Several of our readers have reported that they have heard about multiple attacks on women in the past week in Bushwick. We are trying to obtain more information from NYPD. So far, DCPI NYPD informed us that there were no sexual crimes reported in Bushwick in the past week, which however doesn’t exclude other violent crimes.
Brooklyn Bike Patrol, which escorts women from subway stations to their homes safey in the late evenings hours, however posted on their Facebook page a warning:
“A dear friend of BBP informed me that there have been 5 attacks of women in Bushwick. People we service that area. Please pass the word of our service to any love ones who live in that neighborhood. Stay safe with BBP.”
Call Brooklyn Bike Patrol if you are not feeling safe at 718-744-7592, they will escort you home. [Bushwick Daily]
So yeah, take extra precautions, because even if this turns out not to be true, what's the worst that could happen? You get home extra safe?
But really, speaking of easy ways to segue into totally preposterous subject matter, did UFOs visit us last week? Maybe, according to an indecipherable video and a few people on the internet.
It is apparently still very important to remember that pink is for girls and blue is for boys, though, which explains why the sets' building blocks come mostly in fuschia (specifically Pantone 219, Barbie's signature color because it helps highlight her cheekbones.) (I made that last part up.) And none of this racetrack riffraff stuff for the ladies, please: package choices include a mansion, a fashion boutique, an ice cream cart, and a beach house.
West Point's cadet chapel hosted its first same-sex wedding ceremony this weekend, and omg are the brides the cutest thing you've ever seen. Brenda "Sue" Fulton and Penelope Gnesin and their fancy Times wedding announcement:
Ms. Fulton, 53, is a marketing director in Madison, N.J., for Pfizer. Last year, President Obama appointed her to the military academy’s Board of Visitors; she is the first openly gay or lesbian member to serve on its board. She is a founding board member of OutServe, an organization in Washington for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual service members and veterans. She graduated from West Point in the class of 1980, the first to include women. She was honorably discharged from the Army as a captain and was last posted to Flak Kaserne in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Ms. Gnesin, 52, is the director of Giving Voice, the women’s choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Monmouth County in Lincroft, N.J. She graduated from Rutgers. [Times]
A UU choir director! Penelope, you are adorable.
As her Aunt Sue and Aunt Penny became the first same-sex couple to marry at West Point Military Academy's Cadet Chapel, 15-year-old Amanda Fulton thought she should have gone with waterproof mascara as she felt tears run down her cheeks.
"It wasn't just me," Amanda said. "I was so teary and just blushing from smiling so much." [ABC]
Aw. DO ask and DO tell, Amanda.
Welcome as it was, that decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a narrow one that at this point fits only the particular circumstances of Proposition 8. A three-judge panel decided that the initiative was unconstitutionally discriminatory because gay and lesbian couples in California had, for a brief period, enjoyed the equal right to marry.
In other words, if the Supreme Court declines to review the 9th Circuit's ruling and it stands as it is, bans on same-sex marriage in other states will remain in place. [LA Times]
Marriage equality joins reproductive rights and voter ID laws in the "it's 2012 HOW ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS" category. We've got some really scary climate stuff to deal with, so let's quit pretending marriage equality isn't going to happen. C'mon Supremes.
Chaim Levin, 23, of Brooklyn said his mother, Bella Levin, spent more than $10,000 on his counseling over 18 months. He said he was brought into a locked, mirrored room with a male counselor twice his age and told to strip.
“I felt it was an unsafe environment. I was naked with a man twice my age and he told me to touch myself,” Levin said. “I resolved never to go back . . . never to talk about it.”
Benjamin Unger, 25, of Brooklyn said he was ordered to beat a pillow with a tennis racket and shout “Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom!” in synchronization with each blow.
“I had to beat my mother up to heal from being gay,” Unger said. JONAH counselors, he said, believe mothers are to blame if their sons are gay. Unger said he didn’t talk to his mom for months after that, but they are on good terms now.
The young men said they also were repeatedly placed in situations where others in therapy sessions screamed humiliating words like “faggots” and “homos” at them in mock locker room and gym settings. They said the goal was to make them mad and get in touch with their masculinity. [NY Daily News]
Are there really parents who would prefer abuse to a gay and happy son? Fuck that.
At Toys R Us, the line of customers waiting for the 8 p.m. opening stretched several blocks along Times Square.
Erica Williams, 32, of Brooklyn, said, “I’m looking for an Xbox and an iPod. I’m saving about $200 on the Xbox, and with the iPod bundle, I’ll save about $100.
“I’m getting all my shopping done tonight, just tonight, no Black Friday, no Cyber Monday, none of that. I’m a pro at this.’’
And this year, she won’t have to resort to paying “a homeless person to sit in line for me." [NY Post]
Despite a walkout planned by Walmart workers to protest low wages, bad benefits, and overall terrible treatment by their corporate overlords, Walmart says they've already had the best Black Friday ever.
A press release from Walmart reports that the retailer experienced the best Black Friday ever. Starting at 8 p.m., Walmart sold more than 1.8 million towels, 1.3 million televisions, 1.3 million dolls, and 250,000 bicycles. [CS Monitor]
So I guess early Black Friday is here to stay.
Location: Antalya, Turkey
Cause of Death: throat cut, face slashed.
Date of Death: July 10, 2012
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Cause of Death: Gunshot to the face.
Date of Death: April 16, 2012
Paige was 23 years old.
Location: Kuruman, South Africa
Cause of Death: throat cut, partial decapitation, genitals stuffed in mouth.
Date of Death: June 09, 2012
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Cause of Death: Fire
Date of Death: May 11, 2012
Guys, we have to do better by trans people. It's a messed up situation when a community has to hold an annual vigil for people killed in hate crimes. Often, the T in LGBTQ gets left behind when groundbreaking anti-hate crime or anti-discrimination laws are getting made, and people are dying. We can't allow this to continue.
The Holidays are upon us! Are you ready? Of course you are not! This shit creeps up every year, but especially this year, between Sandy, Athena, and election. But it's here, and with it the holiday crowds. Every year I fool myself into thinking it won't be so bad, go to one of these places, have a meltdown, and yell at some poor person trying to enjoy the crowded magic of the city Holiday Season. So here is a reminder, to you and to me, to avoid the following areas until 2013.
If political media spotlighted military sexual assault with the fervor it puts into slut-shaming Paula Broadwell, we might get somewhere.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 13, 2012
Yesterday, the Air Force released a report about the culture of sexual assault that had developed on Lackland Air Force Base.
The scandal at basic training in San Antonio has already cost two commanding officers their jobs, led to charges against 11 military training instructors that resulted in five convictions. One MTI was convicted of rape; others were convicted on charges involving inappropriate relationships with recruits. So far, 25 MTIs are, or have been, under investigation, and the number of possible victims has climbed to 49. [Military Times]
Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of septicaemia a week after presenting with back pain on 21 October at University hospital in Galway, where she was found to be miscarrying.
After the 31-year-old dentist was told that she was miscarrying, her husband reportedly said that she had asked for a medical termination a number of times over a three day period, during which she was in severe pain.
But he said these requests were denied because a foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told at one point: "This is a Catholic country." [Guardian]
When asked by the BBC if he thought his wife would still be alive if the termination had been allowed, Mr Halappanavar said: "Of course, no doubt about it."
He said Savita had been "on top of the world" before experiencing difficulties.
"It was her first baby, first pregnancy and you know she was on top of the world basically," he said.
"She was so happy and everything was going well, she was so excited.
"On the Saturday night everything changed, she started experiencing back pain so we called into the hospital, the university hospital."
He said she continued to experience pain and asked a consultant if she could be induced.
"They said unfortunately she can't because it's a Catholic country," Mr Halappanavar said.
"Savita said to her she is not Catholic, she is Hindu, and why impose the law on her. [BBC]
So even though the fetus was dying, even though she asked for an abortion, and even though not giving her one created an incredibly medically dangerous situation (this writer compares the infection risk of an open cervix to that of an open head wound), she was denied the care she needed because of the dogma of a religion she did not even share. What an awful, senseless death.
What happened to Ms. Halappanavar is horrific, and I do not mean to generalize what happened to her and her family. But her situation illustrates the absolute disregard for human life that any hard-line "pro-life" stance takes. Abortion is absolutely an essential medical tool.
When you hear that the head of the CIA is resigning because of an extramarital affair, even the least conspiracy-minded person raises an eyebrow. The timing is odd, the reason is flimsy, the position of top spy is too tantalizing not to wonder about. But the farther you go out onto the fringes in both directions, the more exciting the explanations get (which is sort of sweet! This scandal is bringing the country together after a brutal election cycle).
While some people calmly signed petitions for temporary shuttle bus service, others inevitably, hysterically, nonsensically, took to the internet to help themselves deal. Now that the whole thing is behind us, we can fondly reminisce over some of the stranger responses the internet managed to cough up in the midst of this unprecedented civic crisis. It got a little weird around here.
What has to happen now is for Congress to debate whether to act on the results of the referendum. This year, the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status stated that the U.S. would enact legislation to “honor the choice of the people of Puerto Rico,” which for now seems clearly to be statehood.
I'm TIGHT because I didn't get an "I voted" sticker. They claim not to have any. Whatever. I voted.— Arielle E (@ItsTheAriShow) November 6, 2012
we dont get an i voted sticker after u vote that sucks— sam (@hashbrownharry) November 5, 2012
According to Gothamist in 2008, New York just doesn't do that.
Feeling cheated because you didn't get your "I Voted" sticker? We called up the Board of Elections to check in on this very important situation, and they told us they don't think New York City has ever handed out the little badges of civic duty.
Clearing out the hundreds of downed trees from Prospect Park is one of the many, many, many clean up jobs the city faced (and continues to face) post-Sandy. Making sure the park's 530 acres are safe for visitors is no small task. Still, most of the park re-opened on Saturday.
In response, Con Ed tweeted early this morning: "All Con Edison employees have legit IDs; worried about imposters: call 1-800-75CONED or 911."
In short, LOOK FOR AN I.D. BEFORE LETTING ANYONE INTO YOUR HOME. Shout really loudly through the door and ask for them to hold up their I.D., feel like an idiot, then take a look through your peephole, and feel safe. Please.
This just convinces me even further how repellent BDSM is. You must be mentally ill…
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
I need a sweet baby