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    [Game of Thrones spoiler alert.] Really? The writers couldn't have made that death a little more tormented? Where's the justice?!

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    It's that time again: Lower East Side nightlife

    It's that time again: Lower East Side nightlife operators are applying for liquor license expansions. We've been sick of the atmosphere for years and nothing has changed. We urge Lower East Siders to register their positions in this survey from the LES Dwellers.

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    Democracy requires both Liberty and Justice. And giving billionaires orders of magnitude greater influence on elections than ordinary citizens is not just. This ruling pushes American society further along a cycle of increasing corporate influence from which it will be difficult to return.

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    Mozilla's choice for CEO is a sad step backward.

    Mozilla's choice for CEO is a sad step backward. Mozilla has always embraced a spirit of social progress. Given the increasing evidence of elitism and monoculturalism in the tech industry, this move seems shockingly dismissive and ignorant. Tech companies need to do all they can to increase diversity and tolerance in the industry. And as a public face and vision-setter, each tech CEO plays a pivotal role in that.

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    "Artisinal tortillas"? Ay dios mio! We have enough gourmet/fusion/upscale Mexican food. What we need is good *homestyle* Mexican food!

    "Artisinal tortillas"? Ay dios mio! We have enough gourmet/fusion/upscale Mexican food. What we need is good *homestyle* Mexican food!

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    We sympathize for the business owners affected by

    We sympathize for the business owners affected by the Harlem explosion, and we feel it's reasonable for the city to avail low/zero-interest emergency loans to help them out temporarily. But in the end, this is an issue for insurance and, possibly, for ConEd or the negligent landlords to rectify, not the city government.

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    The 'Girls' finale was a great way to end a great season!

(And we're still hoping to find Marnie's entire 'What I Am' video somewhere.)

    The 'Girls' finale was a great way to end a great season! (And we're still hoping to find Marnie's entire 'What I Am' video somewhere.)

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    Obama's termination of the NSA's bulk phone metadata collection is a significant step forward! We're relieved to see it happen. However, the greater problem goes on: that there is little transparency or oversight of the FISC and other secret powers granted by Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Fixing that is how we repair our damaged democracy.

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    Crimeans join the >Russians and the other >Ukrainians join the West. Seems like a fair trade!

It's on us now to make the most of this.

    Crimeans join the >Russians and the other >Ukrainians join the West. Seems like a fair trade! It's on us now to make the most of this.

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    A long time ago, we used to be fans... and we still are! Guilty pleasure or not, we're looking forward to the Veronica Mars movie!

    A long time ago, we used to be fans... and we still are! Guilty pleasure or not, we're looking forward to the Veronica Mars movie!

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    We're uneasy this morning after a building "exploded" in East Harlem. We hope no one was killed and that it was just a terrible accident.

    We're uneasy this morning after a building "exploded" in East Harlem. We hope no one was killed and that it was just a terrible accident.

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    In other neighborhoods, yesterday's 65° weather was an exciting taste of spring. For us >Lower-East-Siders, it was an omen of the out-of-control nightlife violence that summer brings. Two fights broke out outside of the Hotel on Rivington on the Lower East Side Monday night. One was an old-fashioned broken bottle duel, the other a violent attack of a female by a male. The Hotel's own security guards didn't even intervene--guards from across the street did! And it goes without saying in this neighborhood, the cops didn't show up until everything died down. Yet further examples of how >Lower-East-Siders are being run roughshod by bar operators in collusion with a corrupt Community Board 3 and NYPD Precinct 7, threatening the fragile economic progress made in the previous decade.

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    Sorry, Raymond, we don't think that gun is gonna help the Knicks shoot any better.

    Sorry, Raymond, we don't think that gun is gonna help the Knicks shoot any better.

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    We thank you, Harold Ramis. Through Egon Spengler, you ushered in an era of geek heroism.

    We thank you, Harold Ramis. Through Egon Spengler, you ushered in an era of geek heroism.

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    We must not ignore the >North-Koreans.

    We must not ignore the >North-Koreans. Nothing on Earth compares to the horrifying scale of inhumanity there, and the extent of oppression and despair that render them incapable of revolution. We must not mistake their inaction for satisfaction with their condition. As free people in the most powerful country on Earth, it is *our* duty to come to their aid. Michael Kirby of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in DPRK, summed up the imperative: "At the end of the second world war, so many people said, 'If only we had known. If only we had known the wrongs that were done...' Well now, the international community does know. There will be no excusing a failure of action." For starters, let's pressure our government to hold the >Chinese accountable for abetting this regime. Let's support NGOs, such as LibertyInNorthKorea.org, that help refugees. Let's talk with friends about this, and about our responsibility for the weakest and most abused of our fellow human beings. But let's not ignore the North Korean people.

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    House of Cards keeps getting better. Smart, thrilling, takes no shortcuts--or prisioners! Thanks for the binge, Netflix.

    House of Cards keeps getting better. Smart, thrilling, takes no shortcuts--or prisioners! Thanks for the binge, Netflix.

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    40° + sun =  a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

    40° + sun = a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

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    NBC, keep The Michael J Fox Show on the air!

    NBC, keep The Michael J Fox Show on the air! It has a great mix of comedy, from the smart and subtle to the wacky and offbeat, while also managing to endear. It's worth taking a chance on and is so much better than that spastic caricature-driven melo-comedy on other networks.

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    Ah. More snow. Remember, New Yorkers: "More snow now = less bugs later."

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    It was an impressively beautiful opening ceremony,

    It was an impressively beautiful opening ceremony, projecting the high culture and artistry of Russia more than their international power (risked life of 11-year-old notwithstanding). On a stage like this, it's understandable that they presented Soviet-era brutality in very abstract terms. But even in those terms, some of the scenes were very utilitarian, cold and almost unhuman, making them some of the darkest in recent Olympics opening ceremony performances. Overall, fine job, >Russians.

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    Farewell (again) to Jay Leno! We'll remember him fondly as somewhat conniving and somewhat funny.

Until next time (we say farewell) Jay!

    Farewell (again) to Jay Leno! We'll remember him fondly as somewhat conniving and somewhat funny. Until next time (we say farewell) Jay!

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    We find the treatment of gays in Russia horrifying

    We find the treatment of gays in Russia horrifying. (See attached video.) This is not a civil society. This is a backward-looking society that refuses to accept reality of any kind. It doesn't look like this will change anytime soon. The struggle for equality continues in America, and the gains currently achieved were hard-won. But with proactive government opposition, it seems the struggle will be much harder in Russia. The only recourse may unfortunately be to wait for the culture of the >Russians that champions conformity and nationalism to reach some self-destructive extreme, after which the pendulum of civility can swing back the other way.

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    As >tv-commercial-connoisseurs, we love how far this small-town lawyer pushed the envelope. It's got suspense, intrigue, crooks, name-calling. Calling out the local judge breaks down the fourth wall of TV commercials (which prevent them from making any references to reality) with a wall-breaking righteousness not seen since Berlin! However, as decent people, we feel that using the death of one's family members to peddle your legal services is a low point for commercials. For shame. That's just bad.

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