Archive for January 30th, 2009

Friday FOIA Fun: George Carlin, Redux

Last year, I wrote about the late George Carlin’s lack of an FBI file, having been told by the Bureau that “no records” on Carlin were located. So, imagine my surprise earlier this week when a large envelope showed up in the mail from the FBI, containing… George Carlin’s FBI file. It seems I’m not the only person the FBI originally lied to , for whatever reason. Once called on their mistake, it seems they fixed their “error” quite quickly, hence the sudden and unexpected appearance of a dozen pieces of paper.

Since nobody else seems to have made them public, here are the two most interesting documents concerning Carlin:
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One Man’s Treasure

We all know the old expression about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure, right? Well, given the current economic conditions, urban explorers might start finding the sewer tunnels a bit more crowded, since it seems there’s gold in that there sewage. Honestly, you can’t make these things up.

Still, if the Japanese electronics industry is putting that much gold down the drain, can you imagine the precious-metal bonanza that must be the Chinese sewers? (Nevermind, for the moment, the inevitable, and unfortunate, disease-ridden, chemical-hell aspects of China’s sewers.)

…and all I ever find down sewers are animal carcasses and raccoon feces. Man…

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“This Essential Beverage”

In 1951, the military began a modernization program for their purchasing and acquisition systems, as part of a process of streamlining – and unifying – military purchasing. The idea was to save the government money, by creating a more standardized purchasing process which would, in part, be able to better leverage the combined purchasing might of the various military branches.

You might think that sounds dreadfully boring, and you’re mostly right. However, the program is of more than purely historical interest today because the first item the military examined – in unbelievable depth, I might add – was the single military-issue comestible not indigenous to the United States – coffee.
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