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Immediate Action Requested: The 2017 Loft Law Clean Up Bill A8409 is in the Senate as Bill S6828!

Why this matters:

Imagine you could be evicted from your home for any of the following reasons:

  1. Your home of 20 years is not big enough to count as a home in the eyes of your elected representatives. Sorry, gotta go.
  2. Your windows to the street are set back from the facade of the building one foot or so and so you are told that what you see right in front of your eyes is not so: those windows are not windows. Nice try kid, see you later!
  3. Terrorists set up a bomb factory in your building, making the building unsafe at a certain point in time. Even should the terrorists be arrested and the factory dismantled, their illegality then is your problem now. Life ain’t fair buddy. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
  4. The owner of your building let his commercial tenants wantonly break the law with respect to fire codes, permits and the acquisition of necessary insurance, creating an unsafe situation in your building, again at a certain point in time. Just as with the terrorists, their illegality then is your problem now. You have to go. The kicker? The commercial tenants get to stay so long as they remedy the situation!

Now act! Now! (Please)

Ximena Garnica (and others) wrote:
June 23 UPDATE

ASSEMBLY BILL A8409 PASSED ASSEMBLY!
NOW WE NEED TO BE LOUD NOW IN THE SENATE!

There’s been a new development – just when we thought our bill had passed the house only to die in the republican controlled senate as the legislative session ended, we managed to get a last minute bill introduction in the senate of a “same as” bill A8409. Senate Bill S6828

Not only that, but we have managed to secure sponsorship from NYC senators Dilan and Squadron (influential democrats) and, more importantly, senator Hamilton, a member of the republican friendly Independent Democratic Conference.

What that means is that it is suddenly quite possible our bill could get to the floor of the senate before the session ends. To maximize the chances of this happening we need to put in calls to democratic senators – both “real” democrats and IDC ones – and line up as many co sponsorships as possible. We also need to reach out to Senator Dilan and thank him for introducing bill S6828 and encourage him to keep working to keep loft tenants in their homes.

Some of us were in Albany and came back today but now driving up again! We going to need to be super loud now that we have some hope! Please note that all your previous calls/emails/faxes helped to passed A8409 in the Assembly! So yes your actions are super super influential!

EVEN IF YOU CONTACTED LEGISLATORS BELOW BEFORE PLEASE DO IT AGAIN WITH THE NEW MESSAGES BELOW:

Target #1:
Call + send an email and fax and tweet to Senator Dilan’s office:

Martin Malave Dilan (Sponsor of the bill of S6828, 18th Senate District, Democratic)
ALBANY OFFICE:
188 State Street Room 711B, Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2177
Fax: (518) 426-6947
email: dilan@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE
3215 Fulton Street, Brooklyn , NY 11208
Phone: (718) 573-1726
Fax: (718) 573-2407

Script to Senator Dilan:

Hello, my name is ________. I live in Zip Code________

I am calling to express my support for Senate Bill S6828, the Loft Law Clean-Up Bill. While I know Senator Dilan is not my representative [Or Senator Dilan IS my representative], I am calling because failure to pass bill S6828 will cause live-work tenants to lose their homes and workplaces this summer. A mere deadline extension (Bill # S6812) is NOT sufficient and will not spare tenants who are currently threatened with eviction due to the 2010 amendment exclusions. Please understand that [ I / my [enter relationship] lives in your d istrict and your sponsorship of this bill will affect my family/community] …

I strongly encourage Senator Dilan to continue his leadership as the sponsor of S6828. Please urge Senate Coalition Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan to support the bill S6828. If this bill doesn’t pass, many people will lose their homes! Thank you for your hard work! We are counting on Senator Dilan

Thank you so much.
[add your name]

Target #2:
Call + send an email and fax to ​Senate Coalition Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader ​ Senator Jeffrey D. Klein​:

Jeffrey D. Klein ​(34th Senate District, IDC, Senate Coalition Leader & Independent Democratic Conference Leader)ALBANY OFFICE:
Legislative Office Building, Room 913, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3595
email: ​jdklein@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 1250 Waters Place, Suite 1202, Bronx , NY 10461
Phone: (718) 822-2049
Fax: (718) 822-2321

Script to Senator Klein:
Hello, my name is ________. I live in Zip Code________

I am calling to express my support for Senate Bill S6828, the Loft Law Clean-Up Bill. While I know Senator Klein is not my representative [Or Senator Klein IS my representative], I am calling because failure to pass bill ​S6828​ will cause live-work tenants to lose their homes and workplaces this summer. A mere deadline extension (Bill # ​S06812) ​ is NOT sufficient and will not spare families who are currently threatened with eviction due to the 2010 amendment exclusions. Please understand that [ I / my [enter relationship] lives in your district and your sponsorship of this bill will affect my family/community] …

I strongly encourage Senator Klein to support S6828. Please urge Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan ​to support the bill S6828. If this bill doesn’t pass, many people will lose their homes! Thank you for your hard work! We are counting on Senator Klein

Thank you so much.
[add your name]

Target #3:
Call + send an email and fax to ​Senator Flanagan.
W​e need him to support a same-as from Dilan (S6828) ​Note that Flanagan is a ​Republican​ so maybe stress the small business angle when you call.

John J. Flanagan ​(2nd Senate District, Temporary President and Majority Leader)
ALBANY OFFICE:
Room 330, State Capitol Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2071
Fax: 518-426-6904
email: ​flanagan@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE:
260 Middle Country Road, Suite 102, Smithtown , NY 11787
Phone: 631-361-2154
Fax: 631-361-5367

Script to Senator Flanagan:
Hello, my name is ________. I live in Zip Code________

I am calling to express my support for Senate Bill S6828, the Loft Law Clean-Up Bill. While I know Senator Flanagan is not my representative [Or Senator Flanagan IS my representative], I am calling because failure to pass bill ​S6828​ will cause live-work tenants to lose their homes and workplaces this summer. Many live-work tenants run small business from their homes and contribute to the local economy. A mere deadline extension (Bill # ​S06812) ​ is NOT sufficient and will not spare families who are currently threatened with eviction due to the 2010 amendment exclusions. Please understand that [ I / my [enter relationship] lives in your d​istrict and your sponsorship of this bill will affect my family/community] …

I strongly encourage Senator ​Flanagan​ to support S6828. ​If this bill doesn’t pass, many people will lose their homes and their work spaces! Thank you for your hard work! We are counting on Senator Flanagan.

Thank you so much.
[add your name]

Target #4:
[Reserved]

Target #5:
​Call + send an email and fax to Governor Cuomo. Tell him Assembly Bill #A8409 has passed and Senate Bill # S6828 is in Committee and urge him to support live-work tenants.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 1-518-474-8390
Via Governor Cuomo Website:​ https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

Target #6:
Call + send an email and fax to your Senate Representative and ask him/her to support Bill # ​S06812. Find your Senate representative here: https://www.nysenate.gov/registration/nojs/form/start/find-my-senator

Script to your Senator:
Hello, my name is ________. I live in Zip Code________ . I am your constituent.

I am calling to express my support for Senate Bill S6828, the Loft Law Clean-Up Bill.

Failure to pass bill ​S6828​ will cause live-work tenants to lose their homes and workplaces this summer. A mere deadline extension is NOT sufficient and will not spare tenants who are currently threatened with eviction due to the 2010 amendment exclusions. Please understand that I live in your d​istrict and your sponsorship of this bill will affect [me/ my family/community] …

I strongly encourage Senator _____ to sponsor and support S6828. Please urge Senate Coalition Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan ​to support the bill S6828. If this bill doesn’t pass, many families will lose their homes! Thank you for your hard work! We are counting on Senator ______

Thank you so much.
[add your name]

WE KNOW THIS IS ALREADY A LOT BUT IF YOU CAN DO PLEASE TRY TO DO MORE!

You can call, email, + fax the reps below even if you don’t live in their district.

FYI>>IT IS IMPORTANT THAT SENATORS WHO HAVE LOFT TENANTS IN THEIR DISTRICT CO-SPONSOR THE BILL AS WELL AS IDC SENATORS (WE NEED THEM – WE ALREADY HAVE IDC SENATOR HAMILTON AS ONE OF THE CO-SPONSOR BUT WE NEED ALL IDC ON OUR SIDE)

PRIORITY SENATORS AFTER FIRST 3 TARGETS:

Script to Senator ____:
Hello, my name is ________. I live in Zip Code________

I am calling to express my support for Senate Bill S6828, the Loft Law Clean-Up Bill. [I am a Loft Tenant]. [While I know Senator ____ is not my representative / Or Senator ___ IS my representative], I am calling because failure to pass bill ​S6828​ will cause live-work tenants to lose their homes and workplaces this summer. A mere deadline extension (Bill # ​S6812) ​ is ​NOT​ sufficient and will not spare tenants who are currently threatened with eviction due to the 2010 amendment exclusions. Please understand that [ I / my [enter relationship] lives in your d​istrict and your sponsorship of this bill will affect my family/community] …

I strongly encourage Senator ___ to sponsor Bill S6828. Please urge Senate Coalition Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan ​to support the bill S6828. If this bill doesn’t pass, many people will lose their homes! Thank you for your hard work! We are counting on Senator ______.

Thank you so much.
[add your name]

Brad Hoylman ​​(27th​ S​enate District, Democratic)
ALBANY OFFICE: Room 413, Legislative Office Building. Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2451
Fax: (518) 426-6846
email: ​hoylman@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1700, New York , NY 10001
Phone: (212) 633-8052 Fax: (212) 633-8096

​Liz Krueger ​(28th Senate District, Democratic, ​Housing Committees​)
ALBANY OFFICE: 172 State Street Room 808, Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2297
Fax: (518) 426-6874
email: ​carlucci@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 211 E 43rd Street Suite 1201, New York , NY 10017
Phone: (212) 490-9535\
Fax: (212) 499-2558

​Velmanette Montgomery​ ​ (25th Senate District, Democratic)
ALBANY OFFICE: 903 Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3451
Fax: (518) 426-6854
email: montgome@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 30 Third Avenue, Suite 207, Brooklyn , NY 11217
Phone: (718) 643-6140
Fax: (718) 237-4137

Michael Gianaris​ (12th​ S​enateDistrict,​ Deputy Democratic Conference Leader​)
ALBANY OFFICE: Senate Capitol Building, Room 413, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-3486 Fax: 518-426-6929
email:​ gianaris@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 31-19 Newtown Avenue Suite 402, Astoria , NY 11102
Phone: 718-728-0960
Fax: 718-728-0963

Parker ​Kevin S. Parker ​(21st Senate District, ​Democratic Conference Whip​)
ALBANY OFFICE: 188 State Street Room 604, Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2580
Fax: (518) 426-6843
email: ​parker@nysenate.gov DISTRICT OFFICE: 3021 Tilden Ave.,1st Floor & Basement, Brooklyn , NY 11226-5107
Phone: (718) 629-6401
Fax: (718) 629-6420

​Diane Savino​ ​(23rd Senate District,​ IDC​)
ALBANY OFFICE: 315 Legislative Office Bldg, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2437
Fax: 518-426-6943
email: ​savino@senate.state.ny.us
DISTRICT OFFICE 2: 2872 West 15th Street, Brooklyn , NY 11224-2602
Phone: (718) 333-0311
Fax: (347) 492-3263

​Marisol Alcantara​ ​(31st Senate District,​ IDC​)
ALBANY OFFICE: Legislative Office Bldg.Room 311, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2041
email: ​alcantara@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 5030 Broadway Suite 701 & 702, New York , NY 10034
Phone: 212-544-0173

Jose M. Serrano ​(29th Senate District, Democratic)
ALBANY OFFICE: 181 State Street Room 406, Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2795
Fax: (518) 426-6886
email: ​serrano@senate.state.ny.us
DISTRICT OFFICE: 1916 Park Avenue Suite 202, New York , NY 10037
Phone: (212)-828-5829
Fax: (212)-828-2420

Andrea Stewart-Cousins​ ​(35th Senate District, D​emocratic Conference Leader​)
ALBANY OFFICE: 188 State Street Room 907, Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2585
Fax: (518) 426-6811
email: ​scousins@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 28 Wells Avenue, Building #3, Yonkers , NY 10701
Phone: (914) 423-4031
Fax: (914) 423-0979

Tony Avella ​(11th Senate District,​ IDC, Housing Committees​)
ALBANY OFFICE: Room 902, LOB, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2210
Fax: 518-426-6736
DISTRICT OFFICE
38-50 Bell Boulevard, Suite C, Bayside , NY 11361
Phone: 718-357-3094
Fax: 718-357-3491
email: ​avella@nysenate.gov

Joseph P. Addabbo Jr ​(15th Senate District, Democratic, ​Housing Committees​)
DISTRICT OFFICE: 159-53 102nd Street, Howard Beach , NY 11414
Phone: (718) 738-1111
Fax: (718) 322-5760
email: ​addabbo@nysenate.gov
ALBANY OFFICE: 188 State Street Room 613, Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2322
Fax: (518) 426-6875

Jamaal Bailey ​(36th Senate District, Democratic, ​Housing Committees​)
DISTRICT OFFICE: 959 East 233rd St., Bronx , NY 10466-3207
Phone: 718-547-8854
email:​ bailey@nysenate.gov
ALBANY OFFICE: Legislative Office Building Room 707, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2061

John Brooks ​(8th Senate District, Democratic, ​Housing Committees​)
ALBANY OFFICE: Legislative Office Building Room 513, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2765
Fax: 518-426-6925
email: ​brooks@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE
5550 Merrick Road Suite 205, Massapequa , NY 11758
Phone: 516-882-0630
Fax: 516-882-0636

David Carlucci​ ​(38th Senate District, ​IDC​)
ALBANY OFFICE: 181 State Street 509 Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2991
Fax: 518-426-6737
email: ​carlucci@nysenate.gov
ROCKLAND DISTRICT OFFICE: 20 South Main Street, New City , NY 10956
Phone: 845-623-3627
Fax: 845-708-7701

Jose Peralta ​(13th Senate District,​ IDC​)
ALBANY OFFICE: 188 State Street Room 415, Legislative Office Building, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2529
Fax: (518) 426-6909
email: ​jperalta@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 32-37 Junction Boulevard, East Elmhurst , NY 11369
Phone: (718) 205-3881
Fax: (718) 205-4145

David Valesky​ ​ (53rd Senate District, ​IDC​)
ALBANY OFFICE: State Street CAP Room 514, Albany , NY 12247
Phone: 518-455-2838
Fax: 518-426-6885 email: ​valesky@nysenate.gov
DISTRICT OFFICE: 333 East Washington Street 805 State Office Building, Syracuse , NY 13202
Phone: 315-478-8745
Fax: 315-474-3804

June 23, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Urgent Action Required: save the 2017 Loft Law clean-up bill!

Ximena Garnica wrote:

We have a slim chance to convince Senator Jesse Hamilton to introduce a “same as” bill A8409 at the last minute. To do that the larger community needs to target 3 names with 3 different but related messages NOW!

Target 1: Send Senator Hamilton faxes and emails that show him that he can make a difference at this last hour and that his action of introducing a “same as” bill A8409 in the Senate will help keep hundreds of families in their homes. Tell him A8513 does not help keep families in their homes that are facing potential eviction this summer.

Target 2: Senator Klein, ask him to support a same-as bill A8409. Tell him that a “same as” bill A8409 will save hundreds of families from losing their homes.

Target 3: Senator Flanagan (he is a landlord supporter) but we need him to support a same-as bill that comes from Hamilton! Ok, who ever is out there GO GO! Let’s get this last minute’s action on.

SENATE LEADER:
Senator John J. Flanagan
Phone: 518-455-2071
Fax: 518-426-6904
Flanagan@nysenate.gov

INDEPENDENT DEMOCRAT leader
Senator Jeffrey D. Klein
Phone: 518-455-3595
Fax: 718-822-2321
Jdklein@nysenate.gov

SENATOR from Central Brooklyn
Senator Jesse Hamilton
Phone: 518.455.2431
Fax: 518-426-6856
Hamilton@nysenate.gov

More about the Loft Law:
New York City Loft Tenants Association
http://nyclofttenants.org/
More about Ximena:
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170516/williamsburg/loft-law-nyc-tenants-nyc-mayor-bill-de-blasio

June 21, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Barack Obama Wins Iowa: Score one for the Politics of Hope…

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Obama Wins Iowa: Why Everyone Has a Reason to Celebrate Tonight
by Arianna Huffington
January 3, 2008
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Even if your candidate didn’t win tonight, you have reason to celebrate. We all do.

Barack Obama’s stirring victory in Iowa — down home, folksy, farm-fed, Midwestern, and 92 percent white Iowa — says a lot about America, and also about the current mindset of the American voter.

Because tonight voters decided that they didn’t want to look back. They wanted to look into the future — as if a country exhausted by the last seven years wanted to recapture its youth.

More on Huffington Post

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Comment to the blog of Dr. Juan Cole (Informed Comment) in response to the blog post:

Zogby: Huckabee, Obama Surge
December 23, 2007

Dear Dr. Cole,

I, for one, believe Barack Obama will continue to surprise to the upside, if only because I believe — perhaps wishful thinking on my part — that the country is weary of the politics of division, post facto rationalizations of past poor judgement, and cross aisle finger pointing.

Aside from his grass roots community building “chops,” clear intelligence and ability to think on his feet in context-sensitive manner, Obama has clearly got the “vision thing” down to an art and in a way this country rather desperately needs in a campaign that is shaping up quite possibly as the “Hope on Hope” campaign, regardless of the Democratic candidate, not unrelated in my view to Huckabee’s recent rise in the polls.

Most importantly, it is a matter of unassailable public record that Obama took a stand from the beginning against the War in Iraq, a position I believe he has never wavered from. Via Wikipedia:

I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars. […] You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.
– fall 2002 anti-war rally at Chicago’s Federal Plaza

I believe he will be rewarded by the electorate for having had the courage and foresight to take the unpopular stand when it was a very difficult position to take.

Kindest Regards,
Raphie Frank

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Politics | | Leave a comment

Juan Cole: Outstanding U.S. Citizen

Juan Cole

Lest we forget those who DID know better that we might listen to them better next time. From Informed Comment, the blog of Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

International Law and the Building Iraq Campaign

It is a mistake to believe that multilateralists accept “rhetoric, promises, and declarations (especially with regard to Iran and Iraq).”

I know of few informed persons who would like to see the Saddam Hussein regime continue in power. I am not, however, the international community, and I am not comfortable with allowing Mssrs. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz to substitute themselves for it.

The key point is that in the wake of the two World Wars, the first of which cost 8.5 million soldiers’ lives, and the second of which cost 61 million lives altogether, an international community did come into existence. The United Nations Charter, the Security Council, and NATO were all set up as institutions in hopes of introducing some law and order into the jungle of unbridled state sovereignty. The United States is signatory to the UN Charter and to several other instruments of international law.

As a result, the United States may not unilaterally go to war against another state in the absence of a recognized casus belli without betraying the very ideals it championed in 1945…

FULL POST ON INFORMED COMMENT

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Related Post (by Raphie Frank)
What Did We Know and When Did We Know It?

December 22, 2007 Posted by | Iraq, Politics | Leave a comment

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Brian Naughton
The Speed of Sound by Brian Naughton

excerpt
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
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By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897.

Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

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Virginia O’Hanlon

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

December 22, 2007 Posted by | Photography, Storytelling | Leave a comment

The Physics of Friendship: by Lisa Zyga

Physics of Friendship
Credit: Marta Gonzalez

Applying a mathematical model to the social dynamics of people presents difficulties not involved with more physical – and perhaps more rational – applications. The many factors that influence an individual’s fate to meet an acquaintance and decide to become a friend are impossible to capture, but physicists have used techniques from physical systems to model social networks with near precision.

By modeling people’s interactions based on how particles bounce off each other in an enclosed area, physicists Marta Gonzalez, Pedro Lind and Hans Herrmann found that the characteristics of social networks emerge “in a very natural way.” In a study recently published in Physical Review Letters, the scientists compared their model to empirical data taken from a survey of more than 90,000 U.S. students regarding friendships, and found similarities indicating that this model may serve as a novel approach for understanding social networks.

“The idea behind our model, though simple, is different from the usual paradigmatic approaches,” Gonzalez told PhysOrg.com. “We consider a system of mobile agents (students), which at the beginning have no acquaintances; by moving in a continuous space they collide with each other, forming their friendships.”

After a collision, a particle moves in a different direction with an updated velocity, just as how an individual’s chance of meeting a new person depends on their most recent acquaintances.

Read Full Article

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SOME RELATED WRITINGS BY RAPHIE FRANK

noah and his mom
photo by tmcdaily

GAME THEORY & DISCRIMINATION
Toward an EXCEPTIONAL Simple Theory Of Everything :: Celestial Chiaroscuro
Introducing Social Cogeneration (& Cognitive Physics)
Letter to a Friend re: Scientific Censorship at the Cornell ArXiv Archives
From Pauli to Einstein to Penrose: A Physorg Letter to RPenner on the “Babelization” of Knowledge
From Darwin to Galileo: Physorg Notes On Observation and the Scientific Method

also see:
Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part III: Selected Papers & Essays)

December 18, 2007 Posted by | 1, Physics, Science | Leave a comment

From Brooklyn to Down Under: The Eyes of an Artist

Chrisseserville

Untitled by Chrisseserville (New Zealand)

trishlet writes:
Chrisse’s stream has taught me so much about how life and art can be the same thing, how the lens can merge and translate them. I think it is not that her life is more beautiful than ours but that her sensibility is so closely attuned to all those subtle things that matter, all those things on which elegant sensuality depends. Thank you Chrisse for your eye and nudges toward all that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Caribeth Klemundt
Caribeth Klemundt & Alicia Robles by Raphie Frank

Flitter, Glitter, Jiggle & Jag
11 Compositions, Progressions & Impressions in the key of Z
for translation into sound, image, movement & light
choreography by Caribeth Klemundt somewhere in New York, Ohio or Oregon some time in the future…

Portraits of Uganda
Portraits of Uganda by Brian Reisinger (Brooklyn, New York)

The portrait says: Save the Darfur Puppy
Continue reading

December 17, 2007 Posted by | 1, Photography | Leave a comment

A Couple Christmas Stories: for Marla Ruzicka, Willie Stargell and a Really Great Dad


Sami and Friends by Sean Sheridan

Dear [friend],

In the holiday spirit, I thought to share these with you. Feel free to pass along to anyone you feel might enjoy them.

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
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My answer to you… is that, yes, Virginia, Santa still exists… And how do I know that? I know it always by the childlike faith we cling to that yet makes “tolerable this existence,” and by the intensity of the disappointment we still feel when that faith is injured. For me, at least, Santa Claus exists not just “as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist,” but perhaps even more so. In fact, it may just be that Santa and the childlike faith he gives us are exactly what make love, generosity and devotion possible in the first place…

A Christmas Story for Marla Ruzicka
There was once a war and many people died. There was also much collateral damage. The people were the collateral. And everyone saw who bothered to look, but pretended they didn’t. But there was one girl, a shining, sprite pixie of a blond with an amber smile who DID notice….

Kindest Regards,
Raphie

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December 17, 2007 Posted by | Storytelling | | 2 Comments

The Mind of an Artist: Egg

eggie
photo by egg

Egg writes…
reality is always bending itself for us. sometimes it bends itself to amuse us, sometimes to teach us, sometimes to confuse us. It bends itself overtly and covertly. the bending takes many different forms — sometimes visual, sometimes spiritual, sometimes we feel vertigo that has nothing to do with any physical circumstances, even though we always try to link it to physical things.

this is a picture i took while I was driving. there was water being blown across my window as I drove, and I pointed my camera at that water. I’m fairly certain that in doing so i captured an analogy for the way reality bends thus, and perhaps the act itself. But one thing I’m sure of: one-ness.

December 16, 2007 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

Universal Time and the Internet

Giamapalo Macorig
A Quiet Place in My Dreams, by Giampaolo Macorig (Italy)

The original posting to this “link” has been backdated to October 22, 2007, a bit like time travel of perception. See: Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part IV: Conceptual Influences)

A couple points…

What jazz was to music, what digital technology was to still and moving images and sound, the blogosphere is to the human voice

The medium and message are now truly becoming one, meaning method and substance will become indistinguishable. The egg can come both before and after the chicken and the chicken can become a Javascripted rooster in the blink of an eye.

For inclusion in:
Life at the Speed of Phi: Falling into Sky
Aphorisms for the Information Age

December 14, 2007 Posted by | Physics, Science | Leave a comment

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