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William Rodriguez

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William Rodriguez, is a native of Puerto Rico, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the State of New Jersey. On September 11, 2001, and for approximately nineteen years prior thereto, Rodriguez was employed as a maintenance worker at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York, New York.

On 9/11, Rodriguez single-handedly rescued fifteen (15) persons from the WTC, and as Rodriguez was the only person at the site with the master key to the North Tower stairwells, he bravely led firefighters up the stairwell, unlocking doors as they ascended, thereby aiding in the successful evacuation of unknown hundreds of those who survived. Rodriguez, at great risk to his own life, re-entered the Towers three times after the first, North Tower impact at about 8:46 A.M., and is believed to be the last person to exit the North Tower alive, surviving the building’s collapse by diving beneath a fire truck. After receiving medical attention at the WTC site for his injuries, Rodriguez spent the rest of 9/11 aiding as a volunteer in the rescue efforts, and at dawn the following morning, was back at Ground Zero continuing his heroic efforts.

Rodriguez lost his employment of 19 years and his means of earning a living as a direct result of the attacks on the WTC on 9/11. Deeply affected, as one might imagine, by his experiences of 9/11, Rodriguez has, in a variety of capacities and through several different organizations, worked ever since that terrible day to help others who were affected by the atrocities committed. He has continued in these labors, notwithstanding the fact that, due to the loss of his employment, he has been unable to earn a living, and was even homeless for a time.

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The Possibilities of the Post-Retail City

I just had my first exposure to Reverend Billy, the leader of the Church of Stop Shopping. After reading a post (over at Polis) about the Reverend’s anti-consumerist group, I thought it was an actual church. To which I said: "Oh, excellent.

Of course, the CoSS is actually an act, with the "Reverend" being the stage persona of NYC performance artist Bill Talen. It’s a send-up of streetcorner preachers and televangelists, and it sounds hilarious. Better yet, there’s a point! Reverend Billy preaches against corporatist architecture and urbanism, advocating for sustainable, walkable communities with local economies. And while the site does pay lip service to independently owned local businesses, it is the Church of Stop Shopping, and one of their taglines is "Love is a Gift Economy!" Obviously, these people think that there are better ways for us to use all of that street-level retail space.


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Posted: August 20th, 2007
at 7:20pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,business,mnp is for the children,architecture

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How to Act

…is a guidebook some of these ninjas out here could really use.

But since we don’t have a link to that, ya’ll should really learn how to tie a tie.

tie yo' tie right

Seriously. I’m tired of seeing people looking like they’re marching to the gallows.

For you fancier, more sophisticated [Ed: read jobless] types there’s the MBA style tie site… and the slightly more intelligible tie-a-tie. Now get back to work.

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Posted: July 17th, 2007
at 1:22am by black octagons

Categories: mnp is for the children,weaponry,gear

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BOOCOO: be the change

A new cultural center has just sprung up around the corner from stomping grounds of years past- should be awesome! Offering space, classes in movement, music, words and nutrition, as well as a farming initiative and a new breath of air for the 5th Ward in Evanston.

Boocooa€™s diverse and multi-cultural programming addresses different aspects of human health, creativity and intellect. Boocoo has physical activity classes ranging from dance to martial arts, a recording studio with affordable rates, a music school, music production workshops, a digital lab, a performance space and a healthy cafA©. Each component of Boocoo is part of sustaining the center and creating a surplus that allows for content affordability. Sustainability at Boocoo means ensuring staff continuity and decent wages, program and center longevity, content accessibility for local residents and youth, minimal environmental footprint and ensuring participating artists, musicians and instructors, a solid student presence.

boocoo an agent of edf

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oh my god! zoroastrianism is

Some major modern Zoroastrian precepts:

  • Equalism: Equality of all, irrespective of gender, race, or religion.
  • Respect and kindness towards all living things. Condemnation of the oppression of human beings, cruelty against animals and sacrifice of animals.
  • Environmentalism: Nature is central to the practice of Zoroastrianism and many important Zoroastrian annual festivals are in celebration of nature: new year on the first day of spring, the water festival in summer, the autumn festival at the end of the season, and the mid-winter fire festival.
  • Hard work and charity: Laziness and sloth are frowned upon. Zoroastrians are encouraged to part with a little of what would otherwise be their own.
  • Loyalty and faithfulness to "family, settlement, tribe, and countries."


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Posted: May 11th, 2007
at 9:51am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,life,too good to be true,green,mnp is for the children,weaponry,fo' real?,9th dan

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a€oethird-culture kida€A

An article in the FT by John Lanchester this week-end dealt with the notion of a€oethird-culture kida€A: children who accompany their parents when they went to live in countries other than their own and then become hybrid (taking elements of the a€oehomea€A culture from which their parents came and the culture of the place in which they were being brought up). The authors then use this as a metaphor for other purposes.

Roots are for trees. That was once a distinctly leftwing argument: the idea was that the political right had a vested interest in people staying, geographically and psychologically, in their place. When, during the second world war, General de Gaulle approached the philosopher Simone Weil to write down her ideas about the future of France, she called the resulting book Enracinement a€" Rootedness (though the English translation, a little plonkingly, calls it The Need for Roots). Her ideas were seen as conservative, expressing a nostalgia for a world in which people did not move from where their feet were firmly planted in the soil. When T.S. Eliot argued against a€oerootless cosmopolitansa€A a€" in his lexicon, a code phrase for Jews a€" he was making a similar point. People should be where they are from.

Now, curiously, the politics of rootedness seem to have reversed. It is the left that argues for protection from the forces of modernity, for the importance of the local, while the right argues that mobility and transience are simply unavoidable conditions of modern economic reality. The slogans of globalisation are a€oeget on your bikea€A and a€oethe world is flata€A. People who want to get on have to be willing to move, often and unhesitatingly, at the behest of their employer or to seek work.

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Posted: April 8th, 2007
at 5:13pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,mnp is for the children

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Introducing Saab, the man not the auto-maker, and the Japanese auto-makersa€™ Conspiracy.


Opinion is a strange thing. It hardly matters what it is, until there is one that differs from it. Jalali Baba is aware that his opinion is thus lent added credibility when Saab commits the blasphemy of differing form it; and this is perhaps why Jalali Baba bears with Saaba€™s incredible incredulity. Saaba€™s disagreement proves little else than the vanity of an assumption that Jalali Babaa€™s opinion can be the subject of any skepticism at all.

This was baffling; why would they want to give us, their own people, bad backs? It was at this point that one was reminded of the golden rule about assumption, which was that one must assume the best on anothera€™s part, until there was reason to assume otherwise. One is not always a fool; so we tried to assume the best on the agentsa€™ part; and the only plausible explanation was that the agents want us all to have bad backs so that the orthopedics are kept busy, and since there are so many of these Japanese cars around, it was apparent that the agents did not just want the Orthopedics busy, they wanted them terribly busy, busy enough to give them bad backs. Working with the golden rule again, we got to the conclusion that they wanted the Orthopedics to have badbacks so that they could experience first hand the pain they had to treat, and at this point it all fell in place - magically or not.


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Posted: March 29th, 2007
at 10:14pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: whips,mnp is for the children

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coloring books for all



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Posted: March 26th, 2007
at 3:31pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Motomichi vs Android8


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Posted: March 24th, 2007
at 6:11pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games,mnp is for the children

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