What kind of country would throw a guy in prison for a year for making a stupid Youtube video? Oh, OUR kind of country. Never mind.
Egyptian-American Nakoula Basseley Nakoula spent a year in an American prison for using the Internet without first asking the U.S. government’s permission—a violation of his parole for an earlier crime.
Because it was necessary to imprison Nakoula to deflect attention from a terrorist attack against the U.S. before an election, however, many were cool with his jailing. Anyway, back to criticizing what the UAE is doing to American citizens making silly Youtube videos:
American citizen Shez Cassim is jailed in Abu Dhabi for posting a comedy video on the Internet. Help raise awareness and support Shez with this shirt.
All proceeds will be donated to the Free Shezanne Cassim Fund.
Ask not for “hoo”-m the tea boils; it boils for thee.
*insert clever caption using “hoo” as a pun*
Open to Bears (by thelexiphane) The water was chilly and snow covered the beach and rock piers, but a layer of the white stuff makes sand easier to clean from one’s feet, so it’s got that going for it.
A Conservative Addition to The High Line (by thelexiphane)
Cary Tamarkin’s 10-story 15-unit condo building at 508 W24th Street is filling out just an arm’s reach from The High Line. The ribbon bands of casement windows and concrete spandrel panels are reminiscent of early 20th century modernist warehouses like the Starrett-Lehigh Building to the northwest on 26th Street. The design pedigree may be almost a century old, but it’s a welcome change from the pervasive sense of arbitrary nouveau on display at buildings like HL23 (in the background) and 245 Tenth Avenue (invisible behind this shot, but I can almost hear its irregularly paneled facade shouting for attention over my shoulder). The smallest apartment in 508 W24th is reportedly a 3BR priced at $4.15M, privacy curtains not included.
A TBT shot from 2010. Shooting the Christmas decorations at Rockefeller Center with ten thousand other people. One of my first Girl With the Canon 7D photos. Great times.
Scotchy Scotch Scotch!
After donning your finest polyester and dousing yourself in Sex Panther cologne, there is no faster way to impress the ladies than approaching the bar and ordering a glass of Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch Whiskey. The bottle indicates that it is a Scotchy Scotch Scotch released under the banner of “Great Odin’s Raven” Special Reserve.
A bottle has been cracked behind the horseshoe bar at 7B in the East Village, and bartender Becka reports that the taste is “like Dewars with something artificially sweet.” The bar may not be serving it, but Becka shares that the public can pick up a bottle for themselves at Warehouse Wines & Spirits on Broadway north of 8th Street. We bet that unlike milk on a hot afternoon, Ron Burgundy Scotch Whiskey is a choice you’ll never regret, until tomorrow.
Author John Durant is introduced with moderator John Tierney (NYTimes) at a book party for The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health. The event was presented by Reason at the Museum of Sex at 23rd & Fifth Avenue, where the basement contains a bar rather than an S&M dungeon.
Durant described his book as divided into three parts: past, present, and future. The past is a short history of humanity and its evolutionary adaptation to a certain diet. The present is an examination of the current state of food, fasting, and movement. And the future is a speculative look at what may be on the horizon in the course of humanity and scientific development.
In an odd turn, but one that Durant seemed eager to discuss and an issue that he felt may offer the most long-lasting impressions from the book in the ever-shifting field of nutritional science, Tierney and Durant spent a long time discussing the Kashrut, or historic dietary guidelines of the Jewish people. Dalton believes that the kosher principles codified in their religion helped Jewish people maintain an elevated level of public health throughout history, and contributed to a belief that they were favored by God.
I haven’t read The Paleo Manifesto yet, but if Durant’s prose is as engaging as his public speaking it is probably an interesting read. Durant is also a fellow Coney Island Polar Bear, so he gets the early benefit of the doubt in my book.
NB: Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch was also on hand at the event with Lisa Kennedy Montgomery to announce that they will commence a nightly broadcast called “The Independents” on the Fox Business Network beginning December 9th. The pair will be joined by third co-host Kmele Foster and a rotating panel of guests. The show will air weeknights (minus Thursdays) at 9p on FBN. It’s always nice to see Kennedy around town.
Full video of the talk:
Great moments in file photo selection: the train crash survivor.
Dr. Joel Zaritsky survived Sunday’s horrific Metro-North Hudson Line crash in the Bronx and is “so happy to be alive.” Less fortunately, The Poughkeepsie Journal used their photo on file for Zaritsky, who is a dentist and also a children’s party magician. The paper’s file photo doesn’t really match the tenor of a grim tale of survival, which ends with this kicker:
“They were cut up so badly … from going through the windows,” he said. “I still feel like I was in a dream. I have never been through anything so horrible in my life.”
Any #Xmas tree is a great tree. In the cellar @ Millbrook Winery.