Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Baseball Superstars Comics: Jose Canseco Author: Mitsuko Herrera (words) and Greg Fox (art) Date: 1992 Publisher: Revolutionary Comics Discovered at: Sunnyside T ... More >>
When the debt activism group Strike Debt began planning its Rolling Jubilee, the goal was relatively modest: They would raise $50,000, use it to buy distressed medical debt on secondary debt markets, and then, rather than hounding the debtors like the collection agencies that buy most of this sort o ... More >>
So how are the other candidates doing? Other candidates? No, not the senate or house folks, but the other presidential candidates. Yes, there are actually people who aren't in the two main parties who have their own ideas about fixing this country, who had the courage to run for president. Number ... More >>
For the last year or more, Mark Bunker has been releasing short excerpts from his upcoming Scientology documentary Knowledge Report, and yesterday, he released a doozy. Bunker had told me that he'd interviewed former church executive Marty Rathbun, and in this excerpt, we see Rathbun addressing the ... More >>
Earlier today we wrote of what appeared to be an Occupy Wall Street-related bank boycott planned for November 5th. We've spoken to Kristen Christian, the 27-year-old creator of the event, who has clarified some things. For one, it's not an Occupy Wall Street-organized event, though members of the Oc ... More >>
The theater is missing some major figures. Who'll step up now?
Oh, goody. The New York Times' City Room reports that tourism in New York City hit a new high last year, raking in a record 48.7 million slow-walking, skyscraper-gazing, sidewalk-congesting, Century 21-shopping visitors.
Salute. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, a ... More >>
The last time we saw Spencer Elden, the chubby swimming baby on Nirvana's unforgettable Nevermind cover, he was the 14-year-old side-hatted skater boy above talking about his unwitting role in musical history. Now he's all grown up and living in Los Angeles, where he is working for OBEY. This is n ... More >>
Jenny MillerJohn Melngailis' Latvian-style rye.John Melngailis, an engineering professor at the University of Maryland (and the father of Sarma Melngailis of Pure Food & Wine), missed the dense, dark, sourdough rye bread he ate growing up in Latvia.
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Helping With Bike Safety Author/Illustrator: Betsey Douglas MacDonald Date: None gi ... More >>
Tabla is among a number of restaurants using psychological principles to overhaul their menus, such as dropping the dollar sign from prices or naming a dish after the chef's mom. [NY Times] 2009 was the year 'nduja, the spicy smoked meat with a cult following, became the "Lady Gaga of pork ... More >>
Exiting with class, something Bloomberg was unable to do.Outgoing Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau gave New Yorkers a $268 million present yesterday -- their share of a huge, $536 million deal reached with a very rich Swiss bank that admitted having illegally routed Iranian funds through the U. ... More >>
As rioters remonstrate with the police, the world leaders at the G-20 Summit (which was originally a cozy gathering of six world leaders, but like many all-star events has swollen in recent years) convenes in London. They apparently won't touch the recent Chinese proposal for a new world currency st ... More >>
In earlier Obama days, when the market was tanking, rightbloggers talked about the "Obama Dow Jones Death Watch," "Change we cannot afford," "DOW Collapse Signaling Fear of Socialist as President?" etc. Politics West huffed that Obama, "has essentially never been an investor," and that he and his Tr ... More >>
photo courtesy of rottnpagan Of the many indignities suffered by consumers in the first decade of the 21st century, the tip jar inscription is not the largest, but it may be the most annoying. I got to thinking about the subject after a friend emailed me complaining about the enthusiastic si ... More >>
Well, that rate cut seemed to move things a little. Then Morgan Stanley had to spoil it with news of a 4th Quarter bath. The dollar and OPEC production are going down, too, and now AP tells us "Fed rate cut enthusiasm wanes in world markets." Our economy is acting like a sulky teenager; nothing we d ... More >>
Could the U.S. economic crisis lead to the breakup of the Union? An esteemed Russian political analyst says it will. According to the Drudge Report, Professor Igor Panarin argues in Monday's Izvestia newspaper that the U.S. dollar is "not secured by anything," and that our ballooning foreign debt ... More >>
The market managed to lose only about 300 points today despite the public humiliation of Alan "Who Knew?" Greenspan. Not only did the glibertarian former Fed Chairman admit that his let-'er-rip approach to deregulation might have been a tad responsible for the market chaos, he was denounced by the A ... More >>
We just saw Pete Hamill on Joe Scarborough's morning show. In a blame-the-victim rant, he posited that house-flipping, free-spending citizens hadn't gone through the Depression like he had, owned "five cell phones and one iPod," and therefore had no understanding of the value of a hard-earned Americ ... More >>
Rupert Murdoch paid $3 billion for TV Guide back in 1988. But things have changed: Macrovision has sold the magazine to OpenGate Capital for one dollar. That's one American dollar, folks. Macrovision also threw in a $9.5 million, low-interest loan. It is, however, keeping the online TVG franchise. ... More >>
Time was, citizens of India came to New York to improve themselves economically. Now Mayor Bloomberg wants them to come here to improve us economically. Bloomberg and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta announce that they're opening a tourism and marketing office in Mumbai. The Mayor, a numbers man, p ... More >>
Good news! The U.S. Army has run out of money and won't be able to run the Vietraq War past mid-June. Bad news! It's just a piece of budget trickery by the DOD. Taxpayer.net calls it "the Pentagon's latest sob story," explaining: The Pentagon’s latest sob story about having to borrow from it ... More >>
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You talkin' to me, world? You talkin' to me? I'm the only empire around.
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Landlord Rep Tried to Keep Public Info Private
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