Are Flesh Eating Squirrels On The Rise In NYC?


(PCM) Most people don’t think anything about seeing a cute and fuzzy little squirrel frolicking around our yards and sometimes wreaking havoc on our bird feeders, however people in NYC may want to think again before interacting with these flesh-eating little beasts, especially if you work for MTA.

About a month ago an MTA worker was viciously attacked by a squirrel on a New York City subway car. The squirrel bit off a chunk of the woman’s finger and caused her to make a visit to the emergency room for treatment.  While one incident like that one can happen from time to time, it now seems that there has been yet another squirrel attack on an MTA works that occurred just this past week. 

Witnesses of this most recent flesh-eating squirrel attack, claim that the demonic little squirrel ran through the window of the Q train and then proceeded to stare down and attack the train operator. Passengers nearby were able to come the operators rescue and force the squirrel off of the train. The operators injuries, if any sustained were not reported. 

It is not known if there have been any additional squirrel attacks in the immediate area, but it seems like they really have it out for MTA workers. Either that or it is the start of the flesh-eating squirrel revolt and in that case we should all beware. 

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“Artist” Stirs Up Controversy Selling People’s Instagram Images For Profit


(PCM) A so-called “artist” by the name of Richard Prince has been turning quite a large profit by blowing up images from other people’s Instagram posts and selling them for upwards of $100,000. This is yet another reason to be incredibly careful about what you post online, as Mr. Prince is selling all of these prints without the permission of the individuals who originally posted and shot the photos.

Thus far, those that have attempted to sue Prince for copyright infringement have all lost in court due to a loophole in the laws surrounding intellectual property. It appears that fair use allows artists to comment or change an existing artwork to create something different. It is just how much change that is needed to make it different that comes into question, as long as it is a new expression, the court system considers it to be fair use.

Prince is simply taking the original photo from Instagram, blowing it up in size and then adding some of his own commentary to the bottom of the image. He has title the art series “New Portraits” and it has been on display at several art galleries and fairs in the New York City area.

Word to the wise for Instagram users … if you don’t want your images stolen and used for profit, be sure to set your accounts to private for protection.


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New York Airport Cleaner Charged With Stealing $15,000 Worth Of Goods


(PCM) 48-year old Juanette Cullum has been charged with allegedly stealing over $15,000 worth of goods while on her job which is cleaning at John F. Kennedy Airport. The theft took place over the course of her three years of employment.

Cullum is currently being charged with both grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, after she made comments to authorities that “alluded” to the thefts she made on the airplanes she cleaned.

Cullum was an employee of the cleaning service Air Serve and a search of her apartment revealed seven iPads, nineteen Kindles, two laptops and a whopping 1,429 bottles of liquor!  An investigation was made after a security staffer tipped off the airline to Cullum’s behavior.

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“Spice” Sends Hundreds To New York Area Hospitals


(PCM) Experts have been warning people for quite some time about the dangers associated with the use of synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as “Spice”.  In just nine days, about 160 people have been seen at New York area hospitals having incredibly serious reactions to “spice” or “K2, also in the southern states of both Alabama and Mississippi there has been a notable rise in the number of synthetic marijuana-related hospital visits.

The New York State Health Commissioner reports to CNN that “Since the exact compounds contained in synthetic cannabinoid products change so frequently, it’s often impossible for users to know exactly what they are putting in their body.” There is often a range of symptoms that accompany reactions to using “spice” such as headaches, confusion, seizures and sometimes even loss of consciousness resulting in death.

Consumers are led to believe that “spice” is a legal plant-based material that is coated with chemicals that mimic the effect of marijuana.  Some of those so-called “safe” chemicals are the very same ones that are found in both insecticides and rat poison.

“Spice” is popular among teens because it is sold as natural product and often times marked as incense making it legal for them to purchase.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Admits Failure With The Food Stamp Challenge


(PCM) Now that the New York Food Stamp Challenge come to an end, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she failed. She confessed  via her lifestyle website,, that she actually failed the challenge in only four days.  She claims that she broke down on day four and purchased some chicken, fresh vegetables and half a bag of black licorice.

For those that recall, the New York Food Stamp Challenge was put in place to see if celebrities would be able to survive living off the city’s small $29 a week food stamp budget. The goal of the challenge was to bring about awareness and raise much needed funds for the cities food bank.

Last week, Paltrow who was challenged by her good friend Chef Mario Batali via Twitter, posted a photo on Twitter of her $24 worth of groceries and stirred up quite a bit of backlash with the image. She was criticized because her purchases were non-realistic for someone who was living on such a meager budget and proved just how out of touch she was with the real world.

Paltrow said online that she would give herself a “C-” for the challenge and goes on to say “My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days—a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year. I’m not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. I’m saying everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food. And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Food Stamp Publicity Stunt Is A PR Nightmare

(PCM) While we definitely think that her intentions were in the right place,  actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow’s tweet showcasing her $29 worth of groceries purchased with food stamps has left many people with a bad taste in their mouths.

Paltrow is taking part in the New York City Food Bank Challenge that aims to raise awareness and money for the city’s food bank. The challenge is for Paltrow to live off the city’s weekly food stamp allowance which is only $29.

Paltrow’s photo showed that she purchased brown rice, black beans, eggs, an avocado, cilantro, some leafy small leafy greens and yes, count them, SEVEN limes! People were understandably outraged by Paltrow’s food stamp purchases, as majority feel it does not adequately show how the average person would shop if given the budget of only $29. Could she even survive for a week off of what she purchased? It looks more like she is trying to make some guacamole and seriously … what could she possibly be doing with seven limes???

With the image she tweeted the following text : “This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store – what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week.”

While Paltrow did make healthy choices for her weekly food budget, many feel it was like an insult to those who are forced to use the benefits just for adequate sustenance. The tweet further proved the point about just how out of touch celebrities are with average everyday life.

While there were some people on Twitter that praised Paltrow for her choices, the majority of people were absolutely disgusted and insulted. A firestorm of criticism broke out against Paltrow and many were telling her just where to stick her Goop and asking ‘How about we try living on Paltrow’s weekly allowance for a week’?

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