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L.A.-area lost hikers may have to pay $160,000 for manhunt after drugs found in their car

L.A.-area lost hikers may have to pay $160,000 for manhunt after drugs found in their car

“Orange County officials are considering requiring two hikers to pay for a portion — or even all — of a $160,000 search party after a small amount of methamphetamine was found in their car. Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, got lost while on an Easter Sunday hike in Trabuco Canyon near Los Angeles. With little water, they called authorities to report their status before losing cell phone service. Now, Cendoya is facing drug charges and officials have yet to decide for what other portion of the search he and Jack will be held accountable.” Continue reading

Florida Increases Red Light Camera Fines To $408 Instead Of Banning Right-On-Red Tickets

Florida Increases Red Light Camera Fines To $408 Instead Of Banning Right-On-Red Tickets

“The Florida Legislature on Thursday gave final approval to legislation limiting the due process available to recipients of red light camera tickets and increasing the potential penalty for those challenging a fine to $408. The changes were included in a 220-page omnibus transportation bill which saw more than sixty amendments considered. The final package was adopted unanimously in the state Senate. Earlier in the day, the House had approved language that would have entirely banned right turn on red tickets, which remain a major source of revenue for municipalities. This was stripped out and replaced with a less significant provision.” Continue reading

Government’s New Regulation That Screws Corporate Pensioners

Government’s New Regulation That Screws Corporate Pensioners

“The latest is a new government regulation that was snuck into a transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, aka, MAP-21. Some progress, the bill requires corporations to calculate payments into pensions based on a 25-year average on interest rates, instead of current rates. In other words, with current low rates, corporations in reality need to make larger contributions to meet pension fund growth goals. But according to new government regulations, corporations now need to calculate pension fund payments based on an interest rate earned on pension assets that can’t possibly be earned.” Continue reading

FDA warns manufacturers of possible crackdown on caffeinated candies and snacks

FDA warns manufacturers of possible crackdown on caffeinated candies and snacks

“The US food and drug regulator on Friday called the addition of caffeine to children’s foods like chewing gum and jelly beans ‘dangerous’ and warned of a possible crackdown. Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner Michael Taylor said the rise in such caffeine-added products outside the beverage industry was ‘very disturbing,’ after candy giant Mars Inc. announced a caffeinated version of its Wrigley gum. That was added last month to a slew of ‘high energy’ foods on the market sporting substantial added caffeine, including pancake syrups, instant oatmeal, waffles, potato chips, marshmallows and sunflower seeds.” Continue reading

David Galland: Chains of Convention

David Galland: Chains of Convention

“It behooves us all to periodically stop and examine our life path. What’s missing in your life? What seemingly never gets fixed, and unfixed, makes your unhappy or unfulfilled? On examination, you may find that the problem is that you are adhering to convention, and doing so at great personal cost. Nancy did something that probably not one in a half a million people in her circumstances would have done – break the chains of convention and set out to enjoy the remaining years of what is likely to be a much longer life as a free and independent woman.” Continue reading

What Happened When One Man Pinged the Whole Internet

“You probably haven’t heard of HD Moore, but up to a few weeks ago every Internet device in the world, perhaps including some in your own home, was contacted roughly three times a day by a stack of computers that sit overheating his spare room. In February last year he decided to carry out a personal census of every device on the Internet as a hobby. ‘[It] drew quite a lot of complaints, hate mail, and calls from law enforcement,’ he says. But the data collected has revealed some serious security problems, and exposed some vulnerable business and industrial systems of a kind used to control everything from traffic lights to power infrastructure.”

Preposterous Waste, Pentagon Style

Preposterous Waste, Pentagon Style

“There are some absurd examples of waste at the Pentagon, including ‘green’ jet fuel that costs 15 times as much as regular fuel. This is even worse than the bizarre $600,000 frog statue than the Defense Department selected to adorn a new $700 million office building. I realize that the $700 million office building should be the bigger issue, but I can’t help but be irked by the thought that taxpayers are being raped and pillaged for the frog. In any event, the $700 million for the office building is pocket change compared to the amount of money we misallocate to subsidize Western Europe to protect against a Warsaw Pact military alliance that no longer exists!” Continue reading

Former Bush official: Syria chemical weapons could be ‘Israeli false flag operation’

Former Bush official: Syria chemical weapons could be ‘Israeli false flag operation’

“Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell under President George W. Bush, on Thursday warned that the chemical weapons that were reportedly used in Syria could be a ‘Israeli false flag operation’ because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was running an ‘inept regime.’ Wilkerson explained that he had been told by his sources in the intelligence community that evidence that Syria had used chemical weapons was ‘really flaky’ and that President Barack Obama should think twice before intervening. ‘This could have been an Israeli false flag operation,’ he said.” Continue reading