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USOpen2014eKristinaMladenovicUSOpen-ShuaiZhangUnder a perfect sky in Flushing the U.S. Tennis Open got underway today.

One of the stories at this year’s Open is the lack of American men, among the top performers, in Grand Slam matches during 2013 & 2014. A Tennis Hall of Fame official we spoke with was forthright, saying the reason may have something to do with the adverse effects of American culture — making people soft (especially mentally), with no work ethic.

Kristina Mladenovic (top right) of France plays Petra Kvitova (recent Wimbledon champion) of the Czech Republic, 8/26. in what could be an interesting match.

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5Pointz#7Train20135PointzDemolitionAfter white-washing the graffiti mecca last November, the building’s owner began demolition today.

Top Photo: October 2013; Bottom Photo: August 22, 2014

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WhiteDiner en Blanc, the viral impromptu chic picnic, where everyone wears white, arrives in NYC, August 25.

This year’s meal, expected to draw 4000 people, will feature white wines from Bordeaux.

CleanOur favorite products at NY Now were: Clean eau de parfum, Scottish Fine SoapsAcca Kappa soaps, and Virginia Cocktail Fine Virginia Peanuts.

Pig-themed products seemed to be everywhere, from Hammond’s Pigs N’ Taters (milk chocolate with bacon bits), to pig dolls from Maileg.

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King2014iObama’s options dim when the protesters and cops act just like him.

One day we see Obama on the side of the rebels, throwing Molotov Cocktails (see Ukraine & Syria), and the next day on the side of the oppressors, murdering civilians (see Israel).

The answer can be found in being truthful, and not an egoist. Self-centeredness is not the way to be.

NYNOW2014-BooksClassic. A book which people praise but don’t read.” Mark Twain

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Tutem-MasksmyzenhomeNY NOW, billed as the ‘market for home and lifestyle,’ opened today with 2800+ vendors from 55 countries.

A couple of products that caught our eye — the personal microbe manager mask from Tutem and the yoga cushion from MyZenHome.

FranceUK-UNLE ran into two senior military officers, from France and England, outside the UN today, and asked them “What is the answer in Syria?” One replied: “No boots on the ground!”

Analysis: If that means the Asaad government can stay in power, “good.” If it means more refugees (Christians) get slaughtered, “not good.”

Starting in 2011 the Obama administration, along with a host of other bad actors — including France & England, sought to overthrow the legitimate Assad government in Syria — no doubt for reasons of plunder and to appease Israel and Saudi Arabia. ISIS and genocide were born out of that cabal.

The chaos, death and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya and now Ukraine, is the work of evil-doers, who likely see themselves as liberators.

MadMen2014Brand anthropologists and Baptist ministers (especially corrupt ones) like to encourage herd and mob behavior.

Herds (faceless numbers) and mobs (raging sex organs) tend not to embody the truth, justice, and unity that engender healthy persons and society.

The mounting mental illness in America is testimony to that.

VladHolidayVlad Holiday, front man for the alternative rock band Born Cages, worked on a video in Tompkins Square Park today.

The American ‘way of life’ is producing plenty of displaced (and caged) persons, at home and abroad.

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