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Red Warty Thing, sold out at 99 cents per pound

Seen at Beth’s Farm Market in Warren, Maine.

Whatever red warty things there may have been at Beth’s Farm Market, they are no longer there. Apparently, red warty things are very popular these days. I shall have to inform my uncle.

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Things that Make You Go Hmm… Episode #221, The Common Sense Coalition on Facebook

Two pieces of social media data that make me go hmm:

Quite a spike up and back down there in new likes per week for The Common Sense Coalition… and a rather unusual fan base for an 501c4 corporation advocating tax and spending restructuring favorable to the financial sector … of the United [...]

Pope Ratzinger Blames Jesus for Catholic Sexual Abuse of Children

The Catholic Pope, the former Nazi Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, gave a speech today in which he spoke about his church’s problem with sexual crimes, saying, “How are we to explain the fact that people who regularly received the Lord’s body and confessed their sins in the sacrament of Penance have offended in this way? It remains a mystery.” [...]

Americans Elect Response to Delegate Reversal Motion #1 (a Refusal to Accept it)

Americans Elect Policy Director Brian Findlay has responded to a copy of the motion to reverse one of its decisions by refusing to accept the motion while vaguely acknowledging that the motion has a point and generally promising to make some unspecified changes some time in the future. Read the details here. [...]

Can You Corroborate the Veracity of Americans Elect Documents?

As the presidential-ticket-running corporation/political party called Americans Elect gets ready for a public launch, I need your help establishing the veracity of some documents that may be related to their efforts to get on the ballot. As it gathers ballots from the Upper Midwest through the American Southwest, Americans Elect relies on the work of [...]

FYI: January 15 FBI Protest Postponed

UPDATE, 12/15/2010: Thanks to the resourceful Ross, we know now that this protest has been postponed and will probably happen some time later this year.

In a handful of places on the web there’s a banner announcing a protest in Washington DC on January 15 against FBI intimidation of anti-war activists:

If this event [...]

Americans Elect and the Fundraiser Without Funds

Here’s a small curiosity to puzzle over.

In its 2nd quarter 2010 IRS disclosure, Americans Elect, the Section 527 Corporation with the goal of electing its own U.S. presidential ticket in 2012, lists a $603 “fundraising expense” at Boston’s Nine Zero Hotel on June 27, 2010. But no funds are reported to have been raised [...]

Americans Elect Provides 1st Public Statement of its Presidential Goals, Raising Questions

The group formerly known as Unity08 and briefly renamed the Unity12 Task Force has resurfaced as Americans Elect. Until this week, Americans Elect had remained a private Section 527 organization, registered with the IRS and issuing a variety of mission statements. Late this week, however, Americans Elect made its first public declaration of goals:

Americans [...]

The Compost Lid Mystery

For about two weeks now, I’ve been finding the lid taken off one or the other of my compost bins. They aren’t just off as in laying-off-to-the-side. They’re often six feet or more into the woods at the edge of which my compost bins sit. Every few days or so I’ve tromped into those woods [...]

Reaction to Government Surveillance Bombshell, By The Numbers

Number of Inspectors General reporting the existence of “unprecedented collection activities” going “beyond warrantless wiretapping”: 5

Public disclosures regarding the nature of these “unprecedented collection activities”: 0

Number of years before the Attorney General of the United States, highest law enforcement officer in the country, was permitted to know of the existence of these activities: [...]

The Mysterious Flying Cough Drop of 1991

Nobody knows what this flying lozenge was, and that’s pretty cool. It’s good to know that there are some things we don’t have answers for. [...]