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Poet uses 17 syllables to describe 9 million people of NYC

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Poet uses 17 syllables to describe 9 million people of NYC

Peter Goldmark has held many highly impressive jobs, including head of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, program director at the Environmental Defense Fund, and publisher of the International Herald Tribune. Now he can add “author and poet” to the list: “Haikus for New York City,” (Tuttle Publishing), out now. “Seventeen syllables for nine million people? This’ll never work!” declares the cover. 

These poems are a love letter to the city. (“In this city of crowds, horns, shoving, hurrying/You can be alone” “Ever go one entire day/crossing only/at the corners on green?” “Others think New Yorkers are wise-asses/We’re just being descriptive.” 

Goldmark began casually writing poetry at age 40, as a way to deal with professional stress. “I’ve had jobs with real pressure — riots, hostage situations, and this was a way to figure out what I was really feeling.” 

One such high-pressure job: Serving as New York state budget director during the 1970s fiscal crisis (“We won that game in the bottom of the ninth,” he says. “But we almost didn’t.”) 

The haikus were a way of working through the sadness of this past year. Eight members of his immediate family had COVID-19, so there was a very personal dimension to the pandemic. Writing helped. “This was a moment to rediscover and honor some of the great things about NYC, during a time we rediscovered that we wanted to help each other,” he says. “And we rediscovered, with reverence and mischief, that we can rise to a challenge.” 

Post-pandemic, New Yorkers will be required to exhibit a most un-New Yorky quality: patience. “The city needs us all to orient ourselves for a period of shakeout when we discover what was only a temporary change, and what was leading to a big change,” he says. “We don’t know how that will sort out. But it needs us to be ready, and to go on that journey together.”

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A bombing near an Afghanistan school killed at least 30 people, many of them students.

Fifty-two other people were also injured in the Kabul attack, NPR reports.

Many of the victims were girls, who are taught at the Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school separately from boys in the afternoon, when the bombing occurred, according to the article.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban for the terror, as it opposes education for women and girls, according to the report. However, the group reportedly condemned the blast and said it was not behind it. No organization has claimed responsibility.

The violence comes as the US and NATO begin removing troops from the country.

President Biden has pledged to pull the military completely out of Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those warning of “huge consequences” of the pullout, including a Taliban-controlled government.

Last week, The Taliban threatened new attacks on US troops, after Washington failed to meet former President Trump’s May 1 deadline to leave the country.

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Dogecoin took a dive during Elon Musk’s ‘SNL’ hosting gig

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Elon Musk’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig did not send Dogecoin to the moon — instead, it slid by 21 percent during the broadcast, despite multiple mentions of the SpaceX founder’s favorite cryptocurrency.

The meme currency started the day at a high of $0.73, and sold off to $0.63 as SNL went live from NBC’s Studio 8H at 11:30 p.m., according to Coindesk’s price history.

After Musk mentioned the currency as a Mother’s Day present for his own mom, who was on hand during his monologue, the asset slid by six cents.

“I’m excited for my Mother’s Day gift,” Musk’s mother said. “I just hope it’s not Dogecoin.”

By 12:29 a.m., the currency plummeted to $0.50. before rebounding to $0.56 as the show went off the air, according to the site.

Musk also revealed to the audience he has Asperger’s syndrome during the opening speech.

The Tesla CEO also did a Q and A about the currency on the Weekend Update segment, which poked fun at the esoteric nature of coin.

A sketch at the end of the comedy show also poked fun at early currencies.

The day before the show, Musk warned investors to be careful when trading Dogecoin and other currencies.

“Cryptocurrency is promising, but please invest with caution!,” he tweeted.

Saturday’s volatility came after crypto CEO Barry Silbert took to Twitter to announce he was betting against Doge, which started as a joke.

“Okay $DOGE peeps, it’s been fun. Welcome to crypto! But the time has come for you to convert your DOGE to BTC, Silbert wrote.

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Two seriously hurt in Malibu balcony collapse

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Two people were critically hurt when a balcony collapsed in Malibu, according to reports.

The collapse, which happened along the Pacific Coast Highway, sent at least four others to the hospital.

While it’s unclear how many people were on the balcony or why it collapsed, everyone who fell was rescued from the beach, the Los Angeles Daily News said.

Officials were expected to examine the building on Monday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

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