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Get ready to rage as ANIMAL brings you highlights from the Pussy Riot trial in news and Russian Twitter. The verdict is expected next week. Will donning neon balaclavas and jumping around to an anti-Putin protest punk song in a Cathedral land the girls in jail? The “punk prayer” protested the Eastern Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill’s hard-on […]

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Five-member panels of judges in two recent Family Court cases, In re Darryl C., 6253 and In re Jaquan M., 6432, ruled that the respective 14-year-olds were not acting suspicious enough to warrant a stop-and-frisk, even though the frisks turned up guns on both cases. The rulings are curious examples of the long, arduous process […]

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My, has artist David Livingston’s prop penis grown for some reason. Previously spotted out at the New Museum in 2010, The Worm is back, as seen in this clip of him hauling the felt phallus through the rain-soaked streets, all casual-like, himself clad in businessman drag. No one seems too surprised. So, what’s with the […]

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“On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” — E.B. White, Here is New York     A while ago, I served as a juror on a five-day criminal trial at the Brooklyn Supreme Court. It was great. To start, here is […]

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One of the first trials of an Occupy-related arrest does indeed show that the NYPD’s habit of arresting first, lying later doesn’t work out so well. […]

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The NYPD may not be cool with putting boobies on display in Times Square, but there was a pretty big victory for First Amendment rights this week in the city of Boston. […]

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Recently, BBC “credited” several photos of the Tottenham riots to “Twitter.” When reader Andy Mabbett complained, the BBC responded: “Twitter is a social network platform which is available to most people who have a computer… any content on it is not subject to the same copyright laws as it is already in the public domain.” […]

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Renegade art group Voina has been nominated and shortlisted for the contemporary art State Prize Innovation for their June 2010 Work of Visual Art – the epic graffiti bombing of a major St Petersburg draw bridge with a “Giant Galactic Space Dick” that rose promptly at 2:00 am in front of the offices of Russia’s […]

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Jeff Koons has officially given up trying to sue San Francisco’s Park Life gallery and Toronto’s balloon-dogged bookend makers imm Living for copyright infringement. Spoilsport! The pro bono lawyer who tore Koons a new one had lots of “expert witnesses,” honk honk. So, no courtroom circus for us and it’s all legit, as long as […]

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Since Jeff Koons sent a cease and desist letter to SF’s Park Life gallery for selling bookends shaped like the balloon dogs which he obviously invented, the gallery lawyered up and swung back with legal zingers galore in a federal complaint starting with “As virtually any clown can attest, no one owns the idea of […]

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