yanktonirishred:

Storms rolling in

yanktonirishred:

Storms rolling in

theatlantic:

A Lawsuit Charges That the FBI Used Stasi Tactics Against Muslims

A complaint filed this week in a Manhattan federal court alleges that the FBI is cornering innocent people, insisting that they act as informants for the federal government, and preventing them from leaving the country if they refuse to collaborate. Those are the tactics of the Stasi. Spy on other members of society or else.
If you refuse? Forget about the ability to travel freely or visit family abroad.
If Tanvir v. Holder is decided on the merits, rather than suppressed in the name of state secrets, we’ll find out if the FBI has turned those tactics against Muslim Americans.
That’s what four plaintiffs allege. The stories they tell are chilling.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]


This is the state of America now, folks. 
Call me old fashioned, but that’s not what this country was supposed to be about.

theatlantic:

A Lawsuit Charges That the FBI Used Stasi Tactics Against Muslims

A complaint filed this week in a Manhattan federal court alleges that the FBI is cornering innocent people, insisting that they act as informants for the federal government, and preventing them from leaving the country if they refuse to collaborate. Those are the tactics of the Stasi. Spy on other members of society or else.

If you refuse? Forget about the ability to travel freely or visit family abroad.

If Tanvir v. Holder is decided on the merits, rather than suppressed in the name of state secrets, we’ll find out if the FBI has turned those tactics against Muslim Americans.

That’s what four plaintiffs allege. The stories they tell are chilling.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

This is the state of America now, folks.

Call me old fashioned, but that’s not what this country was supposed to be about.

soupsoup:

Google Glass now available to everyoneGoogle Glass has been in the hands of developers and early adopters since April 2013 as part of its Explorer program, but now anyone can order.

Yeah, no.
Certain things, I’ve been an early adopter on. Not this one.
I’m fine experiencing the world in front of me; there’s enough enjoyable distractions out there already without bringing the entire internet with me.

soupsoup:

Google Glass now available to everyone

Google Glass has been in the hands of developers and early adopters since April 2013 as part of its Explorer program, but now anyone can order.

Yeah, no.

Certain things, I’ve been an early adopter on. Not this one.

I’m fine experiencing the world in front of me; there’s enough enjoyable distractions out there already without bringing the entire internet with me.

I haz a sad

dduane:

This is heartbreaking. Peter and I loved this place.

Yesterday, after months of ominous rumors, Big Nick’s Pizza and Burger Joint closed its vaunted doors for good. The fifty-one-year-old Upper West Side establishment, nestled on a busy block of Broadway between Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Streets, reportedly had its rent jump by over forty thousand dollars a month, and could no longer outrun Manhattan’s ever-rotating wheel of real estate.

Calling Big Nick’s a throwback is not quite right—the restaurant pieced together its strange identity out of the anachronistic bric-a-brac of a dozen times and places. The walls were fettered with a series of anonymous D-list celebrity portraits—not always signed by their subjects—and hand-written notices informing you of the price of a slice of cheesecake ($5.50). Red neon signs hung overhead, casting a bloody glow on your burger, while a tiny television screen perched in the corner played a constant loop of Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin films. The hassled and brusque waiters had to shoulder their way through the cooks in the tiny open kitchen, which operated for twenty-three hours a day.

The menu—a copy of which I keep in my desk to this day—is twenty-five pages long and includes every conceivable type of diner food known to man. There were over thirty variations of Big Nick’s excellent half-pound burger—including the Hawaiian Burger, the Crabcake Burger, and the Kobe Burger—although none could compare to the sublime Bacon Cheeseburger, a triumph of greasy elegance…

Shit.

Manhattan real estate in a nut-shell: the rent jumped $40,000 per month. In many states,that rent jump buys an entire house.

mattpayton:

- Aereo Supreme Court case: what’s at stake —  Poynter.
More than fair. 

Very interesting story.
In my opinion, this is the kind of news that matters.

mattpayton:

- Aereo Supreme Court case: what’s at stake —  Poynter.

More than fair. 

Very interesting story.

In my opinion, this is the kind of news that matters.

In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. — John Muir
Nothing like a good awkward Easter photo to wrap up the festivities.
(more awkward photos here).

Nothing like a good awkward Easter photo to wrap up the festivities.

(more awkward photos here).