by Staff Monkeys
If you loved liked the taxpayer bailout of the auto industry, you’re going to love Barack Obama’s latest idea. He wants to bring the bailouts to every segment of the U.S. manufacturing industry. Is he willing to consider a banana bailout for us? We don’t have any reason in particular, but we like something for nothing, too.
- A federal court has ruled that police have the authority to demand your utility records without a court order. Law enforcement merely has to say that the records could be useful in an investigation — and utilities have to turn over the information without your knowledge or a court’s oversight.
- Although cash “welfare” payments don’t exist as they once did, a growing number of people get other kinds of federal welfare. There are now more than 100 million people getting some form of “means-tested” benefit. These numbers don’t include Social Security and Medicare. Although there are close to 80 programs for poor people, food stamps and Medicaid make up the biggest chunk of the money spent.
- It used to be that Americans used television for watching live news events, but viewer data from NASA’s Mars landing last week indicates that far more people were watching it live online than were watching live on TV.
- Are video games hazardous to your health? Probably not, but if you hole up in a room for four days and do nothing but play video games, it’s certainly not the sign of a sane mind. An Ohio teen-ager was hospitalized after trying this trick.
- A Chinese grandmother is trying a novel approach to slowing down the traffic speeding past her house. She’s tied a sex doll to a tree — just to get motorists to slow down to figure out what it is.