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Aetna To Buy Humana For $37 Billion

Posted 7/03/2015 8:05 am by

Health insurance has always been big business, but it doesn’t get any smaller with every passing year.  Obamacare has had its troubles, but it’s created a drive by the insurance companies that provide its services to merge.  Part of this is to get in new markets, and part of this is they want to mitigate […]

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Whole Foods Owns Up To Overcharging Customers

Posted 7/02/2015 8:48 pm by

There’s a reason Whole Foods is called Whole Paycheck.  The biggest player in the organic grocery game is renowned for being very, very expensive.  Personally, I don’t shop there, but I know a lot of people who swear by their products, despite the price.  Turns out there’s something to the store’s expensive reputation that has […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Bans

Posted 6/26/2015 7:33 pm by

One of America’s most divisive issues has been officially decided by the highest judicial authorities in the land, thereby ending a culture war that wrapped up religious groups, fast food chicken restaurants, political activists of all stripes, and the national media writ large.  Now, thankfully to those exhausted with the media cycle and all the […]

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Showtime Turning To Hulu For Streaming

Posted 6/23/2015 6:48 pm by

There’s no such thing as too much choice.  Sure, in some cases, you might not want all the choices you get, but when it comes to paying for something like, say, a cable channel, then options are always good.  In the wake of HBO’s announcement of a stand-alone streaming service, Showtime immediately jumped on board, […]

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The $10 Woman Quest Is On

Posted 6/22/2015 5:33 pm by

Everyone wants inclusion.  Everyone wants their contributions to the United States to be acknowledges, and not just by some coin no one uses, like a Sacajawea dollar, a Susan B. Anthony dollar, or a random state quarter.  Paper money is where it’s at, and it looks like a woman will be getting her face on […]

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Miles Of Doughnuts Break World Record

Posted 6/19/2015 7:21 pm by

The Guinness Book of World Records is pretty weird.  There are lots of records, and no doubt a bunch of them are doughnut related.  The world loves doughnuts; Americans really love doughnuts.  There’s a doughnut holiday, and we’re even looking into making getting doughnuts a lot easier.  The city of Hamburg Township, Michigan, really loves […]

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Red Sox Player Benched For Instagram Habit

Posted 6/18/2015 8:06 pm by

Every workplace has a social media policy.  Some companies encourage the use of Twitter and Instagram, and other companies ban it for productivity reasons.  Generally, the pro-social media companies like the promotion, but when you’re a professional athlete, you’re in charge of your own brand.  However, you still can’t break the rules of your team, […]

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St. Louis Cardinals Hacked Into Houston Astros Computer?

Posted 6/16/2015 5:17 pm by

Saint Louis prides itself on its baseball team.  They’re huge baseball fans in that part of the world, and they’re alwasy very proud of the way their team conducts itself and the way the team behaves.  Sure, fans might get a little blue, but the orgainzation does things the right way, according to them.  Not […]

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NAACP Present Pretending To Be Black

Posted 6/12/2015 5:34 pm by

She attended Howard University, where her art portfolio was of mostly black people.  She has adopted black siblings courtesy of her parents.  She’s been a spokesperson for Spokane, Washington’s black community on national television, and she’s the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (or NAACP).  And […]

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First Ever: FTC Goes After Kickstarter Fraud

Posted 6/12/2015 6:00 am by

Talk about a winner.  Take Monopoly, combine it with Lovecraft, carve some awesome-looking horrors to populate the game board, and go to Kickstarter to collect the money.  All is well and good, unless of course no one actually comes through with the games, rewards, and goodies promised to Kickstarter followers.  That fraud is what caused […]

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Tesla Rolling Out Model X SUV In 3-4 Months

Posted 6/10/2015 7:06 pm by

In 2012, everyone was eagerly awaiting the newest model of Tesla Motors’ hip new electric car.  The Model X SUV was originally scheduled to come out in 2013, but was delayed significantly time and time again.  Tesla is a company that wants to put out the best product they can, not simply rush something to […]

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White House Television Briefing Interrupted By Bomb Threat

Posted 6/09/2015 8:45 pm by

Another day, another press appearance by White House press secretary Josh Earnest.  I couldn’t tell you what it was about (probably hot dogs), but it wasn’t the contents of the talk that were interesting, but the interruption.  The White House’s James S. Brady Briefing Room was evacuated during a live, televised press event.  One minute […]

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American Pharoah Breaks 37-Year Triple Crown Drought

Posted 6/07/2015 7:51 pm by

When it comes to American thoroughbred horse racing, the sport of kings has fallen on hard times.  Sure, it still draws big, drunk celebrities to the signature events, like the Kentucky Derby, but aside from that, horse racing isn’t exactly setting the world on fire.  However, that might be changing.  It’s been 37 years since […]

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US Government Personnel Department Hacked

Posted 6/04/2015 7:38 pm by

When you’re dealing with data on a massive scale, it’s really hard to keep everything secure.  The more things get stored on servers or put up into the cloud or whatever, the more likely things are to get misplaced or outright stolen by nefarious parties or rogue states.  When you’re talking about the United States […]

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Amazon Offering Store-Brand Groceries

Posted 5/28/2015 7:10 pm by

Amazon offers just about everything you could want, and thanks to Amazon Prime, you can get it all pretty cheaply and pretty quickly.  Awesome stuff, right?  I sure think so; I’m one of Prime’s many customers, and not just for awesome streaming videos.  I love Amazon, and I use it to buy products in bulk, […]

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Fourteen FIFA Officials Captured In Corruption Probe

Posted 5/27/2015 9:13 pm by

Billions of dollars in incredibly lucrative advertising.  Billions of viewers.  It’s one of the most lucrative businesses in the world, particularly the sports world.  It’s also infamous for its corruption, but nobody has done anything about it.  Until now.  Leave it to the United States, the least football-mad country in the world, to stand up […]

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Charter Offers $56 Billion Dollars For Time Warner

Posted 5/26/2015 7:06 pm by

Once upon a time, it was the mission of a company to get big, get money, and then diversify.  A television company, a publishing house, production studios, an online services provider… once upon a time, Time Warner did everything under the sun and spread its tendrils wide in a bid to make money everywhere doing […]

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Eiffel Tower Closed By Pickpockets

Posted 5/22/2015 6:03 pm by

In 1889, no one thought the Eiffel Tower was going to be a permanent addition to the skyline of Paris.  Some 126 years later, the Eiffel Tower has changed some, but it continues to draw crowds to The City Of Lights, enthralling tourists with some incredible views.  But as anyone knows, what draws tourists also […]

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Apple Plans Dual-App iPad

Posted 5/21/2015 5:58 pm by

It seems like it’s been a long time since anyone has had a reason to talk about the iPad, or tablet computers in general.  Sure Microsoft’s Surface made a little noise, but even the iPad 3 didn’t make a lot of noise among the computer world.  Faced with flagging sales for the iPad, it’s time […]

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David Letterman’s Last Show Will Be Wednesday

Posted 5/19/2015 6:21 pm by

It’s a defining moment in television history.  Passed over for the Tonight Show in favor of Jay Leno despite Johnny Carson’s blessing, David Letterman left NBC and went to blaze new ground, kick-starting a late-night show on CBS.  There he made television history, picking a fight with the richest woman in the world and becoming […]

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Blues Icon BB King Dead At 89

Posted 5/15/2015 5:24 pm by

On September 16, 1925, Riley B. King was born on a cotton plantation outside tiny Berclair, Mississippi.  In the 1940’s, on the radio in Memphis, Riley was dubbed Blues Boy.  Riley became B.B. King, and B.B. King became a living legend, melding gospel, spirituals, big band music, jazz, rock and roll, and everything else into a […]

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Harry Shearer Is Leaving The Simpsons

Posted 5/14/2015 6:19 pm by

All good things must come to an end, and one of the longest and most successful runs of any voice actor is apprently coming to an end thanks to a contract dispute.  There have been lots of contract disputes in the history of Fox’s smash hit The Simpsons, and some have nearly derailed the show. […]

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Tom Brady Suspended Four Games Over Deflategate

Posted 5/12/2015 6:24 pm by

The road to Super Bowl XLIV is paved with deflated balls, courtesy of the AFC and Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.  The NFL ruled that the Patriots did use intentionally deflated footballs during the first half of the AFC Championship game, and now the face of the franchise is going to take a bruising. […]

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Fifteen And Done For American Idol

Posted 5/11/2015 6:36 pm by

What a long strange trip it’s been for the most popular music reality show in television history.  Fox’s American Idol has been a ratings juggernaut, routinely gathering in 30 million viewers and dominating multiple nights of television no matter what was thrown up against it.  It spawned platinum-selling artists like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, […]

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Bill Simmons Is Leaving ESPN

Posted 5/08/2015 7:42 pm by

At some point, you have to move on before people stop appreciating you.  For one of ESPN’s most popular writers, it might be time to move on.  Once upon a time, Bill Simmons was the hottest star of ESPN, and no amount of corporate suspensions could slow down his acerbic wit and his unwillingness to […]

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Phone Case Harvests Radio Waves For Power

Posted 5/05/2015 7:39 pm by

One of Nicola Tesla’s craziest, most famous ideas was the idea of so-called wireless energy, in which electricity just floated through the air to be plucked down to power your car or headphones or whatever device you might have that needs electricity.  That idea is beginning to take off in a limited way, but a company […]

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The New Royal Princess Has A Name

Posted 5/04/2015 7:49 pm by

The first Royal Baby watch ended up in a cute little prince named George.  Royal Baby Watch 2 resulted in a lovely little Princess who, so far, has been nameless.  That has finally changed, thanks to some serious consideration on the part of William Windsor and Kate Middleton.  The new royal baby is going to […]

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German Magazine Prints With HIV+ Blood

Posted 5/01/2015 7:17 pm by

It seems that as the years advance, HIV and AIDS are becoming forgotten diseases.  Everyone knows they’re there, but they’re not nearly as scary to people these days as they used to be, since the disease isn’t a guaranteed death sentence within a few years anymore.  There are vaccines being worked on, stem cell research […]

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FDA Approves Anti-Double Chin Injection

Posted 4/29/2015 6:06 pm by

If you’re looking to lose a little weight, there’s nothing like a short cut to make the job easier.  Americans in particular seem to love the idea of a get-thin-quick scheme.  There’s everything from fad banana diets to the use of pills as weight loss helpers.  The truly desperate turn to surgery, but it looks […]

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Orioles and White Sox To Play In Empty Stadium

Posted 4/28/2015 7:42 pm by

Another day, another  troublesome situation.  This time it’s on the sporting field, rather than in the middle of the rioting, fiery streets.  The Baltimore Orioles aren’t known for a lot of on-field success; indeed, the words ‘middling’ or ‘woeful’ is often used to describe the team from a historical standpoint.  Now the Orioles are going […]

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