The Web according to Samuel Rubenfeld, a journalist published in The Wall Street Journal, WSJ.com, Dow Jones Newswires, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram, The Hill, Village Voice, Newsday, Times of Middle Country and my alma mater's campus newspaper, The Hofstra Chronicle.
I write the Corruption Currents blog, which is hosted on the Wall Street Journal's website.
I'm 26 and I live in Astoria, Queens. I listen to a ton of music and read a lot about politics, public policy, the news media and the future of journalism. I also am a big fan of the Knicks, Jets and Mets. Expect a heavy dose of things to read.
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Transparency International released its Corruption Perceptions Index on Tuesday, and encouraged users — for the first time — to compare the results from one year to the next.
The Berlin-based anti-graft group, which has released its survey of surveys on how apparently corrupt countries are since 1995, changed its methodology in 2012 to score nations on a 100-scale, allowing for year-on-year comparisons, but only for 2012 ownward.
Nevertheless, the results at the top and bottom didn’t change much: In the 2013 edition, Denmark and New Zealand topped the chart, while Somalia, Afghanistan, and North Korea all tied for last place. The only change from 2012: Finland didn’t tie for first; it dropped to a tie for third with Sweden.
“A nice, fat crack of thunder beat down over the building and for a moment draped the scene in a pleasant, naked tranquility. I didn’t know if we would be able to finish our job at all, and I could tell from his look that Virgil was just as worried.”
“Sanchez was no fan favorite after four seasons as starter, but ESPN Stats & Information has found that Sanchez’s 2012 completion percentage against the blitz of 49.7 with 6.7 yards per attempt is nearly identical to Smith’s this year (49.2 and 6.8).”
To paraphrase Georges Clemenceau on Brazil, the New York Jets are the team of the future—and always will be. In 1969 the Jets tossed the pro football world on its head when the AFL upstart Jets were led by Joe Namath to a Super Bowl victory over the NFL old-guard team Baltimore Colts. Since then, the Jets have accomplished nothing—despite intermittent reboots of team management and proclamations that the future will soon be brighter.
The team has never been back to the Super Bowl; four times they were one victory away and lost. That makes one Super Bowl appearance from 1969 till now. Only the Detroit Lions and the Arizona (formerly the St. Louis) Cardinals have a worse won-lost record among franchises that have been around at least half a century.
Why has the team been so bad for so long? Blame a persistent shortsightedness among its leaders over the year.
“You can almost imagine a real good funk beat going on, and they’re really doing their thing out there," said Steve Otto, who farms about 70 acres of blueberries in southwest Michigan and participated in the test. He also impersonates Elvis on weekends.”
“Praise-baiting #longreads—rarely read, quite possibly not meant to be read, and laid out in formats that seem one twist of the dial away from a junior high school student’s GeoCities page circa 1997—litter the internet like the bodies of dead satellites orbiting the Earth.”
“In Dolan’s long run as the man in charge of the Knicks, the team has never won a title, and has often been inept. But if he has proved hapless at turning the Knicks into a consistently competitive team, he has shown some success in promoting J D & the Straight Shot. He has also appeared willing to flex his corporate muscle to boost the band.”
“Cleaning up or clearing out Willets Point has been a goal of nearly every mayor since the 1950s. The area is sometimes said to have inspired the “Valley of Ashes” described by F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Great Gatsby.” It began life as Flushing Creek swampland, then became a municipal dump, and evolved into the loose configuration of salvage yards and parts shops that currently exists. Today it is a place where men who say they are good with their hands and not much else can make a living, where poverty stuns with its rawness alongside immigrant strivers who insist that this is a rare place to make strides toward better lives. All-cash transactions are standard, employers often do not ask for immigration papers, and customers seem to accept that the trade-off for rock-bottom prices means not inquiring about a mechanic’s certification. For many undocumented or new immigrants, Willets Point represents a loophole through which to slip into gainful employment in America.”