Ex-Official Says FBI Can Secretly Activate an Individual’s Webcam
The FBI can secretly activate a computer’s webcam to spy on an individual without turning on the indicator light, a former official revealed to the Washington Post in an article published Friday.
Gov't Regs Estimated to Pound Private Sector With $1.8T in Costs
A new report on the government's regulatory actions was released just before Thanksgiving, and it contains more than 3,300 rules -- which the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) estimates will cost more than $1.8 trillion to implement on an annual basis
County Office Bans Criticism of Obamacare
Santa Clara County, Calif., officials have banned a 20-year employee from making “less than positive” remarks about Obamacare, because they can cause stress for listening co-workers
Rep. Ellison: 'We Demand' Obama Raise Minimum Wage by Executive Order
At the "Fast Food Forward" protest on Thursday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) demanded that Pres. Obama sign an executive order bypassing Congress and unilaterally raising the federal minimum wage
California Exchange Shared Data Without Permission
The California health exchange has admitted it has been divulging contact information for tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage
SC Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela
The American flag that flies over the Pickens County Sheriff's Office will be raised high tonight despite an order by Obama that flags across the country be lowered to half-staff to honor the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela
Judge Orders Baker to Serve Gay Couples Despite His Religious Beliefs
A Colorado judge says a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.
South Africa Communist Party
SACP Confirms Nelson Mandela Was A Member
Former president Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s (SACP’s) central executive committee at the time of his arrest in 1962, the SACP and the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday
Harry Reid: Obamacare 'Costs Me About $4,500 More'
Obama may have famously promised his signature healthcare plan would cost consumers less money — but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is proof that it's often not true.
New Battlefield Rules Blamed For Spike in Soldier Deaths
The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths
Obama: “I'm Holding Every Cabinet Member Accountable"
“I'm holding every cabinet member accountable" President Obama on Thursday defended his management style in the wake of the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout, arguing that the problems with government stem from larger structural issues rather than his White House
Gen. Colin Powell Calls For Universal Health Care in the U.S.
Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S. “We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said
New York City Confiscating Rifles and Shotguns
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences
Obama Makes Mandela's Death All About Obama
If you just landed from Mars and turned on the TV, you may be confused over who was Barack Obama and who was Nelson Mandela, based on the way it's being covered
Media Tires of White House's Selective Release of ObamaCare Data
Apparently the media is growing tired of the White House selectively releasing ObamaCare data that gets to the heart of nothing but makes the program look like it is much more popular than it likely is
Lie To Me
Pelosi: Extending Unemployment ‘One of Best Ways to Grow the Economy’
Almost 11 million people couldn’t find a job in November, and for those who don't earn a paycheck, unemployment benefits work for the economy, too, a leading Democrat says
Senator Wants to Sack NFL's Tax-Exempt Status
Despite having grown over the decades into an estimated $9 billion-a-year operation, the NFL retains a non-profit status, just like trade associations and chambers of commerce.
Mandela 'Wasn't The Saintly Character Portrayed By Morgan Freeman'
The whole world, pretty much, is mourning for Nelson Mandela today. But most are not mourning for the real Mandela. They are, in fact, mourning for the myth of Mandela
U.S. Efforts Stall In Capturing Suspects in 2012 Benghazi Attacks, Officials Say
U.S. officials say efforts have stalled to capture about a dozen people secretly charged in the 2012 attack on the American compound in Benghazi that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans
Bitcoin Price Crash Towards Zero
The Bitcoin price last traded at USD 790 which represents a 37% price crash against its trading high of 1242, vaporising the wild dreams of just a few days ago where some reported that the virtual money could be destined to go as high as 1 million
Market Oracle UK
University Sends e-Mail to Alumni Equating The Tea Party With The KKK
A public university sent an email to alumni highlighting the esteemed research of one of its professors — research that notes many similarities between the old Ku Klux Klan and its modern-day equivalent, the tea party
HIV Returns In “Cured” Boston Patients
Researchers announced today that two men they previously believed to be “cured” of HIV are now showing traces of the virus in their blood
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: 0bama Job Approval @ 43%
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that 43% of Likely Voters at least somewhat approve of Obama's job performance. 55% at least somewhat disapprove.
Another Phony 'Hate Crime'
Waitress Claiming Couple Didn’t Tip Because She’s Gay Gets Fired
A New Jersey waitress who raked in thousands in donations after claiming a couple didn’t tip her because she’s gay was fired from her job on Saturday
New York Post
The More Inept You Are The Smarter You Think You Are
Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all.
Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis May Harm US Economy
While all eyes have focused on Detroit’s record bankruptcy, an economic crisis is deepening in Puerto Rico that many experts say may be far more harmful to the U.S. economy
The Train Wreck Continues
Doctors Boycotting California's Obamacare Exchange
An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange and won't participate, the head of the state's largest medical association said
Study: Men Have Started to Talk Like Women
Metrosexual man has started talking in a more feminine way too. A new study has revealed that modern men are starting to ‘uptalk’ by rising in pitch at the ends of sentences
Our Tax Dollars
State Dept: Purchase of $1M Sculpture 'Good Use' of Resources
The US State Department on Friday fended off criticism for commissioning a $1 million sculpture for its London embassy, saying it was "a good use of our limited resources."
Report: Private Sector Shrinks in 41 States
The Obama administration is painting a much rosier picture of American jobs than the data supports, two researchers claim.
Memo to Obama
1,148,000 Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than 7 Yrs Ago
1,148,000 fewer Americans held jobs this November than did seven years ago in November 2006, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Amsterdam Offers Deal For Alcoholics: Work For Beer
Amsterdam has launched an unusual government-funded program to lure alcoholics off the streets by paying them in beer to pick up trash.
New York Times
Researchers to Unveil Humanoid Robot That Walks -- And Drives
Teams of researchers are hoping to give life to a six-foot, 330-pound humanoid robot at the the Robotics Challenge in Homestead, Fla. on Dec. 20 and 21.
Microsoft Developing 'Smart Bra' to Combat Emotional Overeating
Microsoft is working on a smart bra with sensors to monitor a wearer's mood and trigger a smartphone app to reduce emotional overeating, U.S. researchers said.
Scientists Induce 'Determination' Through Electrical Brain Stimulation
Applying an electric current to a particular part of the brain makes people feel a sense of determination, say researchers
Pennsylvania Newlyweds Killed Man For Thrills, Police Say
Newlyweds just three weeks removed from their wedding day lured a Pennsylvania man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said
6 Ways a Poor Night's Sleep Messes With You
We all know how we feel when sleep-deprived: tired, groggy, and grumpy. But have you ever considered all of the ways just a single poor night of sleep may be messing with you?
Real Clear Science
Alberta Man Gets Six Months For Failed Stab-Proof Vest Test
An Alberta man who stabbed a friend in the chest as a test for what turned out to be an ineffective stab-proof vest was sentenced to six months in jail
iPad Ready Infant Seat Goes On Sale
If you own an iPad, you know how great they can be for shopping, doing research, or just plain entertainment. Well, how about an iPad for your infant. Believe it or not, it exists.
Zookeepers Mistakenly Attempt To Mate Two Male Sloths
Staff at Drusillas Park were perplexed as to why their treasured animals Sofia and Tupee had been unable to produce offspring since 2011
Woman Hospitalized After Being Glued To Toilet Seat at Home Depot
According to an incident report filed at the Banks County Sheriff's Office, a woman found herself glued to a toilet seat after using the restroom at the Home Depot store in Banks Crossing last week
Scientists Discover 'World's Oldest Public Toilet'
A gigantic "communal latrine" created at the dawn of the dinosaurs has been unearthed in Argentina.