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Queens, the neglected stepchild

Mayor John V. Lindsay walked along Jewel Avenue in Queens on Feb. 11, 1969, after a blizzard prompted loud criticism of his administration.

Forty years ago this week, a snowstorm struck New York City, eventually killing 42 people — half of them in Queens — and injuring 288 others. The blizzard prompted a political crisis that became legendary in the annals of municipal politics, nearly brought down the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay and offered an instructive lesson to elected officials in the politics of snow removal.

Guantánamo, Bagram, Anwar al-Awlaki, and domestic surveillance

Very accessible interview on Guantánamo, Bagram, Anwar al-Awlaki, and domestic surveillance: International Socialist Review: Obama’s national security state: Interview with Michael Ratner

Gallup: Four in 10 Americans Believe in Strict Creationism

PRINCETON, NJ — Four in 10 Americans, slightly fewer today than in years past, believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago. Thirty-eight percent believe God guided a process by which humans developed over millions of years from less advanced life forms, while 16%, up slightly from years past, believe humans developed over millions of years, without God’s involvement.

CP 1919

(via Yimmy’s Yayo)

What’s for lunch: Cheetos with cheese?

Recently, Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel visited with some high school students in California, one of whom shared with him the gory tale of hot Cheetos with melted cheese on top. In a bag. With a fork. Lunch on the go! We asked our mole, Rameen, to send us a picture. Whoahhhhh.

Merry Christmas

City Will Require Police to Report on School Arrests

Noah Rosenberg, City Will Require Police to Report on School Arrests, N.Y. Times, Dec. 21, 2010, at A30.

The New York City Council voted on Monday to require the Police and Education Departments to produce regular reports on arrests, summonses and suspensions of public school students, a victory for civil liberties advocates who say that the school police have sometimes been too aggressive in trying to keep order.

The measure, which was introduced in August 2008, was approved unanimously after compromises were made to satisfy the police and education officials….

NYT: Los Angeles Schools to Seek Sponsors

Jennifer Medina, Los Angeles Schools to Seek Sponsors, Dec. 16, 2010, at A22.

The football field at a public school here, in the second largest school district in the country, soon may be brought to students by Nike.

Facing another potential round of huge budget cuts, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday night to allow the district to seek corporate sponsorships as a way to get money to the schools.

YouTube: The Flirts – Danger (1983)

Dumbledore Would Not Put Up With This Shit

A student protester stands on a barrier in Parliament Square on December 9, 2010 in London, England. Parliament was voting on whether to implement the coalition Government's proposals to increase university tuition fees in England from 3,290 GBP to 9,000 GBP.

A protester stands beside a statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London, on December 9, 2010.

(via The Big Picture)