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For my three regular ScaryNY readers and the other people looking for scary images that make you shit your pants, I should mention that I won't be posting until January 5th or so. Fear not: there will be plenty of scary stuff happening in New York City. It's just that you're on your own for a week or so. Have a wonderful New Year.

- posted by matt @ 12/27/2003 08:49:00 PM

NYC May Not be Included in Military Air Patrols

"Military officials said Tuesday they have bolstered air patrols over the United States since the terror threat level was raised. But they would not say if that meant increased protection above New York City, as local officials have requested."

Ahem, this is crap. I've seen jet fighters over the city the last few days flying very high in the sky, with condensation trails behind them. And black helicopters, too. Plenty of them, My tin-foil hat will keep me safe, though.

- posted by matt @ 12/23/2003 06:04:00 PM

B'klyn Cop Investigated

"A Brooklyn cop is being investigated for Internet postings in which he brags about beating suspects, writing phony tickets and ignoring calls to his precinct."

The story goes one... "The officer, identified by Internal Affairs investigators as a patrol cop who works in the 75th Precinct, uses the pseudonym 'Brooklynbacon' and posts his messages on a site accessible through"

Check it out.

Google Cache just in case.

Why do I feel like this is some kid in Brooklyn with a police scanner. The whole thing sounds like it's written by a 13-year-old.

Update: Sure enough, it looks like "Brooklynbacon" deleted all of his posts. See the Google cache link above if you want to get an idea of what was there.

- posted by matt @ 12/23/2003 12:52:00 AM

New Yorkers Remain Cool

"As police deployed security teams around landmark locations and transit hubs in a heightened 'Code Orange' response on Monday, many New Yorkers were paying attention to their own threat level: With just days before Christmas, the time for shopping was growing short."

Yada yada... the story goes on:

"And Vincent Favorito, a Brooklyn homeowner more concerned with his recently stolen Christmas decorations, said raising the terror alert wasn't even helpful if there weren't concrete actions for people to take.

"'It's aggravation, it doesn't do anything except make people nervous,' he said. 'What am I supposed to do? They don't tell me. Yellow alert, orange alert, even if it was two red alerts -- I still don't know what I'm supposed to do about it.'"

Like I've been saying, people have other things on their minds.

- posted by matt @ 12/23/2003 12:15:00 AM

Nation's Threat Level Rising to Orange

"The government on Sunday raised the national threat level to orange, indicating a high risk of terrorist attack, and said threat indicators are 'perhaps greater now than at any point' since Sept. 11, 2001, with strikes possible during the holidays."

Orange... the new Yellow. I think I read that somewhere once before, but I liked it. Or maybe I just made it up. I don't know. Either way, I guess you should get under your bed or something. Hide.

Anyone else notice the CAP (combat air patrols) flying over the city?

Go read the story I just linked to. Tell me it's not the same story you read the four other times the threat level has been raised.

- posted by matt @ 12/21/2003 05:05:00 PM

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