The Tao of Steve
Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann gave an emotional tribute to the late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs at an appearance in his old stomping grounds. Appearing at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, a little over forty miles North of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, Ms. Bachmann described Mr. Jobs as “an icon” who was “loved.”
Planes Trains & Automobiles
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann criticized Occupy Wall Street as “tremendously counterproductive,” potentially violent and unsanitary during her appearance in San Francisco today. Ms. Bachmann also explained why she thinks “there’s a 180 degree difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.”
When Jay Walder resigned from the M.T.A. earlier this year, the transportation community was mortified. Here was their messiah leaving for Hong Kong, his work barely begun. Transit wonks could hardly fathom who could take over for Mr. Walder, continuing his formidable task of transforming the agency in ways both subtle—cutting $4 billion in waste and efficiencies—and not—underground cellphones, Oyster cards, Bus Rapid Transit.
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War & Peace
Is that pink ribbon for real?
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced today that his office is launching an investigation into companies and charities that say they are sending funds to benefit breast cancer research.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“National Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues to raise our understanding of and support for breast cancer charities, and consumers who intend to support this cause deserve to know that their purchases do the good promised,”Mr. Schneiderman said. “This review will help ensure that cause marketing campaigns provide the benefit that’s expected, and that we protect consumers, charities, and above all, the women and families affected by this devastating disease.”
Michele Bachmann commented on the death of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi during a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Thursday. Ms. Bachmann said Mr. Qaddafi’s death after 42 years in power left “the world a better place” and that she hoped his demise would mean an end to the American military presence in Libya.
The Brooklyn Ink, a publication from the Columbia Journalism School, published a piece yesterday that looks at the sky-high abortion rate in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where more than half of pregnancies are terminated.
Included in the article was a quote from Edna Johnson, who serves on the local community board and who doubles as a longtime aide to Congressman Ed Towns, and who argued that more people in the neighborhood should in fact be having abortions:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has just announced that former top Rudy Giuliani aide Joe Lhota will be the new head of the Metropolitan Transporation Authority.
“Joe Lhota brings one-of-a-kind managerial, government, and private sector experience to the job and a lifelong commitment to public service that will benefit all straphangers,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “I look forward to working together as we continue to reform the MTA, reduce costs, and improve service for New Yorkers.”
The move has been rumored for several days, and after Gov. Cuomo appointed Patrick Foye to head the Port Authority yesterday, he has now taken full ownership of running two massive New York City based agencies.
A new report out today by the Sunlight Foundation reveals that Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park–where the Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camped for over a month–are big political donors, including to Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer.
Writes Sunlight blogger Ryan Sibley:
Brookfield CEO Richard Clark and Chariman John Zuccotti—the man the park is named after—are both donors to various politicians in New York and other states and donors to an influential real estate trade political action committee. In the 1970’s, Zuccotti was the chairman of the New York Planning Commission and following that position was deputy mayor of New York.
A number of workers at the big box superstore Walmart will be joining the Occupy Wall Street protesters this afternoon in an effort to prevent the retailer from opening a New York City branch.
And word came this morning that they will be joined by public advocate Bill de Blasio.
Texas Governor Rick Perry and Mitt Romney continued the nasty fight they started at the debate online. Governor Perry released a new web video targeting Mr. Romney, who updated his own anti-Perry site amid reports their beef began about five years ago.