“Growing up in Austin, Texas smoked BBQ is in our blood. Every Saturday night my parents would get mesquite and hickory burning in our 8 foot backyard smoker (that my dad had welded together) and tend to its fire overnight. On Sunday afternoon, right after church, we had us a good ol’ time. We wanted to offer a “Meatopia” of our favorite meats and the Butcher’s Platter was born—a sampler of burnt end brisket, pork belly, and ribs topped with mac and cheese and bacon-string beans. Just like Momma’s Sunday BBQ!” Orlando Sanchez, Executive Chef, Butcher Bar, 37-08 30th Ave, Astoria, (718) 606-8140, butcherbar.com
This is around the block from me.
11:37 am • 27 April 2013 • 22 notes
Jets fans reacting to the Geno Smith pick. Because, why not?
Just End The Season.
2:26 am • 27 April 2013 • 169 notes
Not Your Ordinary Bookstore
Argentina’s El Ataneo Grand Splendid opened as a theater in 1919, later became a cinema and is now a bookstore.
Images: El Ataneo Grand Splendid, via Atlas Obscura.
I’ve been here, and yes it’s as amazing as it looks.
5:14 pm • 26 April 2013 • 1,876 notes
Appeals Court Declines Challenge to Extractive Payments Rule - Risk & Compliance - WSJ
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that those challenging a rule mandating oil, gas and mining companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments must first fight the rule in district court.
The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute and other business groups, contends that the rule, promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, creates too great a cost burden on business, and violates the First Amendment by requiring speech that may be used in political advocacy.
The decision by a three-judge appeals panel doesn’t rule on the merits of their case, but noted that the trade groups also filed suit in U.S. District Court out of an abundance of caution.
“Their caution proved prescient,” the court said.
2:04 pm • 26 April 2013
Well, this is something I saw while walking home today. And, suffice it to say - that’s not something you see every day.
This is why I’m proud to know you
8:31 pm • 25 April 2013 • 56 notes
French Man Indicted in FCPA Obstruction Case - Risk & Compliance - WSJ
A French citizen accused in the U.S. of obstructing a foreign-bribery probe was indicted Thursday on five counts for his alleged role in the case.
The five-count indictment, filed in the Southern District of New York, charges Frederic Cilins, who was arrested April 14 in Jacksonville, Fla., with agreeing to pay an individual to provide him documents so he could destroy them before they were produced for a grand jury.
He was also charged with directing an individual to make false statements to the FBI by producing and providing an affidavit containing the false statements, and agreeing to pay the person to sign the document.
Cilins’ lawyer didn’t respond to requests for comment. His next court appearance in Florida is scheduled for April 29.
6:48 pm • 25 April 2013
Today we quickly charted the announcement of subway stations equipped with wi-fi and cell service using a beautiful, faded-map design by Louise Ma and repurposing the technology Steve Melendez put together for our “Changing Trains” post-Sandy subway recovery map. Click through for today’s story and zoomable map.
5:27 pm • 25 April 2013 • 129 notes
Listen to Union Square (Rough) by Chumped
All of my friends are rad and are in cool bands that I love so you should listen to Chumped and then come see them at Public Assembly on May 3rd!
10:40 am • 25 April 2013 • 5 notes
New Bomb Turks — Snap Decision
6:41 pm • 24 April 2013 • 1 note
What if I spend the entire playoffs reblogging Knicks .gifs?
(Source: gifstape, via sportsnetny)
3:57 pm • 24 April 2013 • 175 notes
“Look At All The Famous People In This One Crazy J.R. Smith Celebration GIF.” - SportsGrid
3:46 pm • 24 April 2013 • 137 notes
“Under current laws, if a background check reveals that your name is on the national terrorism watch list, you’re still free to walk out of a gun dealership with a firearm in your hands — as long as you don’t have a criminal or mental health record.”
— People On Terrorism Watch List Not Blocked From Buying Guns : NPR
2:02 pm • 24 April 2013 • 22 notes
Why Do TV Shows Hate Journalists So Much?
This continued depiction has, I think, some real-world consequences. Salon’s Andrew Leonard pointed out
that, during the Boston crisis last week, a lot of people on Twitter referred to journalistic snafus by referencing Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom — despite the fact that the show has been panned and mocked to a fare-thee-well. Though we may not like the show, its wide visibility and availability as a shared reference has made it the focal point through which we see of the press’ difficulty in balancing speed and accuracy, even though that subject is hardly new. I think Leonard is right, but I’d make one annotation: the people on Twitter making this comparison were, I think, mostly journalists. Media people are thinking of themselves and their profession through these fictional depictions. And they’re almost entirely negative.
Wrote about how most fictional journalists have no redeeming qualities and how this might affect journalists’ self-perception and perception of the news audience.
1:28 pm • 24 April 2013 • 72 notes
FCA Fines EFG Private Bank For Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Failures - Risk & Compliance - WSJ
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority fined EFG Private Bank Ltd. 4.2 million pounds for failing to have an effective anti-money laundering compliance program.
EFG is the U.K. unit of EFGI Group, a Swiss private bank. The U.K. unit provides private banking and wealth management services to high net-worth individuals. The FCA said EFG’s money-laundering controls failings lasted more than three years.
At the end of 2011, about one-eighth of its 3,300 accounts were deemed by the firm to present high money-laundering risk, of which 94 were held by politically exposed people, the FCA said.
The Financial Services Authority, or FSA, visited EFG in January 2011 as part of a thematic review of how U.K. banks are handling money laundering risk.
That visit and further investigation “caused serious concern,” the FCA said in a statement, noting the probe found EFG didn’t fully put its anti-money laundering controls into practice.
12:35 pm • 24 April 2013