Friday, February 29, 2008

BLF does the AT&T billboard hack( video)

The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients AT&T and the National Security Agency. Focusing on billboards in the San Francisco area, this improvement action is designed to promote and celebrate the innovative collaboration of these two global communications giants.

America the beautiful has never been more hideous

While the war in Iraq is an issue that will yield debate for decades and maybe centuries to come, FISA “modernization” is a matter that has not sunk in with the general public. We don’t have to die by the FISA sword just yet.

Hollywood's Greatest On-Screen Pairs

When the right chemistry is in place, one plus one equals big box office hit.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Who's No. 1? $14.3M License Plate Buyer

Man pays record amount for car license plate at Abu Dhabi auction.

How to turn white evangelicals into Democrats

Feb. 26, 2008 | Amy Sullivan is a senior editor at Time, a liberal Democrat, and an evangelical Christian. One of those things is not supposed to be like the others, but she argues in her new book that her fellow Democrats need to reach out to her fellow evangelicals if they hope to build an electoral majority. In "The Party Faithful: How and Why D

10 Tips: Dating services help

Consumer complaints about dating services has jumped 73 percent. If you’re using a dating service, these tips can help you avoid feeling heartbroken because you spent too much.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Robed Obama picture ignites row

The more desperate Clinton becomes the dirtier the race gets.

10 Tips: What to do with tax rebate?

Under a federal government stimulus plan, checks would be sent out in amounts ranging from $300 to $1,200 per household. How should you spend it?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Answer Desk: Tax rebate riddles

As readers sit down to the annual brain-teaser of filing their income tax returns, this year offers a new enigma. Will I get one of these tax rebates from the government?

Another left-handed president? It's looking that way

Four out of five of the last U.S. Presidents were left-handed, and the next one probably will be, too

Monday, February 25, 2008

Amtrak's New Look: Screeners, Dogs, Guns

Amtrak says new procedures won't hold up the flow of passengers.

2004: Nader was funded by high-dollar Republican donors

GOP donors funding Nader: Among those who had given to Nader were businessman Nijad Fares, who donated $200,000 to Bush's 2000 inaugural committee; Richard and Pamela Egan, who have raised more than $300,000 for Bush; and Michigan developer Ghassan Saab, who has given $30,000 to the RNC since 2001. Follow the money.

More people are tapping their 401(k) for cash

Trent Charlton poses inside his Irvine, Calif. home, Friday, Feb. 15, 2008.  Charlton, a 40-year-old account executive at a trucking company in Irvine, Calif., said he was aware of the risks when he withdrew $10,000 from his 401(k), cutting his retirement savings in half. Trent Charlton knew the risks when he borrowed $10,000 from his 401(k) and cut his retirement savings in half.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Building a Life on $25 and a Gym Bag

A college graduate leaves a comfortable life for an experiment in poverty.

Choosing Between Food and Fuel

With biodiesel sales small but growing, crushers face a tough decision.

Clinton to Obama: "Shame on you"

(CNN) -- A visibly angry Sen. Hillary Clinton lashed out Saturday at Sen. Barack Obama over campaign literature that she said he knows is "blatantly false." Clinton jabbed the air with her hands as she told a crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, that two Obama mailings spread lies about her positions on universal health care and the North American Free Trade

Saturday, February 23, 2008

EU to consider sovereign wealth fund voluntary code (Reuters)

Reuters - The European Commission will consider
a code of conduct asking sovereign wealth funds run by
countries to stress commercial goals rather than strategic
considerations when making investments, an EU official said.

MSNBC Poll: Should Hillary Clinton call it quits?

At this point in the primary campaign, with delegates apportioned the way they are, should Hillary Clinton call it quits?

Thousands of Students March 7 Miles To Vote

Early voting starts today in Texas. In Waller County, a primarily rural county about 60 miles outside Houston, the county made the decision to offer only one early voting location: at the County Courthouse in Hempstead, TX, the county seat.

Friday, February 22, 2008

You've Been Had! The Government Is Wasting Your Tax Dollars!

"Almost a decade ago, the federal government dropped $100 million for an Earth-monitoring satellite that never made it into space. Today it sits in a closet in Maryland. Cost to taxpayers for storing it: $1 million a year." - That's just one expense... You'll want to read more.

Banks borrowing billions from Federal Reserve

U.S. banks have quietly been borrowing massive amounts of cash to ease the credit crunch.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

High Court Says Suing Your 401(k) Is OK

The Supreme Court is allowing retirement plan participants to sue over losses.

Dot-Com Dollars: Web Names Bring Riches

Many names sold for more than $100K in '07; an adult-themed name sold for $9.5M.

Air Rebel: 'Any Publicity Is Good Publicity'

Irish airline's Ryanair's cheeky ads draw censure, but get everyone talking.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Deputy tasers high school student against direct orders

Disgusting. Those things need to be banned.

Scientology Given Direct Access To eBay Database

The CoS can delete auctions from eBay with no supervision, and has used this to delete all resale of the e-meters Scientologists use. This is to stop members from buying used units instead of buying from the official (and very expensive) source. Given Scientology's record of fraud and abuse, should eBay give them this level of trust?

In Recessions, Doing the Job Is Not Enough

Career coach says no job is safe, and the workplace is no place for modesty.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

United to Charge $25 to Check Second Bag

The airline, struggling with high fuel costs, hopes to raise more money this way

Kosovo Declares Independence

Kosovo has formally declared its independence from Serbia and become the world's newest state...

Monday, February 18, 2008

U.S. energy independence? Don't bet on it

today one of every two barrels of oil consumed in the United States still comes from foreign suppliers like Saudi Arabia, and that picture is not likely to change much through 2030.

Millionaire Adventurer Steve Fossett Declared Dead

Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who risked his life seeking to set records in high-tech balloons, gliders and jets, has been declared dead, five months after he vanished while flying in a small plane. The self-made business tycoon, who in 2002 became the first person to circle the world solo in a balloon, was last seen Sept. 3 after taking..

Wikipedia defies 180,000 demands to Remove Muhammad's Image

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, is refusing to remove medieval artistic depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, despite being flooded with complaints from Muslims demanding the images be deleted.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

REUTERS: 22k [Americans] Died Amid Delayed Bayer Drug Recall

"Dr. Dennis Mangano, the study's researcher, said during the program that 22,000 lives could have been saved if Trasylol had been taken off the market when he first published his study in January 2006."

Your 2008 Plan for Success

It's a new year, and 2008 can be the best year ever for you and your business.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Why is the Fed so worried about inflation?

If the U.S. economy is slowing down, why is the Federal Reserve? still worried about inflation??? The Answer Desk, by’s John W. Schoen.

Don't Get Fat While Waiting for Your Flight

From "guiltless salmon" to tapas: How to find healthy food at the airport.

Friday, February 15, 2008

What Kind of Traveller Are You?

Agency allows fliers to select security lines at Salt Lake City's airport.

Sad, self-absorbed shoppers spend more

Feb. 8: A new scientific study says shoppers spend more money when they are sad. NBC's Tracie Potts reports. ?(NBC News Channel)If you’re sad and shopping, watch your wallet: A new study shows people’s spending judgment goes out the window when they’re down, especially if they’re a bit self-absorbed.

Too Many McMansions: Ride Storm or Sell?

Many homeowners struggle to find buyers for their million-dollar properties.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Former Clinton Superdelegate Switches to Barack Obama

“I now support Barack Obama because he has brought about a new wave of hope and energy to this country, especially among our young people, who represent our future. People want to see change. Barack can help unite this country and help us embrace our diverse nation."

China promises $1 billion in snow aid (AP)

AP - China will spend more than $1.25 billion to rebuild wrecked houses, restore farms and help the poor pay for food and heat in areas where snowstorms killed at least 107 people, the government said Thursday.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Yahoo seen in News Corp talks but analysts dubious (Reuters)

People leave the News Corporation building in New York, June 26, 2007. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is in talks to combine MySpace and other Internet properties with Yahoo Inc to fend off Microsoft Corp's $42.1 billion bid, according to several reports. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)Reuters - Yahoo Inc is in
talks on a possible deal with News Corp (NWSa.N), but analysts
said an alternative was unlikely to emerge to rival Microsoft
Corp's bid for Yahoo, now valued at $42.1 billion.

Men arrested in murder plot of Muhammad drawing cartoonist

Three men were arrested for plotting to murder the Danish cartoonist who depicted Muhammad in a Danish newspaper

Clinton not ready to release tax returns

Resisting calls from Barack Obama to release her income tax returns, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she would only do so if she secures the Democratic presidential nomination (SHOCKING)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Oval Office Eats for Just $500

Enjoy dishes created for past presidents; plus recipes to cook them yourself.

Obama Takes Delegate Lead, Even Counting Uncommitted Supers.

In the delegate chase, Obama has pulled ahead of Clinton, even when the support of uncommitted super delegates is figured in. According to CBS News estimates, Obama holds a razor-thin lead with 1,134 delegates overall to 1,131 for Clinton.

RIM and Vodafone strike deal to target retail market (Reuters)

A Research in Motion Blackberry is shown in Toronto October 26, 2007. International wireless giant Vodafone Group Plc and RIM announced a partnership on Monday as RIM seeks to broaden the BlackBerry's reach. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)Reuters - International wireless giant Vodafone
Group Plc and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd
announced a partnership on Monday as RIM seeks
to broaden the BlackBerry's reach.

Monday, February 11, 2008

How to Avoid Work at Home Scams

Want to make some fast cash while staying home? Well think twice.

LA Times: 'Anonymous' takes anti-Scientology to the streets

Asked to explain the sudden groundswell of opposition to Scientology, Lynn Fountain Campbell, who said she'd been part of the church for 40 years, said, "It's just reached a critical mass. People just aren't scared anymore."

Sunday, February 10, 2008

MSNBC provides free coverage to Clinton - fails equal time!

On the eve of Washington state's participation in the selection of a candidate to be the Democrat in the November election, MSNBC provided 40 minutes of "rally" coverage to one candidate and only 5 to the competition. Granted they had reason to appease the Clinton campaign after the Chelsea debacle, they owed equal time to Senator Barack Obama.

Are Muscle Cars Uncool?

Makers of the Camaro and the Challenger now cringe at the term "muscle car."

How AOL Strangled Time Warner

Why Google might buy AOL, the once-dominant, now dormant name on the Web.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Bush wants to give away 1.4 billion dollars to Mexico

The excuse is the war on drugs, but they will really be used to maintain in power another dictator. And then people wonder why Mexicans are running away into the United States. If the neocons stopped supporting corrupt politicians in Mexico then the illegal immigration would be greatly reduced.

Fed Cuts Interest Rate - Again

How the Fed's latest rate cut impacts credit cards, mortgages and student loans.

Obscenity: In the Eyes of the Beholder?

Charges dropped against A&F for mall posters of scantily clad youth.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Fund managers: Keep cool in volatile market

Stock markets are likely to remain volatile for some time dogged by persistent worries about a U.S. recession and the credit crunch, fund managers said on Wednesday, with Fidelity advising investors to keep their cool.

Snipes 'win' doesn't let tax filers off the hook

Actor Wesley Snipes' recent acquittal on tax fraud charges is being taken as a victory by a band of tax "protesters." But, they are overlooking a key fact: Snipes still faces jail time.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Israel's Energy Cuts Violate the Laws of War

"Israel views restricting fuel and electricity to Gaza as a way to pressure Palestinian armed groups to stop their rocket and suicide attacks, but the cuts are seriously affecting civilians who have nothing to do with these armed groups, and that violates a fundamental principle of the laws of war."

Home Sales Gauge Falls in December

More bad news for the housing market.

As economy tumbles, retirees scramble to cope

Lea Wait gets an armful of wood from the stacked pile in her barn at her house in Edgecomb, Maine, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. Some retirees coping with the sliding economy save money by  lowering their thermostat and heat with a wood stove. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)Rising food and fuel prices, falling interest rates and screeching declines in global stock markets have retirees paring spending to levels some haven't seen in decades.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sex workers get ‘more business’ at GOP

This summer’s political conventions are expected to be “a boom in business” for “the sex and adult entertainment industries,” but according to one veteran sex worker who spoke to the Rocky Mountain News, the GOP conventions are “a lot better for the sex workers.” “We get a lot more business,” Carol Leigh told the paper.

BHP raises Rio bid; no immediate Chinese riposte (Reuters)

BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer Marius Kloppers prepares to talk at the company's interim results briefing in Sydney, February 6, 2008. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)Reuters - BHP Billiton launched a
sweetened but hostile $147.4 billion bid for rival miner Rio
Tinto on Wednesday, ending months of speculation and
setting the stage for the world's second-largest takeover.

Clinton Owned by Lobbyists

Clinton took in $823,087 from registered lobbyists and members of their firms in 2007 and the second-biggest recipient was McCain, who took in $416,321, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group which tracks political giving. Barack Obama, Clinton's rival for the Democratic nomination, doesn't take money from...

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Airport Luxe: Terminals Spare No Expense

Virgin, British Airways fight for the sleekest, hippest terminal in London.

Chrysler, Plastech reach interim deal (Reuters)

A Chrysler sign is seen at the Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan August 4, 2007. Chrysler LLC and bankrupt supplier Plastech Engineered Products Inc reached an interim deal that will allow the U.S. automaker to resume production at four idled plants and avoid shutting down all of its assembly operations, an attorney for Plastech said on Tuesday. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)Reuters - Chrysler LLC and bankrupt supplier
Plastech Engineered Products Inc reached an interim deal that
will allow the U.S. automaker to resume production at four
idled plants and avoid shutting down all of its assembly
operations, an attorney for Plastech said on Tuesday.

Porn Stars Share Their Insight on Voting/Super Tuesday

Happy (ending) Super Tuesday!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Ex-Credit Suisse banker found guilty of insider trading (Reuters)

The Credit Suisse logo is seen on top of the bank's headquarters at the Paradeplatz in Zurich, January 16, 2006. A U.S. jury on Monday found a former Credit Suisse Group investment banker guilty of insider trading and conspiracy. (Siggi Bucher/Reuters)Reuters - A U.S. jury on Monday found a former
Credit Suisse Group investment banker guilty of
insider trading related to a string of corporate takeovers
including the $32 billion private equity buyout of power
company TXU Corp.

Planning for Your Company's Future

Ensure that your company is headed in the right direction with these few steps.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Two women 'with Down's syndrome' kill 65 at Iraqi pet market

Two women who reportedly had Down's syndrome may have been unwilling suicide bombers in twin blasts that killed up to 65 people at pet markets in Baghdad today. A female bomber killed 45 people at a packed pet market in Baghdad this, police said, in the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital in six months.

UBS facing subprime banking investigations: report (Reuters)

A general view shows the UBS office at the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich January 31, 2008. U.S. government prosecutors are investigating whether Swiss banking giant UBS misled investors by reporting inflated prices of mortgage-backed securities it held despite knowing those valuations had eroded, the Wall Street Journal said on Saturday. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)Reuters - U.S. government prosecutors are
investigating whether Swiss banking giant UBS misled investors
by reporting inflated prices of mortgage-backed securities it
held despite knowing those valuations had eroded, the Wall
Street Journal said on Saturday.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Employment drops in a pink slip blizzard (AP)

Job seeker Cher Connor, left, listens as Henry Savage, a supervisor with U.S. Customs and Border Protection explains employment with his agency as other Job seekers talk with recruiters from potential employers at the Job Fair at the Red Lion Bellevue Inn, in Bellevue, Wash., on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.  Nervous employers cut 17,000 jobs in January ? the first such reduction in more than four years and a fresh sign that the economy is in danger of stalling. The Labor Department's report, released Friday, also showed that the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.9 percent, from 5 percent, as the civilian labor force shrank slightly. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)AP - In a shower of pink slips, U.S. employers cut jobs last month for the first time in more than four years, the starkest signal yet that the economy is grinding to a halt if it hasn't already toppled into recession.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Watchdog: Congress causes biggest tax problem

End-of-year congressional votes to change the tax code have created havoc for the Internal Revenue Service and top the list of problems bedeviling taxpayers, according to an annual report released Wednesday.

What Counts as an "Issue" In the Clinton-Obama Race?

To the editors of the New York Times, the quality of leadership seems not to be an "issue." The ability to unite the country is not an "issue." What Obama calls the empathy deficit -- attunement to the experience and needs of real people -- is not an "issue." Honesty is not an "issue." Trust is not an "issue." Moral judgment ...

Banter Is Enouraged at Some Workplaces

Small business owners should welcome employee chatter.