that the MTA is more concerned with spinning the optical quality of the transit service than actually running it efficiently.

All this fucking nonsense, squabbling, machinating, marketing and incompetence as the MTA’s debt is now at fucking $38.6 billion dollars.

Fuck the MTA. Nah, it’s already fucked.



Matt Dike, 55, Founder Of Delicious Vinyl, DJ And Producer

New Bad Days 47: Violence And Weapons Found In Schools, Rapes And Pot Arrests Of Blacks And Hispanics Go Up; Dangerous Intersection In Park Slope Gets Vision Zero Attention After Two Little Kids Get Killed; Prison Guards At Rikers Get Beaten, Bruised And Slashed; More Subway Perversion And Assaults, More Attacks On The Elderly, More Hit-And-Run’s And More Slashings, Stabbings And Shootings On The Streets And Street Corners And The Erosion Of Potter’s Field Is Spreading Remains In The Rivers Of The Bronx.

009.jpgToday’s theme: Covering shit up.

In the last 4 months of 2017, which is the start of the school year, crime in schools went up. Galvanized by the stabbing murder at a Bronx school, crimes ranging from larceny, brawls and fights, the use of restraints, arrests and summons issued and even arson. The last quarter saw increases as well as weapons confiscations, the majority of them box cutters as well as knives and guns, adding to the alarming increases of kids bringing weapons to school in the prior 2 years even before the stabbing murder at that Bronx school.

In the last year, reported rapes went up 39%. The rape classifications are distinguished between domestic, acquaintance and stranger rapes according to Chief Dermont Shea who helms the strangely titled NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies, which the latter two words of his position takes alarming significance considering the recent exposes of crime charge manipulation and unethical directives ordered of subordinate cops amongst his rogue high brass peers and detectives. Particularly about the subject of rape considering the promotion of Deputy Inspector Peter Rose who redefined it in an attempt to mollify the citizens in Greenpoint.

Crime stats are also up for pot arrests even though possession of an ounce is decriminalized. Although these rising stats are occurring in certain neighborhoods with the selective enforcement of certain races and nationalities under dubious existence of complaints

Now for the boroughs five.


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In Park Slope, two kids, aged four and one got killed and their mothers, one pregnant, got injured along with two other pedestrians when a woman ran a red light and hit them in the crosswalk. The driver who attempted to flee the area was found to have Multiple Scerlosis and heart problems and had 4 prior red light running offenses in the past 2 years resulting from her medical condition and had a seizure at the time of the deadly hit. It was also found that the intersection received multiple complaints from citizens in the last 4 years of it being hazardous. This intersection is just blocks from Mayor de Blasio’s house, but somehow this corner did not make the Vision Zero list of needed remediation and didn’t get the unilateral treatment against the community board’s rejection that made the implementation of the business killing bike lanes on Queens Blvd. possible.

Following the reactive governmental process of waiting for someone to die to enact safety measures, the avenue is now going to get redesigned and the safety infrastructure upgrades that was long ignored.

In Brownsville at the Riverdale Osbourne Towers, a man shot and killed his stepfather, his teenage stepson, his 1-year-old daughter and himself for revenge against the mother of his child when she rebuffed his request to get back together.

In Crown Heights, a man standing in front of the notorious Atlantic Armory homeless shelter got stabbed in the chest by a man after a dispute they had and died.

In Downtown Brooklyn at the State Supreme Court on Adams St., a landlord cut open her wrists with a knife after a hearing where the judge dismissed her lawsuit and ruled in favor of a bank to take over her buildings.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, a man grabbed a woman walking by him and slashed her in the face with a blade. The woman knew the suspect as a regular customer at the Mcdonalds she works at.

In Greenwood at the 36th Street Station, an exhausted woman sleeping on the R train woke up momentarily to see a man jerking off in front of her. When she screamed, the pervert sprayed her with pepper spray, jumped on her and pulled a knife on her. The woman fought back and managed to wrest the knife from the skeev and stabbed him twice. The deviant got caught and was found to have two previous offenses for indecent exposure.

In East Flatbush, a party was shot up by a gunman, killing one and injuring three others.

Also in East Flatbush, a man was shot in a barrage of gunfire and killed sitting in his car in front of church.

In Flatbush, four men held up a bodega at gunpoint and robbed it of $1,000 then the gunman shot a customer inside after the robbery.

In Carroll Gardens, a restaurant with mob connections front door and facade was shot up with bullets.

In East New York, a man threw two molitov cocktails at a barber shop after he got kicked out of there for being drunk.

Also in East New York, a teenage girl smacked a cop in the face. The cop decided not to arrest her after she apologized but later she went on her social media platform to berated the NYPD and posted a pic flipping the bird in front of a police car.

In Sheepshead Bay, a man sneaked up behind a teenage girl on a driveway, slammed her to the ground and stole her phone.

In Cypress Hills, a fire engulfed an apartment building set off by a space heater in bodega, killing a mother and daughter and displacing 47 tenants and 25 children from their homes.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man pulled out a knife when a guard tried to stop him from stealing health shakes from a chain pharmacy.

In Williamsburg, a 50-year-old man got killed by a hit-and-run driver as he was crossing the street.

Also in Williamsburg, a drunk truck driver crashed into a fence then attempted to flee the scene of the crash by hitting a parked vehicle, a tree and a pizza delivery guy’s car.

Again in Williamsburg, a steel beam fell on a construction worker’s head causing cardiac arrest.

And again in Williamsburg, a collection of paintings worth $2,000,000 were stolen in a heist from an art storage facility.

In Kensington, a man got killed crossing the street when he got hit by box truck making a turn.

Also in Kensington at the Ditmars Ave. Station, a man chased and beat down a commuter then went through his pockets and destroyed his cellphone after he asked for cash but the victim said he had no money to spare.

In Canarsie, a fight a parking lot between three men escalated as one man drew a gun and fired which wound up hitting and wounding an 8-year-old girl inside a dollar van.

Also in Canarsie, two men attempting to hold up a gas station was stopped by an off-duty cop who shot and killed one of them when they tried to fire.

Again in Canarsie, a man randomly punched a 74-year-old woman in the face as she was walking by him.

In Bay Ridge, a man held up a gift shop at gunpoint and robbed it of $250.

In Bed-Stuy, a scumlord (that’s a amalgam of landlord and scumbag) impersonated a dead man to notarize documents to fraudulently evict tenants from his building.

Also in Bed-Stuy, during a fire of a row house building, the burning facade fell off and injured four firemen.

Again in Bed-Stuy, a 65-year-old man died in his sleep after he was beaten profusely by two men inside his apartment.

And again in Bed-Stuy at the Armstrong Houses, a man was shot at twice and killed in front of the building

And again In Bed-Stuy, a 60-year-old got killed inside his apartment after he picked up a young man and invited him home, who then hit him with a barbell when the elderly man made a pass at him.

And again in Bed-Stuy at the Beford-Nordstrom Station, a man punched a commuter in the face on the G train after an argument.

In Mill Basin at the Roy Bahn Middle School, a mother participated in a brawl with her daughter fighting with another girl in a schoolyard with two other girls getting some punches in that was sparked by a fight involving a father defending her daughter by threatening to shoot them days before.

In Ocean Hill at the Saratoga Houses, a man who paid $20 to a woman for sex took her the parking lot then attacked her from behind by wrapping a belt around her neck, punching her repeatedly and ultimately raping her.

In Gowanus, a man caught a burglar robbing his house and fought with him causing him to flee.

In Prospect Heights, an actress crossing the street with her child was bumped by a vehicle driven by an impatient Hasidic man.

In Bensonhurst, a 73-year-old man was killed crossing the street after being hit by a truck then a van.

In Flatlands, a man who lost his cellphone accused two men in a bodega of stealing it and threatened to shoot them, but it was at another deli. He was later busted for possessing two guns and ammo and most treacherous of all, marijuana.

In Fort Greene, a woman was robbed of her groceries by three kids on scooters, one of them punched her in the face.

Also in Fort Greene, an EMT worker smacked a computer tablet at a worker inside a hospital.

In Flatbush, a paraplegic driver lost control of his car and hit and injured four pedestrians then crashed into a nail salon.

In Boerum Hill, a man bumped into a NYPD employee in the subway and robbed his wallet.

In Clinton Hill, a homeless woman threw hot liquid at a person at a shelter then spat and fought cops who tried to arrest her.

In Cobble Hill, two teenage males cordially approached a woman then one of them pulled out a box cutter then both proceeded to beat her up and steal her handbag.

In Carroll Gardens, an 87-year-old woman was robbed of her purse by a man after he helped her with her groceries when she was about to tip him.

In Park Slope, a man wanted for 4 previous bank robberies, robbed another bank of $1,100 with a note.

In Greenpoint, a 62-year-old woman committed suicide by jumping out her apartment window on the 4th floor.

In Gravesend, a NYPD union delegate broke into his girlfriend’s bedroom door and beat her profusely.

In Borough Park, two cars were defaced with scratch swastikas on the windows on the block.

In Bushwick, a rookie cop committed suicide in her apartment by shooting herself.

Also in Bushwick, a construction worker got killed when he got crushed as a forklift collapsed from the weight of the pipes carrying it and pinned him against a flatbed truck.

Again in Bushwick, a man broke into a fancy cafe by breaking a glass door, but left with nothing.


On Rikers Island, A corrections officer got her nose broken trying to break up a fight between two inmates. 12 days later, A corrections officer was slashed in the face and another C.O. was assaulted by a convict hours after a public hearing on violence against C.O’s inside the prison was held.

In Long Island City, the Dubai of Queens, a man shot two men in front of a strip club and is still at large.

Also in Long Island City on the G train heading for the Queens Plaza Station, a man whipped out his dick and jerked off in front of a woman.

In Jamaica, the next Dubai of Queens but lamer, a man was stabbed to death as he was standing at a bus depot.

Also in Jamaica, three men beat up and pistol-whipped a man at his apartment when he opened the door for them.

Again in Jamaica, two female cops were charged. One who punched her boyfriends head and the other who smashed her boyfriend’s car rear view mirror following domestic disputes.

And again in Jamaica at the Parsons Blvd. Station, a 64-year-old man was held up at knifepoint and had his phone robbed after the thug asked him he can use it and the victim refused.

And again in Jamaica, a construction worker worried about the safety hazards at a tower development site owned by the Chetrit Group got killed on the job while storing windows when he was on a forklift and his head hit the ceiling when his co-worker didn’t lower it. The site is currently under a stop-work order (their 5th going back to last year) and has over $67,000 in fines from over 50 active violations, the recent one for disregarding worker safety rules. Another casualty of the Gentrification Industrial Complex.

In Ridgewood, which is being called the next Soho by idiots, a woman was robbed of her purse by four teenagers who beat her down with kicks and punches and a stick.

Photos courtesy of the NYPD

Also in Ridgewood, a fight between gangs escalated into a stabbing death of a man and the wounding of two others.

In College Point, two men held up a dollar store at gunpoint, zip-tied the workers and robbed it of $1,000, scanners, a regular phone and a cellphone.

In East Elmhurst by LaGuardia Airport, a bicycle rider was killed in a hit-and-run by a shuttle bus driver.

Also in East Elmhurst and 4 other neighborhoods nearby, two masked men broke into and robbed various homes in a month long burglary spree, making off with $45,000 worth of cash and jewelry along with personal I.D. and credit cards of their victims.

In Corona, a man was killed in front of a pizzeria following a fight with another man who slashed him with a machete.

Also in Corona, a man was stabbed to death on a street corner two blocks from his home.

In Astoria at the Dutch Kills Playground, a man shot at two other men running in the park. This is the park where a dead baby was ditched in a garbage can just three days before.

Also in Astoria, two men held up a gas station with a shotgun.

Again in Astoria, two men got shot by a gunman in front of a strip club after a wild brawl at 4 in the morning.

And again in Astoria, two women followed a 62-year-old man into his apartment building and robbed his wallet during a struggle in the elevator.

And again in Astoria, an off-duty C.O. witnessing a street shooting pulled his gun out and shot at the gunman as he ran off.

And again in Astoria, a man on a bike rode up the sidewalk and came behind a 92-year-old, knocking her down and stealing her purse.

In Maspeth, two gunmen held up a deli at 6 a.m., tied up the workers and customers and robbed them of $700, lottery tickets, cell phones and credit cards. The crooks are wanted for 10 prior holdups in the past 2 months hauling in over $17,000.

In Jackson Heights, an 8-year-old girl was hit on the head by a wooden plank that was tossed from a roof of a building under construction with no safety netting or warning signs to pedestrians. The contractors fled the scene after the father of the child looked straight at them.

In Woodside, a man was found dead inside a clothing bin with a belt wrapped around his neck.

In Cambria Heights, a man was shot in the chest and died on the street two blocks from his home late in the afternoon.

In South Ozone Park, a man yanked a 13-year-old boy out of an idling car and stole the vehicle.

Also in South Ozone Park, a man set nine cars on fire in a serial arson spree dating back to December.

Again in South Ozone Park, a man wanted for two previous holdups in February stuck up a gas station at gunpoint and robbed $40 then held up two other gas stations in Jamaica and Long Island City robbing them of $750 and a worker’s cellphone.

In Elmhurst, two teenage boys held up another at knifepoint inside a Modell’s and robbed his cellphone.

Also in Elmhurst at the Queens Center Mall around the corner, two men shoplifted 60 shirts worth 5 grand from Ralph Lauren store.

In Richmond Hill, a 70-year-old was killed by a van driver making a sharp unyielding turn as she was crossing the street.

Also in Richmond Hill, a man walked into a unlocked house and stole power tools from the basement worth $3,000

In Kew Gardens, home of the decrepit Comfort Inn running a homeless shelter, at a McDonalds, a man tried to steal a pocketbook off the table where a woman and her husband were sitting.

In Little Neck on the Grand Central Parkway, a man got killed when he jumped out of a car his drunk girlfriend was driving then got hit by another vehicle.

In Woodside, three men robbed a snowplow from a electronics store parking lot.

In Flushing on the 7 train, a belligerent man was harassing commuters and punched a man in the face for no reason before fleeing after the train arrived at the Main St. Station.

Also in Flushing, a man punched a woman in the face and stole her purse inside a parking garage.

Again in Flushing, a domestic dispute that almost turned into a murder-suicide at a home being investigated by cops turned up to discover caches of rifles and deadly knives.

In Hollis, an off-duty EMT worker raped a 10-year-old girl in her room during a house party.

In Briarwood, a man attacked an 18-year-old woman from behind by knocking her to the ground then robbed her cell phone and fondled her in the early evening.

In Bayside, a man held up a Chinese restaurant at knifepoint and robbed $180.

Also in Bayside, two men vandalized a Korean community center by kicking in the glass door.

In Queens Village, a construction site for a mosque was vandalized with spray painted references to 9/11 and terrorism.

In Laurelton, a man killed himself trying to cross from one side to the other on the Long Island Expressway.


In the Chinatown at the Grand St. Station, a mentally ill man jumped onto the track bed to collect bottles and smoke hid under the platform as the B train arrived and got trapped under. The FDNY showed up to rescue him and the derelict thanks them with throwing bottles at the front of the train and doing a terrible jig and walking away to roam the streets.

Also in Chinatown at the Canal St. Station, a woman got molested and groped by a man with 11 prior arrests on the Q train.

In Greenwich Village on the D train at the West 4th St. Station, a man provoked a fight with another man who he accused of staring at him then wrestled with each other on the moving train for 3 stops.

In Times Square, at the train station of the same name, a commuter was sneak attacked and brutally beaten by a sharp dressed man who assumed he looked at him funny. And witnesses just stood there and watched or gawked and kept walking while holding his phone instead of calling 911 like this chump.


Also in Times Square, a homeless man shouted racial slurs at a man after he kicked his friend in the leg then attacked him with a knife, slashing his face.

Again in Times Square at the 42nd Street Station, a man molested a woman by grabbing her privates on a staircase and ran off.

And again in Times Square at the same station, a man took his filthy hand and rubbed a woman’s leg while she slept on the train.

And again in Times Square, a man dressed like a comic super hero swiped $20 from the wallet of a teenage tourist who tried to give him $5.

In Union Square, a man selling loosies on the corner was stopped by cops who then patted him down and 60 little baggies of heroin fell out his ass.

Also in Union Square, a man sneaked up behind another man and tried to grab his backpack, then slashed him in the neck during the struggle.

Again in Union Square, a man shoved another man down a flight of stairs coming out of a bar, knocking over a woman causing her to fall with him.

In Gramercy Park, two men held up two other men with razors and stole a whopping 10 bucks.

In the West Village, a 92-year-old woman was murdered by her 47-year-old roommate who smothered a pillow over her face while she slept because of her snoring. City emergency services were called multiple times to the residence of suspicious behavior and the deteriorating state of the apartment.

In the East Village, a man who was stabbed by a woman on the street got himself arrested when he dropped baggies of crack.

In the Lower East Side, a man entering his apartment building was attacked from behind by two men who beat him down with a pipe and stole his cookies and beer.

Also in the Lower East Side, a 19-year-old girl was bound with duct tape by her parents to try to get her to see a psychiatrist.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a Harlem high school teacher was caught in possession of 7 pounds of the date rape drug GBH that he had delivered to his apartment so he can sell it.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen by the Lincoln Tunnel, a food delivery biker was caught trying to enter the tunnel because the idiot said the app told him to go in there.

In Midtown, a man pulled a knife on cops from inside his car.

Also in Midtown at the Grand Central Station, a man stuck his dirty hand up a women’s skirt on the 7 train and scurried off.

In Harlem, a man got busted with an illegal loaded handgun and a package of heroin after he impersonated a cop who told the app-based livery driver that he left his gun in the car.

Also in Harlem, a drunk woman crashed her car into a milk truck and smashed a tree.

In the Upper West Side, two teenage girls beat up a 91-year-old man after he picked up a cellphone that one of them dropped and accused the elderly man of stealing it.

Also in the Upper West Side at the 96th Street Station, smoking cables causing multiple explosions and a fire led to total havoc as panicking commuters were shoving and pushing each other during the evacuation.

In the Upper East Side, a man stabbed himself in the crotch with a kitchen knife on the sidewalk in broad daylight.

Also in the Upper East Side, a man who served time for rape whose mother kicked him out of her apartment is squatting in the hallway in a cardboard box.

On Wards Island at the Manhattan Pyschiatric Center, a janitor with 33 prior arrests and a 2 year prison sentence attacked a security guard by her car and tried to rape her.

In Kips Bay at the East River promenade, a woman attempted suicide by jumping in the river.

Also in Kips Bay, a man walked in the middle of traffic swinging a pipe and damaging cars.

Again in Kips Bay, a man held up a bank with a note and walked out with $300.

In Stuyvesant Town, an elderly woman committed suicide by jumping out her 10th floor window and an 18-year-old poisoned himself and died inside his apartment 5 hours apart from each other

In NoMad, a man was caught trying to break into a car with a metal rod.

In the Flatiron District at the 23rd Street Station, two men robbed a woman of her cellphone on the platform.

Also in the Flatiron District, a pro boxer was robbed of his bag containing $150 grand in cash and jewels by a group of women after he got into a tussle with some other men inside the niteclub.

In Grand Central in the station on the 5 train, a man whipped out his tiny jimmy and jerked off in front of a woman and dashed off the train when she noticed him.

In the newly created micro metropolis Hudson Yards.a stockbroker lied about his income to get an affordable apartment renting for $728 and got his ass kicked out. Didn’t get cuffed and charged though.

In Columbus Circle, a NYPD truck hauling metal barricades imploded and went on fire, leading all those militarized officers to draw their machine guns for once.

City corner garbage cans are being stolen across the city by men in a box truck in a can larceny spree.


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In Belmont, an apartment building went on fire killing two people and injuring 12. The building’s smoke detectors were not working and it is a few blocks away from the building torched on New Year’s Eve that killed 12.

Again in Belmont, a man was brutally beaten in front of his house causing him to die from a skull injury. The attacker is still on the loose.

In Tremont, an argument over a haircut between a barber and a customer escalated into a brawl inside the shop and onto to street as the customer whacked the barber with a brush then was joined by a woman who also attacked the barber and a man who hit him with a bat.

In Soundview, a NYPD cop and her boyfriend were caught smuggling heroin in her apartment.

In Baychester, a police cadet working as a part-time food delivery worker got approached and attacked by 5 men who robbed him $60 and the food he was delivering.

In Morrisania, a man sneaked up behind another man and shot him then ran off with three accomplices.

Also in Morrisania, a man broke into a auto car dealership through a vent, knocking over an air conditioner and a table, then stole some laptops, monitors, $2,000 and a BMW from the lot.

In Morris Heights, an 18-year-old man was shot to death in front of an apartment building.

Also in Morris Heights, a woman stabbed her boyfriend to death in his bedroom.

In Mott Haven, a man approached a 14-year-old boy at St. Mary’s Park and punched then fondled him, and attempted to kiss him.

In University Heights, a driver sped off during a traffic stop, injuring a cop.

In Jerome Park, an off-duty traffic cop in her car idling in an intersection screamed at on-duty traffic cop who told her to move her vehicle. The driver then used her vehicle to intimidate her.

In Charlotte Gardens, a cop called to a domestic dispute involving a man threatening his step-sister with a machete drove to Crotona Park afterwards and threw the weapon he confiscated into a lake so he wouldn’t have to write a report in another instance of the Blue Wall Of Insouciance.

In Norwood, a woman was shot at three times inside an apartment after arguing with a man who fled the building.

In Mount Hope, a man shot another man in the leg on a street corner.

In Fordham, two men robbed a jewelry store of a watch worth 8 large.

In Highbridge, a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver when he stepped out of his car.

In Hart Island, human bones from the burial ground of the poor and forgotten are washing up on the shores of Orchard Beach and City Island resulting from land erosion.

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In Midland Beach, a woman stabbed a 62-year-old man in his home with a knife because she wanted 20 bucks.

In Ocean Terrace, a 17-year-old boy raped a teenage girl on the high school campus grounds at noon.

In Stapleton, a man stabbed another man inside an apartment after an argument.

In Port Richmond, two men held up a man and knifepoint then beat him up and robbed him of $75.

Also in Port Richmond, a mob connected bookie violated the terms of his bail by visiting a pizzeria and a bakery.

In Tompkinsville, a man recently released from prison after serving time for stealing $17,000 from a car, broke into another car and robbed a backpack and a cellphone.

In St. George at the Mckee High School, a student was caught possessing a knife and 35 rounds of bullets.




Stephen Hawking, 76, Scientist And Physicist

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“Einstein was wrong when he said, ‘God does not play dice’. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen”

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“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”

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“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”

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“I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.”

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Craig Mack, 46, Rapper.


The Inaugurations Of Co-Mayor Chirlane McCray de Blasio* And The Night Mayor

De Blasio uses gun violence forum to showcase his wife — againChirlane McCray is just dying for you to hear from her. (telling pic by James Messerschmidt, NY Post)

Last week the city of New York (your city remember) was foisted upon with two new additions to the current administration by our self-exalted mayor de Blasio for appointees no one, sane or insane, brained or brainless, even asked for.

The first one while not actually official was revealing enough and actually conveys total confirmation and the mayor did not even hold back considering how weak, intellectually bereft and dependent he comes off. It wasn’t even a Freudian or regular slip of the tongue, but it sure was inappropriate. And it was announced after he announced the hiring of the new Schools Chancellor a few days after his first pick dropped him like a brick during a press conference.

The mayor’s wife is now the pseudonor Co-Mayor Charlene McCray!

“I want to thank Chirlane for the many, many hours she has put in this effort,” de Blasio said in a statement before adding, “I want to thank First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan, as well. The three of us acted as a team.’’

McCray, City Hall revealed, also sat in on meetings all weekend between her husband and his top aides discussing the appointment. And the first lady was there when de Blasio made Carranza an official offer.

A quote from McCray was included in the press release, too.

“I look forward to working closely with [Carranza] to help all of the inner cities’ children and their families,” she said.

But political observers say that there’s more to McCray’s input in official city business than meets the eye — that it is a bid to elevate her political standing for a possible run for office herself.

“There’s a concerted effort to get her as much exposure as possible,” said a source familiar with McCray’s role at City Hall.

“There’s a clear understanding . . . that these are joint announcements, and Chirlane is going to have a presence and a voice every time one of these appointments is being made.”

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So this is what the minuscule amount of voters and a majority of non-voters signed up another four years for in addition to de Faustio slacking off, fucking around and lying like a rat since January. Let’s also add being an arrogant self-righteous douchebag too, because he insulted journalists and anyone left in the constituency with common sense by scoffing off any accusations of nepotism by accusing them of being idiots and sexists.
The mayor’s insecurity regarding the news media’s collective intellect is a regular thing but charging them with sexism is a new pathetic low and the Blaz has as much understanding of the term as Spinal Tap did.

But this is about Chirlie after all. And in her first week as co-mayor, she’s not off to a good start. For her influence in the chancellor pick, Richard Carranza, has not been quite a ladie’s man or a gentlemen when it comes to dealing with women in the workplace. Since it took less than 24 hours and on International Women’s Day, which the Blaz clearly cited to lash out at the press, to find out that while as the board superintendent in San Francisco he was cheating on his wife at the office and destroyed a female educators career when she confronted him about his salacious affair and later had the school district pay her a $75,000 settlement for the torment and undermining he put her through for exposing the cheating greaseball.

Maybe the Blaz came out inaugurating his wife so he can again deflect blame for his stupid governmental policies and decisions on someone else but that might have been the case all along, although this guy seems a perfect fit for the corrupt cronyism environment in city hall being that Carranza feels he was abdicated from the charges because he didn’t have to pay the settlement out of his wallet but the school district and taxpayers did. Which is in uncanny resemblance of the mayor’s warped justification for using his constituents tax dollars for his expensive personal lawyers for his pay to play court hearings. Because a month before choosing a letch for a schools chancellor they got together and appointed another deputy mayor to de Faustio’s confederacy of useless syncophantic hacks. This one is being used specifically for his fucking wife’s $850 million dollar mental health program THRIVENYC, which to chagrin of the citizenry nobody knows what it is or what it’s even accomplished, judging by the majority of mentally ill homeless people wandering around the streets and subway and the emotional duress everyone struggling to afford living in this city is going through. Although it’s backed by six non-profit groups of which consists of four sorority groups.

Apparently de Faustio and Chirlie are aware of the lack of recognition of THRIVE too. In recognition of the Parkland School Massacre but not of the movement and revolution galvanized by the students there, the mayors arranged to have a town hall meeting with high school students to discuss ways to secure their school’s environment and ensure safety. As the kids were making suggestions for improvements, notably the lack of student counselors and the selective disbursement of metal detectors and addressing their current tribulations, de Faustio kept shutting them down so his wife can impose her THRIVE agenda on them. The kids were not impressed or amused but were thoroughly insulted and undermined. Which will make adapting to the new schools chancellor’s inevitable underwhelming existence much easier.

“I think he disregarded the whole point of this meeting, which was to hear the students out, and I don’t think he did it to the full extent that it should’ve been,” said Ayobami Olabode, 16, a student at Scholars’ Academy in Queens.

“He didn’t really hear us out the way he should have,” Andrea Colon, 17, who had asked the mayor to invest in counselors instead of school safety agents and metal detectors, said. “He was sort of dismissive in a way.”

“I actually hadn’t heard of the Thrive program before,” said Colon, a senior at Rockaway Park High School For Environmental Sustainability. “He kept on bringing that up. But my school definitely does not have that.”

NY Daily News

So instead of hearing the out the kids, de Faustio devoted most of his attention to pimping his wife’s program and her freeloading political career. And exploiting a tragedy to promote the expensive THRIVE program to boot and vainly trying to justify it’s existence by blowing off the kids questions just because they didn’t fit the narrative.

For dominating the narrative is the only thing de Faustio has done with aplomb right behind using his office for fundraising and taking bribes for civic services for scumbags. As he recently addressed the idiotic sexists (his words) in the news media by demanding that Chirlie should get a salary for her work which she surreptitiously volunteered for. As if the 300 grand to pay her personal aides and her multiple free ride jaunts to other national cities on the actually elected mayor’s constituents tax dollars is not enough compensation, giving her ample opportunity to boost her national profile and inspiring her intent on running for political office. Which no one fucking asked her to do and no one is fucking interested. And her reported presence (and interference) in over 80 meetings gives the impression that she is not only co-mayor but an agent of the city.

All this chicanery by co-mayor de Faustio is enough to drive you crazy if you let it. So maybe THRIVE will be there for every citizen in the five boroughs to depend on as they try to follow this fugazi mayoral partnership. Maybe Chirlie can get her mental health initiative off the ground now assuming she is running the city for the next few days as her husband has went on another ego trip out of the city for the next few days in four cities as the self-appointed arbiter/activist for progressive policies and politics. And yes, nobody fucking asked him to do that either.

As if two mayors are not enough to tolerate, especially two absolutely shitty oblivious and arrogant mayors, it was announced on a snowy and blustery Wednesday when all networks were reporting on the weather that the new night mayor has been appointed. And she’s a boozy doozy.

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That’s Ariel Palitz. The new nighttime mayor. The mayor from happy hour to closing time. She’s the mayor when Bill and Chirl go to sleep. And she loves New York, although not it’s residents. She ran a niteclub for 10 years and sat on Lower East Side district community board. Though not experienced in running a political office, she’s pretty adept at political tactics and machinations and exploiting her position of power for selfish means and the benefits of her night club entrepreneur peers. In the last few years she has worked with an event firm specializing in what they dubbed “real estate integrated hospitality services”

Considering it took 5 months since the announcement of this new waste of bureaucracy, besides THRIVE, without a doubt that this pick was thoroughly sought and vetted. This girl is player and she fits this corrupt administration to a dirty T. For her time simultaneously running a club and a chair on the board, the Lower East Side has transformed in the last decade to what is currently a nightly Gilded Age bacchanalia with a bar anywhere you turn your head and take a step christened as Hell Square, an environmental noise and health hazard area that was revolutionized by the new Night Mayor herself being that she ran (and bragged about having) the loudest bar in the district.

Prior to what the drunken radius has devolved to, night mayor Palitz made a ghastly prophecy of what she now will have the humble solemn duty to remediate:

“The East Village is ripe for the picking right now. There’s an opportunity to change the culture and the makeup of the neighborhood from the underground nightlife experience to a high-end clientele.”

Here’s some of that high-end clientele that has changed the makeup of the neighborhood. As documented by the L.E.S. Dwellers, and there’s more where that came from.

And being her recent consulting gig, she will be tasked to handle complaints, ameliorate any disgust by or stem displacement of longtime residents of areas with similar party bar oversaturation, as the NY Times notes:

In her first interview since accepting the post, Ms. Palitz suggested that her stint as the Nightlife Mayor would be slightly more sober and focus less on carousing than on conflict mediation. In today’s New York, gentrification has pitted partygoers against the settled residents of neighborhoods like the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Williamsburg in Brooklyn. In her first official act, Ms. Palitz promised to hold a series of listening tours and entertain the gripes of those who are bothered by the vomit on their streets or the noise at 3 a.m..

Now in charge of a mayoral office with a 12-person advisory board, a $300,000 budget and a salary of $130,000 a year, Ms. Palitz seems to have realized that even a doyenne of New York night life must make a few concessions when joining city government.

What de Blasio and Chirlane has done with hiring Ariel is akin to Trump’s picks to head departments in his plutocabinet in that they hired a woman who has obvious conflicts of interest regarding the nite life industry. And also like relying on a flipped mobster for intel because he knows where the bodies are buried, or in Ariels case where the bodies are puking and pissing and of course, according to her consultant bio, proclaimed ties to real estate. It’s going to be fascinating how that hospitality/real estate integration is going to play here, for it sure as had an effect on the environment of the LES when she was on the board going by the exorbitant rent hikes and new glass towers. And providing an outsourced predatory developer tactic with all the alcoholic idiots yelling and puking in front of residential buildings with idling app driving service cars and limos clogging the streets driving everyone nuts.

Ariel has got a sweet ride going here with a new cushy six figure salary and a budget to finagle with anyhow she pleases. Now with the night mayor officially assigned where it used to be under the purview of the actual elected mayor, de Faustio and Chirlie can focus on the issues of the day in the daylight hours. Well the afternoon hours for he still wastes his entire morning for his daily motorcade two borough trek to Park Slope and then to City Hall. Maybe this short inning middle relief pitching style of governing might have some stability. Have Chirlane govern in the morning, de Faustio in the day, and Ariel at night into the wee hours.

Maybe the city and the citizenry will be able to THRIVE somewhat. Or it will just turn into CrazyTown while it tries to be Fun City 2.0.

















Contractor Who Exploded An East Village Apartment Building Caught Gut Renovating A East Harlem Apartment Building Days Before His Manslaughter Trial


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Here’s something you wouldn’t expect concerning unscrupulous building development in this city. Last week it was discovered that an unlicensed contractor Dilber Kubic who’s about to go to trial later this month for his involvement from a natural gas explosion in three East Village apartment buildings on 7th Street and 2nd Ave, which was caused when he and the owner’s son, during a plumbing inspection, were checking out gas lines they jiggered in a hidden compartment to evade inspectors on orders from the landlord so she can save money for herself, which resulted in the death of two people inside a restaurant and the destruction and displacement of the residents homes was hired by a landlord and a construction firm in Harlem to do gut renovations on four apartments according to the broker for the building who pulled his listings when he became aware of Kukic’s presence a month ago.

Despite the fact that he was under probation and indicted for manslaughter, Kukic was able to get hired for what basically is legalized and glorified vandalism. This time instead of messing with gas lines, he’s using his other notorious skill sets for converting spacious one bedroom apartments to smaller and cramping two bedrooms and using his creative manipulating talents this time for electrical work.

As expected, this story gets worse as the usual complicity and barely quarter-assed inspections come to light:

Inspectors visited the building early Thursday but were unable to enter. They posted a notice for the landlord to call and schedule an inspection.

“From the outside of the building, the inspector found no apparent evidence that illegal work was being performed,” a buildings spokeswoman said.

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This procedure is very fascinating as much as it is abhorrent. For the DOB had no problem evicting/evacuating 75 tenants for their purported safety from a building in Chinatown for a rotted staircase that they ignored for years with the help from the FDNY and NYPD, yet they took the usual bland protocol and procedure to demand entrance for a indicted recidivist offender who was working without permits and was on probation from the DOB themselves! This should have actually required an arrest warrant from the D.A.. followed by the usual police procedure to get drug dealers out by breaking down the door with a battering ram or for a felonious skel like Kukic the assistance of a SWAT Team.

The D.A. prosecuting Kukic by the way is “Dancin” Cy Vance.

…the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, which is prosecuting Kukic, was investigating his complaint about the Uptown building. A spokeswoman for Vance would not comment on an ongoing investigation.


Absolutely no need to explain further on how useless the DOB and the dearth of seriousness they take their jobs or in the case of the 75 Bowery building when to be serious and appearing selective. Here what the DOBB (the other B is for Bozos) glaringly missed by walking away:

“The whole apartment is gutted. There are no walls, nothing,” said the woman on the second floor, who added she’s lived in the building for 20 years.

“My walls were shaking. There’s so much noise with all the drilling … I’ve seen no permits.”

The firm that hired the indicted Kukic to do their illegal gut renovations, which has been  widely exposed as a tactic to force rent-stabilized tenants to move out to get the apartments to market rates have responded to this expose with the most defiant use of plausible deniability and straight up lying:

After attempting to contact Kukic, the owner of Allstate Home Remodeling, who identified himself as Joe Yusef, called The News and said the contractor accused of negligent homicide worked for him. Dilber only managed materials and did not do actual construction, Yusef said. “To be honest, Dilber doesn’t even put a screw in the job site. He has to work under my conditions.

“East Village, Downtown, I have no clue whatever happened down there. This is not something we’re doing — I’m not doing any crazy thing with gas, I don’t work like that.”

A public records search found a Jusuf Mehovic listed as the owner of Allstate Home Remodeling.

Yusef said he was only making cosmetic changes to three apartments.

“His probation officer knows. He’s allowed to work,” said Kukic’s attorney, Marc Agnifilo. “As long as the company is licensed, my understanding is he can work there as an employee.”

The landlord, John Schreiber of Uphattan Corporation, confirmed he’d used Kukic in the past.

“I don’t know what apartments you’re talking about,” Schreiber added, before hanging up on The News.

So there you go. Despite blowing up a building that killed two people and disenfranchised hundreds of people from their homes, despite these horrendous references which would be like hiring a crack kingpin to run a CVS pharmacy, Kukic is and in all probability was able to still work in the past 3 years since his initial trial and under probation. It also shows that developers, architects, contractor firms and landlords hold this individual in high regard despite his destruction and past charges of bribery (PAGE NOT FOUND)

And also the depressing fact that the city continues to not give a shit about serious regulating and punitive enforcement when it comes to the shady machinations for soulless profit involving real estate. Because last month, the vacant lot from the destruction that was bought last year from the indicted landlord Maria Hyrenko for $9.150,000, is going to be a high end condo building, symbolically making this sale just as egregious as the Rivington House flip but with the heinous fact that this transaction is legal and it was done gradually and not swiftly so not to draw attention.

Somehow the city could not procure this site for affordable housing considering the felonious act of Hyrenko, who despite looking at imprisonment is still going to profit from her fatal penny-pinching building management. This decision to build strictly luxury on this site where normal apartment buildings one stood and where two people died unnecessarily is an outright abomination. Funny how there is money for tax abatements for these developers and 90 shelters and not one cent to build a solid modest apartment building for middle class and working poor, two groups that still outnumber the frivolous rich borough wide.

But no surprise in this fucking city under Mayor de Faustio that bribery and criminal obfuscation and short cuts are not only tolerated but practically legal. Making the mission to luxurify the five boroughs for the Gentrification Industrial Complex the virtual unstoppable juggernaut it is.

For the profits desired by all the parties involved; elected officials and their insider aides, lobbyists and investors, real estate developers, landlords and mercenary contractors and goons and toadies, no lives matter. Especially the lives that can’t make the current or speculative rent.













Russ Solomon, 92, Tower Records Founder.

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David Ogden Stiers, 75, Actor, Major Winchester From M*A*S*H*

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Wrath Of The Scumlords: NYCHA’s Winter Of Dysfunction, Gaslighting Deceit And Virulent Denials

Related imageImage result for nyc housing authorityExhibit A, Public Housing.                                                                      Exhibit B, a bureaucratic shitshow.

As the warm embrace of spring arrives in just a few weeks, it is apropos that the chaotic gross incompetent management and scurrilous mischief, criminal indifference and abject perjury committed by the executives, inspectors and maintenance staff at the New York City Housing Authority enabled by the equally gross incompetent and indifferent mayor and council members that resulted in the fucked up environment of hundreds of thousands of struggling people and kids living in public housing. THE REAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM.

The biggest scumlord of the city has wrought an audit by recently re-elected Comptroller Scott Stringer:

The New York City Housing Authority, the country’s largest public housing agency, has fallen far short of its pledge to make fixes to residents’ apartments in a timely manner and eliminate a massive repair backlog, an audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has found.

In fact, the housing authority was reporting repairs in such a way that “obscures the actual amount of time it takes NYCHA to fully complete repairs,” the audit found.

The thing about this audit, the one above, it’s from July 2015 from a Propublica article and it’s unavailable. But Scottie compiled a new one for this winter of total discontent from the amazing circumstantial breakdowns and perpetual same old shit regarding the grotesque elements of mold, bugs and vermin, masonry dilapidation, broken lights, out of service elevators, busted doorbells and locks, leaky ceilings and pipes, persistent crime and vagrancy and the habitual absenteeism of lazy and shiftless inspectors. And of course all that lead that was lied about to HUD when it was run by a democrat wonderboy Julian Castro under the supervision of President Barack Hussein Obama. It turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports

The week after it was revealed that Commissioner Shoya Olatoye deceived the federal housing authorities about the lead contained in apartments and the unlicensed contractors hired to remove it (or didn’t) and a few days after Bill de Faustio got re-elected with a paltry turn-out of registered voters, over 1,400 residents received form letters from projects from all five boroughs demanding their eviction without any basis and without a signatory from an official. Leading to ensuing unnecessary horror amongst the unfortunate people that received them. According to some flacks at the department it was just a computer glitch, which should give any official pause to rely on algorhythms to do research and vetting. A month later, NYCHA saw fit to send warning letters to vacate to tenants in the Red Hook Houses after doing a surprise inspection in their apartments and bodaciously blaming them for the lead inside that their boss lied to the feds about.

And more cases are starting to surface regarding their officially confirmed lead oversight, as new tenants that moved into units in the 5 boroughs in the past 5 years were not cognizant of the toxicity and babies and children growing up during that time gained developmental problems wind up enrolled in special education classes. Giving them the comparably gradual effect on their young minds as football players dealing with CTE they weren’t aware they had. All attributed to the criminal avoidance and deceit from the Housing Authority brass.

Then, winter had come.

It took the bomb cyclone to wallop the city with 3 weeks of sub-10 degree weather exacerbated by brutal winds to expose more NYCHA oblivious neglect of basic services, as the majority of boilers at projects in all five boroughs malfunctioned, leaving over 320,000 residents in hundreds of buildings over 50 projects without heat at the absolute worse time in the longest coldest snap the city has seen in over 50 years. As NYCHA minions diligently tried to cover up the thousands of complaints of freezing residents by hastily closing tickets for heating repairs. Keeping up what can only be the Shoya Olatoye doctrine of perjuring offenses of willful neglect, ironically when the proverbial heat is on them.  It turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports

(Their whiny defensive responses about the heat they denied have absolutely no merit, maybe except for a case when a baby got scalded by a ruptured pipe leaving third degree burns all over his little body and still predictably refused to be accountable for it then too.)

All it took was media exposure to get the cretins at NYCHA to react, as PIX correspondent and sweetheart Monica Morales showed. Like a 93-year-old woman immolated under her blankets. Monie’s wholesome reports managed to get heat back at the Sotomoyer and Douglass housing buildings after the bitter 2 1/2 week freeze. Which may have initiated and motivated de Faustio to take his slow ass to a project to see for himself and to miraculously find 13 million dollars to make these quick fixes and get heat working again for the people that pay for it.

Proper protocol and belated reactive actions inside NYCHA as 3 aides got sacked except for you know who and by city council people and borough presidents collectively demanded a state of emergency to make the neglected and overdue repairs and got the mayor to find 200 million dollars to get the boilers fixed, which apparently should have been funded back in April of last year. The bad news is that the repairs won’t start until July. Of next year. And they won’t be fully functional or replaced with new ones until 2022. The massively belated delay is actually reasonable being that over a hundred boiler technicians quit the agency during Olatoye’s tenure as NYCHA’s spin doctor and REBNY puppet. That loss of professionals is in stark contrast with the amount of lawyers working at NYCHA trying to evict tenants from their real affordable apartments, leading to a heinous rise in city court hearings in the past 3 years to 2016. A 74-year-old woman being needled by NYCHA’s counsellers to get out of her apartment in the Bronx because the lease holder is in her late mother’s name despite continuing to pay the rent should attest that this statistic has rose as well.

But those feel good stories (and the disappointing one) will have no staying power or nary an effect on the fact that the boilers are all old, broken down and outdated as well as the pipes which easily froze during the torturing first weeks of January. It also turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports. And the massive lack of technicians to fix these cruddy boilers played a factor too, which may NYCHA didn’t duly prepare to have these fixed during the summer or even during the exceedingly warm months last October and November, as a majority of tenants still didn’t have hot water to cook or bathe with.

Despite all these hearings and the sudden media scrutiny of NYCHA’s revolting indifference, the buildings dilapidation is the only thing progressing as mold, roach, rat and bedbug infestations continue to grow.

And de Faustio while he defends the odious technocrat Olatoye, the Cruella De Ville of NYCHA, keeps deferring and deflecting blame everywhere he can find it. Like how historic the recent cold weather was or the obvious recent sordid history of conditions of public housing and a culture of willful ineptitude and obfuscation and which goes overlooked just like the shitlist of problems plaguing the buildings to this second and remains and grows worse. He doubled down on his ignorance on the plight of his poor constituents by getting the average amount wrong by half of the allotted time tenants went without heat and hot water during the 3 week arctic blast. By underestimating the inhumane habitability of the glacial conditions, the Blaz undermines the neglect and suffering of people in public housing. Although to the mayor’s credit, actually his luck which he has a massive amount of, that nothing disastrous or tragic happened or even someone dying during that time; like from fires considering tenants had to use alternatives for heat like leaving the ovens on and space heaters. Or like a lethal flu outbreak considering the lengths people went through to get the elusive warmth denied by NYCHA’s systemic disarray.

During this chaos, all the usual suspects, meaning spokespersons for NYCHA and Hizzoner and his spokesminions just repeat the same refrains of “we must do better” and “we will work harder”.

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Yet the Blaz again defers blame, but his defense doesn’t hold muster when his flawed affordable housing program to build and preserve 200,000 units, now up to 300,000 to make it more impressionable to desperate people and self-satisfied liberal phonies for material at democrat fundraisers, is that it didn’t include NYCHA housing in the first place, as the funding for repairs is currently dependent on the NEXTGEN program relying on commercial real estate developers (you know, his fucking donors) to build new mixed income towers on space on public housing grounds like parking lots and playgrounds. Despite recent contracts doled out by the mayor to build over a playground in Yorkville (make that squeeze into) and two parking lots in Brookyn housing projects to his favored developer pals (the ones that didn’t get indicted) for city property building tax-abated leases and to a LLC consortium that are already seeing refurbishments on a NYCHA building before they were even leased out to them, somehow the millions of city largess has not come to the housing projects in dire need. Comporting the continuing duress on the buildings and it’s tenants is, in actuality, the mayor himself, with his selfish frivolous spending of tax payer dollars on his personal lawyers and his staff of solicitous sycophants during court hearings from his immoral yet legal bribes he accepted through his Campaign For One New York 501 (c) (4) fund. And whatever it cost to make those lame ass pamphlets for his bored audience to glance at during his TED TV-like state of the city address that neglected to address the internecine problems with and come up with concrete solutions to efficiently fix and fund NYCHA. the usual suspects all acknowledge finally with claims and pathetic mollifications that “we must do better” and “we have more work to do”

And now de Faustio and Mario’s Son Governer Cuomo are now at loggerheads just like with the MTA over NYCHA. These two idiots who used to work at HUD together in the 90’s under Bill Clinton, where they clearly also ignored the dysfunction at NYCHA and every national city public housing projects, are again using their petty political bickering as a distraction for their own stupendous incompetence as elected officials. Mario’s son for one earmarked $100 million and hoarded it from the city because he actually had the audacity to say or suddenly utilized governmental prudence that he wanted to make sure the money was spent appropiately. Although it did get to NYCHA, it went instead to security cameras instead of the leaky roofs of buildings that needed it.

Maybe Andy might have had a point for his targeted allocation as it turns out that NYCHA hoarded 3 billion dollars sent by FEMA for repairs and upgrades to 33 coastal project buildings that got clobbered and damaged by Hurricane Sandy as only one building has got done in the 6 years since. Which has left over 2 billion dollars unaccounted for that could have went for boiler, roof and lock repairs, new boilers, lead and mold remediation to state the fucking obvious.

This has opened up a class action suit by  tenant association Citywide Council of Presidents  from the NYCHA’s slowly dying buildings to demand not money but reform and genuine responsible leadership to public housing. It is going to be interesting to see de Faustio and Olatoye respond to this simple on its face and indisputable request and injunction against this shitshow city government agency considering the precedence the plaintiffs have regarding a recent awarding of 57 million dollars to a mother and a child affected by the lead contamination in their apartment and a way under-speculated $100 million dollar suit against the city for Ms. Olatoye’s defiant perjury against the feds. Surely the CCOP will gain traction and not be the least bit discouraged after de Faustio and his unelected yet office holding and policy approving wife walked up the steps of city hall defiantly ignoring their protest out front.

Exhibit D, coil spring ‘do, worn by Defendant 2

As for the perjuring Commissioner, the girl still can’t help herself from perjuring herself. Even during two city council hearings, the first one where she again lied about the inspections that weren’t made and the unlicensed workers tasked with the assignments to inspect and abate the lead removal. And the second one where she showed up with a new terrible hairstyle and where she had the city’s top lawyer Zack Taylor along with other city aides and hack NYCHA officials giving rank testimonies, obfuscations and non-responses in what were basically meaningless hearings which were supervised by the former public housing committee chairman and Bronx councilman Ritchie Torres, who didn’t say a fucking word last year as Shoya was preparing her perjury statements to HUD last year and Speaker Corey Johnson who still supports her as commissioner, just like the stupid willfully blind and lying de Blasio.

The lying corrupt mayor recently and crassly said that the people in the projects should not expect a rose garden regarding the tardiness of refurbishments to the boilers and everything else in NYCHA housing. This from the guy who confidently told these same people that the tale of two cities will end on his watch and there will be one city for all and then said, for lack of profundity that this was your city. Well the city the people of the projects have received from this disappointing mayor is a shithole that he helped exacerbate with his stupid misspending, lousy policy-making and governing, unscrupulous bribe accepting and doling of civic services resulting from them and his obstinate support of a wretched worthless louse like Shoya Olatoye.

If there is a literal update to the tale of two cities Mayor de Faustio failed to end, this tale of two NYCHA tenants could be illuminating proof.

In the middle of the bomb cyclone freeze in mid-January, a bedroom ceiling collapsed in an apartment in the Weeksville Gardens Houses from in Crown Heights leading to the two people getting injured resulting from the atypical NYCHA non-response from the tenants complaints and a decayed leaking pipe. The suddenly traumatized and briefly homeless family where met by agency assigned movers who refused to lift anything big like their TV and were left hanging by the city and waiting on the cold street after they were promised a new apartment by the mayor and his trusty fixer deputy mayor of housing and development Alicia Glen. When they were finally transferred to an apartment far from their town, they arrived to a smaller unfurnished apartment with a leaking toilet, they were pestered by a mayoral lackey on the phone days later about taking a place in another borough, leading the mother to show up personally to NYCHA’s office only to be shunned because she did not make an appointment with them.

Then there is the recently revealed and overlooked story of a family in the Lincoln Houses who also had a leak in their ceiling. Instead of getting the standard runaround and unanswered phone calls from the dysfunctional agency, they just happened to have the good fortune of having their blighted issue happen during the 2013 mayoral election. As then public advocate de Blasio showed up there with his hipster daughter beside him during the campaign trail, along with other candidates and an NYPD escort, and saw the above damage along with the mold that covered their furniture and miraculously NYCHA made repairs. Since that day/photo opp, the family got their broken stove replaced and had an exterminator arrive promptly to remedy a mice problem they had. To top off the quid poor quo, when the mother had a problem receiving her disability payments, de Blasio made some calls for her to receive them post-haste. Somehow, everyone else in the same housing building were going through the same daily rigamarole resulting from NYCHA’s shitty standards of building maintenance and management.

As with these two tales and how de Faustio governs, the East Harlem family got a tiny taste of the favoritism that has lucratively regaled all that paid to play to get the mayor’s divine attention.

After all this disarray, Olatoye remains in her undeserved position and seems to be more powerful and like her confidant and number one advocate de Faustio, practically untouchable. And defiantly oblivious. For after 5 months since she got caught lying to the feds and consistently lying to her tenants, she has finally apologize somewhat with a form letter from her social media platform:

Actually, this form letter is more humblebrag and talking points than an apology. And of course it’s full of so much shit that it’s not worth wiping your ass with or even wiping the excess feces that comes out of Shoya’s mouth every time she opens it. She also found space to vilify journalists who exposed her and the agency’s illicit offenses. Got to hand it to Ms. Olatoye, for she is more like a public relations flack than a commissioner, which being a pathological liar makes her a natural. Like she can make up for 4 years of wanton neglect and blatant deceit with a warm and fuzzy letter that congratulated herself more than the achievements she and the dysfunctional agency under her supervision alleges to have made.

The summation to this amateur audit is that the way this mess was handled by all the human failures involved, it is to be reminded of the Aesop fable “The Ant and The Grasshopper“. As everyone in charge were busy fucking around than preparing for the worse. And were busy having fun with rich assholes at parties getting sweet deals for the flawed and sure to spur more forced gentrification with the heinous NEXTGEN program. And it’s not just the winter that passed and the winters that will come in the next 3 or 4 years that will see more severe weather from the extreme effects of climate change (hell there could be another or a few hurricanes that will come around again in the autumn),  it’s in the form of the massive tax cuts to public housing put forth by Figurehead Trump to finance the tax cut Oligarch Welfare Law, the wall in Mexico and so he can have his beautiful military parade.

Which will provide more convenient excuses for the usual suspects, Shoya and Bill, to do nothing for the people languishing in the squalor their rancid policies and governing has produced and induced. And the endless cycle of government waste from unqualified hacks continues unabated.

For these two terrible people will continue their atrocities for they are hoisted by a well-heeled lawyer on the NYCHA board that somehow eluded the personnel house-cleaning as noted by the thorough muck raking news blog Progress Queens:

As the New York City Housing Authority has faced one crisis after another, Derrick Cephas has served as the highest-ranking external member of NYCHA’s Board of Directors. As such, Mr. Cephas has, since his 2014 appointment as vice chair, been in a unique position to serve as a check on an institutional culture that resists accountability and reform. The controversies engulfing the Municipal housing authority include the giving of false testimony by Chief Executive Officer Shola Olatoye about tenants’ exposure, and the risks of exposure, to lead ; a Federal investigation into physical condition standards ; a class-action lawsuit over the exposure to lead ; another class-action lawsuit over mold abatement ; faulty heating and hot water systems during recent frigid Winter snaps ; revelation made by Progress Queens that NYCHA has, in recent years, been engaged in 25,000 Court cases against its tenants annually ; the Authority’s pattern and practise of evicting or breaking up tenants’ families, sometimes without legal basis but usually alongst racial lines ; and new privatisation deals with real estate developers, who have donated money to the various political committees of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City).

Generally, organisations seek outside directors, such as Mr. Cephas, for specific qualities, such as having no conflicts of interest and offering fresh managerial worldviews. Yet, Mr. Cephas has, during his service, undertaken no public challenge to the growing signs of failed leadership at NYCHA. It is impossible to know what he has done internally, shielded from public view. Mr. Cephas did not answer requests for an interview or for a response from the law firm, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he is a partner and head of its Financial Institutions Regulatory practise group. Prior to joining Weil Gotshal, Mr. Cephas served, for five years, as CEO of Amalgamated Bank, but resigned after he could not execute on a financial plan to double the bank’s profits, according to a report published by Crain’s New York Business. Amalgamated Bank is the largest union-owned bank ; the worldview that Mr. Cephas should be offering NYCHA is one of social responsibility, but that ethos has not been on display.

It is not known whether Federal prosecutors have established whether the senior NYCHA executives, who were aware of the filing of the false certification, included the Board of Directors, and, with them, Mr. Cephas. A preliminary review made by Progress Queens has shown that Mr. Cephas is not so independent as an outside director. Ernie Patron, a former real estate associate of Weil Gotshal, the law firm at which Mr. Cephas is a partner, is now an executive at BFC Partners, a real estate development firm with close political ties to Mayor de Blasio. BFC Partners was one investor selected in secret by NYCHA in 2014 to purchase a stake in a portfolio of project-based, Section 8 housing. A report by Progress Queens showed that it appeared that some of the buildings sold in that portfolio had been renovated in the time leading up to their sale, and that City regulators, including the Office of the Comptroller and the Department of Investigation, were refusing to comment about the terms of the sale. At that time then, NYCHA claimed it could no longer afford the upkeep on the portfolio, but NYCHA officials have not explained why photographs of at least one building showed work scaffolding hanging from the side of one building included in the portfolio. News reports continue to show that politically-connected developers benefit from officials acts by the de Blasio administration that involve the sale, lease, or development of strategic public housing assets. Separately, Progress Queens reported that BFC Partners was chosen to develop 145 new rental units on greenspace in the Ingersoll Houes in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

For the tenants of NYCHA, another winter of their discontent and their justified disgust. And for the idiots in charge and responsible for their security and safety as they wait for the alleged funding to come from the looming luxury towers purported to bail them out, karma and justice cannot come fast and devastating enough for the misery and trauma they have caused with their cognitive dissonance, willful ignorance and defiant arrogance as they live with the toxic elements and fragile environment around them.








Executive Carnage Brings Actual American Carnage: Figurehead Trump’s Disgusting Gerald Ford Moment And Ultimate True Character Reveal After The Latest Mass Murder Involving An Easily Bought AR-15.

See the source imageThe AR-15. Purchasing and owning this thing has more civil rights than the right to speak against it’s indiscriminate distribution.

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

A week after the latest mass murder, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida at the Marjory where 17 students and faculty got shot to death by a homicidal sociopath named Nicholas Cruz, who went through his adolescence expressing fantasies for shooting people and claimed to know areas for precise hits. Who abused his sick mother. Who was part of an extracurricular program shooting class sponsored by the NRA, and who suffered from the mental conditions of autism and depression and was able to purchase the AR-15 rifle legally from a distributor with the ease of buying a burner phone from a bodega or a lotto newsstand. The Trump administration arranged to have a listening session with relatives of the victims of the recent massacre.

As it was an appropriate response to have such a meeting one thing should be clear, this session would not have been possible by the revolutionary reactions of the students and citizens of Parkland. Whilst Trump was busy on his morbid iconic twitter account rattling off his theories and usual deflections, the kids organized protest rallies that called out the bullshit inherent in the defense of current federal gun regulations and the seedy integration of money and politics behind them and the compromised sellout elected leaders who enable it and ratify them.

Actually, two things should be clear, and it was when Figurehead Trump decided to go lampin’ at his Mar-A-Lago resort and hit the links while the funeral and burial processes for the victims were going on a short secret service escorted drive away.

Figurehead Trump, showing thoughts and prayers, now watch this putt.

As expected as these recent gaffes were and how they are every minute Trump opens his mouth and presses his blackberry keyboard, none can be more repugnant than what transpired at the actual session with the bereaved citizens of Parkland, along with other families that experienced the mass shootings of Sandy Hook and ghetto street violence.

Figurehead Trump, the deal artist, the alleged billionaire businessman, the commander in chief with the best words equipped with the asset of mental stability, pulls out a bunch of notes from his jacket while Mike Pence does the instruction, revealing crib notes on the topics about to be discussed.

Image result for trump crib notes Either Trump is showing a sign of senility by writing the number 45 on his cuff as a reminder what number is his presidency, or that is monogrammed there to sell a designer shirt line. Emoluments be damned again. (Carolyn Kaster, A.P.)

That is some zooming there by the photographer from the AP. (You would think it was a rogue CIA mole from the Deep State). As it now confirms all the leaks about the President’s preferred method of reading daily intel briefs, sans pictures and graphics which probably resembles a Howard Johnson’s menu.

And they were just basic questions that could have been asked if one had a conscious or even functioning brain cells.

The man who won the presidency on his first try needs his aides tips on how to address the people devastated over the unnecessary deaths of their kids from a confirmed and armed mentally ill person, a whole week after the attacks. Trump, who proclaimed only he can fix the government actually needs the advice of the grieving group of people on how to handle gun policy and what to say on how to assure them he’s got their attention.

“I hear you”. Trump needs a response written down for him. A dismissive one too.

That’s just what the savvy cameraman caught without the Figurehead’s expectation. It’s was the wretched thing he did during the listening session that was boneheaded and awkward.!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/922476024.jpg

During VP Pence’s introduction, Trump pulls out the dotard cue cards from his pocket, giving the immediate impression that he doesn’t read and probably hasn’t read anything in his time in office. It gets more demented when instead of having an aide take them from him after he memorized them on the spot apparently, like say Hope Hicks who was there and who probably wrote the dotard cue card too going by the loopy handwriting, he just places them down on the carpet next to the student sitting next to him!

Later on, while someone was giving an idea on how to close loopholes interfering with background checks to prevent to sell to mentally unstable or recidivist criminal consumers, Trump bends over to pick up his notes, nods his head a bunch of times obviously to feign giving attention (conveying “I hear you”), peruses the papers a bit then sloppily stuffs them into his pocket.








This may be understating it, but this was extremely bad optics which is where the crack media team under Trump immediately got to work. As the White House upload of the session cuts off where Trump picks up the notes and goes to the straight to the guy asking the question and poof! the notes were gone after they were on the floor for a good 50 minutes.






This could be Figurehead Trump’s Gerald Ford moment. Although more disgusting and unfunny, albeit expected. On national TV, President Ford was exiting Air Force One and suddenly and comically slipped on the steps. Granted it wasn’t his fault and it was raining but it’s the only lasting memory of the 38th President which was immortalized in comic infamy by Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live, who did not even wear makeup to portray him but just falling on his ass was enough for everyone to get the joke.

This is stretching it a bit, kind of like everyone in the media and the feds trying to tie Trump’s election victory to Russian interference. But the thing that should show that this is Trump at his absolute worst and how he should not be taken seriously or credibly ever again, even after everything he’s done as President and his whole fucking life.

And that is the gravity of the situation. And when it comes to Trump, gravity itself, for he has never felt it until now.

It has exposed these elected nimrods assigned to lead and legislate that they have no fucking clue how to stem the next mass shooting. For Trump is bandying about arming teachers and even janitors to get weapons training to defend themselves and the students. Which will naturally result in more money for the gun industry and probably the military contractor complex too, being that they have to get the skills to ward off the next attack. Which will be majorly convenient for Education Secretary Betsy Devos and her brother and Blackwater CEO Erik Prince. Making this plan derivative of the main plot of Under Siege, where Steven Segal was able to kill a terror group who had no idea he was a chef that was a Navy Seal.

It has exposed that everyone knew this kid was a danger to himself and society, as all the warnings were there for most of Cruz’s adolescent life even until the day before he invaded the school and went on his killing spree. Which was made possible by warped state legislation ratified 7 years ago that would levee fines on town mayors who tried to set their own regulations regarding the purchasing of guns. That even with the presence of police, he was still able to get inside the school and murder 17 and wound 14 others. That even with social media and all the unchecked surveillance of it, Cruz was still able to carry out his slaughter.

And with this domestic debacle resulting from the massacre, everyone touched and traumatized that day in Parkland have rose up and are pointing out the brazen hypocrisy and arbitrariness of this nation’s security system and the nefarious role of donor money. Because the mass shooting at that high school has exposed Trump’s failed domestic policies and the deadly consequences of the NRA’s expenditures to influence the Figurehead and the hacks in the Congress and Senate to overturn regulations regarding mental qualifications and criminal background checks that has made it easier to own a military grade weapon.

It has galvanized the town of Parkland and wrought awareness and information from voices that are pissed off yet whose words are measured and articulated with eloquence. People like Andrew Pollack who brought the fact that he can’t get on an airplane with a bottle of water yet anyone can get a machine gun. And the new activist youth of America, kids like Sam Zeif, David Hoss and the outstanding Emma Gonzalez bringing up the hard facts that most of the mainstream news media would not even broach.




In fact, this massacre has brought out all the kids nationwide to rise up and organize. This movement and revolution has a face for it in Samantha Fuentes who dismissed Trump’s facetious comforting and bravely went on national television with her sharpnel laid scars and wounds

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As for the defenders of the false faith justifying the civilian ownership of military weapons, the spineless millionaire NRA Chairman Wayne Le Pierre emerged from his gilded palace and to his safe space at the CPAC Covention to decry and cry about the new general hatred against the gun lobby by conjuring up red scare accusations and calling people socialists against the second amendment right to bear arms.

Yet again, La Pierre and even that despicable coward cheerleader Dana Loesch conveniently gloss over the first part of the second amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

No doubt about the right of the people. But the well-regulated militia? What La Pierre and many, many others are doing is instead of separating the the two are conflating them. People are not a well-regulated militia, (such as people are not corporations). A well-regulated militia is established by the regulations inherent in them.The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are a well-regulated militia. A person is not but is instilled in the right to own a gun. The NRA lobby, not so coinicidentally is against any regulations to insure that guns remain only in responsible hands of people of sound mind, which goes against all their claims, including Figurehead Trump, is what they interpret as the main problem and cause of mass shootings. The NRA through their obstinance are actually putting responsible gun owners rights in jeopardy with their manic spending preventing needed regulations to protect the public and prevent the disenfranchisement of said rights from the inevitable overreach they fear. Which has actually happened with the first and fourth amendments under the Patriot Act and the recent re-implementation of section 702 of the FISA amendment.

Which makes Figurehead Trump, in his embrace of the mistaken ideology of the second amendment and his widely reviled solution at preventing another mass killing that does not involve the government approved killings in senseless wars in other nations, all you have to do is remember his awkward inappropriate actions at the listening session. The guy does not care and can’t think for himself.

Despite his broken campaign promise to be a populist independent leader because of the security of his purported wealth, turns out to be a broke ass president reliant on the foul moneyed donors who gave him his job and on his staffers who vainly try to make him look sympathetic and concerned for those victimized by their lunatic self-serving and self-enriching policies.

Trump needs notes to show sympathy and garner ideas. There is no doubt what a real-time fraudulent president he is, fraudulent business man he was and a fraud he is as a human being.

He is exposed now. The wind that blew his Rumplestilsken hair off his bald head weeks ago has now been replaced by the winds of change being wrought by the kids of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.


This time. The kids are really all right.












Ray Thomas, 76, Vocalist and Flute Player, Moody Blues

Reverend Billy Graham, 99, Christian Evangelist Minister

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New York Is Red Hot From The Extreme Effects Of Climate Change

It’s an abnormally bright sunshiny day

Yesterday’s weather in the five boroughs broke the original record for that day by 10 balmy degrees reaching a high of 78. Everyone reveled in the sunshine and unseasonable warmth by dressing in shorts and sandals and even the subway had the air conditioner on. There were even soft ice cream trucks on the corners.

This should not be. In certainly won’t today since it’s going to plummet 33 degrees to 45 with freezing rain forecast in the evening if the humidity dissipates during the dramatic drop.

There are a lot of skeptics out there that think this is just a slight aberration. But there was a time when there would be at least some consistency in the daily temps instead of the bipolar weather patterns that have been occurring in the last 5 years as the planet’s annual temp averages increases.

The thing is, people in the general public are going to have opinions on it, and of course all the elected hacks that are being paid to deny it from their corporate energy donors but at least they are not so-called professionals getting paid thousands of dollars a day or a week to deny this is happening or to celebrate these occasional bouts of unseasonable and irrational warmth.  All the local news “meteorologists” like Mr.G and the reprehensible John Elliot of CBS and the national and cable networks refuse to bring up climate change. Even after the worst recorded month of hurricane attacks on cities in Texas and Florida last autumn and twice on Puerto Rico which has left that commonwealth state’s economy and ecosystem destroyed.

It’s just irresponsible and cognitively stupid of the networks to send their experts out there, like NBC did with Janice Huff yesterday, to do on the street interviews with people who can’t help but marvel about the beach like weather. You gotta wonder how they handle passerby who give the slightest acknowledgement of the influence of climate change, surely they are prepared with a slight technical difficulty for such a respite of uncomfortable facts with a technical glitch or a quick cutaway as if one would say a obscenity. The latter of which this issue is treated, even though the Pentagon has even officially deemed climate change as the number one threat to security and humanity despite orders from Figurehead Trump to deny it.

So no worries about things like the Delaware Ice Shelf that just broke off in Antarctica almost a year ago, as our leaders and our formerly intrepid news media are handling this so you can frolic around the city with your shorts and sandals and sunbathe on the grass in blissful ignorance of the imminent threat of sea level rise and sharks coming to beaches to feed on humans for new food sources as the acidifying ocean is killing off marine life.

The worst is yet to come, so enjoy and savor the next day of unseasonable warmth and soup like humidity. Besides, at least spring is just a month away so no one will notice. Certainly not the corporate mainstream news media, who are manufacturing the consensual denial.

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New Bad Days 46: Like It And Learn To Love It, Rikers Island Shutdown Is Underway As It Was Announced 60 Hours After A Group Of Five Gangbangers Crippled A Correction Officer; A Class Size Group Of Kids Beat Down A Homeless Man On The A Train; A Dead Baby Abandoned In A Park; Two Women Beat Down A Pregnant Woman And Slam A Door On Her Feet; Rap Crew Films Shitty Video And Shows Off Their Stash While Imprisoned; Super Crazy Guy Jumps Roofs In Bed-Stuy And Multiple Random And Intentional Slashings And Deadly Domestic Disputes. Island, pariah government center on scrumptious speculative real estate.

From the elected denizens occupying City Hall, they have begun the dizzying ill conceived official program to shut down Rikers Island and transfer all convicts present and future to four jails in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan. But not Staten Island, because supposedly no one commits crimes there.

This is where the Mini-Rikers will be:

  • Manhattan Detention Center, 125 White Street, Manhattan, 10013 (The Tombs)
  • Brooklyn Detention Center, 275 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 11201
  • Queens Detention Center, 126-01 82nd Avenue, Kew Gardens, 11415
  • NYPD Tow Pound, 320 Concord Avenue, Bronx, 10454

This transition is suppose to take a decade or if crime drops first. But apparently these fauxgressive hacks aren’t even going to wait for the latter, especially now that Gov. Andy has decided to up the ante with his jackass boisterousness and wants Rikers shut down earlier than that.

Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson announced an agreement today to move forward on closing Rikers Island and creating a smaller, safer and fairer borough-based jail system. Together with the Council Members representing these areas, the Mayor and Speaker have agreed to a single public review process for four proposed sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. These sites together will provide off-Island space for 5,000 detainees, and will include the three existing DOC facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, as well as a new site in the Bronx located at 320 Concord Avenue in Mott Haven.

“This agreement marks a huge step forward on our path to closing Rikers Island,” said Mayor de Blasio. “In partnership with the City Council, we can now move ahead with creating a borough-based jail system that’s smaller, safer and fairer. I want to thank these representatives, who share our vision of a more rehabilitative and humane criminal justice system that brings staff and detainees closer to their communities.”

“Today is a historic day, as we are yet one step closer to closing Rikers Island.  The New York City Council is proud to have spearheaded the historic Close Rikers movement by creating the Lippman commission and passing legislation enacting many of its recommendations. The Council has also funded innovative programming to keep cases out of the criminal justice system altogether, such as the CLEAR and HOPE programs, which provide treatment instead of incarceration to those with substance abuse issues. We all know that closing jails on Rikers means opening more humane, community-based facilities elsewhere. I am proud to stand with my Council colleagues and thank them for their support on this crucial issue. I look forward to working closely with Mayor de Blasio, my Council colleagues representing these communities, and the communities themselves in finally achieving our shared goal of closing Rikers Island,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.

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This is being done because the violent environment and corruption in Rikers has become too endemic. As opposed to the equally well know graft in the city and state government high offices for a century and at a pinnacle today? Is this really what voters, meaning the less than 25% who showed up to elect these dusted democrats, really asked for from them.

What are the costs going to be to retrofit those four jails and how they are going to manage to fit all those prisoners and even staff. Especially what the speculative costs will be to convert that garage in the Bronx into a functioning high security apparatus. Most essential is how this goal of 5,000 convicts going to be accomplished to justify these transfers.

As simplistic and cynical as it sounds, which this utopian program resembles the former in spades, the only way this can be achieved is by not convicting anyone who commits crimes it seems. Which de Blasio has already assured with recent accusations by a police captain of stations lessening crime charges and the recent and similar doctoring and reclassifying of crimes committed at homeless shelters

As for sounding like the latter, it has been known for a few years that the Gentrification Industrial Complex are salivating at the prospects of all that scrumptious real estate waiting to be taken. Even the Corrections Officers Union President Elias Husamudeen smells a rat and sees this for the fauxgressive ruse it is. Although coming from the namesake of the commission report that inspired the Rikers shutdown, Johnathan Lippman, it ain’t like those interested in all that city property are shy about their passively heinous ulterior motives masking as a humanity cause:

…former New York State chief judge Jonathan Lippman, who heads the New York City Council-created criminal justice reform commission that oversees the Rikers-study committee, said it’s only natural to explore “potentially doing some of the things we’ve done with other vacant, large pieces of land, whether it be benefiting public health, education, research institutions.”

But he also sought to emphasize, and then re-emphasize, that real estate is in no way the central focus of his committee.

“At the outset, let me say that the future of Rikers Island as a physical location follows—and certainly doesn’t precede—improving our jail system,” he said.

“The political center of this will be about how we make the system more humane and just,” he said, “and at the same time recognize that you do have a very strategically placed and valuable piece of real estate there that could have a multitude of public policy purposes to develop it.”

None of these elected idiots surely not have thought through this but predictably are following de Faustio’s (bottom) line. Particularly Speaker Corey Johnson who in just a short month after exhorting that he was going to be a bulldog critic and a check on the mayor’s machinations and decisions has devolved into the typical partisan loyal neoliberal lapdog he is. And Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz who has officially thrown her hands up and quit and gave her approval, selling out her constituents and her credibility.

While we all want to live in a city or even a world without crime, this program is being foisted on the public without a clarified thought or what the ramifications might be or how much the goddamn new Mini-Rikers are going to cost.

And one huge fact is if that when this transfer officially begins, will that endemic violent and corrupt prison culture will carry on in the new jails or will exacerbate. Because this is clearly not going to happen overnight or most certainly, well, never.

Because in Rikers Island, a correction officer was attacked and beat down by five prisoners as a guard in the same room just stood there and watched and did not help his fellow officer, who wound up with severe spinal and neck injuries from the savage gang attack. The first one who barged in the room planned the premeditated the attack during a phone call according to another inmate.

We shall see how this shit enfolds. This post illustrates that this isn’t starting off well.


In Long Island City, an 18-year-old man was accosted by a man in the elevator withim if he could hook him up with a job but then ambushed him and punched him repeatedly and stole his phone.

In Jackson Heights, a woman entering her apartment building was attacked by a man with a knife who shoved her against the wall and tried to steal her purse, but she resisted and dragged the mugger outside while holding on to her property.

Also in Jackson Heights, a man fell off the elevated tracks at the 74st Train Station and died.

In Far Rockaway, a 15-year-old boy was shot at twice and killed by two other teenage boys on the street at 4:30 p.m. in a gang-related shooting. The parents of the victim moved to the neighborhood from gentrifying Astoria because it was affordable.

In Ozone Park, a poor woman was killed in an fire ignited by a hot plate she was using in an apartment with multiple illegal conversion violations.

Also in Ozone Park, two men held up a man at knifepoint and robbed his wallet.

In South Ozone Park at Resorts World Casino, a 19-year-old man slashed a 72-year-old man in the face.

In Kew Gardens, a 50-year-old woman sitting on her porch at 8 p.m. was approached by a stranger who asked for the time then attacked her and slammed her into her car during a struggle and robbed her purse.

In Astoria, a newborn baby was found dead with his tube still attached to his belly in a garbage can at the Dutch Kills Playground.

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Also in Astoria, at the Broadway Station, a man taking a piss on the platform was caught in the act by a commuter who decided to film him (unwise) and then whipped out a knife and threatened him then stalked him as they left the station

In South Jamaica, a hooker from California arranged a hookup with a woman through a website instead was confronted by an man with a gun who took her by a building where an armed woman was waiting and robbed her phone, I.D., and debit cards. The woman was forced into a cab and was about to be pimped out by them but was able to escape.

In Rosedale, 2 unattended pit bulls wandering around Brookville Park attacked a man then tried to attack cops coming out of their car, which led one of the officers to shoot one of the dogs in the legs.

In Forest Hills, a man killed himself as he crashed his BMW in a parking lot after he lost control of his vehicle.

In South Richmond Hill, a similar car burned to a crisp is parked on 107th avenue for some unknown reason.

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In Richmond Hill, three men are still at large for 2 armed robberies of 2 bodegas and another bodega in Jamaica.

In Maspeth, a man robbed a bank of $2,200 when he gave the teller a note.

In Flushing, a burglar robbed the same house twice within the hour in the same day, stealing cash and jewelry totaling $2,200.

In Woodside, an 83-year-old woman was killed crossing the street by an SUV at 2:30 p.m.

In Fresh Meadows, parked cars are getting damaged from students of a driving school  during lessons.

In Glen Oaks, a man was found dead in a house after it was on fire.


In Columbus Circle on the A train arriving at the station of the same name, 20 to 30 kids attacked and savagely beat up a homeless man who asked them for money. This is like the first thing the Droogies did after leaving the milk bar in A Clockwork Orange but 5 to 7.5 times worse.

In the Lower East Side, a man attacked a restaurant worker on the street by calling him a racial slur then punching and slashing him in the face and stealing his cellphone.

Also in the Lower East Side, a man randomly slashed two women in the face blocks apart, the second attack was near a police station.

In the East Village, a vandal used a branch to smash the back windshield of a car.

Also in the East Village at Tompkins Square Park, a pile of christmas trees collected for mulching was set on fire overnight by pyromaniac vandals.

Again in the East Village, a man feigning to be a customer robbed a store at gunpoint and stole $500

And again in the East Village, a pitbull belonging to a homeless woman bit a homeless man when he tried to steal her food.

And again in the East Village at the 3rd Avenue Station, a man sat down next to a woman on the L train, whipped out his shlong and started jerking off.

And again in the East Village, proto-punk legend Handsome Dick Manitoba was charged with beating his ex-girlfriend in his apartment.

In the Upper West Side on the tracks of the Broadway express lines, a man jumped onto the tracks from the 96th St. Station, rested for a bit around 86th St. Station while holding a record then ran up the steps where he was detained by police kicking and screaming.

In Harlem, a man got shot to death after he engaged in an argument with three men in front of a public housing building.

Also in Harlem, a cab driver got stiffed for $18 from a couple and got assaulted by the male passenger when he tried to get his money as witnesses gawked at the beatdown.

Again in Harlem, a woman committed suicide by jumping out the window in front of her 11-year-old son.

In East Harlem at the 125th Street Station, a 17-year-old boy got slashed and robbed by two men for his sneakers that he was trying to sell via an arrangement on a social media platform. This is the umpteenth incident of it’s kind.

In Soho, a fire escape step that was being inspected by the Department of Buildings at the time fell off when a contractor was looking at it and fell 7 stories and landed on two people, critically injuring one and killing another.

In Greenwich Village, a man randomly attacked a woman and two men on the same block by punching them in the face.

Also in Greenwich Village, a man stabbed himself in the neck in front of his house over a break-up.

Again in Greenwich Village at Pier 40, a man was robbed of his bag containing his $2,000 laptop by two kids.

In the West Village at the 4th Street Station, a man going through the turnstile had his wallet snatched by a thief who then punched him in the face when he tried to get it back.

In Union Square, a man slashed his co-worker in the face at a juice store.

Also in Union Square, a man got busted trying to snatch a purse inside a supermarket and was wanted for prior similar thefts in the area.

Again in Union Square, a man attacked two cops by biting and kicking them when they were trying to remove him from a chain pharmacy store.

In Penn Station at Madison Square Garden, an off-duty cop seeing a kids show with his wife and kid caught a fugitive from a shooting in his precinct in University Heights and busted the perp with the help of his fellow officers.

In Hell’s Kitchen at the Intrepid Sea and Air Museum, a man attempted to rob a sweatshirt and demand five dollars by threatening a worker with a hammer.

In Waterside Plaza on the FDR drive, a mentally ill man being sent to Bellevue jumped out of the back door of the ambulance as it was leaving the highway exit.

In Chelsea at the Fulton Houses, a woman was raped by two men in a bathroom at an apartment while a house party was happening.

In Times Square at the 42nd Street Station, a man punched a woman in the face because she accidentally bumped into him.

Also in Times Square, a man harassed a woman and then pulled out a knife and slashed her face after her boyfriend tried to defend her.

Again in Times Square, a homeless man slashed a pedestrian in his face when he bumped into him.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a woman committed suicide as she leapt from the 28th floor of an apartment building.

In Midtown, a man was found dead in his apartment after he overdosed on huffing spray paint.

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Also in Midtown at the 7th Avenue Station, a man shoved a 79-year-old man into a wall on the staircase and caused him to fall down the stairs.

At the Joralemon Tunnel under the East River, although there was a smoke condition the train continued to run on the 4/5 line.

In Downtown at City Hall, a livery cab driver shot himself in his car with a shotgun by the front gate in protest of the city’s ineffective policies regarding the amount of app-based hail car service vehicles clogging the streets and the monopolization of the industry and the elected officials who let it fester and grow. Never Forget Doug Schifter.

Also in Downtown at the Chambers St. Station on the J line platform, a woman was accosted by a man on the other side who took out his dick and started masturbating in front of her.

In the Flatiron District, two men went into an upscale handbag store and stole 3 grand worth of purses.

In Waterside Plaza, a man and a boy with hammers mugged a woman for her cash.


In East New York, where a hipster population is growing like a repulsive skinny tattooed stupid tree in Brooklyn which is what the city wants above all else, a man strangled his girlfriend in his apartment and was busted by the cops later at a barber shop in possession of a stolen loaded gun and a knife.

Also in East New York, a NYCHA employee grabbed the nuts of a man she was working with because she was about to get off probation for something.

Again in East New York at the Gateway Mall Shopping Mall parking lot is where the most car break-in thefts in the city happen.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man attacked and stabbed to death a husband and wife when they were walking back home from their store. The motive of the murders seem to be that the attacker bought bad mojo from them.

In Crown Heights, a man was shot twice in the face and stomach and killed around the corner from where he lived and nearby where the voodoo store proprietors were stabbed days before.

In Crown Heights, a group of men arrested for illegal trespassing taken to the 71st Pct. were never searched and were able to record a video from a cellphone in their jail cell and were showing off a big bag of weed and talking shit a mile a minute as officers were trying not to acknowledge them. Thus The Blue Wall Of Insouciance gets denser and higher.

Again in Crown Heights, a man dressed as a superhero with a costume ensemble of sandals, long johns, bermuda shorts, a ripped wifebeater t-shirt, a beach towel and a banana was jumping from roof to roof and was detained by cops after he posed with his trusty potassium power source on a fire escape and was about to jump and defy gravity and lose.!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/edp-hangs-fire-escape.jpg(Theodore Parisienne / New York Daily News)

No need for Black Panther or Ghost Dad, Banana Lantern is here to fight gradually rising street crime and forced gentrification. Or maybe it’s Blankman II (are the Watchmen recruiting??)

In Flatbush, a barber who told a man to stop bothering his customers at his salon was shot by him two hours later.

In Bed-Stuy, a man shot his girlfriend in his apartment after an argument and barricaded himself inside from the cops.

In East Flatbush at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 63 headstones and statues were vandalized and knocked down.

In Prospect Heights , a man and woman robbed a bank and 6 others previously in the past month. 2018 Bonnie and Clyde.

In Williamsburg, a man broke into an apartment at 2:40 p.m. and stole expensive tech items, a laptop, a video game console and a purse.

In Cobble Hill, a man was found dead in the basement of a former hospital under development for luxury housing.

In Brighton Beach, three men are wanted for 4 violent muggings in 4 weeks from late December to January.

Also in Brighton Beach, three apartments were burglarized blocks away from each other.

In Seagate, a woman was slashed in the face by a man after an argument they had at a diner.

In Marine Park and Mill Basin, an employee of a department store aided a crook in stealing clothes and a woman’s car window was smashed and her pocketbook robbed.

In Coney Island, a deli was held up by a masked gunman who robbed the register.

In Sheepshead Bay, a woman was attacked by two men who put her in a chokehold and punched her in the face and was robbed of her cellphone, purse and shoes and a bodega was robbed overnight as was the portable ATM machine by it as the burglars made off with over 5 large.

Also in Sheepshead Bay, two boys robbed a kid of his bicycle when one of the jerks shot a stun gun at him.

Again in Sheepshead Bay, two men stole thousands of dollars worth of cellphones from a store.

And again in Sheepshead Bay, two men slashed a 17-year-old boy and robbed his cellphone and wallet,t hree people pounced on a 14-year-old boy in a park and beat him down for his sneakers and metrocard and two 18-year-old men broke into an apartment armed and ran when the kids inside started crying.

In Gravesend, an 18-year-old man got beaten up and robbed by a man he knew who stole his cellphone and hat after they got off a bus together.

In Bensonhurst, a woman was scammed and robbed by a con artist of 3 grand who promised her a job if she sent her a check, a man clobbered another man with a broomstick cutting his head open, three men sneaked up behind a man making a withdrawal at an ATM and stole 900 bucks, two men held up a man at gunpoint and robbed his cellphone.

Also in Bensonhurst, a man followed a woman to her apartment and forced his way in and attempted to rape her. The woman managed to elude him by running away and locking him out when he pursued her.

In Bay Ridge, a man held up a store at gunpoint and stole lottery scratch games worth $300.

Also in Bay Ridge, a woman found her screen window busted and $1,800 worth of jewelry missing when she came home after a few days.

Again in Bay Ridge, a man walking on the street drinking beer slapped and grabbed a woman’s ass.

In Bath Beach, a man held up a store at gunpoint and robbed $900, a gang of five men rolled up on a man sitting in his car with a BB gun and stole 30 bucks and his phone.


In Woodstock, a pregnant woman was attacked by two women who knocked her down and kicked her repeatedly as she laid on the steps and slammed the door on her leg then robbed her cellphone. Two supporters for the lady thugs were arrested at their arraignments for disrupting the court process with their yelling and refusing to vacate the chambers.

In Kingsbridge Heights, a teenage girl was attacked in an apartment building lobby by three men and two women who all beat her down to the floor with punches and kicks then threw bleach at and slashed her face.

In Mott Haven, a wheelchair bound woman with one leg was randomly slashed in the face by a man she recognized in front of corner bodega.

Also in Mott Haven, a man randomly slashed a father in his face when he walking on the sidewalk with his 1 year old son.

In Morris Park, a man was shot to death while sitting in his car at 5:30 a.m.

In Pelham Gardens, a man broke into a 64-year-old woman’s apartment by climbing through her window on the second floor then beat her up with a crowbar after she tried to take his skimask off. He then tied her up with a phone cord and stole her wedding band and $500.

In Allerton, a man was was found in an apartment lobby floor with a stab wound in his chest and died from his wound.

In Norwood, a man shot his girlfriend three times in their apartment after an argument.

In Fordham Heights, a man shot at two teenage males on a street corner after midnight.

In Pelham Bay Park, a man and woman boarding a bus got into a brawl with a commuter who the woman attacked with a screwdriver, then the man attacked the driver with an umbrella when he refused the suspects demand to keep driving.

In Belmont, while filming a segment for his news report about people getting swindled, PIX news correspondent Howard Thompson got attacked at an auto repair shop by a mechanic with a baseball bat who managed to hit Help Me Howard on the arm and also his cameraman on his hip.

In Claremont Village, a man tasked with watching a puppy pit bull stabbed it 50 times and killed it after the little dog bit him.

Goodnight, Onyx, 18 months.

In the South Bronx, a commercial building being used as a brothel was raided by cops leading to the arrest of seven men

In Parkchester, $100,000 in fentanyl was found inside box coolers of fish after a police investigation of a car.

In Morris Heights, a man and woman waltzed into an apartment and stole 4 grand worth of kicks.

In Foxhurst, an agent from the Immigrant and Customs Enforcement abused his position when he threatened to shoot a man with his gun having his car repossessed by his repoman cousin and later was arrested himself at the police station he brought his victim to because he was not suppose to use his government issued weapon while off duty.

Staten Island

A cop from the borough was busted in a bank fraud scheme with an accomplice who used his dead father’s identity, stealing $1.5 million from citizens.

Two men are ripping off people by placing skimmers in gas station pumps in this borough and Flushing and using cloned card numbers for shopping sprees.


EPA Commissioner Scott Pruitt, Profligate Snowflake Cunt “administrator” of environmental laws and regulations, about to demonically tether his fingers or strangling the whole world in his hands.

Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry

Aimee Mann, ‘Til Tuesday

In yet another case of vulgar irony oozing from the worst White House of this young century comes the odoriferous plutocabinet member EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Who just recently answer some pressing inquiries on why he travels first class on plane flights on the taxpayers dime, which is now hardly worth a dirty penny giving day to day bipolar drops and rises in the stock market.

(Emphasis entirely mine)

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said security decisions made by others have dictated he fly first class or on military jets at taxpayer expense.

“Unfortunately, … we’ve had some incidents on travel dating back to when I first started serving in the March-April timeframe,” Pruitt said during an interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday.

“We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment,” said Pruitt, who confirmed he flew first class from the Washington area to Boston to reach New Hampshire.

“We’ve reached the point where there’s not much civility in the marketplace and it’s created, you know, it’s created some issues and the (security) detail, the level of protection is determined by the level of threat.”

And what could that environmental threat be, why it’s various concerned tax-paying citizens telling him “You’re fucking up the environment“! This is what the agency put out in defense of the breaking arctic ice shelf methane release resembling a shitty person for his gross expenditures on first class air travel and luxury hotel residences totaling $200,000, including 90 large in June alone, which includes $25,000 for a soundproof “privacy booth” to prevent eavesdropping on his phone calls and spending $3,000 to have his office swept for hidden listening devices for the paranoid corrupt government server.

What’s the matter Scotty? Are you gonna cry enough to add to the rising sea levels and pollute the oceans with your acid tears? Is some fed going to interpret your little phone calls and texts as detrimental to the nation and against the public interest, and maybe catch some criminal patronage favors to corporate energy companies?


This fucking chump has the audacity to complain about toxicity after he steered this nation to back away from the Paris Climate Accord, rolling back regulations regarding water pollution around coal manufacturing plants and inspiring the President’s imbecilic revival of the antiquated energy resource while ignoring the employment creating and profitability of the solar and wind industry, and a dramatic drop in investigations and fines of repeat offender energy companies with multiple pollution violations, certainly due to a massive lack of EPA personnel.

What’s not to expect from a pile of crap like Pruitt that he would cite environment toxicity for his current troubles and spineless sensitive reaction to it, hiding behind the suggestion of his security detail when irony was a big factor behind his appointment by Figurehead Trump since as the Attorney General in Oklahoma he wasted that state’s tax dollars trying to overturn responsible environmental regulations at the behest of his corporate energy donors. The Trump Administration is based on toxic irony

So Scotty, go fuck yourself and take your verbal lumps like a man. Funny how you now suddenly show concern of what people really think about you and your lousy policies and backward ideology. But don’t use the people’s hard-earned money to shield yourself from deserved barbs, just stick your dirty money grubbing fingers in your dirty ears you big fucking baby.

Oh, and you’re still fucking up the environment, dick.

Shut up, oh God can’t you just keep it down, voices carry

Aimee Mann, ’til Tuesday






Orange YOU Mad…!

Related imageCode Orange will fuck you up and ditch the remains.

At the end of last year, I tallied the best albums of the year from 3 decades ago to cast a blight on what I thought at the time to be a dearth in impactful, energetic, passionate original and creative music of that year (and implied in the last decade too).

Sadly, I was mistaken. As a curious glimpse into the recent Grammy awards nominations for the marginalized rock and metal categories, a few caught my eye and subsequently nicely assaulted my ears and awoke my senses and faith in rock and roll.

It has been a few weeks since the Grammy’s ended with lame ass boring hack Bruno Mars sweeping the top awards along with the R&B nominations (told you) so it took some time for these 2 outstanding albums to evaluate.

Code Orange was nominated for the Metal honor (for song or album, it doesn’t even friggin’ say) for “Forever” and it’s a goddamn motherfucker.

The title track’s music shifts 5 or 6 times and sounds like a battle hymm to rise against systemic complacency and an actual theme song for the band, making it the best since Dethklok.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and putting the steel back in Steeltown, the band has three vocalists (just like Fleetwood Mac, also grammy winner Mastodon), the drummer Jami Morgan writes the lyrics (just like Neil Peart from Rush) and has a lady lead guitarist in Reba Meyers, who conjures a stage presence similar to White Zombie’s Sean Yseult and P.J. Harvey. Code Orange reminds me of everything that was great and improved of heavy metal in the heyday early 90’s like Helmet, Nine Inch Nails, Biohazard, The Melvins, Alice In Chains and the legendary colossus Pantera (not in the rock and roll hall of fame-a brick shitpile and waste of Cleveland taxpayer dollars) and turn of the century bands like the brilliant Converge (another band that released an album last year that I didn’t know, yikes I’m old.)

The rest of this modern classic album doesn’t let up a bit and changes styles and the tracks blend into each other seamlessly. This is the definitive album for these fucked up times under fucked up unqualified, avaricious self-centered elected “leaders” in songs like “Kill The Creator” and “No One is Untouchable”, the pervasive influence of the surveillance complex in “Spy” and the majority of the current youth of America ensconced in their cellphones and social media accounts aka sheeple, which are brutally executed in songs like “The New Reality” and the outstanding “Bleeding In The Blur”

This is actually the band’s third album and have been around for a decade, but it’s a first for a major on the legendary Roadrunner label. But this band has saved rock and roll. Which might sound biased being that I haven’t been following new music for a while and I am only exposed to the bland hipster shit and there are no local radio stations devoted to new rock formats anymore. Although apparently a lot of current heavy metal gets played and promoted on WWE wrestling shows.

Another factor is being middle aged, which plays a factor in finding difficulty embracing new hardcore music. But that is just bullshit when a band like Body Count exists.

Also nominated for a grammy, Ice-T revived his hardcore band and it has re-emerged as a renovated thousand sun solar powered machine. Ice, who is pushing 60 along with his stalwart shredder Ernie C, put out their best album and maybe the real best album last year with Bloodlust.

This album is the definitive album for these times, which I detailed in Code Orange above but also with the desensitized acceptance of extreme police force and state, and the continued existential morass and segregation still ongoing in poor communities. As he mentioned in Black Hoodie, Ice has been yelling about this shit for 20 years. (Actually, it’s 30 counting his hat trick of rap masterpieces, Power, The Iceberg, and O.G.: Original Gangster.) The music itself is just pounding and funky and features staccato gun fire riffing during the verses that are just incredible.

Bloodlust’s other standout tracks are Civil War, which forebodes the coming race war that is being hinted by domestic terrorist white nationalist groups (or has Trump calls some of them, some good people), All Love Is Lost featuring Max Cavalera from Sepultura, a sensational medley in homage to Slayer with Raining Blood/PostMortem (Goodnight Slayer, they are disbanding this year after their farewell tour), and the penultimate song and first sociopolitical rock anthem of this century No Lives Matter, which starts off with Ice dropping science like Gil Scott-Heron and then he and the band kick the shit out of the ludicrous takes on the iconic social justice slogan and reminds the listener and the nation about the real issue permeating underneath and the real enemy in plain sight, especially it’s chorus.

Don’t fall for the bait and switch

Racism is real but not it

They fuck whoever can’t fight back

But now we got to change all that

The people have had enough

Right now it’s them against us

This shit is ugly to the core

When it comes to the poor, No Lives Matter

Consider recent shooting deaths of white people by police nationwide in the past year and this song gathers extreme significance.

So, the shitty grammys actually served a purpose after all. As it unwittingly reaffirmed that real rock and roll is not entirely dead. No, not dead at all. It was getting a little worrisome there with Figurehead Trump getting elected and people getting complacent under Obama for 8 years, but now there are musicians out there putting out long awaited and overdue rebel music. Praise the metal gods that Code Orange and Body Count are at the forefront given the accidental and meaningless award attention and reinvigorating the state of music and consciousness in general.

Also the fact that you will never ever be too old to rock and roll. And in the autumn years, you can still settle to metal.

Death to false metal, and stay strong Glenn Tipton.




Wrath Of The Scumlords / The Winter Of Disenfranchisement : World War II Veteran Gets Evicted From Deceitful Non-Profit, Bowery Tenants Get Thrown Out Into The Cold For Their Safety, Elderly Tenants Lose Their Senior Center From Sellout Nun Group, And Jared Kushner Continues To Fleece The City And Torment His Tenants.

This has been the winter of disenfranchisement and dysfunction with the affordability crisis pandemic and the masses of rent-burdened citizens of this city.

Your city, right Mr. Mayor?

And this post doesn’t even get to NYCHA because there is no fucking room in this post for those assholes.

Disposable Hero

Starting with upscale Brooklyn’s disposable hero; a 98-year-old man who was at Pearl Harbor when it got rained with bombs which led to the last time America outright won a war righteously. Rev. James Blakely was ordered to leave his apartment studio by a (formerly) non-profit group, The Black Veterans For Justice that donated to him over 5 years ago that was inspired by an article by NY Daily News Denis Hamill.

Apparently, the medal honored Navy veteran of three missions has apparently worn out his welcome with the aforementioned (F).N.P.G. as they sold the building to a developer Silver Rock Equities LLC and they fervently want him out of there. This revolting shitting on a man who gave his life to defend the freedom and security of this nation disputes any hyperbole being that these vulture capitalists are giving him the neoliberal version of a Pearl Harbor attack. To add to the insult and maligning of the veteran and history in general, the supposed Justice Veterans are demanding back payment of over $24,000 for the allotted time he lived there. Most recently, Rev. Blakely has experienced what thousands of other renters have experienced, being denied maintenance services and lack of heat.

Image result for kushner westminster“What are those fucking rent-stabilized tenants still fucking doing there?!”

In the gorgeous area of Brooklyn Heights, a building run by good old presidential advisor Jared Kushner’s realtor company is again trying to kick out undesirable but responsible people who pay their rent on time but not enough for their and his liking. It looks as though Jared’s habit of doing slipshod oversight when he signed his security clearances was in full effect as his namesake firm is being sued in a class action lawsuit when he and his company did not file re-registration for a majority of rent-stabilized units in 2 buildings he bought 4 years ago from Brooklyn Law School, naturally pilfering money out of the tenants there and possibly also pilfering tax dollars from the state by claiming the qualifying amount of affordable housing for tax abatements.

The quasi-secretary-of-state’s, even though he made the proper divestment from his real estate firm Westminster Properties, his pernicious influence is still being felt on the firm’s East Village properties with their persistent tormenting neglect of their rent-stabilized tenants as complaints about festering growing black mold and myriad other health hazards, structural damage and energy service refusals continue to induce their departure from their homes.

It might be safe to say that Kushner is quite lucky that his pop-in-law won the election or he would be sharing a cell with his scumlord inspiration Steve Croman.

Or maybe not…

Bill de Blasio is a consistent critic of President Trump, but he and his deputy Alicia Glen have lots of nice things to say to his son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to emails obtained by Politico.

“Jared, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a little break from the swirl of activity these last few weeks have brought,” de Blasio wrote Kushner. The email came just weeks after the election of Trump, whom de Blasio has compared to dictators and called “profoundly racist.”

The two exchanged a number of pleasantries like this until March of this year, according to the report, with much ado about getting coffee sometime.

“I can only imagine how tough your schedule has become, and I’m happy to accommodate whatever time and place works for you. Much appreciated — Bill.”

The Real Deal

Digital mingling like this gives the impression that Kushner’s egregious tactics are not only acceptable but an established business model as the savage demolition harassment with blatant threats by contractors going on in an apartment building in Bushwick East Williamsburg shows. Making a mockery of the recent law ratified by the bought mayor and city council to thwart such destructive tactics and machinations and seeing such paltry fines and court hearings as minor costs and a slight inconvenience for future prospects and profits.

In the pleasant town of Dyker Heights, one of the only areas in Brooklyn that hasn’t seen the scourge of exorbitant renting and dining, superfluous cafes and rooftop bars, an organization run by nuns has decided to sell a senior citizen center they run to moneyed developer and have demanded it’s elderly tenants to get the hell out even though the transferring of ownership won’t happen until the summer. The now ironically named Sisters Of Mercy won’t even reveal who the mystery buyer is. Showing how the impunity culture is being heinously nurtured by the Gentrification Industrial Complex of real estate and politicians, especially when it comes to perennially trendy Brooklyn, shows no mercy or sympathy when it comes to the elderly that is now rendered expendable for their replacement prospective desired clientele of the young and stupid with lots of money. Just the same as the W.W. II vet cited earlier.

This hypothesis and methodology displays extreme brazen cruelty with what’s happened in Chinatown.. In 85 Bowery, a broken down staircase was finally cited by the D.O.B as a safety threat led to the evacuation/city sanctioned eviction of all 75 tenants in the building. The natural shock by the residents was compounded by the fact that they have levied complaints about the dilapidated steps for years that were being ignored by Joseph Batesh, who bought the building only 5 years ago and by the craven indifference of and disrespect from their councilwoman Margaret Chin, who had the audacity to show the night of the evacuation/eviction.  Suspicions by the now homeless victims of Batesh’s willful neglect as a tactic to boot them for less discriminating high spending prospects to replace them makes it legit, including the fact that he has been persistently trying to kick them out for years and this ousting comes after a judge declared the building rent-stabilized just a few months ago and now the city sends the suddenly active D.O.B. with assistance from the FDNY and NYPD to bum rush them outside in sub-20 degree weather and then shuffle them to a shelter way out in East New York Brooklyn. This savage and callous bureaucratic treatment of these poor people has inspired a daily day to night protest and even a hunger strike to get back to their homes.

Some of the Bowery 75

As if this city government posse that unceremoniously kicked the tenants out that freezing night with just the clothes they had on wasn’t enough of an insult, and a stupid way for the city to utilize emergency services this way as there have been a lot of fires happening and muggings happening lately, the police that showed up at a protest demanded they stop using the tarp to keep them warm.

It’s a wonder why there doesn’t seem to be someone in elected office to show actual support and convey commanding presence so that these egregious crimes against humanity and devilish profiting off the vulnerable and impoverish can be deterred or even result in punitive measures. Like a public advocate. But that person is Letitia James, who was recently more concerned with the fate of a bar she frequents than to bother with the existential sorrow of all these victims of negligence, theft, intimidation and city inaction. Especially since Ms. James blew off the complaints of 85 Bowery residents herself and gave up months before a judge ruled in their favor for stabilization later on.

Public Advocate Letitia James championed a settlement that wound spare the tenants eviction and get-them long-term leases, but withdrew from representing them in June 2016 when the deal fell apart.

James cited “irreconcilable differences,” after many of the tenants objected to moving out during the repairs.

NY Daily News

This is coming from the person who tabulates the worst 100 landlords list every year, which despite years of complaints from the Bowery 75, Betesh is conspicuously missing from it.

All these recent awful incidents makes salient the collusion of government and real estate and the machinations inherent of the Gentrification Industrial Complex and how it continues as exhibited by the useless public advocate. Making these aforementioned tactics executed is not only a preferred business model but a solidified fact of life.

This is the new depression for the working poor and middle class trying to cope and live in this city being overcome by the menace and metastasis of the presence of luxury towers, upscale living and exorbitant real estate speculation/fabrication. Oh, and city planning that caters and panders to a population/demographic that is not even here instead of the existing constituency being denied civic services and accountability right now.

Did I mention I didn’t even get to NYCHA yet?








Marty Allen, 95, Comedian

Vic Damone, 89, Singer And Actor



Reg E. Cathey, 58, Actor, Television And Film.

From one of the greatest quotes and scenes of many from The Wire, as mayoral aide Norman Wilson, after answering a question from Mayor Carcetti in frustration on how crime went up in a short time after campaign promises to bring it down and his decision to enact budget cuts to the police dept while contemplating a run for governor.

Norman Wilson: [about Carcetti who is struggling with budgets]  He shorts the police department, the crime rate stays up, he ain’t no governor, neither. Just a weak-ass mayor of a broke-ass city.

Tommy Carcetti : Feel better?

Norman Wilson : A little bit. You?



Mission Virtually Accomplished: The Lefferts Blvd. Elevator Is Activated.

South Ozone Park, N.Y., U.S.A.

In what I admit could be an abberation in the usual posts that get written here, here is an actual good news bulletin and sign of albeit late ass civic progress. As reported here since this digital publication’s inception, it took almost 4 years, but the main entrance of the Lefferts Blvd has completed with the activation of the elevator! And it actually is quite shiny and nice. It officially got turned on about a few weeks ago about 4 months ahead of the proposed 3th quarter deadline.

Check it out!!!





Hard to believe this took almost half a decade. But at least the essential part of the station is done being that it’s by the death defying horror show intersection that is Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Blvd where two accordion buses stop every day, making egress to the street finally a satisfying routine.

All is not well though, for it’s still the worst fucking transit system in the universe. For there are still bollards, barricades, equipment, vehicles and miscellaneous debris and materials cluttering the curbs taking up two blocks worth of parking spaces. For the station exit and entrance at the west side of the station are still under renovation.





Why the continued cantankerous position with this? Because it looks like the elevator finally got the once hung dry and denied and overdue fast track initiative when the new sheriff of the MTA came to town from Toronto, Andy Byford who is a big stickler when it comes to the handicapped commuters. For MTA brass clearly noticed what he accomplished by making Toronto’s transit system entirely handicap accessible while cleaning up his new office.

It is a tad surprising that they got the elevator operating, but all that street hoarding under the El looks like it’s going to remain there a while and perhaps might pile up more. When I saw the first card sensor on a turnstile and the dumbass energy wasting digital screens inside train cars a few weeks before the grand debut of the Lefferts Lift, I almost plotzed.



The rush to get these out there is pretty goddamn stupid and no doubt at huge expense, especially that the screens were installed on the old cars that are being planned to be replaced by a new fleet and the payment method won’t be implemented until 2019 and has the potential to fail and be prone to errors. The MTA decision to start a rummage sale of all their “antique” discarded signs, seats, benches and garbage cans, is a pathetic shitty way to start to re-accrue these moronic expenditures. The funny thing is that those antique garbage cans, which were misguidedly decided to be removed from the platforms in an attempt to curb litter and rodent colonies, can obviously still be useful.

Cynical observations aside it is a timely tiny miracle the Lefferts Station entrance got done, for the MTA is still having massive FUBAR snafus, being all the other various problems the system has got going for it this year.

Like the new countdown clocks which are already showing consistent inaccuracies and placed in ridiculous hard to view spots.

A thorough 21st century modernization of the Penn Station hub has exhibited a massive wall to wall crack on the floor just a short few months after the state of the art passageway opened.

That a lot of delays are actually caused by commuters looking down at or diddling their fingers on their cellphones as they enter and exit trains, giving the effect of a herd of lobotomized sheep or herd of cattle slowly marching to getting shed or milked or to their certain death.

That small businesses along the north elevated tracks in Astoria have lost 50% of their customers because of the storage of materials and vehicles for way overdue renovations hogging parking and sidewalk spaces.

And of course the obvious long overdue shutdown of the irresponsibly neglected Canarsie Tunnel on the L line. As doomsday draws near in just another year, the MTA and the city still doesn’t have a concrete plan for commuters, especially the effect it will have to the already crushed sardine boxes on the Queens and Brooklyn lines. It looks like the appointed subway ambassadors will have to update their itineraries and probably have to don body armor or chainmail to ward off the frustrated masses.

But most fortunate of all for the citizenry reliant on the Lefferts Station to start and end their grinding workdays and the easement of physical stress on the aged and infirm is that it has evaded the perpetual distraction nonsensical battle of half-wits and directionless obstructionist feud over transit and transportation funding and policy making between the neoliberal bags of dead dicks and shit Mayor William de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Mario’s son has gotten deserved heat for his rush to open the four stop 2nd avenue for his grand opening suarez. Since that day and his proclaimed summer of hell, he has allocated and spent billions on boondoggles, minor transit extensions, and prioritized profligate ornamental improvements over infrastructure improvements in the city’s dilapidated subways, like the aforementioned newly cracked and ruined floor at Penn Station.

There is the recent decision by Cuomo through his intern commissioner Joe Lotha to add a third track on the LIRR between two close stops for a (not so) cool $1.8 billion. There was the not surprising revelation that the cashless and humanless toll booths in the past 5 years incurred over 80 million dollars in lost fares and fees.

And for shits and giggles in an egregious stunt that would make Chris Christie share his taco bowl with Mario’s son, the governor emailed commands to his MTA staffers relayed to transit supervisors to defer most of the blame for power failure transit delays to Con Edison by cooking the books on the number of them four-fold just so he can justify his tainted stats while doing his occasional Excelsior shirt sleeves rolled up subterranean photo op to divert attention from the generally known fact of the consistency of the antique signal system breakdowns.

And the topper might be what Guv’ner Andy announced in the state of the state and of his delirious mind when he promised to build another subway tunnel going to Red Hook, Brooklyn by extending the local 1 train from downtown Manhattan to coincide with the prospective hyper-development plan in a hurricane flood zone to build affordable luxury towers and a park there for the next hipster pilgrimage. This was considered as Trump’s tax cut law, the Oligarch Welfare law, will put a stop to that plan just like it officially did on the extension of the 2nd Avenue Q line to 125th Street.

Mario’s son’s costly congestion pricing plan to fund transit took a big hit when Doug Schifter took his life in protest of this extra tax on struggling independent cab and delivery drivers. And de Faustio millionaire tax plan, which he pilfered from assemblyman Michael Ginaris, is seeing absolutely no support at all.

As for the perjuring mayor of the city where the subway runs, well, apparently it did not deem worth a mention either an acknowledgement in the new city budget which actually exceeded 4 billion dollars from last year. Yet somehow his staff and his real estate donors lobby group is still pushing for the BQX line to get built despite the lead cheerleader quitting on them and a study detailing it’s unsustainability and ballooning costs and it’s unpopularity from the furious residents living by the prospective tracks.

Mayor de Faustio stubbornly refuses to contribute to fund the subway re the emergency plan put forth by Lotha for the city to contribute a little more than half of the $800 million needed to improve it (It actually should be more), for the reason he repeats that the state should pay for it entirely and that they squandered earlier city funding. He would have a point and a justification to his obstinancy if he wasn’t supporting that cruddy BQX, and how he ordered his MTA picks to blow off $200 million for station fixes  because the stations he wanted done were for areas that are in his gentrification fostering and escalating mandatory inclusionary zoning plans for East New York and the South Bronx.

Although de Faustio did find some loot, about a couple million, for an express bus route to Rikers Island.

This summer, the city will also test-run express buses shuttling people directly to and from Rikers out of two public-transit hubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The jailhouse jitneys will cost taxpayers $846,000 this fiscal year and $1.69 million each year after that. The DOC wouldn’t yet say if the shuttles will be free to ride.

N.Y. Post

Both them do share common ground when it comes to the rent and food burdened poor straphangers, since they both saw no need to alleviate their struggles by denying them extra transfers and reduced-fare cards. But as for the funding concerning the maintenance and sustenance of the worst fucking transit system in the universe, of which both are mostly responsible for it’s status, their sniveling petty little rivalry continues as riders get fucked over for another year and possibly infinity.


For now, the Lefferts Station is the only aspect of this fucked up transit system of this broke ass city and state that is worth admiring. Even if it’s only for the few minutes entering and exiting it during the elongated overcrowded ride to Manhattan and back. Making it the approximation of a commuting shit sandwich.

It was a four year wait, but ultimately, as with all the chaos that will ensue with all mentioned, it was actually worth it.

It will break down in a month or two though.



John Perry Barlow, 70, Founder Of The Electronic Frontier Foundation.

John Perry Barlow, circa 2016

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