In John Eastwood´s subterranean lab at York University in Ontario, Canada, young adults sit watching video clips: They are part of a test to see just how deeply bored they can get. Dr. Eastwood, a Canadian psychology professor, is one of a growing number of researchers in what is becoming an exciting field of inquiry: boredom studies. The young adults in his lab watch dry instructional videos all in an effort to help researchers understand how we experience boredom, what causes it, and eventually, how to relieve it.
Seven months after hosting a private $35,800-a-plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his home in The Dominion, nationally recognized plaintiff´s lawyer and Democratic Party stalwart Mikal C. Watts finds himself under federal investigation over the legitimacy of his client list in a case stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill. Earlier this month, Secret Service agents, who not only protect the president but investigate cases of fraud, counterfeiting and identity theft, served search warrants at Watts´ two law offices on the Northwest Side, the San Antonio Express-News has confirmed with federal officials and Watts´ attorney.
When Stephanie Van Pelt needed to care for her son after surgery, her company gave her the option to work from home. "They didn´t lose my productivity," Van Pelt posted on Google+. "They gained an intensely loyal, hard-working employee that was so pleased with not having to take (time) off." Van Pelt was weighing in on the recent news that Yahoo is ending its work-from-home policy. The change, announced Monday by Yahoo human resources chief Jackie Reses, is expected to affect hundreds of employees. It is one of many changes CEO Marissa Mayer
The Manchester-born singer, an outspoken animal rights campaigner, claimed he could not perform next to people who "amount to animal serial killers". The former Smiths frontman was due to appear on ABC´s late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live with the cast of US reality series Duck Dynasty. The show follows the lives of the Robertson family from Louisiana, whose family business makes equipment for duck-hunting. But feathers flew when Morrissey, 53, realised the identity of his fellow guests and immediately cancelled his appearance. "Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live," his spokesman said today in a statement.
On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions touted a government report that blew a $6.2 trillion hole in President Obama´s promise that his signature health reform wouldn´t add a dime to the deficit. According to the report by the Government Accountability Office, that promise rested entirely on several cost-control mechanisms in ObamaCare that almost no one thinks will work. [snip] Still, bad as this $6.2 trillion deficit boost is, the real figure is likely to be much higher, since the GAO is still being far too optimistic about the rest of ObamaCare. Here are five big assumptions the GAO makes...
Several people have been killed and seriously injured during a shooting at a factory near the Swiss city of Lucerne, police say. The incident happened at the Kronospan wood processing plant in the town of Menznau, police said in a statement. A witness said five people had been killed, according to the Luzerner Zeitung newspaper, but this was not confirmed. The paper said shooting started in the canteen at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT). The Swiss police statement said emergency services were on the scene. Three helicopters had arrived, the Swiss news website 20minutes said.
In the fight over Obamacare, one of the hottest points of contention has been the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected body with powers so broad that it has been called a “super-legislature” by some, and a potential “death panel” by others. Major policies set by the IPAB will have the force of law unless they are explicitly blocked by Congress. The usual order, of course, is that Congress is supposed to make the laws and bureaucrats are supposed to follow them. Another nasty ingredient in the alphabet soup of Obamacare
ABC is defending its decision to edit out an apparently erroneous claim by Michelle Obama in its broadcast of the first lady’s interview on Good Morning America today, saying it made the changes “solely” for the sake of time. As The Washington Examiner reported this morning, the first lady claimed during an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in Chicago shortly after performing during the President’s Inauguration, was shot because “some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need.” In fact, Chicago Police reported Pendleton was shot by a man who
In 1953, Albert Gore Sr., John Kennedy and Prescott Bush all entered the Senate together. The repercussions are still being felt 60 years later, as George Prescott Bush revs up for his first run for office in Texas, and the fourth man to be christened Joseph P. Kennedy begins his first term in the House. Together, these would give us six senators, two governors, three presidents, two vice presidents and boatloads of drama: Bush vs. Gore; Gore vs. Gore; Jack, Bob and Teddy; George, George and Jeb.
On February 5, 2013 the Department of Homeland Security issued a “Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Item” for ammunition to be purchased and delivered to the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. The ammunition being purchased is “Commercial Lead Training Ammo” — or CLTA, in government speak. There are three components to the order: 1. .40 caliber, 165 grain jacketed hollow point rounds 2. 9mm, 115 grain jacketed hollow point rounds 3. 9mm, 124 grain ball ammunition
Britain has been hit by a Romanian crimewave with the equivalent of 15 arrests a day by one police force alone. Shock figures show that the Metropolitan Police made 27,725 arrests over the past five years for offences including rape and murder. This is despite just 68,000 Romanians living here at present--a figure set to soar when Britain has to open its borders next January under an EU directive. The crime statistics undermine reassurances from Romanian officials that the UK has nothing to fear from the lowering of border controls. Tory MP Priti Patel said: “These figures show why
The University of Alabama has offered a scholarship to 8th grade phenom Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge, La., ESPN reports. His father, Edward Moses Jr., said the offer came as a surprise despite Moses receiving an offer from LSU last summer: “For Dylan, excitement spilled over,” Moses Jr. said. “When he heard those words from Coach [Nick] Saban, ‘We’re offering you,’ you could see him light up. It was shocking because we were going in thinking we were just going to get a tour of what Alabama has to offer.” The trend of offering younger recruits scholarships is not new,
When the world was first introduced to Wonky the puppy earlier this month, she cut a pitiful figure. The little Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was given the unusual name because of severe problems with her malformed front legs, which failed to develop after she was separated from her mother. But now, after intense physiotherapy, the 12-week-old has quickly made a fantastic recovery. Where once she walked awkwardly on bent joints, she can now bound along normally, her tail wagging as she goes. And staff at the Dogs Trust in Leeds, where she is being treated, have also given her
Exactly 20 years ago on this date, a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center took the lives of six people and injured more than a thousand others. The tragedy shocked the nation but, as with other al-Qaeda attacks in the years that followed, the WTC bombing did not alter the country’s basic approach to Islamist terrorism. For the next eight and a half years, the United States carried on with a business-as-usual attitude toward the subject. The lack of urgency applied to the subject, as well as the disorganized and sometimes slap-dash nature of the security establishment’s
I think I’ve seen this “Sequester” movie before. Only it had a different title — it was called “Prop 2 1/2 Override.” Obama and his common nightwalkers in the media are trotting out the exact same scare tactics that the local teachers’ unions and assorted municipal layabouts have been employing to frighten the bejesus out of taxpayers around here for decades. It happens every spring. The schools need more money. The voters yawn. The school superintendent ups the ante and says, well, if you don’t give us the extra money then the first thing we’ll have to cut is
At the Regal Potomac Yard 16, a movie theater in Alexandria, a “small” soda weighs a large 32 ounces. Such sodas, enough to quench the thirst of the entire family, may be available at other cinemas across the country, but beginning March 12, they won’t be in New York City. (Snip)Citizens Against Government Waste has tapped Mr. Bloomberg as one of six nominees for its “2012 Porker of the Year” award. Hizzoner’s nomination was a recognition of his long jihad against sugar. This is an unusual definition of “waste.”Though the cost of a nanny is “not as clear
For an as-of-yet unnamed price, you too can board a massive luxury ocean liner much like the Titanic for its maiden voyage in 2016. And just as it was on that fateful journey, you too could go down with the ship, according to designs unveiled today. Of course, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer isn´t planning for his expensive pet project to sink. At the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum today, he publicly released design plans for the ship, Hopefully James Cameron wasn´t planning a sequel, because Palmer took the name Titanic II for his weirdly nostalgic
Students at the University of Nebraska are objecting to the school’s refusal to allow access to an archive of newly confirmed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s speeches and writings. Senate Republicans requested access to the archive during the fight over the former Nebraska senator’s confirmation in light of allegations Hagel’s speeches included anti-Israel comments. “The University of Nebraska, which myself and all my fellow students pay substantial tuition to, should not hold this public information hostage,” said JR Bloom, a student at the University of Nebraska and acting chairman of the Nebraska Federation of College Republicans.
Immigrants are to be banned from receiving legal aid to launch court battles against the government in order to claim benefits. David Cameron last night vowed to stop Britain being seen as a ´soft touch´ as he revealed the first details of a plan to curb the access foreigners have to public money. The Prime Minister said ministers were scouring the tax and benefits system to close loopholes which make it too easy for newcomers to Britain to claim handouts. ´Our message is very clear. We want immigration that will benefit Britain,´ he insisted. Limiting legal aid in cases involving
On February 17, some 35,000 people showed up for a march outside the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The environmental lobby is going all out to stop the pipeline, which will transport oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries near Houston. In its ongoing offensive against the project, the Sierra Club has endorsed civil disobedience for the first time in its 120-year existence. A Sierra Club protest outside the White House on February 13 culminated in the arrests of actress Daryl Hannah, former NAACP chairman Julian Bond, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
First reported in the Washington Examiner, ABC News edited out first lady Michelle Obama‘s erroneous claim that Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton was killed when she was shot with an “automatic weapon.” The first lady made this claim in a Tuesday morning appearance on Good Morning America and was quoted in full in ABC News’ online report. The claim was, however, edited out when the interview aired. ABC News responded to the charge on Tuesday saying the cuts were made “solely for time.” “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons
So the secondhand tale of House Speaker John Boehner’s assessment that President Obama “can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows” … has a certain precedent, as Exurban Jon reminds me: “If Hillary gave him [Obama] one of her balls, they’d both have two,” Democratic strategist James Carville told the Christian Science Monitor at a breakfast on Thursday morning. The editorial board of the Washington Post uses nicer language, but reaches the same conclusion: … why is Mr. Obama not leading the way to a solution? From the start, and increasingly in his second term,
A rocket launcher and warhead have been discovered by police investigating dissident republicans. Officers made the dramatic find while searching a house on Hawthorn Street, West Belfast, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland said that the launcher and warhead were intended to kill. A police spokesman said: ‘These weapon systems are clearly intended to kill and we should be in no doubt that the recovery of these items has saved lives.’ Dissidents have been linked to a series of attempts to kill members of the security forces, including soldiers, police and a prison officer.