Fast Item #3: Tell Us Something We Probably Don't Know

Friday, June 28, 2013

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Few people know that an LNG port (a place where tankers full of Liquified Natural Gas will pull up and connect to a deepwater pipe) is planned off the coast of Jones Beach and Rockaway. You can learn more at and attend public hearings to oppose the project:

Tuesday, July 9th Long Beach, NY, 6-8pm
Where: Allegria Hotel, Long Beach NY
LIRR from NYC Penn Station train to Long Beach, short walk to the hotel. Plenty of parking if you drive.

Wednesday, July 10th Edison, NJ, 6-8pm
Where: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
NJ Transit Train to Metuchen then cab. There is plenty of parking if you drive.

Jul. 03 2013 10:07 AM
Reynold Tortora from Brooklyn

There is a God and I'm not him.

Jun. 29 2013 12:41 AM
Naomi from Sales Hell

Everyone thinks remanufactured toner is crap. All reman is not created equally!

Jun. 28 2013 04:20 PM
Janos Marton

the Hitler comment was amusing, but is a myth:

Jun. 28 2013 04:02 PM
TR from Brooklyn

Solarize Brooklyn is pleased to welcome all questions and interest in solar power. Brooklynites can find more information on

Jun. 28 2013 01:04 PM
George from Queens

The Spectra and Rockaway Pipelines will carry fracked natural gas laced with radioactive Radon, the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the US. The Marcellus Shale Gas is particularly high in radioactivity, leading to increased levels of radon in many poorly-ventilated New Yorkers' homes. Support the Radon Bill A6863 sponsored by Assembly member Linda Rosenthal and the Senate Bill S4921 sponsored by Staten Island rep Diane Savino, which would require continuous monitoring of the level of radon in the natural gas
delivered at each city gate.

Jun. 28 2013 11:08 AM
Camille from Brooklyn

Throughout history, we have had teachers who brought successive revelations to humanity throughout history. Each teacher brings some teaching which, correctly apprehended and gradually applied by humanity, expands our understanding and is the next step forward in our development. They include Hercules, Buddha, Krishna and Jesus.

Today, we have another great teacher by the name of Maitreya, who is here to help humanity through this difficult time. His key teaching is that in order to resolve our many problems, we need to move away from competition and towards co-operation and share the resources of the world. Peace cannot happen unless we change our ways and our structures.

He fulfills the expectations of the various religions for the return of a great teacher. He is here for all humanity, religious and non-religious.
Please visit for more info.

Jun. 28 2013 11:04 AM
Yvonne from Park Slope, Brooklyn

The position of the Roman Catholic Church on sex that we assume as a given and always the case, that sex was acceptable not in itself but only in marriage and only for reproduction, was actually AN ARBITRARY COMPROMISE POSITION in a history that, initially, included both extremes from strict celibacy to "free love" as logical responses to the anxious expectation of the end of the world in their lifetime ... well, the world did not end.

For many centuries, most priests at the lowest levels of the hierarchy had wives or concubines. Fourth century attempts in Spain to legislate clerical celibacy were ignored and it was not until the twelfth cebtury that the Lateran Councils managed to formalize a central law against clerical marriage and concubinage AT ALL LEVELS.


Jun. 28 2013 10:54 AM
Rochelle from Brooklyn

New Yorkers enjoy FREE mediation services in all five boroughs. If you have a conflict of ANY type, there are highly trained mediators available who can support you in working it out. Mediation is not counseling, but facilitation, and it's incredibly respectful of people's choices in the midst of difficult conversations. Confidentiality in mediation is protected by law, and it's available in some court cases. Manhattan and Brooklyn residents can contact the New York Peace Institute, Call 718-834-6671 for contact info on other boroughs' mediation services or to ask any questions about the process!

Jun. 28 2013 10:44 AM
Alison from Inwood

Many people who aren't regular opera goers don't know that these days women sing many "male" roles in opera. This is often (though not always) because the roles were originally sung by men who were forcibly castrated before reaching puberty and therefore kept their high boyish voices while gaining the physical power of men as they matured. Brutal, eh?

In any case, this fascinating fact has led to me, a young woman, singing the role of the emperor Nero this summer in a production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (see for more information). It's a captivating and beautiful opera in which Nero the murderer is not so apparent as Nero the lover. So, come to the opera in August to hear some wonderful music AND see some hot girl-girl love scenes! ;-)

Jun. 28 2013 10:43 AM
LilyChrystie from Manhattan

1. Secondhand Smoke is 3-4 times more toxic than the smoke a smoker inhales, according to studies conducted by Phillip Morris, internal memos showed in 2009

2. Any New Yorker can be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution if they complain that they'll jump off a roof if they gain five more pounds- and they can keep you for a minimum of 3-5 days, depending on how difficult it is to get access to a judge

3. Cheney and Bush could be tried for treason if the AMerican people were so inclined and organized

Jun. 28 2013 10:40 AM
K on Upper West Side

Re: the comment on Hitler. My dad, a WWII vet, told me the GIs used to sing "That's a lot of 'Schick'-legruber" as a taunt.

Jun. 28 2013 10:37 AM
Jean from Midtown

More like: Tell us something that we probably don't care about.

Jun. 28 2013 10:37 AM
Kate Freer from Brooklyn

Projection Designers Allowed in Union
Last year was the first year projection designers for theater were allowed into Local USA 829. This Monday July 1st, 2013 is the deadline for a special membership application period. This is a huge step in projections and multimedia design for theater.

Jun. 28 2013 10:36 AM
Victoria from NYC

Do you know that there is a group of Americans who, unless they live in a handful of states, have NO RIGHT BY LAW to knowledge of our original names, parents' names, ancestry, ethnicity and medical history ? We are ADOPTEES.

Jun. 28 2013 10:36 AM
Sylvain from NYC

West African culture alive and well in NYC with the Mandingo Ambassadors every Wednesday at BARBES. 6th Ave. and 9th Street in Brooklyn. 10pm to midnight.

Jun. 28 2013 10:35 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

WordPerfect can do more than 700 things that Word cannot.

Jun. 28 2013 10:33 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes nj

From my book Ornamentally Incorrect


SOS does not mean Save Our Ship or Save Our Souls. It was an arbitrary Morse code signal adopted in Germany in 1905 and then by the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention in Berlin as an international standard in 1906.

The Morse sequence dit dit dit dah dah dah dit dit dit is sent run together without letter breaks. Three shorts, three longs three shorts is easy to remember. It happens to correspond to the letters SOS in Morse code (also VTB, but SOS sounds better.) Actually SOS should be written SOS, with a bar above it to indicate a continuous sequence.

The first use of SOS was by the Cunard liner Slavonia which foundered on rocks near Flores Island in the Azores on June 10, 1909. The passengers and crew were rescued the next day by two ships responding to the SOS.
Mayday as a distress signal was coined in 1923 by a radio officer at Croyden Airport in London. He coined “Mayday” from the French “m’aidez”, “help me,” since much of the Croyden air traffic at that time was with Le Bourget airport in Paris.

Jun. 28 2013 10:33 AM
John A

Cold Fusion as a research topic never died. It was demonstrated as recently as 2011 in Bologna, It. Look up LENR CANR.

Jun. 28 2013 10:32 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Just finished listening to the audiobook of 'All the Devils are Here' this week.

Things I (re)learned...35% of the sub-prime mortgages written were for 2nd homes and investment properties. 56% of sub-prime paper was written on cash out refi's. So here's what I learned...At most, only 9% of the subprime issue was caused by folks that "...shouldn't have been offered a mortgage in the first place...".

Jun. 28 2013 10:30 AM
Phil from Bridgewater

The atoms and molecules that make up our bodies and all life on earth, at one point came from stars. Stars that exploded one day billions of years ago, and contributed the materials needed to form planets and life. We literally are stardust.

Jun. 28 2013 10:29 AM

Seriously, did a guest cancel?

Jun. 28 2013 10:29 AM
Miscellaneous from New York

It is legal in New York City for women to be topless (no shirt, no bra, no jacket) in public.

Jun. 28 2013 10:28 AM

Legal for Jews to visit Tunisia again.

Jun. 28 2013 10:00 AM

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