Jeffrey Dahmer, meet alien dinosaur
The failed plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan yesterday just made the jump from terrifying to bizarre -- a man identified in federal court filings obtained by the Voice as a possible co-conspirator of 21-year-old Ahsan Nafis was arrested yesterday on kiddie-porn charges ... More >>
Federal authorities thwarted a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan this morning, in a would-be attack that was "on behalf of Al-Qaeda," the U.S. Attorney's Office announced this afternoon.(Read the federal criminal complaint below).According to the feds, the failed bomber ... More >>
I don't have room to print all of them. Even though the Internet is infinite, my fingers would eventually give out at a certain point. So let's just name the things Sarah Palin didn't know according to HBO's Game Change, the riveting film which has been running over and over again to drill her clu ... More >>
Happy International Women's Day: if you are a married and educated woman in America, you probably make a lot less money than your husband -- a fact which might have prompted ladies to leave the U.S. workforce in droves, economists say. Reuters reports that the Federal Reserve is set to release a n ... More >>
Gage SkidmoreBanks benefited even more from the public bailout than previously known.It's been three years since the the cataclysmic financial crisis that nearly destroyed the global economy, and three years since the government offered up $700 billion in public money to prop up the banks tha ... More >>
Newsflash: In-N-Out outranks McDonald's in a Consumer Reports survey. Oh, and chains like the Golden Arches and Taco Bell aren't as cheap as they profess to be. [Reuters] European investigators have traced the devastating E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France back to this likely culprit: f ... More >>
Yahoo! Answers, tough questionsYahoo! Answers ranks barely above YouTube comments as the saddest, scummiest place for bizarre questions and offensive anonymous responses on the mainstream internet. So it's a bit strange, but not exactly surprising that President Barack takes to YouTube to con ... More >>
Those looking for the passion missing from the Democratic and White House response to the demands of the GOP/Wall Street/Murdoch media coalition, should tune in to the one man rebel band now playing in Washington named Bernie Sanders. The 69-year-old independent senator from Vermont let loose ... More >>
Hey, creditors, leave those kids alone! All along, it turns out, they were just another brick in the massive wall of student-loan debt Americans have now acquired which -- fun fact! -- has now surpassed American credit card debt, reports to the Wall Street Journal. Which is how much, exactly? ... More >>
"Ben Bernanke is a nerd," says Time magazine. "He just happens to be the most powerful nerd on the planet," and thus the 2009 Man of the Year "Those green bills featuring dead Presidents," Time informs us, "are labeled federal reserve note for a reason: the Fed controls the money supply." As ... More >>
They had another one of those Tea Party things this evening, this time right next to the Times Square subway station on Broadway. The anti-Obama pep rally occupied part of the street and part of the sidewalk and stretched from the subway entrance to the door of Ruby Tuesday's, which is to say two- ... More >>
The Street sorta liked the Federal Reserve's idea to invest over $1,000,000,000,000 of your money into your economy, which sounds like a wash but still makes us feel as if we've been gypped. $300 billion will go to buy T-bonds -- which news quickly drove demand up and yields down. The Fed will also ... More >>
At the outset of a White House fiscal summit attended by members of both parties, President Obama reiterated that he's going to cut the deficit in half by the end of his (first) term, despite the massive spending now necessitated by the recession. He also promised that his budget processes will be r ... More >>
The Conference Board of New York digested a passel of economic indicators for January and got a small uptick -- 0.4 percent -- in the financial health of the nation, despite lousy employment and other numbers. They credit a boost in the "real money supply," attributable to recent federal action. In ... More >>
It wasn't your overdue mortgage.
Your own private Idaho. When you can no longer afford even a night out in Boise, Idaho, your country's in deep financial trouble. In a clever immorality tale about 21st century capitalism, the Wall Street Journal tells us this morning that people in the Intermountain West are having to give up m ... More >>
AIG is renegotiating more favorable terms with the U.S. government, reports Bloomberg News, which says the insurer would get "lower interest rates and $40 billion of new capital" under the revised deal. "The government already on the hook for an open-ended liability," marvels Naked Capitalism, "Yet ... More >>
The Fed cut the federal funds rate by half a percentage point today, which we're told is supposed to encourage lending. Blown Mortgage described the market's reaction as "meh," though it looks more like "Whee! Splat." Meanwhile Manhattan hotel building has slowed, so we're not going to have much out ... More >>
New York Dolls live album debuts; band will appear on Craig Ferguson October 29, allowing fans to recreate the old Mercer Arts feeling of being part of a small group watching. An 18-year-old parole violator was beaten to death last weekend at Rikers; mother complains to the Daily News that correcti ... More >>
Call it Gall Street. How else to describe an industry that applauds nearly $500 million in bonuses for executives taking an entire economy down with them?
There was some street action outside Lehman Brothers Sunday night as employees started moving out their things, reports MSNBC: "People snapped pictures with cameras and their phones. Observers pressed up against a police barricade drew the ire of one man who emerged from the building and shouted: 'A ... More >>
Arty D.C. denizens complain about the ladies
News over the weekend that Al Qaeda plotted three years ago to attack the subways with hydrogen cyanide gas seems yet another reminder of how much the world has changed since 9-11. But terrorism trivia fans will be interested to know that the alleged aborted 2003 plot is not the city's first potent ... More >>
Big Bush speech creates campaign atmosphere in D.C.
During the 2005 mayoral campaign the BIG ISSUE no candidate talked about was the looming $4.5 billion gap in the budget due next summer. But that big issue keeps getting smaller and smaller. Last month City Hall said increased tax revenues had shrunk the gap to $2.25 billion, and today the Comptroll ... More >>
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