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Twitter is for Losers Like Me

January 21, 2009

I love telling people that they can follow me on twitter – on twitter I’m known as apt1d.

I love checking every couple of minutes to see if anyone new is following. I’m desperate for replies or direct messages. I seek the approval of hundreds of strangers who are no more talented than I am . I have no financial reward in store for the recognition I crave. I have nothing to gain by having 10,000 followers, but I am obsessed with chasing that goal.

I write blog posts about things I find interesting, but I allow the quality of my content to be determined by the amount of hits it gets. I try to adapt my posts to solicit comments. I am in need of web 2.0 attention.

It’s all a load of bupkiss isn’t it? What’s the point of all this connecting and linking? How much can I learn from 140 characters? Is anyone showing who they really are, or is everyone simply a facade?

I’ll continue on Twitter as I always have, but I don’t know why. I’ll continue posting to my blog, but only because I like writing. I hope I can get over this addiction; I hope we all do.

Good Riddens Caroline Kennedy

January 21, 2009

The news broke just now: Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. Paterson to withdraw her name from consideration for Hillary Clinton’s NY seat in the US Senate.

It is time to get rid of this woman. She is not qualified to be a U.S. Senator. She comes from a very important family, but she does not deserve to be given this position without having to prove herself. If she wants to be Senator, and people believe in her, then let her run during an election, and be vetted by the public.

Polls have been showing that Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Attorney General, is the preferred choice of the citizens of New York.

I don’t care if she says it’s because of her sick uncle (may he recover speedily), as long as she pulls herself out of the running. This state deserves more.

Reflecting on the Hudson River Plane Crash

January 15, 2009

I’m going to be very self-centered for just a minute. Please bear with me.

Here I am sitting in my office just two blocks  from the Empire State Building. Less than two miles away, a plane crash landed into the Hudson River one hour ago. I had no idea that it happened. I didn’t know anything until I got a call from my Mom in MD.

If that plane had only been off-course just a little bit, I could have been right in its path. I heard sirens all afternoon around my office, but I had no clue what they were for until I got the call.

How is it possible for something so colossal to happen so close to me without me even noticing? I’m sitting here at my computer trying to find live shots of something that is only a couple of blocks away.

I feel like this is supposed to change my life in some way, but I don’t think it will. Would it have been different if 100 people had died? I don’t know.

We’ll see what happens, but I have a hard time just moving on from this and saying “it can only happen in New York.”

Update: Walking through the streets of Manhattan this evening was surreal. How was it possible that an airbus 32o was floating in the river, and you couldn’t tell anything was wrong?

Is it a sign of strength that this city can withstand so much? No. It’s a sign that this city has no heart. Nobody is phased by disaster. Nobody stops to help someone out. Nobody smiles or says hello.

It’s sad.

US Airways Plane Crashes into Hudson River

January 15, 2009

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A US Airways plane has just made an emergency crash landing in the Hudson River. Apparently the Airbus 320 flew through a flock of birds, had engine problems, and caused the pilot to try to return to La Guardia airport. They were not able to make it back to the airport, and they landed in the Hudson River.

There are no reports of injuries as of now, but it only happened a few minutes ago. I’m at 34th and Lexington, and I have heard a lot of sirens over the last ten minutes.

For years I have been wondering about the part of the pre-flight safety presentation about the water landings. I never believed that a plane could crash into the water, and people could survive. I guess I have been proven wrong.

Always pay attention to the safety movie!

Update: It appears that all passengers and crew have been safely removed.

Update: The sirens in Midtown Manhattan are not stopping. There is a lot of activity in NYC right now due to the place crash.

The Need for a Sovereign Palestine

January 14, 2009

What I have feared would come in the next couple of years seems to be here already. I have been warning my right wing Zionist friends that if there is not a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians soon, then the new demand that is going to be made is for a single country with two peoples. This is my nightmare.

For too long, Palestinians have been living without the basic Human Rights that many of us take for granted. Forget about their living conditions that could be easily improved with a little help from their oil-rich Arabian “friends.” I’m talking about the basic right of citizenship. Children have been born into refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza, and are refused the right to self-determination. They are refused the right to be citizens of a country. Israel will not have them, and there is currently not autonomous Palestinian State.

This war has prompted people to think twice about the possibility for a Palestinian State to exist side-by-side with Israel. People are saying that Arab countries who would have otherwise agreed to a two-state solution are now losing credibility with their populations. Experts are saying that Israel will never be able to trust the elements of Hamas in Gaza to stop attacking Israeli civilians, and that creating a police presence in Gaza is the only way to create peace.

The reason for Israel’s existence was to create a safe-haven for the Jewish people. If Jews  no longer constitute a majority of Israeli citizens (which they would not be if all residents of Gaza and West Bank were given citizenship), the State of Israel as we know it will be over.

The Israeli government must do everything in its power to arrive at a two-state solution. The Israeli public must cry out in demands for an immediate end to this impasse. Jews around the Diaspora must rally behind this cause.

It is not the leftists and the peaceniks that should be demanding a two-state solution. Hawks and right wing Zionists must realize that this is the only option for Israel to survive. The status quo has been going on long enough, and it will come to an end one way or another.

It is up to us whether we have an independent Palestine comprising of Gaza and the West Bank, or an Israel that will no longer be Jewish.