Cigarettes: They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

After returning from Istanbul, which feels like the only place left in the world where cigarette smoking has yet to eclipse toothpaste in popularity, and returning to New York's nearly smokeless society, and now seeing these wonderful Soviet cigarette packets, I am finally realizing what almost everyone else around me has: we are well past the golden age of tobacco.

Somebody please shoot this man in the face. Don't kill him. Just shoot him in the face.


What impresses me most about this video is how quickly and easily the words just roll right off his tongue, almost like he actually believes what he is saying.

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Pictures from a Perfect Sunday

From the Jelly NYC McCarren Park Pool Party,Ted Leo show, August 12, 2007.

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Glasnost, Perestroika, Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessy

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in a new advertisement for the French luxury label Louis Vuitton.

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Grêle au Chef (Hail to the Chief)

Airborne Toxic Event: The Cleanup

So I work about a block and a half away from the "failure of [New York City's] infrastructure", which caused this.
The day after my office was within the "frozen zone" that shut everything down, however, 2 days later they opened up some of the nearby streets that allowed a flood of professionals in fancy clothes to weave through the police tape and barricades.
A few pictures:

Outside my office on 3rd Ave and 42nd St.

more pictures below

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Oh Right, The Phil Spector Trial....

... is still going on. Who knew?

photos via YahooNews

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Airborne Toxic Event

Whoa. Via Gothamist

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Joementum Running the Show

I refuse to believe this story from NewsMax.

I had not heard of this publication, which looks like some right-wing nonsense, but they also ran a cover story last year: Star Player for 2008:
George Allen’s Common Sense

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Putting the GREEN back into the 'Point

The Greenpoint Oil Spill, the largest oil spill in American history, compromising anywhere from 17 to 30 million gallons of oil (which accounts for a spill that is twice to three times the amount of the Valdez spill), is still bubbling under the surface of northern Brooklyn and southern Queens. The spill, caused by an explosion in 1950, was only noticed in 1978 by the Coast Guard.

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