Unlike federalism, Parliamentary systems have this strange dose of symbolic gestures that underlie the relationship between the legislature and the executive. An example of this is the no-confidence vote: if Parliament is fed up with the Prime Minister's actions, its members can hold this vote that ... More >>
stephenasprinio.comThis man wants you to swallow his dough.In June, former Top Chef repeat offender Stephen Aspirinio announced his plans to open Pizza Vino Teca, a pizzeria in the Financial District. Thanks to the whims of CB1, he's now one step closer to his goal.
BenihanaGet out the knives! It's fight time!It's a good thing Yelp isn't popular in Kuwait. Because that would mean a lot of lawsuits would be coming up. Yes, Mark Makhou, a blogger in Kuwait, has been sued for $18,000 for writing a negative review of chain restaurant Benihana on his blog ... More >>
Then one day, the cupcakes started eating us.The cupcake cartel that is Magnolia isn't just opening five new locations around the country. It's priming itself for world domination with a new 5,200-square-foot production facility in Harlem, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new factory ... More >>
And can you blame him? The performance, set to take place on November 26th, was meant to follow this awful interview that Matt Lauer recently conducted with the rapper ("I want you to just look at his face..."), also on The Today Show. But if Kanye West has proved anything in 2010, it's that he do ... More >>
Suddenly out of gold, and out of reach of your trusty gold bullion dealer? In America, these problems get fixed once they get realized. And apparently the problem has been realized. Las Vegas and Florida will get these awesome, or awesomely terrifying, ATMs that dispense gold bars ranging in ... More >>
A TV producer recently contacted me because he's supposedly a big fan and thought I'd be great to pitch a show with.
He warned me that I wouldn't make that much money directly off the show. But, obviously, he'd do much better than that or he wouldn't have been suggesting it.
After a phone ... More >>
via The New York TimesNew York University's Abu Dhabi satellite campus accepted just 2.1 percent of applicants for its inaugural class of 2014, compared to Harvard, which admitted 6.9 percent. Yep, these kids could probably kick ass at any spelling bee in any language in any country in the ev ... More >>
The Sex and the City 2 gals couldn't exactly be made to romp around the economic ravages of America.
That wouldn't be all that appealing.
So the sequel sends them to Abu Dhabi!
In a feverish stretch of the imagination, Samantha manages to get a job there and arranges to have all her friend ... More >>
The reviews are in, and Sex and the City 2 looks like the season's biggest critical bomb. Though the film drew a decent crowd in its opening weekend, it was lambasted by critics both highbrow ("almost avant-garde adventure in aimlessness" -- Wall Street Journal) and low ("Sucks in the city" -- New ... More >>
As we wade through the shitstorm of negativity about the out-in-theaters-now Sex and the City 2 (Full disclosure, no, we have not seen it yet, but we will, and we will be similarly tortured, we are certain), we just have to say one thing: There is one tried and true principle, one facet of th ... More >>
For years, HBO's Sex and the City made New York City an excitable frontier of moneyed men, inexplicably well-off women (despite shitty writing jobs that realistically pay nothing), and a world where everyone is someone else's plus-one. And that frontier was then seized upon by basically every ... More >>
How do we not want to have a baby? Let us count the ways. If you're a woman, you've got that female condom horror, the sponge, a host of different hormone therapies from pills to injectables, implantables, diaphragms, even emergency contraception, not to mention swearing off men altogether .. ... More >>
Flirty Kitty/flickrDubai is starting to resemble a New York dentist's worst nightmare: The Chocolate Bar is already there, the Shake Shack is on its way, and now, it appears, Magnolia is about to follow. According to the cupcake capo Steve Abrams, the bakery will open a store there inside the ... More >>
Just because we're all going broke doesn't mean we can't get some laughs out of it. That's the idea behind the Voice's new blog, The Smart Asset, which regards the downfall of our economy as the ultimate banana-peel gag. In recent items Smart Asset considers the superiority of the Madoff non-investm ... More >>