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Browsing Archive: June, 2013

German justice minister accuses US of 'Cold War' methods after reports NSA bugged EU offices

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 30, 2013, In : World News 
BERLIN - A top German official accused the United States on Sunday of using "Cold War" methods against its allies, after a German magazine cited secret intelligence documents to claim that U.S. spies bugged European Union offices.

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger was responding to a report by German news weekly Der Spiegel, which claimed that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on EU offices in Washington, New York and Brussels. The magazine cited classified U.S. ...

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Federal Regulations Decrease Standard of Living by 75 Percent Since 1949

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 30, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
The 20th annual snapshot of the federal regulatory state published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) last month announced the arrival of an unhappy milestone: Regulatory costs now equal more than half of all federal spending. Put another way, the real cost of government in the United States is half-again as much as the federal budget. It is approaching a third of the country’s economic output. Said CEI in its Ten Thousand Commandments 2013 report: “Federal environmental, safet...
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What's Under The Tarp? Government Is Moving A 17-Ton Magnet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
To call it an oversize load is an understatement.



Over the weekend, the huge undertaking of moving a 50-foot wide, 17-ton electromagnet from Long Island to Chicago began.

The component is part of particle physics experiments and is being moved from the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

The magnet for the Muon g-2 project began its move on June 22 and although you might be wondering just how many roads they would have to shut down to...

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A Win for Coal Exports, American Jobs

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 29, 2013, In : US News 
The Obama Administration has imposed a laundry list of new regulations on the coal industry, making it increasingly difficult to mine coal and to build and operate coal-fired power plants, which are critical to providing Americans with affordable electricity. Although the President continued his attack on coal in his recent climate speech, one bright spot for the coal industry is that exports continue to climb, creating jobs and wealth in the process. While some politicians, the Environmental...
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3 Pictures That Depict Our Descent Into The Abyss

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 29, 2013, In : History In Current Events 

1. This picture of old friends reminiscing about the good old days over a delicious brunch:



2. This adorable picture of star-crossed lovers meeting for the first time:


3. This picture of graduating seniors leaving high school for the last time, finally free from the shackles of standardized education:



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China's far west erupts in violence for 2nd time in 3 days

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : World News 
BEIJING –  A tense minority region in China's far west erupted in violence Friday for the second time in three days, barely hours after the government called the earlier unrest a "terrorist attack" and raised the death toll to 35.

State media gave few details in a brief dispatch about Friday's unrest, saying it was "a violent attack" that took place on a pedestrian street in Hotan, a city in Xinjiang, a region that has seen China's minority Uighurs clash with the ethnic Han majority. No deta...

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UK may approve creating babies with DNA from 3 people

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
LONDON –  Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people, a move that would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country's top medical officer says.

The new techniques help women with faulty mitochondria, the energy source in a cell, from passing on to their babies defects that can result in such diseases as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, heart problems and mental retardation. About one in 200 children is born every year in Britain...

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US Park Police lost track of huge supply of weapons, report says

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : US News 
The U.S. Park Police has lost track of a huge supply of handguns, rifles and shotguns, according to a report released Thursday on the law enforcement agency responsible for safeguarding the National Mall and critical American landmarks.

In the scathing report, the inspector general's office of the Department of Interior faults staff at the agency for having no idea how many weapons they control and says the department has no clear policies or procedures for investigating missing weapons. The o...

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Ecuador renounces renewed trade benefits from US Congress

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : World News 
QUITO, Ecuador –  Ecuador's communications minister says the country is renouncing trade preferences that are up for U.S. congressional renewal.

It comes as Ecuador considers the asylum request of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, which has prompted critics in the U.S. to suggest retaliation against the South American country.

Minister Fernando Alvarado told a news conference Thursday the benefits were originally granted for help in the fight against drugs but have become "an instrument of blackmail...

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Putin: “Like Shearing a Pig: There’s Lots of Squealing and Little Fleece”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : World News 
The Obama administration continues to be embarrassed by the Russians today as Edward Snowden continues to hide out in the communist state “at the airport.” How does Russian President Vladimir Putin feel about the issue?

In any case, I would like not to deal with such issues because it is like shearing a pig: there’s lots of squealing and little fleece,” he said.





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Think NSA Spying Is Bad? Here Comes ObamaCare Hub

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : US News 
The Health and Human Services Department earlier this year exposed just how vast the government's data collection efforts will be on millions of Americans as a result of ObamaCare.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., asked HHS to provide "a complete list of agencies that will interact with the Federal Data Services Hub." The Hub is a central feature of ObamaCare, since it will be used by the new insurance exchanges to determine eligibility for benefits, exemptions from the federal mandate, and how much ...

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.): Obama declared ‘war on coal’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : US News 
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) blasted President Obama’s proposals to address climate change, saying new regulations on power plants would unfairly burden the coal industry.

“The regulations the President wants to force on coal are not feasible. And if it’s not feasible, it’s not reasonable,” Manchin said in a statement.

“It’s clear now that the President has declared a war on coal,” he added. “It’s simply unacceptable that one of the key elements of his climate change proposal ...

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The Battlefields Are Merging – Civil War Coming To Iraq?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : World News 
A major uptick in sectarian violence which has killed about 2,000 people since April 1 has sparked fears that Iraq is heading for a full-scale civil war that could draw in powerful regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.

There are already signs that the current conflict is starting to merge with the bitter fighting in Syria, creating a war zone from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf.

The United Nations envoy in Iraq, Martin Kobler, has issued repeated warnings in the last few weeks, plea...

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Human Organs ‘Could Be Grown In Animals Within A Year’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Japanese scientists are expecting to be granted approval to grow human organs in animals and then harvest them for transplant within the next year.

A panel of scientists and legal experts appointed by the government has drawn up a recommendation that will form the basis of new guidelines for Japan’s world-leading embryonic research.

There is widespread support in Japan for research that has raised red flags in other countries. Scientists plan to introduce a human stem cell into the embryo of ...

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Most Shoppers Would Prefer A Biometric Test Over Other Forms Of Payment

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Almost half of consumers said they would be prepared to pay for goods by using fingerprint, palm print and iris scanners.

The survey of more than 2,000 shoppers revealed 49 per cent would prefer a biometric test over other payment options.

The study is likely to alarm civil liberties campaigners concerned about the rise of a ‘Big Brother’ society.

The survey also asked what shoppers thought of other ways of verifying identity such as smartphone PIN codes, text messages or online wallets ...

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Girl Scouts Of Britain Replace 'God' With 'Myself' In Oath

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Religious News 
On Wednesday, Great Britain’s Girl Guides (their equivalent of U.S. Girl Scouts) and Brownies removed God from their 103-year-old oath.

Instead of the passage where they used to promise to “love God,” they will now vow to be true to "myself" and develop "my beliefs." The organization said the move is intended to attract girls from secular families.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, condemned the move, saying, "These values have their roots in a Christian outlook. Tak...

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Are Businesses Bracing For U.S. To Fall Like Rome?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
At some point, every thinking man and woman has thought about it. The United States, so big and so powerful, at some point has to fall just like ancient Rome. Some view it as inevitability; others view it as a cautionary tale that prevents us from plummeting to our downfall.

The United States is clearly the world’s most dominant superpower. Militarily, the United States spends more money than all other countries combined. Economically we have the largest GDP of any country in the world, and ...

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Why not give stores your zip code?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Here's why.

When Jo Anna Davis declined to provide a retail store with her zip code information, she wasn’t prepared for what happened next.

It all started when she decided to return an item at an Ulta beauty care store near Sacramento, California. She says the clerk insisted she provide her zip code information.

Davis declined and things turned ugly.

“When I refused to give them my zip code, they called the manager. She wanted it and then said she couldn’t go forward with providing me a re...

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Former Facebook security chief is now working for the NSA

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : US News 
In a strange reversal, the man who used to be responsible for keeping our Facebook information private and secure is now working for the National Security Agency, the government agency currently under scrutiny over its information-gathering practices.

Max Kelly left Facebook in 2010, where he had been Chief Security Officer and headed for the NSA.

Kelly's move from the world's largest social network to the world's largest spying agency suggests a commonality in the aims of both the government a...

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Is Norway Running U.S.Foreign Policy?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
The consensus in 2009 was that the Norwegian Nobel Committee had done something bizarre and stupid by awarding the Peace Prize to President Obama, who clearly had done nothing to merit it.

“So far, the Right, Left and media all seem to agree that the Nobel Peace Prize committee just beclowned itself,” wrote political strategist Jon Henke at the time.

But it turns out the joke was on us.

Obama’s recent advances on several fronts in his war against foreign policy common sense can probably be...

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Russia regects pressure from U.S. regarding Edward Snowden

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 25, 2013,
MOSCOW — Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday said that U.S. demands to extradite U.S. spy leaker Edward Snowden were "ungrounded and unacceptable."

Sergey Lavrov said that Snowden has not crossed the border into Russia and that his country has had no involvement in the former NSA contractor's travel plans.

"I want to say straight away that we have no connection either to Mr. Snowden or to his relationship with American justice, or to his travels around the world. He chose his route independe...

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No Free Speech in France: French Leader Could Face Trial for Slamming Islam

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Religious News 
French extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen faces potential prosecution for branding Muslims in France as ‘like a Nazi occupation’.

The National Front chief risks being put on trial after members of the European Parliament’s judicial committee in Brussels voted to lift her legal immunity as an MEP.

Ms Le Pen sparked uproar among in France after a speech at a party rally in December 2012 when she denounced Muslims praying in the street in areas where there are no mosques.

France has a po...

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Ancient Egyptian statue at Manchester Museum moves on its own

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A millenia-old, 10-inch-tall statuette has Manchester Museum employees stumped after it did a total 180-degree turn without anyone touching it.

Part of the English museum’s collection since 1933, the mystery of the Neb-Senu statute’s diurnal movement has curator Campbell Price scratching his head. After first noticing it in February, the Egyptologist set up a video camera to record the statue.

“I noticed one day that it had turned around,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “I thoug...
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Transgender 6-year-old wins civil rights case to use girls' bathroom

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : US News 
A transgender 6-year-old who identifies as a female should be allowed to use the girls' bathroom at her elementary school even though she was born a male, the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled on Sunday.

In a decision being hailed as a major victory by advocates for transgender Americans, the division concluded that the Fountain-Fort Carson School District created an unnecessarily hostile situation for Coy Mathis when it made the female bathroom off limits.

By not allowing Coy to use the gir...

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White House Petition to Ban Creationism Gathering Steam

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 23, 2013, In : Religious News 
Courts have ruled that atheism is a religion since it is a set of beliefs. When will it be treated on the same level with the separation clause that liberals like to misuse?

Religion is a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects:                   http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion

The courts have ruled atheism is a religion:
http://www.wnd.com/2005/08/31895/

Check it out:

A White House petition to ban the teaching of crea...

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IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 23, 2013, In : US News 
The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically occupied by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses t...

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Facebook accidentally released private info for SIX MILLION users in year-long data breach

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 23, 2013, In : US News 
Facebook has admitted accidentally giving out the phone numbers and email addresses of six million users in a data breach which has been going on for around a year.

The social networking site blamed the data leak on a technical glitch in its massive archive of contact information collected from its 1.1 billion users worldwide.

As a result, Facebook users who downloaded contact data for their list of friends obtained additional information that they were not supposed to have.

Facebook's security ...

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Why Is a Rare Carved Column From ‘Biblical Times’ Being Kept Quiet?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Earlier this year, a tour guide discovered a carved column in the old city of Jerusalem, but little has been reported about the treasure that experts say dates back to biblical time and could actually be part of a whole temple or place buried below.

Why so little news?

The Jewish Press, which first reported on the find in April, wrote that political reasons could be to blame, citing Israeli authorities as “trying to silence this discovery”.

The Jewish Press reported guide Binyamin Troper, wh...

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Schools Call Cops on Gideons Distributing Bibles

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 22, 2013, In : Religious News 
The Obama Administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismissed a religious discrimination claim from a substitute teacher who believes he was fired because he's a member of an international religious organization that distributes Bibles.

Walt Tutka, a substitute teacher for the Phillipsburg School District, was fired earlier this year after he handed a Bible to a student.

Tutka told the young man at the back of a line, "The first shall be last and the last shall be first."

When the...

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Man Arrested For Throwing Spear At Passing Vehicle

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 22, 2013, In : Really? 
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - Jeffrey Jones, 56, was standing in the road at Auburn Boulevard and Annadale Lane in Sacramento at 7:38 p.m. when, police say, he threw a spear at the front fender of a vehicle that was driving by, causing it to become lodged in the vehicle.

Jones was located by police and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

The spear was booked as evidence.

No injuries were reported.





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Politicaly Correct Libs Want to Blindfold NYPD

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 22, 2013, In : US News 
Cops might as well wear blindfolds if the City Council passes a bill that would let them use little more than the color of a suspect’s clothing in descriptions — or risk being sued for profiling, according to this provocative new ad from the NYPD captains union.

The ad asks, “How effective is a police officer with a blindfold on?”

And the answer is not very, says the NYPD Captains Endowment Association, which is fighting the measure, claiming it would handcuff cops and send crime rates ...

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‘Offensive to Muslims’: Dem congressman calls on FBI to take down photos of terrorists

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 22, 2013,
Always-unfiltered Rep. Jim McDermott penned a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday claiming a Joint Terrorism Task Force ‘Faces of Global Terrorism’ ad is racist.

McDermott, a Democrat from Washington state, voiced his “deep concern” about the ad, which shows mug shots of international terrorists, and asked the FBI chief to “reconsider publicizing” it.

According to McDermott, the “ad featuring sixteen photos of wanted terrorists is not only offensive to Muslims and ethn...

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At least 50,000 bumble bees found dead in Oregon parking lot

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
WILSONVILLE, Ore. –  Workers on Friday plan to wrap bee-proof netting around blooming trees in the parking lot of an Oregon shopping center in an attempt to prevent the deaths of more bees.

Portland-area bee experts with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation estimate at least 25,000 bumble bees have died in the lot since last weekend. The bees were clustered under dozens of linden trees.

Oregon Agriculture Department officials confirm thousands of dead bees.

The Oregonian reports th...

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Impending Immigration Bill: It Will ‘Hammer’ Wages for Next 12 Years

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : US News 
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) while speaking on the Senate floor this week warned of possible long-term fiscal and economic repercussions from the Gang of Eight immigration bill.

The senator cited the Congressional Budget Office’s new estimate of the bill.

“This legislation,” he said, “if it were to pass, the wages of American workers will fall for the next 12 years. They will be lower than inflation rates.”

“This [bill] is supposed to be good for the people we represent?” Sen. Se...

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Police Use Facial-Recognition Technology On Driver's Licenses And Other IDs To Aid Crime Solving

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
State ID databases and facial-recognition technology are being used by the police as a tool in the fight crime. The news comes just a week after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the agency's secret Prism project

How much power the law agencies have over a U.S. citizen's image differs from state to state, but only 13 states do not use facial-recognition systems for driver's license photos. Of the remaining 37 states, the police forces in 26 of them have the legal right to either search...

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Russian warships head for Syria

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : World News 
Just one day after the G8 Summit ended in the failure of Western leaders to overcome Russian resistance to a resolution mandating President Bashar Assad’s ouster, Moscow announced the dispatch to Syria of two warships carrying 600 Russian marines. They were coming, said the official statement, "to protect the Russian citizens there." Russian Deputy Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Gradusov added that an air force umbrella would be provided the Russian expeditionary force if needed.

Military sou...

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Democrats New Talking Point: There Are No Scandals!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : US News 
At the end of the classic movie the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy desperately wants to go home. To do this she must follow the instructions of Glinda, the Good Witch. Glinda directs Dorothy to click the heels of her ruby red slippers together three times. Then she is told to think to herself, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Her wish is granted and she awakes in her bed back home in Kansas.

The Democrats seem to believe this magical process actually works. In their cas...

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Afghanistan peace talks: US-Taliban meeting in Qatar cancelled

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : World News 
A fresh effort to end Afghanistan's 12-year-old war looked in disarray on Thursday after a diplomatic row about the Taliban's new Qatar office delayed preliminary discussions between the US and the Islamist insurgents.

Talks between US officials and Taliban representatives had been set for Thursday in the Gulf state but Afghan government anger at the opening of a Taliban office there threw preparations into confusion.

The dispute may set the tone for what could be long and arduous negotiations ...

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The Misinformation Highway

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
In the 1990′s the internet was still a new thing. We were all fascinated by the fact that we could retrieve information in moments (except for the inconvenience of dial up) that we previously had to refer to a phone book, library, or multitude of other, less convenient resources for. This fabulous new technology was affectionately referred to as the information highway.

There have been other tangible benefits, of course. The world used to be a much bigger place. Journalism still existed then...

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Big Brother Alert: Cameras in the Cable Box to Monitor TV Viewers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.

The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.

Mass. Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano has introduced a bill, the We Are Watching You Act, to prohibit the technology on boxes and collection of information absent consumer permission...

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Why Obama really uses teleprompter

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : US News 
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, who famously said he felt a thrill up his leg listening to Barack Obama speak in 2008, is now blaming a lackluster speech Wednesday by the U.S. president in Berlin on the sun.

“I think a lot of the problem he had today was the late afternoon sun in Berlin ruined his use of the teleprompter and so his usual dramatic windup was ruined,” Matthews said moments after the address. “I think he was really struggling with the text there.”

Online commenters are having...

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US to open direct peace talks with Taliban

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : World News 
The Obama administration will open direct peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar in the next few days.

The startling announcement Tuesday came the same day four Americans were killed during a rocket attack at Bagram Air Field, outside of Kabul.

U.S. and NATO forces handed over the lead on combat operations in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces separately on Tuesday.

President Obama, who has made ending the decade-long Afghanistan War a priority, sought to tamp down expectations for the talks, ...

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FBI director admits domestic use of drones

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : US News 
The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday.

Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.

“Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr. Mueller during an oversight hearing on C...

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Possible US, North Korea solution in the works

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : Really? 
In exchange for North Korea standing down from their incessant nattering about "war," "nuclear attacks," "negotiations," etc., etc., etc., the Obama administration has promised to supply labor and materials for the construction of 19 miniature golf courses throughout North Korea.

According to sources out of North Korea, Kim Jong-un is "absolutely delighted" by the proposal.

Currently there is only one miniature golf course in North Korea.  It is located on the grounds of the Supreme Leader's p...
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Is there something rotten with the 'Egg Bill' ?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : US News 
The government seems to have a new group in it's sights

This week the US House of Representatives considers the 2013 Farm Bill — the agriculture policy tool for the federal government. Of all of the amendments that will be debated, there is one in particular that has conservatives fuming. If passed, the “Egg Bill” amendment will result in an unfunded government mandate on thousands of American family farmers. The amendment calls for federal requirements on the size and structure of egg p...

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi appointed a known terrorist as governor of Luxor

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : World News 
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday appointed as governor of Luxor a member of the notorious terrorist organization Gamaa Islamiya which claimed responsibility for the 1997 massacre of 58 tourists and four Egyptians in Luxor.

The massacre was thought to have been financed by non other than Osama Bin Laden.

The new governor is Adel al-Khayyat of the Building and Development party, the political wing of what was once the active terrorist group Gamaa Islamiya of which he was a founding mem...

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Which bathroom should transgendered students use?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : US News 
Maine’s highest court will soon decide which restroom Nicole Maines, a 15-year-old transgendered student, should use.

Last week the state supreme court heard oral arguments about whether a school district violated her civil rights when it forbid her from using the girl’s restroom. She was in fifth grade at the time.

Maines is biologically male but has identified as female since she was very young. As such, she wished to use the girl’s restroom. State law, however, mandates that boys and g...

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Slaughter in Gun Control Capitol of Chicago

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : US News 
Over the weekend in the gun control Capitol of the country, 46 people were shot in Chicago.

At least 33 people were shot — six of them fatally — Saturday afternoon through Father’s Day Sunday, stretching from 94th Street and Loomis Avenue on the South Side up to about North Avenue and North Pulaski Road on the Northwest Side, according to authorities. The youngest person who was killed during one of the bloodiest weekends in Chicago this year was 16.





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Too little, too late? Skeptical Syrian rebels await U.S. weapons

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : World News 
What kind of weapons, and when will they come?

Those are the questions rebels heading back to Syria and Syrian refugees languishing in Lebanon asked after learning the Obama administration is now prepared to arm the rebellion against President Bashar Assad.

Syrian rebels and refugees in makeshift camps peppering Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley said they welcome the White House’s decision but questioned whether the weapons supplied will be sophisticated enough and arrive in time to help them repel an...

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So, what’s next – St. Patrick’s 'Mosque' in New York City?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : Religious News 
University of Chicago has permanently removed pews from 88-year old chapel on campus to accommodate Muslim students and prayer rugs.




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Dick Cheney Vice Presidential Library Opens In Pitch-Dark, Sulfurous Underground Cave

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Really? 
SUMNER, NE—The Richard B. Cheney Vice Presidential Library and Museum officially opened to the public on Wednesday, housing a variety of exhibits honoring the legacy of the former vice president on display in a vast, dark, sulfurous cave thousands of feet below the surface of the earth.

According to officials, the subterranean library will permanently house the archived records and artifacts of Cheney’s vice presidency and will include more than 2.7 million photographs, thousands of razor-...

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Report: Obamacare Loophole to Hammer Low-Wage Workers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : US News 
The predictable hits just keep on coming as the Obamacare clock ticks down toward full implementation. Liberals have shifted gears from arguing the law will lower costs and reduce premiums for everyone — which is how the unpopular overhaul was dishonestly marketed — to shrugging that hey, at least many uninsured and lower-income citizens will get affordable coverage. But even that’s not universally true, as many American workers are about to painfully discover. Behold, the “Affordable...
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8th Grader Suspended Over NRA T-Shirt Could Get Jail Time

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : US News 
In April Breitbart News reported that West Virginia 8th grader Jared Marcum was suspended for refusing to take off an NRA t-shirt he wore to school. And details now indicate the 8th grader could face a $500 fine and up to a year in jail for obstruction charges.

On June 13 Marcum appeared before a judge “and was officially charged with obstructing an officer.” Moreover, the judge has allowed “the prosecution to move forward” with its case against Marcum.

Logan City Police officer James A...

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Palin slams military intervention in Syria: ‘Let Allah sort it out’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : World News 
Former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin told a Washington audience Saturday that the U.S. should not get involved in the Syrian civil war.

Palin argued that the U.S. should not intervene in any Middle East conflict as long as President Obama remains in office.

“Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he is doing….let Allah sort it out!” she told the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

The statement shows how far Palin has drifted from former running mate S...

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Go home evolution, you're drunk

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
When it comes to ugly animals, the Blobfish certainly takes the cake.

The Blobfish is so ashamed of its own appearance, that it is rarely ever seen by human beings and prefers to hide in the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania.




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Hassan Rohani is Iran's next president. What will change?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 16, 2013, In : World News 
Politically moderate cleric Hassan Rohani won a first-round victory in Iran’s presidential election, a stunning result that heralds change – both in tone, and almost certainly in substance – for the Islamic Republic.

Mr. Rohani, a former nuclear negotiator, polled three times as many votes as his nearest rival to garner 50.71 percent of all ballots cast, enough to avoid an expected runoff. He faced down a host of conservatives in Friday’s vote, stating at the ballot box that he had “...

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US promises military aid to Syrian rebels

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 16, 2013, In : World News 
US military aid to Syrian rebels is expected to begin arriving in a few weeks, delivered by the CIA through secret bases in Turkey and Jordan.


The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has allegedly crossed President Obama’s “red line” in using chemical weapons to kill rebel soldiers and civilians.

As a result, the Obama administration says it will provide military help to those rebel forces engaged in a civil war that has cost some 93,000 lives.

Reports are beginning to outline the w...

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NSA cyber spying on China not a surprise, now what?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : World News 
International relations and leadership on global Internet policy, not US cyberespionage capability, are what will be compromised most as a result of revelations that the United States spies on computers used by civilians in Hong Kong and China.

That's the bottom line of several cyberespionage experts asked to assess the damage from Edward Snowden's most recent disclosures about the secret activities of the US government's National Security Agency (NSA). Mr. Snowden, a former NSA contractor an...

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Millions Of Americans Will Be Subject To Detention During Martial Law

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : US News 
Are you on the list? Are you one of the millions of Americans that have been designated a threat to national security by the U.S. government? Will you be subject to detention when martial law is imposed during a major national emergency?

If you have ever been publicly critical of the government, there is a very good chance that you are on that list.

The following is how Wikipedia describes Main Core:


Main Core is the code name of a database maintained since the 1980s by the federal government o...

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Rep. Stockman requests NSA logs for phone traffic between White House, IRS

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : US News 
We’ve been told by Administration apologists that we shouldn’t have anything to fear from enhanced phone and online surveillance, if we have nothing to hide. (The authors of the Fourth Amendment certainly didn’t feel that way, did they?) Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) brilliantly turned this line of thinking against the White House, by asking the House Oversight committee to subpoena the National Security Agency’s phone call metadata for communication between the White House and IRS:

Stock...

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“Freedom of religion,” not “freedom from religion.”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Religious News 
At a signing event for the contentious “Merry Christmas Bill,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a message for atheist activists who have a penchant for sometimes taking church-state separatism to the extreme: The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee “freedom from religion.”

There was no irony in his intentional statement, as the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), one of the prime organizations that launches lawsuits against faith in the public square, would patently disagree with his c...

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New protein found to control deadly cancer metastasis

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Researchers have found a critical element that may explain why some cancers spread farther and faster than others, a discovery that could lead to one of the Holy Grails of cancer treatment: containing the disease.

Scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a protein that seems to serve as a switch, regulating the spread of cancer from the primary tumor to distant spots in the body – a process known as metastasis.  The protein is used by embryo ...

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Fun Fact Of The Day: Mosque’s Are Off-Limits To Obama’s Snooping

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 14, 2013, In : US News 
The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won’t snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are.

That’s right, the government’s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized.

Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body ...

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Rand Paul: Your Tax Dollars Backing Regimes that Execute Christians for Blasphemy Against Islam

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 14, 2013, In : Religious News 
In a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference on Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was angry over the fact that U.S. tax money is used to support foreign regimes where Christians are killed “for blasphemy against Islam,” and where “Muslims who convert to Christianity” are also put to death.

“It angers me to see my tax dollars supporting regimes that put Christians to death for blasphemy against Islam, countries that put to death Muslims who convert to Christianity,...

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Anyone of any age in America can now run their very own abortion clinic

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 14, 2013, In : US News 
Making the choice nowadays to keep a baby seems a bit outdated. After all, abortion is available and now the Plan B (or morning after) pill without prescription is the “live free of consequences” medication of choice.

Anyone of any age in America can now run their very own abortion clinic right out of their medicine cabinet.

Let us know how you feel about this on our live commentary page.





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Schumer: ‘Years and Years and Years’ to Secure the Border

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 14, 2013,
Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer admitted it will take “years and years and years” to secure the border. The chief negotiator behind the Gang of 8 immigration bill was speaking against an amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The amendment would have blocked legalization of current illegal immigrants until the border was certified as secure for 6 months.

Schumer argued that the Grassley amendment would delay for too long the legalization, and the “path...

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What can we expect if US gets involved in the Syrian Civil War?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 14, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
President Barack Obama is said to be close to sending weapons to carefully chosen rebel units who are moderates. Now, pay close attention here. The Western options for giving assistance are:

The Syrian Islamic Liberation Front. This is Muslim Brotherhood type people including, most importantly, the Farouk Brigades from the Homs area and Aleppo’s Tawhid Brigade. Around 50-60,000 fighters in total who are autonomous.

Do you want to give arms to them? Weapons that might soon end up in the hands ...

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Introducing the last employer of Edward Snowden

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : US News 
BOOZ ALLEN-

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (Booz Allen) is an American consulting firm headquartered in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County, Virginia, with 80 other offices throughout the United States. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious technology consulting firms in the world and one of the best consulting firms to work for by Consulting Magazine. Bloomberg Government ranked Booz Allen as 16th in its listing of industry leaders in the government sector in 2013. Founded in 1914 by Edwin G. B...

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Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Religious News 
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.

The amendment was authored by Rep. John Fleming, R-La. It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the membe...

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Demoralizers of the Faith

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
Written on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Bradlee Dean

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the initial stages of the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case proceeds, the media is again resurrecting the issue of racism… and not too far behind are the modern day self-proclaimed civil rights leaders. After listening to their divis...

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Worldwide pandemic of TRUTH reaches Egypt

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : World News 
Just last month, Secretary of State John Kerry quietly sent Egypt an additional $1.3 billion, even though Egypt has failed to live up to democracy standards. That largesse didn’t stop a prominent Egyptian politician from talking about Egypt’s “enemy” the United States in what some pundits are classifying as a classic and embarrassing “hot mic” moment.

President Mohammed Morsi gathered a group of politicians last week who thought they were speaking privately at a parliamentary meeti...

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Booz Allen fires Edward Snowden for ‘shocking’ violation of ethics code

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : US News 
Booz Allen Hamilton said Tuesday it has fired Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor who admitted leaking information about secret National Security Administration surveillance programs to the press.

In a statement, the company said Snowden was an employee for the firm for less than three months and was fired on Monday for “violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy.” Booz Allen also noted that Snowden’s annual salary was $122,000, lower than the $200,000 figure report...

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IRS Buys Spying Equipment: Cameras in Coffee Trays and Plants

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : Really? 
The IRS, currently in the midst of scandals involving the targeting of conservative groups and lavish taxpayer-funded conferences, is ordering surveillance equipment that includes hidden cameras in coffee trays, plants and clock radios.

The IRS wants to secure the surveillance equipment quickly – it posted a solicitation on June 6 and was looking to close the deal by Monday, June 10. The agency already has a company lined up for the order but is not commenting on the details.

“The Internal ...

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Boy Suspended for Pop Tart Gun, Loses Appeal

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : US News 
An appeal to have an eight year-old boy’s record expunged for a suspension he received for biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun has been denied.

The attorney for Josh Welch, the boy who made national headlines after nibbling his pastry into a gun, said Monday that a top school official has denied an appeal to have the boy’s record expunged.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the family’s attorney, Robin Ficker, met with school officials last month, but no resolution was reached.

Ficker s...

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Forget Gold, .22 Ammo Up More Than 400%

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : US News 
While many individuals have looked at precious metals for moderate gains and even some losses over the last year, the combination of base metals like lead and brass have seen an incredible return–particularly when those base metals are combined to form .22 ammunition.

Think about it–from one year ago until now, .22 ammunition is up over 400%. It was approximately $21 to $23 per 500 rounds in May 2012, and it’s now $100 to $135 for 500 rounds.

Not only is it now 400% higher than it was a y...

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State Dept. Accused of Covering Up Sex, Prostitution Investigation

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : US News 
The U.S. State Department’s ability to investigate wrongdoing by its staff is under question after a report that the agency tried to cover up several crimes committed has surfaced.

Some of the allegations are against then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail who allegedly hired prostitutes, a U.S. ambassador accused of trolling public parks for paid sex and a security official in Beirut committing sexual assaults on foreign nationals.

An internal memo from the State Departme...

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U.S. considers taking in Syrian refugees

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : US News 
WASHINGTON — Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns.

A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.





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Lois Lerner Reportedly Still Has Access to IRS System, Computer Privileges Haven’t Been Revoked

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : US News 
An Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the massive political targeting scandal has been put on paid leave — but that hasn’t stopped her from reportedly accessing her work account.

After invoking her Fifth Amendment right to silence and refusing to resign from her position as the IRS’ director of Exempt Organizations (the office that actively engaged in targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status), Lois Lerner was put on administrative leave on May 23.

Howev...

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‘Traitor’: John Boehner Sides With Obama and Makes It Clear What He Thinks About NSA Whistleblower

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : US News 

“The president outlined last week that these are important national security programs to help keep Americans safe and give us tools to fight the terrorist threat that we face,” he said. “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.”

“I’ve been briefed on all of these programs,” he added. “There is no American whose going to be snooped on in any way unless they’re in cont...
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What could happen to make us see how much we really DO need constant surveillance?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : History In Current Events 


History really does have a way of repeating itself.


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The Red Menace: China encircles U.S. by sailing warships in American waters, arming neighbors

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : World News 
China has been quietly taking steps to encircle the United States by arming western hemisphere states, seeking closer military, economic, and diplomatic ties to U.S. neighbors, and sailing warships into U.S. maritime zones.

The strategy is a Chinese version of what Beijing has charged is a U.S. strategy designed to encircle and “contain” China. It is also directed at countering the Obama administration’s new strategy called the pivot to Asia. The pivot calls for closer economic, diplomat...

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Egypt's president warns in live speech 'all options are open' for Ethiopia Nile dam project

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : World News 
CAIRO –  Egypt's president has warned that "all options are open" in dealing with Ethiopia's efforts to build a dam that threatens to leave Nile-dependent Egypt with a dangerous water shortage.

In a live televised speech Monday before hundreds of supporters, Mohammed Morsi said Egypt is not calling for war. but his country is "ready to defend" its water security.

"Our blood is the alternative," Morsi said, and the crowd erupted in applause.

The crisis started last month when Ethiopia diverted ...

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NSA whistle-blower who sought to 'inform the public' in surveillance risks decades in jail

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : US News 
The source of the bombshell leaks about the U.S. government gathering information on billions of phone calls and Internet activities risks decades in jail for the disclosures if the U.S. can extradite him from Hong Kong, where he says he has taken refuge after saying his sole motive was to “inform the public.”

Edward Snowden, 29, who claims to have worked as a contractor at the National Security Agency and the CIA, allowed The Guardian and The Washington Post to reveal his identity Sunday....

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USA Spends Over $80 Billion Per Year on Secret Information Gathering

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
More than half a century ago, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans of the dangers posed by the country’s growing “military-industrial complex” – a phrase that entered instantly into everyday language.

“The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the federal government,” the outgoing Republican president said. “We must be alert to the … danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a sc...

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Houston Charity Gives Away Free Guns And Training To Single Women And Residents Of High Crime Neighborhoods

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 10, 2013, In : US News 
Houston resident Cheryl Strain’s inexperience with guns was apparent as she struggled to load shells into a 20-gauge shotgun.

Over the piercing blasts of gunfire in the shooting range, Strain’s instructor, Dan Blackford, patiently directed her on how to use her thumb to shove a shell all the way inside the barrel and feel it click.

“Now we got a round in the chamber ready to go,” Blackford said as he positioned her body on the right way to hold the shotgun. “Look down your sight, put ...

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Korean Christianity's illness befalls Full Gospel Church

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Religious News 
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Prosecutors will chase the leader of world’s largest Christian congregation for allegedly stealing tens of billions of won in worshipers’ money and underpaying taxes.

Their decision to indict Cho Yong-gi, founder and pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church, on Saturday was another kick in the teeth for the country’s mighty but increasingly unpopular protestant church, frequently described as greedy, dishonest and socially regressive.

Cho and some members of the church...

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Elementary school to hold toy gun exchange program

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : US News 
A California elementary school is offering a toy gun “buy back” program of sorts. They don’t actually receive cash. The kiddies get a book and the chance to win a shiny new bicycle.

The event takes place Saturday at Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, Calif. Its principal, Charles Hill, believes that children who play with toy guns may not take real guns seriously, according to Mercury News.

“Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as th...

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Eight Colorado counties want to leave the state

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : US News 
As a sign of just how divisive the recently ended Colorado legislative session has been, it may very well result in a literal division of the state.

As many as eight counties composing the rural, oil and gas-rich northeast corner of the state are pursuing a plan to cut ties with a capital city they no longer feel represents their interests and come together as the 51st state in the country: North Colorado.

“We’re actually going to pursue it,” said Weld County Commissioner Douglas Rademach...

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A PERSONAL MESSAGE FOR YOU

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Really? 

                                                                            In the future, you will wish I had never put the image in
                                                                           your head of me doing jumping jacks in an open kimono.


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Lawmakers aim to change Obama’s Dragnet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : US News 
Republican and Democratic lawmakers already are plotting ways to rein in the Obama administration’s mass collection of phone and Internet data, after a rapid-fire series of disclosures about the program set off privacy alarms.

As Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. stated, “This is a dragnet.”

One of the latest developments, as reported by The Guardian newspaper, is that the British government has also been secretly gathering intelligence from U.S. Internet companies via the U.S. National Sec...

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‘Obamacare a House of Cards About to Collapse’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : US News 
Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey says he’s skeptical the IRS — mired in scandal for targeting conservative groups and being probed by Congress — can properly enforce Obamacare.

“As the investigations go on . . . and show that it’s not just two rogue agents, its people all the way up the line, we should not have any confidence that Obamacare will be administered correctly,” Garrett told guest host David Nelson on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

Garrett, a member of the ...

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Boy Suspended For Merely Saying ‘Gun’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : US News 
An 11-year-old boy who hopes to become a Navy SEAL was suspended from a Maryland school after he used the word ‘gun’ in a conversation on board a school bus.

The sixth-grader at Northern Middle School in Owings was talking with a group of friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre when the bus driver overheard the conversation.

“He said, ‘I wish I had a gun to protect everyone from the bad guys,’’ said Bruce Henkelman, the boy’s father. “He wanted to be the hero.”...

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Majority Believe Federal Government is a Threat to Individual Rights

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : US News 
According to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of Americans believe the federal government is a threat to individual rights.

The United States was founded on a belief that governments are created to protect certain unalienable rights. Today, however, more voters than ever view the federal government as a threat to those rights.

 A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider the federal government a threat to individual rights rather than ...

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House votes to delay bulk ammunition purchase by DHS

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : US News 
The House late Wednesday voted to stop the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from entering into new contracts to buy millions of rounds of ammunition until the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports to Congress on the need for the ammo, and its cost.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) proposed an amendment to the DHS spending bill for 2014 that would require the report to Congress before it can pursue plans to buy 1.1 billion rounds of ammunition. Meadows said the speed bump is a necessary ...

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U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect National Security

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
As Saudi and U.N. health authorities report new infections from a troubling new respiratory disease, there are concerns that the approaching Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – could increase the risk of spreading the virus as pilgrims return to their home countries.

Meanwhile the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or simply MERS) could potentially “affect national ...

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Army soldier serves Chick-fil-A at pro-DOMA party, is punished

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : US News 
An Army enlistee who supports the federal Defense of Marriage Act received a promotion amid Chick-fil-A’s cultural battle over same-sex marriage, so he served food from the restaurant at his celebration party as sign of support — and was promptly punished by his military superiors.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which recognizes marriage as only between a man and a woman, was at the heart of the Chick-fil-A controversy last June after the restaurant’s CEO touted traditional, biblic...

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Behavioral specialist for Harford County Schools charged with bestiality

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : US News 
 Behavioral specialist for Harford County Schools and the Child Advocacy Center of Harford County, Maryland, Stephanie Mikles has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge of bestiality after pictures surfaced of her engaging in an “unnatural or perverted sexual practice” with her dog.  She was reportedly being investigated for something else when this shocking discovery was made.  The incident happened in August of 2008 but in Maryland, there is no statute of limitations for bestiality.  Mor...
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Valedictorian tears up speech, recites Lord's Prayer instead

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Religious News 
Roy Costner IV wrote a speech for his graduation, submitted it to the school for approval and was prepared to read it to the crowd on Saturday afternoon. But the South Carolina valedictorian stunned everyone when he tore up his prepared words and recited the Lord's Prayer instead. "I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age," he said before starting the prayer, his words quickly drowned out by the crowd's cheers. Costner was reportedly protesting the school distri...
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US intelligence agencies tap servers of top Internet companies

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : US News 
U.S. intelligence agencies have a direct tap into the servers of the United States’ largest Internet companies where agents can troll for suspicious activity, sources confirmed to NBC News on Thursday.

The highly classified program, designed to look at international communications and run by the National Security Agency and the FBI, can peek at video, audio, photos, emails and other documents, including connection logs that let the government track people, according to the sources, who spoke...

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Tiny helicopter powered and steered by mental power

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
You may have had remote controlled airplanes growing up, but they probably weren't as cool as the quadcopter. This tiny helicopter looks a lot like a toy, but it's really a high-tech robot controlled exclusively by human thought.

Developed by a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota, the four-blade helicopter, or quadcopter, can be quickly and accurately controlled for a sustained amount of time using the electrical impulses associated with a subject's thoughts.

The team used a noni...

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JUST IN: NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Americans Daily

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : US News 
It was revealed today that the National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon. This top secret order was issued in April.

The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

 The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration t...

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U.S. Gives Saudi Airlines “Unrestricted Access to American Skies”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Really? 
The United States and Saudi Arabia have signed an Open Skies agreement that will “permit unrestricted air service by the airlines of both countries between and beyond the other’s territory.”

The agreement means Saudi airlines may fly from any point in the kingdom to any point in the United States, and that U.S. airlines may fly from any point here to any airport in Saudi Arabia.

The deal was signed May 28 in Jeddah by U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith and Dr. Faisal bin Hamad...

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Introducing our next U.N. Ambassador; Samantha Power

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
The chair of President Obama’s new Atrocities Prevention Board once called for the United States to force troops into Israeli-controlled territory in order to end abuses she said were being committed by both sides in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

National Security Council Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Samantha Power, who chaired the first meeting of the board Monday following an appearance by President Obama at the Holocaust Museum, said in a 2002 interview th...

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U.S. Reportedly Made a Big Mistake Regarding a Secret Israeli Military Base

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : World News 
Israeli military officials are reported to be shocked and angry after learning that the U.S. government revealed details about a top-secret Israeli military base in documents it published seeking bids from contractors to work on the project.

On Monday, the Israeli outlet Haaretz mentioned at the bottom of a story about the development of the Arrow 3 missile defense system that Jane’s Defense Weekly had run a story showing how the U.S. had revealed plans for the construction of a secret Israe...

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American Psychiatric Association: Half of Americans ‘mentally ill’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Think about what this means for gun control since they want to limit who can own based on your mental status.
Check it out:


In a move with implications for every American, the American Psychiatric Association’s new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders takes obfuscation and euphemistic language to a whole new level, calling temper tantrums “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder” and labeling grief “major depressive disorder.”

Overeating? That’s “binge eating disord...

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US sends Army reservists with law enforcement training from Puerto Rico to Guantanamo

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : US News 
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –  The guard force at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is getting reinforcements from Puerto Rico.

A spokesman for the U.S. Army Reserve says 125 soldiers from a military police company based in Puerto Rico will be heading to Guantanamo to work inside the detention center. Army Maj. Carlos Cuebas says many members of the unit have civilian law enforcement experience, including work as police or prison guards.

Cuebas said Wednesday that the soldiers have already l...

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Moscow Illegal Underground City Raided

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : World News 
A secret underground city where hundreds of migrant workers were kept illegally to work has been raided by police in Moscow.

Footage from the Russian government showed a web of rooms that formed a clothing sewing factory town, complete with living quarters, cafe, cinema, casino and even a chicken coop.

More than 200 people were arrested when police raided the dwelling hidden beneath the capital's Cherkizovsky Market.

It is the second such find beneath Moscow in as many years. Illegal migrants we...

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1984 was NOT supposed to be an instruction manual

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
    Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.  - James Madison

    Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.  - Benjamin Franklin

Surveillance technology, and in particular traffic and license plate surveillance technology, is increasingly being p...

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Rescues underway after building collapse in north Philadelphia

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 5, 2013,
DEVELOPING: Philadelphia rescue crews responded Wednesday morning to a building collapse with initial reports indicating up to 10 people trapped under the debris, MyFoxPhilly.com reported.

The collapse occurred on 22nd and Market streets, in the city's downtown area. The Philadelphia Enquirer reported that it is a residential building. Dozens of firefighters and emergency personnel are at the scene actively searching for victims. Some victims have been transported to nearby trauma centers. 

Th...

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North Korean officers join Assad’s forces?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : World News 
A Syrian opposition human rights organization claimed yesterday that officers from the North Korean army are aiding Bashar Assad‘s forces in their fight against the rebels in Aleppo. According to the organization, a few of Assad’s civilian militia fighters revealed the presence of the North Korean officers in the war zones.




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Gay couple voted 'cutest' at New York high school becomes online sensation

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : US News 
The duo voted "cutest couple" in the senior class at a suburban New York high school say they're getting teased about it -- but not because they're both boys.

"Yeah, our friends are giving it to us about being Internet famous," said 18-year-old Dylan Meehan, a senior at Carmel High School.

"We've never had any problems at all," added 17-year-old senior Brad Taylor. "As a matter of fact, before the results, people were telling us ahead of time, `You guys are going to win hands down."'

The gay cou...

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US owned Indonesian mine shut down by government after worker deaths

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : World News 
Operations at a US-owned mine in Indonesia have been suspended after the government ordered a halt to production following a tunnel collapse which killed 28 workers.

The deaths followed a collapse on 14 May at Freeport's Grasberg mine in the eastern province of Papua.

Production could be suspended for up to three months.

The Grasberg mine is one of the biggest copper and gold reserves in the world, producing 220,000 tonnes of ore a day.

A spokesperson for Freeport in Indonesia, Daisy Primayanti, ...

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Iranian news agency apologises for reproducing 'The Onion' article

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Really? 
The Iranian Fars News Agency (FNA) apologised over an article it reproduced last September, originally written by US satirical news website The Onion on Monday September 24, 2012. The parodic article reported "a Gallup poll" suggesting "the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans" would vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, instead of US President Barack Obama. The Onion article also said "77 percent of rural Caucasian voters" would prefer to drink beer with Ahmadinejad ...
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Lord Falconer proposes bill to legalize assisted dying for terminal ill in UK

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom, announced that he would present a bill to the House of Lords to make it legal for patients suffering with terminal illnesses to request assistance from their doctors to end their lives. If passed, the law would apply to those with less than six months to live and mirrors a similar system in Oregon.

Falconer had previously chaired the Commission on Assisted Dying, an independent inquiry supported by the think tank Demos, that reco...

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Highly preserved mammoth presents scientists with blood sample

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
An extremely well preserved woolly mammoth has been found by Russian scientists in Siberia, announced Wednesday.

The adult female was found with blood preserved still intact in ice cavities. When palaeontologists excavated the animal, blood flowed from the space below the animal's abdomen.

The discovery was made on the Lyakhovsky Islands by scientists from the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, who estimated the animal's age at 10,000 years.

The temperature of the ice at time of excava...

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Supreme Court allows police to take DNA sample without warrant

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Monday, June 3, 2013

SUPREME COURT - Police can take DNA samples from those under arrest the same as they take fingerprints and photographs, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 decision on Monday.

The ruling defied the court’s traditional ideological divisions.

Justice Stephen Breyer, a more liberal justice, joined most of the court’s conservative bloc in the majority. Justice Antonin Scalia, an ardent conservative, joined three liberals in the dissent.





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Prime Minister of Turkey Wants to Hang People For Calling Him Names On Twitter

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : World News 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, can’t seem to take the heat from his opponents.  In a speech he gave yesterday, June 02, 2013, he said;

  "Social media is full of fabricated news, baseless claims and accusations against me for days…

Therefore we should hang those people to the trees, they [are] accustomed to that.

Those tactless people are twitting and messaging that “we are under violence and dying, police panzers are crushing us”

And many people who share and retweet these ...

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U.S. Attorney: Anti-Muslim Speech May Be A Civil Rights Violation

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : US News 
A U.S. attorney in Tennessee is reportedly suggesting that anti-Islam postings on social media could actually be considered civil rights violations. Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, told the Tullahoma News that inflammatory or hateful posts could potentially run afoul of the law.




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"Hey, look at us!" Florida Atheists Planning Courthouse Monument to Atheism

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Religious News 
A Florida atheist group is planning to unveil a 1500-pound granite bench at the Bradford County courthouse praising atheism.  This action comes in response to the large sculpture of the Ten Commandments that was placed at the courthouse last year.  Community Men’s Fellowship donated that monument and atheist groups instantly went on the attack, saying it made them feel like second-class citizens.  The group won the right to erect their own monument in a settlement.

The bench is to be engrave...

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Magnitude 6.3 quake jolts Taiwan, kills two

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Taiwan’s strongest earthquake so far this year killed two and injured 80 on Sunday, jolting an island that is already hyper-aware of the potential for temblors given its position on the Pacific Rim's ring of fire.

The magnitude 6.3 quake hit at a relatively shallow 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) underground in a rural mountain area, setting off rock slides that killed both victims and left others hurt. A collapsed road injured one person. Separately, local news reports showed one fractured road b...

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How online learning is reinventing college

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : US News 
Some people, like Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, predict that in as little as 15 years half of the colleges in the United States will be in bankruptcy, upended by online learning and the move to hybrid models in which only select classes are taught in person on campus. Others see more incremental shifts, with virtual learning remaining a tool rather than a transformative technology in higher education.

Yet few doubt that college is ripe for change. Under the current sys...

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Mysterious Stone Chambers & Giants Discovered in New England

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Strange stone tunnels and chambers, perhaps pre-historic, have been found in Leyden, Wendell, Pelham, Montague, New Salem, Whitingham, VT and throughout New England. Who built these structures and when? Why?

Ashfield stonemason Jim Vieira has been exploring local stone chambers for years as a member of the Northeast Antiquities Research Association, which has studied these structures for 60 years. He describes the stone ceremonial landscape of New England, carbon-dating evidence and historical...

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Hive of about 40,000 Africanized bees attacks, kills man in Texas

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
MOODY, Texas –  A hive of Africanized bees has killed a Central Texas man and injured a woman who tried to help him.

McLennan County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Matt Cawthon told the Waco Tribune-Herald  that Larry Goodwin was driving a tractor in Moody about 30 minutes south of Waco on Saturday when attacked.

Goodwin ran to a house about 50 yards away and tried to use a garden hose. A woman came out to help and was also stung. Goodwin was pronounced dead on the scene.

Allen Miller, owner of Bee B...

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Obama to get tough on Chinese cyberattacks in meeting with Xi?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : World News 
A top Republican lawmaker is calling on President Obama to address the issue of China's reported high-tech spying in his meeting with the country's leader this week, saying the unrelenting cyber attacks against American companies are at "intolerable levels."

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said in a statement to Fox News Sunday that Obama needs to let Chinese President Xi Jinping that any cyber attacks from his government "will not be tolerated."

"China’s rampant t...

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Police and protesters clash as Turkish prime minister calls for end to protests

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : World News 
ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called on demonstrators to end anti-government protests now into a second day, but he remained defiant, insisting police would break down protests at a main Istanbul square and indicating that the government would press ahead with the redevelopment plans that sparked the demonstrations.

In a televised speech, Erdogan said police may have used tear gas excessively while confronting protesters and said this would be investigated....

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FBI Ran Pedophile Ring to Nab Pedophiles

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : US News 
As late as last year, the FBI ran a child pornography operation in an attempt to nab its customers.  The service ran for two weeks "while attempting to identify more than 5,000 customers, according to a Seattle FBI agent's statements to the court."

    Court records indicate the site continued to distribute child pornography online while under FBI control; the Seattle-based special agent, a specialist in online crimes against children, detailed the investigation earlier this month in a stateme...

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Russia to send nuclear submarines to southern seas

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : World News 
Russian missile-carrying nuclear submarines are resuming patrolling in southern latitudes of the World Ocean to ensure military stability and parity the world over, as reported “Voice of Russia”.

This came in a live interview with the Voice of Russia by a military expert, editor-in-chief of the National Defence magazine, Igor Korotchenko.

The Russian missile-carrying submarines should on a permanent basis patrol the areas whence they could, if necessary, launch sea-based ICBMs in no time.

At...

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Author Stephen King’s Pro-God Response to Atheists and Non-Believers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : Religious News 
Author Stephen King believes in God — and he also thinks that the universe is built in a such an organized manner that the notion of “intelligent design” is wholly supportable.

King, known for penning thrillers and horror books that both entertain and create intrigue in the minds of readers, made these comments during a recent interview with NPR. Considering the writer’s prominence, his views on God and intelligent design are noteworthy.

So, what did he say, exactly?

During the exchange,...

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People may have been swept away by Oklahoma floodwaters, officials say

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : US News 
Although the monstrous twisters that ripped through Oklahoma have passed, officials say the death toll from Friday’s violent weather system may steadily climb in the days ahead as law enforcement agencies and medical teams recover the bodies of people believed to have been swept away by furious floodwaters.

Police cannot provide an exact number of people thought to have died after being pulled out of their vehicles or wrenched out of their loved ones’ arms during the height of flooding lat...

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The IRS wasted tons of cash on dumb employee dance videos

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : US News 
People are none too psyched about the IRS right now. (Even less psyched than usual, we mean.) See, the agency's just admitted to spending tens of millions of dollars on employee conferences in recent years. And during one August 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif., roughly 2,600 agency employees watched training videos starring division employees that were estimated to cost at least $60,000 to produce. One of those videos was a "Star Trek" spoof; another was a take on the "Cupid Shuffle" dance...
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Judge orders Google to turn over customer data to FBI

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 1, 2013, In : US News 
SAN FRANCISCO –  A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers, banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary.

FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the secret letters, which don't require a judge's approval, after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act...

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5 killed by tornadoes roaring through Oklahoma

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 1, 2013, In : US News 
Multiple tornadoes — one a mile wide — killed a woman, a baby and three others Friday evening in the Oklahoma City area, which was being hit by “life-threatening” flash floods early Saturday.

The twisters landed just 11 days after a monster tornado left 24 dead in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, where power outages were reported Friday.





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FBI investigated song ‘Louie Louie’ for 2 years

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 1, 2013, In : History In Current Events 

In a letter of Feb. 7, 1964, addressed to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, an outraged parent (name withheld) exclaims, “My daughter brought home a record of ‘Louie Louie’ and I, after reading that the record had been banned from being played on the air because it was obscene, proceeded to try to decipher the jumble of words. The lyrics are so filthy that I can-not enclose them in this letter.”

So began a two-year investigation by the FBI, which to this day is involved in fighting o...

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New Poll Shows England Wants Its Guns Back

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 1, 2013, In : World News 
The United Kingdom is often held up as a successful example of gun control, but a recent poll by the Daily Telegraph, one of England’s most widely-read publications, shows Britons themselves are far from sold on the laws.

In a poll asking readers what laws they would like to see introduced or changed, an overwhelming number of voters chose “repeal the ban on hand guns and re-open shooting clubs.”

“After all, why should only criminals be ‘allowed’ to possess guns and shoot unarmed, d...

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