Last August, the NYPD announced they'd partnered with Microsoft to create an elaborate city-wide spying/surveillance program, called the Domain Awareness System. The program provides the department with access to over 3,000 public and private security cameras, information that's then instantly cross-referenced with criminal and terrorist databases, 911 call histories, license plate scanning machines, and radiation monitors.
What would you do if the NYPD mentioned your brand of hidden-pocket underwear in a department-wide warning memo? Phillip "Clint" Scott, founder of underwear manufacturers Stashitwear, updated his company's site, writing "Order yours now before New York orders them all!"
One Brooklyn pharmacy has filled 19 prescriptions for human growth hormone or steroids for firefighters—and 29 cops have gotten prescriptions for steroids. Thanks to the craziness of baseball-land, the Village Voice finds a timely peg to run its NYPD steroids story! Just think: A bunch of macho guys with guns are bulking up. Frightening! Also, unsurprising! Now, the Voice claims that steroids and, particularly, human growth hormone are rarely prescribed, saying that HGH is usually only prescribed for people with a rare malady or "in the advanced stages of AIDS." This isn't really the case—for years now, doctors hand out prescriptions for Serostim and the like (testosterone patches, etc.) to people with HIV like it was candy. But we're probably safe in assuming there isn't a cluster of HIV-positive Brooklyn cops.