Keep the change you filthy animal.
The cover (full-size version is below) features a throwback photo of the New York City office building nestled in a black-and-white sea of iconic skyscrapers. But the retro photo’s headline is one of modern times — a #LastPrintIssue hashtag.
The poetic final nod to social media is fitting as it — in a bigger way — was part of the path that led to this last issue. Newsweek announced in October that, after nearly 80 years, it would shut down its print production due to the slump in print advertising sales, a common story among many print publishers in today’s rapid-fire online news cycle.
But this final print issue doesn’t signal closing doors for Newsweek. In 2013, it will move to an online-only publication called Newsweek Global. The new version will serve as “a single, worldwide edition targeted for a highly mobile, opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events in a sophisticated context,” the company said in a post published a couple of months ago.
Congrats, reader, on having a productive, successful 2012. I am very proud of you. In honor of all of your accomplishments, here is rapper 2 Chainz’s calendar year, just to bring you back down to earth and remind you that you’re a lazy slacker that probably doesn’t have curly-fry braids, can’t dance, and hasn’t the first notion of what it means to have the busiest, most productive year ever.
Ninety-eight documented singles. That’s incredible. Sure, there was a time period (still happening) when he would work with anyone (Lil Chuckee, Booba, Teairra Mari), but it’s kind of endearing. 2 Chainz doesn’t think he’s too good for anyone, me and you potentially included. The ferocious clip at which Lil Wayne made music in 2007 is well documented, but not even that can touch Tity 2 Necklace in 2012, especially when you couple it all with the fact that this time last year, he was barely on anyone’s radar.
In 1993, a United States senator with one of the great political brains of 20th-century America, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, said that we ought to forget gun control as a way to stanch criminal violence. It was hopeless, Senator Moynihan pointed out: even if the sale of new guns was totally forbidden, there were already enough guns in homes and private hands to last the country for 200 years…
His solution: Increase the tax on bullets. He wouldn’t raise the tax on ammunition typically used for target shooting or hunting. But he proposed exorbitant taxes on hollow-tipped bullets designed to penetrate armor and cause devastating damage….
Another sharp political mind, the comedian Chris Rock, argued that the price of bullets ought to be even higher than what the senator had suggested.
The Knicks are ballin’ and so is Raymond Felton. Meanwhile, in Houston, Linsanity is a bit more tepid than last year. I love how people were quick to tell the Dolan’s what is and isn’t a lot of money. The salary figures in the graphic are overly simplistic. The Knicks would have had to match the Rockets contract offer to Lin which was specifically designed to penalize the knicks financially in later years. Deadspin explains:
Here’s how $14.8 million in Lin’s pocket skyrockets to $58.3 million in James Dolan’s checkbook. It starts with a loophole in the Gilbert Arenas provision, which penalizes a team looking to match an offer sheet. In this case, the Rockets can average Lin’s salary against their own cap—roughly $8.4 million a year. But the Knicks, if they were to match, would take a hit on each year’s actual salary. So in 2014-2015, they’d be on the hook for all 15 million.
The Dolan statement is mainly hyperbole. But people certainly got caught up in the Lin hype. As irrational as NBA money is these days, LIn is probably not worth the money the Rockets are paying him, and DEFINITELY not worth the amount he would have cost the knicks ($15 million in year 3…LeBron only makes ~$17million/year). My point is that all these people who wanted Lin to be better than he is were wrong and James Dolan was right.
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