Always Helping, Always Fighting: Help Firedoglake Keep the Lights On!

By: Saturday May 31, 2014 9:15 am

The idea that a series of DDoS attacks and a handful of tech bills might be enough to stop what’s being built here makes me want to quasi-roll my eyes Dogen style.

No way.

This challenge is small peas compared to what this community is capable of achieving- and that’s just it, challenges can be overcome.

The world is changing and while we’re encouraged to change with it; to acquiesce certain rights and to accept certain inevitabilities, the fact remains that there’s always more fight left in all of us.

So with that I encourage you to donate, to be good to each other, to rock the shit out of every day you’re given and to never let the puppy get the upper-hand.

 

NYPD Drone Artist Essam Attia Cleared of Charges

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 1:24 pm

Essam Attia, the NYC artist who gained prominence through a fake NYPD drone campaign in the fall of 2012, was informed in a court appearance this past Monday that all charges would be dismissed. Attia faced five charges, three of which were felonies, and 56 counts for possessing a forged instrument. Attia faced possible jail time.

Julian Assange Opens for MIA at Recent NYC Concert

By: Friday November 8, 2013 5:00 pm

Appearing via Skype and citing that he was there in support of “the most courageous woman working in western music,” Julian Asange delivered a ten minute speech on topics ranging from privacy to freedom of the press, shouting out the reporters who were in exile as a result of their press coverage.

Banksy Arrested? Calm Down, It’s Art!

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 10:25 am

Rumors swirled yesterday that bluechip street artist Banksy got pinched.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Introduction (Part I of V)

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 12:00 pm

In another usual night at the dinner table with my parents, my father had the television on with the October 9th mayoral debate in New York City featuring Republican candidate Joseph Lhota and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion, Jr. What was interesting, as was noted, is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio not showing up to the debate and was criticized not only by the candidates, but others in the media as well.

Who are the 99%? (Answer: They’re Us)

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 6:30 pm

Unlike many other first world nations, we in America equate minimal life standards that benefit society as a whole and make a place more worth living in– eating, healthcare, education– with a certain level of employment. So, don’t like what you got? Go get a better job loser. Lazy, dumb people get what they deserve. I work for a living. Sound familiar? Dickens had his character Scrooge say back in Victorian England that hungry children might best “starve so as to reduce the surplus population.”

Dix Pix Nix Clix

By: Thursday July 25, 2013 5:00 pm

Seeing as how our own local mayor is having his own grabby-kissy-headlocky-you-work-better-without-panties problems with the ladies which has brought The Pox of Allred upon our fair city (the only way to stop Gloria Allred from getting to a microphone is to put an actual courtroom between her and a podium) I have been loath to point out that NYC’s Anthony Weiner seems to lack the good judgement and the ability to make common sense decisions that one would come to expect from a Big City Mayor.

David Koch Fallout From New Yorker Article; Koch Continues Harassment of Journalists

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Amid concerns that Koch Industries could buy several major U.S. newspapers from Tribune Company, industrial billionaire David Koch was forced to step down as trustee of WNET, New York City’s largest public TV station, after the New Yorker revealed how WNET gave Koch inappropriate influence over its programming. Mr. Koch was floating a seven-figure donation over WNET’s leadership as the station aired a movie that portrayed him as a particularly greedy Manhattan resident.

Sure enough, WNET didn’t get David Koch’s hefty donation.

Paid Sick Leave Pays for Itself: So Why Is NYC’s Mayoral Hopeful Blocking It?

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 9:50 am

Rosa* lost her mother just a few weeks ago.

Her elderly parents lived at home in New York. A home health-care aide helped Rosa’s father with the burden of caring for her mother, who had Parkinson’s disease and had suffered a major stroke just over two years ago.

“We didn’t want to keep her in a nursing home, for financial reasons, for germs. They basically told us to take her home,” Rosa told RH Reality Check.

The home health-care aide didn’t have paid sick days, so she came to work sick one day, and Rosa’s parents both wound up with the flu. Her 88-year-old father recovered; her mother did not.

“My dad lives with guilt that he allowed the person to stay,” Rosa said. “I’m living with guilt because I came to work that day to make a few pennies.”

Whose Streets? – NYPD Credits Occupy With Drop in Crime

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 1:50 pm

As reported in the New York Post, the NYPD has found that in the areas where Occupy Sandy (and other neighborhood non-profits) have been most active there has been less crime.

Residents of areas like Brooklyn’s Red Hook, where Occupy Sandy has a strong presence, say they feel safer and have been spared the looting and other crime that exist in neighborhoods where activists are not so plentiful.

Officers of the NYPD are similarly pleased.

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