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East Village Tea Party

While I’m on the subject of predictions, I have another one to share with you. The inspiration for this was the photo that accompanies a story on EV Grieve (one of four written within two days) about a news stand operator in Astor Place who has been operating without a license, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ effort to collect a fine that was levied against him, and the response of a handful of local residents:

To which I commented:

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It’s the accumulation of similar stories and photos, and the resulting comments, that informs this psychic revelation. Like any prediction it’s a gut feeling, within existing material conditions.

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Once I had the idea to write this, I did an internet search for “East Village Tea Party” and found this:

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From a comment posted to The Villager (abridged)

and:

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A post to the Tumblr sub-domain Neighborhoodr-EastVillage, linking to a NY Post article

It’s not surprising. The rugged, individualist ideology of the “East Village” dovetails nicely with the Tea Party.

Anyway, that’s my prediction. I set a reminder on my calendar for December 15, 2018 to check back on this!

Oh Boy… Right Again

I met this guy – and he looked like he might have been a hat check clerk at an ice rink. Which, in fact, he turned out to be. And I said: Oh boy. Right again.

It’s funny how some things stay with you forever.

Back in February of this year I wrote:

    It’s ridiculous that this effort is hailed as being in the “spirit of the East Village”. People in the “East Village” organized to demand jobs, to demand affordable housing, to stop evictions. … I can’t wait until the “spirit of the East Village” is invoked to oppose increases in the minimum wage!

Well, no spirits were invoked, but the position has been staked by the writer of the blog Save The Lower East Side:

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I don’t feel like responding to it now. It’s enough that it happened. I’ll just leave you with Laurie Anderson: