…shipping company UPS will no longer make health insurance benefits available to some 15,000 employee spouses. In announcing the change, the company referred to Obamacare as a reason it is having to battle to contain health-care costs.
As the city seeks to reinvent itself — the mayor says his “branding experts” won’t let him utter the word “Slummerville” — it has made such progress that a previously unimaginable situation is emerging: the city is now concerned about becoming too cool.
In this world there are a surprising number of people who believe that sliced fruit, or yogurt, or granola — or perhaps, if they are feeling especially bold, some combination of all three — constitutes breakfast. These people are categorically wrong. They may consume these foods at the time of day associated with breakfast, but at best they eat at breakfast or a breakfast; they do not eat Breakfast. We must regard them with scorn, or pity; they worship false idols, they covet their neighbors’ kale.
The new language proposed by the government would allow the FBI to Smash Grapes Into Bunnies.…
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Even though the 85-year-old is reported to be in failing health and is being wheeled everywhere in public on a gurney, there are no tubes or machines attached to him, and no doctors fighting to keep him alive. In fact, he looks more like a playful retiree enjoying a nice beach chair in Boca Raton.
Kevin Drum asserts old white men are nostalgic for the 50's "in fantastic numbers" because that's what he kinda guesses
I assume that nonwhites aren't pining away for that era, which means that white seniors must really be in love with it to produce such a high overall number. Likewise, I'd guess that women might not be too thrilled with it. If that's true, it means that white male seniors must be nostalgic for the '50s in fantastic numbers.
Also, suburban lawns? The horror!
WASHINGTON — The head of Ecuador’s intelligence agency has asked the legislature to draft a bill that would outlaw the publication of classified documents, amid growing concerns over a government clampdown on the media.
And they own Julian Assange.
HavenCo, the Sealand-based data haven that failed spectacularly a decade ago, relaunched this weekend. And this time, Freedman thinks it's going to work. HavenCo is offering customers total control over how secure their data is—and if used correctly, its technology could help internet users who want to avoid the National Security Agency's sweeping data dragnet.
You might not know this if you subsist on a diet of cable news shouting matches, but it really is possible to believe two things at once…
There’s a new movement to introduce bugs to our buffets, and none other than the United Nations is leading the charge to eat more insects. The organization argues that more bug consumption could be critical for fighting food insecurity.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The members of the Supreme Court continue to communicate with one another through memos printed on ivory paper even as they face the prospect of hearing cases related to emerging technology and electronic snooping in the years to come, Justice Elena Kagan said Tuesday.
Plus, of course, almost everybody in Congress and most of the Executive branch — a distressingly high percentage of people who can remember 1950, in fact — don't have a clue about the internet works, how the cellular network works, or where the pause button on the zapper is, which makes this whole so-called national discussion about privacy and security on the networks pretty problematical. Or worse.
Maybe there's still a place for fountain pens. Or pigeons.
This makes no sense at all.
“I frankly don’t like to see a wind turbine,” Hamm told National Journal. “Once they’re there, they haunt you. That’s your viewshed. That’s what you look at.
And this Ham Hamm goes on to say…
“Are we going to provide rules to stop overpopulating areas in Africa? Middle Eastern countries? Probably should. China did. Stop overpopulating areas with people. Should we in the U.S.? Maybe we should think about that, if we’re truly concerned about that.”
Where do these mopes come from, anyway?
…the type of person who shops at Walmart today has less money to shop at Walmart -- because of, among other things, Walmart.
Introducing affordable electronics to America including computers, stereo receivers, and cellular phones, Radio Shack arguably did more to promote the culture of digital consumerism in the United States than any other company.
The White House announced yesterday that the First Family just bought a second Portuguese Water Dog, a one-year-old female that's the spitting image of the existing First Dog.
What we need is some agency that could keep track of all the phone numbers and who's calling whom and…
In an email from USA.gov telephone scam involving fake government benefits:
Even though the woman wrote down the phone number of the caller, it can be hard to trace it back to a real person because of tricks like caller ID spoofing. This means that she probably won't be able to get her money back.
…oh, wait. OK, maybe we need drones that would keep track of people's phone numbers…
The Obama administration repeatedly called the use of chemical weapons a "red line." But that line has now been crossed repeatedly, with little consequence. And that's led U.S. intelligence officials to confront another question: How massive would the chemical strike have to be in order to prompt America and its allies to intervene in Syria in a major way?
"As long as they keep body count at a certain level, we won't do anything," an American intelligence officer admits.
Meron Gribetz wants to build a version of Google Glass that doesn’t make you look like an idiot.
In fact, given the demo video's I've seen so far, way more than half. If they don't make you look like a total geek there's hardly any reason for them at all. Or it. Google Glass is an it, I suppose. Maybe we should call them The Google Thingies Formerly Known As Weird Goggles.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will be "sorry" for detaining his partner for nine hours.
Patience wears thin.
Felony drug charges have been filed against 32-year-old Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop.
Zopittybop-bop-bop, of a Madison, Wisc., was born Jeffrey Drew Wilschke and legally changed his name in October 2011.
President Obama, who often talks about free speech and human rights, has cancelled joint military exercises with Egypt but has stopped short of cutting off aid to the Egyptian military. As the violence continues in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities, all sides seem unhappy with the U.S. approach.
…is, not to put too fine a point on it, the Secretary of State — although "the Obama administration" is mentioned in its lead, nowhere in this article does the name "Kerry" appear (Search key saves a lot of pretty dull, pretty unnecessary reading).
Also, in passing, waving the peace prize is an easy rhetorical gambit — I get that — but it's been old for at least a week.