Google To Play Daniel Plainview, Tap Into NYC’s High-Traffic Oil Field

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Exterior view of 111 Eighth Avenue circa 1925

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They drink your fiber optics! Drainage!

If you ever were in New York randomly and happened to get out of the A-C-E 14th street subway station, you may have looked around and thought, “Why is that building over there taking up an entire city block?” Well, that’s because it was built to house the Port Authority, and once they move out it’s not like you can just tear it down.

Google has had its New York headquarters in the building, 111 Eighth Avenue, since 2006 but is now reportedly planning to buy the whole thing in a nearly $2 billion deal.

The move is spectacular, and not just because of the prospect of Google owning an entire city block. As the Village Voice explained back in ’06, 111 Eighth Ave. sits atop a veritable oil well of technological infrastructure:

What lies beneath 111 Eighth Avenue may be more important than the building itself. The old Port Authority headquarters sits atop one of the main fiber optic arteries in New York City — the Hudson Street–Ninth Avenue “fiber highway.” The venerable behemoth is already one of the country’s most important “carrier hotels” — loosely speaking, the physical connection points of the world’s telecommunications networks and the World Wide Web.

Google already has access to the artery, of course. But if they own the building, they could presumedly control who else gets to access it, correct? But we’re not saying anything, we’re just asking questions.

We’re finished! (From the New York Post via Valleywag)

24 comments
kjeroh
kjeroh

My goodness! All this huffing and puffing in the comments section is all anti-Obama with virtually no understanding of either history or current events. About the only relevant comment was that Putin is going to do what Putin is going to do -- until a united Europe and the US stand against him. The truth of the matter is, Crimea, like Ukraine, is an economic mess. Russia is teetering on the brink itself so the long-term view is to take a wait-and-see posture. Barring an all out invasion of Ukraine, there is little more the US can or should do, although I would like to see more than sanctions against individuals. People also seem to forget Russia's veto power in the UN and the clout it still has around the world.


Unfortunately, Putin is still fighting the Cold War and is trying to restore the USSR empire. Overreach brought about their collapse and could just as easily be his downfall.


Someone said that Russia and China are the new superpowers. A superpower has global reach, economically, diplomatically and militarily, both conventional and nuclear. The US remains the only nation to reach all of those measures. What has changed was the inevitable: other nations have developed so the US does not have the same clout as it once did, which is good. People need to stop looking to a rose-colored image from 50, 60, 75 years ago and should look to the realities begun 10, 20, 25 years ago and what will be 25 years from now.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Russia is clearly exploiting 1) the weak, "all talk, no action" behavior of President Obama, and 2) the spinelessness of the EU and other Western countries.  Like Hitler, Putin will take as much as he wants when he wants where he wants.  No one has the courage to stand up to him.


Despite the typical liberal "cowboy-warmongering" complaints, it's guaranteed that Putin would never have displayed such aggression during George W. Bush's presidency.  Obama is not just a lame duck - he's just lame.

SteveYuhas
SteveYuhas

The Obama Administration allegedly sent out its "big guns" in the form of John Kerry and Joe Biden in order to allay the fears of our Eastern European allies.  Does anybody feel better? Every warning made by this administration has been met by yet another escalation by Russia. There have been overt acts of war committed by Russia to Ukraine and all the Obama administration is willing to say are things about Russia being on the wrong side of history and talking as if this is all theory when it's not. Russia invaded another country and is readying to annex the Russian population of Crimea, but Putin is not going to stop there because 11 Russians lost the ability to travel to the United States - even the European Union hit twice as many Russians with "sanctions" they laughed off.

dajadags
dajadags

if you know a bit of russian history and this part of the world and you are open and logical

and have a modicum of common sense, you would do exactly as putin did being that he

loves his country deeply, is nationalistic and a decisive leader.  the crimea vote was ala american democracy and more democratic than "executive orders"'.

JL58230056
JL58230056

Someone should tell them you do not have to climb the flagpole. The rope you can see there pulls down the flag from the ground...

PaulJMaupin
PaulJMaupin

Check out the FACTS!


The decision of  Crimea to join the Russian Federation has strategic and geopolitical implications.

The union of Crimea with Russia redefines both the geography as well as the geopolitical chessboard in the Black Sea basin. 

It constitutes a major setback for US-NATO, whose longstanding objective has been to integrate Ukraine into NATO with a view to undermining Russia, while extending Western military presence in the Black Sea basin.

With the March 18, 2014 Treaty signed between Russia and Crimea, the Russian Federation will extend its control over the Black Sea as well over the Sea of Azov, the West coastline of which borders on Eastern Ukraine and the Donesk region. (see map below) 

Under the agreement between Russia and Crimea announced by president Putin, two “constituent regions” of Crimea will join the Russian Federation: the “Republic of Crimea” and the “City of Sevastopol”. Both will have the status of “autonomous regions”.

The status of Sevastopol as an autonomous entity separate from Crimea is related to the location of Russia’s Naval base in Sevastopol.

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Russia retained its naval base in Sevastopol under a bilateral agreement with Ukraine. With the signing of the March 18th Treaty, that agreement is null and void. Sevastopol including the Russian naval base become part of an autonomous region within the Russian Federation. The naval base is no within Ukraine under a lease agreement. Moreover, Crimea’s territorial waters now belong to the Russian Federation.

 http://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-extends-its-control-over-the-black-sea-and-strategic-waterways/5374021

gornisht
gornisht

Really, should one be surprised? Putin does what Putin wants, and nobody is going to confront him. And, Obama is too busy with the march madness of basketball, which is the top priority for him. And, the big mouth Biden in Poland to do what? To tell the people that their borscht is terrific?

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

As long as Obama is in the White House, Putin assisted Ukrainians will seize the naval base, Assad will continue the bloodbath in Syria, blasts will destabilize Iraq and Afghanistan  will continue to defy the U.S.

GoVikes
GoVikes

Russia and China are the NEW WORLD SUPERPOWERS.... Get it? Obama & Kerry huffing and puffing and farting their heads off with "threats" will not do any good. ..........and US and Western 'journalists' will keep on trying to hide their humiliation with a lot of B/S.  Time to enjoy watching the bloated egos' of the big-talkers deflate as time goes by.....

econundertow
econundertow

This article is from the 'My scam is better than your scam' department ...

"Washington is deciding whether it will leverage the United States’ energy bounty in order to advance its foreign policy goals during the most serious East-West crisis in a generation. The United States’ shale gas revolution has boosted its economic competitiveness ... "


The US 'energy bounty' includes importing more than half of its petroleum. 

http://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.cfm?page=oil_home#tab2

The 'shale gas revolution' is a Wall Street pyramid scheme designed by the same folks who gave you the sub-prime mortgage and related 'securities'. How did that work out?

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/natural-gas-drilling-down-documents-4-intro.html

The petro industry uses every opportunity to sell the idea of US fuel supply exports, Ukraine has become a petroleum industry talking point. Exporting means US customers get to compete against Japan, Europe and developing countries for our own resources. Lost in the discussion is these resources belong to the entire country, not just the companies. 

Outsourcing US jobs was good for companies and ruin to the rest, so is outsourcing US resources. If the fuel cannot be used here and now it should be kept in the ground. If the companies suffer, so be it. Maybe someone in the future can think of something to do with our resources other than burn them up for nothing.



JimStarowicz
JimStarowicz

Meanwhile why isn't the GOP conservative leadership buds in Russia, even billy boys son franklin is praising the putin now, helping in the search for the downed plane, it's in it's neighborhood, oh ya to busy elsewhere in them modern conservative things like taking a part of a country with the oppressive leaders of same, with cheers from here.....!!
"There are now 25 countries involved in the search effort, including the US, France, China, Australia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, and others in Asia."

namro
namro

What use are treaties or memoranda of agreements when nobody lives up to what their signatures signify?  I cite the Budapest Memorandum signed by Britain, Russia, and the US (and Ukraine) which guaranteed economic and territorial integrity of Ukraine in exchange for the nuclear weapons based there following the collapse of the USSR.


What is happening now is reminiscent of Yalta at the end of WWII, where Britain, Russia, and the US signed a treaty that betrayed all the Slavic peoples by allowing Stalin to create the "Iron Curtain".


Since Lenin, the USSR/Russia has not lived up to the terms of agreements signed with the West.  They lie, and lie again, smiling while doing it, and breaking the terms when it is convenient for them to do so.  They know the West will not use military power to enforce agreements, and that economic self-interest will keep the West from meaningful economic sanctions.


Sorry GOP, but you're all talk and no action as well!

janocwv
janocwv

All of democratic Eastern Europe is afraid of the consequences of Obama's dangerous policy of appeasement--there is no other description for calling financial sanctions on a small handful of Russian apparatchiks 'sweeping' and 'comprehensive'. The argument that invasion and annexation can be used to protect ethnic Russians is now being claimed for all Ukraine and will likely be used to challenge sovereign territories in other countries.  Obama dismantled the Polish anti-ballistic missile defense system to appease Russia into friendship. Now its seems obvious that building up defenses prevents war and dismantling them encourages it. This invasion by Russia is an example of what Ukrainian and US weakness has invited. The president has been running out of his press conferences to avoid even a single question challenging this weakness....What's next if the Sheriff of Dodge City hides and refuses to at least wear his 6 guns, if not use them.... Its High Noon in Eastern Europe and no one is standing up to protect these nascent democracies.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

I trust the Ukrainians have thoroughly destroyed all the facilities.

SergeySergeyev
SergeySergeyev

@mrbomb13  President Putin did no more then American presidents did in Iran and Yugoslavia e.t.c. Bun none blame them for that  as well as the Russian people. So when Crimean people voted to join Russia in democratic referendum all foreing mass media begin to yell about violation of human rights.


Where is enough facts to prove participation of US and EU leaders in the coup in Ukraine. And now this ugly shooting of Ukranian officer in Crimea. Who does need it? Putin? LOL Why? The only persons who interested in it are whose who are trying to destabilize situation between two nations - Russian and Ukrain. It's logical and obviouse.


You treat Putin as a Hitler. But I'll tell you - goverments who supported coup and established nazi regime in Ukraine (Russian language is now out of law in the Ukraine) are still leading pro fascist politic like Hitler did 65 years ago. And for us, Russian people, it's a bussines of honor to protect our citizens from nazi gangs.


All I can see it is neverending hatred towards Russia. Shame...

And Obama is not a weak president - he is just not right and he understans it clearly.


BTW the photo on the top of the article looks strange. 

kjeroh
kjeroh

@mrbomb13  Putin was considerably more aggressive during Pres. George W. Bush's presidency! Or have you forgotten Chechnya and Georgia? The situation is the same in that any military move requires European compliance. Is the Ukraine worth a general war because that is what is at stake.


While Russian forces could not stand against western forces, counting on Putin to back down after: 1) assurance of support; 2) a military treaty; 3) posturing, or; 4) a sharp rebuke would be wishful thinking. Nations would have to be prepared for escalation at each turn, with the Russians counting on force of numbers, a guarantee that European nations could and would be struck, and US will evaporating after the first bloody encounter.


Vladimir Putin is still fighting the Cold War. One of the key components of the then USSR's strategy was to drive a wedge between Europe and the US. Putin is trying to do the same thing now. Your willingness to see the US go to war over Crimea shows a lack of understanding of the true extent of the situation. Blaming President Obama shows a blindness to reality. 

kjeroh
kjeroh

@SteveYuhas  Exactly what is it that you expect the US to do? Declare war on Russia? Send US forces into Ukraine? And do all of this without European support? Take a look at the actual situation, beginning with a map. I admit imposing sanctions against individuals is very weak, but Russian law allows for the seizure of foreign assets at will. (Laws passed in just the past few years.) Private sector pressure both here and in Europe does have weight. European reliance on Russian energy also plays a heavy role. Actions against Russia always relied upon European cooperation. Since the fall of the USSR and extensive commercial interests throughout Eastern Europe, that cooperation is not so easily won.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@dajadags  If you assume that the Tartars didn't vote at all or voted to stay independent and look at the numbers, Russia got 130% of the registered vote, far better than short-stuff in North Korea.  There wasn't a "none of the above" option in the vote-just stay independent which it had some limited autonomy or join Russia in an area where large number of Russian sailors have retired because of the base there.  If you want a war, go get General McCain and his pal from SC and go over.  But it is not a place where the US is in a position to get anything out of a war except a bunch of bodybags going to Dover.  Think about the location and explain how an army could maintain any kind of support!  That makes as much sense as the movie where the Russians snuck into Kansas of all places.  Like what do you get when you get there?

kjeroh
kjeroh

@dajadags  It was hardly democratic as the 97% vote for joining the Russian federation showed. Such a vote should involve all of Ukraine because of private and state investments in Crimea. That's what a secessionist vote would involve in the US. It would also have to be after the next election to make sure it wasn't just a whimsical vote of the moment. THAT is democracy.


The executive order dig? As has been shown over and over again, this president has used that route fewer than any president in recent history.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@GoVikes  I guess you need to enlist because the Bush wars wore the country out and depleted any good will in nation building as well as any money just laying around.  If you want a bigger military to attack everybody you don't like, then raise taxes to pay for it.  You can't be an "exceptional" nation with a unexceptional budget which we have had for the past 11 years since Georgie 2 gave unneeded tax cuts.  If you want a bigger military, you must be willing to pay for it.  If they had put a tax surcharge in place the day we invaded Afganistan that would stay until all the costs were recovered, I bet President Cheney would have had us out of Iraq in 30 days.

SergeySergeyev
SergeySergeyev

@kjeroh  more agressive? are you forgetten bombing Kosovo, Afganistan, Iran or Libiya by American forces?

Why does NATO always try to put their missiles next to Russia borders? Why NATO is always right de'facto? Why EU and US are only democratic unions? Why do you value yourself so high?


You are agressors, not Russia! Your so called sanctions and your support of coup and establishment of nazi goverment in Ukraine is the direct provement of it.


And I'd like to say thx for Pr. Obama and the others you  helped us not only to see the things right, not only for rising of patriotism of Russian people but for support of our domestic industry as well. Only pls not step back  and isolate Russia as you will for God's sake!

SteveYuhas
SteveYuhas

@kjeroh What do I expect of the United States? To have a foreign policy that makes it less comfortable for foreign governments (governments that were pointed to as geopolitical foes) capable of being dismissive of our country. In the case of Ukraine, the United States is a signatory to agreements that said Ukraine would give up her defensive (and offensive) nuclear weapons in exchange for territorial integrity and the recognition by Russia of a sovereign state. The leader of the United States (and the free world) has to come out strong or not come out at all. Either come out publicly with strong statements or stay in the White House and spend time with Beyonce. Don't come out weak and then be surprised when your bluff is called - particularly since we've all been here before (Syria). President Obama has no credibility when it comes to our allies and he is even less respected by our adversaries. He's bested by governments and tyrants around the globe and walks out into the briefing room as if he watches MSNBC and sees nothing about him that is critical at all. The lack of a foreign policy in the United States is weak. The inability of the President to pressure even our strongest allies to join with us on matters of immense importance - or do we think Ukraine will not go nuclear since the ONE thing keeping it from being a nuclear power was not the lack of resources or capability, but their agreement with the world that Russia would stay out and the United States would help ensure the peace in Eastern Europe.


Foreign policy is not all that hard when you are the strongest man on the planet. The American people will follow, but you cannot have situation where the American president is unwilling to lead and when he does lead he is playing pee wee league while our adversaries are playing professional.

kjeroh
kjeroh

@SergeySergeyev  It isn't a question of always being right, but there is a process to resolve these issues and Mr. Putin has decided to ignore all of them. Even now he's massing troops on the border of Ukraine to muscle through his way. Nazi? If you listen to Mr. Putin's rhetoric it echoes Hitler when he threatens to "protect" all regions with a Russian speaking populace. To try to equate Kosovo, Afghanistan and Libya with Mr. Putin's ventures in Crimea and now eastern Ukraine makes absolutely no sense. Mr. Putin speaks of self determination, but isn't that what Chechnya and Georgia attempted? 


It was rising "patriotism" of Germany and annexation of lands with German speaking people with the aid of tanks that brought on the ruin of World War II. It was also economic ruin that pushed Germany to that disastrous road. While that was brought on by the reparations of WW I, Russia's problems have been brought on by Mr. Putin and his oligarchs.


Again, it isn't about the West being right, but Mr. Putin being wrong to seek to restore the Soviet empire.