Late last night, the LAPD raided Occupy Los Angeles. More than 1400 police officers—about 15% of the city's officers—were used to arrest more than 200 people, leaving the encampment in a shambles. Teams of police wore hazmat suits and K-9 units swept the camp, looking for incendiary devices, which they did not find. The tactical approach, guided by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on-site, involved eventually cordoning off City Hall Park and arresting everyone trapped inside. The operation was concluded by 3:30 a.m.
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I was traveling in Thailand, working in a hospital about three years ago. I got to see the maternity ward there and some births and it basically changed the course of my life. When I came back I became an EMT and I started assisting births—not as an EMT, totally separate. Suddenly I was launched into the medical world and I became a Doula, which is a certified birth assistant, and now I am studying to become a midwife. To become a Doula you go through a six-month certification process and it's basically an emotional and psychological support system for the mother. It differs from [...]
Tell me about your job. I write features which are anything that's not hard news—longer form articles that aren't attached to the news cycle. Things that might be more in the cultural ether, maybe profiles of people, or stuff like that. I did a couple fashion stories on the Golden Globes, what people wore, what people wore in the past, I interviewed a bunch of stylists, talked about what it all meant. I've done more interesting things than that, but that's the most recent one. I like writing features, you get the luxury of time, where it's more of a weekly deadline than a daily deadline. In the case [...]
Tell me about your job. I made a record that I produced and wrote last year. I snuck it on the internet and it got some good press and reviews and I pressed a single in the United Kingdom and then I got an offer to come to New York to make music for Cantora Records. Originally it was a solo project, and now it's a five piece band called Emil and Friends, it's evolving at a very rapid rate, like an alien fetus. It's bizarre pop with a steady dance rhythm and all kinds of influences. It's got some flamenco, it's got some American folk, it's got [...]
Tell me about your job. I do stilt walking in various capacities. I have a series of different costumes, and I decide which one I want to do that day. One is a mime, juggling, interacting while silent, then one is like a mythical woodland spirit character. I basically put it on, with the makeup in my apartment in Flatbush, and I pack up the stilts and schlep into usually Central Park or Union Square. I've had some trouble in Times Square, but I like it there too. I have to sit on something kind of tall because the stilts are about three feet tall, and I strap in. [...]