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A year-long investigation into the city’s homeless shelters by the city Department of Investigation has revealed extreme neglect by the Department of Homeless Services. “At its worst, DHS is turning a blind eye to violations that threaten the lives of shelter residents,” reads the report, analyzed by DNAinfo. Shelters offer temporary housing to approximately 12,000 […]

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When Pierre Merhej, the manager of the Radisson Hotel near JFK airport received a call from the city seeking 100 hotel rooms for a government group, he did not expect the guests to be homeless people seeking shelter. “When you say they have a government group, as hotel people we like government groups,” Merhej told DNAinfo. The hotel […]

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Rhizome — “emerging artistic practices that engage technology” — has been accepting proposals for unique projects that highlight intersections between art and the internet. Artist Emily Martinez produced a very timely proposal that thoughtfully combines the 374 keywords actively used by The Department of Homeland Security to monitor your activity on social media and just about everything you’ve been doing on the […]

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The Department of Homeland Security monitors your updates on social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, to uncover “Items Of Interest” (IOI), according to an internal DHS document released by the EPIC. That document happens to include a list of the baseline terms for which the DHS–or more specifically, a DHS subcontractor hired to monitor social […]

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Now that NYC will receive $151.5 million from the Department of Homeland Security, why can’t some of that money be used to keep crucial firehouses open? Perhaps we should temper down the NYPD’s useless “Ring of Steel” and invest the money in programs that are time-tested when it comes to defending against terrorism, like ya […]

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Who shut down World Star Hip Hop? That’s the question thousands of people on Twitter are asking right now. 50 Cent is taking credit which could be somewhat true. He filed a lawsuit against the site in 2009 for using his likeness, but World Star denied that claim and said he’s just “clownin.” The rap […]

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Many Internetters (including me) went all Dee Snider this weekend over the Transportation Security Administration’s new security measures, which involve officers fondling and groping people in their private-est places at airport security checkpoints. […]

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In lieu of last week’s foiled parcel bombs, the Department of Homeland Security added some new items to its ever expanding list of banned items. In addition to restricting all air cargo from Yemen and now Somalia too, the TSA will prohibit large ink cartridges and toner in either checked luggage or carry-on bags for […]

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Lately, the TSA has been getting their asses handed to them. In just the past few weeks there was the agent leaving his post at Newark allowing a man to access a restricted area, that drug prank in Philly, a breach-incident at JFK, the failure of their bomb-sniffing dogs, and of course the recent napping […]

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Damn. It looks like the TSA is going to make an example out of their agent who was caught snoozing in a public area and has decided to terminate the worker according to an anonymous source. We’ve also learned that she began her shift at 4AM and that her boss was furious after learning about […]

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