Announced it is filing for bankruptcy.
Is anything out there staying open? Besides the government, the New York City Opera announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy. The seven-decade-old opera launched an emergency appeal for funds in mid-September but did not meet its need of $7 million. Alan Gordon, national executive director for the American Guild of Musical Artists, was not shy about calling out those who are to blame for the demise of the opera: “City Opera’s demise is the fault of people with a lot of money but no common sense, from Susan Baker’s absurd flirtation with Gerard Mortier to (board chairman) Charles Wall’s foolish support of George Steel when the singers and orchestra unanimously had no confidence in Steel’s artistic vision,” he told the Associated Press.
By the author of “Cougars Like It Hard.”
After taking it to the streets, bitcoins are taking it to the bedroom. Brought to you by the author of books like Cougars Like It Dirty and Cougars Like It Hard, comes an erotic e-book centered on ... you guessed it, bitcoins. King of the Bitcoin, written by Kayleen Knight, follows the life a 19-year-old Bitcoin miner named Atlas Fawkes. After a major financial collapse in 2019, Fawkes comes out of the struggle stronger than before and becomes “fabulously wealthy” and then a “sexual king.” With wildly explicit sex scenes, it’s already been deemed “unacceptable” for teens under the age of 17.
Headliners include Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire.
Because we desperately need another awards show. On November 3, YouTube will be premiering its first-ever music awards hosted by Jason Schwartzman and headlined by Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Arcade Fire. The performances will be livestreamed under the direction of Spike Jonze. “[I]nstead of bands performing to an audience on a stage, we're going to have a warehouse with all these different sets and try to make live music videos throughout the night,” Jonze says. The nominees will be announced on October 17, and crowdsourced voting will take place on YouTube and other sites.
Visitors to New York were mostly amused to find out they couldn’t see the Statue of Liberty thanks to government incompetence. But the locals who sell them tickets and give them ferry rides are feeling the pain.
You know what's funny? An America without a government. That's what some tourists in lower Manhattan were saying on Tuesday as they mulled around figuring out what to do instead of hopping on a boat to the Statue of Liberty. It's closed, by the way. So are many other federal buildings in the city, putting an estimated 72,000 workers out of a job in New York state alone. But while the country seems gripped by shutdown fever, many tourists from here and abroad had no clue it would affect their plans.
No release date for app yet.
Autographs are going digital. Apple has filed a patent that would allow authors to sign their names electronically to a reader’s e-book. The patent allows for authentication of signatures either by an embedded certificate or an uploaded picture of the author and reader. Some signatures could be authenticated only in a designated “interactivity zone,” such as a book signing. Apple has not yet set a release date for the application.
With a full slate of important economic dates, rising Washington dysfunction, and a worrisome legacy, October may spook investors long before Halloween.
Halloween isn’t the only thing that has people spooked about the month of October.Historically, superstitious investors have feared the 10th month of the year. Why? On October 28 and 29, 1929—a.k.a. Black Monday and Black Tuesday—a stock-market crash helped kick off the Great Depression. Then, nearly 60 years later, on October 19, 1987, also known as Black Monday, stock markets worldwide crashed again, causing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to shed 22.
Among the litany of things the shutdown will mess up, you can add our nascent housing recovery.
By Diana OlickThe fight may be in Washington, but the effects of the government shutdown will ripple through every neighborhood in America—without a fully functioning government, an already tight mortgage market may become even more prohibitive. It is exactly what the housing recovery does not need."This is going to be very disruptive to the mortgage industry and pretty much result in a freeze of the pipeline," said Craig Strent, CEO of Bethesda, Maryland–based Apex Home Loans.
Aims for it to be like CNN, for music.
If you’re sick of Teen Mom and want some music videos, Sean Combs might have the answer for you. The rapper is backing a new music channel called Revolt, which launches next month and will try to bring back music videos. “The way you go to CNN for breaking news or ESPN for sports—in six months to a year, we want Revolt to be that for music,” said Revolt co-founder Andy Schuon. But they might have something to learn from their predecessors: the network’s music-video outpost, MTV 2, averages just 161,000 viewers in primetime, and VH1 Classic has just 39,000.
Spiked in the mid-2000s.
It might not be so easy to get Adderall for young kids after all. Psychiatric drugs are being prescribed less in very young children after reaching a peak in the mid-2000s, according to a study released Monday by the journal Pediatrics. The decrease occurred despite an overall increase in the number of children diagnosed with behavior disorders. Between 1994 and 1997, 1 percent of all preschoolers were prescribed psychotic drugs—but that number spiked to 1.5 percent between 2002 and 2005 before going back down to 1 percent between 2006 and 2009. The results come on the heels of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launching a review into the use of anti-psychotic drugs on children younger than age 17 in the Medicaid system.
Since 2011 debt-ceiling crisis.
The government shutdown might have shocked you, but apparently the White House Office of Budget and Management has been prepared for two years—since the 2011 debt-ceiling debate. “We have been prudently planning for this contingency for the last month, and frankly, for the past couple of years because we have faced, and agencies have faced, these contingencies in the past,” said Brian Deese, the deputy director of the OMB. Other preparations took place in Washington on Monday, with National Park Service employees setting up barricades at the monuments and on the National Mall—and shutting off the 45 fountains. At the Capitol, the last tour for the indefinite future was held Monday at 3:10 p.m.
With an Ohio Walmart hosting a holiday food drive for its own workers, The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky criticizes the notoriously stingy company for not paying them more.
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch’s hilarious dramatic reading of R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live.