I guess the title should really have been "Ranking the 13 Most Livable Neighborhoods for White Folks in Brooklyn," right? You could have saved me the bother of reading this...
I'm just glad Bed-Stuy was left off the list. Although it's already gentrified, I don't want it to get more so. Stay in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Crown Heights...Please & thanks...
Again with the lists? I guess you have data that show your readers love pointless arbitrary lists. Ten this. Thirteen that. Five of those. Seven of these. It was cute at the beginning but now it's ripe for parody and getting annoying. And now you write about OTHER magazines' lists. Maybe you could skip the lists for a while? Or is that all your readers care about? I guess you know your demographics, but this makes me think your readers must be dullards. How about the five most moronic lists The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine have published?
Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are all included as "South Brooklyn," near the top.
Is this a joke? You have Red Hook, Bushwick and Windsor Terrace but not Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill?
This sums up the entire borough.
uh, where's number 12
Hipsters Don't Exist! so these high-end items must be for yuppies or guppies or something
If youve only fucked once on you ass n its been over a yr will it be tight again for my second time?
There are some responsibilities that tie the host too, it's not opening your door to strangers and then treating them as garbage when they arrive.. maybe it's a hipster thing? .. the hosts are usually assumed to be interested in their guests, that's why they're inviting them over. It's not about just sleeping on a different couch than your own for a night! :) Getting to know new interesting people is essential part of CouchSurfing. Those were BAD, BAD hosts from hell, and they shouldn't be hosting at all if they can't not argue in the middle of the night when they have company.
That's ridiculous, when you have guests you focus on them..naturally. I thought that would be self-evident to other ppl as well?
Although there's no money exchange, there's still things that are customary, like conversation with guests, cooking with them, showing them around town and overall taking care of them..making them feel welcome. That's what GOOD hosts do.
I hope he didn't give them positive feedback after a weekend of scared sneaking around and not feeling welcome at all.
i like your allusion to raymond carver. great article!!
A suggestion for a new category. "Greenest Street." My nomination is for
Haring Street between Voorhies and Avenue Z. Look at how green that street is!
Lena looks so beautiful in that yellow photo in the middle!
Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum and Lincoln Restler a lasting friendship.
Lincoln Restler a tireless advocate for the entire community has fought for many years for the Satmar group under the leadership of the great Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum.
Vote Restler so he will continue to fight on Rabbi Aron Teitelbaums behalf.
A vote for Restler is a vote for Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum of Satmar.
Here is my personal take on Mr. Restler:
I met him for the first time a few weeks ago.
In the heat and humidity of a particularly harsh New York City summer, Lincoln was walking from house to house, from block to block, day after day - meeting the people of our Brooklyn community.... talking to them about their concerns and their problems, ... asking them what needed to be maintained, and what needed to be improved.
I was impressed: this kind of dedication and hands-on effort is rare among aspiring politicians. Usually when they're running for something you might find them standing at a subway stop for a half-hour, handing out a few leaflets - IF you're lucky.
I was even more impressed when I checked the web and found that Lincoln Restler's position was unsalaried!
Mr. Restler has my support in Thursday's election for Democratic State Committee....because Brooklyn needs more people politics - and less machine politics.
By the way: That's NOT his photo!!!
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My mind is officially blown. I read the original article and then the follow up comments. What am I to think?
First Margaret Mak's piece first appeared in February 2010, so from my POV, that's 2 years and 8 months old. Which is ancient history for this scene. However, to her credit, the webpages for Chemistry, School of Sex, and One Leg Up are all still working. But the sites that have a myspace page? Well that's a big red flag right there, even back in 2010.
So, let's face it. We're probably overdue to have a new survey of what's going on now.
But the responses from readers are curious.
Let's be completely honest here. New York, for all of its reputation as a sexy city, really doesn't have a lot of choices for party play with heteros in this area. Maybe it doesn't really need a lot, because there are endless possibilities for personal encounters, from nightclubs to the subway at rush hour. But I'm sure other cities with lower profiles and less policing are probably a better choice for this sort of action, since there are a lot of issues about needing to move these parties to various locations. And a lot of corruption with payoffs needed to... the mob? the police? Both? To ensure everything is okay.
I suspect there's a kernel of truth to everything the people who responded said. These clubs are probably not nearly as cool or as nice as described. But most of us would never know because we'll never go, or we'll apply and not get accepted to join. This is, after all, just an article to read... an entertaining piece about a life to which we aren't a part.
I guess the final thought I have is that if you can read about particular parties and the people that throw them, they aren't the place to be anymore. If you really want to find the nirvana of a bacchanalian orgy, it's probably best to be your own private dick.
Recently two email’s were sent by me to numerous source in business, and government around the world. My initial intension was not to politic, or mirror to other characters both infamous, and famous. Yet, the more I studied, particularly about the issues expressed in the correspondence mailed, the greater became my personal awareness the problems mentioned have been around through centuries. Obviously, if something needed to be said without offending, then I had to determine how to write something terse. Additionally, the idea had to be written without suggesting irreverent similarities, which too wordy would be about like describing a conclusion for either the rape of Persephone, or the archaic philosophical idea about universal ends. It was already understood by me that at the moment an idea written became translated as if negative, then all focus of that particular reader would immediately cease. Nothing written thereafter would be of any interest to the reader no matter how thoroughly proven, researched, inferred, or intended. Nonetheless, without intensionally offending I had to ask: “How can something be written about this topic without making irrational conclusions like: “How old is God, Should the noun Holy only apply to seniority, and what is a child? Hence, accepting the mathematical theorem, Grand Unification, I determined not to count either a beginning, or end in pairs. This does not suggest I did not foresee anything wrong with an idea like counting sheep, it does mean my willingness to get a point across did not allow me to sleep. Be that as it may I sent two email which eventually grew to three among private notes. I then told myself: “Hey while some may have been culturally educated to either be, or pretend to be Internet monitors through whatever conditional learning means, there remains two issues at hand.” One: international web site introductory ideas, once archaic, which uses underage children, myths, or legends like scair structures to block gateway access is not always functional, depending on audience, and area. Two: it is not a question about philosophical, or sexual preference which determines an illness, it is the treatment. Therefore, while these three terse written paragraph may need editing please read the enclosed as pertains not only to bitter issues, but identity theft since BC:
Recently I had the opportunity to do business in the gay and lesbian part of Dallas, Texas. What most people in the area are unaware is that part of the Shiite sacred code insists on a death penalty to all homosexuals. According to Author Rushdie in his book:"Satan's Verses," these were written errors. While most in the US don't concern themselves with such matters local police are expected to monitor unwritten hearsay drug abuse, and predator complaints with complainants expecting the use of reptile and exotic animals used to punish the wrongdoers. This is an unwritten occurrence, while elected officials expecting Sunni sacred codes accepted in greater numbers to keep them popular among constituents. Please read the following:
Recently a woman was fired from Wall mart for killing her child and cutting off the child's
arms. Since she had been declared incompetent by a judges order no criminal record
exists. Sometimes people do things without a judge ever becoming involved, and remain in
society when hideous acts of extreme violence and hate crimes are considered civil. Another
incident was when during a Muslim Convention up north Jews, and Christians came under
severe attack for no reason at all suffering injuries while police only proclaimed to be
short handed, and unable to protect the innocent. Numerous errors throughout time have
appeared in various religious doctrine including the Sikh, suggesting universal destruction
for an eternity as intelligence, and certainly the Christian Bible is no exception
especially the Old Testament. Certainly the introduction of anarchy into Sufic Sultan
hierarchy, deemed Satanic, or Pagan has been around since before the common era creating
confusion during World War II, and the Vietnam War. For instance the Swastika, an ancient
symbol in India, once represented unconditional love, later being suggested as changed
during WWII as offensive. Such erroneous records have led some to suggest use of
misinterpreted records for punishment, Revalational intent, and any Shiite translation as
civil, while awaiting luxuries as elect. In fact,during World War II, and the Vietnam era
ancient Pagan rituals involving sacrifices by use of reptiles and animal, who devour
themselves into extinction, were implemented as criminal sanctions to punish people for
lust and sin. While the New Testament may not, according to some disgruntled scholars,be
perfect it remains a normal media which allows mediation rather than aggressive solutions.
While I understand why written errors contrary to any revelatory history, math, and
science exists in various philosophical records, and do not oppose religion, a recent Sikh
attack proves that not everyone is concerned about mediating acceptable translations.
Intensional murder is not exactly accepted by most Muslims, or Moslem. The Pagan LLammas
often used to suggest Islam consisted of drug induced sex orgies with the word orgy meaning
court. Sacrifices were made by use of reptile and animal who devour themselves into
extinction. Such rituals used to make trade exchanges in similarity with Islam by malice
aforethought is hardly a victim-less crime like Christmas. Hence, this is a failed extremist
i.e. Jefferson extracts the word "as," from a sentence, to avoid three prepositions in a row. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible August 9,2012.
One of the worse violations to any Bill passed in congress, for the protection of people, women, children, and victims of violence, is public data allowed accessible by public data.com. While the site advertises being used by police personel, the information becomes available to anyone wishing to track down peoples relatives, those who have suffered as victims of assault, and violence, to include making anyone and everyone a related victim to almost any kind of scheme. This site doesn't prevent predators, or extremist, it nourishes such making everyone a potential victim. This type of monopoly is extremely dangerous. Sex offenders was the ploy to suggest such a monopoly which also is misleading. The largest percentage of child predators are relatives, and neighbors in all instances. The type of predator who stalks children began his, or her career with incest, according to law makers statistics. The ones who go after young male or female are usually the same gender, else have similar verbal, and audial learning functions within their autonomic nervous system pertaining to neurological basis. The source on such case studies protect their information under laws related to psychiatric protection associated with doctors, and lawyers. Generally, while those professional type are protected the predator (s) went untreated. Predators usually seek out employment that presumes some function to allow them to conceal their sexual interests, and patterns, while allowing access to greater numbers in victims. Predators seldom confess their crimes, they accuse others transferring guilt by association. Public data.com has allowed its information to be used to cause greater crimes than prevented. That is no laughing matter.
Did You Hear the Joke About the Predator Drone That Bombed?
Obama's 'joke' at the White House correspondents' dinner was no laughing matter to the relatives of the hundreds of people killed in Pakistan by drones. http://www.alternet.org/
August 25, 2012. Predators often are people who conceal, or transfer guilt through association: (NEWSER) – Location-based flirting app Skout has suspended its service for minors after the arrests of three men accused of raping young people they met by posing as teenagers. Execs at the company, which set up the service for 13- to 17-year-olds last year after discovering that large numbers of minors were already using the app, say they worked hard to put safeguards in place, and are stunned by the attacks, reports the New York Times. The youngest victim was a 12-year-old girl in California. http://www.newser.com August 25, 2012. While it has been suggested that child predators are people with genetic traits from birth, particularly among twins, other factors according to recent studies conclude more factors in development should be considered: According to studies written about by author Rich Deem, "The role of the hypothalamus in sexual orientation was further studied by Swaab, et al. Other researchers had hypothesized that differentiation of the hypothalamus occurred before birth. However, Swaab's study showed that the sexually dimorphic nucleus (SDN) of more than 100 subjects decreased in volume and cell number in the females only 2-4 years postnatal. This finding complicated the findings of the brain studies, since not only chemical and hormonal factors, but also social factors, might have influenced this process."http://www.godandscience.org, August 25, 2012. Too many ideas about the gay gene offer no significant evidence to conclude what relationship DNA has to do with sexual preference. " The question of genetic influences on sexual orientation could be definitively answered by using DNA microarray technology, although, to my knowledge, no such studies are planned or in progress." http://www.godandscience.org, August 25, 2012. Public data used to influence determination of one's sexual orientation, or their autonomic potential in order to prevent possible offenses, is the worse fiasco since the Sikh Shiate became primitively assiciated with the idea of a perfect Pagan marriage. In the last words of Gandhi: "An eye for an eye will make everyone blind." Paraphrazing ahead of any patience awaiting the evolution of the Internet via World Wide Web, if microarry technology infers that neutrino type organism are in fact part of the Grand Unification Theorum in development of autonomic twin studies located in the brain, then learning differnce between audial, and visual would prove peripheral advantages probably among triplets without natural selection. It doesn't suggest cannibolistic predator type intellegence, just things beyond current gay and lesbian studies, which in times past have been slightly one sided. "I'm telling you there's an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That's the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009. Thats a tough act to follow. Thank you George Bush, who made voice overs a tele-marketing aide in Central Intelligence Agency job opportunities. Whats the bottom line? Cultural appreciation with its philosophical microarray has influenced neurological studies. Often those who made sense out of confusion became victims themself, as Doctor Jerri Levi, an infamous neurologist once proved who had to recant her own second opinion about double verbal hemisphere male and female studies, with Levi returning to primitive basics to retain employment in an all male environment. One former such person with a Phd called Doctor Love, who suggest that child predators were people whose cultureral limitation compelled stagnant patterned sexual fantasy like road maps, cannot be located on the World Wide Web without the use of public data. While the federal and state constitution support local penal codes in the United States to conclude exceptions to international obscenity laws, public data.com isn't an evolution defined by natural selection, but a fiasco like a detanator on dirty bomb.
According to the article: "This is your Brain," by Michael John Cusick sexual expression can be use to heal spirituality which scientific phenomena does not explain. This isn't to suggest that all needed is sexual promiscuousness, but visual enhancement among adult development within societies double, and singular verbal hemisphere existence a must. What Mr. Cusick doesn't mention is that what may be observed as High School training field among marital relationships being moderation for some might be a little dramatic for others. Another missing element necessary in comprehending philosophical illusions in Mr. Cusick's article are triplet studies. Furthermore, according to Mr. Cusick, Doctor Love was correct in that fantasy maps predators use to consider children as targets can be changed through visual enhancements. The Bottom line is that perhaps Jesus Christ was ahead of his time.
This Is Your Brain on Porn
BY MICHAEL JOHN CUSICK
MAY 31, 2012
Michael John Cusick is an ordained minister, spiritual director, and licensed professional counselor who has experienced firsthand the restoring touch of God in a deeply broken life and marriage. Michael founded Restoring the Soul, a ministry whose mission is to provide life changing soul care to Christian leaders. Michael's passion through 25 years of ministry is to connect life’s broken realities with the healing power of the gospel.
How this addiction damages your mind—and how to rewire it.
If some malevolent being held a competition to create the perfect delivery mechanism to enslave our human desire, Internet pornography would win the grand prize. Online pornography is fundamentally different from the Playboy or Penthouse of past generations. If the magazines, videos and DVDs of the past were like the Wright Brothers’ plane at Kitty Hawk, then Internet porn would be a supersonic jet.
Although supersonic jets are impressive for military use or high-speed travel, you wouldn’t want one landing in your backyard. But this is the impact Internet porn makes on the brain. Its sheer power and intensity create a heightened level of stimulation that your brain was never intended to experience. Because of this, the brain of a person regularly using porn can change and shape itself to resemble neuropathways similar to those of an alcoholic or drug addict.
EVERY THOUGHT, FEELING, HABIT, SKILL, OR BEHAVIOR IN YOUR LIFE HAS A CORRESPONDING NEUROPATHWAY THAT FIRES IN YOUR BRAIN.
Without understanding porn’s impact on the brain, too many people either quit trying to change or carry unnecessary guilt and shame when their spiritual zeal and will power aren’t enough. Can you relate? Here’s what you need to do to combat porn’s powerful hold on your mind.
First, know the basics
If you remember anything about the brain as it relates to porn, remember the chemical neurotransmitter dopamine. Known as the “gotta have it” molecule, dopamine has been described by one brain expert as the gas that fuels our desire engine. This neurotransmitter involves anticipation and expectation.
When we imagine eating at a favorite restaurant, shopping for a new gadget or having sex, the brain releases dopamine and our senses call out, Gimme, gimme, gimme! The more intense the experience, the more dopamine is released in the brain. Without this neurotransmitter, we would stay in bed all day with no motivation to eat or pursue meaningful goals, relationships, or sexual pleasure. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter behind all motivation in life.
How porn rewires your brain
Every thought, feeling, habit, skill, or behavior in your life has a corresponding neuropathway that fires in your brain. These pathways are designed to function optimally. However, as the brain’s reward circuitry gets entangled in a tug of war, the brain rewires itself for addiction and new neuropathways are created.
Every time a person views porn, or eventually even thinks about porn, the burst of dopamine strengthens the connections between cells. The stronger the connection, the easier it becomes for cells to communicate on that path. This idea of the brain changing itself is called neuroplasticity. Whether learning to ski, learning to speak a foreign language, or looking at porn, the more we use a particular neuro pathway, the more our brain changes, making the pathway stronger.
These neuropathways are like footpaths across a field of waist-high grass. Walking across the field when the grass is so high requires significant effort. But each time you walk along the path, it gets easier. The grass gets trampled, worn down, and eventually becomes a dirt path.
Someone who doesn’t watch porn, or is not yet addicted, has yet to develop sensitized “weed-whacked” pathways. But the porn neuropathways of someone whose brain is addicted are weed-whacked and trampled down so that they have become the path of least resistance. Porn becomes the path of least resistance in the brain. And the easier the path, the more likely we are to take it, even when we don’t want to. The creation of this path of least resistance is called sensitization.
You can reboot your brain
The good news is, your brain can be changed in a positive and healthy direction. Our brains can be rewired from their addictive patterns. Just as you can reboot your computer and reset the hard drive, you can reboot your brain and restore the sensitivity of your brain circuits. On a computer, it’s as simple as pressing the power button or clicking a pull-down menu to restart. However, rebooting your brain may be the most difficult thing you’ve ever done.
How do you do it? Here are three ways to give your porn-saturated brain a reboot.
1. Practice intentional thinking. What you think about is ultimately what you become. What we once called “the power of positive thinking” is increasingly backed by scientific evidence. The more attention your brain pays to given input, the stronger and more elaborately it will be wired and retained in the brain. When we give our attention and focus to good things, like peace, joy, and self-control, our brains rewire themselves in a way that allows us to experience those good things. Wouldn’t it make sense, then, to be intentional about what we give ourselves to?
2. Pursue alternate passions. The famous philosopher, novelist, and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was right when he said we are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Certainly this applies to our brains. The life focus of a person struggling with porn leads to tunnel vision. When people view porn on a regular basis, their passions are held captive, and they forfeit the ability to direct their life in the way they would otherwise choose. Pursuing alternative passions expands your horizons and rewires your brain at the same time.
3. Employ the power of repetition. Studies show that repeated behaviors, over time, cause structural changes in the brain. These changes can be negative, causing compulsion and addiction. Or they can be positive, rewiring the brain so the stimuli of porn and lust are no longer a reflexive reaction. Repetition helps lock behaviors in the brain in the same way an athlete develops muscle memory. Be encouraged. Your struggle with porn is a learned response, in many ways, just like the athlete. Your brain can unlearn, and it can change.
Adapted from Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by Michael Cusick. Copyright ©2012. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson, Inc.http://www.relevantmagazine.com, August 28,2012.
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