Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bye Bye Buddha Tea House

State Liquor Authority Lifts License Following Stabbings, Fights, Assaults

            Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) issued an emergency suspension of the Buddha Tea House, at 69 North Pearl Street in Albany. The suspension was ordered by Members of the SLA, Chairman Dennis Rosen, Commissioner Jeanique Greene and Commissioner Kevin Kim at a meeting of the Full Board on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  Effective immediately, no alcohol may be served or consumed on the premises.   

            On November 9, 2014 at approximately 1:45 am, an Albany Police Department (APD) patrol unit witnessed a victim of a stabbing exiting the Buddha Tea House.  APD officers responding to the victim were impeded by a violent altercation involving patrons of the Buddha Tea House, an altercation that erupted directly outside the bar in the immediate aftermath of the stabbing, resulting in the injury of two additional patrons.  APD officers report the licensee and staff were uncooperative with the investigation; by attempting to deny police officers access to the bar, denying the incident occurred inside the premises, denying APD access to security video, in addition to attempting to clean up the crime scene.  The SLA charged the bar with three violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, including disorderly premises and deliberately interfering with a police investigation.  

Net Neutrality (Future of the Internet)

President Obama put forth a plan this week calling on the Federal Communications Commission to adopt strict rules protecting net neutrality. The agency has been working to balance the interests of technology companies who create and transmit information over the Internet with the concerns of cable operators and equipment makers that build and maintain the infrastructure that carries that information.


Can you make a quick call to the FCC right now to tell Chairman Wheeler that you demand action for Net Neutrality without delay?

Tech companies, like Google and Netflix, generally oppose proposals that allow broadband companies to charge different rates for faster speeds. According to a story published on, the president is pushing for rules that would reclassify broadband operators and permit more regulation, bringing them in line with how phone companies have been regulated for decades. That would prevent preferential pricing and eliminate the so-called "fast" and "slow" lanes."

According to, Comcast was recently dubbed the “worst company in America,” by the Consumerist. AT&T is so uncompetitive that it can put the brakes on a 100-city fiber rollout, as it did this week, without feeling much pressure from business rivals.

In my opinion, there is a greater force here: freedom of the press, freedom of information, Americans' right to know. If the net here is managed or capped or tamed or whatever, while other nations are "net neutral," will that put the U.S. at a disadvantage? Remember, these "internet providers" are interested only in cash money, not in education, art, liberty or creativity.  They are looking for dollars.

A decade ago, the FCC said that less regulation would help deliver better consumer internet services, but that hasn’t panned out. Internet service here is slipping. Compared with countries such as Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands, we pay too much for not enough bandwidth. Wired advises folks check out former LA Times Reporter Chris O’Brien’s eye-opening observations on life on the French internet fast lane if you want a taste of how bad things are here in the U.S.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Blow Up: Film Screening At UAlbany

November 21 (Friday)
Film screening — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni | UK/Italy, 1966, 111 minutes, color | Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, David Hemmings

Based on a story by Argentine fiction writer Julio Cortázar (1914-1984), one of the most admired and innovative writers of the 20th century, BLOW-UP won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay. A “mod” fashion photographer believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film during a photo shoot in a London park. Watch for musical performances by the Yardbirds.

Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Bestselling Biographer Richard Norton Smith In Albany Thursday

Richard Norton Smith
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Richard Norton Smith, historian and biographer
November 20 (Thursday)

Keynote Lecture, “On His Own Terms” — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Richard Norton Smith, C-SPAN’s “in-house historian,” and an eminent authority on the American presidency, will deliver the keynote lecture for the Researching New York 2014 conference on his new book, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller (2014). Fourteen years in the writing, the book is being hailed as the definitive biography of the New York governor and U.S. vice president. Historian Douglas Brinkley described the book as, “one of the greatest cradle-to-grave biographies written in the past fifty years.”
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Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Department of History and the NYS Archives Partnership Trust in conjunction with the
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Egyptologist-author Kara Cooney in Albany for a special lecture about Hatshepsut

ALBANY, NEW YORK- The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to host internationally known Egyptologist and author Kara Cooney for a special lecture about Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Kara Cooney is Associate Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. Her new book The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, draws from the latest field research to fill in the gaps of what we know about the famous pharaoh and explore the obstacles that faced women who sought power and prestige in a society that equated authority with masculinity. Cooney will be available to sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. This lecture and book signing will take place on Sunday, November 16 at 2PM. It is open to the public and free with museum admission.

  • Price: $28.00
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 9780307956767
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Dr. Cooney is a well-known Egyptologist and the Assistant Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. She received her PhD for Near Eastern Studies in 2002 from Johns Hopkins University. Some of her excavation experience includes projects in Deir el Medina in Egypt, Dahshur, and several tombs at Thebes. In 2005, she was a curator for Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooney has also been on Discovery Channel documentaries including: Out of Egypt and Egypt’s Lost Queen.

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