Archive of My NYT Anonymity Because Clause Tweets

From April 2 – September 24, 2007, I used my Twitter account (@juggernautco) exclusively to publish all of the “because clauses” in articles from the New York Times that contained information from anonymous sources. Here’s a fun list of those tweets.
because the report will be issued this morning Mon Sep 24 22:28:33 +0000 2007

because he needs to work with both courts Mon Sep 24 22:28:00 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to comment on the situation Mon Sep 24 22:27:00 +0000 2007

for fear of the police Mon Sep 24 22:26:14 +0000 2007

because the specifics of the veto had not yet been made public yesterday Mon Sep 24 22:22:20 +0000 2007

for fear of alienating the theater Mon Sep 24 22:20:25 +0000 2007

because the White House is not commenting on Mr. Draper’s book Mon Sep 24 22:19:44 +0000 2007

citing the struggle over Mrs. Astor’s will Mon Sep 24 22:19:01 +0000 2007

because he was not speaking for the network or the show Mon Sep 24 22:18:46 +0000 2007

because the votes of individual countries had not been made public as of late today Mon Sep 24 22:18:12 +0000 2007

so as not to be seen as pre-empting the announcement Mon Sep 24 22:16:48 +0000 2007

out of concern of disrupting the process Mon Sep 24 22:16:28 +0000 2007

because of a Defense Department policy not to confirm information on nuclear weapons Mon Sep 24 22:15:42 +0000 2007

because the talks were supposed to be private Mon Sep 24 22:14:57 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to speak for Mr. Hsu Mon Sep 24 22:14:30 +0000 2007

because of a continuing review by the Justice Department Mon Sep 24 22:13:45 +0000 2007

because he is a bureau employee Mon Sep 24 22:12:44 +0000 2007

because the information is classified Mon Sep 24 22:12:30 +0000 2007

to avoid upstaging Mr. Ban Mon Sep 24 22:11:59 +0000 2007

because they were discussing a military action by another government Mon Sep 24 22:11:07 +0000 2007

to avoid upstaging the event Mon Sep 24 22:10:29 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to discuss its financial terms Mon Sep 24 22:10:05 +0000 2007

because his wealthy clients insist on privacy Mon Sep 24 22:09:58 +0000 2007

to discuss internal campaign deliberations Mon Sep 24 22:09:14 +0000 2007

because they feared the gunman Mon Sep 24 22:07:45 +0000 2007

because of the private nature of the talks Mon Sep 24 22:07:02 +0000 2007

because the White House had not yet negotiated the matter with Congress Mon Sep 24 22:06:50 +0000 2007

because the matter remains under official inquiry Mon Sep 24 22:06:10 +0000 2007

because he was discussing intelligence assessments Mon Sep 24 22:04:48 +0000 2007
because he was not authorized to be quoted by name Mon Sep 24 22:02:11 +0000 2007

because information about the raid remained classified Mon Sep 24 22:01:00 +0000 2007

so they would not be seen as upstaging the White House report Tue Jul 17 12:28:07 +0000 2007

to discuss internal strategy Tue Jul 17 12:27:31 +0000 2007

to discuss details of relations between the United States and Russia Tue Jul 17 12:26:45 +0000 2007

because of diplomatic protocol Tue Jul 17 12:26:29 +0000 2007

because he is not an official spokesman Tue Jul 17 12:26:09 +0000 2007

saying the British Foreign Office had asked that it be the only source of information on the case. Thu Jul 12 03:13:01 +0000 2007

because of the age of the youngsters involved Wed Jul 11 20:41:18 +0000 2007

to encourage candidness Wed Jul 11 20:41:08 +0000 2007

because he still consults for Microsoft Wed Jul 11 20:40:35 +0000 2007

because he is not authorized to talk about strategy decisions Wed Jul 11 20:40:16 +0000 2007

under Israeli military policy Wed Jul 11 20:39:09 +0000 2007

because the new candidate had not yet been announced Wed Jul 11 20:38:31 +0000 2007

because Mr. Bloomberg had not authorized release of the information Wed Jul 11 20:38:22 +0000 2007

because negotiations between the companies are confidential Wed Jul 11 20:36:18 +0000 2007

for fear of compromising efforts to find Mr. Taub Wed Jul 11 20:36:03 +0000 2007

under the organization’s rules Wed Jul 11 20:35:47 +0000 2007

because the idea has not been approved by the White House Wed Jul 11 20:35:22 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to brief reporters Wed Jul 11 20:35:01 +0000 2007

because he did not want to appear to be speaking for his former employer Wed Jul 11 20:34:33 +0000 2007

because the president had yet to make an official statement Wed Jul 11 20:34:12 +0000 2007

because they were not authorized to reveal such details Wed Jul 11 20:33:52 +0000 2007

because the matter is considered so delicate in China Wed Jul 11 20:33:26 +0000 2007

under government rules Wed Jul 11 20:32:47 +0000 2007


because the firms had not made their intentions public Wed Jul 11 20:32:35 +0000 2007

because of the continuing investigation in Britain Wed Jul 11 20:31:24 +0000 2007


for fear of damaging the negotiations Wed Jul 11 20:28:19 +0000 2007


because they said they did not want to be drawn into the political fight between Mr. Bruno and Gov. Eliot Spitzer Wed Jul 11 20:27:25 +0000 2007

to avoid upstaging Bush Wed Jul 11 20:26:27 +0000 2007

because she was not authorized to talk about the policy Mon Jun 25 02:45:05 +0000 2007

because they did not want to be quoted on political matters Mon Jun 25 02:44:51 +0000 2007

to encourage candidness Sun Jun 24 13:39:09 +0000 2007

because his organization had not authorized him to discuss the deals Sat Jun 23 16:28:17 +0000 2007

because no formal analysis had been conducted Sat Jun 23 16:28:00 +0000 2007

because she was not authorized to talk about the policy Sat Jun 23 16:27:47 +0000 2007

to comment on matters they had not been authorized to discuss Sat Jun 23 16:27:34 +0000 2007

because he had been an undercover officer Sat Jun 23 16:27:19 +0000 2007

to encourage candidness Sat Jun 23 16:27:02 +0000 2007

for fear of retribution from Lakers fans Tue Jun 19 12:17:17 +0000 2007

because of the sensitivity and gravity of the situation Tue Jun 19 03:04:15 +0000 2007

because the composition of the commission had not been made public Mon Jun 18 02:53:25 +0000 2007

after saying he was still too embarrassed to speak publicly about the issue Mon Jun 18 02:52:46 +0000 2007

because an official statement was still being prepared by the Monetary Authority Mon Jun 18 02:52:21 +0000 2007

for lack of authorization Mon Jun 18 02:51:58 +0000 2007

because negotiations continue Mon Jun 18 02:51:12 +0000 2007

fearing for his relatives’ safety Mon Jun 18 02:50:31 +0000 2007

after saying he was still too embarrassed to speak publicly about the issue Thu Jun 14 13:06:13 +0000 2007

in exchange for his campaign’s assessment of Mr. Thompson Wed Jun 13 20:02:03 +0000 2007

because of concerns about Senate norms of confidentiality Wed Jun 13 20:01:31 +0000 2007

under customary diplomatic rules Wed Jun 13 20:01:20 +0000 2007

because formal budget negotiations with the City Council have yet to begin Wed Jun 13 19:59:53 +0000 2007

because he has to maintain neutrality Wed Jun 13 19:58:35 +0000 2007

because the family has agreed not to speak publicly Wed Jun 13 19:58:06 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to speak publicly about any divide within the administration Wed Jun 13 19:57:31 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to release the information Wed Jun 13 19:57:11 +0000 2007

saying that his company did not want to elicit comparisons with the iPhone Wed Jun 13 19:55:06 +0000 2007

because he still consults for Microsoft Wed Jun 13 19:53:18 +0000 2007

for all the obvious reasons Wed Jun 13 19:53:09 +0000 2007

because he said he did not want to jeopardize his relationship with Canny Wed Jun 13 19:52:04 +0000 2007

because of rules that bar civil servants from speaking to journalists without authorization Wed Jun 13 19:51:44 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to speak for the production Wed Jun 13 19:51:22 +0000 2007


a standard practice in the German government Wed Jun 13 19:51:01 +0000 2007

because of the secret nature of his job Wed Jun 13 19:49:19 +0000 2007

because the composition of the commission had not been made public Wed Jun 13 19:49:01 +0000 2007

because he is not authorized to speak to journalists Wed Jun 13 19:48:39 +0000 2007

to describe private discussions among senior officials at United Nations headquarters Wed Jun 13 19:48:26 +0000 2007

to discuss potential clients Wed Jun 13 19:48:14 +0000 2007

because the investigation was ongoing Wed Jun 13 19:48:01 +0000 2007

for lack of authorization Wed Jun 13 19:47:48 +0000 2007

in accordance with the ministry’s practice Fri May 25 13:47:23 +0000 2007
because they were not authorized to do so publicly Fri May 25 13:46:55 +0000 2007

because the issue involved personnel decisions Fri May 25 13:46:36 +0000 2007

because he was closely involved in the investigation Fri May 25 13:46:14 +0000 2007

for fear of political retribution Fri May 25 13:46:00 +0000 2007

under civil service rules Fri May 25 13:44:56 +0000 2007

because the briefing was confidential Fri May 25 13:44:34 +0000 2007

to avoid undermining coming talks Fri May 25 13:44:15 +0000 2007

according to department policy Fri May 25 13:44:04 +0000 2007


because the proposal has not yet been finalized Fri May 25 13:42:54 +0000 2007

because of a working relationship with some people on the program Sun May 20 16:34:51 +0000 2007

about confidential discussions Sun May 20 16:34:02 +0000 2007

under civil service rules Sun May 20 16:33:48 +0000 2007

because he was closely involved in the investigation Sun May 20 16:33:22 +0000 2007

because the information continued to be compiled Mon May 14 19:45:12 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to speak about the matter Mon May 14 19:44:29 +0000 2007

because of a confidentiality agreement Mon May 14 19:44:10 +0000 2007

because he expects to work again with one of the networks Mon May 14 19:43:45 +0000 2007

because of a working relationship with some people on the program Mon May 14 19:43:35 +0000 2007

to be candid about a colleague Sun May 13 14:33:55 +0000 2007

because the league had not made the formal announcement Sun May 13 14:33:36 +0000 2007

because the talks were in a delicate stage Sun May 13 14:31:38 +0000 2007

because the information continued to be compiled Sun May 13 14:31:17 +0000 2007

because the settlement was not yet public Sun May 13 14:30:58 +0000 2007

so as not to pre-empt the president’s announcement Fri May 11 15:04:29 +0000 2007
because neither side is supposed to be commenting on it publicly Fri May 11 15:04:21 +0000 2007

because he did not want to be drawn into the dispute Thu May 10 14:11:23 +0000 2007

because he did not want to upstage the governor Thu May 10 14:10:46 +0000 2007

saying that the bloggers work in the beauty industry and wish to keep their identities secret so they can write candidly Thu May 10 14:10:35 +0000 2007

because his discussions with White House officials were confidential Thu May 10 14:10:15 +0000 2007

because he was discussing private national security deliberations Thu May 10 14:09:55 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to speak to the news media Wed May 09 16:33:47 +0000 2007

because he was discussing private national security deliberations Wed May 09 16:33:31 +0000 2007

because the talks were in a delicate stage Wed May 09 16:33:15 +0000 2007

because baseball officials have been ordered not to talk about the Mitchell investigation Wed May 09 16:33:04 +0000 2007

to describe the private views in the governor’s camp Wed May 09 16:32:56 +0000 2007

out of fear of expulsion by the government Wed May 09 16:30:39 +0000 2007

because he did not want to be drawn into the dispute Mon May 07 14:33:33 +0000 2007

because of the issue’s delicate nature Sun May 06 15:43:29 +0000 2007

because of the difficult political situation Sun May 06 15:43:14 +0000 2007

because of the political delicacy of the matter Fri May 04 16:27:01 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to speak for Mr. Murdoch Fri May 04 04:32:48 +0000 2007

to protect her child’s privacy Fri May 04 04:32:15 +0000 2007

out of concern that he would face reprisals Fri May 04 04:31:55 +0000 2007

because of the issue’s delicate nature Thu May 03 06:05:08 +0000 2007

because he is not authorized to comment publicly on the bank Thu May 03 06:04:32 +0000 2007

because he was discussing internal White House deliberations Wed May 02 21:38:31 +0000 2007

because he didn’t want to discredit his authors’ books or books by others Sun Apr 29 22:16:33 +0000 2007

because of the sensitive nature of his job Sun Apr 29 22:15:29 +0000 2007

because of the continuing investigation Sun Apr 29 22:15:25 +0000 2007

for fear of harassment by Sunni fundamentalists Sun Apr 29 22:15:07 +0000 2007

because the briefings in the House and Senate were classified Fri Apr 27 15:54:13 +0000 2007

because he did not want to reveal his team’s intentions for Cuba Thu Apr 26 04:08:55 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to talk about Chase Wed Apr 25 15:39:49 +0000 2007

because he is not authorized to speak about the governor’s condition publicly Sun Apr 22 22:18:23 +0000 2007

in order to discuss internal deliberations Sun Apr 22 18:33:54 +0000 2007


because the figure had not been officially released Sun Apr 22 02:04:25 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to talk to a reporter Sat Apr 21 19:03:10 +0000 2007

because financial terms are never made public Sat Apr 21 19:03:11 +0000 2007

in order to avoid reprisals Sat Apr 21 19:02:54 +0000 2007

because the information is classified and the deal has not been formally announced Fri Apr 20 05:32:03 +0000 2007

because they were divulging proceedings that were not supposed to be made public Fri Apr 20 05:31:39 +0000 2007

because he was speaking before the discussions took place Tue Apr 17 12:25:40 +0000 2007

citing the diplomatic negotiations over Mr. Meshal’s release Mon Apr 16 14:37:13 +0000 2007

because they were not authorized to discuss the accident Sat Apr 14 13:24:45 +0000 2007

ecause diplomatic negotiations were under way Sat Apr 14 13:24:31 +0000 2007

citing the diplomatic negotiations over Mr. Meshal’s release Sat Apr 14 04:53:46 +0000 2007

because of his close ties to the church and because he had not yet read the book Sat Apr 14 04:53:05 +0000 2007

because of the sensitive nature of the talks Sat Apr 14 04:52:32 +0000 2007

because diplomatic negotiations were under way Tue Apr 10 13:30:36 +0000 2007

saying they could be held in contempt of court Tue Apr 10 13:30:17 +0000 2007

because of diplomatic considerations Mon Apr 09 06:20:00 +0000 2007

because he was discussing internal assessments of Iran’s motivation Sun Apr 08 14:57:01 +0000 2007

because they were discussing internal Bush administration deliberations Sun Apr 08 14:56:32 +0000 2007
because the investigation is continuing Fri Apr 06 15:49:55 +0000 2007

because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue Thu Apr 05 15:13:02 +0000 2007

they were not authorized to publicly discuss the details, some of which are classified Thu Apr 05 15:12:32 +0000 2007

speaking on the customary condition of anonymity Wed Apr 04 04:53:25 +0000 2007

because they were not authorized to speak to the news media Wed Apr 04 04:53:06 +0000 2007

because the talks are confidential Wed Apr 04 04:52:20 +0000 2007

as is the tradition in his office Wed Apr 04 04:51:43 +0000 2007

because the discussions were confidential Mon Apr 02 12:59:24 +0000 2007

because the talks are confidential Mon Apr 02 12:58:49 +0000 2007

to avoid upstaging Mr. Ban Mon Apr 02 12:58:37 +0000 2007


because he said the Clintons would not like his speaking openly Mon Apr 02 12:32:07 +0000 2007

because the Qaeda assessments are classified Mon Apr 02 12:31:36 +0000 2007

The Sadness of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

I have always loved goofball architecture. I can’t pass a Brutalist structure without stopping to marvel at it.

And there was nothing goofier than the State of Illinois Building (160 North LaSalle St.) when it opened in 1985. I went by there the other day and was bummed to see how muffed up the place was. Here’s a complete set of pics, and here’s some examples:

Paint scraped off glass panels:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingEvidence of at least one vehicle impact:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingSome serious lime issues:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingPhantom cutouts:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingThe Dubuffet isn’t doing all that well either:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingI know there are some issues with budget here in our state, and we have many human needs, but we can do better than this, no?

The News The Day Before: Anwar Sadat’s Assassination

I love the New York Times archive.

Since I get the paper delivered to my doorstep every morning, I get access to every word they’ve published since 1851. If I were a smarter person (or at least an actual coder), I would use their API tools to do all sorts of things, including the automation of my NYT Anonymity Project.

But earier this week it was the elevation of Ayman al-Zawahri to be the new leader of Al Qaeda that made me think of another thing I like to do: look up what happened the day before.

Zawahri had a major role in the assasination of Anwar Sadat. The news coverage surrounding that event always struck me, because it was so brazen and surprising— he was killed monitoring a military parade in his own country.

So I wondered what the NYT had to say about the killing of Sadat and— maybe more enlightening— what the had to say the day before. Here are the stories they filed in the days before Sadat was killed:

SADAT URGES U.S. TO SELL AWACS TO SAUDIS, DESPITE THEIR ‘CONNIVING’
President Anwar el-Sadat tonight strongly urged the United States…his National Democratic Party, Mr. Sadat criticized opposition to the Awacs sale…Arabia, one of its friends?” Mr. Sadat asked. The Saudis, Mr. Sadat said…

October 1, 1981 – By WILLIAM E. FARRELL, Special to the New York Times – World – 403 words

SADAT SENDS DEPUTY TO U.S. WITH PLEA FOR ARMS FOR SUDAN
President Anwar el-Sadat today sent his Vice President on a hurried…tomorrow, officials here said. Mr. Sadat told reporters that Mr. Mubarak was…to the security of the region, Mr. Sadat replied, ”No comment.” Egyptian…

October 2, 1981 – By WILLIAM E. FARRELL, Special to the New York Times – World – 559 words

EGYPT URGES REAGAN TO BOLSTER SUDAN FORCES
…American officials in Khartoum. Sadat Supports the Sudan Officials in Washington said that President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypthad frequently taken it…its neighbor to the south. Mr. Sadat sent Mr. Mubarak to Washington to…

October 3, 1981 – By BERNARD GWERTZMAN, Special to the New York Times – World – 571 words

And here’s the story on the day Sadat was assasinated:

SUDANESE, DISPERSING POWER, DISBAND PARLIAMENTS
By WILLIAM E. FARRELL, Special to the New York Times
Published: October 6, 1981

CAIRO, Oct. 5— President Gaafar al-Nimeiry of the Sudan dissolved his country’s two parliaments today in a move that Sudanese officials described as a further step in Mr. Nimeiry’s plan to decentralize power in the vast and troubled nation.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Nimeiry’s step was related to the crisis between the Sudan and Libya. For several weeks now, there have been skirmishes on the Sudan’s western border with Chad, where Libyan troops have been stationed since December and have aided one side in the Chadian civil war. There have also been charges from Sudanese officials that Libyan planes have been raiding Sudanese border towns.

On Thursday, President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt, which has a mutual defense pact with the Sudan, sent Vice President Hosni Mubarak on a hurried missi on to Washington to press the Reagan Administration for a quick infus ion of American arms to the Sudan. The Egyptians assert that the Sovi et Union backs aggression by the Libyan Government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi against the Nimeiry regime. U.S. Aid Not Yet Approved

The Reagan Administration, which has pledged to help any country threatened by Libya, requested $100 million for the Sudan earlier this year, but the money has not yet been authorized. The previous United States military loan was $30 million.

Today Mr. Sadat affirmed his intention to intervene if the Sudan is attacked by ”the maniac Qaddafi,” and repeated his contention that Mr. Qaddafi was acting with the sanction of the Soviet Union. Mr. Sadat’s remarks were made in Mayo, the news magazine of the ruling National Democratic Party.

In Khartoum, a statement from the official Sudanese press agency, Suna, said that the nation’s two parliaments were being dissolved. One of them is in the north and the other is in the south, which has been autonomous since 1972.

The statement said that new elections for a smaller National People’s Assembly in the north would take place in 60 days. The other parliament, called the Southern Region People’s Assembly, would have six months to call new elections, according to Suna. Decentralization at Issue

As part of Mr. Nimeiry’s decentralization plan, the new National Assembly, which now has 366 members, would have a total of 155 members and would delegate responsibilities to the provinces in matters such as health, education and welfare.

Mr. Nimeiry, who has survived about half a dozen coup attempts in a dozen years in office, has used decentralization in an effort to end civil strife.

The Sudan is Africa’s largest and probably most culturally disparate nation, with 18 million people scattered over nearly a million square miles. It has more than 1,000 languages and tribal dialects.

In today’s move, Mr. Nimeiry said that the elections in the south, which is Christian and animist, would determine if the residents there wanted to follow the decentralization example of the Moslem north.

An unanswered question here tonight was whether Mr. Nimeiry’s dissolution of the legislative bodies was related to his troubles with Mr. Qaddafi, which have been accentuated since the Sudan resumed relations with Egypt a few months ago after a break because of Mr. Sadat’s signing of the peace treaty with Israel. ’76 Libyan Plot Failed

In 1976, a Libyan-backed army of mercenaries attempted to oust Mr. Nimeiry but failed. Another sign that Mr. Nimeiry may be girding for a confrontation with Libya was the appointment two days ago of the chief of the Sudan state security organization, Gen. Omar Mohammad Tayeb, as the nation’s third vice president.

In recent days there have been reports out of the Sudan of arms smuggling into the nation and of attempts by Libya to once again recruit an army of disaffected Sudanese to try to topple Mr. Nimeiry. There were reports out of Khartoum today th at Sudanese workers in Libya were being pressured into joining a gro up called the Salvation Army to strike at Mr. Nimeiry. The Sudanese p ress agency said that hundreds of Sudanese workers were leaving Lib ya and quoted some of them as saying that the Libyans threatened to torture them unless they joined.

This was the news the day before.

Prentice Hospital is Worth Saving

NorthwesternUniversityFormerPrenticeWomensHospital-00904-002a There's a lot going on around Prentice Women's Hospital (250 East Superior Street) right now. It was made in 1974, but I think it deserves protection as a historic place. I love the sublime honeycomb structure– it makes me remember that it's possible to build something fresh. That not everything has to fit the box. Also: both of my tiny little babies were born there.

Here's a copy/ paste from an email from Landmarks Illinois:

Old Prentice Hospital
UPDATE
 
The effort to save this modernist gem (1974) by architect Bertrand Goldberg now has the attention of the nation.

On June 16th, "old" Prentice Hospital was named one of the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The announcement was made by Vince Michael (above), a member of Landmarks Illinois Board of Directors and a Trustee of the National Trust. Other speakers included LI's President Jim Peters, Preservation Chicago's Jonathan Fine, and AIA-Chicago's Zurich Esposito.

The four groups, along with docomomo-Midwest, are members of the Save Prentice Coalition, which was organized to help preserve this hospital building at 333 E. Superior St., Chicago. The building's owner, Northwestern University, has said it plans to demolish the building after it is vacated later this year.  

Below are a few photos from the "Save Prentice" rally, which was held in conjunction with the "11 Most" announcement.

 

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