This couldn’t have anything to do with the Obama Special Olympics gaffe could it? R-word.org was launched by Special Olympics just days after his Tonight Show appearance and it encourages people to take this pledge:
I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
We’re all about encouraging sensitivity, but aren’t there more important things to worry about, like raising awareness, ensuring proper medical care, and preventative research? As Gawker points out, in a few years “retarded” will likely be the term of choice. It’s like obsessing over the juvenile use of the word gay (see thinkb4youspeak.com) instead of trying to overturn gay marriage bans. These campaigns just strike us as being, uh, r-word, g-word, and utterly missing the big picture.
The Feedbag noticed that Lazy Catfish needed a little bit of motivation from the Department of Health to get that dang hot water problem checked out. In a sign (below the jump) posted by the DOH, it appears the Catfish is closed for unknown health/hygene related problems. But in another, management blames the hot water problem. Perhaps they’re related? Can’t boil the vermin germs off the plates no mo’? So, this is a bummer. Get off your lazy asses and get that heater problem fixed! <3 u.
The consonants-only LVHRD is throwing their annual party PHTHRD in Williamsburg tomorrow night. They’re going for The World’s Most Photographed Party record, as certified by the Universal Record Database, so be sure to bring a camera. They’ll take “everything from Nikon D3x’s to Kodak Fun Saver Disposables‚ÄîPolaroid PoGo’s to Lomo Pop9′s‚ÄîCanon HD Camcorders to Flip Minos.”
So where is it? I don’t know! But if you sign up you’ll get a text message “the day before,” which of course is today, telling you where to go. Hint: It’s five blocks from the water. They’ll have Nick Catchdubs and an open bar by Dewar’s and Brooklyn Brewery. Visit LVHRD at Eventbrite for tix and more info. Use the discount code “memberhrd” for $10 off the ticket price, and then join them on Facebook so you don’t feel bad about it.
From NY Times
McCarren Park Pool, right, located on the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, is set to become a swimming spot again, and the summer rock concerts that put it on the musical map will move to the Williamsburg waterfront. Stephanie Thayer, the executive director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a nonprofit group that coordinated last year’s concerts, said a strip along the East River between North Eighth and North Ninth Streets that was designated a state park will hold concerts this summer, with room for 6,000 fans. The news was confirmed by the office of Joseph R. Lentol, the state assemblyman who represents Greenpoint and Williamsburg. ‚”This is the continuation of McCarren Park Pool,” Ms. Thayer said. ‚”It’s different, but it has its own exquisite beauty, with the waterfront and the skyline of Manhattan.” She said she planned to work with many of the promoters who put on events at the pool last summer, and would seek classical and opera concerts as well.