Monday, April 25, 2005

Links: Monday malaise

  • Over 50 dead in train derailment in Japan. Damn. And this is fairly close to where my parents live in Kobe. I must've passed this area dozens of times. Looks like speeding driver was the culprit.

    Here's hoping that survivors are found and the injured recover quickly.

  • This news is actually isn't bad. And not even news at all, really. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, possibly my favorite NY band not named Asobi Seksu, explains its name (via i rock i roll). Some easy pun like "The writing was on the wall, literally." would do here, I think.

  • According to the Daily News, our city's relatively flaming liberal rag (well, at least compared to the Post) "responsible in some way" = "our fault". Guess this will add more ammo for wingnuts who like to point to Hollywood for their 'Merica hatin' ways and how out of touch they are with real 'Mericans, and how liberals think everything is America's fault.

    And as much as I love Maggie, she so could have worded it better. Why not say something like "While the final responsibility for 9/11 falls on the terrorists themselves, America has to consider the impact of misguided foreign policy decision as the CIA-sponsored overthrow of Iranian PM Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953, the funding and training of Muhajadeen rebels and Osama Bin Laden during the Afghan-Soviet war, and the support of undemocratic regimes in Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Though I suppose it doesn't make for quite as nice a sound bite.

  • NY Post reports on the super duper exciting development of the comfort station in the median of Allen St at Delancey.

    Trouble is, I remember them talking about this back in December and nothing has happened since it seems. In the meantime, construction for the hotel/condo complex at Allen/Orchard and Houston has already begun. Heh.

    I don't know, I like it the way it's just sitting there serving no purpose. It's not like moving the tourist information center from Broome to the median of Allen is going to turn Delancey St into 42nd St, ya know. If they're going to do something with it, I wish they'd make it useful, like a Downtown version of Shake Shack or a liquor store or something.

  • Crap. It ain't easy being a Liverpool supporter right now. YNWA and all that.
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