For a few weeks I’ve been relaxing in the Caribbean. While here I also decided to take a vacation from that online circus known as Facebook. It has been a liberating experience so far and has led me to consider getting off of the platform altogether or much more often at least. Here are a few insights into why I finally became fed up with Facebook:
On June 12, 1944, a skinny 24-year-old sergeant named Walter Brotman drove a limousine off an amphibious landing craft onto Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. The scene he came upon shocked him. Six days earlier, on what became known as D-Day, the first assault waves of the Allied forces had landed at Omaha and were met with a wall of bullets, mortars, and artillery fire from defending German infantry. The beach was still strewn with burned-out tanks, jeeps, landing crafts, and other paraphernalia of war. The dead were stacked like cordwood in long rows on the sand, each corpse in a body bag or sometimes even hastily covered by a green Army-issued poncho. This is how Sergeant Brotman returned to Europe.
Keansburg is a sleepy beach town on the New Jersey shoreline. Its mayor is Thomas Foley. As of last census count, it has a population of roughly 10,000, out of which 5,435 bother to vote--26.3% Democrat, 13.7 Republican, and 60% “Unaffiliated.” It contains four schools in its district. Entertainment and attractions consist mainly of a water park, a small amusement park, and the town’s boardwalk and beach.
October 11, 2002 was the day I stopped affiliating myself with the Democratic Party. That was the day Hillary Clinton and many other Democratic senators joined with their Republican counterparts in voting to authorize the Iraq War, the greatest foreign policy catastrophe since the Vietnam War. From that day forward I was an Independent.
Earlier today I saw an article featured prominently on the New York Times website called "Who Won the Debate? Hillary Clinton Is Given the Edge." The Times is of course referring to the debate that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had in Flint, Michigan last night. I would have to say that this article is a prime example of what is sometimes called the "manufacturing of consent" by the American media.
In 2011 I interviewed a Lieutenant-Colonel in American Military Intelligence. What he told me confirmed what my research had already uncovered: that American intelligence knew a great deal more about Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, before November 22, 1963, than they have ever publicly admited. This is the story of how lost opportunities, and a massive intelligence failure, resulted in one of the greatest tragedies in American history--the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Small, portable laptops--a.k.a netbooks--have been around for years now. The Acer line especially was popular in the beginning of this trend toward the "mobile office" lifestyle. Then along came Apple's iPad. It was the first true consumer tablet to really take off and catch on. The only problem is it lacked a physical keyboard on which to type.
Opening this week, at Tribeca Cinemas, is the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Running for its third consecutive year, the festival promises to showcase some amazing films from around the world, as well as engaging panel discussions involving leading architects, designers, and filmmakers. Travelers looking for something interesting to do for the next four days should hop down to Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street) and partake in the festivities.
If you are looking for something to do tonight, help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month by checking out
Vision & Emotion, the first Latin American group art show of its kind in Long Island City.
Hosted at the Diego Salazar Art Gallery (21-25 44th Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101), the show will feature award-winning artists whose work is in permanent collection at MoMa and the Guggenheim. Dozens of emerging artists from the New York area will also showcase their work.
There's a lot of things to do in the city this summer, but if you are looking for something to do this evening come out to the Z Hotel in Queens for a rooftop party. Amazing view of the New York skyline. The Scott Bradlee Band will be playing till 9pm and then the resident DJ will heat up the dance floor.
New York is famous for its nightlife. The endless amount of bars, clubs, shows, restaurants, and parties can dazzle and overwhelm even seasoned residents. Many of these venues, though, charge cover fees for entrance—something unwelcome in this still dismal economy. But at Bar 13, one block south of Union Square at 35 East 13th Street, the party is on every Monday and it’s free!
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