“tonight i am DJing a party to celebrate the opening of this new communal workspace for internet startups in Williamsburg, and also to celebrate a new internet social media recommendation and interaction mechanism that is somehow connected with twitter, i am not sure i fully understand it. i wonder how many hours it would take to explain it to my grandma. maybe that could be like the new metric for measuring how conceptual/meta/post-modern whatever you’re doing is, for example like “yeah i’m writing this cloud-based internet application that is actually both a monetarily incentivized game and a social media tool and it also has a wiki-style user-updated database. as it stands i’m at 3 grandma-hours but if i integrate it with foursquare that’s gonna be another grandma-hour”—
“Are New Yorkers suddenly starting to believe that they are angry even though they are not, in fact, angry. It reminds me of my twins when they were infants. One would cry and then the other would cry because they thought they were the one that was upset. It’s no fault of New Yorkers who have never lived anywhere else not to understand how bat-shit crazy a ton of Americans are, and it’s not their fault that they don’t realize that these people happily manipulate a situation to appear morally superior while they satisfy their basest urges. But don’t ever believe that their anger is real. It’s protectionist, it’s bitter and it’s self-serving. And you know who a lot of America hates as much as they hate Muslims? New Yorkers. Just because you believe in Democracy doesn’t mean you have to honor their idiot ideas. You aren’t being elitist if you choose to disagree with and disrespect illiterate sociopaths. It’s not Grapes of Wrath out there people. Mama Joad isn’t making any beautiful speeches. It’s the dinner scene at the beginning of Talladega Nights and they all like to imagine Baby Jesus as a mischievous badger. They hate you, New York, for your freedom.”—
“Every couple months or so on Craigslist you’ll see a post under gigs asking for hipsters to come in audition/sing/whatevs for some show. What these wannabe producers don’t seem to realize is that though hipsters are self-selecting, the first rule of Hipster Club is to deny being a hipster. So what respectable cool kid would show up to this MTV cattle call for people who “drink PBR” have an “ironic mustache” “smoke Parliments” or “have asymetrical hair?” (Yes, that’s how they spelled it.) People who want to be on a program called I Just Want My Pants Back, obviously!”—MTV’s Craigslist Call For Hipsters (via b5media)
“New York was getting along just fine before a bunch of haters, egged on by the country’s most opportunist, nativist demagogues, promoted by Rupert Murdoch and funded by cynical right-wing industrialists like the Koch brothers, decided it was time to bring their tea party to NYC.”—Peter Feld
Glynnis wonders if this Mosque insanity isn’t New York reacting suddenly - snapping, really - to 9/11 in a way that was simply not possible nine years ago. More from her very smart piece:
New York in the weeks and months following 9/11 was a city full of shell-shocked residents learning to live with day-to-day fear. A 45-minute delay on the L-train was panic-inducing. Lights off at the Empire State building too early was enough to start rumors of bomb threats. A power plant explosion on the East Side of Manhattan in the summer of 2002 that shut power down on the downtown east side was enough to send people scrambling to the phone to find out if we were under attack again.
Adam Gopnik wrote a piece for the New Yorker in June of 2002 that said a drawing of New York City at that moment would show “8 million people, each person standing on a pole above an abyss of anxiety — not looking down, never looking down, looking only from side to side, warily.”
My point is this: In the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City, there was no emotional room for the sort of furor we have seen this mosque generate. None.
The worst thing we can do now, as we did then, is let our worst fears dictate our actions. The purpose of terrorism is to elicit exactly that kind of behavior.
“The Fox/Rush/Savage crowd in the last 18 months has taken the anti-Muslim fervor that launched a phony war in Iraq, carried George Bush to re-election, and pushed through the Patriot Act, and re-directed that anger at a domestic nonwhite enemy. In doing so they’ve achieved a perfect storm of political cross-purposes: they’ve almost completely succeeded in distracting the public from the real causes of their economic misfortune (i.e. Wall Street corruption), they’ve re-energized a Republican party that was devastated by eight years of Bush-era corruption and incompetence, and, as usual, they’ve made Rupert Murdoch a shitload of money. I’m convinced that none of the key actors here – the Wall Street banks shrieking about government takeovers and advertising on Rick Santelli’s CNBC, the Republican Party’s career hacks who have been scheming for a new horse to ride ever since Bush imploded, and the right-wing TV and radio networks – none of these actors is pushing this crazy movement out of any real desire to stoke a race war. For these institutional leaders and patrons of the Tea Party movement, this is all about material expediency: overcoming the real threat of new financial regulations after the crash, winning elections, and making TV profits. It’s just our bad luck that driving frustrated/broke white suburbanites into a race-hatred frenzy happens to be good business for these folks. And all of this is race-baiting-for-cash is borne out of the same short-term, indifferent-to-consequence thinking that we saw from the Wall Street guys in recent years — who created mountains of deadly leverage capable of destroying the global financial system for the sake of a few one-year bonuses.”—Matt Taibbi (via azspot)
“In Saudi Arabia you cannot build a church, yes, that’s the difference between Saudi Arabia and America. It’s plain and simple. If you like a mosque or don’t like a mosque, you don’t have to go. There’s already a mosque down there within four blocks of the World Trade Center, there’s porno places, there’s fast food places, it’s a vibrant community, it’s New York.”—Michael Bloomberg
I’m going to stay, and I’m going to work ten times harder. I can’t let them win. And it’s not my job to turn their volume down, it’s my job to turn mine up. Because I believe in myself and because I believe that we are much less mediocre than our current cultural moment wants us to be, I am going to stay and I am going to fucking work my ass off.
“The mere fact that the company didn’t release the phone function as a stand-alone app means that it isn’t specifically targeting Skype users. Instead, it aims at cementing “both Gmail and Google accounts as central to web user’s experiences” and setting the stage for a “rumored fall launch of a social networking service to compete with Facebook.” The phone service is just one more reason for users to log in to gmail, and when Google Me (the networking site) emerges the company will be able to tap these diverse consumers.”—Erik Hayden
The reason I’m calling you out instead of all the other magazines that make stories up out of thin air is that In Touch and Star Magazine aren’t concurrently writing pieces about Pat Tillman or WikiLeaks. Those other rags know who they are, and even if they’re obnoxious, I’d rather have to live with them because they (and the rest of the world) know where they stand, which doesn’t make them one tenth as dangerous as you are. You’re a stripper wearing reading glasses. Or maybe you’re an insolvent law student willing to dance for a few extra dollars. Either way, it’s uncomfortable to watch you try to wrap yourself around a pole when you have that C-Span scar.
I’m not a politician. I have no celebrity endorsements. So it is with a clear conscience that I’m able to title your piece on this post, should you decide to try make a few more bucks for whatever body wash or slasher flick you’re hocking today.
That’s not good enough for America. That’s not good enough for the 21st century. So today, I’m announcing a new initiative — a national water policy to deal with situations where, because of hurricanes or flooding, there’s too much water, or with situations where, because of drought, there’s too little. We’ll assemble a group of scientists and engineers from across the spectrum of studies — from geography to hydrology — and we’ll invite our friends from the Netherlands, who have seven centuries of history in learning how to live with water, to join in drafting a policy that can adapt with the changes that we know lie ahead.
If we have to, we’ll create a new agency to execute this policy, to work with state and local partners in a constructive and cooperative way. Not because we want to add a new agency to the federal government, but because the old one clearly hasn’t worked. When you kill the people you’re pledged to protect, that’s reason enough to change.
”—Harry Shearer writes President Obama’s Katrina 5th Anniversary Speech
I am tired of people using what happened to my city as the basis for their hate. I am tired of people so fundamentally misinterpreting our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I am tired of people turning the word “Muslim” into the word “terrorist.”
We are coming dangerously close to a point in our history where those who died on D-Day and are buried in French soil at Normandy died for naught. Those men saved my dad. Those men defeated a tyrant. Those men died to ensure others could have the freedoms it is so often said we take for granted. It is our duty, our most important job as citizens, to make sure their sacrifice continues to be for the cause of freedom, justice and acceptance.
We need to take a stand. We need to stop this madness. I will fight to protect what America stands for at all costs. If I have to stand in front of that Mosque with a shotgun so young Muslim children can safely pray to their God, I will. We are allowing a scary and dangerous faction to control the course of our society. If it takes force to stop them, then this is what we must do. The stakes are too high. It is time rational people took a stand. It is time Americans took a stand.