“I’m tempted to call them “my” Knicks, but using the personal pronoun amounts to an exercise in self-flagellation.”
— Escalating Crisis of Faith for Knicks’ True Believers - NYTimes.com
11:09 pm • 22 December 2013 • 1 note
Top records of 2013
- Iron Chic — The Constant One
- Night Marchers — Allez Allez
- Speedy Ortiz — Major Arcana
- Modern Life is War — Fever Hunting
- Night Birds — Born to Die in Suburbia
- Ghostface Killah — Twelve Reasons to Die
- Radioactivity — S/T
- Restorations — LP2
- My Bloody Valentine — m b v
- Big Eyes — Almost Famous
- Nine Inch Nails — Hesitation Marks
- Diarrhea Planet — I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
- Marnie Stern — The Chronicles of Marnia
- The Men — New Moon
- Chumped — S/T
- Girls Against Boys — The Ghost List
- Against Me! — True Trans
- Superchunk — I Hate Music
- Plow United — Marching Band
- The Julie Ruin — Run Fast
- Capsula — Solar Secrets
- Future of the Left — How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
- Wild Moth — S/T
Best records I discovered in 2013 but not released in 2013
- The Marked Men — Ghosts
- Knapsack — This Conversation is Ending Starting Right Now
A playlist of tracks from each album is available here.
5:51 pm • 20 December 2013 • 10 notes
“According to the New York Times, “In almost every instance, the player tasked with dressing up as St. Nick at the annual party (during the last decade) either sustained a major injury, left the team or saw a huge drop in production the very next season.””
Curse of the Mets’ Santa Suit - Metsblog
11:00 am • 19 December 2013 • 40 notes
Boardwalk, Coney Island Stratton’s Walk looking from Surf Avenue to the Boardwalk, December 19, 1922. Photo by Edward E. Rutter
10:53 am • 19 December 2013 • 59 notes
“The season is teetering on the edge of disaster and it’s going to take a miracle to pull it back, even before factoring in that they lost Pablo Prigioni to a broken toe in the third quarter (he’ll be out two weeks) and will be leaving Amar’e Stoudemire home with sore knees tonight, just as he was hitting his stride. They’re still without Raymond Felton, who will be out 2-3 weeks with a myriad of lower body aches and pains. The Knicks are so desperate for a point guard they called Chris Smith up from the D-League today, obviously forgetting that he’s not actually an NBA-caliber player and is only around because he’s the kid brother of their struggling small forward. Oh, and Kenyon Martin is out two weeks with a strained abdominal muscle. The Knicks are a barren wasteland. Even more than usual.”
— This Week In Knicks: Long Slog To Nowhere Picks Up Pace: Gothamist
6:37 pm • 18 December 2013 • 2 notes
US Names al Qaeda Breakaway Group as Foreign Terror Network - Risk & Compliance - WSJ
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it named al-Mulathamun Battalion as a foreign terrorist organization.
The group, originally part of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, separated itself in late 2012 after its leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, split from the Qaeda branch, the State Department said in a statement.
Mr. Belmokhtar. who was placed under U.S. sanctions in 2003, was charged in July in an eight-count indictment with his alleged participation in the January 2013 terrorist attack on a Western-owned gas processing facility near In Amenas, Algeria. There is a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his location.
12:50 pm • 18 December 2013
“A Brooklyn resident wants to name the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington streets after the hip-hop trio, marking the corner shown on the cover of their groundbreaking 1989 album “Paul’s Boutique.””
— Lower East Side Corner Could Be Named ‘Beastie Boys Square’ - DNAinfo.com New York (via goldman)
12:52 am • 18 December 2013 • 3 notes
Dear Print Journalists: The World Hates You.
According to Gallup, only 21 percent of people think that newspaper reporters have “very high” or “high” honesty and ethical standards.
Though honestly, how many newspaper reporters are left out there anyway?
6:19 pm • 17 December 2013 • 15 notes
HSBC Fined $32,000 for Sanctions Violations - Risk & Compliance - WSJ
HSBC Bank USA, the U.S. unit of HSBC Holdings PLC, agreed on Tuesday to pay $32,400 to resolve sanctions violations.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the penalty in a notice quietly posted to its website. It said the bank voluntarily disclosed the apparent violations, and they constituted a non-egregious case.
“OFAC concluded that the apparent violations…were not the result of willful or reckless conduct,” the notice said.
According to the notice, HSBC handled transactions in late 2010 and early 2011 worth about $40,000 that benefited Tajco, a company involved in international trade and real estate owned by Husayn Tajideen, both of which were placed under U.S. sanctions in December 2010 for financing Hezbollah.
6:11 pm • 17 December 2013 • 2 notes