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Source: 401k via flickr
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Clerical Mistake Hits Home For Social Security Chief

Inherent mistakes in the Social Security Administration's so-called "Master Death File" recently hit home with it's chief officer - resulting in a new call to fix the system.
Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue admitted Thursday that he, personally, has experienced "the horrible thing" Americans endure when the federal government falsely declares them dead

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Source: Librarian In Black via flickr
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Rants From An Audiophile: Where Have The “Good Quality” Stereos Gone?

Over the Christmas break, I took the time to install the new under-the-cabinet radio/CD player that will replace the counter model in my kitchen.  While I was enthusiastic to reclaim some of the counter space, my excitement soon dwindled when I turned on the new stereo model;  Even though it's a brand name product, I was more than disappointed with sound quality

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Source: kprogram via flickr
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Las Vegas: Pay For Water But Eat And Drink For Free

Let me get this straight:  I can drink all the Bloody Mary's or Manhattans I want and can even double-trip the dinner buffet on the house --- but if I want a glass of water I have to pay for it?

Las Vegas - the city the rewards tourists with free food, alcohol, even hotel rooms - is raising eyebrows as one of their top casinos has started charging for water

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Source: Geoff_B
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The End Is Near For CD’s?

Can I just say that as a life-long music fan and collector, I HATE this news?

Just like the music industry did in the late 1980's when they conspired to prematurely pound the nail in the coffin for the vinyl format, it appears that they are about to do the same for CD's

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(Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
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Biden’s Hidin’: Transparency Meeting Closed To The Press By Obama Administration

The Obama administration rode into Washington with a battle cry of "governmental transparency".  Today, Vice President Joe Biden proves it by holding a Transparency Board Meeting that is closed to the press and the general public

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(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Obama Proposes Government Censorship Of The Internet

Freedom of speech - right?  How 'bout the President shutting down or limiting what's on the internet?
“The President ... may declare a cyber security emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States Critical infrastructure information system or network,” is the clause buried deep in the bowels of the Cybersecurity Act of 2010 now before the Congress which has had one debate already in the Senate

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No More Public Restrooms At Starbucks?

Sure - you can get an extra-strong Columbian dark roast.  Want a breakfast sandwich?  No problem.  Holiday CD?  You bet!  However - you might want to answer Mother Nature's call somewhere else

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Source: ashley or something
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Lights Out For 100-Watt Incandescent Bulb

January 1, 2012 marks the date the you will no longer be able to buy 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.  The "green" regulation that outlawed them will take effect as we welcome the new year.
It's part of the government's effort to move consumers away from inefficient energy-hog incandescents and toward energy-saving light sources, like compact fluorescent bulbs, halogen bulbs or LED (light emitting diode) bulbs

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Goodbye TextBooks, Hello Tablets

The recent start to the school year has seen one change in more than one classroom around the country:  Students are learning from digital devices more than ever before.  In fact, some experts predict the end to the printed textbook

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More Federal Dollars Go To Twinkies Than Fruits And Vegetables

Hear me out:  I'm not against eating Twinkies.  Hell - eat what you want.  But somehow this story doesn't sound right.
In its efforts to curb the nation's obesity epidemic, the U.S. government seems to be taking inspiration from the infamous Twinkie diet, with more federal dollars going to subsidize the production of junk food than to growing fresh fruits and vegetables

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Photo courtesy of Hasbro.com
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No More Light Bulbs For Easy Bake Oven

By now, you've probably heard that the Federal Government has banned incandescent bulbs effective January 2012.  So what is an evergreen toy that uses them to do?  Redesign.

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Obama Says No French Fries For You; Olive Garden Agrees

You know - you work hard.  You go to a restaurant.  "Order anything you want".  Sure - why not;  You're paying for it - right?

Not at Olive Garden.

Following the edict handed down from the Obama administration, the Olive Garden has become the first restaurant chain to choose for you.

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