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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010   7:06 am | Author: Tony | Life
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There is an article in the New York Times that makes you wonder who is in charge and why is it so difficult for some in positions of responsibility to think before they act.
According to the Times “New York City officials destroyed tons of new, unworn clothing and footwear last year that had been seized in raids on counterfeit label operations, abandoning a practice of giving knockoff garments to groups that help the needy.”
The “clothing (that was destroyed) includes winter jackets, shirts, pants and underwear.”
“Until last April, the city had turned over some of the seized goods to not-for-profit organizations, including World Vision and the New York City Clothing Bank, which removed labels and defaced the counterfeit trademarks, then distributed the clothing to aid groups across the city.”
“A spokesman for the Police Department said that no one asked for the knockoffs in 2009 —an explanation that was bewildering to the operators of the clothing bank, ..continue reading
How many Americans did not hear about the incidents on the two flights into Detroit in the last few days?
How many did not hear of the heightened security measures?
At least one person does not listen to the radio, watch TV or read a paper.
A man was questioned by the FBI after he was discovered to have taken a “pyrotechnic device” onto an airline flight from Baltimore, Maryland, to New York City.
Authorities found that Thomas Ouellette, 67, of Bonita Springs, Florida, brought the pyrotechnic device onto the flight that landed at LaGuardia Airport Sunday night. The device was placed in evidence, and Ouellette was issued a federal summons to appear in federal court.
Two questions immediately come up. Why did this person think he could bring a pyrotechnic device onto a flight when you can’t even bring a bottle of water aboard? Why after the two incidents this week was the device not detected before this ..continue reading
Records released yesterday show that Mayor Bloomberg of NYC spent $102 million of his own money to win a third term. The New York Times notes that it worked out to about $174 per vote. Bloomberg already spent $159 million on his previous two elections for mayor. He has spent more of his own money than anyone else in the US running for public office. Bloomberg outspent his Democratic opponent, Bill Thompson, 14 to 1 in this election.
Nice if you can afford it, but totally absurd.
Why should anyone be allowed to buy an election?
The irony is that Bloomberg helped instituted campaign finance reform in the City but elected not to participate.
I like Bloomberg and he may have been the better candidate for NYC at this time but two things must change. There must be limits on spending on elections and there should be a limit of two terms for this ..continue reading
There was a depressing article in the NY Times a few days ago.
The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Raquel Rolnik, a professor of urban planning at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, to tour areas of NYC to determine if affordable housing is so hard to find that it actually violates human rights.
She will check out neighborhoods in NYC and six other locations in the United States. She will then report back to the United Nations General Assembly about housing rights violations and advances and a letter will be sent to government agencies to confirm her findings and try to resolve the issues.
Professor Rolnik’s review and tour is to include the results of the government’s use of eminent domain to seize property; to the New York City Housing Authority’s Grant Houses in Harlem to see how public housing residents live; and to the Bronx to meet residents whose landlords are in foreclosure.
At a town ..continue reading
Saturday, October 17th, 2009   4:16 am | Author: Tony | Life
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The NY Times ran an article this morning titled The New York Minute.
For some reason all NY commuter trains leave a minute behind their scheduled departure time to allow for late running commuters to catch the trains.
The article states that the conductors have the discretion to leave on time but this unwritten rule has been observed for as long as anyone can remember.
I am not sure that this is true. I commuted to NYC for years and have missed several trains by cutting it too close. It seems to me that all of these trains left exactly on schedule. In several situations the conductors saw me running down the platform and still closed the doors.
Anyway now that this article has exposed this secret I am sure that many will make the mental adjustment and think they have the extra time resulting in many more missed trains.
An unscientific survey conducted by ..continue reading