by Staff Monkeys
- A new study claims that major new regulations enacted by the Obama administration in the past three years have added $46 billion a year to the costs that businesses and consumers pay each year. The study said that regulations enacted by the Bush administration add $8.1 billion a year to costs, but the Obama additions dwarf those numbers.
- This is a few days old, but it’s worth looking at. The former chief of the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad, says that Israel will be making a serious mistake if it launches an attack on Iran. He said destroying potential Iranian nuke sites will be more difficult than expected and that the retaliation against Israel would have a “devastating impact on our ability to continue with our daily life.”
- In another sign of Ron Paul’s increasing irrelevance to the 2012 GOP presidential campaign, the last full-time reporter assigned to the campaign has been pulled. NBC News was the last organization to have a full-time reporter traveling with Paul, but that reporter was pulled this week.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seems to have its finger in a lot of pieces of U.S. infrastructure and a new paper from the Cato Institute makes the case that it’s an agency that has seen serious “mission creep” over the years, to the point that much of what it spends money on shouldn’t even be done with tax money. The paper takes a look at how to deal with the problem.
- It sounds like an urban legend, but this one is real. A New York City man found a four-foot snake in his toilet. His building supervisor didn’t believe him at first when he called for help — and we might not have believed him, either — but help was eventually summoned to pull the snake out of the plumbing.
- An Arkansas girl thought it would be a funny prank to send a text message to a random phone number saying, “I hid the body … Now what?” What she didn’t count on, though, was that the random number she chose happened to belong to a police detective. Oooops.