A winter storm has dumped nearly 58cm of snow on Washington DC and Baltimore, before moving on to Philadelphia and New York, paralysing road, rail and airline travel along the US east coast.
At least 10 states declared weather emergencies on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time), aiming to get a handle on highways made impassable by the drifting snow and to shore up coastal areas where the blizzard conditions raised the danger of flooding.
High winds battered the region, reaching 110km per hour in Wallops Island, Virginia, late on Friday (Saturday NZT), said meteorologist Greg Gallina of the National Weather Service.
Go Places You Have Never Been
Adore your subjects
Photographer Diane Arbus’s distinctive portraits showed the world how crazy (and beautiful) New Yorkers were in the 1950s and ’60s.
Arbus took a lot of photographs of marginalized individuals in society (transgender, dwarfs, circus people, etc) and of course she had her natural prejudices when she took photographs (as we all do). Her individuals would try to present themselves to the world in a certain way, but other people might perceive them in a different way.
For example, if someone dressed up as a rock star with chains and spiked studs, they may feel that they are giving off the image that they are powerful and cool. However an outsider might see this as frightening, and something abhorrent.
“Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot. It was one of the first things I photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me. I just used to adore them. I still adore some of them, I don’t quite mean they’re my best friends but they made me feel a mixture of shame and awe.
There’s a quality of legend about freaks. Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.”
Only the most slow-witted politician could ever think that banning toy guns is going to reduce gun crime.
It appears that New York has a good amount of slow-witted politicians.
Three dozen online retailers will no longer be able to sell realistic-looking toy guns in New York, according to PressConnects.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement this week with 30 online toy gun retailers who sell their products through Amazon.com. Through Amazon, those retailers sold over 5,000 “imitation weapons” – toy guns that look real – in New York that are illegal because they did not meet state safety standards.
In August, Schneiderman had announced an agreement with Amazon.com, Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and California-based ACTA for them to stop selling imitation toy guns. They also had to pay a $300,000 fine. Read more »
Gobby TV and radio presenter Jack Tame got a lesson on why blokes with the body of a half sucked throatie shouldn’t get into fights.
TVNZ journalist and Newstalk ZB host Jack Tame has been punched in the head after he tried to intervene in a fight in New York City.
Tame, who lives in New York as TVNZ’s US correspondent, said he was leaving his apartment in Spanish Harlem when he saw a couple arguing in the street.
“They were swearing and yelling at each other when suddenly the man hit the woman really hard in the side of the head,” he told the Herald. Read more »
Shot By A Lunatic
President William McKinley was shot by an anarchist on September 6, 1901. McKinley was in good spirits after the assassination attempt, but he died from gangrene a week later. The people attending to the President—and even McKinley himself—made mistakes that made his death more likely.
Leon Czolgosz stood in line and counted the people between him and the President of the United States. Nondescript, dressed in a dark suit, and wearing an innocent expression, Czolgosz (pronounced chlgsh) looked younger than his 28 years. He had waited for more than two hours in 82-degree heat on September 6, 1901, for his turn to shake hands with President William McKinley, who was visiting the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
It was the first year of the new century, a perfect time to reflect on the nation’s rise in world prominence and to speculate on the future. The exposition, a world’s fair that celebrated the Americas’ industrial progress and achievement, had attracted visitors from around the world. The event was more than halfway through its six-month run when President McKinley, the most popular chief executive since Abraham Lincoln, arrived.
McKinley’s final public appearance in Buffalo was an afternoon reception in the Temple of Music, an ornate red-brick hall on the exposition grounds. Since being elected president in 1896, McKinley had been notorious for discounting his own personal safety at public appearances, and he had repeatedly resisted attempts by his personal secretary, George Cortelyou, to cancel this event. Cortelyou had argued that it wasn’t worth the risk to greet such a small number of people, but the 58-year-old president refused to change his mind. ‘Why should I?’ he asked. ‘Who would want to hurt me?’
A Crazy Need To Be A Star!
No-one did any Fact Checking on Her Story for About Six years..
Why didn’t anyone sense something was amiss?
Tania Head was full of lies.
Tania Head, was a wonderful 9/11 impostor—She was The President and Spokesperson for the World Trade Centre Survivors Network, despite Not being a World Trade Centre survivor… and also a prominent advocate for 9/11 widows who had Not, in fact, lost a husband. Or a fiancé, as she referred to a man named Dave, who had actually died in the attacks.
Dave’s family had never heard of Tania, which is no surprise, since she was a Spanish business-school student who had spent September 11, in Barcelona.
Alicia Esteve Head, a.k.a. Tania, Head claimed she lost consciousness while still in the North Tower and awoke five days later, in a hospital, to learn her fiancé had died there.
Her story had more holes in it than a pair of fishnet stockings, and it’s not like she invented concocting fake 9/11 stories to get attention. Still, when a victim crawls from the rubble of a countries worst disaster with a dead fiancé, it’s a very risky move calling bull. So, nobody did.
America took Head into their hearts both as a victim and as the woman who publicly fought for the cause of the 9/11 survivors, she became infamous as the woman who made it all up.
Head had never worked for Merrill Lynch, which she claimed as her employer at the time of the attacks, and had never visited the offices of the Fiduciary Trust Company, on the 96th floor of the South Tower, where she claimed she was when Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. (She had reached the 78th floor and was waiting for an express elevator down, she said, when the second plane made impact above her.) On her way out of the building, she often told trauma groups, reporters, and 9/11 victims, she encountered a badly injured man who passed her his wedding ring and asked that she return it to his wife.
Murray McCully’s department is out of control.
MFaT has blown more than $11 million on an apartment for our ambassador to the UN.
Hells teeth even at New York prices that is a whole lot of hootenanny gone a begging when it would have been cheaper to rent.
The Government has shelled out almost $11 million on a luxury New York apartment for our man at the United Nations.
Gerard van Bohemen, who was previously deputy secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and responsible for multilateral and legal affairs, was appointed New Zealand’s new permanent representative at the United Nations in February.
The US$7.9 million pied-a-terre in Manhattan’s Zeckendorf Development’s 50 United Nations Plaza lists the buyer as “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of New Zealand”.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the apartment in New York had been bought as the residence for the Head of Mission.
He said it cost $10,975,228.
“This follows a decision to sell the old residence, which is now on the market.”
The Day Albert Einstein Died
A Photographer’s Story
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
Photo taken mere hours after Einstein died, April 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey.
A journalist decided to test how safe the streets of Paris are for Jews – by wearing a religious skullcap and filming the public’s reaction using a hidden camera.
Zvika Klein, a reporter for Jewish news outlet NRG, silently walked in the city for ten hours wearing a kippah – also known as a yarmulke – on his head and a tzitzit (knotted ritual tassels).
And the shocking hidden camera footage shows antisemitism is rife in the French capital as he is seen harassed and intimidated.
As he wanders around neighbourhoods wearing the garments associated with his faith, he is spat at, threatened and even called a ‘dog’.
Klein was inspired by a YouTube video in which a New York woman filmed the sexist remarks she endured in 10 hours of walking the streets of the Big Apple
After the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last month, where four Jews were murdered for their faith, he decided to record what life was really was like for a Jew living in Paris.
Posting the video on YouTube, he wrote: ‘Welcome to Paris 2015, where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution, and where keffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner.’
He spent a day in Paris with a bodyguard while photographer Dov Belhassen documented the day using a GoPro camera hidden in his backpack.
He wandered through Jewish neighborhoods, around the Eiffel Tower, and then through mostly Muslim neighborhoods.
In an article accompanying the video, he said tourist attractions were ‘relatively calm’ – ‘but the further from them we walked, the more anxious I became over the hateful stares, the belligerent remarks, and the hostile body language,’ he wrote.
Boys shouted ‘Viva Palestine’ and as he passes a group of youths, one remarks: ‘I’m joking, the dog will not eat you’.
Fingers were pointed at him in a cafe – and moments later, thugs awaited him on a street corner, he adds.
A little boy was shocked at his appearance in his neighbourhood, he reports. ‘What is he doing here Mommy?‘ he asked. ‘Doesn’t he know he will be killed?’
It comes as Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the mass emigration of Jews from Europe to escape the rising tide of antisemitic terror attacks.
Netanyahu said Europe was no longer a safe haven for Jews following attacks in Paris and Copenhagen – adding that Israel is now the only country in the world where Jews can feel safe.
His comments sparked fury from Jewish groups and were promptly refuted by the leaders of France, Germany and Denmark.
But Mr Klein’s video shows, in Paris, Jews ‘are barred from entering certain areas’.
‘Is this what life is like for Paris’ Jews?’ he reports. ‘Is this what a Jew goes through, day in and day out, while walking to work or using public transportation?’
He adds the majority of French Jews ‘do not flaunt their religion’ and Jewish community leaders have urged them to wear hats as they walk to and from work.
But at night?
‘Jews prefers to stay inside in the evening,’ he says. ‘It is safer at home.‘
– Daily Mail