French Strikes Threaten to ‘Shut Down’ the Country

Anger Over Proposed Law Results In French Strikes In Major Service Areas The French people have always enjoyed one of the best work environments in Europe. With their 35-hour work week, generous salaries and leave, and job security, French workers have been the envy of their counterparts the world over. This all may be about […]

Microsoft Placing Its Bet On ‘Mixed Reality’

The big takeaway from the Computex IT Trade Show in Taipei this week is that all the big players are moving into virtual reality (VR). Floor after floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel has been filled with opportunities for guests to experience VR on the latest headsets and accompanying devices, some of which will hit […]

Transgender No Longer A Mental Illness In Denmark: First In The World

Being transgender in Denmark will no longer be a mental illness, effective January 1, 2017. This week, Danish lawmakers on that country’s parliament Health Committee approved the measure. The reason: To be a role model and the front-runner in the gender equality movement and to put pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO), which is […]

Warren Buffett Reveals Huge Stake In Apple: Stock Rebounds

The ‘Warren Buffett Effect’ Strikes Again When Warren Buffett speaks, investors listen. At least, that seems to be the pattern in recent years. Often called the “Oracle of Omaha,” Buffett seems to know, over the long haul, which companies have the best futures. And this time, he has obviously chosen Apple. On May 16, Buffett […]

Barack Obama’s Post-Presidential ‘Palace’ In D.C.

President Barack Obama and his family have found their post-presidential residence in the nation’s capital – a posh pad in the upscale neighborhood of Kalorama, about two miles from the White House. The home boasts 8,200 square feet and nine bedrooms, and an au pair suite for Mrs. Obama’s mother, who has been living with […]

The Pirate Bay Docks Back At Its Original .Org Harbor

The file sharing site,, following a Swedish Court ruling that it take down all of its sites, is now re-directing users to its original domain site, Whether this is a safe harbor for the company remains to be seen given the hundreds of plaintiffs, many American, that claim copyright violations. The .org registry […]

Xarelto Lawsuits Surge: Plaintiffs Claim Manufacturer Hid Dangers Of The Drug

Patients who must be on anti-coagulant medication, commonly referred to as blood thinners, were delighted when Xarelto was finally approved for use in the United States in 2011. The reason? There were none of the dietary restrictions that other blood-thinning medications required. Typically, patients have had to avoid most greens and other foods high in […]

Julian Assange Subject of Controversial Film ‘Risk’

Film director Laura Poitras admits that her latest documentary, Risk, was six years in the making. It was supposed to be the last in a post 9/11 trilogy, but she was sidetracked by the chance to produce and direct Citizenfour, the story of Edward Snowden and a film that ultimately won her an Oscar. Once […]

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos To Members: ‘Be Responsible’

Yesterday, at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, Jeff Bezos again reached out to Amazon shoppers and accountholders, urging membership in Amazon Prime. “Our goal with Amazon Prime, make no mistake, is to make sure that if you are not a Prime member, you are being irresponsible.” He means financially, of course. Sweetening The Pot And […]

‘Suicide Squad’ Star Margot Robbie: ‘I Got The Best Part’

Captain America, Batman, Iron Man, and the rest of you superheroes, step aside. You’ve got box office competition. The anti-hero movie Suicide Squad is about to feature all of your worst enemies, including the Joker and his sidekick Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. Warner Brothers is banking on it being a winner when it […]

Prince Harry Opens Second Season Of Invictus Games In Florida

Last Sunday night, Prince Harry gave the opening address for the second Invictus Games, an Olympic-type competition for wounded warriors from all over the world. Speaking to the competitors and their attending families, he concluded his remarks. “I served along soldiers from all over the world. I saw the sacrifices you and your families made […]

The Most Expected Movies of 2016: Something for Everyone

Superheroes At Odds; Wizardry; Disney Re-Makes; Saving The Planet; Oldies Re-Born Even though 2016’s first quarter of new releases has come and gone, there is much more awaiting movie-goers in what is shaping up to be a full cinematic year of sci-fi, fantasy, drama, and comedy for all ages, plus a strong dose of likely […]

Billionaire Carl Icahn Sells Apple Stake, Blames China

When a billionaire, such as Carl Icahn, sells his Apple stake, the rest of the world takes notice. And that is just what happened yesterday, as Apple shares declined again, having the worst week in the market since 2003. Icahn owned 45.8 million shares of Apple as of the end of 2015, a little less […]

Iron Man Xbox One Special Edition? Only If You Are Really Lucky

Next week is the launch of the Captain America: Civil War movie, and it looks like Microsoft has decided to celebrate with a new Iron Man Xbox One Special Edition, a console that bears the name of Stark Industries on its top plate. The new console, spotted by Eurogamer, is of the rarer white variety, […]

Donald Trump’s Camp Violates Telephone Protection Act: Lawsuit Filed

An Illinois man has filed a class action lawsuit against the Trump campaign for sending him and thousands of others an unsolicited and unwanted robotext. According to the lawsuit, initiated by complainant Joshua Thorne, the campaign has violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending out the SMS texts using an automatic phone dialing […]

Lunching With Queen Elizabeth On Her 90th Birthday: Obama’s Last Official Visit To London

Obama Flies From Saudi Arabia To London For Lunch and Talks Wrapping up a one-day summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Obama flew thousands of miles to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday over lunch at Windsor Castle on Friday. Prince Philip and Michelle Obama, who flew in from Washington, […]

The Apple Car: It Just Might Be ‘Christmas Eve’

Apple Hires A Design Engineer From Tesla The news that Apple has hired Chris Porritt, once a chief design engineer at Aston Martin and most recently an engineer for Tesla, has re-ignited all of the rumors that Apple is indeed developing an electric car. While these rumors are nothing new, there has been mounting evidence […]

‘Game Of Thrones’ Likely To Resurrect Ancient Spanish City

Girona, Spain, may not be on the travel itineraries of most vacationers. After all, it sits in the Northeast corner of the country, not on the sea, and Barcelona, to its south, is probably as far north as most tourists go. This is all about to change. The quiet ancient city is about to be […]

Your Apple Watch Has a Life Span: Its Maker Says Three Years

Announcement Comes Nine Days Before The Device’s First Birthday April 24,2015 was a big day for Apple and its fans. It was the launch of the Apple Watch. If you read the company’s environment page on Thursday, however, you might be a bit surprised to learn that Apple thinks you will only keep that watch […]

Paris Attack Suspects Reported To Have German Nuclear Center Documents: Germany Says ‘Not True’

Germany has denied reports that Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was captured in Brussels, had documents related to its Juelich nuclear research center. The denial came from a spokeswoman from Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV), who said, “This is not right…We have no information about this. Our president Maassen never talked to any members […]

One Step Closer: Arizona Marijuana Legalization Petition Hits Goal

Arizonans have decided that they should be the ones to decide if recreational marijuana use should be legalized in their state. And a petition to get this initiative on the November ballot has just reached its goal of 220,000 signatures, more than the required number in that state. But the campaign continues. Supporters will shoot […]

Migrant Crisis: Greece Deports Second Group to Turkey Amid Protests

Part Of The EU-Turkey Deal To Cut Number Of Migrants Entering Europe Amid protests, Greece filled a Turkish ferry boat at the Port of Lesbos with 45 Pakistani men and sent them back to Turkey on Friday. This was the second batch of deported migrants, 200 having been sent back from Lesbos and Chios on […]

Deutsche Bank Partners With IBM On Innovation Lab In California

Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday the opening of its innovation lab in Palo Alto, California, the third of its kind for the banking giant, as it seeks to embrace and implement new technology for the client-driven environment it faces. Seated in the heart of Silicon Valley, the lab will entertain pitches from fintech (financial technology) […]

Olympic Games 2016: Marred By Political Corruption And Failing Economy

School Children To Receive Free Tickets With more than half of the tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games remaining unsold, the Brazilian government has taken to purchasing them to distribute to school children. Never has an Olympic Games event faced this shortage of ticket sales, and the games are just 4 months away. How […]

Indian Overpass Collapses: 15 Dead, Toll Expected To Rise

An overpass under construction in the Indian city of Kolkata collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 15 and leaving dozens injured or unaccounted for. Just how many are trapped under the rubble is not yet known. Overpass collapses are not new to India, but this one is especially severe. Digging Out Firefighters and soldiers on […]

Italy Rescues 1,400 Migrants In The Southern Mediterranean: Thousands More Expected

Italy rescues migrants from small boats and rubber dinghies once again, in a joint operation between the Italian Coast Guard and Navy, over a two-day operation on Sunday and Monday. This comes on the heels of the UN refugee agency announcing last week that some 14,500 migrants have already arrived in Italy by crossing the […]

Secret Service Says: No Guns At Republican Convention

The U.S. Secret Service has announced that no one will be allowed to bring a gun into the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, this July, where the Republicans will meet to nominate their presidential candidate. This announcement comes in response to a petition published on the website asking for a change to the […]

Troops Enter Palmyra In What Could Be Historic Battle

Today, according to Syrian state television, Syrian troops enter Palmyra, in a major move to take back the city from ISIS control. The Syrian army has blocked two roads leading in and out of the ancient city and have already engaged ISIS troops in battle. A victory here would be a major morale booster for […]