— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) June 27, 2014
A bartender’s camera captures the seedy street life of retro New York
Katherine Wells writes: From 1972 to 1982, Sheldon Nadelman worked as a bartender at the “roughest bar in town”—Terminal Bar, directly across from the Port Authority. When he wasn’t pouring drinks, Nadelman was taking photographs of his patrons. He had good material: as one regular put it, “through these doors pass some of the most miserable people on Earth.” Over 10 years, Nadelman made more than 1,500 black and white portraits of bouncers and boxers, actors and cooks, businesspeople and hustlers.
Thirty years later, his son, animator Stefan Nadelman, created Terminal Bar, a funky documentary based on the photos. Featuring an interview with Sheldon, the film looks back at ’70s New York, now long gone.
How could America not love a song called “Click With Dick”?
Emma Green writes: The pep was palpable. As scenes from the 1960 presidential campaign flashed by during a screening of JFK hosted in partnership with The Atlantic, the addictive, saccharine soundtrack was mesmerizing. Political jingles cheerfully urged listeners to vote for Kennedy, then Johnson, then Nixon—men, each song manically assured, who could lead America. It felt like a rogue a cappella group had taken the auditorium hostage.
For some reason, today’s campaign songs don’t quite capture this quality—Springsteen and Kid Rock lack that special perkiness. To revive a little of our republic’s former campaigning joy, The Atlantic has dutifully assembled a sample of the political earworms unleashed on the unwitting American public in 1960.
That year’s master of the campaign song was, of course, John F. Kennedy. His famous friendship with Frank Sinatra helped him secure “High Hopes,” a 1959 hit that was tweaked a little to fit Kennedy’s campaign.
Surveillance cameras now exist – often unseen – on city streets in the hundreds, mounted over ATMs, from street lights, at the entrances to private apartment buildings and in public parks. Efforts to map them in Manhattan, for example, have counted more than 2,000 such cameras, each adding to an increasingly comprehensive network that is creating – depending on your point of view – either safer streets or a surveillance state.
Critics of this increasingly ubiquitous technology argue that so many electronic eyes have become invasive. They violate your privacy. They’re redefining what it means to walk through public space. But here is one more novel argument that might cause unconvinced politicians to reconsider the social costs of heightened security: What if surveillance cameras are also bad for creativity and innovation? Read the rest of this entry »
(Reuters) – The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which forecasters had predicted would be more active than normal, has turned out to be something of a dud so far as an unusual calm hangs over the tropics. Read the rest of this entry »
Over at The Atlantic, Chris Frates covers Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “secret plan to repeal ObamaCare,” which turns out to be an old plan to repeal the law’s mandate through the reconciliation process after regaining the Senate majority in the 2012 election. The plan ran into a small problem with Republicans took it in the eye at the polls. They didn’t win the presidency, and they didn’t retake the Senate either.
But the push to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate is not dead yet. Republicans in Congress already see it as vulnerable simply because it’s the least popular part of the law. Implementation troubles could mean that the requirement becomes even less popular by the end of the year.
ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges are currently set to start enrolling people in October. Or at least they’re supposed to. Recent comments from federal officials, however, involved in the exchange process do exactly inspire great confidence.
“It’s only prudent to not assume everything is going to work perfectly on day one,” Gary Cohen, a Medicare official who is heading up the implementation process for the administration, recently told a group of health insurance industry insiders. Cohen’s colleague Henry Chao, who is managing the technology behind the exchange, told insurers he was “pretty nervous” about the start of enrollment. And while Cohen continued to insist that every state would have an exchange ready by October, he admitted that the federal government was making contingency plans, noting that “there is some possibility that the type of exchange may be different than what we’re looking at today.” A recent survey of health industry executives, meanwhile, found that 70 percent did not think the federal government would have the exchanges ready on schedule.
So what happens if the exchanges aren’t ready on time? Or what if the exchanges open—but there are big problems with enrollment? The exchanges, which are intended to both allow individuals to select insurance plans and determine eligibility for the law’s subsidies, are the primary vehicle for individual compliance with the mandate. Which means that if even a handful of the exchanges—remember, there’s one for every state—aren’t open or aren’t broadly functional, then large numbers of people are likely to have trouble complying with the individual mandate.
And if that happens, there will be an awful lot of pressure to repeal, or at least delay, the mandate. Indeed, it’s the kind of pressure you can plausibly imagine pushing Democrats to vote against the requirement. Remember, many Democrats were wary of the mandate. As a White House candidate in 2008, President Obama openly opposed it. If complying with the mandate is difficult enough, then it’s possible—maybe not likely, but possible—to imagine Democrats agreeing to strike the provision, or delay its implementation.
And what then? Well, Democrats have (probably correctly) pointed out that the law’s insurance industry reforms don’t really work without a mandate to ensure that most everyone buys in. But here’s the thing: If the mandate gets taken down under the above scenario, it’ll be because the law isn’t working with the mandate either.
With Hurricane Sandy approaching the New York metro area, the nation’s eyes are turning to its largest city. Photos of storms and flooding are popping up all over Twitter, and while many are real, some of them — especially the really eye-popping ones — are fake.
This post, which will be updated over the next couple of days, is an effort to sort the real from the unreal. It’s a photograph verification service, you might say, or a pictorial investigation bureau. If you see a picture that looks fishy, send it to me at alexis.madrigal[at]gmail.com. If you like this sort of thing, you should also visit istwitterwrong.tumblr.com, which is just cataloging the fakes.
The fakes come in three varieties: 1) Real photos that were taken long ago, but that pranksters reintroduce as images of Sandy, 2) Photoshopped images that are straight up fake, and 3) The combination of the first two: old, Photoshopped pictures being trotted out again…