Dear John Boehner (R-OH), Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Mike Pence (R-IN),
Concerning this: Please look up what “Natural Disaster” means. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is NOT a natural disaster. The same way that Chernobyl was not a natural disaster. Using PR terms for sympathy is not the same as action. Do you expect us to trust in your abilities to create policy when you cannot understand the very definition of the issue? This is not “Natural” but man made. A man made disaster. So, to be clear, we do not need policy protecting oil companies from nature, we need policy protecting nature from oil companies negligence.
Social media analytics company Sysomos used its platform to analyze the Twitter followers of celebrities, social media heavyweights and news sources. Sysmos found that the Twitter followers of social media heavyweights were the most influential of the bunch and followers of celebrities by contrast, have little to no authority.
Sysomos assigned authority rankings from zero to ten for followers based on the number of their followers, following, updates, retweets and other undisclosed factors. On average, the most-followed celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears have followers with zero influence.
Teachable moments are rare in America. George Bush missed the chance right after 9/11 to call for a new era of service to the nation; he asked instead that Americans do more shopping.
Tuesday night, President Obama did not call for a tax on carbon. He didn’t even ask the Senate to pass the…
"Call me old fashioned but I still think democracy is better than corporatist negotiation. And when we have a president as articulate and thoughtful as the one we now have — more capable than almost any occupant of the Oval Office in modern times to educate the public about real challenges and real solutions — he and his advisors do a disservice to the American people when they make the important deals in secret." - Robert Reich
“Some material things make my life more enjoyable; many, however, would not. I like having an expensive private plane, but owning a half-dozen homes would be a burden. Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.”—Warren Buffett (via joshmohrer) (via rachellehruska) (via blakeley) (via soupsoup)
“I’m not speaking for anybody in the House of Representatives but myself, but I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case a $20-billion shakedown…I apologize. I do not wanna live in a country where any time a citizen or corporation does something legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown, so I apologize.”—
Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward during his opening statement at the House hearing on the oil spill this morning. You stay classy GOP! (via cajunboy) (via soupsoup)
“No one can teach you what a great friend is, what a fair-weather friend is, what a treacherous and betraying friend is except to have a great friend, a fair-weather friend or a treacherous and betraying friend,” said Michael Thompson, a psychologist who is an author of the book “Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children.”
If I didn’t know better, I might think Republican lawmakers actively dislike — on a personal level — those who’ve lost their jobs in the recession.
One GOP congressman recently compared the unemployed to “hobos.” Several Republicans have blocked extended benefits for the unemployed. In the House, GOP lawmakers tried to eliminate a successful jobs program.
But Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is taking Republican revulsion for the jobless to new depths…
ESPN to broadcast live from WOODWORK BK this Saturday!
For those who don’t know I started and ran a soccer club that was called Harchester United (after the fictional team in the BBC drama “Dream Team”) in 2007 that mutated to a team called the Brooklyn Gunners around 2008. The club has two teams. One in the Gotham Soccer League. One in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. We haven’t won any trophies yet but the head of the club, Chef Ross, always wanted to open up a soccer bar. Well, this past year he did. And now with the World Cup on its way, ESPN will be broadcasting live from the establishment this Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm during the England/USA cup match. Take a look at the press release and spread the word. This is a very cool bar with great food for footie and foodie fans alike and nicely priced drinks (good wine list). Don’t be intimidated. This is not a sports bar and is the best place to hang in Prospect Heights by far (and A + G) should know as we used to live there from ‘99 to 2003. Let’s go Stars and Stripes! - G
ESPN is broadcasting LIVE from Woodwork on Vanderbilt Avenue on Saturday, June 12th!
Please find below and attached a press release with images and the official poster on Vanderbilt Avenue Summer Streets 2010, a CHILD and FAMILY-ORIENTED event. In addition to the information in the release, Woodwork, on Vanderbilt and Dean will be hosting a World Cup viewing hosted by ESPNdoing a live broadcast from the venue and featuring a large outdoor viewing area on Saturday, June 12th. And there will be a “passport” raffle featuring discounts and prizes from several of the merchants, with the top prizes being an iPad, sports tickets, concert tickets and gift certificates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vanderbilt Avenue Trades Honking Horns for Dancing Beats
NEW YORK, May 26, 2010 – Saturday, June 12th, and Sundays June 20th and 27th from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Vanderbilt Avenue between Dean Street and Park Place will trade cars for pedestrians, and honking horns for dancing beats. Presented by the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District (VAMD) and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC, www.phndc.org), 2010 will mark the second annual Summer Streets on Vanderbilt. Says Latisha Daring, VAMD Vice President and local business owner, “This year, expect more! More music, more dancing, and more art, and as always, there will be plenty of surprises!”
Vanderbilt Avenue, gaining popularity as a Brooklyn mecca for good food and hot trends, may be going car-free for Summer Streets, but expect buzzling traffic as local regulars and first-time visitors gather for outdoor dining, live music, people watching and recreation. Whether pint-sized, or of pint drinking age, there will be attractions for the entire family. Expect an inflatable soccer shooter and Fuse Ball games to the World Cup screening, face painting and henna art, hula hoop contests, African dance, capoiera, and hip hop tutorials, cooking demonstrations and even a kids fashion show. While local bands and DJs take center stage, restaurants will flood into the streets as passersby stop to sample the complimentary local cuisine or sit to enjoy an outdoor dining experience. Daring reiterates the emphasis on family-fun at Summer Streets, “all activities are designed to strengthen the community and bring our children together.”
Home to the Brooklyn Museum, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Prospect Park, and an extensive network of public transportation, Ellen F. Salpeter, director of Heart of Brooklyn, referred to Prospect Heights in a 2009 Newsday article as “the gold coast of Brooklyn.” With so many landmarks grouped together, the area is already a destination in the city, but with more restaurants, bars and trendy boutiques opening daily, many on Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights is becoming even more of a Brooklyn hotspot and middle class melting pot. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder celebrities have taken notice; Summer Streets’ very own Vanderbilt Avenue is just steps away from the homes of Entourage star Adrien Grenier, Batman’s Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dawson’s Creek alum Michelle Williams and it is rumored hip hop and pop power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé have purchased a penthouse overlooking Prospect Park.
Summer Streets on Vanderbilt evolved after a similar program ran along Park Avenue in Manhattan in 2008. 2010 marks the second annual effort to bring the spirit of a healthier, more livable and sustainable city to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, NY. Summer Streets is sponsored by PHNDC and the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District, in cooperation with the NYC Department of Transportation, Heart of Brooklyn and the Independence Community Foundation.