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VIDEO: Are You A Fan Of Odd NYC Trivia? WATCH ‘New York City: The Beauty Of Randomness’

by on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Travel

Hulu’s Up To Speed program travels the country in search of places of interest you would never find in a travel book. In this episode, the show’s eccentric tour guide, Timothy “Speed” Levitch, takes Manhattan, revealing some of the city’s completely ignored, yet highly fascinating, spots.

Here are just a few of the questions that Speed tackles in this episode:

  • Where is the actual subway grate Marilyn Monroe stood on, in which a wind gust blew her dress into the air? 
  • Why did Broadway, which runs diagonally, refuse to play ball when much of the city was laid out as a grid, and why does it curve in parts, rather than continue as a straight line?
  • What was the true inspiration for the design of the Statue of Liberty?



WATCH: The Origins Of #OccupyWallStreet: An Interview With Adbusters’ Micah White

by on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 1:35 am EDT in Occupy Wall Street, Politics

For those wondering how the revolutionary #OccupyWallStreet movement — which now spans the entire globe — came into being, look no further than Vancouver’s activist magazine & website, Adbusters, and its Senior Editor, Micah White.

In this interview, White discusses the movement’s origins, its leaderless (general assembly) decision-making model — vital to ensuring it doesn’t get co-opted, and its underlying goal: economic justice.


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The original concept behind the #OccupyWallStreet movement, was outlined in a July 13, 2011 Adbusters post entitled: #OCCUPYWALLSTREET: A shift in revolutionary tactics.

This post was followed by a succession of Tweets (the first few shown here) which would go on to “launch a thousand ships:”

Wall Street Protesters Plan To Turn Lower Manhattan Into America’s ‘Tahrir Square’

by on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm EDT in Occupy Wall Street, Politics

Numbers growing at the #occupywallstreet protest. Shouts of "Shut It Down!"

Thousands of peaceful protesters have descended on New York City’s financial district today to send a loud message to President Barack Obama: “End the influence money has over our representatives in Washington”.

The protesters intend to create a ‘city of tents’ and remain there for as long as it takes for their “one demand” to be met.

The organizers, including Vancouver-based Adbusters Magazine, US Day of Rage, the Anonymous hacktivist group, and the people of the NYC General Assembly, hope to press the US government to take action against its own corporate hijacking — a result of the recent controversial Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United.

As expressed by the organizers:

Unfortunately, free and fair elections are a thing of the past in America. Because of recent Supreme Court decisions, money is flowing freely and unaccountably into the American electoral process. Elections will be swayed by interests opposed to those of the United States. Corporations, even those owned by foreign shareholders, will and do use money to act as the voices of millions, while individual citizens, the legitimate voters, are silenced and demoralized by the farce of American Democracy. 

The President and the First Lady, ironically enough, will be in New York City this Monday (Sept 19-20) schmoozing those same moneyed-interests at a private $38,500 per person Park Avenue fundraising event. The protesters hope to extend an invitation to the President to come downtown and to “join our people’s assembly”.

At the OccupyWallStreet website, the organizers describe the protesters as every American, apart from the corrupted establishment:

Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.

There are solidarity protests also being held in other parts of the world, including Milan, Madrid, Valencia, London, Lisbon, Athens, San Francisco, Santander, Madison, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and now Algeria and Israel.

Here is footage of the protests:

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You can continue to watch the protests via this live feed: LiveStream 

Twitter hashtags to follow: #OccupyWallStreet, #TakeWallStreet, #Sep17 

Organizer Twitter Accts: @Adbusters, @USDayOfRage, @AnonOps, @OccupyWallSt

EDIT: Originally, the number of protesters was estimated to be “Tens of thousands”. In light of new information that estimate has been revised.

WATCH: Big Country Performs ‘Inwards’ Live @ The Pier in New York City – 1986

by on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 10:06 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Hailing from Dunfermline, Scotland, Big Country literally roared onto the world stage in 1983 with their debut album, The Crossing. The album sold over one million copies in the UK alone, and due to the success of its single ‘In a Big Country‘ the album quickly climbed into the US Billboard Top 20 and achieved Gold […]

Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko

by on Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

If you want it. Happy Christmas! Let it be a good year for peace and compassion.

MUSIC VIDEO: Saint Etienne – ‘Nothing Can Stop Us Now’ – 1991

by on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 1:06 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

This British trio has managed to successfully infuse amazing modern dance club music with the spirit of 1963 over a period that spans twenty years. I was fortunate enough to have seen them play their very first US performance in New York City (with Grant Lee Buffalo and American Music Club) at the Manhattan Center […]

Max Blumenthal Attended Pro-Israel Rally In NYC Celebrating Gaza Attack

by on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:43 am EDT in Middle East, World

Max Blumenthal attended a Pro-Israel rally in New York City in celebration of the annihilation of Gaza (Operation Cast Lead).  He interviewed many of the rally attendees to get their perspective on what had just happened. He reran this video on his blog today, under the title: ‘Gaza, Never Forget’ in memory of the Gaza […]