Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Back in October we featured autumn foliage in “leaves on time”.
That same shot presented itself again in November.
I imagined it in memory, found the frame and shot it again,
“one month later”.
Now I can’t stop myself.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Every year the Police Commissioner releases a report of crimes committed in NYC.
Shootings in this past year are significantly up.
News4 reports that despite the record cold,
“outdoor homicides” are up a whopping 93% over 2014.
February murders are up 50%.
12 last year, but already 18 in the past month.
Crime stats citywide confirm that shooting incidents are now up 53.8%, an incredible leap from just one year ago.
What the hell is going on?
The Commissioner reports that roughly 95% of all shooting victims, suspects and arrests are either Black or Hispanic, with White and Asian combined accounting for less than 4% of the total.
This has to stop now,
for the safety of the South Bronx neighborhood we call home.
Despite Police Data showing the largest increase in shootings are in Precincts with the largest drop in stop-and-frisk, Commissioner Bratton took pains yesterday to say he believes the shootings have “no correlation to the large drop in street policing.”
No official comment, as yet, from the tooth fairy.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
In his continuing leadership, the mayor last week did away with consent forms around ultra orthodox, Jewish circumcision.
In an ancient practice known as “metzitzah b’peh”, a Rabbi takes wine and the little bleeding penis into his mouth and sucks the infant’s wound.
Long ago this was intended to reduce infection but today,
it’s had the opposite effect.
Between 2000 and 2011, the NYC Health Department has reported 11 different cases of laboratory-confirmed herpes virus infecting male infants, following metzitzah b’peh circumcisions.
Two of those infants died.
Two more suffered damage to their brains.
The suspected infectious Rabbi said he has performed more than 35,000 of these on both babies and adults over the past 40 years.
So the Bloomberg administration instituted a simple consent form for the parents, at least, to know the risks of this procedure.
But the new Mayor found this disrespectful,
and he took the requirement down.
His PR team typically trumpets his announcements but this they quietly released on a Tuesday, after hours.
Because now, another baby has to be infected
before anything can be done about this.