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.
"Sailors and cats have a special relationship that dates back thousands of years." —Hello, THE BEST THING ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK: historical pictures of sailors and cats.
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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. [...]
The State of the Union is tonight, and so here are The Guardian's Ana Marie Cox and Huffington Post political writer Jason Linkins to judge America through the lens of the White House's Flickr feed and its tireless photographer, Pete Souza.
Ana Marie: FLICKR…so much to catch up on
Jason: A whole year of the second term! Plus, Pete Souza is now the guy all the White House correspondents hate! They are like "PROPAGANDA"! And I'm kind of like, "Scoop, if true! Not very good propaganda, if scoop."
Ana Marie: Except did you see in all the interviews, people are like, "Well, I've worked [...]
Last night, Occupy Los Angeles was to be evicted. As the LA Times put it: "When the LAPD announced that it wanted the campers out by midnight Sunday, officials hoped many protesters would leave voluntarily. Instead, the deadline prompted hundreds of people to converge on the area." Although the police arrested a few people for blocking the streets early this morning, they did not in the end evict the encampment at City Hall Park.
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I come from a pretty interesting theater background—my parents started Pregones Theater which is one of the foremost Latino theater companies in New York. I was born into that, and so I became a very active member in it, we're now in our 30th year. I studied drama at a performing arts high school and after that decided to pursue the craft a little more seriously and went to SUNY Purchase for their acting conservatory. I got out and started auditioning, working a lot with Pregones, doing readings here and there. I eventually booked a great Broadway job with "A Free Man of Color" [...]
Tell me about your job. As a web developer, I create and maintain databases. A database is where you put data, that's the idiot's version of it. Basically what I do is make the internet talk to a place where information of all types is stored. Databases can store sales leads, information for sites like Tumblr, they're used for everything. It's a good skill to have. I originally was a web designer and eventually I learned how to code. As the internet became more complex and more and more data was looking to be stored I started getting into that so I could progress with the internet and [...]
Tell me about your job. As a literary agent, authors query me and pitch me their projects and I then help them edit and revise and submit them to major publishing houses. When we sell the books I negotiate everything from the rights to the advance to the contract. After the work is sold I help them with publicity and guiding them with their career. If there are any kind of problems, which there always are, then I'm sort of the author advocate so the editor doesn't have to be the crazy person calling and saying 'I don't want to do that!' We get to keep the author nice [...]
Tell me about your job. I just started an apparel company called Inshallah about 4 months ago. I created a line of clothing that I felt, me being Muslim, would bring unity through fashion. I say that because I am an American, I was born Christian, have a lot of Christian friends, I have a lot of Jewish friends, and I see so much going on in the media, and I wanted to create a brand that would speak positively about my religion, but also something that just represents me.
"[The] photograph of construction workers casually eating their lunch on a skyscraper beam suspended high about Manhattan can lay claim to being one of the 20th century's most recognisable images. Yet, in the run up to its 80th anniversary today it has emerged that, far from catching the subjects unaware, the image was set up as a publicity shot for the Rockefeller Center."
You can see all sorts of things today for the first time on the new upper stretch of the High Line, which runs from 20th to 30th streets—from a great view into Marianne Boesky's Deborah Berke-designed house/gallery to children frolicking to some very good-looking people. Also, a top-notch plant. Also! The best (aka "fastest") place to get your car inspected in New York City: right at the corner of 10th Avenue and 26th Street. (Also a scary art installation below.) Spotted last night: people actually eating berries off bushes. I hope they feel okay today?
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's budget address was delivered beneath a dead and stuffed eagle. His address made commitments to a better educated Wisconsin, even while offering almost guaranteed decreased funding of the state's schools. He criticized the state's wasteful use of "our tobacco settlement," and then minutes later praised, for his "bold new ideas and strong leadership," former Republican Tommy Thompson—the state's key architect of that tobacco settlement spending.
He twice passed into reverence for "our state's constitution," even while it was being broken two floors below him: the Capitol's doors were still locked.
One possible reason for why the doors remained locked to Wisconsin citizens [...]
Tell me about your job. I spend the majority of my time here. I do a lot of front of the house managing work. I do all the scheduling and design the menus, basically the whole appearance of the place. The bar's been open since August 2009, I've been here since the beginning. It took us nine months to build the place, we bought in November of 2008. Before this I owned an irrigation business on Long Island. I decided to sell it; I didn't know what I wanted to do. I met my partner here, Drew, and got into the business with him. From there, I don't [...]
Tell me about yourself. I used to live in Manhattan, I studied art growing up. When I received my call I spoke to the vocation director about the contemplative life. I wasn't quite sure where God was calling me. I like children very much, at one point I was thinking of entering into an active order and working with children or orphans or doing missionary work. I prayed about it and after hearing about the contemplative life and coming here for the first time I walked in our chapel, and I knew in my heart that this was where God wanted me. A lot of the sisters and brothers [...]
Photographer Garrett Ziegler is amassing the best collection of documentation of Williamsburg street art. My three faves.