A thumb drive-sized atomizer has been developed that plugs into mobile phones and can release specific odors on command, like the 1960 movie theater technology Smell-O-Vision. ChatPerf, developed by a Japanese startup, only can release the specific fragrance inserted into the atomizer. "So God help you if you suddenly want to smell 'Summer Flowers' but accidentally left the house with 'Larry the Cable Guy Doing Situps,'" writes Jarrett Bellini of CNN. The company's website proclaims, "For lovers, for children, for events ... find it by your sense of smell." read more
Just weeks after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, I was notified by the IRS that the Catholic League was under investigation for violating the IRS Code on political activities as it relates to 501(c)(3) organizations. What the IRS did not know was that I had proof who contacted them to launch the investigation: Catholics United, a George Soros-funded Catholic organization.
The timing is not coincidental. On Oct. 20, I issued a news release, "George Soros Funds Catholic Left," and on Oct. 23, I wrote another one, "Catholic Left Scandal Mounts"; both mentioned Catholics United. The same day, Oct. 23, I was asked to go on CNN, and when Catholics United found out, they contacted the station trying to spike the interview. read more
In recent years, the recession provided Republicans in many state capitols a long-coveted opportunity to cut government spending and services. Now that tax revenues are improving, those lawmakers face a new predicament _ save the surplus for the future, or spend it to replenish programs that have been cut or neglected? read more
Congress is preparing to take action on a bipartisan proposal to tax flu vaccines, the conservative Weekly Standard reports. In February, identical bills were introduced in the House and Senate to add seasonal flu vaccines to the IRS code as taxable. The legislation would exact a 75-cent per dose tax on any "vaccine against seasonal influenza." Given that the Centers for Disease Control projects that 135 million doses of flu vaccine will be used this year, the government's take on flu vaccines alone is over $100 million per year. read more
Travelers waited more than an hour for flights in New York and experienced delays at other U.S. airports on Sunday evening as furloughs of air traffic controllers began, reducing the ability of busy hubs to handle arrivals and departures, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The furloughs that started Sunday reduced staffing by 10 percent across the country. Last week the FAA warned of delays up to 3-1/2 hours at some airports as the agency cuts spending to meet reductions required under federal budget cuts. read more