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 >>
Approaching its anniversary, the movement isn't dead. It's growing up.
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?
Just two days after Jared Lee Loughner fired at least 31 shots in front of an Arizona grocery store, killing six, including federal judge John Roll, while attempting to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a frightening, if scattered portrait has already formed via the media of a disturbed yo ... More >>
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 >>
Oh, Europe. All that time of your currency condescending the dollar has come to fruition, as you ponder whether or not to bail Greece out of their current debt with a 110B Euro package.
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.
Wavves at Market Hotel in happier times (for Market Hotel) "So...Market Hotel got into some police trouble," noted Todd P over the weekend. "What does this mean? Hard to tell." But for now, thanks to a visit from the cops Saturday night, the Bushwick spot is going dark indefinitely, with two and a ... More >>
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 >>
How the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history gave birth to the mortgage crisis
Our Wookie goes down on some flaky warka in the East Village
Bushs pick to succeed Greenspan is a resident 'free thinker'
Chelsea's weekend bazaar hangs on for dear life
Auctions are like stripteases, relying on the audience being enticed by whats out of reach
How the military and private tech contractors are training a new generation of soldiers
George Bush is getting four more years to remake the world in his image. (Too bad for us, he already started.)
Choreographer Sarah Michelson's in the dark before Daylight
You talkin' to me, world? You talkin' to me? I'm the only empire around.
A legendary editor at Harvard University Press asks, What good are books?
A scholar's trove shows even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Party on!
Won't Anyone Make Him Get Out of the Driver's Seat?
Haggling in Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea
It's the Post-War Economy, Stupid!
The threat of cyberwar looms large. Our best homeland defense may be surprisingly small
How the Governor and the State's Most Powerful Union Shortchanged Health Consumers
Landlord Rep Tried to Keep Public Info Private
La Revolución embraces Hip-Hopwith Fidels blessing
The National Pastime Finally Reaches Out To Its International Fan Base
Wingers nail Veep
Scenes from Russia's ruble crisis
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