Eric Adams: terrible

I’ve been reading this article about Eric Adams and it’s making my blood boil, so I thought I’d share some of the heat:

The contradictions of man are many, and Eric Adams has more than most. These mysteries of the self, whatever they might mean to the 8.8 million people of his city, however much they might fascinate or confuse, frustrate or delight, do not trouble the mind of the mayor. They might invite further self-reflection, a private moment to journal or meditate, but these contradictions are not problems to fix or sort out. They simply are. When you believe, as Eric Adams does, that your mind can create its own personal reality at a subatomic quantum level, then endless versions of the self can and do exist within any given moment in time.


He buys a bag of fresh spinach and a single mango, then falls in step with the march of commuters around him, heading for the downtown express train — because, as he often says, “You can’t be a good shepherd if you’re not among the sheep.”

Oh I hate him so much – he’s calling us sheep!

To spend time in Eric Adams’ reality is to encounter many such metaphors: Crises can either be burials or plantings. Crime is a sea of violence, flowing from many rivers, all of which must be dammed. Children are slipping through the system, falling into raging waters, floating downstream. The solutions need to be upstream solutions.

But the sheep — the sheep hold special resonance. John 10:14 says, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” Eric Adams, a Christian who collects Buddhist statuettes, says, “I am one of you. I get it.” In the Bible, the shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. In New York, there are a lot of sheep. One night at Gracie Mansion, Adams was wrestling with this — not the responsibility of it, but a paradox he felt within.

Oh great, it’s a religious reference where he’s in the role of god.

But the mayor has national ambitions, too, though they are not as easily defined as, say, a presidential run, or an ideological crusade. Instead, he wants the party to free itself of litmus tests, lanes and labels.

No more policy, no more reform, no more progress, just politicians wheeling and dealing and trying to grab whatever they can that isn’t nailed down – the Adams guarantee!

Adams wanted to write a book for worried parents based on what he’d learned as a police captain. By the time Don’t Let It Happen went on sale in 2009, Adams was a member of the New York state senate, on his way to the borough president’s office and City Hall. But the book wasn’t about politics or policy. It was granular and literal — his own step-by-step guide to, among other things, snooping on your kids.

Adams tip No. 1: Conduct routine weekly searches for drugs in your home. Conduct these searches slowly and methodically. Search CD cases, hollowed-out books, garbage bags, shoes, bedding, vases, plants, picture frames, magazines. Be creative. “Move counter-clockwise.”

Adams tip No. 2: Do not underestimate beer as a driver of alcohol abuse. “Simply put, you can get drunk on beer!” Purchase a portable CheckMan breathalyzer.

Adams tip No. 3: Spot members of a gang by how they style their clothes and hair: Look for oversized white t-shirts, oversized Dickie pants and women in heavy makeup.


In February, 40 days into his term, he wrote a speech about Jayquan McKenley, an 18-year-old rap artist who lost his life to gun violence in Brooklyn. The speech was about the system that “failed” McKenley, but it led Adams to explore the social media-driven world of “drill rap,” where posts have “bled out into violent real-world confrontations,” he said. He told reporters he had spoken about drill rap with his son, Jordan Coleman, a 26-year-old filmmaker and artist, and floated the idea of banning it altogether, much as Twitter had banned Donald Trump “because of what he was spewing.”

Except Coleman and his dad never discussed McKenley. Jordan had shown his dad videos of another drill rapper, Pop Smoke, back in 2019. “I’m like, ‘Dude! That was three years ago,’” Coleman told me. “You cannot ban a genre of music, Dad!” Soon after, rappers expressed alarm at a mayor threatening to eliminate (as if he had the power to do so) an entire form of music.

At least we can be confident Adams won’t try to ban any genres of music his son is a personal fan of.

When the mayoral field started to take shape last year, [de Blasio] saw Adams as the only clear choice. And behind the scenes, he made his preference known. “I did try to help him everywhere I could in the primary,” de Blasio told me. 

Well at least he’s got the de Blasio seal of approval…

[Adams] learned that New York sits on a store of rare gems and stones, and believes that as a result, “there’s a special energy that comes from here.” On his right wrist he wears a pair of multi-colored energy stone bracelets. He has read several books by Joe Dispenza, a neuroscientist and faculty member at Honolulu’s Quantum University whose bestseller, Becoming Supernatural, teaches that we can transform our physical and emotional state through the teachings of quantum physics. “If you were to take your attention off your life or get beyond the memory of your life,” Dispenza writes, “your life should turn into possibility.” On stage with Adams on election night was another Quantum University faculty member, Bindu Babu, an integrative medicine practitioner and reiki instructor whom Adams appointed to his health transition team in December.

Oh my god

During his campaign, Adams came to Zero Bond as a guest of Ronn Torossian, an aggressive PR executive whose past clients include the Eric Trump Foundation and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and who lied about running a trade news site that bashed other PR firms while praising his own, until a report from veteran media reporter Keith J. Kelly prompted him to admit it.

Fun, fun

The appeal of Eric Adams, first as a candidate, now as mayor, is built on that fleeting quality known as confidence — confidence in himself, in telling his story, in being unapologetic about what he wants to do, how he wants to do it, and who he wants to do it with, whether it fits your lanes and labels or not. 

One might even call him a “confidence man”

Adams has an agenda, but he also has a way of asking people to stand with him because of who he is, as opposed to what he wants to do. And it’s made him popular. He is fun to watch. He is always popping up at bars, at fires, at crime scenes, at Broadway openings. He loves being mayor. He is always smiling. In a pandemic, in a city still on its heels, a smile has power.

There’s a story about that smile Adams has told before.

Sometimes, when he got in trouble as a young kid, Adams would look at his mom, who passed away months before she got to see her son inaugurated as mayor, and he would flash her a smile. And his mother would see that smile and say to her son, “How could I discipline you?”

Our latest killer clown in political leadership. It’s going to be a long 4-8 years in NYC.

Quite Linkly 12/13 – 12/19 2021


Get boosted!

Adrienne Adams (no relation to our new mayor) seems to have sewn up the city council speakership:


Fingers crossed but hard to be optimistic at this point:


Quite Linkly 12/6 – 12/12 2021


Carlina Rivera is the clear best choice:


Judge rules California can’t ban pharmaceutical companies from paying off other companies to not manufacture generic competitors to their drugs, yikes:

Economy – lots of great economic news coming in, but when will the media narrative turn around?


It’s incredible to think that Republicans have managed to improve their political performance by completely dropping any pretense of having an official policy agenda, with the only remaining question being to what extent they really are that rudderless, vs actually still being committed to their staggeringly unpopular agenda from before and smartly keeping quiet about it:


Makes you think


Bastani has since been readmitted to twitter. I highly recommend following him for British political news:

Get your booster shot!

Quite Linkly 11/29 – 12/5 2021


New York’s system for appointing judges is a corrupt machine politics dominated shitshow and produces the results you’d expect:

We need to be ready to campaign to keep Hakeem Jeffries out of the Speaker of the House position after Pelosi retires. There’s a chance for a progressive to take power in the House for the first time in a long time (Jayapal?) and we can’t let the opportunity slip past us and a corrupt tool like Jeffries get entrenched:

People who refuse to get vaccinated are idiots, but the real villains are the companies blocking a global expansion of vaccine production sufficient to vaccinate the billions of people who would like one but don’t have access yet:


WhatsApp and other corporate owned ‘encrypted’ messaging platforms hand your info right over when asked by governments they want to do business with:

Meanwhile Signal literally doesn’t collect that information and can’t hand it over even when ordered to:

Culture War

Growing up

I usually follow Ross Barkan for his New York political takes but this is a very sweet article about sports, meritocracy and growing up in New York:

Quite Linkly 11/22 – 11/28 2021


Venezuela – big victory for Chavismo in Venezuela’s recent election, no serious claims of fraud, but of course the US government is still denying reality



Most fake news seems to originate from lies made up by cops:

Is there anything to the JFK assassination conspiracy theories/ Oliver Stone certainly seems to think so. I truly have no idea:

Culture War

Really gets to the bottom of what’s gone wrong with Glenn Greenwald lately. Still a good journalist and a smart guy, but has really twisted himself in knots sucking up to Fox News so they’ll keep putting him on TV:
Got to rip that band-aid off now

Quite Linkly 11/15 – 11/21 2021

Quiet week of links today, have a happy Thanksgiving!

Monarchy is an abomination:

Corporate diversity trainings are worse than useless in terms of reducing racism, but they do exactly the job they need to in terms of protecting corporations from anti-discrimination lawsuits:

Quite Linkly 11/8 – 11/14 2021

Hopeful Developments

Between the new nuclear renaissance and spectacular progress in renewable energy we are on the verge of a new golden age of cheap energy:

The lesson from this year’s elections is that to bring people out in off-off-years (or any other time) you have to give them something to vote for, not just count on them knowing you’re less monstrous than the other guys:


Fingers crossed Build Back Better manages to get across the finished line in some diminished form, but it may well just die now that the rest of the progressive caucus has abandoned the squad and given up their leverage by delinking it from the Infrastructure bill:


Nicotine vaporizers eliminate the health risks of cigarettes but for some reason prohibitionists go after them at least as hard:

Culture War

Some good stuff here about testing in schools, though marred by Ygelsias trying to blame everything on Teacher Unions:

Quite Linkly 11/1 – 11/7 2021


The war on cars continues!

But the cars are fighting back:

Fuck the NYPD:

The second largest strike in America is going on at Columbia right now:

Culture War – is America experiencing a woke cultural revolution or just a moral panic about changing social values? Opinions differ.

Past & Future

Wild article about Monica Lewinsky’s time in front of a grand jury in 1998, pairs well with the latest season of American Crime Story:

The man is coming for your porn!

Every city and state government in America would be wise to set up its own in-house bank:

Foreign Lands

Get Vaccinated

Quite Linkly 10/25 – 10/31 2021

Labor – another big week for workers!


This bill that’s slowly working its way through the EU lawmaking process is an unbelievable disaster, basically mandating automated filters to scan everything that gets put on the internet and delete it if it violates copyright or violates other EU policy. Just another reason to abolish bans on filesharing – as long as those bans exist enforcing them is used as justification to take away our freedom:

The clean energy future is not just going to be good because it reduces climate change, but because energy will be much cheaper and more abundant than it is now. Energy availability is one of the top determinants of people’s standard of living so this will be an incredibly great development in ways that are hard to imagine in our current energy-strapped society:


By far the top priority for political leadership needs to be demand management. So far the pandemic stimulus has done a much better job of that than the response to the last economic crisis. But we need MORE, passing the Reconciliation and Infrastructure will give a nice extra blast of stimulus:

A few parts of the Biden executive branch are surprisingly good, including the NLRB and FTC:


“Man restraining trade” – sculpture outside the FTC

Quite Linkly 10/18 – 10/24

New York

Moral Panics

Strike Wave